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  • Topic:Biodiversity
July 2022
Nature Communications. - 13(2022), Art. 4092

Equilibrated evolution of the mixed auto-/allopolyploid haplotype-resolved genome of the invasive hexaploid Prussian carp

Heiner Kuhl; Kang Du; Manfred Schartl; Lukáš Kalous; Matthias Stöck; Dunja K. Lamatsch

The Prussian carp or Gibel carp is considered one of the most successful invasive fish species in Europe. Its ability to reproduce asexually gives it a major advantage over competing fish. The authors have for the first time described the complete genome of the Prussian carp.This also provides a much better understanding of its unusual reproductive method and to improve its management. 

July 2022
Communications Biology. - 5(2022), Art. 393

The rising moon promotes mate finding in moths

Mona Storms; Aryan Jakhar; Oliver Mitesser; Andreas Jechow; Franz Hölker; Tobias Degen; Thomas Hovestadt; Jacqueline Degen

The authors have shown for the first time that the moon plays a key role in the reproductive behaviour of male moths: when the moon rises on the horizon, they find females better and faster. Fortunately, they are not bothered by low levels of light pollution.

June 2022
Frontiers in Microbiology. - 13(2022), Art. 805694

Antarctic glacial meltwater impacts the diversity of fungal parasites associated with benthic diatoms in shallow coastal zones

Doris Ilicic; Jason Woodhouse; Ulf Karsten; Jonas Zimmermann; Thomas Wichard; Maria Liliana Quartino; Gabriela Laura Campana; Alexandra Livenets; Silke Van den Wyngaert; Hans-Peter Grossart

First study on the fungal diversity in Antarctic benthic habitats along a salinity gradient to determine the co-occurrence of fungal parasites with their algal hosts dominated by benthic diatoms. Ascomycota and Chytridiomycota are the most abundant fungal taxa. Salinity shapes the fungal and the whole eukaryotic community composition, whereby fungal diversity increases with decreasing salinity.

April 2022
Trends in Ecology and Evolution. - 37(2022)5, 411-419

Societal extinction of species

Ivan Jarić; Uri Roll; Marino Bonaiuto; Barry W. Brook; Franck Courchamp; Josh A. Firth; Kevin J. Gaston; Tina Heger; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Richard J. Ladle; Yves Meinard; David L. Roberts; Kate Sherren; Masashi Soga; Andrea Soriano-Redondo; Diogo Veríssimo; Ricardo A. Correia

When the last individual dies, species not only disappear from our planet. They also disappear from our collective memory, from our cultures and discourses. Researchers have now studied the process.

April 2022
Global Ecology and Biogeography. - 31(2022)5, 1006-1020

Incongruent latitudinal patterns of taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity reveal different drivers of caddisfly community assembly across spatial scales

Afroditi Grigoropoulou; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Cesc Múrria

The authors explored the contributions of local vs regional processes and historical vs contemporary factors in establishing macroecological patterns, by assessing the distribution of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity of caddisfly across the latitudinal gradient in Europe. This shows the importance of regional environmental filtering and the origin of northern communities.

February 2022
Ecology letters. - 25(2022)2, 255-263

A global agenda for advancing freshwater biodiversity research

Alain Maasri; Sonja C. Jähnig; Mihai C. Adamescu; Rita Adrian; Claudio Baigun; Donald J. Baird; Angelica Batista-Morales; Núria Bonada; Lee E. Brown; Qinghua Cai; Joao V. Campos-Silva; Viola Clausnitzer; Topiltzin Contreras-MacBeath; Steven J. Cooke; Thibault Datry; Gonzalo Delacámara; Luc De Meester; Klaus-Douwe B. Dijkstra; Van Tu Do; Sami Domisch; David Dudgeon; Tibor Erös; Hendrik Freitag; Joerg Freyhof; Jana Friedrich; Martin Friedrichs-Manthey; Juergen Geist; Mark O. Gessner; Peter Goethals; Matthew Gollock; Christopher Gordon; Hans-Peter Grossart; Georges Gulemvuga; Pablo E. Gutiérrez-Fonseca; Peter Haase; Daniel Hering; Hans Jürgen Hahn; Charles P. Hawkins; Fengzhi He; Jani Heino; Virgilio Hermoso; Zeb Hogan; Franz Hölker; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Meilan Jiang; Richard K. Johnson; Gregor Kalinkat; Bakhtiyor K. Karimov; Aventino Kasangaki; Ismael A. Kimirei; Bert Kohlmann; Mathias Kuemmerlen; Jan J. Kuiper; Benjamin Kupilas; Simone D. Langhans; Richard Lansdown; Florian Leese; Francis S. Magbanua; Shin-ichiro S. Matsuzaki; Michael T. Monaghan; Levan Mumladze; Javier Muzon; Pierre A. Mvogo Ndongo; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Oxana Nikitina; Clifford Ochs; Oghenekaro Nelson Odume; Jeffrey J. Opperman; Harmony Patricio; Steffen U. Pauls; Rajeev Raghavan; Alonso Ramírez; Bindiya Rashni; Vere Ross-Gillespie; Michael J. Samways; Ralf B. Schäfer; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Ole Seehausen; Deep Narayan Shah; Subodh Sharma; Janne Soininen; Nike Sommerwerk; Jason D. Stockwell; Frank Suhling; Ram Devi Tachamo Shah; Rebecca E. Tharme; James H. Thorp; David Tickner; Klement Tockner; Jonathan D. Tonkin; Mireia Valle; Jean Vitule; Martin Volk; Ding Wang; Christian Wolter; Susanne Worischka

