Special Issue "Plant Community Ecology: From Theory to Practice"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Giovanni Bacaro
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Guest Editor
Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Interests: biodiversity conservation; rarefaction methods; plant ecology; biological invasion; sampling design; spatial autocorrelation; diversity patterns; multivariate analysis
Dr. Simona Maccherini
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Guest Editor
Department of Life Sciences, Università degli Studi di Siena, Siena, Italy
Interests: monitoring restoration; cross-taxon congruence; grassland ecology; biodiversity conservation; biodiversity assessment
Dr. Michela Marignani
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Guest Editor
Department of Environment and Life Sciences , Università di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy
Interests: prioritization of sites for the conservation; surrogacy and multitaxa approach; landscape ecology, biological invasions, fragmentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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