Apparent predation and plant invasions

Michał Bogdziewicz, Nathanael Lichti and Rafał Zwolak recently had their paper about predation and invasions accepted in the journal. You could read more about their paper in the blog post below. Plants throughout the world are dispersed by scatterhoarding animals, including jays, squirrels and chipmunks, wood mice, the neotropical agoutis and agouchies, and kangaroo rats…

Different “ghosts of herbivory past” for soil microbes

Read more about Karin Burghardt and colleagues’ recently published paper on litter decomposition in their blog post below… Often when dead leaves from a plant fall to the ground and begin decomposing, we assume that all leaves from a plant species are equivalent from the perspective of decomposers. This assumption is even formalized in many models of…

Pollination niches of Euro-Mediterranean orchids

Nina Joffard and colleagues recently had their paper on the pollination niches of orchids accepted in Journal of Ecology. The authors tell us more about their paper below… Plant-pollinator interactions can be seen as part of species’ ecological niches. One of the major challenges in the study of these interactions is to determine what factors underlie…

Spotlight on an endangered herb: Hypericum cumulicola

For Endangered Species Day 2018, Pedro Quintana Ascencio and Eric Menges have written a blog post about their recently published paper on the population dynamics of Hypericum cumulicola, an endangered herb across a range of landscape drivers. We are convinced that limited spatial replication and short study intervals can hinder our ability to adequately understand and predict population dynamics.…

Seeing the woods through the saplings

Erika Berenguer and colleagues recently had a paper on human-modified tropical forests published in Journal of Ecology. Erika tells us more about her paper below… Walking through an undisturbed Amazonian forest is one of those unique experiences – the abundance of sounds, colors, and smells can be overwhelming. Underneath towering trees, smaller trees in line with…

When and where does dispersal limitation matter in primary succession?

Kobayashi Makoto and Scott Wilson recently had a mini-review article published in Journal of Ecology about dispersal limitation and primary succession. Makoto tells us more about the article in his blog post below. Ultimately, primary succession starts with the dispersal of propagules on to new substrate (Photo 1). However, little is known about where and…

Plant-pollinator networks in the tropics

Camila Souza and colleagues recently had their paper on plant‐pollinator networks published in Journal of Ecology. Read more about the paper in the blog post below. Many plants depend on pollinators for reproduction, especially in the tropics. The interaction between plants and pollinators in a community form complex networks which may change in structure across…

Fungi made it first: Potential consequences for advancing tree lines

Dominik Merges (PhD candidate, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre) has written a blog post about his recently published Journal of Ecology article about the spatial patterns of plant-associated fungi.  When you think of Swiss alpine valleys, you might think of gentle mountain slopes covered with conifers (see picture 1). These tree line forests present…

Toward an Integrative Approach to Assess Ozone Impacts on Forest Growth

Maxime Cailleret and colleagues from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (Switzerland) recently published a review titled ‘Ozone effects on European forest growth – Towards an integrative approach‘. Maxime tell us more about the paper below. Tropospheric ozone is a key greenhouse gas responsible for 5-16% of the global temperature change since preindustrial…