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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724262/phytohormones-and-induction-of-plant-stress-tolerance-and-defense-genes-by-seed-and-foliar-inoculation-with-azospirillum-brasilense-cells-and-metabolites-promote-maize-growth
#1
Josiane Fukami, Francisco Javier Ollero, Manuel Megías, Mariangela Hungria
Azospirillum spp. are plant-growth-promoting bacteria used worldwide as inoculants for a variety of crops. Among the beneficial mechanisms associated with Azospirillum inoculation, emphasis has been given to the biological nitrogen fixation process and to the synthesis of phytohormones. In Brazil, the application of inoculants containing A. brasilense strains Ab-V5 and Ab-V6 to cereals is exponentially growing and in this study we investigated the effects of maize inoculation with these two strains applied on seeds or by leaf spray at the V2...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724148/integrative-medicine-in-residency-feasibility-and-effectiveness-of-an-online-program
#2
Patricia Lebensohn, Benjamin Kligler, Audrey J Brooks, Raymond Teets, Michele Birch, Paula Cook, Victoria Maizes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Online curricular interventions in residency have been proposed to address challenges of time, cost, and curriculum consistency. This study is designed to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a longitudinal, multisite online curriculum in integrative medicine (IMR) for residents. METHODS: Residents from eight family medicine programs undertook the 200-hour online IMR curriculum. Their medical knowledge (MK) scores at completion were compared to a control group from four similar residency programs...
July 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724082/prospective-targeted-recombination-and-genetic-gains-for-quantitative-traits-in-maize
#3
Rex Bernardo
Advances in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) technology have allowed targeted recombination in specific DNA sequences in yeast (). My objective was to determine if the selection gains from targeted recombination are large enough to warrant the development of targeted recombination technology in plants. Genomewide marker effects for quantitative traits in two maize ( L.) experiments were used to identify targeted recombination points that would maximize the per-chromosome genetic gains in a given cross...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724072/genome-wide-analysis-of-tar-spot-complex-resistance-in-maize-using-genotyping-by-sequencing-snps-and-whole-genome-prediction
#4
Shiliang Cao, Alexander Loladze, Yibing Yuan, Yongsheng Wu, Ao Zhang, Jiafa Chen, Gordon Huestis, Jingsheng Cao, Vijay Chaikam, Michael Olsen, Boddupalli M Prasanna, Felix San Vicente, Xuecai Zhang
Tar spot complex (TSC) is one of the most destructive foliar diseases of maize ( L.) in tropical and subtropical areas of Central and South America, causing significant grain yield losses when weather conditions are conducive. To dissect the genetic architecture of TSC resistance in maize, association mapping, in conjunction with linkage mapping, was conducted on an association-mapping panel and three biparental doubled-haploid (DH) populations using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722751/graded-replacement-of-maize-grain-with-molassed-sugar-beet-pulp-modulated-ruminal-microbial-community-and-fermentation-profile-in-vitro
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Matthias Münnich, Annabella Khol-Parisini, Fenja Klevenhusen, Barbara Metzler-Zebeli, Qendrim Zebeli
BACKGROUND: Molassed sugar beet pulp (Bp) is a viable alternative to grains in cattle nutrition for reducing human edible energy input. Yet, little is known about the effects of high inclusion rates of Bp on rumen microbiota. This study used an in vitro approach and the qPCR technique to establish the effects of a graded replacement of maize grain (MG) by Bp on the ruminal microbial community, fermentation profile, and nutrient degradation. RESULTS: Six different amounts of Bp (0 to 400 g kg(-1) ) which replaced MG in the diet were tested, using the in vitro semi continuous rumen simulation technique...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722229/a-transposon-directed-epigenetic-change-in-zmcct-underlies-quantitative-resistance-to-gibberella-stalk-rot-in-maize
#6
Chao Wang, Qin Yang, Weixiang Wang, Yipu Li, Yanling Guo, Dongfeng Zhang, Xuena Ma, Wei Song, Jiuran Zhao, Mingliang Xu
A major resistance quantitative trait locus, qRfg1, significantly enhances maize resistance to Gibberella stalk rot, a devastating disease caused by Fusarium graminearum. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. We adopted a map-based cloning approach to identify the resistance gene at qRfg1 and examined the dynamic epigenetic changes during qRfg1-mediated maize resistance to the disease. A CCT domain-containing gene, ZmCCT, is the causal gene at the qRfg1 locus and a polymorphic CACTA-like transposable element (TE1) c...
