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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531850/in-situ-injection-of-potassium-hydroxide-into-briquetted-wheat-straw-and-meadow-grass-effect-on-biomethane-production
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Lu Feng, Veronica Moset, Wanwu Li, Chang Chen, Henrik Bjarne Møller
Alkaline pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass has been intensively investigated but heavy water usage and environmental pollution from wastewater limits its industrial application. This study presents a pretreatment technique by in-situ injection of potassium hydroxide concentrations ranging from 0.8% to 10% (w/w) into the briquetting process of wheat straw and meadow grass. Results show that the biomethane yield and hydrolysis rate was improved significantly with a higher impact on wheat straw compared to meadow grass...
May 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493968/the-dead-hardened-floral-bracts-of-dispersal-units-of-wild-wheat-function-as-storage-for-active-hydrolases-and-in-enhancing-seedling-vigor
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Buzi Raviv, Gila Granot, Vered Chalifa-Caspi, Gideon Grafi
It is commonly assumed that the dead, hardened floral bracts of the dispersal unit of grasses have been evolved to protect seeds from predation and / or assist in fruit/caryopsis dispersal. While these structures have important agronomical and economical implications, their adaptive value has not been fully explored. We investigated the hypothesis that the maternally derived hardened floral bracts have been evolved not just as a means for caryopsis protection and dispersal, but also as storage for substances that might affect seed germination and seedling vigor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467041/fabrication-of-hybrid-collagen-aerogels-reinforced-with-wheat-grass-bioactives-as-instructive-scaffolds-for-collagen-turnover-and-angiogenesis-for-wound-healing-applications
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Dharunya Govindarajan, Natarajan Duraipandy, Kunnavakkam Vinjimur Srivatsan, Rachita Lakra, Purna Sai Korapatti, Ramasamy Jayavel, Manikantan Syamala Kiran
The present study illustrates the progress of the wheat grass bioactive-reinforced collagen-based aerogel system as an instructive scaffold for collagen turnover and angiogenesis for wound healing applications. The reinforcement of wheat grass bioactives in collagen resulted in the design and development of aerogels with enhanced physicochemical and biomechanical properties due to the intermolecular interaction between the active growth factors of wheat grass and collagen fibril. Differential scanning calorimetry analysis revealed an enhanced denaturation temperature when compared to those of native collagen aerogels...
May 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463975/global-gene-expression-profiling-related-to-temperature-sensitive-growth-abnormalities-in-interspecific-crosses-between-tetraploid-wheat-and-aegilops-tauschii
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Ryusuke Matsuda, Julio Cesar Masaru Iehisa, Kouhei Sakaguchi, Ryoko Ohno, Kentaro Yoshida, Shigeo Takumi
Triploid wheat hybrids between tetraploid wheat and Aegilops tauschii sometimes show abnormal growth phenotypes, and the growth abnormalities inhibit generation of wheat synthetic hexaploids. In type II necrosis, one of the growth abnormalities, necrotic cell death accompanied by marked growth repression occurs only under low temperature conditions. At normal temperature, the type II necrosis lines show grass-clump dwarfism with no necrotic symptoms, excess tillers, severe dwarfism and delayed flowering. Here, we report comparative expression analyses to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of the temperature-dependent phenotypic plasticity in the triploid wheat hybrids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457549/effect-of-different-levels-of-rapidly-degradable-carbohydrates-calculated-by-a-simple-rumen-model-on-performance-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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J Doorenbos, J Martín-Tereso, J Dijkstra, H van Laar
Aggregating rumen degradation characteristics of different carbohydrate components into the term modeled rapidly degradable carbohydrates (mRDC) can simplify diet formulation by accounting for differences in rate and extent of carbohydrate degradation within and between feedstuffs. This study sought to evaluate responses of lactating dairy cows to diets formulated with increasing levels of mRDC, keeping the supply of other nutrients as constant as possible. The mRDC content of feedstuffs was calculated based on a simple rumen model including soluble, washable, and nonwashable but potentially degradable fractions, as well as the fractional degradation and passage rates, of sugar, starch, neutral detergent fiber, and other carbohydrates...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452349/wheat-ms2-encodes-for-an-orphan-protein-that-confers-male-sterility-in-grass-species
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Fei Ni, Juan Qi, Qunqun Hao, Bo Lyu, Ming-Cheng Luo, Yan Wang, Fengjuan Chen, Shuyun Wang, Chaozhong Zhang, Lynn Epstein, Xiangyu Zhao, Honggang Wang, Xiansheng Zhang, Cuixia Chen, Lanzhen Sun, Daolin Fu
Male sterility is a valuable trait for plant breeding and hybrid seed production. The dominant male-sterile gene Ms2 in common wheat has facilitated the release of hundreds of breeding lines and cultivars in China. Here, we describe the map-based cloning of the Ms2 gene and show that Ms2 confers male sterility in wheat, barley and Brachypodium. MS2 appears as an orphan gene within the Triticinae and expression of Ms2 in anthers is associated with insertion of a retroelement into the promoter. The cloning of Ms2 has substantial potential to assemble practical pipelines for recurrent selection and hybrid seed production in wheat...
