Bio- and Beta Diversity in Pastures

Components of pastures' vegetation diversity at different scales

In summer 2010 I studied with François Gillet (University Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France) the different components of diversity in pastures from the Jura Mountains. We looked at species richness, beta diversity, and species turnover in two different pastoral vegetation communities, and at different scales, from 0.001 to 1000 m2.

The main conclusions of our work is that the species richness of pastures is log-dependant of the surface, and that this increase in diversity results from the component a of the beta diversity, namely species which are common at two successive plot sizes.

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