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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545206/the-performance-of-an-efficient-dairy-system-using-a-combination-of-nitrogen-leaching-mitigation-strategies-in-a-variable-climate
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P C Beukes, A J Romera, P Gregorini, K A Macdonald, C B Glassey, M A Shepherd
An efficient dairy system, that implemented a combination of nitrogen (N) leaching mitigation strategies including lower N fertilizer input, standing cows off pasture for part of the day in autumn and winter (stand-off), and importing limited amounts of low protein supplements was evaluated over four consecutive years of a farmlet study. This efficient system consistently demonstrated a lower measured annual N leaching of 40 to 50% compared with a baseline system representing current practice with no mitigations...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544267/genetic-variation-within-species-and-haplotypes-of-the-wiseana-lepidoptera-hepialidae-complex-and-development-of-non-sequenced-based-identification-tools-to-aid-field-studies
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Nicola K Richards, Sarah Mansfield, Richard J Townsend, Colin M Ferguson
BACKGROUND: Porina is the common name used to describe moths and caterpillars of the seven endemic species and three haplotypes of Wiseana in New Zealand. Several species have adapted to eating introduced pasture plants, however a paucity of defining morphological characteristics has meant that porina are grouped as indistinguishable species within a complex. This study aimed to develop non-sequencing identification methods for porina species. RESULTS: We sequenced 1, 718 bp of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase genes for all Wiseana species and haplotypes using 75 specimens collected from 42 sites throughout New Zealand...
May 22, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544252/soil-organic-carbon-dynamics-jointly-controlled-by-climate-carbon-inputs-soil-properties-and-soil-carbon-fractions
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Zhongkui Luo, Wenting Feng, Yiqi Luo, Jeff Baldock, Enli Wang
Soil organic carbon (SOC) dynamics are regulated by the complex interplay of climatic, edaphic and biotic conditions. However, the interrelation of SOC and these drivers and their potential connection networks are rarely assessed quantitatively. Using observations of SOC dynamics with detailed soil properties from 90 field trials at 28 sites under different agroecosystems across the Australian cropping regions, we investigated the direct and indirect effects of climate, soil properties, carbon (C) inputs and soil C pools (a total of 17 variables) on SOC change rate (rC , Mg C ha(-1) yr(-1) )...
May 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542901/mechanisms-and-implications-of-a-type-iv-functional-response-for-short-term-intake-rate-of-dry-matter-in-large-mammalian-herbivores
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J C Mezzalira, O J F Bonnet, P C de F Carvalho, L Fonseca, C Bremm, C C Mezzalira, E A Laca
1.The functional response (i.e. the relationship between consumers' intake rate and resource density) is central in plant-herbivore interactions. Its shape and the biological processes leading to it have significant implications for both foraging theory and ecology of grazing systems. 2.A type IV functional response (i.e. dome-shaped relationship) of short-term intake rate of dry matter (intake while grazing) has rarely been reported for large herbivores and the conditions that can lead to it are poorly understood...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539533/evaluation-of-control-measures-for-bovine-viral-diarrhea-implemented-in-nemuro-district-hokkaido-japan-using-a-scenario-tree-model
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Norikazu Isoda, Akihiro Asano, Michiru Ichijo, Shiho Wakamori, Hiroshi Ohno, Kazuhiko Sato, Hirokazu Okamoto, Shigeru Nakao, Hajime Kato, Kazuma Saito, Naoki Ito, Akira Usui, Hiroaki Takayama, Yoshihiro Sakoda
A scenario tree model was developed to propose efficient bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) control measures. The model used field data in eastern Hokkaido where the risk of BVDV infection in cattle has been reduced by an eradication program including mass vaccination, individual tests prior to communal pasture grazing, herd screening tests using bulk milk, and outbreak investigations of newly infected herds. These four activities were then used as hypothesized control measures in the simulation. In each simulation, the numbers of cattle infected persistently and transiently with BVDV detected by clinical manifestations and diagnosis tests and of missed by all of the diagnosis tests were calculated, and the numbers were used as indicators to be compared for the efficacy of the control measures...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536880/seasonal-variation-of-strongylosis-in-working-donkeys-of-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-studies
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Motuma Debelo Dibaba, A M Getachew, Zerihun Assefa, Alemayehu Fanta, Manyahilishal Etana, Seyoum Firew, Lemessa Goshu, F Burden
Helminths are one of the major health problems of working donkeys, often with heavy worm burden and contributing to their early demise and/or reduction in their work output. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies were conducted to investigate the current infection prevalence and level of strongyles infection donkeys would acquire through different seasons in the mid-lowland agro-ecological zones of Ethiopia. For this purpose, faecal samples from 206 (cross-sectional study) and 102 (longitudinal study) randomly selected donkeys were directly collected from the rectum and analysed...
