Carpathian spring wetlands
Grant GA 206/99/1240:
GA 206/99/1240: Ecology and palaeoecology of spring wetlands in the western part of the Carpathians.
Total duration: 1999 - 2004 (Investigation, however, still continues)
Investigator(s): Kamil Rybníček, Michal Hájek, Aloisie Poulíčková
Cooperators: Michal Horsák, Petra Hájková, Zuzana Rozbrojová, Lucia Sekulová, Věra Opravilová, Daniel Dítě (správa TANAP / Administration of the Tatranský National Park), Milan Valachovič (SAV / Slovak Academy of Sciences), DAPHNE Bratislava, CHKO / Protected Landscape Areas Bílé Karpaty, Biele Karpaty, Beskydy, Kysuce, Strážovské vrchy.
Two consequential projects have obtained new data about species composition and structure of the communities of leading biota (algae, cyanophytes, fungi, mosses, vascular plants, molluscs, heliozoa, testate amoebae) in Western Carpathians´ spring fen ecosystems, their mutual interactions, and relations between biotic and abiotic components of the system. Special attention was paid to monitoring the dynamics of Ca, Mg, Fe, K, Na, SO4, NO3, NH3, PO4, Cl, total phosphorus, redox-potential, pH and conductivity in spring water. Further, plots treated by various types of management (mowing regimes) were established; this research still continues. Palaeoecological studies were concentrated to pollen-, macroscopic- and mollusc analyses of the reference profiles.