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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224350/warmest-extreme-year-in-u-s-history-alters-thermal-requirements-for-tree-phenology
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Jacob M Carter, Maria E Orive, Laci M Gerhart, Jennifer H Stern, Renée M Marchin, Joane Nagel, Joy K Ward
The frequency of extreme warm years is increasing across the majority of the planet. Shifts in plant phenology in response to extreme years can influence plant survival, productivity, and synchrony with pollinators/herbivores. Despite extensive work on plant phenological responses to climate change, little is known about responses to extreme warm years, particularly at the intraspecific level. Here we investigate 43 populations of white ash trees (Fraxinus americana) from throughout the species range that were all grown in a common garden...
February 21, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222708/wild-pollinators-enhance-oilseed-rape-yield-in-small-holder-farming-systems-in-china
#2
Yi Zou, Haijun Xiao, Felix J J A Bianchi, Frank Jauker, Shudong Luo, Wopke van der Werf
BACKGROUND: Insect pollinators play an important role in crop pollination, but the relative contribution of wild pollinators and honey bees to pollination is currently under debate. There is virtually no information available on the strength of pollination services and the identity of pollination service providers from Asian smallholder farming systems, where fields are small, and variation among fields is high. We established 18 winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) fields along a large geographical gradient in Jiangxi province in China...
February 21, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214944/the-vascular-plants-open-system-of-growth
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Alice Basile, Marco Fambrini, Claudio Pugliesi
What is fascinating in plants (true also in sessile animals such as corals and hydroids) is definitely their open and indeterminate growth, as a result of meristematic activity. Plants as well as animals are characterized by a multicellular organization, with which they share a common set of genes inherited from a common eukaryotic ancestor; nevertheless, circa 1.5 billion years of evolutionary history made the two kingdoms very different in their own developmental biology. Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms, arose during the Cretaceous Period (145-65 million years ago), and up to date, they count around 235,000 species, representing the largest and most diverse group within the plant kingdom...
February 18, 2017: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214357/nesting-habits-influence-population-genetic-structure-of-a-bee-living-in-anthropogenic-disturbance
#4
J L Vickruck, M H Richards
While most organisms are negatively affected by anthropogenic disturbance, a few species thrive in landscapes altered by humans. Typically, native bees are negatively impacted by anthropogenic environmental change, including habitat alteration and climate change. Here we investigate the population structure of the eastern carpenter bee Xylocopa virginica, a generalist pollinator with a broad geographic range spanning eastern North America. Eastern carpenter bees now nest almost exclusively in human made wooden structures, linking their geographic distribution and population structure to human activities and disturbance...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213629/transcriptome-based-snp-discovery-by-gbs-and-the-construction-of-a-genetic-map-for-olive
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Ahmet İpek, Meryem İpek, Sezai Ercişli, Nesrin Aktepe Tangu
Molecular markers located in the genic regions of plants are valuable tools for the identification of candidate genes of economically important traits and consequent use in marker-assisted selection (MAS). In the past, simple sequence repeat markers (SSRs) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were developed by sequencing RNA derived from different plant tissues, which involves laborious RNA extraction, mRNA isolation, and cDNA synthesis. In order to develop SNP markers located in olive transcriptomes, we used the recently developed genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technique...
