Biodiversity and Conservation

Bone indicators of grasping hands in lizards

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– It address the concept of grasping and its evolution using novel techniques.
Plastome data reveal multiple geographic origins of Quercus Group Ilex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– The oak genus Quercus is well studied, yet has always presented questions with regard to its confusing and confounding evolutionary history based on analyses of different phylogenetic data sets. The current study uses wide-scale sampling and analyses to show how polyphyletic plastome origins and potential unidirectional introgression may have shaped the evolutionary history of this commercially important group.
Testing the potential of a ribosomal 16S marker for DNA metabarcoding of insects

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– This could be a very generally useful tool.
The macroevolution of size and complexity in insect male genitalia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Leon Higley –– Diversity in genital structures is a longstanding biological conundrum, and this papers helps resolve some of the mystery.
Sequencing 16S rRNA gene fragments using the PacBio SMRT DNA sequencing system

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christine Josenhans –– platform comparison for NGS high throughput sequencing; implementation of novel platform based on PacBio SMRT sequencing for 16S amplicon sequencing. These technologies are of prime importance in the ever-growing field of microbiome/microbiota research
Pre- and post-experimental manipulation assessments confirm the increase in number of birds due to the addition of nest boxes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jenny Renaut –– A long-term study with important significance in forest and biodiversity management
Broad-scale sampling of primary freshwater fish populations reveals the role of intrinsic traits, inter-basin connectivity, drainage area and latitude on shaping contemporary patterns of genetic diversity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William Amos –– This study is important because of its large and comprehensive geographic coverage. It should provide an excellent comparison point for future studies on other taxa, whether fish or not.
Familiarity breeds content: assessing bird species popularity with culturomics

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Costanza –– A new way of looking at species importance.
Comparison of three clustering approaches for detecting novel environmental microbial diversity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gilles van Wezel –– The paper compares approaches to analyse microbial biodiversity across different samples. The work thereby provides insights to scientists into which approach may best suit their needs.
Stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and palaeoecology of the Loch Humphrey Burn lagerstätte and other Mississippian palaeobotanical localities of the Kilpatrick Hills, southwest Scotland

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– The article includes an interdisciplinary study of Carboniferous micro and macrofloristic assemblages. It is an interesting contribution to understand the relatively relevance of calibrating palynologic versus macrofloristic studies for biostratigrafic correlation even in a regional context.

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