Zoological Science

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Novel polymeric micelles for insect pest control: encapsulation of essential oil monoterpenes inside a triblock copolymer shell for head lice control

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Head lice are a common health condition, especially in children, and can be difficult to remove. Therefore articles on new biopesticides formulations are of much interest.
Floral pathway integrator gene expression mediates gradual transmission of environmental and endogenous cues to flowering time

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Gerrit Beemster –– The approach integrates a large amount of data on flowering time regulation and provides a new method for this incorporating modelling with expression and phenotypic data.
Effects of chronic exposure to clothianidin on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Joao Rocha –– Basically, the study determined the toxicity of neonicotinoids in non-target organism (earthworm), which is important from the environmental/ecological point of views. Furthermore, the study can be a motivation to the increase the exploitation of earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris) as an alternative and simple animal model to study the toxicity of different chemical agents.
The adaptive value of habitat preferences from a multi-scale spatial perspective: insights from marsh-nesting avian species

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Donald Kramer –– The reviewers agree with the authors that studies attempting to relate habitat selection to fitness components at a multi-scale level are important and rare in the published literature. The authors have carried out a well designed field study accompanied by a robust analysis.
Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Graciela Piñeiro –– This manuscript is an important contribution to the knowledge of the almost unknown Siberian Neogene herpetofauna. It deals not solely with detailed anatomical descriptions and taxonomic identification of the specimens, but provides interesting paleobiogeographic hypotheses concerning the origin and dispersion of the taxa, including newly paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental aspects spanning mostly the Oligocene to Pliocene periods. Studied environmental parameters include precipitation rates in the Miocene which are compared to current rainfall values for the region.
Curvature reduces bending strains in the quokka femur

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Philip Cox –– Because, although the focus of the article is one particular bone in one species of mammal, the results have implications for understanding the biomechanics of bones much more widely.
From eggs to bites: do ovitrap data provide reliable estimates of Aedes albopictus biting females?

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Researches on tiger mosquitoes monitoring are needed given the importance of this species as vector of pathogens and given that it is extremely annoying
Transcriptomic analysis reveals metabolic switches and surface remodeling as key processes for stage transition in Trypanosoma cruzi

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Perez-Acle –– A parsimoniously executed research and well written article about transcriptomic studies on T. cruzi that may shed lights on novel targets for the treatment of the chronic disease produced by this parasite.
Survey of owner motivations and veterinary input of owners feeding diets containing raw animal products

Editor rating: 7 / 10

María Ángeles Esteban –– The interest of the topic (feeding of pet animals) and its relationships with veterinary and biology sciences.
Asymmetry of mandibular dentition is associated with dietary specialization in snail-eating snakes

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– This paper on snakes relates dentition asymmetry to asymmetry of the prey eaten.

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Great! 1st citation of my 'Transcriptomic analysis reveals metabolic switches and surface remodeling as key processes for stage transition in Trypanosoma cruzi' article published in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/uEbwtUndKm

@Bovidiva Unfortunately this is not the case for all aspects of veterinary practice: https://t.co/yiZX4dBlVu

Floral pathway integrator gene expression mediates gradual transmission of environmental and endogenous… https://t.co/Mc4sFlB6Hw @thePeerJ https://t.co/ewMu6KKvAQ

Psychology Today: "Dog Owners Are Wrong About the Health Benefits of Raw Diets"
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201703/dog-owners-are-wrong-about-the-health-benefits-raw-diets