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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109190/qtl-mapping-and-candidate-genes-for-resistance-to-fusarium-ear-rot-and-fumonisin-contamination-in-maize
#1
Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini, Alessandra Lanubile
BACKGROUND: Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination are quantitative traits, affected by environmental conditions, and completely resistant maize genotypes to the pathogen are so far unknown. In order to uncover genomic regions associated to reduced FER and FB1 contamination and identify molecular markers for assisted selection, an F2:3 population of 188 progenies was developed crossing CO441 (resistant) and CO354 (susceptible) genotypes...
January 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108587/meiotic-crossing-over-in-maize-knob-heterochromatin
#2
Stephen M Stack, Lindsay A Shearer, Leslie Lohmiller, Lorinda K Anderson
There is ample evidence that crossing over is suppressed in heterochromatin associated with centromeres and nucleolus organizers (NORs). This characteristic has been attributed to all heterochromatin, but the generalization may not be justified. To investigate the relation of crossing over to heterochromatin that is not associated with centromeres or NORs, we used a combination of fluorescence in situ hybridization of the maize 180 bp knob repeat to show the locations of knob heterochromatin and fluorescent immunolocalization of MLH1 protein and AFD1 protein to show the locations of MLH1 foci on maize synaptonemal complexes (SCs ~ pachytene chromosomes)...
January 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108520/rna-binding-specificity-landscape-of-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-ppr10
#3
Rafael G Miranda, Margarita Rojas, Michael P Montgomery, Kyle P Gribbin, Alice Barkan
Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins comprise a large family of helical repeat proteins that influence gene expression in mitochondria and chloroplasts. PPR tracts can bind RNA via a modular one repeat-one nucleotide mechanism in which the nucleotide is specified by the identities of several amino acids in each repeat. This mode of recognition, the so-called PPR code, offers opportunities for the prediction of native PPR binding sites and the design of proteins to bind specified RNAs. However, a deep understanding of the parameters that dictate the affinity and specificity of PPR-RNA interactions is necessary to realize these goals...
January 20, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107943/development-of-a-nanoarray-capable-of-the-rapid-and-simultaneous-detection-of-zearalenone-t2-toxin-and-fumonisin
#4
Sara E McNamee, Francesca Bravin, Giulia Rosar, Christopher T Elliott, Katrina Campbell
Fusarium mycotoxins such as trichothecenes, zearalenone and fumonisins occur on a worldwide basis in cereal grains, animal feeds and forages. Practical solutions for multiple mycotoxin determination in samples are required by industry and regulators for cost effective screening purposes. The feasibility of developing a novel multiplex nanoarray for the simultaneous and semi-quantitative detection of three regulated mycotoxins: zearalenone (ZEA), T2-toxin (T2) and fumonisin B1 (FUM) was examined. Additionally, the assay was also able to detect HT2 toxin and fumonisin B2 and B3 due to the cross reactivity profiles of the antibodies used...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107732/comparative-analysis-of-polyamine-metabolism-in-wheat-and-maize-plants
#5
Gabriella Szalai, Katalin Janda, Éva Darkó, Tibor Janda, Violeta Peeva, Magda Pál
In the present work changes in polyamine contents were investigated after various hydroponic polyamine treatments (putrescine, spermidine and spermine at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 mM concentrations) in two different crop species, wheat and maize. In contrast to putrescine, higher polyamines (spermidine and spermine) induced concentration-dependent oxidative damage in both crops, resulting in decreased biomass. The unfavourable effects of polyamines were more pronounced in the roots, and maize was more sensitive than wheat...
