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  1. Sex ratios of animal populations are important factors of population demographics. In pond-breeding amphibians, the operational sex ratio (OSR) among the breeding population is usually male-biased. Also, in Eu...

    Authors: Martina Staufer, Stephan Burgstaller, András Horvath and Lukas Landler
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:6
  2. Group II introns are common in the two endosymbiotic organelle genomes of the plant lineage. Chloroplasts harbor 22 positionally conserved group II introns whereas their occurrence in land plant (embryophyte) ...

    Authors: Simon Zumkeller and Volker Knoop
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:5
  3. Diatoms are present in all waters and are highly sensitive to pollution gradients. Therefore, they are ideal bioindicators for water quality assessment. Current indices used in these applications are based on ...

    Authors: Ozan Çiftçi, Cornelis A. M. Wagemaker, Adrienne Mertens, Peter van Bodegom, Walter Pirovano and Barbara Gravendeel
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:4
  4. Functional diversity is vital for forest ecosystem resilience in times of climate-induced forest diebacks. Admixing drought resistant non-native Douglas fir, as a partial replacement of climate-sensitive Norwa...

    Authors: Benjamin Wildermuth, Riko Fardiansah, Dragan Matevski, Jing-Zhong Lu, Peter Kriegel, Stefan Scheu and Andreas Schuldt
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:3

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:8

  5. Reconstructing phylogenetic relationships with genomic data remains a challenging endeavor. Numerous phylogenomic studies have reported incongruent gene trees when analyzing different genomic regions, complica...

    Authors: Jente Ottenburghs, Johanna Honka, Marja E. Heikkinen, Jesper Madsen, Gerhard J. D. M. Müskens and Hans Ellegren
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:2
  6. Functional traits are phenotypic traits that affect an organism’s performance and shape ecosystem-level processes. The main challenge when using functional traits to quantify biodiversity is to choose which on...

    Authors: Nils A. Svendsen, Viktoriia Radchuk, Thibaut Morel-Journel, Virginie Thuillier and Nicolas Schtickzelle
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:1
  7. Assemblages of mummified and preserved animals in necropoleis of Ptolemaic Period Egypt (ca. 332–30 BC) document some aspects of the ceremonial and religious practices of the ancient Egyptians, but study of th...

    Authors: Neal Woodman, Salima Ikram and Joanne Rowland
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:148
  8. The tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) is a large iconic marine predator inhabiting worldwide tropical and subtropical waters. So far, only mitochondrial markers and microsatellites studies have investigated its wor...

    Authors: Pierre Lesturgie, Hugo Lainé, Arnaud Suwalski, Pascaline Chifflet-Belle, Pierpaolo Maisano Delser, Eric Clua, Sébastien Jaquemet, Hélène Magalon and Stefano Mona
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:147
  9. For social insects such as ants, the internal organs are likely important in understanding their eusocial behavior and evolution. Such organs, however, are rarely preserved on fossils. In each of the few cases...

    Authors: Yuhui Zhuang, Wenjing Xu, Guojie Zhang, Huijuan Mai, Xiaoqin Li, Hong He, Hao Ran and Yu Liu
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:146
  10. The relict genus Rehderodendron (Styracaceae), the species of which are restricted to mostly warm temperate to tropical climate in East Asia today, is known from fossil fruits and pollen in Europe during warmer p...

    Authors: Christa-Charlotte Hofmann and Wan-Yi Zhao
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:145
  11. In the last decades, Southeast Asia has experienced massive conversion of rainforest into rubber and oil palm monoculture plantations. The effects of this land-use change on canopy arthropods are still largely...

    Authors: Amanda Mawan, Tamara R. Hartke, Louis Deharveng, Feng Zhang, Damayanti Buchori, Stefan Scheu and Jochen Drescher
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:144
  12. Neoplasms are common across the animal kingdom and seem to be a feature plesiomorphic for metazoans, related with an increase in somatic complexity. The fossil record of cancer complements our knowledge of the...

