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    1. Ecology

    Gaps in global wildlife trade monitoring leave amphibians vulnerable

    Alice C Hughes et al.
    Almost 98% of amphibian species have no regulation on their international trade, yet as 17% (1215 species) are in trade with 45% of individuals coming from the wild, including 445 Endangered/Data Deficient species, this poses a risk to species survival.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of strategy in bacterial warfare via the regulation of bacteriocins and antibiotics

    Rene Niehus et al.
    Evolutionary game theory identifies reciprocation as a key winning strategy for warring bacteria.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Niche partitioning facilitates coexistence of closely related honey bee gut bacteria

    Silvia Brochet et al.
    Experiments in gnotobiotic bees and culture tubes can recapitulate gut microbiota coexistence patterns observed in nature.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Microbiome: What can we learn from honey bees?

    Julia A Schwartzman
    The Western honey bee provides a model system for studying how closely related species of bacteria are able to coexist in a single community.
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    How will mosquitoes adapt to climate warming?

    Lisa I Couper et al.
    Mosquitoes may be likely to adapt to climate warming given their short life cycles and strong temperature sensitivity, but key data gaps identified here constrain current estimates of adaptive potential.
    1. Ecology

    Matrix-trapped viruses can prevent invasion of bacterial biofilms by colonizing cells

    Matthew C Bond et al.
    Microfluidic culture and high-resolution 3-D microscopy establish that bacteriophages trapped in the outer matrix layers of a bacterial biofilm remain active and can prevent colonization of the biofilm by newly arriving bacteria.
    1. Ecology

    Rapid spread of a densovirus in a major crop pest following wide-scale adoption of Bt-cotton in China

    Yutao Xiao et al.
    Exposure to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) selects for beneficial interactions between the target insect pest (Helicoverpa armigera) and its symbiotic densovirus that enhances its performance on Bt-crops under field conditions.
    1. Ecology

    An octopamine receptor confers selective toxicity of amitraz on honeybees and Varroa mites

    Lei Guo et al.
    The structural and pharmacological difference of the invertebrate counterpart of β-adrenergic receptor confers selective toxicity of an insecticide on honeybees and their devastating parasite Varroa mites.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Living with relatives offsets the harm caused by pathogens in natural populations

    Hanna M Bensch et al.
    Experiments show that pathogens spread more easily among relatives causing increased mortality, but such costs are cancelled out by the benefits of living with kin when pathogens are rare.