July 19, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721585/cyp701a26-is-characterized-as-an-ent-kaurene-oxidase-with-putative-involvement-in-maize-gibberellin-biosynthesis
#7
Hongjie Mao, Qinqin Shen, Qiang Wang
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the ent-kaurene oxidase (KO) involved in maize (Zea mays) gibberellin (GA) biosynthesis. RESULTS: Two putative KO genes were identified in maize based on the homologous alignment. Biochemical characterization indicated that one of them encoded a cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (P450) CYP701A26, which reacted with ent-kaurene to form ent-kaurenoic acid, the key intermediate of GA biosynthesis. CYP701A26 showed constitutive expression in active growing tissues and no inducible expression, which led to putative designation of CYP701A26 as the ZmKO...
July 18, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718948/effects-of-short-term-heat-stress-at-the-grain-formation-stage-on-physicochemical-properties-of-waxy-maize-starch
#8
Xiaotian Gu, Tianqi Huang, Mengqiu Ding, Weiping Lu, Dalei Lu
BACKGROUND: Waxy maize (Zea mays L. sinensis Kulesh) suffers short-term exposure to high temperature during grain filling in Southern China. The effects of such exposure are poorly understood. RESULTS: Starch granule size was increased by 5 d short-term heat stress (35 °C) and the increase was higher when the stress was introduced early. Heat stress increased the iodine-binding capacity of starches and no difference was observed among the three stages. Starch relative crystallinity was increased and swelling power was decreased only when heat stress was introduced early...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718835/do-refuge-plants-favour-natural-pest-control-in-maize-crops
#9
Reinaldo Quispe, Marina Mazón, Alexander Rodríguez-Berrío
The use of non-crop plants to provide the resources that herbivorous crop pests' natural enemies need is being increasingly incorporated into integrated pest management programs. We evaluated insect functional groups found on three refuges consisting of five different plant species each, planted next to a maize crop in Lima, Peru, to investigate which refuge favoured natural control of herbivores considered as pests of maize in Peru, and which refuge plant traits were more attractive to those desirable enemies...
July 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717312/effect-of-high-and-low-roughage-total-mixed-ration-diets-on-rumen-metabolites-and-enzymatic-profiles-in-crossbred-cattle-and-buffaloes
#10
S K Sinha, V B Chaturvedi, Putan Singh, L C Chaudhary, Mayukh Ghosh, Swati Shivani
AIM: A comparative study was conducted on crossbred cattle and buffaloes to investigate the effect of feeding high and low roughage total mixed ration (TMR) diets on rumen metabolites and enzymatic profiles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three rumen-fistulated crossbred cattle and buffalo were randomly assigned as per 3×3 switch over design for 21-days. Three TMR diets consisting of concentrate mixture, wheat straw and green maize fodder in the ratios of (T1) 60:20:20, (T2) 40:30:30, and (T3) 20:40:40, respectively, were fed to the animals ad libitum...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715485/characterization-of-the-maize-lipoxygenase-gene-family-in-relation-to-aflatoxin-accumulation-resistance
