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  1. Content type: Research article

    Parental allocation and reproductive success are often strongly influenced by environmental factors. In this respect, salinity is a key factor influencing species distributions and community structure in aquat...

    Authors: Topi K. Lehtonen, Bob B. M. Wong and Charlotta Kvarnemo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:7

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    Epidemiological models often use information on host social contacts to predict the potential impact of infectious diseases on host populations and the efficiency of control measures. It can be difficult, howe...

    Authors: Andrea Springer, Alexander Mellmann, Claudia Fichtel and Peter M. Kappeler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:6

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Offspring investment strategies vary markedly between and within taxa, and much of this variation is thought to stem from the trade-off between offspring size and number. While producing larger offspring can i...

    Authors: Adam L. Cronin, Nicolas Loeuille and Thibaud Monnin

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:4

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  4. 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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  5. Content type: Research article

    Anthrax, a soil-borne zoonosis caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, is enzootic in areas of North America with frequent outbreaks in west Texas. Despite a long history of study, pathogen transmission durin...

    Authors: Jocelyn C. Mullins, Matthew Van Ert, Ted Hadfield, Mikeljon P. Nikolich, Martin E. Hugh-Jones and Jason K. Blackburn

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:23

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  6. Content type: Research article

    As habitat degradation and fragmentation continue to impact wildlife populations around the world, it is critical to understand the behavioral flexibility of species in these environments. In Uganda, the mostl...

    Authors: Maureen S McCarthy, Jack D Lester, Eric J Howe, Mimi Arandjelovic, Craig B Stanford and Linda Vigilant

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:21

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  7. Content type: Editorial

    For the third time, BMC Ecology is delighted to announce the winners of our Image Competition. This year featured entries from all over the world and showcased not only the creativity and talent of the participan...

    Authors: Catherine J Potenski, Ana Luz Porzecanski, Michel Baguette, Jean Clobert, David Hughes and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:22

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  8. Content type: Methodology article

    Meta-barcoding of mixed pollen samples constitutes a suitable alternative to conventional pollen identification via light microscopy. Current approaches however have limitations in practicability due to low sa...

    Authors: Wiebke Sickel, Markus J Ankenbrand, Gudrun Grimmer, Andrea Holzschuh, Stephan Härtel, Jonathan Lanzen, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter and Alexander Keller

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:20

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  9. Content type: Research article

    How do very small animals with limited long-distance dispersal abilities move between locations, especially if they prefer ephemeral micro-habitats that are only available for short periods of time? The free-l...

    Authors: Carola Petersen, Ruben Joseph Hermann, Mike-Christoph Barg, Rebecca Schalkowski, Philipp Dirksen, Camilo Barbosa and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:19

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  10. Content type: Methodology article

    One of the basic premises of drawing samples from populations is that the samples are representative of the populations. However, error in sampling is poorly recognized, and it goes unnoticed especially in com...

    Authors: Harikrishnan Surendran and Karthikeyan Vasudevan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:18

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The role of plant ontogeny on investment in direct defense against herbivores is well accepted, but the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive stage can also affect indirect resistance traits (i.e....

    Authors: Gaylord A Desurmont, Diane Laplanche, Florian P Schiestl and Ted C J Turlings

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:17

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Associational herbivore resistance is potentiated by neighbouring heterogenic plant species that impact a focal plant’s attraction to herbivores or the damage that they cause. One mechanism to confer associati...

    Authors: Sari J Himanen, Thuy Nga T Bui, Mengistu M Maja and Jarmo K Holopainen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:16

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Single-locus complementary sex determination (sl-CSD), which occurs in some insects of the order Hymenoptera, imposes a heavy genetic load that can drive small populations to extinction. The core process in th...

    Authors: Xavier Fauvergue, Anna Chuine, Chloé Vayssade, Alexandra Auguste and Emmanuel Desouhant

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:13

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Microphytobenthos (MPB) are the main primary producers of many intertidal and shallow subtidal environments. Although these coastal ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic activities, little is...

    Authors: Paulo Cartaxana, Sónia Vieira, Lourenço Ribeiro, Rui JM Rocha, Sónia Cruz, Ricardo Calado and Jorge Marques da Silva

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:10

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Caribbean pillar coral Dendrogyra cylindrus was recently listed as a threatened species under the United States Endangered Species Act. One of the major threats to this species is its low, virtually undetecta...

    Authors: Kristen L Marhaver, Mark JA Vermeij and Mónica M Medina

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:9

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Spatio-temporal distribution patterns of species in response to natural and anthropogenic drivers provide insight into the ecological processes that determine community composition. We investigated determinant...

    Authors: Livia Schäffler, Joachim Saborowski and Peter M Kappeler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:7

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Plant survival is a key factor in forest dynamics and survival probabilities often vary across life stages. Studies specifically aimed at assessing tree survival are unusual and so data initially designed for ...

