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.
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.
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.
Post-transcriptional regulation of several biological processes involved in latex production in Hevea brasiliensis
Gerard Lazo –– I believe this manuscript may offer some new insights into regulatory networks. This would benefit much from community discussion.
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes produced after forest fires improve germination and development of Eysenhardtia polystachya
Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– In this work by Juárez-Cisneros et al., the authors investigate multi-walled carbon nanotubes in nature after forest fires have been documented. The authors showed that natural multi-walled carbon nanotubes promoted fresh and dry biomass in all applied treatments investigated in the present study. Their results strongly indicated that multi-walled carbon nanotubes produced by wildfire act as plant growth promoters. This nanomaterial contributes to the germination and development of adapted to fire-prone conditions species such as “E. polystachya”. This study was conducted in an especially important time due to increasing awareness related to forest fires in the Amazon region and in Australia. This situation is particularly grave in the Amazon region. In the last year (2019), forest fires reached record levels as Brazil's government fails to block the deforestation that drives the country's high rate of emissions. Studies such as the one here reported are important to increase our knowledge of the forest fires, which may contribute to reforestation projects and the handling of unavoidable fires related to cyclic events.
Development of core-collections for Guizhou tea genetic resources and GWAS of leaf size using SNP developed by genotyping-by-sequencing
Julin Maloof –– This is an important resource for understanding genotype and phenotype differences in tea plants
Co-expression clustering across flower development identifies modules for diverse floral forms in Achimenes (Gesneriaceae)
Julin Maloof –– This is a very interesting use of network techniques in an evo-devo context.
Gynodioecy in the common spindle tree (Euonymus europaeus L.) involves differences in the asymmetry of corolla shapes between sexually differentiated flowers
Julin Maloof –– Great application of morphometrics to an interesting question. Reveals asymmetry differences in sexually differentiated flowers.
Coupled influence of precipitation regimes and seedling emergence time on the reproductive strategy in Chloris virgata
Enrique Mateos Naranjo –– This study analyzes coexisting factors related to climate change on the development of an important species in grassland ecosystem
Plant Biology

Section discussions

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