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  1. Stress responses in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. )

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    Kessmann, H.; Edwards, R.; Dixon, R.A. (Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK (USA)); Geno, P.W. (Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater (USA))

    1990-09-01

    The isoflavonoid conjugates medicarpin-3-O-glucoside-6{double prime}-O-malonate (MGM), afrormosin-7-O-glucoside (AG), and afrormosin-7-O-glucoside-6{double prime}-O-malonate (AGM) were isolated and characterized from cell suspension cultures of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), where they were the major constitutive secondary metabolites. They were also found in alfalfa roots but not in other parts of the plant. The phytoalexin medicarpin accumulated rapidly in suspension cultured cells treated with elicitor from Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, and this was subsequently accompanied by an increase in the levels of MGM. In contrast, net accumulation of afrormosin conjugates was not affected by elicitor treatment. Labeling studies with ({sup 14}C)phenylalanine indicated that afrormosin conjugates were the major de novo synthesized isoflavonoid products in unelicited cells. During elicitation, ({sup 14}C)phenylalanine was incorporated predominantly into medicarpin, although a significant proportion of the newly synthesized medicarpin was also conjugated. Treatment of {sup 14}C-labeled, elicited cells with L-{alpha}-aminooxy-{beta}-phenylpropionic acid, a potent inhibitor of PAL activity in vivo, resulted in the initial appearance of labeled medicarpin of very low specific activity, suggesting that the phytoalexin could be released from a preformed conjugate under these conditions. Our data draw attention to the involvement of isoflavone hydroxylases during the constitutive and elicitor-induced accumulation of isoflavonoids and their conjugates in alfalfa cell cultures.

  2. Stress responses in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    The isoflavonoid conjugates medicarpin-3-O-glucoside-6 double-prime-O-malonate (MGM), afrormosin-7-O-glucoside (AG), and afrormosin-7-O-glucoside-6 double-prime-O-malonate (AGM) were isolated and characterized from cell suspension cultures of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), where they were the major constitutive secondary metabolites. They were also found in alfalfa roots but not in other parts of the plant. The phytoalexin medicarpin accumulated rapidly in suspension cultured cells treated with elicitor from Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, and this was subsequently accompanied by an increase in the levels of MGM. In contrast, net accumulation of afrormosin conjugates was not affected by elicitor treatment. Labeling studies with [14C]phenylalanine indicated that afrormosin conjugates were the major de novo synthesized isoflavonoid products in unelicited cells. During elicitation, [14C]phenylalanine was incorporated predominantly into medicarpin, although a significant proportion of the newly synthesized medicarpin was also conjugated. Treatment of 14C-labeled, elicited cells with L-α-aminooxy-β-phenylpropionic acid, a potent inhibitor of PAL activity in vivo, resulted in the initial appearance of labeled medicarpin of very low specific activity, suggesting that the phytoalexin could be released from a preformed conjugate under these conditions. Our data draw attention to the involvement of isoflavone hydroxylases during the constitutive and elicitor-induced accumulation of isoflavonoids and their conjugates in alfalfa cell cultures

  3. Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa L As A Promising Forage In Indonesia

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    Sajimin

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L or Lucerne is a perennial herbaceous legume with superior forage quality. It is the most important forage crop in the world and it was the first domesticated forage crop. Alfalfa is able to fix nitrogen from the air through a symbiotic relationship with Rhizobium bacteria with N production 7.85 – 10.37 g/m2. Its rooting system can reach 4.5 m that allows it to escape drought. Forage production can reach 15.48 tons of dry matter per ha/year and containing 18.0 – 29.1 % crude protein. Plants can live 3 to 12 years depending on climatic conditions and crop varieties. However, alfalfa is not a tropical plant, thus it has not been widely cultivated in Indonesia. The problem of alfalfa cultivation are high pest attacks and competition with weeds. Therefore, alfalfa cultivation requires attention and good management to obtain optimum yield.

  4. Occurrence of Transgenic Feral Alfalfa (Medicago sativa subsp. sativa L. in Alfalfa Seed Production Areas in the United States.

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    Stephanie L Greene

    Full Text Available The potential environmental risks of transgene exposure are not clear for alfalfa (Medicago sativa subsp. sativa, a perennial crop that is cross-pollinated by insects. We gathered data on feral alfalfa in major alfalfa seed-production areas in the western United States to (1 evaluate evidence that feral transgenic plants spread transgenes and (2 determine environmental and agricultural production factors influencing the location of feral alfalfa, especially transgenic plants. Road verges in Fresno, California; Canyon, Idaho; and Walla Walla, Washington were surveyed in 2011 and 2012 for feral plants, and samples were tested for the CP4 EPSPS protein that conveys resistance to glyphosate. Of 4580 sites surveyed, feral plants were observed at 404 sites. Twenty-seven percent of these sites had transgenic plants. The frequency of sites having transgenic feral plants varied among our study areas. Transgenic plants were found in 32.7%, 21.4.7% and 8.3% of feral plant sites in Fresno, Canyon and Walla Walla, respectively. Spatial analysis suggested that feral populations started independently and tended to cluster in seed and hay production areas, places where seed tended to drop. Significant but low spatial auto correlation suggested that in some instances, plants colonized nearby locations. Neighboring feral plants were frequently within pollinator foraging range; however, further research is needed to confirm transgene flow. Locations of feral plant clusters were not well predicted by environmental and production variables. However, the likelihood of seed spillage during production and transport had predictive value in explaining the occurrence of transgenic feral populations. Our study confirms that genetically engineered alfalfa has dispersed into the environment, and suggests that minimizing seed spillage and eradicating feral alfalfa along road sides would be effective strategies to minimize transgene dispersal.

  5. Complete nucleotide sequence of Alfalfa mosaic virus isolated from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in Argentina.

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    Trucco, Verónica; de Breuil, Soledad; Bejerman, Nicolás; Lenardon, Sergio; Giolitti, Fabián

    2014-06-01

    The complete nucleotide sequence of an Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) isolate infecting alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in Argentina, AMV-Arg, was determined. The virus genome has the typical organization described for AMV, and comprises 3,643, 2,593, and 2,038 nucleotides for RNA1, 2 and 3, respectively. The whole genome sequence and each encoding region were compared with those of other four isolates that have been completely sequenced from China, Italy, Spain and USA. The nucleotide identity percentages ranged from 95.9 to 99.1 % for the three RNAs and from 93.7 to 99 % for the protein 1 (P1), protein 2 (P2), movement protein and coat protein (CP) encoding regions, whereas the amino acid identity percentages of these proteins ranged from 93.4 to 99.5 %, the lowest value corresponding to P2. CP sequences of AMV-Arg were compared with those of other 25 available isolates, and the phylogenetic analysis based on the CP gene was carried out. The highest percentage of nucleotide sequence identity of the CP gene was 98.3 % with a Chinese isolate and 98.6 % at the amino acid level with four isolates, two from Italy, one from Brazil and the remaining one from China. The phylogenetic analysis showed that AMV-Arg is closely related to subgroup I of AMV isolates. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a complete nucleotide sequence of AMV from South America and the first worldwide report of complete nucleotide sequence of AMV isolated from alfalfa as natural host. PMID:24510307

  6. Crystal structure of isoflavone reductase from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).

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    Wang, Xiaoqiang; He, Xianzhi; Lin, Jianqiao; Shao, Hui; Chang, Zhenzhan; Dixon, Richard A

    2006-05-19

    Isoflavonoids play important roles in plant defense and exhibit a range of mammalian health-promoting activities. Isoflavone reductase (IFR) specifically recognizes isoflavones and catalyzes a stereospecific NADPH-dependent reduction to (3R)-isoflavanone. The crystal structure of Medicago sativa IFR with deletion of residues 39-47 has been determined at 1.6A resolution. Structural analysis, molecular modeling and docking, and comparison with the structures of other NADPH-dependent enzymes, defined the putative binding sites for co-factor and substrate and potential key residues for enzyme activity and substrate specificity. Further mutagenesis has confirmed the role of Lys144 as a catalytic residue. This study provides a structural basis for understanding the enzymatic mechanism and substrate specificity of IFRs as well as the functions of IFR-like proteins.

  7. Accumulation and residue of napropamide in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and soil involved in toxic response.

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    Cui, Li E; Yang, Hong

    2011-06-15

    Napropamide belongs to the amide herbicide family and widely used to control weeds in farmland. Intensive use of the herbicide has resulted in widespread contamination to ecosystems. The present study demonstrated an analysis on accumulation of the toxic pesticide napropamide in six genotypes of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), along with biological parameters and its residues in soils. Soil was treated with napropamide at 3 mg kg(-1) dry soil and alfalfa plants were cultured for 10 or 30 d, respectively. The maximum value for napropamide accumulation is 0.426 mg kg(-1) in shoots and 2.444 mg kg(-1) in roots. The napropamide-contaminated soil with alfalfa cultivation had much lower napropamide concentrations than the control (soil without alfalfa cultivation). Also, the content of napropamide residue in the rhizosphere was significantly lower than that in the non-rhizosphere soil. M. sativa exposed to 3 mg kg(-1) napropamide showed inhibited growth. Further analysis revealed that plants treated with napropamide accumulated more reactive oxygen species (O(2)(-) and H(2)O(2)) and less amounts of chlorophyll. However, not all cultivars showed oxidative injury, suggesting that the alfalfa cultivars display different tolerance to napropamide. PMID:21439724

  8. [Determination of Hard Rate of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Seeds with Near Infrared Spectroscopy].

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    Wang, Xin-xun; Chen, Ling-ling; Zhang, Yun-wei; Mao, Pei-sheng

    2016-03-01

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is the most commonly grown forage crop due to its better quality characteristics and high adaptability in China. However, there was 20%-80% hard seeds in alfalfa which could not be identified easily from non hard seeds which would cause the loss of seed utilization value and plant production. This experiment was designed for 121 samples of alfalfa. Seeds were collected according to different regions, harvested year and varieties. 31 samples were artificial matched as hard rates ranging from 20% to 80% to establish a model for hard seed rate by near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) with Partial Least Square (PLS). The objective of this study was to establish a model and to estimate the efficiency of NIRS for determining hard rate of alfalfa seeds. The results showed that the correlation coefficient (R2(cal)) of calibration model was 0.981 6, root mean square error of cross validation (RMSECV) was 5.32, and the ratio of prediction to deviation (RPD) was 3.58. The forecast model in this experiment presented the satisfied precision. The proposed method using NIRS technology is feasible for identification and classification of hard seed in alfalfa. A new method, as nondestructive testing of hard seed rate, was provided to theoretical basis for fast nondestructive detection of hard seed rates in alfalfa. PMID:27400509

  9. Proteomic Identification of Differentially Expressed Proteins during Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Flower Development

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    Chen, Lingling; Chen, Quanzhu; Zhu, Yanqiao; Hou, Longyu; Mao, Peisheng

    2016-01-01

    Flower development, pollination, and fertilization are important stages in the sexual reproduction process of plants; they are also critical steps in the control of seed formation and development. During alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seed production, some distinct phenomena such as a low seed setting ratio, serious flower falling, and seed abortion commonly occur. However, the causes of these phenomena are complicated and largely unknown. An understanding of the mechanisms that regulate alfalfa flowering is important in order to increase seed yield. Hence, proteomic technology was used to analyze changes in protein expression during the stages of alfalfa flower development. Flower samples were collected at pre-pollination (S1), pollination (S2), and the post-pollination senescence period (S3). Twenty-four differentially expressed proteins were successfully identified, including 17 down-regulated in pollinated flowers, one up-regulated in pollinated and senesced flowers, and six up-regulated in senesced flowers. The largest proportions of the identified proteins were involved in metabolism, signal transduction, defense response, oxidation reduction, cell death, and programmed cell death (PCD). Their expression profiles demonstrated that energy metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, and amino acid metabolism provided the nutrient foundation for pollination in alfalfa. Furthermore, there were three proteins involved in multiple metabolic pathways: dual specificity kinase splA-like protein (kinase splALs), carbonic anhydrase, and NADPH: quinone oxidoreductase-like protein. Expression patterns of these proteins indicated that MAPK cascades regulated multiple processes, such as signal transduction, stress response, and cell death. PCD also played an important role in the alfalfa flower developmental process, and regulated both pollination and flower senescence. The current study sheds some light on protein expression profiles during alfalfa flower development and

  10. Screening of Cd tolerant genotypes and isolation of metallothionein genes in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    Wang Xiaojuan, E-mail: xiaojuanwang@lzu.edu.cn [School of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, P.O. Box 61, Lanzhou 730020 (China); Song, Yu [School of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, P.O. Box 61, Lanzhou 730020 (China); Environment Management College of China, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Ma Yanhua [Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zhuo Renying [Key Lab of Tree Genomics, Research Institute of Subtropical of Forest, Chinese Academy of Forest, Fuyang 311400 (China); Jin Liang [School of Pastoral Agriculture Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, P.O. Box 61, Lanzhou 730020 (China)

    2011-12-15

    In order to evaluate Cd tolerance in wide-ranging sources of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and to identify Cd tolerant genotypes which may potentially be useful for restoring Cd-contaminated environments, thirty-six accessions of alfalfa were screened under hydroponic culture. Our results showed that the relative root growth rate varied from 0.48 to 1.0, which indicated that different alfalfa accessions had various responses to Cd stress. The candidate fragments derived from differentially expressed metallothionein (MT) genes were cloned from leaves of two Cd tolerant genotypes, YE and LZ. DNA sequence and the deduced protein sequence showed that MsMT2a and MsMT2b had high similarity to those in leguminous plants. DDRT-PCR analysis showed that MsMT2a expressed in both YE and LZ plants under control and Cd stress treatment, but MsMT2b only expressed under Cd stress treatment. This suggested that MsMT2a was universally expressed in leaves of alfalfa but expression of MsMT2b was Cadmium (Cd) inducible. - Highlights: > Evaluate Cd tolerance in wide sources of alfalfa accessions. > Identify Cd-hyperaccumulators potentially useful for restoring Cd-contaminated environments. > Cloned differentially expressed metallothionein (MT) genes. > Characteristics and deduced protein sequence of MsMT2a and MsMT2b were analyzed. > MsMT2a might be a universally gene of alfalfa but MsMT2b might be an inductive gene. - Two Cd tolerant alfalfa genotypes were screened and their metallothionein genes were cloned which showed that MsMT2a was universally expressed but MsMT2b was Cd inducible expression.

  11. Uptake of oxytetracycline and its phytotoxicity to alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    Kong, W.D. [Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); Zhu, Y.G. [Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China)]. E-mail: ygzhu@rcees.ac.cn; Liang, Y.C. [Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory of Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Cycling, Institute of Soils and Fertilizers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081 (China); Zhang, J. [Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); Smith, F.A. [Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, DP 636, Adelaide, SA 5005 (Australia); Yang, M. [Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China)

    2007-05-15

    A series of experiments were conducted in a hydroponic system to investigate the uptake of oxytetracycline (OTC) and its toxicity to alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). OTC inhibited alfalfa shoot and root growth by up to 61% and 85%, respectively. The kinetics of OTC uptake could be well described by Michaelis-Menten equation with V {sub max} of 2.25 {mu}mol g{sup -1} fresh weight h{sup -1}, and K {sub m} of 0.036 mM. The uptake of OTC by alfalfa was strongly inhibited by the metabolic inhibitor, 2,4-DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol), at pH 3.5 and 6.0, but not by the aquaporin competitors, glycerol and Ag{sup +}. OTC uptake, however, was significantly inhibited by Hg{sup 2+}, suggesting that the inhibition of influx was due to general cellular stress rather than the specific action of Hg{sup 2+} on aquaporins. Results from the present study suggested that OTC uptake into alfalfa is an energy-dependent process. - Plant uptake of antibiotic oxytetracycline is energy-dependent.

  12. Evaluation of Selection Indices for Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.

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    Hassan MONIRIFAR

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the efficiency of selection indices in alfalfa improvement, an experiment was conducted from 2000 to 2007 at East Azarbaijan Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, Iran. A set of 29 native ecotypes, which were collected in 2000 and 2001 from Azerbaijan (Iran, together with one improved variety were used to conduct a polycross nursery. For the purpose of random mating, a randomized complete block design was used with 12 replications arranged in this nursery. The resulting 30 half-sib families were planted individually in pots and the 30 days old seedlings were transplanted to the field in May, 2004. Each 3-row plot consisted of 45 HS plants. Several traits, such as individual plants� fresh weight and individual plants� dry weight (IPFW, IPDW, number of shoots per plant (NS and plant height (PH in each harvest and also, days until 10% flowering, the ratio of fresh and dry weight of leaves/plant and size of trifoliate leaves were measured for three cropping seasons. The results of analysis of variance showed large variation among polycross progenies. Six selection indices (Ii with different number of traits at adult plant stage were evaluated. Based on the result of this investigation, if number of shoots and height of adult plant, excluding yield, are recorded, I2 is suggested. If, in addition to fresh yield, height of adult plant is measured, I6 is recommended. I4 is useful when number of shoots and plant height with dry yield are included in the index. In conclusion, the importance of mature plant traits in selection indices was in the order of yield > plant height > number of shoots. The results provided more evidence that selection indices incorporating the component of dry yield are more advantageous. The most efficient selection index consisted of NS, IPDW and PH, having a relative efficiency of 280%.

  13. Correlations between environmental factors and wild bee behavior on alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in northwestern China.

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    Wang, Xiaojuan; Liu, Hongping; Li, Xiaoxia; Song, Yu; Chen, Li; Jin, Liang

    2009-10-01

    To discover the effect of environmental factors on pollinator visitation to flowering Medicago sativa, several field experiments were designed to examine the diurnal movement patterns of wild bee species in the Hexi Corridor of northwestern China. Our study results showed that Megachile abluta, M. spissula, and Xylocopa valga showed unimodal diurnal foraging behavior, whereas Andrena parvula and Anthophora melanognatha showed bimodal diurnal foraging behavior. Correlation analysis indicated that diurnal foraging activities of pollinators were significantly correlated with environmental factors. Correlations of foraging activities versus environmental factors for M. abluta, M. spissula, and X. valga best fit a linear model, whereas those of A. parvula and A. melanognatha best fit a parallel quadratic model. Results of this study indicated that solitary wild bees such as M. abluta, M. spissula, X. valga, A. parvula, and A. melanognatha are potential alfalfa pollinators in the Hexi Corridor. An understanding of the environmental factors that affect the behaviors of different wild bees foraging in alfalfa are basic to the utilization of solitary wild bees in a practical way for increased, or more consistent, pollination of alfalfa for seed production. PMID:19825303

  14. Glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa is compositionally equivalent to conventional alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).

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    McCann, Melinda C; Rogan, Glennon J; Fitzpatrick, Sharie; Trujillo, William A; Sorbet, Roy; Hartnell, Gary F; Riodan, Susan G; Nemeth, Margaret A

    2006-09-20

    Glyphosate-tolerant alfalfa (GTA) was developed to withstand over-the-top applications of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides. As a part of the safety assessment, GTA (designated J101 x J163) was grown under controlled field conditions at geographically diverse locations within the United States during the 2001 and 2003 field seasons along with control and other conventional alfalfa varieties for compositional assessment. Field trials were conducted using a randomized complete block design with four replication blocks at each site. Alfalfa forage was harvested at the late bud to early bloom stage from each plot at five field sites in 2001 (establishment year) and from four field sites in 2003 (third year of stand). The concentration of proximate constituents, fibers, amino acids, coumestrol, and minerals in the forage was measured. The results showed that the forage from GTA J101 x J163 is compositionally equivalent to forage from the control and conventional alfalfa varieties.

  15. Speciation Matters: Bioavailability of Silver and Silver Sulfide Nanoparticles to Alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

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    Stegemeier, John P; Schwab, Fabienne; Colman, Benjamin P; Webb, Samuel M; Newville, Matthew; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Winkler, Christopher; Wiesner, Mark R; Lowry, Gregory V

    2015-07-21

    Terrestrial crops are directly exposed to silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and their environmentally transformed analog silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) when wastewater treatment biosolids are applied as fertilizer to agricultural soils. This leads to a need to understand their bioavailability to plants. In the present study, the mechanisms of uptake and distribution of silver in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were quantified and visualized upon hydroponic exposure to Ag-NPs, Ag2S-NPs, and AgNO3 at 3 mg total Ag/L. Total silver uptake was measured in dried roots and shoots, and the spatial distribution of elements was investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and synchrotron-based X-ray imaging techniques. Despite large differences in release of Ag(+) ions from the particles, Ag-NPs, Ag2S-NPs, and Ag(+) became associated with plant roots to a similar degree, and exhibited similarly limited (XRF) mapping revealed differences in the distribution of Ag into roots for each treatment. Silver nanoparticles mainly accumulated in the (columella) border cells and elongation zone, whereas Ag(+) accumulated more uniformly throughout the root. In contrast, Ag2S-NPs remained largely adhered to the root exterior, and the presence of cytoplasmic nano-SixOy aggregates was observed. Exclusively in roots exposed to particulate silver, NPs smaller than the originally dosed NPs were identified by TEM in the cell walls. The apparent accumulation of Ag in the root apoplast determined by XRF, and the presence of small NPs in root cell walls suggests uptake of partially dissolved NPs and translocation along the apoplast. PMID:26106801

  16. Speciation Matters: Bioavailability of Silver and Silver Sulfide Nanoparticles to Alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

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    Stegemeier, John P; Schwab, Fabienne; Colman, Benjamin P; Webb, Samuel M; Newville, Matthew; Lanzirotti, Antonio; Winkler, Christopher; Wiesner, Mark R; Lowry, Gregory V

    2015-07-21

    Terrestrial crops are directly exposed to silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) and their environmentally transformed analog silver sulfide nanoparticles (Ag2S-NPs) when wastewater treatment biosolids are applied as fertilizer to agricultural soils. This leads to a need to understand their bioavailability to plants. In the present study, the mechanisms of uptake and distribution of silver in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were quantified and visualized upon hydroponic exposure to Ag-NPs, Ag2S-NPs, and AgNO3 at 3 mg total Ag/L. Total silver uptake was measured in dried roots and shoots, and the spatial distribution of elements was investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and synchrotron-based X-ray imaging techniques. Despite large differences in release of Ag(+) ions from the particles, Ag-NPs, Ag2S-NPs, and Ag(+) became associated with plant roots to a similar degree, and exhibited similarly limited (roots for each treatment. Silver nanoparticles mainly accumulated in the (columella) border cells and elongation zone, whereas Ag(+) accumulated more uniformly throughout the root. In contrast, Ag2S-NPs remained largely adhered to the root exterior, and the presence of cytoplasmic nano-SixOy aggregates was observed. Exclusively in roots exposed to particulate silver, NPs smaller than the originally dosed NPs were identified by TEM in the cell walls. The apparent accumulation of Ag in the root apoplast determined by XRF, and the presence of small NPs in root cell walls suggests uptake of partially dissolved NPs and translocation along the apoplast.

  17. Resistance and susceptibility of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivars to the aphid Therioaphis maculata (Homoptera:Aphididae): insect biology and cultivar evaluation

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    ALEXANDRE DE ALMEIDA E SILVA; ELENICE MOURO VARANDA; JOS(E) RICARDO BAROSELA

    2006-01-01

    Biology of the aphid Therioaphis maculata was studied on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), including four resistant (Mesa-Sirsa, CUF101, Baker and Lahontan) and two susceptible (ARC and Caliverde) alfalfa cultivars, and one of the most cropped Brazilian cultivars, Crioula. Under controlled conditions, antibiosis (i.e., reduced longevity, fecundity and increased mortality of the aphid) was observed mainly on the resistant alfalfa cultivars,except on Lahontan. Crioula seemed to be tolerant to aphids. Present data support geographic limitation usage of cultivars, and we suggest Baker and Mesa-Sirsa as sources of antibiosis,and provide biological information of a tropical T. maculata biotype on alfalfa.

  18. Construction of two genetic linkage maps in cultivated tetraploid alfalfa (Medicago sativa using microsatellite and AFLP markers

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    Santoni Sylvain

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Alfalfa (Medicago sativa is a major forage crop. The genetic progress is slow in this legume species because of its autotetraploidy and allogamy. The genetic structure of this species makes the construction of genetic maps difficult. To reach this objective, and to be able to detect QTLs in segregating populations, we used the available codominant microsatellite markers (SSRs, most of them identified in the model legume Medicago truncatula from EST database. A genetic map was constructed with AFLP and SSR markers using specific mapping procedures for autotetraploids. The tetrasomic inheritance was analysed in an alfalfa mapping population. Results We have demonstrated that 80% of primer pairs defined on each side of SSR motifs in M. truncatula EST database amplify with the alfalfa DNA. Using a F1 mapping population of 168 individuals produced from the cross of 2 heterozygous parental plants from Magali and Mercedes cultivars, we obtained 599 AFLP markers and 107 SSR loci. All but 3 SSR loci showed a clear tetrasomic inheritance. For most of the SSR loci, the double-reduction was not significant. For the other loci no specific genotypes were produced, so the significant double-reduction could arise from segregation distortion. For each parent, the genetic map contained 8 groups of four homologous chromosomes. The lengths of the maps were 2649 and 3045 cM, with an average distance of 7.6 and 9.0 cM between markers, for Magali and Mercedes parents, respectively. Using only the SSR markers, we built a composite map covering 709 cM. Conclusions Compared to diploid alfalfa genetic maps, our maps cover about 88–100% of the genome and are close to saturation. The inheritance of the codominant markers (SSR and the pattern of linkage repulsions between markers within each homology group are consistent with the hypothesis of a tetrasomic meiosis in alfalfa. Except for 2 out of 107 SSR markers, we found a similar order of markers on

  19. Evaluation of some weed extracts against field dodder on alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

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    Habib, S A; Rahman, A A

    1988-02-01

    Experiments were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of some weed extracts against field dodderCuscuta campestris Yunck. on alfalfa (Medicago stiva L.) and to identify and quantify the phytotoxic agents of these extracts. All concentrations of aqueous extract of every weed showed significant effectiveness on dodder when compared to the untreated plant under lath house and field conditions. Control percentages of the (0.5 g) of Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) and wall goosefoot (Chenopodium murale) ranged between 83 and 96, and the same concentration caused injury to alfalfa foliage up to 43% when applied in the field. Phytotoxic agents were identified as phenolic compounds such as chlorogenic, isochlorogenic,p-coumaric acids, and scopoletin. Their quantities varied with species; Bermuda grass had the highest content (32.2 μg/g dry weight) followed by Johnson grass (Sorghum halepense), well goosefoot, and tumble pigweed (Amaranthus albus). These results might aid in screening for effective alternate approaches for controlling dodder on alfalfa planted for seeds.

  20. Manejo de água para estabelecimento de alfafa (Medicago sativa L. Water management for alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. establishment

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    Joaquim Bartolomeu Rassini

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available O manejo de água para o desenvolvimento da alfafa cv. Crioula foi avaliado a campo, com a finalidade de verificar seus efeitos no estabelecimento da planta, até o 1º corte, em 1997. Para isso, verificou-se o comportamento em três estádios de desenvolvimento (E1 = início do estádio vegetativo, E2 = vegetativo pleno e E3 = reprodutivo até colheita em quatro níveis de água (A = 100%, B = 80%, C = 45-50% e D = 20-25% de uma lâmina de irrigação por aspersão. Foram avaliados oito experimentos: 111, 110, 100, 101, 001, 011, 010, 000, em que o primeiro dígito se refere a E1; o segundo, a E2; e o terceiro, a E3. O valor 0 representa a época em que o estádio não recebeu água, coberto por uma estrututura móvel, que deslizava sobre trilhos, e também protegia contra precipitações pluviais casuais. O valor 1 refere-se à época em que houve aplicação dos níveis de água de irrigação. Os estádios de desenvolvimento da planta, em termos de rendimento de matéria seca, responderam de maneira diferente às condições hídricas, sendo E2 e E3 (planta estabelecida os mais sensíveis e E1 (início do estádio vegetativo, o menos sensível, no qual a água foi prejudicial ao estabelecimento e rendimento da planta.The water management for growth of Crioula alfalfa cultivar was evaluated in a field study, in order to assess the effects in the plant establishment up to the first cut, at 1977. The study was carried out in 1997. So that, the behaviour at three growth stages (E1 = early vegetative stage, E2 = full vegetative stage, and E3 = reproductive stage until harvest in the presence of four water levels (A = 100%, B = 80%, C = 45-50%, and D = 20-25% from a sprinkler irrigation was studied. Eight combinations were evaluated: 111, 110, 100, 101, 001, 011, 010, 000, where the first digit is E1, the second is E2 and the third is E3. The number 0 in the figures represents the period in which growth stage did not receive water, cover by a

  1. Identification of transcriptome involved in atrazine detoxification and degradation in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) exposed to realistic environmental contamination.

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    Zhang, Jing Jing; Lu, Yi Chen; Zhang, Shu Hao; Lu, Feng Fan; Yang, Hong

    2016-08-01

    Plants are constantly exposed to a variety of toxic compounds (or xenobiotics) such as pesticides (or herbicides). Atrazine (ATZ) as herbicide has become one of the environmental contaminants due to its intensive use during crop production. Plants have evolved strategies to cope with the adverse impact of ATZ. However, the mechanism for ATZ degradation and detoxification in plants is largely unknown. Here we employed a global RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq) strategy to dissect transcriptome variation in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) exposed to ATZ. Four libraries were constructed including Root-ATZ (root control, ATZ-free), Shoot-ATZ, Root+ATZ (root treated with ATZ) and Shoot+ATZ. Hierarchical clustering was performed to display the expression patterns for all differentially expressed genes (DEGs) under ATZ exposure. Transcripts involved in ATZ detoxification, stress responses (e.g. oxidation and reduction, conjugation and hydrolytic reactions), and regulations of cysteine biosynthesis were identified. Several genes encoding glycosyltransferases, glutathione S-transferases or ABC transporters were up-regulated notably. Also, many other genes involved in oxidation-reduction, conjugation, and hydrolysis for herbicide degradation were differentially expressed. These results suggest that ATZ in alfalfa can be detoxified or degraded through different pathways. The expression patterns of some DEGs by high-throughput sequencing were well confirmed by qRT-PCR. Our results not only highlight the transcriptional complexity in alfalfa exposed to ATZ but represent a major improvement for analyzing transcriptional changes on a large scale as well. PMID:27092973

  2. Identification of transcriptome involved in atrazine detoxification and degradation in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) exposed to realistic environmental contamination.

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    Zhang, Jing Jing; Lu, Yi Chen; Zhang, Shu Hao; Lu, Feng Fan; Yang, Hong

    2016-08-01

    Plants are constantly exposed to a variety of toxic compounds (or xenobiotics) such as pesticides (or herbicides). Atrazine (ATZ) as herbicide has become one of the environmental contaminants due to its intensive use during crop production. Plants have evolved strategies to cope with the adverse impact of ATZ. However, the mechanism for ATZ degradation and detoxification in plants is largely unknown. Here we employed a global RNA-sequencing (RNA-Seq) strategy to dissect transcriptome variation in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) exposed to ATZ. Four libraries were constructed including Root-ATZ (root control, ATZ-free), Shoot-ATZ, Root+ATZ (root treated with ATZ) and Shoot+ATZ. Hierarchical clustering was performed to display the expression patterns for all differentially expressed genes (DEGs) under ATZ exposure. Transcripts involved in ATZ detoxification, stress responses (e.g. oxidation and reduction, conjugation and hydrolytic reactions), and regulations of cysteine biosynthesis were identified. Several genes encoding glycosyltransferases, glutathione S-transferases or ABC transporters were up-regulated notably. Also, many other genes involved in oxidation-reduction, conjugation, and hydrolysis for herbicide degradation were differentially expressed. These results suggest that ATZ in alfalfa can be detoxified or degraded through different pathways. The expression patterns of some DEGs by high-throughput sequencing were well confirmed by qRT-PCR. Our results not only highlight the transcriptional complexity in alfalfa exposed to ATZ but represent a major improvement for analyzing transcriptional changes on a large scale as well.

