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Is plant diversity on tractor trails more influenced by disturbance than by soil characteristics

Authors
  • Wei, L.
  • Hulin, F.
  • Chevalier, R.
  • Archaux, Frédéric
  • Gosselin, F.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.08.0200378-1127
OAI: oai:HAL:hal-02604808v1
Source
HAL-Descartes
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Language
English
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Unknown
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Abstract

Despite broad recognition that forest machinery access systems impact plant diversity, previous studies have largely focused on skid trails. As a consequence, how tractor trails (dead-end single-use trails) influence plant diversity is poorly understood. In particular, knowledge is lacking on whether fine-scale understory diversity is better indicated by tractor-trail disturbance or by the environment. We investigated the relative importance of tractor-trail disturbance conditions and soil characteristics, as well as their effects on ground floral diversity in four oak forest types (a high forest and three coppicewith-standard forests) in the northern half of France. Subplots representing five types of disturbance conditions were placed on both recent (

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