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  1. Content type: Research article

    The Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta japonica lives in the alpine zones of central Japan, which is the southern limit of the global distribution for this species. This species is highly dependent on alpine habitats, w...

    Authors: Masanobu Hotta, Ikutaro Tsuyama, Katsuhiro Nakao, Masaaki Ozeki, Motoki Higa, Yuji Kominami, Takashi Hamada, Tetsuya Matsui, Masatsugu Yasuda and Nobuyuki Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:23

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Marine soft sediments are some of the most widespread habitats in the ocean, playing a vital role in global carbon cycling, but are amongst the least studied with regard to species composition and ecosystem fu...

    Authors: Belinda J. Vause, Simon A. Morley, Vera G. Fonseca, Anna Jażdżewska, Gail V. Ashton, David K. A. Barnes, Hendrik Giebner, Melody S. Clark and Lloyd S. Peck

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:27

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Consumers should show strong spatial preferences when foraging in environments where food availability is highly heterogeneous and predictable. Postdispersal granivores face this scenario in most arid areas, w...

    Authors: Fernando A. Milesi, Javier Lopez de Casenave and Víctor R. Cueto

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:25

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Invasive plants commonly occupy diverse habitats and thus must adapt to changing environmental pressures through altering their traits and economics spectra, and addressing these patterns and their drivers has...

    Authors: Li-Jia Dong and Wei-Ming He

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:24

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In the brackish Baltic Sea, shedding of adventitious branches is central to asexual recruitment of new thalli in the brown algae Fucus vesiculosus and F. radicans. To test which factors influence the formation of...

    Authors: Alexandra Kinnby, Ricardo T. Pereyra, Jonathan N. Havenhand, Pierre De Wit, Per R. Jonsson, Henrik Pavia and Kerstin Johannesson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:22

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Social tolerance strongly influences the patterns of affiliation and aggression in animal societies. However, not much is known about the variation of social tolerance in species living in dispersed social sys...

    Authors: Mamy Rina Evasoa, Elke Zimmermann, Alida Frankline Hasiniaina, Solofonirina Rasoloharijaona, Blanchard Randrianambinina and Ute Radespiel

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:20

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Species richness and composition pattern of amphibians along elevation gradients in eastern Nepal Himalaya are rarely investigated. This is a first ever study in the Himalayan elevation gradient, the world’s h...

    Authors: Janak R. Khatiwada, Tian Zhao, Youhua Chen, Bin Wang, Feng Xie, David C. Cannatella and Jianping Jiang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:19

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Vegetation water content is one of the important biophysical features of vegetation health, and its remote estimation can be utilized to real-timely monitor vegetation water stress. Here, we compared the respo...

    Authors: F. Zhang and G. Zhou

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:18

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Currently, urban green infrastructure is increasingly gaining attention as a source of multiple benefits. Understanding how city residents perceive the benefits of green infrastructure is critical for urban po...

    Authors: Kassahun Gashu and Tegegne Gebre-Egziabher

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:16

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  10. Content type: Research article

    By altering their habitats, engineering species can improve their own fitness. However, the effect of this strategy on the fitness of coexisting species or on the structure of the respective food web is poorly...

    Authors: Benjamin Wilden, Nabil Majdi, Ute Kuhlicke, Thomas R. Neu and Walter Traunspurger

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:15

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Local communities in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe have adopted the feeding of livestock with Neorautanenia brachypus (Harms) C.A. tuber to mitigate against climate change. Differences within Neorautaneni...

    Authors: Trish. O. Nyarumbu, Tinotenda Kaseke, Vimbai Gobvu, Chrispen Murungweni, Arnold. B. Mashingaidze and Zedias Chikwambi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:13

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  12. Content type: Editorial

    The sixth BMC Ecology Image Competition received more than 145 photographs from talented ecologists around the world, showcasing the amazing biodiversity, natural beauty and biological interactions found in natur...

    Authors: Alison L. Cuff, Ying Lou, Jiang Zhigang, Michel Baguette, Simon Blanchet, Jean Clobert, Luke M. Jacobus, Dominique Mazzi and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:11

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Parasite infections can have substantial impacts on population dynamics and are accordingly a key challenge for wild population management. Here we studied genetic mechanisms driving parasite resistance in a l...

    Authors: Elodie Portanier, Mathieu Garel, Sébastien Devillard, Daniel Maillard, Jocelyn Poissant, Maxime Galan, Slimania Benabed, Marie-Thérèse Poirel, Jeanne Duhayer, Christian Itty and Gilles Bourgoin

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:12

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Ectomycorrhizal fungi (ECM) play a central role in nutrient cycling in boreal and temperate forests, but their role in the soil food web remains little understood. One of the groups assumed to live as speciali...

    Authors: Sarah L. Bluhm, Anton M. Potapov, Julia Shrubovych, Silke Ammerschubert, Andrea Polle and Stefan Scheu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:10

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The marbled crayfish (Procambarus virginalis) is a monoclonal, parthenogenetically reproducing freshwater crayfish species that has formed multiple stable populations worldwide. Madagascar hosts a particularly la...

