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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626940/overexpression-of-hevea-brasiliensis-ethylene-response-factor-hberf-ixc5-enhances-growth-tolerance-to-abiotic-stress-and-affects-laticifer-differentiation
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Retno Lestari, Maryannick Rio, Florence Martin, Julie Leclercq, Natthakorn Woraathasin, Sandrine Roques, Florence Dessailly, Anne Clément-Vidal, Christine Sanier, Denis Fabre, Sémi Melliti, Sony Suharsono, Pascal Montoro
Ethylene response factor 1 (ERF1) is an essential integrator of the jasmonate and ethylene signalling pathways coordinating a large number of genes involved in plant defences. Its orthologue in Hevea brasiliensis, HbERF-IXc5, has been assumed to play a major role in laticifer metabolism and tolerance to harvesting stress for better latex production. This paper set out to establish and characterize rubber transgenic lines overexpressing HbERF-IXc5. Overexpression of HbERF-IXc5 dramatically enhanced plant growth and enabled plants to maintain some ecophysiological parameters in response to abiotic stress such as water deficit, cold and salt treatments...
June 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625866/genome-analysis-of-crude-oil-degrading-franconibacter-pulveris-strain-dj34-revealed-its-genetic-basis-for-hydrocarbon-degradation-and-survival-in-oil-contaminated-environment
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Siddhartha Pal, Anirban Kundu, Tirtha Das Banerjee, Balaram Mohapatra, Ajoy Roy, Riddha Manna, Pinaki Sar, Sufia K Kazy
Franconibacter pulveris strain DJ34, isolated from Duliajan oil fields, Assam, was characterized in terms of its taxonomic, metabolic and genomic properties. The bacterium showed utilization of diverse petroleum hydrocarbons and electron acceptors, metal resistance, and biosurfactant production. The genome (4,856,096bp) of this strain contained different genes related to the degradation of various petroleum hydrocarbons, metal transport and resistance, dissimilatory nitrate, nitrite and sulfite reduction, chemotaxy, biosurfactant synthesis, etc...
June 15, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624857/bioaccumulation-of-heavy-metals-and-ecophysiological-responses-to-heavy-metal-stress-in-selected-populations-of-vaccinium-myrtillus-l-and-vaccinium-vitis-idaea-l
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Marta Kandziora-Ciupa, Aleksandra Nadgórska-Socha, Gabriela Barczyk, Ryszard Ciepał
The aim of this study was to determine the concentrations of heavy metals (Cd, Pb, Zn, Fe, and Mn) in soil, and their bioavailability and bioaccumulation in Vaccinium myrtillus L. and Vaccinium vitis-idaea L. organs. Analysis also concerned the physiological responses of these plants from three polluted sites (immediate vicinity of a zinc smelter in Miasteczko Śląskie, ArcelorMittal Poland S.A. iron smelter in Dąbrowa Górnicza-Łosień, and Jaworzno III power plant in Jaworzno) and one pseudo-control site (Pazurek nature reserve in Jaroszowiec Olkuski)...
