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  1. Disturbance is an important process structuring ecosystems worldwide and has long been thought to be a significant driver of diversity and dynamics. In forests, most studies of disturbance have focused on larg...

    Authors: Simon A Queenborough, Margaret R Metz, Thorsten Wiegand and Renato Valencia

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:3

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Most species of brown macroalgae recruit exclusively sexually. However, Fucus radicans, a dominant species in the northern Baltic Sea, recruits new attached thalli both sexually and asexually. The level of asexua...

    Authors: Kerstin Johannesson, Helena Forslund, Nastassja Åstrand Capetillo, Lena Kautsky, Daniel Johansson, Ricardo T Pereyra and Sonja Råberg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:2

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia is one of the most data-poor, biologically rich, and rapidly changing areas of the world. Conservation scientists agree that this area hosts extremely high endemism, ...

    Authors: Jennifer J Swenson, Bruce E Young, Stephan Beck, Pat Comer, Jesús H Córdova, Jessica Dyson, Dirk Embert, Filomeno Encarnación, Wanderley Ferreira, Irma Franke, Dennis Grossman, Pilar Hernandez, Sebastian K Herzog, Carmen Josse, Gonzalo Navarro, Víctor Pacheco…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:1

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  4. Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a globally distributed zoonotic pathogen that continues to be a veterinary and human health problem in Central Asia. We used a database of anthrax outbreak l...

    Authors: Jocelyn Mullins, Larissa Lukhnova, Alim Aikimbayev, Yerlan Pazilov, Matthew Van Ert and Jason K Blackburn

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:32

    Content type: Research article

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  5. There are a growing number of genomes sequenced with tentative functions assigned to a large proportion of the individual genes. Model organisms in laboratory settings form the basis for the assignment of gene...

    Authors: Scott A Pavey, Ben JG Sutherland, Jong Leong, Adrienne Robb, Kris von Schalburg, Troy R Hamon, Ben F Koop and Jennifer L Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:31

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Globally, forests cover nearly one third of the land area and they contain over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Both the extent and quality of forest habitat continue to decrease and the associated loss of bi...

    Authors: Raf Aerts and Olivier Honnay

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:29

    Content type: Review

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  7. To identify the determinants of invasiveness, comparisons of traits of invasive and native species are commonly performed. Invasiveness is generally linked to higher values of reproductive, physiological and g...

    Authors: Annabel J Porté, Laurent J Lamarque, Christopher J Lortie, Richard Michalet and Sylvain Delzon

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:28

    Content type: Research article

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  8. South America is one of the most species diverse continents in the world. Within South America diversity is not distributed evenly at both local and continental scales and this has led to the recognition of va...

    Authors: Tiina Särkinen, João RV Iganci, Reynaldo Linares-Palomino, Marcelo F Simon and Darién E Prado

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:27

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The Svalbard endemic aphid Acyrthosiphon svalbardicum (Heikinheimo, 1968) is host specific to Dryas octopetala L. ssp octopetala (Rosaceae). It has been hypothesized that the aphid is present on those areas with ...

    Authors: María L Ávila-Jiménez and Stephen J Coulson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:25

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Sand fly saliva can drive the outcome of Leishmania infection in animal models, and salivary components have been postulated as vaccine candidates against leishmaniasis. In the sand fly Phlebotomus papatasi, natu...

    Authors: Iliano V Coutinho-Abreu, Rami Mukbel, Hanafi A Hanafi, Emad Y Fawaz, Shabaan S El-Hossary, Mariha Wadsworth, Gwen Stayback, Dilkushi A Pitts, Mahmoud Abo-Shehada, David F Hoel, Shaden Kamhawi, Marcelo Ramalho-Ortigão and Mary Ann McDowell

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:24

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Understanding the phenotypic consequences of interactions between arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) and their mosquito hosts has direct implications for predicting the evolution of these relationships and ...

    Authors: Alexander T Ciota, Linda M Styer, Mark A Meola and Laura D Kramer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:23

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Morphological data suggest that, unlike most other groups of marine organisms, scleractinian corals of the genus Stylophora are more diverse in the western Indian Ocean and in the Red Sea than in the central Indo...

