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Acta Oecologica
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.834
Citation Impact (citeScore): 2
Number of Followers: 12  
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ISSN (Print) 1146-609X
Published by Elsevier Homepage  [3163 journals]
  • Coniferous litter extracts inhibit the litter decomposition of Catalpa
           fargesii Bur. and Eucommia ulmoides Oliver
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 93Author(s): Xiaoxi Zhang, Boya Wang, Zengwen Liu In this study, the litter of Catalpa fargesii and Eucommia ulmoides was treated with the water extracts of 5 types of coniferous litter for a 0.5-year indoor, simulated decomposition experiment, and the effects of plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) from coniferous litter on the mass loss and C, N and P release of the 2 types of litter were detected. The results indicated that the litter extracts of Platycladus orientalis, Pinus tabuliformis, Pinus armandii and Larix principis-rupprechtii significantly reduced the decomposition and overall final nutrient release rates of the litter of C. fargesii and E. ulmoides (in which only the extracts of P. orientalis litter did not affect the mass loss of E. ulmoides litter). Correspondingly, significant decreases in the activity of soil cellulase and polyphenol oxidase were observed during the entire decomposition period, especially during the middle and later decomposition stages, indicating that the PSM release from coniferous litter might inhibit the decomposition and nutrient cycling of C. fargesii and E. ulmoides litter by depressing the activity of lignocellulolytic enzymes during mixed decomposition. In conclusion, more attention should be given to the effects of leached litter PSMs on the decomposition of other types of litter during mixed afforestation or in the mixed transformation of pure forests.
  • Herbivory-induced overcompensation and resource-dependent production of
           extrafloral nectaries in Luffa cylindrica (Cucurbitaceae)
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 93Author(s): Poliana Fernandes Souza Lima, Alberto L. Teixido, Elder Antônio Sousa Paiva Extrafloral nectaries (EFNs) are nectar secretory structures involved in the indirect defense of plants. In the sponge gourd (Luffa cylindrica), EFNs commonly occur on the lower surface of leaf blades and stipules and remain functional until leaf senescence. To test the hypothesis that the development of EFNs is influenced by herbivore damage and resource availability, we grew Luffa cylindrica under different concentrations of Hoagland's nutrient solution (nutrient-poor conditions: 10%, 50%; and control condition: 100%) and two herbivory treatments (damaged and undamaged leaves). We collected ten leaves from treated plants to quantify leaf area and EFN density. Overall, leaf area increased and EFN decreased in damaged plants, but this significantly depended on nutritional status. In undamaged plants, EFN density tended to remain constant, whereas foliar area increased with nutrient input. Under herbivory, foliar area increased at 10% but decreased at 50 and 100% of nutrients in relation to undamaged plants, whereas EFN density tended to increase with nutrient availability to exceed undamaged plants under control concentrations. Plants under nutrient-poor conditions subjected to herbivory exhibited an increased foliar area, characterizing a compensatory mechanism. Our results suggest that herbivore-induced indirect defense is a damage- and resource-dependent response in Luffa cylindrica. These findings contribute to understanding the factors that modulate indirect defenses and plant-herbivore-environment interactions.
  • Invasion of the alien shrub Prunus laurocerasus in suburban deciduous
           forests: Effects on native vegetation and soil properties
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Hans-Peter Rusterholz, Jérôme Schneuwly, Bruno Baur Most invading alien plants affect native biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. In a field survey, we assessed the impact of the invasive shrub Prunus laurocerasus on the native vegetation and soil properties in suburban deciduous forests in the region of Basel, Switzerland. We installed four pairs of plots in patches of P. laurocerasus and in adjacent not invaded areas in each of twelve forest areas. Native species richness, Shannon-diversity and species composition of the ground vegetation and shrub layer were assessed in each plot. Furthermore, in each plot we measured physical and soil chemical characteristics, enzyme activities and the carbon source utilization pattern of the soil microbial community using Ecoplates™. The maximum age of P. laurocerasus in each plot was determined using tree ring analysis, indicating the time elapsed since the invasive plant has established. A lower native plant species richness in both the ground vegetation and shrub layer was observed in plots with presence of P. laurocerasus. A different species composition of the ground vegetation was also found among plots with and without the invasive shrub. Plots invaded by P. laurocerasus had a lower soil moisture content than control plots. The intensity, diversity and substrate richness of the carbon sources were increased in soil from invaded plots compared to soil in control plots. However, the chemical soil characteristics examined and the activities of enzymes were not influenced by the invasive plant. The effects of P. laurocerasus became more pronounced with the time elapsed since the invasive plant has established. Thus, the removal of young P. laurocerasus individuals would be an appropriate management practice for this invasive shrub species.
