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David Thornby, Jeff Werth, James Hereward, Michelle Keenan, Bhagirath S Chauhan
BACKGROUND: Because herbicide resistance evolves in very large populations over periods of many years, modelling is an important tool for investigating the dynamics of the problem. The Diversity model tracks the simultaneous evolution of resistance to multiple herbicides, using multiple genetic pathways, in several weed species at once. Tracking multiple species and simultaneous resistances is an important development in resistance modelling. We used the Diversity model to test weed management strategies for new cropping cotton varieties with multiple herbicide tolerances ('triple-stacked' varieties), in an Australian context...
March 15, 2018: Pest Management Science
E Kondera, B Teodorczuk, K Ługowska, M Witeska
The effects of Roundup (glyphosate-based herbicide) on peripheral blood parameters and hematopoietic tissue cellular composition and activity in common carp juveniles were evaluated. The fish were exposed for 7 days at 0.0, 0.1, 0.5, or 5.0 mg/L of glyphosate. In fish exposed to Roundup, hematological alterations were observed; however, most of them were not directly related to the herbicide concentration. An increase in Ht and MCV, and decrease in Hb, MCH, and MCHC compared to the control were observed. Fish exposed to Roundup showed also a reduction in WBC and oxidative metabolic activity of phagocytes (NBT) compared to the control...
March 14, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Yehao Liu, Yongchun Li, Xiaomei Hua, Karin Müller, Hailong Wang, Tongyi Yang, Qiong Wang, Xin Peng, Mengcheng Wang, Yanjun Pang, Jinliang Qi, Yonghua Yang
Glyphosate is a non-selective organophosphate herbicide that is widely used in agriculture, but its effects on soil microbial communities are highly variable and often contradictory, especially for high dose applications. We applied glyphosate at two rates: the recommended rate of 50 mg active ingredient kg-1 soil and 10-fold this rate to simulate multiple glyphosate applications during a growing season. After 6 months, we investigated the effects on the composition of soil microbial community, the catabolic activity and the genetic diversity of the bacterial community using phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs), community level catabolic profiles (CLCPs), and 16S rRNA denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE)...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jia Fang, Peng Nan, Zongying Gu, Xiaochun Ge, Yu-Qi Feng, Bao-Rong Lu
Transgenic glyphosate-tolerant plants overproducing EPSPS (5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase) may exhibit enhanced fitness in glyphosate-free environments. If so, introgression of transgenes overexpressing EPSPS into wild relative species may lead to increased competitiveness of crop-wild hybrids, resulting in unpredicted environmental impact. Assessing fitness effects of transgenes overexpressing EPSPS in a model plant species can help address this question, while elucidating how overproducing EPSPS affects the fitness-related traits of plants...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Peter Clausing, Claire Robinson, Helmut Burtscher-Schaden
The present paper scrutinises the European authorities' assessment of the carcinogenic hazard posed by glyphosate based on Regulation (EC) 1272/2008. We use the authorities' own criteria as a benchmark to analyse their weight of evidence (WoE) approach. Therefore, our analysis goes beyond the comparison of the assessments made by the European Food Safety Authority and the International Agency for Research on Cancer published by others. We show that not classifying glyphosate as a carcinogen by the European authorities, including the European Chemicals Agency, appears to be not consistent with, and in some instances, a direct violation of the applicable guidance and guideline documents...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Nick T Harre, Haozhen Nie, Yiwei Jiang, Bryan G Young
BACKGROUND: The giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida L.) rapid response (RR) biotype exhibits a sacrificial form of glyphosate resistance whereby an oxidative burst in mature leaves results in foliage loss, while juvenile leaves remain uninjured. This work investigates the safening capacity of antioxidant enzymes in RR juvenile leaves following glyphosate treatment and examines cross tolerance to paraquat. RESULTS: Basal antioxidant enzyme activities were similar between glyphosate-susceptible (GS) and RR biotypes...
