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Improved allometric models to estimate the aboveground biomass of tropical trees

Improved allometric models to estimate the aboveground biomass of tropical trees

Terrestrial carbon stock mapping is important for the successful implementation of climate change mitigation policies. Its accuracy depends on the...
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Mésange charbonnière

Microbiome affects reproduction and investment in the uropygial gland in Great tits

Microorganisms constitute the major part of the earth biomass. The host microbiome, defined as the whole community of microorganisms in contact with...
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A.Thaliana

The long-term maintenance of a resistance polymorphism through diffuse interactions

Plant resistance (R) genes are a crucial component in plant defence against pathogens. Although R genes often fail to provide durable resistance in...
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E.grandis

Decoding the genome of Eucalyptus grandis, the most widely planted hardwood in the world

Native from Australia, the genus Eucalyptus encompasses more than 700 species. With 20 million hectares of industrial plantations, Eucalyptus (mainly...
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Primary transcripts of microRNAs encode regulatory peptides

Primary transcripts of microRNAs encode regulatory peptides

MicroRNAs are small RNAs (approximately 21 nucleotides) that control most biological processes, negatively regulating the expression of many...
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PopP2

An immune receptor pair with an integrated decoy converts pathogen disabling of defensive transcription factors into resistance

Microbial pathogens infect host cells by delivering virulence factors (effectors) that interfere with defenses. In plants, intracellular...
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Liens familiaux, gages d’adaptation ?

On some genetic consequences of social structure, mating systems, dispersal, and sampling

Many animal species, including humans, live and breed in groups with complex social organizations. The impact of this social structure on the genetic...
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Hyper dominance du cycle de carbone Amazonien

Hyperdominance in Amazonian carbon cycling

While Amazonian forests are extraordinarily diverse, the abundance of trees is skewed strongly towards relatively few ‘hyperdominant’ species. In...
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Coselected genes determine adaptive variation in herbivore resistance

Coselected genes determine adaptive variation in herbivore resistance throughout the native range of A.thaliana

The “mustard oil bomb” is a major defense mechanism in the Brassicaceae, which includes crops such as canola and the model plant Arabidopsis...
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La relation entre abondances

The predator-prey power law: Biomass scaling across terrestrial and aquatic biomes

Despite the huge diversity of ecological communities, they can have unexpected patterns in common. Hatton et al. describe a general scaling law that...
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