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Advances in understanding vegetable physiology: Root systems as the next frontier to improve sustainable vegetable production Barrios-Masias, F.H., Lazcano, C., Hernandez-Espinoza, L. 2019, In Hochmuth, G. (ed.), Achieving sustainable cultivation of vegetables, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK (ISBN: 978 1 78676 236 8;
An Intercultural Competence Organizational Development Model for Embracing Diversity and Inclusion. Moncloa, F., Horrillo, S. J., Espinoza, D., & Hill, R. 2019, Journal of Extension.
Arbovirus co-infection and co-transmission: a neglected public health concern? Unsolved Mystery C. B. F. Vogels, C. Rückert, S. M. Cavany, T. A. Perkins, G. D. Ebel, N. D. Grubaugh 2019, PLoS Biology.
Biogeochemical recuperation of lowland tropical forest during succession Sullivan, B. W., R.L. Nifong, M.K. Nasto, S. Alvarez-Clare, C. Dencker, F.M. Soper, K.T. Shoemaker, F. Yoko Yashida, J. Zaragoza-Castells, E.A. Davidson and C.C. Cleveland. 2019, Ecology, e02641.
Biology and chemistry of an Umbravirus-like 2989 bp single-stranded RNA as a possible causal agent for Opuntia stunting disease (engrosamiente de cladidios) – A review Felker P, Bunch R, Russo G, Preston K, Tine JA, Suter B, Mo X, Cushman JC, Yim WC 2019, Journal of the Professional Association for Cactus Development. 21: 1–31.
Comparison of Landsat and Land-Based Phenology Camera Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) for Dominant Plant Communities in the Great Basin Snyder, K. A., Huntington, J., Wehan, B., Morton, C., Stringham, T. 2019, Sensors 2019, 19(5)
Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Abiotic Stress-Responsive Transcription Factors: a Potential Genetic Engineering Approach for Improving Crop Tolerance to Abiotic Stress Amin AB, Rathnayake KN, Yim WC, Garcia TM, Wone B, Cushman JC, Wone BWM 2019, Front Plant Sci. 2019; 10: 129.
Determinants and the role of self-efficacy in a sodium-reduction trial in hemodialysis patients.
OBJECTIVE: This study was to assess the impact of baseline dietary self-efficacy on the effect of a dietary intervention to reduce sodium intake in patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) and to identify determinants of low dietary self-efficacy. METHODS: This is a post hoc analysis of the BalanceWise study, a randomized controlled trial that aimed to reduce dietary sodium intake in HD patients recruited from 17 dialysis centers in Pennsylvania. The main outcome measures include dietary self-efficacy and reported dietary sodium density. Analysis of variance with post hoc group-wise comparison was used to examine the effect of baseline dietary self-efficacy on changes in reported sodium density in the intervention and control groups at 8 and 16 weeks. Chi-square test, independent t tests, or Wilcoxon rank-sum tests were used to identify determinants of low dietary self-efficacy. RESULTS: The interaction between dietary self-efficacy and the impact of the intervention on changes in reported dietary sodium density approached significance at 8 and 16 weeks (P interaction = 0.051 and 0.06, respectively). Younger age and perceived income inadequacy were significantly associated with low self-efficacy in patients undergoing HD. CONCLUSION: The benefits of dietary interventions designed to improve self-efficacy may differ by the baseline self-efficacy status. This may be particularly important for HD patients who are younger and report inadequate income as they had lower dietary self-efficacy.
Hu L, St-Jules DE, Popp CJ, Sevick MA. 2019, J Ren Nutr.
Direct analysis of pollen fitness by flow cytometry: implications for pollen response to stress Luria, G., N. Rutley, I. Lazar, JF. Harper and G. Miller 2019, the Plant Journal
Dynamics of insulin signaling in the black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis Arvind Sharma, Rana Pooraiiouby, Blanca Guzman, Preston Vu, Monika Gulia-Nuss and Andrew Nuss 2019, Front. Endocrinol.
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Effects of different antioxidants on quality of beef patties from steers fed low-moisture distillers grains
Corn Distillers Grains plus Solubles (DGS) are commonly used as a source of protein and energy for finishing cattle and its composition may vary based on moisture levels, fat and protein content. However, the inclusion of DGS in finishing diets alters beef quality attributes when compared to corn-based diets.
Fruet, A.P.B., Nörnberg, J.L., Calkins, C.R., de Mello, A.S. 2019, Meat Science, Volume 154, August 2019, Pages 119-125
Evaluating steady-state resting energy expenditure using indirect calorimetry in adults with overweight and obesity.