  3. Regulation of symbiotic nitrogen fixation in root nodules of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) infected with Rhizobium meliloti.

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    Kamberger, W

    1977-10-24

    Symbiotic nitrogen fixation of Rhizobium meliloti bacteroids in Medicago sativa root nodules was suppressed by several inorganic nitrogen sources. Amino acids like glutamine, glutamic acid and aspartic acid, which can serve as sole nitrogen sources for the unnodulated plant did not influence nitrogenase activity of effective nodules, even at high concetrations. Ammonia and nitrate suppressed symbiotic nitrogen fixation in vivo only at concentrations much higher than those needed for suppression of nitrogenase activity in free living nitrogen fixing bacteria. The kinetics of suppression were slow compared with that of free living nitrogen fixing bacteria. On the other hand, nitrite, which acts as a direct inhibitor of nitrogenase, suppressed very quickly and at low concentrations. Glutamic acid and glutamine enhanced the effect of ammonia dramatically, while the suppression by nitrate was enhanced only slightly.

  4. Effects of compost organic amendments on chemical composition and in vitro digestibility of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.

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    Francesco Montemurro

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The following fertiliser treatments were compared during the years 2002 and 2003 on alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa L.: compost obtained from the organic fraction of the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW; olive pomace compost (OPC; mineral fertiliser (Min. All the treatments allowed a distribution of 75kg ha-1 of P2O5. Three cuttings occurred: at 168, 206 and 351 days after compost application (DAA in 2002; 119, 152 and 320 DAA in 2003. Cumulative biomass and dry matter yields were measured during each experimental year. Furthermore, chemical composition and in vitro digestibility of dry matter (DMd, organic matter (OMd, crude protein (CPd and NDF (NDFd were determined. MSW treatment showed a significantly (P<0.01 higher content of ADL than OPC and Min (77.0, 66.0 and 65.0g kg-1 DM, respectively. Fertiliser treatments also affected (P<0.01 digestibility parameters. In fact, DMd and OMd values showed the same trend with lower percentages in MSW treatment than in the OPC and Min ones. The NDFd differed in all treatments having the highest value in OPC (40.1%. The results indicated that the soil distribution of organic materials offer the possibility to reduce the application of mineral fertilisers and production costs without decreasing alfalfa yield, forage chemical composition and in vitro digestibility.

  5. Soil bulk electrical resistivity and forage ground cover: nonlinear models in an alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. case study

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    Roberta Rossi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Alfalfa is a highly productive and fertility-building forage crop; its performance, can be highly variable as influenced by within-field soil spatial variability. Characterising the relations between soil and forage- variation is important for optimal management. The aim of this work was to model the relationship between soil electrical resistivity (ER and plant productivity in an alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. field in Southern Italy. ER mapping was accomplished by a multi-depth automatic resistivity profiler. Plant productivity was assessed through normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI at 2 dates. A non-linear relationship between NDVI and deep soil ER was modelled within the framework of generalised additive models. The best model explained 70% of the total variability. Soil profiles at six locations selected along a gradient of ER showed differences related to texture (ranging from clay to sandy-clay loam, gravel content (0 to 55% and to the presence of a petrocalcic horizon. Our results prove that multi-depth ER can be used to localise permanent soil features that drive plant productivity.

  6. N2-Fixation in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Seedlings and Rhizobium meliloti L. Grown in Vitro Under Salt and Drought Stresses

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    Mohamad, Ramzi Muhiddin

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    Alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., cultivars, breeding lines and germplasm releases (populations) and Rhizobium meliloti L. strains that exhibit nitrogen fixation efficiency and tolerance to salinity and drought stresses should enhance seedling establishment, increase yields, reduce nitrogen dependency on petroleum-based nitrogen fertilizers, and allow wider use of irrigated lands in semiarid and a rid regions. In vitro experiments were conducted to determine relative salt (sodium chloride -- NaCl)...

  7. The Productivity and Quality of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. in Romanian Forest Steppe

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    Mihai STAVARACHE

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Alternative use of alfalfa, for various purposes, including the production of biofuels or food supplement for human alimentation, is a study topic still in its early stages of research. Studying and understanding the biology of alfalfa and the factors with a major influence on it are very important activities. The productivity and quality of alfalfa are two indicators that help determine, in addition to economic value, the way in which alfalfa can be used. Evolution of alfalfa yield and quality depends on many factors, such as the growth stage of alfalfa plants at harvesting. It was observed over three years of vegetation the influence of alfalfa plant growth stage at harvest on plant height, leaves/stems ratio, production of leaves, stems and whole plant (DM - dry matter per hectare and on quality indicators (CP - crude protein, NDF - neutral detergent fiber and ADF - acid detergent fiber. The results showed that, with the advancement of phenological phases, from early bud stage to complete flowering, the total biomass output raised from 2.79 Mg·ha-1 to 4.60 Mg·ha-1, the neutral detergent fiber raised from 48.4-50.6% to 62.0-67.7%, while crude protein content decreased from 21.2-24.0% to 13.3-16.5%. The parameter values were correlated with alfalfa growth stage during the harvesting (significant at the 0.05 and 0.01 probability levels.

  8. Role of silicon counteracting cadmium toxicity in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.

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    Ahmad H. Kabir

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    Full Text Available Cadmium (Cd is one of the most phytotoxic elements causing an agricultural problem and human health hazards. This work investigates whether and how silicon (Si ameliorates Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. The addition of Si in Cd-stressed plants caused significant improvement in morpho-physiological features as well as total protein and membrane stability, indicating that Si does have critical roles in Cd detoxification in Alfalfa. Furthermore, Si supplementation in Cd-stressed plants showed a significant decrease in Cd and Fe concentrations in both roots and shoots compared with Cd-stressed plants, revealing that Si-mediated tolerance to Cd stress is associated with Cd inhibition in Alfalfa. Results also showed no significant changes in the expression of two metal chelators [MsPCS1 (phytochelatin synthase and MsMT2 (metallothionein] and PC (phytochelatin accumulation, indicating that there may be no metal sequestration or change in metal sequestration following Si application under Cd stress in Alfalfa. We further performed a targeted study on the effect of Si on Fe uptake mechanisms. We observed the consistent reduction in Fe reductase activity, expression of Fe-related genes [MsIRT1 (Fe transporter, MsNramp1 (metal transporter and OsFRO1 (ferric chelate reductase] and Fe chelators (citrate and malate by Si application to Cd stress in roots of Alfalfa. These results support that limiting Fe uptake through the down-regulation of Fe acquisition mechanisms confers Si-mediated alleviation of Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. Finally, an increase of catalase (CAT, ascorbate peroxidase (APX and superoxide dismutase (SOD activities along with elevated methionine and proline subjected to Si application might play roles, at least in part, to reduce H2O2 and to provide antioxidant defense against Cd stress in Alfalfa. The study shows evidence of the effect of Si on alleviating Cd toxicity in Alfalfa and can be further extended for phytoremediation of Cd toxicity in plants.

  9. Role of Silicon Counteracting Cadmium Toxicity in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).

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    Kabir, Ahmad H; Hossain, Mohammad M; Khatun, Most A; Mandal, Abul; Haider, Syed A

    2016-01-01

    Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most phytotoxic elements causing an agricultural problem and human health hazards. This work investigates whether and how silicon (Si) ameliorates Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. The addition of Si in Cd-stressed plants caused significant improvement in morpho-physiological features as well as total protein and membrane stability, indicating that Si does have critical roles in Cd detoxification in Alfalfa. Furthermore, Si supplementation in Cd-stressed plants showed a significant decrease in Cd and Fe concentrations in both roots and shoots compared with Cd-stressed plants, revealing that Si-mediated tolerance to Cd stress is associated with Cd inhibition in Alfalfa. Results also showed no significant changes in the expression of two metal chelators [MsPCS1 (phytochelatin synthase) and MsMT2 (metallothionein)] and PC (phytochelatin) accumulation, indicating that there may be no metal sequestration or change in metal sequestration following Si application under Cd stress in Alfalfa. We further performed a targeted study on the effect of Si on Fe uptake mechanisms. We observed the consistent reduction in Fe reductase activity, expression of Fe-related genes [MsIRT1 (Fe transporter), MsNramp1 (metal transporter) and OsFRO1 (ferric chelate reductase] and Fe chelators (citrate and malate) by Si application to Cd stress in roots of Alfalfa. These results support that limiting Fe uptake through the down-regulation of Fe acquisition mechanisms confers Si-mediated alleviation of Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. Finally, an increase of catalase, ascorbate peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase activities along with elevated methionine and proline subjected to Si application might play roles, at least in part, to reduce H2O2 and to provide antioxidant defense against Cd stress in Alfalfa. The study shows evidence of the effect of Si on alleviating Cd toxicity in Alfalfa and can be further extended for phytoremediation of Cd toxicity in plants. PMID:27512401

  10. Role of Silicon Counteracting Cadmium Toxicity in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    Kabir, Ahmad H.; Hossain, Mohammad M.; Khatun, Most A.; Mandal, Abul; Haider, Syed A.

    2016-01-01

    Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most phytotoxic elements causing an agricultural problem and human health hazards. This work investigates whether and how silicon (Si) ameliorates Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. The addition of Si in Cd-stressed plants caused significant improvement in morpho-physiological features as well as total protein and membrane stability, indicating that Si does have critical roles in Cd detoxification in Alfalfa. Furthermore, Si supplementation in Cd-stressed plants showed a significant decrease in Cd and Fe concentrations in both roots and shoots compared with Cd-stressed plants, revealing that Si-mediated tolerance to Cd stress is associated with Cd inhibition in Alfalfa. Results also showed no significant changes in the expression of two metal chelators [MsPCS1 (phytochelatin synthase) and MsMT2 (metallothionein)] and PC (phytochelatin) accumulation, indicating that there may be no metal sequestration or change in metal sequestration following Si application under Cd stress in Alfalfa. We further performed a targeted study on the effect of Si on Fe uptake mechanisms. We observed the consistent reduction in Fe reductase activity, expression of Fe-related genes [MsIRT1 (Fe transporter), MsNramp1 (metal transporter) and OsFRO1 (ferric chelate reductase] and Fe chelators (citrate and malate) by Si application to Cd stress in roots of Alfalfa. These results support that limiting Fe uptake through the down-regulation of Fe acquisition mechanisms confers Si-mediated alleviation of Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. Finally, an increase of catalase, ascorbate peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase activities along with elevated methionine and proline subjected to Si application might play roles, at least in part, to reduce H2O2 and to provide antioxidant defense against Cd stress in Alfalfa. The study shows evidence of the effect of Si on alleviating Cd toxicity in Alfalfa and can be further extended for phytoremediation of Cd toxicity in plants. PMID:27512401

  11. Replacement of alfalfa hay (Medicago sativa) with maralfalfahay (Pennisetum sp.) in diets of lactating dairy goats

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    Criscioni, P.; Marti, J.V.; Pérez-Baena, I.;

    2016-01-01

    tThe objective of this experiment was to study the effects of substituting alfalfa (Medicagosativa) with maralfalfa (Pennisetum sp.) on energy, nitrogen and carbon balance, methaneemission, and milk performance in dairy goats. Ten Murciano-Granadina dairy goats in latelactation (45.7 ± 2.96 kg of...

  12. A comparison of constitutive promoters for expression of transgenes in alfalfa (Medicago sativa).

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    Samac, Deborah A; Tesfaye, Mesfin; Dornbusch, Melinda; Saruul, Purev; Temple, Stephen J

    2004-08-01

    The activity of constitutive promoters was compared in transgenic alfalfa plants using two marker genes. Three promoters, the 35S promoter from cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV), the cassava vein mosaic virus (CsVMV) promoter, and the sugarcane bacilliform badnavirus (ScBV) promoter were each fused to the beta-glucuronidase (gusA) gene. The highest GUS enzyme activity was obtained using the CsVMV promoter and all alfalfa cells assayed by in situ staining had high levels of enzyme activity. The 35S promoter was expressed in leaves, roots, and stems at moderate levels, but the promoter was not active in stem pith cells, root cortical cells, or in the symbiotic zones of nodules. The ScBV promoter was active primarily in vascular tissues throughout the plant. In leaves, GUS activity driven by the CsVMV promoter was approximately 24-fold greater than the activity from the 35S promoter and 38-fold greater than the activity from the ScBV promoter. Five promoters, the double 35S promoter, figwort mosaic virus (FMV) promoter, CsVMV promoter, ScBV promoter, and alfalfa small subunit Rubisco (RbcS) promoter were used to control expression of a cDNA from Trichoderma atroviride encoding an endochitinase (ech42). Highest chitinase activity in leaves, roots, and root nodules was obtained in plants containing the CsVMV:ech42 transgene. Plants expressing the endochitinase were challenged with Phoma medicaginis var. medicaginis, the causal agent of spring black stem and leaf spot of alfalfa. Although endochitinase activity in leaves of transgenic plants was 50- to 2650-fold greater than activity in control plants, none of the transgenic plants showed a consistent increase in disease resistance compared to controls. The high constitutive levels of both GUS and endochitinase activity obtained demonstrate that the CsVMV promoter is useful for high-level transgene expression in alfalfa. PMID:15517994

  13. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Loci for Salt Tolerance during Germination in Autotetraploid Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Using Genotyping-by-Sequencing.

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    Yu, Long-Xi; Liu, Xinchun; Boge, William; Liu, Xiang-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Salinity is one of major abiotic stresses limiting alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) production in the arid and semi-arid regions in US and other counties. In this study, we used a diverse panel of alfalfa accessions previously described by Zhang et al. (2015) to identify molecular markers associated with salt tolerance during germination using genome-wide association study (GWAS) and genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). Phenotyping was done by germinating alfalfa seeds under different levels of salt stress. Phenotypic data of adjusted germination rates and SNP markers generated by GBS were used for marker-trait association. Thirty six markers were significantly associated with salt tolerance in at least one level of salt treatments. Alignment of sequence tags to the Medicago truncatula genome revealed genetic locations of the markers on all chromosomes except chromosome 3. Most significant markers were found on chromosomes 1, 2, and 4. BLAST search using the flanking sequences of significant markers identified 14 putative candidate genes linked to 23 significant markers. Most of them were repeatedly identified in two or three salt treatments. Several loci identified in the present study had similar genetic locations to the reported QTL associated with salt tolerance in M. truncatula. A locus identified on chromosome 6 by this study overlapped with that by drought in our previous study. To our knowledge, this is the first report on mapping loci associated with salt tolerance during germination in autotetraploid alfalfa. Further investigation on these loci and their linked genes would provide insight into understanding molecular mechanisms by which salt and drought stresses affect alfalfa growth. Functional markers closely linked to the resistance loci would be useful for MAS to improve alfalfa cultivars with enhanced resistance to drought and salt stresses. PMID:27446182

  14. Identification and Selection for Salt Tolerance in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. Ecotypes via Physiological Traits

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    Hassan MONIRIFAR

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Salt stress is a serious environmental problem throughout the world which may be partially relieved by breeding cultivars that can tolerate salt stress. Plant breeding may provide a relatively cost effective short-term solution to the salinity problem by producing cultivars able to remain productive at low to moderate levels of salinity. Five alfalfa cultivars, �Seyah-Roud�, �Ahar-Hourand�, �Oskou�, �Malekan� and �Sefida-Khan� were assessed for salt tolerance at mature plant stage. A greenhouse screening system was used to evaluate individual alfalfa plants grown in perlit medium, and irrigated with water containing different amounts of NaCl. Three salt levels were achieved by adding 0, 100 and 200 mM NaCl to Hoagland nutrient solution, respectively. Forage yield, sodium and potassium contents and K/Na ratio was determined. Also, leaf samples were analyzed for proline and chlorophyll contents. The ecotypes Seyha-Roud and �Sefida-Khan� had comparatively less sodium contents than �Oskou�, �Ahar-Hourand� and �Malekan� ecotypes, also potassium content increased under saline condition. Forage yield of different alfalfa ecotypes was significantly influenced by the salinity. The ecotypes �Malekan�, Ahar- Hourand and �Oskou� were successful in maintaining forage yield under salinity stress. Sodium contents increased due to salinity in all alfalfa ecotypes however ecotypes �Ahar-Hourand� and �Malekan� maintained the highest leaf Na concentration. They showed higher content of K than other ecotypes but had lower K/Na ratio. It was concluded that, two ecotypes �Malekan� and �Ahar-Hourand� were better.

  15. Effects of nutrient solution pH on growth parameters of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. genotypes

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    Antonio Costa de Oliveira

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The effects of nutrient solution pH (4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0 were examined on growth features of 12 alfalfa genotypes in relation to characters: leaf blade, epicotyl, hypocotyl, first leaf petiole, trifoliate leaf petiole and root fresh weight and epicotyl, hypocotyl, first leaf petiole, trifoliate leaf petiole and root length. Significant quadratic effects of pH solution were detected for all studied parameters. The pH value which resulted in maximum growth varied, according to the studied parameter, between 5.0 and 6.0. The genotypes Victoria, Esmeralda, Crioula and F-708 exhibited superior performance when data were pooled for all studied pH values. The results indicate that the initial growth is affected by pH variation in the nutrient solution, and that contrasting genotypes tend to perform alike.

  16. Overexpression of Medicago sativa TMT elevates the α-tocopherol content in Arabidopsis seeds, alfalfa leaves, and delays dark-induced leaf senescence.

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    Jiang, Jishan; Jia, Huili; Feng, Guangyan; Wang, Zan; Li, Jun; Gao, Hongwen; Wang, Xuemin

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    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a major forage legume for livestock and a target for improving their dietary quality. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin that animals must obtain from their diet for proper growth and development. γ-tocopherol methyltransferase (γ-TMT), which catalyzes the conversion of δ- and γ-tocopherols (or tocotrienols) to β- and α-tocopherols (or tocotrienols), respectively, is the final enzyme involved in the vitamin E biosynthetic pathway. The overexpression of M. sativa L.'s γ-TMT (MsTMT) increased the α-tocopherol content 10-15 fold above that of wild type Arabidopsis seeds without altering the total content of vitamin E. Additionally, in response to osmotic stress, the biomass and the expression levels of several osmotic marker genes were significantly higher in the transgenic lines compared with wild type. Overexpression of MsTMT in alfalfa led to a modest, albeit significant, increase in α-tocopherol in leaves and was also responsible for a delayed leaf senescence phenotype. Additionally, the crude protein content was increased, while the acid and neutral detergent fiber contents were unchanged in these transgenic lines. Thus, increased α-tocopherol content occurred in transgenic alfalfa without compromising the nutritional qualities. The targeted metabolic engineering of vitamin E biosynthesis through MsTMT overexpression provides a promising approach to improve the α-tocopherol content of forage crops. PMID:27297993

  17. Excessive ammonia inhibited transcription of MsU2 gene and furthermore affected accumulation distribution of allantoin and amino acids in alfalfa Medicago sativa

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    WANG Li; JIANG Lin-lin; Nomura Mika; Tajima Shigeyuki; CHENG Xian-guo

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    In legume plants, uricase gene (Nodulin-35) plays a positive role in metabolism of ureide and amide compounds in symbiotic nitrogen-ifxing in the nodules. In this study, a pot experiment was performed to examine the effects of ammonium application on the transcription of MsU2 gene and distribution of major nitrogen compounds in alfalfa Medicago sativa. Data showed that alfalfa plant has a signiifcant difference in contents of nitrogen compounds in xylem saps compared with soybean plant, and belongs to typical amide type legume plants with little ureide accumulation, and the accumulation of asparagines and ureide in the tissues of alfalfa is mainly gathered in the nodules. Northern blotting showed that excessive ammonium signiifcantly inhibited the transcription of MsU2 gene in the nodules and roots, and mRNA accumulation of MsU2 gene in the plants exposed to excessive ammonium decreased gradual y with culture time extension, indicating that application of ammonium signiifcantly inhibited the transcription of MsU2 gene in the alfalfa plants. Although the application of exces-sive ammonium increased the contents of amino acids in various tissues of alfalfa, the accumulation of al antoin relfecting the strength of uricase activity is remarkably reduced in the xylem saps, stems and nodules when alfalfa plants exposed to excessive ammonium, suggesting that application of excessive ammonium generated a negative effect on symbiosis ifxing-nitrogen system due to inhibition of ammonium ion on uricase activity in the nodules of alfalfa. This result seems to imply that application of excessive ammonium in legume plants should not be proposed to avoid affecting the ability of ifxing nitrogen in the nodules of legume plants, and reasonable dose of ammonium should be recommended to effectively utilize the ifxed N from atmosphere in legume plant production.

  18. Combining -Omics to Unravel the Impact of Copper Nutrition on Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) Stem Metabolism.

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    Printz, Bruno; Guerriero, Gea; Sergeant, Kjell; Audinot, Jean-Nicolas; Guignard, Cédric; Renaut, Jenny; Lutts, Stanley; Hausman, Jean-Francois

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    Copper can be found in the environment at concentrations ranging from a shortage up to the threshold of toxicity for plants, with optimal growth conditions situated in between. The plant stem plays a central role in transferring and distributing minerals, water and other solutes throughout the plant. In this study, alfalfa is exposed to different levels of copper availability, from deficiency to slight excess, and the impact on the metabolism of the stem is assessed by a non-targeted proteomics study and by the expression analysis of key genes controlling plant stem development. Under copper deficiency, the plant stem accumulates specific copper chaperones, the expression of genes involved in stem development is decreased and the concentrations of zinc and molybdenum are increased in comparison with the optimum copper level. At the optimal copper level, the expression of cell wall-related genes increases and proteins playing a role in cell wall deposition and in methionine metabolism accumulate, whereas copper excess imposes a reduction in the concentration of iron in the stem and a reduced abundance of ferritins. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis suggests a role for the apoplasm as a copper storage site in the case of copper toxicity. PMID:26865661

  19. Quantitation of pyrimidine dimers in DNA from UVB-irradiated alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seedlings

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    Depletion of stratospheric ozone will increase the solar ultraviolet radiation in the range from 290-320 nm (UVB) that reaches the surface of the earth, placing an increased UV burden on exposed organisms. One consequence of increased UVB may be decreased productivity of crop plants. A principal lesion caused by UV in DNA is the cyclobutyl pyrimidine dimer. We have adapted a method for measuring these dimers in nanogram quantities of non-radioactive DNA for use in UV-irradiated plants. We find that biologically relevant doses of broad band UVB radiation induce easily detectable frequencies of pyrimidine dimers in the DNA of irradiated alfalfa sprout leaves and that the dose response for dimer formation is linear up to doses of at least 690 J/m2. We also find easily measurable frequencies of dimers in the leaves of seedlings grown in glass filtered sunlight but not exposed to additional UVB, suggesting that significant number of dimers are formed in plants exposed to normal sunlight. 27 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab

  20. Integrative analysis of transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) suggests new metabolic control mechanisms for monolignol biosynthesis.

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    Lee, Yun; Chen, Fang; Gallego-Giraldo, Lina; Dixon, Richard A; Voit, Eberhard O

    2011-05-01

    The entanglement of lignin polymers with cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls is a major biological barrier to the economically viable production of biofuels from woody biomass. Recent efforts of reducing this recalcitrance with transgenic techniques have been showing promise for ameliorating or even obviating the need for costly pretreatments that are otherwise required to remove lignin from cellulose and hemicelluloses. At the same time, genetic manipulations of lignin biosynthetic enzymes have sometimes yielded unforeseen consequences on lignin composition, thus raising the question of whether the current understanding of the pathway is indeed correct. To address this question systemically, we developed and applied a novel modeling approach that, instead of analyzing the pathway within a single target context, permits a comprehensive, simultaneous investigation of different datasets in wild type and transgenic plants. Specifically, the proposed approach combines static flux-based analysis with a Monte Carlo simulation in which very many randomly chosen sets of parameter values are evaluated against kinetic models of lignin biosynthesis in different stem internodes of wild type and lignin-modified alfalfa plants. In addition to four new postulates that address the reversibility of some key reactions, the modeling effort led to two novel postulates regarding the control of the lignin biosynthetic pathway. The first posits functionally independent pathways toward the synthesis of different lignin monomers, while the second postulate proposes a novel feedforward regulatory mechanism. Subsequent laboratory experiments have identified the signaling molecule salicylic acid as a potential mediator of the postulated control mechanism. Overall, the results demonstrate that mathematical modeling can be a valuable complement to conventional transgenic approaches and that it can provide biological insights that are otherwise difficult to obtain. PMID:21625579

  1. Integrative analysis of transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. suggests new metabolic control mechanisms for monolignol biosynthesis.

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    Yun Lee

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The entanglement of lignin polymers with cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls is a major biological barrier to the economically viable production of biofuels from woody biomass. Recent efforts of reducing this recalcitrance with transgenic techniques have been showing promise for ameliorating or even obviating the need for costly pretreatments that are otherwise required to remove lignin from cellulose and hemicelluloses. At the same time, genetic manipulations of lignin biosynthetic enzymes have sometimes yielded unforeseen consequences on lignin composition, thus raising the question of whether the current understanding of the pathway is indeed correct. To address this question systemically, we developed and applied a novel modeling approach that, instead of analyzing the pathway within a single target context, permits a comprehensive, simultaneous investigation of different datasets in wild type and transgenic plants. Specifically, the proposed approach combines static flux-based analysis with a Monte Carlo simulation in which very many randomly chosen sets of parameter values are evaluated against kinetic models of lignin biosynthesis in different stem internodes of wild type and lignin-modified alfalfa plants. In addition to four new postulates that address the reversibility of some key reactions, the modeling effort led to two novel postulates regarding the control of the lignin biosynthetic pathway. The first posits functionally independent pathways toward the synthesis of different lignin monomers, while the second postulate proposes a novel feedforward regulatory mechanism. Subsequent laboratory experiments have identified the signaling molecule salicylic acid as a potential mediator of the postulated control mechanism. Overall, the results demonstrate that mathematical modeling can be a valuable complement to conventional transgenic approaches and that it can provide biological insights that are otherwise difficult to obtain.

  2. EFICIENCIA DEL AGUA DE RIEGO EN LA PRODUCCIÓN DE MAÍZ FORRAJERO (Zea mays L. Y ALFALFA (Medicago sativa: IMPACTO SOCIAL Y ECONÓMICO

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    Aurelio Pedroza Sandoval

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    Full Text Available El maíz y la alfalfa, son los dos principales cultivos forrajeros en la Cuenca Lechera de la Laguna de los estados de Coahuila y Durango, México, donde el recurso hídrico es el mayor factor limitante. El objetivo de este estudio fue hacer una evaluación de la eficiencia biológica, económica y social del uso de agua de riego en los cultivos de maíz forrajero (Zea mays L. y alfalfa (Medicago sativa, mediante un análisis económico comparativo y de eficiencia de productividad. El maíz fue más eficiente que la alfalfa, puesto que un m3 de agua subterránea produjo 5.72 kg de biomasa, $0.67 de ganancia por m3 de agua usada y 100 000 m3 de agua produjeron 0.65 empleos durante el ciclo del cultivo; mientras que la alfalfa produjo 0.215 kg de biomasa, $0.90 de ganancia y se generaron 0.43 empleos con los mismos volúmenes de agua indicados en el maíz. El cultivo de maíz forrajero fue más eficiente en producción de biomasa por volumen de agua utilizado y empleos generados, pero menos eficiente en ganancias, donde la alfalfa fue mejor. Una combinación durante el año de cultivos forrajeros con calidad energética y proteica como el maíz y la alfalfa respectivamente, éstos producidos bajo un programa de rotación, habrán de redundar en un equilibrio entre calidad de forraje, productividad del mismo, un mayor beneficio social y un menor impacto ambiental.

  3. Risks and benefits of compost-like materials prepared by the thermal treatment of raw scallop hepatopancreas for supplying cadmium and the growth of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).

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    Ushijima, Kensuke; Fukushima, Masami; Kanno, Shinya; Kanno, Itoko; Ohnishi, Mitsuhiro

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    Scallop hepatopancreas, fishery waste, contains relatively high levels of Cd and organic nitrogen compounds, the latter of which represent a fertilizer. In this study, raw scallop hepatopancreas tissue was thermally treated with sawdust and red loam in the presence of an iron catalyst to produce compost-like materials (CLMs). Two CLM samples were prepared by varying the content of raw scallop hepatopancreas tissue: 46 wt.% for CLM-1 and 18 wt.% for CLM-2. Mixtures of control soil (CTL) and CLMs (CLM content: 10 and 25 wt.%) were examined for the growth of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) to evaluate the risks and benefits of using this material for fertilization. The Cd content in shoots and roots of alfalfa, that were grown in the presence of CLMs, was significantly higher than those for the plants grown in the CTL, indicating that Cd had accumulated in the plants from CLMs. The accumulation of Cd in the alfalfa roots was quite high in the case of the 25% CLM-1 sample. However, alfalfa growth was significantly promoted in the presence of 10% CLM-1. This can be attributed to the higher levels of nitrogen and humic substances, which serve as fertilizer components. Although the fertilization effect in case of CLM-1showed a potential benefit, the accumulation of Cd in alfalfa was clearly increased in the presence of both CLMs. In conclusion, the use of CLMs produced from raw scallop hepatopancreas tissue can be considered to have a desirable benefit from standpoint of its use as fertilizer, but is accompanied by a risk of the accumulation of Cd in alfalfa plants.

  4. Effects of fertilization with liquid extracts of biogas residues on the growth and forage yield of alfalfa (medicago sativa l.) under arid zone conditions

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    In this study liquid extract of biogas residue (LEBR) from date palm waste was used to fertilize soil for alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivation. The results revealed that LEBR application significantly increased plant height, number of branches per meter and the contents of crude protein and ash over the control. The largest plant height and number of branches per meter and the highest ash and Phosphorus contents in the plant dry matter were obtained at the application of 3 L/m2 of LEBR solution containing 15% extract, to the soil while a solution containing 10% extract gave the highest fresh and dry biomass yields. Soil treated with LEBR had higher EC and higher contents of NH/sub 4/, NO/sub 3/, Na, K, Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu than the untreated soil. The pH of the soil decreased with increased amount of LEBR applied. (author)

  5. Effects of sowing methods and potassium application on the performance of two Alfalfa cultivars (Medicago sativa L.)

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    A field experiment was conducted at the Demonstration Farm of the Faculty of Agriculture, Islamic University of Omdurman during the period from december 2004 to may 2006 to evaluate the effects of three sowing methods (sowing on flat, ridges and mustaba) and the tow levels of potassium fertilizer, (0 k0 and 50 kg/ha k1) on the performance of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). This was carried out using tow cultivars, Hegazi (local) and Alfanafa (introduced). A randomized complete block design with four applications in factorial experiment was used to layout the work field. Sowing was done in the last week of december 2004 at a seed rate of 20 kg/ha by broadcasting the seeds on flat, ridge and mustaba. The first irrigation was applied immediately and the second was done five days after sowing. Subsequent irrigations were performed at an interval of seven days between irrigations during summer and ten days during winter, depending on the weather conditions. A seedling emergence was observed 3 to 5 days after sowing. Weeding was done manually when necessary. The first cut was done 70 days after sowing, when 50% of the plants were in the bloom stage, and the subsequent ones were done monthly, using a sickle, just a above the soil surface. A After the last cut (in Feb 2006), when environmental conditions were favorable, the plants were left were for seed yield which was harvested in April, 2006. Data were collected on plant height, plant population, leaf area index, leaf to stem ratio, fresh weight, dry weight, potassium content in plant, seed-yield and its components. The results revealed that there were significant differences between cultivars, sowing methods, potassium application and all possible interactions between the different treatments for all parameters except number of pods/raceme and total seed-weight in all treatments, leaf to stem ratio, leaf area index, number of racemes/plant, number of seeds/pod and 1000-seed weight in sowing methods and potassium

  6. Citric acid- and Tween(®) 80-assisted phytoremediation of a co-contaminated soil: alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) performance and remediation potential.