January 12, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106309/transposable-elements-tes-contribute-to-stress-related-long-intergenic-noncoding-rnas-in-plants
#6
Dong Wang, Zhipeng Qu, Lan Yang, Qingzhu Zhang, Zhi-Hong Liu, Trung Do, David L Adelson, Zhen-Yu Wang, Iain Searle, Jian-Kang Zhu
Noncoding RNAs have been extensively described in plant and animal transcriptomes by using high-throughput sequencing technology. Of these non-coding RNAs, a growing number of long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) have been described in multicellular organisms, however the origins and functions of many lincRNAs remain to be explored. In many eukaryotic genomes, transposable elements (TEs) are widely distributed and often account for large fractions of plant and animal genomes yet the contribution of TEs to lincRNAs is largely unknown...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106264/role-of-microbial-inoculation-and-industrial-by-product-phosphogypsum-on-growth-and-nutrients-uptake-of-maize-zea-mays-l-grown-in-calcareous-soil
#7
Abdul-Aziz R Al-Enazy, Saud S Al-Oud, Fahad N Al-Barakah, R A Adel, Usman
BACKGROUND: Alkaline soils with high calcium carbonate and low organic matter are deficient in plant nutrients availability. Use of organic and bio-fertilizers has been suggested to improve their properties. Therefore, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the integrative role of phosphogypsum (PG; added at 0.0, 10, 30, and 50 g PG kg(-1) ), cow manure (CM; added at 50 g kg(-1) ) and mixed microbial inoculation (Incl; Azotobacter chroococcum, phosphate-solubilizing bacterium of Bacillus megaterium var...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106222/digestibility-and-supramolecular-structural-changes-of-maize-starch-by-non-covalent-interactions-with-gallic-acid
#8
Chengdeng Chi, Xiaoxi Li, Yiping Zhang, Ling Chen, Lin Li, Zhijiang Wang
The effects of non-covalent interactions between gallic acid (GA) and starch on starch digestibility and supramolecular structural changes (short-range ordered molecular structure, crystalline structure, lamellar structure and fractal structure) were investigated. The results indicated that the digestibility of both starches was substantially reduced in the rapidly digestible starch (RDS) content, but resistant starch (RS) was increased after interacting with GA. The RS content of starch-GA complexes ranged from 17...
January 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104475/effects-of-cry1ab-bt-maize-straw-return-on-bacterial-community-of-earthworm-eisenia-fetida
#9
Yinghua Shu, Yanyan Zhang, Huilan Zeng, Yahui Zhang, Jianwu Wang
The eco-toxicological effects of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) maize on earthworm life-history traits were widely studied and the results were controversial, while their effects on earthworm bacterial community have been rarely studied. Here, effects of two hybrids of Bt maize [5422Bt1 (event Bt11) and 5422CBCL (MON810)] straw return on Eisenia fetida bacterial community were investigated by the terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) combing with DNA sequencing, compared to near-isogenic non-Bt maize (5422)...
January 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103409/zea-mays-fe-deficiency-related-4-zmfdr4-functions-as-an-iron-transporter-in-the-plastids-of-monocots
#10
Xiu-Yue Zhang, Xi Zhang, Qi Zhang, Xiao-Xi Pan, Luo-Chen Yan, Xiao-Juan Ma, Wei-Zhong Zhao, Xiao-Ting Qi, Li-Ping Yin
Iron (Fe)-homeostasis in the plastids is closely associated with Fe transport proteins that prevent Fe from occurring in its toxic free ionic forms. However, the number of known protein families related to Fe transport in the plastids (about 5) and the function of iron in non-green plastids is limited. In the present study, we report the functional characterization of Zea mays Fe deficiency-related 4 (ZmFDR4), which was isolated from a differentially expressed clone of a cDNA library of Fe deficiency-induced maize roots...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103037/effects-of-different-forms-of-selenium-fertilizers-on-se-accumulation-distribution-and-residual-effect-in-winter-wheat-summer-maize-rotation-system
#11
