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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
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Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928639/microglia-polarization-with-m1-m2-phenotype-changes-in-rd1-mouse-model-of-retinal-degeneration
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Tian Zhou, Zijing Huang, Xiaowei Sun, Xiaowei Zhu, Lingli Zhou, Mei Li, Bing Cheng, Xialin Liu, Chang He
Microglia activation is recognized as the hallmark of neuroinflammation. However, the activation profile and phenotype changes of microglia during the process of retinal degeneration are poorly understood. This study aimed to elucidate the time-spatial pattern of microglia distribution and characterize the polarized phenotype of activated microglia during retinal neuroinflammation and degeneration in rd1 (Pde6β(rd1/rd1)) mice, the classic model of inherited retinal degeneration. Retinae of rd1 mice at different postnatal days (P7, P14, P21, P28, P56, and P180) were prepared for further analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926135/a-spatial-approach-to-combatting-wildlife-crime
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Sally C Faulkner, Michael C A Stevens, Stephanie S Romañach, Peter A Lindsey, Steven C Le Comber
Poaching can have devastating impacts on animal and plant numbers, and in many countries has reached crisis levels, with illegal hunters employing increasingly sophisticated techniques. Here, we show how geographic profiling - a mathematical technique originally developed in criminology and recently applied to animal foraging and epidemiology - can be adapted for use in investigations of wildlife crime, using data from an eight-year study in Savé Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe that in total includes more than 10,000 incidents of illegal hunting and the deaths of 6,454 wild animals...
September 19, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925374/task-induced-frequency-modulation-features-for-brain-computer-interfacing
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Vinay Jayaram, Matthias Hohmann, Jennifer Just, Bernhard Schölkopf, Moritz Grosse-Wentrup
OBJECTIVE: Task-induced amplitude modulation of neural oscillations is routinely used in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for decoding subjects' intents, and underlies some of the most robust and common methods in the field, such as common spatial patterns and Riemannian geometry. While there has been some interest in phase-related features for classification, both techniques usually presuppose that the frequencies of neural oscillations remain stable across various tasks. We investigate here whether features based on task-induced modulation of the frequency of neural oscillations enable decoding of subjects' intents with an accuracy comparable to task-induced amplitude modulation...
October 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
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Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921766/effects-of-zoochory-on-the-spatial-genetic-structure-of-plant-populations
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Tiziana A Gelmi-Candusso, Eckhard W Heymann, Katrin Heer
Spatial genetic structure (SGS) of plants results from the non-random distribution of related individuals. SGS provides information on gene flow and spatial patterns of genetic diversity within populations. Seed dispersal creates the spatial template for plant distribution. Thus, in zoochorous plants, dispersal mode and disperser behavior might have a strong impact on SGS. However, many studies only report the taxonomic group of seed dispersers, without further details. The recent increase in studies on SGS provides the opportunity to review findings and test for the influence of dispersal mode, taxonomic affiliation of dispersers and their behavior...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920759/spatial-distribution-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-and-polychlorinated-biphenyl-sources-in-the-nakdong-river-estuary-south-korea
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Jun H Lee, Han J Woo, Kap S Jeong, Jeong W Kang, Jae U Choi, Eun J Jeong, Kap S Park, Dong H Lee
Our research team investigated the elemental composition and the presence of various toxic organic compounds, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), in estuary surface sediments to trace the spatial distribution of the sources of pollution deposited in Nakdong River, Busan, South Korea. The spatial patterns of elemental composition and toxic organic compounds were determined from the measurements of total organic carbon (TOC), total nitrogen, total sulfur, PAHs, and PCBs...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917166/omi-satellite-observed-formaldehyde-column-from-2006-to-2015-over-xishuangbanna-southwest-china-and-validation-using-ground-based-zenith-sky-doas
#8
Rui Liu, Tao Feng, Shanshan Wang, Chanzhen Shi, Yanlin Guo, Jialiang Nan, Yun Deng, Bin Zhou
Formaldehyde (HCHO) provides a proxy to reveal the isoprene and biogenic volatile organic compounds emission which plays important roles in atmospheric chemical process and climate change. The ground-based observation with zenith-sky DOAS is carried out in order to validate the HCHO columns from OMI. It has a good correlation of 0.71678 between the HCHO columns from two sources. Then we use the OMI HCHO columns from January 2006 to December 2015 to indicate the interannual variation and spatial distribution in Xishuangbanna...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916281/explaining-the-spatiotemporal-variation-of-fine-particle-number-concentrations-over-beijing-and-surrounding-areas-in-an-air-quality-model-with-aerosol-microphysics
