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Tethering a fly for stationary flight allows for exquisite control of its sensory input, such as visual or olfactory stimuli or a punishing infrared laser beam. A torque meter measures the turning attempts of the tethered fly around its vertical body axis. By punishing,...

["Entomology","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1971
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Jatropha curcas is a promising feedstock for biofuel production because Jatropha oil is highly suitable for the production of biodiesel and bio-jet fuels. However, Jatropha exhibits a low seed yield as a result of unreliable and poor flowering. APETALA1 (AP1) is...

["Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1969
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Citizen science can increase the scope of research in the marine environment; however, it suffers from necessitating specialized training and simplified methodologies that reduce research output. This paper presents a simplified, novel survey methodology for citizen...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1960
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Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) is the most important commercial tree species in southern China. The objective of this study was to develop a variable taper equation for Chinese fir, and to quantify the effects of stand planting density on stem taper in Chinese...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Mathematical Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1929
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Morphometric differences in the optical morphology of symbiotic palaemonid shrimps can be observed among species symbiotic with different host organisms. Discriminant functional analysis revealed three distinct groups within the species examined. Of these, bivalve...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1926
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As few real systems comprise indistinguishable units, diversity is a hallmark of nature. Diversity among interacting units shapes properties of collective behavior such as synchronization and information transmission. However, the benefits of diversity on information...

["Computational Biology","Mathematical Biology","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1912
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Sleeping exposes lizards to predation. Therefore, sleeping strategies must be directed towards avoiding predation and might vary among syntopic species. We studied sleeping site characteristics of two syntopic, congeneric lizards—the Bay Island forest lizard, Coryphophylax...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1856
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The Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis is a globally vulnerable species whose food is the factor determining its long-term survival. Understanding dietary habits, food preferences, and related factors will facilitate the development of effective conservation plans...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1968
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Background. The decline of submerged plant populations due to high heavy metal (e.g., Cu) levels in sediments and ammonia nitrogen (ammonia-N) accumulation in the freshwater column has become a significant global problem. Previous studies have evaluated the effect...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1953
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Beta-diversity, defined as spatial replacement in species composition, is crucial to the understanding of how local communities assemble. These changes can be driven by environmental or geographic factors (such as geographic distance), or a combination of the two....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1946
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Necrophagous beetles are underrepresented in forensic entomology studies despite their undeniable utility for the field. In the present article, information is presented regarding the developmental biology and instar determination of Sciodrepoides watsoni (Spence,...

["Developmental Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1944
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Melatonin is a key hormone in the regulation of circadian rhythms of vertebrates, including songbirds. Understanding diurnal melatonin fluctuations and being able to reverse or simulate natural melatonin levels are critical to investigating the influence of melatonin...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Neuroscience","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1939
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323 views

The mid-altitude zone of the Qinling Mountains in China was once dominated by birch and pine-oak belts but are now mainly covered by secondary growth following large-scale deforestation. Assessing the recovery and sustainability of these forests is essential for...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1900
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302 views

Nucleotide sequences from the plastome are currently the main source for assessing taxonomic and phylogenetic relationships in flowering plants and their historical biogeography at all hierarchical levels. One major exception is the large and economically important...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1897
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Scaling up psychotherapy services such as for addiction counseling is a critical societal need. One challenge is ensuring quality of therapy, due to the heavy cost of manual observational assessment. This work proposes a speech technology-based system to automate...

["Human\u2013Computer Interaction","Computational Linguistics","Emerging Technologies","Natural Language and Speech"]
doi:10.7717/peerj-cs.59

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