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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928765/emerging-challenges-and-opportunities-for-education-and-research-in-weed-science
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REVIEW
Bhagirath S Chauhan, Amar Matloob, Gulshan Mahajan, Farhena Aslam, Singarayer K Florentine, Prashant Jha
In modern agriculture, with more emphasis on high input systems, weed problems are likely to increase and become more complex. With heightened awareness of adverse effects of herbicide residues on human health and environment and the evolution of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes, a significant focus within weed science has now shifted to the development of eco-friendly technologies with reduced reliance on herbicides. Further, with the large-scale adoption of herbicide-resistant crops, and uncertain climatic optima under climate change, the problems for weed science have become multi-faceted...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928764/exploring-and-harnessing-haplotype-diversity-to-improve-yield-stability-in-crops
#2
REVIEW
Lunwen Qian, Lee T Hickey, Andreas Stahl, Christian R Werner, Ben Hayes, Rod J Snowdon, Kai P Voss-Fels
In order to meet future food, feed, fiber, and bioenergy demands, global yields of all major crops need to be increased significantly. At the same time, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events such as heat and drought necessitates improvements in the environmental resilience of modern crop cultivars. Achieving sustainably increase yields implies rapid improvement of quantitative traits with a very complex genetic architecture and strong environmental interaction. Latest advances in genome analysis technologies today provide molecular information at an ultrahigh resolution, revolutionizing crop genomic research, and paving the way for advanced quantitative genetic approaches...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928763/comparative-mapping-and-candidate-gene-analysis-of-ssiia-associated-with-grain-amylopectin-content-in-barley-hordeum-vulgare-l
#3
Xiangyun Fan, Juan Zhu, Wenbin Dong, Yuandong Sun, Chao Lv, Baojian Guo, Rugen Xu
Amylopectin concentration in barley endosperm has important effects on grain quality and end-use. In this study, quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis together with genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were performed to identify markers linked to grain amylopectin content respectively using a doubled haploid (DH) population of 178 lines and a collection of 185 diverse barley germplasms both genotyped by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). A stable QTL on chromosome 7H and 11 associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were detected...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928762/novel-protein-protein-inhibitor-based-approach-to-control-plant-ethylene-responses-synthetic-peptides-for-ripening-control
#4
Mareike Kessenbrock, Simone M Klein, Lena Müller, Mauricio Hunsche, Georg Noga, Georg Groth
Ethylene signaling is decisive for many plant developmental processes. Among these, control of senescence, abscission and fruit ripening are of fundamental relevance for global agriculture. Consequently, detailed knowledge of the signaling network along with the molecular processes of signal perception and transfer are expected to have high impact on future food production and agriculture. Recent advances in ethylene research have demonstrated that signaling of the plant hormone critically depends on the interaction of the ethylene receptor family with the NRAMP-like membrane protein ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE 2 (EIN2) at the ER membrane, phosphorylation-dependent proteolytic processing of ER-localized EIN2 and subsequent translocation of the cleaved EIN2 C-terminal polypeptide (EIN2-CEND) to the nucleus...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928761/hormonal-regulation-in-shade-avoidance
#5
REVIEW
Chuanwei Yang, Lin Li
At high vegetation density, shade-intolerant plants sense a reduction in the red (660 nm) to far-red (730 nm) light ratio (R/FR) in addition to a general reduction in light intensity. These light signals trigger a spectrum of morphological changes manifested by growth of stem-like tissue (hypocotyl, petiole, etc.) instead of harvestable organs (leaves, fruits, seeds, etc.)-namely, shade avoidance syndrome (SAS). Common phenotypical changes related to SAS are changes in leaf hyponasty, an increase in hypocotyl and internode elongation and extended petioles...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928760/arabidopsis-myb24-regulates-jasmonate-mediated-stamen-development
