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Linking tree genetics and stream consumers: Isotopic tracers elucidate controls on carbon and nitrogen assimilation

Leaf litter provides an important nutrient subsidy to headwater streams, but little is known about how tree genetics influences energy pathways from litter to higher trophic levels. Despite the charge to quantify carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) pathways from decomposing litter, the relationship between litter decomposition and aquatic consumers remains […]

The effect of fertilization levels and genetic deployment on the isotopic signature, constituents, and chemistry of soil organic carbon in managed loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) forests

Soil organic carbon (SOC) mass and its constituents, chemistry, and isotopic signatures (Δ14C, δ13C) were examined for two different loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) research installations located in north-central Florida. Both studies were designed as split-plots with the whole plots as different levels of fertilization and herbicide application (cultural intensity), […]

Phylogenetic organization of bacterial activity

Phylogeny is an ecologically meaningful way to classify plants and animals, as closely related taxa frequently have similar ecological characteristics, functional traits and effects on ecosystem processes. For bacteria, however, phylogeny has been argued to be an unreliable indicator of an organism’s ecology owing to evolutionary processes more common to microbes such as […]

Plant genetic identity of foundation tree species and their hybrids affects a litter‑dwelling generalist predator

The effects of plant genetics on predators, especially those not living on the plant itself, are rarely studied and poorly understood. Therefore, we investigated the effect of plant hybridization and genotype on litter-dwelling spiders. Using an 18-year-old cottonwood common garden, we recorded agelenid sheet-web density associated with the litter layers […]

Food‐animal production and the spread of antibiotic resistance: The role of ecology

Antibiotic‐resistant pathogens increasingly threaten human health. Widespread application of antibiotics to animal populations raised for food, including chickens, cattle, and pigs, selects for resistance and contributes to the evolution of those pathogens. Despite a half century of research establishing the mechanisms and pathways by which antibiotic‐resistant bacteria spread from food […]