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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097048/effects-of-grazing-intensity-and-the-use-of-veterinary-medical-products-on-dung-beetle-biodiversity-in-the-sub-mountainous-landscape-of-central-italy
#1
Mattia Tonelli, José R Verdú, Mario E Zunino
Grazing extensification and intensification are among the main problems affecting European grasslands. We analyze the impact of grazing intensity (low and moderate) and the use of veterinary medical products (VMPs) on the dung beetle community in the province of Pesaro-Urbino (Italy). Grazing intensity is a key factor in explaining the diversity of dung beetles. In the case of the alpha diversity component, sites with a low level of grazing activity-related in a previous step to the subsequent abandonment of traditional farming-is characterized by a loss of species richness (q = 0) and a reduction in alpha diversity at the levels q = 1 and q = 2...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074466/anatomical-organization-of-the-brain-of-a-diurnal-and-a-nocturnal-dung-beetle
#2
Esa-Ville Immonen, Marie Dacke, Stanley Heinze, Basil El Jundi
To avoid the fierce competition for food, South African ball-rolling dung beetles carve a piece of dung off a dung-pile, shape it into a ball and roll it away along a straight line path. For this unidirectional exit from the busy dung pile, at night and day, the beetles use a wide repertoire of celestial compass cues. This robust and relatively easily measurable orientation behavior has made ball-rolling dung beetles an attractive model organism for the study of the neuroethology behind insect orientation and sensory ecology...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031804/does-selective-logging-stress-tropical-forest-invertebrates-using-fat-stores-to-examine-sublethal-responses-in-dung-beetles
#3
Filipe França, Jos Barlow, Bárbara Araújo, Julio Louzada
The increased global demand for tropical timber has driven vast expanses of tropical forests to be selectively logged worldwide. While logging impacts on wildlife are predicted to change species distribution and abundance, the underlying physiological responses are poorly understood. Although there is a growing consensus that selective logging impacts on natural populations start with individual stress-induced sublethal responses, this literature is dominated by investigations conducted with vertebrates from temperate zones...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27975939/new-bioactive-secondary-metabolites-from-dung-beetle-associated-bacteria
#4
S Um, K B Oh, J Shin, D C Oh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934498/naphthoquinone-oxindole-alkaloids-coprisidins-a-and-b-from-a-gut-associated-bacterium-in-the-dung-beetle-copris-tripartitus
#5
Soohyun Um, Duc-Hiep Bach, Bora Shin, Chan-Hong Ahn, Seong-Hwan Kim, Hea-Son Bang, Ki-Bong Oh, Sang Kook Lee, Jongheon Shin, Dong-Chan Oh
Coprisidins A and B (1 and 2) were isolated from a gut-associated Streptomyces sp. in the dung beetle Copris tripartitus. Using a combination of spectroscopic techniques, the structures of the compounds were determined to be the first examples of natural naphthoquinone-oxindole alkaloids. Coprisidin A was found to inhibit the action of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase, and coprisidin B showed activity for the induction of NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1.
November 18, 2016: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932920/dung-beetle-coleoptera-scarabaeoidea-assemblages-in-the-western-italian-alps-benchmark-data-for-land-use-monitoring
#6
Claudia Tocco, Martin H Villet
BACKGROUND: Traditional agro-pastoral practices are in decline over much of the Alps (MacDonald et al. 2000), leading to shrub and tree encroachment, and this represents one of the main threats for the conservation of alpine biodiversity, as many plant and animal species are dependent on the presence of semi-natural open habitats. However, quantifying this environmental change and assessing its impact on biodiversity may be difficult, especially in the context of sparse historical survey data...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928036/the-value-of-trophic-interactions-for-ecosystem-function-dung-beetle-communities-influence-seed-burial-and-seedling-recruitment-in-tropical-forests
#7
Hannah M Griffiths, Richard D Bardgett, Julio Louzada, Jos Barlow
Anthropogenic activities are causing species extinctions, raising concerns about the consequences of changing biological communities for ecosystem functioning. To address this, we investigated how dung beetle communities influence seed burial and seedling recruitment in the Brazilian Amazon. First, we conducted a burial and retrieval experiment using seed mimics. We found that dung beetle biomass had a stronger positive effect on the burial of large than small beads, suggesting that anthropogenic reductions in large-bodied beetles will have the greatest effect on the secondary dispersal of large-seeded plant species...
December 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899070/multigene-phylogenetic-analysis-redefines-dung-beetles-relationships-and-classification-coleoptera-scarabaeidae-scarabaeinae
#8
Sergei Tarasov, Dimitar Dimitrov
BACKGROUND: Dung beetles (subfamily Scarabaeinae) are popular model organisms in ecology and developmental biology, and for the last two decades they have experienced a systematics renaissance with the adoption of modern phylogenetic approaches. Within this period 16 key phylogenies and numerous additional studies with limited scope have been published, but higher-level relationships of this pivotal group of beetles remain contentious and current classifications contain many unnatural groupings...
