Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Shrubs play a key role in biogeochemical cycles, prevent soil and water erosion, provide forage for livestock, and are a source of food, wood and non-wood products. However, despite their ecological and societal importance, the influence of different...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3446
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There is widespread concern regarding the effects of agro-chemical exposure on bee health, of which neonicotinoids, systemic insecticides detected in the pollen and nectar of both crops and wildflowers, have been the most strongly debated. The majority of studies...

["Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3417
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Photosynthates released by benthic primary producers (BPP), such as reef algae and scleractinian corals, fuel the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) production on tropical coral reefs. DOC concentrations near BPP have repeatedly been observed to be elevated compared...

["Biochemistry","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3456
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Although large-bodied tropical forest birds are impacted by both habitat loss and fragmentation, their patterns of habitat occupancy will also depend on the degree of forest habitat disturbance, which may interact synergistically or additively with fragmentation...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3442
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Drastic increases in global carbon emissions in the past century have led to elevated sea surface temperatures that negatively affect coral reef organisms. Worldwide coral bleaching-related mortality is increasing and data has shown even isolated and protected...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3355
1 citation
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Sequencing environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being used as an alternative to traditional morphological-based identification to characterize biological assemblages and monitor anthropogenic impacts in marine environments. Most studies only assess eDNA which,...

["Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3347
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The study of the past, present, and future state and dynamics of the tropical natural forest cover (NFC) might help to better understand the pattern of deforestation and fragmentation as well as the influence of social and natural processes. The obtained information...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3320
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The use of biological control agents to control pests is an alternative to pesticides and a tool to manage invasive alien species. However, biocontrol agents can themselves become invasive species under certain conditions. The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3296
61 downloads
308 views

Sediment community oxygen consumption (SCOC) is a proxy for organic matter processing and thus provides a useful proxy of benthic ecosystem function. Oxygen uptake in deep-sea sediments is mainly driven by bacteria, and the direct contribution of benthic macro-...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3309
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546 views

The tadpole shrimp, Triops cancriformis, is a freshwater crustacean listed as endangered in the UK and Europe living in ephemeral pools. Populations are threatened by habitat destruction due to land development for agriculture and increased urbanisation. Despite...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3228
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627 views

Background The need to incorporate genetic data into conservation management decisions is increasingly recognised. However, many published studies represent a ‘gold standard’ of sampling, techniques, and analyses. Such rigour is often not possible with limited...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3248
72 downloads
252 views

Background Dinoflagellate cysts (i.e., dinocysts) are biologically and ecologically important as they can help dinoflagellate species survive harsh environments, facilitate their dispersal and serve as seeds for harmful algal blooms. In addition, dinocysts derived...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3224
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We explored the bacterial diversity of untreated sewage influent samples of a wastewater treatment plant in Tucson, AZ and discovered that Arcobacter cryaerophilus, an emerging human pathogen of animal origin, was the most dominant bacterium. The other highly prevalent...

["Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3269
1 citation
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Background Essential oil components (EOCs) are molecules with interesting application in pest control, these have been evaluated against different insect pest from more than 100 years, but their practical use is rather limited. Thus, the enhancement of their bioavailability...

["Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3171
66 downloads
377 views

Metals are present in aquatic environments as a result of natural and anthropogenic inputs, and may induce toxicity to organisms. One of the main factors that influence this toxicity in fresh water is natural organic matter (NOM) but all NOMs are not the same in...

["Biochemistry","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3141

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