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  1. Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field that combines tools and techniques from population genetics with the spatially explicit principles from landscape ecology. Spatial variation in genotypes is use...

    Authors: Jennifer A. Doering, Tom Booth, Yolanda F. Wiersma and Michele D. Piercey-Normore

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:56

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  2. The gradual conversion of rangelands into other land use types is one of the main challenges affecting the sustainable management of rangelands in Teltele. This study aimed to examine the changes, drivers, tre...

    Authors: Yeneayehu Fenetahun, Wang Yong-dong, Yuan You and Xu Xinwen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:55

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  3. In flowering communities, plant species commonly share pollinators and therefore plant individuals receive heterospecific pollen (HP). However, the patterns of HP transfers can deviate from patterns of plant-p...

    Authors: Manon A. Peuker, Hannah Burger, Sabrina Krausch, Ulrich Neumüller, Manfred Ayasse and Jonas Kuppler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:54

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  4. The Schreiber’s bat, Miniopterus schreibersii, is adapted to long-distance flight, yet long distance movements have only been recorded sporadically using capture-mark-recapture. In this study, we used the hydroge...

    Authors: Patrick G. R. Wright, Jason Newton, Paolo Agnelli, Ivana Budinski, Ivy Di Salvo, Carles Flaquer, Antonio Fulco, Panagiotis Georgiakakis, Adriano Martinoli, Maria Mas, Mirna Mazija, Mauro Mucedda, Eleni Papadatou, Boyan Petrov, Luisa Rodrigues, Fiona Mathews…

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:52

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  5. Human–wildlife conflict occurs when the needs and behavior of wildlife impact negatively on humans or when humans negatively affect the needs of wildlife. To explore the nature, causes and mitigations of human...

    Authors: Sefi Mekonen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:51

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The thermal plasticity of life-history traits receives wide attention in the recent biological literature. Of all the temperature-dependent traits studied, developmental rates of ectotherms are especially ofte...

    Authors: Dmitry Kutcherov

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:50

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  7. Vertebrate-mediated seed dispersal is probably the main long distance dispersal mode. Through endozoochory, large mammals act as mobile links between habitats within and among forest patches. Along with other ...

    Authors: Sorour Karimi, Mahmoud-Reza Hemami, Mostafa Tarkesh Esfahani and Christophe Baltzinger

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:49

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  8. Salvia is a large, diverse, and polymorphous genus of the family Lamiaceae, comprising about 900 ornamentals, medicinal species with almost cosmopolitan distribution in the world. The success of Salvia limbata se...

    Authors: Maryam Saffariha, Ali Jahani and Daniel Potter

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:48

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Forest habitats are important biodiversity refuges for a wide variety of bird species. Parasitism may modulate host species presence and abundance, and parasite effects can change according to forest managemen...

    Authors: Willem van Hoesel, Diego Santiago-Alarcon, Alfonso Marzal and Swen C. Renner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:47

    Content type: Research article

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  10. With the growth of economic benefits brought by Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim. and the increasing market demand, this species has been widely introduced and cultivated in China. It is important to scientifically se...

    Authors: Zhihang Zhuo, Danping Xu, Biao Pu, Rulin Wang and Meng Ye

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:46

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The seventh BMC Ecology competition attracted entries from talented ecologists from around the world. Together, they showcase the beauty and diversity of life on our planet as well as providing an insight into...

    Authors: Alison L. Cuff, Michel Baguette, Simon Blanchet, Luke M. Jacobus, Dominique Mazzi and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:42

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  12. In this multidisciplinary study we present soil chemical, phytochemical and GIS spatial patterning evidence that fairy circles studied in three separate locations of Namibia may be caused by Euphorbia species.

    Authors: J. J. Marion Meyer, Christiaan E. Schutte, Jan W. Hurter, Nicole S. Galt, Petunia Degashu, Greg Breetzke, Denis Baranenko and Nicole L. Meyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:45

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  13. The breeding time of many species has changed over the past 2–3 decades in response to climate change. Yet it is a key reproductive trait that affects individual's parturition time and reproductive success, an...

    Authors: Amélie Paoli, Robert B. Weladji, Øystein Holand and Jouko Kumpula

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:44

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  14. Temperate forest understorey vegetation poses an excellent study system to investigate whether increases in resource availability lead to an increase in plant species richness. Most sunlight is absorbed by the...

