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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454210/sunshine-duration-reconstruction-in-the-southeastern-tibetan-plateau-based-on-tree-ring-width-and-its-relationship-to-volcanic-eruptions
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Changfeng Sun, Yu Liu, Huiming Song, Qiufang Cai, Qiang Li, Lu Wang, Ruochen Mei, Congxi Fang
Sunshine is as essential as temperature and precipitation for tree growth, but sunshine duration reconstructions based on tree rings have not yet been conducted in China. In this study, we presented a 497-year sunshine duration reconstruction for the southeastern Tibetan Plateau using a width chronology of Abies forrestii from the central Hengduan Mountains. The reconstruction accounted for 53.5% of the variance in the observed sunshine during the period of 1961-2013 based on a stable and reliable linear regression...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454020/variation-of-the-alkaloid-content-of-peumus-boldus-boldo
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Gonzalo Fuentes-Barros, Sebastián Castro-Saavedra, Leonel Liberona, Williams Acevedo-Fuentes, Cristian Tirapegui, César Mattar, Bruce K Cassels
Eighteen alkaloids were detected in the bark, leaves, wood and roots of Peumus boldus, including traces of secoboldine, N-methylsecoboldine (boldine methine), glaucine and norreticuline, not reported previously as constituents of this species. Using appropriate standards, we quantified thirteen of them by UHPLC-MS/MS. Boldine was dominant in the bark, and laurolitsine in wood and roots. The alkaloid composition of the leaves, determined for 130 individually identified trees, classified by age and sex, was highly variable, where N-methyllaurotetanine, laurotetanine, coclaurine and in some cases isocorydine predominated, but not boldine...
February 14, 2018: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453930/ensemble-survival-tree-models-to-reveal-pairwise-interactions-of-variables-with-time-to-events-outcomes-in-low-dimensional-setting
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Jean-Eudes Dazard, Hemant Ishwaran, Rajeev Mehlotra, Aaron Weinberg, Peter Zimmerman
Unraveling interactions among variables such as genetic, clinical, demographic and environmental factors is essential to understand the development of common and complex diseases. To increase the power to detect such variables interactions associated with clinical time-to-events outcomes, we borrowed established concepts from random survival forest (RSF) models. We introduce a novel RSF-based pairwise interaction estimator and derive a randomization method with bootstrap confidence intervals for inferring interaction significance...
February 17, 2018: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453424/genetic-control-and-evolutionary-potential-of-a-constitutive-resistance-mechanism-against-the-spruce-budworm-choristoneura-fumiferana-in-white-spruce-picea-glauca
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Claudia Méndez-Espinoza, Geneviève J Parent, Patrick Lenz, André Rainville, Laurence Tremblay, Greg Adams, Andrew McCartney, Éric Bauce, John MacKay
Insect herbivory may drive evolution by selecting for trees with heritable resistance against defoliation. The spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana, SBW) is a highly damaging forest insect pest that can affect population structure of white spruce (Picea glauca) in North America. Resistance against SBW was recently described in white spruce and was linked to three constitutive resistance biomarkers: the phenolic compounds piceol and pungenol, and expression of a beta-glucosidase encoding gene (Pgβglu-1)...
February 17, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453390/birds-and-beans-comparing-avian-richness-and-endemism-in-arabica-and-robusta-agroforests-in-india-s-western-ghats
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Charlotte H Chang, Krithi K Karanth, Paul Robbins
Coffee is a major tropical commodity crop that can provide supplementary habitat for native wildlife. In Asia, coffee production is an increasingly important driver of landscape transformation and shifts between different coffee species is a major dimension of agroforestry trends. Yet few studies have compared the ecological impacts of conversion between different coffee species. We evaluated whether or not the two species of coffee grown globally-Coffea arabica and C. canephora (denoted "robusta")-had equivalent avian conservation value in the Western Ghats, India, where robusta production has become increasingly dominant...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453179/enhanced-cr-vi-removal-from-acidic-solutions-using-biochar-modified-by-fe-3-o-4-sio-2-nh-2-particles
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Shunquan Shi, Jiakuan Yang, Sha Liang, Mingyang Li, Quan Gan, Keke Xiao, Jingping Hu
Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 -NH 2 magnetic particles with core-shell structure were attached on carboxylated biochar derived from phoenix tree leaves to synthesize a novel magnetic biochar for removing Cr(VI) ions from acidic solutions. FSEM, FTEM, XRD characterizations of the synthesized magnetic biochar revealed that the Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 -NH 2 magnetic particles distributed uniformly on the surface or macrospores of carboxylated biochar by strong chemical bonding. The Cr(VI) ions adsorption capacity of magnetic biochar was 27...
