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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898828/population-structure-in-the-model-grass-is-highly-correlated-with-flowering-differences-across-broad-geographic-areas
#1
Ludmila Tyler, Scott J Lee, Nelson D Young, Gregory A DeIulio, Elena Benavente, Michael Reagon, Jessica Sysopha, Riccardo M Baldini, Angelo Troìa, Samuel P Hazen, Ana L Caicedo
The small, annual grass (L.) Beauv., a close relative of wheat ( L.) and barley ( L.), is a powerful model system for cereals and bioenergy grasses. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of natural variation can elucidate the genetic basis of complex traits but have been so far limited in by the lack of large numbers of well-characterized and sufficiently diverse accessions. Here, we report on genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) of 84 , seven , and three accessions with diverse geographic origins including Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Spain, and Turkey...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888547/towards-a-whole-genome-sequence-for-rye-secale-cereale-l
#2
Eva Bauer, Thomas Schmutzer, Ivan Barilar, Martin Mascher, Heidrun Gundlach, Mihaela M Martis, Sven O Twardziok, Bernd Hackauf, Andres Gordillo, Peer Wilde, Malthe Schmidt, Viktor Korzun, Klaus F X Mayer, Karl Schmid, Chris-Carolin Schön, Uwe Scholz
We report on a whole-genome draft sequence of rye (Secale cereale L.). Rye is a diploid Triticeae species closely related to wheat and barley and an important crop for food and feed in Central and Eastern Europe. Through whole-genome shotgun (WGS) sequencing of the 7.9 Gbp genome of the winter rye inbred line Lo7 we obtained a de novo assembly represented by 1.29 million scaffolds covering a total length of 2.8 Gbp. Our reference sequence represents nearly the entire low-copy portion of the rye genome. This genome assembly was used to predict 27,784 rye gene models based on homology to sequenced grass genomes...
November 26, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875982/comparative-genomics-to-explore-phylogenetic-relationship-cryptic-sexual-potential-and-host-specificity-of-rhynchosporium-species-on-grasses
#3
Daniel Penselin, Martin Münsterkötter, Susanne Kirsten, Marius Felder, Stefan Taudien, Matthias Platzer, Kevin Ashelford, Konrad H Paskiewicz, Richard J Harrison, David J Hughes, Thomas Wolf, Ekaterina Shelest, Jenny Graap, Jan Hoffmann, Claudia Wenzel, Nadine Wöltje, Kevin M King, Bruce D L Fitt, Ulrich Güldener, Anna Avrova, Wolfgang Knogge
BACKGROUND: The Rhynchosporium species complex consists of hemibiotrophic fungal pathogens specialized to different sweet grass species including the cereal crops barley and rye. A sexual stage has not been described, but several lines of evidence suggest the occurrence of sexual reproduction. Therefore, a comparative genomics approach was carried out to disclose the evolutionary relationship of the species and to identify genes demonstrating the potential for a sexual cycle. Furthermore, due to the evolutionary very young age of the five species currently known, this genus appears to be well-suited to address the question at the molecular level of how pathogenic fungi adapt to their hosts...
November 22, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862368/effects-of-heat-treatment-on-protein-feeds-evaluated-in%C3%A2-vitro-by-the-method-of-estimating-utilisable-crude-protein-at-the-duodenum
#4
M Vaga, M Hetta, P Huhtanen
The effect of heat treatment on the protein value of field beans, lupins and peas was studied using an in vitro method. Protein feeds were subjected to heat treatment for 30, 60 and 90 min in forced air oven at 120, 140 and 160 °C and in autoclave at 105, 120 and 135 °C. The heat-treated protein feeds were incubated in buffered rumen fluid together with grass silage and barley in complete isonitrogenous diets. The gas production (GP) was recorded continuously, and ammonia-N (NH3 -N) concentrations were determined during the in vitro incubation at 8, 24 and 48 h and used to determine the utilisable crude protein (uCP) at the duodenum at 16 h of incubation (uCP16 )...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815966/microrna-mediated-regulation-of-flower-development-in-grasses
#5
Aleksandra Smoczynska, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska
Flower structure in grasses is very unique. There are no petals or sepals like in eudicots but instead flowers develop bract-like structures - palea and lemma. Reproductive organs are enclosed by round lodicule that not only protects reproductive organs but also plays an important role during flower opening. The first genetic model for floral organ development was proposed 25 years ago and it was based on the research on model eudicots. Since then, studies have been carried out to answer the question whether this model could be applicable in the case of monocots...
