Author: David Zeleny

Fire and grazing interaction in a subhumid grassland: effects on a dominant tussock grass

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

Appearance of a Uruguayan grassland dominated by Saccharum angustifolium, showing flowering culms and a high accumulation of standing dead biomass due to the absence of recent burning (left); and three different moments of the burning experiment (right).
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Shrubs exhibit competitive interactions with herbaceous plants and shape community assemblage and functional composition in the alpine western Himalaya

Prepared by Bittu Ram and Amit Chawla

Patches of evergreen alpine shrub, Rhododendron anthopogon, at Rohtang. Photo credit: Bittu Ram

In the Himalayan region, alpine shrub meadows are one of the major ecosystems that cover a large geographical area and are very vulnerable to climate warming.…

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Palaearctic Grasslands 61 is published

The post was provided by Idoia Biurrun (Deputy Chief Editor of Palaearctic Grasslands)

The new issue of Palaearctic Grasslands is out, and you can read the complete issue here.

This new issue includes the last call for the 19th Eurasian Grassland Conference, to be held in Bolzano from 16 August to 1 September 2024, on the topic “Grasslands as biodiversity hotspots.”…

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The complex syntaxonomy of Balkan dry grasslands addressed with an innovative classification approach

The post provided by Kiril Vassilev & Jürgen Dengler

Study area in the Central and Eastern Balkan Peninsula with the distribution of the analysed plots of three widespread and one rare alliance. From the article.

This post refers to the article Classification of the high‐rank syntaxa of the Central and Eastern Balkan dry grasslands with a new hierarchical expert system approach by Vassilev et al.…

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Unraveling local and regional determinants of high plant diversity at marine rocky outcrops in Uruguay

Prepared by Patricia Mai

Representation of species assemblages along the stress and disturbance gradient in marine rocky outcrops of the Atlantic coast of Uruguay. a) Spatial ordination of species assemblages along the coast-inland gradient, with representative species of each assemblage (Figure credit: Tea Eizmendi in Mai et al.
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Solid as a rock: The main drivers of changes in natural, rocky plant communities

Prepared by Kamila Reczyńska & Krzysztof Świerkosz

Early spring aspect of one of our rocky grassland replot from the Alysso-Festucion pallentis Moravec in Holub et al. 1967 alliance, on serpentinites in the Góra Radunia nature reserve (Sudetes Foreland, Poland, 20.04.2009). Photo credit: Krzysztof Świerkosz

Recent years have brought dynamic changes in the vegetation worldwide arising from the destruction or transformation of ecosystems by humans, climate change, nitrogen pollution and the introduction of invasive species.…

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Nordic-Baltic Grassland Vegetation Database (NBGVD) – current state and future prospects

Prepared by Nadiia Skobel, Łukasz Kozub & Jürgen Dengler

Spatial data coverage in the Nordic-Baltic Grassland Vegetation Database (NBGVD) in March 2024 (from the article)

The Nordic-Baltic region (Iceland, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, N Poland, NW Russia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and Sweden) has a diverse vegetation, yet it is grossly underrepresented in international vegetation-plot databases, such as the European Vegetation Archive (EVA) and the global «sPlot».…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): now included in the Web of Science Core Edition

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

Logo of Clarivate, the company that provides the Web of Science Core Edition, in which Vegetation Classification and Survey has just been accepted

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) was informed about its positive evaluation by the Web of Science on 9 April 2024.…

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Mangrove transgression into Everglades marshes: a process to be accepted or resisted?

A post provided by Mike Ross, John Meeder, and Susana Stoffella

Mike Ross and Jack Meeder emerge from a helicopter as the Southeast Saline Everglades research project was initiated in 1996. The mangrove scrub in the foreground had recently been killed back during a freeze event that had little effect in the adjacent tree island.
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New high-rank syntaxa of Armenian dry grasslands and thorn-cushion communities with unexpectedly high alpha diversity

The post provided by Denys Vynokurov, Alla Aleksanyan, Idoia Biurrun & Jürgen Dengler

Stand of the newly described dry grassland association Seslerio phleoidis-Onobrychidetum cornutae (class Festuco-Brometea) in Armenia. Photo credit: Jürgen Dengler

This post refers to the article Dry grasslands and thorn-cushion communities of Armenia: a first syntaxonomic classification by Vynokurov et al.…

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