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Keyword: functional diversity

Floral scent guides bee-flower interactions and explains seasonal patterns in communities

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 21, 2019
In diverse communities, bees visit flowers of plants, forming complex webs of interactions. The structure of these webs can tell us about how communities function and guide their conservation and restoration, yet we know little about the cues that regulate these webs. We analyzed floral scent of 47 plant species and bee visitors across the growing season in a meadow community and found that floral scent is a key cue structuring bee-forb interactions. 

Stable or seral? Fire-driven alternative states in aspen forests of western North America

Publications Posted on: August 19, 2019
As important centres for biological diversity, aspen forests are essential to the function and aesthetics of montane ecosystems in western North America. Aspen stands are maintained by a nuanced relationship with wildfire, although in recent decades aspen mortality has increased.