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  • Study stands of Pinus halepensis in the Eastern Iberian Peninsula belong to different ecoregions.

    Frequent wildfires modify genetic structure in Pinus halepensis

    The recurrence of wildfires is predicted to increase due to global climate change. Budde et al. examine the population genetic effects of frequent fires in natural stands of the fire-adapted Mediterranean tree Pinus halepensis (Pinaceae) and find that genetic diversity was preserved despite frequent fires. However, nearby trees were more closely related than in control […] More

  • That which does not kill us makes us more nibbled by beetles.

    Botanists disprove Nietzche

    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger”, or so said Friedrich Nietzche, but is that really the case? This month in Annals of Botany Orians et al. have published a paper where that tests this idea: How slug herbivory of juvenile hybrid willows alters chemistry, growth and subsequent susceptibility to diverse plant enemies. […] More

  • Pollinator and herbivore effects on Erysimum

    Pollinator and herbivore effects on Erysimum

    Erysimum capitatum (Brassicaceae) is a widespread and variable plant species with generalized pollination that is attacked by a number of herbivores. Lay et al.  find that individuals of E. capitatum are visited by diverse groups of pollinators and herbivores that shift in abundance and importance in time and space. Developmental mechanisms that allow plants to […] More