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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342101/a-novel-methodology-for-improving-plant-pest-surveillance-in-vineyards-and-crops-using-uav-based-hyperspectral-and-spatial-data
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Fernando Vanegas, Dmitry Bratanov, Kevin Powell, John Weiss, Felipe Gonzalez
Recent advances in remote sensed imagery and geospatial image processing using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have enabled the rapid and ongoing development of monitoring tools for crop management and the detection/surveillance of insect pests. This paper describes a (UAV) remote sensing-based methodology to increase the efficiency of existing surveillance practices (human inspectors and insect traps) for detecting pest infestations (e.g., grape phylloxera in vineyards). The methodology uses a UAV integrated with advanced digital hyperspectral, multispectral, and RGB sensors...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341135/phenolic-fractions-from-nine-trifolium-species-modulate-the-coagulant-properties-of-blood-plasma-in-vitro-without-cytotoxicity-towards-blood-cells
#2
Joanna Kolodziejczyk-Czepas, Malgorzata Sieradzka, Barbara Moniuszko-Szajwaj, Pawel Nowak, Wiesław Oleszek, Anna Stochmal
OBJECTIVE: The study covers an evaluation of the influence of extracts (1-50 μg/ml), isolated from aerial parts of nine Trifolium L. species (i.e. T. alexandrinum, T. fragiferum, T. hybridum, T. incarnatum, T. pallidum, T. pratense, T. resupinatum var. majus, T. resupinatum var. resupinatum and T. scabrum) on haemostatic properties of blood plasma. METHODS: The clot formation and fibrinolysis assay (CFF), blood clotting times, the extrinsic and intrinsic coagulation pathway-dependent polymerization of plasma fibrin were measured...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341030/new-tirucallane-type-triterpenoids-from-guarea-guidonia
#3
Vanessa Hernandez, Marinella De Leo, Roberta Cotugno, Alessandra Braca, Nunziatina De Tommasi, Lorella Severino
The aerial parts of Guarea guidonia afforded three new tirucallane-type triterpenoids: 3,4-seco-tirucalla-4(28),8(9),24(25)-trien-7α,11α-dihydroxy-21,23-epoxy-3,11-olide, named guareolide (1: ), 3,4-seco-tirucalla-4(28),7(8),24(25)-trien-21-hydroxy-21,23-epoxy-3-oic acid, named guareoic acid A (2: ), and 3,4-seco-tirucalla-4(28),7(8),24(25)-trien-21,23-epoxy-3-oic acid, named guareoic acid B (3: ), of which 1: possessed an unusual seven-membered lactone ring. Seven known terpenes were also isolated and characterized as flindissone, 7-acetyldihydronomilin, picroquassin E, boscartol C, and cneorubins A, B, and X...
January 16, 2018: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338226/prenylated-2-phenoxychromones-and-flavonoids-from-epimedium-brevicornum-and-revised-structures-of-epimedonins-a-and-b
#4
Fu-Cai Ren, Xian-Jun Jiang, Shi-Zhen Wen, Li-Xia Wang, Xiang-Mei Li, Fei Wang
Six hitherto unknown prenylated 2-phenoxychromones, epimedonin G (1), 7-O-methylepimedonin G (2), and epimedonins H-K (3-6), and two new prenylflavonoids, epimedonin L (7) and 3″-O-desmethylspinorhamnoside (8), were isolated from an ethanol extract of the aerial parts of Epimedium brevicornum. Their structures were established on the basis of spectroscopic data interpretation. Compound 7 exhibited cytotoxic activity when evaluated against four human cancer cell lines (HL-60, A-549, MCF-7, and SW-480), with IC50 values of <10 μM...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338085/the-century-experiment-the-first-twenty-years-of-uc-davis-mediterranean-agroecological-experiment
#5
Kristina M Wolf, Emma E Torbert, Dennis Bryant, Martin Burger, R Ford Denison, Israel Herrera, Jan Hopmans, Will Horwath, Stephen Kaffka, Angela Y Y Kong, R F Norris, Johan Six, Thomas P Tomich, Kate M Scow
The Century Experiment at the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility at the University of California, Davis provides long-term agroecological data from row crop systems in California's Central Valley starting in 1993. The Century Experiment was initially designed to study the effects of a gradient of water and nitrogen availability on soil properties and crop performance in ten different cropping systems to measure tradeoffs and synergies between agricultural productivity and sustainability. Currently systems include 11 different cropping systems-consisting of four different crops and a cover crop mixture-and one native grass system...