Background Determining a period of steady state (SS) is recommended when estimating resting energy expenditure (REE) using a metabolic cart. However, this practice may be unnecessarily burdensome and time-consuming in the research setting. Aim The aim of the study was to evaluate the use of SS criteria, and compare it to alternative approaches in adults with overweight and obesity. Methods In this cross-sectional, ancillary analysis, participants enrolled in a bariatric (study 1; n = 13) and lifestyle (study 2; n = 51) weight loss intervention were included. Indirect calorimetry was performed during baseline measurements using a metabolic cart for 25 min, including a 5-min stabilization period at the start. SS was defined as the first 5-min period with a coefficient of variation (CV) =10% for both VO2 and VCO2 (hereafter REE5–SS). Body composition was measured using bioelectrical impedance analysis in study 2 participants only. REE5–SS was compared against the lowest CV (REECV–lowest), 5-min time intervals (REE6–10, REE11–15, REE16–20, REE21–25), 4-min and 3-min SS intervals (REE4–SS and REE3–SS), and time intervals of 6–15, 6–20 and 6–25 min (REE6–15, REE6–20, and REE6–25) using repeated measures ANOVA and Bland–Altman analysis to test for bias, limits of agreement and accuracy (±6% measured REE). Results Participants were 54 ± 13 years old, mostly women (75%) and had a BMI of 35 ± 5 kg/m2. Overall, 54/63 (84%) of participants reached REE5–SS, often (47/54, 87%) within the first 10-min (6–15 min). Alternative approaches to estimating REE had a relatively low bias (-16 to 13 kcals), narrow limits of agreement and high accuracy (83–98%) when compared to REE5–SS, in particular, outperforming standard prediction equations (e.g., Mifflin St. Joer). Conclusion Indirect calorimetry measurements that utilize the 5-min SS approach to estimate REE are considered the gold-standard. Under circumstances of non-SS, it appears 4-min and 3-min SS periods, or fixed time intervals of at least 5 min are accurate and practical alternatives for estimating REE in adults with overweight and obesity. However, future trials should validate alternative methods in similar populations to confirm these findings.
Popp CJ, Butler M, Curran M, Illiano P, Sevick MA, St-Jules DE. 2019, Clin Nutr.
Evaluation of cation exchange membrane performance under exposure to high Hg0 and HgBr2 concentrations. Miller, M., Dunham-Cheatham, S., Gustin, M. S., Edwards, G. 2019, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 12, 1207-1217, 2019
Evolution of l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity allows for recurrent specialisation to betalain pigmentation in Caryophyllales
The evolution of l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity, encoded by the gene DODA, was a key step in the origin of betalain biosynthesis in Caryophyllales. We previously proposed that l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity evolved via a single Caryophyllales-specific neofunctionalisation event within the DODA gene lineage. However, this neofunctionalisation event has not been confirmed and the DODA gene lineage exhibits numerous gene duplication events, whose evolutionary significance is unclear. To address this, we functionally characterised 23 distinct DODA proteins for l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity, from four betalain-pigmented and five anthocyanin-pigmented species, representing key evolutionary transitions across Caryophyllales. By mapping these functional data to an updated DODA phylogeny, we then explored the evolution of l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity. We find that low l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity is distributed across the DODA gene lineage. In this context, repeated gene duplication events within the DODA gene lineage give rise to polyphyletic occurrences of elevated l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity, accompanied by convergent shifts in key functional residues and distinct genomic patterns of micro-synteny. In the context of an updated organismal phylogeny and newly inferred pigment reconstructions, we argue that repeated convergent acquisition of elevated l-DOPA 4,5-dioxygenase activity is consistent with recurrent specialisation to betalain synthesis in Caryophyllales.
Sheehan H, Feng T, Walker-Hale N, Lopez-Nieves S, Pucker B, Guo R, Yim WC, Badgami R, Timoneda A, Zhao L, Tiley H, Copetti D, Sanderson MJ, Cushman JC, Moore MJ, Smith SA, Brockington SF 2019, New Phytologist 01 August 2019
Exploring the relationship between crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and mineral nutrition with a special focus on nitrogen Pereira PN, Cushman JC. 2019, International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 20: 4363. DOI: 10.3390/ijms20184363.
Fire history of an old-growth ponderosa pine stand in the Sheep Range, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada, USA Kilpatrick, M., J. Roberts, and F. Biondi 2019, Tree-Ring Research 75(2): 127–138. doi: 10.3959/1536-1098-75.2.127
Growth rate rather than growing season length determines wood biomass in dry environments Ren, P., E. Ziaco, S. Rossi, F. Biondi, P. Prislan, and E. Liang 2019, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 271: 46-53. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2019.02.031
Hierarchical modeling of space-time dendroclimatic fields: Comparing a frequentist and a Bayesian approach Cameletti, M. and F. Biondi 2019, Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 51(1): 115–127. doi: 10.1080/15230430.2019.1585175
Identifying the 993-994 CE Miyake event in the oldest dated living tree in Europe Quarta, G., A. Di Filippo, L. Calcagnile, M. D’Elia, F. Biondi, E. Presutti Saba, M. Baliva, G. De Vivo, A. Schettino, and G. Piovesan 2019, Radiocarbon (in press). doi: 10.1017/RDC.2019.37
Insulin-Like Peptide Signaling in Mosquitoes: The Road Behind and the Road Ahead. Sharma A, Nuss AB, Gulia-Nuss M. 2019, Front Endocrinol
Ion accumulation and expression of ion homeostasis-related genes associated with halophytism, NaCl-promoted growth in a halophyte, Mesembryanthemum crystallinum L. Tran DQ, Konishi A, Cushman JC, Morokuma M, Toyota M, Agarie S. 2019, Protein Production Science. DOI: 10.1080/1343943X.2019.1647788.
Laying the foundation for crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) biodesign: Characterization of individual C4 metabolism genes from the common ice plant in Arabidopsis Lim SD, Lee S, Choi W-G, Yim WC, and Cushman 2019, Frontiers in Plant Science. 10: 101
Leaf cutter ants engineer large nitrous oxide hot spots in tropical forests. Soper, F.M., B.W. Sullivan, B.B. Osborne, A.N. Shaw, L. Phillipot, C.C. Cleveland. 2019, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286: 20182504.
Lessons from the wild: Slow but increasing long-term growth allows for maximum longevity in European beech Piovesan, G., F. Biondi, M. Baliva, G. De Vivo, V. Marchiano, A. Schettino, and A. Di Filippo 2019, Ecology 100(9): art. e02737 (4 pp.), doi: 10.1002/ecy.2737
Long-term hydroclimatic patterns in the Truckee-Carson Basin of the eastern Sierra Nevada, USA Biondi, F. and D. Meko 2019, Water Resources Research 55(7): 5559–5574. doi: 10.1029/2019WR024735
Managing hyperkalemia: Another benefit of exercise in people with chronic kidney disease?
People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk of hyperkalemia, an electrolyte abnormality that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, cardiac arrhythmias. Muscle contraction causes potassium to be released from cells, increasing serum potassium concentrations. However, these effects are transient, and the
St-Jules DE, Marinaro M, Goldfarb DS, Byham-Gray LD, Wilund KR. 2019, J Ren Nutr.
Managing protein-energy wasting in hemodialysis patients: A comparison of animal- and plant-based protein foods.
Protein-energy wasting (PEW) is a major diet-related complication in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Nutrient-based dietary guidelines emphasize animal-based protein foods for preventing and managing PEW in HD patients. Although dietary protein intake is important for protein anabolism, other dietary factors contribute to PEW. In this article, we examine the diet-related etiologies of PEW in HD patients, and discuss how they may be affected differently by animal- and plant-based protein foods. In general, animal foods are superior sources of protein, but may contribute more to metabolic derangements that cause PEW. Given the potential mixed effects of animal-based protein foods on PEW, human research studies are needed to determine the impact of liberalizing the diet to allow plant-based protein foods on protein status.
St-Jules DE, Goldfarb DS, Popp CJ, Pompeii ML, Liebman SE. 2019, Semin Dial.
Mitochondrial haplotypes are not associated with mice selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running
Mitochondrial haplotypes have been associated with human and rodent phenotypes, including nonshivering thermogenesis capacity, learning capability, and disease risk. Although the mammalian mitochondrial D-loop is highly polymorphic, D-loops in laboratory mice are identical, and variation occurs elsewhere mainly between nucleotides 9820 and 9830. Part of this region codes for the tRNAArg gene and is associated with mitochondrial densities and number of mtDNA copies. We hypothesized that the capacity for high levels of voluntary wheel-running behavior would be associated with mitochondrial haplotype. Here, we analyzed the mtDNA polymorphic region in mice from each of four replicate lines selectively bred for 54 generations for high voluntary wheel running (HR) and from four control lines (Control) randomly bred for 54 generations. Sequencing the polymorphic region revealed a variable number of adenine repeats. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) varied from 2 to 3 adenine insertions, resulting in three haplotypes. We found significant genetic differentiations between the HR and Control groups (Fst?=?0.779, p?=?0.0001), as well as among the replicate lines of mice within groups (Fsc?=?0.757, p?=?0.0001). Haplotypes, however, were not strongly associated with voluntary wheel running (revolutions run per day), nor with either body mass or litter size. This system provides a useful experimental model to dissect the physiological processes linking mitochondrial, genomic SNPs, epigenetics, or nuclear-mitochondrial cross-talk to exercise activity.
