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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Content type: Research article

    Cockroaches of the genus Attaphila regularly occur in leaf-cutting ant colonies. The ants farm a fungus that the cockroaches also appear to feed on. Cockroaches disperse between colonies horizontally (via foragin...

    Authors: Volker Nehring, Francesca R. Dani, Luca Calamai, Stefano Turillazzi, Horst Bohn, Klaus-Dieter Klass and Patrizia d’Ettorre

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:35

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  17. 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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  18. Content type: Research

    Hedges are both ecologically and culturally important and are a distinctive feature of the British landscape. However the overall length of hedges across Great Britain is decreasing. Current challenges in stud...

    Authors: Laura Gosling, Tim H. Sparks, Yoseph Araya, Martin Harvey and Janice Ansine

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):15

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  19. Content type: Research

    This paper provides a short introduction to the topic of citizen science (CS) identifying the shift from the knowledge deficit model to more inclusive, participatory science. It acknowledges the benefits of ne...

    Authors: Linda Davies, Roger Fradera, Hauke Riesch and Poppy Lakeman-Fraser

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):17

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  20. Content type: Research

    Public participation in scientific data collection is a rapidly expanding field. In water quality surveys, the involvement of the public, usually as trained volunteers, generally includes the identification of...

    Authors: N L. Rose, S. D. Turner, B. Goldsmith, L. Gosling and T. A. Davidson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):14

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  21. Content type: Research

    The vast array of citizen science projects which have blossomed over the last decade span a spectrum of objectives from research to outreach. While some focus primarily on the collection of rigorous scientific...

    Authors: Poppy Lakeman-Fraser, Laura Gosling, Andy J. Moffat, Sarah E. West, Roger Fradera, Linda Davies, Maxwell A. Ayamba and René van der Wal

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):16

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  22. Content type: Research

    Natural history has a long tradition in the UK, dating back to before Charles Darwin. Developing from a principally amateur pursuit, natural history continues to attract both amateur and professional involveme...

    Authors: Glyn Everett and Hilary Geoghegan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16(Suppl 1):13

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 16 Supplement 1

  23. Content type: Research article

    One hypothesis to explain the blue–green colour of the eggs of many bird species is that it is a sexually-selected signal of the laying female’s quality, which males use to determine their investment. This hyp...

    Authors: Raime B. Fronstin, Stephanie M. Doucet and Julian K. Christians

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:31

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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

    Information transfer in mammalian communication networks is often based on the deposition of excreta in latrines. Depending on the intended receiver(s), latrines are either formed at territorial boundaries (betwe...

    Authors: Madlen Ziege, David Bierbach, Svenja Bischoff, Anna-Lena Brandt, Mareike Brix, Bastian Greshake, Stefan Merker, Sandra Wenninger, Torsten Wronski and Martin Plath

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:29

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Rising CO2 is expected to result in changes in plant traits that will increase plant productivity for some functional groups. Differential plant responses to elevated CO2 are likely to drive changes in competitiv...

    Authors: Heather A. Hager, Geraldine D. Ryan, Hajnal M. Kovacs and Jonathan A. Newman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:28

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The emergence and spread of insecticide resistant mosquitoes renewed interest in investigating the use of larvivorous fish as a biological control agent. The potential of Clarias gariepinus fish in controlling An...

    Authors: Buze Chala, Berhanu Erko, Abebe Animut, Abraham Degarege and Beyene Petros

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:27

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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the factors underlying habitat selection is important in ecological and evolutionary contexts, and crucial for developing targeted conservation action in threatened species. However, the key fact...

    Authors: Gilberto Pasinelli, Alex Grendelmeier, Michael Gerber and Raphaël Arlettaz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:24

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. Content type: Research article

    Many insects have multiple generations per year and cohorts emerging in different seasons may evolve their own phenotypes if they are subjected to different selection regimes. The bivoltine bee Andrena bicolor is...

    Authors: Paulo Milet-Pinheiro, Kerstin Herz, Stefan Dötterl and Manfred Ayasse

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:20

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have examined the effects of plant colonization on aboveground communities and processes. However, the effects of plant colonization on soil microbial communities are less known. We addressed t...

    Authors: Katja Steinauer, Britta Jensen, Tanja Strecker, Enrica de Luca, Stefan Scheu and Nico Eisenhauer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:19

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  35. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:12

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  36. Content type: Research Article

    As global climate change and exponential human population growth intensifies pressure on agricultural systems, the need to effectively manage invasive insect pests is becoming increasingly important to global ...

    Authors: Peter W. Shearer, Jessica D. West, Vaughn M. Walton, Preston H. Brown, Nicolas Svetec and Joanna C. Chiu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:11

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  37. Content type: Research

    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...

    Authors: 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…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:10

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