Peer-reviewed Articles

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Animal skin acts as a barrier between the organism and its environment and provides the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Thus, skin surfaces harbor communities of microbes that are interacting with both the host and its environment. Amphibian skin...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5960
20 downloads
96 views

The owlflies (Family Ascalaphidae) belong to the Neuroptera but are often mistaken as dragonflies because of morphological characters. To date, only three mitochondrial genomes of Ascalaphidae, namely Libelloides macaronius; Ascaloptynx appendiculatus; Ascalohybris...

["Entomology","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5914
161 downloads
733 views

Scorpions have evolved a variety of toxins with a plethora of biological targets, but characterizing their evolution has been limited by the lack of a comprehensive phylogenetic hypothesis of scorpion relationships grounded in modern, genome-scale datasets. Disagreements...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5902
26 downloads
111 views

Protection of honey bees is of great economic importance because of their role in pollination. Crucial steps towards this goal are epidemiological surveys of pathogens connected with honey bee losses. In this study deformed wing virus (DWV), chronic bee paralysis...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Veterinary Medicine","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5887
21 downloads
126 views

Most genetic transformation protocols for the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum rely on one of two available antibiotics as selection markers: Zeocin (a formulation of phleomycin D1) or nourseothricin. This limits the number of possible consecutive genetic...

["Genetics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5884
740 downloads
2,406 views

The most complete known North American enantiornithine was collected in 1992 but never formally described. The so-called “Kaiparowits avisaurid” remains one of the most exceptional Late Cretaceous enantiornithine fossils. We recognize this specimen as a new taxon,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5910
29 downloads
195 views

The Curimatidae family plays an ecological role in the recycling and distribution of nutrients and constitutes a major food source for several commercially important fishes. Curimata mivartii, a member of this family, is considered a short-distance migratory species...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Genetics","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5959
34 downloads
275 views

Many ecosystems are influenced simultaneously by multiple stressors. One important environmental stressor is aquatic pollution via wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents. WWTP effluents may contribute to eutrophication or contain anthropogenic contaminants...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Parasitology","Ecotoxicology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5956
28 downloads
127 views

This study aimed (i) to explore the relationship between vertical (jumping) and horizontal (sprinting) force–velocity–power (FVP) mechanical profiles in a large range of sports and levels of practice, and (ii) to provide a large database to serve as a reference...

["Kinesiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5937
56 downloads
300 views

Since the 1970s, species abundance distributions (SADs) have been one of the most fundamental issues in ecology and have frequently been investigated and reviewed. However, there was surprisingly little consensus. This study focuses on three essential questions....

["Biodiversity"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5928
17 downloads
106 views

Background Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an inherited connective tissue disorder affecting the ocular, skeletal and cardiovascular systems. Previous studies of MFS have demonstrated the association between genetic defects and clinical manifestations. Our purpose was...

["Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Cardiology","Medical Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5927
30 downloads
174 views

Analyzing whole-genome sequencing data of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) isolates in a standardized workflow enables both comprehensive antibiotic resistance profiling and outbreak surveillance with highest resolution up to the identification of recent...

["Molecular Biology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5895
17 downloads
217 views

Segmentation of the retinal blood vessels using filtering techniques is a widely used step in the development of an automated system for diagnostic retinal image analysis. This paper optimized the blood vessel segmentation, by extending the trainable B-COSFIRE...

["Ophthalmology","Radiology and Medical Imaging","Human-Computer Interaction","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5855
39 downloads
269 views

Individual differences in performances on cognitive tasks have been found to differ according to social rank across multiple species. However, it is not clear whether an individual’s cognitive performance is flexible and the result of their current social rank,...

["Animal Behavior","Developmental Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5738
24 downloads
125 views

Background In our previous study, Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (EO) was considered to have an insecticidal effect by acting on the mitochondrial respiratory chain in insects. However, the mode of action is not fully understood. Methods In this study, we...

["Bioinformatics","Entomology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5693

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