NQFF: Moss, moving and Madagascar

The second week of the trial run for NQFF. Are the lists of followers helpful, or are you just interested in the stories? I ask as the lists of twitter accounts take far longer to format than the stories. The reason I’m including them is that I thought it might be handy if you wanted to follow people sharing the stories or papers you’re most interested in, but I don’t know if this is going to happen.

Anyway, here’s this week’s most popular stories and papers, dominated by the Guardian to begin with.

1. Scotland’s rare mountain plants disappearing as climate warms, botanists find

As the climate warms plants move to cooler locations further north and further up. But when you live on a Scottish mountain there’s soon a limit to how much further north or up you can go.

Sharers: PlantTeaching, alan_elliot, sarabotanical, plantbiology, Wagner__Markus, SeymourDaily, fossilplants, amandabamford, ForageWildFood, widdowquinn, aristolochia, LJA_1, RJLilley, ZarahPattison, JohnBryant1404, DKnott8, nemumDave, QuaveEthnobot, clareten, KateGold24, BrianLaney2, NaturePlants, AltroMare, DrTrevorDines, dawngarden, KewUKOTs, Fritillaria3, kathfarell, nicrodemo, UKPSF, HerbariumDonna, SLeguil, ScottishRockGC, IHStreet, BotanyRules, NikolaiAdamski

2. All hail the humble moss, bringer of oxygen and life to Earth

The first plants on land were mosses, according to a new paper from PNAS. The coverage came from the Guardian, which was popular with botanists this week.

Sharers: SeymourDaily, DJ_gibbs, Antarcticmoss, forestofavon, dyanilewis, PlantTeaching, santosh7bhai, ReskiLab, JulietCCoates, MelanieCarmody, BTIscience, NaturePlants, OshnGirl, menyanth, ringstem, EvoEcoAmy, MossPlants, NikolaiAdamski, Prof_GD_Foster, fmartin1954, susieoftraken, howarthsg, Seminisia, subbaeticus, DanChitwood, UKPSF

3. Kew Gardens in race to collect and preserve Madagascar’s seeds

When Madagascar sheered off from Africa, it almost created a time capsule of life on Earth. Unfortunately, the rest of the planet has caught up with it, meaning that many plant species that cannot be found anywhere else are in trouble.

Sharers: gardeningtrials, Wagner__Markus, botanistlaura, nemumDavem, Botanygeek, 2blades, IbuAnggrek, KewGIS, KewUKOTs, TeamKMCC, NatureEcoEvo, KateGold24, Toby_Bruce, PlantSciNews, AngryWagtails, FAOForestry, BotanyEm, KewScience, CECHR_UoD, UKPSF

4. Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers

With all the focus on climate change, you might think the old threats to species had disappeared. A new report reveals they’re alive and well and still driving species to extinction.

Sharers: arinovy, NatureEcoEvo, ConservBytes, GrasslandSocSA, mrillig, ManuSaunders, NaturePlants, wild_donal, wildlifeinwater, Knotweed_Doktor, carlzimmer, James_Borrel, keholsinger, DylanJCraven, leakey77, villareal_lab, PlantTeaching, nemumDave, CECHR_UoD

5. A picture is worth a thousand bullet points

Anne Osterrieder highlights Mary Williams’s work on how to find and use images in your presentations.

Sharers: IHStreet, PlantTeaching, ejrollinson, jjchm2, AnneOsterrieder, AGuleren, teemehkin, ThePlantCell, BiswapriyaMisra, mattVDiLeo, Toby_Bruce, HMGU_Biop

Popular Papers

Are We There Yet? Reliably Estimating the Completeness of Plant Genome Sequences

Elisabeth Veeckman, Tom Ruttink, Klaas Vandepoele, 2016, ‘Are We There Yet? Reliably Estimating the Completeness of Plant Genome Sequences’, The Plant Cell, p. tpc.00349.2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.16.00349

Sharers: ThePlantCell, JaneLangdale, PlantTeaching, wbmei, liforrest, plaza_genomics, NaturePlants, Crinklers, UCDflowerpower, mrriceguy, fmartin1954, sau916, GinaPham, JamesPBLloyd, Seminisia, Dunechka_yunchu, AaronListon, yanivbrandvain

Fast-Flowering Mini-Maize: Seed to Seed in 60 Days

M. E. McCaw, J. G. Wallace, P. S. Albert, E. S. Buckler, J. A. Birchler, 2016, ‘Fast-Flowering Mini-Maize: Seed to Seed in 60 Days’, Genetics http://dx.doi.org/10.1534/genetics.116.191726

Sharers: lucacomai, kisywd, GeneticsGSA, Seminisia, JimBradeen, Peter_Etchells, NoahFahlgren, DanChitwood, Twisted_Helix

Graham R. D. McGrann, Ambrose Andongabo, Elisabet Sjökvist, Urmi Trivedi, Francois Dussart, Maciej Kaczmarek, Ashleigh Mackenzie, James M. Fountaine, Jeanette M. G. Taylor, Linda J. Paterson, Kalina Gorniak, Fiona Burnett, Kostya Kanyuka, Kim E. Hammond-Kosack, Jason J. Rudd, Mark Blaxter, Neil D. Havis, 2016, ‘The genome of the emerging barley pathogen Ramularia collo-cygni’, BMC Genomics, vol. 17, no. 1 http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-016-2928-3

Sharers: fmartin1954, Rothamsted, widdowquinn, PlantTeaching, Dr_JM_Fountaine, roseheather1, NikolaiAdamski, luciadesouza

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