Plant Biology

Diversity of fish sound types in the Pearl River Estuary, China
Magnus Johnson –– This paper lays the foundations for the use of fish sounds as a way of monitoring a divers ecological assemblage.
A massive update of non-indigenous species records in Mediterranean marinas
Mark Costello –– Due to the Suez Canal, the Mediterranean has more introduced species than any other sea area. However, there are often misidentifications and species suggested as "invasive" which are not (they may be rarely recorded but native). Thus a synthesis of this knowledge is timely and of wide international interest.
Light induced intraspecific variability in response to thermal stress in the hard coral Stylophora pistillata
Xavier Pochon –– This study explored an important yet understudied topic in coral physiology/biology, i.e., light-history based thermal stress response on individual colonies. This study uses a very unusual experimental design, i.e., an extremely small number of true replicates [n=3 coral colonies] to favor the focus on technical replicates [n=40 ramets per colony], but addresses interesting questions on the potential importance of intra-individual variability in physiological responses of scleractinian corals. This study uses an impressive combination of techniques, including imaging, various measurements (chl a fluorescence, chl a density, cell counts, coral growth rates), and molecular analyses.
Trichoplax adhaerens reveals a network of nuclear receptors sensitive to 9-cis-retinoic acid at the base of metazoan evolution
Christopher Cooper –– One of very few articles on Trichoplax, an emerging model organism of increasing importance in evo-devo biology.
Predicting stimulation-dependent enhancer-promoter interactions from ChIP-Seq time course data
Kenta Nakai –– I believe that the manuscript deals with a very new and important topic and might be cited well.
Ananke: temporal clustering reveals ecological dynamics of microbial communities
A. Murat Eren –– Ananke provides a framework to investigate temporal sampling efforts by organizing marker gene sequences into clusters of ecological patterns. While Hall et al. reports improvement over the current marker gene workflows with this approach, they demonstrate how clustering data based on sequence identity may obscure detailed investigations of ecological patterns in time-series data.
Ecomorphological characterization of murines and non-arvicoline cricetids (Rodentia) from south-western Europe since the latest Middle Miocene to the Mio-Pliocene boundary (MN 7/8–MN13)
Philip Cox –– The method used could be widely applicable for inferring ecology in extinct species.
Benchmarking viromics: an in silico evaluation of metagenome-enabled estimates of viral community composition and diversity
Michael Hallett –– The paper addresses the potential of viral metagenomics in a general fashion that could impact the design of many studies.
Taxonomic overview of the hyperdiverse ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in India with descriptions and X-ray microtomography of two new species from the Andaman Islands
Darren Ward –– x-ray microtomography
Curcumin longa extract-loaded nanoemulsion improves the survival of endotoxemic mice by inhibiting nitric oxide-dependent HMGB1 release
Jie Liu –– HMGB1 is an important target.
Plant Biology

Section discussions

41 days ago
Our more recent paper has been published today in @thePeerJ #AgriculturalScience #Entomology #Mycology Great collaborative work @SENASICA @UAEH_OFICIAL @uanl @biologiauanl

Some suggestions for using sea surface temperature (SST) to predict coral bleaching events: choose the SST dataset carefully, don't use the arbitrary 1°C threshold for heat stress, accumulate SST anomalies over past 9 weeks, and El Nino is important.

41 days ago
Everyone loves frogs! These frogs survived the K-Pg! Almost a decade in the works, an alternative title I thought up tonight was: Temperate Lake in a time of the Tropics. Frog taphonomy on the Nevadaplano

SSREnricher: a computational approach for large-scale identification of polymorphic microsatellites based on comparative transcriptome analysis @thePeerJ

Elephants in the neighborhood: patterns of crop-raiding by Asian elephants within a fragmented landscape of Eastern India @thePeerJ

Habitat association in the critically endangered Mangshan pit viper (Protobothrops mangshanensis), a species endemic to China @thePeerJ

After many years, work done by @arora_jigyasa and @MargaretBrisbin on microbiome engineering is finally published by @thePeerJ! #DevelopmentalBiology #Entomology #EvolutionaryStudies #Microbiology