June 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623024/functional-diversity-of-aquatic-ciliates
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REVIEW
Thomas Weisse
This paper first reviews the concept of functional diversity in general terms and then applies it to free-living aquatic ciliates. Ciliates are extremely versatile organisms and display an enormous functional diversity as key elements of pelagic food webs, acting as predators of bacteria, algae, other protists and even some metazoans. Planktonic ciliates are important food for zooplankton, and mixotrophic and functionally autotrophic species may significantly contribute to primary production in the ocean and in lakes...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611747/microbial-community-and-functional-structure-significantly-varied-among-distinct-types-of-paddy-soils-but-responded-differently-along-gradients-of-soil-depth-layers
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Ren Bai, Jun-Tao Wang, Ye Deng, Ji-Zheng He, Kai Feng, Li-Mei Zhang
Paddy rice fields occupy broad agricultural area in China and cover diverse soil types. Microbial community in paddy soils is of great interest since many microorganisms are involved in soil functional processes. In the present study, Illumina Mi-Seq sequencing and functional gene array (GeoChip 4.2) techniques were combined to investigate soil microbial communities and functional gene patterns across the three soil types including an Inceptisol (Binhai), an Oxisol (Leizhou), and an Ultisol (Taoyuan) along four profile depths (up to 70 cm in depth) in mesocosm incubation columns...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608300/in-situ-assay-of-nitrate-reductase-activity-using-portable-water-bath
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Adam Rajsz, Bronisław Wojtuń, Andrzej Bytnerowicz
In environmental research (i.e., plant ecophysiology, environmental microbiology, and environmental chemistry), some assays require incubation of samples at controlled temperature and darkness. Until now, due to a lack of equipment providing such possibility in situ, researchers had to move collected samples to the laboratory for incubation. Obviously, a delayed incubation and the ex situ conditions could seriously affect the assays' results. A good example of analysis where water bath use is needed is the nitrate reductase activity (NRA) in vivo assay where plant tissue samples are incubated in buffer solution at a predetermined temperature...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584270/ambient-anthropogenic-noise-but-not-light-is-associated-with-the-ecophysiology-of-free-living-songbird-nestlings
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Thomas Raap, Rianne Pinxten, Giulia Casasole, Nina Dehnhard, Marcel Eens
Urbanization is associated with dramatic increases in noise and light pollution, which affect animal behaviour, physiology and fitness. However, few studies have examined these stressors simultaneously. Moreover, effects of urbanization during early-life may be detrimental but are largely unknown. In developing great tits (Parus major), a frequently-used model species, we determined important indicators of immunity and physiological condition: plasma haptoglobin (Hp) and nitric oxide (NOx) concentration. We also determined fledging mass, an indicator for current health and survival...
June 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582748/mediational-influence-of-spent-mushroom-compost-on-phytoremediation-of-black-oil-hydrocarbon-polluted-soil-and-response-of-megathyrsus-maximus-jacq
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Michael Dare Asemoloye, Segun Gbolagade Jonathan, Adeniyi A Jayeola, Rafiq Ahmad
Ability of a plant to develop different adaptive strategies can also determine its capability for effective soil remediation. In this study, influence of spent mushroom compost (SMC) was tested on the phytoremediation of black oil hydrocarbon polluted soil and the response of Megathyrsus maximus (guinea grass). Studies were carried out in microcosm conditions by mixing different concentration of SMC viz., 10, 20, 30 and 40% in a 5 kg of contaminated soil along with control. Seeds of M. maximus was sown in tray for two weeks and allowed to grow for height of 10 cm and transplanted in to the different experimental pots...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579979/why-quorum-sensing-controls-private-goods
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Martin Schuster, D Joseph Sexton, Burkhard A Hense
Cell-cell communication, also termed quorum sensing (QS), is a widespread process that coordinates gene expression in bacterial populations. The generally accepted view is that QS optimizes the cell density-dependent benefit attained from cooperative behaviors, often in the form of secreted products referred to as "public goods." This view is challenged by an increasing number of cell-associated products or "private goods" reported to be under QS-control for which a collective benefit is not apparent. A prominent example is nucleoside hydrolase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a periplasmic enzyme that catabolizes adenosine...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577897/time-as-tyrant-the-minute-hour-and-day-make-a-difference-for-corticosterone-concentrations-in-wild-nestlings
#10
Amy E M Newman, Helmi Hess, Bradley K Woodworth, D Ryan Norris
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis has been studied extensively in adults, but the HPA axis in early life is not well characterized, and there is an immense amount of unexplained variation in glucocorticoid levels during early life, especially in wild animals. To characterize population-wide natural variation in early-life HPA axis function, we compared plasma corticosterone levels (at baseline and after 30min acute restraint-stress) from seven-day-old nestlings (n=123) from a free-living, marked population of Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis)...
