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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445833/phytochrome-diversification-in-cyanobacteria-and-eukaryotic-algae
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REVIEW
Nathan C Rockwell, J Clark Lagarias
Phytochromes control almost every aspect of plant biology, including germination, growth, development, and flowering, in response to red and far-red light. These photoreceptors thus hold considerable promise for engineering crop plant responses to light. Recently, structural research has shed new light on how phytochromes work. Genomic and transcriptomic studies have improved our understanding of phytochrome loss, retention, and diversification during evolution. We are also beginning to understand phytochrome function in cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445423/anthocyanin-profiles-in-flowers-of-grape-hyacinth
#2
Qian Lou, Lin Wang, Hongli Liu, Yali Liu
Grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.) is a popular ornamental bulbous perennial famous for its blue flowers. To understand the chemical basis of the rich blue colors in this plant, anthocyanin profiles of six blue flowering grape hyacinths as well as one pink and one white cultivar were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. Along with two known compounds, eight putative anthocyanins were identified in the tepals of grape hyacinth for the first time. The accumulation and distribution of anthocyanins in the plant showed significant cultivar and flower development specificity...
April 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444444/bioinformatic-and-expression-analyses-on-carotenoid-dioxygenase-genes-in-fruit-development-and-abiotic-stress-responses-in-fragaria-vesca
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Yong Wang, Guanqun Ding, Tingting Gu, Jing Ding, Yi Li
Carotenoid dioxygenases, including 9-cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenases (NCEDs) and carotenoid cleavage dioxygenases (CCDs), can selectively cleave carotenoids into various apocarotenoid products that play important roles in fleshy fruit development and abiotic stress response. In this study, we identified 12 carotenoid dioxygenase genes in diploid strawberry Fragaria vesca, and explored their evolution with orthologous genes from nine other species. Phylogenetic analyses suggested that the NCED and CCDL groups moderately expanded during their evolution, whereas gene numbers of the CCD1, CCD4, CCD7, and CCD8 groups maintained conserved...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444386/coevolution-with-pollinating-resin-midges-led-to-resin-filled-nurseries-in-the-androecia-gynoecia-and-tepals-of-kadsura-schisandraceae
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Shi-Xiao Luo, Ting-Ting Liu, Fei Cui, Zi-Yin Yang, Xiao-Ying Hu, Susanne S Renner
Background and Aims: Resin is a defence against herbivores and a floral reward in a few African and South American species whose bee pollinators collect it for nest construction. Here we describe a new role for floral resin from the Asian genus Kadsura (Schisandraceae). Kadsura tepals tightly cover a globe formed by carpels (in females) or near-fused stamens with fleshy connectives (in male flowers of most, but not all species). Methods: We carried out field observations at four sites in China and used pollinator behavioural assays, chemical analyses and time-calibrated insect and plant phylogenies to investigate the specificity of the interactions and their relationship to floral structure...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444378/how-efficient-is-apis-cerana-hymenoptera-apidae-in-pollinating-cabbage-brassica-oleracea-var-capitata-pollination-behavior-pollinator-effectiveness-pollinator-requirement-and-impact-of-pollination
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Johnson Stanley, Khushboo Sah, Avupati Rns Subbanna, G Preetha, JaiPrakash Gupta
Cabbage is a cross-pollinated crop because of sporophytic self-incompatibility, and honey bees play an important role in its pollination. Though Asian honey bees, Apis cerana F., are used in pollination of cabbage, the rate of visitation, behavior, pollinator efficacy, and impact on seed-set are to be determined. Apis cerana occupy a share of 19.18% of all the flower visitors of cabbage in natural habitat of North Western Indian Himalayas. Pollination behavior in terms of peak activity, flowers processed per unit time, time spent per flower, and time spent in search of flowers are studied separately for both pollen and nectar foragers...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444217/direct-and-indirect-effects-of-pesticides-on-the-insidious-flower-bug-hemiptera-anthocoridae-under-laboratory-conditions
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Nathan J Herrick, Raymond A Cloyd
Greenhouse producers are interested in integrating natural enemies along with pesticides to suppress western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), populations. The insidious flower bug, Orius insidiosus (Say), is a commercially available natural enemy of western flower thrips. We conducted a series of laboratory experiments to determine the direct and indirect effects of 28 pesticides (insecticides, miticides, and fungicides), 4 pesticide mixtures, and 4 surfactants (36 total treatments plus a water control) on the adult O...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443127/transcriptome-analysis-of-a-female-sterile-mutant-fsm-in-chinese-cabbage-brassica-campestris-ssp-pekinensis
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Shengnan Huang, Zhiyong Liu, Chengyu Li, Runpeng Yao, Danyang Li, Li Hou, Xiang Li, Wenjie Liu, Hui Feng
