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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215025/analysis-of-the-genetic-architecture-of-maize-ear-and-grain-morphological-traits-by-combined-linkage-and-association-mapping
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Chaoshu Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhou, Hongjun Yong, Xiaochong Zhang, Zhuanfang Hao, Fangjun Zhang, Mingshun Li, Degui Zhang, Xinhai Li, Zhenhua Wang, Jianfeng Weng
Using combined linkage and association mapping, 26 stable QTL and six stable SNPs were detected across multiple environments for eight ear and grain morphological traits in maize. One QTL, PKS2, might play an important role in maize yield improvement. In the present study, one bi-parental population and an association panel were used to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) for eight ear and grain morphological traits. A total of 108 QTL related to these traits were detected across four environments using an ultra-high density bin map constructed using recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between Ye478 and Qi319, and 26 QTL were identified in more than two environments...
February 18, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
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Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214058/phylogenetic-multilocus-sequence-analysis-of-indigenous-slow-growing-rhizobia-nodulating-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-in-greece
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Anastasia P Tampakaki, Christos T Fotiadis, Georgia Ntatsi, Dimitrios Savvas
Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) is a promiscuous grain legume, capable of establishing efficient symbiosis with diverse symbiotic bacteria, mainly slow-growing rhizobial species belonging to the genus Bradyrhizobium. Although much research has been done on cowpea-nodulating bacteria in various countries around the world, little is known about the genetic and symbiotic diversity of indigenous cowpea rhizobia in European soils. In the present study, the genetic and symbiotic diversity of indigenous rhizobia isolated from field-grown cowpea nodules in three geographically different Greek regions were studied...
February 2, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213224/ordered-titanium-templates-functionalized-by-gold-films-for-biosensing-applications-towards-non-enzymatic-glucose-detection
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Katarzyna Grochowska, Mariusz Szkoda, Jakub Karczewski, Gerard Śliwiński, Katarzyna Siuzdak
Recently, metal nanostructures evoke much interest due to application potential in highly sensitive detectors in biochemistry and medical diagnostics. In this work we report on preparation and characteristics of thin (1-100nm) Au films deposited onto highly ordered structured titanium templates for SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) and electrochemical sensing. The Ti templates are formed by selective removal of TiO2 nanotubes out of as-anodized titanium substrate. The surface of the obtained material reproduce precisely the bottom layer of the nanotubes and consists of a uniformly distributed dimples with diameter of ~100nm...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212353/effect%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-fibre%C3%A2-supplementation%C3%A2-on%C3%A2-body%C3%A2-weight%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-composition-%C3%A2-frequency%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-eating%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-dietary%C3%A2-choice%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-overweight%C3%A2-individuals
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Vicky A Solah, Deborah A Kerr Wendy J Hunt, Stuart K Johnson, Carol J Boushey, Edward J Delp, Xingqiong Meng, Roland J Gahler, Anthony P James, Aqif S Mukhtar, Haelee K Fenton, Simon Wood
Fibre supplementation can potentially reduce energy intake and contribute to weight loss. The mechanism may be reduced frequency of eating, resulting in reduced food consumption. The objective of this research was to determine the effectiveness of fibre supplementation with PolyGlycopleX® (PGX®), on body weight and composition, frequency of eating and dietary intake in 118 overweight adults. In a three-arm, parallel, blind, randomised controlled trial participants were randomised to one of three groups; 4...
February 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211906/dynamics-of-male-meiotic-recombination-frequency-during-plant-development-using-fluorescent-tagged-lines-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Fan Li, Nico De Storme, Danny Geelen
Meiotic homologous recombination plays a central role in creating genetic variability, making it an essential biological process relevant to evolution and crop breeding. In this study, we used pollen-specific fluorescent tagged lines (FTLs) to measure male meiotic recombination frequency during the development of Arabidopsis thaliana. Interestingly, a subset of pollen grains consistently shows loss of fluorescence expression in tested lines. Using nine independent FTL intervals, the spatio-temporal dynamics of male recombination frequency was assessed during plant development, considering both shoot type and plant age as independent parameters...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211849/improvement-of-multiple-agronomic-traits-by-a-disease-resistance-gene-via-cell-wall-reinforcement
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Keming Hu, Jianbo Cao, Jie Zhang, Fan Xia, Yinggen Ke, Haitao Zhang, Wenya Xie, Hongbo Liu, Ying Cui, Yinglong Cao, Xinli Sun, Jinghua Xiao, Xianghua Li, Qinglu Zhang, Shiping Wang
The major disease resistance gene Xa4 confers race-specific durable resistance against Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, which causes the most damaging bacterial disease in rice worldwide. Although Xa4 has been one of the most widely exploited resistance genes in rice production worldwide, its molecular nature remains unknown. Here we show that Xa4, encoding a cell wall-associated kinase, improves multiple traits of agronomic importance without compromising grain yield by strengthening the cell wall via promoting cellulose synthesis and suppressing cell wall loosening...
