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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351009/the-influence-of-citrate-and-oxalate-on-99-tc-vii-cs-np-v-and-u-vi-sorption-to-a-savannah-river-site-soil
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D Montgomery, K Barber, N Edayilam, K Oqujiuba, S Young, T Biotidara, A Gathers, M Danjaji, N Tharayil, N Martinez, B Powell
Batch sorption experiments were conducted with 0.5-50 ppb (99)Tc, (133)Cs, (237)Np and U in the presence and absence of citrate and/or oxalate in a 25 g/L Savannah River Site (SRS) soil suspension. Citrate and oxalate were the ligands of choice due to their relevancy to plant exudates, the nuclides were selected for their wide range of biogeochemical behavior, and the soil from SRS was selected as a model Department of Energy (DOE) site soil. Batch samples were continually mixed on a rotary shaker and maintained at a pH of approximately 5...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345193/retention-of-gene-diversity-during-the-spread-of-a-non-native-plant-species
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Katrien Vandepitte, Kenny Helsen, Kasper Van Acker, Joachim Mergeay, Olivier Honnay
Spatial expansion, which is a crucial stage in the process to successful biological invasion, is anticipated to profoundly affect the magnitude and spatial distribution of genetic diversity in novel colonized areas. Here we show that, contrasting common expectations, Pyrenean rocket (Sisymbrium austriacum), retained SNP diversity as this introduced plant species descended in the Meuse river basin. Allele frequencies did not mirror between-population distances along the predominant expansion axis. Reconstruction of invasion history based on the genotypes of historical herbarium specimens indicated no influence of additional introductions or multiple points of entry on this non-gradual pattern...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341984/combinatorial-requirement-of-w-and-wt-boxes-in-microbe-associated-molecular-pattern-responsive-synthetic-promoters
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Konstantin Kanofsky, Ann-Kathrin Bahlmann, Reinhard Hehl, Do Xuan Dong
The WT-box GGACTTTC belongs to a novel class of MAMP-responsive cis-regulatory sequences that are part of combinatorial elements. Microbe-associated molecular pattern (MAMP)-responsive synthetic promoters were generated with two cis-regulatory modules (CRM1 and CRM2) from the Arabidopsis thaliana WRKY30 promoter. Both modules harbour two W-boxes and one WT-box. Mutation analysis of the synthetic promoters and transient gene expression analysis in parsley protoplasts underline the importance of the W- and WT-boxes for MAMP-responsive gene expression and reveal the combinatorial requirement of at least two boxes for full MAMP responsivity...
March 24, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341915/in-vivo-system-for-analyzing-the-function-of-the-psbp-protein-using-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Taishi Nishimura, Fumihiko Sato, Kentaro Ifuku
The PsbP protein is an extrinsic subunit of photosystem II (PSII) specifically developed in green-plant species including land plants and green algae. The protein-protein interactions involving PsbP and its effect on oxygen evolution have been investigated in vitro using isolated PSII membranes. However, the importance of those interactions needs to be examined at the cellular level. To this end, we developed a system expressing exogenous PsbP in the background of the Chlamydomonas BF25 mutant lacking native PsbP...
March 24, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341673/a-next-generation-sequencing-approach-to-characterize-the-impacts-of-land-based-sources-of-pollution-on-the-microbiota-of-southeast-florida-coral-reefs
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Christopher Staley, Thomas Kaiser, Maribeth L Gidley, Ian C Enochs, Paul R Jones, Kelly D Goodwin, Christopher D Sinigalliano, Michael J Sadowsky, Chan Lan Chun
Coral reefs are dynamic ecosystems known for decades to be endangered due, in large part, to anthropogenic impacts from land-based sources of pollution (LBSP). In this study, we utilized an Illumina-based next-generation sequencing approach to characterize prokaryotic and fungal communities from samples collected off the southeast coast of Florida. Water samples from coastal inlet discharges, oceanic outfalls of municipal wastewater treatment plants, treated wastewater effluent before discharge, open ocean samples, and coral tissue samples (mucus and polyps) were characterized to determine relationships between microbial communities in these matrices and those in reef water and coral tissues...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341628/species-richness-and-endemism-in-the-native-flora-of-california
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Bruce G Baldwin, Andrew H Thornhill, William A Freyman, David D Ackerly, Matthew M Kling, Naia Morueta-Holme, Brent D Mishler
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: California's vascular flora is the most diverse and threatened in temperate North America. Previous studies of spatial patterns of Californian plant diversity have been limited by traditional metrics, non-uniform geographic units, and distributional data derived from floristic descriptions for only a subset of species. METHODS: We revisited patterns of sampling intensity, species richness, and relative endemism in California based on equal-area spatial units, the full vascular flora, and specimen-based distributional data...
