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  1. During evolution, genes can experience duplications, losses, inversions and gene conversions. Why certain genes are more dynamic than others is poorly understood. Here we examine how several Sgs genes encoding gl...

    Authors: Manon Monier, Isabelle Nuez, Flora Borne and Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:18
  2. The quality of swans' nutrition at spring migration stopovers is important for their successful breeding. It is of great interest to study the differences in nutrition of different swan species when sharing th...

    Authors: Sergei A. Kouzov, Anna V. Kravchuk, Elena M. Koptseva, Yulia I. Gubelit, Elmira M. Zaynagutdinova and Evgeny V. Abakumov
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:17

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:23

  3. Studies on pathological fossil bones have allowed improving the knowledge of physiology and ecology, and consequently the life history of extinct organisms. Among extinct vertebrates, non-avian dinosaurs have ...

    Authors: Mattia A. Baiano, Ignacio A. Cerda, Filippo Bertozzo and Diego Pol
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:6
  4. Superposition, i.e. the ability of a particle (electron, photon) to occur in different states or positions simultaneously, is a hallmark in the subatomic world of quantum mechanics. Although counterintuitive a...

    Authors: David G. Angeler and Hannah B. Fried-Petersen
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:15
  5. Genome sequencing is a powerful tool to understand species evolutionary history, uncover genes under selection, which could be informative of local adaptation, and infer measures of genetic diversity, inbreedi...

    Authors: Tom van der Valk, Axel Jensen, Damien Caillaud and Katerina Guschanski
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:14
  6. In the evolution from unicellular to multicellular life forms, natural selection favored reduced cell proliferation and even programmed cell death if this increased organismal fitness. Could reduced individual...

    Authors: Hannah Chapman, Kuei Ching Hsiung, Isadora Rawlinson, Evgeniy R. Galimov and David Gems
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:13
  7. Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) underwent significant population declines across much of northwest Europe during the mid-to-late Holocene and was thought to have become extirpated in Ireland from about 400 AD. H...

    Authors: Samuel Belton, Philippe Cubry, Jenni R. Roche and Colin T. Kelleher
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:12
  8. Abrupt environmental changes can lead to evolutionary shifts in trait evolution. Identifying these shifts is an important step in understanding the evolutionary history of phenotypes. The detection performance...

    Authors: Wensha Zhang, Toby Kenney and Lam Si Tung Ho
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:11
  9. Artificial light at night, also referred to as light pollution (LP), has been shown to affect many organisms. However, little is known about the extent to which ecological interactions between earthworms and p...

    Authors: Marion Mittmannsgruber, Zenia Kavassilas, Bernhard Spangl, Edith Gruber, Elias Jagg and Johann G. Zaller
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:10
  10. Poor agricultural practices have drastically threatened insect pollinators’ biodiversity. Little is known in Tanzania about how different agricultural practices affect pollinators’ foraging behavior. This stud...

    Authors: Elvillah William Rweyemamu, Maulid Walad Mwatawala, George Muhamba Tryphone, Marc De Meyer, Sija Kabota and Patroba Masatu Bwire
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:9
  11. Barks play an important role in interspecific communication between dogs and humans, by allowing a reliable perception of the inner state of dogs for human listeners. However, there is growing concern in socie...

    Authors: Péter Pongrácz, Csenge Anna Lugosi, Luca Szávai, Atina Gengeliczky, Nikolett Jégh-Czinege and Tamás Faragó
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:8
  12. The diversity and population genetic structure of many species have been shaped by historical and contemporary climatic changes. For the species of the South American Altiplano, the historical climatic changes...

    Authors: Moisés A. Valladares, Alejandra A. Fabres, Fernanda Sánchez-Rodríguez, Gonzalo A. Collado and Marco A. Méndez
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:5
  13. Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) and Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) are two pathogenic fungi that are a significant threat to amphibian communities worldwide. European populations are strongly impac...

    Authors: David Porco, Chanistya Ayu Purnomo, Liza Glesener, Roland Proess, Stéphanie Lippert, Kevin Jans, Guy Colling, Simone Schneider, Raf Stassen and Alain C. Frantz
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:4
  14. Macro-benthic communities on the shallowest soft bottoms are impacted by hydraulic dredgers used for the harvesting of the striped venus clam (Chamelea gallina). Changes in macro-benthic assemblages were analysed...

    Authors: Roberto Carlucci, Giulia Cipriano, Daniela Cascione, Maurizio Ingrosso, Enrico Barbone, Nicola Ungaro and Pasquale Ricci
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:3
  15. Foskett Spring in Oregon’s desert harbors a historically threatened population of Western Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys klamathensis). Though recently delisted, the dace’s recruitment depends upon regular removal of...

