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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791493/agricultural-matrices-affect-ground-ant-assemblage-composition-inside-forest-fragments
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Diego Santana Assis, Iracenir Andrade Dos Santos, Flavio Nunes Ramos, Katty Elena Barrios-Rojas, Jonathan David Majer, Evaldo Ferreira Vilela
The establishment of agricultural matrices generally involves deforestation, which leads to fragmentation of the remaining forest. This fragmentation can affect forest dynamics both positively and negatively. Since most animal species are affected, certain groups can be used to measure the impact of such fragmentation. This study aimed to measure the impacts of agricultural crops (matrices) on ant communities of adjacent lower montane Atlantic rainforest fragments. We sampled nine forest fragments at locations surrounded by different agricultural matrices, namely: coffee (3 replicates); sugarcane (3); and pasture (3)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791459/species-identification-and-connectivity-of-marine-amphipods-in-canada-s-three-oceans
#2
Astrid Tempestini, Søren Rysgaard, France Dufresne
Monitoring the distribution of marine biodiversity is a crucial step to better assess the impacts of global changes. Arctic marine fauna is dominated by amphipods in terms of abundance and biomass. These peracarids are an important marine order of crustaceans but the number of species found in the different Canadian oceans is currently unknown. Furthermore, most species are difficult to identify due to poor taxonomic descriptions and morphological convergence. The aim of this study was to assess the species diversity of marine amphipods in the three Canadian oceans using DNA barcoding...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791006/examining-the-influence-of-professional-emergency-management-coordinators-driving-preparedness-and-resilience-on-university-campuses
#3
Stephen A Murphy, Maureen Lichtveld
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the compliance with disaster management recommendations of ensuring a full-time, dedicated professional is responsible for coordinating disaster management programs. This research targets a subset of institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States at risk of annual hurricane threats or having experienced an active shooter incident near campus. DESIGN: A comprehensive Web-based assessment was conducted to determine the Web presence of emergency management of 265 IHEs with student enrollment greater than 2,000 in coastal states at risk of annual Atlantic Hurricane landfalls...
March 2018: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790203/land-use-trade-offs-between-tree-biodiversity-and-crop-production-in-the-atlantic-forest
#4
Vinícius Marcilio-Silva, Márcia C M Marques, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Trade-offs in ecosystem services (ES) have received increasing attention because provisioning services often come at the expense of biodiversity loss. When land-use patterns are not maximally efficient often provisioning services such as crop production can increase without sacrificing biodiversity. The Atlantic Forest (AF) encompasses Dense, Mixed and Seasonal forests and is a hotspot for biodiversity conservation, given its high levels of endemism and anthropogenic threat. Examining trade-offs between biodiversity and crop production in the AF can provide insights into land-use management decisions...
May 23, 2018: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790161/time-after-seawater-transfer-influences-immune-cell-abundance-and-responses-to-sav3-infection-in-atlantic-salmon
#5
J Jarungsriapisit, L J Moore, I U Fiksdal, H Bjørgen, A Tangerås, B Köllner, E O Koppang, S Patel
Pancreas disease (PD) caused by salmonid alphavirus (SAV) severely affects salmonid aquaculture during the seawater phase. To characterize immune cells in target tissues for SAV infection, heart, pancreas and pyloric caeca were analysed from two groups of fish adapted to seawater for 2 and 9 weeks. The sections were scored for the relative abundance of cells expressing MHC class II, IgM, CD3, CD8 or neutrophil/granulocyte markers using immuno-histochemical techniques. In general, necrosis of tissue was more severe in fish infected at 2 weeks post-seawater transfer (wpt) compared with those infected at 9 wpt...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787778/monoclonal-antibodies-against-loggerhead-sea-turtle-caretta-caretta-igy-isoforms-reveal-differential-contributions-to-antibody-titers-and-relatedness-among-other-sea-turtles
#6
Maria L Rodgers, Charles D Rice
Serum from loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, was collected from the southeast Atlantic Ocean during routine summer monitoring studies in 2017. Serum immunoglobulin IgY was purified and used to develop IgY isoform-specific monoclonal antibodies (mAb). mAb LH12 was developed against the 66 kDa heavy chain of IgY, mAb LH1 was developed against the truncated heavy chain of approximately 37 kDA, and mAb LH9 was developed against the 23 kDa light chains. mAb LH9 reacts with the light chains of all sea turtles, mAb LH12 reacts with the long heavy chain of all sea turtles within the family Cheloniidae, and mAb LH1 reacts with the truncated form of IgY in both olive and Kemp's ridley turtles...
