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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742257/dynamic-carboniferous-tropical-forests-new-views-of-plant-function-and-potential-for-physiological-forcing-of-climate
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Jonathan P Wilson, Isabel P Montañez, Joseph D White, William A DiMichele, Jennifer C McElwain, Christopher J Poulsen, Michael T Hren
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. References SUMMARY: The Carboniferous, the time of Earth's penultimate icehouse and widespread coal formation, was dominated by extinct lineages of early-diverging vascular plants. Studies of nearest living relatives of key Carboniferous plants suggest that their physiologies and growth forms differed substantially from most types of modern vegetation, particularly forests. It remains a matter of debate precisely how differently and to what degree these long-extinct plants influenced the environment...
July 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738072/monitoring-protected-areas-from-space-a-multi-temporal%C3%A2-assessment-using-raptors-as-biodiversity-surrogates
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Adrián Regos, Luis Tapia, Alberto Gil-Carrera, Jesús Domínguez
Monitoring protected areas (PAs) is essential for systematic evaluation of their effectiveness in terms of habitat protection, preservation and representativeness. This study illustrates how the use of species distribution models that combine remote sensing data and information about biodiversity surrogates can contribute to develop a systematic protocol for monitoring PAs. In particular, we assessed the effectiveness of the Natura 2000 (N2000) network, for conserving and preserving the representativeness of seven raptor species in a highly-dynamic landscape in northwest Spain between 2001 and 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736872/global-change-and-the-distributional-dynamics-of-migratory-bird-populations-wintering-in-central-america
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Frank A La Sorte, Daniel Fink, Peter J Blancher, Amanda D Rodewald, Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Kenneth V Rosenberg, Wesley M Hochachka, Peter H Verburg, Steve Kelling
Understanding the susceptibility of highly mobile taxa such as migratory birds to global change requires information on geographic patterns of occurrence across the annual cycle. Neotropical migrants that breed in North America and winter in Central America occur in high concentrations on their non-breeding grounds where they spend the majority of the year and where habitat loss has been associated with population declines. Here, we use eBird data to model weekly patterns of abundance and occurrence for 21 forest passerine species that winter in Central America...
July 24, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734064/extensive-seed-and-pollen-dispersal-and-assortative-mating-in-the-rain-forest-tree-entandrophragma-cylindricum-meliaceae-inferred-from-indirect-and-direct-analyses
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F K Monthe, O J Hardy, J L Doucet, J Loo, J Duminil
Pollen and seed dispersal are key processes affecting the demographic and evolutionary dynamics of plant species, and are also important considerations for the sustainable management of timber trees. Through direct and indirect genetic analyses we studied the mating system and the extent of pollen and seed dispersal in an economically-important timber species, Entandrophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). We genotyped adult trees, seeds and saplings from a 400-ha study plot in a natural forest from East Cameroon using eight nuclear microsatellite markers...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734050/estimating-synchronous-demographic-changes-across-populations-using-habc-and-its-application-for-a-herpetological-community-from-northeastern-brazil
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Marcelo Gehara, Adrian Antonio Garda, Fernanda P Werneck, Eliana F Oliveira, Emanuel Masiero da Fonseca, Felipe Camurugi, Felipe M de Magalhães, Flávia Mol Lanna, Jack W Sites, Ricardo Marques, Ricardo Silveira-Filho, Vinícius A São Pedro, Guarino R Colli, Gabriel C Costa, Frank T Burbrink
Many studies propose that Quaternary climatic cycles contracted and /or expanded the ranges of species and biomes. Strong expansion-contraction dynamics of biomes presume concerted demographic changes of associated fauna. The analysis of temporal concordance of demographic changes can be used to test the influence of Quaternary climate on diversification processes. Hierarchical approximate Bayesian computation (hABC) is a powerful and flexible approach that models genetic data from multiple species, and can be used to estimate the temporal concordance of demographic processes...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731799/multispecies-coexistence-without-diffuse-competition-or-why-phylogenetic-signal-and-trait-clustering-weaken-coexistence
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Simon Maccracken Stump
Related and phenotypically similar species often compete more strongly than unrelated and dissimilar species. Much is unknown about the community-level implications of such complex interactions. Here, we study how they affect community dynamics differently from diffuse interactions (competing equally with all heterospecifics). We derive results for a model that applies to many forms of density dependence and also examine specific cases using a site-occupancy model of forest dynamics. The results indicate that nondiffuse competition produces three effects that will not occur under diffuse competition: first, the central niche effect-if a species has high niche overlap with several competitors, then its average fitness is reduced; second, the common competitor effect-if a species has high niche overlap with more common species, then its average fitness is reduced (these two effects are usually equalizing, because more favorable niches are likely to contain more species and more abundant species); and, finally, the community redistribution effect-when a species falls to low density, the relative abundance of its competitors will change, altering its ability to recover...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727828/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-shifting-cultivation-in-the-middle-amazonas-river-expansion-and-intensification
