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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324842/phenotypical-physiological-and-biochemical-analyses-provide-insight-into-selenium-induced-phytotoxicity-in-rice-plants
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Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Mohammad Anwar Hossain, Md Nurealam Siddiqui, Masayuki Fujita, Lam-Son Phan Tran
The present study investigated the phenotypical, physiological and biochemical changes of rice plants exposed to high selenium (Se) concentrations to gain an insight into Se-induced phytotoxicity. Results showed that exposure of rice plants to excessive Se resulted in growth retardation and biomass reduction in connection with the decreased levels of chlorophyll, carotenoids and soluble proteins. The reduced water status and an associated increase in sugar and proline levels indicated Se-induced osmotic stress in rice plants...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324258/optimizing-irrigation-and-nitrogen-for-wheat-through-empirical-modeling-under-semi-arid-environment
#2
Umer Saeed, Syed Aftab Wajid, Tasneem Khaliq, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Nitrogen fertilizer availability to plants is strongly linked with water availability. Excessive or insufficient use of nitrogen can cause reduction in grain yield of wheat and environmental issues. The per capita per annum water availability in Pakistan has reduced to less than 1000 m(3) and is expected to reach 800 m(3) during 2025. Irrigating crops with 3 or more than 3 in. of depth without measuring volume of water is not a feasible option anymore. Water productivity and economic return of grain yield can be improved by efficient management of water and nitrogen fertilizer...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323903/global-potential-distribution-of-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae
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Luana A Dos Santos, Mayara F Mendes, Alexandra P Krüger, Monica L Blauth, Marco S Gottschalk, Flávio R M Garcia
Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) is a species native to Western Asia that is able to pierce intact fruit during egg laying, causing it to be considered a fruit crop pest in many countries. Drosophila suzukii have a rapid expansion worldwide; occurrences were recorded in North America and Europe in 2008, and South America in 2013. Due to this rapid expansion, we modeled the potential distribution of this species using the Maximum Entropy Modeling (MaxEnt) algorithm and the Genetic Algorithm for Ruleset Production (GARP) using 407 sites with known occurrences worldwide and 11 predictor variables...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319055/rational-design-of-high-yield-and-superior-quality-rice
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Dali Zeng, Zhixi Tian, Yuchun Rao, Guojun Dong, Yaolong Yang, Lichao Huang, Yujia Leng, Jie Xu, Chuan Sun, Guangheng Zhang, Jiang Hu, Li Zhu, Zhenyu Gao, Xingming Hu, Longbiao Guo, Guosheng Xiong, Yonghong Wang, Jiayang Li, Qian Qian
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is a staple food for more than half of the world's population. To meet the ever-increasing demand for food, because of population growth and improved living standards, world rice production needs to double by 2030(1). The development of new elite rice varieties with high yield and superior quality is challenging for traditional breeding approaches, and new strategies need to be developed. Here, we report the successful development of new elite varieties by pyramiding major genes that significantly contribute to grain quality and yield from three parents over five years...
March 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318377/root-hydrotropism-and-thigmotropism-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-are-differentially-controlled-by-redox-status
#5
Georgina Ponce, Gabriel Corkidi, Delfeena Eapen, Fernando Lledias, Luis Cárdenas, Gladys Cassab
Factors that affect the direction of root growth in response to environmental signals influence crop productivity. We analyzed the root tropic responses of thioredoxin (trxs), thigmotropic (wav2-1), and hydrotropic (ahr1 and nhr1) Arabidopsis thaliana mutants treated with low concentrations of paraquat (PQ), which induces mild oxidative stress, and established a new method for evaluating root waviness (root bending effort, RBE). This method estimates root bending by measuring and summing local curvature over the whole length of the root, regardless of the asymmetry of the wavy pattern under thigmostimulation...