    Authors: Dawid Surmik, Justyna Słowiak-Morkovina, Tomasz Szczygielski, Maciej Kamaszewski, Sudipta Kalita, Elżbieta M. Teschner, Dawid Dróżdż, Piotr Duda, Bruce M. Rothschild and Dorota Konietzko-Meier
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:143
  13. Carcinogenesis is one of the leading health concerns afflicting presumably every single animal species, including humans. Currently, cancer research expands considerably beyond medicine, becoming a focus in ot...

    Authors: Sebastian Maciak
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:142
  14. Social defectors may meet diverse cooperators. Genotype-by-genotype interactions may constrain the ranges of cooperators upon which particular defectors can cheat, limiting cheater spread. Upon starvation, the...

    Authors: Kaitlin A. Schaal, Yuen-Tsu Nicco Yu, Marie Vasse and Gregory J. Velicer
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:141
  15. Fleshy fruits evolved to be attractive to seed dispersers through various signals such as color and scent. Signals can evolve through different trajectories and have various degrees of reliability. The stronge...

    Authors: Omer Nevo, Kim Valenta, Annabella Helman, Jörg U. Ganzhorn and Manfred Ayasse
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:139
  16. Brood parasites can exert strong selection pressure on their hosts. Many brood parasites escape their detection by mimicking sensory cues of their hosts. However, there is little evidence whether or not the ho...

    Authors: Ruth Castillo, Mareike Wurdack, Thomas Pauli, Alexander Keller, Heike Feldhaar, Carlo Polidori, Oliver Niehuis and Thomas Schmitt
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:138
  17. Allegheny woodrats (Neotoma magister) are found in metapopulations distributed throughout the Interior Highlands and Appalachia. Historically these metapopulations persisted as relatively fluid networks, enabling...

    Authors: Megan Muller-Girard, Gretchen Fowles, Joseph Duchamp, Samantha Kouneski, Cheryl Mollohan, Timothy J. Smyser, Gregory G. Turner, Bradford Westrich and Jacqueline M. Doyle
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:137
  18. Climate change is expected to lead to warming in ocean surface temperatures which will have unequal effects on the rates of photosynthesis and heterotrophy. As a result of this changing metabolic landscape, di...

    Authors: Logan M. Gonzalez, Stephen R. Proulx and Holly V. Moeller
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:136
  19. Land-use is a major driver of changes in biodiversity worldwide, but studies have overwhelmingly focused on above-ground taxa: the effects on soil biodiversity are less well known, despite the importance of so...

    Authors: Victoria J. Burton, Sara Contu, Adriana De Palma, Samantha L. L. Hill, Harald Albrecht, James S. Bone, Daniel Carpenter, Ronald Corstanje, Pallieter De Smedt, Mark Farrell, Helen V. Ford, Lawrence N. Hudson, Kelly Inward, David T. Jones, Agnieszka Kosewska, Nancy F. Lo-Man-Hung…
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:135
  20. Hybridization can be a conservation concern if genomic introgression leads to the loss of an endangered species’ unique genome, or when hybrid offspring are sterile or less fit than their parental species. Yet...

    Authors: Tanner M. Barnes, Melissa Karlin, Bridgett M. vonHoldt, Jennifer R. Adams, Lisette P. Waits, Joseph W. Hinton, Josh Henderson and Kristin E. Brzeski
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:134
  21. Divergent selection on host-plants is one of the main evolutionary forces driving ecological speciation in phytophagous insects. The ecological speciation might be challenging in the presence of gene flow and ...

    Authors: Estelle Fiteni, Karine Durand, Sylvie Gimenez, Robert L. Meagher Jr., Fabrice Legeai, Gael J. Kergoat, Nicolas Nègre, Emmanuelle d’Alençon and Kiwoong Nam
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:133
  22. The arms race between humans and pathogens drives the evolution of the human genome. It is thus expected that genes from the interferon-regulatory factors family (IRFs), a critical family for anti-viral immune...

    Authors: Jianhai Chen, Xuefei He and Ivan Jakovlić
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:132
  23. Hotspots of intraspecific genetic diversity represent invaluable resources for species to cope with environmental changes, and their identification is increasingly recognized as a major goal of conservation ec...

