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Terrestrial productivity

Gerald F Schneider, Alexander W Cheesman, Klaus Winter, Benjamin L Turner, Stephen Sitch, Thomas A Kursar
Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a major air pollutant and greenhouse gas, affecting carbon dynamics, ecological interactions, and agricultural productivity across continents and biomes. Elevated [O3] has been documented in tropical evergreen forests, the epicenters of terrestrial primary productivity and plant-consumer interactions. However, the effects of O3 on vegetation have not previously been studied in these forests. In this study, we quantified ambient O3 in a region shared by forests and urban/commercial zones in Panama and found levels two to three times greater than in remote tropical sites...
December 27, 2016: Chemosphere
Hongwei Pan, Huibin Yu, Yonghui Song, Lin Zhu, Ruixia Liu, Erdeng Du
Combination of fluorescence excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) and principal component analysis (PCA) was engaged to track fluorescent components of dissolved organic matter (DOM) extracted from soils, to seek potential factors, and to reveal their correlations with physico-chemical properties of soils. Soil samples at different depths were collected in Hetao irrigated area of Inner Mongolia, China. Five fluorescent components (C1 to C5) were identified by PARAFAC modeling of DOM extracted from the soil samples...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Sandra Lage, Linnea Ström, Anna Godhe, Sara Rydberg
β-N-methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA), a non-protein amino acid with neurodegenerative features, is known to be produced by cyanobacteria, diatoms and a dinoflagellate. BMAA research has intensified over the last decade, and knowledge has been gained about its bioaccumulation in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, toxic effects in model organisms and neurotoxicity in vivo and in vitro. Nevertheless, knowledge of the actual physiological role of BMAA in the producing species or of the ecological factors that regulate BMAA production is still lacking...
September 2016: Harmful Algae
Atsushi Kurotani, Yutaka Yamada, Tetsuya Sakurai
Algae are smaller organisms than land plants and offer clear advantages in research over terrestrial species in terms of rapid production, short generation time, and varied commercial applications. Thus, studies investigating the practical development of effective algal production are important and will improve our understanding of both, aquatic and terrestrial plants. In this study, we estimated multiple physicochemical and secondary structural properties of protein sequences, the predicted presence of post-translational modification (PTM) sites, and subcellular localization using a total of 510,123 protein sequences from the proteomes of 31 algae and three plant species...
January 9, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
K S Meyer
Most marine hard-bottom habitats are isolated, separated from other similar habitats by sand or mud flats, and can be considered analogous to terrestrial islands. The extensive scientific literature on terrestrial islands provides a theoretical framework for the analysis of isolated marine habitats. More individuals and higher species richness occur on larger marine substrata, a pattern that resembles terrestrial islands. However, while larger terrestrial islands have greater habitat diversity and productivity, the higher species richness on larger marine hard substrata can be explained by simple surface area and hydrodynamic phenomena: larger substrata extend further into the benthic boundary, exposing fauna to faster current and higher food supply...
2017: Advances in Marine Biology
Amanda Marchi Duarte de Oliveira, Milena Guedes Maniero, Caio Rodrigues-Silva, José Roberto Guimarães
Lomefloxacin (LOM) is a synthetic antimicrobial from the fluoroquinolone family (FQ) used as a veterinary and human drug. Once in the environment, LOM may pose a risk to aquatic and terrestrial microorganisms due to its antimicrobial activity. This study evaluated the effect of ozonation of LOM (500 μg L(-1)), the residual antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli and acute toxicity against Vibrio fischeri. In addition, degradation products were investigated by UHPLC-MS/MS and proposed. Ozonation was carried out varying the applied ozone dose from 0 to 54...
