Peer-reviewed Articles

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Plant resistance against insect herbivory has greatly focused on antibiosis, whereby the plant has a deleterious effect on the herbivore, and antixenosis, whereby the plant is able to direct the herbivore away from it. Although these two types of resistance may...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3934
109 downloads
672 views

Ecological studies often are subjected to unintentional biases, suggesting that improved research designs for hypothesis testing should be used. Double-blind ecological studies are rare but necessary to minimize sampling biases and omission errors, and improve...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Entomology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3903
65 downloads
739 views

For the past several centuries, millipede taxonomists have used the morphology of male copulatory structures (modified legs called gonopods), which are strongly variable and suggestive of species-level differences, as a source to understand taxon relationships....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3854
56 downloads
173 views

Background Litchi stink-bug, Tessaratoma papillosa Drury (Hemiptera: Tessaratomidae), is one of the most widespread and destructive pest species on Litchi chinensis Sonn and Dimocarpus longan Lour in Southern China. Inappropriate use of chemical pesticides has...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Microbiology","Mycology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3888
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Background The honey bee (Apis mellifera) is a highly diverse species commonly used for honey production and pollination services. The oviposition of the honey bee queen affects the development and overall performance of the colony. To investigate the ovary activation...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Entomology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3881
53 downloads
203 views

Insecticidal crystal (Cry) proteins produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) target cells in the midgut epithelium of susceptible larvae. While the mode of action of Cry toxins has been extensively investigated, the midgut response to Cry intoxication...

["Entomology","Microbiology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3886
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216 views

The Andean Mountain range has been recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world. The proposed mechanisms for such species diversification, among others, are due to the elevation processes occurring during the Miocene and the intensive glacial action...

["Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3835
70 downloads
1,050 views

Mating behaviour and predation avoidance in Heliconius involve visual colour signals; however, there is considerable inter-individual phenotypic variation in the appearance of colours. In particular, the red pigment varies from bright crimson to faded red. It has...

["Animal Behavior","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3821
1 citation
91 downloads
416 views

Background Melissococcus plutonius is an entomopathogenic bacterium that causes European foulbrood (EFB), a honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) disease that necessitates quarantine in some countries. In Czechia, positive evidence of EFB was absent for almost 40 years,...

["Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3816
169 downloads
1,398 views

With 600 described species, the ant genus Tetramorium represents one of the most species-rich ant radiations. However, much work remains to fully document the hyperdiversity of this remarkable group. Tetramorium, while globally distributed, is thought to have originated...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3800
116 downloads
1,312 views

Background The 152 extant species of kissing bug include important vectors of the debilitating, chronic, and often fatal Chagas disease, which affects several million people mainly in Central and South America. An understanding of the natural hosts of this speciose...

["Entomology","Molecular Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3826
77 downloads
574 views

The social hymenoptera are emerging as models for epigenetics. DNA methylation, the addition of a methyl group, is a common epigenetic marker. In mammals and flowering plants methylation affects allele specific expression. There is contradictory evidence for the...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3798
71 downloads
540 views

Background Coexistence of sexual and asexual populations remains a key question in evolutionary ecology. We address the question how an asexual and a sexual form of the parasitoid Venturia canescens can coexist in southern Europe. We test the hypothesis that both...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3699
103 downloads
800 views

Pondweed bugs (Hemiptera: Mesoveliidae), considered a sister group to all other Gerromorpha, are exceedingly rare as fossils. Therefore, each new discovery of a fossil mesoveliid is of high interest, giving new insight into their early evolutionary history and...

["Ecology","Entomology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3760
45 downloads
268 views

Discarded vehicle tire casings are an important artificial habitat for the developmental stages of numerous vector mosquitoes. Discarded vehicle tires degrade under ultraviolet light and leach numerous soluble metals (e.g., barium, cadmium, zinc) and organic substances...

["Ecology","Entomology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3756

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