Staff Publications

Staff Publications

  • external user (warningwarning)
  • Log in as
  • language uk
  • About

    'Staff publications' is the digital repository of Wageningen University & Research

    'Staff publications' contains references to publications authored by Wageningen University staff from 1976 onward.

    Publications authored by the staff of the Research Institutes are available from 1995 onwards.

    Full text documents are added when available. The database is updated daily and currently holds about 240,000 items, of which 72,000 in open access.

    We have a manual that explains all the features 

Current refinement(s):

Records 1 - 20 / 1193

  • help
  • print

    Print search results

  • export
    A maximum of 250 titles can be exported. Please, refine your queryYou can also select and export up to 30 titles via your marked list.
  • alert
    We will mail you new results for this query: keywords==plants
Check title to add to marked list
Photosynthesis : Online introductory course
Vreugdenhil, D. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research
photosynthesis - plants - plant physiology - biomass - fotosynthese - planten - plantenfysiologie - biomassa
The aim of this online course is to explain the basic mechanisms of photosynthesis.
De groene agenda: Ontwerptool Groene Gezonde Stad
Snep, Robbert - \ 2017
urban areas - water harvesting - climate - projects - plants - health - urban parks

De Ontwerptool Groene Gezonde Stad is een tool in ontwikkeling die het effectief gebruik van stadsgroen door planners, ontwerpers, ontwikkelaars, hoveniers en groenvoorzieners ten behoeve van maatschappelijke doelstellingen (gezonde woon-/werk-/leefomgeving) moet stimuleren. De plek die groen nu inneemt in het proces is redelijk achteraan. Het doel is dat planners, ontwerpers, ontwikkelaars, grondeigenaren etc. het groen meenemen in het ontwerpproces. Dan wordt de vraag naar groen en de kwaliteit van groen ook beter. Professionals krijgen met via de tool beter inzicht in waar en welk groen welk gezondheidseffect op welk doelgroep heeft, en worden daarmee uitgenodigd die kennis te benutten in hun plannen en projecten. Dit levert een gezondere stedelijke samenleving op, en maakt dat de economische waarde van het groen duidelijker wordt meegenomen in de besluitvorming over de inrichting en het beheer van de stad.

Ecosysteemdiensten van bomen en groen in de stad
Hiemstra, J.A. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Groen Kennisnet
bomen - planten - biodiversiteit - ecosystemen - klimaat - luchtkwaliteit - regenwateropvang - stedelijke gebieden - trees - plants - biodiversity - ecosystems - climate - air quality - water harvesting - urban areas
Groen kost geld en de baten zijn slecht tastbaar. Het project 'Ecosysteemdiensten van boomkwekerijproducten' ontwikkelt instrumenten om de voordelen van groen beter te laten meewegen bij het nemen van beslissingen. Voordelen: verkoeling, luchtzuivering, waterberging en beleefbare biodiversiteit. In eerste instantie voor de productgroep bomen, later ook voor andere productgroepen.
Groene initiatieven in de stad : handelingsperspectief provincies voor het stimuleren van maatschappelijke betrokkenheid bij groen in de stad
Dijkshoorn-Dekker, M.W.C. ; Soma, K. ; Blaeij, A.T. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research rapport 2017-012) - ISBN 9789463438032 - 47
participatie - groene gevels - groene daken - planten - gezondheid - luchtkwaliteit - communicatie - klimaat - regenwateropvang - participation - green walls - green roofs - plants - health - air quality - communication - climate - water harvesting
Grijs, Groen & Gelukkig - Plantenwand
Hermans, C.M.L. - \ 2017
IVN Nederland
groene gevels - klimaat - zorg - natuur - planten - green walls - climate - care - nature - plants
Plantenwanden zorgen voor een gezonder binnenklimaat. Voor zorginstellingen waar cliënten weinig buiten komen, halen we met de Plantenwand de natuur naar binnen en dragen zo bij aan een gezondere leefomgeving. Wageningen Environmental Research doet onderzoek naar de effecten van Plantenwanden op het binnenklimaat. Ook het effect op cliëntwelzijn en de afname van het ziekteverzuim onder medewerkers wordt onderzocht.
Metropolitan Solutions: Helende tuinen
Jansma, J.E. - \ 2017
WUR
tuinen - gezondheid - planten - herstellen - welzijn - participatie - gardens - health - plants - reconditioning - well-being - participation
Voldoende bewegen en gezond eten helpt bij het herstel van ziektes of verbetert de kwaliteit van leven bij chronische ziektes. Helaas lukt het lang niet iedereen om dit toe te passen. Daarom zijn Wageningen University & Research (Division of Human Nutrition, Wageningen Plant Research, Rural Sociology) en AMS institute binnen Flevo Campus het pilotproject Helende tuinen gestart om te onderzoeken of we mensen een manier kunnen bieden die wel makkelijk is om in te passen in je leven. We laten ze samen tuinieren. Jan Eelco Jansma, onderzoeker stad-landrelaties bij Wageningen University & Research, vertelt erover in deze video.
Greenery: more than beauty and health : A summary of the benefits of greenery on health, productivity, performance and well-being
Hiemstra, J.A. ; Vries, S. de; Spijker, J.H. - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen University & Research - 6 p.
health - well-being - plants - trees - reconditioning - air quality - biodiversity - air conditioning - learning - labour - green roofs - green walls - gezondheid - welzijn - planten - bomen - herstellen - luchtkwaliteit - biodiversiteit - klimaatregeling - leren - arbeid (werk) - groene daken - groene gevels
Greenery in our living environment is beneficial for more than just our health and well-being. It facilitates water management and stimulates biodiversity in built-up areas, and it can also reduce the effects of noise pollution. Greenery also has a positive impact on the property value of homes and offices. This document provides general information on the benefits of greenery, supplementary to the detailed fact sheets on how greenery can improve health and well-being in Residential, Professional, Educational and Healthcare contexts.
MADS evolution : insights into evolutionary changes in transcription factors and their binding sites
Bruijn, Suze-Annigje de - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Gerco Angenent. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436700 - 195
plants - evolution - mads-box proteins - transcription factors - flowers - molecular biology - planten - evolutie - mads-box eiwitten - transcriptiefactoren - bloemen - moleculaire biologie

Although most flowers follow a conserved 'bauplan' consisting of sepals, petals, stamens and carpels, there is a remarkable amount of morphological diversity. Interestingly, all flowers are specified by the conserved (A)BCE-model. Most of the transcription factors in this model belong to the MADS-domain family. We examined how these transcription factors and their binding sites in the genome evolved, as a first step to elucidate how diversity in flower morphology has been created.

