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Individual study: Seed bank development after restoration of alluvial grassland via transfer of seed-containing plant material, Riedstadt municipality, Hesse, Germany

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Schmiede R., Donath T.W. & Otte A. (2009) Seed bank development after the restoration of alluvial grassland via transfer of seed-containing plant material. Biological Conservation, 142, 404-413


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Restore or create traditional water meadows Farmland Conservation

A replicated controlled trial near Riedstadt, southwest Germany (Schmiede et al. 2009), found that five or six years after restoration of flood meadows by hay spreading the seed bank was still dominated by weedy species of the former arable land use. However the seed bank in control areas without hay spreading had significantly lower numbers of transferred flood meadow species. Five meadows were restored in 2000 and 2001. Plants present above ground and in the seed bank were sampled in 2006, in both restored areas and control areas that had been left to naturally regenerate.