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Species turnover reveals hidden effects of decreasing nitrogen deposition in mountain hay meadows (2019) PeerJ
Douglas Burns –– Roth et al. present results of an analysis of change in vascular plant community structure at 129 sites in Switzerland over a 15-year period (2003-17) during which atmosp... Read more
Editor rating: 8 / 10Stephen Livesley –– This is a very well designed and communicated study looking at native and exotic urban tree species and the invertebrate communities they support with regards to their functional role in urban ecological processes
Section Editor rating: 9 / 10Dezene Huber –– Really novel use of this emerging technology.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alison Boyer –– This paper describes a rigorous comparison of multiple remote-sensing methods that have the potential to advance the application of remote sensing data to ecology.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alison Boyer –– Species classification in remote-sensing is an open problem and this paper advances the field by demonstrating the effectiveness of the MLP method in this particular case study. I expect other papers will follow on to test it in other ecosystems.
Section Editor rating: 8 / 10Dezene Huber –– Considering the concern (and often reality) of global pollinator declines, it is interesting that the quality of nectar offering by wild and cultivated plants across a geographical range has not been much considered. This paper, as the authors point out, is a good first step in this direction and may help to set the trajectory for further studies.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Stephen Livesley –– I think this is good contribution as it provides a simple demonstration and discussion of how pollen metabarcoding can assist in the study of certain ecological and practical issues.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jorge Curiel Yuste –– Interesting study on the mechanisms that regulate the symbiotic relationship between the termites and the fungi that these termites grow. The authors explore the relationships between the abiotic conditions that fungi require to grow (temperature optimum) and the architecture (ventilation, shape and size) of the termite mounds.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Alison Boyer –– The article describes a method for tree crown segmentation, validation with field data, and spectral classification. The analyses were run with R.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jorge Curiel Yuste –– A good contribution to understand the strong impact that habitat fragmentation may have over natural communities, their diversity and structure.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Robert Toonen –– This study shows that the most common field survey methodologies used to estimate coral disease prevalence in the field have low power and confidence. This simulation study provides strong motivation to change the current methodology in the field.
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