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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    A new early branching armored dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of southwestern China

    Xi Yao et al.
    Yuxisaurus represents the first unambiguous armored dinosaur to be recovered from the Lower Jurassic of Asia, confirming the rapid geographic spread and diversification of the armored dinosaurs throughout the northern hemisphere early in their evolution.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    From Gondwana to the Yellow Sea, evolutionary diversifications of true toads Bufo sp. in the Eastern Palearctic and a revisit of species boundaries for Asian lineages

    Siti N Othman et al.
    A robust framework of integrative phylogeography and advanced taxonomy to resolve the historical biogeography and species boundaries of true toads across the Eastern Palearctic.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Ecology

    Aggregation pheromone 4-vinylanisole promotes the synchrony of sexual maturation in female locusts

    Dafeng Chen et al.
    4-Vinylanisole acts as maturation-accelerating pheromone to synchronize oocyte maturation of female adults in locusts.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Ecology: Accelerometer-based analyses of animal sleep patterns

    Yuuki Y Watanabe, Christian Rutz
    Body-motion sensors can be used to study non-invasively how animals sleep in the wild, opening up exciting opportunities for comparative analyses across species.
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    1. Ecology
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    Ecological and social pressures interfere with homeostatic sleep regulation in the wild

    J Carter Loftus et al.
    Collective dynamics and site familiarity, but not the recent history of sleep and activity, shape sleep patterns in a wild social primate.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Interactions between strains govern the eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbial communities

    Akshit Goyal et al.
    Rapidly diversifying biotic interactions decouple the dynamics of nearly identical strains.
    1. Ecology

    Co-Cultures: Growing together gives more rice and aquatic food

    Jian Liu et al.
    Allowing aquatic organisms to grow in rice fields – a practice called co-culture – increases rice yields while maintaining soil fertility and reducing weeds.
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    Using aquatic animals as partners to increase yield and maintain soil nitrogen in the paddy ecosystems

    Liang Guo et al.
    Aquatic animals cocultured with rice in paddy ecosystems can increase food production, improve nitrogen (N)-use efficiency, and maintain soil fertility by reducing weeds, and promoting recycle and complementary use of N.
    1. Ecology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Hematodinium sp. infection does not drive collateral disease contraction in a crustacean host

    Charlotte E Davies et al.
    Neither the presence nor the intensity of Hematodinium sp. parasitisation drives co-infection occurrence, severity, or diversity in the ecologically ubiquitous shore crab, Carcinus maenas.
    1. Ecology

    Mapping the functional connectivity of ecosystem services supply across a regional landscape

    Rachel D Field, Lael Parrott
    Mapping functional relationships between multiple ecosystem services (ES) reveals previously unidentified areas of high ES value, which suggests that the spatial focus of planning for optimal ES provisioning may shift when relationships between several ES are considered.