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    1. Ecology

    Antagonistic effects of intraspecific cooperation and interspecific competition on thermal performance

    Hsiang-Yu Tsai et al.
    By integrating theoretical and empirical approaches, the results show that linking abiotic factor and biotic interactions on the niche width will be critical for understanding species-specific responses to climate change.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Eco-evolutionary dynamics of nested Darwinian populations and the emergence of community-level heredity

    Guilhem Doulcier et al.
    Artificial selection on communities drives the evolution of interactions and establishes community-level inheritance.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Temperature stress induces mites to help their carrion beetle hosts by eliminating rival blowflies

    Syuan-Jyun Sun, Rebecca M Kilner
    Temperature, the presence of an enemy species and the density of the mutualistic partner species interact to determine the expression of a protective mutualism.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Caterpillar-induced rice volatiles provide enemy-free space for the offspring of the brown planthopper

    Xiaoyun Hu et al.
    The brown planthopper has evolved a highly adaptive oviposition strategy by exploiting caterpillar-induced plant volatiles that provide safe havens for its offspring.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Pest Control: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    A common rice pest can avoid its natural parasite by settling on plants that smell like they have been damaged by a species of caterpillar.
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    Biodiversity mediates the effects of stressors but not nutrients on litter decomposition

    Léa Beaumelle et al.
    The consequences of real-world biodiversity change for ecosystem functioning depend on the type of global change driver and can be particularly significant when human activities decrease biodiversity.
    1. Ecology

    Diversity-decomposition relationships in forests worldwide

    Liang Kou et al.
    Carbon dynamics and the relative availability of key nutrients during litter decomposition are modified by changing biodiversity in the Earth’s forests.
    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer
    To predict how species loss will affect ecosystems, it is important to consider how biodiversity influences processes such as decomposition.
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    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Revealing the structure of information flows discriminates similar animal social behaviors

    Gabriele Valentini et al.
    Information theory reveals that apparently similar signaling behaviors in ants and termites are instead governed by distinct communication protocols explaining their underlying different functions.
    1. Ecology

    Climate change and intensive land use reduce soil animal biomass via dissimilar pathways

    Rui Yin et al.
    Climate change and land-use intensification have negative but largely independent effects on soil animal biomass.