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Fire and grazing interaction in a subhumid grassland: effects on a dominant tussock grass

Prepared by Luis López-Mársico, Felipe Lezama & Alice Altesor

Appearance of a Uruguayan grassland dominated by Saccharum angustifolium, showing flowering culms and a high accumulation of standing dead biomass due to the absence of recent burning (left); and three different moments of the burning experiment (right).
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Shrubs exhibit competitive interactions with herbaceous plants and shape community assemblage and functional composition in the alpine western Himalaya

Prepared by Bittu Ram and Amit Chawla

Patches of evergreen alpine shrub, Rhododendron anthopogon, at Rohtang. Photo credit: Bittu Ram

In the Himalayan region, alpine shrub meadows are one of the major ecosystems that cover a large geographical area and are very vulnerable to climate warming.…

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Unraveling local and regional determinants of high plant diversity at marine rocky outcrops in Uruguay

Prepared by Patricia Mai

Representation of species assemblages along the stress and disturbance gradient in marine rocky outcrops of the Atlantic coast of Uruguay. a) Spatial ordination of species assemblages along the coast-inland gradient, with representative species of each assemblage (Figure credit: Tea Eizmendi in Mai et al.
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Solid as a rock: The main drivers of changes in natural, rocky plant communities

Prepared by Kamila Reczyńska & Krzysztof Świerkosz

Early spring aspect of one of our rocky grassland replot from the Alysso-Festucion pallentis Moravec in Holub et al. 1967 alliance, on serpentinites in the Góra Radunia nature reserve (Sudetes Foreland, Poland, 20.04.2009). Photo credit: Krzysztof Świerkosz

Recent years have brought dynamic changes in the vegetation worldwide arising from the destruction or transformation of ecosystems by humans, climate change, nitrogen pollution and the introduction of invasive species.…

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Nordic-Baltic Grassland Vegetation Database (NBGVD) – current state and future prospects

Prepared by Nadiia Skobel, Łukasz Kozub & Jürgen Dengler

Spatial data coverage in the Nordic-Baltic Grassland Vegetation Database (NBGVD) in March 2024 (from the article)

The Nordic-Baltic region (Iceland, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, N Poland, NW Russia, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, and Sweden) has a diverse vegetation, yet it is grossly underrepresented in international vegetation-plot databases, such as the European Vegetation Archive (EVA) and the global «sPlot».…

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Trait divergence in plant community assembly is generated by environmental factor interactions

Prepared by Valério D. Pillar

Expected values of a trait (t1) in a set of simulated communities. The trait is selected by two random environmental factors (e1 and e2) according to specified linear functions. In (a), trait t1 is additively affected by factors e1 and e2, and in (b), it is determined by both factors plus their interaction, according to linear function slopes shown in the insets.
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Restoration of invaded temperate grasslands: species phenology adds to microsite and seed availability

Prepared by Cecilia D. Molina, Pedro M. Tognetti and Pamela Graff

Selective clipping treatment within experiment carried out on the Flooding Pampa grassland (Buenos Aires, Argentina) in an exclosures dominated by Festuca arundinacea. Photo credit: Pedro Tognetti

Conserving plant diversity in temperate grasslands faces significant challenges due to biological invasions.…

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Should we estimate plant cover in percent or on ordinal scales?

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler & Iwona Dembicz

How much does species x cover in the plot? Two vegetation scientists estimating plant covers in a steppe of Southern Ukraine during the 15th EDGG Field Workshop. (Photo Credit: Jürgen Dengler).

Vegetation-plot records (relevés) containing a full list of species with cover information on each of them are the main source of information in vegetation science.…

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Arid community responses to nitrogen and carbon addition depend on dominant species traits and are decoupled between above- and below-ground biomass

Prepared by Sofía Campana, María Fernanda Reyes and Martín R. Aguiar

Graphical abstract of the paper. At the top-left, there is also a picture of the Patagonian steppe (Chubut province, Argentina), where we conducted the experiment to test the individual and combined effects of soil C and N addition on the above- and below-ground biomass accumulation of the perennial grass community.
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