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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330292/comparative-assessment-of-methods-for-metagenomic-dna-isolation-from-soils-of-different-crop-growing-fields
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Aiman Tanveer, Sangeeta Yadav, Dinesh Yadav
The isolation of good quality metagenomic DNA from diverse soil, in appreciable amount, is a prerequisite for metagenomics. The availability of commercial kits for isolation of genomic DNAs from soil has drastically expedited the application of metagenomics approach for identifying novel sources of industrially important enzymes. The quantitative and qualitative assessment of metagenomic DNA isolated using either the manual method or the kit-based method should be performed prior to its use in downstream applications...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330260/impact-of-forest-vegetation-on-soil-characteristics-a-correlation-between-soil-biological-and-physico-chemical-properties
#2
L R Chandra, S Gupta, V Pande, N Singh
Temperate and dry deciduous forest covers major portion of terrestrial ecosystem in India. The two forest types with different dominant tree species differ in litter quality and root exudates, thereby exerting species-specific impact on soil properties and microbial activity. This study aims to examine the influence of forest type or dominant tree species on soil physico-chemical properties and its relationship with microbial characters in temperate and dry deciduous forest types. We assessed soil physico-chemical properties among five different sites located within the selected forest stand covered by different dominant species...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330242/phylogenetical-coherence-of-pseudomonas-in-unexplored-soils-of-himalayan-region
#3
Stuti Sah, Rajni Singh
Pseudomonas, an enormously diverse genus of the γ-Proteobacteria, is an important member of soil microbial communities. In this study, genetic heterogeneity and plant growth promotory property of Pseudomonas was compared within the group Pseudomonas sensu stricto isolated from the lesser explored niches of Himalayan region. A significant difference (P < 0.001 in total Pseudomonas count) was observed among the six types of soil samples collected from oak forest, fine forest, and agricultural soil. The highest numbers of bacteria were isolated from oak forest soil followed by pine forest soil and agricultural soil...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330237/biocatalytic-activity-of-aspergillus-niger-xylanase-in-paper-pulp-biobleaching
#4
A Sridevi, A Sandhya, G Ramanjaneyulu, G Narasimha, P Suvarnalatha Devi
Xylanase is a hemicellulase enzyme that catalyses the hydrolysis of xylan to xylose which is widely used in processing of feed, pulp and paper. It is produced by many microorganisms especially filamentous fungi like Trichoderma and Aspergillus. A potential xylanolytic fungal isolate Aspergillus niger was isolated from forest soils of Tirumala, AP, India, and its crude enzyme was checked for its potential in paper bleaching. Under submerged fermentation, production of xylanase, cellulase, biomass, total protein and sugar released were analysed after 7 days of incubation at room temperature...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330115/phylogenetic-and-metabolic-diversity-of-tunisian-forest-wood-degrading-fungi-a-wealth-of-novelties-and-opportunities-for-biotechnology
#5
Dalel Daâssi, Héla Zouari-Mechichi, Lassaad Belbahri, Jorge Barriuso, María Jesús Martínez, Moncef Nasri, Tahar Mechichi
In this study, 51 fungal strains were isolated from decaying wood samples collected from forests located in the Northwest of Tunisia in the vicinity of Bousalem, Ain Draham and Kef. Phylogenetic analysis based on the sequences of the internal transcribed spacers of the ribosomal DNA showed a high diversity among the 51 fungal isolates collection. Representatives of 25 genera and 29 species were identified, most of which were members of one of the following phyla (Ascomycota, Basidiomycota and Zygomycota). In addition to the phylogenetic diversity, a high diversity of secreted enzyme profiles was also detected among the fungal isolates...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329867/effectiveness-of-a-virtual-reality-forest-on-people-with-dementia-a-mixed-methods-pilot-study
#6
Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Toni Dwan, Tanya Petrovich
Purpose of the Study: To measure and describe the effectiveness of a Virtual Reality Forest (VRF) on engagement, apathy, and mood states of people with dementia, and explore the experiences of staff, people with dementia and their families. Design and Methods: A mixed-methods study conducted between February and May 2016. Ten residents with dementia, 10 family members, and 9 care staff were recruited from 2 residential aged care facilities, operated by one care provider, located in Victoria, Australia...
March 15, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328853/updated-association-of-tea-consumption-and-bone-mineral-density-a-meta-analysis
#7
Zhao-Fei Zhang, Jun-Long Yang, Huan-Chang Jiang, Zheng Lai, Feng Wu, Zhi-Xiang Liu
BACKGROUND: Current studies evaluating the association of tea consumption and bone mineral density (BMD) have yielded inconsistent findings. Therefore, we conducted a meta-analysis to assess the relationship between tea consumption and BMD. METHODS: The PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases were comprehensively searched, and a meta-analysis performed of all observational studies assessing the association of tea consumption and BMD. Forest plots were used to illustrate the results graphically...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328350/risk-factors-for-and-spatial-distribution-of-lymphoproliferative-disease-virus-lpdv-in-wild-turkeys-meleagris-gallopavo-in-new-york-state-usa
#8
Katrina Alger, Elizabeth Bunting, Krysten Schuler, Christopher M Whipps
Lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV) is an oncogenic avian retrovirus that was previously thought to exclusively infect domestic turkeys but was recently shown to be widespread in Wild Turkeys ( Meleagris gallopavo ) throughout most of the eastern US. In commercial flocks, the virus spreads between birds housed in close quarters, but there is little information about potential risk factors for infection in wild birds. Initial studies focused on distribution of LPDV nationally, but investigation of state-level data is necessary to assess potential predictors of infection and detect patterns in disease prevalence and distribution...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328162/predictive-model-for-inflammation-grades-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-large-scale-analysis-of-clinical-parameters-and-gene-expressions
#9
Weichen Zhou, Yanyun Ma, Jun Zhang, Jingyi Hu, Menghan Zhang, Yi Wang, Yi Li, Lijun Wu, Yida Pan, Yitong Zhang, Xiaonan Zhang, Xinxin Zhang, Zhanqing Zhang, Jiming Zhang, Hai Li, Lungen Lu, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang, Zhenghong Yuan, Jie Liu
BACKGROUND: Liver biopsy is the gold standard to assess pathological features (e.g. inflammation grades) for hepatitis B virus infected patients, although it's invasive and traumatic; meanwhile, several gene profiles of chronic hepatitis B (CHB) have been separately described in relatively small HBV-infected samples. We aimed to analyze correlations among inflammation grades, gene expressions and clinical parameters (serum alanine amino transaminase, aspartate amino transaminase, and HBV-DNA) in large-scale CHB samples, and to predict inflammation grades by using clinical parameters and/or gene expressions...
March 22, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327814/the-development-of-panstrongylus-herreri-under-fluctuating-environmental-conditions
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Edson Franzim, Maria Tays Mendes, Ana Carolina Borella Marfil Anhê, Afonso Pelli, Marcos Vinicius Silva, Virmondes Rodrigues, Helioswilton Sales-Campos, Carlo Jose Freire Oliveira
INTRODUCTION: Panstrongylus herreri is a main Chagas disease vector, and its success as a vector stems from its ability to establish domiciliated colonies; we aimed to explore its biology and reproduction. METHODS: The average amount of blood ingested and the time from the beginning of a blood meal to the production of feces were recorded. RESULTS: Females exhibited a higher blood ingestion rate than males, but similar defecation times and frequencies were observed...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327690/kyasanur-forest-disease-kfd-rare-disease-of-zoonotic-origin
#11
M Muraleedharan
Kyasanur forest disease (KFD) is a rare tick borne zoonotic disease that causes acute febrile hemorrhagic illness in humans and monkeys especially in southern part of India. The disease is caused by highly pathogenic KFD virus (KFDV) which belongs to member of the genus Flavivirus and family Flaviviridae. The disease is transmitted to monkeys and humans by infective tick Haemaphysalisspinigera. Seasonal outbreaks are expected to occur during the months of January to June. The aim of this paper is to briefly summarize the epidemiology, mode of transmission of KFD virus, clinical findings, diagnosis, treatment, control and prevention of the disease...
September 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326126/scenarios-in-tropical-forest-degradation-carbon-stock-trajectories-for-redd
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REVIEW
Rafael B de Andrade, Jennifer K Balch, Amoreena L Parsons, Dolors Armenteras, Rosa Maria Roman-Cuesta, Janette Bulkan
BACKGROUND: Human-caused disturbance to tropical rainforests-such as logging and fire-causes substantial losses of carbon stocks. This is a critical issue to be addressed in the context of policy discussions to implement REDD+. This work reviews current scientific knowledge about the temporal dynamics of degradation-induced carbon emissions to describe common patterns of emissions from logging and fire across tropical forest regions. Using best available information, we: (i) develop short-term emissions factors (per area) for logging and fire degradation scenarios in tropical forests; and (ii) describe the temporal pattern of degradation emissions and recovery trajectory post logging and fire disturbance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325982/long-term-seasonal-dominance-of-the-wasp-trihapsis-polita-townes-hymenoptera-ichneumonidae-in-the-brazilian-atlantic-forest
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Bernardo F Santos, Alexandre P Aguiar, Anazélia M Tedesco, Julio C R Fontenelle
BACKGROUND: The temporal dynamics of insect populations in tropical environments is highly complex and poorly known. Long-term seasonality studies are scarce, and particularly so for ichneumonid wasps (Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae). This study represents an effort to elucidate aspects of seasonality and forest succession in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. NEW INFORMATION: We report on the seasonal and successional dominance of the ichneumonid wasp Trihapsis polita (Cryptinae)...
