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In this local-scale synecological study, we investigated the changes in plant community composition throughout secondary succession occurring after cessation of agricultural land use (i.e. grassland abandonment). The successional sequence studied had the following pathway: Avenula pubescens hay-pastures > Brachypodium pinnatum successional grassland > Cornus sanguinea scrubs > late-successional Populus tremula forest > late-successional oak-hornbeam (Quercus-Carpinus) forest. The last forest stage was represented by the association Epimedio-Carpinetum betuli. Occurrence of plant species throughout secondary succession was mostly stage-specific; only Fragaria vesca L., Ajuga reptans L., Cornus sanguinea, Prunus spinosa L., and Viola hirta L. showed survival ability throughout almost all stages.


chronosequence ecosystem development Epimedio-Carpinetum betuli forest development temporal community changes

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Jelinčić, A., Perčin, A., Zgorelec, Željka, & Papković, D. (2023). Local-scale changes in plant community composition following succession of oak-hornbeam forest after grassland abandonment. Acta Botanica Croatica, 82(2), 147–150.

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