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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732105/shining-a-light-on-the-arabidopsis-circadian-clock
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Rachael J Oakenfull, Seth J Davis
The circadian clock provides essential timing information to ensure optimal growth to prevailing external environmental conditions. A major time-setting mechanism (zeitgeber) in clock synchronisation is light. Differing light wavelengths, intensities and photoperiodic duration are processed for the clock-setting mechanism. Many studies on light-input pathways to the clock have focused on Arabidopsis thaliana. Photoreceptors are specific chromic proteins that detect light signals and transmit this information to the central circadian oscillator through a number of different signalling mechanisms...
July 21, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730344/bearing-fruit-flower-removal-reveals-the-trade-offs-associated-with-high-reproductive-effort-for-lowbush-blueberry
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Alex W Bajcz, Francis A Drummond
Past studies have shown that taxa from disparate groups often respond similarly to reduced reproductive effort. These common responses imply that high reproductive effort trades off with a consistent set of other life functions for most angiosperms, albeit modulated by their growth form and life history. However, many questions remain about reproductive trade-offs in plants, including just how many other life functions they involve, how diverse these functions may be, and how the severity of these trade-offs may vary through time...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729871/molecular-mapping-of-flowering-time-major-genes-and-qtls-in-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-l
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Bingi P Mallikarjuna, Srinivasan Samineni, Mahendar Thudi, Sobhan B Sajja, Aamir W Khan, Ayyanagowda Patil, Kannalli P Viswanatha, Rajeev K Varshney, Pooran M Gaur
Flowering time is an important trait for adaptation and productivity of chickpea in the arid and the semi-arid environments. This study was conducted for molecular mapping of genes/quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling flowering time in chickpea using F2 populations derived from four crosses (ICCV 96029 × CDC Frontier, ICC 5810 × CDC Frontier, BGD 132 × CDC Frontier and ICC 16641 × CDC Frontier). Genetic studies revealed monogenic control of flowering time in the crosses ICCV 96029 × CDC Frontier, BGD 132 × CDC Frontier and ICC 16641 × CDC Frontier, while digenic control with complementary gene action in ICC 5810 × CDC Frontier...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729868/the-c4-model-grass-setaria-is-a-short-day-plant-with-secondary-long-day-genetic-regulation
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Andrew N Doust, Margarita Mauro-Herrera, John G Hodge, Jessica Stromski
The effect of photoperiod (day:night ratio) on flowering time was investigated in the wild species, Setaria viridis, and in a set of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between foxtail millet (S. italica) and its wild ancestor green foxtail (S. viridis). Photoperiods totaled 24 h, with three trials of 8:16, 12:12 and 16:8 light:dark hour regimes for the RIL population, and these plus 10:14 and 14:10 for the experiments with S. viridis alone. The response of S. viridis to light intensity as well as photoperiod was assessed by duplicating photoperiods at two light intensities (300 and 600 μmol...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729714/maize-zea-mays-l-genome-size-indicated-by-180-bp-knob-abundance-is-associated-with-flowering-time
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Yinqiao Jian, Cheng Xu, Zifeng Guo, Shanhong Wang, Yunbi Xu, Cheng Zou
Flowering time is considered one of the most important agronomic traits in maize (Zea mays L.), and previous studies have indicated that this trait is correlated with genome size. We observed a significant difference in genome size between tropical and temperate inbred lines and a moderate positive correlation between genome size and 180-bp knob abundance determined by high-throughput sequencing in maize inbred lines in this study. We assembled the reads that were mapped to 180-bp knob sequences and found that the top ten abundant 180-bp knob sequences are highly variable...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728600/comparison-of-the-polyphenolic-profile-and-antibacterial-activity-of-the-leaves-fruits-and-flowers-of-rhododendron-ambiguum-and-rhododendron-cinnabarinum
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Abhinandan Shrestha, Ahmed Rezk, Inamullah Hakeem Said, Victoria von Glasenapp, Rachelle Smith, Matthias S Ullrich, Hartwig Schepker, Nikolai Kuhnert
BACKGROUND: Rhododendron species have been traditionally used in countries like China, Nepal, Russia and North America for treating human diseases. These species are known to be a good source of polyphenolic plant secondary plant metabolites. They are known to have beneficial health properties for humans and have been used to treat diseases like asthma, skin diseases. In this contribution we investigate the phenolic profile and antibacterial activity of extracts from several plant organs including for the first time from leaves of different development stages...
