Invitation for joint research in herbaceous vegetation

Prepared by Martin Wassen

This invitation was published in the IAVS Bulletin 2021/1 (https://doi.org/10.21570/BUL-202101-5)

Hi, my name is Martin Wassen and I invite vegetation scientists to participate in joint research about plant diversity and nutrient availability.

My work focuses on herbaceous ecosystems and one of my passions is the relationships between plant diversity and nutrient stoichiometry.…

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Broad-scale classification of Mediterranean lowland to submontane pine forest vegetation relies on forest structure for high ranks

The post provided by Gianmaria Bonari

Pinus brutia forest understory in the surroundings of Yamanlar, Turkey, 2019. Photo credit Milan Chytrý.

This Behind the paper post refers to the article Classification of the Mediterranean lowland to submontane pine forest vegetation by Gianmaria Bonari and colleagues, published in Applied Vegetation Science (https://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12544

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Niche differentiation, competition or habitat filtering? Mechanisms explaining co-occurrence of plant species on wet meadows of high conservation value

Prepared by Patryk Czortek, Anna Orczewska & Marcin K. Dyderski

Plant species typically occurring in Molinia meadows in the study site (Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation “Łąki Dąbrowskie” (S Poland): (a) Iris sibirica, (b) Gentiana pneumonanthe, (c) Gladiolus imbricatus, (d), Betonica officinalis, (e) Inula salicina, and (f) Trollius europaeus (typical of the Calthion alliance).
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Plant communities, populations and individuals have distinct responses to short-term warming and neighbour biomass removal in two montane grasslands

By Travis Britton, Mark J. Hovenden, Meagan Porter, Rose Brinkhoff, Anna Flittner & Margaret M. Mayfield

Experimental warming chamber with a Ranunculus nanus flower in the foreground at Silver Plains field site, Tasmania, Australia (42.090254, 147.087945). Photo credit: Travis Britton.

Understanding how plant communities respond to environmental change is critical in the face of projected climate change.…

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Heterogeneity decreases as time since fire increases in a South American grassland

Prepared by Luis López-Mársico, Felipe Lezama & Alice Altesor

In a sub‐humid Uruguayan grassland community, dominated by a tall tussock grass (Saccharum angustifolium), a large amount of standing dead biomass accumulates. Patchy and asynchronous field burns are a traditional practice among ranchers to removes above‐ground biomass of the dominant species and to promote tender forage for the livestock.
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Could the environment limit dispersal between Sunda and Sahul?

Prepared by Liam A. Trethowan

Dry riverbed and drought-prone forest of Sumbawa. Photo credit: Liam A. Trethowan.

The West (Sunda) and East (Sahul) of the Southeast Asian archipelago used to be much further apart. As the Asian and Australian plates came together, the islands we see today uplifted and the plant communities began to form.…

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