How abiotic context affects plant invasions mechanisms

Mariana Chiuffo discusses her recent paper: ‘Importance of invasion mechanisms varies with abiotic context and plant invader growth form‘. You can also read this blog post in Spanish here. Human activity has caused an unprecedented geographic reorganization of non-native plants. At a global level, 3.9% of vascular plants have become naturalized somewhere else (van Kleunen…

How is polyploidy affecting the evolution and diversity of plant functional traits? the case of Dianthus broteri complex

Javier López-Jurado discusses recent article: Polyploidy promotes divergent evolution across the leaf economics spectrum and plant edaphic niche in the Dianthus broteri complex. Find out more about role of polyploidy – the state of having more than two paired sets of chromosomes – in overcoming constraints for the evolution of plant functional traits. Major functional traits in…

Cover stories: Impacts of snowmelt & species interactions on plant population dynamics

The cover image for our May issue features a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) visiting flowers of the plant Ipomopsis aggregata in Gothic, CO, USA. This image relates to the research article: Comparative impacts of long-term trends in snowmelt and species interactions on plant population dynamics, by Diane Campbell, Mary Price, Nickolas Waser, Rebecca Irwin,…

Cover stories: Ginkgo biloba

The cover image for our April issue shows the diversity of leaf morphology from the fallen leaves of a single Ginkgo biloba tree, located in monitored plots at the Zijingang Campus, Zhejiang University, China. The image relates to the International Biological Flora: Ginkgo biloba, by Han-Yang Lin et al. ✏️A note from the Editor, Anthony Davy: The April cover…

Elisabeth Ward – Harper Prize Shortlist

Throughout April, we are featuring the articles shortlisted for the 2021 Harper Prize. The Harper Prize is an annual award for the best early career research paper published in Journal of Ecology. Elisabeth Ward’s article ‘Ericoid mycorrhizal shrubs alter the relationship between tree mycorrhizal dominance and soil carbon and nitrogen‘ was one of those shortlisted for the award. ⭐️About…

Paula Berenstecher – Harper Prize Shortlist

Throughout April, we are featuring the articles shortlisted for the 2021 Harper Prize. The Harper Prize is an annual award for the best early career research paper published in Journal of Ecology. Paula Berenstecher et al.’s article ‘Worlds apart: Location above- or below-ground determines plant litter decomposition in a semi-arid Patagonian steppe‘ was one of those shortlisted for this…

Dina in ‘t Zandt – Harper Prize Shortlist

Throughout April, we are featuring the articles shortlisted for the 2021 Harper Prize. The Harper Prize is an annual award for the best early career research paper published in Journal of Ecology. Dina in ‘t Zandt et al.’s article ‘Species abundance fluctuations over 31 years are associated with plant–soil feedback in a species-rich mountain meadow‘ was one of those…