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Environment and Sustainability

New Content ItemThe thematic collection Environment and Sustainability brings together Research articles, Commentaries, Reviews, and Q&As published in BMC Biology that address questions in ecology, sustainability and the environmental challenges of the Anthropocene.

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  1. Content type: Research Article

    Structural variation contributes substantially to polymorphism within species. Chromosomal rearrangements that impact genes can lead to functional variation among individuals and influence the expression of ph...

    Authors: Clémence Plissonneau, Fanny E. Hartmann and Daniel Croll

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:5

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    Climate change causes the breakdown of the symbiotic relationships between reef-building corals and their photosynthetic symbionts (genus Symbiodinium), with thermal anomalies in 2015–2016 triggering the most wid...

    Authors: Stephanie G. Gardner, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Matthew R. Nitschke, Daniel A. Nielsen, Michael Stat, Cherie A. Motti, Peter J. Ralph and Katherina Petrou

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:117

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    California is a world floristic biodiversity hotspot where the terms neo- and paleo-endemism were first applied. Using spatial phylogenetics, it is now possible to evaluate biodiversity from an evolutionary st...

    Authors: Andrew H. Thornhill, Bruce G. Baldwin, William A. Freyman, Sonia Nosratinia, Matthew M. Kling, Naia Morueta-Holme, Thomas P. Madsen, David D. Ackerly and Brent D. Mishler

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:96

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    Root and tuber crops are a major food source in tropical Africa. Among these crops are several species in the monocotyledonous genus Dioscorea collectively known as yam, a staple tuber crop that contributes enorm...

    Authors: Muluneh Tamiru, Satoshi Natsume, Hiroki Takagi, Benjamen White, Hiroki Yaegashi, Motoki Shimizu, Kentaro Yoshida, Aiko Uemura, Kaori Oikawa, Akira Abe, Naoya Urasaki, Hideo Matsumura, Pachakkil Babil, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Ryo Matsumoto, Satoru Muranaka…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:86

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    Amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus) was a food staple among the ancient civilizations of Central and South America that has recently received increased attention due to the high nutritional value of the seeds, ...

    Authors: D. J. Lightfoot, D. E. Jarvis, T. Ramaraj, R. Lee, E. N. Jellen and P. J. Maughan

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:74

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    Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa zea are major caterpillar pests of Old and New World agriculture, respectively. Both, particularly H. armigera, are extremely polyphagous, and H. a...

    Authors: S. L. Pearce, D. F. Clarke, P. D. East, S. Elfekih, K. H. J. Gordon, L. S. Jermiin, A. McGaughran, J. G. Oakeshott, A. Papanikolaou, O. P. Perera, R. V. Rane, S. Richards, W. T. Tay, T. K. Walsh, A. Anderson, C. J. Anderson…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:63

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2017 15:69

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    Plant-pathogenic oomycetes are responsible for economically important losses in crops worldwide. Phytophthora palmivora, a tropical relative of the potato late blight pathogen, causes rotting diseases in many tro...

    Authors: Edouard Evangelisti, Anna Gogleva, Thomas Hainaux, Mehdi Doumane, Frej Tulin, Clément Quan, Temur Yunusov, Kévin Floch and Sebastian Schornack

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:39

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    Most agronomic traits in rice are complex and polygenic. The identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for grain length is an important objective of rice genetic research and breeding programs.

    Authors: Jianping Yu, Haiyan Xiong, Xiaoyang Zhu, Hongliang Zhang, Huihui Li, Jinli Miao, Wensheng Wang, Zuoshun Tang, Zhanying Zhang, Guoxin Yao, Qiang Zhang, Yinghua Pan, Xin Wang, M. A. R. Rashid, Jinjie Li, Yongming Gao…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:28

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    Plants are exposed to diverse pathogens and pests, yet most plants are resistant to most plant pathogens. Non-host resistance describes the ability of all members of a plant species to successfully prevent col...

