Classification of the Hyrcanian forest vegetation, northern Iran

Prepared by 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 the Applied Vegetation Science (https://doi.org/10.1111/avsc.12472) that shows specialist grass species underneath trees are important for maintaining herbaceous biomass with increasing herbivore pressure and livestock dominance in African savannahs.…

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

Prepared by 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 (https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12835

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New Editors and Editorial Board members

We welcome new Associate Editors and Editorial Board members of our journals:

Alessandra Fidelis, São Paulo State University, Rio Claro, Brazil – a new Associate Editor of JVS

Markus Bernhardt-Römermann, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany – a new Associate Editor of AVS

Marco Malavasi, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic – a new member of the JVS Editorial Board

Zhiyao Tang, Peking University, Beijing, China – a new member of the JVS Editorial Board…

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