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In 2001, Scott Gilbert introduced the concept of Ecological developmental biology as the effect of the environment influencing the establishment of a phenotype. The field has taken its time to grow and define what really undermines Ecological development and now nearly two decades later, a new niche of Eco-evo-devo has expanded its reach and continues to grow, getting ecologists, developmental and evolutionary biologists to think of the environmental impact on growth and sustenance of life.

In such exciting times, to recognise this new growing field of research, BMC Developmental biology, BMC EcologyBMC Evolutionary biology, and EvoDevo jointly present the collection on ecological and evolutionary developmental biology (Eco-evo-devo for short). 

This series is a collection of primary research articles and any methods that researchers wish to establish to this exciting and growing field. 

*BMC Ecology and BMC Evolutionary biology are merging into a single journal that will be called BMC Ecology and Evolution. 

Guest Editors (EvoDevo): Gaspar Jekely and Yi-Hsien Su

  1. Canalization, or buffering, is defined as developmental stability in the face of genetic and/or environmental perturbations. Understanding how canalization works is important in predicting how species survive ...

    Authors: Atsuko Sato, Gina M. Oba, Nathanael Aubert-Kato, Kei Yura and John Bishop
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:53
  2. Heterochrony, change in the rate or timing of development, is thought to be one of the main drivers of morphological evolution, and allometry, trait scaling patterns imposed by size, is traditionally thought t...

    Authors: Carlos J. Pavón-Vázquez, Damien Esquerré and J. Scott Keogh
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:15
  3. Under strong sexual selection, certain species evolve distinct intrasexual, alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs). In many cases, ARTs can be viewed as environmentally-cued threshold traits, such that ARTs c...

    Authors: Adam N. Zeeman, Isabel M. Smallegange, Emily Burdfield Steel, Astrid T. Groot and Kathryn A. Stewart
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:5
  4. The teleost fish Fundulus heteroclitus inhabit estuaries heavily polluted with persistent and bioaccumulative chemicals. While embryos of parents from polluted sites are remarkably resistant to toxic sediment and...

    Authors: Goran Bozinovic, Zuying Feng, Damian Shea and Marjorie F. Oleksiak
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2022 22:3
  5. Biological evolution exhibits an extraordinary capability to adapt organisms to their environments. The explanation for this often takes for granted that random genetic variation produces at least some benefic...

    Authors: Miguel Brun-Usan, Alfredo Rago, Christoph Thies, Tobias Uller and Richard A. Watson
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2021 21:205
  6. Pigmentation patterning systems are of great interest to understand how changes in developmental mechanisms can lead to a wide variety of patterns. These patterns are often conspicuous, but their origins remai...

    Authors: Marleen Klann, Manon Mercader, Lilian Carlu, Kina Hayashi, James Davis Reimer and Vincent Laudet
    Citation: EvoDevo 2021 12:8
  7. Sexual-size dimorphism (SSD) is replete among animals, but while the selective pressures that drive the evolution of SSD have been well studied, the developmental mechanisms upon which these pressures act are ...

    Authors: Jeanne M. C. McDonald, Pegah Nabili, Lily Thorsen, Sohee Jeon and Alexander W. Shingleton
    Citation: EvoDevo 2021 12:6
  8. In holometabolous insects, environmental factors experienced in pre-imaginal life stages affect the life-history traits within that stage and can also influence subsequent life stages. Here, I assessed toleran...

    Authors: Steve B. S. Baleba
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2021 21:78
  9. Asexually reproducing populations of single cells evolve through mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Environmental conditions in which the evolution takes place define the emergent fitness landscap...

    Authors: Bhaskar Kumawat and Ramray Bhat
    Citation: BMC Ecology and Evolution 2021 21:52
  10. K-mer spectra of DNA sequences contain important information about sequence composition and sequence evolution. We want to reveal the evolution rules of genome sequences by studying the k-mer spectra of genome...

    Authors: Zhenhua Yang, Hong Li, Yun Jia, Yan Zheng, Hu Meng, Tonglaga Bao, Xiaolong Li and Liaofu Luo
    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2020 20:157
  11. Organismal fitness can be determined at early life-stages, but phenotypic variation at early life-stages is rarely considered in studies on evolutionary diversification. The trophic apparatus has been shown to...

    Authors: Samantha V. Beck, Katja Räsänen, Camille A. Leblanc, Skúli Skúlason, Zophonías O. Jónsson and Bjarni K. Kristjánsson
    Citation: BMC Developmental Biology 2020 20:21
  12. The thermal plasticity of life-history traits receives wide attention in the recent biological literature. Of all the temperature-dependent traits studied, developmental rates of ectotherms are especially ofte...

    Authors: Dmitry Kutcherov
    Citation: BMC Ecology 2020 20:50