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Antúnez, P., Wehenkel, C., Kukunda, C. B., & Hernández-Díaz, J. C. (2021). Climatic Variables Differentially Influence Neotropical Plant Species of Conservation Concern. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 1–16. doi:10.1080/10549811.2021.1944878 https://doi.org/10.1080/10549811.2021.1944878

Knowing how and to what extent environmental parameters affect threatened species facilitates the understanding of their specific microhabitat requirements. In this study, we examined the response patterns of four threatened tropical plant species to variations in temperature, precipitation, and phy…

De Souza, I. (2021). Thismia panamensis (Standl.) Jonker (Thismiaceae): first record for southern Brazil. Check List, 17(4), 1055–1059. doi:10.15560/17.4.1055 https://doi.org/10.15560/17.4.1055

A new southernmost record of Thismia panamensis (Standl.) Jonker in Brazil extends the occurrence of this species to the Atlantic Rainforest. This species was found in Parque Estadual Serra da Baitaca, in Paraná state, where other new records of mycoheterotrophic plants have recently been mad…

Maciel, E. A., Oliveira-Filho, A. T., Sobral-Souza, T. S., Marimon, B. S., Cupertino-Eisenlohr, M. A., José-Silva, L., & Eisenlohr, P. V. (2021). Climate change forecasts suggest that the conservation area network in the Cerrado-Amazon transition zone needs to be expanded. Acta Oecologica, 112, 103764. doi:10.1016/j.actao.2021.103764 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2021.103764

Climate change impacts are important in shaping large ecotones, such as the transition zone between the Cerrado and Amazon rainforest (CAT) biogeographical domains. The accelerating rate of conversion of native vegetation, the most important factor for biodiversity loss in the Anthropocene, compound…

Baumbach, L., Warren, D. L., Yousefpour, R., & Hanewinkel, M. (2021). Climate change may induce connectivity loss and mountaintop extinction in Central American forests. Communications Biology, 4(1). doi:10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9 https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-02359-9

The tropical forests of Central America serve a pivotal role as biodiversity hotspots and provide ecosystem services securing human livelihood. However, climate change is expected to affect the species composition of forest ecosystems, lead to forest type transitions and trigger irrecoverable losses…

Assunção‐Silva, C. C., & Assis, L. C. de S. (2021). Areas of endemism of Lauraceae: new insights on the biogeographic regionalization of the Espinhaço Range, Brazil. Cladistics. doi:10.1111/cla.12481 https://doi.org/10.1111/cla.12481

Using Lauraceae as a study case, we aimed in this article to: (i) delimit areas of endemism in the Espinhaço Range, Brazil; (ii) compare these areas of endemism with those previously delimited, as well as with the centres of endemism; (iii) evaluate the association between areas of endemism and vege…

Lopes, A., Demarchi, L. O., Franco, A. C., Ferreira, A. B., Ferreira, C. S., Wittmann, F., … Piedade, M. T. F. (2021). Predicting the potential distribution of aquatic herbaceous plants in oligotrophic Central Amazonian wetland ecosystems. Acta Botanica Brasilica. doi:10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188 https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-33062020abb0188

Aquatic herbaceous plants are especially suitable for mapping environmental variability in wetlands, as they respond quickly to environmental gradients and are good indicators of habitat preference. We describe the composition of herbaceous species in two oligotrophic wetland ecosystems, floodplains…

Jiang, K., Tong, X., Ding, Y., Wang, Z., Miao, L., Xiao, Y., … Gillespie, R. (2021). Shifting roles of the East China Sea in the phylogeography of red nanmu in East Asia. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.14215 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14215

Aim: The effect of eustasy driven by climatic oscillations on species diversification across the East China Sea (ECS) remains unclear. In this study, Machilus thunbergii (红楠, red nanmu in Chinese) was used as a model species to determine whether the ECS acted as either a “species pump” or “species v…

Salazar Zarzosa, P., Mendieta-Leiva, G., Navarro-Cerrillo, R. M., Cruz, G., Grados, N., & Villar, R. (2021). An ecological overview of Prosopis pallida, one of the most adapted dryland species to extreme climate events. Journal of Arid Environments, 193, 104576. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2021.104576 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2021.104576

Prosopis pallida (algarrobo) is a highly adapted species to extremely dry and wet conditions. Its geographic distribution at both sides of the Pacific Ocean is associated with its plastic response to El Niño event, an extreme climate event that changes precipitation regimes. In this review, we summa…

Erickson, K. D., & Smith, A. B. (2021). Accounting for imperfect detection in data from museums and herbaria when modeling species distributions: combining and contrasting data‐level versus model‐level bias correction. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.05679 https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05679

The digitization of museum collections as well as an explosion in citizen science initiatives has resulted in a wealth of data that can be useful for understanding the global distribution of biodiversity, provided that the well-documented biases inherent in unstructured opportunistic data are accoun…

Mairal, M., Chown, S. L., Shaw, J., Chala, D., Chau, J. H., Hui, C., … Le Roux, J. J. (2021). Human activity strongly influences genetic dynamics of the most widespread invasive plant in the sub‐Antarctic. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.16045 https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16045

The link between the successful establishment of alien species and propagule pressure is well-documented. Less known is how humans influence the post-introduction dynamics of invasive alien populations. The latter requires studying parallel invasions by the same species in habitats that are differen…