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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
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REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335368/shape-evolution-of-hierarchical-w18o49-nanostructures-a-systematic-investigation-of-the-growth-mechanism-properties-and-morphology-dependent-photocatalytic-activities
#2
Guojuan Hai, Jianfeng Huang, Liyun Cao, Yanni Jie, Jiayin Li, Xing Wang
Hierarchical tungsten oxide assemblies such as spindle-like structures, flowers with sharp petals, nanowires and regular hexagonal structures are successfully synthesized via a solvothermal reduction method by simply adjusting the reaction conditions. On the basis of the experimental results, it is determined that the reaction time significantly influences the phase transition, microstructure and photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples. The possible mechanisms for the morphology evolution process have been systematically proposed...
December 14, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335093/carbohydrate-and-lipid-spectroscopic-molecular-structures-of-different-alfalfa-hay-and-their-relationship-with-nutrient-availability-in-ruminants
#3
Mojtaba Yari, Reza Valizadeh, Abbas Ali Naserian, Arjan Jonker, Peiqiang Yu
Objective: This study was conducted to determine molecular structures related to carbohydrates and lipid in alfalfa hay cut at early bud, late bud and early flower and in the afternoon and next morning using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT/IR) and to determine their relationship with alfalfa hay nutrient profile and availability in ruminants. Methods: Chemical composition analysis, carbohydrate fractionation, in situ ruminal degradability and DVE/OEB model were used to measure nutrient profile and availability of alfalfa hay...
March 21, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335016/trna-derived-small-rnas-target-transposable-element-transcripts
#4
German Martinez, Sarah G Choudury, R Keith Slotkin
tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs) are 18-26 nucleotide small RNAs that are not random degradation products, but are rather specifically cleaved from mature tRNA transcripts. Abundant in stressed or viral-infected cells, the function and potential targets of tRFs are not known. We identified that in the unstressed wild-type male gamete containing pollen of flowering plants, and analogous reproductive structure in non-flowering plant species, tRFs accumulate to high levels. In the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana, tRFs are processed by Dicer-like 1 and incorporated into Argonaute1 (AGO1), akin to a microRNA...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334304/livestock-grazing-shapes-the-vegetation-structure-and-subsequent-habitat-use-by-the-endangered-skipper-pyrgus-ruralis-lagunae-lepidoptera-hesperiidae
#5
Daniel A Marschalek, David K Faulkner, Douglas H Deutschman
Many species adapted to alpine and montane meadow ecosystems are at risk of extinction. The skipper Pyrgus ruralis lagunae Scott is a mountaintop butterfly restricted to San Diego County, CA, a federally listed endangered species, and is in imminent risk of extinction. Historically, P. r. lagunae was found in the Laguna and Palomar mountains. We did not detect the skipper in the Laguna Mountains, and the species has likely been extirpated from this area, which represents half of its historical range and is the type locality...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334280/origin-and-genetic-differentiation-of-pink-flowered-sorbus-hybrids-in-the-western-carpathians
#6
Veronika Uhrinová, Judita Zozomová-Lihová, Dana Bernátová, Juraj Paule, Ladislav Paule, Dušan Gömöry
Background and Aims: Diversity of the genus Sorbus has been affected by interspecific hybridizations. Pink-flowered hybrid species have been insufficiently studied so far. They comprise bigenomic hybrid species derived from crosses S. aria s.l. × S. chamaemespilus and trigenomic ones, where S. aucuparia was involved as well. The main objective of the present study was to reconstruct their hybrid origins as well as to assess genetic distinction among several morphologically recognized hybrid species...
March 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334278/local-and-landscape-drivers-of-parasitoid-abundance-richness-and-composition-in-urban-gardens
#7
Julia M Burks, Stacy M Philpott
Urbanization negatively affects biodiversity, yet some urban habitat features can support diversity. Parasitoid wasps, an abundant and highly diverse group of arthropods, can inhabit urban areas and do well in areas with higher host abundance, floral resources, or local or landscape complexity. Parasitoids provide biological control services in many agricultural habitats, yet few studies have examined diversity and abundance of parasitoids in urban agroecosystems to understand how to promote conservation and function...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334195/environmental-variables-influence-the-association-of-eustenopus-villosus-and-larinus-curtus-coleoptera-curculionidae-adults-with-different-growth-stages-of-the-invasive-thistle-centaurea-solstitialis-asteraceae-cardueae-in-washington-state
#8
S E Woodley, B A Zamora, T Coffey
A 2-yr (2014-2015) field study in eastern Washington State quantified the effect of environmental factors on the overwintered Eustenopus villosus (Boheman) and Larinus curtus (Hochhut) adults in relation to phenology of Centaurea solstitialis L. (Asteraceae: Cardueae), the feeding and breeding host for these two weevil biocontrol agents. We recorded in the study area: ambient and soil temperatures, soil moisture, percent cover and developmental stage of C. solstitialis, and presence of adults of each weevil species...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334177/genetic-and-environmental-integration-of-the-hawkmoth-pollination-syndrome-in-ruellia-humilis-acanthaceae
#9
John S Heywood, Joseph S Michalski, Braden K McCann, Amber D Russo, Kara J Andres, Allison R Hall, Tessa C Middleton
Background and Aims: The serial homology of floral structures has made it difficult to assess the relative contributions of selection and constraint to floral integration. The interpretation of floral integration may also be clouded by the tacit, but largely untested, assumption that genetic and environmental perturbations affect trait correlations in similar ways. In this study, estimates of both the genetic and environmental correlations between components of the hawkmoth pollination syndrome are presented for chasmogamous flowers of Ruellia humilis , including two levels of control for serial homology...