  • Spatial patterns and competition in trees in early successional reclaimed
           and natural boreal forests
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Sanatan Das Gupta, Bradley D. Pinno Spatial distribution of plants in early successional stands provides an indication of future plant community structure and population dynamics. Determining the factors driving plant interactions and their demographic relationships at stand initiation is critical to gain a better understanding of plants’ responses to competition and limited resource conditions. Reclaimed ecosystems are ideal for studying such community mechanisms because they are completely reconstructed ecosystems with known community filters such as soil type, propagule composition, and the presence of both planted and naturally establishing trees. The current study explored the spatial patterns and competition-facilitation mechanisms in deciduous and evergreen trees in two oil sands reclaimed sites with different reclamation age (2-year old and 5-year old) and cover soils (wetland peat origin – PMM; and forest floor origin – FFMM) in Alberta, Canada, and compared this with a naturally-disturbed site at 5 years since fire. Spatial point pattern analysis was performed using pair correlation function g(r), mark correlation function kmm(r), and bivariate g-function. Intraspecific competition in deciduous seedlings was stronger in the 5-year old reclaimed site than in the 2-year old site. Spatial patterns in deciduous seedlings on PMM were aggregated at 1–3 m scale similar to the natural site, whereas seedlings on FFMM sites had aggregated patterns at greater than 5 m scale. Planted conifers had regular pattern at 1–2 m scale in the 2-year old sites which reflects the plantation spacing, but showed a random pattern in the 5-year old sites indicating the effect of random mortality. Bivariate spatial analysis indicated a significant repulsion between deciduous and coniferous seedling at 1 m in the 2-year old PMM site and a significant attraction in the 5-year old FFMM site suggesting that the mechanism of competition-facilitation between trees is different in different cover soils. Density dependent thinning was only observed in the 2-year old PMM and natural sites; however, a gradual increase in nearest neighbour distances with increasing seedling size in all the reclaimed sites suggests that density dependent thinning has started.
  • Re-caching of acorns by rodents: Cache management in eastern deciduous
           forests of North America
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Andrew W. Bartlow, Nathanael I. Lichti, Rachel Curtis, Robert K. Swihart, Michael A. Steele Scatter-hoarding rodents such as tree squirrels selectively cache seeds for subsequent use in widely-spaced caches placed below the ground surface. This behavior has important implications for seed dispersal, seedling establishment, and tree regeneration. Hoarders manage these caches by recovering and eating some seeds, and moving and re-caching others. This process of re-caching, however, is poorly understood. Here, we use radio-telemetry to evaluate re-caching behavior for the management of acorn caches by rodents in eastern deciduous forests. We also test the hypothesis that as seeds are re-cached, the distance from the source increases. Radio transmitters were implanted in Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) acorns and presented to rodents in a natural setting over 3 seasons. We used radio-telemetry to track and document evidence of recovery and re-caching. We tracked a total of 102 acorns. Of the 39 radio-tagged acorns initially cached, 19 (49%) were cached on two or more occasions; one acorn was cached four times. The hypothesis that rodents move seeds to progressively greater distances from the source is not well-supported, suggesting that acorns are being moved within an individual's home range. Given the species of rodents in the study area, gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are the most likely to be responsible for the caching and re-caching events. Gray squirrels appear to engage in extensive re-caching during periods of long-term food storage, which has important implications for understanding how caching behavior influences acorn dispersal and oak regeneration.
