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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107426/identification-of-micrornas-in-response-to-drought-in-common-wild-rice-oryza-rufipogon-griff-shoots-and-roots
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Jing-Wen Zhang, Yan Long, Man-de Xue, Xing-Guo Xiao, Xin-Wu Pei
BACKGROUND: Drought is the most important factor that limits rice production in drought-prone environments. Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in biotic and abiotic stress responses. Common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) contains abundant drought-resistant genes, which provide an opportunity to explore these excellent resources as contributors to improve rice resistance, productivity, and quality. RESULTS: In this study, we constructed four small RNA libraries, called CL and CR from PEG6000-free samples and DL and DR from PEG6000-treated samples, where 'R' indicates the root tissue and 'L' indicates the shoot tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107056/selfing-local-mate-competition-and-reinforcement
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Mark D Rausher
Reinforcement can contribute to speciation by increasing the strength of prezygotic isolating mechanisms. Theoretical analyses over the past two decades have demonstrated that conditions for reinforcement are not unduly restrictive, and empirical investigations have documented over a dozen likely cases, indicating that it may be a reasonably common phenomenon in nature. Largely uncharacterized, however, is the diversity of biological scenarios that can create the reduced hybrid fitness that drives reinforcement...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106948/genetic-differentiation-associated-with-host-plants-and-geography-among-six-widespread-species-of-south-american-blepharoneura-fruit-flies-tephritidae
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Kristina Ottens, Isaac S Winkler, Matthew L Lewis, Sonja J Scheffer, Géssica A Gomes-Costa, Marty A Condon, Andrew A Forbes
Tropical herbivorous insects are astonishingly diverse and many are highly host-specific. Much evidence suggests that herbivorous insect diversity is a function of host-plant diversity; yet, the diversity of some lineages exceeds the diversity of plants. Although most species of herbivorous fruit flies in the Neotropical genus Blepharoneura are strongly host-specific (they deposit their eggs in a single host plant species and flower sex), some species are collected from multiple hosts or flowers and these may represent examples of lineages that are diversifying via changes in host use...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106822/red-fruits-extraction-of-antioxidants-phenolic-content-and-radical-scavenging-determination-a-review
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REVIEW
Gádor-Indra Hidalgo, María Pilar Almajano
Red fruits, as rich antioxidant foods, have gained over recent years capital importance for consumers and manufacturers. The industrial extraction of the phenolic molecules from this source has been taking place with the conventional solvent extraction method. New non-conventional extraction methods have been devised as environmentally friendly alternatives to the former method, such as ultrasound, microwave, and pressure assisted extractions. The aim of this review is to compile the results of recent studies using different extraction methodologies, identify the red fruits with higher antioxidant activity, and give a global overview of the research trends regarding this topic...
January 19, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
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Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106249/targeted-forcing-improves-quality-nutritional-and-health-value-of-sweet-cherry-fruit
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Verena Overbeck, Michaela Schmitz, Michael Blanke
BACKGROUND: Trade and consumers alike require premium quality cherries with high nutritional and health values preferably of local origin. While early fruit imports cannot supply such fruit, a new technology of forcing cherry emerged for an early local supply by covering the crop in spring. In the apparent scarcity of data on the resulting fruit quality, fruit characteristics of forced cherries were compared with those without cover RESULTS: Size and weight of forced cherry fruit were successfully increased by 6-14%...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106214/copper-nanoparticle-interspersed-mos2-nanoflowers-with-enhanced-efficiency-for-co2-electrochemical-reduction-to-fuel
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Guodong Shi, Luo Yu, Xin Ba, Xiaoshu Zhang, Jianqing Zhou, Ying Yu
Electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) has been considered as an ideal method to simultaneously solve the energy crisis and environmental issue around the world. In this work, ultrasmall Cu nanoparticle interspersed flower-like MoS2 was successfully fabricated via a facile microwave hydrothermal method. The designed optimal hierarchical Cu/MoS2 composite not only exhibited remarkably enhanced electronic conductivity and specific surface area but also possessed improved CO2 adsorption capacity, resulting in a significant increase in overall faradaic efficiency and a 7-fold augmentation of the faradaic efficiency of CH4 in comparison with bare MoS2...
