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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142024/a-model-of-leaf-coordination-to-scale-up-leaf-expansion-from-the-organ-to-the-canopy
#1
Pierre Martre, Anaelle Dambreville
Process-based crop growth models are popular tools to analyze and understand the impact of crop management, genotype by environment interactions, or climate change. The ability to predict leaf area development is critical to predict crop growth, particularly under conditions of limited resources. Here, we aimed at deciphering growth coordination rules between wheat plant organs, i.e. between leaves within a stem, between laminae and sheaths, and between the mainstem and axillary tillers, to model the dynamics of canopy development...
November 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139075/investigation-of-the-effects-of-slow-release-fertilizer-and-struvite-in-biodegradation-in-filter-drains-and-potential-application-of-treated-water-in-irrigation-of-road-verges
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Stephen C Theophilus, Fredrick U Mbanaso, Ernest O Nnadi, Kingsley T Onyedeke
Filter drains are usually laid along the margins of highways. Highway runoffs are polluted with hydrocarbons and high levels of total dissolved solids. Therefore, effective pollution removal mechanism is necessary in order to avoid contamination of surrounding soils and groundwater. Biodegradation is amongst pollution removal mechanisms in filter drains, but it is a relatively slow process which is dependent on wide range of factors including the type of pollutant and availability of nutrients. This paper reports on a study conducted to investigate the impact of slow-release fertilizer and struvite in enhancement of biodegradation of hydrocarbon in filter drains...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138867/effect-of-xanthohumol-on-th1-th2-balance-in-a-breast-cancer-mouse-model
#3
Wenchao Zhang, Yanlong Pan, Panhong Gou, Cheng Zhou, Lianqing Ma, Qiming Liu, Yuping Du, Jinbo Yang, Qin Wang
Xanthohumol (XN), a prenylflavonoid found in the hop plant, Humulus lupulus, exhibits a variety of biological activities. Numerous studies have reported that XN inhibits the growth of many types of cancer cells, but the effects of XN on tumor immunity have not yet been studied. We explored the effect of XN on Th1/Th2 balance and the underlying mechanism based on a BALB/c-4T1 breast cancer mouse model. The results showed that XN significantly slowed down tumor growth and inhibited expression of antitumor proliferation protein Ki-67 as well as breast cancer-specific marker cancer antigen 15-3 (CA15-3)...
November 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136948/gastroprotective-effect-and-mode-of-action-of-methanol-extract-of-sphenodesme-involucrata-var-paniculata-c-b-clarke-munir-lamiaceae-leaves-on-experimental-gastric-ulcer-models
#4
Puthanpura Sasidharan Sreeja, Karuppusamy Arunachalam, Sathyanarayanan Saikumar, Muniyandi Kasipandi, Sivaraj Dhivya, Rajan Murugan, Thangaraj Parimelazhagan
Sphenodesme involucrata var. paniculata (C. B. Clarke) Munir, endemic to South Asia, is used by tribal for alleviation from abdominal disorders, inflammation and body pain. However, the gastroprotective properties of this species have not yet been studied. The leaves of S. involucrata were extracted by Soxhlet extraction using different solvents successively and the extracts were analyzed for antioxidant and anti-Helicobacter pylori activities using different in vitro assays. The chemical composition of methanol extract of S...
November 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134140/genome-wide-identification-and-characterization-of-gras-transcription-factors-in-tomato-solanum-lycopersicum
#5
Yiling Niu, Tingting Zhao, Xiangyang Xu, Jingfu Li
Solanum lycopersicum, belonging to Solanaceae, is one of the commonly used model plants. The GRAS genes are transcriptional regulators, which play a significant role in plant growth and development, and the functions of several GRAS genes have been recognized, such as, axillary shoot meristem formation, radial root patterning, phytohormones (gibberellins) signal transduction, light signaling, and abiotic/biotic stress; however, only a few of these were identified and functionally characterized. In this study, a gene family was analyzed comprehensively with respect to phylogeny, gene structure, chromosomal localization, and expression pattern; the 54 GRAS members were screened from tomato by bioinformatics for the first time...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133901/a-mesic-maximum-in-biological-water-use-demarcates-biome-sensitivity-to-aridity-shifts
#6
Stephen P Good, Georgianne W Moore, Diego G Miralles
Biome function is largely governed by how efficiently available resources can be used and yet for water, the ratio of direct biological resource use (transpiration, E T) to total supply (annual precipitation, P) at ecosystem scales remains poorly characterized. Here, we synthesize field, remote sensing and ecohydrological modelling estimates to show that the biological water use fraction (E T/P) reaches a maximum under mesic conditions; that is, when evaporative demand (potential evapotranspiration, E P) slightly exceeds supplied precipitation...
