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Blanca Bernal, J Patrick Megonigal, Thomas J Mozdzer
Understanding the processes that control deep soil carbon (C) dynamics and accumulation is of key importance, given the relevance of soil organic matter (SOM) as a vast C pool and climate change buffer. Methodological constraints to measure SOM decomposition in the field prevent from addressing real-time rhizosphere effects regulating nutrient cycling and SOM decomposition. An invasive lineage of Phragmites australis roots deeper than native vegetation (Schoenoplectus americanus and Spartina patens) in coastal marshes of North America, having the potential to dramatically alter C cycling and accumulation in these ecosystems...
October 25, 2016: Global Change Biology
Janice A Lake, Heather J Walker, Duncan D Cameron, Barry H Lomax
Investigations were undertaken in the context of the potential environmental impact of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) transportation in the form of a hypothetical leak of extreme levels of CO2 into the soil environment and subsequent effects on plant physiology. Laboratory studies using purpose built soil chambers, separating and isolating the soil and aerial environments, were used to introduce high levels of CO2 gas exclusively into the rhizosphere. CO2 concentrations greater than 32% in the isolated soil environment revealed a previously unknown whole plant stomatal response...
October 25, 2016: Physiologia Plantarum
M Zubair Akbar Qureshi, Qammar Rubbab, Saadia Irshad, Salman Ahmad, M Aqeel
Energy generation is currently a serious concern in the progress of human civilization. In this regard, solar energy is considered as a significant source of renewable energy. The purpose of the study is to establish a thermal energy model in the presence of spherical Au-metallic nanoparticles. It is numerical work which studies unsteady magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) nanofluid flow through porous disks with heat and mass transfer aspects. Shaped factor of nanoparticles is investigated using small values of the permeable Reynolds number...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Suchismita Das, Sunayana Goswami
The present study investigated the effect of copper on photosynthesis, antioxidant potential, and anatomical response of aquatic fern, Salvinia cucullata, with a view to ascertain its phytoremediation potential. Plants were exposed in hydroponics for 21 days to different Cu concentrations (10, 15, 20, and 30 mg/L). Significant declines in chlorophyll, carotenoids, and soluble proteins, as a function of Cu proportion were observed. Lipid peroxidation was also evident, which implied reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Marvin S Swartz, Sayanti Bhattacharya, Allison G Robertson, Jeffrey W Swanson
OBJECTIVE: Involuntary outpatient commitment (OPC)-also referred to as 'assisted outpatient treatment' or 'community treatment orders'-are civil court orders whereby persons with serious mental illness and repeated hospitalisations are ordered to adhere to community-based treatment. Increasingly, in the United States, OPC is promoted to policy makers as a means to prevent violence committed by persons with mental illness. This article reviews the background and context for promotion of OPC for violence prevention and the empirical evidence for the use of OPC for this goal...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie
Kathleen Marie Burchhardt, Megan E Miller, William O Cline, Marc Cubeta
The fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi (Mvc), a pathogen of Vaccinium spp., requires asexual and sexual spore production to complete its life cycle. A recent study found population structuring of Mvc over a broad spatial scale in the US. In this study, we examined fine-scale genetic structuring, temporal dynamics, and reproductive biology within a 125 x 132m blueberry plot from 2010 to 2012. A total of 395 isolates of Mvc were sampled from infected shoots and fruits to examine their multilocus haplotype (MLH) using microsatellite markers...
October 24, 2016: Phytopathology
Eduardo Dellacassa, Virginia Ferrari, Andres Coniberti, Edgardo Disegna
Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. are the main producers of ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin responsible for fatal human diseases. Some Authorities have established a maximum of 2 μg/L of OTA in wine (EC.N°123, 2005). Although the incidence and occurrence of OTA in grapes and wine is highly related to climate conditions as has been extensively documented, there is not conclusive information on the effects of cultivation systems on the presence of OTA. This study focused on determining the effect of the trellis system, planting density and cordon height on plant microclimate and thus on Aspergillus spp...
