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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729545/genetic-differentiation-of-the-schizothorax-species-complex-cyprinidae-in-the-nujiang-river-upper-salween
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Weitao Chen, Xingjian Yue, Shunping He
Phenotypically diverse species from recently evolved groups always share allele/haplotype due to insufficient differentiation in the early process. In this study, we performed population genetics analyses using sequences from the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene, and two nuclear genes to investigate the genetic differentiation of the closely related Schizothorax species complex, comprising a group of alpine fish living in the Nujiang River. The results from both mtDNA and nDNA markers revealed relatively low but pronounced genetic differentiation among the three Schizothorax species, i...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728363/effect-of-different-levels-of-protein-concentrates-supplementation-on-the-growth-performance-plasma-amino-acids-profile-and-mtor-cascade-genes-expression-in-early-weaned-yak-calves
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Quhani Peng, Nazir Ahmad Khan, B Xue, T H Yan, Z S Ahmad Wang
Objective: Yak is anone of the most important livestock species in the alpine-meadow grasslands of Qinghai-Tibetan plateau. WeThis study evaluated the effects of different levels of protein concentrate supplementation on the growth performance of yak calves, and correlated the growth rate to the changes occurring in the plasma- amino acids, and -insulin profile, and to the signaling activity of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) cascade, in order to characterize the mechanism through which the protein synthesis can be improved in early weaned yaks...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728359/influence-of-supplemental-canola-or-soybean-oil-on-milk-yield-fatty-acid-profile-and-postpartum-weight-changes-in-grazing-dairy-goats
#3
Israel Lerma-Reyes, G D Mendoza-Martínez, Rolando Rojo-Rubio, Mario Mejia, Juan Carlos Garcia-Lopez, Hector Aaron Lee-Rangel
Objective: This experiment was designed to evaluate the effect of supplementation with soybean or canola oil on milk production and the composition of long chain fatty acids as well as weight changes in the goats and their kids. Methods: Thirty nine mulitparous crossed Alpine x Nubian goats (initial BW 43.5 ± 1.7 kg) from the day of parturition were assigned to the treatments: grazing control (n=15); grazing plus 20 mL/goat/d of supplemental soybean oil (n=12); and grazing plus 20 mL/goat/d of supplemental canola oil (n=12)...
June 27, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726705/spatiotemporal-distribution-of-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-in-alpine-lakes-in-the-sanjiangyuan-region-of-the-tibetan-plateau
#4
Su-Jin Lu, Jian-Huan Si, Chuan-Ying Hou, Yu-Si Li, Meng-Meng Wang, Xiao-Xia Yan, Meng Xie, Jin-Xu Sun, Bai-Jie Chen, Shu-Sen Li
To provide a theoretical basis for alpine source lake protection, ten samples were taken from each lake annually from 2012 to 2015. Each year, the various species of nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients were measured. The average contents of nitrate nitrogen, ammonia nitrogen, nitrite nitrogen, total phosphorus, and total nitrogen in the four lakes are 0.195-0.0 mg/L, 0.038-0.143 mg/L, 0.004-0.168 mg/L, 0.006-0.740 mg/L, and 0.050-0.547 mg/L, respectively. The total phosphorus contents in Eling Lake, Longbao Lake and Sea Star were higher than Class I water quality standards, and the total nitrogen contents in Eling Lake, Sea Star and Zhaling Lake were higher than Class I water quality standards as well...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725374/snowbeds-are-more-affected-than-other-subalpine-alpine-plant-communities-by-climate-change-in-the-swiss-alps
#5
Magalì Matteodo, Klaus Ammann, Eric Pascal Verrecchia, Pascal Vittoz
While the upward shift of plant species has been observed on many alpine and nival summits, the reaction of the subalpine and lower alpine plant communities to the current warming and lower snow precipitation has been little investigated so far. To this aim, 63 old, exhaustive plant inventories, distributed along a subalpine-alpine elevation gradient of the Swiss Alps and covering different plant community types (acidic and calcareous grasslands; windy ridges; snowbeds), were revisited after 25-50 years. Old and recent inventories were compared in terms of species diversity with Simpson diversity and Bray-Curtis dissimilarity indices, and in terms of community composition with principal component analysis...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725372/experimental-warming-increases-herbivory-by-leaf-chewing-insects-in-an-alpine-plant-community
#6
Tone Birkemoe, Saskia Bergmann, Toril E Hasle, Kari Klanderud
