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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817641/honey-bee-apis-mellifera-colony-health-and-pathogen-composition-in-migratory-beekeeping-operations-involved-in-california-almond-pollination
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William Glenny, Ian Cavigli, Katie F Daughenbaugh, Rosemarie Radford, Susan E Kegley, Michelle L Flenniken
Honey bees are important pollinators of agricultural crops. Pathogens and other factors have been implicated in high annual losses of honey bee colonies in North America and some European countries. To further investigate the relationship between multiple factors, including pathogen prevalence and abundance and colony health, we monitored commercially managed migratory honey bee colonies involved in California almond pollination in 2014. At each sampling event, honey bee colony health was assessed, using colony population size as a proxy for health, and the prevalence and abundance of seven honey bee pathogens was evaluated using PCR and quantitative PCR, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813028/detection-methodologies-for-pathogen-and-toxins-a-review
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REVIEW
Md Eshrat E Alahi, Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Pathogen and toxin-contaminated foods and beverages are a major source of illnesses, even death, and have a significant economic impact worldwide. Human health is always under a potential threat, including from biological warfare, due to these dangerous pathogens. The agricultural and food production chain consists of many steps such as harvesting, handling, processing, packaging, storage, distribution, preparation, and consumption. Each step is susceptible to threats of environmental contamination or failure to safeguard the processes...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810845/a-bioinformatics-approach-for-identifying-transgene-insertion-sites-using-whole-genome-sequencing-data
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Doori Park, Su-Hyun Park, Yong Wook Ban, Youn Shic Kim, Kyoung-Cheul Park, Nam-Soo Kim, Ju-Kon Kim, Ik-Young Choi
BACKGROUND: Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have been developed to improve the agricultural traits of modern crop cultivars. Safety assessments of GM crops are of paramount importance in research at developmental stages and before releasing transgenic plants into the marketplace. Sequencing technology is developing rapidly, with higher output and labor efficiencies, and will eventually replace existing methods for the molecular characterization of genetically modified organisms...
August 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799899/the-gut-microbiota-food-science-and-human-nutrition-a-timely-marriage
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REVIEW
Michael J Barratt, Carlito Lebrilla, Howard-Yana Shapiro, Jeffrey I Gordon
Analytic advances are enabling more precise definitions of the molecular composition of key food staples incorporated into contemporary diets and how the nutrient landscapes of these staples vary as a function of cultivar and food processing methods. This knowledge, combined with insights about the interrelationship between consumer microbiota configurations and biotransformation of food ingredients, should have a number of effects on agriculture, food production, and strategies for improving the nutritional value of foods and health status...
August 9, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797634/ecological-distribution-of-extremely-thermophilic-bacteria-belonging-to-the-genus-calditerricola-using-the-novel-enrichment-mpn-pcr-method
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Kathrina Mae Bienes, Minoru Ito, Kota Shiotsuka, Sachi Yamaguchi, Taiki Fujioka, Yukihiro Tashiro, Kenji Sakai
A unique compost called Satsuma soil is produced from sewage sludge by a hyperthermal composting process in Kagoshima City, Japan. The composting process is carried out at a controlled temperature of at least 80°C and the resulting compost might be useful for recycling sustainable agricultural products. The extremely thermophilic bacterial genus Calditerricola was initially isolated from the high-temperature compost. Likewise, the bacteria were previously isolated from material sludge. It is believed that bacteria in this genus might be involved in the hyperthermal composting process...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772149/swine-exposure-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infection-among-hospitalized-patients-with-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-in-illinois-a-zip-code-level-analysis
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Glennon A Beresin, J Michael Wright, Glenn E Rice, Jyotsna S Jagai
BACKGROUND: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a bacterial pathogen, is a predominant cause of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) in the United States. Swine-production facilities have been recognized as potential environmental reservoirs of MRSA. To better understand how swine production may contribute to MRSA infection, we evaluated the association between MRSA infection among SSTI inpatients and exposure measures derived from national swine inventory data. METHODS: Based on adjusted odds ratios from logistic regression models, we evaluated the association between swine exposure metrics and MRSA infections among all Illinois inpatient hospitalizations for SSTI from January 2008 through July 2011...
July 31, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771214/energy-efficient-wireless-sensor-networks-for-precision-agriculture-a-review
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REVIEW
Haider Mahmood Jawad, Rosdiadee Nordin, Sadik Kamel Gharghan, Aqeel Mahmood Jawad, Mahamod Ismail
Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) can be used in agriculture to provide farmers with a large amount of information. Precision agriculture (PA) is a management strategy that employs information technology to improve quality and production. Utilizing wireless sensor technologies and management tools can lead to a highly effective, green agriculture. Based on PA management, the same routine to a crop regardless of site environments can be avoided. From several perspectives, field management can improve PA, including the provision of adequate nutrients for crops and the wastage of pesticides for the effective control of weeds, pests, and diseases...