March 20, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317783/heat-induced-formation-of-mepiquat-by-decarboxylation-of-pipecolic-acid-and-its-betaine-derivative-part-2-natural-formation-in-cooked-vegetables-and-selected-food-products
#6
Yuan Yuan, Adrienne Tarres, Thomas Bessaire, Wilhelm Rademacher, Richard H Stadler, Thierry Delatour
Mepiquat (N,N-dimethylpiperidinium) is a plant growth regulator registered for use as its chloride salt in many countries on cereals and other crops. Recent model system studies have shown that natural chemicals present in crop plants, such as pipecolic acid and pipecolic acid betaine, may furnish mepiquat through different chemical pathways, when subjected to temperatures in the range of 200°C. In this study, we cooked raw vegetables that did not contain mepiquat to a palatable state using different traditional cooking methods, and detected mepiquat in 9 out of 11 oven-cooked vegetables, reaching up to 189μg/kg dry wt in oven-cooked broccoli...
August 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316047/exogenous-application-of-plant-growth-regulators-pgrs-induces-chilling-tolerance-in-short-duration-hybrid-maize
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Muhammad Ahmed Waqas, Imran Khan, Muhammad Javaid Akhter, Mehmood Ali Noor, Umair Ashraf
Chilling stress hampers the optimal performance of maize under field conditions precipitously by inducing oxidative stress. To confer the damaging effects of chilling stress, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of some natural and synthetic plant growth regulators, i.e., salicylic acid (SA), thiourea (TU), sorghum water extract (SWE), and moringa leaf extract (MLE) on chilling stress tolerance in autumn maize hybrid. Foliar application of growth regulators at low concentrations was carried out at six leaf (V6) and tasseling stages...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315232/land-use-change-in-indian-tropical-agro-ecosystems-eco-energy-estimation-for-socio-ecological-sustainability
#8
Sunil Nautiyal, Harald Kaechele, M S Umesh Babu, Pavan Tikhile, Sangeeta Baksi
This study was carried out to understand the ecological and economic sustainability of floriculture and other main crops in Indian agro-ecosystems. The cultivation practices of four major flower crops, namely Jasminum multiflorum, Crossandra infundibuliformis, Chrysanthemum and Tagetes erecta, were studied in detail. The production cost of flowers in terms of energy was calculated to be 99,622-135,996 compared to 27,681-69,133 MJ ha(-1) for the main crops, namely Oryza sativa, Eleusine coracana, Zea mays and Sorghum bicolor...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314158/asparagus-decline-autotoxicity-and-autotoxic-compounds-in-asparagus-rhizomes
#9
Hisashi Kato-Noguchi, Keisuke Nakamura, Osamu Ohno, Kiyotake Suenaga, Nobuyuki Okuda
Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) is a perennial vegetable, but its crop productivity and quality decrease gradually. One possible reason for "asparagus decline" is thought to be the autotoxicity of asparagus. However, the autotoxic property of asparagus rhizomes remains unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the potential role of rhizomes in the autotoxicity of asparagus. An aqueous methanol extract of asparagus rhizomes inhibited the growth of asparagus seedlings and six other test plants in a concentration-dependent manners: garden cress (Lepidum sativum L...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304127/molecular-regulation-of-sucrose-catabolism-and-sugar-transport-for-development-defence-and-phloem-function
#10
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Jun Li, Limin Wu, Ryan Foster, Yong-Ling Ruan
Sucrose (Suc) is the major end product of photosynthesis in mesophyll cells of most vascular plants. It is loaded into phloem of mature leaves for long-distance translocation to non-photosynthetic organs where it is unloaded for diverse uses. Clearly, Suc transport and metabolism is central to plant growth and development and the functionality of the entire vascular system. Despite of vast information in the literature about the physiological roles of individual sugar metabolic enzymes and transporters, there is a lack of systematic evaluation about their molecular regulation from transcriptional to post-translational levels...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303353/silicon-alleviates-simulated-acid-rain-stress-of-oryza-sativa-l-seedlings-by-adjusting-physiology-activity-and-mineral-nutrients
#11
Shuming Ju, Liping Wang, Ningning Yin, Dan Li, Yukun Wang, Cuiying Zhang
Silicon (Si) has been a modulator in plants under abiotic stresses, such as acid rain. To understand how silicon made an effect on rice (Oryza sativa L.) exposed to simulated acid rain (SAR) stress, the growth, physiologic activity, and mineral nutrient content in leaves of rice were investigated. The results showed that combined treatments with Si (1.0, 2.0, or 4.0 mM) and SAR (pH 4.0, 3.0, or 2.0) obviously improved the rice growth compared with the single treatment with SAR. Incorporation of Si into SAR treatment decreased malondialdehyde (MDA) content; increased soluble protein and proline contents; promoted CAT, POD, SOD, and APX activity; and maintained the K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, Cu content balance in leaves of rice seedlings under SAR stress...
