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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

Metal to phosphorus stoichiometries for freshwater phytoplankton in three remote lakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jack Stanford –– The paper adds a significant contribution to understanding of plankton ecology in freshwater lakes. As factually noted in the abstract "for the first time simultaneous measurements of metals and P stoichiometry in freshwater phytoplankton are reported." The paper should be of wide interest.
Seqenv: linking sequences to environments through text mining

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Timothy Read –– Metagenomics is set to become a major cross-disciplinary field. The article brings in a new source of metadata to help understand microbial ecology.
Detecting sedimentation impacts to coral reefs resulting from dredging the Port of Miami, Florida USA

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Robert Costanza –– An important and unique piece of empirical evidence about the impacts of dredging on corals
The potential for self-seeding by the coral Pocillopora spp. in Moorea, French Polynesia

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty –– The findings from this study are of considerable significance to understand the potential reproductive responsiveness of an ecological important coral species in the French Polynesian region.
Proteogenomic analyses indicate bacterial methylotrophy and archaeal heterotrophy are prevalent below the grass root zone

Editor rating: 7 / 10

A. Murat Eren –– The study combines multiple 'omics techniques (metagenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) to gain further insights into the carbon cycling in soil.
Phytogeographic and genetic variation in Sorbus, a traditional antidiabetic medicine—adaptation in action in both a plant and a discipline

Editor rating: 7 / 10

David Day –– Important cross-disciplinary study combining social science and biochemistry to evaluate traditional medicine.
Widespread dieback of riparian trees on a dammed ephemeral river and evidence of local mitigation by tributary flows

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leon Higley –– It provides valuable information on the interaction of biotic factors in shaping watershed (specifically river flow) structure.
A 12-year record of intertidal barnacle recruitment in Atlantic Canada (2005–2016): relationships with sea surface temperature and phytoplankton abundance

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Karen Osborn –– This article fills a data gap and makes a nice and believable correlation between phytoplankton abundance and barnacle recruitment.
Controlled-release of Bacillus thurigiensis formulations encapsulated in light-resistant colloidosomal microcapsules for the management of lepidopteran pests of Brassica crops

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Important step forward in the use of a pest management tactic.
Reef-scale trends in Florida Acropora spp. abundance and the effects of population enhancement

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– Research examining population enhancement in endangered Acropora spp. in Florida - which may have relevance and meaning for coral reefs across the Caribbean.

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Detecting sedimentation impacts to coral reefs resulting from dredging the Port of Miami, Florida, USA: https://t.co/WuDHJjeOfn

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Miami Herald: "Mud from PortMiami dredge spurred coral die-off, study finds"
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article116312178.html