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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323890/establishment-of-transient-gene-expression-systems-in-protoplasts-from-liriodendron-hybrid-mesophyll-cells
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Ailing Huo, Zhenyu Chen, Pengkai Wang, Liming Yang, Guangping Wang, Dandan Wang, Suchan Liao, Tielong Cheng, Jinhui Chen, Jisen Shi
Liriodendron is a genus of the magnolia family comprised of two flowering tree species that produce hardwoods of great ecological and economic value. However, only a limited amount of genetic research has been performed on the Liriodendron genus partly because transient or stable transgenic trees have been difficult to produce. In general, transient expression systems are indispensable for rapid, high-throughput screening and systematic characterization of gene functions at a low cost; therefore, development of such a system for Liriodendron would provide a necessary step forward for research on Magnoliaceae and other woody trees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323854/the-unfinished-health-agenda-neonatal-mortality-in-cambodia
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Rathmony Hong, Pauline Yongeun Ahn, Frank Wieringa, Tung Rathavy, Ludovic Gauthier, Rathavuth Hong, Arnaud Laillou, Judit Van Geystelen, Jacques Berger, Etienne Poirot
BACKGROUND: Reduction of neonatal and under-five mortality rates remains a primary target in the achievement of universal health goals, as evident in renewed investments of Sustainable Development Goals. Various studies attribute declines in mortality to the combined effects of improvements in health care practices and changes in socio-economic factors. Since the early nineties, Cambodia has managed to evolve from a country devastated by war to a nation soon to enter the group of middle income countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319296/joint-effects-of-climate-variability-and-socio-ecological-factors-on-dengue-transmission-epidemiological-evidence
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REVIEW
Rokeya Akter, Wenbiao Hu, Suchithra Naish, Shahera Banu, Shilu Tong
OBJECTIVE: To assess the epidemiological evidence on the joint effects of climate variability and socio-ecological factors on dengue transmission. METHODS: Following PRISMA guidelines, a detailed literature search was conducted in PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus. Peer-reviewed, freely available and full text articles, considering both climate and socio-ecological factors in relation to dengue, published in English from January 1993 to October 2015 were included in this review...
March 20, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318698/stochastic-modeling-of-phosphorus-transport-in-the-three-gorges-reservoir-by-incorporating-variability-associated-with-the-phosphorus-partition-coefficient
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Lei Huang, Hongwei Fang, Xingya Xu, Guojian He, Xuesong Zhang, Danny Reible
Phosphorus (P) fate and transport plays a crucial role in the ecology of rivers and reservoirs in which eutrophication is limited by P. A key uncertainty in models used to help manage P in such systems is the partitioning of P to suspended and bed sediments. By analyzing data from field and laboratory experiments, we stochastically characterize the variability of the partition coefficient (Kd) and derive spatio-temporal solutions for P transport in the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR). We formulate a set of stochastic partial different equations (SPDEs) to simulate P transport by randomly sampling Kd from the measured distributions, to obtain statistical descriptions of the P concentration and retention in the TGR...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317909/the-active-side-of-stereopsis-fixation-strategy-and-adaptation-to-natural-environments
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Agostino Gibaldi, Andrea Canessa, Silvio P Sabatini
Depth perception in near viewing strongly relies on the interpretation of binocular retinal disparity to obtain stereopsis. Statistical regularities of retinal disparities have been claimed to greatly impact on the neural mechanisms that underlie binocular vision, both to facilitate perceptual decisions and to reduce computational load. In this paper, we designed a novel and unconventional approach in order to assess the role of fixation strategy in conditioning the statistics of retinal disparity. We integrated accurate realistic three-dimensional models of natural scenes with binocular eye movement recording, to obtain accurate ground-truth statistics of retinal disparity experienced by a subject in near viewing...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317857/enhanced-biennial-variability-in-the-pacific-due-to-atlantic-capacitor-effect
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Lei Wang, Jin-Yi Yu, Houk Paek
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the variability in the Pacific subtropical highs (PSHs) have major impacts on social and ecological systems. Here we present an Atlantic capacitor effect mechanism to suggest that the Atlantic is a key pacemaker of the biennial variability in the Pacific including that in ENSO and the PSHs during recent decades. The 'charging' (that is, ENSO imprinting the North Tropical Atlantic (NTA) sea surface temperature (SST) via an atmospheric bridge mechanism) and 'discharging' (that is, the NTA SST triggering the following ENSO via a subtropical teleconnection mechanism) processes alternate, generating the biennial rhythmic changes in the Pacific...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317257/top-down-control-of-carbon-sequestration-grazing-affects-microbial-structure-and-function-in-salt-marsh-soils
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Peter Mueller, Dirk Granse, Stefanie Nolte, Hai Thi Do, Magdalena Weingartner, Stefan Hoth, Kai Jensen
Tidal wetlands have been increasingly recognized as long-term carbon sinks in recent years. Work on carbon sequestration and decomposition processes in tidal wetlands focused so far mainly on effects of global-change factors such as sea-level rise and increasing temperatures. However, little is known about effects of land use, such as livestock grazing, on organic matter decomposition and ultimately carbon sequestration. The present work aims at understanding the mechanisms by which large herbivores can affect organic matter decomposition in tidal wetlands...
