Cover stories: Volume 110 Issue 3

The cover image for our March issue features a white-spectacled bulbul (Pycnonotus xanthopygos) feeding on the fruits of the desert plant Ochradenus baccatus near Eilat, Israel. This image relates to the research article: The survival contest of endozoochory: Conflicting interests in a frugivorous avian–plant mutualism, by Beny Trabelcy, Ido Izhaki, and Yoram Gerchman. Here the author Yoram…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 110 Issue 3

The editor’s choice for our March issue is “The strength and direction of local (mal)adaptation depends on neighbor density and the environment” by Germain et al. Here, Associate Editor Chengjin Chu explains the importance of this research.  Explicitly linking ecology and evolution to comprehensively reveal the interdependence structure of the entangled bank has been a long-standing…

Cover stories: Volume 110 Issue 2

The cover image for our February issue features a Female Asian elephant foraging in a dipterocarp forest of Peninsular Malaysia. This image relates to the research article: The ability to disperse large seeds, rather than body mass alone, defines the importance of animals in a hyper-diverse seed dispersal network, by Lisa Ong, Kim McConkey and Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz.…

Why trait-based ecology is full of surprises

Noémie Pichon discusses her recent article: ‘Intraspecific trait changes have large impacts on community functional composition but do not affect ecosystem function‘. Find out more about this new research into intraspecific trait variation and its importance for understanding community functional composition. Trait variation is as large within as between species, but it doesn’t mean the…

Soil fertility drives plant life down-under

Rachel Standish discusses her recent article: Mycorrhizal symbiosis and phosphorus supply determine interactions among plants with contrasting nutrient-acquisition strategies. Find out more about the importance of below-ground mechanisms for understanding factors determining community structure. The south-west region of Western Australia is a drawcard for plant nerds. Geographic isolation, a stable climate, and ‘quiet’ flat landscape…

Protecting forests reinforces biotic resistance to invasive species

Ninad Avinash Mungi presents inferences from his recent article: Role of species richness and human-impacts in resisting invasive species in tropical forests. Find out how tropical forest manifest resistance towards invasive plants, when protected from anthropogenic impacts. As the decade of ecological restoration unfolds, we invest in strategies to restore ecosystems, uncertain about how our…

Glacier forelands reveal fundamental plant and microbial controls on short-term ecosystem nitrogen retention

Author Franciska de Vries gives her insight into newly published Journal of Ecology article: Glacier forelands reveal fundamental plant and microbial controls on short-term ecosystem nitrogen retention. Franciska and her co-authors investigated how ecosystem nitrogen retention changed with succession across glacier forelands, in a project that was funded by a British Ecological Society research grant.…