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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448597/reconstructing-grassland-fire-history-using-sedimentary-charcoal-considering-count-size-and-shape
#1
Berangere A Leys, Julie L Commerford, Kendra K McLauchlan
Fire is a key Earth system process, with 80% of annual fire activity taking place in grassland areas. However, past fire regimes in grassland systems have been difficult to quantify due to challenges in interpreting the charcoal signal in depositional environments. To improve reconstructions of grassland fire regimes, it is essential to assess two key traits: (1) charcoal count, and (2) charcoal shape. In this study, we quantified the number of charcoal pieces in 51 sediment samples of ponds in the Great Plains and tested its relevance as a proxy for the fire regime by examining 13 potential factors influencing charcoal count, including various fire regime components (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448554/evaluation-of-efficiency-of-controlled-pollination-based-parentage-analysis-in-a-larix-gmelinii-var-principis-rupprechtii-mayr-seed-orchard
#2
Wenting Sun, Dade Yu, Mingliang Dong, Jian Zhao, Xiaoping Wang, Hongjing Zhang, Jinfeng Zhang
Controlled pollination (CP) is an important tool for breeding programs to improve seed quality, as it rapidly generates desirable genotypes and maximizes genetic gains. However, few studies have evaluated the success rate of CP, especially in Larix gmelinii var. principis-rupprechtii Mayr. seed orchards. In this study, we estimated the rate of correct parentage in 257 CP progeny in an L. gmelinii var. principis-rupprechtii seed orchard from ten candidate parents using 13 microsatellites. The parentage exclusion probabilities of all combined loci in the single parent and parent pair tests were > 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448467/chemical-composition-and-biological-activities-of-mono-and-heterofloral-bee-pollen-of-different-geographical-origins
#3
Jucilene Silva Araújo, Emerson Dechechi Chambó, Maria Angélica Pereira de Carvalho Costa, Samira Maria Peixoto Cavalcante da Silva, Carlos Alfredo Lopes de Carvalho, Leticia M Estevinho
Recent research shows variations in pollen chemical constituents and, consequently, in their therapeutic properties. Mono and multifloral bee pollen extracts were investigated for antioxidant and enzyme inhibitory activity properties, phenolic compounds and fatty acid composition. Generally, Eucalyptus spp. and multifloral extracts exhibited potent inhibitory activity against α-amylase, acetylcholinesterase, tyrosinase, lipoxygenase, lipase and hyaluronidase. On the other hand, Miconia spp. demonstrated higher antihemolytic activity...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446636/insights-into-the-evolution-of-hydroxyproline-rich-glycoproteins-from-1000-plant-transcriptomes
#4
Kim L Johnson, Andrew M Cassin, Andrew Lonsdale, Gane Ka-Shu Wong, Doug Soltis, Nicholas W Miles, Michael Melkonian, Barbara Melkonian, Michael K Deyholos, James Leebens-Mack, Carl J Rothfels, Dennis W Stevenson, Sean W Graham, Xumin Wang, Shuangxiu Wu, J Chris Pires, Patrick P Edger, Eric J Carpenter, Antony Bacic, Monika Susanne Doblin, Carolyn J Schultz
The carbohydrate-rich cell walls of land plants and algae have been the focus of much interest given the value of cell wall based products to our current and future economies. Hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs), a major group of wall glycoproteins, play important roles in plant growth and development, yet little is known about how they have evolved in parallel with the polysaccharide components of walls. We investigate the origins and evolution of the HRGP superfamily, which is commonly divided into three major multigene families: the arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs), extensins (EXTs) and proline-rich proteins (PRPs)...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444448/the-5-untranslated-region-of-potato-sbglr-gene-contributes-to-pollen-specific-expression
#5
Yujie Chang, Min Yan, Jingjuan Yu, Dengyun Zhu, Qian Zhao
The 5'UTR of SBgLR enhances gene expression by regulating both its transcription and translation. SBgLR (Solanum tuberosum genomic lysine rich) is a pollen-specific gene in Solanum tuberosum that encodes a microtubule-associated protein. The region from -85 to +180 (transcription start site at +1) was determined to be critical for specific expression in pollen grains. Transient and stable expression assays showed that the 5'UTR (from +1 to +184) enhanced gene expression in all detected tissues of transgenic tobacco...
