Section Editors

  • Michel Baguette, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
  • Michael Bonsall, University of Oxford
  • Jean Clobert, Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS
  • David Hughes, Penn State University
  • Josef Settele, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

Executive Editor

  • Catherine Potenski, BioMed Central


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    Endangered coral successfully propagated

    The reproductive behavior of the threatened Caribbean pillar coral species Dendrogyra cylindrus is elucidated and the conditions for successful fertilization are described, adding value knowledge to conservation efforts.

    BMC Ecology 2015, 15:9
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    Competitive mouse lemurs

    Inter-species mouse lemur coexistence is influenced by where and when interactions occur and is thus negatively affected by habitat degradation, which increases competition for finite resources.

    BMC Ecology 2015, 15:7
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    Yeast, nectar sugar and birds

    A study in the Canary Islands examines the fungal make up of different nectars and finds that the yeast populations are affected by both sugar content and floral visitors.

    BMC Ecology 2015, 15:2
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    Zebra seasonal immune system trade-offs

    Gastrointestinal parasite infections flourish in zebras during the rainy months, eliciting an immune response that can suppress the ability to ward off other types of infection, like anthrax, that require different immune reactions.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:27
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    Nutrient deficiency enhances parasite impact

    Phosphorus-limited diets affect the parasite:host ratio in populations of the water flea Daphnia magna infected with a microsporidian gut parasite, indicating that a poor diet reinforces the negative effects of parasitism.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:29



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