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Andrew N Gherlenda, Ben D Moore, Anthony M Haigh, Scott N Johnson, Markus Riegler
BACKGROUND: Climate change factors such as elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations (e[CO2]) and altered rainfall patterns can alter leaf composition and phenology. This may subsequently impact insect herbivory. In sclerophyllous forests insects have developed strategies, such as preferentially feeding on new leaf growth, to overcome physical or foliar nitrogen constraints, and this may shift under climate change. Few studies of insect herbivory at elevated [CO2] have occurred under field conditions and none on mature evergreen trees in a naturally established forest, yet estimates for leaf area loss due to herbivory are required in order to allow accurate predictions of plant productivity in future climates...
October 19, 2016: BMC Ecology
Zhijiao Song, Miaomiao Zhang, Fagen Li, Qijie Weng, Chanpin Zhou, Mei Li, Jie Li, Huanhua Huang, Xiaoyong Mo, Siming Gan
Identification of loci or genes under natural selection is important for both understanding the genetic basis of local adaptation and practical applications, and genome scans provide a powerful means for such identification purposes. In this study, genome-wide simple sequence repeats markers (SSRs) were used to scan for molecular footprints of divergent selection in Eucalyptus grandis, a hardwood species occurring widely in costal areas from 32° S to 16° S in Australia. High population diversity levels and weak population structure were detected with putatively neutral genomic SSRs...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
C Vijayakumar, M Ramesh, A Murugesan, N Panneerselvam, D Subramaniam, M Bharathiraja
The modern scenario reveals that the world is facing energy crisis due to the dwindling sources of fossil fuels. Environment protection agencies are more concerned about the atmospheric pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels. Alternative fuel research is getting augmented because of the above reasons. Plant seed oils (vegetable oils) are cleaner, sustainable, and renewable. So, it can be the most suitable alternative fuel for compression ignition (CI) engines. This paper reviews the availability of different types of plant seed oils, several methods for production of biodiesel from vegetable oils, and its properties...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Marcos O Valduga, Rafael D Zenni, Jean R S Vitule
Non-native tree plantations represent 7% of the world's forests and 1.24% of the Brazilian vegetation. Planted areas are expected to increase in the near future; thus, it is important to systematize existing knowledge on the ecological effects of plantations to aid forest management and biodiversity conservation. Here, we conducted a systematic review of the ecological literature associated with planted Pinus and Eucalyptus species in Brazil. We compared publication metrics with geographical distribution of species, ecosystems, biomes, studied taxa, and ecological impacts...
October 10, 2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Huynh Thi Thu Hue, Duong Thi Thu Ha, Nong Van Hai, Le Thi Thu Hien
The most important enzyme of the phenylpropanoid pathway, 4-coumarate:coenzyme A ligase (4CL), is encoded by several homologous genes including 4CL1. The 4CL1 promoter is a tissue-specific gene expression element, particularly active in the secondary xylem or older stems. In this study, the 1127 bp 5'- upstream region of the 4CL1 coding sequence from Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Euc4CL1, was isolated and characterized. Essential putative cis-elements in the Euc4CL1 promoter included: a TATA-box at -22/-28 position, two CCAAT-boxes at -256/-260 and -277/-281 positions, respectively, an AC-element at -328/-336 and A-boxes at -115/-120 and -990/-995 positions...
July 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Courtney E Campany, Mark G Tjoelker, Susanne von Caemmerer, Remko A Duursma
Light gradients within tree canopies play a major role in the distribution of plant resources that define the photosynthetic capacity of sun and shade leaves. However, the biochemical and diffusional constraints on gas exchange in sun and shade leaves in response to light remain poorly quantified, but critical for predicting canopy carbon and water exchange. To investigate the CO2 diffusion pathway of sun and shade leaves, leaf gas exchange was coupled with concurrent measurements of carbon isotope discrimination to measure net leaf photosynthesis (An ), stomatal conductance (gs ) and mesophyll conductance (gm ) in Eucalyptus tereticornis trees grown in climate controlled whole-tree chambers...
