Plant Biology

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.
Flood induced phenotypic plasticity in amphibious genus Elatine (Elatinaceae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luis 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.
A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexander Mikheyev –– Potentially important finding about the unexpected consequences of biocontrol.
No apparent correlation between honey bee forager gut microbiota and honey production

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Valeria Souza –– the problem of bee colonies been abandoned is a global issue for agriculture, however, even if the observations are not so new, as the second reviewer noted, the issue still controvertial
Antityrosinase activity of Euphorbia characias extracts

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Article will be very informative to the readers.
Interactions between Drosophila and its natural yeast symbionts—Is Saccharomyces cerevisiae a good model for studying the fly-yeast relationship?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– It will help highlight the symbiotic relationship between the insect model Drosophila and yeasts
Divergent thermal specialisation of two South African entomopathogenic nematodes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Nigel Andrew –– Thermal physiology is a key discipline for many taxa. This work on nematodes crosses between theoretical research and applied research, thus making it an excellent publication for PeerJ

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