Author: David Zeleny

Understanding patterns and potential drivers of forest diversity in northeastern China using machine-learning algorithms

Prepared by Weixue Luo, Chunyu Zhang, Xiuhai Zhao & Jingjing Liang

Mixed temperate coniferous and broad-leaved forest in northeastern China. Photo credit: Xiuhai Zhao.

Large-scale biodiversity patterns have been a focus of ecological studies over the past decades, but it remains unclear which anthropogenic and environmental factors have the strongest impact on tree diversity patterns, especially in temperate forest ecosystems of East Asia.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) in the first quarter of 2021

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (VCS Chief Editor)

The palm species Trithrinax campestris in different vegetation types of central Argentina. Photos from Zeballos et al. (2021).

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has started into its second year. Since VCS applies continuous publishing without aggregating papers in (printed) issues, we have decided that from now on the Chief Editors will present every three months the newly published papers on vegsciblog and select one of these as Editors’ Choice Paper.…

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Neophyte invasions in European grasslands

By Irena Axmanová, Veronika Kalusová, Jiří Danihelka, Jürgen Dengler, Jan Pergl, Petr Pyšek, Martin Večeřa, Fabio Attorre, Idoia Biurrun, Steffen Boch, Timo Conradi, Rosario G. Gavilán, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Ilona Knollová, Anna Kuzemko, Jonathan Lenoir, Artem Leostrin, Jana Medvecká, Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund, Dragica Obratov-Petkovic, Jens-Christian Svenning, Ioannis Tsiripidis, Kiril Vassilev & Milan Chytrý

Percentage proportion of invaded plots (records with at least one alien plant) calculated per 50 km × 50 km grid cells.
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Plant functional traits involved in the assembly of canopy-recruit interactions

Prepared by Antonio J. Perea, Jose L. Garrido & Julio M. Alcántara

Mixed Pine-Oak forest of “Sierra Sur de Jaén” (the sampling site), Jaén, Spain. Photo credit: Antonio J. Perea.

Interactions between established individuals and recruiting plants (canopy-recruit interactions) are key drivers of plant community dynamics.…

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The biogeography of alien plant invasions in the Mediterranean Basin

By Luigi Cao Pinna, Irena Axmanová, Milan Chytrý, Marco Malavasi, Alicia T. R. Acosta, Silvia Giulio, Fabio Attorre, Erwin Bergmeier, Idoia Biurrun, Juan Antonio Campos, Xavier Font, Filip Küzmič, Flavia Landucci, Corrado Marcenò, Maria Pilar Rodríguez-Rojo & Marta Carboni

The flow of alien plants to Mediterranean Europe.
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Syntaxonomy and biogeography of the Irano-Turanian mires and springs

Prepared by Alireza Naqinezhad, Arkadiusz Nowak, Sebastian Świerszcz, Adel Jalili, Asghar Kamrani, Bryan D. Wheeler, Sue C. Shaw, Farideh Attar, Marcin Nobis, Sylwia Nowak & Michal Hájek

A fen site in the Havir area of the Alborz Mountains, Northern Iran. Photo credit: Alireza Naqinezhad

The vegetation of the dry/semi-dry Irano-Turanian phytogeographical region has been documented in numerous publications, but little is known about mountainous wetlands (mires and springs) in this region.…

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Highlighting the importance of dispersal and establishment in vegetation dynamics and resilience

Prepared by Judit Sonkoly, James M. Bullock, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro & Péter Török

This blog post summarizes conclusions to the Special Feature “Dispersal and establishment”, edited by Péter Török, James M. Bullock, Borja Jiménez‐Alfaro and Judit Sonkoly (

Investigating the dynamics that structure plant communities and consequently influence whole ecosystems is of crucial importance to understand the response of ecosystems to global change.…

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Grassland with tradition: sampling across several scientific disciplines

The post provided by Monika Janišová

This Video Summary, prepared by Monika Janišová, refers to the article by Monika Janišová, Anamaria Iuga, Cosmin Marius Ivascu and Martin Magnes Grassland with tradition: sampling across several scientific disciplines, published in Vegetation Classification and Survey (

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Unmanned aerial systems‐based monitoring of the eco‐geomorphology of coastal dunes through spectral Rao’s Q

Marco Malavasi, Manuele Bazzichetto, Jan Komárek, Vítězslav Moudry, Duccio Rocchini, Simonetta Bagella, Alicia Teresa Rosario Acosta & Maria Laura Carranza

Optical data collected by the drone and elaborated computing Rao’s Q diversity index allowed describing the study sites’ bio-physical heterogeneity and assessing the dune systems’ integrity.
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