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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231621/the-biogeography-of-tropical-reef-fishes-endemism-and-provinciality-through-time
#1
Peter F Cowman, Valeriano Parravicini, Michel Kulbicki, Sergio R Floeter
The largest marine biodiversity hotspot straddles the Indian and Pacific Oceans, driven by taxa associated with tropical coral reefs. Centred on the Indo-Australian Archipelago (IAA), this biodiversity hotspot forms the 'bullseye' of a steep gradient in species richness from this centre to the periphery of the vast Indo-Pacific region. Complex patterns of endemism, wide-ranging species and assemblage differences have obscured our understanding of the genesis of this biodiversity pattern and its maintenance across two-thirds of the world's oceans...
February 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230189/widespread-methane-seepage-along-the-continental-margin-off-svalbard-from-bj%C3%A3-rn%C3%A3-ya-to-kongsfjorden
#2
S Mau, M Römer, M E Torres, I Bussmann, T Pape, E Damm, P Geprägs, P Wintersteller, C-W Hsu, M Loher, G Bohrmann
Numerous articles have recently reported on gas seepage offshore Svalbard, because the gas emission from these Arctic sediments was thought to result from gas hydrate dissociation, possibly triggered by anthropogenic ocean warming. We report on findings of a much broader seepage area, extending from 74° to 79°, where more than a thousand gas discharge sites were imaged as acoustic flares. The gas discharge occurs in water depths at and shallower than the upper edge of the gas hydrate stability zone and generates a dissolved methane plume that is hundreds of kilometer in length...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226268/recent-progress-in-diatom-genomics-and-epigenomics
#3
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Leila Tirichine, Achal Rastogi, Chris Bowler
Diatoms are one of the most diverse and successful groups of phytoplankton at the base of the food chain, sustaining life in the ocean and performing vital biogeochemical functions. The last fifteen years have witnessed the comprehensive analysis of several diatom genomes, revealing that they bear traces of their endosymbiotic origins from algal and heterotrophic ancestors, as well as significant gene transfer from bacteria. Their chimeric genomes are further regulated by a range of chromatin-based processes that are characteristic of both plant and animal genomes...
February 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225825/validation-of-band-counts-in-eyestalks-for-the-determination-of-age-of-antarctic-krill-euphausia-superba
#4
Raouf Kilada, Christian S Reiss, So Kawaguchi, Robert A King, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Taro Ichii
Using known-age Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) grown from eggs hatched at two different laboratories, we validate the annual pattern of bands deposited in the eyestalks of krill and determine the absolute age of these animals. Ages two through five years were validated, and these animals ranged from 37.1 to 62.6 mm in total length. The band counts in these individuals were either identical to their absolute ages, or only failed to agree by a few months, which demonstrates the accuracy of this method. Precision and bias were estimated graphically using Chang's index (Coefficient of Variation = 5...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225759/crystallization-of-silicon-dioxide-and-compositional-evolution-of-the-earth-s-core
#5
Kei Hirose, Guillaume Morard, Ryosuke Sinmyo, Koichio Umemoto, John Hernlund, George Helffrich, Stéphane Labrosse
The Earth's core is about ten per cent less dense than pure iron (Fe), suggesting that it contains light elements as well as iron. Modelling of core formation at high pressure (around 40-60 gigapascals) and high temperature (about 3,500 kelvin) in a deep magma ocean predicts that both silicon (Si) and oxygen (O) are among the impurities in the liquid outer core. However, only the binary systems Fe-Si and Fe-O have been studied in detail at high pressures, and little is known about the compositional evolution of the Fe-Si-O ternary alloy under core conditions...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224985/episodic-release-of-co2-from-the-high-latitude-north-atlantic-ocean-during-the-last-135%C3%A2-kyr
#6
Mohamed M Ezat, Tine L Rasmussen, Bärbel Hönisch, Jeroen Groeneveld, Peter deMenocal
Antarctic ice cores document glacial-interglacial and millennial-scale variability in atmospheric pCO2 over the past 800 kyr. The ocean, as the largest active carbon reservoir on this timescale, is thought to have played a dominant role in these pCO2 fluctuations, but it remains unclear how and where in the ocean CO2 was stored during glaciations and released during (de)glacial millennial-scale climate events. The evolution of surface ocean pCO2 in key locations can therefore provide important clues for understanding the ocean's role in Pleistocene carbon cycling...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223968/effect-of-temperature-on-the-prevalence-of-saccharomyces-non-cerevisiae-species-against-a-s-cerevisiae-wine-strain-in-wine-fermentation-competition-physiological-fitness-and-influence-in-final-wine-composition
#7
Javier Alonso-Del-Real, María Lairón-Peris, Eladio Barrio, Amparo Querol
