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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649741/the-emerging-science-of-linked-plant-fungal-invasions
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Ian A Dickie, Jennifer L Bufford, Richard C Cobb, Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau, Gwen Grelet, Philip E Hulme, John Klironomos, Andreas Makiola, Martin A Nuñez, Anne Pringle, Peter H Thrall, Samuel G Tourtellot, Lauren Waller, Nari M Williams
I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. References SUMMARY: Invasions of alien plants are typically studied as invasions of individual species, yet interactions between plants and symbiotic fungi (mutualists and potential pathogens) affect plant survival, physiological traits, and reproduction and hence invasion success. Studies show that plant-fungal associations are frequently key drivers of plant invasion success and impact, but clear conceptual frameworks and integration across studies are needed to move beyond a series of case studies towards a more predictive understanding...
June 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649359/species-traits-and-interaction-rules-shape-a-species-rich-seed-dispersal-interaction-network
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Esther Sebastián-González, Mathias M Pires, Camila I Donatti, Paulo R Guimarães, Rodolfo Dirzo
Species phenotypic traits affect the interaction patterns and the organization of seed-dispersal interaction networks. Understanding the relationship between species characteristics and network structure help us understand the assembly of natural communities and how communities function. Here, we examine how species traits may affect the rules leading to patterns of interaction among plants and fruit-eating vertebrates. We study a species-rich seed-dispersal system using a model selection approach to examine whether the rules underlying network structure are driven by constraints in fruit resource exploitation, by preferential consumption of fruits by the frugivores, or by a combination of both...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649322/similarity-of-plant-functional-traits-and-aggregation-pattern-in-a-subtropical-forest
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Bo Zhang, Xiaozhen Lu, Jiang Jiang, Donald L DeAngelis, Zhiyuan Fu, Jinchi Zhang
The distribution of species and communities in relation to environmental heterogeneity is a central focus in ecology. Co-occurrence of species with similar functional traits is an indication that communities are determined in part by environmental filters. However, few studies have been designed to test how functional traits are selectively filtered by environmental conditions at local scales. Exploring the relationship between soil characteristics and plant traits is a step toward understanding the filtering hypothesis in determining plant distribution at local scale...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645261/genome-wide-analysis-of-udp-glycosyltransferase-super-family-in-brassica-rapa-and-brassica-oleracea-reveals-its-evolutionary-history-and-functional-characterization
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Jingyin Yu, Fan Hu, Komivi Dossa, Zhaokai Wang, Tao Ke
BACKGROUND: Glycosyltransferases comprise a highly divergent and polyphyletic multigene family that is involved in widespread modification of plant secondary metabolites in a process called glycosylation. According to conserved domains identified in their amino acid sequences, these glycosyltransferases can be classified into a single UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) 1 superfamily. RESULTS: We performed genome-wide comparative analysis of UGT genes to trace evolutionary history in algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes, and angiosperms; then, we further investigated the expansion mechanisms and function characterization of UGT gene families in Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644860/time-dependent-genetic-analysis-links-field-and-controlled-environment-phenotypes-in-the-model-c4-grass-setaria
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Max J Feldman, Rachel E Paul, Darshi Banan, Jennifer F Barrett, Jose Sebastian, Muh-Ching Yee, Hui Jiang, Alexander E Lipka, Thomas P Brutnell, José R Dinneny, Andrew D B Leakey, Ivan Baxter
Vertical growth of plants is a dynamic process that is influenced by genetic and environmental factors and has a pronounced effect on overall plant architecture and biomass composition. We have performed six controlled growth trials of an interspecific Setaria italica x Setaria viridis recombinant inbred line population to assess how the genetic architecture of plant height is influenced by developmental queues, water availability and planting density. The non-destructive nature of plant height measurements has enabled us to monitor height throughout the plant life cycle in both field and controlled environments...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643848/the-impact-of-alternative-trait-scaling-hypotheses-for-the-maximum-photosynthetic-carboxylation-rate-vcmax-on-global-gross-primary-production
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Anthony P Walker, Tristan Quaife, Peter M van Bodegom, Martin G De Kauwe, Trevor F Keenan, Joanna Joiner, Mark R Lomas, Natasha MacBean, Chongang Xu, Xiaojuan Yang, F Ian Woodward
The maximum photosynthetic carboxylation rate (Vcmax ) is an influential plant trait that has multiple scaling hypotheses, which is a source of uncertainty in predictive understanding of global gross primary production (GPP). Four trait-scaling hypotheses (plant functional type, nutrient limitation, environmental filtering, and plant plasticity) with nine specific implementations were used to predict global Vcmax distributions and their impact on global GPP in the Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SDGVM)...
