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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346742/leaf-economic-and-hydraulic-divergences-underpin-ecological-differentiation-in-the-bromeliaceae
#1
Jamie Males, Howard Griffiths
Leaf economic and hydraulic theory have rarely been applied to the ecological differentiation of speciose herbaceous plant radiations. The role of character trait divergences and network reorganisation in the differentiation of the functional types in the megadiverse Neotropical Bromeliaceae was explored by quantifying a range of leaf economic and hydraulic traits in 50 diverse species. Functional types, which are defined by combinations of C3 or CAM photosynthesis, terrestrial or epiphytic habits, and non-specialised, tank-forming or atmospheric morphologies, segregated clearly in trait space...
March 27, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343395/investigation-of-the-spectroscopic-information-of-functional-groups-related-to-carbohydrate-in-different-morphological-fractions-of-corn-stover-and-their-relationship-to-nutrient-supply-and-biodegradation-characteristics
#2
Hangshu Xin, Xue Ding, Liyang Zhang, Xiaofan Wang, Yonggen Zhang, Fang Sun
The objectives of this study were to investigate 1) nutritive values and biodegradation characteristics and 2) mid-IR spectroscopic features within the regions associated with carbohydrate functional groups (including cellulosic component (CELC); structural carbohydrate (STCHO) and total carbohydrate (CHO)) in different morphological fractions of corn stover. Furthermore, correlation and regression analyses were also applied to find out the relationship between nutritional values and spectroscopic parameters...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342858/aqueous-extract-from-leaf-of-artocarpus-altilis-provides-cardio-protection-from-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-damage-in-rats-negative-chronotropic-and-inotropic-effects
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Chukwuemeka Nwokocha, Javier Palacios, Mario J Simirgiotis, Jemesha Thomas, Magdalene Nwokocha, Lauriann Young, Rory Thompson, Fredi Cifuentes, Adrian Paredes, Rupika Delgoda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaves of Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson ex F.A.Zorn, Fosberg) (Moraceae) are used in the management of hypertension; this study assessed the cardio-protective effects of the leaf extract on isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial damage in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty (20) adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (175-230g) were divided into 5 groups. Group 1 (Control), 2 (AA) received 50mg/Kg Artocarpus altilis (AA) only; 3 (ISO) received 85mg/Kg ISO only; 4 (ISO+AA/50) and 5 (ISO+AA/100) received 50 and 100mg/Kg AA respectively for 6 days, after induced with ISO twice (85mg/Kg) at a 24-hour period...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341631/effects-of-soil-type-and-light-on-height-growth-biomass-partitioning-and-nitrogen-dynamics-on-22-species-of-tropical-dry-forest-tree-seedlings-comparisons-between-legumes-and-nonlegumes
#4
Christina M Smith-Martin, Maria G Gei, Ellie Bergstrom, Kristen K Becklund, Justin M Becknell, Bonnie G Waring, Leland K Werden, Jennifer S Powers
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The seedling stage is particularly vulnerable to resource limitation, with potential consequences for community composition. We investigated how light and soil variation affected early growth, biomass partitioning, morphology, and physiology of 22 tree species common in tropical dry forest, including eight legumes. Our hypothesis was that legume seedlings are better at taking advantage of increased resource availability, which contributes to their successful regeneration in tropical dry forests...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338952/physiological-and-morphological-responses-to-permanent-and-intermittent-waterlogging-in-seedlings-of-four-evergreen-trees-of-temperate-swamp-forests
#5
Alejandra Zúñiga-Feest, Angela Bustos-Salazar, Fernanda Alves, Vanessa Martinez, Cecilia Smith-Ramírez, Joào Pereira
