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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431762/effects-of-a-common-insecticide-on-wetland-communities-with-varying-quality-of-leaf-litter-inputs
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A B Stoler, B M Mattes, W D Hintz, D K Jones, L Lind, M S Schuler, R A Relyea
Chemical contamination of aquatic systems often co-occurs with dramatic changes in surrounding terrestrial vegetation. Plant leaf litter serves as a crucial resource input to many freshwater systems, and changes in litter species composition can alter the attributes of freshwater communities. However, little is known how variation in litter inputs interacts with chemical contaminants. We investigated the ecological effects resulting from changes in tree leaf litter inputs to freshwater communities, and how those changes might interact with the timing of insecticide contamination...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428861/does-the-morphological-fit-between-flowers-and-pollinators-affect-pollen-deposition-an-experimental-test-in-a-buzz-pollinated-species-with-anther-dimorphism
#2
Lislie Solís-Montero, Mario Vallejo-Marín
Some pollination systems, such as buzz-pollination, are associated with floral morphologies that require a close physical interaction between floral sexual organs and insect visitors. In these systems, a pollinator's size relative to the flower may be an important feature determining whether the visitor touches both male and female sexual organs and thus transfers pollen between plants efficiently. To date, few studies have addressed whether in fact the "fit" between flower and pollinator influences pollen transfer, particularly among buzz-pollinated species...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427280/progress-in-terpene-synthesis-strategies-through-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Kalaivani Paramasivan, Sarma Mutturi
Terpenes are natural products with a remarkable diversity in their chemical structures and they hold a significant market share commercially owing to their distinct applications. These potential molecules are usually derived from terrestrial plants, marine and microbial sources. In vitro production of terpenes using plant tissue culture and plant metabolic engineering, although receiving some success, the complexity in downstream processing because of the interference of phenolics and product commercialization due to regulations that are significant concerns...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426718/effects-of-dietary-beef-pork-chicken-and-salmon-on-intestinal-carcinogenesis-in-a-j-min-mice
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Christina Steppeler, Marianne Sødring, Bjørg Egelandsdal, Bente Kirkhus, Marije Oostindjer, Ole Alvseike, Lars Erik Gangsei, Ellen-Margrethe Hovland, Fabrice Pierre, Jan Erik Paulsen
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified red meat as "probably carcinogenic to humans" (Group 2A). In mechanistic studies exploring the link between intake of red meat and CRC, heme iron, the pigment of red meat, is proposed to play a central role as a catalyzer of luminal lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity. In the present work, the novel A/J Min/+ mouse was used to investigate the effects of dietary beef, pork, chicken, or salmon (40% muscle food (dry weight) and 60% powder diet) on Apc-driven intestinal carcinogenesis, from week 3-13 of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414883/temperature-and-rainfall-interact-to-control-carbon-cycling-in-tropical-forests
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Philip G Taylor, Cory C Cleveland, William R Wieder, Benjamin W Sullivan, Christopher E Doughty, Solomon Z Dobrowski, Alan R Townsend
Tropical forests dominate global terrestrial carbon (C) exchange, and recent droughts in the Amazon Basin have contributed to short-term declines in terrestrial carbon dioxide uptake and storage. However, the effects of longer-term climate variability on tropical forest carbon dynamics are still not well understood. We synthesised field data from more than 150 tropical forest sites to explore how climate regulates tropical forest aboveground net primary productivity (ANPP) and organic matter decomposition, and combined those data with two existing databases to explore climate - C relationships globally...