May 24, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535838/are-sainfoin-or-protein-supplements-alternatives-to-control-small-strongyle-infection-in-horses
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C Collas, G Sallé, B Dumont, J Cabaret, J Cortet, W Martin-Rosset, L Wimel, G Fleurance
The spread of anthelmintic resistance in equine strongyle nematodes has become a major problem, advocating for the development of alternative control for strongyles. Our study consisted of both in vivo and in vitro experiments. We investigate for the first time the efficacy of a short-term consumption of tannin-rich sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) or extra proteins in naturally infected horses. We used 30 horses allocated into three groups of 10 individuals that received for 18 days either (i) a tannin-rich diet with 70% DM sainfoin pellets (Sd), (ii) a protein-rich diet with 52% DM Italian rye-grass pellets and 18% DM grinded linseed expeller (Pd), or (iii) a control diet with 45% DM barley and 25% DM cereal-based pellets (Cd)...
May 24, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531273/phenotypes-of-atopic-dermatitis-depending-on-the-timing-of-onset-and-progression-in-childhood
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Caroline Roduit, Remo Frei, Martin Depner, Anne M Karvonen, Harald Renz, Charlotte Braun-Fahrländer, Elisabeth Schmausser-Hechfellner, Juha Pekkanen, Josef Riedler, Jean-Charles Dalphin, Erika von Mutius, Roger Pascal Lauener, Anne Hyvärinen, Pirkka Kirjavainen, Sami Remes, Marjut Roponen, Marie-Laure Dalphin, Vincent Kaulek, Markus Ege, Jon Genuneit, Sabina Illi, Micahel Kabesch, Bianca Schaub, Petra Ina Pfefferle, Gert Doekes
Importance: Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, pruritic skin disease that often occurs in early infancy with a chronic course. However, a specific description of subtypes of atopic dermatitis depending on the timing of onset and progression of the disease in childhood is lacking. Objective: To identify different phenotypes of atopic dermatitis using a definition based on symptoms before age 6 years and to determine whether some subtypes are more at risk for developing other allergic diseases...
May 22, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527799/effect-of-yeast-supplementation-on-performance-rumination-time-and-rumen-ph-of-dairy-cows-in-commercial-farm-environments
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V Ambriz-Vilchis, N S Jessop, R H Fawcett, M Webster, D J Shaw, N Walker, A I Macrae
The aims of the present study were to evaluate the effects of live yeast supplementation (Vistacell MUCL 39855, AB Vista, Marlborough, UK) on performance, rumination time, and rumen pH on dairy cows in commercial farm environments. Three trials were carried out, the trials lasted 12 (trial 1), 15 (trial 2), and 19 wk (trial 3). In each trial, 14 multiparous Holstein dairy cows were allocated to 2 groups that received (trial 1) a standard diet plus yeast, (trial 2) an acidogenic diet plus yeast, and (trial 3) grazing pasture plus yeast...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527795/the-use-of-mid-infrared-spectrometry-to-estimate-the-ration-composition-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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M Klaffenböck, A Steinwidder, C Fasching, G Terler, L Gruber, G Mészáros, J Sölkner
The composition of cow milk is strongly affected by the feeding regimen. Because milk components are routinely determined using mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, MIR spectra could also be used to estimate an animal's ration composition. The objective of this study was to determine whether and how well amounts of dry matter intake and the proportions of concentrates, hay, grass silage, maize silage, and pasture in the total ration can be estimated using MIR spectra at an individual animal level. A total of 10,200 milk samples and sets of feed intake data were collected from 90 dairy cows at 2 experimental farms of the Agricultural Research and Education Centre in Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527334/photo-protective-mechanisms-in-reed-canary-grass-to-alleviate-photo-inhibition-of-psii-on-the-qinghai-tibet-plateau
