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Editor's choice February

Organisms respond to predation risk in multiple ways. Induced defences are not restricted to plants in response to herbivore attack, but are also prominently present in vertebrates and arthropods. Induced responses can be of behavioural or morphological origin and...

Sigmoidal function of infections

Infectious diseases that can be contracted from the environment form a persistent threat to human health, livestock and wildlife. With the changing environment, there is increasing need for predictive modelling of environmentally transmitted disease dynamics...

On carnivorous plants, seed banks, and uncertainty

Plant demographers have it easy, as the saying goes. Plants don't move and their fates may be followed through time in permanent plots - as the photo of M. Paniw, taking measurements of Drosophyllum lusitanicum in a heathland patch, shows. What happens, though, to...

Editor's Choice January

2017, a new year of Oikos to kick-off with two selected contributions as editor’s choices for the January issue. The first EC is the forum by Houlahan and colleagues on the priority of prediction in ecological understanding . The authors provide series of argument to...

Plant Diversity and Decomposition

CO2 becomes plant biomass through photosynthesis and then returns to the atmosphere through respiration, including the decomposition of this biomass, forming the basis of the terrestrial carbon cycle. Research has shown that higher biodiversity of plants can increase...

Meta-analyses on sub-lethal effects of hypoxia

Findings from this meta-analysis, led by graduate students Allison Hrycik (@ahrycik) and Zoe Almeida (@almeida_zoe), suggest that the biologically relevant threshold of hypoxia for fish is 4.5 mg/l of dissolved oxygen. This is higher than the ‘typical’ definition of...

December Cover

The photo on the December cover relates to the study "Immune gene variability influences roe deer natal dispersal" by Cecile Vapné and co-workers. "The photo is taken by Olivier Villa. It shows a roe buck in a meadow. This roe buck seems particurlary healthy and in...

Editor's Choice December

We chose the forum paper of Siteur and colleagues as our first EC for the December issue. The forum focusses on how relevant deviations from steady-state may change predictions of critical transitions and resilience in current ecosystem models. Such a perspective is...

Editor's Choice November

Dear Oikos-followers. It has been a long time since we updated you on the papers that were selected as editor’s choice. In November, editor’s choices were two research papers. Jakub Szymkowiak tested the intriguing hypothesis that birds may use specific social...

Where do arctic foxes go in winter?

Tracking wild carnivores is never easy. They are fast, elusive, often nocturnal, and rarely abundant. This task can be even more daunting when a species is too small to wear a tracking device that is remotely heavy or if individuals have the ability to travel very long...

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