Author: David Zeleny

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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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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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the first quarter of 2024

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler and Wolfgang Willner (on behalf of the VCS Chief Editor)

Stand of the Philonotido-Saxifragetum stellaris, a bryophyte-dominated, non-calcareous, arctic-alpine spring vegetation, from the Retezat Mts., Romania, belonging to the alliance Philonotidion seriatae nom. conserv. propos. This photo refers to the Editors’ Choice article by Hájek et al.
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Trait divergence in plant community assembly is generated by environmental factor interactions

Prepared by Valério D. Pillar

Expected values of a trait (t1) in a set of simulated communities. The trait is selected by two random environmental factors (e1 and e2) according to specified linear functions. In (a), trait t1 is additively affected by factors e1 and e2, and in (b), it is determined by both factors plus their interaction, according to linear function slopes shown in the insets.
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Grant opportunity for early-career researchers

Provided by the Steering committee of the IAVS Young Scientists

Joice Klipel (second from right to left) sampling root traits during the practical part of the international course “Species Traits” in Valencia, Spain, December 2022. Photo by Alison Munson

Receiving a grant can influence both scientific production and researchers’ career paths, especially at the beginning of a career.…

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