#6
Huang Huang, Hua Gao, Bei Liu, Tiancong Qi, Jianhua Tong, Langtao Xiao, Daoxin Xie, Susheng Song
The phytohormone jasmonates (JAs) regulate various defense responses and diverse developmental processes including stamen development and fertility. Previous studies showed that JA induces CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1-mediated degradation of JA ZIM-domain (JAZ) proteins, and activates the MYB transcription factors (such as MYB21 and MYB24) to regulate stamen development. In this study, we further uncover the mechanism underlying how MYB24 interacts with JAZs to control JA-regulated stamen development. We show that N-terminus of MYB21/24 interacts with 10 out of 12 JAZ proteins while both N-terminus and C-terminus of MYB24 are involved in dimerization of MYB21 and MYB24...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928759/identification-of-biomarkers-for-defense-response-to-plasmopara-viticola-in-a-resistant-grape-variety
#7
Giulia Chitarrini, Evelyn Soini, Samantha Riccadonna, Pietro Franceschi, Luca Zulini, Domenico Masuero, Antonella Vecchione, Marco Stefanini, Gabriele Di Gaspero, Fulvio Mattivi, Urska Vrhovsek
Downy mildew (Plasmopara viticola) is one of the most destructive diseases of the cultivated species Vitis vinifera. The use of resistant varieties, originally derived from backcrosses of North American Vitis spp., is a promising solution to reduce disease damage in the vineyards. To shed light on the type and the timing of pathogen-triggered resistance, this work aimed at discovering biomarkers for the defense response in the resistant variety Bianca, using leaf discs after inoculation with a suspension of P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928758/soil-biological-activity-contributing-to-phosphorus-availability-in-vertisols-under-long-term-organic-and-conventional-agricultural-management
#8
Nisar A Bhat, Amritbir Riar, Aketi Ramesh, Sanjeeda Iqbal, Mahaveer P Sharma, Sanjay K Sharma, Gurbir S Bhullar
Mobilization of unavailable phosphorus (P) to plant available P is a prerequisite to sustain crop productivity. Although most of the agricultural soils have sufficient amounts of phosphorus, low availability of native soil P remains a key limiting factor to increasing crop productivity. Solubilization and mineralization of applied and native P to plant available form is mediated through a number of biological and biochemical processes that are strongly influenced by soil carbon/organic matter, besides other biotic and abiotic factors...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928757/development-of-a-critical-nitrogen-dilution-curve-based-on-leaf-area-duration-in-wheat
#9
Xiaolong Wang, Tianyang Ye, Syed Tahir Ata-Ul-Karim, Yan Zhu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Liang Tang
Precise quantification of plant nitrogen (N) nutrition status is essential for crop N management. The concept of critical N concentration (Nc) has been widely used for assessment of plant N status. This study aimed to develop a new winter wheat Nc dilution curve based on leaf area duration (LAD). Four field experiments were performed on different cultivars with different N fertilization modes in the Yangtze River basin and Yellow River basin in China. Results showed that the increase in LAD with increasing cumulative thermal time took the shape of an "S" type curve; whereas shoot N concentration decreased with increasing LAD, according to a power function...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928756/prioritizing-crop-management-to-increase-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-australian-sugarcane-crops
#10
Peter J Thorburn, Jody S Biggs, Jeda Palmer, Elizabeth A Meier, Kirsten Verburg, Danielle M Skocaj
Sugarcane production relies on the application of large amounts of nitrogen (N) fertilizer. However, application of N in excess of crop needs can lead to loss of N to the environment, which can negatively impact ecosystems. This is of particular concern in Australia where the majority of sugarcane is grown within catchments that drain directly into the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Multiple factors that impact crop yield and N inputs of sugarcane production systems can affect N use efficiency (NUE), yet the efficacy many of these factors have not been examined in detail...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928755/different-preclimacteric-events-in-apple-cultivars-with-modified-ripening-physiology
