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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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.
Bees and other pollinating insects are declining in many countries. One way that the general public can help is via their gardens, by growing ornamental plants that are also attractive to flower-visiting insects. But which plant varieties are attractive to flower-visiting insects? Given the great public interest, many lists of recommended plants have recently been produced, but where did this information come from? On a closer look, it appears that these lists are based largely on personal experiences, opinions and anecdotes. This study is an attempt to put these recommendations on a firmer scientific footing. You can read the paper free online Garbuzov, M., Ratnieks, F. L. W. (2013), Quantifying variation among garden plants in attractiveness to bees and other flower-visiting insects. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12178
Or the lay summary here.
Liesje Mommer's keynote speech for the Mechanisms of Plant Competition symposium on using molecular techniques to look at below-ground plant competition and facilitation. For other journal-sponsored symposia and workshops from INTECOL, check out the playlist here.As part of our new Mechanisms of Plant Competition Special Feature, Susan Schwinning talks to Alan Knapp about plant competition in water-limited environments.
For more on this, read the lay summary or check out our Special Feature page.
Schwinning, S., Kelly, C. K. (2013), Plant competition, temporal niches and implications for productivity and adaptability to climate change in water-limited environments. Functional Ecology, 27: 886–897. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12115
Ken Thompson, senior editor for Functional Ecology, discusses Simon Pierce's new paper, "Implications for biodiversity conservation of the lack of consensus regarding the humped-back model of species richness and biomass production" Read an advance version of the article here.
Robbie Wilson interviews David Jachowski on his work "Unravelling complex associations between physiological state and movement in African elephants.". You can also read the lay summary and complete article online now.
Justin Wright talks to Alan Knapp about the results of examining the effects of varying nitrogen availability and water table depth on the form and function of leaves of over 20 species of wetland plants and what that means for ecologists looking to predict how the addition or subtraction of species will affect the way that ecosystems function.
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Wright, J. P., Sutton-Grier, A. (2012), Does the leaf economic spectrum hold within local species pools across varying environmental conditions?. Functional Ecology, 26: 1390–1398. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12001
Coping with stress: some species survive by breaking the rules, Lanna Desantis explains to Robbie Wilson
Part of the Special Feature: The Ecology of Stress For more information, read the lay summary and article:
Desantis, L. M., Delehanty, B., Weir, J. T., Boonstra, R. (2013), Mediating free glucocorticoid levels in the blood of vertebrates: are corticosteroid-binding proteins always necessary?. Functional Ecology, 27: 107–119. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12038
In an oak-dominated forest in Hampshire UK, photographs of the forest canopy were taken every half an hour over two years. The transition of colours showed the seasonality of the forest: when budbreak started, the green sharply increased, gradually decreased in summer, and returned to the original level when leaves were shed; the rise of red colour was shown when oak leaves turned yellow in autumn. Mizunuma et al modelled the photosynthesis of the forest using the extracted colours to compare with the flux measurements. Recent global warming has made the arrival of spring earlier, and leaves appear sooner. How does this influence the carbon cycle in forests?
Mizunuma, T., Wilkinson, M., L. Eaton, E., Mencuccini, M., I. L. Morison, J., Grace, J. (2012), The relationship between carbon dioxide uptake and canopy colour from two camera systems in a deciduous forest in southern England. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12026
Reichmann & Sala Meristem limitation explains lags in the response of productivity to changes in precipitation in arid grasslands.
Cooper et al Cellular adaptation to temperature in natural populations of Drosophila melanogaster.
Winters et al Maternal effects and warning signal honesty in eggs and offspring of an aposematic ladybird beetle.
Slot et al Scaling leaf respiration in a tropical forest.
Roeder & Behmer Lifetime consequences of food protein-carbohydrate content for an insect herbivore.
Grace et al Causal networks clarify productivity–richness interrelations, bivariate plots do not.
Straka et al Lifespan in the wild: the role of activity and climate in bees.
Jaillard et al Community assembly effects shape the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships.
Rezende et al Tolerance landscapes in thermal ecology.
Pavitt et al Variation in early life testosterone within a wild population of red deer.
Careau et al Individual (co)variation in thermal reaction norms of standard and maximal metabolic rates in wild-caught slimy salamanders.
Bhaskar et al Community assembly and functional diversity along succession post-management
Lovelock et al Variation in elemental stoichiometry and RNA:DNA in four phyla of benthic organisms from coral reefs.
McCann et al Rapid acclimation to cold allows the cane toad to invade montane areas within its Australian range.
Hodgson et al Changing leaf nitrogen and canopy height quantify processes leading to plant and butterfly diversity loss in agricultural landscapes.
Chanam et al Interlopers pay the rent in nitrogen rather than protection in an ant-plant.
Binyameen et al A close arrangement of insect olfactory cells improves discrimination of odour sources.
Whitehead & Bowers Chemical compounds in fruits defend against pests.
Stanton et al Epiphytes improve host plant water use by microenvironment modification.
Hood & Sterner Carbon and phosphorus linkages in Daphnia growth are determined by growth rate, not species or diet.
Merilaita & Dimitrova How to blend in.
Lee & Jang Exploring the nutritional basis of starvation resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.
Nardini & Luglio Leaf plumbing systems: efficiency and safety across biomes.
Limeri & Morehouse Confusing Females: Colour Differences May Make Female Butterflies Difficult for Males to Identify.
Lohbeck et al Changing drivers of species dominance during tropical forest succession.
Santini et al Smart limpets: complex behaviour in "simple" animals.
Terry et al Cycad cones’ thermogenic signals govern pollinators’ behaviour
Penczykowski et al Poor food quality for hosts lowers transmission potential of their parasites.
Phillips et al Pollinator behaviour can rescue plants from the negative effects of small population size.
Koski & Ashman How do floral signals in the ultraviolet spectrum influence pollinator behavior?
Higgins et al Caterpillar feeding rates evolve in response to climate change.
Kowalczyk et al Linking dietary shifts and reproductive failure in seabirds.
Savage et al Orientation and speed of wind gusts causing abscission of wind-dispersed seeds influences dispersal distance.
Pryke et al Experimental evidence that maternal corticosterone controls adaptive offspring sex ratios.
Monclús et al Male offspring affect sisters’ reproduction later in life. A study in marmots and rabbits.
Kotrschal et al Food availability and developmental plasticity.
Kawarasaki et al Alternative overwintering strategies in an Antarctic midge: freezing versus cryoprotective dehydration.
Ferrenberg & Mitton Insects fall from smooth bark surfaces which help to defend trees.
Chang & Smith Competition between genotypes of a dominant grass
SPECIAL FEATURES & VIRTUAL ISSUES 2013
Volume 27, Issue 4 Mechanisms of Plant Competition is the latest special feature from the journal. It has been guest edited by David Robinson, Clare Trinder and Rob Brooker. Read the editorial here.
Virtual Issue: Ecophysiological forecasting: predicting adaptation and limits to adaptation guest edited by Ary Hoffmann & Steven Chown. Read the introduction here.
Volume 27, Issue 3 featured our Special Feature on Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions. Guest edited by Arjen Biere & Alison Bennett. Read the introductory editorial here.
Volume 27, Issue 1 featured our Special Feature on The Ecology of Stress. Guest edited by Rudy Boonstra. Read the introductory editorial here.
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