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    1. Ecology

    Experimental evidence that chronic outgroup conflict reduces reproductive success in a cooperatively breeding fish

    Ines Braga Goncalves, Andrew N Radford
    Outgroup conflict can negatively impact general reproductive behaviour, egg investment, and parental care, resulting in decreased reproductive output even in the absence of physical confrontations.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Rapid transgenerational adaptation in response to intercropping reduces competition

    Laura Stefan, Nadine Engbersen, Christian Schöb
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Ecology

    Ecological lipidology

    Laura Christin Trautenberg, Marko Brankatschk ... Klaus Reinhardt
    Effects of dietary lipids on organismal function and reproductive fitness are persistent and may depend on lipid identity, cause the evolution of lipid-based diet choice, alter food webs, change species responses to environmental change, and affect human nutrition.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Data-driven causal analysis of observational biological time series

    Alex Eric Yuan, Wenying Shou
    Visualizations, simulations, and examples are used to provide an accessible synthesis of the reasoning and assumptions behind commonly used causal discovery approaches.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    A dynamic rhizosphere interplay between tree roots and soil bacteria under drought stress

    Yaara Oppenheimer-Shaanan, Gilad Jakoby ... Tamir Klein
    Increased root exudation rate under combined drought and bacterial inoculation and bacterial growth stimulation by specific exudation metabolites support the idea of root recruitment of beneficial bacteria, especially under water stress.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Earliest evidence for fruit consumption and potential seed dispersal by birds

    Han Hu, Yan Wang ... Roger BJ Benson
    Fruit consumption of Jeholornis was evidenced and indicates seed dispersal was present from early in avian radiation.
    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, Yongping Xin, Ting Lu
    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, Matthew MG Sosna ... Iain D Couzin
    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.

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
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The natural history of the house sparrow

    Haley E Hanson, Noreen S Mathews ... Lynn B Martin

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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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