Press release: Higher plant species richness may not be enough to protect ecosystems from the worst impacts of climate extremes

University of Antwerp press release Studies on mild fluctuations in weather have provided support for the idea that higher biodiversity results in more stable functioning of ecosystems, but critical appraisal of the evidence from extreme event studies is lacking. Higher plant species richness is not always sufficient to reduce ecosystem vulnerability to climate extremes, as…

It takes a microclimate to raise a pinyon tree

Colorado State University press release With all the discussion about global climate change effects, new research published in Journal of Ecology shows that another kind of climate is an important factor in regional pinyon pine tree recovery after drought events – the microclimate. Microclimates are localized climates found within a larger one, like that of…

How do pine trees guard against drought?

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) press release Do young pines build up food reserves at the expense of growth to enable them to survive longer in the event of a drought? This controversial hypothesis is refuted by a new study carried out by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow…

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…

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…