Climate warming is predicted to affect species and trophic interactions worldwide, and alpine ecosystems are expected to be especially sensitive to changes. In this study, we used two ongoing climate warming (open-top chambers) experiments at Finse, southern Norway, to examine whether warming had an effect on herbivory by leaf-chewing insects in an alpine Dryas heath community. We recorded feeding marks on the most common vascular plant species in warmed and control plots at two experimental sites at different elevations and carried out a brief inventory of insect herbivores...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723969/matrixlysis-an-improved-sample-preparation-method-for-recovery-of-mycobacteria-from-animal-tissue-material
#7
Christoph Leth, Ashok Varadharajan, Patrick Mester, Marlis Fischaleck, Peter Rossmanith, Friedrich Schmoll, Maria Fink
Mycobacterium caprae, a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex, is the main causative agent of bovine tuberculosis in alpine regions. Bacterial culture is the gold standard in bovine tuberculosis diagnostic but takes up to twelve weeks. This increases the time and costs for stocks affected with bovine tuberculosis. Hence this study focused on the implementation of a fast and precise mycobacterial detection method and compared it with currently used methods. Matrix lysis is a chemical lysis using high concentrations of urea to solubilize bovine and red deer tissue and was used to detect even smallest amounts or non-visible lesions of mycobacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723912/ginger-and-the-beetle-evidence-of-primitive-pollination-system-in-a-himalayan-endemic-alpine-ginger-roscoea-alpina-zingiberaceae
#8
Babu Ram Paudel, Mani Shrestha, Adrian G Dyer, Qing-Jun Li
The Himalayan endemic alpine genus Roscoea, like other members of ginger family, exhibits the combination of floral traits that would fit pollination by long distant foragers such as bees, birds or flies. We studied the pollination biology of Roscoea alpina, observed potential floral visitors and determined their foraging behaviour, visitation frequency and pollination efficiency, to seek evidence in support of the pollination syndrome hypothesis. We also measured the floral spectra of R. alpina flowers to evaluate if signals fit with the currently known framework for observed floral visitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717170/population-structure-of-an-orchid-mycorrhizal-fungus-with-genus-wide-specificity
#9
M P Ruibal, Y Triponez, L M Smith, R Peakall, C C Linde
Fundamental life history processes of mycorrhizal fungi with inconspicuous fruiting bodies can be difficult to elucidate. In this study we investigated the species identities and life history of the orchid mycorrhizal Tulasnella fungi, which associate with the south eastern Australia orchid genus Chiloglottis. Tulasnella prima was the primary partner and was found to be associated with all 17 Chiloglottis species across a range of >1000 km, and to occur in the two edaphic conditions investigated (soil and sphagnum hammocks)...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716741/inferring-the-shallow-phylogeny-of-true-salamanders-salamandra-by-multiple-phylogenomic-approaches
#10
Ariel Rodríguez, James D Burgon, Mariana Lyra, Iker Irisarri, Denis Baurain, Leon Blaustein, Bayram Göcmen, Sven Künzel, Barbara Mable, Arne W Nolte, Michael Veith, Sebastian Steinfartz, Kathryn R Elmer, Hervé Philippe, Miguel Vences
The rise of high-throughput sequencing techniques provides the unprecedented opportunity to analyse controversial phylogenetic relationships in great depth, but also introduce the risk of being misinterpreted by high node support values influenced by unevenly distributed missing data or unrealistic model assumptions. Here, we use three largely independent phylogenomic data sets to reconstruct the controversial phylogeny of true salamanders of the genus Salamandra. a group of amphibians providing an intriguing model to study the evolution of aposematism and viviparity...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716201/a-matched-case-control-study-comparing-udder-health-production-and-fertility-parameters-in-dairy-farms-before-and-after-the-eradication-of-bovine-virus-diarrhoea-in-switzerland
#11
A Tschopp, R Deiss, M Rotzer, S Wanda, B Thomann, G Schüpbach-Regula, M Meylan
An obligatory eradication programme for Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (BVD) was implemented in Switzerland in 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, all bovines were tested for antigen or antibodies against BVDV. By the year 2012, eradication was completed in the majority of farms. A decrease of the prevalence of persistently infected (PI) newborn calves was observed from 1.4% in 2008 to <0.02% in 2012. The objective of the present study was to assess the effects of BVD eradication on different parameters of animal health, production and fertility in Swiss dairy herds which had completed the eradication programme...
