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Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Host-parasite coevolution promotes innovation through deformations in fitness landscapes

    Animesh Gupta et al.
    An interdisciplinary approach combining high throughput genotype-to-phenotype mapping, population genetic simulations, and experimental evolution provides an answer to the question of how populations evolve new functions by providing tests of the role antagonistic coevolution plays in pressuring populations to innovate.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Humanization of wildlife gut microbiota in urban environments

    Brian A Dillard et al.
    Urban wildlife harbor gut bacteria found in humans but missing from rural wildlife, consistent with bacterial transmission from humans to wildlife in cities.
    1. Ecology

    Lowland plant arrival in alpine ecosystems facilitates a decrease in soil carbon content under experimental climate warming

    Tom WN Walker et al.
    Uphill migrations of lowland plants into warming alpine ecosystems may yield a positive climate feedback by accelerating soil microbial respiration and decreasing soil carbon content.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Unique neural coding of crucial versus irrelevant plant odors in a hawkmoth

    Sonja Bisch-Knaden et al.
    The sense of smell of female hawkmoths has evolved to find the intense odor of floral nectar sources as well as inconspicuous scents of oviposition sites within a complex olfactory landscape.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    The LOTUS initiative for open knowledge management in natural products research

    Adriano Rutz et al.
    The LOTUS initiative builds, through the Wikidata knowledge graph, a virtuous cycle of data sharing practices for natural products research.
    1. Ecology

    Regional opportunities for tundra conservation in the next 1000 years

    Stefan Kruse, Ulrike Herzschuh
    The treeline follows climate warming with a severe time lag, but migration rates are increasing so that only under ambitious mitigation efforts will 30% of original tundra areas remain in the north in the long run.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Parasite defensive limb movements enhance acoustic signal attraction in male little torrent frogs

    Longhui Zhao et al.
    Multimodal signals may evolve from unimodal one via co-option of primary signal components and associated cues that serve as by-products.
    1. Ecology

    Eco-evolutionary dynamics modulate plant responses to global change depending on plant diversity and species identity

    Peter Dietrich et al.
    Offspring of plants selected at low and high plant diversity differently respond to global change drivers (nitrogen enrichment, drought), as reflected by their biomass production and trait expression, whereby plant-soil interactions play a significant role in these processes.

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

Senior editors

  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Christian Rutz
    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  3. Meredith C Schuman
    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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