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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933645/aflatoxin-biomarkers-in-hair-may-facilitate-long-term-exposure-studies
#1
Innocent Mupunga, Christo D Izaaks, Leshweni J Shai, David R Katerere
Aflatoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites produced by some members of the Aspergillus species. They are low molecular weight lipophilic compounds that are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. They contaminate most staple foods, including maize, peanuts, peanut butter and sorghum mainly in the tropics where hot and humid conditions promote fungal growth. Absorbed aflatoxins are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system in the liver into toxic metabolites. Aflatoxin B (AFB)1 is the most toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic naturally occurring toxin...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933337/biodegradation-of-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid-by-a-new-isolated-strain-of-achromobacter-sp-lz35
#2
Zhen-Yuan Xia, Long Zhang, Yan Zhao, Xin Yan, Shun-Peng Li, Tao Gu, Jian-Dong Jiang
In this study, a bacterial strain of Achromobacter sp. LZ35, which was capable of utilizing 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy acetic acid (MCPA) as the sole sources of carbon and energy for growth, was isolated from the soil in a disused pesticide factory in Suzhou, China. The optimal 2,4-D degradation by strain LZ35 occurred at 30 °C and pH 8.0 when the initial 2,4-D concentration was 200 mg L(-1). Strain LZ35 harbored the conserved 2,4-D/alpha-ketoglutarate dioxygenase (96%) and 2,4-dichlorophenol hydroxylase (99%), and catabolized 2,4-D via the intermediate 2,4-dichlorophenol...
December 8, 2016: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933095/direct-derivation-of-maize-plant-and-crop-height-from-low-cost-time-of-flight-camera-measurements
#3
Martin Hämmerle, Bernhard Höfle
BACKGROUND: In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency in terms of fertilizing, applying pesticides, irrigation, etc. Established methods for capturing crop height often comprise restrictions in terms of cost and time efficiency, flexibility, and temporal and spatial resolution of measurements. Furthermore, crop height is mostly derived from a measurement of the bare terrain prior to plant growth and measurements of the crop surface when plants are growing, resulting in the need of multiple field campaigns...
2016: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933075/a-non-specific-setaria-italica-lipid-transfer-protein-gene-plays-a-critical-role-under-abiotic-stress
#4
Yanlin Pan, Jianrui Li, Licong Jiao, Cong Li, Dengyun Zhu, Jingjuan Yu
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a class of cysteine-rich soluble proteins having small molecular weights. LTPs participate in flower and seed development, cuticular wax deposition, also play important roles in pathogen and abiotic stress responses. A non-specific LTP gene (SiLTP) was isolated from a foxtail millet (Setaria italica) suppression subtractive hybridization library enriched for differentially expressed genes after abiotic stress treatments. A semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR analysis showed that SiLTP was expressed in all foxtail millet tissues...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932939/plant-defense-and-herbivore-counter-defense-benzoxazinoids-and-insect-herbivores
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REVIEW
Felipe C Wouters, Blair Blanchette, Jonathan Gershenzon, Daniel G Vassão
Benzoxazinoids are a class of indole-derived plant chemical defenses comprising compounds with a 2-hydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one skeleton and their derivatives. These phytochemicals are widespread in grasses, including important cereal crops such as maize, wheat and rye, as well as a few dicot species, and display a wide range of antifeedant, insecticidal, antimicrobial, and allelopathic activities. Although their overall effects against insect herbivores are frequently reported, much less is known about how their modes of action specifically influence insect physiology...
2016: Phytochemistry Reviews: Proceedings of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929415/co-occurrence-of-regulated-masked-and-emerging-mycotoxins-and-secondary-metabolites-in-finished-feed-and-maize-an-extensive-survey
#6
Paula Kovalsky, Gregor Kos, Karin Nährer, Christina Schwab, Timothy Jenkins, Gerd Schatzmayr, Michael Sulyok, Rudolf Krska
Global trade of agricultural commodities (e.g., animal feed) requires monitoring for fungal toxins. Also, little is known about masked and emerging toxins and metabolites. 1926 samples from 52 countries were analysed for toxins and metabolites. Of 162 compounds detected, up to 68 metabolites were found in a single sample. A subset of 1113 finished feed, maize and maize silage samples containing 57 compounds from 2012 to 2015 from 44 countries was investigated using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry...
