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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346742/leaf-economic-and-hydraulic-divergences-underpin-ecological-differentiation-in-the-bromeliaceae
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Jamie Males, Howard Griffiths
Leaf economic and hydraulic theory have rarely been applied to the ecological differentiation of speciose herbaceous plant radiations. The role of character trait divergences and network reorganisation in the differentiation of the functional types in the megadiverse Neotropical Bromeliaceae was explored by quantifying a range of leaf economic and hydraulic traits in 50 diverse species. Functional types, which are defined by combinations of C3 or CAM photosynthesis, terrestrial or epiphytic habits, and non-specialised, tank-forming or atmospheric morphologies, segregated clearly in trait space...
March 27, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344637/growth-curve-registration-for-evaluating-salinity-tolerance-in-barley
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Rui Meng, Stephanie Saade, Sebastian Kurtek, Bettina Berger, Chris Brien, Klaus Pillen, Mark Tester, Ying Sun
BACKGROUND: Smarthouses capable of non-destructive, high-throughput plant phenotyping collect large amounts of data that can be used to understand plant growth and productivity in extreme environments. The challenge is to apply the statistical tool that best analyzes the data to study plant traits, such as salinity tolerance, or plant-growth-related traits. RESULTS: We derive family-wise salinity sensitivity (FSS) growth curves and use registration techniques to summarize growth patterns of HEB-25 barley families and the commercial variety, Navigator...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344378/the-long-and-the-short-of-it-a-global-analysis-of-hawkmoth-pollination-niches-and-interaction-networks
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Steven D Johnson, Marcela Moré, Felipe W Amorim, William A Haber, Gordon W Frankie, Dara A Stanley, Andrea A Coccuci, Robert A Raguso
1. Proboscis length has been proposed as a key dimension of plant pollination niches, but this niche space has not previously been explored at regional and global scales for any pollination system. Hawkmoths are ideal organisms for exploring pollinator niches as they are important pollinators in most of the biodiverse regions of the earth and vary greatly in proboscis length, with some species having the longest proboscides of all insects. 2. Using datasets for nine biogeographical regions spanning the Old and New World, we ask whether it is possible to identify distinct hawkmoth pollination niches based on the frequency distribution of proboscis length, and whether these niches are reflected in the depths of flowers that are pollinated by hawkmoths...
January 2017: Functional Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343941/characterization-of-culturable-bacteria-isolated-from-hot-springs-for-plant-growth-promoting-traits-and-effect-on-tomato-lycopersicon-esculentum-seedling
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Kinjal Samir Patel, Jinal Hardik Naik, Sejal Chaudhari, Natarajan Amaresan
To elucidate the functional diversity of hot spring bacteria, 123 bacteria were isolated and screened for evaluating their multifunctional plant growth promoting (PGP) properties. The antagonistic activity against different phytopathogens showed the presence of a high amount of biocontrol bacteria in the hot springs. During screening for PGP properties, 61.0% isolates showed production of indole acetic acid and 23.6% showed inorganic phosphate solubilization qualitatively. For production of extracellular enzymes, it was found that 61...
March 23, 2017: Comptes Rendus Biologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342210/does-the-turgor-loss-point-characterise-drought-response-in-dryland-plants
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Claire Farrell, Christopher Szota, Stefan K Arndt
The water potential at turgor loss point (Ψtlp ) has been suggested as a key functional trait for determining plant drought tolerance, due to its close relationship with stomatal closure. Ψtlp may indicate drought tolerance as plants which maintain gas exchange at lower midday water potentials as soil water availability declines also have lower Ψtlp . We evaluated 17 species from seasonally dry habitats, representing a range of life-forms, under well-watered and drought conditions, to determine how Ψtlp relates to stomatal sensitivity (pre-dawn water potential at stomatal closure: Ψgs0 ) and drought strategy (degree of isohydry or anisohydry; ΔΨMD between WW conditions and stomatal closure)...
March 24, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342018/overexpression-of-osgata12-regulates-chlorophyll-content-delays-plant-senescence-and-improves-rice-yield-under-high-density-planting
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Guangwen Lu, José A Casaretto, Shan Ying, Kashif Mahmood, Fang Liu, Yong-Mei Bi, Steven J Rothstein
Agronomic traits controlling the formation, architecture and physiology of source and sink organs are main determinants of rice productivity. Semi-dwarf rice varieties with low tiller formation but high seed production per panicle and dark green and thick leaves with prolonged source activity are among the desirable traits to further increase the yield potential of rice. Here, we report the functional characterization of a zinc finger transcription factor, OsGATA12, whose overexpression causes increased leaf greenness, reduction of leaf and tiller number, and affects yield parameters...
