AgriWeedClim database: A repository of vegetation plot data from Central European arable habitats over 100 years

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​AgriWeedClim database: A repository of vegetation plot data from Central European arable habitats over 100 years​
Glaser, M.; Berg, C.; Buldrini, F.; Buholzer, S.; Bürger, J.; Chiarucci, A. & Chytrý, M. et al.​ (2022) 
Applied Vegetation Science25(3).​ DOI: 


Glaser, Michael; Berg, Christian; Buldrini, Fabrizio; Buholzer, Serge; Bürger, Jana; Chiarucci, Alessandro; Chytrý, Milan; Dřevojan, Pavel; Follak, Swen; Küzmič, Filip; Essl, Franz
Aims Arable habitats (i.e. fields, orchards, vineyards, and their fallows) were created by humans and have been essential elements in Central European landscapes for several millennia. In recent decades, these habitats have been drastically altered by changes in land use as well as agricultural practices and, more recently, by climate change. These changes have precipitated substantial changes in vegetation and their spatial and temporal trajectories have not yet been exhaustively studied. Here, we present the AgriWeedClim database — a new resource of vegetation plot (relevé) data of arable habitats in Central Europe. Location Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Hungary, Northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia. Methods Vegetation plot data were obtained from large repositories (e.g. European Vegetation Archive), specialized regional databases, colleagues and the literature. Data were then checked for completeness and standardized (e.g. taxonomy, nomenclature, crop types). Species were assigned native, archaeophyte (i.e. alien species introduced before c. 1492 CE) or neophyte (i.e. alien species introduced after c. 1492 CE) status. Results The AgriWeedClim database version 1.0 contains georeferenced data from 32,889 vegetation plots sampled from 1916 to 2019. Conclusions We provide an overview of this new resource and present example analyses to show its content and possible applications. We outline potential research questions including analysis of patterns and causes of vegetation changes in arable habitats from the early 20th century to the present.
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Abteilung Pflanzenökologie & Ökosystemforschung ; Abteilung Vegetationsanalyse & Phytodiversität 



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