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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544549/future-warmer-seas-increased-stress-and-susceptibility-to-grazing-in-seedlings-of-a-marine-habitat-forming-species
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Gema Hernán, María J Ortega, Alberto M Gándara, Inés Castejón, Jorge Terrados, Fiona Tomas
Increases in seawater temperature are expected to have negative consequences for marine organisms. Beyond individual effects, species-specific differences in thermal tolerance are predicted to modify species interactions and increase the strength of top-down effects, particularly in plant-herbivore interactions. Shifts in trophic interactions will be especially important when affecting habitat-forming species such as seagrasses, as the consequences on their abundance will cascade throughout the food web. Seagrasses are a major component of coastal ecosystems offering important ecosystem services, but are threatened by multiple anthropogenic stressors, including warming...
May 22, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539461/contrasting-effects-of-aquatic-subsidies-on-a-terrestrial-trophic-cascade
#2
Nadin Graf, Roman Bucher, Ralf B Schäfer, Martin H Entling
Subsidies from adjacent ecosystems can alter recipient food webs and ecosystem functions, such as herbivory. Emerging aquatic insects from streams can be an important prey in the riparian zone. Such aquatic subsidies can enhance predator abundances or cause predators to switch prey, depending on the herbivores. This can lead to an increase or decrease of in situ herbivores and herbivory. We examined the effects of aquatic subsidies on a simplified terrestrial food web consisting of two types of herbivores, plants and predators (spiders)...
May 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536194/wild-tobacco-genomes-reveal-the-evolution-of-nicotine-biosynthesis
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Shuqing Xu, Thomas Brockmöller, Aura Navarro-Quezada, Heiner Kuhl, Klaus Gase, Zhihao Ling, Wenwu Zhou, Christoph Kreitzer, Mario Stanke, Haibao Tang, Eric Lyons, Priyanka Pandey, Shree P Pandey, Bernd Timmermann, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Ian T Baldwin
Nicotine, the signature alkaloid of Nicotiana species responsible for the addictive properties of human tobacco smoking, functions as a defensive neurotoxin against attacking herbivores. However, the evolution of the genetic features that contributed to the assembly of the nicotine biosynthetic pathway remains unknown. We sequenced and assembled genomes of two wild tobaccos, Nicotiana attenuata (2.5 Gb) and Nicotiana obtusifolia (1.5 Gb), two ecological models for investigating adaptive traits in nature. We show that after the Solanaceae whole-genome triplication event, a repertoire of rapidly expanding transposable elements (TEs) bloated these Nicotiana genomes, promoted expression divergences among duplicated genes, and contributed to the evolution of herbivory-induced signaling and defenses, including nicotine biosynthesis...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528390/colonization-by-nitrogen-fixing-frankia-bacteria-causes-short-term-increases-in-herbivore-susceptibility-in-red-alder-alnus-rubra-seedlings
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Daniel J Ballhorn, Jacob D Elias, M A Balkan, Rachel F Fordyce, Peter G Kennedy
Carbon allocation demands from root-nodulating nitrogen-fixing bacteria (NFB) can modulate the host plant's chemical phenotype, with strong bottom-up effects on herbivores. In contrast to well-studied rhizobia, the effects of other important NFB on plant chemistry and herbivory are much less understood. Here, combining field surveys in the Oregon Coast Range, USA with laboratory experiments, we analyzed how N2-fixing Frankia bacteria influenced plant growth, chemistry, and herbivory on Alnus rubra (red alder) seedlings...
