Potamopyrgus antipodarum as a potential defender against swimmer’s itch in European recreational water bodies—experimental study
Kenneth De Baets –– The paper tackles how the introduction of a non-host snail could help to interfere with development of bird schistosome cercariae and therefore might be a way to control Swimmer’s itch. This also relates with the decoy or dilution effect which might influence disease risk. It is therefore of interest to parasitologists, ecologist and biologists in general.
Vertical stratification of plant–pollinator interactions in a temperate grassland
Sheila Colla –– Contributes to a knowledge gap in the growing body of literature on plant-pollinator interactions.
Individual-based simulation of the spatial and temporal dynamics of macroinvertebrate functional groups provides insights into benthic community assembly mechanisms
Kenneth De Baets –– This new approach allows to understand better benthic estuary communities by modelling them on various scales. It will therefore be of relevance for ecologist, zoologist and modellers.
Diversity, host-specificity and stability of sponge-associated fungal communities of co-occurring sponges
Blanca Landa –– It provides new information on sponge microbiome
Top-down and bottom-up controls on southern New England salt marsh crab populations
Michael LaMontagne –– The recent increase in crab populations in NE salt marshes could reflect sea level rise driven by climate change.
Changes in species abundance after seven years of elevated atmospheric CO2 and warming in a Subarctic birch forest understorey, as modified by rodent and moth outbreaks
Bruno Marino –– The response of ecosystems to climate change is complex as evidenced by this study. The case of herbivory response is creatively explored within the context of climate change.
Do latitudinal gradients exist in New Zealand stream invertebrate metacommunities?
Jianjun Wang –– Revealing latitudinal gradients via the lens of metacommunity on islands, such as New Zealand, is rare and importantly complementary for previous studies at continent scales.
Evidence-based economic analysis demonstrates that ecosystem service benefits of water hyacinth management greatly exceed research and control costs
Paolo Giordani –– A very good example of an integrated application of both economic and ecological approaches.
Impact of polystyrene microplastics on Daphnia magna mortality and reproduction in relation to food availability
Chris Vulpe –– This article provides an interesting example of behavioral adaptation to microplastics pollution in a freshwated aquatic ecosystem. The work suggests additional work should be done in other ecosystems to assess if behavioral adaptation may mitigate the effects of microplastic pollution.
The neglected bee trees: European beech forests as a home for feral honey bee colonies
Dezene Huber –– I agree with the one reviewer who notes the novelty and utility of this work. This is particularly true in this era of pollinator decline.

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