Ecology

Ecology

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    1. Ecology

    Latent functional diversity may accelerate microbial community responses to temperature fluctuations

    Thomas P Smith, Shorok Mombrikotb ... Thomas Bell
    A novel species-sorting experiment finds that phylogenetically and functionally distinct microbial communities emerge under different temperature conditions due to the resuscitation of latent diversity.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: Kin selection spreads

    James P Higham
    By spending more time around infants which physically resemble their own, mandrill mothers may increase how frequently their offspring interact with their paternal half siblings.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Variation in the ACE2 receptor has limited utility for SARS-CoV-2 host prediction

    Nardus Mollentze, Deborah Keen ... Daniel G Streicker
    The success of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2)-based predictions of severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated virus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) host range stems from phylogenetic correlation, allowing development of scalable models which predict susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 and other sarbecoviruses without requiring additional ACE2 sequencing.
    1. Ecology

    Bundling and segregation affect pheromone deposition, but not choice, in an ant

    Massimo De Agrò, Chiara Matschunas, Tomer J Czaczkes
    Ants are subjected to logarithmic value perception, causing deviation from pure rationality as described by classical economics decision theories.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Wide-ranging consequences of priority effects governed by an overarching factor

    Callie R Chappell, Manpreet K Dhami ... Tadashi Fukami
    Analysis of microbial communities in floral nectar shows that it is possible to identify an overarching factor that governs the eco-evolutionary dynamics of priority effects across multiple levels of biological organization.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Mandrill mothers associate with infants who look like their own offspring using phenotype matching

    Marie JE Charpentier, Clémence Poirotte ... Julien P Renoult
    Mandrill mothers know best because they use their offspring’s facial resemblance with other infants to guide their social opportunities towards similar-looking ones as an adaptive maternal behavior.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Gastrointestinal helminths increase Bordetella bronchiseptica shedding and host variation in supershedding

    Nhat TD Nguyen, Ashutosh K Pathak, Isabella M Cattadori
    Helminth infected hosts are an important cause of variation in the level, frequency and duration of Bordetella bronchiseptica shedding and dynamics of infection.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Point of View: The biospheric emergency calls for scientists to change tactics

    Fernando Racimo, Elia Valentini ... Julia B Halder
    The ever-worsening climate and ecological crises calls for life scientists to engage in advocacy and activism to galvanise governments and the public into action.

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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