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Kenny Helsen, Martin Hermy and Olivier Honnay Spatial isolation slows down directional plant functional group assembly in restored semi-natural grasslands Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 25 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12037

We demonstrate that the assembly process, at both the species and the trait level, is influenced by the position of the restoration patch in the landscape. Monitoring schemes following ecological restoration should therefore include the spatial context of the system while using both a trait-based and a species-based plant community analysis. Successful restoration requires physically interconnecting grassland fragments and probably the introduction of seeds or seedlings of species with low dispersability.

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