Val Ferret, Courmayeur - Caltha palustris L.
F. Taffetani, M. Rismondo
Department of Environmental Sciences and Vegetal Production, Polytechnic University of Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most important scientific contributions to the application of the Landascape Ecology’s disciplines is represented by the development of indicators to assess environmental quality. In particular, the use of bio-indicators based on flora and vegetation allowed a better classification of threatened species and habitats, together with a development of specific environmental politics. Despite this, many of the analysis and methods used in several conservation actions showed some important application limits, especially inside modified ecosystems such as farmlands and urban areas. This work presents a method to assess environmental quality inside agro-ecosystems; it is based on a system of bioindicators used as an analysis tool able to take advantage of all potential information brought by different bio-coenoses. Starting from the innovations of the phytosociological dynamic approach, the main objective is to take into account the results provided by vegetational analysis, concerning the description of land units and phyto-coenotic mosaics, and to improve their information capacity through an integration with quantitative data. These data can be obtained by the application of specific vegetation bioindicators created to be used inside agro-ecosystems.
Agro-ecosystems, Bioindicators, Maturity, Biodiversity, Environmental quality, Territory management, Vegetated strips