The effects of intensive logging on the capacity of karst dolines to provide potential microrefugia for cool-adapted plants

  • Péter János Kiss University of Szeged, Department of Ecology, Doctoral School of Environmental Sciences, Szeged,
  • Csaba Tölgyesi University of Szeged, Department of Ecology, Szeged
  • Imola Bóni University of Szeged, Department of Ecology, Szeged
  • László Erdős MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Vácrátót
  • András Vojtkó Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences, Department of Botany, Eger
  • István Elek Maák University of Szeged, Department of Ecology, Szeged, Hungary, and Polish Academy of Sciences, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Warsaw,, Poland
  • Zoltán Bátori University of Szeged, Department of Ecology, Szeged
Keywords: biology, geography, climate change, logging, cool-adapted plants, karst area, vegetation pattern, Hungary


Dolines are local depressions of karst surfaces. They can be considered potential microrefugia for various species. We investigated the species composition and vegetation pattern of two medium-sized dolines in Hungary before and 10 years after logging, and analysed how different species groups (oak forest species, beech and ravine forest species and disturbance-tolerant species) were affected. The cover and number of oak forest species and disturbance-tolerant species increased, while the cover and number of beech and ravine forest species decreased within dolines due to logging. Therefore, their species composition and vegetation pattern have changed substantially, and dolines have partially lost their capacity to act as safe havens for plant species adapted to cooler conditions.


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László Erdős, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Vácrátót

Department of Terrestrial Ecology


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Kiss PJ, Tölgyesi C, Bóni I, Erdős L, Vojtkó A, Maák IE, Bátori Z. The effects of intensive logging on the capacity of karst dolines to provide potential microrefugia for cool-adapted plants. AGS [Internet]. 2020May26 [cited 2020Jul.10];60(1):37–48. Available from: