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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725359/major-benefits-of-guarding-behavior-in-subsocial-bees-implications-for-social-evolution
#1
Michael Mikát, Kateřina Černá, Jakub Straka
Parental care is a behavior that increases the growth and survival of offspring, often at a cost to the parents' own survival and/or future reproduction. In this study, we focused on nest guarding, which is one of the most important types of extended parental care; we studied this behavior in two solitary bee species of the genus Ceratina with social ancestors. We performed the experiment of removing the laying female, who usually guards the nest after completing its provisioning, to test the effects of nest guarding on the offspring survival and nest fate...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724632/hydrogen-peroxide-produced-by-superoxide-dismutase-sod-2-is-required-for-sperm-activation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#2
Taro Sakamoto, Hirotaka Imai
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is a ubiquitous antioxidant enzyme that catalytically converts the superoxide radical to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). In mammals, high SOD activity can be detected in sperm and seminal plasma, and a correlation between loss of SOD activity and male infertility has been observed; however, the underlying mechanisms remain to be clarified. Here, we report that the deletion of two major SOD genes in Caenorhabditis elegans, sod-1 and sod-2, cause sperm activation defects, thereby leading to a significant reduction in brood size...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722828/bioaccumulation-based-silver-nanoparticle-toxicity-in-daphnia-magna-and-maternal-impacts
#3
Sunandan Pakrashi, Cheng Tan, Wen-Xiong Wang
In this study, we tested whether the bioaccumulation in specific tissues of Daphnia magna could explain silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) toxicity. Daphnids were exposed to different concentrations of well suspended AgNPs and AgNO3 . The accumulations of Ag in the whole body, guts and non-gut tissues, as well as the mortality of daphnids were recorded over a period of 7 days. Regression analysis showed higher degree of positive correlation between the concentration of Ag in the non-gut tissues than gut tissues and the mortality of the daphnids...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721658/microbial-communities-in-different-tissues-of-atta-sexdens-rubropilosa-leaf-cutting-ants
#4
Alexsandro S Vieira, Manuela O Ramalho, Cintia Martins, Vanderlei G Martins, Odair C Bueno
Bacterial endosymbionts are common in all insects, and symbiosis has played an integral role in ant evolution. Atta sexdens rubropilosa leaf-cutting ants cultivate their symbiotic fungus using fresh leaves. They need to defend themselves and their brood against diseases, but they also need to defend their obligate fungus gardens, their primary food source, from infection, parasitism, and usurpation by competitors. This study aimed to characterize the microbial communities in whole workers and different tissues of A...
July 18, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711003/environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-herbicides-impact-non-target-species-at-multiple-sublethal-endpoints
#5
Simone Hasenbein, Jade Peralta, Sharon P Lawler, Richard E Connon
There is concern over herbicide exposure effects on aquatic primary production and zooplankton as herbicides are found in aquatic ecosystems at concentrations potentially toxic to phytoplankton. We first aimed to determine the effect concentrations (growth inhibition) and mixture interactions of the herbicides diuron (0.5 to 50μg/L) and hexazinone (0.5 to 40μg/L) on the green algae Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata. Secondly, we evaluated chronic effects on Daphnia magna that were periodically fed on P. subcapitata that had been exposed to low, medium, and high concentrations...
July 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708507/effects-of-diluents-and-plasma-on-honey-bee-apis-mellifera-l-drone-frozen-thawed-semen-fertility
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Aziz Gül, Nuray Şahinler, Ali G Onal, Brandon K Hopkins, Walter S Sheppard
Cryopreservation is an advanced method used to protect germplasm in liquid nitrogen. Honey bees are of special interest to protect because of their pollination activity and critical role in agriculture. There has been important progress in the cryopreservation of honey bee germplasm in recent years, leading to practical recovery of genetic material for breeding purposes following freezing. However, there remains room for improvement and the goal of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different "extenders" added post-thaw on the fertilization rate of cryopreserved honey bee semen...
