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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911377/hybrid-cut-an-improved-sectioning-method-for-recalcitrant-plant-tissue-samples
#1
Tien-Kuan Chen, Hui-Ting Yang, Su-Chiung Fang, Yi-Chen Lien, Ting-Ting Yang, Swee-Suak Ko
Maintaining plant section integrity is essential for studying detailed anatomical structures at the cellular, tissue, or even organ level. However, some plant cells have rigid cell walls, tough fibers and crystals (calcium oxalate, silica, etc.), and high water content that often disrupt tissue integrity during plant tissue sectioning. This study establishes a simple Hybrid-Cut tissue sectioning method. This protocol modifies a paraffin-based sectioning technique and improves the integrity of tissue sections from different plants...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909923/quality-improvement-of-acidic-soils-by-biochar-derived-from-renewable-materials
#2
Deok Hyun Moon, Inseong Hwang, Yoon-Young Chang, Agamemnon Koutsospyros, Kyung Hoon Cheong, Won Hyun Ji, Jeong-Hun Park
Biochar derived from waste plant materials and agricultural residues was used to improve the quality of an acidic soil. The acidic soil was treated for 1 month with both soy bean stover-derived biochar and oak-derived biochar in the range of 1 to 5 wt% for pH improvement and exchangeable cation enhancement. Following 1 month of treatment, the soil pH was monitored and exchangeable cations were measured. Moreover, a maize growth experiment was performed for 14 days with selected treated soil samples to confirm the effectiveness of the treatment...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909444/smallholder-farms-and-the-potential-for-sustainable-intensification
#3
Leah M Mungai, Sieglinde Snapp, Joseph P Messina, Regis Chikowo, Alex Smith, Erin Anders, Robert B Richardson, Guiying Li
The sustainable intensification of African agriculture is gaining momentum with the compelling need to increase food and agricultural production. In Southern Africa, smallholder farming systems are predominately maize-based and subject to erratic climatic conditions. Farmer crop and soil management decisions are influenced by a plethora of complex factors such as market access resource availability, social relations, environment, and various messages on sustainable farming practices. Such factors pose barriers to increasing sustainable intensification in Africa...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908415/iodine-in-the-feed-of-cows-and-in-the-milk-with-a-view-to-the-consumer-s-iodine-supply
#4
Friedrich Schöne, Kathrin Spörl, Matthias Leiterer
Milk may be an iodine source for humans, but its magnitude depends on the iodine content of cow feed. The present investigation focused on the iodine level of feed and milk in German feeding practice in comparison with the results of previous milk monitoring and dose-response experiments with dairy cows. In 73 samples of straight feedstuffs (41 concentrates, 32 silages prepared from grass or green maize) and a total of 83 vitamin mineral premixes and compound feeds, respectively, the iodine content was determined and along with the expected daily iodine intake of cows...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907051/battle-in-the-new-world-helicoverpa-armigera-versus-helicoverpa-zea-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#5
José P F Bentivenha, Silvana V Paula-Moraes, Edson L L Baldin, Alexandre Specht, Ivana F da Silva, Thomas E Hunt
The corn earworm Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) and the old world bollworm Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) are allopatric species and occur in important agricultural crops. In maize, both species tend to infest the ear. The introduction of H. armigera in Brazil has created a new scenario, where these Helicoverpa species might cohabit and interact with one another, affecting the prevalence of each species in the agroecosystem, integrated pest management, and insect resistance management. In this study, larval occurrence and proportion of these species in maize was assessed in three regions of Brazil during three crop seasons...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904810/a-preliminary-identification-of-rf-a619-a-novel-restorer-gene-for-cms-c-in-maize-zea-mays-l
#6
Liu Yongming, Zhao Zhuofan, Lu Yanli, Li Chuan, Wang Jing, Dong Boxiao, Liang Bing, Qiu Tao, Zeng Wenbing, Cao Moju
C-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS-C) is widely utilized for hybrid maize seed production. However, genetic mechanisms underlying the fertility restoration are very complicated. At present, there is a divergence on the number of fertility restorer genes in maize inbred line A619 for CMS-C. To further elucidate the restoring mechanism of A619, we used genetic analysis and molecular markers to confirm the restorer genes of maize inbred line A619 for C-type male sterile line C48-2 in this study. Firstly, the fertility segregations of (C48-2 × A619)F2 populations were investigated under three environments during 2013-2015...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904393/the-production-of-synbiotic-bread-by-microencapsulation
#7
Mojan Seyedain-Ardabili, Anousheh Sharifan, Babak Ghiassi Tarzi
Bread is a global staple food. Despite attempts to develop functional breads containing viable microorganisms, this has not been done yet because of the high temperature during baking. The aim of this study is to obtain synbiotic bread, hence hamburger bun and white pan bread were selected. Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 and L. casei 431 were encapsulated with calcium alginate and Hi-maize resistant starch via emulsion technique and coated with chitosan. The morphology and size of microcapsules were measured by scanning electron microscopy and particle size analyser...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902799/genomic-prediction-of-genotype-%C3%A3-environment-interaction-kernel-regression-models
#8
Jaime Cuevas, José Crossa, Víctor Soberanis, Sergio Pérez-Elizalde, Paulino Pérez-Rodríguez, Gustavo de Los Campos, O A Montesinos-López, Juan Burgueño
In genomic selection (GS), genotype × environment interaction (G × E) can be modeled by a marker × environment interaction (M × E). The G × E may be modeled through a linear kernel or a nonlinear (Gaussian) kernel. In this study, we propose using two nonlinear Gaussian kernels: the reproducing kernel Hilbert space with kernel averaging (RKHS KA) and the Gaussian kernel with the bandwidth estimated through an empirical Bayesian method (RKHS EB). We performed single-environment analyses and extended to account for G × E interaction (GBLUP-G × E, RKHS KA-G × E and RKHS EB-G × E) in wheat ( L...
