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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Content type: Research Article

    The importance of intraspecific trait variation (ITV) is increasingly acknowledged among plant ecologists. However, our understanding of what drives ITV between individual plants (ITVBI) at the population level i...

    Authors: Kenny Helsen, Kamal P. Acharya, Jörg Brunet, Sara A. O. Cousins, Guillaume Decocq, Martin Hermy, Annette Kolb, Isgard H. Lemke, Jonathan Lenoir, Jan Plue, Kris Verheyen, Pieter De Frenne and Bente J. Graae

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:38

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  24. Content type: Research Article

    Invasive ecosystem engineers can facilitate their invasions by modifying the physical environment to improve their own performance, but this positive feedback process has rarely been tested empirically except ...

    Authors: Shota Nishijima, Chisato Nishikawa and Tadashi Miyashita

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:37

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  25. Content type: Research Article

    Figs are widely distributed key resources to many tropical-subtropical animals, and flying-foxes are major consumers and seed dispersers of figs. Bat-fig interrelationships, however, may vary among species dif...

    Authors: Ya-Fu Lee, Yen-Min Kuo, Hsin-Yi Chang, Chi-Feng Tsai and Shigeyuki Baba

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:35

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  26. Content type: Research Article

    Conditions experienced by a female during early life may affect her reproductive strategies and maternal investment later in life. This effect of early environmental conditions is a potentially important mecha...

    Authors: Sin-Yeon Kim, Neil B. Metcalfe, Alberto da Silva and Alberto Velando

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:34

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  27. Content type: Research Article

    One of the core issues of forest community ecology is the exploration of how ecological processes affect community structure. The relative importance of different processes is still under debate. This study ad...

    Authors: Chunyu Fan, Lingzhao Tan, Chunyu Zhang, Xiuhai Zhao and Klaus von Gadow

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:33

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  28. Content type: Research Article

    High latitude ecosystems are at present changing rapidly under the influence of climate warming, and specialized Arctic species at the southern margin of the Arctic may be particularly affected. The Arctic fox (V...

    Authors: Dorothee Ehrich, Maite Cerezo, Anna Y. Rodnikova, Natalya A. Sokolova, Eva Fuglei, Victor G. Shtro and Aleksandr A. Sokolov

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:32

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  29. Content type: Research Article

    The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) transmits infectious diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, which constitutes an important ecosystem disservice. Despite many local studies, a comprehensive understanding of the ...

    Authors: Steffen Ehrmann, Jaan Liira, Stefanie Gärtner, Karin Hansen, Jörg Brunet, Sara A. O. Cousins, Marc Deconchat, Guillaume Decocq, Pieter De Frenne, Pallieter De Smedt, Martin Diekmann, Emilie Gallet-Moron, Annette Kolb, Jonathan Lenoir, Jessica Lindgren, Tobias Naaf…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:31

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  30. Content type: Research Article

    Glucocorticoid hormones are known to play a key role in mediating a cascade of physiological responses to social and ecological stressors and can therefore influence animals’ behaviour and ultimately fitness. ...

    Authors: Josué H. Rakotoniaina, Peter M. Kappeler, Eva Kaesler, Anni M. Hämäläinen, Clemens Kirschbaum and Cornelia Kraus

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:30

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  31. Content type: Editorial

    For the fifth year, BMC Ecology is proud to present the winning images from our annual image competition. The 2017 edition received entries by talented shutterbug-ecologists from across the world, showcasing rese...

    Authors: Christopher Foote, Chris T. Darimont, Michel Baguette, Simon Blanchet, Luke M. Jacobus, Dominique Mazzi and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:28

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  32. Content type: Research Article

    Long-distance migratory birds in North America have undergone precipitous declines over the past half-century. Although the trend is clear, for many migrating species underpinning the exact causes poses a chal...

    Authors: Andrew C. Huang, Christine A. Bishop, René McKibbin, Anna Drake and David J. Green

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:29

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    Defensive symbionts can provide significant fitness advantages to their hosts. Facultative symbionts can protect several species of aphid from fungal pathogens, heat shock, and parasitism by parasitoid wasps. ...

    Authors: Jennifer L. Kovacs, Candice Wolf, Dené Voisin and Seth Wolf

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:26

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Amphibians and reptiles are among the most endangered vertebrate species worldwide. However, little is known how they are affected by road-kills on tertiary roads and whether the surrounding landscape structur...

    Authors: Florian Heigl, Kathrin Horvath, Gregor Laaha and Johann G. Zaller

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:24

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  35. Content type: Research Article

    Species richness affects processes and functions in many ecosystems. Since management of temperate grasslands is directly affecting species composition and richness, it can indirectly govern how systems respon...

    Authors: Carsten F. Dormann, Lars von Riedmatten and Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:23

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Human food subsidies can provide predictable food sources in large quantities for wildlife species worldwide. In the boreal forest of Fennoscandia, gut piles from moose (Alces alces) harvest provide a potentially...

    Authors: Gjermund Gomo, Jenny Mattisson, Bjørn Roar Hagen, Pål Fossland Moa and Tomas Willebrand

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:22

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