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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346559/predicting-plant-biomass-accumulation-from-image-derived-parameters
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Dijun Chen, Rongli Shi, Jean-Michel Pape, Kerstin Neumann, Daniel Arend, Andreas Graner, Ming Chen, Christian Klukas
Background: Image-based high-throughput phenotyping technologies have been rapidly developed in plant science recently and they provide a great potential to gain more valuable information than traditionally destructive methods. Predicting plant biomass is regarded as a key purpose for plant breeders and ecologist. However, it is a great challenge to find a predictive biomass model across experiments. Results: In the present study, we constructed four predictive models to examine the quantitative relationship between image-based features and plant biomass accumulation...
January 16, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345309/microbial-mitigation-exacerbation-continuum-a-novel-framework-for-microbiome-effects-on-hosts-in-the-face-of-stress
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Aaron S David, Khum B Thapa-Magar, Michelle E Afkhami
A key challenge to understanding microbiomes and their role in ecological processes is contextualizing their effects on host organisms, particularly when faced with environmental stress. One influential theory, the Stress Gradient Hypothesis, might predict that the frequency of positive interactions increases with stressful conditions such that microbial taxa would mitigate harmful effects on host performance. Yet, equally plausible is that microbial taxa could exacerbate these effects. Here, we introduce the "Mitigation-Exacerbation Continuum" as a novel framework to conceptualize microbial mediation of stress...
January 18, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345304/toward-more-robust-plant-soil-feedback-research
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Matthew J Rinella, Kurt O Reinhart
Understanding if and how plant-soil biota feedbacks (PSFs) shape plant communities has become a major research priority. In this paper, we draw on a recent, high-profile PSF study to illustrate that certain widely used experimental methods cannot reliably determine if PSFs occur. One problem involves gathering soil samples adjacent to multiple conditioning plants, mixing the samples and then growing phytometers in the mixtures to test for PSFs. This mixed soil approach does not establish that the conditioning plant being present caused the soil biota to be present, the first step of a PSF...
January 18, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345191/enhanced-sulfide-removal-and-bioelectricity-generation-in-microbial-fuel-cells-with-anodes-modified-by-vertically-oriented-nanosheets
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Meng Yang, Yuezhi Zhong, Baogang Zhang, Jiaxin Shi, Xueyang Huang, Yi Xing, Lin Su, Huipeng Liu, Alistair G L Borthwick
Anode materials and structures are of critical importance for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) recovering energy from toxic substrates. Carbon-fiber-felt anodes modified by layers of vertically oriented TiO2 and Fe2O3 nanosheets respectively were applied in present study. Enhanced sulfide removal efficiencies (both over 90%) were obtained after 48 h operation, with maximum power densities improved by 1.53 and 1.36 folds compared with MFCs with raw carbon-fiber-felt anode, respectively. The modified anodes provided more active sites for microbial adhesion with increasing biomass densities...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344754/green-and-sustainable-separation-of-natural-products-from-agro-industrial-waste-challenges-potentialities-and-perspectives-on-emerging-approaches
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Vânia G Zuin, Luize Z Ramin
New generations of biorefinery combine innovative biomass waste resources from different origins, chemical extraction and/or synthesis of biomaterials, biofuels, and bioenergy via green and sustainable processes. From the very beginning, identifying and evaluating all potentially high value-added chemicals that could be removed from available renewable feedstocks requires robust, efficient, selective, reproducible, and benign analytical approaches. With this in mind, green and sustainable separation of natural products from agro-industrial waste is clearly attractive considering both socio-environmental and economic aspects...
January 17, 2018: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344709/microbial-characterization-of-methanogenic-and-iron-reducing-consortium-in-reactors-with-polychlorinated-biphenyls
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Mara R de Lima E Silva, Regiane C Correa, Isabel K Sakamoto, Maria B A Varesche
Recent papers have confirmed current environmental pollution and the continuous release of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) despite the prohibition of its manufacture worldwide. As the dehalogenating microorganisms are able to remove halogens from various analogous compounds, the characterization of PCB metabolisms can improve the degradation of similar compounds. Thus, this study extensively evaluated the microbial community developed in methanogenic and iron-reducing reactors. The horizontal-flow anaerobic reactor (HAIB) with real waste of Aroclor (1 mL L-1) was fed with mineral medium, ethanol, and sodium formate...
