Fuchs, Renate; Kutzelnigg, Herfried; Feige, Guido B.:

Seminatural ancient forest in urban agglomeration area “Ruhrgebiet”

In: Acta Biologica Benrodis, (2004) ; Nr. 13, S. 91-104
ISSN: 0177-9214
Zeitschriftenaufsatz / Fach: Biologie
Through fieldwork, the influence of the neighbouring industrial area on flora and
vegetation of the seminatural ancient forest district called “Duisburg-Mülheimer Wald” was investigated.
The urban as well as peri-urban woodland is characterized by red-oak, pine and spruce
forests and a remarkable variety of different seminatural forest communities. In particular, the
numerous invasive alien plants (primarily plants escaped from cultivation) indicate the impairments
and stress caused by the industrial area. Establishment of invasives is discussed considering the
local problems in nature conservation and the floristic and vegetational importance of this seminatural
forest in urban agglomeration.