May 31, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558963/ecophysiological-adaptations-to-variable-salinity-environments-in-the-crab-hemigrapsus-crenulatus-from-the-southeastern-pacific-coast-sodium-regulation-respiration-and-excretion
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Ángel Urzúa, Mauricio A Urbina
The estuarine crab Hemigrapsus crenulatus is a key benthic species of estuarine and intertidal ecosystems of the South Pacific, habitats that experience wide fluctuations in salinity. The physiological strategies that allow this crab to thrive under variable salinities, and how they change during the benthic stages of their life cycle, were evaluated under laboratory conditions. Oxygen consumption, ammonia excretion and the regulatory capacity of Na(+) through the normal range of environmental salinities (i...
August 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557300/diversity-and-ecology-of-and-biomineralization-by-magnetotactic-bacteria
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REVIEW
Wei Lin, Yongxin Pan, Dennis A Bazylinski
Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) biomineralize intracellular, membrane-bounded crystals of magnetite (Fe3 O4 ) and/or greigite (Fe3 S4 ) called magnetosomes. MTB play important roles in the geochemical cycling of iron, sulfur, nitrogen and carbon. Significantly, they also represent an intriguing model system not just for the study of microbial biomineralization but also for magnetoreception, prokaryotic organelle formation and microbial biogeography. Here we review current knowledge on the ecology of and biomineralization by MTB, with an emphasis on more recent reports of unexpected ecological and phylogenetic findings regarding MTB...
May 30, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551535/microbial-community-shifts-in-a-farm-scale-anaerobic-digester-treating-swine-waste-correlations-between-bacteria-communities-associated-with-hydrogenotrophic-methanogens-and-environmental-conditions
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Kyungjin Cho, Seung Gu Shin, Woong Kim, Joonyeob Lee, Changsoo Lee, Seokhwan Hwang
Microbial community structure in a farm-scale anaerobic digester treating swine manure was investigated during three process events: 1) prolonged starvation, and changes of 2) operating temperature (between meso- and thermophilic) and 3) hydraulic retention time (HRT). Except during the initial period, the digester was dominated by hydrogenotrophic methanogens (HMs). The bacterial community structure significantly shifted with operating temperature and HRT but not with long-term starvation. Clostridiales (26...
May 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544424/increasing-carbon-discrimination-rates-and-depth-of-water-uptake-favor-the-growth-of-mediterranean-evergreen-trees-in-the-ecotone-with-temperate-deciduous-forests
#14
Adrià Barbeta, Josep Peñuelas
Tree populations at the low-altitudinal or -latitudinal limits of species' distributional ranges are predicted to retreat toward higher altitudes and latitudes to track the ongoing changes in climate. Studies have focused on the climatic sensitivity of the retreating species, whereas little is known about the potential replacements. Competition between tree species in forest ecotones will likely be strongly influenced by the ecophysiological responses to heat and drought. We used tree-ring widths and δ(13) C and δ(18) O chronologies to compare the growth rates and long-term ecophysiological responses to climate in the temperate-Mediterranean ecotone formed by the deciduous Fagus sylvatica and the evergreen Quercus ilex at low altitudes and at the southern latitudinal limit of F...
May 22, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541561/effects-of-rainfall-exclusion-on-leaf-gas-exchange-traits-and-osmotic-adjustment-in-mature-canopy-trees-of-dryobalanops-aromatica-dipterocarpaceae-in-a-malaysian-tropical-rain-forest
#15
Yuta Inoue, Tomoaki Ichie, Tanaka Kenzo, Aogu Yoneyama, Tomo'omi Kumagai, Tohru Nakashizuka
Climate change exposes vegetation to unusual levels of drought, risking a decline in productivity and an increase in mortality. It still remains unclear how trees and forests respond to such unusual drought, particularly Southeast Asian tropical rain forests. To understand leaf ecophysiological responses of tropical rain forest trees to soil drying, a rainfall exclusion experiment was conducted on mature canopy trees of Dryobalanops aromatica Gaertn.f. (Dipterocarpaceae) for 4 months in an aseasonal tropical rain forest in Sarawak, Malaysia...
