Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Acoustic recording has been recognized as a valuable tool for non-intrusive monitoring of the marine environment, complementing traditional visual surveys. Acoustic surveys conducted on coral ecosystems have so far been restricted to barrier reefs and to shallow...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4019
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As technology has improved, our ability to study cryptic animal behavior has increased. Bed site selection is one such example. Among prey species, bed site selection provides thermoregulatory benefits and mitigates predation risk, and may directly influence survival....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4010
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Camouflage, and in particular background-matching, is one of the most common anti-predator strategies observed in nature. Animals can improve their match to the colour/pattern of their surroundings through background selection, and/or by plastic colour change....

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3999
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Habitat restoration projects are often conducted when prior use or extraction of natural resources results in land degradation. The success of restoration programmes, however, is variable, and studies that provide evidence of long term outcomes are valuable for...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3942
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The upper Triassic deposits of the Selous Basin in south Tanzania have not been prospected for fossil tetrapods since the middle of last century, when Gordon M. Stockley collected two rhynchosaur bone fragments from the so called “Tunduru beds”. Here we present...

["Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4038
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Background Dengue disease is a leading cause of illness and death in the tropics and subtropics. Most severe cases occur among patients secondarily infected with a different dengue virus (DENV) serotype compared with that from the first infection, resulting in...

["Biotechnology","Molecular Biology","Virology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4021
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Despite step-down inhibitory avoidance procedures that have been widely implemented in rats and mice to study learning and emotion phenomena, performance of other species in these tasks has received less attention. The case of the Mongolian gerbil is of relevance...

["Animal Behavior","Neuroscience","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4009
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Background Health of mammary glands is fundamental for milk and dairy products hygiene and quality, with huge impacts on consumers welfare. Methods This study aims to investigate the microbial agents (bacteria, fungi and lentiviruses) isolated from 89 macroscopically...

["Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3994
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In tropics, ants can represent an important part of animal biomass and are known to be involved in ecosystem services, such as pest regulation. Understanding the mechanisms underlying the structuring of local ant communities is therefore important in agroecology....

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3917
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Dispersal forms are an important component of the ecology of many animals, and reach particular importance for predicting ranges of invasive species. African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) move overland between water bodies, but all empirical studies are from invasive...

["Animal Behavior","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4039
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There has been very little effort to incorporate foliar microbiomes into plant conservation efforts even though foliar endophytes are critically important to the fitness and function of hosts. Many critically endangered plants that have been extirpated from the...

["Conservation Biology","Microbiology","Mycology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4020
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Desmostylia is a clade of marine mammals belonging to either Tethytheria or Perissodactyla. Rich fossil records of Desmostylia were found in the Oligocene to Miocene strata of the Northern Pacific Rim, especially in the northwestern region, which includes the Japanese...

["Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4011
46 downloads
242 views

Peripheral nerves are extremely complex biological structures. The knowledge of their response to stretch is crucial to better understand physiological and pathological states (e.g., due to overstretch). Since their mechanical response is deterministically related...

["Bioengineering","Computational Biology","Neurology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4005
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Anthropogenic water sources (AWS) are developed water sources used as a management tool for desert wildlife species. Studies documenting the effects of AWS are often focused on game species; whereas, the effects on non-target wildlife are less understood. We used...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4003
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The wood frog (Rana sylvatica) can endure freezing of up to 65% of total body water during winter. When frozen, wood frogs enter a dormant state characterized by a cessation of vital functions (i.e., no heartbeat, blood circulation, breathing, brain activity, or...

["Biochemistry","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4014

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