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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220129/no-silver-bullet-canonical-poly-adp-ribose-polymerases-parps-are-no-universal-factors-of-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-resistance-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Dagmar Rissel, Peter P Heym, Kathrin Thor, Wolfgang Brandt, Ludger A Wessjohann, Edgar Peiter
Abiotic and biotic stress can have a detrimental impact on plant growth and productivity. Hence, there is a substantial demand for key factors of stress responses to improve yield stability of crops. Members of the poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) protein family, which post-translationally modify (PARylate) nuclear proteins, have been suggested as such universal determinants of plant stress responses. A role under abiotic stress has been inferred from studies in which a genetic or, more commonly, pharmacological inhibition of PARP activity improved the performance of stressed plants...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218975/stacking-transgenic-event-das-%C3%A3-15%C3%A3-7-1-alters-maize-composition-less-than-traditional-breeding
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Rod A Herman, Brandon J Fast, Peter N Scherer, Alyssa M Brune, Denise T de Cerqueira, Barry W Schafer, Ricardo D Ekmay, George G Harrigan, Greg A Bradfisch
The impact of crossing ("stacking") genetically modified (GM) events on maize-grain biochemical composition was compared with the impact of generating non-GM hybrids. The compositional similarity of seven GM stacks containing event DAS-Ø15Ø7-1 and their matched non-GM near-isogenic hybrids (iso-hybrids) was compared with the compositional similarity of concurrently grown non-GM hybrids and these same iso-hybrids. Scatter plots were used to visualize comparisons among hybrids and a coefficient of identity (percent of variation explained by line of identity) was calculated to quantify the relationships within analyte profiles...
February 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214123/a-tool-for-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-field-scale-sediment-bound-phosphorus-mitigation-measures-and-application-to-analysis-of-spatial-and-temporal-targeting-in-the-lunan-water-catchment-scotland
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Andy Vinten, James Sample, Adekunle Ibiyemi, Yakubu Abdul-Salam, Marc Stutter
The cost-effectiveness of six edge-of-field measures for mitigating diffuse pollution from sediment bound phosphorus (P) runoff from temperate arable farmland is analysed at catchment/field scales. These measures were: buffer strips, permanent grassland in the lowest 7% of arable fields, dry detention bunds, wetlands, and temporary barriers such as sediment fences. Baseline field P export was estimated using export coefficients (low risk crops) or a modified Universal Soil Loss Equation (high risk crops). The impact of measures was estimated using simple equations...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212406/accumulation-of-medium-chain-saturated-fatty-acyl-moieties-in-seed-oils-of-transgenic-camelina-sativa
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Zhaohui Hu, Qian Wu, Jyoti Dalal, Naresh Vasani, Harry O Lopez, Heike W Sederoff, Rongda Qu
With its high seed oil content, the mustard family plant Camelina sativa has gained attention as a potential biofuel source. As a bioenergy crop, camelina has many advantages. It grows on marginal land with low demand for water and fertilizer, has a relatively short life cycle, and is stress tolerant. As most other crop seed oils, camelina seed triacylglycerols (TAGs) consist of mostly long, unsaturated fatty acyl moieties, which is not desirable for biofuel processing. In our efforts to produce shorter, saturated chain fatty acyl moieties in camelina seed oil for conversion to jet fuel, a 12:0-acyl-carrier thioesterase gene, UcFATB1, from California bay (Umbellularia californica Nutt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210764/review-biosafety-assessment-of-bt-rice-and-other-bt-crops-using-spiders-as-example-for-non-target-arthropods-in-china
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REVIEW
Huilin Yang, Yuande Peng, Jianxiang Tian, Juan Wang, Jilin Hu, Qisheng Song, Zhi Wang
Since the birth of transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxin for pest control, the public debate regarding ecological and environmental risks as well as benefits of Bt crops has continued unabated. The impact of Bt crops, especially on non-target invertebrates, has received particular attention. In this review, we summarize and analyze evidences for non-target effects of Bt rice on spiders, major predators in rice fields. Bt rice has been genetically modified to express the Bt protein, which has been shown to be transferred and accumulate in spiders as part of their food chain...
February 16, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197647/the-overproduction-of-indole-3-acetic-acid-iaa-in-endophytes-upregulates-nitrogen-fixation-in-both-bacterial-cultures-and-inoculated-rice-plants
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Roberto Defez, Anna Andreozzi, Carmen Bianco
Endophytic bacteria from roots and leaves of rice plants were isolated and identified in order to select the diazotrophs and improve their nitrogen-fixing abilities. The nitrogen-fixing endophytes were identified by PCR amplification of the nifH gene fragment. For this purpose, two isolates, Enterobacter cloacae RCA25 and Klebsiella variicola RCA26, and two model bacteria (Herbaspirillum seropedicae z67 and Sinorhizobium fredii NGR234) were transformed to increase the biosynthesis of the main plant auxin indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)...
