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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150764/projections-for-the-changes-in-growing-season-length-of-tree-ring-formation-on-the-tibetan-plateau-based-on-cmip5-model-simulations
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Minhui He, Bao Yang, Vladimir Shishov, Sergio Rossi, Achim Bräuning, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Jussi Grießinger
The response of the growing season to the ongoing global warming has gained considerable attention. In particular, how and to which extent the growing season will change during this century is essential information for the Tibetan Plateau, where the observed warming trend has exceeded the global mean. In this study, the 1960-2014 mean length of the tree-ring growing season (LOS) on the Tibetan Plateau was derived from results of the Vaganov-Shashkin oscilloscope tree growth model, based on 20 composite study sites and more than 3000 trees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150608/rapid-neo-sex-chromosome-evolution-and-incipient-speciation-in-a-major-forest-pest
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Ryan R Bracewell, Barbara J Bentz, Brian T Sullivan, Jeffrey M Good
Genome evolution is predicted to be rapid following the establishment of new (neo) sex chromosomes, but it is not known if neo-sex chromosome evolution plays an important role in speciation. Here we combine extensive crossing experiments with population and functional genomic data to examine neo-XY chromosome evolution and incipient speciation in the mountain pine beetle. We find a broad continuum of intrinsic incompatibilities in hybrid males that increase in strength with geographic distance between reproductively isolated populations...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150418/immune-enhancing-formulas-for-patients-with-cancer-undergoing-esophagectomy-systematic-review-protocol
#3
Astrid Naranjo, Elizabeth Isenring, Laisa Teleni
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with an esophageal cancer can potentially be compromised with postoperative leaks or fistulae if patients' nutritional status is in a vulnerable stage. Currently in Australia, there is a growing need for clinicians to know whether use of immune-enhancing formulas (IEFs) containing Arg, omega-3, and RNA are a cost-effective approach compared with isonitrogenous-isocaloric formulas to reduce postoperative infectious complications in esophagectomy patients. Since IEFs may carry higher costs, this has led to inconsistencies in practice among clinicians and hospitals...
November 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150174/a-new-species-of-discocyrtanus-from-mato-grosso-brazil-opiliones-gonyleptidae-with-a-key-to-the-species-of-the-genus
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Rafael N Carvalho, Adriano B Kury
Discocyrtanus canjinjim sp. n., belonging to the family Gonyleptidae Sundevall, 1833 is described based on nineteen specimens, eleven adult males and eight adult females, collected in the Vila Bela da Santíssima Trindade, in the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil. This new species represents an endemic component for the harvestmen fauna of Chiquitano Dry Forests terrestrial eco-region, being the most occidental point of distribution of the genus, notably found in the Cerrado and the Atlantic Forest. The new species is characterized by femur IV swollen with the same length of dorsal scutum, trochanter IV with prodorsal distal apophysis as a stout hook not bifurcated, and a unique form of genitalia in the genus...
November 14, 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150091/prediction-of-menarcheal-status-of-girls-using-voice-features
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Marcin D Bugdol, Monika N Bugdol, Anna M Lipowicz, Andrzej W Mitas, Maria J Bienkowska, Agata M Wijata
A method for evaluating the menarcheal status of girls on the basis of their voice features is presented in the paper. The registration procedure consists of voice recording and measuring 20 anthropological features. The input feature vector is a combination of voice and anthropometric parameters, counting 220 features. The optimal set of parameters was selected using five different methods: Method A - stepwise regression (first forward, then backward regression) performed on features with statistically different means/medians; Method B - stepwise regression (forward and backward) on all features, with age; Method C - stepwise regression as in B; including age, Method D - all features with statistically different means/medians, Method E - all features excluding age...
