Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Inbreeding in hermaphroditic plants can occur through two different mechanisms: biparental inbreeding, when a plant mates with a related individual, or self-fertilization, when a plant mates with itself. To avoid inbreeding, many hermaphroditic plants have evolved...

["Biogeography","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4085
68 downloads
175 views

Rapid uplifts of the Tibetan Plateau and climate change in Asia are thought to have profoundly modulated the diversification of most of the species distributed throughout Asia. The ranoid tree frog genus Rhacophorus, the largest genus in the Rhacophoridae, is widely...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3995
80 downloads
572 views

Leptopoma is a species rich genus with approximately 100 species documented. Species-level identification in this group has been based on shell morphology and colouration, as well as some anatomical features based on small sample sizes. However, the implications...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3981
103 downloads
590 views

Microorganisms that reside on and in mammals, such as bats, have the potential to influence their host’s health and to provide defenses against invading pathogens. However, we have little understanding of the skin and fur bacterial microbiota on bats, or factors...

["Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3944
70 downloads
619 views

Episodic sea level changes that repeatedly exposed and inundated the Sunda Shelf characterize the Pleistocene. Available evidence points to a more xeric central Sunda Shelf during periods of low sea levels, and despite the broad land connections that persisted...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3762
83 downloads
479 views

Background A number of biotic and abiotic factors have been proposed as drivers of geographic variation in species richness. As biotic elements, inter-specific interactions are the most widely recognized. Among abiotic factors, in particular for plants, climate...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3932
171 downloads
837 views

Ecological studies often are subjected to unintentional biases, suggesting that improved research designs for hypothesis testing should be used. Double-blind ecological studies are rare but necessary to minimize sampling biases and omission errors, and improve...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3903
69 downloads
475 views

Understanding how the environment selects a given taxon and the diversity patterns that emerge as a result of environmental filtering can dramatically improve our ability to analyse any environment in depth as well as advancing our knowledge on how the response...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3827
81 downloads
647 views

Ligia isopods are conspicuous inhabitants of rocky intertidal habitats exhibiting several biological traits that severely limit their dispersal potential. Their presence in patchy habitats and low vagility may lead to long term isolation, allopatric isolation and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3894
93 downloads
735 views

Symbiotic dinoflagellates (genus Symbiodinium) shape the responses of their host reef organisms to environmental variability and climate change. To date, the biogeography of Symbiodinium has been investigated primarily through phylogenetic analyses of the ribosomal...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3740
88 downloads
332 views

To understand how communities function and generate abundance, I develop a framework integrating elements from the stress gradient and resource partitioning concepts. The framework suggests that guild abundance depends on environmental and spatial factors but also...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3885
168 downloads
1,257 views

Background Why biodiversity is not uniformly distributed on the Earth is a major research question of biogeography. One of the most striking patterns of disparity in species distribution are the biodiversity hotspots, which generally do not fit with the distribution...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3850
81 downloads
313 views

Background Understanding constraints to the distribution of threatened species may help to ascertain whether there are other suitable sectors for reducing the risks associated with species that are recorded in only one protected locality, and to inform about the...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3771
158 downloads
422 views

The largest plateau Tibetan Plateau supplied an excellent opportunity to investigate the influence of the Pleistocene events on the high-elevation species. To test for the alternative hypotheses of Pleistocene glacial refugia, we used partial sequences of two mitochondrial...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3770
188 downloads
1,041 views

Throughout the world DNA banks are used as storage repositories for genetic diversity of organisms ranging from plants to insects to mammals. Designed to preserve the genetic information for organisms of interest, these banks also indirectly preserve organisms’...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Microbiology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3730

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