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  1. 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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    Amphibians and reptiles are among the most endangered vertebrate species worldwide. However, little is known how they are affected by road-kills on tertiary roads and whether the surrounding landscape structur...

    Authors: Florian Heigl, Kathrin Horvath, Gregor Laaha and Johann G. Zaller

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:24

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:23

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Human food subsidies can provide predictable food sources in large quantities for wildlife species worldwide. In the boreal forest of Fennoscandia, gut piles from moose (Alces alces) harvest provide a potentially...

    Authors: Gjermund Gomo, Jenny Mattisson, Bjørn Roar Hagen, Pål Fossland Moa and Tomas Willebrand

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:22

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Understanding how species adapt to new niches is a central issue in evolutionary ecology. Nutrition is vital for the survival of all organisms and impacts species fitness and distribution. While most Drosophila s...

    Authors: Nuno F. Silva-Soares, A. Nogueira-Alves, P. Beldade and Christen Kerry Mirth

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:21

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Mass occurrences of cyanobacteria frequently cause detrimental effects to the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Consequently, attempts haven been made to control cyanobacterial blooms through naturally co-occ...

    Authors: Sophie Groendahl and Patrick Fink

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:20

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:19

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  8. 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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  9. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:16

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:14

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  11. 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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  12. Content type: Research article

    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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  13. 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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  14. Content type: Research article

    Insect pollinators play an important role in crop pollination, but the relative contribution of wild pollinators and honey bees to pollination is currently under debate. There is virtually no information avail...

    Authors: Yi Zou, Haijun Xiao, Felix J. J. A. Bianchi, Frank Jauker, Shudong Luo and Wopke van der Werf

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:6

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Herbivore-induced changes in plant traits can cause indirect interactions between spatially and/or temporally separated herbivores that share the same host plant. Feeding modes of the herbivores is one of the ...

    Authors: Dinesh Kafle, Anne Hänel, Tobias Lortzing, Anke Steppuhn and Susanne Wurst

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:5

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  16. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:4

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A previous multi-locus lineage (MLL) analysis of SSR-microsatellite data of old olive trees in the southeast Mediterranean area had shown the predominance of the Souri cultivar (MLL1) among grafted trees. The ...

    Authors: Oz Barazani, Yoni Waitz, Yizhar Tugendhaft, Michael Dorman, Arnon Dag, Mohammed Hamidat, Thameen Hijawi, Zohar Kerem, Erik Westberg and Joachim W. Kadereit

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2017 17:3

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  18. 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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  19. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:53

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  20. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:54

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

  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: Meeting abstracts

    01 The eco-toxicological effects of cadmium stress on five ornamental plants

    Authors: Zhouli Liu, Wei Chen, Xingyuan He, Shuai Yu, Weihang Ding, Jianjun Liu, Yuliang Wu, Kaixiang Fan, Yuanchao Li, Xinqing Zheng, Shiquan Chen, Haiqun Xie, Jie Li, Zhuomin Wang, Li Xue, Zhiyang Lie…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 2):50

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 2

  23. Content type: Software

    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...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:49

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

    The grey partridge (Perdix perdix) and the common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) are galliform birds typical of arable lands in Central Europe and exhibit a partly dramatic negative population trend. In order to ...

    Authors: Katrin Ronnenberg, Egbert Strauß and Ursula Siebert

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:39

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  29. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:38

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  30. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:37

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  31. Content type: Research article

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:36

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  32. Content type: Editorial

    The 2016 BMC Ecology Image Competition marked another celebration of the astounding biodiversity, natural beauty, and biological interactions documented by talented ecologists worldwide. For our fourth annual ...

    Authors: Julia Simundza, Matthew Palmer, Josef Settele, Luke M. Jacobus, David P. Hughes, Dominique Mazzi and Simon Blanchet

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:34

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  33. Content type: Methodology article

    This work combines multivariate time series analysis and graph theory to detect synchronization and causality among certain ecological variables and to represent significant correlations via network projection...

    Authors: Petros Damos

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:33

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