Author: David Zeleny

Where does the forest come back from? Soil and litter seed banks and the juvenile bank as sources of vegetation resilience in a semiarid Neotropical forest

By María Lucrecia Lipoma, Valentina Fortunato, Lucas Enrico & Sandra Díaz

Above: Litter sample collection for the identification of seeds in the litter seed bank. Bellow: Juvenile plant bank of the dominant woody species of the ecosystem of the Chaco forest, Aspidosperma quebracho-blanco.
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We renamed our blog into Vegetation Science Blog: Official blog of the IAVS journals, newly hosted at vegsciblog.org

There is an important update we would like to share with you: we changed the domain name of our blog into vegsciblog.org, and renamed our blog into Vegetation Science Blog: Official blog of the IAVS journals. The reason is that from now, we serve as a blogging platform for all three IAVS journals, newly including also Vegetation Classification and Survey.…

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Epiphyll specialization for leaf and forest successional stages in a tropical lowland rainforest

Prepared by Anna Mežaka, Maaike Y. Bader, Noris Salazar Allen & Glenda Mendieta-Leiva

Lichen, liverwort, algae and fungi patches on an old leaf of Xylopia macrantha. Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Photo credit: Anna Mežaka.

Forest gaps in tropical rainforests contribute to habitat heterogeneity and vascular plant diversity.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS), the new IAVS journal

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler, Idoia Biurrun, Florian Jansen & Wolfgang Willner

In summer 2019 IAVS decided to start a new, third association-owned journal, Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS), next to Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS) and Applied Vegetation Science (AVS). VCS is replacing the collaboration of IAVS with Borntraeger Science Publishers in publishing Phytocoenologia, which ended 2019, with a journal fully integrated in IAVS’ journal portfolio.…

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Trait‐based numerical classification of mesic and wet grasslands in Poland

Prepared by Attila Lengyel, Grzegorz Swacha, Zoltán Botta-Dukát & Zygmunt Kącki

Both management and environmental factors are important drivers of the variation between trait-based types of mesic grasslands in Poland. Location: Sudety Mountains, Poland. Photo credit: Zygmunt Kącki.

The use of numerical classification methods and vegetation plot databases opened new avenues towards the understanding of vegetation patterns on broad spatial scales.…

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Trade-offs between fire hazard reduction and conservation in a Natura 2000 shrub–grassland mosaic

By Vasco Silva, Filipe X. Catry, Paulo M. Fernandes, Francisco C. Rego & Miguel N. Bugalho

Vasco Silva (the first author of the paper) surveying the habitats dominated by gorse shrublands of Ulex jussiaei and grasslands of Stipa gigantea in Sintra mountain, western coast of Portugal, before the prescribed fire execution.
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Delving into “The Corridors of Time”: ancient hedgerows connected to woodlands are living museums of forest biodiversity

The post is provided by Jonathan Lenoir & Guillaume Decocq

Figure 1: A dense network of hedgerows in the so-called “bocage” landscape in the Thiérache region in northern France (Picardie, Hauts-de-France). Photo by Guillaume Decocq.

This post refers to the article “Historical continuity and spatial connectivity ensure hedgerows are effective corridors for forest plants: evidence from the species-time-area relationship” by Jonathan Lenoir et al.…

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Spatial patterns of tree recruitment in a montane Hawaiian wet forest after cattle removal and pig population control

Prepared by Thomas Ibanez & Patrick J. Hart

Scattered trees (Metrosideros polymorpha, Myrtaceae) in Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, Island of Hawaiʻi, U.S. Photo credit: Patrick J. Hart.

As on many remote tropical islands, the natural ecosystems of Hawai’i have greatly suffered from the introduction of ungulates such as cattle, pigs and goats.…

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