Plant Biology

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.
Profiling soil microbial communities with next-generation sequencing: the influence of DNA kit selection and technician technical expertise
Juan Riesgo-Escovar –– It addresses methodological problems that hinder comparison of these type of results from different publications.
Simulations indicate that scores of lionfish (Pterois volitans) colonized the Atlantic Ocean
Mark Hixon –– This study provides insight on the size of the founding introduced population that gave rise to one of the worst marine invasions in history.
Multi-scale and multi-site resampling of a study area in spatial genetics: implications for flying insect species
Michael Huston –– Some of the logistical constraints on obtaining adequate genetic samples and interpreting their patterns over large complex regions can be addressed by multi-scale spatial analyses of the data.
The shell morphology of the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) trionychid turtle Helopanoplia distincta
Christopher Noto –– This article describes an important but poorly-diagnosed taxon of pan-trionychid turtle that will have an impact on understanding the phylogeny of plastomenids, as well as address issues of extinction across the K-Pg boundary, and biogeography of Laramidia.
Evaluating the role of wild songbirds or rodents in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape
Peirong Jiao –– Wild songbirds or rodents play a key role in spreading avian influenza virus across an agricultural landscape.
Shift of symbiont communities in Acropora tenuis juveniles under heat stress
Joseph Gillespie –– This is important work on a small scale, pertaining to the biology of these corals. But it is further ecological significance, and thus will be of interest to marine biologists ecologists and environmental scientists.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity
Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Cranial osteology of the pampathere Holmesina floridanus (Xenarthra: Cingulata; Blancan NALMA), including a description of an isolated petrosal bone
Erik Seiffert –– This is the first highly detailed description of the cranial anatomy of a pampatheriid, an extinct group of armadillos. This information will undoubtedly prove to be invaluable to students of armadillo evolution, and will allow for more informed assessment of cranial characters that will be incorporated into future phylogenetic analyses of this fascinating clade of xenarthran mammals.
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Methylobacterium, a major component of the culturable bacterial endophyte community of wild Brassica seed https://t.co/OoU985GpHj @thePeerJ https://t.co/NoQSsA4EZL

Environmentally relevant levels of four psychoactive compounds vary in their effects on freshwater fish condition: a brain concentration evidence approach https://t.co/hze2CMxxPH

Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary history of the endemic land snail genus Everettia in northern Borneo https://t.co/1DlMI2YFuC @thePeerJ https://t.co/caMOblVCSz

Yeni bir sünger türü keşfedildi ve "Advhena magnifica" olarak adlandırıldı. "Muhteşem uzaylı" demek. https://t.co/co7zA7wdef https://t.co/BDZd6Br1R1

Effect of predation risk and ectoparasitic louse flies on physiological stress condition of the red-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) from Rapa Nui and Salas & Gómez islands https://t.co/SMw3tfKBXH @thePeerJ https://t.co/GOwa5gX6mx

Time wasted on finding free and accessible papers is valuable time wasted for conservation practitioners. Interesting new paper explores this issue & outlines ways for improvement https://t.co/6ZxxnaXHoJ

“Very few sites can reshape the inferred phylogenetic tree” paper by @realwrf and Donald Canfield https://t.co/uUyoBbYMC4

Look at this lovely paper using social media to help study those hard to study herps https://t.co/OaHZZaPC58 citizenscience #reptiles @NRF_News

JAMA News: "Songbirds, rodents not likely vectors in avian influenza outbreak"
https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/180301q.aspx

Discover Magazine: Dozens—Perhaps Even Hundreds—of Lionfish Likely Launched the Atlantic Invasion
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2017/12/27/dozens-perhaps-even-hundreds-of-lionfish-likely-launched-the-atlantic-invasion/