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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905469/selection-for-predation-not-female-fecundity-explains-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-the-orchid-mantises
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Gavin J Svenson, Sydney K Brannoch, Henrique M Rodrigues, James C O'Hanlon, Frank Wieland
Here we reconstruct the evolutionary shift towards floral simulation in orchid mantises and suggest female predatory selection as the likely driving force behind the development of extreme sexual size dimorphism. Through analysis of body size data and phylogenetic modelling of trait evolution, we recovered an ancestral shift towards sexual dimorphisms in both size and appearance in a lineage of flower-associated praying mantises. Sedentary female flower mantises dramatically increased in size prior to a transition from camouflaged, ambush predation to a floral simulation strategy, gaining access to, and visually attracting, a novel resource: large pollinating insects...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905394/uvr2-ensures-transgenerational-genome-stability-under-simulated-natural-uv-b-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#2
Eva-Maria Willing, Thomas Piofczyk, Andreas Albert, J Barbro Winkler, Korbinian Schneeberger, Ales Pecinka
Ground levels of solar UV-B radiation induce DNA damage. Sessile phototrophic organisms such as vascular plants are recurrently exposed to sunlight and require UV-B photoreception, flavonols shielding, direct reversal of pyrimidine dimers and nucleotide excision repair for resistance against UV-B radiation. However, the frequency of UV-B-induced mutations is unknown in plants. Here we quantify the amount and types of mutations in the offspring of Arabidopsis thaliana wild-type and UV-B-hypersensitive mutants exposed to simulated natural UV-B over their entire life cycle...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905116/unparalleled-replacement-of-native-mitochondrial-genes-by-foreign-homologs-in-a-holoparasitic-plant
#3
M Virginia Sanchez-Puerta, Laura E García, Josefina Wohlfeiler, Luis F Ceriotti
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) among flowering plant mitochondria occurs frequently and, in most cases, leads to nonfunctional transgenes in the recipient genome. Parasitic plants are particularly prone to this phenomenon, but their mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) have been largely unexplored. We undertook a large-scale mitochondrial genomic study of the holoparasitic plant Lophophytum mirabile (Balanophoraceae). Comprehensive phylogenetic analyses were performed to address the frequency, origin, and impact of HGT...
November 30, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903806/oschx14-is-involved-in-the-k-homeostasis-in-rice-oryza-sativa-flowers
#4
Yi Chen, Jingkun Ma, Anthony J Miller, Bingbing Luo, Mei Wang, Zhen Zhu, Pieter B F Ouwerkerk
Previously we showed in the osjar1 mutants that the lodicule senescence which controls the closing of rice flowers was delayed. This resulted in florets staying open longer when compared with the wild type. The gene OsJAR1 is silenced in osjar1 mutants and is a key member of the jasmonic acid (JA) signaling pathway. We found that K concentrations in lodicules and flowers of osjar1-2 were significantly elevated compared with the wild type, indicating that K(+) homeostasis may play a role in regulating the closure of rice flowers...
July 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903632/genomic-prediction-with-pedigree-and-genotype-%C3%A3-environment-interaction-in-spring-wheat-grown-in-south-and-west-asia-north-africa-and-mexico
#5
Sivakumar Sukumaran, Jose Crossa, Diego Jarquin, Marta Lopes, Mathew P Reynolds
Developing genomic selection (GS) models is an important step in applying GS to accelerate the rate of genetic gain in grain yield in plant breeding. In this study, seven genomic prediction models under two cross-validation scenarios were tested on 287 advanced elite spring wheat lines phenotyped for grain yield (GY), thousand-grain weight (GW), grain number (GN), and thermal time for flowering (TTF) in 18 international environments (year-location combinations) in major wheat producing countries in 2010 and 2011...
