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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822863/an-x-ray-absorption-fine-structure-spectroscopy-study-of-metal-sorption-to-graphene-oxide
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Allison R Showalter, Thomas A Duster, Jennifer E S Szymanowski, Chongzheng Na, Jeremy B Fein, Bruce A Bunker
Remediation and prevention of environmental contamination by toxic metals is an ongoing issue. Additionally, improving water filtration systems is necessary to prevent toxic metals from circulating through the water supply. Graphene oxide (GO) is a highly sorptive material for a variety of heavy metals under different ionic strength conditions over a wide pH range, making it a promising candidate for use in metal adsorption from contaminated sites or in filtration systems. We present X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy results investigating the binding environment of Cd (II), U(VI) and Pb(II) ions onto multi-layered graphene oxide (MLGO)...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822248/tio2-nanoparticles-in-sediments-effect-on-the-bioavailability-of-heavy-metals-in-the-freshwater-bivalve-corbicula-fluminea
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Xiulei Fan, Chao Wang, Peifang Wang, Bin Hu, Xun Wang
Most studies investigating the influence of TiO2 NPs on heavy metal bioavailability have focused on the aqueous phase; however, few have examined the sediments containing more nanoparticles. Here, we investigated the effects of TiO2 NPs on heavy metal bioavailability in C. fluminea in sediments. The interactions between the TiO2 NPs and metals in sediments, the influence of TiO2 NPs on metals levels in aqueous phase and geochemical speciation were also explored. The results indicated the large adsorption capacity of TiO2 NPs and the strong adsorption affinity to metals caused the metals adsorbed on nanoparticles, which decreased the metals concentrations in water phase...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821787/analysis-of-spatial-genetic-variation-reveals-genetic-divergence-among-populations-of-primula-veris-associated-to-contrasting-habitats
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Pablo Deschepper, Rein Brys, Miguel A Fortuna, Hans Jacquemyn
Genetic divergence by environment is a process whereby selection causes the formation of gene flow barriers between populations adapting to contrasting environments and is often considered to be the onset of speciation. Nevertheless, the extent to which genetic differentiation by environment on small spatial scales can be detected by means of neutral markers is still subject to debate. Previous research on the perennial herb Primula veris has shown that plants from grassland and forest habitats showed pronounced differences in phenology and flower morphology, suggesting limited gene flow between habitats...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821736/ecological-speciation-in-a-generalist-consumer-expands-the-trophic-niche-of-a-dominant-predator
#4
Stephen M Thomas, Chris Harrod, Brian Hayden, Tommi Malinen, Kimmo K Kahilainen
Ecological speciation - whereby an ancestral founder species diversifies to fill vacant niches - is a phenomenon characteristic of newly formed ecosystems. Despite such ubiquity, ecosystem-level effects of such divergence remain poorly understood. Here, we compared the trophic niche of European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus) and their predators in a series of contrasting subarctic lakes where this species had either diversified into four ecomorphologically distinct morphs or instead formed monomorphic populations...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821238/genome-wide-analysis-of-ltr-retrotransposon-diversity-and-its-impact-on-the-evolution-of-the-genus-helianthus-l
#5
Flavia Mascagni, Tommaso Giordani, Marilena Ceccarelli, Andrea Cavallini, Lucia Natali
BACKGROUND: Genome divergence by mobile elements activity and recombination is a continuous process that plays a key role in the evolution of species. Nevertheless, knowledge on retrotransposon-related variability among species belonging to the same genus is still limited. Considering the importance of the genus Helianthus, a model system for studying the ecological genetics of speciation and adaptation, we performed a comparative analysis of the repetitive genome fraction across ten species and one subspecies of sunflower, focusing on long terminal repeat retrotransposons at superfamily, lineage and sublineage levels...
