Vegetation Indicators of Transformation in the Urban Forest Ecosystems of “Kuzminki-Lyublino” Park

  • A. Yu. BuyvolovaEmail author
  • T. A. Trifonova
  • E. P. Bykova
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Part of the Springer Geography book series (SPRINGERGEOGR)


Urban forests usually cover slightly disturbed or natural soils. The morphological structure and dominating species in urban forests are usually like the natural vegetation. These similarities constrain distinguishing between an urban and rural forest without detailed analysis of soil and vegetation properties. Urban forests are exposed to negative city influences, of which air pollution is one of the most substantial. The continuous anthropogenic influences alter the structure of urban forest. This article presents vegetation indicators of changes that occurs in the structure of the forest ecosystems as the response to an anthropogenic impact. The following indicators of forest ecosystem transformation in urban conditions were investigated: (i) reduction of the projective cover of moss layer, until its complete absence (in the pine forest), (ii) increasing the activity of adventive species (Acer negundo L.) in the undergrowth, (iii) high variability of the phyto mass of the ground herbaceous vegetation, and (iv) change in the arial distribution of adventive species of the ground herbaceous vegetation.


Urban forest Vegetation indicators Bio indication Protected area 



The publication was financially supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (the Agreement # 02.A03.21.0008) and by Russian Foundation for Basic Research #15-04-04702, RF.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Yu. Buyvolova
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. A. Trifonova
    • 2
  • E. P. Bykova
    • 2
  1. 1.Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, ATIMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Faculty of Soil ScienceLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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