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Effects of rock climbing on plant communities on exposed limestone cliffs in the Swiss Jura mountains

Rusterholz, H. P. and Muller, S. W. and Baur, B.. (2004) Effects of rock climbing on plant communities on exposed limestone cliffs in the Swiss Jura mountains. Applied vegetation science, Vol. 7, Nr. 1. pp. 35-40.

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Abstract

Betr. Auswirkungen des Klettersports auf die Vegetation im Baselbieter Jura Exposed cliffs of the Swiss Jura mountains harbour a highly diverse flora with many rare and endangered plant species. Many cliffs are frequently visited by rock climbers. We examined the impact of rock climbing on vascular plants in the lower part of four cliffs of the Gerstelflue (NW Switzerland) by comparing the vegetation of climbed and unclimbed areas. In climbed areas plant cover and species density were reduced. Similarly, the density of forbs and shrubs decreased, whereas the density of ferns tended to increase. In addition, rock climbing caused a significant shift in plant species composition and altered the proportions of different plant life forms. Rock climbing can be a threat to sensitive plants of the limestone cliff community.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Natur- Landschafts- und Umweltschutz > Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
UniBasel Contributors:Baur, Bruno
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Opulus Press
ISSN:1402-2001
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:14 Sep 2012 06:54
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 14:04

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