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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215006/balancing-ecosystem-function-services-and-disservices-resulting-from-expanding-goose-populations
#1
Ralph Buij, Theodorus C P Melman, Maarten J J E Loonen, Anthony D Fox
As goose populations increase in abundance, their influence on ecological processes is increasing. We review the evidence for key ecological functions of wild goose populations in Eurasia and North America, including aquatic invertebrate and plant propagule transport, nutrient deposition in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the influence of goose populations on vegetation biomass, carbon storage and methane emission, species diversity and disease transmission. To estimate the implications of their growing abundance for humans, we explore how these functions contribute to the provision of ecosystem services and disservices...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214122/anaerobic-co-digestion-of-recalcitrant-agricultural-wastes-characterizing-of-biochemical-parameters-of-digestate-and-its-impacts-on-soil-ecosystem
#2
Adele Muscolo, Giovanna Settineri, Teresa Papalia, Emilio Attinà, Carmelo Basile, Maria Rosaria Panuccio
Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic wastes is a promising alternative to landfilling for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) and it is encouraged by current regulation in Europe. Biogas-AD produced, represents a useful source of green energy, while its by-product (digestate) is a waste, that needs to be safely disposal. The sustainability of anaerobic digestion plants partly depends on the management of their digestion residues. This study has been focused on the environmental and economic benefits of co-digest recalcitrant agricultural wastes such olive wastes and citrus pulp, in combination with livestock wastes, straw and cheese whey for biogas production...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214113/classification-and-assessment-models-of-first-year-byproducts-nitrogen-plant-availability-from-literature-data
#3
Claude-Alla Joseph, Lotfi Khiari, Jacques Gallichand, Sidki Bouslama
Byproducts can provide an important amount of nutrients for crops and improve soils properties. According to their C/N, nitrogen (N) mineralization or immobilization may be observed after their application onto agricultural land. Therefore, an indicator is needed to assess byproducts N availability for crops. Thirty-seven studies from the scientific literature on N mineralization or immobilization after application to agricultural land under a wide range of climatic and experimental conditions were collected in order to elaborate models assessing non-composted byproducts N availability during the first growing season according to the C/N ratio...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213735/microalgae-based-advanced-municipal-wastewater-treatment-for-reuse-in-water-bodies
#4
REVIEW
Jing-Han Wang, Tian-Yuan Zhang, Guo-Hua Dao, Xue-Qiao Xu, Xiao-Xiong Wang, Hong -Ying Hu
Reuse of secondary municipal effluent from wastewater treatment plants in water bodies could effectively alleviate freshwater resource shortage. However, excessive nutrients must be efficiently removed to prevent eutrophication. Compared with other means of advanced wastewater treatment, microalgae-based processes display overwhelming advantages including efficient and simultaneous N and P removal, no requirement of additional chemicals, O2 generation, CO2 mitigation, and potential value-added products from harvested biomass...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213348/the-plant-economic-spectrum-in-bryophytes-a-comparative-study-in-subalpine-forest
#5
Zhe Wang, Xin Liu, Maaike Y Bader, Defeng Feng, Weikai Bao
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Tradeoffs among functional traits of vascular plants are starting to be better understood, but it is unclear whether bryophytes possess similar tradeoffs or how trait relationships, or the 'economic spectrum', differ between the two groups. METHODS: We determined functional-trait values [including shoot mass per area (SMA), light-saturated assimilation rate (Amass), dark respiration rate (Rdmass), N and P concentrations (Nmass and Pmass), and photosynthetic N and P use efficiency (PNUE and PPUE)] and their bivariate relationships for 28 bryophytes growing in a subalpine old-growth fir forest on the eastern Tibetan Plateau...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212609/exogenous-glutamate-rapidly-induces-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-metabolism-and-defense-responses-in-rice-roots
#6
Chia-Cheng Kan, Tsui-Yun Chung, Hsin-Yu Wu, Yan-An Juo, Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Glutamate is an active amino acid. In addition to protein synthesis and metabolism, increasing evidence indicates that glutamate may also function as a signaling molecule in plants. Still, little is known about the nutritional role of glutamate and genes that are directly regulated by glutamate in rice. RESULTS: Exogenous glutamate could serve as a nitrogen nutrient to support the growth of rice seedlings, but it was not as effective as ammonium nitrate or glutamine...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212511/arsenic-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-efficiently-solubilized-phosphate-rock-to-sustain-plant-growth-and-as-uptake
#7
Jing-Wei Fu, Xue Liu, Yong-He Han, Hanyi Mei, Yue Cao, Letuzia M de Oliveira, Yungen Liu, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Phosphorus (P) is one of the most important nutrients for phytoremediation of arsenic (As)-contaminated soils. In this study, we demonstrated that As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata was efficient in acquiring P from insoluble phosphate rock (PR). When supplemented with PR as the sole P source in hydroponic systems, P. vittata accumulated 49% and 28% higher P in the roots and fronds than the -P treatment. In contrast, non-hyperaccumulator Pteris ensiformis was unable to solubilize P from PR. To gain insights into PR solubilization by plants, organic acids in plant root exudates were analyzed by HPLC...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211530/factors-affecting-leaf-selection-by-foregut-fermenting-proboscis-monkeys-new-insight-from-in-vitro-digestibility-and-toughness-of-leaves
#8
Ikki Matsuda, Marcus Clauss, Augustine Tuuga, John Sugau, Goro Hanya, Takakazu Yumoto, Henry Bernard, Jürgen Hummel
