New fellowship achieved. TreEsilience: Global patterns of intraspecific variation in tree resilience to drought

New fellowship achieved. TreEsilience: Global patterns of intraspecific variation in tree resilience to drought

Lucía DeSoto has been recently granted with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to carry out TreEsilience project. TreEsilience aims using tree rings to investigate the role of local adaptation in determining intraspecific variation in tree resilience to drought.

Drought mortality of Pines in Sierra Nevada (Spain)

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Nuevo Proyecto: “Interacciones ecológicas como indicadoras de gestión en áreas naturales protegidas”

Nuevo Proyecto: “Interacciones ecológicas como indicadoras de gestión en áreas naturales protegidas”

Este proyecto financiado por el Programa Iberoamericano de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED) y coordinado por el Profesor Rodrigo Medel (Universidad de Chile) aborda la gestión de las áreas naturales protegidas (ANPs en adelante) desde el dominio de las interacciones interespecíficas planta-animal. Read more

Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary history of Moricandia DC (Brassicaceae)

Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary history of Moricandia DC (Brassicaceae)

We present in this paper a molecular phylogeny of the genus Moricandia (Brassicaceae). We have found that a Spanish population previously ascribed to Rytidocarpus moricandioides is indeed a Moricandia species, and we propose to name it as M. rytidocarpoides sp. nov. In addition, M. foleyi appeared outside the Moricandia lineage but within the genus Eruca. Therefore, M. foleyi should be excluded from the genus Moricandia and be ascribed to the genus Eruca. Read more

A general framework for effectiveness concepts in mutualisms

A general framework for effectiveness concepts in mutualisms

A core interest in studies of mutualistic interactions is the ‘effectiveness’ of mutualists in providing benefits to their partners. In plant-animal mutualisms it is widely accepted that the total effect of a mutualist on its partner is estimated as (1) a ‘quantity’ component multiplied by (2) a ‘quality’ component, although the meanings of ‘effectiveness,’ ‘quantity,’ and ‘quality’ and which terms are applied to these metrics vary greatly across studies. In addition, a similar quantity × quality = total effect approach has not been applied to other types of mutualisms, although it could be informative. Lastly, when a total effect approach has been applied, it has invariably been from a phytocentric perspective, focussing on the effects of animal mutualists on their plant partner. This lack of a common framework of ‘effectiveness’ of mutualistic interactions limits generalisation and the development of a broader understanding of the ecology and evolution of mutualisms. Read more