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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102581/molecular-mechanisms-and-ecological-function-of-far-red-light-signalling
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REVIEW
David J Sheerin, Andreas Hiltbrunner
Land plants possess the ability to sense and respond to far-red light (700-760 nm), which serves as an important environmental cue. Due to the nature of far-red light, it is not absorbed by chlorophyll and thus is enriched in canopy shade, and will also penetrate deeper into soil than other visible wavelengths. Far-red light responses include regulation of seed germination, suppression of hypocotyl growth, induction of flowering, and accumulation of anthocyanins, which depend on one member of the phytochrome photoreceptor family, phytochrome A (phyA)...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102441/the-effect-of-land-use-on-bacterial-communities-in-saline-alkali-soil
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Mu Peng, Hongbai Jia, Qiuyu Wang
Saline-alkali soil can inhibit the growth of crops as a consequence of cellular damage through oxidation of lipids and proteins and degradation of nucleic acids, ultimately leading to cell death. The bacterial community composition and diversity in saline-alkali soil across different land uses, such as agricultural land, forest land, and grassland, were evaluated using high-throughput sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene. Significant differences in the soil physicochemical characteristics and bacterial community among different land uses were observed in this study...
January 19, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102291/improvement-in-the-biochemical-and-chemical-properties-of-badland-soils-by-thorny-bamboo
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Yo-Jin Shiau, Hsueh-Ching Wang, Tsai-Huei Chen, Shih-Hau Jien, Guanglong Tian, Chih-Yu Chiu
Badland soils-which have high silt and clay contents, bulk density, and soil electric conductivity- cover a large area of Southern Taiwan. This study evaluated the amelioration of these poor soils by thorny bamboo, one of the few plant species that grows in badland soils. Soil physiochemical and biological parameters were measured from three thorny bamboo plantations and nearby bare lands. Results show that bamboo increased microbial C and N, soil acid-hydrolysable C, recalcitrant C, and soluble organic C of badland soils...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101962/the-peopling-of-the-americas-and-the-origin-of-the-beringian-occupation-model
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Connie J Mulligan, Emőke J E Szathmáry
The current model for peopling of the Americas involves divergence from an ancestral Asian population followed by a period of population isolation and genetic diversification in Beringia, and finally, a rapid expansion into and throughout the Americas. Studies in the 1970s sought to characterize the biological relationships between different indigenous populations and first proposed an occupation of Beringia. More recent studies using molecular genetic markers often neglect to reference early works that laid the groundwork for current colonization models...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101732/the-analysis-of-knee-joint-loading-during-drop-landing-from-different-heights-and-under-different-instruction-sets-in-healthy-males
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Dmitry Verniba, Jason D Vescovi, David A Hood, William H Gage
BACKGROUND: Mechanical loading during exercise has been shown to promote tissue remodeling. Safe and accessible exercise may be beneficial to populations at risk of diminished bone and joint health. We examined the effect of drop height and instruction on knee loading during a drop-landing task and proposed a task that makes use of drop heights that may be appropriate for rehabilitation purposes and functional in daily life to examine transient knee joint loads. METHODS: Twenty males (22...
December 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101704/molecular-cloning-and-gene-protein-expression-of-fat-cd36-from-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella-and-the-regulation-of-its-expression-by-dietary-energy
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Juan Tian, Wei Liu, Weihua Gao, Fan Wu, Lijuan Yu, Xing Lu, Chang-Geng Yang, Ming Jiang, Hua Wen
Fatty acid translocase/cluster of differentiation 36 (FAT/CD36) functions as a membrane long-chain fatty acid transporter in various tissues in land animals. Not much is known about the CD36 molecule in teleost fish. Therefore, we studied CD36 in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella, ciCD36). The full-length complementary DNA sequence of ciCD36 was 1976 bp, with an ORF of 468 amino acids, which had high sequence similarity to the CD36 of common carp. The messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of ciCD36 was high in the intestine, heart, liver, visceral tissue, and brain, but absent in the kidney...
January 18, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101635/trait-assembly-in-grasslands-depends-on-habitat-history-and-spatial-scale
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Liina Saar, Francesco de Bello, Meelis Pärtel, Aveliina Helm
During the past century, grasslands in Europe have undergone marked changes in land-use, leading to a decline in plant diversity both at local and regional scales, thus possibly also affecting the mechanisms of species sorting into local communities. We studied plant species assembly in grasslands with differing habitat history and hypothesised that trait divergence prevails in historical grasslands due to niche differentiation and trait convergence prevails in more dynamic grasslands due to competitive exclusion and dispersal limitation...
