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Editors can now comment on articles published in PeerJ and elsewhere.

Rapid rise in toxic load for bees revealed by analysis of pesticide use in Great Britain (2018) PeerJ

Graciela Piñeiro –– This is an interesting and very important article and as such I am very glad to know that it was the most shared last month. It clearly demonstrates the high degree of th... Read more

Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Juan Riesgo-Escovar –– It addresses methodological problems that hinder comparison of these type of results from different publications.
Multi-scale and multi-site resampling of a study area in spatial genetics: implications for flying insect species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Huston –– Some of the logistical constraints on obtaining adequate genetic samples and interpreting their patterns over large complex regions can be addressed by multi-scale spatial analyses of the data.
In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
Shift of symbiont communities in Acropora tenuis juveniles under heat stress

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Joseph Gillespie –– This is important work on a small scale, pertaining to the biology of these corals. But it is further ecological significance, and thus will be of interest to marine biologists ecologists and environmental scientists.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Age-based and reproductive biology of the Pacific Longnose Parrotfish Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– A thorough assessment of the growth patterns and reproductive biology of a commercially important parrotfish species.
Anthropogenic water sources and the effects on Sonoran Desert small mammal communities

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jianhua Xu –– This study was to investigate the effects of AWS on desert rodent communities. The work compared AWS sites and non-AWS control sites by an appropriate statistical method, the principal component analysis (PCA).
Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Experimental moose reduction lowers wolf density and stops decline of endangered caribou

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Andrew Byrne –– While the study design is not perfect (BACI) due to a lack of replication, given the limitations of this type of intervention and the scale at which it was undertaken, the study remains a significant contribution to the field and could have significant real world impacts. However, the paper may be controversial, as is often the case with large-scale wildlife management projects.
Quid est Clea helena? Evidence for a previously unrecognized radiation of assassin snails (Gastropoda: Buccinoidea: Nassariidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jean-Lou Justine –– The paper provides new information about accurate identification of a series of invasive carnivorous snails. It is thus of interest to both mollusk taxonomists and researchers involved in the protection of environment.

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Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise https://t.co/7Yb3oztKOm

312 days ago
Check our new paper about symbiont genotypes changes in coral juveniles under heat condition. https://t.co/GYSZWdSffo #coral_juveniles #ocean_warming #Symbiodinium #サンゴ #褐虫藻 https://t.co/pIzWYuixcv

RNAi based pesticides may not be as safe as they are marketed. Buyer beware @thePeerJ https://t.co/SuCsMepM9k #Biotechnology #Ecology #Entomology #Toxicology #Ecotoxicology

314 days ago
Introgression in Colpichthys (silversides) at the Colorado Delta, cool paper guys :) https://t.co/7WmdI5QdZR via @thePeerJ

327 days ago
Large-bodied hermaphrodites, you make the rockin world go round - new paper by @drbmtaylor on the reproductive biology of Hipposcarus longiceps from Guam https://t.co/TnSSD2HoqA https://t.co/8ZYW9GykQO

Effect of artificial #water sources in #desert on small #wildlife? Our article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/UvZDwOkGw6 #Ecology #NaturalResourceManagement

New pub: Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral S. pistillata https://t.co/W3fLR3UscC https://t.co/laoW8Iybu3

New paper by curator Dr. Ellen Strong talks about new radiation of assasin snails! https://t.co/zfj7zs4Rbc https://t.co/vk4YZFph50

Moose reduction stops caribou decline https://t.co/hqCaio5RQ2 via @thePeerJ

To save endangered caribou, shoot a moose
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/september-2-2017-1.4270740/to-save-endangered-caribou-shoot-a-moose-1.4270762

Forget wolf culls: researcher says more moose and deer hunting would help B.C. caribou
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-caribou-wolf-cull-1.4269660

New York Times: "Hunting Moose in Canada to Save Caribou From Wolves"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/science/moose-wolves-caribou.html

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170829091032.htm

Hunt Moose to Save Caribou That Are Killed By Wolves, Scientists Say
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbbpk4/hunt-moose-to-save-caribou-that-are-killed-by-wolves-scientists-say?utm_source=mbtwitter

How do you help save endangered caribou? Stop the invading moose!
http://blog.abmi.ca/2017/08/29/how-do-you-help-save-endangered-caribou-stop-the-invading-moose/#.WaZ_fJOGOqC

An alternative to wolf control to save endangered caribou
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-08/p-aat082317.php#.WaVTzfuJKtk.facebook

How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou Conservation often requires difficult decisions
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/