Plant Biology

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
Development of core-collections for Guizhou tea genetic resources and GWAS of leaf size using SNP developed by genotyping-by-sequencing
Julin Maloof –– This is an important resource for understanding genotype and phenotype differences in tea plants
Co-expression clustering across flower development identifies modules for diverse floral forms in Achimenes (Gesneriaceae)
Julin Maloof –– This is a very interesting use of network techniques in an evo-devo context.
Amendments to saline-sodic soils showed long-term effects on improving growth and yield of rice (Oryza sativa L.)
Maria Luisa Fernandez-Marcos –– The results and conclusions are relevant for the management of saline-sodic soils, with impacts on yield of staple crops and sustainable agricultural practices.
Gynodioecy in the common spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus L.) involves differences in the asymmetry of corolla shapes between sexually differentiated flowers
Julin Maloof –– Great application of morphometrics to an interesting question. Reveals asymmetry differences in sexually differentiated flowers.
Coupled influence of precipitation regimes and seedling emergence time on the reproductive strategy in Chloris virgata
Enrique Mateos Naranjo –– This study analyzes coexisting factors related to climate change on the development of an important species in grassland ecosystem
Plant Biology

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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

Bioindicator potential of Ricinus communis to simulated rainfall containing potassium fluoride @thePeerJ

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

New paper alert: I am happy to announce that my latest descriptive paper on the cranial osteology of the pleurosternid turtle Pleurosternon bullockii is published today in @thePeerJ, together with @RollotYann & W. Joyce: 1/4

Our new paper on the #endangered #Africanpenguin foraging using benthic environments #novel. Follow the link for some pics/videos of penguins foraging with #sharks #whales #seabird