Conservation ecology and biodiversity research

Section edited by Josef Settele

This section considers studies into the conservation of species or ecosystems alongside research into the biodiversity of plants, animals and microbes.

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  1. Research Article

    Environmental drivers of Ixodes ricinus abundance in forest fragments of rural European landscapes

    The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) transmits infectious diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, which constitutes an important ecosystem disservice. Despite many local studies, a comprehensive understanding of the ...

    Steffen Ehrmann, Jaan Liira, Stefanie Gärtner, Karin Hansen, Jörg Brunet, Sara A. O. Cousins, Marc Deconchat, Guillaume Decocq, Pieter De Frenne, Pallieter De Smedt, Martin Diekmann, Emilie Gallet-Moron, Annette Kolb, Jonathan Lenoir, Jessica Lindgren, Tobias Naaf…

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:31

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  2. Research Article

    Wind conditions on migration influence the annual survival of a neotropical migrant, the western yellow-breasted chat (Icteria virens auricollis)

    Long-distance migratory birds in North America have undergone precipitous declines over the past half-century. Although the trend is clear, for many migrating species underpinning the exact causes poses a chal...

    Andrew C. Huang, Christine A. Bishop, René McKibbin, Anna Drake and David J. Green

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:29

    Published on: 10 August 2017

  3. Research Article

    No consistent effect of plant species richness on resistance to simulated climate change for above- or below-ground processes in managed grasslands

    Species richness affects processes and functions in many ecosystems. Since management of temperate grasslands is directly affecting species composition and richness, it can indirectly govern how systems respon...

    Carsten F. Dormann, Lars von Riedmatten and Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:23

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  4. Research Article

    Genetic diversity of calcareous grassland plant species depends on historical landscape configuration

    Habitat fragmentation is considered to be a main reason for decreasing genetic diversity of plant species. However, the results of many fragmentation studies are inconsistent. This may be due to the influence ...

    Christoph Reisch, Sonja Schmidkonz, Katrin Meier, Quirin Schöpplein, Carina Meyer, Christian Hums, Christina Putz and Christoph Schmid

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:19

    Published on: 24 April 2017

  5. Research Article

    Broad and flexible stable isotope niches in invasive non-native Rattus spp. in anthropogenic and natural habitats of central eastern Madagascar

    Rodents of the genus Rattus are among the most pervasive and successful invasive species, causing major vicissitudes in native ecological communities. A broad and flexible generalist diet has been suggested as ke...

    Melanie Dammhahn, Toky M. Randriamoria and Steven M. Goodman

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:16

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  6. Research Article

    Reciprocal transplants support a plasticity-first scenario during colonisation of a large hyposaline basin by a marine macro alga

    Establishing populations in ecologically marginal habitats may require substantial phenotypic changes that come about through phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, or both. West-Eberhard’s “plasticity-first...

    Daniel Johansson, Ricardo T. Pereyra, Marina Rafajlović and Kerstin Johannesson

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:14

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  7. Research article

    How anthropogenic changes may affect soil-borne parasite diversity? Plant-parasitic nematode communities associated with olive trees in Morocco as a case study

    Plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) are major crop pests. On olive (Olea europaea), they significantly contribute to economic losses in the top-ten olive producing countries in the world especially in nurseries and u...

    Nadine Ali, Johannes Tavoillot, Guillaume Besnard, Bouchaib Khadari, Ewa Dmowska, Grażyna Winiszewska, Odile Fossati-Gaschignard, Mohammed Ater, Mohamed Aït Hamza, Abdelhamid El Mousadik, Aïcha El Oualkadi, Abdelmajid Moukhli, Laila Essalouh, Ahmed El Bakkali, Elodie Chapuis and Thierry Mateille

    BMC Ecology 2017 17:4

    Published on: 6 February 2017

  8. Research article

    Collapse of an iconic conifer: long-term changes in the demography of Widdringtonia cedarbergensis using repeat photography

    Conifer populations appear disproportionately threatened by global change. Most examples are, however, drawn from the northern hemisphere and long-term rates of population decline are not well documented as hi...

