Methods in Vegetation Science – a new article type and a new article collection in JVS and AVS

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The Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science have introduced a new article type and a new journal section: Methods in Vegetation Science. At the same time, a new Spotlight article collection has been published on the journals’ website, in which all the methodological papers published since 2018 have been made Free Access.…

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Two new sections of the IAVS Bulletin: Invitation to contribute

By Monika Janišová, the Editor of IAVS Bulletin

The IAVS Bulletin, the newsletter of the International Association for Vegetation Science published in digital form four times a year, is introducing two new contribution sections.

Section on sampling methodology

  • Do you use a reliable, well-developed methodology to investigate vegetation or to answer important questions related to vegetation, which you would like to popularise?
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[Deadline extended to July 31, 2020] Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) is inviting proposals for a Special Collection on “Classification of grasslands and other open vegetation types in the Palaearctic”

By Jürgen Dengler

Journal: VCS is the new gold open access journal of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), started in May 2020. It is devoted to vegetation classification with any methodological approach and at any organisational scale. There is no limit to the length of articles as long as it is justified by the content.…

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Effects of white-tailed deer exclusion on the plant community composition of an upland tallgrass prairie ecosystem

Prepared by Kathryn J. Bloodworth, Mark E. Ritchie & Kimberly J. Komatsu

Twenty-two-year-old deer exclusion fences at the Konza Prairie Biological Station in northeastern Kansas, USA. Photo credit: Kimberly Komatsu.

Grasslands make up approximately 40% of the Earth’s ice-free land surface, and they support diverse plant and animal communities that provide many ecological services.…

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Grazing by wild red deer maintains characteristic vegetation of semi-natural open habitats: Evidence from a three-year exclusion experiment

By Friederike Riesch, Bettina Tonn, Hans Georg Stroh, Marcus Meißner, Niko Balkenhol & Johannes Isselstein

Wild red deer grazing in a semi-natural grassland in Grafenwöhr military training area, Bavaria, Germany. See the experimental grazing exclosure in the foreground. Photo credit: Marcus Meißner.
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A new vegetation-plot database for the coastal forests of Kenya

By Maria Fungomeli, Anthony Githitho, Fabrizio Frascaroli, Saidi Chidzinga, Marcus Cianciaruso & Alessandro Chiarucci

Kaya Kambe sacred forest, Kenya. Photo credit: Steve Okoko Ashikoye.

After two years of intense research work as a collaboration between the University of Bologna and the National Museums of Kenya, we produced the first standardised data set of the coastal forests of Kenya.…

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The perspective of unmanned aerial systems in forest management: Do we really need such details?

Prepared by Jan Komárek

Detection of forest stands and identification of its parameters (e.g. height, species group, health status). Photo credit: Jan Komárek.

Traditional methods of terrestrial field survey and measurements at forests are by a majority of landowners still considered to be the most reliable source of tree information.…

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Fine-grained sediment deposition alters the response of plant CSR strategies on the gravel bars of a highly regulated river

Prepared by Philippe Janssen, Hervé Piégay & André Evette

Along the Rhone, gravel bars with a high proportion of subsoil fine sediments at low elevation benefit stress-tolerant species such as Lythrum salicaria (Photo credit: Philippe Janssen).

Flow regulation by dams profoundly changes the functioning of river ecosystems.…

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