#9
Xueshun Chen, Zifa Wang, Jie Li, Huansheng Chen, Min Hu, Wenyi Yang, Zhe Wang, Baozhu Ge, Dawei Wang
In this study, a three-dimensional air quality model with detailed aerosol microphysics (NAQPMS + APM) was applied to simulate the fine particle number size distribution and to explain the spatiotemporal variation of fine particle number concentrations in different size ranges over Beijing and surrounding areas in the haze season (Jan 15 to Feb 13 in 2006). Comparison between observations and the simulation indicates that the model is able to reproduce the main features of the particle number size distribution...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915964/decreased-use-of-spatial-pattern-separation-in-contemporary-lifestyles-may-contribute-to-hippocampal-atrophy-and-diminish-mental-health
#10
Lindy Birkel
The spatial pattern separation process has not yet been proposed as a pivotal neural activity affecting hippocampal volume, a metric of mental health. The dentate gyrus/CA3 region is increasingly implicated in hippocampal atrophy, its putative role in spatial pattern separation appears to be impaired in mental health disorders, and performance on a task indicative of pattern separation correlates with dentate gyrus/CA3 volume. Spatial pattern separation is thought to utilize the heightened neural plasticity of newborn neurons in the dentate gyrus to distinguish highly similar aspects of scene so that these remain distinct in memory rather than lost...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915264/inhibition-of-infection-spread-by-co-transmitted-defective-interfering-particles
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Ashley Baltes, Fulya Akpinar, Bahar Inankur, John Yin
Although virus release from host cells and tissues propels the spread of many infectious diseases, most virus particles are not infectious; many are defective, lacking essential genetic information needed for replication. When defective and viable particles enter the same cell, the defective particles can multiply while interfering with viable particle production. Defective interfering particles (DIPs) occur in nature, but their role in disease pathogenesis and spread is not known. Here, we engineered an RNA virus and its DIPs to express different fluorescent reporters, and we observed how DIPs impact viral gene expression and infection spread...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914691/time-trends-and-spatial-patterns-in-the-mesothelioma-incidence-in-slovenia-1961-2014
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Vesna Zadnik, Maja Primic Zakelj, Katja Jarm, Tina Zagar
We aimed to explore the temporal and spatial variations in mesothelioma incidence in Slovenia for the last 50 years and, among these, to evaluate the consequences of asbestos usage. The incidence data from the population-based Cancer Registry of Republic of Slovenia for the period 1961-2014 were analysed. The data of asbestos imported to Slovenia were used as a proxy for asbestos exposure in manufacturing areas. Log-linear joinpoint regression and age-period-cohort Poisson models were used in the time-trend analysis...
September 2017: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914358/dynamic-foraging-of-a-top-predator-in-a-seasonal-polar-marine-environment
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Ben G Weinstein, Ari S Friedlaender
The seasonal movement of animals at broad spatial scales provides insight into life-history, ecology and conservation. By combining high-resolution satellite-tagged data with hierarchical Bayesian movement models, we can associate spatial patterns of movement with marine animal behavior. We used a multi-state mixture model to describe humpback whale traveling and area-restricted search states as they forage along the West Antarctic Peninsula. We estimated the change in the geography, composition and characteristics of these behavioral states through time...
September 15, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912690/ring-finger-protein-38-is-a-neuronal-protein-in-the-brain-of-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#14
Kai Lin Cham, Tomoko Soga, Ishwar S Parhar
Really interesting new gene (RING) finger protein is a type of zinc-binding motif found in a large family of functionally distinct proteins. RING finger proteins are involved in diverse cellular processes including apoptosis, DNA repair, cell cycle, signal transduction, tumour suppressor, vesicular transport, and peroxisomal biogenesis. RING finger protein 38 (RNF38) is a member of the family whose functions remain unknown. To gain insight into the putative effects of RNF38 in the central nervous system, we localised its expression...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904999/linking-spatial-structure-and-community-level-biotic-interactions-through-cooccurrence-and-time-series-modeling-of-the-human-intestinal-microbiota
#15
Eric J de Muinck, Knut E A Lundin, Pål Trosvik
The gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome is a densely populated ecosystem where dynamics are determined by interactions between microbial community members, as well as host factors. The spatial organization of this system is thought to be important in human health, yet this aspect of our resident microbiome is still poorly understood. In this study, we report significant spatial structure of the GI microbiota, and we identify general categories of spatial patterning in the distribution of microbial taxa along a healthy human GI tract...
