Press coverage of the project and publications

 

 

2013 August

Declining Diversity in Abandoned Grasslands of the Carpathian Mountains: Do Dominant Species Matter?

Authors: Anna Mária Csergő, László Demeter, Roy Turkington

Editor: James F. Cahill, University of Alberta, Canada

 

Abstract

 

Traditional haymaking has created exceptionally high levels of plant species diversity in semi-natural grasslands of the Carpathian Mountains (Romania), the maintenance of which is jeopardized by recent abandonment and subsequent vegetation succession. We tested the hypothesis that the different life history strategies of dominant grasses cause different patterns of diversity loss after abandonment of traditional haymaking in two types of meadow. Although diversity loss rate was not significantly different, the mechanism of loss depended on the life history of dominant species. In meadows co-dominated by competitive stress-tolerant ruderals, diversity loss occurred following the suppression of dominant grasses by tall forbs, whereas in meadows dominated by a stress-tolerant competitor, diversity loss resulted from increased abundance and biomass of the dominant grass. We conclude that management for species conservation in abandoned grasslands should manipulate the functional turnover in communities where the dominant species is a weaker competitor, and abundance and biomass of dominant species in communities where the dominant species is the stronger competitor.

 

 

2011 December

Mountain hay meadows – hotspots of biodiversity and traditional culture

Editor: Barbara Knowles

Publisher: Society of Biology, London

ISBN: 978-0-900490-40-8

Copyright: Pogány-havas Association 2011

 

This online publication presents a selection of papers from the conference "Mountain hay meadows – hotspots of biodiversity and traditional culture" held on 7-9 June 2010 in Boros Valley, Transylvania, Romania. The conference was part of a project of the same name. The project had a dual goal: to carry out biological research on mountain hay meadows in two contrasting sites in the Eastern Carpathians; and to help local farmers to carry on traditional small scale agriculture. Papers in this volume are grouped into two themes, reflecting the dual focus of the project:

-Biodiversity, landscape and traditional knowledge

-Social science, economics and rural development relating to hay meadow management and products.

 

 

2010 December

Mountain Hay Meadows - hot spots of biodiversity and traditional culture - article in Rural poverty in Central and Eastern Europe - Best practices in combating poverty

 

 

2010 October

Prize for hay meadow project - article in The Biologist

 

 

2010 June

Mountain Hay Meadows - hot spots of biodiversity and traditional culture - conference report in Csíki TV local TV station

 

 

2010 May

Kossuth Radio interview about the moor frogs, from minute 3:20 (in Hungarian)

 

 

2010 April

The nuptial period of frogs is over front page, main article - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

Blue frog - not a legend, unlike the Milka cow - article on Transindex.com (in Hungarian)

Water fairies in the backyard - article on Transindex.com (in Hungarian)

Duna TV interview about the moor frogs, from minute 13 (in Hungarian)

 

 

2010 March

New species for the Romanian fauna in the ponds of Csík - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

A project for the protection of hay meadows in the Pogány-havas Microregion - electronic version of an article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

The frog that does rafting - article on Transindex.com (in Hungarian)

The International Year of Biodiversity - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

Protecting hay meadows and lifestyle in the Pogány-havas Microregion - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

 

 

2009 October

Traditional farming is not only good for subsistence - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

Traditional farming is not a disadvantage - newspaper article in the Csíki Hírlap (in Hungarian)

 

 

2009 August

Researching Transylvanian wetlands and hay meadows - article in The Biologist

 

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The Biologist is the monthly journal of the Society of Biology, Great Britain. http://www.societyofbiology.org/

 

Csíki Hírlap is a daily newspaper published in Csíkszereda, Transylvania. It has a monthly page dedicated to environment and nature called Green Island. http://www.szekelyhon.ro/

 

Transindex.ro is a news portal in Transylvania that also promotes environmental protection and science popularization. http://think.transindex.ro/