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Level of habitat fragmentation determines its non-linear relationships with plant species richness, frequency and density at desertified grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China
Alternative TitleLevel of habitat fragmentation determines its non-linear relationships with plant species richness,frequency and density at desertified grasslands in Inner Mongolia,China
Liu Zhimin1; Shou Wenkai1; Qian Jianqiang1; Wu Jing1; Alberto Busso Carlos3; Hou Xianzhang2
2018
Source PublicationJOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY
ISSN1752-9921
Volume11Issue:6Pages:866-876
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Other AbstractAims This study aimed to examine the changes in plant species richness,frequency and density along a habitat fragmentation gradient (with varied degrees of habitat fragmentation DHFs) in a desertified grassland of Horqin Sandy Land,northeastern Inner Mongolia,China.Methods In this study,six landscape plots (500×500 m each) along a habitat fragmentation gradient were established.A new fragmentation index was formulated to study the effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity indices (species richness,frequency and density).Regression analyses (linear-or non-linear regression) were conducted to assess the changes in species richness,frequency and density along the habitat fragmentation gradient at plant community,functional group and species scales,respectively.Important Findings There was a non-linear relationship (following a quadratic function) between total species richness and the DHF.Total species richness reached its peak when the DHF was 0.2,beyond which species richness decreased along the fragmentation gradient.Plant functional groups showed their specific responses to habitat fragmentation,and some non-linear relationships and thresholds existed.The relative richness of rare species also showed a non-linear response to habitat fragmentation,with the threshold being DHF=0.6.Species became rarer (both some common species and rare species) with the intensifying habitat fragmentation.Our study demonstrates the importance of the non-linear relationships and plant functional groups in exploring the effects of habitat fragmentation on biodiversity and implementing effective biological conservation in sand dunes.
KeywordEFFECTIVE MESH SIZE LANDSCAPE FRAGMENTATION FUNCTIONAL TRAITS DUNE FIELD DISTURBANCE DISPERSAL DIVERSITY RESPONSES INVASION COMMUNITIES density frequency functional group habitat fragmentation rare species species richness
Indexed ByCSCD
Language英语
Funding Project[National Natural Science Foundation of China] ; [Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China]
CSCD IDCSCD:6406984
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imr.ac.cn/handle/321006/147348
Collection中国科学院金属研究所
Affiliation1.中国科学院
2.中国科学院金属研究所
3.University Nacl Sur, CONICET, CERZOS, Dept Agron, RA-8000 Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Liu Zhimin,Shou Wenkai,Qian Jianqiang,et al. Level of habitat fragmentation determines its non-linear relationships with plant species richness, frequency and density at desertified grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China[J]. JOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY,2018,11(6):866-876.
APA Liu Zhimin,Shou Wenkai,Qian Jianqiang,Wu Jing,Alberto Busso Carlos,&Hou Xianzhang.(2018).Level of habitat fragmentation determines its non-linear relationships with plant species richness, frequency and density at desertified grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China.JOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY,11(6),866-876.
MLA Liu Zhimin,et al."Level of habitat fragmentation determines its non-linear relationships with plant species richness, frequency and density at desertified grasslands in Inner Mongolia, China".JOURNAL OF PLANT ECOLOGY 11.6(2018):866-876.
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