Plant Biology

Predicting the consequences of global warming on Gentiana lutea germination at the edge of its distributional and ecological range
Gerard Lazo –– Are we ready? I expect we'll be seeing testing of our already dispersed germplasm and its testing for the future.
Genome-wide analysis of the superoxide dismutase (SOD) gene family in Zostera marina and expression profile analysis under temperature stress
Sanket Joshi –– Superoxide dismutases are an important group of plant antioxidant enzyme system, playing a pivotal role in removal of reactive oxygen species. Current manuscript provides a basis for further functional research on SOD gene family in Z. marina, which could help to determine the molecular mechanism of those genes in response to temperature stress.
Phosphate solubilizing bacteria stimulate wheat rhizosphere and endosphere biological nitrogen fixation by improving phosphorus content
Michael LaMontagne –– This paper shows the synergy between PGPR with complementary traits.
Post-transcriptional regulation of several biological processes involved in latex production in Hevea brasiliensis
Gerard Lazo –– I believe this manuscript may offer some new insights into regulatory networks. This would benefit much from community discussion.
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes produced after forest fires improve germination and development of Eysenhardtia polystachya
Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– In this work by Juárez-Cisneros et al., the authors investigate multi-walled carbon nanotubes in nature after forest fires have been documented. The authors showed that natural multi-walled carbon nanotubes promoted fresh and dry biomass in all applied treatments investigated in the present study. Their results strongly indicated that multi-walled carbon nanotubes produced by wildfire act as plant growth promoters. This nanomaterial contributes to the germination and development of adapted to fire-prone conditions species such as “E. polystachya”. This study was conducted in an especially important time due to increasing awareness related to forest fires in the Amazon region and in Australia. This situation is particularly grave in the Amazon region. In the last year (2019), forest fires reached record levels as Brazil's government fails to block the deforestation that drives the country's high rate of emissions. Studies such as the one here reported are important to increase our knowledge of the forest fires, which may contribute to reforestation projects and the handling of unavoidable fires related to cyclic events.
Distinct gene expression and secondary metabolite profiles in suppressor of prosystemin-mediated responses2 (spr2) tomato mutants having impaired mycorrhizal colonization
Bettina Hause –– The manuscript submitted by Casarrubias-Castillo et al., addresses the question, how the plant hormone jasmonaic acid (JA) affects plant's interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. This question was under debate since long time. The data presented here show that reduced colonization in mutants defective in JA biosynthesis is the result of multiple and interconnected JA-dependent and JA-independent alterations in gene expression and metabolism.
Proteomic variations after short-term heat shock treatment reveal differentially expressed proteins involved in early microspore embryogenesis in cabbage (Brassica oleracea)
Gerard Lazo –– The differential germplasm used help identify deferentially expressed genes that may have a role in microspore embryogenesis; adding annotations help in developing the models.
The role and proteomic analysis of ethylene in hydrogen gas-induced adventitious rooting development in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) explants
Gerard Lazo –– Following and labeling peptides by mass spectroscopy to follow the signal transduction pathway is helping to extend the hypotheses that may be formed.
Miconia lucenae (Melastomataceae), a new species from montane Atlantic Forest in Espírito Santo, Brazil
Mike Thiv –– The description of new species strengthens taxonomy and helps to protect biodiversity.
ARF family identification in Tamarix chinensis reveals the salt responsive expression of TcARF6 targeted by miR167
Alla Kostyukova –– no comments
Plant Biology

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An improved similarity-based approach to predicting and mapping #Soil #OrganicCarbon and soil #TotalNitrogen in a coastal region of northeastern China

Exact integer linear programming solvers outperform simulated annealing for solving conservation planning problems @thePeerJ

Parra-Olea et al. ( Partial revision of the genus, phylogenetic hypothesis, and five new species of the Mexican plethodontid salamander genus Chiropterotriton (C. casasi, C. ceronorum, C. melipona, C. perotensis, C. totonacus)

Microbiome analysis by primmorphs. Took more than year to publish с помощью @thePeerJ

Studying the impacts of wheat spatial position and phenology on cereal aphid abundance @MeravSeifan

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ #Biodiversity #MolecularBiology #PlantScience