February 18, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209855/sweet-relief-for-pollinators
#6
Carlos Martinez Del Rio, Michael E Dillon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202454/pollinator-mediated-interactions-in-experimental-arrays-vary-with-neighbor-identity
#7
Melissa K Ha, Christopher T Ivey
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Local ecological conditions influence the impact of species interactions on evolution and community structure. We investigated whether pollinator-mediated interactions between coflowering plants vary with plant density, coflowering neighbor identity, and flowering season. METHODS: We conducted a field experiment in which flowering time and floral neighborhood were manipulated in a factorial design. Early- and late-flowering Clarkia unguiculata plants were placed into arrays with C...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202451/losing-one-s-touch-evolution-of-the-touch-sensitive-stigma-in-the-mimulus-guttatus-species-complex
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Jannice Friedman, Katherine S Hart, Meghan C den Bakker
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The stigmas of several species are touch sensitive and respond to pressure by closing. Previous research suggests that stigma closure could prevent self pollination within a flower during a pollinator's visit or enhance male function by increasing pollen export. Both factors could be favored in outcrossers, and neither would be beneficial in selfers. METHODS: We investigated variation in stigma-closing and the duration of closure in annual and perennial populations of the variable species Mimulus guttatus and whether four closely related selfing species (M...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198464/sublethal-doses-of-imidacloprid-disrupt-sexual-communication-and-host-finding-in-a-parasitoid-wasp
#9
Lars Tappert, Tamara Pokorny, John Hofferberth, Joachim Ruther
Neonicotinoids are widely used insecticides, but their use is subject of debate because of their detrimental effects on pollinators. Little is known about the effect of neonicotinoids on other beneficial insects such as parasitoid wasps, which serve as natural enemies and are crucial for ecosystem functioning. Here we show that sublethal doses of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid impair sexual communication and host finding in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. Depending on the dose, treated females were less responsive to the male sex pheromone or unable to use it as a cue at all...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194308/differences-in-pollination-success-between-local-and-foreign-flower-color-phenotypes-a-translocation-experiment-with-gentiana-lutea-gentianaceae
#10
Javier A Guitián, Mar Sobral, Tania Veiga, María Losada, Pablo Guitián, José M Guitián
BACKGROUND: The adaptive maintenance of flower color variation is frequently attributed to pollinators partly because they preferentially visit certain flower phenotypes. We tested whether Gentiana lutea-which shows a flower color variation (from orange to yellow) in the Cantabrian Mountains range (north of Spain)-is locally adapted to the pollinator community. METHODS: We transplanted orange-flowering individuals to a population with yellow-flowering individuals and vice versa, in order to assess whether there is a pollination advantage in the local morph by comparing its visitation rate with the foreign morph...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183105/a-checklist-of-the-syrphidae-diptera-of-spain-andorra-and-gibraltar
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Antonio Ricarte, M Ángeles Marcos-García
Hoverflies are relevant to pollination, predation, phytophagy and decomposition processes and they are also used as bioindicators. The numerous recent advances in the study of Spanish hoverflies and the absence of species lists for the Spanish provinces prompted us to update the national catalogue and fill in the gap at the provincial level. Andorra and Gibraltar are also included in this review. A total of 421 species of 72 genera are included in the present catalogue (417 species in Spain; 86 in Andorra; 43 in Gibraltar)...
January 10, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179522/landscape-context-alters-cost-of-living-in-honeybee-metabolism-and-feeding
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Sean Tomlinson, Kingsley W Dixon, Raphael K Didham, S Donald Bradshaw
Field metabolic rate (FMR) links the energy budget of an animal with the constraints of its ecosystem, but is particularly difficult to measure for small organisms. Landscape degradation exacerbates environmental adversity and reduces resource availability, imposing higher costs of living for many organisms. Here, we report a significant effect of landscape degradation on the FMR of free-flying Apis mellifera, estimated using (86)Rb radio-isotopic turnover. We validated the relationship between (86)Rb kb and metabolic rate for worker bees in the laboratory using flow-through respirometry...
February 8, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179393/triploid-production-from-interspecific-crosses-of-two-diploid-perennial-helianthus-with-diploid-cultivated-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l
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Zhao Liu, Gerald J Seiler, Thomas J Gulya, Jiuhuan Feng, Khalid Y Rashid, Xiwen Cai, Chao-Chien Jan
Wild Helianthus species are a valuable genetic resource for the improvement of cultivated sunflower. We report the discovery and characterization of a unique high frequency production of triploids when cultivated sunflower was pollinated by specific accessions of diploid Helianthus nuttallii T. &. G. and H. maximiliani Schr. Genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) analyses indicated that the triploid F1s had two genomes from the wild pollen sources and one from the cultivated line. Mitotic chromosome analyses indicated that the frequency of triploid progenies from the crosses of cultivated lines × H...
February 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177834/cytogenetic-study-and-stripe-rust-response-of-the-derivatives-from-a-wheat-thinopyrum-intermedium-psathyrostachys-huashanica-trigeneric-hybrid
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Kang Houyang, Lin Tang, Daiyan Li, Chengdou Diao, Wei Zhu, Yao Tang, Yi Wang, Xing Fan, Lili Xu, Jian Zeng, Sha Lina, Xiaofang Yu, Zhang Haiqin, Yong-Hong Zhou
In this work, the meiotic behavior, chromosome constitution, and stripe rust resistance of the F5 derivatives from wheat-Th. intermedium-P. huashanica trigeneric hybrid were studied. Cytological analysis indicated that the chromosome number of F5 progenies ranged from 42 to 50. The mean meiotic configuration of F5 lines was 1.28 univalents, 21.74 bivalents, 0.04 trivalents, and 0.02 tetravalents per pollen mother cell (PMC). Among the lines with 2n = 42, the average pairing configuration was 0.05 I + 19.91 II (ring) + 1...
