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Rarity of monodominance in hyperdiverse Amazonian forests
Steege, Hans Ter; Henkel, Terry W. ; Helal, Nora ; Marimon, Beatriz S. ; Marimon-Junior, Ben Hur ; Huth, Andreas ; Groeneveld, Jürgen ; Sabatier, Daniel ; Souza Coelho, Luiz de; Andrade Lima Filho, Diogenes de; Salomão, Rafael P. ; Amaral, Iêda Leão ; Almeida Matos, Francisca Dionízia de; Castilho, Carolina V. ; Phillips, Oliver L. ; Guevara, Juan Ernesto ; Jesus Veiga Carim, Marcelo de; Cárdenas López, Dairon ; Magnusson, William E. ; Wittmann, Florian ; Irume, Mariana Victória ; Martins, Maria Pires ; Silva Guimarães, José Renan da; Molino, Jean François ; Bánki, Olaf S. ; Piedade, Maria Teresa Fernandez ; Pitman, Nigel C.A. ; Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo ; Ramos, José Ferreira ; Luize, Bruno Garcia ; Moraes de Leão Novo, Evlyn Márcia ; Núñez Vargas, Percy ; Silva, Thiago Sanna Freire ; Venticinque, Eduardo Martins ; Manzatto, Angelo Gilberto ; Reis, Neidiane Farias Costa ; Terborgh, John ; Casula, Katia Regina ; Honorio Coronado, Euridice N. ; Montero, Juan Carlos ; Feldpausch, Ted R. ; Duque, Alvaro ; Costa, Flávia R.C. ; Arboleda, Nicolás Castaño ; Schöngart, Jochen ; Killeen, Timothy J. ; Vasquez, Rodolfo ; Mostacedo, Bonifacio ; Demarchi, Layon O. ; Assis, Rafael L. ; Baraloto, Chris ; Engel, Julien ; Petronelli, Pascal ; Castellanos, Hernán ; Medeiros, Marcelo Brilhante de; Quaresma, Adriano ; Simon, Marcelo Fragomeni ; Andrade, Ana ; Camargo, José Luís ; Laurance, Susan G.W. ; Laurance, William F. ; Rincón, Lorena M. ; Schietti, Juliana ; Sousa, Thaiane R. ; Sousa Farias, Emanuelle de; Lopes, Maria Aparecida ; Magalhães, José Leonardo Lima ; Mendonça Nascimento, Henrique Eduardo ; Lima de Queiroz, Helder ; Aymard C, Gerardo A. ; Brienen, Roel ; Revilla, Juan David Cardenas ; Vieira, Ima Célia Guimarães ; Cintra, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat ; Stevenson, Pablo R. ; Feitosa, Yuri Oliveira ; Duivenvoorden, Joost F. ; Mogollón, Hugo F. ; Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro ; Ferreira, Leandro Valle ; Lozada, José Rafael ; Comiskey, James A. ; Toledo, José Julio de; Damasco, Gabriel ; Dávila, Nállarett ; Draper, Freddie ; García-Villacorta, Roosevelt ; Lopes, Aline ; Vicentini, Alberto ; Alonso, Alfonso ; Dallmeier, Francisco ; Gomes, Vitor H.F. ; Lloyd, Jon ; Neill, David ; Aguiar, Daniel Praia Portela de; Arroyo, Luzmila ; Carvalho, Fernanda Antunes ; Souza, Fernanda Coelho de; Amaral, Dário Dantas do; Feeley, Kenneth J. ; Gribel, Rogerio ; Pansonato, Marcelo Petratti ; Barlow, Jos ; Berenguer, Erika ; Ferreira, Joice ; Fine, Paul V.A. ; Guedes, Marcelino Carneiro ; Jimenez, Eliana M. ; Licona, Juan Carlos ; Peñuela Mora, Maria Cristina ; Villa, Boris ; Cerón, Carlos ; Maas, Paul ; Silveira, Marcos ; Stropp, Juliana ; Thomas, Raquel ; Baker, Tim R. ; Daly, Doug ; Dexter, Kyle G. ; Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, Isau ; Milliken, William ; Pennington, Toby ; Ríos Paredes, Marcos ; Fuentes, Alfredo ; Klitgaard, Bente ; Pena, José Luis Marcelo ; Peres, Carlos A. ; Silman, Miles R. ; Tello, J.S. ; Chave, Jerome ; Cornejo Valverde, Fernando ; Fiore, Anthony Di; Hilário, Renato Richard ; Phillips, Juan Fernando ; Rivas-Torres, Gonzalo ; Andel, Tinde R. van; Hildebrand, Patricio von; Noronha, Janaína Costa ; Barbosa, Edelcilio Marques ; Barbosa, Flávia Rodrigues ; Matos Bonates, Luiz Carlos de; Sá Carpanedo, Rainiellen de; Dávila Doza, Hilda Paulette ; Fonty, Émile ; GómeZárate Z, Ricardo ; Gonzales, Therany ; Gallardo Gonzales, George Pepe ; Hoffman, Bruce ; Junqueira, André Braga ; Malhi, Yadvinder ; Andrade Miranda, Ires Paula de; Pinto, Linder Felipe Mozombite ; Prieto, Adriana ; Jesus Rodrigues, Domingos de; Rudas, Agustín ; Ruschel, Ademir R. ; Silva, Natalino ; Vela, César I.A. ; Vos, Vincent Antoine ; Zent, Egleé L. ; Zent, Stanford ; Weiss Albuquerque, Bianca ; Cano, Angela ; Carrero Márquez, Yrma Andreina ; Correa, Diego F. ; Costa, Janaina Barbosa Pedrosa ; Flores, Bernardo Monteiro ; Galbraith, David ; Holmgren, Milena ; Kalamandeen, Michelle ; Nascimento, Marcelo Trindade ; Oliveira, Alexandre A. ; Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma ; Rocha, Maira ; Scudeller, Veridiana Vizoni ; Sierra, Rodrigo ; Tirado, Milton ; Umaña Medina, Maria Natalia ; Heijden, Geertje van der; Vilanova Torre, Emilio ; Vriesendorp, Corine ; Wang, Ophelia ; Young, Kenneth R. ; Ahuite Reategui, Manuel Augusto ; Baider, Cláudia ; Balslev, Henrik ; Cárdenas, Sasha ; Casas, Luisa Fernanda ; Farfan-Rios, William ; Ferreira, Cid ; Linares-Palomino, Reynaldo ; Mendoza, Casimiro ; Mesones, Italo ; Torres-Lezama, Armando ; Giraldo, Ligia Estela Urrego ; Villarroel, Daniel ; Zagt, Roderick ; Alexiades, Miguel N. ; Oliveira, Edmar Almeida de; Garcia-Cabrera, Karina ; Hernandez, Lionel ; Palacios Cuenca, Walter ; Pansini, Susamar ; Pauletto, Daniela ; Ramirez Arevalo, Freddy ; Sampaio, Adeilza Felipe ; Valderrama Sandoval, Elvis H. ; Valenzuela Gamarra, Luis ; Levesley, Aurora ; Pickavance, Georgia ; Melgaço, Karina - \ 2019
Scientific Reports 9 (2019). - ISSN 2045-2322

Tropical forests are known for their high diversity. Yet, forest patches do occur in the tropics where a single tree species is dominant. Such "monodominant" forests are known from all of the main tropical regions. For Amazonia, we sampled the occurrence of monodominance in a massive, basin-wide database of forest-inventory plots from the Amazon Tree Diversity Network (ATDN). Utilizing a simple defining metric of at least half of the trees ≥ 10 cm diameter belonging to one species, we found only a few occurrences of monodominance in Amazonia, and the phenomenon was not significantly linked to previously hypothesized life history traits such wood density, seed mass, ectomycorrhizal associations, or Rhizobium nodulation. In our analysis, coppicing (the formation of sprouts at the base of the tree or on roots) was the only trait significantly linked to monodominance. While at specific locales coppicing or ectomycorrhizal associations may confer a considerable advantage to a tree species and lead to its monodominance, very few species have these traits. Mining of the ATDN dataset suggests that monodominance is quite rare in Amazonia, and may be linked primarily to edaphic factors.

Computer-aided re-engineering of nonribosomal peptide and polyketide biosynthetic assembly lines
Alanjary, Mohammad ; Cano-Prieto, Carolina ; Gross, Harald ; Medema, Marnix H. - \ 2019
Natural Product Reports 36 (2019)9. - ISSN 0265-0568 - p. 1249 - 1261.

Covering: 2014 to 2019 Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPSs) and polyketide synthases (PKSs) have been the subject of engineering efforts for multiple decades. Their modular assembly line architecture potentially allows unlocking vast chemical space for biosynthesis. However, attempts thus far are often met with mixed success, due to limited molecular compatibility of the parts used for engineering. Now, new engineering strategies, increases in genomic data, and improved computational tools provide more opportunities for major progress. In this review we highlight some of the challenges and progressive strategies for the re-design of NRPSs & type I PKSs and survey useful computational tools and approaches to attain the ultimate goal of semi-automated and design-based engineering of novel peptide and polyketide products.

Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH)–a community perspective
Blöschl, Günter ; Bierkens, Marc F.P. ; Chambel, Antonio ; Cudennec, Christophe ; Destouni, Georgia ; Fiori, Aldo ; Kirchner, James W. ; McDonnell, Jeffrey J. ; Savenije, Hubert H.G. ; Sivapalan, Murugesu ; Stumpp, Christine ; Toth, Elena ; Volpi, Elena ; Carr, Gemma ; Lupton, Claire ; Salinas, Josè ; Széles, Borbála ; Viglione, Alberto ; Aksoy, Hafzullah ; Allen, Scott T. ; Amin, Anam ; Andréassian, Vazken ; Arheimer, Berit ; Aryal, Santosh K. ; Baker, Victor ; Bardsley, Earl ; Barendrecht, Marlies H. ; Bartosova, Alena ; Batelaan, Okke ; Berghuijs, Wouter R. ; Beven, Keith ; Blume, Theresa ; Bogaard, Thom ; Borges de Amorim, Pablo ; Böttcher, Michael E. ; Boulet, Gilles ; Breinl, Korbinian ; Brilly, Mitja ; Brocca, Luca ; Buytaert, Wouter ; Castellarin, Attilio ; Castelletti, Andrea ; Chen, Xiaohong ; Chen, Yangbo ; Chen, Yuanfang ; Chifflard, Peter ; Claps, Pierluigi ; Clark, Martyn P. ; Collins, Adrian L. ; Croke, Barry ; Dathe, Annette ; David, Paula C. ; Barros, Felipe P.J. de; Rooij, Gerrit de; Baldassarre, Giuliano Di; Driscoll, Jessica M. ; Duethmann, Doris ; Dwivedi, Ravindra ; Eris, Ebru ; Farmer, William H. ; Feiccabrino, James ; Ferguson, Grant ; Ferrari, Ennio ; Ferraris, Stefano ; Fersch, Benjamin ; Finger, David ; Foglia, Laura ; Fowler, Keirnan ; Gartsman, Boris ; Gascoin, Simon ; Gaume, Eric ; Gelfan, Alexander ; Geris, Josie ; Gharari, Shervan ; Gleeson, Tom ; Glendell, Miriam ; Gonzalez Bevacqua, Alena ; González-Dugo, María P. ; Grimaldi, Salvatore ; Gupta, A.B. ; Guse, Björn ; Han, Dawei ; Hannah, David ; Harpold, Adrian ; Haun, Stefan ; Heal, Kate ; Helfricht, Kay ; Herrnegger, Mathew ; Hipsey, Matthew ; Hlaváčiková, Hana ; Hohmann, Clara ; Holko, Ladislav ; Hopkinson, Christopher ; Hrachowitz, Markus ; Illangasekare, Tissa H. ; Inam, Azhar ; Innocente, Camyla ; Istanbulluoglu, Erkan ; Jarihani, Ben ; Kalantari, Zahra ; Kalvans, Andis ; Khanal, Sonu ; Khatami, Sina ; Kiesel, Jens ; Kirkby, Mike ; Knoben, Wouter ; Kochanek, Krzysztof ; Kohnová, Silvia ; Kolechkina, Alla ; Krause, Stefan ; Kreamer, David ; Kreibich, Heidi ; Kunstmann, Harald ; Lange, Holger ; Liberato, Margarida L.R. ; Lindquist, Eric ; Link, Timothy ; Liu, Junguo ; Loucks, Daniel Peter ; Luce, Charles ; Mahé, Gil ; Makarieva, Olga ; Malard, Julien ; Mashtayeva, Shamshagul ; Maskey, Shreedhar ; Mas-Pla, Josep ; Mavrova-Guirguinova, Maria ; Mazzoleni, Maurizio ; Mernild, Sebastian ; Misstear, Bruce Dudley ; Montanari, Alberto ; Müller-Thomy, Hannes ; Nabizadeh, Alireza ; Nardi, Fernando ; Neale, Christopher ; Nesterova, Nataliia ; Nurtaev, Bakhram ; Odongo, Vincent O. ; Panda, Subhabrata ; Pande, Saket ; Pang, Zhonghe ; Papacharalampous, Georgia ; Perrin, Charles ; Pfister, Laurent ; Pimentel, Rafael ; Polo, María J. ; Post, David ; Prieto Sierra, Cristina ; Ramos, Maria Helena ; Renner, Maik ; Reynolds, José Eduardo ; Ridolfi, Elena ; Rigon, Riccardo ; Riva, Monica ; Robertson, David E. ; Rosso, Renzo ; Roy, Tirthankar ; Sá, João H.M. ; Salvadori, Gianfausto ; Sandells, Mel ; Schaefli, Bettina ; Schumann, Andreas ; Scolobig, Anna ; Seibert, Jan ; Servat, Eric ; Shafiei, Mojtaba ; Sharma, Ashish ; Sidibe, Moussa ; Sidle, Roy C. ; Skaugen, Thomas ; Smith, Hugh ; Spiessl, Sabine M. ; Stein, Lina ; Steinsland, Ingelin ; Strasser, Ulrich ; Su, Bob ; Szolgay, Jan ; Tarboton, David ; Tauro, Flavia ; Thirel, Guillaume ; Tian, Fuqiang ; Tong, Rui ; Tussupova, Kamshat ; Tyralis, Hristos ; Uijlenhoet, Remko ; Beek, Rens van; Ent, Ruud J. van der; Ploeg, Martine van der; Loon, Anne F. Van; Meerveld, Ilja van; Nooijen, Ronald van; Oel, Pieter R. van; Vidal, Jean Philippe ; Freyberg, Jana von; Vorogushyn, Sergiy ; Wachniew, Przemyslaw ; Wade, Andrew J. ; Ward, Philip ; Westerberg, Ida K. ; White, Christopher ; Wood, Eric F. ; Woods, Ross ; Xu, Zongxue ; Yilmaz, Koray K. ; Zhang, Yongqiang - \ 2019
Hydrological Sciences Journal 64 (2019)10. - ISSN 0262-6667 - p. 1141 - 1158.
