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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214944/the-vascular-plants-open-system-of-growth
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Alice Basile, Marco Fambrini, Claudio Pugliesi
What is fascinating in plants (true also in sessile animals such as corals and hydroids) is definitely their open and indeterminate growth, as a result of meristematic activity. Plants as well as animals are characterized by a multicellular organization, with which they share a common set of genes inherited from a common eukaryotic ancestor; nevertheless, circa 1.5 billion years of evolutionary history made the two kingdoms very different in their own developmental biology. Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms, arose during the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), and up to date, they count around 235,000 species, representing the largest and most diverse group within the plant kingdom...
February 18, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214372/canonical-and-cellular-pathways-timing-gamete-release-in-acropora-digitifera-okinawa-japan
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Y Rosenberg, T Doniger, S Harii, F Sinniger, O Levy
Natural light cycles are important for synchronizing behavioral and physiological rhythms over varying time-periods in both plants and animals. An endogenous clock, regulated by positive and negative elements, interacting in feedback loops, control these rhythms. Many corals exhibit diel cycles of polyp expansion and contraction entrained by solar light patterns and monthly cycles of spawning or planulation that correspond to nocturnal lunar light cycles. However, despite considerable interest in studies of coral reproduction, there is currently not enough molecular information about the cellular pathways involved with synchronizing spawning/planulation in broadcast spawners and brooders...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212607/a-case-of-modular-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-depth-gradient-for-the-gorgonian-coral-antillogorgia-bipinnata-cnidaria-octocorallia
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Iván Calixto-Botía, Juan A Sánchez
BACKGROUND: Phenotypic plasticity, as a phenotypic response induced by the environment, has been proposed as a key factor in the evolutionary history of corals. A significant number of octocoral species show high phenotypic variation, exhibiting a strong overlap in intra- and inter-specific morphologic variation. This is the case of the gorgonian octocoral Antillogorgia bipinnata (Verrill 1864), which shows three polyphyletic morphotypes along a bathymetric gradient. This research tested the phenotypic plasticity of modular traits in A...
February 17, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212387/zooxanthellal-genetic-varieties-in-giant-clams-are-partially-determined-by-species-intrinsic-and-growth-related-characteristics
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Shota Ikeda, Hiroshi Yamashita, Shi-Nobu Kondo, Ken Inoue, Shin-Ya Morishima, Kazuhiko Koike
Giant clams (tridacnine shellfishes) are large bivalves that inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and harbor the symbiotic microalgae zooxanthellae, which consist of diverse phylotypes (clades). Each clade exhibits unique physiological characteristics, and the cladal composition may influence the host's survival and its ability to tolerate environmental changes. Using quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays, we investigated the zooxanthellal genetic clades in Tridacna crocea (n = 93) and Tridacna squamosa (n = 93)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211848/host-specificity-of-symbiodinium-variants-revealed-by-an-its2-metahaplotype-approach
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Edward G Smith, Remi N Ketchum, John A Burt
Analysis of the widely used ITS region is confounded by the presence of intragenomic variants (IGVs). In Symbiodinium, the algal symbionts of reef building corals, deep-sequencing analyses are used to characterise communities within corals, yet these analyses largely overlook IGVs. Here we consider that distinct ITS2 sequences could represent IGVs rather than distinct symbiont types and argue that symbionts can be distinguished by their proportional composition of IGVs, described as their ITS2 metahaplotype...
February 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209895/seagrass-ecosystems-reduce-exposure-to-bacterial-pathogens-of-humans-fishes-and-invertebrates
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Joleah B Lamb, Jeroen A J M van de Water, David G Bourne, Craig Altier, Margaux Y Hein, Evan A Fiorenza, Nur Abu, Jamaluddin Jompa, C Drew Harvell
Plants are important in urban environments for removing pathogens and improving water quality. Seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ecosystem on the planet. Although these plants are known to be associated with natural biocide production, they have not been evaluated for their ability to remove microbiological contamination. Using amplicon sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA gene, we found that when seagrass meadows are present, there was a 50% reduction in the relative abundance of potential bacterial pathogens capable of causing disease in humans and marine organisms...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199351/physiological-plasticity-related-to-zonation-affects-hsp70-expression-in-the-reef-building-coral-pocillopora-verrucosa
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Davide Poli, Elena Fabbri, Stefano Goffredo, Valentina Airi, Silvia Franzellitti
This study investigates for the first time the transcriptional regulation of a stress-inducible 70-kDa heat shock protein (hsp70) in the scleractinian coral Pocillopora verrucosa sampled at three locations and two depths (3 m and 12 m) in Bangka Island waters (North Sulawesi, Indonesia). Percentage of coral cover indicated reduced habitat suitability with depth and at the Tanjung Husi (TA) site, which also displayed relatively higher seawater temperatures. Expression of the P. verrucosa hsp70 transcript evaluated under field conditions followed a depth-related profile, with relatively higher expression levels in 3-m collected nubbins compared to the 12-m ones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199341/methods-for-calculating-protection-equality-for-conservation-planning
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Alienor L M Chauvenet, Caitlin D Kuempel, Jennifer McGowan, Maria Beger, Hugh P Possingham
Protected Areas (PAs) are a central part of biodiversity conservation strategies around the world. Today, PAs cover c15% of the Earth's land mass and c3% of the global oceans. These numbers are expected to grow rapidly to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi Biodiversity target 11, which aims to see 17% and 10% of terrestrial and marine biomes protected, respectively, by 2020. This target also requires countries to ensure that PAs protect an "ecologically representative" sample of their biodiversity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199322/keas-perform-similarly-to-chimpanzees-and-elephants-when-solving-collaborative-tasks
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Megan Heaney, Russell D Gray, Alex H Taylor
Cooperation between individuals is one of the defining features of our species. While other animals, such as chimpanzees, elephants, coral trout and rooks also exhibit cooperative behaviours, it is not clear if they think about cooperation in the same way as humans do. In this study we presented the kea, a parrot endemic to New Zealand, with a series of tasks designed to assess cooperative cognition. We found that keas were capable of working together, even when they had to wait for their partner for up to 65 seconds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198382/re-shifting-the-ecological-baseline-for-the-overexploited-mediterranean-red-coral
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J Garrabou, E Sala, C Linares, J B Ledoux, I Montero-Serra, J M Dominici, S Kipson, N Teixidó, E Cebrian, D K Kersting, J G Harmelin
Overexploitation leads to the ecological extinction of many oceanic species. The depletion of historical abundances of large animals, such as whales and sea turtles, is well known. However, the magnitude of the historical overfishing of exploited invertebrates is unclear. The lack of rigorous baseline data limits the implementation of efficient management and conservation plans in the marine realm. The precious Mediterranean red coral Corallium rubrum has been intensively exploited since antiquity for its use in jewellery...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196651/trace-element-concentrations-in-reef-associated-sediments-of-koswari-island-gulf-of-mannar-biosphere-reserve-southeast-coast-of-india
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S Krishnakumar, S Ramasamy, N Chandrasekar, T Simon Peter, V Gopal, Prince S Godson, N S Magesh
Extensive field work was conducted in order to assess the sediment pollution level and potential ecological risk on coral reef ecosystem. Thirty three surface sample was collected using grid sampling technique. The calcium carbonate and organic matter were primarily controlled by the distribution of coral rubbles and seagrass meadows. The concentration of trace elements is higher than the crustal average in few locations and the same result was derived from index calculations. However, the significant concentration of lead was observed throughout the study area...
February 11, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196275/symbiodinium-dinophyceae-community-patterns-in-invertebrate-hosts-from-inshore-marginal-reefs-of-the-southern-great-barrier-reef-australia
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Linda Tonk, Eugenia M Sampayo, Aaron Chai, Verena Schrameyer, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
The broad range in physiological variation displayed by Symbiodinium spp. has proven imperative during periods of environmental change and contribute to the survival of their coral host. Characterizing how host and Symbiodinium community assemblages differ across environmentally distinct habitats provides useful information to predict how corals will respond to major environmental change. Despite the extensive characterizations of Symbiodinium diversity found amongst reef cnidarians on the Great Barrier Reef substantial biogeographic gaps exist, especially across inshore habitats...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195203/reproductive-strategies-of-the-coral-turbinaria-reniformis-in-the-northern-gulf-of-aqaba-red-sea
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Hanna Rapuano, Itzchak Brickner, Tom Shlesinger, Efrat Meroz-Fine, Raz Tamir, Yossi Loya
Here we describe for the first time the reproductive biology of the scleractinian coral Turbinaria reniformis studied during three years at the coral reefs of Eilat and Aqaba. We also investigated the possibility of sex change in individually tagged colonies followed over a period of 12 years. T. reniformis was found to be a stable gonochorist (no detected sex change) that reproduces by broadcast spawning 5-6 nights after the full moon of June and July. Spawning was highly synchronized between individuals in the field and in the lab...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192776/coral-and-nano-qfar-quantitative-feature-activity-relationships-qfar-for-bioavailability-of-nanoparticles-zno-cuo-co3o4-and-tio2
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Alla P Toropova, Andrey A Toropov, Danuta Leszczynska, Jerzy Leszczynski
Quantitative feature - activity relationships (QFAR) approach was applied to prediction of bioavailability of metal oxide nanoparticles. ZnO, CuO, Co3O4, and TiO2 nanoxides were considered. The computational model for bioavailability of investigated species is asserted. The model was calculated using the Monte Carlo method. The CORAL free software (http://www.insilico.eu/coral) was used in this study. The developed model was tested by application of three different splits of data into the training and validation sets...
