Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

Background Conventional river engineering operations have a substantial influence on the fluvial ecosystem. Regulation and channelization generally reduce the physical heterogeneity of river beds and banks and the heterogeneity of habitats. They determine the character,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6282
37 downloads
165 views

Background The introduction of animal tracking technology has rapidly advanced our understanding of seabird foraging ecology. Tracking data is particularly powerful when combined with oceanographic information derived from satellite remote sensing, allowing insights...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6261
68 downloads
454 views

Forested areas are increasing across Europe, driven by both reforestation programs and farmland abandonment. While tree planting remains the standard reforestation strategy, there is increased interest in spontaneous regeneration as a cost-effective method with...

["Computational Biology","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Forestry","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6219
68 downloads
464 views

Wetlands, tidal flats, seaweed beds, and coral reefs are valuable not only as habitats for many species, but also as places where people interact with the sea. Unfortunately, these areas have declined in recent years, so environmental improvement projects to conserve...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Science Policy","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6234
32 downloads
142 views

Background The discovery-dominance trade-off is the inverse relationship between the ability of a species to discover resources and the species’ dominance of those resources; a paradigm used to explain species coexistence in ant communities dependent on similar...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6255
47 downloads
208 views

Grassland afforestation dramatically affects the abiotic, biotic, and ecological function properties of the original ecosystems. Interference from afforestation might disrupt the stasis of soil physicochemical properties and the dynamic balance of microbiota. Some...

["Agricultural Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Microbiology","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6147
81 downloads
158 views

Vitex rotundifolia is an important coastal and medicinal plant, and is recorded in the List of the Important Wild Plants for Conservation in China and Japan. However, an effective conservation strategy is lacking. In the present study, the genetic diversity and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6194
38 downloads
198 views

In savannas, grazing is an important disturbance that modifies the grass layer structure and composition. Habitat structural complexity influences species diversity and assemblage functioning. By using a combination of natural sites and manipulated experiments,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6226
43 downloads
223 views

Background Inter-patch movements may lead to genetic mixing, decreasing both inbreeding and population extinction risks, and is hence a crucial aspect of amphibian meta-population dynamics. Traveling through heterogeneous landscapes might be particularly risky...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6053
46 downloads
244 views

Background Most carabid beetles are particularly sensitive to local habitat characteristics. Although in China grasslands account for more than 40% of the national land, their biodiversity is still poorly known. The aim of this paper is to identify the main environmental...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6197
360 downloads
495 views

The demand for exotic non-domesticated animals kept as pets in the United States of America (USA) is increasing the exportation rates of these species from their native ranges. Often, illegal harvesting of these species is used to boost captive-bred numbers and...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6180
84 downloads
379 views

Congruence between plant and insect diversity is considered possibly useful in conservation planning, as the better known plants could be surrogates for the lesser known insects. There has been little quantification of congruence across space, especially in biodiversity...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6139
52 downloads
199 views

Developing non-invasive techniques for monitoring physiological stress responses has been conducted in a number of mammal and bird species, revolutionizing field-based endocrinology and conservation practices. However, studies validating and monitoring glucocorticoid...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6132
39 downloads
245 views

Irruptions of small consumer populations, driven by pulsed resources, can lead to adverse effects including the decline of indigenous species or increased disease spread. Broad-scale pest management to combat such effects benefits from forecasting of irruptions...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6146
57 downloads
255 views

Orchids are generally regarded as plants with an insignificant invasive potential and so far only one species has proved to be harmful for native flora. However, previous studies on Epipactis helleborine and Arundina graminifolia indicate that the ecological aspects...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Plant Science","Climate Change Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6107

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