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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345304/toward-more-robust-plant-soil-feedback-research
#1
Matthew J Rinella, Kurt O Reinhart
Understanding if and how plant-soil biota feedbacks (PSFs) shape plant communities has become a major research priority. In this paper, we draw on a recent, high-profile PSF study to illustrate that certain widely used experimental methods cannot reliably determine if PSFs occur. One problem involves gathering soil samples adjacent to multiple conditioning plants, mixing the samples and then growing phytometers in the mixtures to test for PSFs. This mixed soil approach does not establish that the conditioning plant being present caused the soil biota to be present, the first step of a PSF...
January 18, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339606/study-of-aggregation-in-surface-sludge-deposits-from-14-full-scale-french-constructed-wetlands-using-particle-size-distribution-and-dynamic-vapor-sorption-analyses
#2
M Kania, M Gautier, P Michel, R Gourdon
French vertical flow constructed wetlands (French VFCWs) are widely used for the treatment of wastewaters from small communities. In the system, unsettled wastewater is percolated through two successive stages of filter-cells planted with reeds. This causes the formation of a surface sludge layer. This layer plays positive roles in the treatment performance, but also leads to clogging. The objective of this study was to contribute to the description of the sludge deposits characteristics and their dynamics of evolution, which may control the development of clogging...
January 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338764/cropping-practices-manipulate-abundance-patterns-of-root-and-soil-microbiome-members-paving-the-way-to-smart-farming
#3
Kyle Hartman, Marcel G A van der Heijden, Raphaël A Wittwer, Samiran Banerjee, Jean-Claude Walser, Klaus Schlaeppi
BACKGROUND: Harnessing beneficial microbes presents a promising strategy to optimize plant growth and agricultural sustainability. Little is known to which extent and how specifically soil and plant microbiomes can be manipulated through different cropping practices. Here, we investigated soil and wheat root microbial communities in a cropping system experiment consisting of conventional and organic managements, both with different tillage intensities. RESULTS: While microbial richness was marginally affected, we found pronounced cropping effects on community composition, which were specific for the respective microbiomes...
January 16, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332309/how-have-leaves-of-mycoheterotrophic-plants-evolved-from-the-view-point-of-a-developmental-biologist
#4
Hirokazu Tsukaya
How mycoheterotrophs have evolved and how they are sustained are an enigma. Structural analyses of the plastid genome and phylogenetic analyses of mycoheterotrophs have been used to identify mycorrhizal fungi. Molecular genetic studies have also revealed the mechanism for plant-fungi interactions. However, the evolution of the small, scale-like vegetative leaves of mycoheterotrophs is unknown. As almost all genes determining leaf size affect the floral organ sizes, it is highly implausible that loss-of-function mutations in leaf size regulators caused the evolution of smaller foliage leaves in mycoheterotrophs...
January 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331852/no-time-to-waste-organic-waste-nanosizing-converts-remains-of-food-processing-into-refined-materials
#5
Sharoon Griffin, Muhammad Sarfraz, Verda Farida, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Azubuike P Ebokaiwe, Cornelia M Keck, Claus Jacob
Modern food processing results in considerable amounts of side-products, such as grape seeds, walnut shells, spent coffee grounds, and harvested tomato plants. These materials are still rich in valuable and biologically active substances and therefore of interest from the perspective of waste management and "up-cycling". In contrast to traditional, often time consuming and low-value uses, such as vermicomposting and anaerobic digestion, the complete conversion into nanosuspensions unlocks considerable potentials of and new applications for such already spent organic materials without the need of extraction and without producing any additional waste...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324855/ctls-a-new-class-of-ring-h2-ubiquitin-ligases-uncovered-by-yeell-a-motif-close-to-the-ring-domain-that-is-present-across-eukaryotes
#6
Domingo Jiménez-López, Laura Aguilar-Henonin, Juan Manuel González-Prieto, Victor Aguilar-Hernández, Plinio Guzmán
RING ubiquitin E3 ligases enclose a RING domain for ubiquitin ligase activity and associated domains and/or conserved motifs outside the RING domain that collectively facilitate their classification and usually reveal some of key information related to mechanism of action. Here we describe a new family of E3 ligases that encodes a RING-H2 domain related in sequence to the ATL and BTL RING-H2 domains. This family, named CTL, encodes a motif designed as YEELL that expands 21 amino acids next to the RING-H2 domain that is present across most eukaryotic lineages...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321861/low-interannual-precipitation-has-a-greater-negative-effect-than-seedling-herbivory-on-the-population-dynamics-of-a-short-lived-shrub-schiedea-obovata
#7
Lalasia Bialic-Murphy, Orou G Gaoue
Climate projections forecast more extreme interannual climate variability over time, with an increase in the severity and duration of extreme drought and rainfall events. Based on bioclimatic envelope models, it is projected that changing precipitation patterns will drastically alter the spatial distributions and density of plants and be a primary driver of biodiversity loss. However, many other underlying mechanisms can impact plant vital rates (i.e., survival, growth, and reproduction) and population dynamics...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317158/a-study-of-gas-emissions-during-the-firing-process-from-bricks-incorporating-biosolids
#8
Aruna Ukwatta, Abbas Mohajerani, Sujeeva Setunge, Nicky Eshtiaghi
This paper investigates the five different gas emissions during the firing process of clay bricks and bricks incorporating biosolids. In this study, three different biosolids produced at the Western Treatment Plant and Eastern Treatment Plant, Melbourne, were used as an alternative raw material to the conventional brick soil to produce bricks. Three sets of bricks were manufactured incorporating 25% of biosolids by weight. Initially, three biosolids samples and brick soil were characterised by their chemical and mineral compositions, organic content and particle size distribution...