July 20, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725389/quality-versus-quantity-foraging-decisions-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera-scutellata-feeding-on-wildflower-nectar-and-fruit-juice
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Kyle Shackleton, Nicholas J Balfour, Hasan Al Toufailia, Roberto Gaioski, Marcela de Matos Barbosa, Carina A de S Silva, José M S Bento, Denise A Alves, Francis L W Ratnieks
Foraging animals must often decide among resources which vary in quality and quantity. Nectar is a resource that exists along a continuum of quality in terms of sugar concentration and is the primary energy source for bees. Alternative sugar sources exist, including fruit juice, which generally has lower energetic value than nectar. We observed many honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellata) foraging on juice from fallen guava (Psidium guajava) fruit near others foraging on nectar. To investigate whether fruit and nectar offered contrasting benefits of quality and quantity, we compared honeybee foraging performance on P...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724905/flowering-time-in-banana-musa-spp-a-day-neutral-plant-is-controlled-by-at-least-three-flowering-locus-t-homologues
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Akhilesh K Chaurasia, Hemant B Patil, Bal Krishna, V R Subramaniam, Prafullachandra V Sane, Aniruddha P Sane
Banana is an important day neutral food crop with a long flowering/fruiting cycle that is affected by hot summers or cold winters in different places. Manipulating its life cycle requires an understanding of its flowering time machinery to bypass these stresses. Twelve FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) and two TWIN SISTER OF FT (TSF) members were isolated from banana and their organization and expression pattern studied during development in two varieties that differ in flowering time namely Grand Nain (AAA genotype) and Hill banana (AAB genotype)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720800/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-alterations-in-the-metabolism-of-actinidia-arguta
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Miaomiao Lin, Jinbao Fang, Xiujuan Qi, Yukuo Li, Jinyong Chen, Leiming Sun, Yunpeng Zhong
Actinidia arguta 'Tianyuanhong' is a new kiwifruit variety with an all-red pericarp and pulp, in contrast to the all-green pulp of A. arguta 'Yongfengyihao'. Transcriptome profile analysis of fruit color has been reported, however, the metabolic mechanisms producing red flesh remain unknown, and it is unclear why the pulp of 'Tianyuanhong' is red rather than green. Herein, we identified differences between the proteomes of two A. arguta cultivars with different fruit color by using iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic methods during the stage of color change...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720617/protocol-for-an-online-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-the-clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-of-a-peer-supported-self-management-intervention-for-relatives-of-people-with-psychosis-or-bipolar-disorder-relatives-education-and-coping-toolkit-react
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Fiona Lobban, Heather Robinson, Duncan Appelbe, Johanna Barraclough, Emma Bedson, Lizzie Collinge, Susanna Dodd, Sue Flowers, Mahsa Honary, Sonia Johnson, Ceu Mateus, Barbara Mezes, Valerie Minns, Elizabeth Murray, Andrew Walker, Paula Williamson, Catherine Wintermeyer, Steven Jones
INTRODUCTION: Despite clinical guidelines recommendations, many relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder do not currently receive the support they need. Online information and support may offer a solution. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This single-blind, parallel, online randomised controlled trial will determine clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT) (including an online resource directory (RD)), compared with RD only, for relatives of people with psychosis or bipolar disorder...
