23 Works

Data from: A multilocus analysis of Epicopeiidae (Lepidoptera, Geometroidea) provides new insights into their relationships and the evolutionary history of mimicry

Yuan Zhang, SiYao Huang, Dan Liang, HuoShuai Wang & Peng Zhang
The family Epicopeiidae is a small group of day-flying moths, known for mimicking many different groups of butterflies and moths. So far, there still lacks a reliable phylogenetic framework of Epicopeiidae that is necessary to our understanding of the evolutionary process of their mimicry. In this study, we sequenced 94 nuclear protein-coding markers for 56 epicopeiid samples and 11 outgroups, covering all ten genera of Epicopeiidae. We used homemade PCR-generated baits to capture target sequences,...

Species responses to changing precipitation depends on trait plasticity rather than trait means and intraspecific variation

Bingwei Zhang, Yann Hautier, Xingru Tan, Cuihai You, Marc Cadotte, Chengjin Chu, Lin Jiang, Xinghua Sui, Tingting Ren, Xingguo Han & Shiping Chen
1. Trait-based approaches are key to develop mechanistic understanding of differences in plant species performance under environmental change. While mean trait values have been widely used to link functional traits to species performance, the contribution of intraspecific trait variation and trait plasticity remains unclear. Moreover, environmentally induced changes in species biomass is caused by changes in the number of individuals and individual growth rate, both of which should be influenced by trait differences and plasticity....

Freeze-tolerance of poleward-spreading mangrove species weakened by soil properties of resident salt marsh competitor

Enjian Chen, Julie Blaze, Rachel Smith, Shaolin Peng & James Byers
1. Background: Increasing temperatures associated with climate change are shifting plant species to higher latitudes. Soil communities could aid the plants’ shift into novel areas by harbouring fewer soil-borne antagonists or more mutualists that influence the fitness and stress tolerance of the shifting species. Alternatively, they could contain novel antagonists or fewer mutualists. Thus, soil communities could positively or negatively affect plant range expansion, particularly if they influence plants’ responses to climate, such as freeze...

Expression and comparison of unigene in the transcriptome in Siniperca chuatsi

Guifeng Li
Muscle from 3-month old individuals of different sizes was used for transcriptome analysis. After screening, 39005 unigenes were annotated into four databases, including Nr (38833, 52.9%), Swissprot (337479, 46.0%), COG (10926, 14.8%) and KEGG (19791, 26.9%). Finally, the results was annotated by Nr database which defined the maximum number of unigenes.

Draft genome assemblies of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

Hao-Sen Li
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is a ladybird biological control agent. This data is the draft genome assemblies of C. montrouzieri.

Data from: Measuring researchers’ potential scholarly impact with structural variations: four types of researchers in information science (1979–2018)

Xiucai Yang, Jianhua Hou & Chaomei Chen
We propose a method to measure the potential scholarly impact of researchers based on network structural variations they introduced to the underlying author co-citation network of their field. We applied the method to the information science field based on 91,978 papers published between 1979 and 2018 from the Web of Science. We divided the entire period into eight consecutive intervals and measured structural variation change rates (DM) of individual authors in corresponding author co-citation networks....

Circulating myeloid-derived suppressor cells facilitate invasion of thyroid cancer cells by repressing miR-486-3p

Haipeng Xiao, Li Chen, Li Xiong, Shubing Hong, Jin Li, Zijun Huo, Yudong Li, Shuwei Chen, Quan Zhang, Ruiying Zhao, Julian A Gingold, Xiaonan Zhu, Weiming Lv & Yanbing Li
Background: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) have become increasingly recognized as facilitators of tumor development. However, the role of MDSCs in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) progression has not been clearly explored. Objective: We aimed to evaluate the levels and function of circulating MDSCs in PTC. Methods: The proportion of circulating polymorphonuclear (PMN)-MDSCs and mononuclearMDSCs from patients with PTC or benign thyroid nodules and healthy controls was measured using flow cytometry. For immunosuppressive activity analysis, sorted circulating...

Data from: The role of functional strategies in global plant distribution

Huixuan Liao, Daijiang Li, Ting Zhou, Bei Huang, Haijie Zhang, Baoming Chen & Shaolin Peng
Understanding the determinants of species distributions is a central topic in ecology. Competition, stress tolerance and colonization, respectively represented by Grime’s competitor (C), stress-tolerator (S) and ruderal (R) schemes, are three important functions that interactively influence plant distributions. In this study, we compiled a dataset of 2645 vascular plant species to explore the roles of the CSR strategies in global plant distribution. We analyzed the associations between the CSR scores and species range size with...

16S sequencing data of plankton

Guifeng Li
These are the original 16S DNA sequencing data based on the collected planktonic microorganisms, and classified by serial number. All data were double ended sequencing data.

