Applied Vegetation Science

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February 2012

Volume 15, Issue 1

Pages 1–159

  1. Editorial

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorial
    3. Original Articles
    4. Reviewers List
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      Editors’ Award, vegetation survey, remote sensing and restoration (pages 1–3)

      J. Bastow Wilson, Alessandro Chiarucci, Milan Chytrý and Meelis Pärtel

      Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01170.x

  2. Original Articles

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorial
    3. Original Articles
    4. Reviewers List
    1. Active restoration of woody canopy dominants in degraded South African semi-arid thicket is neither ecologically nor economically feasible (pages 26–34)

      Marius L. van der Vyver, Richard M. Cowling, Eileen E. Campbell and Mark Difford

      Article first published online: 20 OCT 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01162.x

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      We assessed the ecological and economic feasibility of actively restoring biodiversity, in particular planting nursery-propagated native woody canopy species, to differently aged post-restoration stands of semi-arid subtropical thicket naturally dominated by Portulacaria afra (Spekboom). The high restoration cost and low survival of planted propagules of thicket canopy dominant species proved that such active restoration is not feasible.

    2. Resilience, persistence and relationship to standing vegetation in soil seed banks of semi-arid Australian old fields (pages 48–61)

      Andrew J. Scott and John W. Morgan

      Article first published online: 23 AUG 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01153.x

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      Species richness, composition, density and persistence of the seed bank were assessed across a 100 year chronosequence of agricultural abandonment. Resilience varied among parameters but was generally limited and persistent seed banks had low functional importance. Many species appear to be seed limited and full recovery of above-ground species composition may be dependent on seed introduction.

    3. Vegetation changes associated with cattle (Bos taurus) and wombat (Vombatus ursinus) activity in a riparian forest (pages 62–70)

      Philip Borchard and David J. Eldridge

      Article first published online: 2 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01157.x

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      Wombats construct large burrow systems and mounds in stream banks, and utilize the tracks created by cattle. Fewer plant species were recorded on mounds and tracks compared to control microsites and more species at high cattle use sites. Ehrharta erecta and Pennisetum clandestinum were indicators of high cattle sites. Tradescantia fluminensis and Ageratina riparia were indicators of low cattle sites.

    4. Restoration of native vegetation following exclosure establishment on communal grazing lands in Tigray, Ethiopia (pages 71–83)

      Wolde Mekuria and Edzo Veldkamp

      Article first published online: 4 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01145.x

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      In the northern highlands of Ethiopia, establishment of exclosures on communal grazing lands is a viable option to restore degraded native vegetation. The increase in economically important indigenous species with exclosure age is encouraging and suggests that, with time, a valuable afromontane forest may develop. As their area increases, with time, exclosures may become important for their role in the landscape ecology of the region as refuges and species pools.

    5. Recolonization of vascular epiphytes in a shaded coffee agroecosystem (pages 99–107)

      Tarin Toledo-Aceves, José G. García-Franco, Adriana Hernández-Rojas and Keith MacMillan

      Article first published online: 17 JUN 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01140.x

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      An analysis was made of the recolonization of vascular epiphytes following a severe disturbance in a shaded coffee plantation. In terms of both biomass and diversity, the study reveals that the epiphyte community is capable of much faster recovery than has been reported previously in other tropical ecosystems. Eight - nine years after complete removal, epiphyte biomass had recovered to 35% of that found in the control sites.

    6. Traits and growth of liana regeneration in primary and secondary forests of Central Amazonia (pages 108–118)

      Mareike Roeder, Dirk Hölscher and Isolde D. Kossmann-Ferraz

      Article first published online: 1 AUG 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01152.x

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      Plant functional traits of liana regeneration (< 1.7-m length) in Central Amazonia were more similar in the primary forest and differed substantially from two types of secondary forests (land use history included burning and pasture use or just clear cut). Canopy cover could only partly explain the observed differences in traits.

    7. The age of Calluna stands moderates post-fire regeneration rate and trends in northern Calluna heathlands (pages 119–128)

      Liv G. Velle, Liv S. Nilsen and Vigdis Vandvik

      Article first published online: 8 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01144.x

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      We studied revegetation dynamics after experimental fires set in young and old coastal heathland in Norway, and found that young heath showed faster and more uniform succession towards pre-fire community composition and structure than old heath. Vegetative regeneration of Calluna vulgaris was absent in both old and young heath, but Calluna still regained dominance within 5-7 years in all stands.

    8. Response of blanket bog vegetation to drain-blocking (pages 129–135)

      Paul E. Bellamy, Leigh Stephen, Iain S. Maclean and Murray C. Grant

      Article first published online: 18 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01151.x

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      Cover of vegetation indicative of dry conditions and degraded bog was lower close to drainage channels on blanket bog that had been blocked compared with unblocked drains. The cover of healthy bog vegetation increased with time since blocking, suggesting that ecological restoration of blanket bog through blocking of existing drains can be an effective restoration tool for blanket bog.

    9. The influence of environment, management and site context on species composition of summer arable weed vegetation in Hungary (pages 136–144)

      Gyula Pinke, Péter Karácsony, Bálint Czúcz, Zoltán Botta-Dukát and Attila Lengyel

      Article first published online: 20 SEP 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01158.x

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      The abundance of weed flora and environmental, management and site context factors were measured in 243 fields. Most variation in species composition was explained by plot location. Variation partitioning revealed that environmental variables accounted for twice more variance than management variables, but the relative impact of management variables was larger in field cores than in field edges.

  3. Reviewers List

    1. Top of page
    2. Editorial
    3. Original Articles
    4. Reviewers List
    1. Reviewers List (pages 158–159)

      Article first published online: 18 JAN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01178.x