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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Diversity of functional trade-offs enhances survival after fire in Neotropical savanna species

Marina Corrêa Scalon, Fabricius Maia Chaves Bicalho Domingos, Wesley Jonatar Alves da Cruz, Ben Hur Marimon Júnior, Beatriz Schwantes Marimon & Imma Oliveras

Figure 1. Photos representing the four resprouting categories of Cerrado trees after fire: (a) aerial, (b) stem, (c) basal, and (d) underground.
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Bryophyte and macrolichen diversity show contrasting elevation relationships and are negatively affected by disturbances in laurel forests of Madeira island

Steffen Boch, Anabela Martins, Sara Ruas, Susana Fontinha, Palmira Carvalho, Fábio Reis, Ariel Bergamini & Manuela Sim-Sim

The unique laurel forest of Madeira island is a bryophyte and lichen diversity hotspot. Photo credit: Ariel Bergamini.

Madeira Island belongs to the Madeira Archipelago (Portugal) and is located 600 km northwest of the Western African coast in the Atlantic Ocean.…

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Diverging shifts in spring phenology in response to biodiversity loss in a subtropical forest

Yanjun Du, Bo Yang, Si‐Chong Chen & Keping Ma

The first author, Yanjun Du (right), monitoring phenology in one of the experimental plots in the Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning Experiment of China (BEF-China), located in Jiangxi Province, China (117°55′E, 29°60′N). Photo credit: Bo Yang.
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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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