Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The anthropogenic modification of trophic pathways is seemingly prompting the increase of jellyfish populations at the expense of planktivorous fishes. However, gross generalizations are often made because the most basic aspects of trophic ecology and...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5057
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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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The complexity and scales of the processes that shape communities of marine benthic macroinvertebrates has limited our understanding of their assembly mechanisms and the potential to make projections of their spatial and temporal dynamics. Individual-based models...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5038
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Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) is a standard tool in population genetics and bacterial epidemiology that assesses the genetic variation present in a reduced number of housekeeping genes (typically seven) along the genome. This methodology assigns arbitrary integer...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5098
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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
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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
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Abundance estimates play an important part in the regulatory and conservation decision-making process. It is important to correct monitoring data for imperfect detection when using these data to track spatial and temporal variation in abundance, especially in the...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Freshwater Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4677
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Background Site fidelity is considered as an animal’s tendency to return to a previously occupied place; this is a component of animal behaviour that allows us to understand movement patterns and aspects related to the animal’s life history. Although there are...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Statistics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4782
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The relationships between pelagic larval duration (PLD) and geographic distribution patterns or population genetic structures of fishes remain obscure and highly variable among species. To further understand the early life history of the tidepool snake moray Uropterygius...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Marine Biology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4741
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Science communication is seen as critical for the disciplines of ecology and conservation, where research products are often used to shape policy and decision making. Scientists are increasing their online media communication, via social media and news. Such media...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Science Policy","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4564
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Background As a landscape architect and a major seed disperser, the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is an important indicator of the ecological health of certain habitats. Therefore, reliable data regarding tapir populations are fundamental in understanding...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4591
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Empirical genetic datasets used for estimating contemporary dispersal in wild populations and to correctly identify dispersers are rarely tested to determine if they are capable of providing accurate results. Here we test whether a genetic dataset provides sufficient...

["Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4573
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Ornithogalum mosaic virus (OrMV) has a wide host range and affects the production of a variety of ornamentals. In this study, the coat protein (CP) gene of OrMVwas used to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the evolution of this virus. The 36 OrMV...

["Agricultural Science","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology","Virology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4550

Background Urbanization is one of the main causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Wildlife responses to urbanization, however, are greatly variable and, paradoxically, some threatened species may achieve much larger populations in urban than in natural habitats....

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4908

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