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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746379/confirmation-of-independent-introductions-of-an-exotic-plant-pathogen-of-cornus-species-discula-destructiva-on-the-east-and-west-coasts-of-north-america
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Kristie Mantooth, Denita Hadziabdic, Sarah Boggess, Mark Windham, Stephen Miller, Guohong Cai, Joseph Spatafora, Ning Zhang, Meg Staton, Bonnie Ownley, Robert Trigiano
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood) and C. nuttallii (Pacific dogwood) are North American native tree species that belong to the big-bracted group of dogwoods. Cornus species are highly valued for their ornamental characteristics, and have fruits that contain high fat content for animals. Also, they are an important understory tree in natural forests. Dogwood anthracnose, caused by Discula destructiva, was observed in the late 1970s on the east and west coasts of the United States and by 1991 had quickly spread throughout most of the native ranges of C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734064/extensive-seed-and-pollen-dispersal-and-assortative-mating-in-the-rain-forest-tree-entandrophragma-cylindricum-meliaceae-inferred-from-indirect-and-direct-analyses
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F K Monthe, O J Hardy, J L Doucet, J Loo, J Duminil
Pollen and seed dispersal are key processes affecting the demographic and evolutionary dynamics of plant species, and are also important considerations for the sustainable management of timber trees. Through direct and indirect genetic analyses we studied the mating system and the extent of pollen and seed dispersal in an economically-important timber species, Entandrophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). We genotyped adult trees, seeds and saplings from a 400-ha study plot in a natural forest from East Cameroon using eight nuclear microsatellite markers...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727757/development-of-organic-fertilizers-from-food-market-waste-and-urban-gardening-by-composting-in-ecuador
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J Jara-Samaniego, M D Pérez-Murcia, M A Bustamante, C Paredes, A Pérez-Espinosa, I Gavilanes-Terán, M López, F C Marhuenda-Egea, H Brito, R Moral
Currently, the management of urban waste streams in developing countries is not optimized yet, and in many cases these wastes are disposed untreated in open dumps. This fact causes serious environmental and health problems due to the presence of contaminants and pathogens. Frequently, the use of specific low-cost strategies reduces the total amount of wastes. These strategies are mainly associated to the identification, separate collection and composting of specific organic waste streams, such as vegetable and fruit refuses from food markets and urban gardening activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721619/measurements-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-hexachlorocyclohexane-in-juglans-regia-and-prunus-spinosa-trees-in-a-contaminated-area-central-italy
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Sabrina Battisti, Carlo Boselli, Alessandro Ubaldi, Cristina Roffi Isabelli, Tabita Mauti, Ugo Della Marta, Paola Scaramozzino
Vegetables play an important role in the human diet, and the transfer of toxic contaminants from the soil to plants has been little studied for most tree species and their edible portions. In an area affected by hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) contamination, in the Sacco River Valley (central Italy), measurements of β- and α-HCH isomers were made on different parts of two tree species: Juglans regia and Prunus spinosa. Concentrations were analysed in roots, branches, leaves, fruits, and seeds. A spatial evaluation of the results highlighted an inverse association of contamination with distance from the river, which is the main route of transport in the environment...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717440/stigmatic-limitations-on-reproductive-success-in-a-paleotropical-tree-causes-and-consequences
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Madhu Raina, Raman Kumar, Veenu Kaul
Success in reproduction is subject to the successful initiation as well as successful completion of a chain of consecutive events starting from flower formation and ending with viable seed production. A pivotal role in this chain is played by the stigma which is the seat of pollen recognition and initiation of pollen-pistil interaction. An interesting feature of the family Bignoniaceae is the presence of thigmosensitive stigmas which open, close and re-open in response to touch. Kigelia pinnata bears a touch sensitive stigma and is a low fruit setter in Jammu and Kashmir (India)...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717202/%C3%AE-caryophyllene-emitted-from-a-transgenic-arabidopsis-or-chemical-dispenser-repels-diaphorina-citri-vector-of-candidatus-liberibacters
