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  1. Exclusion from a social group is an effective way to avoid parasite transmission. This type of social removal has also been proposed as a form of collective defense, or social immunity, in eusocial insect grou...

    Authors: Cynthia M McDonnell, Cédric Alaux, Hugues Parrinello, Jean-Pierre Desvignes, Didier Crauser, Emma Durbesson, Dominique Beslay and Yves Le Conte

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:25

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Japanese black bears, a large-bodied omnivore, frequently create small gaps in the tree crown during fruit foraging. However, there are no previous reports of black bear-created canopy gaps. To characterize ph...

    Authors: Kazuaki Takahashi and Kaori Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:23

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Rising temperatures and other environmental factors influenced by global climate change can cause increased physiological stress for many species and lead to range shifts or regional population extinctions. To...

    Authors: Stefan Koenigstein, Kevin Pöhlmann, Christoph Held and Doris Abele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:21

    Content type: Methodology article

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  4. Biodiversity loss and species invasions are among the most important human-induced global changes. Moreover, these two processes are interlinked as ecosystem invasibility is considered to increase with decreas...

    Authors: Johann G Zaller, Myriam Parth, Ilona Szunyogh, Ines Semmelrock, Susanne Sochurek, Marcia Pinheiro, Thomas Frank and Thomas Drapela

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:20

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Environmental temperature has profound consequences for early amphibian development and many field and laboratory studies have examined this. Most laboratory studies that have characterized the influence of te...

    Authors: Juliana M Arrighi, Ezra S Lencer, Advait Jukar, Daesik Park, Patrick C Phillips and Robert H Kaplan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:18

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Animal colour patterns offer good model systems for studies of biodiversity and evolution of local adaptations. An increasingly popular approach to study the role of selection for camouflage for evolutionary t...

    Authors: Einat Karpestam, Sami Merilaita and Anders Forsman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:17

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Avian malaria (Plasmodium sp.) is globally widespread, but considerable variation exists in infection (presence/absence) patterns at small spatial scales. This variation can be driven by variation in ecology, dem...

    Authors: Caroline Isaksson, Irem Sepil, Vladimer Baramidze and Ben C Sheldon

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:15

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Herbivore coexistence on the Late Cretaceous island continent of Laramidia has been a topic of great interest, stemming from the paradoxically high diversity and biomass of these animals in relation to the rel...

    Authors: Jordan C Mallon, David C Evans, Michael J Ryan and Jason S Anderson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:14

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Biodiversity surveys have long depended on traditional methods of taxonomy to inform sampling protocols and to determine when a representative sample of a given species pool of interest has been obtained. Ques...

    Authors: Brandon J Laforest, Amanda K Winegardner, Omar A Zaheer, Nicholas W Jeffery, Elizabeth E Boyle and Sarah J Adamowicz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:13

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Invasive pest species have large impacts on agricultural crop yields, and understanding their population dynamics is important for ensuring food security. The oriental fruit moth Grapholita molesta is a cosmopoli...

    Authors: Heather Kirk, Silvia Dorn and Dominique Mazzi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:12

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Gastrointestinal bacteria play a central role in the health of animals. The bacteria that individuals acquire as they age may therefore have profound consequences for their future fitness. However, changes in ...

    Authors: Wouter FD van Dongen, Joël White, Hanja B Brandl, Yoshan Moodley, Thomas Merkling, Sarah Leclaire, Pierrick Blanchard, Étienne Danchin, Scott A Hatch and Richard H Wagner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:11

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Fragmentation of plant populations may affect mating patterns and female and male reproductive success. To improve understanding of fragmentation effects on plant reproduction, we investigated the pollen flow ...

    Authors: Suzuki Setsuko, Teruyoshi Nagamitsu and Nobuhiro Tomaru

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:10

    Content type: Research article

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  13. BMC Ecology announces the winning entries in its inaugural Ecology Image Competition, open to anyone affiliated with a research institute. The competition, which received more than 200 entries from international ...

    Authors: Simon Harold, Yan Wong, Michel Baguette, Michael B Bonsall, Jean Clobert, Nick J Royle and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:6

    Content type: Editorial

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  14. With high quantity and quality data production and low cost, next generation sequencing has the potential to provide new opportunities for plant phylogeographic studies on single and multiple species. Here we ...

    Authors: Hannah McPherson, Marlien van der Merwe, Sven K Delaney, Mark A Edwards, Robert J Henry, Emma McIntosh, Paul D Rymer, Melita L Milner, Juelian Siow and Maurizio Rossetto

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:8

    Content type: Methodology article

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  15. The algal endosymbionts (genus Symbiodinium) associated with scleractinian corals (and other reef invertebrates) have received a lot of research attention in the past decade, particularly as certain host-symbiont...

    Authors: Linda Tonk, Pim Bongaerts, Eugenia M Sampayo and Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:7

    Content type: Database

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  16. The North American Trichoptera larvae are poorly known at the species level, despite their importance in the understanding of freshwater fauna and critical use in biomonitoring. This study focused on morpholog...

    Authors: David E Ruiter, Elizabeth E Boyle and Xin Zhou

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:5

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Information on the age structure within populations of an endangered species can facilitate effective management. The Blue Mountains Water Skink (Eulamprus leuraensis) is a viviparous scincid lizard that is restr...

    Authors: Sylvain Dubey, Ulrich Sinsch, Maximilian J Dehling, Maya Chevalley and Richard Shine

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:4

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Insect diversity typically declines with increasing latitude, but previous studies have shown conflicting latitude-richness gradients for some hymenopteran parasitoids. However, historical estimates of insect ...