    Authors: Aristides Moustakas and Matthew R Evans

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:6

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  18. 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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  19. Content type: Research article

    Studies on the diversity of yeasts in floral nectar were first carried out in the late 19th century. A narrow group of fermenting, osmophilous ascomycetes were regarded as exclusive specialists able to populate t...

    Authors: Moritz Mittelbach, Andrey M Yurkov, Daniele Nocentini, Massimo Nepi, Maximilian Weigend and Dominik Begerow

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:2

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  20. Content type: Research article

    There are a variety of ways of increasing crop diversity to increase agricultural sustainability and in turn having a positive influence on nearby natural ecosystems. Competitive crops may provide potent manag...

    Authors: Shicai Shen, Gaofeng Xu, David Roy Clements, Guimei Jin, Aidong Chen, Fudou Zhang and Hisashi Kato-Noguchi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:1

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The proto-periodical cicada Okanagana rimosa is subject to infection by the acoustically orientating parasitoid fly Emblemasoma auditrix. Furthermore, it is also the only known host of E. auditrix. Here we test t...

    Authors: Reinhard Lakes-Harlan and Thomas de Vries

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:31

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  22. 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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  23. Content type: Research article

    Most vertebrates experience coinfections, and many pathogen-pathogen interactions occur indirectly through the host immune system. These interactions are particularly strong in mixed micro-macroparasite infect...

    Authors: Carrie A Cizauskas, Wendy C Turner, Bettina Wagner, Martina Küstersrs, Russell E Vance and Wayne M Getz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:27

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  24. 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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  25. Content type: Research article

    A remarkable range of environmental conditions is present in the Hawaiian Islands due to their gradients of elevation, rainfall and island age. Despite being well known as a location for the study of evolution...

    Authors: Alison R Sherwood, Amy L Carlile, Jessica M Neumann, J Patrick Kociolek, Jeffrey R Johansen, Rex L Lowe, Kimberly Y Conklin and Gernot G Presting

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:28

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  26. 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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  27. Content type: Editorial

    BMC Ecology showcases the winning entries from its second Ecology Image Competition. More than 300 individual images were submitted from an international array of research scientists, depicting life on every cont...

    Authors: Simon Harold, Caspar Henderson, Michel Baguette, Michael B Bonsall, David Hughes and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:24

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Nearly 40 years ago, Freeland and Janzen predicted that liver biotransformation enzymes dictated diet selection by herbivores. Despite decades of research on model species and humans, little is known about the...

    Authors: Jael R Malenke, Michele M Skopec and M Denise Dearing

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:23

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Small, genetically uniform populations may face an elevated risk of extinction due to reduced environmental adaptability and individual fitness. Fragmentation can intensify these genetic adversities and, there...

    Authors: Mia Valtonen, Jukka U Palo, Jouni Aspi, Minna Ruokonen, Mervi Kunnasranta and Tommi Nyman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:22

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Molecular studies in social mammals rarely compare the inferences gained from genetic analyses with field information, especially in the context of dispersal. In this study, we used genetic data to elucidate s...

    Authors: Justin Roy, Maryke Gray, Tara Stoinski, Martha M Robbins and Linda Vigilant

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:21

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Gene flow and adaptive divergence are key aspects of metapopulation dynamics and ecological speciation. Long-distance dispersal is hard to detect and few studies estimate dispersal in combination with adaptive...

    Authors: An Vanden Broeck, Wouter Van Landuyt, Karen Cox, Luc De Bruyn, Ralf Gyselings, Gerard Oostermeijer, Bertille Valentin, Gregor Bozic, Branko Dolinar, Zoltán Illyés and Joachim Mergeay

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:20

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Emerging evidence suggests that ecological heterogeneity across space can influence the genetic structure of populations, including that of long-distance dispersers such as large carnivores. On the central coa...

    Authors: Astrid V Stronen, Erin L Navid, Michael S Quinn, Paul C Paquet, Heather M Bryan and Christopher T Darimont

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:11

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Cyclic rodent population dynamics are subjected to both intrinsic regulatory processes such as density-dependence and extrinsic environmental forcing. Among extrinsic factors, seasonal environmental variation ...

    Authors: Adrien Pinot, Bertrand Gauffre and Vincent Bretagnolle

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:17

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Although semelparity is a life history characterized by a single reproductive episode within a single reproductive season, some semelparous organisms facultatively express a second bout of reproduction, either...

    Authors: Patrick William Hughes and Andrew M Simons

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:15

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  35. Content type: Research article

    There are two predominant hypotheses as to why animals ingest plastic: 1) they are opportunistic feeders, eating plastic when they encounter it, and 2) they eat plastic because it resembles prey items. To asse...

    Authors: Qamar A Schuyler, Chris Wilcox, Kathy Townsend, B Denise Hardesty and N Justin Marshall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:14

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