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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134400/safe-sites-of-pollen-placement-a-conflict-of-interest-between-plants-and-bees
#1
Ze-Yu Tong, Shuang-Quan Huang
Plant stigmas and bee pollinators are competitors for pollen. Pollen placed on a pollinator's body can be picked up by conspecific stigmas or it can be collected by the pollinator as food. Hypothetically, one solution is for pollen to be placed on 'safe sites' on the pollinator's body, sites where the pollinator cannot easily remove it, leaving the pollen for stigmas. We compared 14 sites on the bumblebee body in terms of the ability of the bee to groom off fluorescent power, a dust that may be thought of as analogous to pollen...
November 13, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134290/re-emergence-of-lilium-callosum-sieb-et-zucc-in-taiwan-after-a-fire-allows-propagation-and-renews-the-possibility-of-conservation
#2
Ying Chun Chen, Yang Jung Huang, Chiu Mei Wang, Chin An Chiu, Huey Ling Lin, Pei Fang Lee, Ya Ming Cheng, Chen Chang
BACKGROUND: Lilium callosum is native to Taiwan, but little is known about it since it has been considered extinct since 1915. After the rediscovery of this rare species after a fire in 2011 in Tunghsiao Township, intensive work has been conducted to count the number in the wild population, to develop a conservation strategy, and to understand its reproductive characteristics and even economic potential. RESULTS: To conserve the germplasm of this population, three scales from a wild L...
November 13, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118416/protein-nutrition-governs-within-host-race-of-honey-bee-pathogens
#3
Manuel Tritschler, Jutta J Vollmann, Orlando Yañez, Nor Chejanovsky, Karl Crailsheim, Peter Neumann
Multiple infections are common in honey bees, Apis mellifera, but the possible role of nutrition in this regard is poorly understood. Microsporidian infections, which are promoted by protein-fed, can negatively correlate with virus infections, but the role of protein nutrition for the microsporidian-virus interface is unknown. Here, we challenged naturally deformed wing virus - B (DWV-B) infected adult honey bee workers fed with or without pollen ( = protein) in hoarding cages, with the microsporidian Nosema ceranae...
November 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080463/ameliorative-effects-of-bee-pollen-and-date-palm-pollen-on-the-glycemic-state-and-male-sexual-dysfunctions-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-wistar-rats
#4
Nema A Mohamed, Osama M Ahmed, Walaa G Hozayen, Marium A Ahmed
This study aimed to assess the effects of bee pollen (BP) and/or date palm pollen (DPP) suspensions on the glycemic state, testicular dysfunctions, oxidative stress and antioxidant defense system in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic male Wistar rats. Diabetes mellitus was induced by single intraperitoneal injection of STZ to overnight-fasted rats at dose of 40mg/kg body weight. After 1 week of STZ injection, diabetic rats were treated with BP and/or DPP suspensions at dose levels of 100mg/kg body weight/day for 4 weeks...
October 25, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033539/possible-association-between-subtypes-of-dry-eye-disease-and-seasonal-variation
#5
Masahiko Ayaki, Motoko Kawashima, Miki Uchino, Kazuo Tsubota, Kazuno Negishi
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of seasons on the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional, case-control study, and participants were non-DED subjects (n=1,916, mean age 54.4±14.4 years) and DED patients (n=684, 54.2±12.1 years) visiting six eye clinics at various practices and locations in Japan. We evaluated the signs and symptoms of DED and the seasons with the most severe results were compared to those with the least severe results in both groups...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965257/annual-and-intradiurnal-variation-of-dominant-airborne-pollen-and-the-effects-of-meteorological-factors-in-%C3%A3-e%C3%A5-me-izmir-turkey
#6
Ulas Uguz, Aykut Guvensen, Nedret Sengonca Tort
In this present study, airborne pollen in Çeşme was investigated between February 17, 2012 and February 17, 2014 using the volumetric method. Çeşme, one of Turkey's most important tourism centers, which attracts numerous local and foreign tourists each year, is a district of Izmir, a province in the western part of Turkey. During the 2-year study, 12,905 pollen grains belonging to 64 taxa (33 arboreal, 31 non-arboreal plants) were detected. However, the 2-year data results revealed that the taxa with the pollen concentration more than 4% in the atmosphere were Cupressaceae/Taxaceae (4268 pollen, 33...