Wone BWM, Yim WC, Schutz H, Meek TH, Garland T 2019, Mitochondrion Volume 46, May 2019, Pages 134-139
New perspectives on Crassulacean acid metabolism Hultine K, Cushman JC, Williams DG. 2019, Journal of Experimental Botany. 70: in press.
Non-model organism research in changing genomic landscape. Monika Gulia-Nuss 2019, Parasitologists United Journal, 2019. Editorial
Nutritional and mineral content of prickly pear cactus: A highly water-use efficient forage, fodder, and food species Mayer JA, Cushman JC 2019, Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science 00:1-10
Partitioning snowmelt and rainfall in the critical zone: effects of climate type and soil properties Hammond, J.C., Harpold, A.A., Weiss, S., and Kampf, S.K. 2019, Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences
Profiling of small RNA responses of Culex cells and mosquitoes during acute and persistent virus infection. C. Rückert, A. N. Prasad, A. Robison, N. D. Grubaugh, J. Weger-Lucarelli, G. D. Ebel 2019, Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2019;
Resource limitation modulates the fate of dissimilated nitrogen in a dual-pathway Actinobacterium. Vuono, D.C., R.W. Read, J. Hemp, B.W. Sullivan, J.A. Arnone III, I. Neveux, B. Blank, C. Staub, E. Loney, D. Miceli, M. Winkler, R. Chakraborty, D.A. Stahl, J.J.Grzymski. 2019, Frontiers in Microbiology, 10, 3 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00003
Results of a controlled field experiment to assess the use of tree tissue concentrations as bioindicators of air Hg. Peckham, M., Gustin, M. S., Weisberg, P. J., Weiss-Penzias, P. 2019, Biogeochemistry (2019) 142: 265
Seasonal analysis of the 2011–2017 North American Monsoon near its northwest boundary Truettner, C., M.D. Dettinger, E. Ziaco, and F. Biondi 2019, Atmosphere 10(7): art. 420 (18 pp.), doi: 10.3390/atmos10070420
Slow growth leads to longevity in temperate hardwoods Piovesan, G., F. Biondi, M. Baliva, G. De Vivo, V. Marchiano, A. Schettino, and A. Di Filippo 2019, Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 100(3): art.e01560 (6 pp.), doi: 10.1002/bes2.1560
The bracteatus pineapple genome and domestication of clonally propagated crops. Chen L-Y, VanBuren R, Paris M, Zhou H, Zhang X, Wai CM, Yan H, Chen S, Along M, Ramakrishnan S, Liao Z, Liu J, Lin J, Yue J, Fatima M, Lin Z, Zhang J, Juang L, Wang H, Hwa T-Y, Kao S-M, Choi JY, Sharma A, Song J, Wang H, Yim WC, Cushman JC, Paull RE, Matsumoto T, Qin Y, Wu Q, Wang J, Yu Q, Wu J, Zhang S, Boches P, Tung C-W, Wang M-L, d’Eckenbrugge GC, Sanewski GM, Purrugganan MD, Schatz MC, Bennetzen JL, Lexer C, Ming R. 2019, Nature Genetics. 51: 1549–1558
Transcriptomic response is more sensitive to water deficit in shoots than roots of Vitis riparia Vedbar Singh Khadka, Kimberley Vaughn, Juan Xie, Padmapriya Swaminathan, Qin Ma,Grant R. Cramer and Anne Y. Fennell 2019, BMC Plant Biology
Tree growth patterns associated with extreme longevity: Implications for the ecology and conservation of primeval trees in a changing world Piovesan, G., F. Biondi, M. Baliva, A. Dinella, L. Di Fiore, V. Marchiano, E. Presutti Saba, G. De Vivo, A. Schettino, and A. Di Filippo 2019, Anthropocene 26, art.100199 (14 pp.). doi: 10.1016/j.ancene.2019.100199
Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective. Bloschl, G., and 229 co-authors including A.A. Harpold. 2019, Hydrological Sciences Journal
Understanding trait diversity associated with crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) Niechayev NA, Pereira PN, Cushman JC 2019, Current Opinion in Plant Biology 49: 74-85
Watershed-scale mapping of fractional snow cover under forest canopy using lidar Kostadinov, T.S. R. Schumer, M. Hausner, K. J. Bormann, R. Gaffney, K. McGwire, T. H. Painter, S. Tyler, and A.A. Harpold 2019, Remote Sensing of Environment