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    Agnello, A C; Huguenot, D; van Hullebusch, E D; Esposito, G

    2016-05-01

    A pot experiment was designed to assess the phytoremediation potential of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in a co-contaminated (i.e., heavy metals and petroleum hydrocarbons) soil and the influence of citric acid and Tween(®) 80 (polyethylene glycol sorbitan monooleate), applied individually and combined together, for their possible use in chemically assisted phytoremediation. The results showed that alfalfa plants could tolerate and grow in a co-contaminated soil. Over a 90-day experimental time, shoot and root biomass increased and negligible plant mortality occurred. Heavy metals were uptaken by alfalfa to a limited extent, mostly by plant roots, and their concentration in plant tissues were in the following order: Zn > Cu > Pb. Microbial population (alkane-degrading microorganisms) and activity (lipase enzyme) were enhanced in the presence of alfalfa with rhizosphere effects of 9.1 and 1.5, respectively, after 90 days. Soil amendments did not significantly enhance plant metal concentration or total uptake. In contrast, the combination of citric acid and Tween(®) 80 significantly improved alkane-degrading microorganisms (2.4-fold increase) and lipase activity (5.3-fold increase) in the rhizosphere of amended plants, after 30 days of experiment. This evidence supports a favorable response of alfalfa in terms of tolerance to a co-contaminated soil and improvement of rhizosphere microbial number and activity, additionally enhanced by the joint application of citric acid and Tween(®) 80, which could be promising for future phytoremediation applications. PMID:26838038

  7. Eficiência do fosfato natural de Gafsa associado à calagem e gesso e sintomas nutricionais da alfafa, Medicago sativa L. Efficiency of Gafsa phosphate associated with liming and gypsum and alfalfa Medicago sativa L. nutrient symptoms

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    Moacyr Corsi

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available A alfafa Medicago sativa L. (Poaceae, foi cultivada em vasos, utilizando Latossolo Vermelho-amarelo Álico. O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar o índice de eficiência agronômico (IEA do fosfato de Gafsa (FG e do FG com gesso, aplicados antes e após a calagem em relação ao superfosfato triplo (ST, nas doses de 50, 100 e 200 mg P dm-3; e relacionar os nutrientes do solo com os tratamentos e com os sintomas nutricionais. Foram realizadas três semeaduras. O IEA foi baixo na primeira e alto na terceira semeadura; o teor de fósforo no solo apresentou-se maior com o FG comparado ao ST somente após o último corte; o momento de calagem não interferiu na concentração de fósforo no solo; a deficiência de fósforo causou crescimento reduzido e arroxeamento de hastes, enquanto que o excesso de manganês ocasionou amarelecimento e arroxeamento das bordas das folhas; a eficiência do FG aumentou com o tempo.This experiment was carried out in glasshouse, Alfalfa, Medicago sativa L. (Poaceae, was cultivated in Typical Mapluolox soil. The study aimed at evaluating the agronomic efficiency index (AEI of Gafsa phosphate (GP and of GP with gypsum application before and after liming compared to triple superphosphate (TS, at the rates of 50, 100 and 200 mg P dm-3, as well as relating soil nutrients with the treatments and with the nutrient symptoms. Three sowings were made. All GP combinations presented a very low AEI during the first sowing and high in third sowing. A higher soil phosphorus concentration was obtained with GP than TS only after ultimate harvest. Liming before or after phosphate fertilization had similar responses on soil phosphorus concentration. Phosphorus deficiency occasioned reduced growth and purple stem. Symptoms of manganese toxicity were characterized by a yellow and purple color in the leave borders. The efficiency of GP increased with the time.

  8. Expression of an alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) peroxidase gene in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana enhances resistance to NaCl and H2O2.

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    Teng, K; Xiao, G Z; Guo, W E; Yuan, J B; Li, J; Chao, Y H; Han, L B

    2016-01-01

    Peroxidases (PODs) are enzymes that play important roles in catalyzing the reduction of H2O2 and the oxidation of various substrates. They function in many different and important biological processes, such as defense mechanisms, immune responses, and pathogeny. The POD genes have been cloned and identified in many plants, but their function in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is not known, to date. Based on the POD gene sequence (GenBank accession No. L36157.1), we cloned the POD gene in alfalfa, which was named MsPOD. MsPOD expression increased with increasing H2O2. The gene was expressed in all of the tissues, including the roots, stems, leaves, and flowers, particularly in stems and leaves under light/dark conditions. A subcellular analysis showed that MsPOD was localized outside the cells. Transgenic Arabidopsis with MsPOD exhibited increased resistance to H2O2 and NaCl. Moreover, POD activity in the transgenic plants was significantly higher than that in wild-type Arabidopsis. These results show that MsPOD plays an important role in resistance to H2O2 and NaCl. PMID:27323080

  9. Co-transforming bar and CsALDH genes enhanced resistance to herbicide and drought and salt stress in transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.

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    Zhen eDuan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Drought and high salinity are two major abiotic factors that restrict the productivity of alfalfa. By application of the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method, an oxidative responsive gene, CsALDH12A1, from the desert grass Cleistogenes songorica together with the bar gene associated with herbicide resistance, were co-transformed into alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.. From the all 90 transformants, 16 were positive as screened by spraying 1 mL L-1 10% Basta solution and molecularly diagnosis using PCR. Real-time PCR analysis indicated that drought and salt stress induced high CsALDH expression in the leaves of the transgenic plants. The CsALDH expression levels under drought (15 d and salt stress (200 mM NaCl were 6.11 and 6.87 times higher than in the control plants, respectively. In comparison to the WT plants, no abnormal phenotypes were observed among the transgenic plants, which showed significant enhancement of tolerance to 15 d of drought and 10 d of salinity treatment. Evaluation of the physiological and biochemical indices during drought and salt stress of the transgenic plants revealed relatively lower Na+ content and higher K+ content in the leaves relative to the WT plants, a reduction of toxic on effects and maintenance of osmotic adjustment. In addition, the transgenic plants could maintain a higher relative water content (RWC level, higher shoot biomass, fewer changes in the photosystem, decreased membrane injury, and a lower level of osmotic stress. These results indicate that the co-expression of the introduced bar and CsALDH genes enhanced the herbicide, drought and salt tolerance of alfalfa and therefore can potentially be used as a novel genetic resource for the future breeding programs to develop new cultivars.

  10. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) on heavy metal tolerance of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and oat (Avena sativa L.) on a sewage-sludge treated soil; Bedeutung der arbuskulaeren Mykorrhiza (AM) fuer die Schwermetalltoleranz von Luzerne (Medicago sativa L.) und Hafer (Avena sativa L.) auf einem klaerschlammgeduengten Boden

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    Ricken, B. [Institut fuer Pflanzenernaehrung, Giessen Univ. (Germany); Hoefner, W. [Institut fuer Pflanzenernaehrung, Giessen Univ. (Germany)

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    In pot experiments with a sewage sludge treated soil, the influence of two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) isolates of Glomus sp. (T6 and D13) on plant growth and on the uptake of heavy metals by alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and oat (Avena sativa L.) was investigated. Alfalfa showed an increase of biomass with mycorrhizal infection only to a small extent. In oat AMF inoculation increased the growth of both root and shoot by up to 70% and 55% respectively. Mycorrhization raised the P-content and -uptake in alfalfa, but not in oat, in both roots and shoots. Mycorrhizal alfalfa showed lower Zn-, Cd- and Ni-contents and uptake in roots and shoots. The root length was significantly decreased in mycorrhizal alfalfa plants (up to 38%). The translocation of heavy metals into the shoot of mycorrhizal alfalfa was slightly increased. Mycorrhizal infection of oat led to higher concentrations of Zn, Cd and Ni in the root but to less Zn in the shoot. The translocation of heavy metals to the oat shoot was clearely decreased by mycorrhizal colonisation. This may be based on the ability of fungal tissues to complex heavy metals at the cell walls, thus excluding metals from the shoot. This conclusion is supported by the enhanced root length (up to 78%) of mycorrhizal oat plants in this experiment. The mycorrhizal infection seemed to protect plants against heavy metal pollution in soils. It was obvious that different host plants reacted in different ways. (orig.) [Deutsch] In Gefaessversuchen mit einem klaerschlammgeduengten Boden wurde der Einfluss der arbuskulaeren Mykorrhiza (AM)-Pilzisolate von Glomus sp. (T6 und D13) auf Pflanzenwachstum und Schwermetall (SM)-aufnahme von Luzerne (Medicago sativa L.) und Hafer (Avena sativa L.) untersucht. Das Wachstum von Luzerne wurde durch eine Mykorrhizierung nicht signifikant beeinflusst. Bei Hafer foerderte eine AM-Inokulation mit T6 das Wachstum von Wurzel und Spross bis zu 70% bzw. 55%, zur Reife aber ergab sich gleicher Sprossertrag

  11. TCP在种植苜蓿土壤中的降解研究%Degradation of TCP in Soil Planted with Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    丁克强

    2010-01-01

    [目的]研究TCP在苜蓿种植土壤中的降解作用,为氯酚类物质污染土壤生物修复技术的实际应用提供依据.[方法]利用玻璃房盆栽试验,研究苜蓿对土壤中2,4,6-三氯酚(TCP)污染的修复作用以及苜蓿的生长情况和TCP对土壤多酚氧化酶、脱氢酶和过氧化氢酶活性的影响.[结果]苜蓿经过75 d的生长后,在低、中、高3个浓度处理中,土壤中TCP含量均在15 d内迅速降低,随后降低速度逐渐变缓;在苜蓿生长30d时,3个处理的苜蓿鲜重与对照间无显著差异(P<0.05),而在生长75 d时,各处理的苜蓿鲜重明显对照低(P<0.05),表明土壤中TCP对苜蓿的生长具有抑制作用;苜蓿能显著提高土壤中多酚氧化酶、脱氢酶和过氧化氢酶的活性,从而提高了土壤植物和微生物对污染物的降解能力.[结论]苜蓿能促进土壤酶活性的提高,促进土壤中有机物的降解,从而可以利用苜蓿进行TCP污染土壤的植物修复.%[Objective]The research aimed to study the degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol(TCP)in soil planted with alfalfa(Medicago sativa L.),as well as to provide references for the Chlorophenols phytoremediation technology in the practical application.[Method]By the use of pot culture experiment in greenhouse,the phytoremediation effect of alfalfa on TCP-contaminated soil,the growth conditions of alfalfa,as well as the effect of TCP on the activity of soil polyphenol oxidase,dehydrogenase and catalase were studied.[Result]After the alfalfa was grown for 75 d,the TCP content in soil of three different concentrations treatments(low,middle and high)decreased dramatically within 15 d,and then the decreasing rate was gradually slow;on the 30th d of cultivation,the fresh weight of treated alfalfa showed no significant difference with the control(P<0.05),indicating that TCP in soil had inhibition effect on the growth of alfalfa;alfalfa could significantly enhance the activities of polyphenol oxidase

  12. Evaluation of microbial biomass C and N content of the soils cultivated with vetch (Vicia sativa L. and alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.

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    İlyas Bolat

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Legume forage crops have the ability of retaining free nitrogen in the air through symbiotic Rhizobium bacteria found in their roots. Additionally, microbial biomass (MB–an essential living component of soil and a significant factor influencing plant nutrient dynamics–is considered to be accurate indicator of soil’s biological condition. Given the aforementioned aspects, soil MB C (Cmic and MB N (Nmic of different legume forage crops were investigated in this study. Soil samples were taken in order to identify certain physical and chemical characteristics of the soil using volume cylinders (0 – 6.5 cm depth from Vicia sativa L. (VSP and Medicago sativa L. planted (MSP areas. To determine the Cmic and Nmic contents, topsoil samples were also taken from 0 – 6.5 cm depth. Cmic and Nmic contents were identified using chloroform – fumigation – extraction method. There was no statistical significance for particle density, bulk density, electrical conductivity, CaCO3 %, and decomposition ratio (Corg/Ntotal of the VSP and MSP soil (P > 0.05. However, some other soil characteristics such as temperature, porosity, sand, silt and clay contents, pH, organic C and total N differed significantly (P < 0.05. Compared to VSP soil, the Cmic contents were determined to be 27 % higher (P < 0.05 in MSP soil. In VSP soil, the soil Nmic content ranged from 83.38 µg g-1 to 124.67 µg g-1, while it ranged from 91.62 µg g-1 to 187.07 µg g-1 in MSP soil. The Nmic content of the MSP soil was observed to be approximately 35 % higher than VSP soil, and a statistically significant difference (P < 0.05 was noticed between the two. Moreover, a significant positive correlation was found not only between the Cmic and organic C contents (r = 0.667; P < 0.05 but also between the Nmic and total N contents of MSP and VSP soil (r = 0.881; P < 0.01. The results of the study revealed that soil Cmic and Nmic values differ as the types of planted legume forage crops

  13. Circulating fluidized bed combustion product addition to acid soil: alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) composition and environmental quality.

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    Chen, Liming; Dick, Warren A; Kost, David

    2006-06-28

    To reduce S emissions, petroleum coke with a high concentration of S was combusted with limestone in a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler. The combustion process creates a bed product that has potential for agricultural uses. This CFB product is often alkaline and enriched in S and other essential plant nutrients, but also contains high concentrations of Ni and V. Agricultural land application of CFB product is encouraged, but little information is available related to plant responses and environmental impacts. CFB product and agricultural lime (ag-lime) were applied at rates of 0, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 times the soil's lime requirement (LR) to an acidic soil (Wooster silt loam). The 2.0x LR application rate of CFB product was equivalent to 67.2 Mg ha(-1). Alfalfa yield was increased 4.6 times by CFB product and 3.8 times by ag-lime compared to untreated control. Application of CFB product increased the concentration of V in soil and alfalfa tissue, but not in soil water, and increased the concentration of Ni in soil and soil water, but not in alfalfa tissue. However, these concentrations did not reach levels that might cause environmental problems.

  14. Regeneration of foreign genes co-transformed plants of Medicago sativa L by Agrobacterium rhizogenes

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    吕德扬; 曹学远; 唐顺学; 田霞

    2000-01-01

    Gene encoding sulphur amino acid-rich protein (HNP) and rol genes were transferred into Medicago sativa L (alfalfa) mediated by Agrobacterium tumafeciens. Regeneration of trans-genie plants was induced successfully from hairy root tissue of cotyledon in alfalfa. Cotyledon tissues were an ideally transformed recipient. There was a negative correlation between age of hairy roots and embryogenesis frequency in alfalfa. Production of co-transformed plants with greater yield and super quality was important for development of new alfalfa varieties.

  15. Regeneration of foreign genes co-transformed plants of Medicago sativa L by Agrobacterium rhizogenes

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    Gene encoding sulphur amino acid-rich protein (HNP) and rol genes were transferred into Medicago sativa L (alfalfa) mediated by Agrobacterium tumafeciens. Regeneration of transgenic plants was induced successfully from hairy root tissue of cotyledon in alfalfa. Cotyledon tissues were an ideally transformed recipient. There was a negative correlation between age of hairy roots and embryogenesis frequency in alfalfa. Production of co-transformed plants with greater yield and super quality was important for development of new alfalfa varieties.

  16. Fotossíntese em alfafa (Medicago sativa L. sob supressão e ressuprimento de fosfato Photosynthesis in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. under phosphate suppression and ressuply

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    Fernando Teixeira Gomes

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo, foram avaliados os efeitos da supressão e do ressuprimento de fosfato (Pi sobre a fotossíntese e eficiência fotoquímica de plantas de Medicago sativa cv. Flórida 77, em diferentes estádios do desenvolvimento vegetativo (V3, V4 e reprodutivo (R6, R8. O ensaio foi conduzido em casa de vegetação e as plantas cultivadas na solução nutritiva de HOAGLAND & ARNON (1950, contendo 0,14mmol L-1 de Pi. A supressão de Pi por dez dias reduziu os teores de fósforo nas folhas amostradas, em todos os estádios do desenvolvimento. Entretanto, com o ressuprimento, somente nos estádios vegetativos, os valores foram semelhantes ao tratamento controle. A fotossíntese por área foliar, em todos os estádios do desenvolvimento diminuiu com a supressão de Pi. De modo geral, o ressuprimento de Pi à solução nutritiva resultou em recuperação na fotossíntese, excetuando-se as plantas no estádio V3, uma indicação de que o período de supressão não causou danos permanentes no aparato fotossintético. Os teores dos pigmentos fotossintéticos e a eficiência fotoquímica do fotossistema II (FS II, avaliada pela relação Fv/Fm, não foram alterados quando as plantas foram submetidas à supressão de Pi. Esse resultado demonstra que o transporte de elétrons através do FS II não limitou a fotossíntese nas folhas amostradas, sob supressão de Pi, sugerindo que a supressão causou efeito mais pronunciado na etapa bioquímica da fotossíntese.This work evaluated the phosphate (Pi suppression and ressupply on photosynthesis and photochemical efficiency from Medicago sativa plants cv. Florida 77, in different growth stages (V3 and V4 and reproductive (R6 and R8. The experiment was performed in a greenhouse, the plants being cultivated in HOAGLAND & ARMOND (1950 nutritive solution containing 0,14mmol L-1 of Pi. Pi suppression for ten days reduced Pi levels in sampled leaves, in all growth stages. However, with the re-supply only in the

  17. Plant regeneration from proroplasts of alfalfa (Medicago sativa via somatic embryogenesis Regeneração de plantas a partir de protoplastos de alfafa (Medicago sativa via embriogênese somática

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    Mariza Monteiro

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Alfalfa is one of the most frequently studied species from the production of tissue culture-derived embryos point of view. In this study, five alfalfa cultivars were analyzed with reference to their ability to regenerate plants from protoplast cultures via somatic embryogenesis. Plant regeneration from leaf-derived protoplasts isolated from the cultivar Rangelander was achieved using a protocol defined for alfalfa cell suspension-derived embryogenesis. Because of its high efficiency, this procedure is recommended for protoplast electroporation-mediated genetic transformation of alfalfa.A alfafa é uma das espécies mais freqüentemente estudadas do ponto de vista da produção de embriões somáticos derivados da cultura de tecidos. Neste trabalho, cinco cultivares de alfafa foram analisados com referência à capacidade de regenerar plantas a partir de culturas de protoplastos via embriogênese somática. Regeneração de plantas a partir de protoplastos isolados de folhas da cultivar Rangelander foi obtida usando-se um protocolo definido para embriogênese somática derivada de suspensões celulares de alfafa. Em função da sua alta eficiência, recomenda-se o uso deste procedimento para transformação genética de alfafa mediada por eletroporação de protoplastos.

  18. Differential antifungal activity of alfalfa (Medicago santva L.) saponins originated from roots and aerial parts for some ornamental plant pathogens

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    Alicja Saniewska; Marian Jurzysta; Zbigniew Biały

    2013-01-01

    The total saponins isolated from aerial parts and roots of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) at the concentration of 0,01%, 0,05% and 0,1% showed differential influence on the mycelium growth of Alternaria zinniae, Botrytis cinerea, Botrytis tulipae, Phoma narcissi, Phoma poolensis and Rhizoctonia solani. A higher inhibitory effect on in vitro growth of mycelium of all tested pathogens indicated saponins from roots of alfalfa than from aerial parts. Tested saponins from roots at lhe concentration ...

  19. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L./maize (Zea mays L. intercropping provides a feasible way to improve yield and economic incomes in farming and pastoral areas of northeast China.

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    Full Text Available Given the growing challenges to food and eco-environmental security as well as sustainable development of animal husbandry in the farming and pastoral areas of northeast China, it is crucial to identify advantageous intercropping modes and some constraints limiting its popularization. In order to assess the performance of various intercropping modes of maize and alfalfa, a field experiment was conducted in a completely randomized block design with five treatments: maize monoculture in even rows, maize monoculture in alternating wide and narrow rows, alfalfa monoculture, maize intercropped with one row of alfalfa in wide rows and maize intercropped with two rows of alfalfa in wide rows. Results demonstrate that maize monoculture in alternating wide and narrow rows performed best for light transmission, grain yield and output value, compared to in even rows. When intercropped, maize intercropped with one row of alfalfa in wide rows was identified as the optimal strategy and the largely complementary ecological niches of alfalfa and maize were shown to account for the intercropping advantages, optimizing resource utilization and improving yield and economic incomes. These findings suggest that alfalfa/maize intercropping has obvious advantages over monoculture and is applicable to the farming and pastoral areas of northeast China.

  20. Phytotoxicity of three plant-based biodiesels, unmodified castor oil, and Diesel fuel to alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.), radish (Raphanus sativus), and wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum).

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    Bamgbose, Ifeoluwa; Anderson, Todd A

    2015-12-01

    The wide use of plant-based oils and their derivatives, in particular biodiesel, have increased extensively over the past decade to help alleviate demand for petroleum products and improve the greenhouse gas emissions profile of the transportation sector. Biodiesel is regarded as a clean burning alternative fuel produced from livestock feeds and various vegetable oils. Although in theory these animal and/or plant derived fuels should have less environmental impact in soil based on their simplified composition relative to Diesel, they pose an environmental risk like Diesel at high concentrations when disposed. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the phytotoxicity of three different plant-derived biodiesels relative to conventional Diesel. For phytotoxicological analysis, we used seeds of four crop plants, Medicago sativa, Lactuca sativa, Raphanus sativus, and Triticum aestivum to analyze the germination of seeds in contaminated soil samples. The toxicological experiment was conducted with two different soil textures: sandy loam soil and silt loam soil. The studied plant-based biodiesels were safflower methyl-ester, castor methyl ester, and castor ethyl-ester. Biodiesel toxicity was more evident at high concentrations, affecting the germination and survival of small-seeded plants to a greater extent. Tolerance of plants to the biodiesels varied between plant species and soil textures. With the exception of R. sativus, all plant species were affected and exhibited some sensitivity to the fuels, such as delayed seedling emergence and slow germination (average=10 days) at high soil concentrations (0.85% for Diesel and 1.76% for the biodiesels). Tolerance of plants to soil contamination had a species-specific nature, and on average, decreased in the following order: Raphanus sativus (0-20%)>Triticum aestivum (10-40%) ≥ Medicago sativa> Lactuca sativa (80-100%). Thus, we conclude that there is some phytotoxicity associated with plant-based biodiesels. Further

  1. Phytotoxicity of three plant-based biodiesels, unmodified castor oil, and Diesel fuel to alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.), radish (Raphanus sativus), and wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum).

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    Bamgbose, Ifeoluwa; Anderson, Todd A

    2015-12-01

    The wide use of plant-based oils and their derivatives, in particular biodiesel, have increased extensively over the past decade to help alleviate demand for petroleum products and improve the greenhouse gas emissions profile of the transportation sector. Biodiesel is regarded as a clean burning alternative fuel produced from livestock feeds and various vegetable oils. Although in theory these animal and/or plant derived fuels should have less environmental impact in soil based on their simplified composition relative to Diesel, they pose an environmental risk like Diesel at high concentrations when disposed. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the phytotoxicity of three different plant-derived biodiesels relative to conventional Diesel. For phytotoxicological analysis, we used seeds of four crop plants, Medicago sativa, Lactuca sativa, Raphanus sativus, and Triticum aestivum to analyze the germination of seeds in contaminated soil samples. The toxicological experiment was conducted with two different soil textures: sandy loam soil and silt loam soil. The studied plant-based biodiesels were safflower methyl-ester, castor methyl ester, and castor ethyl-ester. Biodiesel toxicity was more evident at high concentrations, affecting the germination and survival of small-seeded plants to a greater extent. Tolerance of plants to the biodiesels varied between plant species and soil textures. With the exception of R. sativus, all plant species were affected and exhibited some sensitivity to the fuels, such as delayed seedling emergence and slow germination (average=10 days) at high soil concentrations (0.85% for Diesel and 1.76% for the biodiesels). Tolerance of plants to soil contamination had a species-specific nature, and on average, decreased in the following order: Raphanus sativus (0-20%)>Triticum aestivum (10-40%) ≥ Medicago sativa> Lactuca sativa (80-100%). Thus, we conclude that there is some phytotoxicity associated with plant-based biodiesels. Further

  2. Effects of AN Alfalfa (medicago Sativa) Buffer Strip on Leached δ15NNITRATE Values: Implications for Management of Hydrologic N Losses

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    Kelley, C. J.; Keller, C. K.; Smith, J. L.; Evans, R. D.; Harlow, B.

    2011-12-01

    Buffer strips are commonly used to decrease agricultural runoff with the objective of limiting sediment and agrochemicals fluxes to surface waters. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of an alfalfa buffer strip on the magnitude and source(s) of leached nitrate from a dryland agricultural field. Previous research at the Cook Agronomy Farm has inferred two sources of nitrate in tile drain discharge, a high-discharge-season (January through May) synthetic fertilizer source, and a low-discharge-season (June through December) soil organic nitrogen source. This study examines how a change in management strategy and crop species alters the low discharge season nitrate source. In the spring of 2006 an alfalfa buffer strip approximately 20 m wide was planted running approximately north-south in the lowland portion of a 12 ha tile-drained field bordering a ditch that drains into Missouri Flat Creek. Three-year (2003 through 2005) average NO3--N flux prior to the planting of the alfalfa buffer strip was ~0.40 kg ha-1 year-1. After planting, the three-year (2006 through 2008) average NO3--N flux was ~0.38 kg ha-1 year-1. The lack of evident buffer-strip influence on the fluxes may be due in part to the large variation in precipitation amounts and timing that control water flows through the system. Three-year average δ15Nnitrate values for the tile drain pre and post planting of the alfalfa buffer strip were 6.9 ± 1.1 % and 4.2 ± 0.9 % respectively. We hypothesize that the significant difference indicates that the alfalfa strip affects the source of leached nitrate. Before planting the alfalfa buffer strip, the interpreted source of nitrate was mineralization of soil organic nitrogen from non-N2 fixing crops (spring and summer wheat varieties). After planting the alfalfa buffer strip, the source of nitrate was interpreted to be a mixture of mineralized soil organic nitrogen from N2 fixing alfalfa and non-N2 fixing crops. Further work is needed to test

  3. Survival and growth of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa l.) inoculated with an am fungus (Glomus intraradices) in contaminated soils treated with two different remediation technologies (bio-pile and thermal desorption)

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    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) represent a group of persistent and toxic soil pollutants that are of major public concern due to their mutagenic and carcinogenic property. Phyto-remediation is the use of plants and their associated microorganisms for remediation of polluted soils. Phyto-remediation could be used in conjunction with other remediation technologies to reduce the contamination to safe levels and maintain or restore soil physico-chemical and biological properties. Most plant species form mycorrhizas with symbiotic fungi. It was shown that AM fungi enhance survival and plant growth in PAH contaminated soils. Mycorrhizal fungi also enhance the biotransformation or biodegradation of PAH, although the effect differed between soils. A rhizosphere and myco-rhizosphere gradient of PAH concentrations was observed, with decreased PAH concentration with decreased distance to roots. Different microbial communities were found in the rhizosphere of AM and non-mycorrhizal plants in comparison to bulk soil, suggesting that AM could affect PAH degradation by changing microbial communities. We investigated the effect of mycorrhizal fungi and nutrients on the ability of alfalfa to grow on soil contaminated with PAHs before and after two remediation treatments. We used soil from an industrial site (Homecourt, North East part of France) highly contaminated with PAH (2000 mg kg-1), which has been partially treated by two different remediation technologies (bio-pile and thermal desorption). The bio-pile treatment consisted of piling the contaminated soil with stimulation of aerobic microbial activity by aeration and addition of nutrient solution, and reduced PAH concentration to around 300 mg kg-1. With the thermal desorption treatment the soil was heated to around 500 deg. C so that PAH vaporized and were separated from the soil. The residual PAH concentration in soil was 40 mg kg-1. Treated and non-treated contaminated soil was planted with alfalfa (Medicago

  4. Comparative gene expression profiles between heterotic and non-heterotic hybrids of tetraploid Medicago sativa

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    Li, Xuehui; Wei, Yanling; Nettleton, Dan; Brummer, E. Charles

    2009-01-01

    Background Heterosis, the superior performance of hybrids relative to parents, has clear agricultural value, but its genetic control is unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that hybrids expressing heterosis for biomass yield would show more gene expression levels that were different from midparental values and outside the range of parental values than hybrids that do not exhibit heterosis. Results We tested these hypotheses in three Medicago sativa (alfalfa) genotypes and their t...

  5. In situ phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated soil by intercropping alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) with tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) and associated soil microbial activity

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    Sun, Mingming; Fu, Dengqiang; Teng, Ying; Shen, Yuanyuan; Luo, Yongming; Li, Zhengao [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing (China). Key Laboratory of Soil Environment and Pollution Remediation; Christie, Peter [Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast (United Kingdom). Agri-Environment Branch

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    Purpose: A 7-month field experiment was conducted to investigate the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) remediation potential of two plant species and changes in counts of soil PAH-degrading bacteria and microbial activity. Materials and methods: Alfalfa and tall fescue were grown in monoculture and intercropped for 7 months in contaminated field soil. Soil and plant samples were analyzed for PAHs. Plant biomass, densities of PAH-degradation soil bacteria, soil microbial biomass C and N, enzyme activities, and the physiological profile of the soil microbial community were determined. Results and discussion: Average removal percentage of total PAHs in intercropping (30.5%) was significantly higher than in monoculture (19.9%) or unplanted soil (-0.6%). About 7.5% of 3-ring, 12.3% of 4-ring, and 17.2% of 5(+6)-ring PAHs were removed from the soil by alfalfa, with corresponding values of 25.1%, 10.4%, and 30.1% for tall fescue. Intercropping significantly enhanced the remediation efficiency. About 18.9% of 3-ring, 30.9% of 4-ring, and 33.4% of 5(+6)-ring PAHs were removed by the intercropping system. Higher counts of soil culturable PAH-degrading bacteria and elevated microbial biomass and enzyme activities were found after intercropping. Soil from intercropping showed significantly higher (p < 0.05) average well-color development obtained by the BIOLOG Ecoplate assay and Shannon-Weaver index compared with monoculture. Conclusions: Cropping promoted the dissipation of soil PAHs. Tall fescue gave greater removal of soil PAHs than alfalfa, and intercropping was more effective than monoculture. Intercropping of alfalfa and tall fescue may be a promising in situ bioremediation strategy for PAH-contaminated soils. (orig.)

  6. INFLUENCE OF pH AND TEMPERATURE ON GERMINATION ENERGY, GERMINATION, ROOT AND SEEDLINGS HYPOCOTIL LENGTH OF VARIOUS ALFALFA CULTIVARS (Medicago sativa L.)