April 25, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444386/coevolution-with-pollinating-resin-midges-led-to-resin-filled-nurseries-in-the-androecia-gynoecia-and-tepals-of-kadsura-schisandraceae
#6
Shi-Xiao Luo, Ting-Ting Liu, Fei Cui, Zi-Yin Yang, Xiao-Ying Hu, Susanne S Renner
Background and Aims: Resin is a defence against herbivores and a floral reward in a few African and South American species whose bee pollinators collect it for nest construction. Here we describe a new role for floral resin from the Asian genus Kadsura (Schisandraceae). Kadsura tepals tightly cover a globe formed by carpels (in females) or near-fused stamens with fleshy connectives (in male flowers of most, but not all species). Methods: We carried out field observations at four sites in China and used pollinator behavioural assays, chemical analyses and time-calibrated insect and plant phylogenies to investigate the specificity of the interactions and their relationship to floral structure...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444378/how-efficient-is-apis-cerana-hymenoptera-apidae-in-pollinating-cabbage-brassica-oleracea-var-capitata-pollination-behavior-pollinator-effectiveness-pollinator-requirement-and-impact-of-pollination
#7
Johnson Stanley, Khushboo Sah, Avupati Rns Subbanna, G Preetha, JaiPrakash Gupta
Cabbage is a cross-pollinated crop because of sporophytic self-incompatibility, and honey bees play an important role in its pollination. Though Asian honey bees, Apis cerana F., are used in pollination of cabbage, the rate of visitation, behavior, pollinator efficacy, and impact on seed-set are to be determined. Apis cerana occupy a share of 19.18% of all the flower visitors of cabbage in natural habitat of North Western Indian Himalayas. Pollination behavior in terms of peak activity, flowers processed per unit time, time spent per flower, and time spent in search of flowers are studied separately for both pollen and nectar foragers...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441993/randomized-placebo-controlled-study-of-cetirizine-and-loratadine-in-children-with-seasonal-allergic-rhinitis
#8
Anjuli S Nayak, William E Berger, Craig F LaForce, Eduardo R Urdaneta, Mitesh K Patel, Kathleen B Franklin, Mei-Miau Wu
BACKGROUND: Pharmacologic treatment is a mainstay of allergy therapy and many caregivers use over-the-counter antihistamines for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) symptoms in children. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of cetirizine 10 mg syrup versus loratadine 10 mg syrup versus placebo syrup in a randomized double-blind study of children, ages 6-11 years, with SAR. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled study was conducted at 71 U...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441955/self-in-compatibility-in-apricot-germplasm-is-controlled-by-two-major-loci-s-and-m
#9
Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, Inmaculada López, María L Badenes, Carlos Romero
BACKGROUND: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) exhibits a gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system and it is mostly considered as a self-incompatible species though numerous self-compatible exceptions occur. These are mainly linked to the mutated S C-haplotype carrying an insertion in the S-locus F-box gene that leads to a truncated protein. However, two S-locus unlinked pollen-part mutations (PPMs) termed m and m' have also been reported to confer self-compatibility (SC) in the apricot cultivars 'Canino' and 'Katy', respectively...
April 26, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441780/pollen-grain-preservation-and-fertility-in-valuable-commercial-rose-cultivars
#10
Annalisa Giovannini, Anca Macovei, Matteo Caser, Andrea Mansuino, Gian Guido Ghione, Marco Savona, Daniela Carbonera, Valentina Scariot, Alma Balestrazzi
In the cut flower market, traditional breeding is still the best way to achieve new rose cultivars. The geographical delocalization of cultivar constitution (generally made in Europe and North America) and plant cultivation (large areas in Africa and South America) represents a limit point for crossing and selection. Rose breeders often need to overcome geographical distances, resulting in asynchrony in flowering among crossing parents, by storing and sending pollen. Hence, a key aspect in breeding programs is linked to pollen availability and conservation, jointly with the identification of parameters related to pollen fertility...
April 24, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439939/identification-of-a-polygalacturonase-cup-s-2-as-the-major-ccd-bearing-allergen-in-cupressus-sempervirens-pollen
#11
Youcef Shahali, Jean-Pierre Sutra, Christiane Hilger, Kyria Swiontek, Iman Haddad, Joelle Vinh, Laurence Guilloux, Denis Charpin, Hélène Sénéchal, Pascal Poncet
Since IgE glyco-epitopes, also referred to as cross-reactive carbohydrate determinants (CCDs), can share significant structural homologies between different plants, they are prone to extensive cross-reactivity among allergen pollen extracts. Here, cypress pollen allergens, especially a polygalacturonase (PG), were further characterized using double one dimensional electrophoresis (D1-DE). The presence of specific IgE directed against CCDs was investigated by bromelain IgE inhibition and concanavalin A binding assays using sera of cypress pollen sensitized patients...
April 25, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438561/cryopreservation-of-oil-palm-elaeis-guineensis-jacq
#12
REVIEW
Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Florent Engelmann
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.), a tropical plant, is the leading source of edible oil. This review deals with the cryopreservation of oil palm as a way to preserve this important tropical germplasm. Somatic embryos have been the most popular source of material for cryopreservation as they are propagules that are effectively produced during micropropagation. In contrast, fewer studies exist on the cryopreservation of pollen, zygotic embryos, seeds, kernels and embryogenic cell suspensions. This review highlights the ideal protocols, in detail, in a bid to offer guidance for further advances in oil palm cryopreservation...