    Authors: Carsten F. Dormann, Maurizio Bagnara, Steffen Boch, Judith Hinderling, Andrea Janeiro-Otero, Deborah Schäfer, Peter Schall and Florian Hartig

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:43

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  15. The ability of a prey species to assess the risk that a predator poses can have important fitness advantages for the prey species. To better understand predator–prey interactions, more species need to be obser...

    Authors: Wanrong Wei, Qiaoyan Zhen, Zhongmin Tang and Maria K. Oosthuizen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:41

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  16. Manure and biochar soil amendments have shown many benefits to soil quality and crop productivity. This study aimed to reveal the effects of biochar and manure applications on soil fertility improvement and cr...

    Authors: Xiaodan Liu, Dengxiao Zhang, Huixin Li, Xiuxiu Qi, Ya Gao, Yibo Zhang, Yanlai Han, Ying Jiang and Hui Li

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:39

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  17. Species distribution models are commonly used tools to describe diversity patterns and support conservation measures. There is a wide range of approaches to developing SDMs, each highlighting different charact...

    Authors: Casper Kraan, Simon F. Thrush and Carsten F. Dormann

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:37

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  18. Migrant birds travel between their breeding areas and wintering grounds by alternating energetically and physiologically demanding flights with periods of rest and fuelling, so-called stopovers. An important i...

    Authors: Heiko Schmaljohann and Thomas Klinner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:36

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  19. Spatial conservation prioritisation (SCP) is a set of computational tools designed to support the efficient spatial allocation of priority areas for conservation actions, but it is subject to many sources of u...

    Authors: Ahmed El-Gabbas, Francis Gilbert and Carsten F. Dormann

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:35

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  20. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a conspicuous insect that has experienced a drastic population decline over the past two decades. While there are several factors contributing to dwindling monarch popu...

    Authors: Matthew Z. Brym, Cassandra Henry, Shannon P. Lukashow-Moore, Brett J. Henry, Natasja van Gestel and Ronald J. Kendall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:33

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  21. The long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) was categorized as ´Vulnerable` by the IUCN after a study revealed a rapid wintering population decline of 65% between 1992–1993 and 2007–2009 in the Baltic Sea. As knowle...

    Authors: Thiemo Karwinkel, Ingrid L. Pollet, Sandra Vardeh, Helmut Kruckenberg, Petr Glazov, Julia Loshchagina, Alexander Kondratyev, Benjamin Merkel, Jochen Bellebaum and Petra Quillfeldt

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:31

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  22. The wild radishes, Raphanus raphanistrum and R. pugioniformis (Brassicaceae) are native to the East Mediterranean region. However, whereas R. raphanistrum is widely distributed worldwide, the endemic R. pugionifo...

    Authors: J. Ziffer-Berger, Y. Waitz, E. Behar, O. Ben Joseph, L. Bezalel, H. Wasserstrom, P. K. Bajpai, S. Bhattacharya, F. Przesdzink, E. Westberg, K. Mummenhoff and O. Barazani

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:30

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  23. The ‘classical’ concept of species diversity was extended in the last decades into other dimensions focusing on the functional and phylogenetic diversity of communities. These measures are often argued to allo...

    Authors: Elia Guariento, Patrick Strutzenberger, Christine Truxa and Konrad Fiedler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:29

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  24. Earthworm communities are generally very sensitive to physico-chemical properties of the soil in different agro-ecosystem i.e. cultivated or non-cultivated which directly or indirectly influence the earthworm ...

    Authors: Sharanpreet Singh, Ayushi Sharma, Kiran Khajuria, Jaswinder Singh and Adarsh Pal Vig

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:27

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  25. Liriope muscari (Decne.) L.H. Bailey is a valuable horticultural and medicinal plant that grows under a range of light intensities, from high to low, in the understories of shrubs. To understand how this species ...

    Authors: J. J. Zhang, L. Zhu, X. Zhang and J. Zhou

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:25

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  26. In species with complex life cycles, size at metamorphosis is a key life-history trait which reflects the complex interactions between costs and benefits of life in the aquatic and terrestrial environments. Wh...

    Authors: Diana Székely, Dan Cogălniceanu, Paul Székely, Diego Armijos-Ojeda, Valentina Espinosa-Mogrovejo and Mathieu Denoël

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:24

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  27. Alpine alder vegetation acts upon the nearby grass and dwarf shrub vegetation by the nitrogen supply from the symbiotic bacteria Frankia alni of Alnus viridis. This has been studied in two transects concerning pl...

