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dc.contributor.authorMendoza, Ireneen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGomez-Aparicio, Lorenaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorZamora, Reginoen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMatias, Luisen_UK
dc.description.abstractQuestion: How does habitat degradation affect recruitment limitation and its components (seed limitation versus establishment limitation) of woody plant communities in a Mediterranean landscape? Location: 1600-1900 m a.s.l. in the Sierra Nevada National Park, southern Spain. The landscape is a mosaic composed of native forest and two degraded landscape units: reforestation stands and shrubland. Methods: We evaluated fruit production, seed rain, seedling emergence and seedling survival in two consecutive years with contrasting rainfall patterns. Seed and seedling data were used to calculate values of seed and establishment limitation. Results: In general, the woody community was both severely seed- and establishment-limited. Species were less seed-limited in the landscape units with higher adult density (i.e. shrub species in shrubland, Pinus spp. in reforestation stands). In contrast, degradation did not exacerbate establishment limitation, which was severe in all landscape units. This general pattern was modulated by the biogeographical distribution, dispersal type, and life form of the species. Boreo-alpine species were more limited in establishment than species with a typical Mediterranean distribution. Zoochorous species were less seed-limited in the landscape units preferred by dispersers (i.e. native forest). Tree species were more establishment-limited than shrub species, irrespective of the landscape unit. Seed limitation, and especially establishment limitation, varied among years, with establishment being almost nil in the very dry year. Conclusion: In the case of Mediterranean landscapes, when degradation from human impact involves a reduction in the adult abundance of the woody plant community (trees and shrubs), seed limitation increases, although establishment limitation is generally high in all landscape units, especially for boreo-alpine species. Conservation and restoration strategies should take into account our results showing that tree species were unable to recruit in an extremely dry year, because more aridity is expected under a climatic change scenario in Mediterranean ecosystems.en_UK
dc.publisherInternational Association for Vegetation Scienceen_UK
dc.relationMendoza I, Gomez-Aparicio L, Zamora R & Matias L (2009) Recruitment limitation of forest communities in a degraded Mediterranean landscape. Journal of Vegetation Science, 20 (2), pp. 367-376.
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dc.subjectAcer opalus subsp. granatenseen_UK
dc.subjectLand-use changeen_UK
dc.subjectPinus sylvestrisen_UK
dc.subjectRegeneration dynamicsen_UK
dc.subjectSeed dispersalen_UK
dc.subjectSorbus ariaen_UK
dc.subjectTaxus baccataen_UK
dc.titleRecruitment limitation of forest communities in a degraded Mediterranean landscapeen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
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dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Vegetation Scienceen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidad de Granada, Spainen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationInstituto de Recursos Naturalesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversidad de Granada, Spainen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorMendoza, Irene|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGomez-Aparicio, Lorena|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorZamora, Regino|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorMatias, Luis|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filename2009_Mendoza et al._JVS.pdfen_UK
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