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  • Erratum |

    • Cheng-Ruei Lee
    • , Baosheng Wang
    • , Julius P. Mojica
    • , Terezie Mandáková
    • , Kasavajhala V. S. K. Prasad
    • , Jose Luis Goicoechea
    • , Nadeesha Perera
    • , Uffe Hellsten
    • , Hope N. Hundley
    • , Jenifer Johnson
    • , Jane Grimwood
    • , Kerrie Barry
    • , Stephen Fairclough
    • , Jerry W. Jenkins
    • , Yeisoo Yu
    • , Dave Kudrna
    • , Jianwei Zhang
    • , Jayson Talag
    • , Wolfgang Golser
    • , Kathryn Ghattas
    • , M. Eric Schranz
    • , Rod Wing
    • , Martin A. Lysak
    • , Jeremy Schmutz
    • , Daniel S. Rokhsar
    •  & Thomas Mitchell-Olds
  • Article |

    2.4-billion-year-old South African basalts preserve filamentous fossils similar to fungi or an as-yet-unknown eukaryote taxon.

    • Stefan Bengtson
    • , Birger Rasmussen
    • , Magnus Ivarsson
    • , Janet Muhling
    • , Curt Broman
    • , Federica Marone
    • , Marco Stampanoni
    •  & Andrey Bekker
  • Article |

    Origin of genes in non-coding DNA is assumed to be rare because random combinations of DNA are not expected to be functional. Here, the authors show that random peptides can affect fitness in E. coli, which suggests that random parts of the genome have the potential to become functional.

    • Rafik Neme
    • , Cristina Amador
    • , Burcin Yildirim
    • , Ellen McConnell
    •  & Diethard Tautz
  • Article |

    Following a submarine volcanic eruption that cleared the local seafloor, a new microbial genus and species of bacterial trichomes, named Thiolava veneris, colonized the substrate 130 m below sea level.

    • Roberto Danovaro
    • , Miquel Canals
    • , Michael Tangherlini
    • , Antonio Dell’Anno
    • , Cristina Gambi
    • , Galderic Lastras
    • , David Amblas
    • , Anna Sanchez-Vidal
    • , Jaime Frigola
    • , Antoni M. Calafat
    • , Rut Pedrosa
    • , Jesus Rivera
    • , Xavier Rayo
    •  & Cinzia Corinaldesi
  • Review Article |

    The Nutrient Network is a globally distributed, coordinated grassland ecology experiment. Here, the first decade of this network is reviewed, including insights into ecosystem productivity, stability and the effects of herbivores and invasive species.

    • Elizabeth T. Borer
    • , James B. Grace
    • , W. Stanley Harpole
    • , Andrew S. MacDougall
    •  & Eric W. Seabloom

News & Comment

  • News and Views |

    Newly discovered filamentous fossils from 2.4-billion-year-old oceanic lavas suggest that eukaryotes of possible fungal affinity are much older than previously thought.

    • Nicola McLoughlin
  • Q&A |

    The EvoKE project promotes formal discussion about the state of evolutionary education, outreach and policy in Europe. We talked to the organizing team (Xana Sá-Pinto, Héloïse Dufour, Inga Ubben, Tania Jenkins and Kristin Jenkins), about the first international EvoKE conference and future projects.

    • Vera Domingues
  • Comment |

    DNA sequencing is faster and cheaper than ever before but quantity does not necessarily mean quality. Towards a comprehensive understanding of the microbial biosphere, we need more reference genomes from single-celled eukaryotes (protists) across the full breadth of eukaryotic diversity.

    • Shannon J. Sibbald
    •  & John M. Archibald

About the Journal

  • Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour to dealing with disease. Ecology takes biology from the relative simplicity of individuals to the complexity of interactions between organisms and their environments. Its implications stretch beyond biology into environmental science and the grand challenges facing society.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution publishes original research as Articles and Brief Communications. We will also publish News & Views, Reviews, Comments, Features and a range of other content, that elaborate on significant advances and debates in the field and cover topical issues and societal implications.
  • Nature Ecology & Evolution is staffed by a dedicated team of professional editors, with relevant research and editorial backgrounds. It is led by Chief Editor Patrick Goymer, formerly ecology and evolution editor at Nature, and also includes former Nature Communications editors Vera Domingues and Simon Harold, former Nature News & Views editor Marian Turner and former Nature Plants editor Luiseach Nic Eoin.
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  • 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.

Current Issue

Volume 1 Issue 5

Image: Zhenmin Bao. Cover Design: Allen Beattie.

Volume 1 Issue 5

Shellfish genes

The scallop Patinopecten yessoensis. Genome sequencing of this bivalve mollusc reveals that it has a slow-evolving genome with many ancestral features. In-depth analysis provides insights into the evolution of genome organization and developmental control during the emergence of bilaterians. This issue also includes an Article that compares the genome sequences of two mussel species: the deep-sea vent species Bathymodiolus platifrons and the shallow-water species Modiolus philippinarum.

See Wang et al1, 0120 (2017) and Sun et al1, 0121 (2017)

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