EDASS - European Database of Successional Seres

The study of succession, the sequential replacement of species following a disturbance, have much to offer to solve contemporary problems concerning biodiversity loss, climate change, invasive species, and ecological restoration. Results of a single particular study can be exploited immediately for local restoration projects, but the systematic comparison of studies across habitats and larger space-temporal scales can enable extrapolation of the results, formulation of new theoretical principles, and inform restoration efforts.

You are kindly invited to contribute your succesional data to the European Database of Successional Series (EDaSS). We aim to compile existing successional data of changes in vegetation following disturbance (mining, abandonment from agriculture, forest clearing, fire, landslides, dunes, emerged bottoms, glacial retreat, etc.). Synthesis at multiple scales and meta-analysis can allow us to identify overall trends in succession and assess restoration success.

The Restoration Ecology Group has already put together a unique dataset from multiple human-disturbed sites across the Czech Republic (40 successional seres, about 3700 phytosociological relevés, 1022 species recorded and 31 authors) yielding several publications (for more information see Prach et al. 2014, Appl. Veget. Sci. 17:193-200). Our aim is to enlarge this successional database to the European scale and you are more than welcome to contribute with your data and share our effort.

Requirements to include the data:

Vegetation cover data (species) composing successional series of at least 20 years, recording development not later than 5 years after the disturbance.

Only spontaneous succession is considered, without obvious alterations or additional management (e.g. no grazing, no sowing, planting, topsoiling, etc.).

Data from permanent plots or transects (multiple time-points of monitoring) or chronosequences (covering a more or less continuous period), obtained from plots of preferably 5x5 m2 (other sizes could also be included, e.g. 2x2 - 20x20 m2). If plots are smaller but they could be meaningfully combined to represent the cover of the different successional stages they would also be valid.


    Will be co-authors of at least the first paper that uses their data

    Authorship in following papers will be earned through substantial contribution

    Will always be cited as data contributors in following publications

      Please, do not hesitate to contact us for further information about the project.

      Contact details:

      Principal investigators

      Karel Prach, leader of the group: prach@prf.jcu.cz

      Klara Rehounkova: klara.rehounkova@gmail.com


      Kamila Vitovcova: Lencova.Kamila@seznam.cz

      Miguel Ballesteros: miguelballesterosjimenez@gmail.com


      DASS - DAtabase of Successional Seres

      The Restoration Ecology Group has managed to put together a unique set of phytosociological relevés from 40 successional seres from different post-mining and other human-disturbed sites across the Czech Republic. The relevés are collected from a total of 31 authors and are located across the whole country. They contain important information about species composition, successional age and other environmental factors. So far, a total of 2,823 relevés with 1,022 recorded species are available. The database is continuously updated and scietific papers based on these data are gradually published.

      For more information contact the database administrator Kamila Vítovcová (Lencova.Kamila@seznam.cz).

      Sere Location in the Czech Republic Number of samples Number of localities Age of stages [years] Data sources and References
      Abandoned fields (S) Various parts 345 255 1–91 Osbornová et al. (1990); Prach et al. (2007); Jírová et al. (2012)
      Acidic stone quarries (P) Central 135 135 1–86 Trnková et al. (2010)
      Artificial fishponds islands and barriers (P/S) S 108 80 1–126 K. Prach, unpublished; V. Študent, unpublished; Rejmánek & Rejmánková (2002)
      Bared bottom (P) NW and E 14 2 1–70 K.Prach, J.Chlumsky, unpublished
      Basalt quarries (P) NW 440 440 1–80 J.Novák, unpublished; Novák & Prach (2003); Novák & Konvička (2006)
      Burnt down forests (S) NW 52 52 1-168 M. Adámek, unpublished
      Corridors of former iron curtain * (S) SW 146 146 7–35 Z. Špringar, P. Koštel, unpublished
      Died forests after air pollution (S) NW 14 1 1–20 P.Pyšek, unpublished
      Extracted peatlands (P) SW 267 267 1–100 Konvalinková & Prach (2010, 2014); Bastl et al. (2009)
      Forest clearings (S) Central and N 99 99 1-107 P. Šmilauer, unpublished; P. Petřík, unpublished
      Limestone quarries (P) C and E 184 159 1–70 L. Tichý, J. Sádlo, A. Bartošová, unpublished
      Riverbars (P) NE and S 70 42 1–150 K. Prach, unpublished, Z. Vaněček, unpublished
      Road verges (P/S) S 50 44 1–32 R.Litvin (2000), K.Prach, unpublished
      Sand and gravel-sand pits (P) Various parts 233 233 1–75 Řehounková & Prach (2006, 2008, 2010)
      Sedimentary basins (P) W and N 21 21 2–41 K. Prach, unpublished; Kovář (2004)
      Spoil heaps from black coal mining I (P) Central 88 90 1–100 H. Dvořáková, unpublished; Prach et al. (2013)
      Spoil heaps from black coal mining II (P) NE 170 182 1–75 T. Koutecký, K. Prach, unpublished
      Spoil heaps from brown coal mining I (P) NW 106 101 1–45 Prach (1987); Hodačová & Prach (2003)
      Spoil heaps from brown coal mining II (P) W 147 83 1–55 K. Prach, unpublished; O. Mudrák, unpublished; Frouz et al. (2008)
      Spoil heaps from uranium mining (P) C 84 84 7–32 T. Dudíková, unpublished
      Urban ruderals (S) W 36 3 1–12 A. Pyšek, unpublished

      Character of the ongoing succession is given in parenthesis P - primary, S - secondary