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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Host-microbiome metabolism of a plant toxin in bees

    Erick VS Motta, Alejandra Gage ... Nancy Moran
    The bee gut microbiota contributes to the metabolism of the cyanogenic glycoside amygdalin.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Gut Bacteria: Synergy in symbiosis

    Aileen Berasategui, Hassan Salem
    Honeybees rely on their microbial gut symbionts to overcome a potent toxin found in pollen and nectar.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Bacterial lifestyle switch in response to algal metabolites

    Noa Barak-Gavish, Bareket Dassa ... Assaf Vardi
    Opportunistic bacteria modulate their lifestyle from coexistence to pathogenicity by perceiving the physiological state of their algal host through sensing of algal secreted metabolites.
    1. Ecology

    Protein feeding mediates sex pheromone biosynthesis in an insect

    Shiyu Gui, Boaz Yuval ... Daifeng Cheng
    1. Ecology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Environmental DNA from archived leaves reveals widespread temporal turnover and biotic homogenization in forest arthropod communities

    Henrik Krehenwinkel, Sven Weber ... Michael Veith
    Environmental DNA from highly standardized leaf sample time series suggests no localized species losses, but biotic turnover and homogenization, as main drivers of forest insect decline.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Desiccation resistance differences in Drosophila species can be largely explained by variations in cuticular hydrocarbons

    Zinan Wang, Joseph P Receveur ... Henry Chung
    Evolutionary changes in cuticular hydrocarbons, a lipid layer on the insect epicuticle, underlie the evolution of desiccation resistance in Drosophila species.
    1. Ecology

    Tree species and genetic diversity increase productivity via functional diversity and trophic feedbacks

    Ting Tang, Naili Zhang ... Xiaojuan Liu
    Species and genetic diversity promote tree community productivity by increasing functional diversity and reducing herbivore damage and soil fungal diversity.
    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.

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    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
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    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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