    J. D. M. White, S. L. Jack, M. T. Hoffman, J. Puttick, D. Bonora, V. Visser and E. C. February

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:53

    Published on: 30 November 2016

  9. Research article

    Feeding preferences of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) in Nepal

    Nepal provides habitat for approximately 100–125 wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). Although a small proportion of the world population of this species, this group is important for maintaining the genetic di...

    Raj Kumar Koirala, David Raubenheimer, Achyut Aryal, Mitra Lal Pathak and Weihong Ji

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:54

    Published on: 17 November 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Ecology 2016 16:56

  10. Software

    BioVeL: a virtual laboratory for data analysis and modelling in biodiversity science and ecology

    Making forecasts about biodiversity and giving support to policy relies increasingly on large collections of data held electronically, and on substantial computational capability and capacity to analyse, model...

    Alex R. Hardisty, Finn Bacall, Niall Beard, Maria-Paula Balcázar-Vargas, Bachir Balech, Zoltán Barcza, Sarah J. Bourlat, Renato De Giovanni, Yde de Jong, Francesca De Leo, Laura Dobor, Giacinto Donvito, Donal Fellows, Antonio Fernandez Guerra, Nuno Ferreira, Yuliya Fetyukova…

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:49

    Published on: 20 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Population density of the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus) colonies in northeastern Mexico

    The western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) occurs throughout western North America in various habitats such as desert, short-grass prairie and shrub-steppe, among others, where the main threat for th...

    Gabriel Ruiz Ayma, Alina Olalla Kerstupp, Alberto Macías Duarte, Antonio Guzmán Velasco and José I. González Rojas

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:38

    Published on: 26 August 2016

  12. Research article

    Pesticide seed dressings can affect the activity of various soil organisms and reduce decomposition of plant material

    Seed dressing with pesticides is widely used to protect crop seeds from pest insects and fungal diseases. While there is mounting evidence that especially neonicotinoid seed dressings detrimentally affect inse...

    Johann G. Zaller, Nina König, Alexandra Tiefenbacher, Yoko Muraoka, Pascal Querner, Andreas Ratzenböck, Michael Bonkowski and Robert Koller

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:37

    Published on: 17 August 2016

  13. Research article

    Differentiation and description of aromatic short grain rice landraces of eastern Indian state of Odisha based on qualitative phenotypic descriptors

    Speciality rice, in general, and aromatic rice in particular, possess enormous market potential for enhancing farm profits. However, systematic characterization of the diversity present in this natural wealth ...

    Pritesh Sundar Roy, Rashmita Samal, Gundimeda Jwala Narasimha Rao, Sasank Sekhar Chyau Patnaik, Nitiprasad Namdeorao Jambhulkar, Ashok Patnaik and Trilochan Mohapatra

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:36

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  14. Research article

    Vertebrate bacterial gut diversity: size also matters

    One of the central issues in microbial ecology is to understand the parameters that drive diversity. Among these parameters, size has often been considered to be the main driver in many different ecosystems. S...

    Jean-Jacques Godon, Pugazhendi Arulazhagan, Jean-Philippe Steyer and Jérôme Hamelin

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:12

    Published on: 23 March 2016

  15. Research

    Skeletal light-scattering accelerates bleaching response in reef-building corals

    At the forefront of ecosystems adversely affected by climate change, coral reefs are sensitive to anomalously high temperatures which disassociate (bleaching) photosynthetic symbionts (Symbiodinium) from coral ho...

    Timothy D. Swain, Emily DuBois, Andrew Gomes, Valentina P. Stoyneva, Andrew J. Radosevich, Jillian Henss, Michelle E. Wagner, Justin Derbas, Hannah W. Grooms, Elizabeth M. Velazquez, Joshua Traub, Brian J. Kennedy, Arabela A. Grigorescu, Mark W. Westneat, Kevin Sanborn, Shoshana Levine…

    BMC Ecology 2016 16:10

    Published on: 21 March 2016

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