Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Drought stress is one of the most important abiotic factors limiting crop productivity. A better understanding of the effects of drought on millet (Setaria italica L.) production, a model crop for studying drought tolerance, and the underlying molecular mechanisms...

["Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4752
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1,669 views

Background The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is the world’s most iconic coral reef ecosystem, recognised internationally as a World Heritage Area of outstanding significance. Safeguarding the biodiversity of this universally important reef is a core legislative objective;...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4747
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Background Vitexin is a kind of lignan compound which has been shown to possess a variety of pharmacological effects, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-cancer activities. However the effect of vitexin on hair regeneration has not been elaborated....

["Cell Biology","Molecular Biology","Dermatology","Pharmacology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4737
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Asymmetries in the maternal behaviour and anatomy might play an important role in the development of primate manual lateralization. In particular, early life asymmetries in mother’s and infant’s behaviour have been suggested to be associated with the development...

["Animal Behavior","Developmental Biology","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4736
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Context Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease with unknown etiology. Objective Human plasma is comprised of over 10 orders of magnitude concentration of proteins and tissue leakages. The changes in the abundance of these...

["Biochemistry","Rheumatology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4730
60 downloads
355 views

Swine are economically important food animals, but highly contagious porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and rotavirus can afflict pig herds and contribute significantly to piglet morbidity and mortality. While there have been studies on rotavirus group A (RVA)...

["Molecular Biology","Veterinary Medicine","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4724
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Animal signalling structures are amongst the most variable characteristics, as they are subjected to a diversity of selection pressures. A well-known example of a diverse signalling system in the animal kingdom is the dewlap of Anolis lizards. Dewlap characteristics...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4722
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Risks of parasitism vary over time, with infection prevalence often fluctuating with seasonal changes in the annual cycle. Identifying the biological mechanisms underlying seasonality in infection can enable better prediction and prevention of future infection...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4698
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Background Similar to natural rivers, manmade inlets connect inland runoff to the ocean. Port Everglades Inlet (PEI) is a busy cargo and cruise ship port in South Florida, which can act as a source of pollution to surrounding beaches and offshore coral reefs. Understanding...

["Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4671
106 downloads
698 views

The Lepidoptera is one of the most widespread and recognisable insect orders. Due to their remarkable diversity, economic and ecological importance, moths and butterflies have been studied extensively over the last 200 years. More recently, the relationship between...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4629
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Marine caves possess unique biocoenotic and ecological characteristics. Sessile benthic species such as sponges associated with cave habitats typically show a marked zonation from the cave entrance towards the end of the cave. We describe three semi-submerged karstic...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4596
85 downloads
513 views

Hypersaline microbial mats develop through seasonal and diel fluctuations, as well as under several physicochemical variables. Hence, resident microorganisms commonly employ strategies such as the synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) in order to resist changing...

["Biotechnology","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4780
66 downloads
316 views

Organic agriculture is becoming increasingly important, and many natural products are now available for organic farmers to manage and improve their crops. Several ethnobotanical studies have indicated that the use of nettle slurry as fertilizer in organic farming...

["Agricultural Science","Plant Science","Natural Resource Management","Green Chemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4729
60 downloads
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Type I polyketide synthase 13 (Pks13) is involved in the final step of the biosynthesis of mycolic acid in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Recent articles have reported that Pks13 is an essential enzyme in the mycolic acid biosynthesis pathway, and it has been deeply...

["Biochemistry","Microbiology","Global Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4728
69 downloads
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Bacterial endosymbionts that produce important phenotypic effects on their hosts are common among plant sap-sucking insects. Aphids have become a model system of insect-symbiont interactions. However, endosymbiont research has focused on a few aphid species, making...

["Ecology","Entomology","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4725

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