November 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902278/chryseobacterium-endophyticum-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-maize-leaf
#9
Shih-Yao Lin, Asif Hameed, You-Cheng Liu, Yi-Han Hsu, Yu-Ting Hsieh, Wei-An Lai, Chiu-Chung Young
A Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, yellow-pigmented, flexirubin-producing, rod-shaped and endophytic bacterium, designated strain CC-YTH209T, was isolated from a maize leaf and subjected to a taxonomic study. Strain CC-YTH209T was found to grow at 15-40 °C (optimal 30 °C), at pH 6.0-8.0 (optimal pH 7.0) and in the presence of 0-2 % (optimal 1 %) (w/v) NaCl. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain CC-YTH209T appeared to belong to the genus Chryseobacterium within the class Flavobacteriia, and was closely related to Chryseobacterium rigui CJ16T (97...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902277/pedobacter-zeae-sp-nov-an-endophytic-bacterium-isolated-from-maize-root
#10
Jun-Lian Gao, Pengbo Sun, Xiao-Jie Mao, Yan-Li Du, Bing-Yan Liu, Jian-Guang Sun
A novel Gram-staining-negative, aerobic, non-motile by gliding and rod-shaped strain designated 22T was isolated from surface-sterilized root tissue of maize planted in the Fangshan District of Beijing, People's Republic of China. The highest levels of 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity were found with respect to Pedobacter suwonensis15-52T (97.5 %), Pedobacter terrae DS-57T (97.1 %) and Pedobacter alluvionis NWER-II11T (97.0 %). Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence data indicated that strain 22T is a member of the genus Pedobacter...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900468/complete-genome-sequence-of-a-variant-of-maize-associated-totivirus-from-ecuador
#11
Robert A Alvarez-Quinto, Rodrigo F Espinoza-Lozano, Carlos A Mora-Pinargote, Diego F Quito-Avila
The complete genomic sequence of a variant of the recently reported maize-associated totivirus (MATV) from China was obtained from commercial maize in Ecuador. The genome of MATV-Ec (Ecuador) (4,998 bp) is considerably longer than that of MATV-Ch (China) (3,956 bp), the main difference due to a ≈ 1-kb-long capsid-protein-encoding fragment that is completely absent from the Chinese genome. Sequence alignments between MATV-Ec and MATV-Ch showed an overall identity of 82% at the nucleotide level, whereas at the amino acid level, the viruses exhibited 95% and 94% identity for the putative capsid protein and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), respectively...
November 30, 2016: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899930/ability-to-remove-na-and-retain-k-correlates-with-salt-tolerance-in-two-maize-inbred-lines-seedlings
#12
Yong Gao, Yi Lu, Meiqin Wu, Enxing Liang, Yan Li, Dongping Zhang, Zhitong Yin, Xiaoyun Ren, Yi Dai, Dexiang Deng, Jianmin Chen
Maize is moderately sensitive to salt stress; therefore, soil salinity is a serious threat to its production worldwide. Here, excellent salt-tolerant maize inbred line TL1317 and extremely salt-sensitive maize inbred line SL1303 were screened to understand the maize response to salt stress and its tolerance mechanisms. Relative water content, membrane stability index, stomatal conductance, chlorophyll content, maximum photochemical efficiency, photochemical efficiency, shoot and root fresh/dry weight, and proline and water soluble sugar content analyses were used to identify that the physiological effects of osmotic stress of salt stress were obvious and manifested at about 3 days after salt stress in maize...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899920/impacts-of-fertilization-regimes-on-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-amf-community-composition-were-correlated-with-organic-matter-composition-in-maize-rhizosphere-soil
#13
Chen Zhu, Ning Ling, Junjie Guo, Min Wang, Shiwei Guo, Qirong Shen
The understanding of the response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) community composition to fertilization is of great significance in sustainable agriculture. However, how fertilization influences AMF diversity and composition is not well-established yet. A field experiment located in northeast China in typical black soil (Chernozem) was conducted and high-throughput sequencing approach was used to investigate the effects of different fertilizations on the variation of AMF community in the rhizosphere soil of maize crop...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899587/temporal-self-regulation-of-transposition-through-host-independent-transposase-rodlet-formation
#14
Lauren E Woodard, Laura M Downes, Yi-Chien Lee, Aparna Kaja, Eyuel S Terefe, Matthew H Wilson
Transposons are highly abundant in eukaryotic genomes, but their mobilization must be finely tuned to maintain host organism fitness and allow for transposon propagation. Forty percent of the human genome is comprised of transposable element sequences, and the most abundant cut-and-paste transposons are from the hAT superfamily. We found that the hAT transposase TcBuster from Tribolium castaneum formed filamentous structures, or rodlets, in human tissue culture cells, after gene transfer to adult mice, and ex vivo in cell-free conditions, indicating that host co-factors or cellular structures were not required for rodlet formation...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899288/one-step-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-for-the-detection-of-maize-chlorotic-mottle-virus-in-maize
