The present study evaluates the relative importance of environmental factors in affecting the species composition and abundance of the plant communities on ultramafic soils in Tuscany, Italy. We used rigorous sampling techniques to test hypotheses generated from exploratory studies performed previously. Vegetation-environmental relationships were analyzed using 50 plots, each 1 m 2, randomly located throughout a 22-ha area in the Upper Tiber Valley. We confirm that the exchangeable fraction of nickel in the soil is almost never high enough to affect the vegetation. However, physical factors (e.g. substrate setting and elevation) are important in controlling the distribution of plant species. Tree cover (almost exclusively due to the introduced plantation pines) also had a significant affect on the vegetation composition and on soil features such as the C/N ratio. Other important factors significantly related to the gradients in vegetation composition (e.g. rockiness and total soil nitrogen) are interpreted as factors related to the vegetation composition through a positive feedback mechanism.
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|Titolo:||A test of vegetation-environment relationship in serpentine of Tuscany, Italy.|
|Citazione:||Chiarucci, A., Rocchini, D., Leonzio, C., & DE DOMINICIS, V. (2001). A test of vegetation-environment relationship in serpentine of Tuscany, Italy. ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH, 16(4), 627-639.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|