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    Gordana Bukvić; Sonja Grljušić; Vlatka Rozman; Anita Liška; Ivan Lović

    2008-01-01

    The traits of germination energy, seed germination, as well as root and hypocotyls length of domestic alfalfa cultivars (Slavonka, Stela, Vuka) were investigated in a climate chamber. The experiment was set up at two pH levels of water solution (4.00 and 6.00) and temperature levels of 10°C and 20°C using rolled filter paper method. Significant difference between cultivars (p=0.01, p=0.05) was determined for germination energy, seed germination and hypocotyls length. Cultivar Slavonka had the...

  7. Overexpression of EsMcsu1 from the halophytic plant Eutrema salsugineum promotes abscisic acid biosynthesis and increases drought resistance in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).

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    Zhou, C; Ma, Z Y; Zhu, L; Guo, J S; Zhu, J; Wang, J F

    2015-01-01

    The stress phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays pivotal roles in plants' adaptive responses to adverse environments. Molybdenum cofactor sulfurases influence aldehyde oxidase activity and ABA biosynthesis. In this study, we isolated a novel EsMcsu1 gene encoding a molybdenum cofactor sulfurase from Eutrema salsugineum. EsMcus1 transcriptional patterns varied between organs, and its expression was significantly upregulated by abiotic stress or ABA treatment. Alfalfa plants that overexpressed EsMcsu1 had a higher ABA content than wild-type (WT) plants under drought stress conditions. Furthermore, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), ion leakage, and malondialdehyde were lower in the transgenic plants than in the WT plants after drought treatment, suggesting that the transgenic plants experienced less ROS-mediated damage. However, the expression of several stress-responsive genes, antioxidant enzyme activity, and osmolyte (proline and total soluble sugar) levels in the transgenic plants were higher than those in the WT plants after drought treatment. Therefore, EsMcsu1 overexpression improved drought tolerance in alfalfa plants by activating a series of ABA-mediated stress responses. PMID:26681214

  8. Aluminium-induced reduction of plant growth in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is mediated by interrupting auxin transport and accumulation in roots.

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    Wang, Shengyin; Ren, Xiaoyan; Huang, Bingru; Wang, Ge; Zhou, Peng; An, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate Al(3+)-induced IAA transport, distribution, and the relation of these two processes to Al(3+)-inhibition of root growth in alfalfa. Alfalfa seedlings with or without apical buds were exposed to 0 or 100 μM AlCl3 and were foliar sprayed with water or 6 mg L(-1) IAA. Aluminium stress resulted in disordered arrangement of cells, deformed cell shapes, altered cell structure, and a shorter length of the meristematic zone in root tips. Aluminium stress significantly decreased the IAA concentration in apical buds and root tips. The distribution of IAA fluorescence signals in root tips was disturbed, and the IAA transportation from shoot base to root tip was inhibited. The highest intensity of fluorescence signals was detected in the apical meristematic zone. Exogenous application of IAA markedly alleviated the Al(3+)-induced inhibition of root growth by increasing IAA accumulation and recovering the damaged cell structure in root tips. In addition, Al(3+) stress up-regulated expression of AUX1 and PIN2 genes. These results indicate that Al(3+)-induced reduction of root growth could be associated with the inhibitions of IAA synthesis in apical buds and IAA transportation in roots, as well as the imbalance of IAA distribution in root tips. PMID:27435109

  9. Alfalfa stem tissues: Cell wall deposition, composition, and degradability

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    Jung, H.G.; Engels, F.M.

    2002-01-01

    Declining cell wall degradability of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) stems with maturation limits the nutritional value of alfalfa for ruminants. This study characterized changes in cell wall concentration, composition, and degradability by rumen microbes resulting from alfalfa stem tissue proliferatio

  10. Inoculação microbiana da silagem de alfafa (Medicago sativa e seu efeito sobre o consumo de matéria seca e sobre a fermentação ruminal em bovinos - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i2.2074 Microbial inoculation of alfalfa silage (Medicago sativa and its effect on dry matter intake and ruminal fermentation in bovines - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v25i2.2074

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    Paulo Henrique Mazza Rodrigues

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar os efeitos da inoculação microbiana da alfafa (Medicago sativa para ensilagem sobre o consumo de matéria seca, fermentação ruminal e taxa de passagem de líquidos em bovinos. Doze vacas não-gestantes e não-lactantes foram distribuídas em um delineamento em blocos, e os tratamentos corresponderam à silagem pré-secada de alfafa (60% de MS e 19,5% de PB controle ou inoculada com o produto Silobac® (Lactobacillus plantarum e Pediococcus pentosaceus. A dieta experimental continha 50% de silagem de alfafa e 50% de concentrado. O experimento teve duração total de 21 dias, sendo o 21º dia utilizado para colheitas de líquido ruminal realizadas às 0h, 2h, 4h, 6h, 8h, 10h e 12h, após a 1a refeição. A inoculação microbiana da silagem de alfafa não alterou o consumo de MS (inoculada = 2,56 vs. controle = 2,39% PV, o pH do líquido ruminal (6,15 vs. 6,27, a concentração ruminal de N-NH3 (19,0 vs. 18,2mg/dl, a concentração total de AGVs (122,5 vs. 113,8mM ou a proporção molar de ácido acético (66,1 vs. 66,8% molar, propiônico (21,1 vs. 19,6% molar e butírico (12,8 vs. 13,6% molar. Parâmetros relativos à dinâmica líquida ruminal, como o volume líquido (59,5 vs. 63,4 litros e a taxa de passagem de líquidos (8,6 vs. 8,0%/h, também não foram alterados com a inoculação.The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of microbial inoculation of alfalfa (Medicago sativa for ensiling on dry matter intake, ruminal fermentation and liquid passage rate in twelve non pregnant dry cows. A randomized block design was used and the treatments were alfalfa haylage control (60% DM and 19.5% CP or inoculated with Silobac® product (Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus pentosaceus. Experimental diet contained 50% of alfalfa silage and 50% of concentrate. Experimental period lasted for twenty-one days; the 21st day was used for ruminal liquid sampling at 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 e 12 hours

  11. Triterpenoid glycosides from Medicago sativa as antifungal agents against Pyricularia oryzae.

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    Abbruscato, Pamela; Tosi, Solveig; Crispino, Laura; Biazzi, Elisa; Menin, Barbara; Picco, Anna M; Pecetti, Luciano; Avato, Pinarosa; Tava, Aldo

    2014-11-19

    The antifungal properties of saponin mixtures from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) tops and roots, the corresponding mixtures of prosapogenins from tops, and purified saponins and sapogenins against the causal agent of rice blast Pyricularia oryzae isolates are presented. In vitro experiments highlighted a range of activities, depending upon the assayed metabolite. The antifungal effects of the most promising prosapogenin mixture from alfalfa tops were confirmed by means of in planta tests using three different Italian cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica), known to possess high, medium, and low blast resistance. The evidenced antifungal properties of the tested metabolites allowed some considerations on their structure-activity relationship. Results indicate that prosapogenins are active compounds to prevent the fungal attack of P. oryzae on different rice cultivars. Therefore, if properly formulated, these substances could represent a promising and environmentally friendly treatment to control rice blast. PMID:25361378

  12. Characterization and genetic dissection of resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid (Therioaphis trifolii) in Medicago truncatula

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    2013-09-21

    Aphids cause significant yield losses in agricultural crops worldwide. Medicago truncatula, a model legume, cultivated pasture species in Australia and close relative of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), was used to study the defence response against Therioaphis trifolii f. maculate [spotted alfalfa aphid (SAA)]. Aphid performance and plant damage were compared among three accessions. A20 is highly susceptible, A17 has moderate resistance, and Jester is strongly resistant. Subsequent analyses using A17 and A20, reciprocal F1s and an A17×A20 recombinant inbred line (RIL) population revealed that this moderate resistance is phloem mediated and involves antibiosis and tolerance but not antixenosis. Electrical penetration graph analysis also identified a novel waveform termed extended potential drop, which occurred following SAA infestation of M. truncatula. Genetic dissection using the RIL population revealed three quantitative trait loci on chromosomes 3, 6, and 7 involved in distinct modes of aphid defence including antibiosis and tolerance. An antibiosis locus resides on linkage group 3 (LG3) and is derived from A17, whereas a plant tolerance and antibiosis locus resides on LG6 and is derived from A20, which exhibits strong temporary tolerance. The loci identified reside in regions harbouring classical resistance genes, and introgression of these loci in current medic cultivars may help provide durable resistance to SAA, while elucidation of their molecular mechanisms may provide valuable insight into other aphid–plant interactions.

  13. Comparative gene expression profiles between heterotic and non-heterotic hybrids of tetraploid Medicago sativa

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    Nettleton Dan; Wei Yanling; Li Xuehui; Brummer E Charles

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Heterosis, the superior performance of hybrids relative to parents, has clear agricultural value, but its genetic control is unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that hybrids expressing heterosis for biomass yield would show more gene expression levels that were different from midparental values and outside the range of parental values than hybrids that do not exhibit heterosis. Results We tested these hypotheses in three Medicago sativa (alfalfa) genotypes an...

  14. Influencia del agregado de enmiendas básicas sobre la producción de alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. en ámbitos templados argentinos Basic amendment application effects on alfalfa production in Argentine temperate areas

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    ,1-0,9 unidad de pH en la capa superficial. La capacidad de intercambio catiónica aumentó de 0,2 a 5,3 cmol kg-1, y el Ca intercambiable hasta un máximo de 2,6 cmol kg-1. Se registró un efecto negativo del encalado sobre el contenido de P extractable, sugiriendo la necesidad de acompañar la práctica con diagnósticos de este elemento.Natural and anthropic factors may produce soil acidification in temperate areas, causing deficiencies/unbalances of basic nutrients, particularly Ca and Mg. This problem requires regional experimentation to generate regulations for the election of the amendment, rate and application form. The aim of this study was to compare the alfalfa yield of three areas in the argentine temperate region, the basic nutrient concentration in the plants, and the changes in edaphic properties caused by the different rates and types of amendments. Two trials were conducted in Typic Argiudolls and one in an Entic Hapludoll of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Córdoba provinces. The treatments consisted in the application of 0 and 700, or 1,000, 1,500 and 2,000 kg ha-1 of shell/calcite and dolomite, according to the site. The effect of the additional application of 200 kg ha-1 of gypsum was evaluated. Alfalfa dry matter yield, foliar concentration of Ca and Mg and the effect of the treatments on edaphic properties were measured. The smaller rates (700-1,000 kg ha-1, with or without gypsum, produced the greatest yield increases. These increases were of 9, 16.5 and 18.8% respect to the control, for the trial of Santa Fe (C1000; 6 harvests, Buenos Aires (C1000, 5 harvests and Córdoba (C700, 10 harvests, respectively, and of 11.7; 14.4 and 9.1% respect to the control, for the trial of Santa Fe (D1000, Buenos Aires (D1000 and Córdoba (D700, respectively. The residuality extended all along the evaluation time (27 months. The treatments did not produce mayor differences in the foliar concentrations of Ca and Mg, although they increased the availability of both nutrients

  15. 紫花苜蓿几种主要害虫的化学防治试验%Chemical Control Experiments on the Main Pests in Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    杨向黎; 韩凤英; 秦旭; 杨慧; 张玉梅

    2014-01-01

    近年来,紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)上害虫发生与危害愈来愈严重,直接影响着苜蓿的产量和质量.针对生产中发生量大、为害重的害虫进行了化学农药的精准施药技术的研究,提出了使用噻虫嗪等杀虫剂可有效地防治蓟马(Thripidae)、苜蓿盲蝽(Adelphocoris lineolastus)、叶蝉(Cicadellidae)等刺吸式口器害虫的适用剂量,使用氯虫·高氯氟等杀虫剂防治甜菜夜蛾(Spodoptra exigua)、斜纹夜蛾(Prodenia litura)等咀嚼式口器害虫的适用剂量,为苜蓿生产中害虫的安全用药提供了依据.

  16. Deep-sequencing transcriptome analysis of field-grown Medicago sativa L. crown buds acclimated to freezing stress.

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    Song, Lili; Jiang, Lin; Chen, Yue; Shu, Yongjun; Bai, Yan; Guo, Changhong

    2016-09-01

    Medicago sativa L. (alfalfa) 'Zhaodong' is an important forage legume that can safely survive in northern China where winter temperatures reach as low as -30 °C. Survival of alfalfa following freezing stress depends on the amount and revival ability of crown buds. In order to investigate the molecular mechanisms of frost tolerance in alfalfa, we used transcriptome sequencing technology and bioinformatics strategies to analyze crown buds of field-grown alfalfa during winter. We statistically identified a total of 5605 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) involved in freezing stress including 1900 upregulated and 3705 downregulated DEGs. We validated 36 candidate DEGs using qPCR to confirm the accuracy of the RNA-seq data. Unlike other recent studies, this study employed alfalfa plants grown in the natural environment. Our results indicate that not only the CBF orthologs but also membrane proteins, hormone signal transduction pathways, and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis pathways indicate the presence of a special freezing adaptation mechanism in alfalfa. The antioxidant defense system may rapidly confer freezing tolerance to alfalfa. Importantly, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and phenylalanine metabolism, which is of potential importance in coordinating freezing tolerance with growth and development, were downregulated in subzero temperatures. The adaptive mechanism for frost tolerance is a complex multigenic process that is not well understood. This systematic analysis provided an in-depth view of stress tolerance mechanisms in alfalfa.

  17. Deep-sequencing transcriptome analysis of field-grown Medicago sativa L. crown buds acclimated to freezing stress.

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    Song, Lili; Jiang, Lin; Chen, Yue; Shu, Yongjun; Bai, Yan; Guo, Changhong

    2016-09-01

    Medicago sativa L. (alfalfa) 'Zhaodong' is an important forage legume that can safely survive in northern China where winter temperatures reach as low as -30 °C. Survival of alfalfa following freezing stress depends on the amount and revival ability of crown buds. In order to investigate the molecular mechanisms of frost tolerance in alfalfa, we used transcriptome sequencing technology and bioinformatics strategies to analyze crown buds of field-grown alfalfa during winter. We statistically identified a total of 5605 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) involved in freezing stress including 1900 upregulated and 3705 downregulated DEGs. We validated 36 candidate DEGs using qPCR to confirm the accuracy of the RNA-seq data. Unlike other recent studies, this study employed alfalfa plants grown in the natural environment. Our results indicate that not only the CBF orthologs but also membrane proteins, hormone signal transduction pathways, and ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis pathways indicate the presence of a special freezing adaptation mechanism in alfalfa. The antioxidant defense system may rapidly confer freezing tolerance to alfalfa. Importantly, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites and phenylalanine metabolism, which is of potential importance in coordinating freezing tolerance with growth and development, were downregulated in subzero temperatures. The adaptive mechanism for frost tolerance is a complex multigenic process that is not well understood. This systematic analysis provided an in-depth view of stress tolerance mechanisms in alfalfa. PMID:27272950

  18. Chemical modification and degradation of atrazine in Medicago sativa through multiple pathways.

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    Zhang, Jing Jing; Lu, Yi Chen; Yang, Hong

    2014-10-01

    Atrazine is a member of the triazine herbicide family intensively used to control weeds for crop production. In this study, atrazine residues and its degraded products in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were characterized using UPLC-TOF-MS/MS. Most of atrazine absorbed in plants was found as chemically modified derivatives like deisopropylated atrazine (DIA), dehydrogenated atrazine (DHA), or methylated atrazine (MEA), and some atrazine derivatives were conjugated through different functional groups such as sugar, glutathione, and amino acids. Interestingly, the specific conjugates DHA+hGSH (homoglutathione) and MEA-HCl+hGSH in alfalfa were detected. These results suggest that atrazine in alfalfa can be degraded through different pathways. The increased activities of glycosyltransferase and glutathione S-transferase were determined to support the atrazine degradation models. The outcome of the work uncovered the detailed mechanism for the residual atrazine accumulation and degradation in alfalfa and will help to evaluate whether the crop is suitable to be cultivated in the atrazine-polluted soil.

  19. Differential antifungal activity of alfalfa (Medicago santva L. saponins originated from roots and aerial parts for some ornamental plant pathogens

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    Alicja Saniewska

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The total saponins isolated from aerial parts and roots of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. at the concentration of 0,01%, 0,05% and 0,1% showed differential influence on the mycelium growth of Alternaria zinniae, Botrytis cinerea, Botrytis tulipae, Phoma narcissi, Phoma poolensis and Rhizoctonia solani. A higher inhibitory effect on in vitro growth of mycelium of all tested pathogens indicated saponins from roots of alfalfa than from aerial parts. Tested saponins from roots at lhe concentration of 0,1% totally inhibited linear growth of Phoma narcissi, and linear growth of Alternaria zinniae was limited about 67%, Botrytis cinerea about 74%, Botrytis tulipae about 68%, Phoma poolensis about 38%, and Rhizoctonia solani about 74% in comparison to the control. The saponins of alfalfa from roots at the concentration of 0,1% and 0,2% applied as preinoculation sprays evidently inhibited the development of Phoma narcissi on Hippeastrum leaves. This dose of aerial saponins of alfalfa did not effect the development of necrotic spots on the leaves.

  20. 土壤灭菌和杀真菌剂对紫花苜蓿生长和重金属累积的影响%Effects of Soil Sterilization and Fungicide Application on Growth and Heavy Metal Accumulation of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.)

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    何永美; 杨志新; 秦丽; 李成学; 祖艳群; 湛方栋

    2015-01-01

    Research has shown that soil microbes have profound impacts on plant tolerance to heavy metals. A greenhouse experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of soil sterilization and fungicide(benomyl)application on growth, antioxidant physiology and heavy metal accumulation of alfalfa(Medicago sativa L.)grown in heavy metals- polluted soils from a lead- zinc mining area of Huize, Yunnan Province. Soil sterilization significantly increased malondialdehyde(MDA)content by 44%, but decreased-SH content by 54%, chlorophyll a by 27%, chlorophyll b by 23%, and carotenoid content by 30%. Plant height, shoot biomass and root biomass were also reduced by soil sterilization by 45%, 74%and 85%, respectively. Both soil sterilization and benomyl application led to a significant increase in available Pb in soils and Pb content in alfalfa roots but a decrease in Zn content in the roots. In addition, soil sterilization significantly increased Cd con-tent of alfalfa shoots. The accumulation of Pb, Zn, Cd and Cu in alfalfa was significantly decreased by soil sterilization by 74%, 78%, 68%and 76%, respectively. Applying benomyl did not significantly affect growth, antioxidant physiology, and heavy metal accumulation of alfal-fa. These results indicate that soil microbial elimination reduces plantˊs ability to tolerate and accumulate heavy metals.%以云南会泽铅锌矿周边重金属污染的农田土壤为基质,开展室内盆栽试验,研究土壤灭菌和杀真菌剂(苯菌灵)对紫花苜蓿的生长、光合色素含量、部分抗氧化生理、重金属含量与累积量的影响。结果表明:土壤灭菌显著影响苜蓿的抗氧化生理,导致巯基含量减少54%,丙二醛含量增加44%;显著降低光合色素含量和植株的生长,叶绿素a、叶绿素b和类胡萝卜素含量分别下降27%、23%和30%,株高降低45%,地上部和地下部生物量分别减少74%和85%;土壤灭菌和施用苯菌灵均显著增

  1. Stress responses in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) 12. Sequence analysis of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) cDNA clones and appearance of PAL transcripts in elicitor-treated cell cultures and developing plants.

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    Gowri, G; Paiva, N L; Dixon, R A

    1991-09-01

    An expression library containing cDNAs derived from transcripts from fungal elicitor-treated alfalfa cell suspension cultures was screened with an antiserum raised against phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL) from alfalfa. A single immunoreactive clone was isolated which encoded a full-length PAL cDNA (APAL1) consisting of a 2175 bp open reading frame, 96 bp 5'-untranslated leader and 128 bp 3'-non-coding region. The deduced amino acid sequence was 86.5% similar to that of the PAL2 gene of bean, and encoded a polypeptide of Mr 78,865. A second PAL cDNA species was isolated, whose 3'-untranslated region was 86% identical to that of APAL1. Southern blot analysis indicated that PAL is encoded by a small multigene family in alfalfa. PAL transcript levels were rapidly and massively induced, and preceded increased PAL extractable activity, on exposure of alfalfa suspension cells to elicitor from baker's yeast. PAL transcripts were most abundant in roots, stems and petioles during growth and development of alfalfa seedlings. These studies provide the basis for an examination of the developmental and environmental control of a key enzyme of phenylpropanoid synthesis in a plant species which is readily amenable to stable genetic transformation.

  2. Analysis on Nutrient Constituent of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) from Different Areas of Ningxia%宁夏不同地区紫花苜蓿的营养成分分析

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    姚玉霞; 李云

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究紫花苜蓿营养成分对畜牧业发展具有积极作用.[方法]对宁夏9个不同产地的陇东紫花苜蓿营乔成分进行比较,并利用灰色关联理论和层次分析法进行了综合评价.[结果]盐池县的紫花苜蓿在供试样品中养分总体表现最好,其次为贺兰山农牧场等地区的紫花苜蓿,最后为永宁县等地区的紫花苜蓿.[结论]不同产地的紫花苜蓿在养分含量上存在差异,应根据养分含量来选择不同产地的紫花苜蓿.%[ Objective ] Studies on alfalfa nutrient composition had a positive effect for animal husbandry development. [ Method ] Nutrient constituent of Longdong alfalfa from 9 areas in Ningxia were analyzed and compared. By using grey related theory and the hierarchy analysis,comprehensive evaluations of nutrient composition about alfalfa were carried out also. [Result] Nutrient composition of alfalfa from Yanchi County was best, next from Helan Mountain Farm etc. , and finally from Yongning County etc. . [ Conclusion ] There were differences among those alfalfas about their nutrient compositions from different areas. It should according to nutrient compositions to select alfalfa from different areas.

  3. Effect of salt stress on germination and enzyme activity in two genotypes of Medicago sativa

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    Ilyess Lachhab

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The arid and semi-arid represent one third of the earth's surface. In these areas, soil salinity and irrigation water is one of the limiting factors for plant productivity and crop yields. These ecosystems are characterized by a high variability of rainfall combined with high evaporation favoring the accumulation of salts in the soil. This affects about 7% of the total area in the world. Germination of Medicago sativa is inhibited by 1.5% NaCl (260 mmol/l. Sodium chloride (NaCl salinity is one of the major environmental factors that limit plant growth and productivity. In this study we tried to determine the effect of salt stress on germination of plants. For this, two alfalfa varieties were studied: Trifecta and Tafilalet that differ in their origins and their behavior to adapt to abiotic stress. Tafilalet ecotype from Morocco and Trifecta is a variety of Australian origin. To select the most tolerant alfalfa genotypes to salinity stress, an experiment was performed with three replications. The cultivar and salinity stress factors comprised two cultivars and tree levels of salinity stress (control, 100 and 200 mM with NaCl, respectively. The all the results obtained showed that two genotypes contrasting for their sensitivity to salt stress exhibit behaviors that may differ in terms of response to salt stress, and indicate that a significant decrease was observed for mean germination in stress conditions.

  4. Valor nutritivo do capim-elefante (Penninsetum purpureum, Schum, do feno de alfafa (Medicago sativa, L. e do feno de capim coast-cross (Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers. para eqüinos Nutritive value of elephant grass (Penninsetum purpureum, Schum, alfalfa hay (Medicago sativa, L. and coast-cross grass hay (Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers. for horses

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    Maria Izabel Vieira de Almeida

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o consumo e a digestibilidade aparente dos nutrientes nos alimentos volumosos capim-elefante, feno de alfafa e feno de capim coast-cross em eqüinos adultos. Dezoito éguas adultas da raça Mangalarga Marchador foram distribuídas em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com três tratamentos, que consistiram em dietas contendo os seguintes alimentos volumosos: T1 - capim-elefante, T2 - feno de alfafa e T3 - feno de capim coast-cross. Os animais foram alimentados ad libitum, duas vezes ao dia. O período experimental constituiu de uma fase de oito dias para adaptação às dietas e cinco dias para a coleta total das fezes. Não houve diferenças no consumo diário de matéria seca (MS das forragens, sendo observados valores médios de 6,27 kg MS, 68,41 g MS/kg0,75 ou 1,51%PV. Os coeficientes médios de digestibilidade aparente do capim-elefante e dos fenos de alfafa e capim coast-cross foram de 43,10; 55,20; e 49,80% para a MS; 41,60; 53,40; e 47,90% para a energia bruta; 24,60; 71,20; e 56,10% para a proteína bruta; e 40,60; 35,50; e 63,30% para a fibra em detergente neutro.The objective of this work was to evaluate the intake and apparent digestibility of nutrients of elephant grass forages, alfalfa and coast-cross grass hays in adult horses. Eighteen adult Mangalarga Marchador mares were allotted to a completely randomized design with three treatments that consisted on diets with the following forages: T1 - elephant grass, T2 - alfalfa hay, T3 - coast-cross grass hay. The animals were ad libitum fed twice a day. The experimental period was constituted by a phase of eight days for diet adaptation and a phase of five days for total collection of feces. There were no differences of forage dry matter intake, with average values of 6.27 kg DM, 68.41 g DM/kg0,75 or 1.51% LW. The average coefficients of apparent digestibility of elephant grass and alfalfa and coast-cross grass hays were 43.10, 55

  5. Research on Winter Injury and Prevent Techniqu e of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.cv.Aohan) in Chifeng Region%赤峰地区敖汉苜蓿冻害及其防御技术

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    孙启忠; 桂荣

    2001-01-01

    In Chifeng region,the w inter injury of alfalfa was classifiedinto four kinds:(1)no injury,(2)the injur ed alfalfa regenerating new buds from roots,(3)no regenerating new buds from roo ts,(4)dead plant.The reason of winter injury was that the planting date was late and the roots before overwinter are weak and shallow.Therefore,the measures of early-sowing in good time and shallow-ploughing and covering soil before over winter could efficiently accelerate the growth of seedlings and reduce winter in jury.%敖汉苜蓿在赤峰地区受冻有4种表现,(1)全株未受冻;(2)根颈上端受冻变黑,下端仍能再生新芽;(3)根颈全部和根的部分受冻变黑,不能再生新芽;(4)全株受冻死亡。引起冻害的主要原因是苜蓿播种期晚和根颈入土浅。研究结果表明,越冬前苜蓿具有2个以上分枝,根颈入土深度5cm以上,以及根颈膨大,直径达0.3cm以上者,方能减轻或避免受冻。适时早播或带肥播种,延长苜蓿生长期和促进幼苗生长,同时在封冻前对平作进行浅耕覆土或深开沟冻磨平,均能增加根颈保温层,有效提高苜蓿越冬率。

  6. Transcript Profiling of Two Alfalfa Genotypes with Contrasting Cell Wall Composition in Stems Using a Cross-Species Platform: Optimizing Analysis by Masking Biased Probes

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    The stem cell walls of alfalfa [Medicago sativa (L.) ssp. sativa] genotype 252 have high cellulose and lignin concentrations, while stem cell walls of genotype 1283 have low cellulose and lignin concentrations. The GeneChip® Medicago Genome Array, developed for Medicago truncatula, is a suitable pla...

  7. Quality of mixed naked oats (Avena nuda)and alfalfa (Medicago sativa)silage%紫花苜蓿和裸燕麦混贮发酵品质和营养成分分析

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    葛剑; 杨翠军; 杨志敏; 白雪梅; 赵海香; 刘贵河

    2015-01-01

    Using sun-dried or fresh alfalfa and naked oats as materials,five silages,including alfalfa silage,na-ked oats silage,three mix silage,(alfalfa∶naked oats =1∶1,alfalfa∶naked oats =1 ∶2 and alfalfa∶naked oats =2 ∶1 ),were prepared.After 60 days ensiling,the sensory score,fermentation quality and nutrition composition of silages were evaluated.The results revealed that silage made of fresh alfalfa showed a common performance in the sensory score and V-Score and Kaiser-Score evaluation system,while both silage made of sun-dried materials and mixed silage had a improved silage score.Sun-drying and mixing process had effect on silage quality,such as decreasing pH value,acetic acid (AA),propionic acid (PA),butyrate acid (BA)and ammonia nitrogen/total nitrogen (AN/TN)(P <0.01 or P <0.05)content of silages,significantly increasing lactate (LA)content (P <0.01or P <0.05)of silages.Among which,mixed silage of alfalfa and naked oats with a ratio of 2∶1 showed a biggest increasing and decreasing describe above.The sun-drying process had a significantly effect on the dry matter (DM),water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC)and crude ash (Ash)content of silage,while had no effect on remaining nutrients.Notably,mixing process had significant effects on most of fermentative indexes,such as the content of crude protein (CP),water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC),neu-tral detergent fiber (NDF)(P <0.05 or P <0.01),whereas had no effect on other nutrient indexes.In conclu-sion,the interaction of sun-drying process to silage materials and mixed ratio can improve silage quality,while had no effect on nutrient composition of silages.According to the sensory score,fermentation quality,and nu-trient content,the mixed and sun-dried materials can produce better silages than sole and fresh material,and silage made of naked oats and alfalfa with a ration of 2∶1 was the best.%以新鲜及晾晒后的紫花苜蓿和裸燕麦为原料,分别设计紫花苜蓿单贮、裸燕麦单贮

  8. Responsibility of non-stomatal limitations for the reduction of photosynthesis-response of photosynthesis and antioxidant enzyme characteristics in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) seedlings to water stress and rehydration

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    LI Wenrao; ZHANG Suiqi; SHAN Lun

    2007-01-01

    Water stress by polyethylene glycol (PEG)-6000 solution (Ψs=0.2 MPa,stress time:48 h,rehydration time:48 h) was performed in leaves of two alfalfa cultivar (Long-Dong and Algonquin) seedlings.Gas exchange parameters,chlorophyll fluorescence parameters,activity of antioxidant enzyme and photosynthetic pigment concentrations were measured to investigate the available photosynthetic and antioxidant enzyme response to variable water conditions as well as stomatal and non-stomatal limitations to photosynthesis.The results showed that non-stomatal limitations were responsible for the reduction of photosynthesis during water stress.At the beginning of water stress (12 h),water was lost and then the stomata closed rapidly,which resulted in a decrease of transpiration,net photosynthesis and CO2 diffusion.Therefore,when intercellular CO2 concentration and carboxylation efficiency decrease,water use efficiency and value of stomatal limitation would increase.However,the decline of net photosynthetic rate was faster than transpiration rate.At the same time,the maximal photochemical efficiency,potential activity of PSII reaction center and photochemical quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence declined significantly,the activity of antioxidant enzyme increased rapidly and the photosynthetic pigment concentrations changed slightly.The results also indicated that,at the initial period of stress,neither oxidative stress nor membrane lipid peroxidation was induced,nor were photosynthetic structures damaged,but photosynthetic functions were partly inhibited.Therefore,the stomatal limitation and non-stomatal limitations had the same responsibility for the reduction of photosynthesis.At the mid-late stage of water stress,net photosynthetic rate,stomatal conductance,maximal photochemical efficiency,potential activity of PSII reaction center and photochemical quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence decreased linearly with the decline of the relative water content.And the relative electron

  9. Toxic effects of arsenic on Sinorhizobium-Medicago sativa symbiotic interaction

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    Pajuelo, Eloisa [Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, 41012 Seville (Spain); Rodriguez-Llorente, Ignacio D. [Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, 41012 Seville (Spain)], E-mail: irodri@us.es; Dary, Mohammed; Palomares, Antonio J. [Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Seville, 41012 Seville (Spain)

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    Recently, the Rhizobium-legume symbiotic interaction has been proposed as an interesting tool in bioremediation. However, little is known about the effect of most common contaminants on this process. The phytotoxic effects of arsenic on nodulation of Medicago sativa have been examined in vitro using the highly arsenic resistant and symbiotically effective Sinorhizobium sp. strain MA11. The bacteria were able to grow on plates containing As concentrations as high as 10 mM. Nevertheless, as little as 25-35 {mu}M arsenite produced a 75% decrease in the total number of nodules, due to a 90% reduction in the number of rhizobial infections, as could be determined using the strain MA11 carrying a lacZ reporter gene. This effect was associated to root hair damage and a shorter infective root zone. However, once nodulation was established nodule development seemed to continue normally, although earlier senescence could be observed in nodules of arsenic-grown plants. - First steps of nodulation of alfalfa, in particular infection thread formation, are more sensitive to As than nitrogen fixation due to plant effects.

