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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633337/differences-in-below-ground-bud-bank-density-and-composition-along-a-climatic-gradient-in-the-temperate-steppe-of-northern-china
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Jianqiang Qian, Zhengwen Wang, Jitka Klimešová, Xiaotao Lü, Wennong Kuang, Zhimin Liu, Xingguo Han
Background and Aims: Understanding the changes in below-ground bud bank density and composition along a climatic gradient is essential for the exploration of species distribution pattern and vegetation composition in response to climatic changes. Nevertheless, investigations on bud banks along climatic gradients are still scarce. The below-ground bud bank is expected to be reduced in size in arid conditions, and costly, bud-bearing organs with long spacers would be replaced by more compact forms with buds that are better protected than those found in moist conditions...
June 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629193/telomere-biology-insights-into-an-intriguing-phenomenon
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REVIEW
Shriram Venkatesan, Aik Kia Khaw, Manoor Prakash Hande
Bacteria and viruses possess circular DNA, whereas eukaryotes with typically very large DNA molecules have had to evolve into linear chromosomes to circumvent the problem of supercoiling circular DNA of that size. Consequently, such organisms possess telomeres to cap chromosome ends. Telomeres are essentially tandem repeats of any DNA sequence that are present at the ends of chromosomes. Their biology has been an enigmatic one, involving various molecules interacting dynamically in an evolutionarily well-trimmed fashion...
June 19, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624850/the-plant-lim-proteins-unlocking-the-hidden-attractions
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REVIEW
Vikas Srivastava, Praveen Kumar Verma
The plant LIMs comprise two sub-families with one (DA1/DAR) and two (2LIM) LIM domains. This review comprehensively discussed the structure and potential role of this protein family in diverse area of plant biology. The description of first eukaryote lineage-specific plant LIM domain (LIN11, ISL1, and MEC3) proteins was observed in Helianthus long back. The successive study of LIM proteins in diverse plants has shown its vital relation to development, metabolism and defence. This nascent gene family has been worked out for their role in actin dynamics, organ size determination and transcription regulation...
June 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623819/the-texture-structure-and-nutrient-availability-of-artificial-soil-on-cut-slopes-restored-with-osss-influence-of-restoration-time
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Zhiyu Huang, Jiao Chen, Xiaoyan Ai, Ruirui Li, Yingwei Ai, Wei Li
Outside soil spray seeding (OSSS) is widely used to restore cut slopes in southwest of China, and artificial soil is often sprayed onto cut slopes to establish a soil layer for revegetation. The stability of artificial soil layer and its supply of water and nutrients for plants is crucial for successful restoration. To evaluate the long-term effectiveness of OSSS, the texture, structure and nutrient availability of artificial soil were studied, various soil samples were obtained from three cut slopes with different restoration time (restored with OSSS in 1996, 2003 and 2007 respectively) and one natural developed slope (NS)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622431/loss-of-cdkc-2-increases-both-cell-division-and-drought-tolerance-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Lina Zhao, Yaqiong Li, Qi Xie, Yaorong Wu
Drought stress is one of abiotic stresses limiting plant growth and agricultural productivity. To further understand the mechanism of drought tolerance and identify the genes involved in this process, a genetic screen for altered drought response was conducted in Arabidopsis. One mutant with enhanced drought tolerance was isolated and named atdtm1 (Arabidopsis drought tolerance mutant 1), which has larger lateral organs, prolonged growth duration, increased relative water content and a reduced leaf stomatal density compared with the wild type...
June 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617629/bio-extract-mediated-zno-nanoparticles-microwave-assisted-synthesis-characterization-and-antidiabetic-activity-evaluation
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Abolfazl Bayrami, Shadi Parvinroo, Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh, Shima Rahim Pouran
Herein, ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using microwave-assisted method in the presence of Vaccinium arctostaphylos L, fruits extract. The structure, size, morphology and optical properties of the samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, FT-IR, UV-vis DRS and TGA analysis. A decrease in crystallite size was observed for the biologically synthesized ZnO compared to the chemically synthesized sample. Furthermore, the existence of organic moieties over the biologically synthesized ZnO NPs was approved using characterizing methods...
