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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900432/assessing-and-exploiting-functional-diversity-in-germplasm-pools-to-enhance-abiotic-stress-adaptation-and-yield-in-cereals-and-food-legumes
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REVIEW
Sangam L Dwivedi, Armin Scheben, David Edwards, Charles Spillane, Rodomiro Ortiz
There is a need to accelerate crop improvement by introducing alleles conferring host plant resistance, abiotic stress adaptation, and high yield potential. Elite cultivars, landraces and wild relatives harbor useful genetic variation that needs to be more easily utilized in plant breeding. We review genome-wide approaches for assessing and identifying alleles associated with desirable agronomic traits in diverse germplasm pools of cereals and legumes. Major quantitative trait loci and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with desirable agronomic traits have been deployed to enhance crop productivity and resilience...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894167/carbon-sequestration-potential-and-physicochemical-properties-differ-between-wildfire-charcoals-and-slow-pyrolysis-biochars
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Cristina Santín, Stefan H Doerr, Agustin Merino, Thomas D Bucheli, Rob Bryant, Philippa Ascough, Xiaodong Gao, Caroline A Masiello
Pyrogenic carbon (PyC), produced naturally (wildfire charcoal) and anthropogenically (biochar), is extensively studied due to its importance in several disciplines, including global climate dynamics, agronomy and paleosciences. Charcoal and biochar are commonly used as analogues for each other to infer respective carbon sequestration potentials, production conditions, and environmental roles and fates. The direct comparability of corresponding natural and anthropogenic PyC, however, has never been tested. Here we compared key physicochemical properties (elemental composition, δ(13)C and PAHs signatures, chemical recalcitrance, density and porosity) and carbon sequestration potentials of PyC materials formed from two identical feedstocks (pine forest floor and wood) under wildfire charring- and slow-pyrolysis conditions...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865265/nitrification-inhibitors-mitigated-reactive-gaseous-nitrogen-intensity-in-intensive-vegetable-soils-from-china
#3
Changhua Fan, Bo Li, Zhengqin Xiong
Nitrification inhibitors, a promising tool for reducing nitrous oxide (N2O) losses and promoting nitrogen use efficiency by slowing nitrification, have gained extensive attention worldwide. However, there have been few attempts to explore the broad responses of multiple reactive gaseous nitrogen emissions of N2O, nitric oxide (NO) and ammonia (NH3) and vegetable yield to nitrification inhibitor applications across intensive vegetable soils in China. A greenhouse pot experiment with five consecutive vegetable crops was performed to assess the efficacies of two nitrification inhibitors, namely, nitrapyrin and dicyandiamide on reactive gaseous nitrogen emissions, vegetable yield and reactive gaseous nitrogen intensity in four typical vegetable soils representing the intensive vegetable cropping systems across mainland China: an Acrisol from Hunan Province, an Anthrosol from Shanxi Province, a Cambisol from Shandong Province and a Phaeozem from Heilongjiang Province...
August 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838321/a-review-on-plant-importance-biotechnological-aspects-and-cultivation-challenges-of-jojoba-plant
#4
REVIEW
Jameel R Al-Obaidi, Mohammed Farouq Halabi, Nasser S AlKhalifah, Shanavaskhan Asanar, Abdulrahman A Al-Soqeer, M F Attia
Jojoba is considered a promising oil crop and is cultivated for diverse purposes in many countries. The jojoba seed produces unique high-quality oil with a wide range of applications such as medical and industrial-related products. The plant also has potential value in combatting desertification and land degradation in dry and semi-dry areas. Although the plant is known for its high-temperature and high-salinity tolerance growth ability, issues such as its male-biased ratio, relatively late flowering and seed production time hamper the cultivation of this plant...
