The lowland seasonally dry subtropical forests in central Argentina: vegetation types and a call for conservation

Prepared by Sebastián R. Zeballos, Melisa A. Giorgis, Marcelo R. Cabido, Alicia T.R. Acosta, María del Rosario Iglesias & Juan J. Cantero

The remaining patches of “Espinal” forest surrounded by an extended matrix of soybean in Central Argentina. Photo Credit: Pereyra Mariana

The introductory photo illustrates the actual conservation status of the lowland seasonally dry subtropical forest in central Argentina and perhaps in many other places in the Neotropics.…

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First articles of Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS) are online

Editorial provided by Jürgen Dengler

Vegetation Classification and Survey, the latest academic journal by the International Association for Vegetation Science, is officially launched with the publication of six research papers, accompanied by an inaugural Editorial, explaining the mission and key features of the novel scholarly outlet.…

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The man who sampled a grassland for 25 years – and his data got eventually published

The post provided by Kryštof Chytrý, Milan Chytrý, Felícia M. Fischer and Jakub Těšitel

Jiří Danihelka (right) sampling permanent plots on Děvín Hill in 2012, accompanied by Adrian Indreica (left). Photo credit: Gianmaria Bonari.

This post refers to the article Weather fluctuations drive short-term dynamics and long-term stability in plant communities: a 25-year study in a Central European dry grassland by Fischer et al.…

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Environment and evolutionary history depict phylogenetic alpha and beta diversity in the Atlantic coastal white‐sand woodlands

By Jhonny Capichoni Massante & Pille Gerhold

View of a Atlantic coastal white-sand vegetation in southern Brazil (Massambaba Protection Area, Rio de Janeiro). Photo credit: Jhonny Capichoni Massante.

The Atlantic forest of South America is a regional mosaic of different habitat types.…

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Studying vascular epiphytes is very hard!

The post provided by Glenda Mendieta-Leiva & Gerhard Zotz

Vascular epiphyte species fully covering tree branches of a cloud mountain rainforest tree at ca. 2200 m. a.s.l. in Southern Ecuador (photo credit: Florian A. Werner).

This post (and video inside) refer to the article EpIG‐DB: A database of vascular epiphyte assemblages in the Neotropics by Mendieta-Leiva et al.…

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How we found which traits predict pairwise interactions in a mountain grassland

The post provided by Hana Skálová, Tomáš Herben, Věra Hadincová, Sylvie Pecháčková and František Krahulec

Recording of the plants in the permanent grid, by Věra Hadincová (foreground) and Viera Mrázová (background). Photo credit: Sylvie Pecháčková.

This post refers to the article Which traits predict pairwise interactions in a mountain grassland?

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Reindeer trampling promotes vegetation changes in tundra heathlands: results from a simulation experiment

By Dagmar D. Egelkraut, Hélène S. A. Barthelemy & Johan Olofsson

Our study site in Nordreisa, northern Norway. Photo credit: Dagmar Egelkraut

The photo above shows a beautiful rolling hillside in the north of Norway. It also shows a fence; those who look more closely might notice a distinct difference between the vegetation on one side of the fence compared to the other.…

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JVS/AVS launched Spotlights: online collections with free-access papers

Explore Spotlights, a new feature on the websites of JVS and AVS. Spotlights are collections of articles of a certain type that were published in our journals in the past, and will also include such articles published in the future. Our publisher, Wiley, kindly made all the previously published articles included in the Spotlight collections free-access.…

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