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Effects of pile driving sound playbacks and cadmium co-exposure on the early life stage development of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (2022)
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Stenton, C., Bolger, E., Michenot, M., Dodd, J., Wale, M., Briers, R., …Diele, K. (2022). Effects of pile driving sound playbacks and cadmium co-exposure on the early life stage development of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 179, Article 113667. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113667

There is an urgent need to understand how organisms respond to multiple, potentially interacting drivers in today’s world. The effects of the pollutants of anthropogenic sound (pile-driving sound playbacks) and waterborne cadmium were investigated ac... Read More about Effects of pile driving sound playbacks and cadmium co-exposure on the early life stage development of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus.

Quantification and Characterisation of Pre-Production Pellet Pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai, Aotearoa-New Zealand (2022)
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Hunter, E. C., de Vine, R., Pantos, O., Clunies-Ross, P., Doake, F., Masterton, H., & Briers, R. A. (2022). Quantification and Characterisation of Pre-Production Pellet Pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Microplastics, 1(1), 67-84. https://doi.org/10.3390/microplastics1010005

Plastic pollution is threatening aquatic ecosystems and wildlife. Understanding the characteristics and extent of plastic pollution is the first step towards improving management and therefore the environmental impacts. Pre-production pellets are use... Read More about Quantification and Characterisation of Pre-Production Pellet Pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai, Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps (2021)
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Hill, M. J., Greaves, H. M., Sayer, C. D., Hassall, C., Milin, M., Milner, V. S., …Wood, P. J. (2021). Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps. Ecosphere, 12(12), https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3853

Ponds are amongst the most biodiverse and ecologically important freshwater habitats globally and may provide a significant opportunity to mitigate anthropogenic pressures and reverse the decline of aquatic biodiversity. Ponds also provide important... Read More about Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps.

Marine invertebrate anthropogenic noise research -Trends in methods and future directions (2021)
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Wale, M., Briers, R., & Diele, K. (2021). Marine invertebrate anthropogenic noise research -Trends in methods and future directions. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 173(A), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112958

Selecting the correct methods to answer one's chosen question is key to conducting rigorous, evidence-based science. A disciplines' chosen methods are constantly evolving to encompass new insights and developments. Analysing these changes can be a us... Read More about Marine invertebrate anthropogenic noise research -Trends in methods and future directions.

Optimising recruitment in habitat creation for the native European oyster (2021)
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Chapman, E. C., Rodriguez-Perez, A., Hugh-Jones, T., Bromley, C., James, M. A., Diele, K., & Sanderson, W. G. (2021). Optimising recruitment in habitat creation for the native European oyster. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 170, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112579

European oyster (Ostrea edulis) restoration often requires the timely deployment of shell habitat for larval settlement. To inform this increasingly popular process, the present study investigated temporal and spatial abundance patterns of O. edulis... Read More about Optimising recruitment in habitat creation for the native European oyster.

Compartmentalization of bacterial and fungal microbiomes in the gut of adult honeybees (2021)
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Callegari, M., Crotti, E., Fusi, M., Marasco, R., Gonella, E., De Noni, I., …Daffonchio, D. (2021). Compartmentalization of bacterial and fungal microbiomes in the gut of adult honeybees. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, 7, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41522-021-00212-9

The core gut microbiome of adult honeybee comprises a set of recurring bacterial phylotypes, accompanied by lineage-specific, variable, and less abundant environmental bacterial phylotypes. Several mutual interactions and functional services to the h... Read More about Compartmentalization of bacterial and fungal microbiomes in the gut of adult honeybees.

Local contributions to beta-diversity in urban pond networks: implications for biodiversity conservation and management (2021)
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Hill, M., White, J., Biggs, J., Briers, R., Gledhill, D., Ledger, M., …Hassall, C. (2021). Local contributions to beta-diversity in urban pond networks: implications for biodiversity conservation and management. Diversity and Distributions, 27(5), 887-900. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13239

Aim: An understanding of how biotic communities are spatially organised is necessary to identify and prioritize habitats within landscape-scale biodiversity conservation. Local Contribution to Beta diversity (LCBD) identifies individual habitats that... Read More about Local contributions to beta-diversity in urban pond networks: implications for biodiversity conservation and management.

