Podcast on our flowering synchrony paper

Plants and Pippetts did amazing podcast on our recent flowering synchrony paper, you can listen to them here. Its a second chapter of 9th October 2020 podcast. They did amazing work summarizing a whole bunch of masting theory in just couple of minutes. Must-hear for all masting enthusiasts 🙂 Check also other articles and podcasts…

Cover in Annals of Botany

Our recent paper on covariation between plant size and masting made it to the cover of Annals of Botany. Rowan picture by Magda Żywiec, co-author of the study and PI of the long-term monitoring program of rowan at Babia Góra. Read the story here.

Ecology Letters: phenological synchrony

New paper in Ecology Letters! Pollen additions on oaks to test the phenological synchrony hypothesis by Walt Koenig. Read it here, and see some pics from the field work below 🙂

Drivers of flowering synchrony

New paper alert 🙂 Flowering synchrony of trees can be driven by lots of factors. Two hypotheses were recently formulated and summarized in our Ecology Letters paper: There are at least two mechanisms through which weather variability can affect phenological synchrony. The microclimatic hypothesis, proposed originally as a part of the phenological synchrony hypothesis (Koenig…

New Phytologist: benefits of masting

In that study, we used data from seven plant species to determine whether pre‐dispersal seed predation selects for plant phenotypes that mast. Predation selected for inter‐annual variability in Mediterranean oaks (Q. humilis and Q. ilex ), for synchrony in Q. rubra , and for both inter‐annual variability and reproductive synchrony in S. aucuparia and P….

Current Biology: selection for masting

New paper alert! Check it our at the pages of Current Biology. Here are highlights: Predation and pollination select for masting in European beech The population-level phenomenon (synchrony) is driven by individual-level selection Trees responsive to weather cues are more variable and better synchronized Climate change increased selection pressure for masting from seed predators

For Ecol Man: landscape of fear

In a recent work, led by Fiona Milne-Rostowska, we analysed spatial patterns of rowan regeneration in an alpine forest. We looked for safe sites for rowan regeneration, and found that the best places are near hiking trials and places full of downed logs. In other words, in places that deer can find dangerous. Read more…

Annals of Botany: plant size and masting

In a new study, accepted today in Annals of Botany, we report a number of very intriguing results. First, masting correlates quite strongly with plant size. Small plants produce very little seeds, produce them infrequently (fail very often), which elevates their inter-annual variability as measured by coefficient of variation (CV). These small individuals have also…

Major grant to study resource dynamics in plants

Polish National Science Centre awarded me a large grant (~200 000 euro) to experimentally evaluate the role of resource dynamics in the reproduction of masting plants. The objective of the proposed project is to provide an evaluation of the role of plant resource dynamics in driving plant reproductive behavior known as masting. In theory, the…

Ecology Letters: seed size and plant recruitment

Our meta-analysis on the effects of small mammals on seed removal and plant recruitment has just been published in Ecology Letters. In a global literature review and meta‐analysis, we demonstrate that seed size predicts small mammal seed predation patterns and their effects on plant recruitment in a unimodal pattern at global scales, as predicted by…

New Phytologist: forest fecundity resilient to drought

We’ve just got the paper accepted in the New Phytologist! This one report the results of 18-years long rainfall reduction experiment that is running in Catalonia under the supervision of Josep Penuelas. To our surprise, we found no effects of the reduced soil water content on the fecundity of trees growing at the experimental plots….

Nature Plants: global warming breaks down masting

In our new study, published today in Nature Plants, we used a 39 year-long dataset and showed that climate warming over recent decades has increased seed production of European beech, but decreased the annual variability of seed production and the reproductive synchrony among individuals. Consequently, the benefits that the plants gained from masting has declined….