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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651087/effects-of-terrestrial-and-marine-organic-matters-on-deposition-of-dechlorane-plus-dp-in-marine-sediments-from-the-southern-yellow-sea-china-evidence-from-multiple-biomarkers
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Guoguang Wang, Jialin Peng, Ting Hao, Lijuan Feng, Qiaoling Liu, Xianguo Li
As an emerging halogenated organic contaminant, Dechlorane Plus (DP) was scarcely reported in marine environments, especially in China. In this work, 35 surface sediments and a sediment core were collected across the Southern Yellow Sea (SYS) to comprehensively explore the spatio-temporal distribution and possible migration pathway of DP. DP concentrations ranged from 14.3 to 245.5 pg/g dry weight in the surface sediments, displaying a seaward increasing trend with the high levels in the central mud zone. This spatial distribution pattern was ascribed to that fine particles with the elevated DP levels were preferentially transported to the central mud zone under hydrodynamic forcing and/or via long-range atmospheric transportation and deposition...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647757/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-effects-on-plant-performance-under-osmotic-stress
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REVIEW
Christian Santander, Ricardo Aroca, Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano, Jorge Olave, Paula Cartes, Fernando Borie, Pablo Cornejo
At present, drought and soil salinity are among the most severe environmental stresses that affect the growth of plants through marked reduction of water uptake which lowers water potential, leading to osmotic stress. In general, osmotic stress causes a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular changes that affect plant performance. Several studies have found that diverse types of soil microorganisms improve plant growth, especially when plants are under stressful conditions. Most important are the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) which form arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) with approximately 80% of plant species and are present in almost all terrestrial ecosystems...
June 25, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645656/allochthonous-carbon-is-a-major-driver-of-the-microbial-food-web-a-mesocosm-study-simulating-elevated-terrestrial-matter-runoff
#3
Cédric L Meunier, Antonia Liess, Agneta Andersson, Sonia Brugel, Joanna Paczkowska, Habib Rahman, Bjorn Skoglund, Owen F Rowe
Climate change predictions indicate that coastal and estuarine environments will receive increased terrestrial runoff via increased river discharge. This discharge transports allochthonous material, containing bioavailable nutrients and light attenuating matter. Since light and nutrients are important drivers of basal production, their relative and absolute availability have important consequences for the base of the aquatic food web, with potential ramifications for higher trophic levels. Here, we investigated the effects of shifts in terrestrial organic matter and light availability on basal producers and their grazers...
June 15, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645231/evolution-of-hormone-signaling-networks-in-plant-defense
#4
Matthias L Berens, Hannah M Berry, Akira Mine, Cristiana T Argueso, Kenichi Tsuda
Studies with model plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana have revealed that phytohormones are central regulators of plant defense. The intricate network of phytohormone signaling pathways enables plants to activate appropriate and effective defense responses against pathogens as well as to balance defense and growth. The timing of the evolution of most phytohormone signaling pathways seems to coincide with the colonization of land, a likely requirement for plant adaptations to the more variable terrestrial environments, which included the presence of pathogens...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645178/ecological-imperatives-for-aquatic-carbon-dioxide-concentrating-mechanisms
#5
Stephen C Maberly, Brigitte Gontero
In aquatic environments, the concentration of inorganic carbon is spatially and temporally variable and CO2 can be substantially oversaturated or depleted. Depletion of CO2 plus low rates of diffusion cause inorganic carbon to be more limiting in aquatic than terrestrial environments, and the frequency of species with a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM), and their contribution to productivity, is correspondingly greater. Aquatic photoautotrophs may have biochemical or biophysical CCMs and exploit CO2 from the sediment or the atmosphere...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645048/phytolith-carbon-sequestration-in-global-terrestrial-biomes
#6
Zhaoliang Song, Hongyan Liu, Caroline A E Strömberg, Xiaomin Yang, Xiaodong Zhang
Terrestrial biogeochemical carbon (C) sequestration is coupled with the biogeochemical silicon (Si) cycle through mechanisms such as phytolith C sequestration, but the size and distribution of the phytolith C sink remain unclear. Here, we estimate phytolith C sequestration in global terrestrial biomes. We used biome data including productivity, phytolith and silica contents, and the phytolith stability factor to preliminarily determine the size and distribution of the phytolith C sink in global terrestrial biomes...