February 28, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334123/x-ray-irradiation-control-of-frankliniella-occidentalis-and-frankliniella-intonsa-thysanoptera-thripidae-in-the-exportation-of-freshly-cut-lily-flowers
#10
Hyun-Na Koo, Seung-Hwan Yun, Hyun-Ju Kim, Hyun Kyung Kim, Gil-Hah Kim
Lily (Lilium longiflorum Thunb.) is the most representative bulb flower, and it is the third most important flower in the flower industry of South Korea after rose and chrysanthemum. To determine the efficacy of X-ray irradiation for use in quarantine processing, two species of flower thrips (Frankliniella intonsa (Trybom) and Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande)) were placed in the top, middle, and bottom locations of lily boxes and irradiated with different X-ray doses. After irradiation with an X-ray dose of 150 Gy, the egg hatching of the two flower thrips was completely inhibited at every location in the lily boxes, and the irradiated F...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334107/floral-strips-attract-beneficial-insects-but-do-not-enhance-yield-in-cucumber-fields
#11
N F Quinn, D C Brainard, Z Szendrei
Natural enemies and pollinators require nutritional and habitat resources that are often not found in conventional agricultural fields. The addition of flowering plants within agroecosystems may provide the resources necessary to support beneficial insects at the local scale. We hypothesized that insect pollinator and natural enemy abundance would increase in cucumber (Cucumis sativus) plots containing flower strips and that the effect would be greatest in the crop rows closest to the flower strips. Three flower treatments were tested: 1) buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum), 2) yellow mustard (Brassica hirta), 3) sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), and cucumbers as a control...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334089/does-florivory-by-helicoverpa-zea-lepidoptera-noctuidae-cause-yield-loss-in-soybeans
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Dominic Reisig, Rachel Suits, Hannah Burrack, Jack Bacheler, Jim E Dunphy
Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), corn earworm, is a damaging insect pest of many crops, including soybeans. An economic threshold for soybeans during the pod-filling stages exists to prevent economic damage to seeds. However, the impact of florivory (flower feeding) by H. zea larvae on seed yield is poorly understood and there is no economic threshold for flowering-stage soybeans. Four small plot experiments were conducted in North Carolina during 2011 and 2012 to assess the impact of H. zea feeding during the flowering stages of determinate soybeans on various yield components...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334069/standardized-sampling-plan-for-the-thrips-frankliniella-schultzei-thysanoptera-thripidae-on-watermelon-crops
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Cleovan Barbosa Pinto, Renato Almeida Sarmento, Tarcísio Visintin da Silva Galdino, Poliana Silvestre Pereira, Breno Gomes Barbosa, Carlos Henrique Oliveira Lima, Nilson Rodrigues da Silva, Marcelo Coutinho Picanço
Sampling plans are essential components of integrated pest management programs. The thrips Frankliniella schultzei (Trybom) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) is an important pest of watermelon crops. Despite the importance of sampling plans and of F. schultzei as a pest of watermelon crops, no research has been previously conducted on this subject for this crop. The objective of this work was to create a standardized sampling plan for F. schultzei in watermelon crops. Over two consecutive years, weekly samplings were performed in commercial watermelon crops...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334066/effect-of-drive-row-ground-covers-on-hop-rosales-cannabaceae-yard-arthropod-pests-in-vermont-usa
#14
L Calderwood, J Cubins, D Vesty, H Darby
Alternatives to pesticides are necessary for the management of hop (Humulus lupulus L.) arthropod pests. The three major arthropod pests in northeastern US hop production include two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, hop aphid Phorodon humuli (Schrank), and potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae Harris. This 3-yr study (2012-2014) in Vermont investigated the effect of flowering ground covers on arthropod pest abundance. Hop cultivars 'Nugget' and 'Cascade' were evaluated under a strip-split plot experimental design...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333943/fabrication-of-sensitive-enzymatic-biosensor-based-on-multi-layered-reduced-graphene-oxide-added-ptau-nanoparticles-modified-hybrid-electrode
#15
Md Faruk Hossain, Jae Y Park
