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A functional method for classifying European grasslands for use in joint ecological and economic studies

Hodgson, J. G. ; Montserrat-Martí, G. ; Cerabolini, B. ; Ceriani, R. M. ; Maestro-Martínez, M. ; Peco, B. ; Wilson, P. J. ; Thompson, K. ; Grime, J. P. ; Band, S. R. ; Bogard, A. ; Castro-Díez, P. ; Charles, M. ; Jones, G. ; Pérez-Rontomé, M. C. ; Caccianiga, M. ; Alard, D. ; Bakker, J. P. ; Cornelissen, J. H. C. ; Dutoit, T. ; Grootjans, A. P. ; Guerrero-Campo, J. ; Gupta, P. L. ; Hynd, A. ; Kahmen, S. ; Poschlod, P. ; Romo-Díez, A. ; Rorison, I. H. ; Rosén, E. ; Schreiber, K.-F. ; Tallowin, J. ; de Torres Espuny, L. ; Villar-Salvador, P.



Abstract

A simple protocol is presented for a functional classification of European grassland species using attributes that can be quickly and easily measured. These attributes relate to habitat fertility, intensity of grazing and disturbance. As a surrogate for habitat fertility we use leaf nitrogen predicted by multiple regression from three leaf characters, specific leaf area, dry matter content and ...

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