The Bugac Rabbit Project. Part I. Description of the study site and vegetation map

M. Kertesz, J. Szabo, V. Altbäcker

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The Bugac Juniper Forest consists of a mosaic of woods, shrubs and xeric grasslands lying on a sand dune system, and a part of the forest is a core area of the Man and Biosphere Program. Compared to the other sand dune areas of the Kiskunsag region, the Bugac Juniper Forest is composed of more differentiated patches interspersed with locally poorer vegetation. The succession of vegetation on drought-prone, sandy regions of the Carpathian Basin is less predictable than that on other soil types, but this difference from sites of the same climatic and edaphic conditions is probably mainly due to the high abundance of herbivores, particularly rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus relative to the low productivity of the grassland. The present state of the forest is the result of secondary succession consequent on burning, heavy grazing and forestry intervention. Lack of an adequate species pool for this edaphic semi-desert might be also involved. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-196
Number of pages10
JournalAbstracta Botanica
Volume17
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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The Bugac Rabbit Project. Part I. Description of the study site and vegetation map. / Kertesz, M.; Szabo, J.; Altbäcker, V.

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