Peer-reviewed Articles

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Quantitative real-time reverse transcription PCR (RT-qPCR) has been widely used in the detection and quantification of gene expression levels because of its high accuracy, sensitivity, and reproducibility as well as its large dynamic range. However, the reliability...

["Agricultural Science","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3260
21 downloads
197 views

Grape sour (bunch) rot is a polymicrobial disease of vineyards that causes millions of dollars in lost revenue per year due to decreased quality of grapes and resultant wine. The disease is associated with damaged berries infected with a community of acetic acid...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3223
47 downloads
395 views

Background Geminiviruses (family Geminiviridae) are prevalent plant viruses that imperil agriculture globally, causing serious damage to the livelihood of farmers, particularly in developing countries. The virus evolves rapidly, attributing to its single-stranded...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3165
42 downloads
263 views

Although neonicotinoids are targeted at insects, their predominant use as a seed dressing and their long persistence in soils mean that non-target soil organisms such as earthworms are likely to be chronically exposed to them. Chronic exposure may pose risks that...

["Agricultural Science","Entomology","Environmental Sciences","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3177
191 downloads
715 views

The human population is growing and, globally, we must meet the challenge of increased protein needs required to feed this population. Single cell proteins (SCP), when coupled to aquaculture production, offer a means to ensure future protein needs can be met without...

["Agricultural Science","Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biotechnology","Food Science and Technology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3170
96 downloads
535 views

D. suzukii is a relatively recent and destructive pest species to the North American soft-skinned fruit industry. Understanding this species’ potential to shift in abundance and range due to changing climate is an important part of an effective mitigation and management...

["Agricultural Science","Computational Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Mathematical Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3192
107 downloads
658 views

Background Conserving biodiversity in tropical landscapes is a major challenge to scientists and conservationists. Current rates of deforestation, fragmentation, and land use intensification are producing variegated landscapes with undetermined values for the conservation...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Entomology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3125
145 downloads
578 views

Mediterranean biomes are biodiversity hotspots, and vineyards are important components of the Mediterranean landscape. Over the last few decades, the amount of land occupied by vineyards has augmented rapidly, thereby increasing threats to Mediterranean ecosystems....

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Coupled Natural and Human Systems"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3098
240 downloads
446 views

Fungal pathogenic attacks are one of the major threats to the growth and productivity of crop plants. Currently, instead of synthetic fungicides, the use of plant growth-promoting bacterial endophytes has been considered intriguingly eco-friendly in nature. Here,...

["Agricultural Science","Biotechnology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3107
1 citation
63 downloads
921 views

Animals domesticated for working closely with humans (e.g. dogs) have been shown to be remarkable in adjusting their behaviour to human attentional stance. However, there is little evidence for this form of information perception in species domesticated for production...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behaviour","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3073
71 downloads
307 views

This study compared the effects of wheat- and sorghum-based diets on broiler chickens. The growth performance and caecal microbial community of chickens were measured and correlations between productivity and specific gut microbes were observed. Cobb broilers 15...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3071
122 downloads
463 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
107 downloads
328 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
87 downloads
210 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
207 downloads
2,081 views

Reports of livestock depredation by large predators were systematically collected at three study sites in northwestern Zimbabwe from 2008–2013. We recorded 1,527 incidents (2,039 animals killed and 306 injured). Lions (Panthera leo) and spotted hyaenas (Crocuta...

["Agricultural Science","Animal Behavior","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2898

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