Author: David Zeleny

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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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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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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