    Authors: Brian L. Sidlauskas, Samarth Mathur, Hakan Aydoğan, Fred R. Monzyk and Andrew N. Black
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:2
  16. Habitat niches of fish species can exert a strong influence on population structure, even on a small geographical scale. In this scope, Pelasgus thesproticus is a great model species to study connectivity in rive...

    Authors: Paul Meulenbroek, Manuel Curto, Paria Priglinger, Kurt Pinter, Spase Shumka, Wolfram Graf, Fritz Schiemer and Harald Meimberg
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2024 24:1
  17. Anthropogenic habitat change is occurring rapidly, and organisms can respond through within-generation responses that improve the match between their phenotype and the novel conditions they encounter. But, pla...

    Authors: Gabrielle T. Welsh, Sophia C. Anner, Mary L. Westwood, Victoria Rockwell, Hannah O’Toole, Megan Holiday and Robin M. Tinghitella
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:78
  18. Vertebrate brains show extensive variation in relative size. The expensive brain hypothesis argues that one important source of this variation is linked to a species’ ability to generate the energy required to...

    Authors: Zitan Song, Michael Griesser, Caroline Schuppli and Carel P. van Schaik
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:77
  19. Despite recent advances, reliable tools to simultaneously handle different types of sequencing data (e.g., target capture, genome skimming) for phylogenomics are still scarce. Here, we evaluate the performance...

    Authors: Mustafa Raza, Edgardo M. Ortiz, Lea Schwung, Gentaro Shigita and Hanno Schaefer
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:75
  20. The Hengduan Mountains (HDM) are one of the major global biodiversity hotspots in the world. Several evolutionary scenarios, especially in-situ diversification, have been proposed to account for the high species ...

    Authors: Yixuan Kou, Dengmei Fan, Shanmei Cheng, Yi Yang, Meixia Wang, Yujin Wang and Zhiyong Zhang
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:74
  21. Osyris lanceolata (Hochst. & Steud.) (Santalaceae) is a multipurpose plant highly valued culturally and economically in Africa. However, O. lanceolata populations have rapidly dwindled in East Africa due to overe...

    Authors: Ben Belden Mugula, S. F. Omondi, Manuel Curto, Samuel Kuria Kiboi, James Ireri Kanya, Anthony Egeru, Paul Okullo and Harald Meimberg
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:73
  22. This study explores the age, growth, and energy storage of Triplophysa rosa, a troglobitic cavefish. A total of 102 wild T. rosa specimens were collected in Wulong County, Chongqing, China, between 2018 and 2022,...

    Authors: Yuan Xu, Yangyang Jing, Jing Zhou, Rui Long, Juanzhu Meng, Ya Yang and Yiping Luo
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:72
  23. The aim of this study is to investigate how climate change influences the distribution of economically and environmentally important species of P. abyssinica and H. citrispinum in Ethiopia. The species distributi...

    Authors: Debela Daba, Birhanu Kagnew, Belay Tefera and Sileshi Nemomissa
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:71
  24. Evidence of correlation between genome size, the nuclear haploid DNA content of a cell, environmental factors and life-history traits have been reported in many animal species. Genome size, however, spans over...

    Authors: Anik Saha, Arianna Bellucci, Sara Fratini, Stefano Cannicci, Claudio Ciofi and Alessio Iannucci
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:69
  25. Ethiopia is a mountainous country with great geographic diversity. The diversified topographic features in Ethiopia made the country have a rich biodiversity forest cover in tropical Africa. This made Ethiopia...

    Authors: Metsehet Yinebeb, Ermias Lulekal and Tamrat Bekele
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:68
  26. The evening primrose family (Onagraceae) includes 664 species (803 taxa) with a center of diversity in the Americas, especially western North America. Ongoing research in Onagraceae includes exploring striking...

    Authors: Rick P. Overson, Matthew G. Johnson, Lindsey L. Bechen, Sylvia P. Kinosian, Norman A. Douglas, Jeremie B. Fant, Peter C. Hoch, Rachel A. Levin, Michael J. Moore, Robert A. Raguso, Warren L. Wagner, Krissa A. Skogen and Norman J. Wickett
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:66
  27. Climate change coupled with other anthropogenic pressures may affect the extent of suitable habitat for species and thus their distributions. This is particularly true for species occupying high-altitude habit...

    Authors: Ahmed Seid Ahmed, Desalegn Chala, Chala Adugna Kufa, Anagaw Atickem, Afework Bekele, Jens-Christian Svenning and Dietmar Zinner
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:65
  28. The negative impacts of climate change on biodiversity are consistently increasing. Developmental stages are particularly sensitive in many ectotherms. Moreover, sex-specific differences in how organisms cope ...

    Authors: Marta A. Santos, Marta A. Antunes, Afonso Grandela, Ana Carromeu-Santos, Ana S. Quina, Mauro Santos, Margarida Matos and Pedro Simões
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:64
  29. The transition from notochord to vertebral column is a crucial milestone in chordate evolution and in prenatal development of all vertebrates. As ossification of the vertebral bodies proceeds, involutions of r...

