The emergence of renewable energy infrastructures calls for a better understanding of their impact on biodiversity. The aim of the present study was to investigate in a mountain region the impact of a wind turbine on plant communities in their vicinity. A field survey was conducted in a wind farm situated in the Southern Romanian Carpathians, five years after the turbines were installed. We tested for the effects of the presence of the turbine and the distance to the turbine on plant species richness, on five plant ecological indicators and on the quality of the pastures. Overall, 33 plant species belonging to 16 families were recorded, and among them 21 were recorded in both the presence and the absence of wind turbine. The presence of a turbine did not affect the structure of the plant community, as the majority of the plots exhibited similar plant species richness and composition. Finally, the values of the ecological indicators and the pasture quality were not altered by the presence of the turbine. Such analyses could be extended over longer time periods so as to capture potential long-term effects and by integrating other environmental factors such as microclimatic conditions or soil properties.
Do wind turbines impact plant community properties in mountain region?
Title: Do wind turbines impact plant community properties in mountain region?
August 07, 2019
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Pătru-Stupariu, I.; Calotă, A.; Santonja, M.; Anastasiu, P.; Stoicescu, I.; Biriş, I.; Stupariu, M.; Buttler, A. (2019). Do wind turbines impact plant community properties in mountain region?. Biologia, 74(9), 1-7.