January 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105407/campanula-lingulata-populations-on-mt-olympus-greece-where-s-the-abundant-centre
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Anastasia E Tzortzaki, Despoina Vokou, John M Halley
BACKGROUND: The abundant-centre hypothesis (ACH) assumes that a species becomes more abundant at the centre of its range, where the environmental conditions are most favorable. As we move away from this centre, abundance and occupancy decline. Although this is obvious intuitively, efforts to confirm the hypothesis have often failed. We investigated the abundance patterns of Campanula lingulata across its altitudinal range on Mt. Olympus, Greece, in order to evaluate the "abundant centre" hypothesis along an elevation gradient...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104719/molecular-regulation-of-temperature-dependent-floral-induction-in-tulipa-gesneriana
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Hendrika Leeggangers, Harm Nijveen, Judit Nadal Bigas, Henk W M Hilhorst, Richard G H Immink
The vegetative to reproductive phase change in tulip is promoted by increasing temperatures during spring. The warm winters of recent years interfere with this process and are calling for new adapted cultivars. A better understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms would be of help, but unlike the model plant Arabidopsis, very little is known about floral induction in tulip. To shed light on the gene regulatory network controlling flowering in tulip, RNA-sequencing was performed on meristem-enriched tissue collected under two contrasting temperature conditions, low and high...
January 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104707/improving-care-standards-for-patients-with-spinal-trauma-combining-a-modified-e-delphi-process-and-stakeholder-interviews-a-study-protocol
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Lisa N Sharwood, Ralph Stanford, James W Middleton, Brian Burns, Anthony Joseph, Oliver Flower, Oran Rigby, Jonathon Ball, Shelly Dhaliwal
INTRODUCTION: Around 300 people sustain a new traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) in Australia each year; a relatively low incidence injury with extremely high long-term associated costs. Care standards are inconsistent nationally, lacking in consensus across important components of care such as prehospital spinal immobilisation, timing of surgery and timeliness of transfer to specialist services. This study aims to develop 'expertly defined' and agreed standards of care across the majority of disciplines involved for these patients...
January 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104488/satisfaction-with-communication-in-primary-care-for-spanish-speaking-and-english-speaking-parents
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Kori B Flower, Asheley C Skinner, H Shonna Yin, Russell L Rothman, Lee M Sanders, Alan Delamater, Eliana M Perrin
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Effective communication with primary care physicians is important yet incompletely understood for Spanish-speaking parents. We predicted lower satisfaction among Spanish-speaking compared with English-speaking Latino and non-Latino parents. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis at 2-month well visits within the Greenlight study at 4 pediatric resident clinics. Parents reported satisfaction with 14 physician communication items using the validated Communication Assessment Tool (CAT)...
January 16, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103403/a-possible-role-for-ft-encoding-genes-in-interpreting-environmental-and-internal-cues-affecting-olive-olea-europaea-l-flower-induction
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Amnon Haberman, Ortal Bakhshian, Sergio Cerezo-Medina, Judith Paltiel, Chen Adler, Giora Ben-Ari, Jose Angel Mercado, Fernando Pliego-Alfaro, Shimon Lavee, Alon Samach
Olive (Olea europaea L.) inflorescences, formed in lateral buds, flower in spring. However, there is some debate regarding time of flower induction and inflorescence initiation. Olive juvenility and seasonality of flowering were altered by overexpressing genes encoding FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT). OeFT1 and OeFT2 caused early flowering under short days when expressed in Arabidopsis. Expression of OeFT1/2 in olive leaves and OeFT2 in buds increased in winter, while initiation of inflorescences occurred in late winter...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103037/effects-of-different-forms-of-selenium-fertilizers-on-se-accumulation-distribution-and-residual-effect-in-winter-wheat-summer-maize-rotation-system
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Qi Wang, Yao Yu, Jixiang Li, Yanan Wan, Qingqing Huang, Yanbin Guo, Huafen Li
Foliar Se fertilizers were applied to investigate the effects of Se forms on Se accumulation and distribution in the wheat-maize rotation system and residual concentration of Se in subsequent crops. Sodium selenite, sodium selenate, selenomethionine, chemical nano-Se, humic acid + sodium selenite and compound fertilizer + sodium selenite were applied once at the flowering stage of wheat (30 g ha-1) and at the bell stage of maize (60 g ha-1). Compared with the control treatment, foliar Se applications significant increased the grain Se concentration of wheat and maize by 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102753/chloroplastic-iron-sulfur-scaffold-protein-nfu3-is-essential-to-overall-plant-fitness
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Krishna Nath, James P O'Donnell, Yan Lu
A previous study showed that Nitrogen-Fixing-subunit-U-type protein NFU3 may act an iron-sulfur scaffold protein in the assembly and transfer of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S clusters in the chloroplast. Examples of 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S-requiring proteins and complexes include Photosystem I (PSI), NAD(P)H dehydrogenase, and ferredoxin-dependent glutamine oxoglutarate aminotransferases. In this paper, the authors provided additional evidence for the role of NFU3 in 4Fe-4S and 3Fe-4S cluster assembly and transfer, as well as its role in overall plant fitness...
