Section Editor rating: 7 / 10Elena Papaleo –– A nice R-based tool to perform phylogenetic path analyses.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Antonio Amorim –– This paper contributes significantly to the knowledge of mitogenomes evolution.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Donovan Parks –– Detailed study showing the limitations of using 16S rRNA and ITS sequences for establishing the taxonomic profiles of environmental samples.
Section Editor rating: 8 / 10Elena Papaleo –– The authors present a novel tool, PlasmidSeeker, which could be useful for genomic research and also help the time-consuming and tedious assembly steps.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Gerrit Beemster –– Epigenetic regulation is rapidly becoming a new regulatory mechanism in developmental processes and this study is a nice contribution to that field using a non model species.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Tatiana Vishnivetskaya –– Metal resistant strain from cold environments could be useful for bioremediation at low temperatures
Editor rating: 7 / 10Maria Cristina Albertini –– Important information has been disclosed in the paper.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Xavier Pochon –– This study developed a simple and cost-effective assay that quickly allows for discrimination amongst coral species in the genus Pocillopora using simple PCR amplification followed by digestion with widely available restriction enzymes. Pocilloporid corals exhibit extreme phenotypic plasticity, making morphological identification of species very challenging. The assay was tested on 691 coral samples collected from across the Hawaiian Archipelago and successfully characterised all six Pocillopora species occurring in Hawaii. Compared to sequence-based identification, this method is simple, rapid and represents a cost saving of nearly 95%. This work will benefit future studies of population structure, ecology, biodiversity, evolution and conservation in this challenging coral genus.
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