Vegetation, phytomass and seed bank of strictly protected hay-making Molinion meadows in Zemplén Mountains (Hungary) after restored management

Péter Török, Ildikó Arany, Mátyás Prommer, Orsolya Valkó, Adrien Balogh, Eniko Vida, B. Tóthmérész, Gábor Matus

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Abstract

The outstandingly species-rich Gyertyán-kút meadow in the Zemplén Mountains (NE Hungary) was selected for a restoration study in 1993. The effect of annual summer cutting on species diversity and reproductive success was studied in abandoned Junco-Molinion stands. In two stands, pairs of 100-m2 sized plots (cut, unmanaged) were surveyed in 2004. Species composition and number of flowering shoots were registered in 1- m2 sized subplots (n=20 per stand). Aboveground phytomass samples (10×10cm, n=32) were harvested, dried and sorted as (i) dead, (ii) graminoid (Cyperaceae, Poaceae, Juncaceae) and (iii) herbaceous (dicots and herbaceous monocots). The seed bank was studied using the seedling emergence method. Higher species number and a higher number of herbaceous and flowering herbaceous species were detected in cut plots. More of the frequent flowering herbaceous species had a higher number of flowering shoots in the cut plots than in the unmanaged ones (e.g. Leontodon hispidus, Potentilla erecta, Plantago lanceolata, Stellaria graminea, Gladiolus imbricatus, Viola canina). Graminoids especially Molinia and Deschampsia cespitosa, showed higher reproductive success in unmanaged plots. Lower dead and graminoid phytomass were detected in cut stands. Reproductive performance and phytomass of Molinia was negatively correlated with reproductive performance of herbaceous species and with herbaceous species richness. Juncus conglomeratus/effusus species group formed the vast majority of the seed bank. Molinia had a significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalThaiszia Journal of Botany
Volume19
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Molinia
Hungary
meadows
hay
mountains
flowering
vegetation
species diversity
Potentilla erecta
reproductive performance
Leontodon hispidus
Deschampsia cespitosa
Stellaria
Juncaceae
Junco
Gladiolus
Plantago lanceolata
shoots
Cyperaceae
seedling emergence

Keywords

  • Abandonment
  • Hay meadow
  • Molinia
  • Phytomass
  • Seed bank
  • Species richness

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  • Plant Science

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Török, P., Arany, I., Prommer, M., Valkó, O., Balogh, A., Vida, E., ... Matus, G. (2009). Vegetation, phytomass and seed bank of strictly protected hay-making Molinion meadows in Zemplén Mountains (Hungary) after restored management. Thaiszia Journal of Botany, 19(SUPPL. 1), 67-78.

Vegetation, phytomass and seed bank of strictly protected hay-making Molinion meadows in Zemplén Mountains (Hungary) after restored management. / Török, Péter; Arany, Ildikó; Prommer, Mátyás; Valkó, Orsolya; Balogh, Adrien; Vida, Eniko; Tóthmérész, B.; Matus, Gábor.

In: Thaiszia Journal of Botany, Vol. 19, No. SUPPL. 1, 2009, p. 67-78.

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Török, Péter ; Arany, Ildikó ; Prommer, Mátyás ; Valkó, Orsolya ; Balogh, Adrien ; Vida, Eniko ; Tóthmérész, B. ; Matus, Gábor. / Vegetation, phytomass and seed bank of strictly protected hay-making Molinion meadows in Zemplén Mountains (Hungary) after restored management. In: Thaiszia Journal of Botany. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. SUPPL. 1. pp. 67-78.
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