Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview

Réka Kiss, Orsolya Valkó, B. Tóthmérész, Péter Török

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Abstract

Seed banks represent an important, but largely undiscovered and underappreciated component of grassland vegetation dynamics. Given its importance, our aim was to provide a comprehensive overview about the current study of seed banks in Central-European grasslands by a literature review. We found in total 32 studies about seed banks of Central- European grasslands, with a majority of studies originating from Poland, Germany and Hungary. Most studies used the seedling emergence method in seed bank analyses. Disturbed grasslands contained a higher seed density and higher number of persistent species than undisturbed ones. The similarity between the species composition of aboveground vegetation and seed banks was generally low to medium, but in some cases high similarity was also found (Sørensen similarity between 0.13- 0.75). In disturbed grasslands not only the seed density and species richness, but also the similarity with aboveground vegetation was higher than in undisturbed ones. Studies noted an increase in seed density and species richness in the course of succession and also noted the highest values at the end of the so-called mid-successional stage. Studies agreed that seed bank alone is not enough for habitat restoration so interventions and continuous management is necessary for successful restoration. The seed bank contained seeds of annuals and short-lived species, but the characteristic grassland specialists generally lacked from the seed bank, thus there is a need for their active introduction in most cases..

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSeed Banks
Subtitle of host publicationTypes, Roles and Research
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages1-34
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781536104073
ISBN (Print)9781536103885
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2016

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Kiss, R., Valkó, O., Tóthmérész, B., & Török, P. (2016). Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview. In Seed Banks: Types, Roles and Research (pp. 1-34). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..

Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview. / Kiss, Réka; Valkó, Orsolya; Tóthmérész, B.; Török, Péter.

Seed Banks: Types, Roles and Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016. p. 1-34.

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Kiss, R, Valkó, O, Tóthmérész, B & Török, P 2016, Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview. in Seed Banks: Types, Roles and Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., pp. 1-34.
Kiss R, Valkó O, Tóthmérész B, Török P. Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview. In Seed Banks: Types, Roles and Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2016. p. 1-34
Kiss, Réka ; Valkó, Orsolya ; Tóthmérész, B. ; Török, Péter. / Seed bank research in Central-European grasslands - An overview. Seed Banks: Types, Roles and Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2016. pp. 1-34
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