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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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A invasão por Acacia é facilitada pela permeabilidade da paisagem: O papel da degradação de habitat e da rede rodoviária

Preparado por Gustavo Heringer, Jan Thiele, Cibele H. Amaral, João A. A. Meira-Neto, Fabio A. R. Matos, Jan R. K. Lehmann, Tillmann K. Buttschardt & Andreza V. Neri

Ecossistema de Mussununga do tipo savana arenosa rodeada por Mata Atlântica (esquerda) e Acacia mangium no ecossistema de Mussununga (direita).
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Acacia invasion is facilitated by landscape permeability: The role of habitat degradation and road networks

Prepared by Gustavo Heringer, Jan Thiele, Cibele H. Amaral, João A. A. Meira-Neto, Fabio A. R. Matos, Jan R. K. Lehmann, Tillmann K. Buttschardt & Andreza V. Neri

Sandy-savanna Mussununga ecosystem surrounded by Atlantic Forest (left) and Acacia mangium on Mussununga ecosystem (right).
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Niche differentiation, competition or habitat filtering? Mechanisms explaining co-occurrence of plant species on wet meadows of high conservation value

Prepared by Patryk Czortek, Anna Orczewska & Marcin K. Dyderski

Plant species typically occurring in Molinia meadows in the study site (Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation “Łąki Dąbrowskie” (S Poland): (a) Iris sibirica, (b) Gentiana pneumonanthe, (c) Gladiolus imbricatus, (d), Betonica officinalis, (e) Inula salicina, and (f) Trollius europaeus (typical of the Calthion alliance).
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Plant communities, populations and individuals have distinct responses to short-term warming and neighbour biomass removal in two montane grasslands

By Travis Britton, Mark J. Hovenden, Meagan Porter, Rose Brinkhoff, Anna Flittner & Margaret M. Mayfield

Experimental warming chamber with a Ranunculus nanus flower in the foreground at Silver Plains field site, Tasmania, Australia (42.090254, 147.087945). Photo credit: Travis Britton.

Understanding how plant communities respond to environmental change is critical in the face of projected climate change.…

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Heterogeneity decreases as time since fire increases in a South American grassland

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

In a sub‐humid Uruguayan grassland community, dominated by a tall tussock grass (Saccharum angustifolium), a large amount of standing dead biomass accumulates. Patchy and asynchronous field burns are a traditional practice among ranchers to removes above‐ground biomass of the dominant species and to promote tender forage for the livestock.
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Could the environment limit dispersal between Sunda and Sahul?

Prepared by Liam A. Trethowan

Dry riverbed and drought-prone forest of Sumbawa. Photo credit: Liam A. Trethowan.

The West (Sunda) and East (Sahul) of the Southeast Asian archipelago used to be much further apart. As the Asian and Australian plates came together, the islands we see today uplifted and the plant communities began to form.…

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Sampling multi-scale and multi-taxon plant diversity data in the subalpine and alpine habitats of Switzerland: Report on the 14th EDGG Field Workshop

By Jürgen Dengler, Beata Cykowska-Marzencka, Timon Bruderer, Christian Dolnik, Patrick Neumann, Susanne Riedel, Hallie Seiler, Jinghui Zhang & Iwona Dembicz

Sampling an acidic subalpine grassland at Alp Glivers, canton of Grisons, Switzerland, with the nested-plot methodology of EDGG. Photo credit: Jürgen Dengler.
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