IAVS konferencia Palermoban
Convened by Péter Török & Aveliina Helm
The involvement of ecological theory in habitat conservation and restoration has significantly increased in the past decade. However, despite the fact that the field of restoration ecology has grown academically strong, there are still visible gaps between the advancing discipline of theoretical ecology and current approaches of habitat restoration. It is necessary to improve joint thinking by improving the inclusion of recent ecological theories to practical habitat conservation and restoration, as well as by introducing a practical-problem-driven theoretical research. The session aims to (i) improve linkages between theoretical ecology, restoration and conservation strategies; and to (ii) summarise the practical needs of restoration and conservation that need further support from theoretical ecology.
Faces of hidden diversity: Dispersal and regeneration traits in vegetation dynamics
Convened by Orsolya Valkó, Péter Török, Béla Tóthmérész, Alessandra Fidelis & Borja Jiménez- Alfaro
The regeneration niche, seed dispersal in space and time (seed rain and seed banks), germination or dormancy, represent major but often unexplored factors of species assembly and functional diversity. The aim of this special session is to discuss the role of seed traits in vegetation patterns, the dynamic of plant communities and restoration practice. Studies introducing theoretical and practical aspects of trait-based approaches for understanding colonization and establishment of species in natural or semi-natural communities are welcome.