Ecology

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High richness of insect herbivory from the early Miocene Hindon Maar crater, Otago, New Zealand

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Present new data on insect herbivore - plant interaction in southern latitudes and their potential relationship with changes in environmental parameters (e.g., climate).
Phylogenetic factorization of compositional data yields lineage-level associations in microbiome datasets

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ugo Bastolla –– The method presented in this paper may be very useful to identify which taxonomic groups are driving the differences in the composition of microbial communities detected in different environmental samples with varying properties, thus facilitating the analysis of metagenomic experiments and large microbial communities.
Will you swim into my parlour? In situ observations of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) interactions with baited pots, with implications for gear design

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The development of effective fishtraps that allow for diversification of inshore potting fleets would be important for many inshore fishing communities.
Vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada): an annotated checklist of an Arctic flora

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Cowling –– The paper represents a comprehensive inventory in a remote area vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It will form the basis for a monitoring programme that will likely reveal important trends in biotic change.
A new glimpse on Mesozoic zooplankton—150 million-year-old lobster larvae

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Despite the high importance and diversity of modern zooplankton, still comparatively little is known about plankton in the distant of the geological past. The authors report some of the oldest known fossil "clawed lobster" larvae. Mostly their presence is mostly inferred based on the phylogeny and fossil record of adult stages.
Demographic, ecological, and physiological responses of ringed seals to an abrupt decline in sea ice availability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Seabird McKeon –– The article measures the physiological and ecological responses of an ice-dependent animal to a changing climate (through ice-loss). As such, it is at the leading edge of how climate change will impact species and ecological relationships.
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).

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Botrychium minganense (Mingan moonwort - botryche de Mingan) [L] and Botrychium tunux (Tunux moonwort - botryche de Tunux) [R]. Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. July 19, 2014. #PlantPerDay. Originally collected as one number (https://t.co/PhjeivqpNl) https://t.co/cpgZuFaQjG

@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

Arctic species (e.g., #RingedSeals, main food of #PolarBears) are pressured by anthropogenic #ClimateChange & shifts in ecology have resulted in less abundance. Health decline & unpredictable events can combine to have major abundance/distribution effects. https://t.co/5t23fUWjzh

@mason_lab Also a problem for microbiome data! Useful alternatives: https://t.co/tJ2eQwuZeW https://t.co/pvBA5jm9ys https://t.co/OvgkUIB0CL

@yamamotoyama555 ですね。 更に詳しい中生代のプランクトン論文 ①https://t.co/zhrWkm7OOU ②https://t.co/FBgJUm7okw ③https://t.co/S0Q5GeHdqh 中生代で繁栄した三大植物プランクトンの渦鞭毛藻・円石藻・珪質鞭毛藻が登場しますね。

I testified to FOPO about #codpots in NL: https://t.co/iUmqaMz2nt #CSEE2017. Also see @codfatherNL's paper https://t.co/WAAcGAr3eT w/UW vids