Journal of Vegetation Science

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Chief Editors: Meelis Pärtel and Valério D. Pillar, with Alessandro Chiarucci and Milan Chytrý (Chair of the Editors)

Impact Factor: 2.924

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 4/64 (Forestry); 43/212 (Plant Sciences); 45/153 (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 2016 / 2017

Mapping plant community ecology
M. Partel, A. Chiarucci, M. Chytrý and V. D. Pillar

Assessing community and ecosystem sensitivity to climate change – toward a more comparative approach
M. D. Smith, K. R. Wilcox, S. A. Power, D. T. Tissue and A. K. Knapp

Why wood density varies across communities
N. G. Swenson and J. Zambrano

The species pool concept as a framework for studying patterns of plant diversity
M. Zobel

Does tree canopy closure moderate the effect of climate warming on plant species composition of temperate Himalayan oak forest?
K. P. Bhatta and O. R. Vetaas

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  1. Tolerance of fen mosses to submergence, and the influence on moss community composition and ecosystem resilience

    Andrea Borkenhagen and David J. Cooper

    Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12610

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    Flood disturbance in peatlands can lead to mortality of intolerant moss species and altered ecosystem function. We show that differential tolerances of certain dominant fen mosses to submergence duration and resulting shifts in moss community composition can provide stability in these key boreal ecosystems.

  2. Impacts of an invasive plant on primary production: Testing a functional trait-based framework with a greenhouse experiment

    Kenny Helsen, Rozália E. Kapás, Grete Rakvaag, James D. M. Speed and Bente J. Graae

    Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12619

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    In a greenhouse experiment, we introduced the invasive plant Impatiens glandulifera to natural vegetation turves. With this experiment, we show how invasion-induced increases in community productivity are effectuated through both the introduction of different functional trait values by the invader and shifts in the co-occurring species trait set, illustrating the potential of trait-based approaches for invasion-effect studies.

  3. Elevation patterns of plant diversity and recent altitudinal range shifts in Sinai's high-mountain flora

    Peter Coals, Avi Shmida, Amiel Vasl, Nasr Mansour Duguny and Francis Gilbert

    Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12618

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    We compare altitudinal distributions of plants in the South Sinai mountains between the 1970s and 2014 using an approach considering both upper and lower altitudinal limits. We find there has been a long-term shift in altitudinal range in South Sinai's mountain flora. This is the first record of simultaneous upper and lower altitudinal range shifts in the Middle East.

  4. Changes in vegetation structure and fuel characteristics along post-fire succession promote alternative stable states and positive fire–vegetation feedbacks

    Florencia Tiribelli, Thomas Kitzberger and Juan Manuel Morales

    Version of Record online: 14 MAR 2018 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12620

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    Understanding post-fire flammability trajectories is crucial to predict fire-vegetation feedbacks. We studied changes in vegetation structure and fuel characteristics along post-fire succession in two communities of NW Patagonia: resprouting shrublands and closed-canopy forests. We found a neutral feedback for shrublands and a positive one for forests, making the later especially sensitive to changes in fire regimes driven by global change.

  5. Long-term vegetation changes of treeless heath communities in northern Fennoscandia: Links to climate change trends and reindeer grazing

    Tuija Maliniemi, Jutta Kapfer, Patrick Saccone, Anu Skog and Risto Virtanen

    Accepted manuscript online: 14 MAR 2018 09:57AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12630