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Behavioral and physiological ecology

Section edited by David Hughes

This section considers studies into the physiological processes underlying an organism’s interactions with its environment as well as all aspects of behavioral ecology.

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  1. As global climate change and exponential human population growth intensifies pressure on agricultural systems, the need to effectively manage invasive insect pests is becoming increasingly important to global ...

    Authors: Peter W. Shearer, Jessica D. West, Vaughn M. Walton, Preston H. Brown, Nicolas Svetec and Joanna C. Chiu

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:11

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. Parental allocation and reproductive success are often strongly influenced by environmental factors. In this respect, salinity is a key factor influencing species distributions and community structure in aquat...

    Authors: Topi K. Lehtonen, Bob B. M. Wong and Charlotta Kvarnemo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:7

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Epidemiological models often use information on host social contacts to predict the potential impact of infectious diseases on host populations and the efficiency of control measures. It can be difficult, howe...

    Authors: Andrea Springer, Alexander Mellmann, Claudia Fichtel and Peter M. Kappeler

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2016 16:6

    Content type: Research article

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  4. For the third time, BMC Ecology is delighted to announce the winners of our Image Competition. This year featured entries from all over the world and showcased not only the creativity and talent of the participan...

    Authors: Catherine J Potenski, Ana Luz Porzecanski, Michel Baguette, Jean Clobert, David Hughes and Josef Settele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:22

    Content type: Editorial

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  5. How do very small animals with limited long-distance dispersal abilities move between locations, especially if they prefer ephemeral micro-habitats that are only available for short periods of time? The free-l...

    Authors: Carola Petersen, Ruben Joseph Hermann, Mike-Christoph Barg, Rebecca Schalkowski, Philipp Dirksen, Camilo Barbosa and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:19

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The role of plant ontogeny on investment in direct defense against herbivores is well accepted, but the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive stage can also affect indirect resistance traits (i.e....

    Authors: Gaylord A Desurmont, Diane Laplanche, Florian P Schiestl and Ted C J Turlings

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:17

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Associational herbivore resistance is potentiated by neighbouring heterogenic plant species that impact a focal plant’s attraction to herbivores or the damage that they cause. One mechanism to confer associati...

    Authors: Sari J Himanen, Thuy Nga T Bui, Mengistu M Maja and Jarmo K Holopainen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2015 15:16

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The proto-periodical cicada Okanagana rimosa is subject to infection by the acoustically orientating parasitoid fly Emblemasoma auditrix. Furthermore, it is also the only known host of E. auditrix. Here we test t...

    Authors: Reinhard Lakes-Harlan and Thomas de Vries

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:31

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Most vertebrates experience coinfections, and many pathogen-pathogen interactions occur indirectly through the host immune system. These interactions are particularly strong in mixed micro-macroparasite infect...

    Authors: Carrie A Cizauskas, Wendy C Turner, Bettina Wagner, Martina Küstersrs, Russell E Vance and Wayne M Getz

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:27

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Nearly 40 years ago, Freeland and Janzen predicted that liver biotransformation enzymes dictated diet selection by herbivores. Despite decades of research on model species and humans, little is known about the...

    Authors: Jael R Malenke, Michele M Skopec and M Denise Dearing

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:23

    Content type: Research article

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  11. There are two predominant hypotheses as to why animals ingest plastic: 1) they are opportunistic feeders, eating plastic when they encounter it, and 2) they eat plastic because it resembles prey items. To asse...

    Authors: Qamar A Schuyler, Chris Wilcox, Kathy Townsend, B Denise Hardesty and N Justin Marshall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2014 14:14

    Content type: Research article

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  12. In anurans, differences in male mating calls have intensively been studied with respect to taxonomic classification, phylogeographic comparisons among different populations and sexual selection. Although overa...

    Authors: Alexandra Hoffmann and Heinz-Ulrich Reyer

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:47

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Short lived, iteroparous animals in seasonal environments experience variable social and environmental conditions over their lifetime. Animals can be divided into those with a “young-of-the-year” life history ...

    Authors: Jana A Eccard and Antje Herde

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:43

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Interactions between hosts and parasites can be substantially modulated by host nutrition. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential dietary nutrients; they are indispensable as structural components o...

