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Precision glycerine jelly swab for removing pollen from small and fragile insect specimens

Marion Donald, Nic Bolstridge & Johnathon Ridden
Historical datasets can establish a critical baseline of plant-animal interactions for understanding contemporary interactions in the context of global change. Pollen is often incidentally preserved on animals in natural history collections. Techniques for removing pollen from insects have largely been developed for fresh insect specimens or historical specimens with large amounts of pollen on specialised structures. However, many key pollinating insects do not have these specialised structures and thus, there is a need for a...

Does ant-plant mutualism have spillover effects on the non-partner ant community?

Marion Donald & Tom EX Miller
Mutualism benefits partner species and theory predicts these partnerships can affect the abundance, diversity, and composition of partner and non-partner species. We used 16 years of monitoring data to determine the ant partner species of tree cholla cacti (Cylindriopuntia imbricata), which reward ants with extrafloral nectar in exchange for anti-herbivore defense. This long-term data revealed one dominant ant partner (Liometopum apiculatum) and two less common partners (Crematogaster opuntiae and Forelius pruinosus. We then used short-term...

Moths and butterflies on alien shores – global biogeography of non-native Lepidoptera

Richard Mally, Rebecca M. Turner, Rachael E. Blake, Gyda Fenn-Moltu, Cleo Bertelsmeier, Eckehard G. Brockerhoff, Robert J. B. Hoare, Helen F. Nahrung, Alain Roques, Deepa S. Pureswaran, Takehiko Yamanaka & Andrew M. Liebhold
Lepidoptera is a highly diverse, predominantly herbivorous insect order, with species transported to outside their native range largely facilitated by the global trade of plants and plant-based goods. Analogous to island disharmony, we examine invasion disharmony, where species filtering during invasions increases systematic compositional differences between native and non-native species assemblages, and test whether some families are more successful at establishing in non-native regions than others. We compared numbers of non-native, unintentionally introduced Lepidoptera species...

Resilience of a tropical montane pine forest to fire and severe droughts

Daniel Swann, Peter Bellingham & Patrick Martin
1. Higher temperatures, declining precipitation, changing cloud cover, and increased wildfires threaten tropical montane pine forests by overriding the environmental heterogeneity that typically buffers these systems from catastrophic fires. Severe fires threaten to overwhelm forest resilience and tip this biome into alternate vegetation states. 2. This study focused on long-term dynamics of montane Pinus occidentalis forests in the Cordillera Central, Dominican Republic, after a ~1000 km2 fire in 2005, the largest since 1965. We used...

Data for: Social learning in a nocturnal marsupial: Is it a possum-ability?

Emma Godfrey, Elissa Cameron & Graham Hickling
Social learning can reduce the costs associated with trial-and-error learning. There is speculation that social learning could contribute to trap and bait avoidance in invasive species like the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) – a marsupial for which social learning has not previously been investigated. In large outdoor pens, we presented wild-caught ‘demonstrator’ possums with puzzle devices containing an attractive food reward; 2 of 8 demonstrators accessed the reward the first night the puzzle was...

Leading trait dimensions in flood-tolerant plants

Yingji Pan, Ellen Cieraad, Jean Armstrong, William Armstrong, Beverley Clarkson, Ole Pedersen, Eric Visser, Laurentius Voesenek & Peter Van Bodegom
Background and Aims While trait-based approaches have provided critical insights into general plant functioning, we lack a comprehensive quantitative view on plant strategies in flooded conditions. Plants adapted to flooded conditions have specific traits (e.g. root porosity, low root/shoot ratio and shoot elongation) to cope with the environmental stressors including anoxic sediments, and the subsequent presence of phytotoxic compounds. In flooded habitats, plants also respond to potential nutrient and light limitations, e.g. through the expression...

The influence of erosion and vegetation on soil production and chemical weathering rates in the Southern Alps, New Zealand

Isaac Larsen, Andre Eger, Peter C. Almond, Evan Thaler, J. Michael Rhodes & Günther Prasicek
This data repository contains Supplementary Tables S1 – S13 which mirror files hosted by the publisher. The repository additionally contains a 0.5 m digital elevation model (DEM) derived from historical aerial photographs using structure-from-motion and multiple raster files of topographic derivatives of the DEM. The topographic derivatives include a raster of slope, mean local relief, and 56 rasters of topographic curvature, calculated using different combinations of smoothing window sizes (0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5,...

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  • 2022

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  • Landcare Research
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Rice University
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
  • Sichuan University
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • University of Lausanne
  • National Agriculture and Food Research Organization