Ecology

Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology

    Regional opportunities for tundra conservation in the next 1000 years

    Stefan Kruse, Ulrike Herzschuh
    The treeline follows climate warming with a severe time lag, but migration rates are increasing so that only under ambitious mitigation efforts will 30% of original tundra areas remain in the north in the long run.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Parasite defensive limb movements enhance acoustic signal attraction in male little torrent frogs

    Longhui Zhao et al.
    Multimodal signals may evolve from unimodal one via co-option of primary signal components and associated cues that serve as by-products.
    1. Ecology

    Eco-evolutionary dynamics modulate plant responses to global change depending on plant diversity and species identity

    Peter Dietrich et al.
    Offspring of plants selected at low and high plant diversity differently respond to global change drivers (nitrogen enrichment, drought), as reflected by their biomass production and trait expression, whereby plant-soil interactions play a significant role in these processes.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Windborne migration amplifies insect-mediated pollination services

    Huiru Jia et al.
    Delineating Episyrphus balteatus transregional movements and pollination networks advance a deep understanding of its migration ecology and facilitate the design of targeted strategies to conserve and enhance its ecosystem services.
    1. Ecology

    Tropical land use alters functional diversity of soil food webs and leads to monopolization of the detrital energy channel

    Zheng Zhou et al.
    Tropical land use makes most soil animal groups shift to 'fast' energy channel and restructures soil food web at community level, but this change is buffered by earthworms at ecosystem (energetic) level.
    1. Ecology

    Testosterone pulses paired with a location induce a place preference to the nest of a monogamous mouse under field conditions

    Radmila Petric et al.
    Transient increases in the hormone testosterone shift behavioral focus by influencing both spatial preference and vocalizations of a monogamous and biparental mouse in the wild.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Competition for fluctuating resources reproduces statistics of species abundance over time across wide-ranging microbiotas

    Po-Yi Ho et al.
    A simple model provides an accessible framework to infer macroscopic parameters of effective resource competition from longitudinal studies of microbial communities.
    1. Ecology

    Mammals adjust diel activity across gradients of urbanization

    Travis Gallo et al.
    Mammals use time along the 24-hr cycle to reduce risk, adapt, and therefore persist in urban ecosystems.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Noisy metabolism can promote microbial cross-feeding

    Jaime G Lopez, Ned S Wingreen
    Noise-averaging cooperation (NAC) is a novel theory for the emergence of microbial cross-feeding by which noisy intracellular metabolism can promote cooperation and cross-feeding among cells.

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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    Pennsylvania State University, United States
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    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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