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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338970/woody-plant-ecosystems-under-climate-change-and-air-pollution-response-consistencies-across-zonobiomes
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R Matyssek, A R Kozovits, G Wieser, J King, H Rennenberg
Forests store the largest terrestrial pools of carbon (C), helping to stabilize the global climate system, yet are threatened by climate change (CC) and associated air pollution (AP, highlighting ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). We adopt the perspective that CC-AP drivers and physiological impacts are universal, resulting in consistent stress responses of forest ecosystems across zonobiomes. Evidence supporting this viewpoint is presented from the literature on ecosystem gross/net primary productivity and water cycling...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333217/recurrent-gene-duplication-leads-to-diverse-repertoires-of-centromeric-histones-in-drosophila-species
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Lisa E Kursel, Harmit S Malik
Despite their essential role in the process of chromosome segregation in most eukaryotes, centromeric histones show remarkable evolutionary lability. Not only have they been lost in multiple insect lineages, but they have also undergone gene duplication in multiple plant lineages. Based on detailed study of a handful of model organisms including Drosophila melanogaster, centromeric histone duplication is considered to be rare in animals. Using a detailed phylogenomic study, we find that Cid, the centromeric histone gene, has undergone at least four independent gene duplications during Drosophila evolution...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317226/decreased-losses-of-woody-plant-foliage-to-insects-in-large-urban-areas-are-explained-by-bird-predation
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Mikhail V Kozlov, Vojtěch Lanta, Vitali Zverev, Kalle Rainio, Mikhail A Kunavin, Elena L Zvereva
Despite the increasing rate of urbanisation, the consequences of this process on biotic interactions remain insufficiently studied. Our aims were to identify the general pattern of urbanisation impact on background insect herbivory, to explore variations in this impact related to characteristics of both urban areas and insect-plant systems, and to uncover the factors governing urbanisation impacts on insect herbivory. We compared the foliar damage inflicted on the most common trees by defoliating, leafmining and gall-forming insects in rural and urban habitats associated with 16 European cities...
March 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316079/insectivorous-birds-disrupt-biological-control-of-cereal-aphids
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Ingo Grass, Katrin Lehmann, Carsten Thies, Teja Tscharntke
Insect-feeding birds may interfere with trophic interactions in plant-insect food webs, which may be particularly important in agroecosystems. Here, we studied how Eurasian tree sparrows (Passer montanus) affect aphids and their predators in cereal fields using bird exclusion experiments. The tree sparrows fed their nestlings with aphid antagonists. Hoverflies and ladybird beetles accounted for 77% of the food for the nestlings during peak aphid density. When birds were excluded, densities of hoverfly larvae, which were the most abundant aphid predator group in the cereals, were 4% higher in wheat and 45% higher in oat, while aphid densities were 24% lower in wheat and 26% lower in oat...
March 17, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315955/symbiosis-with-systemic-fungal-endophytes-promotes-host-escape-from-vector-borne-disease
#5
L I Perez, P E Gundel, H J Marrero, A González Arzac, M Omacini
Plants interact with a myriad of microorganisms that modulate their interactions within the community. A well-described example is the symbiosis between grasses and Epichloë fungal endophytes that protects host plants from herbivores. It is suggested that these symbionts could play a protective role for plants against pathogens through the regulation of their growth and development and/or the induction of host defences. However, other endophyte-mediated ecological mechanisms involved in disease avoidance have been scarcely explored...
