Ecology

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.
Vegetation structure of plantain-based agrosystems determines numerical dominance in community of ground-dwelling ants

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– It evaluates factors affecting ant distribution in the tropics
Anthropogenic water sources and the effects on Sonoran Desert small mammal communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– This study was to investigate the effects of AWS on desert rodent communities. The work compared AWS sites and non-AWS control sites by an appropriate statistical method, the principal component analysis (PCA).
Erwinia amylovora psychrotrophic adaptations: evidence of pathogenic potential and survival at temperate and low environmental temperatures

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The ms will provide insights into the biology and ecology of tis important plant pathogenic bacteria
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study explored an important yet understudied topic in coral physiology/biology, i.e., light-history based thermal stress response on individual colonies. This study uses a very unusual experimental design, i.e., an extremely small number of true replicates [n=3 coral colonies] to favor the focus on technical replicates [n=40 ramets per colony], but addresses interesting questions on the potential importance of intra-individual variability in physiological responses of scleractinian corals. This study uses an impressive combination of techniques, including imaging, various measurements (chl a fluorescence, chl a density, cell counts, coral growth rates), and molecular analyses.
Illegal use of natural resources in federal protected areas of the Brazilian Amazon

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Patricia Gandini –– This topic is of great interest for the management of protected natural areas
Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

A. Murat Eren –– Ananke provides a framework to investigate temporal sampling efforts by organizing marker gene sequences into clusters of ecological patterns. While Hall et al. reports improvement over the current marker gene workflows with this approach, they demonstrate how clustering data based on sequence identity may obscure detailed investigations of ecological patterns in time-series data.
Ecomorphological characterization of murines and non-arvicoline cricetids (Rodentia) from south-western Europe since the latest Middle Miocene to the Mio-Pliocene boundary (MN 7/8–MN13)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– The method used could be widely applicable for inferring ecology in extinct species.

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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

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

Effect of artificial #water sources in #desert on small #wildlife? Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/UvZDwOkGw6 #Ecology #NaturalResourceManagement

Cool work on new NIS records in Mediterranean marinas: hubs for 'small'-scale introd of mar invertebr https://t.co/l49df5R8ZK @thePeerJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/xPtSystRQZ #AgriculturalScience #Ecology #Microbiology

Illegal activities in protected areas https://t.co/MNRt8jICNM vía @thePeerJ

New pub: Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral S. pistillata https://t.co/W3fLR3UscC https://t.co/laoW8Iybu3

Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities https://t.co/pP3Xxt2Err w @mikehall_dal @rob_beiko @quendi

Our last #paper is now available! #OA v/ @peerJ Ecomorphology of Miocene #Rodentia https://t.co/GCMu35mJTg #Paleontology

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

BACTERIA IN SPACE: INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION HAS LOTS OF THE SAME MICROBES AS ANY OTHER HOME
http://www.newsweek.com/bacteria-space-international-space-station-has-same-microbes-any-other-home-735208