January 16, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337669/gastroprotective-effects-of-the-isopropanol-extract-of-artemisia-princeps-and-its-gastroretentive-floating-tablets-on-gastric-mucosal-injury
#6
Joo-Il Kim, Sang-Wook Park, Jhong-Jae Lim, Se-Il Sohn, Ji-Su Shin, Sang Cheol Park, Young Pyo Jang, Eun Kyoung Chung, Hong-Woo Lee, Kyung-Tae Lee
In this study, we investigated the gastroprotective effect of an isopropanol extract from the aerial parts of Artemisia princeps (IPAP) and developed a gastroretentive floating tablet of IPAP (IPAP-FR) for maximized local gastroprotective effects. Pre-treatment with IPAP ameliorated the gastric mucosal hemorrhagic lesions in ethanol/HCl- or indomethacin- treated rats. IPAP decreased mucosal hemorrhage of gastric ulcers induced by ethanol or indomethacin plus pyloric ligation in rats. The optimized floating tablet, IPAP-FR, floated on medium surface with more sustained eupatilin release compared to the non-floating control tablet...
December 20, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334383/a-simple-method-for-determining-the-ligand-affinity-toward-a-zinc-enzyme-model-by-using-a-tamra-tamra-interaction
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Hiroshi Kusamoto, Akio Shiba, Masaya Tsunehiro, Haruto Fujioka, Emiko Kinoshita-Kikuta, Eiji Kinoshita, Tohru Koike
Thiolate coordination to zinc(ii) ions occurs widely in such functional biomolecules as zinc enzymes or zinc finger proteins. Here, we introduce a simple method for determining the affinity of ligands toward the zinc-enzyme active-center model tetramethylrhodamine (TAMRA)-labeled 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (cyclen)-zinc(ii) complex (TAMRA-ZnL). The 1 : 1 complexation of TAMRA-labeled cysteine (TAMRA-Cys) with TAMRA-ZnL (each at 2.5 μM), in which the TAMRA moieties approach one another closely, induces remarkable changes in the visible absorption and fluorescence spectra at pH 7...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333039/pharmacognostic-assesment-of-the-endemic-and-vulnerable-medicinal-climber-cayratia-pedata-lam-gagnep-var-glabra-gamble-and-its-antibacterial-activity
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S Sharmila, K Kalaichelvi, S M Dhivya, P Premamalini, P Abirami, G Jayanthi
Objective: The objective of this study is to evaluate a meticulous pharmacognostic cram is to supplement constructive information with regard to its identification, characterization, and standardization of endemic and endangered medicinal climber Cayratia pedata var. glabra and also screening the antibacterial activity of this climber. Materials and Methods: The morphological characters of study plant, microscopic examination of leaf powder, anatomy of young stem, physicochemical analysis of plant powder, extractive values, phytochemical analysis, powder with different chemical reagents, fluorescence analysis of plant powder, and other World Health Organization (WHO) recommended for standardization were analyzed...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333034/antinociceptive-and-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-triterpenes-from-pluchea-quitoc-dc-aerial-parts
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Francisco Alcione Nobre da Silva, Sônia Maria de Farias Freire, Marilene Oliveira da Rocha Borges, Francisco Erivaldo Vidal Barros, Maria da de Sousa, Maria Nilce de Sousa Ribeiro, Giselle Maria Skelding Pinheiro Guilhon, Adolfo Henrique Müller, Antonio Carlos Romão Borges
Background: Pluchea quitoc DC. (Asteraceae), a medicinal plant known as "quitoco," "caculucage," "tabacarana" and "madre-cravo," is indicated for inflammatory conditions such as bronchitis, arthritis, and inflammation in the uterus and digestive system. Objective: This study evaluated the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of the triterpenes compounds obtained from P. quitoc aerial parts. Materials and Methods: The triterpenes compounds β-amyrin, taraxasterol and pseudo-taraxasterol in a mixture (T); β-amyrin, taraxasterol and pseudo-taraxasterol acetates in a mixture (Ta); β-amyrin, taraxasterol, pseudo-taraxasterol acetates in a mixture with β-amyrin, taraxasterol and pseudo-taraxasterol myristates (Tafe) were analyzed in the models of nociception and inflammation...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331769/source-identification-of-uranium-containing-materials-at-mine-legacy-sites-in-portugal
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A C Keatley, P G Martin, K R Hallam, O D Payton, R Awbery, F Carvalho, J M Oliveira, L Silva, M Malta, T B Scott
Whilst prior nuclear forensic studies have focused on identifying signatures to distinguish between different uranium deposit types, this paper focuses on providing a scientific basis for source identification of materials from different uranium mine sites within a single region, which can then be potentially used within nuclear forensics. A number of different tools, including gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, mineralogy and major and minor elemental analysis, have been utilised to determine the provenance of uranium mineral samples collected at eight mine sites, located within three different uranium provinces, in Portugal...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331369/equisetum-telmateia-extracts-chemical-compositions-antioxidant-activity-and-antimicrobial-effect-on-the-growth-of-some-pathogenic-strain-causing-poisoning-and-infection
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Marzie Yeganegi, Farideh Tabatabaei Yazdi, Seyed Ali Mortazavi, Javad Asili, Behrooz Alizadeh Behbahani, Adel Beig Babaei
The aerial parts of Equisetum telmateia have been used as a source of biologically active compounds to treat inflammatory, diarrhea, stomach-ache, eczema and mouth infections in traditional medicine. The aim of this work is to evaluate the extraction yield, chemical compositions, antioxidant activity and antimicrobial activity of E. telmateia extracts on Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi and Candida albicans. Chemical compositions E. telmateia was analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) using a C18 column...