#11
Oluwaseun F Ogunola, Leigh K Hawkins, Erik Mylroie, Michael V Kolomiets, Eli Borrego, Juliet D Tang, W Paul Williams, Marilyn L Warburton
Maize (Zea mays L.) is a globally important staple food crop prone to contamination by aflatoxin, a carcinogenic secondary metabolite produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus. An efficient approach to reduce accumulation of aflatoxin is the development of germplasm resistant to colonization and toxin production by A. flavus. Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are a group of non-heme iron containing dioxygenase enzymes that catalyze oxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). LOX derived oxylipins play critical roles in plant defense against pathogens including A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712499/use-of-crispr-cas9-for-crop-improvement-in-maize-and-soybean
#12
Doane Chilcoat, Zhan-Bin Liu, Jeffry Sander
CRISPR/Cas enables precise improvement of commercially relevant crop species by transgenic and nontransgenic methodologies. We have used CRISPR/Cas with or without DNA repair template in both corn and soybean for a range of applications including enhancing drought tolerance, improving seed oil composition, and endowing herbicide tolerance. Importantly, by pairing CRISPR/Cas technology with recent advances in plant tissue culture, these changes can be introduced directly into commercially relevant genotypes...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712077/insecticidal-effect-and-impact-of-fitness-of-three-diatomaceous-earths-on-different-maize-hybrids-for-the-eco-friendly-control-of-the-invasive-stored-product-pest-prostephanus-truncatus-horn
#13
Nickolas G Kavallieratos, Christos G Athanassiou, Gerassimos G Peteinatos, Maria C Boukouvala, Giovanni Benelli
Diatomaceous earths (DEs) are able to successfully protect grain commodities from noxious stored-product insect and mite infestations; however, their effectiveness may be moderated by the grain hybrid or variety they are applied to. There is a gap of information on the comparison of the efficacy of different DEs when are applied on different maize hybrids against Prostephanus truncatus (Horn). Therefore, here we tested three commercially available DEs (DEA-P at 75 and 150 ppm, Protect-It at 500 ppm, and PyriSec at 500 ppm) on five different maize hybrids (Calaria, Doxa, Rio Grande, Sisco, and Studio) for the control of P...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711820/integrated-metagenomics-and-molecular-ecological-network-analysis-of-bacterial-community-composition-during-the-phytoremediation-of-cadmium-contaminated-soils-by-bioenergy-crops
#14
Zhaojin Chen, Yuan Zheng, Chuanyu Ding, Xuemin Ren, Jian Yuan, Feng Sun, Yuying Li
Two energy crops (maize and soybean) were used in the remediation of cadmium-contaminated soils. These crops were used because they are fast growing, have a large biomass and are good sources for bioenergy production. The total accumulation of cadmium in maize and soybean plants was 393.01 and 263.24μg pot(-1), respectively. The rhizosphere bacterial community composition was studied by MiSeq sequencing. Phylogenetic analysis was performed using 16S rRNA gene sequences. The rhizosphere bacteria were divided into 33 major phylogenetic groups according to phyla...
