The triangular seed mass-leaf area relationship holds for annual plants and is determined by habitat productivity

Functional Ecology - plain language summaries

Bianca A Santini, John G Hodgson, Ken Thompson, Peter J Wilson, Stuart R Band, Glynis Jones, Mike Charles, Amy Bogaard, Carol Palmer & Mark Rees

The relationships between plant traits tells us about the amount of resources species invest on a given trait. For example, thicker leaves are long-lived, but their construction is expensive for the plant and have lower photosynthetic rates than thin leaves. Another example, related to our study, is the triangular relationship found between seed mass and leaf area in woody species. This relationship tells us that small-seeded species can have either small or large leaves, whereas big-seeded species have large leaves. However, the combination of big seeds with small leaves does not occur. Again, this give us insights into resource allocation, in this case of the photosythates in a leaf and how are they distributed, either into small seeds or big seeds.

Indeed, resource allocation changes…

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Journal ranks 2015

graduate_barsBack in February I wrote about our new bibliometric paper describing a new way to rank journals, which I still contend is a fairer representation of relative citation-based rankings. Given that the technique requires ISI, Google Scholar and Scopus data to calculate the composite ranks, I had to wait for the last straggler (Google) to publish the 2015 values before I could present this year’s rankings to you. Google has finally done that.

So in what has become a bit of an annual tradition, I’m publishing the ranks of a mixed list of ecology, conservation and multidisciplinary disciplines that probably cover most of the journals you might be interested in comparing. Like for last year, I make no claims that this list is comprehensive or representative. For previous lists based on ISI Impact Factors (except 2014), see the following links (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 

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International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8th March.  A lot of work is needed, more than one billion people still remain hungry today, in addition millions of women and children are malnourished.The vast reservoir of nature`s biological wealth can provide for all and it needs to accord reognition to women and their silent contributions in conserving,saving, maintaining genes and life in diverse ecosystems and towards sustainable development.I wish and hope  scientific advances can address this issue. The current deliberations of Food and Agriculture Organisation; Biodiversity International;Future Earth;International Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services;Biodiversity Monitoring Assessments  will take note of this important issue through  their  scientific programme developments.
Promila Kapoor-Vijay