January 6, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311701/equal-fitness-paradigm-explained-by-a-trade-off-between-generation-time-and-energy-production-rate
#9
James H Brown, Charles A S Hall, Richard M Sibly
Most plant, animal and microbial species of widely varying body size and lifestyle are nearly equally fit as evidenced by their coexistence and persistence through millions of years. All organisms compete for a limited supply of organic chemical energy, derived mostly from photosynthesis, to invest in the two components of fitness: survival and production. All organisms are mortal because molecular and cellular damage accumulates over the lifetime; life persists only because parents produce offspring. We call this the equal fitness paradigm...
January 8, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285397/divergent-evolutionary-patterns-of-the-mapk-cascade-genes-in-brassica-rapa-and-plant-phylogenetics
#10
Peng Wu, Wenli Wang, Ying Li, Xilin Hou
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade signal transduction modules play crucial roles in regulating many biological processes in plants. These cascades are composed of three classes of hierarchically organized protein kinases, MAPKKKs, MAPKKs and MAPKs. Here, we analyzed gene retention, phylogenetic, evolution and expression patterns of MAPK cascade genes in Brassica rapa. We further found that the MAPK branches, classes III and IV, appeared after the split of bryophytes and green algae after analyzing the MAPK cascade genes in 8 species, and their rapid expansion led to the great size of the families of MAPKs...
2017: Horticulture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277426/centromere-size-and-its-relationship-to-haploid-formation-in-plants
#11
REVIEW
Na Wang, R Kelly Dawe
Wide species crosses often result in uniparental genome elimination and visible failures in centromere function. Crosses involving lines with mutated forms of the CENH3 histone variant that organizes the centromere/kinetochore interface have been shown to have similar effects, inducing haploids at high frequencies. Here we propose a simple centromere size model that endeavors to explain both observations. It is based on the idea of a quantitative centromere architecture where each centromere in an individual is the same size, and the average size is dictated by a natural equilibrium between bound and unbound CENH3 (and its chaperones or binding proteins)...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275992/variation-in-splicing-efficiency-underlies-morphological-evolution-in-capsella
#12
Ushio Fujikura, Runchun Jing, Atsushi Hanada, Yumiko Takebayashi, Hitoshi Sakakibara, Shinjiro Yamaguchi, Christian Kappel, Michael Lenhard
Understanding the molecular basis of morphological change remains a central challenge in evolutionary-developmental biology. The transition from outbreeding to selfing is often associated with a dramatic reduction in reproductive structures and functions, such as the loss of attractive pheromones in hermaphroditic Caenorhabditis elegans and a reduced flower size in plants. Here, we demonstrate that variation in the level of the brassinosteroid-biosynthesis enzyme CYP724A1 contributes to the reduced flower size of selfing Capsella rubella compared with its outbreeding ancestor Capsella grandiflora...
December 20, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29261787/a-review-of-the-early-stages-and-host-plants-of-the-genera-eumerus-and-merodon-diptera-syrphidae-with-new-data-on-four-species
#13
Antonio Ricarte, Gabriel J Souba-Dols, Martin Hauser, Mª Ángeles Marcos-García
The genera Eumerus and Merodon (Diptera: Syrphidae) have a high taxonomic diversity (300+ species altogether), but life histories of most species are unknown. In addition, these hoverfly genera are recognised to be pests (ornamental plants and vegetable crops). In this paper, early stages of four hoverfly species are described, Eumerus hungaricus Szilády, 1940, Eumerus nudus Loew, 1848 and Merodon geniculatus Strobl, 1909, from Spain, and Eumerus strigatus Walker, 1859, from California, USA. Larvae of E. nudus were obtained from swollen roots of Asphodelus cerasiferus J...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259616/pacyp78a9-a-cytochrome-p450-regulates-fruit-size-in-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-l
#14
Xiliang Qi, Congli Liu, Lulu Song, Yuhong Li, Ming Li
Sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) is an important fruit crop in which fruit size is strongly associated with commercial value; few genes associated with fruit size have, however, been identified in sweet cherry. Members of the CYP78A subfamily, a group of important cytochrome P450s, have been found to be involved in controlling seed size and development in Arabidopsis thaliana, rice, soybean, and tomato. However, the influence of CYP78A members in controlling organ size and the underlying molecular mechanisms in sweet cherry and other fruit trees remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29251619/-the-influence-of-enzymatic-removal-of-chlorpyrifos-from-feed-grain-mixture-on-the-biochemical-parameters-of-rat-blood
#15
O V Maslova, O V Senko, E N Efremenko
Organophosphorus pesticides (OP) are used to protect crops from pests. Treatment of plants and animals with pesticides can be done during their growth or creation of conditions necessary for the long-shelf life of the agricultural products. Currently, there are many remedies for prevention and removal of intoxication consequences developed under the action of OP in living organisms. The development of biologics for the degradation of OP and biotechnologies for their application in agriculture is relevant. New biologics based on the stabilized forms of such enzyme as hexahistidine-tagged organophosphorus hydrolase (His6-OPH) in the form of nano-sized particles were tried for OP detoxification...
