Author: David Zeleny

Effects of white-tailed deer exclusion on the plant community composition of an upland tallgrass prairie ecosystem

Prepared by Kathryn J. Bloodworth, Mark E. Ritchie & Kimberly J. Komatsu

Twenty-two-year-old deer exclusion fences at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in northeastern Kansas, USA. Photo credit: Kimberly Komatsu.

Grasslands make up approximately 40% of the Earth’s ice-free land surface, and they support diverse plant and animal communities that provide many ecological services.…

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Grazing by wild red deer maintains characteristic vegetation of semi-natural open habitats: Evidence from a three-year exclusion experiment

By Friederike Riesch, Bettina Tonn, Hans Georg Stroh, Marcus Meißner, Niko Balkenhol & Johannes Isselstein

Wild red deer grazing in a semi-natural grassland in Grafenwöhr military training area, Bavaria, Germany. See the experimental grazing exclosure in the foreground. Photo credit: Marcus Meißner.
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A new vegetation-plot database for the coastal forests of Kenya

By Maria Fungomeli, Anthony Githitho, Fabrizio Frascaroli, Saidi Chidzinga, Marcus Cianciaruso & Alessandro Chiarucci

Kaya Kambe sacred forest, Kenya. Photo credit: Steve Okoko Ashikoye.

After two years of intense research work as a collaboration between the University of Bologna and the National Museums of Kenya, we produced the first standardised data set of the coastal forests of Kenya.…

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The perspective of unmanned aerial systems in forest management: Do we really need such details?

Prepared by Jan Komárek

Detection of forest stands and identification of its parameters (e.g. height, species group, health status). Photo credit: Jan Komárek.

Traditional methods of terrestrial field survey and measurements at forests are by a majority of landowners still considered to be the most reliable source of tree information.…

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Fine-grained sediment deposition alters the response of plant CSR strategies on the gravel bars of a highly regulated river

Prepared by Philippe Janssen, Hervé Piégay & André Evette

Along the Rhone, gravel bars with a high proportion of subsoil fine sediments at low elevation benefit stress-tolerant species such as Lythrum salicaria (Photo credit: Philippe Janssen).

Flow regulation by dams profoundly changes the functioning of river ecosystems.…

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Small biodiversity effects on leaf litter production of a seasonal heath vegetation

By José L.A. Silva, Alexandre F. Souza, Louis S. Santiago, Anderson R. Gripp, Ana E.B. Asato, Gabriel H.S. Silva, Mery I.G. Alencar and Adriano Caliman

Seasonal heath vegetation in the Barreira do Inferno Lauch Center, Parnamirim municipality, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil (5º54’S, 35º10’W, December 2015).
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Two new sections of the IAVS Bulletin: Invitation to contribute

By Monika Janišová, the Editor of IAVS Bulletin

The IAVS Bulletin, the newsletter of the International Association for Vegetation Science published in digital form four times a year, is introducing two new contribution sections.

Section on sampling methodology

  • Do you use a reliable, well-developed methodology to investigate vegetation or to answer important questions related to vegetation, which you would like to popularise?
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