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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221875/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-aerobic-microorganisms-in-romaine-lettuce-packaged-in-a-commercial-polyethylene-terephthalate-container-using-atmospheric-cold-plasma
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Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan, Brendan A Niemira
The effects of dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and aerobic microorganisms in romaine lettuce packaged in a conventional commercial plastic container were evaluated during storage at 4°C for 7 days. Effects investigated included the color, carbon dioxide (CO2) generation, weight loss, and surface morphology of the lettuce during storage. Romaine lettuce pieces, with or without inoculation with a cocktail of three strains of E...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221853/is-there-a-relation-between-the-microscopic-leaf-morphology-and-the-association-of-salmonella-and-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-with-iceberg-lettuce-leaves
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Inge VAN der Linden, Markus Eriksson, Mieke Uyttendaele, Frank Devlieghere
To prevent contamination of fresh produce with enteric pathogens, more insight into mechanisms that may influence the association of these pathogens with fresh produce is needed. In this study, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella were chosen as model pathogens, and fresh cut iceberg lettuce was chosen as a model fresh produce type. The morphological structure of iceberg lettuce leaves (stomatal density and length of cell margins per leaf area) was quantified by means of leaf peels and light microscopy of leaves at different stages of development (outer, middle, and inner leaves of the crop) on both leaf sides (abaxial and adxial) and in three leaf regions (top, center, and bottom)...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217137/reshaping-plant-biology-qualitative-and-quantitative-descriptors-for-plant-morphology
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REVIEW
Mathilde Balduzzi, Brad M Binder, Alexander Bucksch, Cynthia Chang, Lilan Hong, Anjali S Iyer-Pascuzzi, Christophe Pradal, Erin E Sparks
An emerging challenge in plant biology is to develop qualitative and quantitative measures to describe the appearance of plants through the integration of mathematics and biology. A major hurdle in developing these metrics is finding common terminology across fields. In this review, we define approaches for analyzing plant geometry, topology, and shape, and provide examples for how these terms have been and can be applied to plants. In leaf morphological quantifications both geometry and shape have been used to gain insight into leaf function and evolution...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214944/the-vascular-plants-open-system-of-growth
#4
REVIEW
Alice Basile, Marco Fambrini, Claudio Pugliesi
What is fascinating in plants (true also in sessile animals such as corals and hydroids) is definitely their open and indeterminate growth, as a result of meristematic activity. Plants as well as animals are characterized by a multicellular organization, with which they share a common set of genes inherited from a common eukaryotic ancestor; nevertheless, circa 1.5 billion years of evolutionary history made the two kingdoms very different in their own developmental biology. Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms, arose during the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), and up to date, they count around 235,000 species, representing the largest and most diverse group within the plant kingdom...
February 18, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213872/capulavirus-and-grablovirus-two-new-genera-in-the-family-geminiviridae
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Arvind Varsani, Philippe Roumagnac, Marc Fuchs, Jesús Navas-Castillo, Enrique Moriones, Ali Idris, Rob W Briddon, Rafael Rivera-Bustamante, F Murilo Zerbini, Darren P Martin
Geminiviruses are plant-infecting single-stranded DNA viruses that occur in most parts of the world. Currently, there are seven genera within the family Geminiviridae (Becurtovirus, Begomovirus, Curtovirus, Eragrovirus, Mastrevirus, Topocuvirus and Turncurtovirus). The rate of discovery of new geminiviruses has increased significantly over the last decade as a result of new molecular tools and approaches (rolling-circle amplification and deep sequencing) that allow for high-throughput workflows. Here, we report the establishment of two new genera: Capulavirus, with four new species (Alfalfa leaf curl virus, Euphorbia caput-medusae latent virus, French bean severe leaf curl virus and Plantago lanceolata latent virus), and Grablovirus, with one new species (Grapevine red blotch virus)...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207799/modeling-the-leaf-angle-dynamics-in-rice-plant
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Yonghui Zhang, Liang Tang, Xiaojun Liu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Yan Zhu
The leaf angle between stem and sheath (SSA) is an important rice morphological trait. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a dynamic SSA model under different nitrogen (N) rates for selected rice cultivars. The time-course data of SSA were collected in three years, and a dynamic SSA model was developed for different main stem leaf ranks under different N rates for two selected rice cultivars. SSA increased with tiller age. The SSA of the same leaf rank increased with increase in N rate. The maximum SSA increased with leaf rank from the first to the third leaf, then decreased from the third to the final leaf...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199445/plant-arginyltransferases-ates
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Tatiana Domitrovic, Anna K Fausto, Tatiane da F Silva, Elisson Romanel, Maite F S Vaslin
Regulation of protein stability and/or degradation of misfolded and damaged proteins are essential cellular processes. A part of this regulation is mediated by the so-called N-end rule proteolytic pathway, which, in concert with the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), drives protein degradation depending on the N-terminal amino acid sequence. One important enzyme involved in this process is arginyl-t-RNA transferase, known as ATE. This enzyme acts post-translationally by introducing an arginine residue at the N-terminus of specific protein targets to signal degradation via the UPS...
