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Size of protected areas is the main determinant of species diversity in orchids

Schodelbauerova, Iva, Roberts, David L., Kindlmann, Pavel (2009) Size of protected areas is the main determinant of species diversity in orchids. Biological Conservation, 142 (10). pp. 2329-2334. ISSN 00063207 (ISSN). (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2009.05.015) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Efficient allocation of conservation resources will be achieved only if the priorities for biodiversity conservation - the "hotspots" - are correctly defined. To achieve this we need to pinpoint the main determinants of species diversity. Area, energy available and latitude are thought to be the most important determinants of species richness. Area is clearly the most important, but the relative importance of the other two is uncertain. To test the relative importance of energy available and latitude, data on the species richness of orchids was collected for various countries in the world, the influence of area factored out and the residuals correlated with energy available at these countries and with latitude. This was performed for both total area and that of the protected areas for the 67 countries from five continents, in order to determine which gives a better prediction. We show that - at the large scale considered - area is always very important, latitude is more important than energy available and the size of the protected areas gives a better fit than the total area of the country in most cases. This implies that conservation efforts should be directed to maximizing the size of the protected areas in each country. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocon.2009.05.015
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: PY - 2009/// [EPrints field already has value set] AD - Department of Theoretical Ecology, Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, AS CR, BraniÅ¡ovská 31, CZ-370 05 Ceske BudÄ?jovice, Czech Republic [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States [Field not mapped to EPrints] AD - Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Benátská 2, CZ-128 01 Prague 2, Czech Republic [Field not mapped to EPrints] JA - Biol. Conserv. [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: NDVI, Orchidaceae, Protected area, Species richness, Species-area, biodiversity, conservation management, herb, NDVI, protected area, resource allocation, species diversity, species richness, species-area relationship, Orchidaceae
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 15:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33823 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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