Peer-reviewed Articles

Moist, high-altitude grasslands of eastern South African harbour rich avian diversity and endemism. This area is also threatened by increasingly intensive agriculture and land conversion for energy production. This conflict is particularly evident at Ingula, an...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6276

The shifting baseline syndrome describes a gradual lowering of human cognitive baselines, as each generation accepts a lower standard of resource abundance or size as the new norm. There is strong empirical evidence of declining trends of abundance and body sizes...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6395

Coal resources play a strategic role in the long-term development of China. Large-scale mining has a considerable impact on the landscape, and it is a long-term heritage of industrialization unique to the Anthropocene. We investigated the macrozoobenthos and water...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6456

Didymosphenia geminata is a diatom that can alter aquatic systems. Several investigations have shown as chemical, and hydraulic factors have a great influence on the proliferation of D. geminata, but the study of other microalgae that could be associated with it...

["Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6481
20 downloads
52 views

Chaetomorpha valida, dominant filamentous green algae, can be harmful to sea cucumber growth in aquaculture ponds of China. In order to understand the environmental factors affecting the growth of C. valida in sea cucumber aquaculture ecosystems, a combination...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Environmental Contamination and Remediation"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6468
46 downloads
161 views

The evaluation of leaf detritus processing (decomposition and breakdown) is one of the most simple and cost-effective method to assess the functional characteristics of freshwater ecosystems. However, in comparison with other freshwater habitats, information on...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Climate Change Biology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6250
80 downloads
439 views

The bulk of the world’s biodiversity is found in tropical regions, which are increasingly threatened by the human-led degradation of natural habitats. Yet, little is known about tropical biodiversity responses to habitat loss and fragmentation. Here we review all...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6446
45 downloads
228 views

Across modified landscapes, anthropic factors can affect habitat selection by animals and consequently their abundance and distribution patterns. The study of the spatial structure of wild populations is crucial to gain knowledge on species’ response to habitat...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6367
97 downloads
208 views

Background Geographical patterns of species diversity are one of the key topics in biogeography and ecology. The effects of biogeographical affinities on the elevational patterns of species diversity have attracted much attention recently, but the factors driving...

["Biogeography","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6116
131 downloads
208 views

Observations of coral–algal competition can provide valuable information about the state of coral reef ecosystems. Here, we report contact rates and apparent competition states for six shallow lagoonal reefs in Fiji. A total of 81.4% of examined coral perimeters...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6380
124 downloads
161 views

Background Understanding the role of communities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in agricultural systems is imperative for enhancing crop production. The key variables influencing change in AMF communities are the type of cover crop species or the type of...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Microbiology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6403
107 downloads
1,107 views

In vertebrates, sex determination occurs along a continuum from strictly genotypic (GSD), where sex is entirely guided by genes, to strictly environmental (ESD), where rearing conditions, like temperature, determine phenotypic sex. Along this continuum are taxa...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Ecotoxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6449
48 downloads
193 views

Nitrogen (N) deposition is a major threat to biodiversity in many habitats. The recent introduction of cleaner technologies in Switzerland has led to a reduction in the emissions of nitrogen oxides, with a consequent decrease in N deposition. We examined different...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science","Climate Change Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6347
94 downloads
450 views

Bird migration is a widely studied phenomenon, however many factors that influence migratory flows remain unknown or poorly understood. Food availability en route is particularly important for many species and can affect their migration success, pattern and timing...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6394
108 downloads
866 views

Microbial ecology research requires sampling strategies that accurately represent the microbial community under study. These communities must typically be transported from the collection location to the laboratory and then stored until they can be processed. However,...

["Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6414

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