Drought resistance and recovery of community traits in semiarid grasslands

Wentao Luo, Robert J. Griffin-Nolan, Lin Song, Niwu Te, Jiaqi Chen, Yuan Shi, Taofeek O. Muraina, Zhengwen Wang, Melinda D. Smith, Qiang Yu, Alan K. Knapp, Xingguo Han, Scott L. Collins This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Global climate change is expected to increase rainfall variability, potentially increasing the frequency of extreme droughts during … Continue reading Drought resistance and recovery of community traits in semiarid grasslands

Water stress reduces flower and seed production in wild mustard plants

Rebecca J. Höfer, Tina Lindner, Manfred Ayasse, Jonas Kuppler This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Climate change will lead to reduced precipitation, which can cause a water deficit in the soil, leading to water stress in plants. It is known that water stress in plants alters floral characteristics such as morphology, phenology or floral … Continue reading Water stress reduces flower and seed production in wild mustard plants

Tree plumbing system characteristics were not linked to their growth during drought

Chris M. Smith-Martin, Robert Muscarella, Roi Ankori-Karlinsky, Sylvain Delzon, Samuel L. Farrar, Melissa Salva-Sauri, Jill Thompson, Jess K. Zimmerman, María Uriarte This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Droughts are causing trees to grow less and die more in many forests worldwide. Some tree species are more affected by drought than others, but we do … Continue reading Tree plumbing system characteristics were not linked to their growth during drought

The silicon and nitrogen concentrations in wildflowers and grasses vary under different water conditions

Marius Klotz, Jörg Schaller, Heike Feldhaar, Jürgen Dengler, Gerhard Gebauer, Gregor Aas, Anita Weissflog, Bettina M. J. Engelbrecht This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Wildflower and grass species have to cope with unfavourable conditions, such as drought and flooding. This causes stress to which plants respond by adjusting their growth and nutrient content. Understanding … Continue reading The silicon and nitrogen concentrations in wildflowers and grasses vary under different water conditions

Drought-driven shifts in relationships between plant biodiversity and productivity in temperate steppes

Xiaoan Zuo, Xiangyun Li, Ping Yue, Aixia Guo, Xiyuan Yue, Chong Xu, Alan K. Knapp, Melinda D. Smith, Wentao Luo, Ginger R.H. Allington, Qiang Yu This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Grasslands are generally water-limited ecosystems that occupy 40% of the earth’s land surface. Expected increases in drought frequency and severity due to global climate change … Continue reading Drought-driven shifts in relationships between plant biodiversity and productivity in temperate steppes

Drought threatens dioecious Populus euphratica

Zhichao Xia, Yue He, Zuodong Zhu, Helena Korpelainen and Chunyang Li This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. R.A. Fisher, a famous biologist, proposed that natural populations, whether there are more females than males or more males than females, will still have a 1:1 ratio of females to males in their offspring. However, the rate … Continue reading Drought threatens dioecious Populus euphratica

Variable responses of seed traits to extreme drought do not preclude their strong relationships with drought sensitivity

Wentao Luo, Robert J. Griffin-Nolan, Andrew J. Felton, Qiang Yu, Hongyi Wang, Hongxiang Zhang, Zhengwen Wang, Xingguo Han, Scott L. Collins, Alan K. Knapp This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Global climate change is expected to increase rainfall variability, potentially increasing the frequency of extreme droughts during this century. Intensified drought will impact ecosystem … Continue reading Variable responses of seed traits to extreme drought do not preclude their strong relationships with drought sensitivity

Effect of water availability on volatile-mediated communication between potato plants in response to insect herbivory

Carla Vázquez-González, Laura Pombo-Salinas, Lucía Martín-Cacheda, Sergio Rasmann, Gregory Röder, Luis Abdala-Roberts, Kailen A. Mooney, Xoaquín Moreira This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Plants can perceive and respond to complex blends of above- or belowground volatile organic compounds (‘VOCs’) emitted by herbivore-damaged neighbours, a phenomenon termed ‘plant communication’. Such chemical cues act as warning … Continue reading Effect of water availability on volatile-mediated communication between potato plants in response to insect herbivory

Water use partitioning of native and non-native tree species in riparian ecosystems under contrasting climatic conditions

Elena Granda, Cristina Antunes, Cristina Máguas, Pilar Castro-Díez This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Non-native plants introduced by humans to a new ecosystem have to deal with conditions they might not be adapted to. Yet, some non-native plants become so successful that they can even displace native plants. One of the mechanism that explains … Continue reading Water use partitioning of native and non-native tree species in riparian ecosystems under contrasting climatic conditions

How would drought-induced species loss contribute to the changes in community nutrient conservation

Xiao-Sa Liang, Wang Ma, Qiang Yu, Wen-Tao Luo, Zheng-Wen Wang, Xiao-Tao Lü, Xing-Guo Han This is a plain language summary of a Functional Ecology research article which can be found here. Nutrient resorption is a physiological process through which plants divert nutrients from senescing organs to reproductive and storage organs. Plants can reabsorb more than 60% of nitrogen and phosphorus from senescing leaves, which can … Continue reading How would drought-induced species loss contribute to the changes in community nutrient conservation