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Case Study

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/9780195172331.003.0012
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In arid environments, the patterns of native and non-native plant diversity may be affected by cryptobiotic crusts. This chapter is a detailed case study designed to: (1) quantify patterns of native and non-native plant species, cryptobiotic crust habitats, rare/unique habitats, and soil characteristics at landscape scales; and (2) determine which habitats in the southeast portion of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, Utah, were more invaded by exotic plant species. It provides an opportunity to evaluate the interactions between various components of vascular plant diversity, with non-vascular plants (crusts) in complex arid soil environments.

Keywords: grazing; cryptobiotic soil crusts; soil characteristics; multi-scale sampling; exotic plant species; vascular plant diversity; non-vascular plant diversity

Chapter.  5968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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