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Berta Alquézar, Haroldo Xavier Linhares Volpe, Rodrigo Facchini Magnani, Marcelo Pedreira de Miranda, Mateus Almeida Santos, Nelson Arno Wulff, Jose Mauricio Simões Bento, José Roberto Postali Parra, Harro Bouwmeester, Leandro Peña
Production of citrus, the main fruit tree crop worldwide, is severely threatened by Huanglongbing (HLB), for which as yet a cure is not available. Spread of this bacterial disease in America and Asia is intimately connected with dispersal and feeding of the insect vector Diaphorina citri, oligophagous on rutaceous host plants. Effective control of this psyllid is an important component in successful HLB management programs. Volatiles released from the non-host guava have been shown to be repellent to the psyllid and to inhibit its response to citrus odour...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713393/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-of-chinese-bayberry-morella-rubra-myricaceae-implications-for-understanding-the-evolution-of-fagales
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Lu-Xian Liu, Rui Li, James R P Worth, Xian Li, Pan Li, Kenneth M Cameron, Cheng-Xin Fu
Morella rubra (Myricaceae), also known as Chinese bayberry, is an economically important, subtropical, evergreen fruit tree. The phylogenetic placement of Myricaceae within Fagales and the origin of Chinese bayberry's domestication are still unresolved. In this study, we report the chloroplast (cp) genome of M. rubra and take advantage of several previously reported chloroplast genomes from related taxa to examine patterns of evolution in Fagales. The cp genomes of three M. rubra individuals were 159,478, 159,568, and 159...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712292/crystal-structure-of-cocosin-a-potential-food-allergen-from-coconut-cocos-nucifera
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Tengchuan Jin, Cheng Wang, Caiying Zhang, Yang Wang, Yu-Wei Chen, Feng Guo, Andrew Howard, Min-Jie Cao, Tong-Jen Fu, Tara H McHugh, Yuzhu Zhang
Coconut (Cocos nucifera) is an important palm tree. Coconut fruit is widely consumed. The most abundant storage protein in coconut fruit is cocosin (a likely food allergen), which belongs to the 11S globulin family. Cocosin was crystallized near a century ago, but its structure remains unknown. By optimizing crystallization conditions and cryoprotectant solutions, we were able to obtain cocosin crystals that diffracted to 1.85 Å. The cocosin gene was cloned from genomic DNA isolated from dry coconut tissue...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710586/bud-sprouting-and-floral-induction-and-expression-of-ft-in-loquat-eriobotrya-japonica-thunb-lindl
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Carmina Reig, Francisco Gil-Muñoz, Francisco Vera-Sirera, Ana García-Lorca, Amparo Martínez-Fuentes, Carlos Mesejo, Miguel A Pérez-Amador, Manuel Agustí
EjFT1 and EjFT2 genes were isolated and sequenced from leaves of loquat. EjFT1 is involved in bud sprouting and leaf development, and EjFT2 in floral bud induction. Loquat [Eriobotrya japonica (Thunb.) Lindl.] is an evergreen species belonging to the family Rosaceae, such as apple and pear, whose reproductive development, in contrast with these species, is a continuous process that is not interrupted by winter dormancy. Thus, the study of the mechanism of flowering in loquat has the potential to uncover the environmental and genetic networks that trigger flowering more accurately, contributing for a better understanding of the Rosaceae floral process...
July 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706311/first-report-of-the-fig-cyst-nematode-heterodera-fici-kirjanova-on-fig-tree-ficus-carica-in-ontario-canada
#10
Fengcheng Sun, Neil Henry, Qing Yu
Although fig trees are a popular ornamental fruit tree in subtropical regions, some hardy species, such as Ficus carica, have been grown in the west coast of British Columbia and southern Ontario in Canada. The fig cyst nematode, Heterodera fici Kirjanova, is a pest on fig plants, and the heavy infestation can cause retarded growth and yellowing of leaves (Maqbool et al., 1987). In the spring of 2016, a sample of rhizosphere from a potted fig (F. carica) seedling was submitted to the Nematology Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency...
