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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531235/rna-seq-analysis-of-gene-expression-for-floral-development-in-crested-wheatgrass-agropyron-cristatum-l
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Fangqin Zeng, Bill Biligetu, Bruce Coulman, Michael P Schellenberg, Yong-Bi Fu
Crested wheatgrass [Agropyron cristatum L. (Gaertn.)] is widely used for early spring grazing in western Canada and the development of late maturing cultivars which maintain forage quality for a longer period is desired. However, it is difficult to manipulate the timing of floral transition, as little is known about molecular mechanism of plant maturity in this species. In this study, RNA-Seq and differential gene expression analysis were performed to investigate gene expression for floral initiation and development in crested wheatgrass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530677/whole-genome-resequencing-of-292-pigeonpea-accessions-identifies-genomic-regions-associated-with-domestication-and-agronomic-traits
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Rajeev K Varshney, Rachit K Saxena, Hari D Upadhyaya, Aamir W Khan, Yue Yu, Changhoon Kim, Abhishek Rathore, Dongseon Kim, Jihun Kim, Shaun An, Vinay Kumar, Ghanta Anuradha, Kalinati Narasimhan Yamini, Wei Zhang, Sonnappa Muniswamy, Jong-So Kim, R Varma Penmetsa, Eric von Wettberg, Swapan K Datta
Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan), a tropical grain legume with low input requirements, is expected to continue to have an important role in supplying food and nutritional security in developing countries in Asia, Africa and the tropical Americas. From whole-genome resequencing of 292 Cajanus accessions encompassing breeding lines, landraces and wild species, we characterize genome-wide variation. On the basis of a scan for selective sweeps, we find several genomic regions that were likely targets of domestication and breeding...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530389/bio-inspired-structural-colors-fabricated-with-zno-quasi-ordered-nanostructures
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Geon Hwee Kim, Taechang An, Geunbae Lim
Despite their advantages in different applications, structural colors are difficult to use due to the inability to change a structural color once it is implemented, as well as their high fabrication costs; implementing multiple structural colors simultaneously on one substrate is a challenge as well. In this study, structural colors were reproduced using quasi-ordered scattering to mitigate these issues. To this end, a ZnO flower-like structure having unimodal distributions of size and spacing was fabricated by ZnO hydrothermal growth...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530303/a-highly-sensitive-fet-type-aptasensor-using-flower-like-mos2-nanospheres-for-real-time-detection-of-arsenic-iii
#4
Ji Hyun An, Jyongsik Jang
Arsenic (As) contamination in drinking water is problematic due to its threat to human health. Highly stable, sensitive and selective sensors are needed for As(iii), which is the most toxic of the various forms of arsenic. Herein, we describe the fabrication of field-effect transistor (FET)-type aptasensors for As(iii) detection that is based on carboxylic polypyrrole (CPPy)-coated flower-like MoS2 nanospheres (CFMNSs). Arsenic-binding aptamer-conjugated CFMNSs were integrated into a liquid-ion gated FET system, leading to extraordinary performance with a rapid response (on a time scale of less than 1 s)...
May 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530276/focus-a-metaheuristic-algorithm-for-computing-knockouts-from-genome-scale-models-for-strain-optimization
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Sarma Mutturi
Although handful tools are available for constraint-based flux analysis to generate knockout strains, most of these are either based on bilevel-MIP or its modifications. However, metaheuristic approaches that are known for their flexibility and scalability have been less studied. Moreover, in the existing tools, sectioning of search space to find optimal knocks has not been considered. Herein, a novel computational procedure, termed as FOCuS (Flower-pOllination coupled Clonal Selection algorithm), was developed to find the optimal reaction knockouts from a metabolic network to maximize the production of specific metabolites...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529397/behavior-problems-and-children-s-academic-achievement-a-test-of-growth-curve-models-with-gender-and-racial-differences
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Kristen P Kremer, Andrea Flower, Jin Huang, Michael G Vaughn
The aim of this study was to examine the longitudinal association between externalizing and internalizing behavior and children's academic achievement, particularly in terms of whether these variables varied as a function of gender and race. Data pertaining to externalizing and internalizing behavior, academic achievement, gender, and race from three waves of the Child Development Supplement of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (N = 2028) were used. Results indicate that behavior problems had a negative relationship with academic performance and some of these associations endured over time...
August 2016: Children and Youth Services Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526570/role-of-medicinal-plants-on-growth-performance-and-immune-status-in-fish
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REVIEW
Elham Awad, Amani Awaad
Disease outbreaks increase proportionally with increases in intensive aquaculture. Natural products including medicinal plants have been known from thousands of years for treating some human diseases. It is well known that many active compounds are responsible for potential bio-activities. For that reason, there has been considerable interest in the use of medicinal plants in aquaculture with a view to providing safe and eco-friendly compounds for replacing antibiotics and chemical compounds as well as to enhance immune status and control fish diseases...
