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07 December 2017

Translocation of Urtica rupestris to the Nature Reserve “Complesso Speleologico Villasmundo-S.Alfio”, Syracuse, SE Sicily

Urtica rupestris Guss. is a perennial herb, 30-100 cm tall, woody at the base without urticant hairs. This narrow endemic species is linked to sciaphilous plant communities where it colonizes rocky outcrops within mesophilous holm oak woods. It is exclusively found on the carbonatic substrates of south-eastern Sicily. According to the IUCN criteria, it is classified as VU.


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06 December 2017

The HBK team has participated in the “The Ramsar Convention for wetlands conservation and management” international seminar, MARISTANIS project, Cagliari

On 30 November 2017 the MARISTANIS project organised an international seminar entitled “The Ramsar Convention for wetlands conservation and management”. The MARISTANIS project is an international cooperation project that aims at defining an integrated management model for the coastal wetlands in the Gulf of Oristano and Sinis Peninsula (Sardinia) as a model for other coastal regions in the Mediterranean.


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06 December 2017

Translocation of Dianthus rupicola subsp. rupicola to the Lachea islet, Catania, Sicily

Dianthus rupicola Biv. subsp. rupicola is a perennial plant growing on the sea-facing cliffs and rupestrian environments of southern Italy and Sicily. More common on the carbonatic substrates rather than on the volcanic ones, it behaves as a true chasmophyte chiefly linked to thermophilous stands. It is one of the few “policy-species” occurring in Sicily, being listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC (Habitat) and currently classified as LC in the Italian Red List (Rossi et al. 2013).


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05 December 2017

CARE-MEDIFLORA partner at international symposium and workshop in Kuwait

Prof. Bacchetta, from Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus - project partner in Sardinia, participated in the “International Symposium and Workshop on Native Seeds in Restoration of Dryland Ecosystems”, which took place in the State of Kuwait from 20th to 23rd November 2017.


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05 December 2017

Population reinforcement for Horstrissea dolinicola, threatened plant of Crete

A reinforcement action was carried out for the unique known population of Horstrissea dolinicola at about 1,500 m a.s.l. on Mt. Ida (Psiloritis mountain range) in central Crete.


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Mediterranean Plant Specialist Group (IUCN/SSC) Sóller Botanical Garden Foundation, Balearic Islands Office of the Environment of Corsica - National Botanical Academy of Corsica Hortus Botanicus Karalitanus, Sardinia University of Catania, Sicily Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete Agricultural Research Institute, Cyprus Department of Forests, Cyprus