March 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314998/multispectral-images-of-flowers-reveal-the-adaptive-significance-of-using-long-wavelength-sensitive-receptors-for-edge-detection-in-bees
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Vera Vasas, Daniel Hanley, Peter G Kevan, Lars Chittka
Many pollinating insects acquire their entire nutrition from visiting flowers, and they must therefore be efficient both at detecting flowers and at recognizing familiar rewarding flower types. A crucial first step in recognition is the identification of edges and the segmentation of the visual field into areas that belong together. Honeybees and bumblebees acquire visual information through three types of photoreceptors; however, they only use a single receptor type-the one sensitive to longer wavelengths-for edge detection and movement detection...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303526/a-herbivore-tag-and-trace-system-reveals-contact-and-density-dependent-repellence-of-a-root-toxin
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Zoe Bont, Carla Arce, Meret Huber, Wei Huang, Adrien Mestrot, Craig J Sturrock, Matthias Erb
Foraging behavior of root feeding organisms strongly affects plant-environment-interactions and ecosystem processes. However, the impact of plant chemistry on root herbivore movement in the soil is poorly understood. Here, we apply a simple technique to trace the movement of soil-dwelling insects in their habitats without disturbing or restricting their interactions with host plants. We tagged the root feeding larvae of Melolontha melolontha with a copper ring and repeatedly located their position in relation to their preferred host plant, Taraxacum officinale, using a commercial metal detector...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298352/the-interactions-of-ants-with-their-biotic-environment
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EDITORIAL
Guillaume Chomicki, Susanne S Renner
This special feature results from the symposium 'Ants 2016: ant interactions with their biotic environments' held in Munich in May 2016 and deals with the interactions between ants and other insects, plants, microbes and fungi, studied at micro- and macroevolutionary levels with a wide range of approaches, from field ecology to next-generation sequencing, chemical ecology and molecular genetics. In this paper, we review key aspects of these biotic interactions to provide background information for the papers of this special feature After listing the major types of biotic interactions that ants engage in, we present a brief overview of ant/ant communication, ant/plant interactions, ant/fungus symbioses, and recent insights about ants and their endosymbionts...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298351/community-analysis-of-microbial-sharing-and-specialization-in-a-costa-rican-ant-plant-hemipteran-symbiosis
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Elizabeth G Pringle, Corrie S Moreau
Ants have long been renowned for their intimate mutualisms with trophobionts and plants and more recently appreciated for their widespread and diverse interactions with microbes. An open question in symbiosis research is the extent to which environmental influence, including the exchange of microbes between interacting macroorganisms, affects the composition and function of symbiotic microbial communities. Here we approached this question by investigating symbiosis within symbiosis. Ant-plant-hemipteran symbioses are hallmarks of tropical ecosystems that produce persistent close contact among the macroorganism partners, which then have substantial opportunity to exchange symbiotic microbes...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298342/trade-offs-in-an-ant-plant-fungus-mutualism
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Jérôme Orivel, Pierre-Jean Malé, Jérémie Lauth, Olivier Roux, Frédéric Petitclerc, Alain Dejean, Céline Leroy
Species engaged in multiple, simultaneous mutualisms are subject to trade-offs in their mutualistic investment if the traits involved in each interaction are overlapping, which can lead to conflicts and affect the longevity of these associations. We investigate this issue via a tripartite mutualism involving an ant plant, two competing ant species and a fungus the ants cultivate to build galleries under the stems of their host plant to capture insect prey. The use of the galleries represents an innovative prey capture strategy compared with the more typical strategy of foraging on leaves...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278368/dynamic-metabolic-responses-of-brown-planthoppers-towards-susceptible-and-resistant-rice-plants
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Caixiang Liu, Ba Du, Fuhua Hao, Hehua Lei, Qianfen Wan, Guangcun He, Yulan Wang, Huiru Tang
Brown planthopper (Nilaparvata lugens Stål, BPH) causes huge economic losses in rice-growing regions and new strategies for combating BPH are required. To understand how BPHs respond towards BPH-resistant plants, we systematically analyzed the metabolic differences between BPHs feeding on the resistant and susceptible plants using NMR and GC-FID/MS. We also measured the expression of some related genes involving glycolysis and biosyntheses of trehalose, amino acids, chitin and fatty acids using real-time PCR...
March 9, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278206/warming-and-drought-combine-to-increase-pest-insect-fitness-on-urban-trees
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Adam G Dale, Steven D Frank
Urban habitats are characterized by impervious surfaces, which increase temperatures and reduce water availability to plants. The effects of these conditions on herbivorous insects are not well understood, but may provide insight into future conditions. Three primary hypotheses have been proposed to explain why multiple herbivorous arthropods are more abundant and damaging in cities, and support has been found for each. First, less complex vegetation may reduce biological control of pests. Second, plant stress can increase plant quality for pests...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273334/predator-community-composition-is-linked-to-soil-carbon-retention-across-a-human-land-use-gradient
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Oswald J Schmitz, Robert W Buchkowski, Jeffrey R Smith, Mark Telthorst, Adam E Rosenblatt
Soil carbon (C) storage is a major component of the carbon cycle. Consensus holds that soil C uptake and storage is regulated by plant-microbe-soil interactions. However, the contribution of animals in aboveground food webs to this process has been overlooked. Using insights from prior long-term experimentation in an old-field ecosystem and mathematical modeling, we predicted that the amount of soil C retention within a field should increase with the proportion of active hunting predators comprising the aboveground community of active hunting and sit-and-wait predators...
March 8, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273331/effects-of-native-diversity-soil-nutrients-and-natural-enemies-on-exotic-invasion-in-experimental-plant-communities
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Robert W Heckman, Fletcher W Halliday, Peter A Wilfahrt, Charles E Mitchell
Many factors can promote exotic plant success. Three of these factors-greater pressure from natural enemies on natives, increased soil nutrient supply, and low native species richness-may interact during invasions. To test for independent and interactive effects of these drivers, we planted herbaceous perennial communities at two levels of native richness (monocultures and five-species polycultures). We then factorially manipulated soil nutrient supply and access to these communities by aboveground foliar enemies (fungal pathogens and insect herbivores), and allowed natural colonization to proceed for four years...
