Ecology

Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Point of View: Managing a sustainable deep-sea ‘blue economy’ requires knowledge of what actually lives there

    Adrian G Glover et al.
    High-throughput, integrative taxonomy has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the resources in our oceans are managed and developed in a sustainable manner.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Immune-mediated hookworm clearance and survival of a marine mammal decrease with warmer ocean temperatures

    Mauricio Seguel et al.
    In years with colder ocean temperatures, fur seal pups receive more maternal care and have a better energy balance, clearing hookworm infection earlier, which increases their chances of survival.
    1. Ecology

    The lost world of Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, a relictual bacterial niche in a desert oasis

    Valeria Souza et al.
    At Cuatro Ciénegas, the ancestral niche conditions of the ancient shores of Laurentia persisted along with its microbial communities that have been coevolving for a very long time.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reconstructing the functions of endosymbiotic Mollicutes in fungus-growing ants

    Panagiotis Sapountzis et al.
    Domestication of endosymbiotic Mollicutes may have resolved nitrogen-recycling challenges for attine ants and enabled the evolutionary derived leaf-cutting ants to fully exploit their herbivorous niches.
    1. Ecology

    Meta-analysis challenges a textbook example of status signalling and demonstrates publication bias

    Alfredo Sánchez-Tójar et al.
    Meta-analysis takes down a textbook example in behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and demonstrates the existence of biases in the current scientific publishing culture.
    1. Ecology

    Global warming reduces leaf-out and flowering synchrony among individuals

    Constantin M Zohner et al.
    Individuals differ in how their leaf-out and flowering are regulated by abiotic stimuli and, under climate warming, this leads to reduced within-population phenological synchrony, impacting mutualistic and antagonistic community interactions.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Ecology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: From molecular manipulation of domesticated Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to survival in nature

    Severin Sasso et al.
    Dubbed the 'green yeast', the model alga C. reinhardtii has profoundly advanced many areas of biology, but much remains to be learnt about its life in the wild.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    The decoration of specialized metabolites influences stylar development

    Jiancai Li et al.
    Regulation of diterpene glycoside malonylation status influences stylar elongation through affecting auxin signaling in Nicotiana attenuata.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Personality links with lifespan in chimpanzees

    Drew M Altschul et al.
    Among captive chimpanzees, higher agreeableness males and higher openness females survive longer.

Highlights

    1. Ecology

    Making wildlife welcome in cities

    Travis Gallo, Mason Fidino

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    Ian Baldwin
    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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