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Local Factors Rather than the Landscape Context Explain Species Richness and Functional Trait Diversity and Responses of Plant Assemblages of Mediterranean Cereal Field Margins

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Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible (CSIC), Avda. Menendez Pidal s/n, Aptdo 4084, 14080 Córdoba, Spain
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Departamento de Ciencias Agroforestales, Universidad de Huelva, Campus La Rábida, Ctra. Palos s/n, Palos de la Frontera, 21819 Huelva, Spain
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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), UMR 1347 Agroécologie, 17 rue Sully, BP 86510, F-21065 Dijon CEDEX, France
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Departament d’Enginyeria Agroalimentària i Biotecnologia, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, C/Esteve Terradas 8, Castelldefels, 08860 Barcelona, Spain
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Plants 2020, 9(6), 778; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9060778
Received: 19 May 2020 / Revised: 13 June 2020 / Accepted: 20 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 2019 Feature Papers by Plants’ Editorial Board Members)
Arable field margins are valuable habitats providing a wide range of ecosystem services in rural landscapes. Agricultural intensification in recent decades has been a major cause of decline in plant diversity in these habitats. However, the concomitant effects on plant functional diversity are less documented, particularly in Mediterranean areas. In this paper, we analyzed the effect of margin width and surrounding landscape (cover and diversity of land use and field size), used as proxies for management intensity at local and landscape scales, on plant species richness, functional diversity and functional trait values in margins of winter cereal fields in southern Spain. Five functional traits were selected: life form, growth form, seed mass, seed dispersal mode and pollination type. RLQ and fourth-corner analyses were used to link functional traits and landscape variables. A total of 306 plant species were recorded. Species richness and functional diversity were positively related to margin width but showed no response to landscape variables. Functional trait values were affected neither by the local nor landscape variables. Our results suggest that increasing the margin width of conventionally managed cereal fields would enhance both taxonomic and functional diversity of margin plant assemblages, and thus the services they provide to the agro-ecosystem. View Full-Text
Keywords: plant diversity; plant functional traits; agricultural intensification; seed mass plant diversity; plant functional traits; agricultural intensification; seed mass
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Pallavicini, Y.; Bastida, F.; Hernández-Plaza, E.; Petit, S.; Izquierdo, J.; Gonzalez-Andujar, J.L. Local Factors Rather than the Landscape Context Explain Species Richness and Functional Trait Diversity and Responses of Plant Assemblages of Mediterranean Cereal Field Margins. Plants 2020, 9, 778.

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