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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110325/nesting-ecology-of-a-small-montane-population-of-the-nigerian-cameroon-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes-ellioti-in-nigeria
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Paul Dutton, Elena Moltchanova, Hazel Chapman
Understanding nest site choice by chimpanzees has implications for ecology, anthropology, and in the collection of census data, yet it remains controversial. Here we provide the first information on environmental factors affecting nest site choice in a montane population of the rare and relatively understudied Nigerian/Cameroon chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) in Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve, Nigeria. The forest is small, isolated, and visited by researchers, community members, and hunters. We also tested the hypothesis that people (researchers) walking along forest trails collecting data on a regular basis since 2005 will have changed nesting behaviour in the vicinity of the trails...
January 21, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105715/gigantopithecus-blacki-a-giant-ape-from-the-pleistocene-of-asia-revisited
#2
Yingqi Zhang, Terry Harrison
Gigantopithecus blacki is the largest hominoid that ever lived. The consensus view is that it is a specialized pongine and late-surviving member of the Sivapithecus-Indopithecus lineage. It is known primarily from Early and Middle Pleistocene cave sites in southern China, dating from 2.0 Ma to almost 300 ka. The cause of its extinction in the late Middle Pleistocene is unknown, but ecological change or the arrival of Homo erectus may have been contributing factors. Gigantopithecus is highly specialized in its dentognathic anatomy, with a unique combination of features that distinguish it from all other hominoids...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100029/isolation-with-asymmetric-gene-flow-during-the-nonsynchronous-divergence-of-dry-forest-birds
#3
Jessica A Oswald, Isaac Overcast, William M Mauck, Michael J Andersen, Brian Tilston Smith
Dry forest bird communities in South America are often fragmented by intervening mountains and rainforests, generating high local endemism. The historical assembly of communities often results from dynamic processes linked to numerous population histories among co-distributed species. Nevertheless, species may diversify in the same way through time if landscape and environmental features, or species ecologies, similarly structure populations. Here we tested whether six co-distributed taxon pairs that occur in the dry forests of the Tumbes and Marañón Valley of northwestern South America show concordant patterns and modes of diversification...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097060/why-choose-random-forest-to-predict-rare-species-distribution-with-few-samples-in-large-undersampled-areas-three-asian-crane-species-models-provide-supporting-evidence
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Chunrong Mi, Falk Huettmann, Yumin Guo, Xuesong Han, Lijia Wen
Species distribution models (SDMs) have become an essential tool in ecology, biogeography, evolution and, more recently, in conservation biology. How to generalize species distributions in large undersampled areas, especially with few samples, is a fundamental issue of SDMs. In order to explore this issue, we used the best available presence records for the Hooded Crane (Grus monacha, n = 33), White-naped Crane (Grus vipio, n = 40), and Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis, n = 75) in China as three case studies, employing four powerful and commonly used machine learning algorithms to map the breeding distributions of the three species: TreeNet (Stochastic Gradient Boosting, Boosted Regression Tree Model), Random Forest, CART (Classification and Regression Tree) and Maxent (Maximum Entropy Models)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095927/small-alteration-big-impacts-effects-of-small-scale-riparian-forest-management-on-host-parasite-dynamics-in-streams
#5
C Lagrue, A A Besson, A Lecerf
Environmental changes and ecological disturbances can have large and unpredictable effects on parasite dynamics. Increasing human impacts on freshwater ecosystems through land use may thus modify the distribution and abundance of parasites and have cascading effects on host populations. Here we tested the effects of small-scale riparian forest management on the nematode Cystidicoloides ephemeridarum and its insect intermediate host Ephemera danica in forested streams. We assessed the impacts of harvesting riparian trees on parasite prevalence and abundance concomitantly with host densities...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092748/optimizing-selective-cutting-strategies-for-maximum-carbon-stocks-and-yield-of-moso-bamboo-forest-using-biome-bgc-model
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Fangjie Mao, Guomo Zhou, Pingheng Li, Huaqiang Du, Xiaojun Xu, Yongjun Shi, Lufeng Mo, Yufeng Zhou, Guoqing Tu
The selective cutting method currently used in Moso bamboo forests has resulted in a reduction of stand productivity and carbon sequestration capacity. Given the time and labor expense involved in addressing this problem manually, simulation using an ecosystem model is the most suitable approach. The BIOME-BGC model was improved to suit managed Moso bamboo forests, which was adapted to include age structure, specific ecological processes and management measures of Moso bamboo forest. A field selective cutting experiment was done in nine plots with three cutting intensities (high-intensity, moderate-intensity and low-intensity) during 2010-2013, and biomass of these plots was measured for model validation...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089840/biogeography-and-diversification-dynamics-of-the-african-woodpeckers
#7
Jérôme Fuchs, Jean-Marc Pons, Rauri C K Bowie
The dynamics of species accumulation of African terrestrial vertebrates over time remains underexplored in comparison with those in the New World, despite Africa hosting about 25% of the world's avian diversity. This lack of knowledge hampers our understanding of the fundamental processes that drive biodiversity and the dynamics of speciation. To begin to address this gap, we reconstructed species-level phylogenies of two unrelated clades of African woodpeckers (12 species of Geocolaptes/Campethera and 13 species of Chloropicus/ Mesopicos/ Dendropicos/Ipophilus) that diverged from their closest Indo-Malayan relatives at similar times...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089124/local-scale-spatio-temporal-distribution-of-questing-ixodes-ricinus-l-acari-ixodidae-a-case-study-from-a-riparian-urban-forest-in-wroc%C3%A5-aw-sw-poland
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Dorota Kiewra, Ewa Stefańska-Krzaczek, Mariusz Szymanowski, Anna Szczepańska
This paper presents the distribution of questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in suburban forest intensively visited by people. The local-scale observations conducted during a 4-year study at 99 plots (of 100m(2) each) located throughout the entire area of a riparian urban forest, showed a high variation in the density of ticks from year to year. Although I. ricinus is generally permanent in the study area, spatial distribution of sample plots harbouring I. ricinus is variable, i.e. mainly random for adults and larvae, and random or clustered for nymphs...
