Plant Biology

Allocation pattern and accumulation potential of carbon stock in natural spruce forests in northwest China
Bruno Marino –– The authors have comprehensively estimated the C partitioning in all ecosystem components (trees, shrubs, herbs deadwood, litter, and soil) across age classes in natural spruce forests in northwest China. The study provides the basis for forest ecosystem management in the region given the anthropogenic and climate change pressures expected in the future. The approach described serves as a model for similar studies in other forest ecosystems.
The complete chloroplast genome of Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce: genome organization and comparison with related species
Ladislav Mucina –– Solid piece of routine work on whole-genome sequencing, adding valuable data on an evolutionary intricate taxonomic group.
Endophytic fungal communities associated with field-grown soybean roots and seeds in the Huang-Huai region of China
Paolo Giordani –– A straight forward study of fungal diversity in soybean roots: Yang & collaborators highlighted that the diversity of soybean endophytic fungal communities are site- and tissue-specific. By investigating soybean–endophytic fungi interaction, this paper provides new insights for the use of beneficial microorganisms to promote healthy of plants such as soybean.
TAS3 miR390-dependent loci in non-vascular land plants: towards a comprehensive reconstruction of the gene evolutionary history
Yegor Vassetzky –– The article contributes to our understanding of the evolution of the RNAi machinery in plants
Applying foliar stoichiometric traits of plants to determine fertilization for a mixed pine-oak stand in the Qinling Mountains, China
Chih-Hsin Cheng –– interesting paper
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon
Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Tea saponin reduces the damage of Ectropis obliqua to tea crops, and exerts reduced effects on the spiders Ebrechtella tricuspidata and Evarcha albaria compared to chemical insecticides
Yann Clough –– The study is a fairly comprehensive assessment of the efficacy of a botanical insecticide against a major pest in tea plantations. The authors combines lab and field experiments and addresses non-target effects on natural enemies both in the lab and in the field.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot
Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
The impact of different agroecological conditions on the nutritional composition of quinoa seeds
Alberto Davalos –– Quinoa is a relevant seed for human consumption. Understanding the agronomical characteristics from different varieties cultivated in different places of the world is important in order to promote their widespread cultivation.
Out of Asia: mitochondrial evolutionary history of the globally introduced supralittoral isopod Ligia exotica
Curtis Daehler –– This work provides genetic evidence suggesting the native range of a widely distributed animal that was accidentally spread by humans starting hundreds of years ago.
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#AmazingBeetles Barcoding Australian Cetoniinae via @thePeerJ

ということで、論文が公開されました。 Modeling of plant cover class data

Comprehensive assessment of the coupling coordination degree between urbanization and ecological environment in the Siberian and Far East Federal Districts, Russia from 2005 to 2017 @thePeerJ

Analysis of bone morphometrics and finite-element modelling of the weird Australian mekosuchine crocodylomorphs, supporting that they were more terrestrial than extant crocs tend to be:

Historical museum collections and contemporary population studies implicate roads and introduced predatory bullfrogs in the decline of western pond turtles @thePeerJ

Conservation implications of using an imitation carnivore to assess rarely used refuges as critical habitat features in an alpine ungulate @thePeerJ

A little late for the #Biodiversity themed #WorldEnvironmentDay but our article on 'Identifying potential threats to #soil biodiversity' has been published today in @thePeerJ #Ecology #SoilScience #WorldEnvironmentDay2020