Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (Deputy Chief Editor of Palaearctic Grasslands)
The new issue of Palaearctic Grasslands, EDGG’s scientific journal and magazine is out, and you can read the complete issue here. On 75 richly illustrated pages, it contains reports and announcements from EDGG activities, a long Scientific Report on the 14th EDGG Field Workshop, three Photo Stories, two Glimpses of a Grassland, Short Contributions and a Book Review. The most exciting news from the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) is that its website has been enlarged by a rich menu item on “Databases”. It might sound boring at first glance, but among many other things there you find the GrassPlot Diversity Explorer (still a prototype), which is directly fed by EDGG’s multi-scale and multi-taxon plot database of Palaearctic open habitats (GrassPlot). You can dynamically derive boxplots of richness of certain vegetation types in a certain region for defined grain size, you can do this not only for vascular plants, but also for bryophytes and lichens, you can create comparative figures and many more things. The Scientific Report is about the 14th EDGG Field Workshop, the first one conducted in subalpine and alpine habitats and not restricted to grasslands, with interesting diversity patterns and partly very high richness values, up to approx. 150 species (vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens) in 100 m² of an alpine grassland. There are also three Photo Stories showing the beauties of the dry grasslands on mineral islands in the Biebrza National Park in Poland, which is mainly known for its wet grasslands and reed beds, and of a very diverse city meadow in Moscow (one Story on the flora and management, one on the wild bee fauna).
You can read the complete issue at https://edgg.org/sites/default/files/page/Palaearctic_Grasslands_47.pdf