May 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526946/evolutionary-ecology-of-multitrophic-interactions-between-plants-insect-herbivores-and-entomopathogens
#5
Ikkei Shikano
Plants play an important role in the interactions between insect herbivores and their pathogens. Since the seminal review by Cory and Hoover (2006) on plant-mediated effects on insect-pathogen interactions, considerable progress has been made in understanding the complexity of these tritrophic interactions. Increasing interest in the areas of nutritional and ecological immunology over the last decade have revealed that plant primary and secondary metabolites can influence the outcomes of insect-pathogen interactions by altering insect immune functioning and physical barriers to pathogen entry...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522532/higher-predation-risk-for-insect-prey-at-low-latitudes-and-elevations
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Tomas Roslin, Bess Hardwick, Vojtech Novotny, William K Petry, Nigel R Andrew, Ashley Asmus, Isabel C Barrio, Yves Basset, Andrea Larissa Boesing, Timothy C Bonebrake, Erin K Cameron, Wesley Dáttilo, David A Donoso, Pavel Drozd, Claudia L Gray, David S Hik, Sarah J Hill, Tapani Hopkins, Shuyin Huang, Bonny Koane, Benita Laird-Hopkins, Liisa Laukkanen, Owen T Lewis, Sol Milne, Isaiah Mwesige, Akihiro Nakamura, Colleen S Nell, Elizabeth Nichols, Alena Prokurat, Katerina Sam, Niels M Schmidt, Alison Slade, Victor Slade, Alžběta Suchanková, Tiit Teder, Saskya van Nouhuys, Vigdis Vandvik, Anita Weissflog, Vital Zhukovich, Eleanor M Slade
Biotic interactions underlie ecosystem structure and function, but predicting interaction outcomes is difficult. We tested the hypothesis that biotic interaction strength increases toward the equator, using a global experiment with model caterpillars to measure predation risk. Across an 11,660-kilometer latitudinal gradient spanning six continents, we found increasing predation toward the equator, with a parallel pattern of increasing predation toward lower elevations. Patterns across both latitude and elevation were driven by arthropod predators, with no systematic trend in attack rates by birds or mammals...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521944/genomics-of-lepidoptera-saliva-reveals-function-in-herbivory
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Loren J Rivera-Vega, Flor E Acevedo, Gary W Felton
Lepidoptera herbivores deposit copious amounts of saliva when feeding. Their saliva is produced by the paired mandibular and labial glands and evidence indicates that it may play an important role in allowing an herbivore to establish on its host plant. Genomic studies of Lepidoptera saliva are beginning to reveal the role of saliva in herbivory. Molecules involved in digestion, detoxification, immunity, defense against plant secondary chemicals, chemoreception and so on have been identified using high throughput genomic tools...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520800/transcriptome-profiling-revealed-novel-transcriptional-regulators-in-maize-responses-to-ostrinia-furnacalis-and-jasmonic-acid
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Hai Wang, Shengyan Li, Shouzhen Teng, Haisheng Liang, Hongjia Xin, Hongjiang Gao, Dafang Huang, Zhihong Lang
Chewing insects cause severe yield losses in crop production worldwide. Crop plants counteract chewing insects by transcriptionally promoting a repertoire of defense gene products that are either toxic to, or attractive to the natural enemies of, pest insects. However, the complexity of the transcriptional reprogramming in plant defense response against chewing insects is still not well understood. In this study, the genome-wide early responses in maize seedlings to Asian corn borer (ACB, Ostrinia furnacalis) and also to jasmonic acid(JA), the pivotal phytohormone controlling plant defense response against herbivory, were transcriptionally profiled by RNA-Seq...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515887/bottom-up-and-top-down-effects-of-tree-species-diversity-on-leaf-insect-herbivory
#9
Bastien Castagneyrol, Damien Bonal, Maxime Damien, Hervé Jactel, Céline Meredieu, Evalyne W Muiruri, Luc Barbaro
The diversity of plant neighbors commonly results in direct, bottom-up effects on herbivore ability to locate their host, and in indirect effects on herbivores involving changes in plant traits and a top-down control by their enemies. Yet, the relative contribution of bottom-up and top-down forces remains poorly understood. We also lack knowledge on the effect of abiotic constraints such as summer drought on the strength and direction of these effects. We measured leaf damage on pedunculate oak (Quercus robur), alone or associated with birch, pine or both in a long-term tree diversity experiment (ORPHEE), where half of the plots were irrigated while the other half remained without irrigation and received only rainfall...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515206/widespread-ecomorphological-convergence-in-multiple-fish-families-spanning-the-marine-freshwater-interface
