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Mattias Sandberg, Simon Jakobsson
Wood pastures are some of the most species-rich environments found in Europe and therefore essential habitats for biodiversity conservation. Society also puts faith in multiple values of trees, ranging from climate change mitigation to socio-cultural traditions. Therefore, the seemingly arbitrary tree density limit for pasture environments imposed by the EU through its Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) threatened both biological and societal values. In this study on farmers' perspectives, we target the effects of the CAP tree density limit on management of wood pastures in a low-intensively managed agricultural landscape of southern Sweden...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Luis Leal, Venkat Talla, Thomas Källman, Magne Friberg, Christer Wiklund, Vlad Dincă, Roger Vila, Niclas Backström
In temperate latitudes, many insects enter diapause (dormancy) during the cold season, a period during which developmental processes come to a standstill. The wood white (Leptidea sinapis) is a butterfly species distributed across western Eurasia that shows photoperiod-induced diapause with variation in critical day-length across populations at different latitudes. We assembled transcriptomes and estimated gene expression levels at different developmental stages in experimentally induced directly developing and diapausing cohorts of a single Swedish population of L...
February 7, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Yun Chen, Jens-Christian Svenning, Xueying Wang, Ruofan Cao, Zhiliang Yuan, Yongzhong Ye
The effects of environmental and dispersal processes on macrofungi community assembly remain unclear. Further, it is not well understood if community assembly differs for different functional guilds of macrofungi, e.g., soil and rotten-wood macrofungi. In this study, using 2433 macrofungi sporocarps belonging to 217 species located within a forest dynamics plot in temperate mountain forest (China), we examined the explanatory power of topography, spatial eigenvectors (representing unknown spatial processes, e...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Quentin Beuguel, Jason R Tavares, Pierre J Carreau, Marie-Claude Heuzey
The structural and rheological properties of aqueous suspensions of spray-dried cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were investigated and compared to those of freeze-dried. The cellulose nanocrystals were obtained from sulfuric acid hydrolysis of wood pulp. Ultrasonication was used to disperse cellulose nanocrystals in Milli-Q water and the power applied during ultrasonication was shown to be the controlling parameter for their dispersion, more than total energy. Dynamic light scattering measurements showed a decrease of the average hydrodynamic diameter down to the same limiting value, i...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
F B Peter Wooding, David Osborn, Gary J Killian
INTRODUCTION: The unicellular trophoblast epithelium of all ruminants so far investigated contains 15-20% binucleate cells with numerous secretory granules. Electron microscope (EM) studies of the domesticated cow, ewe, goat and deer species have established that these BNC migrate out of the trophoblast epithelium to fuse with the apposed maternal uterine epithelial cells or derivative to form fetomaternal tissue throughout pregnancy. However there is one careful EM study of the trophoblast of a wild ruminant, the White-tail deer, which found the usual number of BNC but no evidence of any migration or fusion...
February 2018: Placenta
Junzhou Zhang, Xiaohua Gou, Neil Pederson, Fen Zhang, Haoge Niu, Shoudong Zhao, Fang Wang
Knowing more precisely the cambial phenology and wood formation dynamics of trees can lead to a better understanding on how trees react to short-term changes in environmental conditions. Such an understanding could also shed light on the physiological foundation of climate-growth interactions at a regional scale. Although it has been documented that temperature is an important factor determining the cambial phenology in cold and humid climates, there is less agreement on the driver(s) that trigger the onset and end of wood formation in cold and arid climates...
February 1, 2018: Tree Physiology
William H J Wood, Craig MacGregor-Chatwin, Samuel F H Barnett, Guy E Mayneord, Xia Huang, Jamie K Hobbs, C Neil Hunter, Matthew P Johnson
Upon transition of plants from darkness to light the initiation of photosynthetic linear electron transfer (LET) from H2O to NADP+ precedes the activation of CO2 fixation, creating a lag period where cyclic electron transfer (CET) around photosystem I (PSI) has an important protective role. CET generates ΔpH without net reduced NADPH formation, preventing overreduction of PSI via regulation of the cytochrome b 6 f (cytb 6 f) complex and protecting PSII from overexcitation by inducing non-photochemical quenching...
