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Title: Dynamic role and importance of multi-kingdom communities in Mediterranean wood-pastures
Authors: Topalidou, Eleni
Solomou, Alexandra D.
Santos, Susana S.
Krystallidou, Evdokia
Kakara, Styliani
Mantzanas, Konstantinos
Editors: Smiraglia, Daniela
Subjects LC: Sustainable development
Grazing - Management
Livestock - Mediterranean Region
Keywords: Flora
Ecosystem services
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: Wood-pastures are among the most valuable types of farmland for ecosystem services, including biodiversity, landscape, soil protection, water management and cultural values. This paper reviews the scientific literature regarding the dynamic role and importance of plant, fungal and ruminant communities in Mediterranean wood-pastures and assesses the favorable and unfavorable aspects of their occurrence through grazing management. The grasslands of the Mediterranean region play an important role both in forage material production and the conservation of biodiversity in plant communities and at the landscape level. These two management purposes are not conflicting but complementary when the management is based upon the knowledge of the effect of grazing on the ecology of these ecosystems. Conclusively, vascular plant, fungal and ruminant communities have a strong influence on ecosystem structure and functioning and they play a key role in many ecological services. Hence, integrated studies which combine multi-level ecological research are essential in order to identify regional and/or national needs in terms of biodiversity, genetic resources, sustainable rural development and conservation policies.
Description: This article belongs to the Special Issue "Biodiversity in Terrestrial Ecosystems".
Length: 21 pages
Type: Review Article
Relation (Part Of): "Sustainability" journal
Publication Status: Published
Citation: Topalidou, E, Solomou, AD, Santos, SS, Krystallidou, E, Kakara, S, & Mantzanas, K 2021, Dynamic role and importance of multi-kingdom communities in Mediterranean wood-pastures, Sustainability, vol. 13, no.18, p. 10179, Available at:
Restrictions: Open Access
Attribution 4.0 International
Language: en_US
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