August 24, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821792/the-contribution-of-human-agricultural-activities-to-increasing-evapotranspiration-is-significantly-greater-than-climate-change-effect-over-heihe-agricultural-region
#5
Minzhong Zou, Jun Niu, Shaozhong Kang, Xiaolin Li, Hongna Lu
Evapotranspiration (ET) is a major component linking the water, energy, and carbon cycles. Understanding changes in ET and the relative contribution rates of human activity and of climate change at the basin scale is important for sound water resources management. In this study, changes in ET in the Heihe agricultural region in northwest China during 1984-2014 were examined using remotely-sensed ET data with the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). Correlation analysis identified the dominant factors that influence change in ET per unit area and those that influence change in total ET...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810219/industrial-hemp-as-a-potential-bioenergy-crop-in-comparison-with-kenaf-switchgrass-and-biomass-sorghum
#6
Lalitendu Das, Enshi Liu, Areej Saeed, David W Williams, Hongqiang Hu, Chenlin Li, Allison E Ray, Jian Shi
This study takes combined field trial, lab experiment, and economic analysis approaches to evaluate the potential of industrial hemp in comparison with kenaf, switchgrass and biomass sorghum. Agronomy data suggest that the per hectare yield (5437kg) of industrial hemp stem alone was at a similar level with switchgrass and sorghum; while the hemp plants require reduced inputs. Field trial also showed that ∼1230kg/ha hemp grain can be harvested in addition to stems. Results show a predicted ethanol yield of ∼82gallons/dry ton hemp stems, which is comparable to the other three tested feedstocks...
November 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802707/boosting-innate-immunity-to-sustainably-control-diseases-in-crops
#7
REVIEW
Valerie Nicaise
Viruses cause epidemics in all major crops, threatening global food security. The development of efficient and durable resistance able to withstand viral attacks represents a major challenge for agronomy, and relies greatly on the understanding of the molecular dialogue between viral pathogens and their hosts. Research over the last decades provided substantial advances in the field of plant-virus interactions. Remarkably, the advent of studies of plant innate immunity has recently offered new strategies exploitable in the field...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713395/economic-and-environmental-assessment-of-seed-and-rhizome-propagated-miscanthus-in-the-uk
#8
Astley Hastings, Michal Mos, Jalil A Yesufu, Jon McCalmont, Kai Schwarz, Reza Shafei, Chris Ashman, Chris Nunn, Heinrich Schuele, Salvatore Cosentino, Giovanni Scalici, Danilo Scordia, Moritz Wagner, John Clifton-Brown
Growth in planted areas of Miscanthus for biomass in Europe has stagnated since 2010 due to technical challenges, economic barriers and environmental concerns. These limitations need to be overcome before biomass production from Miscanthus can expand to several million hectares. In this paper, we consider the economic and environmental effects of introducing seed based hybrids as an alternative to clonal M. x giganteus (Mxg). The impact of seed based propagation and novel agronomy was compared with current Mxg cultivation and used in 10 commercially relevant, field scale experiments planted between 2012 and 2014 in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Ukraine...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649444/reverse-engineering-highlights-potential-principles-of-large-gene-regulatory-network-design-and-learning
#9
Clément Carré, André Mas, Gabriel Krouk
Inferring transcriptional gene regulatory networks from transcriptomic datasets is a key challenge of systems biology, with potential impacts ranging from medicine to agronomy. There are several techniques used presently to experimentally assay transcription factors to target relationships, defining important information about real gene regulatory networks connections. These techniques include classical ChIP-seq, yeast one-hybrid, or more recently, DAP-seq or target technologies. These techniques are usually used to validate algorithm predictions...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497959/characterization-of-agronomy-grain-physicochemical-quality-and-nutritional-property-of-high-lysine-35r-transgenic-rice-with-simultaneous-modification-of-lysine-biosynthesis-and-catabolism
#10
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Qingqing Yang, Hongyu Wu, Qianfeng Li, Ruxu Duan, Changquan Zhang, Samuel Saiming Sun, Qiaoquan Liu