February 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190724/flourishing-sponge-based-ecosystems-after-the-end-ordovician-mass-extinction
#15
Joseph P Botting, Lucy A Muir, Yuandong Zhang, Xuan Ma, Junye Ma, Longwu Wang, Jianfang Zhang, Yanyan Song, Xiang Fan
The Late Ordovician (Hirnantian, approximately 445 million years ago) extinction event was among the largest known, with 85% species loss [1]. Post-extinction survival faunas are invariably low diversity, especially benthic communities [2], but ecological structure was restored relatively rapidly [1]. This pattern, however, reflects organisms with robust skeletons, as only one exceptionally preserved Hirnantian fossil biota was previously known [3, 4]; in particular, almost no Hirnantian sponges have been recorded...
January 30, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188662/population-genetics-of-reef-coral-endosymbionts-symbiodinium-dinophyceae
#16
D J Thornhill, E J Howells, D C Wham, T D Steury, S R Santos
Symbiodinium is a diverse genus of unicellular dinoflagellate symbionts associating with various marine protists and invertebrates. Although the broad-scale diversity and phylogenetics of the Symbiodinium complex is well established, there have been surprisingly few data on fine-scale population structure and biogeography of these dinoflagellates. Yet population level processes contribute strongly to the biology of Symbiodinium, including how anthropogenic-driven global climate change impacts these symbionts and their host associations...
February 11, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187953/factors-related-to-early-intervention-part-c-enrollment-a-systematic-review
#17
REVIEW
Erica Twardzik, Coral Cotto-Negrón, Megan MacDonald
BACKGROUND: The first few years of life are critical for the healthy growth and development of every child. Enrolling children with disabilities or at risk of developmental delay into early intervention services is essential to successfully meet their physical, cognitive, communication, socio-emotional and adaptive needs. However, many children throughout in the United States who are eligible for public services, including early intervention services, are not accessing them. Research has yet to fully describe low enrollment rates and variability in enrollment into early intervention services...
January 28, 2017: Disability and Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187165/the-influence-of-resilience-based-management-on-coral-reef-monitoring-a-systematic-review
#18
Vivian Y Y Lam, Christopher Doropoulos, Peter J Mumby
With rapid changes taking place on coral reefs, managers and scientists are faced with prioritising interventions that might avoid undesirable losses in ecosystem health. The property of resilience captures how reefs react and respond to stressors and environmental changes. Therefore, in principle, management goals are more likely to be realised if resilience theory is used to inform decision making and help set realistic expectations for reef outcomes. Indeed, a new approach to reef management has been termed 'resilience-based management' (RBM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186138/the-spectral-and-spatial-distribution-of-light-pollution-in-the-waters-of-the-northern-gulf-of-aqaba-eilat
#19
Raz Tamir, Amit Lerner, Carynelisa Haspel, Zvy Dubinsky, David Iluz
The urbanization of the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba has exposed the marine environment there, including unique fringing coral reefs, to strong anthropogenic light sources. Here we present the first in situ measurements of artificial nighttime light under water in such an ecosystem, with irradiance measured in 12 wavelength bands, at 19 measurement stations spread over 44 square km, and at 30 depths down to 30-m depth. At 1-m depth, we find downwelling irradiance values that vary from 4.6 × 10(-4) μW cm(-2) nm(-1) 500 m from the city to 1 × 10(-6) μW cm(-2) nm(-1) in the center of the gulf (9...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186132/bacterial-community-dynamics-are-linked-to-patterns-of-coral-heat-tolerance
#20
Maren Ziegler, Francois O Seneca, Lauren K Yum, Stephen R Palumbi, Christian R Voolstra
Ocean warming threatens corals and the coral reef ecosystem. Nevertheless, corals can be adapted to their thermal environment and inherit heat tolerance across generations. In addition, the diverse microbes that associate with corals have the capacity for more rapid change, potentially aiding the adaptation of long-lived corals. Here, we show that the microbiome of reef corals is different across thermally variable habitats and changes over time when corals are reciprocally transplanted. Exposing these corals to thermal bleaching conditions changes the microbiome for heat-sensitive corals, but not for heat-tolerant corals growing in habitats with natural high heat extremes...
February 10, 2017: Nature Communications
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