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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535127/modelling-virus-coinfection-to-inform-management-of-maize-lethal-necrosis-in-kenya
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Frank Hilker, Linda Allen, Vrushali Bokil, Cheryl Briggs, Zhilan Feng, Karen A Garrett, Louis Gross, Frédéric Hamelin, Michael J Jeger, Carrie Manore, Alison Power, Margaret Redinbaugh, Megan Rúa, Nik J Cunniffe
Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has emerged as a serious threat to food security in sub-Saharan Africa. MLN is caused by coinfection with two viruses, maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) and a potyvirus, often sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV). To better understand dynamics of MLN and to provide insight into disease management, we model the spread of the viruses causing MLN within and between growing seasons. The model allows for transmission via vectors, soil and seeds, as well as exogenous sources of infection. Following model parameterisation, we predict how management affects disease prevalence and crop performance over multiple seasons...
May 23, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533895/effects-of-nitrogen-and-tiller-type-on-grain-yield-and-physiological-responses-in-rice
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Yang Wang, Jianwei Lu, Tao Ren, Saddam Hussain, Chen Guo, Sen Wang, Rihuan Cong, Xiaokun Li
The increasing food demands from an expanding population necessitate global efforts to increase crop production and ensure food security. The rate of nitrogen (N) fertilizer application is strongly related to crop yield. However, although the application of N fertilizer significantly increases the number of tillers in rice, late emerging tillers usually produce lower yields compared with early emerging tillers. Understanding the physiological constraints of late emerging rice tillers is critical for further increasing rice grain yields...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533789/beans-phaseolus-ssp-as-a-model-for-understanding-crop-evolution
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REVIEW
Elena Bitocchi, Domenico Rau, Elisa Bellucci, Monica Rodriguez, Maria L Murgia, Tania Gioia, Debora Santo, Laura Nanni, Giovanna Attene, Roberto Papa
Here, we aim to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the most significant outcomes in the literature regarding the origin of Phaseolus genus, the geographical distribution of the wild species, the domestication process, and the wide spread out of the centers of origin. Phaseolus can be considered as a unique model for the study of crop evolution, and in particular, for an understanding of the convergent phenotypic evolution that occurred under domestication. The almost unique situation that characterizes the Phaseolus genus is that five of its ∼70 species have been domesticated (i...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533337/development-of-a-medium-density-combined-species-snp-array-for-pacific-and-european-oysters-crassostrea-gigas-and-ostrea-edulis
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Alejandro P Gutierrez, Frances Turner, Karim Gharbi, Richard Talbot, Natalie R Lowe, Carolina Peñaloza, Mark McCullough, Paulo A Prodöhl, Tim P Bean, Ross D Houston
SNP arrays are enabling tools for high-resolution studies of the genetic basis of complex traits in farmed and wild animals. Oysters are of critical importance in many regions from both an ecological and economic perspective, and oyster aquaculture forms a key component of global food security. The aim of our study was to design a combined-species medium density SNP array for Pacific oyster (C. gigas) and European flat oyster (O. edulis), and to test the performance of this array on farmed and wild populations from multiple locations, with a focus on European populations...
May 22, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530677/whole-genome-resequencing-of-292-pigeonpea-accessions-identifies-genomic-regions-associated-with-domestication-and-agronomic-traits
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Rajeev K Varshney, Rachit K Saxena, Hari D Upadhyaya, Aamir W Khan, Yue Yu, Changhoon Kim, Abhishek Rathore, Dongseon Kim, Jihun Kim, Shaun An, Vinay Kumar, Ghanta Anuradha, Kalinati Narasimhan Yamini, Wei Zhang, Sonnappa Muniswamy, Jong-So Kim, R Varma Penmetsa, Eric von Wettberg, Swapan K Datta
Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan), a tropical grain legume with low input requirements, is expected to continue to have an important role in supplying food and nutritional security in developing countries in Asia, Africa and the tropical Americas. From whole-genome resequencing of 292 Cajanus accessions encompassing breeding lines, landraces and wild species, we characterize genome-wide variation. On the basis of a scan for selective sweeps, we find several genomic regions that were likely targets of domestication and breeding...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529703/prima-facie-reasons-to-question-enclosed-intellectual-property-regimes-and-favor-open-source-regimes-for-germplasm
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Madeleine-Thérèse Halpert, M Jahi Chappell
In principle, intellectual property protections (IPPs) promote and protect important but costly investment in research and development. However, the empirical reality of IPPs has often gone without critical evaluation, and the potential of alternative approaches to lend equal or greater support for useful innovation is rarely considered. In this paper, we review the mounting evidence that the global intellectual property regime (IPR) for germplasm has been neither necessary nor sufficient to generate socially beneficial improvements in crop plants and maintain agrobiodiversity...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529528/safety-evaluation-of-potential-toxic-metals-exposure-from-street-foods-consumed-in-mid-west-nigeria
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O C Ekhator, N A Udowelle, S Igbiri, R N Asomugha, Z N Igweze, O E Orisakwe
Objective. Street-vended foods offer numerous advantages to food security; nevertheless, the safety of street food should be considered. This study has investigated the level of potential toxic metal (Pb, Cd, Hg, Sb, Mn, and Al) contamination among street-vended foods in Benin City and Umunede. Methods. Twenty street food samples were purchased from vendors at bus stops. Metals were analyzed with atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The methods developed by the US EPA were employed to evaluate the potential health risk of toxic metals...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526704/elder-women-s-perceptions-around-optimal-perinatal-health-a-constructivist-grounded-theory-study-with-an-indigenous-community-in-southern-ontario
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Sujane Kandasamy, Meredith Vanstone, Mark Oremus, Trista Hill, Gita Wahi, Julie Wilson, A Darlene Davis, Ruby Jacobs, Rebecca Anglin, Sonia Savitri Anand
BACKGROUND: Women play important roles in translating health knowledge, particularly around pregnancy and birth, in Indigenous societies. We investigated elder Indigenous women's perceptions around optimal perinatal health. METHODS: Using a methodological framework that integrated a constructivist grounded-theory approach with an Indigenous epistemology, we conducted and analyzed in-depth interviews and focus groups with women from the Six Nations community in southern Ontario who self-identified as grandmothers...
