Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Biological control, a globally-important ecosystem service, can provide long-term and broad-scale suppression of invasive pests, weeds and pathogens in natural, urban and agricultural environments. Following (few) historic cases that led to sizeable environmental...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5796
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The recognition of the group Archaea as a major branch of the tree of life (ToL) prompted a new view of the evolution of biodiversity. The genomic representation of archaeal biodiversity has since significantly increased. In addition, advances in phylogenetic modeling...

["Biodiversity","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5770
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Oaks (Quercus) comprise more than 400 species worldwide and centres of diversity for most sections lie in the Americas and East/Southeast Asia. The only exception is the Eurasian sect. Cerris that comprises about 15 species, most of which are confined to western...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5793
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Marine sponges host complex microbial consortia that vary in their abundance, diversity and stability amongst host species. While our understanding of sponge-microbe interactions has dramatically increased over the past decade, little is known about how sponges...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Virology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5625
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Recent changes in climate are transforming the situation of life on Earth, including impacting the conservation status of many plant and animal species. This study aims to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on a medicinal plant that is known to be heat-tolerant,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5792
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A major obstacle to high-throughput genotyping of microhymenoptera is their small size. As species are difficult to discriminate, and because complexes may exist, the sequencing of a pool of specimens is hazardous. Thus, one should be able to sequence pangenomic...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5640
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This contribution adopts the taxonomic concept approach, including the use of taxonomic concept labels (name sec. [according to] source) and region connection calculus-5 (RCC–5) articulations and alignments. Prior to this study, the broad-nosed weevil genus Minyomerus...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5633
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Branches and boles of trees in wet forests are often carpeted with lichens and bryophytes capable of providing periodically saturated habitat suitable for microfauna, animals that include tardigrades, rotifers, nematodes, mites, and springtails. Although resident...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5699
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Viruses encoding a replication-associated protein (Rep) within a covalently closed, single-stranded (ss)DNA genome are among the smallest viruses known to infect eukaryotic organisms, including economically valuable agricultural crops and livestock. Although circular...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5761
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Residue management is an important agricultural practice for improving soil fertility. To reveal the impact of residue management on soil microbial community, we conducted a field experiment with three treatments: no straw returning (control, CK), straw returning...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5754
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Shade tolerance, the minimum light requirement for plant survival, is a key trait for understanding community assembly and forest dynamics. However, it is poorly defined for tree species to date. Current methods of measuring shade tolerance vary considerably in...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5736
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Acquiring data on the occurrences of many types of difficult to identify objects are often still made by human observation, for example, in biodiversity and paleontologic research. Existing computer counting programs used to record such data have various limitations,...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5453
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Background Ecosystem engineers are species that transform habitats in ways that influence other species.While the impacts of many engineers have been well described, our understanding of how their impact varies along environmental gradients remains limited. Although...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecosystem Science","Entomology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5612
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Using a large, consistent set of loci shared by descent (orthologous) to study relationships among taxa would revolutionize among-lineage comparisons of divergence and speciation processes. Ultraconserved elements (UCEs), highly conserved regions of the genome,...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5735
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Background Lake depth and the consequent mixing regime and thermal structure have profound effects on ecosystem functioning, because depth strongly affects the availability of nutrients, light, and oxygen. All these conditions influence patterns of zooplankton...

["Biodiversity","Ecosystem Science","Zoology","Freshwater Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5731

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