March 16, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303198/impacts-of-leaf-age-and-heat-stress-duration-on-photosynthetic-gas-exchange-and-foliar-nonstructural-carbohydrates-in-coffea-arabica
#12
Danielle E Marias, Frederick C Meinzer, Christopher Still
Given future climate predictions of increased temperature, and frequency and intensity of heat waves in the tropics, suitable habitat to grow ecologically, economically, and socially valuable Coffea arabica is severely threatened. We investigated how leaf age and heat stress duration impact recovery from heat stress in C. arabica. Treated plants were heated in a growth chamber at 49°C for 45 or 90 min. Physiological recovery was monitored in situ using gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence (the ratio of variable to maximum fluorescence, FV/FM), and leaf nonstructural carbohydrate (NSC) on mature and expanding leaves before and 2, 15, 25, and 50 days after treatment...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303190/combined-effects-of-landscape-composition-and-heterogeneity-on-farmland-avian-diversity
#13
Joana Santana, Luís Reino, Chris Stoate, Francisco Moreira, Paulo F Ribeiro, José L Santos, John T Rotenberry, Pedro Beja
Conserving biodiversity on farmland is an essential element of worldwide efforts for reversing the global biodiversity decline. Common approaches involve improving the natural component of the landscape by increasing the amount of natural and seminatural habitats (e.g., hedgerows, woodlots, and ponds) or improving the production component of the landscape by increasing the amount of biodiversity-friendly crops. Because these approaches may negatively impact on economic output, it was suggested that an alternative might be to enhance the diversity (compositional heterogeneity) or the spatial complexity (configurational heterogeneity) of land cover types, without necessarily changing composition...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303148/differentiating-wheat-genotypes-by-bayesian-hierarchical-nonlinear-mixed-modeling-of-wheat-root-density
#14
Anton P Wasson, Grace S Chiu, Alexander B Zwart, Timothy R Binns
Ensuring future food security for a growing population while climate change and urban sprawl put pressure on agricultural land will require sustainable intensification of current farming practices. For the crop breeder this means producing higher crop yields with less resources due to greater environmental stresses. While easy gains in crop yield have been made mostly "above ground," little progress has been made "below ground"; and yet it is these root system traits that can improve productivity and resistance to drought stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303142/nitrogen-use-efficiency-of-coffee-at-the-vegetative-stage-as-influenced-by-fertilizer-application-method
#15
Alveiro Salamanca-Jimenez, Timothy A Doane, William R Horwath
Nitrogen (N) is the most limiting nutrient for coffee production in Colombia. An adequate supply is especially important during the vegetative period of growth, since any deficiency during this short period is known to have lasting effects on subsequent coffee bean production. Urea fertilizer is commonly applied on the soil surface since steep slopes hamper incorporation into soil, a practice which increases the risk of N volatilization. Little information is available on N recovery during early growth stages under different fertilizer application practices...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301719/a-reconfigured-kennedy-pathway-which-promotes-efficient-accumulation-of-medium-chain-fatty-acids-in-leaf-oils
#16
Kyle B Reynolds, Matthew C Taylor, Darren P Cullerne, Christopher L Blanchard, Craig C Wood, Surinder P Singh, James R Petrie
Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA, C6-14 fatty acids) are an ideal feedstock for biodiesel and broader oleochemicals. In recent decades, several studies have used transgenic engineering to produce MCFA in seeds oils, though these modifications result in unbalance membrane lipid profiles that impair oil yields and agronomic performance. Given the ability to engineer non-seed organs to produce oils, we have previously demonstrated that MCFA profiles can be produced in leaves, but this also results in unbalanced membrane lipid profiles and undesirable chlorosis and cell death...
