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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934290/the-oldest-known-digestive-system-consisting-of-both-paired-digestive-glands-and-a-crop-from-exceptionally-preserved-trilobites-of-the-guanshan-biota-early-cambrian-china
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Melanie J Hopkins, Feiyang Chen, Shixue Hu, Zhifei Zhang
The early Cambrian Guanshan biota of eastern Yunnan, China, contains exceptionally preserved animals and algae. Most diverse and abundant are the arthropods, of which there are at least 11 species of trilobites represented by numerous specimens. Many trilobite specimens show soft-body preservation via iron oxide pseudomorphs of pyrite replacement. Here we describe digestive structures from two species of trilobite, Palaeolenus lantenoisi and Redlichia mansuyi. Multiple specimens of both species contain the preserved remains of an expanded stomach region (a "crop") under the glabella, a structure which has not been observed in trilobites this old, despite numerous examples of trilobite gut traces from other Cambrian Lagerstätten...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932262/atcesa8-driven-ossus3-expression-leads-to-largely-enhanced-biomass-saccharification-and-lodging-resistance-by-distinctively-altering-lignocellulose-features-in-rice
#2
Chunfen Fan, Shengqiu Feng, Jiangfeng Huang, Yanting Wang, Leiming Wu, Xukai Li, Lingqiang Wang, Yuanyuan Tu, Tao Xia, Jingyang Li, Xiwen Cai, Liangcai Peng
BACKGROUND: Biomass recalcitrance and plant lodging are two complex traits that tightly associate with plant cell wall structure and features. Although genetic modification of plant cell walls can potentially reduce recalcitrance for enhancing biomass saccharification, it remains a challenge to maintain a normal growth with enhanced biomass yield and lodging resistance in transgenic plants. Sucrose synthase (SUS) is a key enzyme to regulate carbon partitioning by providing UDP-glucose as substrate for cellulose and other polysaccharide biosynthesis...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932261/determinants-of-stakeholders-attitudes-towards-biodiesel
#3
Latifah Amin, Hasrizul Hashim, Zurina Mahadi, Maznah Ibrahim, Khaidzir Ismail
BACKGROUND: Concern about the inevitable depletion of global energy resources is rising and many countries are shifting their focus to renewable energy. Biodiesel is one promising energy source that has garnered much public attention in recent years. Many believe that this alternative source of energy will be able to sustain the need for increased energy security while at the same time being friendly to the environment. Public opinion, as well as proactive measures by key players in industry, may play a decisive role in steering the direction of biodiesel development throughout the world...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931697/worldwide-experiences-with-assisted-peritoneal-dialysis
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REVIEW
Anna Giuliani, Akash Nayak Karopadi, Mario Prieto-Velasco, Sabrina Milan Manani, Carlo Crepaldi, Claudio Ronco
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is common in the elderly population, and renal replacement therapy (RRT) is often required. However, in this particular subgroup of patients, the choice between hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) is often not an easy decision to make. Published literature has adequately demonstrated that PD prevalence is significantly less than HD across all patient age groups despite several advantages. We also know that elderly patients are less likely to complete a PD assessment, due to both medical and social barriers...
September 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931629/selinene-volatiles-are-essential-precursors-for-maize-defense-promoting-fungal-pathogen-resistance
#5
Yezhang Ding, Alisa Huffaker, Tobias G Köllner, Philipp Weckwerth, Christelle A M Robert, Joseph L Spencer, Alexander E Lipka, Eric A Schmelz
To ensure food security, maize (Zea mays) is a model crop for understanding useful traits underlying stress resistance. In contrast to foliar biochemicals, root defenses limiting the spread of disease remain poorly described. To better understand below-ground defenses in the field, we performed root metabolomic profiling and uncovered unexpectedly high levels of the sesquiterpene volatile β-selinene and the corresponding non-volatile antibiotic derivative, β-costic acid. The application of metabolite-based quantitative trait loci (mQTL) mapping using bi-parental populations, genome wide association studies, and near-isogenic lines (NILs) enabled the identification of terpene synthase 21 (ZmTps21) on chromosome 9 as a β-costic acid pathway candidate gene...
