Biodiversity of acid grasslands in the Atlantic regions of Europe: the impact of nitrogen deposition

Stevens, Carly J.; Dupré, Cecilia; Dorland, Edu; Gaudnik, Cassandre; Gowing, David J.G.; Bleeker, Albert; Diekmann, Martin; Alard, Didier; Bobbink, Roland; Fowler, David; Corcket, Emmanuel; Mountford, J. Owen; Vandvik, Vigdis; Aarrestad, Per Arild; Muller, Serge; Dise, Nancy B.. 2014 Biodiversity of acid grasslands in the Atlantic regions of Europe: the impact of nitrogen deposition. In: Sutton, Mark A.; Mason, Kate E.; Sheppard, Lucy J.; Sverdrup, Harald; Haeuber, Richard; Hicks, W. Kevin, (eds.) Nitrogen deposition, critical loads and biodiversity. Dordrecht, Springer, 243-250.

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Reduction in the species richness of acid grasslands along a gradient of atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition has previously been demonstrated in the UK (Stevens, Dise, Mountford, Gowing, Science 303:1876–1879, 2004). Further surveys of acid grasslands in the UK confirm this relationship. This chapter reports an examination of the relationship across the Atlantic region of Europe. Examining the cover of functional groups across this gradient reveals that forb cover is strongly reduced along the gradient of N deposition.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Dise
ISBN: 9789400779389
Additional Keywords: atmospheric nitrogen deposition, functional group cover, grass:forb ratio, plant species richness, Violion caninae grassland
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 03 Mar 2015 15:45 +0 (UTC)

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