February 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197165/prevention-of-preharvest-sprouting-through-hormone-engineering-and-germination-recovery-by-chemical-biology
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Mariko Nonogaki, Hiroyuki Nonogaki
Vivipary, germination of seeds on the maternal plant, is observed in nature and provides ecological advantages in certain wild species, such as mangroves. However, precocious seed germination in agricultural species, such as preharvest sprouting (PHS) in cereals, is a serious issue for food security. PHS reduces grain quality and causes economical losses to farmers. PHS can be prevented by translating the basic knowledge of hormone biology in seeds into technologies. Biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA), which is an essential hormone for seed dormancy, can be engineered to enhance dormancy and prevent PHS...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194155/functional-characterization-of-cyp716-family-p450-enzymes-in-triterpenoid-biosynthesis-in-tomato
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Shuhei Yasumoto, Hikaru Seki, Yuko Shimizu, Ery O Fukushima, Toshiya Muranaka
Triterpenoids are a group of structurally diverse specialized metabolites that frequently show useful bioactivities. These chemicals are biosynthesized from the common precursor 2,3-oxidosqualene in plants. The carbon skeletons produced by oxidosqualene cyclase (OSC) are usually modified by cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) and UDP-dependent glycosyltransferases. These biosynthetic enzymes contribute to the structural diversification of plant triterpenoids. Until now, many P450 enzymes have been characterized as triterpenoid oxidases...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169024/a-sustainable-use-of-ricotta-cheese-whey-for-microbial-biodiesel-production
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Eleonora Carota, Silvia Crognale, Alessandro D'Annibale, Anna Maria Gallo, Silvia Rita Stazi, Maurizio Petruccioli
The increasing demand of plant oils for biodiesel production has highlighted the need for alternative strategies based either on non-food crops or agro-industrial wastes that do not compete with food and feed production. In this context, the combined use of wastewater and oleaginous microorganisms could be a valuable production option. Ricotta cheese whey (RCW), one of the major byproducts of the dairy industry, is produced in very high and steadily increasing amounts and, due to its high organic load, its disposal is cost-prohibitive...
February 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167937/antiviral-defenses-in-plants-through-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Gustavo Romay, Claude Bragard
Plant-virus interactions based-studies have contributed to increase our understanding on plant resistance mechanisms, providing new tools for crop improvement. In the last two decades, RNA interference, a post-transcriptional gene silencing approach, has been used to induce antiviral defenses in plants with the help of genetic engineering technologies. More recently, the new genome editing systems (GES) are revolutionizing the scope of tools available to confer virus resistance in plants. The most explored GES are zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/Cas9 endonuclease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167932/a-new-approach-to-modify-plant-microbiomes-and-traits-by-introducing-beneficial-bacteria-at-flowering-into-progeny-seeds
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Birgit Mitter, Nikolaus Pfaffenbichler, Richard Flavell, Stéphane Compant, Livio Antonielli, Alexandra Petric, Teresa Berninger, Muhammad Naveed, Raheleh Sheibani-Tezerji, Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Angela Sessitsch
The microbial component of healthy seeds - the seed microbiome - appears to be inherited between plant generations and can dynamically influence germination, plant performance, and survival. As such, methods to optimize the seed microbiomes of major crops could have far-reaching implications for plant breeding and crop improvement to enhance agricultural food, feed, and fiber production. Here, we describe a new approach to modulate seed microbiomes of elite crop seed embryos and concomitantly design the traits to be mediated by seed microbiomes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163993/herbicide-resistance-and-biodiversity-agronomic-and-environmental-aspects-of-genetically-modified-herbicide-resistant-plants
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REVIEW
Gesine Schütte, Michael Eckerstorfer, Valentina Rastelli, Wolfram Reichenbecher, Sara Restrepo-Vassalli, Marja Ruohonen-Lehto, Anne-Gabrielle Wuest Saucy, Martha Mertens
Farmland biodiversity is an important characteristic when assessing sustainability of agricultural practices and is of major international concern. Scientific data indicate that agricultural intensification and pesticide use are among the main drivers of biodiversity loss. The analysed data and experiences do not support statements that herbicide-resistant crops provide consistently better yields than conventional crops or reduce herbicide amounts. They rather show that the adoption of herbicide-resistant crops impacts agronomy, agricultural practice, and weed management and contributes to biodiversity loss in several ways: (i) many studies show that glyphosate-based herbicides, which were commonly regarded as less harmful, are toxic to a range of aquatic organisms and adversely affect the soil and intestinal microflora and plant disease resistance; the increased use of 2,4-D or dicamba, linked to new herbicide-resistant crops, causes special concerns...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161099/graphene-quantum-dot-modified-screen-printed-immunosensor-for-the-determination-of-parathion
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Jyotsana Mehta, Neha Bhardwaj, Sanjeev K Bhardwaj, Satish K Tuteja, Priya Vinayak, A K Paul, Ki-Hyun Kim, Akash Deep
The widespread use of pesticides has immense effect on increased crop productions. However, they are also responsible for posing detrimental health hazards and/or for contaminating the environment with chemical residues. A routine and an on-field detection of pesticide residues in different food, water, and soil samples has become a need of the hour for which biosensors can offer a viable alternative. The present work reports a functionalized graphene quantum dot (GQD) based screen printed electrochemical immunosensor for the detection of parathion...
