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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531969/biogeographical-factors-affecting-the-distribution-of-stream-salamanders-on-the-cumberland-plateau-usa
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P R Gould, K K Cecala, S S Drukker, B A McKenzie, C Van de Ven
Geophysical and climate conditions play an important role in the distribution of organisms at both fine and broad scales. Headwater streams integrate changes at broad geographical scales and serve as important regions of nutrient processing and support high biodiversity. Stream salamanders are important members of headwater aquatic communities as both predators and prey. Combined with their biphasic life histories and physiological requirements, stream amphibians may serve as indicators for headwater stream conditions...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531209/the-dynamics-of-a-mediterranean-coralligenous-sponge-assemblage-at-decennial-and-millennial-temporal-scales
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Marco Bertolino, Gabriele Costa, Mirko Carella, Riccardo Cattaneo-Vietti, Carlo Cerrano, Maurizio Pansini, Gianluca Quarta, Lucio Calcagnile, Giorgio Bavestrello
This paper concerns the changes occurred over both decennial and millennial spans of time in a sponge assemblage present in coralligenous biogenic build-ups growing at 15 m depth in the Ligurian Sea (Western Mediterranean). The comparison of the sponge diversity after a time interval of about 40 years (1973-2014) showed a significant reduction in species richness (about 45%). This decrease affected mainly the massive/erect sponges, and in particular the subclass Keratosa, with a species loss of 67%, while the encrusting and cavity dwelling sponges lost the 36% and 50%, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530240/controlling-for-the-species-area-effect-supports-constrained-long-term-mesozoic-terrestrial-vertebrate-diversification
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Roger A Close, Roger B J Benson, Paul Upchurch, Richard J Butler
Variation in the geographic spread of fossil localities strongly biases inferences about the evolution of biodiversity, due to the ubiquitous scaling of species richness with area. This obscures answers to key questions, such as how tetrapods attained their tremendous extant diversity. Here, we address this problem by applying sampling standardization methods to spatial regions of equal size, within a global Mesozoic-early Palaeogene data set of non-flying terrestrial tetrapods. We recover no significant increase in species richness between the Late Triassic and the Cretaceous/Palaeogene (K/Pg) boundary, strongly supporting bounded diversification in Mesozoic tetrapods...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530167/biofilm-community-succession-a-neutral-perspective
#4
Stephen Woodcock, William T Sloan
Although biofilms represent one of the dominant forms of life in aqueous environments, our understanding of the assembly and development of their microbial communities remains relatively poor. In recent years, several studies have addressed this and have extended the concepts of succession theory in classical ecology into microbial systems. From these datasets, niche-based conceptual models have been developed explaining observed biodiversity patterns and their dynamics. These models have not, however, been formulated mathematically and so remain untested...
May 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529346/wartime-scars-or-reservoirs-of-biodiversity-the-value-of-bomb-crater-ponds-in-aquatic-conservation
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Csaba F Vad, Attila L Péntek, Nastasia J Cozma, Angéla Földi, Adrienn Tóth, Bence Tóth, NóraA Böde, Arnold Móra, Robert Ptacnik, Éva Ács, Katalin Zsuga, Zsófia Horváth
Considering the ongoing loss of aquatic habitats, anthropogenic ponds are gaining importance as substitute habitats. It is therefore important to assess their functioning in comparison to their natural precursors. Here we assess the biodiversity value of sodic bomb crater ponds by comparing their gamma diversity to that of natural reference habitats, astatic soda pans, and assess their importance on the landscape level by studying alpha and beta diversity. We studied aquatic organisms ranging from algae to vertebrates in a dense cluster of 54 sodic bomb crater ponds in Central Europe...
May 2017: Biological Conservation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529154/habitat-heterogeneity-hypothesis-and-edge-effects-in-model-metacommunities-marked-manuscript
#6
Michaela Hamm, Barbara Drossel
Spatial heterogeneity is an inherent property of any living environment and is expected to favour biodiversity due to a broader niche space. Furthermore, edges between different habitats can provide additional possibilities for species coexistence. Using computer simulations, this study examines metacommunities consisting of several trophic levels in heterogeneous environments in order to explore the above hypotheses on a community level. We model heterogeneous landscapes by using two different sized resource pools and evaluate the combined effect of dispersal and heterogeneity on local and regional species diversity...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528744/locked-in-the-icehouse-evolution-of-an-endemic-epimeria-amphipoda-crustacea-species-flock-on-the-antarctic-shelf
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Marie L Verheye, Thierry Backeljau, Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz
The Antarctic shelf's marine biodiversity has been greatly influenced by the climatic and glacial history of the region. Extreme temperature changes led to the extinction of some lineages, while others adapted and flourished. The amphipod genus Epimeria is an example of the latter, being particularly diverse in the Antarctic region. By reconstructing a time-calibrated phylogeny based on mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (28S and H3) markers and including Epimeria species from all oceans, this study provides a temporal and geographical framework for the evolution of Antarctic Epimeria...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
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REVIEW
Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528024/structure-diverse-phylomer-libraries-as-a-rich-source-of-bioactive-hits-from-phenotypic-and-target-directed-screens-against-intracellular-proteins
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REVIEW
Paul M Watt, Nadia Milech, Shane R Stone
Phylomers are peptides derived from biodiverse protein fragments. Genetically encoded Phylomer libraries have been constructed, containing hundreds of billions of peptides derived from virtually all of the few thousand fold families found in the protein universe. They offer a rich source of high quality hits against diverse target sequences and have been used for three main purposes: firstly, to identify and validate targets in phenotypic screens; secondly, to block protein interactions with nanomolar potency binding affinities; thirdly as a source of more efficient cell penetrating peptides for the delivery of a wide range of biologics...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527145/an-appraisal-of-indonesia-s-immense-peat-carbon-stock-using-national-peatland-maps-uncertainties-and-potential-losses-from-conversion
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Matthew Warren, Kristell Hergoualc'h, J Boone Kauffman, Daniel Murdiyarso, Randall Kolka
BACKGROUND: A large proportion of the world's tropical peatlands occur in Indonesia where rapid conversion and associated losses of carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services have brought peatland management to the forefront of Indonesia's climate mitigation efforts. We evaluated peat volume from two commonly referenced maps of peat distribution and depth published by Wetlands International (WI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), and used regionally specific values of carbon density to calculate carbon stocks...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525807/category-mistakes-a-barrier-to-effective-environmental-management
#11
Ken J Wallace, Mark Jago
How entities, the things that exist, are defined and categorised affects all aspects of environmental management including technical descriptions, quantitative analyses, participatory processes, planning, and decisions. Consequently, ambiguous definitions and wrongly assigning entities to categories, referred to as category mistakes, are barriers to effective management. Confusion caused by treating the term 'biodiversity' variously as the property of an area, the biota of an area, and a preferred end state (a value) - quite different categories of entities - is one example...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525656/a-snapshot-on-prokaryotic-diversity-of-the-solim%C3%A3%C2%B5es-river-basin-amazon-brazil
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D Toyama, C D Santos-Júnior, L T Kishi, T C S Oliveira, J W Garcia, H Sarmento, F P Miranda, F Henrique-Silva
The Amazon region has the largest hydrographic basin on the planet and 
is well known for its huge biodiversity of plants and animals. However, 
there is a lack of studies on aquatic microbial biodiversity in the 
Solimões River, one of its main water courses. To investigate the 
microbial biodiversity of this region, we performed 16S rRNA gene clone 
libraries from Solimões River and adjacent rivers and lakes. Our question was which microorganisms inhabit the different types of aquatic 
environments in this part of the basin, and how diversity varies among 
these environments (rivers and lakes)...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524117/ebutterfly-leveraging-massive-online-citizen-science-for-butterfly-consevation
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Kathleen L Prudic, Kent P McFarland, Jeffrey C Oliver, Rebecca A Hutchinson, Elizabeth C Long, Jeremy T Kerr, Maxim Larrivée
Data collection, storage, analysis, visualization, and dissemination are changing rapidly due to advances in new technologies driven by computer science and universal access to the internet. These technologies and web connections place human observers front and center in citizen science-driven research and are critical in generating new discoveries and innovation in such fields as astronomy, biodiversity, and meteorology. Research projects utilizing a citizen science approach address scientific problems at regional, continental, and even global scales otherwise impossible for a single lab or even a small collection of academic researchers...
May 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523376/accounting-for-uncertainty-and-time-lags-in-equivalency-calculations-for-offsetting-in-aquatic-resources-management-programs
#14
Michael J Bradford
Biodiversity offset programs attempt to minimize unavoidable environmental impacts of anthropogenic activities by requiring offsetting measures in sufficient quantity to counterbalance losses due to the activity. Multipliers, or offsetting ratios, have been used to increase the amount of offsets to account for uncertainty but those ratios have generally been derived from theoretical or ad-hoc considerations. I analyzed uncertainty in the offsetting process in the context of offsetting for impacts to freshwater fisheries productivity...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523014/harnessing-plant-biodiversity-for-the-discovery-of-novel-anticancer-drugs-targeting-microtubules
#15
REVIEW
Songbo Xie, Jun Zhou
The microtubule cytoskeleton plays a critical role in a wide range of cellular activities and has been shown to be a highly effective target for the treatment of human malignancies. Despite the recent focus on proteomics and high-throughput profiling, it is clear that analysis of plant extracts has yielded several highly efficacious microtubule-targeting agents (MTAs) currently in clinical use, as well as agents in the current pipeline with promising efficacy. To date, a large proportion of the world's plant biodiversity remains untapped by the pharmaceutical industry, presenting a major opportunity for the discovery of novel pharmacologically active lead compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522998/genetic-polymorphism-in-wine-yeasts-mechanisms-and-methods-for-its-detection
#16
REVIEW
José M Guillamón, Eladio Barrio
The processes of yeast selection for using as wine fermentation starters have revealed a great phenotypic diversity both at interspecific and intraspecific level, which is explained by a corresponding genetic variation among different yeast isolates. Thus, the mechanisms involved in promoting these genetic changes are the main engine generating yeast biodiversity. Currently, an important task to understand biodiversity, population structure and evolutionary history of wine yeasts is the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in yeast adaptation to wine fermentation, and on remodeling the genomic features of wine yeast, unconsciously selected since the advent of winemaking...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522825/integrated-trophic-position-decreases-in-more-diverse-communities-of-stream-food-webs
#17
Naoto F Ishikawa, Yoshito Chikaraishi, Naohiko Ohkouchi, Aya R Murakami, Ichiro Tayasu, Hiroyuki Togashi, Jun-Ichi Okano, Yoichiro Sakai, Tomoya Iwata, Michio Kondoh, Noboru Okuda
The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning is an important theme in environmental sciences. We propose a new index for configuration of the biomass pyramid in an ecosystem, named integrated trophic position (iTP). The iTP is defined as a sum of trophic positions (i.e. the average number of steps involved in biomass transfer) of all the animals in a food web integrated by their individual biomass. The observed iTP for stream macroinvertebrates ranged from 2.39 to 2.79 and was negatively correlated with the species density and the Shannon-Wiener diversity index of the local community...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28519717/phytophthora-cinnamomi
#18
Adrienne R Hardham, Leila M Blackman
Phytophthora cinnamomi is one of the most devastating plant pathogens in the world. It infects close to 5,000 species of plants, including many of importance in agriculture, forestry and horticulture. Inadvertent introduction of P. cinnamomi into natural ecosystems, including a number of recognised Global Biodiversity Hotspots, has disastrous consequences for the environment and biodiversity of flora and fauna. The genus Phytophthora belongs to the Class Oomycetes, a group of fungus-like organisms that initiate plant disease through the production of motile zoospores...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516322/do-functional-diversity-and-trait-dominance-determine-carbon-storage-in-an-altered-tropical-landscape
#19
Achim Häger, Gerardo Avalos
Altered landscapes play a major role in biodiversity conservation and carbon (C) storage in the tropics. There is increasing evidence that C storage potential is controlled by tree functional diversity, but underlying mechanisms are debated. We analyzed the effects of trait dominance (mass-ratio hypothesis), species diversity, and trait variation (species complementarity) on C storage in the soils and vegetation of 20 agroforestry systems (AFS) and seven forested sites in Costa Rica. AFS consisted of organic and conventional coffee farms and pastures with trees...
May 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515883/correlating-species-and-spectral-diversities-using-hyperspectral-remote-sensing-in-early-successional-fields
#20
Itiya P Aneece, Howard Epstein, Manuel Lerdau
Advances in remote sensing technology can help estimate biodiversity at large spatial extents. To assess whether we could use hyperspectral visible near-infrared (VNIR) spectra to estimate species diversity, we examined the correlations between species diversity and spectral diversity in early-successional abandoned agricultural fields in the Ridge and Valley ecoregion of north-central Virginia at the Blandy Experimental Farm. We established plant community plots and collected vegetation surveys and ground-level hyperspectral data from 350 to 1,025 nm wavelengths...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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