Sandra Angers-Blondin, University of Edinburgh

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This month's issue includes tundra plants, bat microbiomes and Neanderthal introgression, plus jellyfish, fall webworm and giant tortoise genomes.

Latest Research

  • Article |

    Undertaking an incubation study on soil collected from 110 dryland sites across the world, the authors show that the response of soil microbial respiration to temperature is consistent with that of adaptation to the ambient thermal regime.

    • Marina Dacal
    • , Mark A. Bradford
    • , César Plaza
    • , Fernando T. Maestre
    •  & Pablo García-Palacios
  • Article |

    Analysing plant–pollinator interactions across all major land use classes in four cities, the authors show that residential gardens and community gardens are urban pollinator hotspots, with pollinator abundance positively associated with household income.

    • Katherine C. R. Baldock
    • , Mark A. Goddard
    • , Damien M. Hicks
    • , William E. Kunin
    • , Nadine Mitschunas
    • , Helen Morse
    • , Lynne M. Osgathorpe
    • , Simon G. Potts
    • , Kirsty M. Robertson
    • , Anna V. Scott
    • , Phillip P. A. Staniczenko
    • , Graham N. Stone
    • , Ian P. Vaughan
    •  & Jane Memmott
  • Article |

    Measuring microbial respiration in soils collected for three years along a latitudinal gradient, the authors find lower respiration rates and greater plasticity in responses at sites with higher mean annual temperatures, consistent with adaptation to thermal regimes.

    • Mark A. Bradford
    • , Rebecca L. McCulley
    • , Thomas. W. Crowther
    • , Emily E. Oldfield
    • , Stephen A. Wood
    •  & Noah Fierer

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Two soil respiration studies conducted at different spatial and temporal extents each find evidence that thermal adaptation of microbial communities compensates for loss of soil carbon under idealized conditions.

    • Charlotte J. Alster
  • Obituary |

    Primatologist who gave voice to animal communication and cognition.

    • Jacinta Beehner
    • , Thore Bergman
    • , Julia Fischer
    •  & Joan B. Silk
  • News & Views |

    Influenza viruses undergo rapid antigenic evolution. Analysis of a large dataset of influenza virus sequences, using host age as a proxy for immune experience, shows no evidence for immune positive selection driving antigenic evolution in individual infected humans.

    • Katarina M. Braun
    •  & Thomas C. Friedrich
  • Editorial |

    Our annual report of the journal’s statistics shows little overall change on gender and geographical diversity, and highlights areas where our editors want to redouble efforts — with help from you.

  • Comment |

    Sociocultural transitions and medical advancements can disrupt evolutionary equilibriums underlying modern human anatomy, physiology and life history. Disentangling such complex biosocial evolutionary dynamics poses serious ethical questions but has strong potential for guiding public health policies.

    • Philipp Mitteroecker
  • News & Views |

    Imaging of pterosaur skin reveals evidence of coloured feather-like structures, but whether these are homologous with true feathers is open to debate.

    • Liliana D’Alba


  • One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.

  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

  • Researchers have performed the most comprehensive study to date on pollinator feeding habits in cities. They document what plants pollinators prefer and use computer models to predict the best ways to help them thrive.

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