Journal of Vegetation Science

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

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); 39/149 (Ecology)

Online ISSN: 1654-1103

Associated Title(s): Applied Vegetation Science


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  1. Research Articles

    1. Forest structure as a predictor of tree species diversity in the North Carolina Piedmont

      Christopher R. Hakkenberg, Conghe Song, Robert K. Peet and Peter S. White

      Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12451

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      Using a large, geographically distributed sample of forest vegetation plots from the North Carolina Piedmont, USA, we found measures of forest structure to predict a substantial portion of the variance in tree species diversity. These findings highlight the empirical basis for using remotely sensed structural data as an effective predictor for modeling tree diversity over large geographic extents.

  2. Forum

    1. Lack of demographic equilibrium indicates natural, large-scale forest dynamics, not a problematic forest conservation policy – a reply to Brzeziecki et al.

      Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Andrzej Bobiec and Amy Elizabeth Eycott

      Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12458

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      Brzeziecki et al. (Journal of Vegetation Science, 27, 2016, 460) attribute insufficient tree recruitment in Białowieża National Park to the strict protection regime in place since the 1920s. Neither their conclusions on the cause of the lack of demographic equilibrium, nor the consequences, loss of tree-associated biodiversity, can be supported by the data. Looking from the wider ecosystem perspective, near-natural forest manifests population dynamics at considerably larger and longer scales than the source data provides.

  3. Research Articles

    1. The effects of environmental constraints on plant community organization depend on which traits are measured

      Julia C. Sfair, Bruno H.P. Rosado and Marcelo Tabarelli

      Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12453

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      Our findings reinforce the notion that plant assemblages at the local scale do not represent a random subset from the regional flora or species pool, but rather particular combinations of trait values related to conservative resource-use due to environmental filter.

    2. Recent changes in alpine vegetation differ among plant communities

      Alexander Gritsch, Thomas Dirnböck and Stefan Dullinger

      Version of Record online: 26 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12447

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      We analysed recent changes in three non-summit plant communities of the northeastern Calcareous Alps. We found consistent changes in temperature indicator values but idiosyncratic trends in alpha-, beta- and gamma-diversity of the three communities. We conclude that the recent rapid increase in species numbers commonly reported from mountain tops cannot readily be generalized to all temperate high mountain vegetation.

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      Do composition and richness of woody plants vary between gaps and closed canopy patches in subtropical forests?

      Lila N. Sharma, John-Arvid Grytnes, Inger E. Måren and Ole R. Vetaas

      Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12445

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      We compare richness and composition of woody species between gaps and closed canopy patches in subtropical Shorea robusta forest. We did not find that gaps enhance overall woody species richness, but gaps maintain tree richness by supporting seedling to sapling transition. Higher sapling richness and occurrence of some gap-specific saplings suggest that gap provide important regeneration niches for some tree species.

    4. Temporal shifts in the interaction between woody resprouters and an obligate seeder tree during a post-fire succession in Patagonia

      Jennifer B. Landesmann, Juan H. Gowda and Thomas Kitzberger

      Version of Record online: 2 AUG 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12430

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      Studying temporal changes in interactions within fire-prone plant communities is important because shifts in dominant life-history traits may alter flammability and thus fire occurrence. Through the study of radial growth we show how the interaction between woody resprouters and an obligate seeder tree changes along post-fire succession. Our work contributes to understand how long-lived plant interactions may influence fire-vegetation feedbacks.

    5. Linking the impacts of plant invasion on community functional structure and ecosystem properties

      Pilar Castro-Díez, Aníbal Pauchard, Anna Traveset and Montserrat Vilà

      Version of Record online: 25 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12429

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      Invasive plants tend to reduce the species richness of local communities. We explore the consequences of species changes, caused by the invader Carpobrotus spp., from a functional perspective. We compared indexes of functional structure between invaded and non-invaded plots, and related these indexes with ecosystem processes. This approach provides more insight on the functional consequences of plant invasions.

    6. Both below-ground and above-ground functional traits can help predict levee grassland root length density as a proxy for flow erosion resistance

      Kenny Helsen, Wouter Vannoppen, Olivier Honnay and Jean Poesen

      Version of Record online: 21 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12442

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      We show that vegetation-level root length density (RLD), a proxy for flow erosion resistance, is correlated with functional diversity and functional composition, likely through non-additive diversity effects and biomass-ratio effects. This illustrates that database collected functional trait values can be used to predict RLD variation for levee grasslands, possibly presenting a non-destructive alternative to assess grassland erosion resistance.

    7. The role of randomization tests in vegetation boundary detection with moving split-window analysis

      László Körmöczi, Zoltán Bátori, László Erdős, Csaba Tölgyesi, Márta Zalatnai and Csaba Varró

      Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12439

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      We demonstrated that the distribution of dissimilarity values used in moving split-window analysis deviates always significantly from the normal distribution. The effect of some randomisation methods was tested on the power of the statistic. We suggest the use of random shift permutation in moving split-window analysis since this is the most sensitive in distinction between significant and non-significant discontinuities.

  4. Reports

    1. A review of software tools for spell-checking taxon names in vegetation databases

      Viktoria Wagner

      Version of Record online: 12 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12432

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      I tested the capacity of six software tools to spell-check taxon names in vegetation data. Specifically, I evaluated their ability to proofread names across different taxonomic ranks, organism groups, and geographic regions. The Global Names Resolver was the most powerful software tool. Given some general limitations, all reviewed software should be used in a semi-automatic rather than automatic way.

  5. Research Articles

    1. Assessing the factors influencing natural regeneration patterns in the diverse, multi-cohort, and managed forests of Maine, USA

      Arun K. Bose, Aaron Weiskittel, Robert G. Wagner and Christian Kuehne

      Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12433

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      Broad landscape-scale variation in tree seedling composition and abundance in the diverse forests of Maine, USA were examined. Results indicated that mean annual temperature had the strongest influence on both seedling species richness and density, suggesting potential tree seedling sensitivity to climate change in the forests of Maine. However, a variety of other factors were observed to influence tree seedling dynamics.


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