    Authors: Julie K Stahlhut, José Fernández-Triana, Sarah J Adamowicz, Matthias Buck, Henri Goulet, Paul DN Hebert, John T Huber, Mark T Merilo, Cory S Sheffield, Thomas Woodcock and M Alex Smith

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:2

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Limitations in the ability of organisms to tolerate environmental stressors affect their fundamental ecological niche and constrain their distribution to specific habitats. Evolution of tolerance, therefore, c...

    Authors: Billy Tene Fossog, Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio, Pierre Kengne, Flobert Njiokou, Nora J Besansky and Carlo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:1

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Characterizing biodiversity in a habitat or in targeted taxonomically or socioeconomically important groups remains a challenge. Standard DNA-based biodiversity identification tools such as DNA barcoding coupl...

    Authors: Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Jennifer L Spall, Shadi Shokralla and Steven van Konynenburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:28

    Content type: Methodology article

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  21. A multi-faceted approach was used to investigate the wintertime ecophysiology and behavioral patterns of the raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides, a suitable model for winter sleep studies. By utilizing GPS trac...

    Authors: Anne-Mari Mustonen, Terttu Lempiäinen, Mikko Aspelund, Paavo Hellstedt, Katri Ikonen, Juhani Itämies, Ville Vähä, Jaakko Erkinaro, Juha Asikainen, Mervi Kunnasranta, Pekka Niemelä, Jari Aho and Petteri Nieminen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:27

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Kin selection is a driving force in the evolution of mammalian social complexity. Recognition of paternal kin using vocalizations occurs in taxa with cohesive, complex social groups. This is the first investig...

    Authors: Sharon E Kessler, Marina Scheumann, Leanne T Nash and Elke Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:26

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Because arctic plant communities are highly vulnerable to climate change, shifts in their composition require rapid, accurate identifications, often for specimens that lack diagnostic floral characters. The pr...

    Authors: Maria L Kuzmina, Karen L Johnson, Hannah R Barron and Paul DN Hebert

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:25

    Content type: Methodology article

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  24. Various methods have been proposed to assign unknown specimens to known species using their DNA barcodes, while others have focused on using genetic divergence thresholds to estimate “species” diversity for a ...

    Authors: Anaïs K Renaud, Jade Savage and Sarah J Adamowicz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:24

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Previous work has shown that leaf-cutting ants prefer to cut leaf material with relatively low fungal endophyte content. This preference suggests that fungal endophytes exact a cost on the ants or on the devel...

    Authors: Sunshine A Van Bael, Catalina Estrada, Stephen A Rehner, Janette Fabiola Santos and William T Wcislo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:23

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Biodiversity databases serve the important role of highlighting species-level diversity from defined geographical regions. Databases that are specially designed to accommodate the types of data gathered during...

    Authors: Alison R Sherwood, Norman Wang, Amy L Carlile, Jessica M Neumann, Thomas K Wolfgruber and Gernot G Presting

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:22

    Content type: Database

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  27. Evidence is accumulating that telomere length is a good predictor of life expectancy, especially early in life, thus calling for determining the factors that affect telomere length at this stage. Here, we inve...

    Authors: Marie Voillemot, Kathryn Hine, Sandrine Zahn, François Criscuolo, Lars Gustafsson, Blandine Doligez and Pierre Bize

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:17

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Deployment of cultivars with different resistance in mixtures is one means to manage plant diseases and prolong the life of resistance genes. One major concern in adopting mixtures is the development of ‘super...

    Authors: Xiangming Xu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:16

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The effective management and conservation of biodiversity is predicated on clearly defined conservation targets. Species number is frequently used as a metric for conservation prioritization and monitoring cha...

    Authors: Joshua A Drew, Charlene L Buxman, Darcae D Holmes, Joanna L Mandecki, Augustine J Mungkaje, Amber C Richardson and Mark W Westneat

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:15

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Theory suggests that biodiversity can act as a buffer against disturbances and environmental variability via two major mechanisms: Firstly, a stabilising effect by decreasing the temporal variance in ecosystem...

    Authors: Silke Langenheder, Mark T Bulling, James I Prosser and Martin Solan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:14

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Although inducible defences have been studied extensively, only little is known about how the presence of parasites might interfere with these anti-predator adaptations. Both parasites and predators are import...

    Authors: Olivia Hesse, Wolfgang Engelbrecht, Christian Laforsch and Justyna Wolinska

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:12

    Content type: Research article

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  32. A central question for ecologists is the extent to which anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. tourism) might impact wildlife and affect the systems under study. From a research perspective, identifying the effects of...

    Authors: Vincent A Viblanc, Andrew D Smith, Benoit Gineste and René Groscolas

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:10

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Kirtland’s warblers are the rarest songbird species in North America, rarity due in part to a reliance on early successional Jack Pine forests. Habitat loss due to fire suppression led to population declines t...

    Authors: Amy S Wilson, Peter P Marra and Robert C Fleischer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:8

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The outcome of male-male competition can be predicted from the relative fighting qualities of the opponents, which often depend on their age. In insects, freshly emerged and still sexually inactive males are m...

    Authors: Sylvia Cremer, Masaki Suefuji, Alexandra Schrempf and Jürgen Heinze

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:7

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Theory predicts a nonlinear response of dispersal evolution to habitat fragmentation. First, dispersal will be favoured in line with both decreasing area of habitat patches and increasing inter-patch distances...

    Authors: Benjamin Bergerot, Thomas Merckx, Hans Van Dyck and Michel Baguette

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:5

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Studies of host-parasite interactions have the potential to provide insights into the ecology of both organisms involved. We monitored the movement of sucking lice (Lemurpediculus verruculosus), parasites that re...

    Authors: Sarah Zohdy, Addison D Kemp, Lance A Durden, Patricia C Wright and Jukka Jernvall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:4

    Content type: Research article

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