October 10, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
Zhenzhen Zhang, Ping Zhao, Heather R McCarthy, Lei Ouyang, Junfeng Niu, Liwei Zhu, Guangyan Ni, Yuqing Huang
A clear understanding of hydraulic regulation in cultivated plants is crucial for addressing challenges to forest water cycling due to climate changes in low subtropical China. Experiments were conducted to determine the hydrologic balance of a Eucalyptus urophylla plantation in response to periodic drought. Trees displayed lower stomatal conductance (GS) and leaf water potentials (ΨL) during the dry periods. A decrease of 22.4% was found for the maximum reference GS (GS at D = 1 kPa; GSref-max). Accordingly, specific hydraulic conductivity (ks) decreased by 45...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Byalakere Rudraiah Chandra Shekar, Ramesh Nagarajappa, Rupal Singh, S Suma, Rupesh Thakur
BACKGROUND: The rise in disease incidence, increased resistance of pathogenic bacteria to currently used antibiotics and chemotherapeutics, opportunistic infections in immunocompromised individuals, and financial considerations in developing countries necessitates alternate preventive and treatment strategies for oral diseases. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to assess the antimicrobial efficacy of triple and quadruple combinations of Acacia nilotica (AN), Murraya koenigii (Linn...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Tian-Min Qiao, Jing Zhang, Shu-Jiang Li, Shan Han, Tian-Hui Zhu
Eucalyptus dieback disease, caused by Cylindrocladium scoparium, has occurred in last few years in large Eucalyptus planting areas in China and other countries. Rapid, simple, and reliable diagnostic techniques are desired for the early detection of Eucalyptus dieback of C. scoparium prior to formulation of efficient control plan. For this purpose, three PCR-based methods of nested PCR, multiplex PCR, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) were developed for detection of C. scoparium based on factor 1-alpha (tef1) and beta-tubulin gene in this study...
October 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Han-Yin Li, Chen-Zhou Wang, Xue Chen, Xue-Fei Cao, Shao-Ni Sun, Run-Cang Sun
An integrated process based on ionic liquids ([Bmim]Cl and [Bmim]OAc) pretreatment and successive alkali post-treatments (0.5, 2.0, and 4.0% NaOH at 90°C for 2h) was performed to isolate lignins from Eucalyptus. The structural features and spatial distribution of lignin in the Eucalyptus cell wall were investigated thoroughly. Results revealed that the ionic liquids pretreatment promoted the isolation of alkaline lignin from the pretreated samples without obvious structural changes. Additionally, the integrated process resulted in syringyl-rich lignin macromolecules with more β-O-4' linkages and less phenolic hydroxyl groups...
September 29, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Marçal Soler, Anna Plasencia, Jorge Lepikson-Neto, Eduardo L O Camargo, Annabelle Dupas, Nathalie Ladouce, Edouard Pesquet, Fabien Mounet, Romain Larbat, Jacqueline Grima-Pettenati
Comparative phylogenetic analyses of the R2R3-MYB transcription factor family revealed that five subgroups were preferentially found in woody species and were totally absent from Brassicaceae and monocots (Soler et al., 2015). Here, we analyzed one of these subgroups (WPS-I) for which no gene had been yet characterized. Most Eucalyptus members of WPS-I are preferentially expressed in the vascular cambium, the secondary meristem responsible for tree radial growth. We focused on EgMYB88, which is the most specifically and highly expressed in vascular tissues, and showed that it behaves as a transcriptional activator in yeast...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Behzat Balci, Fatma Elcin Erkurt
In the present study, Eucalyptus camaldulensis bark/magnetite composite (EBMC) was used for a potential application as a low-cost adsorbent for the removal of Reactive Black 5 (RB5). The adsorption experiments were performed with aqueous solution (RB5 + distilled water) and synthetic dye bath wastewater (SDBW) in order to investigate the potential application of EBMC in the textile industry. The effects of the various parameters, the initial dye concentration, the temperature, the pH, and the EBMC dosage on the adsorption were investigated...
September 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Angelica Marsberg, Martin Kemler, Fahimeh Jami, Jan H Nagel, Alisa Postma-Smidt, Sanushka Naidoo, Michael J Wingfield, Pedro W Crous, Joseph Spatafora, Cedar N Hesse, Barbara Robbertse, Bernard Slippers
: Botryosphaeria dothidea is the type species of Botryosphaeria (Botryosphaeriaceae, Botryosphaeriales). Fungi residing in this order are amongst the most widespread and important canker and dieback pathogens of trees worldwide, with B. dothidea one of the most common species on a large number of hosts. Its taxonomic circumscription has undergone substantial change in the past decade, making it difficult to interpret the large volume of literature linked to the name B. dothidea. This pathogen profile synthesises the current understanding of B...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
Reginaldo Brito da Costa, Jeane Cabral da Silva, Leandro Skowronski, Michel Constantino, Hemerson Pistori, Jannaína Velasques da Costa Pinto
Assessing the parental genetic differences and their subsequent prediction of progeny performance is an important first step to assure the efficiency of any breeding program. In this study, we estimate the genetic divergence in Eucalyptus camaldulensis based on the morphological traits of 132 progenies grown in a savanna biome. Thus, a field experiment was performed using a randomized block design and five replications to compare divergences in total height, commercial height, diameter at breast height, stem form and survival rate at 48 months...