April 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437453/three-dominant-awnless-genes-in-common-wheat-fine-mapping-interaction-and-contribution-to-diversity-in-awn-shape-and-length
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Motohiro Yoshioka, Julio C M Iehisa, Ryoko Ohno, Tatsuro Kimura, Hiroyuki Enoki, Satoru Nishimura, Shuhei Nasuda, Shigeo Takumi
The awn is a long needle-like structure formed at the tip of the lemma in the florets of some grass species. It plays a role in seed dispersal and protection against animals, and can contribute to the photosynthetic activity of spikes. Three main dominant inhibitors of awn development (Hd, B1 and B2) are known in hexaploid wheat, but the causal genes have not been cloned yet and a genetic association with awn length diversity has been found only for the B1 allele. To analyze the prevalence of these three awning inhibitors, we attempted to predict the genotypes of 189 hexaploid wheat varieties collected worldwide using markers tightly linked to these loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431134/floral-transitions-in-wheat-and-barley-interactions-between-photoperiod-abiotic-stresses-and-nutrient-status
#8
Leonard Gol, Filipa Tomé, Maria von Korff
The timing of plant reproduction has a large impact on yield in crop plants. Reproductive development in temperate cereals comprises two major developmental transitions. During spikelet initiation, the identity of the shoot meristem switches from the vegetative to the reproductive stage and spikelet primordia are formed on the apex. Subsequently, floral morphogenesis is initiated, a process strongly affected by environmental variation. Recent studies in cereal grasses have suggested that this later phase of inflorescence development controls floret survival and abortion, and is therefore crucial for yield...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425669/dissolving-lignin-in-water-through-enzymatic-sulfation-with-aryl-sulfotransferase
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Pepijn Prinsen, Anand Narani, Aloysius F Hartog, Ron Wever, Gadi Rothenberg
We introduce the concept of using site-specific sulfation of various lignins for increasing their aqueous solubility and thereby their processability. Using p-nitrophenylsulfate as a sulfate source and an aryl sulfotransferase enzyme as catalyst, lignins are easily sulfated at ambient conditions. We demonstrate the specific sulfation of phenolic hydroxyl groups on five different lignins: Indulin AT (Kraft softwood), Protobind 1000 (mixed wheat straw/Sarkanda grass soda) and three organosolv lignins. The reaction proceeds smoothly and the increase in solubility is visible to the naked eye...
May 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419861/agroecological-and-environmental-factors-influence-barley-yellow-dwarf-viruses-in-grasslands-in-the-us-pacific-northwest
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Laura L Ingwell, Christelle Lacroix, Paul R Rhoades, Alexander V Karasev, Nilsa A Bosque-Pérez
Plant pathogens can play a role in the competitive interactions between plant species and have been understudied in native prairies, which are declining globally, and in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in the United States. Barley/Cereal yellow dwarf virus (B/CYDV) are among the most economically important disease-causing agents of small grain cereal crops, such as wheat, and are known to infect over 150 Poaceae species, including many of the grass species present in prairies and CRP lands. Field surveys of Poaceae species were conducted in endangered Palouse Prairie and CRP habitats of southeastern Washington and adjacent northern Idaho, USA from 2010-2012 to examine for the presence of B/CYDV among plant hosts and aphid vectors...
