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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106879/bacterial-community-segmentation-facilitates-the-prediction-of-ecosystem-function-along-the-coast-of-the-western-antarctic-peninsula
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Jeff S Bowman, Linda A Amaral-Zettler, Jeremy J Rich, Catherine M Luria, Hugh W Ducklow
Bacterial community structure can be combined with observations of ecophysiological data to build predictive models of microbial ecosystem function. These models are useful for understanding how function might change in response to a changing environment. Here we use five spring-summer seasons of bacterial community structure and flow cytometry data from a productive coastal site along the western Antarctic Peninsula to construct models of bacterial production (BP), an ecosystem function that heterotrophic bacteria provide...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097055/comprehensive-transcriptome-analysis-provides-new-insights-into-nutritional-strategies-and-phylogenetic-relationships-of-chrysophytes
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Daniela Beisser, Nadine Graupner, Christina Bock, Sabina Wodniok, Lars Grossmann, Matthijs Vos, Bernd Sures, Sven Rahmann, Jens Boenigk
BACKGROUND: Chrysophytes are protist model species in ecology and ecophysiology and important grazers of bacteria-sized microorganisms and primary producers. However, they have not yet been investigated in detail at the molecular level, and no genomic and only little transcriptomic information is available. Chrysophytes exhibit different trophic modes: while phototrophic chrysophytes perform only photosynthesis, mixotrophs can gain carbon from bacterial food as well as from photosynthesis, and heterotrophs solely feed on bacteria-sized microorganisms...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095253/lichen-microalgae-are-sensitive-to-environmental-concentrations-of-atrazine
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Helena Moreno Traba, Noelia Domínguez-Morueco, Eva Barreno, Myriam Catalá
The identification of new organisms for environmental toxicology bioassays is currently a priority, since these tools are strongly limited by the ecological relevance of taxa used to study global change. Lichens are sensitive bioindicators of air quality and their microalgae are an untapped source for new low-cost miniaturized bioassays with ecological importance. In order to increase the availability of a wider range of taxa for bioassays, the sensitivity of two symbiotic lichen microalgae, Asterochloris erici and Trebouxia sp...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091993/bacterial-community-structure-and-prevalence-of-pusillimonas-like-bacteria-in-aged-landfill-leachate
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Nikolaos Remmas, Charikleia Roukouni, Spyridon Ntougias
Although several works have been performed from an engineering point of view, a limited number of studies have focused on microbial communities involved in the humification of aged landfill leachates. In this work, cultivation techniques, next-generation sequencing, and phospholipid fatty acid analysis were adopted to decrypt the diversity and the ecophysiological properties of the dominant microbiota in aged landfill leachate. Based on Illumina sequencing, Betaproteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria, and Alphaproteobacteria dominated the aged landfill leachate...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087533/polysaccharide-degradation-capability-of-actinomycetales-soil-isolates-from-a-semi-arid-grassland-of-the-colorado-plateau
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Chris M Yeager, La Verne Gallegos-Graves, John Dunbar, Cedar N Hesse, Hajnalka Daligault, Cheryl R Kuske
: Among the bacteria, members of the Actinomycetales are considered quintessential degraders of complex polysaccharides in soils. However, studies examining complex polysaccharide degradation by Actinomycetales (other than Streptomyces spp.) in soils are limited. Here, we examine the lignocellulolytic and chitinolytic potential of 112 Actinomycetales strains, encompassing 13 families, isolated from a semi-arid grassland of the Colorado Plateau, Utah, USA. Members of the Streptomycetaceae, Pseudonocardiaceae, Micromonosporaceae and Promicromonosporaceae exhibited robust activity against carboxymethylcellulose, xylan, chitin and pectin substrates (except for low/no pectinase activity by the Micromonosporaceae)...
