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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438691/niche-separation-in-flycatcher-like-species-in-the-lowland-rainforests-of-malaysia
#1
Mohammad Saiful Mansor, Rosli Ramli
Niche theory suggests that sympatric species reduce interspecific competition through segregation of shared resources by adopting different attack manoeuvres. However, the fact that flycatcher-like bird species exclusively use the sally manoeuvre may thus challenge this view. We studied the foraging ecology of three flycatcher-like species (i.e. Paradise-flycatcher Terpsiphone sp., Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea, and Rufous-winged Philentoma Philentoma pyrhoptera) in the Krau Wildlife Reserve in central Peninsular Malaysia...
April 21, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434535/fruits-of-the-forest-human-stable-isotope-ecology-and-rainforest-adaptations-in-late-pleistocene-and-holocene-%C3%A2-36-to-3-ka-sri-lanka
#2
Patrick Roberts, Nimal Perera, Oshan Wedage, Siran Deraniyagala, Jude Perera, Saman Eregama, Michael D Petraglia, Julia A Lee-Thorp
Sri Lanka has yielded some of the earliest dated fossil evidence for Homo sapiens (∼38-35,000 cal. years BP [calibrated years before present]) in South Asia, within a region that is today covered by tropical rainforest. Archaeozoological and archaeobotanical evidence indicates that these hunter-gatherers exploited tropical forest resources, yet the contribution of these resources to their overall subsistence strategies has, as in other Late Pleistocene rainforest settings, remained relatively unexplored...
May 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426175/differences-in-xylem-and-leaf-hydraulic-traits-explain-differences-in-drought-tolerance-among-mature-amazon-rainforest-trees
#3
Thomas L Powell, James K Wheeler, Alex A R de Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Lola da Costa, Scott R Saleska, Patrick Meir, Paul R Moorcroft
Considerable uncertainty surrounds the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the composition and structure Amazon forests. Two large-scale ecosystem drought experiments in the eastern Brazilian Amazon observed increases in mortality rates among some tree species but not others; and therefore, the physiological traits underpinning these differential demographic responses were investigated. Xylem pressure at 50% conductivity (xylem-P50 ), leaf turgor loss point (TLP), cellular osmotic potential (πo ) and cellular bulk modulus of elasticity (ε), all traits mechanistically linked to drought tolerance, were measured on upper canopy branches and leaves of mature trees from selected species growing at the two drought experiment sites...
April 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422136/the-relationship-between-climate-change-and-the-endangered-rainforest-shrub-triunia-robusta-proteaceae-endemic-to-southeast-queensland-australia
#4
Yoko Shimizu-Kimura, Arnon Accad, Alison Shapcott
Threatened species in rainforests may be vulnerable to climate change, because of their potentially narrow thermal tolerances, small population sizes and restricted distributions. This study modelled climate induced changes on the habitat distribution of the endangered rainforest plant Triunia robusta, endemic to southeast Queensland, Australia. Species distribution models were developed for eastern Australia at 250 m grids and southeast Queensland at 25 m grids using ground-truthed presence records and environmental predictor data...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419598/biological-traits-rather-than-environment-shape-detection-curves-of-large-vertebrates-in-neotropical-rainforests
#5
Thomas Denis, Cécile Richard-Hansen, Olivier Brunaux, Marie-Pierre Etienne, Stéphane Guitet, Bruno Hérault
Line transect surveys are widely used in neotropical rainforests to estimate the population abundance of medium- and large-sized vertebrates. The use of indices such as Encounter Rate has been criticized because the probability of animal detection may fluctuate due to the heterogeneity of environmental conditions among sites. In addition, the morphological and behavioral characteristics (biological traits) of species affect their detectability. In this study, we compared the extent to which environmental conditions and species' biological traits bias abundance estimates in terra firme rainforests in French Guiana...