May 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525277/hydrolyzable-tannins-flavonol-glycosides-and-phenolic-acids-show-seasonal-and-ontogenic-variation-in-geranium-sylvaticum
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Anu Tuominen, Juha-Pekka Salminen
The seasonal variation of polyphenols in the aboveground organs and roots of Geranium sylvaticum in four populations was studied using UPLC-DAD-ESI-QqQ-MS/MS. The content of the main compound, geraniin, was the highest (16% of dry weight) in the basal leaves after the flowering period but stayed rather constant throughout the growing season. The compound-specific mass spectrometric methods revealed the different seasonal patterns in minor polyphenols. The maximum content of galloyl glucoses and flavonol glycosides were detected in the small leaves in May...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523011/the-effects-of-herbicides-targeting-aromatic-and-branched-chain-amino-acid-biosynthesis-support-the-presence-of-functional-pathways-in-broomrape
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Evgenia Dor, Shmuel Galili, Evgeny Smirnov, Yael Hacham, Rachel Amir, Joseph Hershenhorn
It is not clear why herbicides targeting aromatic and branched-chain amino acid biosynthesis successfully control broomrapes-obligate parasitic plants that obtain all of their nutritional requirements, including amino acids, from the host. Our objective was to reveal the mode of action of imazapic and glyphosate in controlling the broomrape Phelipanche aegyptiaca and clarify if this obligatory parasite has its own machinery for the amino acids biosynthesis. P. aegyptiaca callus was studied to exclude the indirect influence of the herbicides on the parasite through the host plant...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517045/set-domain-group701-encodes-a-h3k4-methytransferase-and-regulates-multiple-key-processes-of-rice-plant-development
#10
Kunpeng Liu, Yu Yu, Aiwu Dong, Wen-Hui Shen
Chromatin-based epigenetic information plays an important role in developmental gene regulation, in response to environment, and in natural variation of gene expression levels. Histone H3 lysine 4 di/trimethylation (H3K4me2/3) is abundant in euchromatin and is generally associated with transcriptional activation. Strikingly, however, enzymes catalyzing H3K4me2/3 remain poorly characterized in crops so far. Here, we investigated the function of the rice SET DOMAIN GROUP 701 (SDG701) gene by molecular and biochemical characterization of the gene product, and by studying effects of its loss or gain of function on plant growth and development...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515789/towards-miscanthus-combustion-quality-improvement-the-role-of-flowering-and-senescence
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Elaine Jensen, Paul Robson, Kerrie Farrar, Sian Thomas Jones, John Clifton-Brown, Roger Payne, Iain Donnison
In commercially grown Miscanthus × giganteus, despite imposing a yield penalty, postwinter harvests improve quality criteria for thermal conversion and crop sustainability through remobilization of nutrients to the underground rhizome. We examined 16 Miscanthus genotypes with different flowering and senescence times for variation in N, P, K, moisture, ash, Cl and Si contents, hypothesizing that early flowering and senescence could result in improved biomass quality and/or enable an earlier harvest of biomass (in autumn at peak yield)...
May 2017: Global Change Biology. Bioenergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513600/temporal-dynamics-of-gene-expression-and-histone-marks-at-the-arabidopsis-shoot-meristem-during-flowering
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Yuan You, Aneta Sawikowska, Manuela Neumann, David Posé, Giovanna Capovilla, Tobias Langenecker, Richard A Neher, Paweł Krajewski, Markus Schmid
Plants can produce organs throughout their entire life from pluripotent stem cells located at their growing tip, the shoot apical meristem (SAM). At the time of flowering, the SAM of Arabidopsis thaliana switches fate and starts producing flowers instead of leaves. Correct timing of flowering in part determines reproductive success, and is therefore under environmental and endogenous control. How epigenetic regulation contributes to the floral transition has eluded analysis so far, mostly because of the poor accessibility of the SAM...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511101/stable-and-self-healing-superhydrophobic-mno2-fabrics-applications-in-self-cleaning-oil-water-separation-and-wear-resistance
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Deke Li, Zhiguang Guo
In this work, superhydrophobic fabrics were prepared through an in-situ growth method for fabricating hierarchical flower-like MnO2 nanoparticles on cotton fabric surface and subsequent STA modification, which exhibited multifunction for self-healing, self-cleaning, oil/water separation and wear resistance. After air-plasma treatment, the self-healing MnO2@fabric could restore superhydrophobicity by a short time heat treatment, and the water CA without obvious reduction after 8 cycles. Moreover, the MnO2@fabric could selectively filtrate oil from a mixture of oil and water repeatedly, and demonstrated high efficiency for oil/water separation capability and excellent self-cleaning property...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509436/pollinators-shift-to-nectar-robbers-when-florivory-occurs-with-effects-on-reproductive-success-in-iris-bulleyana-iridaceae
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Zhong-Ming Ye, Xiao-Fang Jin, Qing-Feng Wang, Chun-Feng Yang, David W Inouye
