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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449112/phenotypic-variability-of-the-amazonian-species-rhodnius-brethesi-hemiptera-reduviidae
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A C Souza, S Catalá, A L Carbajal de la Fuente, A C V Junqueira
The wild species Rhodnius brethesi (Matta, 1919) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) is found in areas of piassabais in microregion of Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil. Its geographical distribution overlaps the areas of Leopoldinia piassaba palm. In areas where palm trees are found, transmission cycle of Trypanosoma cruzi is related to the extractive activity of the palm fiber, exposing workers to wild vector transmission of this parasite. The close association with the palm tree L. piassaba suggests that this wild triatomine has special features in its sensory system allowing specificity of ecotope...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449101/synthetic-biology-approaches-for-the-production-of-plant-metabolites-in-unicellular-organisms
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Tessa Moses, Payam Mehrshahi, Alison G Smith, Alain Goossens
Synthetic biology is the repurposing of biological systems for novel objectives and applications. Through the co-ordinated and balanced expression of genes, both native and those introduced from other organisms, resources within an industrial chassis can be siphoned for the commercial production of high-value commodities. This developing interdisciplinary field has the potential to revolutionize natural product discovery from higher plants, by providing a diverse array of tools, technologies, and strategies for exploring the large chemically complex space of plant natural products using unicellular organisms...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448607/complementing-the-topsoil-information-of-the-land-use-land-cover-area-frame-survey-lucas-with-modelled-n2o-emissions
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Emanuele Lugato, Lily Paniagua, Arwyn Jones, Wim de Vries, Adrian Leip
Two objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy post-2013 (CAP, 2014-2020) in the European Union (EU) are the sustainable management of natural resources and climate smart agriculture. To understand the CAP impact on these priorities, the Land Use/Cover statistical Area frame Survey (LUCAS) employs direct field observations and soil sub-sampling across the EU. While a huge amount of information can be retrieved from LUCAS points for monitoring the environmental status of agroecosystems and assessing soil carbon sequestration, a fundamental aspect relating to climate change action is missing, namely nitrous oxide (N2O) soil emissions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446229/expanding-protection-motivation-theory-investigating-an-application-to-animal-owners-and-emergency-responders-in-bushfire-emergencies
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Rachel Westcott, Kevin Ronan, Hilary Bambrick, Melanie Taylor
BACKGROUND: Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) was developed by Rogers in 1975, to describe how individuals are motivated to react in a self-protective way towards a perceived health threat. Rogers expected the use of PMT to diversify over time, which has proved true over four decades. The purpose of this paper is to explore how PMT can be used and expanded to inform and improve public safety strategies in natural hazards. As global climate change impacts on the Australian environment, natural hazards seem to be increasing in scale and frequency, and Emergency Services' public education campaigns have necessarily escalated to keep pace with perceived public threat...
April 26, 2017: BMC Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444693/a-tiered-approach-to-evaluating-salinity-sources-in-water-at-oil-and-gas-production-sites
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Shawn M Paquette, Lisa J Molofsky, John A Connor, Kenneth L Walker, Harley Hopkins, Ayan Chakraborty
A suspected increase in the salinity of fresh water resources can trigger a site investigation to identify the source(s) of salinity and the extent of any impacts. These investigations can be complicated by the presence of naturally elevated total dissolved solids or chlorides concentrations, multiple potential sources of salinity, and incomplete data and information on both naturally occurring conditions and the characteristics of potential sources. As a result, data evaluation techniques that are effective at one site may not be effective at another...
April 25, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444611/impact-of-collection-on-bark-regeneration-from-stryphnodendron-rotundifolium-mart-in-northeastern-brazil
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Ivanilda Soares Feitosa, André Sobral, Júlio Marcelino Monteiro, Elcida Lima Araújo, Ulysses Paulino Albuquerque
The growing commercial demand for products with medicinal use has caused overexploitation of several plant species worldwide. To prevent the decline of these populations, the collection of these resources should be done in a sustainable way considering the time of its replacement in natural stocks. This study was designed to identify the relationship between different intensities of extraction of bark from the trunk of Stryphnodendron rotundifolium Mart. and its regeneration speed. For this, we selected two areas of Cerrado in the Northeast of Brazil, where a monitoring experiment with duration of 24 months was performed...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444213/representation-of-occupational-information-across-resources-and-validation-of-the-occupational-data-for-health-model
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Sripriya Rajamani, Elizabeth S Chen, Elizabeth Lindemann, Ranyah Aldekhyyel, Yan Wang, Genevieve B Melton
Reports by the National Academy of Medicine and leading public health organizations advocate including occupational information as part of an individual's social context. Given recent National Academy of Medicine recommendations on occupation-related data in the electronic health record, there is a critical need for improved representation. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has developed an Occupational Data for Health (ODH) model, currently in draft format. This study aimed to validate the ODH model by mapping occupation-related elements from resources representing recommendations, standards, public health reports and surveys, and research measures, along with preliminary evaluation of associated value sets...
