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Alexandra Asaro, Gregory Ziegler, Cathrine Ziyomo, Owen Hoekenga, Brian Dilkes, Ivan Baxter
Plants obtain soil-resident elements that support growth and metabolism from the water- flow facilitated by transpiration and active transport processes. The availability of elements in the environment interacts with the genetic capacity of organisms to modulate element uptake through plastic adaptive responses, such as homeostasis. These interactions should cause the elemental contents of plants to vary such that the effects of genetic polymorphisms will be dramatically dependent on the environment in which the plant is grown...
October 21, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Huong Nguyen, Jerome Vanclay, John Herbohn, Jennifer Firn
There is growing interest in multi-species tropical plantations but little information exists to guide their design and silviculture. The Rainforestation Farming system is the oldest tropical polyculture planting system in the Philippines and provides a unique opportunity to understand the underlying processes affecting tree performance within diverse plantings. Data collected from 85 plots distributed across the 18 mixed-species plantations in the Philippines was used to identify the factors influencing growth, probability of harvest, and death of trees in these complex plantings...
2016: PloS One
Loiy E Ahmed Hassan, Saad S Dahham, Sultan Ayesh Mohammed Saghir, Abdelhafeez M A Mohammed, Nagla M Eltayeb, Amin Malik Shah Abdul Majid, Aman Shah Abdul Majid
BACKGROUND: Balanite aegyptiaca (L.) Delile, is a plant with extensive medicinal properties. Its stem bark is traditionally known for its spasmolytic and antiepileptic properties and used to treat yellow fever, jaundice and syphilis. Angiogenesis (sprouting of new blood vessels) is crucial for tumor growth and metastasis. The goal of this study is investigate the antiangiogenic, cytotoxicity and antioxidant activity as well as antitumor in vivo properties of B. aegyptiaca stem bark extracts...
October 19, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Varja Knežević, Tanja Tunić, Pero Gajić, Patricija Marjan, Danko Savić, Dina Tenji, Ivana Teodorović
Recovery after exposure to herbicides-atrazine, isoproturon, and trifluralin-their binary and ternary mixtures, was studied under laboratory conditions using a slightly adapted standard protocol for Lemna minor. The objectives of the present study were (1) to compare empirical to predicted toxicity of selected herbicide mixtures; (2) to assess L. minor recovery potential after exposure to selected individual herbicides and their mixtures; and (3) to suggest an appropriate recovery potential assessment approach and endpoint in a modified laboratory growth inhibition test...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Xunian Zhou, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Minghua Liu, Zhili Zuo, Julia Kin-Ming Lee, Mingyue Li, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Kwok-Pui Fung, Handong Sun, Jianxin Pu, Clara Bik-San Lau
Eriocalyxin B (EriB), a natural ent-kaurane diterpenoid isolated from the plant Isodon eriocalyx var. laxiflora, has emerged as a promising anticancer agent. The effects of EriB on angiogenesis were explored in the present study. Here we demonstrated that the subintestinal vein formation was significantly inhibited by EriB treatment (10, 15 μM) in zebrafish embryos, which was resulted from the alteration of various angiogenic genes as shown in transcriptome profiling. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells, EriB treatment (50, 100 nM) could significantly block vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF)-induced cell proliferation, tube formation, cell migration and cell invasion...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Ayesha I T Tulloch, Jean-Baptiste Pichancourt, Carl R Gosper, Angela Sanders, Iadine Chadès
Changed fire regimes have led to declines of fire-regime-adapted species and loss of biodiversity globally. Fire affects population processes of growth, reproduction, and dispersal in different ways, but there is little guidance about the best fire regime(s) to maintain species population processes in fire-prone ecosystems. We use a process-based approach to determine the best range of fire intervals for keystone plant species in a highly modified Mediterranean ecosystem in southwestern Australia where current fire regimes vary...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Maria J Santos, Shruti Khanna, Erin L Hestir, Jonathan A Greenberg, Susan L Ustin
Processes of spread and patterns of persistence of invasive species affect species and communities in the new environment. Predicting future rates of spread is of great interest for timely management decisions, but this depends on models that rely on understanding the processes of invasion and historic observations of spread and persistence. Unfortunately, the rates of spread and patterns of persistence are difficult to model or directly observe, especially when multiple rates of spread and diverse persistence patterns may be co-occurring over the geographic distribution of the invaded ecosystem...