January 10, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330936/give-me-a-sample-of-air-and-i-will-tell-which-species-are-found-from-your-region-molecular-identification-of-fungi-from-airborne-spore-samples
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Nerea Abrego, Veera Norros, Panu Halme, Panu Somervuo, Heini Ali-Kovero, Otso Ovaskainen
Fungi are a megadiverse group of organisms, they play major roles in ecosystem functioning, and are important for human health, food production, and nature conservation. Our knowledge on fungal diversity and fungal ecology is however still very limited, in part because surveying and identifying fungi is time demanding and requires expert knowledge. We present a method that allows anyone to generate a list of fungal species likely to occur in a region of interest, with minimal effort and without requiring taxonomical expertise...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330822/biochemical-changes-in-mussels-submitted-to-different-time-periods-of-air-exposure
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Madalena Andrade, Amadeu Soares, Etelvina Figueira, Rosa Freitas
Intertidal species face multiple stressors on a daily basis due to their particular habitat. The submergence at high tide in the aquatic environment and emergence at low tide to the aerial environment, associated with a wide variation of abiotic parameters, along with anthropogenic contamination are some of the daily stresses that these organisms are exposed to. With such a dynamic environment, organisms developed strategies that allow them to avoid or tolerate these stressors. Among these species, bivalves are some of the most hypoxia tolerant, being commonly used as a biomonitoring tool due to their capacity to accumulate pollutants from the environment and reflect the imposed toxic impacts...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329657/the-development-and-trial-of-an-unmanned-aerial-system-for-the-measurement-of-methane-flux-from-landfill-and-greenhouse-gas-emission-hotspots
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Grant Allen, Peter Hollingsworth, Khristopher Kabbabe, Joseph R Pitt, Mohammed I Mead, Samuel Illingworth, Gareth Roberts, Mark Bourn, Dudley E Shallcross, Carl J Percival
This paper describes the development of a new sampling and measurement method to infer methane flux using proxy measurements of CO2 concentration and wind data recorded by Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The flux method described and trialed here is appropriate to the spatial scale of landfill sites and analogous greenhouse gas emission hotspots, making it an important new method for low-cost and rapid case study quantification of fluxes from currently uncertain (but highly important) greenhouse gas sources...
January 9, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329651/lignans-and-diterpenes-isolated-from-tirpitzia-ovoidea-and-their-biological-activities
#15
Xue-Yan Yang, Yi-Fan Zhang, Li-Jia Liu, Yi Wang, Ming-Ying Shang, Feng Xu, Guang-Xue Liu, Shao-Qing Cai
A new lignan, tirpitzin A (17) together with 20 known compounds (1-16, and 18-21) were isolated from the ethyl acetate soluble fraction of ethanol extract of the aerial parts of Tirpitzia ovoidea. The structure of new compound was elucidated by means of spectroscopic analysis. Of the known compounds, 7-21 were isolated from Linaceae family for the first time. The pharmacological activity of the crude extracts was tested using a mouse inflammation model induced by dimethyl benzene. The results demonstrated that the ethyl acetate soluble fraction had anti-inflammatory activity...