Qi Wang, Yao Yu, Jixiang Li, Yanan Wan, Qingqing Huang, Yanbin Guo, Huafen Li
Foliar Se fertilizers were applied to investigate the effects of Se forms on Se accumulation and distribution in the wheat-maize rotation system and residual concentration of Se in subsequent crops. Sodium selenite, sodium selenate, selenomethionine, chemical nano-Se, humic acid + sodium selenite and compound fertilizer + sodium selenite were applied once at the flowering stage of wheat (30 g ha-1) and at the bell stage of maize (60 g ha-1). Compared with the control treatment, foliar Se applications significant increased the grain Se concentration of wheat and maize by 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102202/consistent-negative-response-of-us-crops-to-high-temperatures-in-observations-and-crop-models
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Bernhard Schauberger, Sotirios Archontoulis, Almut Arneth, Juraj Balkovic, Philippe Ciais, Delphine Deryng, Joshua Elliott, Christian Folberth, Nikolay Khabarov, Christoph Müller, Thomas A M Pugh, Susanne Rolinski, Sibyll Schaphoff, Erwin Schmid, Xuhui Wang, Wolfram Schlenker, Katja Frieler
High temperatures are detrimental to crop yields and could lead to global warming-driven reductions in agricultural productivity. To assess future threats, the majority of studies used process-based crop models, but their ability to represent effects of high temperature has been questioned. Here we show that an ensemble of nine crop models reproduces the observed average temperature responses of US maize, soybean and wheat yields. Each day >30 °C diminishes maize and soybean yields by up to 6% under rainfed conditions...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102016/mechanical-and-barrier-properties-of-maize-starch-gelatin-composite-film-effects-of-amylose-content
#13
Kun Wang, Wenhang Wang, Ran Ye, Jingdong Xiao, Yaowei Liu, Junsheng Ding, Shaojing Zhang, Anjun Liu
BACKGROUND: In order to obtain new reinforcing bio-fillers to improve the physicochemical properties of gelatin based film, three types of maize starches: waxy maize starch (Ap), normal starch (Ns), and high amylose starch (Al), were incorporated into the gelatin films, and their properties were investigated, focusing on the impact of amylose content. RESULTS: The thickness, opacity and roughness of gelatin films increased depending upon amylose content along with the concentration of starch...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100816/diets-derived-from-maize-monoculture-cause-maternal-infanticides-in-the-endangered-european-hamster-due-to-a-vitamin-b3-deficiency
#14
Mathilde L Tissier, Yves Handrich, Odeline Dallongeville, Jean-Patrice Robin, Caroline Habold
From 1735 to 1940, maize-based diets led to the death of hundreds of thousands of people from pellagra, a complex disease caused by tryptophan and vitamin B3 deficiencies. The current cereal monoculture trend restricts farmland animals to similarly monotonous diets. However, few studies have distinguished the effects of crop nutritional properties on the reproduction of these species from those of other detrimental factors such as pesticide toxicity or agricultural ploughing. This study shows that maize-based diets cause high rates of maternal infanticides in the European hamster, a farmland species on the verge of extinction in Western Europe...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100172/integrated-genomics-based-mapping-reveals-the-genetics-underlying-maize-flavonoid-biosynthesis
#15
Min Jin, Xuehai Zhang, Mingchao Zhao, Min Deng, Yuanhao Du, Yang Zhou, Shouchuang Wang, Takayuki Tohge, Alisdair R Fernie, Lothar Willmitzer, Yariv Brotman, Jianbing Yan, Weiwei Wen
BACKGROUND: Flavonoids constitute a diverse class of secondary metabolites which exhibit potent bioactivities for human health and have been indicated to play an important role in plant development and defense. However, accumulation and variation of flavonoid content in diverse maize lines and the genes responsible for their biosynthesis in this important crop remain largely unknown. In this study, we combine genetic mapping, metabolite profiling and gene regulatory network analysis to further enhance understanding of the maize flavonoid pathway...
