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    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Both consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predators impact mosquito populations and have implications for disease transmission

    Marie C Russell et al.
    While predators can clearly reduce mosquito populations by consumption, they can also have non-consumptive effects on mosquito body size and oviposition behavior, and these effects on vector traits can influence infectious disease dynamics.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Ecology

    Mitochondrial genome sequencing of marine leukaemias reveals cancer contagion between clam species in the Seas of Southern Europe

    Daniel Garcia-Souto et al.
    Genome sequencing analysis dissects the origins and evolution of cancer transmission between clam species in the Seas of Southern Europe.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reversal of the adipostat control of torpor during migration in hummingbirds

    Erich R Eberts et al.
    Ruby-throated hummingbirds switch from using torpor to survive nighttime energy emergencies in the breeding season to using it to spare fat stores and gain premigratory mass in the late summer.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Mimicry can drive convergence in structural and light transmission features of transparent wings in Lepidoptera

    Charline Sophie Pinna et al.
    Wing transparency in mimetic butterflies and moths is achieved by an unexpected diversity of structural features, and both structures and light transmission properties of wings are under selection for convergence.
    1. Ecology

    New Caledonian crows keep ‘valuable’ hooked tools safer than basic non-hooked tools

    Barbara C Klump et al.
    Animals’ tool-handling behaviour can be used to make inferences about the value they ascribe to different tool types, unlocking considerable research potential for observational and experimental studies across diverse species.
    1. Ecology

    Naïve individuals promote collective exploration in homing pigeons

    Gabriele Valentini et al.
    Ephemeral leadership between differently experienced birds regulates the balance between exploration and exploitation over successive homing flights in a manner that facilitates the accumulation of route innovations.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Ecology

    Monitoring single-cell dynamics of entry into quiescence during an unperturbed life cycle

    Basile Jacquel et al.
    A switch-like cell fate divergence revealed by continuous single-cell tracking during entry into quiescence.
    1. Ecology

    Echolocation: The brain limit

    Alexander J Werth, Joseph E Corbett
    How fast the brain and muscles can respond to information about prey location constrains visual and echolocating predators in similar ways.
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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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