Waterlogging decreases a plant's metabolism, stomatal conductance (gs) and photosynthetic rate (A); however, some evergreen species show acclimation to waterlogging. By studying both the physiological and morphological responses to waterlogging, the objective of this study was to assess the acclimation capacity of four swamp forest species that reside in different microhabitats. We proposed that species (Luma apiculata [D.C.] Burret. and Drimys winteri J.R. et G. Forster.) abundant in seasonally and intermittently waterlogged areas (SIWA) would have a higher acclimation capacity than species abundant in the inner swamp (Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii [H et A...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338915/ungulate-herbivory-alters-leaf-functional-traits-and-recruitment-of-regenerating-aspen
#6
Aaron C Rhodes, Val Anderson, Samuel B St Clair
Herbivory by ungulates can affect forest regeneration success, but its long-term impacts on tree function and recruitment are less studied. We evaluated strategies of resistance, tolerance and vertical escape against ungulate herbivory by evaluating leaf traits (photosynthesis, morphology and chemistry) and growth rates of aspen in the presence and absence of ungulate herbivores 1, 2, 3 and 26 years after fires initiated aspen suckering. Over the initial 3-year period, ~60% of aspen stems in unfenced plots showed evidence of being browsed by ungulates...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338908/metabolite-profiling-of-barley-flag-leaves-under-drought-and-combined-heat-and-drought-stress-reveals-metabolic-qtls-for-metabolites-associated-with-antioxidant-defense
#7
Sven Eduard Templer, Alexandra Ammon, David Pscheidt, Otilia Ciobotea, Christian Schuy, Christopher McCollum, Uwe Sonnewald, Anja Hanemann, Jutta Förster, Frank Ordon, Maria von Korff, Lars Matthias Voll
Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is among the most stress-tolerant crops; however, not much is known about the genetic and environmental control of metabolic adaptation of barley to abiotic stresses. We have subjected a genetically diverse set of 81 barley accessions, consisting of Mediterranean landrace genotypes and German elite breeding lines, to drought and combined heat and drought stress at anthesis. Our aim was to (i) investigate potential differences in morphological, physiological, and metabolic adaptation to the two stress scenarios between the Mediterranean and German barley genotypes and (ii) identify metabolic quantitative trait loci (mQTLs)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338906/vertical-leaf-mass-per-area-gradient-of-mature-sugar-maple-reflects-both-height-driven-increases-in-vascular-tissue-and-light-driven-increases-in-palisade-layer-thickness
#8
Adam P Coble, Molly A Cavaleri
A key trait used in canopy and ecosystem function modeling, leaf mass per area (LMA), is influenced by changes in both leaf thickness and leaf density (LMA = Thickness × Density). In tall trees, LMA is understood to increase with height through two primary mechanisms: (i) increasing palisade layer thickness (and thus leaf thickness) in response to light and/or (ii) reduced cell expansion and intercellular air space in response to hydrostatic constraints, leading to increased leaf density. Our objective was to investigate within-canopy gradients in leaf anatomical traits in order to understand environmental factors that influence leaf morphology in a sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marshall) forest canopy...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338895/photosynthesis-nutrient-accumulation-and-growth-of-two-betula-species-exposed-to-waterlogging-in-late-dormancy-and-in-the-early-growing-season
#9
Ai-Fang Wang, Marja Roitto, Tarja Lehto, Sirkka Sutinen, Jaakko Heinonen, Gang Zhang, Tapani Repo, Ram Oren
Increased risk of soil waterlogging in winter and spring at northern latitudes will potentially affect forest production in the future. We studied gas exchange, chlorophyll content index, chlorophyll fluorescence, nutrient concentration and biomass accumulation in 1-year-old silver (Betula pendula Roth) and pubescent birch (Betula pubescens Ehrh.) seedlings. We hypothesized that B. pubescens has different physiological mechanisms that make it tolerate waterlogging better than B. pendula. The treatments were: (i) no waterlogging throughout the experiment; (ii) 4-week waterlogging during dormancy (dormancy waterlogging 'DW'); (iii) 4-week waterlogging during the early growing season (growth waterlogging 'GW'); and (iv) 4-week DW followed by 4-week GW during the early growing season ('DWGW')...