March 12, 2018: Pest Management Science
Dal-Hoe Koo, William T Molin, Christopher A Saski, Jiming Jiang, Karthik Putta, Mithila Jugulam, Bernd Friebe, Bikram S Gill
Gene amplification has been observed in many bacteria and eukaryotes as a response to various selective pressures, such as antibiotics, cytotoxic drugs, pesticides, herbicides, and other stressful environmental conditions. An increase in gene copy number is often found as extrachromosomal elements that usually contain autonomously replicating extrachromosomal circular DNA molecules (eccDNAs). Amaranthus palmeri , a crop weed, can develop herbicide resistance to glyphosate [ N -(phosphonomethyl) glycine] by amplification of the 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase ( EPSPS ) gene, the molecular target of glyphosate...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Regina G Belz, Marjo Patama, Aki Sinkkonen
Toxicants are known to have negligible or stimulatory, i.e. hormetic, effects at low doses below those that decrease the mean response of a plant population. Our earlier observations indicated that at such low toxicant doses the growth of very fast- and slow-growing seedlings is selectively altered, even if the population mean remains constant. Currently, it is not known how common these selective low-dose effects are, whether they are similar among fast- and slow-growing seedlings, and whether they occur concurrently with hormetic effects...
March 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
S Parvez, R R Gerona, C Proctor, M Friesen, J L Ashby, J L Reiter, Z Lui, P D Winchester
BACKGROUND: Glyphosate (GLY) is the most heavily used herbicide worldwide but the extent of exposure in human pregnancy remains unknown. Its residues are found in the environment, major crops, and food items that humans, including pregnant women, consume daily. Since GLY exposure in pregnancy may also increase fetal exposure risk, we designed a birth-cohort study to determine exposure frequency, potential exposure pathways, and associations with fetal growth indicators and pregnancy length...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Eniko Farkas, Andras Szekacs, Boglarka Kovacs, Marianna Olah, Robert Horvath, Inna Szekacs
Rapid and inexpensive biosensor technologies allowing real-time analysis of biomolecular and cellular events have become the basis of next-generation cell-based screening techniques. Our work opens up novel opportunities in the application of the high-throughput label-free Epic BenchTop optical biosensor in cell toxicity studies. The Epic technology records integrated cellular responses about changes in cell morphology and dynamic mass redistribution of cellular contents at the 100-150 nm layer above the sensor surface...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
M Milan, G Dalla Rovere, M Smits, S Ferraresso, P Pastore, M G Marin, S Bogialli, T Patarnello, L Bargelloni, V Matozzo
Glyphosate has been the most widely used herbicide worldwide over the last three decades, raising increasing concerns for its potential impacts on environmental and human health. Recent studies revealed that glyphosate occurs in soil, surface water, and groundwater, and residues are found at all levels of the food chain, such as drinking water, plants, animals, and even in humans. While research has demonstrated that glyphosate can induce a broad range of biological effects in exposed organisms, the global molecular mechanisms of action still need to be elucidated, in particular for marine species...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Rupa Iyer, Brian Iken, Ashish Damania, Jerry Krieger
Six organophosphate-degrading bacterial strains collected from farm and ranch soil rhizospheres across the Houston-metropolitan area were identified as strains of Pseudomonas putida (CBF10-2), Pseudomonas stutzeri (ODKF13), Ochrobactrum anthropi (FRAF13), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (CBF10-1), Achromobacter xylosoxidans (ADAF13), and Rhizobium radiobacter (GHKF11). Whole genome sequencing data was assessed for relevant genes, proteins, and pathways involved in the breakdown of agrochemicals. For comparative purposes, this analysis was expanded to also include data from deposited strains in the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) database...
March 3, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
M Castro Berman, D J G Marino, María Victoria Quiroga, Horacio Zagarese
Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds that compete with commercial crops. In Argentina, the use of glyphosate-based herbicides increased dramatically (up to ∼200,000 tons on 2012) since the introduction of glyphosate-resistant crops, such as transgenic soy and resistant corn, and the adoption of non-till practices in the 1990's. Sallow lakes within the Pampa region may be potentially impacted by continuous herbicide usage. We surveyed 52 shallow lakes from the Pampa region (Buenos Aires Province, Argentina) to assess the occurrence and concentrations of glyphosate and its main degradation product (AMPA)...
February 20, 2018: Chemosphere
Gui-Hua Lu, Xiao-Mei Hua, Jing Cheng, Yin-Ling Zhu, Gu-Hao Wang, Yan-Jun Pang, Rong-Wu Yang, Lei Zhang, Huixia Shou, Xiao-Ming Wang, Jinliang Qi, Yong-Hua Yang
Background: The worldwide use of glyphosate has dramatically increased, but also has been raising concern over its impact on mineral nutrition, plant pathogen, and soil microbiota. To date, the bulk of previous studies still have shown different results on the effect of glyphosate application on soil rhizosphere microbial communities. Objective: This study aimed to clarify whether glyphosate has impact on nitrogen-fixation, pathogen or disease suppression, and rhizosphere microbial community of a soybean EPSPS-transgenic line ZUTS31 in one growth season...
