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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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Case Study

Case Study

Assessments of Plant Diversity in Arid Landscapes

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Measuring Plant Diversity
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.003.0012

In arid environments, the patterns of native and non-native plant diversity may be affected by cryptobiotic crusts. This chapter is a detailed case study designed to: (1) quantify patterns of native and non-native plant species, cryptobiotic crust habitats, rare/unique habitats, and soil characteristics at landscape scales; and (2) determine which habitats in the southeast portion of the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, Utah, were more invaded by exotic plant species. It provides an opportunity to evaluate the interactions between various components of vascular plant diversity, with non-vascular plants (crusts) in complex arid soil environments.

Keywords:   grazing, cryptobiotic soil crusts, soil characteristics, multi-scale sampling, exotic plant species, vascular plant diversity, non-vascular plant diversity

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