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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922071/a-carotenogenic-mini-pathway-introduced-into-white-corn-does-not-affect-development-or-agronomic-performance
#1
Daniela Zanga, Teresa Capell, Gustavo A Slafer, Paul Christou, Roxana Savin
High-carotenoid corn (Carolight®) has been developed as a vehicle to deliver pro-vitamin A in the diet and thus address vitamin A deficiency in at-risk populations in developing countries. Like any other novel crop, the performance of Carolight® must be tested in different environments to ensure that optimal yields and productivity are maintained, particularly in this case to ensure that the engineered metabolic pathway does not attract a yield penalty. Here we compared the performance of Carolight® with its near isogenic white corn inbred parental line under greenhouse and field conditions, and monitored the stability of the introduced trait...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920378/the-eco-evolutionary-impacts-of-domestication-and-agricultural-practices-on-wild-species
#2
REVIEW
Martin M Turcotte, Hitoshi Araki, Daniel S Karp, Katja Poveda, Susan R Whitehead
Agriculture is a dominant evolutionary force that drives the evolution of both domesticated and wild species. However, the various mechanisms of agriculture-induced evolution and their socio-ecological consequences are not often synthetically discussed. Here, we explore how agricultural practices and evolutionary changes in domesticated species cause evolution in wild species. We do so by examining three processes by which agriculture drives evolution. First, differences in the traits of domesticated species, compared with their wild ancestors, alter the selective environment and create opportunities for wild species to specialize...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919313/population-dynamics-of-rice-planthoppers-nilaparvata-lugens-and-sogatella-furcifera-hemiptera-delphacidae-in-central-vietnam-and-its-effects-on-their-spring-migration-to-china
#3
G Hu, M-H Lu, H A Tuan, W-C Liu, M-C Xie, C E McInerney, B-P Zhai
Rice planthopper (RPH) populations of Nilaparvata lugens and Sogatella furcifera periodically have erupted across Asia. Predicting RPH population dynamics and identifying their source areas are crucial for the management of these migratory pests in China, but the origins of the migrants to temperate and subtropical regions in China remains unclear. In particular, their early migration to China in March and April have not yet been explored due to a lack of research data available from potential source areas, Central Vietnam and Laos...
December 6, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918468/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-tadpole-shrimp-triops-longicaudatus-by-illumina-paired-end-sequencing-assembly-annotation-and-marker-discovery
#4
Jiyeon Seong, Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, So Young Park, Hee Ju Hwang, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Mi Young Noh, Seung-Hwan Park, Gwang Joo Jeon, Hong Sik Kong, Soonok Kim, Ui Wook Hwang, Hong Seog Park, Yeon Soo Han, Yong Seok Lee
The tadpole shrimp (Triops longicaudatus) is an aquatic crustacean that helps control pest populations. It inhabits freshwater ponds and pools and has been described as a living fossil. T. longicaudatus was officially declared an endangered species South Korea in 2005; however, through subsequent protection and conservation management, it was removed from the endangered species list in 2012. The limited number of available genetic resources on T. longicaudatus makes it difficult to obtain valuable genetic information for marker-aided selection programs...
December 2, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918418/insecticide-effect-of-zeolites-on-the-tomato-leafminer-tuta-absoluta-lepidoptera-gelechiidae
#5
Caroline De Smedt, Veerle Van Damme, Patrick De Clercq, Pieter Spanoghe
(1) Background: The tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is a key tomato insect pest. At present, it is considered to be a serious threat in various countries in Europe, North Africa, and Middle East. The extensive use and the developed resistance of T. absoluta to spinosad causes some concern, which leads to the need for alternative products. (2) Materials and Methods: Several laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate the ovicidal properties of a zeolite particle film on T. absoluta...
December 2, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917972/pastoralism-in-the-drylands-of-latin-america-argentina-chile-mexico-and-peru
#6
J M Grünwaldt, G Castellaro, E R Flores, C R Morales-Nieto, R D Valdez-Cepeda, J C Guevera, E G Grünwaldt
This article discusses various aspects of pastoralism in the Latin American countries with the largest dryland areas. The topics covered include: social, economic and institutional issues; grasslands and their carrying capacity; production systems and productivity rates; competition for forage resources between domestic livestock and wildlife; and the health status of livestock and wildlife. Most grasslands exhibit some degree of degradation. The percentage of offspring reaching weaning age is low: 47-66% of calves and 40-80% of lambs...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916820/biological-control-beneath-the-feet-a-review-of-crop-protection-against-insect-root-herbivores
#7
REVIEW
Alan Kergunteuil, Moe Bakhtiari, Ludovico Formenti, Zhenggao Xiao, Emmanuel Defossez, Sergio Rasmann
Sustainable agriculture is certainly one of the most important challenges at present, considering both human population demography and evidence showing that crop productivity based on chemical control is plateauing. While the environmental and health threats of conventional agriculture are increasing, ecological research is offering promising solutions for crop protection against herbivore pests. While most research has focused on aboveground systems, several major crop pests are uniquely feeding on roots. We here aim at documenting the current and potential use of several biological control agents, including micro-organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and nematodes) and invertebrates included among the macrofauna of soils (arthropods and annelids) that are used against root herbivores...