January 17, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343730/first-estimates-of-greenland-shark-somniosus-microcephalus-local-abundances-in-arctic-waters
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Brynn M Devine, Laura J Wheeland, Jonathan A D Fisher
Baited remote underwater video cameras were deployed in the Eastern Canadian Arctic, for the purpose of estimating local densities of the long-lived Greenland shark within five deep-water, data-poor regions of interest for fisheries development and marine conservation in Nunavut, Canada. A total of 31 camera deployments occurred between July-September in 2015 and 2016 during joint exploratory fishing and scientific cruises. Greenland sharks appeared at 80% of deployments. A total of 142 individuals were identified and no individuals were observed in more than one deployment...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343667/genotypic-effects-on-sugar-and-by-products-of-liquid-hydrolysates-and-on-saccharification-of-acid-insoluble-residues-of-from-wheat-straw
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Ryoko Ohno, Hiroshi Teramura, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo, Shigeo Takumi
Wheat straw is one of the major attractive resources for low-cost raw materials for renewable energy, biofuels and biochemicals. However, like other sources of lignocellulosic biomass, straw is a heterogeneous material due to its mixed origin from different tissue and cell types. Here, to examine the genotypic effects on biorefinery usage of wheat straw, straw obtained from different wheat cultivars and experimental lines was pretreated with dilute acid. Significant differences between cultivars were observed in the concentrations of glucose and toxic by-products of the liquid hydrolysates...
January 17, 2018: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343191/thermophilic-xylanases-from-bench-to-bottle
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Abdul Basit, Junquan Liu, Kashif Rahim, Wei Jiang, Huiqiang Lou
Lignocellulosic biomass is a valuable raw material. As technology has evolved, industrial interest in new ways to take advantage of this raw material has grown. Biomass is treated with different microbial cells or enzymes under ideal industrial conditions to produce the desired products. Xylanases are the key enzymes that degrade the xylosidic linkages in the xylan backbone of the biomass, and commercial enzymes are categorized into different glycoside hydrolase families. Thermophilic microorganisms are excellent sources of industrially relevant thermostable enzymes that can withstand the harsh conditions of industrial processing...
January 17, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342961/effects-of-salt-stress-on-plant-growth-antioxidant-capacity-glandular-trichome-density-and-volatile-exudates-of-schizonepeta-tenuifolia-briq
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Ying Zhou, Nanyu Tang, Lijin Huang, Yongjuan Zhao, Xiaoqing Tang, Kangcai Wang
Salinity is a major abiotic factor affecting plant growth and secondary metabolism. However, no information is available about its effects on Schizonepeta tenuifolia Briq., a traditional Chinese herb. Here, we investigated the changes of plant growth, antioxidant capacity, glandular trichome density, and volatile exudates of S. tenuifolia exposed to salt stress (0, 25, 50, 75, 100 mM NaCl). Results showed that its dry biomass was reduced by salt treatments except 25 mM NaCl. Contents of antioxidants, including phenolics and flavonoids, increased at low (25 mM) or moderate (50 mM) levels, but declined at severe (75 and 100 mM) levels...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342316/solvent-free-enzyme-activity-quick-high-yielding-mechano-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-cellulose-into-glucose
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Fabien Hammerer, Leigh Loots, Jean-Louis Do, J P Daniel Therien, Christopher W Nickels, Tomislav Friscic, Karine Auclair
Mechanochemistry enables enzymatic cleavage of cellulose into glucose without bulk solvents, acids, other aggressive reagents or substrate pre-treatment. This clean mechano-enzymatic process is also directly applicable to biomass, avoids many limitations associated with the use of cellulases, and produces glucose concentrations >3 times the highest obtained by conventional methods.
January 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341854/separation-of-brown-carbon-from-black-carbon-for-improve-and-csn-pm2-5-samples
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Judith C Chow, John G Watson, Mark C Green, Xiaoliang Wang, L-W Antony Chen, Dana L Trimble, Paul M Cropper, Steven D Kohl, Steven B Gronstal
The replacement of the DRI Model 2001 with Model 2015 thermal/optical analyzers (TOAs) results in continuity of the long-term organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) data base, and it adds optical information with no additional carbon analysis effort. The value of multiwavelength light attenuation is that light absorption due to black carbon (BC) can be separated from that of brown carbon (BrC), with subsequent attribution to known sources such as biomass burning and secondary organic aerosols. There is evidence of filter loading effects for the 25% of all samples with the highest EC concentrations based on the ratio of light attenuation to EC...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341449/digging-deeper-a-holistic-perspective-of-factors-affecting-soil-organic-carbon-sequestration-in-agroecosystems
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Rattan Lal
The global magnitude (Pg) of soil organic carbon (SOC) is 677 to 0.3-m, 993 to 0.5-m, and 1505 to 1-m depth. Thus, ~55% of SOC to 1-m lies below 0.3-m depth. Soils of agroecosystems are depleted of their SOC stock and have a low use efficiency of inputs of agronomic yield. This review is a collation and synthesis of articles published in peer-reviewed journals. The rates of SOC sequestration are scaled up to the global level by linear extrapolation. Soil C sink capacity depends on depth, clay content and mineralogy, plant available water holding capacity, nutrient reserves, landscape position, and the antecedent SOC stock...