January 13, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076351/ultra-fine-scale-spatially-integrated-mapping-of-habitat-and-occupancy-using-structure-from-motion
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Philip McDowall, Heather J Lynch
Organisms respond to and often simultaneously modify their environment. While these interactions are apparent at the landscape extent, the driving mechanisms often occur at very fine spatial scales. Structure-from-Motion (SfM), a computer vision technique, allows the simultaneous mapping of organisms and fine scale habitat, and will greatly improve our understanding of habitat suitability, ecophysiology, and the bi-directional relationship between geomorphology and habitat use. SfM can be used to create high-resolution (centimeter-scale) three-dimensional (3D) habitat models at low cost...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075072/use-of-erythrocyte-indicators-of-health-and-condition-in-vertebrate-ecophysiology-a-review-and-appraisal
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Christopher P Johnstone, Alan Lill, Richard D Reina
We review evidence for and against the use of erythrocyte indicators of health status and condition, parasite infection level and physiological stress in free-living vertebrates. The use of indicators that are measured directly from the blood, such as haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit and erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and parameters that are calculated from multiple measured metrics, such as mean cell volume, mean cell haemoglobin content or mean cell haemoglobin concentration is evaluated. The evidence for or against the use of any given metric is equivocal when the relevant research is considered in total, although there is sometimes strong support for using a particular metric in a particular taxon...
February 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073480/a-review-of-the-global-ecology-genomics-and-biogeography-of-the-toxic-cyanobacterium-microcystis-spp
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Matthew J Harke, Morgan M Steffen, Christopher J Gobler, Timothy G Otten, Steven W Wilhelm, Susanna A Wood, Hans W Paerl
This review summarizes the present state of knowledge regarding the toxic, bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis, with a specific focus on its geographic distribution, toxins, genomics, phylogeny, and ecology. A global analysis found documentation suggesting geographic expansion of Microcystis, with recorded blooms in at least 108 countries, 79 of which have also reported the hepatatoxin microcystin. The production of microcystins (originally "Fast-Death Factor") by Microcystis and factors that control synthesis of this toxin are reviewed, as well as the putative ecophysiological roles of this metabolite...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066876/the-terrestrial-green-macroalga-prasiola-calophylla-trebouxiophyceae-chlorophyta-ecophysiological-performance-under-water-limiting-conditions
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Andreas Holzinger, Klaus Herburger, Kathrin Blaas, Louise A Lewis, Ulf Karsten
The phylogenetic placement of Prasiola calophylla, from an anthropogenic habitat previously shown to contain a novel UV sunscreen compound, was confirmed by analysis of its rbcL gene. This alga has the capacity to tolerate strong water-limiting conditions. The photosynthetic performance and ultrastructural changes under desiccation and osmotic stress were investigated. Freshly harvested thalli showed an effective quantum yield of PSII [Y(II)] of 0.52 ± 0.06 that decreased to ∼60% of the initial value at 3000 mM sorbitol, and 4000 mM sorbitol led to a complete loss of Y(II)...
January 9, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058723/contrasting-phenotypic-plasticity-in-the-photoprotective-strategies-of-the-invasive-species-carpobrotus-edulis-and-the-coexisting-native-species-crithmum-maritimum
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Erola Fenollosa, Sergi Munné-Bosch, Marta Pintó-Marijuan
Photoprotective strategies vary greatly within the plant kingdom and reflect a plant's physiological status and capacity to cope with environment variations. The plasticity and intensity of these responses may determine plant success. Invasive species are reported to show increased vigor to displace native species. Describing the mechanisms that confer such vigor is essential to understanding the success of invasive species. We performed an experiment whereby two species were monitored: Carpobrotus edulis, an aggressive invasive species in the Mediterranean basin, and Crithmum maritimum, a coexisting native species in the Cap de Creus Natural Park (NE Spain)...
