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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647548/the-bioeconomy-in-poland-within-the-context-of-the-european-union
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Ewa Woźniak, Tomasz Twardowski
This article outlines the potential of the development of bioeconomy in Poland in the context of the European Union (EU). The analyses take into account the concept of bioeconomy, the overview of documents referring to the bioeconomy in the EU, including policy frameworks and agendas. Many countries including Poland emphasise the importance of bioeconomy, but have not yet developed a complex strategy. The state of bioeconomy in Poland is characterised by the sectors of agriculture, forestry and food production, as well as parts of the chemical, biotechnology and energy industries...
June 21, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647223/fluid-dynamics-model-on-fluidized-bed-gasifier-using-agro-industrial-biomass-as-fuel
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Tamer M Ismail, M Abd El-Salam, Eliseu Monteiro, Abel Rouboa
The present study shows the experimental and numerical results of thermal gasification of biomass, on the energy potential of agro-industrial waste from the Portalegre region. Gasification tests were performed in a pilot-scale fluidized bed gasifier, in order to study the behavior of peach stones and miscanthus to investigate the effect of gasification temperatures at 750°C, 800°C and 850°C at a constant biomass flow rate of 45kg/h. In order to optimize the operating conditions of the biomass gasification process, a numerical model is developed namely COMMENT code...
June 21, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638092/from-shifting-cultivation-to-teak-plantation-effect-on-overland-flow-and-sediment-yield-in-a-montane-tropical-catchment
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Olivier Ribolzi, Olivier Evrard, Sylvain Huon, Anneke de Rouw, Norbert Silvera, Keo Oudone Latsachack, Bounsamai Soulileuth, Irène Lefèvre, Alain Pierret, Guillaume Lacombe, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Christian Valentin
Soil erosion supplies large quantities of sediments to rivers of Southeastern Asia. It reduces soil fertility of agro-ecosystems located on hillslopes, and it degrades, downstream, water resource quality and leads to the siltation of reservoirs. An increase in the surface area covered with commercial perennial monocultures such as teak plantations is currently observed at the expanse of traditional slash-and-burn cultivation systems in steep montane environments of these regions. The impacts of land-use change on the hydrological response and sediment yields have been investigated in a representative catchment of Laos monitored for 13 years...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636431/enhanced-production-of-raw-starch-degrading-enzyme-using-agro-industrial-waste-mixtures-by-thermotolerant-rhizopus-microsporus-for-raw-cassava-chip-saccharification-in-ethanol-production
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Srisakul Trakarnpaiboon, Nantana Srisuk, Kuakoon Piyachomkwan, Kenji Sakai, Vichien Kitpreechavanich
In the present study, solid state fermentation for the production of raw starch degrading enzyme was investigated by thermotolerant Rhizopus microsporus TISTR 3531 using a combination of agro-industrial wastes as substrates. The obtained crude enzyme was applied for hydrolysis of raw cassava starch and chips at low temperature and subjected to non-sterile ethanol production using raw cassava chips. The agro-industrial wastes ratio was optimized using a simplex axial mixture design. The results showed that the substrate mixture consisting of rice bran: corncob: cassava bagasse at 8 g: 10 g: 2 g yielded the highest enzyme production of 201...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635103/uncovering-the-dispersion-history-adaptive-evolution-and-selection-of-wheat-in-china
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Yong Zhou, Zhongxu Chen, Mengping Cheng, Jian Chen, Tingting Zhu, Rui Wang, Yaxi Liu, Pengfei Qi, Guoyue Chen, Qiantao Jiang, Yuming Wei, Ming-Cheng Luo, Eviatar Nevo, Robin G Allaby, Dengcai Liu, Jirui Wang, Jan Dvorák, Youliang Zheng
Wheat was introduced to China approximately 4500 years ago, where it adapted over a span of time to various environments in agro-ecological growing zones. We investigated 717 Chinese and 14 Iranian/Turkish geographically diverse, locally adapted wheat landraces with 27,933 DArTseq (for 717 landraces) and 312,831 Wheat660K (for a subset of 285 landraces) markers. This study highlights the adaptive evolutionary history of wheat cultivation in China. Environmental stresses and independent selection efforts have resulted in considerable genome-wide divergence at the population level in Chinese wheat landraces...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634326/a-chrysoporthe-cubensis-enzyme-cocktail-produced-from-a-low-cost-carbon-source-with-high-biomass-hydrolysis-efficiency
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Thiago Rodrigues Dutra, Valéria Monteze Guimarães, Ednilson Mascarenhas Varela, Lílian da Silva Fialho, Adriane Maria Ferreira Milagres, Daniel Luciano Falkoski, José Cola Zanuncio, Sebastião Tavares de Rezende
