A critique for phytosociology
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
2003 IAVS - the International Association of Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 291–296, April 2003
How to Cite
Ewald, J. (2003), A critique for phytosociology. Journal of Vegetation Science, 14: 291–296. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2003.tb02154.x
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2009
- Received 4 February 2002; Revision received 30 December 2002; Accepted 11 March 2003.
- Braun-Blanquet approach;
- Plant community ecology
Abstract. Phytosociology is a subdiscipline of plant ecology that describes the co-occurrence of plant species in communities. Gradient analysis and classification are its complementary tools. Various peculiarities and anachronisms of Central European phytosociology conceal its similarity with Anglo-American approaches. Phytosociology deserves to be updated as a part of modern vegetation science that can build on a vast heritage of high-quality data and the tools to store and analyse them in ways that go beyond syntaxonomy. By providing a context to more specialized pure and applied research, it has a crucial role to play in understanding community structure, ecosystem functioning and biological evolution.