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Continent-wide tree fecundity driven by indirect climate effects

Indirect climate effects on tree fecundity that come through variation in size and growth
(climate-condition interactions) are not currently part of models used to predict future forests.
Trends in species abundances predicted from meta-analyses and species distribution
models will be misleading if they depend on the conditions of individuals. Here we find from a
synthesis of tree species in North America that climate-condition interactions dominate
responses through two pathways, i) effects of growth that depend on climate, and ii) effects

Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools

In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, almost half a year later, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening.
In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital tools and solutions will be a critical component to addressing new challenges around admissions, the visitor journey, and recovering visitors and revenue.

Pollinator Toolkits and Worksheets

Bees, bats and butterflies all have one thing in common — they are pollinators! Pollination is a process that is imperative to the success of nearly all-terrestrial life on earth. Humans need healthy pollinator populations to support our food system and our economy. If we lost pollinators, we’d also lose the habitats that are unique and special to the places we live and visit!

Seeing the Landscape from the Trees: An Ecosystemic Approach to Urban Forestry

The term “urban forest” is often used to refer to all the trees within a city or town. But the urban forest is part of a much larger social-ecological landscape that supports a complex web of biodiversity, ecosystem services, values, and cultures.  The people and organizations responsible for stewarding these landscapes often must draw upon science and foster conversations with a wide range of stakeholders that integrate these far-reaching considerations and complexity, yet still make decisions in hopes of improving outcomes. 

The PhenObs initiative – A standardised protocol for monitoring phenological responses to climate change using herbaceous plant species in botanical gardens

Changes in phenology induced by climate change occur across the globe with important
implications for ecosystem functioning and services, species performance and trophic
interactions. Much of the work on phenology, especially leaf out and flowering, has been
conducted on woody plant species. Less is known about the responses in phenology of
herbaceous species induced by global change even though they represent a large and important
part of biodiversity worldwide. A globally co-ordinated research effort is needed in order to

Lightning Damage to Landscape Palms

Learning to distinguish the symptoms of lightning strikes is a valuable tool for arborists, landscapers, pest control companies, and gardeners. The symptoms may be confused with other causes such as lethal yellowing disease (Candidatus palmae Phytoplasma), Thielaviopsis trunk rot (Thielaviopsis paradoxa), palmetto weevil (Rhynchophorus cruentatus), and even storm damage.

Invasive Woody Plants and Their Effects on Arthropods in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities

Invasive plant introductions are increasing globally, and trends in human activity suggest these increases will continue. Although we know much about interactions between invasive herbaceous plants and arthropod communities, there is a dearth of knowledge examining interactions between invasive woody plants and arthropod communities.

Landscape Succession Strategy

Ten years ago the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria embarked on an ambitious project to collect, treat and distribute storm water from the catchment within and around the botanic garden. The infrastructure of wetlands filtration, a sophisticated water treatment centre and landscaping to complement and encourage improvements in water quality enhanced our international reputation in integrated water management.

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