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  1. Our current view of nature depicts a world where macroorganisms dwell in a landscape full of microbes. Some of these microbes not only transit but establish themselves in or on hosts. Although hosts might be o...

    Authors: Román Zapién-Campos, Florence Bansept, Michael Sieber and Arne Traulsen
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:75
  2. Diet is a key component of a species ecological niche and plays critical roles in guiding the trajectories of evolutionary change. Previous studies suggest that dietary evolution can influence the rates and pa...

    Authors: Mauricio Ocampo, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso, Ferran Sayol and Rodrigo S. Rios
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:74
  3. Hosts are often simultaneously infected with several parasite species. These co-infections can lead to within-host interactions of parasites, including mutualism and competition, which may affect both virulenc...

    Authors: Luz Garcia-Longoria, Sergio Magallanes, Xi Huang, Anna Drews, Lars Råberg, Alfonso Marzal, Staffan Bensch and Helena Westerdahl
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:73
  4. The Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Hermetia illucens is a cosmopolitan fly massively used by industrial companies to reduce biowaste and produce protein and fat for poultry and aquaculture feed. However, the natural his...

    Authors: J. Guilliet, G. Baudouin, N. Pollet and J. Filée
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:72
  5. Scleractinian corals of the genus Montipora (Anthozoa, Cnidaria) possess some unusual biological traits, such as vertical transmission of algal symbionts; however, the genetic bases for those traits remain unknow...

    Authors: Yuki Yoshioka, Go Suzuki, Yuna Zayasu, Hiroshi Yamashita and Chuya Shinzato
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:71
  6. Inter-regional relationships between landscape factors and biological responses in natural conditions are important but difficult to predict because of the differences in each landscape context and local envir...

    Authors: Ken Tabuchi, Akihiko Takahashi, Ryuji Uesugi, Shigeru Okudera and Hideto Yoshimura
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:70
  7. Long-term balancing selection (LTBS) can maintain allelic variation at a locus over millions of years and through speciation events. Variants shared between species in the state of identity-by-descent, hereaft...

    Authors: Keila Velazquez-Arcelay, Mary Lauren Benton and John A. Capra
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:68
  8. Host–pathogen interactions can lead to dramatic changes in host feeding behaviour. One aspect of this includes self-medication, where infected individuals consume substances such as toxins or alter their macro...

    Authors: Thorben Sieksmeyer, Shulin He, M. Alejandra Esparza-Mora, Shixiong Jiang, Vesta Petrašiūnaitė, Benno Kuropka, Ronald Banasiak, Mara Jean Julseth, Christoph Weise, Paul R. Johnston, Alexandro Rodríguez-Rojas and Dino P. McMahon
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:67
  9. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variations are often associated with bioenergetics, disease, and speciation and can be used to track the history of women. Although advances in massively parallel sequencing (MPS) tec...

    Authors: Chi-Zao Wang, Xue-Er Yu, Mei-Sen Shi, Hui Li and Shu-Hua Ma
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:66
  10. In our article ‘European agroforestry has no unequivocal effect on biodiversity: a time-cumulative meta-analysis’ (BMC Ecology and Evolution, 2021) we synthesize the effect of agroforestry on biodiversity. Boi...

    Authors: Anne-Christine Mupepele and Carsten F. Dormann
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:65

    The original article was published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:24

  11. A small hyolith, with a triangular operculum and a conical-pyramidal conch with a sharp apex, originally documented as Ambrolinevitus ventricosus, is revised based on new material from the Chengjiang biota. The o...

    Authors: Fan Liu, Christian B. Skovsted, Timothy P. Topper and Zhifei Zhang
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:64
  12. Social wasps Polistes, Ropalidia, and Parapolybia, belonging to the subfamily Polistinae, have obviously different distribution patterns, yet the factors leading to this difference remain unknown.

    Authors: Li Luo, Pan Huang, Bin Chen and Ting-Jing Li
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:63
  13. An accurate timescale of evolutionary history is essential to testing hypotheses about the influence of historical events and processes, and the timescale for evolution is increasingly derived from analysis of...

    Authors: Andrew M. Ritchie, Xia Hua and Lindell Bromham
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:61
  14. Dinosaur eggs containing embryos are rare, limiting our understanding of dinosaur development. Recently, a clutch of subspherical dinosaur eggs was discovered while blasting for a construction project in the U...

    Authors: Lida Xing, Kecheng Niu, Tzu-Ruei Yang, Donghao Wang, Tetsuto Miyashita and Jordan C. Mallon
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:60
  15. Members of Euglenozoa (Discoba) are known for unorthodox rDNA organization. In Euglenida rDNA is located on extrachromosomal circular DNA. In Kinetoplastea and Euglenida the core of the large ribosomal subunit...

