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.
Karel Prach, leader of the group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Klara Rehounkova: email@example.com
Kamila Vitovcova: Lencova.Kamila@seznam.cz
Miguel Ballesteros: firstname.lastname@example.org
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