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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544894/regulation-of-maize-kernel-weight-and-carbohydrate-metabolism-by-abscisic-acid-applied-at-the-early-and-middle-post-pollination-stages-in-vitro
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Li Zhang, Xu-Hui Li, Zhen Gao, Si Shen, Xiao-Gui Liang, Xue Zhao, Shan Lin, Shun-Li Zhou
Abscisic acid (ABA) accumulates in plants under drought stress, but views on the role of ABA in kernel formation and abortion are not unified. The response of the developing maize kernel to exogenous ABA was investigated by excising kernels from cob sections at four days after pollination and culturing in vitro with different concentrations of ABA (0, 5, 10, 100μM). When ABA was applied at the early post-pollination stage (EPPS), significant weight loss was observed at high ABA concentration (100μM), which could be attributed to jointly affected sink capacity and activity...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544154/floral-nectar-of-the-obligate-outcrossing-canavalia-gladiata-jacq-dc-fabaceae-contains-only-one-predominant-protein-a-class-iii-acidic-chitinase
#2
Xue-Long Ma, Richard I Milne, Hong-Xia Zhou, Jiang-Yu Fang, Hong-Guang Zha
Floral nectar can affect the fitness of insect-pollinated plants, through both attraction and manipulation of pollinators. Self-incompatible insect-pollinated plants receive more insect visits than their self-compatible relatives, and the nectar of such species might face more risk to be infested by the pathogens carried by pollinators than self-compatible plants. Proteins in nectar (nectarins) play an important role in the protection of nectar, but little is known regarding nectarins in self-incompatible species...
May 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543965/joint-evolution-of-differential-seed-dispersal-and-self-fertilization
#3
Ryosuke Iritani, Pierre-Olivier Cheptou
Differential seed dispersal, in which selfed and outcrossed seeds possess different dispersal propensities, represents a potentially important individual-level association. A variety of traits can mediate differential seed dispersal, including inflorescence and seed size variation. However, how natural selection shapes such associations is poorly known. Here, we developed theoretical models for the evolution of mating system and differential seed dispersal in metapopulations, incorporating heterogeneous pollination, dispersal cost, cost of outcrossing, and environment-dependent inbreeding depression...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543717/poaceae-pollen-as-the-leading-aeroallergen-worldwide-a-review
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REVIEW
H García-Mozo
The Poaceae family comprises over 12,000 wind-pollinated species which release large amounts of pollen into the atmosphere. Poaceae pollen is currently regarded as the leading airborne biological pollutant and the chief cause of pollen-allergy worldwide. Sensitization rates vary by country, and those variations are reviewed here. Grass pollen allergens are grouped according to their protein structure and function. In Poaceae, although species belonging to different sub-families are characterized by distinct allergen subsets, there is a considerable degree of cross-reactivity between many species...
May 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543028/correlated-evolution-between-colouration-and-ambush-site-in-predators-with-visual-prey-lures
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F M Gawryszewski, M A Calero-Torralbo, R G Gillespie, M A Rodríguez-Gironés, M E Herberstein
The evolution of a visual signal will be affected by signaller and receiver behaviour, and by the physical properties of the environment where the signal is displayed. Crab spiders are typical sit-and-wait predators found in diverse ambush sites, such as tree bark, foliage and flowers. Some of the flower-dweller species present a UV(+) -white visual lure that makes them conspicuous and attractive to their prey. We hypothesised that UV(+) -white colouration was associated with the evolution of a flower-dwelling habit...
May 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542815/phenotypic-selection-varies-with-pollination-intensity-across-populations-of-sabatia-angularis
#6
Sarah L Emel, Steven J Franks, Rachel B Spigler
Pollinators are considered primary selective agents acting on plant traits, and thus variation in the strength of the plant-pollinator interaction might drive variation in the opportunity for selection and selection intensity across plant populations. Here, we examine whether these critical evolutionary parameters covary with pollination intensity across wild populations of the biennial Sabatia angularis. We quantified pollination intensity in each of nine S. angularis populations as mean stigmatic pollen load per population...
May 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542293/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-starch-branching-enzymes-involved-in-starch-synthesis-during-the-development-of-chestnut-castanea-mollissima-blume-cotyledons
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Liangke Chen, Dan Lu, Teng Wang, Zhi Li, Yanyan Zhao, Yichen Jiang, Qing Zhang, Qingqin Cao, Kefeng Fang, Yu Xing, Ling Qin
Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima Blume) is native to China and distributes widely in arid and semi-arid mountain area with barren soil. As a perennial crop, chestnut is an alternative food source and acts as an important commercial nut tree in China. Starch is the major metabolite in nuts, accounting for 46 ~ 64% of the chestnut dry weight. The accumulation of total starch and amylopectin showed a similar increasing trend during the development of nut. Amylopectin contributed up to 76% of the total starch content at 80 days after pollination (DAP)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542200/predicting-cryptic-links-in-host-parasite-networks
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Tad Dallas, Andrew W Park, John M Drake
Networks are a way to represent interactions among one (e.g., social networks) or more (e.g., plant-pollinator networks) classes of nodes. The ability to predict likely, but unobserved, interactions has generated a great deal of interest, and is sometimes referred to as the link prediction problem. However, most studies of link prediction have focused on social networks, and have assumed a completely censused network. In biological networks, it is unlikely that all interactions are censused, and ignoring incomplete detection of interactions may lead to biased or incorrect conclusions...
May 25, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539934/stigma-sensitivity-and-the-duration-of-temporary-closure-are-affected-by-pollinator-identity-in-mazus-miquelii-phrymaceae-a-species-with-bilobed-stigma
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Xiao-Fang Jin, Zhong-Ming Ye, Grace M Amboka, Qing-Feng Wang, Chun-Feng Yang
A sensitive bilobed stigma is thought to assure reproduction, avoid selfing and promote outcrossing. In addition, it may also play a role in pollinator selection since only pollinators with the appropriate body size can trigger this mechanism. However, no experimental study has investigated how the sensitive stigma responds to different pollinators and its potential effects on pollination. Mazus miquelii (Phrymaceae), a plant with a bilobed stigma was studied to investigate the relationship between stigma behaviors and its multiple insect pollinators...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536987/sexual-deception-in-the-eucera-pollinated-ophrys-leochroma-a-chemical-intermediate-between-wasp-and-andrena-pollinated-species
#10
Monica Cuervo, Demetra Rakosy, Carlos Martel, Stefan Schulz, Manfred Ayasse
Ophrys flowers mimic sex pheromones of attractive females of their pollinators and attract males, which attempt to copulate with the flower and thereby pollinate it. Virgin females and orchid flowers are known to use the same chemical compounds in order to attract males. The composition of the sex pheromone and its floral analogue, however, vary between pollinator genera. Wasp-pollinated Ophrys species attract their pollinators by using polar hydroxy acids, whereas Andrena-pollinated species use a mixture of non-polar hydrocarbons...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533969/ranking-of-critical-species-to-preserve-the-functionality-of-mutualistic-networks-using-the-k-core-decomposition
#11
Javier García-Algarra, Juan Manuel Pastor, José María Iriondo, Javier Galeano
BACKGROUND: Network analysis has become a relevant approach to analyze cascading species extinctions resulting from perturbations on mutualistic interactions as a result of environmental change. In this context, it is essential to be able to point out key species, whose stability would prevent cascading extinctions, and the consequent loss of ecosystem function. In this study, we aim to explain how the k-core decomposition sheds light on the understanding the robustness of bipartite mutualistic networks...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533899/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-an-endangered-desert-shrub-and-the-implications-for-conservation
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Zhihao Su, Bryce A Richardson, Li Zhuo, Xiaolong Jiang, Wenjun Li, Xiaoshan Kang
Population genetic information can provide valuable insight for the conservation and management of threatened and endangered plant species. Tamarix taklamakanensis is an endangered shrub endemic to arid basins of northwestern China. This species serves to stabilize soils in this region, but has seen substantial loss in its abundance due to depletion of ground water. The populations of this species have become small and fragmented, warranting conservation. Seven microsatellite loci were used to assess the genetic diversity and structure of 15 populations in the Tarim Basin, China...
May 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533439/gene-introgression-in-weeds-depends-on-initial-gene-location-in-the-crop-brassica-napus-raphanus-raphanistrum-model
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Katarzyna Adamczyk-Chauvat, Sabrina Delaunay, Anne Vannier, Caroline François, Gwenaëlle Thomas, Frédérique Eber, Maryse Lodé, Marie Gilet, Virginie Huteau, Jérôme Morice, Sylvie Nègre, Cyril Falentin, Olivier Coriton, Henri Darmency, Bachar Alrustom, Eric Jenczewski, Mathieu Rousseau-Gueutin, Anne-Marie Chèvre
The effect of gene location within a crop genome on its transfer to a weed genome remains an open question for gene flow assessment. To elucidate this question, we analyzed advanced generations of intergeneric hybrids, derived from an initial pollination of known oilseed rape varieties (Brassica napus, AACC, 2n=38) by a local population of wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum, RrRr, 2n=18). After five generations of recurrent pollination, 307 G5 plants with a chromosome number similar to wild radish were genotyped using 105 B...