February 13, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453036/identifying-the-relative-importance-of-non-suicidal-self-injury-features-in-classifying-suicidal-ideation-plans-and-behavior-using-exploratory-data-mining
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Taylor A Burke, Ross Jacobucci, Brooke A Ammerman, Marilyn Piccirillo, Michael S McCloskey, Richard G Heimberg, Lauren B Alloy
Individuals with a history of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) are at alarmingly high risk for suicidal ideation (SI), planning (SP), and attempts (SA). Given these findings, research has begun to evaluate the features of this multi-faceted behavior that may be most important to assess when quantifying risk for SI, SP, and SA. However, no studies have examined the wide range of NSSI characteristics simultaneously when determining which NSSI features are most salient to suicide risk. The current study utilized three exploratory data mining techniques (elastic net regression, decision trees, random forests) to address these gaps in the literature...
January 31, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452730/external-validation-of-a-decision-tree-early-warning-score-using-only-laboratory-data-a-retrospective-review-of-prospectively-collected-data
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Tara E Holm Atkins, Malin C Öhman, Mikkel Brabrand
INTRODUCTION: Early warning scores (EWS) have been developed to identify the degree of illness severity among acutely ill patients. One system, The Laboratory Decision Tree Early Warning Score (LDT-EWS) is wholly laboratory data based. Laboratory data was used in the development of a rare computerized method, developing a decision tree analysis. This article externally validates LDT-EWS, which is obligatory for an EWS before clinical use. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective review of prospectively collected data based on a time limited sample of all patients admitted through the medical admission unit (MAU) on a Danish secondary hospital...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452417/fruit-production-and-branching-density-affect-shoot-and-whole-tree-wood-to-leaf-biomass-ratio-in-olive
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Adolfo Rosati, Andrea Paoletti, Raeed Al Hariri, Franco Famiani
The amount of shoot stem (i.e., woody part of the shoot) dry matter per unit shoot leaf dry matter (i.e., the shoot wood to leaf biomass ratio) has been reported to be lower in short shoots than in long ones, and this is related to the greater and earlier ability of short shoots to export carbon. This is important in fruit trees, since the greater and earlier carbon export ability of shoots with a lower wood to leaf biomass ratio improves fruit production. This ratio may vary with cultivars, training systems or plant age, but no study has previously investigated the possible effect of fruit production...
February 14, 2018: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452388/structural-and-functional-changes-in-coffee-trees-after-4-years-under-free-air-co2-enrichment
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Miroslava Rakocevic, Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro, Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Marchiori, Heloisa Ferreira Filizola, Eunice Reis Batista
Background and Aims: Climate forecasts suggest that [CO2] in the atmosphere will continue to increase. Structural and ecophysiological responses to elevated air [CO2] (e[CO2]) in tree species are contradictory due to species-dependent responses and relatively short-term experiments. It was hypothesized that long-term exposure (4 year) to e[CO2] would change canopy structure and function of Coffea arabica trees. Methods: Coffee plants were grown in a FACE (free air CO2 enrichment) facility under two air [CO2]: actual and elevated (actual + approx...
February 13, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452334/seed-2-a-user-friendly-platform-for-amplicon-high-throughput-sequencing-data-analyses
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Tomáš Vetrovský, Petr Baldrian, Daniel Morais, Bonnie Berger
Motivation: Modern molecular methods have increased our ability to describe microbial communities. Along with the advances brought by new sequencing technologies, we now require intensive computational resources to make sense of the large numbers of sequences continuously produced. The software developed by the scientific community to address this demand, although very useful, require experience of the command-line environment, extensive training and have steep learning curves, limiting their use...
February 14, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452311/phylogenetic-relationships-and-cryptic-species-diversity-in-the-brazilian-egg-brooding-tree-frog-genus-fritziana-mello-leit%C3%A3-o-1937-anura-hemiphractidae
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Marina Walker, Mariana L Lyra, Célio F B Haddad
The genus Fritziana (Anura: Hemiphractidae) comprises six described species (F. goeldii, F. ohausi, F. fissilis, F. ulei, F. tonimi, and F. izecksohni) that are endemic to the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Although the genus has been the subject of studies dealing with its taxonomy, phylogeny, and systematics, there is considerable evidence for cryptic diversity hidden among the species. The present study aims to understand the genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationships among the species of Fritziana, as well as the relationships among populations within species...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452030/comparative-phylogenetic-and-expression-analysis-of-small-gtpases-families-in-legume-and-non-legume-plants
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Ana Claudia Flores, Virginia Dalla Via, Virginia Savy, Ulises Mancini Villagra, María Eugenia Zanetti, Flavio Blanco
BACKGROUND: Small monomeric GTPases act as molecular switches in several processes that involve polar cell growth, participating mainly in vesicle trafficking and cytoskeleton rearrangements. This gene superfamily has largely expanded in plants through evolution as compared with other Kingdoms, leading to the suggestion that members of each subfamily might have acquired new functions associated to plant-specific processes. Legume plants engage in a nitrogen-fixing symbiotic interaction with rhizobia in a process that involves polar growth processes associated with the infection throughout the root hair...