#11
Vikram Singh, Asya Weksler, Haya Friedman
"Anna" is an early season apple cultivar exhibiting a fast softening and juiciness loss during storage, in comparison to two mid-late season cultivars "Galaxy" and "GD." The poor storage capacity of "Anna" was correlated with high lipid oxidation-related autoluminescence, high respiration and ethylene production rates, associated with high expression of MdACO1, 2, 4, 7, and MdACS1. All cultivars at harvest responded to exogenous ethylene by enhancing ethylene production, typical of system-II. The contribution of pre-climacteric events to the poor storage capacity of "Anna" was examined by comparing respiration and ethylene production rates, response to exogenous ethylene, expression of genes responsible for ethylene biosynthesis and response, and developmental regulators in the three cultivars throughout fruit development...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928754/responses-of-plant-proteins-to-heavy-metal-stress-a-review
#12
REVIEW
Md Kamrul Hasan, Yuan Cheng, Mukesh K Kanwar, Xian-Yao Chu, Golam J Ahammed, Zhen-Yu Qi
Plants respond to environmental pollutants such as heavy metal(s) by triggering the expression of genes that encode proteins involved in stress response. Toxic metal ions profoundly affect the cellular protein homeostasis by interfering with the folding process and aggregation of nascent or non-native proteins leading to decreased cell viability. However, plants possess a range of ubiquitous cellular surveillance systems that enable them to efficiently detoxify heavy metals toward enhanced tolerance to metal stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928753/peg-induces-high-expression-of-the-cell-cycle-checkpoint-gene-wee1-in-embryogenic-callus-of-medicago-truncatula-potential-link-between-cell-cycle-checkpoint-regulation-and-osmotic-stress
#13
Adel M Elmaghrabi, Hilary J Rogers, Dennis Francis, Sergio J Ochatt
Polyethylene glycol (PEG) can be used to mimic osmotic stress in plant tissue cultures to study mechanisms of tolerance. The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effects of PEG (M.W. 6000) on embryogenic callus of Medicago truncatula. Leaf explants were cultured on MS medium with 2 mg L(-1) NAA and 0.5 mg L(-1) BAP for 5 months. Then, calli were transferred to the same medium further supplemented with 10% (w/v) 6000 PEG for 6 months in order to study physiological and putative molecular markers of water stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928752/climate-clever-clovers-new-paradigm-to-reduce-the-environmental-footprint-of-ruminants-by-breeding-low-methanogenic-forages-utilizing-haplotype-variation
#14
Parwinder Kaur, Rudi Appels, Philipp E Bayer, Gabriel Keeble-Gagnere, Jiankang Wang, Hideki Hirakawa, Kenta Shirasawa, Philip Vercoe, Katia Stefanova, Zoey Durmic, Phillip Nichols, Clinton Revell, Sachiko N Isobe, David Edwards, William Erskine
Mitigating methane production by ruminants is a significant challenge to global livestock production. This research offers a new paradigm to reduce methane emissions from ruminants by breeding climate-clever clovers. We demonstrate wide genetic diversity for the trait methanogenic potential in Australia's key pasture legume, subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum L.). In a bi-parental population the broadsense heritability in methanogenic potential was moderate (H(2) = 0.4) and allelic variation in a region of Chr 8 accounted for 7...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919907/heterotrimeric-g-protein-regulated-ca-2-influx-and-pin2-asymmetric-distribution-are-involved-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-roots-avoidance-response-to-extracellular-atp
#15
Ruojia Zhu, Xiaoxia Dong, Weiwei Hao, Wei Gao, Wenzhu Zhang, Shuyan Xia, Ting Liu, Zhonglin Shang
Extracellular ATP (eATP) has been reported to be involved in plant growth as a primary messenger in the apoplast. Here, roots of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings growing in jointed medium bent upon contact with ATP-containing medium to keep away from eATP, showing a marked avoidance response. Roots responded similarly to ADP and bz-ATP but did not respond to AMP and GTP. The eATP avoidance response was reduced in loss-of-function mutants of heterotrimeric G protein α subunit (Gα) (gpa1-1 and gpa1-2) and enhanced in Gα-over-expression (OE) lines (wGα and cGα)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919906/screening-for-natural-inhibitors-of-topoisomerases-i-from-rhamnus-davurica-by-affinity-ultrafiltration-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#16
