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    Tooth fracture frequency in gray wolves reflects prey availability

    Blaire Van Valkenburgh et al.
    Despite risks of infection and reduced fitness, tooth fracture frequency in gray wolves increases rapidly when prey are scarce because they must consume carcasses more completely.
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    Entomopathogenic nematodes increase predation success by inducing cadaver volatiles that attract healthy herbivores

    Xi Zhang et al.
    By changing the smell of their host, entomopathogenic nematodes attract future hosts and increase their predation success.
    1. Ecology
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    Seminal fluid compromises visual perception in honeybee queens reducing their survival during additional mating flights

    Joanito Liberti et al.
    After insemination, honeybee queens experience a rapid reduction in vision and flight performance, consistent with an ongoing sexual conflict over the number of mating flights that queens embark on.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Endangered wild salmon infected by newly discovered viruses

    Gideon J Mordecai et al.
    Newly discovered viruses in dead and dying farmed Chinook salmon are widely distributed in threatened wild Chinook and sockeye salmon populations.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reduced metabolism supports hypoxic flight in the high-flying bar-headed goose (Anser indicus)

    Jessica U Meir et al.
    Measurements of bar-headed geese flying in a wind tunnel in hypoxia reveal that these birds sustain aerobic flight at high altitude via a reduction in metabolism.
    1. Ecology
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    Physiology: The highs and lows of bird flight

    Jon Harrison
    Bar-headed geese lower their flight metabolic rates to fly in low-oxygen conditions.
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    Light-dependent single-cell heterogeneity in the chloroplast redox state regulates cell fate in a marine diatom

    Avia Mizrachi et al.
    Single-cell analysis of the chloroplast redox response to high light and oxidative stress revealed light-dependent heterogeneity, and was linked to cell fate determination within isogenic diatom populations.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Reproduction: Parasites opt for the best of both worlds

    Ellen Decaestecker, Lore Bulteel
    The fungal parasite Podosphaera plantaginis employs both sexual and asexual reproduction to increase its chances of infecting the plant Plantago lanceolata.
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    Variable opportunities for outcrossing result in hotspots of novel genetic variation in a pathogen metapopulation

    Anna-Liisa Laine et al.
    In natural pathogen populations opportunities for sexual outcrossing vary, leading to spatial variation in genetic diversity and between-season survival.
    1. Ecology

    Genetic transformation of the dinoflagellate chloroplast

    Isabel C Nimmo et al.
    Successful stable transformation of the dinoflagellate chloroplast genome.