June 23, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702021/combination-of-metabolomic-and-proteomic-analysis-revealed-different-features-among-lactobacillus-delbrueckii-subspecies-bulgaricus-and-lactis-strains-while-in-vivo-testing-in-the-model-organism-caenorhabditis-elegans-highlighted-probiotic-properties
#7
Elena Zanni, Emily Schifano, Sara Motta, Fabio Sciubba, Claudio Palleschi, Pierluigi Mauri, Giuditta Perozzi, Daniela Uccelletti, Chiara Devirgiliis, Alfredo Miccheli
Lactobacillus delbrueckii represents a technologically relevant member of lactic acid bacteria, since the two subspecies bulgaricus and lactis are widely associated with fermented dairy products. In the present work, we report the characterization of two commercial strains belonging to L. delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus, lactis and a novel strain previously isolated from a traditional fermented fresh cheese. A phenomic approach was performed by combining metabolomic and proteomic analysis of the three strains, which were subsequently supplemented as food source to the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans, with the final aim to evaluate their possible probiotic effects...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700590/greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-dung-pats-vary-with-dung-beetle-species-and-with-assemblage-composition
#8
Irene Piccini, Fabrizio Arnieri, Enrico Caprio, Beatrice Nervo, Simone Pelissetti, Claudia Palestrini, Tomas Roslin, Antonio Rolando
Cattle farming is a major source of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Recent research suggests that GHG fluxes from dung pats could be affected by biotic interactions involving dung beetles. Whether and how these effects vary among beetle species and with assemblage composition is yet to be established. To examine the link between GHGs and different dung beetle species assemblages, we used a closed chamber system to measure fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from cattle dung pats. Targeting a total of four dung beetle species (a pat-dwelling species, a roller of dung balls, a large and a small tunnelling species), we ran six experimental treatments (four monospecific and two mixed) and two controls (one with dung but without beetles, and one with neither dung nor beetles)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698960/genome-wide-qtl-analysis-identified-significant-associations-between-hypoxia-tolerance-and-mutations-in-the-gpr132-and-abcg4-genes-in-nile-tilapia
#9
Hong Lian Li, Xiao Hui Gu, Bi Jun Li, Chao Hao Chen, Hao Ran Lin, Jun Hong Xia
Exposure to hypoxia induces both acute and chronic stress responses, which plays an important role in health of cultured organisms including growth, reproduction, immunity, and other energy demanding activities. Application of advanced genomic technologies allows rapid identification of hypoxia trait-associated genes and precise selection of superior brood stocks with high tolerance in tilapia. By applying QTL-seq and double-digest restriction-site associated DNA sequencing (ddRAD-seq) techniques, we identified four genome-wide significant quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for hypoxia tolerance and many suggestive QTLs in Nile tilapia...
July 11, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694838/how-animals-distribute-themselves-in-space-variable-energy-landscapes
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Juan F Masello, Akiko Kato, Julia Sommerfeld, Thomas Mattern, Petra Quillfeldt
BACKGROUND: Foraging efficiency determines whether animals will be able to raise healthy broods, maintain their own condition, avoid predators and ultimately increase their fitness. Using accelerometers and GPS loggers, features of the habitat and the way animals deal with variable conditions can be translated into energetic costs of movement, which, in turn, can be translated to energy landscapes.We investigated energy landscapes in Gentoo Penguins Pygoscelis papua from two colonies at New Island, Falkland/Malvinas Islands...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685165/cooperative-interactions-within-the-family-enhance-the-capacity-for-evolutionary-change-in-body-size
#11
Benjamin Jm Jarrett, Matthew Schrader, Darren Rebar, Thomas M Houslay, Rebecca M Kilner
Classical models of evolution seldom predict the rate at which populations evolve in the wild. One explanation is that the social environment affects how traits change in response to natural selection. Here, we determine how social interactions between parents and offspring, and among larvae, influence the response to experimental selection on adult size. Our experiments focus on burying beetles (Nicrophorus vespilloides), whose larvae develop within a carrion nest. Some broods exclusively self-feed on the carrion while others are also fed by their parents...
July 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684462/blue-petrels-recognize-the-odor-of-their-egg
#12
Sarah Leclaire, Vincent Bourret, Francesco Bonadonna
Most studies on avian olfactory communication have focused on mate choice, and the importance of olfaction in subsequent nesting stages has been poorly explored. In particular, the role of olfactory cues in egg recognition has received little attention, despite eggs potentially being spread with parental odorous secretions known to elicit individual discrimination. Here we used behavioral choice tests to determine whether female blue petrels (Halobaena caerulea) can discriminate the odor of their own egg from the odor of a conspecific egg...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679794/modeling-the-costs-and-benefits-associated-with-the-evolution-of-endothermy-using-a-robotic-python
#13
J Alex Brashears, Ty C M Hoffman, Dale F DeNardo
Endothermy provides considerable benefits to an organism but requires large energy investment. To understand potential driving forces that would lead to the evolution of endothermy, it is important to understand the energy costs and potential benefits of intermediate steps between ectothermy and homeothermic endothermy as well as the influences of environmental conditions on energetic costs. However, efforts to examine intermediate conditions are greatly limited by the predominant natural dichotomy between ectothermy and endothermy...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675651/finding-genes-and-lineages-under-selection-in-speciation
#14
Michael W Hart, Vanessa Guerra
What are the genes and traits that respond to selection and cause prezygotic reproductive isolation between species? This question has been hard to answer because genomes are large, the targets of selection may be scattered across the genome (Sabeti et al., ) and different genes may respond to the same selective pressure in different populations (Scheinfeldt et al., ). In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Weber et al. () use a clever comparative approach and leading-edge transcriptomic methods to identify the species and genes under positive selection for divergence between brittle stars (the echinoderm class Ophiuroidea) in the Ophioderma longicauda species complex...