March 20, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316330/the-microbiota-of-the-respiratory-tract-gatekeeper-to-respiratory-health
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REVIEW
Wing Ho Man, Wouter A A de Steenhuijsen Piters, Debby Bogaert
The respiratory tract is a complex organ system that is responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The human respiratory tract spans from the nostrils to the lung alveoli and is inhabited by niche-specific communities of bacteria. The microbiota of the respiratory tract probably acts as a gatekeeper that provides resistance to colonization by respiratory pathogens. The respiratory microbiota might also be involved in the maturation and maintenance of homeostasis of respiratory physiology and immunity...
March 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316119/animal-tracking-meets-migration-genomics-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-partially-migratory-bird-species
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Paolo Franchini, Iker Irisarri, Adam Fudickar, Andreas Schmidt, Axel Meyer, Martin Wikelski, Jesko Partecke
Seasonal migration is a widespread phenomenon, which is found in many different lineages of animals. This spectacular behaviour allows animals to avoid seasonally adverse environmental conditions to exploit more favourable habitats. Migration has been intensively studied in birds, which display astonishing variation in migration strategies, thus providing a powerful system for studying the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape migratory behaviour. Despite intensive research, the genetic basis of migration remains largely unknown...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315955/symbiosis-with-systemic-fungal-endophytes-promotes-host-escape-from-vector-borne-disease
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L I Perez, P E Gundel, H J Marrero, A González Arzac, M Omacini
Plants interact with a myriad of microorganisms that modulate their interactions within the community. A well-described example is the symbiosis between grasses and Epichloë fungal endophytes that protects host plants from herbivores. It is suggested that these symbionts could play a protective role for plants against pathogens through the regulation of their growth and development and/or the induction of host defences. However, other endophyte-mediated ecological mechanisms involved in disease avoidance have been scarcely explored...
March 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314608/trophic-availability-buffers-the-detrimental-effects-of-clogging-in-an-alpine-stream
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Alberto Doretto, Francesca Bona, Elena Piano, Ilaria Zanin, Anna Chiara Eandi, Stefano Fenoglio
Clogging, the streambed colmation by fine sediments, is an important widespread source of impact affecting freshwaters. Alterations in stream morphology and hydrology, added to the effects of global climate change, are responsible for this phenomenon, that is particularly pernicious in mountainous lotic systems naturally characterized by coarse substrates. Among the studies investigating this issue some were descriptive, while others used artificial substrates to compare ongoing fine sediment accumulation and macroinvertebrate assemblage recruitment...
March 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304369/the-role-of-adaptive-immunity-as-an-ecological-filter-on-the-gut-microbiota-in-zebrafish
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Keaton Stagaman, Adam R Burns, Karen Guillemin, Brendan Jm Bohannan
All animals live in intimate association with communities of microbes, collectively referred to as their microbiota. Certain host traits can influence which microbial taxa comprise the microbiota. One potentially important trait in vertebrate animals is the adaptive immune system, which has been hypothesized to act as an ecological filter, promoting the presence of some microbial taxa over others. Here we surveyed the intestinal microbiota of 68 wild-type zebrafish, with functional adaptive immunity, and 61 rag1(-) zebrafish, lacking functional B- and T-cell receptors, to test the role of adaptive immunity as an ecological filter on the intestinal microbiota...
March 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303638/a-review-of-the-methods-for-storing-floral-nectars-in-the-field
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REVIEW
B Amato, S Petit
The knowledge of floral nectar sugar characteristics such as concentration, ratio, and mass is essential to understand the complex nature of nectar production and pollination systems. Although nectar is commonly stored in ecology, storage reliability and effectiveness have rarely been quantified. Inappropriate nectar storage between sampling and analysis can alter nectar chemistry as a result of enzyme or microbial action. Our review of the literature indicates that measures to preserve nectar sugars before analysis include refrigeration, freezing, the addition of an antimicrobial agent, spotting and drying on filter paper, the addition of a desiccant, or a combination of these storage treatments...