May 18, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522870/the-rice-production-practices-of-high-yield-and-high-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-jiangsu-china
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Jiuxin Guo, Xiangyu Hu, Limin Gao, Kailiu Xie, Ning Ling, Qirong Shen, Shuijin Hu, Shiwei Guo
To face the great challenges of ensuring food security and environmental sustainability, agricultural production must be improved by high yield and high resource utilization efficiency (HYHE). We recently addressed this challenge and evaluated yield potential by surveying 735 farmers in 2008-2012 and then conducting 6 rice field experiments in 2008-2013 with large demonstration areas in 2010-2013 aimed to actualize the HYHE in Jiangsu Province, China. The survey result showed that the averaged N rate, grain yield and N partial factor productivity (PFPN) of the farmers were 336...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522842/cryo-electron-microscopy-structure-of-the-macrobrachium-rosenbergii-nodavirus-capsid-at-7-angstroms-resolution
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Kok Lian Ho, Chare Li Kueh, Poay Ling Beh, Wen Siang Tan, David Bhella
White tail disease in the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii causes significant economic losses in shrimp farms and hatcheries and poses a threat to food-security in many developing countries. Outbreaks of Macrobrachium rosenbergii nodavirus (MrNV), the causative agent of white tail disease (WTD) are associated with up to 100% mortality rates. There are no interventions available to treat or prevent MrNV disease however. Here we show the structure of MrNV virus-like particles (VLPs) produced by recombinant expression of the capsid protein, using cryogenic electron microscopy...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515571/estimating-yield-gaps-at-the-cropping-system-level
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Nicolas Guilpart, Patricio Grassini, Victor O Sadras, Jagadish Timsina, Kenneth G Cassman
Yield gap analyses of individual crops have been used to estimate opportunities for increasing crop production at local to global scales, thus providing information crucial to food security. However, increases in crop production can also be achieved by improving cropping system yield through modification of spatial and temporal arrangement of individual crops. In this paper we define the cropping system yield potential as the output from the combination of crops that gives the highest energy yield per unit of land and time, and the cropping system yield gap as the difference between actual energy yield of an existing cropping system and the cropping system yield potential...
May 2017: Field Crops Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515301/the-influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-promotes-efficient-nuclear-export-of-unspliced-viral-m1-mrna
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Carina F Pereira, Eliot K C Read, Helen M Wise, Maria J Amorim, Paul Digard
Influenza A virus mRNAs are transcribed by the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in the cell nucleus before being exported to the cytoplasm for translation. Segment 7 produces two major transcripts: an unspliced mRNA that encodes the M1 matrix protein and a spliced transcript that encodes the M2 ion channel. Export of both mRNAs is dependent on the cellular NXF1/TAP pathway but it is unclear how they are recruited to the export machinery or how the intron-containing but unspliced M1 mRNA bypasses the normal quality control checkpoints...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514432/the-perception-of-strigolactones-in-vascular-plants
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REVIEW
Shelley Lumba, Duncan Holbrook-Smith, Peter McCourt
Small-molecule hormones play central roles in plant development, ranging from cellular differentiation and organ formation to developmental response instruction in changing environments. A recently discovered collection of related small molecules collectively called strigolactones are of particular interest, as these hormones also function as ecological communicators between plants and fungi and between parasitic plants and their hosts. Advances from model plant systems have begun to unravel how, as a hormone, strigolactone is perceived and transduced...
