The effects of habitat on the distribution of urban ruderal vegetation

Yalçınalp E., Dihkan A., Meral A., Akbulut S.

BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF BOTANY, vol.46, no.4, pp.1141-1151, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s40415-023-00926-4
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1141-1151
  • Keywords: Habitat effects, Ruderal plants, Shannon diversity index, Urban ecology
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Ruderal habitats consist mostly of neutrophile plants that grow on specific areas such as remnant areas, ruins, and wall sides. The plants hold an important place in urban ecology due to their resistance to environmental conditions and anthropogenic impacts. Considering the past 20-year period, today's rural areas will soon become urban areas in most parts of the world. Thus, this study will contribute to the phytoecological and phytosociological studies that will elaborately examine urban ruderal habitats in near future. The study was carried out in 30 different locations in five different land use types in Trabzon, Turkey. It aims to determine the ruderal vegetation diversity and the effect of habitat on ruderal vegetation. The results of the study revealed 83 species across 33 families. Despite the species diversity of the samples from the roadsides differed from that of other regions, the ruderal vegetation was distributed homogeneously, leading to the conclusion that habitat did not affect vegetation.