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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936643/climate-variability-affects-the-germination-strategies-exhibited-by-arid-land-plants
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Sarah Barga, Thomas E Dilts, Elizabeth A Leger
Spatial and temporal environmental variability can lead to variation in selection pressures across a landscape. Strategies for coping with environmental heterogeneity range from specialized phenotypic responses to a narrow range of conditions to generalist strategies that function under a range of conditions. Here, we ask how mean climate and climate variation at individual sites and across a species' range affect the specialist-generalist spectrum of germination strategies exhibited by 10 arid land forbs. We investigated these relationships using climate data for the western United States, occurrence records from herbaria, and germination trials with field-collected seeds, and predicted that generalist strategies would be most common in species that experience a high degree of climate variation or occur over a wide range of conditions...
September 21, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931871/filtering-effect-of-temporal-niche-fluctuation-and-amplitude-of-environmental-variations-on-the-trait-related-flowering-patterns-lesson-from-sub-mediterranean-grasslands
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Andrea Catorci, Karina Piermarteri, Károly Penksza, Judit Házi, Federico Maria Tardella
Timing of flowering is a critical component of community assembly, but how plant traits respond to heterogeneity of resources has been identified mostly through observations of spatial variations. Thus, we performed a trait-based phenological study in sub-Mediterranean grasslands to assess the importance of temporal variation of resources in the species assemblage processes. We found that early flowering species have traits allowing for slow resource acquisition and storage but rapid growth rate. Instead, mid- and late-flowering species exhibited sets of strategies devoted to minimizing water loss by evapotranspiration or aimed at maximizing the species' competitive ability, thanks to slow growth rate and more efficient resource acquisition, conservation and use...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923710/spatiotemporal-drought-variability-on-the-mongolian-plateau-from-1980-2014-based-on-the-spei-pm-intensity-analysis-and-hurst-exponent
#3
Siqin Tong, Quan Lai, Jiquan Zhang, Yuhai Bao, A Lusi, Qiyun Ma, Xiangqian Li, Feng Zhang
Knowledge about variations of drought can provide a scientific basis for water resource planning and drought mitigation. In this study, the variations and patterns of drought identified by the Standardized Precipitation Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI) were investigated on the Mongolian Plateau for the period 1980-2014, based on intensity analysis, linear regression, the Mann-Kendall test, wavelet analysis, and Hurst exponent. The results show that: 1) the annual SPEI decreased at a rate of -0.0133/yr over the past 35years, and a major abrupt change occurred in 1999; 2) drought on the Mongolian Plateau intensified from 1980 to 2014, and the drought in Mongolia has been more serious than in Inner Mongolia since the beginning of the 21st century; 3) the rate of drought/wet changes in 1980s-1990s and 1990s-2000s were faster than in 2000s-2010s...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921806/a-large-area-spatially-continuous-assessment-of-land-cover-map-error-and-its-impact-on-downstream-analyses
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Lyndon Estes, Peng Chen, Stephanie Debats, Tom Evans, Stefanus Ferreira, Tobias Kuemmerle, Gabrielle Ragazzo, Justin Sheffield, Adam Wolf, Eric Wood, Kelly Caylor
Land cover maps increasingly underlie research into socioeconomic and environmental patterns and processes, including global change. It is known that map errors impact our understanding of these phenomena, but quantifying these impacts is difficult because many areas lack adequate reference data. We used a highly accurate, high-resolution map of South African cropland to assess 1) the magnitude of error in several current generation land cover maps, and 2) how these errors propagate in downstream studies. We first quantified pixel-wise errors in the cropland classes of four widely used land cover maps at resolutions ranging from 1 to 100 km, then calculated errors in several representative "downstream" (map-based) analyses, including assessments of vegetative carbon stocks, evapotranspiration, crop production, and household food security...