  • Soil macrofauna diversity as a key element for building sustainable
           agriculture in Argentine Pampas
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Anahí Domínguez, Juan J. Jiménez, Carolina E. Ortíz, José C. Bedano The agricultural activity in the Argentine Pampas, characterized by an important trend towards no-till soybean monocropping, has completely transformed the original Pampas landscape into a monotonous scenario with a continuous succession of farms of very low crop diversity. This process has led to soil physical, chemical and biological degradation in those systems. The increase of crop rotation rates in no-till and reduced tillage systems has been proposed as an alternative with reduced negative impact on soils in the context of conventional agriculture. On the other hand, extensive organic farming is also suggested as an alternative to high-input agriculture systems. In this article, we aim to explore how different variations of farming practices and systems impact soil macrofauna, along an edaphoclimatic gradient in the Pampas region. We studied the following systems: natural grassland (Gr) as indicator of the original community, extensive organic farming (Org), conventional agriculture with no-tillage and three crop rotation levels (Nt-R1, Nt-R2 and Nt-R3), and reduced tillage with two levels of crop rotation (Til and Til-R). We assessed soil macrofauna, with emphasis on earthworm, beetle and ant communities; and soil physical and chemical properties. Macrofaunal taxa composition was significantly affected by both management systems and edaphoclimatic conditions. The Gr community had pronounced differences from all the agricultural systems. The earthworm community from Gr had distinctive features from those of most agricultural systems, with Org and Nt-R3 being the most similar to Gr in native and exotic earthworm species, respectively. The beetle community in Org was the most different one, and the communities from the other systems did not show a pattern related to management. Ant community composition was not determined by management systems, but it was affected by edaphoclimatic conditions. All the studied macrofauna groups had a significant co-variation with soil physical and chemical properties, showing that both the characteristics of each soil relative to the geographic location and the effect of management on abiotic soil attributes have an important effect on soil macrofauna. This study confirms that biodiversity is being lost in Pampas soils, which implies a possible threat to the soil capacity to perform the processes that sustain soil functioning and hence plant productivity. Further considerations about the sustainability of the current agricultural model applied in the Argentine Pampas are needed.Graphical abstractImage 1
  • Effects of neighborhood on pollination and seed dispersal of a threatened
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Jaqueline dos Santos, Isabela Galarda Varassin, Valéria Cunha Muschner Changes in the spatial density and availability of resources offered by plants due to habitat fragmentation and overexploitation of the natural environment are likely to affect mutualistic interactions. We tested whether changes in the density of neighborhood conspecific and heterospecific plants and in the availability of resources influence the frequency and composition of floral and frugivorous visitors of eleven individuals of the same population of the threatened palm Euterpe edulis in Brazil. The frequency of floral visitors was positively associated with conspecific density and availability of resources. Species composition was affected by the availability of resources since some bee species were associated with palms that offered more flowers, whereas others were associated with palms that offered less. Two bee species may be able to mediate long-distance pollen-flow for E. edulis: an undetermined species of Euglossini and Apis mellifera. Frugivorous birds were not influenced by any of the factors investigated. Birds of the genus Turdus predominated in the assemblage and were responsible for most of the interactions. This is probably due to the fact that, unlike larger birds, species of Turdus are considered resilient to environmental disturbances. Due to the continuous defaunation and fragmentation of the Atlantic Forest, the number of large birds that can promote long-distance seed dispersal is declining, with implications for the genetic diversity of E. edulis. Measures to restore the population density of E. edulis will likely favor the recovery of its genetic diversity due to its high capacity for distant pollen dispersal. Recovering and protecting large frugivorous birds may also contribute to the maintenance of the population density and genetic diversity of E. edulis.
  • A stronger influence of past rather than present landscape structure on
           present plant species richness of road-field boundaries
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Clémence Chaudron, Rémi Perronne, Sébastien Bonthoux, Francesca Di Pietro Road verges provide a refuge for numerous plant species, especially in agroecosystems characterized for decades by a general decline in semi-natural habitats and edge density. Beyond the influence of present landscape structure on the local structure and composition of plant communities, past landscape structure could also have a substantial effect. Indeed, a temporal delay could especially be hypothesized between periods of landscape changes and biological responses of plant communities. We surveyed plant communities of three adjacent elements of 190 road-field boundaries in Central-Western France: the berm, the embankment and the field margin. We compared the effects of past (1980) and present (2011) surrounding agricultural landscape structure on the plant species richness of each element and on the Sørensen taxonomic compositional dissimilarity index between pairs of elements using linear models and a model averaging procedure. We characterized the landscape structure at both time periods within three circular buffers of 250, 500 and 1000 m radius around the centre of each sampled road-field boundary. In each buffer, we calculated the proportion of grasslands, the proportion of woodlands and the edge density. Despite a weak explanatory power of the landscape structure, species richness of each road-field element was better explained by past than present landscape structure. Species richness of berms, the element of the road-field boundary having the highest proportion of perennial species, was also the most influenced by past landscape structure. As an example, species richness of berms increased with the proportion of woodlands and the edge density when considering a buffer of 500 m radius. In contrast, compositional dissimilarity between pair of elements was neither affected by past nor present landscape structure. Our results suggest that the taxonomic diversity of plant communities of road-field boundaries have a time-lagged response to landscape changes, emphasising that currently implemented management programs represent high stakes for biodiversity conservation in future decades.