January 2018: Current Genomics
B B Gonçalves, N F Nascimento, M P Santos, R M Bertolini, G S Yasui, P C Giaquinto
Environmental relevant concentrations of glyphosate-based herbicide as 50 µg l-1 , 300 µg l-1 and 1800 µg l-1 can affect sperm quality of yellowtail tetra fish Astyanax lacustris. Viability of sperm cells was impaired at 300 µg l-1 , a concentration that is within legal limits in U.S.A. waterbodies, while motility was impaired at 50 µg l-1 , which is the more stringent limit set in Brazilian law. Therefore, environment protection agencies must review regulations of glyphosate-based herbicides on water bodies...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
Dhirendra Fartyal, Aakrati Agarwal, Donald James, Bhabesh Borphukan, Babu Ram, Vijay Sheri, Renu Yadav, Mrinalini Manna, Panditi Varakumar, V Mohan M Achary, Malireddy K Reddy
Weeds and their devastating effects have been a great threat since the start of agriculture. They compete with crop plants in the field and negatively influence the crop yield quality and quantity along with survival of the plants. Glyphosate is an important broad-spectrum systemic herbicide which has been widely used to combat various weed problems since last two decades. It is very effective even at low concentrations, and possesses low environmental toxicity and soil residual activity. However, the residual concentration of glyphosate inside the plant has been of major concern as it severely affects the important metabolic pathways, and results in poor plant growth and grain yield...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Siamak Zavareh, Zahra Farrokhzad, Farshad Darvishi
The aim of this work was to design a low cost adsorbent for efficient and selective removal of glyphosate from water at neutral pH conditions. For this purpose, zeolite 4A, a locally abundant and cheap mineral material, was ion-exchanged with Cu2+ to produce Cu-zeolite 4A. The FTIR results revealed that the modification has no important effect on chemical structure of zeolite 4A. After modification, highly crystalline zeolite 4A was converted to amorphous Cu-zeolite 4A according to XRD studies. The SEM images showed spherical-like particles with porous surfaces for Cu-zeolite 4A compared to cubic particles with smooth surfaces for zeolite 4A...
February 24, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Ignacio Amaro-Blanco, Pablo Tomás Fernández-Moreno, María Dolores Osuna-Ruiz, Fernando Bastida, Rafael De Prado
BACKGROUND: In perennial crops, the most common method of weed control is to spray herbicides, and glyphosate has long been the first choice of farmers. Three species of the genus Conyza are among the most problematic weeds for farmers, exhibiting resistance to glyphosate. The objectives of this work were to evaluate resistance levels and mechanisms, and to test chemical control alternatives in putative resistant (R) populations of Conyza bonariensis, Conyza canadensis and Conyza sumatrensis...
February 25, 2018: Pest Management Science
Feng Liu, Yueping Cao
OBJECTIVE: To discover and isolate a glyphosate-resistant gene from a microorganism through gene mining. RESULTS: The full aroM gene from Acremonium sp. (named aroMA.sp. ) was cloned using rapid amplification of cDNA ends. The transcriptional expression level of each domain increased significantly after glyphosate treatment in the aroMA.sp. complex and reached its maximum at 48 h. The aroA domain of the aroMA.sp. (named aroAA.sp. ) was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) and the product was purified through Ni-NTA affinity chromatography...
February 24, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
Ronald P Kittle, Karla J McDermid, Lisa Muehlstein, George H Balazs
In Hawaii, glyphosate-based herbicides frequently sprayed near shorelines may be affecting non-target marine species. Glyphosate inhibits aromatic amino acid biosynthesis (shikimate pathway), and is toxic to beneficial gut bacteria in cattle and chickens. Effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria in marine herbivorous turtles were assessed in vitro. When cultures of mixed bacterial communities from gastrointestinal tracts of freshly euthanized green turtles (Chelonia mydas), were exposed for 24h to six glyphosate concentrations (plus deionized water control), bacterial density was significantly lower at glyphosate concentrations≥2...
February 2018: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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