Community Ecology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 117–125 | Cite as

Abiotic and biotic changes due to spread of Brachypodium genuense (DC.) Roem. & Schult. in sub-Mediterranean meadows

  • A. Catorci
  • S. Cesaretti
  • R. Gatti
  • G. Ottaviani


The present research deals with the impact of the invasive species Brachypodium genuense in central Apennine meadows. The study compares meadows under different management types (mown versus abandoned). B. genuense spread in the abandoned condition alters the ecological status of the site. It lowers soil temperature, moisture and pH, while it increases soil C/N ratio and litter production. In terms of biotic features, phenological analysis indicated that the abandoned condition is less rich in flowering species and individuals in each analysed date. We observed a less affected temporal niche (during the first phase of B. genuense leaf growth) and two strongly influenced phases (in early spring and in correspondence with phases when


Floristic richness Management type Phenological patterns Plant functional traits Soil parameter changes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Catorci
    • 1
  • S. Cesaretti
    • 2
  • R. Gatti
    • 1
  • G. Ottaviani
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of CamerinoCamerino (MC)Italy
  2. 2.School of Advanced Studies PhD Course in Environmental Sciences and Public HealthUniversity of CamerinoItaly

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