Female-sterile mutants are ideal materials for studying pistil development in plants. Here, we identified a female-sterile mutant fsm in Chinese cabbage. This mutant, which exhibited stable inheritance, was derived from Chinese cabbage DH line 'FT' using a combination of isolated microspore culture and ethyl methanesulfonate mutagenesis. Compared with the wild-type line 'FT,' the fsm plants exhibited pistil abortion, and floral organs were also relatively smaller. Genetic analysis indicated that the phenotype of fsm is controlled by a single recessive nuclear gene...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443126/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-pht1-phosphate-transporters-in-wheat
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Wan Teng, Yan-Yan Zhao, Xue-Qiang Zhao, Xue He, Wen-Ying Ma, Yan Deng, Xin-Ping Chen, Yi-Ping Tong
The PHT1 family of phosphate (Pi) transporters mediates phosphorus (P) uptake and re-mobilization in plants. A genome-wide sequence analysis of PHT1 genes in wheat (Triticum aestivum) was conducted, and their expression locations and responses to P availability were further investigated. We cloned 21 TaPHT1 genes from the homologous alleles at TaPHT1.1 to 1.10 through screening a BAC library and amplifying genomic sequences. The TaPHT1 transporters were clustered into five branches in the phylogenetic tree of PHT1 proteins, and the TaPHT1 genes from a given branch shared high similarities in sequences, expression locations, and responses to P availability...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443107/virus-based-microrna-silencing-and-overexpressing-in-common-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Chao Jian, Ran Han, Qing Chi, Shijuan Wang, Meng Ma, Xiangli Liu, Huixian Zhao
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of endogenous small non-coding RNAs that arise from large RNA precursors with a stem-loop structure and play important roles in plant development and responses to environmental stress. Although a hundred and nineteen wheat miRNAs have been identified and registered in the miRBase (Release 21.0, June, 2014; http://www.mirbase.org), the functional characterization of these miRNAs in wheat growth and development is lagging due to lack of effective techniques to investigate endogenous miRNA functions in wheat...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443106/over-expression-of-ejlfy-1-leads-to-an-early-flowering-habit-in-strawberry-fragaria-%C3%A3-ananassa-and-its-asexual-progeny
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Yuexue Liu, Qian Zhao, Nan Meng, Huwei Song, Chaochao Li, Guibing Hu, Jincheng Wu, Shunquan Lin, Zhihong Zhang
As a master regulator involved in flower development, LEAFY-like gene has been demonstrated to play a key role in the flowering process regulation of angiosperms. Expression analysis of EjLFY-1, a LEAFY (LFY) homolog of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.), indicated its participation in the regulation of flowering in loquat. To verify its function and potential value in the genetic engineering to shorten the juvenile phase, ectopic expression of EjLFY-1 in strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) was achieved using Agrobacterium-mediated gene transfer of a plant expression vector with the loquat EjLFY-1 gene driven by the CaMV 35S promoter...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442116/determination-of-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-content-of-cannabis-seizures-in-egypt
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Ahmed M A Souleman, Alaa El-Din M Gaafar, Omar M Abdel-Salam, Shaimaa A ElShebiney
OBJECTIVE: To determine the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of cannabis seizures in Egypt. METHODS: Unheated and heated extracts of cannabis seizures were prepared from the dried flowering tops and leaves (marijuana) or from the resin (hashish) and subjected to analysis using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). RESULTS: The heated resin extract had the peak of THC in a relative ratio of 31.34%, while extracting the resin directly without heating contained only 18...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442106/medicinal-and-biological-values-of-callistemon-viminalis-extracts-history-current-situation-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Mohamed Z M Salem, Mervat El-Hefny, Ramadan A Nasser, Hayssam M Ali, Nader A El-Shanhorey, Hosam O Elansary
Callistemon viminalis (C. viminalis) is a plant that has been reported to have various medicinal values such as antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant activities and other pharmaceutical and insecticidal properties. This review covers the potentials, applications and properties of different extracts from different parts (branches, flowers, fruits, bark, leaves) of C. viminalis. Furthermore, the chemical structures of the bioactive compounds were reported for biological activities. All the results supported the traditional uses of C...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441780/pollen-grain-preservation-and-fertility-in-valuable-commercial-rose-cultivars
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Annalisa Giovannini, Anca Macovei, Matteo Caser, Andrea Mansuino, Gian Guido Ghione, Marco Savona, Daniela Carbonera, Valentina Scariot, Alma Balestrazzi
In the cut flower market, traditional breeding is still the best way to achieve new rose cultivars. The geographical delocalization of cultivar constitution (generally made in Europe and North America) and plant cultivation (large areas in Africa and South America) represents a limit point for crossing and selection. Rose breeders often need to overcome geographical distances, resulting in asynchrony in flowering among crossing parents, by storing and sending pollen. Hence, a key aspect in breeding programs is linked to pollen availability and conservation, jointly with the identification of parameters related to pollen fertility...