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is the main microorganism responsible for the fermentation of wine. Nevertheless, in the last years wineries are facing new challenges due to current market demands and climate change effects on the wine quality. New yeast starters formed by non-conventional Saccharomyces species (such as S. uvarum or S. kudriavzevii) or their hybrids (S. cerevisiae x S. uvarum and S. cerevisiae x S. kudriavzevii) can contribute to solve some of these challenges. They exhibit good fermentative capabilities at low temperatures, producing wines with lower alcohol and higher glycerol amounts...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223492/role-of-degassing-of-the-noril-sk-nickel-deposits-in-the-permian-triassic-mass-extinction-event
#8
Margaux Le Vaillant, Stephen J Barnes, James E Mungall, Emma L Mungall
The largest mass extinction event in Earth's history marks the boundary between the Permian and Triassic Periods at circa 252 Ma and has been linked with the eruption of the basaltic Siberian Traps large igneous province (SLIP). One of the kill mechanisms that has been suggested is a biogenic methane burst triggered by the release of vast amounts of nickel into the atmosphere. A proposed Ni source lies within the huge Noril'sk nickel ore deposits, which formed in magmatic conduits widely believed to have fed the eruption of the SLIP basalts...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223483/seasonal-prediction-of-us-summertime-ozone-using-statistical-analysis-of-large-scale-climate-patterns
#9
Lu Shen, Loretta J Mickley
We develop a statistical model to predict June-July-August (JJA) daily maximum 8-h average (MDA8) ozone concentrations in the eastern United States based on large-scale climate patterns during the previous spring. We find that anomalously high JJA ozone in the East is correlated with these springtime patterns: warm tropical Atlantic and cold northeast Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs), as well as positive sea level pressure (SLP) anomalies over Hawaii and negative SLP anomalies over the Atlantic and North America...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222366/alterations-of-tissue-metallothionein-and-vitellogenin-concentrations-in-tropical-cup-oysters-saccostrea-sp-following-short-term-96h-exposure-to-cadmium
#10
Angela M Moncaleano-Niño, Sergio A Barrios-Latorre, Javier F Poloche-Hernández, Vanessa Becquet, Valérie Huet, Luisa Villamil, Hélène Thomas-Guyon, Michael J Ahrens, Andrea Luna-Acosta
Metallothioneins and vitellogenins are low molecular weight proteins that have been used widely in environmental monitoring as biomarkers of exposure and damage to metals and estrogenic compounds, respectively. In the present study, the responses of metallothionein and vitellogenin tissue concentrations were measured following acute (96h) aqueous exposures to cadmium in Saccostrea sp., a tropical cup oyster native to the Western Pacific Ocean that has recently established itself in the Caribbean Sea. Adult oysters (1...
February 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222124/modelling-the-effects-of-environmental-conditions-on-the-acoustic-occurrence-and-behaviour-of-antarctic-blue-whales
#11
Fannie W Shabangu, Dawit Yemane, Kathleen M Stafford, Paul Ensor, Ken P Findlay
Harvested to perilously low numbers by commercial whaling during the past century, the large scale response of Antarctic blue whales Balaenoptera musculus intermedia to environmental variability is poorly understood. This study uses acoustic data collected from 586 sonobuoys deployed in the austral summers of 1997 through 2009, south of 38°S, coupled with visual observations of blue whales during the IWC SOWER line-transect surveys. The characteristic Z-call and D-call of Antarctic blue whales were detected using an automated detection template and visual verification method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220851/first-evidence-of-denitrification-vis-%C3%A3-vis-monsoon-in-the-arabian-sea-since-late-miocene
#12
Shubham Tripathi, Manish Tiwari, Jongmin Lee, Boo-Keun Khim
In the Arabian Sea, South Asian monsoon (SAM)-induced high surface water productivity coupled with poor ventilation of intermediate water results in strong denitrification within the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ). Despite the significance of denitrification in the Arabian Sea, we have no long-term record of its evolution spanning the past several million years. Here, we present the first record of denitrification evolution since Late Miocene (~10.2 Ma) in the Eastern Arabian Sea, where the SAM generates moderate surface water productivity, based on the samples retrieved during the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 355...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220677/toward-a-sociology-of-oceans
#13
John Hannigan
Despite covering around 70 percent of the earth's surface, the ocean has long been ignored by sociology or treated as merely an extension of land-based systems. Increasingly, however, oceans are assuming a higher profile, emerging both as a new resource frontier, a medium for geopolitical rivalry and conflict, and a unique and threatened ecological hot spot. In this article, I propose a new sociological specialty area, the "sociology of oceans" to be situated at the interface between environmental sociology and traditional maritime studies...