January 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Javier Agusti
Secondary xylem (wood) accounts for a large proportion of the terrestrial biomass. Understanding how secondary xylem develops and proliferates is a challenge to enhance our capacities for biomass production. Recent reports revealed that the plant hormone strigolactone is key for the development of secondary xylem. Here, I describe a protocol for strigolactone-mediated stimulation of secondary xylem proliferation in stems. The protocol has been tested in Arabidopsis and Eucalyptus and can be adjusted to other species...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Mariana Leivas Müller Hoff, Andrej Fabrizius, Nicole U Czech-Damal, Lars P Folkow, Thorsten Burmester
The brain of diving mammals tolerates low oxygen conditions better than the brain of most terrestrial mammals. Previously, it has been demonstrated that the neurons in brain slices of the hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) withstand hypoxia longer than those of mouse, and also tolerate reduced glucose supply and high lactate concentrations. This tolerance appears to be accompanied by a shift in the oxidative energy metabolism to the astrocytes in the seal while in terrestrial mammals the aerobic energy production mainly takes place in neurons...
2017: PloS One
John A Raven
Cl(-) is an essential micronutrient for oxygenic photolithotrophs. About half of global primary productivity is carried out by oxygenic photolithotrophs exposed to saline waters with Cl(-) concentrations orders of magnitude higher than that needed to satisfy the micronutrient requirement. The other half of primary productivity involves terrestrial and freshwater glycophytes sometimes in environments containing significantly more Cl(-) than is needed for the micronutrient requirement, but less than the toxic Cl(-) concentration for glycophytes...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Martin Hartmann, Ivano Brunner, Frank Hagedorn, Richard D Bardgett, Beat Stierli, Claude Herzog, Xiamei Chen, Andreas Zingg, Elisabeth Graf-Pannatier, Andreas Rigling, Beat Frey
The impact of climate change on the soil microbiome potentially alters the biogeochemical cycle of terrestrial ecosystems. In semi-arid environments, water availability is a major constraint on biogeochemical cycles due to the combination of high summer temperatures and low rainfall. Here, we explored how ten years of irrigation of a water-limited pine forest in the central European Alps altered the soil microbiome and associated ecosystem functioning. A decade of irrigation stimulated tree growth, resulting in higher crown cover, larger yearly increments of tree biomass, increased litter fall, and greater root biomass...
December 28, 2016: Molecular Ecology
James L Gray, Thomas Borch, Edward T Furlong, Jessica G Davis, Tracy J Yager, Yun-Ya Yang, Dana W Kolpin
The presence of anthropogenic contaminants such as antimicrobials, flame-retardants, and plasticizers in runoff from agricultural fields applied with municipal biosolids may pose a potential threat to the environment. This study assesses the potential for rainfall-induced runoff of 69 anthropogenic waste indicators (AWIs), widely found in household and industrial products, from biosolids amended field plots. The agricultural field containing the test plots was treated with biosolids for the first time immediately prior to this study...
December 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Lorraine Maltby, Mathew Jackson, Graham Whale, A Ross Brown, Mick Hamer, Andreas Solga, Patrick Kabouw, Richard Woods, Stuart Marshall
Clearly defined protection goals specifying what to protect, where and when, are required for designing scientifically sound risk assessments and effective risk management of chemicals. Environmental protection goals specified in EU legislation are defined in general terms, resulting in uncertainty in how to achieve them. In 2010, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a framework to identify more specific protection goals based on ecosystem services potentially affected by plant protection products...
December 23, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Silvia Panizzi, Nicoleta Alina Suciu, Marco Trevisan
Organisms are frequently exposed to mixtures of chemical contaminants in the environment, causing a potential "cocktail effect", or combined effect. The joint action of different molecules with similar or different modes of action could result in a potentially unlimited number of additives, synergistic or antagonistic combinations. Since the large number of contaminants makes it impossible to perform ecotoxicity tests for each potential mixture, a robust approach for prospective environmental risk assessment of chemical mixtures is needed...