January 5, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056027/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-ecophysiological-effects-of-light-and-silver-stress-on-the-mixotrophic-protist-poterioochromonas-malhamensis
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Daniela Beisser, Farnusch Kaschani, Nadine Graupner, Lars Grossmann, Manfred Jensen, Sabrina Ninck, Florian Schulz, Sven Rahmann, Jens Boenigk, Markus Kaiser
Aquatic environments are heavily impacted by human activities including climate warming and the introduction of xenobiotics. Due to the application of silver nanoparticles as bactericidal agent the introduction of silver into the environment strongly has increased during the past years. Silver ions affect the primary metabolism of algae, in particular photosynthesis. Mixotrophic algae are an interesting test case as they do not exclusively rely on photosynthesis which may attenuate the harmful effect of silver...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052502/ecophysiological-variation-of-transpiration-of-pine-forests-synthesis-of-new-and-published-results
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Pantana Tor-Ngern, Ram Oren, Andrew C Oishi, Joshua M Uebelherr, Sari Palmroth, Lasse Tarvainen, Mikaell Ottosson-Löfvenius, Sune Linder, Jean-Christophe Domec, Torgny Näsholm
Canopy transpiration (EC ) is a large fraction of evapotranspiration, integrating physical and biological processes within the energy, water, and carbon cycles of forests. Quantifying EC is of both scientific and practical importance, providing information relevant to questions ranging from energy partitioning to ecosystem services, such as primary productivity and water yield. We estimated EC of four pine stands differing in age and growing on sandy soils. The stands consisted of two wide-ranging conifer species: Pinus taeda and Pinus sylvestris, in temperate and boreal zones, respectively...
January 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045459/faecalibacterium-prausnitzii-from-microbiology-to-diagnostics-and-prognostics
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Mireia Lopez-Siles, Sylvia H Duncan, L Jesús Garcia-Gil, Margarita Martinez-Medina
There is an increasing interest in Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, one of the most abundant bacterial species found in the gut, given its potentially important role in promoting gut health. Although some studies have phenotypically characterized strains of this species, it remains a challenge to determine which factors have a key role in maintaining the abundance of this bacterium in the gut. Besides, phylogenetic analysis has shown that at least two different F. prausnitzii phylogroups can be found within this species and their distribution is different between healthy subjects and patients with gut disorders...
January 3, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035749/genome-compositional-organization-in-gars-shows-more-similarities-to-mammals-than-to-other-ray-finned-fish
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Radka Symonová, Zuzana Majtánová, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Libor Mořkovský, Tereza Kořínková, Lionel Cavin, Martina Johnson Pokorná, Marie Doležálková, Martin Flajšhans, Eric Normandeau, Petr Ráb, Axel Meyer, Louis Bernatchez
Genomic GC content can vary locally, and GC-rich regions are usually associated with increased DNA thermostability in thermophilic prokaryotes and warm-blooded eukaryotes. Among vertebrates, fish and amphibians appeared to possess a distinctly less heterogeneous AT/GC organization in their genomes, whereas cytogenetically detectable GC heterogeneity has so far only been documented in mammals and birds. The subject of our study is the gar, an ancient "living fossil" of a basal ray-finned fish lineage, known from the Cretaceous period...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035266/simple-and-noninvasive-method-for-assessment-of-digestive-efficiency-validation-of-fecal-steatocrit-in-greenfinch-coccidiosis-model
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Richard Meitern, Mari-Ann Lind, Ulvi Karu, Peeter Hõrak
Animals' capability to absorb energy and nutrients from food poses a major internal constraint that affects the amount of resources available for allocation to maintenance, growth, signaling, and reproduction. Intestinal surface is the largest area of contact between immune system and microbial antigens; gut thus appears the main arena where trade-offs between immune function and other components of fitness arise. Assessment of the integrity of digestive machinery should therefore be of high priority in ecophysiological research...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030646/tree-circumference-dynamics-in-four-forests-characterized-using-automated-dendrometer-bands