November 29, 2016: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916459/molecular-characterization-of-sdf1-and-cxcr4-in-the-mozambique-tilapia-oreochromis-mossambicus
#8
Jorge Amat-Fernandez, Michael J Hammond, Di Liang, Tianfang Wang, Tomer Ventura, Abigail Elizur, Scott F Cummins
Animal sexual reproduction relies on primordial germ cells (PGCs), the predecessors of the germ cell lineage, giving rise to either spermatogonia or oogonia after the completion of gonadal differentiation. There is limited information on the mechanism of PGC migration leading to the formation of the primordial gonad in Perciform fish. Oreochromis mossambicus, a tilapiine species, was investigated that is a commercially important aquaculture species in many parts of the world while in other areas it has become an invasive pest...
November 21, 2016: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914927/novel-rna-viruses-producing-simultaneous-covert-infections-in-ceratitis-capitata-correlations-between-viral-titers-and-host-fitness-and-implications-for-sit-programs
#9
Angel Llopis-Giménez, Rosa Maria González, Anabel Millán-Leiva, Marta Catalá, Elena Llacer, Alberto Urbaneja, Salvador Herrero
The Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly), Ceratitis capitata is a highly polyphagous pest, which infests multiple species of fruits and vegetables worldwide. In addition to the traditional control with chemical insecticides, sterile insect technique (SIT) has been implemented in integrated programs worldwide, and has become an essential measure for the control of this pest. A key issue for SIT is to release sterile males that are sufficiently competitive with males from the wild population. Using sequence information available in public databases, three novel picornaviruses infecting medflies were discovered and named as C...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914738/wolbachia-strains-in-cryptic-species-of-the-anastrepha-fraterculus-complex-diptera-tephritidae-along-the-neotropical-region
#10
Leandro F Prezotto, André L P Perondini, Vicente Hernández-Ortiz, Celso L Marino, Denise Selivon
Infection by Wolbachia was described previously in eleven species of Anastrepha fruit flies some of which are important pests of fruticulture. One such species is the nominal Anastrepha fraterculus, the South American fruit fly, which actually comprises a complex of cryptic species. The suggestions of using Wolbachia for the control of these pest species, make imperative a more precise characterization of the existing strains of the bacteria. In this study, population samples of the A. fraterculus complex from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico were analyzed for Wolbachia infection...
November 24, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914542/glutathione-s-transferases-are-involved-in-thiamethoxam-resistance-in-the-field-whitefly-bemisia-tabaci-q-hemiptera-aleyrodidae
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Xin Yang, Chao He, Wen Xie, Yating Liu, Jixing Xia, Zezong Yang, Litao Guo, Yanan Wen, Shaoli Wang, Qingjun Wu, Fengshan Yang, Xiaomao Zhou, Youjun Zhang
The whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, has developed a high level of resistance to thiamethoxam, a second generation neonicotinoid insecticide that has been widely used to control this pest. In this study, we assessed the level of cross-resistance, the activities of detoxifying enzymes, and the expression profiles of 23 glutathione S-transferase (GST) genes in a thiamethoxam-resistant ant and -susceptible strain of Bemisia tabaci Q. The thiamethoxam-resistant strain showed a moderate level of cross-resistance to another nicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid, a low level of cross-resistance to acetamiprid and nitenpyram, and no significant cross-resistance to abamectin and bifenthrin...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914535/indoxacarb-biotransformation-in-the-german-cockroach
#12
Ameya D Gondhalekar, Ernesto S Nakayasu, Isabel Silva, Bruce Cooper, Michael E Scharf
Insecticides that are used for pest control undergo physical and biological (enzymatic) degradation. Indoxacarb is an oxadiazine class sodium channel blocker insecticide used for German cockroach (Blattella germanica L.) control. At present, no information is available on enzymatic biotransformation or metabolism of indoxacarb in this important urban pest. We studied the biotransformation pathways of indoxacarb in one susceptible and three field strains with varying susceptibility levels using liquid chromatography and high-resolution mass spectrometry...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914534/novel-revelation-of-warfarin-resistant-mechanism-in-roof-rats-rattus-rattus-using-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-analysis
#13
Kazuki Takeda, Yoshinori Ikenaka, Tsutomu Tanikawa, Kazuyuki D Tanaka, Shouta M M Nakayama, Hazuki Mizukawa, Mayumi Ishizuka
Roof rats (Rattus rattus) live mainly in human habitats. Heavy use of rodenticides, such as warfarin, has led to the development of drug resistance, making pest control difficult. There have been many reports regarding mutations of vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKOR), the target enzyme of warfarin, in resistant rats. However, it has been suggested there are other mechanisms of warfarin resistance. To confirm these possibilities, closed colonies of warfarin-susceptible roof rats (S) and resistant rats from Tokyo (R) were established, and the pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics of warfarin in rats from both colonies was investigated...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909411/rnai-efficiency-systemic-properties-and-novel-delivery-methods-for-pest-insect-control-what-we-know-so-far