April 17, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419273/habitat-and-density-of-oviposition-opportunity-influences-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-flight-distance
#6
Heidi E Brown, Jonathan Cox, Andrew C Comrie, Roberto Barrera
Understanding the dispersal of Aedes (aegypti (L.) Diptera: Culicidae) after consuming a potentially infectious bloodmeal is an important part of controlling the spread of the arboviruses it transmits. Because of the impact on abundance, removal of oviposition sites is a key component of vector control. However, source reduction around a case may encourage dispersal of potentially infected vectors. We compare the effect of oviposition site availability on Ae. aegypti dispersal behavior within 30-m linear cages in three model ecosystems at the University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 research facility...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413850/scenarios-in-tropical-forest-degradation-carbon-stock-trajectories-for-redd
#7
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Rafael B de Andrade, Jennifer K Balch, Amoreena L Parsons, Dolors Armenteras, Rosa Maria Roman-Cuesta, Janette Bulkan
BACKGROUND: Human-caused disturbance to tropical rainforests-such as logging and fire-causes substantial losses of carbon stocks. This is a critical issue to be addressed in the context of policy discussions to implement REDD+. This work reviews current scientific knowledge about the temporal dynamics of degradation-induced carbon emissions to describe common patterns of emissions from logging and fire across tropical forest regions. Using best available information, we: (i) develop short-term emissions factors (per area) for logging and fire degradation scenarios in tropical forests; and (ii) describe the temporal pattern of degradation emissions and recovery trajectory post logging and fire disturbance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412514/insights-from-the-genome-of-a-high-alkaline-cellulase-producing-aspergillus-fumigatus-strain-obtained-from-peruvian-amazon-rainforest
#8
Sujay Paul, Angel Zhang, Yvette Ludeña, Gretty K Villena, Fengan Yu, David H Sherman, Marcel Gutiérrez-Correa
Here, we report the complete genome sequence of a high alkaline cellulase producing Aspergillus fumigatus strain LMB-35Aa isolated from soil of Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The genome is ∼27.5mb in size, comprises of 228 scaffolds with an average GC content of 50%, and is predicted to contain a total of 8660 protein-coding genes. Of which, 6156 are with known function; it codes for 607 putative CAZymes families potentially involved in carbohydrate metabolism. Several important cellulose degrading genes, such as endoglucanase A, endoglucanase B, endoglucanase D and beta-glucosidase, are also identified...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410526/conversion-of-rainforest-into-agroforestry-and-monoculture-plantation-in-china-consequences-for-soil-phosphorus-forms-and-microbial-community
#9
Jinchuang Wang, Changqi Ren, Hanting Cheng, Yukun Zou, Mansoor Ahmed Bughio, Qinfen Li
Microbial communities and their associated enzyme activities affect quantity and quality of phosphorus (P) in soils. Land use change is likely to alter microbial community structure and feedback on ecosystem structure and function. This study presents a novel assessment of mechanistic links between microbial responses to land use and shifts in the amount and quality of soil phosphorus (P). We investigated effects of the conversion of rainforests into rubber agroforests (AF), young rubber (YR), and mature rubber (MR) plantations on soil P fractions (i...
April 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410432/patterns-of-orchid-bee-species-diversity-and-turnover-among-forested-plateaus-of-central-amazonia
#10
Yasmine Antonini, Carolina de Barros Machado, Pedro Manoel Galetti, Marcio Oliveira, Rodolfo Dirzo, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
The knowledge of spatial pattern and geographic beta-diversity is of great importance for biodiversity conservation and interpreting ecological information. Tropical forests, especially the Amazon Rainforest, are well known for their high species richness and low similarity in species composition between sites, both at local and regional scales. We aimed to determine the effect and relative importance of area, isolation and climate on species richness and turnover in orchid bee assemblages among plateaus in central Brazilian Amazonia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404776/dry-habitats-were-crucibles-of-domestication-in-the-evolution-of-agriculture-in-ants
#11
Michael G Branstetter, Ana Ješovnik, Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo, Michael W Lloyd, Brant C Faircloth, Seán G Brady, Ted R Schultz
The evolution of ant agriculture, as practised by the fungus-farming 'attine' ants, is thought to have arisen in the wet rainforests of South America about 55-65 Ma. Most subsequent attine agricultural evolution, including the domestication event that produced the ancestor of higher attine cultivars, is likewise hypothesized to have occurred in South American rainforests. The 'out-of-the-rainforest' hypothesis, while generally accepted, has never been tested in a phylogenetic context. It also presents a problem for explaining how fungal domestication might have occurred, given that isolation from free-living populations is required...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403189/rapid-forest-clearing-in-a-myanmar-proposed-national-park-threatens-two-newly-discovered-species-of-geckos-gekkonidae-cyrtodactylus
#12
Grant M Connette, Patrick Oswald, Myint Kyaw Thura, Katherine J LaJeunesse Connette, Mark E Grindley, Melissa Songer, George R Zug, Daniel G Mulcahy
Myanmar's recent transition from military rule towards a more democratic government has largely ended decades of political and economic isolation. Although Myanmar remains heavily forested, increased development in recent years has been accompanied by exceptionally high rates of forest loss. In this study, we document the rapid progression of deforestation in and around the proposed Lenya National Park, which includes some of the largest remaining areas of lowland evergreen rainforest in mainland Southeast Asia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403166/functional-decay-in-tree-community-within-tropical-fragmented-landscapes-effects-of-landscape-scale-forest-cover
#13
Larissa Rocha-Santos, Maíra Benchimol, Margaret M Mayfield, Deborah Faria, Michaele S Pessoa, Daniela C Talora, Eduardo Mariano-Neto, Eliana Cazetta
