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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428842/incipient-ecological-speciation-between-successional-varieties-of-a-dominant-tree-involves-intrinsic-postzygotic-isolating-barriers
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Elizabeth A Stacy, Bhama Paritosh, Melissa A Johnson, Donald K Price
Whereas disruptive selection imposed by heterogeneous environments can lead to the evolution of extrinsic isolating barriers between diverging populations, the evolution of intrinsic postzygotic barriers through divergent selection is less certain. Long-lived species such as trees may be especially slow to evolve intrinsic isolating barriers. We examined postpollination reproductive isolating barriers below the species boundary, in an ephemeral hybrid zone between two successional varieties of the landscape-dominant Hawaiian tree, Metrosideros polymorpha, on volcanically active Hawai'i Island...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424728/landscape-population-genomics-of-forsythia-forsythia-suspensa-reveal-that-ecological-habitats-determine-the-adaptive-evolution-of-species
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Jie Yang, Cai-Yun Miao, Run-Li Mao, Yong Li
Understanding the genetic mechanisms of adaptation to environmental variables is a key concern in molecular ecology and evolutionary biology. Determining the adaptive evolutionary direction and evaluating the adaptation status of species can improve our understanding of these mechanisms. In this study, we sampled 20 populations of Forsythia suspensa to infer the relationship between environmental variables and adaptive genetic variations. Population structure analysis revealed that four genetic groups of F...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423033/can-soda-ash-dumping-grounds-provide-replacement-habitats-for-digger-wasps-hymenoptera-apoidea-spheciformes
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Lucyna Twerd, Maciej Krzyżyński, Barbara Waldon-Rudzionek, Piotr Olszewski
BACKGROUND: Published sources document a loss of biodiversity at an extreme rate, mainly because natural and semi-natural ecosystems are becoming fragmented and isolated, thus losing their biological functions. These changes significantly influence biological diversity, which is a complex phenomenon that changes over time. Contemporary ecologists must therefore draw attention to anthropogenic replacement habitats and increase their conservation status. In our studies we show the positive role of soda ash dumping grounds as an alternative habitat for digger wasps, especially the thermophilic species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421267/potential-distribution-of-mountain-cloud-forest-in-michoac%C3%A3-n-mexico-prioritization-for-conservation-in-the-context-of-landscape-connectivity
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Camilo A Correa Ayram, Manuel E Mendoza, Andrés Etter, Diego R Pérez Salicrup
Landscape connectivity is essential in biodiversity conservation because of its ability to reduce the effect of habitat fragmentation; furthermore is a key property in adapting to climate change. Potential distribution models and landscape connectivity studies have increased with regard to their utility to prioritizing areas for conservation. The objective of this study was to model the potential distribution of Mountain cloud forests in the Transversal Volcanic System, Michoacán and to analyze the role of these areas in maintaining landscape connectivity...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421101/hyperspectral-technologies-for-assessing-seed-germination-and-trifloxysulfuron-methyl-response-in-amaranthus-palmeri-palmer-amaranth
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Maor Matzrafi, Ittai Herrmann, Christian Nansen, Tom Kliper, Yotam Zait, Timea Ignat, Dana Siso, Baruch Rubin, Arnon Karnieli, Hanan Eizenberg
Weed infestations in agricultural systems constitute a serious challenge to agricultural sustainability and food security worldwide. Amaranthus palmeri S. Watson (Palmer amaranth) is one of the most noxious weeds causing significant yield reductions in various crops. The ability to estimate seed viability and herbicide susceptibility is a key factor in the development of a long-term management strategy, particularly since the misuse of herbicides is driving the evolution of herbicide response in various weed species...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419861/agroecological-and-environmental-factors-influence-barley-yellow-dwarf-viruses-in-grasslands-in-the-us-pacific-northwest
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Laura L Ingwell, Christelle Lacroix, Paul R Rhoades, Alexander V Karasev, Nilsa A Bosque-Pérez
Plant pathogens can play a role in the competitive interactions between plant species and have been understudied in native prairies, which are declining globally, and in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in the United States. Barley/Cereal yellow dwarf virus (B/CYDV) are among the most economically important disease-causing agents of small grain cereal crops, such as wheat, and are known to infect over 150 Poaceae species, including many of the grass species present in prairies and CRP lands. Field surveys of Poaceae species were conducted in endangered Palouse Prairie and CRP habitats of southeastern Washington and adjacent northern Idaho, USA from 2010-2012 to examine for the presence of B/CYDV among plant hosts and aphid vectors...
