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The phylum Actinobacteria constitutes one of the largest and anciently divergent phyla within the Bacteria domain. Actinobacterial diversity has been thoroughly researched in various environments due to its unique biotechnological potential. Such studies have focused...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2893v1
6 downloads
58 views

Liolaemus fabiani is a lizard that lives in the Salar de Atacama, located in the center of the Atacama Desert, northern Chile, one of the driest places on the planet. Likely due to the extreme environmental conditions of their habitat, L. fabiani has colonized...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2891v1
661 downloads
2,108 views

A central challenge in the present era of biodiversity loss is to assess and manage human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Macroinvertebrates are an important group for bioassessment as many taxa show specific responses to environmental conditions. However, generating...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2044v5
301 downloads
911 views

The dynamics of ecological communities have been described by neutral and niche theories that are now increasingly integrated into unified models. It is known that a critical transition exists between these two states, but the spatial aspect of this transition...

["Biodiversity","Computational Biology","Ecology","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1589v4
2 downloads
66 views

The study of the past, present, and future state and dynamics of the tropical natural forest cover (NFC) might help to better understand the pattern of deforestation and fragmentation as well as the influence of social and natural processes. The obtained information...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2884v1
24 downloads
414 views

BACKGROUND: The knowledge of the factors that affect the geographic distribution of species permits us to infer where they can be found. Human beings, through the expansion of their own distribution area and their contribution to climate alteration have modified...

["Biodiversity","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2829v1
65 downloads
105 views

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta, Linnaeus, 1758) is the most abundant sea turtle species in the Mediterranean Sea, where commercial fishing appears to be the main driver of mortality. So far, information on sea turtle bycatch in Italy is limited both...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2826v1
14 downloads
132 views

Background. Restoration of degraded forest ecosystem is crucial for regional sustainable development. To protect the country’s fragile and fragmented environment, the Chinese government has initiated an ecological engineering, the Natural Forest Protection Program...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2773v2
20 downloads
95 views

I used radio-telemetry to track the movements of Mangrove Cuckoos (Coccyzus minor) captured in southwest Florida. Relatively little is known about the natural history of Mangrove Cuckoos, and my goal was to provide an initial description of how individuals use...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2798v1
85 downloads
317 views

Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order:...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2481v2
22 downloads
94 views

The boundary zone between two different hydrological regimes is often a biologically enriched environment with distinct planktonic communities. In the center of the Amazon River basin, muddy white water of the Amazon River meets with black water of the Negro River,...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2769v1
35 downloads
98 views

Harding grass (Phalaris aquatica), an invasive non-native species of bunchgrass, has been introduced to grasslands in many regions of California, particularly those with a history of disturbance, such as tilling and grazing. Due do the invasive nature of Harding...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2756v1
100 downloads
304 views

Residence time (τ) is the average amount of time that particles spend in an ecosystem. Often estimated from the ratio of volume to flow rate, τ equates the physical environment with dynamics of growth. Here, we propose that τ is key to understanding relationships...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2727v1
28 downloads
68 views

The role of Diadema savignyi in controlling the brown microalga, Sargassum pacificum, was studied on the barrier reef of Mo’orea, French Polynesia. A survey of the area was conducted to determine if there was a trend between the number of D. savignyi and the amount...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2708v1
20 downloads
118 views

Coral reefs are under pressure from numerous anthropogenic and natural threats. A species of vermetid worm, Dendropoma maxima, has a negative interaction with the corals it lives on. Vermetid worm interactions result in structural homogeneity of reef habitats,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2692v1
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