June 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642945/nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-biosynthetic-clusters-of-eskape-pathogens
#7
REVIEW
Andrew M Gulick
Covering: up to 2017.Natural products are important secondary metabolites produced by bacterial and fungal species that play important roles in cellular growth and signaling, nutrient acquisition, intra- and interspecies communication, and virulence. A subset of natural products is produced by nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs), a family of large, modular enzymes that function in an assembly line fashion. Because of the pharmaceutical activity of many NRPS products, much effort has gone into the exploration of their biosynthetic pathways and the diverse products they make...
June 23, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636352/prevention-of-marine-biofouling-using-the-natural-allelopathic-compound-batatasin-iii-and-synthetic-analogues
#8
Lindon W K Moodie, Rozenn Trepos, Gunnar Cervin, Kari Anne Bråthen, Bente Lindgård, Rigmor Reiersen, Patrick Cahill, Henrik Pavia, Claire Hellio, Johan Svenson
The current study reports the first comprehensive evaluation of a class of allelopathic terrestrial natural products as antifoulants in a marine setting. To investigate the antifouling potential of the natural dihydrostilbene scaffold, a library of 22 synthetic dihydrostilbenes with varying substitution patterns, many of which occur naturally in terrestrial plants, were prepared and assessed for their antifouling capacity. The compounds were evaluated in an extensive screen against 16 fouling marine organisms...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632895/genome-mining-reveals-high-incidence-of-putative-lipopeptide-biosynthesis-nrps-pks-clusters-containing-fatty-acyl-amp-ligase-genes-in-biofilm-forming-cyanobacteria
#9
Tomáš Galica, Pavel Hrouzek, Jan Mareš
Cyanobacterial lipopeptides exhibit antimicrobial and antifungal bioactivities with potential for use in pharmaceutical research. However, due to their haemolytic activity and cytotoxic effects against human cells, they may pose a health issue if produced in substantial amounts in the environment. In bacteria, lipopeptides can be synthesized via several well-evidenced mechanisms. In one of them, fatty acyl-AMP ligase (FAAL) initiates the biosynthesis by activation of a fatty acyl residue. We have performed a bioinformatic survey of the cyanobacterial genomic information available in the public databases for the presence of FAAL-containing non-ribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthetase (NRPS/PKS) biosynthetic clusters, as a genetic basis for lipopeptide biosynthesis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628823/drug-development-against-tuberculosis-impact-of-alkaloids
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REVIEW
Shardendu K Mishra, Garima Tripathi, Navneet Kishore, Rakesh K Singh, Archana Singh, Vinod K Tiwari
Despite of the advances made in the treatment and management, tuberculosis (TB) still remains one of main public health problem. The contrary effects of first and second-line anti-tuberculosis drugs have generated extended research interest in natural products in the hope of devising new antitubercular leads. Interestingly, plethoras of natural products have been discovered to exhibit activity towards various resistant strains of M. tuberculosis. Extensive applications of alkaloids in the field of therapeutics is well-established and nowday's researches being pursued to develop new potent drugs from natural sources for tuberculosis...
