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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535256/epigenetic-and-genetic-contributions-to-adaptation-in-chlamydomonas
#1
Ilkka Kronholm, Andrew Bassett, David Baulcombe, Sinéad Collins
Epigenetic modifications, such as DNA methylation or histone modifications, can be transmitted between cellular or organismal generations. However, there are no experiments measuring their role in adaptation, so here we use experimental evolution to investigate how epigenetic variation can contribute to adaptation. We manipulated DNA methylation and histone acetylation in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii both genetically and chemically to change the amount of epigenetic variation generated or transmitted in adapting populations in three different environments (salt stress, phosphate starvation, and high CO2) for two hundred asexual generations...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533973/plastomes-of-the-green-algae-hydrodictyon-reticulatum-and-pediastrum-duplex-sphaeropleales-chlorophyceae
#2
Hilary A McManus, Daniel J Sanchez, Kenneth G Karol
BACKGROUND: Comparative studies of chloroplast genomes (plastomes) across the Chlorophyceae are revealing dynamic patterns of size variation, gene content, and genome rearrangements. Phylogenomic analyses are improving resolution of relationships, and uncovering novel lineages as new plastomes continue to be characterized. To gain further insight into the evolution of the chlorophyte plastome and increase the number of representative plastomes for the Sphaeropleales, this study presents two fully sequenced plastomes from the green algal family Hydrodictyaceae (Sphaeropleales, Chlorophyceae), one from Hydrodictyon reticulatum and the other from Pediastrum duplex...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533452/fluorescence-as-a-means-of-colour-signal-enhancement
#3
REVIEW
Justin Marshall, Sonke Johnsen
Fluorescence is a physico-chemical energy exchange where shorter-wavelength photons are absorbed by a molecule and are re-emitted as longer-wavelength photons. It has been suggested a means of communication in several taxa including flowers, pitcher plants, corals, algae, worms, squid, spiders, stomatopods, fish, reptiles, parrots and humans. The surface or object that the pigment molecule is part of appears to glow due to its setting rather than an actual production of light, and this may enhance both signals and, in some cases, camouflage...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533212/primitive-auxin-response-without-tir1-and-aux-iaa-in-the-charophyte-alga-klebsormidium-nitens
#4
Kinuka Ohtaka, Koichi Hori, Yuri Kanno, Mitsunori Seo, Hiroyuki Ohta
The phytohormone auxin regulates many aspects of growth and development in land plants, but the origin and evolution of auxin signaling and response mechanisms remain largely unknown. Indeed, it remains to be investigated whether auxin-related pathways diverged before the emergence of land plants. To address this knowledge deficit, we analyzed auxin responses in the charophyte alga Klebsormidium nitens NIES-2285, whose ancestor diverged from a green algal ancestor during the evolution of land plants. This strain is the same as K...
May 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532321/-210-polonium-bioaccessibility-assessment-in-algae-for-human-consumption-an-in-vitro-gastrointestinal-digestion-method
#5
Donatella Desideri, Maria Assunta Meli, Carla Roselli, Laura Feduzi, Lucia Ugolini
The occurrence and mobility of natural radioactive element as (210)Polonium ((210)Po) in 13 commercial algae consumed in Italy by humans were determined because the effects on human health need to take into account the bioavailability of these elements. The simulation of gastrointestinal (GIT) digestion was divided into three stages and was accomplished using three different artificial solutions: saliva, gastric, and synthetic bile-pancreas solution. The same sample was treated in two different ways: a) only gastric digestion and b) complete GIT digestion (gastric digestion followed by bile-pancreas solution)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531863/biodiesel-production-from-spirulina-microalgae-feedstock-using-direct-transesterification-near-supercritical-methanol-condition
#6
Hamed Mohamadzadeh Shirazi, Javad Karimi-Sabet, Cyrus Ghotbi
Microalgae as a candidate for production of biodiesel, possesses a hard cell wall that prevents intracellular lipids leaving out from the cells. Direct or in situ supercritical transesterification has the potential for destruction of microalgae hard cell wall and conversion of extracted lipids to biodiesel that consequently reduces the total energy consumption. Response surface methodology combined with central composite design was applied to investigate process parameters including: Temperature, Time, Methanol-to-dry algae, Hexane-to-dry algae, and Moisture content...
April 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531860/boosting-biomethane-yield-and-production-rate-with-graphene-the-potential-of-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer-in-anaerobic-digestion
#7
Richen Lin, Jun Cheng, Jiabei Zhang, Junhu Zhou, Kefa Cen, Jerry D Murphy
Interspecies electron transfer between bacteria and archaea plays a vital role in enhancing energy efficiency of anaerobic digestion (AD). Conductive carbon materials (i.e. graphene nanomaterial and activated charcoal) were assessed to enhance AD of ethanol (a key intermediate product after acidogenesis of algae). The addition of graphene (1.0g/L) resulted in the highest biomethane yield (695.0±9.1mL/g) and production rate (95.7±7.6mL/g/d), corresponding to an enhancement of 25.0% in biomethane yield and 19...
May 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531851/comparative-life-cycle-assessment-study-on-environmental-impact-of-oil-production-from-micro-algae-and-terrestrial-oilseed-crops
#8
S Jez, D Spinelli, A Fierro, A Dibenedetto, M Aresta, E Busi, R Basosi
In this study the LCA methodology is applied in order to satisfy two goals: i) to evaluate the hot spots in site-specific production chain of biodiesel from terrestrial and micro-algae feedstock; ii) to compare quantitatively, utilizing primary data, the impacts of the first generation in respect to the third generation bio-fuels. Results show that micro-algae are neither competitive yet with traditional oil crops nor with fossil fuel. The use of renewable technologies as photovoltaics and biogas self production might increase the competitiveness of micro-algae oil...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529980/the-evolutionary-origin-of-plant-and-animal-micrornas
#9
Yehu Moran, Maayan Agron, Daniela Praher, Ulrich Technau
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a unique class of short endogenous RNAs that became known in the last few decades as major players in gene regulation at the post-transcriptional level. Their regulatory roles make miRNAs crucial for normal development and physiology in several distinct groups of eukaryotes including plants and animals. The common notion in the field is that miRNAs have evolved independently in those distinct lineages, but recent evidence from non-bilaterian metazoans, plants, as well as various algae raise the possibility that already the last common ancestor of these lineages might have employed a miRNA pathway for post-transcriptional regulation...
February 21, 2017: Nat Ecol Evol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529346/wartime-scars-or-reservoirs-of-biodiversity-the-value-of-bomb-crater-ponds-in-aquatic-conservation
#10
Csaba F Vad, Attila L Péntek, Nastasia J Cozma, Angéla Földi, Adrienn Tóth, Bence Tóth, NóraA Böde, Arnold Móra, Robert Ptacnik, Éva Ács, Katalin Zsuga, Zsófia Horváth
Considering the ongoing loss of aquatic habitats, anthropogenic ponds are gaining importance as substitute habitats. It is therefore important to assess their functioning in comparison to their natural precursors. Here we assess the biodiversity value of sodic bomb crater ponds by comparing their gamma diversity to that of natural reference habitats, astatic soda pans, and assess their importance on the landscape level by studying alpha and beta diversity. We studied aquatic organisms ranging from algae to vertebrates in a dense cluster of 54 sodic bomb crater ponds in Central Europe...
May 2017: Biological Conservation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528951/polysaccharides-from-sargassum-thunbergii-monthly-variations-and-anti-complement-and-anti-tumour-activities
#11
Weihua Jin, Ge Liu, Weihong Zhong, Chaomin Sun, Quanbin Zhang
Monthly variations of polysaccharides from Sargassum thunbergii and their anti-complement and anti-tumour activities were investigated. It was observed that an increase in fucose and total sugar contents occurred during the growth period (from early April to mid-June), accompanied by a decrease in molar ratios of other monosaccharides to fucose. The highest yields were obtained from early July to early September, which was in accordance with the significant increase in molar ratio of glucose to fucose and decrease in molar ratio of other monosaccharides to fucose...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528908/the-new-red-algal-subphylum-proteorhodophytina-comprises-the-largest-and-most-divergent-plastid-genomes-known
#12
Sergio A Muñoz-Gómez, Fabián G Mejía-Franco, Keira Durnin, Morgan Colp, Cameron J Grisdale, John M Archibald, Claudio H Slamovits
Red algal plastid genomes are often considered ancestral and evolutionarily stable, and thus more closely resembling the last common ancestral plastid genome of all photosynthetic eukaryotes [1, 2]. However, sampling of red algal diversity is still quite limited (e.g., [2-5]). We aimed to remedy this problem. To this end, we sequenced six new plastid genomes from four undersampled and phylogenetically disparate red algal classes (Porphyridiophyceae, Stylonematophyceae, Compsopogonophyceae, and Rhodellophyceae) and discovered an unprecedented degree of genomic diversity among them...
May 17, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528816/vertical-transmission-of-microcystins-to-nile-crocodile-crocodylus-niloticus-eggs
#13
Alukhethi Singo, Jan G Myburgh, Peter N Laver, Elizabeth A Venter, Gezina C H Ferreira, Gertruida M Rösemann, Christo J Botha
Cyanobacteria or blue green algae are known for their extensive and highly visible blooms in eutrophic, stagnant freshwater bodies. Climate change and global warming have also contributed to a rise in toxic cyanobacterial blooms. One of the most important cyanobacteria is Microcystis aeruginosa, which can synthesize various microcystins that can affect the health of terrestrial and aquatic animals. Commercial Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) farming in South Africa is based on keeping breeders (adult males and females) in big dams on farms (captive-bred approach)...