    Authors: Andrea Chiocchio, Mauro Zampiglia, Marta Biaggini, Roberto Biello, Luciano Di Tizio, Francesco Luigi Leonetti, Oliviero Olivieri, Emilio Sperone, Massimo Trabalza-Marinucci, Claudia Corti and Daniele Canestrelli
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:131
  24. Fairy rings occur in diverse global biomes; however, there is a critical knowledge gap regarding drivers of fairy rings in grassland ecosystems. Grassland fairy rings are characterized belowground by an expand...

    Authors: Jiahuan Li, Lizhu Guo, Gail W. T. Wilson, Adam B. Cobb, Kun Wang, Li Liu, Huan Zhao and Ding Huang
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:130
  25. Detecting genomic variants and their accumulation processes during species diversification and adaptive radiation is important for understanding the molecular and genetic basis of evolution. Anolis lizards in the...

    Authors: Shunsuke Kanamori, Luis M. Díaz, Antonio Cádiz, Katsushi Yamaguchi, Shuji Shigenobu and Masakado Kawata
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:129
  26. As in most bryozoans, taxonomy and systematics of species in the genus Reteporella Busk, 1884 (family Phidoloporidae) has hitherto almost exclusively been based on morphological characters. From the central North...

    Authors: Lara Baptista, Björn Berning, Manuel Curto, Andrea Waeschenbach, Harald Meimberg, António M. Santos and Sérgio P. Ávila
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:128
  27. The hydrogeological history of Lake Tanganyika paints a complex image of several colonization and adaptive radiation events. The initial basin was formed around 9–12 million years ago (MYA) from the predecesso...

    Authors: Leona J. M. Milec, Maarten P. M. Vanhove, Fidel Muterezi Bukinga, Els L. R. De Keyzer, Vercus Lumami Kapepula, Pascal Mulungula Masilya, N’Sibula Mulimbwa, Catherine E. Wagner and Joost A. M. Raeymaekers
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:127
  28. Ancient DNA studies suggest that Late Pleistocene climatic changes had a significant effect on population dynamics in Arctic species. The Eurasian collared lemming (Dicrostonyx torquatus) is a keystone species in...

    Authors: Edana Lord, Aurelio Marangoni, Mateusz Baca, Danijela Popović, Anna V. Goropashnaya, John R. Stewart, Monika V. Knul, Pierre Noiret, Mietje Germonpré, Elodie-Laure Jimenez, Natalia I. Abramson, Sergey Vartanyan, Stefan Prost, Nickolay G. Smirnov, Elena A. Kuzmina, Remi-André Olsen…
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:126
  29. Species- and genetic diversity can change in parallel, resulting in a species-genetic diversity correlation (SGDC) and raising the question if the same drivers influence both biological levels of diversity. Th...

    Authors: H. Cecilie Petersen, Benni W. Hansen, K. Emily Knott and Gary T. Banta
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:125
  30. Colour expression is highly variable in animals. In fishes, rapid colour change, i.e. physiological colour change, can be observed in multiple contexts, e.g. in camouflage or communication, and is affected by ...

    Authors: Simon Vitt, Christina E. Bakowski and Timo Thünken
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:124
  31. Na,K-ATPase is a key protein in maintaining membrane potential that has numerous additional cellular functions. Its catalytic subunit (α), found in a wide range of organisms from prokaryotes to complex eukaryo...

    Authors: Marzieh Shahnazari, Zahra Zakipour, Hooman Razi, Ali Moghadam and Abbas Alemzadeh
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:122
  32. Anadromous rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax) have experienced a large range reduction in recent decades and the status of remnant spawning populations is poorly known in Maine, where these fish have significant ecol...

    Authors: Vaughn Holmes, Jacob Aman, Geneva York and Michael T. Kinnison
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:121

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:22

  33. The metabolic cold-climate adaption hypothesis predicts that animals from cold environments have relatively high metabolic rates compared with their warm-climate counterparts. However, studies testing this hyp...

    Authors: Jun-Qiong Chen, Lu-Wen Zhang, Ru-Meng Zhao, Hai-Xia Wu, Long-Hui Lin, Peng Li, Hong Li, Yan-Fu Qu and Xiang Ji
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:120
  34. Phylogenetic analyses for plant pathogenic fungi explore many questions on diversities, relationships, origins, and divergences of populations from different sources such as species, host, and geography. This ...