Data from: Different functional characteristics can explain different dimensions of plant invasion success

Huixuan Liao, Robert Pal, Ülo Niinemets, Michael Bahn, Bruno Cerabolini & Shao-Lin Peng
The success of invasive plant species can be evaluated using different dimensions, such as, range size, abundance, and impact. These different dimensions do not always covary but are rarely separated, suggesting an urgency to disentangle the functional mechanisms behind them. A dataset of leaf traits and four dimensions of invasion success (i.e., range size, local abundance, impact on native plant abundance, and impact on native plant diversity) were compiled for 395 non-native plant species in...

Detailed description of the new genus and speceis, Cretophengodes azari Li, Kundrata, Tihelka and Cai sp. nov.

Yan-Da Li, Robin Kundrata, Erik Tihelka, Zhenhua Liu, Diying Huang & Chenyang Cai
Bioluminescent beetles of the superfamily Elateroidea (fireflies, fire beetles, glow-worms) are the most speciose group of terrestrial light-producing animals. The evolution of bioluminescence in elateroids is associated with unusual morphological modifications, such as soft-bodiedness and neoteny, but the fragmentary nature of the fossil record discloses little about the origin of these adaptations. We report the discovery of a new bioluminescent elateroid beetle family from the mid-Cretaceous of northern Myanmar (ca. 99 Ma), Cretophengodidae fam. nov....

A large-scale systematic framework of Chinese snakes based on a unified multilocus marker system

Jiang-Ni Li, Dan Liang, Ying-Yong Wang, Peng Guo, Song Huang & Peng Zhang
Snakes are one of the most diverse groups of terrestrial vertebrates, with approximately 3500 extant species, some of which are closely related to human life. A robust phylogeny and taxonomy of snakes is crucial for us to know, study, protect and make use of them. For a large group such as snakes, cross-study data utilization is important which can be facilitated by standardization of the loci used for systematic analyses. In this study, we combined...

Environmental drivers of plant distributions at global and regional scales: occurrence data with associated environmental variables of plant families/genera/species

Erhan Huang, Shixiao Yu & Yuxin Chen
How environmental factors drive plant distribution across globe is one of the most fundamental questions in ecology. Plant distributions may be shaped by various environmental factors, such as climate, topography and edaphic factors. Nevertheless, it is not clear about the relative importance of different environmental factors in driving plant distribution across spatial scales and among plant groups. This study aimed to disentangle how plant–environment relationships vary with latitude and among plant taxa including angiosperms, gymnosperms,...

Fast and furious: Early differences in growth rate drive short-term plant dominance and exclusion under eutrophication

Yann Hautier, Zhang Pengfei, Mariet Hefting, Merel Soons, George Kowalchuk, Mark Rees, Andrew Hector, Lindsay Turnbull, Xiaolong Zhou, Zhi Guo, Chengjin Chu, Guozhen Du & Yann Hautier
1. The reduction of plant diversity following eutrophication threatens many ecosystems worldwide. Yet, the mechanisms by which species are lost following nutrient enrichment are still not completely understood, nor are the details of when such mechanisms act during the growing season, which hampers understanding and the development of mitigation strategies. 2. Using a common garden competition experiment, we found that early-season differences in growth rates among five perennial grass species measured in monoculture predicted short-term...

Plant diversity enhances rehabilitation of degraded lands by spurring plant-soil feedbacks

Pu Jia, Jie-Liang Liang, Sheng-Xiang Yang, Sheng-Chang Zhang, Jun Liu, Zhi-Wei Liang, Feng-Mei Li, Qing-Wei Zeng, Zhou Fang, Bin Liao, Wen-Sheng Shu, Marc Cadotte & Jin-Tian Li
Despite a rich history of theoretical and empirical work showing that increasing biodiversity results in higher ecosystem function, this research has not made a commensurate impact on the reclamation of degraded lands, where enhancing ecosystem function is of primary importance. 2. In this study, we manipulated plant diversity on heavily degraded mine lands and showed that increasing plant diversity greatly enhanced the reclamation of these lands. We found that high diversity assemblages were often associated...

Neighboring trees regulate the root-associated pathogenic fungi on the host plant in a subtropical forest

Keke Cheng & Shixiao YU
Root-associated fungi and host-specific pathogens are major determinants of species coexistence in forests. Phylogenetically related neighboring trees can strongly affect the fungal community structure of the host plant, which, in turn, will affect the ecological processes. Unfortunately, our understanding of the factors influencing fungal community composition in forests is still limited. In particular, investigation of the relationship between the phytopathogenic fungal community and neighboring trees is incomplete. In the current study, we tested the host...

