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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222925/linking-national-wood-consumption-with-global-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-service-losses
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Abhishek Chaudhary, L Roman Carrasco, Thomas Kastner
Identifying the global hotspots of forestry driven species, ecosystem services losses and informing the consuming nations of their environmental footprint domestically and abroad is essential to design demand side interventions and induce sustainable production methods. Here we first use countryside species area relationship model to project species extinctions of four vertebrate taxa (mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles) due to forest land use in 174 countries. We combine the projected extinctions with a global database on the monetary value of ecosystem services provided by different biomes and with bilateral trade data of wood products to calculate species extinctions and ecosystem services losses inflicted by national wood consumption and international wood trade...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221258/endoillumination-assisted-modified-scleral-buckling
#2
Alexandre Assi, Youssef Abdelmassih, Sylvain El-Khoury
PURPOSE: To assess the anatomical and functional outcomes in addition to complications for endoillumination-assisted modified scleral buckling surgery using a noncontact Oculus BIOM wide-angle viewing system in patients with primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. METHODS: This is an interventional prospective noncomparative case series. Consecutive patients listed for scleral buckle surgery for primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment were enrolled over an 18-month period and followed up for 1 year...
February 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220612/tree-mortality-across-biomes-is-promoted-by-drought-intensity-lower-wood-density-and-higher-specific-leaf-area
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Sarah Greenwood, Paloma Ruiz-Benito, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta, Francisco Lloret, Thomas Kitzberger, Craig D Allen, Rod Fensham, Daniel C Laughlin, Jens Kattge, Gerhard Bönisch, Nathan J B Kraft, Alistair S Jump
Drought events are increasing globally, and reports of consequent forest mortality are widespread. However, due to a lack of a quantitative global synthesis, it is still not clear whether drought-induced mortality rates differ among global biomes and whether functional traits influence the risk of drought-induced mortality. To address these uncertainties, we performed a global meta-analysis of 58 studies of drought-induced forest mortality. Mortality rates were modelled as a function of drought, temperature, biomes, phylogenetic and functional groups and functional traits...
February 21, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219669/combined-phylogenetic-and-morphometric-information-to-delimit-and-unify-the-triatoma-brasiliensis-species-complex-and-the-brasiliensis-subcomplex
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Jader Oliveira, Paula L Marcet, Daniela M Takiya, Vagner J Mendonça, Tiago Belintan, M D Bargues, Lucia Mateo, Vivian Chagas, Elaine Folly-Ramos, Pedro Cordeiro-Estrela, Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves, Jane Costa, João A Rosa, Carlos E Almeida
"Triatoma brasiliensis species complex" was defined as a monophyletic group of the species: T. brasiliensis, T. juazeirensis, T. melanica, and T. sherlocki. An alternative grouping scheme proposed the concept of "Brasiliensis subcomplex" which included the former species together with T. melanocephala, T. petrocchiae, T. lenti, T. tibiamaculata, and T. vitticeps. To evaluate the relationship among these taxa we combined the results obtained with four mitochondrial genes (12S, 16S, COI and Cytb, adding to 1,811bp) and geometric morphometric analysis of wings and heads...
February 17, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218791/development-and-validation-of-the-first-ssr-markers-for-mimosa-scabrella-benth
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F A Saiki, A P Bernardi, M S Reis, H Faoro, E M Souza, F O Pedrosa, A Mantovani, A F Guidolin
Mimosa scabrella Benth., popularly known as ''bracatinga'', is a pioneer and endemic species of Brazil, occurring in Mixed Ombrophilous Forest associated with Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest biomes. It is a fast-growing tree of the Fabaceae family that facilitates the dynamics of ecological succession. SSR development, when there is no genome sequence, is time and labor intensive and there are no molecular markers for M. scabrella. We developed and validated the first microsatellite markers for this tetraploid species, evaluating mother trees and progenies...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217696/the-mycobiome-of-the-human-urinary-tract-potential-roles-for-fungi-in-urology
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A Lenore Ackerman, David M Underhill
The mycobiome, defined as the fungal microbiota within a host environment, is an important but understudied component of the human microbial ecosystem. New culture-independent approaches to determine microbial diversity, such as next-generation sequencing methods, have discovered specific, characteristic, commensal fungal populations present in different body sites. These studies have also identified diverse patterns in fungal communities associated with various diseases. While alterations in urinary bacterial communities have been noted in disease states, a comprehensive description of the urinary mycobiome has been lacking...