  10. Toxic effects of arsenic on Sinorhizobium-Medicago sativa symbiotic interaction

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    Recently, the Rhizobium-legume symbiotic interaction has been proposed as an interesting tool in bioremediation. However, little is known about the effect of most common contaminants on this process. The phytotoxic effects of arsenic on nodulation of Medicago sativa have been examined in vitro using the highly arsenic resistant and symbiotically effective Sinorhizobium sp. strain MA11. The bacteria were able to grow on plates containing As concentrations as high as 10 mM. Nevertheless, as little as 25-35 μM arsenite produced a 75% decrease in the total number of nodules, due to a 90% reduction in the number of rhizobial infections, as could be determined using the strain MA11 carrying a lacZ reporter gene. This effect was associated to root hair damage and a shorter infective root zone. However, once nodulation was established nodule development seemed to continue normally, although earlier senescence could be observed in nodules of arsenic-grown plants. - First steps of nodulation of alfalfa, in particular infection thread formation, are more sensitive to As than nitrogen fixation due to plant effects

  11. WATER DEFICIT EFFECT ON YIELD AND FORAGE QUALITY OF MEDICAGO SATIVA POPULATIONS UNDER FIELD CONDITIONS IN MARRAKESH AREA (MOROCCO

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    Full Text Available The present study focused the effect of water deficit on agronomic potential and some traits related to forage quality in plants of Moroccan Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. populations (Taf 1, Taf 2, Dem and Tata originated from Oasis and High Atlas of Morocco and an introduced variety from Australia (Siriver. The experiment was conducted under field conditions in experimental station of INRA-Marrakech and under two irrigation treatments. The first treatment was normal irrigation, providing an amount of water corresponding to the potential evapo-transpiration of the crop, and the second treatment was water deficit stress (one irrigation per cut. For each treatment, the experiment was conducted as a split plot based on a randomized complete block design with four replications. The plants were measured and analyzed over three cuts. Some agronomic traits as, plant height, fresh and dry forage yields were measured. The forage quality was evaluated by leaf:stem ratio and the contents of plants in proteins and nitrogen. The results indicated that the water deficit has negatively affected the plant height and forage yield. The decrease in leaf:stem ratio was observed under water deficit conditions. However, the proteins and nitrogen contents were unaffected. The behavior of tested alfalfa genotypes was significantly different. The Moroccan alfalfa populations were more adapted to water deficit conditions comparatively to Siriver variety and the Tata population was the most adapted one.

  12. A PROPOSITO DE UN ENSAYO CON ABONOS (cal y harina de huesos) EN ALFALFAl (Medicago sativa)i

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    En este trabajo, los autores estudian el efecto que sobre el rendimiento de la alfalfa (Medicago sativa) produce la incorporación de diferentes dosis de cal y harina de huesos, en un suelo pobre de P y Ca; de una textura pesada con alto contenido de arcilla en todos los horizontes, de un pH ácido (5.1 a 6.2) y que es característico de la zona donde fué hecha la experiencia.
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  13. Medicago sativa L. cv. Longmu 807 Breeding Report%龙牧807苜蓿选育报告

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    李红; 杨伟光; 黄新育; 杨曌; 毛小涛

    2011-01-01

    Medicago sativa L. cv. Longmu 807, a forage crop cultivar selected from initial population of Medicago sativa L. cv. Longmu 803, had been bred through 12 successive generations by choosing good single plant in the initial population, then asexual propagation and three time mixed choice as well as open pollination. The new cultivar had been checked by comparative tests of varieties, regional test and production test in different ecological zones. The plant is erect and the plant height reached 75.7~105.3 cm in flowering stage and 98.5~133.8 cm in maturity stage. The growing period was about 120 days and turned green during late April in Heilongjiang. The average hay yield was 11739.14 kg ·hm-2 and increased 17.10% compared with control alfalfa Longmu 803(9797.99 kg · hm-2). The average seed yield was 284.60 kg · hm-2, increased 18.25% compared with control alfalfa Longmu 803(230.00 kg ·bm-2). The alfalfa Longmu 807 has good palatability and its crude protein contents are 19.38% at early flowering stage.Moreover, the plant has strong resistance ability and ecological adapt ability. It is suitable to be cultivated in HeiLongjiang or other province around HeiLongjiang.%从龙牧803(Medicago sativa L.cv.Longmu 803)苜蓿群体中选择优秀单株,通过无性扦插繁殖,3次混合选择、开放授粉及品种比较试验、区域与生产试验,历经12年育成龙牧807苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.cv.Longmu 807)新品种.该品种株型直立,在黑龙江省地区4月中下旬返青,生育期120 d左右,开花期株高75.7~105.3cm,成熟期株高98.5~133.8 cm.2年生干草产量为11739.14 kg·hm-2,比对照龙牧803苜蓿(9797.99 kg·hm-1)增产17.10%;种子产量284.60 kg·hm-2,比对照(230.00 kg·hm-2)增产18.25%.初花期粗蛋白含量19.38%,适口性好,饲用品质优良.其抗性强,生态适应性广,适宜在黑龙江省各地及毗邻省区推广种植.

  14. 紫外线辐射与土壤干旱胁迫对紫花苜蓿叶表皮蜡质晶体结构及含量的影响%Effect of soil water deficit and enhanced ultraviolet radiation on contents and crystal structure of cuticular waxes in alfalfa (Medicago sativa) leaf

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    郭彦军; 郭芸江; 唐华; 李智燕; 韩龙

    2011-01-01

    Enhanced ultraviolet radiation induced by human activities widely influenced plant adaptation, which accompanied with drought stress severely reduced crop yields. In the current study, two alfalfa (Medicago sati-va) cultivars with different drought resistances, Aohan (high resistance) and Sanditi (low resistance), were used to analyze the responses of leaf cuticular wax content and crystal structure, leaf water potential (LWP) , and ultraviolet absorbing compounds under soil water deficit and enhanced ultraviolet radiation (UVR) stresses. The results showed that the leaf wax content in Aohan was significantly higher than that in Sanditi. Compared to well-watered plants, leaf wax content and LWP in Aohan with combined treatments of UVR and soil water deficit increased, while LWP in Sanditi changed insignificantly. This indicates that high-drought resistant cultivar might maintain higher level of LWP to control water loss by increasing wax deposition on leaf surface. Under the conditions of 0. 05 W/m2 UVR dose or combined treatments of UVR and soil water deficit, the platelet wax crystalloid on leaf surface of both alfalfa cultivars melted, which increased covering areas and UVR reflection rate, and thus would reduce cuticular water loss. Under 0. 1 W/m2 UVR dose, some crystal platelets paralleling leaf surface while vertically distributing above other crystalloid, appeared on leaf surface of Aohan, which efficiently reduced the effect of UVR on plant physiology, while the wax crystalloids of Sanditi further melted. The structure of wax crystalloids had no significant response to solely water deficit treatment. The contents of ultraviolet absorbing compounds had no significant response to enhanced UVR, indicating that the wax crystalloid structure on alfalfa leaf surface had direct defense mechanism to UVR, which partly might delay or replace the defense mechanisms from secondary metabolic compound such as ultraviolet absorbing compounds.%选用紫花苜蓿强抗旱

  15. Alfalfa nitrogen credit to first-year corn: potassium, regrowth, and tillage timing effects

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    Compared to corn (Zea mays L.) following corn, N guidelines for corn following alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in the U.S. Corn Belt suggest that N rates for first-year corn after alfalfa be reduced by about 168 kg N/ha when 43 to 53 alfalfa plants per square meter are present at termination; however, ...

  16. Biological nitrogen fixation by lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) in acid soils.

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    Pijnenborg, J.W.M.

    1990-01-01

    Growth of lucerne( Medicago sativa L.) is poor in soils with values of pH-H2O below 6. This is often due to nitrogen deficiency, resulting from a hampered performance of the symbiosis withRhizobium meliloti. This thesis deals with the factors affecting biological nitrogen fixat

  17. ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENT OF ALFALFA (MEDICAGO VARIA L.) GENETICLALY ENGINEERED TO EXPRESS A HUMAN METALLOTHIONEIN (HMT) GENE

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    The objectives of these studies were two-fold: (1) to determine efficacy of low and high expression hMT gene constructs by assessing accumulation of Cu in shoots of parental and transgenic plants of alfalfa (Medicago varia L.) exposed to different concentrations of CuSO4 by addit...

  18. La simbiosis fijadora de nitrógeno Sinorhizobium meliloti-alfalfa: aproximaciones ómicas aplicadas a la identificación y caracterización de determinantes genéticos del rizobio asociados a la colonización temprana de la raíz de alfalfa (Medicago sativa)

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    Salas, María Eugenia

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    Sinorhizobium meliloti es una α-proteobacteria capaz de establecer asociaciones simbióticas con plantas de los géneros Medicago, Melilotus y Trigonella. Esta asociación es el resultado de un complejo diálogo molecular entre los simbiontes, que se diferencian a lo largo de la interacción para dar lugar a un nuevo órgano en las raíces de las plantas, el nódulo fijador de nitrógeno. El nicho simbiótico accesible a los rizobios está naturalmente limitado, y resulta ocupado por aquellas cepas que ...

  19. Environmental stability of stem cell wall traits in alfalfa

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    The concentration of stem cell wall constituents in alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., herbage can affect dry matter intake and energy availability in dairy and beef production systems and impact energy conversion efficiency when alfalfa is used to produce biofuels. Stem Klason lignin, glucose, xylose, an...

  20. Transcriptome analysis of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine stress

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    Fuqiang Song; Jize Li; Xiaoxu Fan; Quan Zhang; Wei Chang; Fengshan Yang; Gui Geng

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    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) protect host plants against diverse biotic and abiotic stresses, and promote biodegradation of various contaminants. In this study effect of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine degradation was investigated. It was observed that the atrazine degradation rates with any addition level in mycorrhizal treatments were all significantly higher than those in non- mycorrhizal treatments. When atrazine was applied at 20 mg kg−1, the removal efficienc...

  1. Accumulation of heavy metals in Medicago sativa L. and Trifolium pratense L. at the contaminated fluvisol

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    Jakšić Snežana P.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Recently, heavy metals concentrations increased in some agricultural areas due to the consequences of anthropogenic impacts. The aim of this study was to determine the level of heavy metals (As, Cr, Ni and Pb in Medicago sativa L. and Trifolium pratense L. grown on fluvisol, in order to obtain information on safety of these nutrients. The total content of Pb, As, Cr and Ni in the samples of fluvisol was above the maximum allowable amount. The content of heavy metals in Medicago sativa L. and Trifolium pratense L. was below the critical and toxic concentrations in all samples originating from contaminated soil. It was concluded that the accumulation of heavy metals in plants did not depend only on the total content in soil, but also the affinity of the plant, and individual and interactive effects of various soil properties. No statistically significant differences in the accumulation of heavy metals between Medicago sativa L. and Trifolium pratense L were observed. It is necessary to further control of heavy metals in the investigated area, in order to prevent their entry into the food chain and provide healthy food.

  2. Characterization of the plant growth promoting bacterium, Enterobacter cloacae MSR1, isolated from roots of non-nodulating Medicago sativa.

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    Khalifa, Ashraf Y Z; Alsyeeh, Abdel-Moneium; Almalki, Mohammed A; Saleh, Farag A

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to characterize the endophytic bacterial strain designated MSR1 that was isolated from inside the non-nodulating roots of Medicago sativa after surface-sterilization. MSR1 was identified as Enterobacter cloacae using both 16S rDNA gene sequence analysis and API20E biochemical identification system (Biomerieux, France). Furthermore, this bacterium was characterized using API50CH kit (Biomerieux, France) and tested for antibacterial activities against some food borne pathogens. The results showed that E. cloacae consumed certain carbohydrates such as glycerol, d-xylose, d-maltose and esculin melibiose as a sole carbon source and certain amino acids such as arginine, tryptophan ornithine as nitrogen source. Furthermore, MSR1 possessed multiple plant-growth promoting characteristics; phosphate solubility, production of phytohormones acetoin and bioactive compounds. Inoculation of Pisum sativum with MSR1 significantly improved the growth parameters (the length and dry weight) of this economically important grain legume compared to the non-treated plants. To our knowledge, this is the first report addressing E. cloacae which exist in roots of alfalfa growing in Al-Ahsaa region. The results confirmed that E. cloacae exhibited traits for plant growth promoting and could be developed as an eco-friendly biofertilizer for P. sativum and probably for other important plant species in future. PMID:26858542

  3. A PROPOSITO DE UN ENSAYO CON ABONOS (cal y harina de huesos EN ALFALFAl (Medicago sativai

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    En este trabajo, los autores estudian el efecto que sobre el rendimiento de la alfalfa (Medicago sativa produce la incorporación de diferentes dosis de cal y harina de huesos, en un suelo pobre de P y Ca; de una textura pesada con alto contenido de arcilla en todos los horizontes, de un pH ácido (5.1 a 6.2 y que es característico de la zona donde fué hecha la experiencia.
    Se han obtenido resultados referentes a la influencia de la inoculación de la semilla con Rhizobium y el agregado de cal y harina de huesos sobre los rendimientos.

  4. [MEDICAGO SATIVA L: IMPROVEMENT AND NEW APPROACHES OF ITS NUTRITIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL VALUE BY BACTERIAL CO-INOCULATION].

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    Martínez, Rosario; Nebot, Elena; Porres, Jesús María; Kapravelou, Garyfallia; Del Moral, Ana; Talbi, Chouhra; Bedmar, Eulogio Jose; López-Jurado, María

    2015-12-01

    Objetivo: estudiar el efecto de la inoculación con Ensifer meliloti y Halomonas maura sobre el crecimiento y el valor nutricional y funcional de la leguminosa Medicago sativa L., cultivada bajo condiciones de salinidad. Método: las plantas de M. sativa se cultivaron con una solución de mezcla de sales CaSO4, MgCl, NaCl and Na- HCO3 y se coinocularon con su rizobio específico y la bacteria H. maura. Se determinaron los parámetros fisiológicos de las plantas, así como el contenido en nitrógeno y minerales, y se llevó a cabo un proceso de digestibilidad in vitro. Resultados: la salinidad ejerció un efecto negativo sobre las plantas; sin embargo, la coinoculación de las mismas incrementó su productividad, el contenido en nitrógeno, minerales totales, Ca y Mg. Además, los parámetros fisiológicos de potencial hídrico y concentración de leghemoglobina se incrementaron. Tanto la salinidad como la coinoculación de las plantas aumentaron la capacidad antioxidante de la leguminosa en los dializados y retenidos obtenidos tras someter a la planta a un proceso de digestibilidad in vitro. Conclusión: la coinoculación con E. meliloti y H. maura podría mejorar el cultivo de la alfalfa bajo condiciones específicas de salinidad, aumentando su composición nutricional y funcional, pudiendo considerarse en la formulación de suplementos nutricionales para el consumo humano.

  5. 紫花苜蓿混合青贮研究进展%Research Progress on Mixed Silage of Medicago sativa

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    葛剑; 刘贵河; 杨翠军; 白雪梅; 孔伟

    2014-01-01

    紫花苜蓿单独青贮品质不佳,混合青贮能够提高原料糖分含量,增加乳酸菌数量或抑制不良发酵,进而提高青贮发酵品质和养分含量。阐述了紫花苜蓿与禾本科牧草、谷物秸秆等进行混合青贮的研究现状,对乳酸菌、绿汁发酵液、纤维素酶、甲酸、蔗糖等添加剂在苜蓿青贮中的应用效果进行了概述,并探讨了抑制苜蓿青贮蛋白质降解的新技术手段,为调制优质苜蓿青贮饲料提供参考。%The quality of Medicago sativa silage alone was poor,but mixed silage could improve sugar content of raw material and increase the amount of lactic acid bacteria,and furthermore improve the fermentation quality and nutrients content.This paper described the research status of mixed silage of Medicago sativa and gramineous forage or corn straw,and summarized the application effects of silage additives of lactic acid bacteria,previously fermented j uices,cellulytic enzymes,formic acid and sucrose,etc.At last,new technology of inhibiting protein degradation of alfalfa silage was explored,so as to provide reference to modulation quality of alfalfa silage.

  6. Alfalfa interseeded into silage corn can serve as a cover crop and subsequent forage crop

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    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and corn (Zea mays) silage are commonly grown in rotation in dairy forage production systems throughout the northern regions of the USA. Alfalfa interseeded into silage corn could potentially serve two purposes: as a cover crop during the silage corn production year, and as...

  7. Biological nitrogen fixation by lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) in acid soils.

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    Pijnenborg, J.W.M.

    1990-01-01

    Growth of lucerne( Medicago sativa L.) is poor in soils with values of pH-H2O below 6. This is often due to nitrogen deficiency, resulting from a hampered performance of the symbiosis withRhizobium meliloti. This thesis deals with the factors affecting biological nitrogen fixation by lucerne in acid soils.In a field experiment, lucerne seeds were either inoculated withR.meliloti only,or inoculated and pelleted with lime, before sowing in a sandy soil of pH 5.2. Lime-pelleting significantly im...

  8. Lucerne (Medicago sativa) or grass-clover as cut-and-carry fertilizers in organic agriculture

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    Burgt, van der, A.; Eekeren, van, N.J.M.; Scholberg, J.M.S.; Koopmans, C.J.

    2013-01-01

    On-farm nitrogen fixation is a driving force in organic agriculture. The efficiency with which this nitrogen is used can be increased by using lucerne (Medicago sativa) or grass-clover directly as sources of fertilizer on arable land: cut-and-carry fertilizers. In two arable crops, the use of lucerne and grass-clover as fertilizers was compared with the use of poultry manure and slurry. The nitrogen-use efficiency at crop level was comparable or better for the cut-andcarry fertilizers as comp...

  9. Thiaminase activities and thiamine content of Pteridium aquilinum, Equisetum ramosissimum, Malva parviflora, Pennisetum clandestinum and Medicago sativa.

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    Meyer, P

    1989-06-01

    Thiaminase type 1 and 2 activities and thiamine content of five plants were determined. Of these Pteridium aquilinum and Equisetum ramosissimum were found to have considerably more thiaminase activity and lower thiamine content than Malva parviflora, Pennisetum clandestinum and Medicago sativa.

  10. Pleiotropic effect of fluoranthene on anthocyanin synthesis and nodulation of Medicago sativa is reversed by the plant flavone luteolin

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    Wetzel, A.; Parniske, M.; Werner, D. [Univ. of Marburg (Germany)

    1995-05-01

    The symbiosis between leguminous plants and soil bacteria of the genus Rhizobium is of considerable agronominal importance. Recently it has been found, that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs; e.g. anthracene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene), occurring as ubiquitous environmental contaminants can inhibit nodulation of Medicago sativa. Fluoranthene is one of the dominant PAHs found in urban particulate matter, sewage sludge or beside motorways. Several organisms have been shown to be able to metabolize and mineralize fluoranthene but the uptake of fluoranthene is limited due to low solubility of fluoranthene in water and strong adsorption to humic substances in soil. Rhizobium meliloti cannot degrade fluoranthene. Toxic effects of fluoranthene on bacterial growth have never been observed. In contrast to their rhizobial symbiotic partners, alfalfa plants grown on a solidified fluoranthene-containing medium, exhibited symptoms of toxicity. They showed a dose-responsive decrease in shoot length and, if inoculated with R. meliloti, inhibition of nodule formation. Growth retardation is accompanied by a decrease in anthocyanin pigmentation of shoots, and an atypical accumulation of anthocyanins in roots. Plant flavonoids are known to play a central role in the signal exchange of the Legume-Rhizobium symbiosis. Phenylpropane derived compounds and flavonoids have been implicated in nodule development. Since fluoranthene impairs nodulation and induces the production of anthocyanins, it is possible that these events are causally linked via phenylpropanoid metabolism. These experiments attempt to overcome the inhibitory effects of fluoranthene by exogeneous application of the flavonoid luteolin. This paper demonstrates that luteolin antagonizes the fluoranthene mediated inhibition of nodule formation and prevents the accumulation of anthocyanins in roots. 29 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Altered callose deposition during embryo sac formation of multi-pistil mutant (mp1) in Medicago sativa.

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    Zhou, H C; Jin, L; Li, J; Wang, X J

    2016-01-01

    Whether callose deposition is the cause or result of ovule sterility in Medicago sativa remains controversial, because it is unclear when and where changes in callose deposition and dissolution occur during fertile and sterile embryo sac formation. Here, alfalfa spontaneous multi-pistil mutant (mp1) and wild-type plants were used to compare the dynamics of callose deposition during embryo sac formation using microscopy. The results showed that both mutant and wild-type plants experienced megasporogenesis and megagametogenesis, and there was no significant difference during megasporogenesis. In contrast to the wild-type plants, in which the mature embryo sac was observed after three continuous cycles of mitosis, functional megaspores of mutant plants developed abnormally after the second round of mitosis, leading to degeneration of synergid, central, and antipodal cells. Callose deposition in both mutant and wild-type plants was first observed in the walls of megasporocytes, and then in the megaspore tetrad walls. After meiosis, the callose wall began to degrade as the functional megaspore underwent mitosis, and almost no callose was observed in the mature embryo sac in wild-type plants. However, callose deposition was observed in mp1 plants around the synergid, and increased with the development of the embryo sac, and was mainly deposited at the micropylar end. Our results indicate that synergid, central, and antipodal cells, which are surrounded by callose, may degrade owing to lack of nutrition. Callose accumulation around the synergid and at the micropylar end may hinder signals required for the pollen tube to enter the embryo sac, leading to abortion. PMID:27323128

  12. Plant density and maturity stage impacts on stem cell wall composition in high quality and non-lodging alfalfa

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    The concentration of stem cell wall constituents in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) can affect energy availability in livestock production systems and energy conversion efficiency when alfalfa is used to produce biofuels. Knowledge of the environmental variability of cell wall concentration and composi...

  13. Mixed Nodule Infection in Sinorhizobium meliloti–Medicago sativa Symbiosis Suggest the Presence of Cheating Behavior

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    Checcucci, Alice; Azzarello, Elisa; Bazzicalupo, Marco; Galardini, Marco; Lagomarsino, Alessandra; Mancuso, Stefano; Marti, Lucia; Marzano, Maria C.; Mocali, Stefano; Squartini, Andrea; Zanardo, Marina; Mengoni, Alessio

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    In the symbiosis between rhizobia and legumes, host plants can form symbiotic root nodules with multiple rhizobial strains, potentially showing different symbiotic performances in nitrogen fixation. Here, we investigated the presence of mixed nodules, containing rhizobia with different degrees of mutualisms, and evaluate their relative fitness in the Sinorhizobium meliloti–Medicago sativa model symbiosis. We used three S. meliloti strains, the mutualist strains Rm1021 and BL225C and the non-mutualist AK83. We performed competition experiments involving both in vitro and in vivo symbiotic assays with M. sativa host plants. We show the occurrence of a high number (from 27 to 100%) of mixed nodules with no negative effect on both nitrogen fixation and plant growth. The estimation of the relative fitness as non-mutualist/mutualist ratios in single nodules shows that in some nodules the non-mutualist strain efficiently colonized root nodules along with the mutualist ones. In conclusion, we can support the hypothesis that in S. meliloti–M. sativa symbiosis mixed nodules are formed and allow non-mutualist or less-mutualist bacterial partners to be less or not sanctioned by the host plant, hence allowing a potential form of cheating behavior to be present in the nitrogen fixing symbiosis. PMID:27379128

  14. Identification and Preliminary Analysis of Salt Stress-responsive Genes in Leaves of Southern Type Alfalfa (Medicago sativa ‘Millennium’)%南方型紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫应答基因鉴定与分析

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    马进; 郑钢

    2015-01-01

    以南方型紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa ‘Millennium’)为材料,以正常培养(WT CK2)和盐胁迫(WT_N2)条件下的2个样品叶片进行转录组分析,鉴定紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫应答相关基因,从转录组水平揭示南方型紫花苜蓿适应盐胁迫环境的分子机制.提取常培养(WT CK2)和盐胁迫(WT_N2)叶片总RNA,以Illumina Hiseq 2000平台进行RNA测序(RNA Sequencing,RNA-Seq)分析.同时,对上调和下调DEGs(differential-expressed genes)进行基因本体(Gene Ontology,GO)和京都基因与基因组百科全书(Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes,KEGG)代谢途径富集分析.选择DEGs 6个,以qRT-PCR验证RNA-Seq结果的可靠性.结果表明,滤低质量reads后,WT CK2和WT N2分别保留了62 771 040和60 394 756对高质量reads用于差异表达基因的筛选,其中52.47%和53.07%的reads能准确比对到参考序列蒺藜苜蓿(Medicago truncatula)上,说明RNA-Seq结果和参考序列可靠.DEGs鉴定结果表明,7 497个基因受盐胁迫诱导差异表达,其中上调表达4 078个,3 419下调表达,其中包括46个转录因子家族的474个转录因子基因在盐胁迫差异表达.GO富集分析表明,差异表达基因广泛涉及结合、催化活性、细胞过程、代谢过程和刺激响应.KEGG代谢分析表明,差异表达基因广泛涉及次生代谢、代谢途径、苯丙素的生物合成、黄酮类生物合成和植物激素信号转导.紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫响应中活性氧清除类、渗透调节和离子转运类基因上调,参与生物合成和钙依赖蛋白激酶信号转导途径,丝裂原活化蛋白激酶,PP2C(protein phosphatase 2C)基因家族、ABA(abscisic acid)通路和激素(水杨酸,乙烯和茉莉酸)信号途径基因表达上调,C3H、NAC、WRKY和AP2/EREBP转录家族因子不同程度上调,而基础代谢和蛋白合成途径总体上受到抑制.此外,候选了与盐胁迫响应相关的海藻糖-6-磷酸合成酶基因、Na+/H+逆向转运蛋白基

  15. 南方型紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫应答基因鉴定与分析%Identification and Preliminary Analysis of Salt Stress-responsive Genes in Leaves of Southern Type Alfalfa (Medicago sativa ‘Millennium’)

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    马进; 郑钢

    2015-01-01

    以南方型紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa ‘Millennium’)为材料,以正常培养(WT CK2)和盐胁迫(WT_N2)条件下的2个样品叶片进行转录组分析,鉴定紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫应答相关基因,从转录组水平揭示南方型紫花苜蓿适应盐胁迫环境的分子机制.提取常培养(WT CK2)和盐胁迫(WT_N2)叶片总RNA,以Illumina Hiseq 2000平台进行RNA测序(RNA Sequencing,RNA-Seq)分析.同时,对上调和下调DEGs(differential-expressed genes)进行基因本体(Gene Ontology,GO)和京都基因与基因组百科全书(Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes,KEGG)代谢途径富集分析.选择DEGs 6个,以qRT-PCR验证RNA-Seq结果的可靠性.结果表明,滤低质量reads后,WT CK2和WT N2分别保留了62 771 040和60 394 756对高质量reads用于差异表达基因的筛选,其中52.47%和53.07%的reads能准确比对到参考序列蒺藜苜蓿(Medicago truncatula)上,说明RNA-Seq结果和参考序列可靠.DEGs鉴定结果表明,7 497个基因受盐胁迫诱导差异表达,其中上调表达4 078个,3 419下调表达,其中包括46个转录因子家族的474个转录因子基因在盐胁迫差异表达.GO富集分析表明,差异表达基因广泛涉及结合、催化活性、细胞过程、代谢过程和刺激响应.KEGG代谢分析表明,差异表达基因广泛涉及次生代谢、代谢途径、苯丙素的生物合成、黄酮类生物合成和植物激素信号转导.紫花苜蓿叶片盐胁迫响应中活性氧清除类、渗透调节和离子转运类基因上调,参与生物合成和钙依赖蛋白激酶信号转导途径,丝裂原活化蛋白激酶,PP2C(protein phosphatase 2C)基因家族、ABA(abscisic acid)通路和激素(水杨酸,乙烯和茉莉酸)信号途径基因表达上调,C3H、NAC、WRKY和AP2/EREBP转录家族因子不同程度上调,而基础代谢和蛋白合成途径总体上受到抑制.此外,候选了与盐胁迫响应相关的海藻糖-6-磷酸合成酶基因、Na+/H+逆向转运蛋白基

  16. Decomposition of olive mill waste compost, goat manure and Medicago sativa in Lebanese soils using the litterbag technique

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    Atallah, Therese

    2014-05-01

    Organic amendments, green manure and plant residues incorporation are the main sources of nutrients in organic farming, their decomposition rate is crucial for the accumulation and long-term storage of organic matter in soils. In this study the decomposition of compost from olive mill waste (N: 29.3 g kg-1; total dissolved nitrogen or TDN: 3.82 g kg-1), goat manure (N: 31.5 g kg-1; TDN: 0.94 g kg-1), the shoots (N: 33.6 g kg-1; TDN: 17.57 g kg-1) and roots (N: 22.12 g kg-1; TDN: 8.87 g kg-1) of Medicago sativa was followed in three Lebanese soils. The nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium released were followed over one year, starting in early winter (December-January). The mild sub-humid Mediterranean conditions allowed a rapid mass loss in alfalfa shoots 30 days after incorporation. Manure and compost were more persistent. Between 80 and 90% of TDN were released, after 30 days of in-situ incubation for compost, the release was over 90% for alfalfa shoots. The movement of P was slower, as the compost (6.99 g kg-1 of P) and manure (9.81 g kg-1 of P) lost 33% and 22%, respectively, during 30 days of incubation. After one year, 15 to 35% of P remained in the soils. The manure was the richest in potassium (19.66 g kg-1) followed by the alfalfa shoots (15.56 g kg-1), the compost (8.19 g kg-1) and the roots (5.96 g kg-1). The loss of potassium was important, as over 88% had disappeared over the year. All decomposition curves followed an exponential model. The calculated coefficients of decomposition for total nitrogen (lnfinal - lninitial/days) were significantly higher for alfalfa shoots (0.00547 day-1) and similar for the compost (0.00184 day-1) and the manure (0.00175 day-1). The ANOVA test showed a difference between two of the sites (Site A: 521 g kg-1 of clay and 42 g kg-1 of calcium carbonate; Site S: 260 g kg-1 of clay and 269 g kg-1 of CaCO3) and the third one (Site L: 315 g kg-1 of clay and 591 g kg-1 of CaCO3). The relationships between the soil calcium

  17. Alfalfa

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    Alfalfa is an herb. People use the leaves, sprouts, and seeds to make medicine. Alfalfa is used for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate ... bleeding disorder called thrombocytopenic purpura. People also take alfalfa as a source of vitamins A, C, E, ...

