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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724741/body-height-and-immune-efficacy-testing-body-stature-as-a-signal-of-biological-quality
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Bogusław Pawłowski, Judyta Nowak, Barbara Borkowska, Daria Augustyniak, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
According to the good genes hypothesis and energy allocation theory, human adult body height may reflect biological quality. An important aspect of this quality is immune system functioning (ISF). The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between ISF and body height in healthy people. The ISF was determined by several important innate (total complement and lysozyme activity, neutrophil function) and adaptive immune parameters (lymphocytes, IgA and IgG, and response to the flu vaccine). Overall, 96 males and 97 females were subjected to flu vaccination, and of these, 35 males and 34 females were subjected to tetanus...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724740/grasshopper-mice-employ-distinct-vocal-production-mechanisms-in-different-social-contexts
#2
Bret Pasch, Isao T Tokuda, Tobias Riede
Functional changes in vocal organ morphology and motor control facilitate the evolution of acoustic signal diversity. Although many rodents produce vocalizations in a variety of social contexts, few studies have explored the underlying production mechanisms. Here, we describe mechanisms of audible and ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) produced by grasshopper mice (genus Onychomys). Grasshopper mice are predatory rodents of the desert that produce both loud, long-distance advertisement calls and USVs in close-distance mating contexts...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724739/distinct-spinning-patterns-gain-differentiated-loading-tolerance-of-silk-thread-anchorages-in-spiders-with-different-ecology
#3
Jonas O Wolff, Arie van der Meijden, Marie E Herberstein
Building behaviour in animals extends biological functions beyond bodies. Many studies have emphasized the role of behavioural programmes, physiology and extrinsic factors for the structure and function of buildings. Structure attachments associated with animal constructions offer yet unrealized research opportunities. Spiders build a variety of one- to three-dimensional structures from silk fibres. The evolution of economic web shapes as a key for ecological success in spiders has been related to the emergence of high performance silks and thread coating glues...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724738/early-life-manipulations-of-vasopressin-family-peptides-alter-vocal-learning
#4
Nicole M Baran, Samantha C Peck, Tabitha H Kim, Michael H Goldstein, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan
Vocal learning from social partners is crucial for the successful development of communication in a wide range of species. Social interactions organize attention and enhance motivation to learn species-typical behaviour. However, the neurobiological mechanisms connecting social motivation and vocal learning are unknown. Using zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata), a ubiquitous model for vocal learning, we show that manipulations of nonapeptide hormones in the vasopressin family (arginine vasotocin, AVT) early in development can promote or disrupt both song and social motivation...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724737/stress-hormones-predict-a-host-superspreader-phenotype-in-the-west-nile-virus-system
#5
Stephanie S Gervasi, Sarah C Burgan, Erik Hofmeister, Thomas R Unnasch, Lynn B Martin
Glucocorticoid stress hormones, such as corticosterone (CORT), have profound effects on the behaviour and physiology of organisms, and thus have the potential to alter host competence and the contributions of individuals to population- and community-level pathogen dynamics. For example, CORT could alter the rate of contacts among hosts, pathogens and vectors through its widespread effects on host metabolism and activity levels. CORT could also affect the intensity and duration of pathogen shedding and risk of host mortality during infection...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724736/phenotypic-shift-in-wolbachia-virulence-towards-its-native-host-across-serial-horizontal-passages
#6
Winka Le Clec'h, Jessica Dittmer, Maryline Raimond, Didier Bouchon, Mathieu Sicard
Vertical transmission mode is predicted to decrease the virulence of symbionts. However, Wolbachia, a widespread vertically transmitted endosymbiont, exhibits both negative and beneficial effects on arthropod fitness. This 'Jekyll and Hyde' behaviour, as well as its ability to live transiently outside host cells and to establish new infections via horizontal transmission, may reflect the capacity of Wolbachia to exhibit various phenotypes depending on the prevailing environmental constraints. To study the ability of Wolbachia to readily cope with new constraints, we forced this endosymbiont to spread only via horizontal transmission...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724735/dual-function-of-the-pectoral-girdle-for-feeding-and-locomotion-in-white-spotted-bamboo-sharks
#7
Ariel L Camp, Bradley Scott, Elizabeth L Brainerd, Cheryl D Wilga
