Editor rating: 8 / 10Ladislav Mucina –– Solid piece of routine work on whole-genome sequencing, adding valuable data on an evolutionary intricate taxonomic group.
Editor rating: 9 / 10Chih-Hsin Cheng –– interesting paper
Editor rating: 9 / 10Luis 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Todd 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Alexandra Lusser –– The article describes the development of a new method in this field that should facilitate future research in this area.
Editor rating: 10 / 10Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Editor rating: 10 / 10Pankaj 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Dezene 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Curtis 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.
Editor rating: 8 / 10Keith Crandall –– This paper effectively demonstrates the utility of designing clade specific markers from hybrid-enrichment compared to more global approaches and provides custom scripts to analyze transcriptome and whole genome data to identify such markers.
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