May 24, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540573/optimization-of-multi-environment-trials-for-genomic-selection-based-on-crop-models
#16
R Rincent, E Kuhn, H Monod, F-X Oury, M Rousset, V Allard, J Le Gouis
We propose a statistical criterion to optimize multi-environment trials to predict genotype × environment interactions more efficiently, by combining crop growth models and genomic selection models. Genotype × environment interactions (GEI) are common in plant multi-environment trials (METs). In this context, models developed for genomic selection (GS) that refers to the use of genome-wide information for predicting breeding values of selection candidates need to be adapted. One promising way to increase prediction accuracy in various environments is to combine ecophysiological and genetic modelling thanks to crop growth models (CGM) incorporating genetic parameters...
May 24, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535339/ecophysiological-examination-of-the-lake-erie-microcystis-bloom-in-2014-linkages-between-biology-and-the-water-supply-shutdown-of-toledo-oh
#17
Morgan M Steffen, Timothy W Davis, R Michael L McKay, George S Bullerjahn, Lauren E Krausfeldt, Joshua M A Stough, Michelle L Neitzey, Naomi E Gilbert, Gregory L Boyer, Thomas H Johengen, Duane C Gossiaux, Ashley M Burtner, Danna Palladino, Mark D Rowe, Gregory J Dick, Kevin A Meyer, Shawn Levy, Braden E Boone, Richard P Stumpf, Timothy T Wynne, Paul V Zimba, Danielle Gutierrez, Steven W Wilhelm
Annual cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis have occurred in western Lake Erie (U.S./Canada) during summer months since 1995. The production of toxins by bloom-forming cyanobacteria can lead to drinking water crises, such as the one experienced by the city of Toledo in August of 2014, when the city was rendered without drinking water for >2 days. It is important to understand the conditions and environmental cues that were driving this specific bloom to provide a scientific framework for management of future bloom events...
June 8, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533896/sex-specific-differences-in-functional-traits-and-resource-acquisition-in-five-cycad-species
#18
Christopher Krieg, James E Watkins, Sally Chambers, Chad E Husby
Selective pressures acting on plant life histories can drive extreme specialization. One example of such specialization is the evolution of dioecious breeding systems. Evolutionary and ecological theory posits that dioecy may subject male and female individuals to different selective pressures and result in unique sex-mediated adaptive traits related to resource allocation and ecophysiology. Cycads are the earliest diverging lineage of seed plants with strict dioecy, yet we know almost nothing about the ecology and physiology of this group...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533520/the-response-of-a-boreal-deep-sea-sponge-holobiont-to-acute-thermal-stress
#19
R Strand, S Whalan, N S Webster, T Kutti, J K H Fang, H M Luter, R J Bannister
Effects of elevated seawater temperatures on deep-water benthos has been poorly studied, despite reports of increased seawater temperature (up to 4 °C over 24 hrs) coinciding with mass mortality events of the sponge Geodia barretti at Tisler Reef, Norway. While the mechanisms driving these mortality events are unclear, manipulative laboratory experiments were conducted to quantify the effects of elevated temperature (up to 5 °C, above ambient levels) on the ecophysiology (respiration rate, nutrient uptake, cellular integrity and sponge microbiome) of G...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515782/ecotypic-differentiation-under-farmers-selection-molecular-insights-into-the-domestication-of-pachyrhizus-rich-ex-dc-fabaceae-in-the-peruvian-andes
#20
Marc Delêtre, Beatriz Soengas, Prem Jai Vidaurre, Rosa Isela Meneses, Octavio Delgado Vásquez, Isabel Oré Balbín, Monica Santayana, Bettina Heider, Marten Sørensen
Understanding the distribution of crop genetic diversity in relation to environmental factors can give insights into the eco-evolutionary processes involved in plant domestication. Yam beans (Pachyrhizus Rich. ex DC.) are leguminous crops native to South and Central America that are grown for their tuberous roots but are seed-propagated. Using a landscape genetic approach, we examined correlations between environmental factors and phylogeographic patterns of genetic diversity in Pachyrhizus landrace populations...
June 2017: Evolutionary Applications
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