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Chao Zhang, Da-Wei Zhang, Yan-Ni Sun, Muhammad Arfan, Da-Xu Li, Jia-Jun Yan, Ming-Hong You, Shi-Qie Bai, Hong-Hui Lin
Due to its characteristic of high biomass yield potential, there is considerable interest in cultivating Phalaris arundinacea L. cv. 'chuancaoyin No.3' (reed canary grass) on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where there is an abundance of alpine steppe meadow and a potential large market for animal husbandry. In this study, we 1) investigate whether reed canary grass exhibits superior productive capacity to Elymus nutans 'Aba' (E. nutans), ordinary common pasture, during the long warm days of summer at high-altitude; and 2) compare the cold tolerance between reed canary grass and E...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526821/influence-of-soil-moisture-on-codenitrification-fluxes-from-a-urea-affected-pasture-soil
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Timothy J Clough, Gary J Lanigan, Cecile A M de Klein, Md Sainur Samad, Sergio E Morales, David Rex, Lars R Bakken, Charlotte Johns, Leo M Condron, Jim Grant, Karl G Richards
Intensively managed agricultural pastures contribute to N2O and N2 fluxes resulting in detrimental environmental outcomes and poor N use efficiency, respectively. Besides nitrification, nitrifier-denitrification and heterotrophic denitrification, alternative pathways such as codenitrification also contribute to emissions under ruminant urine-affected soil. However, information on codenitrification is sparse. The objectives of this experiment were to assess the effects of soil moisture and soil inorganic-N dynamics on the relative contributions of codenitrification and denitrification (heterotrophic denitrification) to the N2O and N2 fluxes under a simulated ruminant urine event...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523007/transcriptomic-identification-of-drought-related-genes-and-ssr-markers-in-sudan-grass-based-on-rna-seq
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Yongqun Zhu, Xia Wang, Linkai Huang, Chaowen Lin, Xinquan Zhang, Wenzhi Xu, Jianhua Peng, Zhou Li, Haidong Yan, Fuxiang Luo, Xie Wang, Li Yao, Dandan Peng
Sudan grass (Sorghum sudanense) is an annual warm-season gramineous forage grass that is widely used as pasture, hay, and silage. However, drought stress severely impacts its yield, and there is limited information about the mechanisms of drought tolerance in Sudan grass. In this study, we used next-generation sequencing to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the Sudan grass variety Wulate No.1, and we developed simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers associated with drought stress. From 852,543,826 raw reads, nearly 816,854,366 clean reads were identified and used for analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521848/impacts-of-stocking-density-on-development-and-puberty-attainment-of-replacement-beef-heifers
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K M Schubach, R F Cooke, A P Brandão, K D Lippolis, L G T Silva, R S Marques, D W Bohnert
In all, 60 Angus×Hereford heifers were ranked by age and BW (210±2 days and 220±2 kg) on day 0, and assigned to: (a) one of three drylot pens (10×14 m pens; 10 heifers/pen) resulting in a stocking density of 14 m2/heifer (HIDENS; n=3), or (b) one of three pastures (25 ha pastures; 10 heifers/pasture), resulting in a stocking density of 25 000 m2/heifer (LOWDENS; n=3). Pastures were harvested for hay before the beginning of this experiment, and negligible forage was available for grazing to LOWDENS heifers during the experiment (days 0 to 182)...
