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Li, X., Li, B., Wang, G., Zhan, X., & Holyoak, M. (2020). Deeply digging the interaction effect in multiple linear regressions using a fractional-power interaction term. MethodsX, 7, 101067. doi:10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2020.101067

In multiple regression Y ~ β0 + β1X1 + β2X2 + β3X1 X2 + ɛ., the interaction term is quantified as the product of X1 and X2. We developed fractional-power interaction regression (FPIR), using βX1M X2N as the interaction term. The rationale of FPIR is that the slopes of Y-X1 regression along the X2 gr…

Liu, X., Blackburn, T. M., Song, T., Wang, X., Huang, C., & Li, Y. (2020). Animal invaders threaten protected areas worldwide. Nature Communications, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16719-2 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16719-2

Protected areas are the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. However, alien species invasion is an increasing threat to biodiversity, and the extent to which protected areas worldwide are resistant to incursions of alien species remains poorly understood. Here, we investigate establishment by 8…

Enkhtur, K., Boldgiv, B., & Pfeiffer, M. (2020). Diversity and Distribution Patterns of Geometrid Moths (Geometridae, Lepidoptera) in Mongolia. Diversity, 12(5), 186. doi:10.3390/d12050186 https://doi.org/10.3390/d12050186

Geometrids are a species-rich group of moths that serve as reliable indicators for environmental changes. Little is known about the Mongolian moth fauna, and there is no comprehensive review of species richness, diversity, and distribution patterns of geometrid moths in the country. Our study aims t…

Arfianti, T., & Costello, M. (2020). Global biogeography of marine amphipod crustaceans: latitude, regionalization, and beta diversity. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 638, 83–94. doi:10.3354/meps13272 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13272

Studying the biogeography of amphipod crustaceans is of interest because they play an important role at lower trophic levels in ecosystems. Because they lack a planktonic larval stage, it has been hypothesized that marine benthic amphipod crustaceans may have short dispersal distances, high endemici…

Mutlu, Ç., Çiftçi, V., Yeken, M. Z., & Mamay, M. (2020). The influence of different intensities of chalky spot damage on seed germination, grain yield and economic returns of red lentil. Phytoparasitica. doi:10.1007/s12600-020-00785-9 https://doi.org/10.1007/s12600-020-00785-9

Chalky spot damage caused by Dolycoris baccarum (L.) and Piezodorus lituratus (F.) causes significant losses to productivity and marketing lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) in southeastern Anatolia region, Turkey. The chalky spot-damaged grains attract lower price in the market, which decreases product…

Srivastava, V., Griess, V. C., & Keena, M. A. (2020). Assessing the Potential Distribution of Asian Gypsy Moth in Canada: A Comparison of Two Methodological Approaches. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-57020-7 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-57020-7

Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar L.) is one of the world’s worst hardwood defoliating invasive alien species. It is currently spreading across North America, damaging forest ecosystems and posing a significant economic threat. Two subspecies L. d. asiatica and L. d. japonica, collectively referred to as…