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  1. 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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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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