    Authors: Nina Schlotz, Dieter Ebert and Dominik Martin-Creuzburg

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:41

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Adaptive behavioural strategies promoting co-occurrence of competing species are known to result from a sympatric evolutionary past. Strategies should be different for indirect resource competition (exploitati...

    Authors: Monique Liesenjohann, Thilo Liesenjohann, Rupert Palme and Jana Anja Eccard

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:33

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Exclusion from a social group is an effective way to avoid parasite transmission. This type of social removal has also been proposed as a form of collective defense, or social immunity, in eusocial insect grou...

    Authors: Cynthia M McDonnell, Cédric Alaux, Hugues Parrinello, Jean-Pierre Desvignes, Didier Crauser, Emma Durbesson, Dominique Beslay and Yves Le Conte

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:25

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Rising temperatures and other environmental factors influenced by global climate change can cause increased physiological stress for many species and lead to range shifts or regional population extinctions. To...

    Authors: Stefan Koenigstein, Kevin Pöhlmann, Christoph Held and Doris Abele

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:21

    Content type: Methodology article

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  18. Environmental temperature has profound consequences for early amphibian development and many field and laboratory studies have examined this. Most laboratory studies that have characterized the influence of te...

    Authors: Juliana M Arrighi, Ezra S Lencer, Advait Jukar, Daesik Park, Patrick C Phillips and Robert H Kaplan

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:18

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Animal colour patterns offer good model systems for studies of biodiversity and evolution of local adaptations. An increasingly popular approach to study the role of selection for camouflage for evolutionary t...

    Authors: Einat Karpestam, Sami Merilaita and Anders Forsman

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:17

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Avian malaria (Plasmodium sp.) is globally widespread, but considerable variation exists in infection (presence/absence) patterns at small spatial scales. This variation can be driven by variation in ecology, dem...

    Authors: Caroline Isaksson, Irem Sepil, Vladimer Baramidze and Ben C Sheldon

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:15

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Limitations in the ability of organisms to tolerate environmental stressors affect their fundamental ecological niche and constrain their distribution to specific habitats. Evolution of tolerance, therefore, c...

    Authors: Billy Tene Fossog, Christophe Antonio-Nkondjio, Pierre Kengne, Flobert Njiokou, Nora J Besansky and Carlo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2013 13:1

    Content type: Research article

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  22. A multi-faceted approach was used to investigate the wintertime ecophysiology and behavioral patterns of the raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides, a suitable model for winter sleep studies. By utilizing GPS trac...

    Authors: Anne-Mari Mustonen, Terttu Lempiäinen, Mikko Aspelund, Paavo Hellstedt, Katri Ikonen, Juhani Itämies, Ville Vähä, Jaakko Erkinaro, Juha Asikainen, Mervi Kunnasranta, Pekka Niemelä, Jari Aho and Petteri Nieminen

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:27

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Kin selection is a driving force in the evolution of mammalian social complexity. Recognition of paternal kin using vocalizations occurs in taxa with cohesive, complex social groups. This is the first investig...

    Authors: Sharon E Kessler, Marina Scheumann, Leanne T Nash and Elke Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:26

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Previous work has shown that leaf-cutting ants prefer to cut leaf material with relatively low fungal endophyte content. This preference suggests that fungal endophytes exact a cost on the ants or on the devel...

    Authors: Sunshine A Van Bael, Catalina Estrada, Stephen A Rehner, Janette Fabiola Santos and William T Wcislo

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:23

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Evidence is accumulating that telomere length is a good predictor of life expectancy, especially early in life, thus calling for determining the factors that affect telomere length at this stage. Here, we inve...

    Authors: Marie Voillemot, Kathryn Hine, Sandrine Zahn, François Criscuolo, Lars Gustafsson, Blandine Doligez and Pierre Bize

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:17

    Content type: Research article

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  26. A central question for ecologists is the extent to which anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. tourism) might impact wildlife and affect the systems under study. From a research perspective, identifying the effects of...

    Authors: Vincent A Viblanc, Andrew D Smith, Benoit Gineste and René Groscolas

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:10

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Studies of host-parasite interactions have the potential to provide insights into the ecology of both organisms involved. We monitored the movement of sucking lice (Lemurpediculus verruculosus), parasites that re...

    Authors: Sarah Zohdy, Addison D Kemp, Lance A Durden, Patricia C Wright and Jukka Jernvall

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:4

    Content type: Research article

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