Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Despite numerous tests of Darwin’s naturalization hypothesis (DNH) evidence for its support or rejection is still contradictory. We tested a DNH derived prediction stating that nonnative species (NNS) without native congeneric relatives (NCR) will spread...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5444
35 downloads
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Maternal effects can substantially affect ecological and evolutionary processes in natural populations. However, as they often are environmentally induced, establishing their genetic basis is challenging. One important, but largely neglected, source of maternal...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5452
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The success of many sessile invertebrates in marine benthic communities is linked to their ability to efficiently remove suspended organic matter from the surrounding water column. To investigate the diet of the barnacle Amphibalanus eburneus, a dominant suspension...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5485
31 downloads
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The proportion of females calving (PFC) each year has been employed as an indicator of population reproductive performance in ungulates, especially for species that breed annually, because it requires less detailed population data than inter-birthing intervals...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5430
48 downloads
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Sponges are ubiquitous on coral reefs, mostly long lived and therefore adaptive to changing environmental conditions. They feed on organic matter withdrawn from the passing water and they may harbor microorganisms (endosymbionts), which contribute to their nutrition....

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5460
67 downloads
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Background Spatial scale is important when studying ecological processes. The Greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) is a large sexually dimorphic tetraonid that is endemic to the sagebrush biome of western North America. The impacts of oil and gas (OAG)...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5417
54 downloads
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Roads may have an important negative effect on animal dispersal rate and mortality and thus the functioning of local populations. However, road verges may be surrogate habitats for invertebrates. This creates a conservation dilemma around the impact of roads on...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5413
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Antarctica, with its severe conditions, is poor in terrestrial fauna species. However, an increase in human presence together with climate change may cause an influx of non-native species. Here we report a significant increase in colonized area of one of the few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5408
49 downloads
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Background Bacteria, archaea, viruses and fungi live in various plant compartments including leaves and roots. These plant-associated microbial communities have many effects on host fitness and function. Global climate change is impacting plant species distributions,...

["Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Plant Science","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5293
84 downloads
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Most coral reefs have recently experienced acute changes in benthic community structure, generally involving dominance shifts from slow-growing hard corals to fast-growing benthic invertebrates and fleshy photosynthesizers. Besides overfishing, increased nutrification...

["Ecology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5419
61 downloads
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Habitat degradation associated with resource development is a major ecological concern, particularly in Canada’s boreal zone where limited information on biodiversity is available. Habitat degradation can lead to reductions in biodiversity and ecosystem function,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5447
88 downloads
355 views

The distribution of biodiversity within the Amazon basin is often structured by sharp environmental boundaries, such as large rivers. The Amazon region is also characterized by subtle environmental clines, but how they might affect the distributions and abundance...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Impacts","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5424
83 downloads
778 views

Conservation authorities invest heavily in the restoration and/or creation of wetlands to counteract the destruction of habitat caused by urbanization. Monitoring the colonization of these new wetlands is critical to an adaptive management process. We conducted...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5423
112 downloads
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High-depth sequencing of universal marker genes such as the 16S rRNA gene is a common strategy to profile microbial communities. Traditionally, sequence reads are clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs) at a defined identity threshold to avoid sequencing...

["Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Mycology","Data Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5364
47 downloads
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Background Establishment success of non-native species is not only influenced by environmental conditions, but also by interactions with local competitors and enemies. The magnitude of these biotic interactions is mediated by species traits that reflect competitive...

["Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5342

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