Piqueray, Julien; Mahy, Grégory
Les pelouses calcicoles, qui sont considérées comme des hotspots de biodiversité en Europe, ont subi un fort déclin durant le siècle dernier. Dès lors, il est apparu que la restauration de ces habitats s’imposait en tant que stratégie de conservation. La restauration consiste à recréer les conditions biotiques et abiotiques permettant aux espèces typiques de s’installer. En fonction du type de dégradation du milieu, plusieurs contraintes peuvent survenir lors de la restauration, comme l’enric...
Full Text Available Persistence of former land-uses and conservation management of calcareous grasslands in France. In Europe, a lot of chalk grasslands are managed for the conservation of their great biodiversity. However, traditional agricultural practices are at the origin of their existence and maintained them. Although these practices are becoming well documented, very few studies are carried out on the links between traditional agricultural practices and long-term vegetation dynamics. Most of these practices have been abandoned during the last centuries. The aims of our study were to identify the traditional agricultural practices and their impacts on the composition, structure and dynamics of chalk grassland vegetation in interaction with the influence of new management systems created for their biological conservation. Three study sites were chosen in a gradient from North-West France to South-East France. In the chalk grasslands of Upper-Normandy (NW, our results showed that the species which disappeared or are about to disappear from the above-ground vegetation are arable weed species of the 19th century cultivated plots and not typical species of nowadays chalk grasslands. In the centre of France, our results showed that,whatever the present disturbance regimes, old calcareous grasslands always have a higher species richness than grasslands close to former cultivated plots. In South-Eastern France, our results showed that formerly cultivated plots have a very different floristic composition than grazed grasslands. Also, their species-richness is always significantly lower than that of grazed grasslands even after 35 years of abandonment and with the same present disturbance regime. Dry grasslands are not resilient to punctual disturbances taking place within centennial disturbance regimes. Managers must take into account these parameters to set their management priorities. Concurrently to ecological diagnosis and biodiversity inventories, they must carry out historical ecological studies to understand more clearly which variables are responsible for the structure and dynamics of these ecosystems.
Éthel Dupont; François Malaisse; Jean-François Dulière
Dispersai by birds and germination of seeds from some scrubs in a calcareous shrublandThe thorny shrubland is the mort common évolution stage of ungrazed calcareous grasslands in Western Europe. Shrubs of this thicket bear many fruits which are especially dispersed by birds, according to différent feeding behaviours. Regarding the phenology of the main species, ripe fruits are available during nearly eight months. Some germination tests have been applied to seeds with intention to break possi...
Full Text Available Dispersai by birds and germination of seeds from some scrubs in a calcareous shrublandThe thorny shrubland is the mort common évolution stage of ungrazed calcareous grasslands in Western Europe. Shrubs of this thicket bear many fruits which are especially dispersed by birds, according to différent feeding behaviours. Regarding the phenology of the main species, ripe fruits are available during nearly eight months. Some germination tests have been applied to seeds with intention to break possible dormancy phenomenon. The seed of Ligustrum vulgare L. can germinale without any pretreatment. For Prunus spinosa L. and Rhamnus cathartica L., a cold period is required to break dormancy. Other species, like Rosa canina L., or Crataegus monogyna Jacq., demand spécial treatment to break complex dormancies. The role of frugivores seems more to pull down the pulp of the fruit than to break dormancy by passage into digestive system.
Hájek, Michal; Plesková, Z.; Syrovátka, V.; Peterka, T.; Laburdová, J.; Kintrová, K.; Jiroušek, M.; Hájek, Tomáš
Roč. 16, č. 5 (2014), s. 203-218. ISSN 1433-8319 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP505/10/0638 Institutional support: RVO:67985939 Keywords : bryophyte * calcicole-calcifuge behaviour * ionome Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 3.606, year: 2014
Fühner, Christoph; Runge, Michael
Calluna vulgaris (L.) Hull is primarily found on acid soils and is generally classified as a calcifuge species. Therefore, its occasional growth in semi-arid grassland on shallow calcareous soils gave rise to the question as to whether special soil conditions, deviating from the typical conditions in calcareous soils, enable this unusual occurrence. In an attempt to answer this question, we analysed selected soil factors, comparing plots where C. vulgaris was growing besides calcicole species...
