Journal of Ecology

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Edited By: David Gibson, Richard Bardgett, Mark Rees, Amy Austin

Impact Factor: 5.694

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 12/141 (Ecology); 12/199 (Plant Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1365-2745

Associated Title(s): Functional Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution


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    1. Escape of spring frost and disease through phenological variations in oak populations along elevation gradients

      Cécile Françoise Dantec, Hugo Ducasse, Xavier Capdevielle, Olivier Fabreguettes, Sylvain Delzon and Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau

      Article first published online: 16 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12403

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      The observed patterns suggest that oak populations are better adapted to escape spring frost than pathogen exposure all along the elevation gradient. The combination of the biotic and abiotic selective pressures may have contributed to the maintenance of phenological diversity within low elevation tree populations. As tree and pathogen respond differently to environmental cues, climate change is likely to affect the phenological (a)synchrony between host and parasite, both within and between populations.

    2. Species-specific plant–soil feedback effects on above-ground plant–insect interactions

      Martine Kos, Maarten A. B. Tuijl, Joris de Roo, Patrick P. J. Mulder and T. Martijn Bezemer

      Article first published online: 9 APR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12402

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      Our study provides novel evidence that plant–soil feedback (PSF) effects on above-ground plant-insect interactions are highly species specific. Our results add a new dimension to the rapidly developing research fields of PSF and above-below-ground interactions, and highlights that these fields are tightly linked.

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      Wave-induced changes in seaweed toughness entail plastic modifications in snail traits maintaining consumption efficacy

      Markus Molis, Ricardo A. Scrosati, Ehab F. El-Belely, Thomas J. Lesniowski and Martin Wahl

      Article first published online: 9 MAR 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12386

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      Experiments revealed that environmental stress (wave exposure) modulated a structural seaweed trait (thallus toughness) and, indirectly, feeding-relevant traits (radular morphology) in the seaweed's main consumer (snail), enabling snails to maintain consumption efficacy across the observed range in seaweed toughness. Thus, plasticity in consumers and their resource species may reduce the potential effects of physical stress on their interaction.

    4. Life history evolution under climate change and its influence on the population dynamics of a long-lived plant

      Jennifer L. Williams, Hans Jacquemyn, Brad M. Ochocki, Rein Brys and Tom E. X. Miller

      Article first published online: 31 JAN 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12369

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      Our results illustrate that long-lived organisms can exhibit complex demographic responses to changing climate regimes. Additionally, they highlight that long-term evolutionary responses may be in opposing directions to short-term responses to climate. Finally, they emphasize the need for demographic models to integrate ecological and evolutionary influences of climate across the life cycle.


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