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Ribosomes are highly conserved macromolecular machines whose critical function is protein synthesis. However, existence of unique molecular mass of the same type of ribosomal protein for individual species in the same domain of life raises the interesting question...

["Biochemistry","Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Biotechnology","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26878v1
50 downloads
151 views

Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) are one of the most widely distributed non-human primate species found in South Africa. They occur across all the South African provinces, inhabiting a large variety of habitats. These habitats vary sufficiently that it...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26577v3
36 downloads
127 views

Background. Mexico is one of the most megadiverse countries in the world, with considerable reaches and endemicity in the diversity of fishes compared to other countries and regions. Recent phylogenetic studies in co-distributed species of widespread fishes, besides...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26873v1
105 downloads
241 views

Despite the local and global importance of forests, deforestation driven by various socio-economic and biophysical factors continues in many countries. In Nepal, in response to massive deforestation, the community forestry program has been implemented to reduce...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Natural Resource Management","Forestry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26859v1
22 downloads
92 views

The cone snails are hyper diverse group of marine gastropods and the shell morphology is the base of primary species identification. Among the Conidae, homoplasy and plasticity of morphological characters are common. Since speciation is positively correlated with...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26844v1
17 downloads
82 views

Western Antarctic shows one of the fastest responses to climate change on Earth. Glacier meltdown and freshening are perhaps the most conspicuous evidence of anthropogenic impacts, that together with ice scouring can strongly modify benthic communities. The spatial...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26846v1
34 downloads
98 views

The abyss is a homogeneous and barrier-free sediment habitat. At least that is what the text books say. Yet, at the same time we know that abyssal communities are locally highly diverse. It appears contradictory that a seafloor habitat free of barriers and poor...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26845v1
59 downloads
123 views

Rare species can significantly contribute to ecosystem stability and resiliency. Furthermore, wider taxonomic trees can support a wider range of functional diversity. These ideas with the notion that functional diversity leads to ecosystem resiliency suggest rare...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26840v1
28 downloads
97 views

Climactic fluctuations during the Quaternary played a crucial role in genetic diversity and population genetic structure of many plant species in northwestern China. In order to understand the impact of climate change on herbaceous plants, we studied Panzerina...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26837v1
35 downloads
100 views

Acquiring data on the occurrences of many types of difficult to identify objects are often still made by human observation, e.g. in biodiversity and paleontologic research. Existing computer counting programs used to record such data have various limitations, including...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26836v1
31 downloads
96 views

MERCES “Marine Ecosystem Restoration in Changing European Seas” (GA 689518) is the first H2020 European project focused on the ecological restoration of degraded marine habitats and the recovering of their biodiversity and ecosystem services. Specific aims include...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26830v1
32 downloads
101 views

Deciding sample-size is a key step in any study based on statistical inference. Recently, a pioneer methodology applicable in the multivariate context was proposed by Anderson & Santana-Garcon (2015, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12385). This method is based on estimating the...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26823v1
75 downloads
175 views

Abstract: In the Mediterranean Sea, many species of Cystoseira, which are important habitat-forming species on shallow rocky bottoms, have gone missing from many coastal areas, impairing essential ecosystem services. Cystoseira crinita forests thrive in very shallow...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26766v2
41 downloads
116 views

Sea ice is an important Arctic habitat that supports a high diversity of species—with over 1276 protist taxa alone. Multi-year sea ice is being replaced by first-year ice and open water, which will cause shifts in ice algal communities with cascading effects on...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Climate Change Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26822v1
48 downloads
130 views

Background. The Brazilian Atlantic Forest is one of the most diverse and threatened biomes in the world. The fragmentation and deforestation have strong impacts upon biodiversity, and many ecological theories have been brought in discussion in order to predict...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Impacts","Forestry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26659v2
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