January 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216604/evaluation-of-not-activated-and-activated-prp-in-hair-loss-treatment-role-of-growth-factor-and-cytokine-concentrations-obtained-by-different-collection-systems
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Pietro Gentile, John P Cole, Megan A Cole, Simone Garcovich, Alessandra Bielli, Maria Giovanna Scioli, Augusto Orlandi, Chiara Insalaco, Valerio Cervelli
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) was tested as a potential therapy for androgenetic alopecia (AGA) through two different clinical protocols in which one population (18 participants) received half-head treatment with autologous non-activated PRP (A-PRP) produced by CPunT Preparation System (Biomed Device, Modena, Italy) and the other half-head with placebo, and a second separated population in which all participants (n = 6, 3 participants per group) received treatment with calcium-activated PRP (AA-PRP) produced from one of two different PRP collection devices (Regen Blood Cell Therapy or Arthrex Angel System)...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214117/evaluating-carbon-fluxes-of-global-forest-ecosystems-by-using-an-individual-tree-based-model-forcchn
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Jianyong Ma, Herman H Shugart, Xiaodong Yan, Cougui Cao, Shuang Wu, Jing Fang
The carbon budget of forest ecosystems, an important component of the terrestrial carbon cycle, needs to be accurately quantified and predicted by ecological models. As a preamble to apply the model to estimate global carbon uptake by forest ecosystems, we used the CO2 flux measurements from 37 forest eddy-covariance sites to examine the individual tree-based FORCCHN model's performance globally. In these initial tests, the FORCCHN model simulated gross primary production (GPP), ecosystem respiration (ER) and net ecosystem production (NEP) with correlations of 0...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214038/maximising-synergy-among-tropical-plant-systematists-ecologists-and-evolutionary-biologists
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REVIEW
Timothy R Baker, R Toby Pennington, Kyle G Dexter, Paul V A Fine, Helen Fortune-Hopkins, Euridice N Honorio, Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Bente B Klitgård, Gwilym P Lewis, Haroldo C de Lima, Peter Ashton, Christopher Baraloto, Stuart Davies, Michael J Donoghue, Maria Kaye, W John Kress, Caroline E R Lehmann, Abel Monteagudo, Oliver L Phillips, Rodolfo Vasquez
Closer collaboration among ecologists, systematists, and evolutionary biologists working in tropical forests, centred on studies within long-term permanent plots, would be highly beneficial for their respective fields. With a key unifying theme of the importance of vouchered collection and precise identification of species, especially rare ones, we identify four priority areas where improving links between these communities could achieve significant progress in biodiversity and conservation science: (i) increasing the pace of species discovery; (ii) documenting species turnover across space and time; (iii) improving models of ecosystem change; and (iv) understanding the evolutionary assembly of communities and biomes...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213971/mass-turnover-and-recovery-dynamics-of-a-diverse-australian-continental-radiation
#10
Ian G Brennan, Paul M Oliver
Trends in global and local climate history have been linked to observed macroevolutionary patterns across a variety of organisms. These climatic pressures may unilaterally or asymmetrically influence the evolutionary trajectory of clades. To test and compare signatures of changing global (Eocene-Oligocene boundary cooling) and continental (Miocene aridification) environments on a continental fauna, we investigated the macroevolutionary dynamics of one of Australia's most diverse endemic radiations, pygopodoid geckos...