#10
Aaron M Davis, Ricardo Betancur-R
The theoretical definition and quantification of convergence is an increasingly topical focus in evolutionary research, with particular growing interest on study scales spanning deep phylogenetic divergences and broad geographical areas. While much progress has recently been made in understanding the role of convergence in driving terrestrial (e.g. anole lizards) and aquatic (e.g. cichlids) radiations, little is known about its macroevolutionary effects across environmental gradients. This study uses a suite of recently developed comparative approaches integrating diverse aspects of morphology, dietary data, habitat affiliation and phylogeny to assess convergence across several well-known tropical-temperate fish families in the percomorph suborder Terapontoidei, a clade with considerable phenotypic and ecological diversity radiating in both marine and freshwater environments...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510426/multivariate-analyses-of-phytoplankton-pigment-fluorescence-from-a-freshwater-river-network
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Ruchi Bhattacharya, Christopher L Osburn
Monitoring phytoplankton classes in river networks is critical to understand phytoplankton dynamics, and to predict the ecosystem response to changing land-use and seasons. Applicability of phytoplankton fluorescence as a quick and effective ecological monitoring approach is relatively unexplored in freshwater ecosystems. We used multivariate analyses of fluorescence from pigment extracted in 90 % acetone to assess the variability in phytoplankton classes, herbivory and organic matter quality in a freshwater river network...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509951/costs-and-benefits-of-omnivore-mediated-plant-protection-effects-of-plant-feeding-on-salix-growth-more-detrimental-than-expected
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Adriana Puentes, Christer Björkman
Predators can decrease herbivore damage to plants, and this is often assumed to be beneficial to plant growth/reproduction without actual quantification. Moreover, previous studies have been biased towards strict carnivores and neglected the role of omnivorous predators in prey-suppression. Here, we examined the costs (reduction in growth) and benefits (increase in growth) of enemy-mediated plant protection via the omnivorous (prey and plant-feeding) Orthotylus marginalis, relative to herbivory by a detrimental insect pest of Salix spp...
May 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502120/gut-microbial-communities-of-american-pikas-ochotona-princeps-evidence-for-phylosymbiosis-and-adaptations-to-novel-diets
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Kevin D Kohl, Johanna Varner, Jennifer L Wilkening, M Denise Dearing
1.Gut microbial communities provide many physiological functions to their hosts, especially in herbivorous animals. We still lack an understanding of how these microbial communities are structured across hosts in nature, especially within a given host species. Studies on laboratory mice have demonstrated that host genetics can influence microbial community structure, but that diet can overwhelm these genetic effects. 2.We aimed to test these ideas in a natural system, the American pika (Ochotona princeps). First, pikas are high elevation specialists with significant population structure across various mountain ranges in the USA, allowing us to investigate whether similarities in microbial communities match host genetic differences...
May 14, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498521/does-drought-stress-modify-the-effects-of-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-on-an-aboveground-chewing-herbivore
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Maite Fernández de Bobadilla, Julia Friman, Nurmi Pangesti, Marcel Dicke, Joop J A van Loon, Ana Pineda
Soil microbes have important effects on the interactions of plants with their environment, by promoting plant growth, inducing resistance to pests or by conferring tolerance to abiotic stress. However, their effects are variable and the factors responsible for this variation are mainly unknown. Our aim was to assess how drought stress modifies the effect of the non-pathogenic rhizobacterium Pseudomonas simiae WCS417r on plant growth and resistance against the generalist leaf-chewing caterpillar Mamestra brassicae...
