Current status of the project
Until now the project involves 39 data contributors, who provided data from 25 European countries. Data collected include over 150,000 vegetation plots of aquatic and marsh vegetation. Data of other vegetation types, useful for clear delimitation of aquatic and marsh vegetation types, were also provided by partners from several countries.
First overview of European syntaxa and gap analysis
A gap analysis was carried out, comparing the syntaxa recorded in the European literature with the data received from each country.
Main results of this study were (i) a first preliminary overview of aquatic and marshland plant communities of Europe and (ii) an overview of the gaps in the current data sets available for the analysis. This work was presented as oral contribution at the 13th meeting on vegetation databases in Koblenz, Germany (24-26 February 2014).
First we tried to compile a list of syntaxa for each country, annotating syntaxa that are occurring, missing or recorded under different names in the available databases. When available, we used national vegetation synthesis, otherwise we merged information from different literature sources. Subsequently we merged all lists to form a single preliminary syntaxonomic list for Europe, in which we considered as synonyms only those were unequivocally indicated as such in the literature.
The total number of marsh associations of the class Phragmito-Magno-Caricetea recorded in Europe is 294. Of these the associations reported from only one country are 198 (67.3% of the total marsh associations). The associations reported from only two or three countries are 37 (12.6% of the total marsh associations).
Several discrepancies among the countries were detected in the number and concepts of syntaxa reported in the literature.
The project WetVegEurope is financed from the SoMoPro II programme. The research leading to this invention has acquired a financial grant from the People Programme (Marie Curie action) of Seventh Framework Programme of EU according to REA Grant Agreement No. 291782. The research is further co-financed by the South-Moravian Region.