    Authors: Ece Silan and Hilal Ozkilinc
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:119
  35. The solely freshwater inhabiting Phylactolaemata is a sister taxon to all other bryozoans. Among phylactolaemates, Lophopodidae represents an early branching clade that is therefore crucial for ground pattern ...

    Authors: J. Bibermair, T. S. Wood, R. Chaichana and T. Schwaha
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:118
  36. The successful establishment of a species population following a single introduction of a few individuals to a non-native area has been limited. Nevertheless, the oriental fire-bellied toad (Bombina orientalis) p...

    Authors: Shan Zhang, Meixi Lin, Jiawei Liu, Jiangce Chen, Dong Liu, Jindong Zhao and Meng Yao
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:117
  37. Aggression is observed across the animal kingdom, and benefits animals in a number of ways to increase fitness and promote survival. While aggressive behaviors vary widely across populations and can evolve as ...

    Authors: Roberto Rodriguez-Morales, Paola Gonzalez-Lerma, Anders Yuiska, Ji Heon Han, Yolanda Guerra, Lina Crisostomo, Alex C. Keene, Erik R. Duboue and Johanna E. Kowalko
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:116
  38. In general, reproductive performance exhibits nonlinear changes with age. Specifically, reproductive performance increases early in life, reaches a peak, and then declines later in life. Reproductive ageing pa...

    Authors: Yi Hang Park, Donggyun Shin and Chang S. Han
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:115
  39. Various haemosporidian parasites infect raptors, especially captive hosts who may be more exposed. Diagnosis of threatening factors such as infectious diseases indirectly has a significant role in protecting e...

    Authors: Leila Nourani, Mansour Aliabadian, Omid Mirshamsi and Navid Dinparast Djadid
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:114
  40. Family Rhinolophidae (horseshoe bats), Hipposideridae (leaf-nosed bats) and Rhinonycteridae (trident bats) are exclusively distributed in the Old-World, and their biogeography reflects the complex historic geo...

    Authors: Ada Chornelia and Alice Catherine Hughes
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:112
  41. Exclosure becomes popular as a naming of the practice of excluding degrading agents from degraded lands for natural rehabilitation. However, its role on woody species regeneration in the Loma Bosa District of ...

    Authors: Assefa Ataro Ambushe, Girma Gezimu Gebre and Getahun Shanko Mamo
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:111
  42. The banteng (Bos javanicus) is an endangered species within the wild Asian Bos complex, that has traditionally been subdivided into three geographically isolated subspecies based on (i) mainland Southeast Asia (B...

    Authors: Xin Sun, Marta Maria Ciucani, Jacob Agerbo Rasmussen, M. Thomas P. Gilbert and Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:110
  43. Delimiting species across a speciation continuum is a complex task, as the process of species origin is not generally instantaneous. The use of genome-wide data provides unprecedented resolution to address con...

    Authors: Victor Julio Piñeros, Carmen del R. Pedraza-Marrón, Isaí Betancourt-Resendes, Nancy Calderón-Cortés, Ricardo Betancur-R and Omar Domínguez-Domínguez
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:108
  44. Sexual selection is thought to be an important driver of adaptation, speciation and extinction. Empirically testing these predictions across macroevolutionary timescales first requires an understanding of the ...

    Authors: Chloé Gerstenhaber and Andrew Knapp
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:107
  45. The transient and fragmented nature of the deep-sea hydrothermal environment made of ridge subduction, plate collision and the emergence of new rifts is currently acting to separate of vent populations, promot...

    Authors: Camille Thomas-Bulle, Denis Bertrand, Niranjan Nagarajan, Richard R. Copley, Erwan Corre, Stéphane Hourdez, Éric Bonnivard, Adam Claridge-Chang and Didier Jollivet
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:106
  46. Telomere length provides a physiological proxy for accumulated stress in animals. While there is a growing consensus over how telomere dynamics and their patterns are linked to life history variation and indiv...

    Authors: Christian Fohringer, Franz Hoelzl, Andrew M. Allen, Claire Cayol, Göran Ericsson, Göran Spong, Steven Smith and Navinder J. Singh
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:105

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