    Authors: Jean-François Flot, Jean Blanchot, Loïc Charpy, Corinne Cruaud, Wilfredo Y Licuanan, Yoshikatsu Nakano, Claude Payri and Simon Tillier

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:22

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Predicting the geographic distribution of widespread species through modeling is problematic for several reasons including high rates of omission errors. One potential source of error for modeling widespread s...

    Authors: Sergio C Gonzalez, J Angel Soto-Centeno and David L Reed

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:20

    Content type: Research article

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  14. When a specimen belongs to a species not yet represented in DNA barcode reference libraries there is disagreement over the effectiveness of using sequence comparisons to assign the query accurately to a higher...

    Authors: John James Wilson, Rodolphe Rougerie, Justin Schonfeld, Daniel H Janzen, Winnie Hallwachs, Mehrdad Hajibabaei, Ian J Kitching, Jean Haxaire and Paul DN Hebert

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:18

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Patterns in the association of individuals can shed light on the underlying conditions and processes that shape societies. Here we characterize patterns of association in a population of wild Asian Elephants a...

    Authors: Shermin de Silva, Ashoka DG Ranjeewa and Sergey Kryazhimskiy

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:17

    Content type: Research article

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  16. A territory as a prerequisite for breeding limits the maximum number of breeders in a given area, and thus lowers the proportion of breeders if population size increases. However, some territorially breeding a...

    Authors: Jana A Eccard, Ilmari Jokinen and Hannu Ylönen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:16

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Stable isotope ratios (13C/12C and 18O/16O) in fossil teeth and bone provide key archives for understanding the ecology of extinct horses during the Plio-Pleistocene in South America; however, what happened in ar...

    Authors: José L Prado, Begoña Sánchez and María T Alberdi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:15

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Regular seasonal changes in prevalence of infectious diseases are often observed in nature, but the mechanisms are rarely understood. Empirical tests aiming at a better understanding of seasonal prevalence pat...

    Authors: Sandra Lass, Jürgen W Hottinger, Thomas Fabbro and Dieter Ebert

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:14

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Parasites that manipulate host behavior can provide prominent examples of extended phenotypes: parasite genomes controlling host behavior. Here we focus on one of the most dramatic examples of behavioral manip...

    Authors: David P Hughes, Sandra B Andersen, Nigel L Hywel-Jones, Winanda Himaman, Johan Billen and Jacobus J Boomsma

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:13

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Protected areas are the most common and important instrument for the conservation of biological diversity and are called for under the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity. Growing human population ...

    Authors: Mungla Sieck, Pierre L Ibisch, Kirk A Moloney and Florian Jeltsch

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:12

    Content type: Review

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  21. Science-based wildlife management relies on genetic information to infer population connectivity and identify conservation units. The most commonly used genetic marker for characterizing animal biodiversity an...

    Authors: Brian J Knaus, Richard Cronn, Aaron Liston, Kristine Pilgrim and Michael K Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:10

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Natural communities are structured by intra-guild competition, predation or parasitism and the abiotic environment. We studied the relative importance of these factors in two host-social parasite ecosystems in...

    Authors: Inon Scharf, Birgit Fischer-Blass and Susanne Foitzik

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:9

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Understanding the effects of anthropogenically-driven changes in global temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide and biodiversity on the functionality of marine ecosystems is crucial for predicting and managing...

    Authors: Natalie Hicks, Mark T Bulling, Martin Solan, Dave Raffaelli, Piran CL White and David M Paterson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:7

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The Argentine ant, Linepithema humile, is a widespread invasive ant species that has successfully established in nearly all continents across the globe. Argentine ants are characterised by a social structure know...

    Authors: Natasha P Mothapo and Theresa C Wossler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:6

    Content type: Research article

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  25. A key challenge for conservation biologists is to determine the most appropriate demographic and genetic management strategies for wildlife populations threatened by disease. We explored this topic by examinin...

    Authors: Walter M Boyce, Mara E Weisenberger, M Cecilia T Penedo and Christine K Johnson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:5

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The genetic structure of populations can be influenced by geographic isolation (including physical distance) and ecology. We examined these effects in Leptopilina boulardi, a parasitoid of Drosophila of African o...