April 22, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442138/the-role-of-personal-values-in-children-s-costly-sharing-and-non-costly-giving
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Lior Abramson, Ella Daniel, Ariel Knafo-Noam
This study examined whether children's values, global and abstract motivations serving as guiding principles, are organized similarly to those of adults, whether values can predict individual differences in children's sharing behaviors, and whether the normative nature of the situation influences the expression of these individual differences. Children (N=243, ages 5-12years) participated in a values ranking task as part of a visit to a science museum. The majority of children (n=150) also participated in a task examining costly sharing (i...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441741/peptides-peptidomimetics-and-polypeptides-from-marine-sources-a-wealth-of-natural-sources-for-pharmaceutical-applications
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Rushikesh Sable, Pravin Parajuli, Seetharama Jois
Nature provides a variety of peptides that are expressed in most living species. Evolutionary pressure and natural selection have created and optimized these peptides to bind to receptors with high affinity. Hence, natural resources provide an abundant chemical space to be explored in peptide-based drug discovery. Marine peptides can be extracted by simple solvent extraction techniques. The advancement of analytical techniques has made it possible to obtain pure peptides from natural resources. Extracted peptides have been evaluated as possible therapeutic agents for a wide range of diseases, including antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic and anticancer activity as well as cardiovascular and neurotoxin activity...
April 22, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441084/the-emergence-of-noncoding-rnas-as-heracles-in-autophagy
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Jian Zhang, Peiyuan Wang, Lin Wan, Shouping Xu, Da Pang
Macroautophagy/autophagy is a catabolic process that is widely found in nature. Over the past few decades, mounting evidence has indicated that noncoding RNAs, ranging from small noncoding RNAs to long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and even circular RNAs (circRNAs), mediate the transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of autophagy-related genes by participating in autophagy regulatory networks. The differential expression of noncoding RNAs affects autophagy levels at different physiological and pathological stages, including embryonic proliferation and differentiation, cellular senescence, and even diseases such as cancer...
April 25, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440929/marine-and-freshwater-microplastic-research-in-south-africa
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Carina Verster, Karin Minnaar, Hindrik Bouwman
South Africa has a vibrant plastics manufacturing industry, but recycling is limited and insufficient with a notable proportion of the unmanaged waste entering the environment. South Africa is a developing country with microplastics research in its inception. Very little is known about freshwater microplastics, and studies on South African marine microplastics are limited but actively being pursued. In a water-scarce country, protection of freshwater resources remains a priority, but in the face of other socioeconomic issues (poverty, unemployment, and HIV/AIDS), it receives insufficiently effective attention...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440014/biomass-derived-n-doped-porous-carbon-supported-single-fe-atoms-as-superior-electrocatalysts-for-oxygen-reduction
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Zhengping Zhang, Xinjin Gao, Meiling Dou, Jing Ji, Feng Wang
Exploring sustainable and high-performance electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is the crucial issue for the large-scale application of fuel cell technology. A new strategy is demonstrated to utilize the biomass resource for the synthesis of N-doped hierarchically porous carbon supported single-atomic Fe (SA-Fe/NHPC) electrocatalyst toward the ORR. Based on the confinement effect of porous carbon and high-coordination natural iron source, SA-Fe/NHPC, derived from the hemin-adsorbed bio-porphyra-carbon by rapid heat-treatment up to 800 °C, presents the atomic dispersion of Fe atoms in the N-doped porous carbon...