May 19, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787562/a-thirty-year-fine-scale-characterization-of-area-burned-in-canadian-forests-shows-evidence-of-regionally-increasing-trends-in-the-last-decade
#7
Nicholas C Coops, Txomin Hermosilla, Michael A Wulder, Joanne C White, Douglas K Bolton
Fire as a dominant disturbance has profound implications on the terrestrial carbon cycle. We present the first ever multi-decadal, spatially-explicit, 30 meter assessment of fire regimes across the forested ecoregions of Canada at an annual time-step. From 1985 to 2015, 51 Mha burned, impacting over 6.5% of forested ecosystems. Mean annual area burned was 1,651,818 ha and varied markedly (σ = 1,116,119), with 25% of the total area burned occurring in three years: 1989, 1995, and 2015. Boreal forest types contained 98% of the total area burned, with the conifer-dominated Boreal Shield containing one-third of all burned area...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787430/successful-teaching-of-radiobiology-students-in-the-medical-management-of-acute-radiation-effects-from-real-case-histories-using-clinical-signs-and-symptoms-and-taking-advantage-of-recently-developed-software-tools
#8
Matthäus Majewski, Stephanie E Combs, Klaus-Rüdiger Trott, Michael Abend, Matthias Port
In 2015, the Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology organized a North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercise to examine the significance of clinical signs and symptoms for the prediction of late-occurring acute radiation syndrome. Cases were generated using either the Medical Treatment Protocols for Radiation Accident Victims (METREPOL, n = 167) system or using real-case descriptions extracted from a database system for evaluation and archiving of radiation accidents based on case histories (SEARCH, n = 24). The cases ranged from unexposed [response category 0 (RC 0, n = 89)] to mild (RC 1, n = 45), moderate (RC 2, n = 19), severe (RC 3, n = 20), and lethal (RC 4, n = 18) acute radiation syndrome...
July 2018: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786924/reproductive-ecology-of-ocotea-catharinensis-an-endangered-tree-species
#9
Tiago Montagna, Juliano Zago da Silva, Tiago Georg Pickart, Maurício Sedrez Dos Reis
Ocotea catharinensis (Lauraceae) is an endangered tree species from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. Currently, little is known about the reproductive ecology of this species. Aiming to propose conservation measures, we described aspects related to phenology, floral biology, pollination, seed dispersal, and mating system of O. catharinensis. We conducted phenological observations in 62 individuals for two years. In one reproductive event, we evaluated nectar production, stigmatic receptivity, and pollen viability...
May 22, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786698/a-reconstruction-of-global-hydroclimate-and-dynamical-variables-over-the-common-era
#10
Nathan J Steiger, Jason E Smerdon, Edward R Cook, Benjamin I Cook
Hydroclimate extremes critically affect human and natural systems, but there remain many unanswered questions about their causes and how to interpret their dynamics in the past and in climate change projections. These uncertainties are due, in part, to the lack of long-term, spatially resolved hydroclimate reconstructions and information on the underlying physical drivers for many regions. Here we present the first global reconstructions of hydroclimate and associated climate dynamical variables over the past two thousand years...
May 22, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785350/the-effect-of-climate-change-on-the-distribution-of-a-tropical-zoanthid-palythoa-caribaeorum-and-its-ecological-implications
#11
Leonardo M Durante, Igor C S Cruz, Tito M C Lotufo
Palythoa caribaeorum is a zoanthid often dominant in shallow rocky environments along the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean, from the tropics to the subtropics. This species has high environmental tolerance and is a good space competitor in reef environments. Considering current and future scenarios in the global climate regime, this study aimed to model and analyze the distribution of P. caribaeorum , generating maps of potential distribution for the present and the year 2100. The distribution was modeled using maximum entropy (Maxent) based on 327 occurrence sites retrieved from the literature...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785347/a-new-species-of-pseudopaludicola-anura-leiuperinae-from-esp%C3%A3-rito-santo-brazil
#12
Dario E Cardozo, Diego Baldo, Nadya Pupin, João Luiz Gasparini, Célio F Baptista Haddad
We describe a new anuran species of the genus Pseudopaludicola that inhabits sandy areas in resting as associated to the Atlantic Forest biome in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The new species is characterized by: SVL 11.7-14.6 mm in males, 14.0-16.7 mm in females; body slender; fingertips knobbed, with a central groove; hindlimbs short; abdominal fold complete; arytenoid cartilages wide; prepollex with base and two segments; prehallux with base and one segment; frontoparietal fontanelle partially exposed; advertisement call with one note composed of two isolated pulses per call; call dominant frequency ranging 4,380-4,884 Hz; diploid chromosome number 22; and Ag-NORs on 8q subterminal...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784550/school-environmental-conditions-and-links-to-academic-performance-and-absenteeism-in-urban-mid-atlantic-public-schools
#13
J D Berman, M C McCormack, K A Koehler, F Connolly, D Clemons-Erby, M F Davis, C Gummerson, P J Leaf, T D Jones, F C Curriero
School facility conditions, environment, and perceptions of safety and learning have been investigated for their impact on child development. However, it is important to consider how the environment separately influences academic performance and attendance after controlling for school and community factors. Using results from the Maryland School Assessment, we considered outcomes of school-level proficiency in reading and math plus attendance and chronic absences, defined as missing 20 or more days, for grades 3-5 and 6-8 at 158 urban schools...
