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); 42/211 (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 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. Variation of the biotic neighbourhood and topographic effects on tree survival in an old-growth temperate forest

    Yu Zhu, Huiying Cai, Feng Jiang and Guangze Jin

    Accepted manuscript online: 20 SEP 2017 05:20AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12580

  2. Scaling α- and β-diversity: bryophytes along an elevational gradient on a subtropical oceanic Island (La Palma, Canary Islands)

    Raquel Hernández-Hernández, Paulo A. V. Borges, Rosalina Gabriel, François Rigal, Claudine Ah-Peng and Juana María González-Mancebo

    Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12573

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    Changes occurring on biodiversity along elevational gradients and how species distribution patterns are affected by spatial scale is a key topic in ecology. In this study we aim to increase the understanding of the spatial organization of bryophyte diversity at different scales along an insular elevational gradient in La Palma (Canary Islands).

  3. Invasion of Ligustrum lucidum (Oleaceae) in subtropical secondary forests of NW Argentina: declining growth rates of abundant native tree species

    Agustina Malizia, Oriana Osinaga-Acosta, Priscila Ana Powell and Roxana Aragón

    Version of Record online: 19 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12572

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    Ligustrum lucidum is invading post-agricultural native secondary forests. On average, native tree individuals grew 65% less in exotic neighborhoods (under L. lucidum trees) compared to native neighborhoods (under native trees). While invading, L. lucidum competed with native abundant tree species that compose the main structure of the forest canopy. In the future, L. lucidum may alter forest dynamics and ecosystem functioning.

  4. Are diversity trends in western Scandinavia influenced by post-glacial dispersal limitation?

    Vivian A. Felde, John-Arvid Grytnes, Anne E. Bjune, Sylvia M. Peglar and H. John B. Birks

    Version of Record online: 18 SEP 2017 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12569

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    We explore how plant diversity patterns along a latitudinal gradient in western Scandinavia have changed over the last 8000 yrs using pollen data from 32 sites. A trend of decreasing diversity with higher latitudes has been stable during this time period although the diversity per site has steadily increased with time. Our findings suggest a role of post-glacial dispersal limitation.

  5. Long-term community change: bryophytes are more responsive than vascular plants to nitrogen deposition and warming

    Antoine Becker Scarpitta, Jacques Bardat, Arnault Lalanne and Mark Vellend

    Accepted manuscript online: 14 SEP 2017 03:02AM EST | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12579