April 17, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413849/from-berries-to-blocks-carbon-stock-quantification-of-a-california-vineyard
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Jorge Andres Morandé, Christine M Stockert, Garrett C Liles, John N Williams, David R Smart, Joshua H Viers
BACKGROUND: Quantifying terrestrial carbon (C) stocks in vineyards represents an important opportunity for estimating C sequestration in perennial cropping systems. Considering 7.2 M ha are dedicated to winegrape production globally, the potential for annual C capture and storage in this crop is of interest to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. In this study, we used destructive sampling to measure C stocks in the woody biomass of 15-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines from a vineyard in California's northern San Joaquin Valley...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411499/characteristics-and-environmental-fate-of-the-anionic-surfactant-sodium-lauryl-ether-sulphate-sles-used-as-the-main-component-in-foaming-agents-for-mechanized-tunnelling
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Anna Barra Caracciolo, Martina Cardoni, Tanita Pescatore, Luisa Patrolecco
The anionic surfactant sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES) is the main component of most commercial products used for soil conditioning in the excavation industry, in particular as lubricants for mechanized tunnelling. Its use during the excavation processes can result in either the subsequent possible re-use of the huge amount of soil debris as by-products (e.g. land covering) or its discharge as waste. Currently, there are neither SLES soil threshold limits in European legislation, nor comprehensive studies on the environmental risk for soil ecosystems in these exposure scenarios...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411224/concurrent-haloalkanoate-degradation-and-chlorate-reduction-by-pseudomonas-chloritidismutans-aw-1-t
#8
Peng Peng, Ying Zheng, Jasper J Koehorst, Peter J Schaap, Alfons J M Stams, Hauke Smidt, Siavash Atashgahi
Haloalkanoates are environmental pollutants that can be degraded aerobically by microorganisms producing hydrolytic dehalogenases. However, there is lack of information about anaerobic degradation of haloalkanoates. Genome analysis of Pseudomonas chloritidismutans AW-1(T), a facultative anaerobic chlorate-reducing bacterium, showed presence of two putative haloacid dehalogenase genes, l-dex and dehI, encoding an L-2-haloacid dehalogenase (L-DEX) and a halocarboxylic acid dehydrogenase (DehI). Hence, we studied concurrent degradation of haloalkanoates and chlorate as a yet unexplored trait of strain AW-1(T) The deduced amino acid sequences of L-DEX and DehI revealed 33-37% and 26-86% identities with biochemically/structurally characterized L-DEX and D-, DL-2-haloacid dehalogenase enzymes, respectively...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404725/evolution-of-the-stomatal-regulation-of-plant-water-content
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Timothy John Brodribb, Scott A M McAdam
Terrestrial productivity today is regulated by stomatal movements, but this has only been the case since "stomatophytes" became dominant on the land 390 million years ago. In this review we examine evidence for the function of early stomata, found on or near the reproductive structures of bryophyte-like fossils, and consider how this function may have changed through time as vascular plants evolved and diversified. We explore the controversial insights that have come from observing natural variation, rather than genetic manipulation, as a primary tool for understanding the function of the stomatal valve system...
April 12, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395261/size-fractionation-as-a-tool-for-separating-charcoal-of-different-fuel-source-and-recalcitrance-in-the-wildfire-ash-layer
#10
Giovanni Mastrolonardo, Victoria A Hudspith, Ornella Francioso, Cornelia Rumpel, Daniela Montecchio, Stefan H Doerr, Giacomo Certini
Charcoal is a heterogeneous material exhibiting a diverse range of properties. This variability represents a serious challenge in studies that use the properties of natural charcoal for reconstructing wildfires history in terrestrial ecosystems. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that particle size is a sufficiently robust indicator for separating forest wildfire combustion products into fractions with distinct properties. For this purpose, we examined two different forest environments affected by contrasting wildfires in terms of severity: an eucalypt forest in Australia, which experienced an extremely severe wildfire, and a Mediterranean pine forest in Italy, which burned to moderate severity...
