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Life sciences : Environmental sciences & ecology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/192580
Implication of plant-soil relationships for conservation and restoration of copper-cobalt ecosystems
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Faucon, M.-P. [Hydrogeochimical Interactions Soil-Environment (HydrISE) Unit, Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais (ISAB-IGAL), 15 rue Pierre Waguet, Beauvais, France]
Le Stradic, Soizig mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Boisson, Sylvain mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Wa Ilunga, E. I. [Biodiversity and Landscape Unit, Biosystem Engineering Department (BIOSE), University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, 2 Passage des Déportés, Gembloux, Belgium, Ecology, Restoration Ecology and Landscape research Unit, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic Congo]
Seleck, Maxime mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
Lange, B. [Hydrogeochimical Interactions Soil-Environment (HydrISE) Unit, Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais (ISAB-IGAL), 15 rue Pierre Waguet, Beauvais, France, Laboratory of Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 Avenue F. Roosevelt, Brussels, Belgium]
Guillaume, D. [Laboratory of Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 Avenue F. Roosevelt, Brussels, Belgium]
Shutcha, M. N. [Ecology, Restoration Ecology and Landscape research Unit, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic Congo]
Pourret, O. [Hydrogeochimical Interactions Soil-Environment (HydrISE) Unit, Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais (ISAB-IGAL), 15 rue Pierre Waguet, Beauvais, France]
Meerts, P. [Laboratory of Plant Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 50 Avenue F. Roosevelt, Brussels, Belgium]
Mahy, Grégory mailto [Université de Liège > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage >]
2015
Plant and Soil
Springer International Publishing
1-13
Yes
0032-079X
[en] Biodiversity conservation ; Chemical soil factors ; Endemism ; Heavy metals ; Metallophyte ; Restoration ecology ; Soil-plant interactions
[en] Background: Chemical soil factors play an important role in generating and maintaining plant diversity. Naturally metal-enriched habitats support highly distinctive plant communities consisting of many rare and endemic species. Species of these plant communities possess remarkable physiological adaptations and are now being considered key elements in the implementation of green technologies aimed at phytoremediation of contaminated soils and post-mined soils. Several studies have emphasised that industrial mineral extraction results in serious damage to ecosystems and serious threats to human health and leads to the extinction of metallophyte species. In the southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining activities represent a threat to the long-term persistence of communities located on metalliferous copper and cobalt outcrops and their associated endemic metallophytes, which are currently considered some of the most critically endangered plants in the world. Scope: Plant diversity conservation of metal-rich soils must assess soil-plant relationships at different scales (ecosystems, communities, and populations) to define in-situ and ex-situ conservation and restoration projects. This paper proposes a review of soil-plant relationships involved in plant diversity and endemism and their implications for biodiversity conservation and restoration. © 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/192580
10.1007/s11104-015-2745-5

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