Author: David Zeleny

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): publish without fees

By Jürgen Dengler (VCS Chief Editor)

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) is the new gold open access journal of IAVS devoted to vegetation classification and ecoinformatics. To facilitate the start of the new journal, the IAVS Councils has decided on 24 July 2020 to waive all article processing charges (APCs) of papers submitted in 2020 and 2021 by first authors who are IAVS members.…

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Using species abundance and phylogeny conjointly to approach vegetation classification. A case-study on Macaronesia’s woody vegetation

Prepared by Jorge Capelo

Summer aspect of Euphorbia berthelotii community, without leaves. La Gomera, the Canaries. Photo credit: Jorge Capelo.

Classification aims to identify distinct and coherent groupings within vegetation. Modern approaches use a statistical analysis of data obtained from plot surveys in the field, most importantly species identity and abundance.…

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The germination niche of coastal dune species as related to their occurrence along a sea-inland gradient

Prepared by Silvia Del Vecchio, Edy Fantinato, Mauro Roscini, Alicia T.R. Acosta, Gianluigi Bacchetta & Gabriella Buffa

Distribution of the target species and of the main environmental factors from the sea to inland. (Source of the image: Acosta & Ercole, 2015, ISPRA, Serie Rapporti, 215/2015; modified by Silvia Del Vecchio.)
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The impact of seed deficiency on productivity and on negative drought effect in semi-natural grassland

Prepared by Andreas Stampfli & Michaela Zeiter

Colored ringlets which helped to distinguished recruits from established plants. (Photo credit: Andreas Stampfli.)

During severe droughts grassland herbs dehydrate, they either persist or die. The composition of vegetation after drought is determined by species which re-sprout from protected tissue or recruit from seed.…

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Plant dispersal strategies in primary succession on the Tolbachinsky Dol volcanic Plateau (Russia)

By Anton Korablev, Vadim Smirnov, Valentina Neshataeva, Igor Kuzmin & Timofey Nekrasov

Pioneer plants establishing in volcanic ash and scoria fields disturbed by the eruption in 1975, Tolbachinskii Dol Volcanic Plateau, Kamchatka, Russia. (A historical remark: this place could be a point of the field excursion to Kamchatka during 63rd IAVS Symposium in Vladivostok, that has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
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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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