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November 2020
Microbial Ecology. - 80(2020)1, S. 243–247

Long-Read Amplicon Sequencing of Nitric Oxide Dismutase (nod) Genes Reveal Diverse Oxygenic Denitrifiers in Agricultural Soils and Lake Sediments

Baoli Zhu; Zhe Wang; Dheeraj Kanaparthi; Susanne Kublik; Tida Ge; Peter Casper; Michael Schloter & Tillmann Lueders

This study indicates that nod-gene-targeted long-read sequencing can be a powerful tool for studying the ecology of oxygenic denitrifiers, and the results also suggest that oxygenic these novel microbes are prevalent and abundant in different terrestrial samples, where they could play an important, but yet overlooked role in nitrogen transformations.

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November 2020
Environmental modelling & software. - 133(2020)November, 104852

Performance of one-dimensional hydrodynamic lake models during short-term extreme weather events

J.P. Mesman; A.I. Ayala; R. Adrian; E. De Eytoe; M.A. Frassl; S.Goyette; J.Kasparian; M. Perroud; J.A.A. Stelzer; D.C. Pierson; B.W. Ibelings

Three 1D lake models reproduced the overall impacts of storms and heatwaves well. The timing of effects was simulated accurately. Uncertainty in simulations increased during extremes compared to reference periods. Increased uncertainty should be kept in mind when applying models to extreme events.

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November 2020
Aquatic Toxicology. - 226(2020)September, 105584

Can parasites adapt to pollutants? A multigenerational experiment with a Daphnia × Metschnikowia model system exposed to the fungicide tebuconazole

Ana P. Cuco; Justyna Wolinska; Joana I. Santos; Nelson Abrantes; Fernando J.M. Gonçalves; Bruno B. Castro

A Daphnia-parasite system was used to assess long term effects of fungicide pollution. Parasitic yeast lineages were reared in the absence/presence of tebuconazole (TEB). Multigenerational exposure to TEB caused transient phenotypic costs in the parasite. Parasitic yeast M. bicuspidata showed no potential for rapid evolution to TEB.

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November 2020
Biological Conservation. - 251(2020) art. 108764

On the conservation value of historic canals for aquatic ecosystems

Hsien-Yung Lin; Steven J. Cooke; Christian Wolter; Nathan Young; Joseph R. Bennett

The authors reviewed ecological studies in historic canal systems, examined the potential of historic canals to contribute to aquatic biodiversity conservation, and provided suggestions to promote biodiversity conservation given the opportunities and challenges in canal management (e.g., nature conservation vs historic preservation).

Biological Reviews
November 2020
Biological Reviews. - 95(2020)6, S. 1511-1534

Scientists' warning on invasive alien species

Petr Pyšek; Philip E. Hulme; Dan Simberloff; Sven Bacher; Tim M. Blackburn; James T. Carlton; Wayne Dawson; Franz Essl; Llewellyn C. Foxcroft; Piero Genovesi; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Ingolf Kühn; Andrew M. Liebhold; Nicholas E. Mandrak; Laura A. Meyerson; Aníbal Pauchard; Jan Pergl; Helen E. Roy; Hanno Seebens; Mark van Kleunen; Montserrat Vilà; Michael J. Wingfield and David M. Richardson

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species. More effort is needed to prevent, detect and control invasive alien species – this is emphasized by researchers from 13 countries.

Journal of Animal Ecology
November 2020
Journal of Animal Ecology. - 89(2020)11, S. 2531-2541

How biological invasions affect animal behaviour: a global, cross-taxonomic analysis

Florian Ruland; Jonathan M. Jeschke

In interaction, invasive and native species can change their behaviour. This is a meta-analysis, led by IGB, of which changes in behaviour are studied in invasions, and what is known about the types of behaviour that change, the underlying mechanisms and the speed of behavioural changes.

October 2020
Global Change Biology. - 26(2020)11, S. 6383-6398

The role of connectivity in the interplay between climate change and the spread of alien fish in a large Mediterranean river

Johannes Radinger; Emili García-Berthou

Dams exacerbate the consequences of climate change on river fish: A potential response of river fish to environmental changes is to colonise new habitats. Dams restrict the habitats of fish, but do not necessarily prevent the spread of invasive species, as Johannes Radinger and his team found.

October 2020
Global Change Biology. - 26(2020)11, S. 6413-6423

Long-term warming destabilizes aquatic ecosystems through weakening biodiversity-mediated causal networks

Chun-Wei Chang; Hao Ye; Takeshi Miki; Ethan R. Deyle; Sami Souissi; Orlane Anneville; Rita Adrian; Yin-Ru Chiang; Satoshi Ichise; Michio Kumagai; Shin-ichiro S. Matsuzaki; Fuh-Kwo Shiah; Jiunn-Tzong Wu; Chih-hao Hsieh; George Sugihara

Climate change destabilizes aquatic ecosystems through weakening the interactions between species richness and biomass of phytoplankton and the chemical and physical environmental factors. This is the conclusion of a study on long-term data series of 10 aquatic ecosystems using the convergent cross mapping (CCM) method.

October 2020
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. - 117(2020)42, 26145-26150

Peak grain forecasts for the US High Plains amid withering waters

Assaad Mrad; Gabriel G. Katul; Delphis F. Levia; Andrew J. Guswa; Elizabeth W. Boyer; Michael Bruen; Darryl E. Carlyle-Moses; Rachel Coyte; Irena F. Creed; Nick van de Giesen; Domenico Grasso; David M. Hannah; Janice E. Hudson; Vincent Humphrey; Shin'ichi Iida; Robert B. Jackson; Tomo'omi Kumagai; Pilar Llorens; Beate Michalzik; Kazuki Nanko; Catherine A. Peters; John S. Selker; Doerthe Tetzlaff; Maciej Zalewski; and Bridget R. Scanlon

A predator-prey model shows the coupled dynamics of groundwater use and crop production. It provides the scientific basis for the sustainability analysis of the irrigation of agricultural land with groundwater.

October 2020
Ecology Letters. - 23(2020)11, S. 1682-1692

Species distribution models have limited spatial transferability for invasive species

Chunlong Liu; Christian Wolter; Weiwei Xian and Jonathan M. Jeschke

In this synthesis study, a research team led by IGB shows that species distribution models have limited spatial transferability for invasive species and how this relates to species characteristics and model parameterization.

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