Finding rare plants in forest fragments – species distribution models help, and landscape context matters

A very cool post by The Applied Ecologist’s blog

The Applied Ecologist's blog

In this post Jenny McCune discusses her recent paper ‘Species distribution models predict rare species occurrences despite significant effects of landscape context

Elusive plants

According to the recent State of the World’s Plants report, there are about 391,000 known species of plants, one in five are at risk of extinction, and approximately 2,000 new plant species are identified each year – mainly from remote areas in the tropics. In the highly populated, well-explored forests of temperate North America, one might think that all our plants have been located, counted, and extensively studied. But that is not the case! While it is less likely that new species of plants will be found in the forests of temperate North America, our knowledge of the true status of many of our rare forest plants is incomplete.  We’re not even sure where all the populations are, not to mention how they are…

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