Restoration of species rich grasslands: Do we miss intraspecific variability in our understanding to community assembly?
|Name:||Restoration of species rich grasslands: Do we miss intraspecific variability in our understanding to community assembly?|
Mudrák Ondřej (researcher)
Liancourt Pierre (member in research team)
Dvorský Miroslav (member in research team)
|Summary:||Despite the current progress in our theoretical understanding of community assembly, we often fail to restore natural or semi-natural communities. Practical restoration ecology often meets just with partial success, resulting in communities with reduced diversity. Several general principles in interactions between plant individuals have been identified to be important for community assembly. They are driven either by competition or facilitation, but these principles mostly view plant species as a stable entity. Species possess substantial intraspecific variability, which may mitigate the impact of adverse biotic or abiotic environmental conditions and promote species to establish in the community. Despite this, intraspecific variability is just rarely considered in community assembly and restoration studies. To fill this gap in knowledge we will study community assembly processes in contrasting conditions of preserved species rich grasslands and their restored version in the landscape of Bílé Karpaty Mts. We will use combination of field observations and seed sowing experiments.|