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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431082/compositional-differences-among-female-associated-and-embryo-associated-microbiota-of-the-viviparous-pacific-beetle-cockroach-diploptera-punctata
#1
Paul A Ayayee, George Keeney, Zakee L Sabree, Agustí Muñoz-Garcia
All cockroach species, except one, harbor the endosymbiont Blattabacterium, transmitted from females to embryos. Adult cockroaches acquire non-Blattabacterium bacteria as part of their gut microbiota over time, but our knowledge of the possible transmission of these non-Blattabacterium bacteria from females to embryos is rudimentary. We characterized the gut microbiota of gravid viviparous Diploptera punctata females and the non-Blattabacterium microbiota of associated developing embryos, as well as the gut microbiota of non-gravid females, and the microbiota of orphan embryos (females not included), following high-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene to assess bacterial transference...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430893/congeneric-predaceous-diving-beetle-species-fail-to-segregate-in-a-floodplain-system-a-case-of-amplified-sympatry
#2
Courtney Holt McDaniel, Joseph V McHugh, Darold P Batzer
Coexistence of closely related species has long been a focus of biologists in their efforts to explain mechanisms that drive community assembly. Dytiscidae (predaceous diving beetles) are a group that shows a particularly high affinity for sympatry despite their relatedness. Our objective was to investigate the degree of overlap among Neoporus (Guignot) species (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) in floodplains of the southeastern United States. We sampled two floodplain habitats (permanent oxbow lakes and temporarily flooded pools) of the Altamaha River (Georgia, USA) for Neoporus species over three years...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429805/bio-inspired-large-scale-highly-scattering-films-for-nanoparticle-alternative-white-surfaces
#3
Julia Syurik, Radwanul Hasan Siddique, Antje Dollmann, Guillaume Gomard, Marc Schneider, Matthias Worgull, Gabriele Wiegand, Hendrik Hölscher
Inspired by the white beetle of the genus Cyphochilus, we fabricate ultra-thin, porous PMMA films by foaming with CO2 saturation. Optimising pore diameter and fraction in terms of broad-band reflectance results in very thin films with exceptional whiteness. Already films with 60 µm-thick scattering layer feature a whiteness with a reflectance of 90%. Even 9 µm thin scattering layers appear white with a reflectance above 57%. The transport mean free path in the artificial films is between 3.5 µm and 4 µm being close to the evolutionary optimised natural prototype...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428850/shortcuts-in-biodiversity-research-what-determines-the-performance-of-higher-taxa-as-surrogates-for-species
#4
Neil Rosser
Biodiversity research is often impeded by the time and resources required to identify species. One possible solution is to use higher taxa to predict species richness and community composition. However, previous studies have shown that the performance of higher taxa as surrogates for species is highly variable, making it difficult to predict whether the method will be reliable for a particular objective. Using 8 independent datasets, I tested whether higher taxa accurately characterize the responses of beetle and ant communities to environmental drivers...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427347/comparative-transcriptomics-of-mountain-pine-beetle-pheromone-biosynthetic-tissues-and-functional-analysis-of-cyp6de3
#5
J A Nadeau, J Petereit, R L Tillett, K Jung, M Fotoohi, M MacLean, S Young, K Schlauch, G J Blomquist, C Tittiger
BACKGROUND: The mountain pine beetle (MPB, Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) is a highly destructive pest of pine forests in western North America. During flight to a new host tree and initiation of feeding, mountain pine beetles release aggregation pheromones. The biosynthetic pathways of these pheromones are sex-specific and localized in the midgut and fat body, but the enzymes involved have not all been identified or characterized. RESULTS: We used a comparative RNA-Seq analysis between fed and unfed male and female MPB midguts and fat bodies to identify candidate genes involved in pheromone biosynthesis...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425582/personality-immune-response-and-reproductive-success-an-appraisal-of-the-pace-of-life-syndrome-hypothesis
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Karine Monceau, François-Xavier Dechaume-Moncharmont, Jérôme Moreau, Camille Lucas, Rémi Capoduro, Sébastien Motreuil, Yannick Moret
The pace-of-life syndrome (POLS) hypothesis is an extended concept of the life history theory that includes behavioural traits. The studies challenging the POLS hypothesis often focus on the relationships between a single personality trait and a physiological and/or life history traits. While pathogens represent a major selective pressure, few studies have been interested in testing relationships between behavioural syndrome, and several fitness components including immunity. The aim of this study is to address this question in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor, a model species in immunity studies...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425475/insecticidal-activity-of-garlic-essential-oil-and-their-constituents-against-the-mealworm-beetle-tenebrio-molitor-linnaeus-coleoptera-tenebrionidae
#7
Angelica Plata-Rueda, Luis Carlos Martínez, Marcelo Henrique Dos Santos, Flávio Lemes Fernandes, Carlos Frederico Wilcken, Marcus Alvarenga Soares, José Eduardo Serrão, José Cola Zanuncio
This study evaluated the insecticidal activity of garlic, Allium sativum Linnaeus (Amaryllidaceae) essential oil and their principal constituents on Tenebrio molitor. Garlic essential oil, diallyl disulfide, and diallyl sulfide oil were used to compare the lethal and repellent effects on larvae, pupae and adults of T. molitor. Six concentrations of garlic essential oil and their principal constituents were topically applied onto larvae, pupae and adults of this insect. Repellent effect and respiration rate of each constituent was evaluated...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424477/warming-impact-on-herbivore-population-composition-affects-top-down-control-by-predators