We analyzed the evolution of transcription factor binding sites by comparing binding sites of the major floral regulator SEPALLATA3 between two closely related Arabidopsis species, as well as between A. thaliana ecotypes. We found substantial overlap in transcription factor binding profiles between ecotypes, but limited overlap between the related species.

We also assessed how transcription factors themselves can change in their properties by analyzing the divergence between paralogs. We examined how the PISTILLATA paralogs in Tarenaya hassleriana diverged, as this species occupies an interesting position in the eudicot phylogeny. We also studied whether divergence of the APETALA3 paralogs in Aquilegia could explain the specification of an additional floral organ in this genus. In both cases, we conclude that the paralogs diverged from each other in their biochemical properties.

In the future, it would be interesting to assess how these changes in transcription factors and their binding sites affect floral regulatory networks and ultimately floral shape.

Exploring the resistance against root parasitic plants in Arabidopsis and tomato
Cheng, Xi - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): H.J. Bouwmeester, co-promotor(en): Carolien Ruyter-Spira. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463437004 - 305
plants - parasitic plants - arabidopsis thaliana - solanum lycopersicum - host parasite relationships - plant growth regulators - resistance - planten - parasitaire planten - gastheer parasiet relaties - plantengroeiregulatoren - weerstand
Root parasitic plant species such as broomrapes (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) and witchweeds (Striga spp.) are notorious agricultural weeds. They cause damage to crops by depriving them of water, nutrients and assimilates via a vascular connection. The difficulty in controlling root parasitic weeds is largely due to their intricate lifecycle and partially underground lifestyle. Their life cycle includes processes such as germination of the seed, the formation of the vascular connection with the host, the growth and development of the parasite after attachment and the emergence of shoots and flowers aboveground. The germination of many parasitic plants is induced by strigolactones that were recently shown to also be signalling compounds that stimulate mycorrhizal symbiosis. In addition, in the past few years, their role in plant development and plant defense has been established revealing them as a new class of plant hormones that exert their function likely in interaction with other hormones.
Dissecting hormonal pathways in nitrogen-fixing rhizobium symbioses
Zeijl, Arjan van - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Ton Bisseling, co-promotor(en): Rene Geurts. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436311 - 231
plants - root nodules - rhizobium - symbiosis - cytokinins - plant-microbe interactions - biosynthesis - mutagenesis - genes - nodulation - planten - wortelknolletjes - symbiose - cytokininen - plant-microbe interacties - biosynthese - mutagenese - genen - knobbelvorming

Nitrogen is a key element for plant growth. To meet nitrogen demands, some plants establish an endosymbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing rhizobium or Frankia bacteria. This involves formation of specialized root lateral organs, named nodules. These nodules are colonized intracellularly, which creates optimal physiological conditions for the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen by the microbial symbiont. Nitrogen-fixing endosymbioses are found among four related taxonomic orders that together form the nitrogen-fixation clade. Within this clade, nodulation is restricted to ten separate lineages that are scattered among mostly non-nodulating plant species. This limited distribution suggests that genetic adaptations that allowed nodulation to evolve occurred in a common ancestor.

A major aim of the scientific community is to unravel the evolutionary trajectory towards a nitrogen-fixing nodule symbiosis. The formation of nitrogen-fixing root nodules is best studied in legumes (Fabaceae, order Fabales); especially in Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula, two species that serve as model. Legumes and Parasponia (Cannabaceae, order Rosales) represent the only two lineages that can form nodules with rhizobium bacteria. Studies on M. truncatula, L. japonicus and Parasponia showed, amongst others, that nodule formation is initiated upon perception of rhizobial secreted lipo-chitooligosaccharide (LCO) signals. These signals are structurally related to the symbiotic signals produced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. These obligate biotropic fungi colonize roots of most land plants and form dense hyphal structures inside existing root cortical cells.

Rhizobial and mycorrhizal LCOs are perceived by LysM-domain-containing receptor-like kinases. These activate a signaling pathway that is largely shared between both symbioses. Symbiotic LCO receptors are closely related to chitin innate immune receptors, and some receptors even function in symbiotic as well as innate immune signaling. In Chapter 2, I review the intertwining of symbiotic LCO perception and chitin-triggered immunity. Furthermore, I discuss how rhizobia and mycorrhiza might employ LCO signaling to modulate plant immunity. In a perspective, I speculate on a role for plant hormones in immune modulation, besides an important function in nodule organogenesis.

In legumes, nodule organogenesis requires activation of cytokinin signaling. Mutants in the orthologous cytokinin receptor genes MtCRE1 and LjLHK1 in M. truncatula and L. japonicus, respectively, are severely affected in nodule formation. However, how cytokinin signaling is activated in response to rhizobium LCO perception and to what extent this contributes to rhizobium LCO-induced signaling remained elusive. In Chapter 3, I show that the majority of transcriptional changes induced in wild-type M. truncatula, upon application of rhizobium LCOs, are dependent on activation of MtCRE1-mediated cytokinin signaling. Among the genes induced in wild type are several involved in cytokinin biosynthesis. Consistently, cytokinin measurements indicate that cytokinins rapidly accumulate in M. truncatula roots upon treatment with rhizobium LCOs. This includes the bioactive cytokinins isopentenyl adenine and trans-zeatin. Therefore, I argue that cytokinin accumulation represents a key step in the pathway leading to legume root nodule organogenesis.