December 23, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088026/current-ambient-concentrations-of-ozone-in-panama-modulate-the-leaf-chemistry-of-the-tropical-tree-ficus-insipida
#9
Gerald F Schneider, Alexander W Cheesman, Klaus Winter, Benjamin L Turner, Stephen Sitch, Thomas A Kursar
Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a major air pollutant and greenhouse gas, affecting carbon dynamics, ecological interactions, and agricultural productivity across continents and biomes. Elevated [O3] has been documented in tropical evergreen forests, the epicenters of terrestrial primary productivity and plant-consumer interactions. However, the effects of O3 on vegetation have not previously been studied in these forests. In this study, we quantified ambient O3 in a region shared by forests and urban/commercial zones in Panama and found levels two to three times greater than in remote tropical sites...
December 27, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087933/ecology-of-fungal-plant-pathogens
#10
Aad J Termorshuizen
Fungal plant pathogens are ubiquitous and highly diverse. Key to their success is high host density, which notably is the case in agroecosystems. Several hypotheses related to the effects of plant pathogens on plant diversity (the Janzen-Connell hypothesis, the dilution effect hypothesis) and the phenomenon of higher biomass in plant mixtures (i.e., overyielding) can all be explained by the quantitative interplay between host and pathogen density. In many agroecosystems, fungal plant pathogens cause great losses, since in monocultures diseased plants cannot be replaced by healthy plants...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087801/occurrence-of-similar-mycoviruses-in-pathogenic-saprotrophic-and-mycorrhizal-fungi-inhabiting-the-same-forest-stand
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Eeva J Vainio, Taina Pennanen, Tiina Rajala, Jarkko Hantula
Fungal viruses (mycoviruses) are considered to be highly host specific, but phylogenetic analysis supports the occasional occurrence of horizontal transmission between species. We used an extensive sampling strategy to investigate whether similar viruses occur in more than one fungal species of the same forest habitat. Mycelial samples were collected from in-growth mesh bags (N = 259), fruiting bodies (N = 173) and cultured isolates (N = 68) at a forest site where the spatial distribution of viral infections in clonal individuals of the wood decay fungus H...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079940/reproductive-modification-in-forest-plantations-impacts-on-biodiversity-and-society
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REVIEW
Steven H Strauss, Kristin N Jones, Haiwei Lu, Joshua D Petit, Amy L Klocko, Matthew G Betts, Berry J Brosi, Robert J Fletcher, Mark D Needham
1000 I. 1000 II. 1001 III. 1014 IV. 1015 V. 1016 1016 References 1016 SUMMARY: Genetic engineering (GE) can be used to improve forest plantation productivity and tolerance of biotic and abiotic stresses. However, gene flow from GE forest plantations is a large source of ecological, social and legal controversy. The use of genetic technologies to mitigate or prevent gene flow has been discussed widely and should be technically feasible in a variety of plantation taxa. However, potential ecological effects of such modifications, and their social acceptability, are not well understood...