November 30, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902788/fertilization-of-grapevine-based-on-gene-expression
#6
Cheng Zhang, Haifeng Jia, Jingjue Zeng, Tariq Perraiz, Zhenqiang Xie, Xudong Zhu, Chen Wang
The application of genetic information in agricultural production is an important issue, which is highly worthy of attention. Gene expression data can accurately reflect the growth and metabolic status of plants, with which we can predict and monitor the nutritional requirements of plants and then derive accurate fertilization strategies. In this study, to verify the feasibility and workability of gene information-based fertilization strategies and to figure out the specific nutritional requirements of grapevine ( L...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902226/flavobacterium-hibisci-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-rhizosphere-of-flower-mugunghwa-hibiscus-syriacus-l-in-south-korea
#7
Gabriela Moya, Zheng-Fei Yan, Huan Trinh, KyungHwa Won, Jung-Eun Yang, MooChang Kook, Tae-Hoo Yi
A Gram-stain-negative, smooth, bright yellow pigmented, rod-shaped bacterial strain, slightly motile by gliding, catalase- and oxidase-positive and aerobic but grew weakly under anaerobic conditions, was isolated from rhizosphere of flower Mugunghwa (Hibiscus syriacus L.) located in Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Gyeonggi, South Korea. The strain named THG-HG1.4T grew at 15-35 oC, pH 6.5-9.0 and in the presence of 0-2.5 % (w/v) NaCl. The phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence showed that the strain THG-HG1...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902183/lactobacillus-ixorae-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-flower-west-indian-jasmine
#8
Sujitra Techo, Mika Miyashita, Chiyo Shibata, Naoto Tanaka, Preeyarach Wisetkhan, Wonnop Visessanguan, Somboon Tanasupawat
A Gram-stain positive, lactic acid bacterium strain Ru20-1T was isolated from a flower (West-Indian Jasmine) collected from Kalasin province, Thailand. Polyphasic approaches were used to determine the taxonomic position of this strain. Studies of morphological and biochemical characteristics revealed that strain Ru20-1T belonged to the genus Lactobacillus. The strain was heterofermentative, non-spore forming and rod-shaped. It produced DL-lactic acid. Based on 16S rRNA gene sequences similarity, this strain was closely related to Lactobacillus lindneri LMG 14528T (96...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901194/seasonal-variation-of-the-essential-oil-from-two-brazilian-native-aldama-la-llave-asteraceae-species
#9
Tuane S DE Oliveira, Aline B Bombo, Adriana S S DE Oliveira, Vera L Garcia, Beatriz Appezzato-DA-Glória
Aldama arenaria and A. robusta are morphologically similar aromatic species that have seasonal development. The yield and chemical composition of essential oils from aerial and underground vegetative organs of these species were compared to verify the production of volatile metabolites in flowering and dormant phases of development and to identify if there are unique compounds for either species. The major compound in the essential oils from A. arenaria leaves was palustrol (16.22%) and for aerial stems was limonene (15...
2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901170/bilayer-hydrogel-actuators-with-tight-interfacial-adhesion-fully-constructed-from-natural-polysaccharides
#10
Jiangjiang Duan, Xichao Liang, Kunkun Zhu, Jinhua Guo, Lina Zhang
Smart hydrogel actuators with excellent biocompatibility and biodegradation are extremely desired for biomedical applications. Herein, we have constructed bio-hydrogel actuators inspired by the bilayer structures of plant organs from chitosan and cellulose/carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) solution in an alkali/urea aqueous system containing epichlorohydrin (ECH) as a crosslinker, and demonstrated tight adhesion between two layers through strong electrostatic attraction and chemical crosslinking. The bilayer hydrogels with excellent mechanical properties could carry out rapid, reversible, and repeated self-rolling deformation actuated by pH-triggered swelling/deswelling, and transformed into rings, tubules, and flower-, helix-, bamboo-, and wave-like shapes by effectively designing the geometric shape and size...
