IEB Restoration Ecology Group

Profile of the group: 

The Restoration Ecology Group (REG) tests methods suitable for the restoration of natural ecosystems, which can become self-sustaining or require only conventional, extensive management on the long run. The target of restoration is the endemic Pannonian sand grassland that is under protection of the EU (Pannonic sand steppe, habitat code 6260).

Our experiments are currently underway at two locations:
1. The sand dune region and neighbouring anthropogenic landscape of Fülöpháza in the Kiskunság National Park, at the Kiskun LTER siteKiskuninlcuding the study of spontaneous regeneration and restoration of open sand grasslands on abandoned fields
2. Nyíregyháza LEGO factory where reconstruction of forest steppe, a mosaic of steppe oak woods and sand grasslands is taking place

Activities of the group include participation in the work of the Society for Ecological Restoration, European Chapter SER Europe, e.g. conference organization (SER Europe Summer School on Ecological Restoration 2018). Collaboration with projects dealing with the biodiversity science-policy interface like IPBES is gaining importance.

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Selected publications:


Melinda Halassy, Anand Narain Singh, Rebeka Szabó, Tibor Szili-Kovács, Katalin Szitár and Katalin Török (2016): The application of a filter-based assembly model to develop best practices for Pannonian sand grassland restoration Journal of Applied Ecology


Török Katalin, K Szitár, M Halassy, R Szabó, T Szili-Kovács, N Baráth, M.W Paschke (2014): Long-term outcome of nitrogen immobilization to restore endemic sand grassland in Hungary Journal of Applied Ecology, 51: 756–765


Török Katalin, Szitár Katalin (2010): Long-term changes of rock grassland communities in Hungary. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 11:(1) pp. 68-76.


Choi YD, Temperton VM, Allen EB, Grootjans A P, Halassy Melinda, Hobbs RJ, Naeth MA, Török Katalin (2008): Ecological restoration for future sustainability in a changing environment. ECOSCIENCE 15: 53-64


Török Katalin, Szili-Kovács Tibor, Halassy Melinda, Tóth T, Hayek Zsuzsanna, Paschke M W, Wardell L J (2000): Immobilization of soil nitrogen as a possible method for restoring sand grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 3: 7-24.