  • Spatial variation in host preference in the endangered epiphytic bromeliad
           Tillandsia carlos-hankii
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Adriana Ramírez-Martínez, Demetria Mondragón, Teresa Valverde, José Luis Chávez-Servia Although most vascular epiphytes are generalist, some exhibit host preferences. The latter may vary spatiotemporally driven by variation in environmental conditions. However, to our knowledge no previous studies have evaluated this variation. The aim of this study was to analyze variation in host preferences and population structures in the endangered bromeliad Tillandsia carlos-hankii in two pine-oak forests which differ in environmental conditions, tree composition and community structure. Our questions were: i) does Tillandsia carlos-hankii prefer certain host species over others'; ii) does this preference vary between sites'; iii) how does population structure vary between hosts species and sites' The two sites chosen were an east-facing (INE) and a west-facing slope (CNW). The tree community was sampled within an area of 0.1 ha at each site. Preferred host species were identified using two criteria: a) the degree of colonization; and b) the probability of colonization. In addition, population size-structure on each colonized tree was evaluated to compare between sites and host species. The results showed that almost every tree in the community was colonized by this bromeliad. At both sites Quercus rugosa was a preferred host species, while Q. laurina and Mirsyne juergensenii were preferred at INE but limiting at CNW. In turn, Pinus teocote was limiting at both sites. The percentage of small trees that were colonized depended on species identity. Population structures differed between sites and host species. Thus, both host preferences and local population behavior vary spatially given the differential conditions associated with the two sites.
  • Temporal variation in structural properties of tropical plant-herbivore
           networks: The role of climatic factors
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Antonio López-Carretero, Cecilia Díaz-Castelazo, Karina Boege, Víctor Rico-Gray Plant herbivore interactions can be influenced by abiotic factors such as climate or resource availability. Nevertheless, the influence of climatic variation on the temporal dynamics of plant-herbivore networks has been scarcely studied. In this study we evaluated the influence of temperature and precipitation on the structure and selectiveness of plant-herbivore networks associated to a seasonal tropical ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico. Although a significant turnover was observed in plant and herbivore species across seasons, high modularity and selectivity of the networks remained relatively constant despite the temporal variation in climatic variables. However, precipitation and temperature was negatively associated with niche overlap for herbivores and positively related to evenness of network interactions. In other words, less stressful conditions are likely to promote the diversification in the use of resources by herbivores, and increase evenness of interactions in the network. An increase in niche overlap and a decrease in the evenness of interactions during the driest and coldest months could be promoted by the presence of less specialized herbivores when availability and quality of host resources is lower.We suggest that the constancy in network selectiveness and modularity facilitates the coexistence of species through the fine distribution of niches and the equitable distribution of food resources in periods of greater precipitation and temperature, when the availability of host plants is greater. Overall, we show for the first time how abiotic factors can influence the emergent structural properties of an antagonistic tropical plant-herbivore network.
