Functional EcologyCopyright © 2014 British Ecological Society
A Journal of the British Ecological SocietyEdited by: Charles Fox, Duncan Irschick, Ken Thompson and Alan Knapp
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Ken Thompson talks to Katie Field about her Virtual Issue Mycorrhizal networks in ecosystem structure and functioning. The vast majority of land plants form mutualistic symbioses with soil-dwelling fungi known as mycorrhizas, which can link many plants through fungal hyphae in a common mycelial network. This Virtual Issue highlights three major themes in mycorrhizal research: the movement of plant-fixed carbon, reciprocal exchange of nutrients, and the wider impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function.
In this study, the authors measured song frequency content and hearing sensitivity for nine species of songbird over a broad range of frequencies. If hearing correlates to song characteristics, then open habitat bird species should have higher sensitivity to high-frequency sounds than forest species. Surprisingly, although song frequency was highest in species from open habitats and lowest in forest species (as expected), song frequency and habitat were not correlated with high-frequency hearing sensitivity.
You can read the paper free online Vélez, A., Gall, M. D., Fu, J., Lucas, J. R. (2014), Song structure, not high-frequency song content, determines high-frequency auditory sensitivity in nine species of New World sparrows. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12352 or the lay summary here.
Survival of the weakest seems an unlikely title for an ecology paper, but that is exactly what Haldane prizewinner Kyle Demes and his co-authors found in their, as Kyle Demes explains in this podcast on his paper, Demes, K. W., Pruitt, J. N., Harley, C. D.G., Carrington, E. (2013), Survival of the weakest: increased frond mechanical strength in a wave-swept kelp inhibits self-pruning and increases whole-plant mortality. Functional Ecology, 27: 439–445. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12067
In this podcast, Alan Knapp talks to Lara Reichman about the implications of her paper, now published in the latest issue of Functional Ecology.
Read the full paper online here:Reichmann, L. G., Sala, O. E. (2014), Differential sensitivities of grassland structural components to changes in precipitation mediate productivity response in a desert ecosystem. Functional Ecology, 28: 1292–1298. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12265 or the lay summary here
In this podcast, Robbie Wilson discusses a recent paper showing that long term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide ca damage bees’ ability to forage for pollen – and may be changing their choices of which flowers to visit – with co-author Nigel Raine.
Read the full paper online here:Gill, R. J., Raine, N. E. (2014), Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behaviour induced by sublethal pesticide exposure. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12292 or the lay summary here
Stag beetles are renowned for their spectacular male-male battles. In these scuffles, males fight each other with their long jaws over mates or desirable stumps of rotten wood. As a result of this, their jaw is strongly shaped by sexual selection and in some species, can become as long as their own body. How does this effect their ability to run? To investigate this, the authors made high speed video recordings of male and female stag beetles running on a miniature running track.
You can read the paper free online Goyens, J., Dirckx, J., Aerts, P. (2014), Costly sexual dimorphism in Cyclommatus metallifer stag beetles. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12294 or the lay summary here.
Cynthia Chang talks with Alan Knapp about why naturally co-occurring genotypes coexist, how genetic diversity within dominant plant species is maintained and how this can affect important ecosystem processes. Read the full paper here: Chang, C. C., Smith, M. D. (2014), Resource availability modulates above- and below-ground competitive interactions between genotypes of a dominant C4 grass. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12227
Hovering hummingbirds are rare among vertebrates in their ability to rapidly make use of ingested sugars to fuel energetically expensive hovering flight, powering up to 100% of their metabolic needs with the sugars they drink, while humans athletes max out at around 30%. Until now, we haven't understood to what extent hummingbirds can use the 50% of the sugar in their nectar meals that is glucose versus the 50% that is fructose. Our study shows that hummingbirds begin using newly ingested sugars to fuel hovering flight within minutes and can fuel as much as 100% of their intense hovering metabolism with either glucose or fructose.
You can read the paper free online Chen, C. C. W., Welch, K. C. (2013), Hummingbirds can fuel expensive hovering flight completely with either exogenous glucose or fructose. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12202 or the lay summary here.
Animals move within natural habitats in complicated ways, in response to many aspects of the environment. Advances in the technology available for recording and analysing animal movements enabled us to ask and answer questions that were inaccessible with previous methods. Our transmitters provided over 60,000 records of lizard location from 49 individuals monitored for a mean of 65 days each. Lizards primarily moved between widely scattered patches of core-habitat under fine, hot, clear weather conditions. Thus air pressure tended to predict lizard dispersal more accurately than did more commonly-analysed variables such as temperature and precipitation.
