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Chemical signaling in plant and animal interactions

Guest Editors
Deguang Liu, PhD, College of Plant Protection, Northwest A&F University, China
Amélie Saunier, PhD, Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE), France

Submission Status: Open until 3 March 2025

Evolution of vertebrate flight

Guest Editors
Thomas Alexander Dececchi, PhD –Biology, Assistant Professor-Biology Dakota State University, USA
Norberto Pedro Giannini, PhD, Unidad Ejecutora Lillo, CONICET – Fundación Miguel Lillo, Argentina
Michael Pittman, PhD, MSc, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR, China

Submission Status: Open until 28 February 2025

Citizen science in ecological research

Guest Editors:
Gerid Hager, MSD, MScBA, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
Benjamin Kent Haywood, PhD, Furman University, USA

Submission Status: Open until 20 December 2024

Biological invasions

Guest Editors
Gary Bucciarelli, Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis, US
Victoria Dominguez Almela, PhD, School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton, UK
Josie South, PhD, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open until 8 August 2024

Automated and remote biodiversity monitoring

Guest Editors:
Jenni Raitoharju, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Luiz G. M. Silva, ETH-Zürich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, Switzerland

Submission Status: Open until 19 July 2024

Ecosystem restoration, regeneration and rewilding

Guest Editors:
Carmel McDougallUniversity of St Andrews, Scotland
Nancy Shackelford: University of Victoria, Canada

Submission Status: Open until 7 June 2024

Plants under pressure: the impact of environmental change on plant ecology and evolution

Guest Editors:
Isabel Barrio: Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland
Alessandro Rapini: The State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil

Submission Status: Open until 31 May 2024


Agroecology: protecting, restoring, and promoting biodiversity

Guest Editors:
Jessica Knapp: Department of Botany, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Andrea Sciarretta: Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences, University of Molise, Campobasso, Italy

Paleoecology of extinct species

Guest Editors:
Michael Pittman:
School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Shatin, Hong Kong, China
Yucheng Wang: Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Evolutionary biology and ecology of cancer

Guest Editors:
David Basanta: Moffitt Cancer Center, USA
Ignacio González Bravo: CNRS Montpellier, France


Biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable development
Collection closed


Applications of environmental DNA and RNA in ecology
Collection closed

Retrospective cross journal collection
BMC Series focus issue: Our changing environment 
Collection published: April 2021


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Avian genomes collection
Collection published: 11 December 2014

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Reviewer acknowledgements 2013
Collection published: 26 February 2014


Cross journal collection
The tammar wallaby genome and transcriptome
Collection published: 10 August 2011


Cross journal collection
Zebra finch: the companion papers for the publication of the zebra finch genome sequence
Collection published: 30 October 2010

Cross journal collection
Open Access Biodiversity Research
Collection published: 25 May 2010


Cross journal collection
Bovine: the companion papers for the publication of the bovine genome sequence
Collection published: 24 April 2009

Cross journal collection
Daphnia: the companion papers for the genome sequence
Collection published: 3 April 2009

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