  • Context-dependent post-dispersal predation of acorns in a California oak
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Spencer C. Schubert, Mario B. Pesendorfer, Walter D. Koenig Seed dispersal and predation play important roles in plant life history by contributing to recruitment patterns in the landscape. Mast-seeding – extensive synchronized inter-annual variability in seed production – is known to influence the activity of acorn consumers at source trees, but little is known about its effect on post-dispersal predation. We conducted a planting experiment over three years to investigate the relationship between habitat-level post-dispersal predation and landscape-wide acorn production of three sympatric oak species (Quercus spp.). We measured post-dispersal predation in three oak-dominated habitats – savanna (under Q. lobata), forest edge (under Q. agrifolia), and woodland (under Q. douglasii) – as well as in chaparral and open fields. Overall, landscape-level predation was similarly high among study years, averaging 61.4%. Neither species nor mass of planted acorns affected predation. Habitat had a significant effect on post-dispersal predation risk with acorns disappearing most rapidly in chaparral and least rapidly in woodlands. However, a significant interaction between year and habitat (Z = −4.5, P 
  • Bacterial species richness at three stages of the breeding season in
           Cyanistes caeruleus (blue tit)
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Andy Devaynes, André Antunes, Alan Bedford, Paul Ashton Blue tits are exposed to a vast array of bacteria throughout their life cycle and are particularly exposed during a breeding attempt. Any pathogenic bacteria within their microbiome can have a detrimental effect on their fitness and that of the nestlings they are raising. This study aims to identify the bacterial species richness that birds of this species are exposed to during three key stages of the breeding cycle: nest build, clutch completion and immediately post fledging. Nests were swabbed at these time points across four deciduous woodland sites in the United Kingdom and genomic DNA extracted prior to T-RFLP analysis. This is the first known instance of this technique being used to assess the nest microbiome and the first culture independent assessment of nest microbiome within this species. This revealed 103 distinct OTUs (Operational Taxonomic Units) across all sites and stages with an increase in taxa richness at each stage. There were differences in the microbiomes of each nest across breeding stage and site with evidence suggesting the nest microbiome is largely determined by the local environment.
  • Can the effect of species ecological traits on birds' altitudinal changes
           differ between geographic areas'
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Emanuel Rocchia, Massimiliano Luppi, Olivia Dondina, Valerio Orioli, Luciano Bani The altitudinal distribution of mountain birds has recently changed following different patterns in space and time, probably due to the variability of the ongoing environmental processes. Although several studies have highlighted the effect of climate warming in affecting birds altitudinal responses, in the Alps, land abandonment and the consequential forest regrowth may have played a fundamental role.We applied the response curve shape method to investigate changes in the altitudinal distribution of breeding birds over a ten-year period in two different alpine areas (Central and Western Italian Alps) and we performed a log-linear analysis to depict the differential responses of species grouped according to their breeding habitat preferences.The patterns of change remarkably differed according to species ecological traits and between mountain areas. We did not highlight clear altitudinal changes in the Central Alps for any ecological groups, while in the Western Alps, woodland birds showed an expansion pattern and grassland birds suffered a retraction pattern. Since the two alpine areas did not suffer a significant temperature increase, but experienced different woodland cover dynamics, we believe that forest regrowth played a key role in shaping the different bird altitudinal responses between the two sites.Our findings illustrate the effect of ecological traits in shaping altitudinal changes and the role of local environmental factors in affecting spatial variation. Particularly, we strongly suggest considering woodland cover expansion as a key driver of bird altitudinal changes in alpine areas.
  • Butterfly-plant network in urban landscape: Implication for conservation
           and urban greening
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Swarnali Mukherjee, Soumyajit Banerjee, Parthiba Basu, Goutam K. Saha, Gautam Aditya Butterflies (Insecta: Lepidoptera) contribute to the ecosystem services and thereby qualify as a group deserving conservation effort. Information on the butterfly-plant links is used as a foundation to sustain population and enhance conservation and management. Thus, in the present study, the structure of a butterfly-plant network in an urban landscape like Kolkata, India, was deciphered highlighting metrics like degree distribution, nestedness, and interaction strength and specialization index. A total of forty eight butterfly species associated with thirty different angiosperm plant species were observed during the study period of one year. While Lantana camara was observed to be the dominant plant species with 37 links to different butterflies, the Catopsilia pyranthe butterfly species was dominant in terms of the generalist pattern of links (21 links) with the plants. Differential ability of the shrubs and herbs in the sustenance of the butterflies was reflected in the network indices using the herbs and the shrubs, separately. In urban landscapes with restricted variety of flowering plants, an estimate of relative strength of interactions enables identification and further use of the concerned species in sustaining butterfly populations. In accordance with these propositions, the butterfly-plant network illustrated in the present instance may prove useful in selection of plant species required for the enhancement of population of desired butterfly species in urban areas like Kolkata, India.
