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DNA analysis of predator feces using high-throughput amplicon sequencing (HTS) enhances our understanding of predator-prey interactions. However, conclusions drawn from this technique are constrained by biases that occur in multiple steps of the HTS workflow. To...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3184v1
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Anthropogenic pressures on aquatic systems have placed a renewed focus on biodiversity of aquatic macroinvertebrates. By combining classical taxonomy and DNA barcoding we identified 39 species of caddisflies from the Crooked River, a unique and sensitive system...

["Biogeography","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3034v1
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Background: Managed, feral and wild populations of European honey bee subspecies, Apis mellifera, are currently facing severe colony losses globally. There is consensus that the ectoparasite mite Varroa destructor, that switched hosts from the Eastern honey bee...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Parasitology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2976v1
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A salivary gland salivation stimulating peptide was identified from the salivary glands of the migratory locust by its ability to stimulate cAMP production in the same tissue. The gene coding for this peptide has recently been shown to code for a precursor consisting...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Entomology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2940v1
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Insects are important in assessing ecosystem quality and health. Current climate change models predict that in the next one hundred years, intense storms separated by long periods of drought will frequent French Polynesia. Variation in water availability may be...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2678v1
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Worker honeybees (Apis mellifera) transmit Melissococcus plutonius between colonies. However, the transmission of M. plutonius, which causes European foulbrood (EFB), is poorly understood. To analyze the first EFB outbreak in 40 years in Czechia, we collected 49...

["Ecology","Entomology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2618v1
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In some insects, males produce costly ejaculates that reduce the typical sexual imbalance in potential reproductive rates thus influencing the mode and intensity of sexual selection. In Lepidoptera, in particular, males tend to invest heavily in mate searching,...

["Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2598v1
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Functional traits are the primary biotic component driving organism influence on ecosystem functions; in consequence, traits are widely used in ecological research. However, most animal trait-based studies use easy-to-measure characteristics of species that are...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2433v1
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Indirect ecological effects are a common feature of ecological systems, arising when one species affects interactions among two or more other species. We examined how browsing by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) indirectly affected the abundance and composition...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2153v2
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Winter mortality is a major factor regulating population size of the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Glycerol is the major cryoprotectant in this freeze intolerant insect. We report findings from a gene expression...

["Ecology","Entomology","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2311v1
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We present the first record of the orb-weaver spider Bertrana striolata from Amazonian lowlands (east of the Andes) in Ecuador, based on a specimen collected at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, province of Orellana, Ecuador. In Ecuador, B. striolata was previously...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2242v1
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The initial development of the Nasonia in vitro germ-free rearing system in 2012 enabled investigations of Nasonia-microbiota interactions and real-time visualization of metamorphosis. However, the use of antibiotics, bleach, and fetal bovine serum in this in vitro...

["Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2088v1
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This report details work on the BioAcoustica project up to the end of March 2016. Functionality and datasets currently available are described and ongoing work is listed. Usage statistics are provided and future plans are presented. Outputs of the project are listed...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1948v2
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The evolution of insect male genitalia has received much attention, but there is still a lack of data on the macroevolutionary origin of its extraordinary variation. We used a calibrated molecular phylogeny of 71 of the 150 known species of the beetle genus Limnebius...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1826v1
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Postcopulatory sexual selection may favour mechanisms to reduce sperm competition, like physical sperm removal by males. To investigate the origin of sperm removal, I studied the reproductive behaviour and mechanisms of sperm competition in the only living member...

["Animal Behavior","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1810v1
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