December 10, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177413/selenium-biofortification-and-phytoremediation-phytotechnologies-a-review
#15
Michela Schiavon, Elizabeth A H Pilon-Smits
The element selenium (Se) is both essential and toxic for most life forms, with a narrow margin between deficiency and toxicity. Phytotechnologies using plants and their associated microbes can address both of these problems. To prevent Se toxicity due to excess environmental Se, plants may be used to phytoremediate Se from soil or water. To alleviate Se deficiency in humans or livestock, crops may be biofortified with Se. These two technologies may also be combined: Se-enriched plant material from phytoremediation could be used as green fertilizer or as fortified food...
January 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176635/modes-of-action-resistance-and-toxicity-of-insecticides-targeting-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors
#16
Makoto Ihara, Steven D Buckingham, Kazuhiko Matsuda, David B Sattelle
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are members of the cys-loop superfamily of ligand-gated ion channels (cys-loop LGICs) and mediate fast cholinergic synaptic transmission in the nervous system of insects. The completion of many insect genome projects has greatly enhanced our understanding of the individual subunits that make up nAChR gene families from an insect genetic model organism (Drosophila melanogaster), crop pests, disease vectors and beneficial (pollinator) species. In addition to considerable insect nAChR subunit diversity, individual subunits can be subject to alternative splicing and RNA editing and these post-transcriptional modifications can add significantly to the diversity of nAChR receptor subtypes...
February 6, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174137/reward-loss-and-addiction-opportunities-for-cross-pollination
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REVIEW
Leonardo A Ortega, José L Solano, Carmen Torres, Mauricio R Papini
Paradigms used to study the response to and consequences of exposure to reward loss have been underutilized in approaches to the psychobiology of substance use disorders. We propose here that bringing these two areas into contact will help expanding our understanding of both reward loss and addictive behavior, hence opening up opportunities for cross-pollination. This review focuses on two lines of research that point to parallels. First, several neurochemical systems involved in addiction are also involved in the modulation of the behavioral effects of reward loss, including opioid, GABA, and dopamine receptors...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168103/in-situ-morphometric-survey-elucidates-the-evolutionary-systematics-of-the-eurasian-himantoglossum-clade-orchidaceae-orchidinae
#18
Richard M Bateman, Attila Molnár V, Gábor Sramkó
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The charismatic Himantoglossum s.l. clade of Eurasian orchids contains an unusually large proportion of taxa that are of controversial circumscriptions and considerable conservation concern. Whereas our previously published study addressed the molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of every named taxon within the clade, here we use detailed morphometric data obtained from the same populations to compare genotypes with associated phenotypes, in order to better explore taxonomic circumscription and character evolution within the clade...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168097/taxonomic-revision-and-molecular-phylogenetics-of-the-idarnes-incertus-species-group-hymenoptera-agaonidae-sycophaginae
#19
Fernando H A Farache, Astrid Cruaud, Gwenaëlle Genson, Jean-Yves Rasplus, Rodrigo A S Pereira
Sycophaginae is a group of non-pollinating fig wasps considered closely related to the fig pollinators (Agaoninae, Tetrapusiinae, and Kradibiinae) in the most recent phylogenetic analyses. They occur in all tropical regions and are associated with Ficus subgenera Urostigma and Sycomorus. There are six described genera of Sycophaginae, and two are native and confined to the Neotropics, namely Idarnes Walker, 1843 and Anidarnes Bouček, 1993. Genus Idarnes is divided into three morphologically distinct groups that were proven to be monophyletic by recent molecular phylogenetic analyses...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167027/development-of-an-inducible-male-sterility-system-in-rice-through-pollen-specific-expression-of-l-ornithinase-arge-gene-of-e-coli
#20
Gundra Sivakrishna Rao, Akhilesh Kumar Tyagi, Khareedu Venkateswara Rao
In the present investigation, an inducible male-sterility system has been developed in the rice. In order to introduce inducible male-sterility, the coding region of l-ornithinase (argE) gene of E. coli was fused to the Oryza sativa indica pollen allergen (OSIPA) promoter sequence which is known to function specifically in the pollen grains. Transgenic plants were obtained with argE gene and the transgenic status of plants was confirmed by PCR and Southern blot analyses. RT-PCR analysis confirmed the tissue-specific expression of argE in the anthers of transgenic rice plants...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
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