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This study aimed to assess the impact of the invasion of Asclepias syriaca, a perennial non‐native herbaceous species, on basic soil attributes and vegetation composition, and to study the effect of mechanical control, namely cutting of Asclepias, on target and other plant species. Sandy region of Kiskunság National Park, Hungary, Central Europe....

New Article published in co-operation with Anikó Csecserits in Hungarian journal "Természetvédelmi Közlemények": Csecserits A., Berki B., Botta-Dukát Z., Csákvári E., Halassy M., Mártonffy A., Rédei T., Szitár K. (2022): Változott-e a növényzet és az elözönlöttség mértéke kiskunsági homoki gyepekben és parlagokon az elmúlt évtizedben? - Egy...

David Cevallos received his PhD certificate in Quito, Ecuador at the Hungarian embassy. His doctoral research was: 'Delineation of seed transfer zones based on Ecological knowledge and testing by seed traits of populations from different provenance for ecological restoration use'. Congratulations to David!

Open days for university students were held at the Centre for Ecological Research on October 28, 2022. Melinda Halassy presented the research activities of our group and how the students can get involved in ongoing research. The presentation can be downloaded below in Hungarian.

In order to find the best and most reliable practices for ecological restoration of degraded lands, longer time scales should be considered when evaluating restoration efforts. We assessed the long-term (16 years) effects of different grassland restoration treatments - seeding, mowing, and carbon amendment - in the Pannonian sand grasslands. After...

Agri-environment schemes (AES) are valuable instruments to support pollination in agricultural landscapes. Evaluating AES based on their effects on pollinators has high practical relevance for agricultural production and nature conservation. In our two-year assessment, we studied the effectiveness of two AES (organic farming vs flower strips) on...

Between 18 and 20 July we built a second foil tent and replanted our seeding experiment native (Festuca vaginata, Galium verum, Gypsophila paniculata, Saponaria officinalis) and non-native plants (Asclepias syriaca, Conyza canadensis, Tragus racemosus) to flowerpots twice the size of the previous ones, since some species grew significantly. We had...

Between July 7-15 our research group completed the fieldwork related to the study which examine the impact of the landscape structure on restoration success. We made vegetation samplings on five restoration project sites and within the 500 m radius of the surrounding landscape in the Kiskunság sandy region. We hope that the collected data from the...

On June 8, 2022, our group was attended a field workshop in Hortobágy, Hungary. The main topic was how to reconstruct the unique loess grasslands in locations Kungyörgy, Kapróhát, Egyek, Tiszacsegei Széles-halom and Öt-halom.

To help upscale ecological restoration of degraded lands, landscape factors and longer time scales should be considered when assessing restoration efforts. We evaluated the impact of initial restoration intervention, landscape composition, and elapsed time since the restoration began on the long-term progress of Pannonic sand grassland restoration....

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce the Biodiversity Day 2022 slogan: "Building a shared future for all life". The slogan was chosen to continue building momentum and support for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework to be adopted at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference.

On March 12, 2022 the Restoration Ecology Group was in the Kiskunság National Park to restore a sandy grassland, remove the unwanted shrubs, and plant native species in the unique sand forest-steppe in Kunpeszér.

The Society for Ecological Restoration Europe, welcomes you to the 13th European Conference on Ecological Restoration! The conference will be held in Alicante from 5th to 9th September 2022. Save the date in streaming for those that cannot attend in-person events. The conditions to access online sessions will be announced soon.