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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930173/polyphenols-from-root-tubercles-and-grains-cropped-in-brazil-chemical-and-nutritional-characterization-and-their-effects-on-human-health-and-diseases
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Diego Dos Santos Baião, Cyntia Silva de Freitas, Laidson Paes Gomes, Davi da Silva, Anna Carolina N T F Correa, Patricia Ribeiro Pereira, Eduardo Mere Del Aguila, Vania Margaret Flosi Paschoalin
Throughout evolution, plants have developed the ability to produce secondary phenolic metabolites, which are important for their interactions with the environment, reproductive strategies and defense mechanisms. These (poly)phenolic compounds are a heterogeneous group of natural antioxidants found in vegetables, cereals and leguminous that exert beneficial and protective actions on human health, playing roles such as enzymatic reaction inhibitors and cofactors, toxic chemicals scavengers and biochemical reaction substrates, increasing the absorption of essential nutrients and selectively inhibiting deleterious intestinal bacteria...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928758/soil-biological-activity-contributing-to-phosphorus-availability-in-vertisols-under-long-term-organic-and-conventional-agricultural-management
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Nisar A Bhat, Amritbir Riar, Aketi Ramesh, Sanjeeda Iqbal, Mahaveer P Sharma, Sanjay K Sharma, Gurbir S Bhullar
Mobilization of unavailable phosphorus (P) to plant available P is a prerequisite to sustain crop productivity. Although most of the agricultural soils have sufficient amounts of phosphorus, low availability of native soil P remains a key limiting factor to increasing crop productivity. Solubilization and mineralization of applied and native P to plant available form is mediated through a number of biological and biochemical processes that are strongly influenced by soil carbon/organic matter, besides other biotic and abiotic factors...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926817/safety-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-cry1c-protein-for-daphnia-magna-based-on-different-functional-traits
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Yi Chen, Yan Yang, Haojun Zhu, Jörg Romeis, Yunhe Li, Yufa Peng, Xiuping Chen
Cry1C is a Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) insecticidal protein and it can be produced by transgenic rice lines developed in China. Cladocera species are common aquatic arthropods that may be exposed to insecticidal proteins produced in Bt-transgenic plants through ingestion of pollen or crop residues in water. As the cladoceran Daphnia magna plays an important role in the aquatic food chain, it is important to assess the possible effects of Bt crops to this species. To evaluate the safety of the Cry1C protein for D...
September 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924499/genome-wide-identification-of-the-mads-box-transcription-factor-family-in-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri-reveals-evolution-and-functional-divergence
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Runze Wang, Meiling Ming, Jiaming Li, Dongqing Shi, Xin Qiao, Leiting Li, Shaoling Zhang, Jun Wu
MADS-box transcription factors play significant roles in plant developmental processes such as floral organ conformation, flowering time, and fruit development. Pear (Pyrus), as the third-most crucial temperate fruit crop, has been fully sequenced. However, there is limited information about the MADS family and its functional divergence in pear. In this study, a total of 95 MADS-box genes were identified in the pear genome, and classified into two types by phylogenetic analysis. Type I MADS-box genes were divided into three subfamilies and type II genes into 14 subfamilies...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922753/effects-of-periodic-photoinhibitory-light-exposure-on-physiology-and-productivity-of-arabidopsis-plants-grown-under-low-light
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Yonglan Tian, Joanna Sacharz, Maxwell A Ware, Huayong Zhang, Alexander V Ruban
This work examined the long-term effects of periodic high light stress on photosynthesis, morphology, and productivity of low-light-acclimated Arabidopsis plants. Significant photoinhibition of Arabidopsis seedlings grown under low light (100 μmol photons m-2 s-1) was observed at the beginning of the high light treatment (three times a day for 30 min at 1800 μmol photons m-2 s-1). However, after 2 weeks of treatment, similar photosynthesis yields (Fv/Fm) to those of control plants were attained. The daily levels of photochemical quenching measured in the dark (qPd) indicated that the plants recovered from photoinhibition within several hours once transferred back to low light conditions, with complete recovery being achieved overnight...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919900/preliminary-studies-to-characterize-the-temporal-variation-of-micronutrient-composition-of-the-above-ground-organs-of-maize-and-correlated-uptake-rates
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Karla Vilaça Martins, Durval Dourado-Neto, Klaus Reichardt, Quirijn de Jong van Lier, José Laércio Favarin, Felipe Fadel Sartori, Guilherme Felisberto, Simone da Costa Mello
The improvement of agronomic practices and the use of high technology in field crops contributes for significant increases in maize productivity, and may have altered the dynamics of nutrient uptake and partition by the plant. Official recommendations for fertilizer applications to the maize crop in Brazil and in many countries are based on critical soil nutrient contents and are relatively outdated. Since the factors that interact in an agricultural production system are dynamic, mathematical modeling of the growth process turns out to be an appropriate tool for these studies...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918485/the-5-oxoprolinase-is-required-for-conidiation-sexual-reproduction-virulence-and-deoxynivalenol-production-of-fusarium-graminearum
