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Save haven for parasites

FAIR restores dry grassland for rare plant and animal species

 

27.07.2012

Environmental experts have restored an area of dry grassland as part of the environmental planning process for the new FAIR particle accelerator. The conservation project will help protect the endangered sand broomrape plant as well as other rare plant and animal species in the district of Arheilgen in the German city of Darmstadt. The dry grassland is located in Stahlberge, a natural monument located in Darmstadt. The Stahlberge is one of the few remaining sites where the parasitic plant sand broomrape grows – with the help of its host, the field wormwood plant.


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The sand broomrape flowers in purple. The rare plant flourishes in the natural monument "Stahlberge".
Foto: Markus Bernards / FAIR