Falling seed size in forest fruits after Amazonian fires

Author Joseph Hawes discusses recently published Journal of Ecology article: A large-scale assessment of plant dispersal mode and seed traits across human-modified Amazonian forests by Hawes et al.  Find out more about the effects of disturbance on functional traits related to seed dispersal in a tropical forest and the implications of this for the future.…

Year of the Rat – the role of rodents in plant ecology

To celebrate Chinese New Year we’ve compiled a list of rodent-related papers that have been published in Journal of Ecology. Rodents act as seed predators and seed dispersers for many different plant species. While it’s the Year of the Rat we will be featuring research on many different members of the rodent family! Find out…

Editor’s Choice: Volume 107 Issue 6

The Editor’s Choice article for Volume 107 Issue 6 is a study by Quintana‐Ascencio et al., which looks at the role of seed dormancy, dispersal and fire history on plant population dynamics, distribution and abundance. Associate Editor, Shurong Zhou, discusses this new research paper in more detail. Biodiversity conservation and management depend on our understanding of population dynamics at…

Video mash up of ballistic seed dispersal in action

Daniel Chapman and Alan Gray have a paper ou in the Journal titled “Complex interactions between the wind and ballistic seed dispersal in Impatiens glandulifera (Royle)”. Read the paper here. Daniel has provided some video of ballistic seed dispersal, and we have mashed it up with an open source music clip for your viewing pleasure.