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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150610/implications-of-improved-representations-of-plant-respiration-in-a-changing-climate
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Chris Huntingford, Owen K Atkin, Alberto Martinez-de la Torre, Lina M Mercado, Mary A Heskel, Anna B Harper, Keith J Bloomfield, Odhran S O'Sullivan, Peter B Reich, Kirk R Wythers, Ethan E Butler, Ming Chen, Kevin L Griffin, Patrick Meir, Mark G Tjoelker, Matthew H Turnbull, Stephen Sitch, Andy Wiltshire, Yadvinder Malhi
Land-atmosphere exchanges influence atmospheric CO2. Emphasis has been on describing photosynthetic CO2 uptake, but less on respiration losses. New global datasets describe upper canopy dark respiration (R d) and temperature dependencies. This allows characterisation of baseline R d, instantaneous temperature responses and longer-term thermal acclimation effects. Here we show the global implications of these parameterisations with a global gridded land model. This model aggregates R d to whole-plant respiration R p, driven with meteorological forcings spanning uncertainty across climate change models...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150106/reactions-related-to-asparaginase-infusion-in-a-10-year-retrospective-cohort
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Amanda Cabral Dos Santos, Marcelo Gerardin Poirot Land, Nathalia Peroni da Silva, Kelly Oliveira Santos, Elisangela da Costa Lima-Dellamora
INTRODUCTION: Although it is an essential component of the treatment of acute lymphoid leukemia in children, asparaginase causes adverse reactions that sometimes make it impossible to use it fully. Hypersensitivity reactions are the most frequent and may lead to early discontinuation of treatment. The present study aimed to investigate suspicions of adverse reactions during the infusion of asparaginase in a pediatric cohort. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was carried out at a university pediatric institute in the state of Rio de Janeiro...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149680/modification-of-the-association-between-high-ambient-temperature-and-health-by-urban-microclimate-indicators-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Leah H Schinasi, Tarik Benmarhnia, Anneclaire J De Roos
BACKGROUND: Landscape characteristics, including vegetation and impervious surfaces, influence urban microclimates and may lead to within-city differences in the adverse health effects of high ambient temperatures. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to quantitatively summarize the epidemiologic literature that assessed microclimate indicators as effect measure modifiers (EMM) of the association between ambient temperature and mortality or morbidity. METHODS: We systematically identified papers and abstracted relative risk estimates for hot and cool microclimate indicator strata...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
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/29149093/evolutionarily-distant-streptophyta-respond-differently-to-genotoxic-stress
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Radka Vágnerová, Alena Lukešová, Martin Lukeš, Petra Rožnovská, Marcela Holá, Jana Fulnečková, Jiří Fajkus, Karel J Angelis
Research in algae usually focuses on the description and characterization of morpho-and phenotype as a result of adaptation to a particular habitat and its conditions. To better understand the evolution of lineages we characterized responses of filamentous streptophyte green algae of the genera Klebsormidium and Zygnema, and of a land plant-the moss Physcomitrellapatens-to genotoxic stress that might be relevant to their environment. We studied the induction and repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) elicited by the radiomimetic drug bleomycin, DNA single strand breaks (SSB) as consequence of base modification by the alkylation agent methyl methanesulfonate (MMS) and of ultra violet (UV)-induced photo-dimers, because the mode of action of these three genotoxic agents is well understood...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149092/analysis-of-the-roles-of-the-arabidopsis-nmat2-and-pmh2-proteins-provided-with-new-insights-into-the-regulation-of-group-ii-intron-splicing-in-land-plant-mitochondria
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Michal Zmudjak, Sofia Shevtsov, Laure D Sultan, Ido Keren, Oren Ostersetzer-Biran
Plant mitochondria are remarkable with respect to the presence of numerous group II introns which reside in many essential genes. The removal of the organellar introns from the coding genes they interrupt is essential for respiratory functions, and is facilitated by different enzymes that belong to a diverse set of protein families. These include maturases and RNA helicases related proteins that function in group II intron splicing in different organisms. Previous studies indicate a role for the nMAT2 maturase and the RNA helicase PMH2 in the maturation of different pre-RNAs in Arabidopsis mitochondria...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148825/on-the-growth-and-detectability-of-land-plants-on-habitable-planets-around-m-dwarfs
#7
Duo Cui, Feng Tian, Yuwei Wang, Changshen Li, Chaoqing Yu, Le Yu
One signature of life on Earth is the vegetation red edge (VRE) feature of land plants, a dramatic change of reflectivity at wavelength near 0.7 μm. Potentially habitable planets around M dwarfs are tidally locked, which can limit the distribution of land plants. In this study, we used a biogeochemical model to investigate the distribution of land plants on potentially habitable planets around M dwarfs driven by climate data produced in a general circulation model (GCM). When considering the effects of clouds, the observation time needed for VRE detection on nearby p = 1 exoplanets around nearby M dwarfs is on the order of days using a 25 m(2) telescope if a large continent faces Earth during observations...