  18. Biogenic Pt uptake and nanoparticle formation in Medicago sativa and Brassica juncea

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    Bali, Roza [University of Sydney, Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Australia); Siegele, Rainer [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Institute for Environmental Research (Australia); Harris, Andrew T., E-mail: a.harris@usyd.edu.a [University of Sydney, Laboratory for Sustainable Technology, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Australia)

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    The ability of the facultative metallophyte plants, Medicago sativa (M. sativa) and Brassica juncea (B. juncea) to accumulate and translocate platinum (Pt) from aqueous substrates is reported. The influence of Pt concentration in the substrate (5, 10, 20, 40 and 80 ppm), exposure time (24, 48 and 72 h) and substrate pH (2, 3, 5, 7 and 9) was determined. In both plants the concentration of Pt increased with substrate concentration and exposure time. Greater accumulation was detected in the roots of M. sativa than B. juncea, up to a maximum of 94.19 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) compared with 38.5 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) following exposure to 80 ppm Pt after 72 h exposure, respectively. However, at lower substrate concentrations (5 and 20 ppm) greater quantities of Pt were detected in the shoots of B. juncea, ranging between 0.02 and 0.32 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) at 5 ppm across the different time intervals studied, compared with 0.02-0.14 mg Pt g{sup -1} (dry biomass) for M. sativa, suggesting B. juncea to be a better translocator of Pt under idealised conditions at low concentrations. Higher Pt uptake was also observed in acidic media, with a maximum at pH 2 for M. sativa and pH 3 for B. juncea, indicating the role of net surface charge on the bioaccumulation of Pt. Once sequestered Pt(II) was reduced to Pt(0) due to the action of local metabolites. TEM images of M. sativa root samples showed the in vivo formation of Pt nanoparticles between 3 and 100 nm in size and of varying morphologies in the epidermal root cells. In vivo Pt distribution profiles were assessed using proton induced X-ray emission ({mu}-PIXE) spectroscopy, which showed even distribution across all tissue systems (epidermal, cortical and vascular) within the roots of both M. sativa and B. juncea.

  19. Lignin and Fiber digestibility in Caffeic Acid 3-O-Methyltransferase and Caffeoyl CoA 3-O-Methyltransferase Downregulated Alfalfa

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    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is one of the most important forages in the United States. Increasing alfalfa fiber digestibility would improve forage management and ration formulation flexibility. Currently, growers and breeders rely on near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to predict forage quality tra...

  20. Study on Physiological Activity of the Resistance of Medicago sativa to Thrips%苜蓿蓟马抗性与生理活性相关性研究

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    刘玉良; 米福贵; 特木尔布和; 王普昶; 马小廷; 闫蓉

    2009-01-01

    [Objective] The experiment explored of resistance of different Medicago sativa through synthetic variations of all physiological indexes and the correlation analysis between physiological activity and damage degree after thrips damage. [Method] According to studying physiological activity (POD activity, SOD activity, PPO activity, PAL activity, MDA content and free proline content) of alfalfa in alfalfa resistance to different number of thrips, the correlation between physiological activity and resistance was investigated. [Result] It was shown that there were negative correlations among POD, SOD, PPO, PAL, MDA, free praline and the number of thrips, and there were negative correlations among POD, SOD, PPO, PAL, MDA, free praline and CAT. The content changes of POD,SOD,PPO,CAT,MDA and free proline in high resistant alfalfa were slow and PAL was quick and the activities of PPO,PAL,CAT were high, and the activities of POD、SOD were low. [Conclusion] The research provided theoretical basis and materials for identifying resistance varieties of alfalfa to thrip.

  1. Histological and ultrastructure changes in Medicago sativa in response to lead stress

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In the recent years, human activities such industry and agriculture promote heavy metal release into the environment. Lead is the most contaminant metals in environment which adversely affects both plant and human life. The present study was undertaken to determine the effects of Pb on structural characteristics in Medicago sativa L. 30 days plants treated with Pb in 5 treatments (0,120, 240, 500, 1000µM Pb with 3 repeat in per treatment for 10 days. Histochemical method of lead detection revealed significant accumulation of this metal in cortex and xylem tissues in roots and in stems lead deposits on cell wall of collenchymas tissues. The analysis of scanning electron micrographs of the leaf surface of M. sativa grown on hydroponic culture treated with Pb showed an increase in the size of guard cells in adaxial surface and decrease in abaxial surface, decrease in size of stomata aperture and closure of stomata in 1000 µM Pb in medium. Alternation of epicuticular waxes is one of the most important of pollution symptoms, in our study, alteration in structure and deposition of epicuticular waxes were observed. Also anatomical characteristics of stem and root affected by Pb contamination. Under Pb toxicity, anatomical symptoms including increase the diameter of stems and root as well as amplified vascular bundles and pith area were obsreved.

  2. Dyes Extracted from Safflower, Medicago Sativa, and Ros Marinus Oficinalis as Photosensitizers for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, three extracts of plant leaves were used as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. These plants are Safflower, Medicago sativa and Ros marinus oficinalis. The natural dyes were extracted before and after grinding the plant leaves. The UV-VIS absorption spectra of the three extracts in ethyl alcohol solution were measured. The DSSCs were assembled using TiO2 films on Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO coated glass. The DSSCs sensitized with the extracts of grinded leaves showed a better performance compared to those sensitized with un-grinded leaves with the highest efficiency of 0.115 % was obtained for the DSSC sensitized with Medicago sativa. The performance of the DSSCs sensitized with Safflower and Ros marinus oficinalis was significantly improved by acid treatment of the FTO substrates. Impedance spectroscopy of the fabricated cells was also carried out.

  3. Characterization of the plant growth promoting bacterium, Enterobacter cloacae MSR1, isolated from roots of non-nodulating Medicago sativa

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    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to characterize the endophytic bacterial strain designated MSR1 that was isolated from inside the non-nodulating roots of Medicago sativa after surface-sterilization. MSR1 was identified as Enterobacter cloacae using both 16S rDNA gene sequence analysis and API20E biochemical identification system (Biomerieux, France). Furthermore, this bacterium was characterized using API50CH kit (Biomerieux, France) and tested for antibacterial activities against some food ...

  4. Net Benefits from Investing in Lucerne (Medicago sativa) Phase Farming Systems in the Mixed Farming Zone of Northern Victoria

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    Trapnell, Lindsay N.; Ransom, Kieran P.; Hirth, Jeff R.; Naji, Riad; Clune, Tim S.R.; Crawford, Michael C.; Harris, Ron H.; Whale, James; Wilson, K.F.

    2005-01-01

    Increases in induced waterlogging and dryland salinization resulting from deep drainage to watertables have been predicted to occur across the mixed farming zone of northern Victoria. Consequently, deep-rooted perennials need to be introduced into farming systems. Lucerne (Medicago sativa) has been found to have a higher level of water extraction than annual crops and pastures. But one of the barriers to farmers adopting cropping with lucerne is that they fear their risk in production will in...

  5. Genetic transformation and analysis of rice OsAPx2 gene in Medicago sativa.

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    Guan, Qingjie; Takano, Tetsuo; Liu, Shenkui

    2012-01-01

    The OsAPx2 gene from rice was cloned to produce PBI121::OsAPx2 dual-expression plants, of which expression level would be increasing under stressful conditions. The enzyme ascorbate peroxidase (APX) in the leaves and roots of the plants increased with increasing exposure time to different sodium chloride (NaCl) and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2))concentrations, as indicated by protein gel blot analysis. The increased enzyme yield improved the ability of the plants to resist the stress treatments. The OsAPx2 gene was localized in the cytoplasm of epidermal onion cells as indicated by the instantaneous expression of green fluorescence. An 80% regeneration rate was observed in Medicago sativa L. plants transformed with the OsAPx2 gene using Agrobacterium tumefaciens, as indicated by specific primer PCR. The OsAPx2 gene was expressed at the mRNA level and the individual M. sativa (T#1,T#2,T#5) were obtained through assaying the generation of positive T2 using RNA gel blot analysis. When the seeds of the wild type (WT) and the T2 (T#1,T#5) were incubated in culture containing MS with NaCl for 7 days, the results as shown of following: the root length of transgenic plant was longer than WT plants, the H(2)O(2) content in roots of WT was more than of transgenic plants, the APX activity under stresses increased by 2.89 times compared with the WT, the malondialdehyde (MDA) content of the WT was higher than the transgenic plants, the leaves of the WT turned yellow, but those of the transgenic plants remained green and remained healthy. The chlorophyll content in the WT leaves was less than in the transgenic plants, after soaking in solutions of H(2)O(2), sodium sulfite (Na(2)SO(3)), and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO(3)). Therefore, the OsAPx2 gene overexpression in transgenic M. sativa improves the removal of H(2)O(2) and the salt-resistance compared with WT plants. A novel strain of M. sativa carrying a salt-resistance gene was obtained.

  6. Genetic transformation and analysis of rice OsAPx2 gene in Medicago sativa.

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    Guan, Qingjie; Takano, Tetsuo; Liu, Shenkui

    2012-01-01

    The OsAPx2 gene from rice was cloned to produce PBI121::OsAPx2 dual-expression plants, of which expression level would be increasing under stressful conditions. The enzyme ascorbate peroxidase (APX) in the leaves and roots of the plants increased with increasing exposure time to different sodium chloride (NaCl) and hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2))concentrations, as indicated by protein gel blot analysis. The increased enzyme yield improved the ability of the plants to resist the stress treatments. The OsAPx2 gene was localized in the cytoplasm of epidermal onion cells as indicated by the instantaneous expression of green fluorescence. An 80% regeneration rate was observed in Medicago sativa L. plants transformed with the OsAPx2 gene using Agrobacterium tumefaciens, as indicated by specific primer PCR. The OsAPx2 gene was expressed at the mRNA level and the individual M. sativa (T#1,T#2,T#5) were obtained through assaying the generation of positive T2 using RNA gel blot analysis. When the seeds of the wild type (WT) and the T2 (T#1,T#5) were incubated in culture containing MS with NaCl for 7 days, the results as shown of following: the root length of transgenic plant was longer than WT plants, the H(2)O(2) content in roots of WT was more than of transgenic plants, the APX activity under stresses increased by 2.89 times compared with the WT, the malondialdehyde (MDA) content of the WT was higher than the transgenic plants, the leaves of the WT turned yellow, but those of the transgenic plants remained green and remained healthy. The chlorophyll content in the WT leaves was less than in the transgenic plants, after soaking in solutions of H(2)O(2), sodium sulfite (Na(2)SO(3)), and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO(3)). Therefore, the OsAPx2 gene overexpression in transgenic M. sativa improves the removal of H(2)O(2) and the salt-resistance compared with WT plants. A novel strain of M. sativa carrying a salt-resistance gene was obtained. PMID:22848448

  7. Genetic transformation and analysis of rice OsAPx2 gene in Medicago sativa.

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    Qingjie Guan

    Full Text Available The OsAPx2 gene from rice was cloned to produce PBI121::OsAPx2 dual-expression plants, of which expression level would be increasing under stressful conditions. The enzyme ascorbate peroxidase (APX in the leaves and roots of the plants increased with increasing exposure time to different sodium chloride (NaCl and hydrogen peroxide (H(2O(2concentrations, as indicated by protein gel blot analysis. The increased enzyme yield improved the ability of the plants to resist the stress treatments. The OsAPx2 gene was localized in the cytoplasm of epidermal onion cells as indicated by the instantaneous expression of green fluorescence. An 80% regeneration rate was observed in Medicago sativa L. plants transformed with the OsAPx2 gene using Agrobacterium tumefaciens, as indicated by specific primer PCR. The OsAPx2 gene was expressed at the mRNA level and the individual M. sativa (T#1,T#2,T#5 were obtained through assaying the generation of positive T2 using RNA gel blot analysis. When the seeds of the wild type (WT and the T2 (T#1,T#5 were incubated in culture containing MS with NaCl for 7 days, the results as shown of following: the root length of transgenic plant was longer than WT plants, the H(2O(2 content in roots of WT was more than of transgenic plants, the APX activity under stresses increased by 2.89 times compared with the WT, the malondialdehyde (MDA content of the WT was higher than the transgenic plants, the leaves of the WT turned yellow, but those of the transgenic plants remained green and remained healthy. The chlorophyll content in the WT leaves was less than in the transgenic plants, after soaking in solutions of H(2O(2, sodium sulfite (Na(2SO(3, and sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO(3. Therefore, the OsAPx2 gene overexpression in transgenic M. sativa improves the removal of H(2O(2 and the salt-resistance compared with WT plants. A novel strain of M. sativa carrying a salt-resistance gene was obtained.

  8. STUDY ON PHYTOEXTRACTION BALANCE OF ZN, CD, PB FROM MINE-WASTE POLLUTED SOILS BY USING MEDICAGO SATIVA AND TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE SPECIES

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    Full Text Available For a term of two years was studied phytoextractive potential of Zn, Cd and Pb using successive culture of alfalfa (Medicago sativa and red clover (Trifolium pratense. In the experimental plot was incorporated a quantity of 20 kg mine waste per square meter, providing in soil 1209 mg Zn/kg d.s., 4.70 mg Cd/kg d.s. and 188.2 mg Pb/kg d.s. The metals content accumulated in plants was determined at the two moments of biomass harvesting, and through balance calculations we could establish the phytoextraction efficiency of the two forage-grasses species. The obtained results indicate that both perennial forage-legumes species have a good phytoextractive capacity and tolerance for Zn and Pb, especially Trifolium pratense specie. By using this species as phytoextractors on soil polluted with 3.76 times more Pb and 4.03 times more Zn, is provided the reduction of metallic ions concentration in soil to limits admitted by laws in a period of 3, respectively, 4 years.

  9. Transcriptome analysis of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine stress.

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    Song, Fuqiang; Li, Jize; Fan, Xiaoxu; Zhang, Quan; Chang, Wei; Yang, Fengshan; Geng, Gui

    2016-01-01

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) protect host plants against diverse biotic and abiotic stresses, and promote biodegradation of various contaminants. In this study effect of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine degradation was investigated. It was observed that the atrazine degradation rates with any addition level in mycorrhizal treatments were all significantly higher than those in non-mycorrhizal treatments. When atrazine was applied at 20 mg kg(-1), the removal efficiency was up to 74.65%. Therefore, G. mosseae can be considered as ideal inhabitants of technical installations to facilitate phytoremediation. Furthermore, a total of 10.4 Gb was used for de novo transcriptome assembly, resulting in a comprehensive data set for the identification of genes corresponding to atrazine stress in the AM association. After comparative analysis with edgeR, a total of 2,060 differential expressed genes were identified, including 570 up-regulated genes and 1490 down-regulated genes. After excluding 'function unknown' and 'general function predictions only' genes, 172 up-regulated genes were obtained. The differentially expressed genes in AM association with and without atrazine stress were associated with molecular processes/other proteins, zinc finger protein, intracellular/extracellular enzymes, structural proteins, anti-stress/anti-disease protein, electron transport-related protein, and plant growth associated protein. Our results not only prove AMF has important ecological significance on atrazine degradation but also provide evidence for the molecular mechanisms of atrazine degradation by AMF. PMID:26833403

  10. Transcriptome analysis of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine stress.

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    Song, Fuqiang; Li, Jize; Fan, Xiaoxu; Zhang, Quan; Chang, Wei; Yang, Fengshan; Geng, Gui

    2016-02-02

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) protect host plants against diverse biotic and abiotic stresses, and promote biodegradation of various contaminants. In this study effect of Glomus mosseae/Medicago sativa mycorrhiza on atrazine degradation was investigated. It was observed that the atrazine degradation rates with any addition level in mycorrhizal treatments were all significantly higher than those in non-mycorrhizal treatments. When atrazine was applied at 20 mg kg(-1), the removal efficiency was up to 74.65%. Therefore, G. mosseae can be considered as ideal inhabitants of technical installations to facilitate phytoremediation. Furthermore, a total of 10.4 Gb was used for de novo transcriptome assembly, resulting in a comprehensive data set for the identification of genes corresponding to atrazine stress in the AM association. After comparative analysis with edgeR, a total of 2,060 differential expressed genes were identified, including 570 up-regulated genes and 1490 down-regulated genes. After excluding 'function unknown' and 'general function predictions only' genes, 172 up-regulated genes were obtained. The differentially expressed genes in AM association with and without atrazine stress were associated with molecular processes/other proteins, zinc finger protein, intracellular/extracellular enzymes, structural proteins, anti-stress/anti-disease protein, electron transport-related protein, and plant growth associated protein. Our results not only prove AMF has important ecological significance on atrazine degradation but also provide evidence for the molecular mechanisms of atrazine degradation by AMF.

  11. Microbiote shift in the Medicago sativa rhizosphere in response to cyanotoxins extract exposure.

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    El Khalloufi, Fatima; Oufdou, Khalid; Bertrand, Marie; Lahrouni, Majida; Oudra, Brahim; Ortet, Philippe; Barakat, Mohamed; Heulin, Thierry; Achouak, Wafa

    2016-01-01

    The bloom-containing water bodies may have an impact due to cyanotoxins production on other microorganisms and aquatic plants. Where such water is being used for crops irrigation, the presence of cyanotoxins may also have a toxic impact on terrestrial plants and their rhizosphere microbiota. For that purpose, PCR-based 454 pyrosequencing was applied to phylogenetically characterize the bacterial community of Medicago sativa rhizosphere in response to cyanotoxins extract. This analysis revealed a wide diversity at species level, which decreased from unplanted soil to root tissues indicating that only some populations were able to compete for nutrients and niches in this selective habitat. Gemmatimonas, Actinobacteria, Deltaproteobacteria and Opitutae mainly inhabited the bulk soil, whereas, the root-adhering soil and the root tissues were inhabited by Gammaproteobacteria and Alphaproteobacteria. The proportion of these populations fluctuated in response to cyanotoxins extract exposure. Betaproteobacteria proportion increased in the three studied compartments, whereas Gammaproteobacteria proportion decreased except in the bulk soil. This study revealed the potential toxicity of cyanotoxins extract towards Actinobacteria, Gemmatimonas, Deltaproteobacteria, and Gammaproteobacteria, however Clostridia, Opitutae and bacteria related with Betaproteobacteria, were stimulated denoting their tolerance. Altogether, these data indicate that crop irrigation using cyanotoxins containing water might alter the rhizosphere functioning. PMID:26356186

  12. Restauración ecológica del suelo aplicando biochar (carbón vegetal), y su efecto en la producción de Medicago sativa

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    Luis Rafael Fiallos-Ortega; Luis Gerardo Flores-Mancheno; Nelson Duchi-Duchi; Cesar Ivan Flores-Mancheno; Darío Baño-Ayala; Luis Estrada-Orozco

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    En la provincia de Chimborazo (Ecuador), cantón Riobamba, barrio San Pedro de las Abras, se realizó el estudio de restauración ecológica del suelo mediante la aplicación de diferentes niveles de carbón vegetal (10, 20, y 30 t.ha-1) y se evaluó su efecto en la producción forrajera de alfalfa Medicago sativa, bajo un Diseño de Bloques Completamente al Azar. Los resultados superiores se obtuvieron al aplicar 30 t.ha-1 de carbón vegetal, así: en el primer corte se alcanzó el menor tiempo de ocurr...

  13. Screening of highly-effective rhizobial strains on Alfalfa (Medicago polymorpha)in soil%南苜蓿高效共生根瘤菌土壤的筛选

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    刘晓云; 郭振国; 李乔仙; 刘桂霞; 薛世明; 王易鹏

    2011-01-01

    Alfalfa ( Medicago polymorpha) is an annual herbal plant in the pea family Fabaceae, has the highest feeding value as forage for its soft and highly digestible fiber and high protein content fiber up to 24. 5%. Therefore, it recommended to cultivate widely and productively as an ideal forage plant. Inoculated with thizobia, alfalfa ( Medicago polymorpha) can formed effective symbiotic system to fix nitrogen, and subsequently produce high plant growth dry weigh. The inoculation effect on alfalfa ( Medicago polymorpha) was performed in three different type of soils from Yingjiang county of Yunnan province by using twelve distinct thizobial strains such as SWF67523, SWF67409, SWF67456, SWF67394, SWF67501 , etc. respectively which were isolated from root nodules of Medicago polymorpha , M. sativa and M. lupulina from Yingjiang and other area of Yunnan. The results showed that the thizobial nodulation rate, plant height, dry weight and total nitrogen content of plant were all increased significantly after harvested in condition that plant were inoculated with thizobia ( P<O. 05 ) , the thizobial nodulation rate are up to 98. 41% , 97. 78% , 97. 50% and 96. 56% by inoculated with strain SWF67523, SWF67501, SWF67394 and SWF67350, respectively; Contrasting to the control, the plant height increasing 40. 2% , 27. 3% and 25. 0% by SWF67523 , SWF67409 and SWF67394 respectively ; The dry weight per plant was raised up 106. 5% by inoculated with SWF67409 and raised 100. 1% , 78. 3% and 74. 3% by the other strains SWF67523, SWF67394 and HBU07001 respectively; Besides, the inoculated strains increased the nitrogen content obviously as well, the alfalfa plant have higher nitrogen content by inoculated with strain SWF67409, SWF67523 and SWF67394 than other test strains. Among 12 strains grew in three types of soils revealed by the whole production of the plant inoculation, strain SWF67523 ,SWF67409 and SWF67394 were more effective than others; Of the three

  14. Impact of gamma radiation and salinity on growth and K+/Na+balance in two populations of Medicago sativa(L.)cultivar Gabès

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    Mokhtar Rejili; DaM Telahigue; Belgacem Lachiheb; Abdessalem Mrabet; Ali Ferchichi

    2008-01-01

    The perennial Medicago sativa cv.Gabès is widely grown on saline soils in Tunisian oases.Morphological and physiological analyses of two populations(Mareth and Gannouch)were conducted in order to study the effect of salinity and gamma radiation(350 Gy)inter-action on two populations of this species.It has been shown that the two irradiated populations of Medicago sativa are fairly tolerant to salt at growth phase compared to the non-irradiated.Exposure to gamma irradiation(350 Gy),alone or in combination with salt stress,increased significantly (p<0.00 1)shoot number,stem height and chlorophyll b pigment especially for the Gannouch population,while no change occurred for the Mareth population.The presence of salt to 9 g/1 affected significantly the root biomass and induced a reduc-tion of shoot development of both control and irradiated alfalfa populations.For all treatments,plants of two populations remained able to produce and to allocate dry matter to the different organs.The survey of Na+/K+ratio showed that the growth of the aerial organs of two non-irradiated populations was at least determined by a selectivity in favour of the K+ions r2=0.97 and r2=0.59 for Mareth and Gannouch non-irradiated populations,respectively).However,the rather weak correlation detected for the irradiated populations,par-ticularly for the irradiated Gannouch.seems to be the consequence of the effect of irradiation that improved potassium availability.essential element for growth and development.Results also showed that the two irradiated populations,especially the Mareth,accumu-lated Na+ions in its photosynthetic organs.This accumulation was associated with an improvement of foliar water content at a level of salinity around 5 g/1.Such a mechanism reflects probably an inclusive behaviour of the plants and a good aptitude to use the dominant ions(Na+)for the osmotic adjustment.However,the non-irradiated populations are unable to adjust their internal osmotic potential

  15. Emergence, forage production, and ion relations of alfalfa in response to saline waters

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    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L) is an important crop utilized in regions under irrigation commonly impacted by salinity. In this study we evaluate the effect of salinity, as a continual process, from emergence to mature plant growth in successive harvests. We studied emergence, biomass production, salt ...

  16. Meat goat kids finished on alfalfa, red clover, or orchardgrass pastures: Carcass merit and meat quality

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    This experiment was conducted in 2005-2007 to evaluate carcass and meat quality parameters when meat goat kids were finished on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L; ALF); red clover (Trifolium pretense L.; RCG); or orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L; OGR) pastures. Final shrunk body weights were similar whe...

  17. Alfalfa contains substantial 9-hydroperoxide lyase activity and a 3Z:2E-enal isomerase

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    Vliegenthart, J.F.G.; Noordermeer, M.A.; Veldink, G.A.

    1999-01-01

    Fatty acid hydroperoxides formed by lipoxygenase can be cleaved by hydroperoxide lyase resulting in the formation of short-chain aldehydes and omega-oxo acids. Plant hydroperoxide lyases use 13- or 9-hydroperoxy linoleic and linolenic acid as substrates. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) has been reporte

  18. Incorporation of p-coumarates into the cell walls of alfalfa changes the lignin composition

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    In general, monocots can contain a significant amount of an ester-linked p-coumarate (pCA) in their cell walls, but its function is unclear. One hypothesis is that pCA aids in the formation of syringyl-rich regions during lignification. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), a dicot, is a cultivated perennial f...

  19. Comparative physiological and transcriptional analyses of two contrasting drought tolerant alfalfa varieties

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    Wenli eQuan; Xun eLiu; Haiqing eWang; Zhulong eChan

    2016-01-01

    Drought is one of major environmental determinants of plant growth and productivity. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a legume perennial forage crop native to the arid and semi-arid environment, which is an ideal candidate to study the biochemical and molecular mechanisms conferring drought resistance in plants. In this study, drought stress responses of two alfalfa varieties, Longdong and Algonquin, were comparatively assayed at the physiological, morphological and transcriptional levels. Under ...

  20. Comparative Physiological and Transcriptional Analyses of Two Contrasting Drought Tolerant Alfalfa Varieties

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    Quan, Wenli; Liu, Xun; Wang, Haiqing; Chan, Zhulong

    2016-01-01

    Drought is one of major environmental determinants of plant growth and productivity. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a legume perennial forage crop native to the arid and semi-arid environment, which is an ideal candidate to study the biochemical and molecular mechanisms conferring drought resistance in plants. In this study, drought stress responses of two alfalfa varieties, Longdong and Algonquin, were comparatively assayed at the physiological, morphological, and transcriptional levels. Under...

  1. Influence of pCO2 on carbon allocation in nodulated Medicago sativa L.

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    Pereyra, Gabriela; Hartmann, Henrik; Ziegler, Waldemar; Michalzik, Beate; Gonzalez-Meler, Miquel; Trumbore, Susan

    2016-04-01

    Atmospheric CO2 concentrations (pCO_2) have been related to changes in plant carbon (C) availability and photosynthetic capacity, yet there is no clear consensus as to the effect of pCO2 on the plant C balance and on nitrogen fixation in symbiotic systems. We investigated how different pCO2 (Pleistocene: 170 ppm, ambient: 400 ppm and projected future: 700 ppm) influence C allocation in nodulated Medicago sativa L. We labeled 17 week old plants with depleted 13C (-34.7±1.2‰) and traced the label over a 9-day period, to assess the redistribution of newly assimilated C across different sinks, including nodules. We analyzed N concentrations in plant tissues and found no significant differences in leaves and roots across treatments. However, growth and C fixation rates increased with pCO_2, and differences were greatest between 170 ppm and 700 ppm. Across pCO2 treatments we observed a 13C-enrichment in roots compared to leaves. We further observed the highest 13C depletion of non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) and respired CO2 in tissues of plants grown at 700 ppm, especially in leaves and nodules. Our preliminary results suggest that sink organs like roots and nodules are fed with newly-assimilated NSCs from leaves to support respiration, and especially in 170 ppm plants represented a major respiratory loss of newly assimilated C (≈ 35{%} of the total plant respiration). Our results suggest that although plant metabolic processes like photosynthesis and respiration are affected by changes in pCO_2, nitrogen acquisition in such a symbiotic system is not.

  2. Alfalfa leaf protein and stem cell wall polysaccharide yields and theoretical ethanol production under hay and biomass management systems

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    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) has been proposed as a biofuel feedstock, where the stems would be processed to produce ethanol and the leaves sold separately as a livestock feed. We propose a different management regime reducing population density, delaying harvest and cutting less frequently per grow...

  3. Effect of Manganese on the Carbon-nitrogen Metabolism of Medicago sativa Seedlings%锰胁迫对紫花苜蓿幼苗碳、氮代谢的影响

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    吴旭红; 张超; 马云祥; 何旻琦

    2016-01-01

    采用沙培法,以常规锰浓度为对照,研究不同锰营养状况对苜蓿早期光合碳同化与氮代谢的影响,结果表明:锰素缺乏(T1处理:5%CK;T2处理:20%CK),苜蓿叶片1,5-二磷酸核酮糖羧化酶积累量减少,光合色素含量下降,硝酸还原酶和谷氨酰胺合成酶活性降低。锰重度过量(T4处理:20倍 CK),苜蓿幼苗碳氮代谢运转受阻,可溶性蛋白、氨基酸总量和羧肽酶活性大幅下降。5倍常规浓度的中度锰过量处理,则促进了碳素同化、氨基酸的合成和可溶性蛋白的积累。综合分析表明,中度锰过量有助于苜蓿苗期的光合碳同化和蛋白质代谢。%Alfalfa was cultivated with sand culture method,and general Mn concentration was used as control,a series of experiments were designed to explore the function and effect of Manganese on the car-bon-nitrogen metabolism of Medicago sativa seedlings.The results showed that when the manganese was deficient(T1:5%CK;T2:20%CK),the accumulation amount of Rubisco reduced,the content of photo-synthetic pigment decreased,and the activities of NR and GS declined.On the other hand,when the Man-ganese was overfeeding seriously(T4:20 times of control),the carbon-nitrogen metabolism would be in-hibited,the soluble protein,total amino acids and the activity of Rubisco decreased greatly.However,un-der light stress which were 5 times of general Mn concentration,it would be benefit to the Medicago sati-va seedlings on the protein metabolism and photosynthesis.In conclusion,a proper overfeeding of Manga-nese would promote the carbon-nitrogen metabolism and protein metabolism in Medicago sativa seed-lings.

  4. Integrative analysis of transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) suggests new metabolic control mechanisms for monolignol biosynthesis.

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    Yun Lee; Fang Chen; Lina Gallego-Giraldo; Dixon, Richard A.; Voit, Eberhard O.

    2011-01-01

    The entanglement of lignin polymers with cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls is a major biological barrier to the economically viable production of biofuels from woody biomass. Recent efforts of reducing this recalcitrance with transgenic techniques have been showing promise for ameliorating or even obviating the need for costly pretreatments that are otherwise required to remove lignin from cellulose and hemicelluloses. At the same time, genetic manipulations of lignin biosynthet...

  5. Integrative Analysis of Transgenic Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Suggests New Metabolic Control Mechanisms for Monolignol Biosynthesis

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    Lee, Yun; Chen, Fang; Gallego-Giraldo, Lina; Dixon, Richard A.; Voit, Eberhard O.

    2011-01-01

    The entanglement of lignin polymers with cellulose and hemicellulose in plant cell walls is a major biological barrier to the economically viable production of biofuels from woody biomass. Recent efforts of reducing this recalcitrance with transgenic techniques have been showing promise for ameliorating or even obviating the need for costly pretreatments that are otherwise required to remove lignin from cellulose and hemicelluloses. At the same time, genetic manipulations of lignin biosynthet...

  6. Effects of Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa pastoris (L. Medic. on the Chemical Composition of Lucerne (Medicago sativa L.

