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The effect of nitrogen deposition on the species richness of acid grasslands in Denmark: A comparison with a study performed on a European scale

Damgaard, C. and Jensen, L. and Frohn, L.M. and Borchsenius, F. and Nielsen, K.E. and Ejrnæs, Rasmus and Stevens, Carly (2011) The effect of nitrogen deposition on the species richness of acid grasslands in Denmark: A comparison with a study performed on a European scale. Environmental Pollution, 159 (7). pp. 1778-1782. ISSN 0269-7491

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Abstract

The effect of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on the species richness of acid grasslands was investigated by combining data from a large Danish monitoring program with a large European data set, where a significant non-linear negative effect of nitrogen deposition had been demonstrated (Stevens et al., 2010). The nitrogen deposition range in Denmark is relatively small and when only considering the Danish data a non-significant decrease in the species richness with nitrogen deposition was observed. However, when both data sets were combined, then the conclusion of the European survey was further corroborated by the results of the Danish monitoring. Furthermore, by combining the two data sets a more comprehensive picture of the threats to the biodiversity of acid grasslands emerge; i.e., species richness in remnant patches of acid grassland in intensively cultivated agricultural landscapes is under influence not only from nitrogen deposition, but also from current and historical land use.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Pollution
Uncontrolled Keywords: Species richness ; Nitrogen deposition ; Biodiversity ; Acid grassland
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 53921
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 May 2012 14:45
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2013 00:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53921

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