Free-living animals must make dietary choices in terms of chemical and physical properties, depending on their digestive physiology and availability of food resources. Here we comprehensively evaluated the dietary choices of proboscis monkeys (Nasalis larvatus) consuming young leaves. We analysed the data for leaf toughness and digestibility measured by an in vitro gas production method, in addition to previously reported data on nutrient composition. Leaf toughness, in general, negatively correlated with the crude protein content, one of the most important nutritional factors affecting food selection by leaf-eating primates...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209247/water-hyacinth-a-potential-source-for-value-addition-an-overview
#9
REVIEW
Raveendran Sindhu, Parameswaran Binod, Ashok Pandey, Aravind Madhavan, Jose Anju Alphonsa, Narisetty Vivek, Edgard Gnansounou, Eulogio Castro, Vincenza Faraco
Water hyacinth a fresh water aquatic plant is considered as a noxious weed in many parts of the world since it grows very fast and depletes nutrients and oxygen from water bodies adversely affecting the growth of both plants and animals. Hence conversion of this problematic weed to value added chemicals and fuels helps in the self-sustainability especially for developing countries. The present review discusses the various value added products and fuels which can be produced from water hyacinth, the recent research and developmental activities on the bioconversion of water hyacinth for the production of fuels and value added products as well as its possibilities and challenges in commercialization...
January 25, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209137/transcriptional-analysis-of-defense-mechanisms-in-upland-tetraploid-switchgrass-to-greenbugs
#10
Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209019/efficacy-of-specific-plant-products-on-microorganisms-causing-dental-caries
#11
M Rajini Kanth, A Ravi Prakash, G Sreenath, Vikram Simha Reddy, S Huldah
INTRODUCTION: Dental caries and periodontal diseases are the most common oral diseases seen globally, both in developed and developing countries. Oral microorganisms that is gram positive and gram negative bacteria are known to be involved in causation of these diseases. Nowadays commercially available dentrifices and mouth rinses are known to contain ingredients that can alter the oral microbial flora and have undesirable side effects such as vomiting, diarrhoea, disarrangement of oral, intestinal flora and tooth staining...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207830/influence-of-nutrient-signals-and-carbon-allocation-on-the-expression-of-phosphate-and-nitrogen-transporter-genes-in-winter-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-roots-colonized-by-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi
#12
Hui Tian, Xiaolei Yuan, Jianfeng Duan, Wenhu Li, Bingnian Zhai, Yajun Gao
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) colonization of plant roots causes the down-regulation of expression of phosphate (Pi) or nitrogen (N) transporter genes involved in direct nutrient uptake pathways. The mechanism of this effect remains unknown. In the present study, we sought to determine whether the expression of Pi or N transporter genes in roots of winter wheat colonized by AM fungus responded to (1) Pi or N nutrient signals transferred from the AM extra-radical hyphae, or (2) carbon allocation changes in the AM association...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205289/functionally-dissimilar-neighbors-accelerate-litter-decomposition-in-two-grass-species
#13
Lou Barbe, Vincent Jung, Andreas Prinzing, Anne-Kristel Bittebiere, Olaf Butenschoen, Cendrine Mony
Plant litter decomposition is a key regulator of nutrient recycling. In a given environment, decomposition of litter from a focal species depends on its litter quality and on the efficiency of local decomposers. Both may be strongly modified by functional traits of neighboring species, but the consequences for decomposition of litter from the focal species remain unknown. We tested whether decomposition of a focal plant's litter is influenced by the functional-trait dissimilarity to the neighboring plants. We cultivated two grass species (Brachypodium pinnatum and Elytrigia repens) in experimental mesocosms with functionally similar and dissimilar neighborhoods, and reciprocally transplanted litter...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205242/one-way-or-another-iron-uptake-in-plants
#14
Huei-Hsuan Tsai, Wolfgang Schmidt
Iron (Fe) and phosphorus (P), the latter taken up by plants as phosphate (Pi), are two essential nutrients that determine species distribution and often limit crop yield as a result of their low availability in most soils. Pi-deficient plants improve the interception of Pi by increasing the density of root hairs, thereby expanding the volume of soil to be explored. The increase in root hair frequency results mainly from attenuated primary root growth, a process that was shown to be dependent on the availability of external Fe...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205235/differences-in-the-nutrient-concentrations-in-vitro-methanogenic-potential-and-other-fermentative-traits-of-tropical-grasses-and-legumes-for-beef-production-systems-in-northern-australia
#15
Zoey Durmic, Carlos A Ramírez-Restrepo, Chris Gardiner, Christopher J O'Neill, Eman Hussein, Phillip E Vercoe
BACKGROUND: In northern Australia, beef cattle grazed extensively on tropical rangelands are responsible for 5 % of the nation's total greenhouse gas emissions. Methane (CH4 ) is a potent greenhouse gas and in grazing ruminants might be mitigated by selecting forages that, when consumed, produce less CH4 when fermented by rumen microbes. This study examined variability in the in vitro fermentation patterns including CH4 production of selected tropical grasses and legumes to identify candidates for CH4 mitigation in grazing livestock in northern Australia...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204899/three-dimensional-ultrastructure-of-feeding-tubes-and-interconnected-endoplasmic-reticulum-in-root-knot-nematode-induced-giant-cells-in-rose-balsam
#16
Nao Miyashita, Hironori Koga
We investigated the three-dimensional ultrastructure of feeding tubes and the surrounding region in giant cells induced in rose balsam (Impatiens balsamina L.) roots by the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne incognita, using osmium maceration coupled with field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). In the roots of 35-day-old galled rose balsam plants, adult nematodes induced the formation of giant cells containing feeding tubes and numerous organelles, including tubular endoplasmic reticulum (ER), cisternal ER, and mitochondria...
