Ecology in China - 中国生态学

Journal of Animal Ecology is a global journal that receives submissions from all over the world. Until very recently, however, we received only a trickle of papers from China. But in the last couple of years, things have changed and we are now seeing many high-quality manuscripts being submitted to our journal and more papers from China being published. These cover a diverse range of taxa and topics and often involve international collaborations. We are pleased to see this diversity and hope we will see many more high-quality submissions from the region over the coming years. We are particularly pleased to see that scientists at the start of their careers are choosing to submit their best work to our journal, and one of these – Chuan Zhao, from Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences – is the current holder of the Elton Prize for the best paper published in the journal authored by a young scientist. His paper “Predatory beetles facilitate plant growth by driving earthworms to lower soil layers” is co-authored with John Griffin, Xinwei Wu and Shucun Sun, and explores the indirect effects of predatory beetles on plant growth in a Tibetan alpine meadow. We hope you enjoy this and the other papers in this Virtual Issue.

Ken Wilson, Executive Editor

近年来,中国的动物生态学在种群生态学、行为生态学、生理生态学、地理生态学、保护生态学、分子生态学等各领域都有较大的进展,特别是啮齿动物种群调节假说的野外实验验证,啮齿动物与植物种子之间的关系,动物对环境的生理适应,脊椎动物对青藏高原低氧寒冷环境的适应和进化和濒危物种的保护等。希望中国的动物生态学家积极把新的系统的研究成果发表在 Journal of Animal Ecology 上,让更多的国际同行了解中国动物生态学的发展,促进交流与合作。

In recent years, fields of animal ecology such as population, behavioural, physiological, geographic, conservation and molecular ecology have made a great progress in China. Progress has especially been made on the experimental hypothesis testing of rodent population regulation in the field (vole and hamster), interactions between rodents and tree seeds (squirrels), physiological adaptations of subtrophic and temperate animals (voles and gerbils), special adaptation mechanisms to cold and hypoxia on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (yak, pika and some birds species) and conservation of endangered species (giant panda, Asia elephant, Tibetan antelopes and some nonhuman primate species). I therefore encourage Chinese colleagues to publish their new findings in the Journal of Animal Ecology to accelerate and strengthen international communication and collaboration in this field.

Dehua Wang, Associate Editor

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

A trophic cascade induced by predatory ants in a fig–fig wasp mutualism
Bo Wang, Xiang-Zong Geng, Li-Bin Ma, James M. Cook, Rui-Wu Wang

Night warming on hot days produces novel impacts on development, survival and reproduction in a small arthropod
Fei Zhao, Wei Zhang, Ary A. Hoffmann, Chun-Sen Ma

Predatory beetles facilitate plant growth by driving earthworms to lower soil layers
Chuan Zhao1, John N. Griffin, Xinwei Wu, and Shucun Sun

Patterns of bird functional diversity on land-bridge island fragments
Zhifeng Ding, Kenneth J. Feeley, Yanping Wang, Robin J. Pakeman, Ping Ding

Increasing zooplankton size diversity enhances the strength of top-down control on phytoplankton through diet niche partitioning
Lin Ye, Chun-Yi Chang, Carmen García-Comas, Gwo-Ching Gong, Chih-hao Hsieh

Agricultural irrigation mediates climatic effects and density dependence in population dynamics of Chinese striped hamster in North China Plain
Chuan Yan, Lei Xu, Tongqin Xu, Xiaoping Cao, Fusheng Wang, Shuqing Wang, Shoushen Hao, Hefang Yang, Zhibin Zhang

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The effects of large herbivore grazing on meadow steppe plant and insect diversity
Hui Zhu, Deli Wang, Ling Wang, Yuguang Bai, Jian Fang and Jun Liu

Effects of species richness on cadmium removal efficiencies of algal microcosms
Shao-Peng Li, Jin-Tian Li, Jia-Liang Kuang, Hong-Nan Duan, Yi Zeng and Wen-Sheng Shu

Grazing alters ecosystem functioning and C:N:P stoichiometry of grasslands along a regional precipitation gradient
Yongfei Bai, Jianguo Wu, Chris M. Clark, Qingmin Pan, Lixia Zhang, Shiping Chen, Qibing Wang and Xingguo Han

China's transboundary waters: New paradigms for water and ecological security through applied ecology research
Daming He, Ruidong Wu, Yan Feng, Yungang Li, Chengzhi Ding, Wenling Wang, Douglas W. Yu

Flower-visiting insects and their potential impact on transgene flow in rice
De-qiang Pu, Min Shi, Qiong Wu, Ming-qing Gao, Jia-Fu Liu, Shao-peng Ren, Fan Yang, Pu Tang, Gong-yin Ye, Zhi-cheng Shen, Jun-hua He, Ding Yang, Wen-Jun Bu, Chun-tian Zhang, Qisheng Song, Dong Xu, Michael R. Strand, Xue-xin Chen

Understanding the effects of a new grazing policy: the impact of seasonal grazing on shrub demography in the Inner Mongolian steppe
Shou-Li Li, Fei-Hai Yu, Marinus J. A. Werger, Ming Dong, Satu Ramula, Pieter A. Zuidema

Chinese Loess Plateau vegetation since the Last Glacial Maximum and its implications for vegetation restoration
Wenying Jiang, Yufen Cheng, Xiaoxiao Yang, Shiling Yang

To view the Journal of Ecology introduction click here.

