|Dolnik, C; Dengler, J; Jandt, U; Kiehl, K: Dry Grasslands in a Changing Environment - Special Feature with contributions from the 5th Dry Grassland Meeting 2008 in Kiel., Tuexenia, 29, 331–337 (2009)|
|Key words: Arbeitsgruppe Trockenrasen, conference report, conservation, eastern Europe, European Dry Grassland Group, Festuco-Brometea, Koelerio-Corynephoretea, phytosociology, vegetation classi- fication, vegetation database|
We first report from the 5 Dry Grassland Meeting held from 28th to 30st of August 2008 in Kiel, Germany. Then we take stock of the achievements of the German Arbeitsgruppe Trockenrasen and the international Working Group on Dry Grasslands in the Nordic and Baltic Region towards establish- ment of vegetation databases of dry grasslands in these study regions. At the conference, the European Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) was founded as an international platform of dry grassland researchers and conservationists. As networking tools it provides a homepage on the internet, publishes a quarterly electronical bulletin, and will organise the future European Dry Grassland Meetings. In the last part of this contribution, we give a short introduction to the five articles of this Special Feature. Four of them make a major contribution to supra-national classification of Koelerio-Corynephoretea and Festuco- Brometea communities, respectively, by providing syntaxonomic overviews based on comprehensive data from eastern European countries for which only few data have been available until now. The other major focus of the Feature papers is on degradation and restoration of various types of dry grasslands.