    Authors: Rahul Raghavan, Ugo Coppola, Yushi Wu, Chibuike Ihewulezi, Lenny J. Negrón-Piñeiro, Julie E. Maguire, Justin Hong, Matthew Cunningham, Han Jo Kim, Todd J. Albert, Abdullah M. Ali, Jean-Pierre Saint-Jeannet, Filomena Ristoratore, Chitra L. Dahia and Anna Di Gregorio
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:63
  30. Cetaceans (whales, porpoises, and dolphins) are a lineage of aquatic mammals from which some species became giants. Only recently, gigantism has been investigated from the molecular point of view. Studies focu...

    Authors: Felipe A. Silva, Agnello C. R. Picorelli, Giovanna S. Veiga and Mariana F. Nery
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:62
  31. Bats provide ecologically and agriculturally important ecosystem services but are currently experiencing population declines caused by multiple environmental stressors, including mortality from white-nose synd...

    Authors: Ashton M. Wiens, Amber Schorg, Jennifer Szymanski and Wayne E. Thogmartin
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:61
  32. Cyclic di-guanylate (c-di-GMP), synthesized by diguanylate cyclase, is a major second messenger in prokaryotes, where it triggers biofilm formation. The dictyostelid social amoebas acquired diguanylate cyclase (d...

    Authors: Yoshinori Kawabe, Qingyou Du, Takaaki B. Narita, Craig Bell, Christina Schilde, Koryu Kin and Pauline Schaap
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:60
  33. Recent developments, including new imaging and ancient environmental DNA (aeDNA) technologies, are providing unprecedented insights into the past, which can also help researchers predict future ecological chan...

    Authors: Michael Pittman and Yucheng Wang
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:59
  34. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease posing a significant threat to public health. Dengue virus (DENV) evolution is often characterized by lineage turnover, which, along with ecological and immunological f...

    Authors: Panpim Thongsripong, Sean V. Edgerton, Sandra Bos, Saira Saborío, Guillermina Kuan, Angel Balmaseda, Eva Harris and Shannon N. Bennett
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:58
  35. According to the IUCN Red List the anadromous houting Coregonus oxyrinchus is categorized as ‘extinct’. However, this extinct status might be incorrect because taxonomic difference between C. oxyrinchus and the c...

    Authors: R. Kroes, Y. Winkel, J. A. J. Breeuwer, E. E. van Loon, S. P. Loader, J. S. Maclaine, P. F. M. Verdonschot and H. G. van der Geest
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:57
  36. Woolly rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiquitatis) is a typical indicator of cold-stage climate that was widely distributed in Northern Hemisphere during the Middle-Late Pleistocene. Although a plethora of fossils have ...

    Authors: Junxia Yuan, Guojiang Sun, Bo Xiao, Jiaming Hu, Linying Wang, Taogetongqimuge, Lei Bao, Yamei Hou, Shiwen Song, Shan Jiang, Yong Wu, Dong Pan, Yang Liu, Michael V. Westbury, Xulong Lai and Guilian Sheng
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:56
  37. The sturgeon group has been economically significant worldwide due to caviar production. Sturgeons consist of 27 species in the world. Mitogenome data could be used to infer genetic diversity and investigate t...

    Authors: Khadijeh Dadkhah, Ghodrat Rahimi Mianji, Ali Barzegar and Ayoub Farhadi
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:55
  38. Cancer cell populations evolve by a stepwise process involving natural selection of the fittest variants within a tissue ecosystem context and as modified by therapy. Genomic scrutiny of patient samples reveal...

    Authors: Marcela Braga Mansur and Mel Greaves
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:54
  39. Anthropomorphic activities have caused major damage to ecosystems worldwide. Although documenting this damage is important, implementing measures to halt and reverse ecosystem decline is critical and is now be...

    Authors: Nancy Shackelford and Carmel McDougall
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:52
  40. Biodiversity is generally reduced when non-native species invade an ecosystem. Invasive crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, populate California freshwater streams, and in the Santa Monica Mountains (Los Angeles, USA),...

    Authors: Gary M. Bucciarelli, Sierra J. Smith, Justin J. Choe, Phoebe D. Shin, Robert N. Fisher and Lee B. Kats
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:51
  41. No phenotypic trait evolves independently of all other traits, but the cause of trait-trait coevolution is poorly understood. While the coevolution could arise simply from pleiotropic mutations that simultaneo...

    Authors: Daohan Jiang and Jianzhi Zhang
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:50
  42. Mitochondrial respiration plays a central role in the survival of many eukaryotes, including apicomplexan parasites. A 479-bp fragment from the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene is widely used as a barcode to id...

    Authors: Xinyi Wang, Staffan Bensch, Xi Huang and Lu Dong
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:49

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