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Introduction

Thomas J. Stohlgren

in Measuring Plant Diversity

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172331
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0001
 Introduction

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This chapter reviews why standard methods for plant diversity studies have been slow to develop. It provides specific examples why plant diversity studies are inherently difficult due to issues of taxonomy, phonology, and species rarity. In addition, it shows that designing plant diversity studies also is hampered by plant-to-plant neighborhood scale variability, landscape-to-regional scale variability, and long-term changes in plant diversity brought about by immigration, particularly plant species invasions from other countries.

Keywords: sampling plant diversity; habitat heterogeneity; rare species; plant species invations; patchy species distributions; complex environmental gradients

Chapter.  3596 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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