Zoological Science

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The gut microbiome correlates with conspecific aggression in a small population of rescued dogs (Canis familiaris)

Section Editor rating: 8 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– This is a novel study that has important practical applications to the management of pet dogs
Efficient generation of human primordial germ cell-like cells from pluripotent stem cells in a methylcellulose-based 3D system at large scale

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Shao-Chen Sun –– A system which produces more primordial germ cell-like cells.
Social network analysis for the assessment of pig, cattle and buffalo movement in Xayabouli, Lao PDR

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jason Blackburn –– This work provides a novel application of social networks to evaluate FMD transmission, an important disease globally with major economic and animal health implications.
Dogs can be trained to find a bar magnet

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– This is a novel study that extends our understanding of canid perception.
Ranaviruses and reptiles

Editor rating: 6 / 10

Timothy Newsome –– Good primer for virologists to see the state of play in the ranavirus field.
COI barcoding of plant bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Miridae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Hilary Morrison –– The article provides a molecular identification method for members of an important taxonomic group.
Anti-predator defences of a bombardier beetle: is bombing essential for successful escape from frogs?

Section Editor rating: 7 / 10

Michael Wink –– Interesting story
Differences in persistence between dogs and wolves in an unsolvable task in the absence of humans

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– Behavioral flexibility is an important topic that gets at underlying species differences in cognition. Here, the authors were able to examine wolves and dogs, which may point to the impact of domestication on some aspects of canid cognition.
Catch fast and kill quickly: do tiger beetles use the same strategies when hunting different types of prey?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Barry Brook –– Useful study on decision making in insect predators.
The relationship between social rank and spatial learning in pheasants, Phasianus colchicus: cause or consequence?

Section Editor rating: 6 / 10

Jennifer Vonk –– Novel topic. Important to show connections between abilities.

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Efficient generation of human primordial germ cell-like cells from pluripotent stem cells in a methylcellulose-based 3D system at large scale https://t.co/quaQNYKY18 @thePeerJ https://t.co/aZdVIuFHuF

Social Network Analysis of pig, cattle and buffalo movement https://t.co/XDjdDqasv8 via @thePeerJ

Dog gut microbiome and aggression https://t.co/L1ybGuckr9 via @thePeerJ cc @adele759

#dogs can be trained to find a bar magnet https://t.co/fTLu7EzQxa @thePeerJ https://t.co/f9y6diUCM5

Our review on ranaviruses and reptiles just got published #openaccess in @thePeerJ

38 days ago
"COI barcoding of plant bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Miridae)" published in @thePeerJ https://t.co/YvOvYEpn95

食べるのや~めた? トノサマガエルは通常、舌でミイデラゴミムシの体に触れた瞬間に攻撃を止め、オナラ(化学防衛)の反撃を逃れる。 原著論文は→ https://t.co/oBIvpJVLgl PeerJ 続きの動画は→ https://t.co/UYy1PV3m8P YouTube 前編(ヒキガエル篇)は→ https://t.co/8w1QHgSkvP https://t.co/I9Z3I7dc9E

So far, studies testing dog-wolf differences in persistence have had a major confounding variable: human presence. Our study, a first to test dog-wolf persistence, motor diversity & behavioural consistency without humans involved is now out in @thePeerJ! https://t.co/VhLMzwBLEO

Catch fast and kill quickly: do tiger beetles use the same strategies when hunting different types of prey? https://t.co/MFxDjyEtF8 @thePeerJ https://t.co/kEaZuKRJBp

64 days ago
NEW: Follow up paper from @pec_exeter on #learning ability and #socialrank, cause or consequence?https://t.co/Ccazlng4jW via @thePeerJ #pheasants #individualdifferences #animalcognition