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  1. Ictalurus is one of the most representative groups of North American freshwater fishes. Although this group has a well-studied fossil record and has been the subject of several morphological and molecular phyloge...

    Authors: Rodolfo Pérez-Rodríguez, Omar Domínguez-Domínguez, Carlos Pedraza-Lara, Rogelio Rosas-Valdez, Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León, Ana Berenice García-Andrade and Ignacio Doadrio
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:27
  2. Climate affects the thermal adaptation and distribution of hosts, and drives the spread of Chytridiomycosis—a keratin-associated infectious disease of amphibians caused by the sister pathogens Batrachochytrium de...

    Authors: Dan Sun, Gajaba Ellepola, Jayampathi Herath and Madhava Meegaskumbura
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:26
  3. The ‘wallflower’ hypothesis proposes females mate indiscriminately to avoid reproductive delays. Post-copulatory mechanisms may then allow ‘trading up’, favouring paternity of future mates. We tested links bet...

    Authors: Lenka Sentenská, Catherine E. Scott, Luciana Baruffaldi and Maydianne C. B. Andrade
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:25
  4. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC), which encodes molecules that recognize various pathogens and parasites and initiates the adaptive immune response in vertebrates, is renowned for its exceptional pol...

    Authors: Jamie Winternitz, Nayden Chakarov, Tony Rinaud, Meinolf Ottensmann and Oliver Krüger
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:24
  5. Selection pressure exerted by pathogens can influence patterns of genetic diversity in the host. In the immune system especially, numerous genes encode proteins involved in antagonistic interactions with patho...

    Authors: Mridula Nandakumar, Max Lundberg, Fredric Carlsson and Lars Råberg
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:21
  6. Despite intensive research, cancer remains a major health problem. The difficulties in treating cancer reflect the complex nature of this disease, including high levels of heterogeneity within tumours. Intra-t...

    Authors: Caroline S. Carneiro, Jorian D. Hapeman and Aurora M. Nedelcu
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:20
  7. Phylliidae are herbivorous insects exhibiting impressive cryptic masquerade and are colloquially called “walking leaves”. They imitate angiosperm leaves and their eggs often resemble plant seeds structurally a...

    Authors: Thies H. Büscher, Sarah Bank, Royce T. Cumming, Stanislav N. Gorb and Sven Bradler
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:17
  8. Artificial habitats can allow many fish to flock together and interact and have been widely used to restore and protect fishery resources. The piece of research intends to elucidate the relationship of microbi...

    Authors: Sheng Bi, Han Lai, Dingli Guo, Huadong Yi, Haiyang Li, Xuange Liu, Qiuxian Chen, Jiahui Chen, Zhilun Zhang, Xuchong Wei, Guifeng Li and Guorong Xin
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:16
  9. According to a longstanding paradigm, aquatic amniotes, including the Mesozoic marine reptile group Ichthyopterygia, give birth tail-first because head-first birth leads to increased asphyxiation risk of the f...

    Authors: Feiko Miedema, Nicole Klein, Daniel G. Blackburn, P. Martin Sander, Erin E. Maxwell, Eva M. Griebeler and Torsten M. Scheyer
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:12
  10. Kin and multilevel selection provide explanations for the existence of altruism based on traits or processes that enhance the inclusive fitness of an altruist individual. Kin selection is often based on indivi...

    Authors: C. T. Jones, L. Meynell, C. Neto, E. Susko and J. P. Bielawski
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:11
  11. The shape of the semicircular canals of the inner ear of living squamate reptiles has been used to infer phylogenetic relationships, body size, and life habits. Often these inferences are made without controll...

    Authors: Ashley E. Latimer, Emma Sherratt, Timothée Bonnet and Torsten M. Scheyer
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:10
  12. Pesticides are identified as one of the major reasons for the global pollinator decline. However, the sublethal effects of pesticide residue levels found in pollen and nectar on pollinators have been studied l...

    Authors: Lotta Kaila, Anna Antinoja, Marjaana Toivonen, Marja Jalli and Olli J. Loukola
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:9
  13. BLAST searches against the human genome showed that of the 93 keratin-associated proteins (KRTAPs) of Homo sapiens, 53 can be linked by sequence similarity to an H. sapiens metallothionein and 16 others can be li...

    Authors: Thomas Litman and Wilfred D. Stein
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2023 23:7
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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

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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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

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