May 12, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496966/effects-of-deer-on-the-photosynthetic-performance-of-invasive-and-native-forest-herbs
#15
J Mason Heberling, Nathan L Brouwer, Susan Kalisz
Overabundant generalist herbivores can facilitate non-native plant invasions, presumably through direct and indirect modifications to the environment that affect plant performance. However, ecophysiological mechanisms behind ungulate-mediated plant invasions have not been well-studied. At a long-term Odocoileus virginianus (white-tailed deer) exclusion site in a temperate deciduous forest, we quantified deer-mediated ecophysiological impacts on an invasive biennial Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) and two palatable native herbaceous perennials, Maianthemum racemosum and Trillium grandiflorum...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493980/characterization-of-the-juvenile-green-turtle-chelonia-mydas-microbiome-throughout-an-ontogenetic-shift-from-pelagic-to-neritic-habitats
#16
James T Price, Frank V Paladino, Margaret M Lamont, Blair E Witherington, Scott T Bates, Tanya Soule
The gut microbiome of herbivorous animals consists of organisms that efficiently digest the structural carbohydrates of ingested plant material. Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) provide an interesting model of change in these microbial communities because they undergo a pronounced shift from a surface-pelagic distribution and omnivorous diet to a neritic distribution and herbivorous diet. As an alternative to direct sampling of the gut, we investigated the cloacal microbiomes of juvenile green turtles before and after recruitment to neritic waters to observe any changes in their microbial community structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491055/metagenomic-sequencing-of-diamondback-moth-gut-microbiome-unveils-key-holobiont-adaptations-for-herbivory
#17
Xiaofeng Xia, Geoff M Gurr, Liette Vasseur, Dandan Zheng, Huanzi Zhong, Bingcai Qin, Junhan Lin, Yue Wang, FengQin Song, Yong Li, Hailan Lin, Minsheng You
Herbivore specialists adapt to feed on a specific group of host plants by evolving various mechanisms to respond to plant defenses. Insects also possess complex gut microbiotas but their potential role in adaptation is poorly understood. Our previous study of the genome of diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella, revealed an intrinsic capacity to detoxify plant defense compounds, which is an important factor in its success as a pest. Here we expand on that work with a complete taxonomic and functional profile of the P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490624/removal-of-an-apex-predator-initiates-a-trophic-cascade-that-extends-from-herbivores-to-vegetation-and-the-soil-nutrient-pool
#18
Timothy Morris, Mike Letnic
It is widely assumed that organisms at low trophic levels, particularly microbes and plants, are essential to basic services in ecosystems, such as nutrient cycling. In theory, apex predators' effects on ecosystems could extend to nutrient cycling and the soil nutrient pool by influencing the intensity and spatial organization of herbivory. Here, we take advantage of a long-term manipulation of dingo abundance across Australia's dingo-proof fence in the Strzelecki Desert to investigate the effects that removal of an apex predator has on herbivore abundance, vegetation and the soil nutrient pool...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490447/plant-spines-deter-herbivory-by-restricting-caterpillar-movement
#19
Rupesh R Kariyat, Sean B Hardison, Consuelo M De Moraes, Mark C Mescher
The spines of flowering plants are thought to function primarily in defence against mammalian herbivores; however, we previously reported that feeding by Manduca sexta caterpillars on the leaves of horsenettle plants (Solanum carolinense) induces increased development of internode spines on new growth. To determine whether and how spines impact caterpillar feeding, we conducted assays with three Solanaceous plant species that vary in spine numbers (S. carolinense, S. atropurpureum and S. aethiopicum) and also manipulated spine numbers within each species...
May 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490446/tolerance-to-herbivory-and-the-resource-availability-hypothesis
#20
Ernesto Gianoli, Cristian Salgado-Luarte
The resource availability hypothesis (RAH), the most successful theory explaining plant defence patterns, predicts that defence investment is related to the relative growth rate (RGR) of plant species, which is associated with habitat quality. Thus, fast-growing species should show lower resistance than slow-growing species, which would lead fast growers to sustain higher herbivory rates, but the fitness consequences of herbivory would be greater for slow growers. The latter is often assumed but rarely tested...
May 2017: Biology Letters
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