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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
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Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545209/the-footprint-of-marginal-agriculture-in-the-mediterranean-mountain-landscape-an-analysis-of-the-central-spanish-pyrenees
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T Lasanta, E Nadal-Romero, M P Errea
Agriculture forms an essential part of the mountains of the Mediterranean. For centuries, large areas were cultivated to feed the local population, with highly marginal slopes being tilled at times of heavy demographic pressure, using the shifting agriculture system. A great deal of agricultural land was abandoned during the 20th century, giving rise to secondary succession processes that tend to eliminate the agricultural footprint. However, revegetation is a highly complex process leading to areas with dense, well-structured plant cover, and other open areas of scrubland...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545206/the-performance-of-an-efficient-dairy-system-using-a-combination-of-nitrogen-leaching-mitigation-strategies-in-a-variable-climate
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P C Beukes, A J Romera, P Gregorini, K A Macdonald, C B Glassey, M A Shepherd
An efficient dairy system, that implemented a combination of nitrogen (N) leaching mitigation strategies including lower N fertilizer input, standing cows off pasture for part of the day in autumn and winter (stand-off), and importing limited amounts of low protein supplements was evaluated over four consecutive years of a farmlet study. This efficient system consistently demonstrated a lower measured annual N leaching of 40 to 50% compared with a baseline system representing current practice with no mitigations...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545153/polyphenols-and-iugr-pregnancies-maternal-hydroxytyrosol-supplementation-improves-prenatal-and-early-postnatal-growth-and-metabolism-of-the-offspring
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Marta Vazquez-Gomez, Consolación Garcia-Contreras, Laura Torres-Rovira, José Luis Pesantez, Pedro Gonzalez-Añover, Ernesto Gomez-Fidalgo, Raúl Sanchez-Sanchez, Cristina Ovilo, Beatriz Isabel, Susana Astiz, Antonio Gonzalez-Bulnes
Hydroxytyrosol is a polyphenol with antioxidant, metabolism-regulatory, anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulatory properties. The present study aimed to determine whether supplementing the maternal diet with hydroxytyrosol during pregnancy can improve pre- and early post-natal developmental patterns and metabolic traits of the offspring. Experiment was performed in Iberian sows fed a restricted diet in order to increase the risk of IUGR. Ten sows were treated daily with 1.5 mg of hydroxytyrosol per kg of feed between Day 35 of pregnancy (30% of total gestational period) until delivery whilst 10 animals were left untreated as controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545102/effect-of-dietary-restriction-and-subsequent-re-alimentation-on-the-transcriptional-profile-of-bovine-ruminal-epithelium
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Kate Keogh, Sinead M Waters, Paul Cormican, Alan K Kelly, Emma O'Shea, David A Kenny
Compensatory growth (CG) is utilised worldwide in beef production systems as a management approach to reduce feed costs. However the underlying biology regulating the expression of CG remains to be fully elucidated. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of dietary restriction and subsequent re-alimentation induced CG on the global gene expression profile of ruminal epithelial papillae. Holstein Friesian bulls (n = 60) were assigned to one of two groups: restricted feed allowance (RES; n = 30) for 125 days (Period 1) followed by ad libitum access to feed for 55 days (Period 2) or (ii) ad libitum access to feed throughout (ADLIB; n = 30)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545095/feeding-on-dispersed-vs-aggregated-particles-the-effect-of-zooplankton-feeding-behavior-on-vertical-flux
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Marja Koski, Julia Boutorh, Christina de la Rocha
Zooplankton feeding activity is hypothesized to attenuate the downward flux of elements in the ocean. We investigated whether the zooplankton community composition could influence the flux attenuation, due to the differences of feeding modes (feeding on dispersed vs. aggregated particles) and of metabolic rates. We fed 5 copepod species-three calanoid, one harpacticoid and one poecilamastoid-microplankton food, in either dispersed or aggregated form and measured rates of respiration, fecal pellet production and egg production...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545090/neotropical-bats-that-co-habit-with-humans-function-as-dead-end-hosts-for-dengue-virus
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Amanda Vicente-Santos, Andres Moreira-Soto, Claudio Soto-Garita, Luis Guillermo Chaverri, Andrea Chaves, Jan Felix Drexler, Juan Alberto Morales, Alejandro Alfaro-Alarcón, Bernal Rodríguez-Herrera, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar
Several studies have shown Dengue Virus (DENV) nucleic acids and/or antibodies present in Neotropical wildlife including bats, suggesting that some bat species may be susceptible to DENV infection. Here we aim to elucidate the role of house-roosting bats in the DENV transmission cycle. Bats were sampled in households located in high and low dengue incidence regions during rainy and dry seasons in Costa Rica. We captured 318 bats from 12 different species in 29 households. Necropsies were performed in 205 bats to analyze virus presence in heart, lung, spleen, liver, intestine, kidney, and brain tissue...