February 13, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194804/morphological-and-physiological-responses-of-different-wheat-genotypes-to-chilling-stress-a-cue-to-explain-yield-loss
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Pu-Fang Li, Bao-Luo Ma, You-Cai Xiong, Wen-Yuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: The eco-physiological mechanism of wheat yield loss resulting from chilling stress is a fundamental scientific issue. However, previous studies have focused on hexaploid wheats, and few studies on the morphological and physiological plasticity of wheat plants. Six different wheat genotypes were tested under chilling stress to investigate the physio-morphological parameters as well as the loss of grain yield in growth chambers. RESULTS: Chilling stress resulted in significant loss in grain yield in all genotypes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191468/screening-and-expression-of-a-silicon-transporter-gene-lsi1-in-wild-type-indica-rice-cultivars
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Mahbod Sahebi, Mohamed M Hanafi, M Y Rafii, Parisa Azizi, Rambod Abiri, Nahid Kalhori, Narges Atabaki
Silicon (Si) is one of the most prevalent elements in the soil. It is beneficial for plant growth and development, and it contributes to plant defense against different stresses. The Lsi1 gene encodes a Si transporter that was identified in a mutant Japonica rice variety. This gene was not identified in fourteen Malaysian rice varieties during screening. Then, a mutant version of Lsi1 was substituted for the native version in the three most common Malaysian rice varieties, MR219, MR220, and MR276, to evaluate the function of the transgene...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187681/revision-and-cladistic-analysis-of-the-southeast-asian-leaf-dwelling-spider-genus-i-calapnita-i-simon-araneae-pholcidae
#10
Bernhard A Huber
The Southeast Asian pholcid genus Calapnita Simon, 1892 is revised, with descriptions of 17 new species, five of them in the phyllicola group (Borneo: C. lehi, C. kubah, C. bidayuh, C. bankirai; Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java: C. anai), 12 in the vermiformis group (Borneo: C. bario, C. bariengi, C. magaseng, C. dayak, C. lawangan, C. loksado; Sulawesi: C. bugis; Philippines: C. bohol, C. dinagat, C. mae, C. nunezae, C. maragusan). New records are listed for six of the eight previously described species. A morphological cladistic analysis supports the monophyly of Calapnita and of its two previously proposed species groups and presents several new phylogenetically informative characters...
