Ecology Letters

Environmental change triggers rapid evolution

A University of Leeds-led study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, overturns the common assumption that evolution only occurs gradually over hundreds or thousands of years.

Apr 09, 2013
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Cushion plants help other plants survive

Alpine cushion plants help other plants in harsh mountain environments to survive. This is shown by new research involving researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the results of which are now ...

Feb 18, 2013
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Confirmed: How plant communities endure stress

(Phys.org)—The Stress Gradient Hypothesis holds that as stress increases in an ecosystem, mutually supportive interactions become more significant and negative interactions, such as competition, become ...

Jan 30, 2013
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Why insect 'tourists' are good for some plants

(Phys.org)—Just as human tourists can be good for the economy, "insect tourists" can be good for a plant. When the hairs of a "sticky plant" trap small insects or "insect tourists," the plant can benefit in ways most people ...

Jan 08, 2013
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Beaks show why 'sister' species don't live together

(Phys.org)—A study of closely-related bird species has found that they do not coexist in the same region because they remain too ecologically similar and will out-compete each other, not because of geographical ...

Dec 13, 2012
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