Professor Gábor Fekete, the excellent vegetation ecologist and pioneer of several ecological subdisciplines in Hungary passed away in December 2016. The authors of this text recall a day spent with him in the field in August 1996. That time our research included mapping surviving fragments of natural loess steppe grasslands in the Mezoföld region of Hungary. Thus, our field day's first stop was in such a grassland stand at Belsobáránd (Fejér County, Hungary) where we had the opportunity to learn from Prof. Fekete about loess steppes, of which he was a renowned expert. There he shared with us a detailed comparison of loess and sand steppe grasslands. The second stop of our field trip was in the Velence Hills, where a few days earlier we found again the long-not-sighted rare C4 species Chlorocyperus glaber. The occurrence originally was discovered by Gábor Fekete in 1953, as a new species to the Hungarian flora. We learned that the enthusiasm of the young botanist on the new find was somewhat cooled then by Ádám Boros, a senior botanist of the time, who doubted the persistence of the population. Time has proven the opposite: the population survives even today. Prof. Fekete was not only an outstanding scientist but also an adept and warm-hearted supporter of colleagues; he was ready to answer questions at any time and his advices helped the research of generations of botanists. We take this very last opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for all the help we have received from him.
|Translated title of the contribution||Experiences of a long day in the field with Gábor Fekete from Belsobáránd to the Velence Hills|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2017|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Plant Science