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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153528/modeling-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-dairy-farms
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C Alan Rotz
Dairy farms have been identified as an important source of greenhouse gas emissions. Within the farm, important emissions include enteric CH4 from the animals, CH4 and N2O from manure in housing facilities during long-term storage and during field application, and N2O from nitrification and denitrification processes in the soil used to produce feed crops and pasture. Models using a wide range in level of detail have been developed to represent or predict these emissions. They include constant emission factors, variable process-related emission factors, empirical or statistical models, mechanistic process simulations, and life cycle assessment...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153159/a-100-year-review-total-mixed-ration-feeding-of-dairy-cows
#2
David J Schingoethe
Total mixed rations (TMR) as we know them today did not exist in 1917. In fact, TMR are an invention of primarily the last half of the past 100 yr. Prior to that time many dairy herds were fed only forages, but dairy producers started moving toward TMR feeding as milk production per cow increased, herds became larger, freestall and large-group handling of cows became more common, and milking parlors became more prevalent. The earliest known reports in the Journal of Dairy Science of feeding "complete rations" or TMR may have appeared in the 1950s, but those studies were often reported only as abstracts at annual meetings of the American Dairy Science Association or in extension-type publications...
December 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152702/a-new-supporting-tool-for-pig-handling-in-the-breeding-slaughterhouse-production-chain
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REVIEW
Ferruccio Giametta, Pasquale Catalano, Andrea Gentile, Claudio Perone, Biagio Bianchi
This paper focuses on a research concerning the operational management of the pig-handling phase, during the period of breeding and before slaughtering. Given the behaviour of these animals during transfers, a particular tool has been designed to manage them in this phase. A total number of 48 animals, divided in 4 groups, were moved without use of the tool (control groups) and by using the tool described in this article. The time required by the control groups to leave the pen ranges from 21 to 125 seconds; while, when the proposed tool was used, the time for the movement of the animals ranged between 10 and 17 seconds...
September 30, 2017: Veterinaria Italiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152201/the-natural-selection-of-metabolism-and-mass-selects-lifeforms-from-viruses-to-multicellular-animals
#4
Lars Witting
I show that the natural selection of metabolism and mass can select for the major life-history and allometric transitions that define lifeforms from viruses, over prokaryotes and larger unicells, to multicellular animals. The proposed selection is driven by a mass-specific metabolism that is selected as the pace of the resource handling that generates net energy for self-replication. An initial selection of mass is given by a dependence of mass-specific metabolism on mass in replicators that are close to a lower size limit...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141129/recent-trends-in-salmonella-outbreaks-and-emerging-technology-for-biocontrol-of-salmonella-using-phages-in-foods-a-review
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REVIEW
Jun-Hyun Oh, Mi-Kyung Park
Salmonella is one of the principal causes of foodborne outbreaks. As traditional control methods have shown efficacy against emerging Salmonella serotypes or antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella, new approaches have been attempted. The use of lytic phages for the biocontrol of Salmonella in food industry has become an attractive method owing to the many advantages offered by the use of phages as biocontrol agents. Phages are natural alternatives to traditional antimicrobial agents; they have proven effective in the control of bacterial pathogens in food industry, which has led to the development of different phage products...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139068/minor-corral-changes-and-adoption-of-good-handling-practices-can-improve-the-behavior-and-reduce-cortisol-release-in-nellore-cows
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Maria Lúcia Pereira Lima, João Alberto Negrão, Claudia Cristina Paro de Paz, Temple Grandin
Inadequate corral facilities and improper handling are major causes of stress in beef cattle. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of minor changes in the corral and adoption of good handling practices on the behavior, cortisol release, and time spent taking blood samples in Nellore cows. Minor corral changes included obstructing the cow's vision when the handler walked deep into the animal's flight zone and the elimination of bright objects, color contrasts, puddles, shadows, and darkness in the corral...
November 14, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138934/habitat-quality-affects-stress-responses-and-survival-in-a-bird-wintering-under-extremely-low-ambient-temperatures
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Dina Cīrule, Tatjana Krama, Ronalds Krams, Didzis Elferts, Ants Kaasik, Markus J Rantala, Pranas Mierauskas, Severi Luoto, Indrikis A Krams
Animals normally respond to stressful environmental stimuli by releasing glucocorticoid hormones. We investigated whether baseline corticosterone (CORT), handling-induced corticosterone concentration(s), and body condition indices of members of willow tit (Poecile montanus) groups differed while wintering in old growth forests and managed young forests in mild weather conditions and during cold spells. Willow tits spend the winter season in non-kin groups in which dominant individuals typically claim their priority to access resources, while subordinate individuals may experience greater levels of stress and higher mortality, especially during cold spells...
