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  1. Content type: Research article

    Understanding and predicting the response of tree populations to climate change requires understanding the pattern and scale of their adaptation. Climate is often considered the major driver of local adaptatio...

    Authors: R. D. Manzanedo, F. R. Schanz, M. Fischer and E. Allan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:42

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    Habitat models provide information about which habitat management should target to avoid species extinctions or range contractions. The willow ptarmigan inhabits alpine- and arctic tundra habitats in the north...

    Authors: Mikkel Andreas Jørnsøn Kvasnes, Hans Christian Pedersen and Erlend Birkeland Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:41

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the relationship between great apes and their habitat is essential for the development of successful conservation strategies. The chimpanzee Pan troglodytes ellioti is endemic to Nigeria and Cameroo...

    Authors: Serge Alexis Kamgang, Kadiri Serge Bobo, Fiona Maisels, Ruffin Dupleix Delarue Ambahe, Désiré Edgar Ambassa Ongono, Mary Katherine Gonder, Paul Johnson, Jorgelina Marino and Brice Sinsin

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:40

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Predicting the patterns of range expansion of alien species is central to develop effective strategies for managing potential biological invasions. Here, we present a study on the potential distribution of the...

    Authors: Carlo Polidori, Marcella Nucifora and David Sánchez-Fernández

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:36

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been implicated as a primary cause of decline in many species around the globe. However, there are some species and populations that are know...

    Authors: Laura A. Brannelly, Matthew W. H. Chatfield, Julia Sonn, Matthew Robak and Corinne L. Richards-Zawacki

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:34

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Wetlands are habitats where variation in soil moisture content and associated environmental conditions can strongly affect the survival of herbivorous insects by changing host plant quality and natural enemy d...

    Authors: Thomas A. Verschut and Peter A. Hambäck

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:33

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  7. Content type: Methodology article

    Ecological research often involves sampling and manipulating non-model organisms that reside in heterogeneous environments. As such, ecologists often adapt techniques and ideas from industry and other scientif...

    Authors: Jocelyn E. Behm, Brenna R. Waite, S. Tonia Hsieh and Matthew R. Helmus

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:32

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  8. Content type: Research article

    During electricity generation of nuclear power plant, heat energy cannot be completely converted into electrical energy, and a part of it is lost in the form of thermal discharge into the environment. The ther...

    Authors: Zhi-guo Dong, Yi-hua Chen, Hong-xing Ge, Xiao-ying Li, Hai-long Wu, Chen-he Wang, Zhe Hu, Yang-jian Wu, Guang-hui Fu, Ji-kun Lu and Hua Che

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:31

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Forage nutritive value plays an important role in livestock nutrition and maintaining sustainable grassland ecosystems, and grazing management can affect the quality of forage. In this study, we investigated t...

    Authors: Xiajie Zhai, Yingjun Zhang, Kun Wang, Qian Chen, Shuiyan Li and Ding Huang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:30

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Shrub cover in arctic and alpine ecosystems has increased in recent decades, and is predicted to further increase with climate change. Changes in shrub abundance may alter ecosystem carbon (C) sequestration an...

    Authors: Mia Vedel Sørensen, Bente Jessen Graae, Dagmar Hagen, Brian J. Enquist, Kristin Odden Nystuen and Richard Strimbeck

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:29

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Permafrost degradation may develop thermokarst landforms, which substantially change physico–chemical characteristics in the soil as well as the soil carbon stock. However, little is known about changes of bac...

    Authors: Xiaodong Wu, Haiyan Xu, Guimin Liu, Lin Zhao and Cuicui Mu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:27

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Biotic interactions are ubiquitous and require information from ecology, evolutionary biology, and functional genetics in order to be understood. However, study systems that are amenable to investigations acro...

    Authors: Gavin C. Woodruff and Patrick C. Phillips

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:26

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The exotic fish Poecilia reticulata is promoted in the tropics as a biological control agent for aquatic pathogenic carriers, such as mosquitoes. Such control measures are often adopted blindly, ignoring the pote...

    Authors: G. K. Achini W. Fernando, Sevvandi Jayakody, W. M. Hiranya K. Wijenayake, Gawrie N. L. Galappaththy, Mangala Yatawara and Jeevanie Harishchandra

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:25

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris, also known as A. lusitanicus) is considered one of the most invasive species in agriculture, horticulture and private gardens all over Europe. Although this slug has been problem...

    Authors: Daniel Dörler, Matthias Kropf, Gregor Laaha and Johann G. Zaller

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:23

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Various factors, such as climate, body size and sociality are often linked to parasitism. This constrains the identification of other determinants driving parasite infections. Here, we investigate for the firs...

    Authors: May Hokan, Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel, Bertrand Andriatsitohaina, Solofonirina Rasoloharijaona and Christina Strube

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:22

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  16. Content type: Correspondence

    We challenge the oft-repeated claim that the beetles (Coleoptera) are the most species-rich order of animals. Instead, we assert that another order of insects, the Hymenoptera, is more speciose, due in large p...

    Authors: Andrew A. Forbes, Robin K. Bagley, Marc A. Beer, Alaine C. Hippee and Heather A. Widmayer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:21

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Chironomids, a major invertebrate taxon in many standing freshwaters, rely on adult flight to reach new suitable sites, yet the impact of weather conditions on their flight activity is little understood. We in...

    Authors: Lucie Vebrová, Andre van Nieuwenhuijzen, Vojtěch Kolář and David S. Boukal

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:19

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Drought may become one of the greatest challenges for cereal production under future warming scenarios, and its impact on insect pest outbreaks is still controversial. To address this issue, life-history respo...

