Environmental Science

Pre-trained convolutional neural networks as feature extractors toward improved malaria parasite detection in thin blood smear images
Henkjan Huisman –– It describes experiments that uncover knowledge to help build an affordable diagnostic tool for assessing Malaria in resource-constrained countries.
Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation
Xiaomin Li –– The topic of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between iron-reducing bacteria and methanogens has been paid more and more attraction these years, and iron oxides such as magnetite may function like e-pili to facilitate electron transfer. This study, however, demonstrates that e-pili are still necessary for the DIET between between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species, though the presence of magnetite can promote the methane production in this coculture.
The contribution of Earth observation technologies to the reporting obligations of the Habitats Directive and Natura 2000 network in a protected wetland
Louise Willemen –– Decision makers need informative maps of wetlands. This study shows the variation in wetland maps resulting from different classification methods and as such highlighting the uncertainty of map classes. The way wetland maps are made impacts the planning and evaluation policies.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon
Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot
Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
The impact of different agroecological conditions on the nutritional composition of quinoa seeds
Alberto Davalos –– Quinoa is a relevant seed for human consumption. Understanding the agronomical characteristics from different varieties cultivated in different places of the world is important in order to promote their widespread cultivation.
Out of Asia: mitochondrial evolutionary history of the globally introduced supralittoral isopod Ligia exotica
Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
First endemic freshwater Gammarus from Crete and its evolutionary history—an integrative taxonomy approach
James Reimer –– A taxonomic paper with an interesting story and a solid dataset!
Immobilized TiO2 on glass spheres applied to heterogeneous photocatalysis: photoactivity, leaching and regeneration process
Moisés Canle –– Breaks a barrier into the development of thin films for photocatalysis.
The little shrimp that could: phylogeography of the circumtropical Stenopus hispidus (Crustacea: Decapoda), reveals divergent Atlantic and Pacific lineages
Xavier Pochon –– This study provides the first range-wide phylogeographic study of the banded coral shrimp S. hispidus, extending across more than 27,000 km of the globe. Coalescence analysis brings evidence that an isolated Indo-Pacific lineage evolved from a rare dispersal event from the Atlantic around South Africa via the Benguela Current, thereby colonizing the Indian and Pacific Oceans, followed by dispersal across the Indo-Pacific in the last 200,000 years. Surprisingly, this benthic coral reef associated shrimp shows a single haplotype dominating the largest continuous tropical oceanic expanse on the planet.
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Platygyra verweyi in the Kenting Reef undergoes long-term acclimatization and/or adaptation based on microgeographic and local environmental conditions by altering its combinations of associated Symbiodiniaceae. https://t.co/C6sFNHhtSc

New paper on #paleolimnology, #metals, #geochemistry, and the #GreatLakes! Where the heck do the metals come from? https://t.co/iqJUDu6bvW @thePeerJ @UMDNRRI1 https://t.co/6tXLEdMY1X

Identification of key genes associated with progression and prognosis for lung squamous cell carcinoma https://t.co/b8vnY1Gezj @thePeerJ https://t.co/jsNyRYzbmI

Transcriptomic profiling of purple broccoli reveals light-induced anthocyanin biosynthetic signaling and structural genes https://t.co/HfnL7iPhm1 @thePeerJ https://t.co/7lWnFxowIU

My article - Zooplankton in two cascade reservoirs - has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/kV5ndaBCPm #Biodiversity #Ecology #EcosystemScience #FreshwaterBiology #Ecohydrology