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Kras - region biodiversity, successional stages and conservation significance

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
1.03.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology   

Code Science Field
B250  Biomedical sciences  Entomology, plant parasitology 
B270  Biomedical sciences  Plant ecology 
B280  Biomedical sciences  Animal ecology 
B290  Biomedical sciences  Systematic botany, taxonomy, morphology, phytogeography, chemotaxonomy. Physiology of onvascular plants 
B300  Biomedical sciences  Palaeobotany, phylogeny, palynology 
B320  Biomedical sciences  Systematic zoology, taxonomy, zoogeopraphy 
B330  Biomedical sciences  Palaeozoology, phylogeny 
B350  Biomedical sciences  Development biology, growth (animal), ontogeny, embryology 
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 
P006  Natural sciences and mathematics  Palaeontology 
P510  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physical geography, geomorphology, pedology, cartography, climatology 
distribution atlases, biodiversity, ecosystems, fauna, flora, paleovegetation, southwestern Slovenia, speleobiology, successions, the Kras region, vegetation, vegetation map
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Researchers (28)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  16314  PhD Valerija Babij  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  206 
2.  21844  Gregor Bračko    Technical associate  2004 - 2007  40 
3.  08088  PhD Metka Culiberg  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  230 
4.  10194  PhD Andraž Čarni  Biology  Researcher  2004  569 
5.  15157  PhD Tatjana Čelik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  243 
6.  17093  MSc Boško Čušin  Biology  Technical associate  2004 - 2007  98 
7.  08376  PhD Igor Dakskobler  Biology  Head  2004 - 2007  704 
8.  17553  Olga Dežman-Jokić    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
9.  00993  PhD Božidar Drovenik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  163 
10.  18913  PhD Cene Fišer  Biology  Junior researcher  2004 - 2007  275 
11.  16071  Marjan Jarnjak  Geography  Technical associate  2004 - 2006  54 
12.  17554  Olga Kardoš    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
13.  06960  PhD Ivan Kos  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  562 
14.  16206  PhD Petra Košir  Biology  Researcher  2004  131 
15.  19326  PhD Matjaž Kuntner  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  500 
16.  19180  MSc Aljoša Pirnat  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  74 
17.  13605  PhD Simona Prevorčnik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  103 
18.  07069  MSc Andrej Seliškar  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  413 
19.  00206  PhD Boris Sket  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  586 
20.  08511  PhD Rajko Slapnik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  336 
21.  20248  PhD Boštjan Surina  Biology  Researcher  2004  189 
22.  17094  PhD Urban Šilc  Biology  Researcher  2004  427 
23.  18810  Barbara Šuštar    Technical associate  2004 - 2007 
24.  14835  PhD Peter Trontelj  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  427 
25.  16261  PhD Rudi Verovnik  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  395 
26.  08056  PhD Branko Vreš  Biology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  400 
27.  21452  PhD Igor Zelnik  Biology  Junior researcher  2004 - 2005  232 
28.  02634  Vinko Žagar  Biology  Technical associate  2004 - 2007  84 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  67,237 
2.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,124 
The region Kras (Karst) is situated between the Gulf of Trieste, the valleys of Vipava and Soča and the Brkini Hills. Due to the close proximity of the Mediterranean, predominating limestone and dolomite bedrock, heterogeneous relief, mixture of the Mediterranean and continental climate and the traditional land use based on late praehistorical and Roman colonization which greatlly contributed to the appearence of cultural and natural landscape, result in highly diverse and rich fauna, flora and vegetation. As a typical karst area the region Kras represents the cradle of the biospeleology. Researchers of flora and fauna have contributed a huge amount of biological data through many centuries. Unfortunatelly, the data are not gathered and systematicly arranged. Extensive dry meadows and pastures, which are one of the biodiversity hot spots in Central Europe, pass over to shrubs and forests because of successive abandoning of pasturing and mowing. Supposing that biodiversity of the Kras region declines due to successive abandoning of pasturing and mowing we would like to certify the afore mentioned assumption on the basis of precise knowledge of the distribution and ecology of the fauna and flora, profound ecologycal research of biocoenoses in different successional stages and at least, but not last, long-term monitoring of biodiversity. We introduce the integrated approach to the investigated problem and we find it as an important novelty. We will be able to collect new data on distribution and ecology of fauna, flora and vegetation, to determine specific indicator species and biocoenoses in different successional stages and to define the criteria necessary for estimating the biodiversity of the Kras region. As a project results several scientific articles, vegetation map in scale 1:50.000, regional atlases of flora and fauna according to the selected groups of organisms and a monograph "Kras and its biodiversity" will be published. All the data will be geolocated and computerised and thus available in the digital form. Results will suite well in nature conservation and any other aspect of landscape management, e.g. forestry, landscape architecture, agronomy and will be irreplaceable for protecting rare and threatened species and their habitats. The project will be a part of the International Long-term Ecological Research (ILTER) Network as a LTER-Slovenia, adopting an adjusted methodology for biodiversity research and long-term monitoring in the Kras region.
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