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Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Cell Biology
    2. Ecology

    Monitoring single-cell dynamics of entry into quiescence during an unperturbed life cycle

    Basile Jacquel et al.
    A switch-like cell fate divergence revealed by continuous single-cell tracking during entry into quiescence.
    1. Ecology

    Echolocation: The brain limit

    Alexander J Werth, Joseph E Corbett
    How fast the brain and muscles can respond to information about prey location constrains visual and echolocating predators in similar ways.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Extreme suction attachment performance from specialised insects living in mountain streams (Diptera: Blephariceridae)

    Victor Kang et al.
    Net-winged midge larvae use suction organs covered in spine-like cuticular protrusions to generate powerful attachment on wet and rough surfaces.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Experimental evidence for delayed post-conflict management behaviour in wild dwarf mongooses

    Amy Morris-Drake et al.
    After experimentally simulated within-group conflict, dwarf mongoose bystanders engage in post-conflict management behaviour with a temporal delay.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Microbiome-pathogen interactions drive epidemiological dynamics of antibiotic resistance: A modeling study applied to nosocomial pathogen control

    David RM Smith et al.
    A novel mathematical modeling framework for antibiotic-resistant bacteria combining within-host microbiome-pathogen interactions with population-level pathogen epidemiology, demonstrating how antibiotic consumption and ecological competition come together to drive the spread of resistance.
    1. Ecology

    Echolocating toothed whales use ultra-fast echo-kinetic responses to track evasive prey

    Heather Vance et al.
    Echolocating toothed whales can detect and react to sudden prey movements during close approaches with speeds similar to ultra-fast tracking responses in human vision.
    1. Ecology

    Little evidence that Eurasian jays protect their caches by responding to cues about a conspecific’s desire and visual perspective

    Piero Amodio et al.
    Across five experiments, Eurasian jays’ caching behaviour provides little evidence of the ability to integrate cues about a potential pilferer’s visual perspective and desire and, challenging previous findings, to respond to either of the two social cues independently.
    1. Ecology

    Animal Behaviour: The elusive perspective of a food thief

    Claudia Zeiträg, Ivo Jacobs
    Eurasian jays fail to take into account the point of view and desire of other jays when hiding food they can eat later.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Relationships between community composition, productivity and invasion resistance in semi-natural bacterial microcosms

    Matt Lloyd Jones et al.
    Resident members of natural bacterial communities limit the growth of non-resident bacteria primarily by increasing overall community growth.

Highlights

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Plant Biology: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer

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  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Christian Rutz
    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  3. Meredith C Schuman
    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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