December 6, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928828/wide-qrs-complex-arrhythmia-with-alternating-qrs-morphology-what-is-the-mechanism
#7
Esteban González-Torrecilla, Ángel Arenal Maíz, Pablo Ávila Alonso, Francisco Fernández-Avilés
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 8, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928553/proliferation-of-the-biocontrol-agent-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-strigae-and-its-impact-on-indigenous-rhizosphere-fungal-communities-in-maize-under-different-agro-ecologies
#8
Judith Zimmermann, Mary K Musyoki, Georg Cadisch, Frank Rasche
Our objectives were to (1) monitor the proliferation of the biocontrol agent (BCA) Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. strigae strain "Foxy-2", an effective soil-borne BCA against the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica, in the rhizosphere of maize under different agro-ecologies, and (2) investigate its impact on indigenous rhizosphere fungal community abundance and composition. Field experiments were conducted in Busia and Homa Bay districts in western Kenya during two cropping seasons to account for effects of soil type, climate, growth stage and seasonality...
June 2016: Rhizosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925352/forage-intake-and-weight-gain-of-ewes-is-affected-by-roughage-mixes-during-winter-in-northeastern-china
#9
Zhiming Yang, Yunbo Wang, Xia Yuan, Ling Wang, Deli Wang
We studied the effect of dietary roughage species and their combinations on forage intake and growth rate of ewes during winter in a pastoral-farming area of northeast China. Twenty-five Northeast crossbred ewes (fine-wool sheep × Small-tailed Han sheep) were randomly selected and divided into five groups (G1, G2, G3, G4 and G5). During a 30 day feeding trial, each group of ewes were offered the same basal diet (composed of 0.36 kg chopped maize stalk (10 mm), 0.14 kg corn meal, 0.05 kg soybean meal and 1...
December 7, 2016: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924540/targeting-fumonisin-biosynthetic-genes
#10
Robert H Proctor, Martha M Vaughan
The fungus Fusarium is an agricultural problem because it can cause disease on most crop plants and can contaminate crops with mycotoxins. There is considerable variation in the presence/absence and genomic location of gene clusters responsible for synthesis of mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites among species of Fusarium. Here, we describe a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) method for distinguishing between and estimating the biomass of two closely related species, F. proliferatum and F. verticillioides, that are pathogens of maize...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924535/targeting-conserved-genes-in-fusarium-species
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Jéssica Gil-Serna, Belén Patiño, Miguel Jurado, Salvador Mirete, Covadonga Vázquez, M Teresa González-Jaén
Fumonisins are important mycotoxins contaminating foods and feeds which are mainly produced by F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum. Additionally, both are pathogens of maize and other cereals. We describe two highly sensitive, rapid, and species-specific PCR protocols which enable detection and discrimination of these closely related species in cereal flour or grain samples. The specific primer pairs of these assays were based on the intergenic spacer region of the multicopy rDNA unit which highly improves the sensitivity of the PCR assay in comparison with single-copy target regions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923135/crop-domestication-a-sneak-peek-into-the-midpoint-of-maize-evolution
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Garrett M Janzen, Matthew B Hufford
In a new study, DNA from a 5,310-year-old corn cob found in the Tehuacán Valley in Mexico was sequenced and compared to modern maize and its wild progenitor grasses. The sample was found to be an intermediate between modern maize and its wild relatives, suggesting a gradual, protracted domestication process.
December 5, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920782/acclimation-of-biochemical-and-diffusive-components-of-photosynthesis-in-rice-wheat-and-maize-to-heat-and-water-deficit-implications-for-modeling-photosynthesis
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Juan A Perdomo, Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Carmen Hermida-Carrera, Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmés
The impact of the combined effects of heat stress, increased vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and water deficit on the physiology of major crops needs to be better understood to help identifying the expected negative consequences of climate change and heat waves on global agricultural productivity. To address this issue, rice, wheat, and maize plants were grown under control temperature (CT, 25°C, VPD 1.8 kPa), and a high temperature (HT, 38°C, VPD 3.5 kPa), both under well-watered (WW) and water deficit (WD) conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920189/effects-of-maize-naturally-contaminated-with-aflatoxin-b1-on-growth-performance-intestinal-morphology-and-digestive-physiology-in-ducks
#14
G D Feng, J He, X Ao, D W Chen
This study was conducted to determine the effects of maize naturally contaminated with aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) on growth performance, intestinal morphology, relative digestive organs weight, digestive enzymes activities, and biochemical index of intestinal development in ducks. A total of 640 ducks was blocked on the basis of sex and body weight, and then allocated randomly to 2 treatments with 20 pens per treatment and 16 ducks per pen. The experiment lasted for 5 wk, and dietary treatments included basal diet (CON) and diets with 100% of normal maize replaced by AFB1 contaminated maize...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918845/application-of-probabilistic-modeling-to-quantify-the-reduction-levels-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-risk-attributable-to-chronic-aflatoxins-exposure
#15
Joseph M Wambui, Edward G Karuri, Julia A Ojiambo, Patrick M K Njage
Epidemiological studies show a definite connection between areas of high aflatoxin content and a high occurrence of human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatitis B virus in individuals further increases the risk of HCC. The two risk factors are prevalent in rural Kenya and continuously predispose the rural populations to HCC. A quantitative cancer risk assessment therefore quantified the levels at which potential pre- and postharvest interventions reduce the HCC risk attributable to consumption of contaminated maize and groundnuts...
