Estimation of herbaceous biomass from species composition and cover (pages 580–589)
Irena Axmanová, Lubomír Tichý, Zuzana Fajmonová, Petra Hájková, Eva Hettenbergerová, Ching-Feng Li, Kristina Merunková, Martina Nejezchlebová, Zdenka Otýpková, Marie Vymazalová and David Zelený
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2012.01191.x
Biomass is an important ecological property, but its measuring is destructive and time-consuming. Here we propose and test indirect estimation of herbaceous biomass using models based on easily obtainable variables, namely plant heights and covers. The models were successfully tested on four independent data sets and in most cases performed better than the Ellenberg indicator values.