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How does energy travel in foodwebs?

Food webs represent the general framework of ecological communities. Our study unfold the structural complexity of weighted food webs, where energy flows are quantified, highlighting the topologies that are mainly responsible for distributing the energy flow to the...

WILL TECHNOLOGY TRAMPLE PEER REVIEW?

We have too much to read, reviewers do not review enough manuscripts, there are too many journals, and good journals do not publish enough papers. The need of technology hand in hand with pressure to publish and increase in demographics in academia (e.g., ease of...

Diverse effects of mast seeding on animal populations

Mast seeding is an astonishing phenomenon. Trees produce tons of seeds, all at once, and then take a couple of years off, with little or not seeds produced. This burst of seeds creates a resouce pulse that propagates through ecosystems. The best-known effects of...

Most talked about Oikos papers - on the web

Altmetrics measures how many times a paper has been linked to by various websites and social media sites. Here's the top 10 list over Oikos papers' Altmetrics scores. If you click on the title, you get to the paper and can see their score. Click on the Altmetrics...

Welcome Gerlinde De Deyn - new Deputy EiC

We have a new deputy Editor in Chief at Oikos! Very welcome to the board, Dr. Gerlinde De Deyne! Learn more about her here: What's you main research focus at the moment? I focus on plant-soil interactions in relation to the coupling between biodiversity, ecosystem...

Do plants communicate with different dialects?

Animals are widely recognized to communicate with other members of their species: signalling danger, marking territory, and finding food. Recent work has recognized that a broad range of organisms – including plants – also send, receive, and respond to a rich suite of...

Stoichiometrically imbalanced diets

Leaf-consuming detritivores feed and grow on some of the poorest quality resources available in nature: dead organic matter of mostly terrestrial origin that has a high proportion of carbon (C) relative to other essential elements such as nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P...

Cover October

The cover photo on the October issue shows a mallard duck in flight taken at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby, BC, Canada. The photo illustates movement behaviour of mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) in relation to the spread of avian influenza viruses. Read more in the paper "...

Cover September

The photo on the Septmber cover shows a couple of stallions that leisurely find water in the mid-west side of Sable Island. However, although for some horses water isn't always so accessible to find here. Read more in the paper "Density-dependent, central-place...

New SE - Silke Bauer

We are very happy to welcome Silke Bauer, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, to our Editorial Board. get to know her in the interview below and read more at her webpage: http://www.vogelwarte.ch/de/vogelwarte/ueber-uns/team/mitarbeitende/silke-bauer.html 1. What'...

Do core frugivores disperse more seeds than peripheral species?

Frugivores and fleshy-fruited plants can interact with a mutual benefit: animals obtain nutrients from fruits and plants disperse their seeds to variable distances through bird faeces. It has been largely assumed that only a few of the many species interacting are the...

How do mutualists avoid extinciton?

Mutualism is a form of species interactions in which each species gains benefits from each other. An obligate mutualist is a species whose survival and/or reproduction requires the benefits from its partners, and a facultative mutualist does not necessarily require the...

Effects on dispersal in aquatic metacommunities

Using a microcosm experiment with natural phytoplankton assemblages we tested the combined effect of dispersal and disturbance on assemblage composition and productivity. The experimental set-up was designed to simulate conditions typical of natural coastal systems,...

β-diversity in metacommunities

This paper tests whether a statistical measure of community structure can actually differentiate between neutral and niche assembly processes. More broadly, we were interested in the connection between the ecological processes that determine community structure and...

Birds as ecosystem servants?

The main message of our study is related to the importance of diversified frugivorous bird assemblages driving diversified and complementary ecological services in the tropical forests. Studying three plant species and their fruit dispersers in a complex landscape we...

Editor's Choice September

We selected two meta-analysis papers as editor’s choice for the September issue. The meta-analysis authored by Albert and colleagues aimed to study to which degree ungulates act as an environmental filter for the dispersal of seeds. By relating patterns in dispersal to...

Is there competition in initial ecosystem?

Self-assembly has always fascinated people. Ecologists were particularly interested in the emergence of ecological systems during primary succession. However, respective opportunities to trace initial community assembly are scarce and mainly restricted to faraway...

Sweet and tasty: how salinity can increase attraction

In our study system (a salt marsh on a back-barrier island in the Wadden Sea) it is very obvious: some plants are highly preferred by herbivores and are being grazed down to the ground, whereas others are not being grazed at all. One of the main herbivores during early...

Motifs in the assembly of food web networks.

Traditionally, the role of species interactions in community assembly is inferred from patterns of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Furthermore, assembly theory employs a competition-based framework that does not include trophic interactions or the...

Rapid Evolution of Stoichiometric Traits

Background: Rapid Evolution Stoichiometry Group Woodstoich 2014 Carrying on the far-out tradition established by Woodstoich I, which was held in Norway during summer, 2004 and continued by Woodstoich II held in Japan during the summer of 2009, five groups of early...

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