March 8, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267991/the-effect-of-structurally-related-metabolites-on-insect-herbivores-a-case-study-on-pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-and-western-flower-thrips
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Xiaojie Liu, Peter G L Klinkhamer, Klaas Vrieling
Plant specialised metabolites (SMs) are very diverse in terms of both their number and chemical structures with more than 200,000 estimated compounds. This chemical diversity occurs not only among different groups of compounds but also within the groups themselves. In the context of plant-insect interactions, the chemical diversity within a class of structurally related metabolites is generally also related to their bioactivity. In this study, we tested firstly whether individual SMs within the group of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) differ in their effects on insect herbivores (western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis)...
March 4, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263320/insect-symbiotic-bacteria-harbour-viral-pathogens-for-transovarial-transmission
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Dongsheng Jia, Qianzhuo Mao, Yong Chen, Yuyan Liu, Qian Chen, Wei Wu, Xiaofeng Zhang, Hongyan Chen, Yi Li, Taiyun Wei
Many insects, including mosquitoes, planthoppers, aphids and leafhoppers, are the hosts of bacterial symbionts and the vectors for transmitting viral pathogens(1-3). In general, symbiotic bacteria can indirectly affect viral transmission by enhancing immunity and resistance to viruses in insects(3-5). Whether symbiotic bacteria can directly interact with the virus and mediate its transmission has been unknown. Here, we show that an insect symbiotic bacterium directly harbours a viral pathogen and mediates its transovarial transmission to offspring...
March 6, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262809/data-integration-aids-understanding-of-butterfly-host-plant-networks
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Ai Muto-Fujita, Kazuhiro Takemoto, Shigehiko Kanaya, Takeru Nakazato, Toshiaki Tokimatsu, Natsushi Matsumoto, Mayo Kono, Yuko Chubachi, Katsuhisa Ozaki, Masaaki Kotera
Although host-plant selection is a central topic in ecology, its general underpinnings are poorly understood. Here, we performed a case study focusing on the publicly available data on Japanese butterflies. A combined statistical analysis of plant-herbivore relationships and taxonomy revealed that some butterfly subfamilies in different families feed on the same plant families, and the occurrence of this phenomenon more than just by chance, thus indicating the independent acquisition of adaptive phenotypes to the same hosts...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245796/gene-expression-and-plant-hormone-levels-in-two-contrasting-rice-genotypes-responding-to-brown-planthopper-infestation
#18
Changyan Li, Chao Luo, Zaihui Zhou, Rui Wang, Fei Ling, Langtao Xiao, Yongjun Lin, Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: The brown planthopper (BPH; Nilaparvata lugens Stål) is a destructive piercing-sucking insect pest of rice. The plant hormones salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA) play important roles in plant-pest interactions. Many isolated rice genes that modulate BPH resistance are involved in the metabolism or signaling pathways of SA, JA and ethylene. 'Rathu Heenati' (RH) is a rice cultivar with a high-level, broad-spectrum resistance to all BPH biotypes. Here, RH was used as the research material, while a BPH-susceptible rice cultivar 'Taichung Native 1' (TN1) was the control...
February 28, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238081/dna-methyltransferases-contribute-to-the-fungal-development-stress-tolerance-and-virulence-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-metarhizium-robertsii
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Yulong Wang, Tiantian Wang, Lintao Qiao, Jianyu Zhu, Jinrui Fan, Tingting Zhang, Zhang-Xun Wang, Wanzhen Li, Anhui Chen, Bo Huang
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic mark in mammals, plants, and fungi and depends on multiple genetic pathways involving de novo and maintenance DNA methyltransferases (DNMTases). Metarhizium robertsii, a model system for investigating insect-fungus interactions, has been used as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical insecticides. However, little is known concerning the molecular basis for DNA methylation. Here, we report on the roles of two DNMTases (MrRID and MrDIM-2) by characterizing ΔMrRID, ΔMrDIM-2, and ΔRID/ΔDIM-2 mutants...
February 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224051/high-richness-of-insect-herbivory-from-the-early-miocene-hindon-maar-crater-otago-new-zealand
#20
Anna Lena Möller, Uwe Kaulfuss, Daphne E Lee, Torsten Wappler
Plants and insects are key components of terrestrial ecosystems and insect herbivory is the most important type of interaction in these ecosystems. This study presents the first analysis of associations between plants and insects for the early Miocene Hindon Maar fossil lagerstätte, Otago, New Zealand. A total of 584 fossil angiosperm leaves representing 24 morphotypes were examined to determine the presence or absence of insect damage types. Of these leaves, 73% show signs of insect damage; they comprise 821 occurrences of damage from 87 damage types representing all eight functional feeding groups...
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