December 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329458/three-fatty-acyl-coenzyme-a-reductases-bdfar1-bdfar2-and-bdfar3-are-involved-in-primary-alcohols-biosynthesis-of-cuticular-wax-in-brachypodium-distachyon
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Yong Wang, Yulin Sun, Qiuye You, Wenqiao Luo, Cong Wang, Shuai Zhao, Guaiqiang Chai, Tingting Li, Xue Shi, Chunlian Li, Reinhard Jetter, Zhonghua Wang
Plant cuticular wax is a heterogeneous mixture of very-long-chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) and their derivatives. Primary alcohols are the dominant wax components throughout leaf development of Brachypodium distachyon (Brachypodium). However, the genes involved in primary alcohols biosynthesis have not been investigated and their exact biological function remains currently unclear in Brachypodium to date. Here, we monitored the leaf wax profile and crystal morphology during Brachypodium leaf morphogenesis, and isolated three Brachypodium fatty acyl-CoA reductase (FAR) genes, named BdFAR1, BdFAR2 and BdFAR3, then analyzed their biochemical activities, substrate specificities, expression patterns, subcellular localization, and stress induction...
January 9, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328088/determination-of-the-optimum-double-pass-image-through-focus-operators
#17
Anibal G de Paul, Roberto F Sanchez, Luis A Issolio
A set of autofocus operators (AFO) are assessed for their ability to determine the optimal double-pass image as well as their potential to detect the focus lines and the disc of least confusion in astigmatic eyes. Eight AFO and three optical quality parameters (OQP) often used to analyze double-pass aerial images were considered. To quantify the discriminative power of each AFO and OQP, a maximum discrimination (MD) parameter was proposed. Double-pass images were obtained from an artificial eye with an induced astigmatism (Cylinder: -1  D, -0...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, Image Science, and Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324278/oleanane-type-triterpenoid-saponins-from-lysimachia-fortunei-maxim
#18
Shu-Lin Zhang, Zi-Ni Yang, Cui He, Hai-Bing Liao, Heng-Shan Wang, Zhen-Feng Chen, Dong Liang
Six previously undescribed oleanane-type triterpenoid saponins, fortunosides A-F, together with six known ones, were isolated from the aerial parts of Lysimachia fortunei Maxim. Their structures were established by spectroscopic data analyses (1D, 2D-NMR and HRESIMS) and chemical methods. All isolated triterpenoid saponins were evaluated for their cytotoxicity against four human liver cancer cell lines (SMMC-7721, Hep3B, HuH7, and SK-Hep-1). Three saponins with the aglycone protoprimulagenin A exhibited moderate cytotoxicity against all of the tested human cancer cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from 4...
January 8, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323438/understanding-the-unexpected-product-distribution-in-the-aerial-oxidation-of-carbene-stabilized-diphosphorus-complex
#19
Boyli Ghosh, Ambar Banerjee, Ankan Paul
Oxidation of non-metallic singlet molecules by oxygen has its own share of intricacies. Herein using DFT and ab inito techniques we shed light on the mechanistic details of the aerial oxidation of NHC stabilized diphosphorus complex. This particular oxidation process is known to produce an unexpected P-P bond containing diphosphorus tetroxide complex instead of the more thermodynamically stable oxobridged (P-O-P) compound. Our findings suggest that, the P-P bond containing less stabilized species is a kinetically controlled product (KCP) and obtained due to the presence of lower lying transition states (TSs) in the pathway leading to its formation, as compared to the higher lying corresponding Minimum Energy Crossing Points (MECPs) present in the pathway involved in the formation of the oxobridged species, the thermodynamically controlled product (TCP)...
January 11, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322058/gas-chromatography-gc-mass-analysis-and-bioactivity-of-essential-oil-from-aerial-parts-of-ferulago-trifida-antimicrobial-antioxidant-ache-inhibitory-general-toxicity-mtt-assay-and-larvicidal-activities
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Saeed Tavakoli, Hassan Vatandoost, Reza Zeidabadinezhad, Reza Hajiaghaee, Abbas Hadjiakhoondi, Mohammad Reza Abai, Narguess Yassa
Background: We aimed to investigate different biological properties of aerial parts essential oil of Ferulago trifida Boiss and larvicidal activity of its volatile oils from all parts of plant. Methods: Essential oil was prepared by steam distillation and analyzed by Gas chromatography and GC/Mass. Antioxidant, antimicrobial, cytotoxic effects and AChE inhibitory of the oil were investigated using DPPH, disk diffusion method, MTT assay and Ellman methods. Larvicidal activity of F...
September 2017: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
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