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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441031/lead-accumulation-and-distribution-in-maize-seedlings-relevance-to-biomass-sproduction-and-metal-phytoextraction
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Dmitry I Bashmakov, Alina N Kluchagina, Przemysław Malec, Kazimierz Strzałka, Alexander S Lukatkin
Among trace metals, lead is a highly toxic contaminant, being hazardous to humans and animals. Application of maize plants for phytoremediation of polluted soils and waters has recently been of particular interest. The aim of this work is to investigate the Pb-phytoextraction potential of the maize cv. Tzariza used widely in Eastern European agriculture. Maize seedlings were exposed in a nutrient solution to 0.1 - 10000 µM of Pb2+ for 21 days. Lead accumulated mostly in conductive tissues and shoots at 0...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440648/fate-and-trophic-transfer-of-rare-earth-elements-in-temperate-lake-food-webs
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Marc Amyot, Meredith Gabrielle Clayden, Gwyneth A MacMillan, Tania Perron, Alexandre Arscott-Gauvin
Many mining projects targeting rare earth elements (REE) are in development in North America, but the background concentrations and trophic transfer of these elements in natural environments have not been well characterized. We sampled abiotic and food web components in 14 Canadian temperate lakes unaffected by mines, to assess the natural ecosystem fate of REE. Individual REE and total REE concentrations (sum of individual element concentrations, ΣREE) were strongly related with each other throughout different components of lake food webs...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438910/lyme-disease-ecology-in-a-changing-world-consensus-uncertainty-and-critical-gaps-for-improving-control
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A Marm Kilpatrick, Andrew D M Dobson, Taal Levi, Daniel J Salkeld, Andrea Swei, Howard S Ginsberg, Anne Kjemtrup, Kerry A Padgett, Per M Jensen, Durland Fish, Nick H Ogden, Maria A Diuk-Wasser
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in temperate regions of North America, Europe and Asia, and the number of reported cases has increased in many regions as landscapes have been altered. Although there has been extensive work on the ecology and epidemiology of this disease in both Europe and North America, substantial uncertainty exists about fundamental aspects that determine spatial and temporal variation in both disease risk and human incidence, which hamper effective and efficient prevention and control...
June 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438081/long-term-operation-of-kickuth-type-constructed-wetland-applied-to-municipal-wastewater-treatment-in-temperate-climate
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Zbigniew Mucha, Włodzimierz Wójcik, Krzysztof Jóźwiakowski, Magdalena Gajewska
The purpose of this paper is to discuss the problem of changes of effectiveness of Kickuth-type constructed wetland with subsurface flow applied to domestic wastewater treatment. This study is based on an example of a wetland 3000 sq. meters in surface, serving 800 inhabitants, located in Poland. The results of chemical analysis showed that after an initial year of 'start-up time', the efficiency of pollutant removal gradually increased to reach an apex in the 6(th) year of operation. Such maximum efficiency continued up to the 10(th) year of operation, afterwards it was gradually dropping...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437186/leptospira-species-in-feral-cats-and-black-rats-from-western-australia-and-christmas-island
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Narelle A Dybing, Caroline Jacobson, Peter Irwin, David Algar, Peter J Adams
Leptospirosis is a neglected, re-emerging bacterial disease with both zoonotic and conservation implications. Rats and livestock are considered the usual sources of human infection, but all mammalian species are capable of carrying Leptospira spp. and transmitting pathogenic leptospires in their urine, and uncertainty remains about the ecology and transmission dynamics of Leptospira in different regions. In light of a recent case of human leptospirosis on tropical Christmas Island, this study aimed to investigate the role of introduced animals (feral cats and black rats) as carriers of pathogenic Leptospira spp...
March 6, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437009/conformational-changes-of-ubiquitin-under-high-pressure-conditions-a-pressure-simulated-tempering-molecular-dynamics-study
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Yoshiharu Mori, Yuko Okamoto
Molecular dynamics simulations for the system of ubiquitin were performed with pressure simulated tempering to study pressure-induced conformational changes of ubiquitin. The pressure dependence of ubiquitin was analyzed in a wide range of pressure from atmospheric pressure (0.1 MPa) to 1.0 GPa. The fluctuation of the distance between amino-acid residues and the distribution of a largely fluctuating distance were calculated. The large fluctuation of the L8-E34 distance induced by pressure means that the conformation of ubiquitin changes under high pressure conditions...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436942/diversity-and-ecological-adaptations-in-palaeogene-lichens
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Ulla Kaasalainen, Alexander R Schmidt, Jouko Rikkinen
Lichens are highly specialized symbioses between heterotrophic fungi and photoautotrophic green algae or cyanobacteria. The mycobionts of many lichens produce morphologically complex thalli to house their photobionts. Lichens play important roles in ecosystems and have been used as indicators of environmental change. Here we report the finding of 152 new fossil lichens from European Palaeogene amber, and hence increase the total number of known fossil lichens from 15 to 167. Most of the fossils represent extant lineages of the Lecanoromycetes, an almost exclusively lichen-symbiotic class of Ascomycota...
