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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213674/microcystin-bioaccumulation-in-freshwater-fish-at-different-trophic-levels-from-the-eutrophic-lake-chaohu-china
#1
Yan Jiang, Yunmeng Yang, Yuling Wu, Jianbin Tao, Bo Cheng
The spatial and temporal variations of microcystins (MCs) in fishes with different trophic levels were studied monthly in Lake Chaohu in 2014. MCs content in muscle was highest in phytoplanktivorous Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (H. molitrix), followed by omnivorous Carassius auratus (C. auratus), and was lowest in herbivorous Parabramis pekinensis (P. pekinensis) and carnivorous Coilia ectenes (C. ectenes). MCs concentration in liver was highest in C. auratus, followed by H. molitrix, and was lowest in P. pekinensis and C...
February 17, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182578/review-of-heavy-metal-accumulation-on-aquatic-environment-in-northern-east-mediterrenean-sea-part-i-some-essential-metals
#2
Ayşe Bahar Yılmaz, Alper Yanar, Ela Nur Alkan
All pollutants can reach the aquatic environments and the levels of heavy metals in upper members of the food web like fish can reach values many times higher than those found in aquatic environment or in sediments. Although heavy metals are essential or non-essential, all heavy metals are potentially harmful to humans and most organisms at some level of exposure and absorption. Marine organisms are good indicators for long-term monitoring of metal accumulation. The present review study is for evaluation of the data from previous studies about the toxic effects of selected heavy metals, like essential metals (copper, zinc, iron, chromium, and manganese), on seawater, sediment, and in different tissues of aquatic animals (demersal and bentic fish, invertabres) collected from different areas in Northern East Mediterrenean Sea since the 1990s...
February 9, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181377/evolution-of-the-hypercarnivorous-dentition-in-mammals-metatheria-eutheria-and-its-bearing-on-the-development-of-tribosphenic-molars
#3
Floréal Solé, Sandrine Ladevèze
One major innovation of mammals is the tribosphenic molar, characterized by the evolution of a neomorphic upper cusp (=protocone) and a lower basin (=talonid) that occlude and provide shearing and crushing functions. This type of molar is an evolutionarily flexible structure that enabled mammals to achieve complex dental adaptations. Among carnivorous mammals, hypercarnivory is a common trend that evolved several times among therians (marsupials, placentals, and stem relatives). Hypercarnivory involves an important simplification of the carnassial molar pattern from the ancestral tribosphenic molar pattern, with the modification of the triangular tooth crown, and the loss of several cusps and cuspids typical of the tribosphenic molar...
February 9, 2017: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170088/testing-the-niche-variation-hypothesis-in-a-community-of-passerine-birds
#4
Karin Maldonado, Francisco Bozinovic, Seth D Newsome, Pablo Sabat
The niche variation hypothesis (NVH) predicts that population with broader niches should exhibit greater between-individual diet variation or individual specialization (IS) relative to populations with narrower niches. Most studies that quantify population niche widths and associated levels of IS typically focus on a single or few species, but studies examining NVH in a phylogenetically informed comparative analysis among species are lacking. Here we use nitrogen isotope (δ(15) N) analysis to measure population niche widths and IS in a single bird community comprised of twelve passerine species representing different foraging guilds...
February 7, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145418/chronic-dietary-exposure-to-branched-chain-amino-acids-impairs-glucose-disposal-in-vegans-but-not-in-omnivores
#5
J Gojda, L Rossmeislová, R Straková, J Tůmová, M Elkalaf, M Jaček, P Tůma, J Potočková, E Krauzová, P Waldauf, J Trnka, V Štich, M Anděl
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) are among nutrients strongly linked with insulin sensitivity (IS) measures. We investigated the effects of a chronic increase of BCAA intake on IS in two groups of healthy subjects differing in their basal consumption of BCAA, that is, vegans and omnivores. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Eight vegans and eight matched omnivores (five men and three women in each group) received 15 g (women) or 20 g (men) of BCAA daily for 3 months...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145089/the-relationship-between-diet-and-tooth-complexity-in-living-dentigerous-saurians
#6
Keegan M Melstrom
Living saurian reptiles exhibit a wide range of diets, from carnivores to strict herbivores. Previous research suggests that the tooth shape in some lizard clades correlates with diet, but this has not been tested using quantitative methods. I investigated the relationship between phenotypic tooth complexity and diet in living reptiles by examining the entire dentary tooth row in over 80 specimens comprising all major dentigerous saurian clades. I quantified dental complexity using orientation patch count rotated (OPCR), which discriminates diet in living and extinct mammals, where OPCR-values increase with the proportion of dietary plant matter...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132661/the-potential-of-host-plants-for-biological-control-of-tuta-absoluta-by-the-predator-dicyphus-errans
#7
B L Ingegno, V Candian, I Psomadelis, N Bodino, L Tavella
Dicyphus errans (Wolff) has been shown to be a suitable biocontrol agent for Tuta absoluta (Meyrick). This generalist predator shares various host plants with the exotic pest, and these interactions could be exploited to enhance pest control. Therefore, host preference, survival rate and development times of the predator and prey were investigated on crop and non-crop plant species. Among the tested plants, the favourite hosts were Solanum species for T. absoluta, and herb Robert, European black nightshade, courgette and tomato for D...
January 30, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125745/radiocesium-transfer-in-forest-insect-communities-after-the-fukushima-dai-ichi-nuclear-power-plant-accident
#8
Yumiko Ishii, Seiji Hayashi, Noriko Takamura
To understand radiocesium transfer in the forest insect food web, we investigated the activity concentrations of radiocesium in forest insects in the Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures approximately 1.5-2.5 years after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. We analyzed 34 species of insects sampled from 4 orders and 4 feeding functional groups (herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and detritivore) from three sites in each prefecture. 137Cs activity concentrations were lowest in herbivorous species and were especially high in detritivorous and omnivorous species that feed on forest litter and fungi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093882/the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-farmed-mink-neovison-vison-maintains-a-diverse-mucosa-associated-microbiota-following-a-3-day-fasting-period
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Martin I Bahl, Anne S Hammer, Tove Clausen, Anabelle Jakobsen, Søren Skov, Lars Andresen
Although it is well documented that the gut microbiota plays an important role in health and disease in mammalian species, this area has been poorly studied among carnivorous animals, especially within the mustelidae family. The gastrointestinal tract of carnivores is characterized by its short length and fast transit time, as compared to omnivores and herbivores, which is due to the low level of inherent fermentation. Mink represents an example of this, which have a GI tract only four times the length of the body and a transit time of approximately 4-5 hr...
January 16, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074227/heavy-metals-in-liver-and-brain-of-waterfowl-from-the-evros-delta-greece
#10
Maria Aloupi, Asimina Karagianni, Savas Kazantzidis, Triantaphyllos Akriotis
The concentrations of six heavy metals (cadmium [Cd], chromium [Cr], copper [Cu], manganese [Mn], lead [Pb], and zinc [Zn]) were determined in liver and brain of nine species of waterfowl from the Evros Delta, one of the most important wetlands in Greece, to assess metal contamination and potential risk to waterfowl. Significant differences among species were found for hepatic Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn; the highest levels of all metals were found in liver of mute swans. Cd increased significantly with age in both organs of wigeon; some differences were also observed between males and females of the same species...