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Catarina Conte Jakovac, Loïc Paul Dutrieux, Latifah Siti, Marielos Peña-Claros, Frans Bongers
Shifting cultivation is the main land-use system transforming landscapes in riverine Amazonia. Increased concentration of the human population around villages and increasing market integration during the last decades may be causing agricultural intensification. Studies have shown that agricultural intensification, i.e. higher number of swidden-fallow cycles and shorter fallow periods, reduces crop productivity of swiddens and the regrowth capacity of fallows, undermining the resilience of the shifting cultivation system as a whole...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725408/landscape-composition-and-configuration-in-the-central-highlands-of-ethiopia
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Terefe Tolessa, Feyera Senbeta, Moges Kidane
Landscape dynamics are common phenomenon in the human-dominated environments whereby it can be observed that the composition and configuration between landscape elements change over time. This dynamism brings about habitat loss and fragmentation that can greatly alter ecosystem services at patch, class, and landscape levels. We conducted a study to examine composition and configuration of forested landscape in the central highlands of Ethiopia using satellite images of over a period of four decades, and FRAGSTAT raster dataset was used to analyze fragmentation...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725395/reduced-aboveground-tree-growth-associated-with-higher-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-in-tropical-forest-restoration
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Ellen K Holste, Karen D Holl, Rakan A Zahawi, Richard K Kobe
Establishing diverse mycorrhizal fungal communities is considered important for forest recovery, yet mycorrhizae may have complex effects on tree growth depending on the composition of fungal species present. In an effort to understand the role of mycorrhizal fungi community in forest restoration in southern Costa Rica, we sampled the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal (AMF) community across eight sites that were planted with the same species (Inga edulis, Erythrina poeppigiana, Terminalia amazonia, and Vochysia guatemalensis) but varied twofold to fourfold in overall tree growth rates...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722127/contrasting-outcomes-of-species-and-community-level-analyses-of-the-temporal-consistency-of-functional-composition
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Masatoshi Katabuchi, S Joseph Wright, Nathan G Swenson, Kenneth J Feeley, Richard Condit, Stephen P Hubbell, Stuart J Davies
Multiple anthropogenic drivers affect every natural community, and there is broad interest in using functional traits to understand and predict the consequences for future biodiversity. There is, however, no consensus regarding the choice of analytical methods. We contrast species- and community-level analyses of change in the functional composition for four traits related to drought tolerance using three decades of repeat censuses of trees in the 50-ha Forest Dynamics Plot on Barro Colorado Island (BCI), Panama...
July 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718202/patterns-of-mortality-in-a-montane-mixed-conifer-forest-in-san-diego-county-california
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Mary Pyott Freeman, Douglas A Stow, Li An
We examine spatial patterns of conifer tree mortality and their changes over time for the montane mixed-conifer forests of San Diego County. These forest areas have recently experienced extensive tree mortality due to multiple factors. A spatial contextual image processing approach was utilized with high spatial resolution digital airborne imagery to map dead trees for the years 1997, 2000, 2002, and 2005 for three study areas: Palomar, Volcan, and Laguna mountains. Plot-based fieldwork was conducted to further assess mortality patterns...
July 17, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711843/ecological-and-environmental-transition-across-the-forested-to-open-bog-ecotone-in-a-west-siberian-peatland
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Joshua L Ratcliffe, Angela Creevy, Roxane Andersen, Evgeny Zarov, Paul P J Gaffney, Mark A Taggart, Yuri Mazei, Andrey N Tsyganov, James G Rowson, Elena D Lapshina, Richard J Payne
Climate change may cause increasing tree cover in boreal peatlands, and the impacts of this encroachment will be noted first at forested-to-open bog ecotones. We investigate key metrics of ecosystem function in five such ecotones at a peatland complex in Western Siberia. Stratigraphic analysis of three cores from one of these transects shows that the ecotone has been dynamic over time with evidence for recent expansion of forested peatland. We observed that the two alternative states for northern boreal peatlands (forested/open) clearly support distinct plant and microbial communities...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710130/dead-or-alive-using-membrane-failure-and-chlorophyll-fluorescence-to-predict-mortality-from-drought
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Carmela Rosaria Guadagno, Brent E Ewers, Heather N Speckman, Timothy L Aston, Bridger J Huhn, Stanley B DeVore, Joshua T Ladwig, Rachel N Strawn, Cynthia Weinig
Climate models predict widespread increases in both drought intensity and duration in the next decades. Although water deficiency is one of the greatest environmental pressures to plant survival, limited understanding of how plants respond to extreme drought impedes adequate forecasts of how increasing aridity will impact both forest and crop productivity. Drought induces a suite of physiological responses; however, we lack an accurate mechanistic description of plant response to lethal drought that would improve predictive understanding of the timing of lethal drought with climate change...
