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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467488/accelerated-development-in-johnsongrass-seedlings-sorghum-halepense-suppresses-the-growth-of-native-grasses-through-size-asymmetric-competition
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Susanne Schwinning, Heather Meckel, Lara G Reichmann, H Wayne Polley, Philip A Fay
Invasive plant species often dominate native species in competition, augmenting other potential advantages such as release from natural enemies. Resource pre-emption may be a particularly important mechanism for establishing dominance over competitors of the same functional type. We hypothesized that competitive success of an exotic grass against native grasses is mediated by establishing an early size advantage. We tested this prediction among four perennial C4 warm-season grasses: the exotic weed Johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparius) and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464851/pollen-mediated-gene-flow-from-transgenic-to-non-transgenic-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l-in-the-field
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Reginald Millwood, Madhugiri Nageswara-Rao, Rongjian Ye, Ellie Terry-Emert, Chelsea R Johnson, Micaha Hanson, Jason N Burris, Charles Kwit, C Neal Stewart
BACKGROUND: Switchgrass is C4 perennial grass species that is being developed as a cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. It is wind-pollinated and considered to be an obligate outcrosser. Genetic engineering has been used to alter cell walls for more facile bioprocessing and biofuel yield. Gene flow from transgenic cultivars would likely be of regulatory concern. In this study we investigated pollen-mediated gene flow from transgenic to nontransgenic switchgrass in a 3-year field experiment performed in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, U...
May 2, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458675/nitrogen-fertilization-effects-on-biomass-production-and-yield-components-of-miscanthus-%C3%A3-giganteus
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Moon-Sub Lee, Andrew Wycislo, Jia Guo, D K Lee, Thomas Voigt
Grasses such as Miscanthus ×giganteus and Panicum virgatum (switchgrass) can potentially be used to produce bioenergy on a large scale in the Midwestern USA. The biomass productivity of these warm-season perennial grasses, particularly M. × giganteus, can be substantial, even when grown with limited inputs. The literature, however, varies regarding the nitrogen requirements for M. ×giganteus biomass production. In addition, there is a lack of information that identifies the yield-component(s) (including total tiller number, tiller weight, total tiller diameter, total tiller height, phytomer number, reproductive tiller number, vegetative tiller number, reproductive tiller height, vegetative tiller height, reproductive tiller diameter, vegetative tiller diameter, and reproductive tiller phytomer number) that contributes to M...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457942/identification-and-characterization-of-simple-sequence-repeats-ssrs-for-population-studies-of-puccinia-novopanici
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Gabriela K Orquera-Tornakian, Patricia Garrido, Brent Kronmiller, Robert Hunger, Brett M Tyler, Carla D Garzon, Stephen M Marek
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) can be severely affected by rust disease. Recently switchgrass rust caused by P. emaculata (now confirmed to be Puccinia novopanici) has received most of the attention by the research community because this pathogen is responsible for reducing the biomass production and biofuel feedstock quality of switchgrass. Microsatellite markers found in the literature were either not informative (no allele frequency) or showed few polymorphisms in the target populations, therefore additional markers are needed for future studies of the genetic variation and population structure of P...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449656/improved-tissue-culture-conditions-for-the-emerging-c4-model-panicum-hallii
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Joshua N Grant, Jason N Burris, C Neal Stewart, Scott C Lenaghan
BACKGROUND: Panicum hallii Vasey (Hall's panicgrass) is a compact, perennial C4 grass in the family Poaceae, which has potential to enable bioenergy research for switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.). Unlike P. hallii, switchgrass has a large genome, allopolyploidy, self-incompatibility, a long life cycle, and large stature-all suboptimal traits for rapid genetics research. Herein we improved tissue culture methodologies for two inbred P. hallii populations: FIL2 and HAL2, to enable further development of P...