#8
Ying-Jie Wang, Takefumi Nakazawa, Chuan-Kai Ho
Understanding warming impact on herbivores facilitates predicting plant/crop dynamics in natural/agricultural systems. However, it remains unclear how warming will affect herbivore population size and population composition, consequently altering herbivore colonization in a tri-trophic system (plant-herbivore-predator or crop-pest-biocontrol agent). We studied a soybean-aphid-lady beetle system, by conducting (1) a laboratory warming experiment to examine warming impact (+2 °C or +4 °C) on the aphid population size and composition (alate proportion), and (2) a field colonization experiment to examine whether the warming-induced effect subsequently interacts with predators (lady beetles) in affecting aphid colonization...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424098/identification-of-odorant-binding-protein-genes-in-galeruca-daurica-coleoptera-chrysomelidae-and-analysis-of-their-expression-profiles
#9
L Li, Y-T Zhou, Y Tan, X-R Zhou, B-P Pang
Odorant-binding proteins (OBPs) play a fundamental role in insect olfaction. In recent years, Galeruca daurica (Joannis) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) has become one of the most important insect pests in the Inner Mongolian grasslands of China. This pest only feeds on the species of Allium plants, implying the central role of olfaction in its search for specific host plants. However, the olfaction-related proteins have not been investigated in this beetle. In this study, we identified 29 putative OBP genes, namely GdauOBP1-29, from the transcriptome database of G...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423425/temporal-resource-partitioning-and-interspecific-correlations-in-a-warm-temperate-climate-assemblage-of-dung-beetles-coleoptera-scarabaeidae
#10
Gregory T Sullivan, Sebahat K Ozman-Sullivan, Anne Bourne, Jean-Pierre Lumaret, Unal Zeybekoglu, Myron P Zalucki, Greg Baxter
Guilds of dung dwelling and tunneling dung beetles coexist in local assemblages in warm temperate regions, despite the tendency of dwellers to be inferior competitors. A field experiment on the Black Sea coast of Turkey examined the role of temporal resource partitioning in their coexistence. Standardized dung pads deposited at 4 h intervals through a 24 h period in summer were collected 12, 24, or 48 h later. Adults from 10 tunneling and seven dung dwelling species were collected. The tunnelers contributed a high proportion of both total abundance and biomass...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423418/rna-seq-validation-of-rnai-identifies-additional-gene-connectivity-in-tribolium-castaneum-coleoptera-tenebrionidae
#11
Lindsey C Perkin, Alison R Gerken, Brenda Oppert
RNA interference (RNAi) is a functional genomics tool to correlate genotype and phenotype by delivering targeted, gene-specific, and complementary dsRNA into a host via injection, feeding, or other means in order to reduce gene expression. In the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, RNAi has been successful via injected dsRNA at all life stages. Traditionally, successful transcript knockdown has been quantified by qPCR on a gene-by-gene basis, where only expression of the target gene and normalization genes are evaluated...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423415/the-potential-organ-involved-in-cantharidin-biosynthesis-in-epicauta-chinensis-laporte-coleoptera-meloidae
#12
Ming Jiang, Shumin Lü, Yalin Zhang
Cantharidin, a terpenoid defensive toxin mainly produced by blister beetles, is among the most widely known insect natural products in the world. However, little is known about the site of cantharidin biosynthesis in vivo. Our previous research showed that 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutary-CoA reductase (HMGR) is an essential enzyme in cantharidin biosynthesis. In this report, we further investigated cantharidin titer and HMGR mRNA expression levels in different tissues of male and female Epicauta chinensis, and performed a comparative analysis of HMGR transcript levels in male Tenebrio molitor, a Tenebrionidae beetle that cannot produce cantharidin...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421741/uphill-water-transport-on-a-wettability-patterned-surface-experimental-and-theoretical-results
#13
Yuji Hirai, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yasutaka Matsuo, Masatsugu Shimomura
In nature, there exist a number of functional water-controlling surfaces, such as the water-repellent surface of lotus leaves, the superhydrophobic water-adhesive surface of rose petals, the water-harvesting surface of a beetle's back, and the water-transporting surface of the legs of Ligia exotica. These natural surfaces suggest that surface chemistry and hierarchical structures are essential for controlling water behavior. We have reported the preparation of superhydrophobic and anti-reflection silicon nanospike-array structures using self-organized honeycomb-patterned films as 3D dry etching masks...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421324/weathering-the-storm-how-lodgepole-pine-trees-survive-mountain-pine-beetle-outbreaks
#14
Nadir Erbilgin, Jonathan A Cale, Altaf Hussain, Guncha Ishangulyyeva, Jennifer G Klutsch, Ahmed Najar, Shiyang Zhao
Recent mountain pine beetle outbreaks in western North America killed millions of lodgepole pine trees, leaving few survivors. However, the mechanism underlying the ability of trees to survive bark beetle outbreaks is unknown, but likely involve phytochemicals such as monoterpenes and fatty acids that can drive beetle aggregation and colonization on their hosts. Thus, we conducted a field survey of beetle-resistant lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) trees to retrospectively deduce whether these phytochemicals underlie their survival by comparing their chemistry to that of non-attacked trees in the same stands...