June 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642768/silicon-transporters-and-effects-of-silicon-amendments-in-strawberry-under-high-tunnel-and-field-conditions
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Samuel Ouellette, Marie-Hélène Goyette, Caroline Labbé, Joan Laur, Linda Gaudreau, André Gosselin, Martine Dorais, Rupesh K Deshmukh, Richard R Bélanger
Together with longer production periods, the commercial transition to day-neutral strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) varieties has favored the development of diseases such as powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) that thrives in late summer-early fall. In an attempt to find alternative solutions to fungicides currently employed to curb the disease, we wanted to investigate the potential of silicon (Si) amendments that have been associated with prophylactic properties against powdery mildews. To this end, our first objective was to determine if strawberry was a Si-competent species following the recent characterization of the properties of Si transporters that plants must carry to uptake silicic acid...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642625/testing-the-environmental-filtering-concept-in-global-drylands
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Yoann Le Bagousse-Pinguet, Nicolas Gross, Fernando T Maestre, Vincent Maire, Francesco de Bello, Carlos Roberto Fonseca, Jens Kattge, Enrique Valencia, Jan Leps, Pierre Liancourt
1. The environmental filtering hypothesis predicts that the abiotic environment selects species with similar trait values within communities. Testing this hypothesis along multiple - and interacting - gradients of climate and soil variables constitutes a great opportunity to better understand and predict the responses of plant communities to ongoing environmental changes. 2. Based on two key plant traits, maximum plant height and specific leaf area (SLA), we assessed the filtering effects of climate (mean annual temperature and precipitation, precipitation seasonality), soil characteristics (soil pH, sand content and total phosphorus) and all potential interactions on the functional structure and diversity of 124 dryland communities spread over the globe...
July 2017: Journal of Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640841/a-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-mutant-with-altered-carbon-isotope-ratio
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Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Vivek Thakur, Samart Wanchana, Hugo Alonso-Cantabrana, Jacque Dionora, John E Sheehy, Robert Furbank, Susanne von Caemmerer, William Paul Quick
Recent efforts to engineer C4 photosynthetic traits into C3 plants such as rice demand an understanding of the genetic elements that enable C4 plants to outperform C3 plants. As a part of the C4 Rice Consortium's efforts to identify genes needed to support C4 photosynthesis, EMS mutagenized sorghum populations were generated and screened to identify genes that cause a loss of C4 function. Stable carbon isotope ratio (δ13C) of leaf dry matter has been used to distinguishspecies with C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638623/the-genetic-architecture-of-growth-traits-in-salix-matsudana-under-salt-stress
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Jian Zhang, Huwei Yuan, Qingshan Yang, Min Li, Ying Wang, Yujuan Li, Xiangjian Ma, Feng Tan, Rongling Wu
Willow (Salix) is one of the most important ornamental tree species in landscape plants. One species, Salix matsudana, is widely used as a shade tree and border tree because of its soft branches and plump crown. Some varieties of S. matsudana were salt tolerant and could grow normally in coastal regions. However, the molecular mechanisms of salt tolerance for S. matsudana have been less clear. Here, we addressed this issue by performing a mapping experiment containing 195 intraspecific F1 progeny of S. matsudana, derived from salt-sensitive 'yanjiang' and salt-tolerant '9901', grown by cuttings in a 100 mM NaCl solution...