November 4, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776481/mitochondrial-genome-sequences-from-wild-and-cultivated-barley-hordeum-vulgare
#6
Hiroshi Hisano, Mai Tsujimura, Hideya Yoshida, Toru Terachi, Kazuhiro Sato
BACKGROUND: Sequencing analysis of mitochondrial genomes is important for understanding the evolution and genome structures of various plant species. Barley is a self-pollinated diploid plant with seven chromosomes comprising a large haploid genome of 5.1 Gbp. Wild barley (Hordeum vulgare ssp. spontaneum) and cultivated barley (H. vulgare ssp. vulgare) have cross compatibility and closely related genomes, although a significant number of nucleotide polymorphisms have been reported between their genomes...
October 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775498/virulence-and-molecular-characterization-of-experimental-isolates-of-the-stripe-rust-pathogen-puccinia-striiformis-indicate-somatic-recombination
#7
Yu Lei, Meinan Wang, Anmin Wan, Chongjing Xia, Deven R See, Min Zhang, Xianming Chen
Puccinia striiformis causes stripe rust on wheat, barley, and grasses. Natural population studies have indicated that somatic recombination plays a possible role in P. striiformis variation. To determine if somatic recombination can occur, susceptible wheat or barley plants were inoculated with mixed urediniospores of paired isolates of P. striiformis. Progeny isolates were selected by passing through a series of inoculations of wheat or barley genotypes. Potential recombinant isolates were compared with the parental isolates on the set of 18 wheat and/or 12 barley genotypes that are used to differentiate races of P...
October 24, 2016: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771583/the-characterization-of-the-adaptive-responses-of-durum-wheat-to-different-fe-availability-highlights-an-optimum-fe-requirement-threshold
#8
Silvia Celletti, Youry Pii, Tanja Mimmo, Stefano Cesco, Stefania Astolfi
Plant mechanisms responding to iron (Fe) deficiency have been widely described; it is well known that Strategy II plants, as durum wheat, cope with this stress by increasing both the synthesis and secretion of phytosiderophores (PS). The important contribution of the sulfate assimilatory pathway has been also demonstrated to improve Fe use efficiency in several grasses, such as maize, barley and wheat, most likely because PS are produced from nicotianamine, whose precursor is methionine. Here, the physiological response of durum wheat (T...
October 13, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742753/genetic-architecture-of-flowering-time-variation-in-brachypodium-distachyon
#9
Daniel Woods, Ryland Bednarek, Frédéric Bouché, Sean Gordon, John P Vogel, David F Garvin, Richard M Amasino
The transition to reproductive development is a crucial step in the plant life cycle, and the timing of this transition is an important factor in crop yields. Here, we report new insights into the genetic control of natural variation in flowering time in Brachypodium distachyon, a non-domesticated pooid grass closely related to cereals such as wheat and barley. A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from a cross between the rapid-flowering accession Bd21 and the delayed-flowering accession Bd1-1 were grown in a variety of environmental conditions to enable exploration of the genetic architecture of flowering time...
October 14, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729435/recurrence-of-chromosome-rearrangements-and-reuse-of-dna-breakpoints-in-the-evolution-of-the-triticeae-genomes
#10
Wanlong Li, Ghana S Challa, Huilan Zhu, Wenjie Wei
Chromosomal rearrangements (CRs) play important roles in karyotype diversity and speciation. While many CR breakpoints have been characterized at the sequence level in yeast, insects and primates, little is known about the structure of evolutionary CR breakpoints in plant genomes, which are much more dynamic in genome size and sequence organization. Here, we report identification of breakpoints of a translocation between chromosome arms 4L and 5L of Triticeae, which is fixed in several species including diploid wheat and rye, by comparative mapping and comparative analysis of the draft genome and chromosome survey sequences of the Triticeae species...
