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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395124/hydraulic-conductivity-of-soil-grown-lupine-and-maize-unbranched-roots-and-maize-root-shoot-junctions
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Félicien Meunier, Mohsen Zarebanadkouki, Mutez A Ahmed, Andrea Carminati, Valentin Couvreur, Mathieu Javaux
Improving or maintaining crop productivity under conditions of long term change of soil water availability and atmosphere demand for water is one the big challenges of this century. It requires a deep understanding of crop water acquisition properties, i.e. root system architecture and root hydraulic properties among other characteristics of the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. A root pressure probe technique was used to measure the root hydraulic conductances of seven-week old maize and lupine plants grown in sandy soil...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29364547/the-genetic-architecture-of-nodal-root-number-in-maize
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Zhihai Zhang, Xuan Zhang, Zhelong Lin, Jian Wang, Mingliang Xu, Jinsheng Lai, Jianming Yu, Zhongwei Lin
The maize nodal root system plays a crucial role in the development of the aboveground plant and determines the yield via the uptake of water and nutrients in the field. However, the genetic architecture of the maize nodal root system is not well understood, and it has become the 'dark matter' in maize genetics. Here, a large teosinte-maize population was analyzed, and high-resolution mapping revealed that 62 out of 133 quantitative trait loci (QTLs), accounting for approximately half of the total genetic variation in nodal root number, were derived from the QTLs for flowering time, which was further validated through a transgenic analysis and a genome-wide association study...
January 24, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323391/growth-of-regular-nanometric-molecular-arrays-on-a-functional-2d-template-based-on-a-chemical-guest-host-approach
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Zhijing Feng, Gregor Kladnik, Giovanni Comelli, Carlo Dri, Albano Cossaro
A regular 2D array of crown molecules, which would spontaneously self-assemble into disordered molecular clusters, is obtained by exploiting a guest-host process, based on the chemical affinity between amino and carboxylic groups on a gold surface. First a carboxylic organic template is formed, which then serves as a host for amino-functionalized crown molecules. The amino-carboxylic interaction thereby drives the formation of a monolayer of guest molecules, regularly distributed at the nanometer scale, preventing their aggregation in unordered clusters observed on a bare gold surface...
January 11, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304205/root-type-matters-measurement-of-water-uptake-by-seminal-crown-and-lateral-roots-in-maize
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Mutez Ali Ahmed, Mohsen Zarebanadkouki, Félicien Meunier, Mathieu Javaux, Anders Kaestner, Andrea Carminati
The ability of plants to take up water from the soil depends on both the root architecture and the distribution and evolution of the hydraulic conductivities among root types and along the root length. The mature maize (Zea mays L.) root system is composed of primary, seminal, and crown roots together with their respective laterals. Our understanding of root water uptake of maize is largely based on measurements of primary and seminal roots. Crown roots might have a different ability to extract water from the soil, but their hydraulic function remains unknown...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213313/agronomic-performance-of-populus-deltoides-trees-engineered-for-biofuel-production
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David Macaya-Sanz, Jin-Gui Chen, Udaya C Kalluri, Wellington Muchero, Timothy J Tschaplinski, Lee E Gunter, Sandra J Simon, Ajaya K Biswal, Anthony C Bryan, Raja Payyavula, Meng Xie, Yongil Yang, Jin Zhang, Debra Mohnen, Gerald A Tuskan, Stephen P DiFazio
Background: One of the major barriers to the development of lignocellulosic feedstocks is the recalcitrance of plant cell walls to deconstruction and saccharification. Recalcitrance can be reduced by targeting genes involved in cell wall biosynthesis, but this can have unintended consequences that compromise the agronomic performance of the trees under field conditions. Here we report the results of a field trial of fourteen distinct transgenic Populus deltoides lines that had previously demonstrated reduced recalcitrance without yield penalties under greenhouse conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211723/electron-cryo-microscopy-structure-of-a-human-trpm4-channel
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Paige A Winkler, Yihe Huang, Weinan Sun, Juan Du, Wei Lü
Ca2+-activated, non-selective (CAN) ion channels sense increases of the intracellular Ca2+ concentration, producing a flux of Na+ and/or K+ ions that depolarizes the cell, thus modulating cellular Ca2+ entry. CAN channels are involved in cellular responses such as neuronal bursting activity and cardiac rhythm. Here we report the electron cryo-microscopy structure of the most widespread CAN channel, human TRPM4, bound to the agonist Ca2+ and the modulator decavanadate. Four cytosolic C-terminal domains form an umbrella-like structure with a coiled-coil domain for the 'pole' and four helical 'ribs' spanning the N-terminal TRPM homology regions (MHRs), thus holding four subunits in a crown-like architecture...