August 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821229/mechanisms-of-peripheral-phylogeographic-divergence-in-the-indo-pacific-lessons-from-the-spiny-lobster-panulirus-homarus
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Ahmad Farhadi, Andrew G Jeffs, Hamid Farahmand, Thankappan Sarasam Rejiniemon, Greg Smith, Shane D Lavery
BACKGROUND: There is increasing recognition of the concordance between marine biogeographic and phylogeographic boundaries. However, it is still unclear how population-level divergence translates into species-level divergence, and what are the principal factors that first initiate that divergence, and then maintain reproductive isolation. This study examines the likely forces driving population and lineage divergences in the broadly-distributed Indo-Pacific spiny lobster Panulirus homarus, which has peripheral divergent lineages in the west and east...
August 18, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821212/characterization-of-syntrophic-geobacter-communities-using-tof-sims
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Wenchao Wei, Yanyan Zhang, Rachel Komorek, Andrew Plymale, Rujia Yu, Bingchen Wang, Zihua Zhu, Fanghua Liu, Xiao-Ying Yu
The aggregation of syntrophic Geobacter metallireducens and Geobacter sulfurreducens is beneficial for enhancing direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET). Although DIET was suspected to occur on the microbial community surface, the surface chemical speciation of such cocultured communities remains unclear. In order to better understand surface interactions related to DIET, the authors characterized a series of samples associated with syntrophic G. metallireducens and G. sulfurreducens using surface sensitive time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS)...
August 18, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819268/heterogenous-oceanic-redox-conditions-through-the-ediacaran-cambrian-boundary-limited-the-metazoan-zonation
#8
Junpeng Zhang, Tailiang Fan, Yuandong Zhang, Gary G Lash, Yifan Li, Yue Wu
Recent studies have enhanced our understanding of the linkage of oxygenation and metazoan evolution in Early Cambrian time. However, little of this work has addressed the apparent lag of animal diversification and atmospheric oxygenation during this critical period of Earth history. This study utilizes the geochemical proxy and N isotope record of the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary preserved in intra-shelf basin, slope, and slope basin deposits of the Yangtze Sea to assess the ocean redox state during the Early Cambrian metazoan radiation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819265/the-chemical-signatures-underlying-host-plant-discrimination-by-aphids
#9
David P Hopkins, Duncan D Cameron, Roger K Butlin
The diversity of phytophagous insects is largely attributable to speciation involving shifts between host plants. These shifts are mediated by the close interaction between insects and plant metabolites. However, there has been limited progress in understanding the chemical signatures that underlie host preferences. We use the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) to address this problem. Host-associated races of pea aphid discriminate between plant species in race-specific ways. We combined metabolomic profiling of multiple plant species with behavioural tests on two A...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818312/thermodynamic-and-spectroscopic-study-of-al-3-interaction-with-glycine-l-cysteine-and-tranexamic-acid-in-aqueous-solution
#10
Paola Cardiano, Fausta Giacobello, Ottavia Giuffrè, Silvio Sammartano
In this paper a thermodynamic and spectroscopic study on the interaction between Al(3+) and glycine (Gly), l-cysteine (Cys), tranexamic acid (Tranex) is reported. Speciation models have been obtained by processing potentiometric titration data to determine stability constants of the species formed in aqueous solution at T=298.15K, 0.15≤I/molL(-1)≤1 in NaCl. Thermodynamic formation parameters have been obtained from calorimetric titration data, at T=298.15K, I=0.15molL(-1) using NaCl as ionic medium. Al(3+)-Cys system was also investigated by spectrophotometric and (1)H NMR measurements...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817281/linking-solution-structures-and-energetics-thorium-nitrate-complexes
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Suntharalingam Skanthakumar, Geng Bang Jin, Jian Lin, Valérie Vallet, Lynda Soderholm
Seeking predictive insights into how metal-ion speciation impacts solution chemistry as well as the composition and structure of solid-precipitates, thorium correlations, with both solvent and other solute ions, were quantitatively probed in a series of acidic, nitrate/perchlorate solutions held at constant ionic strength. Difference pair-distribution functions (dPDF), obtained from high-energy x-ray scattering (HEXS) data, provide unprecedented structural information on the number of Th ligating ions in solution and how they change with increasing nitrate concentration...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816442/characterization-of-primary-organic-aerosol-from-domestic-wood-peat-and-coal-burning-in-ireland
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Chunshui Lin, Darius Ceburnis, Stig Michael Hellebust, Paul Buckley, John Charles Wenger, Francesco Canonaco, Andre S H Prevot, Ru-Jin Huang, Colin O'Dowd, Jurgita Ovadnevaite
An Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) was deployed to study the primary non-refractory submicron particulate matter emissions from burning of commercially available solid fuels (peat, coal, and wood) typically used in European domestic fuel stoves. Organic mass spectra (MS) from burning wood, peat, and coal were characterized and inter-compared for factor analysis against ambient data. The reference profiles characterized in this study were used to estimate the contribution of solid fuel sources, along with oil combustion, to ambient pollution in Galway, Ireland using the multilinear engine (ME-2)...