June 2017: Journal of Nematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699201/characterization-of-sugar-and-polyphenolic-diversity-in-floral-nectar-of-different-obla%C3%A4-inska-sour-cherry-clones
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Basem Guffa, Nebojša M Nedić, Dragana Č Dabić Zagorac, Tomislav B Tosti, Uroš M Gašić, Maja M Natić, Milica M Fotirić Akšić
'Oblačinska' sour cherry, an autochthonous cultivar, is the most planted cultivar in Serbian orchards. Since fruit trees in temperate zone reward insects by producing nectar which 'quality' affects the efficiency of insect pollination, the aim of this study was analyzing of sugars and polyphenolics in floral nectar of 16 'Oblačinska' sour cherry clones with different yielding potential. The contents of sugars and sugar alcohols were analyzed by ion chromatography, while polyphenolic profile was established using liquid chromatography - mass spectrometry technique (LC/MS)...
July 12, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698613/transcriptome-and-metabolite-analyses-in-azadirachta-indica-identification-of-genes-involved-in-biosynthesis-of-bioactive-triterpenoids
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Sweta Bhambhani, Deepika Lakhwani, Parul Gupta, Ashutosh Pandey, Yogeshwar Vikram Dhar, Sumit Kumar Bag, Mehar Hasan Asif, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi
Azadirachta indica A. Juss, commonly known as Neem, is the reservoir of triterpenoids of economic importance. Metabolite analysis of different developmental stages of leaf and fruit suggests tissue-specific accumulation of the major triterpenoids in this important tree. Though biosynthesis of these complex molecules requires substrate flux from the isoprenoid pathway, enzymes involved in late biosynthetic steps remain uncharacterized. We established and analyzed transcriptome datasets from leaf and fruit and identified members of gene families involved in intermediate steps of terpenoid backbone biosynthesis and those related to secondary transformation leading to the tissue-specific triterpenoid biosynthesis...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698111/phylogeny-and-biogeography-of-maclura-moraceae-and-the-origin-of-an-anachronistic-fruit
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Elliot M Gardner, Paya Sarraf, Evelyn W Williams, Nyree J C Zerega
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Maclura (ca. 12 spp., Moraceae) is a widespread genus of trees and woody climbers found on five continents. Maclura pomifera, the Osage orange, is considered a classic example of an anachronistic fruit. Native to the central USA, the grapefruit-sized Osage oranges are unpalatable and have no known extant native dispersers, leading to speculation that the fruits were adapted to extinct megafauna. Our aim was to reconstruct the phylogeny, estimate divergence dates, and infer ancestral ranges of Maclura in order to test the monophyly of subgeneric classifications and to understand evolution and dispersal patterns in this globally distributed group...
July 8, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697384/schizosaccharomyces-pombe-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-yeasts-in-sequential-fermentations-effect-on-phenolic-acids-of-fermented-kei-apple-dovyalis-caffra-l-juice
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P P Minnaar, N P Jolly, V Paulsen, H W Du Plessis, M Van Der Rijst
Kei-apple (Dovyalis caffra) is an evergreen tree indigenous to Southern Africa. The fruit contains high concentrations of l-malic acid, ascorbic acid, and phenolic acids. Kei-apple juice was sequentially inoculated with Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeasts. A reference fermentation using only S. cerevisiae was included. The fermentation was monitored by recording mass loss. At the end of fermentation, twelve untrained judges conducted free choice aroma profiling on the fruit wines. The Kei-apple juice and wines were analysed for total titratable acidity, total soluble solids, pH, alcohol, l-malic acid, and phenolic acids...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694816/physiological-and-transcriptional-changes-of-three-citrus-rootstock-seedlings-under-iron-deficiency
#15
Lina Fu, Qingqing Zhu, Yinya Sun, Wei Du, Zhiyong Pan, Shu'ang Peng
Iron is an essential micronutrient for plants, and plants have evolved adaptive mechanisms to improve iron acquisition from soils. Grafting on iron deficiency-tolerant rootstock is an effective strategy to prevent iron deficiency-chlorosis in fruit-tree crops. To determine the mechanisms underlying iron uptake in iron deficiency, two iron deficiency-tolerant citrus rootstocks, Zhique (ZQ) and Xiangcheng (XC), as well as iron deficiency-sensitive rootstock trifoliate orange (TO) seedlings were studied. Plants were grown in hydroponics system for 100 days, having 50 μM iron (control) and 0 μM iron (iron deficiency) nutrient solution...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692816/unique-oestrogen-receptor-ligand-binding-domain-sequence-of-native-parrots-a-possible-link-between-phytoestrogens-and-breeding-success
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Catherine E J Davis, Adrian H Bibby, Kevin M Buckley, Kenneth P McNatty, Janet L Pitman
The New Zealand (NZ) native parrots kākāpō, kākā and kea are classified as critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable respectively. Successful reproduction of kākāpō and kākā is linked to years of high levels of fruiting in native flora (mast years). To assess a possible hormonal link between native plants and reproductive success in these parrots in mast years, we examined the ligand-binding domains (LBD) of the progesterone receptor (PR), androgen receptor (AR), estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1) and estrogen receptor 2 (ESR2) in NZ native (kākāpō, kākā, kea and kākāriki) and non-native (Australian cockatiel) parrots and compared them with those in the chicken...
