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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237845/fuzzy-logic-applied-to-prospecting-for-areas-for-installation-of-wood-panel-industries
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Alexandre Rosa Dos Santos, Ewerthon Mattos Paterlini, Nilton Cesar Fiedler, Carlos Antonio Alvares Soares Ribeiro, Alexandre Simões Lorenzon, Getulio Fonseca Domingues, Gustavo Eduardo Marcatti, Nero Lemos Martins de Castro, Thaisa Ribeiro Teixeira, Gleissy Mary Amaral Dino Alves Dos Santos, Ronie Silva Juvanhol, Elvis Ricardo Figueira Branco, Pedro Henrique Santos Mota, Lilianne Gomes da Silva, Daiani Bernardo Pirovani, Waldir Cintra de Jesus, Ana Carolina de Albuquerque Santos, Helio Garcia Leite, Setsuo Iwakiri
Prospecting for suitable areas for forestry operations, where the objective is a reduction in production and transportation costs, as well as the maximization of profits and available resources, constitutes an optimization problem. However, fuzzy logic is an alternative method for solving this problem. In the context of prospecting for suitable areas for the installation of wood panel industries, we propose applying fuzzy logic analysis for simulating the planting of different species and eucalyptus hybrids in Espírito Santo State, Brazil...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229479/sampling-strategies-for-evaluating-the-rate-of-adventitious-transgene-presence-in-non-genetically-modified-crop-fields
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David Makowski, Rémi Bancal, Arnaud Bensadoun, Hervé Monod, Antoine Messéan
According to E.U. regulations, the maximum allowable rate of adventitious transgene presence in non-genetically modified (GM) crops is 0.9%. We compared four sampling methods for the detection of transgenic material in agricultural non-GM maize fields: random sampling, stratified sampling, random sampling + ratio reweighting, random sampling + regression reweighting. Random sampling involves simply sampling maize grains from different locations selected at random from the field concerned. The stratified and reweighting sampling methods make use of an auxiliary variable corresponding to the output of a gene-flow model (a zero-inflated Poisson model) simulating cross-pollination as a function of wind speed, wind direction, and distance to the closest GM maize field...
February 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220874/modeling-contribution-of-shallow-groundwater-to-evapotranspiration-and-yield-of-maize-in-an-arid-area
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Xiaoyu Gao, Zailin Huo, Zhongyi Qu, Xu Xu, Guanhua Huang, Tammo S Steenhuis
Capillary rise from shallow groundwater can decrease the need for irrigation water. However, simple techniques do not exist to quantify the contribution of capillary flux to crop water use. In this study we develop the Agricultural Water Productivity Model for Shallow Groundwater (AWPM-SG) for calculating capillary fluxes from shallow groundwater using readily available data. The model combines an analytical solution of upward flux from groundwater with the EPIC crop growth model. AWPM-SG was calibrated and validated with 2-year lysimetric experiment with maize...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218463/closed-reference-metatranscriptomics-enables-in-planta-profiling-of-putative-virulence-activities-in-the-grapevine-trunk-disease-complex
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Abraham Morales-Cruz, Gabrielle Allenbeck, Rosa Figueroa-Balderas, Vanessa E Ashworth, Daniel P Lawrence, Renaud Travadon, Rhonda J Smith, Kendra Baumgartner, Philippe E Rolshausen, Dario Cantu
Grapevines, like other perennial crops, are affected by so-called 'trunk diseases', which damage the trunk and other woody tissues. Mature grapevines typically contract more than one trunk disease and often multiple grapevine trunk pathogens (GTPs) are recovered from infected tissues. The co-existence of different GTP species in complex and dynamic microbial communities complicates the study of the molecular mechanisms underlying disease development especially under vineyard conditions. The objective of this study was to develop and optimize a community-level transcriptomics (i...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215806/introducing-the-2-drops-model-for-two-dimensional-simulation-of-crop-roots-and-pesticide-within-the-soil-root-zone
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Annika Agatz, Colin D Brown