July 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711241/analysis-of-farmers-willingness-to-participate-in-pasture-grazing-programs-results-from-a-discrete-choice-experiment-with-german-dairy-farmers
#15
M Danne, O Musshoff
Over the last decades, the usage of pasture for grazing of dairy cows has decreased considerably. Pasture grazing programs initiated by dairy companies try to counteract this trend. The present paper investigates farmers' willingness to participate in such grazing programs. A special aim was to quantify the price premiums farmers require for program participation and to identify determinants influencing the premium level. The empirical analysis is based on a discrete choice experiment with 293 German dairy farmers...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710913/expression-and-promoter-methylation-of-succinate-dehydrogenase-and-fumarase-genes-in-maize-under-anoxic-conditions
#16
Alexander T Eprintsev, Dmitry N Fedorin, Maria A Dobychina, Abir U Igamberdiev
Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) and fumarase enzyme activity and expression of genes encoding the SDH subunits A (Sdh1-2), B (Sdh2-3), C (Sdh3), D (Sdh4) and the mitochondrial (Fum1) and cytosolic (Fum2) isoforms of fumarase were quantified in maize (Zea mays L.) seedlings exposed to atmospheres of air (control), N2, and CO2. The catalytic activity of SDH gradually declined in plants exposed to N2 atmospheres, with ∼40% activity remaining after 24h. In seedlings incubated in CO2, the suppression was even more pronounced...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708102/ability-of-soil-isolated-actinobacterial-strains-to-prevent-bind-and-biodegrade-ochratoxin-a
#17
Rachelle El Khoury, Florence Mathieu, Ali Atoui, Hiba Kawtharani, Anthony El Khoury, Charbel Afif, Richard G Maroun, André El Khoury
Ochratoxin A (OTA) is one of the most important mycotoxins, and contaminates several agricultural products, particularly cereals, grapes, maize, barley, spices and coffee. The aim of this project was to reduce the levels of OTA by supplementing the artificially contaminated solutions with seven strains of actinobacteria (AT10, AT8, SN7, MS1, ML5, G10 and PT1) in order to evaluate their capacity for binding and metabolizing the OTA, as well as their ability to reduce the expression of the genes responsible for its production in A...
July 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707064/development-of-a-lateral-flow-dipstick-immunoassay-for-evaluation-of-folate-levels-in-maize
#18
Qiuju Liang, Chen Yi, Ling Jiang, Guiyu Tan, Chunyi Zhang, Baomin Wang
Folates (vitamin B9) are essential for all organisms as cofactors for one-carbon metabolism. However, measurement of folates is technically complicated and time-consuming. In this study, we developed a dipstick immunoassay using a folate-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb), allowing rapid and low-cost detection of folates. The indicator range of the dipstick for 5-formylterahydrofolate (5-CHO-THF), 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-CH3-THF) and their polyglutamyl forms was 100-200 ng mL(-1); moreover, no cross-reactivity was observed with tetrahydrofolate (THF) or 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate (5,10-CH=THF) at 500 ng mL(-1), or with the folate precursors pterin-6-COOH, p-aminobenzoate (pABA), and L-glutamate, or with the folate analogues methotrexate and 10-formyltetrahydrofolate (10-CHO-THF) at up to 1000 ng mL(-1)...
July 13, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705396/host-extracts-induce-changes-in-the-proteome-of-plant-pathogen-fusarium-proliferatum
#19
Karolina Górna, Dawid Perlikowski, Arkadiusz Kosmala, Łukasz Stępień
Fusarium proliferatum is a polyphagous pathogenic fungus able to infect many crop plants worldwide. Differences in proteins accumulated were observed when maize- and asparagus-derived F. proliferatum strains were exposed to host extracts prepared from asparagus, maize, garlic, and pineapple tissues. Seventy-three unique proteins were up-regulated in extract-supplemented cultures compared to the controls. They were all identified using mass spectrometry and their putative functions were assigned. A major part of identified proteins was involved in sugar metabolism and basic metabolic processes...
August 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704468/thmyc4e-candidate-blue-aleurone-1-gene-controlling-the-associated-trait-in-triticum-aestivum
#20
Na Li, Shiming Li, Kunpu Zhang, Wenjie Chen, Bo Zhang, Daowen Wang, Dengcai Liu, Baolong Liu, Huaigang Zhang
Blue aleurone is a useful and interesting trait in common wheat that was derived from related species. Here, transcriptomes of blue and white aleurone were compared for isolating Blue aleurone 1 (Ba1) transferred from Thinopyrum ponticum. In the genes involved in anthocyanin biosynthesis, only a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor, ThMYC4E, had a higher transcript level in blue aleurone phenotype, and was homologous to the genes on chromosome 4 of Triticum aestivum. ThMYC4E carried the characteristic domains (bHLH-MYC_N, HLH and ACT-like) of a bHLH transcription factor, and clustered with genes regulating anthocyanin biosynthesis upon phylogenetic analysis...
2017: PloS One
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