biodiversity; land use; erosion; global change; Caucasus; mountain ecology; datamining; productivity; management; Great Caucasus; mountain biodiversity; indicator species; open access; electronic biodiversity database; georeference; GBIF; GMBA
Akhalkatsi Maia, Ekhvaia Jana, Mosulishvili Marine, Nakhutsrishvili George, Abdaladze Otar, Batsatsashvili Ketevan (2010), Reasons and processes leading to the erosion of crop genetic diversity in mountainous regions of Georgia, in Mountain Research and Development
, 30(3), 304-310.
Akhalkatsi Maia, Ekhvaia Jana, Asanidze Zezva, Diversity and genetic erosion of ancient crops and wild relatives of agricultural cultivars for food: implications for nature conservation in Georgia (Caucasus), in Tiefenbacher John (ed.), InTech, Croatia.
Caprez Riccarda, Spehn Eva M, Nakhutsrishvili George, Körner Christian, Drought at erosion edges selects for a ‘hidden’ keystone species, in Plant ecology and diversity
The project will provide a synthesis of available knowledge and recommendations on slope stability and biodiversity in the Caucasus, profiting from results of a previous SCOPES project, where we identified species, which are particularly robust against erosion. We will now explore the role of these species in a greater geographic framework, by making available a huge dataset on plant diversity of the Caucasus accumulated by the Prof. G. Nakhutsrishvili and his team over the last 40 years. From the database we will distill large scale patterns of species diversity in the Caucasus with respect to land use and erosion aspects, and use it for projections of trends under global change and improved biodiversity management in the Caucasus. In the end, these long-term biodiversity data will be made internationally available via the GMBA Mountain Portal with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.