June 3, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623715/diosgenin-glucoside-provides-neuroprotection-by-regulating-microglial-m1-polarization
#11
Shaoxia Wang, Fujiang Wang, Hongyun Yang, Ruilin Li, Hong Guo, Limin Hu
The selective suppression of inflammatory factors in activated microglia, rather than totally inhibiting their activation, might be an effective means of slowing the progression of certain neurodegenerative diseases. Diosgenin glucoside (Dios) is a saponin compound extracted from Tritulus terrestris L. We found that Dios suppressed the synthesis of molecules that promote inflammation (M1 markers, such as NO, IL-6, and TNF-α) in rat microglia and BV-2 cells induced with lipopolysaccharides (LPS). In contrast, Dios had no effects on the cellular production of anti-inflammatory factors (M2 markers, such as IL-10, IL-1Rα and CD206) in LPS and IL-4 treated microglia...
June 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614594/linkages-of-plant-stoichiometry-to-ecosystem-production-and-carbon-fluxes-with-increasing-nitrogen-inputs-in-an-alpine-steppe
#12
Yunfeng Peng, Fei Li, Guoying Zhou, Kai Fang, Dianye Zhang, Changbin Li, Guibiao Yang, Guanqin Wang, Jun Wang, Yuanhe Yang
Unprecedented levels of nitrogen (N) have entered terrestrial ecosystems over the past century, which substantially influences the carbon (C) exchange between the atmosphere and biosphere. Temperature and moisture are generally regarded as the major controllers over the N effects on ecosystem C uptake and release. N-phosphorous (P) stoichiometry regulates the growth and metabolisms of plants and soil organisms, thereby affecting many ecosystem C processes. However, it remains unclear how the N-induced shift in the plant N:P ratio affects ecosystem production and C fluxes and its relative importance...
June 14, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608851/a-global-dataset-of-crowdsourced-land-cover-and-land-use-reference-data
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Steffen Fritz, Linda See, Christoph Perger, Ian McCallum, Christian Schill, Dmitry Schepaschenko, Martina Duerauer, Mathias Karner, Christopher Dresel, Juan-Carlos Laso-Bayas, Myroslava Lesiv, Inian Moorthy, Carl F Salk, Olha Danylo, Tobias Sturn, Franziska Albrecht, Liangzhi You, Florian Kraxner, Michael Obersteiner
Global land cover is an essential climate variable and a key biophysical driver for earth system models. While remote sensing technology, particularly satellites, have played a key role in providing land cover datasets, large discrepancies have been noted among the available products. Global land use is typically more difficult to map and in many cases cannot be remotely sensed. In-situ or ground-based data and high resolution imagery are thus an important requirement for producing accurate land cover and land use datasets and this is precisely what is lacking...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598770/review-of-the-ecotoxicological-effects-of-emerging-contaminants-on-soil-biota
#14
Ana R Gomes, Celine Justino, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Ana C Freitas, Armando C Duarte, Ruth Pereira
In recent years, emerging contaminants (e.g. pesticides and their metabolites, pharmaceuticals, personal and house care products, life-style compounds, food additives, industrial products and wastes, as well as nanomaterials) have become a problem to the environment. In fact, the cumulative use of a panoply of chemical substances in agriculture, industrial activities, in our homes and in health care services has led to their recent appearance in detectable levels in soils, surface, and groundwater resources, with unpredictable consequences for these ecosystems...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596613/effect-of-climate-warming-on-the-annual-terrestrial-net-ecosystem-co2-exchange-globally-in-the-boreal-and-temperate-regions
#15
Zhiyuan Zhang, Renduo Zhang, Alessandro Cescatti, Georg Wohlfahrt, Nina Buchmann, Juan Zhu, Guanhong Chen, Fernando Moyano, Jukka Pumpanen, Takashi Hirano, Kentaro Takagi, Lutz Merbold
The net ecosystem CO2 exchange is the result of the imbalance between the assimilation process (gross primary production, GPP) and ecosystem respiration (RE). The aim of this study was to investigate temperature sensitivities of these processes and the effect of climate warming on the annual terrestrial net ecosystem CO2 exchange globally in the boreal and temperate regions. A database of 403 site-years of ecosystem flux data at 101 sites in the world was collected and analyzed. Temperature sensitivities of rates of RE and GPP were quantified with Q 10, defined as the increase of RE (or GPP) rates with a temperature rise of 10 °C...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588569/methane-dynamics-in-a-tropical-serpentinizing-environment-the-santa-elena-ophiolite-costa-rica