hydrology - interdisciplinary - knowledge gaps - research agenda - science questions

This paper is the outcome of a community initiative to identify major unsolved scientific problems in hydrology motivated by a need for stronger harmonisation of research efforts. The procedure involved a public consultation through online media, followed by two workshops through which a large number of potential science questions were collated, prioritised, and synthesised. In spite of the diversity of the participants (230 scientists in total), the process revealed much about community priorities and the state of our science: a preference for continuity in research questions rather than radical departures or redirections from past and current work. Questions remain focused on the process-based understanding of hydrological variability and causality at all space and time scales. Increased attention to environmental change drives a new emphasis on understanding how change propagates across interfaces within the hydrological system and across disciplinary boundaries. In particular, the expansion of the human footprint raises a new set of questions related to human interactions with nature and water cycle feedbacks in the context of complex water management problems. We hope that this reflection and synthesis of the 23 unsolved problems in hydrology will help guide research efforts for some years to come.

A comparison of the EU regulatory approach to directed mutagenesis with that of other jurisdictions, consequences for international trade and potential steps forward
Eriksson, Dennis ; Kershen, Drew ; Nepomuceno, Alexandre ; Pogson, Barry J. ; Prieto, Humberto ; Purnhagen, Kai ; Smyth, Stuart ; Wesseler, Justus ; Whelan, Agustina - \ 2019
New Phytologist 222 (2019)4. - ISSN 0028-646X - p. 1673 - 1684.
CJEU - directed mutagenesis - genetically modified organism (GMO) - genome editing - precision breeding

A special regulatory regime applies to products of recombinant nucleic acid modifications. A ruling from the European Court of Justice has interpreted this regulatory regime in a way that it also applies to emerging mutagenesis techniques. Elsewhere regulatory progress is also ongoing. In 2015, Argentina launched a regulatory framework, followed by Chile in 2017 and recently Brazil and Colombia. In March 2018, the USDA announced that it will not regulate genome-edited plants differently if they could have also been developed through traditional breeding. Canada has an altogether different approach with their Plants with Novel Traits regulations. Australia is currently reviewing its Gene Technology Act. This article illustrates the deviation of the European Union's (EU's) approach from the one of most of the other countries studied here. Whereas the EU does not implement a case-by-case approach, this approach is taken by several other jurisdictions. Also, the EU court ruling adheres to a process-based approach while most other countries have a stronger emphasis on the regulation of the resulting product. It is concluded that, unless a functioning identity preservation system for products of directed mutagenesis can be established, the deviation results in a risk of asynchronous approvals and disruptions in international trade.

Towers of indifference : Water and politics in Latin America 1
Boelens, R.A. - \ 2018
In: The Routledge Handbook of Latin American Development / Cupples, Julie, Palomina-Schalscha, Marcela, Prieto, Manuel, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group - ISBN 9781138060739 - p. 432 - 445.
The qualified presumption of safety assessment and its role in EFSA risk evaluations : 15 years past
Herman, Lieve ; Chemaly, Marianne ; Cocconcelli, Pier Sandro ; Fernandez, Pablo ; Klein, Günter ; Peixe, Luisa ; Prieto, Miguel ; Querol, Amparo ; Suarez, Juan Evaristo ; Sundh, Ingvar ; Vlak, Just ; Correia, Sandra - \ 2018
FEMS Microbiology Letters 366 (2018)1. - ISSN 0378-1097

Microorganisms are intentionally added at different stages of the food and feed chain (food or feed additive, novel food or plant protection product) and are subjected to regulation and safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority. Safety evaluation is based on application dossiers for market authorisation to the European Commission. The qualified presumption of safety (QPS) concept was developed in 20031 to provide a harmonised generic safety pre-appraisal of the above microorganisms. Unambiguously defined biological taxonomic units (TUs) are assessed for their body of knowledge, their safety and their end use. Identified safety concerns for a certain TU can be, where reasonable in number and not universally present, reflected as 'qualifications.' Strains belonging to TUs having QPS status may benefit of a fast track evaluation. The lowest TU for which the QPS status is granted is the species level for bacteria and yeasts and the family for viruses. The QPS concept is also applicable to genetically modified microorganisms used for production purposes. Based on the current body of knowledge and/or the ambiguous taxonomic position, some TUs, such as filamentous fungi, bacteriophages, Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Streptomyces spp. and Oomycetes, are not considered liable for QPS status.

