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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

    Investigating the evolution of species-specific insect genitalia is central to understanding how morphological diversification contributes to reproductive isolation and lineage divergence. While many studies e...

    Authors: Maxi Polihronakis Richmond

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:255

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    Life-history studies of wild bird populations often focus on the relationship between an individual’s condition and its capacity to mount an immune response, as measured by a commonly-employed assay of cutaneo...

    Authors: Scott K Sakaluk, Alastair J Wilson, E Keith Bowers, L Scott Johnson, Brian S Masters, Bonnie GP Johnson, Laura A Vogel, Anna M Forsman and Charles F Thompson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:242

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    Detailed knowledge of spatial and temporal variation in the genetic population structure of hosts and parasites is required for understanding of host − parasite coevolution. As hot-spots of contemporary coevol...

    Authors: Justyna Wolinska, Adam Petrusek, Mingbo Yin, Henrike Koerner, Jaromir Seda and Sabine Giessler

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:247

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    Cooperative benefits of mutualistic interactions are affected by genetic variation among the interacting partners, which may have consequences for interaction-specificities across guilds of sympatric species w...

    Authors: Henrik H De Fine Licht and Jacobus J Boomsma

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:244

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    Decreases in mate and/or pollinator availability would be expected to affect the selective pressure on plant mating systems. An increase in self-fertilization may evolve to compensate for the negative effects ...

    Authors: Chloé EL Delmas, Pierre-Olivier Cheptou, Nathalie Escaravage and André Pornon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:243

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    Five basic taste modalities, sour, sweet, bitter, salt and umami, can be distinguished by humans and are fundamental for physical and ecological adaptations in mammals. Molecular genetic studies of the recepto...

    Authors: Kangli Zhu, Xuming Zhou, Shixia Xu, Di Sun, Wenhua Ren, Kaiya Zhou and Guang Yang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:218

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    Nicrophorus vespilloides eggs are deposited into the soil in close proximity to the decomposing vertebrate carcasses that these insects use as an obligate resource to rear their offspring. Eggs in this environmen...

    Authors: Chris G C Jacobs, Yin Wang, Heiko Vogel, Andreas Vilcinskas, Maurijn van der Zee and Daniel E Rozen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:208

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    The release of radioactive materials due to the Fukushima nuclear accident has raised concern regarding the biological impacts of ingesting radioactively contaminated diets on organisms. We previously performe...

    Authors: Chiyo Nohara, Wataru Taira, Atsuki Hiyama, Akira Tanahara, Toshihiro Takatsuji and Joji M Otaki

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:193

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    A central question for understanding the evolutionary responses of plant species to rapidly changing environments is the assessment of their potential for short-term (in one or a few generations) genetic chang...

    Authors: Ricardo Alía, Regina Chambel, Eduardo Notivol, José Climent and Santiago C González-Martínez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:200

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) predicts that gestation duration, lactation duration, and their sum, total development time, are constrained by mass-specific basal metabolic rate such that they should sc...

    Authors: Gabrielle Jackson, Arne Ø Mooers, Evgenia Dubman, Jenna Hutchen and Mark Collard

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:194

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    Stripes and other high contrast patterns found on animals have been hypothesised to cause “motion dazzle”, a type of defensive coloration that operates when in motion, causing predators to misjudge the speed a...

    Authors: Anna E Hughes, Jolyon Troscianko and Martin Stevens

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:201

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    Studies of insect-plant interactions have provided critical insights into the ecology and evolution of adaptive processes within and among species. Cactophilic Drosophila species have received much attention beca...

    Authors: Camila M Borgonove, Carla B Cavallari, Mateus H Santos, Rafaela Rossetti, Klaus Hartfelder and Maura H Manfrin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:191

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    A compelling demonstration of adaptation by natural selection is the ability of parasites to manipulate host behavior. One dramatic example involves fungal species from the genus Ophiocordyceps that control their...

    Authors: Charissa de Bekker, Lauren E Quevillon, Philip B Smith, Kimberly R Fleming, Debashis Ghosh, Andrew D Patterson and David P Hughes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:166

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Social information use is usually considered to lead to ecological convergence among involved con- or heterospecific individuals. However, recent results demonstrate that observers can also actively avoid beha...

    Authors: Jukka T Forsman, Sami M Kivelä, Tuomo Jaakkonen, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen, Lars Gustafsson and Blandine Doligez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:175

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In insect societies, intracolonial genetic variation is predicted to affect both colony efficiency and reproductive skew. However, because the effects of genetic variation on these two colony characteristics h...

