Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Mapping species richness of plant families in European vegetation
Authors: Večeřa, Martin
Axmanová, Irena
Padullés Cubino, Josep
Lososová, Zdeňka
Divíšek, Jan
Knollová, Ilona
Aćić, Svetlana
Biurrun, Idoia
Boch, Steffen
Bonari, Gianmaria
Campos, Juan Antonio
Čarni, Andraž
Carranza, Maria Laura
Casella, Laura
Chiarucci, Alessandro
Ćušterevska, Renata
Delbosc, Pauline
Dengler, Jürgen
Fernández‐González, Federico
Gégout, Jean‐Claude
Jandt, Ute
Jansen, Florian
Jašková, Anni
Jiménez‐Alfaro, Borja
Kuzemko, Anna
Lebedeva, Maria
Lenoir, Jonathan
Lysenko, Tatiana
Moeslund, Jesper Erenskjold
Pielech, Remigiusz
Ruprecht, Eszter
Šibík, Jozef
Šilc, Urban
Škvorc, Željko
Swacha, Grzegorz
Tatarenko, Irina
Vassilev, Kiril
Wohlgemuth, Thomas
Yamalov, Sergey
Chytrý, Milan
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.13035
Published in: Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume(Issue): 32
Issue: 3
Page(s): e13035
Issue Date: 18-May-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiley
ISSN: 1100-9233
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 580: Plants (Botany)
Abstract: Aims: Biodiversity is traditionally studied mostly at the species level, but biogeographical and macroecological studies at higher taxonomic levels can provide valuable insights into the evolutionary processes at large spatial scales. Our aim was to assess the representation of vascular plant families within different vegetation formations across Europe. Location: Europe. Methods: We used a data set of 816,005 vegetation plots from the European Vegetation Archive (EVA). For each plot, we calculated the relative species richness of each plant family as the number of species belonging to that family divided by the total number of species. We mapped the relative species richness, averaged across all plots in 50 km × 50 km grid cells, for each family and broad habitat groups: forests, grasslands, scrub and wetlands. We also calculated the absolute species richness and the Shannon diversity index for each family. Results: We produced 522 maps of mean relative species richness for a total of 152 vascular plant families occurring in forests, grasslands, scrub and wetlands. We found distinct spatial patterns for many combinations of families and habitat groups. The resulting series of 522 maps is freely available, both as images and GIS layers. Conclusions: The distinct spatial patterns revealed in the maps suggest that the relative species richness of plant families at the community level reflects the evolutionary history of individual families. We believe that the maps and associated data can inspire further biogeographical and macroecological studies and strengthen the ongoing integration of phylogenetic, functional and taxonomic diversity concepts.
Fulltext version: Published version
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Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
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