A non-pollen palynomorphs contribution to the local environmental history in the Ligurian Apennines: a preliminary study (255289) Bruna I. Menozzi • Mirca Zotti • Carlo Montanari ABSTRACT: As part of a regional research project on wetlands, a analysis was carried out on non pollen palynomorphs (NPP) from the upper sediments of a mountain peat bog in the Ligurian Apennines, northwest Italy. The aim of this project was to see if NPPs could yield useful results on local ecology and human activity in connection with the use of resources. More than 60 NPP types were found, among which a new type is described. A good agreement was observed between pollen assemblages and different NPP types, which are still an under-exploited source of information. Coprophilous fungi suggest the presence of livestock at the site after cal. A.D. 770–1160, while various algae and other water-demanding organisms show an increasing eutrophication of the environment in the most recent phase after cal. A.D. 1500. This approach, which is new for this region, confirms the hypothesis that local farming practices, such as management of pasture and woodland, were not recently established here. The site features and both NPP variety and significance show that further improvement of this additional tool could contribute to answering some questions about past cultural landscapes.

A non-pollen palynomorphs contribution to the local environmental history in the Ligurian Apennines: a preliminary study

MENOZZI, BRUNA ILDE;ZOTTI, MIRCA;MONTANARI, CARLO ALESSANDRO
2010

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A non-pollen palynomorphs contribution to the local environmental history in the Ligurian Apennines: a preliminary study (255289) Bruna I. Menozzi • Mirca Zotti • Carlo Montanari ABSTRACT: As part of a regional research project on wetlands, a analysis was carried out on non pollen palynomorphs (NPP) from the upper sediments of a mountain peat bog in the Ligurian Apennines, northwest Italy. The aim of this project was to see if NPPs could yield useful results on local ecology and human activity in connection with the use of resources. More than 60 NPP types were found, among which a new type is described. A good agreement was observed between pollen assemblages and different NPP types, which are still an under-exploited source of information. Coprophilous fungi suggest the presence of livestock at the site after cal. A.D. 770–1160, while various algae and other water-demanding organisms show an increasing eutrophication of the environment in the most recent phase after cal. A.D. 1500. This approach, which is new for this region, confirms the hypothesis that local farming practices, such as management of pasture and woodland, were not recently established here. The site features and both NPP variety and significance show that further improvement of this additional tool could contribute to answering some questions about past cultural landscapes.
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