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  1. Classifying and mapping vegetation are crucial tasks in environmental science and natural resource management. However, these tasks are difficult because conventional methods such as field surveys are highly l...

    Authors: Shuntaro Watanabe, Kazuaki Sumi and Takeshi Ise

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:65

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Studying the ecology of biocontrol-agents is a prerequisite to effectively control medfly (Ceratitis capitata (Diptera: Tephritidae)) with entomopathogenic fungi. In this context, factors affecting the occurrence...

    Authors: Ayoub Hallouti, Mohamed Ait Hamza, Abdelaziz Zahidi, Rachid Ait Hammou, Rachid Bouharroud, Abdellah Ait Ben Aoumar and Hassan Boubaker

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:64

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  3. Fast growing invasive alien species are highly efficient with little investment in their tissues. They often outcompete slower growing species with severe consequences for diversity and community composition. ...

    Authors: Claudia Colesie, Zsofia Reka Stangl and Vaughan Hurry

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:63

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  4. Tropical habitats and their associated environmental characteristics play a critical role in shaping macroinvertebrate communities. Assessing patterns of diversity over space and time and investigating the fac...

    Authors: Zahra Alsaffar, João Cúrdia, Xabier Irigoien and Susana Carvalho

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:61

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The characteristics of a larval habitat is an important factor which affects the breeding pattern and population growth of mosquitoes Information about the larval habitat characteristics and pupal productivity...

    Authors: Mojtaba Amini, Ahmad Ali Hanafi-Bojd, Ali Ahmad Aghapour and Ali Reza Chavshin

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:60

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Clonal plants are important in maintaining wetland ecosystems. The main growth types of clonal plants are the guerrilla and phalanx types. However, little is known about the effects of these different clonal g...

    Authors: Hongwei Yu, Ligong Wang, Chunhua Liu, Dan Yu and Jiuhui Qu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:59

    Content type: Research article

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  7. So far, large numbers of studies investigating the microbiome have focused on gut microbiota and less have addressed the microbiome of the skin. Especially in avian taxa our understanding of the ecology and fu...

    Authors: Kathrin Engel, Helga Pankoke, Sebastian Jünemann, Hanja B. Brandl, Jan Sauer, Simon C. Griffith, Jörn Kalinowski and Barbara A. Caspers

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:58

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Invasive plant species pose a significant threat for fragile isolated ecosystems, occupying space, and consuming scarce local resources. Recently though, an additional adverse effect was recognized in the form...

    Authors: Konstantinos M. Kasiotis, Epameinondas Evergetis, Dimitrios Papachristos, Olympia Vangelatou, Spyridon Antonatos, Panagiotis Milonas, Serkos A. Haroutounian and Kyriaki Machera

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:57

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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

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  17. 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

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  18. 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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  19. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  20. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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

    Content type: Publisher Correction

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

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