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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933500/climate-change-mitigation-the-potential-of-agriculture-as-a-renewable-energy-source-in-nigeria
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Z A Elum, D M Modise, G Nhamo
Energy is pivotal to the economic development of every nation. However, its production and utilization leads to undesirable carbon emissions that aggravate global warming which results in climate change. The agriculture sector is a significant user of energy. However, it has the potential to be a major contributor to Nigeria's energy supply mix in meeting its energy deficit. More so, in the light of current and impending adverse effects of climate change, there is a need to contain GHG's emissions. This paper focuses on bioenergy utilization as a climate change mitigation strategy and one that can, through effective waste management, enhance sustainable economic development in Nigeria...
December 9, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933379/the-role-of-receptor-like-protein-kinases-rlks-in-abiotic-stress-response-in-plants
#2
REVIEW
Yaoyao Ye, Yanfei Ding, Qiong Jiang, Feijuan Wang, Junwei Sun, Cheng Zhu
We review and introduce recent studies on RLK s involved in the abiotic stress response and provide insights into potential regulatory mechanisms for alleviating abiotic stress. Abiotic stresses are important factors affecting plant growth and development, resulting in crop production reduction and even plant death. To survive, plants utilize different mechanisms to respond and adapt to continuously changing environmental factors. Understanding of the molecular mechanisms of plant response to various stresses will aid in improving tolerance of plants to abiotic stress through genetic engineering, which would greatly promote the development of modern agriculture...
December 8, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933261/efficient-regeneration-system-from-rye-leaf-base-segments
#3
Kamil Haliloglu, Murat Aydin
Rye is second only to wheat among grains most widely used in the making of bread and is also a very important gene resource for breeding and improvement of wheat and other cereal crops owing to tolerance to abiotic stress factors such as low temperatures, drought and poor soil conditions. However, application of biotechnologies has been limited in rye breeding since it is one of the most recalcitrant species in tissue culture. A simple and fast regeneration system from leaf-base segment explant of rye was developed in this study...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933256/explaining-bioenergy-representations-of-jatropha-in-kenya-before-and-after-disappointing-results
#4
Carol Hunsberger
Proponents of Jatropha curcas portrayed the crop as a 'sustainable biofuel' that was less threatening to food security and forests than other energy crops, creating a reputation that helped jatropha projects to multiply quickly throughout the global South. However, many jatropha initiatives failed to thrive and ultimately collapsed. This paper investigates how actors involved with jatropha in Kenya explained their visions of bioenergy at two points in time. In 2009, when many activities were beginning, I interviewed small-scale farmers, NGO staff, researchers, donors, government officials and members of the private sector about their expectations of jatropha as an energy crop...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933095/direct-derivation-of-maize-plant-and-crop-height-from-low-cost-time-of-flight-camera-measurements
#5
Martin Hämmerle, Bernhard Höfle
BACKGROUND: In agriculture, information about the spatial distribution of crop height is valuable for applications such as biomass and yield estimation, or increasing field work efficiency in terms of fertilizing, applying pesticides, irrigation, etc. Established methods for capturing crop height often comprise restrictions in terms of cost and time efficiency, flexibility, and temporal and spatial resolution of measurements. Furthermore, crop height is mostly derived from a measurement of the bare terrain prior to plant growth and measurements of the crop surface when plants are growing, resulting in the need of multiple field campaigns...
2016: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933085/plant-physiological-morphological-and-yield-related-responses-to-night-temperature-changes-across-different-species-and-plant-functional-types
#6
Panpan Jing, Dan Wang, Chunwu Zhu, Jiquan Chen
Land surface temperature over the past decades has shown a faster warming trend during the night than during the day. Extremely low night temperatures have occurred frequently due to the influence of land-sea thermal difference, topography and climate change. This asymmetric night temperature change is expected to affect plant ecophysiology and growth, as the plant carbon consumption processes could be affected more than the assimilation processes because photosynthesis in most plants occurs during the daytime whereas plant respiration occurs throughout the day...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933082/rna-seq-transcriptome-response-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-to-the-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lini
#7
Leonardo Galindo-González, Michael K Deyholos
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is a hemibiotrophic fungus that causes wilt in flax. Along with rust, fusarium wilt has become an important factor in flax production worldwide. Resistant flax cultivars have been used to manage the disease, but the resistance varies, depending on the interactions between specific cultivars and isolates of the pathogen. This interaction has a strong molecular basis, but no genomic information is available on how the plant responds to attempted infection, to inform breeding programs on potential candidate genes to evaluate or improve resistance across cultivars...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933079/small-rnas-from-bemisia-tabaci-are-transferred-to-solanum-lycopersicum-phloem-during-feeding
#8