Pestana, M; Gama, Florinda; Saavedra, Teresa; de Varennes, Amarilis; P.J. Correia
Iron (Fe) deficiency is a common nutritional disorder in several crops grown in calcareous soils, but some species are well adapted to these conditions. A hydroponic experiment was conducted to compare the response of a calcicole species Ceratonia siliqua L. (carob) and of Poncirus trifoliata (L.) Raf., a citrus rootstock very sensitive to Fe deficiency. Rootstocks from both species were grown in nutrient solutions without Fe (0 M Fe), with 1 M Fe, and with 10 M Fe (carob) or 4...
An earlier article featured a comprehensive list of specific measures aimed at reducing radiation levels within forest ecosystems. All these measures were assessed globally in terms of their expected effectiveness and practical limitations. This study considers the same measures but focuses on differences between three widely distributed forest ecosystems in Europe: Mediterranean calcicolous evergreen forest, temperate mesotrophic deciduous forest and boreal acidophilous coniferous forest. From this analysis, it emerges that the relatively wide range of countermeasures which, in theory, could be applied to forest ecosystems is much more limited when considering specific ecosystems and the variation between ecosystems
Conti, E; Soltis, D E; Hardig, T M; Schneider, J
The silver saxifrages (Saxifraga sect. Ligulatae Haworth; Saxifragaceae) exhibit remarkable variation of substrate specialization, with strictly calcicole to calcifuge species, as well as life histories which range from semelparity to iteroparity. They occur almost exclusively in the European mountain ranges and display high levels of endemism. Sequences from chloroplast and nuclear ribosomal DNA were obtained to resolve phylogenetic relationships among the silver saxifrages and related taxa and to gain insight into the evolution of substrate specificity, life history, and biogeography. The resulting phylogenies suggested that (1) Saxifraga sect. Ligulatae, as traditionally defined, does not constitute a monophyletic group; (2) lime-secreting hydathodes in calcifuge species apparently represent a secondary nonaptation; (3) semelparity evolved independently two or three times in the silver saxifrages and allied sections, possibly in response to climatic changes that occured during the Pleistocene; and (4) narrow endemics, for example S. cochlearis, likely evolved from the fragmentation of the widespread S. paniculata into refugial populations that became isolated during the glacial maxima of the Pleistocene. PMID:10620412
Lichenometric age measured on rock-falls related to historic seismicity affecting Lorca and its surroundings (Murcia, SE Spain); Datacion mediante liquenometria de los desprendimientos rocosos asociados a la sismicidad historica en Lorca (Murcia, SE de Espana)
Perez-Lopez, R.; Martin-Gonzalez, F.; Martinez-Diaz, J. J.; Rodriguez-Pascua, M. A.
During the earthquake at Lorca (Murcia, SE Spain) in 2011 (5.2 Mw, 4km depth) several rock-falls occurred, mobilizing an estimated volume of close to 2,000 m3. All these rock-falls took place within the Estancias and La Tercia mountain ranges, the topography of which is composed of Tortonian calcarenitic sandstones with steep scarps more than 30 m in height. We have conducted a lichenometric study to obtain the age of the ancient rock-falls within the Las Estancias Range. We have assumed an annual growth rate of 0.24 mm for lichen species classified as calcicolous and related to warm climatic conditions. Our aim was to corroborate the hypothesis that seismic events triggered these massive rock-falls. The city of Lorca had experienced two nearfield historic earthquakes (1674 EMS VIII and 1818 EMS VI) and one far-field tremor during the great Lisbon earthquake in 1755 (EMS VI). Results obtained here indicate that the earthquakes of 1674 and 2011 were quite similar, except that the 1674 one mobilised a greater quantity and twenty times the volume of blocks mobilised during the 2011 earthquake. Therefore, we conclude that the size of the earthquake of 1674 was possibly between 6.0 < M < 6.8, assuming similar focal and seismotectonic conditions to those of the instrumentally measured earthquake of 2011. (Author) 34 refs.