April 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366969/impact-of-reduced-tillage-on-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-soil-carbon-stocks-in-an-organic-grass-clover-ley-winter-wheat-cropping-sequence
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Maike Krauss, Reiner Ruser, Torsten Müller, Sissel Hansen, Paul Mäder, Andreas Gattinger
Organic reduced tillage aims to combine the environmental benefits of organic farming and conservation tillage to increase sustainability and soil quality. In temperate climates, there is currently no knowledge about its impact on greenhouse gas emissions and only little information about soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks in these management systems. We therefore monitored nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) fluxes besides SOC stocks for two years in a grass-clover ley - winter wheat - cover crop sequence...
February 15, 2017: Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358885/exogenous-lactobacilli-mitigate-microbial-changes-associated-with-grain-fermentation-corn-oats-and-wheat-by-equine-fecal-microflora-ex-vivo
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Brittany E Harlow, Laurie M Lawrence, Patricia A Harris, Glen E Aiken, Michael D Flythe
Cereal grains are often included in equine diets. When starch intake exceeds foregut digestion starch will reach the hindgut, impacting microbial ecology. Probiotics (e.g., lactobacilli) are reported to mitigate GI dysbioses in other species. This study was conducted to determine the effect of exogenous lactobacilli on pH and the growth of amylolytic and lactate-utilizing bacteria. Feces were collected from 3 mature geldings fed grass hay with access to pasture. Fecal microbes were harvested by differential centrifugation, washed, and re-suspended in anaerobic media containing ground corn, wheat, or oats at 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347735/novel-sensitization-trajectories-in-childhood-revealed-by-a-cluster-analysis
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Ann-Marie M Schoos, Bo L Chawes, Erik Melén, Anna Bergström, Inger Kull, Magnus Wickman, Klaus Bønnelykke, Hans Bisgaard, Morten A Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Assessment of sensitization at an isolated time-point during childhood provides limited clinical information. We hypothesized that sensitization develops as specific patterns with respect to age at debut, development over time, and involved allergens, and that such patterns might be more biologically and clinically relevant. OBJECTIVE: To explore latent patterns of sensitization during the first 6 years of life and investigate whether such patterns associate to development of asthma, rhinitis, and eczema...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330106/enhanced-production-of-pectinase-by-aspergillus-terreus-ncft-4269-10-using-banana-peels-as-substrate
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Bijay Kumar Sethi, Prativa Kumari Nanda, Santilata Sahoo
Aspergillus terreus NCFT4269.10 was implemented in solid-state (SSF) and liquid static surface fermentation (LSSF) for biosynthesis of pectinase. Amongst various substrates, like, mustard oil cake, neem oil cake, groundnut oil cake, black gram peels, green gram peels, chickling vetch peels/grass pea peels wheat bran, pearl millet residues, finger millet waste, broken rice, banana peels (BP), apple pomace (AP) and orange peels, banana peel (Musa paradisiaca L.; Family: Musaceae) was most suitable for pectinase biosynthesis (LSSF: 400 ± 21...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330103/profiling-and-production-of-hemicellulases-by-thermophilic-fungus-malbranchea-flava-and-the-role-of-xylanases-in-improved-bioconversion-of-pretreated-lignocellulosics-to-ethanol
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Manju Sharma, Chhavi Mahajan, Manpreet S Bhatti, Bhupinder Singh Chadha
This study reports thermophilic fungus Malbranchea flava as a potent source of xylanase and xylan-debranching accessory enzymes. M. flava produced high levels of xylanase on sorghum straw containing solidified culture medium. The optimization of culture conditions for production of hemicellulases was carried out using one factor at a time approach and Box-Behnken design of experiments with casein (%), inoculum age (h) and inoculum level (ml) as process variables and xylanase, β-xylosidase, acetyl esterases and arabinofuranosidase as response variables...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316079/insectivorous-birds-disrupt-biological-control-of-cereal-aphids
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Ingo Grass, Katrin Lehmann, Carsten Thies, Teja Tscharntke
Insect-feeding birds may interfere with trophic interactions in plant-insect food webs, which may be particularly important in agroecosystems. Here, we studied how Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) affect aphids and their predators in cereal fields using bird exclusion experiments. The Tree Sparrows fed their nestlings with aphid antagonists. Hoverflies and ladybird beetles accounted for 77% of the food for the nestlings during peak aphid density. When birds were excluded, densities of hoverfly larvae, which were the most abundant aphid predator group in the cereals, were 4% higher in wheat and 45% higher in oat, while aphid densities were 24% lower in wheat and 26% lower in oat...
