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Emmanuelle Araujo Calçada, Déborah Closset-Kopp, Emilie Gallet-Moron, Jonathan Lenoir, Mathilde Rêve, Martin Hermy and Guillaume Decocq Streams are efficient corridors for plant species in forest metacommunities Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Article first published online: 29 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12132

This study demonstrates that streams can act as efficient corridors for plant species across agricultural landscapes and contribute to the dynamics of forest metacommunities. From a management perspective, preserving the longitudinal integrity of streams is likely to increase the connectivity within and between forest metacommunities and can assist dispersal-limited species to be resilient to projected climate warming by increasing their migration speed. Restoring not only wooded elements but watercourse networks is thus a suitable strategy to manage landscapes efficiently for the forest flora conservation.

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