Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-23219
Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: A plant sociological procedure for the ecological design and enhancement of urban green infrastructure
Authors: Catalano, Chiara
Pasta, Salvatore
Guarino, Riccardo
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-75929-2_3
10.21256/zhaw-23219
Published in: Urban Services to Ecosystems
Editors of the parent work: Catalano, Chiara
Andreucci, Maria Beatrice
Guarino, Riccardo
Bretzel, Francesca
Leone, Manfredi
Pasta, Salvatore
Page(s): 31
Pages to: 60
Issue Date: 2021
Series: Future City
Series volume: 17
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-030-75928-5
978-3-030-75929-2
Language: English
Subjects: Green roof; Urban biodiversity; Species introduction; Urban meadow; Data mining; Vegetation
Subject (DDC): 580: Plants (Botany)
Abstract: Urban green infrastructure could represent an important mean for environmental mitigation, if designed according to the principles of restoration ecology. Moreover, if suitably executed, managed and sized, they may be assimilated to meta-populations of natural habitats, deserving to be included in the biodiversity monitoring networks. In this chapter, we combined automatised and expert opinion-based procedures in order to select the vascular plant assemblages to populate different microhabitats (differing in terms of light and moisture) co-occurring on an existing green roof in Zurich (Switzerland). Our results lead to identify three main plant species groups, which prove to be the most suitable for the target roof. These guilds belong to mesoxeric perennial grasslands (Festuco-Brometea), nitrophilous ephemeral communities (Stellarietea mediae) and drought-tolerant pioneer species linked to nutrient-poor soils (Koelerio-Corynephoretea). Some ruderal and stress-tolerant species referred to the class Artemisietea vulgaris appear to fit well with local roof characteristics, too. Inspired by plant sociology, this method also considers conservation issues, analysing whether the plants selected through our procedure were characteristic of habitats of conservation interest according to Swiss and European laws and directives. Selecting plant species with different life cycles and life traits may lead to higher plant species richness, which in turn may improve the functional complexity and the ecosystem services provided by green roofs and green infrastructure in general.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/23219
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)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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