2016: PloS One
Bruna Marques Dos Santos, Tiago Santana Balbuena
: Photosynthetic organisms may be drastically affected by the future climate projections of a considerable increase in CO2 concentrations. Growth under a high concentration of CO2 could stimulate carbon assimilation-especially in C3-type plants. We used a proteomics approach to test the hypothesis of an increase in the abundance of the enzymes involved in carbon assimilation in Eucalyptus urophylla plants grown under conditions of high atmospheric CO2. Our strategy allowed the profiling of all Calvin-Benson cycle enzymes and associated protein species...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
A G Quentin, T Rodemann, M-F Doutreleau, M Moreau, N W Davies
Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) is frequently used for the assessment of key nutrients of forage or crops but remains underused in ecological and physiological studies, especially to quantify non-structural carbohydrates. The aim of this study was to develop calibration models to assess the content in soluble sugars (fructose, glucose, sucrose) and starch in foliar material of Eucalyptus globulus A partial least squares (PLS) regression was used on the sample spectral data and was compared to the contents measured using standard wet chemistry methods...
September 26, 2016: Tree Physiology
Emma Li Johansson, Marianela Fader, Jonathan W Seaquist, Kimberly A Nicholas
In the last decade, more than 22 million ha of land have been contracted to large-scale land acquisitions in Africa, leading to increased pressures, competition, and conflicts over freshwater resources. Currently, 3% of contracted land is in production, for which we model site-specific water demands to indicate where freshwater appropriation might pose high socioenvironmental challenges. We use the dynamic global vegetation model Lund-Potsdam-Jena managed Land to simulate green (precipitation stored in soils and consumed by plants through evapotranspiration) and blue (extracted from rivers, lakes, aquifers, and dams) water demand and crop yields for seven irrigation scenarios, and compare these data with two baseline scenarios of staple crops representing previous water demand...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
C Grima-Olmedo, Á Ramírez-Gómez, D Gómez-Limón, C Clemente-Jul
Forestry waste (eucalyptus sp) was converted into activated carbon by initial flash pyrolysis followed carbonization and CO2 activation. These residues were obtained from a pilot plant in Spain that produces biofuel, the biochar represented 10-15% in weight. It was observed that the highest activation was achieved at a temperature of 800 °C, the specific surface increased with time but, on the contrary, high loss of matter was observed. At 600 °C, although there was an important increase of the specific surface and the volume of micropores, at this temperature it was observed that the activation time was not an influential parameter...
September 2016: Heliyon
Heidy Herrera, Wilson Barros-Parada, M Fernanda Flores, Wittko Francke, Eduardo Fuentes-Contreras, Marcela Rodriguez, Francisca Santis, Paulo H G Zarbin, Jan Bergmann
Chilecomadia valdiviana (Philippi) (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) is an insect native to Chile. The larval stages feed on the wood of economically important fruit tree species such as apple, pear, olive, cherry, and avocado, and also on eucalyptus. This causes weakening and, in case of severe infestation, death of the tree. We report identification of the sex pheromone produced by females of this species. Hexane extracts of the abdominal glands of virgin females were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) with electroantennographic detection, GC coupled with mass spectrometry, and GC coupled to infrared spectroscopy...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
Ernesto Deus, Joaquim S Silva, Filipe X Catry, Miguel Rocha, Francisco Moreira
Car surveys (CS) are a common method for assessing the distribution of alien invasive plants. Google Street View (GSV), a free-access web technology where users may experience a virtual travel along roads, has been suggested as a cost-effective alternative to car surveys. We tested if we could replicate the results from a countrywide survey conducted by car in Portugal using GSV as a remote sensing tool, aiming at assessing the distribution of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. wildlings on roadsides adjacent to eucalypt stands...
October 2015: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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