May 17, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513920/moisture-induced-greening-of-the-south-asia-over-the-past-three-decades
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Xiaoyi Wang, Tao Wang, Dan Liu, Hui Guo, Huabing Huang, Yutong Zhao
South Asia experienced a weakening of summer monsoon circulation in the past several decades, resulting in rainfall decline in wet regions. In comparison to other tropical ecosystems, quantitative assessments of the extent and triggers of vegetation change are lacking in assessing climate-change impacts over South Asia dominated by crops. Here we use satellite-based normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) to quantify spatial-temporal changes in vegetation greenness, and find a widespread annual greening trend that stands in contrast to the weakening of summer monsoon circulation particularly over the last decade...
May 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512124/use-of-propranolol-in-a-remote-region-of-rural-guatemala-to-treat-a-large-facial-infantile-haemangioma
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Vera Goldberg, Boris Martinez, Katia Cnop, Peter Rohloff
We present a female infant with a right-sided facial and neck haemangioma, from a remote, resource-poor community in rural Guatemala. She received first-line treatment, propranolol, with marked reduction in tumour size and erythema. Treatment was stopped after 35 weeks due to recurrent diarrhoea and sustained weight loss. Propranolol can be used to safely treat infants with haemangiomas in remote, rural communities if there is adequate follow-up, education and communication. Periocular haemangiomas should be treated promptly to avoid visual impairment...
May 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507411/cross-sectional-study-on-bovine-mastitis-and-its-associated-risk-factors-in-ambo-district-of-west-shewa-zone-oromia-ethiopia
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Edilu J Sarba, Getachew K Tola
AIM: A cross-sectional study was conducted to estimate the prevalence and associated risk factors of mastitis in dairy cows. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 302 dairy cows were selected from all volunteer dairy farms in Ambo district of West Shewa Zone, Oromia region. Thorough clinical examination was made on all lactating cows for evidence of signs of clinical mastitis followed by collection of milk sample for examination of gross changes of milk secretion and California mastitis test...
April 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505083/family-planning-and-the-samburu-a-qualitative-study-exploring-the-thoughts-of-men-on-a-population-health-and-environment-programme-in-rural-kenya
#17
Loren Kock, Audrey Prost
Population Health and Environment (PHE) strategies are argued to improve ecosystem and human health by addressing family size and its effects on natural resource use, food security, and reproductive health. This study investigates men's views on a PHE family planning (FP) programme delivered among the pastoral Samburu tribe in rural northern Kenya. Three focus group discussions and nine semi-structured interviews were conducted with 27 Samburu men. These discussions revealed support for environmentally-sensitised family planning promotion...
May 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504709/food-security-is-related-to-adult-type-2-diabetes-control-over-time-in-a-united-states-safety-net-primary-care-clinic-population
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M U Shalowitz, J S Eng, C O McKinney, J Krohn, B Lapin, C-H Wang, E Nodine
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Successful Type 2 diabetes management requires adopting a high nutrient-density diet made up of food items that both meet dietary needs and preferences and can be feasibly obtained on a regular basis. However, access to affordable, nutrient-dense foods often is lacking in poorer neighbourhoods. Therefore, low food security should directly impair glucose control, even when patients have full access to and utilize comprehensive medical management. The present study sought to determine whether food security is related longitudinally to glucose control, over-and-above ongoing medication management, among Type 2 diabetes patients receiving comprehensive care at a Midwestern multi-site federally qualified health centre (FQHC)...
May 15, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503260/dynamics-of-hexavalent-chromium-in-four-types-of-aquaculture-ponds-and-its-effects-on-the-morphology-and-behavior-of-cultured-clarias-gariepinus-burchell-1822
#19
Moshood Keke Mustapha
Hexavalent chromium is a bio accumulative toxic metal in water and fish. It enters aquaculture ponds mainly through anthropogenic sources. Hexavalent chromium concentrations and its effects on the morphology and behavior of Clarias gariepinus were investigated from four aquaculture ponds for 12 weeks. Chromium was measured using diphenyl carbohdrazide method; alkalinity and hardness were measured using colometric method and analyzed with Bench Photometer. Temperature and pH were measured using pH/EC/TDS/Temp combined tester...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503179/molecular-and-evolutionary-mechanisms-of-cuticular-wax-for-plant-drought-tolerance
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REVIEW
Dawei Xue, Xiaoqin Zhang, Xueli Lu, Guang Chen, Zhong-Hua Chen
Cuticular wax, the first protective layer of above ground tissues of many plant species, is a key evolutionary innovation in plants. Cuticular wax safeguards the evolution from certain green algae to flowering plants and the diversification of plant taxa during the eras of dry and adverse terrestrial living conditions and global climate changes. Cuticular wax plays significant roles in plant abiotic and biotic stress tolerance and has been implicated in defense mechanisms against excessive ultraviolet radiation, high temperature, bacterial and fungal pathogens, insects, high salinity, and low temperature...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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