My #230 Papers Challenge

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You might have heard of the #360papers challenge – to read one journal article a day for a whole year – you might be less familiar with the related #230 papers challenge. This makes the more realistic goal of reading one journal article each working day of the year, which is apparently 230 days in total (I haven’t checked their maths). This is a record of my feeble attempt to reach this lofty goal – I will update every ten articles or so and try to give a one sentence summary (or link to an article or a longer blog).

Last updated: 04.04.17

No. Title Authors Journal Description
1 Climate predicts which sex acts as helpers among cooperatively breeding bird species Guoyue Zhang, Qingtian Zhao, Anders Pape Møller, Jan Komdeur, Xin Lu Biology Letters In cooperatively breeding birds, the authors found evidence that sex differences in survival and reproductive success between temperate and tropical regions leads to male-only helping in temperate zones and unisex helping in tropical zones.
2 Interpreting and Predicting the Spread of Invasive Wild Pigs Snow, N. P., Jarzyna, M. A. and VerCauteren, K. C. Journal of Applied Ecology Invasive wild pigs spread across US – Nature Research Highlights
3 How Ants Use Vision When Homing Backward Sebastian Schwarz, Michael Mangan, Jochen Zeil, Barbara Webb, Antoine Wystrach Current Biology Ants look forward to navigate backwards – Nature Research Highlights
4 Climate change upends selection on ornamentation in a wild bird Simon R. Evans & Lars Gustafsson Nature Ecology & Evolution Climate change makes birds less sexy – Nature Research Highlights
5 Tales from the crypt: a parasitoid manipulates the behaviour of its parasite host Kelly L. Weinersmith, Sean M. Liu, Andrew A. Forbes, Scott P. Egan Proceedings of the Royal Society B Parasite controls another wasp – Nature Research Highlights
6 Breaking wind to survive: fishes that breathe air with their gut J. A. Nelson Journal of Fish Biology More than 1000 species of fish can breath air and it has evolved 70 times in vertebrates. In air-breathing fish, some breath through the mouth, oesophagus or the gut. Gut-breathing fish only exchange oxygen, not CO2 and all are faculatative or continuous air breathers. This is likely driven by adaptation to waters that are frequently anoxic.
7 No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide Hanno Seebens, Tim M. Blackburn, Ellie E. Dyer, Piero Genovesi, Philip E. Hulme, Jonathan M. Jeschke, Shyama Pagad, Petr Pyšek, Marten Winter, Margarita Arianoutsou, Sven Bacher, Bernd Blasius, Giuseppe Brundu, César Capinha, Laura Celesti-Grapow, Wayne Dawson, Stefan Dullinger, Nicol Fuentes, Heinke Jäger, John Kartesz, Marc Kenis, Holger Kreft, Ingolf Kühn, Bernd Lenzner, Andrew Liebhold, Alexander Mosena, Dietmar Moser, Misako Nishino, David Pearman, Jan Pergl, Wolfgang Rabitsch, Julissa Rojas-Sandoval, Alain Roques, Stephanie Rorke, Silvia Rossinelli, Helen E. Roy, Riccardo Scalera, Stefan Schindler, Kateřina Štajerová, Barbara Tokarska-Guzik, Mark van Kleunen, Kevin Walker, Patrick Weigelt, Takehiko Yamanaka & Franz Essl Nature Communications Alien species are accelerating their march across the globe – ScienceNOW
8 Immune system stimulation by the native gut microbiota of honeybees Waldan K. Kwong, Amanda L. Mancenido, Nancy A. Moran Royal Society Open Science Honeybees with gut microbes produce more of the immune protein apaecin, and may be less susceptible to infection by E.coli.
9 Human adaptation to arsenic in Andean populations of the Atacama Desert Mario Apata, Bernado Arriaza, Elena Llop, Mauricio Moraga American Journal of Physical Anthropology How humans adapt to arsenic – Nature Research Highlights
10 Global warming and sexual plant reproduction Afif Hedhly, José I. Hormaza, María Herrero Trends in Plant Science Global climate change is having a complex effect on plant reproduction, influencing phenology as well as fertility.
11 Excess of genomic defects in a woolly mammoth on Wrangel island Rebekah L. Rogers , Montgomery Slatkin PLOS Genetics Woolly mammoths suffered genomic meltdown – Nature Research Highlights
12 Population viability at extreme sex-ratio skews produced by temperature dependent sex determination Graeme C. Hays, Antonios D. Mazaris, Gail Schofield, Jacques-Olivier Laloë Proceedings of the Royal Society B Although temperature change is predicted to skew sea turtle sex ratios because of temperature dependent sex determination (producing more females), it does not have such a big impact as thought because males can mate with multiple females and more often, and males also tend to have a higher mortality, so a female-biased sex ratio at birth actually helps, up to a point.
13 Deep-Time Convergence in Rove Beetle Symbionts of Army Ants Munetoshi Maruyama, Joseph Parker Current Biology Beetles repeatedly evolved mimicry – Nature Research Highlights
14 Three-dimensional preservation of cellular and subcellular structures suggests 1.6 billion-year-old crown-group red algae Stefan Bengtson, Therese Sallstedt, Veneta Belivanova, Martin Whitehouse PLOS Biology Oldest plant fossils found – Nature Research Highlights
15 Origins of house mice in ecological niches created bysettled hunter-gatherers in the Levant 15,000 y ago Lior Weissbroda, Fiona B. Marshallb, François R. Vallac, Hamoudi Khalailyd, Guy Bar-Oza, Jean-Christophe Auffraye, Jean-Denis Vignef, Thomas Cucchif PNAS
16 Dynamic masquerade with morphing three-dimensional skin in cuttlefish Deanna Panetta, Kendra Buresch, Roger T. Hanlon Biology Letters Cuttlefish change skin texture to blend in – Nature Research Highlights
17 First macrobiota biomineralization was environmentally triggered Rachel Wood, Andrey Yu Ivantsov, Andrey Yu Zhuravlev Proceedings of the Royal Society B The first skeletons evolved repeatedly in chalky seas
18 Ecological intensification to mitigate impacts of conventional intensive land use on pollinators and pollination Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J. Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V. Dicks Ecology Letters Designing agricultural land to intensify ecosystem services such as pollination, nutrient cycling and pest control can help ensure long-term food security.
19 High-Speed Surface Reconstruction of a Flying Bird Using Structured-Light Marc E. Deetjen, Andrew A. Biewener, David Lentink Journal of Experimental Biology
20 Eye development in the four-eyed fish Anableps anableps: cranial and retinal adaptations to simultaneous aerial and aquatic vision Louise N. Perez, Jamily Lorena, Carinne M. Costa, Maysa S. Araujo, Gabriela N. Frota-Lima, Gabriel E. Matos-Rodrigues, Rodrigo A. P. Martins, George M. T. Mattox, Patricia N. Schneider Royal Society Open Biology The four-eyed fish, Anableps has partially duplicated eyes – the top portion protrudes above the water when swimming, the botton portion remains underwater, giving the fish remarkable vision. This study found that the eye duplication begins to develop in the 3rd larval stage. The two eye-halves express different genes and proteins, differences that begin before the larva is born – therefore must be determined genetically rather than environmentally.

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