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Fitosociologia 48 (2) S1 2011

pag. 75-82: Vegetation science and the ecoregional approach: a proposal for the ecological land classification of Italy

C. Blasi 1,2, G. Capotorti1, *R. Frondoni2, D. Guida4, B. Mollo1, D. Smiraglia3, L. Zavattero2

1Interuniversity Research Centre “Biodiversity, Plant sociology and Landscape ecology”, Rome, Italy

2Department of Plant Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

3Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Salerno, Italy

4Department of Civil Engineering, University of Salerno, Italy

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This paper presents the context, methodology and preliminary results of an ecoregionalisation process applied at national scale. Ecoregion delineation was based on robust biophysical stratification and on vegetation data, particularly vegetation series. Synphytosociological information proved to be very effective as diagnostic or descriptive feature, promoting the role of synphytosociology as scientific reference point for ecoregional programmes.


ecological land classification, vegetation series, ecoregions