Strigolactones are plant hormones of which biosynthesis is increased in response to nutrient limitation. In rice (Oryza sativa) and M. truncatula, this response requires the GRAS-type transcriptional regulators NSP1 and NSP2. Both proteins regulate expression of DWARF27 (D27), which encodes an enzyme that performs the first committed step in strigolactone biosynthesis. NSP1 and NSP2 are also essential components of the signaling cascade that controls legume root nodule formation. In line with this, I questioned whether the NSP1-NSP2-D27 regulatory module functions in rhizobium symbiosis. In Chapter 4, I show that in M. truncatula MtD27 expression is induced within hours after treatment with rhizobium LCOs. Spatiotemporal expression studies revealed that MtD27 is expressed in the dividing cells of the nodule primordium. At later stages, its expression becomes confined to the meristem and distal infection zone of the mature nodule. Analysis of the expression pattern of MtCCD7 and MtCCD8, two additional strigolactone biosynthesis genes, showed that these genes are co-expressed with MtD27 in nodule primordia and mature nodules. Additionally, I show that symbiotic expression of MtD27 requires MtNSP1 and MtNSP2. This suggests that the NSP1-NSP2-D27 regulatory module is co-opted in rhizobium symbiosis.

Comparative studies between legumes and nodulating non-legumes could identify shared genetic networks required for nodule formation. We recently adopted Parasponia, the only non-legume lineage able to engage in rhizobium symbiosis. However, to perform functional studies, powerful reverse genetic tools for Parasponia are essential. In Chapter 5, I describe the development of a fast and efficient protocol for CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis in Agrobacterium tumefaciens-transformed Parasponia andersonii plants. Using this protocol, stable mutants can be obtained in a period of three months. These mutants can be effectively propagated in vitro, which allows phenotypic evaluation already in the T0 generation. As such, phenotypes can be obtained within six months after transformation. As proof-of-principle, we mutated PanHK4, PanEIN2, PanNSP1 and PanNSP2. These genes are putatively involved in cytokinin and ethylene signaling and regulation of strigolactone biosynthesis, respectively. Additionally, orthologues of these genes perform essential symbiotic functions in legumes. Panhk4 and Panein2 knockout mutants display developmental phenotypes associated with reduced cytokinin and ethylene signaling. Analysis of Pannsp1 and Pannsp2 mutants revealed a conserved role for NSP1 and NSP2 in regulation of the strigolactone biosynthesis genes D27 and MAX1 and root nodule organogenesis. In contrast, symbiotic mutant phenotypes of Panhk4 and Panein2 mutants are different from their legume counterparts. This illustrates the value of Parasponia as comparative model - besides legumes - to study the genetics underlying rhizobium symbiosis.

Phylogenetic reconstruction showed that the Parasponia lineage is embedded in the non-nodulating Trema genus. This close relationship suggests that Parasponia and Trema only recently diverged in nodulation ability. In Chapter 6, I exploited this close relationship to question whether the nodulation trait is associated with gene expression differentiation. To this end, I sequenced root transcriptomes of two Parasponia and three Trema species. Principal component analysis separated all Parasponia samples from those of Trema along the first principal component. This component explains more than half of the observed variance, indicating that the root transcriptomes of two Parasponia species are distinct from that of the Trema sister species T. levigata, as well as the outgroup species T. orientalis and T. tomentosa. To determine, whether the transcriptional differences between Parasponia and Trema are relevant in a symbiotic context, I compared the list of differentially expressed genes to a list of genes that show nodule-enhanced expression in P. andersonii. This revealed significant enrichment of nodule-enhanced genes among genes that lower expressed in roots of Parasponia compared to Trema. Among the genes differentially expressed between Parasponia and Trema roots are several involved in mycorrhizal symbiosis as well as jasmonic acid biosynthesis. Measurements of hormone concentrations, showed that Parasponia and Trema roots harbor a difference in jasmonic acid/salicylic acid balance. However, mutants in jasmonic acid biosynthesis are unaffected in nodule development. Therefore, it remains a challenge to determine whether the difference in root transcriptomes between Parasponia and Trema are relevant in a symbiotic context.

In Chapter 7, I review hormone function in nitrogen-fixing nodule symbioses in legumes, Parasponia and actinorhizal species. In this chapter, I question whether different nodulating lineages recruited the same hormonal networks to function in nodule formation. Additionally, I discuss whether nodulating species harbor genetic adaptations in hormonal pathways that correlate with nodulation capacity.

Functional analyses of plant-specific histone deacetylases : Their role in root development, stress responses and symbiotic interactions
Li, Huchen - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Ton Bisseling, co-promotor(en): Olga Kulikova. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436816 - 188
plants - histones - enzymes - roots - development - symbiosis - gene expression - molecular biology - root nodules - mycorrhizas - planten - histonen - enzymen - wortels - ontwikkeling - symbiose - genexpressie - moleculaire biologie - wortelknolletjes - mycorrhizae

Plants have a sessile lifestyle. To ensure survival, they develop a potential to respond to environmental cues to set up an adaptive growth and development. This adaptation involves transcriptional reprogramming of the genome through chromatin-based mechanisms relying on the dynamic interplay of transcription factors (TFs), post-translational modification of histones, the deposition of histone variants, DNA methylation, and nucleosome remodeling. This thesis is focused on a role of one group of histone post-translational modifiers, plant-specific histone deacetylases (HDTs), in plant development under control condition and variable stresses/symbiotic interactions.

