Alien plant invasion hotspots and invasion debt in European woodlands

Prepared by Viktoria Wagner, Martin Večeřa, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Jan Pergl, Jonathan Lenoir, Jens-Christian Svenning, Petr Pyšek, Emiliano Agrillo, Idoia Biurrun, Juan Antonio Campos, Jörg Ewald, Federico Fernández-González, Ute Jandt, Valerijus Rašomavičius, Urban Šilc, Željko Škvorc, Kiril Vassilev, Thomas Wohlgemuth & Milan Chytrý

Trachycarpus fortunei invasion in a mesic temperate deciduous woodland with Tilia cordata, Fraxinus excelsior, Acer platanoides, Acer pseudoplatanus, Corylus avellana, and Robinia pseudoacacia in Switzerland.
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Floristic patterns of the neotropical forests, savannas and scrublands with Trithrinax campestris (Arecaceae) in central Argentina

By Sebastián R. Zeballos, Marcelo R. Cabido, Juan J. Cantero, Alicia T.R. Acosta, M. Virginia Palchetti, Juan Argañaraz, Paula I. Marcora1, Paula A. Tecco, Ana Ferreras, Guillermo Funes, Victoria M. Vaieretti, Georgina Conti & Melisa A. Giorgis

Open palm (Trithrinax campestris) savanna with a shrubby understory dominated by the thorny Vachellia caven on rocky and sandy soils in western Córdoba Province, central Argentina.
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Monitoring a riverside forest with students and community scientists

The post provided by Kelly Steinberg

Students gather to share and record data they collected during a monthly trip to their field site in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Their data includes groundwater depth, leaf litter and precipitation in the riparian cottonwood-willow forest that runs through the city, only a few minutes bus ride from school.
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Understanding patterns and potential drivers of forest diversity in northeastern China using machine-learning algorithms

Prepared by Weixue Luo, Chunyu Zhang, Xiuhai Zhao & Jingjing Liang

Mixed temperate coniferous and broad-leaved forest in northeastern China. Photo credit: Xiuhai Zhao.

Large-scale biodiversity patterns have been a focus of ecological studies over the past decades, but it remains unclear which anthropogenic and environmental factors have the strongest impact on tree diversity patterns, especially in temperate forest ecosystems of East Asia.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) in the first quarter of 2021

Prepared by Jürgen Dengler (VCS Chief Editor)

The palm species Trithrinax campestris in different vegetation types of central Argentina. Photos from Zeballos et al. (2021).

Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) has started into its second year. Since VCS applies continuous publishing without aggregating papers in (printed) issues, we have decided that from now on the Chief Editors will present every three months the newly published papers on vegsciblog and select one of these as Editors’ Choice Paper.…

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Neophyte invasions in European grasslands

By Irena Axmanová, Veronika Kalusová, Jiří Danihelka, Jürgen Dengler, Jan Pergl, Petr Pyšek, Martin Večeřa, Fabio Attorre, Idoia Biurrun, Steffen Boch, Timo Conradi, Rosario G. Gavilán, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Ilona Knollová, Anna Kuzemko, Jonathan Lenoir, Artem Leostrin, Jana Medvecká, Jesper Erenskjold Moeslund, Dragica Obratov-Petkovic, Jens-Christian Svenning, Ioannis Tsiripidis, Kiril Vassilev & Milan Chytrý

Percentage proportion of invaded plots (records with at least one alien plant) calculated per 50 km × 50 km grid cells.
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Plant functional traits involved in the assembly of canopy-recruit interactions

Prepared by Antonio J. Perea, Jose L. Garrido & Julio M. Alcántara

Mixed Pine-Oak forest of “Sierra Sur de Jaén” (the sampling site), Jaén, Spain. Photo credit: Antonio J. Perea.

Interactions between established individuals and recruiting plants (canopy-recruit interactions) are key drivers of plant community dynamics.…

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The biogeography of alien plant invasions in the Mediterranean Basin

By Luigi Cao Pinna, Irena Axmanová, Milan Chytrý, Marco Malavasi, Alicia T. R. Acosta, Silvia Giulio, Fabio Attorre, Erwin Bergmeier, Idoia Biurrun, Juan Antonio Campos, Xavier Font, Filip Küzmič, Flavia Landucci, Corrado Marcenò, Maria Pilar Rodríguez-Rojo & Marta Carboni

The flow of alien plants to Mediterranean Europe.
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Syntaxonomy and biogeography of the Irano-Turanian mires and springs

Prepared by Alireza Naqinezhad, Arkadiusz Nowak, Sebastian Świerszcz, Adel Jalili, Asghar Kamrani, Bryan D. Wheeler, Sue C. Shaw, Farideh Attar, Marcin Nobis, Sylwia Nowak & Michal Hájek

A fen site in the Havir area of the Alborz Mountains, Northern Iran. Photo credit: Alireza Naqinezhad

The vegetation of the dry/semi-dry Irano-Turanian phytogeographical region has been documented in numerous publications, but little is known about mountainous wetlands (mires and springs) in this region.…

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