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.
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?
Meiners et al New perspectives in ecological succession.
Seppälä & Leicht Food makes you attractive for parasites.
Yang et al Isotopic evidence for edaphic rather than climatic controls over large-scale soil carbon dynamics in alpine ecosystems.
Cavallo et al How will climate warming effect the survival and dispersal of endangered green sea turtle hatchlings?.
Corbin et al Linkage and trade-off in trophic morphology and behavioral performance of birds.
Valverde-Barrantes et al Variation in root morphology of flowering plants is linked to ancestry, but root chemistry is comparable to aboveground tissues.
Cox et al Do female anole lizards retain the ability to respond to testosterone?
Bodensteiner et al Water water everywhere: soil water content influences hatchling reptile characteristics.
Vélez et al Bird song properties and auditory sensitivity.
Rousk et al Priming of the decomposition of aging soil organic matter: concentration dependence and microbial control.
Pausas The ecology of bark thickness: An hypothesis.
Mota et al Some don't like it hot: southernmost populations live very close to their thermal limits.
Mauck et al Plant virus infection protects host plants from herbivore attack.
Bryan et al Wolves that are heavily hunted have higher stress and reproductive hormones than wolves with lower hunting pressure.
Carter et al Invasive plants, thermal regimes, and habitat management for snakes.
Arnold et al Oxidative costs of personality.
Ruiz-Rodríguez et al Starling males show their ability to cope against bacteria to females.
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