October 24, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Namrita Lall, Vivek Kumar, Debra Meyer, Nomasomi Gasa, Chris Hamilton, Motlalepula Matsabisa, Carel Oosthuizen
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Natal gwarri or Natal ebony (Euclea natalensis A.DC.) is a deciduous tree found widespread throughout southern Africa, especially in Kwazulu-Natal and the southern cost. It has been widely used by indigenous communities such as the Zulus, Tsongas and Vendas for symptoms related to tuberculosis (TB). The decoctions made from the plant parts are administered for chest diseases to treat complications such as chest pains, bronchitis, pleurisy and asthma...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Hana Rakusová, Mohamad Abbas, Huibin Han, Siyuan Song, Hélène S Robert, Jiří Friml
Plants adjust their growth according to gravity. Gravitropism involves gravity perception, signal transduction, and asymmetric growth response, with organ bending as a consequence [1]. Asymmetric growth results from the asymmetric distribution of the plant-specific signaling molecule auxin [2] that is generated by lateral transport, mediated in the hypocotyl predominantly by the auxin transporter PIN-FORMED3 (PIN3) [3-5]. Gravity stimulation polarizes PIN3 to the bottom sides of endodermal cells, correlating with increased auxin accumulation in adjacent tissues at the lower side of the stimulated organ, where auxin induces cell elongation and, hence, organ bending...
October 8, 2016: Current Biology: CB
María Benlloch-González, José Manuel Quintero, María Paz Suárez, Rosa Sánchez-Lucas, Ricardo Fernández-Escobar, Manuel Benlloch
There is little information about the prolonged effect of a moderately high temperature on the growth of olive (Olea europaea L.). It has been suggested that when the temperature of the air rises above 35°C the shoot growth of olive is inhibited while there is any reference on how growth is affected when the soil is warmed. In order to examine these effects, mist-cuttings and young plants generated from seeds were grown under moderate high temperature (37°C) for 64 and 42days respectively. In our study, plant dry matter accumulation was reduced when the temperature of both the air and the root medium was moderately high...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Espen Mariussen, Lene Sørlie Heier, Hans Christian Teien, Marit Nandrup Pettersen, Tor Fredrik Holth, Brit Salbu, Bjørn Olav Rosseland
An environmental survey was performed in Lake Kyrtjønn, a small lake within an abandoned shooting range in the south of Norway. In Lake Kyrtjønn the total water concentrations of Pb (14µg/L), Cu (6.1µg/L) and Sb (1.3µg/L) were elevated compared to the nearby reference Lake Stitjønn, where the total concentrations of Pb, Cu and Sb were 0.76, 1.8 and 0.12µg/L, respectively. Brown trout (Salmo trutta) from Lake Kyrtjønn had very high levels of Pb in bone (104mg/kg w.w.), kidney (161mg/kg w.w.) and the gills (137mg/kg d...
October 19, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
S Navarro-Torre, J M Barcia-Piedras, E Mateos-Naranjo, S Redondo-Gómez, M Camacho, M A Caviedes, E Pajuelo, I D Rodríguez-Llorente
There is an increasing interest to use halophytes for revegetation of salt affected ecosystems, as well as in understanding their mechanisms of salt tolerance. We hypothesized that bacteria from the phyllosphere of these plants might play a key role in its high tolerance to excessive salinity. 8 endophytic bacteria belonging to Bacillus and closely related genera were isolated from phyllosphere of the halophyte Arthrocnemum macrostachyum growing in salty agricultural soils. The presence of plant-growth promoting (PGP) properties, enzymatic activities and tolerance towards NaCl was determined...
October 22, 2016: Plant Biology
Hye-Yeon Seok, Dong-Hyuk Woo, Linh Vu Nguyen, Huong T Tran, Vaishali N Tarte, Syed Muhammad Muntazir Mehdi, Sun-Young Lee, Yong-Hwan Moon
AtNAP , an Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor family gene, functions as a negative regulator via transcriptional repression of AREB1 in salt stress response. AtNAP is an NAC family transcription factor in Arabidopsis and is known to be a positive regulator of senescence. However, its exact function and underlying molecular mechanism in stress responses are not well known. Here, we investigated functional roles of AtNAP in salt stress response. AtNAP expression significantly increased at the seedling stage, with higher expression in both shoots and roots under NaCl, mannitol, and ABA treatments...
October 21, 2016: Planta
Qinglin Li, Baoshen Liu
The determining process of pistil fate are central to maize sex determination, mainly regulated by a genetic network in which the sex-determining genes SILKLESS 1 , TASSEL SEED 1 , TASSEL SEED 2 and the paramutagenic locus Required to maintain repression 6 play pivotal roles. Maize silks, which emerge from the ear shoot and derived from the pistil, are the functional stigmas of female flowers and play a pivotal role in pollination. Previous studies on sex-related mutants have revealed that sex-determining genes and phytohormones play an important role in the regulation of flower organogenesis...