You can read the paper free online Price-Rees, S. J., Lindström, T., Brown, G. P., Shine, R. (2013), The effects of weather conditions on dispersal behaviour of free-ranging lizards (Tiliqua, Scincidae) in tropical Australia. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12189 or the lay summary here.
Shero et al How Energy Allocation Influences Reproductive Success in the Southernmost Breeding Mammal, the Weddell seal
Martínez-Berdeja et al How does a winter desert annual cope with two challenges in the desert: summer rains and winter rain unpredictability
Marques et al Active prey mixing as an explanation for polyphagy in predatory arthropods
Venail et al The phylogenetic diversity of grassland plants has no influence on the temporal stability of community biomass production
Baron et al The genetics of plant-plant interactions
Debecker et al UV radiation causes darkening of the larval cuticle, at the expense of adult immune function
Paine et al Intensity, not strategy is key for estimating trait values
Cadotte Rough estimates of evolutionary relatedness can offer important insights into ecosystems
Jungwirth et al Welcome neighbours: cooperative fish benefit from settling close to each other.
Jucker et al Diverse forests make efficient use of canopy spaceed by the authors
Limousin et al Tree efficiency in resource use does not relate to tree ability to withstand drought
Pélabon et al Blossom colour change decreases the costs of reproduction
Ushio et al Root and leaf strategies synchronize in tropical montane forests in Borneo
Gerhold et al Phylogeny is no proxy for community assembly (it is far better)
Miller et al Basking sharks and oceanographic fronts: quantifying associations in the north-east Atlantic
Shikano et al Trade-offs between trans-generational transfer of nutritional stress tolerance and immune priming.
Veen et al East West Home’s Best? Drivers of plant litter decomposition do not explain home-field advantage in subarctic tundra
Ohashi et al Evolutionary conditions for floral colour change by plants.
Pap et al Functional morphology of flight feathers in birds.
Scalon & Wright Revisiting old hypotheses on nitrogen, water and mimicry in mistletoes.
Latz et al Plant identity drives biocontrol bacterial ability
Matsushita et al A novel growth model evaluating Age-Size effect on long-term trends in tree growth.
Gols et al Fitness consequences of indirect plant defence in the annual weed, Sinapis arvensis.
Parolini et al Vitamin E deficiency in last-laid eggs limits growth of yellow-legged gull chicks
Reilly et al Conquering the world in leaps and bounds: hopping locomotion in toads is actually bounding
Royauté et al An insecticide alters personality in jumping spiders.
Tate & Graham Stored grain pest parents protect offspring from bacterial infection in both laboratory and natural populations.
Chaine & Lyon How to package information into feather color patches.
Barbour et al Host-plant genetics determines the composition of associated insects.
Muiruri et al Moose browsing alters tree diversity effects on birch growth and insect herbivory.
Jürgens et al Red is the colour: the effect of trap colour and trap-flower distance on prey and pollinator capture in carnivorous sundews.
Buckley et al Behaviorally escaping the heat of climate change may lead to long term vulnerability.
Jacob et al Microbiome affects egg carotenoid investment, nestling development and adult oxidative costs of reproduction in Great tits.
Su et al The whitefly-associated facultative symbiont suppresses induced plant defenses.
Delgado-Baquerizo et al Biocrust-forming lichens effects on soil nutrients and microbial abundances.
Brace et al Highway to the danger zone: costs of immune system activation in an invasive lizard.
Paull et al Sustained heat waves may reduce output of a parasite that causes frog deformities.
Fürtbauer et al Personality, plasticity, and predation: linking endocrine and behavioural reaction norms in stickleback fish.
Mehring et al Leaf litter nutrient uptake in an intermittent blackwater river: Influence of tree species and associated biotic and abiotic drivers.
Yoneya & Miki Plant aroma drives diversification of plant-herbivore-carnivore interactions.
Goldbogenet al Prey density and distribution drive the three-dimensional foraging strategies of the largest filter feeder.
Auer et al Links between metabolic rates and growth depend on food availability.
Brown et al Cane toads are not directional dispersers.
Münkemüller et al Phylogenetic niche conservatism – common pitfalls and ways forward.
Nippert & Holdo Is maximum rooting depth all we need to know?
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