Researchers from 90 scientific institutions worldwide have stated that freshwater biodiversity research and conservation lag far behind the efforts  in terrestrial and marine environments. They propose a research agenda with 15 priorities aimed at improving research on biodiversity in lakes, rivers, ponds and wetlands. This is urgently needed as the loss of biodiversity there is dramatic.

January 2022
Functional Ecology. - 36(2022)1, 120-132

Experimentally decomposing phytoplankton community change into ecological and evolutionary contributions

Giannina S.I. Hattich; Luisa Listmann; Lynn Govaert; Christian Pansch; Thorsten B.H. Reusch; Birte Matthiessen

The authors experimentally quantified ecological and evolutionary contributions to total phytoplankton community change in response to elevated CO2 concentrations. They show a novel experimental approach to study ecological and evolutionary contributions to community features, and observed a decline in phytoplankton abundance to elevated CO2 that could be mainly explained by ecological changes. 


January 2022
Limnology and Oceanography. - 66(2021)6, 2496-2497

Corrigendum to: The global Microcystis interactome

Katherine V. Cook; Chuang Li; Haiyuan Cai; Lee R. Krumholz; K. David Hambright; Hans W. Paerl; Morgan M. Steffen; Alan E. Wilson; Michele A. Burford; Hans-Peter Grossart; David P. Hamilton; Helong Jiang; Assaf Sukenik; Delphine Latour; Elisabeth I. Meyer; Judit Padisák; Boqiang Qin; Richard M. Zamor; Guangwei Zhu

The authors surveyed the microbiome associated with Microcystis aeruginosa during blooms in 12 lakes. Their results indicate that M. aeruginosa is cosmopolitan in lakes across a 280° longitudinal and 90° latitudinal gradient. The microbiome communities were represented by a wide range of operational taxonomic units and relative abundances which determine the success of the cyanobacteria blooms.

January 2022
Conservation Letters. - 14(2021)6, Art. e12835

Local disconnects in global discourses: the unintended consequences of marine mammal protection on small-scale fishers

Katrina J. Davis; Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto; William N.S. Arlidge; Michael Burton; Jeffrey C. Mangel; Morena Mills; E.J. Milner-Gulland; José Palma-Duque; Cristina Romero-de-Diego; Stefan Gelcich

Efforts to protect sea lions along South America's west coast have contributed to species recovery, but also to conflict between sea lions and small-scale fisheries. To understand the concerns, the authors assessed how 301 coastal small-scale fishers perceive their interactions with the sea lions. They propose solutions to manage conflict that are sensitive to heterogeneity among fisher groups.

January 2022
Conservation Letters. - 14(2021)5, Art. e12816

Setting robust biodiversity goals

Martine Maron; Diego Juffe-Bignoli; Linda Krueger; Joseph Kiesecker; Noëlle F. Kümpel; Kerry ten Kate; E.J. Milner-Gulland; William N.S. Arlidge; Hollie Booth; Joseph W. Bull; Malcolm Starkey; Jonathan M. Ekstrom; Bernardo Strassburg; Peter H. Verburg; James E. M. Watson

The new global biodiversity framework (GBF) must drive action to reverse the decline of biodiversity. However, the draft goals and targets fail to set out these clear outcomes. The authors propose modifications that would help to reveal the specific contribution of each action and provide clarity on whether the achievement of action targets would be adequate to achieve the outcome goals.

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