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Carlos P. Carmona, Francisco M. Azcárate, Francesco de Bello, Helios S. Ollero, Jan Lepš and Begoña Peco Taxonomical and functional diversity turnover in Mediterranean grasslands: interactions between grazing, habitat type and rainfall Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 16 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02193.x

Results highlight the dependence of functional diversity on the combined effect of water availability and grazing regime. Under severely limited water availability, grazing intensification reduced the functional diversity of these grasslands. Because of the foreseeable reduction in water availability in Mediterranean environments, we recommend the adoption of flexible grazing management schemes that take species and functional diversities into account simultaneously and adapt the level of grazing pressure to water availability.

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