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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448771/geosmithia-associated-with-bark-beetles-and-woodborers-in-the-western-usa-taxonomic-diversity-and-vector-specificity
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Miroslav Kolařík, Jiri Hulcr, Ned Tisserat, Wilhelm De Beer, Martin Kostovčík, Zuzana Kolaříková, Steven J Seybold, David M Rizzo
Fungi in the genus Geosmithia (Ascomycota: Hypocreales) are frequent associates of bark beetles and woodborers that colonize hardwood and coniferous trees. One species, Geosmithia morbida, is an economically damaging invasive species. The authors surveyed the Geosmithia species of California and Colorado, USA, to (i) provide baseline data on taxonomy of Geosmithia and beetle vector specificity across the western USA; (ii) investigate the subcortical beetle fauna for alternative vectors of the invasive G. morbida; and (iii) interpret the community composition of this region within the emerging global biogeography of Geosmithia...
April 24, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444200/the-mediterranean-the-cradle-of-anthoxanthum-poaceae-diploid-diversity
#2
Zuzana Chumová, Eliška Záveská, Terezie Mandáková, Karol Krak, Pavel Trávnícek
Background and Aims: Knowledge of diploid phylogeny and ecogeography provide a foundation for understanding plant evolutionary history, diversification patterns and taxonomy. The genus Anthoxanthum (vernal grasses, Poaceae) represents a taxonomically intricate polyploid complex with large phenotypic variation and poorly resolved evolutionary relationships. The aims of the study were to reveal: (1) evolutionary lineages of the diploid taxa and their genetic differentiation; (2) the past distribution of the rediscovered 'Mediterranean diploid'; and (3) possible migration routes of diploids in the Mediterranean...
April 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437778/strengthening-governance-for-intertidal-ecosystems-requires-a-consistent-definition-of-boundaries-between-land-and-sea
#3
Stefanie M Rog, Carly N Cook
The protection of intertidal ecosystems is complex because they straddle both marine and terrestrial realms. This leads to inconsistent characterisation as marine and/or terrestrial systems, or neither. Vegetated intertidal ecosystems are especially complex to classify because they can have an unclear border with terrestrial vegetation, causing confusion around taxonomy (e.g., mangrove-like plants). This confusion and inconsistency in classification can impact these systems through poor governance and incomplete protection...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434019/recent-developments-in-olive-olea-europaea-l-genetics-and-genomics-applications-in-taxonomy-varietal-identification-traceability-and-breeding
#4
REVIEW
L Sebastiani, M Busconi
The latest results in DNA markers application and genomic studies in olive. Olive (Olea europaea L.) is among the most ancient tree crops worldwide and the source of oil beneficial for human health. Despite this, few data on olive genetics are available in comparison with other cultivated plant species. Molecular information is mainly linked to molecular markers and their application to the study of DNA variation in the Olea europaea complex. In terms of genomic research, efforts have been made in sequencing, heralding the era of olive genomic...
April 22, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414633/genome-wide-analysis-provides-evidence-on-the-genetic-relatedness-of-the-emergent-xylella-fastidiosa-genotype-in-italy-to-isolates-from-central-america
#5
Annalisa Giampetruzzi, Maria Saponari, Giuliana Loconsole, Donato Boscia, Vito Nicola Savino, Rodrigo Almeida, Stefania Zicca, Blanca Landa, Carlos Chacon Diaz, Pasquale Saldarelli
Xylella fastidiosa is a plant pathogenic bacterium recently introduced in Europe that is causing decline in olive trees in the South of Italy. Genetic studies have consistently shown that the bacterial genotype recovered from infected olive trees belongs to the sequence type ST53 within subspecies pauca. This genotype, ST53, has also been reported to occur in Costa Rica. The ancestry of ST53 was recently clarified, showing it contains alleles which are monophyletic with those of subsp. pauca in South America...
April 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412534/isolation-and-identification-of-culturable-bacteria-capable-of-heterotrophic-growth-from-rapid-sand-filters-of-drinking-water-treatment-plants
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Johanna Vandermaesen, Bart Lievens, Dirk Springael
The microbial community in sand filters (SFs) of drinking water treatment plants (DWTPs) likely contributes to SF functionalities, such as organic carbon removal through heterotrophic metabolism. However, the dynamics and functionality of the SF microbiome and microbial communities in oligotrophic environments, in general, are poorly understood. Therefore, the availability of bacterial cultures from these oligotrophic environments is of great interest, yet it is underrepresented in culture collections. Focusing on heterotrophic carbon metabolism, bacteria were isolated from SFs using conventional media and media that contained SF extracts to mimic the SF environment...