May 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545061/microbiota-induced-peritrophic-matrix-regulates-midgut-homeostasis-and-prevents-systemic-infection-of-malaria-vector-mosquitoes
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Faye H Rodgers, Mathilde Gendrin, Claudia A S Wyer, George K Christophides
Manipulation of the mosquito gut microbiota can lay the foundations for novel methods for disease transmission control. Mosquito blood feeding triggers a significant, transient increase of the gut microbiota, but little is known about the mechanisms by which the mosquito controls this bacterial growth whilst limiting inflammation of the gut epithelium. Here, we investigate the gut epithelial response to the changing microbiota load upon blood feeding in the malaria vector Anopheles coluzzii. We show that the synthesis and integrity of the peritrophic matrix, which physically separates the gut epithelium from its luminal contents, is microbiota dependent...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544999/mercury-bioaccumulation-in-offshore-reef-fishes-from-waters-of-the-southeastern-usa
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Wiley Sinkus, Virginia Shervette, Joseph Ballenger, Lou Ann Reed, Craig Plante, Byron White
Mercury (Hg) concentrations and nitrogen (δ(15)N) and carbon (δ(13)C) stable isotopic ratios were measured to assess differences in Hg bioaccumulation in four predatory fish species (Mycteroperca microlepis, Lutjanus campechanus, Caulolatilus microps, and Serioli dumerili) of high commercial and recreational importance in Atlantic waters of the southeastern US. Positive relationships existed between Hg and length, weight, and age, for all species, strongest for M. microlepis and L. campechanus. Intraspecific Hg concentrations also strongly correlated with δ(15)N for all species, and δ(13)C for only L...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544902/extraction-and-applications-of-cyanotoxins-and-other-cyanobacterial-secondary-metabolites
#10
REVIEW
Fatima Haque, Sara Banayan, Josephine Yee, Yi Wai Chiang
The rapid proliferation of cyanobacteria in bodies of water has caused cyanobacterial blooms, which have become an increasing cause of concern, largely due to the presence of toxic secondary metabolites (or cyanotoxins). Cyanotoxins are the toxins produced by cyanobacteria that may be harmful to surrounding wildlife. They include hepatotoxins, neurotoxins and dermatotoxins, and are classified based on the organs they affect. There are also non-toxic secondary metabolites that include chelators and UV-absorbing compounds...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544535/%C3%AE-cryptoxanthin-exerts-greater-cardioprotective-effects-on-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-than-astaxanthin-by-attenuating-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-mice
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Wanpitak Pongkan, Osamu Takatori, Yinhua Ni, Liang Xu, Naoto Nagata, Siriporn C Chattipakorn, Soichiro Usui, Shuichi Kaneko, Masayuki Takamura, Minoru Sugiura, Nipon Chattipakorn, Tsuguhito Ota
SCOPE: β-Cryptoxanthin and astaxanthin are antioxidant carotenoid pigments that inhibit lipid peroxidation as potently as vitamin E. We hypothesized that acute treatment with β-cryptoxanthin and astaxanthin causes similar reductions in the sizes of cardiac infarcts caused by ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury by attenuating oxidative stress and cardiac mitochondrial dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6 mice (n = 36) were randomized to receive vehicle, β-cryptoxanthin, astaxanthin or vitamin E at 50 mg/kg by gavage feeding prior to I/R injury...
May 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544390/phenotypic-plasticity-and-remodeling-in-the-stress-induced-caenorhabditis-elegans-dauer
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REVIEW
Rebecca J Androwski, Kristen M Flatt, Nathan E Schroeder
Organisms are often capable of modifying their development to better suit their environment. Under adverse conditions, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans develops into a stress-resistant alternative larval stage called dauer. The dauer stage is the primary survival stage for C. elegans in nature. Large-scale tissue remodeling during dauer conveys resistance to harsh environments. The environmental and genetic regulation of the decision to enter dauer has been extensively studied. However, less is known about the mechanisms regulating tissue remodeling...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544086/effect-of-probiotic-supplementation-and-genotype-on-growth-performance-carcass-traits-hematological-parameters-and-immunity-of-growing-rabbits-under-hot-environmental-conditions
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Moataz Fathi, Magdy Abdelsalam, Ibrahim Al-Homidan, Tarek Ebeid, Mohamed El-Zarei, Osama Abou-Emera
The effect of dietary inclusion of probiotics and genetic groups on rabbit performance under hot environmental conditions was studied. A total of 80 rabbits aged 8 weeks were distributed into a completely randomized design in a 4 × 3 factorial arrangement, including four genetic groups and three concentrations of dietary probiotic (0, 200 and 400 g/t feed). The utilized probiotic contained 4 × 10(9)  colony-forming units/g of Bacillus subtilis. Jabali local breed (J), imported Spanish V-line (V) and their crossbreds (¼J¾V and ¾J¼V) were included in the current study...