January 13, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187126/from-east-to-west-across-the-palearctic-phylogeography-of-the-invasive-lime-leaf-miner-phyllonorycter-issikii-lepidoptera-gracillariidae-and-discovery-of-a-putative-new-cryptic-species-in-east-asia
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Natalia Kirichenko, Paolo Triberti, Issei Ohshima, Julien Haran, Bong-Kyu Byun, Houhun Li, Sylvie Augustin, Alain Roques, Carlos Lopez-Vaamonde
Knowing the phylogeographic structure of invasive species is important for understanding the underlying processes of invasion. The micromoth Phyllonorycter issikii, whose larvae damage leaves of lime trees Tilia spp., was only known from East Asia. In the last three decades, it has been recorded in most of Europe, Western Russia and Siberia. We used the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene region to compare the genetic variability of P. issikii populations between these different regions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183833/cytogeography-of-the-subalpine-marsh-marigold-polyploid-complex-caltha-leptosepala-s-l-ranunculaceae
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Keir M Wefferling, Sílvia Castro, João Loureiro, Mariana Castro, Daniela Tavares, Sara B Hoot
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Unrecognized variation in ploidy level can lead to an underestimation of species richness and a misleading delineation of geographic range. Caltha leptosepala (Ranunculaceae) comprises a complex of hexaploids (6x), rare nonaploids (9x), and dodecaploids (12x), all with unknown distributions. We delineate the geographic distribution and contact zones of the cytotypes, investigate morphologies of cytotypes and subspecies, and discuss the biogeography and evolutionary history of the polyploid complex...
February 9, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183234/therapeutic-and-fertility-restoration-effects-of-ionidium-suffruticosum-on-sub-fertile-male-albino-wistar-rats-effects-on-testis-and-caudal-spermatozoa
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Kuppusamy Chenniappan, Kadarkari Murugan
CONTEXT: Ionidium suffruticosum (L.) Ging (Violaceae) is an important medicinal plant widely used as a herbal traditional medicine in Ayurveda for the treatment of infertility. Currently, little pharmacological information is available on its male fertility properties following prolonged use. OBJECTIVE: To investigate I. suffruticosum leaf extracts for male fertility parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol lyophilized fraction was administered orally on carbendazim-induced sub-fertility rats (250 mg/kg body weight for 28 days)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182032/pharmacognostical-standardization-of-upodika-basella-alba-l-an-important-ayurvedic-antidiabetic-plant
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T R Shantha, P Patchaimal, M Prathapa Reddy, R Kishore Kumar, Devesh Tewari, Vandana Bharti, G Venkateshwarlu, A K Mangal, M M Padhi, K S Dhiman
OBJECTIVE: To establish the pharmacognostic standards for the correct identification and standardization of an important Antidiabetic plant described in Ayurveda. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standardization was carried out on the leaf and stem of Basella alba L. with the help of the macro-morphological, microscopic, physicochemical and qualitative phytochemical studies. RESULTS: Several specific characters were identified viz. clustered calcium oxalate crystals in the cortex region, absence of trichomes, succulent, thick, mucilaginous, fibrous stem...
July 2016: Ancient Science of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181191/sea-buckthorn-leaf-extract-inhibits-glioma-cell-growth-by-reducing-reactive-oxygen-species-and-promoting-apoptosis
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Sung-Jo Kim, Eunmi Hwang, Sun Shin Yi, Ki Duk Song, Hak-Kyo Lee, Tae-Hwe Heo, Sang-Kyu Park, Yun Joo Jung, Hyun Sik Jun
Hippophae rhamnoides L., also known as sea buckthorn (SBT), possesses a wide range of biological and pharmacological activities. However, the underlying mechanism is largely unknown. The present study examined whether SBT leaf extract could inhibit proliferation and promote apoptosis of rat glioma C6 cells. The results revealed that the treatment with SBT leaf extract inhibited proliferation of rat C6 glioma cells in a dose-dependent manner. SBT-induced reduction of C6 glioma cell proliferation and viability was accompanied by a decrease in production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are critical for the proliferation of tumor cells...
February 8, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179182/chloroplast-and-its-phylogenies-to-understand-the-evolutionary-history-of-southern-south-american-azorella-laretia-and-mulinum-azorelloideae-apiaceae
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Martina Fernández, Cecilia Ezcurra, Carolina I Calviño
Azorella, Laretia and Mulinum are taxonomically complex, and good candidates to study evolutionary radiations in the Andes and the importance of hybridizations. Previous phylogenetic studies of subfamily Azorelloideae agree that Azorella and Mulinum as currently conceived are not monophyletic, and hence a revision of their circumscription is necessary. However, these phylogenies were based only on chloroplast DNA sequence data. Here, phylogenetic relationships within Azorelloideae were inferred using sequence data from five chloroplast DNA (rps16 intron, trnQ-rps16, rps16-trnK(UUU) 5' -exon, trnG(GCC)-trnS(GCU) and rpL32-trnL(UAG)), and from nuclear rDNA ITS regions to assess the monophyly of Azorella and Mulinum and discuss generic re-circumscriptions, determine hybridization and radiation events, identify and characterize important lineages, and propose hypotheses on evolution of key morphological characters...