February 2018: Nature Plants
Marion Frey, Daniel Widner, Jana S Segmehl, Kirstin Casdorff, Tobias Keplinger, Ingo Burgert
Today's materials research aims at excellent mechanical performance in combination with advanced functionality. In this regard, great progress has been made in tailoring the materials by assembly processes in bottom-up approaches. In the field of wood-derived materials, nanocellulose research has gained increasing attention, and materials with advanced properties were developed. However, there are still unresolved issues concerning upscaling for large-scale applications. Alternatively, the sophisticated hierarchical scaffold of wood can be utilized in a top-down approach to upscale functionalization, and one can profit at the same time from its renewable nature, CO2 storing capacity, light weight, and good mechanical performance...
January 26, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sarath M Vega Gutierrez, Sara C Robinson
Pigments that are currently available in the market usually come from synthetic sources, or, if natural, often need mordants to bind to the target substrate. Recent research on the fungal pigment extracts from Scytalidium cuboideum, Scytalidium ganodermophthorum, Chlorociboria aeruginosa, and Chlorociboria aeruginascens have been shown to successfully dye materials, like wood, bamboo, and textiles, however, there is no information about their binding mechanisms. Due to this, a microscopic study was performed to provide information to future manufacturers interested in these pigments...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Garrett W Meigs, William S Keeton
Wind is one of the most important natural disturbances influencing forest structure, ecosystem function, and successional processes worldwide. This study quantifies the stand-scale effects of intermediate-severity windstorms (i.e., "blowdowns") on (1) live and dead legacy structure, (2) aboveground carbon storage, and (3) tree regeneration and associated stand dynamics at four mature, mixed hardwood-conifer forest sites in the northeastern United States. We compare wind-affected forests to adjacent reference conditions (i...
January 24, 2018: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Gavin Buckingham, Johnny Parr, Greg Wood, Samuel Vine, Pan Dimitriou, Sarah Day
Little is known about how human perception is affected using an upper-limb prosthesis. To shed light on this topic, we investigated how using an upper-limb prosthesis affects individuals' experience of object weight. First, we examined how a group of upper-limb amputee prosthetic users experienced real mass differences and illusory weight differences in the context of the 'size-weight' illusion. Surprisingly, the upper-limb prosthetic users reported a markedly smaller illusion than controls, despite equivalent perceptions of a real mass difference...
January 19, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Stefano Grigolato, Omar Mologni, Andrea Rosario Proto, Giuseppe Zimbalatti, Raffaele Cavalli
The use of helicopter rises discussion about environmental noise propagation especially when it operates in proximity of environmentally sensitive areas (ESAs) for an extended period because of its potential implications in wildlife behaviours. In order to support decisions on helicopter logging operation management in proximity of ESAs, this study focused on (i) analysing the noise spectrum of a light-lift helicopter during logging operations and on (ii) assessing the noise propagation in the surrounding environments...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Sarah S Henrikus, Elizabeth A Wood, John P McDonald, Michael M Cox, Roger Woodgate, Myron F Goodman, Antoine M van Oijen, Andrew Robinson
In Escherichia coli, damage to the chromosomal DNA induces the SOS response, setting in motion a series of different DNA repair and damage tolerance pathways. DNA polymerase IV (pol IV) is one of three specialised DNA polymerases called into action during the SOS response to help cells tolerate certain types of DNA damage. The canonical view in the field is that pol IV primarily acts at replisomes that have stalled on the damaged DNA template. However, the results of several studies indicate that pol IV also acts on other substrates, including single-stranded DNA gaps left behind replisomes that re-initiate replication downstream of a lesion, stalled transcription complexes and recombination intermediates...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Quanliang Wang, Shengling Xiao, Sheldon Q Shi, Liping Cai