April 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387732/bioactive-metabolites-from-the-deep-subseafloor-fungus-oidiodendron-griseum-ubocc-a-114129
#11
Marion Navarri, Camille Jégou, Arnaud Bondon, Sandrine Pottier, Stéphane Bach, Blandine Baratte, Sandrine Ruchaud, Georges Barbier, Gaëtan Burgaud, Yannick Fleury
Four bioactive compounds have been isolated from the fungus Oidiodendron griseum UBOCC-A-114129 cultivated from deep subsurface sediment. They were structurally characterized using a combination of LC-MS/MS and NMR analyses as fuscin and its derivatives (dihydrofuscin, dihydrosecofuscin, and secofuscin) and identified as polyketides. Albeit those compounds were already obtained from terrestrial fungi, this is the first report of their production by an Oidiodendron species and by the deepest subseafloor isolate ever studied for biological activities...
April 7, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382993/large-historical-growth-in-global-terrestrial-gross-primary-production
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J E Campbell, J A Berry, U Seibt, S J Smith, S A Montzka, T Launois, S Belviso, L Bopp, M Laine
Growth in terrestrial gross primary production (GPP)-the amount of carbon dioxide that is 'fixed' into organic material through the photosynthesis of land plants-may provide a negative feedback for climate change. It remains uncertain, however, to what extent biogeochemical processes can suppress global GPP growth. As a consequence, modelling estimates of terrestrial carbon storage, and of feedbacks between the carbon cycle and climate, remain poorly constrained. Here we present a global, measurement-based estimate of GPP growth during the twentieth century that is based on long-term atmospheric carbonyl sulfide (COS) records, derived from ice-core, firn and ambient air samples...
April 5, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381634/negative-co2-emissions-via-enhanced-silicate-weathering-in-coastal-environments
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Filip J R Meysman, Francesc Montserrat
Negative emission technologies (NETs) target the removal of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, and are being actively investigated as a strategy to limit global warming to within the 1.5-2°C targets of the 2015 UN climate agreement. Enhanced silicate weathering (ESW) proposes to exploit the natural process of mineral weathering for the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Here, we discuss the potential of applying ESW in coastal environments as a climate change mitigation option. By deliberately introducing fast-weathering silicate minerals onto coastal sediments, alkalinity is released into the overlying waters, thus creating a coastal CO2 sink...
April 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377780/pseudomonas-fluorescens-transportome-is-linked-to-strain-specific-plant-growth-promotion-in-aspen-seedlings-under-nutrient-stress
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Shalaka Shinde, Jonathan R Cumming, Frank R Collart, Philippe H Noirot, Peter E Larsen
Diverse communities of bacteria colonize plant roots and the rhizosphere. Many of these rhizobacteria are symbionts and provide plant growth promotion (PGP) services, protecting the plant from biotic and abiotic stresses and increasing plant productivity by providing access to nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable to roots. In return, these symbiotic bacteria receive photosynthetically-derived carbon (C), in the form of sugars and organic acids, from plant root exudates. PGP activities have been characterized for a variety of forest tree species and are important in C cycling and sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376236/inland-waters-and-their-role-in-the-carbon-cycle-of-alaska
#15
Sarah M Stackpoole, David E Butman, David W Clow, Kristine L Verdin, Benjamin V Gaglioti, Hélène Genet, Robert G Striegl
The magnitude of Alaska (AK) inland waters carbon (C) fluxes is likely to change in the future due to amplified climate warming impacts on the hydrology and biogeochemical processes in high latitude regions. Although current estimates of major aquatic C fluxes represent an essential baseline against which future change can be compared, a comprehensive assessment for AK has not yet been completed. To address this gap, we combined available datasets and applied consistent methodologies to estimate river lateral C export to the coast, river and lake carbon dioxide (CO2 ) and methane (CH4 ) emissions, and C burial in lakes for the six major hydrologic regions in the state...
