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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

    Sexual selection is largely driven by the availability of mates. Theory predicts that male competition and female choice should be density-dependent, with males competing more intensely at relatively high dens...

    Authors: Robin M. Tinghitella, Chelsea Stehle and Janette W. Boughman

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:200

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    Hybridization between species is of conservation concern as it might threaten the genetic integrity of species. Anthropogenic factors can alter hybridization dynamics by introducing new potentially hybridizing...

    Authors: Katja Rohde, Yvonne Hau, Jessica Weyer and Axel Hochkirch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:191

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    Eurypterids are a diverse group of chelicerates known from ~250 species with a sparse Ordovician record currently comprising 11 species; the oldest fully documented example is from the Sandbian of Avalonia. Th...

    Authors: James C. Lamsdell, Derek E. G. Briggs, Huaibao P. Liu, Brian J. Witzke and Robert M. McKay

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:169

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    For conservation of highly threatened species to be effective, it is crucial to differentiate natural population parameters from atypical behavioural, ecological and demographic characteristics associated with...

    Authors: Jessica V. Bryant, Valérie A. Olson, Helen J. Chatterjee and Samuel T. Turvey

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:171

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    Identifying the causes of intraspecific phenotypic variation is essential for understanding evolutionary processes that maintain diversity and promote speciation. In polymorphic species, the relative frequenci...

    Authors: Claire A. McLean, Devi Stuart-Fox and Adnan Moussalli

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:156

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    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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    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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