Throw Another Plant on the Barbecue: Testing the Effects of Plant Invasion on Community Flammability!

Dr Tim Curran and colleagues have written a blog post about their recently accepted paper ‘Community-level flammability declines over 25 years of plant invasion in grasslands‘… It is widely recognised that plant invasions result in changes to fire regimes, in some cases even leading to reduced fire frequency and fire intensity. In our study, we show…

Editor’s Choice 106.2

The Editor’s Choice paper for this issue is Woodland resilience to regional drought: Dominant controls on tree regeneration following overstorey mortality by Miranda Redmond and colleagues. Associate Editor Peter Bellingham has taken a closer look at the paper and shares his thoughts below… All but one of the warmest years since 1880, based on global combined land and…

Volume 106 Issue 2

Volume 106 Issue 2 of Journal of Ecology is now online!  This issue includes a Special Feature titled ‘Mycorrhizal fungi as drivers and modulators of ecosystem processes‘. Edited by Nina Wurzburger and Karina Clemmensen, the special paper brings together 7 papers and an editorial on the topic of how mycorrhizal fungi contribute to ecosystem function. In…

Ducks disperse more than duckweed

Adam Lovas-Kiss (University of Debrecen), Andy Green (Doñana Biological Station) and colleagues recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled “Endozoochory of aquatic ferns and angiosperms by mallards in Central Europe”. Andy tells us more about the paper below. People are generally very keen on mallards and other ducks, especially feeding them in…

In tribute to Michael Proctor

Michael Proctor, an Associate Editor of the Biological Flora of the British Isles series, sadly passed away recently. Tony Davy and Donald Pigott kindly agreed to share their memories of Michael in the below blog post. We have also put together a special virtual issue to celebrate Michael’s contributions to the journal.  The Biological Flora of the British…

Retention or Loss? Ecosystem Nitrogen in an Alpine Meadow

Dr Buqing Yao tells us more about his recently accepted paper titled ‘Ecosystem nitrogen retention is regulated by plant community trait interactions with nutrient status in an alpine meadow‘. Ecosystem nitrogen retention is a crucial function that underpins productivity and ecological processes. However, there is currently no scientific consensus as to the key ecological factors…

Welcome to our new Associate Editors

In the autumn of 2017 the journals of the British Ecological Society conducted its first open call for Associate Editors. Any researcher with relevant experience could apply to join the editorial board of a BES journal. The purpose of the open call was to allow us to move towards a more transparent system of appointing…