September 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904780/spatial-patterns-of-hypolithic-cyanobacterial-diversity-in-northern-australia
#16
Keith Christian, Mirjam Kaestli, Karen Gibb
Photosynthetic microbial communities under translucent rocks (hypolithic) are found in many arid regions. At the global scale, there has been little intercontinental gene flow, and at a local scale, microbial composition is related to fine-scale features of the rocks and their environment. Few studies have investigated patterns of hypolithic community composition at intermediate distances. We examined hypolithic cyanobacterial diversity in semi-arid Australia along a 10-km transect by sampling six rocks from four adjacent 1 m(2) quadrats ("distance zero") and from additional quadrats at 10, 100, 1,000, and 10,000 m to test the hypothesis that diversity would increase with the number of rocks sampled and distance...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900539/probing-the-internal-micromechanical-properties-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilms-by-brillouin-imaging
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A Karampatzakis, C Z Song, L P Allsopp, A Filloux, S A Rice, Y Cohen, T Wohland, P Török
Biofilms are organised aggregates of bacteria that adhere to each other or surfaces. The matrix of extracellular polymeric substances that holds the cells together provides the mechanical stability of the biofilm. In this study, we have applied Brillouin microscopy, a technique that is capable of measuring mechanical properties of specimens on a micrometre scale based on the shift in frequency of light incident upon a sample due to thermal fluctuations, to investigate the micromechanical properties of an active, live Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900214/structure-function-correlations-in-retinitis-pigmentosa-patients-with-partially-preserved-vision-a-voxel-based-morphometry-study
#18
Ana Rita Machado, Andreia Carvalho Pereira, Fábio Ferreira, Sónia Ferreira, Bruno Quendera, Eduardo Silva, Miguel Castelo-Branco
Retinitis Pigmentosa is a group of hereditary retinal dystrophy disorders associated with progressive peripheral visual field loss. The impact of this retinal loss in cortical gray matter volume has not been addressed before in Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with low vision. Voxel-based morphometry was applied to study whole brain gray matter volume changes in 27 Retinitis Pigmentosa patients with partially preserved vision and 38 age- and gender-matched normally sighted controls to determine whether peripheral visual loss can lead to changes in gray matter volume...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899429/amyloid-independent-atrophy-patterns-predict-time-to-progression-to-dementia-in-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Mara Ten Kate, Frederik Barkhof, Pieter Jelle Visser, Charlotte E Teunissen, Philip Scheltens, Wiesje M van der Flier, Betty M Tijms
BACKGROUND: Amyloid pathology in subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an important risk factor for progression to dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. Predicting the onset of dementia is challenging even in the presence of amyloid, as time to progression varies considerably among patients and depends on the onset of neurodegeneration. Survival analysis can account for variability in time to event, but has not often been applied to MRI measurements beyond singular predefined brain regions such as the hippocampus...
September 12, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898942/exposure-of-stone-marten-martes-foina-and-polecat-mustela-putorius-to-anticoagulant-rodenticides-effects-of-regulatory-restrictions-of-rodenticide-use
#20
Morten Elmeros, Pia Lassen, Rossana Bossi, Christopher J Topping
When anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) are used to control rodent populations there is also a widespread secondary exposure of non-target predators to ARs. To reduce secondary exposure, regulatory restrictions in AR usage were tightened in Denmark in 2011. The restrictions included the cessation of AR use for plant protection and any use away from buildings, as well as limitations in private consumers' access to ARs. To quantify and evaluate the efficiency of the regulatory measures to reduce secondary exposure, we analysed ARs in liver tissue from 40 stone martens (Martes foina) and 40 polecats (Mustela putorius) collected before and 31 stone martens and 29 polecats collected after the restrictions were imposed...
September 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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