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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108888/biofilm-phosphorus-uptake-capacity-as-a-tool-for-the-assessment-of-pollutant-effects-in-river-ecosystems
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Lorenzo Proia, Anna Romaní, Sergi Sabater
Biofilms are a key component in the nutrient removal from the water column. However, nutrient uptake by biofilms may be hampered by the occurrence of pollutants or other stressors. This study aimed: (i) to investigate the biofilm phosphorus (P) uptake capacity as a relevant process for the maintenance of fluvial water quality and (ii) to explore the sensitivity of this process to different chemical and environmental stressors. We conducted chamber experiments to test for the relevance of biofilm P uptake capacity (PUC) as a tool to detect effects of pollutants on river self-depuration...
January 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107871/forecasting-the-number-of-zoonotic-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-cases-in-south-of-fars-province-iran-using-seasonal-arima-time-series-method
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Mehdi Sharafi, Haleh Ghaem, Hamid Reza Tabatabaee, Hossein Faramarzi
OBJECTIVE: To predict the trend of cutaneous leishmaniasis and assess the relationship between the disease trend and weather variables in south of Fars province using Seasonal Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (SARIMA) model. METHODS: The trend of cutaneous leishmaniasis was predicted using Mini tab software and SARIMA model. Besides, information about the disease and weather conditions was collected monthly based on time series design during January 2010 to March 2016...
January 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107426/identification-of-micrornas-in-response-to-drought-in-common-wild-rice-oryza-rufipogon-griff-shoots-and-roots
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Jing-Wen Zhang, Yan Long, Man-de Xue, Xing-Guo Xiao, Xin-Wu Pei
BACKGROUND: Drought is the most important factor that limits rice production in drought-prone environments. Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in biotic and abiotic stress responses. Common wild rice (Oryza rufipogon Griff.) contains abundant drought-resistant genes, which provide an opportunity to explore these excellent resources as contributors to improve rice resistance, productivity, and quality. RESULTS: In this study, we constructed four small RNA libraries, called CL and CR from PEG6000-free samples and DL and DR from PEG6000-treated samples, where 'R' indicates the root tissue and 'L' indicates the shoot tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106141/mycorrhizal-trifoliate-orange-has-greater-root-adaptation-of-morphology-and-phytohormones-in-response-to-drought-stress
#4
Ying-Ning Zou, Peng Wang, Chun-Yan Liu, Qiu-Dan Ni, De-Jian Zhang, Qiang-Sheng Wu
Plant roots are the first parts of plants to face drought stress (DS), and thus root modification is important for plants to adapt to drought. We hypothesized that the roots of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) plants exhibit better adaptation in terms of morphology and phytohormones under DS. Trifoliate orange seedlings inoculated with Diversispora versiformis were subjected to well-watered (WW) and DS conditions for 6 weeks. AM seedlings exhibited better growth performance and significantly greater number of 1(st), 2(nd), and 3(rd) order lateral roots, root length, area, average diameter, volume, tips, forks, and crossings than non-AM seedlings under both WW and DS conditions...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106116/overexpression-of-mosm1-encoding-for-an-immunity-inducing-protein-from-magnaporthe-oryzae-in-rice-confers-broad-spectrum-resistance-against-fungal-and-bacterial-diseases
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Yongbo Hong, Yayun Yang, Huijuan Zhang, Lei Huang, Dayong Li, Fengming Song
Potential of MoSM1, encoding for a cerato-platanin protein from Magnaporthe oryzae, in improvement of rice disease resistance was examined. Transient expression of MoSM1 in rice leaves initiated hypersensitive response and upregulated expression of defense genes. When transiently expressed in tobacco leaves, MoSM1 targeted to plasma membrane. The MoSM1-overexpressing (MoSM1-OE) transgenic rice lines showed an improved resistance, as revealed by the reduced disease severity and decreased in planta pathogen growth, against 2 strains belonging to two different races of M...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105955/small-rna-profiles-in-soybean-primary-root-tips-under-water-deficit
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Yun Zheng, Vandana Hivrale, Xiaotuo Zhang, Babu Valliyodan, Christine Lelandais-Brière, Andrew D Farmer, Gregory D May, Martin Crespi, Henry T Nguyen, Ramanjulu Sunkar
BACKGROUND: Soybean (Glycine max) production is significantly hampered by frequent droughts in many regions of the world including the United States. Identifying microRNA (miRNA)-controlled posttranscriptional gene regulation under drought will enhance our understanding of molecular basis of drought tolerance in this important cash crop. Indeed, miRNA profiles in soybean exposed to drought were studied but not from the primary root tips, which is not only a main zone of water uptake but also critical for water stress sensing and signaling...