July 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714880/upregulation-of-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-pi3k-enhances-ethylene-biosynthesis-and-accelerates-flower-senescence-in-transgenic-nicotiana-tabacum-l
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Mohd Sabri Pak Dek, Priya Padmanabhan, Sherif Sherif, Jayasankar Subramanian, And Gopinadhan Paliyath
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) is a key enzyme that phosphorylates phosphatidylinositol at 3'-hydroxyl position of the inositol head group initiating the generation of several phosphorylated phosphatidylinositols, collectively referred to as phosphoinositides. The function of PI3K in plant senescence and ethylene signal transduction process was studied by expression of Solanum lycopersicum PI3K in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum, and delineating its effect on flower senescence. Detached flowers of transgenic tobacco plants with overexpressed Sl-PI3K (OX) displayed accelerated senescence and reduced longevity, when compared to the flowers of wild type plants...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713403/time-dependent-trapping-of-pollinators-driven-by-the-alignment-of-floral-phenology-with-insect-circadian-rhythms
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Jenny Y Y Lau, Xing Guo, Chun-Chiu Pang, Chin Cheung Tang, Daniel C Thomas, Richard M K Saunders
Several evolutionary lineages in the early divergent angiosperm family Annonaceae possess flowers with a distinctive pollinator trapping mechanism, in which floral phenological events are very precisely timed in relation with pollinator activity patterns. This contrasts with previously described angiosperm pollinator traps, which predominantly function as pitfall traps. We assess the circadian rhythms of pollinators independently of their interactions with flowers, and correlate these data with detailed assessments of floral phenology...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710126/incomplete-lineage-sorting-and-hybridization-in-the-evolutionary-history-of-closely-related-endemic-yellow-flowered-aechmea-species-of-subgenus-ortgiesia-bromeliaceae
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Márcia Goetze, Camila M Zanella, Clarisse Palma-Silva, Miriam V Büttow, Fernanda Bered
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The yellow-flowered Aechmea subgenus Ortgiesia (yfAsO) (Bromeliaceae) is a group of seven morphologically similar bromeliads found mostly in the southern Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. The recent origin of this group probably contributes to its taxonomic complexity. The aims of this study were to investigate the levels of genetic diversity and structure at the population and species levels, to gain insight into the processes behind the diversification of the group, and to contribute to the establishment of species boundaries...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707355/supercritical-co2-extraction-of-lavandula-angustifolia-mill-flowers-optimisation-of-oxygenated-monoterpenes-coumarin-and-herniarin-content
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Igor Jerković, Maja Molnar, Senka Vidović, Jelena Vladić, Stela Jokić
INTRODUCTION: Lavandula angustifolia is good source of oxygenated monoterpenes containing coumarins as well, which are all soluble in supercritical CO2 (SC-CO2 ). OBJECTIVE: The study objective is to investigate SC-CO2 extraction parameters on: the total yield; GC-MS profile of the extracts; relative content of oxygenated monoterpenes; the amount of coumarin and herniarin; and to determine optimal SC-CO2 extraction conditions by response surface methodology (RSM)...
July 14, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705455/a-molecular-phylogeny-of-the-pacific-clade-of-cyrtandra-gesneriaceae-reveals-a-fijian-origin-recent-diversification-and-a-history-of-long-distance-dispersal
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Melissa A Johnson, John R Clark, Warren L Wagner, Lucinda A McDade
Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) is among the largest genera of flowering plants in the remote oceanic islands of the Pacific, with an estimated 175 species distributed across an area that extends from the Solomon Islands, east to the Marquesas Islands, and north to the Hawaiian Islands. The vast majority of species are single-island endemics that inhabit upland rainforests. Although previous molecular phylogenetic studies greatly advanced our understanding of the diversification of Pacific Cyrtandra, a number of uncertainties remain regarding phylogenetic relationships, divergence times, and biogeographic patterns within this large and widely dispersed group...