April 4, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369497/secrets-of-succulence
#16
Jamie Males
Succulent plants are iconic components of the florae of many terrestrial ecosystems, but despite having caused fascination and prompted investigation for centuries, they still harbour many secrets in terms of physiological function and evolution. Tackling these mysteries is important, as this will not only provide insights into the dynamics and details of the convergent evolution of a major adaptive syndrome, but also inform efforts to conserve endangered biodiversity and utilize the unique physiological characteristics of succulents for biofuel and biomass production...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366692/microbial-production-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-and-characterization-of-biopolymer-polyhydroxybutyrate-phb-from-terrestrial-p-hysterophorus-and-aquatic-e-crassipes-invasive-weeds
#17
Sushobhan Pradhan, Arup Jyoti Borah, Maneesh Kumar Poddar, Pritam Kumar Dikshit, Lilendar Rohidas, Vijayanand S Moholkar
This study reports synthesis of biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) polymer from two invasive weeds, viz. P. hysterophorus and E. crassipes. The pentose and hexose-rich hydrolyzates obtained from acid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of two biomasses were separately fermented using Ralstonia eutropha MTCC 8320 sp. PHB was extracted using sonication and was characterized using FTIR, (1)H and (13)C NMR and XRD. PHB content of dry cell mass was 8.1-21.6% w/w, and the PHB yield was 6.85×10(-3)-36...
March 22, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366267/metabolite-diversification-by-cultivation-of-the-endophytic-fungus-dothideomycete-sp-in-halogen-containing-media-cultivation-of-terrestrial-fungus-in-seawater
#18
Kanchana Wijesekera, Chulabhorn Mahidol, Somsak Ruchirawat, Prasat Kittakoop
The endophytic fungus, Dothideomycete sp. CRI7, isolated from the terrestrial plant, Tiliacora triandra, was salt tolerant, capable of growing in the culture medium prepared from seawater; salts in seawater did not have any effects on the fungal growth. Metabolite productions of the fungus CRI7 cultivated in media prepared from seawater (MSW), prepared from deionized water supplemented with potassium bromide (MKBr) or potassium iodide (MKI), and prepared from deionized water (MDW) were investigated. It was found that the cultivation of the fungus CRI7 in MKBr and MSW enabled the fungus to produce nine new metabolites (1-9)...
March 20, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361227/light-use-efficiency-of-a-warm-temperate-mixed-plantation-in-north-china
#19
Xiaojuan Tong, Jinsong Zhang, Ping Meng, Jun Li, Ning Zheng
Light use efficiency (LUE) is one of the important parameters on calculating terrestrial gross primary productivity (GPP) and net primary productivity (NPP). Based on 5-year (2006-2010) carbon flux and climatic variable data of a mixed plantation in north China, the seasonal and interannual variation of LUE was investigated and the biophysical controls were examined. Our results show that LUE had a distinct seasonal course, and peaked in the vigorous growing season with a value of 0.92-1.27 g C MJ(-1). During the period of 2006-2010, annual mean LUE ranged between 0...
March 30, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358137/identification-and-evolution-of-a-plant-cell-wall-specific-glycoprotein-glycosyl-transferase-exad
#20
Svenning Rune Møller, Xueying Yi, Silvia Melina Velásquez, Sascha Gille, Pernille Louise Munke Hansen, Christian P Poulsen, Carl Erik Olsen, Martin Rejzek, Harriet Parsons, Yang Zhang, Hans H Wandall, Henrik Clausen, Robert A Field, Markus Pauly, Jose M Estevez, Jesper Harholt, Peter Ulvskov, Bent Larsen Petersen
Extensins are plant cell wall glycoproteins that act as scaffolds for the deposition of the main wall carbohydrate polymers, which are interlocked into the supramolecular wall structure through intra- and inter-molecular iso-di-tyrosine crosslinks within the extensin backbone. In the conserved canonical extensin repeat, Ser-Hyp4, serine and the consecutive C4-hydroxyprolines (Hyps) are substituted with an α-galactose and 1-5 β- or α-linked arabinofuranoses (Arafs), respectively. These modifications are required for correct extended structure and function of the extensin network...
March 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
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