Climbing up to keep cool  – Climate change effects on mountain ecosystems

There are two things that make trekking in the Alps so good: the thick hot chocolate waiting for you in the refuge, and the variety of landscapes on offer. Along the mountain slope, different ecosystems are stratified one on top of the other, but recently all of them have been greatly affected by climate change, as the temperature in the Alps has increased faster than the glob...
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Rethinking fungal ecology?

"… as readers, reviewers, researchers, or editors, we should be prepared to re-think fungal ecology, and describe niches beyond those our respective domains of research predict." When we talk about fungal ecology, we tend to think of a set of disciplines that investigate the distinct ecological roles of fungi. Phytopathology looks for parasitic fungi. Research on mycorrhizae (...
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Prof. Dali Guo, 1971–2017

Dali Guo passed away on 19 November 2017 at the young age of 46 after an extended fight with lung cancer. He leaves behind his loving wife, Ping Wang and 14-year-old daughter, Hengjia. All who knew Dali recognized a person who had a keen intellect, driving curiosity of the natural world, and the organizational skills to mobilize research teams to answer critical question...
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Under-ground, over-ground – exploring trait diversity

The study and organisation of plants into groups based on their traits has arguably been a popular and important topic since Theophrastus attempted it in 300 BC. The continuing endeavours of plant trait ecologists, from the top of the canopy to the depths of the soil, were brought together at the 39th New Phytologist Symposium: Trait covariation – structural and functional rela...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 216:4, December 2017

Winter has come to Lake Miroir. Below the surface, deep down in the dark, the lakebed sediments tell a story of ice and fire. These days, snow covers the landscape from December to April, but this hasn't always been the case. This lake contains sediments from the last glaciation, which ended about 15,000 years ago in the Alps. Interestingly these sediments contain proof of a...
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Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance

In a guest post for the New Phyt blog, winner of the 40th New Phytologist Symposium poster prize, Sofia van Moorsel, describes the highlights of the Symposium. Find out more about Sofia's poster here. The 40th New Phytologist Symposium on Plant epigenetics: from mechanisms to ecological relevance was held in Vienna from 12–15 September 2017. It started in a very promising wa...
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An interview with Etienne Laliberté, winner of the Tansley Medal 2016

Etienne Laliberté of the University of Montreal is the winner of the 2016 New Phytologist Tansley Medal for excellence in plant science. Etienne is one of five early career plant scientists shortlisted for the award. The finalists were invited to submit single author reviews, published as Tansley insights in Vol. 213, Issue 4 (March 2017) of New Phytologist. Etienne's Tansle...
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