October 11, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27599761/dna-transposon-activity-is-associated-with-increased-mutation-rates-in-genes-of-rice-and-other-grasses
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Thomas Wicker, Yeisoo Yu, Georg Haberer, Klaus F X Mayer, Pradeep Reddy Marri, Steve Rounsley, Mingsheng Chen, Andrea Zuccolo, Olivier Panaud, Rod A Wing, Stefan Roffler
DNA (class 2) transposons are mobile genetic elements which move within their 'host' genome through excising and re-inserting elsewhere. Although the rice genome contains tens of thousands of such elements, their actual role in evolution is still unclear. Analysing over 650 transposon polymorphisms in the rice species Oryza sativa and Oryza glaberrima, we find that DNA repair following transposon excisions is associated with an increased number of mutations in the sequences neighbouring the transposon. Indeed, the 3,000 bp flanking the excised transposons can contain over 10 times more mutations than the genome-wide average...
2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27593392/acute-photosensitisation-and-mortality-in-a-herd-of-dairy-cattle-in-tasmania
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H M Golder, N Moss, G Rogers, B Jackson, N Gannon, Ptw Wong, I J Lean
CASE HISTORY: A herd of Holstein, Jersey, or Holstein-Jersey cross lactating cattle of mixed ages presented with a sudden drop in milk yield in 94/678 cows on 3 October 2014 (Day 0). The herd was located in Gretna in the Derwent Valley (Tasmania, Australia) and had been grazing dryland pasture. CLINICAL FINDINGS: On Day 0 the cows variably showed recumbency, peracute photosensitisation, inflamed coronary bands, conjunctival erythema, periauricular oedema, distress indicated by kicking at the flank, bruxism, discomfort, weight shifting, vocalisation indicating pain and depression...
October 2, 2016: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27570542/functional-characterization-of-the-native-swollenin-from-trichoderma-reesei-study-of-its-possible-role-as-c1-factor-of-enzymatic-lignocellulose-conversion
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Manuel Eibinger, Karin Sigl, Jürgen Sattelkow, Thomas Ganner, Jonas Ramoni, Bernhard Seiboth, Harald Plank, Bernd Nidetzky
BACKGROUND: Through binding to cellulose, expansin-like proteins are thought to loosen the structural order of crystalline surface material, thus making it more accessible for degradation by hydrolytic enzymes. Swollenin SWO1 is the major expansin-like protein from the fungus Trichoderma reesei. Here, we have performed a detailed characterization of a recombinant native form of SWO1 with respect to its possible auxiliary role in the enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic substrates...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27565790/fractional-factorial-design-based-optimisation-and-application-of-an-extraction-and-uplc-ms-ms-detection-method-for-the-quantification-of-phytosterols-in-food-feed-and-beverages-low-in-phytosterols
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Anneleen I Decloedt, Anita Van Landschoot, Lynn Vanhaecke
Phytosterols are ubiquitous in plants, as they play an important role in cell membrane stability and as signal transducers. Over the last few decades, scientific interest in phytosterols has significantly increased. Most of the interest has focused on the cholesterol-lowering properties of phytosterols, but they may also interfere with endogenous steroid hormone synthesis. Despite this dual interest in phytosterols, accurate and fully validated methods for the quantification of phytosterols in food and feed samples are scarce...
November 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27477889/accumulation-persistence-and-effects-of-indospicine-residues-in-camels-fed-indigofera-plant
#15
Eddie T T Tan, Rafat Al Jassim, A Judy Cawdell-Smith, Selina M Ossedryver, Bruce R D'Arcy, Mary T Fletcher
Indospicine (l-2-amino-6-amidinohexanoic acid) is a natural hepatotoxin found in all parts of some Indigofera plants such as Indigofera linnaei and Indigofera spicata. Several studies have documented a susceptibility to this hepatotoxin in different species of animals, including cattle, sheep, dogs, and rats, which are associated with mild to severe liver disease after prolonged ingestion. However, there is little published data on the effects of this hepatotoxin in camels, even though Indigofera plants are known to be palatable to camels in central Australia...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27474116/evidence-for-an-early-origin-of-vernalization-responsiveness-in-temperate-pooideae-grasses
#16
Meghan McKeown, Marian Schubert, Thomas Marcussen, Siri Fjellheim, Jill C Preston
The ability of plants to match their reproductive output with favorable environmental conditions has major consequences both for lifetime fitness and geographic patterns of diversity. In temperate ecosystems, some plant species have evolved the ability to use winter nonfreezing cold (vernalization) as a cue to ready them for spring flowering. However, it is unknown how important the evolution of vernalization responsiveness has been for the colonization and subsequent diversification of taxa within the northern and southern temperate zones...
