Peer-reviewed Articles

The biological potential of Vip and Cry proteins from Bacillus is well known and widely established. Thus, it is important to look for new genes showing different modes of action, selecting those with differentiated entomotoxic activity against Diatraea flavipennella...

["Agricultural Science","Biotechnology","Entomology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2866
78 downloads
220 views

Background Fungal endophytes are highly diverse ubiquitous asymptomatic microorganisms, some of which appear to be symbiotic. Depending on abiotic conditions and genotype of the plant, the diversity of endophytes may confer fitness benefits to plant communities....

["Agricultural Science","Ecosystem Science","Environmental Sciences","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2860
43 downloads
130 views

Background Maize (Zea mays) is a C4 tropical cereal and its adaptation to temperate climates can be problematic due to low soil temperatures at early stages of establishment. Methods In the current study we have firstly investigated the physiological response of...

["Agricultural Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2839
72 downloads
228 views

Background The oriental melon (Cucumis melo L. var. makuwa) is one of the most important cultivated cucurbits grown widely in Korea, Japan, and northern China. It is cultivated because its fruit has a sweet aromatic flavor and is rich in soluble sugars, organic...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2834
72 downloads
157 views

The aim of this study was to compare the effects of four fertilizer applications—control (C), chemical fertilizer (F), compost (O), and in situ earthworm breeding (E)—on the growth, quality and yield of papaya (Carica papaya L.). In this study, 5 g plant−1 urea...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2752
53 downloads
257 views

Nine hundred extra virgin olive oils (EVOO) were extracted from individual olive trees of four olive cultivars (Coratina, Cima di Mola, Ogliarola, Peranzana), originating from the provinces of Bari and Foggia (Apulia region, Southern Italy) and collected during...

["Agricultural Science","Food Science and Technology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2740
111 downloads
394 views

RNA interference (RNAi), a gene-silencing mechanism that involves providing double-stranded RNA molecules that match a specific target gene sequence, is now widely used in functional genetic studies. The potential application of RNAi-mediated control of agricultural...

["Agricultural Science","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2673
58 downloads
177 views

Nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) is a recently discovered biological process which has been arousing global attention because of its potential in minimizing greenhouse gases emissions. In this study, molecular biological techniques and potential...

["Agricultural Science","Bioengineering","Environmental Sciences","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2766
64 downloads
189 views

The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial to accurately evaluate and normalize the relative expression level of target genes for gene function analysis. However, commonly used reference genes have variable expression levels in developing skeletal muscle....

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2428
80 downloads
239 views

Background Names used in ingredient lists of food products are trivial and in their nature rarely precise. The most recent scientific interpretation of the term bamboo (Bambusoideae, Poaceae) comprises over 1,600 distinct species. In the European Union only few...

["Agricultural Science","Food Science and Technology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2781
1 citation
353 downloads
1,361 views

Background Seed-applied neonicotinoids are widely used in agriculture, yet their effects on non-target species remain incompletely understood. One important group of non-target species is arthropod natural enemies (predators and parasitoids), which contribute considerably...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2776
97 downloads
180 views

Sweetpotato (Ipomea batatans) is a food crop of global significance. The storage roots and foliage of crop are attacked by a wide range of pests and diseases. Whilst these are generally well controlled in developed countries using approaches such as clean planting...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2703
232 downloads
457 views

Vegetation response to nutrient addition can vary across space, yet studies that explicitly incorporate spatial pattern into experimental approaches are rare. To explore whether there are unique spatial scales (grains) at which grass response to nutrients and herbivory...

["Agricultural Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2745
69 downloads
317 views

The giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) is one of the most farmed freshwater crustaceans in the world. Its global production has been stalling in the past decade due to the inconsistent quality of broodstock and hatchery-produced seeds. A better understanding...

["Agricultural Science","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2735
79 downloads
322 views

C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is widely utilized for hybrid maize seed production. However, genetic mechanisms underlying the fertility restoration are very complicated. At present, there is a divergence on the number of fertility restorer genes in...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2719

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