November 30, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900878/synthesis-and-characterization-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-caesalpinia-pulcherrima-flower-extract-and-assessment-of-their-in-vitro-antimicrobial-antioxidant-cytotoxic-and-genotoxic-activities
#11
Pooja Moteriya, Sumitra Chanda
Caesalpinia pulcherrima flower extract mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles was attempted in the present work including optimization of some procedure parameters. Characterization of synthesized silver nanoparticles was done by various spectral analyses. The size of synthesized silver nanoparticles was 12 nm and they were spherical in shape. The green synthesized silver nanoparticles were further evaluated for antimicrobial, antioxidant, cytotoxic, and genotoxic activities; they showed good antimicrobial, antioxidant, and cytotoxic effects...
November 30, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900850/hybridization-between-pollination-syndromes-as-an-ecological-and-evolutionary-resource
#12
Quentin Cronk, Ji Yong Yang
In plants, pollination syndromes (the correlated presence of many features of relevance to pollination mode, for instance pollination by a particular animal clade) are a striking feature of plant biodiversity, providing great floral phenotypic diversity (Fenster et al. ). Adaptation to a particular animal pollinator provides an explanation for why recently diverged plants can have such extreme differentiation in floral form. One might expect such elaborate adaptations to provide a high degree of pollinator specificity and hence reproductive isolation, but there are many cases where substantial gene flow exists between extreme floral morphs (see Table 1), and the resulting hybrids may be highly fertile...
December 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900472/tissue-specific-expression-of-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-gene-variants-in-nicotiana-tabacum
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Jana Fišerová Jurečková, Eva Sýkorová, Said Hafidh, David Honys, Jiří Fajkus, Miloslava Fojtová
In tobacco, three sequence variants of the TERT gene have been described. We revealed unbalanced levels of TERT variant transcripts in vegetative tobacco tissues and enhanced TERT transcription and telomerase activity in reproductive tissues. Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein complex responsible for the maintenance of telomeres, structures delimiting ends of linear eukaryotic chromosomes. In the Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco) allotetraploid plant, three sequence variants (paralogs) of the gene coding for the telomerase reverse transcriptase subunit (TERT) have been described, two of them derived from the maternal N...
November 29, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899927/regulation-of-on-tree-vitamin-e-biosynthesis-in-olive-fruit-during-successive-growing-years-the-impact-of-fruit-development-and-environmental-cues
#14
Egli C Georgiadou, Vlasios Goulas, Thessaloniki Ntourou, George A Manganaris, Panagiotis Kalaitzis, Vasileios Fotopoulos
The term vitamin E refers to a group of eight lipophilic compounds known as tocochromanols. The tocochromanols are divided into two groups, that is, tocopherols and tocotrienols, with four forms each, namely α-, β-, γ-, and δ-. In order to explore the temporal biosynthesis of tocochromanols in olive (Olea europaea cv. 'Koroneiki') fruit during on-tree development and ripening over successive growing years, a combined array of analytical, molecular, bioinformatic, immunoblotting, and antioxidant techniques were employed...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899173/procoagulant-role-of-microparticles-in-routine-storage-of-packed-red-blood-cells-potential-risk-for-prothrombotic-post-transfusion-complications
#15
Htet Htet Aung, John-Paul Tung, Melinda M Dean, Robert L Flower, Natalie M Pecheniuk
During routine storage, packed red blood cells (PRBC) undergo biochemical and morphological changes including loss of red blood cell (RBC) membrane asymmetry and release of microparticles (MPs) bearing phosphatidylserine (PS), a procoagulant phospholipid. This study investigated the association between PRBC storage duration, MP profile and procoagulant activity. Leukodepleted PRBC-supernatant (PRBC-SN; n=13) was prepared at weekly intervals throughout storage. Phospholipid-dependent procoagulant activity, assessed using a factor X-activated clotting time (XACT) assay, decreased throughout storage (p<0...