September 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713458/trunk-strength-characteristics-of-elite-alpine-skiers-a-comparison-with-physically-active-controls
#12
Carolin Hildebrandt, Lisa Müller, Christian Heisse, Christian Raschner
Core muscle imbalances and weak trunk strength are relevant for injury prevention and performance. Information regarding core strength requirements and ideal flexion/extension ratios in alpine skiing is limited. We aimed to compare trunk strength capacities in elite alpine skiers with those of a matched control group. The concentric maximal trunk flexion and extension of 109 elite skiers and 47 active controls were measured at 150°/s in a ballistic mode using the CON-TREX® TP 1000 test system. The relative flexion peak torque was higher in male ski racers (p = 0...
June 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713454/balance-basic-anthropometrics-and-performance-in-young-alpine-skiers-longitudinal-analysis-of-the-associations-during-two-competitive-seasons
#13
Blaz Lesnik, Damir Sekulic, Matej Supej, Michael R Esco, Milan Zvan
Balance is hypothesized to be important in alpine skiing, while it is known that balance depends on anthropometric indices. The aim of this investigation was to explore the association between balance, anthropometrics and skiing-results over two competitive seasons among youth alpine-skiers. Eighty-one skiers (40 females) participated in this study. The participants were tested twice over two competitive seasons: when they were 12-13 years old (U14) and when they were 14-15 years old (U16). The variables consisted of anthropometrics (body height and body mass) and three balance indexes (medio-lateral-, anterio-posterior- and overall-stability-index)...
June 2017: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712377/breed-of-cow-and-herd-productivity-affect-milk-nutrient-recovery-in-curd-and-cheese-yield-efficiency-and-daily-production
#14
G Stocco, C Cipolat-Gotet, V Gasparotto, A Cecchinato, G Bittante
Little is known about cheese-making efficiency at the individual cow level, so our objective was to study the effects of herd productivity, individual herd within productivity class and breed of cow within herd by producing, then analyzing, 508 model cheeses from the milk of 508 cows of six different breeds reared in 41 multi-breed herds classified into two productivity classes (high v. low). For each cow we obtained six milk composition traits; four milk nutrient (fat, protein, solids and energy) recovery traits (REC) in curd; three actual % cheese yield traits (%CY); two theoretical %CYs (fresh cheese and cheese solids) calculated from milk composition; two overall cheese-making efficiencies (% ratio of actual to theoretical %CYs); daily milk yield (dMY); and three actual daily cheese yield traits (dCY)...