December 5, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105609/effect-of-zinc-and-copper-nanoparticles-on-drought-resistance-of-wheat-seedlings
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Nataliya Taran, Volodymyr Storozhenko, Nataliia Svietlova, Ludmila Batsmanova, Viktor Shvartau, Mariia Kovalenko
The effect of a colloidal solution of Cu,Zn-nanoparticles on pro-oxidative/antioxidative balance and content of photosynthetic pigments and leaf area of winter wheat plants of steppe (Acveduc) and forest-steppe (Stolichna) ecotypes was investigated in drought conditions. It has been shown that Cu,Zn-nanoparticles decreased the negative effect of drought action upon plants of steppe ecotype Acveduc. In particular, increased activity of antioxidative enzymes reduced the level of accumulation of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) and stabilized the content of photosynthetic pigments and increased relative water content in leaves...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103269/wildlife-population-dynamics-in-human-dominated-landscapes-under-community-based-conservation-the-example-of-nakuru-wildlife-conservancy-kenya
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Joseph O Ogutu, Bernard Kuloba, Hans-Peter Piepho, Erustus Kanga
Wildlife conservation is facing numerous and mounting challenges on private and communal lands in Africa, including in Kenya. We analyze the population dynamics of 44 common wildlife species in relation to rainfall variation in the Nakuru Wildlife Conservancy (NWC), located in the Nakuru-Naivasha region of Kenya, based on ground total counts carried out twice each year from March 1996 to May 2015. Rainfall in the region was quasi-periodic with cycle periods dependent on the rainfall component and varying from 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102911/glutathione-peroxidase-like-enzymes-cover-five-distinct-cell-compartments-and-membrane-surfaces-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Safira Attacha, David Solbach, Krisztina Bela, Anna Moseler, Stephan Wagner, Markus Schwarzländer, Isabel Aller, Stefanie J Müller, Andreas J Meyer
Glutathione peroxidase-like enzymes (GPXLs) constitute a family of eight peroxidases in Arabidopsis thaliana. In contrast to the eponymous selenocysteine glutathione peroxidases (GPXs) in mammalian cells which use glutathione as electron donor, GPXLs rely on cysteine instead of selenocysteine for activity and depend on the thioredoxin system for reduction. Although plant GPXLs have been implicated in important agronomic traits such as drought tolerance, photooxidative tolerance and immune responses there remain major ambiguities regarding their subcellular localization...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102267/a-theoretical-foundation-for-multi-scale-regular-vegetation-patterns
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Corina E Tarnita, Juan A Bonachela, Efrat Sheffer, Jennifer A Guyton, Tyler C Coverdale, Ryan A Long, Robert M Pringle
Self-organized regular vegetation patterns are widespread and thought to mediate ecosystem functions such as productivity and robustness, but the mechanisms underlying their origin and maintenance remain disputed. Particularly controversial are landscapes of overdispersed (evenly spaced) elements, such as North American Mima mounds, Brazilian murundus, South African heuweltjies, and, famously, Namibian fairy circles. Two competing hypotheses are currently debated. On the one hand, models of scale-dependent feedbacks, whereby plants facilitate neighbours while competing with distant individuals, can reproduce various regular patterns identified in satellite imagery...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101816/retraction-note-to-brassica-rna-binding-protein-erd4-is-involved-in-conferring-salt-drought-tolerance-and-enhancing-plant-growth-in-arabidopsis
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Archana N Rai, Srinath Tamirisa, K V Rao, Vinay Kumar, P Suprasanna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100705/fine-tuning-plant-growth-in-the-face-of-drought
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Kathleen L Farquharson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100041/contrasting-growth-forecasts-across-the-geographical-range-of-scots-pine-due-to-altitudinal-and-latitudinal-differences-in-climatic-sensitivity
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Luis Matías, Juan C Linares, Ángela Sánchez-Miranda, Alistair S Jump
Ongoing changes in global climate are altering ecological conditions for many species. The consequences of such changes are typically most evident at the edge of a species' geographical distribution, where differences in growth or population dynamics may result in range expansions or contractions. Understanding population responses to different climatic drivers along wide latitudinal and altitudinal gradients is necessary in order to gain a better understanding of plant responses to ongoing increases in global temperature and drought severity...
