Biodiversity and Conservation

Distribution, habitat associations, and conservation status updates for the pilose crayfish Pacifastacus gambelii (Girard, 1852) and Snake River pilose crayfish Pacifastacus connectens (Faxon, 1914) of the western United States
Patricia Gandini –– The results of this paper will contribute to the Conservation of the species
Assessing the role of dispersed floral resources for managed bees in providing supporting ecosystem services for crop pollination
Ilaria Negri –– This article represents a novel approach for the study of pollination services where beekeepers' perception should be considered
Assessing bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortality
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– This paper uses an innovative approach that can help to mitigate human-induced avian mortality.
High-throughput metabarcoding reveals the effect of physicochemical soil properties on soil and litter biodiversity and community turnover across Amazonia
Jorge Curiel Yuste –– We need more studies like this one in order to deepen the causal relations between the soil microbiome and aboveground diversity and ecosystem functioning. It is especially important to obtain more information about the drivers of diversity of the microbiome of highly diverse areas of the planet such as the Amazon, currently underrepresented in the databases
Does Twitter language reliably predict heart disease? A commentary on Eichstaedt et al. (2015a)
Tjeerd Boonstra –– The article re-examines the results of an influential paper and challenges the idea that social media data analysed on a county-level may provide a reliable predictor of health outcomes. The authors raise several questions on the reliability of data and study design that need to be addressed for this field going forward.
Potential changes in the distribution of Carnegiea gigantea under future scenarios
Bruno Marino –– The iconic towering Saguaro, seemingly timeless and unchanging, is vulnerable to climate change. The work by Albuquerque and colleagues provide new insights into how the saguaro may fare under changing climate across the desert landscape of the future. Indigenous Peoples, desert ecologists, policymakers and the public will find this study of relevance when considering the impacts of global warming on the iconic cactus.
Effects of macroalgae loss in an Antarctic marine food web: applying extinction thresholds to food web studies
Hugo Sarmento –– Important study on climate change effects on Antarctic marine food web
Impacts of climate change on infestations of Dubas bug (Ommatissus lybicus Bergevin) on date palms in Oman
Leonardo Montagnani –– This article is important since the research in the projections of host-pathogen interaction in arid tropics is rather limited, although it influences a rapidly increasing human population
Synergy between roads and disturbance favour Bromus tectorum L. invasion
Paolo Giordani –– A new insight on the interactions between biological invasion and land use in a natural environment.
Walking and hypertension: greater reductions in subjects with higher baseline systolic blood pressure following six months of guided walking
Dennis Lau –– The effectiveness of increased physical activity (walking) to treat blood pressure has not been well studied to date.
Biodiversity and Conservation

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Platygyra verweyi in the Kenting Reef undergoes long-term acclimatization and/or adaptation based on microgeographic and local environmental conditions by altering its combinations of associated Symbiodiniaceae.

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Identification of key genes associated with progression and prognosis for lung squamous cell carcinoma @thePeerJ

Transcriptomic profiling of purple broccoli reveals light-induced anthocyanin biosynthetic signaling and structural genes @thePeerJ