Positioned at the intersection of the head, body and forelimb, the pectoral girdle has the potential to function in both feeding and locomotor behaviours-although the latter has been studied far more. In ray-finned fishes, the pectoral girdle attaches directly to the skull and is retracted during suction feeding, enabling the ventral body muscles to power rapid mouth expansion. However, in sharks, the pectoral girdle is displaced caudally and entirely separate from the skull (as in tetrapods), raising the question of whether it is mobile during suction feeding and contributing to suction expansion...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724734/hydrothermal-vent-fields-discovered-in-the-southern-gulf-of-california-clarify-role-of-habitat-in-augmenting-regional-diversity
#8
Shana K Goffredi, Shannon Johnson, Verena Tunnicliffe, David Caress, David Clague, Elva Escobar, Lonny Lundsten, Jennifer B Paduan, Greg Rouse, Diana L Salcedo, Luis A Soto, Ronald Spelz-Madero, Robert Zierenberg, Robert Vrijenhoek
Hydrothermal vent communities are distributed along mid-ocean spreading ridges as isolated patches. While distance is a key factor influencing connectivity among sites, habitat characteristics are also critical. The Pescadero Basin (PB) and Alarcón Rise (AR) vent fields, recently discovered in the southern Gulf of California, are bounded by previously known vent localities (e.g. Guaymas Basin and 21° N East Pacific Rise); yet, the newly discovered vents differ markedly in substrata and vent fluid attributes...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724733/early-evolution-of-radial-glial-cells-in-bilateria
#9
Conrad Helm, Anett Karl, Patrick Beckers, Sabrina Kaul-Strehlow, Elke Ulbricht, Ioannis Kourtesis, Heidrun Kuhrt, Harald Hausen, Thomas Bartolomaeus, Andreas Reichenbach, Christoph Bleidorn
Bilaterians usually possess a central nervous system, composed of neurons and supportive cells called glial cells. Whereas neuronal cells are highly comparable in all these animals, glial cells apparently differ, and in deuterostomes, radial glial cells are found. These particular secretory glial cells may represent the archetype of all (macro) glial cells and have not been reported from protostomes so far. This has caused controversial discussions of whether glial cells represent a homologous bilaterian characteristic or whether they (and thus, centralized nervous systems) evolved convergently in the two main clades of bilaterians...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724732/integrating-regulatory-surveys-and-citizen-science-to-map-outbreaks-of-forest-diseases-acute-oak-decline-in-england-and-wales
#10
Nathan Brown, Frank van den Bosch, Stephen Parnell, Sandra Denman
The number of emerging tree diseases has increased rapidly in recent times, with severe environmental and economic consequences. Systematic regulatory surveys to detect and establish the distribution of pests are crucial for successful management efforts, but resource-intensive and costly. Volunteers who identify potential invasive species can form an important early warning network in tree health; however, what these data can tell us and how they can be best used to inform and direct official survey effort is not clear...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724731/cascading-effects-of-predator-activity-on-tick-borne-disease-risk
#11
Tim R Hofmeester, Patrick A Jansen, Hendrikus J Wijnen, Elena C Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Herbert H T Prins, Hein Sprong, Sipke E van Wieren
Predators and competitors of vertebrates can in theory reduce the density of infected nymphs (DIN)-an often-used measure of tick-borne disease risk-by lowering the density of reservoir-competent hosts and/or the tick burden on reservoir-competent hosts. We investigated this possible indirect effect of predators by comparing data from 20 forest plots across the Netherlands that varied in predator abundance. In each plot, we measured the density of questing Ixodes ricinus nymphs (DON), DIN for three pathogens, rodent density, the tick burden on rodents and the activity of mammalian predators...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724730/stacked-bt-maize-and-arthropod-predators-exposure-to-insecticidal-cry-proteins-and-potential-hazards
#12
Zdeňka Svobodová, Yinghua Shu, Oxana Skoková Habuštová, Jörg Romeis, Michael Meissle
Genetically engineered (GE) crops with stacked insecticidal traits expose arthropods to multiple Cry proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). One concern is that the different Cry proteins may interact and lead to unexpected adverse effects on non-target species. Bi- and tri-trophic experiments with SmartStax maize, herbivorous spider mites (Tetranychus urticae), aphids (Rhopalosiphum padi), predatory spiders (Phylloneta impressa), ladybeetles (Harmonia axyridis) and lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea) were conducted...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724729/food-web-persistence-in-fragmented-landscapes
#13
Jinbao Liao, Daniel Bearup, Bernd Blasius
Habitat destruction, characterized by patch loss and fragmentation, is a key driver of biodiversity loss. There has been some progress in the theory of spatial food webs; however, to date, practically nothing is known about how patch configurational fragmentation influences multi-trophic food web dynamics. We develop a spatially extended patch-dynamic model for different food webs by linking patch connectivity with trophic-dependent dispersal (i.e. higher trophic levels displaying longer-range dispersal). Using this model, we find that species display different sensitivities to patch loss and fragmentation, depending on their trophic position and the overall food web structure...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724728/global-decline-of-bumblebees-is-phylogenetically-structured-and-inversely-related-to-species-range-size-and-pathogen-incidence
