Biodiversity and Conservation

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Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– Organic production is its initial stage sin China and this mansucript can provide information on the advantae and changes of organic vs conventioal production
The impact of an invasive ambrosia beetle on the riparian habitats of the Tijuana River Valley, California

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Well written and timely. Covers some initial information on an introduce species in California, and provides some early-impression natural historical information that will be potentially important in the long-term record.
Rapidly increasing macroalgal cover not related to herbivorous fishes on Mesoamerican reefs

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– This paper can be added to a growing list of recent contributions that find no relationship between seaweed cover and fish abundance on Caribbean reefs. This study is important because of its temporal and spatial scale, which is different from other studies.
Integrative taxonomy of Metrichia Ross (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae: Ochrotrichiinae) microcaddisflies from Brazil: descriptions of twenty new species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– Integrative taxonomy combining morphology and molecular data, and 20 new species from Brazil in one fell swoop - nice work.
Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Tim Collins –– This manuscript presents a new phylogenetic hypothesis for the stalked jellyfishes, which differs significantly from the traditional taxonomy of the group. It therefore implies a novel view of the evolutionary history of the group.
Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range

Editor rating: 8 / 10

David Roberts –– Review of a major charismatic species
The interplay between habitat structure and chemical contaminants on biotic responses of benthic organisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James 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.
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.

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Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability, maybe some of this applies in all agronony, just sayin. Take 5 mins of your day to read this. https://t.co/ks5kVcqPg0

'Systematics of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria: Staurozoa)' published 1 year ago today #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/StziYCKjBB

Our paper on the interplay between habitat structure and contaminants was published 1 year ago @thePeerJ https://t.co/4lXB9mfsST @mgmatias81

@realDonaldTrump What's really going down is the amount of leopard habitat. 63%-75% lost so far, and counting #scijack https://t.co/kAx3CQ1qJ0 https://t.co/iaZriUQK85

Lifegate: "Leopard populations have declined dramatically, new research reveals"
http://www.lifegate.com/people/news/leopard-populations-decline-peerj-study

The Wire: "Not Just Tigers, Our Leopards Are in Trouble As Well – and We’re Ignoring Them"
http://thewire.in/2016/05/06/not-just-tigers-our-leopards-are-in-trouble-as-well-and-were-ignoring-them-34185/

Discovery News: "Leopards Have Lost 75 Percent of Their Historic Range"
http://news.discovery.com/animals/endangered-species/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-historic-range-160505.htm

Newsweek: "Leopards have lost up to 75 percent of their habitat worldwide"
http://www.newsweek.com/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-their-habitat-worldwide-456257

Christian Science Monitor: "Leopard survival requires increased conservation efforts, say scientists"
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2016/0504/Leopard-survival-requires-increased-conservation-efforts-say-scientists

Science Magazine: "Leopards have lost three-quarters of their range"
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/sifter/leopards-have-lost-three-quarters-their-range

The Guardian: Leopards have lost 75% of their historical habitat
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/04/leopards-have-lost-75-percent-of-historical-habitat

National Geographic: Leopards Have Lost Three-Fourths of Their Territory
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160504-leopard-range-shrinks-endangered-subspecies/

New York Times: Leopards Are More Vulnerable Than Believed, Study Finds
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/science/leopards-are-more-vulnerable-than-believed-study-finds.html