Biodiversity and Conservation

Effectiveness of water-saving technologies during early stages of restoration of endemic Opuntia cacti in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
Timothy Scheibe –– The paper presents a large study on the effectiveness of water-saving technologies in cactus restoration, which should be significant in supporting long-term restoration efforts in Galapagos and elsewhere.
Assessment of North American arthropod collections: prospects and challenges for addressing biodiversity research
Rudiger Bieler –– This is a very relevant and timely review of the state of affairs of North American arthropod collections. Using specimens holdings and digitization efforts as their key metrics, the authors explore the collections' potential for providing much-needed biodiversity data.
A systematic review on literature-based discovery workflow
Tzung-Pei Hong –– It is a good review paper in this field and may provide some reference value to readers.
A Sparse-Modeling Based Approach for Class Specific Feature Selection
Tzung-Pei Hong –– It is a good paper and may provide some reference values to the scholars in this field.
Effect of different ergonomic supports on muscle activity of dentists during posterior composite restoration
Justin Keogh –– As the physical requirements and postures inherent to occupations such as dentistry have the potential to cause some degree of long-term harm, it's important to conduct ergonomic evaluations of these activities so to identify potential issues and then develop potentially better ways for individuals in these occupations to perform their workplace activities.
Spatial genetic structure in Pinus cembroides Zucc. at population and landscape levels in central and northern Mexico
Robert Winkler –– In the current process of accelerated loses of species, the paper gives clear instructions for a conservation strategy.
A synopsis of knowledge, zoogeography and an online interactive map of Brazilian marine gastrotrichs
Blanca Figuerola –– This work will help to increase the understanding of the diversity and biogeographic patterns of Brazilian Gastrotricha.
Phylogeny and biogeography of the African Bathyergidae: a review of patterns and processes
Gabriela Parra Olea –– This paper adds information to the Biogeography of Bathyergidae and to molecular systematics overall.
Effects of research disturbance on nest survival in a mixed colony of waterbirds
Max Lambert –– Biologists often assume we impact our study species but in relatively negative ways that influence our results or our study species' conservation. This study adds to this conversation and should provoke us all to question what we actually know.
Levels of toothache-related interests of Google and YouTube users from developed and developing countries over time
Abhiram Maddi –– This may be one of the first articles related to tooth ache and search habits of users of Google and YouTube. The methods used in the study are unique and may be universally applied for gathering data related to user habits for educational study. This would be very helpful in understanding behaviors of patients with specific oral disorders by dentists, policy makers and marketing firms.
Biodiversity and Conservation

Section discussions

8 days ago
Pygmy grasshoppers eat moss for better digestion. Check how this works in a cool new study published in @thePeerJ on #pygmygrasshoppers #Tetrigidae

Comparison of long-term changes in size and longevity of bee colonies in mid-west Japan and Maui with and without exposure to pesticide, cold winters, and mites @thePeerJ

Mediterranean swordfish (Xiphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758) population structure revealed by microsatellite DNA: genetic diversity masked by population mixing in shared areas @thePeerJ

Predatory functional response and fitness parameters of Orius strigicollis Poppius when fed Bemisia tabaci and Trialeurodes vaporariorum as determined by age-stage, two-sex life table @thePeerJ

Arabidopsis thaliana exudates induce growth and proteomic changes in Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus @thePeerJ

Testing early pterosaur relationships via @thePeerJ