November 14, 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132360/neoanalysis-a-python-based-toolbox-for-quick-electrophysiological-data-processing-and-analysis
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Bo Zhang, Ji Dai, Tao Zhang
BACKGROUND: In a typical electrophysiological experiment, especially one that includes studying animal behavior, the data collected normally contain spikes, local field potentials, behavioral responses and other associated data. In order to obtain informative results, the data must be analyzed simultaneously with the experimental settings. However, most open-source toolboxes currently available for data analysis were developed to handle only a portion of the data and did not take into account the sorting of experimental conditions...
November 13, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129349/electrical-and-mechanical-alternans-during-ventricular-tachycardia-with-moderate-chronic-heart-failure
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Ikeotunye Royal Chinyere, Talal Moukabary, Steven Goldman, Elizabeth Juneman
A chronic heart failure (CHF) rat underwent epicardial programmed electrical stimulation (PES). Ventricular tachycardia (VT) developed during PES. Mechanical alternans was noted despite fixed tachycardia cycle length. Anti-tachycardia pacing attempts initiated a second VT that generated pulse intermittently and then degenerated into pulseless VT with electrical alternans.To our knowledge electrical and mechanical alternans have not been recorded in animal models of CHF during VT. The distinct events of mechanical alternans and electrical alternans may be indicative of progressively worsened calcium handling in the compromised cardiomyocytes...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129115/innovative-layer-genetics-to-handle-global-challenges-in-egg-production
#10
R Preisinger
1. In commercial layer breeding, extensive gene pools are tested and selected for market requirements which must be anticipated at least five years ahead. Field results confirm a continuous positive genetic trend in egg output and better feed efficiency which can be converted into land savings. 2. Animal welfare and cage-free housing dominate future needs of the market. Nesting behaviour and minimal tendency to develop feather-pecking or cannibalism without beak treatment, are key trait complexes. Stronger shells for longer production cycles without moulting have to be combined with better bones...
November 13, 2017: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125546/hereditary-nephrogenic-diabetes-insipidus-pathophysiology-and-possible-treatment-an-update
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REVIEW
Serena Milano, Monica Carmosino, Andrea Gerbino, Maria Svelto, Giuseppe Procino
Under physiological conditions, excessive loss of water through the urine is prevented by the release of the antidiuretic hormone arginine-vasopressin (AVP) from the posterior pituitary. In the kidney, AVP elicits a number of cellular responses, which converge on increasing the osmotic reabsorption of water in the collecting duct. One of the key events triggered by the binding of AVP to its type-2 receptor (AVPR2) is the exocytosis of the water channel aquaporin 2 (AQP2) at the apical membrane the principal cells of the collecting duct...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119377/meat-retail-conditions-within-the-establishments-of-kigali-city-rwanda-bacteriological-quality-and-risk-factors-for-salmonella-occurrence
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Eugène Niyonzima, Martin Patrick Ongol, Yves Brostaux, Nicolas Korsak, Georges Daube, Anastase Kimonyo, Marianne Sindic
Meat constitutes one of the major vehicles for human foodborne infections. This study aimed to assess the retail conditions and to determine the microbiological quality and safety of meat retailed within the establishments of Kigali (Rwanda). A questionnaire survey was carried out in 150 retail outlets to characterise meat retail conditions. Additionally, 270 retail meat samples were analysed for the enumeration of hygiene indicator bacteria (total mesophilic bacteria and Escherichia coli) and for the qualitative detection of Salmonella, using conventional culture methods...