February 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213677/a-new-distribution-range-of-ateles-chamek-humboldt-1812-in-an-ecotone-of-three-biomes-in-the-paraguay-river-basin
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Manoel Dos Santos-Filho, Christine Steiner São Bernardo, Henry Willian Van der Laan Barbosa, Almério Câmara Gusmão, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Gustavo Rodrigues Canale
Historical records of Ateles chamek (black-faced black spider monkey) suggest that the species range extends further south of the known species distribution, within an ecotonal region between the Amazonia, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes in Brazil. Ecotones are zones of habitat transition with high species richness that remain undersampled as conservationists often prioritize biodiversity hotspots. Thus, distribution ranges may be inaccurately measured when species occur in ecotonal zones. We report the first precise records of A...
February 17, 2017: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207298/hepatozoon-spp-infects-free-ranging-jaguars-panthera-onca-in-brazil
#12
Mariana Malzoni Furtado, Betina Metzger, Anah Tereza Almeida Jácomo, Marcelo Bahia Labruna, Thiago Fernandes Martins, Lucia Helena O'Dwyer, Karinados Santos Paduan, Grasiela Edith Oliveira Porfírio, Leandro Silveira, Rahel Sollmann, Sueli Akemi Taniwaki, Natália Mundim Tôrres, JoséSoares Ferreira Neto
This study investigated the presence of Hepatozoon spp. in jaguars (Panthera onca) and domestic animals in the Cerrado, Amazon and Pantanal biomes of Brazil. Between February 2000 and January 2010, blood samples were collected from 30 jaguars, 129 domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and 22 domestic cats (Felis catus) for molecular tests. All of the jaguars from the Pantanal (n=22) and Cerrado (n=4) and 3 of 4 jaguars from the Amazon were positive for Hepatozoon spp. Domestic dogs (62.8%) and cats (31.8%) were also positive for the agent...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199447/population-structure-and-genetic-diversity-of-the-giant-anteater-myrmecophaga-tridactyla-myrmecophagidae-pilosa-in-brazil
#13
Camila L Clozato, Flávia R Miranda, Paula Lara-Ruiz, Rosane G Collevatti, Fabrício R Santos
The giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla, Pilosa, Linnaeus 1758) belongs to the mammalian order Pilosa and presents a large distribution along South America, occupying a great variety of habitats. It is listed in the IUCN Red List of threatened species as Vulnerable. Despite threatened, there is a lack of studies regarding its genetic variability. The aim of this study was to examine the genetic diversity and patterns of genetic structure within remaining populations. We analyzed 77 individuals from seven different populations distributed in four biomes across Brazil: Cerrado, Pantanal, Atlantic Forest and Amazon Forest...
February 13, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199341/methods-for-calculating-protection-equality-for-conservation-planning
#14
Alienor L M Chauvenet, Caitlin D Kuempel, Jennifer McGowan, Maria Beger, Hugh P Possingham
Protected Areas (PAs) are a central part of biodiversity conservation strategies around the world. Today, PAs cover c15% of the Earth's land mass and c3% of the global oceans. These numbers are expected to grow rapidly to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi Biodiversity target 11, which aims to see 17% and 10% of terrestrial and marine biomes protected, respectively, by 2020. This target also requires countries to ensure that PAs protect an "ecologically representative" sample of their biodiversity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199046/bone-regeneration-in-a-rabbit-critical-femoral-defect-by-means-of-magnetic-hydroxyapatite-macroporous-scaffolds
#15
A Russo, M Bianchi, M Sartori, M Boi, G Giavaresi, D M Salter, M Jelic, M C Maltarello, A Ortolani, S Sprio, M Fini, A Tampieri, M Marcacci
Magnetic scaffolds have recently attracted significant attention in tissue engineering due to the prospect of improving bone tissue formation by conveying soluble factors such as growth factors, hormones, and polypeptides directly to the site of implantation, as well as to the possibility of improving implant fixation and stability. The objective of this study was to compare bone tissue formation in a preclinical rabbit model of critical femoral defect treated either with a hydroxyapatite (HA)/magnetite (90/10 wt %) or pure HA porous scaffolds at 4 and 12 weeks after implantation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196774/is-the-free-ranging-jaguar-panthera-onca-a-reservoir-for-cytauxzoon-felis-in-brazil
#16
Mariana Malzoni Furtado, Sueli Akemi Taniwaki, Betina Metzger, Karina Dos Santos Paduan, Helena Lucia O'Dwyer, Anah Tereza de Almeida Jácomo, Grasiela E O Porfírio, Leandro Silveira, Rahel Sollmann, Natália Mundim Tôrres, José Soares Ferreira Neto
This study investigated the occurrence of Cytauxzoon felis and Babesia spp. in free-ranging jaguars (Panthera onca), domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and domestic cats (Felis catus) from the Cerrado, Amazon and Pantanal biomes of Brazil. Blood samples were collected from 30 jaguars, 129 dogs and 22 cats for detection of the 18S rRNA genes of piroplasmids. All of the jaguars from the Pantanal (n=22) and Cerrado (n=4) and three of four jaguars from the Amazon were positive for C. felis, but no dogs or cats were positive for the agent...
