Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the third quarter of 2023

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors)

Example of vegetation types in the Aric Chaco in Central-Western Argentina from the Editors’ Choice article by Zeballos et al. 2023.

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has completed the third quarter of the fourth volume, containing in total seven articles (see list below).

Among these, the Chief Editors selected the contribution by Zeballos et al. (2023) as the Editors’ Choice article. This research paper is part of the ongoing Special Collection “Neotropical Vegetation” (see https://vegsciblog.org/2022/01/19/vcs-special-collection-on-neotropical-vegetation/). The authors provide a new hierarchical classification of the vegetation in the Arid Chaco in Central-Western Argentina, based on more than 600 relevés. Since up to date there are only a few broad-scale plot-based vegetation syntheses in South America, this contribution is particularly welcome. The endemic-rich vegetation in the region mainly consists of xerophytic shrublands and forests.

The runner-up contribution of the quarter is by Assèdé et al. (2023) from the ongoing Special Collection “African vegetation studies” (see https://vegsciblog.org/2021/11/13/new-special-collection-on-african-vegetation-studies-launched-by-vcs/). These authors classified the diverse Sudanian woodlands of a Biosphere Reserve in Benin phytosociologically, similarly using a larger vegetation-plot dataset. Also worth mentioning is an article in the category “VCS Methods” by Dengler & Dembicz (2023) (see https://vegsciblog.org/2023/08/14/should-we-estimate-plant-cover-in-percent-or-on-ordinal-scales/). They employed a simulation to resolve the controversial question in vegetation ecology and phytosociology whether it is better to record species importance in plots on an ordinal scale or just in percent.

Volume 4, 3rd quarter

  • Samuels, M.I., Saaed, M., Jacobs, S., Masubelele, M.L., Van der Merwe, H. & Khomo, L. 2023. Vegetation structure and composition at different elevational intervals in the arid Tankwa Karoo National Park, South Africa. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 115–126. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.86310
  • Terzi, M., Fernández-González, F., Di Pietro, R. & Theurillat, J.-P. 2023. Proposal (32) to conserve the name Agrostion castellanae with a conserved type. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 127–130. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.105269 
  • Dengler, J. & Dembicz, I. 2023. Should we estimate plant cover in percent or on ordinal scales? Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 131–138. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.98379
  • Assèdé, E.S.P., Biaou, S.S.H., Orou, H., Oumorou, M., Geldenhuys, C.J., Chirwa, P.W. & Sinsin, B. 2023. Ecological and structural differentiation of the Sudanian woodlands in the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari, Benin. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 139–165. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.91126 
  • Zeballos, S.R., Acosta, A.T.R., Agüero, W.D., Ahumada, R.J., Almirón, M.G., Argibay, D.S., Arroyo, D.N., Blanco, L.J., Biurrun, F.N., (…) & Cabido, M.R. 2023. Vegetation types of the Arid Chaco in Central-Western Argentina. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 167–188. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.100532 
  • Ayeko, R.E.D., Toyi, S.S.M., Assogbadjo, A.E. & Sinsin, B.A. 2023. Dynamics of inselberg landscapes and their adjacent areas in the Sudano-Guinean zone of Benin through remote sensing analysis. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 189–202. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.89746 
  • Fernández-González, F., Terzi, M., Di Pietro, R. & Theurillat, J.P. 2023. Proposals (33–34) to conserve the name Poo-Astragalion and to conserve the name Poo-Astragaletum sesamei with a conserved type, and requests (5–7) for a binding decision on the name-giving taxa in the same names and the inversion of the name Poo-Astragaletum. Vegetation Classification and Survey 4: 203–207. https://doi.org/10.3897/VCS.108769