September 30, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915873/a-prospective-cohort-study-on-ambient-air-pollution-and-respiratory-morbidities-including-childhood-asthma-in-adolescents-from-the-western-cape-province-study-protocol
#7
Toyib Olaniyan, Mohamed Jeebhay, Martin Röösli, Rajen Naidoo, Roslynn Baatjies, Nino Künzil, Ming Tsai, Mark Davey, Kees de Hoogh, Dilys Berman, Bhawoodien Parker, Joy Leaner, Mohamed Aqiel Dalvie
BACKGROUND: There is evidence from existing literature that ambient air pollutant exposure in early childhood likely plays an important role in asthma exacerbation and other respiratory symptoms, with greater effect among asthmatic children. However, there is inconclusive evidence on the role of ambient air pollutant exposures in relation to increasing asthma prevalence as well as asthma induction in children. At the population level, little is known about the potential synergistic effects between pollen allergens and air pollutants since this type of association poses challenges in uncontrolled real life settings...
September 16, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890769/pollen-load-and-flower-constancy-of-three-species-of-stingless-bees-hymenoptera-apidae-meliponinae
#8
Norita Widya Pangestika, Tri Atmowidi, Sih Kahono
The genera of stingless bees play an important role as pollinators of plants. These bees are actively involved in the pollination of agricultural crops and known to have preferences in selecting flowers to pollinate. The aims of this study were to analyse the pollen load and flower constancy in Tetragonula laeviceps, Lepidotrigona terminata, and Heterotrigona itama. Each individual of species stingless bees collected and was put in a 1.5 mL micro-tube contain 0.5 mL 70% ethanol:glycerol (4:1). Pollen loads on each individual of stingless bees was counted by hemocytometer...
July 2017: Tropical Life Sciences Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889361/brevibacillus-laterosporus-isolated-from-the-digestive-tract-of-honeybees-has-high-antimicrobial-activity-and-promotes-growth-and-productivity-of-honeybee-s-colonies
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Jamal M Khaled, Fahd A Al-Mekhlafi, Ramzi A Mothana, Naiyf S Alharbi, Khalid E Alzaharni, Anwar H Sharafaddin, Shine Kadaikunnan, Ahmed S Alobaidi, Noofal I Bayaqoob, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Giovanni Benelli
The development of novel antimicrobial drugs, as well as the discovery of novel compounds able to promote honeybee's growth, represents major challenges for modern entomology. The main aim of this study was to investigate whether Brevibacillus laterosporus isolated from the digestive tract of Saudi honeybees, Apis mellifera, was able to stimulate colony strength parameters of honeybees and to evaluate its ability to produce antimicrobial agents. Honeybees were collected in Dirab, Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia, and microorganisms were isolated and identified by 16S ribosomal RNA analysis...
September 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798556/a-metabolomic-geographic-and-seasonal-analysis-of-the-contribution-of-pollen-derived-adenosine-to-allergic-sensitization
#10
Geoffrey A Mueller, Peter M Thompson, Eugene F DeRose, Thomas M O'Connell, Robert E London
BACKGROUND: Studies on ragweed and birch pollen extracts suggested that the adenosine content is an important factor in allergic sensitization. However, exposure levels from other pollens and considerations of geographic and seasonal factors have not been evaluated. OBJECTIVE: This study compared the metabolite profile of pollen species important for allergic disease, specifically measured the adenosine content, and evaluated exposure to pollen-derived adenosine...
