Christian Berg

Christian Berg
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz | KFU Graz · Institute of Biology

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Introduction
Christian Berg currently works at the Institute of Biology, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Christian does research in Biogeography, Environmental Engineering and Ecology.
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - October 2018
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
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  • Senior Researcher
June 2007 - October 2016
Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
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  • Senior Researcher
September 1986 - August 1989
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (248)
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Vegetation-plot resurvey data are a main source of information on terrestrial biodiversity change, with records reaching back more than one century. Although more and more data from re-sampled plots have been published, there is not yet a comprehensive open-access dataset available for analysis. Here, we compiled and harmonised vegetation-plot resu...
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In dieser Serie wird laufend über bemerkenswerte Funde und sonstige wichtige Erkenntnisse und Beobachtungen zur Gefäßpflanzen-Flora der Steiermark berichtet.
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Wie in den vergangenen Jahren berichten wir an dieser Stelle wieder über besondere Moosfunde aus der Steiermark. Diesmal liegt der Schwerpunkt bei Moosarten steirischer Tieflagen.
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The first comprehensive checklist of European phytosociological alliances, orders and classes (EuroVegChecklist) was published by Mucina et al. (2016, Applied Vegetation Science). However, this checklist did not contain detailed information on the distribution of individual vegetation types. Here we provide the first maps of all alliances in Europe...
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Naturalness and hemeroby indicator values are specialized species-based indicators used in Continental Europe that reflect plant species’ affinity to degraded habitats. Despite their potential utility for basic and applied science, their similarities have gone unnoticed, and they have yet to be studied together. Here, we combine literature review a...
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Introduction The plant microbiota is known to protect its host against invasion by plant pathogens. Recent studies have indicated that the microbiota of indoor plants is transmitted to the local built environment where it might fulfill yet unexplored functions. A better understanding of the interplay of such microbial communities with human pathoge...
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In Graz (Austria) and Podgorica (Montenegro), epiphytic lichens and bryophytes were studied in 2017 based on a standardized approach. On 165 trees in Graz, 27 bryophyte and 38 lichen species were determined. In Podgorica, on 161 trees, 29 bryophyte and 52 lichen species were found. The mean epiphytic cover in Graz was significantly higher. Mean bry...
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The City Nature Challenge (CNC) from iNaturalist is a competitive event between cities and carried out since 2016 - initially only in the USA - with the aim of collecting as much data as possible about the occurrence of species using georeferenced, digital photos or recordings. The gained data should create a better basis for biodiversity studies a...
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In cultivation experiments we studied growth behavior on living material of several Riccia-species as a part of the Austrian Riccia-Project. By documenting plant growth from natural habitats and from our living collection by photographs, we could show the known types of propagation (1) fragmentation of the rosettes and (2) apical tubers. In additio...
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The occurrence of Riccia warnstorfii in the British Isles are discussed.
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Aims : We studied the syntaxonomic position, biodiversity, ecological features, nature conservation value and current status of dry grasslands investigated by Josias Braun-Blanquet more than 60 years ago. Study area : Inner-alpine valleys of Austria. Methods : We sampled 67 plots of 10 m ² , following the standardized EDGG methodology. We subjected...
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Background Bogs are unique ecosystems inhabited by distinctive, coevolved assemblages of organisms, which play a global role for carbon storage, climate stability, water quality and biodiversity. To understand ecology and plant–microbe co-occurrence in bogs, we selected 12 representative species of bryophytes and vascular plants and subjected them...
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Aim The number of naturalized (i.e. established) alien species has increased rapidly over recent centuries. Given the differences in environmental tolerances among species, little is known about what factors determine the extent to which the observed size of the naturalized range of a species and hence the extent to which the observed richness of n...
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Species distribution models (SDMs) are cost-effective, transparent and flexible planning tools to support various areas in nature conservation. Variables taken from remote sensing (RS) are broadly applicable to biodiversity studies. In our study, we combined RS-variables (normalized differenced vegetation index and land surface temperatures), with...
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Wie in den vergangenen zwei Jahren berichten wir an dieser Stelle wieder über besondere Moosfunde aus der Steiermark. Nicht weniger als fünf Arten, drei Lebermoose (Calypogeia arguta, Scapania apiculata, S. scapanioides) und zwei Laubmoose (Chionoloma minus, Orthotrichum dentatum) sind neu für das Land. Die Funde stammen aus unterschiedlichen Regio...
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This is the first record of the liverwort Riccia atromarginata for the Western Balkans. It was found on conglomerate terraces in the city of Podgorica, Montenegro, at the confluence of the rivers Ribnica and Morača. The material from Montenegro as well as living samples from Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Cyprus served as a basis for a detailed descrip...