First genetic evidence that invasive bullhead (Cottus L. 1758) in Scotland is of English origin and the difficulty of resolving the European Cottus species taxonomy (2020)
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McLeish, J., Briers, R., Dodd, J., & Rueckert, S. (2020). First genetic evidence that invasive bullhead (Cottus L. 1758) in Scotland is of English origin and the difficulty of resolving the European Cottus species taxonomy. Journal of Fish Biology, 96(3), 617-630. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14247

The European bullhead (Cottus gobio) is widely distributed across Europe and within the UK is native to England and Wales, where it is protected under the Habitats Directive. In Scotland, however, the species is considered invasive and thriving popul... Read More about First genetic evidence that invasive bullhead (Cottus L. 1758) in Scotland is of English origin and the difficulty of resolving the European Cottus species taxonomy.

High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments (2019)
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Qashqari, M. S., Garcias-Bonet, N., Fusi, M., Booth, J. M., Daffonchio, D., & Duarte, C. M. (2020). High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 232, Article 106487. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106487

Mangrove ecosystems are highly productive and provide important ecosystem services. However, in the Red Sea mangroves are under severe nutrient-limiting conditions, reflected in dwarf plants. The nutrient limitation is especially acute for iron, as v... Read More about High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments.

Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) (2019)
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Chouaia, B., Goda, N., Mazza, G., Alali, S., Florian, F., Gionechetti, F., …Montagna, M. (2019). Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environmental Microbiology, 21(11), 4343-4359. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14797

Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) is a highly polyphagous invasive beetle originating from Japan. This insect is highly resilient and able to rapidly adapt to new vegetation. Insect‐associated microorganisms can play important roles... Read More about Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).

Evolution: Parallel Paths to Parasitism in the Apicomplexa (2019)
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Rueckert, S., Pipaliya, S. V., & Dacks, J. B. (2019). Evolution: Parallel Paths to Parasitism in the Apicomplexa. Current Biology, 29(17), 836-839. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.047

A new study presents the first comprehensive genome and transcriptome data for an enigmatic group of apicomplexan parasites, the gregarines. The findings provide insights into the early evolution of parasitism in the apicomplexans and illustrate the... Read More about Evolution: Parallel Paths to Parasitism in the Apicomplexa.

Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals (2019)
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Paterson, W. D., Russell, D. J., Wu, G., McConnell, B., Currie, J. I., McCafferty, D. J., & Thompson, D. (2019). Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(S1), 144-156. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3092

1. The impact of anthropogenic activity associated with the construction of a proposed tidal turbine on harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) was investigated using controlled disturbance trials. 2. Trials were conducted by approaching hauled out seals by... Read More about Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals.

Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming (2019)
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Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C. M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., …Fusi, M. (2019). Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science Advances, 5(9), Article eaax1814. https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax1814

Ocean warming affects the life history and fitness of marine organisms by, among others, increasing animal metabolism and reducing oxygen availability. In coastal habitats, animals live in close association with photosynthetic organisms whose oxygen... Read More about Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming.

Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals (2019)
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Terraneo, T. I., Fusi, M., Hume, B. C., Arrigoni, R., Voolstra, C. R., Benzoni, F., …Berumen, M. L. (2019). Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals. Journal of Biogeography, 46(10), 2323-2335. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13672

Aim To assess the diversity of algal symbionts of the family Symbiodiniaceae associated with the coral genus Porites in the Red Sea, and to test for host-specificity and environmental variables driving biogeographical patterns of algal symbiont dist... Read More about Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals.

The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit? (2019)
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Rueckert, S., Betts, E. L., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2019). The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?. Trends in Parasitology, 35(9), 687-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.06.013

Gregarine apicomplexans are closely related to parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium, which are causing severe health and economic burdens. Colonizing only invertebrates and having no obvious medical relevance, they are mostly... Read More about The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?.

From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel (2019)
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Wale, M. A., Briers, R. A., Hartl, M. G., Bryson, D., & Diele, K. (2019). From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel. Science of the Total Environment, 689, 126-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.380

Responses of marine invertebrates to anthropogenic noise are insufficiently known, impeding our understanding of ecosystemic impacts of noise and the development of mitigation strategies. We show that the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis, is negatively af... Read More about From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel.