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.
Legacy effects of historical grazing alter leaf stomatal characteristics in progeny plants
Claudio Ramirez –– Because there are few studies in this field
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."
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.
Predicting the consequences of global warming on Gentiana lutea germination at the edge of its distributional and ecological range
Gerard Lazo –– Are we ready? I expect we'll be seeing testing of our already dispersed germplasm and its testing for the future.
Genome-wide analysis of the superoxide dismutase (SOD) gene family in Zostera marina and expression profile analysis under temperature stress
Sanket Joshi –– Superoxide dismutases are an important group of plant antioxidant enzyme system, playing a pivotal role in removal of reactive oxygen species. Current manuscript provides a basis for further functional research on SOD gene family in Z. marina, which could help to determine the molecular mechanism of those genes in response to temperature stress.
Phosphate solubilizing bacteria stimulate wheat rhizosphere and endosphere biological nitrogen fixation by improving phosphorus content
Michael LaMontagne –– This paper shows the synergy between PGPR with complementary traits.
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