December 5, 2016: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917953/the-core-subunit-of-a-chromatin-remodeling-complex-zmchb101-plays-essential-roles-in-maize-growth-and-development
#16
Xiaoming Yu, Lili Jiang, Rui Wu, Xinchao Meng, Ai Zhang, Ning Li, Qiong Xia, Xin Qi, Jinsong Pang, Zheng-Yi Xu, Bao Liu
ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes play essential roles in the regulation of diverse biological processes by formulating a DNA template that is accessible to the general transcription apparatus. Although the function of chromatin remodelers in plant development has been studied in A. thaliana, how it affects growth and development of major crops (e.g., maize) remains uninvestigated. Combining genetic, genomic and bioinformatic analyses, we show here that the maize core subunit of chromatin remodeling complex, ZmCHB101, plays essential roles in growth and development of maize at both vegetative and reproductive stages...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917917/identification-of-heterotic-loci-associated-with-grain-yield-and-its-components-using-two-cssl-test-populations-in-maize
#17
Hongqiu Wang, Xiangge Zhang, Huili Yang, Xiaoyang Liu, Huimin Li, Liang Yuan, Weihua Li, Zhiyuan Fu, Jihua Tang, Dingming Kang
Heterosis has widely been used to increase grain yield and quality. In this study, the genetic basis of heterosis on grain yield and its main components in maize were examined over 2 years in two locations in two test populations constructed from a set of 184 chromosome segment substitution lines (CSSLs) and two inbred lines (Zheng58 and Xun9058). Of the 169 heterotic loci (HL) associated with grain yield and its five components identified in CSSL × Zheng58 and CSSL × Xun9058 test populations, only 25 HL were detected in both populations...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917192/mining-centuries-old-in-situ-conserved-turkish-wheat-landraces-for-grain-yield-and-stripe-rust-resistance-genes
#18
Deepmala Sehgal, Susanne Dreisigacker, Savaş Belen, Ümran Küçüközdemir, Zafer Mert, Emel Özer, Alexey Morgounov
Wheat landraces in Turkey are an important genetic resource for wheat improvement. An exhaustive 5-year (2009-2014) effort made by the International Winter Wheat Improvement Programme (IWWIP), a cooperative program between the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock of Turkey, the International Center for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT) and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), led to the collection and documentation of around 2000 landrace populations from 55 provinces throughout Turkey...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917154/hydrogen-cyanide-in-the-rhizosphere-not-suppressing-plant-pathogens-but-rather-regulating-availability-of-phosphate
#19
Tomaž Rijavec, Aleš Lapanje
Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria produce chemical compounds with different benefits for the plant. Among them, HCN is recognized as a biocontrol agent, based on its ascribed toxicity against plant pathogens. Based on several past studies questioning the validity of this hypothesis, we have re-addressed the issue by designing a new set of in vitro experiments, to test if HCN-producing rhizobacteria could inhibit the growth of phytopathogens. The level of HCN produced by the rhizobacteria in vitro does not correlate with the observed biocontrol effects, thus disproving the biocontrol hypothesis...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916835/synthesis-and-functions-of-jasmonates-in-maize
#20
REVIEW
Eli J Borrego, Michael V Kolomiets
Of the over 600 oxylipins present in all plants, the phytohormone jasmonic acid (JA) remains the best understood in terms of its biosynthesis, function and signaling. Much like their eicosanoid analogues in mammalian system, evidence is growing for the role of the other oxylipins in diverse physiological processes. JA serves as the model plant oxylipin species and regulates defense and development. For several decades, the biology of JA has been characterized in a few dicot species, yet the function of JA in monocots has only recently begun to be elucidated...
November 29, 2016: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
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