Author: David Zeleny

Range of variation in wetland vegetation on a subcontinental scale in Southern Africa

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Sampling a wetland near Port St. Johns along the Eastern Cape coastline, South Africa (Photo credit: Erwin Sieben).

This Behind the paper post refers to the article Components of plant species diversity along environmental gradients at various spatial scales in wetland environments of southern Africa by Erwin Sieben et al.…

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Call for papers: special issue on grazing effects in Applied Vegetation Science

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Cattle grazing in wooded pastures in Sweden. (Photo credit: R. Lindborg)

Guest editors: Péter Török (Hungary, chair of guest editors), Regina Lindborg (Sweden), David Eldridge (Australia) & Robin Pakemann (United Kingdom).

Understanding grazing effects on the plant composition and functional diversity of vegetation, as well as its effects on ecosystem functioning and services, is essential from both theory and applications.…

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Fine-grain beta diversity in Palaearctic open vegetation: variability within and between biomes and vegetation types

By Iwona Dembicz, Jürgen Dengler, François Gillet, Thomas J. Matthews, Manuel J. Steinbauer, Sándor Bartha, Juan Antonio Campos, Pieter De Frenne, Jiri Dolezal, Itziar Garcia-Mijangos, Riccardo Guarino, Behlül Güler, Anna Kuzemko, Alireza Naqinezhad, Jalil Noroozi, Robert K. Peet, Massimo Terzi & Idoia Biurrun

Sampling of a standard “EDGG Biodiversity Plots” in a meso-xeric pasture in Armenia, which was used in this study to derive fine-grain beta-diversity data.
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VCS: new editors and other news in 2022

Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors)

Vegetation Classification and Survey, IAVS’ gold open access journal, welcomes two new Associate Editors:

  • Jorge Capelo, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Arkadiusz Nowak, Opole University, Opole, Poland

Further, we welcome four new members of our Editorial Board:

  • Reginald Tang Guuroh, Forest Research Institute of Ghana, Kumasi, Ghana
  • Alireza Naqinezhad, University of Mazandaran, Balbolsar, Iran
  • Vanessa Leite Rezende, Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), Lavras, Brazil
  • Gaolathe Tsheboeng, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

For 2022, three new Special Collections of articles have been launched, and the submission of abstracts for consideration is still possible:

  • African vegetation studies (edited by Reginald Tang Guuroh, Miguel Alvarez, Leslie Brown, Manfred Finckh, Ute Schmiedel, Gaolathe Tsheboeng & Jürgen Dengler)
  • Grasslands of Asia (edited by Jürgen Dengler, Idoia Biurrun, Pavel Krestov, Alireza Naqinezhad & Arkadiusz Nowak)
  • Neotropical vegetation (edited by Gwendolyn Peyre, Bianca Andrade, Alejandro Velazquez & Melisa Giorgis)

Finally, yet importantly, it should be highlighted that thanks to the generous support of IAVS papers of first authors who are IAVS members will be exempt from article processing charges (APCs), if the original submission takes place until 31 December 2022.…

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Testing collection-time reduction in fine-root biomass estimation in Atlantic Forests

Prepared by Cinthia Silva, Vinícius Londe, André D’Angioli, Bruno Bordron, Carlos Joly & Simone Vieira

Example of fieldwork using the temporal prediction method in the montane Atlantic Forest. Photo credit: Cinthia Silva.

Studying the ecosystem’s functioning below the ground surface is not an easy task.…

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New Special Collection on “Neotropical vegetation” launched by VCS

By Gwendolyn Peyre (Guest Editor of the Special Collection) & Jürgen Dengler (Chief Editor of Vegetation Classification and Survey)

The IAVS Regional Section Latin America and the Caribbean and IAVS’ gold open access journal “Vegetation Classification and Survey” are proud to launch a joint Special Collection dedicated to “Neotropical vegetation”.…

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VCS Editors’ Award 2021 goes to Iwona Dembicz

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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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