Plant Biology

Best in the company of nearby males: female success in the threatened cycad, Zamia portoricensis

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Paolo Giordani –– A good and unique contribution about the cycad reproduction in natural populations.
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.
Applying foliar stoichiometric traits of plants to determine fertilization for a mixed pine-oak stand in the Qinling Mountains, China

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Chih-Hsin Cheng –– interesting paper
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Todd Vision –– This is a novel and innovative approach to studying the genomic correlates of convergent evolution. It is likely to inspire similar studies in other systems and for other kinds of genomic changes, as well as bioinformatic work to refine and extend the methods.
Development of an RNA interference (RNAi) gene knockdown protocol in the anaerobic gut fungus Pecoramyces ruminantium strain C1A

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Alexandra Lusser –– The article describes the development of a new method in this field that should facilitate future research in this area.
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Cell wall composition and lignin biosynthetic gene expression along a developmental gradient in an Australian sugarcane cultivar

Editor rating: 10 / 10

Pankaj Jaiswal –– It is an important piece of work describing the cell wall composition from an agronomic food crop that is also a potential bioenergy feedstock.
Quercivorol as a lure for the polyphagous and Kuroshio shot hole borers, Euwallacea spp. nr. fornicatus (Coleoptera: Scolytinae), vectors of Fusarium dieback

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dezene Huber –– Work on these exotic pests has so far been minimal. This provides a good foundation for further investigations on semiochemical-based IPM methods for monitoring, deterrence, or perhaps even mass trapping.
Occasional hybridization between a native and invasive Senecio species in Australia is unlikely to contribute to invasive success

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Curtis Daehler –– While numerous studies have pointed out threats posed by hybridization between native and invasive species, this work provides a counter-example: Although hybrids were detected, hybridization does not seem to pose a risk to the native species or promote spread of the invader.

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New paper on #cycad reproductive biology - Best in the company of nearby males: female success in the threatened #cycad, Zamia portoricensis https://t.co/EwhKLNA0Yn via @thePeerJ

Hot off the press – The contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot! https://t.co/5O6fZBPI8M #Biogeography #Evolution #Neotropics @GGBC_GU @thePeerJ

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Evaluating the adaptive evolutionary convergence of carnivorous plant taxa through functional genomics https://t.co/z1sFqYaSeP

My article has been published today in @thePeerJ https://t.co/JXDShBXzVo #MolecularBiology #PlantScience