September 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
#6
Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929610/identification-of-bottlenecks-in-the-accumulation-of-cyclic-fatty-acids-in-camelina-seed-oil
#7
Xiao-Hong Yu, Rebecca E Cahoon, Patrick J Horn, Hai Shi, Richa Rawat Prakash, Yuanheng Cai, Maegan Hearney, Kent D Chapman, Edgar B Cahoon, Jorg Schwender, John Shanklin
Modified fatty acids (mFA) have diverse uses, e.g., cyclopropane fatty acids (CPA) are feedstocks for producing coatings, lubricants, plastics, and cosmetics. The expression of mFA-producing enzymes in crop and model plants generally results in lower levels of mFA accumulation than in their natural-occurring source plants. Thus, to further our understanding of metabolic bottlenecks that limit mFA accumulation, we generated transgenic Camelina sativa lines co-expressing Escherichia coli cyclopropane synthase (EcCPS) and Sterculia foetida lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase (SfLPAT)...
September 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929574/metabolite-and-transcript-markers-for-the-prediction-of-potato-drought-tolerance
#8
Heike Sprenger, Alexander Erban, Sylvia Seddig, Katharina Rudack, Anja Thalhammer, Mai Q Le, Dirk Walther, Ellen Zuther, Karin I Köhl, Joachim Kopka, Dirk K Hincha
Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is one of the most important food crops worldwide. Current potato varieties are highly susceptible to drought stress. In view of global climate change, selection of cultivars with improved drought tolerance and high yield potential is of paramount importance. Drought tolerance breeding of potato is currently based on direct selection according to yield and phenotypic traits and requires multiple trials under drought conditions. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) is cheaper, faster and reduces classification errors caused by non-controlled environmental effects...
September 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929399/prioritisation-of-native-legume-species-for-further-evaluation-as-potential-forage-crops-in-water-limited-agricultural-systems-in-south-africa
#9
Francuois L Müller, Lincoln M Raitt, Samson B M Chimphango, M Igshaan Samuels, Clement F Cupido, J Stephen Boatwright, Richard Knight, Marike Trytsman
In the face of climate change, identification of forage species suitable for dryland farming under low rainfall conditions in South Africa is needed. Currently, there are only a limited number of forage species suitable for dryland farming under such conditions. The objective of this study was to identify and prioritise native legume species that could potentially be used in dryland farming systems in water-limited agro-ecosystems in South Africa. Using a combination of ecological niche modelling techniques, plant functional traits, and indigenous knowledge, 18 perennial herbaceous or stem-woody legume species were prioritised for further evaluation as potential fodder species within water-limited agricultural areas...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928765/emerging-challenges-and-opportunities-for-education-and-research-in-weed-science
#10
REVIEW
Bhagirath S Chauhan, Amar Matloob, Gulshan Mahajan, Farhena Aslam, Singarayer K Florentine, Prashant Jha
In modern agriculture, with more emphasis on high input systems, weed problems are likely to increase and become more complex. With heightened awareness of adverse effects of herbicide residues on human health and environment and the evolution of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes, a significant focus within weed science has now shifted to the development of eco-friendly technologies with reduced reliance on herbicides. Further, with the large-scale adoption of herbicide-resistant crops, and uncertain climatic optima under climate change, the problems for weed science have become multi-faceted...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924452/greenhouse-gas-performance-of-biochemical-biodiesel-production-from-straw-soil-organic-carbon-changes-and-time-dependent-climate-impact
#11
Hanna Karlsson, Serina Ahlgren, Mats Sandgren, Volkmar Passoth, Ola Wallberg, Per-Anders Hansson
BACKGROUND: Use of bio-based diesel is increasing in Europe. It is currently produced from oilseed crops, but can also be generated from lignocellulosic biomass such as straw. However, removing straw affects soil organic carbon (SOC), with potential consequences for the climate impact of the biofuel. This study assessed the climate impacts and energy balance of biodiesel production from straw using oleaginous yeast, with subsequent biogas production from the residues, with particular emphasis on SOC changes over time...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923437/in-vitro-studies-with-human-intestinal-epithelial-cell-line-monolayers-for-protein-hazard-characterization
#12
REVIEW
Bryan Delaney
Evaluating the safety of newly expressed proteins in genetically modified (GM) crops is conducted prior to commercialization to determine whether they could present a hazard upon consumption. A multicomponent, weight of evidence approach has been applied to individual proteins that has often included acute oral toxicology studies. Based on resources required to produce and purify the proteins, the number of animals necessary for these studies and the fact that no evidence of hazard has been observed for any of the proteins tested to date, it is questionable whether acute toxicology studies should be conducted for all proteins...
