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Elevated sea surface temperatures (SSTs) are linked to an increase in the frequency and severity of bleaching events due to temperatures exceeding corals’ upper thermal limits. The temperatures at which a breakdown of the coral-Symbiodinium endosymbiosis (coral...

["Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2949v1
4 downloads
105 views

Background. Adaptation to local habitat conditions may lead to the natural divergence of populations in life-history traits such as body size, time of reproduction, mate signaling or dispersal capacity. Given enough time and strong enough selection pressures, populations...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2944v1
7 downloads
89 views

Schistosomiasis remains a major parasitic disease, endemic in large parts of South America. Five neotropical species of Biomphalaria have been found to act as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma mansoni in natural populations, while others have been shown to be susceptible...

["Ecology","Genetics","Parasitology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2933v1
11 downloads
215 views

The characteristic ground colour and banding patterns on shells of the land snail Cepaea nemoralis form a classic study system for genetics and adaptation. We use RNAseq analysis to identify candidate genes underlying this polymorphism. We sequenced cDNA from the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2928v1
34 downloads
122 views

Background. DNA sequences are pivotal for a wide array of research in biology. Large sequence databases, like GenBank, provide an amazing resource to utilize DNA sequences for large scale analyses. However, many sequences on GenBank contain more than one gene or...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2920v1
19 downloads
259 views

Pedigrees, though straightforward and versatile, lack the ability to tell us information about many individuals. Though numerical systems have been developed, there is currently no system to quantify the probability of a pedigree following certain inheritance systems....

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Mathematical Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2871v5
9 downloads
76 views

Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook) is an excellent fast-growing timber species and has significant value in the forestry industry. In order to increase the nitrogen and phosphorus absorption and utilization in Chinese fir, shared differentially...

["Agricultural Science","Biotechnology","Genetics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2916v1
18 downloads
197 views

Background. The diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum is a model photosynthetic organism. Functional genomic work in this organism has established a variety of genetic tools including RNA interference (RNAi). RNAi is a post-transcriptional regulatory process that can...

["Biotechnology","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Synthetic Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2907v1
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
735 downloads
2,253 views

A central challenge in the present era of biodiversity loss is to assess and manage human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Macroinvertebrates are an important group for bioassessment as many taxa show specific responses to environmental conditions. However, generating...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2044v5
20 downloads
117 views

Background. Sturnira is one of the most species-richness in the Neotropic, and it is found from Mexico, Lesser Antilles to Argentina. Genus forms a well-supported monophyletic clade with at least twenty-one recognized species, and several under taxonomic review....

["Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2886v1
37 downloads
154 views

Pontoscolex corethrurus (Müller, 1857) plays an important role in soil terrestrial ecosystems and has been widely used as an animal model for a large variety of ecological studies, in particular due to its common presence and generally high abundance in human-disturbed...

["Environmental Sciences","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2847v1
84 downloads
227 views

WRKY proteins, comprising one of the largest transcription factor families in plant kingdom, play crucial roles in the plant development and stress responses. Despite several studies on WRKYs in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) were investigated, functional annotation...

["Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2809v1
67 downloads
160 views

Based on sequence data from the nuclear ITS and four cpDNA regions (matK, trnH-psbA, trnL-trnF, rbcL), phylogeny of the tribe Thermopsideae was inferred. Our analyses supported this tribe being merged into a monophyletic Sophoreae in a broad sense, with exclusion...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2757v1
80 downloads
116 views

The human male specific Y-chromosome passes from father to son essentially unchanged, but occasionally a random change, known as a mutation, occurs. These mutations, also called markers, serve as beacons and can be mapped. When geneticists identify a mutation in...

["Anthropology","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2755v1
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