Peer-reviewed Articles

Introduction Rhizospheres, the most active interfaces between plants and soils, play a central role in the long-term maintenance of the biosphere. The anti-erodibility of soils (AES) regulated by the root exudates is crucial to the soil stability in the rhizospheres....

["Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3029

Global declines in coastal foundation species highlight the importance of effective restoration. In this study, we examined the effects of source population identity and diversity (one vs. three sources per plot) on seagrass (Zostera marina) transplant success....

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2972
35 downloads
402 views

The Cape Floristic Region—the world’s smallest and third richest botanical hotspot—has benefited from sustained levels of taxonomic effort and exploration for almost three centuries, but how close is this to resulting in a near-complete plant species inventory?...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2984
49 downloads
417 views

Plants and insects are key components of terrestrial ecosystems and insect herbivory is the most important type of interaction in these ecosystems. This study presents the first analysis of associations between plants and insects for the early Miocene Hindon Maar...

["Ecology","Paleontology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2985
65 downloads
324 views

We estimated the genetic diversity of 50 Jatropha curcas samples from the Costa Rican germplasm bank using 18 EST-SSR, one G-SSR and nrDNA-ITS markers. We also evaluated the phylogenetic relationships among samples using nuclear ribosomal ITS markers. Non-toxicity...

["Biodiversity","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2931
76 downloads
282 views

Including food production in non-food systems, such as rubber plantations and biofuel or bioenergy crops, may contribute to household food security. We evaluated the potential for planting rice, mungbean, rice cultivar mixtures, and rice intercropped with mungbean...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2975
59 downloads
232 views

Background Faba bean is an important starch-based protein crop produced worldwide. Soil acidity and aluminium toxicity are major abiotic stresses affecting its production, so in regions where soil acidity is a problem, there is a gap between the potential and actual...

["Agricultural Science","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2963
50 downloads
185 views

Background The adaptive maintenance of flower color variation is frequently attributed to pollinators partly because they preferentially visit certain flower phenotypes. We tested whether Gentiana lutea—which shows a flower color variation (from orange to yellow)...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2882
86 downloads
916 views

The Coppermine River in western Nunavut is one of Canada’s great Arctic rivers, yet its vascular plant flora is poorly known. Here, we report the results of a floristic inventory of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity, including Kugluk (Bloody Falls)...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2835
272 downloads
2,768 views

Background The páramo ecosystem, located above the timberline in the tropical Andes, has been the setting for some of the most dramatic plant radiations, and it is one of the world’s fastest evolving and most diverse high-altitude ecosystems. Today 144+ species...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2968
57 downloads
161 views

Background This study investigates orbitally-forced range dynamics at a regional scale by exploring the evolutionary history of Nymania capensis (Meliaceae) across the deeply incised landscapes of the subescarpment coastal lowlands of South Africa; a region that...

["Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2965
128 downloads
350 views

Background and Aims The charismatic Himantoglossum s.l. clade of Eurasian orchids contains an unusually large proportion of taxa that are of controversial circumscriptions and considerable conservation concern. Whereas our previously published study addressed the...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2893
60 downloads
309 views

Background Transposable element (TE) polymorphisms are important components of population genetic variation. The functional impacts of TEs in gene regulation and generating genetic diversity have been observed in multiple species, but the frequency and magnitude...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2942
52 downloads
167 views

Viroids are the smallest infectious agents, and their genomes consist of a short single strand of RNA that does not encode any protein. Chrysanthemum stunt viroid (CSVd), a member of the family Pospiviroidae, causes chrysanthemum stunt disease. Here, we report...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Genomics","Plant Science","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2933
58 downloads
154 views

Introduction and Aims Anthurium is the largest genus of Araceae, with 950 species distributed in the neotropics. Despite the great diversity of the genus, the knowledge of its floral vasculature is based on observations in only two species, viz. A. denudatum and...

["Biodiversity","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2929

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