Original Articles

Vegetation ordination and classification: Practical implications

DOI: 10.1080/00725560.1969.9648590
Author(s): J.O. GrunowDepartment of Pasture Science,, D. Edwards,, J.W. Morris,


The main role of vegetation classification in agricultural land utilization is for the planning and management of vegetated areas. For farm planning, rapid, observationally‐based methods are most practical, but for planning at all scales the slower quantitative methods eliminate personal bias and are more readily reproducible. The main role of ordination lies in providing ecological information on plant‐environmental relationships, and inherently it should do so more efficiently than classification. Both ordination and classification provide information of practical value to agriculture.

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