Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Supplemental feeding of free-roaming animals, including wildlife and feral or stray animals, is well known to have a substantial impact on various aspects of animal ecology including habitat use, activity patterns, and host-pathogen interactions. Among...

["Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Infectious Diseases","Public Health","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4988
1 citation
228 downloads
884 views

Background Organic waste is one of the most important anthropogenic food subsidies used by different species. However, there is little information about the health impact that rubbish dumps produce on species foraging in these sites. Methods We studied the effect...

["Biochemistry","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4645
239 downloads
1,740 views

Background Avian influenza virus (AIV) infections occur naturally in wild bird populations and can cross the wildlife-domestic animal interface, often with devastating impacts on commercial poultry. Migratory waterfowl and shorebirds are natural AIV reservoirs...

["Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4060
3 citations
343 downloads
1,442 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
3 citations
436 downloads
2,790 views

Mammals as a rule have seven cervical vertebrae, a number that remains remarkably constant. Changes of this number are associated with major congenital abnormalities (pleiotropic effects) that are, at least in humans, strongly selected against. Recently, it was...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Veterinary Medicine","Pathology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3684
4 citations
191 downloads
1,234 views

Background Leukocyte concentrations follow a circadian pattern in mammals, with elevated values at times of potential contact with pathogens and parasites. We hypothesized that this pattern is disturbed after an immune challenge. Methods In Thailand, we captured...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology","Hematology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3570
2 citations
493 downloads
2,618 views

Migratory seabirds face threats from climate change and a variety of anthropogenic disturbances. Although most seabird research has focused on the ecology of individuals at the colony, technological advances now allow researchers to track seabird movements at sea...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3287
1 citation
379 downloads
1,295 views

Rehabilitation of marine turtles in Queensland has multifaceted objectives. It treats individual animals, serves to educate the public, and contributes to conservation. We examined the outcome from rehabilitation, time in rehabilitation, and subsequent recapture...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3132
2 citations
185 downloads
1,002 views

Moult of feathers entails considerable physiological and energetic costs to an avian organism. Even under favourable feeding conditions, endogenous body stores and energy reserves of moulting birds are usually severely depleted. Thus, most species of birds separate...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Toxicology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3057
5 citations
299 downloads
1,441 views

Background Amphibians are declining at an alarming rate, and one of the major causes of decline is the infectious disease chytridiomycosis. Parasitic fungal sporangia occur within epidermal cells causing epidermal disruption, but these changes have not been well...

["Ecology","Mycology","Veterinary Medicine","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2925
5 citations
343 downloads
1,615 views

Grazing extensification and intensification are among the main problems affecting European grasslands. We analyze the impact of grazing intensity (low and moderate) and the use of veterinary medical products (VMPs) on the dung beetle community in the province of...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2780
2 citations
393 downloads
2,266 views

Food availability and diet selection are important factors influencing the abundance and distribution of wild waterbirds. In order to better understand changes in waterbird population, it is essential to figure out what they feed on. However, analyzing their diet...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Molecular Biology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2345

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