    Authors: Rexha Kaltrina, Bego Kristi, Zyruku Dea, Shuka Lulezim, Husi René, Schneller Jakob and Bachofen Reinhard

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:23

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  28. Chlorops oryzae is an important pest of rice crops. There have been frequent outbreaks of this pest in recent years and it has become the main rice pest in some regions. To elucidate the molecular mechanism of fr...

    Authors: Ailin Zhou, Ping Tian, Zhongcai Li, Xinwen Li, Xiaoping Tan, Zhengbing Zhang, Lin Qiu, Hualiang He, Wenbing Ding and Youzhi Li

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:22

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  29. Finger millet is the fourth major crop in Nepal and is cultivated in a traditional integrated subsistence system. Timely rain and appropriate temperature predominately affects crop distribution and yield. Clim...

    Authors: Dol Raj Luitel, Mohan Siwakoti, Mohan D. Joshi, Muniappan Rangaswami and Pramod K. Jha

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:19

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  30. Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are contributing to species die-offs worldwide. We can better understand EIDs by using ecological approaches to study pathogen biology. For example, pathogens are exposed to...

    Authors: Alexa L. Lindauer, Paul A. Maier and Jamie Voyles

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:18

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  31. Invasive exotic species have caused significant problems, and the effects of extreme precipitation and drought, which might occur more frequently under the global climate change scenarios, on interspecific rel...

    Authors: Xiao Guo, Zhen-Wei Xu, Ming-Yan Li, Xiao-Huang Ren, Jian Liu and Wei-Hua Guo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:17

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  32. Unfortunately, the original version of the article [1] contained an error. The author has brought to our attention that the article title is truncated in the published version. The correct title is American foulb...

    Authors: Jörg G. Stephan, Joachim R. de Miranda and Eva Forsgren

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:16

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    The original article was published in BMC Ecology 2020 20:15

  33. The most severe bacterial disease of honeybees is American foulbrood (AFB). The epidemiology of AFB is driven by the extreme spore resilience, the difficulty of bees to remove these spores, and the considerabl...

    Authors: Jörg G. Stephan, Joachim R. de Miranda and Eva Forsgren

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:15

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    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology 2020 20:16

  34. Natural habitats are typically structured, imposing constraints on inhabiting populations and their interactions. Which conditions are important for coexistence of diverse communities, and how cooperative inte...

    Authors: Lukas Geyrhofer and Naama Brenner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:14

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  35. A long-term experiment at two trial sites in Kenya has been on-going since 2007 to assess the effect of organic and conventional farming systems on productivity, profitability and sustainability. During these ...

    Authors: John J. Anyango, David Bautze, Komi K. M. Fiaboe, Zipporah O. Lagat, Anne W. Muriuki, Sibylle Stöckli, Judith Riedel, Gladys K. Onyambu, Martha W. Musyoka, Edward N. Karanja and Noah Adamtey

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:13

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  36. Glucocorticoids mediate responses to perceived stressors, thereby restoring homeostasis. However, prolonged glucocorticoid elevation may cause homeostatic overload. Using extensive field investigations of band...

    Authors: Pete N. Laver, André Ganswindt, Stefanie B. Ganswindt and Kathleen A. Alexander

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:12

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  37. Optimal foraging theory explains how animals make foraging decisions based on the availability, nutritional content, and handling times of different food types. Generalists solve this problem by consuming a va...

    Authors: Kristen Petrov, Ricky-John Spencer, Natasha Malkiewicz, Jessica Lewis, Claudia Keitel and James U. Van Dyke

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:11

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  38. Occurrences in land use, human activities and climate change have both direct and indirect influences on the environment. Of interest for this study is mining; a common activity in developing countries such as...

    Authors: Adegbite A. Adesipo, Sehinde Akinbiola, Olusegun O. Awotoye, Ayobami T. Salami and Dirk Freese

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:9

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  39. Breeding programs and research activities where artificial buzz-pollinations are required to have primarily relied upon using tuning forks, and bumble bees. However, these methods can be expensive, unreliable,...

    Authors: Mandeep Tayal, Jesus Chavana and Rupesh R. Kariyat

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:8

    Content type: Methodology article

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  40. Assessing wildlife movements and habitat use is important for species conservation and management and can be informative for understanding population dynamics. The African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) population of ...

    Authors: Annette Roug, Epaphras A. Muse, Deana L. Clifford, Randy Larsen, Goodluck Paul, Daniel Mathayo, Donald Mpanduji, Jonna A. K. Mazet, Rudovick Kazwala, Halima Kiwango and Woutrina Smith

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:6

    Content type: Research article

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