Evolutionary ecology and behaviour

This section considers studies in the areas of evolutionary behaviour and ecology including sexual conflict and selection.

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  1. Research article

    Phenotypes, antioxidant responses, and gene expression changes accompanying a sugar-only diet in Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel) (Diptera: Tephritidae)

    Diet composition (yeast:carbohydrate ratio) is an important determinant of growth, development, and reproduction. Recent studies have shown that decreased yeast intake elicits numerous transcriptomic changes a...

    Er-Hu Chen, Qiu-Li Hou, Dan-Dan Wei, Hong-Bo Jiang and Jin-Jun Wang

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:194

    Published on: 17 August 2017

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    Phylogenetic conservatism in skulls and evolutionary lability in limbs – morphological evolution across an ancient frog radiation is shaped by diet, locomotion and burrowing

    Quantifying morphological diversity across taxa can provide valuable insight into evolutionary processes, yet its complexities can make it difficult to identify appropriate units for evaluation. One of the cha...

    Marta Vidal-García and J. Scott Keogh

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:165

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Paternal personality and social status influence offspring activity in zebrafish

    Evidence for the transmission of non-genetic information from father to offspring is rapidly accumulating. While the impact of chemical and physical factors such as toxins or diet on the fitness of the parents...

    Susanne Zajitschek, James E. Herbert-Read, Nasir M. Abbasi, Felix Zajitschek and Simone Immler

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:157

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Potential for adaptation to climate change: family-level variation in fitness-related traits and their responses to heat waves in a snail population

    On-going global climate change poses a serious threat for natural populations unless they are able to evolutionarily adapt to changing environmental conditions (e.g. increasing average temperatures, occurrence...

    Katja Leicht, Katri Seppälä and Otto Seppälä

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:140

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Asymmetric cellular memory in bacteria exposed to antibiotics

    The ability to form a cellular memory and use it for cellular decision-making could help bacteria to cope with recurrent stress conditions. We analyzed whether bacteria would form a cellular memory specificall...

    Roland Mathis and Martin Ackermann

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:73

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  6. Research article

    Spatial turnover in host-plant availability drives host-associated divergence in a South African leafhopper (Cephalelus uncinatus)

    The evolution of reproductive isolation between herbivorous insect populations is often initiated by shifts to novel host-plants, a process that underlies some of the best examples of ecological speciation. Ho...

    Willem J. Augustyn, Bruce Anderson, Jeroen F. van der Merwe and Allan G. Ellis

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:72

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Conserved patterns of integrated developmental plasticity in a group of polyphenic tropical butterflies

    Developmental plasticity is thought to have profound macro-evolutionary effects, for example, by increasing the probability of establishment in new environments and subsequent divergence into independently evo...

    Erik van Bergen, Dave Osbaldeston, Ullasa Kodandaramaiah, Oskar Brattström, Kwaku Aduse-Poku and Paul M. Brakefield

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:59

    Published on: 27 February 2017

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    Grandparental immune priming in the pipefish Syngnathus typhle

    Phenotypic changes in response to environmental influences can persist from one generation into the next. In many systems parental parasite experience influences offspring immune responses, known as transgener...

    Anne Beemelmanns and Olivia Roth

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:44

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Habitat structure is linked to the evolution of plumage colour in female, but not male, fairy-wrens

    Both natural and sexual selection may drive the evolution of plumage colouration in birds. This can lead to great variation in plumage not only across species, but also between sexes within species. Australasi...

    Iliana Medina, Kaspar Delhey, Anne Peters, Kristal E. Cain, Michelle L. Hall, Raoul A. Mulder and Naomi E. Langmore

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:35

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Mid-day siesta in natural populations of D. melanogaster from Africa exhibits an altitudinal cline and is regulated by splicing of a thermosensitive intron in the period clock gene

    Many diurnal animals exhibit a mid-day ‘siesta’, generally thought to be an adaptive response aimed at minimizing exposure to heat on warm days, suggesting that in regions with cooler climates mid-day siestas ...

    Weihuan Cao and Isaac Edery

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:32

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Quantifying camouflage: how to predict detectability from appearance

    Quantifying the conspicuousness of objects against particular backgrounds is key to understanding the evolution and adaptive value of animal coloration, and in designing effective camouflage. Quantifying detec...

    Jolyon Troscianko, John Skelhorn and Martin Stevens

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:7

    Published on: 6 January 2017

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