Plant Biology

Initial response of phenology and yield components of wheat (Triticum durum L., CIRNO C2008) under experimental warming field conditions in the Yaqui Valley

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Samuel Abiven –– It brings new information about crop behaviour under warming.
The use of chloroplast genome sequences to solve phylogenetic incongruences in Polystachya Hook (Orchidaceae Juss)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Gabriela Parra Olea –– This manuscript contains a large amount of data to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships of a group of orchids. Interesting methodology.
Two new species of Primulina (Gesneriaceae) from limestone karsts of China

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Paolo Giordani –– A small but effective evidence to the fact that we still need good basic sistematic research.
Understanding the cone scale in Cupressaceae: insights from seed-cone teratology in Glyptostrobus pensilis

Editor rating: 6 / 10

William DiMichele –– Considers the evolution of a conifer reproductive organ system in light of developmental and evolutionary biology. Conifer ovulate cones have long been of interest and this paper should attract attention from various parts of the botanical and evolutionary-developmental research communities.
Identification of stem rust resistance genes in wheat cultivars in China using molecular markers

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Gerard Lazo –– Stem rust disease of the cereals is of global importance and information that can guide decision making in developing improved germplasm can assist progress.
The complete chloroplast genome of Colobanthus apetalus (Labill.) Druce: genome organization and comparison with related species

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Description and spatial inference of soil drainage using matrix soil colours in the Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Maria Luisa Fernandez-Marcos –– The manuscript addresses an interesting subject: the relationship between soil colour and drainage conditions. Although this is a well-studied and well-known subject, the attempt to develop a drainage index defined from a commonly and easily determined soil property is noteworthy and useful for soil surveyors. The study handles a huge number of soil profiles and uses a sound methodology.
TAS3 miR390-dependent loci in non-vascular land plants: towards a comprehensive reconstruction of the gene evolutionary history

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Yegor Vassetzky –– The article contributes to our understanding of the evolution of the RNAi machinery in plants
Copper-induced activation of TRPs and VDCCs triggers a calcium signature response regulating gene expression in Ectocarpus siliculosus

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Kevin Wilkinson –– Original data on Ca transport.

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Using next-generation sequencing to tackle difficult taxonomic problems in orchids - see our new study at https://t.co/Mehq9fPq2J #Biodiversity #EvolutionaryStudies #Genomics #PlantScience #Taxonomy @thePeerJ @GGBC_GU @Harvard

Identification of stem rust resistance genes in wheat cultivars in China using molecular markers https://t.co/qneVGXHKA2 @thePeerJ https://t.co/CUbyTkXVo6

New work in @thePeerJ . We developed and mapped a soil drainage index for the Hunter Valley. #munsell https://t.co/AN2Bpw8DSo