Long-term vegetation change in calcareous grasslands (1997-2003)


Nutrient-poor calcareous pastures and meadows (Mesobromion) in the Swiss Jura are a heritage of traditional farming. Fifty year of tradition in their study enabled us to evaluate their areal decline and floristic change by revisitation. We studied causes and consequences of the decline in species diversity in this grassland, we  set monitoring program for endangered species. Actually we explored the natural recolonisation potential of calcareous grassland species after extinctions of local populations.


Andrea R. Pluess, Katrin Maurer, Markus Fischer

Selected publications

Maurer K, Durka W, Stöcklin J (2003) Rarity of plant species in remnants of calcareous grassland and their dispersal characteristics. Basic and Applied Ecology, 4:307-316

Stöcklin J, Fischer M (1999) Plants with longer-lived seeds have lower local extinction rates in grassland remnants 1950-85. Oecologia 120:539-543   
Fischer M, Stöcklin J (1997) Local extinctions of plants in remnants of extensively used calcareous grasslands 1950-1985. Conservation Biology 11:727-737