Plant Biology

Article commentary

Metagenomic analysis exploring taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbial communities in Chilean vineyards and surrounding native forests

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Keith Crandall –– For all of us interested in Chilean wines and keeping the industry healthy and strong as well as for those who would like to do some comparative metagenomics across vineyards around the world, this study represents a great step in building an appropriate database for monitoring the impact of soil microbiome on wine quality.
Evaluating multi-locus phylogenies for species boundaries determination in the genus Diaporthe

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The review was on time and very productive and thoroughly conducted
Counting complete? Finalising the plant inventory of a global biodiversity hotspot

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Richard Cowling –– This article is important because it focuses on an area that is both well known and extraordinarily species-rich. So there are lots of insights useful for estimating species numbers in other hotspots, a currently "hot" topic.
High richness of insect herbivory from the early Miocene Hindon Maar crater, Otago, New Zealand

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Kenneth De Baets –– Present new data on insect herbivore - plant interaction in southern latitudes and their potential relationship with changes in environmental parameters (e.g., climate).
Screening of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) accessions to acidity and aluminium stresses

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Stephen Johnson –– I am not intimately acquainted with the current state of the field and so I am guided in this rating by the response of the reviewer.
Vascular plant biodiversity of the lower Coppermine River valley and vicinity (Nunavut, Canada): an annotated checklist of an Arctic flora

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Richard Cowling –– The paper represents a comprehensive inventory in a remote area vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. It will form the basis for a monitoring programme that will likely reveal important trends in biotic change.
In situ morphometric survey elucidates the evolutionary systematics of the Eurasian Himantoglossum clade (Orchidaceae: Orchidinae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

David Roberts –– Brings together and adds more knowledge of this clade, including new data thus representing a monograph
RelocaTE2: a high resolution transposable element insertion site mapping tool for population resequencing

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– This is a useful tool, which may be of use to many scientists studying TE insertions.
The DNA methylation level against the background of the genome size and t-heterochromatin content in some species of the genus Secale L

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– With reference genomes taking shape and becoming ready; background experiments to build hypotheses on genome structure are still relevant. Though a clear answer may not have been presented here, a negative result is not necessarily unhelpful; another approach should be contemplated.
Endophytic fungal diversity of Fragaria vesca, a crop wild relative of strawberry, along environmental gradients within a small geographical area

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It describes new sources of rare endophytes that can serve as new BCAs

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Botrychium minganense (Mingan moonwort - botryche de Mingan) [L] and Botrychium tunux (Tunux moonwort - botryche de Tunux) [R]. Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park, Kugluktuk, Nunavut. July 19, 2014. #PlantPerDay. Originally collected as one number (https://t.co/PhjeivqpNl) https://t.co/cpgZuFaQjG

My 'Screening of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) accessions to acidity and aluminium stresses' article was published 1 year ago today in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/e4tCOqGIrp

not cited, but 100 downloads of 'Counting complete? Finalising the inventory of a hotspot' #OpenAccess @onnohuyser https://t.co/ckc1gAPwWz