The cover image for this issue features a leopard hiding in the foliage in Kanha Tiger Reserve, India.
The Editor-in-Chief Louis Bernatchez has highlighted the following articles as of particular interest:
Predicting bird song from space by Thomas Smith, Ryan Harrigan, Alexander Kirschel, Wolfgang Buermann, Sassan Saatchi, Daniel Blumstein, Selvino de Kort and Hans Slabbekoorn
Summary: This article investigates the use of remote-sensing data to predict the song characteristics of a widely distributed African passerine, the little greenbul (Andropadus virens). This work provides a link between large-scale remotely sensed environmental variables and observations of behavior that have applications to evolutionary and conservation biology.
Fight evolution with evolution: plasmid-dependent phages with a wide host range to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance by Ville Ojala, Jarkko Laitalainen and Matti Jalasvuori
Summary: This study investigates whether it is possible to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance using a lytic bacteriophage capable of replication in a wide range of gram negative bacteria harbouring conjugative drug resistance. The authors conclude that, while it is necessary to maintain the selection for spread of drug resistances, fighting bacterial evolution with counter-selective attempts could be beneficial in the battle against drug resistance.
The ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde fungus’: noble rot versus gray mold symptoms of Botrytis cinerea on grapes by Elisabeth Fournier, Pierre Gladieux and Tatiana Giraud
Summary: In this article the authors used genotyping and clustering analyses to sample isolates of the ascomycete Botrytis cinerea fungus, to determine whether isolates sampled from three French regions with noble rot versus gray mold symptoms belong to genetically different populations. This study indicates that noble rot symptoms are not specific to certain B.cinerea populations but instead seem to depend on microclimatic conditions.
We are keen to encourage papers applying concepts from evolutionary biology to address biological questions of health, social and economic relevance across a vast array of applied disciplines, and also strongly encourage submissions of papers making use of modern genomics or other molecular methods to address important questions in an applied evolutionary framework. For more information please visit the aims and scopes page.