December 6, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135387/effect-on-bone-architecture-of-marginal-grooves-in-dental-implants-under-occlusal-loaded-conditions-in-beagle-dogs
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Hatsumi Kato, Shinichiro Kuroshima, Nao Inaba, Yusuke Uto, Takashi Sawase
The aim was to clarify whether marginal grooves on dental implants affect osseointegration, bone structure and the alignment of collagen fibers determining bone quality under loaded condition. Anodized Ti-6Al-4V alloy dental implants with and without marginal grooves were used (3.7 × 8.0 mm; test and control implants, respectively). Fourth premolars and first molars of six beagle mandibles were extracted. Two control and test implants were placed in randomly selected healed sites at 12 weeks after tooth extraction...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036408/physiological-differences-between-root-suckers-and-saplings-enlarge-the-regeneration-niche-in-eucryphia-cordifolia-cav
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Antonio B Escandón, Roke Rojas, Loreto V Morales, Luis J Corcuera, Rafael E Coopman, Susana Paula
Many clonal plants produce vegetative recruits that remain connected to the parent plant. Such connections permit resource sharing among ramets, explaining the high survival rates of vegetative recruits during establishment under suboptimal conditions for sexual regeneration. We propose that differences in the regeneration niches of sexual and vegetative recruits reflect different physiological adjustments caused by parental supply of resources to the ramets. We conducted ecophysiological measurements in saplings and root suckers of Eucryphia cordifolia Cav...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023553/unearthing-the-hidden-world-of-roots-root-biomass-and-architecture-differ-among-species-within-the-same-guild
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Katherine Sinacore, Jefferson Scott Hall, Catherine Potvin, Alejandro A Royo, Mark J Ducey, Mark S Ashton
The potential benefits of planting trees have generated significant interest with respect to sequestering carbon and restoring other forest based ecosystem services. Reliable estimates of carbon stocks are pivotal for understanding the global carbon balance and for promoting initiatives to mitigate CO2 emissions through forest management. There are numerous studies employing allometric regression models that convert inventory into aboveground biomass (AGB) and carbon (C). Yet the majority of allometric regression models do not consider the root system nor do these equations provide detail on the architecture and shape of different species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962689/a-lectin-histochemical-study-to-detect-variation-in-glycosylation-at-the-feto-maternal-interface-in-three-interbreeding-equine-species
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Carolyn J P Jones, W R Twink Allen, Sandra Wilsher
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we compare glycosylation at the fetomaternal interface in 3 equine species: horse, donkey and zebra, all of which can interbreed to produce hybrids, to assess their glycan similarities and differences. METHODS: Sections cut from 3 specimens of horse (Equus caballus) placenta (50, 200 and 280 days gestation), one donkey (Equus asinus) placenta (65 cm crown-rump length) and 5 specimens of zebra (Equus quagga) placentae (81-239 days gestation) were stained with a panel of 24 biotinylated lectins using an avidin-peroxidase revealing system...
October 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961743/exploring-trees-in-three-dimensions-voxr-a-novel-voxel-based-r-package-dedicated-to-analysing-the-complex-arrangement-of-tree-crowns
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Bastien Lecigne, Sylvain Delagrange, Christian Messier
Background: Interest in tree form assessments using the terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) has increased in recent years. Yet many existing methods are limited to small-sized trees, principally due to noise and occlusion phenomena. In this paper, a novel voxel-based program that is dedicated to the analyses of large tree structures is presented. The method is based on the assumption that architectural trait variations (i.e. branching angle, bifurcation ratio, biomass allocation, etc.) influence the way a tree explores space...
September 7, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814520/contributions-of-individual-domains-to-function-of-the-hiv-1-rev-response-element
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Ina P O'Carroll, Yashna Thappeta, Lixin Fan, Edric A Ramirez-Valdez, Sean Smith, Yun-Xing Wang, Alan Rein
The HIV-1 Rev response element (RRE) is a 351-base element in unspliced and partially spliced viral RNA; binding of the RRE by the viral Rev protein induces nuclear export of RRE-containing RNAs, as required for virus replication. It contains one long, imperfect double helix (domain I), one branched domain (domain II) containing a high-affinity Rev-binding site, and two or three additional domains. We previously reported that the RRE assumes an "A" shape in solution and suggested that the location of the Rev binding sites in domains I and II, opposite each other on the two legs of the A, is optimal for Rev binding and explains Rev's specificity for RRE-containing RNAs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812675/spatial-complementarity-in-tree-crowns-explains-overyielding-in-species-mixtures
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Laura J Williams, Alain Paquette, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Christian Messier, Peter B Reich
Deciphering the mechanisms that link biodiversity with ecosystem functions is critical to understanding the consequences of changes in biodiversity. The hypothesis that complementarity and selection effects drive relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions is well accepted, and an approach to statistically untangle the relative importance of these effects has been widely applied. In contrast, empirical demonstrations of the biological mechanisms that underlie these relationships remain rare. Here, on the basis of a field experiment with young trees, we provide evidence that one form of complementarity in plant communities-complementarity among crowns in canopy space-is a mechanism, related to light interception and use, that links biodiversity with ecosystem productivity...