It is well known that HDTs are involved in plant responses to environmental stresses. However, whether they play a role in regulating plant growth and development is elusive. In this thesis it is shown that Arabidopsis thaliana AtHDT1/2 regulate the cell fate switch from division to expansion in the Arabidopsis root. Knock-down of AtHDT1/2 (hdt1,2i) causes that this switch occurs earlier and results in less cells in the root meristem. This process slows down root growth. One target of AtHDT1/2, AtGA2ox2, is identified here. Its overexpression displays the same root phenotype as hdt1/2i , and its knock-out partially rescues hdt1,2i root meristem phenotype. AtGA2ox2 inactivates gibberellin (GA4) whose application increases root meristem cell number in WT, but not in hdt1,2i. Based on these data, we conclude that AtHDT1/2 repress the transcription of AtGA2ox2, and likely fine-tunes GA homeostasis to regulate the switch from cell division to expansion in root tips.

HDTs respond to salt stress in Arabidopsis seedlings. Halotropism is a novel reported tropism allowing roots to avoid a saline environment. Whether the AtHDT1/2-AtGA2ox2 module is operational in halotropism is studied here. We show that hdt1,2i mutants respond more severe in halotropism. AtHDT1/2, as well as AtGA2ox2 display asymmetric localization patterns in halotropism with AtHDT1/2 reduced and AtGA2ox2 induced at high salt side of root tips. Our data indicate that their asymmetric patterns likely results in less GA at high salt side of root tips and this is required for halotropism establishment. In line with this, both constitutive expression of AtHDT2 and exogenous GA application reduce halotropic response. A reduction of GA in root tips causes an earlier switch from cell division to expansion. We discuss that this earlier switch enables roots rapidly to bend away from saline environment.

It has been shown that HDTs play a role under biotic stress in rice and tobacco leaves. We demonstrate that they are also involved in response to biotic stress in Arabidopsis leaves. Arabidopsis hdt2 mutants are more susceptible to virulent Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato PstDC3000, whereas AtHDT2 overexpression mutants are more resistant. In addition, we detected a translocation of AtHDT2 from nucleolus to nucleoplasm after the perception of flagellin22 in Arabidopsis leaf cells. This translocation is not observed under abiotic stress. A mechanism controlling this translocation is identified. AtMPK3 is activated under biotic stress, it interacts with and phosphorylates AtHDT2. This leads to the accumulation of AtHDT2 in nucleoplasm where it contributes to the repression of defense genes.

During the interaction with symbiotic microorganisms, plants could develop a symbiotic organ/structure. For example, legumes of which Medicago truncatula is a model, can form root nodules or arbuscules by interacting with rhizobia or arbuscular mycorrhiza.

We show that nodule-specific knock-down of MtHDT1/2/3 (MtHDTs RNAi) blocks nodule primordia development and affects the function of nodule meristem. This is consistent with their roles in controlling cell division during root development and suggests that the function of nodule and root meristems is closely related. However, MtHDT2 gains a new sub-nuclear localization pattern in nodule meristem by using a not yet known mechanism, different from that in root meristem. This suggests that these two meristems have different transcriptional landscapes. In the nodule infection zone MtHDTs are also expressed and in MtHDTs RNAi the intracellular release of rhizobia is markedly reduced. Expression of MtHMGR1 and its paralogs, encoding 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductases are down-regulated in MtHDTs RNAi. It has been shown MtHMGR1 interacts with MtDMI2, a component of Nod factor signalling pathway, to control rhizobial infection. Knock-down of MtHMGR1/MtDMI2, as well as inhibiting MtHMGRs enzymatic activity blocks nodule primordia development and rhizobial infection in nodule primordia/mature nodules. This phenotype partially resembles MtHDTs RNAi phenotype. We discuss that MtHDTs regulate expression of MtHMGRs and in this way affect Nod factor signalling and control nodule development.

Similar to nodule symbiosis, during arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis cells in the cortex are also intracellularly infected. We show that MtHDT2 is also induced in these arbuscule containing cells. Knock-down of MtHDT2 (MtHDT2i) significantly reduces the intracellular infection of the hyphae on the mycorrhized root segments, indicating that MtHDT2 control mycorrhizal intracellular infection. We discuss whether MtHDTs can regulate mycorrhizal/rhizobial infection in a similar way.

The data obtained in this thesis and the published information related to these subjects are discussed at the end. HDTs are key players in plant responses to environmental cues, whereas they respond to abiotic factors and biotic factors differently. They are also key regulators of plant growth and development that is clearly demonstrated in this thesis on examples of root and nodule development. I also propose a role of AtHDT1/2 in response to salt signal to fine-tune the switch from cell division to expansion in root tips during halotropism.

What determines plant species diversity in Central Africa?
Proosdij, Andreas S.J. van - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Marc Sosef, co-promotor(en): Jan Wieringa. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436618 - 161
plants - biodiversity - species diversity - species - distribution - biogeography - central africa - biosystematics - tropical rain forests - modeling - planten - biodiversiteit - soortendiversiteit - soorten - distributie - biogeografie - centraal-afrika - biosystematiek - tropische regenbossen - modelleren

Planet Earth hosts an incredible biological diversity. Estimated numbers of species occurring on Earth range from 5 to 11 million eukaryotic species including 400,000-450,000 species of plants. Much of this biodiversity remains poorly known and many species have not yet been named or even been discovered. This is not surprising, as the majority of species is known to be rare and ecosystems are generally dominated by a limited number of common species.

Tropical rainforests are the most species-rich terrestrial ecosystems on Earth. The general higher level of species richness is often explained by higher levels of energy near the Equator (latitudinal diversity gradient). However, when comparing tropical rainforest biomes, African rainforests host fewer plant species than either South American or Asian ones. The Central African country of Gabon is situated in the Lower Guinean phytochorical region. It is largely covered by what is considered to be the most species-rich lowland rainforest in Africa while the government supports an active conservation program. As such, Gabon is a perfect study area to address that enigmatic question that has triggered many researchers before: “What determines botanical species richness?”.

In the past 2.5 million years, tropical rainforests have experienced 21 cycles of global glaciations. They responded to this by contracting during drier and cooler glacials into larger montane and smaller riverine forest refugia and expanding again during warmer and wetter interglacials. The current rapid global climate change coupled with change of land use poses new threats to the survival of many rainforest species. The limited availability of resources for conservation forces governments and NGOs to set priorities. Unfortunately, for many plant species, lack of data on their distribution hampers well-informed decision making in conservation.