March 24, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338840/differences-in-functional-and-xylem-anatomical-features-allow-cistus-species-to-co-occur-and-cope-differently-with-drought-in-the-mediterranean-region
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José M Torres-Ruiz, Hervé Cochard, Elsa Fonseca, Eric Badel, Luiz Gazarini, Margarida Vaz
A significant increase in drought events frequency is predicted for the next decades induced by climate change, potentially affecting plant species mortality rates and distributions worldwide. The main trigger of plant mortality is xylem hydraulic failure due to embolism and induced by the low pressures at which water is transported through xylem. As the Mediterranean basin will be severely affected by climate change, the aim of this study was to provide novel information about drought resistance and tolerance of one of its most widely distributed and common genera as a case study: the genus Cistus...
February 27, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338800/a-steady-state-stomatal-model-of-balanced-leaf-gas-exchange-hydraulics-and-maximal-source-sink-flux
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Teemu Hölttä, Anna Lintunen, Tommy Chan, Annikki Mäkelä, Eero Nikinmaa
Trees must simultaneously balance their CO2 uptake rate via stomata, photosynthesis, the transport rate of sugars and rate of sugar utilization in sinks while maintaining a favourable water and carbon balance. We demonstrate using a numerical model that it is possible to understand stomatal functioning from the viewpoint of maximizing the simultaneous photosynthetic production, phloem transport and sink sugar utilization rate under the limitation that the transpiration-driven hydrostatic pressure gradient sets for those processes...
February 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338739/retention-of-stored-water-enables-tropical-tree-saplings-to-survive-extreme-drought-conditions
#9
Brett T Wolfe
Trees generally maintain a small safety margin between the stem water potential (Ψstem) reached during seasonal droughts and the Ψstem associated with their mortality. This pattern may indicate that species face similar mortality risk during extreme droughts. However, if tree species vary in their ability to regulate Ψstem, then safety margins would poorly predict drought mortality. To explore variation among species in Ψstem regulation, I subjected potted saplings of six tropical tree species to extreme drought and compared their responses with well-watered plants and pretreatment reference plants...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338717/divergences-in-hydraulic-architecture-form-an-important-basis-for-niche-differentiation-between-diploid-and-polyploid-betula-species-in-ne-china
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Wei-Wei Zhang, Jia Song, Miao Wang, Yan-Yan Liu, Na Li, Yong-Jiang Zhang, N Michele Holbrook, Guang-You Hao
Habitat differentiation between polyploid and diploid plants are frequently observed, with polyploids usually occupying more stressed environments. In woody plants, polyploidization can greatly affect wood characteristics but knowledge of its influences on xylem hydraulics is scarce. The four Betula species in NE China, representing two diploids and two polyploids with obvious habitat differentiation, provide an exceptional study system for investigating the impact of polyploidization on environmental adaptation of trees from the point view of xylem hydraulics...
February 13, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338712/molecular-mechanisms-of-flowering-under-long-days-and-stem-growth-habit-in-soybean
#11
Dong Cao, Ryoma Takeshima, Chen Zhao, Baohui Liu, Abe Jun, Fanjiang Kong
Precise timing of flowering is critical to crop adaptation and productivity in a given environment. A number of classical E genes controlling flowering time and maturity have been identified in soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.]. The public availability of the soybean genome sequence has accelerated the identification of orthologues of Arabidopsis flowering genes and their functional analysis, and has allowed notable progress towards understanding the molecular mechanisms of flowering in soybean. Great progress has been made particularly in identifying genes and modules that inhibit flowering in long-day conditions, because a reduced or absent inhibition of flowering by long daylengths is an essential trait for soybean, a short-day (SD) plant, to expand its adaptability toward higher latitude environments...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338709/relationship-between-leaf-functional-traits-and-productivity-in-aquilaria-crassna-thymelaeaceae-plantations-a-tool-to-aid-in-the-early-selection-of-high-yielding-trees
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Arlene López-Sampson, Lucas A Cernusak, Tony Page
Physiological traits are frequently used as indicators of tree productivity. Aquilaria species growing in a research planting were studied to investigate relationships between leaf-productivity traits and tree growth. Twenty-eight trees were selected to measure isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) and monitor six leaf attributes. Trees were sampled randomly within each of four diametric classes (at 150 mm above ground level) ensuring the variability in growth of the whole population was represented...
February 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337213/root-branching-is-a-leading-root-trait-of-the-plant-economics-spectrum-in-temperate-trees
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Rebecca Liese, Katrin Alings, Ina C Meier
Global vegetation models use conceived relationships between functional traits to simulate ecosystem responses to environmental change. In this context, the concept of the leaf economics spectrum (LES) suggests coordinated leaf trait variation, and separates species which invest resources into short-lived leaves with a high expected energy return rate from species with longer-lived leaves and slower energy return. While it has been assumed that being fast (acquisitive) or slow (conservative) is a general feature for all organ systems, the translation of the LES into a root economics spectrum (RES) for tree species has been hitherto inconclusive...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336772/gmilpa1-encoding-an-anaphase-promoting-complex-like-protein-affects-leaf-petiole-angle
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Jinshan Gao, Suxin Yang, Weng Cheng, Yongfu Fu, Jiantian Leng, Xiaohui Yuan, Ning Jiang, Jianxin Ma, Xianzhong Feng
Leaf petiole angle is an important plant architectural trait that affects canopy coverage, photosynthetic efficiency, and ultimately productivity in many legume crops. However, the genetic basis underlying this trait remains unclear. Here, we report the identification, isolation, and functional characterization of Glycine max Increased Leaf Petiole Angle 1 (GmILPA1), a gene encoding an APC8-like protein, that is a subunit of the anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) in soybean. A gamma ray-induced deletion of a fragment involving the 4th exon of GmILPA1 and its flanking sequences led to extension of the 3rd exon and formation of a novel 3'UTR from intronic and intergenic sequences...