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A study was conducted in a pure stand of lucerne (variety Viktoria under natural weed infestation with shepherd’s purse (Capsella bursa pastoris (L. Medic. on a slightly leached chernozem soil under nonirrigated conditions in the experimental field of the Institute ofForage Crops – Pleven during the 2006-2007 period. The effect of shepherd’s purse Capsella bursa pastoris (L. Medic. on the chemical composition of lucerne Medicago sativa (L. was analyzed.Statistically significant (P<0.05 functional relations were found between the chemical characteristics and percentage of Capsella bursa pastoris (L. Medic. participation in the lucerne sward, and forage quality. These relations indicated a multiple practical relevance and a necessity to control Capsella bursa pastoris (L. Medic. in lucerne stands in order to decrease weed density and improve forage quality.

  7. Study on the Species and Dynamics of Pest Insects and Their Natural Enemies on Medicago sativa L. in Jinan%济南市紫花苜蓿害虫和天敌种类及其发生动态的研究

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    韩凤英; 杨慧; 秦旭; 王绍敏; 杨向黎

    2012-01-01

    为了控制紫花苜蓿害虫的危害,提高紫花苜蓿的产量和质量.2011年5-8月,本研究系统调查了济南唐王紫花苜蓿害虫和天敌昆虫的种类,分析了主要害虫及天敌的发生动态.结果表明:紫花苜蓿昆虫种类繁多,共7目14科32种,其中主要害虫有蚜虫、蓟马、叶蝉、盲蝽,主要天敌有草蛉、瓢甲、食蚜蝇等.蚜虫5-6月份危害严重,7-8月份少量发生;蓟马在紫花苜蓿的整个生长季节均有发生;叶蝉和盲蝽的发生有2个高峰期,分别在6月中旬和7月中旬.本研究为控制紫花苜蓿害虫提供直接、客观依据.%In order to control the damage of pest insect on Medicago sativa L., and improve the yield and the quality of Medicago sativa L.. In this paper, the species and population dynamic of main insect pests and their natural enemies on Medicago sativa L. In Jinan were investigated. The results showed that the species of insect pests were abundant from May to August 2011, including 7 orders, 14 families and 33 species. The dominant species of insect pests were Aphididae, Thtipidae, Cicadellidae and Miridae, and the main species of natural pest enemies were Chrysopidae, Coccinellidae and Syrphidae. Aphididae caused severe damages to Medicago sativa L. From May to June, and fewer damaged from July to August. Thtipidae invaded alfalfa throughout plant growing season. Two occurrence peaks existed in the invasion of Cicadellidae and Miridae were mid-June and mid-July. The data above provided useful information for controlling the pest insects on Medicago sativa L..

  8. Revisiting the Economic Injury Level and Economic Threshold Model for Potato Leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in Alfalfa.

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    Chasen, Elissa M; Undersander, Dan J; Cullen, Eileen M

    2015-08-01

    The economic injury level for potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae (Harris), in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) was developed over 30 yr ago. In response to increasing market value of alfalfa, farmers and consultants are interested in reducing the economic threshold for potato leafhopper in alfalfa. To address this question, caged field trials were established on two consecutive potato leafhopper susceptible crops in 2013. Field cages were infested with a range of potato leafhopper densities to create a linear regression of alfalfa yield response. The slopes, or yield loss per insect, for the linear regressions of both trials were used to calculate an economic injury level for a range of current alfalfa market values and control costs. This yield-loss relationship is the first quantification that could be used to help assess whether the economic threshold should be lowered, given the increased market value of alfalfa.

  9. Gene-Silencing-Induced Changes in Carbohydrate Conformation in Relation to Bioenergy Value and Carbohydrate Subfractions in Modeled Plant (Medicago sativa) with Down-Regulation of HB12 and TT8 Transcription Factors.

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    Li, Xinxin; Hannoufa, Abdelali; Zhang, Yonggen; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-05-13

    Gene silencing with RNA interference (RNAi) technology may be capable of modifying internal structure at a molecular level. This structural modification could affect biofunctions in terms of biodegradation, biochemical metabolism, and bioactive compound availability. The objectives of this study were to (1) Detect gene silencing-induced changes in carbohydrate molecular structure in an alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa spp. sativa: alfalfa) with down-regulation of genes that encode transcription factors TT8 and HB12; (2) Determine gene silencing-induced changes in nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in the alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa); and (3) Quantify the correlation between gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes and the nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in animals of ruminants. The experimental treatments included: T1 = Non-transgenic and no-gene silenced alfalfa forage (code "NT"); T2 = HB12-RNAi forage with HB12 gene down regulation (code "HB12"); T3 = TT8-RNAi forage with TT8 gene down regulation (code "TT8"). The HB12 and TT8 gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes were determined by non-invasive and non-destructive advanced molecular spectroscopy in a middle infrared radiation region that focused on structural, non-structural and total carbohydrate compounds. The nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability of the modified forage were determined using NRC-2001 system in terms of total digestive nutrient (TDN), truly digestible fiber (tdNDF), non-fiber carbohydrate (tdNDF), fatty acid (tdFA), crude protein (tdCP) and bioenergy profiles (digestible energy, metabolizable energy, net energy) for ruminants. The carbohydrate subfractions were evaluated using the updated CNCPS 6.0 system. The results showed that gene silencing significantly affected tdNFC (42.3 (NT) vs. 38.7 (HB12) vs. 37.4% Dry Matter (TT8); p = 0.016) and tdCP (20.8 (NT) vs. 19.4 (HB12) vs. 22.3% DM (TT8); p = 0.009). The gene-silencing also affected

  10. Gene-Silencing-Induced Changes in Carbohydrate Conformation in Relation to Bioenergy Value and Carbohydrate Subfractions in Modeled Plant (Medicago sativa) with Down-Regulation of HB12 and TT8 Transcription Factors.

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    Li, Xinxin; Hannoufa, Abdelali; Zhang, Yonggen; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-01-01

    Gene silencing with RNA interference (RNAi) technology may be capable of modifying internal structure at a molecular level. This structural modification could affect biofunctions in terms of biodegradation, biochemical metabolism, and bioactive compound availability. The objectives of this study were to (1) Detect gene silencing-induced changes in carbohydrate molecular structure in an alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa spp. sativa: alfalfa) with down-regulation of genes that encode transcription factors TT8 and HB12; (2) Determine gene silencing-induced changes in nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in the alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa); and (3) Quantify the correlation between gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes and the nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in animals of ruminants. The experimental treatments included: T1 = Non-transgenic and no-gene silenced alfalfa forage (code "NT"); T2 = HB12-RNAi forage with HB12 gene down regulation (code "HB12"); T3 = TT8-RNAi forage with TT8 gene down regulation (code "TT8"). The HB12 and TT8 gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes were determined by non-invasive and non-destructive advanced molecular spectroscopy in a middle infrared radiation region that focused on structural, non-structural and total carbohydrate compounds. The nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability of the modified forage were determined using NRC-2001 system in terms of total digestive nutrient (TDN), truly digestible fiber (tdNDF), non-fiber carbohydrate (tdNDF), fatty acid (tdFA), crude protein (tdCP) and bioenergy profiles (digestible energy, metabolizable energy, net energy) for ruminants. The carbohydrate subfractions were evaluated using the updated CNCPS 6.0 system. The results showed that gene silencing significantly affected tdNFC (42.3 (NT) vs. 38.7 (HB12) vs. 37.4% Dry Matter (TT8); p = 0.016) and tdCP (20.8 (NT) vs. 19.4 (HB12) vs. 22.3% DM (TT8); p = 0.009). The gene-silencing also affected

  11. Gene-Silencing-Induced Changes in Carbohydrate Conformation in Relation to Bioenergy Value and Carbohydrate Subfractions in Modeled Plant (Medicago sativa) with Down-Regulation of HB12 and TT8 Transcription Factors

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    Li, Xinxin; Hannoufa, Abdelali; Zhang, Yonggen; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-01-01

    Gene silencing with RNA interference (RNAi) technology may be capable of modifying internal structure at a molecular level. This structural modification could affect biofunctions in terms of biodegradation, biochemical metabolism, and bioactive compound availability. The objectives of this study were to (1) Detect gene silencing-induced changes in carbohydrate molecular structure in an alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa spp. sativa: alfalfa) with down-regulation of genes that encode transcription factors TT8 and HB12; (2) Determine gene silencing-induced changes in nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in the alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa); and (3) Quantify the correlation between gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes and the nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability in animals of ruminants. The experimental treatments included: T1 = Non-transgenic and no-gene silenced alfalfa forage (code “NT”); T2 = HB12-RNAi forage with HB12 gene down regulation (code “HB12”); T3 = TT8-RNAi forage with TT8 gene down regulation (code “TT8”). The HB12 and TT8 gene silencing-induced molecular structure changes were determined by non-invasive and non-destructive advanced molecular spectroscopy in a middle infrared radiation region that focused on structural, non-structural and total carbohydrate compounds. The nutrient bioutilization and bioavailability of the modified forage were determined using NRC-2001 system in terms of total digestive nutrient (TDN), truly digestible fiber (tdNDF), non-fiber carbohydrate (tdNDF), fatty acid (tdFA), crude protein (tdCP) and bioenergy profiles (digestible energy, metabolizable energy, net energy) for ruminants. The carbohydrate subfractions were evaluated using the updated CNCPS 6.0 system. The results showed that gene silencing significantly affected tdNFC (42.3 (NT) vs. 38.7 (HB12) vs. 37.4% Dry Matter (TT8); p = 0.016) and tdCP (20.8 (NT) vs. 19.4 (HB12) vs. 22.3% DM (TT8); p = 0.009). The gene-silencing also

  12. Regeneration of intergeneric somatic hybrids by protoplast fusion between Onobrychis viciaefolia and Medicago sativa.

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    Xu, Z; Jia, J

    1997-08-01

    Protoplast fusion was induced between sainfoin and alfalfa by an improved polyethyleneglycol (PEG) method. The intergeneric somatic calluses were selected based on complementation of hydroxyproline-resistance of sainfoin and hormone autonomy growth of alfalfa transformation cell line. 17 somatic hybrid plantlets were regenerated. PEG could induce the tight agglutination of protoplasts. During diluting and washing process, cyclization of the linked membrane and formation of vesicle-like structures were observed, resulting in protoplast fusion. 5%-10% glycerol supplemented in the fusion inducing solution markedly increased the frequency of heterogeneous fusion. Better fusion results were obtained when mixed protoplast suspension was dripped in petri dishes in which PEG solution was previously placed. Chromosome number of regenerated hybrid buds varied from 30 to 60. The genome of hybrids included the small chromosome from sainfoin and two chromosomes with two clear constrictions from alfalfa. The hybridity of obtained hybrid calluses was confirmed by their isozyme banding patterns and their nopaline synthetase activity. PMID:18762875

  13. Regeneration of intergeneric somatic hybrids by protoplast fusion between Onobrychis viciaefolia and Medicago sativa

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    徐子勤; 贾敬芬

    1997-01-01

    Protoplast fusion was induced between sainfoin and alfalfa by an improved polyethyleneglycol (PEG) method. The intergeneric somatic calluses were selected based on complementation of hydroxyproline-resistance of sainfoin and hormone autonomy growth of alfalfa transformation cell line. 17 somatic hybrid plantlets were regenerat-ed. PEG could induce the tight agglutination of protoplasts. During diluting and washing process, cyclization of the linked membrane and formation of vesicle-like structures were observed, resulting in protoplast fusion. 5%-10% glycerol supplemented in the fusion inducing solution markedly increased the frequency of heterogeneous fusion. Better fusion results were obtained when mixed protoplast suspension was dripped in petri dishes in which PEG solution was previously placed. Chromosome number of regenerated hybrid buds varied from 30 to 60. The genome of hybrids in-cluded the small chromosome from sainfoin and two chromosomes with two clear constrictions from alfalfa. The hybrid

  14. Resistance to uprooting of Alfalfa and Avena Sativa and related importance for flume experiments

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    Edmaier, K.; Crouzy, B.; Burlando, P.; Perona, P.

    2012-04-01

    Vegetation influences sediment dynamics by stabilizing the alluvial sediment with its root system. Thus, vegetation engineers the riparian ecosystem by contributing to the formation and stabilization of river bars and islands. The resistance to uprooting of young plants in non-cohesive sediment depends on the competition between flow induced drag and root growth timescales. The investigation of flow-sediment-plant interactions in situ is difficult since variables cannot be controlled and material hardly be collected. In order to investigate ecomorphological processes, laboratory experiments are essential and have gained importance in the last decade. To achieve a better understanding of the dependence of resistance to uprooting on the root system (length and structure) we conducted vertical uprooting experiments with Alfalfa and Avena Sativa which are both species that have been used in flume experiments on vegetation-flow interactions (e.g. Tal and Paola, 2010; Perona et al., in press). Seeds were seeded on quartz sand and vertically uprooted with constant velocity whereat the weight force required to uproot a seedling was measured. After uprooting, roots were scanned and analyzed and the correlation of root parameters with the uprooting work was studied. Total root length was found to be the best explanatory variable, in particular the uprooting work increases following a power law with increasing root length. The impact of other root parameters (main root length, root number, tortuosity) on the uprooting work was as well analyzed. Still, not all influencing root parameters could be captured, like the angle between roots or root hair distribution. Environmental conditions like grain size and saturation were also found to have an effect on the uprooting resistance of roots. So, lower saturated sediment results in a higher uprooting work. This work is a first step to better understand the energy regime for vegetation uprooting and its dependence on various

  15. Assess on Fresh Forage Yield and Nutritive Value of Rhizomatous Medicago sativa L.cv.Qingshui%根茎型清水苜蓿鲜草产量及营养价值评价

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    南丽丽; 师尚礼; 郭全恩; 朱新强

    2012-01-01

    Four alfalfa materials with three root types (rhizomatous Medicago sativa L. cv. Qingshui, creeping rooted native M. falcata, creeping rooted M. varia Martin, cv. Gannong No. 2 and taproot M. sativa L. cv. Longdong) were used to study fresh forage yield and nutritive value in semi-humid regions of Tianshui, semi-arid regions of Lanzhou and arid regions of Wuwei, which provides a scientific basis for its extensive application to production. The results showed that rhizomatous alfalfa had the highest crude pro-tein content, 20. 36% , the lowest crude fiber content, 39. 47% , low grass yield, 4. 05 kg·m-2, relatively low plant height, abundant leaf weight and high leaf-stem ratio, which was good in cultivating alfalfa of high quality. Experiments showed that different ecozones had obvious effects on yield and nutrient values of alfalfa. Plant' height, leaf-stem ratio and forage yield of four alfalfa materials were the highest in Tian-shui region, then Lanzhou region, it was the lowest in Wuwei region. Different years had effects on nutri-ents composition of alfalfa in the same ecozone,the CP, EE and NFE contents of the 1st cut grass of four alfalfa materials in the 1st year were higher than the 1st cut grass in the 2nd year in Lanzhou and Wuwei region in addition to NFE contents in Tianshui region. But the CF, CASH, Ca and P contents of 1st cut grass in the 2nd year were higher than the 1st cut grass in the 1st year.%以根茎型清水紫花苜蓿为材料,以根蘖型野生黄花苜蓿和甘农2号杂花苜蓿、直根型陇东紫花苜蓿为对照,在甘肃天水、兰州和武威3个生态区比较不同根型苜蓿的产量和品质,为根茎型苜蓿在生产中的应用提供科学依据.结果表明,根茎型苜蓿粗蛋白质含量最高,两年平均为20.36%;粗纤维含量最低,两年平均为39.47%;产草量低,三年平均产量为4.05 kg/m2;株丛高度相对较低,叶量丰富,叶茎比较高,更适合培育优质牧草.生态区域对苜

  16. Allelopathic effects of Medicago sativa L. and Vicia cracca L. leaf and root extracts on weeds.

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    Koloren, Onur

    2007-05-15

    In this study, the allelopathic potential of different concentration (5, 25 and 50%) of M. sativa and V. cracca leaf and root extracts were evaluated on germination and radicle length of four weed species (Amaranthus retroflexus L., Lolium perenne L., Ipomoea hederacea L. and Portulaca oleracea L.) in laboratory condition. As a result, germination and radicle length of all species were reduced by the extract from M. sativa and V. cracca leaf and root at different percentage. Increasing the water extract concentrations from 5 to 50% of test plants parts significantly increased the inhibition of all weed species germination and radicle length. PMID:19086510

  17. Detection of pathogenic organisms in Medicago sativa in Zhangye,Gansu Province%甘肃省张掖地区苜蓿花叶病病原的检测

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    文朝慧; 南志标

    2015-01-01

    Two Medicago sativa plants with severe leaf mosaic symptoms were collected from alfalfa fields in Linze County,Gansu Province,in July 2011.The two samples were tested by enzyme-linked-immunosorbent assay (ELISA)and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).The tested specimens were negative for Cucumber mosaic virus,Tobacco streak virus,Watermelon mosaic virus,Potato virus X,Potato virus Y,Tobacco ringspot virus,Tomato ringspot virus and Bean yellow mosaic virus.However,Tomato mo-saic virus (ToMV)and Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV)were detected.The 687 and 351 bp fragments obtained from PCR with appropriate species-specific ToMV and AMV primers showed 99% nucleotide similarity with published ToMV CP and AMV CP gene sequences.A 805 bp PCR products was obtained using genus-specific Tobamovirus primers and the presence of ToMV was confirmed by RT -PCR -RFLP.To the best of our knowledge,this is the first report of ToMV in alfalfa.%2011年7月在甘肃省张掖地区发现发生花叶病的苜蓿田块,地块中病株呈现黄斑花叶、叶柄扭曲及整株矮化的症状。为明确其病原,采集病株后利用血清学和分子生物学方法对病样进行了检测。DAS-ELISA、RT-PCR-RFLP 及病毒 CP 基因序列测定分析结果表明,苜蓿病样受到番茄花叶病毒(Tomato mosaic virus,ToMV)和苜蓿花叶病毒(Alfalfa mosaic virus,AMV)的复合侵染。这是国际上首次报道番茄花叶病毒对苜蓿的侵染,讨论了由这两种病毒引致病害的发生与防治。

  18. Trophic structure of amoeba communities near roots of Medicago sativa after contamination with fuel oil no. 6.

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    Cortés-Pérez, Sandra; Rodríguez-Zaragoza, Salvador; Mendoza-López, Ma Remedios

    2014-02-01

    Root exudation increases microbial activity, selecting bacterial and fungal communities that metabolize organic matter such as hydrocarbons. However, a strong contamination pulse of hydrocarbons around plant roots may reorganize the soil's microbial trophic structure toward amoebae feeding on bacteria. We conducted a microcosm experiment to elucidate the effect of Medicago sativa on the trophic structure of naked amoebae after a strong pulse of pollution (50,000 ppm of fuel oil no. 6, which is a mixture of long chains ranging from C10 to C28). Plants were seeded 24 h after contamination and species of amoebae in the microcosms were identified at 1, 30, and 60 days after pollution. Several species from three trophic groups of naked amoeba were still alive 24 h after the hydrocarbon pulse. Non-planted microcosms harbored three trophic groups after 60 days, while planted ones nourished four groups. The bacterivore group was the most diverse in all microcosms, followed by protist-eaters and omnivores. The quantity of amoebae was significantly higher (3.4×10(3) organisms/g soil) in the planted pots than in the non-planted ones (1.3×10(3) organisms/g soil after 30 days of pollution (P ≤ 0.01). The shortest hydrocarbon chains (C10-C14) disappeared or diminished in all microcosms, and the longest ones increased in the planted ones. M. sativa thus exerted a positive effect on species richness, quantity, and the composition of amoebae trophic groups in contaminated soil. This indirect effect on bacterial predators is another key factor underlying hydrocarbon assimilation by living organisms during phytoremediation.

  19. The arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus mosseae gives contradictory effects on phosphorus and arsenic acquisition by Medicago sativa Linn

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    Chen Baodong [Department of Soil Environmental Sciences/State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); Xiao Xueyi [Department of Soil Environmental Sciences/State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); Zhu Yongguan [Department of Soil Environmental Sciences/State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China)]. E-mail: ygzhu@rcees.ac.en; Smith, F. Andrew [Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia); Miao Xie, Z. [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Smith, Sally E. [Soil and Land Systems, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Waite Campus, University of Adelaide, South Australia 5005 (Australia)

    2007-07-01

    Mycorrhizal fungi may play an important role in protecting plants against arsenic (As) contamination. However, little is known about the direct and indirect involvement of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in detoxification mechanisms. A compartmented pot cultivation system ('cross-pots') is used here to investigate the roles of AMF Glomus mosseae in plant phosphorus (P) and As acquisition by Medicago sativa, and P-As interactions. The results indicate that fungal colonization dramatically increased plant dry weight by a factor of around 6, and also substantially increased both plant P and As contents (i.e. total uptake). Irrespective of P and As addition levels, AM plants had shoot and root P concentrations 2 fold higher, but As concentrations significantly lower, than corresponding uninoculated controls. The decreased shoot As concentrations were largely due to 'dilution effects' that resulted from stimulated growth of AM plants and reduced As partitioning to shoots. The study provides further evidence for the protective effects of AMF on host plants against As contamination, and have uncovered key aspects of underlying mechanisms. The possible application of AMF in remediation practices is discussed.

  20. Alleviation of cadmium toxicity in Medicago sativa by hydrogen-rich water

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    Cui, Weiti; Gao, Cunyi; Fang, Peng [College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China); Lin, Guoqing [Laboratory Center of Life Sciences, Co. Laboratory of Nanjing Agricultural University and Carl Zeiss Far East, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China); Shen, Wenbiao, E-mail: wbshenh@njau.edu.cn [College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095 (China)

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    Highlights: • HRW can alleviate Cd-induced alfalfa seedling growth inhibition and DNA laddering. • HRW alleviates Cd-induced oxidative stress by activating antioxidant enzymes. • Cd uptake in alfalfa seedling roots was decreased by HRW. • HRW can re-establish glutathione homeostasis under Cd stress. -- Abstract: Hydrogen gas (H{sub 2}) induces plant tolerance to several abiotic stresses, including salinity and paraquat exposure. However, the role of H{sub 2} in cadmium (Cd)-induced stress amelioration is largely unknown. Here, pretreatment with hydrogen-rich water (HRW) was used to characterize physiological roles and molecular mechanisms of H{sub 2} in the alleviation of Cd toxicity in alfalfa plants. Our results showed that the addition of HRW at 10% saturation significantly decreased contents of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) caused by Cd, and inhibited the appearance of Cd toxicity symptoms, including the improvement of root elongation and seedling growth. These responses were related to a significant increase in the total or isozymatic activities of representative antioxidant enzymes, or their corresponding transcripts. In vivo imaging of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and the detection of lipid peroxidation and the loss of plasma membrane integrity provided further evidence for the ability of HRW to improve Cd tolerance significantly, which was consistent with a significant enhancement of the ratio of reduced/oxidized (homo)glutathione ((h)GSH). Additionally, plants pretreated with HRW accumulated less amounts of Cd. Together, this study suggested that the usage of HRW could be an effective approach for Cd detoxification and could be explored in agricultural production systems.

  1. Activity screening of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria isolated from alfalfa rhizosphere

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    shahla pashapour; Hossein besharati; Mahmoud rezazadeh; Ahmad Alimadadi; Nadergholi Ebrahimi

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    Introduction: Some rhizobacteria by various mechanisms influence plant growth as they are called plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). Scientists identified some PGPR characters involved in promoting plant growth, while all these characters are not able to study. The aim of this study was to evaluate PGP activities of bacterial isolates, (45 isolates belonged to rhizobium and 2 bacterial isolates belonged to Pseudomonas fluorescens), which were isolated from alfalfa (Medicago sativa) r...

  2. Restauración ecológica del suelo aplicando biochar (carbón vegetal, y su efecto en la producción de Medicago sativa

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    Luis Rafael Fiallos-Ortega

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    Full Text Available En la provincia de Chimborazo (Ecuador, cantón Riobamba, barrio San Pedro de las Abras, se realizó el estudio de restauración ecológica del suelo mediante la aplicación de diferentes niveles de carbón vegetal (10, 20, y 30 t.ha-1 y se evaluó su efecto en la producción forrajera de alfalfa Medicago sativa, bajo un Diseño de Bloques Completamente al Azar. Los resultados superiores se obtuvieron al aplicar 30 t.ha-1 de carbón vegetal, así: en el primer corte se alcanzó el menor tiempo de ocurrencia a la floración (40,50 días, la mayor cobertura basal (39,35 %, la mayor cobertura aérea (86,0%, la mejor altura (87,98 cm, el mayor número de hojas por tallo (103,45 y, sobre todo, la mayor producción en forraje, tanto en materia verde (15,80 tFVha-1corte como en seca(33,38 tMSha-1año, y en el segundo corte se alcanzó la mejor cobertura basal (86,55%y aérea (95,42%, así como la mayor producción en forraje verde (15,92 t.ha-1corte y en materia seca (33,70 t.ha-1 año. El análisis económico registró la mayor rentabilidad con30 t.ha-1 de carbón vegetal con un beneficio-costo de 1,63. Se recomienda aplicar en Medicago sativa, 30 t.ha-1 de carbón vegetal, por cuanto con esa cifra se obtuvo mayor cantidad de forraje verde por corte y se mejoró la calidad del suelo, lo que garantizará obtener rentabilidades económicas que beneficien a los productores y ganaderos, además de mejorar la calidad de los suelos.

  3. Influence of papermill sludge on growth of Medicago sativa, Festuca rubra and Agropyron trachycaulum in gold mine tailings: A greenhouse study

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    A greenhouse study was undertaken to determine the suitability of adding papermill sludge to neutral/alkaline gold mine tailings to improve the establishment of Festuca rubra, Agropyron trachycaulum and Medicago sativa. Festuca rubra root and shoot biomass and A. Trachycaulum shoot biomass were increased with papermill sludge amendment. The addition of papermill sludge and fertilizer drastically increased the shoot and root biomass of M. sativa (20-30 times) while A. trachycaulum and F. rubra showed a more moderate increase in growth. Photosynthetic pigment content of the leaves was higher in papermill sludge treatments than in the treatments without papermill sludge. The organic carbon content, macro-aggregate content and field capacity of the gold mine tailings were increased while the bulk density was decreased by the addition of papermill sludge. This study suggests that addition of papermill sludge and adequate fertilization can alleviate some of the adverse conditions of neutral/alkaline gold mine tailings. - Addition of papermill sludge and adequate fertilization of neutral gold mine tailings increased growth of Medicago sativa, Festuca rubra and Agropyron trachycaulum

  4. THE EFFECT OF BIOSOLIDS ON MEDICAGO SATIVA AND FESTUCA ARUNDINACEEA PLANTS PHYTOREMEDIATION PROCESS OF WASTE DUMP

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    Full Text Available The storage of waste dump gravely deteriorates the soil’s physical, chemical and biological properties, both in the storage area and the surrounding zones. In time, serious perturbations may occur in the biocenosis from the surrounding ecosystems, through the sweeping away of the inorganic matter or through precipitations. The main problem in this case is to find the most suitable phytoremediation method for these waste dumps, by sowing plant species (grasses, in order to stop the erosion generated by wind and rain. Establishing a herbaceous “carpet” , in time, is very difficult, because the waste dump contains no organic matter, has a weak water retaining capacity and has a high bareness index. The purpose of this study was the experimentation of a method of cultivating the waste dumps using alfalfa, fescue and biosolids as fertilizers.

  5. Responses of lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) and rhizobia to copper-based fungicide application in two contrasting soils

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    Schneider, Martin; Dober, Melanie; Jöchlinger, Lisa; Keiblinger, Katharina; Soja, Gerhard; Mentler, Axel; Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Sophie; Bruckner, Alexander; Golestani Fard, Alireza; Wenzel, Walter; Zehetner, Franz

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    For more than 120 years, salts of copper (Cu) have been used in viticulture to prevent damages by fungal diseases. Due to restrictions in the use of synthetic fungicides and mineral fertilizers, organic viticulture depends on Cu as well as on biological nitrogen fixation. Here, we conducted an eco-toxicological pot experiment with an acidic, sandy soil and a calcareous, loamy soil and incrementally increasing fungicide application rates from 0 to 5000 mg Cu kg-1 soil. Lucerne (Medicago sativa L. cultivar. Plato) was grown in the pots for 3 months under greenhouse conditions. Acetylene reduction assays performed with harvested nodules showed no response to elevated soil Cu concentrations indicating that the nitrogen fixing capacity of rhizobia was not compromised by Cu in our experiment. Nevertheless, the nodule biomass was very sensitive to Cu and strongly decreased due to reduced amounts of fine roots and less energy supply by the plant. Legumes are known to be Cu-sensitive, and our contribution also showed a decrease in harvest by 50 % (EC50) at 21 mg kg-1 plant Cu tissue concentration in the acidic soil and at 30 mg kg-1 in the calcareous soil. This corresponded to diffusional fluxes measured by diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) of 202 and 368 fmol cm-2 s-1, respectively. DGT measurements showed that in the acidic soil, Cu was 2 to 10 times more available for plants, depending on the concentration applied, than in the calcareous soil. A modeling approach for estimating the effective concentration (EC) by including the DGT-estimated plant Cu content and the pH produced more accurate values (NRMSE of 21.9 to 20.1 %) than EC directly estimated from DGT.

  6. Overexpression of a Cytosolic Ascorbate Peroxidase Gene, OsAPX2, Increases Salt Tolerance in Transgenic Alfalfa

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    ZHANG Qian; MA Cui; XUE Xin; XU Ming; LI Jing; WU Jin-xia

    2014-01-01

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is an important forage crop in the world and it is of great signiifcance for the improvement of its salt tolerance. To improve salt tolerance in alfalfa, a rice ascorbate peroxidase gene (OsAPX2) was introduced into alfalfa using Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation with marker gene bar. The different T-DNA insertions in T1 transgenic alfalfa were identiifed by Southern hybridization. Three independent T2 transgenic lines were selected for stress analysis and the results showed that all of them were salt tolerant compared with wild-type plants. The transgenic plants had low levels of H2O2, malondialdehyde and relative electrical conductivity under salt and drought stresses. Moreover, the contents of chlorophyll and proline, and APX activity were high in transgenic plants under salt and drought stresses. Taken together, the overexpression of OsAPX2 enhances salt tolerance in alfalfa through scavenging reactive oxygen species.

  7. Multiple centroid method to evaluate the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of multiple centroids to study the adaptability of alfalfa genotypes (Medicago sativa L.. In this method, the genotypes are compared with ideotypes defined by the bissegmented regression model, according to the researcher's interest. Thus, genotype classification is carried out as determined by the objective of the researcher and the proposed recommendation strategy. Despite the great potential of the method, it needs to be evaluated under the biological context (with real data. In this context, we used data on the evaluation of dry matter production of 92 alfalfa cultivars, with 20 cuttings, from an experiment in randomized blocks with two repetitions carried out from November 2004 to June 2006. The multiple centroid method proved efficient for classifying alfalfa genotypes. Moreover, it showed no unambiguous indications and provided that ideotypes were defined according to the researcher's interest, facilitating data interpretation.

  8. Effect of Medicago sativa L. and compost on organic and inorganic pollutant removal from a mixed contaminated soil and risk assessment using ecotoxicological tests.