December 21, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Yao Zhang, Xiangming Xiao, Luis Guanter, Sha Zhou, Philippe Ciais, Joanna Joiner, Stephen Sitch, Xiaocui Wu, Julia Nabel, Jinwei Dong, Etsushi Kato, Atul K Jain, Andy Wiltshire, Benjamin D Stocker
Carbon uptake by terrestrial ecosystems is increasing along with the rising of atmospheric CO2 concentration. Embedded in this trend, recent studies suggested that the interannual variability (IAV) of global carbon fluxes may be dominated by semi-arid ecosystems, but the underlying mechanisms of this high variability in these specific regions are not well known. Here we derive an ensemble of gross primary production (GPP) estimates using the average of three data-driven models and eleven process-based models...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
René S Shahmohamadloo, Linda Lissemore, Ryan S Prosser, Paul K Sibley
A growing body of evidence suggests that amending soil with biosolids can be an integral component of sustainable agriculture. Despite strong evidence supporting its beneficial use in agriculture, there are concerns that chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), could present a risk to terrestrial ecosystems and human health. Triclosan (TCS) is one of the most commonly detected compounds in biosolids. To date, laboratory studies indicate that TCS likely poses a de minimis risk to field crops; however, these studies were either conducted under unrealistic exposure conditions or only assessed one or two formulations of biosolids...
December 23, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Ivan Milosavljević, Aaron D Esser, Nilsa A Bosque-Pérez, David W Crowder
Across many ecosystems, increases in species biodiversity generally results in greater resource acquisition by consumers. Few studies examining the impacts of consumer diversity on resource capture have focused on terrestrial herbivores, however, especially taxa that feed belowground. Here we conducted field mesocosm experiments to examine the effects of variation in species richness and composition within a community of wireworm herbivores on wheat plant productivity. Our experiments involved wireworm communities consisting of between one and three species, with all possible combinations of species represented...
December 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alan K Knapp, Philippe Ciais, Melinda D Smith
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. Acknowledgements References SUMMARY: Precipitation (PPT) is a primary climatic determinant of plant growth and aboveground net primary production (ANPP) over much of the globe. Thus, PPT-ANPP relationships are important both ecologically and to land-atmosphere models that couple terrestrial vegetation to the global carbon cycle. Empirical PPT-ANPP relationships derived from long-term site-based data are almost always portrayed as linear, but recent evidence has accumulated that is inconsistent with an underlying linear relationship...
December 21, 2016: New Phytologist
A Alexandra Chudnovsky, Petros Koutrakis, Alex Kostinski, Susan P Proctor, Eric Garshick
: Satellite imaging has emerged as a method for monitoring regional air pollution and detecting areas of high dust concentrations. Unlike ground observations, continuous data monitoring is available with global coverage of terrestrial and atmospheric components. In this study we test the utility of different sources of satellite data to assess air pollution concentrations in Iraq. SeaWiFS and MODIS Deep Blue (DB) aerosol optical depth (AOD) products were evaluated and used to characterize the spatial and temporal pollution levels from the late 1990s through 2010...
January 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
K Ingemar Jönsson, Thomas L Hygum, Kasper N Andersen, Lykke K B Clausen, Nadja Møbjerg
Tardigrades belong to the most radiation tolerant animals on Earth, as documented by a number of studies using both low-LET and high-LET ionizing radiation. Previous studies have focused on semi-terrestrial species, which are also very tolerant to desiccation. The predominant view on the reason for the high radiation tolerance among these semi-terrestrial species is that it relies on molecular mechanisms that evolved as adaptations for surviving dehydration. In this study we report the first study on radiation tolerance in a marine tardigrade, Echiniscoides sigismundi...
2016: PloS One
Jean-Sébastien Landry, H Damon Matthews
The incomplete combustion of vegetation and dead organic matter by landscape fires creates recalcitrant pyrogenic carbon (PyC), which could be consequential for the global carbon budget if changes in fire regime, climate, and atmospheric CO2 were to substantially affect gains and losses of PyC on land and in oceans. Here we included global PyC cycling in a coupled climate-carbon model to assess the role of PyC in historical and future simulations, accounting for uncertainties through five sets of parameter estimates...
December 19, 2016: Global Change Biology
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