Peer-reviewed Articles

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Hagenia is an endangered monotypic genus endemic to the topical mountains of Africa. The only species, Hagenia abyssinica (Bruce) J.F. Gmel, is an important medicinal plant producing bioactive compounds that have been traditionally used by African communities as...

["Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2846
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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
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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
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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
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We describe and illustrate three new species of Bertolonia, all endemic to the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Bertolonia duasbocaensis and B. macrocalyx occur close to each other, in the municipalities of Cariacica and Viana. Bertolonia ruschiana has a wider...

["Biodiversity","Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2822
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The epidemic of mass mortality of oak trees by Japanese oak wilt has affected secondary deciduous broadleaved forests that have been used as coppices in Japan. The dieback of oak trees formed gaps in the crown that would be expected to enhance the regeneration...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2816
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Introduction Theory predicts that habitat fragmentation, by reducing population size and increasing isolation among remnant populations, can alter their genetic diversity and structure. A cascade of effects is expected: genetic drift and inbreeding after a population...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2764
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Background Flowers in Eriocaulaceae, a monocot family that is highly diversified in Brazil, are generally trimerous, but dimerous flowers occur in Paepalanthus and a few other genera. The floral merism in an evolutionary context, however, is unclear. Paepalanthus...

["Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2811
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Background Cornaceae consists of 58 species, all within the genus Cornus. The Cenozoic record of Cornus is extensive and well documented. Molecular divergence-time studies suggest that crown-group Cornus may have originated by the Late Cretaceous. However, there...

["Paleontology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2808
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The genus Elatine contains ca 25 species, all of which are small, herbaceous annuals distributed in ephemeral waters on both hemispheres. However, due to a high degree of morphological variability (as a consequence of their amphibious life-style), the taxonomy...

["Plant Science","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2800
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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
71 downloads
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Premise of the Study The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region is situated between 18S and 26S in a polycistronic rRNA precursor transcript. It had been proved to be the most commonly sequenced region across plant species to resolve phylogenetic relationships...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2638
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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
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Plants react to biotic and abiotic stresses with a variety of responses including the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which may result in programmed cell death (PCD). The mechanisms underlying ROS production and PCD have not been well studied in microalgae....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biochemistry","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2748
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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

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