Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Nowadays DNA meta-barcoding is a powerful instrument capable of quickly discovering the biodiversity of an environmental sample by integrating the DNA barcoding approach with High Throughput Sequencing technologies. It mainly consists of the parallel reading of...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4845
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Background Long-term fertilisation has a large influence on soil physical and chemical properties in agro-ecosystems. The effects on the distribution of aggregates, however, are not fully understood. We determined the dynamic change of the distribution of aggregates...

["Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4758
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Background Similar to natural rivers, manmade inlets connect inland runoff to the ocean. Port Everglades Inlet (PEI) is a busy cargo and cruise ship port in South Florida, which can act as a source of pollution to surrounding beaches and offshore coral reefs. Understanding...

["Environmental Sciences","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4671
402 downloads
4,200 views

Background The most traditional scheme for migration among baleen whales comprises yearly migrations between productive waters at high latitude summer feeding grounds and warmer waters at lower latitudes where whales calve and mate, but rarely feed. Evidence indicates,...

["Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4695
132 downloads
1,874 views

Games are an increasingly popular approach for conservation teaching. However, we know little about the effectiveness of the games on students’ experiences and knowledge acquisition. Many current games are supplemental games (SG) that have no meaningful interaction...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Science and Medical Education"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4509
132 downloads
1,796 views

Collisions with glass are a serious threat to avian life and are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of birds per year in the United States. We monitored 22 buildings at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) in Blacksburg, Virginia, for collision...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4562
99 downloads
881 views

Background Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) accumulate in urban soils, and PAH contamination can change soil microbial community composition. Environmental microbiota is associated with human commensal microbiota, immune system and health. Therefore, studies...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4508
134 downloads
1,568 views

The use of small unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) for ecological studies and wildlife population assessments is increasing. These methods can provide significant benefits in terms of costs and reductions in human risk, but little is known if UAS-based approaches...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Ethical Issues"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4467
149 downloads
797 views

The Indo-Malay Archipelago is regarded as a barrier that separates organisms of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Previous studies of marine biota from this region have found a variety of biogeographic barriers, seemingly dependent on taxon and methodology. Several...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Genetics","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4315
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332 views

Spatial and temporal density and biomass of the infaunal mollusk Anomalocardia flexuosa (Linnaeus, 1767) evaluated a tidal plain at Goiana estuary (Northeast Brazil). Three hundred and sixty core samples were taken during an annual cycle from three intertidal habitats...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4332
232 downloads
958 views

Brunei Bay, which receives freshwater discharge from four major rivers, namely Limbang, Sundar, Weston and Menumbok, hosts a luxuriant mangrove cover in East Malaysia. However, this relatively undisturbed mangrove forest has been less scientifically explored, especially...

["Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Natural Resource Management","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4397
239 downloads
567 views

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of mercury stress on growth, photosynthesis and mercury accumulation in different cultivars of a non-food energy crop, Jerusalem artichoke, and to screen appropriate cultivars for their efficacy in the phytoremediation...

["Environmental Sciences","Plant Science","Toxicology","Ecotoxicology","Environmental Contamination and Remediation"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4325
237 downloads
1,312 views

Background Sound decisions on control actions for established invasive alien species (IAS) require information on ecological as well as socio-economic impact of the species and of its management. Cost-benefit analysis provides part of this information, yet has...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Environmental Sciences","Environmental Impacts"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4283
240 downloads
1,511 views

Coral reefs are important habitats that represent global marine biodiversity hotspots and provide important benefits to people in many tropical regions. However, coral reefs are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction,...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4308
263 downloads
1,735 views

Background Few studies have assessed the effectiveness of the Protected Area networks on the conservation status of target species. Here, we assess the effectiveness of the Portuguese Natura 2000 (the European Union network of protected areas) in maintaining a...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4284

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