Species-rich temperate grasslands of the Central Europe (the White Carpathians region). Photo credit: Agnes J. Albert.

Weak relationship between leaf drought tolerance and easy-to-measure traits in grassland plants

Majekova, Maria; Hájek, Tomáš; Albert, Agnes; de Bello, Francesco; Dolezal, Jiri; Götzenberger, Lars; Janeček, Štepán; Leps, Jan; Liancourt, Pierre; Mudrák, Ondrej Grasslands are an important ecosystem that sustains much biodiversity. Even in non-arid regions like Western and Central Europe, climate change is predicted to increase the occurrence of extreme drought events. This will decrease the water available for plants and potentially have a negative impact … Continue reading Weak relationship between leaf drought tolerance and easy-to-measure traits in grassland plants

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Cascading effects of algal warming in a freshwater community

Michelle Tseng, Carla M. Di Filippo, Madeline Fung, Jihyun O. Kim, Ian P. Forster, Yilin Zhou Certain fatty acids confer considerable health benefits on animals including humans. The majority of fatty acids in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems originate in algae. There is some worry that with continued global warming, algae will produce lower quantities of beneficial fatty acids, and that this reduction will result in … Continue reading Cascading effects of algal warming in a freshwater community

Large group of humpback and blue whales feeding near the surface © Dave Hurwitz

Humpback and blue whale “super-groups” near dense, consistently distributed krill patches

David E. Cade, S. Mduduzi Seakamela, Ken P. Findlay, Julie Fukunaga, Shirel R. Kahane‐Rapport, Joseph D. Warren, John Calambokidis, James A. Fahlbusch, Ari S. Friedlaender, Elliott L. Hazen, Deon Kotze, Steven McCue, Michael Meÿer, William K. Oestreich, Machiel G. Oudejans, Christopher Wilke, Jeremy A. Goldbogen On Dec. 16, 1892, William S Bruce, a scientist aboard a whaling vessel near South Georgia Island on the edge … Continue reading Humpback and blue whale “super-groups” near dense, consistently distributed krill patches