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Sabine Tischew, Annett Baasch, Harald Grunert and Anita Kirmer How to develop native plant communities in heavily altered ecosystems: examples from large-scale surface mining in Germany Applied Vegetation Science 17

Article first published online: 4 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12078

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Using comprehensive databases and a chronosequence approach we show, that spontaneous succession supports the development of native plant communities. However, because of propagule limitation colonization processes may lead to novel assemblies of native species. While dispersal stochasticity during spontaneous succession results in a higher γ-diversity, species introduction supports faster trajectories towards desired reference states providing important ecosystem services such as erosion control.

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