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We determined the environmental requirements leading to germination by three common species found during the summer rainy season in a peri-urban site where construction of a university campus was underway. In particular, we evaluated laboratory responses to low-temperature...

["Agricultural Science","Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2950v1
90 downloads
99 views

Amplicon based taxonomic analysis, which determines the presence of microbial taxa in different environments on the basis of marker gene annotations, often uses percentage identity as the main metric to determine sequence similarity against databases. These data...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2941v1
53 downloads
220 views

The use of functional traits has increased exponentially in ecology, particularly in attempting to understand plant strategies and ecosystem functioning. This popularity has led to many proposed definitions of functional traits, which in turn has informed recommendations...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2631v2
13 downloads
97 views

Errors in botanical surveying are a common problem. The presence of a species is easily overlooked, leading to false-absences; while misidentifications and other mistakes lead to false-positive observations. While it is common knowledge that these errors occur,...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2927v1
14 downloads
125 views

Radio telemetry is a common tool to monitor animals in many ecosystems. Radio telemetry, or radio tracking, typically uses a tag or collar with a radio transmitter attached to an animal that is monitored by researchers with a receiver. This technique is used for...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2922v1
218 downloads
560 views

Patterns underpin ecological theories and paradigms. While over a dozen ecological patterns are considered to be classic or even law-like, most are divided among non-overlapping theories and subfields. As a result, ecology lacks a holistic understanding for how...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1469v3
17 downloads
159 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:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2912v1
85 downloads
310 views

The use of online data repositories and the establishment of new data standards that require data to be computer-parsable so that algorithms can reason over them have become increasingly important with the emergence of high-throughput technologies, Big Data and...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Zoology","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2429v2
28 downloads
117 views

In the past decades, novel pharmaceutical compounds have been produced by a wide diverse groups of marine bacteria. These marine bacteria are potential reservoirs for antimicrobial products. In this study, we investigated 40 soil samples collected from the Great...

["Biodiversity","Genomics","Marine Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2910v1
47 downloads
347 views

New records of the Oligo-Miocene mekosuchine crocodilian, Baru, from Queensland and the Northern Territory are described. B. wickeni and B. darrowi are accepted as valid species in the genus and their diagnoses are revised. Both species are present in Queensland...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2909v1
284 downloads
639 views

Crop domestication is an adaptive process that transforms a wild plant into a domesticated species that can reared and maintained for human use. Though there are hundreds of thousands of flowering plant species, only a small fraction has ever been domesticated....

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2902v1
19 downloads
89 views

Studies on threatened species in highly modified and unprotected landscapes are necessary to the development of appropriate conservation and management policies. This is particularly important for species with large home-ranges, such as the giant armadillo (Priodontes...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2897v1
25 downloads
126 views

The phylum Actinobacteria constitutes one of the largest and anciently divergent phyla within the Bacteria domain. Actinobacterial diversity has been thoroughly researched in various environments due to its unique biotechnological potential. Such studies have focused...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Ecology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2893v1
24 downloads
97 views

Liolaemus fabiani is a lizard that lives in the Salar de Atacama, located in the center of the Atacama Desert, northern Chile, one of the driest places on the planet. Likely due to the extreme environmental conditions of their habitat, L. fabiani has colonized...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2891v1
179 downloads
979 views

1) DNA metabarcoding holds great promise for the assessment of macroinvertebrates in stream ecosystems. However, few large-scale studies have compared the performance of DNA metabarcoding with that of routine morphological identification. 2) We performed metabarcoding...

["Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology","Zoology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2759v3
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