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Can plant traits surveys complement phytodiversity studies? a comparative study on dry juniper woodlands in Doñana National Park and El Hierro Biosphere Reserve Island

AuthorsRomo, Àngel ; Bejarano, Rosalía; Boratynski, Adam; Dering, Monika; Cortés, Amparo; Salvador Franch, Ferran; Domínguez Segarra, Miriam; Salvà Catarineu, Montserrat
Issue Date8-Jan-2019
Citation9th Biennial Conference of The International Biogeography Society (2019)
AbstractThe hypothesis that the study of plant functional traits can complement phytodiversity studies, and in what way the information can be obtained in a short time with few funding scenarios, for plant community management and other purposes, is tested. This study is based on the nominal soft plant traits from our own botanical surveys drawn up from Doñana and el Hierro. Plants traits influence the survival of the taxa present in different plant communities. These dry woodlands are high micro hot-spots of biodiversity (97 taxa have been located as a result of our own studies in Doñana, and 131 taxa of vascular plants in el Hierro). The presence of a higher number of phanerophytes in Doñana than in El Hierro, and a comparable number of chamaephytes in both places, are at variance with the theory of ¿empty niche¿. The higher presence of hemicriptofphytes in Doñana than in El Hierro could be the result of a greater herbivory pressure in the National Park. The greatest abundance of annuals in el Hierro is explained by the episodes of severe drought in this oceanic island. It is essential to combine phytodiversity studies in order to reach conservation targets and to get a more detailed understanding of how plant biodiversity works in dry juniper woodland.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en la 9th Biennial Conference of The International Biogeography Society, celebrado en Málaga (España) del 8 al 12 de enero de 2019
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