September 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922774/crop-model-assisted-phenomics-and-genome-wide-association-study-for-climate-adaptation-of-indica-rice-1-phenology
#13
Michael Dingkuhn, Richard Pasco, Julie M Pasuquin, Jean Damo, Jean-Christophe Soulié, Louis-Marie Raboin, Julie Dusserre, Abdoulaye Sow, Baboucarr Manneh, Suchit Shrestha, Alpha Balde, Tobias Kretzschmar
Phenology and time of flowering are crucial determinants of rice adaptation to climate variation. A previous study characterized flowering responses of 203 diverse indica rices (the ORYTAGE panel) to ten environments in Senegal (six sowing dates) and Madagascar (two years and two altitudes) under irrigation in the field. This study used the physiological phenology model RIDEV V2 to heuristically estimate component traits of flowering such as cardinal temperatures (base temperature (Tbase) and optimum temperature), basic vegetative phase, photoperiod sensitivity and cold acclimation, and to conduct a genome-wide association study for these traits using 16 232 anonymous single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922773/crop-model-assisted-phenomics-and-genome-wide-association-study-for-climate-adaptation-of-indica-rice-2-thermal-stress-and-spikelet-sterility
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Michael Dingkuhn, Richard Pasco, Julie Mae Pasuquin, Jean Damo, Jean-Christophe Soulié, Louis-Marie Raboin, Julie Dusserre, Abdoulaye Sow, Baboucarr Manneh, Suchit Shrestha, Tobias Kretzschmar
Low night and high day temperatures during sensitive reproductive stages cause spikelet sterility in rice. Phenotyping of tolerance traits in the field is difficult because of temporal interactions with phenology and organ temperature differing from ambient. Physiological models can be used to separate these effects. A 203-accession indica rice diversity panel was phenotyped for sterility in ten environments in Senegal and Madagascar and climate data were recorded. Here we report on sterility responses while a companion study reported on phenology...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922752/current-understanding-of-the-pathways-of-flavonoid-biosynthesis-in-model-and-crop-plants
#15
Takayuki Tohge, Leonardo Perez de Souza, Alisdair R Fernie
Flavonoids are a signature class of secondary metabolites formed from a relatively simple collection of scaffolds. They are extensively decorated by chemical reactions including glycosylation, methylation, and acylation. They are present in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and as such in Western populations it is estimated that 20-50 mg of flavonoids are consumed daily per person. In planta they have demonstrated to contribute to both flower color and UV protection. Their consumption has been suggested to presenta wide range of health benefits...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922568/spectral-libraries-for-swath-ms-assays-for-drosophila-melanogaster-and-solanum-lycopersicum
#16
Bertrand Fabre, Dagmara Korona, Clara I Mata-Martinez, Harriet T Parsons, Michael J Deery, Maarten L A T M Hertog, Bart M Nicolaï, Steven Russell, Kathryn S Lilley
Quantitative proteomics methods have emerged as powerful tools for measuring protein expression changes at the proteome level. Using mass-spectrometry (MS) based approaches, it is now possible to routinely quantify thousands of proteins. However, pre-fractionation of the samples at the protein or peptide level is usually necessary to go deep into the proteome, increasing both MS analysis time and technical variability. Recently, a new MS acquisition method named SWATH was introduced with the potential to provide good coverage of the proteome as well as a good measurement precision without prior sample fractionation...