Species distribution models (SDMs) offer opportunities to bridge at least partly this knowledge gap. SDMs are correlative models that infer the spatial distribution of species using only a limited set of known species occurrence records coupled with high resolution environmental data. SDMs are widely applied to study the past, present and future distribution of species, assess the risk of invasive species, infer patterns of species richness and identify hotspots, as well as to assess the impact of climate change. The currently available methods form a pipeline, with which data are selected and cleaned, models selected, parameterized, evaluated and projected to other areas and climatic scenarios, and biodiversity patterns are computed from these SDMs. In this thesis, SDMs of all Gabonese plant species were generated and patterns of species richness and of weighted endemism were computed (chapter 4 & 5).

Although this pipeline enables the rapid generation of SDMs and inferring of biodiversity patterns, its effective use is limited by several matters of which three are specifically addressed in this thesis. Not knowing the true distribution limits the opportunities to assess the accuracy of models and assess the impact of assumptions and limitations of SDMs. The use of simulated species has been advocated as a method to systematically assess the impact of specific matters of SDMs (virtual ecologist). Following this approach, in chapter 2, I present a novel method to simulate large numbers of species that each have their own unique niche.

One matter of SDMs that is usually ignored but has been shown to be of great impact on model accuracy is the number of species occurrence records used to train a model. In chapter 2, I quantify the effect of sample size on model accuracy for species of different range size classes. The results show that the minimum number of records required to generate accurate SDMs is not uniform for species of every range size class and that larger sample sizes are required for more widespread species. By applying a uniform minimum number of records, SDMs of narrow-ranged species are incorrectly rejected and SDMs of widespread species are incorrectly accepted. Instead, I recommend to identify and apply the unique minimum numbers of required records for each individual species. The method presented here to identify the minimum number of records for species of particular range size classes is applicable to any species group and study area.

The range size or prevalence is an important plant feature that is used in IUCN Red List classifications. It is commonly computed as the Extent Of Occurrence (EOO) and Area Of Occupancy (AOO). Currently, these metrics are computed using methods based on the spatial distribution of the known species occurrences. In chapter 3, using simulated species again, I show that methods based on the distribution of species occurrences in environmental parameter space clearly outperform those based on spatial data. In this chapter, I present a novel method that estimates the range size of a species as the fraction of raster cells within the minimum convex hull of the species occurrences, when all cells from the study area are plotted in environmental parameter space. This novel method outperforms all ten other assessed methods. Therefore, the current use of EOO and AOO based on spatial data alone for the purpose of IUCN Red List classification should be reconsidered. I recommend to use the novel method presented here to estimate the AOO and to estimate the EOO from the predicted distribution based on a thresholded SDM.

In chapter 4, I apply the currently best possible methods to generate accurate SDMs and estimate the range size of species to the large dataset of Gabonese plant species records. All significant SDMs are used here to assess the unique contribution of narrow-ranged, widespread, and randomly selected species to patterns of species richness and weighted endemism. When range sizes of species are defined based on their full range in tropical Africa, random subsets of species best represent the pattern of species richness, followed by narrow-ranged species. Narrow-ranged species best represent the weighted endemism pattern. Moreover, the results show that the applied criterion of widespread and narrow-ranged is crucial. Too often, range sizes of species are computed on their distribution within a study area defined by political borders. I recommend to use the full range size of species instead. Secondly, the use of widespread species, of which often more data are available, as an indicator of diversity patterns should be reconsidered.

The effect of global climate change on the distribution patterns of Gabonese plant species is assed in chapter 5 using SDMs projected to the year 2085 for two climate change scenarios assuming either full or no dispersal. In Gabon, predicted loss of plant species ranges from 5% assuming full dispersal to 10% assuming no dispersal. However, these numbers are likely to be substantially higher, as for many rare, narrow-ranged species no significant SDMs could be generated. Predicted species turnover is as high as 75% and species-rich areas are predicted to loose many species. The explanatory power of individual future climate anomalies to predicted future species richness patterns is quantified. Species loss is best explained by increased precipitation in the dry season. Species gain and species turnover are correlated with a shift from extreme to average values of annual temperature range.

In the final chapter, the results are placed in a wider scientific context. First, the results on the methodological aspects of SDMs and their implications of the SDM pipeline are discussed. The method presented in this thesis to simulate large numbers of species offers opportunities to systematically investigate other matters of the pipeline, some of which are discussed here. Secondly, the factors that shape the current and predicted future patterns of plant species richness in Gabon are discussed including the location of centres of species richness and of weighted endemism in relation to the hypothesized location of glacial forest refugia. Factors that may contribute to the lower species richness of African rainforests compared with South American and Asian forests are discussed. I conclude by reflecting on the conservation of the Gabonese rainforest and its plant species as well as on the opportunities SDMs offer for this in the wider socio-economic context of a changing world with growing demand for food and other ecosystem services.

