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Origin and development of the Western Carpathian calcareous-fens and their biota: the question of glacial relicts and refuges

Project Identification
Project Period
1/2008 - 12/2010
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
calcareous fens, Holocene development, relicts, refugia, landscape history

The project deals with origin and development of calcareous fens and their biota in the Western Carpathians. Calcareous fens are traditionally considered as refuges of glacial relicts. Though generally assumed, this is ardly supported by any hard data about fens´origin and history. The aim is to assess the relationship between fens´age, pattern of their distribution since the Last Glacial, number of relicts and current species richness. Analysis of fossil mollusc shells, pollen and macrofossils will show which fens have existed continuallly in treeless form since the Last Glacial and contrastingly, which acted rather as a mosaic of sites gradually forming and diminishing in space and time. Bonds of the relict fen species to their locality will be analysed, namely if they occurred at the same locality since the Last Glacial or migrated among relatively shortly-existing sites in space and time. The results will bring consequences for landscape history, site management and conservancy.


Total number of publications: 17

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