Plant Biology

Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Todd Vision –– This is a novel and innovative approach to studying the genomic correlates of convergent evolution. It is likely to inspire similar studies in other systems and for other kinds of genomic changes, as well as bioinformatic work to refine and extend the methods.
Development of an RNA interference (RNAi) gene knockdown protocol in the anaerobic gut fungus Pecoramyces ruminantium strain C1A

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexandra Lusser –– The article describes the development of a new method in this field that should facilitate future research in this area.
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Cell wall composition and lignin biosynthetic gene expression along a developmental gradient in an Australian sugarcane cultivar

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It is an important piece of work describing the cell wall composition from an agronomic food crop that is also a potential bioenergy feedstock.
Vegetation structure of plantain-based agrosystems determines numerical dominance in community of ground-dwelling ants

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– It evaluates factors affecting ant distribution in the tropics
Erwinia amylovora psychrotrophic adaptations: evidence of pathogenic potential and survival at temperate and low environmental temperatures

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The ms will provide insights into the biology and ecology of tis important plant pathogenic bacteria
New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Bateman –– Some moderately interesting fossil seeds have received mixed-technology, interdisciplinary attention from a range of authors who together are the bees knees of fossil seed-plant studies. They have brought a wealth of expertise to the paper, which during revision has gained greater accuracy and relevance.
Quercivorol as a lure for the polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers, Euwallacea spp. nr. fornicatus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae), vectors of Fusarium dieback

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Work on these exotic pests has so far been minimal. This provides a good foundation for further investigations on semiochemical-based IPM methods for monitoring, deterrence, or perhaps even mass trapping.
Occasional hybridization between a native and invasive Senecio species in Australia is unlikely to contribute to invasive success

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– While numerous studies have pointed out threats posed by hybridization between native and invasive species, this work provides a counter-example: Although hybrids were detected, hybridization does not seem to pose a risk to the native species or promote spread of the invader.
Vegetation responses to season of fire in an aseasonal, fire-prone fynbos shrubland

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– Although most fynbos vegetation is best managed with seasonal burning, some fynbos vegetation can be managed with fire at any time of the year.

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Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics https://t.co/z1sFqYaSeP

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New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Oxford Clay https://t.co/RVwBaLZR9d

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