Ecology

Article commentary

Using electroretinograms and multi-model inference to identify spectral classes of photoreceptors and relative opsin expression levels

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– It has an interesting use of Akaikes Information Criterion to assist with choosing spectral templates.
EPAS1 variants in high altitude Tibetan wolves were selectively introgressed into highland dogs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– This is an important contribution, not only because it illuminates on the complex relations between dogs and wolves, and on how adaptations can move between related species, but also because it is relevant for understanding the domestication process of animals, but also in plants.
Penetrance of symbiont-mediated parthenogenesis is driven by reproductive rate in a parasitoid wasp

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– It adds an important dimension to understanding the role of reproductive rate on the ability of Wolbachia to induce parthenogenesis
Climate, soil or both? Which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub species?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A new analysis looking at the influence of soil on shrubs
Microbial bioenergetics of coral-algal interactions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study provides insights into the underlying thermodynamic mechanisms involved in the microbial food web associated with coral and macroalgae interactions.
Larval exposure to field-realistic concentrations of clothianidin has no effect on development rate, over-winter survival or adult metabolic rate in a solitary bee, Osmia bicornis

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Nigel Andrew –– bee responses to chemical exposure - high profile issues at the moment
Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– Useful bioinformatics tool for viral metagenomics
Discrimination of Picea chihuahuana Martinez populations on the basis of climatic, edaphic, dendrometric, genetic and population traits

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Winkler –– The article has practical implications in the conservation of tree species.
Unimodal relationship between small-scale barnacle recruitment and the density of pre-existing barnacle adults

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– This is a well-executed field study that addresses density dependence of both attraction and avoidance of conspecifics over a broad range of densities in marine larvae settling from the plankton.
Alien vs. predator: bacterial challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovorax predators

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– This study presents interesting data that show how some coral-associated microbes have the capacity to protect their host by predating on alien bacteria.

Discussing these articles

@UCRentomology Anyone can read more here if interested :) https://t.co/IBZxx3DuKM

Modeling spectral photoreceptor classes (using all the info you can get your hands on) Nice! https://t.co/PzX8XvK2d7 via @thePeerJ

Climate, soil or both? Which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub… https://t.co/A79KLScW2p @thePeerJ https://t.co/OOMXR610pv

Benthic microbial bioenergetics from my boy Ty Roach https://t.co/uJ1MSuQenZ via @thePeerJ

Our new paper on larval #neonicotinoid exposure in mason #bees is now published! https://t.co/VWU6sywhl1 #solitarybees #ecology https://t.co/TIAL91QTWa

Putative archaeal viruses from the mesopelagic ocean https://t.co/CO6tv1WhxU

Elegant study exploring co-influences of gregariousness & density dependence on #intertidal #barnacle settlement https://t.co/RNJexr138f

Alien vs. Predator: Vibrio challenge alters coral microbiomes unless controlled by Halobacteriovax https://t.co/Rf8i7QnbS3 via @thePeerJ