April 24, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436561/the-interplay-between-aridity-and-competition-determines-colonization-ability-exclusion-and-ecological-segregation-in-the-heteroploid-brachypodium-distachyon-species-complex
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Pedro J Rey, Antonio J Manzaneda, Julio M Alcántara
A higher competitive advantage of polyploid plants compared with their parental diploids is frequently invoked to explain their establishment success, colonization of novel environments and cytotypic ecological segregation, yet there is scarce experimental evidence supporting such hypotheses. Here, we investigated whether differential competitive ability of species of the Brachypodium distachyon (Poaceae) species complex, a model system for genomic, ecological and evolutionary studies of temperate grasses, contributes to explaining their ecological segregation as well as their coexistence in diploid/allotetraploid contact zones...
April 24, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435180/silence-is-not-golden-the-hissing-calls-of-tits-affect-the-behaviour-of-a-nest-predator
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Karol Zub, Dorota Czeszczewik, Ireneusz Ruczyński, Anna Kapusta, Wiesław Walankiewicz
ABSTRACT: Nest predation is one of the most important mortality factors of birds. Field observations showed that tits (Paridae) produce hissing calls and, usually, have lower breeding losses than nesting Ficedula flycatchers, which do not make such calls. We hypothesise that differences in fledgling success can be directly attributed to the vocal reaction of tits. We tested experimentally whether the hissing calls can affect the behaviour of a potential predator, analysing the response of the Yellow-necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis to playback of calls of three Parid species...
2017: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434664/marine-debris-in-beaches-of-the-southwestern-atlantic-an-assessment-of-their-abundance-and-mass-at-different-spatial-scales-in-northern-coastal-argentina
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Maria Eugenia Becherucci, Alan Federico Rosenthal, Juan Pablo Seco Pon
Argentina is currently undergoing an intensive development of coastal-oriented tourism due to the temperate climate and coastal sceneries of the Southwestern Atlantic and particularly its wide ocean-open sandy beaches, which may turn into an important contributor of marine debris to the beaches. This study was designed to assess at four spatial scales (i) the variation of the abundance and mass of marine debris and (ii) the composition and sources of these items in sandy-tourist beaches of coastal zones of the province of Buenos Aires, in northern Argentina...
April 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431185/the-effect-of-interspecific-variation-in-photosynthetic-plasticity-on-4-year-growth-rate-and-8-year-survival-of-understorey-tree-seedlings-in-response-to-gap-formations-in-a-cool-temperate-deciduous-forest
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Riichi Oguchi, Tsutom Hiura, Kouki Hikosaka
Gap formation increases the light intensity in the forest understorey. The growth responses of seedlings to the increase in light availability show interspecific variation, which is considered to promote biodiversity in forests. At the leaf level, some species increase their photosynthetic capacity in response to gap formation, whereas others do not. Here we address the question of whether the interspecific difference in the photosynthetic response results in the interspecific variation in the growth response...
April 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431134/floral-transitions-in-wheat-and-barley-interactions-between-photoperiod-abiotic-stresses-and-nutrient-status
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Leonard Gol, Filipa Tomé, Maria von Korff
The timing of plant reproduction has a large impact on yield in crop plants. Reproductive development in temperate cereals comprises two major developmental transitions. During spikelet initiation, the identity of the shoot meristem switches from the vegetative to the reproductive stage and spikelet primordia are formed on the apex. Subsequently, floral morphogenesis is initiated, a process strongly affected by environmental variation. Recent studies in cereal grasses have suggested that this later phase of inflorescence development controls floret survival and abortion, and is therefore crucial for yield...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431105/extinction-vs-rapid-radiation-the-juxtaposed-evolutionary-histories-of-coelotine-spiders-support-the-eocene-oligocene-orogenesis-of-the-tibetan-plateau
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Zhe Zhao, Shuqiang Li
Evolutionary biology has long been concerned with how changing environments affect and drive the spatiotemporal development of organisms. Coelotine spiders (Agelenidae: Coelotinae) are common species in the temperate and subtropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Their long evolutionary history and the extremely imbalanced distribution of species richness suggest that Eurasian environments, especially since the Cenozoic, are the drivers of their diversification. We use phylogenetics, molecular dating, ancestral area reconstructions, diversity, and ecological niche analyses to investigate the spatiotemporal evolution of 286 coelotine species from throughout the region...