September 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919900/preliminary-studies-to-characterize-the-temporal-variation-of-micronutrient-composition-of-the-above-ground-organs-of-maize-and-correlated-uptake-rates
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Karla Vilaça Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, José Laércio Favarin, Felipe Fadel Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone da Costa Mello
The improvement of agronomic practices and the use of high technology in field crops contributes for significant increases in maize productivity, and may have altered the dynamics of nutrient uptake and partition by the plant. Official recommendations for fertilizer applications to the maize crop in Brazil and in many countries are based on critical soil nutrient contents and are relatively outdated. Since the factors that interact in an agricultural production system are dynamic, mathematical modeling of the growth process turns out to be an appropriate tool for these studies...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915455/estimation-of-water-consumption-for-ecosystems-based-on-vegetation-interfaces-processes-model-a-case-study-of-the-aksu-river-basin-northwest-china
#6
Peng Yang, Jun Xia, Chesheng Zhan, Xingguo Mo, Xuejuan Chen, Shi Hu, Jie Chen
Based on the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) - Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), the Vegetation Interfaces Processes (VIP) model simulated the spatio-temporal patterns of actual evapotranspiration (ET) and the water consumption of different ecosystems in the Aksu River Basin, Northwest China between 2000 and 2015. The results revealed that: (1) the applicability of the VIP model was confirmed, with good agreement (R(2)=0.79, P<0.05) between the VIP-ET and water balance model (WB)-ET in the Aksu River Basin; (2)arable land showed the highest annual actual ET per unit pixel (362...
September 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905461/assessment-of-ecosystem-resilience-to-hydroclimatic-disturbances-in-india
#7
Ashutosh Sharma, Manish Kumar Goyal
Recent studies have shown an increasing trend in hydroclimatic disturbances like droughts, which are anticipated to become more frequent and intense under global warming and climate change. Droughts adversely affect the vegetation growth and crop yield, which enhances the risks to food security for a country like India with over 1.2 billion people to feed. Here, we compared the response of terrestrial net primary productivity (NPP) to hydroclimatic disturbances in India at different scales (i.e., at river basins, land covers, and climate types) to examine the ecosystems' resilience to such adverse conditions...
September 14, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899081/-bending-models-of-halotropism-incorporating-protein-phosphatase-2a-abcb-transporters-and-auxin-metabolism
#8
Eun Hyang Han, Dominic P Petrella, Joshua J Blakeslee
Salt stress causes worldwide reductions in agricultural yields, a problem that is exacerbated by the depletion of global freshwater reserves and the use of contaminated or recycled water (i.e. effluent water). Additionally, salt stress can occur as cultivated areas are subjected to frequent rounds of irrigation followed by periods of moderate to severe evapotranspiration, which can result in the heterogeneous aggregation of salts in agricultural soils. Our understanding of the later stages of salt stress and the mechanisms by which salt is transported out of cells and roots has greatly improved over the last decade...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892592/analysis-of-climate-signals-in-the-crop-yield-record-of-sub-saharan-africa
#9
Alexis L Hoffman, Armen R Kemanian, Chris E Forest
Food security and agriculture productivity assessments in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) require a better understanding of how climate and other drivers influence regional crop yields. In this paper, our objective was to identify the climate signal in the realized yields of maize, sorghum, and groundnut in SSA. We explored the relation between crop yields and scale-compatible climate data for the 1962-2014 period using Random Forest, a diagnostic machine learning technique. We found that improved agricultural technology and country fixed effects are three times more important than climate variables for explaining changes in crop yields in SSA...