Update of the list of QPS‐recommended biological agents intentionally added to food or feed as notified to EFSA 6: suitability of taxonomic units notified to EFSA until March 2017
Ricci, Antonia ; Allende, Ana ; Bolton, Declan ; Chemaly, Marianne ; Davies, Robert ; Girones, Rosina ; Koutsoumanis, Kostas ; Lindqvist, Roland ; Nørrung, Birgit ; Robertson, Lucy ; Ru, Giuseppe ; Fernandez Escamez, Pablo Salvador ; Sanaa, Moez ; Simmons, Marion ; Skandamis, Panagiotis ; Snary, Emma ; Speybroeck, Niko ; Kuile, Benno Ter; Threlfall, John ; Wahlström, Helene ; Cocconcelli, Pier Sandro ; Peixe, Luisa ; Maradona, Miguel Prieto ; Querol, Amparo ; Suarez, Juan Evaristo ; Sundh, Ingvar ; Vlak, Just ; Correia, Sandra ; Herman, Lieve - \ 2017
EFSA Journal 15 (2017)7. - ISSN 1831-4732 - 32 p.
The qualified presumption of safety (QPS) concept was developed to provide a harmonised generic pre-evaluation to support safety risk assessments of biological agents performed by EFSA's scientific Panels. The identity, body of knowledge, safety concerns and antimicrobial resistance of valid taxonomic units were assessed. Safety concerns identified for a taxonomic unit are, where possible and reasonable in number, reflected as ‘qualifications’ which should be assessed at the strain level by the EFSA's scientific Panels. No new information was found that would change the previously recommended QPS taxonomic units and their qualifications. Between the end of September 2016 and March 2017, the QPS notification list was updated with 87 applications for market authorisation. From these, 32 biological agents already had a QPS status, and 37 were not included in the evaluation as they are filamentous fungi or enterococci. Streptomyces species (Streptomyces cinnamonensis, Streptomyces mobaraensis and Streptomyces violaceoruber), Bacillus circulans (three notifications) and Escherichia coli (seven notifications) were re-confirmed not suitable for QPS. Streptomyces rubiginosus and Streptomyces netropsis, not evaluated within the previous mandate, were also not recommended for QPS. Streptomyces spp. and E. coli will be excluded from further QPS evaluations within the current QPS mandate. Hyphomicrobium denitrificans, which has never been evaluated before, was not recommended for the QPS list and for Pseudomonas amyloderamosa, the QPS assessment was not applicable because it is not a validated species. Lactobacillus animalis was a new taxonomic unit recommended to have the QPS status.
Sensitivity of the landslide model LAPSUS_LS to vegetation and soil parameters
Rossi, L.M.W. ; Rapidel, B. ; Roupsard, O. ; Villatoro-sánchez, M. ; Mao, Z. ; Nespoulous, J. ; Perez, J. ; Prieto, I. ; Roumet, C. ; Metselaar, K. ; Schoorl, J.M. ; Claessens, L. ; Stokes, A. - \ 2017
Ecological Engineering 109 (2017)pt. B. - ISSN 0925-8574 - p. 249 - 255.
Bulk density - Cohesion - Modeling - Roots - Slope stability - Soil - Transmissivity
The influence of vegetation on slope stability is well understood at the slope level but scaling up to the catchment level is still a challenge, partially because of a lack of suitable data to validate models. We tested the physical landslide model, LAPSUS_LS, which models slope stability at the catchment scale. LAPSUS_LS combines a hydrological model with a Limit Equilibrium Method model, and calculates the factor of safety of individual cells based on their hydrological and geomorphological characteristics. We tested two types of vegetation on slope stability: (i) coffee monoculture (Coffea arabica) and (ii) a mixed plantation of coffee and deep rooting Erythrina (Erythrina poeppigiana) trees. Using soil and root data from Costa Rica, we performed simulations to test the response of LAPSUS_LS to root reinforcement, soil bulk density, transmissivity, internal friction angle and depth of shear plane. Furthermore, we modified the model to include biomass surcharge effect in the calculations. Results show that LAPSUS_LS was most sensitive to changes in additional cohesion from roots. When the depth of the shear plane was fixed at 1.0. m, slopes were not unstable. However, when the shear plane was fixed to 1.5. m, the mixed plantation of coffee and trees stabilized slopes, but the coffee monoculture was highly unstable, because root reinforcement was low at a depth of 1.5. m. Soil transmissivity had a limited impact on the results compared to bulk density and internal friction angle. Biomass surcharge did not have any significant effect on the simulations. In conclusion, LAPSUS_LS responded well to the soil and vegetation input data, and is a suitable candidate for modeling the stability of vegetated slopes at the catchment level.
The contribution of microbial biotechnology to sustainable development goals
Timmis, Kenneth ; Vos, Willem M. de; Ramos, Juan Luis ; Vlaeminck, Siegfried E. ; Prieto, Auxiliadora ; Danchin, Antoine ; Verstraete, Willy ; Lorenzo, Victor de; Lee, Sang Yup ; Brüssow, Harald ; Timmis, James Kenneth ; Singh, Brajesh K. - \ 2017
Microbial Biotechnology 10 (2017)5. - ISSN 1751-7907 - p. 984 - 987.