May 22, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533335/rapid-cycling-genomic-selection-in-a-multi-parental-tropical-maize-population
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Xuecai Zhang, Paulino Pérez-Rodríguez, Juan Burgueño, Michael Olsen, Edward Buckler, Gary Atlin, Boddupalli M Prasanna, Mateo Vargas, Félix San Vicente, José Crossa
Genomic selection (GS) increases genetic gain by reducing the length of the selection cycle, as has been exemplified in maize using rapid cycling recombination of bi-parental populations. However, no results of GS applied to maize multi-parental populations have been reported so far. This study is the first to show realized genetic gains of rapid cycling genomic selection (RCGS) for four recombination cycles in a multi-parental tropical maize population. Eighteen elite tropical maize lines were intercrossed twice and self-pollinated once to form the cycle 0 (C0) training population...
May 22, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533203/floral-traits-influencing-plant-attractiveness-to-three-bee-species-consequences-for-plant-reproductive-success
#15
Austin A Bauer, Murray K Clayton, Johanne Brunet
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: The ability to attract pollinators is crucial to plants that rely on insects for pollination. We contrasted the roles of floral display size and flower color in attracting three bee species and determined the relationships between plant attractiveness (number of pollinator visits) and seed set for each bee species. METHODS: We recorded pollinator visits to plants, measured plant traits, and quantified plant reproductive success. A zero-inflated Poisson regression model indicated plant traits associated with pollinator attraction...
May 21, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532511/challenges-and-strategies-for-implementing-genomic-services-in-diverse-settings-experiences-from-the-implementing-genomics-in-practice-ignite-network
#16
Nina R Sperber, Janet S Carpenter, Larisa H Cavallari, Laura J Damschroder, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff, Joshua C Denny, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Yue Guan, Carol R Horowitz, Kenneth D Levy, Mia A Levy, Ebony B Madden, Michael E Matheny, Toni I Pollin, Victoria M Pratt, Marc Rosenman, Corrine I Voils, Kristen W Weitzel, Russell A Wilke, R Ryanne Wu, Lori A Orlando
BACKGROUND: To realize potential public health benefits from genetic and genomic innovations, understanding how best to implement the innovations into clinical care is important. The objective of this study was to synthesize data on challenges identified by six diverse projects that are part of a National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)-funded network focused on implementing genomics into practice and strategies to overcome these challenges. METHODS: We used a multiple-case study approach with each project considered as a case and qualitative methods to elicit and describe themes related to implementation challenges and strategies...
May 22, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531293/effect-of-expanded-variation-in-anther-position-on-pollinator-visitation-to-wild-radish-raphanus-raphanistrum
#17
Yuval Sapir, Keith Karoly, Vanessa A Koelling, Heather F Sahli, Frances N Knapczyk, Jeffrey K Conner
Background and Aims: Plant-pollinator interactions shape the evolution of flowers. Floral attraction and reward traits have often been shown to affect pollinator behaviour, but the possible effect of efficiency traits on visitation behaviour has rarely been addressed. Anther position, usually considered a trait that influences efficiency of pollen deposition on pollinators, was tested here for its effect on pollinator visitation rates and visit duration in flowers of wild radish, Raphanus raphanistrum ...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530276/focus-a-metaheuristic-algorithm-for-computing-knockouts-from-genome-scale-models-for-strain-optimization
#18
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/28517023/shifts-in-water-availability-mediate-plant-pollinator-interactions
#19
M Kate Gallagher, Diane R Campbell
Altered precipitation patterns associated with anthropogenic climate change are expected to have many effects on plants and insect pollinators, but it is unknown if effects on pollination are mediated by changes in water availability. We tested the hypothesis that impacts of climate on plant-pollinator interactions operate through changes in water availability, and specifically that such effects occur through alteration of floral attractants. We manipulated water availability in two naturally occurring Mertensia ciliata (Boraginaceae) populations using water addition, water reduction and control plots and measured effects on vegetative and floral traits, pollinator visitation and seed set...
May 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515735/time-course-transcriptome-analysis-of-compatible-and-incompatible-pollen-stigma-interactions-in-brassica-napus-l
#20
Tong Zhang, Changbin Gao, Yao Yue, Zhiquan Liu, Chaozhi Ma, Guilong Zhou, Yong Yang, Zhiqiang Duan, Bing Li, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu
Brassica species exhibit both compatible and incompatible pollen-stigma interactions, however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, RNA-seq technology was applied in a comprehensive time-course experiment (2, 5, 10, 20, and 30 min) to explore gene expression during compatible/incompatible pollen-stigma interactions in stigma. Moderate changes of gene expression were observed both in compatible pollination (PC) and incompatible pollination (PI) within 10 min, whereas drastic changes showed up by 30 min, especially in PI...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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