Environmental Science

Article commentary

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

Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article
Novel polymeric micelles for insect pest control: encapsulation of essential oil monoterpenes inside a triblock copolymer shell for head lice control

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Head lice are a common health condition, especially in children, and can be difficult to remove. Therefore articles on new biopesticides formulations are of much interest.
Effects of chronic exposure to clothianidin on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joao Rocha –– Basically, the study determined the toxicity of neonicotinoids in non-target organism (earthworm), which is important from the environmental/ecological point of views. Furthermore, the study can be a motivation to the increase the exploitation of earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) as an alternative and simple animal model to study the toxicity of different chemical agents.
Metagenomic analysis exploring taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbial communities in Chilean vineyards and surrounding native forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Keith Crandall –– For all of us interested in Chilean wines and keeping the industry healthy and strong as well as for those who would like to do some comparative metagenomics across vineyards around the world, this study represents a great step in building an appropriate database for monitoring the impact of soil microbiome on wine quality.
Sympathy for the devil: a conservation strategy for devil and manta rays

Editor rating: 8 / 10

James Reimer –– This is a large-scale, multi-author work combining a review of ray conservation with suggestions for future conservation strategy.
Facilitating permeability of landscapes impacted by roads for protected amphibians: patterns of movement for the great crested newt

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Stephen Wratten –– vital work on amphibian movement dynamics
Screening of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) accessions to acidity and aluminium stresses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Johnson –– I am not intimately acquainted with the current state of the field and so I am guided in this rating by the response of the reviewer.
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.
Endophytic fungal diversity of Fragaria vesca, a crop wild relative of strawberry, along environmental gradients within a small geographical area

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It describes new sources of rare endophytes that can serve as new BCAs

Discussing these articles

@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

My 'Screening of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) accessions to acidity and aluminium stresses' article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/e4tCOqGIrp

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

436 days ago
New #roadecology research describes tunnel-fencing system for mitigating road impacts on newts https://t.co/LdNRfEgful

512 days ago
#Christians need some sympathy for the devil – devil rays that is. https://t.co/MkXSfhzFzi #sharkweek #creationcare @arochaint #saveourseas https://t.co/NhYw51A026

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/bwjrgpCq43 #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #Ecology