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13 Apr 2018
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The relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services and the effects of grazing cessation in semi-natural grasslands

Sølvi Wehn, Knut Anders Hovstad, and Line Johansen

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We studied the effect of abandonment of extensively managed semi-natural grasslands on indicators of ecosystem services (ES) and found both positive and negative effects. We also studied relationships between ESs and plant species richness and whether abandonment affect these relationships. For several ESs we observed positive relationships. However, the relationships differed often between the abandoned and managed grasslands because the relationships were less pronounced in the managed.