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Piao Yang, Yunyun Chen, Huiming Wu, Wenqin Fang, Qifu Liang, Yangling Zheng, Stefan Olsson, Dongmei Zhang, Jie Zhou, Zonghua Wang, Wenhui Zheng
In eukaryotic organisms, the 5-oxoprolinase is one of the six key enzymes in the γ-glutamyl cycle that is involved in the biosynthetic pathway of glutathione (GSH, an antioxidative tripeptide counteracting the oxidative stress). To date, little is known about the biological functions of the 5-oxoprolinase in filamentous phytopathogenic fungi. In this study, we investigated the 5-oxoprolinase in Fusarium graminearum for the first time. In F. graminearum, two paralogous genes (FgOXP1 and FgOXP2) were identified to encode the 5-oxoprolinase while only one homologous gene encoding the 5-oxoprolinase could be found in other filamentous phytopathogenic fungi or Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
September 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913952/new-age-ideas-about-age-old-sex-separating-meiosis-from-mating-could-solve-a-century-old-conundrum
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Michael Brandeis
Ever since Darwin first addressed it, sexual reproduction reigns as the 'queen' of evolutionary questions. Multiple theories tried to explain how this apparently costly and cumbersome method has become the universal mode of eukaryote reproduction. Most theories stress the adaptive advantages of sex by generating variation, they fail however to explain the ubiquitous persistence of sexual reproduction also where adaptation is not an issue. I argue that the obstacle for comprehending the role of sex stems from the conceptual entanglement of two distinct processes - gamete production by meiosis and gamete fusion by mating (mixis)...
September 14, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913899/genotyping-by-sequencing-through-transcriptomics-implementation-in-a-range-of-crop-species-with-varying-reproductive-habits-and-ploidy-levels
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Michelle M Malmberg, Luke W Pembleton, Rebecca C Baillie, Michelle C Drayton, Shimna Sudheesh, Sukhjiwan Kaur, Hiroshi Shinozuka, Preeti Verma, German C Spangenberg, Hans D Daetwyler, John W Forster, Noel O I Cogan
The application of genomics in crops has the ability to significantly improve genetic gain for agriculture. Many marker-dense tools have been developed but few have seen broad adoption in plant genomics due to issues of significant variations of genome size, levels of ploidy, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) frequency and reproductive habit. When combined with limited breeding activities, small research communities and scant sequence resources, the suitability of popular systems is often sub-optimal and routinely fails to effectively balance cost-effectiveness and sample throughput...
September 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911800/evolution-of-the-sex-ratio-and-effective-number-under-gynodioecy-and-androdioecy
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Marcy K Uyenoyama, Naoki Takebayashi
We address the evolution of effective number of individuals under androdioecy and gynodioecy. We analyze dynamic models of autosomal modifiers of weak effect on sex expression. In our zygote control models, the sex expressed by a zygote depends on its own genotype, while in our maternal control models, it depends on the genotype of its maternal parent. Our analysis unifies full multi-dimensional local stability analysis with the Li-Price equation, which for all its heuristic appeal, describes evolutionary change over a single generation...
September 11, 2017: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911017/uncertain-pollination-environment-promotes-the-evolution-of-a-stable-mixed-reproductive-system-in-the-self-incompatible-hypochaeris-salzmanniana-asteraceae
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M Arista, R Berjano, J Viruel, M Á Ortiz, M Talavera, P L Ortiz
Background and aims: The transition from outcrossing to selfing is a repeated pattern in angiosperm diversification and according to general theory this transition should occur quickly and mixed reproductive systems should be infrequent. However, a large proportion of flowering plants have mixed reproductive systems, even showing inbreeding depression. Recently, several theoretical studies have shown that mixed mating systems can be stable, but empirical studies supporting these assumptions are still scarce...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904778/the-influence-of-herbivory-and-weather-on-the-vital-rates-of-two-closely-related-cactus-species
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Kristen E Sauby, John Kilmer, Mary C Christman, Robert D Holt, Travis D Marsico
Herbivory has long been recognized as a significant driver of plant population dynamics, yet its effects along environmental gradients are unclear. Understanding how weather modulates plant-insect interactions can be particularly important for predicting the consequences of exotic insect invasions, and an explicit consideration of weather may help explain why the impact can vary greatly across space and time. We surveyed two native prickly pear cactus species (genus Opuntia) in the Florida panhandle, USA, and their specialist insect herbivores (the invasive South American cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum, and three native insect species) for five years across six sites...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904775/how-shrub-encroachment-under-climate-change-could-threaten-pollination-services-for-alpine-wildflowers-a-case-study-using-the-alpine-skypilot-polemonium-viscosum
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Jessica A Kettenbach, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Zoë Moffett, Candace Galen
