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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774944/can-traits-predict-individual-growth-performance-a-test-in-a-hyperdiverse-tropical-forest
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Lourens Poorter, Carolina V Castilho, Juliana Schietti, Rafael S Oliveira, Flávia R C Costa
The functional trait approach has, as a central tenet, that plant traits are functional and shape individual performance, but this has rarely been tested in the field. Here, we tested the individual-based trait approach in a hyperdiverse Amazonian tropical rainforest and evaluated intraspecific variation in trait values, plant strategies at the individual level, and whether traits are functional and predict individual performance. We evaluated > 1300 tree saplings belonging to > 383 species, measured 25 traits related to growth and defense, and evaluated the effects of environmental conditions, plant size, and traits on stem growth...
May 18, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774565/local-and-systemic-regulation-of-psii-efficiency-in-triticale-infected-by-the-hemibiotrophic-pathogen-microdochium-nivale
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Mateusz Dyda, Iwona Wąsek, Mirosław Tyrka, Maria Wędzony, Magdalena Szechyńska-Hebda
Microdochium nivale is a fungal pathogen that causes yield losses of cereals during winter. Cold hardening under light conditions induces genotype-dependent resistance of a plant to infection. We aim to show how photosystem II (PSII) regulation contributes to plant resistance. Using mapping population of triticale doubled haploid lines, three M. nivale strains and different infection assays, we demonstrate that plants that maintain a higher maximum quantum efficiency of PSII show less leaf damage upon infection...
May 17, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774426/plant-physical-and-chemical-defence-variation-along-elevation-gradients-a-functional-trait-based-approach
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Alan Kergunteuil, Patrice Descombes, Gaetan Glauser, Loïc Pellissier, Sergio Rasmann
Predicting variation in plant functional traits related to anti-herbivore defences remains a major challenge in ecological research, considering that multiple traits have evolved in response to both abiotic and biotic conditions. Therefore, understanding variation in plant anti-herbivore defence traits requires studying their expression along steep environmental gradients, such as along elevation, where multiple biotic and abiotic factors co-vary. We expand on plant defence theory and propose a novel conceptual framework to address the sources of variations of plant resistance traits at the community level...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774039/a-membrane-bound-nac-like-transcription-factor-osntl5-represses-the-flowering-in-oryza-sativa
#4
Siyi Guo, Shaojun Dai, Prashant K Singh, Hongyan Wang, Yanan Wang, Jeanie L H Tan, Wanyi Wee, Toshiro Ito
In spite of short-day (SD) nature, rice ( Oryza sativa ) shares a conserved photoperiodic network for flowering control with long-day plants like Arabidopsis thaliana. Flowering or heading is an important agronomic trait in rice. NAC transcription factors (TFs) are well-conserved and one of the largest families of plant TFs. However, their function in flowering or heading time is not well-known yet. A preferential expression of a membrane-bound NAC-like TF OsNTL5 in developing leaves and panicles of rice indicated to us its putative role in flowering...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774036/the-pattern-and-distribution-of-induced-mutations-in-j-curcas-using-reduced-representation-sequencing
#5
Fatemeh Maghuly, Stephan Pabinger, Julie Krainer, Margit Laimer
Mutagenesis in combination with Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) is a powerful tool for introducing variation, studying gene function and identifying causal mutations underlying phenotypes of interest in crop plant genomes. About 400 million paired-end reads were obtained from 82 ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) induced mutants and 14 wild-type accessions of Jatropha curcas for the detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Insertion/Deletions (InDels) by two different approaches (nGBS and ddGBS) on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768699/near-infrared-spectrometry-allows-fast-and-extensive-predictions-of-functional-traits-from-dry-leaves-and-branches
#6
Flávia R C Costa, Carla Lang, Danilo R A Almeida, Carolina V Castilho, Lourens Poorter
The linking of individual functional traits to ecosystem processes is the basis for making generalizations in ecology, but the measurement of individual values is laborious and time consuming, preventing large-scale trait mapping. Also, in hyper-diverse systems, errors occur because identification is difficult, and species level values ignore intra-specific variation. To allow extensive trait mapping at the individual level, we evaluated the potential of Fourrier-Transformed Near Infra-Red Spectrometry (FT-NIR) to adequately describe 14 traits that are key for plant carbon, water, and nutrient balance...
May 16, 2018: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768135/seeing-the-light-the-roles-of-red-and-blue-light-sensing-in-plant-microbes
#7
Gwyn A Beattie, Bridget M Hatfield, Haili Dong, Regina S McGrane
Plants collect, concentrate, and conduct light throughout their tissues, thus enhancing light availability to their resident microbes. This review explores the role of photosensing in the biology of plant-associated bacteria and fungi, including the molecular mechanisms of red-light sensing by phytochromes and blue-light sensing by LOV (light-oxygen-voltage)-domain proteins in these microbes. Bacteriophytochromes function as major drivers of the bacterial transcriptome and mediate light-regulated suppression of virulence, motility, and conjugation in some phytopathogens and light-regulated induction of the photosynthetic apparatus in a stem-nodulating symbiont...
