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Biodiversity of acid grasslands in the Atlantic regions of Europe: the impact of nitrogen deposition

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  • Carly Joanne Stevens
  • Cecilia Duprè
  • Edu Dorland
  • Cassandre Gaudnik
  • David J. G. Gowing
  • A. Bleeker
  • Martin Diekmann
  • Didier Alard
  • Roland Bobbink
Publication date11/04/2014
Host publicationNitrogen Deposition, Critical Loads and Biodiversity
EditorsMark A. Sutton, Kate E. Mason, Lucy J. Sheppard, Harald Sverdrup, Richard Haeuber, W. Kevin Hicks
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9789400779396
ISBN (Print)9789400779389
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Reduction in the species richness of acid grasslands along a gradient of atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition has previously been demonstrated in the UK (Stevens, Dise, Mountford, Gowing, Science 303:1876–1879, 2004). Further surveys of acid grasslands in the UK confirm this relationship. This chapter reports an examination of the relationship across the Atlantic region of Europe. Examining the cover of functional groups across this gradient reveals that forb cover is strongly reduced along the gradient of N deposition.