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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

    Maintenance of biodiversity is an integral part of sustainable forest management. Epiphytic bryophytes are an important element of biodiversity. Thus, this work aims to study the role of different physical and...

    Authors: Sumira Mukhia, Palash Mandal, D. K. Singh and Devendra Singh

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:37

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  2. Content type: Research article

    The occurrence and frequency of plant–pollinator interactions are acknowledged to be a function of multiple factors, including the spatio-temporal distribution of species. The study of pollination specializati...

    Authors: Soraya Villalobos, José Manuel Sevenello-Montagner and Jana C. Vamosi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:34

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The grasshopper Oedaleus asiaticus Bey-Bienko (Acrididae: Oedipodinae) is a dominant and economically important pest that is widely distributed across the Mongolian plateau. This herbivore pest causes major damag...

    Authors: Xinghu Qin, Huihui Wu, Xunbing Huang, T. Ryan Lock, Robert L. Kallenbach, Jingchuan Ma, Md. Panna Ali, Xiongbing Tu, Guangchun Cao, Guangjun Wang, Xiangqun Nong, Mark R. McNeill and Zehua Zhang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2019 19:32

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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

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

    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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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

  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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