  • Early-stage ecological influences of population recovery of large mammals
           on dung beetle assemblages in heavy snow areas
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Hiroto Enari, Shinsuke Koike, Haruka S. Enari, Yoshikazu Seki, Kei Okuda, Yuuji Kodera Past conservation initiatives and rapidly decreasing human populations in modern Japan have contributed to population recoveries of Sika deer (Cervus nippon), wild boar (Sus scrofa), and Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) throughout the country. Ironically, however, these recoveries have not always received a favorable reception, because these mammals can also be agricultural pests. To open public debate on the recoveries, based on a thorough understanding of their multifaceted roles in sustaining the local ecosystem, we evaluated the initial stage ripple effects caused by the mammalian population recovery on the community assembly of dung beetles, which are keystone decomposer organisms in terrestrial ecosystems. For the evaluation, we conducted manipulative snapshot experiments, using camera and pitfall traps, for mammal and dung beetle assemblages, respectively, in four different mountain ranges within the heavy snow areas of northern Japan, where the recovery of three mammal populations was at an early stage. The current findings implied that, although the feces of every recovering mammal species could provide valuable resources for most beetles, the ripple effects from the mammal population recoveries were subject to hysteresis of the local ecosystem, i.e., catastrophic shifts in ecosystems originating from the historical background of regional mammal defaunation. In particular, the abundance of tunnelers that could benefit from positive ripple effects decreased with an increase in past disturbances, which resulted in emptier forests, i.e., an ecosystem with fewer large mammals. The findings suggested that recovering populations of large mammals do not always contribute to the restoration of the original dung beetle communities, at least initially.
  • Resprouters, assisted by somatic mutations, are as genetically diverse as
           nonsprouters in the world's fire-prone ecosystems
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): William M. Fowler, Xiaofang Deng, Byron B. Lamont, Tianhua He In fire-prone environments worldwide, resprouters mostly regenerate vegetatively after fire, whereas non (re)sprouters are killed by fire and rely entirely on stored seeds (soil or canopy storage) for regeneration. This dichotomy in post-fire regeneration strategies is a key mechanism for controlling the reproductive characteristics, demography, and population genetic structure of plant species in fire-prone ecosystems. Nonsprouters are considered to have higher within-population genetic variation than resprouters due to greater opportunities for recombination via their much greater seed production and frequent generation turnover. Empirical studies that explore this hypothesis are rare and the results are mixed. We collated published studies reporting genetic diversity measures of plant species in fire-prone ecosystems of four Mediterranean-climate regions. Ninety-two species were identified with unambiguous information on postfire regeneration type and with adequate sample sizes. We found no significant differences in population genetic diversity and structure between resprouters and nonresprouters across diversity parameters and genetic marker types, taxon groups or geographic regions. We conclude that resprouters are at least as genetically diverse as nonsprouters. We tested the hypothesis that accumulation of somatic mutations is a possible mechanism for maintaining genetic diversity among resprouters, by screening for microsatellite DNA mutations in the resprouter, Banksia attenuata. Genotyping of leaf material collected from disparate parts of individual plants demonstrated the existence of 2–5 somatic mutations among eleven microsatellite loci. The buildup of somatic mutations in meristematic buds during a resprouter's long lifespan and the considerable potential for interpopulation gene dispersal among resprouters may be key factors that enable their genetic diversity to keep pace with that of nonsprouters. Thus, resprouters and nonsprouters are equally capable of responding to natural selection, and therefore possess a similar potential to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
  • Environmental determinants of genetic diversity in Salix gordejevii
           (Salicaceae) in three Sandy Lands, northern China
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Wenda Huang, Xueyong Zhao, Xin Zhao, Yulin Li, Jing Feng, Na Su, Chengchen Pan, Yayong Luo
  • Influence of seed size on performance of non-native annual plant species
           in a novel community at two planting densities
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2018Source: Acta Oecologica, Volume 92Author(s): Janina Radny, Wim H. van der Putten, Katja Tielbörger, Katrin M. Meyer Climate warming enables plant species to migrate to higher latitudes and altitudes. Within Europe, the Mediterranean harbours many species that might expand their ranges towards Western Europe. Small seed size may facilitate dispersal, however, it may impair establishment of the range-expanding plant species in the novel vegetation. In a greenhouse experiment, we examined effects of average seed size of Mediterranean plant species on their establishment in a mixed community of Western European plant species. Applying two levels of densities of the natives and a herbivory treatment, we tested how seed size is linked to response in plant growth and fitness in novel vegetation. While all non-native plant species showed a negative response to increased planting density, species with small seeds showed a less negative response. This effect persisted under herbivory. Our data suggest that small-seeded non-native plant species may tolerate competitive pressure from novel plant communities better than large-seeded species, so that small seed size may confer a higher probability of establishment of non-native species in novel communities.
