Title: Secondary succession of semi-arid Mediterranean old-fields in south-eastern Spain: insights for conservation and restoration of degraded lands. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2004 
Availability: Bonet, A. (2004): Secondary succession of semi-arid Mediterranean old-fields in south-eastern Spain: insights for conservation and restoration of degraded lands. Journal of Arid Environments 56. 213-244. 
Author 1/Producer: Bonet, A. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://www.aquadapt.net/pdf/Bonet2004.pdf  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Soil and groundwater processes overview
 
Short description: A 60-year chronosequence study of semi-arid old-fields indicates that abandonment age, litter depth, organic carbon soil content, carbonate content and soil moisture are related to vegetation ordination. The species turnover could be high in the recent abandoned fields. Species richness varies, holding a non-linear relation with time as a result of the coexistence of different functional groups. Land use history determines the ordination of communities and previous cropping influences the pathway of succession. Plant functional group and dispersal type richness and cover show significant differences between old-field age groups. The facilitation pathway of crop trees on bird-dispersed shrub species could promote the development of vegetation under these stressful conditions. 
Link to Project(s): AQUADAPT Strategic tools to support adaptive, integrated water resource management under changing utilisation conditions at catchment level: A co-evolutionary approach
 
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