September 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Petra Žádníková, Krzysztof Wabnik, Anas Abuzeineh, Marҫal Gallemí, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Richard S Smith, Dirk Inzé, Jiří Friml, Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Eva Benkova
Differential cell growth enables flexible organ bending in the presence of environmental signals such as light or gravity. A prominent example of the developmental processes based on differential cell growth is the formation of the apical hook that protects the fragile shoot apical meristem when it breaks through the soil during germination. Here, we combined in silico and in vivo approaches to identify a minimal mechanism producing auxin gradient-guided differential growth during the establishment of the apical hook in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana...
October 17, 2016: Plant Cell
Xiong Liao, Xiao Guo, Qi Wang, Yantao Wang, Di Zhao, Liping Yao, Shuang Wang, Guojie Liu, Tianhong Li
Dehydration-responsive element binding factors (DREBs) play important roles in plant growth, development, and stress signaling pathways in model plants. However, little is known about the function of DREBs in apple (Malus × domestica), a widely cultivated crop that is frequently threatened by drought. We isolated a DREB gene from Malus sieversii (Ledeb.) Roem., MsDREB6.2, and investigated its functions using overexpression analysis and chimeric repressor gene-silencing technology (CRES-T). We identified possible target genes of the protein encoded by MsDREB6...
October 18, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Minghui Chen, Xueshi Wang, Daolong Zha, Fangfang Cai, Wenjing Zhang, Yan He, Qilai Huang, Hongqin Zhuang, Zi-Chun Hua
Apigenin (APG) is an edible plant-derived flavonoid that shows modest antitumor activities in vitro and in vivo. APG treatment results in cell growth arrest and apoptosis in various types of tumors by modulating several signaling pathways. In the present study, we evaluated interactions between APG and TRAIL in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. We observed a synergistic effect between APG and TRAIL on apoptosis of NSCLC cells. A549 cells and H1299 cells were resistant to TRAIL treatment alone. The presence of APG sensitized NSCLC cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis by upregulating the levels of death receptor 4 (DR4) and death receptor 5 (DR5) in a p53-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Akanksha Dubey, Junhyun Jeon
Evidently, epigenetics is at forefront in explaining the mechanisms that underlie the success of human pathogens and identifying pathogen-induced modifications within the host plants. But, the lack of studies highlighting the role of epigenetics in modulating the growth and pathogenicity of fungal plant pathogens is gaping wide. In the first of its kind review, we attempt here to highlight and discuss the role of epigenetics in regulating the growth and pathogenicity of fungal phytopathogens using Magnaporthe oryzae (hereafter M...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
Preetisri Baskaran, Riitta Hyvönen, S Linnea Berglund, Karina E Clemmensen, Göran I Ågren, Björn D Lindahl, Stefano Manzoni
Tree growth in boreal forests is limited by nitrogen (N) availability. Most boreal forest trees form symbiotic associations with ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, which improve the uptake of inorganic N and also have the capacity to decompose soil organic matter (SOM) and to mobilize organic N ('ECM decomposition'). To study the effects of 'ECM decomposition' on ecosystem carbon (C) and N balances, we performed a sensitivity analysis on a model of C and N flows between plants, SOM, saprotrophs, ECM fungi, and inorganic N stores...
October 17, 2016: New Phytologist
Isabelle Villeneuve, Mohammed S Lamhamedi, Lahcen Benomar, André Rainville, Josianne DeBlois, Jean Beaulieu, Jean Bousquet, Marie-Claude Lambert, Hank Margolis
Because of changes in climatic conditions, tree seeds originating from breeding programs may no longer be suited to sites where they are currently sent. As a consequence, new seed zones may have to be delineated. Assisted migration consists of transferring seed sources that match the future climatic conditions to which they are currently adapted. It represents a strategy that could be used to mitigate the potential negative consequences of climate change on forest productivity. Decisions with regard to the choice of the most appropriate seed sources have to rely on appropriate knowledge of morpho-physiological responses of trees...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Luciana A Pagnussat, Florencia Salcedo, Guillermo Maroniche, Christoph Keel, Claudio Valverde, Cecilia M Creus
Plant growth promoting bacteria belonging to Azospirillum and Pseudomonas genera are major inhabitants of the rhizosphere. Both are increasingly commercialized as crops inoculants. Inter-specific interaction in the rhizosphere is critical for inoculants aptness. The objective of this work was to evaluate Azospirillum and Pseudomonas interaction in mixed biofilms by co-cultivation of the model strains A. brasilense Sp245 and P. protegens CHA0. The results revealed enhanced growth of both strains when co-cultured in static conditions...