  • Ecology and conservation of West African forests: An introduction
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 May 2018Source: Acta OecologicaAuthor(s): Luca Luiselli, John E. Fa
  • Environmental filtering determines patterns of tree species composition in
           small mountains of Atlantic Central African forests
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 April 2018Source: Acta OecologicaAuthor(s): Christelle Gonmadje, Charles Doumenge, Terry Sunderland, Doyle McKey The determinants of patterns of plant species composition on small mountains are poorly known, especially in Central Africa. We aimed here to identify variation in tree species composition throughout the Ngovayang Massif (southern Cameroon) and determine the relative contributions of environmental factors and spatial autocorrelation in shaping tree species composition. Vegetation surveys were conducted in fifteen 1-ha (100 m × 100 m) permanent plots established along a transect from lowland (200 m) to submontane forests (900 m) in which all trees with a diameter (dbh) ≥ 10 cm were inventoried. Data were investigated using ordination methods (Correspondence Analysis and Canonical Correspondence Analysis). At the local scale, the most important variable in determining tree species composition patterns was slope exposure, followed by distance from the ocean and altitude. Together, these environmental variables explained 28% of floristic variation among plots, and the spatial structure almost disappeared when the effects of these variables were removed. Spatial autocorrelation analysis showed that spatial variables (geographic coordinates of the plots) or geographic distance between plots explained only 1% of the total initial variance. Residual spatial variation not explained by the environmental variables probably reflects the history of vegetation and the effects of other climatic variables that were not included in this study. Floristic variation in the Ngovayang Massif is due to strong environmental heterogeneity. The sensitivity of floristic composition to environmental variables such as slope orientation and altitude suggests that tree species composition may shift with expected climate changes, such as changes in the movement of air masses, increase in mean annual temperatures or increasing severity of the dry season. Our study highlights the need for systematic on-the-ground measurements of climate variables in tropical montane areas in order to better understand the current climate regime and serve as a basis for modelling future changes.
  • Effect of heat on soil seedbank of three contrasting physiognomies in
           Shasha forest reserve, Southwestern Nigeria
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 April 2018Source: Acta OecologicaAuthor(s): D.S. Akinyemi, S.R. Oseni, S.O. Oke The effects of soil heating which usually occur during forest fires on the floristic composition and seed density of the soil seed bank of Shasha forest reserve in Southwestern Nigeria was investigated and the potential of the soil seedbank in forest restoration process (especially after a fire) was examined. Three distinct sites (Regrowth forest, Gmelina and Pinus plantations) were selected in the forest reserve. Species enumeration, identification and distribution into families of the standing vegetation were carried out. Soil samples were collected at 0–15 cm depth from each plot in March 2012. One set of replicate samples was heated in an oven until the soil reached 80 °C (to simulate typical temperature at soil surface during forest fires) while the other serves as a control. They were subjected to seedling emergence for six months to determine the density and species composition of the seed banks of the study sites. Seedling emergence result for heated and unheated soil samples showed that the seedbank density was higher in control than heated samples in the three sites. Few woody species emerged from the soil seedbank of three study sites and in both control and heated samples. There was a significant difference in total seed density when treatments were compared (P  0.05) when sites were compared. Diversity and evenness indices follow the order Regrowth forest > Pinus plantation > Gmelina plantation. NMDS (non-metric multi-dimensional scaling) ordination revealed low similarity in the species composition of extant vegetation and seedbank. The potential of vegetation restoration of the disturbed forest reserve from seed bank is limited, and heat from fire had negative effects on the seed bank characteristics of the forest but selectively enhanced the emergence of species like Pinus carribaea.
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