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When can plant populations be invaded by other species?

The world is experiencing increasing climatic variability, loss of biodiversity, and spread of invasive species. Together, these factors can have huge effects on the functioning of our ecosystems. But what makes ecological systems more resistant to biological invasions...

Editor's choice April

The first editor’s choice for the April issue is the meta-analysis by Frida Piper and colleagues . The authors present a global analysis on herbivory rates in understorey vegetation from forests. The rationale for the study comes from observations that herbivory in...

Did you fertilize evenly?

Thanks Jitka Klimesova for the cartoon about your recent paper "Philip Grime's fourth corner: are there plant species adapted to high disturbance and low productivity?" in Oikos! Sir, are you sure you have dug and fertilized the entire flower bed evenly?

Forever young - a strategy for niche differentiation?

On the right: paedomorphic alpine newt, a phenotype that retains gills at the adult stage (Photo by Mathieu Denoël). On the left: Fig. 2 of the article illustrating the isotopic niche of alpine newts, with paedomorphic females foraging more on planktonic organisms than...

Host heterogeneity determines epidemic outcomes

A dynamic network simulation where the infection (in red) spreads to uninfected individuals (blue). Infected individuals ultimately recover and become immune (green). Throughout the simulation, contacts between individuals are continuously dissolving and forming...

Do you ever feel tempted to try new things?

Do you ever feel tempted to try new things? As time goes on, we are always acquiring new preferences; it goes for food, books, songs and hobbies for example. Time, in the evolutionary scale, may also play an important role in determining the chances of species...

November Cover

The beautiful photo on the November Cover was taken by photographer Martin Oeggerli, and shows the single-celled eukaryote Euglena gracilis, that swims via an anterior flagellum and uses a paraflagellar body and red stigma (a red eyespot) to respond to light gradients...

Do environment and behaviour mediate co-occurrence of functional traits in birds?

This work is the fruit of the long-lasting cooperation with Jan Habel and Luc Lens who acquainted me, being rather a theoretical ecologist, to East African bird ecology, conservation, and evolution. Environmental – trait relationships are a hot topic and thus I mailed...

Importance of positive interactions for niche space in deserts

Positive interactions among species have been described as supporters of biodiversity in resource limited or high stress ecosystems. However, the area that these species are supported is rarely quantified. In deserts, shrubs can facilitate annual plants and allow them...

Plants recondition the soil, altering plant-soil feedbacks

Plant-soil feedback is a powerful concept to capture plant-induced change in the soil and their knock-on effects on plant performance. Most knowledge on plant-soil feedbacks comes from greenhouse studies where a single plant is tested on the soil conditioned by another...

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