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Amanda Hopes, Vladimir Nekrasov, Sophien Kamoun, Thomas Mock
BACKGROUND: CRISPR-Cas is a recent and powerful addition to the molecular toolbox which allows programmable genome editing. It has been used to modify genes in a wide variety of organisms, but only two alga to date. Here we present a methodology to edit the genome of Thalassiosira pseudonana, a model centric diatom with both ecological significance and high biotechnological potential, using CRISPR-Cas. RESULTS: A single construct was assembled using Golden Gate cloning...
2016: Plant Methods
Claire Evans, Joost Brandsma, David W Pond, Hugh J Venables, Michael P Meredith, Harry J Witte, Sharon Stammerjohn, William H Wilson, Andrew Clarke, Corina P D Brussaard
An eight year time-series in the Western Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) with an approximately weekly sampling frequency was used to elucidate changes in virioplankton abundance and their drivers in this climatically-sensitive region. Virioplankton abundances at the coastal WAP show a pronounced seasonal cycle with interannual variability in the timing and magnitude of the summer maxima. Bacterioplankton abundance is the most influential driving factor of the virioplankton, and exhibit closely coupled dynamics. Sea ice cover and duration predetermine levels of phytoplankton stock and thus, influence virioplankton by dictating the substrates available to the bacterioplankton...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
John G Day, Simon Tytor, Jenny Egardt, Monica Applegren, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Olga Chepurnova, Wim Vyverman, Anna Godhe
Modern genomic and metabolomic tools have provided the possibility of generating and interrogating large datasets that can provide answers to previously imponderable taxonomic, evolutionary, ecological, and physiological questions. However, the curatorial tools needed to provide and maintain the relevant biological resources on which new knowledge can be built have not kept pace with this meteoric rise in scientific capacity, its associated activity, or the huge increase in published science. The availability of biological material of guaranteed identity and quality in Biological Resource Centers is fundamental for scientific research, but it crucially depends on there being adequate preservation/maintenance methods that are capable of ensuring phenotypic, genotypic, and functional security of the biological material(s)...
November 29, 2016: Biopreservation and Biobanking
Sebastian Schott, Lea Ress, Jan Hrušák, Patrick Nuernberger, Tobias Brixner
Trihalide anions are linear molecules that can be photodissociated with ultraviolet (UV) light. Whereas deep-UV excitation leads to three-body dissociation, for near-UV excitation just one molecular bond is cleaved, which notionally opens up the possibility for different fragmentation patterns. Here, we explore whether the dihalide fragment is formed as an anionic or neutral species and whether heteronuclear trihalides can lead to two different dihalides. The analysis is based on pronounced wavepacket dynamics induced by femtosecond UV pulses and associated both with the initial trihalide and the nascent dihalide species...
November 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Dimphna Nneka Ezike, Catherine V Nnamani, Oluwatoyin T Ogundipe, Olushola H Adekanmbi
The ambient atmosphere is dominated with pollen and spores, which trigger allergic reactions and diseases and impact negatively on human health. A survey of pollen and fungal spores constituents of the atmosphere of Garki, Abuja (North-Central Nigeria) was carried out for 1 year (June 1, 2011-May 31, 2012). The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and abundance of pollen and fungal spores in the atmosphere and their relationship with meteorological parameters. Airborne samples were trapped using modified Tauber-like pollen trap, and the recipient solutions were subjected to acetolysis...
2016: Aerobiologia
A Zastepa, Z E Taranu, L E Kimpe, J M Blais, I Gregory-Eaves, R W Zurawell, F R Pick
Based on an analysis of sediment cores from Baptiste Lake (Alberta, Canada), we quantified century-scale trends in cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, and identified possible drivers of toxigenic cyanobacteria. We measured concentrations of microcystins and pigments preserved in the sediment as proxies of toxigenic cyanobacteria and phytoplankton communities, respectively, while fossil diatom assemblages were used to infer past nutrient concentrations. Microcystins were detected in older sediments (ca. 1800s), pre-dating any significant alteration to the watershed...