July 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702943/screening-and-identification-of-metabolites-of-two-kinds-of-main-active-ingredients-and-hepatotoxic-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-hpas-in-rat-after-lavage-farfarae-flos-extract-by-uhplc-q-tof-ms-mass-spectrometry
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Xiaoye Cheng, Man Liao, Xinpeng Diao, Yupeng Sun, Lantong Zhang
Farfarae Flos, the dried flower buds of Tussilago farfara L., is usually used to treat coughs, bronchitic and asthmatic conditions as an important traditional Chinese medicine. Tussilagone and methl butyric acid tussilagin ester are seen as representatives of two kinds of active substances. Besides, the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (HPAs), mainly senkirkine and senecionine, presented in the herb can be hepatoxic. In this study, a rapid and sensitive ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-TOF-MS/MS) method is successfully applied to identify the metabolites of tussilagone, methl butyric acid tussilagin ester , senkirkine and senecionine...
July 12, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702163/slow-stamen-movement-in-a-perennial-herb-decreases-male-male-and-male-female-interference
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Lingyan Wang, Yu Bao, Hanxi Wang, Chunguang He, Ping Wang, Lianxi Sheng, Zhanhui Tang
Approximately 80 % of angiosperm species produce hermaphroditic flowers, which face the problem of male-male sexual interference (one or more anthers gets in the way of disseminating pollen from other anthers) or male-female sexual interference (the pistil interferes with disseminating pollen from the anthers by preventing the anther from touching a pollinator, or the anther prevents pollinator from depositing outcross pollen on the stigma). Slow stamen movement in hermaphrodite flowers has been interpreted as an adaptation for reducing male-male sexual interference...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701815/next-generation-crop-models-a-modular-approach-to-model-early-vegetative-and-reproductive-development-of-the-common-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris-l
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C Hwang, M J Correll, S A Gezan, L Zhang, M S Bhakta, C E Vallejos, K J Boote, J A Clavijo-Michelangeli, J W Jones
The next generation of gene-based crop models offers the potential of predicting crop vegetative and reproductive development based on genotype and weather data as inputs. Here, we illustrate an approach for developing a dynamic modular gene-based model to simulate changes in main stem node numbers, time to first anthesis, and final node number on the main stem of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). In the modules, these crop characteristics are functions of relevant genes (quantitative trait loci (QTL)), the environment (E), and QTL × E interactions...
July 2017: Agricultural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696670/highly-efficient-photocatalyst-based-on-cds-quantum-dots-zno-nanosheets-0d-2d-heterojunction-for-h2-evolution-from-water-splitting
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Dandan Ma, Jian-Wen Shi, Yajun Zou, Zhaoyang Fan, Xin Ji, Chunming Niu
A novel CdS/ZnO heterojunction constructed by zero-dimensional (0D) CdS quantum dots (QDs) and two-dimensional (2D) ZnO nanosheets (NSs) was rationally designed for the first time. The 2D ZnO NSs were assembled into ZnO microflowers (MFs) via an ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal procedure (100 ℃, 12 h) in the presence of NaOH solution (0.06 M), and CdS QDs were deposited on both sides of every ZnO nanosheet in-situ by using the successive ionic layer absorption and reaction method. It was found that the ultrasonic treatment played an important role in the generation of ZnO NSs, while NaOH was responsible to the assembly of flower-like structure...
July 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687242/solvent-saturated-solid-matrix-technique-for-increasing-the-efficiency-of-headspace-extraction-of-volatiles
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Chun-Yun Zhang, Ming-Quan Guo
Due to the slow mass transfer rate of substance in solid media, very limited amount of volatiles can be released from the solid matrix to the headspace in the static headspace analysis. Thus, low sensitivity is often the main problem of static headspace analysis of the volatiles contained in a solid sample. Here, we reported on a solvent-saturated solid matrix (SSSM) technique which successfully enhanced the headspace extraction efficiency, and improved the sensitivity of the headspace analysis of the volatiles in solid sample...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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