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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103280/formulation-general-features-and-global-calibration-of-a-bioenergetically-constrained-fishery-model
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David A Carozza, Daniele Bianchi, Eric D Galbraith
Human exploitation of marine resources is profoundly altering marine ecosystems, while climate change is expected to further impact commercially-harvested fish and other species. Although the global fishery is a highly complex system with many unpredictable aspects, the bioenergetic limits on fish production and the response of fishing effort to profit are both relatively tractable, and are sure to play important roles. Here we describe a generalized, coupled biological-economic model of the global marine fishery that represents both of these aspects in a unified framework, the BiOeconomic mArine Trophic Size-spectrum (BOATS) model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102909/the-effects-of-hospital-characteristics-on-delays-in-breast-cancer-diagnosis-in-appalachian-communities-a-population-based-study
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Christopher J Louis, Jonathan R Clark, Marianne M Hillemeier, Fabian Camacho, Nengliang Yao, Roger T Anderson
PURPOSE: Despite being generally accepted that delays in diagnosing breast cancer are of prognostic and psychological concern, the influence of hospital characteristics on such delays remains poorly understood, especially in rural and underserved areas. However, hospital characteristics have been tied to greater efficiency and warrant further investigation as they may have implications for breast cancer care in these areas. METHODS: Study data were derived from the Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania state central cancer registries (2006-2008)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102563/multiscale-modeling-methods-in-biomechanics
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REVIEW
Pinaki Bhattacharya, Marco Viceconti
More and more frequently, computational biomechanics deals with problems where the portion of physical reality to be modeled spans over such a large range of spatial and temporal dimensions, that it is impossible to represent it as a single space-time continuum. We are forced to consider multiple space-time continua, each representing the phenomenon of interest at a characteristic space-time scale. Multiscale models describe a complex process across multiple scales, and account for how quantities transform as we move from one scale to another...
January 19, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101957/summer-co-existence-of-small-sized-cyprinid-and-percid-individuals-in-natural-and-impounded-stretches-of-a-lowland-river-food-niche-partitioning-among-fishes
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J Lik, M Dukowska, M Grzybkowska, J Leszczyńska
Due to changes of discharge regime downstream of a dam reservoir, an alluvial natural stretch of the Warta River changed to a macrophyte-dominated ecosystem. Large patches of submersed, aquatic macrophytes appeared in summer and their effect is analysed in this study. These patches contained enriched macroinvertebrate assemblages (epiphyton and benthos) and they were refuge for both zooplankton and young fishes released from the reservoir. Despite these altered conditions in this stretch, roach Rutilus rutilus, perch Perca fluviatilis and ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua dominated, as they did in the natural backwater...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101876/extraction-of-actionable-information-from-crowdsourced-disaster-data
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Rungsun Kiatpanont, Uthai Tanlamai, Prabhas Chongstitvatana
Natural disasters cause enormous damage to countries all over the world. To deal with these common problems, different activities are required for disaster management at each phase of the crisis. There are three groups of activities as follows: (1) make sense of the situation and determine how best to deal with it, (2) deploy the necessary resources, and (3) harmonize as many parties as possible, using the most effective communication channels. Current technological improvements and developments now enable people to act as real-time information sources...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101587/factors-limiting-formation-of-community-forestry-enterprises-in-the-southern-mixteca-region-of-oaxaca-mexico
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José Antonio Hernández-Aguilar, Héctor Sergio Cortina-Villar, Luis Enrique García-Barrios, Miguel Ángel Castillo-Santiago
Many studies have considered community-based forestry enterprises to be the best option for development of rural Mexican communities with forests. While some of Mexico's rural communities with forests receive significant economic and social benefits from having a community forestry enterprise, the majority have not formed such enterprises. The purpose of this article is to identify and describe factors limiting the formation of community forestry enterprise in rural communities with temperate forests in the Southern Mixteca region of Oaxaca, Mexico...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100827/insights-into-resource-consumption-cross-feeding-system-collapse-stability-and-biodiversity-from-an-artificial-ecosystem
#8
Yu Liu, David Sumpter