November 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Yi-Ming Kuo, Jiunn-Tzong Wu
This study was conducted to identify the key factors related to the spatiotemporal variations in phytoplankton abundance in a subtropical reservoir from 2006 to 2010 and to assist in developing strategies for water quality management. Dynamic factor analysis (DFA), a dimension-reduction technique, was used to identify interactions between explanatory variables (i.e., environmental variables) and abundance (biovolume) of predominant phytoplankton classes. The optimal DFA model significantly described the dynamic changes in abundances of predominant phytoplankton groups (including dinoflagellates, diatoms, and green algae) at five monitoring sites...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
John Heslar, Shih-I Chu
Recently, the study of near- and below- threshold regime harmonics as a potential source of intense coherent vacuum-ultraviolet radiation has received considerable attention. However, the dynamical origin of these lower harmonics, particularly for the molecular systems, is less understood and largely unexplored. Here we perform the first fully ab initio and high precision 3D quantum study of the below- and near-threshold harmonic generation of molecules in an intense 800-nm near-infrared (NIR) laser field. Combining with a synchrosqueezing transform of the quantum time-frequency spectrum and an extended semiclassical analysis, we explore in-depth the roles of various quantum trajectories, including short- and long trajectories, multiphoton trajectories, resonance-enhanced trajectories, and multiple rescattering trajectories of the below- and near- threshold harmonic generation processes...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
V Zamudio-Bayer, R Lindblad, C Bülow, G Leistner, A Terasaki, B V Issendorff, J T Lau
The Φ9/24 ground state of the Ni2(+) diatomic molecular cation is determined experimentally from temperature and magnetic-field-dependent x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy in a cryogenic ion trap, where an electronic and rotational temperature of 7.4±0.2 K was reached by buffer gas cooling of the molecular ion. The contribution of the spin dipole operator to the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism spin sum rule amounts to 7Tz=0.17±0.06μB per atom, approximately 11% of the spin magnetic moment...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Kento Kasahara, Hirofumi Sato
The conventional Smoluchowski equation has been extensively utilized to investigate diffusion controlled reactions. However, application of the equation is limited to spherical-particle system. In the present study, a new Smoluchowski equation for polyatomic molecular system is derived based on Zwanzig-Mori projection operator method and reference interaction site model (RISM) theory. The theory is applied to monoatomic molecular liquid, and the obtained time-dependent rate constant is virtually identical with that from conventional Smoluchowski equation...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Bernard Lepetit, Gautier Gélin, Mariana Lepetit, Sabine Sturm, Sascha Vugrinec, Alessandra Rogato, Peter G Kroth, Angela Falciatore, Johann Lavaud
Diatoms contain a highly flexible capacity to dissipate excessively absorbed light by nonphotochemical fluorescence quenching (NPQ) based on the light-induced conversion of diadinoxanthin (Dd) into diatoxanthin (Dt) and the presence of Lhcx proteins. Their NPQ fine regulation on the molecular level upon a shift to dynamic light conditions is unknown. We investigated the regulation of Dd + Dt amount, Lhcx gene and protein synthesis and NPQ capacity in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum after a change from continuous low light to 3 d of sine (SL) or fluctuating (FL) light conditions...
November 21, 2016: New Phytologist
C Patrick Doncaster, Vasthi Alonso Chávez, Clément Viguier, Rong Wang, Enlou Zhang, Xuhui Dong, John A Dearing, Peter G Langdon, James G Dyke
Global environmental change presents a clear need for improved leading indicators of critical transitions, especially those that can be generated from compositional data and that work in empirical cases. Ecological theory of community dynamics under environmental forcing predicts an early replacement of slowly replicating and weakly competitive "canary" species by slowly replicating but strongly competitive "keystone" species. Further forcing leads to the eventual collapse of the keystone species as they are replaced by weakly competitive but fast-replicating "weedy" species in a critical transition to a significantly different state...
November 2016: Ecology
Jaromír Cihlář, Zoltán Füssy, Aleš Horák, Miroslav Oborník
Tetrapyrroles such as chlorophyll and heme are indispensable for life because they are involved in energy fixation and consumption, i.e. photosynthesis and oxidative phosphorylation. In eukaryotes, the tetrapyrrole biosynthetic pathway is shaped by past endosymbioses. We investigated the origins and predicted locations of the enzymes of the heme pathway in the chlorarachniophyte Bigelowiella natans, the cryptophyte Guillardia theta, the "green" dinoflagellate Lepidodinium chlorophorum, and three dinoflagellates with diatom endosymbionts ("dinotoms"): Durinskia baltica, Glenodinium foliaceum and Kryptoperidinium foliaceum...