As tropical rainforests are cleared, forest remnants are increasingly isolated within agricultural landscapes. Understanding how forest loss impacts on species diversity can, therefore, contribute to identifying the minimum amount of habitat required for biodiversity maintenance in human-modified landscapes. Here, we evaluate how the amount of forest cover, at the landscape scale, affects patterns of species richness, abundance, key functional traits and common taxonomic families of adult trees in twenty Brazilian Atlantic rainforest landscapes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401311/development-of-site-fidelity-in-the-nocturnal-amblypygid-phrynus-marginemaculatus
#14
Jacob M Graving, Verner P Bingman, Eileen A Hebets, Daniel D Wiegmann
Amblypygids are capable of navigation in the complex terrain of rainforests in near complete darkness. Path integration is unnecessary for successful homing, and the alternative mechanisms by which they navigate have yet to be elucidated. Here, our aims were to determine whether the amblypygid Phrynus marginemaculatus could be trained to reliably return to a target shelter in a laboratory arena-indicating goal recognition-and to document changes in behavior associated with the development of fidelity. We recorded nocturnal movements and space use by individuals over five nights in an arena in which subjects were provided with two shelters that differed in quality...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399297/two-new-species-of-sucking-lice-phthiraptera-anoplura-polyplacidae-from-endangered-hibernating-lemurs-primates-cheirogaleidae
#15
Lance A Durden, Marina B Blanco, Matthew H Seabolt
Lemurpediculus robbinsi sp. nov. is described from Crossley's dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus crossleyi A. Grandidier, and Lemurpediculus claytoni sp. nov. is described from Sibree's dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus sibreei Forsyth Major, from Madagascar. Both sexes of each new louse species are illustrated and distinguished from the two previously known species of Lemurpediculus: L. verruculosus (Ward) and L. petterorum Paulian. With the addition of two new species to the genus, an amended description of Lemurpediculus is provided...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399261/seedlings-of-subtropical-rainforest-species-from-similar-successional-guild-show-different-photosynthetic-and-morphological-responses-to-varying-light-levels
#16
D Puji Lestari, J Doland Nichols
Restoration using rainforest species in Australia and elsewhere has been limited to a small number of widely known species, mainly pioneer or early successional species, Using the presumed successional status as a guideline for species selection in reforestation should be taken with a caveat since a species' capacity to adjust to light gradients is not easily predicted. This study examined the photosynthetic and growth responses of four Australian subtropical rainforest species in the context of using late successional species in restoration programs...
February 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398039/influence-of-humidity-on-grip-and-release-adhesion-mechanisms-for-gecko-inspired-microfibrillar-surfaces
#17
Nicholas Cadirov, Jamie A Booth, Kimberly L Turner, Jacob N Israelachvili
Geckos have developed foot pads that allow them to maintain their unique climbing ability despite vast differences of surfaces and environments, from dry desert to humid rainforest. Likewise, successful gecko-inspired mimics should exhibit adhesive and frictional performance across a similarly diverse range of climates. In this work, we focus on the effect of relative humidity (RH) on the "frictional-adhesion" behavior of gecko-inspired adhesive pads. A surface forces apparatus was used to quantitatively measure adhesion and friction forces of a microfibrillar cross-linked polydimethylsiloxane surface against a smooth hemispherical glass disk at varying relative humidity, from 0 to 100% (including fully submerged under water)...
April 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393014/temporal-and-demographic-blood-parasite-dynamics-in-two-free-ranging-neotropical-primates
#18
Gideon A Erkenswick, Mrinalini Watsa, Alfonso S Gozalo, Nicole Dmytryk, Patricia G Parker
Parasite-host relationships are influenced by several factors intrinsic to hosts, such as social standing, group membership, sex, and age. However, in wild populations, temporal variation in parasite distributions and concomitant infections can alter these patterns. We used microscropy and molecular methods to screen for naturally occurring haemoparasitic infections in two Neotropical primate host populations, the saddleback (Leontocebus weddelli) and emperor (Saguinus imperator) tamarin, in the lowland tropical rainforests of southeastern Peru...
August 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389728/leaf-litter-chemistry-drives-the-structure-and-composition-of-soil-testate-amoeba-communities-in-a-tropical-montane-rainforest-of-the-ecuadorian-andes
#19
Valentyna Krashevska, Dorothee Sandmann, Franca Marian, Mark Maraun, Stefan Scheu
We investigated the role of leaf litter chemistry and richness in affecting testate amoeba communities of tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Andes. Litterbags containing leaf litter from four dominating tree species (Clusia sp., Myrcia pubescens, Graffenrieda emarginata, and Cecropia andina) with richness 1, 2, and 4 species were established and exposed in the field for 12 months at 2000 m a.s.l. Chemical elements and compounds of leaf litter were analyzed before exposure. At the end of exposure, microbial biomass and litter mass loss were measured, and living testate amoeba species number, density, biomass, and community composition were determined...
April 7, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388823/optimizing-field-and-analytical-procedures-for-estimating-densities-of-arboreal-and-threatened-primates-in-tropical-rainforest
#20
Nathalie Cavada, Marco Ciolli, Claudia Barelli, Francesco Rovero
The application of distance sampling to primate density estimation is challenging and susceptible to estimation biases, mainly due to the difficulties of properly accounting for variation in species' detectability and of accurately sampling the spread of the social groups. We apply a hierarchical distance sampling approach to primate data, to account for a comprehensive set of environmental covariates of both detectability and abundance, and we propose a novel field routine to measure the spread of groups during transect sampling...
April 7, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
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