January 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098349/ectopic-expression-of-two-areb-abf-orthologs-increase-dehydration-tolerance-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum
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Tyson C C Kerr, Haggag Abdel-Mageed, Lorenzo Aleman, Joohyun Lee, Paxton Payton, Dakota Cryer, Randy D Allen
Plants have evolved complex molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms to respond to environmental stressors. Due to the inherent complexity of this response, genetic manipulation to substantially improve water deficit tolerance, particularly in agricultural crops, has been largely unsuccessful, as the improvements are frequently accompanied by slower growth and delayed reproduction. Here, we ectopically express two abiotic stress responsive bZIP AREB/ABF transcription factor orthologs, Arabidopsis ABF3 and a Gossypium hirsutum ABF2D, in G...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097426/functional-diversity-increases-ecological-stability-in-a-grazed-grassland
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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/28095437/relationship-of-climatic-and-forest-factors-to-drought-and-heat-induced-tree-mortality
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Qingyin Zhang, Ming'an Shao, Xiaoxu Jia, Xiaorong Wei
Tree mortality due to warming and drought is a critical aspect of forest ecosystem in responding to climate change. Spatial patterns of tree mortality induced by drought and its influencing factors, however, have yet to be documented at the global scale. We collected observations from 248 sites globally where trees have died due to drought and then assessed the effects of climatic and forest factors on the rate of tree mortality. The global mean annual mortality rate was 5.5%. The rate of tree mortality was significantly and negatively correlated with mean annual precipitation (P < 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094806/plant-toxin-%C3%AE-odap-activates-integrin-%C3%AE-1-and-focal-adhesion-a-critical-pathway-to-cause-neurolathyrism
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Rui-Yue Tan, Geng-Yan Xing, Guang-Ming Zhou, Feng-Min Li, Wen-Tao Hu, Fernand Lambein, Jun-Lan Xiong, Sheng-Xiang Zhang, Hai-Yan Kong, Hao Zhu, Zhi-Xiao Li, You-Cai Xiong
Neurolathyrism is a unique neurodegeneration disease caused by β-N-oxalyl-L-α, β- diaminopropionic (β-ODAP) present in grass pea seed (Lathyrus stativus L.) and its pathogenetic mechanism is unclear. This issue has become a critical restriction to take full advantage of drought-tolerant grass pea as an elite germplasm resource under climate change. We found that, in a human glioma cell line, β-ODAP treatment decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, leading to outside release and overfall of Ca(2+) from mitochondria to cellular matrix...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094328/does-a-strong-el-ni%C3%A3-o-imply-a-higher-predictability-of-extreme-drought
#18
Shanshan Wang, Xing Yuan, Yaohui Li
The devastating North China drought in the summer of 2015 was roughly captured by a dynamical seasonal climate forecast model with a good prediction of the 2015/16 big El Niño. This raises a question of whether strong El Niños imply higher predictability of extreme droughts. Here we show that a strong El Niño does not necessarily result in an extreme drought, but it depends on whether the El Niño evolves synergistically with Eurasian spring snow cover reduction to trigger a positive summer Eurasian teleconnection (EU) pattern that favors anomalous northerly and air sinking over North China...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091614/transcriptomic-basis-for-drought-resistance-in-brassica-napus-l
#19
Pei Wang, Cuiling Yang, Hao Chen, Chunpeng Song, Xiao Zhang, Daojie Wang
Based on transcriptomic data from four experimental settings with drought-resistant and drought-sensitive cultivars under drought and well-watered conditions, statistical analysis revealed three categories encompassing 169 highly differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in response to drought in Brassica napus L., including 37 drought-resistant cultivar-related genes, 35 drought-sensitive cultivar-related genes and 97 cultivar non-specific ones. We provide evidence that the identified DEGs were fairly uniformly distributed on different chromosomes and their expression patterns are variety specific...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090264/drought-stress-induced-changes-of-micrornas-in-diploid-and-autotetraploid-paulownia-tomentosa
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Xibing Cao, Guoqiang Fan, Lin Cao, Minjie Deng, Zhenli Zhao, Suyan Niu, Zhe Wang, Yuanlong Wang
Drought stress adversely affects plant productivity. Growth and timber production of Paulownia trees are limited under drought stress. Changes in gene expression patterns and miRNA in different ploidy of Paulownia tomentosa have been investigated. However, the responses of P. tomentosa to drought stress at the microRNA (miRNA) level have not been reported so far. To identify miRNA candidates and their target genes involved in the drought stress response in diploid and tetraploid P. tomentosa, four small RNA and four degradome libraries from diploid and autotetraploid P...
2017: Genes & Genomics
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