Our first field work

There's nothing we can do, we had to go out into the field. But we followed all the governmental regulations - masks, two meters distance, and disinfection (and not only from the outside)! Despite cold and snow it was nice. Soumarský Most peat bog always hides  a nice surprise. This time, for example, with the historical monocultures of spruce, as an attempt for forestry reclamation, dying out due to a re-elevated groundwater level.

Photo: Petra Janečková

Remote science

The current situation calls for unusual solutions even for such an ordinary thing as regular group meetings. Thus we tried "remote science". It works and it is even quite fun. Especially when there is a one-year-old Vašík and 2.5-year-old Majda between the participants. We thank the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice for the opportunity to use MS Teams.

EDaSS at Conference of young botanists in Genova

  

Our italian colleague and member of our restoration group Chiara Toffolo participated at the Conference of young botanists in Genova which was held on 6 – 7th of February. Chiara has presented our budding database of succession seres across Europe (EDaSS) during session „Vegetation science, macroecology and biogeography“.

We are hoping that our project will attract new scientists and we will be able to collect interesting data dealing with primary or secondary succession across the continent. We aim to compile existing successional data of changes in vegetation following disturbance and thus enlarge an existing unique dataset from multiple human-disturbed sites across the Czech Republic to the European scale.   

 

Merry Christmas from the Restoration Ecology Group

Our group usually meets at the end of the year and discuss about the past season. We talk about our successes and address any eventual problems. And we also celebrate because we were successful with two project proposals. In the next years we will therefore deal with enlargement of our Database of Successional Series across Europe, and meadows in White Carpathians which were regrassed with a regional seed mixtures in the past. Happy new year 2020!

Interesting seminar on urban greenery

On November 19, 2019, an interesting seminar took place at the Biology Centre in České Budějovice on "Near-nature care about urban lawns". Not only experts but also people from municipal authorities shared their knowledge and experience. In addition to a number of presentations on lawn care, biodiversity protection in cities or blue-green infrastructure, we also offered a walk through the faculty garden. The seminar aroused a great interest.

First season of the peatbog project is over

We successfully finished the first season of our interesting project working in mined as well as preserved peatbogs. Our aim is to find out which species of fungi, mosses and higher plants grow there and which species of butterflies occur there and, moreover, why some species do still not occur on the mined peatbogs. We also performed experimental sowing of berries of bog cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) in selected peatbogs to find out if it does not grow there because it still has not spread there or because there are unsuitable conditions there. Hopefully, we will be able to answer this and many other questions in the next years.

International conference on Restoration Ecology in South Africa

This year's international conference on Restoration Ecology was held in South Africa in Cape Town. Our working group was represented by Anička Müllerová and Petra Janečková who presented their posters, Klára Řehounková who had a talk about the results of analyses fo our Database of Successional Series, and Karel Prach who chaired a special section. The conference was very successful and we had great experiences even outside the conference venue...judge for yourself!

End of the vegetation season in style - on the beach :)

We ended up this vegetation season in style on the beach and now we are ready for processing the data. We are greatful for help of our foreign students Chiara Tofollo from Milan who will stay till Christmas, and our almost "naturalized" post-doc Miguel Ballesteros Jiménez from Spain. We thank to all people who joined us and helped in the field!

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