February 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073478/mitigating-cyanobacterial-harmful-algal-blooms-in-aquatic-ecosystems-impacted-by-climate-change-and-anthropogenic-nutrients
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Hans W Paerl, Wayne S Gardner, Karl E Havens, Alan R Joyner, Mark J McCarthy, Silvia E Newell, Boqiang Qin, J Thad Scott
Mitigating the global expansion of cyanobacterial harmful blooms (CyanoHABs) is a major challenge facing researchers and resource managers. A variety of traditional (e.g., nutrient load reduction) and experimental (e.g., artificial mixing and flushing, omnivorous fish removal) approaches have been used to reduce bloom occurrences. Managers now face the additional effects of climate change on watershed hydrologic and nutrient loading dynamics, lake and estuary temperature, mixing regime, internal nutrient dynamics, and other factors...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063703/is-the-feeding-type-related-with-the-content-of-microplastics-in-intertidal-fish-gut
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Ricardo Mizraji, Camila Ahrendt, Diego Perez-Venegas, Juan Vargas, Jose Pulgar, Marcela Aldana, F Patricio Ojeda, Cristian Duarte, Cristobal Galbán-Malagón
Microplastics pollution is a growing global concern that affects all aquatic ecosystems. Microplastics in the environment can be in the form of fibers and/or particles, being the former the most abundant in the marine environment, representing up to 95% of total plastics. The aim of this work was to compare the content of microplastics among intertidal fish with different feeding type. Our results show that omnivorous fish presented a higher amount of microplastic fibers than registered in herbivores and carnivores...
January 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062141/reduced-subclinical-carotid-vascular-disease-and-arterial-stiffness-in-vegetarian-men-the-carvos-study
#13
Julio Acosta-Navarro, Luiza Antoniazzi, Adriana Midori Oki, Maria Carlos Bonfim, Valeria Hong, Pedro Acosta-Cardenas, Celia Strunz, Eleonora Brunoro, Marcio Hiroshi Miname, Wilson Salgado Filho, Luiz Aparecido Bortolotto, Raul D Santos
BACKGROUND: Dietary habits play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis, the most important cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. The objective of this study was to verify if vegetarian (VEG) diet could be related a better profile of subclinical vascular disease evaluated by arterial stiffness and functional and structural properties of carotid arteries, compared to omnivorous (OMN) diet. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 44 VEG and 44 OMN apparently healthy men ≥35years of age, in order to not have confounding risk factors of subclinical atherosclerosis, were assessed for anthropometric data, blood pressure, blood lipids, glucose, C reactive protein (CRP), and arterial stiffness determined by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV)...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053209/comparison-between-ground-ant-hymenoptera-formicidae-communities-foraging-in-the-straw-mulch-of-sugarcane-crops-and-in-the-leaf-litter-of-neighboring-forests
#14
N S Silva, L P Saad, D R Souza-Campana, O C Bueno, M S C Morini
In many sugarcane plantations in Brazil, the straw is left on the soil after harvesting, and vinasse, a by-product of the production of sugar and ethanol, is used for fertigation. Our goal was to compare ant community composition and species richness in the straw mulch of sugarcane crops with the leaf litter of neighboring forests. We tested the hypothesis that ant communities in the straw mulch of vinasse-irrigated sugarcane crops and in the forest leaf litter were similar, because the combination of straw mulching and vinasse irrigation has a positive effect on soil fauna...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040337/bioaccumulation-of-short-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-in-a-typical-freshwater-food-web-contaminated-by-e-waste-in-south-china-bioaccumulation-factors-tissue-distribution-and-trophic-transfer
#15
Runxia Sun, Xiaojun Luo, Bin Tang, Laiguo Chen, Yu Liu, Bixian Mai
Short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) are under review for inclusion into the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. However, limited information is available on their bioaccumulation and biomagnification in ecosystems, which is hindering evaluation of their ecological and health risks. In the present study, wild aquatic organisms (fish and invertebrates), water, and sediment collected from an enclosed freshwater pond contaminated by electronic waste (e-waste) were analyzed to investigate the bioaccumulation, distribution, and trophic transfer of SCCPs in the aquatic ecosystem...
March 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039425/activities-of-digestive-enzymes-in-the-omnivorous-pest-apolygus-lucorum-hemiptera-miridae
#16
Wenjing Li, Xincheng Zhao, Wei Yuan, Kongming Wu
The mirid bug Apolygus lucorum Meyer-Dür, 1843, an omnivorous species that feeds on plants and animals, has become a major pest in China as production of Bt-cotton has grown to such a large scale. Its omnivory is likely to be critical for its success, but the digestive mechanism(s) underlying processing and adsorption of such diverse foods is relatively unknown. Here, we examined the activities of digestive enzymes of A. lucorum in the salivary gland complex and midgut and the effect of sex, age, and food source on these activities...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004804/distribution-of-herbivorous-fish-is-frozen-by-low-temperature
#17
Ivana Vejříková, Lukáš Vejřík, Jari Syväranta, Mikko Kiljunen, Martin Čech, Petr Blabolil, Mojmír Vašek, Zuzana Sajdlová, Son Hoang The Chung, Marek Šmejkal, Jaroslava Frouzová, Jiří Peterka
The number of herbivores in populations of ectothermic vertebrates decreases with increasing latitude. At higher latitudes, fish consuming plant matter are exclusively omnivorous. We assess whether omnivorous fish readily shift to herbivory or whether animal prey is typically preferred. We address temperature as the key factor causing their absence at higher latitudes and discuss the potential poleward dispersion caused by climate changes. A controlled experiment illustrates that rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) readily utilize plant matter at water temperatures above 20 °C and avoid its consumption below 20 °C...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913600/the-evolution-of-jaw-protrusion-mechanics-has-been-tightly-coupled-to-bentho-pelagic-divergence-in-damselfishes-pomacentridae
#18
W James Cooper, Casey B Carter, Andrew J Conith, Aaron N Rice, Mark W Westneat
Most species-rich lineages of aquatic organisms have undergone divergence between forms that feed from the substrate (benthic feeding) and forms that feed from the water column (pelagic feeding). Changes in trophic niche are frequently accompanied by changes in skull mechanics, and multiple fish lineages have evolved highly specialized biomechanical configurations that allow them to protrude their upper jaws toward the prey during feeding. Damselfishes (family Pomacentridae) are an example of a species-rich lineage with multiple trophic morphologies and feeding ecologies...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912013/sprouting-as-a-gardening-strategy-to-obtain-superior-supplementary-food-evidence-from-a-seed-caching-marine-worm
#19
Zhenchang Zhu, Jim van Belzen, Tao Hong, Tadao Kunihiro, Tom Ysebaert, Peter M J Herman, Tjeerd J Bouma
Only a handful of non-human animals are known to grow their own food by cultivating high-yield fungal or algal crops as staple food. Here we report an alternative strategy utilized by an omnivorous marine worm, Hediste diversicolor, to supplement its diet: gardening by sprouting seeds. In addition to having many other known feeding modes, we showed using video recordings and manipulative mesocosm experiments that this species can also behave like gardeners by deliberately burying cordgrass seeds in their burrows, which has been previously shown to reduce the loss of seeds to water...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908637/response-of-three-cyprinid-fish-species-to-the-scavenger-deterrent-factor-produced-by-the-mutualistic-bacteria-associated-with-entomopathogenic-nematodes
#20
Ramalingam Karthik Raja, Dilipkumar Aiswarya, Baris Gulcu, Manickam Raja, Pachiappan Perumal, Sivaperumal Sivaramakrishnan, Harry K Kaya, Selcuk Hazir
The symbiotic bacteria, Photorhabdus and Xenorhabdus associated with entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) in the genera Heterorhabditis and Steinernema, respectively, produce a compound(s) called the Scavenging Deterrent Factor (SDF). SDF deters a number of terrestrial insect scavengers and predators and one bird species from feeding on host insects killed by the nematode-bacterium complex but has not been tested against aquatic vertebrates. Moreover, the Heterorhabditis-Photorhabdus association is believed to have evolved in an aquatic environment...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
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