Phytosociological and ecological peculiarities of Festuca pallens Host in Ukraine

Authors

  • Yakiv Didukh M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Iuliia Vasheniak Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University
  • Iryna Bednarska Institute of Ecology of the Carpathians NAS of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine

Keywords:

phytosociological assesment, phytoindication, dry grasslands, vegetation, Ukraine

Abstract

This paper is focused on the phytosociological and ecological requirements of the vulnerable species, Festuca pallens, in Ukraine. Based on the analysis of 51 relevés, we recognized the occurrence of Festuca pallens in three associations within the Festuco-Brometea class. Some communities with the presence of Festuca pallens present with transitional stages of succession to forest-edge vegetation according to the expert system refinement. Moreover, we assessed the ecological differences between occupied habitats using Didukh’s phytoindication scales and concluded that the leading ecological factors are soil humidity, nitrogen content, aeration of the soil, salt regime, carbonate content, thermoregime and continentality of the climate. Finally, we evaluated threats to the existence of these communities with the presence of Festuca pallens considering climate change and other impacts of anthropogenic related activities.

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2022-02-12 — Updated on 2022-06-09

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Didukh, Y., Vasheniak, I. and Bednarska, I. (2022) “Phytosociological and ecological peculiarities of Festuca pallens Host in Ukraine”, Hacquetia, 21(2), pp. 235–252. Available at: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/hacquetia/article/view/10386 (Accessed: 4 July 2022).

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