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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909952/environment-and-spatial-influences-on-aquatic-insect-communities-in-cerrado-streams-the-relative-importance-of-conductivity-altitude-and-conservation-areas
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B S Godoy, L L Queiroz, S Lodi, L G Oliveira
The aquatic insect community is an important element for stream functionality and diversity, but the effects of altitude and conservation areas on the aquatic insect community have been poorly explored in neotropical ecozone. The lack of studies about the relative importance of space and environment on community structure is another obstacle within aquatic insect ecology, which precludes the inclusion of these studies in more current frameworks, like the metacommunity dynamics. We evaluated the relationship between the aquatic insect community structure at 19 streams in the Brazilian Cerrado and spatial and environmental variables, namely geographical distance among sites, stream altitude, chemical variables, and environmental protection areas...
December 1, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909926/metals-as-chemical-tracers-to-discriminate-ecological-populations-of-threatened-franciscana-dolphins-pontoporia-blainvillei-from-argentina
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M B Romero, P Polizzi, L Chiodi, A Robles, K Das, M Gerpe
Franciscana dolphins are the most impacted small cetacean in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean, classified as Vulnerable A3d by IUCN. Essential (Fe, Mo, Mn, Cr, Ni, Co) and non-essential (Ag, Pb, Sn) trace elements (TEs) were measured in liver, kidney, and brain samples of by-catch Franciscana dolphins that were living in estuarine (n = 21) and marine (n = 21) habitats (1) to assess whether TEs posed a threat and (2) to evaluate the suitability of TEs for discriminating ecological populations of this species in Argentinean waters...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909855/conifer-monoterpene-chemistry-during-an-outbreak-enhances-consumption-and-immune-response-of-an-eruptive-folivore
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Amy M Trowbridge, M Deane Bowers, Russell K Monson
Changes in the chemical composition of plant defense compounds during herbivory can impact herbivore resource allocation patterns and thereby herbivore survival, growth, and immune response against endoparasitoid infection. Few studies have investigated folivore responses to changes in plant chemistry that occur under outbreak conditions in mature conifer systems. Using data from an earlier observational field study, we carried out laboratory bioassays to test how variation in monoterpenes in piñon pine trees (Pinus edulis, Pinaceae) during an outbreak affects growth, consumption, and immune response of a specialist herbivore, the Southwestern tiger moth (Lophocampa ingens, Arctiidae)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907252/residential-yards-as-designer-ecosystems-effects-of-yard%C3%A2-management-on-land-snail-species-composition
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Elizabeth A Bergey, Laura L Figueroa
Residential yards comprise the majority of green space in urban landscapes, yet are an understudied system because of access issues and because yards may be considered biologically depauperate. Yards are purposely created and managed and, hence, qualify as designer ecosystems, a term borrowed from restoration ecology. We investigated whether yard management (watering regime, mulching, and chemical use) or dog presence affected land snail assemblage composition and described the pattern of native vs. nonnative species among yards...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904505/composition-and-biological-activities-of-the-aqueous-extracts-of-three-scleractinian-corals-from-the-mexican-caribbean-pseudodiploria-strigosa-porites-astreoides-and-siderastrea-siderea
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Alejandro García-Arredondo, Alejandra Rojas-Molina, César Ibarra-Alvarado, Fernando Lazcano-Pérez, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, Judith Sánchez-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Scleractinian corals (stony corals) are the most abundant reef-forming cnidarians found in coral reefs throughout the world. Despite their abundance and ecological importance, information about the diversity of their toxins and their biological activities is very scarce. In this study, the chemical composition and the biological activities of the aqueous extracts of Pseudodiploria strigosa, Porites astreoides and Siderastrea siderea, three scleractinian corals from the Mexican Caribbean, have been assessed for the first time...