    Authors: Satoshi Miyazaki, Miho Yoshimura, Ryota Saiki, Yoshinobu Hayashi, Osamu Kitade, Kazuki Tsuji and Kiyoto Maekawa

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:177

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    Pigmentation has a long history of investigation in evolutionary biology. In Drosophila melanogaster, latitudinal and altitudinal clines have been found but their underlying causes remain unclear. Moreover, most ...

    Authors: Héloïse Bastide, Amir Yassin, Evan J Johanning and John E Pool

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:179

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Female mate choice after mating is a strong force in sexual selection and could lead to coevolution of mating traits between the sexes. How females of different genotypes respond to substances in the male ejac...

    Authors: Takashi Yamane

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:172

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The oxidative stress theory of life-history tradeoffs states that oxidative stress caused by damaging free radicals directly underpins tradeoffs between reproduction and longevity by altering the allocation of...

    Authors: Samson W Smith, Leigh C Latta, Dee R Denver and Suzanne Estes

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:161

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Salinity plays an important role in shaping coastal marine communities. Near-future climate predictions indicate that salinity will decrease in many shallow coastal areas due to increased precipitation; howeve...

    Authors: Anna-Lisa Wrange, Carl André, Torbjörn Lundh, Ulrika Lind, Anders Blomberg, Per J Jonsson and Jon N Havenhand

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:156

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  20. Content type: Methodology article

    Sexual selection has initially been thought to occur exclusively at the precopulatory stage in terms of contests among males and female mate choice, but research over the last four decades revealed that it oft...

    Authors: Lucas Marie-Orleach, Tim Janicke, Dita B Vizoso, Micha Eichmann and Lukas Schärer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:148

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Parasites exert important selective pressures on host life history traits. In birds, feathers are inhabited by numerous microorganisms, some of them being able to degrade feathers or lead to infections. Preeni...

    Authors: Staffan Jacob, Anika Immer, Sarah Leclaire, Nathalie Parthuisot, Christine Ducamp, Gilles Espinasse and Philipp Heeb

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:134

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Many animals exhibit variation in resistance to specific natural enemies. Such variation may be encoded in their genomes or derived from infection with protective symbionts. The pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, fo...

    Authors: Adam J Martinez, Shannon G Ritter, Matthew R Doremus, Jacob A Russell and Kerry M Oliver

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:127

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Oviparous females have three main options to increase their reproductive success: investing into egg number, egg mass and/or egg care. Although allocating resources to either of these three components is known...

    Authors: Lisa K Koch and Joël Meunier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:125

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    We investigate the scope for selection at the level of nuclei within fungal individuals (mycelia) of the mutualistic Termitomyces cultivated by fungus-growing termites. Whereas in most basidiomycete fungi the num...

    Authors: Tania Nobre, Bertha Koopmanschap, Johan JP Baars, Anton SM Sonnenberg and Duur K Aanen

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:121

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Closely related species often occur in geographic isolation, yet sometimes form contact zones with the potential to hybridize. Pre-zygotic barriers may prevent cross breeding in such contact zones. In East Afr...

    Authors: Martin Husemann, Werner Ulrich and Jan Christian Habel

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:115

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Extreme environments can impose strong ecological and evolutionary pressures at a local level. Ectotherms are particularly sensitive to low-temperature environments, which can result in a reduced activity peri...

    Authors: Anna P Muir, Roman Biek and Barbara K Mable

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:110

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Competition between spermatozoa from rival males for success in fertilization (i.e., sperm competition) is an important selective force driving the evolution of male reproductive traits and promoting positive ...

    Authors: Alberto Vicens, Maximiliano Tourmente and Eduardo RS Roldan

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:106

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Many microbial phenotypes are the product of cooperative interactions among cells, but their putative fitness benefits are often not well understood. In the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum, unicellul...

    Authors: jeff smith, David C Queller and Joan E Strassmann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:105

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Divergence between populations in reproductively important features is often vital for speciation. Many studies attempt to identify the cause of population differentiation in phenotype through the study of a s...

    Authors: Courtney L Morgans, Georgina M Cooke and Terry J Ord

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:97

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Semelparity and iteroparity are considered to be distinct and alternative life-history strategies, where semelparity is characterized by a single, fatal reproductive episode, and iteroparity by repeated reprod...

    Authors: P William Hughes and Andrew M Simons

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:90

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Polyandry is a common mating strategy in animals, increasing female fitness through direct (material) and indirect (genetic) benefits. Most theories about the benefits of polyandry come from studies of terrest...

    Authors: Louis V Plough, Amy Moran and Peter Marko

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:81

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In natural communities of cyclical parthenogens, rapid response to environmental change is enabled by switching between two reproduction modes. While long periods of asexual reproduction allow some clones to o...

