Plant-microbe interactions in nutrient and water limited Australian soils

Holly Vuong, from CSIRO in Canberra, Australia, recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled “Host species and environmental variation can influence rhizobial community composition”. Below, Holly presents the context of her study on plant-microbes interactions in nutrient and water limited Australian soils and summarizes the findings of her experiment. Out of about 1,350 Acacia species in…

Prize Winners 2016

Last week the BES announced the winners of our annual prizes for the best paper by an early career researcher in each of our journals. For Journal of Ecology, Martina Treurnicht has been awarded the Harper Prize and Joshua Daskin and Kris Kramer-Walter were both recognised for highly commended papers. You can view all the papers in…

The Complex Role of Mutualistic Soil Fungi in Plant Invasions

For our next Invasive Species Week blog post, Rebecca Bunn and Ylva Lekberg have contributed a piece about their paper, which is included in our special Invasive Species Virtual Issue. Read their full paper here, free to access for a limited time.  For an exotic plant to become invasive it must outcompete native plants. One of the…

The tortoise and the hare

Dean Pearson is a Research Ecologist based at the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service. In this blog post, he gives some background to his recent Journal of Ecology paper; The tortoise and the hare: reducing resource availability shifts competitive balance between plant species. This week is Invasive Species Week – Dean’s paper was chosen to…

Invasive Species Week 2017

This week is Invasive Species Week! Organised by the NNSS and Defra, Invasive Species Week brings together a range of organisations to raise awareness of invasive non-native species and inspire people to get involved to stop the spread. Each day there is a different theme,  so keep up by following @CheckCleanDryGB or searching #InvasivesWeek. To celebrate, we have decided…

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…

Size matters in African savannas

To mark the Savanna Science Network Meeting 2017 in South Africa, Deron Burkpile has written a blog about his recent study based in Kruger National Park. His paper, based on African savanna herbivores and plant richness, will also have a commentary paper about it in the next issue, so keep an eye out for that! Keep up with…

International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday 8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Needless to say, at Journal of Ecology we’d like to give particular mention to the scientific achievements of women as well. International Women’s Day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender…