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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429609/chemical-evaluation-of-the-rhynchophorus-ferrugineus-larvae-fed-on-different-substrates-as-human-food-source
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Annarita Cito, Santi Longo, Giuseppe Mazza, Elena Dreassi, Valeria Francardi
We investigated the chemical composition of the weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineus larvae, traditionally used as human food in Asia and known worldwide as one of the most significant pest for palm trees. Total fat content and fatty acid composition were analyzed using standard methodologies in (1) weevil larvae reared on apple fruit slices and wild specimens collected from attacked (2) Phoenix canariensis and (3) Syagrus romanzoffiana palm trees. Total fat content was extremely high in all the specimens (ranged between 57...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428805/edible-dormice-glis-glis-avoid-areas-with-a-high-density-of-their-preferred-food-plant-the-european-beech
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Jessica S Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber, Thomas Ruf
BACKGROUND: Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus spec.,oak Quercus spec., pine trees Pinus spec.) are prime examples of these resource pulses. Adult edible dormice are highly dependent on high energy seeds to maximize their reproductive output. For juvenile dormice the energy rich food is important to grow and fatten in a very short time period prior to hibernation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425947/deep-count-fruit-counting-based-on-deep-simulated-learning
#3
Maryam Rahnemoonfar, Clay Sheppard
Recent years have witnessed significant advancement in computer vision research based on deep learning. Success of these tasks largely depends on the availability of a large amount of training samples. Labeling the training samples is an expensive process. In this paper, we present a simulated deep convolutional neural network for yield estimation. Knowing the exact number of fruits, flowers, and trees helps farmers to make better decisions on cultivation practices, plant disease prevention, and the size of harvest labor force...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425868/pomegranate-as-a-possible-treatment-in-reducing-risk-of-developing-wound-healing-obesity-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-diabetes-mellitus
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Manaf AlMatar, Md Rashedul Islam, Othman Albari, Işıl Var, Fatih Köksal
Four distinguished although overlying stages make up the methodical procedure of wound healing, which are hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation and remodelling. Multiple sclerosis (MS) comprises a persistent inflammatory infection of the central nervous system, and is related to demyelination, neurodegeneration, as well as susceptibility to oxidative pressure. Obesity signifies a swiftly developing danger to the wellbeing of populations in a rising number of nations. Usually called diabetes mellitus (DM) by medical practitioners, diabetes details a collection of metabolic diseases within which the individual has raised blood glucose, either due to an insufficiency of insulin generation, or the lack of suitable response by the body to insulin, or both...
April 19, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424966/transcriptomic-analysis-of-molecular-responses-in-malus-domestica-m26-roots-affected-by-apple-replant-disease
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Stefan Weiß, Melanie Bartsch, Traud Winkelmann
Gene expression studies in roots of apple replant disease affected plants suggested defense reactions towards biotic stress to occur which did not lead to adequate responses to the biotic stressors. Apple replant disease (ARD) leads to growth inhibition and fruit yield reduction in replanted populations and results in economic losses for tree nurseries and fruit producers. The etiology is not well understood on a molecular level and causal agents show a great diversity indicating that no definitive cause, which applies to the majority of cases, has been found out yet...
April 19, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424721/mirna-and-degradome-sequencing-reveal-mirna-and-their-target-genes-that-may-mediate-shoot-growth-in-spur-type-mutant-yanfu-6
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Chunhui Song, Dong Zhang, Liwei Zheng, Jie Zhang, Baojuan Zhang, Wenwen Luo, Youmei Li, Guangfang Li, Juanjuan Ma, Mingyu Han
The spur-type growth habit in apple trees is characterized by short internodes, increased number of fruiting spurs, and compact growth that promotes flowering and facilitates management practices, such as pruning. The molecular mechanisms responsible for regulating spur-type growth have not been elucidated. In the present study, miRNAs and the expression of their potential target genes were evaluated in shoot tips of "Nagafu 2" (CF) and spur-type bud mutation "Yanfu 6" (YF). A total of 700 mature miRNAs were identified, including 202 known apple miRNAs and 498 potential novel miRNA candidates...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421103/svp-like-mads-box-genes-control-dormancy-and-budbreak-in-apple
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Rongmei Wu, Sumathi Tomes, Sakuntala Karunairetnam, Stuart D Tustin, Roger P Hellens, Andrew C Allan, Richard C Macknight, Erika Varkonyi-Gasic
The annual growth cycle of trees is the result of seasonal cues. The onset of winter triggers an endodormant state preventing bud growth and, once a chilling requirement is satisfied, these buds enter an ecodormant state and resume growing. MADS-box genes with similarity to Arabidopsis SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE (SVP) [the SVP-like and DORMANCY ASSOCIATED MADS-BOX (DAM) genes] have been implicated in regulating flowering and growth-dormancy cycles in perennials. Here, we identified and characterized three DAM-like (MdDAMs) and two SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE-like (MdSVPs) genes from apple (Malus × domestica 'Royal Gala')...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414437/phenolic-content-and-antioxidant-activity-during-the-development-of-brookfield%C3%A2-and-mishima-apples
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Mayara C Stanger, Cristiano A Steffens, Cristina Soethe, Marcelo A Moreira, Cassandro V T do Amarante
The aim of this study was to characterize the changes in the contents of total (TPC) and individual (IPC) phenolic compounds and the total antioxidant activity (TAA) in the peel and pulp, and total anthocyanins (TAN) in the peel, during the development of the fruits of Brookfield® and Mishima apple trees. 'Brookfield®' apples were harvested from the 49th to 138th days after full bloom (DAFB) and 'Mishima' apples from the 45th to 172th DAFB. In the pulp, the IPC, TPC and TAA rapidly reduced at 75 and 79 DAFB for the 'Brookfield®' and 'Mishima' apples, respectively, and then remained constant until commercial maturity...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400493/a-virus-induced-assay-for-functional-dissection-and-analysis-of-monocot-and-dicot-flowering-time-genes
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Cheng Qin, Wei Wei Chen, Jiajia Shen, Linming Cheng, Femi Akande, Ke Zhang, Chen Yuan, Chunyang Li, Pengcheng Zhang, Nongnong Shi, Qi Cheng, Yule Liu, Stephen Jackson, Yiguo Hong
Virus-induced flowering (VIF) uses virus vectors to express Flowering Locus T (FT) to induce flowering in plants. This approach has recently attracted wide interest for its practical applications in accelerating breeding in crops and woody fruit-trees. However, the insight into VIF and its potential as a powerful tool for dissecting florigenic proteins remained to be elucidated. Here, we describe the mechanism and further applications of Potato virus X (PVX)-based VIF in the short-day Nicotinana tabacum cultivar Maryland Mammoth...
April 11, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398876/citrus-leprosis-virus-n-a-new-dichorhavirus-causing-citrus-leprosis-disease
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Pedro Ramos-Gonzalez, Camila Chabi-Jesus, Orlene Guerra-Peraza, Aline D Tassi, Elliot Kitajima, Ricardo Harakava, Renato B Salaroli, Juliana Freitas-Astua
Citrus leprosis (CL) is a viral disease endemic to the Western Hemisphere that produces local-necrotic and -chlorotic lesions on leaves, branches and fruits and causes serious yield reduction in citrus orchards. Samples of sweet orange (Citrus × sinensis) trees showing CL symptoms were collected during a survey in non-commercial citrus areas in the southeast region of Brazil in 2013-2016. Transmission electron microscopy analyses of foliar lesions confirmed the presence of rod-like viral particles commonly associated with CL in the nucleus and cytoplasm of infected cells...
