Ecology

Metagenomic identification of active methanogens and methanotrophs in serpentinite springs of the Voltri Massif, Italy

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Marina Kalyuzhnaya –– The article provides first insides into microbial communities of an unusual sub-terrestrial ecosystem.
Rhea: a transparent and modular R pipeline for microbial profiling based on 16S rRNA gene amplicons

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The new pipeline will be a valuable tool for people woorking in NGS of 16S amplicons
Comprehensive transcriptome analysis provides new insights into nutritional strategies and phylogenetic relationships of chrysophytes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– A very insightful piece of work for the ecophysiology of chrysophytes.
An updated assessment of Symbiodinium spp. that associate with common scleractinian corals from Moorea (French Polynesia) reveals high diversity among background symbionts and a novel finding of clade B

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study reports the diversity of dominant and background symbiotic dinoflagellates in a range of common scleractinian corals from an understudied region (Moorea, Tahiti).
Culturable bioaerosols along an urban waterfront are primarily associated with coarse particles

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Konstantinos Kormas –– This paper contributes to the rather limited field of culturable airborne microorganisms through a piece of a well performed scientific research.
Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper describes an agent based model that novelly integrates land use impacts in northern Alberta in ways that will be useful elsewhere.
Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds a significant contribution to understanding of plankton ecology in freshwater lakes. As factually noted in the abstract "for the first time simultaneous measurements of metals and P stoichiometry in freshwater phytoplankton are reported." The paper should be of wide interest.
Seqenv: linking sequences to environments through text mining

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Timothy Read –– Metagenomics is set to become a major cross-disciplinary field. The article brings in a new source of metadata to help understand microbial ecology.
Diversity, taxonomic composition, and functional aspects of fungal communities in living, senesced, and fallen leaves at five sites across North America

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Francis Martin –– This study is exploring a poorly investigated field of microbial ecology: the structure of endophytic fungal communities in the leaves of a large set of species in a wide range of biomes.
The effect of changing topography on the coordinated marching of locust nymphs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Spacing in animals during migration is an interesting topic, not yet particularly well investigated. Understanding it is important in locust swarming, given that the species is an invasive pest. The findings also have relevance to moving groups of other species.

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@methanoJen @JasonDewees @SoutheastGeobio @mousquemere The photo on the first slide, opposite the Lost City photo, is of an ultrabasic spring at the Voltri Massif in Italy. https://t.co/aHHHd2J7e4

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Our 'Impacts of land-use management on ecosystem services and biodiversity: an agent-based modelling approach' article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/MryDq1WMHZ #

100 downloads of my 'Metal2phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater...' article published in #OpenAccess @thePeerJ https://t.co/hk4sbX2E6C