February 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194931/influence-of-scaffold-design-on-3d-printed-cell-constructs
#17
Auryn Souness, Fernanda Zamboni, Gavin M Walker, Maurice N Collins
Additive manufacturing is currently receiving significant attention in the field of tissue engineering and biomaterial science. The development of precise, affordable 3D printing technologies has provided a new platform for novel research to be undertaken in 3D scaffold design and fabrication. In the past, a number of 3D scaffold designs have been fabricated to investigate the potential of a 3D printed scaffold as a construct which could support cellular life. These studies have shown promising results; however, few studies have utilized a low-cost desktop 3D printing technology as a potential rapid manufacturing route for different scaffold designs...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194875/nanophase-bone-substitute-for-craniofacial-load-bearing-application-pilot-study-in-the-rodent
#18
Jonathan Z Baskin, Yohannes Soenjaya, James McMasters, Alvin Ko, Amit Vasanji, Nathan Morris, Steven J Eppell
An exploratory pilot study shows that a rodent mandibular defect model is useful in determining the biological response to a nanophase collagen/apatite composite designed as a biomimetic load-bearing bone substitute. Using a critical size defect, eight groups of rats (n = 3) were implanted with four renditions of the nanophase bone substitute (NBS) biomaterial. Each rendition was tested with and without recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2). NBS biomaterial renditions were: baseline, hyper-densified, d-ribose crosslinked, and d-ribose crosslinked and hyper-densified...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194874/preparation-and-characterization-of-a-silk-fibroin-calcium-sulfate-bone-cement
#19
Fuzhan Zhang, Hai Zhu, Genlin Wang, Jile Xie, Yunxia Tao, Wei Xia, Huilin Yang
This study aimed to prepare and characterize a silk fibroin/calcium sulfate (SF/CS) bone cement. SF solutions of the following concentrations 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, and 9 g/L were used to prepare bone cement samples with SF-to-CS ratios of 0.35, 0.40, 0.45, 0.50, and 0.55 mL of SF solutions (or water as control) per g of CS. Compressive strength, setting time, degradation when immersed in phosphate-buffered saline, X-ray diffraction, Fourier infrared spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the SF/CS bone cement...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194860/a-review-of-decellurization-methods-caused-by-an-urgent-need-for-quality-control-of-cell-free-extracellular-matrix-scaffolds-and-their-role-in-regenerative-medicine
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Marek Kawecki, Wojciech Łabuś, Agnieszka Klama-Baryla, Diana Kitala, Malgorzata Kraut, Justyna Glik, Marcelina Misiuga, Mariusz Nowak, Tomasz Bielecki, Aleksandra Kasperczyk
The natural extracellular matrix (ECM),thanks to its specific properties (e.g., collagenous lattice, a reservoir of growth factors, ECM-cell anchoring areas, an optimal pH and CO2 ),ensures an optimal microenvironment for homeostatic and regenerative cell development. In the context of regenerative medicine, ECM is a lair for residual and infiltrative cells. The aim of the clinical usage of cell-free ECM scaffolds is the enhancement of tissue regeneration with possible minimization of an adverse host reaction on allogeneic or xenogeneic biomaterial...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
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