Author: David Zeleny

Call for Abstracts: Journal of Vegetation Science, Special Issue “Biological Invasions in Plant Communities”

The non-native shrub Ulex europaeus invading natural grasslands in Lavalleja, eastern Uruguay (Photo: Anaclara Guido)

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Description of the Special Issue

Non-native plant invasions are a major driver of ecosystem transformation across the globe.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the third quarter of 2023

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

Example of vegetation types in the Aric Chaco in Central-Western Argentina from the Editors’ Choice article by Zeballos et al. 2023.

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has completed the third quarter of the fourth volume, containing in total seven articles (see list below).…

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Revealing a unique historic dataset on vegetation composition of Swiss grasslands or developing a passion for dusty vegetation records

The post is provided by Susanne Riedel, Jürgen Dengler, Felix Herzog and Stefan Widmer

Friedrich Stebler and Carl Schröter in front of the hut on the Fürstenalp, where they spend a lot of time, exfoliating off 67 vegetation sods (http://doi.org/10.3932/ethz-a-000068526
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Open access movement: noble intend – questionable outcome (and what different stakeholders can do about that)

The post is provided by Jürgen Dengler

Development of article numbers published annually in journals relevant to vegetation ecologists since 2014. The journals are grouped into seven categories based on content (multidisciplinary vs. ecology only), ownership and publication approach. The y-axis presents the total number of articles per year of all journals grouped in each category, standardized by the value of 2014 and log10-transformed to account for the extreme changes in some cases (source: J.
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Restoration of invaded temperate grasslands: species phenology adds to microsite and seed availability

Prepared by Cecilia D. Molina, Pedro M. Tognetti and Pamela Graff

Selective clipping treatment within experiment carried out on the Flooding Pampa grassland (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in an exclosures dominated by Festuca arundinacea. Photo credit: Pedro Tognetti

Conserving plant diversity in temperate grasslands faces significant challenges due to biological invasions.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): IAVS members can still publish for free

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editor)

At the IAVS Symposium in Coffs Harbour this summer, the IAVS Council decided to continue the financial support for its gold open-access journal Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS). Accordingly, papers first authored by IAVS members and submitted until the end of 2023 remain fully exempt from article processing charges (APCs).…

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New Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS

The post provided by Idoia Biurrun and Wolfgang Willner (Chief Editors of Vegetation Classification and Survey) and Pavel Novák (Guest Editor of the Special Collection)

This post refers to the call for the new Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the second quarter of 2023

The post provided by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors)

Example of an illustration of one “geocomplex biome” (Montane evergreen and seasonal Andean forest geocomplex) from the Editors’ Choice article by Navarro et al. 2023.

Among these, the Chief Editors selected the contribution by Navarro et al (2023) as the Editors’ Choice article.…

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Palaearctic Grasslands 57 is published

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

This post refers to the new issue 57 of Palaearctic Grasslands, which you can read here.

This new issue comes with the results of the elections for the new EDGG Executive Committee 2023-2025 together with a presentation of the new chairs and their responsibilities in the Committee, and the goodbye and thank you to our former members Anna Kuzemko and Iwona Dembicz.…

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Should we estimate plant cover in percent or on ordinal scales?

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler & Iwona Dembicz

How much does species x cover in the plot? Two vegetation scientists estimating plant covers in a steppe of Southern Ukraine during the 15th EDGG Field Workshop. (Photo Credit: Jürgen Dengler).

Vegetation-plot records (relevés) containing a full list of species with cover information on each of them are the main source of information in vegetation science.…

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