May 16, 2018: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766532/root-expressed-phytochromes-b1-and-b2-but-not-phya-and-cry2-regulate-shoot-growth-in-nature
#8
Youngjoo Oh, Variluska Fragoso, Francesco Guzzonato, Sang-Gyu Kim, Chung-Mo Park, Ian T Baldwin
While photoreceptors are expressed throughout all plant organs, most studies have focused on their function in aerial parts with laboratory-grown plants. Photoreceptor function in naturally dark-grown roots of plants in their native habitats are lacking. We characterized patterns of photoreceptor expression in field- and glasshouse-grown Nicotiana attenuata plants, silenced the expression of PhyB1/B2/A/Cry2 whose root transcripts levels were greater/equal to those of shoots, and by micrografting combined empty vector transformed shoots onto photoreceptor-silenced roots, creating chimeric plants with "blind" roots but "sighted" shoots...
May 15, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766387/comparative-morphological-analysis-of-two-parallel-mycoheterotrophic-transitions-reveals-divergent-and-convergent-traits-in-the-genus-pyrola-pyroleae-ericaceae
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Kohtaroh Shutoh, Kenji Suetsugu, Shingo Kaneko, Takahide Kurosawa
The genus Pyrola includes species with different degree of mycoheterotrophy; some species possess individuals that rely on all carbon through their associations with fungi (full mycoheterotrophy, FM), whereas some species obtain carbon through both fungi and photosynthesis by itself (partial mycoheterotrophy, PM). To investigate how plant functional traits of photosynthesis and reproduction are related to the degree of mycoheterotrophy in the initial stage of the transition from PM to FM, we determined morphological traits in FM (or nearly FM) and PM species in two independent lineages, P...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760714/fine-mapping-and-candidate-gene-identification-for-wax-biosynthesis-locus-bowax1-in-brassica-oleracea-l-var-capitata
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Dongming Liu, Xin Dong, Zezhou Liu, Jun Tang, Mu Zhuang, Yangyong Zhang, Honghao Lv, Yumei Liu, Zhansheng Li, Zhiyuan Fang, Limei Yang
Cuticular waxes play important roles in plant protection against various biotic and abiotic environmental stresses. The cuticular wax covering gives normal cabbage a glaucous appearance, but the appearance of waxless mutant is glossy green. Based on the present study, inheritance of the glossy green character of mutant HUAYOU2 follows a simple recessive pattern. Genetic analysis of an F2 population comprising 808 recessive individuals derived from HUAYOU2 (P1 , maternal parent) and M36 (P2 , paternal parent) revealed that a single recessive locus, BoWax1 ( Brassica oleracea Wax 1 ), controls glossy green trait in B ...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760440/plant-spectral-diversity-integrates-functional-and-phylogenetic-components-of-biodiversity-and-predicts-ecosystem-function
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Anna K Schweiger, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Philip A Townsend, Sarah E Hobbie, Michael D Madritch, Ran Wang, David Tilman, John A Gamon
Biodiversity promotes ecosystem function as a consequence of functional differences among organisms that enable resource partitioning and facilitation. As the need for biodiversity assessments increases in the face of accelerated global change, novel approaches that are rapid, repeatable and scalable are critical, especially in ecosystems for which information about species identity and the number of species is difficult to acquire. Here, we present 'spectral diversity'-a spectroscopic index of the variability of electromagnetic radiation reflected from plants measured in the visible, near-infrared and short-wave infrared regions (400-2,400 nm)...
May 14, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758287/pseudomonas-putida-as-a-functional-chassis-for-industrial-biocatalysis-from-native-biochemistry-to-trans-metabolism
#12
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Pablo I Nikel, Víctor de Lorenzo
The itinerary followed by Pseudomonas putida from being a soil-dweller and plant colonizer bacterium to become a flexible and engineer-able platform for metabolic engineering stems from its natural lifestyle, which is adapted to harsh environmental conditions and all sorts of physicochemical stresses. Over the years, these properties have been capitalized biotechnologically owing to the expanding wealth of genetic tools designed for deep-editing the P. putida genome. A suite of dedicated vectors inspired in the core tenets of synthetic biology have enabled to suppress many of the naturally-occurring undesirable traits native to this species while enhancing its many appealing properties, and also to import catalytic activities and attributes from other biological systems...
May 11, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757469/soil-microclimate-changes-affect-soil-fungal-communities-in-a-mediterranean-pine-forest
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Carles Castaño, Björn D Lindahl, Josu G Alday, Andreas Hagenbo, Juan Martínez de Aragón, Javier Parladé, Joan Pera, José Antonio Bonet
Soil microclimate is a potentially important regulator of the composition of plant-associated fungal communities in climates with significant drought periods. Here, we investigated the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil fungal communities in a Mediterranean Pinus pinaster forest in relation to soil moisture and temperature. Fungal communities in 336 soil samples collected monthly over 1 year from 28 long-term experimental plots were assessed by PacBio sequencing of ITS2 amplicons. Total fungal biomass was estimated by analysing ergosterol...