February 15, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202720/interacting-tcp-and-nlp-transcription-factors-control-plant-responses-to-nitrate-availability
#17
Peizhu Guan, Juan-José Ripoll, Renhou Wang, Lam Vuong, Lindsay J Bailey-Steinitz, Dening Ye, Nigel M Crawford
Plants have evolved adaptive strategies that involve transcriptional networks to cope with and survive environmental challenges. Key transcriptional regulators that mediate responses to environmental fluctuations in nitrate have been identified; however, little is known about how these regulators interact to orchestrate nitrogen (N) responses and cell-cycle regulation. Here we report that teosinte branched1/cycloidea/proliferating cell factor1-20 (TCP20) and NIN-like protein (NLP) transcription factors NLP6 and NLP7, which act as activators of nitrate assimilatory genes, bind to adjacent sites in the upstream promoter region of the nitrate reductase gene, NIA1, and physically interact under continuous nitrate and N-starvation conditions...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202315/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-chorismate-mutase-a-potential-target-for-tb
#18
REVIEW
Manjulatha Khanapur, Mallika Alvala, Maddela Prabhakar, K Shiva Kumar, R K Edwin, P S V K Sri Saranya, Raj Kumar Patel, Gopalakrishnan Bulusu, P Misra, Manojit Pal
Mycobacterium tuberculosis chorismate mutase (MtbCM) catalyzes the rearrangement of chorismate to prephenate in the shikimate biosynthetic pathway to form the essential amino acids, phenylalanine and tyrosine. Two genes encoding chorismate mutase have been identified in Mtb. The secretory form,∗MtbCM (encoded by Rv1885c) is assumed to play a key role in pathogenesis of tuberculosis. Also, the inhibition of MtbCM may hinder the supply of nutrients to the organism. Indeed, the existence of chorismate mutase (CM) in bacteria, fungi and higher plants but not in human and low sequence homology among known CM makes it an interesting target for the discovery of anti-tubercular agents...
February 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201992/high-flavonoid-accompanied-with-high-starch-accumulation-triggered-by-nutrient-starvation-in-bioenergy-crop-duckweed-landoltia-punctata
#19
Xiang Tao, Yang Fang, Meng-Jun Huang, Yao Xiao, Yang Liu, Xin-Rong Ma, Hai Zhao
BACKGROUND: As the fastest growing plant, duckweed can thrive on anthropogenic wastewater. The purple-backed duckweed, Landoltia punctata, is rich in starch and flavonoids. However, the molecular biological basis of high flavonoid and low lignin content remains largely unknown, as does the best method to combine nutrients removed from sewage and the utilization value improvement of duckweed biomass. RESULTS: A combined omics study was performed to investigate the biosynthesis of flavonoid and the metabolic flux changes in L...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199876/the-effect-of-sewage-sludge-application-on-soil-properties-and-willow-salix-sp-cultivation
#20
Magdalena Urbaniak, Anna Wyrwicka, Wojciech Tołoczko, Liliana Serwecińska, Marek Zieliński
The aim of the study was to determine the impact of sewage sludge from three wastewater treatment plants of different sizes (small, medium and large) applied in two doses (3 and 9 tons per hectare) on soil properties, determined as the content of organic carbon and humus fractions, bacterial abundance, phytotoxicity and PCDD/PCDF TEQ concentrations. The study also evaluated the impact of this sewage sludge on the biometric and physiological parameters and detoxification reaction of willow (Salix sp.) as a typical crop used for the remediation of soil following sludge application...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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