Lysine is the first limiting essential amino acid in rice. We previously constructed a series of transgenic rice lines to enhance lysine biosynthesis (35S), down-regulate its catabolism (Ri), or simultaneously achieve both metabolic effects (35R). In this study, nine transgenic lines, three from each group, were selected for both field and animal feeding trials. The results showed that the transgene(s) caused no obvious effects on field performance and main agronomic traits. Mature seeds of transgenic line 35R-17 contained 48-60-fold more free lysine than in wild type and had slightly lower apparent amylose content and softer gel consistency...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485012/genotype-environment-seeding-rate-and-top-dressed-nitrogen-effects-on-end-use-quality-of-modern-nebraska-winter-wheat
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Madhav Bhatta, Teshome Regassa, Devin J Rose, P Stephen Baenziger, Kent M Eskridge, Dipak K Santra, Rachana Poudel
BACKGROUND: Fine-tuning production inputs such as seeding rate, nitrogen (N), and genotypes may improve end-use quality of hard red winter wheat (Triticum aestivium L.) when growing conditions are unpredictable. Studies were conducted at the Agronomy Research Farm (ARF; Lincoln) and the High Plains Agricultural Laboratory (HPAL; Sidney) in 2014 and 2015 in Nebraska, USA to determine the effects of genotype (6), environment (4), seeding rate (3), and flag leaf top-dressed N (0 and 34 kg N ha(-1) ) on the end-use quality of winter wheat...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475036/determinants-of-host-species-range-in-plant-viruses
#12
Benoît Moury, Frédéric Fabre, Eugénie Hébrard, Rémy Froissart
Prediction of pathogen emergence is an important field of research, both in human health and in agronomy. Most studies of pathogen emergence have focused on the ecological or anthropic factors involved rather than on the role of intrinsic pathogen properties. The capacity of pathogens to infect a large set of host species, i.e. to possess a large host range breadth (HRB), is tightly linked to their emergence propensity. Using an extensive plant virus database, we found that four traits related to virus genome or transmission properties were strongly and robustly linked to virus HRB...
April 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371610/short-exogenous-peptides-regulate-expression-of-cle-knox1-and-grf-family-genes-in-nicotiana-tabacum
#13
L I Fedoreyeva, T A Dilovarova, V V Ashapkin, Yu Ts Martirosyan, V Kh Khavinson, P N Kharchenko, B F Vanyushin
Exogenous short biologically active peptides epitalon (Ala-Glu-Asp-Gly), bronchogen (Ala-Glu-Asp-Leu), and vilon (Lys-Glu) at concentrations 10(-7)-10(-9) M significantly influence growth, development, and differentiation of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) callus cultures. Epitalon and bronchogen, in particular, both increase growth of calluses and stimulate formation and growth of leaves in plant regenerants. Because the regulatory activity of the short peptides appears at low peptide concentrations, their action to some extent is like that of the activity of phytohormones, and it seems to have signaling character and epigenetic nature...
April 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228237/groundwater-nitrate-reduction-versus-dissolved-gas-production-a-tale-of-two-catchments
#14
E B McAleer, C E Coxon, K G Richards, M M R Jahangir, J Grant, Per E Mellander
At the catchment scale, a complex mosaic of environmental, hydrogeological and physicochemical characteristics combine to regulate the distribution of groundwater and stream nitrate (NO3(-)). The efficiency of NO3(-) removal (via denitrification) versus the ratio of accumulated reaction products, dinitrogen (excess N2) & nitrous oxide (N2O), remains poorly understood. Groundwater was investigated in two well drained agricultural catchments (10km(2)) in Ireland with contrasting subsurface lithologies (sandstone vs...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188423/photosynthetic-antenna-engineering-to-improve-crop-yields
#15
Henning Kirst, Stéphane T Gabilly, Krishna K Niyogi, Peggy G Lemaux, Anastasios Melis
Evidence shows that decreasing the light-harvesting antenna size of the photosystems in tobacco helps to increase the photosynthetic productivity and plant canopy biomass accumulation under high-density cultivation conditions. Decreasing, or truncating, the chlorophyll antenna size of the photosystems can theoretically improve photosynthetic solar energy conversion efficiency and productivity in mass cultures of algae or plants by up to threefold. A Truncated Light-harvesting chlorophyll Antenna size (TLA), in all classes of photosynthetic organisms, would help to alleviate excess absorption of sunlight and the ensuing wasteful non-photochemical dissipation of excitation energy...
