Environmental Science

Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata
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
Patricia Gandini –– This topic is of great interest for the management of protected natural areas
voomDDA: discovery of diagnostic biomarkers and classification of RNA-seq data
Zemin Ning –– RNA-seq analysis is very useful and popular and we should expect general interests from the community.
Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities
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)
Philip Cox –– The method used could be widely applicable for inferring ecology in extinct species.
Benchmarking viromics: an in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity
Michael Hallett –– The paper addresses the potential of viral metagenomics in a general fashion that could impact the design of many studies.
Fish Ontology framework for taxonomy-based fish recognition
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– In the past, taxonomy was not a lucrative branch of science but due to the development of web based taxonomy, now, it's rather attractive to do fish taxonomy!
Curcumin longa extract-loaded nanoemulsion improves the survival of endotoxemic mice by inhibiting nitric oxide-dependent HMGB1 release
Jie Liu –– HMGB1 is an important target.
The landscape of fear conceptual framework: definition and review of current applications and misuses
James Roper –– Over time, the concept that organisms have to avoid predation and agonistic interactions has been studied and examined in ecology. The landscape of fear idea is an attempt to unify these ideas conceptually and bring together commonalities from a variety of areas of ecology. Thus, this concept and its elaboration may be applicable in a wide variety of ecological settings, include both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
Adaptations to different habitats in sexual and asexual populations of parasitoid wasps: a meta-analysis
Donald Kramer –– It provides a coherent synthesis of a large amount of data framed by a coherent hypothesis.

Section discussions

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/ZWVrkgiba2 #EcosystemScience #SoilScience #Forestry

Prehaustorial local resistance to coffee leaf rust in a Mexican cultivar involves expression of salicylic acid-responsive genes https://t.co/Ol9uQXCuTk @thePeerJ https://t.co/QdI97FlCKu

Shifts in soil nutrient concentrations and C:N:P stoichiometry during long-term natural vegetation restoration https://t.co/2dnFUOAfAB @thePeerJ https://t.co/VqCIU4ycoP

We used stable isotopes to evaluate the diet of pet cats, to see how much wild prey they eat. Today we published some surprising, if somewhat disappointing results, and making me wonder what ingredients are really in pet food @thePeerJ https://t.co/OEIUlwLclz (1/n) https://t.co/IaWdcgj3x6

Florida manatees Trichechus manatus latirostris actively consume the sponge Chondrilla caribensis https://t.co/G3dDBnS1wg @thePeerJ https://t.co/7PH7plmOQj

Population genetics of swamp eel in the Yangtze River: comparative analyses between mitochondrial and microsatellite data provide novel insights https://t.co/cH9T48uCcc @thePeerJ https://t.co/KPaz78VdTZ

Where and when are #hedgehogs most likely to be hit by a vehicle? A collaborative dataset that includes Project Splatter data, submitted by you, finds urban and suburban environments are high risk for hedgehogs. #newpaper #roadecology #citsci https://t.co/VI9dgRJTQY

Experimental evaluation of genomic DNA degradation rates for the pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) in bat guano https://t.co/qYEUQSo7Qg @thePeerJ https://t.co/y4XIXOyBRx

Brazilian Amazon still plagued by illegal use of natural resources
http://www.nature.com/news/brazilian-amazon-still-plagued-by-illegal-use-of-natural-resources-1.22830