January 19, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101587/factors-limiting-formation-of-community-forestry-enterprises-in-the-southern-mixteca-region-of-oaxaca-mexico
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José Antonio Hernández-Aguilar, Héctor Sergio Cortina-Villar, Luis Enrique García-Barrios, Miguel Ángel Castillo-Santiago
Many studies have considered community-based forestry enterprises to be the best option for development of rural Mexican communities with forests. While some of Mexico's rural communities with forests receive significant economic and social benefits from having a community forestry enterprise, the majority have not formed such enterprises. The purpose of this article is to identify and describe factors limiting the formation of community forestry enterprise in rural communities with temperate forests in the Southern Mixteca region of Oaxaca, Mexico...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101134/single-cell-isolation-process-with-laser-induced-forward-transfer
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Yu Deng, Philippe Renaud, Zhongning Guo, Zhigang Huang, Ying Chen
BACKGROUND: A viable single cell is crucial for studies of single cell biology. In this paper, laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) was used to isolate individual cell with a closed chamber designed to avoid contamination and maintain humidity. Hela cells were used to study the impact of laser pulse energy, laser spot size, sacrificed layer thickness and working distance. The size distribution, number and proliferation ratio of separated cells were statistically evaluated. Glycerol was used to increase the viscosity of the medium and alginate were introduced to soften the landing process...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101127/mental-health-and-trauma-in-asylum-seekers-landing-in-sicily-in-2015-a-descriptive-study-of-neglected-invisible-wounds
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Anna Crepet, Francesco Rita, Anthony Reid, Wilma Van den Boogaard, Pina Deiana, Gaia Quaranta, Aurelia Barbieri, Francesco Bongiorno, Stefano Di Carlo
BACKGROUND: In 2015, Italy was the second most common point of entry for asylum seekers into Europe after Greece. The vast majority embarked from war-torn Libya; 80,000 people claimed asylum that year. Their medical conditions were assessed on arrival but their mental health needs were not addressed in any way, despite the likelihood of serious trauma before and during migration. Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), in agreement with the Italian Ministry of Health, provided mental health (MH) assessment and care for recently-landed asylum seekers in Sicily...
2017: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100877/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-with-different-valve-designs-for-severe-device-landing-zone-calcification
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Yoshio Maeno, Yigal Abramowitz, Yoshio Kazuno, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Geeteshwar Mangat, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Tarun Chakravarty, Mamoo Nakamura, Wen Cheng, Hasan Jilaihawi, Raj R Makkar
Severe device landing zone calcification (DLZ-CA) predicted paravalvular leak (PVL) and post-dilatation (PD) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The aim of this study was to determine the influence of DLZ-CA on PVL or PD rates after SAPIEN XT (XT) versus CoreValve (CV).We analyzed patients undergoing TAVI who had severe DLZ-CA. Severe DLZ-CA defined the upper left ventricular outflow tract calcification; the cross-sectional region 2 mm inferior to the annular plane. PVL was evaluated at 30days using transthoracic echocardiography...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100027/moving-beyond-presence-and-absence-when-examining-changes-in-species-distributions
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Michael B Ashcroft, Diana H King, Ben Raymond, Johanna D Turnbull, Jane Wasley, Sharon A Robinson
Species distributions are often simplified to binary representations of the ranges where they are present and absent. It is then common to look for changes in these ranges as indicators of the effects of climate change, the expansion or control of invasive species or the impact of human land use changes. We argue that there are inherent problems with this approach, and more emphasis should be placed on species relative abundance rather than just presence. The sampling effort required to be confident of absence is often impractical to achieve, and estimates of species range changes based on survey data are therefore inherently sensitive to sampling intensity...
