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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    A systematic, complexity-reduction approach to dissect the kombucha tea microbiome

    Xiaoning Huang, Yongping Xin, Ting Lu
    Kombucha tea microbiome analysis demonstrates the identification, characterization and extrapolation of minimal cores as a promising framework for mechanistic investigation of microbiome behaviors.
    1. Ecology

    Both prey and predator features predict the individual predation risk and survival of schooling prey

    Jolle Wolter Jolles, Matthew MG Sosna ... Iain D Couzin
    Detailed tracking of live predators attacking live schools of prey reveals the crucial interplay between predator attack strategy and prey behaviour and positioning in determining the predation risk within mobile animal groups.
    1. Ecology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genomic evidence for global ocean plankton biogeography shaped by large-scale current systems

    Daniel J Richter, Romain Watteaux ... Olivier Jaillon
    Analysis of genomic DNA composition of surface plankton communities reveals a stable, ocean basin-scale plankton biogeography that emerges from the intertwined effects of environmental variations and currents.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    Silhouette of a rhesus macaque on a yellow/orange background.

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper, Lauren JN Brent ... James P Higham
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Ecology

    Green fluorescent protein-like pigments optimise the internal light environment in symbiotic reef-building corals

    Elena Bollati, Niclas H Lyndby ... Daniel Wangpraseurt
    Scalar irradiance microsensor measurements performed inside the tissue of living corals show that absorption and fluorescence emission by host pigments produce dramatic spectral alterations in the light environment experienced by the symbionts.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Locally adaptive temperature response of vegetative growth in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Pieter Clauw, Envel Kerdaffrec ... Magnus Nordborg
    Growth of Arabidopsis seedlings at low temperatures differs between plants that hail from different parts of the world in a way that suggests climate adaptation.
    1. Ecology

    Research Culture: Highlighting the positive aspects of being a PhD student

    Camille Bernery, Léo Lusardi ... Franck Courchamp
    Articles about doing a PhD tend to focus on the difficulties faced by research students: here we argue that the scientific community should also highlight the positive elements of the PhD experience.
    1. Ecology

    Life history predicts global population responses to the weather in terrestrial mammals

    John Jackson, Christie Le Coeur, Owen Jones
    In mammals, how populations respond to extremes in the weather is related to their pace of life, with shorter living species having stronger responses than their longer living counterparts.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Predictors of human-infective RNA virus discovery in the United States, China, and Africa, an ecological study

    Feifei Zhang, Margo Chase-Topping ... Mark EJ Woolhouse
    In three different regions including the United States, China, and Africa, virus discoveries were strongly associated with GDP and land use, but were less likely to be associated with climate and biodiversity variables than at a global scale.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Host-parasite coevolution promotes innovation through deformations in fitness landscapes

    Animesh Gupta, Luis Zaman ... Justin R Meyer
    An interdisciplinary approach combining high throughput genotype-to-phenotype mapping, population genetic simulations, and experimental evolution provides an answer to the question of how populations evolve new functions by providing tests of the role antagonistic coevolution plays in pressuring populations to innovate.