The signature and almost unique characteristic of microbial technology is the exceptional diversity of applications it can address, and the exceptional range of human activities and needs to which it is and can be applied. Precisely because sustainability goals have very diverse and complex components and requirements, microbial technology has the ability to contribute substantively on many levels in many arenas to global efforts to achieve sustainability. Indeed, microbial technology could be viewed as a unifying element in our progress towards sustainability.
A Study of Pig Chromosome X lncRNA Expression
Djebali, S. ; Palasca, O. ; Anthon, C. ; Derrien, T. ; Madsen, O. ; Thomas, M. ; Floden, E. ; Havgaard, J.H. ; Seemann, S.E. ; Gonzales, J.M. ; Junge, A. ; Pacholewska, A. ; Billis, K. ; Alkan, F. ; Eory, L. ; Amaral, A. ; Prieto Barja, P. ; Stadler, P.F. ; Notredame, C. ; Groenen, M. ; Harrow, J. ; Gorodkin, J. - \ 2017
Variation in stem mortality rates determines patterns of above-ground biomass in Amazonian forests: implications for dynamic global vegetation models
Johnson, Michelle O. ; Galbraith, David ; Gloor, Manuel ; Deurwaerder, Hannes De; Guimberteau, Matthieu ; Rammig, Anja ; Thonicke, Kirsten ; Verbeeck, Hans ; Randow, Celso Von; Monteagudo, Abel ; Phillips, Oliver L. ; Brienen, Roel J.W. ; Feldpausch, Ted R. ; Lopez Gonzalez, Gabriela ; Fauset, Sophie ; Quesada, Carlos A. ; Christoffersen, Bradley ; Ciais, Philippe ; Sampaio, Gilvan ; Kruijt, Bart ; Meir, Patrick ; Moorcroft, Paul ; Zhang, Ke ; Alvarez-Davila, Esteban ; Alves De Oliveira, Atila ; Amaral, Ieda ; Andrade, Ana ; Aragao, Luiz E.O.C. ; Araujo-Murakami, Alejandro ; Arets, Eric J.M.M. ; Arroyo, Luzmila ; Aymard, Gerardo A. ; Baraloto, Christopher ; Barroso, Jocely ; Bonal, Damien ; Boot, Rene ; Camargo, Jose ; Chave, Jerome ; Cogollo, Alvaro ; Cornejo Valverde, Fernando ; Lola Da Costa, Antonio C. ; Fiore, Anthony Di; Ferreira, Leandro ; Higuchi, Niro ; Honorio, Euridice N. ; Killeen, Tim J. ; Laurance, Susan G. ; Laurance, William F. ; Licona, Juan ; Lovejoy, Thomas ; Malhi, Yadvinder ; Marimon, Bia ; Marimon, Ben Hur ; Matos, Darley C.L. ; Mendoza, Casimiro ; Neill, David A. ; Pardo, Guido ; Peña-Claros, Marielos ; Pitman, Nigel C.A. ; Poorter, Lourens ; Prieto, Adriana ; Ramirez-Angulo, Hirma ; Roopsind, Anand ; Rudas, Agustin ; Salomao, Rafael P. ; Silveira, Marcos ; Stropp, Juliana ; Steege, Hans Ter; Terborgh, John ; Thomas, Raquel ; Toledo, Marisol ; Torres-Lezama, Armando ; Heijden, Geertje M.F. van der; Vasquez, Rodolfo ; Guimarães Vieira, Ima Cèlia ; Vilanova, Emilio ; Vos, Vincent A. ; Baker, Timothy R. - \ 2016
Global Change Biology 22 (2016)12. - ISSN 1354-1013 - p. 3996 - 4013.
Understanding the processes that determine aboveground biomass (AGB) in Amazonian forests is important for predicting the sensitivity of these ecosystems to environmental change and for designing and evaluating dynamic global vegetation models (DGVMs). AGB is determined by inputs from woody productivity (woody NPP) and the rate at which carbon is lost through tree mortality. Here, we test whether two direct metrics of tree mortality (the absolute rate of woody biomass loss and the rate of stem mortality) and/or woody NPP, control variation in AGB among 167 plots in intact forest across Amazonia. We then compare these relationships and the observed variation in AGB and woody NPP with the predictions of four DGVMs. The observations show that stem mortality rates, rather than absolute rates of woody biomass loss, are the most important predictor of AGB, which is consistent with the importance of stand size-structure for determining spatial variation in AGB. The relationship between stem mortality rates and AGB varies among different regions of Amazonia, indicating that variation in wood density and height/diameter relationships also influence AGB. In contrast to previous findings, we find that woody NPP is not correlated with stem mortality rates, and is weakly positively correlated with AGB. Across the four models, basin-wide average AGB is similar to the mean of the observations. However, the models consistently overestimate woody NPP, and poorly represent the spatial patterns of both AGB and woody NPP estimated using plot data. In marked contrast to the observations, DGVMs typically show strong positive relationships between woody NPP and AGB. Resolving these differences will require incorporating forest size structure, mechanistic models of stem mortality and variation in functional composition in DGVMs
Role of the Goat K222-PrPC Polymorphic variant in Prion Infection Resistance
Aguilar-Calvo, P. ; Espinosa, J.C. ; Pintado, B. ; Gutiérrez-Adán, A. ; Alamilo, E. ; Miranda, A. ; Prieto, I. ; Bossers, A. ; Andreoletti, O. ; Torres, J.M. - \ 2014
Journal of Virology 88 (2014)5. - ISSN 0022-538X - p. 2670 - 2676.