November 26, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898828/population-structure-in-the-model-grass-is-highly-correlated-with-flowering-differences-across-broad-geographic-areas
#16
Ludmila Tyler, Scott J Lee, Nelson D Young, Gregory A DeIulio, Elena Benavente, Michael Reagon, Jessica Sysopha, Riccardo M Baldini, Angelo Troìa, Samuel P Hazen, Ana L Caicedo
The small, annual grass (L.) Beauv., a close relative of wheat ( L.) and barley ( L.), is a powerful model system for cereals and bioenergy grasses. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of natural variation can elucidate the genetic basis of complex traits but have been so far limited in by the lack of large numbers of well-characterized and sufficiently diverse accessions. Here, we report on genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) of 84 , seven , and three accessions with diverse geographic origins including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Spain, and Turkey...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898821/development-of-a-high-density-linkage-map-and-tagging-leaf-spot-resistance-in-pearl-millet-using-genotyping-by-sequencing-markers
#17
Somashekhar M Punnuri, Jason G Wallace, Joseph E Knoll, Katie E Hyma, Sharon E Mitchell, Edward S Buckler, Rajeev K Varshney, Bharat P Singh
Pearl millet [ (L.) R. Br; also (L.) Morrone] is an important crop throughout the world but better genomic resources for this species are needed to facilitate crop improvement. Genome mapping studies are a prerequisite for tagging agronomically important traits. Genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) markers can be used to build high-density linkage maps, even in species lacking a reference genome. A recombinant inbred line (RIL) mapping population was developed from a cross between the lines 'Tift 99DB' and 'Tift 454'...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898817/genome-wide-identification-of-the-ap2-erf-gene-family-involved-in-active-constituent-biosynthesis-in
#18
A J Ji, H M Luo, Z C Xu, X Zhang, Y J Zhu, B S Liao, H Yao, J Y Song, S L Chen
Tanshinones and phenolic acids are the major bioactive constituents in the traditional medicinal crop ; however, transcription factors (TFs) are seldom investigated with regard to their regulation of the biosynthesis of these compounds. Here a complete overview of the APETALA2/ethylene-responsive factor (AP2/ERF) transcription factor family in is provided, including phylogeny, gene structure, conserved motifs, and gene expression profiles of different organs (root, stem, leaf, flower) and root tissues (periderm, phloem, xylem)...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898816/genome-wide-association-analysis-reveals-different-genetic-control-in-panicle-architecture-between-and-rice
#19
Xufeng Bai, Hu Zhao, Yong Huang, Weibo Xie, Zhongmin Han, Bo Zhang, Zilong Guo, Lin Yang, Haijiao Dong, Weiya Xue, Guangwei Li, Gang Hu, Yong Hu, Yongzhong Xing
Panicle architecture determines the number of spikelets per panicle (SPP) and is highly associated with grain yield in rice ( L.). Understanding the genetic basis of panicle architecture is important for improving the yield of rice grain. In this study, we dissected panicle architecture traits into eight components, which were phenotyped from a germplasm collection of 529 cultivars. Multiple regression analysis revealed that the number of secondary branch (NSB) was the major factor that contributed to SPP. Genome-wide association analysis was performed independently for the eight particle architecture traits observed in the and rice subpopulations compared with the whole rice population...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898807/identification-and-validation-of-candidate-genes-associated-with-domesticated-and-improved-traits-in-soybean
#20
Ling Zhou, Longhai Luo, Jian-Fang Zuo, Linfeng Yang, Li Zhang, Xuanmin Guang, Yuan Niu, Jianbo Jian, Qing-Chun Geng, Liping Liang, Qijian Song, Jim M Dunwell, Zhenzhen Wu, Jia Wen, Yu-Qin Liu, Yuan-Ming Zhang
Soybean, an important source of vegetable oils and proteins for humans, has undergone significant phenotypic changes during domestication and improvement. However, there is limited knowledge about genes related to these domesticated and improved traits, such as flowering time, seed development, alkaline-salt tolerance, and seed oil content (SOC). In this study, more than 106,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified by restriction site associated DNA sequencing of 14 wild, 153 landrace, and 119 bred soybean accessions, and 198 candidate domestication regions (CDRs) were identified via multiple genetic diversity analyses...
July 2016: Plant Genome
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