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Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Fine‐grain beta diversity of Palaearctic grassland vegetation
Authors: Dembicz, Iwona
Dengler, Jürgen
Steinbauer, Manuel J.
Matthews, Thomas J.
Bartha, Sándor
Burrascano, Sabina
Chiarucci, Alessandro
Filibeck, Goffredo
Gillet, François
Janišová, Monika
Palpurina, Salza
Storch, David
Ulrich, Werner
Aćić, Svetlana
Boch, Steffen
Campos, Juan Antonio
Cancellieri, Laura
Carboni, Marta
Ciaschetti, Giampiero
Conradi, Timo
De Frenne, Pieter
Dolezal, Jiri
Dolnik, Christian
Essl, Franz
Fantinato, Edy
García‐Mijangos, Itziar
Giusso del Galdo, Gian Pietro
Grytnes, John‐Arvid
Guarino, Riccardo
Güler, Behlül
Kapfer, Jutta
Klichowska, Ewelina
Kozub, Łukasz
Kuzemko, Anna
Löbel, Swantje
Manthey, Michael
Marcenò, Corrado
Mimet, Anne
Naqinezhad, Alireza
Noroozi, Jalil
Nowak, Arkadiusz
Pauli, Harald
Peet, Robert K.
Pellissier, Vincent
Pielech, Remigiusz
Terzi, Massimo
Uğurlu, Emin
Valkó, Orsolya
Vasheniak, Iuliia
Vassilev, Kiril
Vynokurov, Denys
White, Hannah J.
Willner, Wolfgang
Winkler, Manuela
Wolfrum, Sebastian
Zhang, Jing Hui
Biurrun, Idoia
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1111/jvs.13045
Published in: Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume(Issue): 32
Issue: 3
Page(s): e13045
Issue Date: 22-May-2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiley
ISSN: 1100-9233
Language: English
Subjects: Disturbance; Elevation; Fine-grain beta diversity; Heterogeneity; Land use; Macroecology; Mean occupancy; Palaearctic grassland; Productivity; Scale dependence; Species–area relationship (SAR); Z-value
Subject (DDC): 333.7: Land, natural recreational areas
580: Plants (Botany)
Abstract: Questions: Which environmental factors influence fine-grain beta diversity of vegetation and do they vary among taxonomic groups? Location: Palaearctic biogeographic realm. Methods: We extracted 4,654 nested-plot series with at least four different grain sizes between 0.0001 m² and 1,024 m² from the GrassPlot database, covering a wide range of different grassland and other open habitat types. We derived extensive environmental and structural information for these series. For each series and four taxonomic groups (vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, all), we calculated the slope parameter (z-value) of the power-law species–area relationship (SAR), as a beta diversity measure. We tested whether z-values differed among taxonomic groups and with respect to biogeographic gradients (latitude, elevation, macroclimate), ecological (site) characteristics (several stress-productivity, disturbance and heterogeneity measures, including land use) and alpha diversity (c-value of the power-law SAR). Results: Mean z-values were highest for lichens, intermediate for vascular plants and lowest for bryophytes. Bivariate regressions of z-values against environmental variables had rather low predictive power (mean R² = 0.07 for vascular plants, less for other taxa). For vascular plants, the strongest predictors of z-values were herb layer cover (negative), elevation (positive), rock and stone cover (positive) and the c-value (u-shaped). All tested metrics related to land use (fertilisation, livestock grazing, mowing, burning, decrease in naturalness) led to a decrease in z-values. Other predictors had little or no impact on z-values. The patterns for bryophytes, lichens and all taxa combined were similar but weaker than those for vascular plants. Main conclusions: We conclude that productivity has negative and heterogeneity positive effects on z-values, while the effect of disturbance varies depending on type and intensity. These patterns and the differences among taxonomic groups can be explained via the effects of these drivers on the mean occupancy of species, which is mathematically linked to beta diversity.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
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Dembicz, I., Dengler, J., Steinbauer, M. J., Matthews, T. J., Bartha, S., Burrascano, S., Chiarucci, A., Filibeck, G., Gillet, F., Janišová, M., Palpurina, S., Storch, D., Ulrich, W., Aćić, S., Boch, S., Campos, J. A., Cancellieri, L., Carboni, M., Ciaschetti, G., et al. (2021). Fine‐grain beta diversity of Palaearctic grassland vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science, 32(3), e13045.
Dembicz, I. et al. (2021) ‘Fine‐grain beta diversity of Palaearctic grassland vegetation’, Journal of Vegetation Science, 32(3), p. e13045. Available at:
I. Dembicz et al., “Fine‐grain beta diversity of Palaearctic grassland vegetation,” Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 32, no. 3, p. e13045, May 2021, doi: 10.1111/jvs.13045.
DEMBICZ, Iwona, Jürgen DENGLER, Manuel J. STEINBAUER, Thomas J. MATTHEWS, Sándor BARTHA, Sabina BURRASCANO, Alessandro CHIARUCCI, Goffredo FILIBECK, François GILLET, Monika JANIŠOVÁ, Salza PALPURINA, David STORCH, Werner ULRICH, Svetlana AĆIĆ, Steffen BOCH, Juan Antonio CAMPOS, Laura CANCELLIERI, Marta CARBONI, Giampiero CIASCHETTI, Timo CONRADI, Pieter DE FRENNE, Jiri DOLEZAL, Christian DOLNIK, Franz ESSL, Edy FANTINATO, Itziar GARCÍA‐MIJANGOS, Gian Pietro GIUSSO DEL GALDO, John‐Arvid GRYTNES, Riccardo GUARINO, Behlül GÜLER, Jutta KAPFER, Ewelina KLICHOWSKA, Łukasz KOZUB, Anna KUZEMKO, Swantje LÖBEL, Michael MANTHEY, Corrado MARCENÒ, Anne MIMET, Alireza NAQINEZHAD, Jalil NOROOZI, Arkadiusz NOWAK, Harald PAULI, Robert K. PEET, Vincent PELLISSIER, Remigiusz PIELECH, Massimo TERZI, Emin UĞURLU, Orsolya VALKÓ, Iuliia VASHENIAK, Kiril VASSILEV, Denys VYNOKUROV, Hannah J. WHITE, Wolfgang WILLNER, Manuela WINKLER, Sebastian WOLFRUM, Jing Hui ZHANG und Idoia BIURRUN, 2021. Fine‐grain beta diversity of Palaearctic grassland vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science. 22 Mai 2021. Bd. 32, Nr. 3, S. e13045. DOI 10.1111/jvs.13045
Dembicz, Iwona, Jürgen Dengler, Manuel J. Steinbauer, Thomas J. Matthews, Sándor Bartha, Sabina Burrascano, Alessandro Chiarucci, et al. 2021. “Fine‐Grain Beta Diversity of Palaearctic Grassland Vegetation.” Journal of Vegetation Science 32 (3): e13045.
Dembicz, Iwona, et al. “Fine‐Grain Beta Diversity of Palaearctic Grassland Vegetation.” Journal of Vegetation Science, vol. 32, no. 3, May 2021, p. e13045,

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