Mathematical models of pesticide fate and behaviour in soils have been developed over the last 30years. Most models simulate fate of pesticides in a 1-dimensional system successfully, supporting a range of applications where the prediction target is either bulk residues in soil or receiving compartments outside of the soil zone. Nevertheless, it has been argued that the 1-dimensional approach is limiting the application of knowledge on pesticide fate under specific pesticide placement strategies, such as seed, furrow and band applications to control pests and weeds...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199875/examining-the-impacts-of-increased-corn-production-on-groundwater-quality-using-a-coupled-modeling-system
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Valerie Garcia, Ellen Cooter, James Crooks, Brian Hinckley, Mark Murphy, Xiangnan Xing
This study demonstrates the value of a coupled chemical transport modeling system for investigating groundwater nitrate contamination responses associated with nitrogen (N) fertilizer application and increased corn production. The coupled Community Multiscale Air Quality Bidirectional and Environmental Policy Integrated Climate modeling system incorporates agricultural management practices and N exchange processes between the soil and atmosphere to estimate levels of N that may volatilize into the atmosphere, re-deposit, and seep or flow into surface and groundwater...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199783/next-generation-transgenic-cotton-pyramiding-rnai-and-bt-counters-insect-resistance
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Mi Ni, Wei Ma, Xiaofang Wang, Meijing Gao, Yan Dai, Xiaoli Wei, Lei Zhang, Yonggang Peng, Shuyuan Chen, Lingyun Ding, Yue Tian, Jie Li, Haiping Wang, Xiaolin Wang, Guowang Xu, Wangzhen Guo, Yihua Yang, Yidong Wu, Shannon Heuberger, Bruce E Tabashnik, Tianzhen Zhang, Zhen Zhu
Transgenic crops producing insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are extensively cultivated worldwide. To counter rapidly increasing pest resistance to crops that produce single Bt toxins, transgenic plant "pyramids" producing two or more Bt toxins that kill the same pest have been widely adopted. However, cross-resistance and antagonism between Bt toxins limits the sustainability of this approach. Here we describe development and testing of the first pyramids of cotton combining protection from a Bt toxin and RNA interference (RNAi)...
February 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190903/potential-negative-consequences-of-geoengineering-on-crop-production-a-study-of-indian-groundnut
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Huiyi Yang, Steven Dobbie, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Kuishuang Feng, Andrew J Challinor, Bing Chen, Yao Gao, Lindsay Lee, Yan Yin, Laixiang Sun, James Watson, Ann-Kristin Koehler, Tingting Fan, Sat Ghosh
Geoengineering has been proposed to stabilize global temperature, but its impacts on crop production and stability are not fully understood. A few case studies suggest that certain crops are likely to benefit from solar dimming geoengineering, yet we show that geoengineering is projected to have detrimental effects for groundnut. Using an ensemble of crop-climate model simulations, we illustrate that groundnut yields in India undergo a statistically significant decrease of up to 20% as a result of solar dimming geoengineering relative to RCP4...
November 28, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182757/horticultural-systems-engineering-and-economic-evaluations-of-short-term-plant-storage-techniques-as-a-labor-management-tool-for-vegetable-grafting-nurseries
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Chieri Kubota, Chao Meng, Young-Jun Son, Myles Lewis, Hans Spalholz, Russell Tronstad
This transdisciplinary study has a three-fold systems approach in evaluating a horticultural technology: 1) horticultural evaluations, 2) economic and resource analyses, and 3) systems engineering analyses, using low temperature storage as an example technology. Vegetable grafting is a technique to produce value-added seedlings but requires labor intensive nursery operations. Low temperature storage of seedlings for a short period of time can reduce peak production, but has not been evaluated at the extent demonstrated in this paper...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169033/combining-habitat-requirements-of-endemic-bird-species-and-other-ecosystem-services-may-synergistically-enhance-conservation-efforts
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Mattia Brambilla, Luca Ilahiane, Giacomo Assandri, Silvia Ronchi, Giuseppe Bogliani
Biodiversity conservation and the optimisation of other ecosystem service delivery as a contribution to human well-being are often tackled as mutually alternative targets. Modern agriculture is a great challenge for the fulfilment of both. Here, we explore the potential benefits of integrating biodiversity conservation and the preservation of wider ecosystem services, considering the conservation of an endemic species (Moltoni's warbler Sylvia subalpina; Aves: Sylvidae) and soil erosion control (a final ecosystem service) in intensive vineyards in Italy...
