30 Works

Data from: Impact of spatial variation of a crucial prey, the molecricket, on hoopoe territory occupancy and reproduction

Nicolas Guillod, Raphaël Arlettaz & Alain Jacot
Direct benefits accrued from securing a territory of sufficient quality are important determinants of individual fitness and population persistence. Food supply is one of the main factors of animal territory quality, with spatial and temporal variation in prey availability largely dictating reproductive output and thus population dynamics. In a Swiss hoopoe population, molecrickets Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa, the most profitable prey locally, can constitute most of the food biomass delivered to chicks by parents. We first investigated...

Data from: Sensitivity of functional diversity metrics to sampling intensity

Fons Van Der Plas, Roel Van Klink, Peter Manning, Han Olff & Markus Fischer
1. Functional diversity (FD) metrics are increasingly used in ecological research, particularly in studies of community assembly and ecosystem functioning. However, studies using FD metrics vary greatly in the intensity by which ecological communities were sampled and it is largely unknown how sensitive these metrics are to low sampling intensity (undersampling). 2. Here, we used a combination of simulations with theoretically assembled communities and three comprehensive, independent, empirical datasets on plant, ground beetle and bird...

Data from: Genetic diversity analyses reveal first insights into breed-specific selection signatures within Swiss goat breeds

Alexander Burren, Markus Neuditschko, Heidi Signer-Hasler, Mirjam Frischknecht, Irene Reber, Fiona Menzi, Cord Drögemüller & Christine Flury
We used genotype data from the caprine 50k Illumina BeadChip for the assessment of genetic diversity within and between 10 local Swiss goat breeds. Three different cluster methods allowed the goat samples to be assigned to the respective breed groups, whilst the samples of Nera Verzasca and Tessin Grey goats could not be differentiated from each other. The results of the different genetic diversity measures show that Appenzell, Toggenburg, Valais and Booted goats should be...

Data from: Distribution and population genetic variation of cryptic species of the Alpine mayfly Baetis alpinus (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) in the Central Alps

Marie Aurore Leys, Irene Keller, Katja Räsänen, Jean-Luc Gattolliat & Christopher T. Robinson
Background: Many species contain evolutionarily distinct groups that are genetically highly differentiated but morphologically difficult to distinguish (i.e., cryptic species). The presence of cryptic species poses significant challenges for the accurate assessment of biodiversity and, if unrecognized, may lead to erroneous inferences in many fields of biological research and conservation. Results: We tested for cryptic genetic variation within the broadly distributed alpine mayfly Baetis alpinus across several major European drainages in the central Alps. Bayesian...

Data from: Long-distance dispersal suppresses introgression of local alleles during range expansions

C. E. G. Amorim, T Hofer, N Ray, M Foll, A Ruiz-Linares & L Excoffier
During range expansions, even low levels of interbreeding can lead to massive introgression of local alleles into an invader's genome. Nonetheless, this pattern is not always observed in human populations. For instance, European Americans in North America are barely introgressed by Amerindian genes in spite of known contact and admixture. With coalescent spatially explicit simulations, we examined the impact of long-distance dispersal (LDD) events on introgression of local alleles into the invading population using a...

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  • University of Bern
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Lausanne
  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
  • University of Wyoming
  • French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • University of Basel
  • Swiss Ornithological Institute
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology