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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634869/discharge-permit-market-and-farm-management-nexus-an-approach-for-eutrophication-control-in-small-basins-with-low-income-farmers
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Somaye Imani, Mohammad Hossein Niksokhan, Shervin Jamshidi, Karim C Abbaspour
The economic concerns of low-income farmers are barriers to nutrient abatement policies for eutrophication control in surface waters. This study brings up a perspective that focuses on integrating multiple-pollutant discharge permit markets with farm management practices. This aims to identify a more economically motivated waste load allocation (WLA) for non-point sources (NPS). For this purpose, we chose the small basin of Zrebar Lake in western Iran and used the soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) for modeling...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634476/changes-in-n-p-supply-ratios-affect-the-ecological-stoichiometry-of-a-toxic-cyanobacterium-and-its-fungal-parasite
#2
Thijs Frenken, Joren Wierenga, Alena S Gsell, Ellen van Donk, Thomas Rohrlack, Dedmer B Van de Waal
Human activities have dramatically altered nutrient fluxes from the landscape into receiving waters. As a result, not only the concentration of nutrients in surface waters has increased, but also their elemental ratios have changed. Such shifts in resource supply ratios will alter autotroph stoichiometry, which may in turn have consequences for higher trophic levels, including parasites. Here, we hypothesize that parasite elemental composition will follow changes in the stoichiometry of its host, and that its reproductive success will decrease with host nutrient limitation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630154/design-of-self-assembling-transmembrane-helical-bundles-to-elucidate-principles-required-for-membrane-protein-folding-and-ion-transport
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REVIEW
Nathan H Joh, Gevorg Grigoryan, Yibing Wu, William F DeGrado
Ion transporters and channels are able to identify and act on specific substrates among myriads of ions and molecules critical to cellular processes, such as homeostasis, cell signalling, nutrient influx and drug efflux. Recently, we designed Rocker, a minimalist model for Zn(2+)/H(+) co-transport. The success of this effort suggests that de novo membrane protein design has now come of age so as to serve a key approach towards probing the determinants of membrane protein folding, assembly and function. Here, we review general principles that can be used to design membrane proteins, with particular reference to helical assemblies with transport function...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628990/kinetic-modelling-of-starch-and-lipid-formation-during-mixotrophic-nutrient-limited-microalgal-growth
#4
Gonzalo M Figueroa-Torres, Jon K Pittman, Constantinos Theodoropoulos
Microalgal starch and lipids, carbon-based storage molecules, are useful as potential biofuel feedstocks. In this work, cultivation strategies maximising starch and lipid formation were established by developing a multi-parameter kinetic model describing microalgal growth as well as starch and lipid formation, in conjunction with laboratory-scale experiments. Growth dynamics are driven by nitrogen-limited mixotrophic conditions, known to increase cellular starch and lipid contents whilst enhancing biomass growth...
June 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628817/dynamics-of-dissolved-nutrients-in-the-aquaculture-shrimp-ponds-of-the-min-river-estuary-china-concentrations-fluxes-and-environmental-loads
#5
Ping Yang, Derrick Y F Lai, Baoshi Jin, David Bastviken, Lishan Tan, Chuan Tong
Dissolved inorganic nutrients (NO2(-)-N, NO3(-)-N, NH4(+)-N, and PO4(3-)-P) play a critical role in the effective management of water quality and prevention of fish and shrimp diseases in aquaculture systems. In this study, dissolved inorganic nutrient concentrations in the water column and sediment porewater, and the fluxes across the sediment-water interface (SWI) were investigated in three intensive shrimp ponds with zero water exchange to examine nutrient cycling during the different growth stages of shrimps...
June 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628670/combining-ability-heritability-and-genotypic-relations-of-different-physiological-traits-in-cacao-hybrids
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Allan Silva Pereira, Alex-Alan Furtado de Almeida, Márcia Christina da Silva Branco, Marcio Gilberto Cardoso Costa, Dario Ahnert
Selecting parents and evaluating progenies is a very important step in breeding programs and involves approaches such as understanding the initial stages of growth and characterizing the variability among genotypes for different parameters, such as physiological, growth, biomass partitioning and nutrient translocation to the aerial part. In these cases, facilitating tools can be used to understand the involved gene dynamics, such as diallel crosses and genetic and phenotypic correlations. Our main hypothesis is that the contrasting phenotypes of these parental genotypes of cocoa used are due to genetic factors, and progenies derived from crosses of these parental genotypes are useful for breeding programs related to plant architecture, physiological parameters and translocation of mineral nutrients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628191/abiotic-and-biotic-factors-modulate-carrion-fate-and-vertebrate-scavenging-communities
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Kelsey L Turner, Erin F Abernethy, L Mike Conner, Olin E Rhodes, James C Beasley
Carrion is a valuable nutrient resource used by a diversity of vertebrates across the globe. However, vertebrate scavenging ecology remains an understudied area of science, especially in regards to how biotic and abiotic factors influence scavenging community composition. Here we elucidate how fundamental biotic and abiotic factors interact to modulate the efficiency and composition of vertebrate scavengers by investigating scavenging dynamics across a large gradient in carcass sizes and habitat types representative of many temperate ecosystems, as well as between two seasons reflecting differences in invertebrate activity...
June 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621813/legacy-effects-of-drought-on-plant-soil-feedbacks-and-plant-plant-interactions
#8
Aurore Kaisermann, Franciska T de Vries, Robert I Griffiths, Richard D Bardgett
Interactions between aboveground and belowground biota have the potential to modify ecosystem responses to climate change, yet little is known about how drought influences plant-soil feedbacks with respect to microbial mediation of plant community dynamics. We tested the hypothesis that drought modifies plant-soil feedback with consequences for plant competition. We measured net pairwise plant-soil feedbacks for two grassland plant species grown in monoculture and competition in soils that had or had not been subjected to a previous drought; these were then exposed to a subsequent drought...
June 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620452/metabolic-reprogramming-during-the-trypanosoma-brucei-life-cycle
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REVIEW
Terry K Smith, Frédéric Bringaud, Derek P Nolan, Luisa M Figueiredo
Cellular metabolic activity is a highly complex, dynamic, regulated process that is influenced by numerous factors, including extracellular environmental signals, nutrient availability and the physiological and developmental status of the cell. The causative agent of sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei, is an exclusively extracellular protozoan parasite that encounters very different extracellular environments during its life cycle within the mammalian host and tsetse fly insect vector. In order to meet these challenges, there are significant alterations in the major energetic and metabolic pathways of these highly adaptable parasites...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620313/digestive-physiology-of-octopus-maya-and-o-mimus-temporality-of-digestion-and-assimilation-processes
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REVIEW
Pedro Gallardo, Alberto Olivares, Rosario Martínez-Yáñez, Claudia Caamal-Monsreal, Pedro M Domingues, Maite Mascaró, Ariadna Sánchez, Cristina Pascual, Carlos Rosas
Digestive physiology is one of the bottlenecks of octopus aquaculture. Although, there are successful experimentally formulated feeds, knowledge of the digestive physiology of cephalopods is fragmented, and focused mainly on Octopus vulgaris. Considering that the digestive physiology could vary in tropical and sub-tropical species through temperature modulations of the digestive dynamics and nutritional requirements of different organisms, the present review was focused on the digestive physiology timing of Octopus maya and Octopus mimus, two promising aquaculture species living in tropical (22-30°C) and sub-tropical (15-24°C) ecosystems, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618360/the-distribution-of-phosphorus-and-its-transformations-during-batch-growth-of-synechocystis
#11
Yun Zhou, Binh T Nguyen, Chen Zhou, Levi Straka, YenJung Sean Lai, Siqing Xia, Bruce E Rittmann
Phosphorus (P) is an essential nutrient that affects the growth and metabolism of microalgal biomass. Despite the obvious importance of P, the dynamics of how it is taken up and distributed in microalgae are largely undefined. In this study, we tracked the fate of P during batch growth of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. We determined the distribution of P in intracellular polymeric substances (IPS), extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), and soluble microbial products (SMP) for three initial ortho-phosphate concentrations...
June 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617667/a-heuristic-computational-model-of-basic-cellular-processes-and-oxygenation-during-spheroid-dependent-biofabrication
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T J Sego, U Kasacheuski, D Hauersperger, A Tovar, N I Moldovan
An emerging approach in biofabrication is the creation of 3D tissue constructs through scaffold-free, cell spheroid-only methods. The basic mechanism in this technology is spheroid fusion, which is driven by the minimization of energy, the same biophysical mechanism that governs spheroid formation. However, other factors such as oxygen and metabolite accessibility within spheroids impact on spheroid properties and their ability to form larger-scale structures. The goal of our work is to develop a simulation platform eventually capable of predicting the conditions that minimize metabolism-related cell loss within spheroids...
June 15, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613326/arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-enhance-the-copper-tolerance-of-tagetes-patula-through-the-sorption-and-barrier-mechanisms-of-intraradical-hyphae
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Xishi Zhou, Lei Fu, Yan Xia, Luqing Zheng, Chen Chen, Zhenguo Shen, Yahua Chen
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are widespread soil fungi that can form endosymbiotic structures with the root systems of most plants and can improve the tolerance of host plants to heavy metals. In the present study, we investigated the effects of AMF (Glomus coronatum) inoculation on the tolerance of Tagetes patula L. to Cu. Almost all of the non-mycorrhizal plants exposed to 100 μM Cu died after 3 d, whereas phytotoxicity was only observed in mycorrhizal plants that were exposed to Cu concentrations greater than 100 μM...
June 14, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611768/innate-immunity-and-breast-milk
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REVIEW
Nicole Theresa Cacho, Robert M Lawrence
Human milk is a dynamic source of nutrients and bioactive factors; unique in providing for the human infant's optimal growth and development. The growing infant's immune system has a number of developmental immune deficiencies placing the infant at increased risk of infection. This review focuses on how human milk directly contributes to the infant's innate immunity. Remarkable new findings clarify the multifunctional nature of human milk bioactive components. New research techniques have expanded our understanding of the potential for human milk's effect on the infant that will never be possible with milk formulas...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608705/a-tridiagonal-patch-model-of-bacteria-inhabiting-a-nanofabricated-landscape
#15
Robert Stephen Cantrell, Brian Coomes, Yifan Sha
In this paper we employ a discrete-diffusion modeling framework to examine a system inspired by the nano-ecology experiments on the bacterium Escherichia coli reported upon in Keymer et al. (2006). In these experiments, the bacteria inhabit a linear array of 85 ``microhabitat patches (MHP's)", linked by comparatively thinner corridors through which bacteria may pass between adjacent MHP's. Each MHP is connected to its own source of nutrient substrate, which flows into the MHP at a rate that can be controlled in the experiment...
August 1, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600895/metabolic-modeling-of-energy-balances-in-mycoplasma-hyopneumoniae-shows-that-pyruvate-addition-increases-growth-rate
#16
Tjerko Kamminga, Simen-Jan Slagman, Jetta J E Bijlsma, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Maria Suarez-Diez, Peter J Schaap
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is cultured on large-scale to produce antigen for inactivated whole-cell vaccines against respiratory disease in pigs. However, the fastidious nutrient requirements of this minimal bacterium and the low growth rate make it challenging to reach sufficient biomass yield for antigen production. In this study, we sequenced the genome of M. hyopneumoniae strain 11 and constructed a high quality constraint-based genome-scale metabolic model of 284 chemical reactions and 298 metabolites. We validated the model with time-series data of duplicate fermentation cultures to aim for an integrated model describing the dynamic profiles measured in fermentations...
June 10, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600668/role-of-the-immune-system-in-cardiac-tissue-damage-and-repair-following-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Arman Saparov, Vyacheslav Ogay, Talgat Nurgozhin, William C W Chen, Nurlan Mansurov, Assel Issabekova, Jamilya Zhakupova
INTRODUCTION: The immune system plays a crucial role in the initiation, development, and resolution of inflammation following myocardial infarction (MI). The lack of oxygen and nutrients causes the death of cardiomyocytes and leads to the exposure of danger-associated molecular patterns that are recognized by the immune system to initiate inflammation. RESULTS: At the initial stage of post-MI inflammation, the immune system further damages cardiac tissue to clear cell debris...
June 9, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597045/biocontrol-activity-of-a-cold-adapted-yeast-from-tibet-against-gray-mold-in-cherry-tomato-and-its-action-mechanism
#18
Hao Hu, Michael E Wisniewski, Ahmed Abdelfattah, Xiaodong Zheng
Cold-adapted biocontrol yeast was selected from four yeast isolates from Tibet against gray mold of cherry tomato in cold storage. The strain numbered LB2 showed the best biocontrol activity and identified as Cryptococcus laurentii. Competition for nutrient, space, and induced fruit resistance was also its antagonistic mechanism. Compared with C. laurentii from sea-level place, the reason why LB2 had a better biocontrol activity was studied. More trehalose and proline in cell of LB2 made it exhibit a better cellular activity at low temperature, such as higher population dynamics in the wounds of cherry tomato and more biocontrol-related enzyme secretion, chitinase and β-glucanase...
July 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596614/the-arctic-in-the-twenty-first-century-changing-biogeochemical-linkages-across-a-paraglacial-landscape-of-greenland
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N John Anderson, Jasmine E Saros, Joanna E Bullard, Sean M P Cahoon, Suzanne McGowan, Elizabeth A Bagshaw, Christopher D Barry, Richard Bindler, Benjamin T Burpee, Jonathan L Carrivick, Rachel A Fowler, Anthony D Fox, Sherilyn C Fritz, Madeleine E Giles, Ladislav Hamerlik, Thomas Ingeman-Nielsen, Antonia C Law, Sebastian H Mernild, Robert M Northington, Christopher L Osburn, Sergi Pla-Rabès, Eric Post, Jon Telling, David A Stroud, Erika J Whiteford, Marian L Yallop, Jacob C Yde
The Kangerlussuaq area of southwest Greenland encompasses diverse ecological, geomorphic, and climate gradients that function over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Ecosystems range from the microbial communities on the ice sheet and moisture-stressed terrestrial vegetation (and their associated herbivores) to freshwater and oligosaline lakes. These ecosystems are linked by a dynamic glacio-fluvial-aeolian geomorphic system that transports water, geological material, organic carbon and nutrients from the glacier surface to adjacent terrestrial and aquatic systems...
February 1, 2017: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596605/microenvironmental-cooperation-promotes-early-spread-and-bistability-of-a-warburg-like-phenotype
#20
Jorge Fernandez-de-Cossio-Diaz, Andrea De Martino, Roberto Mulet
We introduce an in silico model for the initial spread of an aberrant phenotype with Warburg-like overflow metabolism within a healthy homeostatic tissue in contact with a nutrient reservoir (the blood), aimed at characterizing the role of the microenvironment for aberrant growth. Accounting for cellular metabolic activity, competition for nutrients, spatial diffusion and their feedbacks on aberrant replication and death rates, we obtain a phase portrait where distinct asymptotic whole-tissue states are found upon varying the tissue-blood turnover rate and the level of blood-borne primary nutrient...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
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