IEB Restoration Ecology Group

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The Restoration Ecology Group (REG) tests methods suitable for the restoration of natural ecosystems, which can become self-sustaining or require only conventional, extensive management on the long run. The target of restoration is the endemic Pannonian sand grassland that is under protection of the EU (Pannonic sand steppe, habitat code 6260).

Our experiments are currently underway at two locations:
1. The sand dune region and neighbouring anthropogenic landscape of Fülöpháza in the Kiskunság National Park, at the Kiskun LTER siteKiskuninlcuding the study of spontaneous regeneration and restoration of open sand grasslands on abandoned fields
2. Nyíregyháza LEGO factory where reconstruction of forest steppe, a mosaic of steppe oak woods and sand grasslands is taking place

Activities of the group include participation in the work of the Society for Ecological Restoration, European Chapter SER Europe, e.g. conference organization (SER Europe Summer School on Ecological Restoration 2018, SERE webinars). Collaboration with projects dealing with the biodiversity science-policy interface like IPBES is gaining importance.

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Bruna P. Reis, Anna Kövendi-Jakó , Katalin Szitár, Katalin Török, Melinda Halassy (2020): Long-term effect of mowing on the restoration of Pannonian sand grassland to replace invasive black locust plantation Restoration Ecology, Version of Record online: 06 April 2020
Cevallos, D., Bede‐Fazekas, Á., Tanács, E., Szitár, K., Halassy, M., Kövendi‐Jakó, A., & Török, K. (2020): Seed transfer zones based on environmental variables better reflect variability in vegetation than administrative units: evidence from Hungary Restoration Ecology Vol. 28, No. 4, pp. 911–918
Francesca Pilotto, Ingolf Kühn, Rita Adrian, Renate ALBER, Audrey ALIGNIER, Christopher ANDREWS, Janna Bäck, Luc BARBARO, Deborah BEAUMONT, Natalie Beenaerts, Sue BENHAM, David BOUKAL, Vincent Bretagnolle, Elisa CAMATTI, Roberto CANULLO, Patricia CARDOSO, Bruno Ens, Gert EVERAERT, Vesela EVTIMOVA, Heidrun Feuchtmayr, Ricardo GARCÍA-GONZÁLEZ, Daniel GÓMEZ GARCÍA, Ulf Grandin, Jerzy GUTOWSKI, Liat HADAR, Lubos HALADA, Melinda HALASSY, Herman Hummel, Kaisa-Leena HUTTUNEN, Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Thomas (2020): Meta-analysis of multidecadal biodiversity trends in Europe. Nature communications, 11(1), 1-11.
Halassy, M., Csecserits, A., Kovacsics-Vári, G., Kövendi-Jakó, A., Reis, B. P., & Török, K. (2020): First year woody survival supports feasibility of forest-steppe reconstruction as an alternative to landscaping in industrial areas. Ecological Engineering, 158, 106050.
Halassy, M., Kövendi‐Jakó, A., Reis, B., Szitár, K., Seyidova, Z., & Török, K. (2020): N immobilization treatment revisited: a retarded and temporary effect unfolded in old field restoration Applied Vegetation Science, e12555.