Plant Biology

Gene-based association study for lipid traits in diverse cohorts implicates BACE1 and SIDT2 regulation in triglyceride levels
Steven Buyske –– The article shows genetics associations of lipid traits in populations (cohorts from Nigeria and the Philippines) not previously studied. Besides confirming some associations already found in Europeans, the authors found novel associations in BACE1 and SIDT2.
Tissue material properties and computational modelling of the human tibiofemoral joint: a critical review
Jun Pang –– It is a very interesting literature review.
Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
Annual and spatial variation in composition and activity of terrestrial mammals on two replicate plots in lowland forest of eastern Ecuador
José Maria Cardoso da Silva –– Good quantitative data about the distribution and abundance of terrestrial mammals in South America and their relationships with environmental variables are still scarce. This paper adds valuable information on the subject and advance some hypotheses that can be tested in other sites across the region.
The old and the new plankton: ecological replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders after the Cretaceous?
Kenneth De Baets –– The manuscript reviews the potential replacement of associations of mollusc plankton and giant filter feeders from the Mesozoic to the modern. It will therefore be of interest to biologists, ecologists and paleontologists.
Boundaries in ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and environmental variables at the edges of forest patches with residential developments
Scott Ferrenberg –– This article introduces, in a tangible way, methods for combining biological data with environmental data to identify boundaries and edge effects free of bias from the human point of view. This set of techniques could substantially improve our understanding of why species are affected by some edge conditions but go seemingly unaffected by others. The potential use of this approach in conservation and protected area delineation is clear, but I also see other possible applications such as determining the factors that influence spatial patterns in plant productivity and biogeochemical processes.
Small-scale screening of anticancer drugs acting specifically on neural stem/progenitor cells derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells using a time-course cytotoxicity test
Elena González-Burgos –– Novelty
Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak
Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
A historical legacy of antibiotic utilization on bacterial seed banks in sediments
Konstantinos Kormas –– A very interesting paper for several disciplines related to the importance of antibiotic resistance in nature.
Function of JARID2 in bovines during early embryonic development
Shao-Chen Sun –– This work provided the basic roles of JARID2 on bovine oocytes.
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Age-dependent differences in iris colouration of passerines during autumn migration in Central Europe @thePeerJ

A systematic review of the direct and indirect effects of herbivory on plant reproduction mediated by pollination

New article on diatom productivity at the catchment scale published today in @thePeerJ based on measurements during 2018 drought. We found strong impacts of soil moisture conditions. @HydrologyWUR #drought

Multiple immunity-related genes control susceptibility of Arabidopsis thaliana to the parasitic weed Phelipanche aegyptiaca @thePeerJ

A de novo assembly of the sweet cherry (Prunus avium cv. Tieton) genome using linked-read sequencing technology @thePeerJ

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Immune priming against bacteria in spiders and scorpions