Title: Migration of herbaceous plant species across ancient-recent forest ecotones in central Belgium
Authors: Bossuyt, Beatrijs ×
Hermy, Martin
Deckers, Seppe #
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Series Title: Journal of Ecology vol:87 issue:4 pages:628-638
Abstract: 0 We studied the migration of forest plant species using their percentage cover and frequency in 086 plots distributed over 15 transects across ecotones between ancient and recent deciduous forests in the Meerdaal forest complex in central Belgium [The recent forest stands varied in age between 25 and 021 years\ and all occurred on silty\
well!drained soils[1 The total cover\ number and diversity of _eld layer species did not di}er signi_cantly between ancient and recent forest stands[2 The number and cover of the ancient forest plant species and of ant!dispersed
species correlated positively with the age of the recent forest and negatively with both the duration of its former agricultural land use and the distance to the ancient forest[This implies a slow colonization of the recent forest stands by these species^ all species were\ however\ able to migrate across the ecotones[3 The cover of four species "Anemone nemorosa\ Lamium `aleobdolon\ Convallaria
majalis and Poly`onatum multi~orum# declined along the transect\ suggesting that they are limited by seed dispersal[ Their colonization rates\ calculated from the occurrence of the farthest individual\ ranged from 9[94 to 0[04m year0 and for other measures from 9[94 to 9[54m year0[ Anemone and Lamium appeared to colonize the recent forest by establishment of isolated individuals\ while Poly`onatum
and Convallaria expanded populations from existing patches on the border between ancient and recent forest[
4 Several forest species were able to colonize the recent forest rapidly\ where some of them even reached a higher abundance\ due to the increased availability of colonization sites with a higher nutrient content and a thinner organic layer
ISSN: 0022-0477
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Soil and Water Management
Division Forest, Nature and Landscape Research
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