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  1. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  11. 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    In many bird species colour traits influence social dominance and breeding success. In our study we first evaluated whether the colour of the basic plumage (tail feathers grown at the end of the breeding seaso...

    Authors: Teri B Jones, Anna Drake and David J Green

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:13

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    Bromelia pinguin (Bromeliaceae) is a terrestrial bromeliad commonly found under forest stands throughout the Neotropics that has been shown to have antifungal activity in vitro. We have hypothesized that this bro...

    Authors: Caitlin I Looby and William D Eaton

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:12

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  22. Content type: Editorial

    As part of BioMed Central’s open science mission, we are pleased to announce that two of our journals have integrated with the open data repository Dryad. Authors submitting their research to either BMC Ecology o...

    Authors: Amye Kenall, Simon Harold and Christopher Foote

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:10

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    Specialized interactions help structure communities, but persistence of specialized organisms is puzzling because a generalist can occupy more environments and partake in more beneficial interactions. The “Jac...

    Authors: Martine Ehinger, Toni J Mohr, Juliana B Starcevich, Joel L Sachs, Stephanie S Porter and Ellen L Simms

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:8

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    Windthrow, the uprooting of trees during storms associated with strong winds, is a well-established cause of mortality in temperate regions of the world, often with large ecological consequences. However, this...

    Authors: Samuel Linton Jack, Michael Timm Hoffman, Rick Frederick Rohde, Ian Durbach and Margaret Archibald

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:7

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    Movements of animals have important consequences, at both the individual and population levels. Due to its important implications in the evolutionary dynamics of populations, dispersal is one of the most studi...

    Authors: Alexis Avril, Jérôme Letty, Yves Léonard and Dominique Pontier

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:6

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    Non-essential facultative endosymbionts can provide their hosts with protection from parasites, pathogens, and predators. For example, two facultative bacterial symbionts of the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum), S...

    Authors: Kelly Costopoulos, Jennifer L Kovacs, Alexandra Kamins and Nicole M Gerardo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:5

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    Although the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a major model organism in diverse biological areas and well studied under laboratory conditions, little is known about its ecology. Therefore, characterization of t...

    Authors: Carola Petersen, Philipp Dirksen, Swantje Prahl, Eike Andreas Strathmann and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:4

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    Plant biodiversity can affect trophic interactions in many ways, including direct bottom-up effects on insects, but is negatively affected by agricultural intensification. Grassland intensification promotes pl...

    Authors: Georg Everwand, Verena Rösch, Teja Tscharntke and Christoph Scherber

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:1

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    One of the main challenges in evolutionary parasitology is to determine the factors that explain variation among host species in parasitism. In this study, we addressed whether host phylogeny or ecology was im...

    Authors: Julia J Mlynarek, Wayne Knee and Mark R Forbes

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:50

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    Introduced earthworms are widespread in forests of North America creating significant negative impacts on forest understory communities. However, much of the reported evidence for negative earthworm effects co...

    Authors: Andrea Dávalos, Victoria Nuzzo, Jordan Stark and Bernd Blossey

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:48

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    In anurans, differences in male mating calls have intensively been studied with respect to taxonomic classification, phylogeographic comparisons among different populations and sexual selection. Although overa...

    Authors: Alexandra Hoffmann and Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:47

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Change in land use and management can impact massively on soil ecosystems. Ecosystem engineers and other functional biodiversity in soils can be influenced directly by such change and this in turn can affect k...

    Authors: David J Spurgeon, Aidan M Keith, Olaf Schmidt, Dennis R Lammertsma and Jack H Faber

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:46

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    Sampling design is a key issue when establishing species inventories and characterizing habitats within highly heterogeneous landscapes. Sampling efforts in such environments may be constrained and many field ...

    Authors: Emmanuel Roux, Pascal Gaborit, Christine A Romaña, Romain Girod, Nadine Dessay and Isabelle Dusfour

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:45

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Arctic ecosystems, especially those near transition zones, are expected to be strongly impacted by climate change. Because it is positioned on the ecotone between tundra and boreal forest, the Churchill area i...

    Authors: Gergin A Blagoev, Nadya I Nikolova, Crystal N Sobel, Paul DN Hebert and Sarah J Adamowicz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:44

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    Short lived, iteroparous animals in seasonal environments experience variable social and environmental conditions over their lifetime. Animals can be divided into those with a “young-of-the-year” life history ...

    Authors: Jana A Eccard and Antje Herde

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:43

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Interactions between hosts and parasites can be substantially modulated by host nutrition. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential dietary nutrients; they are indispensable as structural components o...

    Authors: Nina Schlotz, Dieter Ebert and Dominik Martin-Creuzburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:41

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Coleoptera is the most diverse order of insects (>300,000 described species), but its richness diminishes at increasing latitudes (e.g., ca. 7400 species recorded in Canada), particularly of phytophagous and d...

    Authors: Thomas S Woodcock, Elizabeth E Boyle, Robert E Roughley, Peter G Kevan, Renee N Labbee, Andrew B T Smith, Henri Goulet, Dirk Steinke and Sarah J Adamowicz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:40

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between species diversity and components of ecosystem stability has been extensively studied, whilst the influence of the genetic component of biodiversity remains poorly understood. Here we m...

    Authors: Sónia I Massa, Cristina M Paulino, Ester A Serrão, Carlos M Duarte and Sophie Arnaud-Haond

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:39

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