The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) in 2019–2020


  • Jürgen Dengler Vegetation Ecology, Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Grüentalstr. 14, 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland & Plant Ecology, Bayreuth Center for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth, Universitätsstr. 30, 95447 Bayreuth, Germany & German Centre for Integrated Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5e, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
  • Alla Aleksanyan Department of Biology and Biotechnologies, Armenian National Agrarian University, Teryan 74, 0009,Yerevan, Armenia & Department of Geobotany and Plant Ecophysiology, Institute of Botany aft. A.L. Takhtajyan of NAS RA, Acharyan 1, 0040, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Didem Ambarlı Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Department for Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Technical University of Munich, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, D-85354 Freising, Germany & Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Faculty of Agriculture, Düzce University, 81620 Düzce, Turkey
  • Idoia Biurrun Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, P.O. Box 644, 48080 Bilbao, Spain
  • Iwona Dembicz Department of Ecology and Environmental Conservation, Institute of Environmental Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Żwirki i Wigury St. 101, 02-089 Warsaw, Poland
  • Anna Kuzemko Department of Geobotany and Ecology, M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Péter Török MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, Debrecen, Egyetem sqr 1, 4032 Hungary
  • Stephen Venn 12 Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 65 (Viikinkaari 11), 00014, Finland


biodiversity, conservation, Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), grassland, GrassPlot, Palaearctic Grasslands, vegetation-plot database


This report summarizes the activities and achievements of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) from July 2019 to December 2020. During this period, Covid-19 allowed only one live event, the 14th EDGG Field Workshop to the alpine vegetation of Switzerland, organised ad hoc as a replacement for the cancelled Field Workshop in the Ukrainian steppes. The cancelled Eurasian Grassland Conference in Spain found a partial replacement in “Talk Grasslands!”, a series of online talks during winter 2020/2021. EDGG’s own diamond open access periodical, Palaearctic Grasslands, is a novel combination of scientific journal, photo magazine and member newsletter. With five issues during the reporting time it contributed much to EDGG’s attractiveness. EDGG edited four Special Features in international journals (Tuexenia, Hacquetia, Flora) and contributed 13 chapters on grasslands and shrublands of the Palaearctic biogeographic realm to the Encyclopedia of the world’s biomes. EDGG’s vegetation-plot database GrassPlot with multi-scale and multi-taxon diversity data of grasslands and other open habitats of the Palaearctic is now integrated into the EDGG website with the GrassPlot Diversity Explorer.


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Apostolova, I., Dengler, J., Di Pietro, R., Gavilán, R.G. & Tsiripidis, I. 2014: Dry grasslands of Southern Europe: syntaxonomy, management and conservation. Hacquetia 13: 5–18.

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Boch, S., Becker, T., Deák, B., Dengler, J. & Wagner, V. 2020: Traditional land use, management and biodiversity of European semi-natural grasslands – Editorial to the 15th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 40: 401–407.

Borza, S., Deák, B., Godó, L. & Valkó, O. 2020: Conservation values of the alkaline grasslands – Hortobágy National Park, East Hungary. Palaearctic Grasslands 46: 64–72.

Deák, B., Becker, T., Boch, S., Dengler, J. & Wagner, V. 2019: Restoration, monitoring, conservation and phytosociology of semi-natural and natural grasslands in Central Europe – Editorial to the 14th EDGG Special Feature. Tuexenia 39: 309–313.

Dembicz, I., Kozub, Ł., Bobrowska, I. & Dengler, J. 2020: Grasslands of the mineral islands in the Biebrza National Park, Poland. Palaearctic Grasslands 47: 43–51

Dengler, J., Janišová, M., Török, P. & Wellstein, C. 2014: Biodiversity of Palaearctic grasslands: a synthesis. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 182: 1–14.

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Dengler, J., Wagner, V., Dembicz, I., García-Mijangos, I., Naqinezhad, A., Boch, S., Chiarucci, A., Conradi, T., Filibeck, G., (…) & Biurrun, I. 2018: GrassPlot – a database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. Phytocoenologia 48: 331–347.

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Dengler, J., Matthews, T.J., Steinbauer, M.J., Wolfrum, S., Boch, S., Chiarucci, A., Conradi, T., Dembicz, I., Marcenò, C., (…) & Biurrun, I. 2020a: Species-area relationships in continuous vegetation: Evidence from Palaearctic grasslands. Journal of Biogeography 60: 72–86.

Dengler, J., Biurrun, I., Boch, S., Dembicz, I. & Török, P. 2020b: Grasslands of the Palaearctic biogeographic realm: introduction and synthesis. In: Goldstein, M.I., DellaSala, D.A. & DiPaolo, D.A. (eds.) Encyclopedia of the world’s biomes. Volume 3: Forests – trees of life. Grasslands and shrublands – sea of plants. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 617–637.

Dengler, J., Cykowska-Marzencka, B., Bruderer, T., Dolnik, C., Neumann, P., Riedel, S., Seiler, H., Zhang, J. & Dembicz, I. 2020c: Sampling multi-scale and multi-taxon plant diversity data in the subalpine and alpine habitats of Switzerland: Report on the 14th EDGG Field Workshop. Palaearctic Grasslands 47: 14–42.

Hilpold, A., Kirschner, P. & Dengler, J. 2020: Proposal for a standardized surveying methodology for orthopteroid insects. Palaearctic Grasslands 46: 42–57.

Kovtoniuk, A. 2020: Spontaneous grassland vegetation of the garden and park landscapes of Middle Pobuzhzhia (Central Ukraine). Palaearctic Grasslands 45: 25–33.

Kuzemko, A., Vaysliuk, O., Marushchak, O. & Kolomytsev, G. 2020: 730,000 hectares of grasslands are included in the Emerald Network of Ukraine. Palaearctic Grasslands 45: 89–93.

Nowak, A., Świerszcz, S., Nowak, S. & Nobis, M. 2020: Classification of tall-forb vegetation in the Pamir-Alai and western Tian Shan Mountains (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, Middle Asia). Vegetation Classification and Survey 1: 191–217.

Pachlatko, J., Wyttenbach, M. & Dengler, J. 2019: Alpine grassland vegetation at Gornergrat (Canton of Valais, Switzerland): Vegetation mapping for environmental planning. Palaearctic Grasslands 43: 23–37.

Török, P. & Dengler, J. 2018: Palaearctic grasslands in transition: overarching patterns and future prospects. In: Squires, V.R., Dengler, J., Feng, H. & Hua, L. (eds.): Grasslands of the world: diversity, management and conservation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 15–26.

Török, P., Neuffer, B., Heilmeier, H., Bernhardt, K.-G. & Wesche, K. 2020: Climate, landscape history and management drive Eurasian steppe biodiversity. Flora 271: Article 151685.

Valkó, O., Labadessa, R., Palpurina, S., Burrascano, S., Ushimaru, A. & Venn, S. 2019: Conservation and diversity of Palaearctic grasslands – Editorial to the 5th EDGG special issue in Hacquetia. Hacquetia 18: 149–152.

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How to Cite

Dengler, J., Aleksanyan, A., Ambarlı, D., Biurrun, I., Dembicz, I., Kuzemko, A., Török, P., & Venn, S. (2021). The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) in 2019–2020. Hacquetia, 20(1), 171–176. Retrieved from




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