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  1. Content type: Research article

    Identifying the factors that affect ranging behavior of animals is a central issue to ecology and an essential tool for designing effective conservation policies. This knowledge provides the information needed...

    Authors: Francesc Cuscó, Laura Cardador, Gerard Bota, Manuel B. Morales and Santi Mañosa

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:56

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    Intensively cultivated agricultural landscapes often suffer from substantial pollinator losses, which may be leading to decreasing pollination services for crops and wild flowering plants. Conservation measure...

    Authors: Constanze Buhk, Rainer Oppermann, Arno Schanowski, Richard Bleil, Julian Lüdemann and Christian Maus

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:55

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    Fishing activities can influence foraging behaviour of many seabird species worldwide. Seabirds are attracted by fishing vessels which can facilitate access to demersal fish as a novel food resource that other...

    Authors: M. Cianchetti-Benedetti, G. Dell’Omo, T. Russo, C. Catoni and P. Quillfeldt

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:54

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Grasses are hyper-accumulators of silicon (Si) and often up-regulate Si following herbivory. Positive correlations exist between Si and plant water content, yet the extent to which Si uptake responses can be m...

    Authors: James M. W. Ryalls, Ben D. Moore and Scott N. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:53

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Fungal endophytes are the living symbionts which cause no apparent damage to the host tissue. The distribution pattern of these endophytes within a host plant is mediated by environmental factors. This study w...

    Authors: Riyaz Ahmad Rather, Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan and Mumtaz Anwar

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:52

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Phytoplankton species identification and counting is a crucial step of water quality assessment. Especially drinking water reservoirs, bathing and ballast water need to be regularly monitored for harmful speci...

    Authors: Susanne Dunker, David Boho, Jana Wäldchen and Patrick Mäder

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:51

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The gypsovag shrub Cistus clusii is locally dominant in semi-arid gypsum plant communities of North-Eastern Spain. This species commonly grows in species-poor patches even though it has nurse potential, suggestin...

    Authors: Ana Foronda, Bodil K. Ehlers, Concepción L. Alados and Yolanda Pueyo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:49

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes L.) have become successful inhabitants of urban areas in recent years. However, our knowledge about the occurrence, distribution and association with land uses of these urban foxes is poo...

    Authors: Theresa Walter, Richard Zink, Gregor Laaha, Johann G. Zaller and Florian Heigl

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:50

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  9. Content type: Correspondence

    Courtship and spawning behaviors of coral reef fishes are very complex, and sufficient sampling effort and proper methods are required to draw informed conclusions on their mating systems that are grounded in ...

    Authors: Brad E. Erisman, João P. Barreiros, Kevin L. Rhodes and Robert R. Warner

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:48

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Old-growth and primeval forests are passing through a natural development cycle with recurring stages of forest development. Several methods for assigning patches of different structure and size to forest deve...

    Authors: Jonas Glatthorn, Eike Feldmann, Vath Tabaku, Christoph Leuschner and Peter Meyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:47

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Rehabilitation of degraded rangelands through the establishment of enclosures (fencing grazing lands) is believed to improve soil quality and livelihoods, and enhance the sustainability of rangelands. Grazing ...

    Authors: C. O. Oduor, N. K. Karanja, R. N. Onwonga, S. M. Mureithi, D. Pelster and G. Nyberg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:45

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Understanding and predicting the response of tree populations to climate change requires understanding the pattern and scale of their adaptation. Climate is often considered the major driver of local adaptatio...

    Authors: R. D. Manzanedo, F. R. Schanz, M. Fischer and E. Allan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:42

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Habitat models provide information about which habitat management should target to avoid species extinctions or range contractions. The willow ptarmigan inhabits alpine- and arctic tundra habitats in the north...

    Authors: Mikkel Andreas Jørnsøn Kvasnes, Hans Christian Pedersen and Erlend Birkeland Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:41

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    Understanding the relationship between great apes and their habitat is essential for the development of successful conservation strategies. The chimpanzee Pan troglodytes ellioti is endemic to Nigeria and Cameroo...

    Authors: Serge Alexis Kamgang, Kadiri Serge Bobo, Fiona Maisels, Ruffin Dupleix Delarue Ambahe, Désiré Edgar Ambassa Ongono, Mary Katherine Gonder, Paul Johnson, Jorgelina Marino and Brice Sinsin

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:40

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    Predicting the patterns of range expansion of alien species is central to develop effective strategies for managing potential biological invasions. Here, we present a study on the potential distribution of the...

    Authors: Carlo Polidori, Marcella Nucifora and David Sánchez-Fernández

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:36

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    The amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), has been implicated as a primary cause of decline in many species around the globe. However, there are some species and populations that are know...

    Authors: Laura A. Brannelly, Matthew W. H. Chatfield, Julia Sonn, Matthew Robak and Corinne L. Richards-Zawacki

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:34

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Wetlands are habitats where variation in soil moisture content and associated environmental conditions can strongly affect the survival of herbivorous insects by changing host plant quality and natural enemy d...

    Authors: Thomas A. Verschut and Peter A. Hambäck

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:33

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  18. Content type: Methodology article

    Ecological research often involves sampling and manipulating non-model organisms that reside in heterogeneous environments. As such, ecologists often adapt techniques and ideas from industry and other scientif...