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780677/the-2016-southeastern-us-drought-an-extreme-departure-from-centennial-wetting-and-cooling
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A Park Williams, Benjamin I Cook, Jason E Smerdon, Daniel A Bishop, Richard Seager, Justin S Mankin
The fall 2016 drought in the southeastern United States (SE US) appeared exceptional based on its widespread impacts, but the current monitoring framework that only extends from 1979-present does not readily facilitate evaluation of soil-moisture anomalies in a centennial context. A new method to extend monthly gridded soil-moisture estimates back to 1895 is developed, indicating that since 1895, October-November 2016 soil moisture (0-200 cm) in the SE US was likely the second lowest on record, behind 1954...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779920/geographic-variation-in-gender-disparities-in-the-us-radiologist-workforce
#15
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Amy L Kotsenas, Richard Duszak
PURPOSE: To assess geographic variation in gender disparities in the US radiologist workforce. METHODS: Gender, location, and practice affiliation of all radiologists and gender of all nonradiologists were identified for all providers listed in the Medicare Physician Compare database. Variation in female representation among radiologists was summarized at state, county, and individual practice levels, and associations with a variety of county-level population characteristics were explored...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778225/identification-growth-and-toxicity-assessment-of-coolia-meunier-dinophyceae-from-nova-scotia-canada
#16
Nancy I Lewis, Jennifer L Wolny, John Claude Achenbach, Lee Ellis, Joseph S Pitula, Cheryl Rafuse, Detbra S Rosales, Pearse McCarron
Benthic dinoflagellates of the toxigenic genus Coolia Meunier (Dinophyceae) are known to have a global distribution in both tropical and temperate waters. The type species, C. monotis, has been reported from the Mediterranean Sea, the NE Atlantic and from Rhode Island, USA in the NW Atlantic, whereas other species in the genus have been reported from tropical locations. Coolia cells were observed in algal drift samples collected at seven sites in Nova Scotia, Canada. Clonal isolates were established from four of these locations and identified with light and scanning electron microscopy, then confirmed with genetic sequencing to be C...
May 2018: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777839/-mesenteric-steal-physiology-as-a-cause-of-claudication-and-chronic-mesenteric-ischemia
#17
Aleem K Mirza, J Michael Bacharach
Aortoiliac occlusive disease (AOID) results in varying degrees of pelvic and lower extremity arterial insufficiency. Treatment approach has evolved and endovascular therapies are being successfully reported for high-grade lesion. However, Trans Atlantic Inter-Society Consensus (TASC) D often necessitates open revascularization. Disease limited to the infrarenal segment does not typically affect intestinal perfusion in the absence of visceral aortic or mesenteric vessel involvement. Chronic mesenteric ischemia most commonly occurs due to atherosclerotic disease of two or three of the mesenteric vessels...
May 16, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777721/pentraxins-crp-i-and-crp-ii-are-post-translationally-deiminated-and-differ-in-tissue-specificity-in-cod-gadus-morhua-l-ontogeny
#18
Bergljót Magnadóttir, Polly Hayes, Berglind Gísladóttir, Birkir Þór Bragason, Mariya Hristova, Anthony P Nicholas, Sigríður Guðmundsdóttir, Sigrun Lange
Pentraxins are fluid phase pattern recognition molecules that form an important part of the innate immune defence and are conserved between fish and human. In Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.), two pentraxin-like proteins have been described, CRP-I and CRP-II. Here we show for the first time that these two CRP forms are post-translationally deiminated (an irreversible conversion of arginine to citrulline) and differ with respect to tissue specific localisation in cod ontogeny from 3 to 84 days post hatching. While both forms are expressed in liver, albeit at temporally differing levels, CRP-I shows a strong association with nervous tissue while CRP-II is strongly associated to mucosal tissues of gut and skin...
May 16, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777183/harmless-sea-snail-parasite-causes-mass-mortalities-in-numerous-commercial-scallop-populations-in-the-northern-hemisphere
#19
Árni Kristmundsson, Mark Andrew Freeman
Apicomplexans comprise a group of unicellular, often highly pathogenic, obligate parasites exploiting either one or two hosts to complete a full reproductive cycle. For decades, various scallop populations have suffered cyclical mass mortality events, several of which shown to be caused by apicomplexan infections. We report the first dual mollusc life cycle for an apicomplexan: a species highly pathogenic in various pectinid bivalve species, but apathogenic when infecting the common whelk as Merocystis kathae...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773897/fine-scale-temperature-associated-genetic-structure-between-inshore-and-offshore-populations-of-sea-scallop-placopecten-magellanicus
#20
Sarah J Lehnert, Claudio DiBacco, Mallory Van Wyngaarden, Nicholas W Jeffery, J Ben Lowen, Emma V A Sylvester, Brendan F Wringe, Ryan R E Stanley, Lorraine C Hamilton, Ian R Bradbury
In the northwest Atlantic Ocean, sea scallop (Placopecten magellanicus) has been characterized by a latitudinal genetic cline with a breakpoint between northern and southern genetic clusters occurring at ~45°N along eastern Nova Scotia, Canada. Using 96 diagnostic single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) capable of discriminating between northern and southern clusters, we examined fine-scale genetic structure of scallops among 27 sample locations, spanning the largest geographic range evaluated in this species to date (~37-51°N)...
May 17, 2018: Heredity
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