November 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149715/robust-brain-roi-segmentation-by-deformation-regression-and-deformable-shape-model
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Zhengwang Wu, Yanrong Guo, Sang Hyun Park, Yaozong Gao, Pei Dong, Seong-Whan Lee, Dinggang Shen
We propose a robust and efficient learning-based deformable model for segmenting regions of interest (ROIs) from structural MR brain images. Different from the conventional deformable-model-based methods that deform a shape model locally around the initialization location, we learn an image-based regressor to guide the deformable model to fit for the target ROI. Specifically, given any voxel in a new image, the image-based regressor can predict the displacement vector from this voxel towards the boundary of target ROI, which can be used to guide the deformable segmentation...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149684/combining-benford-s-law-and-machine-learning-to-detect-money-laundering-an-actual-spanish-court-case
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Elena Badal-Valero, José A Alvarez-Jareño, Jose M Pavía
OBJECTIVES: This paper is based on the analysis of the database of operations from a macro-case on money laundering orchestrated between a core company and a group of its suppliers, 26 of which had already been identified by the police as fraudulent companies. In the face of a well-founded suspicion that more companies have perpetrated criminal acts and in order to make better use of what are very limited police resources, we aim to construct a tool to detect money laundering criminals...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149679/innovative-urban-forestry-governance-in-melbourne-investigating-green-placemaking-as-a-nature-based-solution
#8
Natalie Marie Gulsrud, Kelly Hertzog, Ian Shears
A nature-based approach to climate resilience aims to challenge and re-frame conventional environmental management methods by refocusing solutions from technological strategies to socio-ecological principles such as human well-being and community-based governance models, thereby improving and legitimizing the delivery of ecosystem services (ES). There are, however, many challenges to applying a socio-ecological agenda to urban climate resilience and thereby re-framing ES delivery as community and people focused, a knowledge gap extensively outlined in the environmental governance literature...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149554/boron-dissolved-and-dust-atmospheric-inputs-to-a-forest-ecosystem-northeastern-france
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Philippe Roux, Marie Pierre Turpault, Gil Kirchen, Paul-Olivier Redon, Damien Lemarchand
Boron concentrations and isotopic compositions of atmospheric dust and dissolved depositions were monitored over a two-years period (2012-2013) in the forest ecosystem of Montiers (Northeastern France). This time series allows the determination of the boron atmospheric inputs to this forest ecosystem and contributes to refine our understanding of the sources and processes that control the boron atmospheric cycle. Mean annual dust and dissolved boron atmospheric depositions are comparable in size (13 g.ha-1...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149208/synergistic-effects-of-the-components-of-global-change-increased-vegetation-dynamics-in-open-forest-steppe-grasslands-driven-by-wildfires-and-year-to-year-precipitation-differences
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Miklós Kertész, Réka Aszalós, Attila Lengyel, Gábor Ónodi
Climate change and land use change are two major elements of human-induced global environmental change. In temperate grasslands and woodlands, increasing frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and increasing severity of wildfires has altered the structure and dynamics of vegetation. In this paper, we studied the impact of wildfires and the year-to-year differences in precipitation on species composition changes in semi-arid grasslands of a forest-steppe complex ecosystem which has been partially disturbed by wildfires...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149053/laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-for-rapid-discrimination-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-seafood-tegillarca-granosa
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Guoli Ji, Pengchao Ye, Yijian Shi, Leiming Yuan, Xiaojing Chen, Mingshun Yuan, Dehua Zhu, Xi Chen, Xinyu Hu, Jing Jiang
Tegillarca granosa samples contaminated artificially by three kinds of toxic heavy metals including zinc (Zn), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) were attempted to be distinguished using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technology and pattern recognition methods in this study. The measured spectra were firstly processed by a wavelet transform algorithm (WTA), then the generated characteristic information was subsequently expressed by an information gain algorithm (IGA). As a result, 30 variables obtained were used as input variables for three classifiers: partial least square discriminant analysis (PLS-DA), support vector machine (SVM), and random forest (RF), among which the RF model exhibited the best performance, with 93...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148884/epidemiology-of-schmallenberg-virus-in-european-bison-bison-bonasus-in-poland
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Julia Kęsik-Maliszewska, Michał K Krzysiak, Maria Grochowska, Lech Lechowski, Christopher Chase, Magdalena Larska
Schmallenberg virus (SBV), an emerging arbovirus in Europe, is an important pathogen in domestic ruminants; however, its impact on free-ranging wild ruminants is not well studied. Three hundred and forty-seven serum samples collected between 2011 and 2016 from 302 European bison (Bison bonasus) from 12 different sites in Poland were tested for the presence of SBV antibodies. In addition, 86 sera were collected between 2013 and 2016 from three species of cervids for testing for SBV antibodies. After the first detection of the virus in Poland in October 2012, the proportion of SBV-seropositive European bison reached 81% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 77...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148407/minor-salivary-gland-fibrosis-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-is-elevated-associated-with-focus-score-and-not-solely-a-consequence-of-aging
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Kerry M Leehan, Nathan P Pezant, Astrid Rasmussen, Kiely Grundahl, Jacen S Moore, Lida Radfar, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Christopher J Lessard, Nelson L Rhodus, Barbara M Segal, R Hal Scofield, Kathy L Sivils, Courtney Montgomery, A Darise Farris
OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the presence of minor salivary gland (SG) fibrosis in primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) as a function of disease pathology or a consequence of ageing. METHODS: Subjects with sicca symptoms attending a Sjögren's research clinic were classified by American European Consensus Group (AECG) criteria as either pSS or non-SS (nSS). Discovery (n=34 pSS, n=28 nSS) and replication (n=35 pSS, n=31 nSS) datasets were evaluated. Minor SG cross-sections from haematoxylin and eosin stained slides were imaged, digitally reconstructed and analysed for percent area fibrosis...
