5 Works

Data from: Body size response to warming: time of the season matters in a tephritid fly

Xiqiang Xi, Xinwei Wu, Soren Nylin, Shucun Sun & Xinqiang Xi
Whether shrinking body size is a universal response to climate change remains controversial. Moreover, the mechanisms underlying body size shifts are poorly understood. Here, assuming that life history traits evolve to maximize fitness according to life history plasticity theory, we hypothesized that under global warming temperate multivoltine insects should emerge earlier with a smaller body mass in the early growing season, but emerge later with a larger body mass in the late season. We tested...

Data from: Parasitoid wasps indirectly suppress seed production by stimulating consumption rates of their seed-feeding hosts

Xinqiang Xi, Nico Eisenhauer & Sun Shucun
1. In parasitoid–herbivore–plant food chains, parasitoids may be simultaneously linked with both herbivore hosts and plants, as occurs when herbivores attacked by parasitoids continue to consume plants although they are destined to die. This peculiar property may cause parasitoids to confer a differential trophic cascading effect on plants than that known for typical predators. 2. We hypothesized that larval koinobiont parasitoids would confer an immediate negative effect on plant seed production by stimulating consumption of...

Data from: Comparison of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence, light-use efficiency, and process-based GPP models in maize

Pradeep Wagle, Yongguang Zhang, Cui Jin & Xiangming Xiao
Accurately quantifying cropland gross primary production (GPP) is of great importance to monitor cropland status and carbon budgets. Satellite-based light-use efficiency (LUE) models and process-based terrestrial biosphere models (TBMs) have been widely used to quantify cropland GPP at different scales in past decades. However, model estimates of GPP are still subject to large uncertainties, especially for croplands. More recently, space-borne solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) has shown the ability to monitor photosynthesis from space, providing new...

Data from: The sign of cascading predator effects varies with prey traits in a detrital system

Xinwei Wu, John N. Griffin, Xinqiang Xi & Shucun Sun
1. Theory and experiments show that the nature of ‘green’ trophic cascades, between predators, herbivores and plants, varies with several key species traits: predator hunting mode and predator and prey habitat domains. Meanwhile, ‘brown’ cascades between predators, environment-modifying detritivores and plants have been largely overlooked and the roles of species traits, particularly prey traits, in determining the nature of these cascades remains unclear. 2. We hypothesize that, in predator–detritivore–plant interaction chains, the burrowing ability of...

Data from: Changes in plant, soil and microbes in a typical steppe from simulated grazing: explaining potential change in soil carbon

Nan Liu, Haiming Kan, Gaowen Yang, Yingjun Zhang & G. W. Yang
Grazing can directly or indirectly influence carbon (C) inputs, turnover, and retention in grassland soil. However, relative to the plant response to grazing, belowground biota and process responses are more complex and often do not correlate with the aboveground responses. Ungulate grazing involves three mechanisms - defoliation (removal of plant shoot tissue), dung and urine return, and trampling. An evaluation of the relative roles of these mechanisms and their combinations in grazing can explain the...

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  • Nanjing University
  • Chengdu Institute of Biology
  • Fudan University
  • German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Leipzig University
  • Swansea University
  • Stockholm University