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Urban green spaces as potential habitats for introducing a native endangered plant, Calycanthus chinensis
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Kaixuan Pan, Yijun Lu, Shuonan He, Guofu Yang, Yi Chen, Xing Fan, Yuan Ren, Meng Wang, Kangdi Zhu, Qi Shen, Yueping Jiang, Yan Shi, Panpan Meng, Yuli Tang, Jie Chang, Ying GeAbstractEx situ conservation in urban areas is an essential complementary approach to in situ conservation in wild areas. In this study, we combined multiple approaches, including vegetation investigations for both natural habitats and urban green spaces, eco-physiological experiments and remote sensing investigations for urban...
Towards an integrated research approach for urban forestry: The case of China
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Nancai Pei, Cheng Wang, Ruilin Sun, Xinhui Xu, Qing He, Xin Shi, Lin Gu, Jiali Jin, Juyang Liao, Jianrong Li, Linping Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhang, Zezhou Hao, Baoquan Jia, Erfa Qiu, Chang Zhang, Zhenkai Sun, Shasha Jiang, Wenjun Duan, Ye ZhangAbstractIn the Anthropocene, natural resource management approaches, including forestry, have been incorporating cross-disciplinary, multi-functional, and highly technological endeavors. Urban forestry has emerged as a way of adapting natural resource management to...
Using 3D digital image correlation in an identification of defects of trees subjected to bending
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Jan Tippner, Luděk Praus, Martin Brabec, Václav Sebera, Barbora Vojáčková, Jaromír MilchAbstractAbrupt changes of climate have intensified during the last few decades, bringing higher risks from tree failures by either uprooting or stem breakage. To eliminate the risks, many techniques of tree assessment are being used. In the presented work, an optical technique based on 3D Digital Image Correlation (3D-DIC) was investigated as one of the tools to be used in identification of tree defects...
Effect of spatial heterogeneity of plant communities on air PM10 and PM2.5 in an urban forest park in Wuhan, China
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Chunyang Zhu, Arkadiusz Przybysz, Yiru Chen, Huijuan Guo, Yuyang Chen, Yuanzi ZengAbstractUnderstanding the associations between plant community characteristics and their effects on ambient particulate matter (PM) is a central theme of urban forest park management and development so as to maximise ecological services. The ambient PM concentrations and spatial distribution of plant communities in urban forest parks are not random, but show strong spatial patterns. We selected Ma'’anshan Mountain...
Public perceptions and preferences regarding lawns and their alternatives in China: A case study of Xi’an
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Fengping Yang, Maria Ignatieva, Anders Larsson, Shuoxin Zhang, Na NiAbstractThe lawn is one of the most visible elements of urban green spaces. China, as one of the latest adopters of lawns, has seen a dramatic increase in yearly planted lawn area. However, there is an urgent need for sustainable lawn alternatives in China due to potential threats to the urban environment from intensive maintenance and cultural inadequacy of lawns. This study aims to explore how stakeholders and park visitors relate...
Life cycle, parasitism and damage of Xanthogaleruca luteola (Muller) in Valencia (SE Spain): A preliminary study
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Eugenia Rodrigo, Anna M. Santacruz Bosch, Pilar Xamaní, Rafael LabordaAbstractXanthogaleruca luteola (Muller) (elm leaf beetle, ELB) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) is a serious pest for elms in urban green areas of Mediterranean climate zones in Spain. In order to design an integrated pest management strategy, a study was conducted on this insect in the city of Valencia (east Spain) in six streets that house trees of the species Ulmus minor. Four larvae increases were found that peaked in mid-May, the...
Allergenic pollen concentrations in the air of urban parks in relation to their vegetation
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): I. Kasprzyk, A. Ćwik, K. Kluska, T. Wójcik, P. CariñanosAbstractIn the face of the intensifying process of urbanization and the increased incidence of pollen allergies among urban residents, there is still a need to continuously monitor the airborne concentration of allergenic plant pollen. Urban green spaces (UGS) are a desirable element of the urban fabric and necessary for the proper functioning of cities, but they are a rich source of allergenic pollen that may pose a certain risk to people...
Weeds and gaps on extensive green roofs: Ecological insights and recommendations for design and maintenance
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Jan Vanstockem, Ben Somers, Martin HermyAbstractWhile extensive green roofs (EGRs) are seeing increasing use around the world, the construction and maintenance "one size fits all" EGR solutions is under scrutiny. Apart from the search for local and adapted plant species that could complement or replace the widely used Sedum vegetation, practical problems such as weeds and gaps in the vegetation also still occur. Both weeds and gaps have been shown to impact EGR ecosystem service provisioning and...
Associations between park features, park satisfaction and park use in a multi-ethnic deprived urban area
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Hannah Roberts, Ian Kellar, Mark Conner, Christopher Gidlow, Brian Kelly, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Rosemary McEachanAbstractParks are increasingly understood to be key community resources for public health, particularly for ethnic minority and low socioeconomic groups. At the same time, research suggests parks are underutilised by these groups. In order to design effective interventions to promote health, the determinants of park use for these groups must be understood.This study examines the...