November 29, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860508/developmental-and-ecological-benefits-of-the-maternally-transmitted-microbiota-in-a-dung-beetle
#9
Daniel B Schwab, Hailey E Riggs, Irene L G Newton, Armin P Moczek
To complete their development, diverse animal species rely on the presence of communities of symbiotic microbiota that are vertically transmitted from mother to offspring. In the dung beetle genus Onthophagus, newly hatched larvae acquire maternal gut symbionts by the consumption of a maternal fecal secretion known as the pedestal. Here, we investigate the role of pedestal symbionts in mediating the normal development of Onthophagus gazella. Through the stepwise removal of environmental and maternal sources of microbial inoculation, we find that pedestal microbiota can enhance both overall growth and developmental rate in O...
December 2016: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859034/ecological-functions-provided-by-dung-beetles-are-interlinked-across-space-and-time-evidence-from-15-n-isotope-tracing
#10
Beatrice Nervo, Enrico Caprio, Luisella Celi, Michele Lonati, Giampiero Lombardi, Gloria Falsone, Gabriele Iussig, Claudia Palestrini, Daniel Said-Pullicino, Antonio Rolando
Maintaining multiple ecological functions ("multifunctionality") is crucial to sustain viable ecosystems. To date most studies on biodiversity-ecosystem functioning (BEF) have focused on single or few ecological functions and services. However, there is a critical need to evaluate how species and species assemblages affect multiple processes at the same time, and how these functions are interconnected. Dung beetles represent excellent model organisms because they are key contributors to several ecosystem functions...
November 14, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846249/the-anthelmintic-ingredient-moxidectin-negatively-affects-seed-germination-of-three-temperate-grassland-species
#11
Carsten Eichberg, Manuel Wohde, Kerstin Müller, Anja Rausch, Christina Scherrmann, Theresa Scheuren, Rolf-Alexander Düring, Tobias W Donath
In animal farming, anthelmintics are regularly applied to control gastrointestinal nematodes. There is plenty of evidence that also non-target organisms, such as dung beetles, are negatively affected by residues of anthelmintics in faeces of domestic ungulates. By contrast, knowledge about possible effects on wild plants is scarce. To bridge this gap of knowledge, we tested for effects of the common anthelmintic formulation Cydectin and its active ingredient moxidectin on seed germination. We conducted a feeding experiment with sheep and germination experiments in a climate chamber...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833427/effects-of-an-increase-in-population-of-sika-deer-on-beetle-communities-in-deciduous-forests
#12
Taichi Iida, Masashi Soga, Shinsuke Koike
The overabundance of large herbivores is now recognized as a serious ecological problem. However, the resulting ecological consequences remain poorly understood. The ecological effects of an increase in sika deer, Cervus nippon Temminck (Cervidae), on three insect groups of beetles was investigated: ground beetles (Carabidae), carrion beetles (Silphidae), and dung beetles (Scarabaeidae and Geotrupidae) on Nakanoshima Island, Hokkaido, northern Japan. We collected beetles on Nakanoshima Island (experimental site) and lakeshore areas (control site) and compared the species richness, abundance, diversity index, and community composition of beetles between the sites...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832824/genome-of-the-asian-longhorned-beetle-anoplophora-glabripennis-a-globally-significant-invasive-species-reveals-key-functional-and-evolutionary-innovations-at-the-beetle-plant-interface
#13
Duane D McKenna, Erin D Scully, Yannick Pauchet, Kelli Hoover, Roy Kirsch, Scott M Geib, Robert F Mitchell, Robert M Waterhouse, Seung-Joon Ahn, Deanna Arsala, Joshua B Benoit, Heath Blackmon, Tiffany Bledsoe, Julia H Bowsher, André Busch, Bernarda Calla, Hsu Chao, Anna K Childers, Christopher Childers, Dave J Clarke, Lorna Cohen, Jeffery P Demuth, Huyen Dinh, HarshaVardhan Doddapaneni, Amanda Dolan, Jian J Duan, Shannon Dugan, Markus Friedrich, Karl M Glastad, Michael A D Goodisman, Stephanie Haddad, Yi Han, Daniel S T Hughes, Panagiotis Ioannidis, J Spencer Johnston, Jeffery W Jones, Leslie A Kuhn, David R Lance, Chien-Yueh Lee, Sandra L Lee, Han Lin, Jeremy A Lynch, Armin P Moczek, Shwetha C Murali, Donna M Muzny, David R Nelson, Subba R Palli, Kristen A Panfilio, Dan Pers, Monica F Poelchau, Honghu Quan, Jiaxin Qu, Ann M Ray, Joseph P Rinehart, Hugh M Robertson, Richard Roehrdanz, Andrew J Rosendale, Seunggwan Shin, Christian Silva, Alex S Torson, Iris M Vargas Jentzsch, John H Werren, Kim C Worley, George Yocum, Evgeny M Zdobnov, Richard A Gibbs, Stephen Richards
BACKGROUND: Relatively little is known about the genomic basis and evolution of wood-feeding in beetles. We undertook genome sequencing and annotation, gene expression assays, studies of plant cell wall degrading enzymes, and other functional and comparative studies of the Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis, a globally significant invasive species capable of inflicting severe feeding damage on many important tree species. Complementary studies of genes encoding enzymes involved in digestion of woody plant tissues or detoxification of plant allelochemicals were undertaken with the genomes of 14 additional insects, including the newly sequenced emerald ash borer and bull-headed dung beetle...
