Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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The species of Meranoplus Smith, 1853 of the Arabian Peninsula are reviewed based on the worker caste. Two species are recognized, keyed, and illustrated by Scanning Electron Microscope images (SEM), Meranoplus mosalahi and M. pulcher, Sharaf, 2014. Meranoplus...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6287
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Chrysophytes are a large group of heterotrophic, phototrophic, or even mixotrophic protists that are abundant in aquatic as well as terrestrial environments. Although much is known about chrysophyte biology and ecology, it is unknown if they are sexual or not....

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5894
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Background The Streptococcus genus is relevant to both public health and food safety because of its ability to cause pathogenic infections. It is well-represented (>100 genomes) in publicly available databases. Streptococci are ubiquitous, with multiple sources...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6233
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Background The discovery-dominance trade-off is the inverse relationship between the ability of a species to discover resources and the species’ dominance of those resources; a paradigm used to explain species coexistence in ant communities dependent on similar...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6255
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Vitex rotundifolia is an important coastal and medicinal plant, and is recorded in the List of the Important Wild Plants for Conservation in China and Japan. However, an effective conservation strategy is lacking. In the present study, the genetic diversity and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6194
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The relationships among the morphoclimatic domains of South America have been a major biogeographical issue of recent years. Palynological, geological and phytogeographical data suggest that the Amazon Forest and the Atlantic Forest were connected during part of...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6208
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In savannas, grazing is an important disturbance that modifies the grass layer structure and composition. Habitat structural complexity influences species diversity and assemblage functioning. By using a combination of natural sites and manipulated experiments,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6226
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We analyze the multivariate pattern of lower and upper cheek dentition for the family Hyaenidae along its evolutionary history. A total of 11,698 individual measurements of lengths and widths for the main postcanine teeth were collected for 54 extinct and three...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6238
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Drylands account for more than 30% of China’s terrestrial area, while the ecological drivers of taxonomic (TD), functional (FD) and phylogenetic (PD) diversity in dryland regions have not been explored simultaneously. Therefore, we selected 36 plots of desert and...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Plant Science","Forestry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6220
42 downloads
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Background Inter-patch movements may lead to genetic mixing, decreasing both inbreeding and population extinction risks, and is hence a crucial aspect of amphibian meta-population dynamics. Traveling through heterogeneous landscapes might be particularly risky...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6053
33 downloads
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Biofertilizer is a good substitute for chemical fertilizer in sustainable agriculture, but its effects are often hindered by drought stress. Super absorbent polymer (SAP), showing good capacity of water absorption and retention, can increase soil moisture. However,...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Microbiology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6073
22 downloads
145 views

Background It has been suggested that aquaculture ponds on the Chinese coast could act as breeding grounds for scyphozoans. Here, we present the first record of the scyphomedusa Phyllorhiza sp. in an aquaculture pond on the coast of the southern Yellow Sea, based...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6191
36 downloads
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Ecological metrics and assemblages of three orders of aquatic insects (Odonata, Coleoptera and Trichoptera—OCT) in an industrial canal system affected by dredging were studied. Five sites (a river as a control site and canals) along the Vistula River in Central...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Freshwater Biology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6215
38 downloads
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Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are the main components of the plant innate immune system. Defensins represent the most important AMP family involved in defense and non-defense functions. In this work, global RNA sequencing and de novo transcriptome assembly were...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6125
346 downloads
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The demand for exotic non-domesticated animals kept as pets in the United States of America (USA) is increasing the exportation rates of these species from their native ranges. Often, illegal harvesting of these species is used to boost captive-bred numbers and...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Genetics","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6180

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