Editor rating: 7 / 10James 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Blanca Landa –– It will provide insigths and a new genome sequence available to study Lactobacillus spp.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Blanca Landa –– It provides example of use of traditional and novel technique sto address important biologcal questions that can be extrapolated to many other crops
Editor rating: 8 / 10Rita Zrenner –– This manuscript clearly demonstrates how to evaluate putative reference genes for quantitative real-time PCR normalization.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Karine 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Graciela 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.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Jay 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
Editor rating: 8 / 10Luis 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alexander Mikheyev –– Provides a well-documented bioinformatic pipeline, and a comprehensive investigation of the process.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Luis Eguiarte –– This paper seems to be the most important contribution for this group of poorly known plants in a long time, and shows the plasticity of the vegetative traits in the genus. The study will be useful for the future understanding of the group, in particular for solving taxonomic and conservation issues.