October 21, 2016: Planta
Travis L Goron, Manish N Raizada
BACKGROUND: The amino acid glutamine (Gln) is a primary transport form of nitrogen in vasculature following root uptake, critical for the location/timing of growth in maize and other cereals. Analytical chemistry methods do not permit in situ analysis of Gln, including visualization within the vascular network. Their cost and tissue requirement are barriers to exploring the complexity of Gln dynamics. We previously reported a biosensor, GlnLux, which can measure relative Gln levels inexpensively with tiny amounts of tissue...
October 21, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Tommaso Michele Moles, Antonio Pompeiano, Thais Huarancca Reyes, Andrea Scartazza, Lorenzo Guglielminetti
Landraces represent an important part of the biodiversity well-adapted under limiting environmental conditions. We investigated the response of two Southern Italy tomato landraces, the well-known San Marzano (our commercial standard) and a local accession called "Ciettaicale", to different levels of sodium chloride in water irrigation (from 0 up to 600 mM) for a short-time exposure (one week). The combination of the chlorophyll a fluorescence and gas exchange analyses suggested that Ciettaicale maintained a higher efficiency of photosystem II (PSII) photochemistry and CO2 utilization at high salinity concentrations than San Marzano...
October 12, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Geeta Yadav, Prabhat Kumar Srivastava, Parul Parihar, Sanjesh Tiwari, Sheo Mohan Prasad
In order to know the impact of elevated level of UV-B on arsenic stressed Helianthus annuus L. var. DRSF-113 plants, certain physiological (growth - root and shoot lengths, their fresh masses and leaf area; photosynthetic competence and respiration) and biochemical parameters (pigments - Chl a and b, Car, anthocyanin and flavonoids; reactive oxygen species - superoxide radicals, H2O2; reactive carbonyl group, electrolyte leakage; antioxidants - superoxide dismutase, peroxidise, catalase, glutathione-S-transferase, proline) of their seedlings were analysed under the simultaneous exposures of two arsenic doses (6mgkg(-1) soil, As1; and 12mgkg(-1) soil, As2) and two UV-B doses (1...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Deepa Khare, Nobukata Mitsuda, Seungchul Lee, Won-Yong Song, Daehee Hwang, Masaru Ohme-Takagi, Enrico Martinoia, Youngsook Lee, Jae-Ung Hwang
Plants reorganize their root architecture to avoid growth into unfavorable regions of the rhizosphere. In a screen based on chimeric repressor gene-silencing technology, we identified the Arabidopsis thaliana GeBP-LIKE 4 (GPL4) transcription factor as an inhibitor of root growth that is induced rapidly in root tips in response to cadmium (Cd). We tested the hypothesis that GPL4 functions in the root avoidance of Cd by analyzing root proliferation in split medium, in which only half of the medium contained toxic concentrations of Cd...
October 21, 2016: New Phytologist
Francisco X Nascimento, Margarida Espada, Pedro Barbosa, Márcio J Rossi, Cláudia S L Vicente, Manuel Mota
The aim of this study is to understand the biological role of Serratia quinivorans BXF1, a bacterium commonly found associated with Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, the plant parasitic nematode responsible for pine wilt disease. Therefore, we studied strain BXF1 effect in pine wilt disease. We found that strain BXF1 promoted in vitro nematode reproduction. Moreover, the presence of bacteria led to the absence of nematode chitinase gene (Bxcht-1) expression, suggesting an effect for bacterial chitinase in nematode reproduction...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
P H Zaidi, K Seetharam, Girish Krishna, L Krishnamurthy, S Gajanan, Raman Babu, M Zerka, M T Vinayan, B S Vivek
An association mapping panel, named as CIMMYT Asia association mapping (CAAM) panel, involving 396 diverse tropical maize lines were phenotyped for various structural and functional traits of roots under drought and well-watered conditions. The experiment was conducted during Kharif (summer-rainy) season of 2012 and 2013 in root phenotyping facility at CIMMYT-Hyderabad, India. The CAAM panel was genotyped to generate 955, 690 SNPs through GBS v2.7 using Illumina Hi-seq 2000/2500 at Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA...
2016: PloS One
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