April 24, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441343/immune-stimulatory-effects-of-althaea-rosea-flower-extracts-through-the-mapk-signaling-pathway-in-raw264-7-cells
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Yon-Suk Kim, Eun-Kyung Kim, Weligala Pahalagedara Amila Srilal Nawarathna, Xin Dong, Woen-Bin Shin, Jin-Su Park, Sang-Ho Moon, Pyo-Jam Park
Althaea rosea (Linn.) is a medicinal plant from China and Korea that has been traditionally used to control inflammation, to stop bedwetting and as a mouthwash in cases of bleeding gums. Its flowers are employed medicinally for their emollient, demulcent and diuretic properties, which make them useful in chest complaints. Furthermore, a flower extract decoction is used to improve blood circulation, for the treatment of constipation, dysmenorrhoea, haemorrhages, etc. However, the possible mechanisms of the immune-stimulatory effect remains to be elucidated...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440562/the-evolvability-of-herkogamy-quantifying-the-evolutionary-potential-of-a-composite-trait
#15
Øystein H Opedal, Geir H Bolstad, Thomas F Hansen, W Scott Armbruster, Christophe Pélabon
Accurate estimates of trait evolvabilities are central to predicting the short-term evolutionary potential of populations, and hence their ability to adapt to changing environments. We quantify and evaluate the evolvability of herkogamy, the spatial separation of male and female structures in flowers, a key floral trait associated with variation in mating systems. We compiled genetic-variance estimates for herkogamy and related floral traits, computed evolvabilities, and compared these among trait groups and among species differing in their mating systems...
April 25, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439621/qtl-mapping-of-domestication-and-diversifying-selection-related-traits-in-round-fruited-semi-wild-xishuangbanna-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-l-var-xishuangbannanesis
#16
Yupeng Pan, Shuping Qu, Kailiang Bo, Meiling Gao, Kristin R Haider, Yiqun Weng
QTL analysis revealed 11 QTL underlying flowering time and fruit size variation in the semi-wild Xishuangbanna cucumber, of which, FT6.2 and FS5.2 played the most important roles in determining photoperiod-dependent flowering time and round-fruit shape, respectively. Flowering time and fruit size are two important traits in domestication and diversifying selection in cucumber, but their genetic basis is not well understood. Here we reported QTL mapping results on flowering time and fruit size with F2 and F2:3 segregating populations derived from the cross between WI7200, a small fruited, early flowering primitive cultivated cucumber and WI7167, a round-fruited, later flowering semi-wild Xishuangbanna (XIS) cucumber...
April 24, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439474/digitizing-specimens-in-a-small-herbarium-a-viable-workflow-for-collections-working-with-limited-resources
#17
Kari M Harris, Travis D Marsico
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Small herbaria represent a significant portion of herbaria in the United States, but many are not digitizing their collections. METHODS: At the Arkansas State University Herbarium (STAR), we have created a viable workflow to help small herbaria begin the digitization process, including suggestions for publishing data on the Internet. We calculated hourly rates of each phase of the digitization process. We also mapped accessions at the county level to determine geographic strengths in the collection...
April 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439467/floral-pathway-integrator-gene-expression-mediates-gradual-transmission-of-environmental-and-endogenous-cues-to-flowering-time
#18
Aalt D J van Dijk, Jaap Molenaar
The appropriate timing of flowering is crucial for the reproductive success of plants. Hence, intricate genetic networks integrate various environmental and endogenous cues such as temperature or hormonal statues. These signals integrate into a network of floral pathway integrator genes. At a quantitative level, it is currently unclear how the impact of genetic variation in signaling pathways on flowering time is mediated by floral pathway integrator genes. Here, using datasets available from literature, we connect Arabidopsis thaliana flowering time in genetic backgrounds varying in upstream signalling components with the expression levels of floral pathway integrator genes in these genetic backgrounds...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439457/pollinator-diversity-and-reproductive-success-of-epipactis-helleborine-l-crantz-orchidaceae-in-anthropogenic-and-natural-habitats
#19
Agnieszka Rewicz, Radomir Jaskuła, Tomasz Rewicz, Grzegorz Tończyk
BACKGROUND: Epipactis helleborine is an Eurasian orchid species which prefers woodland environments but it may also spontaneously and successfully colonise human-made artificial and disturbed habitats such as roadsides, town parks and gardens. It is suggested that orchids colonising anthropogenic habitats are characterised by a specific set of features (e.g., large plant size, fast flower production). However, as it is not well known how pollinator diversity and reproductive success of E...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439286/snp-discovery-and-genetic-variation-of-candidate-genes-relevant-to-heat-tolerance-and-agronomic-traits-in-natural-populations-of-sand-rice-agriophyllum-squarrosum
#20
Pengshan Zhao, Jiwei Zhang, Chaoju Qian, Qin Zhou, Xin Zhao, Guoxiong Chen, Xiao-Fei Ma
The extreme stress tolerance and high nutritional value of sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) make it attractive for use as an alternative crop in response to concerns about ongoing climate change and future food security. However, a lack of genetic information hinders understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the morphological and physiological adaptations of sand rice. In the present study, we sequenced and analyzed the transcriptomes of two individuals representing semi-arid [Naiman (NM)] and arid [Shapotou (SPT)] sand rice genotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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