Editor rating: 8 / 10David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
Editor rating: 8 / 10James Reimer –– A novel approach examining habitat complexity and marine diversity, and what happens when contaminants are introduced into the system. The results show the effects of habitat complexity disappear when contaminants are introduced - a major take-away point to help us understand what happens in marine ecosystems under pollution pressure.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Philip Cox –– It address the concept of grasping and its evolution using novel techniques.
Editor rating: 7 / 10James 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alexander Mikheyev –– This could be a very generally useful tool.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Leon Higley –– Diversity in genital structures is a longstanding biological conundrum, and this papers helps resolve some of the mystery.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Christine 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
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jenny Renaut –– A long-term study with important significance in forest and biodiversity management
Editor rating: 7 / 10William 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Robert Costanza –– A new way of looking at species importance.
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