March 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337213/root-branching-is-a-leading-root-trait-of-the-plant-economics-spectrum-in-temperate-trees
#10
Rebecca Liese, Katrin Alings, Ina C Meier
Global vegetation models use conceived relationships between functional traits to simulate ecosystem responses to environmental change. In this context, the concept of the leaf economics spectrum (LES) suggests coordinated leaf trait variation, and separates species which invest resources into short-lived leaves with a high expected energy return rate from species with longer-lived leaves and slower energy return. While it has been assumed that being fast (acquisitive) or slow (conservative) is a general feature for all organ systems, the translation of the LES into a root economics spectrum (RES) for tree species has been hitherto inconclusive...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336950/dual-regulation-of-water-retention-and-cell-growth-by-a-stress-associated-protein-sap-gene-in-prunus
#11
Alba Lloret, Ana Conejero, Carmen Leida, César Petri, Francisco Gil-Muñoz, Lorenzo Burgos, María Luisa Badenes, Gabino Ríos
We have identified a gene (PpSAP1) of Prunus persica coding for a stress-associated protein (SAP) containing Zn-finger domains A20 and AN1. SAPs have been described as regulators of the abiotic stress response in plant species, emerging as potential candidates for improvement of stress tolerance in plants. PpSAP1 was highly expressed in leaves and dormant buds, being down-regulated before bud dormancy release. PpSAP1 expression was moderately induced by water stresses and heat in buds. In addition, it was found that PpSAP1 strongly interacts with polyubiquitin proteins in the yeast two-hybrid system...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334284/genomic-diversity-guides-conservation-strategies-among-rare-terrestrial-orchid-species-when-taxonomy-remains-uncertain
#12
Collin W Ahrens, Megan A Supple, Nicola C Aitken, David J Cantrill, Justin O Borevitz, Elizabeth A James
Background and Aims: Species are often used as the unit for conservation, but may not be suitable for species complexes where taxa are difficult to distinguish. Under such circumstances, it may be more appropriate to consider species groups or populations as evolutionarily significant units (ESUs). A population genomic approach was employed to investigate the diversity within and among closely related species to create a more robust, lineage-specific conservation strategy for a nationally endangered terrestrial orchid and its relatives from south-eastern Australia...
March 15, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334280/origin-and-genetic-differentiation-of-pink-flowered-sorbus-hybrids-in-the-western-carpathians
#13
Veronika Uhrinová, Judita Zozomová-Lihová, Dana Bernátová, Juraj Paule, Ladislav Paule, Dušan Gömöry
Background and Aims: Diversity of the genus Sorbus has been affected by interspecific hybridizations. Pink-flowered hybrid species have been insufficiently studied so far. They comprise bigenomic hybrid species derived from crosses S. aria s.l. × S. chamaemespilus and trigenomic ones, where S. aucuparia was involved as well. The main objective of the present study was to reconstruct their hybrid origins as well as to assess genetic distinction among several morphologically recognized hybrid species...
March 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330566/the-mads-box-gene-slmbp11-regulates-plant-architecture-and-affects-reproductive-development-in-tomato-plants
#14
Xuhu Guo, Guoping Chen, Muhammad Naeem, Xiaohu Yu, Boyan Tang, Anzhou Li, Zongli Hu
MADS-domain proteins are important transcription factors that are involved in many biological processes of plants. In the present study, SlMBP11, a member of the AGL15 subfamily, was cloned in tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicon M.). SlMBP11 is ubiquitously expressed in all of the tissues we examined, whereas the SlMBP11 transcription levels were significantly higher in reproductive tissues than in vegetative tissues. Plants exhibiting increased SlMBP11 levels displayed reduced plant height, leaf size, and internode length as well as a loss of dominance in young seedlings, highly branched growth from each leaf axil, and increased number of nodes and leaves...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330330/a-combined-chloroplast-atpb-rbcl-and-trnl-f-phylogeny-unveils-the-ancestry-of-balsams-impatiens-spp-in-the-western-ghats-of-india
#15
P P Shajitha, N R Dhanesh, P J Ebin, Joseph Laly, Devassy Aneesha, John Reshma, Jomy Augustine, Mathew Linu
