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Biodiversity & Ecology

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Balkan Dry Grasslands Database

Kiril Vassilev*, Zora Dajić Stevanović, Renata Cušterevska, Erwin Bergmeier & Iva Apostolova

Article first published online: 24 September 2012

DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00123

*Corresponding author contact: kiril5914@abv.bg

Biodiversity & Ecology  (Biodivers. Ecol.)

Special Volume: Vegetation databases for the 21st century,
edited by Jürgen Dengler, Jens Oldeland, Florian Jansen, Milan Chytrý, Jörg Ewald, Manfred Finckh, Falko Glöckler, Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez, Robert K. Peet & Joop H.J. Schaminée
Volume 4, pages 330–330, Sep 12
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Keywords: Festuco-Brometea; relevé; steppe; vegetation.


Abstract: Dry grasslands on the Balkan Peninsula are characterized by a rich diversity. They include syntaxa mostly referred to Festuco-Brometea. Relevés from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Greece are included in this database aiming to cover geographically the central part of the peninsula. Significant parts of the data have been collected in the recent years. More than 150 literature sources have been collected and their data were digitized. The database is in TURBOVEG format. It includes 4,520 relevés. All of them contain ecological data as well as quantitative estimates for the species. About 15% of the samples contain cryptogams. Some of the relevés overlap with national or private databases. The database is built on collaboration among scientists dealing with vegetation classification from all countries in the Central Balkans. This report describes the available content in the Balkan Dry Grasslands Database (GIVD ID EU-00-013).

Suggested citation:
Vassilev, K., Dajić Stevanović, Z., Cušterevska, R., Bergmeier, E., Apostolova, I. (2012): Balkan Dry Grasslands Database. – In: Dengler, J., Oldeland, J., Jansen, F., Chytrý, M., Ewald, J., Finckh, M., Glöckler, F., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Peet, R.K., Schaminée, J.H.J. [Eds.]: Vegetation databases for the 21st century. – Biodiversity & Ecology 4: 330–330. DOI: 10.7809/b-e.00123.