Plant Biology

Access to scientific literature by the conservation community
Max Lambert –– This work provides a stunningly rich data set for a well-understood, but poorly quantified problem in conservation science and practice - access to the scientific literature.
Modifying effects of leaf litter extracts from invasive versus native tree species on copper-induced responses in Lemna minor
Jörg Oehlmann –– The invasion of non-native plant species can affect ecosystems in a variety of ways. One aspect is leaf litter from these plants and its breakdown products. Organic chemcials from leaf litter are known to alter the bioavailability and thus the toxicity of other chemicals, namely of heavy metals. In the current approach, the authors have shown that Cu uptake and toxicity is effectively reduced by leaf litter extracts, containing polyphenols, from an native and an invasive alder species. Indeed, the leaf litter extract of the invasive alder species was even mor effective than the one form native species. Furthermore, both types of extracts induced different antioxidant response profiles in duckweeds which were used in the study as an indicator of toxicity.
Melatonin improves the germination rate of cotton seeds under drought stress by opening pores in the seed coat
Gerard Lazo –– Melatonin has been demonstrated in associated with many traits; this one on the effects on germination is demonstrated using different perspectives and may have simulated conditions to try in real-world application.
Genome-wide analysis of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors in papaya (Carica papaya L.)
Yuriy Orlov –– Papaya (Carica papaya L.) is a novel agricultural plant object for genomics research. It is the first study presenting the genome wide profile of bHLH genes in papaya.
Bioindicator potential of Ricinus communis to simulated rainfall containing potassium fluoride
David Cappelletti –– The topic is very interesting and research question well defined and relevant. The authors did good work with an excellent idea to explore the Bioindicator potential of Ricinus communis on fluoride exposure
Comparative analyses of 32 complete plastomes of Tef (Eragrostis tef ) accessions from Ethiopia: phylogenetic relationships and mutational hotspots
Gerard Lazo –– The characterization of the plastome diversity in tef may help to develop the resources for crop improvement.
Legacy effects of historical grazing alter leaf stomatal characteristics in progeny plants
Julin Maloof –– This study shows significant physiological and developmental impacts of grazing on new shoot growth from rhizomes that had previously experienced grazing.
Mining of candidate genes involved in the biosynthesis of dextrorotatory borneol in Cinnamomum burmannii by transcriptomic analysis on three chemotypes
Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– In this work by Yang et al., the authors used transcriptome sequencing to study the chemotypes of "Cinnamomum burmannii." They identified three candidate structural genes and seven potential transcription factor unigenes involved in D-borneol biosynthesis. Their results will provide new insights into our understanding of the production and accumulation of D-borneol in "Cinnamomum burmannii."
Shade effects on growth, photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters of three Paeonia species
Julin Maloof –– This paper presents a detailed physiological study of different Peony species to varying amounts of photosynthetic radiation. The results help understanding of how some species tolerate low light better than others and provide a basis for developing low light tolerant commerical varieties.
Exogenous hormones influence Brassica napus leaf cuticular wax deposition and cuticle function
Ivo Feussner –– This article is a valuable contribution to the field, since understanding the cuticle function of crop plants is of major importance upon global warming.
Plant Biology

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Time wasted on finding free and accessible papers is valuable time wasted for conservation practitioners. Interesting new paper explores this issue & outlines ways for improvement

“Very few sites can reshape the inferred phylogenetic tree” paper by @realwrf and Donald Canfield

Look at this lovely paper using social media to help study those hard to study herps citizenscience #reptiles @NRF_News

Integrating population genetic structure, microbiome, and pathogens presence data in Dermacentor variabilis @thePeerJ