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

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  • Simon Harold, BioMed Central


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    Opening up data in ecology and evolution

    BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary Biology announce integration with the data repository Dryad, discussing in a joint Editorial the many ways in which open data can facilitate research that is fit for purpose in the digital age.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:10
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    Fitness trade-offs in plant-rhizobia mutualism

    Legume species with specialised rhizobium symbionts obtain greater fitness benefits than species with more generalist rhizobium associations, although both specialists and generalists benefit when these symbionts are transferred from conspecific hosts.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:8
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    Temperature key to mosquito development

    Meta-analysis of studies investigating biotic and abiotic influences on the development of the vector mosquito Aedes aegypti finds that temperature is the most important ecological determinant of developmental rate, although this effect is heterogeneous.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:3
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    Grassland management affects species richness

    Species richness of leafhoppers in experimental grassland communities is negatively affected by higher cutting frequencies but positively affected by increased grass cover, demonstrating complex direct and indirect influences of different management regimes.

    BMC Ecology 2014, 14:1
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    Land use affects soil community structure

    A meta-analysis of studies investigating the effects of land use changes on two functionally important soil taxa highlights a consistent trend of increased community abundance and complexity following transitions to lower intensity and later successional land uses.

    BMC Ecology 2013, 13:46



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Not so happy: king penguins stressed by human presence

Coping with continuous human disturbance in the wild: insights from penguin heart rate response to various stressors.

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

BMC Ecology 2012, 12:10

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