September 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27446180/new-insights-on-drought-stress-response-by-global-investigation-of-gene-expression-changes-in-sheepgrass-leymus-chinensis
#17
Pincang Zhao, Panpan Liu, Guangxiao Yuan, Junting Jia, Xiaoxia Li, Dongmei Qi, Shuangyan Chen, Tian Ma, Gongshe Liu, Liqin Cheng
Water is a critical environmental factor that restricts the geographic distribution of plants. Sheepgrass [Leymus chinensis, (Trin.) Tzvel] is an important forage grass in the Eurasia Steppe and a close germplasm for wheat and barley. This native grass adapts well to adverse environments such as cold, salinity, alkalinity and drought, and it can survive when the soil moisture may be less than 6% in dry seasons. However, little is known about how sheepgrass tolerates water stress at the molecular level. Here, drought stress experiment and RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) was performed in three pools of RNA samples (control, drought stress, and rewatering)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27428749/genomic-analysis-of-6-000-year-old-cultivated-grain-illuminates-the-domestication-history-of-barley
#18
Martin Mascher, Verena J Schuenemann, Uri Davidovich, Nimrod Marom, Axel Himmelbach, Sariel Hübner, Abraham Korol, Michal David, Ella Reiter, Simone Riehl, Mona Schreiber, Samuel H Vohr, Richard E Green, Ian K Dawson, Joanne Russell, Benjamin Kilian, Gary J Muehlbauer, Robbie Waugh, Tzion Fahima, Johannes Krause, Ehud Weiss, Nils Stein
The cereal grass barley was domesticated about 10,000 years before the present in the Fertile Crescent and became a founder crop of Neolithic agriculture. Here we report the genome sequences of five 6,000-year-old barley grains excavated at a cave in the Judean Desert close to the Dead Sea. Comparison to whole-exome sequence data from a diversity panel of present-day barley accessions showed the close affinity of ancient samples to extant landraces from the Southern Levant and Egypt, consistent with a proposed origin of domesticated barley in the Upper Jordan Valley...
September 2016: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27394939/prepartum-concentrate-supplementation-of-a-diet-based-on-medium-quality-grass-silage-effects-on-performance-health-fertility-metabolic-function-and-immune-function-of-low-body-condition-score-cows
#19
M W Little, N E O'Connell, M D Welsh, J Barley, K G Meade, C P Ferris
When cows with a "higher" body condition score (BCS) are oversupplied with energy during the dry period, postpartum energy balance is normally reduced, which can have a detrimental effect on immune competence and increase the infectious disease risk. However, within grassland-based systems higher yielding cows frequently have a low BCS at drying off. The effects on performance, health, and metabolic and immune functions of providing additional energy to cows with low BCS during the dry period is less certain...
September 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27379028/supersaturation-of-dissolved-hydrogen-and-methane-in-rumen-of-tibetan-sheep
#20
Min Wang, Emilio M Ungerfeld, Rong Wang, Chuan She Zhou, Zhu Zha Basang, Si Man Ao, Zhi Liang Tan
Hydrogen (H2) is an essential substrate for methanogens to produce methane (CH4), and also influences pathways of volatile fatty acids (VFA) production in the rumen. Dissolved H2 (H2 (aq)) is the form of H2 available to microbes, and dissolved CH4 (CH4 (aq)) is important for indicating methanogens activity. Rumen H2 (aq) concentration has been estimated by assuming equilibrium with headspace gaseous H2 (H2 (g)) concentration using Henry's law, and has also been directly measured in the liquid phase in some in vitro and in vivo experiments...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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