3 Works

Data from: Network reorganization and breakdown of an ant–plant protection mutualism with elevation

Nichola S. Plowman, Amelia S.C. Hood, Jimmy Moses, Conor Redmond, Vojtech Novotny, Petr Klimeš, Tom M. Fayle & Amelia S. C. Hood
Both the abiotic environment and the composition of animal and plant communities change with elevation. For mutualistic species, these changes are expected to result in altered partner availability, and shifts in context-dependent benefits for partners. To test these predictions, we assessed the network structure of terrestrial ant-plant mutualists and how the benefits to plants of ant inhabitation changed with elevation in tropical forest in Papua New Guinea. At higher elevations, ant-plants were rarer, species richness...

Data from: Determinants of litter decomposition rates in a tropical forest: functional traits, phylogeny and ecological succession

Piotr Szefer, Carlos P. Carmona, Kryštof Chmel, Marie Konečná, Martin Libra, Kenneth Molem, Vojtech Novotny, Simon T. Segar, Eva Švamberková, Theodor-Sebastian Topliceanu & Jan Leps
Plant litter decomposition is one of the most important processes in terrestrial ecosystems, as it is a key factor in nutrient cycling. Decomposition rates depend on environmental factors, but also plant traits, as these determine the character of detritus. We measured litter decomposition rate for 57 common tree species displaying a variety of functional traits within four sites in primary and four sites in secondary tropical forest in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. The phylogenetic...

Data from: Speciation in a keystone plant genus is driven by elevation: a case study in New Guinean Ficus

Simon T. Segar, Martin Volf, , Brus Isua, Mentap Sisol, Legi Sam, Katerina Sam, Daniel Souto-Vilarós & Vojtech Novotny
Much of the world's insect and plant biodiversity is found in tropical and subtropical ‘hotspots’, which often include long elevational gradients. These gradients may function as ‘diversity pumps’ and contribute to both regional and local species richness. Climactic conditions on such gradients often change rapidly along short vertical distances, and may result in local adaptation and high levels of population genetic structure in plants and insects. We investigated the population genetic structure of two species...

Registration Year

  • 2016

Resource Types

  • Dataset


  • New Guinea Binatang Research Center
  • University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
  • Griffith University
  • Institute of Entomology
  • Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic