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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340275/mini-tomato-genotypes-resistant-to-the-silverleaf-whitefly-and-to-two-spotted-spider-mites
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G M Maciel, R S Almeida, J P R da Rocha, V Andaló, G R Marquez, N C Santos, R R Finzi
The mini tomato production has expanded, becoming an amazing alternative for enterprise. Despite all commercial potential, the cultivation has the occurrence of pests as main obstacle during the crop development. Nowadays, there are no researches that aimed obtaining genotypes with high acylsugar content, capable of providing a broad-spectrum resistance to pests. This study aimed the selection of mini tomato genotypes, with high acylsugar content, and checking the resistance level to the silverleaf whitefly [Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius)] and to the two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae Koch)...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335389/characteristics%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-lethality%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-novel%C3%A2-recombinant%C3%A2-dermonecrotic%C3%A2-venom%C3%A2-phospholipase%C3%A2-d%C3%A2-from%C3%A2-hemiscorpius%C3%A2-lepturus
#2
Elham Torabi, Mahdi Behdani, Mohammad Hosseininejad Chafi, Reza Moazzami, Jean-Marc Sabatier, Vahid Khalaj, Delavar Shahbazzadeh, Kamran Pooshang Bagheri
Hemoscorpius lepturus is the most medically important scorpion in Iran. The clinical signs of H. lepturus envenomation are remarkably similar to those reported for brown spiders, including dermonecrosis, hematuria, renal failure and even death. The lethality and toxicity of brown spiders' venom have been attributed to its phospholipase D activity. This study aims to identify a phospholipase D with possible lethality and dermonecrotic activity in H. lepturus venom. In this study, a cDNA library of the venom glands was generated by Illumina RNA sequencing...
March 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334233/does-long-term-feeding-on-alternative-prey-affect-the-biological-performance-of-neoseiulus-barkeri-acari-phytoseiidae-on-the-target-spider-mites
#3
Ya-Ying Li, Guo-Hao Zhang, Chuan-Bei Tian, Ming-Xiu Liu, Yi-Qing Liu, Huai Liu, Jin-Jun Wang
The predatory mite Neoseiulus barkeri (Hughes) is a good biological control agent for many small sucking pests. We aimed to determine whether rearing long term on alternative prey versus target prey species affected the performance of N. barkeri. Therefore, we investigated the prey preference, life tables, and population parameters of N. barkeri between alternative prey Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Schrank) and three species of spider mites, Tetranychus urticae Koch, Panonychus citri (McGregor), and Eotetranychus kankitus Ehara...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334210/assessment-of-habitat-modification-and-varied-planting-dates-to-enhance-potential-natural-enemies-of-anasa-tristis-hemiptera-coreidae-in-squash
#4
C G Fair, S K Braman
The squash bug, Anasa tristis (DeGeer) (Hemiptera: Coreidae), is an indigenous pest of squash and other cucurbits. Pesticides can control squash bug populations although many small-scale growers in the Southeast seek alternative methods of management. Cultural control methods, including varying the planting date and farmscaping, are not well understood under southeastern conditions. The goal of farmscaping is to increase natural ecosystem functions to aid in the control of pest populations. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, field plots of squash, separated by a minimum of 150 m were organized in a split-split plot design, with floral resources at the whole-plot level and varied planting date at the subplot level...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334066/effect-of-drive-row-ground-covers-on-hop-rosales-cannabaceae-yard-arthropod-pests-in-vermont-usa
#5
L Calderwood, J Cubins, D Vesty, H Darby
Alternatives to pesticides are necessary for the management of hop (Humulus lupulus L.) arthropod pests. The three major arthropod pests in northeastern US hop production include two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, hop aphid Phorodon humuli (Schrank), and potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae Harris. This 3-yr study (2012-2014) in Vermont investigated the effect of flowering ground covers on arthropod pest abundance. Hop cultivars 'Nugget' and 'Cascade' were evaluated under a strip-split plot experimental design...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327374/discovery-and-molecular-interaction-studies-of-a-highly-stable-tarantula-peptide-modulator-of-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1
#6
REVIEW
Sing Yan Er, Ben Cristofori-Armstrong, Pierre Escoubas, Lachlan D Rash
Acute pharmacological inhibition of acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is efficacious in rodent models in alleviating symptoms of neurological diseases such as stroke and multiple sclerosis. Thus, ASIC1a is a promising therapeutic target and selective ligands that modulate it are invaluable research tools and potential therapeutic leads. Spider venoms have provided an abundance of voltage-gated ion channel modulators, however, only one ASIC modulator (PcTx1) has so far been isolated from this source. Here we report the discovery, characterization, and chemical stability of a second spider venom peptide that potently modulates ASIC1a and ASIC1b, and investigate the molecular basis for its subtype selectivity...
March 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325985/species-conservation-profile-of-the-stenoendemic-cave-spider-pimoa-delphinica-araneae-pimoidae-from-the-varaita-valley-nw-italy
#7
Stefano Mammola, Gustavo Hormiga, Marco Isaia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321945/quantitative-representations-of-an-exaggerated-anxiety-response-in-the-brain-of-female-spider-phobics-a-parametric-fmri-study
#8
Anna Zilverstand, Bettina Sorger, Anita Kaemingk, Rainer Goebel
We employed a novel parametric spider picture set in the context of a parametric fMRI anxiety provocation study, designed to tease apart brain regions involved in threat monitoring from regions representing an exaggerated anxiety response in spider phobics. For the stimulus set, we systematically manipulated perceived proximity of threat by varying a depicted spider's context, size, and posture. All stimuli were validated in a behavioral rating study (phobics n = 20; controls n = 20; all female). An independent group participated in a subsequent fMRI anxiety provocation study (phobics n = 7; controls n = 7; all female), in which we compared a whole-brain categorical to a whole-brain parametric analysis...
March 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320968/numerosity-representation-is-encoded-in-human-subcortex
#9
Elliot Collins, Joonkoo Park, Marlene Behrmann
Certain numerical abilities appear to be relatively ubiquitous in the animal kingdom, including the ability to recognize and differentiate relative quantities. This skill is present in human adults and children, as well as in nonhuman primates and, perhaps surprisingly, is also demonstrated by lower species such as mosquitofish and spiders, despite the absence of cortical computation available to primates. This ubiquity of numerical competence suggests that representations that connect to numerical tasks are likely subserved by evolutionarily conserved regions of the nervous system...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320941/potent-neuroprotection-after-stroke-afforded-by-a-double-knot-spider-venom-peptide-that-inhibits-acid-sensing-ion-channel-1a
#10
Irène R Chassagnon, Claudia A McCarthy, Yanni K-Y Chin, Sandy S Pineda, Angelo Keramidas, Mehdi Mobli, Vi Pham, T Michael De Silva, Joseph W Lynch, Robert E Widdop, Lachlan D Rash, Glenn F King
Stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, yet there are no drugs available to protect the brain from stroke-induced neuronal injury. Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) is the primary acid sensor in mammalian brain and a key mediator of acidosis-induced neuronal damage following cerebral ischemia. Genetic ablation and selective pharmacologic inhibition of ASIC1a reduces neuronal death following ischemic stroke in rodents. Here, we demonstrate that Hi1a, a disulfide-rich spider venom peptide, is highly neuroprotective in a focal model of ischemic stroke...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317377/3d-printed-ultratough-hydrogel-structures-with-titin-like-domains
#11
Fengbo Zhu, Libo Cheng, Zhi Jian Wang, Wei Hong, Zi Liang Wu, Jun Yin, Jin Qian, Qiang Zheng
Titin is composed of repeated modular domains which unfold and dissipate energy upon loading. Here we employed such molecular-level paradigm to fabricate macroscopic ultratough hydrogel structures with titin-like domains, enabled by three-dimensional printing with multiple nozzles. Under stretch, the relatively thin and weak gel fibers in the printed structures break first and the hidden lengths postpone the failure of the main structures, mimicking the toughening principle in titin. These titin-like folded domains have been incorporated into a synthetic spider-web, which shows significantly enhanced extensibility and toughness...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317110/atlantic-frugivory-a-plant-frugivore-interaction-dataset-for-the-atlantic-forest
#12
Carolina Bello, Mauro Galetti, Denise Montan, Marco A Pizo, Tatiane C Mariguela, Laurence Culot, Felipe Bufalo, Fabio Labecca, Felipe Pedrosa, Rafaela Constantini, Carine Emer, Wesley R Silva, Fernanda R da Silva, Otso Ovaskainen, Pedro Jordano
The dataset provided here includes 8320 frugivory interactions (records of pairwise interactions between plant and frugivore species) reported for the Atlantic Forest. The dataset includes interactions between 331 vertebrate species (232 birds, 90 mammals, five fishes, one amphibian and three reptiles) and 788 plant species. We also present information on traits directly related to the frugivory process (endozoochory), such as the size of fruits and seeds and the body mass and gape size of frugivores. Data were extracted from 166 published and unpublished sources spanning from 1961 to 2016...
March 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306751/peptidomic-and-transcriptomic-profiling-of-four-distinct-spider-venoms
#13
Vera Oldrati, Dominique Koua, Pierre-Marie Allard, Nicolas Hulo, Miriam Arrell, Wolfgang Nentwig, Frédérique Lisacek, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Lucia Kuhn-Nentwig, Reto Stöcklin
Venom based research is exploited to find novel candidates for the development of innovative pharmacological tools, drug candidates and new ingredients for cosmetic and agrochemical industries. Moreover, venomics, as a well-established approach in systems biology, helps to elucidate the genetic mechanisms of the production of such a great molecular biodiversity. Today the advances made in the proteomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics fields, favor venomics, allowing the in depth study of complex matrices and the elucidation even of minor compounds present in minute biological samples...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303192/adaptation-of-acaricide-stress-facilitates-tetranychus-urticae-expanding-against-tetranychus-cinnabarinus-in-china
#14
Wencai Lu, Mengyao Wang, Zhifeng Xu, Guangmao Shen, Peng Wei, Ming Li, William Reid, Lin He
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, and the carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus, are invasive and native species in China, respectively. Compared with T. cinnabarinus, T. urticae has expanded into most parts of China and has become the dominant species of spider mite since 1983, when it was first reported in China. However, the mechanism of the demographic conversion has not been illuminated. In this study, one T. urticae field population and one T. cinnabarinus field population were isolated from the same plant in the same field, and the toxicological characteristics were compared between these two species...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301520/the-structure-dynamics-and-selectivity-profile-of-a-nav1-7-potency-optimised-huwentoxin-iv-variant
#15
Sassan Rahnama, Jennifer R Deuis, Fernanda C Cardoso, Venkatraman Ramanujam, Richard J Lewis, Lachlan D Rash, Glenn F King, Irina Vetter, Mehdi Mobli
Venom-derived peptides have attracted much attention as potential lead molecules for pharmaceutical development. A well-known example is Huwentoxin-IV (HwTx-IV), a peptide toxin isolated from the venom of the Chinese bird-eating spider Haplopelma schmitdi. HwTx-IV was identified as a potent blocker of a human voltage-gated sodium channel (hNaV1.7), which is a genetically validated analgesic target. The peptide was promising as it showed high potency at NaV1.7 (IC50 ~26 nM) and selectivity over the cardiac NaV subtype (NaV1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289774/an-estimated-400-800-million-tons-of-prey-are-annually-killed-by-the-global-spider-community
#16
Martin Nyffeler, Klaus Birkhofer
Spiders have been suspected to be one of the most important groups of natural enemies of insects worldwide. To document the impact of the global spider community as insect predators, we present estimates of the biomass of annually killed insect prey. Our estimates assessed with two different methods suggest that the annual prey kill of the global spider community is in the range of 400-800 million metric tons (fresh weight), with insects and collembolans composing >90% of the captured prey. This equals approximately 1‰ of the global terrestrial net primary production...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289773/temporal-variation-in-size-assortative-mating-and-male-mate-choice-in-a-spider-with-amphisexual-care
#17
Rafael R Moura, Marcelo O Gonzaga
Males should be more selective when they have a high investment in reproduction, especially in species with biparental or paternal care. In this context, male mate choice can promote size-assortative mating (SAM) when (1) large males win intrasexual disputes, (2) large females are more fecund, and (3) males prefer larger females to smaller ones. In the spider Manogea porracea, males exhibit high reproductive investment by building their webs above those of females and exhibiting extended care of offspring in the absence of females...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288817/animal-venoms-as-a-source-of-natural-antimicrobials-an-overview
#18
REVIEW
Ramar Perumal Samy, Bradley G Stiles, Octavio L Franco, Gautam Sethi, Lina Hk Lim
Hospitals are breeding grounds for many life-threatening bacteria worldwide. Clinically associated gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus/methicillin-resistant S. aureus and many others increase the risk of severe mortality and morbidity. The failure of antibiotics to kill various pathogens due to bacterial resistance highlights the urgent need to develop novel, potent, and less toxic agents from natural sources against various infectious agents. Currently, several promising classes of natural molecules from snake (terrestrial and sea), scorpion, spider, honey bee and wasp venoms hold promise as rich sources of chemotherapeutics against infectious pathogens...
March 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288560/duplication-and-concerted-evolution-of-misp-encoding-genes-underlie-the-material-properties-of-minor-ampullate-silks-of-cobweb-weaving-spiders
#19
Jannelle M Vienneau-Hathaway, Elizabeth R Brassfield, Amanda Kelly Lane, Matthew A Collin, Sandra M Correa-Garhwal, Thomas H Clarke, Evelyn E Schwager, Jessica E Garb, Cheryl Y Hayashi, Nadia A Ayoub
BACKGROUND: Orb-web weaving spiders and their relatives use multiple types of task-specific silks. The majority of spider silk studies have focused on the ultra-tough dragline silk synthesized in major ampullate glands, but other silk types have impressive material properties. For instance, minor ampullate silks of orb-web weaving spiders are as tough as draglines, due to their higher extensibility despite lower strength. Differences in material properties between silk types result from differences in their component proteins, particularly members of the spidroin (spider fibroin) gene family...
March 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288208/correction-proximate-mechanism-of-behavioral-manipulation-of-an-orb-weaver-spider-host-by-a-parasitoid-wasp
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0171336.].
2017: PloS One
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