Paula J M van Kleeff, Marc Galland, Robert C Schuurink, Petra M Bleeker
The phloem-feeding whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a serious pest to a broad range of host plants, including many economically important crops such as tomato. These insects serve as a vector for various devastating plant viruses. It is known that whiteflies are capable of manipulating host-defense responses, potentially mediated by effector molecules in the whitefly saliva. We hypothesized that, beside putative effector proteins, small RNAs (sRNA) are delivered by B. tabaci into the phloem, where they may play a role in manipulating host plant defenses...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933075/a-non-specific-setaria-italica-lipid-transfer-protein-gene-plays-a-critical-role-under-abiotic-stress
#9
Yanlin Pan, Jianrui Li, Licong Jiao, Cong Li, Dengyun Zhu, Jingjuan Yu
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a class of cysteine-rich soluble proteins having small molecular weights. LTPs participate in flower and seed development, cuticular wax deposition, also play important roles in pathogen and abiotic stress responses. A non-specific LTP gene (SiLTP) was isolated from a foxtail millet (Setaria italica) suppression subtractive hybridization library enriched for differentially expressed genes after abiotic stress treatments. A semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR analysis showed that SiLTP was expressed in all foxtail millet tissues...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933074/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-grf-genes-in-chinese-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri-rehd-poplar-populous-grape-vitis-vinifera-arabidopsis-and-rice-oryza-sativa
#10
Yunpeng Cao, Yahui Han, Qing Jin, Yi Lin, Yongping Cai
Growth-regulating factors (GRFs) are plant-specific transcription factors that have important functions in regulating plant growth and development. Previous studies on GRF family members focused either on a single or a small set of genes. Here, a comparative genomic analysis of the GRF gene family was performed in poplar (a model tree species), Arabidopsis (a model plant for annual herbaceous dicots), grape (one model plant for perennial dicots), rice (a model plant for monocots) and Chinese pear (one of the economical fruit crops)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933070/transcriptional-responses-in-root-and-leaf-of-prunus-persica-under-drought-stress-using-rna-sequencing
#11
Najla Ksouri, Sergio Jiménez, Christina E Wells, Bruno Contreras-Moreira, Yolanda Gogorcena
Prunus persica L. Batsch, or peach, is one of the most important crops and it is widely established in irrigated arid and semi-arid regions. However, due to variations in the climate and the increased aridity, drought has become a major constraint, causing crop losses worldwide. The use of drought-tolerant rootstocks in modern fruit production appears to be a useful method of alleviating water deficit problems. However, the transcriptomic variation and the major molecular mechanisms that underlie the adaptation of drought-tolerant rootstocks to water shortage remain unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933068/mapping-quantitative-trait-loci-controlling-high-iron-and-zinc-content-in-self-and-open-pollinated-grains-of-pearl-millet-pennisetum-glaucum-l-r-br
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Sushil Kumar, Charles T Hash, Nepolean Thirunavukkarasu, Govind Singh, Vengaldas Rajaram, Abhishek Rathore, Senthilvel Senapathy, Mahesh D Mahendrakar, Rattan S Yadav, Rakesh K Srivastava
Pearl millet is a multipurpose grain/fodder crop of the semi-arid tropics, feeding many of the world's poorest and most undernourished people. Genetic variation among adapted pearl millet inbreds and hybrids suggests it will be possible to improve grain micronutrient concentrations by selective breeding. Using 305 loci, a linkage map was constructed to map QTLs for grain iron [Fe] and zinc [Zn] using replicated samples of 106 pearl millet RILs (F6) derived from ICMB 841-P3 × 863B-P2. The grains of the RIL population were evaluated for Fe and Zn content using atomic absorption spectrophotometer...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932939/plant-defense-and-herbivore-counter-defense-benzoxazinoids-and-insect-herbivores
#13
REVIEW
Felipe C Wouters, Blair Blanchette, Jonathan Gershenzon, Daniel G Vassão
Benzoxazinoids are a class of indole-derived plant chemical defenses comprising compounds with a 2-hydroxy-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-3(4H)-one skeleton and their derivatives. These phytochemicals are widespread in grasses, including important cereal crops such as maize, wheat and rye, as well as a few dicot species, and display a wide range of antifeedant, insecticidal, antimicrobial, and allelopathic activities. Although their overall effects against insect herbivores are frequently reported, much less is known about how their modes of action specifically influence insect physiology...
2016: Phytochemistry Reviews: Proceedings of the Phytochemical Society of Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932519/host-plants-indirectly-influence-plant-virus-transmission-by-altering-gut-cysteine-protease-activity-of-aphid-vectors
#14
Patricia V Pinheiro, Murad Ghanim, Mariko M Matsuda Alexander, Ana Rita Rebelo, Rogerio S Santos, Benjamin C Orsburn, Stewart Gray, Michelle Cilia
The green peach aphid, Myzus persicae, is a vector of the Potato leafroll virus (PLRV, Luteoviridae), transmitted exclusively by aphids in a circulative manner. PLRV transmission efficiency was significantly reduced when a clonal lineage of M. persicae was reared on turnip as compared to the weed physalis, a transient effect caused by a host-switch response. A trend of higher PLRV titer in physalis-reared aphids as compared to turnip-reared aphids was observed at 24h and 72h after virus acquisition. The major difference in the proteomes of these aphids was the upregulation of predicted lysosomal enzymes, in particular the cysteine protease cathepsin B (cathB), in aphids reared on turnip...