February 4, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174088/casul-a-new-lectin-isolated-from-calliandra-surinamensis-leaf-pinnulae-with-cytotoxicity-to-cancer-cells-antimicrobial-activity-and-antibiofilm-effect
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Thamara Figueiredo Procópio, Leydianne Leite de Siqueira Patriota, Maiara Celine de Moura, Pollyanna Michelle da Silva, Ana Patrícia Silva de Oliveira, Lidiane Vasconcelos do Nascimento Carvalho, Thâmarah de Albuquerque Lima, Tatiana Soares, Túlio Diego da Silva, Luana Cassandra Breitenbach Barroso Coelho, Maira Galdino da Rocha Pitta, Moacyr Jesus Barreto de Melo Rêgo, Regina Celia Bressan Queiroz de Figueiredo, Patrícia Maria Guedes Paiva, Thiago Henrique Napoleão
This work describes the isolation of a lectin (CasuL) from the leaf pinnulae of Calliandra surinamensis and the evaluation of its cytotoxic, antimicrobial and antibiofilm properties. Proteins from pinnulae extract were precipitated with ammonium sulphate (60% saturation) and submitted to Sephadex G-75 chromatography, which yielded isolated CasuL (purification factor: 113). Native CasuL is an acidic protein (pI 5.82) with a relative molecular mass of 48kDa. This lectin is also an oligomeric protein composed of three subunits and mass spectrometry revealed similarities with a Sorghum bicolor protein...
February 5, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173596/leaf-miner-induced-morphological-physiological-and-molecular-changes-in-mangrove-plant-avicennia-marina-forsk-vierh
#18
Juan Chen, Zhi-Jun Shen, Wei-Zhi Lu, Xiang Liu, Fei-Hua Wu, Gui-Feng Gao, Yi-Ling Liu, Chun-Sheng Wu, Chong-Ling Yan, Hang-Qing Fan, Yi-Hui Zhang, Hai-Lei Zheng, Chung-Jui Tsai
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January 31, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167036/newly-identified-csp41b-gene-localized-in-chloroplasts-affects-leaf-color-in-rice
#19
Jiasong Mei, Feifei Li, Xuri Liu, Guocheng Hu, Yaping Fu, Wenzhen Liu
A rice mutant with light-green leaves was discovered from a transgenic line of Oryza sativa. The mutant has reduced chlorophyll content and abnormal chloroplast morphology throughout its life cycle. Genetic analysis revealed that a single nuclear-encoded recessive gene is responsible for the mutation, here designated as lgl1. To isolate the lgl1 gene, a high-resolution physical map of the chromosomal region around the lgl1 gene was made using a mapping population consisting of 1984 mutant individuals. The lgl1 gene was mapped in the 76...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154494/new-rust-disease-of-korean-willow-salix-koreensis-caused-by-melampsora-yezoensis-unrecorded-pathogen-in-korea
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Yeo Hong Yun, Geum Ran Ahn, Seong Kwon Yoon, Hoo Hyun Kim, Seung Yeol Son, Seong Hwan Kim
During the growing season of 2015, leaf specimens with yellow rust spots were collected from Salix koreensis Andersson, known as Korean willow, in riverine areas in Cheonan, Korea. The fungus on S. koreensis was identified as the rust species, Melampsora yezoensis, based on the morphology of urediniospores observed by light and scanning electron microscopy, and the molecular properties of the internal transcribed spacer rDNA region. Pathogenicity tests confirmed that the urediniospores are the causal agent of the rust symptoms on the leaves and young stems of S...
December 2016: Mycobiology
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