Community ecosystems at very different levels of biological organization often have similar properties. Coexistence of multiple species, cross-feeding, biodiversity and fluctuating population dynamics are just a few of the properties that arise in a range of ecological settings. Here we develop a bottom-up model of consumer-resource interactions, in the form of an artificial ecosystem 'number soup', which reflects basic properties of many bacterial and other community ecologies. We demonstrate four key properties of the number soup model: (i) communities self-organize so that all available resources are fully consumed; (ii) reciprocal cross-feeding is a common evolutionary outcome, which evolves in a number of stages, and many transitional species are involved; (iii) the evolved ecosystems are often 'robust yet fragile', with keystone species required to prevent the whole system from collapsing; (iv) non-equilibrium dynamics and chaotic patterns are general properties, readily generating rich biodiversity...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100590/inferring-individual-inbreeding-and-demographic-history-from-segments-of-identity-by-descent-in-ficedula-flycatcher-genome-sequences
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Marty Kardos, Anna Qvarnström, Hans Ellegren
Individual inbreeding and historical demography can be estimated by analyzing runs of homozygosity (ROH), which are indicative of chromosomal segments of identity by descent (IBD). Such analyses have so far been rare in natural populations due to limited genomic resources. We analyzed ROH in whole genome sequences from 287 Ficedula flycatchers representing four species, with the objectives of evaluating the causes of genome-wide variation in the abundance of ROH and inferring historical demography. ROH were clearly more abundant in genomic regions with low recombination rate...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099457/comparing-and-evaluating-metagenome-assembly-tools-from-a-microbiologist-s-perspective-not-only-size-matters
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John Vollmers, Sandra Wiegand, Anne-Kristin Kaster
With the constant improvement in cost-efficiency and quality of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, shotgun-sequencing approaches -such as metagenomics- have nowadays become the methods of choice for studying and classifying microorganisms from various habitats. The production of data has dramatically increased over the past years and processing and analysis steps are becoming more and more of a bottleneck. Limiting factors are partly the availability of computational resources, but mainly the bioinformatics expertise in establishing and applying appropriate processing and analysis pipelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098846/localization-free-detection-of-replica-node-attacks-in-wireless-sensor-networks-using-similarity-estimation-with-group-deployment-knowledge
#11
Chao Ding, Lijun Yang, Meng Wu
Due to the unattended nature and poor security guarantee of the wireless sensor networks (WSNs), adversaries can easily make replicas of compromised nodes, and place them throughout the network to launch various types of attacks. Such an attack is dangerous because it enables the adversaries to control large numbers of nodes and extend the damage of attacks to most of the network with quite limited cost. To stop the node replica attack, we propose a location similarity-based detection scheme using deployment knowledge...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097216/the-last-frontiers-of-wilderness-tracking-loss-of-intact-forest-landscapes-from-2000-to-2013
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Peter Potapov, Matthew C Hansen, Lars Laestadius, Svetlana Turubanova, Alexey Yaroshenko, Christoph Thies, Wynet Smith, Ilona Zhuravleva, Anna Komarova, Susan Minnemeyer, Elena Esipova
An intact forest landscape (IFL) is a seamless mosaic of forest and naturally treeless ecosystems with no remotely detected signs of human activity and a minimum area of 500 km(2). IFLs are critical for stabilizing terrestrial carbon storage, harboring biodiversity, regulating hydrological regimes, and providing other ecosystem functions. Although the remaining IFLs comprise only 20% of tropical forest area, they account for 40% of the total aboveground tropical forest carbon. We show that global IFL extent has been reduced by 7...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096351/uncovering-hidden-variation-in-polyploid-wheat
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Ksenia V Krasileva, Hans A Vasquez-Gross, Tyson Howell, Paul Bailey, Francine Paraiso, Leah Clissold, James Simmonds, Ricardo H Ramirez-Gonzalez, Xiaodong Wang, Philippa Borrill, Christine Fosker, Sarah Ayling, Andrew L Phillips, Cristobal Uauy, Jorge Dubcovsky
Comprehensive reverse genetic resources, which have been key to understanding gene function in diploid model organisms, are missing in many polyploid crops. Young polyploid species such as wheat, which was domesticated less than 10,000 y ago, have high levels of sequence identity among subgenomes that mask the effects of recessive alleles. Such redundancy reduces the probability of selection of favorable mutations during natural or human selection, but also allows wheat to tolerate high densities of induced mutations...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096249/natural-language-processing-to-extract-symptoms-of-severe-mental-illness-from-clinical-text-the-clinical-record-interactive-search-comprehensive-data-extraction-cris-code-project
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Richard G Jackson, Rashmi Patel, Nishamali Jayatilleke, Anna Kolliakou, Michael Ball, Genevieve Gorrell, Angus Roberts, Richard J Dobson, Robert Stewart
OBJECTIVES: We sought to use natural language processing to develop a suite of language models to capture key symptoms of severe mental illness (SMI) from clinical text, to facilitate the secondary use of mental healthcare data in research. DESIGN: Development and validation of information extraction applications for ascertaining symptoms of SMI in routine mental health records using the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) data resource; description of their distribution in a corpus of discharge summaries...