April 27, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447389/outer-membrane-vesicles-from-fibrobacter-succinogenes-s85-contain-an-array-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-with-versatile-polysaccharide-degrading-capacity
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Magnus Ø Arntzen, Anikó Várnai, Roderick I Mackie, Vincent G H Eijsink, Phillip B Pope
Fibrobacter succinogenes is an anaerobic bacterium naturally colonizing the rumen and cecum of herbivores where it utilizes an enigmatic mechanism to deconstruct cellulose into cellobiose and glucose, which serve as carbon sources for growth. Here, we illustrate that outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) released by F. succinogenes are enriched with carbohydrate-active enzymes and that intact OMVs were able to depolymerize a broad range of linear and branched hemicelluloses and pectin, despite the inability of F. succinogenes to utilize non-cellulosic (pentose) sugars for growth...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436149/transgenic-mir156-switchgrass-in-the-field-growth-recalcitrance-and-rust-susceptibility
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Holly L Baxter, Mitra Mazarei, Alexandru Dumitrache, Jace Natzke, Miguel Rodriguez, Jiqing Gou, Chunxiang Fu, Robert W Sykes, Geoffrey B Turner, Mark F Davis, Steven Brown, Brian Davison, Zeng-Yu Wang, C Neal Stewart
Sustainable utilization of lignocellulosic perennial grass feedstocks will be enabled by high biomass production and optimized cell wall chemistry for efficient conversion into biofuels. MicroRNAs are regulatory elements that modulate the expression of genes involved in various biological functions in plants, including growth and development. In greenhouse studies, overexpressing a microRNA (miR156) gene in switchgrass had dramatic effects on plant architecture and flowering, which appeared to be driven by transgene expression levels...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432390/biomass-resources-agriculture
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Ingeborg N Kluts, Marnix L J Brinkman, Sierk A de Jong, H Martin Junginger
Bioenergy is the single largest source of renewable energy in the European Union (EU-28); of this, 14% was produced from agricultural feedstocks in 2012. This chapter provides an overview of the current use (for bioenergy) and future potential of agricultural feedstocks for (amongst others) biorefinery purposes in the European Union. The main application of these feedstocks is currently the production of biofuels for road transport. Biodiesel makes up 80% of the European biofuel production, mainly from rapeseed oil, and the remaining part is bioethanol from wheat and sugar beet...
April 22, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424710/identification-and-characterization-of-microrna319a-and-its-putative-target-gene-pvpcf5-in-the-bioenergy-grass-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum
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Qi Xie, Xue Liu, Yinbing Zhang, Jinfu Tang, Dedong Yin, Bo Fan, Lihuang Zhu, Liebao Han, Guilong Song, Dayong Li
Due to its high biomass yield, low environmental impact, and widespread adaptability to poor soils and harsh conditions, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), a warm-region perennial herbaceous plant, has attracted much attention in recent years. However, little is known about microRNAs (miRNAs) and their functions in this bioenergy grass. Here, we identified and characterized a miRNA gene, Pvi-MIR319a, encoding microRNA319a in switchgrass. Transgenic rice lines generated by overexpressing the Pvi-MIR319a precursor gene exhibited broader leaves and delayed flowering compared with the control...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421093/enhanced-growth-performance-and-salinity-tolerance-in-transgenic-switchgrass-via-overexpressing-vacuolar-na-k-h-antiporter-gene-pvnhx1
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Yanhua Huang, Cong Guan, Yanrong Liu, Baoyue Chen, Shan Yuan, Xin Cui, Yunwei Zhang, Fuyu Yang
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) has been increasingly recognized as one of the most valuable perennial bioenergy crop. To improve its biomass production, especially under salt stress, we isolated a putative vacuolar Na(+) (K(+))/H(+) antiporter gene from switchgrass and designated as PvNHX1. Subcellular localization revealed that this protein was localized mainly on the vacuole membrane. The PvNHX1 was found to be expressed throughout the entire growth period of switchgrass, exhibited preferentially expressed in the leaf tissue, and highly induced by salt stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407550/potential-phosphorus-eutrophication-mitigation-strategy-biochar-carbon-composition-thermal-stability-and-ph-influence-phosphorus-sorption
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L W Ngatia, Y P Hsieh, D Nemours, R Fu, R W Taylor
Phosphorus (P) eutrophication is a major pollution problem globally, with unprecedented amount of P emanating from agricultural sources. But little is known about the optimization of soil-biochar P sorption capacity. The study objective was to determine how biochar feedstocks and pyrolysis conditions influences carbon (C) thermal stability, C composition and pH and in turn influence the phosphorus sorption optimization. Biochar was produced from switchgrass, kudzu and Chinese tallow at 200, 300, 400, 500, 550, 650,750 °C...
April 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402789/rust-fungi-on-panicum
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Jill E Demers, Miao Liu, Sarah Hambleton, Lisa A Castlebury
Rusts are economically important diseases of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and other Paniceae grasses. Phylogenetic analyses based on sequences of the nuc rDNA 5.8S internal transcribed spacer 2 region (ITS2), partial 28S region, and intergenic spacer region (IGS) of nuc rDNA showed that species of rust fungi infecting switchgrass are closely related within Puccinia. Variation among rbcLa sequences for the associated hosts sampled concurred with the original identifications. Five species infecting switchgrass were recognized: Puccinia graminicola (≡ Uromyces graminicola), P...
2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390505/root-endophytic-fungal-communities-associated-with-pitch-pine-switchgrass-and-rosette-grass-in-the-pine-barrens-ecosystem
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Jing Luo, Emily Walsh, Stephen Miller, David Blystone, John Dighton, Ning Zhang
Almost all plants in nature harbour fungi in their roots but the knowledge on distribution and the underlying principles of assemblage is still poorly developed for the root-associated fungi. In this study we analysed the root endophytic fungal communities associated with switchgrass, rosette grass, and pitch pine in the acidic, oligotrophic pine barrens ecosystem. A total of 434 fungal isolates were obtained from 600 root segments of 60 plant samples. DNA barcoding and morphological analyses identified 92 fungal species, which belong to 39 genera in six classes...
