Plant Biology

Growth and physiological responses of submerged plant Vallisneria natans to water column ammonia nitrogen and sediment copper

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Excellent Article.
Plastome data reveal multiple geographic origins of Quercus Group Ilex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

James Reimer –– The oak genus Quercus is well studied, yet has always presented questions with regard to its confusing and confounding evolutionary history based on analyses of different phylogenetic data sets. The current study uses wide-scale sampling and analyses to show how polyphyletic plastome origins and potential unidirectional introgression may have shaped the evolutionary history of this commercially important group.
Genome sequencing and analysis of the first complete genome of Lactobacillus kunkeei strain MP2, an Apis mellifera gut isolate

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It will provide insigths and a new genome sequence available to study Lactobacillus spp.
Differences in stability of seed-associated microbial assemblages in response to invasion by phytopathogenic microorganisms

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca Landa –– It provides example of use of traditional and novel technique sto address important biologcal questions that can be extrapolated to many other crops
Evaluation of putative reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR normalization in Lilium regale during development and under stress

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Rita Zrenner –– This manuscript clearly demonstrates how to evaluate putative reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR normalization.
Distribution and regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, kisspeptin, RF-amide related peptide-3, and dynorphin in the bovine hypothalamus

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Karine Rousseau –– There are not a lot of studies performed on bovines. The findings of the manuscript are new for these vertebrates and important in the field of reproductive endocrinology.
Stratigraphy, palaeoenvironments and palaeoecology of the Loch Humphrey Burn lagerstätte and other Mississippian palaeobotanical localities of the Kilpatrick Hills, southwest Scotland

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– The article includes an interdisciplinary study of Carboniferous micro and macrofloristic assemblages. It is an interesting contribution to understand the relatively relevance of calibrating palynologic versus macrofloristic studies for biostratigrafic correlation even in a regional context.
Gene expression changes in diapause or quiescent potato cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, eggs after hydration or exposure to tomato root diffusate

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jay Evans –– This is a life stage that allows an important plant parasite to survive between bouts of parasitism, and knowing the physiological changes of diapause could lead to innovative controls
Inside-out flowers of Lacandonia brasiliana (Triuridaceae) provide new insights into fundamental aspects of floral patterning

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– The inverted flowers of Lacandonia schismatica, where the male parts are central and surrounded by the female parts, are almost unique among angiosperms. Until recently, Lacandonia was known only from a single species, L. schismatica, endemic to the rain forests of southeastern Mexico. The paper describes the ontogeny of the flowers of Lacandonia brasiliana, a recently discovered species from the extreme north of the Atlantic Forest in northeastern Brazil. The close similarity between the two Lacandonia species makes it unlikely that they arose independently. The detailed comparative analyses of the paper make it an important contribution to the study of the evolution of these “inside-out” flowers.
Revisiting the Zingiberales: using multiplexed exon capture to resolve ancient and recent phylogenetic splits in a charismatic plant lineage

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– Provides a well-documented bioinformatic pipeline, and a comprehensive investigation of the process.