February 2, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153924/correlations-between-circadian-rhythms-and-growth-in-challenging-environments
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Yuri Dakhiya, Duaa Hussien, Eyal Fridman, Moshe Kiflawi, Rachel M Green
In plants, the circadian system controls a plethora of processes, many with agronomic importance such as photosynthesis, photoprotection, stomatal opening, and photoperiodic development, as well as molecular processes such as gene expression. It has been suggested that modifying circadian rhythms may be a means to manipulate crops to develop "improved" plants for agriculture. However, there is very little information on how the clock influences the performance of crop plants. We have used a non-invasive, high-throughput technique, based on prompt chlorophyll fluorescence (F), for measuring circadian rhythms and demonstrated that the technique works in a range of plants...
January 30, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137884/comprehensive-understanding-of-acetohydroxyacid-synthase-inhibition-by-different-herbicide-families
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Mario D Garcia, Amanda Nouwens, Thierry G Lonhienne, Luke W Guddat
Five commercial herbicide families inhibit acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS, E.C. 2.2.1.6), which is the first enzyme in the branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis pathway. The popularity of these herbicides is due to their low application rates, high crop vs. weed selectivity, and low toxicity in animals. Here, we have determined the crystal structures of Arabidopsis thaliana AHAS in complex with two members of the pyrimidinyl-benzoate (PYB) and two members of the sulfonylamino-carbonyl-triazolinone (SCT) herbicide families, revealing the structural basis for their inhibitory activity...
January 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132509/comparison-of-allergenicity-at-gly-m-4-and-gly-m-bd-30k-of-soybean-after-genetic-modification
#16
Jaw-Ji Tsai, Ching-Yun Chang, En-Chih Liao
Despite rapid growth of genetically modified (GM) crops, effective evaluations of genetic modification on allergenicity are still lacking. Gly m Bd 30K is cross-reactive with cow's milk protein casein, Gly m 4, and with birch pollen allergen Bet v 1. Here we compared the allergenicity between GM and non-GM soybeans with respect to the foci Gly m 4 and Gly m Bd 30K. Recombinant allergens of Gly m Bd 30K and Gly m 4 were generated and polyclonal antibodies raised to identify these two allergenic components in soybeans...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131814/molecular-characterization-of-genetically-modified-crops-challenges-and-strategies
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REVIEW
Rong Li, Sheng Quan, Xiaofang Yan, Sukumar Biswas, Dabing Zhang, Jianxin Shi
Molecular characterization lays a foundation for safety assessment and subsequent monitoring of genetically modified (GM) crops. Due to the target-specific nature, conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based methods cannot comprehensively detect unintended gene insertions, let alone unknown GM events. As more and more new developed GM crops including new plant breeding technology (NPBT) generated crops are in the pipeline for commercialization, alternative -omics approaches, particularly next generation sequencing, have been developed for molecular characterization of authorized or unauthorized GM (UGM) crops...
January 25, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128412/association-among-agro-industrial-traits-and-simultaneous-selection-in-sweet-sorghum
#18
P S S Leite, T G Fagundes, J A R Nunes, R A C Parrella, N N L Durães, A T Bruzi
Sweet sorghum has emerged as an alternative crop for ethanol yield. The breeding of this crop is performed to obtain cultivars with high ethanol yield, which necessarily requires associating favorable phenotypes for multiple traits. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate the association between agro-industrial traits related to ethanol yield and identify the promising genotypes considering multiple traits in sweet sorghum. For this purpose, we evaluated 45 genotypes using a 9 x 5 alpha-lattice experimental design with three replications...
January 23, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125140/perception-of-midline-deviations-in-smile-esthetics-by-laypersons
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Jamille Barros Ferreira, Licínio Esmeraldo da Silva, Márcia Tereza de Oliveira Caetano, Andrea Fonseca Jardim da Motta, Adriana de Alcantara Cury-Saramago, José Nelson Mucha
Objective: To evaluate the esthetic perception of upper dental midline deviation by laypersons and if adjacent structures influence their judgment. Methods: An album with 12 randomly distributed frontal view photographs of the smile of a woman with the midline digitally deviated was evaluated by 95 laypersons. The frontal view smiling photograph was modified to create from 1 mm to 5 mm deviations in the upper midline to the left side. The photographs were cropped in two different manners and divided into two groups of six photographs each: group LCN included the lips, chin, and two-thirds of the nose, and group L included the lips only...
November 2016: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123097/a-l%C3%A3-vy-flight-diffusion-model-to-predict-transgenic-pollen-dispersal
#20
Valentin Vallaeys, Rebecca C Tyson, W David Lane, Eric Deleersnijder, Emmanuel Hanert
The containment of genetically modified (GM) pollen is an issue of significant concern for many countries. For crops that are bee-pollinated, model predictions of outcrossing rates depend on the movement hypothesis used for the pollinators. Previous work studying pollen spread by honeybees, the most important pollinator worldwide, was based on the assumption that honeybee movement can be well approximated by Brownian motion. A number of recent studies, however, suggest that pollinating insects such as bees perform Lévy flights in their search for food...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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