November 8, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118820/non-destructive-high-content-analysis-of-wheat-grain-traits-using-x-ray-micro-computed-tomography
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Nathan Hughes, Karen Askew, Callum P Scotson, Kevin Williams, Colin Sauze, Fiona Corke, John H Doonan, Candida Nibau
Background: Wheat is one of the most widely grown crop in temperate climates for food and animal feed. In order to meet the demands of the predicted population increase in an ever-changing climate, wheat production needs to dramatically increase. Spike and grain traits are critical determinants of final yield and grain uniformity a commercially desired trait, but their analysis is laborious and often requires destructive harvest. One of the current challenges is to develop an accurate, non-destructive method for spike and grain trait analysis capable of handling large populations...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109832/cardioprotective-effect-of-resveratrol-in-a-postinfarction-heart-failure-model
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Adam Riba, Laszlo Deres, Balazs Sumegi, Kalman Toth, Eszter Szabados, Robert Halmosi
Despite great advances in therapies observed during the last decades, heart failure (HF) remained a major health problem in western countries. In order to further improve symptoms and survival in patients with heart failure, novel therapeutic strategies are needed. In some animal models of HF resveratrol (RES), it was able to prevent cardiac hypertrophy, contractile dysfunction, and remodeling. Several molecular mechanisms are thought to be involved in its protective effects, such as inhibition of prohypertrophic signaling molecules, improvement of myocardial Ca(2+) handling, regulation of autophagy, and the reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099318/motivation-and-prior-animal-experience-of-newly-enrolled-veterinary-nursing-students-at-two-irish-third-level-institutions
#15
Karen Dunne, Bernadette Brereton, Vivienne Duggan, Deirdre Campion
Veterinary nurses report an intrinsic desire to work with animals. However, this motivation may be eroded by poor working conditions and low pay, resulting in the exit of experienced veterinary nurses from clinical practice. This study sought to quantify the level of animal-handling experience students possessed at the start of their training and to explore the factors motivating them to enter veterinary nurse training in two Irish third-level institutions. The authors had noted a tendency for veterinary nursing students to possess limited animal-handling skills, despite their obvious motivation to work with animals...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098186/chronic-adolescent-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-treatment-of-male-mice-leads-to-long-term-cognitive-and-behavioral-dysfunction-which-are-prevented-by-concurrent-cannabidiol-treatment
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Michelle Murphy, Sierra Mills, Joanna Winstone, Emma Leishman, Jim Wager-Miller, Heather Bradshaw, Ken Mackie
Introduction: The high prevalence of adolescent cannabis use, the association between this use and later psychiatric disease, and increased access to high-potency cannabis highlight the need for a better understanding of the long-term effects of adolescent cannabis use on cognitive and behavioral outcomes. Furthermore, increasing Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in high-potency cannabis is accompanied by a decrease in cannabidiol (CBD), thus an understanding of the interactions between CBD and THC in the neurodevelopmental effects of THC is also important...
2017: Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095442/a-high-throughput-in-vivo-screening-method-in-the-mouse-for-identifying-regulators-of-metastatic-colonization
#17
Anneliese O Speak, Agnieszka Swiatkowska, Natasha A Karp, Mark J Arends, David J Adams, Louise van der Weyden
We describe a sensitive, robust, high-throughput method for quantifying the ability of metastatic tumor cells to colonize a secondary organ. Metastasis is the leading cause of death in cancer patients, and successful colonization of the secondary organ is the rate-limiting step in the metastatic process; thus, experimental methods that can be used to interrogate the key factors required for this critical step are of great importance. The experimental metastasis assay we detail here includes tail-vein injection of cancer cells into the mouse and determination of the resulting secondary organ colonization, primarily in the lung, 10 d post dosing...
December 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080676/amygdaloid-involvement-in-the-defensive-behavior-of-mice-exposed-to-the-open-elevated-plus-maze
#18
Tatiani Sorregotti, Ana Cláudia Cipriano, Fábio Cardoso Cruz, Diego Cardozo Mascarenhas, Robert John Rodgers, Ricardo Luiz Nunes-de-Souza
Previous studies have shown that the exposure to an open elevated plus maze (oEPM, an EPM with all four open arms) elicits fear/anxiety-related responses in laboratory rodents. However, very little is known about the underlying neural substrates of these defensive behaviors. Accordingly, the present study investigated the effects of chemical inactivation of the amygdala [through local injection of cobalt chloride (CoCl2: a nonspecific synaptic blocker)] on the behavior of oEPM-exposed mice. In a second experiment, the pattern of activation of the basolateral (BLA) and central (CeA) nuclei of the amygdala was assessed through quantification of Fos protein expression in mice subjected to one of several behavioral manipulations...
October 31, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080056/oxygen-15-labeled-co2-o2-and-co-pet-in-small-animals-evaluation-using-a-3d-mode-micropet-scanner-and-impact-of-reconstruction-algorithms
#19
Genki Horitsugi, Tadashi Watabe, Yasukazu Kanai, Hayato Ikeda, Hiroki Kato, Sadahiro Naka, Mana Ishibashi, Keiko Matsunaga, Kayako Isohashi, Eku Shimosegawa, Jun Hatazawa
BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET) studies using (15)O-labeled CO2, O2, and CO have been used in humans to evaluate cerebral blood flow (CBF), the cerebral oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2) and cerebral blood volume (CBV), respectively. In preclinical studies, however, PET studies using (15)O-labeled gases are not widely performed because of the technical difficulties associated with handling labeled gases with a short half-life...
October 27, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063524/on-the-relationship-between-proteinuria-and-plasma-phosphate
#20
Sophie de Seigneux, Alexandra Wilhelm-Bals, Marie Courbebaisse
Albuminuria is strongly associated with renal and cardiovascular outcomes independently of renal function level. However, the pathophysiology of these associations is debated. In chronic kidney disease (CKD), phosphate retention participates in cardiovascular events and increased cardiovascular mortality. We hypothesised that albuminuria may modulate tubular phosphate handling by the kidney. To verify this hypothesis, we first studied the association between phosphataemia and albuminuria in children with nephrotic syndrome and in adults with CKD...
October 24, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
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