(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Wall ecology : a frontier for urban biodiversity and ecological engineering

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FRANCIS R.A. (1) ;
(1) King's College, London, ROYAUME-UNI


This review considers the development of wall ecology, highlighting the key characteristics of walls that have been found to influence their ability to support species, with a focus on higher plants. It then examines the kinds of plant assemblages that are found on walls and the broader role of walls within urban biodiversity, before discussing the potential for ecological engineering of walls. Some progress has recently been made in the latter area with the installation of living walls and the physical engineering of wall materials, but much more needs to be done to effectively increase their physical complexity and habitat quality. Walls therefore represent a substantial potential (as well as existing) habitat within urban areas


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2011, vol. 35, no1 [pp. 43-63]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.

Collation : 2 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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