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Loïc Pellissier, Maruska Anzini, Luigi Maiorano, Anne Dubuis, Julien Pottier, Pascal Vittoz and Antoine Guisan Spatial predictions of land-use transitions and associated threats to biodiversity: the case of forest regrowth in mountain grasslands Applied Vegetation Science 16

Article first published online: 21 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2012.01215.x

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Less pervasive than intensification of human activities, land abandonment followed by forest regrowth occurring in more remote areas like mountain can also represent a serious threat to biodiversity through loss of species-rich grasslands. Here we show that the likely location of land abandonment can be predicted and those models can inform on where to protect threatened surfaces of high biodiversity.

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