November 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132316/genome-wide-analysis-and-transcriptomic-profiling-of-the-auxin-biosynthesis-transport-and-signaling-family-genes-in-moso-bamboo-phyllostachys-heterocycla
#7
Wenjia Wang, Lianfeng Gu, Shanwen Ye, Hangxiao Zhang, Changyang Cai, Mengqi Xiang, Yubang Gao, Qin Wang, Chentao Lin, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Auxin is essential for plant growth and development. Although substantial progress has been made in understanding auxin pathways in model plants such as Arabidopsis and rice, little is known in moso bamboo which is famous for its fast growth resulting from the rapid cell elongation and division. RESULTS: Here we showed that exogenous auxin has strong effects on crown and primary roots. Genes involved in auxin action, including 13 YUCCA (YUC) genes involved in auxin synthesis, 14 PIN-FORMED/PIN-like (PIN/PILS) and 7 AUXIN1/LIKE-AUX1 (AUX1/LAX) members involved in auxin transport, 10 auxin receptors (AFB) involved in auxin perception, 43 auxin/indole-3-aceticacid (AUX/IAA) genes, and 41 auxin response factors (ARF) involved in auxin signaling were identified through genome-wide analysis...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132315/comprehensive-genomic-analysis-of-the-cngc-gene-family-in-brassica-oleracea-novel-insights-into-synteny-structures-and-transcript-profiles
#8
Kaleem U Kakar, Zarqa Nawaz, Khadija Kakar, Essa Ali, Abdulwareth A Almoneafy, Raqeeb Ullah, Xue-Liang Ren, Qing-Yao Shu
BACKGROUND: The cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel (CNGC) family affects the uptake of cations, growth, pathogen defence, and thermotolerance in plants. However, the systematic identification, origin and function of this gene family has not been performed in Brassica oleracea, an important vegetable crop and genomic model organism. RESULTS: In present study, we identified 26 CNGC genes in B. oleracea genome, which are non-randomly localized on eight chromosomes, and classified into four major (I-IV) and two sub-groups (i...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131712/how-rice-glycogen-synthase-kinase-like-5-osgsk5-integrates-salinity-stress-response-to-source-sink-adaptation-a-proposed-model
#9
Maysaya Thitisaksakul, Shaoyun Dong, Diane M Beckles
We have previously shown that overexpression of GSK3-like kinase 5 in rice (OsGSK5) was associated with higher starch accumulation and better growth under severe salinity stress. Short-term (14)CO2 feeding experiments suggested that OsGSK5 promoted higher flux to starch accumulation in the roots under this condition and that this mechanism may help to underscore the better growth characteristics observed. Here, we expand upon this hypothesis and consider (i) how OsGSK5 action could fit into a signaling model that integrates salinity stress to changes in starch metabolism, and (ii) how this would facilitate whole plant physiological adaptions in source-to-sink partitioning...