    Authors: Deguang Liu, Peng Dai, Shirong Li, Syed Suhail Ahmed, Zheming Shang and Xiaoqin Shi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:17

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In fish, morphological colour changes occur from variations in pigment concentrations and in the morphology, density, and distribution of chromatophores in the skin. However, the underlying mechanisms remain u...

    Authors: Katarina M. Jørgensen, Monica F. Solberg, Francois Besnier, Anders Thorsen, Per Gunnar Fjelldal, Øystein Skaala, Ketil Malde and Kevin A. Glover

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:14

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Localised patterns of species diversity can be influenced by many factors, including regional species pools, biogeographic features and interspecific interactions. Despite recognition of these issues, we still...

    Authors: Clive T. Darwell, Simon T. Segar and James M. Cook

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:13

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The effects of grazing on soil methane (CH4) uptake in steppe ecosystems are important for understanding carbon sequestration and cycling because the role of grassland soil for CH4 uptake can have major impacts a...

    Authors: Shiming Tang, Yujuan Zhang, Xiajie Zhai, Andreas Wilkes, Chengjie Wang and Kun Wang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:11

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  22. Content type: Research Article

    Mixed forests are believed to enhance ecosystem functioning and sustainability due to complementary resource use, environmental benefits and improved soil properties. The facilitation between different species...

    Authors: Weiwei Shu, Xiaoxiao Shen, Pifeng Lei, Wenhua Xiang, Shuai Ouyang and Wende Yan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:9

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  23. Content type: Research Article

    The spatial distribution of mangrove crabs has been commonly associated with tree zonation and abiotic factors such as ground temperature and soil granulometry. Conversely, no studies were designed to investig...

    Authors: Stefano Cannicci, Marco Fusi, Filippo Cimó, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas and Sara Fratini

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:8

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  24. Content type: Research Article

    Camellia nitidissima, a rare and endangered shrub is narrowly distributed in South China and North Vietnam occurring in forest understory. Their light tolerance mechanism is unclear. We measured photosynthesis an...

    Authors: Shengfeng Chai, Jianmin Tang, Azim Mallik, Yancai Shi, Rong Zou, Jitao Li and Xiao Wei

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:5

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  25. Content type: Research Article

    A crucial step in conserving biodiversity is to identify the distributions of threatened species and the factors associated with species threat status. In the biodiversity hotspot of the Himalaya, very little ...

    Authors: Prakash Kumar Paudel, Jan Sipos and Jedediah F. Brodie

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:6

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  26. Content type: Research Article

    Understanding the effects of habitat modification on the feeding strategies of threatened species is essential to designing effective conservation management plans. Bale monkeys (Chlorocebus djamdjamensis) are en...

    Authors: Addisu Mekonnen, Peter J. Fashing, Afework Bekele, R. Adriana Hernandez-Aguilar, Eli K. Rueness and Nils Chr. Stenseth

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:4

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  27. Content type: Research Article

    Higher temperatures and increased environmental variability under climate change could jeopardize the persistence of species. Organisms that rely on short windows of rainfall to complete their life-cycles, lik...

    Authors: Tom Pinceel, Falko Buschke, Margo Weckx, Luc Brendonck and Bram Vanschoenwinkel

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:2

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  28. Content type: Research Article

    For many fish species, retinal function changes between life history stages as part of an encoded developmental program. Retinal change is also known to exhibit plasticity because retinal form and function can...

    Authors: Lorian E. Schweikert and Michael S. Grace

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:1

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The species pool concept was formulated over the past several decades and has since played an important role in explaining multi-scale ecological patterns. Previous statistical methods were developed to identi...

    Authors: Tsung-Jen Shen, Youhua Chen and You-Fang Chen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:45

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Population genetic diversity and structure are determined by past and current evolutionary processes, among which spatially limited dispersal, genetic drift, and shifts in species distribution boundaries have ...

    Authors: Anna Wereszczuk, Raphaël Leblois and Andrzej Zalewski

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:46

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  31. Content type: Research Article

    Endozoochory is, in grazing systems, a substantial vector for seed dispersal. It can play an important role in vegetation dynamics, especially in colonization processes through seed input on the vegetation and...

    Authors: Julia Tabea Treitler, Tim Drissen, Robin Stadtmann, Stefan Zerbe and Jasmin Mantilla-Contreras

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:42

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  32. Content type: Research Article

    Carnivores are re-establishing in many human-populated areas, where their presence is often contentious. Reaching consensus on management decisions is often hampered by a dispute over the size of the local car...

    Authors: Hanna Granroth-Wilding, Craig Primmer, Meri Lindqvist, Jenni Poutanen, Olaf Thalmann, Jouni Aspi, Jenni Harmoinen, Ilpo Kojola and Toni Laaksonen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:44

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    The drivers of species co-existence in local communities are especially enigmatic for assemblages of morphologically cryptic species. Here we characterize the colonization dynamics and abundance of nine specie...

    Authors: Céline Ferrari, Romain Salle, Nicolas Callemeyn-Torre, Richard Jovelin, Asher D. Cutter and Christian Braendle

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:43

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  34. Content type: Research Article

    Root-knot nematodes (RKN) are major pest of olive tree (Olea europaea ssp. europaea), especially in nurseries and high-density orchards. Soil samples were collected from main olive growing areas of Morocco, to ch...

    Authors: Mohamed Aït Hamza, Nadine Ali, Johannes Tavoillot, Odile Fossati-Gaschignard, Hassan Boubaker, Abdelhamid El Mousadik and Thierry Mateille

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:41

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