Only a few Impatiens spp. from South India (one of the five centers of diversity for Impatiens species) were included in the published datum of molecular phylogeny of the family Balsaminaceae. The present investigation is a novel attempt to reveal the phylogenetic association of Impatiens species of South India, by placing them in the global phylogeny of Impatiens based on a combined analysis of two chloroplast genes. Thirty species of genus Impatiens were collected from different locations of South India. Total genomic DNA was extracted from fresh plant leaf, and polymerase chain reaction was carried out using atpB-rbcL and trnL-F intergenic spacer-specific forward and reverse primers...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330190/phyto-synthesis-and-structural-characterization-of-catalytically-active-gold-nanoparticles-biosynthesized-using-delonix-regia-leaf-extract
#16
Preeti Dauthal, Mausumi Mukhopadhyay
Biological methods of nanoparticles synthesis are ecologically sound and sustainable alternative to the conventional methods. On the basis of aforesaid premise, the present study deals with the optimization and fabrication of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) using easily available bio-resource, Delonix regia leaf extract. The use of practically nontoxic natural extracts and water allows the synthesis pathways presented to be considered as ''green'' and so permitting the synthesized Au-NPs to be used in sensitive areas, such as bioremediation...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327883/chapiniella-variabilis-nematoda-parasitizing-chelonoidis-carbonarius-and-c-denticulatus-testudinidae-in-the-state-of-piau%C3%A3
#17
Simone Mousinho Freire, Anangela Ravena da Silva Leal, Marcelo Knoff, Delir Corrêa Gomes, Jeannie Nascimento Dos Santos, Elane Guerreiro Giese, Reinaldo José da Silva, Ivete Lopes Mendonça
Chapiniella variabilis (Chapin, 1924), a strongylid nematode, was collected parasitizing the large intestine of the tortoises Chelonoidis carbonarius (Spix, 1824) (Cc) and C. denticulatus (Linnaeus, 1766) (Cd) in the Zoobotanical Park of the municipality of Teresina, state of Piauí, Brazil. The taxonomic identification was based on morphological and morphometric features, using bright-field and scanning electron microscopy. The present study adds new observations on the morphology, mainly relating to the mouth papillae, external and internal leaf-crown elements, excretory pore, deirids and male and female posterior end...
March 16, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária, Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327611/biomimetic-surface-structuring-using-cylindrical-vector-femtosecond-laser-beams
#18
Evangelos Skoulas, Alexandra Manousaki, Costas Fotakis, Emmanuel Stratakis
We report on a new, single-step and scalable method to fabricate highly ordered, multi-directional and complex surface structures that mimic the unique morphological features of certain species found in nature. Biomimetic surface structuring was realized by exploiting the unique and versatile angular profile and the electric field symmetry of cylindrical vector (CV) femtosecond (fs) laser beams. It is shown that, highly controllable, periodic structures exhibiting sizes at nano-, micro- and dual- micro/nano scales can be directly written on Ni upon line and large area scanning with radial and azimuthal polarization beams...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324762/chrysanthemum-morphology-photosynthetic-efficiency-and-antioxidant-capacity-are-differentially-modified-by-light-quality
#19
Liang Zheng, Marie-Christine Van Labeke
The effect of light quality on leaf morphology, photosynthetic efficiency and antioxidant capacity of leaves that fully developed under a specific spectrum was investigated in Chrysanthemum cv. Four light treatments were applied at 100μmolm(-2)s(-1) and a photoperiod of 14h using light-emitting diodes, which were 100% red (R), 100% blue (B), 75% red with 25% blue (RB) and white (W), respectively. Intraspecific variation was investigated by studying the response of eight cultivars. Overall, red light significantly decreased the leaf area while the thinnest leaves were observed for W...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322478/comparative-morphology-of-the-leaf-epidermis-in-lobelia-lobelioideae-from-china
#20
Chunjiao Li, Jingmei Lu, Yan Li, Junyi Zhu, Lifan Zhang
The leaf epidermal morphology of 38 samples, representing 22 Lobelia species from China, was studied using light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The stomata and other epidermal features were largely consistent within species, and therefore represented good characters for taxonomic purposes. Diagnostic characters of the leaf epidermis were used to differentiate species of Lobelia. The species pairs L. clavata and L. pyramidalis, L. alsinoides and L. terminalis, and L. davidii and L. erectiuscula, were differentiated using leaf epidermal characters...
March 21, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
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