January 18, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099470/a-gene-oriented-haplotype-comparison-reveals-recently-selected-genomic-regions-in-temperate-and-tropical-maize-germplasm
#16
Cheng He, Junjie Fu, Jie Zhang, Yongxiang Li, Jun Zheng, Hongwei Zhang, Xiaohong Yang, Jianhua Wang, Guoying Wang
The extensive genetic variation present in maize (Zea mays) germplasm makes it possible to detect signatures of positive artificial selection that occurred during temperate and tropical maize improvement. Here we report an analysis of 532,815 polymorphisms from a maize association panel consisting of 368 diverse temperate and tropical inbred lines. We developed a gene-oriented approach adapting exonic polymorphisms to identify recently selected alleles by comparing haplotypes across the maize genome. This analysis revealed evidence of selection for more than 1100 genomic regions during recent improvement, and included regulatory genes and key genes with visible mutant phenotypes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098948/phosphorus-acquisition-efficiency-in-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-maize-is-correlated-with-the-abundance-of-root-external-hyphae-and-the-accumulation-of-transcripts-encoding-pht1-phosphate-transporters
#17
Ruairidh J H Sawers, Simon F Svane, Clement Quan, Mette Grønlund, Barbara Wozniak, Mesfin-Nigussie Gebreselassie, Eliécer González-Muñoz, Ricardo A Chávez Montes, Ivan Baxter, Jerome Goudet, Iver Jakobsen, Uta Paszkowski
Plant interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi have long attracted interest for their potential to promote more efficient use of mineral resources in agriculture. Their use, however, remains limited by a lack of understanding of the processes that determine the outcome of the symbiosis. In this study, the impact of host genotype on growth response to mycorrhizal inoculation was investigated in a panel of diverse maize lines. A panel of 30 maize lines was evaluated with and without inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...
January 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098812/novel-aflatoxin-degrading-enzyme-from-bacillus-shackletonii-l7
#18
Liang Xu, Mohamed Farah Eisa Ahmed, Lancine Sangare, Yueju Zhao, Jonathan Nimal Selvaraj, Fuguo Xing, Yan Wang, Hongping Yang, Yang Liu
Food and feed contamination by aflatoxin (AF)B₁ has adverse economic and health consequences. AFB₁ degradation by microorganisms or microbial enzymes provides a promising preventive measure. To this end, the present study tested 43 bacterial isolates collected from maize, rice, and soil samples for AFB₁-reducing activity. The higher activity was detected in isolate L7, which was identified as Bacillus shackletonii. L7 reduced AFB₁, AFB₂, and AFM₁ levels by 92.1%, 84.1%, and 90.4%, respectively, after 72 h at 37 °C...
January 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096902/functional-characterization-of-the-active-mutator-like-transposable-element-muta1-from-the-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
#19
Kun Liu, Susan R Wessler
BACKGROUND: Mutator-like transposable elements (MULEs) are widespread with members in fungi, plants, and animals. Most of the research on the MULE superfamily has focused on plant MULEs where they were discovered and where some are extremely active and have significant impact on genome structure. The maize MuDR element has been widely used as a tool for both forward and reverse genetic studies because of its high transposition rate and preference for targeting genic regions. However, despite being widespread, only a few active MULEs have been identified, and only one, the rice Os3378, has demonstrated activity in a non-host organism...
2017: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093652/structural-basis-for-the-isotype-specific-interactions-of-ferredoxin-and-ferredoxin-nadp-oxidoreductase-an-evolutionary-switch-between-photosynthetic-and-heterotrophic-assimilation
#20
Fumio Shinohara, Genji Kurisu, Guy Hanke, Caroline Bowsher, Toshiharu Hase, Yoko Kimata-Ariga
In higher plants, ferredoxin (Fd) and ferredoxin-NADP(+) reductase (FNR) are each present as distinct isoproteins of photosynthetic type (leaf type) and non-photosynthetic type (root type). Root-type Fd and FNR are considered to facilitate the electron transfer from NADPH to Fd in the direction opposite to that occurring in the photosynthetic processes. We previously reported the crystal structure of the electron transfer complex between maize leaf FNR and Fd (leaf FNR:Fd complex), providing insights into the molecular interactions of the two proteins...
January 16, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
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