Understanding the ecosystem implications of the angiosperm rise to dominance: leaf litter decomposability among magnoliids and other basal angiosperms
Guofang Liu, William K. Cornwell, Xu Pan, Kunfang Cao, Xuehua Ye, Zhenying Huang, Ming Dong, Johannes H. C. Cornelissen

Nectar thieves influence reproductive fitness by altering behaviour of nectar robbers and legitimate pollinators in Corydalis ambigua (Fumariaceae)
Yan-Wen Zhang, Ji-Min Zhao, David W. Inouye

The interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil phosphorus availability influences plant community productivity and ecosystem stability
Gaowen Yang, Nan Liu, Wenjie Lu, Shuo Wang, Haiming Kan, Yingjun Zhang, Lan Xu, Yongliang Chen

Geographic variation and local adaptation in Oryza rufipogon across its climatic range in China
Wen Zhou, Zhixiu Wang, Anthony J. Davy, Guihua Liu

Long-term seed survival and dispersal dynamics in a rodent-dispersed tree: testing the predator satiation hypothesis and the predator dispersal hypothesis
Zhishu Xiao, Zhibin Zhang, Charles J. Krebs

Evidence that acidification-induced declines in plant diversity and productivity are mediated by changes in below-ground communities and soil properties in a semi-arid steppe
Dima Chen, Zhichun Lan, Xue Bai, James B. Grace, Yongfei Bai

Imperfect detection is the rule rather than the exception in plant distribution studies
Guoke Chen, Marc Kéry, Matthias Plattner, Keping Ma, Beth Gardner

Initial density affects biomass–density and allometric relationships in self-thinning populations of Fagopyrum esculentum
Lei Li, Jacob Weiner, Daowei Zhou, Yingxin Huang, Lianxi Sheng

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Intra- and inter-sexual competition of Populus cathayana under different watering regimes
Juan Chen, Baoli Duan, Maolin Wang, Helena Korpelainen, Chunyang Li

Oxidative stress in response to natural and experimentally elevated reproductive effort is tissue dependent
Yan-Chao Xu, Deng-Bao Yang, John R. Speakman, De-Hua Wang

Functional and phylogenetic assembly in a Chinese tropical tree community across size classes, spatial scales and habitats
Jie Yang, Guocheng Zhang, Xiuqin Ci, Nathan G. Swenson, Min Cao, Liqing Sha, Jie Li, Carol C. Baskin, J.W. Ferry Slik, Luxiang Lin

Phloem-feeding whiteflies can fool their host plants, but not their parasitoids
Peng-Jun Zhang, Cai-Xia Xu, Jin-Ming Zhang, Yao-Bin Lu, Jia-Ning Wei, Yin-Quan Liu, Anja David, Wilhelm Boland, Ted C. J. Turlings

Vertebrate herbivore-induced changes in plants and soils: linkages to ecosystem functioning in a semi-arid steppe
Dima Chen, Shuxia Zheng, Yumei Shan, Friedhelm Taube, Yongfei Bai

Contrasting leaf trait scaling relationships in tropical and temperate wet forest species
Shuang Xiang, Peter B. Reich, Shucun Sun, Owen K. Atkin

The environment and space, not phylogeny, determine trait dispersion in a subtropical forest
Xiaojuan Liu, Nathan G. Swenson, Jinlong Zhang, Keping Ma

To view the Methods in Ecology and Evolution introduction click here.

Biodiversity soup: metabarcoding of arthropods for rapid biodiversity assessment and biomonitoring
Douglas W. Yu, Yinqiu Ji, Brent C. Emerson, Xiaoyang Wang, Chengxi Ye, Chunyan Yang and Zhaoli Ding

Spatial analysis by distance indices: an alternative local clustering index for studying spatial patterns
Baohua Li, Laurence V. Madden and Xiangming Xu

SOAPBarcode: revealing arthropod biodiversity through assembly of Illumina shotgun sequences of PCR amplicons
Shanlin Liu, Yiyuan Li, Jianliang Lu, Xu Su, Min Tang, Rui Zhang, Lili Zhou, Chengran Zhou, Qing Yang, Yinqiu Ji, Douglas W. Yu, Xin Zhou

Heuristic optimization for global species clustering of DNA sequence data from multiple loci
Douglas Chesters, Fang Yu, Huan-Xi Cao, Qing-Yan Dai, Qing-Tao Wu, Weifeng Shi, Weimin Zheng, Chao-Dong Zhu

Quantifying spatial phylogenetic structures of fully stem-mapped plant communities
Guochun Shen, Thorsten Wiegand, Xiangcheng Mi, Fangliang He

Solving the pitfalls of pitfall trapping: a two-circle method for density estimation of ground-dwelling arthropods
Zi-Hua Zhao, Pei-Jian Shi, Cang Hui, Fang Ouyang, Feng Ge, Bai-Lian Li

A simple method for estimating species abundance from occurrence maps
Deyi Yin, Fangliang He

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