#14
Marina P Arbetman, Gabriela Gleiser, Carolina L Morales, Paul Williams, Marcelo A Aizen
Conservation biology can profit greatly from incorporating a phylogenetic perspective into analyses of patterns and drivers of species extinction risk. We applied such an approach to analyse patterns of bumblebee (Bombus) decline. We assembled a database representing approximately 43% of the circa 260 globally known species, which included species extinction risk assessments following the International Union fo Conservation of Nature Red List categories and criteria, and information on species traits presumably associated with bumblebee decline...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724727/a-cross-scale-trophic-cascade-from-large-predatory-fish-to-algae-in-coastal-ecosystems
#15
S Donadi, Å N Austin, U Bergström, B K Eriksson, J P Hansen, P Jacobson, G Sundblad, M van Regteren, J S Eklöf
Trophic cascades occur in many ecosystems, but the factors regulating them are still elusive. We suggest that an overlooked factor is that trophic interactions (TIs) are often scale-dependent and possibly interact across spatial scales. To explore the role of spatial scale for trophic cascades, and particularly the occurrence of cross-scale interactions (CSIs), we collected and analysed food-web data from 139 stations across 32 bays in the Baltic Sea. We found evidence of a four-level trophic cascade linking TIs across two spatial scales: at bay scale, piscivores (perch and pike) controlled mesopredators (three-spined stickleback), which in turn negatively affected epifaunal grazers...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701567/correction-to-population-differences-in-olfaction-accompany-host-shift-in-drosophila-mojavensis
#16
Amber Crowley-Gall, Priya Date, Clair Han, Nicole Rhodes, Peter Andolfatto, John E Layne, Stephanie M Rollmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701566/chronotype-variation-drives-night-time-sentinel-like-behaviour-in-hunter-gatherers
#17
David R Samson, Alyssa N Crittenden, Ibrahim A Mabulla, Audax Z P Mabulla, Charles L Nunn
Sleep is essential for survival, yet it also represents a time of extreme vulnerability to predation, hostile conspecifics and environmental dangers. To reduce the risks of sleeping, the sentinel hypothesis proposes that group-living animals share the task of vigilance during sleep, with some individuals sleeping while others are awake. To investigate sentinel-like behaviour in sleeping humans, we investigated activity patterns at night among Hadza hunter-gatherers of Tanzania. Using actigraphy, we discovered that all subjects were simultaneously scored as asleep for only 18 min in total over 20 days of observation, with a median of eight individuals awake throughout the night-time period; thus, one or more individuals was awake (or in light stages of sleep) during 99...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701565/a-cosmopolitan-late-ediacaran-biotic-assemblage-new-fossils-from-nevada-and-namibia-support-a-global-biostratigraphic-link
#18
E F Smith, L L Nelson, S M Tweedt, H Zeng, J B Workman
Owing to the lack of temporally well-constrained Ediacaran fossil localities containing overlapping biotic assemblages, it has remained uncertain if the latest Ediacaran (ca 550-541 Ma) assemblages reflect systematic biological turnover or environmental, taphonomic or biogeographic biases. Here, we report new latest Ediacaran fossil discoveries from the lower member of the Wood Canyon Formation in Nye County, Nevada, including the first figured reports of erniettomorphs, Gaojiashania, Conotubus and other problematic fossils...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701564/spatial-storage-effect-promotes-biodiversity-during-adaptive-radiation
#19
Jiaqi Tan, Jennifer B Rattray, Xian Yang, Lin Jiang
Many ecological communities are enormously diverse. Variation in environmental conditions over time and space provides opportunities for temporal and spatial storage effects to operate, potentially promoting species coexistence and biodiversity. While several studies have provided empirical evidence supporting the significance of the temporal storage effect for coexistence, empirical tests of the role of the spatial storage effect are rare. In particular, we know little about how the spatial storage effect contributes to biodiversity over evolutionary timescales...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701563/experimental-evidence-of-human-recreational-disturbance-effects-on-bird-territory-establishment
#20
Yves Bötsch, Zulima Tablado, Lukas Jenni
The worldwide increase in human outdoor activities raises concerns for wildlife. Human disturbances, even at low levels, are likely to impact species during sensitive periods of the annual cycle. However, experimental studies during the putative sensitive period of territory establishment of birds which not only investigate low disturbance levels, but which also exclude the effect of habitat modification (e.g. walking trails) are lacking. Here, we experimentally disturbed birds in forest plots by walking through twice a day during territory establishment...
July 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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