Plant Biology

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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
Microbial communities in sediment from Zostera marina patches, but not the Z. marina leaf or root microbiomes, vary in relation to distance from patch edge

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerrit Beemster –– The involvement in of the micro biome in the functioning of plants (is it is in animals) is rapidly becoming evident over the recent years. This article is a nice example of this.
Plant traits and environment: floating leaf blade production and turnover of waterlilies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Natasha de Vere –– Interesting article
Floral pathway integrator gene expression mediates gradual transmission of environmental and endogenous cues to flowering time

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Gerrit Beemster –– The approach integrates a large amount of data on flowering time regulation and provides a new method for this incorporating modelling with expression and phenotypic data.
gb4gv: a genome browser for geminivirus

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ana Grande-Pérez –– A comprehensive and useful tool that will aid plant science community in the study of geminivirus genomics
Effects of chronic exposure to clothianidin on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joao Rocha –– Basically, the study determined the toxicity of neonicotinoids in non-target organism (earthworm), which is important from the environmental/ecological point of views. Furthermore, the study can be a motivation to the increase the exploitation of earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) as an alternative and simple animal model to study the toxicity of different chemical agents.
A transdisciplinary approach to the initial validation of a single cell protein as an alternative protein source for use in aquafeeds

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– The paper could be of great interest due to the actual limitations of proteins to fed aquatic animals.

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Fossil pollen push back diversification of parasitic Loranthaceae @thePeerJ https://t.co/tYG9MNz3nw #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleobiology

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/b0LsLSnUTA #Biodiversity #Biogeography #Ecology #PlantScience

New preprint out: Eelgrass microbiome variation at edges https://t.co/gNguVqgvAk by @casettron et al. supported by @MooreFound https://t.co/NGQp7yceaJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/bwjrgpCq43 #Aquaculture,FisheriesandFishScience #Ecology

Floral pathway integrator gene expression mediates gradual transmission of environmental and endogenous… https://t.co/Mc4sFlB6Hw @thePeerJ https://t.co/ewMu6KKvAQ

New pub - single cell protein to make #aquaculture feed @KnipBio @AndrewLRhyne @BowenLab1 @F3Challenge @thePeerJ https://t.co/VsdhOx58I8