Editors' Picks

Using organic fertilizers to increase crop yield, economic growth, and soil quality in a temperate farmland
–– The experiment made in this manuscript clearly shows that the use of organic fertilizers can be effective on the crop yield, economic growth, and soil quality of a winter wheat-summer maize rotation system, bringing new advances in this important field related to food systems and food security issues.
Database limitations for studying the human gut microbiome
–– A good example of why multiple tools and resources are ideal for analyzing microbiome data.
Prevalence of and risk factors associated with latent tuberculosis infection in a Latin American region
–– There is limited understanding of latent tb infection and prevalence. This article helps understand the risk factors that may be responsible for the latent tuberculosis infection and prevalence in resource limited countries. Studies such as this helps design better treatment and TB Transmission control programs.
Perils and pitfalls of mixed-effects regression models in biology
–– This manuscript outlines several common pitfalls that can be avoided by researchers using mixed effect models to deal with difficult data sets, and promotes more informed statistical modelling.
Exploring the socio-economic and environmental components of infectious diseases using multivariate geovisualization: West Nile Virus
–– This research employed spatial visualization method to study the relationship between population vulnerability and the West Nile Virus. It is a cross-disciplinary work that could be interesting to public health, environment, GIS, and Epidemiology.
Outstanding performance of an invasive alien tree Bischofia javanica relative to native tree species and implications for management of insular primary forests
–– Only few studies were conducted to examine the effects of invasive alien tree species on insular native forests.
Habitat preferences rather than morphological traits affect the recovery process of Collembola (Arthropoda, Hexapoda) on a bare saline–alkaline land
–– The study reveals that habitat preferences affect the recovery process of Collembola communities on a bare saline-alkaline land.
The importance of open science for biological assessment of aquatic environments
–– Concerns over repeatability, ownership of publicly funded research results, and the benefits of transparent collaborative networks have led to the open science movement gaining momentum. This review provides successful examples as well as discussing challenges yet to be overcome in adopting open science for monitoring and assessment of aquatic environments.
A novel fully convolutional network for visual saliency prediction
–– Very informative and constructive reviews.
Access to scientific literature by the conservation community
–– 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.

Section discussions

New records of the middle Eocene carettochelyid #turtle turtle Anosteira pulchra from the Uinta Formation of Utah out today by my wonderful @MidwesternUniv colleagues @BrentMwu and @DrBethTownsend, and @PatriciaHolroyd @thePeerJ:

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Excited that the final version of our paper "Identifying mangrove-coral habitats in the Florida Keys" is now published in PeerJ! #coral #mangrove #ecology cc @deepseadawn bc snazzy figures made using Esri base maps!

Epibiont hydroids on beachcast Sargassum in the Mexican Caribbean @thePeerJ

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Paleontology #Taxonomy #Zoology #brittlestar #scicomm

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #EvolutionaryStudies #Paleontology #Taxonomy #Zoology #Scicomm #Turtles

An article I handled as editor has been published today: "Chemotype classification and biomarker screening of male Eucommia ulmoides Oliv. flower core collections using UPLC-QTOF/MS-based non-targeted metabolomics" @thePeerJ #PlantScience #Metabolomics

Went from being a Drosophilist to also exploring primary cilia in bone disorders when I started my lab few years back. In this paper we looked at cilia features during disparate skeletal differentiation programs in well-known cell-lines. @thePeerJ