December 2016: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752721/phleum-pratense-molecular-pattern-across-italy
#11
G Ciprandi, E Scala, R Ariano
Introduction. Phleum pratense (Timothy grass) is the most frequent cause of grass allergy in Europe. Molecular-based allergy diagnostics have been recently introduced in the clinical practice, allowing to define and characterize exactly the sensitization profile. Aim of the study. The present study was aimed to investigate the possible relationships between Graminaceae pollen data and the pattern of IgE reactivity to different allergen components across Italy. Methods. Pollen data, including duration and quantity, were recorded over a 10-year period in 24 Italian centres located along the Italian peninsula...
July 2017: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745780/the-ambient-pollen-distribution-in-beijing-urban-area-and-its-relationship-with-consumption-of-outpatient-anti-allergic-prescriptions
#12
X-Y Wang, Z-M Tian, H-Y Ning, X-Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: The impact of pollen exposure on allergy medication is poorly characterized. We aim to study the main kind of ambient pollen in Beijing urban area and the correlation with outpatient anti-allergic prescriptions throughout one year in a tertiary hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With a modified volumetric trap, ambient pollens were sampled from January to December 2015. Meanwhile, information on 15 anti-allergic medication prescriptions in outpatient pharmacy was obtained and analyzed by generalized linear model...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734739/serum-levels-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-antigens-1-and-2-reflect-disease-severity-and-clinical-type-of-atopic-dermatitis-in-adult-patients
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Tomoko Okawa, Yukie Yamaguchi, Kenzen Kou, Junya Ono, Yoshinori Azuma, Noriko Komitsu, Yusuke Inoue, Masumi Kohno, Setsuko Matsukura, Takeshi Kambara, Shoichiro Ohta, Kenji Izuhara, Michiko Aihara
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have indicated that serum levels of squamous cell carcinoma antigen (SCCA) 1 and 2 induced by type 2 cytokines such as IL-4 and IL-13, are increased in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD). However, no clinical studies have analyzed serum levels of SCCA2 in larger series of AD patients or their association with various clinical characteristics. This study was performed to clarify whether serum levels of SCCA2 are associated with disease severity and clinical phenotypes of adult AD patients...
July 19, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723912/ginger-and-the-beetle-evidence-of-primitive-pollination-system-in-a-himalayan-endemic-alpine-ginger-roscoea-alpina-zingiberaceae
#14
Babu Ram Paudel, Mani Shrestha, Adrian G Dyer, Qing-Jun Li
The Himalayan endemic alpine genus Roscoea, like other members of ginger family, exhibits the combination of floral traits that would fit pollination by long distant foragers such as bees, birds or flies. We studied the pollination biology of Roscoea alpina, observed potential floral visitors and determined their foraging behaviour, visitation frequency and pollination efficiency, to seek evidence in support of the pollination syndrome hypothesis. We also measured the floral spectra of R. alpina flowers to evaluate if signals fit with the currently known framework for observed floral visitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719626/impact-of-respiratory-infections-outdoor-pollen-and-socioeconomic-status-on-associations-between-air-pollutants-and-pediatric-asthma-hospital-admissions
#15
Julie E Goodman, Christine T Loftus, Xiaobin Liu, Ke Zu
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology studies have shown that ambient concentrations of ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) are associated with increased emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions (HAs) for asthma. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the impact of outdoor pollen, respiratory infections, and socioeconomic status (SES) on the associations between ambient ozone and PM2.5 and asthma HAs in New York City. METHODS: Daily ozone, PM2.5, meteorological factors, pollen, and hospitalization records during 1999 to 2009 were obtained for New York City residents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718953/computational-validation-of-the-recently-proposed-pollen-season-definition-criteria
#16
K Karatzas, M Riga, U Berger, M Werchan, O Pfaar, K Ch Bergmann
In a recently published paper (Pfaar et al., 2016), a Task Force of the Immunotherapy and Aerobiology and Pollution Interest Groups of the EAACI suggested specific criteria for the definition of pollen exposure times for three types of pollen events: (a) Pollen Season (PS) start and end, (b) high pollen season (or Peak Pollen Period-PPP) start and end, and (c) high pollen days. Species addressed included Birch, Grasses, Cypress, Olive, and Ragweed. Two important questions arise from the aforementioned definitions: (i) do they lead to a narrow (thus well defined) time interval identifying start and end event dates (robustness of the criteria) and (ii) if slightly altered, will they result to a narrow (thus again well defined) fluctuation of start and end event dates (sensitivity of the criteria)? In an effort to provide with responses to aforementioned questions, we analyzed Poaceae pollen count data coming from Germany (up to 40 pollen monitoring stations, years 2012-2016)...
