Journal of Vegetation Science

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

Impact Factor: 3.151

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/66 (Forestry); 34/209 (Plant Sciences); 39/150 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1654-1103

Associated Title(s): Applied Vegetation Science

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The following are the most downloaded papers in Journal of Vegetation Science during 2015 / 2014

Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation?Angela T. Moles, Sarah E. Perkins, Shawn W. Laffan, et al.

Spatial scale resolves the niche versus neutral theory debate.Jonathan M. Chase.

Plant assemblages do not respond homogenously to local variation in environmental conditions: functional responses differ with species identity and abundance.Bright B. Kumordz, David A. Wardle and Grégoire T. Freschet.

Quantifying multimodal trait distributions improves trait-based predictions of species abundances and functional diversity.Daniel C. Laughlin, Chaitanya Joshi, Sarah J. Richardson, et al.

Between- and within-species trait variability and the assembly of sapling communities in forest patches.Marcos B. Carlucci, Vanderlei J. Debastiani, Valério D. Pillar and Leandro D. S. Duarte.

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  1. Divergence in a Neotropical forest during 33 years of succession following clear-cutting

    Samir G. Rolim, Rafael E. Machado and Valério D. Pillar

    Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12502

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    We analyzed successional trajectories of floristic composition after clear-cutting in five permanent sample plots along 33 yr in a tropical forest of Brazil. Our findings showed divergent trajectories, which have their own attractors: the surrounding old-growth stands towards which the composition of the regenerating community tends to return.

  2. Grazing moderates increases in C3 grass abundance over seven decades across a soil texture gradient in shortgrass steppe

    David J. Augustine, Justin D. Derner, Daniel Milchunas, Dana Blumenthal and Lauren M. Porensky

    Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12508

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    Over the past seven decades, C3 grasses have increased ~5-fold in the presence and ~15-fold in the absence of grazing in this semiarid grassland, with C4 shortgrasses and taller C3 grasses now co-dominating ungrazed communities. Recovery from drought and dust storms of the 1930s as well as increasing atmospheric [CO2] may underlie long-term increases in C3 grass abundance.

  3. A new aspect of grassland vegetation dynamics: cyanobacterium colonies affect establishment success of plants

    Judit Sonkoly, Orsolya Valkó, Balázs Deák, Tamás Miglécz, Katalin Tóth, Szilvia Radócz, András Kelemen, Milán Riba, Gábor Vasas, Béla Tóthmérész and Péter Török

    Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12503

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    Cyanobacterium colonies appear in several open habitats, especially in alkali grasslands, yet, their effects on the vegetation are rather unknown. We tested the effect of cyanobacteria on the germination and growth of alkali grassland species, and we found species-specific effects. We suggest that cyanobacteria play an important role in shaping the vegetation of affected grasslands.

  4. Evidence of extinction debt through the survival and colonization of each species in semi-natural grasslands

    Chiaki Otsu, Hayato Iijima, Takuo Nagaike and Yoshinobu Hoshino

    Accepted manuscript online: 31 JAN 2017 09:45AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12514

  5. Disturbance maintains native and exotic plant species richness in invaded grassy woodlands

    Don A. Driscoll

    Accepted manuscript online: 31 JAN 2017 09:45AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12513