Number of genera as a potential screening tool for assessing quality of bryophyte communities in Ohio wetlands

Wetlands
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Abstract

Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) have numerous advantages as indicators of environmental quality. A quality assessment index for bryophyte species assemblages (BQAI) was developed for the State of Ohio, USA. Reliable identification of bryophytes to species often requires considerable training, practice, and time. In contrast, reliable identification to genera for most bryophytes in Ohio requires much less training. We identified 110 bryophyte species (14 liverworts and 96 mosses) belonging to 69 genera (13 liverwort and 56 moss) in 45 wetlands (27 emergent, 13 forested, and 5 shrub) in Ohio. As expected, there were more genera and higher BQAI scores in forested than in emergent wetlands. Number of genera was highly correlated (r ≥ 0.9) with BQAI in emergent and forested wetlands and for the combined set of wetlands. Number of genera and BQAI responded almost identically to an index of wetland disturbance. The results suggest that number of genera has potential as a screening tool for assessing bryophyte community quality in wetlands in some regions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Number of genera as a potential screening tool for assessing quality of bryophyte communities in Ohio wetlands
Series title Wetlands
DOI 10.1007/s13157-016-0773-4
Volume 36
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Great Lakes Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 771
Last page 778
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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