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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913864/losing-a-battle-but-winning-the-war-moving-past-preference-performance-to-understand-native-herbivore-novel-host-plant-interactions
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Leone M Brown, Greg A Breed, Paul M Severns, Elizabeth E Crone
Introduced plants can positively affect population viability by augmenting the diet of native herbivores, but can negatively affect populations if they are subpar or toxic resources. In organisms with complex life histories, such as insects specializing on host plants, the impacts of a novel host may differ across life stages, with divergent effects on population persistence. Most research on effects of novel hosts has focused on adult oviposition preference and larval performance, but adult preference may not optimize offspring performance, nor be indicative of host quality from a demographic perspective...
December 2, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913074/draft-genome-and-description-of-orrella-dioscoreae-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-new-species-of-alcaligenaceae-isolated-from-leaf-acumens-of-dioscorea-sansibarensis
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Aurelien Carlier, Margo Cnockaert, Linda Fehr, Peter Vandamme, Leo Eberl
Dioscorea sansibarensis is a monocot species of inedible yam native of tropical Africa and Madagascar. Leaves of D. sansibarensis feature prominent acumen glands that are densely colonized by bacteria. We describe here the isolation and characterization of bacteria from leaf glands of D. sansibarensis specimens obtained from various botanical gardens. Phylogenetic and phenotypic characterizations indicate that the isolates belong to a novel genus and species of the Alcaligenaceae family for which we propose the name Orrella dioscoreae gen...
November 24, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912150/calea-uniflora-less-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-carrageenan-induced-pleurisy-in-mice
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Julia Salvan da Rosa, Silvana Virginia Gagliotti Vigil de Mello, Geison Vicente, Yeo Jim K Moon, Felipe Perozzo Daltoé, Tamires Cardoso Lima, Rafaela de Jesus Souza, Maique Weber Biavatti, Tânia Silvia Fröde
Calea uniflora Less. (family Asteraceae), also named "arnica" and "erva-de-lagarto", is a native plant to the South and Southeast of Brazil. This species was used to treat rheumatism, respiratory diseases, and digestive problems in Brazilian folk medicine. In vitro studies have shown the important biological effects of C. uniflora. However no studies have focused on the mechanism of action of anti-inflammatory activity of C. uniflora. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of the crude extract, its fractions, and isolated compounds obtained from of C...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911999/joint-effects-of-nutrient-addition-and-enemy-exclusion-on-exotic-plant-success
#4
Robert W Heckman, Justin P Wright, Charles E Mitchell
Worldwide, ecosystems are increasingly dominated by exotic plant species, a shift hypothesized to result from numerous ecological factors. Two of these, increased resource availability and enemy release, may act in concert to increase exotic success in plant communities (Resource-Enemy Release Hypothesis, R-ERH). To test this, we manipulated the availability of soil nutrients and access of vertebrate herbivores, insect herbivores, and fungal pathogens to intact grassland communities containing both native and exotic species...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909827/remediation-of-blowouts-by-clonal-plants-in-maqu-degraded-alpine-grasslands-of-northwest-china
#5
JianJun Kang, WenZhi Zhao, Ming Zhao
The sand-fixation of plants is considered to be the most effective and fundamental measure in desertification control in many arid and semi-arid regions. Carex brunnescens (Carex spp) and Leymus secalinus (Leymus), two perennial clonal herbs native to the Maqu degraded alpine areas of northwest China, are dominant and constructive species in active sand dunes that have excellent adaptability to fix sand dunes found to date. In order to study the ability and mechanism of sandland blowout remediation by two clone plants C...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907252/residential-yards-as-designer-ecosystems-effects-of-yard%C3%A2-management-on-land-snail-species-composition
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Elizabeth A Bergey, Laura L Figueroa
Residential yards comprise the majority of green space in urban landscapes, yet are an understudied system because of access issues and because yards may be considered biologically depauperate. Yards are purposely created and managed and, hence, qualify as designer ecosystems, a term borrowed from restoration ecology. We investigated whether yard management (watering regime, mulching, and chemical use) or dog presence affected land snail assemblage composition and described the pattern of native vs. nonnative species among yards...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905116/unparalleled-replacement-of-native-mitochondrial-genes-by-foreign-homologs-in-a-holoparasitic-plant
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M Virginia Sanchez-Puerta, Laura E García, Josefina Wohlfeiler, Luis F Ceriotti
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) among flowering plant mitochondria occurs frequently and, in most cases, leads to nonfunctional transgenes in the recipient genome. Parasitic plants are particularly prone to this phenomenon, but their mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) have been largely unexplored. We undertook a large-scale mitochondrial genomic study of the holoparasitic plant Lophophytum mirabile (Balanophoraceae). Comprehensive phylogenetic analyses were performed to address the frequency, origin, and impact of HGT...
