Data from: Genetic structure and expansion of golden jackals (Canis aureus) in the north-western distribution range (Croatia and eastern Italian Alps)Elena Fabbri, Romolo Caniglia, Ana Galov, Haidi Arbanasić, Luca Lapini, Ivica Bošković, Tihomir Florijančić, Albena Vlasseva, Atidzhe Ahmed, Rossen L. Mirchev & Ettore Randi
The golden jackal, widely distributed in Europe, Asia and Africa, is one of the less studied carnivores in the world and the genetic structure of the European populations is unknown. In the last century jackals strongly declined mainly due to human persecution, but recently they expanded again in eastern Europe. With the aim to determine the genetic structure and the origin of expanding jackals, we analyzed population samples obtained from Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia (Dalmatia and...
Data from: Molecular field analysis of trophic relationships in soil-dwelling invertebrates to identify mercury, lead and cadmium transmission through forest ecosystemsLucija Šerić Jelaska, Jasna Jurasović, David S. Brown, Ian P. Vaughan & William O. C. Symondson
Contamination pathways in complex food chains in soil ecosystems can be difficult to elucidate. Molecular analysis of predator gut content can, however, rapidly reveal previously unidentified trophic interactions between invertebrates and thereby uncover pathways of pollutant spread. Here we measured concentrations of the toxic metals lead, cadmium and mercury in carabid beetle predators and their prey. Invertebrates were sampled at one control and four heavy metal polluted sites in order to reveal the impact of...
Data from: Identifying refugia from climate change using coupled ecological and genetic data in a transitional Mediterranean-temperate tree speciesMartina Temunović, Nathalie Frascaria-Lacoste, Jozo Franjić, Zlatko Satovic & Juan Fernández-Manjarrés
Populations occurring in areas of overlap between the current and future distribution of a species are particularly important because they can represent “refugia from climate change”. We coupled ecological and range-wide genetic variation data to detect such areas and to evaluate the impacts of habitat suitability changes on the genetic diversity of the transitional Mediterranean-temperate tree Fraxinus angustifolia. We sampled and genotyped 38 natural populations comprising 1006 individuals from across Europe. We found the highest...
Data from: North-south differentiation and a region of high diversity in European wolves (Canis lupus)Astrid V. Stronen, Bogumiła Jędrzejewska, Cino Pertoldi, Ditte Demontis, Ettore Randi, Magdalena Niedziałkowska, Małgorzata Pilot, Vadim E. Sidorovich, Ihor Dykyy, Josip Kusak, Elena Tsingarska, Ilpo Kojola, Alexandros A. Karamanlidis, Aivars Ornicans, Vladimir A. Lobkov, Vitalii P. Dumenko & Sylwia D. Czarnomska
European wolves (Canis lupus) show population genetic structure in the absence of geographic barriers, and across relatively short distances for this highly mobile species. Additional information on the location of and divergence between population clusters is required, particularly because wolves are currently recolonizing parts of Europe. We evaluated genetic structure in 177 wolves from 11 countries using over 67K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) loci. The results supported previous findings of an isolated Italian population with...
University of Zagreb4
Polish Academy of Sciences1
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences1
Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale1
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus1
Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University1