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Valentine Herrmann, Sean M McMahon, Matteo Detto, James A Lutz, Stuart J Davies, Chia-Hao Chang-Yang, Kristina J Anderson-Teixeira
Stem diameter is one of the most commonly measured attributes of trees, forming the foundation of forest censuses and monitoring. Changes in tree stem circumference include both irreversible woody stem growth and reversible circumference changes related to water status, yet these fine-scale dynamics are rarely leveraged to understand forest ecophysiology and typically ignored in plot- or stand-scale estimates of tree growth and forest productivity. Here, we deployed automated dendrometer bands on 12-40 trees at four different forested sites-two temperate broadleaf deciduous, one temperate conifer, and one tropical broadleaf semi-deciduous-to understand how tree circumference varies on time scales of hours to months, how these dynamics relate to environmental conditions, and whether the structure of these variations might introduce substantive error into estimates of woody growth...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018622/the-carbon-and-nitrogen-ecophysiologies-of-two-endemic-tropical-orchids-mirrors-those-of-their-temperate-relatives-and-the-local-environment
#17
Nicole A Hynson
Orchids are one of the most widely distributed plant families. However, current research on the ecophysiology of terrestrial orchids is biased towards temperate species. Thus, it is currently unknown whether tropical terrestrial orchids belong to similar trophic guilds as their temperate relatives. To examine the ecophysiologies of two tropical terrestrial orchids, I analysed the carbon and nitrogen stable isotope compositions and nitrogen concentrations of the Hawaiian endemics Anoectochilus sandvicensis and Liparis hawaiensis...
November 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017784/ecophysiological-perspectives-on-engineered-nanomaterial-toxicity-in-fish-and-crustaceans
#18
Neal Ingraham Callaghan, Tyson James MacCormack
Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are incorporated into numerous industrial, clinical, food, and consumer products and a significant body of evidence is now available on their toxicity to aquatic organisms. Environmental ENM concentrations are difficult to quantify, but production and release estimates suggest wastewater treatment plant effluent levels ranging from 10(-4) to >10(1)μgL(-1) for the most common formulations by production volume. Bioavailability and ENM toxicity are heavily influenced by water quality parameters and the physicochemical properties and resulting colloidal behaviour of the particular ENM formulation...
December 23, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012123/not-only-in-the-temperate-zone-independent-gametophytes-of-two-vittarioid-ferns-pteridaceae-polypodiales-in-east-asian-subtropics
#19
Li-Yaung Kuo, Cheng-Wei Chen, Wataru Shinohara, Atsushi Ebihara, Hiroshi Kudoh, Hirotoshi Sato, Yao-Moan Huang, Wen-Liang Chiou
Independent gametophyte ferns are unique among vascular plants because they are sporophyteless and reproduce asexually to maintain their populations in the gametophyte generation. Such ferns had been primarily discovered in temperate zone, and usually hypothesized with (sub)tropical origins and subsequent extinction of sporophyte due to climate change during glaciations. Presumably, independent fern gametophytes are unlikely to be distributed in tropics and subtropics because of relatively stable climates which are less affected by glaciations...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011994/ecophysiological-response-on-dehydration-and-temperature-in-terrestrial-klebsormidium-streptophyta-isolated-from-biological-soil-crusts-in-central-european-grasslands-and-forests
#20
Antje Donner, Karin Glaser, Nadine Borchhardt, Ulf Karsten
The green algal genus Klebsormidium (Klebsormidiophyceae, Streptophyta) is a typical member of biological soil crusts (BSCs) worldwide. Ecophysiological studies focused so far on individual strains and thus gave only limited insight on the plasticity of this genus. In the present study, 21 Klebsormidium strains (K. dissectum, K. flaccidum, K. nitens, K. subtile) from temperate BSCs in Central European grassland and forest sites were investigated. Photosynthetic performance under desiccation and temperature stress was measured under identical controlled conditions...
December 24, 2016: Microbial Ecology
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