April 12, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406446/is-there-any-alternative-to-canonical-dna-barcoding-of-multicellular-eukaryotic-species-a-case-for-the-tubulin-gene-family
#7
Diego Breviario
Modern taxonomy is largely relying on DNA barcoding, a nucleotide sequence-based approach that provides automated species identification using short orthologous DNA regions, mainly of organellar origin when applied to multicellular Eukaryotic species. Target DNA loci have been selected that contain a minimal amount of nucleotide sequence variation within species while diverging among species. This strategy is quite effective for the identification of vertebrates and other animal lineages but poses a problem in plants where different combinations of two or three loci are constantly used...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402790/plant-diversity-and-plant-identity-influence-fusarium-communities-in-soil
#8
Nicholas LeBlanc, Linda Kinkel, H Corby Kistler
Fusarium communities play important functional roles in soil and in plants as pathogens, endophytes, and saprotrophs. This study tests how rhizosphere Fusarium communities may vary with plant species, changes in the diversity of the surrounding plant community, and soil physiochemical characteristics. Fusarium communities in soil associated with the roots of two perennial prairie plant species maintained as monocultures or growing within polyculture plant communities were characterized using targeted metagenomics...
2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400766/function-and-structural-organization-of-the-replication-protein-of-bamboo-mosaic-virus
#9
REVIEW
Menghsiao Meng, Cheng-Cheng Lee
The genus Potexvirus is one of the eight genera belonging to the family Alphaflexiviridae according to the Virus Taxonomy 2015 released by International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (www.ictvonline.org/index.asp). Currently, the genus contains 35 known species including many agricultural important viruses, e.g., Potato virus X (PVX). Members of this genus are characterized by flexuous, filamentous virions of 13 nm in diameter and 470-580 nm in length. A potexvirus has a monopartite positive-strand RNA genome, encoding five open-reading frames (ORFs), with a cap structure at the 5' end and a poly(A) tail at the 3' end...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389925/plant-dehydrins-shedding-light-on-structure-and-expression-patterns-of-dehydrin-gene-family-in-barley
#10
Raha Abedini, Farzan GhaneGolmohammadi, Reihaneh PishkamRad, Ehsan Pourabed, Ahad Jafarnezhad, Zahra-Sadat Shobbar, Maryam Shahbazi
Dehydrins, an important group of late embryogenesis abundant proteins, accumulate in response to dehydration stresses and play protective roles under stress conditions. Herein, phylogenetic analysis of the dehydrin family was performed using the protein sequences of 108 dehydrins obtained from 14 plant species based on plant taxonomy and protein subclasses. Sub-cellular localization and phosphorylation sites of these proteins were also predicted. The protein features distinguishing these dehydrins categories were identified using various attribute weighting and decision tree analyses...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388878/medium-term-water-deficit-elicits-distinct-transcriptome-responses-in-eucalyptus-species-of-contrasting-environmental-origin
#11
Antanas V Spokevicius, Josquin Tibbits, Philippe Rigault, Marc-Alexandre Nolin, Caroline Müller, Andrew Merchant
BACKGROUND: Climatic and edaphic conditions over geological timescales have generated enormous diversity of adaptive traits and high speciation within the genus Eucalyptus (L. Hér.). Eucalypt species occur from high rainfall to semi-arid zones and from the tropics to latitudes as high as 43°S. Despite several morphological and metabolomic characterizations, little is known regarding gene expression differences that underpin differences in tolerance to environmental change. Using species of contrasting taxonomy, morphology and physiology (E...
April 7, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373739/phylogeny-and-taxonomy-of-the-scab-and-spot-anthracnose-fungus-elsino%C3%A3-myriangiales-dothideomycetes
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X L Fan, R W Barreto, J Z Groenewald, J D P Bezerra, O L Pereira, R Cheewangkoon, L Mostert, C M Tian, P W Crous
Species of Elsinoë are phytopathogens causing scab and spot anthracnose on many plants, including some economically important crops such as avocado, citrus, grapevines, and ornamentals such as poinsettias, field crops and woody hosts. Disease symptoms are often easily recognisable, and referred to as signature-bearing diseases, for the cork-like appearance of older infected tissues with scab-like appearance. In some Elsinoë-host associations the resulting symptoms are better described as spot anthracnose...
June 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366187/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-potyviridae
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Stephen J Wylie, Mike Adams, Celia Chalam, Jan Kreuze, Juan José López-Moya, Kazusato Ohshima, Shelly Praveen, Frank Rabenstein, Drake Stenger, Aiming Wang, F Murilo Zerbini, Ictv Report Consortium
The Potyviridae is the largest family of RNA plant viruses, members of which have single-stranded, positive-sense RNA genomes and flexuous filamentous particles 680-900 nm long and 11-20 nm wide. There are eight genera, distinguished by the host range, genomic features and phylogeny of the member viruses. Genomes range from 8.2 to 11.3 kb, with an average size of 9.7 kb. Most genomes are monopartite but those of members of the genus Bymovirus are bipartite. Some members cause serious disease epidemics in cultivated plants...