August 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812690/young-inversion-with-multiple-linked-qtls-under-selection-in-a-hybrid-zone
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Cheng-Ruei Lee, Baosheng Wang, Julius P Mojica, Terezie Mandáková, Kasavajhala V S K Prasad, Jose Luis Goicoechea, Nadeesha Perera, Uffe Hellsten, Hope N Hundley, Jenifer Johnson, Jane Grimwood, Kerrie Barry, Stephen Fairclough, Jerry W Jenkins, Yeisoo Yu, Dave Kudrna, Jianwei Zhang, Jayson Talag, Wolfgang Golser, Kathryn Ghattas, M Eric Schranz, Rod Wing, Martin A Lysak, Jeremy Schmutz, Daniel S Rokhsar, Thomas Mitchell-Olds
Fixed chromosomal inversions can reduce gene flow and promote speciation in two ways: by suppressing recombination and by carrying locally favoured alleles at multiple loci. However, it is unknown whether favoured mutations slowly accumulate on older inversions or if young inversions spread because they capture pre-existing adaptive quantitative trait loci (QTLs). By genetic mapping, chromosome painting and genome sequencing, we have identified a major inversion controlling ecologically important traits in Boechera stricta...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812669/the-evo-devo-of-plant-speciation
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REVIEW
Mario Fernández-Mazuecos, Beverley J Glover
Speciation research bridges the realms of macro- and microevolution. Evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) has classically dealt with macroevolutionary questions through a comparative approach to distantly related organisms, but the field later broadened in focus to address recent speciation and microevolution. Here we review available evidence of the power of evo-devo approaches to understand speciation in plants at multiple scales. At a macroevolutionary scale, evidence is accumulating for evolutionary developmental mechanisms giving rise to key innovations promoting speciation...
March 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812654/transitions-between-phases-of-genomic-differentiation-during-stick-insect-speciation
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Rüdiger Riesch, Moritz Muschick, Dorothea Lindtke, Romain Villoutreix, Aaron A Comeault, Timothy E Farkas, Kay Lucek, Elizabeth Hellen, Víctor Soria-Carrasco, Stuart R Dennis, Clarissa F de Carvalho, Rebecca J Safran, Cristina P Sandoval, Jeff Feder, Regine Gries, Bernard J Crespi, Gerhard Gries, Zach Gompert, Patrik Nosil
Speciation can involve a transition from a few genetic loci that are resistant to gene flow to genome-wide differentiation. However, only limited data exist concerning this transition and the factors promoting it. Here, we study phases of speciation using data from >100 populations of 11 species of Timema stick insects. Consistent with early phases of genic speciation, adaptive colour-pattern loci reside in localized genetic regions of accentuated differentiation between populations experiencing gene flow...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812620/tipping-points-in-the-dynamics-of-speciation
#16
Patrik Nosil, Jeffrey L Feder, Samuel M Flaxman, Zachariah Gompert
Speciation can be gradual or sudden and involve few or many genetic changes. Inferring the processes generating such patterns is difficult, and may require consideration of emergent and non-linear properties of speciation, such as when small changes at tipping points have large effects on differentiation. Tipping points involve positive feedback and indirect selection stemming from associations between genomic regions, bi-stability due to effects of initial conditions and evolutionary history, and dependence on modularity of system components...