March 24, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338601/mycotoxin-biotransformation-by-native-and-commercial-enzymes-present-and-future-perspectives
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Martina Loi, Francesca Fanelli, Vania C Liuzzi, Antonio F Logrieco, Giuseppina Mulè
Worldwide mycotoxins contamination has a significant impact on animal and human health, and leads to economic losses accounted for billions of dollars annually. Since the application of pre- and post- harvest strategies, including chemical or physical removal, are not sufficiently effective, biological transformation is considered the most promising yet challenging approach to reduce mycotoxins accumulation. Although several microorganisms were reported to degrade mycotoxins, only a few enzymes have been identified, purified and characterized for this activity...
March 24, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335473/assessment-of-antioxidant-and-cytoprotective-potential-of-jatropha-jatropha-curcas-grown-in-southern-italy
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Teresa Papalia, Davide Barreca, Maria Rosaria Panuccio
Jatropha (Jatropha curcas L.) is a plant native of Central and South America, but widely distributed in the wild or semi-cultivated areas in Africa, India, and South East Asia. Although studies are available in literature on the polyphenolic content and bioactivity of Jatropha curcas L., no information is currently available on plants grown in pedoclimatic and soil conditions different from the autochthon regions. The aim of the present work was to characterize the antioxidant system developed by the plant under a new growing condition and to evaluate the polyphenol amount in a methanolic extract of leaves...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333989/street-trees-reduce-the-negative-effects-of-urbanization-on-birds
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João Carlos de Castro Pena, Felipe Martello, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Richard A Armitage, Robert J Young, Marcos Rodrigues
The effects of streets on biodiversity is an important aspect of urban ecology, but it has been neglected worldwide. Several vegetation attributes (e.g. street tree density and diversity) have important effects on biodiversity and ecological processes. In this study, we evaluated the influences of urban vegetation-represented by characteristics of street trees (canopy size, proportion of native tree species and tree species richness)-and characteristics of the landscape (distance to parks and vegetation quantity), and human impacts (human population size and exposure to noise) on taxonomic data and functional diversity indices of the bird community inhabiting streets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332702/the-mtp1-promoters-from-arabidopsis-halleri-reveal-cis-regulating-elements-for-the-evolution-of-metal-tolerance
#10
Elisa Fasani, Giovanni DalCorso, Claudio Varotto, Mingai Li, Giovanna Visioli, Monica Mattarozzi, Antonella Furini
In the hyperaccumulator Arabidopsis halleri, the zinc (Zn) vacuolar transporter MTP1 is a key component of hypertolerance. Because protein sequences and functions are highly conserved between A. halleri and Arabidopsis thaliana, Zn tolerance in A. halleri may reflect the constitutively higher MTP1 expression compared with A. thaliana, based on copy number expansion and different cis regulation. Three MTP1 promoters were characterized in A. halleri ecotype I16. The comparison with the A. thaliana MTP1 promoter revealed different expression profiles correlated with specific cis-acting regulatory elements...
