Plant Biology

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.
Transcriptome analysis of the induction of somatic embryogenesis in Coffea canephora and the participation of ARF and Aux/IAA genes
Robert Winkler –– The findings on the hormone regulation in the somatic embryogenesis of Coffea canephora is of scientific and socio-economical interest.
Comprehensive classification of the plant non-specific lipid transfer protein superfamily towards its sequence–structure–function analysis
Rogerio Sotelo-Mundo –– This work stands as a reference for plant lipid transfer proteins in the postgenomic era.
Genome-wide analysis of the Catalpa bungei caffeic acid O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene family: identification and expression profiles in normal, tension, and opposite wood
Axel Tiessen –– Comprehensive information about the CbuCOMT gene family is provided
Applying foliar stoichiometric traits of plants to determine fertilization for a mixed pine-oak stand in the Qinling Mountains, China
Chih-Hsin Cheng –– interesting paper
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot
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.
Molecular phylogenetics of swimming crabs (Portunoidea Rafinesque, 1815) supports a revised family-level classification and suggests a single derived origin of symbiotic taxa
Mohammad Shamsur Rahman –– very much fantastic work in the field of taxonomy, both in classical and molecular approach!
Translating genomics into practice for real-time surveillance and response to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: evidence from a complex multi-institutional KPC outbreak
Nicholas Loman –– This is a really well worked example of how whole genome sequencing is transforming public health surveillance of infectious diseases.
Introgression between ecologically distinct species following increased salinity in the Colorado Delta- Worldwide implications for impacted estuary diversity
Therese Markow –– It's a first and the data are very strong/
Genome-wide identification of ABA receptor PYL family and expression analysis of PYLs in response to ABA and osmotic stress in Gossypium
Pankaj Jaiswal –– It contributes to PYL gene family annotation in cotton.
Plant Biology

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“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