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  1. Meeting abstracts

    The 2nd International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2016)

    01 The eco-toxicological effects of cadmium stress on five ornamental plants

    Zhouli Liu, Wei Chen, Xingyuan He, Shuai Yu, Weihang Ding, Jianjun Liu, Yuliang Wu, Kaixiang Fan, Yuanchao Li, Xinqing Zheng, Shiquan Chen, Haiqun Xie, Jie Li, Zhuomin Wang, Li Xue, Zhiyang Lie…

    BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 2):50

    Published on: 7 November 2016

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 2

  2. Software

    BioVeL: a virtual laboratory for data analysis and modelling in biodiversity science and ecology

    Making forecasts about biodiversity and giving support to policy relies increasingly on large collections of data held electronically, and on substantial computational capability and capacity to analyse, model...

    Alex R. Hardisty, Finn Bacall, Niall Beard, Maria-Paula Balcázar-Vargas, Bachir Balech, Zoltán Barcza, Sarah J. Bourlat, Renato De Giovanni, Yde de Jong, Francesca De Leo, Laura Dobor, Giacinto Donvito, Donal Fellows, Antonio Fernandez Guerra, Nuno Ferreira, Yuliya Fetyukova…

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:49

    Published on: 20 October 2016

  3. Research article

    A century of morphological variation in Cyprinidae fishes

    Aquatic habitats have been altered over the past century due to a variety of anthropogenic influences. Ecomorphology is an area of aquatic ecology that can both directly and indirectly assess the effects of ha...

    Stephen J. Jacquemin and Mark Pyron

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:48

    Published on: 20 October 2016

  4. Research article

    Application of fundamental equations to species−area theory

    Species−area relationship (SAR), endemics-area relationship (EAR) and overlap-area relationship (OAR) are three important concepts in biodiversity study. The application of fundamental equations linking the SA...

    Xubin Pan

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:42

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  5. Research article

    Seasonal rainfall at long-term migratory staging sites is associated with altered carry-over effects in a Palearctic-African migratory bird

    An understanding of year-round habitat use is essential for determining how carry-over effects shape population dynamics in long-distance migratory songbirds. The recent discovery of long-term migratory stagin...

    Marjorie C. Sorensen, Graham D. Fairhurst, Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, Jason Newton, Elizabeth Yohannes and Claire N. Spottiswoode

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:41

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  6. Research article

    Host plant range of a fruit fly community (Diptera: Tephritidae): does fruit composition influence larval performance?

    Phytophagous insects differ in their degree of specialisation on host plants, and range from strictly monophagous species that can develop on only one host plant to extremely polyphagous species that can devel...

    Abir Hafsi, Benoit Facon, Virginie Ravigné, Frédéric Chiroleu, Serge Quilici, Brahim Chermiti and Pierre-François Duyck

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:40

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  7. Research article

    Population density of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies in northeastern Mexico

    The western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) occurs throughout western North America in various habitats such as desert, short-grass prairie and shrub-steppe, among others, where the main threat for th...

    Gabriel Ruiz Ayma, Alina Olalla Kerstupp, Alberto Macías Duarte, Antonio Guzmán Velasco and José I. González Rojas

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:38

    Published on: 26 August 2016

  8. Research article

    Pesticide seed dressings can affect the activity of various soil organisms and reduce decomposition of plant material

    Seed dressing with pesticides is widely used to protect crop seeds from pest insects and fungal diseases. While there is mounting evidence that especially neonicotinoid seed dressings detrimentally affect inse...

    Johann G. Zaller, Nina König, Alexandra Tiefenbacher, Yoko Muraoka, Pascal Querner, Andreas Ratzenböck, Michael Bonkowski and Robert Koller

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:37

    Published on: 17 August 2016

  9. Editorial

    BMC Ecology Image Competition 2016: the winning images

    The 2016 BMC Ecology Image Competition marked another celebration of the astounding biodiversity, natural beauty, and biological interactions documented by talented ecologists worldwide. For our fourth annual ...

    Julia Simundza, Matthew Palmer, Josef Settele, Luke M. Jacobus, David P. Hughes, Dominique Mazzi and Simon Blanchet

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:34

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  10. Research article

    Differentiation and description of aromatic short grain rice landraces of eastern Indian state of Odisha based on qualitative phenotypic descriptors

    Speciality rice, in general, and aromatic rice in particular, possess enormous market potential for enhancing farm profits. However, systematic characterization of the diversity present in this natural wealth ...

    Pritesh Sundar Roy, Rashmita Samal, Gundimeda Jwala Narasimha Rao, Sasank Sekhar Chyau Patnaik, Nitiprasad Namdeorao Jambhulkar, Ashok Patnaik and Trilochan Mohapatra

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:36

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  11. Research article

    Chemical disguise of myrmecophilous cockroaches and its implications for understanding nestmate recognition mechanisms in leaf-cutting ants

    Cockroaches of the genus Attaphila regularly occur in leaf-cutting ant colonies. The ants farm a fungus that the cockroaches also appear to feed on. Cockroaches disperse between colonies horizontally (via foragin...

    Volker Nehring, Francesca R. Dani, Luca Calamai, Stefano Turillazzi, Horst Bohn, Klaus-Dieter Klass and Patrizia d’Ettorre

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:35

    Published on: 5 August 2016

  12. Research

    To have your citizen science cake and eat it? Delivering research and outreach through Open Air Laboratories (OPAL)

    The vast array of citizen science projects which have blossomed over the last decade span a spectrum of objectives from research to outreach. While some focus primarily on the collection of rigorous scientific...

    Poppy Lakeman-Fraser, Laura Gosling, Andy J. Moffat, Sarah E. West, Roger Fradera, Linda Davies, Maxwell A. Ayamba and René van der Wal

    BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):16

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  13. Research

    Quality control in public participation assessments of water quality: the OPAL Water Survey

    Public participation in scientific data collection is a rapidly expanding field. In water quality surveys, the involvement of the public, usually as trained volunteers, generally includes the identification of...

    N L. Rose, S. D. Turner, B. Goldsmith, L. Gosling and T. A. Davidson

    BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):14

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  14. Research

    Surveying the citizen science landscape: an exploration of the design, delivery and impact of citizen science through the lens of the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) programme

    This paper provides a short introduction to the topic of citizen science (CS) identifying the shift from the knowledge deficit model to more inclusive, participatory science. It acknowledges the benefits of ne...

    Linda Davies, Roger Fradera, Hauke Riesch and Poppy Lakeman-Fraser

    BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):17

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  15. Research

    Differences between urban and rural hedges in England revealed by a citizen science project

    Hedges are both ecologically and culturally important and are a distinctive feature of the British landscape. However the overall length of hedges across Great Britain is decreasing. Current challenges in stud...

    Laura Gosling, Tim H. Sparks, Yoseph Araya, Martin Harvey and Janice Ansine

    BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):15

    Published on: 22 July 2016

    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

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