Category: Behind the paper

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

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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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This is not a pine: a fieldwork story

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One of my field assistant (Lorraine Lessard) carefully recording browsing in a 4 m2 plot, in Outaouais (Québec, Canada). Photo credit: Emilie Champagne.

This post refers to the article Forage diversity, type and abundance influence winter resource selection by white‐tailed deer by Emilie Champagne, André Dumont, Jean‐Pierre Tremblay and Steeve D.

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In the quest of designing grassland communities resistant to invasions during ecological restoration

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Controlled conditions in greenhouse experiments enable us to test a plethora of hypotheses in community or invasion ecology by reducing the effect confounding factors. Photo credit: Florencia Yannelli.

This post refers to the article Seed density is more effective than multi‐trait limiting similarity in controlling grassland resistance against plant invasions in mesocosms by Yannelli et al.…

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A virtual tour from the Carpathian Basin to the Far East – an overview and synthesis of Eurasian forest-steppes

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Forest steppe in Northern Hungary. Photo credit: Péter Török.

According to the biophilia hypothesis of Edward O. Wilson, certain biological patterns evoke positive feelings in humans. As a considerable part of our evolution took part in savannas, so the argument runs, we are genetically determined to enjoy ecosystems with a savanna-like mosaic pattern of trees and grasslands.…

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