May 19, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516322/do-functional-diversity-and-trait-dominance-determine-carbon-storage-in-an-altered-tropical-landscape
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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/28512453/alterations-in-the-rumen-liquid-particle-and-epithelium-associated-microbiota-of-dairy-cows-during-the-transition-from-a-silage-and-concentrate-based-ration-to-pasture-in-spring
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Melanie Schären, Kerstin Kiri, Susanne Riede, Mark Gardener, Ulrich Meyer, Jürgen Hummel, Tim Urich, Gerhard Breves, Sven Dänicke
In spring dairy cows are often gradually transitioned from a silage- and concentrate-based ration (total mixed ration, TMR) to pasture. Rumen microbiota adaptability is a key feature of ruminant survival strategy. However, only little is known on the temporal and spatial microbial alterations involved. This study aims to investigate how the rumen liquid (LAAB), particle (PAAB), and epithelium (EAAB) associated archaea and bacteria are influenced by this nutritional change. A 10-wk trial was performed, including 10 rumen-fistulated dairy cows, equally divided into a pasture- and a confinement- group (PG and CG)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508037/arctic-greening-from-warming-promotes-declines-in-caribou-populations
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Per Fauchald, Taejin Park, Hans Tømmervik, Ranga Myneni, Vera Helene Hausner
The migratory tundra caribou herds in North America follow decadal population cycles, and browsing from abundant caribou could be expected to counteract the current climate-driven expansion of shrubs in the circumpolar tundra biome. We demonstrate that the sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean has provided a strong signal for climate-induced changes on the adjacent caribou summer ranges, outperforming other climate indices in explaining the caribou-plant dynamics. We found no evidence of a negative effect of caribou abundance on vegetation biomass...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506113/the-occurrence-of-ryegrass-staggers-and-heat-stress-in-sheep-grazing-ryegrass-endophyte-associations-with-diverse-alkaloid-profiles
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L R Fletcher, S C Finch, B L Sutherland, G deNicolo, W J Mace, C van Koten, D E Hume
AIMS: To compare ryegrass pastures infected with endophytes producing diverse alkaloids for their ability to cause ryegrass staggers in grazing lambs; to compare respiration rates and rectal temperatures of these lambs after exposure to heat stress, and to compare liveweight gains during the study period. METHODS: Ryegrass pastures of cultivar Trojan infected with NEA endophytes, branded NEA2 (T-NEA2), endophyte-free Trojan (T-NIL), Samson infected with standard endophyte (S-STD), Samson infected with AR37 endophyte (S-AR37) and endophyte-free Samson (S-NIL), were grazed by lambs (n=30 per cultivar) for up to 48 days in February and March of 2012 and 2013...
May 25, 2017: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505889/vegetation-dynamics-and-responses-to-climate-change-and-human-activities-in-central-asia
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Liangliang Jiang, Guli Jiapaer, Anming Bao, Hao Guo, Felix Ndayisaba
Knowledge of the current changes and dynamics of different types of vegetation in relation to climatic changes and anthropogenic activities is critical for developing adaptation strategies to address the challenges posed by climate change and human activities for ecosystems. Based on a regression analysis and the Hurst exponent index method, this research investigated the spatial and temporal characteristics and relationships between vegetation greenness and climatic factors in Central Asia using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and gridded high-resolution station (land) data for the period 1984-2013...
May 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504430/variation-of-tsetse-fly-abundance-in-relation-to-habitat-and-host-presence-in-the-maasai-steppe-tanzania
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Anibariki Ngonyoka, Paul S Gwakisa, Anna B Estes, Happiness J Nnko, Peter J Hudson, Isabella M Cattadori
Human activities modify ecosystem structure and function and can also alter the vital rates of vectors and thus the risk of infection with vector-borne diseases. In the Maasai Steppe ecosystem of northern Tanzania, local communities depend on livestock and suitable pasture that is shared with wildlife, which can increase tsetse abundance and the risk of trypanosomiasis. We monitored the monthly tsetse fly abundance adjacent to Tarangire National Park in 2014-2015 using geo-referenced, baited epsilon traps. We examined the effect of habitat types and vegetation greenness (NDVI) on the relative abundance of tsetse fly species...
June 2017: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
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