February 2017: Canadian Review of Sociology, Revue Canadienne de Sociologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220112/predominance-of-viable-spore-forming-piezophilic-bacteria-in-high-pressure-enrichment-cultures-from-1-5-to-2-4-km-deep-coal-bearing-sediments-below-the-ocean-floor
#14
Jiasong Fang, Chiaki Kato, Gabriella M Runko, Yuichi Nogi, Tomoyuki Hori, Jiangtao Li, Yuki Morono, Fumio Inagaki
Phylogenetically diverse microorganisms have been observed in marine subsurface sediments down to ~2.5 km below the seafloor (kmbsf). However, very little is known about the pressure-adapted and/or pressure-loving microorganisms, the so called piezophiles, in the deep subseafloor biosphere, despite that pressure directly affects microbial physiology, metabolism, and biogeochemical processes of carbon and other elements in situ. In this study, we studied taxonomic compositions of microbial communities in high-pressure incubated sediment, obtained during the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 off the Shimokita Peninsula, Japan...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220111/identity-abundance-and-reactivation-kinetics-of-thermophilic-fermentative-endospores-in-cold-marine-sediment-and-seawater
#15
Marta Volpi, Bente Aa Lomstein, Andreas Sichert, Hans Røy, Bo B Jørgensen, Kasper U Kjeldsen
Cold marine sediments harbor endospores of fermentative and sulfate-reducing, thermophilic bacteria. These dormant populations of endospores are believed to accumulate in the seabed via passive dispersal by ocean currents followed by sedimentation from the water column. However, the magnitude of this process is poorly understood because the endospores present in seawater were so far not identified, and only the abundance of thermophilic sulfate-reducing endospores in the seabed has been quantified. We investigated the distribution of thermophilic fermentative endospores (TFEs) in water column and sediment of Aarhus Bay, Denmark, to test the role of suspended dispersal and determine the rate of endospore deposition and the endospore abundance in the sediment...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219759/reevaluating-species-number-distribution-and-endemism-of-the-coral-genus-pocillopora-lamarck-1816-using-species-delimitation-methods-and-microsatellites
#16
P Gélin, B Postaire, C Fauvelot, H Magalon
Species delimitation methods based on genetic information, notably using single locus data, have been proposed as means of increasing the rate of biodiversity description, but can also be used to clarify complex taxonomies. In this study, we explore the species diversity within the cnidarian genus Pocillopora, widely distributed in the tropical belt of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. From 943 Pocillopora colonies sampled in the Western Indian Ocean, the Tropical Southwestern Pacific and Southeast Polynesia, representing a huge variety of morphotypes, we delineated Primary Species Hypotheses (PSH) applying the Automatic Barcode Gap Discovery method, the Poisson tree processes algorithm and the Generalized mixed Yule-coalescent model on two mitochondrial markers (Open Reading Frame and Dloop) and reconstructing a haploweb using one nuclear marker (Internal Transcribed Spacer 2)...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219248/high-performance-method-for-determination-of-pu-isotopes-in-soil-and-sediment-samples-by-sector-field-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#17
Zhongtang Wang, Jian Zheng, Youyi Ni, Wu Men, Keiko Tagami, Shigeo Uchida
Plutonium is extensively studied in radioecology (e.g., soil to plant transfer and radiological assessment) and geochemistry (e.g., sediment dating). Here, we reported a new chemical separation method for rapid determination of Pu in soil and sediment samples, based on the following investigations: extraction behaviors of interfering elements (IEs, for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) measurement) on TEVA resin; decontamination of U using TEVA, UTEVA, and DGA resins; and the impact of coprecipitation on Pu determination...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218727/an-optical-fibre-depth-pressure-sensor-for-remote-operated-vehicles-in-underwater-applications
#18
Dinesh Babu Duraibabu, Sven Poeggel, Edin Omerdic, Romano Capocci, Elfed Lewis, Thomas Newe, Gabriel Leen, Daniel Toal, Gerard Dooly
A miniature sensor for accurate measurement of pressure (depth) with temperature compensation in the ocean environment is described. The sensor is based on an optical fibre Extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) combined with a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG). The EFPI provides pressure measurements while the Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) provides temperature measurements. The sensor is mechanically robust, corrosion-resistant and suitable for use in underwater applications. The combined pressure and temperature sensor system was mounted on-board a mini remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) in order to monitor the pressure changes at various depths...
February 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218520/alteration-of-the-copper-binding-capacity-of-iron-rich-humic-colloids-during-transport-from-peatland-to-marine-waters
#19
Francois Muller, Marco Cuscov
Blanket bogs contain vast amounts of Sphagnum-derived organic substances which can act as powerful chelators for dissolved iron and thus enhance its export to the coastal ocean. To investigate the variations in quantity and quality of these exports, adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) was used to characterise the metal binding properties of molecular weight-fractionated dissolved organic matter (MW-fractionated DOM) in the catchment and coastal plume of a small peat-draining river over a seasonal cycle...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218270/magma-plumbing-system-and-seismicity-of-an-active-mid-ocean-ridge-volcano
#20
Florian Schmid, Vera Schlindwein, Ivan Koulakov, Aline Plötz, John-Robert Scholz
At mid-ocean ridges volcanism generally decreases with spreading rate but surprisingly massive volcanic centres occur at the slowest spreading ridges. These volcanoes can host unexpectedly strong earthquakes and vigorous, explosive submarine eruptions. Our understanding of the geodynamic processes forming these volcanic centres is still incomplete due to a lack of geophysical data and the difficulty to capture their rare phases of magmatic activity. We present a local earthquake tomographic image of the magma plumbing system beneath the Segment 8 volcano at the ultraslow-spreading Southwest Indian Ridge...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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