March 17, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302860/mobile-mute-specifies-subsidiary-cells-to-build-physiologically-improved-grass-stomata
#17
Michael T Raissig, Juliana L Matos, M Ximena Anleu Gil, Ari Kornfeld, Akhila Bettadapur, Emily Abrash, Hannah R Allison, Grayson Badgley, John P Vogel, Joseph A Berry, Dominique C Bergmann
Plants optimize carbon assimilation while limiting water loss by adjusting stomatal aperture. In grasses, a developmental innovation-the addition of subsidiary cells (SCs) flanking two dumbbell-shaped guard cells (GCs)-is linked to improved stomatal physiology. Here, we identify a transcription factor necessary and sufficient for SC formation in the wheat relative Brachypodium distachyon. Unexpectedly, the transcription factor is an ortholog of the stomatal regulator AtMUTE, which defines GC precursor fate in Arabidopsis The novel role of BdMUTE in specifying lateral SCs appears linked to its acquisition of cell-to-cell mobility in Brachypodium Physiological analyses on SC-less plants experimentally support classic hypotheses that SCs permit greater stomatal responsiveness and larger range of pore apertures...
March 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279883/comprehensive-analysis-of-degradation-and-accumulation-of-ametryn-in-soils-and-in-wheat-maize-ryegrass-and-alfalfa-plants
#18
Ying Liu, Li Ya Ma, Yi Chen Lu, Shuang Shuang Jiang, Hong Jin Wu, Hong Yang
Ametryn is a selective herbicide belonging to the triazine family and widely used for killing annual grasses or weeds in China and other parts of the world. However, reports on its environmental risk assessment with regard to soil and crop contamination are limited. In this study, accumulation of ametryn in wheat, maize, ryegrass and alfalfa crops along with ametryn residues in the soil planted with the plants were comparatively investigated. Soil enzyme activities and low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOAs), as well as antioxidant and degradation enzyme activities in plant tissues were measured...
March 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248976/residual-soil-nitrate-content-and-profitability-of-five-cropping-systems-in-northwest-iowa
#19
Robert L De Haan, Matthew A Schuiteman, Ronald J Vos
Many communities in the Midwestern United States obtain their drinking water from shallow alluvial wells that are vulnerable to contamination by NO3-N from the surrounding agricultural landscape. The objective of this research was to assess cropping systems with the potential to produce a reasonable return for farmers while simultaneously reducing the risk of NO3-N movement into these shallow aquifers. From 2009 to 2013 we conducted a field experiment in northwest Iowa in which we evaluated five cropping systems for residual (late fall) soil NO3-N content and profitability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237600/chromium-concentrations-in-ruminant-feed-ingredients
#20
J W Spears, K E Lloyd, K Krafka
Chromium (Cr), in the form of Cr propionate, has been permitted for supplementation to cattle diets in the United States at levels up to 0.50 mg of Cr/kg of DM since 2009. Little is known regarding Cr concentrations naturally present in practical feed ingredients. The present study was conducted to determine Cr concentrations in feed ingredients commonly fed to ruminants. Feed ingredients were collected from dairy farms, feed mills, grain bins, and university research farms. Mean Cr concentrations in whole cereal grains ranged from 0...
May 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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