Virtual Issue: Biodiversity

In recognition of International Year of Biodiversity, 2010, the five journals of the British Ecological Society - Journal of Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Functional Ecology and Methods in Ecology and Evolution - are pleased to publish a Virtual Issue of papers with biodiversity as a common theme. The science of ecology will have a critical role to play in preventing biodiversity loss in the coming decades, with its unique ability to understand the consequences of environmental change. In making ecology accessible and relevant to the management of real world situations, the journals have long-lasting impact on how future human activities proceed. In particular, the management and protection of biodiversity has important ecosystem service ramifications – where the level, predictability and stability of services such as water filtration, waste decomposition, food availability, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, pest control, crop pollination and soil retention all require an understanding and protection of not just biodiversity per se, but also the ecological and evolutionary processes generating and maintaining it. Given both the importance of biodiversity and the task at hand for ecologists, we have selected papers that showcase approaches to biodiversity management and conservation, and impacts on ecosystem services. Publishing the very best ecological research drawn from an international authorship, the five BES journals are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to our knowledge of global biodiversity and its management and conservation. We hope that you enjoy reading the articles.

“Human activity is causing the diversity of life on Earth to be lost at a greatly accelerated rate. These losses are irreversible, impoverish us all and damage the life support systems we rely on everyday. But we can prevent them.”- the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Environment Programme (read full press release)

Journal of Ecology | Journal of Animal of Ecology | Journal of Applied of Ecology | Functional EcologyMethods in Ecology and Evolution

Diversity effects on production in different light and fertility environments: an experiment with communities of annual plants
Jason D. Fridley (2003)

The Park Grass Experiment 1856-2006: Its contribution to ecology
Jonathan Silvertown, Paul Poulton, Edward Johnston, Grant Edwards, Matthew Heard and Pamela M. Biss (2006)

Rapid responses of high-mountain vegetation to early Holocene environmental changes in the Swiss Alps
W. Tinner and P. Kaltenrieder (2005)

Characterizing the phylogenetic structure of communities by an additive partitioning of phylogenetic diversity
O.J. Hardy and B. Senterre (2007)

Phyloecology of urban alien floras
C. Ricotta, F.A. La Sorte, P. Pyšek, G.L. Rapson, L. Celesti-Grapow and K. Thompson (2007)

Selectivity and functional diversity in arbuscular mycorrhizas of co-occurring fungi and plants from a temperate deciduous woodland
T. Helgason, J.W. Merryweather, J. Denison, P. Wilson, J.P.W. Young and A.H. Fitter (2002)


Measuring beta diversity for presence-absence data
P. Koleff, K.J. Gaston and J.J. Lennon (2003)

Predator-prey body size, interaction strength and the stability of a real food web
M.C. Emmerson and D. Raffaelli (2004)

A truce with neutral theory: local deterministic factors, species traits and dispersal limitation together determine patterns of diversity in stream invertebrates
R. Thompson and C. Townsend (2006)

Importance of parasites and their life cycle characteristics in determining the structure of a large marine food web
R.M. Thompson, K.N. Mouritsen and R. Poulin (2005)

Predators, parasitoids and pathogens: species richness, trophic generality and body sizes in a natural food web
J. Memmott, N.D. Martinez and J.E. Cohen (2000)

The geographical structure of British bird distributions: diversity, spatial turnover and scale
J.J. Lennon, P. Koleff, J.J.D. Greenwood and K.J. Gaston (2001)


Assessing the impact of Impatiens glandulifera on riparian habitats: Partitioning diversity components following species remova
P.E. Hulme and E.T. Bremner (2006)

At what spatial scale do high-quality habitats enhance the diversity of forbs and pollinators in intensively farmed landscapes?
F. Kohler, J. Verhulst, R. Van Klink and D. Kleijn (2007)

Conflicts between biodiversity conservation and development in a biosphere reserve
Z.J. Ma, B. Li, W.J. Li, N.Y. Han, J.K. Chen and A.R. Watkinson (2008)

Restoring tropical diversity: Beating the time tax on species loss
C. Martinez-Garza and H.F. Howe (2003)

Priority research areas for ecosystem services in a changing world
E. Nicholson, G.M. Mace and P.R. Armsworth (2009)


Quantifying the relative importance of niches and neutrality for coexistence in a model microbial system
Q.G. Zhang, A. Buckling and H.C.J. Godfray (2009)

Species abundance dynamics under neutral assumptions: a Bayesian approach to the controversy
C.M. Mutshinda, R.B. O'Hara and I.P. Woiwod (2008)

Allee effects and the neutral theory of biodiversity
S.R. Zhou and D.Y. Zhang (2006)

Biodiversity and ecosystem function in soil
A.H. Fitter, C.A. Gilligan, K. Hollingworth et al. (2005)

Assembly rules and functional groups at global biogeographical scales
D.R. Bellwood, P.C. Wainwright, C.J. Fulton and A. Hoey (2002)


A new method for detecting and interpreting biodiversity and ecological community thresholds
M.E. Baker and R.S. King (2010)

Comparing measures of species diversity from incomplete inventories: an update
J. Beck and W. Schwanghart (2010)

A novel approach to detecting a regime shift in a lake ecosystem
G. Gal and W. Anderson (2010)


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