Ecology

Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Experiments demonstrate that although ants are frequent floral visitors and they carry pollen, they are not effective pollinators and they may even be detrimental to reproduction in a rare plant.
Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Roper –– Over time, too many models have been applied under the assumption that they are effective without adequately testing whether they indeed do predict anything. This paper illustrates the issues with that approach and lays down a framework under which future models may be developed and tested.
Moving to 3D: relationships between coral planar area, surface area and volume

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ronaldo Francini-Filho –– Tech tools for coral reef research are emerging fast and boosting science
Annual and spatial variation in composition and activity of terrestrial mammals on two replicate plots in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very interesting paper for several disciplines related to the importance of antibiotic resistance in nature.
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
Shift of symbiont communities in Acropora tenuis juveniles under heat stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– This is important work on a small scale, pertaining to the biology of these corals. But it is further ecological significance, and thus will be of interest to marine biologists ecologists and environmental scientists.
A microbial survey of the International Space Station (ISS)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joël Mossong –– This is an interesting article on the microbial contamination of an unusual habitat in space, the international space station.

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Ants contribute to pollination but not to reproduction in a rare calcareous grassland forb https://t.co/KDVc8QHFOX #Psychiatry

Forecasting biodiversity in breeding birds using best practices https://t.co/CDffUD3InH [PeerJ] #ornithology

My first publication! On shifting the measurement of corals from 2D to 3D @thePeerJ https://t.co/g99voUOOTv #Biodiversity #Ecology #MarineBiology #StAndrews

Terrestrial mammals in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador: https://t.co/Kqyb7h49lN

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/6YlbJ7SYQS #Biodiversity #Biogeography #ConservationBiology

The historical legacy of antibiotic utilization found within spores recovered from Swiss lake sediments https://t.co/3AOHuolHMQ

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Check our new paper about symbiont genotypes changes in coral juveniles under heat condition. https://t.co/GYSZWdSffo #coral_juveniles #ocean_warming #Symbiodinium #サンゴ #褐虫藻 https://t.co/pIzWYuixcv

RNAi based pesticides may not be as safe as they are marketed. Buyer beware @thePeerJ https://t.co/SuCsMepM9k #Biotechnology #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology #Ecotoxicology

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New veterinary medicine article: Avian Influenza, songbirds, and rodents https://t.co/WCB6VmNRJz via @thePeerJ

A microbial survey of the ISS. https://t.co/DMdgTYuwLi via @thePeerJ

JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"
https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180301q.aspx

Popular Science: "Scientists are trying to figure out which bacteria have colonized our space station"
https://www.popsci.com/ISS-microbiome

The space station is about as sanitary as your run-of-the-mill bachelor pad
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-station-is-chock-full-of-germs/

The International Space Station is super germy
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/05/the-international-space-station-is-super-germy/

The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria
https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-international-space-station-is-swarming-with-bacteria

Just Like Home: Space Station Has Same Microbes As Your House
https://www.space.com/38980-space-station-bacteria-similar-human-homes-study.html

The ISS Bacterial Community Resembles What You'd Find in Your Home
https://www.seeker.com/space/the-iss-bacterial-community-resembles-what-youd-find-in-your-home

International Space Station colonised by mysterious bugs – including ‘alien’ bacteria
http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/05/international-space-station-colonised-mysterious-bugs-including-alien-bacteria-7134669/

'Diverse' bacteria found on International Space Station like that on Earth, scientists reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/nasa-international-space-station-bacteria-found-earth-home-humans-study-iss-a8092756.html

The bacterial community on the International Space Station resembles homes
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-bacterial-international-space-station-resembles.html