August 3, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771200/dissecting-tissue-specific-transcriptomic-responses-from-leaf-and-roots-under-salt-stress-in-petunia-hybrida-mitchell
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Gonzalo H Villarino, Qiwen Hu, Michael J Scanlon, Lukas Mueller, Aureliano Bombarely, Neil S Mattson
One of the primary objectives of plant biotechnology is to increase resistance to abiotic stresses, such as salinity. Salinity is a major abiotic stress and increasing crop resistant to salt continues to the present day as a major challenge. Salt stress disturbs cellular environment leading to protein misfolding, affecting normal plant growth and causing agricultural losses worldwide. The advent of state-of-the-art technologies such as high throughput mRNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has revolutionized whole-transcriptome analysis by allowing, with high precision, to measure changes in gene expression...
August 3, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763996/a-novel-magnetic-ion-imprinted-polymer-as-a-selective-magnetic-solid-phase-for-separation-of-trace-lead-ii-ions-from-agricultural-products-and-optimization-using-a-box-behnken-design
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Zohreh Dahaghin, Hassan Zavvar Mousavi, S Maryam Sajjadi
In this work, a magnetic ion-imprinted polymer (Fe3O4@SiO2@IIP) as a novel and selective nanosorbent for selective extraction of Pb(II) ions from various agricultural products is presented. The novel lead magnetic ion-imprinted polymer was synthesized by imidazole as a new ligand and grafted onto the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs. A Box-Behnken (BBD) design was used for optimization of the extraction and elution steps. In the selected conditions, the limit of detection was 0.48ngmL(-1), preconcentration factor was 300, the sorption capacity of this new magnetic ion-imprinted polymer was 105mgg(-1), and the precision of the method (RSD%) for six replicate measurements was found 3...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746366/synthesis-fungicidal-evaluation-and-3d-qsar-studies-of-novel-1-3-4-thiadiazole-xylofuranose-derivatives
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Guanghui Zong, Xiaojing Yan, Jiawei Bi, Rui Jiang, Yinan Qin, Huizhu Yuan, Huizhe Lu, Yanhong Dong, Shuhui Jin, Jianjun Zhang
1,3,4-Thiadiazole and sugar-derived molecules have proven to be promising agrochemicals with growth promoting, insecticidal and fungicidal activities. In the research field of agricultural fungicide, applying union of active group we synthesized a new set of 1,3,4-thiadiazole xylofuranose derivatives and all of the compounds were characterized by 1H NMR and HRMS. In precise toxicity measurement, some of compounds exhibited more potent fungicidal activities than the most widely used commercial fungicide Chlorothalonil, promoting further research and development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738173/simulating-the-meteorology-and-pm10-concentrations-in-arizona-dust-storms-with-the-weather-research-and-forecasting-model-with-chemistry-wrf-chem
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Peter Hyde, Alex Mahalov, Jialun Li
Nine dust storms in south-central Arizona, USA were simulated with the Weather Research and Forecasting with Chemistry model (WRF-Chem) at 2-km resolution. The windblown dust emission algorithm was the Air Force Weather Agency model. In comparison with ground-based PM10 observations, the model unevenly reproduces the dust storm events. The model adequately estimates the location and timing of the events, but it is unable to precisely replicate the magnitude and timing of the elevated hourly concentrations of particles 10 microns and smaller ([PM10])...
July 24, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712062/genome-editing-and-genetic-engineering-in-livestock-for-advancing-agricultural-and-biomedical-applications
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Bhanu P Telugu, Ki-Eun Park, Chi-Hun Park
Genetic modification of livestock has a longstanding and successful history, starting with domestication several thousand years ago. Modern animal breeding strategies predominantly based on marker-assisted and genomic selection, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer have led to significant improvement in the performance of domestic animals, and are the basis for regular supply of high quality animal derived food. However, the current strategy of breeding animals over multiple generations to introduce novel traits is not realistic in responding to the unprecedented challenges such as changing climate, pandemic diseases, and feeding an anticipated 3 billion increase in global population in the next three decades...
July 15, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711026/recent-advancement-in-biosensors-technology-for-animal-and-livestock-health-management
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REVIEW
Suresh Neethirajan, Satish K Tuteja, Sheng-Tung Huang, David Kelton
The term biosensors encompasses devices that have the potential to quantify physiological, immunological and behavioural responses of livestock and multiple animal species. Novel biosensing methodologies offer highly specialised monitoring devices for the specific measurement of individual and multiple parameters covering an animal's physiology as well as monitoring of an animal's environment. These devices are not only highly specific and sensitive for the parameters being analysed, but they are also reliable and easy to use, and can accelerate the monitoring process...
