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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087933/ecology-of-fungal-plant-pathogens
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Aad J Termorshuizen
Fungal plant pathogens are ubiquitous and highly diverse. Key to their success is high host density, which notably is the case in agroecosystems. Several hypotheses related to the effects of plant pathogens on plant diversity (the Janzen-Connell hypothesis, the dilution effect hypothesis) and the phenomenon of higher biomass in plant mixtures (i.e., overyielding) can all be explained by the quantitative interplay between host and pathogen density. In many agroecosystems, fungal plant pathogens cause great losses, since in monocultures diseased plants cannot be replaced by healthy plants...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081223/high-intensity-jump-training-is-tolerated-during-60-days-of-bed-rest-and-is-very-effective-in-preserving-leg-power-and-lean-body-mass-an-overview-of-the-cologne-rsl-study
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Andreas Kramer, Jakob Kümmel, Edwin Mulder, Albert Gollhofer, Petra Frings-Meuthen, Markus Gruber
PURPOSE: Space agencies are looking for effective and efficient countermeasures for the degrading effects of weightlessness on the human body. The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a novel jump exercise countermeasure during bed rest on vitals, body mass, body composition, and jump performance. METHODS: 23 male participants (29±6 years, 181±6 cm, 77±7 kg) were confined to a bed rest facility for 90 days: a 15-day ambulatory measurement phase, a 60-day six-degree head-down-tilt bed rest phase (HDT), and a 15-day ambulatory recovery phase...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081166/comparison-of-criteria-for-choosing-the-number-of-classes-in-bayesian-finite-mixture-models
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Kazem Nasserinejad, Joost van Rosmalen, Wim de Kort, Emmanuel Lesaffre
Identifying the number of classes in Bayesian finite mixture models is a challenging problem. Several criteria have been proposed, such as adaptations of the deviance information criterion, marginal likelihoods, Bayes factors, and reversible jump MCMC techniques. It was recently shown that in overfitted mixture models, the overfitted latent classes will asymptotically become empty under specific conditions for the prior of the class proportions. This result may be used to construct a criterion for finding the true number of latent classes, based on the removal of latent classes that have negligible proportions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079382/single-molecule-transport-at-a-rectifying-gaas-contact
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Andrea Vezzoli, Richard James Brooke, Nicolo Ferri, Simon J Higgins, Walther Schwarzacher, Richard J Nichols
In most single- or few-molecule devices, the contact electrodes are simple ohmic resistors. Here we describe a new type of single-molecule device in which metal and semiconductor contact electrodes impart a function, namely current rectification, which is then modified by a molecule bridging the gap. We study junctions with the structure Au STM tip/X/n-GaAs substrate, where 'X' is either a simple alkanedithiol or a conjugated unit bearing thiol/methylthiol contacts, and we detect current jumps corresponding to the attachment and detachment of single molecules...
January 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079028/observation-of-ultrasharp-metamagnetic-jumps-in-polycrystalline-er2cu2o5
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Anupam Banerjee, Jhuma Sannigrahi, Saurav Giri, Subham Majumdar
The observation of ultrasharp metamagnetic jumps in the field variation of magnetization ($M$ versus $H$) data of the highly insulating metal oxide Er$_2$Cu$_2$O$_5$ is investigated. The compound orders antiferromagnetically below about $T_{N1}$ = 28 K and shows conventional `not-so-sharp' metamagnetism around 13 kOe on the field increasing leg in the polycrystalline sample. The uniqueness of the ultrasharp jumps in Er$_2$Cu$_2$O$_5$ is that it is only observed in the field decreasing segment of the magnetization curve...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078337/a-solvable-model-of-axisymmetric-and-non-axisymmetric-droplet-bouncing
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Matthew Andrew, Julia M Yeomans, Dmitri O Pushkin
We introduce a solvable Lagrangian model for droplet bouncing. The model predicts that, for an axisymmetric drop, the contact time decreases to a constant value with increasing Weber number, in qualitative agreement with experiments, because the system is well approximated as a simple harmonic oscillator. We introduce asymmetries in the velocity, initial droplet shape, and contact line drag acting on the droplet and show that asymmetry can often lead to a reduced contact time and lift-off in an elongated shape...