September 11, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886053/response-of-korean-pine-s-functional-traits-to-geography-and-climate
#10
Yichen Dong, Yanhong Liu
This study analyzed the characteristics of Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) functional trait responses to geographic and climatic factors in the eastern region of Northeast China (41°-48°N) and the linear relationships among Korean pine functional traits, to explore this species' adaptability and ecological regulation strategies under different environmental conditions. Korean pine samples were collected from eight sites located at different latitudes, and the following factors were determined for each site: geographic factors-latitude, longitude, and altitude; temperature factors-mean annual temperature (MAT), growth season mean temperature (GST), and mean temperature of the coldest month (MTCM); and moisture factors-annual precipitation (AP), growth season precipitation (GSP), and potential evapotranspiration (PET)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878787/planting-patterns-and-deficit-irrigation-strategies-to-improve-wheat-production-and-water-use-efficiency-under-simulated-rainfall-conditions
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Shahzad Ali, Yueyue Xu, Xiangcheng Ma, Irshad Ahmad, Muhammad Kamran, Zhaoyun Dong, Tie Cai, Qianmin Jia, Xiaolong Ren, Peng Zhang, Zhikuan Jia
The ridge furrow (RF) rainwater harvesting system is an efficient way to enhance rainwater accessibility for crops and increase winter wheat productivity in semi-arid regions. However, the RF system has not been promoted widely in the semi-arid regions, which primarily exist in remote hilly areas. To exploit its efficiency on a large-scale, the RF system needs to be tested at different amounts of simulated precipitation combined with deficit irrigation. Therefore, in during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 winter wheat growing seasons, we examined the effects of two planting patterns: (1) the RF system and (2) traditional flat planting (TF) with three deficit irrigation levels (150, 75, 0 mm) under three simulated rainfall intensity (1: 275, 2: 200, 3: 125 mm), and determined soil water storage profile, evapotranspiration rate, grain filling rate, biomass, grain yield, and net economic return...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867871/mapping-regional-risks-from-climate-change-for-rainfed-rice-cultivation-in-india
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Kuntal Singh, Colin J McClean, Patrick Büker, Sue E Hartley, Jane K Hill
Global warming is predicted to increase in the future, with detrimental consequences for rainfed crops that are dependent on natural rainfall (i.e. non-irrigated). Given that many crops grown under rainfed conditions support the livelihoods of low-income farmers, it is important to highlight the vulnerability of rainfed areas to climate change in order to anticipate potential risks to food security. In this paper, we focus on India, where ~ 50% of rice is grown under rainfed conditions, and we employ statistical models (climate envelope models (CEMs) and boosted regression trees (BRTs)) to map changes in climate suitability for rainfed rice cultivation at a regional level (~ 18 × 18 km cell resolution) under projected future (2050) climate change (IPCC RCPs 2...
September 2017: Agricultural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863340/assessing-the-long-term-effects-of-land-use-changes-on-runoff-patterns-and-food-production-in-a-large-lake-watershed-with-policy-implications
#13
Zhandong Sun, Tom Lotz, Ni-Bin Chang
Effects of land use development on runoff patterns are salient at a hydrological response unit scale. However, quantitative analysis at the watershed scale is still a challenge due to the complex spatial heterogeneity of the upstream and downstream hydrological relationships and the inherent structure of drainage systems. This study aims to use the well-calibrated Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to assess the response of hydrological processes under different land use scenarios in a large lake watershed (Lake Dongting) in the middle Yangtze River basin in China...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862687/changes-in-tannin-composition-of-syrah-grape-skins-and-seeds-during-fruit-ripening-under-contrasting-water-conditions
#14
Maria Kyraleou, Stamatina Kallithraka, Nikolaos Theodorou, Pierre-Louis Teissedre, Yorgos Kotseridis, Stefanos Koundouras
Tannin accumulation and composition were determined in skins and seeds isolated from Vitis vinifera cv. Syrah grapes submitted to contrasting water regimes under semiarid climatic conditions. Three irrigation treatments were conducted, starting at berry set through harvest of two growing seasons, 2011 and 2012: irrigation at 100% of crop evapotranspiration ETc (FI), irrigation at 50% of ETc (DI) and non-irrigated (NI). Seed total tannins did not vary with maturity but those of skins underwent a progressive decline (especially in 2011), expressed both on a fresh weight and on a per berry basis...
