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    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Transmission of West Nile and five other temperate mosquito-borne viruses peaks at temperatures between 23°C and 26°C

    Marta S Shocket et al.
    Mechanistic, trait-based models for transmission of West Nile virus and observed incidence of human West Nile disease cases in the US both show optimal transmission at 24-25°C.
    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Nutrient levels and trade-offs control diversity in a serial dilution ecosystem

    Amir Erez et al.
    Whereas theories of ecological diversity mostly consider continuously supplied nutrients, a seasonal model uncovers a general mechanism that controls diversity and reconciles conflicting experimental findings.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Comment on 'Lack of evidence for associative learning in pea plants'

    Monica Gagliano et al.
    We are writing to comment on the article by Markel, 2020, which reports an unsuccessful attempt to replicate our finding of associative learning in plants.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Genetic variation in the social environment affects behavioral phenotypes of oxytocin receptor mutants in zebrafish

    Diogo Ribeiro et al.
    Individual social behavior results from the interaction between the individuals own oxytocin receptor genotype and the oxytocin receptor genotypes of other individuals present in its social environment.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience

    Social Behaviours: Nurturing nature

    Elena Dreosti
    Mutant zebrafish exhibit different behaviours depending on the genetic background of the fish they were raised with.
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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Ecology

    Combining agent-based, trait-based and demographic approaches to model coral-community dynamics

    Bruno Sylvain Carturan et al.
    A new agent-based model enables predicting how coral species richness and functional diversity affect the functioning and resilience of coral reef ecosystems.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Why is cyclic dominance so rare?

    Hye Jin Park et al.
    A mathematical model for a popular biological diversity mechanism, cyclic dominance, is more likely to emerge by assembly than by evolutionary diversification, which rationalizes why few empirically studies find it.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Lichen mimesis in mid-Mesozoic lacewings

    Hui Fang et al.
    The earliest fossil evidence of a mimetic relationship between the Jurassic moth lacewing Lichenipolystoechotes and its co-occurring fossil lichen Daohugouthallus predates modern lichen-insect associations by 165 million years.
    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.

Highlights

    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Plant Biology: Hiding in plain smell

    Youngsung Joo, Meredith C Schuman
    1. Ecology

    Ecosystems: The diversity of decay

    Emma J Sayer, Ralf Schäfer

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  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Christian Rutz
    University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
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    University of Zurich, Switzerland
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