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Ukr. Bot. J. 2017, 74(3): 276–283
Vegetation Science, Ecology, Conservation

Secondary succession of vegetation on abandoned lands of Transdnister Podillya

Olijnyk M.P.1, Parpan V.I.2

Results of integrated research on vegetation of former arable lands in Transdnister Podillya are provided. According to Braun-Blanquet classification, four stages of succesion are distinguished: I – synanthropic (segetal-ruderal), II – synanthropic and meadow, III – meadow, IV – forest and meadow vegetation. A classification scheme for vegetation of abandoned fields is developed, containing 10 classes that include 20 orders and 27 alliances. The syntaxa of lower classification rank include 43 associations. The most diverse vegetation class is Molinio-Arrhenatheretea (12 associations). Secondary succession on former arable lands takes place towards forming meadow-forest phytocenoses within flooded area and beyond. At the final stage of development, these communities approximate natural phytocenoses.

Keywords: abandoned fields, secondary succession, association, phytocenosis, vegetation

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