October 14, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Pedram Ramin, Andreas Libonati Brock, Fabio Polesel, Ana Causanilles, Erik Emke, Pim de Voogt, Benedek Gy Plosz
Sewer pipelines, although primarily designed for sewage transport, can also be considered as bioreactors. In-sewer processes may lead to significant variations of chemical loadings from source release points to the treatment plant influent. In this study, we assessed in-sewer utilization of growth substrates (primary metabolic processes) and transformation of illicit drug biomarkers (secondary metabolic processes) by suspended biomass. Sixteen drug biomarkers were targeted, including mephedrone, methadone, cocaine, heroin, codeine and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and their major human metabolites...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Ricardo J Stein, Stephan Höreth, J Romário F de Melo, Lara Syllwasschy, Gwonjin Lee, Mário L Garbin, Stephan Clemens, Ute Krämer
Leaf mineral composition, the leaf ionome, reflects the complex interaction between a plant and its environment including local soil composition, an influential factor that can limit species distribution and plant productivity. Here we addressed within-species variation in plant-soil interactions and edaphic adaptation using Arabidopsis halleri, a well-suited model species as a facultative metallophyte and metal hyperaccumulator. We conducted multi-element analysis of 1972 paired leaf and soil samples from 165 European populations of A...
October 13, 2016: New Phytologist
Kevin J Tsai, Mei-Yeh Jade Lu, Kai-Jung Yang, Mengyun Li, Yuchuan Teng, Shihmay Chen, Maurice S B Ku, Wen-Hsiung Li
The diploid C4 plant foxtail millet (Setaria italica L. Beauv.) is an important crop in many parts of Africa and Asia for the vast consumption of its grain and ability to grow in harsh environments, but remains understudied in terms of complete genomic architecture. To date, there have been only two genome assembly and annotation efforts with neither assembly reaching over 86% of the estimated genome size. We have combined de novo assembly with custom reference-guided improvements on a popular cultivar of foxtail millet and have achieved a genome assembly of 477 Mbp in length, which represents over 97% of the estimated 490 Mbp...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rémi Peyraud, Ludovic Cottret, Lucas Marmiesse, Jérôme Gouzy, Stéphane Genin
Bacterial pathogenicity relies on a proficient metabolism and there is increasing evidence that metabolic adaptation to exploit host resources is a key property of infectious organisms. In many cases, colonization by the pathogen also implies an intensive multiplication and the necessity to produce a large array of virulence factors, which may represent a significant cost for the pathogen. We describe here the existence of a resource allocation trade-off mechanism in the plant pathogen R. solanacearum. We generated a genome-scale reconstruction of the metabolic network of R...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
J Matthew Watson, Alexander Platzer, Anita Kazda, Svetlana Akimcheva, Sona Valuchova, Viktoria Nizhynska, Magnus Nordborg, Karel Riha
In plants, gametogenesis occurs late in development, and somatic mutations can therefore be transmitted to the next generation. Longer periods of growth are believed to result in an increase in the number of cell divisions before gametogenesis, with a concomitant increase in mutations arising due to replication errors. However, there is little experimental evidence addressing how many cell divisions occur before gametogenesis. Here, we measured loss of telomeric DNA and accumulation of replication errors in Arabidopsis with short and long life spans to determine the number of replications in lineages leading to gametes...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Guillermo A Maroniche, Esteban J Rubio, Adrián Consiglio, Alejandro Perticari
Fluorescent Pseudomonas are ubiquitous soil bacteria that usually establish mutualistic associations with plants, promoting their growth and health by several mechanisms. This makes them interesting candidates for the development of crop bio-inoculants. In this work, we isolated phosphate-solubilizing fluorescent Pseudomonas from the rhizosphere and inner tissues of different plant species growing in red soil from Misiones, Argentina. Seven isolates displaying strong phosphate solubilization were selected for further studies...
October 3, 2016: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
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