#15
Ling Chen, Zhiyuan Jiao, Dongmei Liu, Xingliang Liu, Zihao Xia, Congliang Deng, Tao Zhou, Zaifeng Fan
Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) is spreading in many regions worldwide, causing maize lethal necrosis when co-infected with a potyvirid. In this study, one-step reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay was developed to detect MCMV in maize. A set of four specific primers was designed based on the conserved coat protein gene sequences of MCMV. The RT-LAMP could be completed within 60min under isothermal condition at 63°C. The sensitivity test showed that the RT-LAMP was about 10-fold more sensitive than RT-PCR and no cross-reactivity was detected with other viral pathogens infecting maize in China...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899149/the-quality-of-metabolic-pathway-resources-depends-on-initial-enzymatic-function-assignments-a-case-for-maize
#16
Jesse R Walsh, Mary L Schaeffer, Peifen Zhang, Seung Y Rhee, Julie A Dickerson, Taner Z Sen
BACKGROUND: As metabolic pathway resources become more commonly available, researchers have unprecedented access to information about their organism of interest. Despite efforts to ensure consistency between various resources, information content and quality can vary widely. Two maize metabolic pathway resources for the B73 inbred line, CornCyc 4.0 and MaizeCyc 2.2, are based on the same gene model set and were developed using Pathway Tools software. These resources differ in their initial enzymatic function assignments and in the extent of manual curation...
November 29, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899061/evaluating-three-commonly-used-growth-media-for-assessing-fumonisin-analogues-fb1-fb2-and-fb3-production-by-nine-fusarium-verticillioides-isolates
#17
A Schoeman, B C Flett, B Janse van Rensburg
Maize is most often infected by the fumonisin-producing Fusarium verticillioides. Total fumonisins of natural infected grain is made up of FB1, FB2 and FB3 with FB1 occurring naturally at higher levels. A maize plant can be infected with more than one F. verticillioides isolate, and finding a reliable method to elucidate the toxigenic potential of these isolates is important to extrapolate the possible fumonisin risk to consumers of grain. It is not clear whether F. verticillioides produce similar fumonisin levels, as well as fumonisin analogue ratios across media...
November 30, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899047/phytochemicals-and-antioxidant-capacity-in-four-italian-traditional-maize-zea-mays-l-varieties
#18
Antonella Capocchi, Stefania Bottega, Carmelina Spanò, Debora Fontanini
Flours of four pigmented (from orange to red and dark red) local Italian corns, studied for their soluble, soluble conjugate, and insoluble-bound phenols and flavonoids, showed a prevalence of the insoluble-bound fraction (70-80%). Correlations were found between the flours antioxidant capacity, measured with CUPRAC, FRAP, and DPPH methods, and soluble phenols and flavonoids content. A correlation was also found between ascorbic acid content and flours antioxidant power. Anthocyanins were present in small amounts in the red/dark red seeds; however, acid-alcohol assays and spectral analyses of pericarp extracts indicated the presence of red-brick phlobaphenes in these varieties...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898823/genome-wide-association-studies-of-grain-yield-components-in-diverse-sorghum-germplasm
#19
Richard E Boyles, Elizabeth A Cooper, Matthew T Myers, Zachary Brenton, Bradley L Rauh, Geoffrey P Morris, Stephen Kresovich
Grain yield and its primary determinants, grain number and weight, are important traits in cereal crops that have been well studied; however, the genetic basis of and interactions between these traits remain poorly understood. Characterization of grain yield per primary panicle (YPP), grain number per primary panicle (GNP), and 1000-grain weight (TGW) in sorghum [ (L.) Moench], a hardy C cereal with a genome size of ∼730 Mb, was implemented in a diversity panel containing 390 accessions. These accessions were genotyped to obtain 268,830 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898815/germplasm-architecture-revealed-through-chromosomal-effects-for-quantitative-traits-in-maize
#20
Rex Bernardo, Addie M Thompson
Germplasm architecture refers to how favorable alleles for a given trait are distributed across the genome in a germplasm collection. Our objective was to assess germplasm architecture for quantitative traits among US maize ( L.) inbreds. A total of 271 inbreds were genotyped at 28,626 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) loci and phenotyped for anthesis date, plant height, starch and protein concentration, and resistance to northern corn leaf blight (NCLB, caused by ). Chromosomal effects were calculated as the sum of the trait effects of SNP alleles carried on a specific chromosome by an inbred...
July 2016: Plant Genome
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