Palaearctic grasslands are diverse and dynamic ecosystems that are in the focus of ecology, conservation biology and agronomy. This special issue is dedicated to the biodiversity and conservation issues of Palaearctic grasslands and was initiated by the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group members attending the 14th Eurasian Dry Grassland Conference (EDGC) at Sulmona, Italy in 2018. The papers in this special issue cover a wide range of grassland ecosystems from mountain dry grasslands to lowland loess grasslands, feathergrass steppes and wet grasslands, and focus on the biodiversity values and conservation issues of Palaearctic grasslands. We believe that this compilation will contribute to a better understanding of the ecology of grasslands and support their more effective conservation.
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Apostolova I. Dengler J. Di Pietro R. Gavilán R. & Tsiripidis I. 2014: Dry grasslands of Southern Europe: Syntaxonomy management and conservation. Hacquetia 13: 5–18.
Becker T. Csecserits A. Deák B. Janišová M. Sutcliffe L. & Wagner V. 2016: Different approaches in grassland analysis – Editorial to the 11th EDGG Grassland Special Feature. Tuexenia 36: 287–291.
Burrascano S. Ciaschetti G. Vrahnakis M. & Dengler J. 2018: Report on the 15thEurasian Grassland Conference in Sulmona Italy. Palaearctic Grasslands 38: 12–17.
Carboni M. Dengler J. Mantilla-Contreras J. Venn S. & Török P. 2015: Conservation value management and restoration of Europe’s semi-natural open landscapes. Hacquetia 14: 5–17.
Deák B. Tóthmérész B. Valkó O. Sudnik-Wójcikowska B. Bragina T.-M. Moysiyenko I. Apostolova I. Bykov N. Dembicz I. & Török P. 2016a: Cultural monuments and nature conservation: The role of kurgans in maintaining steppe vegetation. Biodiversity & Conservation 25: 2473–2490.
Deák B. Valkó O. Török P. & Tóthmérész B. 2016b: Factors threatening grassland specialist plants – A multi-proxy study on the vegetation of isolated grasslands. Biological Conservation 204: 255–262.
Deák B. Wagner V. Csecserits A. & Becker T. 2017: Vegetation and conservation of Central-European grasslands – Editorial to the 12th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 37: 375–378.
Deák B. Becker T. Boch S. & Wagner V. 2018: Conservation management and restoration of semi-natural and natural grasslands in Central Europe – Editorial to the 13th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 38: 305–310.
Deák B. Tóth C. Bede Á. Apostolova I. Bragina T.M. Báthori F. & Bán M. 2019: Eurasian Kurgan Database – a citizen science tool for conserving grasslands on historical sites. Hacquetia 18 (2): 185–193.
Dengler J. Janišová M. Török P. & Wellstein C. 2014: Biodiversity of Palaearctic grasslands: a synthesis. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 182: 1–14.
Dengler J. Boch S. Filibeck G. Chiarucci A. Dembicz I. Guarino R. Henneberg B. Janišová M. Marcenò C. (…) & Biurrun I. 2016: Assessing plant diversity and composition in grasslands across spatial scales: the standardised EDGG sampling methodology. Bulletin of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group 32: 13−30.
Dengler J. Aleksanyan A. Ambarlı D. Biurrun I. Dembicz I. Kuzemko A. Török P. Venn S. & Vrahnakis M. 2019b: The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) in 2018–2019. Hacquetia 18 (2): 147–154.
Dengler J. Widmer S. Staubli E. Babbi M. Gehler J. Hepenstrick D. Bergamini A. Billeter R. Boch S. Rohrer S. & Dembicz I. 2019b: Dry grasslands of the central valleys of the Alps from a European perspective: the example of Ausserberg (Valais Switzerland). Hacquetia 18 (2): 155–177.
Habel J. C. Dengler J. Janišová M. Török P. Wellstein C. & Wiezik M. 2013: European grassland ecosystems: Threatened hotspots of biodiversity. Biodiversity & Conservation 22: 2131–2138.
Janišová M. Boch S. Ruprecht E. Reitalu T. & Becker T. 2014: Continental dry grasslands from range margin to range centre – Editorial to the 9th Dry Grassland Special Feature. Tuexenia 34: 347–353.
Polchaninova N. Savchenko G. Ronkin V. Drogvalenko A. & Putchkov A. 2019: Summer fire in steppe habitats: long-term effects on vegetation and autumnal assemblages of cursorial arthropods. Hacquetia 18 (2): 213–231.
Ruprecht E. Janišová M. Sutcliffe L. Boch S. & Becker T. 2015: Dry grasslands of Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe shaped by environmental heterogeneity and human land use – Editorial to the 10th Dry Grassland Special Feature. Tuexenia 35: 321–328.
Sudnik-Wójcikowska B. Moysiyenko I. Zachwatowicz M. & Jabłońska E. 2011: The value and need for protection of kurgan flora in the anthropogenic landscape of steppe zone in Ukraine. Plant Biosystems 145(3): 638–653.
Török P. Wesche K. Ambarlı D. Kamp J. & Dengler J. 2016: Step(pe) up! Raising the profile of the Palaearctic natural grasslands. Biodiversity & Conservation 25: 2187–2195.
Tóth Cs. A. Deák B. Nyilas I. Bertalan L. Valkó O. & Novák T. 2019: Iron age burial mounds as refugia for steppe specialist plants and invertebrates – case study from the Zsolca mounds (NE Hungary). Hacquetia 18 (2): 189–200.
Tsiobani E. T. Yiakoulaki M. D. & Menexes G. 2019: Seasonal variation in water buffaloes’ diet grazing in wet grasslands in Northern Greece. Hacquetia 18 (2): 201–212.
Valkó O. Zmihorski M. Biurrun I. Loos J. Labadessa R. & Venn S. 2016c: Ecology and conservation of steppes and semi-natural grasslands. Hacquetia 15: 5–14.
Valkó O. Venn S. Zmihorski M. Biurrun I. Labadessa R. & Loos J. 2018: The challenge of abandonment for the sustainable management of Palaearctic natural and semi-natural grasslands. Hacquetia 17(1): 5–16.