May 22, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544017/evaluation-of-canine-adverse-food-reactions-by-patch-testing-with-single-proteins-single-carbohydrates-and-commercial-foods
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Cornelia Johansen, Claire Mariani, Ralf S Mueller
BACKGROUND: Adverse food reaction (AFR) is an important differential diagnosis for the pruritic dog. It is usually diagnosed by feeding an elimination diet with a novel protein and carbohydrate source for eight weeks followed by subsequent food provocation. A previous study demonstrated that patch testing dogs with foods had a high sensitivity and negative predictability for selection of elimination diet ingredients. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate patch testing with proteins, carbohydrates and dry commercial dog food in dogs to determine whether there was value in patch testing to aid the diagnosis of canine adverse food reaction...
May 22, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543936/counselling-parents-on-young-children-s-healthy-diet-a-modified-scoping-review
#15
REVIEW
Bettina Holmberg Fagerlund, Sølvi Helseth, Jenny Owe, Kari Glavin
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To map and describe key information in existing research about counselling of parents of children aged 0-2 years on the child's healthy diet in preventive health care settings, particularly in public health nursing. BACKGROUND: Many parents are likely to be concerned with their infant's food-related happiness "here and now", disregarding the child's long-term health and development related to feeding practices. Hence, a focus on counselling parents in considering young children's healthy diet is important...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543918/gut-microbiota-of-the-pine-weevil-degrades-conifer-diterpenes-and-increases-insect-fitness
#16
Aileen Berasategui, Hassan Salem, Christian Paetz, Maricel Santoro, Jonathan Gershenzon, Martin Kaltenpoth, Axel Schmdit
The pine weevil (Hylobius abietis), a major pest of conifer forests throughout Europe, feeds on the bark and cambium, tissues rich in terpenoid resins that are toxic to many insect herbivores. Here we report the ability of the pine weevil gut microbiota to degrade the diterpene acids of Norway spruce. The diterpene acid levels present in ingested bark were substantially reduced on passage through the pine weevil gut. This reduction was significantly less upon antibiotic treatment, and supplementing the diet with gut suspensions from untreated insects restored the ability to degrade diterpenes...
May 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543664/comparison-of-male-conflict-behavior-in-chimpanzees-pan-troglodytes-and-bonobos-pan-paniscus-with-specific-regard-to-coalition-and-post-conflict-behavior
#17
Martin Surbeck, Christophe Boesch, Cédric Girard-Buttoz, Catherine Crockford, Gottfried Hohmann, Roman M Wittig
Coalitions among males during within group conflicts have a strong influence on the competitive and social environment within social groups. To evaluate possible variation in the occurrence of such coalitions in our closest relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, we compared male aggression and coalitionary behavior in two natural communities, one of each species, with a similar size and composition. Furthermore we compared affiliative behavior that might be related to coalition formation among males. We found higher frequencies of aggression and a greater likelihood to form coalitions during within-group conflicts among wild male chimpanzees at Taï compared to wild male bonobos at LuiKotale...
June 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543657/ethical-principles-process-and-the-work-of-bioethics-commissions
#18
Daniel P Sulmasy
Shortly after the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues was constituted in 2010 and days before the commission members were to join a conference call to discuss possible topics for their deliberation, Craig Venter held a press conference announcing that his lab had created a synthetic chromosome for a species of mycoplasma and had inserted this genetic material into organisms of another species of mycoplasma (the genes of which had been deactivated), transforming the host species into the donor species...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543631/a-three-dimensional-placoderm-stem-group-gnathostome-pharyngeal-skeleton-and-its-implications-for-primitive-gnathostome-pharyngeal-architecture
#19
Martin D Brazeau, Matt Friedman, Anna Jerve, Robert C Atwood
The pharyngeal skeleton is a key vertebrate anatomical system in debates on the origin of jaws and gnathostome (jawed vertebrate) feeding. Furthermore, it offers considerable potential as a source of phylogenetic data. Well-preserved examples of pharyngeal skeletons from stem-group gnathostomes remain poorly known. Here, we describe an articulated, nearly complete pharyngeal skeleton in an Early Devonian placoderm fish, Paraplesiobatis heinrichsi Broili, from Hunsrück Slate of Germany. Using synchrotron light tomography, we resolve and reconstruct the three-dimensional gill arch architecture of Paraplesiobatis and compare it with other gnathostomes...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543446/amyloid-%C3%AE-plaque-reduction-with-antibodies-crossing-the-blood-brain-barrier-which-was-opened-in-3-sessions-of-focused-ultrasound-in-a-rabbit-model
#20
Tereza Alecou, Marinos Giannakou, Christakis Damianou
OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to remove amyloid β plaques by applying multiple sessions of focused ultrasound (US)-induced blood-brain barrier (BBB) opening using microbubbles with and without delivery of antibodies in a rabbit model. METHODS: The animal model was achieved by feeding a high-cholesterol diet to rabbits for 4 months. Fifty-two New Zealand White rabbits were divided into treatment groups: untreated control, high-cholesterol diet only, antibodies only, focused US only, and focused US and antibodies...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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