Island biogeography of soil bacteria and fungi: similar patterns, but different mechanisms

Shaopeng Li, Pandeng Wang, Yongjian Chen, Maxwell Wilson, Xian Yang, Chao Ma, Jianbo Lu, Xiao-Yong Chen, Jianguo Wu, Wen-Sheng Shu & Lin Jiang
Microbes, similar to plants and animals, exhibit biogeographic patterns. However, in contrast with the considerable knowledge on the island biogeography of higher organisms, we know little about the distribution of microorganisms within and among islands. Here, we explored insular soil bacterial and fungal biogeography and underlying mechanisms, using soil microbiota from a group of land-bridge islands as a model system. Similar to island species-area relationships observed for many macroorganisms, both island-scale bacterial and fungal diversity...

Effect of stressors on the carrying capacity of spatially distributed metapopulations

Bo Zhang, Donald DeAngelis, Wei-Ming Ni, Yuanshi Wang, Lu Zhai, Alex Kula, Shuang Xu & David Van Dyken
Stressors such as antibiotics, herbicides and pollutants are becoming increasingly common in the environment. The effects of stressors on populations are typically studied in homogeneous, non-spatial settings. However, most populations in nature are spatially distributed over environmentally heterogeneous landscapes with spatially-restricted dispersal. Little is known about the effects of stressors in these more realistic settings. Here, we combine laboratory experiments with novel mathematical theory to rigorously investigate how a stressor’s physiological effect and spatial distribution...

Use of artificial structure to enhance fish diversity in the Youjiang River, a dammed river of the Pearl River in China

Dingli Guo
The fragmentation and homogenization of habitats have seriously affected the fishery resources of the Pearl River. To protect the fishery resources, a new type of artificial habitat, consisting of bamboo and palm slices, was deployed in the Youjiang River, a tributary of the Pearl River, China. The results of field and laboratory experiments show that fish abundance, species richness and Shannon-Wiener diversity index were higher at the artificial habitats than at the control sites. There...

Fast and furious: Early differences in growth rate drive short-term plant dominance and exclusion under eutrophication

Yann Hautier, Zhang Pengfei, Mariet Hefting, Merel Soons, George Kowalchuk, Mark Rees, Andrew Hector, Lindsay Turnbull, Xiaolong Zhou, Zhi Guo, Chengjin Chu, Guozhen Du & Yann Hautier
1. The reduction of plant diversity following eutrophication threatens many ecosystems worldwide. Yet, the mechanisms by which species are lost following nutrient enrichment are still not completely understood, nor are the details of when such mechanisms act during the growing season, which hampers understanding and the development of mitigation strategies. 2. Using a common garden competition experiment, we found that early-season differences in growth rates among five perennial grass species measured in monoculture predicted short-term...

Regionally divergent drivers of historical diversification in the late Quaternary in a widely distributed generalist species, the common pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Yang Liu, Simin Liu, Edouard Jelen, Mansour Alibadian, Cheng-Te Yao, Xintong Li, Nasrin Kayvanfar, Yutao Wang, Farhad Vahidi, Jianlin Han, Gombobaatar Sundev, Zhengwang Zhang & Manuel Schweizer
Aim: Pleistocene climate and associated environmental changes have influenced phylogeographic patterns of many species. These not only depend on a species’ life history but also vary regionally. Consequently, populations of widespread species that occur in several biomes might display different evolutionary trajectories. We aimed to identify regional drivers of diversification in the common pheasant, a widely distributed ecological generalist. Study location: Asia Taxon: Common pheasant Phasianus colchicus Methods: Using a comprehensive geographic sampling of 204...

Data from: Warming alters plant phylogenetic and functional community structure

Juntao Zhu, Yangjian Zhang, Xian Yang, Ning Chen, Shaopeng Li, Pandeng Wang & Lin Jiang
Climate change is known to affect many facets of the Earth’s ecosystems. However, little is known about its impacts on phylogenetic and functional properties of ecological communities. Here we studied the responses of plant communities in an alpine grassland on the Tibetan Plateau to environmental warming across taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional levels in a six-year multiple-level warming experiment. While low-level warming did not alter either plant species richness or phylogenetic/functional community structure, high-level warming significantly...

The impact of urbanization on body size of Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica gutturalis

Yanyan Zhao, Yu Liu, Elizabeth Scordato, Myung-Bok Lee, Xiaoying Xing, Xinyuan Pan, Yang Liu, Rebecca Safran & Emilio Pagani-Núñez
Urbanization implies a dramatic impact on ecosystems, which may lead to drastic phenotypic differences between urban and non-urban individuals. For instance, urbanization is associated with increased metabolic costs, which may constrain body size, but urbanization also leads to habitat fragmentation, which may favour increases in body mass when for instance it correlates with dispersal capacity. However, this apparent contradiction has rarely been studied. This is particularly evident in China where the urbanization process is currently...

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  • Sun Yat-sen University
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  • Georgia Institute of Technology
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  • Utrecht University
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  • South China Normal University
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  • Lanzhou University
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  • Beijing Normal University
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  • East China Normal University
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  • University of Oxford
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  • Xinjiang University
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  • University of Sheffield
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