Dieback to domination: what have we learned in 45 years about the ecology of common reed?

Jasmine Packer (University of Adelaide) has written a blog post about the keystone coloniser of land and water Phragmites australis (common reed), which is the subject of the issue 105.4 Biological Flora of the British Isles article. Reed beds throughout the world have been supporting animal and human populations since the last ice age. These reed communities…

BFBI: Milium effusum

In this blog post, Pieter De Frenne (Ghent University) talks about his recently published Biological Flora of the British Isles paper on the perennial grass, Milium effusum… The choice of our study species was not easy. It is the year 2007. I have just graduated and started my PhD. I am at a meeting with my supervisors…

Charismatic Orchids

With an estimated >27,000 species, the orchid family is one of the most speciose plant families within the Angiosperms. At the same time, it harbours a large number of threatened species, making it one of the most vulnerable plant families as well. Due to their spectacular floral diversity, orchids have long attracted wide attention from…

Fascination of Plants Day 2013

Journal of Ecology & Fascination of Plants Day 2013 The Editors of the Journal of Ecology are pleased to honour Fascination of Plants Day 2013  by highlighting the most recent accounts in our Biological Flora of the British Isles series.  The series provides a fascinating insight into both common and endangered plant species. The accounts have…