February 16, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452027/short-interval-overnight-laser-scanning-suggest-sub-circadian-periodicity-of-tree-turgor
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András Zlinszky, Anders Barfod
A recent study by Zlinszky et al., 1 uses high-resolution terrestrial laser scanning to investigate the variability of overnight movement of leaves and branches in vascular plants. This study finds among others that the investigated plants show periodic movements of around one centimetre in amplitude and 2-6 hour periodicity. Sub-circadian process dynamics of plants were so far not in focus of research, but here we compare the findings with other published cases of short-term periodicity in leaf turgor, sap flow and especially trunk diameter...
February 16, 2018: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451904/phytoforensics-trees-as-bioindicators-of-potential-indoor-exposure-via-vapor-intrusion
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Jordan L Wilson, V A Samaranayake, Matt A Limmer, Joel G Burken
Human exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) via vapor intrusion (VI) is an emerging public health concern with notable detrimental impacts on public health. Phytoforensics, plant sampling to semi-quantitatively delineate subsurface contamination, provides a potential non-invasive screening approach to detect VI potential, and plant sampling is effective and also time- and cost-efficient. Existing VI assessment methods are time- and resource-intensive, invasive, and require access into residential and commercial buildings to drill holes through basement slabs to install sampling ports or require substantial equipment to install groundwater or soil vapor sampling outside the home...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451871/environmental-heterogeneity-blurs-the-signature-of-dispersal-syndromes-on-spatial-patterns-of-woody-species-in-a-moist-tropical-forest
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Pablo Ramón, Eduardo Velázquez, Adrián Escudero, Marcelino de la Cruz
We assessed the relative importance of dispersal limitation, environmental heterogeneity and their joint effects as determinants of the spatial patterns of 229 species in the moist tropical forest of Barro Colorado Island (Panama). We differentiated five types of species according to their dispersal syndrome; autochorous, anemochorous, and zoochorous species with small, medium-size and large fruits. We characterized the spatial patterns of each species and we checked whether they were best fitted by Inhomogeneous Poisson (IPP), Homogeneous Poisson cluster (HPCP) and Inhomogeneous Poisson cluster processes (IPCP) by means of the Akaike Information Criterion...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451846/link-between-the-adult-and-the-metacercaria-of-clinostomum-heluans-braun-1899-trematoda-clinostomidae-through-dna-sequences-and-its-phylogenetic-position-within-the-genus-clinostomum-leidy-1856
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Rosario Briosio-Aguilar, Hudson Alves Pinto, Maria Amparo Rodríguez-Santiago, Karina López-García, Martin Garcia-Varela, Gerardo Perez-Ponce de Leon
The phylogenetic position of Clinostomum heluans Braun, 1899 within the genus Clinostomum Leidy, 1856 is reported in this study based on sequences of the barcoding region of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (COX1). Additionally, molecular data are used to link the adult and the metacercariae of the species. The metacercariae of C. heluans were found encysted infecting the cichlid fish Australoheros sp. in Minas Gerais, Brazil, whereas the adults were obtained from the mouth cavity of the Great White egret Ardea alba, in Campeche, Mexico...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451805/loss-and-formation-of-malodorous-volatile-sulfhydryl-compounds-during-wine-storage
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Gal Y Kreitman, Ryan J Elias, David W Jeffery, Gavin L Sacks
Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), particularly low molecular weight sulfhydryls like hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) and methanethiol (MeSH), are often observed in wines with sulfurous off-aromas. Recent work has shown both H 2 S and MeSH can increase up to a few µM (> 40 µg/L) during anoxic storage, but the identity of the latent sources of these sulfhydryls is still disputed. This review critically evaluates the latent precursors and pathways likely to be responsible for the loss and formation of these sulfhydryls during wine storage based on the existing enology literature as well as studies from food chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, and synthetic chemistry...
February 16, 2018: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451715/transitions-in-sex-determination-and-sex-chromosomes-across-vertebrate-species
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Matthew W Pennell, Judith E Mank, Catherine L Peichel
Despite the prevalence of sexual reproduction across eukaryotes, there is a remarkable diversity of sex determination mechanisms. The underlying causes of this diversity remain unclear, and it is unknown if there are convergent trends in the directionality of turnover in sex determination mechanisms. We used the recently assembled Tree of Sex database to assess patterns in the evolution of sex determination systems in the remarkably diverse vertebrate clades of teleost fish, squamate reptiles, and amphibians...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451660/economic-assessment-of-postoperative-pain-control-strategies-for-treatment-of-adult-patients-with-cancer
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Rafael Freitas Dos Santos, Fernando Bliacheriene, Flavia Mori Sarti
OBJECTIVE: The authors performed an economic assessment of opioids currently being used for control of postoperative pain relating to the surgical treatment of cancer (fentanyl and sufentanil) within the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS, in the Portuguese acronym). METHOD: The assessment was based on the perspective of the government, in order to collaborate with the promotion of effectiveness in public policies of health, and to optimize the allocation of public resources into health...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
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