Plant Biology

Predictions of potential geographical distribution and quality of Schisandra sphenanthera under climate change

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Chiyuan Miao –– The study supplies construction and advice for the protection and sustainable utilization of resources, and provides some measures and proposals for the prediction of the distribution and quality of medicinal plants under climate change conditions.
Controlled-release of Bacillus thurigiensis formulations encapsulated in light-resistant colloidosomal microcapsules for the management of lepidopteran pests of Brassica crops

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Important step forward in the use of a pest management tactic.
Antibacterial and anti-adherence effects of a plant extract mixture (PEM) and its individual constituent extracts (Psidium sp., Mangifera sp., and Mentha sp.) on single- and dual-species biofilms

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– As known, bacterial adherence has a central role in the pathogenesis of oral diseases such as dental caries and periodontal diseases, which are also known as plaque-related diseases. After tooth brushing, the tooth surface is immediately covered with saliva forming an acellular layer known as acquired pellicle that provides receptors for the oral bacteria to adhere and colonize. This is the first study to investigate the effects of PEM and its individual constituent plant extracts towards the adherence of bacteria in single- and dual-species biofilms.
Food safety in Thailand 4: comparison of pesticide residues found in three commonly consumed vegetables purchased from local markets and supermarkets in Thailand

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– The article includes valuable information to the field as it describes an inconvenient but real situation concerning the use of excessive concentrations of harm pesticides on highly consumed food, supposedly to be free of them. Many characters should be involved to avoid this kind of issues, but periodic controls as might be required, are expensive and not available for developing countries. Therefore, this problem remains unknown most of the time. Is for that reason that any contribution to increase our knowledge about the security of the food that people decide to eat, will be successful and useful to spread the news and know how and why this is happening. Thus, this kind of papers should be welcome by the entire scientific community.
Stable isotope analysis (δ13C and δ15N) of soil nematodes from four feeding groups

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Budiman Minasny –– A good one
Rapid induction of GFP expression by the nitrate reductase promoter in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Mss. is informative to the readers.
Vegemite Beer: yeast extract spreads as nutrient supplements to promote fermentation

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Maria Rosaria Corbo –– The paper shows that Vegemite or other yeast extract spreads could provide cheap and readily available sources of nutrient supplementation to increase the efficiency of fermentation in home brewing or other settings.
Hierarchical organization of a Sardinian sand dune plant community

Editor rating: 7 / 10

G Matt Davies –– A rare experimental validation of ecological theory and frequently offered explanations for the spatial structuring of sand-dune ecosystems. This paper goes further than the normal descriptive approach and uses manipulations to discern important interactions and processes
Food and nutritional security requires adequate protein as well as energy, delivered from whole-year crop production

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alberto Davalos –– This work is focused on the challenges to provide protein needs for future global population. It uses a case-study from New Zealand to validate their model. This model could be used to either validate or study food security and nutrition using other food needs or other food production systems in other regions.
Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– Organic production is its initial stage sin China and this mansucript can provide information on the advantae and changes of organic vs conventioal production

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@adversarialinks (From the abstract: https://t.co/4uIl81BAK8). Finally, (and this relates to motte and bailey) the NZ study does not recommend eating meat, but *dairy*--which is vegetarian.

Biodiversity management of organic orchard enhances both ecological and economic profitability, maybe some of this applies in all agronony, just sayin. Take 5 mins of your day to read this. https://t.co/ks5kVcqPg0

News.cn: "Vegemite beer? Aussie researchers say it's possible"
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-08/15/c_135600188.htm