Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Australian native species grow competitively in nutrient limited environments, particularly in nitrogen (N) limited soils; however, the mechanism that enables this is poorly understood. Biological nitrification inhibition (BNI), which is the release of root exudates...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4960
300 downloads
9,443 views

Primates occur in 90 countries, but four—Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—harbor 65% of the world’s primate species (439) and 60% of these primates are Threatened, Endangered, or Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4869
33 downloads
138 views

The Beal’s-eyed turtle (Sacalia bealei) is endemic to southeastern China and endangered due to poaching and habitat loss. Knowledge of S. bealei ecology is lacking and this study provides baseline information of its reproduction in a natural environment. We studied...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4997
23 downloads
152 views

Sugarbirds are a family of two socially-monogamous passerine species endemic to southern Africa. Cape and Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops cafer and P. gurneyi) differ in abundance, dispersion across their range and in the degree of sexual dimorphism in tail length,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5000
26 downloads
174 views

Freshwater mussels (order: Unionida) represent one of the most critically imperilled groups of animals; consequently, there exists a need to establish a variety of molecular markers for population genetics and systematic studies in this group. Recently, two novel...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5007
17 downloads
151 views

Over the past three decades the colonial ascidian Didemnum vexillum has been expanding its global range, significantly impacting marine habitats and aquaculture facilities. What biological features make D. vexillum so highly invasive? Here, we show that juxtaposed...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5006
25 downloads
184 views

Background Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, numerous forest species are subject to severe population decline. Investigating variation in genetic diversity, phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation should be a prerequisite for implementing conservation actions....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4929
31 downloads
322 views

The translocation of individuals or the reinforcement of populations are measures in the genetic rescue of endangered species. Although it can be controversial to decide which and how many individuals must be reintroduced, populations can benefit from reinforcements....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4985
116 downloads
1,105 views

Background The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is known to aggregate in a number of coastal locations globally, however what causes these aggregations to form where they do is largely unknown. This study examines whether bathymetry is an important driver of coastal...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4904
49 downloads
448 views

Numerous studies over the last decades have focused on marine protected areas (MPAs) and their effects on fish communities. However, there is a knowledge gap regarding how species that live associated with soft-substrates (e.g., sand, mud) respond to spatial protection....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4653
95 downloads
1,365 views

Despite the local and global importance of forests, deforestation is driven by various socio-economic and biophysical factors continues in many countries. In Nepal, in response to massive deforestation, the community forestry program has been implemented to reduce...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Natural Resource Management","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4855
55 downloads
328 views

Background The main goal of this contribution was to define the ecological niche of the guanaco (Lama guanicoe), to describe potential distributional changes, and to assess the relative importance of niche conservatism and divergence processes between the two lineages...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4907
72 downloads
678 views

There is great concern about the future of sharks in Ecuador because of the lack of biological knowledge of most species that inhabit the region. This paper analyzes the feeding behavior of the pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus), the blue shark (Prionace...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4818
85 downloads
955 views

Background Free-tailed bats of the genus Otomops are poorly known, and most species are documented from a handful of widely scattered localities. Recently, two allopatric species of Otomops were recognized in continental Africa: Otomops martiensseni (Matschie,...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4864
53 downloads
130 views

This paper examines the impact of disturbance factors—flooding and intermittency—on the distribution of water mites in the riparian springs situated in the valley of a small lowland river, the Krąpiel. The landscape factors and physicochemical parameters of the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4797

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