Air purification by house plants : a literature survey
Visser, Pieter de - \ 2017
Bleiswijk : Wageningen Plant Research (Report / WPR 695) - 19
air quality - plants - research - root systems - leaf area - luchtkwaliteit - planten - onderzoek - wortelsystemen - bladoppervlakte
Within the project ‘Plant champion air purification’, a public-private cooperation, a literate survey was carried out to explore recent findings on the possibilities of plants to purify indoor contaminated air. Literature was searched in academic journals, on the internet and within reports recently carried out for the horticultural sector. Here this knowledge is shortly described. Plants generally have the capacity to assimilate hydrophilic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde without harm. Lipophilic VOCs are less well assimilated and follow different uptake pathways. Differences between plant species can sometimes be related to amount of leaves, wax layer composition, stomatal conductance or hairs. Apart from the green plant parts, the roots, the micro-organisms and rooting medium have a role in air purification. The research in plant chambers mainly generated knowledge on short term uptake of volatiles, but the uptake mechanisms and the long-term performances of plants are only partly understood. The research on upscaling of lab results to air purification in rooms within buildings is still in its infancy. A few good studies have been done and show promising results, but most research was statistically poor. More research is needed to extrapolate the findings from lab research to practice.
How virtual shade sheds light on plant plasticity
Bongers, Franca J. - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Niels Anten, co-promotor(en): R. Pierik; Jochem Evers. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463432047 - 140
planten - fenotypen - fenotypische variatie - modellen - arabidopsis - natuurlijke selectie - schaduw - reacties - concurrentie tussen planten - licht - plants - phenotypes - phenotypic variation - models - natural selection - shade - responses - plant competition - light

Phenotypic plasticity is the ability of a genotype to express multiple phenotypes in accordance with different environments. Although variation in plasticity has been observed, there is limited knowledge on how this variation results from natural selection. This thesis analyses how variation in the level of plasticity influences light competition between plants and how this variation could result from selection, driven by light competition, in various environments. As an exemplary case of phenotypic plasticity, this thesis focusses on phenotypic responses of the annual rosette plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae) in response to the proximity of neighbour plants, as signalled through the red : far—red (R:FR) ratio, which are responses associated with the shade avoidance syndrome (SAS).

Plant experiments were conducted to measure variation in these plastic responses and a functional-structural plant (FSP) model was created that simulates plant structures in 3D and includes these organ-level plastic responses while simulating explicitly a heterogeneous light environment. Simulating individual plants that explicitly compete for light, while their phenotype changes through plasticity, gave insights in the role of the level of phenotypic plasticity and site of signal perception on plant competitiveness. In addition, an analysis on how natural selection in different environments acts on the level of plasticity was performed by combining FSP simulations and evolutionary game theoretical (EGT) principles.

The steering role of plant-soil interactions in natural community dynamics and nature restoration
Wubs, Engel Reinder Jasper - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Wim van der Putten; T.M. Bezemer. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463434447 - 242
soil plant relationships - soil - plants - ecological restoration - terrestrial ecosystems - soil inoculation - plant communities - soil ecology - bodem-plant relaties - bodem - planten - ecologisch herstel - terrestrische ecosystemen - bodeminoculatie - plantengemeenschappen - bodemecologie

Biodiversity is declining worldwide and many ecosystems have been degraded due to human actions. There have been many attempts to restore degraded ecosystems, but restoration success varies. Past human management has left important abiotic and biotic legacies and active intervention is needed to overcome these legacies. Legacy effects include altered abiotic conditions and limited availability of appropriate seeds. However, plants also have many interactions with the myriad organisms that inhabit the soil. Soil biota include e.g. bacteria, fungi, nematodes, collembolan, and mites. Restoring plant-soil interactions may be key to successful ecological restoration, because studies on natural succession in ecosystems show that both plant and soil communities develop in concert. In addition, late-successional soil communities promote the performance of late-succession plant species that are often the target species for restoration. The aims of my thesis were to 1) test whether inoculation of living soil can improve restoration of species-rich grasslands and dry heathlands, and 2) understand how plant-soil interactions affect plant composition and diversity.

In a large-scale field experiment, called “Reijerscamp-experiment”, I tested the potential of soil inoculation to speed up ecosystem restoration. On a former arable field large areas of on average 0.5 ha were inoculated with a thin layer of <1 cm living soil, which was taken either from a mid-succession grassland or a dry-heathland. After six years I monitored the species composition of the vegetation and the soil community. I found that both types of inoculum had substantially altered the community composition of both soil and vegetation. Moreover, the soil inocula had caused a shift in the direction of the respective donor communities. In a parallel mesocosm experiment I repeated the experiment while sowing a standardized species-rich seed mixture to ensure that seed availability was the same in all treatments. Also in this case the sown plant community developed towards the respective communities found in the donor sites. Consequently the soil community is, at least in part, able to steer plant community composition in the field.

I also tested how mixtures of inocula from different donor systems affect restoration success. In a greenhouse experiment I made replacement series of soil inocula sourced from arable fields, mid-succession grasslands and dry heathlands and monitored the responses of target and ruderal plant species. The target species all responded positively to higher proportions of heathland material in the inoculum, while the responses of the ruderal species were variable. Interestingly, a 50:50 mixture of arable and heathland inoculum strongly reduced the growth of the ruderal species. Soil inoculation may be considered as a way of microbiome engineering, which is a newly emerging field mainly used to improve human health and agricultural production. My results show that conceptually similar techniques can be applied to improve inocula for the restoration of ecological communities.

In a second field experiment I tested the long-term consequences of soil inoculation with and without sowing mid-successional plant species for plant and soil community composition. I found that sowing strongly altered plant community composition for over two decades. Soil inoculation, on the other hand, substantially altered the composition of the soil nematode community and that these effects persisted for at least 15 years. However, in contrast to the Reijerscamp experiment, the effect of soil inoculation on vegetation composition was transient. I propose that in this case the presence of an intact arable top soil, as well as perhaps a too minimal difference between the composition of the donor and recipient soil communities may have limited the impact of the soil inocula.

In general, the restoration of plant cover and a number of common (‘matrix’) plant species can be achieved using standard approaches, e.g. reducing site fertility and providing seed material, but creating conditions that allow for coexistence of both locally dominant and rare subordinate species proves much more elusive. Fundamental knowledge on how biodiversity is regulated is needed to restore diverse plant communities including the rare species. Testing plant-soil feedback provides a way to directly study the net consequences of the myriad interactions between plants and soil biota for plant performance and community composition. However, while both plants and soil communities are strongly heterogeneous in space and time, spatiotemporally explicit tests of plant-soil feedback are rare.