July 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707409/chilling-responsive-demeter-like-dna-demethylase-mediates-in-poplar-bud-break
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Daniel Conde, Anne-Laure Le Gac, Mariano Perales, Christopher Dervinis, Matias Kirst, Stéphane Maury, Pablo González-Melendi, Isabel Allona
Annual dormancy-growth cycle is a developmental and physiological process essential for the survival of deciduous trees in temperate and boreal forests. Seasonal control of shoot growth in woody perennials requires specific genetic programs responding to environmental signals. The environmental-controlled mechanisms that regulate the shift between winter dormancy and the growth promoting genetic programs are still unknown. Here, we show that dynamics in genomic DNA (gDNA) methylation levels are involved in the regulation of dormancy-growth cycle in poplar...
July 13, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707260/historical-effects-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-export-and-land-management-decisions-on-the-watershed-scale-forest-carbon-budget-of-a-coastal-british-columbia-douglas-fir-dominated-landscape
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B P Smiley, J A Trofymow
BACKGROUND: To address how natural disturbance, forest harvest, and deforestation from reservoir creation affect landscape-level carbon (C) budgets, a retrospective C budget for the 8500 ha Sooke Lake Watershed (SLW) from 1911 to 2012 was developed using historical spatial inventory and disturbance data. To simulate forest C dynamics, data was input into a spatially-explicit version of the Carbon Budget Model-Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). Transfers of terrestrial C to inland aquatic environments need to be considered to better capture the watershed scale C balance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702911/kinetics-of-210-po-accumulation-in-moss-body-profiles
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Magdalena Długosz-Lisiecka
Radionuclide concentration analysis of total moss bodies often gave relatively different results than a separate analysis of each different morphological part of the same sample. The dynamics of the transfer of metals by dust uplifted from the soil and another approach, based on the diffusion of the two radionuclides to the moss, have been analyzed. In the proposed model, short- and long-term approaches have been applied. Each part of a moss's profile can show different radionuclides accumulation ability, including both (210)Pb and (210)Po isotopes...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702051/random-forest-based-approach-for-maximum-power-point-tracking-of-photovoltaic-systems-operating-under-actual-environmental-conditions
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Hussain Shareef, Ammar Hussein Mutlag, Azah Mohamed
Many maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms have been developed in recent years to maximize the produced PV energy. These algorithms are not sufficiently robust because of fast-changing environmental conditions, efficiency, accuracy at steady-state value, and dynamics of the tracking algorithm. Thus, this paper proposes a new random forest (RF) model to improve MPPT performance. The RF model has the ability to capture the nonlinear association of patterns between predictors, such as irradiance and temperature, to determine accurate maximum power point...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693937/spermatogenic-dynamics-of-the-spiny-rat-kannabateomys-amblyonyx-wagner-1845-rodentia-echimyidae
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Verônica A Siman, Raquel S M Godoy, Fernanda C R Dias, Fabiano A Silva, Gisele M L Del Giudice, Marcos L M Gomes, Sérgio L P Matta
Rodents are distributed worldwide, playing important ecological roles regarding preservation of forest areas. Thus, the study of their reproductive biology is a key for conservation initiatives that prevent extinction and/or improve species management. The present study aimed to describe the spermatogenic dynamics of the spiny rat Kannabateomys amblyonyx, an endemic species from Atlantic Rainforest areas, in Brazil. The average body weight was 418.43g with a gonadosomatic index of 0.41%. The testicular parenchyma organization followed the pattern described for other rodent species, with a large amount of seminiferous tubules occupying 93...
June 28, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690797/the-influence-of-breeding-phenology-on-the-genetic-structure-of-four-pond-breeding-salamanders
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Jacob J Burkhart, William E Peterman, Emily R Brocato, Kimberly M Romine, M Madeline S Willis, Brittany H Ousterhout, Thomas L Anderson, Dana L Drake, Freya E Rowland, Raymond D Semlitsch, Lori S Eggert
Understanding metapopulation dynamics requires knowledge about local population dynamics and movement in both space and time. Most genetic metapopulation studies use one or two study species across the same landscape to infer population dynamics; however, using multiple co-occurring species allows for testing of hypotheses related to different life history strategies. We used genetic data to study dispersal, as measured by gene flow, in three ambystomatid salamanders (Ambystoma annulatum, A. maculatum, and A...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690788/effects-of-local-biotic-neighbors-and-habitat-heterogeneity-on-seedling-survival-in-a-spruce-fir-valley-forest-northeastern-china
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Xucai Pu, Yu Zhu, Guangze Jin
Seedlings are vulnerable to many biotic and abiotic agents, and studying seedling dynamics helps understand mechanisms of species coexistence. In this study, the relative importance of biotic neighbors and habitat heterogeneity to seedling survival was examined by generalized linear mixed models for 33 species in a spruce-fir valley forest in northeastern China. The results showed that the relative importance of these factors varied with species and functional groups. Conspecific negative density dependence (CNDD) was important to the survival of Abies nephrolepis and Picea koraiensis seedling, whereas phylogenetic negative density dependence (PNDD) was critical to Pinus koraiensis and Betula platyphylla, as well as functional groups of tree, deciduous, and shade-intolerant seedlings...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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