Reintroduction of early sand grass
Reintroduction activities began on 5 February 2016. The species early sand grass (Mibora minima) was planted in Rodenbach, not far from the town of Hanau. The project was supported by the German Association for Landcare (Landschaftspflegeverband – LPV) and the regional nature conservation authority (Untere Naturschutzbehörde) in the region of Main-Kinzig-Kreis. The scientific consultant was Dr. Karl Peter Buttler, who had collected the seeds the last time the grass grew in large quantities in the Hesse region. Only ten years ago, early sand grass could still be found in the Rodenbach area, but it disappeared as a result of a change in land use.
Early sand grass is one of the rare species that enjoy special protection by the regional government of Hesse. Even though rare and occurring only at the fringes of its distribution range, the remaining plants in this area are significant when compared to the amount of early sand grass in the world. The reintroduction on this and on other occasions in the future will reduce the risk of extinction for this species. Early sand grass will be grown on the grounds of Frankfurt’s Botanical Garden as a maintenance culture and can be inspected by the interested public. It can also be examined for scientific purposes, such as genetic research, which effectively contributes to its long-term conservation.