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Measuring Plant DiversityLessons from the Field$
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Thomas J. Stohlgren

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172331

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172331.001.0001

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Single-Scale Sampling

Single-Scale Sampling

(p.73) 4 Single-Scale Sampling
Measuring Plant Diversity

Thomas J. Stohlgren

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides examples and discusses several single-scale sampling techniques for measuring plant diversity. Common techniques include: searching, where a species list is obtained for a site, natural area, of ecosystem; single-scale plots, where plant species and their foliar cover are commonly recorded; and nested-plot designs, where large plots are used to measure trees, and nested smaller plots are used to measure saplings or herbs and grasses. The benefits of single-scale sampling include simplicity, large sample size, and ease of analysis. The limitations of single-scale sampling also are discussed.

Keywords:   searching, foliar cover, sample size, nested-plot designs

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