Applied Vegetation Science

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Chief Editors: Milan Chytrý, with Alessandro Chiarucci, Valerio Pillar, Meelis Pärtel (Chair of the Editors)

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ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 6/66 (Forestry); 57/209 (Plant Sciences); 59/149 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1654-109X

Associated Title(s): Journal of Vegetation Science

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  1. Bioenergy harvest impacts to biodiversity and resilience vary across aspen-dominated forest ecosystems in the Lake States region, USA

    Miranda T. Curzon, Anthony W. D'Amato and Brian J. Palik

    Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12256

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    Does the increase in disturbance associated with removing harvest residues negatively impact biodiversity and resilience in forest ecosystems? Harvest residue removal and maximizing standing biomass in aspen-dominated systems may result in short-term declines in species and functional diversity, but only soil disturbance (compaction and forest floor removal) impacted recovery of community composition over the course of 15 yr.

  2. Traditional burning and mowing practices support high grassland plant diversity by providing intermediate levels of vegetation height and soil pH

    Yuko K. Nagata and Atushi Ushimaru

    Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12252

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    Why have traditional management practices maintained high plant diversity? We compared plant diversity, vegetation height, soil pH and water content between traditionally-managed meadows and those affected by recent management changes in Japan. We demonstrates that traditional management practices combining infrequent burning and mowing provided intermediate levels of vegetation height and soil pH, which supported high plant diversity in oligotrophic meadows.

  3. Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus storage across a growing season by the herbaceous layer in urban and preserved temperate hardwood forests

    Michaeleen Gerken Golay, Janette Thompson and Randall Kolka

    Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12253

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    Subtle differences in herbaceous community composition affected seasonal biomass quantities and nutrient capture in forests. Aboveground plant tissue provides important storage of nutrients in spring (contributing to the ‘vernal dam’), and belowground plant tissue provides important storage of nutrients in autumn (creating an ‘autumnal dam’). This finding is important to guide restoration actions that can enhance seasonally variable ecosystem services.

  4. Biotic homogenization of herb layer composition between two contrasting beech forest communities on limestone over 50 years

    Steffi Heinrichs and Wolfgang Schmidt

    Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12255

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    We evaluated resurvey data for a nutrient-poor and dry and a nutrient-rich and moist beech forest community and concentrated on homogenization and differentiation dynamics within and between both communities. Our study shows that homogenization takes place across a large environmental gradient and is mainly driven by vegetation dynamics in the nutrient poor community at marginal sites with high conservation value.

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    A multifaceted view on the impacts of shrub encroachment (pages 369–370)

    Fernando T. Maestre, David J. Eldridge and Santiago Soliveres

    Version of Record online: 15 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12254

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    Shrub encroachment, a global phenomenon with management implications, is examined in two papers in the current issue of Applied Vegetation Science. Barbosa da Silva et al. show that encroachment simplifies herbaceous community, and Pittarello et al. illustrate how pastoral practices can restore encroached grasslands. While detrimental effects of shrub encroachment on grassland vegetation are often reported, we argue for a more holistic view when assessing this land cover change.

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