March 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332162/isolation-of-taxol-producing-endophytic-fungi-from-iranian-yew-through-novel-molecular-approach-and-their-effects-on-human-breast-cancer-cell-line
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Abdollah Kasaei, Mohsen Mobini-Dehkordi, Foruzandeh Mahjoubi, Behnaz Saffar
Taxol or paclitaxel, an approved drug by the Food and Drug Administration, is being used for the treatment of human cancers. This study aimed to isolate and determine different species of native endophytic fungi from Iranian Taxus baccata (yew) plants located in the northern forests of Iran. To do so, a novel molecular screening approach was performed for 50 isolated endophytic fungi through amplification of exon No. 1 of taxadine synthase as a key gene in taxol production pathway. We used effective colony-polymerase chain reaction technique for rapid screening of potent taxol-producing fungi instead of genomic DNA extraction...
March 23, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331911/medicinal-plants-used-in-traditional-herbal-medicine-in-the-province-of-chimborazo-ecuador
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Fátima Morales, Susana Padilla, Félix Falconí
BACKGROUND: Phyto-therapy studies on Chimborazo province in Ecuador are really limited. This area, located within the Andes, is considered a millenarian and intercultural province, where multiples cultures and ethnic groups coexist. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted through direct interviews with 84 ancestral healers from the Province of Chimborazo, Ecuador. RESULTS: We presented ten most used species by ancestral healers of Chimborazo province to cure different illnesses and their medicinal uses...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331590/when-perception-reflects-reality-non-native-grass-invasion-alters-small-mammal-risk-landscapes-and-survival
#13
Joseph P Ceradini, Anna D Chalfoun
Modification of habitat structure due to invasive plants can alter the risk landscape for wildlife by, for example, changing the quality or availability of refuge habitat. Whether perceived risk corresponds with actual fitness outcomes, however, remains an important open question. We simultaneously measured how habitat changes due to a common invasive grass (cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum) affected the perceived risk, habitat selection, and apparent survival of a small mammal, enabling us to assess how well perceived risk influenced important behaviors and reflected actual risk...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327996/genome-sequencing-of-the-sweetpotato-whitefly-bemsia-tabaci-med-q
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Wen Xie, Chunhai Chen, Zezhong Yang, Litao Guo, Xin Yang, Dan Wang, Ming Chen, Jinqun Huang, Yanan Wen, Yang Zeng, Yating Liu, Jixing Xia, Lixia Tian, Hongying Cui, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Baoyun Xu, Xianchun Li, Xinqiu Tan, Murad Ghanim, Baoli Qiu, Huipeng Pan, Dong Chu, Helene Delatte, M N Maruthi, Feng Ge, Xueping Zhou, Xiaowei Wang, Fanghao Wan, Yuzhou Du, Chen Luo, Fengming Yan, Evan L Preisser, Xiaoguo Jiao, Brad S Coates, Jinyang Zhao, Qiang Gao, Jinquan Xia, Ye Yin, Yong Liu, Judith K Brown, Xuguo Joe Zhou, Youjun Zhang
Background: The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a highly destructive agricultural and ornamental crop pest. It damages host plants through both phloem feeding and vectoring plant pathogens. Introductions of B. tabaci are difficult to quarantine and eradicate because of its high reproductive rates, broad host plant range, and insecticide resistance. Findings: A total of 791 Gb of raw DNA sequence from whole genome shotgun sequencing, and 13 BAC pooling libraries were generated by Illumina sequencing using different combinations of mate-pair and pair-end libraries...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325829/effects-of-seed-density-and-proximity-to-refuge-habitat-on-seed-predation-rates-for-a-rare-and-a-common-lupinus-species
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Eleanor A Pardini, Melissa V Patten, Tiffany M Knight
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Biotic interactions such as seed predation can play a role in explaining patterns of abundance among plant species. The effect of seed predation will depend on how the strength of predation differs across species and environments, and on the degree to which seed loss at one life-cycle phase increases fitness at another phase. Few studies have simultaneously quantified predispersal and postdispersal predation in co-occurring rare and common congeners, despite the value of estimating both for understanding causes of rarity...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323446/leguminosae-native-nodulating-bacteria-from-a-gold-mine-as-contaminated-soil-multi-resistance-to-trace-elements-and-possible-role-in-plant-growth-and-mineral-nutrition
