Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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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
49 downloads
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Background Soil microbial communities (SMC) play a central role in the structure and function of desert ecosystems. However, the high variability of annual precipitation could results in the alteration of SMC and related biological processes depending on soil water...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4007
1 citation
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Conservation biological control emphasizes natural and other non-crop vegetation as a source of natural enemies to focal crops. There is an unmet need for better methods to identify the types of vegetation that are optimal to support specific natural enemies that...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3795
70 downloads
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The increase in temperature as consequence of the recent global warming has been reported to generate new ice-free areas in the Antarctic continent, facilitating the colonization and spread of plant populations. Consequently, Antarctic vascular plants have been...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3718
64 downloads
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Background The changing climate, particularly in regard to temperature and precipitation, is already affecting tree species’ distributions. Pinus armandii, which dominates on the Yungui Plateau and in the Qinba Mountains in China, is of economic, cultural and ecological...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3807
88 downloads
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Aim Application of organic materials into agricultural systems enhances plant growth and yields, and improves soil fertility and structure. This study aimed to examine the effects of “compost extract (CE)”, a soil conditioner, and bio-organic manure (BOM) on the...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3775
143 downloads
2,051 views

Red pandas are known to be highly susceptible to endoparasites, which can have a prominent impact on the population dynamics of this endangered species. There are very limited published reports on prevalence and risk of parasites in wild populations of red panda,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3767
128 downloads
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Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have a broad range of applications and are generally considered human-engineered nanomaterials. However, carbon nanostructures have been found in ice cores and oil wells, suggesting that nature may provide appropriate conditions for CNT...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Soil Science","Synthetic Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3658
100 downloads
1,007 views

Texas is the second largest state in the United States of America, and the largest state in the contiguous USA at nearly 700,000 sq. km. Several Texas bumble bee species have shown evidence of declines in portions of their continental ranges, and conservation initiatives...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3612
84 downloads
680 views

Some species of birds react to climate change by reducing the distance they travel during migration. The Odra River Estuary in the Baltic Sea is important for wintering waterfowl and is where we investigated how waterbirds respond to freezing surface waters. The...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3604
84 downloads
390 views

Spatial patterns of vegetation arise from an interplay of functional traits, environmental characteristics and chance. The retreat of glaciers offers exposed substrates which are colonised by plants forming distinct patchy patterns. The aim of this study was to...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3552
3,472 downloads
947 views

Targeted qPCR and non-targeted amplicon sequencing of 16S rRNA genes within sediment layers identified the anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) niche and characterized microbial community changes attributable to freshwater mussels. Anammox bacteria were normally...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3536
204 downloads
1,585 views

Human impacts are causing ecosystem phase shifts from coral- to algal-dominated reef systems on a global scale. As these ecosystems undergo transition, there is an increased incidence of coral-macroalgal interactions. Mounting evidence indicates that the outcome...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Biophysics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3423
167 downloads
630 views

Stable isotope analysis of feces can provide a non-invasive method for tracking the dietary habits of nearly any mammalian species. While fecal samples are often collected for macroscopic and genetic study, stable isotope analysis can also be applied to expand...

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3436
413 downloads
3,254 views

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry (CLDQ) is the densest deposit of Jurassic theropod dinosaurs discovered to date. Unlike typical Jurassic bone deposits, it is dominated by the presence of Allosaurus fragilis. Since excavation began in the 1920s, numerous hypotheses...

["Ecosystem Science","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3368

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