New Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS

The post provided by Idoia Biurrun and Wolfgang Willner (Chief Editors of Vegetation Classification and Survey) and Pavel Novák (Guest Editor of the Special Collection)

This post refers to the call for the new Special Collection on “Classification and diversity of European forests and forest fringes” launched by VCS.…

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Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS): Editors’ Choice of the second quarter of 2023

The post provided by Jürgen Dengler (on behalf of all VCS Chief Editors)

Example of an illustration of one “geocomplex biome” (Montane evergreen and seasonal Andean forest geocomplex) from the Editors’ Choice article by Navarro et al. 2023.

Among these, the Chief Editors selected the contribution by Navarro et al (2023) as the Editors’ Choice article.…

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Palaearctic Grasslands 57 is published

The post provided by Idoia Biurrun (Chief Editor of Palaearctic Grasslands)

This post refers to the new issue 57 of Palaearctic Grasslands, which you can read here.

This new issue comes with the results of the elections for the new EDGG Executive Committee 2023-2025 together with a presentation of the new chairs and their responsibilities in the Committee, and the goodbye and thank you to our former members Anna Kuzemko and Iwona Dembicz.…

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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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Update to Availability of Financial Support for Open Access Publishing in IAVS Journals

Peter Minchin

Dear IAVS members,

On 29 June, as Chair of the IAVS Publications Committee and on behalf of the IAVS Governing Board, I sent an e-mail to all current and past members of IAVS about financial support that may be available to assist you in publishing your work as an Open Access article in our IAVS-owned journals. …

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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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To graze or not to graze? Historical management of hay meadows in the Carpathian Mountains

Prepared by Monika Janišová

Distribution of the seven Carpathian dairy farming systems applied between 1850 and 1950 based on a synthesis of literature data. The yellow background represents areas with regular spring grazing of fields and hay meadows. The blue background indicates the destinations of long-distance transhumance in the lowland regions.
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Modeling the potential distribution of floristic assemblages of high Andean wetlands dominated by Juncaceae and Cyperaceae in the Argentine Puna

Prepared by Elvira Casagranda & Andrea E. Izquierdo

View of the “Acay Sur” vega during one of the vegetation sampling campaigns. Photo credits: A.E. Izquierdo

Plant communities are the main biological factor determining the functional ecosystem processes of the systems. In the Puna, a highland desert from the Andes, vegas are important wetlands representing real oases in the arid soil matrix.…

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