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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Fermentation: Teaming up to make kombucha

    Olga Ponomarova
    Reducing the microbial diversity in a type of fermented tea reveals the core metabolic interactions responsible for the drink’s signature taste and characteristics.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    A systematic, complexity-reduction approach to dissect the kombucha tea microbiome

    Xiaoning Huang et al.
    Kombucha tea microbiome analysis demonstrates the identification, characterization and extrapolation of minimal cores as a promising framework for mechanistic investigation of microbiome behaviors.
    1. Ecology

    Both prey and predator features predict the individual predation risk and survival of schooling prey

    Jolle Wolter Jolles et al.
    Detailed tracking of live predators attacking live schools of prey reveals the crucial interplay between predator attack strategy and prey behaviour and positioning in determining the predation risk within mobile animal groups.
    1. Ecology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genomic evidence for global ocean plankton biogeography shaped by large-scale current systems

    Daniel J Richter et al.
    Analysis of genomic DNA composition of surface plankton communities reveals a stable, ocean basin-scale plankton biogeography that emerges from the intertwined effects of environmental variations and currents.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
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    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper et al.
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Ecology

    Green fluorescent protein-like pigments optimise the internal light environment in symbiotic reef-building corals

    Elena Bollati et al.
    Scalar irradiance microsensor measurements performed inside the tissue of living corals show that absorption and fluorescence emission by host pigments produce dramatic spectral alterations in the light environment experienced by the symbionts.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Locally adaptive temperature response of vegetative growth in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Pieter Clauw et al.
    Growth of Arabidopsis seedlings at low temperatures differs between plants that hail from different parts of the world in a way that suggests climate adaptation.
    1. Ecology

    Research Culture: Highlighting the positive aspects of being a PhD student

    Camille Bernery et al.
    Articles about doing a PhD tend to focus on the difficulties faced by research students: here we argue that the scientific community should also highlight the positive elements of the PhD experience.
    1. Ecology

    Life history predicts global population responses to the weather in terrestrial mammals

    John Jackson et al.
    In mammals, how populations respond to extremes in the weather is related to their pace of life, with shorter living species having stronger responses than their longer living counterparts.

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
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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