Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is known to aggregate in a number of coastal locations globally, however what causes these aggregations to form where they do is largely unknown. This study examines whether bathymetry is an important driver of coastal...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4904
27 downloads
224 views

Background Animal mitochondrial genomes typically encode 37 genes: 13 proteins, 22 tRNAs and two rRNAs. However, many species represent exceptions to that rule. Bivalvia along with Nematoda and Platyhelminthes are often suspected to fully or partially lack the...

["Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4897
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The Clarkia lagerstätte (Latah Formation) of Idaho is well known for its beautifully preserved plant fossils as well as a fauna of insects and fish. Here we present the first known tetrapod fossil from these deposits. This specimen, recovered from the lower anoxic...

["Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4880
55 downloads
285 views

Quantitative analysis of shape and form is critical in many biological disciplines, as context-dependent morphotypes reflect changes in gene expression and physiology, e.g., in comparisons of environment-dependent phenotypes, forward/reverse genetic assays or shape...

["Computational Biology","Ecology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4861
48 downloads
439 views

Numerous studies over the last decades have focused on marine protected areas (MPAs) and their effects on fish communities. However, there is a knowledge gap regarding how species that live associated with soft-substrates (e.g., sand, mud) respond to spatial protection....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4653
31 downloads
259 views

Background Hamstring strain injuries (HSI) are one of the most prevalent and serious injuries affecting athletes, particularly those in team ball sports or track and field. Recent evidence demonstrates that eccentric knee flexor weakness and between limb asymmetries...

["Anatomy and Physiology","Kinesiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4972
35 downloads
604 views

Sponges belonging to genus Mycale are common and widely distributed across the oceans and represent a significant component of benthic communities in term of their biomass, which in many species is largely composed by bacteria. However, the microbial communities...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4935
34 downloads
197 views

Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins accumulate in plants during adverse conditions and their main attributed function is to confer tolerance to stress. One of the deleterious effects of the adverse environment is the accumulation of metal ions to levels...

["Biochemistry","Biophysics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4930
46 downloads
268 views

Observations indicate that temperature and precipitation patterns changed dramatically in Xinjiang, northwestern China, between 1961 and 2015. Dramatic changes in climatic conditions can bring about adverse effects. Specifically, meteorological drought severity...

["Statistics","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4926
28 downloads
341 views

The bio-chemical and physical characteristics of a river are directly affected by water temperature, which thereby affects the overall health of aquatic ecosystems. It is a complex problem to accurately estimate water temperature. Modelling of river water temperature...

["Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4894
38 downloads
317 views

Tenderness and intramuscular fat content are key attributes for beef sensory qualities. Recently some proteomic analysis revealed several proteins which are considered as good biomarkers of these quality traits. This study focuses on the analysis of 20 of these...

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Food Science and Technology","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4891
55 downloads
399 views

The bathyal to hadal deep sea of north-west Pacific Ocean was recently intensively sampled during four international expeditions (KuramBio I and II, SoJaBio and SokhoBio). A large amphipod, Rhachotropis saskia n. sp., was sampled in the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench and...

["Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4887
38 downloads
180 views

Background Peperomia belongs to the family of Piperaceae. It has different uses in folk medicine and contains rare compounds that have led to increased interest in this genus. Peperomia blanda (Jacq.) Kunth is used as an injury disinfectant by Yemeni people. In...

["Agricultural Science","Plant Science","Green Chemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4839
54 downloads
450 views

Despite decades of research, we still lack a complete understanding of what factors influence the transition of the necessary and adaptive acute stress response to what has become known as chronic stress. This gap in knowledge has illuminated the necessity for...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4961
360 downloads
2,014 views

Background Plesiosaurs are marine reptiles that arose in the Late Triassic and survived to the Late Cretaceous. They have a unique and uniform bauplan and are known for their very long neck and hydrofoil-like flippers. Plesiosaurs are among the most successful...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Statistics","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4955

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