April 25, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439854/user-guide-for-the-lore1-insertion-mutant-resource
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Terry Mun, Anna Małolepszy, Niels Sandal, Jens Stougaard, Stig U Andersen
Lotus japonicus is a model legume used in the study of plant-microbe interactions, especially in the field of biological nitrogen fixation due to its ability to enter into a symbiotic relationship with a soil bacterium, Mesorhizobium loti. The LORE1 mutant population is a valuable resource for reverse genetics in L. japonicus due to its non-transgenic nature, high tagging efficiency, and low copy count. Here, we outline a workflow for identifying, ordering, and establishing homozygous LORE1 mutant lines for a gene of interest, LjFls2, including protocols for growth and genotyping of a segregating LORE1 population...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439286/snp-discovery-and-genetic-variation-of-candidate-genes-relevant-to-heat-tolerance-and-agronomic-traits-in-natural-populations-of-sand-rice-agriophyllum-squarrosum
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Pengshan Zhao, Jiwei Zhang, Chaoju Qian, Qin Zhou, Xin Zhao, Guoxiong Chen, Xiao-Fei Ma
The extreme stress tolerance and high nutritional value of sand rice (Agriophyllum squarrosum) make it attractive for use as an alternative crop in response to concerns about ongoing climate change and future food security. However, a lack of genetic information hinders understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the morphological and physiological adaptations of sand rice. In the present study, we sequenced and analyzed the transcriptomes of two individuals representing semi-arid [Naiman (NM)] and arid [Shapotou (SPT)] sand rice genotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439278/exploration-of-elite-stilbene-synthase-alleles-for-resveratrol-concentration-in-wild-chinese-vitis-spp-and-vitis-cultivars
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Xianbo Zheng, Jiangli Shi, Yinmei Yu, Yanlong Shen, Bin Tan, Xia Ye, Jidong Li, Jiancan Feng
Resveratrol contributes to a plant's tolerance of various abiotic and biotic stresses and is highly beneficial to human health. A search for elite alleles affecting resveratrol production was undertaken to find useful grapevine germplasm resources. Resveratrol levels in both berry skins and leaves were determined in 95 grapevine accessions (including 50 wild Chinese grapevine accessions and 45 cultivars) during two consecutive years. Resveratrol contents were higher in berry skins than in leaves and in wild Chinese grapevines than in grapevine cultivars...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438268/fungal-biorecovery-of-gold-from-e-waste
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Saskia Bindschedler, Thi Quynh Trang Vu Bouquet, Daniel Job, Edith Joseph, Pilar Junier
Waste electric and electronic devices (e-waste) represent a source of valuable raw materials of great interest, and in the case of metals, e-waste might become a prized alternative source. Regarding gold, natural ores are difficult to mine due to their refractory nature and the richest ores have almost all been exploited. Additionally, some gold mining areas are present in geopolitically unstable regions. Finally, the gold mining industry produces toxic compounds, such as cyanides. As a result, the gold present in e-waste represents a nonnegligible resource (urban mining)...
2017: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438135/a-passive-mutualistic-interaction-promotes-the-evolution-of-spatial-structure-within-microbial-populations
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Marie Marchal, Felix Goldschmidt, Selina N Derksen-Müller, Sven Panke, Martin Ackermann, David R Johnson
BACKGROUND: While mutualistic interactions between different genotypes are pervasive in nature, their evolutionary origin is not clear. The dilemma is that, for mutualistic interactions to emerge and persist, an investment into the partner genotype must pay off: individuals of a first genotype that invest resources to promote the growth of a second genotype must receive a benefit that is not equally accessible to individuals that do not invest. One way for exclusive benefits to emerge is through spatial structure (i...
April 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438102/mapping-a-careflow-network-to-assess-the-connectedness-of-connected-health
#18
Noel Carroll, Ita Richardson
Connected Health is an emerging and rapidly developing field which has the potential to transform healthcare service systems by increasing its safety, quality and overall efficiency. From a healthcare perspective, process improvement models have mainly focused on the static workflow viewpoint. The objective of this article is to study and model the dynamic nature of healthcare delivery, allowing us to identify where potential issues exist within the service system and to examine how Connected Health technological solutions may support service efficiencies...
April 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437769/contamination-study-of-forest-track-soils-located-in-a-recreational-area-and-filled-with-steel-industry-waste-30years-ago
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Leticia Gómez-Nubla, Julene Aramendia, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Juan Manuel Madariaga
The reuse of waste is increasingly widespread in order to avoid the exploitation of natural resources and to reduce costs. An example of that reuse is the employment of steel slag, a by-product from the steel making process. When the steel is produced through an electric arc furnace (EAF), two types of slag are generated: black and white slag. One application rarely used for this waste is as filler in forest tracks. In this work, two forest tracks of the Basque Country (northern Spain) filled with black and white slag 19 and 35years ago, respectively, have been studied...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437663/microbial-communities-associated-with-plants-learning-from-nature-to-apply-it-in-agriculture
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Fernando Dini Andreote, Michele de Cássia Pereira E Silva
It is a new consensus that any living organism depends on its partners to strive under environmental conditions along their living period. Plants are also highly dependent on their associated microbes, which can support its development and proper protection under stressors. Along their evolution, plants learned to interact to soil microbiota, extracting their utmost capacity to provide resources for plant development and successful colonization of terrestrial systems, where the great soil biodiversity is keen on properly exert this role...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
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