Plant Biology

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.
Identification of ecogeographical gaps in the Spanish Aegilops collections with potential tolerance to drought and salinity

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– Identifying crop diversity is a high-priority concern for being able to cope with our ever-changing environment. This is a noteworthy observation of germplasm collections that may have future impact if the study moves forward.
Targeted NGS for species level phylogenomics: “made to measure” or “one size fits all”?

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Keith Crandall –– This paper effectively demonstrates the utility of designing clade specific markers from hybrid-enrichment compared to more global approaches and provides custom scripts to analyze transcriptome and whole genome data to identify such markers.
The time-course of broiler intestinal microbiota development after administration of cecal contents to incubating eggs

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vincent Thomas –– An interesting article that explores the possibility to orient gut-microbiota composition of chicks to improve their performances.
The fossil Osmundales (Royal Ferns)—a phylogenetic network analysis, revised taxonomy, and evolutionary classification of anatomically preserved trunks and rhizomes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

William DiMichele –– An ancient fern lineage of interest to those studying both ferns, their phylogeny, and the methods used to study it. The paper links the fossil record to the record of extant forms, using a broad array of anatomical characteristics.
Phytochemical-rich medicinal plant extracts suppress bacterial antigens-induced inflammation in human tonsil epithelial cells

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vincenzo Brancaleone –– The article is important beacuse of the role of phytochemical extracts in treatment of bacterial infection
Climate, soil or both? Which variables are better predictors of the distributions of Australian shrub species?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A new analysis looking at the influence of soil on shrubs

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