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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. Content type: Research article

    The performance and fitness of social societies mainly depends on the efficiency of interactions between reproductive individuals and helpers. Helpers need to react to the group’s requirements and to adjust th...

    Authors: Julia Giehr, Jürgen Heinze and Alexandra Schrempf

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:173

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    Predation is ubiquitous in nature. One form of predation is cannibalism, which is affected by many factors such as size structure and resource density. However, cannibalism may also be influenced by abiotic fa...

    Authors: Szymon Sniegula, Maria J. Golab and Frank Johansson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:167

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    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...

    Authors: Marta Vidal-García and J. Scott Keogh

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:165

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    Adaptive plasticity is essential for many species to cope with environmental heterogeneity. In particular, developmental plasticity allows organisms with complex life cycles to adaptively adjust the timing of ...

    Authors: Pablo Burraco, Ana Elisa Valdés, Frank Johansson and Ivan Gomez-Mestre

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:164

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:157

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    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...

    Authors: Katja Leicht, Katri Seppälä and Otto Seppälä

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:140

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    The combination of model-based comparative techniques, disparity analyses and ecomorphological correlations constitutes a powerful method to gain insight into the evolutionary mechanisms that shape morphologic...

    Authors: Vicente García-Navas, Víctor Noguerales, Pedro J. Cordero and Joaquín Ortego

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:109

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    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...

    Authors: Roland Mathis and Martin Ackermann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:73

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:72

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    Comparative studies suggest that sperm competition exerts stabilizing selection towards an optimal sperm design – e.g., the relative size and covariation of different sperm sections or a quantitative measure o...

    Authors: Alfonso Rojas Mora, Magali Meniri, Sabrina Ciprietti and Fabrice Helfenstein

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:66

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:59

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    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...

    Authors: Anne Beemelmanns and Olivia Roth

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:44

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    Males and females often have opposing strategies for increasing fitness. Males that out-compete others will acquire more mating opportunities and thus have higher lifetime reproductive success. Females that ma...

    Authors: Trinh T. X. Nguyen and Amanda J. Moehring

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:41

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:35

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    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 ...

    Authors: Weihuan Cao and Isaac Edery

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:32

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    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...

    Authors: Jolyon Troscianko, John Skelhorn and Martin Stevens

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:7

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    Aposematic species advertise their unpalatability using warning signals such as striking coloration. Given that predators need to sample aposematic prey to learn that they are unprofitable, prey with similar w...

    Authors: Mónica Arias, Aimilia Meichanetzoglou, Marianne Elias, Neil Rosser, Donna Lisa de-Silva, Bastien Nay and Violaine Llaurens

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:272

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