#14
REVIEW
Mallikarjuna R Joga, Moises J Zotti, Guy Smagghe, Olivier Christiaens
In recent years, the research on the potential of using RNA interference (RNAi) to suppress crop pests has made an outstanding growth. However, given the variability of RNAi efficiency that is observed in many insects, the development of novel approaches toward insect pest management using RNAi requires first to unravel factors behind the efficiency of dsRNA-mediated gene silencing. In this review, we explore essential implications and possibilities to increase RNAi efficiency by delivery of dsRNA through non-transformative methods...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909299/pest-control-peppers-trap-worms
#15
Chris Surridge
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908773/does-the-effect-of-a-metarhizium-anisopliae-isolate-on-rhipicephalus-microplus-depend-on-the-tick-population-evaluated
#16
Anelise Webster, Endrigo Pradel, Ugo Araújo Souza, João Ricardo Martins, José Reck, Augusto Schrank, Guilherme Klafke
The filamentous fungus Metarhizium anisopliae is an arthropod pathogen used in the biological control of pests in agriculture and livestock. The effect of the fungus M. anisopliae on ticks has been shown in experiments in vitro. The aim of the present study was to compare the susceptibility of different field isolates of Rhipicephalus microplus to M. anisopliae. A total of 67 field isolates were evaluated. Rhipicephalus microplus larvae were immersed in an M. anisopliae suspension (10(8) conidia/mL) for 5min...
November 24, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907095/phenotypic-plasticity-epigenetic-or-genetic-modifications-in-relation-to-the-duration-of-cd-exposure-within-a-microevolution-time-range-in-the-beet-armyworm
#17
Maria Augustyniak, Anna Płachetka-Bożek, Alina Kafel, Agnieszka Babczyńska, Monika Tarnawska, Agnieszka Janiak, Anna Loba, Marta Dziewięcka, Julia Karpeta-Kaczmarek, Agnieszka Zawisza-Raszka
In the case of the pests inhabiting metal polluted or fields where the use of pesticides is common, a natural selection of resistant individuals can occur. This may pose serious problems for humans, agriculture, as well as the economies of many countries. In this study, the hypothesis that multigenerational (120 generations) exposure to cadmium of a beet armyworm population could be a selecting factor toward a more efficient DNA protection was verified. The hemocytes of individuals from two culture strains (control and Cd-exposed) were treated with H2O2 (a DNA-damaging agent) or PBS (reference)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903323/reproductive-ecology-of-phorid-parasitoids-in-relation-to-the-head-size-of-leaf-cutting-ants-atta-sexdens-forel
#18
C F Farder-Gomes, M A Oliveira, P L Gonçalves, L M Gontijo, J C Zanuncio, M A L Bragança, E M Pires
The leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) is one of the most damaging agricultural pests in the Neotropics. Management strategies predominantly rely on the use of general insecticides. What is needed are more species-specific and environmentally friendly options. Parasitioids such as phorid flies (Diptera: Phoridae) may be one such option, but a greater understanding of the ecology of the flies and their ant hosts is essential to devise biological control strategies. Here we report parasitism rates, ant host size, parasitoid abundance per host and resultant sex ratios of two phorid species Apocephalus attophilus Borgmeier and Eibesfeldtphora tonhascai Brown parasitizing A...
December 1, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901078/asian-citrus-psyllid-rnai-pathway-rnai-evidence
#19
Clauvis N T Taning, Eduardo C Andrade, Wayne B Hunter, Olivier Christiaens, Guy Smagghe
Diaphorina citri, known as the Asian citrus psyllid, is an important pest of citrus because it transmits a phloem-limited bacteria strongly implicated in huanglongbing (citrus greening disease). Emerging biotechnologies, such as RNA interference, could provide a new sustainable and environmentally friendly strategy for the management of this pest. In this study, genome and functional analysis were performed to verify whether the RNAi core genes are present in the Asian psyllid genome and if the RNAi machinery could be exploited to develop a management strategy for this pest...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898773/persistence-in-and-release-of-2-4-d-and-azoxystrobin-from-turfgrass-clippings
#20
Matthew D Jeffries, Fred H Yelverton, Khalied A Ahmed, Travis W Gannon
Research has shown that pesticide residue in clippings from previously treated turfgrass may become bioavailable as grass decomposes, adversely affecting off-target organisms. We conducted a field study to quantify 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) and azoxystrobin (methyl(E)-2-{2[6-(2-cyanophenoxy)pyrmidin-4-yloxy]phenyl}-3-methoxyacrylate) residues in turfgrass clippings collected from hybrid bermudagrass [ (L.) Pers. × Burtt-Davy], tall fescue [ (Schreb.) S.J. Darbyshire], and zoysiagrass ( Steud.)...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
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