Biodiversity and Conservation

Editors' Picks

Transcriptome for the breast muscle of Jinghai yellow chicken at early growth stages
Mohammed Gagaoua –– The first study that investigated the transcriptome for the breast muscle of Jinghai yellow chicken at early growth stages
The systematics of the Cervidae: a total evidence approach
Jason Bond –– This is a very substantive manuscript that integrates fossils and molecular data using cutting edge phylogenetic approaches.
The mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) and the phylogenetic implications
Jia-Yong Zhang –– The new mitochondrial genome of Apion squamigerum (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea, Brentidae) is interesting to discuss the evolution of Coleoptera.
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.
A comprehensive molecular phylogeny of Geometridae (Lepidoptera) with a focus on enigmatic small subfamilies
Patricia Gandini –– An interesting study addressing a phylogeny estimation that provides evolutionary relationships within the moth family Geometridae including rare taxa not sampled before.
Validity of the iLOAD® app for resistance training monitoring
Scotty Butcher –– This new app solves a problem with current apps in the resistance monitoring literature by allowing real-time velocity feedback. The authors have shown excellent validity compared with direct velocity measures.
Gene drives as a new quality in GMO releases—a comparative technology characterization
Axel Tiessen –– The biosafety concerns of the public have focused more on plants than on transgenic animals or inclusive transgenic bacteria. Maybe because plants provide our basic food needs, and our food is sacred for many cultures. The authors explain how gene drives may behave as invasive selfish genes. Therefore the precautionary principle may still apply for transgenic organisms before releasing them into the wild. Research on risk assessment strategies is valuable for worldwide prevention. This may constitute a paradigm shift in the handling of GMOs.
Management factors affecting physical health and welfare of tourist camp elephants in Thailand
Patricia Gandini –– This is a Key paper about elephants management in Tailandia
A new ancient lineage of frog (Anura: Nyctibatrachidae: Astrobatrachinae subfam. nov.) endemic to the Western Ghats of Peninsular India
Patricia Gandini –– The paper contributes to the conservation of an area of high endemism that needs to be protected
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
Biodiversity and Conservation

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Кто проживает в горах океана? Astrolirus patricki – семирукие морские звезды, обнаруженные на подводных горах Тихого океана в компании губок, на которые иногда даже по трое забираются. Новый вид назван, конечно же, в честь Патрика, дружочка Спанч Боба.

Exact integer linear programming solvers outperform simulated annealing for solving conservation planning problems @thePeerJ

Parra-Olea et al. ( Partial revision of the genus, phylogenetic hypothesis, and five new species of the Mexican plethodontid salamander genus Chiropterotriton (C. casasi, C. ceronorum, C. melipona, C. perotensis, C. totonacus)