Author: David Zeleny

VCS Editors’ Award 2021 goes to Iwona Dembicz

The post provided by Wolfgang Willner (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors)

Award winner Iwona Dembicz during fieldwork in a Ukrainian salt steppe. Photo credit: J. Dengler.

VCS Editors’ Award 2021 goes to Iwona Dembicz and colleagues for the paper Fine-grain beta diversity in Palaearctic open vegetation: variability within and between biomes and vegetation types.…

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Occurrence of Australian woody species is driven by soil moisture and available phosphorus across a climatic gradient

Prepared by Jingyi Ding, Samantha K. Travers & David J. Eldridge

Recording woody species at a site along a 100m transect in a Callitris spp. open woodland in eastern Australia. Photo credit: Jingyi Ding

When you are walking in the bush or hiking in a forest in Australia, you can find a diverse range of woody plants, with some species more often growing in dense forests but other species only occurring on open woodlands.…

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Extreme drought has limited effects on soil seed bank composition in desert grasslands

Prepared by Alejandro Loydi & Scott Collins

General view of the (a) Chihuahuan Desert grassland and (b) Great Plains grassland experimental sites. Photo credit: Alejandro Loydi.

Climate change will impact all ecosystems across the globe, with particularly strong effects on mean annual temperature and rainfall.…

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Multiple soil factors explain eutrophication signals in the understory vegetation of temperate forests

Prepared by Marina Roth, Hans-Gerhard Michiels, Heike Puhlmann, Carina Sucker & Markus Hauck

Vegetation field survey in a typical low-productive oak forest on acidic soil without signs of eutrophication. The photograph shows one of the study sites located in the Black Forest, southwest Germany.
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New Special Collection on “Grasslands of Asia” launched by VCS

By Jürgen Dengler (Chief Editor of Vegetation Classification and Survey), Alireza Naqinezhad and Arkadiusz Nowak

Stipetum lipskyi in Veshan Valley in western Pamir-Alai, Tajikistan. Photo credit: A. Nowak

The Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (www.edgg.org) and IAVS’ gold open access journal “Vegetation Classification and Survey” are proud to launch a joint Special Collection dedicated to “Grasslands of Asia”.…

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New Special Collection on “African vegetation studies” launched by VCS

By Reginald Tang Guuroh (Chair of the IAVS African Reginal Section) and Jürgen Dengler (Chief Editor of the Vegetation Classification and Survey)

Savanna at the foot of Mt. Elgon, Kenya, Africa. Photo credit: J. Dengler

The new IAVS African Regional Section and IAVS’ gold open access journal “Vegetation Classification and Survey” are proud to launch a joint Special Collection dedicated to “African vegetation studies”.…

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Tree invasion in secondary grasslands diminishes herbaceous biomass and diversity: A study of mechanisms behind the process

By Antonella Ferraina, Cecilia D. Molina, Noemí Mazía, Gervasio Piñeiro, Isabel Miranda & Enrique José Chaneton

Experimental design used to evaluate the effect of tree invasion and shading on grasslands. Photo credit: Antonella Ferraina

Woody-plant invasion in grasslands is a global problem widely reported during the last decade.…

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