Journal of Ecology

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

Impact Factor: 5.521

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/144 (Ecology); 13/200 (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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      Dispersal versus environmental filtering in a dynamic system: drivers of vegetation patterns and diversity along stream riparian gradients

      Rob G. A. Fraaije, Cajo J. F. ter Braak, Betty Verduyn, Jos T. A. Verhoeven and Merel B. Soons

      Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12460

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      Our results demonstrate and quantify the strong roles of both environmental and dispersal filtering in determining plant community assemblies in early successional dynamic habitats. Furthermore, we demonstrate that dispersal filtering can already initiate vegetation gradients, a mechanism that may have been overlooked along many environmental gradients where interspecific interactions are (temporarily) reduced.

    2. Climate vs. topography – spatial patterns of plant species diversity and endemism on a high-elevation island

      Severin D. H. Irl, David E. V. Harter, Manuel J. Steinbauer, David Gallego Puyol, José María Fernández-Palacios, Anke Jentsch and Carl Beierkuhnlein

      Article first published online: 31 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12463

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      We assessed the relative importance of climate and topography in explaining plant species richness, endemic richness and endemicity (i.e. percentage of endemics) using 890 vegetation plots, which cover the complete high-elevation island of La Palma (Canary Islands). Interestingly, evolutionary processes and human influences (both topography-related) seem to drive endemic richness. However, climate is more important for endemicity, leading to incongruent spatial patterns of diversity.

    3. Temporal dynamics of plant–soil feedback and root-associated fungal communities over 100 years of invasion by a non-native plant

      Nicola J. Day, Kari E. Dunfield and Pedro M. Antunes

      Article first published online: 11 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12459

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      We showed that the roots of the non-native invasive plant Vincetoxicum rossicum (Apocynaceae) were colonised by many fungal taxa, but found no evidence for changes in plant growth or accumulation of fungal pathogens with longer invasion time. High pathogen loads may not lead to concurrent declines in invasive plants. Plant invasions, as demonstrated by V. rossicum, may be unpredictable in their ability to accumulate pathogens capable of leading to population declines.

    4. Linkage of plant trait space to successional age and species richness in boreal forest understorey vegetation

      Bright B. Kumordzi, Francesco de Bello, Grégoire T. Freschet, Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Jan Lepš and David A. Wardle

      Article first published online: 3 AUG 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12458

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      Niche-based models of community assembly predict functional dissimilarity among species regulate their coexistence. Our study demonstrates that community successional age and species richness are strongly linked trait space distribution of plant individuals of boreal forest understory vegetation through systematic changes in within- and between-species functional diversity.

    5. Do native and invasive plants differ in their interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi? A meta-analysis

      Rebecca A. Bunn, Philip W. Ramsey and Ylva Lekberg

      Article first published online: 30 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12456

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      Neither the degraded nor the enhanced mutualism hypothesis was supported, suggesting that invasions do not select for directional shifts in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) associations. Instead, our results indicate that AM fungi are most likely to influence invasion trajectories when native and invasive plants belong to different functional groups.

    6. Temporal variability in hydrology modifies the influence of geomorphology on wetland distribution along a desert stream

      Xiaoli Dong, Nancy B. Grimm, Kiona Ogle and Janet Franklin

      Article first published online: 22 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12450

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      Geomorphology and environmental variability interact to influence species distribution. We found that the effect of geomorphic setting on stream wetland plant distribution is altered by inter-annual variability of hydrology. This suggests that temporal transferability of the relationship between geomorphology and species is questionable.


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