Editors' Picks

Role of reactive oxygen species and isoflavonoids in soybean resistance to the attack of the southern green stink bug
Carlos Alberto Zuniga-Gonzalez –– Dear colleagues thanks for your contributions and comments.
One becomes two: second species of the Euwallacea fornicatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) species complex is established on two Hawaiian Islands
Juan J. Morrone –– Interesting article clarifying the taxonomic status of two economically important bark-beetle species.
Range reduction of Oblong Rocksnail, Leptoxis compacta, shapes riverscape genetic patterns
Rodolfo Jaffé –– The paper employs RAD-sequencing to study a narrow-range endemic rocksnail and reveals that a range contraction has resulted in reduced species-wide genetic diversity with high population genetic diversity.
Perils and pitfalls of mixed-effects regression models in biology
Robert Toonen –– This manuscript outlines several common pitfalls that can be avoided by researchers using mixed effect models to deal with difficult data sets, and promotes more informed statistical modelling.
Parents know best: transgenerational predator recognition through parental effects
Robert Toonen –– This paper demonstrates that exposure to predators alters not only the behavior of individuals exposed to predators, but also shows cross-generational predator avoidance patterns by prey species.
Addressing initialisation uncertainty for end-to-end ecosystem models: application to the Chatham Rise Atlantis model
Andrew Robinson –– This article provides a useful case study on the effects of variability in the starting state of a simulation model.
Resampling-based methods for biologists
Andrew Gray –– This is an important and accessible introduction to resampling-based methods that should be of interest to researchers and teachers in a wide range of disciplines, despite its focus on ecological examples.
Short-term effects of thinning on the development and communities of understory vegetation of Chinese fir plantations in Southeastern China
Renato Benesperi –– Human disturbance threats biodiversity and affects the species composition of forest ecosystems. How to combine forestry with the conservation of biodiversity has become a major issue in the last decades, data on this topic are still crucial.
High variability within pet foods prevents the identification of native species in pet cats’ diets using isotopic evaluation
Dezene Huber –– This is something that many pet owners would be interested in.
Temporal and spatial variability of terrestrial diatoms at the catchment scale: controls on communities
Rodolfo Jaffé –– The lack of knowledge of terrestrial diatoms hinders their potential use as environmental markers in various environmental applications. This manuscript studies seasonal patterns and the role of different disturbances on diatom community composition across the Attert River Basin (Luxembourg). The paper nicely illustrates how terrestrial diatoms can be used to identify anthropogenic disturbances.

Section discussions

Nick Galuszynski on a role ​— publishing another PhD article today in @thePeerJ How do you conserve genetic diversity of plants in the hyperdiverse Cape (too many species, not enough funding/time/researchers to evaluate each one)? Use Centres of Endemisms

Site selection by geese in a suburban landscape @thePeerJ

Congratulations to Mizraim Olivares-Miranda for publishing today in @thePeerJ #ConservationBiology #MolecularBiology #Mycology #VeterinaryMedicine #Zoology

No Mow May article led by @IsraelDelToro has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #ConservationBiology #Ecology #Entomology #CoupledNaturalandHumanSystems #NoMowMay @LawrenceUni

Ever wonder if birds caught by mist net vs. Potter trap differ? Former @QueensUBio MSc student Sara Burns (not on Twitter) & I measured lots of traits in chickadees caught by the 2 methods & found they're mostly, but not entirely, the same. #ornithology

Our coral restoration and rubble article has been published today in @thePeerJ #ConservationBiology #Ecology #MarineBiology #thisishowMISErolls

Our new paper on the distribution of a number of whale species is out: @ZooEntUP @InvasionScience @ResearchUP

A laboratory comparison of the interactions between three plastic mulch types and 38 active substances found in pesticides @thePeerJ

Nest-site selection and breeding success of passerines in the world’s southernmost forests @thePeerJ

Microbiome connectivity in coral reefs - new paper out with @rleonzay @Drew_Lab @MollyMcCargar where we show fish poop out more than just coral symbionts. We even see Epulopiscium go in and out of surgeonfish!

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