Under climate change, shrubs encroaching into high altitude plant communities disrupt ecosystem processes. Yet effects of encroachment on pollination mutualisms are poorly understood. Here, we probe potential fitness impacts of interference from encroaching Salix (willows) on pollination quality of the alpine skypilot, Polemonium viscosum. Overlap in flowering time of Salix and Polemonium is a precondition for interference and was surveyed in four extant and 25 historic contact zones. Pollinator sharing was ascertained from observations of willow pollen on bumble bees visiting Polemonium flowers and on Polemonium pistils...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904774/phenotypic-differentiation-of-the-solidago-virgaurea-complex-along-an-elevational-gradient-insights-from-a-common-garden-experiment-and-population-genetics
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Masaaki Hirano, Shota Sakaguchi, Koichi Takahashi
Plant species distributed along wide elevational or latitudinal gradients show phenotypic variation due to their heterogeneous habitats. This study investigated whether phenotypic variation in populations of the Solidago virgaurea complex along an elevational gradient is caused by genetic differentiation. A common garden experiment was based on seeds collected from nine populations of the S. virgaurea complex growing at elevations from 1,597 m to 2,779 m a.s.l. on Mt. Norikura in central Japan. Population genetic analyses with microsatellite markers were used to infer the genetic structure and levels of gene flow between populations...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904339/a-plastid-localized-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-is-required-for-both-pollen-development-and-plant-growth-in-rice
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Yu-Jun Liu, Xuejiao Liu, Hao Chen, Peng Zheng, Wenyi Wang, Liangchao Wang, Jianhua Zhang, Jumin Tu
Several mitochondrial-targeted pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins involved in pollen development have been reported to be fertility restorer (Rf) proteins. However, the roles of plastid-localized PPR proteins in plant male reproduction are poorly defined. Here, we described a plastid-localized PPR-SMR protein, OsPPR676, which is required for plant growth and pollen development in rice. In this study, OsPPR676 was confirmed to be an interacted protein with Osj10gBTF3, β-subunit of nascent polypeptide-associated complex (β-NAC), by bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays, indicating that both proteins are probably involved in the same regulatory pathway of pollen development...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902454/early-flowering-and-rapid-grain-filling-determine-early-maturity-and-escape-from-harvesting-in-weedy-rice
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Can Zhao, Wenrong Xu, Song Xiaoling, Weimin Dai, Lei Dai, Zheng Zhang, Qiang Sheng
BACKGROUND: Early maturity is an important trait that is essential to the survival of weedy rice. To explore the mechanism of early maturity in weedy rice, the reproductive development of a large sample of weedy rice accessions and cultivars was compared in a common garden study. A selected sample of both weedy and cultivated rices was sown at different dates in two years to study in more detail their flowering and grain filling patterns. RESULTS: The weedy rice from three major cropping regions matured 7-8 d earlier than their associated cultivars...
September 13, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900434/contrasting-effects-of-extreme-drought-and-snowmelt-patterns-on-mountain-plants-along-an-elevation-gradient
#17
Sergey Rosbakh, Annette Leingärtner, Bernhard Hoiss, Jochen Krauss, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Peter Poschlod
Despite the evidence that increased frequency and magnitude of extreme climate events (ECE) considerably affect plant performance, there is still a lack of knowledge about how these events affect mountain plant biodiversity and mountain ecosystem functioning. Here, we assessed the short-term (one vegetation period) effects of simulated ECEs [extreme drought (DR), advanced and delayed snowmelt (AD and DE), respectively] on the performance of 42 plant species occurring in the Bavarian Alps (Germany) along an elevational gradient of 600-2000 m a...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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
#18
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/28900261/a-phytochemical-approach-to-promotion-of-self-renewal-in-murine-spermatogonial-stem-cell-by-using-sedum-sarmentosum-extract
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Sang-Eun Jung, Yong-Hee Kim, Sunghun Cho, Bang-Jin Kim, Hee-Seok Lee, Seongsoo Hwang, Geun-Bae Kim, Young-Hyun Kim, Myung-Geol Pang, Sanghyun Lee, Buom-Yong Ryu
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are the basis of spermatogenesis, which is dependent on the ability to self-renew and differentiation. Controlling self-renewal and differentiation of SSCs could apply to treatment of disease such as male infertility. Recently, in the field of stem cell research, it was demonstrated that effective increase in stem cell activity can be achieved by using growth factors derived from plant extracts. In this study, our aim is to investigate components from natural plant to improve the self-renewal of SSCs...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898659/the-abc-model-of-floral-development
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Vivian Irish
Flowers are organized into concentric whorls of sepals, petals, stamens and carpels, with each of these floral organ types having a unique role in reproduction (Figure 1). Sepals enclose and protect the flower bud, while petals can be large and showy so as to attract pollinators (or people!). Stamens produce pollen grains that contain male gametes, while the carpels contain the ovules that when fertilized will produce the seeds. While the size, shape, number and elaboration of each of these organ types can be quite different, the same general organization of four floral organ types arranged in concentric whorls exists across all flowering plant (angiosperm) species...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
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