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Table 4 List of inclusion criteria at the stage of abstract screening

From: Can linear transportation infrastructure verges constitute a habitat and/or a corridor for biodiversity in temperate landscapes? A systematic review protocol

Type of criteria Description
Relevant population(s) All biodiversity (at the species, community and ecosystem level), including fauna, flora, microorganisms, soil biodiversity and exotic invasive species, of the temperate climatic zonea
Types of exposure/intervention Any study exposing biodiversity to a LTI verge (road, railway, power line or pipeline verges or waterway banks), to a LTI verge management (mowing, pesticide spreading, pruning, planting, fence laying, beehive setting up, bird nesting box and bat roosting box hanging, reptile artificial refuge setting up, etc.) or to a LTI verge disturbance (chemical, air, noise and light pollution and wildfires)
Types of comparator Unexposed/intervention-free control site or before-exposure/before-intervention control site
Types of outcome All outcomes relating to corridor and habitat assessment or effects of verge management, such as dispersal (including species invasions, hydrochory and seed dispersal by vehicles), species richness, Shannon index, Simpson index, beta diversity and abundance of different taxonomic or functional groups of organisms
Types of study All type of studies should be included apart from modelling studies, studies making recommendations without making experimentation and studies making experimentations in laboratory conditions
  1. a The Köppen−Geiger Climate Classifica$on will be used to identify articles with a study zone in the temperate climate. As the funders of the study are interested in western Europe, only the Cfa, Cfb, Cfc, Csa, Csb and Csc temperate zones will be included in the scope of our study. See http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/mpeel/koppen.html (Accessed 17 Nov 2015) for the GoogleEarth layers of the Köppen−Geiger Climate Classifica$on