Editor’s Choice 105.4

Nutrient-poor grasslands cover a substantial portion of the terrestrial surface and provide important ecosystem services ranging from forage and livestock production to stabilization of erosion-prone soils. The future of these grasslands under increased drought frequency and severity is difficult to predict, especially given the complex ecological interactions and feedbacks among plants, other organisms, and physical…

Volume 105, Issue 4

Volume 105 Issue 4 of Journal of Ecology is now online! The July 2017 issue of Journal of Ecology includes a special feature titled; Ecological solutions to global food security. Edited by David Gibson and Richard Bardgett, this special feature considers the ways that plant ecologists can help meet the challenges of food production and…

Three days of plant ecology in Germany

Journal of Ecology Associate Editors Jane Catford and Rob Salguero-Gómez were both keynote speakers at this year’s PopBio conference. Here is their report… A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of attending PopBio2017 in Halle, Germany. This was the 30th annual conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria…

Lianas stifle tree fruit and seed production in tropical forests

Press release from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Woody vines, known as lianas, compete intensely with trees and their numbers are on the rise in many tropical forests around the world. A new study, published in Journal of Ecology, from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama shows that lianas prevent canopy trees from…

BES Journals at Macroecology of Alien Species Symposium

Here at the BES publishing team we’re looking forward to next month’s symposium entitled The Macroecology of Alien Species: Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Global Biotic Exchange, where Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology and Journal of Applied Ecology will be sponsoring a drinks reception. The symposium will be held in the lovely and…

Interactive Effects of Rainfall, Fire and Herbivory on Plant Resprouting

In this new podcast video, Katherine Giljohann presents the findings of her recent study, accepted for publication in Journal of Ecology, and titled “Interactions between rainfall, fire and herbivory drive resprouter vital rates in a semi-arid ecosystem“. This study was part of Katherine’s PhD project which looked at optimal management planning for biodiversity conservation in disturbance-prone environments. The video…

Press Release: Mistletoe research may keep you healthy

State University of New York at Geneseo Press Release A new study published in Journal of Ecology examines the spread of mistletoe – a parasitic plant – and finds that the plant’s success is determined not only by its compatibility with a host tree but also whether or not the plants’ fruiting seasons overlap. Knowing…

Tropical trees, lianas, and spatial structure

Adam Clark (University of Minnesota) has just had his paper accepted in Journal of Ecology. Below, Adam tells us more about his study… Plant communities in the tropical forests of Central and South America are famously diverse, and by some estimates are home to more than a third of all tree species on earth. Two processes…