Biodiversity & Conservation

, Volume 12, Issue 10, pp 2121–2133

Impact of land use on plant biodiversity and measures for biodiversity conservation in the Loess Plateau in China – a case study in a hilly-gully region of the Northern Loess Plateau

  • Yuan Jiang
  • Muyi Kang
  • Qingzhu Gao
  • Lihuan He
  • Min Xiong
  • Zhibin Jia
  • Zhengping Jin
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024194532292

Cite this article as:
Jiang, Y., Kang, M., Gao, Q. et al. Biodiversity and Conservation (2003) 12: 2121. doi:10.1023/A:1024194532292

Abstract

The Loess Plateau is a special natural–cultural unit in northern China. Intensive land use in the past has had, and forestation and grass planting at present will have inevitable impacts on plant biodiversity in the Loess Plateau. Based on the analysis of floristic features within three sampling sites with different land use practices and analysis of species richness among different land use types, we discuss impacts of land use on species richness and floristic features in the Northern Loess Plateau. The results drawn from this case study are as follows: (1) It appears that forestation and grass planting have had a positive influence on the local species diversity, but they have contributed little to the native vegetation in terms of conserving its floristic features. (2) Caragana intermedia shrubland, Pinus tabulaeformis forestland, and natural grassland have made important contributions to supporting indigenous species and maintaining local plant biodiversity. (3) There is a significant positive correlation between land use diversity and species richness. These results imply that practicing biodiversity conservation in situ is feasible and the suitable choice for the Loess Plateau. Concrete measures for biodiversity conservation in the area can include setting up small nature reserves and diversifying land use patterns to maintain as much habitat as possible for native vegetation. The artificial Hippophae rhamnoides shrubland should not be further promoted, considering its negative influence on biodiversity conservation.

Land use Loess Plateau Nature conservation Plant biodiversity Species richness 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Jiang
  • Muyi Kang
  • Qingzhu Gao
  • Lihuan He
  • Min Xiong
  • Zhibin Jia
  • Zhengping Jin

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