February 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161271/soil-thresholds-and-a-decision-tool-to-manage-food-safety-of-crops-grown-in-chlordecone-polluted-soil-in-the-french-west-indies
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Florence Clostre, Philippe Letourmy, Magalie Lesueur-Jannoyer
Due to the persistent pollution of soils by an organochlorine, chlordecone (CLD also known as Kepone (©)) in the French West Indies, some crops may be contaminated beyond the European regulatory threshold, the maximum residue limit (MRL). Farmers need to be able to foresee the risk of not complying with the regulatory threshold in each field and for each crop, if not, farmers whose fields are contaminated would have to stop cultivating certain crops in the fields concerned. To help farmers make the right choices, we studied the relationship between contamination of the soil and contamination of crops...
April 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160645/climate-change-and-the-economics-of-biomass-energy-feedstocks-in-semi-arid-agricultural-landscapes-a-spatially-explicit-real-options-analysis
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Courtney M Regan, Jeffery D Connor, Ramesh Raja Segaran, Wayne S Meyer, Brett A Bryan, Bertram Ostendorf
The economics of establishing perennial species as renewable energy feedstocks has been widely investigated as a climate change adapted diversification option for landholders, primarily using net present value (NPV) analysis. NPV does not account for key uncertainties likely to influence relevant landholder decision making. While real options analysis (ROA) is an alternative method that accounts for the uncertainty over future conditions and the large upfront irreversible investment involved in establishing perennials, there have been limited applications of ROA to evaluating land use change decision economics and even fewer applications considering climate change risks...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155860/designing-a-new-cropping-system-for-high-productivity-and-sustainable-water-usage-under-climate-change
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Qingfeng Meng, Hongfei Wang, Peng Yan, Junxiao Pan, Dianjun Lu, Zhenling Cui, Fusuo Zhang, Xinping Chen
The food supply is being increasingly challenged by climate change and water scarcity. However, incremental changes in traditional cropping systems have achieved only limited success in meeting these multiple challenges. In this study, we applied a systematic approach, using model simulation and data from two groups of field studies conducted in the North China Plain, to develop a new cropping system that improves yield and uses water in a sustainable manner. Due to significant warming, we identified a double-maize (M-M; Zea mays L...
February 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153401/the-influence-of-straw-returning-on-n2o-emissions-from-a-maize-wheat-field-in-the-north-china-plain
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Yizhen Zhou, Yuanyuan Zhang, Di Tian, Yujing Mu
Crop straw returning has become a prevailing cultivation practice in the vast area of the North China Plain (NCP), while few investigations about its influence on nitrous oxide (N2O) emission have been conducted. In this study, N2O emissions from an agricultural field in the NCP with and without straw returning were comparably investigated by using static chambers in two consecutive maize-wheat growing seasons from June 2010 to June 2012. Compared with the NP treatment (compound nitrogen fertilizer only), the cumulative N2O emission from the SP treatment (compound nitrogen fertilizer plus straw) increased about 150% during the maize season in 2010, but decreased by about 35% during the maize season in 2011...
January 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145106/non-linear-response-of-nitric-oxide-fluxes-to-fertilizer-inputs-and-the-impacts-of-agricultural-intensification-on-tropospheric-ozone-pollution-in-kenya
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Jonathan E Hickman, Yaoxian Huang, Shiliang Wu, Willy Diru, Peter M Groffman, Katherine L Tully, Cheryl A Palm
Crop yields in sub-Saharan Africa remain stagnant at 1 ton ha(-1) , and 260 million people lack access to adequate food resources. Order-of-magnitude increases in fertilizer use are seen as a critical step in attaining food security. This increase represents an unprecedented input of nitrogen (N) to African ecosystems and will likely be accompanied by increased soil emissions of nitric oxide (NO). NO is a precursor to tropospheric ozone, an air pollutant and greenhouse gas. Emissions of NO from soils occur primarily during denitrification and nitrification, and N input rates are a key determinant of emission rates...
