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Behavioral and physiological ecology

Section edited by David Hughes

This section considers studies into the physiological processes underlying an organism’s interactions with its environment as well as all aspects of behavioral ecology.

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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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    At high densities, terrestrial and marine species often employ alternate reproductive tactics (ARTs) to maximize reproductive benefits. We describe ARTs in a high-density and unfished spawning aggregation of t...

    Authors: Rucha Karkarey, Amod Zambre, Kavita Isvaran and Rohan Arthur

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:10

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:41

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:40

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  17. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:35

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  18. Content type: Research article

    One hypothesis to explain the blue–green colour of the eggs of many bird species is that it is a sexually-selected signal of the laying female’s quality, which males use to determine their investment. This hyp...

    Authors: Raime B. Fronstin, Stephanie M. Doucet and Julian K. Christians

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:31

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  19. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:29

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Rising CO2 is expected to result in changes in plant traits that will increase plant productivity for some functional groups. Differential plant responses to elevated CO2 are likely to drive changes in competitiv...

    Authors: Heather A. Hager, Geraldine D. Ryan, Hajnal M. Kovacs and Jonathan A. Newman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:28

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The emergence and spread of insecticide resistant mosquitoes renewed interest in investigating the use of larvivorous fish as a biological control agent. The potential of Clarias gariepinus fish in controlling An...

    Authors: Buze Chala, Berhanu Erko, Abebe Animut, Abraham Degarege and Beyene Petros

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:27

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Many insects have multiple generations per year and cohorts emerging in different seasons may evolve their own phenotypes if they are subjected to different selection regimes. The bivoltine bee Andrena bicolor is...

    Authors: Paulo Milet-Pinheiro, Kerstin Herz, Stefan Dötterl and Manfred Ayasse

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:20

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  23. Content type: Research Article

    As global climate change and exponential human population growth intensifies pressure on agricultural systems, the need to effectively manage invasive insect pests is becoming increasingly important to global ...

    Authors: Peter W. Shearer, Jessica D. West, Vaughn M. Walton, Preston H. Brown, Nicolas Svetec and Joanna C. Chiu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:11

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Parental allocation and reproductive success are often strongly influenced by environmental factors. In this respect, salinity is a key factor influencing species distributions and community structure in aquat...

    Authors: Topi K. Lehtonen, Bob B. M. Wong and Charlotta Kvarnemo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:7

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Epidemiological models often use information on host social contacts to predict the potential impact of infectious diseases on host populations and the efficiency of control measures. It can be difficult, howe...

    Authors: Andrea Springer, Alexander Mellmann, Claudia Fichtel and Peter M. Kappeler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:6

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  26. Content type: Editorial

    For the third time, BMC Ecology is delighted to announce the winners of our Image Competition. This year featured entries from all over the world and showcased not only the creativity and talent of the participan...

    Authors: Catherine J Potenski, Ana Luz Porzecanski, Michel Baguette, Jean Clobert, David Hughes and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:22

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  27. Content type: Research article

    How do very small animals with limited long-distance dispersal abilities move between locations, especially if they prefer ephemeral micro-habitats that are only available for short periods of time? The free-l...

    Authors: Carola Petersen, Ruben Joseph Hermann, Mike-Christoph Barg, Rebecca Schalkowski, Philipp Dirksen, Camilo Barbosa and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:19

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The role of plant ontogeny on investment in direct defense against herbivores is well accepted, but the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive stage can also affect indirect resistance traits (i.e....

    Authors: Gaylord A Desurmont, Diane Laplanche, Florian P Schiestl and Ted C J Turlings

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:17

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Associational herbivore resistance is potentiated by neighbouring heterogenic plant species that impact a focal plant’s attraction to herbivores or the damage that they cause. One mechanism to confer associati...

    Authors: Sari J Himanen, Thuy Nga T Bui, Mengistu M Maja and Jarmo K Holopainen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:16

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The proto-periodical cicada Okanagana rimosa is subject to infection by the acoustically orientating parasitoid fly Emblemasoma auditrix. Furthermore, it is also the only known host of E. auditrix. Here we test t...

    Authors: Reinhard Lakes-Harlan and Thomas de Vries

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:31

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Most vertebrates experience coinfections, and many pathogen-pathogen interactions occur indirectly through the host immune system. These interactions are particularly strong in mixed micro-macroparasite infect...

    Authors: Carrie A Cizauskas, Wendy C Turner, Bettina Wagner, Martina Küstersrs, Russell E Vance and Wayne M Getz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:27

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Nearly 40 years ago, Freeland and Janzen predicted that liver biotransformation enzymes dictated diet selection by herbivores. Despite decades of research on model species and humans, little is known about the...

    Authors: Jael R Malenke, Michele M Skopec and M Denise Dearing

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:23

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  33. Content type: Research article

    There are two predominant hypotheses as to why animals ingest plastic: 1) they are opportunistic feeders, eating plastic when they encounter it, and 2) they eat plastic because it resembles prey items. To asse...

    Authors: Qamar A Schuyler, Chris Wilcox, Kathy Townsend, B Denise Hardesty and N Justin Marshall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:14

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  34. Content type: Research article

    In anurans, differences in male mating calls have intensively been studied with respect to taxonomic classification, phylogeographic comparisons among different populations and sexual selection. Although overa...

    Authors: Alexandra Hoffmann and Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:47

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Short lived, iteroparous animals in seasonal environments experience variable social and environmental conditions over their lifetime. Animals can be divided into those with a “young-of-the-year” life history ...

    Authors: Jana A Eccard and Antje Herde

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:43

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Interactions between hosts and parasites can be substantially modulated by host nutrition. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential dietary nutrients; they are indispensable as structural components o...

    Authors: Nina Schlotz, Dieter Ebert and Dominik Martin-Creuzburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:41

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