January 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100018/conversion-of-amazon-rainforest-to-agriculture-alters-community-traits-of-methane-cycling-organisms
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Kyle M Meyer, Ann M Klein, Jorge L M Rodrigues, Klaus Nüsslein, Susannah G Tringe, Babur S Mirza, James M Tiedje, Brendan J M Bohannan
Land use change is one of the greatest environmental impacts worldwide, especially to tropical forests. The Amazon rainforest has been subject to particularly high rates of land use change, primarily to cattle pasture. A commonly observed response to cattle pasture establishment in the Amazon is the conversion of soil from a methane sink in rainforest, to a methane source in pasture. However, it is not known how the microorganisms that mediate methane flux are altered by land use change. Here we use the deepest metagenomic sequencing of Amazonian soil to date to investigate differences in methane-cycling microorganisms and their traits across rainforest and cattle pasture soils...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099466/biogeography-in-cellana-patellogastropoda-nacellidae-with-special-emphasis-on-the-relationships-of-southern-hemisphere-oceanic-island-species
#14
Claudio A González-Wevar, Tomoyuki Nakano, Alvaro Palma, Elie Poulin
Oceanic islands lacking connections to other land are extremely isolated from sources of potential colonists and have acquired their biota mainly through dispersal from geographically distant areas. Hence, isolated island biota constitutes interesting models to infer biogeographical mechanisms of dispersal, colonization, differentiation, and speciation. Limpets of the genus Cellana (Nacellidae: Patellogastropoda) show limited dispersal capacity but are broadly distributed across the Indo-Pacific including many endemic species in isolated oceanic islands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099442/a-whole-genome-dartseq-and-snp-analysis-for-genetic-diversity-assessment-in-durum-wheat-from-central-fertile-crescent
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Faheem Shehzad Baloch, Ahmad Alsaleh, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Vahdettin Çiftçi, Luis E Sáenz de Miera, Muhammad Aasim, Muhammad Azhar Nadeem, Husnu Aktaş, Hakan Özkan, Rüştü Hatipoğlu
Until now, little attention has been paid to the geographic distribution and evaluation of genetic diversity of durum wheat from the Central Fertile Crescent (modern-day Turkey and Syria). Turkey and Syria are considered as primary centers of wheat diversity, and thousands of locally adapted wheat landraces are still present in the farmers' small fields. We planned this study to evaluate the genetic diversity of durum wheat landraces from the Central Fertile Crescent by genotyping based on DArTseq and SNP analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098347/evolutionary-origin-of-phytochrome-responses-and-signaling-in-land-plants
#16
REVIEW
Keisuke Inoue, Ryuichi Nishihama, Takayuki Kohchi
Phytochromes comprise one of the major photoreceptor families in plants, and they regulate many aspects of plant growth and development throughout the plant life cycle. A canonical land plant phytochrome originated in the common ancestor of streptophytes. Phytochromes have diversified in seed plants and some basal land plants due to lineage-specific gene duplications that occurred during the course of land plant evolution. Molecular genetic analyses using Arabidopsis thaliana suggested that there are two types of phytochromes in angiosperms, light-labile type I and light-stable type II, which have different signaling mechanisms and which regulate distinct responses...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098211/deep-sea-crustacean-trawling-fisheries-in-portugal-quantification-of-effort-and-assessment-of-landings-per-unit-effort-using-a-vessel-monitoring-system-vms
#17
Juan Bueno-Pardo, Sofia P Ramalho, Ana García-Alegre, Mariana Morgado, Rui P Vieira, Marina R Cunha, Henrique Queiroga
Mapping and quantifying bottom trawling fishing pressure on the seafloor is pivotal to understand its effects on deep-sea benthic habitats. Using data from the Vessel Monitoring System of crustacean trawlers along the Portuguese margin, we have identified the most exploited areas and characterized the most targeted habitats and water depths. We estimated a total trawling effort of 69596, 66766, and 63427 h y(-1) for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively which, considering the total landings estimated for this gear, yield values of 20...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097736/restoration-and-management-for-plant-diversity-enhances-the-rate-of-belowground-ecosystem-recovery
#18
Ryan P Klopf, Sara G Baer, Elizabeth M Bach, J Six
The positive relationship between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning has been criticized for its applicability at large scales and in less controlled environments that are relevant to land management. To inform this gap between ecological theory and application, we compared recovery rates of belowground properties using two chronosequences consisting of continuously cultivated and independently restored fields with contrasting diversity management strategies: grasslands restored with high plant richness and managed for diversity with frequent burning (n=20) and grasslands restored with fewer species that were infrequently burned (n=15)...
January 17, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097426/functional-diversity-increases-ecological-stability-in-a-grazed-grassland
#19
Lauren M Hallett, Claudia Stein, Katharine N Suding
Understanding the factors governing ecological stability in variable environments is a central focus of ecology. Functional diversity can stabilize ecosystem function over time if one group of species compensates for an environmentally driven decline in another. Although intuitively appealing, evidence for this pattern is mixed. We hypothesized that diverse functional responses to rainfall will increase the stability of vegetation cover and biomass across rainfall conditions, but that this effect depends on land-use legacies that maintain functional diversity...
January 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097064/phalangeal-joints-kinematics-during-ostrich-struthio-camelus-locomotion
#20
Rui Zhang, Qiaoli Ji, Gang Luo, Shuliang Xue, Songsong Ma, Jianqiao Li, Lei Ren
The ostrich is a highly cursorial bipedal land animal with a permanently elevated metatarsophalangeal joint supported by only two toes. Although locomotor kinematics in walking and running ostriches have been examined, these studies have been largely limited to above the metatarsophalangeal joint. In this study, kinematic data of all major toe joints were collected from gaits with double support (slow walking) to running during stance period in a semi-natural setup with two selected cooperative ostriches. Statistical analyses were conducted to investigate the effect of locomotor gait on toe joint kinematics...
2017: PeerJ
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