Trends in Ecology


It’s difficult to think and talk ‘green‘ without thinking about ecology and our ecosystem. But how we we define ecology?

What is the history of ecology… how about ecology trends and the problems associated with ecology? All these questions and more are important if one wants to venture into living green and helping the environment. So if this describes at least one of your life goals, you are at the right place.

Trends in Ecology / The Power of Resistance

These concise, polished and readable reviews, opinions, and letters in all areas of ecology and evolutionary science are the highest-cited journal entries in the field of Ecology and Evolution. The Trends in Ecology and Evolution act as an important and useful source of information for students, teachers, lecturers, researchers, field workers as well.

This journal brings interested parties up-to-date about new ideas and developments across the full course of science – from pure to applied, from molecular to global. It also serves as exposure for all major and important issues concerning all life forms and their environment.

Articles for Trends in Ecology and Evolution are generally administered by the Editor. The foundation reviews monthly issues from leading researches giving current topical and important developments.

Below are the samples of article journals being published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution:

Trends in Ecology / 1. Linkages between stream and forest food webs: Shigeru’s Nakano’s legacy for ecology in Japan

Shigeru Nakano and his colleagues has establish new benchmark of holism and rigor in food-web research. They demonstrated complementary seasonal shifts in prey instability across a stream-forest ecotone that prolong higher densities and variety and range of consumers in both territory than would other be supported in either alone.

A prey being transferred across ecotones to back predators in nearby habitants which, in turn, can have strong indirect effects such as initializing trophic cascades is an example of a one of a kind research by Gary Polis. He channeled a rebirth in food-web research by focusing on trophic processes that occurs among habitats at the landscape scale.
Trends in Ecology / 2. Detection, interpretation, prediction and management of environmental disturbances: some roles for experimental marine ecology

Experiment is an increasing component in the study of marine ecology. Reasonably constructed hypothesis has a great value in advancing ecological understanding, thus experimental tests are being provided. The recent developments in univariate and multivariate analyses for distinguishing and quantifying environmental influences are a few marine environmental contributions that were assessed and take into consideration.

This kind of research is needed to improve the power of tests, detection of responses to disruption and providing better understanding of proper taxonomic resolution. Assessment procedures are also needed if no data are available before a contact or impact.

This interpretation requires the use of actual effects as test experiments being used in descriptive studies. In order to produce better outputs, much attention to experimental studies are being provided to become aware of the effects and relationship between power and precautionary principles. All this marine ecological inputs are put into remarkable ideas about what things are to be restored and how to facilitate successional processes and how to evaluate their recovery.
Trends in Ecology / 3. Chemical ecology of host-plant selection by herbivorous anthropods: a multitrophic perspective

Herbivorous anthropods feed on one or a few related plant species. The host-selection behaviour of herbivorous anthropods has been rigorously investigated, provided them the sufficient proof that secondary plant chemicals affects the behavioral decisions of herbivores.

There are number of evolutionary studies that take into account about the diversity of secondary plant chemicals and host specialization of herbivores, but many cases still remain unexplained where do herbivores opt for host plants.

Bernays and Graham wrote an interesting paper discussing the need of a multitrophic perspective to better understand the evolution of host-plant specialization by herbivorous anthropods. However, evidence about the effect of constitutive and induced infochemicals from natural enemies regarding the behaviour of herbivorous anthropods is adding up.

Trends in Ecology / 4. Transgenic organisms in evolutionary ecology

Evolutionary ecology aims to familiarize with how phenotypes are intended for reproductive success and survival. In order to achieve the goal, genetically modifying the character and observing the follow-on change in reproduction, survival, growth, defense or competitive ability is the most influential method researchers can come up with.

But not long ago, it was discovered that this approach was not practical, that’s why transgenic manipulation offers a solution – novel genes are being launched into the germ line and are then expresses in the emergent organism. The test and challenge for molecular evolutionary ecologists is to find ways to embrace these prevailing systems to understand the mechanism which is essential to their adaptive traits and their evolution.

Trends in Ecology / 5. Community ecology theory as a framework for biological invasions

Biological invasions is one way to better understand the theory of community ecology by applying the latest niche concept to alien species and the communities that they invade. The concept of “niche opportunity” is defined as the as the conditions that encourage attack in terms of resources, natural enemies, physical environment, interactions between these factors, and the manner in which they vary time and space.

Though it varies naturally between the population, there is the possibility it might increase due to the disturbance of communities especially if the earliest members of the community are not as much adaptive to the new conditions. Low niche opportunities results from high species diversity and inconsistent experimental patterns of invasion resistance are potentially clarified by covarying external factors.


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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01695347
http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/staff/lackey/pubs/question.htm
http://www.epa.gov/R5Super/ecology/html/erasteps/erastep3.html

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