Press Release: Ice cave reveals environmental forcing of long-term Pyrenean treeline dynamics

Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) press release.  An international research group led by the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC) in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza, Aberystwyth University (UK) and Bern Universität (Switzerland) have reconstructed long-term treeline dynamics from the Central Pyrenees for the first time. The results, published in Journal of Ecology, demonstrate that…

Volume 106, Issue 6

Volume 106, Issue 6 of Journal of Ecology is now online! This issue includes 25 papers, 2 of which are Open Access therefore free to view without a subscription. The first article is an essay review by Gbadamassi Dossa et al. on the subject of wood decomposition. The article reviews the role of bark cover and bark traits in…

All about the EcoFlora database

In the new Biological Flora database, the species account listings also include links to other useful resources, one of which is the EcoFlora database. Dr Henry Ford manages the EcoFlora database, and tells us more about it below.  The Ecological Flora of the British Isles is a database constructed from a wide variety of sources initially…

BFBI: Ulmus glabra

The latest Biological Flora of the British Isles account is Ulmus glabra, written by Peter Thomas, Duncan Stone, and Nicole La Porta. Peter Thomas tells us more about Ulmus glabra in the blog post below. Find this account, and the rest of the series, online in the new BFBI database.  A recent visit to Aberdeen was…

Meet the Biological Flora Associate Editors

The Journal of Ecology team are delighted to present the new Biological Flora of the British Isles database! Accounts covering over 300 species have been published to date – find them all in the new database. You can read editor Tony Davy’s introduction to the database, and below, you can find out more about the Associate…

The new Biological Flora of the British Isles database

The Journal of Ecology team are delighted to present the new Biological Flora of the British Isles database! Accounts covering over 300 species have been published to date – find them all in the new database. BFBI Editor Tony Davy introduces the database below.  Have you ever struggled to find out whether there is an…

Darwin’s naturalization conundrum reconciled

Eva Malecore tells us more about her newly published paper about the effects of phylogenetic distance on seedling emergence… In his “Origin of Species” of 1859, Charles Darwin expressed the hypothesis that exotic species more closely related to the native community would be more likely to naturalize, since they would share preadaptation to the local environment.…

Press release: Study uses herbarium samples to understand link between climate change and insect herbivory

Harvard University press release A first-of-its-kind study used herbarium specimens to track insect herbivory across more than a century, and found that, across four species – shagbark hickory (Carya ovata), swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), showy tick trefoil (Desmodium canadense) and wild lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) – specimens collected in the early 2000s were 23%…