April 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416694/experimental-dispersal-reveals-characteristic-scales-of-biodiversity-in-a-natural-landscape
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Rachel M Germain, Sharon Y Strauss, Benjamin Gilbert
Ecological theory posits that dispersal among habitat patches links local communities and is a key "regional" process that maintains biological diversity. However, manipulations required to experimentally test regional processes are infeasible for most systems, and thus more work is needed to detect the scales at which regional processes manifest and their overall effect on diversity. In a Californian grassland, a hotspot for global biodiversity, we used a seed vacuum to increase dispersal at spatial scales varying from 1 m to 10 km while maintaining a realistic spatial structure of species pools and environmental conditions...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411568/projecting-biodiversity-and-wood-production-in-future-forest-landscapes-15-key-modeling-considerations
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Adam Felton, Thomas Ranius, Jean-Michel Roberge, Karin Öhman, Tomas Lämås, Jari Hynynen, Artti Juutinen, Mikko Mönkkönen, Urban Nilsson, Tomas Lundmark, Annika Nordin
A variety of modeling approaches can be used to project the future development of forest systems, and help to assess the implications of different management alternatives for biodiversity and ecosystem services. This diversity of approaches does however present both an opportunity and an obstacle for those trying to decide which modeling technique to apply, and interpreting the management implications of model output. Furthermore, the breadth of issues relevant to addressing key questions related to forest ecology, conservation biology, silviculture, economics, requires insights stemming from a number of distinct scientific disciplines...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411319/fifty-year-spatiotemporal-analysis-of-landscape-changes-in-the-mont-saint-hilaire-unesco-biosphere-reserve-quebec-canada
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Marc Béliveau, Daniel Germain, Ana-Neli Ianăş
Diachronic analysis with a GIS-based classification of land-use changes based on aerial photographs, orthophotos, topographic maps, geotechnical reports, urban plans, and using landscape metrics has permitted insight into the driving forces responsible for landscape fragmentation in the Mont Saint-Hilaire (MSH) Biosphere Reserve over the period 1958-2015. Although the occurrence of exogenous factors, such as extreme weather and fires, can have a significant influence on the fragmentation of the territory in time and space, the accelerated development of the built environment (+470%) is nevertheless found to be primarily responsible for landscape fragmentation and the loss of areas formerly occupied by orchards, agriculture, and woodlands...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410023/timing-of-breeding-in-an-ecologically-trapped-bird
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Franck A Hollander, Nicolas Titeux, Marie-Jeanne Holveck, Hans Van Dyck
In human-modified environments, organisms may prefer to use habitats where their reproductive performance is lower compared to alternative options. Many such ecological traps occur in seasonally changing environments. Although the timing of breeding has been shown to impact reproductive performance in a variety of organisms, it has never been considered as a potential mechanism underlying ecological traps. We address this issue with a migratory bird, the red-backed shrike, breeding in a human-modified, farmland-forest landscape...
May 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407480/the-landscape-ecology-and-microbiota-of-the-human-nose-mouth-and-throat
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Diana M Proctor, David A Relman
Landscape ecology examines the relationships between the spatial arrangement of different landforms and the processes that give rise to spatial and temporal patterns in local community structure. The spatial ecology of the microbial communities that inhabit the human body-in particular, those of the nose, mouth, and throat-deserves greater attention. Important questions include what defines the size of a population (i.e., "patch") in a given body site, what defines the boundaries of distinct patches within a single body site, and where and over what spatial scales within a body site are gradients detected...
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405301/canada-lynx-use-of-burned-areas-conservation-implications-of-changing-fire-regimes
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Carmen M Vanbianchi, Melanie A Murphy, Karen E Hodges
A fundamental problem in ecology is forecasting how species will react to major disturbances. As the climate warms, large, frequent, and severe fires are restructuring forested landscapes at large spatial scales, with unknown impacts on imperilled predators. We use the United States federally Threatened Canada lynx as a case study to examine how predators navigate recent large burns, with particular focus on habitat features and the spatial configuration (e.g., distance to edge) that enabled lynx use of these transformed landscapes...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405283/anolis-lizards-as-biocontrol-agents-in-mainland-and-island-agroecosystems
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Ivan V Monagan, Jonathan R Morris, Alison R Davis Rabosky, Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer
Our knowledge of ecological interactions that bolster ecosystem function and productivity has broad applications to the management of agricultural systems. Studies suggest that the presence of generalist predators in agricultural landscapes leads to a decrease in the abundance of herbivorous pests, but our understanding of how these interactions vary across taxa and along gradients of management intensity and eco-geographic space remains incomplete. In this study, we assessed the functional response and biocontrol potential of a highly ubiquitous insectivore (lizards in the genus Anolis) on the world's most important coffee pest, the coffee berry borer (Hypothalemus hampei)...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404774/changes-in-the-location-of-biodiversity-ecosystem-function-hot-spots-across-the-seafloor-landscape-with-increasing-sediment-nutrient-loading
