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The RainDrop Project at the BES Annual Meeting 2016: a Focus on Long-Term Drought Experiments

It was a pleasant surprise to see some real plants at the BES Annual Meeting in Liverpool. The Ecological Continuity Trust (ECT), a charity supporting long-term ecosystem experiments, had model calcareous grassland communities on display at their stand, along with two different phenotypes of Festuca ovina. These plants were used in a comparative study with…

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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…

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Volume 105, Issue 1

Volume 105 Issue 1 of Journal of Ecology is now available online! The January 2017 issue features 27 papers, including a Special Feature on dispersal processes by guest editors Cristina García, Etienne Klein and Pedro Jordano. The Special Feature – Dispersal processes driving plant movement: range shifts in a changing world – originated from a…

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Fun Times at the BES Annual Meeting 2016

The BES meeting 2016 in Liverpool is now over and what a great meeting it was. Don’t worry: if you could not make it this year, you can hear all about it in the new blog post below from Jane Catford, our new Associate Editor. Jane kindly accepted to share her thoughts with you on the best…

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World Soil Day 2016

For World Soil Day 2016, secretary of the BES Plants, Soils, Ecosystems Special Interest Group, Ellen Fry, has written about the work of the SIG and the importance of World Soil Day… This year on World Soil Day I intend to use my social media platforms to raise awareness of the main issues surrounding soil…

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A natural forest study

For our second contribution for National Tree Week, we hear from authors Zilong Ma and Han Chen, whose recently published paper was included in the special National Tree Week Virtual Issue. Zilong Ma is a PhD student at Lakehead University in Canada, supervised by Han Y.H. Chen who is also an Associate Editor for Journal of Ecology. Research…

National Tree Week 2016 – Virtual Issue

This week is National Tree Week! First celebrated in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest tree celebration. Each year, The Tree Council’s member organisations including voluntary bodies and local authorities, up to 200 schools and community groups, 8000 Tree Wardens and many others, support the initiative by setting up fun, worthwhile and accessible events,…

Ecology and Evolution in Ireland

The first ever meeting of the Irish Ecological Association kicks off today in Sligo and in order to celebrate the meeting and showcase the strength of research being done in Ireland, the IEA has joined forces with the BES journals team to put together an exciting Virtual Issue. The Virtual Issue is free to access and…

From teaching, to research, to Journal of Ecology

In this blog post, Associate Editor Hans Cornelissen writes about the impact his teaching has had on the development of his research and publications over the years… Autumn is always a very busy teaching season for me – my poor excuse for being slow with my editorial activities for this journal (including writing this blog)… yes,…