Plant Biology

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
Discrimination of Picea chihuahuana Martinez populations on the basis of climatic, edaphic, dendrometric, genetic and population traits

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Robert Winkler –– The article has practical implications in the conservation of tree species.
Eocene Loranthaceae pollen pushes back divergence ages for major splits in the family

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– The authors document the fossil pollen record of parasitic plants across various continents and use it together with molecular sequences to constrain their evolutionary time-scale . This will be relevant for palynologists, (paleo)botanist and evolutionary biologists in general.
A comparison of freezing-damage during isochoric and isobaric freezing of the potato

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xiaohui Wang –– n/a
Phylogenetic climatic niche conservatism and evolution of climatic suitability in Neotropical Angraecinae (Vandeae, Orchidaceae) and their closest African relatives

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Sara Varela –– It adds new data about species niche conservatism while diversification occur

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