Restoration of ditch bank plant diversity : the interaction between spatiotemporal patterns and agri-environmental management

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Restoration of ditch bank plant diversity : the interaction between spatiotemporal patterns and agri-environmental management

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Restoration of ditch bank plant diversity : the interaction between spatiotemporal patterns and agri-environmental management
Author: Leng, Xin
Publisher: Department of Conservation Biology, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2010-05-26
Keywords: Plant diversity
Restoration
Nature reserves
Agri-environment schemes
Seed dispersal
Site condition
Abstract: The research focused on two main objectives: (1) understanding the processes behind the spatial and temporal patterns of plant diversity on ditch banks; (2) identifying options for the conservation and restoration of plant species diversity on ditch banks. The spatial and temporal variation of plant diversity have been explained primarily on the basis of dispersal processes, which imply that conservation management should focus on facilitating dispersal between sites. Nature reserves can act as a source of seeds for the surrounding areas, the presence of nature reserves, therefore, should be given greater consideration in management policies. In view of the large areas of agricultural lands in the Netherlands, these areas can contribute considerably to the country’s overall plant diversity. Agri-environmental schemes (AES) should therefore consider large-scale contributions to diversity instead of focus entirely on the farm scales. We suggest that farmers implementing AES would be more successful if they selected ditch banks adjacent to those where a similar management regime is already in force.
Description: Promotor: G.R. de Snoo, Co-promotor: C.J.M. Muster
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Leng, X., 2010, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789051911688
Sponsor: This research was financially supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/15565
 

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