Celebrating the first anniversary of our JVS-AVS blog

Prepared by David Zelený, Viktoria Wagner and Peter Minchin (editors)

Geographical distribution of users across the World accessing our blog during the past year (from August 23, 2018 till August 22, 2019). Note that although the highest number of users seems to come from China, most of them accessed the website during a single day after a post by Chinese authors has been published and shared on WeChat.
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Pollination and dispersal trait spectra recover faster than growth form spectrum during the spontaneous succession in sandy old-fields

Edy Fantinato, Judit Sonkoly, Giulia Silan, Orsolya Valkó, Béla Tóthmérész, Balázs Deák, András Kelemen, Tamás Miglécz, Silvia Del Vecchio, Francesca Bettiol, Gabriella Buffa & Péter Török

Forest-steppe mosaic in the Kiskunság sand region, Hungary. Photo credit: Balázs Deák.

The widespread abandonment of agricultural areas and croplands is making large areas available to test techniques for the restoration of grassland habitats.…

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JVS-AVS Editorial Meeting in Bremen, Germany

The Editors and Editorial Board members of our journals met during the IAVS Symposium in Bremen on 15 July 2019.

Upper row (from left): David Ward, Jörg Ewald, Ingolf Kühn, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Francisco Pugnaire, Sebastian Schmidtlein, Sándor Bartha, Hannes Feilhauer, Yasuhiro Kubota, Josu Alday, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Martin Zobel, Péter Török, Martin Diekmann (IAVS President), Norbert Hölzel, Alessandro Chiarucci, Jean-Paul Theurillat, Duccio Rocchini, Lauchlan Fraser, Thomas Giesecke, Triin Reitalu, Florian Jansen, Helge Bruelheide, Guillaume Decocq, Jürgen Dengler, David Zelený, Zdeňka Lososová, Carol Clark (Wiley).
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Alien plants alter the growth form ratio and structure of Australian grasslands

Greg R. Guerin, Irene Martín‐Forés, Samantha E.M. Munroe, Ben Sparrow & Andrew J. Lowe

Mokota Conservation Park, a remnant grassland in the mid-north region of South Australia (approximately 160 km north of Adelaide). Photo by Greg Guerin.

Loads of evidence suggests particular invasive weed species wreak havoc in native plant communities by out-competing, or rendering the local environment unsuitable for, natives.…

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Hedgerow age affects the species richness of herbaceous forest plants

Kathrin Litza & Martin Diekmann

Hedgerows of different ages in the agricultural landscape of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Photo credit: Kathrin Litza.

Hedgerows are narrow strips of wooded habitats that are known to provide refuge habitat for forest species, such as herbaceous forest plants, in agricultural landscapes.…

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