#16
Melitza Crespo-Medina, Katrina I Twing, Ricardo Sánchez-Murillo, William J Brazelton, Thomas M McCollom, Matthew O Schrenk
Uplifted ultramafic rocks represent an important vector for the transfer of carbon and reducing power from the deep subsurface into the biosphere and potentially support microbial life through serpentinization. This process has a strong influence upon the production of hydrogen and methane, which can be subsequently consumed by microbial communities. The Santa Elena Ophiolite (SEO) on the northwestern Pacific coast of Costa Rica comprises ~250 km(2) of ultramafic rocks and mafic associations. The climatic conditions, consisting of strongly contrasting wet and dry seasons, make the SEO a unique hydrogeological setting, where water-rock reactions are enhanced by large storm events (up to 200 mm in a single storm)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587840/control-of-biting-lice-mallophaga-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Giovanni Benelli, Alice Caselli, Graziano Di Di Giuseppe, Angelo Canale
The chewing lice (Mallophaga) are common parasites of different animals. Most of them infest terrestrial and marine birds, including pigeons, doves, swans, cormorants and penguins. Mallophaga have not been found on marine mammals but only on terrestrial ones, including livestock and pets. Their bites damage cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry, causing itch and scratch and arousing phthiriasis and dermatitis. Notably, Mallophaga can vector important parasites, such as the filarial heartworm Sarconema eurycerca...
June 3, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586427/benefits-of-flooding-induced-aquatic-adventitious-roots-depend-on-the-duration-of-submergence-linking-plant-performance-to-root-functioning
#18
Qian Zhang, Heidrun Huber, Simone J M Beljaars, Diana Birnbaum, Sander de Best, Hans de Kroon, Eric J W Visser
Background and Aims: Temporal flooding is a common environmental stress for terrestrial plants. Aquatic adventitious roots (aquatic roots) are commonly formed in flooding-tolerant plant species and are generally assumed to be beneficial for plant growth by supporting water and nutrient uptake during partial flooding. However, the actual contribution of these roots to plant performance under flooding has hardly been quantified. As the investment into aquatic root development in terms of carbohydrates may be costly, these costs may - depending on the specific environmental conditions - offset the beneficial effects of aquatic roots...
June 5, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582579/glowing-worms-biological-chemical-and-functional-diversity-of-bioluminescent-annelids
#19
Aida Verdes, David F Gruber
Bioluminescence, the ability to produce light by living organisms, has evolved independently in numerous lineages across the tree of life. Luminous forms are found in a wide range of taxonomic groups from bacteria to vertebrates, although the great majority of bioluminescent organisms are marine taxa. Within the phylum Annelida, bioluminescence is widespread, present in at least 98 terrestrial and marine species that represent 45 genera distributed in thirteen lineages of clitellates and polychaetes. The ecological diversity of luminous annelids is unparalleled, with species occupying a great variety of habitats including both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, from coastal waters to the deep-sea, in benthic and pelagic habitats from polar to tropical regions...
June 3, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581062/dental-evidence-for-wild-tuber-processing-among-titicaca-basin-foragers-7000-ybp
#20
James T Watson, Randall Haas
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this work is to characterize dental wear in a skeletal sample dating to the Middle/Late Archaic period transition (8,000-6,700 cal. B.P.) from the Lake Titicaca Basin, Peru to better define subsistence behaviors of foragers prior to incipient sedentism and food production. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The dental sample consists of 251 teeth from 11 individuals recovered from the site of Soro Mik'aya Patjxa (SMP), the earliest securely dated burial assemblage in the Lake Titicaca Basin and the only burial assemblage in the region from an unequivocal forager context...
June 5, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
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