Peer-reviewed Articles

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Coral reefs are one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, with global and local stressors contributing to their decline. Excessive sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) can cause coral bleaching, resulting in coral death and decreases in coral cover. A SST threshold...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4382
25 downloads
132 views

The endangered marine gastropod, Lobatus gigas, is an important fishery resource in the Caribbean region. Microbiological and parasitological research of this species have been poorly addressed despite its role in ecological fitness, conservation status and prevention...

["Biodiversity","Genomics","Marine Biology","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4307
23 downloads
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Excluding grazers is one of most efficient ways to restore degraded grasslands in desert-steppe communities, but may negatively affect the recovery of plant species diversity. However, diversity differences between grazed and fenced grasslands in desert-steppe...

["Biodiversity","Ecosystem Science","Coupled Natural and Human Systems","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4359
163 downloads
2,593 views

Comprising more than 800 extant species, the class Cephalopoda (octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses) is a fascinating group of marine conchiferan mollusks. Recently, the first cephalopod genome (of Octopus bimaculoides) was published, providing a genomic...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4331
48 downloads
321 views

With the emergence of Next Generation Sequencing, major advances were made with regard to identifying viruses in natural environments. However, bioinformatical research on viruses is still limited because of the low amounts of viral DNA that can be obtained for...

["Biodiversity","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4351
125 downloads
627 views

Coral reefs are a valuable and vulnerable marine ecosystem. The structure of coral reefs influences their health and ability to fulfill ecosystem functions and services. However, monitoring reef corals largely relies on 1D or 2D estimates of coral cover and abundance...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4280
53 downloads
253 views

The mitochondrial genome of moss Mielichhoferia elongata has been sequenced and assembled with Spades genome assembler. It consists of 100,342 base pairs and has practically the same gene set and order as in other known bryophyte chondriomes. The genome contains...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4350
147 downloads
1,081 views

We studied the systematics of the subfamily Limenitidinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) using molecular methods to reconstruct a robust phylogenetic hypothesis. The molecular data matrix comprised 205 Limenitidinae species, four outgroups, and 11,327 aligned nucleotide...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4311
153 downloads
501 views

The systematics of grasses has advanced through applications of plastome phylogenomics, although studies have been largely limited to subfamilies or other subgroups of Poaceae. Here we present a plastome phylogenomic analysis of 250 complete plastomes (179 genera)...

["Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4299
47 downloads
357 views

Background Lowland areas in tropical East and Southeast Asia have a long history of conversion from forestland to agricultural land, with many remaining forests being chronically degraded by wood cutting, livestock grazing, and burning. Wetland-breeding amphibians...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4220
32 downloads
193 views

Background The Hungarian draft is a horse breed with a recent mixed ancestry created in the 1920s by crossing local mares with draught horses imported from France and Belgium. The interest in its conservation and characterization has increased over the last few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4198
193 downloads
360 views

Background Competitive interactions in biological communities can be thought of as giving rise to “assembly rules” that dictate the species that are able to co-exist. Ant communities in tropical canopies often display a particular pattern, an “ant mosaic”, in which...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4231
117 downloads
714 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
48 downloads
231 views

The eutrophic Bohai Sea receives large amount of suspended material, nutrients and contaminant from terrestrial runoff, and exchanges waters with the northern Yellow Sea through a narrow strait. This coastal region provides an ideal model system to study microbial...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Marine Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4272
46 downloads
541 views

Microorganisms are ubiquitous in freshwater aquatic environments, but little is known about their abundance, diversity, and transport. We designed and deployed a remote-operated water-sampling system onboard an unmanned surface vehicle (USV, a remote-controlled...

["Biodiversity","Bioengineering","Ecosystem Science","Microbiology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4290

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