Mire Ecology Working Group

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


Diversity of mire vegetation in Europe

Michal Hájek (hajek@sci.muni.cz, Masaryk University)
Borja Jiménez-Alfaro (borja@sci.muni.cz, Masaryk University)
Martin Jiroušek (machozrut@mail.muni.cz, Masaryk University, Mendel University in Brno)
Tomáš Peterka (peterkatomasek@seznam.cz, Masaryk University)

Project aims
Mire vegetation comprises FENS (Scheuchzerio-Caricetea) and BOGS (Oxycocco-Sphagnetea). In Europe, the classification of plant communities related to these habitats has been a continuous source of debate, and different classification concepts are generally applied at national or regional level. Thus we need to establish a consistent classification useful for comunication among scientists (e.g. plant ecologists) and nature conservation agencies (e. g. interpretation of the habitats of European conservation concern within the Natura 2000 network).

Our main aims are:
1) To create a unique database with harmonized taxonomy for vegetation plot data collected from official databases, bibliographic references and unpublished data from insufficiently explored regions of Europe.
2) To develop a consistent and formalized classification of European mires at the alliance level.
3) To characterize the species composition and geographic distribution of the alliances.

Data contributors and collaborators (May 2015)
Oficial vegetation plot databases with fen data (GIVD code):
Austrian Vegetation Database (EU-AT-001), Belarus Peatland Restoration Rroject (EU-BY-001), Bulgarian Vegetation Database (EU-BG-001), Czech National Vegetation Database (EU-CZ-001), Dutch Vegetation Database (EU-NL-001), German Vegetation Reference Database (EU-DE-014), INBOVEG (EU-BE-002), Iberian and Macaronesian Vegetation Information System (EU-00-004), Irish National Vegetation Database (EU-IE-001), Lithuanian vegetation Database (EU-LT-001), Phytosociological database of Non-Forest Vegetation in Croatia (EU-HR-001), Polish Vegetation Database (EU-PL-001), Slovak national Vegetation Database (EU-SK-001), Slovenian Vegetation Datbase (EU-SI-001), SOPHY Database (EU-FR-003), Swiss Mire Monitoring - Wirkungskontrolle Moorschutz Schweiz (EU-CH-007), UK National Vegetation Classification Database (EU-GB-001), Ukrainian Grassland Database (EU-UA-001), Vegetation Database of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (EU-DE-001), Vegetation Database of the Republic of Macedonia (EU-MK-001), Vegetation-Plot Database of the University of the Basque Country (EU-00-011), VegetWeb (EU-DE-013), VegItaly (EU-IT-001).
Private database managers and other collaborators:
I. Apostolova (Bulgaria), L. Aunina (Latvia), A. Bergamini (Switzerland), C. Bita-Nicolae (Romania), G. Coldea (Romania), D. Dítě (Slovakia), R. Ejrn?s (Denmark), L. Felbaba-Klushyna (Ukraine), P. Hájková (Czech Republic), E. Hettenbergerová (Czech Republic), T. Ivchenko (Russia), N. Koroleva (Russia), O. Kuznetsov (Russia), J. Laitinen (Finland), E. Lapshina (Russia), P. Lazarević (Serbia), A. Moen (Norway), M. Napreenko (Russia), P. Pawlikowski (Poland), Z. Plesková (Slovakia), V. Randjelović (Serbia), V. Smagin (Russia), T. Tahvanainen (Finland).

The research of coordinators is funded by the Czech Science Foundation (PLADIAS project; grant number: GB14-36079G).

Some relevant links
Braun-Blanquet project
European Vegetation Archive
European Mire Vegetation Database (GIVD)