Predicting What Extinctions Could Mean for Lemurs and the Forests They Call Home

This blog post is provided by James Herrera and tells the #StoryBehindthePaper for the paper “Drivers and Consequences of Structure in Plant–Lemur Ecological Networks“, which was recently published in Journal of Animal Ecology. In their study the authors explore how lemurs and plants are interconnected in ecological networks, and the impacts of plant or lemur extinctions on these networks. This post was originally posted on … Continue reading Predicting What Extinctions Could Mean for Lemurs and the Forests They Call Home

The invisible interplay between herbivorous insects and their monitoring ants on a chemically diverse plant

Plants exhibit impressive genetic and chemical diversity, and this variation is important for structuring ecological communities. A recent paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology investigated this with regard to aphids and their host-plant tansy. Lead author Dr Sharon Zytynska from the Technical University of Munich tells us more about this study. The perennial tansy plant (Tanacetum vulgare) grows steadily throughout the spring, producing heads … Continue reading The invisible interplay between herbivorous insects and their monitoring ants on a chemically diverse plant

Do spatial sampling scales influence the understanding of ant-plant interaction network architecture?

Despite great interest in metrics to quantify the structure of ecological networks, the effects of sampling and scale remain poorly understood. However, a recent paper published in Journal of Animal Ecology seeks to change this! Lead author Dr Wesley Dáttilo (Instituto de Ecologia, Mexico) explains how studying ant-plant interaction networks helped develop a better understanding of spatial sampling scales. We know that no single species … Continue reading Do spatial sampling scales influence the understanding of ant-plant interaction network architecture?