Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Visitation of plants by different pollinators depends on individual plant traits, spatial context, and other factors. A neglected aspect of small-scale variation of plant–pollinator interactions is the role of vertical position of flowers. We conducted a series...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4998
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Honey bee colonies suffer from various pathogens, including honey bee viruses. About 24 viruses have been reported so far. However, six of them are considered to cause severe infection which inflicts heavy losses on beekeeping. The aim of this study was to investigate...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genetics","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5077
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The relationship between feeding ecology and sexual dimorphism is examined in a speciose South African monkey beetle clade. We test whether feeding and mating at a fixed site (embedding guild) is associated with greater levels of sexual dimorphism and possibly...

["Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4632
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Dispersal is a fundamental trait of a species’ biology. High dispersal results in weakly structured or even panmictic populations over large areas, whereas weak dispersal enables population differentiation and strong spatial structuring. We report on the genetic...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5024
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Background High throughput DNA sequencing of bulk invertebrate samples or metabarcoding is becoming increasingly used to provide profiles of biological communities for environmental monitoring. As metabarcoding becomes more widely applied, new reference DNA barcodes...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genetics","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4980
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RNA interference (RNAi) technology may be useful for developing new crop protection strategies against the soybean pod borer (SPB; Leguminivora glycinivorella), which is a critical soybean pest in northeastern Asia. Immune-related genes have been recently identified...

["Agricultural Science","Developmental Biology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4931
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Apis cerana cerana relies on its sensitive olfactory system to perform foraging activities in the surrounding environment. Olfactory receptors (ORs) are a primary requirement for odorant recognition and coding. However, the molecular recognition of volatile compounds...

["Agricultural Science","Cell Biology","Entomology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5005
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Anti-predator behaviors like vigilance or hiding come at the expense of other fitness increasing behaviors such as foraging. To compensate for this trade-off, prey assess predation risk and modify the frequency of anti-predator behaviors according to the likelihood...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4923
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In this study, the mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of two walnut leaf insect pests, Gastrolina depressa depressa and G. depressa thoracica, were sequenced by Sanger sequencing technology. The mitogenome of G. depressa thoracica was complete at 16,109 bp in...

["Entomology","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4919
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Venom has been associated with the ecological success of many groups of organisms, most notably reptiles, gastropods, and arachnids. In some cases, diversification has been directly linked to tailoring of venoms for dietary specialization. Spiders in particular...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4691
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Background Nasonia vitripennis, a parasitic wasp, is a good model organism to study developmental and evolutionary genetics and to evaluate the interactions between insect hosts and their symbionts. Wolbachia may be the most prevalent endosymbiont among insect...

["Entomology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4905
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Vitellogenin has been proposed to regulate division of labor and social organization in social insects. The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) harbors four distinct, adjacent vitellogenin genes (Vg1, Vg2, Vg3, and Vg4). Contrary to honey bees that have...

["Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4875
90 downloads
499 views

That biodiversity declines with latitude is well known, but whether a metacommunity process is behind this gradient has received limited attention. We tested the hypothesis that dispersal limitation is progressively replaced by mass effects with increasing latitude,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Freshwater Biology","Ecohydrology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4898
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In order to save resources, honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in the temperate zones stop brood rearing during winter. Brood rearing is resumed in late winter to build up a sufficient worker force that allows to exploit floral resources in upcoming spring. The...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4801
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Insect gut microbiota contribute significantly to host nutritional ecology. Disrupting insect gut microbial assemblages impacts nutrient provisioning functions, and can potentially affect host standard metabolic rate (SMR), a measure of host energy balance. In...

["Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4717

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