An integrated overview of physiological and biochemical responses of Celtis australis to drought stress
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Cecilia Brunetti, Massimiliano Tattini, Lucia Guidi, Violeta Velikova, Francesco Ferrini, Alessio FiniAbstractTrees in Mediterranean areas frequently face severe drought stress events, due to sudden decreases in soil water availability associated to intense heat waves. The knowledge of strategies adopted by plants to cope with the environmental pressures associated to Mediterranean climate is crucial for reforestation strategies and planning future urban greening. Here we investigated the...
Naturalized versus traditional school grounds: Which elements do students prefer and why?
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Petra Lindemann-Matthies, Karlheinz KöhlerAbstractFor many children today, the easiest available outdoor environment is their school ground. However, school grounds shaped by adult priorities for neatness, simplicity of maintenance, safety, the demands of team sports, and the surveillance and behavior management of children are often devoid of biodiversity. We investigated elementary and secondary students’ (n = 300) valuation of naturalized versus traditional school grounds with the help of...
Landscape pattern analysis and ecological network planning of Tianjin City
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Shu-ming Zhao, Yi-fei Ma, Jin-ling Wang, Xue-yi YouAbstractEcological considerations in urban planning stem mostly from the recent sustainable development requirements. In current urban planning, ecological considerations rarely take ecological network structure into account, which often leads to severe landscape fragmentation, poor patch connectivity and serious threats to urban ecological systems. Improving patch connectivity through ecological networks, a minimum cost distance model was proposed...
Childhood experience in forest recreation practices: Evidence from nine European countries
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Fitalew Agimass Taye, Jens Abildtrup, Marius Mayer, Milan Ščasný, Niels Strange, Thomas LundhedeAbstractThis study examines the role of childhood experience in forest recreational practices at adulthood. It investigates the effect of visitation frequency and type of settlement during childhood on frequency of visits at adulthood and analyses variations in nine European countries including Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, France, Poland, Slovakia, and UK. The data are...
Audio-visual interactive evaluation of the forest landscape based on eye-tracking experiments
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Yiping Liu, Mengjun Hu, Bing ZhaoAbstractThe forest has become a retreat where people escape “urban diseases.” Unfortunately, there is a lack of audio-visual interaction research on the forest landscape. Through the field investigation of suburban national forest parks located in the Zhejiang and Fujian provinces of China, audio-visual materials were collected. Based on these data, eye-tracking experiments were conducted to investigate the audio-visual interactive evaluation of the forest...
Eye movements in viewing urban images and natural images in diverse vegetation periods
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Marek Franěk, Jan Petružálek, Denis ŠefaraAbstractThe positive effect of viewing nature on cognitive function is explained in terms of perceptual fluency in the processing of nature scenes based on their fractal structure. The present study analyzed eye movements in viewing natural and urban scenes. Previous investigations found lower eye movement activity in viewing natural scenes compared to urban scenes. The first objective was to replicate previous findings from eye-tracking studies with a...
Botanical gardens provide valuable baseline Phytophthora diversity data
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): J.M. Hulbert, T. Paap, T.I. Burgess, F. Roets, M.J. WingfieldAbstractPhytophthora species are important plant pathogens especially due to their ability to invade and change ecosystems. However, information regarding their diversity and distribution is not available in many parts of the world. In these areas, surveys of botanical gardens can provide opportunities to detect novel plant-microbe interactions on both indigenous and exotic plants. Three botanical gardens and one historical urban garden in...
Determining PM2.5 dry deposition velocity on plant leaves: An indirect experimental method
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Shan Yin, Xuyi Zhang, Annie Yu, Ningxiao Sun, Junyao Lyu, Penghua Zhu, Chunjiang LiuAbstractTrees and green spaces have been proved to play an important role in purifying urban atmospheric particulate matter and result to the overall improvement of air quality. However, a primary setback was the need for an accurate and easier method to measure the deposition velocity (Vd) of PM2.5 retained on plant leaves. This paper established an indirect method of measurement for determining Vd: the indirect...
Tree density and diversity in Hong Kong’s public housing estates: From provision injustice to socio-ecological inclusiveness
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Louis S.H. Lee, C.Y. Jim, H. ZhangAbstractSocio-economically underprivileged urban communities might suffer from restricted access to urban forests. Environmental injustice research on urban greenery in Asian cities is lacking. Public housing estates in Hong Kong, accommodating low-income households and over half of the 7.45 million population, were investigated for injustice in tree provision. Two clustering schemes used socio-economic and ecological characteristics to classify 93 estates. Factor...
Vegetation development in a stormwater management system designed to enhance ecological qualities
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Rikke Juul Monberg, Andy G. Howe, Sebastian Kepfer-Rojas, Hans Peter Ravn, Marina Bergen JensenAbstractUrban green areas can provide ecosystem services such as biodiversity conservation, recreational and educational services, and local climate regulation including stormwater management. Implementation of sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) allows for development of designs targeting desired habitats or species groups. This study investigated short-term changes in a plant community following...
Perceptions and use of urban green spaces on the basis of size
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 46Author(s): Guillermo Rey Gozalo, Juan Miguel Barrigón Morillas, David Montes GonzálezAbstractUrban green spaces have a beneficial effect on the health and well-being of citizens. The features of such spaces and users’ satisfaction with them determine the type and frequency of activities conducted inside parks. Understanding the relationships among these aspects is important for promoting adequate designs for these spaces. On the other hand, the limited availability of urban surface area in many cities...