    Authors: Mingbo Yin, Sabine Gießler, Johanna Griebel and Justyna Wolinska

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:80

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In most species, males compete to gain both matings (via pre-copulatory competition) and fertilizations (via post-copulatory competition) to maximize their reproductive success. However, the quantity of resour...

    Authors: Mariona Ferrandiz-Rovira, Jean-François Lemaître, Sophie Lardy, Bernat C López and Aurélie Cohas

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:79

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Polytypism in aposematic species is unlikely according to theory, but commonly seen in nature. Ranitomeya imitator is a poison frog species exhibiting polytypic mimicry of three congeneric model species (R. fanta...

    Authors: Adam MM Stuckert, Ralph A Saporito, Pablo J Venegas and Kyle Summers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:76

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Pedigree reconstruction using genetic analysis provides a useful means to estimate fundamental population biology parameters relating to population demography, trait heritability and individual fitness when co...

    Authors: Tutku Aykanat, Susan E Johnston, Deirdre Cotter, Thomas F Cross, Russell Poole, Paulo A Prodőhl, Thomas Reed, Ger Rogan, Philip McGinnity and Craig R Primmer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:68

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Pre-zygotic barriers often involve some form of sexual selection, usually interpreted as female choice, as females are typically the choosier sex. However, males typically show some mate preferences, which are...

    Authors: Luana S Maroja, Zachary M McKenzie, Elizabeth Hart, Joy Jing, Erica L Larson and David P Richardson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:65

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    It is often proposed that females should select genetically dissimilar mates to maximize offspring genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding. Several recent studies have provided mixed evidence, however, and in s...

    Authors: Coraline Bichet, Dustin J Penn, Yoshan Moodley, Luc Dunoyer, Elise Cellier-Holzem, Marie Belvalette, Arnaud Grégoire, Stéphane Garnier and Gabriele Sorci

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:47

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The genetic and physiological pathways regulating behavior in solitary species are hypothesized to have been co-opted to regulate social behavior in social species. One classic example is the interaction betwe...

    Authors: Etya Amsalem, Osnat Malka, Christina Grozinger and Abraham Hefetz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:45

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Animals use environmental information to make developmental decisions to maximise their fitness. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans measures its environment to decide between arresting development as dauer larva...

    Authors: Sylvia Anaid Diaz, Vincent Brunet, Guy C Lloyd-Jones, William Spinner, Barney Wharam and Mark Viney

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:46

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    The evolution of oogamy from isogamy, an important biological event, can be summarized as follows: morphologically similar gametes (isogametes) differentiated into small “male” and large “female” motile gamete...

    Authors: Hisayoshi Nozaki, Toshihiro K Yamada, Fumio Takahashi, Ryo Matsuzaki and Takashi Nakada

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:37

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    Coevolution between pairs of different kind of entities, such as providers and users of information, involves reciprocal selection pressures between them as a consequence of their ecological interaction. Pied ...

    Authors: Olli J Loukola, Toni Laaksonen, Janne-Tuomas Seppänen and Jukka T Forsman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:32

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    Cannibalism is widespread in both vertebrates and invertebrates but its extent is variable between and within species. Cannibalism depends on population density and nutritional conditions, and could be benefic...

    Authors: Ashraf Tayeh, Arnaud Estoup, Eric Lombaert, Thomas Guillemaud, Natalia Kirichenko, Lori Lawson-Handley, Patrick De Clercq and Benoît Facon

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:15

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Currently many habitats suffer from quality loss due to environmental change. As a consequence, evolutionary trajectories might shift due to environmental effects and potentially increase extinction risk of re...

    Authors: Vera M Grazer, Marco Demont, Łukasz Michalczyk, Matthew JG Gage and Oliver Y Martin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:21

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    The population genetic structure of a parasite, and consequently its ability to adapt to a given host, is strongly linked to its own life history as well as the life history of its host. While the effects of p...

    Authors: Jaap van Schaik, Gerald Kerth, Nadia Bruyndonckx and Philippe Christe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:18

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Directional selection for growth has resulted in the 9-10th generation of domesticated Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. outgrowing wild salmon by a ratio of approximately 3:1 when reared under standard hatchery con...

    Authors: Monica Favnebøe Solberg, Zhiwei Zhang, Frank Nilsen and Kevin Alan Glover

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:234

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which oc...

    Authors: Simon Tragust, Line V Ugelvig, Michel Chapuisat, Jürgen Heinze and Sylvia Cremer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:225

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    Female mate preferences may be under strong selection in zones of contact between closely related species because of greater variation in available mates and the potential costs of hybridization. We studied fe...

    Authors: Quinn R Shurtliff, Peter J Murphy, Jaclyn D Yeiter and Marjorie D Matocq

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:220

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