Semi-natural grassland as source of seeding material for sward restoration in high nature value areas

Authors

  • Branko LUKAČ Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije, Hacquetova ulica 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
  • Janko VERBIČ Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije, Hacquetova ulica 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
  • Branko KRAMBERGER Univerza v Mariboru, Fakulteta za kmetijstvo in biosistemske vede, Pivola 10, 2311 Hoče, Slovenija
  • Mitja KALIGARIČ Univerza v Mariboru, Fakulteta za naravoslovje in matematiko, Koroška cesta 160, 2000 Maribor, Slovenija
  • Vladimir MEGLIČ Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije, Hacquetova ulica 17, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2013.101.1.14956

Keywords:

semi-natural grassland, biodiversity, seed production, seeding

Abstract

In recent years semi-natural grassland has gained a multifunctional role in the environment. In addition to providing forage for farm animals, many other functions of semi-natural grassland, including biodiversity, are even so important. From this point of view, grasslands of high natural value are of high significance. Throughout the history, biodiversity has been maintained primarily by the extensive grazing and harvesting hay during seed maturation. With the intensification of grassland management in the 20th century and the use of commercial seed mixtures on the semi- natural grasslands, biodiversity of the sward in general began to decline. We have recently become aware of the negative consequences of declining biodiversity and begun to develop measures to stop this process. Among these measures, establishment and restoration of semi-natural grassland with high natural value play an important role. Seed material for the establishment and restoration of such sward can be obtained only from species rich semi-natural grassland. In recent years a variety of methods have been developed all over the world for seed production and sowing on semi-natural grasslands, allowing successful reestablishment of original biodiversity, adapted to local growing conditions.

Published

9. 04. 2013

Issue

Section

Review Article

How to Cite

LUKAČ, B., VERBIČ, J., KRAMBERGER, B., KALIGARIČ, M., & MEGLIČ, V. (2013). Semi-natural grassland as source of seeding material for sward restoration in high nature value areas. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 101(1), 149–158. https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2013.101.1.14956

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