May 18, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528107/foliar-nitrogen-application-in-cabernet-sauvignon-vines-effects-on-wine-flavonoid-and-amino-acid-content
#14
Gastón Gutiérrez-Gamboa, Teresa Garde-Cerdán, Javier Portu, Yerko Moreno-Simunovic, Ana M Martínez-Gil
Wine quality greatly depends on its chemical composition. Among the most important wine chemical compounds, flavonoids are the major contributors to wine organoleptic properties while amino acids have a huge impact on fermentation development and wine volatile profile. Likewise, nitrogen applications are known to have an impact on wine composition. Therefore, the aim of this work was to study the effects of foliar nitrogen applications on wine flavonoid and amino acid composition. The experiment involved five foliar nitrogen applications at veraison time: urea (Ur), urea plus sulphur (Ur+S), arginine (Arg), and two commercial fertilizers Nutrimyr Thiols (NT) and Basfoliar Algae (BA)...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527741/reeling-in-the-damages-harmful-algal-blooms-impact-on-lake-erie-s-recreational-fishing-industry
#15
David Wolf, Will Georgic, H Allen Klaiber
Lake Erie is one of the most valuable natural resources in the United States, providing billions of dollars in benefits each year to recreationalists, homeowners and local governments. The ecosystem services provided by Lake Erie, however, are under threat due to harmful algal blooms. This paper provides recreational damage estimates using spatially and temporally varying algae measures and monthly fishing permit sales collected between 2011 and 2014. Results indicate that fishing license sales drop between 10% and 13% when algal conditions surpass the World Health's Organization's moderate health risk advisory threshold of 20,000 cyanobacteria cells/mL...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527378/life-cycle-assessment-of-superheated-steam-drying-technology-as-a-novel-cow-manure-management-method
#16
Mohammadmatin Hanifzadeh, Zahra Nabati, Pairote Longka, Pomthong Malakul, Defne Apul, Dong-Shik Kim
Common methods of managing dairy manure are directly applying it to the farm field as a fertilizer. For direct application without any type of treatment, the majority of nutrients in the manure run off to the local river and lake during precipitation periods. The algae bloom is one of the environmental outcomes due to eutrophication of the lakes, which may jeopardize the quality of drinking water. In this study, superheated steam drying (SSD) technology is investigated as an alternative manure management method...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527138/application-of-hyper-branched-rolling-circle-amplification-hrca-and-hrca-based-strip-test-for-the-detection-of-chattonella-marina
#17
Xiaoli Nie, Chunyun Zhang, Yuanyuan Wang, Changlu Guo, Jin Zhou, Guofu Chen
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are global threats to marine ecosystems, fisheries, and human health. Therefore, developing effective and accurate methods for identifying causative algae and monitoring seawater quality is urgent. However, traditional, microscopy-based methods are complex, inaccurate, and time-consuming. Here, we present a novel method for effective and sensitive detection of Chattonella marina using hyper-branched rolling circle amplification (HRCA) and HRCA-based strip test (HBST). The large subunit (LSU) ribosomal DNA (rDNA) D1-D2 region of C...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525816/evaluation-of-the-toxicity-of-herbicide-topramezone-to-chlorella-vulgaris-oxidative-stress-cell-morphology-and-photosynthetic-activity
#18
Fangfang Zhao, Qingqing Xiang, Ying Zhou, Xiao Xu, Xinyi Qiu, Yi Yu, Farooq Ahmad
Topramezone is a new, highly selective herbicide of pyrazole structure for the post-emergence control of broadleaf and grass weeds in corn. In this study, the effects of topramezone on C. vulgaris, especially in relation to the cell growth, oxidative stress, cell morphology and photosynthetic activity were assessed. Results showed that topramezone treatment was detrimental to C. vulgaris growth during the 24-96h of exposure. The changes in cells pigments content and relative transcript of photosynthesis-related genes, which implies that topramezone disrupted the photosynthetic system...
May 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524870/autotrophic-and-heterotrophic-acquisition-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-by-a-mixotrophic-chrysophyte-established-through-stable-isotope-analysis
#19
Ramon Terrado, Alexis L Pasulka, Alle A-Y Lie, Victoria J Orphan, Karla B Heidelberg, David A Caron
Collectively, phagotrophic algae (mixotrophs) form a functional continuum of nutritional modes between autotrophy and heterotrophy, but the specific physiological benefits of mixotrophic nutrition differ among taxa. Ochromonas spp. are ubiquitous chrysophytes that exhibit high nutritional flexibility, although most species generally fall towards the heterotrophic end of the mixotrophy spectrum. We assessed the sources of carbon and nitrogen in Ochromonas sp. strain BG-1 growing mixotrophically via short-term stable isotope probing...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522455/psa3-a-protein-on-the-stromal-face-of-the-thylakoid-membrane-promotes-photosystem-i-accumulation-in-cooperation-with-the-assembly-factor-pyg7
#20
Jie Shen, Rosalind Williams-Carrier, Alice Barkan
Photosystem I (PSI) is a large protein-pigment complex located in the thylakoid membrane in cyanobacteria, plants, and algae. Although the structure and components of PSI are well characterized, mechanisms that orchestrate its assembly are poorly understood. In this study, we discovered a novel nucleus-encoded protein, Photosystem I Assembly 3 (PSA3), that is required for PSI accumulation. PSA3 is conserved among green photosynthetic eukaryotes but is lacking in cyanobacteria. Mutations in the psa3 gene cause the specific loss of PSI in Arabidopsis and maize...
May 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
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