Title
Assessing urban habitat quality based on specific leaf area and stomatal characteristics of **Plantago lanceolata** L Assessing urban habitat quality based on specific leaf area and stomatal characteristics of **Plantago lanceolata** L
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Biology
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Environmental pollution. - London
Volume/pages
158(2010) :3 , p. 788-794
ISSN
0269-7491
ISI
000275002900019
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This study has evaluated urban habitat quality by studying specific leaf area (SLA) and stomatal characteristics of the common herb Plantago lanceolata L. SLA and stomatal density, pore surface and resistance were measured at 169 locations in the city of Gent (Belgium), distributed over four land use classes, i.e., sub-urban green, urban green, urban and industry. SLA and stomatal density significantly increased from sub-urban green towards more urbanised land use classes, while the reverse was observed for stomatal pore surface. Stomatal resistance increased in the urban and industrial land use class in comparison with the (sub-) urban green, but differences between land use classes were less pronounced. Spatial distribution maps for these leaf characteristics showed a high spatial variation, related to differences in habitat quality within the city. Hence, stomatal density and stomatal pore surface are assumed to be potentially good bio-indicators for urban habitat quality.
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