November 13, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126242/differential-manipulation-of-leaf-angle-throughout-the-canopy-current-status-and-prospects
#10
Maria Betsabe Mantilla-Perez, Maria G Salas Fernandez
Leaf angle is defined as the inclination between the midrib of the leaf blade and the vertical stem of a plant. This trait has been identified as a key component in the development of high-yielding varieties of cereal species, particularly maize, rice, wheat, and sorghum. The effect of leaf angle on light interception efficiency, photosynthetic rate, and yield has been investigated since the 1960s, yet, significant knowledge gaps remain in understanding the genetic control of this complex trait. Recent advances in physiology and modeling have proposed a plant ideotype with varying leaf angles throughout the canopy...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126192/effects-of-exyra-ridingsii-lepidoptera-noctuidae-on-sarracenia-flava-nepenthales-sarraceniaceae
#11
Christine A Ricci, Albert J Meier, Ouida W Meier, T Keith Philips
Exyra ridingsii (Riley) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) is a moth whose obligate host is the pitcher plant Sarracenia flava (L.) (Nepenthales: Sarraceniaceae). The entire life cycle of the moth is completed in the trumpets of this fire-dependent plant that is found throughout the southeastern United States in bogs, long-leaf pine savannas, and pocosins. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of E. ridingsii on S. flava, including the effect of herbivory on trumpet height in the year subsequent to feeding and whether moths select trumpets for oviposition based on height...
November 4, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123538/sex-specific-response-to-stress-in-populus
#12
REVIEW
Nataliya V Melnikova, Elena V Borkhert, Anastasiya V Snezhkina, Anna V Kudryavtseva, Alexey A Dmitriev
Populus is an effective model for genetic studies in trees. The genus Populus includes dioecious species, and the differences exhibited in males and females have been intensively studied. This review focused on the distinctions between male and female poplar and aspen plants under stress conditions, such as drought, salinity, heavy metals, and nutrient deficiency on morphological, physiological, proteome, and gene expression levels. In most studies, males of Populus species were more adaptive to the majority of the stress conditions and showed less damage, better growth, and higher photosynthetic capacity and antioxidant activity than that of the females...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123537/association-mapping-of-ferrous-zinc-and-aluminum-tolerance-at-the-seedling-stage-in-indica-rice-using-magic-populations
#13
Lijun Meng, Baoxiang Wang, Xiangqian Zhao, Kimberly Ponce, Qian Qian, Guoyou Ye
Excessive amounts of metal are toxic and severely affect plant growth and development. Understanding the genetic control of metal tolerance is crucial to improve rice resistance to Fe, Zn, and Al toxicity. The multi-parent advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations were genotyped using a 55 K rice SNP array and screened at the seedling stage for Fe, Zn, and Al toxicity using a hydroponics system. Association analysis was conducted by implementing a mixed linear model (MLM) for each of the five MAGIC populations double cross DC1 (founders were SAGC-08, HHZ5-SAL9-Y3-Y1, BP1976B-2-3-7-TB-1-1, PR33282-B-8-1-1-1-1-1), double cross DC2 (founders of double cross were FFZ1, CT 16658-5-2-2SR-2-3-6MP, IR 68, IR 02A127), eight parents population 8way (founders were SAGC-08, HHZ5-SAL9-Y3-Y1, BP1976B-2-3-7-TB-1-1, PR33282-B-8-1-1-1-1-1, FFZ1, CT 16658-5-2-2SR-2-3-6MP, IR 68, IR 02A127), DC12 (DC1+DC2) and rice multi-parent recombinant inbred line population RMPRIL (DC1+DC2+8way)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123116/india-is-overtaking-china-as-the-world-s-largest-emitter-of-anthropogenic-sulfur-dioxide
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Can Li, Chris McLinden, Vitali Fioletov, Nickolay Krotkov, Simon Carn, Joanna Joiner, David Streets, Hao He, Xinrong Ren, Zhanqing Li, Russell R Dickerson
Severe haze is a major public health concern in China and India. Both countries rely heavily on coal for energy, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted from coal-fired power plants and industry is a major pollutant contributing to their air quality problems. Timely, accurate information on SO2 sources is a required input to air quality models for pollution prediction and mitigation. However, such information has been difficult to obtain for these two countries, as fast-paced changes in economy and environmental regulations have often led to unforeseen emission changes...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120483/azospirillum-brasilense-laboratory-maintenance-and-genetic-manipulation
#15
Jessica Gullett, Lindsey O'Neal, Tanmoy Mukherjee, Gladys Alexandre
Bacteria of the genus Azospirillum, including the most comprehensively studied Azospirillum brasilense, are non-pathogenic soil bacteria that promote the growth of diverse plants, making them an attractive model to understand non-symbiotic, beneficial plant-bacteria associations. Research into the physiology and genetics of these organisms spans decades and a range of molecular tools and protocols have been developed for allelic exchange mutagenesis, in trans expression of genes, and fusions to reporter genes...
