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Scientific design of GM farm-scale evaluations made public
The 40th anniversary issue of the British Ecology Society's Journal of Applied Ecology this month leads with two major papers describing the background, methodology and experimental design of the farm-scale evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops. In laying out the statistical design and methods of data collection for the trials, these two papers not only pave the way for... View News Article (2003-02-07)

From parasitism to mutualism: Partner control in asymmetric interactions
What prevents an exploitative individual from taking advantage of a cooperative partner? Most attempts to answer this question focus on reciprocity - exploitation may not pay, if it triggers retaliation. But in many encounters, only one individual can exploit the other. For example, when coral reef fish approach a `cleaner` wrasse to have their parasites removed, the cleaner can take advantage... View News Article (2002-09-09)

University of Kent course run in partnership with modern wonder of the world
The news that Kew Gardens is to join the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China as a modern wonder of the world has been welcomed by teachers on the University of Kent's MSc Programme in Ethnobotany. Together with the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), the Department of Anthropology and the Royal Botanic Gardens collaborate in offering a unique qualification which... View News Article (2003-07-11)

Yale journal examines the global impact of cities
The global impact of cities is the focus of cutting-edge research in a special issue of Yale's Journal of Industrial Ecology. View News Article (2007-06-18)

Heterosis in populations in nature of a domesticated plant
Few studies quantify evolutionary processes in populations of domesticated plants in traditional farming systems. In February's Ecology Letters, Pujol, David and McKey show that these systems offer unusual opportunities for studying microevolution. View News Article (2005-02-08)

Coexistence of identical competitors: an old doctrine challenged
An illustrious principle in ecology states that no two identical species may coexist: sooner or later all but one will drift to extinction. Researchers from the Beijing Normal University and the University of Helsinki have modeled recent data on fig-pollinating wasps that appear to contradict the old theory. The model, which is reported in a forthcoming issue of Ecology Letters, is built upon... View News Article (2004-02-24)

A new appreciation of the ecology-evolution dynamic
Ecology drives evolution. In today's issue of the journal Science, UC Davis expert Thomas Schoener describes growing evidence that the reverse is also true, and explores what that might mean to our understanding of how environmental change affects species and vice-versa. View News Article (2011-01-31)

Mean Population Size Increases with Diversity
A long-standing debate in ecology has been the effect of diversity on the temporal stability of biological systems. Ecological theory predicts that the stability of populations should decline as community diversity increases, in part, because population size is assumed to decline with community richness. In the February issue of Ecology Letters, Valone and Hoffman, using an 11-year dataset, have... View News Article (2003-01-28)

New tool helps model forest traits and evolution
Researchers have developed plant, a software framework, to investigate how plant species differing in traits may be able to coexist with one another.  View News Article (2016-02-22)

Improved estimates of population extinction risk (Harding and McNamara)
An important application of theoretical ecology is in estimation of species extinction risk. Extinction models guide the selection of management regimes for endangered species. Two vital parameters in these models are the mean population growth rate and its variance. However, empirical data on population growth are rarely perfect, but are influenced by random sampling error (induced by e.g.... View News Article (2003-12-10)

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