Full Text Available The present paper focuses on the structural, synecological and floristic diversity features of beech-dominated forest communities in four major areas of the Antiapenninic Tyrrhenian system in Tuscany: Metalliferous hills, mountains to the south of Mt. Amiata, volcanic area of the upper Lente valley and Mt. Cetona. These are relict woodlands of Holo-Pleistocene origin with a special ecological and conservation value due to their extrazonal location in lowland submediterranean areas. Results show substantial among-area differences in structure, synecology and plant species composition, but in general a potential for coppices to reach the tall forest stage, as demonstrated by the old-growth stands of Pietraporciana and Sassoforte. Compared with montane Apenninic beechwoods, the relatively rich flora of the studied communities include thermophilous species with a southern Apennine-Balkan distribution, making their syntaxonomical position unclear. Closer affinities are found with the calcicolous Beech Forests of the association and with the silicicolous ones of the . Based on the Natura 2000 system, all the examined communities belong to the priority Habitat “Apennine beech forests with and ” (code: 9210*. Due their relict nature, these biotopes appear vulnerable to climate changes and to a production-oriented forest management. Criteria of naturalistic silviculture should instead promote the dynamic development of these communities towards tall forests and their natural regeneration.
Full Text Available Effects of soil on vegetation patterns are commonly obscured by other environmental factors; clear and general relationships are difficult to find. How would community assembly processes be affected by a substantial change in soil characteristics when all other relevant factors are held constant? In particular, can we identify some functional adaptations which would underpin such soil-induced vegetation response?Eastern Serbia: fields partially damaged by long-term and large-scale fluvial deposition of sulphidic waste from a Cu mine; subcontinental/submediterranean climate.We analysed the multivariate response of cereal weed assemblages (including biomass and foliar analyses to a strong man-made soil gradient (from highly calcareous to highly acidic, nutrient-poor soils over short distances (field scale.The soil gradient favoured a substitution of calcicoles by calcifuges, and an increase in abundance of pseudometallophytes, with preferences for Atlantic climate, broad geographical distribution, hemicryptophytic life form, adapted to low-nutrient and acidic soils, with lower concentrations of Ca, and very narrow range of Cu concentrations in leaves. The trends of abundance of the different ecological groups of indicator species along the soil gradient were systematically reflected in the maintenance of leaf P concentrations, and strong homeostasis in biomass N:P ratio.Using annual weed vegetation at the field scale as a fairly simple model, we demonstrated links between gradients in soil properties (pH, nutrient availability and floristic composition that are normally encountered over large geographic distances. We showed that leaf nutrient status, in particular the maintenance of leaf P concentrations and strong homeostasis of biomass N:P ratio, underpinned a clear functional response of vegetation to mineral stress. These findings can help to understand assembly processes leading to unusual, novel combinations of species which are typically
Edinelson J. M. Neves
data. The leaf sampling of neem trees, when realized in the middle of the crown subdivided in FCMS and FCMI depends, among other factors, on the nutrient mobility and on the light conditions of the stand. The leaf contents of Ca show indications that the neem plant could be a calcicole plant, and efficient in N and P absorption. The soil K content is positively correlated with the K content of the FCMI position.
Marcelo Trindade Nascimento
were higher in the mature leaves. The concentration of P decreased from mature leaves to senescent leaves. The plants from calcareous soil showed higher concentration of Ca and lower concentration of K than plants of acidic soil. The values of P, Mg and Al were similar in both forests. The differences between populations could possibly be explained by soil type, but other factors such as the physiological behavior of plants should also be considered. Plants from the acidic soil can be calcifuge and plants from the calcareous soil can be calcicole.
Cobert, Florian; Schimtt, Anne-Désirée.; Bourgeade, Pascale; Stille, Peter; Chabaux, François; Badot, Pierre-Marie; Jaegler, Thomas
This study aims to better understand the role of vegetation on the Ca cycle at the level of the critical zone of the Earth, in order to specify the mechanisms controlling the Ca absorption by plants at the rock/plant interface. To do this, we performed experiments using hydroponic plant cultures in a way that we could control the co-occuring geochemical and physiological process and determine the impact of the nutritive solution on the Ca cycle within plants. A dicotyledon and calcicole plant with rapid growth, the French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), has been chosen to have access to one complete growth cycle. Several experiments have been conducted with two Ca concentrations, 6 (L) and 60 (H) ppm and two pH values (4 and 6) in the nutritive solution, for which the Ca concentration was maintained constant, so its Ca content is considered as infinite. A second experiment (non infinite L6) allowed Ca depletion in the solution through time; therefore, response effects on the Ca isotopic signatures in the plant organs and in the nutritive solution were observed. We determined Ca concentrations and isotopic ratios in the nutritive solution and in different organs (main roots, secondary roots, old and young stems, old and young leaves and fruits) at two different growth stages (10 days and 6 weeks). Preliminary results show that: (1) the roots (main and secondary) were enriched in the light isotope (40Ca) compared to the nutritive solution, and leaves were enriched in the heavy isotope (44Ca) compared to stems. These results are in accord with previously published field studies (Wigand et al., 2005; Page et al., 2008; Cenki-Tok et al., 2009; Holmden and Bélanger, 2010). Leaves and secondary roots were however enriched in the heavy isotope (44Ca) compared to bean pods, stems and main roots. These results could be related to kinetic fractionation processes occurring either during the Ca root uptake, or during the Ca transport within the plant, or physiological mechanisms
Cobert, F.; Schmitt, A.; Bourgade, P.; Stille, P.; Chabaux, F. J.; Badot, P.; Jaegler, T.