    Authors: Paweł Hałakuc, Anna Karnkowska and Rafał Milanowski
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:59
  16. The rising temperature of the oceans has been identified as the primary driver of mass coral reef declines via coral bleaching (expulsion of photosynthetic endosymbionts). Marine protected areas (MPAs) have be...

    Authors: Jack V. Johnson, Jaimie T. A. Dick and Daniel Pincheira-Donoso
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:58

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:81

  17. Approximately 50% of freshwater turtles worldwide are currently threatened by habitat loss, rural development and altered stream flows. Paradoxically, reptiles are understudied organisms, with many species lac...

    Authors: Cecilia Villacorta-Rath, Thomas Espinoza, Bernie Cockayne, Jason Schaffer and Damien Burrows
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:57
  18. The genus Ligusticum belongs to Apiaceae, and its taxonomy has long been a major difficulty. A robust phylogenetic tree is the basis of accurate taxonomic classification of Ligusticum. We herein used 26 (includin...

    Authors: Ting Ren, Dengfeng Xie, Chang Peng, Lingjian Gui, Megan Price, Songdong Zhou and Xingjin He
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:55
  19. Canalization, or buffering, is defined as developmental stability in the face of genetic and/or environmental perturbations. Understanding how canalization works is important in predicting how species survive ...

    Authors: Atsuko Sato, Gina M. Oba, Nathanael Aubert-Kato, Kei Yura and John Bishop
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:53
  20. Intense conversion of tropical forests into agricultural systems contributes to habitat loss and the decline of ecosystem functions. Plant-pollinator interactions buffer the process of forest fragmentation, en...

    Authors: Carina Carneiro de Melo Moura, Christina A. Setyaningsih, Kevin Li, Miryam Sarah Merk, Sonja Schulze, Rika Raffiudin, Ingo Grass, Hermann Behling, Teja Tscharntke, Catrin Westphal and Oliver Gailing
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:51
  21. Insects have exceptionally fast smelling capabilities, and some can track the temporal structure of odour plumes at rates above 100 Hz. It has been hypothesized that this fast smelling capability is an adaptat...

    Authors: Stefanie Neupert, Graham A. McCulloch, Brodie J. Foster, Jonathan M. Waters and Paul Szyszka
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:50

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:56

  22. As the major suppliers of food for higher consumers, phytoplankton are closely related to the yield, nutritional ingredients and even toxin contents of mariculture animals, potentially influencing the human he...

    Authors: Ning Kong, Zhaoqun Liu, Zichao Yu, Qiang Fu, Huan Li, Yukun Zhang, Xiao Fang, Fuchong Zhang, Chao Liu, Lingling Wang and Linsheng Song
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:48
  23. Supergenes are chromosomal regions with tightly linked clusters of alleles that control compound phenotypic traits. Supergenes have been demonstrated to contribute to the maintenance of polymorphisms within po...

    Authors: Darin McGuire, Madison Sankovitz and Jessica Purcell
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:47
  24. Mitochondrial (mt) nucleotide sequence data has been by far the most common tool employed to investigate evolutionary relationships. While often considered to be more useful for shallow evolutionary scales, mt...

    Authors: Jovana M. Jasso-Martínez, Donald L. J. Quicke, Sergey A. Belokobylskij, Bernardo F. Santos, José L. Fernández-Triana, Robert R. Kula and Alejandro Zaldívar-Riverón
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:46
  25. Keel flowers are bilaterally symmetrical, pentamerous flowers with three different petal types and reproductive organs enclosed by keel petals; generally there is also connation of floral parts such as stamens...

    Authors: Deniz Aygören Uluer, Félix Forest, Scott Armbruster and Julie A. Hawkins
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:45
  26. Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique hosts a large population of baboons, numbering over 200 troops. Gorongosa baboons have been tentatively identified as part of Papio ursinus on the basis of previous limited m...

    Authors: Cindy Santander, Ludovica Molinaro, Giacomo Mutti, Felipe I. Martínez, Jacinto Mathe, Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva, Matteo Caldon, Gonzalo Oteo-Garcia, Vera Aldeias, Will Archer, Marion Bamford, Dora Biro, René Bobe, David R. Braun, Philippa Hammond, Tina Lüdecke…
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:44
  27. The phylogenetic ecology of the Afro-Asian dragonfly genus Trithemis has been investigated previously by Damm et al. (in Mol Phylogenet Evol 54:870–882, 2010) and wing ecomorphology by Outomuro et al. (in J Evol ...

    Authors: Norman MacLeod, Benjamin Price and Zackary Stevens
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:43
  28. Standing genetic variation is important especially in immune response-related genes because of threats to wild populations like the emergence of novel pathogens. Genetic variation at the major histocompatibili...

    Authors: Rachel M. Cook, Brittany Suttner, Rachael M. Giglio, Margaret L. Haines and Emily K. Latch
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:42
  29. Ecological diversification is the result of divergent natural selection by contrasting habitat characteristics that favours the evolution of distinct phenotypes. This process can happen in sympatry and in allo...

