Functional EcologyCopyright © 2015 British Ecological Society
A Journal of the British Ecological SocietyEdited by: Charles Fox, Duncan Irschick, Alan Knapp, Ken Thompson and Craig White
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2015: 15/149 (Ecology) Impact Factor: 5.21
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- 9th most highly ranked publication in the Ecology catagory
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Volume 30, Issue 7 out now! Includes our latest Special Feature: Ecosystems, Evolution and Plant–Soil Feedbacks. Read the lay summaries free online here.
Each year the BES awards a prize for the best paper, in each of its journals, by an author at the start of their research career. In this podcast, Alan Knapp talks to Brian Steidinger, winner of the 2015 Haldane Prize for Early Career Research, about his prizewinning paper Variability in potential to exploit different soil organic phosphorus compounds among tropical montane tree species. Read the Virtual issue containing all the winning and highly commended papers here..
How do lizards adjust to life in the city? Lizards may use fences, posts and walls as they do trees in natural forests, but they may not find walls as easy to walk up as trees. Jason Kolbe discusses his recent paper City slickers: poor performance does not deter Anolis lizards from using artificial substrates in human-modified habitats with Duncan Irschick. Read the full paper here.
Emma Sayer and Ken Thompson talk about Emma's virtual issue: Making the Most of Microbes.
Thomas Hasper and Johan Uddling talk to FE Editor Alan Knapp about their recent paper "Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate.Hasper, T. B., Wallin, G., Lamba, S., Hall, M., Jaramillo, F., Laudon, H., Linder, S., Medhurst, J. L., Räntfors, M., Sigurdsson, B. D. and Uddling, J. (2015), Water use by Swedish boreal forests in a changing climate. Funct Ecol. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12546
Islands are often considered ideal biological laboratories as they are isolated and vary tremendously in size, structure, and habitats, imposing different selective pressures that can drive adaptations of organisms on islands. This study capitalizes on an island-size gradient in the Greek Archipelago to investigate inter-island divergence in the body size, head shape, and bite force of a lizard, Podarcis erhardii.
Donihue, C. M., Brock, K. M., Foufopoulos, J., Herrel, A. (2015), Feed or fight: testing the impact of food availability and intraspecific aggression on the functional ecology of an island lizard. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12550
Robbie Wilson talks to Amy Hahs about using urban ecosystems to expand fundamental ecological knowledge. Amy Hahs guest-edited our latest Special Feature: Ecology of Organisms in Urban Environments with Karl Evans. You can read the Special Feature here.
In this study, Isabelle Marechaux and her co-authors looked at leaf water potential at wilting or turgor loss point (πtlp), which determines tolerance of leaves to drought stress. Using a new method based on a demonstrated association between πtlp and another trait, the leaf osmotic water potential at full hydration, they were able to estimate πtlp for 165 trees of 71 species. This dataset is a significant increase in information for tropical tree species and indicates a potential for highly diverse species responses to drought within given forest communities.
Read the full paper online here: Maréchaux, I., Bartlett, M. K., Sack, L., Baraloto, C., Engel, J., Joetzjer, E., Chave, J. (2015), Drought tolerance as predicted by leaf water potential at turgor loss point varies strongly across species within an Amazonian forest. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12452 or the lay summary here.
Iacona et al Conserving rare species when de-extinction is an option
Träger & Wilson Root heterogeneity along an arctic elevational gradient: the importance of resolution
Rivers et al Stress hormones may help handicapped moms produce young
Abgrall et al Effects of flooding on relationships between plants and soil fauna
Auffret et al In, out or staying put? The landscape and the plant both have their say.
Ohse et al Salivary cues: Simulated deer browsing induces changes in plant hormones and defense compounds in tree saplings
Ryalls et al Climate and atmospheric change impacts on sap-feeding herbivores: a mechanistic explanation based on functional groups of primary metabolites
Montero-Castaño et al The honeybee leads the effect of an exotic plant on resident plant-pollinator communities
Sperfeld et al Bridging frameworks to better understand the nutrition of animals in their environment
Wertin et al Experimental warming in a dryland community reduced plant photosynthesis and soil CO2 efflux, but didn't change the relationship between the fluxes
Shapiro How close can we get to bringing an extinct species back to life?
Trøjelsgaard and Olesen Species and their interactions
Carmona et al Assessing vulnerability of functional diversity to species loss: a case in Mediterranean agricultural systems
Bjerke et al Long-lasting effects from previous winter warming events suggest that an important sub-Arctic moss will be disadvantaged in a future sub-Arctic climate
Bruneaux et al Joint effects of climate change and parasite infection on host in the wild
Maino et al The effect of egg size on hatch time and metabolic rate: theoretical and empirical insights on developing insect embryos
Zhang et al Positive species diversity and above-ground biomass relationships are ubiquitous across forest strata despite interference from overstorey trees
Londoño et al Do thermoregulatory costs limit altitude distributions of Andean forest birds?
Ali & Agrawal The plant you choose to make your home isn't always the one that protects you best
Halperin et al Movement correlates of lizards' dorsal pigmentation patterns
Escallón et al Testosterone and the cloacal microbiome in a free-living bird
Hupperts et al Host phenology and potential saprotrophism of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the boreal forest
Swain et al New ranking algorithm can identify overall pattern from incomplete surveys, providing critical insight into complex problems
Soong et al Fire impacts on soil organisms
Ponzio et al Phytopathogens affect plant volatile emissions and the attraction of parasitoid wasps
Trocha et al Linking the respiration of fungal sporocarps with their nitrogen concentration: variation among species, tissues, and guilds
van Heerwaarden et al Limited flexibility in heat tolerance suggests vulnerability to climate change
Adachi et al Searching for prey in a three-dimensional environment: hierarchical movements enhance foraging success in northern elephant seals
Evans et al Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in an invasive plant
Berenstecher et al Litter microbial and soil faunal communities stimulated in the wake of a volcanic eruption in a semiarid woodland
Wasserman et al Using functional responses to quantify interaction effects among predators
Burghardt Fertilization changes goldenrod’s defensive response to grasshoppers
Tsai et al Predator-prey mass ratio revisited: Does preference of relative prey body size depend on individual predator size?
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