2017: Horticulture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637377/the-candidatus-liberibacter-host-interface-insights-into-pathogenesis-mechanisms-and-disease-control
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Nian Wang, Elizabeth A Pierson, João Carlos Setubal, Jin Xu, Julien G Levy, Yunzeng Zhang, Jinyun Li, Luiz Thiberio Rangel, Joaquim Martins
"Candidatus Liberibacter" species are associated with economically devastating diseases of citrus, potato, and many other crops. The importance of these diseases as well as the proliferation of new diseases on a wider host range is likely to increase as the insects vectoring the "Ca. Liberibacter" species expand their territories worldwide. Here, we review the progress on understanding pathogenesis mechanisms of "Ca. Liberibacter" species and the control approaches for diseases they cause. We discuss the Liberibacter virulence traits, including secretion systems, putative effectors, and lipopolysaccharides (LPSs), as well as other important traits likely to contribute to disease development, e...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637270/in-planta-recapitulation-of-isoprene-synthases-evolution-from-ocimene-synthases
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Mingai Li, Jia Xu, Alberto Algarra Alarcon, Silvia Carlin, Enrico Barbaro, Luca Cappellin, Violeta Velikova, Urska Vrhovsek, Francesco Loreto, Claudio Varotto
Isoprene is the most abundant biogenic volatile hydrocarbon compound naturally emitted by plants and plays a major role in atmospheric chemistry. It has been proposed that isoprene synthases (IspS) may readily evolve from other terpene synthases, but this hypothesis has not been experimentally investigated.We isolated and functionally validated in Arabidopsis the first isoprene synthase gene, AdoIspS, from a monocotyledonous species (Arundo donax L., Poaceae). Phylogenetic reconstruction indicates that AdoIspS and dicots isoprene synthases most likely originated by parallel evolution from TPS-b monoterpene synthases...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636273/long-term-belowground-effects-of-grassland-management-the-key-role-of-liming
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Jemma Heyburn, Paul McKenzie, Michael J Crawley, Dario A Fornara
The functioning of human-managed grassland ecosystems strongly depends on how common management practices will affect grassland 'belowground compartment' including soil biogeochemistry and plant roots. Key questions remain about how animal grazing, liming (e.g. the addition of CaCO3 to soils), and nutrient fertilization might affect, in the long-term, soil nutrient cycling and multiple root traits. Here we focus on a mesotrophic grassland located in Berkshire, UK, where contrasting levels of rabbit grazing, liming and different inorganic fertilizers have been applied since 1991...
June 21, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636081/cell-size-and-wall-dimensions-drive-distinct-variability-of-earlywood-and-latewood-density-in-northern-hemisphere-conifers
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Jesper Björklund, Kristina Seftigen, Fritz Schweingruber, Patrick Fonti, Georg von Arx, Marina V Bryukhanova, Henri E Cuny, Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, David C Frank
Interannual variability of wood density - an important plant functional trait and environmental proxy - in conifers is poorly understood. We therefore explored the anatomical basis of density. We hypothesized that earlywood density is determined by tracheid size and latewood density by wall dimensions, reflecting their different functional tasks. To determine general patterns of variability, density parameters from 27 species and 349 sites across the Northern Hemisphere were correlated to tree-ring width parameters and local climate...