April 11, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392892/evaluation-of-multiple-approaches-to-identify-genome-wide-polymorphisms-in-closely-related-genotypes-of-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-l
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Seanna Hewitt, Benjamin Kilian, Ramyya Hari, Tyson Koepke, Richard Sharpe, Amit Dhingra
Identification of genetic polymorphisms and subsequent development of molecular markers is important for marker assisted breeding of superior cultivars of economically important species. Sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) is an economically important non-climacteric tree fruit crop in the Rosaceae family and has undergone a genetic bottleneck due to breeding, resulting in limited genetic diversity in the germplasm that is utilized for breeding new cultivars. Therefore, it is critical to recognize the best platforms for identifying genome-wide polymorphisms that can help identify, and consequently preserve, the diversity in a genetically constrained species...
2017: Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391699/chemoprevention-of-colorectal-cancer-by-artocarpin-a-dietary-phytochemical-from-artocarpus-heterophyllus
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Guochuan Sun, Zongping Zheng, Mee-Hyun Lee, Yijuan Xu, Soouk Kang, Zigang Dong, Mingfu Wang, Zhennan Gu, Haitao Li, Wei Chen
Artocarpus heterophyllus is an evergreen tree distributed in tropical regions, and its fruit (jackfruit) is well-known as the world's largest tree-borne fruit. Although A. heterophyllus has been widely used in folk medicines against inflammation, its potential in cancer chemoprevention remains unclear. Herein we identified artocarpin from A. heterophyllus as a promising colorectal cancer chemopreventive agent by targeting Akt kinase. Phenotypically, artocarpin exhibited selective cytotoxicity against human colon cancer cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388674/variation-in-the-mineral-element-concentration-of-moringa-oleifera-lam-and-m-stenopetala-bak-f-cuf-role-in-human-nutrition
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Diriba B Kumssa, Edward Jm Joy, Scott D Young, David W Odee, E Louise Ander, Martin R Broadley
BACKGROUND: Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) (family Moringaceae; order Brassicales) are multipurpose tree/shrub species. They thrive under marginal environmental conditions and produce nutritious edible parts. The aim of this study was to determine the mineral composition of different parts of MO and MS growing in their natural environments and their potential role in alleviating human mineral micronutrient deficiencies (MND) in sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Edible parts of MO (n = 146) and MS (n = 50), co-occurring cereals/vegetables and soils (n = 95) underneath their canopy were sampled from localities in southern Ethiopia and Kenya...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387783/the-eastern-part-of-the-fertile-crescent-concealed-an-unexpected-route-of-olive-olea-europaea-l-differentiation
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Soraya Mousavi, Roberto Mariotti, Francesca Bagnoli, Lorenzo Costantini, Nicolò G M Cultrera, Kazem Arzani, Saverio Pandolfi, Giovanni Giuseppe Vendramin, Bahareh Torkzaban, Mehdi Hosseini-Mazinani, Luciana Baldoni
Background and Aims: Olive is considered a native plant of the eastern side of the Mediterranean basin, from where it should have spread westward along the Mediterranean shores, while little is known about its diffusion in the eastern direction. Methods: Genetic diversity levels and population genetic structure of a wide set of olive ecotypes and varieties collected from several provinces of Iran, representing a high percentage of the entire olive resources present in the area, was screened with 49 chloroplast and ten nuclear simple sequence repeat markers, and coupled with archaeo-botanical and historical data on Mediterranean olive varieties...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384647/influence-of-irrigation-during-the-growth-stage-on-yield-and-quality-in-mango-mangifera-indica-l
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Junya Wei, Guoyin Liu, Debing Liu, Yeyuan Chen
Although being one of the few drought-tolerant plants, mango trees are irrigated to ensure optimum and consistent productivity in China. In order to better understand the effects of soil water content on mango yield and fruit quality at fruit growth stage, irrigation experiments were investigated and the object was to determine the soil water content criteria at which growth and quality of mango would be optimal based on soil water measured by RHD-JS water-saving irrigation system through micro-sprinkling irrigation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382717/the-origin-of-aliphatic-hydrocarbons-in-olive-oil