bovine spongiform encephalopathy - protein gene polymorphisms - caprine prp gene - natural scrapie - classical scrapie - transgenic mice - sheep - identification - association - genotype
The prion protein-encoding gene (prnp) strongly influences the susceptibility of small ruminants to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Hence, selective breeding programs have been implemented to increase sheep resistance to scrapie. For goats, epidemiological and experimental studies have provided some association between certain polymorphisms of the cellular prion protein (PrPC) and resistance to TSEs. Among them, the Q/K polymorphism at PrPC codon 222 (Q/K222) yielded the most promising results. In this work, we investigated the individual effects of the K222-PrPC variant on the resistance/susceptibility of goats to TSEs. For that purpose, we generated two transgenic mouse lines, expressing either the Q222 (wild type) or K222 variant of goat PrPC. Both mouse lines were challenged intracerebrally with a panel of TSE isolates. Transgenic mice expressing the wild-type (Q222) allele were fully susceptible to infection with all tested isolates, whereas transgenic mice expressing similar levels of the K222 allele were resistant to all goat scrapie and cattle BSE isolates but not to goat BSE isolates. Finally, heterozygous K/Q222 mice displayed a reduced susceptibility to the tested panel of scrapie isolates. These results demonstrate a highly protective effect of the K222 variant against a broad panel of different prion isolates and further reinforce the argument supporting the use of this variant in breeding programs to control TSEs in goat herds. IMPORTANCE The objective of this study was to determine the role of the K222 variant of the prion protein (PrP) in the susceptibility/resistance of goats to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Results showed that transgenic mice expressing the goat K222-PrP polymorphic variant are resistant to scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) agents. This protective effect was also observed in heterozygous Q/K222 animals. Therefore, the single amino acid exchange from Q to K at codon 222 of the cellular prion protein provides resistance against TSEs. All the results presented here support the view that the K222 polymorphic variant is a good candidate for selective breeding programs to control and eradicate scrapie in goat herds.
Measuring Photosynthesis in Symbiotic Invertebrates: A Review of Methodologies, Rates and Processes
Osinga, R. ; Iglesias-Prieto, R. ; Enriquez, S. - \ 2012
In: Applied Photosynthesis / Najafpour, M.M., Rijeka, Croatia : InTech - ISBN 9789535100614 - p. 229 - 256.
Entrevista a Dr. Jeroen M. Schoorl, Assistant Professor LAD Land Dynamics Group, Wageningen University Holanda (interview met J.M. Schoorl)
Segura Zamudio, M. ; Schoorl, J.M. - \ 2012
In: XXVIII Jornadas Culturales: Álora con doble mirada, Álora, del 23 al 27 de abril de 2012 / Segura Zamudio, M., Ramiréz Muñoz, J., San José San Juan, M., Martín-Prieto Márquez, M., Álora (Malaga) : Colegio Público Miguel de Cervantes - p. 23 - 23.
The metabolic response of P. putida KT2442 producing high levels of polyhydroxyalkanoate under single- and multiple-nutrient-limited growth: Highlights from a multi-level omics approach
Poblete-Castro, I. ; Escapa, I. ; Jager, C. ; Puchalka, J. ; Lam, M.C. ; Schomburg, D. ; Prieto, M. ; Martins Dos Santos, V.A.P. - \ 2012
Microbial Cell Factories 11 (2012). - ISSN 1475-2859
chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoates - aeruginosa outer-membrane - fada knockout mutant - acidic amino-acids - pseudomonas-putida - escherichia-coli - continuous cultures - proteomic analysis - terminal oxidases - monomer content
Background - Pseudomonas putida KT2442 is a natural producer of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), which can substitute petroleum-based non-renewable plastics and form the basis for the production of tailor-made biopolymers. However, despite the substantial body of work on PHA production by P. putida strains, it is not yet clear how the bacterium re-arranges its whole metabolism when it senses the limitation of nitrogen and the excess of fatty acids as carbon source, to result in a large accumulation of PHAs within the cell. In the present study we investigated the metabolic response of KT2442 using a systems biology approach to highlight the differences between single- and multiple-nutrient-limited growth in chemostat cultures. Results - We found that 26, 62, and 81% of the cell dry weight consist of PHA under conditions of carbon, dual, and nitrogen limitation, respectively. Under nitrogen limitation a specific PHA production rate of 0.43 (g * (g * h)-1) was obtained. The residual biomass was not constant for dual- and strict nitrogen-limiting growth, showing a different feature in comparison to other P. putida strains. Dual limitation resulted in patterns of gene expression, protein level, and metabolite concentrations that substantially differ from those observed under exclusive carbon or nitrogen limitation. The most pronounced differences were found in the energy metabolism, fatty acid metabolism, as well as stress proteins and enzymes belonging to the transport system. Conclusion - This is the first study where the interrelationship between nutrient limitations and PHA synthesis has been investigated under well-controlled conditions using a system level approach. The knowledge generated will be of great assistance for the development of bioprocesses and further metabolic engineering work in this versatile organism to both enhance and diversify the industrial production of PHAs
Behavioural Economics Applied: Suggestions for Policy Making
Antonides, G. - \ 2011
In: Handbook of Applied Psychology / Martin, P., Cheung, F.M., Knowles, M.C., Kyrios, M., Littlefield, L., Overmier, J.B., Prieto, J.M., Wiley - ISBN 9781405193313 - p. 500 - 524.