April 20, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430143/associations-between-temperature-and-hospital-admissions-for-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-korea
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Suji Lee, Matthias Guth
The relationship between temperature and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is less studied than that between temperature and myocardial infarction or other cardiovascular diseases. This study investigated the association between daily temperature and risk of SAH by analyzing the hospital admission records of 111,316 SAH patients from 2004 to 2012 in Korea. A Poisson regression model was used to examine the association between temperature and daily SAH hospital admissions. To analyze data and identify vulnerable groups, we used the following subgroups: sex, age, insurance type, area (rural or urban), and different climate zones...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429584/dna-metabarcoding-of-unfractionated-water-samples-relates-phyto-zoo-and-bacterioplankton-dynamics-and-reveals-a-single-taxon-bacterial-bloom
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Christian Wurzbacher, Katrin Attermeyer, Marie Therese Kettner, Clara Flintrop, Norman Warthmann, Sabine Hilt, Hans-Peter Grossart, Michael T Monaghan
Most studies of aquatic plankton focus on either macroscopic or microbial communities, and on either eukaryotes or prokaryotes. This separation is primarily for methodological reasons, but can overlook potential interactions among groups. We tested whether DNA metabarcoding of unfractionated water samples with universal primers could be used to qualitatively and quantitatively study the temporal dynamics of the total plankton community in a shallow temperate lake. We found significant changes in the relative proportions of normalized sequence reads of eukaryotic and prokaryotic plankton communities over a three-month period in spring...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429581/nighttime-is-the-worst-time-parental-fear-of-hypoglycemia-in-young-children-with-type-1-diabetes
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Michelle A Van Name, Marisa E Hilliard, Claire T Boyle, Kellee M Miller, Daniel J DeSalvo, Barbara J Anderson, Lori M Laffel, Stephanie E Woerner, Linda A DiMeglio, William V Tamborlane
BACKGROUND: Fear of hypoglycemia is common in parents of young children with type 1 diabetes (T1D), but little is known about the specific fears that parents most often experience. Hypoglycemia fear has been associated with poorer glycemic control in older children, though not yet studied in a large cohort of very young children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Parents of 549 children <7 years (mean 5.2 ± 1.2 years [19% <3 years]) with a mean diabetes duration of 2...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428860/complex-trait-relationships-between-leaves-and-absorptive-roots-coordination-in-tissue-n-concentration-but-divergence-in-morphology
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Ruili Wang, Qiufeng Wang, Ning Zhao, Guirui Yu, Nianpeng He
Leaves and absorptive roots (i.e., first-order root) are above- and belowground plant organs related to resource acquisition; however, it is controversy over whether these two sets of functional traits vary in a coordinated manner. Here, we examined the relationships between analogous above- and belowground traits, including chemical (tissue C and N concentrations) and morphological traits (thickness and diameter, specific leaf area and root length, and tissue density) of 154 species sampling from eight subtropical and temperate forests...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428859/species-partitioning-in-a-temperate-mountain-chain-segregation-by-habitat-vs-interspecific-competition
#18
Giulia Bastianelli, Brendan A Wintle, Elizabeth H Martin, Javier Seoane, Paola Laiolo
Disentangling the relative influence of the environment and biotic interactions in determining species coexistence patterns is a major challenge in ecology. The zonation occurring along elevation gradients, or at bioclimatic contact zones, offers a good opportunity to improve such understanding because the small scale at which the partitioning occurs facilitates inference based on experiments and ecological modelling. We studied the influence of abiotic gradients, habitat types, and interspecific competition in determining the spatial turnover between two pipit and two bunting species in NW Spain...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428856/forage-plants-of-an-arctic-nesting-herbivore-show-larger-warming-response-in-breeding-than-wintering-grounds-potentially-disrupting-migration-phenology
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Thomas K Lameris, Femke Jochems, Alexandra J van der Graaf, Mattias Andersson, Juul Limpens, Bart A Nolet
During spring migration, herbivorous waterfowl breeding in the Arctic depend on peaks in the supply of nitrogen-rich forage plants, following a "green wave" of grass growth along their flyway to fuel migration and reproduction. The effects of climate warming on forage plant growth are expected to be larger at the Arctic breeding grounds than in temperate wintering grounds, potentially disrupting this green wave and causing waterfowl to mistime their arrival on the breeding grounds. We studied the potential effect of climate warming on timing of food peaks along the migratory flyway of the Russian population of barnacle geese using a warming experiment with open-top chambers...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428847/lichen-acclimation-to-changing-environments-photobiont-switching-vs-climate-specific-uniqueness-in-psora-decipiens
#20
Laura Williams, Claudia Colesie, Anna Ullmann, Martin Westberg, Mats Wedin, Burkhard Büdel
Unraveling the complex relationship between lichen fungal and algal partners has been crucial in understanding lichen dispersal capacity, evolutionary processes, and responses in the face of environmental change. However, lichen symbiosis remains enigmatic, including the ability of a single fungal partner to associate with various algal partners. Psora decipiens is a characteristic lichen of biological soil crusts (BSCs), across semi-arid, temperate, and alpine biomes, which are particularly susceptible to habitat loss and climate change...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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