    Authors: Ranja Andriantsoa, Sina Tönges, Jörn Panteleit, Kathrin Theissinger, Vitor Coutinho Carneiro, Jeanne Rasamy and Frank Lyko

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:8

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  16. Content type: Research article

    As plants, algae and some sessile invertebrates may grow in nearly monospecific assemblies, their collective biomass increases and if they compete hard enough some die, freeing up space. The concurrent increas...

    Authors: Joel C. Creed, Vasco M. N. C. S. Vieira, Trevor A. Norton and Debora Caetano

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:6

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the variation in distribution and abundance of non-timber forest products (NTFP) species is a crucial step in achieving their conservation and sustainable use. At the northern periphery of the Bo...

    Authors: T. Marlène Ngansop, Elvire H. Biye, F. Evariste Fongnzossie, Preasious F. Forbi and D. Cédric Chimi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:3

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Copepods make up the largest zooplankton biomass in coastal areas and estuaries and are pivotal for the normal development of fish larva of countless species. During spring in neritic boreal waters, the copepo...

    Authors: Tue Sparholt Jørgensen, Per Meyer Jepsen, H. Cecilie B. Petersen, Dennis Steven Friis and Benni Winding Hansen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:1

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Our picture of behavioral management of risk by prey remains fragmentary. This partly stems from a lack of studies jointly analyzing different behavioral responses developed by prey, such as habitat use and fi...

    Authors: Pierrick Blanchard, Christine Lauzeral, Simon Chamaillé-Jammes, Clément Brunet, Arnaud Lec’hvien, Guillaume Péron and Dominique Pontier

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:60

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Land use changes and related land management practices significantly alter soil physicochemical properties; however, their effects on the soil microbial community structure are still unclear. In this study, we...

    Authors: Yoseph T. Delelegn, Witoon Purahong, Hans Sandén, Birru Yitaferu, Douglas L. Godbold and Tesfaye Wubet

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:58

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Identifying the factors that affect ranging behavior of animals is a central issue to ecology and an essential tool for designing effective conservation policies. This knowledge provides the information needed...

    Authors: Francesc Cuscó, Laura Cardador, Gerard Bota, Manuel B. Morales and Santi Mañosa

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:56

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Intensively cultivated agricultural landscapes often suffer from substantial pollinator losses, which may be leading to decreasing pollination services for crops and wild flowering plants. Conservation measure...

    Authors: Constanze Buhk, Rainer Oppermann, Arno Schanowski, Richard Bleil, Julian Lüdemann and Christian Maus

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:55

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Fishing activities can influence foraging behaviour of many seabird species worldwide. Seabirds are attracted by fishing vessels which can facilitate access to demersal fish as a novel food resource that other...

    Authors: M. Cianchetti-Benedetti, G. Dell’Omo, T. Russo, C. Catoni and P. Quillfeldt

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:54

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Grasses are hyper-accumulators of silicon (Si) and often up-regulate Si following herbivory. Positive correlations exist between Si and plant water content, yet the extent to which Si uptake responses can be m...

    Authors: James M. W. Ryalls, Ben D. Moore and Scott N. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:53

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Fungal endophytes are the living symbionts which cause no apparent damage to the host tissue. The distribution pattern of these endophytes within a host plant is mediated by environmental factors. This study w...

    Authors: Riyaz Ahmad Rather, Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan and Mumtaz Anwar

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:52

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Phytoplankton species identification and counting is a crucial step of water quality assessment. Especially drinking water reservoirs, bathing and ballast water need to be regularly monitored for harmful speci...

    Authors: Susanne Dunker, David Boho, Jana Wäldchen and Patrick Mäder

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:51

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes L.) have become successful inhabitants of urban areas in recent years. However, our knowledge about the occurrence, distribution and association with land uses of these urban foxes is poo...

    Authors: Theresa Walter, Richard Zink, Gregor Laaha, Johann G. Zaller and Florian Heigl

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:50

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The gypsovag shrub Cistus clusii is locally dominant in semi-arid gypsum plant communities of North-Eastern Spain. This species commonly grows in species-poor patches even though it has nurse potential, suggestin...

    Authors: Ana Foronda, Bodil K. Ehlers, Concepción L. Alados and Yolanda Pueyo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:49

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  29. Content type: Correspondence

    Courtship and spawning behaviors of coral reef fishes are very complex, and sufficient sampling effort and proper methods are required to draw informed conclusions on their mating systems that are grounded in ...

    Authors: Brad E. Erisman, João P. Barreiros, Kevin L. Rhodes and Robert R. Warner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:48

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Old-growth and primeval forests are passing through a natural development cycle with recurring stages of forest development. Several methods for assigning patches of different structure and size to forest deve...

    Authors: Jonas Glatthorn, Eike Feldmann, Vath Tabaku, Christoph Leuschner and Peter Meyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:47

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Rehabilitation of degraded rangelands through the establishment of enclosures (fencing grazing lands) is believed to improve soil quality and livelihoods, and enhance the sustainability of rangelands. Grazing ...

    Authors: C. O. Oduor, N. K. Karanja, R. N. Onwonga, S. M. Mureithi, D. Pelster and G. Nyberg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:45

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  32. 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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  33. Content type: Research article

    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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  34. 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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