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Effects of initial functional-group composition on assembly trajectory in savanna restoration

André G. Coutinho, Monique Alves, Alexandre B. Sampaio, Isabel B. Schmidt & Daniel L. M. Vieira

Results of active restoration in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás, Brazil (14°7’2.54″ S 47°38’30.36″ W). The area on the left side (A) was restored by direct seeding, leading to a vegetation structure more similar to a native Cerrado.
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Drivers of species richness and community integrity of small forest patches in an agricultural landscape

Krista Takkis, Tiiu Kull, Tiit Hallikma, Piia Jaksi, Karin Kaljund, Karin Kauer, Thea Kull, Olavi Kurina, Mart Külvik, Kaire Lanno, Malle Leht, Jaan Liira, Indrek Melts, Hannes Pehlak, Janar Raet, Kaarel Sammet, Kalev Sepp, Ülo Väli & Lauri Laanisto

Studied forest patches within the agricultural landscape in northeast Estonia.
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Increased rainfall and nitrogen alter colonization and extinction during postgrazing steppe succession

Authors: Hong-Wei Yu & Wei-Ming He

Photos of the field experiment, northeastern Inner Mongolia, China: (a) Rainfall collectors and irrigation pipes at the beginning of the experiment, and (b) watered and fertilized experimental plots. Photo credit: Wei-Ming He.

Steppes are among the most important grassland types, and a high proportion of steppes have suffered from overgrazing.…

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Which results of the standard test for community weighted mean approach are too optimistic?

David Zelený

The relationship between the average height of understory herbs (CWM of species height) and the amount of light passing through the forest canopy (quantified by visually estimated cover of trees and shrubs at each site). If the analysis based on CWM approach was done by a standard parametric test, the result is highly significant (P<0.001). However, the result of the standard test is overly optimistic; the max test, which is the correct test for this analysis, returns considerably less exciting P-value (P=0.052).

Imagine a forest, with trees forming a canopy and herbs growing in the understory.…

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Slow recovery of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant community after fungicide application: An eight-year experiment

Hana Pánková, Tomáš Dostálek, Kristýna Vazačová & Zuzana Münzbergová

Study site – dry grassland in the central part of the Czech Republic. Photo credit: Hana Pánková.

Dry grasslands represent one of the most species-rich communities in Europe with a high occurrence of rare species.…

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The assembly of a plant network in alpine vegetation

Gianalberto Losapio, Marcelino de la Cruz, Adrián Escudero, Bernhard Schmid & Christian Schöb

The study site in the Swiss Alps (Lämmerenboden, 2300 m a.s.l.). Photo credit:
Gianalberto Losapio.

Plant ecology has always focused on interactions among species within communities. Ecological research has targeted the importance of negative interactions such as competition among plants for resources.…

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