July 17, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711847/vertical-patterns-and-controls-of-soil-nutrients-in-alpine-grassland-implications-for-nutrient-uptake
#15
Liming Tian, Lin Zhao, Xiaodong Wu, Hongbing Fang, Yonghua Zhao, Guangyang Yue, Guimin Liu, Hao Chen
Vertical patterns and determinants of soil nutrients are critical to understand nutrient cycling in high-altitude ecosystems; however, they remain poorly understood in the alpine grassland due to lack of systematic field observations. In this study, we examined vertical distributions of soil nutrients and their influencing factors within the upper 1m of soil, using data of 68 soil profiles surveyed in the alpine grassland of the eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Soil organic carbon (SOC) and total nitrogen (TN) stocks decreased with depth in both alpine meadow (AM) and alpine steppe (AS), but remain constant along the soil profile in alpine swamp meadow (ASM)...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707080/reproductive-outcomes-of-anestrous-goats-supplemented-with-spineless-opuntia-megacantha-salm-dyck-protein-enriched-cladodes-and-exposed-to-the-male-effect
#16
Cesar A Meza-Herrera, Omag Cano-Villegas, Arnoldo Flores-Hernandez, Francisco G Veliz-Deras, Guadalupe Calderon-Leyva, Juan M Guillen-Muñoz, Cristina García de la Peña, Cesar A Rosales-Nieto, Ulises Macias-Cruz, Leonel Avendaño-Reyes
The possible influence of the "male effect" upon reproductive outcomes of adult anestrous goats under marginal rangeland conditions and supplemented with protein-enriched Opuntia megacantha Salm-Dyck was evaluated. Reproductive variables included: estrus percentage (EST, %), estrus latency (ESL, hours), ovulation percentage (OP, %), ovulation rate (OR, units), average largest follicle at ovulation (LFO, mm), largest corpus luteum (LCL, mm), embryo number (EBN, units), and embryo implantation percentage (EIP, %)...
July 13, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706442/topography-modified-refraction-adjustment-of-treated-cylinder-amount-and-axis-to-the-topography-versus-standard-clinical-refraction-in-myopic-topography-guided-lasik
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702907/vascular-plants-as-ecological-indicators-of-metals-in-alpine-vegetation-karkonosze-sw-poland
#18
Bronisław Wojtuń, Aleksandra Samecka-Cymerman, Ludwik Żołnierz, Adam Rajsz, Alexander J Kempers
Calluna vulgaris, Carex rigida, Deschampsia flexuosa, Nardus stricta and Vaccinium myrtillus are abundant in the vegetation of mountainous areas in Northern and Central Europe. Knowledge of their ability to accumulate increased amounts of metals could be useful in the evaluation of environmental pollution in the alpine tundra of high mountains. Additionally, this investigation may contribute to understanding the rate and direction of recent vegetation change in Karkonosze and similar types of environments. Our investigation revealed that Carex rigida, C...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701808/assembly-patterns-of-soil-dwelling-lichens-after-glacier-retreat-in-the-european-alps
#19
Juri Nascimbene, Helmut Mayrhofer, Matteo Dainese, Peter Othmar Bilovitz
AIM: To assess the spatial-temporal dynamics of primary succession following deglaciation in soil-dwelling lichen communities. LOCATION: European Alps (Austria, Switzerland and Italy). METHODS: Five glacier forelands subjected to relevant glacier retreat during the last century were investigated. In each glacier foreland, three successional stages were selected at increasing distance from the glacier, corresponding to a gradient of time since deglaciation between 25 and 160 years...
June 2017: Journal of Biogeography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696392/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-reveals-adaptive-evolution-of-notopterygium-incisum-and-notopterygium-franchetii-two-high-alpine-herbal-species-endemic-to-china
#20
Yun Jia, Mi-Li Liu, Ming Yue, Zhe Zhao, Gui-Fang Zhao, Zhong-Hu Li
The extreme conditions (e.g., cold, low oxygen, and strong ultraviolet radiation) of the high mountains provide an ideal natural laboratory for studies on speciation and the adaptive evolution of organisms. Up to now, few genome/transcriptome-based studies have been carried out on how plants adapt to conditions at extremely high altitudes. Notopterygium incisum and Notopterygium franchetii (Notopterygium, Apiaceae) are two endangered high-alpine herbal plants endemic to China. To explore the molecular genetic mechanisms of adaptation to high altitudes, we performed high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to characterize the transcriptomes of the two species...
July 11, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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