Low cost and high efficiency cellulolytic cocktails can consolidate lignocellulosic ethanol technologies. Sugarcane bagasse (SCB) is a low cost agro-industrial residue, and its use as a carbon source can reduce the costs of fungi cultivation for enzyme production. Chrysoporthe cubensis grown under solid state fermentation (SSF) with wheat bran has potential to produce efficient enzymatic extracts for SCB saccharification. This fungus was grown under submersed fermentation (SmF) and SSF with in natura SCB, pretreated with acid or alkali and with others carbon sources...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628238/a-genome-wide-association-study-of-23-agronomic-traits-in-chinese-wheat-landraces
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Yaxi Liu, Yu Lin, Shang Gao, Zhanyi Li, Jian Ma, Mei Deng, Guoyue Chen, Yuming Wei, Youliang Zheng
Uncovering the genetic basis of agronomic traits in wheat landraces is important for ensuring global food security via the development of improved varieties. Here, 723 wheat landraces from 10 Chinese agro-ecological zones were evaluated for 23 agronomic traits in six environments. All accessions could be clustered into five subgroups based on phenotypic data via discriminant function analysis, which was highly consistent with genotypic classification. A genome-wide association study was conducted for these traits using 52,303 DArT-seq markers to identify marker-trait associations and candidate genes...
June 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624928/a-survey-analysis-of-indigenous-goat-production-in-communal-farming-systems-of-botswana
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P I Monau, C Visser, S J Nsoso, E Van Marle-Köster
A total of 153 communal farmers in four agro-ecological regions of Botswana were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. The aims of the survey were to characterise existing communal goat production systems, evaluate the importance of goats to farmers and identify breeding practices and constraints encountered in goat production in Botswana. Data was collected on socio-economic parameters, general and breeding management practices and major constraints limiting goat production in Botswana. All respondents were small-scale communal farmers with 63% respondents practising mixed crop-livestock farming and 37% keeping livestock as their primary activity...
June 17, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624927/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-for-bovine-brucellosis-in-domestic-yaks-bos-grunniens-in-tibet-china
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Jiangyong Zeng, Ciren Duoji, Zhenjie Yuan, Silang Yuzhen, Weixing Fan, Lili Tian, Chang Cai, Ian Robertson
A cross-sectional study was conducted in three counties (Damxung, Maizhokunggar and Yadong) in Tibet in April and May 2015. A total of 1,523 yaks owned by 181 herders were randomly selected and blood sampled. Sera were tested using the rose bengal test (RBT) and a competitive immune-enzymatic assay (C-ELISA) and the test results interpreted in parallel. The individual yak prevalence was 2.8% (95% CI 2.0-3.7) with a herd prevalence of 18.2% (95% CI 12.9-24.6). At the individual level, two predictor variables, age and production system, were significantly associated with seropositivity by a binary logistic regression analysis...
June 17, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621534/construction-of-an-immunized-rabbit-phage-display-library-for-selecting-high-activity-of-against-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1f-toxin-single-chain-antibodies
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Chongxin Xu, Cunzheng Zhang, Jianfeng Zhong, Hui Hu, Shimin Luo, Xiaoqin Liu, Xiao Zhang, Yuan Liu, Xianjin Liu
In the present study, a Cry1F-immunized rabbit phage display library (6.96×108) was constructed for selecting high activity of anti-Cry1F toxin single-chain antibody (scFv) by bio-panning. Total 16 positive monoclonal phage scFvs were obtained after 4 rounds panning which identified by enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA), PCR and DNA sequencing. The most positive phage scFv (named RF4) was expressed in E.coli.HB2151 and the purified soluble protein approximate 30 kDa with sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613932/nondestructive-quality-evaluation-of-agro-products-using-acoustic-vibration-methods-a-review
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Wen Zhang, Zhenzhen Lv, Shuangli Xiong
Quality evaluation of agro-products is quite important because it is the basis for growers, distributers and consumers. Various novel and emerging nondestructive methods were proposed for quality evaluation of agro-products. The acoustic vibration method is one of the major nondestructive methods for agro-products in pre- and postharvest research and industrial practice. Acoustic vibration characteristics of agro-products can be used for texture evaluation, prediction of optimum eating and harvest ripeness, ripeness classification and defect detection...
June 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613376/genetic-variability-of-garlic-accessions-as-revealed-by-agro-morphological-traits-evaluated-under-different-environments
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E S S Hoogerheide, J A Azevedo Filho, R Vencovsky, M I Zucchi, B W Zago, J B Pinheiro
The cultivated garlic (Allium sativum L.) displays a wide phenotypic diversity, which is derived from natural mutations and phenotypic plasticity, due to dependence on soil type, moisture, latitude, altitude and cultural practices, leading to a large number of cultivars. This study aimed to evaluate the genetic variability shown by 63 garlic accessions belonging to Instituto Agronômico de Campinas and the Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luiz de Queiroz" germplasm collections. We evaluated ten quantitative characters in experimental trials conducted under two localities of the State of São Paulo: Monte Alegre do Sul and Piracicaba, during the agricultural year of 2007, in a randomized blocks design with five replications...
May 31, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610997/identification-of-multienzymatic-complexes-in-the-clonostachys-byssicola-secretomes-produced-in-response-to-different-lignocellulosic-carbon-sources
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Helder Andrey Rocha Gomes, Adelson Joel da Silva, Diana Paola Gómez-Mendoza, Agenor Castro Moreira Dos Santos Júnior, Nicholas de Mojana di Cologna, Rosane Mansan Almeida, Robert Neil Gerard Miller, Wagner Fontes, Marcelo Valle de Sousa, Carlos André Ornelas Ricart, Edivaldo Ximenes Ferreira Filho
Multienzymatic complexes with plant lignocellulose-degrading activities have recently been identified in filamentous fungi secretomes. Such complexes have potential biotechnological applications in the degradation of agro-industrial residues. Fungal species from the Clonostachys genus have been intensively investigated as biocontrol agents; however so far their use as producers of lignocellulose-degrading enzymes has not been extensively explored. Secretomes of Clonostachys byssicola following growth on different carbon sources (passion fruit peel, soybean hulls, cotton gin trash, banana stalk, sugarcane bagasse, orange peel, and a composition of soybean hulls: cotton gin trash:orange peel) were subjected to enzymatic assays...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604800/characterising-variation-in-wheat-traits-under-hostile-soil-conditions-in-india
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Jaswant S Khokhar, Sindhu Sareen, Bhudeva S Tyagi, Gyanendra Singh, Apurba K Chowdhury, Tapamay Dhar, Vinod Singh, Ian P King, Scott D Young, Martin R Broadley
Intensive crop breeding has increased wheat yields and production in India. Wheat improvement in India typically involves selecting yield and component traits under non-hostile soil conditions at regional scales. The aim of this study is to quantify G*E interactions on yield and component traits to further explore site-specific trait selection for hostile soils. Field experiments were conducted at six sites (pH range 4.5-9.5) in 2013-14 and 2014-15, in three agro-climatic regions of India. At each site, yield and component traits were measured on 36 genotypes, representing elite varieties from a wide genetic background developed for different regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600796/efficacy-of-bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-as-biocontrol-agent-to-fight-fungal-diseases-of-maize-under-tropical-climates-from-lab-to-field-assays-in-south-kivu
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Parent Zihalirwa Kulimushi, Géant Chuma Basime, Gustave Mushagalusa Nachigera, Philippe Thonart, Marc Ongena
In the province of South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo), warm and humid climatic conditions favor the development and spreading of phytopathogens. The resulting diseases cause important losses in production both in crop and after harvest. In this study, we wanted to evaluate the potential of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens as biocontrol agent to fight some newly isolated endemic fungal pathogens infesting maize. The strain S499 has been selected based on its high in vitro antagonistic activity correlating with a huge potential to secrete fungitoxic lipopeptides upon feeding on maize root exudates...