November 2017: Biomedit︠s︡inskai︠a︡ Khimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247292/enhanced-multiple-stress-tolerance-in-arabidopsis-by-overexpression-of-the-polar-moss-peptidyl-prolyl-isomerase-fkbp12-gene
#16
Hemasundar Alavilli, Hyoungseok Lee, Mira Park, Dae-Jin Yun, Byeong-Ha Lee
PaFKBP12 overexpression in Arabidopsis resulted in stress tolerance to heat, ABA, drought, and salt stress, in addition to growth promotion under normal conditions. Polytrichastrum alpinum (alpine haircap moss) is one of polar organisms that can withstand the severe conditions of the Antarctic. In this study, we report the isolation of a peptidyl prolyl isomerase FKBP12 gene (PaFKBP12) from P. alpinum collected in the Antarctic and its functional implications in development and stress responses in plants. In P...
December 15, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247027/sexual-expression-and-reproductive-output-in-the-ephemeral-geranium-transversale-are-correlated-with-environmental-conditions
#17
Aysajan Abdusalam, Dunyan Tan, Shu-Mei Chang
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Abiotic environmental factors are often considered to be important in the distribution and maintenance of variation in sexual systems in flowering plants. Associations between sexes and abiotic factors are well documented in dioecious systems, but much less is known about this relationship in other sexually polymorphic systems. Species that are highly variable in sexual expression and habitat distribution can provide insights into the role of abiotic factors in maintaining variation in sexual expression...
December 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242781/ima-genome-f-8-draft-genome-of-cercospora-zeina-fusarium-pininemorale-hawksworthiomyces-lignivorus-huntiella-decipiens-and-ophiostoma-ips
#18
Brenda D Wingfield, Dave K Berger, Emma T Steenkamp, Hye-Jin Lim, Tuan A Duong, Burton H Bluhm, Z Wilhelm de Beer, Lieschen De Vos, G Fourie, Kershney Naidoo, Nicky Olivier, Yao-Cheng Lin, Yves Van de Peer, Fourie Joubert, Bridget G Crampton, Velushka Swart, Nicole Soal, Catherine Tatham, Magriet A van der Nest, Nicolaas A van der Merwe, Stephanie van Wyk, P Markus Wilken, Michael J Wingfield
The genomes of Cercospora zeina, Fusarium pininemorale, Hawksworthiomyces lignivorus, Huntiella decipiens, and Ophiostoma ips are presented in this genome announcement. Three of these genomes are from plant pathogens and otherwise economically important fungal species. Fusarium pininemorale and H. decipiens are not known to cause significant disease but are closely related to species of economic importance. The genome sizes range from 25.99 Mb in the case of O. ips to 4.82 Mb for H. lignivorus. These genomes include the first reports of a genome from the genus Hawksworthiomyces...
December 2017: IMA Fungus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241155/dissolved-organic-matter-reduces-cuo-nanoparticle-toxicity-to-duckweed-in-simulated-natural-systems
#19
Devin A Rippner, Peter G Green, Thomas M Young, Sanjai J Parikh
With increasing demand for recycled wastewater for irrigation purposes, there is a need to evaluate the potential for manufactured nanomaterials in waste water to impact crop production and agroecosystems. Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) have previously been shown to negatively impact the growth of duckweed (Landoltia punctata) a model aquatic plant consumed by water fowl and widely found in agricultural runoff ditches in temperate climates. However, prior studies involving CuO NP toxicity to duckweed have focused on systems without the presence of dissolved organic matter (DOM)...
December 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237703/genome-assembly-and-annotation-of-the-medicinal-plant-calotropis-gigantea-a-producer-of-anti-cancer-and-anti-malarial-cardenolides
#20
Genevieve M Hoopes, John P Hamilton, Jeongwoon Kim, Dongyan Zhao, Krystle Wiegert-Rininger, Emily Crisovan, C Robin Buell
Calotropis gigantea produces specialized secondary metabolites known as cardenolides which have anti-cancer and anti-malarial properties. Although transcriptomic studies have been conducted in other cardenolide-producing species, no nuclear genome assembly for an Asterid cardenolide-producing species has been reported to date. A high quality de novo assembly was generated for C. gigantea, representing 157,284,427 bp with an N50 scaffold size of 805,959 bp, for which quality assessments indicated a near complete representation of the genic space...
December 12, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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