This study aims to better understand the role of vegetation on the Ca cycle at the level of the critical zone of the Earth, in order to specify the mechanisms controlling the Ca absorption by plants at the rock/plant interface. To do this, we performed experiments using hydroponic plant cultures in a way that we could control the cooccuring geochemical and biological processes and determine the impact of the nutritive solution on the Ca cycle within plants. A dicotyledon and calcicole plant with rapid growth, the French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), has been chosen to have access to one complete growth cycle. Several experiments have been conducted with two Ca concentrations, 5 (L) and 60 (H) ppm and two pH values (4 and 6) in the nutritive solution, for which the Ca concentration was maintained constant, so its Ca content is considered to be infinite. We determined Ca concentrations and isotopic ratios in the nutritive solution and in different organs (main roots, secondary roots, old and young stems, old and young leaves and fruits) at two different growth stages (10 days and 6 weeks). Our results show, in accord with previously published field studies, that the bean organs are all enriched in the light 40Ca isotope compared to the nutritive solution (e.g. Wigand et al., 2005; Page et al., 2008; Cenki-Tok et al., 2009; Holmden and Bélanger, 2010). We identify two fractionation levels. The first occurs during the uptake of the nutrient elements by the lateral roots. This implies that the main mechanisms of light isotope enrichments in the plant are due to electrochemical gradient transport processes taking place at this interface. The second fractionation can be observed within the plant itself and is due to the nature of the considered organ itself. Indeed structural reservoirs (primary roots, stem, reproductive organs) incorporate more the light 40Ca isotope compared to the transfer reservoirs (lateral roots, xylem sap, leaves). This could be linked to ion
Full Text Available Structure, flora, ecology and dynamics of submediterranean Thymus vulgaris garrigues (Thymelaeo-Aphyllanthetum monspeliensis are analysed and compared with two groups of calcicolous scrubs, based upon 391 relevés from Navarre (NE Spain. Those submediterranean Thymus vulgaris garrigues are more diverse, have higher proportion of hemicryptophytes than cushion heaths of Genista occidentalis (Genistion occidentalis and show wide ecological differences, as they thrive at lower altitudes, on less inclined slopes with preference for southward exposures. They are distinguished from the more xerophillous somontano-aragonés Thymus vulgaris garrigues (Aphyllanthion by their higher frequency of Atlantic and Eurosiberian taxa, lower proportion of nano-phanerophytes and affinity for more humid climates. There is a gradual change in the flora and structure of those three scrub groups related with the Eurosiberian-mediterranean climatic transition. Thymelaeo-Aphyllanthetum floristic composition has higher frequency of character taxa of Rosmarinetea and Rosmarinetalia than those of Festuco-Ononidetea striatae and Ononidetalia striatae, and this feature together with its structure justify the inclusion of this community in Aphyllanthion alliance, pointing out their relationship with somontano-aragonés Thymus vulgaris garrigues.
Sur la base de 391 rélevés procédant de la Navarre, les auteurs ont analysé les caractères physionomiques, floristiques, dynamiques et écologiques des garrigues subméditérranéennes (Thymelaeo-Aphyllanthetum monspeliensis et ont établi également la comparaison avec d'autres types de matorral basophiles. Ainsi les garrigues du Thymelaeo-Aphyllanthetum se montrent plus diverses et avec un pourcentage d'hemicryptophytes plus élevé que celui de la lande à Genista occidentalis (