PD Dr. Lutz Eckstein, Justus Liebig University Giessen
Martin Weih, Crop Production Ecology, SLU
Tammsalen, Ecology Centre, Ultuna
14:00 - 15:00
Management of the toxic meadow saffron in semi-natural grassland: reconciling land-use and biodiversity conservation

The implementation of an extensive land use regime will help to conserve the biodiversity of semi natural grasslands. However, in parts of Central Europe, the frequency of toxic meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale) and other poisonous plants increases because these are promoted through postponed mowing dates and reduced fertiliser application. The presence of these toxic plants may jeopardize conservation efforts through negative effects on fodder quality and thus marketability of hay. I will present the results of a research project that aimed to develop a land use regime for gentle control of meadow saffron using information on the population biology of the species.