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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alexander Mikheyev –– Potentially important finding about the unexpected consequences of biocontrol.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Valeria 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
Editor rating: 7 / 10Vijai Kumar Gupta –– Article will be very informative to the readers.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Ilaria Negri –– It will help highlight the symbiotic relationship between the insect model Drosophila and yeasts
Editor rating: 7 / 10Nigel 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
Editor rating: 7 / 10Felix Forest –– As stated by one of the reviewers, this study is well executed and brings new information to the field of pollination biology.
Editor rating: 7 / 10Todd Vision –– The authors show that a hopscotch transposable element insertion in a regulatory region upstream of the maize domestication gene tb1 is part of the standing variation within the wild progenitor of maize, teosinte. This polymorphism seems to have been under selection, and hopscotch is very unlikely to have been driven to high frequency in some populations via gene flow from maize. Yet, in teosinte, there is not evidence that this locus alone contributes to the "maize domestication phenotype" of reduced tillering under crowding, and variation in the frequency of the insertion is not associated with obvious environmental differences among populations. This suggests that the maize apical dominance phenotype may result from epistasis between the the hopscotch insertion at tb1 and other yet to be identified loci, and that the high frequency of the hopscotch insertion in some teosinte populations is due to an unknown and unrelated phenotypic effect.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Gerard Lazo –– This work made good use of existing reference genomes for the Solanaceae and contributed additional sequencing efforts from related species. I am aware of some contentions regarding the phylogeny of species within this plant family and the methods used here provide some ways of resolving these issues.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Gerard Lazo –– The authors present tools that can be tested and provide a data-set that can be evaluated. Though the end results may not sway the community in its current methods, it does provide yet another testable feature which will add value in the long-run.
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