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Simon F Thrush, Judi E Hewitt, Casper Kraan, A M Lohrer, Conrad A Pilditch, Emily Douglas
Declining biodiversity and loss of ecosystem function threatens the ability of habitats to contribute ecosystem services. However, the form of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function (BEF) and how relationships change with environmental change is poorly understood. This limits our ability to predict the consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystem function, particularly in real-world marine ecosystems that are species rich, and where multiple ecosystem functions are represented by multiple indicators...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399209/spatial-distribution-of-phlebotomus-argentipes-diptera-psychodidae-in-eastern-india-a-case-study-evaluating-multispatial-resolution-remotely-sensed-environmental-evidence-and-microclimatic-data
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Rakesh Mandal, Pradeep Das, Vijay Kumar, Shreekant Kesari
Remote sensing, a powerful tool for analyzing landscape factors, is being used to explore the spatial ecology of vectors of several diseases. This study aims to explore the role of buffer size in identification and quantification of geo-environmental factors from multispatial resolution satellite data and its application along with microclimatic data to kala-azar vector abundance modeling.Sand fly abundance and microclimatic data were collected from 210 sample sites during the premonsoon and postmonsoon season of 2014 from Muzaffarpur district of Bihar (India)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393879/constructing-ecological-networks-based-on-habitat-quality-assessment-a-case-study-of-changzhou-china
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Yu Gao, Lei Ma, Jiaxun Liu, Zhuzhou Zhuang, Qiuhao Huang, Manchun Li
Fragmentation and reduced continuity of habitat patches threaten the environment and biodiversity. Recently, ecological networks are increasingly attracting the attention of researchers as they provide fundamental frameworks for environmental protection. This study suggests a set of procedures to construct an ecological network. First, we proposed a method to construct a landscape resistance surface based on the assessment of habitat quality. Second, to analyze the effect of the resistance surface on corridor simulations, we used three methods to construct resistance surfaces: (1) the method proposed in this paper, (2) the entropy coefficient method, and (3) the expert scoring method...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392980/variegated-tropical-landscapes-conserve-diverse-dung-beetle-communities
#17
Cristiane Costa, Victor Hugo F Oliveira, Rafaella Maciel, Wallace Beiroz, Vanesca Korasaki, Julio Louzada
BACKGROUND: Conserving biodiversity in tropical landscapes is a major challenge to scientists and conservationists. Current rates of deforestation, fragmentation, and land use intensification are producing variegated landscapes with undetermined values for the conservation of biological communities and ecosystem functioning. Here, we investigate the importance of tropical variegated landscapes to biodiversity conservation, using dung beetle as focal taxa. METHODS: The study was carried out in 12 variegated landscapes where dung beetles were sampled using six pitfall traps, 30 m apart from each other, along a transect in each studied landscape use and cover classes-LUCC (forest fragment and corridor, coffee plantation, and pasture)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390104/historical-and-projected-trends-in-landscape-drivers-affecting-carbon-dynamics-in-alaska
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Neal J Pastick, Paul Duffy, Hélène Genet, T Scott Rupp, Bruce K Wylie, Kristofer D Johnson, M Torre Jorgenson, Norman Bliss, A David McGuire, Elchin E Jafarov, Joseph F Knight
Modern climate change in Alaska has resulted in widespread thawing of permafrost, increased fire activity, and extensive changes in vegetation characteristics that have significant consequences for socio-ecological systems. Despite observations of the heightened sensitivity of these systems to change, there has not been a comprehensive assessment of factors that drive ecosystem changes throughout Alaska. Here we present research that improves our understanding of the main drivers of the spatiotemporal patterns of carbon dynamics using in situ observations, remote sensing data, and an array of modeling techniques...
April 8, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386514/improving-urban-water-environment-in-eastern-china-by-blending-traditional-with-modern-landscape-planning
#19
Jiajie Cao, Junjun Yu, Yuan Tian, Cai Zhao, Hao Wang
As a fundamental part of greenspace, urban water landscape contributes greatly to the ecological system and at the same time supplies a leisure area for residents. The paper did an analysis on the number of aquatic plant communities, the form of water spaces, and water quality condition by investigating 135 quadrats (90 at amphibious boundary and the land, 45 in the water) in 45 transects of 15 urban and suburban parks. We found that water spaces had monotonous forms with low biodiversity and poor water quality...
2017: Scientifica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384313/variation-in-home-range-size-of-red-foxes-vulpes-vulpes-along-a-gradient-of-productivity-and-human-landscape-alteration
#20
Zea Walton, Gustaf Samelius, Morten Odden, Tomas Willebrand
Home range size is a fundamental concept for understanding animal dispersion and ecological needs, and it is one of the most commonly reported ecological attributes of free-ranging mammals. Previous studies indicate that red foxes Vulpes vulpes display great variability in home range size. Yet, there has been little consensus regarding the reasons why home range sizes of red foxes vary so extensively. In this study, we examine possible causes of variation in red fox home range sizes using data from 52 GPS collared red foxes from four study areas representing a gradient of landscape productivity and human landscape alteration in Norway and Sweden...
2017: PloS One
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