Studies have indicated that florivory and nectar robbing may reduce reproductive success of host plants. However, whether and how these effects might interact when plants are attacked by both florivores and nectar robbers simultaneously still need further investigation. We used Iris bulleyana to detect the interactions among florivory, nectar robbing, and pollination, and moreover, their effects on plant reproductive success. Field investigations and hand pollination treatments were conducted on two experimental plots from a natural population, in which Experimental plot was protected from florivores and Control plot was unmanipulated...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509421/crispr-cas9-mediated-targeted-mutagenesis-of-gmft2a-delays-flowering-time-in-soybean
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Yupeng Cai, Li Chen, Xiujie Liu, Chen Guo, Shi Sun, Cunxiang Wu, Bingjun Jiang, Tianfu Han, Wensheng Hou
Flowering is an indication of the transition from vegetative growth to reproductive growth and has considerable effects on the life cycle of soybean (Glycine max). In this study, we employed the CRISPR/Cas9 system to specifically induce targeted mutagenesis of GmFT2a, an integrator in the photoperiod flowering pathway in soybean. The soybean cultivar Jack was transformed with three sgRNA/Cas9 vectors targeting different sites of endogenous GmFT2a via Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. Site-directed mutations were observed at all targeted sites by DNA sequencing analysis...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509374/the-stenofolia-gene-from-medicago-alters-leaf-width-flowering-time-and-chlorophyll-content-in-transgenic-wheat
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Meiyan Liu, Lei Lei, Fang Miao, Carol Powers, Xiaoyu Zhang, Jungpeng Deng, Million Tadege, Brett F Carver, Liuling Yan
Molecular genetic analyses revealed that the WUSCHEL-related homeobox (WOX) gene superfamily regulates several programs in plant development. Many different mechanisms are reported to underlie these alterations. The WOX family member STENOFOLIA (STF) is involved in leaf expansion in the eudicot Medicago truncutula. Here, we report that when this gene was ectopically expressed in a locally adapted hard red winter wheat cultivar (Triticum aestivum), the transgenic plants showed not only widened leaves but also accelerated flowering and increased chlorophyll content...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508483/genomic-variance-estimates-with-or-without-disequilibrium-covariances
#17
C Lehermeier, G de Los Campos, V Wimmer, C-C Schön
Whole-genome regression methods are often used for estimating genomic heritability: the proportion of phenotypic variance that can be explained by regression on marker genotypes. Recently, there has been an intensive debate on whether and how to account for the contribution of linkage disequilibrium (LD) to genomic variance. Here, we investigate two different methods for genomic variance estimation that differ in their ability to account for LD. By analysing flowering time in a data set on 1,057 fully sequenced Arabidopsis lines with strong evidence for diversifying selection, we observed a large contribution of covariances between quantitative trait loci (QTL) to the genomic variance...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508121/overexpression-of-smmyb9b-enhances-tanshinone-concentration-in-salvia-miltiorrhiza-hairy-roots
#18
Jingxian Zhang, Lubin Zhou, Xiaoyu Zheng, Jinjia Zhang, Li Yang, Ronghui Tan, Shujuan Zhao
A Salvia miltiorrhiza R2R3-MYB gene, SmMYB9b , has been cloned and characterized. Overexpression of SmMYB9b resulted in a significant improvement of tanshinones, the lipophilic active ingredients in danshen hairy roots. Plant R2R3-MYB transcription factors play important roles in various physiological and biochemical processes. Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza bunge) is a valuable medicinal herb with tanshinones and salvianolic acids as the principal bioactive ingredients. A number of putative R2R3-MYB transcription factors have been identified in the plant, but their function remains to be studied...
May 15, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507329/breeding-histories-and-selection-criteria-for-oilseed-rape-in-europe-and-china-identified-by-genome-wide-pedigree-dissection
#19
Xiaohua Wang, Yan Long, Nian Wang, Jun Zou, Guangda Ding, Martin R Broadley, Philip J White, Pan Yuan, Qianwen Zhang, Ziliang Luo, Peifa Liu, Hua Zhao, Ying Zhang, Hongmei Cai, Graham J King, Fangsen Xu, Jinling Meng, Lei Shi
Selection breeding has played a key role in the improvement of seed yield and quality in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). We genotyped Tapidor (European), Ningyou7 (Chinese) and their progenitors with the Brassica 60 K Illumina Infinium SNP array and mapped a total of 29,347 SNP markers onto the reference genome of Darmor-bzh. Identity by descent (IBD) refers to a haplotype segment of a chromosome inherited from a shared common ancestor. IBDs identified on the C subgenome were larger than those on the A subgenome within both the Tapidor and Ningyou7 pedigrees...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505067/risk-assessment-of-florists-exposed-to-pesticide-residues-through-handling-of-flowers-and-preparing-bouquets
#20
Khaoula Toumi, Laure Joly, Christiane Vleminckx, Bruno Schiffers
Flowers are frequently treated with pesticides and, as a result, florists handling daily a large number of flowers can be exposed to pesticide residues. A study was conducted among twenty volunteer florists located in Namur Province and in the Brussels Capital Region of Belgium in order to assess their potential dermal exposure to dislodgeable pesticide residues transferred from flowers to hands. Two pairs of cotton gloves were worn during two consecutive half days while handling flowers and preparing bouquets (from min 2 h to max 3 h/day)...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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