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The official Journal of Ecology blog was launched at the end of 2011 to celebrate the publication of the Centenary volume in 2012.

Climate change may influence the spread of breeze-born seeds, Conservation Magazine (16th January 2012) summarised the paper by Bullock et al., which was published as part of our Centenary Symposium Special Feature.

At the end of 2011 (23rd November) BBC Nature news featured Padilla et al. in a photo story "Seeds survive being eaten twice".

It was reported in September 2011 in Nature Research Highlights that "Enduring herb improves with age", which was taken from the paper by Garcia, Dahlgren & Ehrlen.

News Archive
Science, in the Editor's Choice section of the 22 July 2011 issue, explain why "Trees skip a year", see Visser et al.

The BBC, on 14 July 2011, report that "Height matters more than size for dispersing seeds", see Thomson et al.

The Los Angeles Times, on 17 June 2011, warn that "Rocky mountain flowers dwindle, as climate warms", see Aldridge et al.

naturenews, on 6 April 2011, report on Pandit et al.'s paper that "Ecologists find genomic clues to invasive and endangered plants"

Science, in the Editor's Choice section of the 4 March 2011 issue, agree with Ohlson et al. that "Trees Matter, Too"

Harper Prize
The winner of the 2011 Harper Prize is Dr. Ryan Phillips from Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, Western Australia for his article Do mycorrhizal symbioses cause rarity in orchids? (Journal of Ecology - Volume 99, Issue 3, p 858-869), published with Matthew Barrett, Kingsley Dixon and Steve Hopper. Read more about the Harper Prize.

Journal of Ecology among the top 100 most influential journals in Biology and Medicine
In the run up to their centenary celebrations later this year, the Special Libraries Association, an international body representing the interests of thousands of librarians and information professionals in over 80 countries, commissioned a survey amongst the 686 members of its BioMedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) to determine the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the past 100 years.

Three panels, each consisting of three experts, composed a series of voter preference questions to compare journals in the following categories:

  • Clinical Medicine & Allied Health Sciences
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology including Journals of Biotechnology and the Leading Multiscience Publications
  • Natural History

The Natural History expert panel was composed of Lori Bronars from Yale University, Eleanor MacLean from McGill University and Constance Rinaldo from Harvard University.

Journal of Ecology triumphed over numerous journals in the subgroup ‘Plant Ecology and Related Vegetation and Soil Sciences’ and has made it into the top 100 alongside journals such as Ecology and American Naturalist. A full list of the journals chosen is published on the DBIO website.

The top ten journal titles of this poll, the "DBIO Top 10," will be announced at the DBIO Annual Business luncheon on June 16th, 2009, during the Centennial Conference in Washington, DC.

Highlighted papers

Future directions
Seed survival in soil: interacting effects of predation, dormancy and the soil microbial community (January 2011)
James W. Dalling, Adam S. Davis, Brian J. Schutte and A. Elizabeth Arnold

Improving approaches to the analysis of functional and taxonomic biotic homogenization: beyond mean specialization (November 2012)
F. Gosselin

A general modelling framework for resource-ratio and CSR theories of plant community dynamics (November 2012)
F. Jabot and J. Pottier

Is climate a stronger diver of tree growth than disturbance? A comment on Toledo et al. (2011) (September 2012)
B. Ferry, J-D. Bontemps, L. Blanc and C. Baralo

Driving factors of forest growth: a reply to Ferry et al. (2012) (September 2012)
M. Toledo, L. Poorter, M. Pena-Claros, A.Alarcon, J. Balcazar, C. Leano, J.C. Licona, O. Llanque, V. Vroomans, P.A. Zuidema and F. Bongers

Essay Review
Plant responses to soil heterogeneity and global environmental change (November 2012)
P. Garcia-Palacios, F.T. Maestre, R.D. Bardgett and H. de Kroon

Interactions among plants and evolution (May 2011)
A. S. Thorpe, E.T. Aschehoug, D.Z. Atwater and R. M. Callaway

Spatial variation in disease resistance: from molecules to metapopulations (January 2011)
Anna-Liisa Laine, Jeremy J. Burdon, Peter N. Dodds and Peter H. Thrall

Biological Flora
Biological Flora of the British Isles: Fagus sylvatica (November 2012)
J.R. Packham, P.A. Thomas, M.D. Atkinson and T. Degen

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Gymnadenia conopsea s.l. (September 2012)
T. Meekers, M.J. Hutchings, O.Honnay and H. Jacquemyn

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Dryopteris carthusiana, D. dilatata and D. expansa (July 2012)
K Rünk, M Zobel and K Zobel

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Campanula rotundifolia (May 2012)
C.J. Stevens, J. Wilson and H.A. McAllister

Biological Flora of the British Isles: Rosa spinosissima L. (March 2012)
E Mayland-Quellhorst, J Foller and V. Wissemann

Biological flora of the British Isles: Orchis anthropophora (L.) All. (Aceras anthropophorum (L.) W.T. Aiton) (November 2011)
H. Jacquemyn, R. Brys and M.J. Hutchings

Access our index of Biological Flora of the British Isles


Thanks to our referees

The Editors of Journal of Ecology would like to thank all those who peer-reviewed manuscripts for the journal during the past year, we acknowledge and appreciate the crucial work our referees do. List of referees

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