Nursing behaviour of neonate humpback whales

Simone K. A. Videsen, Lars Bejder, Mark Johnson and Peter T. Madsen Humpback whales belong to the group of large baleen whales that embark on long distance migrations each year between foraging and breeding grounds. These long migrations result in a short time window on breeding grounds, where pregnant females must give birth and nurse…

Predator foraging response to a resurgent dangerous prey

Aimee Tallian, Douglas W. Smith, Daniel R. Stahler, Matthew C. Metz , Rick L. Wallen, Chris Geremia, Joel Ruprecht, C. Travis Wyman, Daniel R. MacNulty ‘Prey switching’ refers to a change in the diet of a predator as the abundance of two prey species changes. Prey switching is ecologically important because it can stabilize prey…

Plant defense negates pathogen manipulation of vector behavior

Baiming Liu, Evan L. Preisser, Xiaobin Shi, Huaitong Wu, Chuanyou Li, Wen Xie, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Youjun Zhang Many important and economically-damaging plant pathogens are transmitted by insect vectors, and pathogens have been shown to alter vector behavior in ways that promote both their uptake and transmission. In the Tomato yellow leaf curl virus…

Fear makes you fat, but not too fat to fly

Benjamin T. Walters, Tin Nok Natalie Cheng, Justin Doyle, Chistopher G. Guglielmo, Michael Clinchy and Liana Y. Zanette Escaping from a predator is a matter of ongoing life or immediate death. While escape ability is clearly imperative for survival, the variables that impair or improve it are not well understood. Escape ability is frequently assumed…