    Authors: Majeed Askari Seyahooei, Jacques JM van Alphen and Ken Kraaijeveld

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:4

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Oxygen availability in aquatic habitats is a major environmental factor influencing the ecology, behaviour, and physiology of fishes. This study evaluates the contribution of source population and hypoxic accl...

    Authors: Mery L Martínez, Erin L Raynard, Bernard B Rees and Lauren J Chapman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:2

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Intense consumer pressure strongly affects the structural organization and function of marine ecosystems, while also having a profound effect on the phenotype of both predator and prey. Allelochemicals produce...

    Authors: Kristen E Whalen, Victoria R Starczak, David R Nelson, Jared V Goldstone and Mark E Hahn

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:24

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The sesquiterpene, (E)-β-farnesene (EBF), is the principal component of the alarm pheromone of many aphid species. Released when aphids are attacked by enemies, EBF leads aphids to undertake predator avoidance be...

    Authors: Grit Kunert, Carolina Reinhold and Jonathan Gershenzon

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:23

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Radar has been used for decades to study movement of insects, birds and bats. In spite of this, there are few readily available software tools for the acquisition, storage and processing of such data. Program ...

    Authors: Philip D Taylor, John M Brzustowski, Carolyn Matkovich, Michael L Peckford and Dave Wilson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:22

    Content type: Software

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  31. The ambrosia beetle, Platypus quercivorus, is the vector of oak wilt, one of the most serious forest diseases in Japan. Population genetics approaches have made great progress toward studying the population dynam...

    Authors: Etsuko Shoda-Kagaya, Shoichi Saito, Mitsuhiro Okada, Ai Nozaki, Kouichi Nunokawa and Yoshiaki Tsuda

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:21

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Theory in ecology points out the potential link between the degree of specialisation of organisms and their responses to disturbances and suggests that this could be a key element for understanding the assembl...

    Authors: Guillaume Fried, Sandrine Petit and Xavier Reboud

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:20

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Hyperaccumulation, the rare capacity of certain plant species to accumulate toxic trace elements to levels several orders of magnitude higher than other species growing on the same site, is thought to be an el...

    Authors: Colin F Quinn, John L Freeman, Ray JB Reynolds, Jennifer J Cappa, Sirine C Fakra, Matthew A Marcus, Stormy D Lindblom, Erin K Quinn, Lindsay E Bennett and Elizabeth AH Pilon-Smits

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:19

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Diversity patterns of different taxa typically covary in space, a phenomenon called cross-taxon congruence. This pattern has been explained by the effect of one taxon diversity on taxon diversity, shared bioge...

    Authors: Carolina Toranza and Matías Arim

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:18

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Environmental heterogeneity plays a major role in invasion and coexistence dynamics. Habitat segregation between introduced species and their native competitors is usually described in terms of different physi...

    Authors: Katy R Nicastro, Gerardo I Zardi, Christopher D McQuaid, Linda Stephens, Sarah Radloff and Gregory L Blatch

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:17

    Content type: Research article

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  36. One of the major challenges in evolutionary biology is identifying rare species and devising management plans to protect them while also sustaining their genetic diversity. However, in attempting a broad under...

    Authors: Ron Rotkopf, Zvika Abramsky and Ofer Ovadia

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:15

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The role of differential selection in determining the geographic distribution of genotypes in hybrid systems has long been discussed, but not settled. The present study aims to asses the importance of selectio...

    Authors: Ditte G Christiansen, Christian Jakob, Martina Arioli, Sandra Roethlisberger and Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:14

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Functional diversity illustrates the range of ecological functions in a community. It allows revealing the appearance of functional redundancy in communities and processes of community assembly. Functional red...

    Authors: Axel Strauß, Erik Reeve, Roger-Daniel Randrianiaina, Miguel Vences and Julian Glos

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:12

    Content type: Research article

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  39. The relationship between environmental variation and induction of heat shock proteins (Hsps) has been much documented under experimental conditions. However, very little is known about such induction in natural p...

    Authors: Mbaye Tine, François Bonhomme, David J McKenzie and Jean-Dominique Durand

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2010 10:11

    Content type: Research article

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