January 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095123/seafood-consumption-habits-of-south-carolina-shrimp-baiters
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Deborah Laska, Grace Vahey, Trevor Faith, John Vena, Edith M Williams
Shrimp baiting is a fishing technique used by many South Carolinians and has been regulated in the state since the late 1980s. A postcard survey was developed and included with 400 South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) annual surveys of registered shrimp baiters over a two-year period. The survey contained questions concerning frequency, portion size, baiting locations, and preparation techniques for shrimp as well as other species consumed and demographic information. An overall response rate of 37% was received...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093670/natural-colorants-historical-processing-and-sustainable-prospects
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REVIEW
Mohd Yusuf, Mohd Shabbir, Faqeer Mohammad
With the public's mature demand in recent times pressurized the textile industry for use of natural colorants, without any harmful effects on environment and aquatic ecosystem, and with more developed functionalities simultaneously. Advanced developments for the natural bio-resources and their sustainable use for multifunctional clothing are gaining pace now. Present review highlights historical overview of natural colorants, classification and predominantly processing of colorants from sources, application on textiles surfaces with the functionalities provided by them...
January 16, 2017: Natural Products and Bioprospecting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093068/potential-of-gene-drives-with-genome-editing-to-increase-genetic-gain-in-livestock-breeding-programs
#17
Serap Gonen, Janez Jenko, Gregor Gorjanc, Alan J Mileham, C Bruce A Whitelaw, John M Hickey
BACKGROUND: This paper uses simulation to explore how gene drives can increase genetic gain in livestock breeding programs. Gene drives are naturally occurring phenomena that cause a mutation on one chromosome to copy itself onto its homologous chromosome. METHODS: We simulated nine different breeding and editing scenarios with a common overall structure. Each scenario began with 21 generations of selection, followed by 20 generations of selection based on true breeding values where the breeder used selection alone, selection in combination with genome editing, or selection with genome editing and gene drives...
January 4, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092008/spatio-temporal-variation-of-septage-characteristics-of-a-semi-arid-metropolitan-city-in-a-developing-country
#18
D Krithika, Anu Rachel Thomas, Gomathy R Iyer, Martin Kranert, Ligy Philip
Septage is the solid sludge that accumulates in septic tanks over a period of time. Many of the developing countries in the world face the challenging task of septage management. Due to the high variability in the nature of septage, there is a need to study its physical and chemical characteristics in order to suggest a sustainable treatment methodology. The present study deals with the characterization of septage collected from different locations of Chennai city in India, in two different seasons (summer and winter)...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091796/preferences-for-smoking-cessation-support-from-family-and-friends-among-adults-with-serious-mental-illness
#19
Kelly A Aschbrenner, John A Naslund, Lydia Gill, Stephen J Bartels, A James O'Malley, Mary F Brunette
Engaging natural supports may be a promising strategy to promote the use of evidence-based smoking cessation treatment for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) who smoke. This qualitative study explored preferences for support for quitting from family and friends among individuals with SMI who participated in cessation treatment. Participants were 41 individuals with SMI enrolled in a Medicaid Demonstration Project of smoking cessation at community mental health centers. Open-ended questions asked during a social network interview explored participants' preferences for more support for quitting smoking from family and friends...
January 16, 2017: Psychiatric Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091593/economic-development-and-forest-cover-evidence-from-satellite-data
#20
Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, Olha Danylo, Steffen Fritz, Ian McCallum, Michael Obersteiner, Linda See, Brian Walsh
Ongoing deforestation is a pressing, global environmental issue with direct impacts on climate change, carbon emissions, and biodiversity. There is an intuitive link between economic development and overexploitation of natural resources including forests, but this relationship has proven difficult to establish empirically due to both inadequate data and convoluting geo-climactic factors. In this analysis, we use satellite data on forest cover along national borders in order to study the determinants of deforestation differences across countries...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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