February 17, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211715/liquid-grain-mixing-suppresses-droplet-spreading-and-splashing-during-impact
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Song-Chuan Zhao, Rianne de Jong, Devaraj van der Meer
Would a raindrop impacting on a coarse beach behave differently from that impacting on a desert of fine sand? We study this question by a series of model experiments, where the packing density of the granular target, the wettability of individual grains, the grain size, the impacting liquid, and the impact speed are varied. We find that by increasing the grain size and/or the wettability of individual grains the maximum droplet spreading undergoes a transition from a capillary regime towards a viscous regime, and splashing is suppressed...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211337/enhanced-electrochemical-degradation-of-ibuprofen-in-aqueous-solution-by-ptru-alloy-catalyst
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Chiung-Fen Chang, Tsan-Yao Chen, Ching-Ju Monica Chin, Yu-Tsun Kuo
Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) regarded as a green technology for aqueous ibuprofen treatment was investigated in this study. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), Pt nanoparticles (Pt NPs), and PtRu alloy, of which physicochemical properties were characterized by XRD and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, were used to synthesize three types of cheap and effective anodes based on commercial conductive glass. Furthermore, the operating parameters, such as the current densities, initial concentrations, and solution pH were also investigated...
February 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211274/large-grain-based-hole-blocking-layer-free-planar-type-perovskite-solar-cell-with-best-efficiency-of-18-20
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Haejun Yu, Jaehoon Ryu, Jong Woo Lee, Jongmin Roh, Kisu Lee, Juyoung Yun, Jungsup Lee, Yun Ki Kim, Doyk Hwang, Jooyoun Kang, Seong Keun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
There remains tremendous interest in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) in the solar energy field; the certified power conversion efficiency (PCE) now exceeds 20 %. Along with research focused on enhancing PCE, studies are also underway concerning PSC commercialization. It is crucial to simplify the fabrication process and reduce the production cost to facilitate commercialization. Herein, we successfully fabricated highly efficient hole-blocking layer (HBL)-free PSCs through vigorously interrupting penetration of hole-transport material (HTM) into FTO by large grain based-CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) film, thereby obtaining a PCE of 18...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210255/high-prevalence-of-gammaproteobacteria-in-the-sediments-of-admiralty-bay-and-north-bransfield-basin-northwestern-antarctic-peninsula
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Diego C Franco, Camila N Signori, Rubens T D Duarte, Cristina R Nakayama, Lúcia S Campos, Vivian H Pellizari
Microorganisms dominate most Antarctic marine ecosystems, in terms of biomass and taxonomic diversity, and play crucial role in ecosystem functioning due to their high metabolic plasticity. Admiralty Bay is the largest bay on King George Island (South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula) and a combination of hydro-oceanographic characteristics (bathymetry, sea ice and glacier melting, seasonal entrance of water masses, turbidity, vertical fluxes) create conditions favoring organic carbon deposition on the seafloor and microbial activities...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209539/chemically-deposited-nano-grain-composed-mos2-thin-films-for-supercapacitor-application
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R B Pujari, A C Lokhande, A R Shelke, J H Kim, C D Lokhande
Low temperature soft chemical synthesis approach is employed towards MoS2 thin film preparation on cost effective stainless steel substrate. 3-D semispherical nano-grain composed surface texture of MoS2 film is observed through FE-SEM technique. Electrochemical supercapacitor performance of MoS2 film is tested from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge discharge (GCD) techniques in 1M aqueous Na2SO4 electrolyte. Specific capacitance (Cs) of 180Fg(-1) with CV cycling stability of 82% for 1000 cycles is achieved...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209056/bulk-heterojunction-morphologies-with-atomistic-resolution-from-coarse-grain-solvent-evaporation-simulations
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Riccardo Alessandri, Jaakko J Uusitalo, Alex H De Vries, Remco W A Havenith, Siewert J Marrink
Control over the morphology of the active layer of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells is paramount to achieve high efficiency devices. However, no method currently available can predict morphologies for a novel donor:acceptor blend. An approach which allows to reach relevant length scales, retain chemical specificity, mimic experimental fabrication conditions, and which is suited for high-throughput schemes has been proven challenging to find. Here, we propose a method to generate atom-resolved morphologies of BHJs which conforms to these requirements...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209031/carbon-nanomaterial-formation-on-fresh-reduced-iron-by-converted-natural-gas
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A Nebesnyi, V Kotov, A Sviatenko, D Filonenko, A Khovavko, B Bondarenko