January 19, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102581/molecular-mechanisms-and-ecological-function-of-far-red-light-signalling
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REVIEW
David J Sheerin, Andreas Hiltbrunner
Land plants possess the ability to sense and respond to far-red light (700-760 nm), which serves as an important environmental cue. Due to the nature of far-red light, it is not absorbed by chlorophyll and thus is enriched in canopy shade, and will also penetrate deeper into soil than other visible wavelengths. Far-red light responses include regulation of seed germination, suppression of hypocotyl growth, induction of flowering, and accumulation of anthocyanins, which depend on one member of the phytochrome photoreceptor family, phytochrome A (phyA)...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102498/variation-in-accumulation-and-translocation-of-di-n-butyl-phthalate-dbp-among-rice-oryza-sativa-l-genotypes-and-selection-of-cultivars-for-low-dbp-exposure
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Quan-Ying Cai, Pei-Yun Xiao, Hai-Ming Zhao, Huixiong Lü, Qiao-Yun Zeng, Yan-Wen Li, Hui Li, Lei Xiang, Ce-Hui Mo
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is a typical endocrine-disrupting chemical with higher detection frequency and concentration in agricultural soil (particularly in paddy-field soil of Guangdong Province) of China. In this study, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to investigate variation in uptake and accumulation of DBP by 20 rice cultivars and to screen low DBP-accumulating cultivars. DBP concentrations in plants varied greatly with rice cultivars, growth stages, and tissues. The highest DBP concentrations in both roots and shoots were observed at the ripening stage, with concentrations 2-100-fold higher than those at tillering, jointing, and flowering stages...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101895/on-the-rarity-of-dioecy-in-flowering-plants
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Jos Käfer, Gabriel A B Marais, John R Pannell
Dioecy, the co-existence of separate male and female individuals in a population, is a rare but phylogenetically widespread sexual system in flowering plants. While research has concentrated on why and how dioecy evolves from hermaphroditism, the question of why dioecy is rare, despite repeated transitions to it, has received much less attention. Previous phylogenetic and theoretical studies have suggested that dioecy might be an evolutionary dead end. However, recent research indicates that the phylogenetic support for this hypothesis is attributable to a methodological bias, and that there is no evidence for reduced diversification in dioecious angiosperms...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101853/investigation-on-the-effects-of-the-formation-of-a-silver-flower-like-structure-on-graphene
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Rozalina Zakaria, Siti Fatimah Az Zahra Yusoff, Kok Chung Law, Chin Seong Lim, Harith Ahmad
In this report, we experimentally investigate the formation of "flower-like silver structures" on graphene. Using an electrochemical deposition technique with deposition times of 2.5 and 5 min, agglomerations of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were deposited on the graphene surfaces, causing the formation of "flower-like structures" on the graphene substrate. Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) was observed in the interaction between the structures and the graphene substrate. The morphology of the samples was observed using a field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101252/identification-of-proteins-from-wild-cardoon-flowers-cynara-cardunculus-l-by-a-proteomic-approach
#19
Amal Ben Amira, Julien Bauwens, Edwin De Pauw, Souhail Besbes, Hamadi Attia, Frédéric Francis, Christophe Blecker
Proteomic approach was applied to identify total proteins, particularly the enzymatic content, from wild cardoon flowers. As the selection of an appropriate sample preparation method is the key for getting reliable results, two different extraction/precipitation methods (trichloroacetic acid and phenol/ammonium acetate) were tested on fresh and lyophilized flowers. After two-dimensional electrophoresis (2D-E) separations, a better protein pattern was obtained after phenol extraction from lyophilized flowers...
January 2017: Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100708/the-origin-of-floral-organ-identity-quartets
#20
Philip Ruelens, Zhicheng Zhang, Hilda van Mourik, Steven Maere, Kerstin Kaufmann, Koen Geuten
The origin of flowers has puzzled plant biologists ever since Darwin referred to their sudden appearance in the fossil record as an abominable mystery. Flowers are considered to be an assembly of protective, attractive and reproductive male and female leaf-like organs. Their origin cannot be understood by a morphological comparison to gymnosperms, their closest relatives, which develop separate male or female cones. Despite these morphological differences, gymnosperms and angiosperms possess a similar genetic toolbox consisting of phylogenetically related MADS-domain proteins...
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
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