Editor’s Choice 105.1 – Elephants trump fire in the Kruger

External disturbances are powerful drivers of community and ecosystem reorganization over most of the Earth’s terrestrial surface. As such, they cause losses of plant biomass, reset succession, modify stocks and fluxes of nutrients, and change trophic dynamics. Furthermore, most ecosystems are subjected to multiple disturbance agents, and these disturbances do not operate in isolation from…

Editor’s Choice 104:5

The Editor’s Choice paper for Issue 104:5 is titled ‘On the link between functional traits and growth rate: meta-analysis shows effects change with plant size, as predicted’ and was written by a team from the Department of Biological Sciences of Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Many thanks to authors Anaïs Gibert, Daniel Falster and Mark Westoby for providing some…

Editor’s Choice 104:4

Issue 104:4 is now online and the Editor’s Choice paper from this issue is Latitudinal variation in herbivory: hemispheric asymmetries and the role of climatic drivers by Zhang et al.

Associate Editor Richard Shefferson has written a post about the paper below.

Editor’s Choice 104:3

Issue 104:3 is now online and the Editor’s Choice paper from this issue is Bioclimatic envelope models predict a decrease in tropical forest carbon stocks with climate change in Madagascar by Vieilledent et al. Associate Editor Emily Lines has written a post about the paper below. Editor’s Choice 104:3 Whether or not forest carbon stores will…

Editor’s Choice 104:2

Issue 104:2 of Journal of Ecology is available online. The latest Editor’s Choice paper is Herbivore intoxication as a potential primary function of an inducible volatile plant signal by Veyrat et al.  Senior Editor Amy Austin has written a commentary on what makes the paper so important below. Far from indolent, maize plants work to emit…

Editor’s Choice 103:6

The Editor’s Choice paper for issue 103:6 is “Fog as a source of nitrogen for redwood trees: evidence from fluxes and stable isotopes” by Templer et al.  Journal of Ecology Editor Amy Austin has written a commentary on the paper below, which is part of a new Special Feature on biogeochemical cycling edited by Amy…

Editor’s Choice 103:5

Why aren’t cushion plants always the best facilitators? Consequences of eco-evo processes in alpine systems. In recent decades facilitation in plant communities has moved from being largely neglected to a well-established phenomenon (Brooker et al. 2008). However, the simple picture of greater facilitation in stressful environments is gradually fading. Not only does abiotic stress change…

Editor’s Choice 103:4

Plant invaders: same difference? To paraphrase Tolstoy, is each plant invader alike, or is each invasive in its own way? Among the hundreds of papers on this subject that have been published in the last two decades, a paper by Bezeng and colleagues stands out as an unusually thorough investigation in a flora of great…