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Succession line of the birch forests in southeastern Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.03.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology   

Code Science Field
B003  Biomedical sciences  Ecology 
B270  Biomedical sciences  Plant ecology 
succession, vegetation dynamics, birch forests, land-use change, aerial photographs.
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Researchers (7)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  10194  PhD Andraž Čarni  Biology  Head  2004 - 2007  564 
2.  16071  Marjan Jarnjak  Geography  Technical associate  2006  54 
3.  16206  PhD Petra Košir  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  130 
4.  20842  PhD Aleksander Marinšek  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2007  382 
5.  17094  PhD Urban Šilc  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  414 
6.  18810  Barbara Šuštar    Technical associate  2004 - 2005 
7.  21452  PhD Igor Zelnik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  227 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,730 
The project deals with the vegetation dynamics in the succession line of birch forests in the southeastern part of Slovenia. The birch forests form one of the stages in the succession line of fields, grasslands, high stalks, scrubs and birch forests. These forests represent a relatively permanent stage that is maintained by man with its activities (litter gathering, felling). When these activities are terminated, these forests develop further into the hornbeam and beech forests. First of all, the areas whose age will be established on the basis of aerial photographs will be determinated. Afterwards, samples will be taken on these areas according to standard procedures. The vegetation will be listed according to a Central European method. Soil samples will be taken and some other parameters will be measured (e.g. woodstock). The succession will be studied by using a chronosequence method. This method facilitates the study of successive changes in different sites and the modification of species composition as a result of differences in site circumstances or site history. When we get acquainted with the time of abandonment of farming activities (special attention will be paid to litter gathering), the age of stands and/or the commencement of succession as well as age classes can be determined. By comparing diversity (a, b, y) between the individual classes and different succession stages and succession velocity, it will be possible to evaluate the succession process. Furthermore, by means of multivariant methods, we will try to envisage the direction of succession and its dependence on different parameters (time, ecology, anthropogenic impacts). The comparison of characteristic properties of dominant species in individual age classes will also be included. The succession line, succession velocity and succession direction will be established. Additionally, the appearance of functional types, different correlation types with the environmental parameters and the similar will be dealt with.
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