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Urban sprawl and species movement may decimate natural plant diversity in an Afro-tropical city

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dc.contributor.author Rija, A. A.
dc.contributor.author Said, A.
dc.contributor.author Shombe, H. N.
dc.contributor.author Mwamende, K. A.
dc.contributor.author Madoffe, S. S.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-04T05:14:26Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-04T05:14:26Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04-01
dc.identifier.uri https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-014-0646-1
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2700
dc.description Biodiversity and Conservation, 2014;23:963-978 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although urban sprawl is increasingly becoming a worldwide problem, the effects associated with urbanization on local biodiversity particularly in the developing countries, is still poorly understood. We investigated plant species richness along urban–rural gradients in an Afro-tropical metropolitan Morogoro city in Tanzania, and examined patterns of species movement by humans within and outside the city and its potential impact on habitat homogenization of urban ecosystems. Biodiversity information was assessed in 120 sample plots (25 × 25 m) distributed in core urban, sub-urban and peri-urban (rural) zones, while patterns of plant resource use and species movement were surveyed from 120 households in the study area. We found the highest tree species richness in the urban core (82.6 ± 1.4 species) whereas tree density decreased from peri-urban (465.60 ± 152.03 tree/ha) to urban core (244.00 ± … en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands en_US
dc.subject urban biodiversity, species movement, invasive species spread, urban-rural gradients, plants, livelihoods en_US
dc.title Urban sprawl and species movement may decimate natural plant diversity in an Afro-tropical city en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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