March 23, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333989/street-trees-reduce-the-negative-effects-of-urbanization-on-birds
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João Carlos de Castro Pena, Felipe Martello, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Richard A Armitage, Robert J Young, Marcos Rodrigues
The effects of streets on biodiversity is an important aspect of urban ecology, but it has been neglected worldwide. Several vegetation attributes (e.g. street tree density and diversity) have important effects on biodiversity and ecological processes. In this study, we evaluated the influences of urban vegetation-represented by characteristics of street trees (canopy size, proportion of native tree species and tree species richness)-and characteristics of the landscape (distance to parks and vegetation quantity), and human impacts (human population size and exposure to noise) on taxonomic data and functional diversity indices of the bird community inhabiting streets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333289/the-role-of-daf-21-hsp90-in-mouth-form-plasticity-in-pristionchus-pacificus
#16
Bogdan Sieriebriennikov, Gabriel V Markov, Hanh Witte, Ralf J Sommer
Phenotypic plasticity is increasingly recognized to facilitate adaptive change in plants and animals, including insects, nematodes and vertebrates. Plasticity can occur as continuous or discrete (polyphenisms) variation. In social insects, e.g. in ants, some species have workers of distinct size classes while in other closely related species variation in size may be continuous. Despite the abundance of examples in nature, how discrete morphs are specified remains currently unknown. In theory, polyphenisms might require robustness, whereby the distribution of morphologies would be limited by the same mechanisms that execute buffering from stochastic perturbations, a function attributed to heat-shock proteins of the Hsp90 family...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331178/habitat-filtering-and-exclusion-of-weak-competitors-jointly-explain-fern-species-assemblage-along-a-light-and-water-gradient
#17
Hui Zhang, Shidan Zhu, Robert John, Ronghua Li, Hui Liu, Qing Ye
Fern species are an important component of the diversity of forest plant communities, but very little is known about how fern communities assemble in different environments. In this study, we use multiple trait-based tests to examine the relationships between several key eco-physiological traits which are direct indicators of shade and drought tolerance, and the abundance of fern species in pine forest (PF), pine and mixed broad leaf forest (PMBF) and matured broad leaf forest (MBF) in southern China. These forests are characterized by decreasing light but increasing water availability during succession, and the fern communities correspondingly differ in species composition...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322089/biological-changes-of-green-pea-pisum-sativum-l-by-selenium-enrichment
#18
Farzaneh Garousi, Béla Kovács, Éva Domokos-Szabolcsy, Szilvia Veres
Supplement of common fertilizers with selenium (Se) for crop production will be an effective way to produce selenium-rich food and feed. The value of green pea seeds and forages as alternative protein source can be improved by using agronomic biofortification. Therefore, biological changes of green pea (Pisum sativum L.) and influences of inorganic forms of Se (sodium selenite and sodium selenate) at different concentrations on the accumulation of magnesium (Mg) and phosphorus (P) were investigated in greenhouse experiment...
March 2017: Acta Biologica Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321883/higher-photosynthesis-nutrient-and-energy-use-efficiencies-contribute-to-invasiveness-of-exotic-plants-in-a-nutrient-poor-habitat-in-northeast-china
#19
Ming-Chao Liu, De-Liang Kong, Xiu-Rong Lu, Kai Huang, Shuo Wang, Wei-Bin Wang, Bo Qu, Yu-Long Feng
The roles of photosynthesis-related traits in invasiveness of introduced plant species are still not well elucidated, especially in nutrient-poor habitats. In addition, little effort has been made to determine the physiological causes and consequences of the difference in these traits between invasive and native plants. To address these problems, we compared the differences in 16 leaf functional traits related to light-saturated photosynthetic rate (Pmax ) between 22 invasive and native plants in a nutrient-poor habitat in northeast China...
March 20, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319155/relationships-between-abiotic-environment-plant-functional-traits-and-animal-body-size-at-mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania
#20
David Schellenberger Costa, Alice Classen, Stefan Ferger, Maria Helbig-Bonitz, Marcell Peters, Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Michael Kleyer
The effect-response framework states that plant functional traits link the abiotic environment to ecosystem functioning. One ecosystem property is the body size of the animals living in the system, which is assumed to depend on temperature or resource availability, among others. For primary consumers, resource availability may directly be related to plant traits, while for secondary consumers the relationship is indirect. We used plant traits to describe resource availability along an elevational gradient on Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania...
2017: PloS One
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