Ecology

eLife publishes research ranging from chemical and microbial ecology to plant-insect interactions and extinction risk. Decisions are made by journal editors who are active researchers in ecology.

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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Lotka-Volterra pairwise modeling fails to capture diverse pairwise microbial interactions

    Babak Momeni et al
    With mathematical modeling being an important source of insight for microbial communities, we may need to move beyond commonly-used pairwise models that do not capture microbial interactions.
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    1. Ecology

    Experimental and observational studies find contrasting responses of soil nutrients to climate change

    ZY Yuan et al
    Experimental manipulations and environmental gradients, the two common-used approaches, are not at all comparable for predicting the impacts of climate change on nutrient cycling.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A diverse host thrombospondin-type-1 repeat protein repertoire promotes symbiont colonization during establishment of cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis

    Emilie-Fleur Neubauer et al
    The colonization of corals and their relatives by intracellular microalgae is facilitated by immunity proteins in the animal that contain thrombospondin-type-1 repeats, elucidating the inter-partner recognition processes required for the establishment of this ecologically important symbiosis.
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    1. Ecology

    Digitizing mass spectrometry data to explore the chemical diversity and distribution of marine cyanobacteria and algae

    Tal Luzzatto-Knaan et al
    Mass spectrometry has potential as a tool for ecological studies and bioprospecting of natural products from marine cyanobacteria and algae.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Tracking zoonotic pathogens using blood-sucking flies as 'flying syringes'

    Paul-Yannick Bitome-Essono et al
    A field study coupled with a molecular analysis demonstrates that using hematophagous flies as 'flying syringes' could be used to investigate blood-borne pathogen diversity in wild vertebrates and act as an early detection tool of zoonotic pathogens.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Microbial consortia at steady supply

    Thibaud Taillefumier et al
    In a consumer-resource model obeying the physical requirement of flux conservation, metabolic competition between microbes yields consortia of cell types that collectively resist invasion via optimal use of resources.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Endosymbiosis: Gasping for air

    Steven G Ball, Ugo Cenci
    Transcriptomics is shedding new light on the relationship between photosynthetic algae and salamander eggs.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Transcriptome analysis illuminates the nature of the intracellular interaction in a vertebrate-algal symbiosis

    John A Burns et al
    The endosymbiosis between an alga and the spotted salamander shows several parallels to invertebrate-algal symbioses as well as to pathogen associations in vertebrate animals.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Subcellular tracking reveals the location of dimethylsulfoniopropionate in microalgae and visualises its uptake by marine bacteria

    Jean-Baptiste Raina et al
    The intracellular location of a key sulfur compound, dimethylsulfoniopropionate, was identified in microalgae and its subsequent uptake by marine bacteria was quantified using a combination of secondary-ion mass-spectrometry techniques.
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