    Authors: Seraina E. Bracamonte, Melinda J. Hofmann, Carlos Lozano-Martín, Christophe Eizaguirre and Marta Barluenga
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:41
  30. The aridity gradient in the eastern Mediterranean offers an opportunity to investigate intra-specific genetic differentiation and local adaptation in plant populations. Here we used genetic (FST) and quantitative...

    Authors: Prabodh Kumar Bajpai, Harel Weiss, Gony Dvir, Nir Hanin, Haggai Wasserstrom and Oz Barazani
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:40
  31. In most arthropods, adult females are larger than males, and male competition is a race to quickly locate and mate with scattered females (scramble competition polygyny). Variation in body size among males may...

    Authors: Romain P. Boisseau, Thies H. Büscher, Lexi J. Klawitter, Stanislav N. Gorb, Douglas J. Emlen and Bret W. Tobalske
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:39
  32. Divergence in the evolutionary interests of males and females leads to sexual conflict. Traditionally, sexual conflict has been classified into two types: inter-locus sexual conflict (IeSC) and intra-locus sex...

    Authors: Manas Geeta Arun, Tejinder Singh Chechi, Rakesh Meena, Shradha Dattaraya Bhosle, Srishti and Nagaraj Guru Prasad
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:38
  33. The 16S mitochondrial rRNA gene is the most widely sequenced molecular marker in amphibian systematic studies, making it comparable to the universal CO1 barcode that is more commonly used in other animal groups. ...

    Authors: Kin Onn Chan, Stefan T. Hertwig, Dario N. Neokleous, Jana M. Flury and Rafe M. Brown
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:37
  34. Wolbachia is a bacterial endosymbiont of many arthropod and nematode species. Due to its capacity to alter host biology, Wolbachia plays an important role in arthropod and nematode ecology and evolution. Sirex no...

    Authors: Joséphine Queffelec, Alisa Postma, Jeremy D. Allison and Bernard Slippers
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:36
  35. Understanding how species biology may facilitate resilience to climate change remains a critical factor in detecting and protecting species at risk of extinction. Many studies have focused on the role of parti...

    Authors: Sean James Buckley, Chris J. Brauer, Peter J. Unmack, Michael P. Hammer and Luciano B. Beheregaray
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:35
  36. The consequences of the K-Pg mass extinction are reflected across present biodiversity, but many faunas that appeared immediately after the extinction event were very different from current ones. Choristodera ...

    Authors: Chase Doran Brownstein
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:34

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:49

  37. Host-parasite interactions represent complex co-evolving systems in which genetic and associated phenotypic variation within a species can significantly affect selective pressures on traits, such as host immun...

    Authors: Samuel Alexander Purkiss, Mouhammad Shadi Khudr, Oscar Enrique Aguinaga and Reinmar Hager
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:33
  38. Merlin’s grass (Isoetes, Isoetaceae, Lycopsida), is the extant remnant of the isoetalean wood-producing lycopsids that originated during the Paleozoic, possibly in aquatic or boggy habitats. Modern day species ar...

    Authors: Eva Larsén, Niklas Wikström, Anbar Khodabandeh and Catarina Rydin
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:32
  39. The Japanese honeybee, Apis cerana japonica, shows a specific defensive behavior, known as a “hot defensive bee ball,” used against the giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia. Hundreds of honeybee workers surround a horn...

    Authors: Takahiro Kamioka, Hiromu C. Suzuki, Atsushi Ugajin, Yuta Yamaguchi, Masakazu Nishimura, Tetsuhiko Sasaki, Masato Ono and Masakado Kawata
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:31
  40. The evolutionary history of biodiversity in South America has been poorly studied in the seasonal dry tropical forest (SDTF). Species diversification in this ecosystem may have a twofold explanation. First, in...

    Authors: Carolina Hernández, Mateo Alvarado, Fabian C. Salgado-Roa, Nathalia Ballesteros, Nicol Rueda-M, Jader Oliveira, Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi, Joao Aristeu da Rosa, Plutarco Urbano, Camilo Salazar and Juan David Ramírez
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:30
  41. Scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinidae) present extraordinary variance in both mitochondrial genome size, structure and content, even when compared to the extreme diversity documented within Mollusca and Bivalvia. In ...

    Authors: Tamás Malkócs, Amélia Viricel, Vanessa Becquet, Louise Evin, Emmanuel Dubillot and Eric Pante
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:29
  42. Elasmoid scales are one of the most common dermal appendages and can be found in almost all species of bony fish differing greatly in their shape. Whilst the genetic underpinnings behind elasmoid scale develop...

    Authors: Maximilian Wagner, Sandra Bračun, Anna Duenser, Christian Sturmbauer, Wolfgang Gessl and Ehsan Pashay Ahi
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:28

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