Old-field succession on abandoned soils, and opportunity to reduce biotic stress by skipping early weedy stages

Péter Csontos, Júlia Tamás, Orsolya Szécsy, Csaba Szinetár, Michael Kiehn

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Weed invasion is a serious biotic stress on fallow lands. To suppress weeds, it is suggested to sow high diversity seed mixtures composed by non-weedy disturbance tolerant and generalist members of the biological flora. Available seed ecological knowledge on these species is more or less satisfactory regarding seed weight, seed shape and dispersal type, however, more research needed to learn their soil seed bank types, germination and seed storage requirements. To determine exact composition of multi-species seed mixtures applicable in practice, case studies should be conducted under major climatic and soil conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-72
Number of pages4
JournalCereal Research Communications
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 31 2009



  • Biodiversity
  • Fallow land
  • Seed ecology
  • Vegetation succession
  • Weed suppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics

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