In a greenhouse experiment I studied how spatial heterogeneity in plant-soil feedbacks influence plant communities. I found that when multiple species conditioned the soil, plant performance was reduced compared to mono-specific soil conditioning. This reduction in competitive ability led to a higher plant diversity in the experimental communities. The plant responses were not related to differences in abiotic conditions, but soil conditioning induced clear changes in fungal community composition. Recent meta-analyses and experiments have shown that spatial heterogeneity in abiotic conditions only promotes plant diversity when the grain of the heterogeneity is larger than the size of individual plants. When it is smaller, heterogeneity simply selects for those species that have the highest root plasticity and this leads to lower plant diversity. Together, these results suggest that spatial heterogeneity in abiotic conditions only promotes plant beta diversity, while interaction with the soil community, primarily soil-borne antagonists, maintains plant alpha diversity.

Finally, I used repeated soil conditioning by conspecific and heterospecific species to show that soil feedbacks may carry over across soil conditioning periods. In contrast to what is commonly assumed my data show that heterospecific soil-conditioning can result in equally negative PSF as repeated conspecific soil-conditioning and repeated conspecific soil-conditioning does not always lead to stronger negative feedback. Instead, the particular sequence of plant species that successively condition the soil strongly determines the sign and magnitude of PSF. These results highlight the need to incorporate sequential soil-conditioning in models of plant communities and effective crop-rotations.

In conclusion, plant-soil interactions are a key aspect in the natural dynamics of plant communities and can be used to improve restoration of semi-natural ecosystems. Abiotic conditions and dispersal ability determine which species may occur in a given site. However, at small spatial scales plant-soil feedbacks and particularly interactions with soil borne antagonists can enhance plant species diversity. Manipulation of the soil community, through inoculation of soil from well-developed donor sites can speed up natural succession and even steer its direction in the field. However, soil inoculation success will not be universal and depends on the match in abiotic conditions of donor and recipient sites, as well as the community composition of the inoculum and the resident communities. Future studies are needed to test the success of introducing soil communities across environmental gradients.

De groene compacte stad : Een verkennende studie naar de kwantitatieve resultaten van het wegnemen van verharding in stedelijke gebieden.
Vries, E.A. de; Boone, P. ; Rooij, L.L. de; Keip, Linde - \ 2017
Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research - 72 p.
health - urban areas - greening - plantations - plants - flowers - citizens - social participation
Ambient temperature‐directed flowering time regulation : the role of alternative splicing
Verhage, Dina Sara Leonie - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Gerco Angenent, co-promotor(en): Richard Immink; Guusje Bonnema. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789462579705 - 161
plants - flowering date - flowering - temperature - alternative splicing - molecular biology - genes - planten - bloeidatum - bloei - temperatuur - alternatieve splitsing - moleculaire biologie - genen

As a consequence of a sessile lifestyle, plants are constantly facing a fluctuating environment. In order to both profit maximally and protect themselves from these environmental cues, plants evolved ways to sense and respond to signals.

Ambient temperature is one of the cues for which plants have acquired a strategy to enhance their chance of survival and reproduction. Small changes in ambient temperature can have major effects on plant architecture and development, such as the transition from the vegetative to the reproductive flowering phase. The moment of flowering is an important event in the life cycle of a plant, since reproductive success depends on it.

