Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) play an essential role in complex ecosystems. However, the species diversity and composition of AMF communities remain unclear in semi-arid mountains. Further, it is not well understood if the characteristics of AMF community...

["Biodiversity","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4155
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Background L. pneumophila is the main causative agent of Legionnaires’ disease. Free-living amoeba in natural aquatic environments is the reservoir and shelter for L. pneumophila. From natural water sources, L. pneumophila can colonize artificial environments such...

["Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4114
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Information about the distribution and abundance of the habitat-forming sessile organisms in marine ecosystems is of great importance for conservation and natural resource managers. Spatial interpolation methodologies can be useful to generate this information...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4078
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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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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
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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
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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
112 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
167 downloads
2,104 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
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537 views

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
107 downloads
1,039 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
90 downloads
707 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
90 downloads
421 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
1 citation
3,484 downloads
998 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

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