This study developed a high-strength molded fiber material (HMFM) using pulp fibers, which could be a good substitute for plastic and solid wood materials. The surface composition, microstructure and thermal properties of HMFM were investigated by XPS, SEM and DSC, respectively. The SEM observations showed that the obvious adhesive substances and agglomeration appeared among fibers, and the inter-fiber contact area and binding tightness increased after the light-delignification. The XPS examination showed that the oxygen-rich composition on the outer surface of HMFM were reduced, and the outer surface coverage of lignin increased from 70...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Joanne M Wood, Alex A Black, Kerry Mallon, Anthony S Kwan, Cynthia Owsley
Purpose: To explore differences in driving performance of older adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and age-matched controls, and to identify the visual determinants of driving performance in this population. Methods: Participants included 33 older drivers with AMD (mean age [M] = 76.6 ± 6.1 years; better eye Age-Related Eye Disease Study grades: early [61%] and intermediate [39%]) and 50 age-matched controls (M = 74.6 ± 5.0 years). Visual tests included visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual fields, and motion sensitivity...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Joachim H A Krug
BACKGROUND: Forests have always played an important role in agreeing on accounting rules during the past two decades of international climate policy development. Starting from activity-based gross-net accounting of selected forestry activities to mandatory accounting against a baseline-rules have changed quite rapidly and with significant consequences for accounted credits and debits. Such changes have direct consequences on incentives for climate-investments in forestry. There have also been strong arguments not to include forests into the accounting system by considering large uncertainties, procedural challenges and a fear of unearned credits corrupting the overall accounting system, among others...
January 3, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
Anne-Laure Decombeix, Rudolph Serbet, Edith L Taylor
Background and Aims: Investigating the biology of trees that were growing at high latitudes during warmer geological periods is key to understanding the functioning of both past and future forest ecosystems. The aim of this study is to report the first co-occurrence of epicormic shoots and traumatic growth zones in fossil trees from the Triassic of Antarctica and to discuss their biological and environmental implications. Methods: Permineralized woods bearing scars of epicormic shoots were collected from the Triassic Fremouw Formation in Gordon Valley, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica in 2010...
January 6, 2018: Annals of Botany
P Shashikala, G M Sreevidyalatha, Sonam S Nandyal, Gowda Kavita Umapathy
BACKGROUND: Histopathologists encounter strange structures in tissue sections that appear unrelated to tissues, and these artifacts may be misinterpreted and misdiagnosed as pathological lesions. These substances may either be present within the tissues or can get implanted into tissue during biopsy procedure or laboratory handling or processing. AIMS: The aim of this study is to observe the microscopic appearance of different abnormal structures like commonly implanted food particles or easily incorporated substances during tissue processing with their probable histological misdiagnosis...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
Mary P Hall, Carolyn C Woodroofe, Monika G Wood, Ivo Que, Moniek Van't Root, Yanto Ridwan, Ce Shi, Thomas A Kirkland, Lance P Encell, Keith V Wood, Clemens Löwik, Laura Mezzanotte
The sensitivity of bioluminescence imaging in animals is primarily dependent on the amount of photons emitted by the luciferase enzyme at wavelengths greater than 620 nm where tissue penetration is high. This area of work has been dominated by firefly luciferase and its substrate, D-luciferin, due to the system's peak emission (~ 600 nm), high signal to noise ratio, and generally favorable biodistribution of D-luciferin in mice. Here we report on the development of a codon optimized mutant of click beetle red luciferase that produces substantially more light output than firefly luciferase when the two enzymes are compared in transplanted cells within the skin of black fur mice or in deep brain...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Nafila Shakeeb, Sahibzada Mahmood Noor, Ghafoor Ullah, Mohammand Majid Paracha
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of intense pulse light therapy (IPL) and triple combination cream (TCC) versus intense pulse light therapy and triple combination cream alone in epidermal melasma treatment, downgrading MASI score to more than 10. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Dermatology Department, Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, from August 2014 to January 2015. METHODOLOGY: Patients of 18-45 years were included in the study with Fitzpatrick skin type II-V...
January 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
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