At my dinner table, we often talk about the environmental issues around eating beef. The information is often ambiguous and the whole issue seems to be a minefield, but cattle farming is evidently contributing to emissions, and eating grass-fed beef is not going to change that, as stated in a blog on the Food Climate Research Network.

If you are interested in regime changes in ecosystems, this paper in BioScience, nicely links biotic changes to changes in ecosystem function.

It is Nobel prize week: four Nobel prize winners explain why the research counts, not the journal.

The 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology is awarded to a threesome (Hall, Rosbash, and Young) for their discovery of the molecular mechanism that controls the circadian rhythm. Here is a short movie on why the circadian clock is important.

Enjoy your week,



Bjorn Robroek is the blog editor for Functional Ecologists.bjorn