November 30, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904921/survey-of-plant-growth-promoting-mechanisms-in-native-portuguese-chickpea-mesorhizobium-isolates
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Clarisse Brígido, Bernard R Glick, Solange Oliveira
Rhizobia may possess other plant growth-promoting mechanisms besides nitrogen fixation. These mechanisms and the tolerance to different environmental factors, such as metals, may contribute to the use of rhizobia inocula to establish a successful legume-rhizobia symbiosis. Our goal was to characterize a collection of native Portuguese chickpea Mesorhizobium isolates in terms of plant growth-promoting (PGP) traits and tolerance to different metals as well as to investigate whether these characteristics are related to the biogeography of the isolates...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900888/using-the-crispr-cas9-system-to-eliminate-native-plasmids-of-zymomonas-mobilis-zm4
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Qing-Hua Cao, Huan-Huan Shao, Hui Qiu, Tao Li, Yi-Zheng Zhang, Xue-Mei Tan
The CRISPR/Cas system can be used to simply and efficiently edit the genomes of various species, including animals, plants, and microbes. Zymomonas mobilis ZM4 is a highly efficient, ethanol-producing bacterium that contains five native plasmids. Here, we constructed the pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid and a single-guide RNA expression plasmid. The pSUZM2a-Cas9 plasmid was used to express the Cas9 gene cloned from Streptococcus pyogenes CICC 10464. The single-guide RNA expression plasmid pUC-T7sgRNA, with a T7 promoter, can be used for the in vitro synthesis of single-guide RNAs...
November 30, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897247/the-invasive-stoloniferous-clonal-plant-alternanthera-philoxeroides-outperforms-its-co-occurring-non-invasive-functional-counterparts-in-heterogeneous-soil-environments-invasion-implications
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Tong Wang, Jiangtao Hu, Linlin Miao, Dan Yu, Chunhua Liu
Environmental heterogeneity is considered to play a defining role in promoting invasion success, and it favours clonal plants. Although clonality has been demonstrated to be correlated with the invasion success of several species of clonal invasive plants in heterogeneous environments, little is known about how the spatial scale of heterogeneity affects their performance. In addition, the factors that distinguish invasive from non-invasive clonal species and that enhance the invasive potential of clonal exotic invaders in heterogeneous environments remain unclear...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896463/litter-mixture-dominated-by-leaf-litter-of-the-invasive-species-flaveria-bidentis-accelerates-decomposition-and-favors-nitrogen-release
#11
Huiyan Li, Zishang Wei, Chaohe Huangfu, Xinwei Chen, Dianlin Yang
In natural ecosystems, invasive plant litter is often mixed with that of native species, yet few studies have examined the decomposition dynamics of such mixtures, especially across different degrees of invasion. We conducted a 1-year litterbag experiment using leaf litters from the invasive species Flaveria bidentis (L.) and the dominant co-occurring native species, Setaria viridis (L.). Litters were allowed to decompose either separately or together at different ratios in a mothproof screen house. The mass loss of all litter mixtures was non-additive, and the direction and strength of effects varied with species ratio and decomposition stage...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895225/loss-of-inositol-phosphorylceramide-sphingolipid-mannosylation-induces-plant-immune-responses-and-reduces-cellulose-content-in-arabidopsis
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Lin Fang, Toshiki Ishikawa, Emilie A Rennie, Gosia M Murawska, Jeemeng Lao, Jingwei Yan, Alex Yl Tsai, Edward E K Baidoo, Jun Xu, Jay D Keasling, Taku Demura, Maki Kawai-Yamada, Henrik Vibe Scheller, Jenny C Mortimer
Glycosylinositol phosphorylceramides (GIPCs) are a class of glycosylated sphingolipids found in plants, fungi, and protozoa. These lipids are abundant in the plant plasma membrane, forming ~25% of total plasma membrane lipids. Little is known about the function of the glycosylated headgroup, but two recent studies have indicated that they play a key role in plant signaling and defense. Here, we show that a member of glycosyltransferase (GT) family 64, previously named ECTOPICALLY PARTING CELLS1 (EPC1), is likely a Golgi-localized GIPC-specific mannosyl-transferase, which we renamed GIPC MANNOSYL-TRANSFERASE1 (GMT1)...
November 28, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894276/small-proteins-in-cyanobacteria-provide-a-paradigm-for-the-functional-analysis-of-the-bacterial-micro-proteome
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Desiree Baumgartner, Matthias Kopf, Stephan Klähn, Claudia Steglich, Wolfgang R Hess
BACKGROUND: Despite their versatile functions in multimeric protein complexes, in the modification of enzymatic activities, intercellular communication or regulatory processes, proteins shorter than 80 amino acids (μ-proteins) are a systematically underestimated class of gene products in bacteria. Photosynthetic cyanobacteria provide a paradigm for small protein functions due to extensive work on the photosynthetic apparatus that led to the functional characterization of 19 small proteins of less than 50 amino acids...
