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Impact of the alien sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) on sand dune ecosystems in Ireland
Binggeli, P.; Eakin, M.; Macfadyen, A.; Power, J.; McConnel, J. (1992). Impact of the alien sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) on sand dune ecosystems in Ireland, in: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. pp. 325-337
In: Carter, R.W.G. et al. (Ed.) (1992). Coastal dunes: geomorphology, ecology and management for conservation: Proceedings of the 3rd European Dune Congress Galway, Ireland, 17-21 June 1992. A.A. Balkema [etc.]: Rotterdam. ISBN 90-5410-058-3. 533 pp., more

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  • Binggeli, P.
  • Eakin, M.
  • Macfadyen, A.
  • Power, J.
  • McConnel, J.

Abstract
    The impact of the invasive sea buckthorn on a sand dune ecosystem was investigated. Sea buckthorn slightly altered CaCO3 and pH, but had no impact on organic matter and total nitrogen. In a sea buckthorn stand, showing distinctly recognisable stages in a continuum of age, structure and succession, clear differences were observed in the vegetation, mesofauna and ground beetle communities. The few measured environmental variables did not correlate with these changes. The variation under sea buckthorn leads to a shift towards typically woodland communities. The findings are related to the impact of other invaders of sand dunes ecosystems.

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