October 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147789/erythrocyte-nuclear-abnormalities-in-astyanax-lacustris-in-response-to-landscape-characteristics-in-two-neotropical-streams
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Lucilene Finoto Viana, Yzel Rondon Súarez, Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso, Julio César Jut Solórzano, Bruno do Amaral Crispim, Alexeia Barufatti Grisolia, Sidnei Eduardo Lima-Junior
The objective of this research was to evaluate land use and occupation in the landscape surrounding two neotropical streams of the Upper Paraná River in Brazil and to investigate if the water from these streams induces erythrocyte nuclear abnormalities in Astyanax lacustris. We observed that the areas surrounding the streams are predominantly used for agricultural purposes (73.46% of the total area), followed by buildings (15.21%). Only 8.78% of the area consisted of forest fragments. We observed higher frequencies of micronuclei in erythrocytes of A...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147694/emerging-investigator-series-the-effect-of-wildfire-on-streamwater-mercury-and-organic-carbon-in-a-forested-watershed-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Allison M Jensen, Todd M Scanlon, Ami L Riscassi
Wildfires alter forested ecosystems, which include large stores of mercury (Hg) and organic carbon, two compounds that are closely linked in vegetation, soils, and streamwater. Studies have shown that wildfires release elevated levels of mercury to the atmosphere which can be locally redeposited and leave charred organic material (vegetation and litter) on the soil surface. Both can contribute to the elevated mobilization of Hg into lakes and streams. However, no studies have conducted a detailed examination of hydrological transport of Hg following a wildfire...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146804/response-to-comment-on-the-extent-of-forest-in-dryland-biomes
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J-F Bastin, D Mollicone, A Grainger, B Sparrow, N Picard, A Lowe, R Castro
Griffith et al do not question the quality of our analysis, but they question our results with respect to the definition of forest we employed. In our response, we explain why the differences we report result from a difference of technique and not of definition, and how anyone can adapt-as we did-our data set to any forest definition and tree cover threshold of interest.
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146777/comment-on-the-extent-of-forest-in-dryland-biomes
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Daniel M Griffith, Caroline E R Lehmann, Caroline A E Strömberg, Catherine L Parr, R Toby Pennington, Mahesh Sankaran, Jayashree Ratnam, Christopher J Still, Rebecca L Powell, Niall P Hanan, Jesse B Nippert, Colin P Osborne, Stephen P Good, T Michael Anderson, Ricardo M Holdo, Joseph W Veldman, Giselda Durigan, Kyle W Tomlinson, William A Hoffmann, Sally Archibald, William J Bond
Bastin et al (Reports, 12 May 2017, p. 635) infer forest as more globally extensive than previously estimated using tree cover data. However, their forest definition does not reflect ecosystem function or biotic composition. These structural and climatic definitions inflate forest estimates across the tropics and undermine conservation goals, leading to inappropriate management policies and practices in tropical grassy ecosystems.
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146768/adhesive-performance-of-tropical-arboreal-ants-varies-with-substrate-temperature
#18
Alyssa Y Stark, Katherine Arstingstall, Stephen P Yanoviak
The surface temperature of tree branches in the tropical rainforest canopy can reach up to 55°C. Ants and other small cursorial organisms must maintain adequate attachment in this extreme microenvironment to forage effectively and prevent falling. Ant adhesion depends on liquid secretions that should become less viscous at high temperatures, causing ants to slip. However, tropical arboreal ants have high thermal tolerance and actively forage on hot canopy surfaces, suggesting that these ants can maintain adhesion on hot substrates...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146692/prediction-of-90-y-radioembolization-outcome-from-pre-therapeutic-factors-with-random-survival-forests
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Michael Ingrisch, Franziska Schöppe, Karolin Johanna Paprottka, Matthias Fabritius, Frederik F Strobl, Enrico de Toni, Harun Ilhan, Andrei Todica, Marlies Michl, Philipp Paprottka
To predict outcome of (90)Y radioembolization (RE) in patients with intrahepatic tumors from pre-therapeutic baseline parameters and to identify predictive variables using a machine-learning approach based on random survival forests (RSF). Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study, 366 patients with primary (n = 92) or secondary (n = 274) liver tumors who had received (90)Y radioembolization were analyzed. A random survival forest was trained to predict individual risk from baseline values of cholinesterase (CHE), bilirubin, type of primary tumor, age at radioembolization, hepatic tumor burden, presence of extrahepatic disease (EHD) and sex...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146656/prevalence-of-diabetic-retinopathy-in-children-and-young-people-living-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Maria Carolina Ibanez-Bruron, Ameenat L Solebo, Phillippa M Cumberland, Jugnoo S Rahi
INTRODUCTION: The frequency of diabetes mellitus in childhood is increasing. Thus, more children and young people are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and diabetes related visual impairment. However, there is no consensus on optimal screening strategies for the paediatric population reflecting the lack of clarity about the current burden of disease in this group. We aim to estimate the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in children and young people living with types 1 or 2 diabetes, and to investigate potential sources of heterogeneity in this figure so as to inform screening strategies for this population...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
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