November 28, 2016: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892855/application-of-ethnobotanical-repellents-and-acaricides-in-prevention-control-and-management-of-livestock-ticks-a-review
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Roman Pavela, Angelo Canale, Heinz Mehlhorn, Giovanni Benelli
Ticks transmit at least the same number or even more pathogens than any other group of blood-feeding arthropods worldwide affecting humans and animals. The eco-friendly control and management of tick vectors in a constantly changing environment is a crucial challenge. Besides the development of vaccines against ticks, IPM practices aimed at reducing tick interactions with livestock, emerging pheromone-based control tools, and few biological control agents, the extensive employment of acaricides and tick repellents still remain the most effective and ready-to-use strategies...
September 9, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890584/a-sedge-plant-as-the-source-of-kangaroo-island-propolis-rich-in-prenylated-p-coumarate-ester-and-stilbenes
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Colin C Duke, Van H Tran, Rujee K Duke, Abdallah Abu-Mellal, George T Plunkett, Douglas I King, Kaiser Hamid, Karen L Wilson, Russell L Barrett, Jeremy J Bruhl
Propolis samples from Kangaroo Island, South Australia, were investigated for chemical constituents using high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectral profiling. A type of propolis was found containing a high proportion of prenylated hydroxystilbenes. Subsequently, the botanical origin of this type of propolis was identified using a beehive propolis depletion method and analysis of flora. Ligurian honey bees, Apis mellifera ligustica Spinola, were found to produce propolis from resin exuded by the Australian native sedge plant Lepidosperma sp...
November 24, 2016: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889421/production-of-native-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-inoculum-under-different-environmental-conditions
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Yamir Torres-Arias, Rosalba Ortega Fors, Camila Nobre, Eduardo Furrazola Gómez, Ricardo Luis Louro Berbara
In order to obtain an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) native inoculum from Sierra de Moa and determine the most appropriate conditions for its big scale production, four light and temperature combinations were tested in three plant species (Calophyllum antillanum, Talipariti elatum and Paspalum notatum). Growth and development parameters, as well as the mycorrhizal functioning of the seedlings were evaluated. The natural light treatment under high temperatures (L-H) was the most suitable for the growth and development of the three plant species, showing the highest total biomass values, mainly of root, and a positive root-shoot ratio balance...
November 8, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888560/do-invasive-alien-plants-benefit-more-from-global-environmental-change-than-native-plants
#17
Yanjie Liu, Ayub M O Oduor, Zhen Zhang, Anthony Manea, Ifeanna M Tooth, Michelle R Leishman, Xingliang Xu, Mark van Kleunen
Invasive alien plant species threaten native biodiversity, disrupt ecosystem functions, and can cause large economic damage. Plant invasions have been predicted to further increase under ongoing global environmental change. Numerous case studies have compared the performance of invasive and native plant species in response to global environmental change components (i.e. changes in mean levels of precipitation, temperature, atmospheric CO2 concentration or nitrogen deposition). Individually these studies usually involve low numbers of species and therefore the results cannot be generalized...
November 26, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886594/proposed-binding-mechanism-of-galbanic-acid-extracted-from-ferula-assa-foetida-to-dna
#18
F Ahmadi, Y Shokoohinia, Sh Javaheri, H Azizian
Recently, galbanic acid (GA), a sesquiterpenoid coumarin, has been introduced as an apoptotic and geno/cytotoxicity agent. In the present study, GA has been extracted from Ferula assa-foetida, a native medicinal plant in Iran, and characterized by (1)H NMR, mass spectroscopy. Additionally, spectroscopic studies have been performed in order to investigate its DNA-interaction mode. The electrochemical behavior of GA has been studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in various scan rates. In neutral media (pH=7.3) one irreversible cathodic peak was obtained at -1...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882844/effect-of-glycosylation-on-hydration-behavior-at-the-ice-binding-surface-of-the-oceanpout-type-iii-antifreeze-protein-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#19
Swagata Halder, Chaitali Mukhopadhyay
Antifreeze proteins (AFPs), found in certain vertebrates, plants, fungi and bacteria have the ability to permit their survival in subzero environments by thermal hysteresis mechanism. However, the exact mechanism of ice growth inhibition is still not clearly understood. Here four long explicit molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out at two different temperatures (277K and 298 K)with and without glycan to study the conformational rigidity of the Ocean pout type III antifreeze protein in aqueous medium and the structural arrangements of water molecules hydrating its ice binding surface...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881142/ethnoagroforestry-integration-of-biocultural-diversity-for-food-sovereignty-in-mexico
#20
Ana Isabel Moreno-Calles, Alejandro Casas, Alexis Daniela Rivero-Romero, Yessica Angélica Romero-Bautista, Selene Rangel-Landa, Roberto Alexander Fisher-Ortíz, Fernando Alvarado-Ramos, Mariana Vallejo-Ramos, Dídac Santos-Fita
BACKGROUND: Documenting the spectrum of ecosystem management, the roles of forestry and agricultural biodiversity, TEK, and human culture for food sovereignty, are all priority challenges for contemporary science and society. Ethnoagroforestry is a research approach that provides a theoretical framework integrating socio-ecological disciplines and TEK. We analyze in this study general types of Agroforestry Systems of México, in which peasants, small agriculturalist, and indigenous people are the main drivers of AFS and planning of landscape diversity use...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
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