May 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174583/accumulation-and-transport-of-1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic-acid-acc-in-plants-current-status-considerations-for-future-research-and-agronomic-applications
#16
REVIEW
Lisa Vanderstraeten, Dominique Van Der Straeten
1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) is a non-protein amino acid acting as the direct precursor of ethylene, a plant hormone regulating a wide variety of vegetative and developmental processes. ACC is the central molecule of ethylene biosynthesis. The rate of ACC formation differs in response to developmental, hormonal and environmental cues. ACC can be conjugated to three derivatives, metabolized in planta or by rhizobacteria using ACC deaminase, and is transported throughout the plant over short and long distances, remotely leading to ethylene responses...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168282/nature-or-artifice-grafting-in-early-modern-surgery-and-agronomy
#17
Paolo Savoia
In 1597, Gaspare Tagliacozzi published a famous two-volume book on “plastic surgery.” The reconstructive technique he described was based on grafting skin taken from the arm onto the mutilated parts of the patient's damaged face – especially noses. This paper focuses on techniques of grafting, the “culture of grafting,” and the relationships between surgery and plant sciences in the sixteenth century. By describing the fascination with grafting in surgery, natural history, gardening, and agronomy the paper argues that grafting techniques were subject to delicate issues: to what extent it was morally acceptable to deceive the eye with artificial entities? and what was the status of the product of a surgical procedure that challenged the traditional natural/artificial distinction? Finally, this paper shows how in the seventeenth century grafting survived the crisis of Galenism by discussing the role it played in teratology and in controversies on the uses the new mechanistic anatomy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163993/herbicide-resistance-and-biodiversity-agronomic-and-environmental-aspects-of-genetically-modified-herbicide-resistant-plants
#18
REVIEW
Gesine Schütte, Michael Eckerstorfer, Valentina Rastelli, Wolfram Reichenbecher, Sara Restrepo-Vassalli, Marja Ruohonen-Lehto, Anne-Gabrielle Wuest Saucy, Martha Mertens
Farmland biodiversity is an important characteristic when assessing sustainability of agricultural practices and is of major international concern. Scientific data indicate that agricultural intensification and pesticide use are among the main drivers of biodiversity loss. The analysed data and experiences do not support statements that herbicide-resistant crops provide consistently better yields than conventional crops or reduce herbicide amounts. They rather show that the adoption of herbicide-resistant crops impacts agronomy, agricultural practice, and weed management and contributes to biodiversity loss in several ways: (i) many studies show that glyphosate-based herbicides, which were commonly regarded as less harmful, are toxic to a range of aquatic organisms and adversely affect the soil and intestinal microflora and plant disease resistance; the increased use of 2,4-D or dicamba, linked to new herbicide-resistant crops, causes special concerns...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965685/nitrogen-source-and-rate-management-improve-maize-productivity-of-smallholders-under-semiarid-climates
#19
Amanullah, Asif Iqbal, Ashraf Ali, Shah Fahad, Brajendra Parmar
Nitrogen is one of the most important factor affecting maize (Zea mays L.) yield and income of smallholders under semiarid climates. Field experiments were conducted to investigate the impact of different N-fertilizer sources [urea, calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN), and ammonium sulfate (AS)] and rates (50, 100, 150, and 200 kg ha(-1)) on umber of rows ear(-1) (NOR ear(-1)), number of seeds row(-1) (NOS row(-1)), number of seeds ear(-1) (NOS ear(-1)), number of ears per 100 plants (NOEP 100 plants(-1)), grain yield plant(-1), stover yield (kg ha(-1)), and shelling percentage (%) of maize genotypes "Local cultivars (Azam and Jalal) vs...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909444/smallholder-farms-and-the-potential-for-sustainable-intensification
#20
Leah M Mungai, Sieglinde Snapp, Joseph P Messina, Regis Chikowo, Alex Smith, Erin Anders, Robert B Richardson, Guiying Li
The sustainable intensification of African agriculture is gaining momentum with the compelling need to increase food and agricultural production. In Southern Africa, smallholder farming systems are predominately maize-based and subject to erratic climatic conditions. Farmer crop and soil management decisions are influenced by a plethora of complex factors such as market access resource availability, social relations, environment, and various messages on sustainable farming practices. Such factors pose barriers to increasing sustainable intensification in Africa...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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