In Chapter 1, I introduced the concept of alternative splicing, a molecular mechanism with a pivotal role in ambient temperature regulation of flowering time. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, approximately 60% of the intron-containing genes show alternative splicing. Gene splicing varies depending on developmental stage and tissue type, but also environmental changes trigger differential splicing. Splicing is conducted by a large cellular machinery called the spliceosome, which recognizes intron-defining sequences and other cis-regulatory elements acting as splicing enhancers or silencers. Moreover, factors like chromatin structure, histone marks, RNA polymerase II (polII) elongation speed and the secondary structure of the pre-mRNA all play a role in the splicing outcome. Due to alternative splicing, a single gene can yield various transcripts. However, this does not cause an equal expansion of the proteome. Part of the transcripts are targeted for nonsense-mediated decay, or will be translated into unstable proteins. This is a way of regulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional or –translational level. Other transcripts will be translated into functional proteins that may be structurally and functionally different. Hence, alternative splicing creates additional complexity in the transcriptome, providing plants with molecular tools to respond to their environment, including the translation of ambient temperature alterations into a flowering time response.
In Chapter 2, we reviewed the current knowledge on molecular mechanisms that control the ambient-temperature directed flowering time pathway in the plant model species Arabidopsis thaliana. Several different mechanisms have been proposed, like alternative splicing of FLOWERING LOCUS M (FLM) (described in Chapter 4) and protein degradation of SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE (SVP), two mechanisms that probably work in a cooperative manner to release floral repression at higher ambient temperatures. Another mechanism that is involved at high ambient temperature is the replacement of the canonical histone H2A by the variant H2A.Z. As a consequence of this replacement, chromatin becomes less tightly wrapped around the nucleosomes, which allows transcription of flowering time activators, such as PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR 4 (PIF4). Lastly, we discuss microRNAs (miRNA) that can either repress or activate flowering (miR156 and miR172, respectively). These miRNAs have been proposed to be regulated by low and high ambient temperature. However, due to the lack of mutant analyses, more research is necessary to show the true involvement of these factors. Altogether, there are several mechanisms acting partly in cooperation to regulate thermosensitive floral timing.
In Chapter 3, we analysed ambient temperature-directed alternative splicing events that occur after a temperature shift by RNAseq. We performed the experiment in two different accessions of A. thaliana, and in one variant of B. oleracea (cauliflower). We showed that flowering time genes are overrepresented amongst the ambient temperature induced alternatively spliced genes, but also genes encoding components of the splicing machinery itself, indicating that alternative splicing is one of the potential mechanisms by which plants are able to sense temperature and adapt floral timing. Analysis of a mutant for one of these alternatively-spliced splicing related factors, ATU2AF65A, showed a temperature-dependent flowering time phenotype, confirming its proposed role in the flowering time response upon temperature fluctuations. Based on these findings, we proposed a two-step model in which splicing related genes are targeted for differential splicing upon ambient temperature fluctuations, which results in changes in the composition of the spliceosome, causing differential splicing of downstream genes that affect the development and architecture of the plant, including flowering time.
In Chapter 4, we investigated the molecular mode-of-action of FLM, one of the differentially spliced flowering time regulating genes that we identified in Chapter 3. We showed that in A. thaliana Col-0, the main splice forms of FLM are FLMβ and FLMδ. FLMβ forms an obligate heterodimer with SVP, and this complex represses floral integrators like SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS1 (SOC1) by binding to the regulatory regions of these genes. FLMδ also dimerizes with SVP, but this complex is not able to bind to DNA. When temperature rises, more FLMδ is produced at the cost of FLMβ. Hence, less repressive complexes can be formed. However, the fact that FLMδ is still able to binds SVP makes it function as a dominant negative form, titrating out SVP and preventing repressive SVP/FLMβ-complex formation.
Chapter 5 is a short comment written to clarify the concept of thermoplasticity in flowering time control. Occasionally, this concept is confused with adaptation to different ambient temperature environments on the long term. Thermoplasticity is the ability to adapt flowering time to fluctuations in ambient temperature within one life cycle. Furthermore, some genes have been marked as players in the ambient temperature response, whereas these appear to be general flowering repressors or activators, affecting flowering time in a similar manner at low and high ambient temperature. In order to interpret novel findings on thermosensitive flowering time control, it is essential to distinguish between these various concepts.
In chapter 6, we unveiled the first indications that differential splicing of FLM can be caused by differences in polymerase II elongation rate. We mimicked a situation in which FLM is transcribed at a higher rate, by expressing the genomic FLM gene under a strong artificial promoter. Preliminary results showed that plants harbouring this construct have altered flowering time and temperature-responsiveness, which can be explained by the altered FLMβ/FLMδ ratio that we observed.
In chapter 7, we assessed the functional conservation between FLM and closely related genes at the intraspecific level in A. thaliana. FLM (also called MAF1) is a member of the FLC-clade, that consists of FLC, FLM and MAF2-5. FLC is widely known for its function in the vernalization pathway, whereas MAF2 has been shown to regulate flowering time through alternative splicing in a way very similar to FLM. For the other MAF genes, not much is known. We showed that all of these genes produce splicing isoforms that function in a more or less similar way to FLM and MAF2. Despite the high functional conservation at the intraspecific level, FLM and MAF orthologues are not widely present. Through synteny analysis, we showed that FLM and MAF2 are very recent genes, which are only present in a small group of Brassicaceae species. MAF3-5 originated less recently, but are not present outside the Brassicaceae. For FLC, it was previously shown that it originated from an ancestor of the seed plants, and in many plant species belonging to other families, presence of more than one FLC-like gene has been reported. This raises the question what the function of these genes is. In tomato, we showed that the FLC-like gene MBP8 becomes differentially spliced upon temperature changes, suggesting a function in the ambient temperature pathway. A binding assay showed high similarities of the different MBP8 isoforms to FLM and MAF isoforms, but suggests a slightly different functionality, since all three isoforms showed binding to the DNA. Further research is necessary to confirm the role of MBP8 in thermosensitive flowering time control, and elucidate the functionality of the different splice forms.
In Chapter 8, I discussed the finding of this thesis in a broader perspective, and make suggestions for future research. Over the last few years, several mechanisms that act in the temperature-directed floral pathway have been revealed. In this thesis, we showed that alternative splicing plays an important role, and we demonstrated how temperature may affect the splicing outcome directly through the effect of temperature on transcription elongation rate. It is becoming clear that most likely a single thermosensor does not exist in plants, and a model in which temperature is sensed through thermodynamic properties of DNA, RNA and proteins, is gaining support. Future research is assigned to the exiting task to elucidate the exact mechanisms by which temperature-sensing is achieved in different plant species and to determine how conserved the currently identified molecular mechanisms are.

Beschermde en bedreigde dieren en planten in de stad : een geografische analyse van geselecteerde Vogelrichtlijn-, Habitatrichtlijn-, en Rode Lijstsoorten
Lahr, Joost ; Meeuwsen, Henk ; Lammertsma, Dennis ; Gooedhart, Paul ; Zee, Friso van der - \ 2016
Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Wageningen Environmental Research rapport 2776) - 103
bedreigde soorten - planten - dieren - stedelijke gebieden - vogelrichtlijn - habitatrichtlijn - biodiversiteit - geografische informatiesystemen - steden - endangered species - plants - animals - urban areas - birds directive - habitats directive - biodiversity - geographical information systems - towns
Plant reageert bij bloei op externe signalen als temperatuur en daglengte : vernalisatie zorgt voor het juiste bloeitijdstip
Heuvelink, E. ; Kierkels, T. - \ 2016
Onder Glas 13 (2016)12. - p. 40 - 41.
temperatuur - fotoperiode - planten - bloei - milieufactoren - temperature - photoperiod - plants - flowering - environmental factors
Een plant die op het punt staat te gaan bloeien, kan zich niet bedenken als de omstandigheden toch tegen blijken te vallen. De overgang naar de bloei is onomkeerbaar. Daarom is het van het grootste belang voor het voortbestaan van de soort dat de bloei precies op het juiste tijdstip valt. Om dat voor elkaar te krijgen, reageert de plant op externe signalen, vooral de temperatuur en de daglengte.
'Alerte plant kan een aanval van schimmels weerstaan' : onderzoek naar invloed rood licht op weerbaarheid
Hofland-Zijlstra, Jantineke - \ 2016
fungi - fungus control - resistance - red light - agricultural research - greenhouse horticulture - plant pests - plants - immune system
Check title to add to marked list
<< previous | next >>

Show 20 50 100 records per page

 
Please log in to use this service. Login as Wageningen University & Research user or guest user in upper right hand corner of this page.