Deriving plant phenology from remote sensing
Roerink, G.J. ; Danes, M.H.G.I. ; Prieto, O.G. ; Wit, A.J.W. de; Vliet, A.J.H. van - \ 2011
In: Proceedings of 6th International Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-Temporal Remote Sensing Images, Multi-Temp 2011, Trento, Italy, 12 - 14 July, 2011. - Trento : - ISBN 9781457712036 - p. 261 - 264.
Plant phenology is the study of the timing of periodic vegetation cycles and their connection to climate. Examples are the date of emergence of leaves and flowers or the date of leaf colouring and fall in deciduous trees. It is an independent measure on how ecosystems are responding to climate change and therefore experiencing renewed interest from the scientific research community. This paper describes a method to derive plant phenology indicators from time series of satellite images. The satellite images are Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) images from the MODIS sensor, which encompass the European continent from 2000 onwards. The Harmonic Analysis of NDVI Time Series (HANTS) algorithm is used to process and analyse the time series of satellite images for each individual year. The resulting amplitude and phase values are translated into commonly understandable phenology indicators like start of growing season, which can be linked again to the biological definitions of plant phenology. The indicators are validated with field observations, recorded by a volunteer's network in the Netherlands and Germany. Conclusions are that the method produces consistant maps, which correlate well with the crop type. However, on average the remote sensing derived start of season is 14 days earlier than the observed values.
Using information theory to determine optimum pixel size and shape for ecological studies: Aggregating land surface characteristics in arctic ecosystems
Stoy, P.C. ; Williams, M. ; Spadavecchia, L. ; Bell, R.A. ; Prieto-Blanco, A. ; Evans, J.G. ; Wijk, M.T. van - \ 2009
Ecosystems 12 (2009)4. - ISSN 1432-9840 - p. 574 - 589.
leaf-area index - vegetation indexes - co2 flux - model - photosynthesis - transpiration - heterogeneity - productivity - agriculture - temperature
Quantifying vegetation structure and function is critical for modeling ecological processes, and an emerging challenge is to apply models at multiple spatial scales. Land surface heterogeneity is commonly characterized using rectangular pixels, whose length scale reflects that of remote sensing measurements or ecological models rather than the spatial scales at which vegetation structure and function varies. We investigated the 'optimum' pixel size and shape for averaging leaf area index (LAI) measurements in relatively large (85 m2 estimates on a 600 × 600-m2 grid) and small (0.04 m2 measurements on a 40 × 40-m2 grid) patches of sub-Arctic tundra near Abisko, Sweden. We define the optimum spatial averaging operator as that which preserves the information content (IC) of measured LAI, as quantified by the normalized Shannon entropy (E S,n) and Kullback¿Leibler divergence (D KL), with the minimum number of pixels. Based on our criterion, networks of Voronoi polygons created from triangulated irregular networks conditioned on hydrologic and topographic indices are often superior to rectangular shapes for averaging LAI at some, frequently larger, spatial scales. In order to demonstrate the importance of information preservation when upscaling, we apply a simple, validated ecosystem carbon flux model at the landscape level before and after spatial averaging of land surface characteristics. Aggregation errors are minimal due to the approximately linear relationship between flux and LAI, but large errors of approximately 45% accrue if the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) is averaged without preserving IC before conversion to LAI due to the nonlinear NDVI-LAI transfer function
Assessing and predicting vegetation structure in floodplain ecosystems: assimilation of imaging spectrometer derived variables into dynamic vegetation models
Kooistra, L. ; Sanchez Prieto, L. ; Wamelink, G.W.W. ; Schaepman, M.E. ; Clevers, J.G.P.W. - \ 2008
Research Agenda Setting for the Argentinean Chaco
Nijhof, B.S.J. ; Prieto, D. ; Bindraban, P.S. ; Mansfeld, M.J.M. van; Jongman, R.H.G. ; Querner, E.P. - \ 2008
Wageningen : Alterra (Alterra-report 1617) - 125
landgebruik - glycine max - sojabonen - biobrandstoffen - landbouwontwikkeling - argentinië - land use - soyabeans - biofuels - agricultural development - argentina
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