July 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697382/bacterial-mobilization-and-transport-through-manure-enriched-soils-experiment-and-modeling
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N Sepehrnia, L Memarianfard, A A Moosavi, J Bachmann, G Guggenberger, F Rezanezhad
A precise evaluation of bacteria transport and mathematical investigations are useful for best management practices in agroecosystems. In this study, using laboratory experiments and modeling approaches, we assess the transport of bacteria released from three types of manure (cow, sheep, and poultry) to find the importance of the common manures in agricultural activities in soil and water pollution. Thirty six intact soil columns with different textures (sandy, loamy, and silty clay loam) were sampled. Fecal coliform leaching from layers of the manures on the soil surface was conducted under steady-state saturated flow conditions at 20 °C for up to four Pore Volumes (PVs)...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694843/quantifying-pruning-impacts-on-olive-tree-architecture-and-annual-canopy-growth-by-using-uav-based-3d-modelling
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F M Jiménez-Brenes, F López-Granados, A I de Castro, J Torres-Sánchez, N Serrano, J M Peña
BACKGROUND: Tree pruning is a costly practice with important implications for crop harvest and nutrition, pest and disease control, soil protection and irrigation strategies. Investigations on tree pruning usually involve tedious on-ground measurements of the primary tree crown dimensions, which also might generate inconsistent results due to the irregular geometry of the trees. As an alternative to intensive field-work, this study shows a innovative procedure based on combining unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology and advanced object-based image analysis (OBIA) methodology for multi-temporal three-dimensional (3D) monitoring of hundreds of olive trees that were pruned with three different strategies (traditional, adapted and mechanical pruning)...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692815/efficient-generation-of-goats-with-defined-point-mutation-i397v-in-gdf9-through-crispr-cas9
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Yiyuan Niu, Xiaoe Zhao, Jiankui Zhou, Yan Li, Yu Huang, Bei Cai, Yutai Liu, Qiang Ding, Shiwei Zhou, Jin Zhao, Guangxian Zhou, Baohua Ma, Xingxu Huang, Xiaolong Wang, Yulin Chen
The recent emergence of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) 9 system has attracted significant attention for its potential to improve traits of agricultural importance. However, most applications in livestock species to date have depended on aberrant DNA repair to generate frameshifting indels. Whether this genomic engineering technique involving homology-dependent repair (HDR) can be used to introduce defined point mutations has been less explored. Previously, we reported a G→A point mutation (g...
July 11, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692673/gastrointestinal-parasite-infections-and-self-medication-in-wild-chimpanzees-surviving-in-degraded-forest-fragments-within-an-agricultural-landscape-mosaic-in-uganda
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Matthew R McLennan, Hideo Hasegawa, Massimo Bardi, Michael A Huffman
Monitoring health in wild great apes is integral to their conservation and is especially important where they share habitats with humans, given the potential for zoonotic pathogen exchange. We studied the intestinal parasites of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) inhabiting degraded forest fragments amid farmland and villages in Bulindi, Uganda. We first identified protozoan and helminth parasites infecting this population. Sixteen taxa were demonstrated microscopically (9 protozoa, 5 nematodes, 1 cestode, and 1 trematode)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686420/mechanistic-insights-from-discrete-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-pesticide-nanoparticle-interactions
#18
Nicholas K Geitner, Weilu Zhao, Feng Ding, Wei Chen, Mark R Wiesner
Nanoscale particles have the potential to modulate the transport, lifetimes, and ultimate uptake of pesticides that may otherwise be bound to agricultural soils. Engineered nanoparticles provide a unique platform for studying these interactions. In this study, we utilized discrete molecular dynamics (DMD) as a screening tool for examining nanoparticle-pesticide adsorptive interactions. As a proof-of-concept, we selected a library of 15 pesticides common in the United States and 4 nanomaterials with likely natural or incidental sources, and simulated all possible nanoparticle-pesticide pairs...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675880/comparative-analysis-of-spatio-temporal-exposure-assessment-methods-for-estimating-odor-related-responses-in-non-urban-populations
#19
Manuella Lech Cantuaria, Per Løfstrøm, Victoria Blanes-Vidal
The assessment of air pollution exposures in epidemiological studies does not always account for spatio-temporal variability of pollutants concentrations. In the case of odor studies, a common approach is to use yearly averaged odorant exposure estimates with low spatial resolution, which may not capture the spatio-temporal variability of emissions and therefore distort the epidemiological results. This study explores the use of different exposure assessment methods for time-variant ammonia exposures with high spatial resolution, in rural communities exposed to odors from agricultural and livestock farming activities...
July 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672773/generalized-confidence-intervals-for-intra-and-inter-subject-coefficients-of-variation-in-linear-mixed-effects-models
#20
Johannes Forkman
Linear mixed-effects models are linear models with several variance components. Models with a single random-effects factor have two variance components: the random-effects variance, i. e., the inter-subject variance, and the residual error variance, i. e., the intra-subject variance. In many applications, it is practice to report variance components as coefficients of variation. The intra- and inter-subject coefficients of variation are the square roots of the corresponding variances divided by the mean...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
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