April 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420077/recognition-of-the-duration-and-prediction-of-insect-prevalence-of-stored-rough-rice-infested-by-the-red-flour-beetle-tribolium-castaneum-herbst-using-an-electronic-nose
#15
Sai Xu, Zhiyan Zhou, Keliang Li, Sierra Mari Jamir, Xiwen Luo
The purpose of this research is to explore the feasibility of applying an electronic nose for the intelligent monitoring of injurious insects in a stored grain environment. In this study, we employed an electronic nose to sample rough rice that contained three degrees of red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum Herbst) infestation for different durations-light degree (LD), middle degree (MD), and heavy degree (HD)-and manually investigated the insect situation at the same time. Manual insect situation investigation shows that, in all three rice treatments, the insect amounts gradually decreased after infestation...
April 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419382/assessing-flight-potential-of-the-invasive-asian-longhorned-beetle-coleoptera-cerambycidae-with-computerized-flight-mills
#16
Vanessa M Lopez, Mark S Hoddle, Joseph A Francese, David R Lance, Ann M Ray
The Asian longhorned beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae: Lamiinae), is an invasive woodborer that poses a serious threat to urban and natural landscapes. In North America, this beetle is a quarantine pest, and populations are subject to eradication efforts that consist of the identification, removal, and destruction of infested host material, and removal or prophylactic treatment of high-risk host plant species. To enhance Asian longhorned beetle eradication protocols in landscapes with extensive host availability, we assessed the dispersal potential of male and female adults of varying age, mating, and nutritional status using computerized flight mills...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418029/tmcactin-plays-an-important-role-in-gram-negative-and-positive-bacterial-infection-by-regulating-expression-of-7-amp-genes-in-tenebrio-molitor
#17
Yong Hun Jo, Yu Jung Kim, Ki Beom Park, Jeong Hwan Seong, Soo Gon Kim, Soyi Park, Mi Young Noh, Yong Seok Lee, Yeon Soo Han
Cactin was originally identified as an interactor of the Drosophila IκB factor Cactus and shown to play a role in controlling embryonic polarity and regulating the NF-κB signaling pathway. While subsequent studies have identified the roles for Cactin in the mammalian immune response, the immune function of Cactin in insects has not been described yet. Here, we identified a Cactin gene from the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor (TmCactin) and characterized its functional role in innate immunity. TmCactin was highly expressed in prepupa to last instar stages, and its expression was high in the integument and Malpighian tubules of last instar larvae and adults...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416113/early-evolution-of-specialized-termitophily-in-cretaceous-rove-beetles
#18
Chenyang Cai, Diying Huang, Alfred F Newton, K Taro Eldredge, Michael S Engel
Termitophiles, symbionts that live in termite nests, include a wide range of morphologically and behaviorally specialized organisms. Complex adaptive mechanisms permit these animals to integrate into societies and to exploit their controlled physical conditions and plentiful resources, as well as to garner protection inside termite nests. An understanding of the early evolution of termitophily is challenging owing to a scarcity of fossil termitophiles, with all known reliable records occurring from the Miocene (approximately 19 million years ago [mya]) [1-6], and an equivocal termitophile belonging to the largely free-living Mesoporini from the mid-Cretaceous [7]...
March 31, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410022/intraspecific-competition-and-inbreeding-depression-increased-competitive-effort-by-inbred-males-is-costly-to-outbred-opponents
#19
Jon Richardson, Per T Smiseth
A recent theoretical model suggests that intraspecific competition is an important determinant of the severity of inbreeding depression. The reason for this is that intraspecific competition is density dependent, leading to a stronger negative effect on inbred individuals if they are weaker competitors than outbred ones. In support of this prediction, previous empirical work shows that inbred individuals are weaker competitors than outbred ones and that intraspecific competition often exacerbates inbreeding depression...
May 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406998/structure-and-dynamics-of-the-gut-bacterial-microbiota-of-the-bark-beetle-dendroctonus-rhizophagus-curculionidae-scolytinae-across-their-life-stages
#20
Carlos Iván Briones-Roblero, Juan Alfredo Hernández-García, Roman Gonzalez-Escobedo, L Viridiana Soto-Robles, Flor N Rivera-Orduña, Gerardo Zúñiga
Bark beetles play an important role as agents of natural renovation and regeneration in coniferous forests. Several studies have documented the metabolic capacity of bacteria associated with the gut, body surface, and oral secretions of these insects; however, little is known about how the bacterial community structure changes during the life cycle of the beetles. This study represents the first comprehensive analysis of the bacterial community of the gut of the bark beetle D. rhizophagus during the insect's life cycle using 454 pyrosequencing...
2017: PloS One
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