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…

Logging of Borneo’s Rainforests: Impacts on Plant Communities

Timm Döbert, from CSIRO in Australia, recently had a paper published in Journal of Ecology entitled “Logging increases the functional and phylogenetic dispersion of understorey plant communities in tropical lowland rainforest”. Below, his co-author Bruce Webber describes the context of the research and highlight the main findings of their study. How does logging affect the diversity of rainforest understorey plant…

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…

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…

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…

How do plants stay connected?

Alistair Auffret (Stockholm University) recently had an Essay Review published in Journal of Ecology titled; Plant functional connectivity – integrating landscape structure and effective dispersal. Below, Alistair gives us a background to his paper and more information on the functional connectivity of plants…