Ecology

Ecology

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Latest articles

    1. Ecology

    Small deviations in kinematics and body form dictate muscle performances in the finely tuned avian downstroke

    Marc E Deetjen, Diana D Chin ... David Lentink
    Doves improve their wingbeat efficacy without elevating maximum pectoralis power by angling their wings mid-downstroke to efficiently generate aerodynamic force while simultaneously tensioning the supracoracoideus tendon to assist the upstroke.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    High-resolution kinetics of herbivore-induced plant volatile transfer reveal clocked response patterns in neighboring plants

    Jamie Mitchel Waterman, Tristan Michael Cofer ... Matthias Erb
    Real-time volatile emission kinetics reveal stress volatiles emitted from herbivore-damaged plants can sequentially prime and induce defense responses in undamaged plants following distinct temporal patterns.
    1. Ecology

    Polysaccharide breakdown products drive degradation-dispersal cycles of foraging bacteria through changes in metabolism and motility

    Astrid KM Stubbusch, Johannes M. Keegstra ... Glen G D’Souza
    1. Ecology

    Synthetic Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Simple Molecular Environment

    Luca Casiraghi, Francesco Mambretti ... Tommaso Bellini
    1. Ecology

    Species and habitat specific changes in bird activity in an urban environment during Covid 19 lockdown

    Congnan Sun, Yoel Hassin ... Yossi Yovel
    Bird activity during Covid 19 lockdown changed depending on species and site, as well as on environmental parameters and heterospecific (e.g., human) activity, revealing a complex and dynamic urban ecological system.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Unprecedented yet gradual nature of first millennium CE intercontinental crop plant dispersal revealed in ancient Negev desert refuse

    Daniel Fuks, Yoel Melamed ... Ehud Weiss
    New archaeobotanical data from Negev Highland rubbish middens demonstrate that crop diversity in the Southern Levant expanded more during the first millennium CE than in any earlier period, yet with minimal consequences for consumption and production patterns.
    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Investigating macroecological patterns in coarse-grained microbial communities using the stochastic logistic model of growth

    William R Shoemaker, Jacopo Grilli
    Microbial macroecological patterns under coarse-graining are captured by a null model of ecology, a result which was leveraged to successfully predict the relationship between fine and coarse-grained diversity.

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

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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