July 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665728/acute-lameness-in-a-roller-pigeon-columba-livia-with-multicentric-lymphosarcoma
#15
Susan M Williams, Robert J Williams, Robert M Gogal
A 3-yr-old adult female roller pigeon ( Columba livia ) used as part of a breeding pair for an ongoing research study presented with acute left limb lameness. Palpation of the left leg and region revealed a large lump near the coxofemoral joint. The bird was able to ambulate in the cage, but would not brood her hatchling. The bird was humanely euthanized and necropsy was performed. Grossly, multiple large white to pale tan nodules were noted in the pancreas, lung, rib cage, intestines, and unilaterally in the left kidney...
June 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663939/penetrance-of-symbiont-mediated-parthenogenesis-is-driven-by-reproductive-rate-in-a-parasitoid-wasp
#16
Amelia R I Lindsey, Richard Stouthamer
Trichogramma wasps are tiny parasitoids of lepidopteran eggs, used extensively for biological control. They are often infected with the bacterial symbiont Wolbachia, which converts Trichogramma to an asexual mode of reproduction, whereby females develop from unfertilized eggs. However, this Wolbachia-induced parthenogenesis is not always complete, and previous studies have noted that infected females will produce occasional males in the lab. The conditions that reduce penetrance of the parthenogenesis phenotype are not well understood...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663709/comparative-study-on-the-dynamics-and-performances-of-apis-mellifera-jemenitica-and-imported-hybrid-honeybee-colonies-in-southwestern-saudi-arabia
#17
Ahmad A Al-Ghamdi, Nuru Adgaba, Yilma Tadesse, Awraris Getachew, Anwer A Al-Maktary
The aims of this study were to assess the seasonal population dynamics and evaluate the performance of Apis mellifera jemenitica (local bee) and introduced hybrid honeybee colonies in the lowlands and highlands of southwestern Saudi Arabia. Data regarding the performance and population dynamics parameters such as brood and adult bee population, amounts of stored pollen and nectar were gathered from the two races (25 colonies of each) for one year (April 2013 through March 2014), and statistically tested. The results indicated that at low lands, local bee colonies maintained relatively high brood and adult bee populations (P < 0...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663695/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-some-plant-essential-oils-on-ascosphaera-apis-the-causative-agent-of-chalkbrood-disease
#18
Mohammad Javed Ansari, Ahmad Al-Ghamdi, Salma Usmani, Khalid Ali Khan, Abdulaziz S Alqarni, Manpreet Kaur, Noori Al-Waili
Ascosphaera apis is one of the major fungal pathogens of honey bee broods and the causative agent of Chalkbrood disease. The factors responsible for the pathogenesis of Chalkbrood disease are still not fully understood, and the increasing resistance of A. apis to commonly used antifungal agents necessitates a search for new agents to control this disease. The in vitro antifungal activities of 27 plant essential oils against two isolates of A. apis (Aksu-4 and Aksu-9) were evaluated. Out of the 27 plant essential oils tested, 21 were found to be effective in killing both isolates of A...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663693/fertility-and-reproductive-rate-of-varroa-mite-varroa-destructor-in-native-and-exotic-honeybee-apis-mellifera-l-colonies-under-saudi-arabia-conditions
#19
Yehya Alattal, Ahmad AlGhamdi, Arif Single, Mohammad Javed Ansari, Hussien Alkathiri
Varroa mite is the most destructive pest to bee colonies worldwide. In Saudi Arabia, preliminary data indicated high infestation levels in the exotic honeybee colonies; such as Apis mellifera carnica and Apis mellifera ligustica, compared to native honeybee subspecies Apis mellifera jemenitica, which may imply higher tolerance to Varroasis. In this study, fertility and reproductive rate of Varroa mite, Varroa destructor, in capped brood cells of the native honeybee subspecies were investigated and compared with an exotic honeybee subspecies, A...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663566/marsupial-brood-care-in-cretaceous-tanaidaceans
#20
Alba Sánchez-García, Xavier Delclòs, Michael S Engel, Graham J Bird, Vincent Perrichot, Enrique Peñalver
Parental care in animal evolution has long fascinated biologists, but tracing this complex of behavioural repertoires is challenging, as these transitory states often leave no corporeal traces as fossils. Among modern invertebrates, the tanaidaceans (Malacostraca: Peracarida), a lineage of marsupial crustaceans, show an interesting variety of brooding strategies. Here we report on fossil tanaidaceans from the Cretaceous of Spain and France that provide conclusive evidence for marsupial care of brood-offspring...
June 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
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