March 1, 2017: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791172/ontogenetic-variations-and-structural-adjustments-in-mammals-evolving-prolonged-to-continuous-dental-growth
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Helder Gomes Rodrigues, Rémi Lefebvre, Marcos Fernández-Monescillo, Bernardino Mamani Quispe, Guillaume Billet
Studying dental ontogeny in mammals can provide valuable insight on the evolution of their masticatory apparatus and their related adaptations. The multiple acquisitions of a prolonged to continuous growth of teeth in herbivorous mammals in response to high abrasion represent an intensively investigated issue. However, the ontogenetic and architectural patterns associated with these repeated dental innovations remain poorly known. Here, we focused on two case studies corresponding to distant mammalian clades, the extinct Mesotheriidae (Notoungulata), which shared some striking dental features with the extant Ctenodactylidae (Rodentia)...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744171/genetic-variation-of-root-angle-distribution-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-seedlings
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Asami Tomita, Tadashi Sato, Yusaku Uga, Mitsuhiro Obara, Yoshimichi Fukuta
We developed a new method of using seedling trays to evaluate root angle distribution in rice (Oryza sativa. L), and found a wide genetic variation among cultivars. The seedling tray method can be used to evaluate in detail the growth angles of rice crown roots at the seedling stage by allocating nine scores (10° to 90°). Unlike basket methods, it can handle large plant populations over a short growth period (only 14 days). By using the method, we characterized the root angle distributions of 97 accessions into two cluster groups: A and B...
June 2017: Breeding Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724080/qtls-associated-with-crown-root-angle-stomatal-conductance-and-maturity-in-sorghum
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Jose R Lopez, John E Erickson, Patricio Munoz, Ana Saballos, Terry J Felderhoff, Wilfred Vermerris
Three factors that directly affect the water inputs in cropping systems are root architecture, length of the growing season, and stomatal conductance to water vapor (). Deeper-rooted cultivars will perform better under water-limited conditions because they can access water stored deeper in the soil profile. Reduced limits transpiration rate () and thus throughout the vegetative phase conserves water that may be used during grain filling in water-limited environments. Additionally, growing early-maturing varieties in regions that rely on soil-stored water is a key water management strategy...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694843/quantifying-pruning-impacts-on-olive-tree-architecture-and-annual-canopy-growth-by-using-uav-based-3d-modelling
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F M Jiménez-Brenes, F López-Granados, A I de Castro, J Torres-Sánchez, N Serrano, J M Peña
BACKGROUND: Tree pruning is a costly practice with important implications for crop harvest and nutrition, pest and disease control, soil protection and irrigation strategies. Investigations on tree pruning usually involve tedious on-ground measurements of the primary tree crown dimensions, which also might generate inconsistent results due to the irregular geometry of the trees. As an alternative to intensive field-work, this study shows a innovative procedure based on combining unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology and advanced object-based image analysis (OBIA) methodology for multi-temporal three-dimensional (3D) monitoring of hundreds of olive trees that were pruned with three different strategies (traditional, adapted and mechanical pruning)...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689907/a-digitally-guided-dual-technique-for-both-gingival-and-bone-resection-during-crown-lengthening-surgery
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Xiaoqiang Liu, Jingting Yu, Jianfeng Zhou, Jianguo Tan
This paper presents a digitally guided dual technique that provides references for gingival and bone resection during crown lengthening surgery. The architecture of the teeth, gingiva, and alveolar bone is scanned and registered to design dual guides consisting of a gingivectomy guide and an alveolectomy guide that are used in periodontal surgery for esthetic rehabilitation.
July 7, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688487/development-of-an-expert-system-for-the-simulation-model-for-casting-metal-substructure-of-a-metal-ceramic-crown-design
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Ivan Matin, Miodrag Hadzistevic, Djordje Vukelic, Michal Potran, Tomaz Brajlih
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Nowadays, the integrated CAD/CAE systems are favored solutions for the design of simulation models for casting metal substructures of metal-ceramic crowns. The worldwide authors have used different approaches to solve the problems using an expert system. Despite substantial research progress in the design of experts systems for the simulation model design and manufacturing have insufficiently considered the specifics of casting in dentistry, especially the need for further CAD, RE, CAE for the estimation of casting parameters and the control of the casting machine...
July 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638623/the-genetic-architecture-of-growth-traits-in-salix-matsudana-under-salt-stress
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Jian Zhang, Huwei Yuan, Qingshan Yang, Min Li, Ying Wang, Yujuan Li, Xiangjian Ma, Feng Tan, Rongling Wu
Willow (Salix) is one of the most important ornamental tree species in landscape plants. One species, Salix matsudana, is widely used as a shade tree and border tree because of its soft branches and plump crown. Some varieties of S. matsudana were salt tolerant and could grow normally in coastal regions. However, the molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance for S. matsudana have been less clear. Here, we addressed this issue by performing a mapping experiment containing 195 intraspecific F1 progeny of S. matsudana, derived from salt-sensitive 'yanjiang' and salt-tolerant '9901', grown by cuttings in a 100 mM NaCl solution...
2017: Horticulture Research
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