KISKUN LTER conference at Kecskemét on 10. 10. 2023.

The KISKUN LTER field research network was established almost 30 years ago, and research in the area has been ongoing with varying levels of activity. The aim of the conference is to summarise the results of ecological and conservation research in and around the Kiskunság Sand Ridges, to get to know each other's research, to explore possible synergies and opportunities for cooperation, including the organisation of joint publications, proposals and events. This will strengthen the KISKUN LTER and the Hungarian LTER as research infrastructures of national importance, and thus take steps towards possible funding of research infrastructures in Hungary.

The abstract-book of the conference can be found under the Knowledge bank/Publications menu.

Just started a new project about the collection of observations at "Fülöpháza" grassland area on iNaturalist website

The project is at these link:

In the frame of "Topograss" project we conducted the monitoring of sandy grasslands of Fülöpháza in 2023

With the help of the LTER Seed grant, named "Topograss", we monitored the vegetation of the "Fülöpháza" sand grassland area in 2023. This included monitoring vascular plant species and their abundance at 200 permanent sampling sites within a 4 m x 4 m plot. The exceptional drought of 2022 gave the monitoring a sad update. More than 80% of the sampling sites experienced mortality of the dominant grass species (Festuca vaginata, Stipa borysthenica). In this year's project, we are investigating factors influencing mortality/survival of these grasses.  


A paper appeared about the management of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Berki, B., Botta‐Dukát, Z., Csákvári, E., Gyalus, A., Halassy, M., Mártonffy, A., ... & Csecserits, A. Short‐term effects of the control of the invasive plant Asclepias syriaca: secondary invasion of other neophytes instead of the recovery of native species. Applied Vegetation Science, e12707.

New paper on restoration of Pannonian sand grassland

Llumiquinga, Y. B., Reis, B. P., Sáradi, N., Török, K., Szitár, K. & Halassy, M. (2021): Long-term results of initial seeding, mowing and carbon amendment on the restoration of Pannonian sand grassland on old fields. – Tuexenia 41: 361–379.