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BMC Ecology

Community, population and macroecology

Community, population and macroecology

Section edited by Simon Blanchet and Jean Clobert

This section considers studies into the interactions between organisms and their environment both on the individual, community and large scale level.

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  1. 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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    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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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Understanding whether species’ elevational range is shifting in response to directional changes in climate and whether there is a predictable pattern in that response is one of the major challenges in ecology....

    Authors: Zhixin Wen, Yi Wu, Deyan Ge, Jilong Cheng, Yongbin Chang, Zhisong Yang, Lin Xia and Qisen Yang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:17

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Species recovery after disturbances depends on the strength and duration of disturbance, on the species traits and on the biotic interactions with other species. In order to understand these complex relationsh...

    Authors: Canan Karakoç, Alexander Singer, Karin Johst, Hauke Harms and Antonis Chatzinotas

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:13

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In Europe, bank voles (Myodes glareolus) are widely distributed and can transmit Puumala virus (PUUV) to humans, which causes a mild to moderate form of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome, called nephropathia...

    Authors: Daniela Reil, Ulrike M. Rosenfeld, Christian Imholt, Sabrina Schmidt, Rainer G. Ulrich, Jana A. Eccard and Jens Jacob

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:9

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Nematodes play a key role in soil processes with alterations in the nematode community structure having the potential to considerably influence ecosystem functioning. As a result fluctuations in nematode diver...

    Authors: Vilma Ortiz, Sinead Phelan and Ewen Mullins

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:55

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Belly River Group of southern Alberta is one of the best-sampled Late Cretaceous terrestrial faunal assemblages in the world. This system provides a high-resolution biostratigraphic record of terrestrial v...

    Authors: Thomas M. Cullen and David C. Evans

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:52

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Ecology 2017 17:1

  8. Content type: Research article

    Aquatic habitats have been altered over the past century due to a variety of anthropogenic influences. Ecomorphology is an area of aquatic ecology that can both directly and indirectly assess the effects of ha...

    Authors: Stephen J. Jacquemin and Mark Pyron

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:48

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    Climate change factors such as elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations (e[CO2]) and altered rainfall patterns can alter leaf composition and phenology. This may subsequently impact insect herbivory. In...

    Authors: Andrew N. Gherlenda, Ben D. Moore, Anthony M. Haigh, Scott N. Johnson and Markus Riegler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:47

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  10. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:30

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  11. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:26

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:25

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  13. Content type: Research article

    It is known that during plant community assembly, the early colonizing species can affect the establishment, growth or reproductive success of later arriving species, often resulting in unpredictable assembly ...

    Authors: Kenny Helsen, Martin Hermy and Olivier Honnay

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:22

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  14. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: Florian Altermatt, Roman Alther and Elvira Mächler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:23

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  15. Content type: Methodology article

    Propagule retention time is a key factor in determining propagule dispersal distance and the shape of “seed shadows”. Propagules dispersed by animal vectors are either ingested and retained in the gut until de...

    Authors: Duarte S. Viana, Luis Santamaría and Jordi Figuerola

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:3

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