July 11, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690188/aging-across-the-tree-of-life-the-importance-of-a-comparative-perspective-for-the-use-of-animal-models-in-aging
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REVIEW
Alan A Cohen
Use of model organisms in aging research is problematic because our ability to extrapolate across the tree of life is not clear. On one hand, there are conserved pathways that regulate lifespan in organisms including yeast, nematodes, fruit flies, and mice. On the other, many intermediate taxa across the tree of life appear not to age at all, and there is substantial variation in aging mechanisms and patterns, sometimes even between closely related species. There are good evolutionary and mechanistic reasons to expect this complexity, but it means that model organisms must be used with caution and that results must always be interpreted through a broader comparative framework...
July 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688128/effects-of-fragmentation-on-the-seed-predation-and-dispersal-by-rodents-differ-among-species-with-different-seed-size
#18
Qiong Chen, Kyle W Tomlinson, Lin Cao, Bo Wang
Fragmentation influences the population dynamics and community composition of vertebrate animals. Fragmentation effects on rodent species in forests may in turn affect seed predation and dispersal of many plant species. Previous studies have usually addressed this question by monitoring a single species, and their results are contradictory. Very few studies have discussed the fragmentation effect on rodent-seed interaction among tree species with different seed sizes, which can significantly influence rodent foraging preference and seed fate...
July 7, 2017: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686608/biodiversity-conservation-in-an-anthropized-landscape-trees-not-patch-size-drive-bird-community-composition-in-a-low-input-agro-ecosystem
#19
Eric Mellink, Mónica E Riojas-López, Melinda Cárdenas-García
One of the most typical agro-ecosystems in the Llanos de Ojuelos, a semi-arid region of central Mexico, is that of fruit-production orchards of nopales (prickly pear cacti). This perennial habitat with complex vertical structure provides refuge and food for at least 112 species of birds throughout the year. Nopal orchards vary in their internal structure, size and shrub/tree composition, yet these factors have unknown effects on the animals that use them. To further understand the conservation potential of this agro-ecosystem, we evaluated the effects of patch-size and the presence of trees on bird community composition, as well as several habitat variables, through an information-theoretical modelling approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680192/coexistence-and-conflict-between-the-island-flying-fox-pteropus-hypomelanus-and-humans-on-tioman-island-peninsular-malaysia
#20
Sheema Abdul Aziz, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, Xingli Giam, Pierre-Michel Forget, Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz
As tropical landscapes become increasingly human-dominated, conflicts between people and wildlife threaten ecological processes. Old World fruit bats such as flying foxes are especially susceptible to extinction risk because there is low interest in their conservation, particularly when they are considered pests. In order to arrest fruit bat declines, there is an urgent need to understand human-bat conflict and its implications. On a tropical island in Peninsular Malaysia, we conducted a questionnaire survey to investigate coexistence between people and the island flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus)...
2017: Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
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