Author: David Zeleny

Classification of the Hyrcanian forest vegetation, northern Iran

Hamid Gholizadeh, Alireza Naqinezhad & Milan Chytrý

Hyrcanian relict forests of Northern Iran, Javaherdasht area of Gilan province. Photo: Hamid Gholizadeh

The Hyrcanian forests, unlike the arid and semiarid landscape throughout most of Iran, is one of the remnants of ancient natural deciduous forests which form a vegetation belt in the southern shores of the Caspian Sea.…

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Savannah trees buffer herbaceous plant biomass against wild and domestic herbivores

Dr Stuart Smith summarizes the results of a recent paper in Applied Vegetation Science that shows specialist grass species underneath trees are important for maintaining herbaceous biomass with increasing herbivore pressure and livestock dominance in African savannahs. Continue reading the post on the AfricanBioServices project blog.…

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Ready for change: seed traits contribute to the high adaptability of mudflat species to their unpredictable habitat

Shyam S. Phartyal, Sergey Rosbakh, Christian Ritz & Peter Poschlod

Recently drained fish ponds making a typical muddy habitat for mudflat plants in southern Germany. Photos credit: Peter Poschlod

Do we fully understand what role regeneration traits play in plant community assembly?…

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Dispersal traits may not tell us what we hope for: the case study from understory of oak-dominated forest

The post provided by David Zelený & Markéta Chudomelová

Recording herbs in the understory of oak-dominated temperate broadleaf forest in Němčičky, Czech Republic. Photo by David Zelený

This post refers to the article Tracing the signs of local dispersal in the temperate forest understorey using spatially structured vegetation data by Markéta Chudomelová and David Zelený, published in the Journal of Vegetation Science

At the beginning was an idea to show whether the dispersal in the plant community can be linked to dispersal traits of individual species.…

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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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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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