February 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078389/responses-of-a-federally-endangered-songbird-to-understory-thinning-in-oak-juniper-woodlands
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Ashley M Long, Mike E Marshall, Michael L Morrison, K Brian Hays, Shannon L Farrell
Wildlife conservation and management on military lands must be accomplished in the context of military readiness, which often includes ground-based training that is perceived to conflict with wildlife needs and environmental regulations. From 2008‒2012, we examined territory density, pairing success, and fledging success of the federally endangered golden-cheeked warbler (Setophaga chrysoparia; hereafter warbler) in relation to removal of small-diameter trees from the understory of mature oak-juniper (Quercus-Juniperus) woodland at the 87,890 ha Fort Hood Military Reservation in central Texas...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074927/quaternary-climate-change-drives-allo-peripatric-speciation-and-refugial-divergence-in-the-dysosma-versipellis-pleiantha-complex-from-different-forest-types-in-china
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Yi-Han Wang, Hans Peter Comes, Ya-Nan Cao, Rui Guo, Yun-Rui Mao, Ying-Xiong Qiu
Subtropical China harbours the world's most diverse temperate flora, but little is known about the roles of geographical and eco-climatic factors underlying the region's exceptionally high levels of species diversity and endemism. Here we address this key question by investigating the spatio-temporal and ecological processes of divergence within the Dysosma versipellis-pleiantha species complex, endemic to subtropical China. Our cpDNA phylogeny showed that this monophyletic group of understory herbs is derived from a Late Pliocene ancestor of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP)/Southwest China...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072883/variability-in-the-effectiveness-of-two-ornithological-survey-methods-between-tropical-forest-ecosystems
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Thomas Edward Martin, Josh Nightingale, Jack Baddams, Joseph Monkhouse, Aronika Kaban, Hafiyyan Sastranegara, Yeni Mulyani, George Alan Blackburn, Wilf Simcox
Birds are a frequently chosen group for biodiversity monitoring as they are comparatively straightforward and inexpensive to sample and often perform well as ecological indicators. Two commonly used techniques for monitoring tropical forest bird communities are point counts and mist nets. General strengths and weaknesses of these techniques have been well-defined; however little research has examined how their effectiveness is mediated by the ecology of bird communities and their habitats. We examine how the overall performance of these methodologies differs between two widely separated tropical forests-Cusuco National Park (CNP), a Honduran cloud forest, and the lowland forests of Buton Forest Reserves (BFR) located on Buton Island, Indonesia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070663/the-pygidial-gland-secretion-of-the-forest-caterpillar-hunter-calosoma-calosoma-sycophanta-the-antimicrobial-properties-against-human-pathogens
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REVIEW
Marija Nenadić, Marina Soković, Jasmina Glamočlija, Ana Ćirić, Vesna Perić-Mataruga, Larisa Ilijin, Vele Tešević, Marina Todosijević, Ljubodrag Vujisić, Nikola Vesović, Srećko Ćurčić
Recently, various insect secretions have been tested as possible antimicrobial agents. In beetles, these secretions are essentially products of various exocrine glands, of which particular emphasis is on pygidial glands that are common for the suborder Adephaga. The antimicrobial potential of the pygidial gland secretion isolated from the adults of Calosoma sycophanta against human pathogens has been tested and compared with the potential of other carabid species, particularly within the tribe Carabini. The antimicrobial assay includes a microdilution method which was applied in order to determine the minimal inhibitory, minimal fungicidal and minimal bactericidal concentrations...
February 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070306/ecological-genomics-of-local-adaptation-in-cornus-florida-l-by-genotyping-by-sequencing
#17
Andrew L Pais, Ross W Whetten, Qiu-Yun Jenny Xiang
Discovering local adaptation, its genetic underpinnings, and environmental drivers is important for conserving forest species. Ecological genomic approaches coupled with next-generation sequencing are useful means to detect local adaptation and uncover its underlying genetic basis in nonmodel species. We report results from a study on flowering dogwood trees (Cornus florida L.) using genotyping by sequencing (GBS). This species is ecologically important to eastern US forests but is severely threatened by fungal diseases...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070281/multiscale-habitat-relationships-of-snowshoe-hares-lepus-americanus-in-the-mixed-conifer-landscape-of-the-northern-rockies-usa-cross-scale-effects-of-horizontal-cover-with-implications-for-forest-management
#18
Joseph D Holbrook, John R Squires, Lucretia E Olson, Rick L Lawrence, Shannon L Savage
Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) are an ecologically important herbivore because they modify vegetation through browsing and serve as a prey resource for multiple predators. We implemented a multiscale approach to characterize habitat relationships for snowshoe hares across the mixed conifer landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Our objectives were to (1) assess the relationship between horizontal cover and snowshoe hares, (2) estimate how forest metrics vary across the gradient of snowshoe hare use and horizontal cover, and (3) model and map snowshoe hare occupancy and intensity of use...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068401/advantages-of-synthetic-noise-and-machine-learning-for-analyzing-radioecological-data-sets
#19
Igor Shuryak
The ecological effects of accidental or malicious radioactive contamination are insufficiently understood because of the hazards and difficulties associated with conducting studies in radioactively-polluted areas. Data sets from severely contaminated locations can therefore be small. Moreover, many potentially important factors, such as soil concentrations of toxic chemicals, pH, and temperature, can be correlated with radiation levels and with each other. In such situations, commonly-used statistical techniques like generalized linear models (GLMs) may not be able to provide useful information about how radiation and/or these other variables affect the outcome (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064464/ungulate-predation-and-ecological-roles-of-wolves-and-coyotes-in-eastern-north-america
#20
John F Benson, Karen M Loveless, Linda Y Rutledge, Brent R Patterson
Understanding the ecological roles of species that influence ecosystem processes is a central goal of ecology and conservation biology. Eastern coyotes (Canis latrans) have ascended to the role of apex predator across much of eastern North America since the extirpation of wolves (Canis spp.) and there has been considerable confusion regarding their ability to prey on ungulates and their ecological niche relative to wolves. Eastern wolves (C. lycaon) are thought to have been the historical top predator in eastern deciduous forests and have previously been characterized as deer specialists that are inefficient predators of moose because of their smaller size relative to gray wolves (C...
January 8, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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