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Nuphar pumila is a glacial relict, which is nowadays rare throughout Europe and red-listed in most European regions. In Switzerland only three autochthonous populations and one population of the hybrid with N. lutea (N. ×spenneriana) have survived to date, one of them in the canton of Zurich. To protect this species regionally, the canton of Zurich...
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Storing seeds in seed banks is an effective way to preserve plant diversity and conserve species. An essential step towards a valuable conservation is the validation of germination. This study presents a germination screening of seeds from 255 species of the European Eastern Alps, which were to be stored at the Millennium Seed Bank (Kew, UK). The f...
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Bacteria are essential constituents of bog ecosystems. We report 44 bacterial genomes reconstructed from metagenomes sampled across 12 plant species representing the Alpine bog vegetation. This resource will facilitate further exploration of the bacteria’s genetic potential and allow to refine their ecological roles in association with their plant...
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Background Human impact has had a profound influence on modern vegetation. Expert‐based vegetation indicator systems have been developed to measure and characterize human impacts on vegetation. Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a widely used, primarily North American system for assessing degradation and natural quality through species‐based val...
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Berg, C. & Pöltl, M. 2020. Spore development during capsule maturation of three Riccia species. – Herzogia 33: 179 –187. Riccia spores develop during sporophyte growing and maturation. In young capsules, the spores have not yet archived their final size, color and ornamentation. These are important features for the determination. We ask, at which s...
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This report presents the European Weed Vegetation Database, a new database of vegetation plots documenting short-lived vegetation of arable and ruderal habitats from Europe and Macaronesia. The database comprises the phytosociological classes Papaveretea rhoeadis, Sisymbrietea, Chenopodietea and Digitario sanguinalis-Era-grostietea minoris. It is a...
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Bericht über das BLAM-Jahrestreffen 2019 im Lungau (Salzburg, Österreich) und im Rahmen der Exkursionen getätigte bemerkenswerte Moosfunde.
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We have tested various agents commonly used in microscopy for bleaching dark microscopic objects , using Riccia spores. Many Riccia species have very dark spores and therefore do not allow a clear view of all spore characteristics, like the wall, which is important for the determination. We have tested sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen peroxide and chl...
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The 11 th EDGG Field Workshop was conducted from 6 to 13 July 2018 in Austria. Its aim was to revisit dry grasslands in the inneralpine dry valleys of Austria that were investigated in the late 1950s by Braun-Blanquet and to collect high-quality biodiversity data from these. We conducted our sampling in the Styrian Mur Valley, the Virgen Valley in...
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Most plant communities consist of different structural and ecological subsets, ranging from cryptogams to different tree layers. The completeness and approach with which these subsets are sampled have implications for vegetation classification. Non-vascular plants are often omitted or sometimes treated separately, referring to their assemblages as...
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GrassPlot is a collaborative vegetation-plot database organised by the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG) and listed in the Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD ID EU-00-003). Following a previous Long Database Report (Dengler et al. 2018, Phytocoenologia 48, 331–347), we provide here the first update on content and functionality of Gra...
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Ergänzend zu der Serie „Bemerkenswertes zur Flora der Steiermark“ wird hier nun bereits zum zweiten Mal über bemerkenswerte Moosfunde aus der Steiermark berichtet (vgl. Pöltl & al. 2018). Auch diesmal liegt der Schwerpunkt bei Moosarten der collinen bis montanen Höhenlage. Eine Großzahl der Funde wurde im Rahmen des erstmalig stattfindenden, steiri...
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Summary: Vegetation studies at Mount Angerkogel (Totes Gebirge). The 2114m high Mount Angerkogel in the eastern part of the "Totes Gebirge" was examined regarding its floristic structure and its endemic vascular plants with 250 vegetation plots. In its tree-free and wind-exposed altitudinal belt on the western and northern slopes Mount Angerkogel i...
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At the European level, the Natura 2000 habitat network is the main instrument for preserving and protecting species and habitats. However, protected areas are fixed in location, and environmental conditions continually subject to change. Changing conditions force species to shift their geographic distribution or to adapt to new conditions, ultimate...
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Background: The plant microbiota is crucial for plant health and growth. Recently, vertical transmission of a beneficial core microbiota was identified for crop seeds, but for native plants, complementary mechanisms are almost completely unknown. Methods: We studied the seeds of eight native plant species growing together for centuries under the...
