Cover ImageCover: An Australian brush-turkey male pictured at his mound. Males build these moist mountains of decomposing plant matter, where females lay their eggs if the internal temperature is suitable for embryonic development. Despite being incubated among compost, these eggs rarely become infected. D’Alba et al. (pp. 1116−1121) investigated the mechanisms that prevent egg infection and showed that the eggshell surface stops bacteria from attaching and lowers opportunities for growth and penetration. This study provides insight into how organisms prevent bacterial growth and potentially microbial infection without the use of chemicals, suggesting a new method for prevention of fouling on surfaces. Photo credit: Liliana D’Alba.
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METHODS & TECHNIQUES
Special K: testing the potassium link between radioactive rubidium (86Rb) turnover and metabolic rate
Ectoparasite performance when feeding on reproducing mammalian females: an unexpected decrease when on pregnant hosts
Biomechanical determinants of bite force dimorphism in Cyclommatus metallifer stag beetles
Daphnia's dilemma: adjustment of carbon budgets in the face of food and cholesterol limitation
Decreased hydrogen peroxide production and mitochondrial respiration in skeletal muscle but not cardiac muscle of the green-striped burrowing frog, a natural model of muscle disuse
Biophysics of directional hearing in the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Biomechanical strategies for mitigating collision damage in insect wings: structural design versus embedded elastic materials
Antimicrobial properties of a nanostructured eggshell from a compost-nesting bird
Suspended sediment prolongs larval development in a coral reef fish
Master of all trades: thermal acclimation and adaptation of cardiac function in a broadly distributed marine invasive species, the European green crab, Carcinus maenas
Glucose overload in yolk has little effect on the long-term modulation of carbohydrate metabolic genes in zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Common effect of the mucus transferred during mating in two dart-shooting snail species from different families
Geographical differences in maternal basking behaviour and offspring growth rate in a climatically widespread viviparous reptile
Reflectance-based identification of parasitized host eggs and adult Trichogramma specimens
Meet the JEB Editors @ SEB 2023
Come and meet the JEB team at the Society for Experimental Biology centenary conference from 4-7 July in Edinburgh, UK. Visit exhibition stand 13/15 to pick up JEB centenary goodies, including our new ‘100 years of discovery’ T shirt, and join our Meet the JEB Editors event on Thursday 6 July at 12.30 at Platform 5 to find out more about the journal and chat to Editors including EiC Craig Franklin, Monitoring Editors Sanjay Sane, Trish Schulte and John Terblanche and the in-house News and Reviews team.
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
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JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Katie Gilmour
Katie Gilmour tells us how she first encountered the JEB Editorial team as a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, UK, and how she would like to have a Star Trek tricorder to monitor fish non-invasively in the field.
The Forest of Biologists
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Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues discuss the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
Crucial DNA at crux of insect wing size evolution
Keity Farfán-Pira and colleagues have revealed that a tiny region of regulatory DNA in the vestigial gene governs whether insect wings are large or small and has played a key role in the evolution of insect wing size.