Ecology

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Role of reactive oxygen species and isoflavonoids in soybean resistance to the attack of the southern green stink bug
Carlos Alberto Zuniga-Gonzalez –– Dear colleagues thanks for your contributions and comments.
Temporal and spatial variability of terrestrial diatoms at the catchment scale: controls on communities
Rodolfo Jaffé –– The lack of knowledge of terrestrial diatoms hinders their potential use as environmental markers in various environmental applications. This manuscript studies seasonal patterns and the role of different disturbances on diatom community composition across the Attert River Basin (Luxembourg). The paper nicely illustrates how terrestrial diatoms can be used to identify anthropogenic disturbances.
Spatial structure undermines parasite suppression by gene drive cargo
Daniel Lahr –– James Bull and collaborators present a simple, theoretical model demonstrating that spacial structure in vector populations may allow pathogens to evolve resistance against "genetic cargo" approaches. Because the model is theoretical, it can be applied to a variety of systems, and the shortcomings that are pointed out need to be taken into account by people implementing such pathogen supression techniques.
Site specificity and attachment mode of Symcallio and Calliobothrium species (Cestoda: “Tetraphyllidea”) in smoothhound sharks of the genus Mustelus (Carcharhiniformes: Triakidae)
Jean-Lou Justine –– Attachment to the host is a major problem faced by any parasite. This innovative paper provides new information about two cestodes of sharks with contrasting morphologies.
DNA metabarcoding allows non-invasive identification of arthropod prey provisioned to nestling Rufous hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)
Dezene Huber –– Really novel use of this emerging technology.
Continental-scale suppression of an invasive pest by a host-specific parasitoid underlines both environmental and economic benefits of arthropod biological control
Jose Montoya –– This work is an excellent example of pest control by an introduced natural enemy. It shows how ecological theory can be applied in the filed, and what is the positive economic impact in the long-run.
Can secondary contact following range expansion be distinguished from barriers to gene flow?
Tomas Hrbek –– An important contribution to distinguishing secondary contact from differentiation along a cline / parapatric differentiation.
Marine cyanolichens from different littoral zones are associated with distinct bacterial communities
Paolo Giordani –– Simply the first human glance to the non-photosynthetic bacteria associated with marine lichens
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)
Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)
Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.
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Nick Galuszynski on a role ​— publishing another PhD article today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/5nlN8hmt3X. How do you conserve genetic diversity of plants in the hyperdiverse Cape (too many species, not enough funding/time/researchers to evaluate each one)? Use Centres of Endemisms

Site selection by geese in a suburban landscape https://t.co/9ppxpJwYWS @thePeerJ https://t.co/uMe062i6kx

Congratulations to Mizraim Olivares-Miranda for publishing today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/TvkMD2k7cy #ConservationBiology #MolecularBiology #Mycology #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology

No Mow May article led by @IsraelDelToro has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/zXKOow2YFD #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology #Entomology #CoupledNaturalandHumanSystems #NoMowMay @LawrenceUni

Ever wonder if birds caught by mist net vs. Potter trap differ? Former @QueensUBio MSc student Sara Burns (not on Twitter) & I measured lots of traits in chickadees caught by the 2 methods & found they're mostly, but not entirely, the same. #ornithology https://t.co/CZRpwMtu5a

Our coral restoration and rubble article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/mTpbdFoMdv #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBiology #thisishowMISErolls https://t.co/SSjrM7sJ7S

Our new paper on the distribution of a number of whale species is out: https://t.co/4LgxRFebxn @ZooEntUP @InvasionScience @ResearchUP

A laboratory comparison of the interactions between three plastic mulch types and 38 active substances found in pesticides https://t.co/amAA0LmptS @thePeerJ

Nest-site selection and breeding success of passerines in the world’s southernmost forests https://t.co/yipKeZ23Zv @thePeerJ https://t.co/sVCbmJE093

Microbiome connectivity in coral reefs - new paper out with @rleonzay @Drew_Lab @MollyMcCargar where we show fish poop out more than just coral symbionts. We even see Epulopiscium go in and out of surgeonfish! https://t.co/XZW5pElqCI

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"
https://www.popsci.com/ISS-microbiome

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-station-is-chock-full-of-germs/

The International Space Station is super germy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/05/the-international-space-station-is-super-germy/

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-international-space-station-is-swarming-with-bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
https://www.space.com/38980-space-station-bacteria-similar-human-homes-study.html

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home
https://www.seeker.com/space/the-iss-bacterial-community-resembles-what-youd-find-in-your-home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/international-space-station-colonised-mysterious-bugs-including-alien-bacteria-7134669/

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-bacteria-found-earth-home-humans-study-iss-a8092756.html

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bacterial-international-space-station-resembles.html

BACTERIA IN SPACE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HAS LOTS OF THE SAME MICROBES AS ANY OTHER HOME
http://www.newsweek.com/bacteria-space-international-space-station-has-same-microbes-any-other-home-735208