November 17, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148773/in-situ-nondestructive-analysis-of-kalanchoe-pinnata-leaf-surface-structure-by-polarization-modulation-infrared-reflection-absorption-spectroscopy
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Tetsuya Hama, Akira Kouchi, Naoki Watanabe, Shinichi Enami, Takafumi Shimoaka, Takeshi Hasegawa
The outermost surface of the leaves of land plants is covered with a lipid membrane called the cuticle that protects against various stress factors. Probing the molecular-level structure of the intact cuticle is highly desirable for understanding its multifunctional properties. We report the in situ characterization of the surface structure of Kalanchoe pinnata leaves using polarization-modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). Without sample pretreatment, PM-IRRAS measures the IR spectra of the leaf cuticle of a potted K...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148730/the-effect-of-different-treatment-technologies-on-the-fate-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-class-1-integrons-when-residual-municipal-wastewater-solids-are-applied-to-soil
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Tucker Burch, Michael J Sadowsky, Timothy M LaPara
Residual wastewater solids are a significant reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). While treatment technologies can reduce ARG levels in residual wastewater solids, the effects of these technologies on ARGs in soil during subsequent land-application are unknown. In this study we investigated the use of numerous treatment technologies (air drying, aerobic digestion, mesophilic anaerobic digestion, thermophilic anaerobic digestion, pasteurization, and alkaline stabilization) on the fate of ARGs and class 1 integrons in wastewater solids-amended soil microcosms...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148143/leaf-cell-membrane-stability-based-mechanisms-of-zinc-nutrient-in-mitigation-of-salinity-stress-in-rice
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Abdullah Tufail, Hong Li, Asif Naeem, Tingxian Li
Excess salts affect about 955 million ha of total arable lands worldwide and 49% of agricultural lands are Zn deficient. Soil salinity and zinc deficiency can intensify plant abiotic stress. The mechanisms by which Zn nutrients can mitigate salinity effects on plant functions are not well understood. We conducted an experiment to determine the zinc and salinity effects on rice plant retention of Zn, macronutrient potassium (K) and salt ion Na, chlorophyll formation, leaf cell membrane stability and grain yield, and to examine the mechanisms of zinc nutrition in mitigating salinity stress on plant physiological and nutritional aspects...
November 16, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148129/development-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing-the-rowstim-series
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Brian Andrews, Robin Gibbons, Garry Wheeler
Potentially, functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted exercise may have an important therapeutic role in reducing comorbidities associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we present an overview of these secondary life-threatening conditions, discuss the rationale behind the development of a hybrid exercise called FES rowing, and describe our experience in developing FES rowing technology. FES rowing and sculling are unique forms of adaptive rowing for those with SCI. The paralyzed leg musculature is activated by multiple channels of electrical pulses delivered via self-adhesive electrodes attached to the skin...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147982/opportunity-mapping-of-natural-flood-management-measures-a-case-study-from-the-headwaters-of-the-warwickshire-avon
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Tom Lavers, Susanne Charlesworth
The use of natural flood management (NFM) measures to address severe flooding received considerable public attention during December 2015-January 2016 storms. Within the Warwickshire-Avon Catchment, UK, high arable and improved grassland land cover with small, isolated communities at risk, lead to the exploration of novel techniques that use farmland high up in flood-prone catchments to hold water and reduce outflow discharge. This paper will discuss the methodology used to identify areas in the Warwickshire-Avon, which could be used to install NFM measures to attenuate the storm peak and provide wider ecosystem services, principally addressing total phosphate and sediment entering the receiving watercourse...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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/29147780/the-effect-of-removing-numerically-dominant-non-native-honey-bees-on-seed-set-of-a-native-plant
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Annika J Nabors, Henry J Cen, Keng-Lou J Hung, Joshua R Kohn, David A Holway
Pollination services are compromised by habitat destruction, land-use intensification, pesticides, and introduced species. How pollination services respond to such stressors depends on the capacity of pollinator assemblages to function in the face of environmental disruption. Here, we quantify how pollination services provided to a native plant change upon removal of the non-native, western honey bee (Apis mellifera)-a numerically dominant floral visitor in the native bee-rich ecosystems of southern California...
