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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Research article

    Suppression of reproductive characteristics of the invasive plant Mikania micrantha by sweet potato competition

    As a means of biologically controlling Mikania micrantha H.B.K. in Yunnan, China, the influence of sweet potato [Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.] on its reproductive characteristics was studied. The trial utilized a de...

    Shicai Shen, Gaofeng Xu, David Roy Clements, Guimei Jin, Shufang Liu, Yanxian Yang, Aidong Chen, Fudou Zhang and Hisashi Kato-Noguchi

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:30

    Published on: 20 June 2016

  9. Research Article

    Importance of latrine communication in European rabbits shifts along a rural–to–urban gradient

    Information transfer in mammalian communication networks is often based on the deposition of excreta in latrines. Depending on the intended receiver(s), latrines are either formed at territorial boundaries (betwe...

    Madlen Ziege, David Bierbach, Svenja Bischoff, Anna-Lena Brandt, Mareike Brix, Bastian Greshake, Stefan Merker, Sandra Wenninger, Torsten Wronski and Martin Plath

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:29

    Published on: 14 June 2016

  10. Research article

    Floral traits influence pollen vectors’ choices in higher elevation communities in the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains

    How floral traits and community composition influence plant specialization is poorly understood and the existing evidence is restricted to regions where plant diversity is low. Here, we assessed whether plant ...

    Yan-Hui Zhao, Zong-Xin Ren, Amparo Lázaro, Hong Wang, Peter Bernhardt, Hai-Dong Li and De-Zhu Li

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:26

    Published on: 24 May 2016

  11. Research Article

    Fire-severity effects on plant–fungal interactions after a novel tundra wildfire disturbance: implications for arctic shrub and tree migration

    Vegetation change in high latitude tundra ecosystems is expected to accelerate due to increased wildfire activity. High-severity fires increase the availability of mineral soil seedbeds, which facilitates recr...

    Rebecca E. Hewitt, Teresa N. Hollingsworth, F. Stuart Chapin III and D. Lee Taylor

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:25

    Published on: 11 May 2016

  12. Research article

    Spatial patterns of genetic diversity, community composition and occurrence of native and non-native amphipods in naturally replicated tributary streams

    Worldwide, natural communities are invaded by non-native species, with potentially devastating effects on the native communities. A large part of past research aimed at finding traits and characteristics of th...

    Florian Altermatt, Roman Alther and Elvira Mächler

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:23

    Published on: 26 April 2016

  13. Research article

    Predatory beetles feed more pest beetles at rising temperature

    Climate warming is a challenge for many plants and animals as they have to respond to rising temperature. Rising temperature was observed to affect herbivores and predators. Activity-density of abundant predat...

    Thomas Frank and Martin Bramböck

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:21

    Published on: 15 April 2016

  14. Research article

    Convergence of soil microbial properties after plant colonization of an experimental plant diversity gradient

    Several studies have examined the effects of plant colonization on aboveground communities and processes. However, the effects of plant colonization on soil microbial communities are less known. We addressed t...

    Katja Steinauer, Britta Jensen, Tanja Strecker, Enrica de Luca, Stefan Scheu and Nico Eisenhauer

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:19

    Published on: 7 April 2016

  15. Research article

    Vertebrate bacterial gut diversity: size also matters

    One of the central issues in microbial ecology is to understand the parameters that drive diversity. Among these parameters, size has often been considered to be the main driver in many different ecosystems. S...

    Jean-Jacques Godon, Pugazhendi Arulazhagan, Jean-Philippe Steyer and Jérôme Hamelin

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:12

    Published on: 23 March 2016

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