February 1, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134461/responses-to-atmospheric-co2-concentrations-in-crop-simulation-models-a-review-of-current-simple-and-semicomplex-representations-and-options-for-model-development
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Eline Vanuytrecht, Peter J Thorburn
Elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations ([CO2 ]) cause direct changes in crop physiological processes (e.g. photosynthesis and stomatal conductance). To represent these CO2 responses, commonly used crop simulation models have been amended, using simple and semicomplex representations of the processes involved. Yet, there is no standard approach to and often poor documentation of these developments. This study used a bottom-up approach (starting with the APSIM framework as case study) to evaluate modelled responses in a consortium of commonly used crop models and illuminate whether variation in responses reflects true uncertainty in our understanding compared to arbitrary choices of model developers...
January 30, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131012/uniqueness-of-the-anterior-dentition-three-dimensionally-assessed-for-forensic-bitemark-analysis
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A Franco, G Willems, Phc Souza, W Coucke, P Thevissen
The uniqueness of the human dentition (UHD) is an important concept in the comparative process in bitemark analysis. During this analysis, the incisal edges of the suspects' teeth are matched with the bitemarks collected from the victim's body or crime scenes. Despite playing an essential part to exclude suspects, the UHD contained in the involved incisal tooth edges remains an assumption on bitemark level. The present study was aimed, first, to investigate three-dimensionally (3D) the UHD within different quantities of dental material from the incisal edges; second, to test these outcomes in a bidimensional (2D) simulation...
February 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122824/the-predicted-cross-value-for-genetic-introgression-of-multiple-alleles
#18
Ye Han, John N Cameron, Lizhi Wang, William D Beavis
We consider the plant genetic improvement challenge of introgressing multiple alleles from a homozygous donor to a recipient. First, we frame the project as an algorithmic process that can be mathematically formulated. We then introduce a novel metric for selecting breeding parents that we refer to as the Predicted Cross Value (PCV). Unlike estimated breeding values, which represent predictions of general combining ability, the PCV predicts specific combining ability. The PCV takes estimates of recombination frequencies as an input vector and calculates the probability that a pair of parents will produce a gamete with desirable alleles at all specified loci...
January 25, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102202/consistent-negative-response-of-us-crops-to-high-temperatures-in-observations-and-crop-models
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Bernhard Schauberger, Sotirios Archontoulis, Almut Arneth, Juraj Balkovic, Philippe Ciais, Delphine Deryng, Joshua Elliott, Christian Folberth, Nikolay Khabarov, Christoph Müller, Thomas A M Pugh, Susanne Rolinski, Sibyll Schaphoff, Erwin Schmid, Xuhui Wang, Wolfram Schlenker, Katja Frieler
High temperatures are detrimental to crop yields and could lead to global warming-driven reductions in agricultural productivity. To assess future threats, the majority of studies used process-based crop models, but their ability to represent effects of high temperature has been questioned. Here we show that an ensemble of nine crop models reproduces the observed average temperature responses of US maize, soybean and wheat yields. Each day >30 °C diminishes maize and soybean yields by up to 6% under rainfed conditions...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091574/an-inert-pesticide-adjuvant-synergizes-viral-pathogenicity-and-mortality-in-honey-bee-larvae
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Julia D Fine, Diana L Cox-Foster, Christopher A Mullin
Honey bees are highly valued for their pollination services in agricultural settings, and recent declines in managed populations have caused concern. Colony losses following a major pollination event in the United States, almond pollination, have been characterized by brood mortality with specific symptoms, followed by eventual colony loss weeks later. In this study, we demonstrate that these symptoms can be produced by chronically exposing brood to both an organosilicone surfactant adjuvant (OSS) commonly used on many agricultural crops including wine grapes, tree nuts and tree fruits and exogenous viral pathogens by simulating a horizontal transmission event...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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