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Background. Bamboos are typical plants in tropical forests acting as resource for different animals and influencing forest structure and dynamics, but our knowledge about their influence on ecosystem functioning remains in its infancy. Nitrogen (N) is an important...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Biogeochemistry","Forestry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26458v1

Private property makes up a large proportion of urban green space, which differs from public greenspace in ecologically important ways. While including private property in urban landscape research is necessary, ecologists are frequently unprepared to work on private...

["Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26457v1
24 views

Some marine microparasitic pathogens can survive several months outside the host in the water column to make contact with hosts or to be absorbed or filtered by hosts. Once inside, pathogens invade the host if they find suitable conditions for reproduction within...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Mathematical Biology","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26454v2
19 downloads
74 views

Successful explanations for diversity gradients should account for both the generalized tendency towards a higher tropical diversity and its exceptions. Moreover, identifying exceptions to general trends, such as the latitudinal diversity gradient can give insight...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Climate Change Biology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26440v1
979 downloads
2,707 views

The largest published phylogenetic analysis of early limbed vertebrates (Ruta M, Coates MI. 2007. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 5:69–122) recovered e.g. Seymouriamorpha, Diadectomorpha and (in some trees) Caudata as paraphyletic and found the “temnospondyl...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1596v3
1,442 downloads
3,311 views

The use of linear mixed effects models (LMMs) is increasingly common in the analysis of biological data. Whilst LMMs offer a flexible approach to modelling a broad range of data types, ecological data are often complex and require complex model structures, and...

["Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3113v2
152 downloads
331 views

Background. Despite great progress in studies on Wolbachia infection in insects, the knowledge about its relations with beetle species, populations and individuals, and the effects of bacteria on these hosts is still unsatisfactory. In this review we summarize...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3412v2
77 downloads
221 views

Background.The insect cuticle covers the whole body and all appendages and has bi-directionnal selective permeability: it protects against environmental stress and pathogen infection and also helps to reduce water loss. The adult cuticle is often associated with...

["Ecology","Entomology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3501v1
37 downloads
98 views

Understanding the relationship between microbial community structure and function is a major challenge in microbial ecology. Recent work has shown that community weighted mean 16S rRNA gene copies, as a proxy for heterotrophic growth strategy, is a microbial community...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3498v1
52 downloads
270 views

Ampelisca eschrichtii Krøyer, 1842 of the Sakhalin Shelf of the Okhotsk Sea, Far Eastern Russia, comprise the highest known biomass concentration of any amphipod population in the world and are a critically important prey source for western gray whales. The high...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3496v1
55 downloads
99 views

The cold-climate hypothesis is the main and most supported explanation of the evolution of viviparity among reptiles. This hypothesis sustains that viviparity arose as a means to save eggs from an increased mortality in nests linked with low temperatures. In this...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3493v1
34 downloads
96 views

Alkaline hot springs are unique extreme habitats resemble the early Earth and present a valuable resource for the discovery of procaryotic community diversity and isolation of the novel thermophilic Bacteria and Archaea. One of the model for the possible origin...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3492v1
29 downloads
100 views

Background. Prochilodus magdalenae is a neotropical fish that synchronizes reproduction with flood river pulses. Methods. We used an endocrine method to test the influence of hydropeaking on hormone production related with reproduction. We analyzed P. magdalenae...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Freshwater Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3490v1
72 downloads
273 views

Background. The process of apophytism or spreading native species to human-made habitats is one of the main elements in the creation of plant cover in anthropogenic areas. Lately, an increase of anthropogenic localities with valuable flora (rare and law protected...

["Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3395v2
48 downloads
123 views

Species interactions are often context-dependent and complex, such as the grasshopper community and phytoecommunity. The adoption of grasshopper abundance and vegetation community was determined by topographical heterogeneity. However, it remains vague about how...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science","Spatial and Geographic Information Science","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3485v1
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