    Authors: Jocelyn E. Behm, Brenna R. Waite, S. Tonia Hsieh and Matthew R. Helmus

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:32

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  19. Content type: Research article

    During electricity generation of nuclear power plant, heat energy cannot be completely converted into electrical energy, and a part of it is lost in the form of thermal discharge into the environment. The ther...

    Authors: Zhi-guo Dong, Yi-hua Chen, Hong-xing Ge, Xiao-ying Li, Hai-long Wu, Chen-he Wang, Zhe Hu, Yang-jian Wu, Guang-hui Fu, Ji-kun Lu and Hua Che

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:31

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Forage nutritive value plays an important role in livestock nutrition and maintaining sustainable grassland ecosystems, and grazing management can affect the quality of forage. In this study, we investigated t...

    Authors: Xiajie Zhai, Yingjun Zhang, Kun Wang, Qian Chen, Shuiyan Li and Ding Huang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:30

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Shrub cover in arctic and alpine ecosystems has increased in recent decades, and is predicted to further increase with climate change. Changes in shrub abundance may alter ecosystem carbon (C) sequestration an...

    Authors: Mia Vedel Sørensen, Bente Jessen Graae, Dagmar Hagen, Brian J. Enquist, Kristin Odden Nystuen and Richard Strimbeck

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:29

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Permafrost degradation may develop thermokarst landforms, which substantially change physico–chemical characteristics in the soil as well as the soil carbon stock. However, little is known about changes of bac...

    Authors: Xiaodong Wu, Haiyan Xu, Guimin Liu, Lin Zhao and Cuicui Mu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:27

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Biotic interactions are ubiquitous and require information from ecology, evolutionary biology, and functional genetics in order to be understood. However, study systems that are amenable to investigations acro...

    Authors: Gavin C. Woodruff and Patrick C. Phillips

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:26

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The exotic fish Poecilia reticulata is promoted in the tropics as a biological control agent for aquatic pathogenic carriers, such as mosquitoes. Such control measures are often adopted blindly, ignoring the pote...

    Authors: G. K. Achini W. Fernando, Sevvandi Jayakody, W. M. Hiranya K. Wijenayake, Gawrie N. L. Galappaththy, Mangala Yatawara and Jeevanie Harishchandra

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:25

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The Spanish slug (Arion vulgaris, also known as A. lusitanicus) is considered one of the most invasive species in agriculture, horticulture and private gardens all over Europe. Although this slug has been problem...

    Authors: Daniel Dörler, Matthias Kropf, Gregor Laaha and Johann G. Zaller

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:23

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Various factors, such as climate, body size and sociality are often linked to parasitism. This constrains the identification of other determinants driving parasite infections. Here, we investigate for the firs...

    Authors: May Hokan, Elke Zimmermann, Ute Radespiel, Bertrand Andriatsitohaina, Solofonirina Rasoloharijaona and Christina Strube

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:22

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  27. Content type: Correspondence

    We challenge the oft-repeated claim that the beetles (Coleoptera) are the most species-rich order of animals. Instead, we assert that another order of insects, the Hymenoptera, is more speciose, due in large p...

    Authors: Andrew A. Forbes, Robin K. Bagley, Marc A. Beer, Alaine C. Hippee and Heather A. Widmayer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:21

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Chironomids, a major invertebrate taxon in many standing freshwaters, rely on adult flight to reach new suitable sites, yet the impact of weather conditions on their flight activity is little understood. We in...

    Authors: Lucie Vebrová, Andre van Nieuwenhuijzen, Vojtěch Kolář and David S. Boukal

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:19

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Drought may become one of the greatest challenges for cereal production under future warming scenarios, and its impact on insect pest outbreaks is still controversial. To address this issue, life-history respo...

    Authors: Deguang Liu, Peng Dai, Shirong Li, Syed Suhail Ahmed, Zheming Shang and Xiaoqin Shi

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:17

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In fish, morphological colour changes occur from variations in pigment concentrations and in the morphology, density, and distribution of chromatophores in the skin. However, the underlying mechanisms remain u...

    Authors: Katarina M. Jørgensen, Monica F. Solberg, Francois Besnier, Anders Thorsen, Per Gunnar Fjelldal, Øystein Skaala, Ketil Malde and Kevin A. Glover

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:14

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Localised patterns of species diversity can be influenced by many factors, including regional species pools, biogeographic features and interspecific interactions. Despite recognition of these issues, we still...

    Authors: Clive T. Darwell, Simon T. Segar and James M. Cook

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:13

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The effects of grazing on soil methane (CH4) uptake in steppe ecosystems are important for understanding carbon sequestration and cycling because the role of grassland soil for CH4 uptake can have major impacts a...

    Authors: Shiming Tang, Yujuan Zhang, Xiajie Zhai, Andreas Wilkes, Chengjie Wang and Kun Wang

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:11

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  33. Content type: Research Article

    Mixed forests are believed to enhance ecosystem functioning and sustainability due to complementary resource use, environmental benefits and improved soil properties. The facilitation between different species...

    Authors: Weiwei Shu, Xiaoxiao Shen, Pifeng Lei, Wenhua Xiang, Shuai Ouyang and Wende Yan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:9

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  34. Content type: Research Article

    The spatial distribution of mangrove crabs has been commonly associated with tree zonation and abiotic factors such as ground temperature and soil granulometry. Conversely, no studies were designed to investig...

    Authors: Stefano Cannicci, Marco Fusi, Filippo Cimó, Farid Dahdouh-Guebas and Sara Fratini

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2018 18:8

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