November 9, 2017: Current Protocols in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118821/tasselnet-counting-maize-tassels-in-the-wild-via-local-counts-regression-network
#16
Hao Lu, Zhiguo Cao, Yang Xiao, Bohan Zhuang, Chunhua Shen
Background: Accurately counting maize tassels is important for monitoring the growth status of maize plants. This tedious task, however, is still mainly done by manual efforts. In the context of modern plant phenotyping, automating this task is required to meet the need of large-scale analysis of genotype and phenotype. In recent years, computer vision technologies have experienced a significant breakthrough due to the emergence of large-scale datasets and increased computational resources...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116279/persistent-drought-monitoring-using-a-microfluidic-printed-electro-mechanical-sensor-of-stomata-in-planta
#17
Volodymyr B Koman, Tedrick T S Lew, Min Hao Wong, Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan P Giraldo, Michael S Strano
Stomatal function can be used effectively to monitor plant hydraulics, photosensitivity, and gas exchange. Current approaches to measure single stomatal aperture, such as mold casting or fluorometric techniques, do not allow real time or persistent monitoring of the stomatal function over timescales relevant for long term plant physiological processes, including vegetative growth and abiotic stress. Herein, we utilize a nanoparticle-based conducting ink that preserves stomatal function to print a highly stable, electrical conductometric sensor actuated by the stomata pore itself, repeatedly and reversibly for over 1 week...
November 8, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112850/mechanochemical-polarization-of-contiguous-cell-walls-shapes-plant-pavement-cells
#18
Mateusz Majda, Peter Grones, Ida-Maria Sintorn, Thomas Vain, Pascale Milani, Pawel Krupinski, Beata Zagórska-Marek, Corrado Viotti, Henrik Jönsson, Ewa J Mellerowicz, Olivier Hamant, Stéphanie Robert
The epidermis of aerial plant organs is thought to be limiting for growth, because it acts as a continuous load-bearing layer, resisting tension. Leaf epidermis contains jigsaw puzzle piece-shaped pavement cells whose shape has been proposed to be a result of subcellular variations in expansion rate that induce local buckling events. Paradoxically, such local compressive buckling should not occur given the tensile stresses across the epidermis. Using computational modeling, we show that the simplest scenario to explain pavement cell shapes within an epidermis under tension must involve mechanical wall heterogeneities across and along the anticlinal pavement cell walls between adjacent cells...
November 6, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109915/mechanisms-of-oat-avena-sativa-l-acclimation-to-phosphate-deficiency
#19
Ewa Żebrowska, Marta Milewska, Iwona Ciereszko
Background: Deficiency of available forms of phosphorus is common in most soils and causes reduction of crop plants growth and yield. Recently, model plants responses to phosphate (Pi) deficiency have been intensively studied. However, acclimation mechanisms of cereals like oat (Avena sativa L.), to low Pi stress remains not fully understood. Oat plants have been usually cultured on poor soils, with a low nutrient content, but their responses to such conditions are not well known, therefore the main goal of the study was to investigate the mechanisms that enable oat plants to grow under low Pi conditions...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109378/evolutionary-conserved-cysteines-function-as-cis-acting-regulators-of-arabidopsis-pin-formed-2-distribution
#20
Katarzyna Retzer, Jozef Lacek, Roman Skokan, Charo I Del Genio, Stanislav Vosolsobě, Martina Laňková, Kateřina Malínská, Nataliia Konstantinova, Eva Zažímalová, Richard M Napier, Jan Petrášek, Christian Luschnig
Coordination of plant development requires modulation of growth responses that are under control of the phytohormone auxin. PIN-FORMED plasma membrane proteins, involved in intercellular transport of the growth regulator, are key to the transmission of such auxin signals and subject to multilevel surveillance mechanisms, including reversible post-translational modifications. Apart from well-studied PIN protein modifications, namely phosphorylation and ubiquitylation, no further post-translational modifications have been described so far...
October 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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