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: 5.431

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 11/197 (Plant Sciences); 14/136 (Ecology)

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. Standard Papers

    1. Hydrology, shore morphology and species traits affect seed dispersal, germination and community assembly in shoreline plant communities

      Casper H. A. van Leeuwen, Judith M. Sarneel, José van Paassen, Winnie J. Rip and Elisabeth S. Bakker

      Article first published online: 14 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12250

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      An experimental spring drawdown water regime instead of a stable water level year-round enhances seed establishment on the shores of temperate wetlands. A drawdown water regime increases species richness and diversity, especially on gradually sloping shores. Germination from the seed bank was affected by the water regime and slope of the shore, but not by species traits. Establishment of dispersing seeds was affected by both water regime and species traits.

    2. Earlier leaf-out rather than difference in freezing resistance puts juvenile trees at greater risk of damage than adult trees

      Yann Vitasse, Armando Lenz, Günter Hoch and Christian Körner

      Article first published online: 10 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12251

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      In temperate climates, young trees have often been seen to be more sensitive to late-spring freezes than adult trees. Here, we demonstrated that seedlings and saplings are more prone to freeze damage than adult trees because of their earlier flushing rather than due to a higher sensitivity to freezing as such. Photo: Yann Vitasse.

    3. Above-ground herbivory by red milkweed beetles facilitates above- and below-ground conspecific insects and reduces fruit production in common milkweed

      Alexis C. Erwin, Tobias Züst, Jared G. Ali and Anurag A. Agrawal

      Article first published online: 1 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12248

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      Induced plant responses of common milkweed to above-ground damage by adult Tetraopes tetraophthalmus both facilitate further damage by adults and enhance the performance of their root-feeding larvae, most likely as a result of host plant manipulation. Although the same induction reduced monarch herbivory, the net effect of these interactions was negative for the plant as fruit production was substantially reduced. These results imply that host plant manipulation may be especially common by specialist herbivores that have sequential above- and below-ground life stages.


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