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Coexisting or not coexisiting? That's the....

A lot of species coexist. A lot don’t. Distinguishing between the two groups is a core component of community ecology. The inherent complexity of natural systems, and the quantity of data needed to fill in theoretical models, makes species coexistence particularly...

Of birthday cakes and interactions of density-dependence

There are few things that we perceive as exclusively good or bad. Whether something is good or bad often depends on conditions and circumstances. Take, for example, a birthday party. Most of us like to be surrounded by many dear friends to celebrate. It’s just more fun...

How do herbivores find the plants?

Can herbivores use sight and smell to detect preferred plants from afar? Our study shows that these senses are used by a model browser, the swamp wallaby, to find and consume eucalypt seedlings. However, the use of odour and visual cues is dependent on the context -...

Can tropical forests recover after major disturbance?

Can tropical dry forests recover their species richness and composition after major disturbance? Secondary forests recovering after previous deforestation account for a substantial proportion of the world’s remaining area of tropical forest and their importance is...

Lichen it up in the trees

To recycle or steal?

Have you ever wondered how plants could save energy by doing things more efficiently? Like other organisms, plants can develop strategies that allow them to be more efficient in acquiring and conserving nutrients. To optimize the benefits of nutrient conservation,...

Stress hormones provide a cloudy picture of environmental quality and fitness

Wildlife are facing many stressors spanning climate change, loss and alteration of habitats, and pollutants. In an effort to determine whether organisms can cope with an altered environment, many ecologists and conservation biologists have begun to turn to measures of...

How does temperature influence the winter moth’s phenology?

In most species phenology, or the timing of biological events such as flowering, migration, or reproduction, is crucial for survival and fitness. Several external and internal factors such as light, temperature, endogenous clocks, food-availability and density are...

Consequences of eating infected prey

We investigate the ways in which consuming pathogen-infected prey influence some important life-history parameters of insect predators. Pathogens are used in a variety of biocontrol programs, especially to control crop pests. We focused on crop-pests due to their short...

Sometimes “less is more”… ecological networks also prove us right

The networks of plant-animal interactions represent a perfect tool to capture the complexity of ecological communities, and, simultaneously, to relate the effect of this complexity on ecosystem functioning. For example, seed dispersal, an important ecological process...

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