March 17, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303187/ecological-consequences-of-colony-structure-in-dynamic-ant-nest-networks
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Samuel Ellis, Daniel W Franks, Elva J H Robinson
Access to resources depends on an individual's position within the environment. This is particularly important to animals that invest heavily in nest construction, such as social insects. Many ant species have a polydomous nesting strategy: a single colony inhabits several spatially separated nests, often exchanging resources between the nests. Different nests in a polydomous colony potentially have differential access to resources, but the ecological consequences of this are unclear. In this study, we investigate how nest survival and budding in polydomous wood ant (Formica lugubris) colonies are affected by being part of a multi-nest system...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303184/the-shifting-phenological-landscape-within-and-between-species-variation-in-leaf-emergence-in-a-mixed-deciduous-woodland
#15
Ella F Cole, Ben C Sheldon
Many organisms rely on synchronizing the timing of their life-history events with those of other trophic levels-known as phenological matching-for survival or successful reproduction. In temperate deciduous forests, the extent of matching with the budburst date of key tree species is of particular relevance for many herbivorous insects and, in turn, insectivorous birds. In order to understand the ecological and evolutionary forces operating in these systems, we require knowledge of the factors influencing leaf emergence of tree communities...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302975/chromatographic-separation-of-cd-from-plants-via-anion-exchange-resin-for-an-isotope-determination-by-multiple-collector-icp-ms
#16
Rongfei Wei, Qingjun Guo, Hanjie Wen, Marc Peters, Junxing Yang, Liyan Tian, Xiaokun Han
In this study, key factors affecting the chromatographic separation of Cd from plants, such as the resin column, digestion and purification procedures, were experimentally investigated. A technique for separating Cd from plant samples based on single ion-exchange chromatography has been developed, which is suitable for the high-precision analysis of Cd isotopes by multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). The robustness of the technique was assessed by replicate analyses of Cd standard solutions and plant samples...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302868/oxidative-ecology-of-paternal-care-in-wild-smallmouth-bass-micropterus-dolomieu
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Laura K Elmer, Constance M O'Connor, David P Philipp, Glen Van Der Kraak, Kathleen M Gilmour, William G Willmore, Brandon L Barthel, Steven J Cooke
Physiologically, oxidative stress is considered a homeostatic imbalance between reactive oxygen species production and absorption. From an ecological perspective, oxidative stress may serve as an important constraint to life history traits such as lifespan, reproduction, and the immune system, and is gaining interest as a potential mechanism underlying life history trade-offs. Of late, there has been much interest in understanding the role of oxidative stress in the ecology of wild animals, particularly during challenging periods such as reproduction...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301560/a-systematic-review-of-ecological-attributes-that-confer-resilience-to-climate-change-in-environmental-restoration
#18
Britta L Timpane-Padgham, Tim Beechie, Terrie Klinger
Ecological restoration is widely practiced as a means of rehabilitating ecosystems and habitats that have been degraded or impaired through human use or other causes. Restoration practices now are confronted by climate change, which has the potential to influence long-term restoration outcomes. Concepts and attributes from the resilience literature can help improve restoration and monitoring efforts under changing climate conditions. We systematically examined the published literature on ecological resilience to identify biological, chemical, and physical attributes that confer resilience to climate change...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301488/species-free-species-distribution-models-describe-macroecological-properties-of-protected-area-networks
#19
Jason L Robinson, James A Fordyce
Among the greatest challenges facing the conservation of plants and animal species in protected areas are threats from a rapidly changing climate. An altered climate creates both challenges and opportunities for improving the management of protected areas in networks. Increasingly, quantitative tools like species distribution modeling are used to assess the performance of protected areas and predict potential responses to changing climates for groups of species, within a predictive framework. At larger geographic domains and scales, protected area network units have spatial geoclimatic properties that can be described in the gap analysis typically used to measure or aggregate the geographic distributions of species (stacked species distribution models, or S-SDM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300996/hospitalization-for-primary-care-susceptible-conditions-health-spending-and-family-health-strategy-an-analysis-of-trends
#20
Tissiani Morimoto, Juvenal Soares Dias da Costa
The goal of this study was to analyze the trend over time of hospitalizations due to conditions susceptible to primary healthcare (HCSPC), and how it relates to healthcare spending and Family Health Strategy (FHS) coverage in the city of São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil, between 2003 and 2012. This is an ecological, time-trend study. We used secondary data available in the Unified Healthcare System Hospital Data System, the Primary Care Department and Public Health Budget Data System. The analysis compared HCSPC using three-year moving averages and Poisson regressions or negative binomials...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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