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Abstract This paper investigates the neophytic woody vegetation in the city of Graz. For this purpose, such vegetation types were located and 129 phytosociological relevés were performed in the study area. The data were sorted by floristic similarity into five units: mesophilous beech forests, oak-hornbeam woodlands, thermophilous beech forests, mo...
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A guide to recognizing and collecting bryophytes in European grassland. Fritschiana 92: 57-64.
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Questions: Vegetation-plot records provide information on presence and cover or abundance of plants co-occurring in the same community. Vegetation-plot data are spread across research groups, environmental agencies and biodiversity research centers, and thus, are rarely accessible at continental or global scales. Here we present the sPlot database,...
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Sixteen species of cockroaches have been reported for Austria so far. This study is the first record of the parthenogenetic Surinam cockroach, Pycnoscelus surinamensis (L.) for Austria (and thus Central Europe). The species is natively distributed in Indo‐Malaysia but has been unintentionally introduced in many, mainly tropical, countries throughou...
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During floristic research of acidic bogs, calcareous fens and seasonally flooded (periodically inundated) grassy places in beech forests in Semolj region, Eleocharis carniolica W. D. J. Koch was found, which was the first record of that species in vascular plant flora of Montenegro. In surrounding countries, this species was recorded in Bosnia and...
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Festuca norica is an endemic species of the Eastern Alps. The genus Festuca belongs to those with frequent problems in determination, because the complexity of the genus can hardly be explained in a key as simple as possible. Concerning Festuca norica, many determination keys focus on the feature of the leaf sheath closed by a thin closing skin for...
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Bemerkenswerte Funde und sonstige wichtige Erkenntnisse und Beobachtungen zur Gefäßpflanzen-Flora der Steiermark aus dem Jahr 2018. Remarkable findings and other important insight and observations on the vascular flora of Styria from the year 2018.
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Ähnlich wie in der Serie "Bemerkenswertes zur Flora der Steiermark" berichten wir hier über bemerkenswerte Moosfunde aus der Steiermark. In diesem ersten Beitrag liegt der Schwerpunkt bei thermophilen Moosarten der collinen bis montanen Höhenlage. Im Gegensatz zum Mitteleuropa nördlich der Alpen war 08 in der Steiermark südöstlich des Alpenhauptkam...
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Aquatic bryophytes from the Mur in the urban area of Graz The hydroelectric power plant construction on the Mur in the city of Graz will bring a large number of changes for the local fauna and flora. Many ecosystems will change dramatically. Bryophytes usually receive little attention in such projects, although river floodplains and riverbanks are...
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Day of Biodiversity 2018 in the Nature Park Southern Styria-Bryophytes.-We present a list of bryophytes which had been found at the Gunczyhof at the "Day of Biodiversity 2018" in Southern Styria. We show particularities and differences of the bryophyte flora in the three areas: deciduous forest, grassland and settlement area. In total, we found 82...
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Leaf-inhabiting fungi are an important, but often overlooked component of molecular biodiversity studies. To understand their diversity and function in relation to plant species and climate, the phyllospheres of 14 phylogenetically diverse ornamental plant species were analyzed under different controlled greenhouse conditions. We found unexpectedly...
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We use regional distribution patterns and frequencies of the Styrian vascular plants to describe the floristic differences and peculiarities of the Styrian landscapes. The largest contrast in terms of flora stretches along the border between the alpine areas of Styria and the predominantly colline Styrian Foreland. To a certain extent, the latter a...
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This paper describes a botanical field trip in the area of the Aflenzer Bürgeralm (Styria, Northeastern Calcareous Alps, Hochschwab area) during the high flowering season from the end of June to the beginning of July. Starting from the Bürgeralm at 1555 m above sea level, the field trip leads over the Schönleiten plateau (1800 m) to the Höchstein (...
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We describe a botanical field trip in the Seetaler Alpen (Styria, Austria). This small mountain range is located in the Styrian crystalline area at the eastern rim of the Central Eastern Alps. Its highest elevation is the Zirbitzkogel at 2396 m above sea level. The excursion at the beginning of July covers the start of the main flowering season. We...
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We describe a botanical field trip through the upper montane belt of the Koralpe (Styria, Austria). The Koralpe forms part of the SouthEastern edge of the Alps, with a north-south oriented crest. The highest elevation is 2140 m. During the ice ages, the range was only locally glaciated. The main rocks are gneisses and micaschists, which are mixed w...
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Short overview over the bryophyte flora of Istria. In the book, 86 bryophytes were shown with texts and colour photographs (in German).
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the article gives an overview of the excursions in Styria (Austria) prepared for the meeting of the Floristisch-Soziologische Arbeitsgemanschaft (FlorSoz) 2018 in Austria