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How former arable fields with permanent grazing differ from managed semi-natural pastures in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

New farming needs and innovations have, over time, led to changes in land use. Arable fields have been turned into pastures and semi-natural pastures into arable fields. Due to the ecological value of continually grazed semi-natural pastures in Sweden the aim of this study is to find out how former arable fields that are permanently grazed differ from semi-natural pastures. In this study I selected appropriate semi-natural pastures from a national monitoring program on seminatural- pastures and meadows. Plots continuously grazed were compared with grazed plots on former arable fields. Pair-wise differences in the Ellenberg indicator values Light (L), Soil moisture (F), soil pH (R) and soil nitrogen (N), vertical coverage of trees, bushes and vegetation, species richness and species composition were tested. Except for species composition there were only small differences between former arable fields that are permanently grazed and semi-natural pastures. That means former arable fields can with time and grazing gain many of the values continuously grazed semi-natural pastures have.

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2019. , p. 15
Keywords [en]
grasslands, former arable fields, species richness, species composition, semi-natural pastures, Ellenberg indicator values
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Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158072ISRN: LITH-IFM-G-EX--19/3697--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158072DiVA, id: diva2:1329300
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Biology
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2019-05-29, BL32, 581 83, Linköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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