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From molecules to ecosystems

Understanding only arises from organising knowledge to reveal relationships and patterns - what the Periodic Table did for chemistry. Biology is inherently difficult to organise and find general patterns. For example, different bits of biology have referred to the ‘...

Importance of food quality for extinction

In communities of competing prey species of different food quality, predators may supplement their diets of low-quality prey with high-quality prey, leading to indirect interactions between different prey species. We show that this interaction not only ensures the...

Cover May

The cover for the May Issue is drawn by Robert Fischer, one of the authors to the paper "Importance of mixotrophic bacterivory can be predicted by light and loss rates". Robert describes it like this: The watercolor painting represents a free interpretation of an...

Rotifers hedge their bets against environmental unpredictability

Humans are not the only species to hedge their bets against uncertainty. No habitat is completely predictable and organisms –from microorganisms to vertebrates– living in fluctuating environments may exhibit bet-hedging strategies, which are believed to have evolved to...

Fitness in invasive social wasps

Figure 1: Foraging common wasp worker carrying its prey. The beech forests in Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand, are filled with the buzzing sound of wasps. Nests are well hidden in the ground but in this forest, they can be easily spotted by observing foraging...