June 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633378/the-cost-of-avoiding-freezing-in-stems-trade-off-between-xylem-resistance-to-cavitation-and-supercooling-capacity-in-woody-plants
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Nadia S Arias, Fabián G Scholz, Guillermo Goldstein, Sandra J Bucci
Stems and leaves of Olea europaea L. (olive) avoid freezing damage by substantial supercooling during the winter season. Physiological changes during acclimation to low temperatures were studied in five olive cultivars. Water relations and hydraulic traits, ice nucleation temperature (INT) and temperatures resulting in 50% damage (LT50) were determined. All cultivars showed a gradual decrease in INT and LT50 from the dry and warm summer to the wet and cold winter in Patagonia, Argentina. During acclimation to low temperatures there was an increase in leaf cell wall rigidity and stomatal conductance (gs), as well as a decrease in leaf apoplastic water content, leaf water potential (Ψ), sap flow and stem hydraulic conductivity (ks)...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626887/using-numerical-plant-models-and-phenotypic-correlation-space-to-design-achievable-ideotypes
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Victor Picheny, Pierre Casadebaig, Ronan Trépos, Robert Faivre, David Da Silva, Patrick Vincourt, Evelyne Costes
Numerical plant models can predict the outcome of plant traits modifications resulting from genetic variations, on plant performance, by simulating physiological processes and their interaction with the environment. Optimization methods complement those models to design ideotypes, i.e. ideal values of a set of plant traits resulting in optimal adaptation for given combinations of environment and management, mainly through the maximization of a performance criteria (e.g. yield, light interception). As use of simulation models gains momentum in plant breeding, numerical experiments must be carefully engineered to provide accurate and attainable results, rooting them in biological reality...
June 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626039/the-role-of-idioblasts-in-leaf-water-relations-of-tropical-rhododendron
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Tatpong Tulyananda, Erik T Nilsen
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Although much is known about the anatomy of idioblasts, the relationship of leaf idioblasts to leaf physiology is poorly known. Our goal was to understand the relationship between idioblast abundance and leaf water relations. Tropical epiphytic and shrub Rhododendron species were the model system. METHODS: Leaf succulence and idioblast metrics of 61 plants representing 17 species were compared with stomatal and water relation metrics. Correlation, ANOVA, and regression were used to understand which water relation traits were best aligned with the proportion of the leaf occupied by idioblasts for epiphytic and shrub species...
June 16, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626005/the-auxin-biosynthetic-tryptophan-aminotransferase-related-tatar2-1-3a-increases-wheat-grain-yield
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An Shao, Wenying Ma, Xueqiang Zhao, Mengyun Hu, Xue He, Wan Teng, Hui Li, Yiping Tong
Controlling the major auxin biosynthetic pathway to manipulate the auxin content could be a target for genetic engineering of crops with desired traits, but little progress had been made because low or high auxin contents often cause developmental inhibition. Here, we performed a genome-wide analysis of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) to identify the tryptophan aminotransferase of Arabidopsis1/tryptophan aminotransferase-related (TAA1/TAR) genes that function in the tryptophan-dependent pathway of auxin biosynthesis...
June 16, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625996/natural-dna-transformation-is-functional-in-lactococcus-lactis-ssp-cremoris-kw2
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Blandine David, Amandine Radziejwoski, Frédéric Toussaint, Laetitia Fontaine, Marie Henry de Frahan, Cédric Patout, Sabine van Dillen, Patrick Boyaval, Philippe Horvath, Christophe Fremaux, Pascal Hols
Lactococcus lactis is one of the most commonly used lactic acid bacteria in the dairy industry. Activation of competence for natural DNA transformation in this species would greatly improve the selection of novel strains with desired genetic traits. Here, we investigated the activation of natural transformation in L. lactis ssp. cremoris KW2, a strain of plant origin whose genome encodes the master competence regulator ComX and the complete set of proteins usually required for natural transformation. In the absence of knowledge about competence regulation in this species, we constitutively overproduced ComX in a reporter strain of late competence phase activation and showed, by transcriptomic analyses, a ComX-dependent induction of all key competence genes...
June 16, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625791/on-plant-modularity-traits-functions-and-challenges
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Gianluigi Ottaviani, Jana Martínková, Tomáš Herben, Juli G Pausas, Jitka Klimešová
On-spot persistence, space occupancy, and recovery after damage are key plant functions largely understudied. Traits relevant to these functions are difficult to assess because of their relationships to plant modularity. We suggest that developing collection protocols for these traits is feasible and could facilitate their inclusion in global syntheses.
June 15, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
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