Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Wild plant populations may harbour a myriad of unknown viruses. As the majority of research efforts have targeted economically important plant species, the diversity and prevalence of viruses in the wild has remained largely unknown. However, the recent shift towards...

["Bioinformatics","Ecology","Plant Science","Virology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6140
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511 views

Equine Herpesviruses (EHV) are common and often latent pathogens of equids which can cause fatalities when transmitted to non-equids. Stress and elevated glucocorticoids have been associated with EHV reactivation in domestic horses, but little is known about the...

["Ecology","Virology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.5422
252 downloads
1,843 views

Background Avian influenza virus (AIV) infections occur naturally in wild bird populations and can cross the wildlife-domestic animal interface, often with devastating impacts on commercial poultry. Migratory waterfowl and shorebirds are natural AIV reservoirs...

["Ecology","Veterinary Medicine","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4060
1 citation
178 downloads
1,117 views

Circular rep-encoding ssDNA (CRESS-DNA) viruses are common constituents of invertebrate viral consortia. Despite their ubiquity and sequence diversity, the effects of CRESS-DNA viruses on invertebrate biology and ecology remain largely unknown. This study assessed...

["Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3810
35 citations
813 downloads
3,894 views

Background Viruses strongly influence microbial population dynamics and ecosystem functions. However, our ability to quantitatively evaluate those viral impacts is limited to the few cultivated viruses and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) viral genomes captured in quantitative...

["Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2777
8 citations
322 downloads
1,499 views

The blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis is widely distributed in the United States and transmits multiple pathogens to humans, wildlife and domestic animals. Recently, several novel viruses in the family Bunyaviridae (South Bay virus (SBV) and Blacklegged tick phlebovirus...

["Ecology","Entomology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2324
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1,155 views

In July 2014, we observed premature feather loss (PFL) among non-sibling, common tern Sterna hirundo chicks between two and four weeks of age at Gull Island in northern Lake Ontario, Canada. Rarely observed in wild birds, to our knowledge PFL has not been recorded...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Toxicology","Virology","Epidemiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1959
4 citations
526 downloads
2,027 views

Permafrost stores approximately 50% of global soil carbon (C) in a frozen form; it is thawing rapidly under climate change, and little is known about viral communities in these soils or their roles in C cycling. In permafrost soils, microorganisms contribute significantly...

["Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Microbiology","Soil Science","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1999
10 citations
447 downloads
2,140 views

Virus transmission and the prevalence of infection depend on multiple factors, including the interaction with other viral pathogens infecting the same host. In this study, active replication of an iflavirus, Spodoptera exigua iflavirus 1 (order Picornavirales)...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Entomology","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1687
9 citations
502 downloads
3,275 views

Cryophilic algae thrive in liquid water within snow and ice in alpine and polar regions worldwide. Blooms of these algae lower albedo (reflection of sunlight), thereby altering melting patterns (Kohshima, Seko & Yoshimura, 1993; Lutz et al., 2014; Thomas & Duval,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1491
10 citations
1,293 downloads
2,739 views

A sample of caecal effluent was obtained from a female patient who had undergone a routine colonoscopic examination. Bacteria were isolated anaerobically from the sample, and screened against the remaining filtered caecal effluent in an attempt to isolate bacteriophages...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Genomics","Microbiology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1061
13 citations
1,462 downloads
9,571 views

The tumor-forming disease fibropapillomatosis (FP) has afflicted sea turtle populations for decades with no clear cause. A lineage of α-herpesviruses associated with these tumors has existed for millennia, suggesting environmental factors are responsible for its...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Virology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.602

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