Special Issue "Plant Community Ecology: From Theory to Practice"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020).
Interests: biodiversity conservation; rarefaction methods; plant ecology; biological invasion; sampling design; spatial autocorrelation; diversity patterns; multivariate analysis
Interests: monitoring restoration; cross-taxon congruence; grassland ecology; biodiversity conservation; biodiversity assessment
Interests: use of floristic and vegetation data to prioritize sites for the conservation of botanical diversity multitaxa approach; landscape scale analyses, studies on the effects of fragmentation on biodiversity; definition of ecological networks at different scale; conservation social sciences and Invasive Alien Species
Plant community ecology is the study of the organization and functioning of plant communities. It includes the study of the interactions between species, the evolutionary pathways of adaptation to the environment where plants live, and the dynamics and structure of the community. This discipline is based on common definitions and analytical methodologies that date back decades. To date, the relevant scientific literature has focused on plant community definitions, coexistence theories, assembly rules, pattern of species richness and surrogacy, sampling strategies, and data analysis methods. This Special Issue is dedicated to debates around the modern concept of plant communities both from a theoretical and an applied point of view. The issue will bring together a collection of valuable articles that will serve as a foundation for innovative ideas and as a reference point for the future.
Prof. Giovanni Bacaro
Dr. Simona Maccherini
Dr. Michela Marignani
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- Species coexistence
- Plant community sampling methods
- Plant species interactions
- Definition of plant community
- Assembly rules
- Diversity patterns
- Community monitoring
- Species–environment relationship