Vegetation and Seed Bank in a Calcareous Grassland Restored from a Pinus Forest

Bisteau. E. and G. Mahy

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What is the importance of the seed bank in the maintenance of the restoration potential of a 60-year-old abandoned calcareous grassland overgrown by Pinus trees? Very few calcareous grassland species have persisted in the Pinus stand. Four years after clear-cutting, the stand was nearing restoration towards a calcareous grassland. Seed longevity in the soil was not the most explicative factor. Dispersal of propugules from adjacent sources was also important.

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Peer-reviewed Article

Applied Vegetation Science