Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is a marine angiosperm and foundation species that plays an important ecological role in primary production, food web support, and elemental cycling in coastal ecosystems. As with other plants, the microbial communities living...

["Marine Biology","Microbiology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3674
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Cold stratification is a requirement for seed dormancy breaking in many species, and thus it is one of the important factors for the regulation of timing of germination. However, few studies have examined the influence of various environmental conditions during...

["Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3671
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Background Hybridization between native and invasive species can facilitate introgression of native genes that increase invasive potential by providing exotic species with pre-adapted genes suitable for new environments. In this study we assessed the outcome of...

["Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3630
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Biological invasion is regarded as one of the greatest environmental problems facilitated by globalization. Some hypotheses about the invasive mechanisms of alien invasive plants consider the plant–herbivore interaction and the role of plant defense in this interaction....

["Agricultural Science","Biochemistry","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3686
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Calcineurin B-like (CBL) proteins, as calcium sensors, play pivotal roles in plant responses to diverse abiotic stresses and in growth and development through interaction with CBL-interacting protein kinases (CIPKs). However, knowledge about functions and evolution...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3653
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Centaurea solstitialis L. (yellow starthistle, Asteraceae) is a Eurasian native plant introduced as an exotic into North and South America, and Australia, where it is regarded as a noxious invasive. Changes in ploidy level have been found to be responsible for...

["Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3531
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Season of fire has marked effects on floristic composition in fire-prone Mediterranean-climate shrublands. In these winter-rainfall systems, summer-autumn fires lead to optimal recruitment of overstorey proteoid shrubs (non-sprouting, slow-maturing, serotinous...

["Ecology","Plant Science","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3591
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Background In many plant species, pollination syndromes predict the most effective pollinator. However, other floral visitors may also offer effective pollination services and promote mixed pollination systems. Several species of the species-rich Penstemon (Plantaginaceae)...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3636
35 downloads
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Scutellaria wuana, a new species discovered from a xeric valley in Muli County of Sichuan Province in southwest China, is described and illustrated. Morphologically, the new species shares similarities with S. mairei, but can be readily distinguished by a suite...

["Biodiversity","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3624
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Previous works resolved diverse phylogenetic positions for genera of the Fabaceae tribe Thermopsideae, without a thoroughly biogeography study. Based on sequence data from nuclear ITS and four cpDNA regions (matK, rbcL, trnH-psbA, trnL-trnF) mainly sourced from...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3607
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The decisions animals make to adjust their antipredator behavior to rapidly changing conditions have been well studied. Inducible defenses in plants are an antipredator behavior that acts on a longer time scale, but sensitive plants, Mimosa pudica, have a much...

["Animal Behavior","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3598
45 downloads
210 views

Spatial patterns of vegetation arise from an interplay of functional traits, environmental characteristics and chance. The retreat of glaciers offers exposed substrates which are colonised by plants forming distinct patchy patterns. The aim of this study was to...

["Biogeography","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3552
62 downloads
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Drought, one of the most important abiotic stress factors limiting biomass, significantly reduces crop productivity. Salinization also affects the productivity of both irrigated and rain-fed wheat crops. Species of genus Aegilops can be considered crop wild relatives...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3494
102 downloads
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Targeted high-throughput sequencing using hybrid-enrichment offers a promising source of data for inferring multiple, meaningfully resolved, independent gene trees suitable to address challenging phylogenetic problems in species complexes and rapid radiations....

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3569
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The selection and validation of proper distinguishing characters are of crucial importance in taxonomic revisions. The modern classifications of orchids utilize the molecular tools, but still the selection and identification of the material used in these studies...

["Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3609

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