Species richness of plant communities: the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer?

Prepared by Francesco Maria Sabatini

Survey of a vegetation plot in a dry grassland in Gran Sasso National Park (Central Italy). Photo credit: F.M. Sabatini.

This Linking to elsewhere post is related to the article “Global patterns of vascular plant alpha diversity”, published by Francesco Maria Sabatini and colleagues in Nature Communications (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-32063-z

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Are historical land use patterns and chemical soil characteristics complementary for assessing the restoration potential of Nardus grassland?

By Frederik Van Daele, Thierry Onkelinx, Kris Verheyen, Hans Van Calster, Maud Raman, Jasper Van Ruijven & Luc De Keersmaeker

The presence of a species-rich Nardus grassland adjacent to the ancient forest of Halle in Flanders (northern Belgium) is explained by the land-use and management history of the site.
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Degradation influences equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics in rangelands: implications in resilience and stability

By Dardo R. López, Laura Cavallero, Priscila Willems, Brandon T. Bestelmeyer & Miguel A. Brizuela

Photo of the Patagonian steppes where the study was carried out located in Pilcaniyeu (Rio negro province, Argentina). Photo credit: Dardo López.

Our work focused on the study of the ecological resilience of alternative states in steppes of Patagonia (Argentina).…

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Short-term effects of experimental goose grazing and warming differ in three low-Arctic coastal wetland plant communities

Prepared by Ryan T. Choi, Matteo Petit Bon, A. Joshua Leffler, Katharine C. Kelsey, Jeffrey M. Welker & Karen H. Beard

Experimental goose grazing and summer warming elicit compositional changes in three distinct low-Arctic coastal wetland plant communities of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska.
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JVS and AVS are looking for new members of the Editorial Review Boards

The Journal of Vegetation Science (JVS) and Applied Vegetation Science (AVS) are seeking colleagues interested in serving on the Editorial Review Boards of the journals. We welcome all vegetation scientists with experience in international scientific publishing, and as we aim at diverse and dynamic Editorial Review Boards, we particularly encourage people based outside Europe, early-career researchers and women to apply.…

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Functional traits and propagule pressure explain changes in the distribution and demography of non-native trees in Spain

By Carlos Lara-Romero, Paloma Ruiz-Benito & Pilar Castro-Díez

Old plantation of Australian blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) in Cíes Island (National Park of the Atlantic Islands, Galicia, Spain). Photo credit: Pilar Castro-Díez.

Non-native tree species (NNT) have been planted worldwide to provide different types of benefits, from resources, such as wood, tannins, or fiber, to ornamental assets.…

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Coping with changing plant-plant interactions in restoration ecology: Effect of species, site, and individual variation

Prepared by Pedro J. Garrote, Antonio R. Castilla & Jose M. Fedriani

The Mediterranean dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis) spreads along the typical landscape of study sites in Doñana National Park (south-western Spain). (Photo credit: Pedro J. Garrote)

Most ecological interactions can usually be positive, negative, or neutral, depending on the balance between benefits and costs for their participants.…

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The merits of studying oceanic island floras in a team of early career researchers

The post is provided by Dagmar Martina Hanz

View of the Tabaibal-Cardonal vegetation zone with focus on a dragon tree (Dracaena draco) near El Palmar on La Palma, Canary Islands (Photo credit: Dagmar Hanz).

This post refers to the article “High species turnover and low intraspecific trait variation in endemic and non-endemic plant species assemblages on an oceanic island” by Hanz et al.,…

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