REVIEW: Seed predation & plant community theory

Loralee Larios, Dean E. Pearson and John L. Maron Community ecologists seek to understand the relative strength of local processes in determining the identity and number of species that establish in any given location. Increasingly, plant ecologists have focused on plant traits and how these may determine which species can live together and which species…

Review: Stable isotopes in tropical tree rings

Peter van der Sleen, Pieter A. Zuidema,  Thijs L. Pons Tree-ring research is a well-established field in temperate and other strongly seasonal climates. But during recent decades, the formation of annual growth rings has also been shown for a large and growing number of tropical trees, thus allowing tree-ring research in tropical climates. Even more…

REVIEW: Sampling roots to capture plant and soil functions

Grégoire T. Freschet, Catherine Roumet The long and complex evolution of plant roots, and their occurrence in multiple environmental conditions, have shaped a large diversity of forms and functions among plant species. With the growing recognition that roots constitute a critical component of ecosystem functioning, an increasingly large research community has begun to unravel the…