November 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147779/the-role-of-ants-in-north-temperate-grasslands-a-review
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REVIEW
B D Wills, D A Landis
Historic and current land-use changes have altered the landscape for grassland biota, with over 90% of grasslands and savannas converted to agriculture or some other use in north temperate regions. Reintegrating grasslands into agricultural landscapes can increase biodiversity while also providing valuable ecosystem services. In contrast to their well-known importance in tropical and subtropical ecosystems, the role of ants in temperate grasslands is often underappreciated. As consumers and ecosystem engineers, ants in temperate grasslands influence invertebrate, plant, and soil microbial diversity and potentially alter grassland productivity...
November 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146665/the-relative-effect-of-team-based-learning-on-motivation-and-learning-a-self-determination-theory-perspective
#16
Lucas M Jeno, Arild Raaheim, Sara Madeleine Kristensen, Kjell Daniel Kristensen, Torstein Nielsen Hole, Mildrid J Haugland, Silje Mæland
We investigate the effects of team-based learning (TBL) on motivation and learning in a quasi-experimental study. The study employs a self-determination theory perspective to investigate the motivational effects of implementing TBL in a physiotherapy course in higher education. We adopted a one-group pretest-posttest design. The results show that the students' intrinsic motivation, identified regulation, perceived competence, and perceived autonomy support significantly increased going from lectures to TBL...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146250/revitalization-of-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-for-sustainable-development-in-agriculture
#17
REVIEW
Sushanto Gouda, Rout George Kerry, Gitishree Das, Spiros Paramithiotis, Han-Seung Shin, Jayanta Kumar Patra
The progression of life in all forms is not only dependent on agricultural and food security but also on the soil characteristics. The dynamic nature of soil is a direct manifestation of soil microbes, bio-mineralization, and synergistic co-evolution with plants. With the increase in world's population the demand for agriculture yield has increased tremendously and thereby leading to large scale production of chemical fertilizers. Since the use of fertilizers and pesticides in the agricultural fields have caused degradation of soil quality and fertility, thus the expansion of agricultural land with fertile soil is near impossible, hence researchers and scientists have sifted their attention for a safer and productive means of agricultural practices...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146123/planetary-health-protecting-human-health-on-a-rapidly-changing-planet
#18
Samuel S Myers
The impact of human activities on our planet's natural systems has been intensifying rapidly in the past several decades, leading to disruption and transformation of most natural systems. These disruptions in the atmosphere, oceans, and across the terrestrial land surface are not only driving species to extinction, they pose serious threats to human health and wellbeing. Characterising and addressing these threats requires a paradigm shift. In a lecture delivered to the Academy of Medical Sciences on Nov 13, 2017, I describe the scale of human impacts on natural systems and the extensive associated health effects across nearly every dimension of human health...
November 10, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145583/association-between-the-severity-of-diabetic-retinopathy-and-falls-in-an-asian-population-with-diabetes-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-diseases-study
#19
Preeti Gupta, Amudha Aravindhan, Alfred T L Gan, Ryan E K Man, Eva K Fenwick, Paul Mitchell, Nicholas Tan, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Tien Yin Wong, Ching-Yu Cheng, Ecosse L Lamoureux
Importance: The presence and severity of diabetic retinopathy (DR) may contribute to the risk of falling in persons with diabetes, but evidence is currently equivocal. Objective: To investigate the associations of diabetes and DR severity with the likelihood of falls in a multiethnic Asian population. Design, Setting, and Participants: Cross-sectional post hoc analysis of the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases study, a population-based study of participants from 3 ethnic groups (3280 Malay, 3400 Indian, and 3353 Chinese individuals) conducted from 2004 to 2011...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145486/geography-of-current-and-future-global-mammal-extinction-risk
#20
Ana D Davidson, Kevin T Shoemaker, Ben Weinstein, Gabriel C Costa, Thomas M Brooks, Gerardo Ceballos, Volker C Radeloff, Carlo Rondinini, Catherine H Graham
Identifying which species are at greatest risk, what makes them vulnerable, and where they are distributed are central goals for conservation science. While knowledge of which factors influence extinction risk is increasingly available for some taxonomic groups, a deeper understanding of extinction correlates and the geography of risk remains lacking. Here, we develop a predictive random forest model using both geospatial and mammalian species' trait data to uncover the statistical and geographic distributions of extinction correlates...
2017: PloS One
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