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Michal Hájek, Petra Hájková, Martin Kočí, Martin Jiroušek, Eva Mikulášková and Kateřina Kintrová Do we need soil moisture measurements in the vegetation–environment studies in wetlands? Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 25 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01440.x

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We tested whether volumetric soil moisture, measured directly in vertical profiles using electromagnetic sensors (photo), correlates with mire vegetation composition better than water table. We found that water level still serves as a better proxy of complex conditions related to the hydrological regime. Sphagnum-fens displayed stronger correlation between water level and soil moisture than bogs and, especially, than calcareous fens.

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