January 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812601/recent-extinctions-disturb-path-to-equilibrium-diversity-in-caribbean-bats
#17
Luis Valente, Rampal S Etienne, Liliana M Dávalos
Islands are ideal systems to model temporal changes in biodiversity and reveal the influence of humans on natural communities. Although theory predicts biodiversity on islands tends towards an equilibrium value, the recent extinction of large proportions of island biotas complicates testing this model. The well-preserved subfossil record of Caribbean bats-involving multiple insular radiations-provides a rare opportunity to model diversity dynamics in an insular community. Here, we reconstruct the diversity trajectory in noctilionoid bats of the Greater Antilles by applying a dynamic model of colonization, extinction and speciation to phylogenetic and palaeontological data including all known extinct and extant species...
January 9, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811884/factors-contributing-to-the-accumulation-of-reproductive-isolation-a-mixed-model-approach
#18
Dean M Castillo
The analysis of large datasets describing reproductive isolation between species has been extremely influential in the study of speciation. However, the statistical methods currently used for these data limit the ability to make direct inferences about the factors predicting the evolution of reproductive isolation. As a result, our understanding of iconic patterns and rules of speciation rely on indirect analyses that have clear statistical limitations. Phylogenetic mixed models are commonly used in ecology and evolution, but have not been applied to studies of reproductive isolation...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811556/evolutionary-mechanisms-of-runaway-chromosome-number-change-in-agrodiaetus-butterflies
#19
Alisa O Vershinina, Vladimir A Lukhtanov
Despite predictions of the classic, hybrid-sterility model of chromosomal speciation, some organisms demonstrate high rate of karyotype evolution. This rate is especially impressive in Agrodiaetus butterflies that rapidly evolved the greatest chromosome number diversity known in animal kingdom within a single subgenus. Here we analyzed karyotype evolution in Agrodiaetus using phylogenetic comparative methods. We found that chromosome numbers possess a strong phylogenetic signal. This disproves the chromosome megaevolution model that proposes multiple chromosome rearrangements to accumulate independently in each of closely related species...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811498/genome-re-sequencing-reveals-the-history-of-apple-and-supports-a-two-stage-model-for-fruit-enlargement
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Naibin Duan, Yang Bai, Honghe Sun, Nan Wang, Yumin Ma, Mingjun Li, Xin Wang, Chen Jiao, Noah Legall, Linyong Mao, Sibao Wan, Kun Wang, Tianming He, Shouqian Feng, Zongying Zhang, Zhiquan Mao, Xiang Shen, Xiaoliu Chen, Yuanmao Jiang, Shujing Wu, Chengmiao Yin, Shunfeng Ge, Long Yang, Shenghui Jiang, Haifeng Xu, Jingxuan Liu, Deyun Wang, Changzhi Qu, Yicheng Wang, Weifang Zuo, Li Xiang, Chang Liu, Daoyuan Zhang, Yuan Gao, Yimin Xu, Kenong Xu, Thomas Chao, Gennaro Fazio, Huairui Shu, Gan-Yuan Zhong, Lailiang Cheng, Zhangjun Fei, Xuesen Chen
Human selection has reshaped crop genomes. Here we report an apple genome variation map generated through genome sequencing of 117 diverse accessions. A comprehensive model of apple speciation and domestication along the Silk Road is proposed based on evidence from diverse genomic analyses. Cultivated apples likely originate from Malus sieversii in Kazakhstan, followed by intensive introgressions from M. sylvestris. M. sieversii in Xinjiang of China turns out to be an "ancient" isolated ecotype not directly contributing to apple domestication...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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