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Reed stands dynamic and stability on Lake Cerkniško jezero

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Code Science Field Subfield
1.03.03  Natural sciences and mathematics  Biology  Ecosystems 

Code Science Field
B003  Biomedical sciences  Ecology 
B270  Biomedical sciences  Plant ecology 
Lake Cerkniško jezero, ecosystem, stability, endangerment, reed die-back
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Researchers (5)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  05221  PhD Anton Brancelj  Biology  Researcher  1999  592 
2.  05222  PhD Alenka Gaberščik  Biology  Principal Researcher  1999  819 
3.  18341  Andreja Jerebic    Researcher  1999  24 
4.  10903  Milijan Šiško  Biology  Researcher  1998 - 1999  234 
5.  07390  PhD Olga Urbanc-Berčič  Biology  Researcher  1999  277 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,219 
Lake Cerkniško jezero is intermittent lake of national and world importance. Among abundant wetland vegetation, stands of reed are dominant. Dying back of the reed stands was observed in recent years in many parts of Europe. This study will reveal the presence of this process in Lake Cerkniško jezero. Assessment of the influence of specific environmental conditions on growth and decomposition dynamics of the reed in dry and wet periods could enlighten the die-back process of reed in Europe. Experimental studies on the growth dynamics, ecophysiology (photosynthesis, photochemical efficiency of PS II, ETS activity of roots) of reed in relation to environmental factors (above all eutrophication and water table regimes) are expected to identify the causal factors in the process of reed die-back. On the other hand these studies will improve the basic knowledge about processes within the stands and within a plant. Reed stands are buffer systems of the lake, therefore through the vitality of reed stands the vulnerability and endangerment of ecosystem will be assessed. The estimation of the ecosystem stability in relation to natural and man-made disturbances represents a basis for management and preventative and restorative measures in relation to disturbances not only in reed stands, but also in other riparian and wetland communities.
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