January 12, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077621/functional-redundancy-and-non-redundancy-between-two-troponin-c-isoforms-in-drosophila-adult-muscles
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Maria B Chechenova, Sara Maes, Sandy T Oas, Cloyce Nelson, Kaveh G Kiani, Anton L Bryantsev, Richard M Cripps
We investigated the functional overlap of two muscle Troponin C (TpnC) genes that are expressed in the adult fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster: TpnC4 is predominantly expressed in the indirect flight muscles (IFM), whereas TpnC41C is the main isoform in the tergal depressor of the trochanter muscle (TDT or jump muscle). Using CRISPR/Cas9, we created a transgenic line with a homozygous deletion of TpnC41C, and compared its phenotype to a line lacking functional TpnC4 We found that the removal of either of these genes leads to expression of the other isoform in both muscle types...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074938/sprayable-superhydrophobic-nano-chains-coating-with-continuous-self-jumping-of-dew-and-melting-frost
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Shanlin Wang, Wenwen Zhang, Xinquan Yu, Caihua Liang, Youfa Zhang
Spontaneous movement of condensed matter provides a new insight to efficiently improve condensation heat transfer on superhydrophobic surface. However, very few reports have shown the jumping behaviors on the sprayable superhydrophobic coatings. Here, we developed a sprayable silica nano-porous coating assembled by fluorinated nano-chains to survey the condensates' dynamics. The dewdrops were continuously removed by self- and/or trigger-propelling motion due to abundant nano-pores from random multilayer stacking of nano-chains...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074722/-an-adolescent-with-inability-to-bear-weight-on-his-knee-after-a-jump
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K E Mager, J G M Frenken, M Guijt
A 15-year-old boy sustained a left tuberositas tibiae avulsion fracture as a result of jumping. This type of fracture typically occurs in adolescent boys during sports.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073509/harmful-effects-of-dinophysis-to-the-ciliate-mesodinium-rubrum-implications-for-prey-capture
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Luiz L Mafra, Satoshi Nagai, Hajime Uchida, Camila P S Tavares, Bruno P Escobar, Toshiyuki Suzuki
Toxigenic Dinophysis spp. are obligate mixotrophic dinoflagellates that require a constant supply of prey-Mesodinium rubrum-to achieve long-term growth by means of kleptoplasty. Mesodinium rubrum is, however, a fast moving, jumping ciliate exhibiting an effective escape response from suspensivorous predators. In the present study, a series of laboratory experiments evaluating the motility and survival of M. rubrum in the presence of Dinophysis cells and/or substances contained in their culture medium was designed, in order to assess the mechanisms involved in prey capture by Dinophysis spp...
November 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072579/development-of-advanced-signal-processing-and-source-imaging-methods-for-superparamagnetic-relaxometry
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Ming-Xiong Huang, Bill Anderson, Charles W Huang, Gerd J Kunde, Erika C Vreeland, Jeffrey W Huang, Andrei N Matlashov, Todor Karaulanov, Christopher P Nettles, Andrew Gomez, Kayla Minser, Caroline Weldon, Giulio Paciotti, Michael Harsh, Roland R Lee, Edward R Flynn
Superparamagnetic relaxometry (SPMR) is a highly sensitive technique for the in vivo detection of tumor cells and may improve early stage detection of cancers. SPMR employs superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION). After a brief magnetizing pulse is used to align the SPION, SPMR measures the time decay of SPION using super-conducting quantum interference device (SQUID) sensors. Substantial research has been carried out in developing the SQUID hardware and in improving the properties of the SPION. However, little research has been done in the pre-processing of sensor signals and post-processing source modeling in SPMR...
January 10, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072488/the-influence-of-memory-sample-size-effects-and-filter-paper-material-on-online-laser-based-plant-and-soil-water-isotope-measurements
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Jiangpeng Cui, Lide Tian, Cynthia Gerlein-Safdi, Dongmei Qu
RATIONALE: The recent development of isotope ratio infrared spectroscopy (IRIS) was quickly followed by the addition of online extraction and analysis systems, making it faster and easier to measure soil and plant water isotopes. However, memory and sample size effects limit the efficiency and accuracy of these new setups. In response, this study presents a scheme dedicated to estimating and eliminating these two effects. METHODS: Memory effect was determined by injecting two standard waters alternately...
January 10, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070922/an-open-label-randomized-control-trial-of-hopping-and-jumping-training-versus-sensorimotor-rehabilitation-programme-on-postural-capacities-in-individuals-with-intellectual-disabilities
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Rihab Borji, Sonia Sahli, Rym Baccouch, Rabeb Laatar, Hiba Kachouri, Haithem Rebai
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of a hopping and jumping training programme (HJP) versus a sensorimotor rehabilitation programme (SRP) on postural performances in children with intellectual disability. METHODS: Three groups of children with intellectual disability participated in the study: the HJP group, the SRP group and a control group. Postural capacities were tested with the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and the Tinetti tests. The HJP and the SRP groups participated in the training programmes for eight weeks...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068166/risk-factors-for-injuries-during-military-static-line-airborne-operations-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Joseph Knapik, Ryan Steelman
OBJECTIVE:  To identify and analyze articles in which the authors examined risk factors for soldiers during military static-line airborne operations. DATA SOURCES:  We searched for articles in PubMed, the Defense Technical Information Center, reference lists, and other sources using the key words airborne, parachuting, parachutes, paratrooper, injuries, wounds, trauma, and musculoskeletal. STUDY SELECTION:  The search identified 17 684 potential studies...