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Wesley de M Rangel, Silvia M de Oliveira Longatti, Paulo A A Ferreira, Daiane S Bonaldi, Amanda A Guimarães, Sofie Thijs, Nele Weyens, Jaco Vangronsveld, Fatima M S Moreira
Efficient N2-fixing Leguminosae nodulating bacteria resistant to As may facilitate plant growth on As-contaminated sites. In order to identify bacteria possessing these features, 24 strains were isolated from nodules of the trap species Crotalaria spectabilis (12) and Stizolobium aterrimum (12) growing on an As-contaminated gold mine site. 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed that most of the strains belonged to the group of α-Proteobacteria, being representatives of the genera Bradyrhizobium, Rhizobium, Inquilinus, Labrys, Bosea, Starkeya and Methylobacterium...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322968/echinodorus-grandiflorus-ethnobotanical-phytochemical-and-pharmacological-overview-of-a-medicinal-plant-used-in-brazil
#17
André M Marques, D William Provance, Maria Auxiliadora C Kaplan, Maria Raquel Figueiredo
Echinodorus grandiflorus (Cham. & Schltdl.) Micheli is a native Brazilian species used in traditional practices for the treatment of several conditions such as inflammatory diseases, arthritis and hypertension. Through a systematic review of the accumulated knowledge about the species E. grandiflorus, the botanical, phytochemistry, ethnobotanical and pharmacological properties of this medicinal plant demonstrates its potential to naturally provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant with a special emphasis on anti-hypertensive and cardioprotective effects...
March 18, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321883/higher-photosynthesis-nutrient-and-energy-use-efficiencies-contribute-to-invasiveness-of-exotic-plants-in-a-nutrient-poor-habitat-in-northeast-china
#18
Ming-Chao Liu, De-Liang Kong, Xiu-Rong Lu, Kai Huang, Shuo Wang, Wei-Bin Wang, Bo Qu, Yu-Long Feng
The roles of photosynthesis-related traits in invasiveness of introduced plant species are still not well elucidated, especially in nutrient-poor habitats. In addition, little effort has been made to determine the physiological causes and consequences of the difference in these traits between invasive and native plants. To address these problems, we compared the differences in 16 leaf functional traits related to light-saturated photosynthetic rate (Pmax ) between 22 invasive and native plants in a nutrient-poor habitat in northeast China...
March 20, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321358/examining-the-potential-of-forest-residue-based-amendments-for-post-wildfire-rehabilitation-in-colorado-usa
#19
Charles C Rhoades, Kerri L Minatre, Derek N Pierson, Timothy S Fegel, M Francesca Cotrufo, Eugene F Kelly
Wildfire is a natural disturbance, though elemental losses and changes that occur during combustion and post-fire erosion can have long-term impacts on soil properties, ecosystem productivity, and watershed condition. Here we evaluate the potential of forest residue-based materials to rehabilitate burned soils. We compare soil nutrient and water availability, and plant recovery after application of 37 t ha(-1) of wood mulch, 20 t ha(-1) of biochar, and the combination of the two amendments with untreated, burned soils...
2017: Scientifica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321227/co-expression-with-the-type-3-secretion-chaperone-cest-from-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-increases-accumulation-of-recombinant-tir-in-plant-chloroplasts
#20
Jacqueline MacDonald, Sean Miletic, Typhanie Gaildry, Adam Chin-Fatt, Rima Menassa
Type 3 secretion systems (T3SSs) are utilized by pathogenic Escherichia coli to infect their hosts and many proteins from these systems are affected by chaperones specific to T3SS-containing bacteria. Toward developing a recombinant vaccine against enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), we expressed recombinant T3SS and related proteins from predominant EHEC serotypes in Nicotiana chloroplasts. Nicotiana benthamiana were transiently transformed to express chloroplast-targeted Tir, NleA, and EspD from the EHEC serotype O157:H7; a fusion of EspA proteins from serotypes O157:H7 and O26:H11; and a fusion of epitopes of Tir (Tir-ep) from serotypes O157:H7, O26:H11, O45:H2, and O111:H8...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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