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A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity
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A meta-analysis of microbial community samples collected by hundreds of researchers for the Earth Microbiome Project is presented, creating both a reference database giving global context to DNA sequence data and a framework for incorporating data from future studies, fostering increasingly complete characterization of Earth’s microbial diversity.
AVIAN HABITAT SELECTION: PATTERN FROM PROCESS IN NEST-SITE USE BY DUCKS?
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The strongest evidence of adaptive response to nest fate was higher nest density on an island where nest success was relatively high, and the strongestEvidence of natural (phenotypic) selection with data for six species of ducks was tested.
Sex-Biased Parasitism of Avian Hosts: Relations to Blood Parasite Taxon and Mating System
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Female biases in parasitism by blood parasites could result from differential exposure of the sexes to vectors, or from oestrogen-based effects on immunity, which are unexpected.
Sex allocation and population structure in malaria and related parasitic protozoa
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It is demonstrated how sex allocation theory, one of the best verified areas of metazoan evolutionary biology, can be successfully applied to microparasitic organisms, by relating parasite prevalence and sex ratio in the Haemosporina to support a theoretical relation between transmission-stage sex ratio and prevalence across parasite populations.
Migratory movements and wintering areas of Leach's Storm-Petrels tracked using geolocators
Accumulating evidence suggests that Atlantic populations of Leach's Storm-Petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) are experiencing significant declines. To better understand possible causes of these
Standard methods for maintaining adult Apis mellifera in cages under in vitro laboratory conditions
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The ultimate goal of this, and of all COLOSS BEEBOOK papers, is not to stifle science with restrictions, but rather to provide researchers with the appropriate tools to generate comparable data that will build upon current understanding of honey bees.
Infra-Population and -Community Dynamics of the Parasites Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae, and Consequences for Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Hosts
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This is the first long-term laboratory study to demonstrate lethal consequences of N. apis and N. ceranae and mixed Nosema parasitism in honey bees, and suggests that differences in reproduction and intra-host competition may explain apparent heterogeneous exclusion of the historic parasite by the invasive species.
A range-wide domino effect and resetting of the annual cycle in a migratory songbird
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This range-wide analysis demonstrates the lasting impact breeding latitude can have on migration schedules but also highlights how such timing relationships can reset when individuals reside at non-breeding sites for extended periods of time.
Statistical guidelines for Apis mellifera research
Summary In this article we provide guidelines on statistical design and analysis of data for all kinds of honey bee research. Guidelines and selection of different methods presented are, at least
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