November 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063610/ultrasound-measurements-of-skeletal-muscle-architecture-are-associated-with-strength-and-functional-capacity-in-older-adults
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Isaac Selva Raj, Stephen R Bird, Anthony J Shield
The goal of this study was to determine whether ultrasound measures of muscle architecture can be used to infer strength and functional capacity in older adults. Thirty-six healthy older adults (aged 68.2 ± 5.3 y) undertook isokinetic dynamometry for isometric and isokinetic concentric knee extensor strength, the 6-m fast walk, timed up and go, stair climb and descent and vertical jump tests. Longitudinal brightness-mode ultrasound scans (probe frequency, 10 MHz) of the vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, rectus femoris and gastrocnemius medialis were obtained, and muscle architecture measures (thickness, fascicle pennation angle and fascicle length) were correlated with the aforementioned strength and functional measures...
January 4, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063455/directed-drift-and-fluid-pumping-of-nanoswimmers-by-periodic-rectification-diffusion
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Yen-Fu Chen, Hsuan-Yi Chen, Yu-Jane Sheng, Heng-Kwong Tsao
The steady ratchet transport of run-and-tumble nanoswimmers in a 3D microfluidic channel constructed by periodic chambers separated by half-cylinder funnels is explored by dissipative particle dynamics. Two regions in a chamber are identified: rectification and active diffusion. While the concentration gradient is driven by the concentration jump in the rectification region, the ratchet current is dominated by the diffusion rate in the active diffusion region, which is classified into normal and Knudsen types...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062120/robotic-simulation-of-identical-athletic-task-kinematics-on-cadaveric-limbs-exhibits-a-lack-of-differences-in-knee-mechanics-between-contralateral-pairs
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Nathaniel A Bates, April L McPhearson, Rebecca J Nesbitt, Jason T Shearn, Gregory D Myer, Timothy E Hewett
Limb asymmetry is a known factor for increased ACL injury risk. These asymmetries are normally observed during in vivo testing. Prior studies have developed in vitro testing methodologies driven by in vivo kinematics to investigate knee mechanics relative to ACL injury. The objective of this study was to determine if mechanical side-to-side asymmetries persist in contralateral pairs during in vitro simulation testing. In vivo kinematics were recorded for male and female drop vertical jump and sidestep cutting tasks...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060950/comparing-different-suicide-prevention-measures-at-bridges-and-buildings-lessons-we-have-learned-from-a-national-survey-in-switzerland
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Alexander Hemmer, Philipp Meier, Thomas Reisch
The goal of the study was to compare the effectiveness of different suicide prevention measures implemented on bridges and other high structures in Switzerland. A national survey identified all jumping hotspots that have been secured in Switzerland; of the 15 that could be included in this study, 11 were secured by vertical barriers and 4 were secured by low-hanging horizontal safety nets. The study made an overall and individual pre-post analysis by using Mantel-Haenszel Tests, regression methods and calculating rate ratios...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060927/acute-effects-of-three-neuromuscular-warm-up-strategies-on-several-physical-performance-measures-in-football-players
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Francisco Ayala, Ana Calderón-López, Juan Carlos Delgado-Gosálbez, Sergio Parra-Sánchez, Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Alejandro López-Valenciano, Mark De Ste Croix
No studies have analysed the acute effects of the FIFA 11+ and Harmoknee warm-up programmes on major physical performance measures. The aim of this study was to analyse the acute (post-exercise) effects of the FIFA 11+, Harmoknee and dynamic warm-up routines on several physical performance measures in amateur football players. A randomized, crossover and counterbalanced study design was used to address the purpose of this study. A total of sixteen amateur football players completed the following protocols in a randomized order on separate days: a) FIFA 11+; b) Harmoknee; and c) dynamic warm-up (DWU)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060714/adaptive-reliable-h%C3%A2-static-output-feedback-control-against-markovian-jumping-sensor-failures
#20
Ding Zhai, Liwei An, Dan Ye, Qingling Zhang
This paper investigates the adaptive H∞ static output feedback (SOF) control problem for continuous-time linear systems with stochastic sensor failures. A multi-Markovian variable is introduced to denote the failure scaling factors for each sensor. Different from the existing results, the failure parameters are stochastically jumping and their bounds of are unknown. An adaptive reliable H∞ SOF control method is proposed, where the controller parameters are updated automatically to compensate for the failure effects on systems...
January 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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