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Ambiente & Sociedade

Print version ISSN 1414-753XOn-line version ISSN 1809-4422

Abstract

ANGEOLETTO, FABIO; SANZ, JUAN PEDRO RUIZ; ALBERTIN, RICARDO MASSULO  and  SILVA, FREDERICO FONSECA DA. THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE: THE FLORA IN URBAN BACKYARDS OF DIFFERENT SOCIAL CLASSES. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2017, vol.20, n.1, pp.1-20. ISSN 1414-753X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-4422asoc141293v2012017.

Home gardens have considerable biodiversity conservation potential. However, these spaces are unplanned, and there is little information about the flora diversity in the backyards of different social classes. The current study has quantified and compared plant diversity in the backyards of two neighborhoods located in the metropolitan region of Maringá - RMM (Paraná, Brazil), namely, Conjunto Triangulo and Zona 02. The diversity patterns were markedly different when the neighborhoods were compared. Therefore the present study has set some planning guidelines aiming at increasing the presence of woody vegetation, as well as at contributing to biodiversity conservation, including the conservation of endangered plant species, in the backyards of the RMM.

Keywords : urban ecology; home gardens; urbanization; urban biodiversity.

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