2016: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899920/impacts-of-fertilization-regimes-on-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-amf-community-composition-were-correlated-with-organic-matter-composition-in-maize-rhizosphere-soil
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Chen Zhu, Ning Ling, Junjie Guo, Min Wang, Shiwei Guo, Qirong Shen
The understanding of the response of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) community composition to fertilization is of great significance in sustainable agriculture. However, how fertilization influences AMF diversity and composition is not well-established yet. A field experiment located in northeast China in typical black soil (Chernozem) was conducted and high-throughput sequencing approach was used to investigate the effects of different fertilizations on the variation of AMF community in the rhizosphere soil of maize crop...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896584/soil-contamination-assessment-for-pb-zn-and-cd-in-a-slag-disposal-area-using-the-integration-of-geochemical-and-microbiological-data
#7
Mariana Consiglio Kasemodel, Jacqueline Zanin Lima, Isabel Kimiko Sakamoto, Maria Bernadete Amancio Varesche, Julio Cesar Trofino, Valéria Guimarães Silvestre Rodrigues
Improper disposal of mining waste is still considered a global problem, and further details on the contamination by potentially toxic metals are required for a proper assessment. In this context, it is important to have a combined view of the chemical and biological changes in the mining dump area. Thus, the objective of this study was to evaluate the Pb, Zn and Cd contamination in a slag disposal area using the integration of geochemical and microbiological data. Analyses of soil organic matter (SOM), pH, Eh, pseudo-total concentration of metals, sequential extraction and microbial community by polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) were conducted...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894344/siropins-novel-serine-protease-inhibitors-from-gut-microbiota-acting-on-human-proteases-involved-in-inflammatory-bowel-diseases
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Héla Mkaouar, Nizar Akermi, Vincent Mariaule, Samira Boudebbouze, Nadia Gaci, Florette Szukala, Nicolas Pons, Josan Marquez, Ali Gargouri, Emmanuelle Maguin, Moez Rhimi
BACKGROUND: In eukaryotes, the serpins constitute a wide family of protease inhibitors regulating many physiological pathways. Many reports stressed the key role of serpins in several human physiopathologies including mainly the inflammatory bowel diseases. In this context, eukaryotic serpins were largely studied and their use to limit inflammation was reported. In comparison to that, bacterial serpins and mainly those from human gut microbiota remain poorly studied. RESULTS: The two genes encoding for putative serpins from the human gut bacterium Eubacterium sireaum, display low sequence identities...
November 29, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888482/biofertilizers-a-potential-approach-for-sustainable-agriculture-development
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Trishna Mahanty, Surajit Bhattacharjee, Madhurankhi Goswami, Purnita Bhattacharyya, Bannhi Das, Abhrajyoti Ghosh, Prosun Tribedi
The worldwide increase in human population raises a big threat to the food security of each people as the land for agriculture is limited and even getting reduced with time. Therefore, it is essential that agricultural productivity should be enhanced significantly within the next few decades to meet the large demand of food by emerging population. Not to mention, too much dependence on chemical fertilizers for more crop productions inevitably damages both environmental ecology and human health with great severity...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886398/an-in-situ-toxicity-identification-and-evaluation-itie-water-analysis-system-laboratory-validation
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August J Steigmeyer, Jiamin Zhang, Jennifer M Daley, Xiaowei Zhang, G Allen Burton
It is difficult to assess the toxicity of a single stressor and establish a strong stressor-causality link when multiple stressors coexist. Toxicity Identification Evaluation (TIE) methodology uses a series of chemical and physical manipulations to fractionate compounds within a matrix and systematically identify potential toxicants. The current EPA application of TIE can provide valuable information, but often lacks ecological realism and is subject to laboratory-related artifacts. An in situ TIE Device (iTIED) was designed to assess the sources of toxicity in aquatic ecosystems...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884466/linking-pollutant-exposure-of-humpback-whales-breeding-in-the-indian-ocean-to-their-feeding-habits-and-feeding-areas-off-antarctica
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Krishna Das, Govindan Malarvannan, Alin Dirtu, Violaine Dulau, Magali Dumont, Gilles Lepoint, Philippe Mongin, Adrian Covaci
Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, breeding off la Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) undergo large-scale seasonal migrations between summer feeding grounds near Antarctica and their reproductive winter grounds in the Indian Ocean. The main scope of the current study was to investigate chemical exposure of humpback whales breeding in the Indian Ocean by providing the first published data on this breeding stock concerning persistent organic pollutants (POPs), namely polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), DDT and its metabolites (DDTs), chlordane compounds (CHLs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and methoxylated PBDEs (MeO-PBDEs)...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883092/spatial-mapping-of-lichen-specialized-metabolites-using-ldi-msi-chemical-ecology-issues-for-ophioparma-ventosa
#12
Pierre Le Pogam, Béatrice Legouin, Audrey Geairon, Hélène Rogniaux, Françoise Lohézic-Le Dévéhat, Walter Obermayer, Joël Boustie, Anne-Cécile Le Lamer
Imaging mass spectrometry techniques have become a powerful strategy to assess the spatial distribution of metabolites in biological systems. Based on auto-ionisability of lichen metabolites using LDI-MS, we herein image the distribution of major secondary metabolites (specialized metabolites) from the lichen Ophioparma ventosa by LDI-MSI (Mass Spectrometry Imaging). Such technologies offer tremendous opportunities to discuss the role of natural products through spatial mapping, their distribution patterns being consistent with previous chemical ecology reports...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878384/direct-consumptive-interactions-between-mammalian-herbivores-and-plant-dwelling-invertebrates-prevalence-significance-and-prospectus
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REVIEW
Moshe Gish, Matan Ben-Ari, Moshe Inbar
Mammalian herbivores induce changes in the chemical composition, phenology, distribution, and abundance of the plants they feed on. Consequently, invertebrate herbivores (predominantly insects) that depend on those plants, and the predators and parasitoids that are associated with them, may be affected. This plant-mediated indirect interaction between mammals and invertebrates has been extensively studied, but mammalian herbivores may also directly affect plant-dwelling invertebrates (PDI) by incidentally ingesting them while feeding...
