The authors propose changes in citation in order to establish a balance between taxonomic and other biological publications. Among other things they examine also the »employability« of taxonomists with special regard to the USA and the NSF-PEET scheme, and give proposals for different ways of financing taxonomic research. The scientific significance of this contribution, especially for taxonomy, is mirrored in the feedback received, immediate citing of the paper, invitations to authors to seminars and workshops and selection of the paper for departmental discussions at universities.
Personality is the sum of characteristics which cause that an individual's behaviour stays consistent over time and across context, while the behaviour of different individuals of the same species and sex remain different. We found out that the concentration of hormones, corticosterone and testosterone, is different in different individuals, but consistent over time and in different conditions. The latter leads us to the conclusion that the consistency of corticosterone and testosterone maintains the consistency of behaviour in an individual and is the crucial factor of personality.
The article deals with the question of phytogeographical differenciation of broad-leaved ravine forests in SE Europe and their geographic distribution. Cutting-edge methods for processing large datasets were applied. Numerical analyses showed that broad-leaved ravine forests of SE Europe form a separate group within European broad-leaved ravine forests.
The orb-weaving spider family Nephilidae is famous for its extreme sexual size dimorfism, for constructing the largest orb-webs known, and for its unusual sexual behaviour. The authors produce the first species level phylogeny of the family based on 231 characters and 61 taxa. The authors discuss the applicability of ethological data in phylogenetic analyses and introduce specific hypotheses of evolution of morphological and ethological characters. Sexual behaviours evolve according to the pattern of sexually an antagonistic co-evolution, also termed the arms race between the sexes.
By means of an objective method for classification of vegetation relevés, we used the Cocktail algorithm for the vegetation, as it enables the objectivity in selecting the floristic criteria in classification. The classification is made based on a large dataset of all vegetation types. The research dealing with weed vegetation is a test case for further classification of Slovenian vegetation. So far, comparable researches have been conducted only in the Czech Republic and Germany. The results enable generation of automatic classification with expert system in the Juice program.