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). 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
Kövendi‐Jakó, A., Szitár, K., Halassy, M., Halász, K., Mojzes, A., & Török, K. (2020): Effect of seed storing duration and sowing year on the seedling establishment of grassland species in xeric environments Restoration Ecology, Accepted manuscript online: 18 May 2020


Halassy M, Botta-Dukát Z, Csecserits A, Szitár K (2019): Trait based approach confirms the importance of propagule limitation and assembly rules in old‐field restoration RESTORATION ECOLOGY 27(4): pp. 840-849.
Katalin Török, Ferenc Horváth, Anna Kövendi-Jakó, Melinda Halassy, János Bölöni, Katalin Szitár (2019): Meeting Aichi Target 15: Efforts and further needs of ecological restoration in Hungary Biological Conservation 235: pp. 128–135.