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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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

  22. 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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Content type: Research article

    Niche theory predicts that human disturbance should influence the assembly of communities, favouring functionally homogeneous communities dominated by few but widespread generalists. The decline and loss of sp...

    Authors: Stephen J Mayor, Stan Boutin, Fangliang He and James F Cahill Jr

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:5

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Studying the drivers and determinants of species, population and community spatial patterns is central to ecology. The observed structure of community assemblages is the result of deterministic abiotic (enviro...

    Authors: Juan J Jiménez, Thibaud Decaëns, Patrick Lavelle and Jean-Pierre Rossi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:26

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Species coexistence in mosquito assemblages may depend on mechanisms related to interspecific resource partitioning occurring at multiple scales. In the present work we investigated co-occurrence or spatial se...

    Authors: Gabriel Zorello Laporta and Maria Anice Mureb Sallum

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:30

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Interactions between aboveground and belowground terrestrial communities are often mediated by plants, with soil organisms interacting via the roots and aboveground organisms via the shoots and leaves. Many st...

    Authors: Akanksha Singh, Julia Braun, Emilia Decker, Sarah Hans, Agnes Wagner, Wolfgang W Weisser and Sharon E Zytynska

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:25

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