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325976/arthropod-and-oligochaete-assemblages-from-grasslands-of-the-southern-kenai-peninsula-alaska
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Matthew L Bowser, John M Morton, John Delton Hanson, Dawn R Magness, Mallory Okuly
BACKGROUND: By the end of this century, the potential climate-biome of the southern Kenai Peninsula is forecasted to change from transitional boreal forest to prairie and grasslands, a scenario that may already be playing out in the Caribou Hills region. Here, spruce (Picea × lutzii Little [glauca × sitchensis]) forests were heavily thinned by an outbreak of the spruce bark beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis (Kirby, 1837)) and replaced by the native but invasive grass species, Calamagrostis canadensis (Michx...
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325961/a-new-subterranean-species-of-pseudocrangonyx-from-china-with-an-identification-key-to-all-species-of-the-genus-crustacea-amphipoda-pseudocrangonyctidae
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Shuangyan Zhao, Zhonge Hou
A subterranean species of Pseudocrangonyx elegantulus Hou, sp. n. is described from caves of Wulongdong National Forest Park in Henan Province, China. Pseudocrangonyx elegantulus is characterized by both male and female with calceoli on antenna II; urosomite III dorsal margin without armature; uropod III with peduncle 0.30 times as long as outer ramus and terminal article of the outer ramus a little shorter than adjacent spines; telson cleft 0.27 of its length. Phylogenetic analysis based on 28S and COI sequences supported the species distinctness...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325890/environmental-filtering-triggers-community-assembly-of-forest-understorey-plants-in-central-european-pine-stands
#16
Werner Ulrich, Piotr Sewerniak, Radosław Puchałka, Marcin Piwczyński
Habitat filtering models predict ecologically similar plant species to jointly colonize sites due to comparable environmental characteristics leading to an aggregated pattern of species spatial occurrence. Models focused on interspecific competition expect species with similar ecological requirements to be spatially segregated. While both models are corroborated by field work, few empirical studies have tried to infer under which habitat conditions these patterns of co-occurrence prevail. Here we use an exceptional data set on central European pine forest understorey plant communities to assess the change in community structure along gradients of soil productivity and heterogeneity...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325593/agriculture-and-climate-change-potential-for-mitigation-in-spain
#17
Jose Albiac, Taher Kahil, Eduardo Notivol, Elena Calvo
Agriculture and forestry activities are one of the many sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but they are also sources of low-cost opportunities to mitigate these emissions compared to other economic sectors. This paper provides a first estimate of the potential for mitigation in the whole Spanish agriculture. A set of mitigation measures are selected for their cost-effectiveness and abatement potential and an efficient mix of these measures is identified with reference to a social cost of carbon of 40 €/tCO2e...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325437/a-new-survival-status-prediction-system-for-severe-trauma-patients-based-on-a-multiple-classifier-system
#18
José Sanz, Daniel Paternain, Mikel Galar, Javier Fernandez, Diego Reyero, Tomás Belzunegui
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Severe trauma patients are those who have several injuries implying a death risk. Prediction systems consider the severity of these injuries to predict whether the patients are likely to survive or not. These systems allow one to objectively compare the quality of the emergency services of trauma centres across different hospitals. However, even the most accurate existing prediction systems are based on the usage of a single model. The aim of this paper is to combine several models to make the prediction, since this methodology usually improves the performance of single models...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325358/seromucinous-ovarian-tumor-a-comparison-with-the-rest-of-ovarian-epithelial-tumors
#19
Georgia Karpathiou, Celine Chauleur, Thomas Corsini, Melany Venet, Cyril Habougit, Freschia Honeyman, Fabien Forest, Michel Peoc'h
BACKGROUND: Seromucinous ovarian tumors are rare and not adequately described in the literature and this is especially true for seromucinous carcinomas. AIM OF THE STUDY: To describe histological and clinical features of these tumors in comparison with the rest of ovarian epithelial tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and forty one (241) ovarian tumors, borderline (n=92) or malignant (n=149), treated surgically without neoadjuvant chemotherapy, were examined...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325169/a-new-substitute-host-and-its-effects-on-some-biological-properties-of-ooencyrtus-kuvanae
#20
Hilal Tunca, Marine Venard, Etty-Ambre Colombel, Elisabeth Tabone
Lymantia dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), commonly known as the gypsy moth, is a serious forest pest, and beneficial insects are particularly important for reducing its population numbers. Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Howard) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is an arrhenotokous, solitary egg parasitoid of L. dispar. In this study, we evaluated a new substitute host, Philosamia ricini (Danovan) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) for O. kuvanae. We investigated some of the biological effects of O. kuvanae on P. ricini eggs. In this context, the importance of the age of the female parasitoid (1, 3 or 5 days old), host age (1-2 and 3-4 days old) and host number (40, 60 and 80 host eggs) were examined under laboratory conditions (25 ± 1 °C, 65 ± 5% relative humidity and a 16 : 8 h photoperiod [light : dark])...
March 22, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
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