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Patterns of soil lichen diversity along the BIOTA transect in relation to climate and soil features

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Zedda, Luciana ; Gröngröft, Alexander ; Schultz, Matthias ; Petersen, Andreas ; Mills, Anthony ; Rambold, Gerhard:
Patterns of soil lichen diversity along the BIOTA transect in relation to climate and soil features.
In: Schmiedel, U., Jürgens, N. (Hrsg.): Biodiversity in southern Africa. Band 2. Patterns and processes at regional scale. - Göttingen : Hess , 2010 . - pp. 100-106
ISBN 9783933117465

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The present study was undertaken to assess species number and turnover of soil lichens occurring along the BIOTA Southern Africa transect, analyse their association with environmental parameters and to identify floristic affinities among the Observatories. In total, 73 soil surface lichen species were recorded. Species richness was highest in the Succulent Karoo, followed by the Savannah and Desert biomes, while soil lichens were absent (or scarce) in the Nama Karoo biome. The Observatories subject to winter rainfall were lichenologically clearly distinct from the ones in the summer rainfall area. In order to identify the environmental factors most related to lichen richness at the different Observatories, a multivariate analysis with selected climatic (temperature, air humidity and rainfall) and soil (acidity, EC) parameters, and altitude was carried out. While humidity, soil salinity, air temperature and altitude proved to be significantly correlated with lichen richness in most sites, soil acidity and precipitation amount were relevant only in few cases.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER84599
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Mycology > Professorship Mycology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Rambold
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 03 May 2015 08:57
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 06:13
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/12667