2016: PloS One
Angela Rozas-Davila, Bryan G Valencia, Mark B Bush
Controversy exists over the cause and timing of the extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna. In the tropical Andes, deglaciation and associated rapid climate change began ~8,000 years before human arrival, providing an opportunity to separate the effects of climate change from human hunting on megafaunal extinction. We present a paleoecological record spanning the last 25,000 years from Lake Pacucha, Peru (3,100 m elevation). Fossil pollen, charcoal, diatoms, and the dung fungus Sporormiella, chronicle a two-stage megaherbivore population collapse...
October 2016: Ecology
Alexander A Fisher, Elizabeth F C Dreyer, Ayan Chakrabarty, Stephen C Rand
A fully quantized analysis is presented on the origin of induced magnetic dipole (MD) scattering in two-level diatomic molecules. The interaction is driven by dual optical fields, E and H<sup>*</sup>, and is universally allowed in dielectric optical materials, including centrosymmetric media. Leading terms of the interaction are shown to be quadratic and cubic with respect to the intensity, predicting an upper limit for the induced magnetic dipole scattering intensity (I<sub>MD</sub>∝m<sup>2</sup>) that is equal to the electric dipole scattering (I<sub>ED</sub>∝p<sup>2</sup>)...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
R S Cordeiro, J E L Barbosa, G Q Lima, L G Barbosa
The hydrological periods drive the structure and organization of aquatic communities in semiarid regions. We hypothesize that a decrease of the precipitation during the dry period will favor the development of the periphytic algal community, leading to higher richness and density in this period. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the changes in the periphytic algal community structure in three shallow and eutrophic ecosystems of the Brazilian semiarid. The sampling was performed between 2007 and 2010 at two-mensal intervals...
November 16, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
Anja Kamp, Peter Stief, Laura A Bristow, Bo Thamdrup, Ronnie N Glud
Diatom-bacteria aggregates are key for the vertical transport of organic carbon in the ocean. Sinking aggregates also represent pelagic microniches with intensified microbial activity, oxygen depletion in the center, and anaerobic nitrogen cycling. Since some of the aggregate-forming diatom species store nitrate intracellularly, we explored the fate of intracellular nitrate and its availability for microbial metabolism within anoxic diatom-bacteria aggregates. The ubiquitous nitrate-storing diatom Skeletonema marinoi was studied as both axenic cultures and laboratory-produced diatom-bacteria aggregates...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Paul J Harrison, Sergey Piontkovski, Khalid Al-Hashmi
In the last decade, green Noctiluca scintillans with its symbiont and other dinoflagellates such as Cochlodinium polykrikoides, Prorocentrum micans and Scrippsiella trochoidea have become the dominant HABs, partially replacing the previously dominant diatoms and red Noctiluca scintillans, especially during the northeast monsoon. Fish kills in the Sea of Oman are linked to a slow seasonal decline in oxygen concentration from January to November, probably due to the decomposition of a series of algal blooms and the deep, low oxygen waters periodically impinging the Omani shelf...
November 12, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
P Priyaja, R Dwivedi, S Sini, M Hatha, N Saravanane, M Sudhakar
A remote sensing technique has been developed to detect physiological condition of phytoplankton using in situ and moderate imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS)-Aqua data. The recurring massive mixed algal bloom of diatom and Noctiluca scintillans in the Northern Arabian Sea during winter-spring was used as test bed to study formation, growth and degradation of phytoplankton. The ratio of chlorophyll (chl) to particulate organic carbon (POC) was considered as an indicator of phytoplankton physiological condition and used for the approach development...
December 0: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
José Pedro Cañavate, Isabel Armada, Ismael Hachero-Cruzado
The high lipid diversity of microalgae has been used to taxonomically differentiate phytoplankton taxa at the class level. However, important lipids such as phospholipids (PL) and betaine lipids (BL) with potential chemotaxonomy application in phytoplankton ecology have been scarcely studied. The chemotaxonomy value of PL and BL depends on their intraspecific extent of variation as microalgae respond to external changing factors. To determine such effects, lipid class changes occurring at different growth stages in 15 microalgae from ten different classes were analyzed...
November 11, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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