Category: Behind the paper

The complex syntaxonomy of Balkan dry grasslands addressed with an innovative classification approach

The post provided by Kiril Vassilev & Jürgen Dengler

Study area in the Central and Eastern Balkan Peninsula with the distribution of the analysed plots of three widespread and one rare alliance. From the article.

This post refers to the article Classification of the high‐rank syntaxa of the Central and Eastern Balkan dry grasslands with a new hierarchical expert system approach by Vassilev et al.…

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Mangrove transgression into Everglades marshes: a process to be accepted or resisted?

A post provided by Mike Ross, John Meeder, and Susana Stoffella

Mike Ross and Jack Meeder emerge from a helicopter as the Southeast Saline Everglades research project was initiated in 1996. The mangrove scrub in the foreground had recently been killed back during a freeze event that had little effect in the adjacent tree island.
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New high-rank syntaxa of Armenian dry grasslands and thorn-cushion communities with unexpectedly high alpha diversity

The post provided by Denys Vynokurov, Alla Aleksanyan, Idoia Biurrun & Jürgen Dengler

Stand of the newly described dry grassland association Seslerio phleoidis-Onobrychidetum cornutae (class Festuco-Brometea) in Armenia. Photo credit: Jürgen Dengler

This post refers to the article Dry grasslands and thorn-cushion communities of Armenia: a first syntaxonomic classification by Vynokurov et al.…

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The value of long-term monitoring of field experiments: a case from the sand grasslands of Central Hungary

The post provided by Ildikó Orbán and György Kröel-Dulay

Two subtypes of our studied vegetation type, showing the two species that are competing for dominance – a) Stipa borysthenica, and b) Festuca vaginata (Photo credit: György Kröel-Dulay)

This post refers to the article The role of drought, disturbance, and seed dispersal in dominance shifts in a temperate grassland by Orbán et al.…

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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 (
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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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To graze or not to graze? Historical management of hay meadows in the Carpathian Mountains

Prepared by Monika Janišová

Distribution of the seven Carpathian dairy farming systems applied between 1850 and 1950 based on a synthesis of literature data. The yellow background represents areas with regular spring grazing of fields and hay meadows. The blue background indicates the destinations of long-distance transhumance in the lowland regions.
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Should we sample vegetation following statistical rules or botanists’ experience? Possibly both!

The post provided by Nicola Alessi, Gianmaria Bonari and Piero Zannini

Italian forest types examples: A) Warm Temperate forest type represented by Quercus ilex-dominated forests in Tuscany; B) Temperate forest type represented by Fagus sylvatica-dominated forests in Northern Apennines; C) Cold Temperate forest type represented by Picea abies-dominated forests in the Alps.
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The power of seeds: the resilience of a restored plant community to fire

The post provided by Ebony Cowan

Smoke tent trail stimulating germination of the soil seedbank in restored Banksia woodlands. Photo credit: Ebony Cowan

This post refers to the article Soil seedbank development of smoke-responsive plant species in a 23-year restoration chronosequence and implications for resilience to fire by Cowan and colleagues published in Applied Vegetation Science (

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EIVE 1.0 – The largest system of ecological indicator values in Europe is now available

The post was provided by Jürgen Dengler, Florian Jansen & François Gillet

Geographic coverage of the 31 ecological indicator value systems that entered the calculation of the consensus system of EIVE 1.0 (image from the original article).

This Behind the paper post refers to the article Ecological Indicator Values for Europe (EIVE) 1.0 by Jürgen Dengler, Florian Jansen, Olha Chusova, Elisabeth Hüllbusch, Michael P.…

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