A highly sensitive amperometric glucose sensor was developed by immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) onto multi-layer reduced graphene oxide (MRGO) sheets decorated with platinum and gold flower-like nanoparticles (PtAuNPs) modified Au substrate electrode. The fabricated MRGO/PtAuNPs modified hybrid electrode demonstrated high electrocatalytic activities toward oxidation of H2O2, to which it had a wide linear response that ranged from 0.5 to 8 mM (R2 = 0.997), and high sensitivity of 506.25 μA/mMcm2. Furthermore, glucose oxidase-chitosan composite and cationic polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) were assembled by a casting method on the surface of MRGO/PtAuNPs modified electrode...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333233/contrasting-rates-of-molecular-evolution-and-patterns-of-selection-among-gymnosperms-and-flowering-plants
#16
Amanda R De La Torre, Zhen Li, Yves Van de Peer, Pär K Ingvarsson
The majority of variation in rates of molecular evolution among seed plants remains both unexplored and unexplained. Although some attention has been given to flowering plants, reports of molecular evolutionary rates for their sister plant clade (gymnosperms) are scarce, and to our knowledge differences in molecular evolution among seed plant clades have never been tested in a phylogenetic framework. Angiosperms and gymnosperms differ in a number of features, of which contrasting reproductive biology, life spans, and population sizes are the most prominent...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332207/the-eyes-and-vision-of-butterflies
#17
Kentaro Arikawa
Butterflies use colour vision when searching for flowers. Unlike the trichromatic retinas of humans (blue, green, and red cones; plus rods) and honeybees (ultraviolet, blue, and green photoreceptors), butterfly retinas typically have six or more photoreceptor classes with distinct spectral sensitivities. The eyes of the Japanese yellow swallowtail (Papilio xuthus) contain ultraviolet, violet, blue, green, red and broad-band receptors, with each ommatidium housing nine photoreceptor cells in one of three fixed combinations...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332139/sensing-the-plant-surface-prior-to-feeding-and-oviposition-differences-in-external-ultrastructure-and-function-among-tarsi-of-heliconius-erato
#18
D S Silva, E A Barp, L C R Kucharski, G R P Moreira
Adult foretarsi of Heliconius erato Linnaeus (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae) are reduced in size and are not used for walking. Foretarsi of the female have specialized sensilla that are presumably used to identify the host plant, by drumming. The mid- and hind tarsi also bear sensilla in both sexes, but these have not been described in detail, nor has their chemosensory function been determined. We described and compared the tarsi of H. erato under light and scanning electron microscopy. Behavioral experiments showed that differences in the shape, number, and size of sensilla were related to feeding and oviposition behaviors...
March 22, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331779/reply-to-the-efsa-2016-on-the-relevance-of-recent-publications-hofmann-et-al-2014-2016-on-environmental-risk-assessment-and-management-of-bt-maize-events-mon810-bt11-and-1507
#19
EDITORIAL
Maren Kruse-Plass, Frieder Hofmann, Ulrike Kuhn, Mathias Otto, Ulrich Schlechtriemen, Boris Schröder, Rudolf Vögel, Werner Wosniok
In this commentary, we respond to a report of the EFSA GMO Panel (EFSA EFSA Supp Publ, 1) that criticises the outcomes of two studies published in this journal (Hofmann et al. Environ Sci Eur 26: 24, 2; Environ Sci Eur 28: 14, 3). Both publications relate to the environmental risk assessment and management of Bt-maize, including maize events MON810, Bt11 and maize 1507. The results of Hofmann et al. (Environ Sci Eur 26: 24, 2), using standardised pollen mass filter deposition measurements, indicated that the EFSA Panel model had underestimated pollen deposition and, hence, exposure of non-target organisms to Bt-maize pollen...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331597/pollinator-population-size-and-pollination-ecosystem-service-responses-to-enhancing-floral-and-nesting-resources
#20
Johanna Häussler, Ullrika Sahlin, Charlotte Baey, Henrik G Smith, Yann Clough
Modeling pollination ecosystem services requires a spatially explicit, process-based approach because they depend on both the behavioral responses of pollinators to the amount and spatial arrangement of habitat and on the within- and between-season dynamics of pollinator populations in response to land use. We describe a novel pollinator model predicting flower visitation rates by wild central-place foragers (e.g., nesting bees) in spatially explicit landscapes. The model goes beyond existing approaches by: (1) integrating preferential use of more rewarding floral and nesting resources; (2) considering population growth over time; (3) allowing different dispersal distances for workers and reproductives; (4) providing visitation rates for use in crop pollination models...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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