September 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921162/a-bionanohybrid-znal-nads-ecological-pesticide-as-a-treatment-for-soft-rot-disease-in-potato-solanum-tuberosum-l
#17
Erika Elizabeth Morales-Irigoyen, Yolanda de Las Mercedes Gómez-Y-Gómez, Jorge Luis Flores-Moreno, Marina Olivia Franco-Hernández
Pectobacterium carotovorum (Pc) is a phytopathogenic strain that causes soft rot disease in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), resulting in postharvest losses. Chemical control is effective for managing this disease, but overdoses cause adverse effects. Because farmers insist on using chemical agents for crop protection, it is necessary to develop more effective pesticides in which the active compound released can be regulated. In this context, we proposed the synthesis of ZnAl-NADS, in which nalidixic acid sodium salt (NADS) is linked to a ZnAl-NO3 layered double hydroxide (LDH) host as a nanocarrier...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919900/preliminary-studies-to-characterize-the-temporal-variation-of-micronutrient-composition-of-the-above-ground-organs-of-maize-and-correlated-uptake-rates
#18
Karla Vilaça Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, José Laércio Favarin, Felipe Fadel Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone da Costa Mello
The improvement of agronomic practices and the use of high technology in field crops contributes for significant increases in maize productivity, and may have altered the dynamics of nutrient uptake and partition by the plant. Official recommendations for fertilizer applications to the maize crop in Brazil and in many countries are based on critical soil nutrient contents and are relatively outdated. Since the factors that interact in an agricultural production system are dynamic, mathematical modeling of the growth process turns out to be an appropriate tool for these studies...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917210/single-and-mixture-toxicity-of-abamectin-and-difenoconazole-to-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#19
Ana Letícia Madeira Sanches, Bruna Horvath Vieira, Marina Vanderlei Reghini, Raquel Aparecida Moreira, Emanuela Cristina Freitas, Evaldo L G Espíndola, Michiel A Daam
Concerns have been raised in recent years on the potential risks related with pesticide mixtures that are likely to be present in agricultural edge-of-field waterbodies. Despite the high use of pesticides in tropical countries like Brazil, studies evaluating pesticide mixtures are especially scarce in the tropics. The insecticide abamectin and the fungicide difenoconazole are the main pesticides intensively used in Brazilian strawberry crop and are hence likely to occur simultaneously. The aim of the present study was therefore to evaluate the toxicity of abamectin, difenoconazole and their mixture to the tropical fish Danio rerio...
September 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917170/how-do-climatic-and-management-factors-affect-agricultural-ecosystem-services-a-case-study-in-the-agro-pastoral-transitional-zone-of-northern-china
#20
Jianmin Qiao, Deyong Yu, Jianguo Wu
Agricultural ecosystem management needs to ensure food production and minimize soil erosion and nitrogen (N) leaching under climate change and increasingly intensive human activity. Thus, the mechanisms through which climatic and management factors affect crop production, soil erosion, and N leaching must be understood in order to ensure food security and sustainable agricultural development. In this study, we adopted the GIS-based Environmental Policy Integrated Climate (EPIC) model to simulate crop production, soil erosion, and N leaching, and used a partial least squares regression model to evaluate the contributions of climate variables (solar radiation, precipitation, wind speed, relative humidity, and maximum and minimum temperature) and management factors (irrigation, fertilization, and crop cultivation area) on agricultural ecosystem services (AES) in the agro-pastoral transitional zone (APTZ) of northern China...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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