Mire Ecology Working Group

Department of Botany and Zoology | Masaryk University | Faculty of Science | Research Plan

 

Mountain wetlands in Bulgaria

High-mountain wetland vegetation above timberline

  • Subalpine and alpine mires (Scheuchzerio-Caricetea fuscae)
  • Subalpine and alpine springs (Montio-Cardaminetea)
  • Bottoms of high-mountain lakes (Isoeto-Littorelletea)
  • Subalpine and alpine tall-forb vegetation (Mulgedio-Aconitetea) in construction, uncompleted
  • Studied mountain wetland vegetation below timberline

  • Fen vegetation (Scheuchzerio-Caricetea fuscae)
  • Bog woodlands (Oxycocco-Sphagnetea: Eriophoro vaginati-Pinetum sylvestris)
  • Submontane Montia springs (Montio-Cardaminetea: Stellario alsinae-Montietum)
  • Submontane waterlogged meadows (Molinio-Arrhenatheretea: Calthion)
  • Submontane intermittently wet meadows (Molinio-Arrhenatheretea: Molinion caerulae, Deschampsion caespitosae)
  • Grant KJB6163302: Diversity of wetland vegetation in Bulgarian mountain regions.

    Total duration: 2003 - 2005

    Investigator(s): Michal Hájek, Petra Hájková, Martin Kočí (Mulgedio-Aconitetea), Kateřina Šumberová (Isoeto-Nanojuncetea), Kateřina Kočí (taxonomy/taxonomie)

    Cooperators: Iva Apostolova (Botanical Institute, Bulgarian Academy of Science)

    This project is intended to fill one of the largest gaps in the knowledge of European vegetation, the diversity of wetland vegetation in Bulgarian mountain regions. The diversity and species composition of vascular plants and bryophytes in relation to the major environmental factors will be explored in springs, mires, moist and wet meadows, tall sedge stands and in wet and moist types of subalpine tall-forb and shrub habitats. All available data about this vegetation in Bulgaria will be: (i) synthetised using ordination methods, species grouping and formalised classification methods, (ii) utilised in synthetical studies of the variability and distribution of little-known wetland communities in the area of Central and south-eastern Europe and of species pool influence on the composition of various wetland habitats and (iii) compared with data from other European regions. This project will be carried out in close co-operation with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Institute of Botany, Sofia).

    For details see:
    Hájek M., Hájková P. & Apostolova I. (2006): New wetland vascular plants for Bulgaria. Phytologia Balcanica 12: 367-370. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájek M., Hájková P. & Apostolova I. (2005): Notes on the Bulgarian wetland flora, including new national and regional records. Phytologia Balcanica 11: 173-184. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájek M., Hájková P. & Apostolova I. (2006): The diversity of mire and spring vegetation in Bulgaria. IV. Balkan Botanical Congress. Sofia, Bulgaria, 20-25 July 2006. Book of abstracts, pp. 58-59. - presentation 
    Hájek M., Hájková P. & Apostolova I. (2008): New plant associations from Bulgarian mires. Phytologia Balcanica 14: 377-399. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájek M., Hájková P., Apostolova I., Sopotlieva D. & Velev N. (2006): Report 49-52 (In.: New floristic records in the Balkans: 2). Phytologia Balcanica 12: 286-287. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájek M., Tichý L., Schamp B.S., Zelený D., Roleček J., Hájková P., Apostolova I. & Dítě D. (2007): Testing the Species pool hypothesis for mire vegetation: exploring the influence of pH specialists and habitat history. Oikos 116: 1311-1322. - fulltext on BlackwellSynergy 
    Hájek M., Tzonev R., Hájková P., Ganeva A. & Apostolova I. (2005): Plant communities of the subalpine mires and springs in the Vitosha Mt. Phytologia Balcanica 11: 193-205. - fulltext in pdf + web project
    Hájek M., Velev N. , Sopotlieva D., Apostolova I. & Rozbrojová Z. (2007): Reports 51-57 (In.: New floristic records in the Balkans: 6). Phytologia Balcanica 13: 440-441. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájková P. & Hájek M. (2007): Sphagnum distribution patterns along environmental gradients in Bulgaria. Journal of Bryology 29: 18-26.  
    Hájková P. & Hájek M. (2006): Sphagnum distribution patterns along environmental gradients in Bulgaria. IV. Balkan Botanical Congress. Sofia, Bulgaria, 20-25 July 2006. Book of abstracts, p. 220. - poster in pdf 
    Hájková P., Hájek M. & Apostolova I. (2006): Diversity of wetland vegetation in the Bulgarian high mountains, main gradients and context-dependence of the pH role. Plant Ecology 184: 111-130. - fulltext on SpringerLink 
    Hájková P., Hájek M., Apostolova I., Zelený D. & Dítě D. (2008): Shifts in the ecological behaviour of plant species between two distant regions: evidence from the base richness gradient in mires. Journal of Biogeography 35: 282-294. - fulltext on Blackwell-Synergy 
    Hájková P., Plášek V. & Hájek M. (2007): A contribution to the Bulgarian bryoflora. Phytologia Balcanica 13: 307-310. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájková P., Plášek V., Hájek M., Shaw B. & Hradílek Z. (2007): New bryophyte records in the Balkans 2: Reports 1-32. Phytologia Balcanica 13: 247-254. - fulltext in pdf 
    Hájková P., Shaw B., Hájek M., Hinterlang D. & Plášek V. (2007): The role of base saturation and altitude in habitat differentiation within Philonotis in springs and mires of three different European regions. Bryologist 110: 776-787. - fulltext on BioOne