September 1, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858745/response-of-ecosystem-productivity-to-dry-wet-conditions-indicated-by-different-drought-indices
#15
Haiyan Wang, Bin He, Yafeng Zhang, Ling Huang, Ziyue Chen, Junjie Liu
Various climatic and hydrological variables such as precipitation, soil moisture, stream flow, and water level can be used to assess drought conditions, however, the response of ecosystem productivity to such metrics is not very clear. In this study, we examined the sensitivity of GPP anomalies to five drought indicators: the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), the Standardized Precipitation-Evapotranspiration Index (SPEI), Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI), deficit of soil moisture (DSM), and the difference between precipitation (P) and evapotranspiration (ET) (D(P-ET))...
August 28, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855518/hydrologic-resilience-and-amazon-productivity
#16
Anders Ahlström, Josep G Canadell, Guy Schurgers, Minchao Wu, Joseph A Berry, Kaiyu Guan, Robert B Jackson
The Amazon rainforest is disproportionately important for global carbon storage and biodiversity. The system couples the atmosphere and land, with moist forest that depends on convection to sustain gross primary productivity and growth. Earth system models that estimate future climate and vegetation show little agreement in Amazon simulations. Here we show that biases in internally generated climate, primarily precipitation, explain most of the uncertainty in Earth system model results; models, empirical data and theory converge when precipitation biases are accounted for...
August 30, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843167/the-health-benefits-of-nature-based-solutions-to-urbanization-challenges-for-children-and-the-elderly-a-systematic-review
#17
Nadja Kabisch, Matilda van den Bosch, Raffaele Lafortezza
Urban green and blue spaces promote health by offering areas for physical activity, stress relief, and social interaction, which may be considered as cultural ecosystem services. They also provide a number of regulating ecosystem services that can be regarded as nature-based solutions to mitigate impacts from urbanization-induced challenges. Urban trees and other vegetation provide cooling through shade and evapotranspiration, which reduce the impact of the urban heat island on hot summer days. Urban vegetation may improve air quality by removing air pollutants...
August 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841645/the-dominant-role-of-climate-change-in-determining-changes-in-evapotranspiration-in-xinjiang-china-from-2001-to-2012
#18
Xiuliang Yuan, Jie Bai, Longhui Li, Alishir Kurban, Philippe De Maeyer
The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China has experienced significant land cover and climate change since the beginning of the 21st century. However, a reasonable simulation of evapotranspiration (ET) and its response to environmental factors are still unclear. For this study, to simulate ET and its response to climate and land cover change in Xinjiang, China from 2001 to 2012, we used the Common Land Model (CoLM) by adding irrigation effects for cropland and modifying root distributions and the root water uptake process for shrubland...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836041/a-glimpse-at-short-term-controls-of-evapotranspiration-along-the-southern-slopes-of-kilimanjaro
#19
Florian Detsch, Insa Otte, Tim Appelhans, Thomas Nauss
Future climate characteristics of the southern Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania, are mainly determined by local land-use and global climate change. Reinforcing increasing dryness throughout the twentieth century, ongoing land transformation processes emphasize the need for a proper understanding of the regional-scale water budget and possible implications on related ecosystem functioning and services. Here, we present an analysis of scintillometer-based evapotranspiration (ET) covering seven distinct habitat types across a massive climate gradient from the colline savanna woodlands to the upper-mountain Helichrysum zone (940 to 3960 m...
August 23, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829809/hyperspectral-reflectance-sensing-to-assess-the-growth-and-photosynthetic-properties-of-wheat-cultivars-exposed-to-different-irrigation-rates-in-an-irrigated-arid-region
#20
Salah El-Hendawy, Nasser Al-Suhaibani, Wael Hassan, Mohammad Tahir, Urs Schmidhalter
Simultaneous indirect assessment of multiple and diverse plant parameters in an exact and expeditious manner is becoming imperative in irrigated arid regions, with a view toward creating drought-tolerant genotypes or for the management of precision irrigation. This study aimed to evaluate whether spectral reflectance indices (SRIs) in three parts of the electromagnetic spectrum ((visible-infrared (VIS), near-infrared (NIR)), and shortwave-infrared (SWIR)) could be used to track changes in morphophysiological parameters of wheat cultivars exposed to 1...
2017: PloS One
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