November 23, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875986/the-retardant-effect-of-2-tridecanone-mediated-by-cytochrome-p450-on-the-development-of-cotton-bollworm-helicoverpa-armigera
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Lei Zhang, Yao Lu, Min Xiang, Qingli Shang, Xiwu Gao
BACKGROUND: Plant allelochemicals act as toxins, inhibitors of digestion, and deterrents that affect the fecundity of insects. These compounds have attracted significant research attention in recent decades, and much is known about the effects of these xenobiotic plant secondary metabolites on insect development. To date, although ecological interactions between xenobiotic plant secondary chemicals that retard insect growth have been observed in many species, it remains unclear how particular allelochemicals influence insect development in a life stage-dependent manner...
November 22, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870051/chemical-similarity-and-local-community-assembly-in-the-species-rich-tropical-genus-piper
#15
Diego Salazar, M Alejandra Jaramillo, Robert J Marquis
Community ecologists have strived to find mechanisms that mediate the assembly of natural communities. Recent evidence suggests that natural enemies could play an important role in the assembly of hyper-diverse tropical plant systems. Classic ecological theory predicts that in order for coexistence to occur, species differences must be maximized across biologically important niche dimensions. For plant-herbivore interactions, it has been recently suggested that, within a particular community, plant species that maximize the difference in chemical defense profiles compared to neighboring taxa will have a relative competitive advantage...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870046/naive-tadpoles-do-not-recognize-recent-invasive-predatory-fishes-as%C3%A2-dangerous
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Attila Hettyey, Kerstin E Thonhauser, Veronika Bókony, Dustin J Penn, Herbert Hoi, Matteo Griggio
Invasive alien predators (IAP) are spreading on a global scale-often with devastating ecological effects. One reason for their success may be that prey species fail to recognize them due to a lack of co-evolutionary history. We performed a comprehensive test of this "prey naiveté" hypothesis using a novel approach: we tested whether predator-naive tadpoles of the agile frog (Rana dalmatina) display antipredator behavior upon encountering chemical cues produced by native, invasive (established or recent) or allopatric fishes (four perciforms, four siluriforms, and two cypriniforms)...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870024/macroinvertebrate-community-assembly-on-deep-sea-wood-falls-in-monterey-bay-is-strongly-influenced-by-wood-type
#17
Jenna Judge, James P Barry
Environmental filtering, including the influence of environmental constraints and biological interactions on species' survival, is known to significantly affect patterns of community assembly in terrestrial ecosystems. However, its role in regulating patterns and processes of community assembly in deep-sea environments is poorly studied. Here we investigated the role of wood characteristics in the assembly of deep-sea wood fall communities. Ten different wood species (substrata) that varied in structural complexity were sunk to a depth of 3,100 m near Monterey Bay, CA...
November 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869187/a-new-species-of-trichoderma-hypoxylon-harbours-abundant-secondary-metabolites
#18
Jingzu Sun, Yunfei Pei, Erwei Li, Wei Li, Kevin D Hyde, Wen-Bing Yin, Xingzhong Liu
Some species of Trichoderma are fungicolous on fungi and have been extensively studied and commercialized as biocontrol agents. Multigene analyses coupled with morphology, resulted in the discovery of T. hypoxylon sp. nov., which was isolated from surface of the stroma of Hypoxylon anthochroum. The new taxon produces Trichoderma- to Verticillium-like conidiophores and hyaline conidia. Phylogenetic analyses based on combined ITS, TEF1-α and RPB2 sequence data indicated that T. hypoxylon is a well-distinguished species with strong bootstrap support in the polysporum group...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866743/a-data-mining-framework-for-exploring-the-multi-relation-between-fish-species-and-water-quality-through-self-organizing-map
#19
Wen-Ping Tsai, Shih-Pin Huang, Su-Ting Cheng, Kwang-Tsao Shao, Fi-John Chang
The steep slopes of rivers can easily lead to large variations in river water quality during typhoon seasons in Taiwan, which may poses significant impacts on riverine eco-hydrological environments. This study aims to investigate the relationship between fish communities and water quality by using artificial neural networks (ANNs) for comprehending the upstream eco-hydrological system in northern Taiwan. We collected a total of 276 heterogeneous datasets with 8 water quality parameters and 25 fish species from 10 sampling sites...
November 17, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865519/fine-sediments-suppress-detritivory-on-coral-reefs
#20
Sterling B Tebbett, Christopher H R Goatley, David R Bellwood
Increasing sediment inputs are recognised as an important factor leading to coral reef degradation. However, the role of sediments in ecological processes is poorly understood. This study used paired-choice trials to quantify the effects of sediment grain size and chemical composition on feeding by the abundant detritivorous reef fish, Ctenochaetus striatus. The size of sediments from algal turfs were also compared to those ingested by reef-dwelling C. striatus. Algal turfs containing coarser sediments were preferred by C...
November 16, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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