May 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754971/stenotrophomonas-maltophilia
#14
Shi-Qi An, Gabriele Berg
This infographic describes the key regulated traits of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, important for beneficial plant interactions, and also its increasing incidence as a nosocomial and community-acquired infection. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a cosmopolitan and ubiquitous bacterium found in a range of environmental habitats, including extreme ones, although in nature it is mainly associated with plants. S. maltophilia fulfils important ecosystem functions in the sulfur and nitrogen cycles, in degradation of complex compounds and pollutants, and in promoti on of plant growth and health...
May 10, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754291/defence-strategies-in-african-savanna-trees
#15
Benjamin J Wigley, Hervé Fritz, Corli Coetsee
Southern African savannas are commonly polarised into two broad types based on plant functional types and defences; infertile savannas dominated by broad-leaved trees typically defended by nitrogen-free secondary compounds and fertile savannas dominated by fine-leaved trees defended by structural defences. In this study, we use trait and other data from 15 wooded savanna sites in Southern Africa and ask if broad-leaved and fine-leaved species dominate on nutrient-poor and nutrient-rich soils, respectively. We then test if there is there any evidence for trade-offs in chemical (i...
May 12, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752075/towards-a-more-predictable-plant-breeding-pipeline-with-crispr-cas-induced-allelic-series-to-optimize-quantitative-and-qualitative-traits
#16
REVIEW
Armin Scheben, David Edwards
The rate of crop improvement must increase to meet rising global demand for food. Crop breeding pipelines can be hampered by the imprecision and multi-generational timeframe of methods such as intercrossing and stochastic mutagenesis used to generate variation. Genome editing can generate targeted allelic series of trait-related genes and regulatory elements, creating a series of variable phenotypes for breeding within a single generation. Disrupting genic and regulatory regions is particularly effective for engineering quantitative traits...
May 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750477/apple-fruit-acidity-is-genetically-diversified-by-natural-variations-in-three-hierarchical-epistatic-genes-mdsaur37-mdpp2ch-and-mdalmtii
#17
Dongjie Jia, Fei Shen, Yi Wang, Ting Wu, Xuefeng Xu, Xinzhong Zhang, Zhenhai Han
Many efforts have been made to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) to facilitate practical marker-assisted selection (MAS) in plants. In the present study, we identified four genome-wide major QTLs responsible for apple fruit acidity by MapQTL and BSA-seq analyses using two independent pedigree-based populations. Candidate genes were screened in major QTL regions, and three functional gene markers, including a non-synonymous A/G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the coding region of MdPP2CH, a 36-bp insertion in the promoter of MdSAUR37, and a previously reported SNP in MdALMTII, were validated to influence the malate content of apple fruits...
May 11, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749630/divergent-trait-and-environment-relationships-among-parallel-radiations-in-pelargonium-geraniaceae-a-role-for-evolutionary-legacy
#18
Timothy E Moore, Carl D Schlichting, Matthew E Aiello-Lammens, Kerri Mocko, Cynthia S Jones
Functional traits in closely related lineages are expected to vary similarly along common environmental gradients as a result of shared evolutionary and biogeographic history, or legacy effects, and as a result of biophysical tradeoffs in construction. We test these predictions in Pelargonium, a relatively recent evolutionary radiation. Bayesian phylogenetic mixed effects models assessed, at the subclade level, associations between plant height, leaf area, leaf nitrogen content and leaf mass per area (LMA), and five environmental variables capturing temperature and rainfall gradients across the Greater Cape Floristic Region of South Africa...
May 11, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743196/comprehensive-discovery-of-cell-cycle-essential-pathways-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#19
Michal Breker, Kristi Lieberman, Frederick Cross
We generated a large collection of temperature-sensitive lethal mutants in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, focusing on mutations specifically affecting cell cycle regulation. We used UV mutagenesis and robotically assisted phenotypic screening to isolate candidates. To overcome the bottleneck at the critical step of molecular identification of the causative mutation ('driver'), we developed MAPS-SEQ (Meiosis-Assisted Purifying Selection Sequencing), a multiplexed genetic/bioinformatics strategy...
May 9, 2018: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743175/genomic-model-with-correlation-between-additive-and-dominance-effects
#20
Tao Xiang, Ole Fredslund Christensen, Zulma Gladis Vitezica, Andres Legarra
Dominance genetic effects are rarely included in pedigree-based genetic evaluation. With the availability of single nucleotide polymorphism markers and the development of genomic evaluation, estimates of dominance genetic effects have become feasible using genomic best linear unbiased prediction (GBLUP). Usually, studies involving additive and dominance genetic effects ignore possible relationships between them. It has been often suggested that the magnitude of functional additive and dominance effects at the quantitative trait loci are related, but there is no existing GBLUP-like approach accounting for such correlation...
May 9, 2018: Genetics
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