July 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665769/lack-of-evidence-for-microplastic-contamination-in-honey
#17
Peter Mühlschlegel, Armin Hauk, Ulrich Walter, Robert Sieber
Honey samples from Switzerland were investigated with regard to their microplastic particle burden. Five representative honey samples of different origin were processed following a standardized protocol to separate plastic-based microparticles from particles of natural origin, such as pollen, propolis, wax, and bee-related debris. The procedure was optimized to minimize post-sampling microplastic cross-contamination in the laboratory. The isolated microplastic particles were characterized and grouped by means of light microscopy as well as chemically characterized by microscopically coupled Raman and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
November 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566688/sublingual-house-dust-mite-immunotherapy-has-no-impact-on-decrease-of-circulating-erythrocytes-upon-airway-allergen-challenge-in-allergic-rhinitis
#18
Galateja Jordakieva, Michael Kundi, Patrick Lemell, René Zieglmayer, Petra Zieglmayer, Jasminka Godnic-Cvar, Erika Jensen-Jarolim
House dust mite (HDM) allergy is a predominant cause for perennial allergic rhinitis (AR) in Europe. We recently reported that circulating erythrocyte numbers decrease after airway allergen challenge in a murine asthma model and in grass-pollen sensitized AR subjects. Consequently, we aimed to evaluate these findings in HDM sensitized AR subjects and the influence of preceding allergen immunotherapy. Seventy-seven (age 26.8 ± 7.3 years; 54.5% female) HDM-allergic rhinitis subjects previously enrolled in a randomized, monocentric sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) trial at the Vienna Challenge Chamber (VCC) were included...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542337/changes-in-hospitalizations-for-chronic-respiratory-diseases-after-two-successive-smoking-bans-in-spain
#19
Iñaki Galán, Lorena Simón, Elena Boldo, Cristina Ortiz, Rafael Fernández-Cuenca, Cristina Linares, María José Medrano, Roberto Pastor-Barriuso
BACKGROUND: Existing evidence on the effects of smoke-free policies on respiratory diseases is scarce and inconclusive. Spain enacted two consecutive smoke-free regulations: a partial ban in 2006 and a comprehensive ban in 2011. We estimated their impact on hospital admissions via emergency departments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. METHODS: Data for COPD (ICD-9 490-492, 494-496) came from 2003-2012 hospital admission records from the fourteen largest provinces of Spain and from five provinces for asthma (ICD-9 493)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510185/morphological-physiological-cytological-and-phytochemical-studies-in-diploid-and-colchicine-induced-tetraploid-plants-of-fagopyrum-tataricum-l-gaertn
#20
Lin-Jiao Wang, Mao-Yin Sheng, Pei-Cai Wen, Jia-Ying Du
BACKGROUND: Tartary buckwheat are very popular as an important functional food material and its cultivation is very widespread in our whole world, but there obviously lack works in the researches of genetic breeding for agricultural and medicinal utilization. The aim of this study is to obtain good germplasm resources for agricultural and medicinal use of tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) by inducing the tetraploid plants. RESULTS: Four cultivars of F. tataricum, that is, Qianwei 2#, Jinku 2#, Chuanqiao 1#, and Liuqiao 1# were selected to experiment...
December 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
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