June 15, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616192/sex-specific-floral-morphology-biomass-and-phytohormones-associated-with-altitude-in-dioecious-populus-cathayana-populations
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Jundong He, Tingfa Dong, Kechao Huang, Yanxia Yang, Dadong Li, Xiao Xu, Xinhua He
Relationships between sex-specific floral traits and endogenous phytohormones associated with altitude are unknown particularly in dioecious trees. We thus examined the relationships between floral morphology or biomass and phytohormones in male and female flowers of dioecious Populus cathayana populations along an altitudinal gradient (1,500, 1,600, and 1,700 m above sea level) in the Xiaowutai Nature Reserve in northern China. The female and male flowers had the most stigma and pollen at 1,700 m, the largest ovaries and least pollen at 1,500 m, and the smallest ovaries and greater numbers of anthers at 1,600 m altitude...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614592/the-heat-is-on-genetic-adaptation-to-urbanization-mediated-by-thermal-tolerance-and-body-size
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Kristien I Brans, Mieke Jansen, Joost Vanoverbeke, Nedim Tüzün, Robby Stoks, Luc De Meester
Worldwide, urbanization leads to tremendous anthropogenic environmental alterations, causing strong selection pressures on populations of animals and plants. Although a key feature of urban areas is their higher temperature ("urban heat islands"), adaptive thermal evolution in organisms inhabiting urban areas has rarely been studied. We tested for evolution of a higher heat tolerance (CTMAX ) in urban populations of the water flea Daphnia magna, a keystone grazer in freshwater ecosystems, by carrying out a common garden experiment at two temperatures (20 °C and 24 °C) with genotypes of 13 natural populations ordered along a well-defined urbanization gradient...
June 14, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611071/seedling-response-to-environmental-variability-the-relationship-between-phenotypic-plasticity-and-evolutionary-history-in-closely-related-eucalyptus-species
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Susan Rutherford, Stephen P Bonser, Peter G Wilson, Maurizio Rossetto
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Phenotypic plasticity is an important means through which organisms cope with environmental variability. We investigated seedling plasticity in the green ash eucalypts within a phylogenetic framework to examine the relationship between plasticity and evolutionary history. The green ashes are a diverse group, which include the tallest flowering plant in the world (Eucalyptus regnans) and a rare mallee less than 1 m tall (E. cunninghamii). METHODS: Seedlings of 12 species were exposed to high and low nutrient and water availability in a factorial experiment...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603536/molecular-transducers-from-roots-are-triggered-in-arabidopsis-leaves-by-root-knot-nematodes-for-successful-feeding-site-formation-a-conserved-post-embryogenic-de-novo-organogenesis-program
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Rocío Olmo, Javier Cabrera, Miguel A Moreno-Risueno, Hidehiro Fukaki, Carmen Fenoll, Carolina Escobar
Root-knot nematodes (RKNs; Meloidogyne spp.) induce feeding cells (giant cells; GCs) inside a pseudo-organ (gall) from still unknown root cells. Understanding GCs ontogeny is essential to the basic knowledge of RKN-plant interaction and to discover novel and effective control strategies. Hence, we report for the first time in a model plant, Arabidopsis, molecular, and cellular features concerning ectopic de novo organogenesis of RKNs GCs in leaves. RKNs induce GCs in leaves with irregular shape, a reticulated cytosol, and fragmented vacuoles as GCs from roots...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601077/structure-of-plastid-genomes-of-photosynthetic-eukaryotes
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REVIEW
N P Yurina, L S Sharapova, M S Odintsova
This review presents current views on the plastid genomes of higher plants and summarizes data on the size, structural organization, gene content, and other features of plastid DNAs. Special emphasis is placed on the properties of organization of land plant plastid genomes (nucleoids) that distinguish them from bacterial genomes. The prospects of genetic engineering of chloroplast genomes are discussed.
June 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592798/fate-of-neutral-charged-gold-nanoparticles-in-the-roots-of-the-hordeum-vulgare-l-cultivar-karat
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Anna Milewska-Hendel, Maciej Zubko, Jagna Karcz, Danuta Stróż, Ewa Kurczyńska
Nanoparticles (NPs) have a significant impact on the environment and living organisms. The influence of NPs on plants is intensively studied and most of the data indicate that NPs can penetrate into plants. The studies presented here were performed on the roots of Hordeum vulgare L. seedlings using neutral-charge gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) of different sizes. In contrast to the majority of the published data, the results presented here showed that during the culture period, AuNPs: 1/did not enter the root regardless of their size and concentration, 2/that are applied directly into the cells of a root do not move into neighbouring cells...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586683/plankton
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Andrew S Brierley
Plankton comprises unicellular plants - phytoplankton - and generally small (millimetres or less) animals - zooplankton - that are adrift on the currents. Phytoplankton are responsible for about 45% of global annual primary production and are grazed by zooplankton, which in turn are suitably sized food items for predators including commercially important fish and great whales. Plankton are vital components of marine and freshwater water-column ecosystems. They also make major contributions to global biogeochemical cycling, and ameliorate atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide by 'pumping' carbon to the deep sea...
June 5, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582734/characterization-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticle-removal-in-simulated-drinking-water-treatment-processes
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Hui-Hsien Chang, Tsun-Jen Cheng, Chin-Pao Huang, Gen-Shuh Wang
This study characterized the fate of nano-TiO2 in both powder (TiO2(P)) and suspension (TiO2(S)) forms in simulated drinking water treatments. Nano-TiO2 solutions of 0.1, 1.0, and 10mg/L were prepared with deionized water and raw waters from the Changxing and Fengshan Water Treatment Plants in Taiwan to assess the effects of water matrices on nano-TiO2 behavior during water treatment. After the laboratory simulated water treatment, including pre-chlorination, coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and post-chlorination, the residual Ti concentration ranged from 2...