Guilin Chen, Mingquan Guo
Topoisomerase I (Topo I) catalyzes topological interconversion of duplex DNA during DNA replication and transcription, and has been deemed as important antineoplastic targets. In this study, the fraction R.d-60 from ethyl acetate extracts of Rhamnus davurica showed higher inhibitory rates against SGC-7901 and HT-29 compared with the R.d-30 fraction in vitro. However, the specific active components of R.d-60 fraction remain elusive. To this end, a method based on bio-affinity ultrafiltration and high performance liquid chromatography/electrospray mass spectrometry (HPLC- ESI-MS/MS) was developed to rapidly screen and identify the Topo I inhibitors in this fraction...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919905/candidate-reference-genes-selection-and-application-for-rt-qpcr-analysis-in-kenaf-with-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-background
#17
Bujin Zhou, Peng Chen, Aziz Khan, Yanhong Zhao, Lihong Chen, Dongmei Liu, Xiaofang Liao, Xiangjun Kong, Ruiyang Zhou
Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a maternally inherited trait that results in the production of dysfunctional pollen. Based on reliable reference gene-normalized real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) data, examining gene expression profile can provide valuable information on the molecular mechanism of kenaf CMS. However, studies have not been conducted regarding selection of reference genes for normalizing RT-qPCR data in the CMS and maintainer lines of kenaf crop. Therefore, we studied 10 candidate reference genes (ACT3, ELF1A, G6PD, PEPKR1, TUB, TUA, CYP, GAPDH, H3, and 18S) to assess their expression stability at three stages of pollen development in CMS line 722A and maintainer line 722B of kenaf...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919904/plasticity-of-sorghum-stem-biomass-accumulation-in-response-to-water-deficit-a-multiscale-analysis-from-internode-tissue-to-plant-level
#18
Lisa Perrier, Lauriane Rouan, Sylvie Jaffuel, Anne Clément-Vidal, Sandrine Roques, Armelle Soutiras, Christelle Baptiste, Denis Bastianelli, Denis Fabre, Cécile Dubois, David Pot, Delphine Luquet
Sorghum is increasingly used as a biomass crop worldwide. Its genetic diversity provides a large range of stem biochemical composition suitable for various end-uses as bioenergy or forage. Its drought tolerance enables it to reasonably sustain biomass production under water limited conditions. However, drought effect on the accumulation of sorghum stem biomass remains poorly understood which limits progress in crop improvement and management. This study aimed at identifying the morphological, biochemical and histological traits underlying biomass accumulation in the sorghum stem and its plasticity in response to water deficit...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919903/the-role-of-soil-solarization-in-india-how-an-unnoticed-practice-could-support-pest-control
#19
REVIEW
Harsimran K Gill, Iqbal S Aujla, Luigi De Bellis, Andrea Luvisi
Plant protection represents one of the strategies to fill the yield gap and to achieve food security, a key topic for India development. Analysis of climate risks for crops indicates that South Asia is one of the regions most exposed to the adverse impact on many plants that are relevant to inhabitants exposed to food safety risks. Furthermore, accumulation of pesticide residues in the aquatic and other ecosystems is becoming a significant threat in India. These perspectives require to develop programs of crop protection that can be feasible according to Indian rural development and pollution policy...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919902/expression-differences-of-pigment-structural-genes-and-transcription-factors-explain-flesh-coloration-in-three-contrasting-kiwifruit-cultivars
#20
Yanfei Liu, Bin Zhou, Yingwei Qi, Xin Chen, Cuihua Liu, Zhande Liu, Xiaolin Ren
Fruits of kiwifruit cultivars (Actinidia chinensis and A. deliciosa) generally have green or yellow flesh when ripe. A small number of genotypes have red flesh but this coloration is usually restricted to the inner pericarp. Three kiwifruit cultivars having red ('Hongyang'), or yellow ('Jinnong-2'), or green ('Hayward') flesh were investigated for their color characteristics and pigment contents during development and ripening. The results show the yellow of the 'Jinnong-2' fruit is due to the combined effects of chlorophyll degradation and of beta-carotene accumulation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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