January 17, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341173/strigolactones-positively-regulate-chilling-tolerance-in-pea-and-in-arabidopsis
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James W Cooper, Yan Hu, Leila Beyyoudh, H Yildiz Dasgan, Karl Kunert, Christine A Beveridge, Christine H Foyer
Strigolactones (SL) fulfil important roles in plant development and stress tolerance. Here we characterised the role of SL in the dark chilling tolerance of pea and Arabidopsis by analysis of mutants that are defective in either SL synthesis or signalling. Pea mutants (rms3, rms4, rms5) had significantly greater shoot branching with higher leaf chlorophyll a/b ratios and carotenoid contents than the wild type. Exposure to dark chilling significantly decreased shoot fresh weights but increased leaf numbers in all lines...
January 17, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341123/do-longer-root-hairs-improve-phosphorus-uptake-testing-the-hypothesis-with-transgenic-brachypodium-distachyon-lines-overexpressing-endogenous-rsl-genes
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Chunyan Zhang, Richard J Simpson, Chul Min Kim, Norman Warthmann, Emmanuel Delhaize, Liam Dolan, Mary E Byrne, Yu Wu, Peter R Ryan
Mutants without root hairs show reduced inorganic orthophosphate (Pi) uptake and compromised growth on soils when Pi availability is restricted. What is less clear is whether root hairs that are longer than wild-type provide an additional benefit to phosphorus (P) nutrition. This was tested using transgenic Brachypodium lines with longer root hairs. The lines were transformed with the endogenous BdRSL2 and BdRSL3 genes using either a constitutive promoter or a root hair-specific promoter. Plants were grown for 32 d in soil amended with various Pi concentrations...
January 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340862/effect-of-brewery-wastewater-obtained-from-different-phases-of-treatment-plant-on-seed-germination-of-chickpea-cicer-arietinum-maize-zea-mays-and-pigeon-pea-cajanus-cajan
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Rupa Salian, Suhas Wani, Ramamohan Reddy, Mukund Patil
Brewing industry releases large quantities of wastewater after product generation. Brewery wastewater contains organic compounds which are biodegradable in nature. These biodegradable wastes can be recycled and reused and hence considered as suitable products for agriculture. But before using wastewater for agriculture, it is better to evaluate the phytotoxic effects of wastewater on crops. Hence, the main objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of brewery effluent on seed germination and growth parameters of selected crop species like chickpea (Cicer arietinum), maize (Zea mays), and pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan)...
January 17, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340860/trace-element-phytoextraction-from-contaminated-soil-a-case-study-under-mediterranean-climate
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Werther Guidi Nissim, Emily Palm, Stefano Mancuso, Elisa Azzarello
The current field study aims to assess the suitability of four different plant species (i.e. poplar, willow, hemp and alfalfa) to be used for trace element (TE) (i.e. Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn) phytoextraction under hot-arid Mediterranean climate conditions. Plants were grown for two consecutive years on a moderate TE contaminated soil, supplied with water and mineral nutrients. The growth and physiological parameters were assessed throughout the trial to compare the response of plants to the environmental pollution, and TE uptake rates were measured for aboveground plant tissues...
January 16, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340711/microbial-degradation-of-triclosan-by-a-novel-strain-of-dyella-sp
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Shizong Wang, Yanan Yin, Jianlong Wang
A novel strain capable of degrading triclosan was isolated from the acclimated activated sludge and identified to be Dyella sp. WW1 based on 16S rDNA analysis. The effect of initial concentration of triclosan (0.2, 1, 5, and 10 mg/L), temperature (15, 25, and 35 °C), pH (5, 7, and 9), and additional carbon source on the degradation of triclosan was investigated in a mineral medium. The results showed that Dyella sp. WW1 can use triclosan as sole carbon source and degrade it when initial triclosan concentration was in the range of 0...
January 16, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340613/biomass-increase-under-zinc-deficiency-caused-by-delay-of-early-flowering-in-arabidopsis
#19
Xiaochao Chen, Uwe Ludewig
Plants generally produce more biomass when all nutrients are available in sufficient amounts. In addition to environmental constraints, genetic and developmental factors, such as the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth, restrict maximal yield. Here we report the peculiar observation that a subset of Arabidopsis thaliana accessions produced larger shoot rosette diameters when grown in zinc (Zn)-deficient conditions, compared with Zn-sufficient conditions. This was associated with early flowering that restricted the leaf length under Zn sufficiency...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339780/extractable-pool-of-biochar-controls-on-crop-productivity-rather-than-greenhouse-gas-emission-from-a-rice-paddy-under-rice-wheat-rotation
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Punhoon Khan Korai, Xin Xia, Xiaoyu Liu, Rongjun Bian, Morris Oduor Omondi, Alphonse Nahayo, Genxing Pan
The role of extractable pool of biochar in crop productivity and soil greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission is not yet clear. In this study, two biochars with and without extraction was added to a paddy before rice transplantation at 20 t·ha-1. Crop yield, plant traits and greenhouse gas emission monitored throughout a rice-wheat rotation. Between the biochar treatments, changes in bulk density and microbial biomass carbon were insignificant. However, the increase in organic carbon was similar between maize and wheat biochars while higher under bulk wheat biochar than extracted one...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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