March 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345759/stable-carbon-oxygen-and-nitrogen-isotope-analysis-of-plants-from-a-south-asian-tropical-forest-implications-for-primatology
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Patrick Roberts, Scott A Blumenthal, Wolfgang Dittus, Oshan Wedage, Julia A Lee-Thorp
Stable isotope analysis of primate tissues in tropical forest contexts is an increasingly popular means of obtaining information about niche distinctions among sympatric species, including preferences in feeding height, forest canopy density, plant parts, and trophism. However, issues of equifinality mean that feeding height, canopy density, as well as the plant parts and plant species consumed, may produce similar or confounding effects. With a few exceptions, researchers have so far relied largely on general principles and/or limited plant data from the study area as references for deducing the predominant drivers of primate isotope variation...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344554/cannabis-in-chinese-medicine-are-some-traditional-indications-referenced-in-ancient-literature-related-to-cannabinoids
#15
REVIEW
E Joseph Brand, Zhongzhen Zhao
Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae) has a long history of utilization as a fiber and seed crop in China, and its achenes ("seeds") as well as other plant parts have been recorded in Chinese medical texts for nearly 2000 years. While the primary applications of cannabis in Chinese medicine center around the use of the achenes, ancient indications for the female inflorescence, and other plant parts include conditions such as pain and mental illness that are the subject of current research into cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330330/a-combined-chloroplast-atpb-rbcl-and-trnl-f-phylogeny-unveils-the-ancestry-of-balsams-impatiens-spp-in-the-western-ghats-of-india
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P P Shajitha, N R Dhanesh, P J Ebin, Joseph Laly, Devassy Aneesha, John Reshma, Jomy Augustine, Mathew Linu
Only a few Impatiens spp. from South India (one of the five centers of diversity for Impatiens species) were included in the published datum of molecular phylogeny of the family Balsaminaceae. The present investigation is a novel attempt to reveal the phylogenetic association of Impatiens species of South India, by placing them in the global phylogeny of Impatiens based on a combined analysis of two chloroplast genes. Thirty species of genus Impatiens were collected from different locations of South India. Total genomic DNA was extracted from fresh plant leaf, and polymerase chain reaction was carried out using atpB-rbcL and trnL-F intergenic spacer-specific forward and reverse primers...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298348/a-phylogenetic-perspective-on-the-association-between-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-and-black-yeasts-ascomycota-chaetothyriales
#17
Marie Vasse, Hermann Voglmayr, Veronika Mayer, Cécile Gueidan, Maximilian Nepel, Leandro Moreno, Sybren de Hoog, Marc-André Selosse, Doyle McKey, Rumsaïs Blatrix
The frequency and the geographical extent of symbiotic associations between ants and fungi of the order Chaetothyriales have been highlighted only recently. Using a phylogenetic approach based on seven molecular markers, we showed that ant-associated Chaetothyriales are scattered through the phylogeny of this order. There was no clustering according to geographical origin or to the taxonomy of the ant host. However, strains tended to be clustered according to the type of association with ants: strains from ant-made carton and strains from plant cavities occupied by ants ('domatia') rarely clustered together...
March 15, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284246/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-ourmiavirus
#18
Massimo Turina, Brad I Hillman, Keramat Izadpanah, Mina Rastgou, Cristina Rosa, Ictv Report Consortium
Members of the plant virus genus Ourmiavirus are characterized by having non-enveloped bacilliform virions with a series of discrete lengths from 30 to 62 nm composed of a single coat protein (CP). The genome consists of three positive-sense single-stranded RNAs, each encoding a single protein. The RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) has closest similarity to that of viruses from the family Narnaviridae; the movement protein (MP) is similar to the MPs of tombusviruses; the CP shows limited similarity to the CPs of several plant and animal viruses...
February 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284245/ictv-virus-taxonomy-profile-geminiviridae
#19
F Murilo Zerbini, Rob W Briddon, Ali Idris, Darren P Martin, Enrique Moriones, Jesús Navas-Castillo, Rafael Rivera-Bustamante, Philippe Roumagnac, Arvind Varsani, Ictv Report Consortium
The geminiviruses are a family of small, non-enveloped viruses with single-stranded, circular DNA genomes of 2500-5200 bases. Geminiviruses are transmitted by various types of insect (whiteflies, leafhoppers, treehoppers and aphids). Members of the genus Begomovirus are transmitted by whiteflies, those in the genera Becurtovirus, Curtovirus, Grablovirus, Mastrevirus and Turncurtovirus are transmitted by specific leafhoppers, the single member of the genus Topocuvirus is transmitted by a treehopper and one member of the genus Capulavirus is transmitted by an aphid...
February 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272844/performance-of-iucn-proxies-for-generation-length
#20
Han Chi Fung, Robin S Waples
One of the criteria used by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess threat status is the rate of decline in abundance over 3 generations or 10 years, whichever is longer. The traditional method for calculating generation length (T) uses age-specific survival and fecundity, but these data are rarely available. Consequently, proxies that require less information are often used, which introduces potential biases. The IUCN recommends 2 proxies based on adult mortality rate, T̂d = α + 1/d, and reproductive life span, T̂z = α + z(*) RL, where α is age at first reproduction, d is adult mortality rate, RL is reproductive life span, and z is a coefficient derived from data for comparable species...
March 8, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
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