December 8, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932219/the-effects-of-long-term-management-on-patterns-of-carbon-storage-in-a-northern-highbush-blueberry-production-system
#15
Denise Nemeth, John G Lambrinos, Bernadine C Strik
Perennial crops potentially provide a sink for atmospheric carbon. However, there is a poor understanding of how perennial crops differ in their carbon allocation patterns, and few studies have tested how agronomic practices such as fertilization influence long-term patterns of carbon allocation in actual production systems. In this study, we report results of a long-term field experiment that tested the individual and combined effects of organic matter incorporation and nitrogen fertilization on carbon allocation...
December 5, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931714/host-plant-growth-promotion-and-cadmium-detoxification-in-solanum-nigrum-mediated-by-endophytic-fungi
#16
Abdur Rahim Khan, Ihsan Ullah, Muhammad Waqas, Gun-Seok Park, Abdul Latif Khan, Sung-Jun Hong, Rehman Ullah, Byung Kwon Jung, Chang Eon Park, Shafiq Ur-Rehman, In-Jung Lee, Jae-Ho Shin
Current investigation conducted to evaluate the associated fungal endophyte interactions of a Cd hyper-accumulator Solanum nigrum Korean ecotype under varying concentrations of Cd. Two indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) producing fungal strains, RSF-4L and RSF-6L, isolated from the leaves of S. nigrum, were initially screened for Cd tolerance and accumulation potential. In terms of dry biomass production, the strain RSF-6L showed higher tolerance and accumulation capacity for Cd toxicity in comparison to RSF-4L. Therefore, RSF-6L was applied in vivo to S...
February 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931185/characterization-of-the-cytokinin-responsive-transcriptome-in-rice
#17
Tracy Raines, Ivory C Blakley, Yu-Chang Tsai, Jennifer M Worthen, José Manuel Franco-Zorrilla, Roberto Solano, G Eric Schaller, Ann E Loraine, Joseph J Kieber
BACKGROUND: Cytokinin activates transcriptional cascades important for development and the responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Most of what is known regarding cytokinin-regulated gene expression comes from studies of the dicotyledonous plant Arabidopsis thaliana. To expand the understanding of the cytokinin-regulated transcriptome, we employed RNA-Seq to analyze gene expression in response to cytokinin in roots and shoots of the monocotyledonous plant rice. RESULTS: We identified over 4,600 and approximately 2,400 genes differentially expressed in response to cytokinin in roots and shoots respectively...
December 8, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930958/protected-areas-and-agricultural-expansion-biodiversity-conservation-versus-economic-growth-in-the-southeast-of-brazil
#18
Mayra Cristina Prado de Moraes, Kaline de Mello, Rogério Hartung Toppa
The conversion of natural ecosystems to agricultural land and urban areas plays a threat to the protected areas and the natural ecosystems conservation. The aim of this paper is to provide an analysis of the agricultural expansion and its impact on the landscape spatial and temporal patterns in a buffer zone of a protected area located in the transition zone between the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado, in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The land use and land cover were mapped between 1971 and 2008 and landscape metrics were calculated to provide a spatiotemporal analysis of the forest structure and the expansion of the croplands...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930955/environmental-impacts-and-production-performances-of-organic-agriculture-in-china-a-monetary-valuation
#19
Fanqiao Meng, Yuhui Qiao, Wenliang Wu, Pete Smith, Steffanie Scott
Organic agriculture has developed rapidly in China since the 1990s, driven by the increasing domestic and international demand for organic products. Quantification of the environmental benefits and production performances of organic agriculture on a national scale helps to develop sustainable high yielding agricultural production systems with minimum impacts on the environment. Data of organic production for 2013 were obtained from a national survey organized by the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930927/arsenic-affects-the-production-of-glucosinolate-thiol-and-phytochemical-compounds-a-comparison-of-two-brassica-cultivars
#20
Chandana Pandey, Rehna Augustine, Medha Panthri, Ismat Zia, Naveen C Bisht, Meetu Gupta
Arsenic (As), a non-essential metalloid, severely affects the normal functioning of plants, animals and humans. Plants play a crucial role in metabolic, physiological and numerous detoxification mechanisms to cope up with As induced stress. This study aimed to examine the differential response in two Brassica juncea cultivars, Varuna and Pusa Jagannath (PJn) exposed to different doses of As (50, 150, 300 μM) for 48 h duration. Change in morphological traits, concentration of individual as well as total GSL, sulfur related thiol proteins, sulfur content, and phytochemicals were analyzed in both cultivars...
November 30, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
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