November 11, 2016: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801992/gut-microbiota-of-dung-beetles-correspond-to-dietary-specializations-of-adults-and-larvae
#14
Shantanu P Shukla, Jon G Sanders, Marcus J Byrne, Naomi E Pierce
Vertebrate dung is central to the dung beetle life cycle, constituting food for adults and a protective and nutritive refuge for their offspring. Adult dung beetles have soft mandibles and feed primarily on nutritionally rich dung particles, while larvae have sclerotized mandibles and consume coarser dung particles with a higher C/N ratio. Here, using the dung beetles Euoniticellus intermedius and E. triangulatus, we show that these morphological adaptations in mandibular structure are also correlated with differences in basic gut structure and gut bacterial communities between dung beetle life stages...
December 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783685/wild-herbivore-grazing-enhances-insect-diversity-over-livestock-grazing-in-an-african-grassland-system
#15
James S Pryke, Francois Roets, Michael J Samways
Southern Africa's grassland biodiversity is threatened by habitat transformation such as commercial forestry. Ecological networks (ENs) have been instigated to alleviate the pressure of habitat transformation on local biodiversity. ENs are large scale webs of corridors and patches of natural vegetation criss-crossing production landscapes that can simulate conditions in protected areas (PAs). Many ENs have lost many native large mammal species, which have been replaced by domestic livestock to retain natural grazing dynamics, which could have an impact on the long-term value of ENs for insects...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780960/an-analog-of-the-antimicrobial-peptide-copa5-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-macrophage-activation
#16
I Na Yoon, Ji Hong, Peng Zhang, Jae Sam Hwang, Ho Kim
We previously reported that the CopA3 peptide (LLCIALRKK, D-form) originally isolated from the Korean dung beetle has antimicrobial and immunosuppressive effects. However, the high cost of producing the synthetic peptide, especially the D-form, has limited the development of CopA3 for therapeutic purposes. Here, we investigated whether the CopA3 deletion derivative, CopA5, which is composed of only five amino acids (LLCIA) and has the L-form structure, could inhibit the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced activation of macrophages...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761721/linking-functional-group-richness-and-ecosystem-functions-of-dung-beetles-an-experimental-quantification
#17
Tanja Milotić, Stijn Quidé, Thomas Van Loo, Maurice Hoffmann
Dung beetles form an insect group that fulfils important functions in terrestrial ecosystems throughout the world. These include nutrient cycling through dung removal, soil bioturbation, plant growth, secondary seed dispersal and parasite control. We conducted field experiments at two sites in the northern hemisphere temperate region in which dung removal and secondary seed dispersal were assessed. Dung beetles were classified in three functional groups, depending on their size and dung manipulation method: dwellers, large and small tunnelers...
October 19, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760224/correction-the-gut-microbiomes-of-two-pachysoma-macleay-desert-dung-beetle-species-coleoptera-scarabaeidae-scarabaeinae-feeding-on-different-diets
#18
Philippa Z N Franzini, Jean-Baptiste Ramond, Clarke H Scholtz, Catherine L Sole, Sandra Ronca, Don A Cowan
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161118.].
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27710435/nanoindentation-investigation-of-the-stress-exponent-for-the-creep-of-dung-beetle-copris-ochus-motschulsky-cuticle
#19
Zhijun Zhang, Honglei Jia, Jiyu Sun, Jin Tong
ABSTACT With the rapid development of bionic science, especially the progress that has been made in the fields of biomaterials and biomimetics, there is now great interest in the surface and internal mechanical properties of biological materials at the micro- and nanoscale. The study of micro- and nanoscale biomaterial mechanical properties could enable interdisciplinary applications in materials science, biological science and bionic science. Dung beetle (Copris ochus Motschulsky) cuticle is a viscoelastic material that is both viscous and flexible via elastic deformation under external forces; where stress σ, strain ϵ and elastic modulus E are related in the following way: σ = Eϵ...
September 2, 2016: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27641770/fecal-derived-phenol-induces-egg-laying-aversion-in-drosophila
#20
Suzan Mansourian, Jacob Corcoran, Anders Enjin, Christer Löfstedt, Marie Dacke, Marcus C Stensmyr
Feces is an abundant, rich source of energy, utilized by a myriad of organisms, not least by members of the order Diptera, i.e., flies. How Drosophila melanogaster reacts to fecal matter remains unclear. Here, we examined oviposition behavior toward a range of fecal samples from mammals native to the putative Southeast African homeland of the fly. We show that D. melanogaster display a strong oviposition aversion toward feces from carnivorous mammals but indifference or even attraction toward herbivore dung...
September 9, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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