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
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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