Category: Behind the paper

How does the Kalahari vegetation response to seasonal climate and herbivory?

The post provided by Ute Schmiedel

One of our permanent plots in the Kalahari, South Africa, at the peak of the growing season during an average rainfall season (2013) and after several years of very low rainfall (2015). The grazing herbivores removed most of the grass biomass and provided vegetation gaps for the new plants to grow.
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The ecological filters in restoration practice

The post provided by Paweł Waryszak

Paweł Waryszak, the main author of this study, records seedlings emergence on restoration study site after topsoil transfer. Photo credit: William Fowler.

This post refers to the article Best served deep: the seedbank from salvaged topsoil underscores the role of the dispersal filter in restoration practice by Waryszak et al.…

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Drivers of biodiversity depend on spatial grain and plant group: new paper from the EDGG Field Workshop to Bulgarian dry grasslands

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler & Iwona Dembicz

A thorough sampling of an “EDGG Biodiversity Plot” is a time-consuming and almost meditative procedure. Photo credit: Jürgen Dengler.

This Behind the paper post refers to the article by Dembicz et al. Drivers of plant diversity in Bulgarian dry grasslands vary across spatial scales and functional-taxonomic groups, published in the Journal of Vegetation Science (https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12935

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High diversity in Armenian grasslands: EDGG Field Workshop provides standardized data for the first time

The post provided by Jürgen Dengler & Idoia Biurrun

The expedition team on the Selim pass. Photo credit: Jürgen Dengler.

Behind the paper post referring to the article Biodiversity of dry grasslands in Armenia: First results from the 13th EDGG Field Workshop in Armenia by Aleksanyan et al.…

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Filling empty boxes with hard data: Scientific background for European habitat classification (EUNIS)

Prepared by Milan Chytrý

Examples of EUNIS habitats: N17 Black Sea coastal dune grassland (grey dune) in south-eastern Bulgaria, R1A Semi-dry perennial calcareous grassland (meadow steppe) with Filipendula vulgaris and Salvia nutans in western Ukraine, S33 Lowland to montane temperate and submediterranean genistoid scrub with Cytisus balansae in Catalonian Pyrenees, T3G Pinus sylvestris light taiga in southern Sweden.
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The man who sampled a grassland for 25 years – and his data got eventually published

The post provided by Kryštof Chytrý, Milan Chytrý, Felícia M. Fischer and Jakub Těšitel

Jiří Danihelka (right) sampling permanent plots on Děvín Hill in 2012, accompanied by Adrian Indreica (left). Photo credit: Gianmaria Bonari.

This post refers to the article Weather fluctuations drive short-term dynamics and long-term stability in plant communities: a 25-year study in a Central European dry grassland by Fischer et al.…

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Studying vascular epiphytes is very hard!

The post provided by Glenda Mendieta-Leiva & Gerhard Zotz

Vascular epiphyte species fully covering tree branches of a cloud mountain rainforest tree at ca. 2200 m. a.s.l. in Southern Ecuador (photo credit: Florian A. Werner).

This post (and video inside) refer to the article EpIG‐DB: A database of vascular epiphyte assemblages in the Neotropics by Mendieta-Leiva et al.…

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