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The biodiversity cost of reducing management intensity in species-rich grasslands: Mowing annually vs. every third year
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6128-1051
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Theoretical Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
Swedish University of Agriculture Science, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Biology. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2017 (English)In: Basic and Applied Ecology, ISSN 1439-1791, E-ISSN 1618-0089, Vol. 22, 61-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Mowing is an important management method for species-rich semi-natural grasslands in Europe. Since mowing is costly, it is important to find a balance between mowing frequency and conservation benefits. We compared vegetation data from eleven field trials situated in southern Sweden that involved two mowing regimes, annually and every third year, as well as a no-management control. After approximately 14 years, mowing every third year showed (i) a drop in species richness and Shannon and GiniSimpson diversity indices, (ii) an increase in woody species, and (iii) increases in tall-grown species. However, there were no apparent changes in (iv) species that were indicative of poor management, nor (v) those indicating good management. For one of the trials, data after 38 years were also evaluated. Compared with annual mowing, there were strong negative changes in the number of species in the untreated control, while the results were conflicting for mowing every third year. In conclusion, the expected loss of conservation values from reduced mowing intensity was 5060% of the loss after abandonment. The outcomes, however, varied among the eleven sites. (C) 2017 Gesellschaft fur Okologie. Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

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ELSEVIER GMBH, URBAN & FISCHER VERLAG , 2017. Vol. 22, 61-74 p.
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Cutting; Indicators; Meta-analysis; Mowing; Odds ratio; Response ratio; Semi-natural grassland; Sweden
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-141735DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2017.07.004ISI: 000409994800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-141735DiVA: diva2:1147294
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Funding Agencies|Swedish Board of Agriculture

Available from: 2017-10-05 Created: 2017-10-05 Last updated: 2017-10-24

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