June 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582711/biomedical-applications-of-green-synthesized-nobel-metal-nanoparticles
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Zia Ul Haq Khan, Amjad Khan, Yongmei Chen, Noor S Shah, Nawshad Muhammad, Arif Ullah Khan, Kamran Tahir, Faheem Ullah Khan, Behzad Murtaza, Sadaf Ul Hassan, Saeed Ahmad Qaisrani, Pingyu Wan
Synthesis of Nobel metal nanoparticles, play a key role in the field of medicine. Plants contain a substantial number of organic constituents, like phenolic compounds and various types of glycosides that help in synthesis of metal nanoparticles. Synthesis of metal nanoparticles by green method is one of the best and environment friendly methods. The major significance of the green synthesis is lack of toxic by-products produced during metal nanoparticle synthesis. The nanoparticles, synthesized by green method show various significant biological activities...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582507/variation-in-the-reproductive-strategy-of-a-lichenized-fungus-along-a-climatic-gradient
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Sonia Merinero, Marcos Méndez, Gregorio Aragón, Isabel Martínez
Background and aims: Onset of reproduction and reproductive allocation patterns are key components of plant reproductive strategies. Life history theory predicts that plants in adverse environments for juvenile performance start reproduction at smaller sizes and exhibit higher reproductive allocation compared to their counterparts in favourable environments. Life history theory will gain in generality if its predictions are shown to apply to a broad range of organisms and modes of reproduction...
June 5, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578856/environmental-performances-of-different-configurations-of-a-material-recovery-facility-in-a-life-cycle-perspective
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Filomena Ardolino, Chiara Berto, Umberto Arena
The study evaluated the environmental performances of an integrated material recovery facility (MRF) able to treat 32kt/y of unsorted mixed waste, made of residuals from household source separation and separate collection. The facility includes a mechanical sorting platform for the production of a solid recovered fuel (SRF) utilized in an external waste-to-energy plant, bio-cells for tunnel composting of organic fraction, and a sanitary landfill for the safe disposal of ultimate waste. All the MRF sub-units have been analysed in depth in order to acquire reliable data for a life cycle assessment study, focused on the environmental performances of different configurations of the facility...
June 1, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578397/donor-and-recipient-contribution-to-phenotypic-traits-and-the-expression-of-biomineralisation-genes-in-the-pearl-oyster-model-pinctada-margaritifera
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Carole Blay, Serge Planes, Chin-Long Ky
Grafting associates two distinct genotypes, each of which maintains its own genetic identity throughout the life of the grafted organism. Grafting technology is well documented in the plant kingdom, but much less so in animals. The pearl oyster, Pinctada margaritifera, produces valuable pearls as a result of the biomineralisation process of a mantle graft from a donor inserted together with a nucleus into the gonad of a recipient oyster. To explore the respective roles of donor and recipient in pearl formation, a uniform experimental graft was designed using donor and recipient oysters monitored for their growth traits...
June 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571580/exposure-to-trace-amounts-of-sulfonylurea-herbicide-tribenuron-methyl-causes-male-sterility-in-17-species-or-subspecies-of-cruciferous-plants
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Cheng-Yu Yu, Jun-Gang Dong, Sheng-Wu Hu, Ai-Xia Xu
BACKGROUND: For most cruciferous plants, which are known as important crops and a number of weeds, hybrid breeding is hampered by the unavailability of a pollination control system. Male sterility induced by a gametocide can be useful for the utilization of plant heterosis. RESULTS: The gametocidal effect of sulfonylurea herbicide tribenuron-methyl was tested across seventeen cruciferous species or subspecies including Brassica juncea, B. carinata, B. oleracea ssp...
June 1, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570666/loose-panicle1-encoding-a-novel-wrky-transcription-factor-regulates-panicle-development-stem-elongation-and-seed-size-in-foxtail-millet-setaria-italica-l-p-beauv
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Jishan Xiang, Sha Tang, Hui Zhi, Guanqing Jia, Huajun Wang, Xianmin Diao
Panicle development is an important agronomic trait that aids in determining crop productivity. Foxtail millet and its wild ancestor green foxtail have recently been used as model systems to dissect gene functions. Here, we characterized a recessive mutant of foxtail millet, loose-panicle 1 (lp1), which showed pleiotropic phenotypes, such as a lax primary branching pattern, aberrant branch morphology, semi-dwarfism, and enlarged seed size. The loose panicle phenotype was attributed to increased panicle lengths and decreased primary branch numbers...
2017: PloS One
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