March 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301562/diversity-and-community-structure-of-cyanobacteria-and-other-microbes-in-recycling-irrigation-reservoirs
#17
Ping Kong, Patricia Richardson, Chuanxue Hong
Recycling irrigation reservoirs (RIRs) are emerging aquatic environments of global significance to crop production, water conservation and environmental sustainability. This study characterized the diversity and population structure of cyanobacteria and other detected microbes in water samples from eight RIRs and one adjacent runoff-free stream at three ornamental crop nurseries in eastern (VA1 and VA3) and central (VA2) Virginia after cloning and sequencing the 16S rRNA gene targeting cyanobacteria and chloroplast of eukaryotic phytoplankton...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300144/fast-detection-of-tobacco-mosaic-virus-infected-tobacco-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
#18
Jiyu Peng, Kunlin Song, Hongyan Zhu, Wenwen Kong, Fei Liu, Tingting Shen, Yong He
Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) is one of the most devastating viruses to crops, which can cause severe production loss and affect the quality of products. In this study, we have proposed a novel approach to discriminate TMV-infected tobacco based on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Two different kinds of tobacco samples (fresh leaves and dried leaf pellets) were collected for spectral acquisition, and partial least squared discrimination analysis (PLS-DA) was used to establish classification models based on full spectrum and observed emission lines...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300107/genomic-innovation-for-crop-improvement
#19
Michael W Bevan, Cristobal Uauy, Brande B H Wulff, Ji Zhou, Ksenia Krasileva, Matthew D Clark
Crop production needs to increase to secure future food supplies, while reducing its impact on ecosystems. Detailed characterization of plant genomes and genetic diversity is crucial for meeting these challenges. Advances in genome sequencing and assembly are being used to access the large and complex genomes of crops and their wild relatives. These have helped to identify a wide spectrum of genetic variation and permitted the association of genetic diversity with diverse agronomic phenotypes. In combination with improved and automated phenotyping assays and functional genomic studies, genomics is providing new foundations for crop-breeding systems...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299328/mir319-mir390-and-mir393-are-involved-in-aluminum-response-in-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l
#20
Alexey A Dmitriev, Anna V Kudryavtseva, Nadezhda L Bolsheva, Alexander V Zyablitsin, Tatiana A Rozhmina, Natalya V Kishlyan, George S Krasnov, Anna S Speranskaya, Anastasia A Krinitsina, Asiya F Sadritdinova, Anastasiya V Snezhkina, Maria S Fedorova, Olga Yu Yurkevich, Olga V Muravenko, Maxim S Belenikin, Nataliya V Melnikova
Acid soils limit agricultural production worldwide. Major reason of crop losses in acid soils is the toxicity of aluminum (Al). In the present work, we investigated expression alterations of microRNAs in flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) plants under Al stress. Flax seedlings of resistant (TMP1919 and G1071/4_k) and sensitive (Lira and G1071/4_o) to Al cultivars and lines were exposed to AlCl3 solution for 4 and 24 hours. Twelve small RNA libraries were constructed and sequenced using Illumina platform. In total, 97 microRNAs from 18 conserved families were identified...
2017: BioMed Research International
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