May 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386674/microplate-based-evaluation-of-the-sugar-yield-from-giant-reed-giant-miscanthus-and-switchgrass-after-mild-chemical-pre-treatments-and-hydrolysis-with-tailored-trichoderma-enzymatic-blends
#14
Stefano Cianchetta, Luca Bregoli, Stefania Galletti
Giant reed, miscanthus, and switchgrass are considered prominent lignocellulosic feedstocks to obtain fermentable sugars for biofuel production. The bioconversion into sugars requires a delignifying pre-treatment step followed by hydrolysis with cellulase and other accessory enzymes like xylanase, especially in the case of alkali pre-treatments, which retain the hemicellulose fraction. Blends richer in accessory enzymes than commercial mix can be obtained growing fungi on feedstock-based substrates, thus ten selected Trichoderma isolates, including the hypercellulolytic strain Trichoderma reesei Rut-C30, were grown on giant reed, miscanthus, or switchgrass-based substrates...
April 6, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334199/stepwise-inference-of-likely-dynamic-flux-distributions-from-metabolic-time-series-data
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Mojdeh Faraji, Eberhard O Voit
Motivation: Most metabolic pathways contain more reactions than metabolites and therefore have a wide stoichiometric matrix that corresponds to infinitely many possible flux distributions that are perfectly compatible with the dynamics of the metabolites in a given dataset. This under-determinedness poses a challenge for the quantitative characterization of flux distributions from time series data and thus for the design of adequate, predictive models. Here we propose a method that reduces the degrees of freedom in a stepwise manner and leads to a dynamic flux distribution that is, in a statistical sense, likely to be close to the true distribution...
March 7, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304245/kineothrix-alysoides-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-saccharolytic-butyrate-producer-within-the-family-lachnospiraceae
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Kelly Nicole Haas, Jeffrey L Blanchard
An anaerobic, saccharolytic, spore-forming, butyrate-producing bacterium, strain KNHs209T, was isolated from a switchgrass microcosm seeded with forest soil. Cells were highly motile rods, often forming long filamentous chains which were easily observed moving under the microscope. Its closest phylogenetic relative was Eisenbergiella tayi (16S rRNA gene sequence identity 94.2 %), although it was easily distinguishable based on its morphology and physiology. Whole-genome sequencing enabled development of a minimal medium, and also suggested that the organism is capable of fixing nitrogen...
February 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264034/overexpression-of-the-wox-gene-stenofolia-improves-biomass-yield-and-sugar-release-in-transgenic-grasses-and-display-altered-cytokinin-homeostasis
#17
Hui Wang, Lifang Niu, Chunxiang Fu, Yingying Meng, Dajun Sang, Pengcheng Yin, Jinxia Wu, Yuhong Tang, Tiegang Lu, Zeng-Yu Wang, Million Tadege, Hao Lin
Lignocellulosic biomass can be a significant source of renewable clean energy with continued improvement in biomass yield and bioconversion strategies. In higher plants, the leaf blade is the central energy convertor where solar energy and CO2 are assimilated to make the building blocks for biomass production. Here we report that introducing the leaf blade development regulator STENOFOLIA (STF), a WOX family transcription factor, into the biofuel crop switchgrass, significantly improves both biomass yield and sugar release...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211339/phytoextraction-of-contaminated-urban-soils-by-panicum-virgatum-l-enhanced-with-application-of-a-plant-growth-regulator-bap-and-citric-acid
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Matthew Aderholt, Dale L Vogelien, Marina Koether, Sigurdur Greipsson
Lead (Pb) contamination in soil represents a threat to human health. Phytoextraction has gained attention as a potential alternative to traditional remediation methods because of lower cost and minimal soil disruption. The North American native switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) was targeted due to its ability to produce high biomass and grow across a variety of ecozones. In this study switchgrass was chemically enhanced with applications of the soil-fungicide benomyl, chelates (EDTA and citric acid), and PGR to optimize phytoextraction of Pb and zinc (Zn) from contaminated urban soils in Atlanta, GA...
May 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209137/transcriptional-analysis-of-defense-mechanisms-in-upland-tetraploid-switchgrass-to-greenbugs
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Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165761/bioremediation-and-phytoremediation-of-total-petroleum-hydrocarbons-tph-under-various-conditions
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Patrick McIntosh, Cristian P Schulthess, Yulia A Kuzovkina, Karl Guillard
Remediation of contaminated soils is often studied using fine-textured soils rather than low-fertility sandy soils, and few studies focus on recontamination events. This study compared aerobic and anaerobic treatments for remediation of freshly introduced used motor oil on a sandy soil previously phytoremediated and bioacclimated (microorganisms already adapted in the soil environment) with some residual total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) contamination. Vegetated and unvegetated conditions to remediate anthropogenic fill containing residual TPH that was spiked with nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) were evaluated in a 90-day greenhouse pot study...
August 3, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
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