June 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598399/a-weekly-indicator-of-surface-moisture-status-from-satellite-data-for-operational-monitoring-of-crop-conditions
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Francesco Nutini, Daniela Stroppiana, Lorenzo Busetto, Dario Bellingeri, Chiara Corbari, Marco Mancini, Enrico Zini, Pietro Alessandro Brivio, Mirco Boschetti
The triangle method has been applied to derive a weekly indicator of evaporative fraction on vegetated areas in a temperate region in Northern Italy. Daily MODIS Aqua Land Surface Temperature (MYD11A1) data has been combined with air temperature maps and 8-day composite MODIS NDVI (MOD13Q1/MYD13Q1) data to estimate the Evaporative Fraction (EF) at 1 km resolution, on a daily basis. Measurements at two eddy covariance towers located within the study area have been exploited to assess the reliability of satellite based EF estimations as well as the robustness of input data...
June 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591592/recombinant-thermo-alkali-stable-endoglucanase-of-myceliopthora-thermophila-bja-rmt-egl-biochemical-characteristics-and-applicability-in-enzymatic-saccharification-of-agro-residues
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Priya Phadtare, Swati Joshi, T Satyanarayana
Codon adaptation index (CAI) of a 1263bp long endoglucanase encoding gene from the thermophilic mould Myceliopthora thermophile BJA has been improved from 0.44 to 0.76 by in vitro gene synthesis. The codon optimized endoglucanase gene (Mt-egl) has been constitutively expressed in Pichia pastoris under the regulation of GAP promoter. Recombinant endoglucanase (rMt-egl), purified by size exclusion chromatography, has been confirmed to be a monomeric protein of ∼47kDa. rMt-egl is optimally active at pH 10 and 50°C, displaying stability in broad pH and temperature ranges, with a t1/2 of 60 and 15min at 90 and 100°C, respectively...
June 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587523/defatted-wheat-germ-application-influence-on-cookies-properties-with-regard-to-its-particle-size-and-dough-moisture-content
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Jovana Petrović, Dušan Rakić, Aleksandar Fišteš, Biljana Pajin, Ivana Lončarević, Vladimir Tomović, Danica Zarić
The introduction of agro-food industry by-products rich in bioactive compounds represents major challenge in food industry sector. The influence of wheat germ particle size (<150 µm, 150-1000 µm, and 800-2000 µm), wheat germ content (5, 10, and 15%), and dough moisture content (20, 22, and 24%) on chemical, textural, and sensory characteristics of cookies was investigated using the Box-Behnken experimental design. The substitution of wheat flour with wheat germ increased the protein, fat, mineral, and fiber content of the cookies...
January 1, 2017: Food Science and Technology International, Ciencia y Tecnología de Los Alimentos Internacional
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585172/identification-and-physiological-properties-of-a-nigerian-strain-of-volvariella-sp-isolated-from-oil-palm-waste
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A G Adewoyin, M Barooah, J K Oloke, S S Bora
Over the years several species of edible mushrooms have been collected for consumption from different agro-wastes in Nigeria. Identification of most of these mushrooms was often by morphological descriptive methods. This study reports the morphological study, physiological study and identification of a Nigerian wild strain of Volvariella sp. (VNW) isolated from discarded oil palm waste and three Indian commercial strains V11, V245 and V247 of V. volvacea. Effect of incubation temperatures and medium pH was investigated...
July 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584171/local-disease-ecosystem-livelihood-dynamics-reflections-from-comparative-case-studies-in-africa
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Melissa Leach, Bernard Bett, M Said, Salome Bukachi, Rosemary Sang, Neil Anderson, Noreen Machila, Joanna Kuleszo, Kathryn Schaten, Vupenyu Dzingirai, Lindiwe Mangwanya, Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Elaine Lawson, Kofi Amponsah-Mensah, Lina M Moses, Annie Wilkinson, Donald S Grant, James Koninga
This article explores the implications for human health of local interactions between disease, ecosystems and livelihoods. Five interdisciplinary case studies addressed zoonotic diseases in African settings: Rift Valley fever (RVF) in Kenya, human African trypanosomiasis in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Lassa fever in Sierra Leone and henipaviruses in Ghana. Each explored how ecological changes and human-ecosystem interactions affect pathogen dynamics and hence the likelihood of zoonotic spillover and transmission, and how socially differentiated peoples' interactions with ecosystems and animals affect their exposure to disease...
July 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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