The mechanism of carbon nanomaterial formation at moderate temperatures while processing fresh-reduced iron by products of air conversion of natural gas is considered. It is shown that under given conditions, the size and the shape of the resulting carbon are dependent on the temperature and the size of microscopic iron grains formed during reduction. These iron grains are the catalyzer of the reaction of carbon monoxide disproportionation. It is concluded that the formation of a nucleus of the new carbon phase occurs at the contact boundaries of neighboring grains of newly reduced iron with the subsequent formation in these places of ring-shaped carbon cuffs...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208496/extension-of-discrete-tribocharging-models-to-continuous-size-distributions
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Dylan Carter, Christine Hartzell
Triboelectric charging, the phenomenon by which electrical charge is exchanged during contact between two surfaces, has been known to cause significant charge separation in granular mixtures, even between chemically identical grains. This charging is a stochastic size-dependent process resulting from random collisions between grains. The prevailing models and experimental results suggest that, in most cases, larger grains in a mixture of dielectric grains acquire a positive charge, while smaller grains charge negatively...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208468/colloidal-polycrystalline-monolayers-under-oscillatory-shear
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Ivo Buttinoni, Mathias Steinacher, Hendrik Th Spanke, Juho Pokki, Severin Bahmann, Bradley Nelson, Giuseppe Foffi, Lucio Isa
In this paper we probe the structural response to oscillatory shear deformations of polycrystalline monolayers of soft repulsive colloids with varying area fraction over a broad range of frequencies and amplitudes. The particles are confined at a fluid interface, sheared using a magnetic microdisk, and imaged through optical microscopy. The structural and mechanical response of soft materials is highly dependent on their microstructure. If crystals are well understood and deform through the creation and mobilization of specific defects, the situation is much more complex for disordered jammed materials, where identifying structural motifs defining plastically rearranging regions remains an elusive task...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208451/mori-zwanzig-theory-for-dissipative-forces-in-coarse-grained-dynamics-in-the-markov-limit
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Sergei Izvekov
We derive alternative Markov approximations for the projected (stochastic) force and memory function in the coarse-grained (CG) generalized Langevin equation, which describes the time evolution of the center-of-mass coordinates of clusters of particles in the microscopic ensemble. This is done with the aid of the Mori-Zwanzig projection operator method based on the recently introduced projection operator [S. Izvekov, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 134106 (2013)10.1063/1.4795091]. The derivation exploits the "generalized additive fluctuating force" representation to which the projected force reduces in the adopted projection operator formalism...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208442/geometric-somersaults-of-a-polymer-chain-through-cyclic-twisting-motions
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Tomohiro Yanao, Taiko Hino
This study explores the significance of geometric angle shifts, which we call geometric somersaults, arising from cyclic twisting motions of a polymer chain. A five-bead polymer chain serves as a concise and minimal model of a molecular shaft throughout this study. We first show that this polymer chain can change its orientation about its longitudinal axis largely, e.g., 120^{∘}, under conditions of zero total angular momentum by changing the two dihedral angles in a cyclic manner. This phenomenon is an example of the so-called "falling cat" phenomenon, where a falling cat undergoes a geometric somersault by changing its body shape under conditions of zero total angular momentum...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208425/interaction-force-between-two-finite-size-charged-particles-in-weakly-ionized-plasma
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A I Momot, A G Zagorodny, I S Orel
The results of numerical studies of the interaction forces between two finite-size charged spherical conductive particles embedded into weakly ionized strongly collisional isothermal plasma-like medium are presented. The studies are performed for the case of particles with fixed electric charge under the assumption that particles do not absorb electrons and ions from the surrounding plasma (colloidal particles) as well as for particles charged by plasma currents (grains). In the first case the Poisson-Boltzmann model was used and in the second the dynamics of grain charging is described in the drift-diffusion approximation...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208388/nonequilibrium-markov-state-modeling-of-the-globule-stretch-transition
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Fabian Knoch, Thomas Speck
We describe a systematic approach to construct coarse-grained Markov state models from molecular dynamics data of systems driven into a nonequilibrium steady state. We apply this method to study the globule-stretch transition of a single tethered model polymer in shear flow. The folding and unfolding rates of the coarse-grained model agree with the original detailed model. We demonstrate that the folding and unfolding proceeds through the same narrow region of configuration space but along different cycles.
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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