#16
Manuel Pineda, María Rojas, Gregorio Gálvez-Valdivieso, Miguel Aguilar
BACKGROUND: There are many substances that can interfere with olive oil quality. Some of them are well characterized, but many others have an unknown origin. Saturated hydrocarbons make an extraordinary complex family of numerous molecules, some of them present naturally in vegetable oils. When major natural saturated hydrocarbons are analyzed by standard chromatographic methods, this complex mixture of saturated hydrocarbons appears as a hump in the chromatogram and is commonly named as unresolved complex mixture (UCM) whose origin remains unknown...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382047/genome-wide-identification-expression-patterns-and-functional-analysis-of-udp-glycosyltransferase-family-in-peach-prunus-persica-l-batsch
#17
Boping Wu, Liuxiao Gao, Jie Gao, Yaying Xu, Hongru Liu, Xiangmei Cao, Bo Zhang, Kunsong Chen
Peach (Prunus persica L. Batsch) is a commercial grown fruit trees, important because of its essential nutrients and flavor promoting secondary metabolites. The glycosylation processes mediated by UDP-glycosyltransferases (UGTs) play an important role in regulating secondary metabolites availability. Identification and characterization of peach UGTs is therefore a research priority. A total of 168 peach UGT genes that distributed unevenly across chromosomes were identified based on their conserved PSPG motifs...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379570/gene-tree-discordance-does-not-explain-away-the-temporal-decline-of-convergence-in-mammalian-protein-sequence-evolution
#18
Zhengting Zou, Jianzhi Zhang
Several authors reported lower frequencies of protein sequence convergence between more distantly related evolutionary lineages and attributed this trend to epistasis, which renders the acceptable amino acids at a site more different and convergence less likely in more divergent lineages. A recent primate study, however, suggested that this trend is at least partially and potentially entirely an artifact of gene tree discordance (GTD). Here we demonstrate in a genome-wide dataset from 17 mammals that the temporal trend remains (1) upon the control of the GTD level, (2) in genes whose genealogies are concordant with the species tree, and (3) for convergent changes, which are extremely unlikely to be caused by GTD...
April 3, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378220/fomitopsis-betulina-formerly-piptoporus-betulinus-the-iceman-s-polypore-fungus-with-modern-biotechnological-potential
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Małgorzata Pleszczyńska, Marta K Lemieszek, Marek Siwulski, Adrian Wiater, Wojciech Rzeski, Janusz Szczodrak
Higher Basidiomycota have been used in natural medicine throughout the world for centuries. One of such fungi is Fomitopsis betulina (formerly Piptoporus betulinus), which causes brown rot of birch wood. Annual white to brownish fruiting bodies of the species can be found on trees in the northern hemisphere but F. betulina can also be cultured as a mycelium and fruiting body. The fungus has a long tradition of being applied in folk medicine as an antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory agent. Probably due to the curative properties, pieces of its fruiting body were carried by Ötzi the Iceman...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374458/fruit-position-within-the-canopy-affects-kernel-lipid-composition-of-hazelnuts
#20
Antonio Pannico, Chiara Cirillo, Matteo Giaccone, Pasquale Scognamiglio, Raffaele Romano, Nicola Caporaso, Raffaele Sacchi, Boris Basile
BACKGROUND: The aim of this research was to study the variability in kernel composition within the canopy of hazelnut trees. RESULTS: Kernel fresh and dry weight increased linearly with fruit height above the ground. Fat content decreased, while protein and ash content increased, from the bottom to the top layers of the canopy. The level of unsaturation of fatty acids decreased from the bottom to the top of the canopy. Thus, the kernels located in the bottom layers of the canopy appear to be more interesting from a nutritional point of view, but their lipids may be more exposed to oxidation...
April 4, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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