April 21, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438120/transcriptomic-analysis-links-gene-expression-to-unilateral-pollen-pistil-reproductive-barriers
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Amanda K Broz, Rafael F Guerrero, April M Randle, You Soon Baek, Matthew W Hahn, Patricia A Bedinger
BACKGROUND: Unilateral incompatibility (UI) is an asymmetric reproductive barrier that unidirectionally prevents gene flow between species and/or populations. UI is characterized by a compatible interaction between partners in one direction, but in the reciprocal cross fertilization fails, generally due to pollen tube rejection by the pistil. Although UI has long been observed in crosses between different species, the underlying molecular mechanisms are only beginning to be characterized...
April 24, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437767/building-integrated-agriculture-a-first-assessment-of-aerobiological-air-quality-in-rooftop-greenhouses-i-rtgs
#14
Mireia Ercilla-Montserrat, Rebeca Izquierdo, Jordina Belmonte, Juan Ignacio Montero, Pere Muñoz, Concepción De Linares, Joan Rieradevall
Building-integrated rooftop greenhouse (i-RTG) agriculture has intensified in recent years, due to the growing interest in the development of new agricultural spaces and in the promotion of food self-sufficiency in urban areas. This paper provides a first assessment of the indoor dynamics of bioaerosols in an i-RTG, with the aim of evaluating biological air quality in a tomato greenhouse near Barcelona. It evaluates the greenhouse workers' exposure to airborne pollen and fungal spores in order to prevent allergy problems associated with occupational tasks...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433742/transposon-mediated-nlr-exile-to-the-pollen-allows-rice-blast-resistance-without-yield-penalty
#15
Stella Cesari, Thomas Kroj
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 19, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431537/the-role-of-flower-pollen-extract-in-managing-patients-affected-by-chronic-prostatitis-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome-a-comprehensive-analysis-of-all-published-clinical-trials
#16
Tommaso Cai, Paolo Verze, Roberto La Rocca, Umberto Anceschi, Cosimo De Nunzio, Vincenzo Mirone
BACKGROUND: Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is still a challenge to manage for all physicians. We feel that a summary of the current literature and a systematic review to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of flower pollen extract would be helpful for physicians who are considering a phytotherapeutic approach to treating patients with CP/CPPS. METHODS: A comprehensive search of the PubMed and Embase databases up to June 2016 was performed...
April 21, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430996/asymmetric-hybridization-in-cattails-typha-spp-and-its-implications-for-the-evolutionary-maintenance-of-native-typha-latifolia
#17
Sara J Pieper, Allison A Nicholls, Joanna R Freeland, Marcel E Dorken
Cattails (Typha spp.) have become an increasingly dominant component of wetlands in eastern North America and this dominance is largely attributable to the high frequency of Typha × glauca, the hybrid of native T. latifolia and putatively introduced T. angustifolia. Hybridization in this group is asymmetric, with T. angustifolia nearly always the maternal parent of F1 hybrids. However, the magnitude of hybrid infertility and whether mating asymmetries extend to the formation of advanced-generation hybrids have not been examined...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430801/honey-bees-preferentially-consume-freshly-stored-pollen
#18
Mark J Carroll, Nicholas Brown, Craig Goodall, Alexandra M Downs, Timothy H Sheenan, Kirk E Anderson
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) collect and store both honey and pollen in preserved forms. Pollen storage involves the addition of honey or nectar and oral secretions to pollen granules. It is controversial whether the duration of pollen storage alters the palatability or nutritive value of the pollen storage medium. We examined how bees utilize different-aged stored pollen during an extended pollen flow. The deposition of pollen into wax cells and subsequent consumption were monitored daily on 18 brood frames from 6 colonies over an 8d observation period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428861/does-the-morphological-fit-between-flowers-and-pollinators-affect-pollen-deposition-an-experimental-test-in-a-buzz-pollinated-species-with-anther-dimorphism
#19
Lislie Solís-Montero, Mario Vallejo-Marín
Some pollination systems, such as buzz-pollination, are associated with floral morphologies that require a close physical interaction between floral sexual organs and insect visitors. In these systems, a pollinator's size relative to the flower may be an important feature determining whether the visitor touches both male and female sexual organs and thus transfers pollen between plants efficiently. To date, few studies have addressed whether in fact the "fit" between flower and pollinator influences pollen transfer, particularly among buzz-pollinated species...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428842/incipient-ecological-speciation-between-successional-varieties-of-a-dominant-tree-involves-intrinsic-postzygotic-isolating-barriers
#20
Elizabeth A Stacy, Bhama Paritosh, Melissa A Johnson, Donald K Price
Whereas disruptive selection imposed by heterogeneous environments can lead to the evolution of extrinsic isolating barriers between diverging populations, the evolution of intrinsic postzygotic barriers through divergent selection is less certain. Long-lived species such as trees may be especially slow to evolve intrinsic isolating barriers. We examined postpollination reproductive isolating barriers below the species boundary, in an ephemeral hybrid zone between two successional varieties of the landscape-dominant Hawaiian tree, Metrosideros polymorpha, on volcanically active Hawai'i Island...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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