    Authors: David C. Prince, Ghanasyam Rallapalli, Deyang Xu, Henk-jan Schoonbeek, Volkan Çevik, Shuta Asai, Eric Kemen, Neftaly Cruz-Mireles, Ariane Kemen, Khaoula Belhaj, Sebastian Schornack, Sophien Kamoun, Eric B. Holub, Barbara A. Halkier and Jonathan D. G. Jones

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:20

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    Understanding the patterns of biodiversity distribution and what influences them is a fundamental pre-requisite for effective conservation and sustainable utilisation of biodiversity. Such knowledge is increas...

    Authors: Marc S. M. Sosef, Gilles Dauby, Anne Blach-Overgaard, Xander van der Burgt, Luís Catarino, Theo Damen, Vincent Deblauwe, Steven Dessein, John Dransfield, Vincent Droissart, Maria Cristina Duarte, Henry Engledow, Geoffrey Fadeur, Rui Figueira, Roy E. Gereau, Olivier J. Hardy…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:15

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is among the 100 worst invasive species in the world. As one of the most important crop pests and virus vectors, B. tabaci causes substantial crop losses and p...

    Authors: Wenbo Chen, Daniel K. Hasegawa, Navneet Kaur, Adi Kliot, Patricia Valle Pinheiro, Junbo Luan, Marcus C. Stensmyr, Yi Zheng, Wenli Liu, Honghe Sun, Yimin Xu, Yuan Luo, Angela Kruse, Xiaowei Yang, Svetlana Kontsedalov, Galina Lebedev…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:110

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Arbovirus transmission by the mosquito Aedes aegypti can be reduced by the introduction and establishment of the endosymbiotic bacteria Wolbachia in wild populations of the vector. Wolbachia spreads by increasing...

    Authors: Penelope A. Hancock, Vanessa L. White, Scott A. Ritchie, Ary A. Hoffmann and H. Charles J. Godfray

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:96

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  13. Content type: Comment

    A common symbiont of insects, the bacterium Wolbachia has been implicated in phenomena as diverse as sex determination, pathogen defence and speciation and is being used in public health programs to prevent mosqu...

    Authors: Francis M. Jiggins

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:92

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    In February 2016, a new fungal disease was spotted in wheat fields across eight districts in Bangladesh. The epidemic spread to an estimated 15,000 hectares, about 16 % of the cultivated wheat area in Banglade...

    Authors: M. Tofazzal Islam, Daniel Croll, Pierre Gladieux, Darren M. Soanes, Antoine Persoons, Pallab Bhattacharjee, Md. Shaid Hossain, Dipali Rani Gupta, Md. Mahbubur Rahman, M. Golam Mahboob, Nicola Cook, Moin U. Salam, Musrat Zahan Surovy, Vanessa Bueno Sancho, João Leodato Nunes Maciel, Antonio NhaniJúnior…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:84

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Cry6 family of proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis represents a group of powerful toxins with great potential for use in the control of coleopteran insects and of nematode parasites of importance to agricult...

    Authors: Alexey Dementiev, Jason Board, Anand Sitaram, Timothy Hey, Matthew S. Kelker, Xiaoping Xu, Yan Hu, Cristian Vidal-Quist, Vimbai Chikwana, Samantha Griffin, David McCaskill, Nick X. Wang, Shao-Ching Hung, Michael K. Chan, Marianne M. Lee, Jessica Hughes…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:71

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The New World screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax, is a devastating pest of livestock endemic to subtropical and tropical regions of the Western hemisphere. The larvae of this species feed on the tissue of living ...

    Authors: Carolina Concha, Azhahianambi Palavesam, Felix D. Guerrero, Agustin Sagel, Fang Li, Jason A. Osborne, Yillian Hernandez, Trinidad Pardo, Gladys Quintero, Mario Vasquez, Gwen P. Keller, Pamela L. Phillips, John B. Welch, W. Owen McMillan, Steven R. Skoda and Maxwell J. Scott

    Citation: BMC Biology 2016 14:72

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