Volume 108 Issue 4

Volume 108 Issue 4 of Journal of Ecology is now available online!


Our latest issue features a variety of fascinating articles, including research on the rapid evolution of a legume–rhizobium mutualism in restored prairies, evidence that changing precipitation patterns adversely affect floral resources and pollinator attraction in agricultural grasslands and insights into the seasonal succession of functional traits in phytoplankton communities.

You can also read our new Biological Flora of the British Isles account on Poa nemoralis. Wood Meadow‐grass is a characteristic grass of temperate, deciduous ancient woodlands across large parts of the British Isles and elsewhere in its Eurasian range, as well as in secondary habitats such as hedgerows.


The Editor’s Choice paper for this issue is “Additive negative effects of decadal warming and nitrogen addition on grassland community stability” by Wu et al.

The results of this research suggest that ongoing anthropogenic environmental changes may have appreciable consequences for the stability of natural grassland functions and services.

You can find out more about this paper in our Editor’s Choice blog post (to be published shortly).

The cover image for this issue was taken by Carine Emer and links to the article “Alien plants and flower visitors disrupt the seasonal dynamics of mutualistic networks” by Arroyo‐Correa, Burkle & Emer.

This photograph shows a native bee (Leioproctus fulvescens, Colletidae) visiting flowers of the alien plant Cirsium arvense (Asteraceae) in invaded subalpine communities of the Cass River basin, located in the South Island of New Zealand.

Read our new Cover Story to discover more about this photograph. This recent author blog post also offers further insight into this research paper.


Here are some of the other eye-catching images that were submitted to Journal of Ecology this issue:

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