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    Marchand, Charlotte; Hogland, William; Kaczala, Fabio; Jani, Yahya; Marchand, Lilian; Augustsson, Anna; Hijri, Mohamed

    2016-11-01

    Several Gentle Remediation Options (GRO), e.g., plant-based options (phytoremediation), singly and combined with soil amendments, can be simultaneously efficient for degrading organic pollutants and either stabilizing or extracting trace elements (TEs). Here, a 5-month greenhouse trial was performed to test the efficiency of Medicago sativa L., singly and combined with a compost addition (30% w/w), to treat soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC), Co and Pb collected at an auto scrap yard. After 5 months, total soil Pb significantly decreased in the compost-amended soil planted with M. sativa, but not total soil Co. Compost incorporation into the soil promoted PHC degradation, M. sativa growth and survival, and shoot Pb concentrations [3.8 mg kg(-1) dry weight (DW)]. Residual risk assessment after the phytoremediation trial showed a positive effect of compost amendment on plant growth and earthworm development. The O2 uptake by soil microorganisms was lower in the compost-amended soil, suggesting a decrease in microbial activity. This study underlined the benefits of the phytoremediation option based on M. sativa cultivation and compost amendment for remediating PHC- and Pb-contaminated soils. PMID:27216854

  9. Nodulation by Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining soil alleviates Cd toxicity and increases Cd-phytoextraction in Medicago sativa L.

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    Ghnaya, Tahar; Mnassri, Majda; Ghabriche, Rim; Wali, Mariem; Poschenrieder, Charlotte; Lutts, Stanley; Abdelly, Chedly

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    Besides their role in nitrogen supply to the host plants as a result of symbiotic N fixation, the association between legumes and Rhizobium could be useful for the rehabilitation of metal-contaminated soils by phytoextraction. A major limitation presents the metal-sensitivity of the bacterial strains. The aim of this work was to explore the usefulness of Sinorhizobium meliloti originated from a mining site for Cd phytoextraction by Medicago sativa. Inoculated and non-inoculated plants were cultivated for 60 d on soils containing 50 and/or 100 mg Cd kg−1 soil. The inoculation hindered the occurrence of Cd- induced toxicity symptoms that appeared in the shoots of non-inoculated plants. This positive effect of S. meliloti colonization was accompanied by an increase in biomass production and improved nutrient acquisition comparatively to non-inoculated plants. Nodulation enhanced Cd absorption by the roots and Cd translocation to the shoots. The increase of plant biomass concomitantly with the increase of Cd shoot concentration in inoculated plants led to higher potential of Cd-phytoextraction in these plants. In the presence of 50 mg Cd kg−1 in the soil, the amounts of Cd extracted in the shoots were 58 and 178 μg plant−1 in non-inoculated and inoculated plants, respectively. This study demonstrates that this association M. sativa-S. meliloti may be an efficient biological system to extract Cd from contaminated soils. PMID:26528320

  10. Alfalfa microsymbionts from different ITS and nodC lineages of Ensifer meliloti and Ensifer medicae symbiovar meliloti establish efficient symbiosis with alfalfa in Spanish acid soils.

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    Ramírez-Bahena, Martha-Helena; Vargas, Margarita; Martín, María; Tejedor, Carmen; Velázquez, Encarna; Peix, Álvaro

    2015-06-01

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is an important crop worldwide whose cropping in acid soils is hampered by the poor nodulation and yield commonly attributed to the sensitivity of its endosymbionts to acid pH. In this work, we isolated several acid-tolerant strains from alfalfa nodules in three acid soils in northwestern Spain. After grouping by RAPD fingerprinting, most strains were identified as Ensifer meliloti and only two strains as Ensifer medicae according to their 16S-23S intergenic spacer (ITS) sequences that allowed the differentiation of two groups within each one of these species. The two ITS groups of E. meliloti and the ITS group I of E. medicae have been previously found in Medicago nodules; however, the group II of E. medicae has been only found to date in Prosopis alba nodules. The analysis of the nodC gene showed that all strains isolated in this study belong to the symbiovar meliloti, grouping with the type strains of E. meliloti or E. medicae, but some harboured nodC gene alleles different from those found to date in alfalfa nodules. The strains of E. medicae belong to the symbiovar meliloti which should be also recognised in this species, although they harboured a nodC allele phylogenetically divergent to those from E. meliloti strains. Microcosm experiments showed that inoculation of alfalfa with selected acid-tolerant strains significantly increased yields in acid soils representing a suitable agricultural practice for alfalfa cropping in these soils. PMID:25586575

  11. Effects of Growth Years on the Yield of Medicago sativa L.and Soil Nutrient%不同生长年限对紫花苜蓿产量及土壤养分的影响

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    陈志怡; 李金月

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    The number of growth years (2, 5, 6, 7 and 10 years) of the yield and soil nutrient of Medicago sativa were measured. The results showed that the yield of Medicago sativa were first increased and then decreased with the increase of growth years which the 7 growth years of the yield of Medicago sativa was the highest, and the 7 growth years of the yield was significant higher than other growth years of Medicago sativa (P10 years>6 years>5 years>2 years. It also showed that the number of growth years of rangeability of soil nitrogen and potassium were larger, and soil total phosphorus and available phosphorus had no significant difference (P>0.05) of the number of growth years of Medicago sativa. The soil nutrient of the number of growth years of Medicago sativa decreased with the increase of soil depth which were mainly concentrated in the 0-20 cm depth and showed the“surface accumulation”. Correlation analysis showed that the soil nutrient and effective nutrient were extremely significant positive correlation with moisture content (P10年生>6年生>5年生>2年生,各生长年限紫花苜蓿土壤氮素和钾素变化幅度较大,土壤全磷和有效磷含量差异并不显著(P>0.05);垂直方向随着土层深度的增加,各生长年限紫花苜蓿土壤养分呈降低趋势,表现出明显的“表聚性”,并且各生长年限紫花苜蓿土壤养分储存于0~20 cm土层。相关性分析表明,紫花苜蓿土壤养分与相应的有效养分和含水量呈极显著正相关(P<0.01),与电导率和pH呈极显著的负相关(P<0.01),而pH和电导率之间极显著正相关(P<0.01),由此可见,生长年限对紫花苜蓿土壤养分的影响是土壤理化等因子的共同作用结果。

  12. [Effect of spiders (Arachnida: Araneae) as predators of insect pest in alfalfa crops (Medicago sativa) (Fabaceae) in Argentina].

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    Armendano, Andrea; González, Alda

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    Spiders are predators that reduce insect pest populations in agroecosystems. Trials were conducted to measure the selectivity against different insect preys, the daily consumption, effect of predators alone and together with a known number of preys, and the indirect effect of predators on vegetation. For this, experimental units (1 x 1m) were used covered with a fine plastic mesh. Misumenops pallidus, Oxyopes salticus and Araneus sp. were used as generalist predators, and aphids, weevils, locusts, chrysomelids and Lepidoptera larvae as their potential preys. Among the preys offered, the spiders preferred Lepidoptera larvae compared to the other two pests groups (weevils and aphids). The maximum consumption rate was of 93.33% for Lepidoptera larvae, 25.33% for aphids and 11.67% for weevils. The Q Index values for the three species of spiders showed a positive selectivity only for defoliating larvae. O. salticus showed the highest values of consumption rates while Rachiplusia nu was the most consumed. The maximum value of consumption in 24 hours was showed by O. salticus on R. nu (C) = 2.8. The association of several species of predatory spiders increased the total number of insects captured, and also showed that the addition of spiders caused a decrease in the number of leaves damaged by the effect of lepidopterous larvae. PMID:22208081

  13. MTGD: The Medicago truncatula genome database.

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    Krishnakumar, Vivek; Kim, Maria; Rosen, Benjamin D; Karamycheva, Svetlana; Bidwell, Shelby L; Tang, Haibao; Town, Christopher D

    2015-01-01

    Medicago truncatula, a close relative of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), is a model legume used for studying symbiotic nitrogen fixation, mycorrhizal interactions and legume genomics. J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI; formerly TIGR) has been involved in M. truncatula genome sequencing and annotation since 2002 and has maintained a web-based resource providing data to the community for this entire period. The website (http://www.MedicagoGenome.org) has seen major updates in the past year, where it currently hosts the latest version of the genome (Mt4.0), associated data and legacy project information, presented to users via a rich set of open-source tools. A JBrowse-based genome browser interface exposes tracks for visualization. Mutant gene symbols originally assembled and curated by the Frugoli lab are now hosted at JCVI and tie into our community annotation interface, Medicago EuCAP (to be integrated soon with our implementation of WebApollo). Literature pertinent to M. truncatula is indexed and made searchable via the Textpresso search engine. The site also implements MedicMine, an instance of InterMine that offers interconnectivity with other plant 'mines' such as ThaleMine and PhytoMine, and other model organism databases (MODs). In addition to these new features, we continue to provide keyword- and locus identifier-based searches served via a Chado-backed Tripal Instance, a BLAST search interface and bulk downloads of data sets from the iPlant Data Store (iDS). Finally, we maintain an E-mail helpdesk, facilitated by a JIRA issue tracking system, where we receive and respond to questions about the website and requests for specific data sets from the community.

  14. Alfalfa leafcutting bee population dynamics, flower availability, and pollination rates in two Oregon alfalfa fields.

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    Bosch, Jordi; Kemp, William P

    2005-08-01

    Since the 1970s, it has become increasingly difficult for U.S. alfalfa seed producers to maintain Megachile rotundata (F.) populations used for alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., pollination. In 1998, we monitored M. rotundata population dynamics and foraging behavior, as well as alfalfa bloom and pollination rates in two fields in eastern Oregon. Despite marked differences in bee management, establishment was very similar in the two fields (approximately 0.5 females per nesting cavity) and lagged peak bloom by approximately 2 wk. Pollination rates increased from 0-10% in the first 3 wk to 80-90% in week 4-5. By then, M. rotundata females had difficulty finding untripped (nonpollinated) flowers and visited large numbers of already tripped or not fully matured flowers. M. rotundata progeny mortality was very high (54-78%). Estimated seed yields were similar in both fields. We contend similar seed yields, and improved bee production, could be accomplished with smaller bee populations, better timed with alfalfa bloom. PMID:16156556

  15. Investigation of Antileishmanial Effect of Alcoholic Extract and Essential Oil of Medicinal Plant Leaf Black Alfalfa (Medicago Lupulina, on The Number of Clinical Isolates of Leishmania Major Promastigotes in Vitro

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Leishmaniasis has created enormous global health problems. Side effects, drug resistance and the lack of effective vaccines had led to the new effective compounds effective of plants. The aim of this study was to introduce a traditional medicinal plant called Black alfalfa (Medicago Lupulina that can be used as a valuable resource against cutaneous leishmaniasis. Methods: In this experimental study, alcoholic extract was prepared by maceration and essential oil by distillation water method. Leishmania major promastigotes were cultured at 25 ± 2° C in N.N.N culturemedium, then in Schneider and next were cultured in RPMI- 1640. afterward, using MTT (Methyl Thiazole Tetrazolium, the IC50 (Inhibitory Concentrations 50% for extracts, essence and Glucantime were determined. The results using Tukey and t-test were analyzed and were presented by software SPSS16. MTT assay were repeated. 3 times for each sample. Results: IC50 for alfalfa leaf extract and essential oil of black alfalfa and Glucantime against L. major promastigotes was determined after 24, 48 and 72 hours, 240, 130 and 69 micrograms per ml, and 801, 340 and 190 micrograms per ml, also 26, 19 and 11 micrograms per ml , respectively. There was a significant differences between the IC50 plant extract and essential oil and Glucantime after 24, 48 and 72 hours. Conclusion: Alcoholic extracts and essential oil the plant had significant anti leishmaniasis effects in vitro. In this way, it can be considered as an anti-leishmaniasis among the herbs.

  16. The photosynthetic and stomatal response of Medicago sativa cv. saranac to free-air CO{sub 2} enrichment (F.A.C.E.) and nitrogen

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    Plots of Medicago sativa cv. saranac were grown in the field at ambient (355 {mu}mol CO{sub 2} mol{sup -1} air) or elevated (600{mu}mol CO{sub 2} mol{sup -1} air) CO{sub 2} concentrations. High (200kg yr{sup -1}) or low (20kg yr{sup -1}) nitrogen levels were applied to two isogeneic lines, one able and one unable to use nitrogen fixing bacteria. Plants were in the second year of field growth. Exposure to elevated CO{sub 2} was via a Free-Air CO{sub 2} Enrichment System (FACE). Elevated CO{sub 2} increased diurnal assimilation by between 12% and 92%. Analysis of A/C{sub i} responses showed that effective nitrogen fertilisation was more important to rubisCO and RuBP activity than elevated CO{sub 2}. No acclimation was consistently observed. Leaves lower down the canopy were found to have lower Vc{sub max} and J{sub max} values, though age may be the cause of the latter effect. FACE conditions have only a small effect on these responses. There was some evidence found for the down-regulation of photosynthesis in the late afternoon. The FACE conditions had no affect on stomatal density but did increase epidermal cell density.

  17. Assessing quality of Medicago sativa silage by monitoring bacterial composition with single molecule, real-time sequencing technology and various physiological parameters.

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    Bao, Weichen; Mi, Zhihui; Xu, Haiyan; Zheng, Yi; Kwok, Lai Yu; Zhang, Heping; Zhang, Wenyi

    2016-01-01

    The present study applied the PacBio single molecule, real-time sequencing technology (SMRT) in evaluating the quality of silage production. Specifically, we produced four types of Medicago sativa silages by using four different lactic acid bacteria-based additives (AD-I, AD-II, AD-III and AD-IV). We monitored the changes in pH, organic acids (including butyric acid, the ratio of acetic acid/lactic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid, 4-hyroxy benzoic acid and phenyl lactic acid), mycotoxins, and bacterial microbiota during silage fermentation. Our results showed that the use of the additives was beneficial to the silage fermentation by enhancing a general pH and mycotoxin reduction, while increasing the organic acids content. By SMRT analysis of the microbial composition in eight silage samples, we found that the bacterial species number and relative abundances shifted apparently after fermentation. Such changes were specific to the LAB species in the additives. Particularly, Bacillus megaterium was the initial dominant species in the raw materials; and after the fermentation process, Pediococcus acidilactici and Lactobacillus plantarum became the most prevalent species, both of which were intrinsically present in the LAB additives. Our data have demonstrated that the SMRT sequencing platform is applicable in assessing the quality of silage. PMID:27340760

  18. Assessing quality of Medicago sativa silage by monitoring bacterial composition with single molecule, real-time sequencing technology and various physiological parameters.

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    Bao, Weichen; Mi, Zhihui; Xu, Haiyan; Zheng, Yi; Kwok, Lai Yu; Zhang, Heping; Zhang, Wenyi

    2016-06-24

    The present study applied the PacBio single molecule, real-time sequencing technology (SMRT) in evaluating the quality of silage production. Specifically, we produced four types of Medicago sativa silages by using four different lactic acid bacteria-based additives (AD-I, AD-II, AD-III and AD-IV). We monitored the changes in pH, organic acids (including butyric acid, the ratio of acetic acid/lactic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid, 4-hyroxy benzoic acid and phenyl lactic acid), mycotoxins, and bacterial microbiota during silage fermentation. Our results showed that the use of the additives was beneficial to the silage fermentation by enhancing a general pH and mycotoxin reduction, while increasing the organic acids content. By SMRT analysis of the microbial composition in eight silage samples, we found that the bacterial species number and relative abundances shifted apparently after fermentation. Such changes were specific to the LAB species in the additives. Particularly, Bacillus megaterium was the initial dominant species in the raw materials; and after the fermentation process, Pediococcus acidilactici and Lactobacillus plantarum became the most prevalent species, both of which were intrinsically present in the LAB additives. Our data have demonstrated that the SMRT sequencing platform is applicable in assessing the quality of silage.

  19. Assessing quality of Medicago sativa silage by monitoring bacterial composition with single molecule, real-time sequencing technology and various physiological parameters

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    Bao, Weichen; Mi, Zhihui; Xu, Haiyan; Zheng, Yi; Kwok, Lai Yu; Zhang, Heping; Zhang, Wenyi

    2016-01-01

    The present study applied the PacBio single molecule, real-time sequencing technology (SMRT) in evaluating the quality of silage production. Specifically, we produced four types of Medicago sativa silages by using four different lactic acid bacteria-based additives (AD-I, AD-II, AD-III and AD-IV). We monitored the changes in pH, organic acids (including butyric acid, the ratio of acetic acid/lactic acid, γ-aminobutyric acid, 4-hyroxy benzoic acid and phenyl lactic acid), mycotoxins, and bacterial microbiota during silage fermentation. Our results showed that the use of the additives was beneficial to the silage fermentation by enhancing a general pH and mycotoxin reduction, while increasing the organic acids content. By SMRT analysis of the microbial composition in eight silage samples, we found that the bacterial species number and relative abundances shifted apparently after fermentation. Such changes were specific to the LAB species in the additives. Particularly, Bacillus megaterium was the initial dominant species in the raw materials; and after the fermentation process, Pediococcus acidilactici and Lactobacillus plantarum became the most prevalent species, both of which were intrinsically present in the LAB additives. Our data have demonstrated that the SMRT sequencing platform is applicable in assessing the quality of silage. PMID:27340760

  20. 紫花苜蓿GDP解离抑制蛋白基因cDNA的克隆、分析及烟草转化%Cloning and Characterization of a GDP Dissociation Inhibitor Protein Gene from Medicago sativa L. and Expression in Tobacco

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    乌艳红; 米福贵; 李志明; 栾守泉; 陈玲玲; 娜日苏; 梁庆伟

    2011-01-01

    采用RT-PCR方法,克隆得到紫花首蓿(Medicago sativa.L.)GDP解离抑制蛋白基因cDNA核心区域序列,命名为MsGDI1.序列分析结果表明,该cDNA核心区域全长1575 bp,包含一个1332 bp的最大开放阅读框,编码444个氨基酸.半定量RT-PCR分析结果表明,在盐胁迫和铝胁迫条件下,MsGDIl基因的表达随着胁迫时间的增加而上升,该基因可能与紫花苜蓿抗盐耐铝机理有关.借助于新构建的该基因超表达载体,用农杆菌介导方法转化烟草(Nicotiana tabacum L.).转基因烟草植株PCR检测的结果表明,MsGDI1基因已经成功插入到烟草基因组中,为进一步研究该基因的功能奠定了基础.%A cDNA core region of alfalfa GDP dissociation inhibitor protein Gene named MsGDI1 was isolated by RT-PCR. Sequence analysis reveals that the full length of the core region is 1575 bp and contains 1332 bp open reading frame (444 amino acids). Semi-quantitative RT-PCR analysis show that the expression level of MsGDI1 increases significantly with salt- or Aluminum- stress increasing. This result indicates that MsGDI1 may play an important role in both salt and Aluminum tolerances of Medicago sativa L.. The MsGDI1 gene is introduced into tobacco by Agrobacterium mediated transformation system using overexpression vector. PCR analyses show that transgenic tobaccos contain the MsGDI1 gene. The function of MsGDI1 gene will be further studied.

  1. Comparación de dos índices cuantitativos de estimación del estado de desarrollo de la alfalfa Comparison of two quantitative indexes for the estimation of alfalfa development stages

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    Full Text Available El estado de desarrollo de la alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. es una variable de estudio común en evaluaciones de cultivares, dada su relación con la composición química y la tasa de crecimiento de la pastura. La determinación de los índices cuantitativos "estado medio por conteo" y "estado medio por peso" (EMC y EMP respectivamente permite la descripción del estado de desarrollo en pasturas de alfalfa de una manera objetiva y reproducible. Los índices EMC y EMP describen igualmente el estado de desarrollo de la alfalfa cuando la pastura se encuentra próxima al momento de utilización recomendado en la práctica. La ventaja de estimar EMC en relación a EMP, se basa en la rapidez operativa que ofrece la generación de datos para el cálculo del primero.The developmental stage of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. is an usual variable of study when evaluating cultivars because of its relationship with chemical composition and pasture growth rate. Determination of quantitative indexes such as "mean stage by count" and "mean stage by weight" (MSC and MSW respectively makes it possible to describe the developmental phenological stages of alfalfa pastures in a more objective and reproducible way. Likewise, both the MSC and MSW indexes, describe the developmental stages of alfalfa when the pasture is close to the recommended utilisation time in practice. The advantage of estimating MSC in relation to MSW is based on the higher operative efficiency offered by the former in data generation for its calculation.

  2. Molecular cloning and characterization of the MsHSP17.7 gene from Medicago sativa L.

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    Li, Zhen-Yi; Long, Rui-Cai; Zhang, Tie-Jun; Yang, Qing-Chuan; Kang, Jun-Mei

    2016-08-01

    Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are ubiquitous protective proteins that play crucial roles in plant development and adaptation to stress, and the aim of this study is to characterize the HSP gene in alfalfa. Here we isolated a small heat shock protein gene (MsHSP17.7) from alfalfa by homology-based cloning. MsHSP17.7 contains a 477-bp open reading frame and encodes a protein of 17.70-kDa. The amino acid sequence shares high identity with MtHSP (93.98 %), PsHSP17.1 (83.13 %), GmHSP17.9 (74.10 %) and SlHSP17.6 (79.25 %). Phylogenetic analysis revealed that MsHSP17.7 belongs to the group of cytosolic class II small heat shock proteins (sHSP), and likely localizes to the cytoplasm. Quantitative RT-PCR indicated that MsHSP17.7 was induced by heat shock, high salinity, peroxide and drought stress. Prokaryotic expression indicated that the salt and peroxide tolerance of Escherichia coli was remarkably enhanced. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants overexpressing MsHSP17.7 exhibited increased root length of transgenic Arabidopsis lines under salt stress compared to the wild-type line. The malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in the transgenic lines were significantly lower than in wild-type, although proline levels were similar between transgenic and wild-type lines. MsHSP17.7 was induced by heat shock, high salinity, oxidative stress and drought stress. Overexpression analysis suggests that MsHSP17.7 might play a key role in response to high salinity stress. PMID:27193169

  3. The fermentation quality of mixed silage of Medicago sativa and Roegneria turczaninovii%苜蓿与直穗鹅观草混贮发酵品质研究

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    王林; 张慧杰; 玉柱; 徐春城; 孙启忠

    2011-01-01

    以苜蓿(Medicagosativa)与直穗鹅观草(Roegneria turczaninovi)为原料,按不同比例混贮,通过分析发酵品质和营养成分,优化混合青贮比例。结果表明,苜蓿青贮后干物质(DM)和中性洗涤纤维(NDF)含量增加,粗蛋白(CP)、酸性洗涤纤维(ADF)、可溶性碳水化合物(wSC)含量降低,直穗鹅观草青贮后DM、NDF、CP及ADF含量增加,粗脂肪(EE)和WSC降低;混贮处理CP和Ca含量显著高于直穗鹅观草单贮,而显著低于苜蓿单贮,DM、NDF、ADF含量显著低于直穗鹅观草单贮;随直穗鹅观草在混贮比例中的提高,pH值呈降低趋势,混贮中乳酸占总酸含量居于两种牧草单贮之间,苜蓿与直穗鹅观草3:7混贮乙酸含量占总酸含量显著高于其他处理(P〈0.05),为33.9%,混贮处理丁酸产生较少;苜蓿与直穗鹅观草混贮氨态氮占总氮含量显著低于苜蓿单贮(P〈0.05),且显著高于直穗鹅观草单贮(P〈0.05);青贮后各处理乳酸菌数达到10^6cfu/g(以鲜物质为基础),较青贮前提高,各混贮处理乳酸菌和霉菌数高于两种牧草单贮;直穗鹅现草单贮发酵品质评分为97分,且氨态氮含量较低,为最佳处理。%The different proportions of Medicago sativa and Roegneria turczaninovii were ensiled to opti- mize the proportion of mixed silage by measuring the nutrition constituent, which was used to estimate fermentation quality. The results of this study showed that the silage increased the content of DM and NDF and decreased the CP, ADF, WSC of alfalfa products, and that the silage increased the content of DM, NDF, CP and ADF, and decreased the EE and WSC of R. turczaninovii. The CP and Ca content of mixed silage was significantly higher than R. turczaninovii silage and lower than alfalfa silage, and the content of DM, NDF, ADF was significantly lower than R. turczaninovii silage. As the

  4. PENINGKATAN PRODUKSI DAN KECERNAAN BAHAN KERING ALFALFA DENGAN PEMUPUKAN FOSFAT

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    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago    sativa    L. as one of legume forage crops for ruminant livestock is very sensitive to the phosphorus deficiency. Phosphorus fertilizers have been used widely to overcome those problem. However, the high cost of superphosphate (SP is now focusing attention on cheaper rock phosphate (RP fertilizer. A field experiment was conducted on a latosolic soil (low pH, and low available Bray II extractable P. The objective of the research is to evaluate the effect of phosphorus fertilizer from difference sources on dry matter production, and in    vitro dry matter digestibility of alfalfa. Completely randomized block design with 7 treatments in 3 replicates was used in this field experiment. The treatments were T0 (control, T1 (SP, 100 kg P2O5/ha, T2 (SP, 200 kg P2O5/ha, T3 (SP, 300 kg P2O5/ha, T4 (RP, 100 kg P2O5/ha, T5 (RP, 200 kg P2O5/ha, T6 (RP, 300 kg P2O5/ha. Size of each plot was 2 m x 2 m, and fertilized with P fertilizer (SP, RP according to the assigned treatment. All plot received basal fertilizer of urea (50 kg N/ha, KCl (100 kg K2O/ha and poultry manure (2 ton/ha. Medicago    sativa was defoliated on 12 weeks after planting and analyzed for dry matter (DM production and in    vitro DM digestibility. Result showed that DM production significantly influenced by the treatments. Superphosphate fertilization resulted DM production significantly higher compared to control and RP, except on RP 300 kg P2O5/ha was non-significant difference. In    vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD of alfalfa was not affected by the treatment. There was non-significant difference in IVDMD between the treatments. Therefore, RP (300 kg P2O5/ha could replace SP to increased DM production and not affected for IVDMD of Medicago    sativa in acid latosolic soil.

  5. Transcript profiling of two alfalfa genotypes with contrasting cell wall composition in stems using a cross-species platform: optimizing analysis by masking biased probes

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The GeneChip® Medicago Genome Array, developed for Medicago truncatula, is a suitable platform for transcript profiling in tetraploid alfalfa [Medicago sativa (L. subsp. sativa]. However, previous research involving cross-species hybridization (CSH has shown that sequence variation between two species can bias transcript profiling by decreasing sensitivity (number of expressed genes detected and the accuracy of measuring fold-differences in gene expression. Results Transcript profiling using the Medicago GeneChip® was conducted with elongating stem (ES and post-elongation stem (PES internodes from alfalfa genotypes 252 and 1283 that differ in stem cell wall concentrations of cellulose and lignin. A protocol was developed that masked probes targeting inter-species variable (ISV regions of alfalfa transcripts. A probe signal intensity threshold was selected that optimized both sensitivity and accuracy. After masking for both ISV regions and previously identified single-feature polymorphisms (SFPs, the number of differentially expressed genes between the two genotypes in both ES and PES internodes was approximately 2-fold greater than the number detected prior to masking. Regulatory genes, including transcription factor and receptor kinase genes that may play a role in development of secondary xylem, were significantly over-represented among genes up-regulated in 252 PES internodes compared to 1283 PES internodes. Several cell wall-related genes were also up-regulated in genotype 252 PES internodes. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR of differentially expressed regulatory and cell wall-related genes demonstrated increased sensitivity and accuracy after masking for both ISV regions and SFPs. Over 1,000 genes that were differentially expressed in ES and PES internodes of genotypes 252 and 1283 were mapped onto putative orthologous loci on M. truncatula chromosomes. Clustering simulation analysis of the differentially expressed genes

  6. The Role of Proanthocyanidins Complex in Structure and Nutrition Interaction in Alfalfa Forage.

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    Jonker, Arjan; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-01-01

    Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is one of the main forages grown in the world. Alfalfa is a winter hardy, drought tolerant, N-fixing legume with a good longevity, high yield, high nutrient levels, high digestibility, unique structural to non-structural components ratio, high dry matter intake, and high animal productivity per hectare. However, its main limitation is its excessively rapid initial rate of protein degradation in the rumen, which results in pasture bloat and inefficient use of protein with consequent excessive excretions of nitrogen into the environment. Proanthocyanidins are secondary plant metabolites that can bind with protein and thereby reduce the rate and extent of ruminal protein degradation. However, these secondary metabolites do not accumulate in alfalfa. This review aims to firstly describe the events involved in the rapid release of protein from alfalfa and its effect on ruminant nutrition, environmental pollution, and pasture bloat; secondly, to describe occurrence, structure, functions and benefits of moderate amounts of proanthocyanidin; and finally, to describe the development of alfalfa which accumulates moderate amounts of proanthocyanidins. The emphasis of this review focuses on the role of proanthocyanidins compounds in structure and nutrition interaction in ruminant livestock systems. PMID:27223279

  7. The Role of Proanthocyanidins Complex in Structure and Nutrition Interaction in Alfalfa Forage

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    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. is one of the main forages grown in the world. Alfalfa is a winter hardy, drought tolerant, N-fixing legume with a good longevity, high yield, high nutrient levels, high digestibility, unique structural to non-structural components ratio, high dry matter intake, and high animal productivity per hectare. However, its main limitation is its excessively rapid initial rate of protein degradation in the rumen, which results in pasture bloat and inefficient use of protein with consequent excessive excretions of nitrogen into the environment. Proanthocyanidins are secondary plant metabolites that can bind with protein and thereby reduce the rate and extent of ruminal protein degradation. However, these secondary metabolites do not accumulate in alfalfa. This review aims to firstly describe the events involved in the rapid release of protein from alfalfa and its effect on ruminant nutrition, environmental pollution, and pasture bloat; secondly, to describe occurrence, structure, functions and benefits of moderate amounts of proanthocyanidin; and finally, to describe the development of alfalfa which accumulates moderate amounts of proanthocyanidins. The emphasis of this review focuses on the role of proanthocyanidins compounds in structure and nutrition interaction in ruminant livestock systems.

  8. Performance of lactating dairy cows fed alfalfa silage or perennial ryegrass silage.

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    Hoffman, P C; Combs, D K; Casler, M D

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    The nutrient contents of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) are reasonably similar. Despite similarities, the lactation performance of dairy cows fed perennial ryegrass has not been compared with the lactation performance of dairy cows fed alfalfa. The present study was implemented to compare the performance of lactating cows fed alfalfa or perennial ryegrass silage. Alfalfa and perennial ryegrass were harvested at late bud and boot stages of maturity, respectively, and ensiled in separate 4.9- x 18.3-m concrete silos. The experimental silages were supplemented with a concentrate mix at 31.1% of dietary dry matter and fed to 18 multiparous Holstein cows in early lactation in a crossover experimental design with 28-d periods. Digestibility and rate of passage of experimental diets were also measured using rare earth markers. The perennial ryegrass contained 3.0 percentage units more neutral detergent fiber than did alfalfa, but in vitro digestibility of neutral detergent fiber was 8.8 percentage units higher for perennial ryegrass. In vitro digestibility of dry matter was also higher for perennial ryegrass. Cows fed alfalfa silage produced more milk (31.8 kg/d) than did cows fed perennial ryegrass silage (30.2 kg/d). Cows fed perennial ryegrass silage ate less feed (2.2 kg/d) than did cows fed alfalfa. Because dry matter intake was lower, diet digestibilities were higher, and rate of passage was slower, for cows consuming perennial ryegrass. Based on laboratory evaluations, perennial ryegrass silage has high nutritional quality, but performance of lactating cows indicated that the forage was suboptimal for supporting high milk production when compared with alfalfa. The perennial ryegrass silage was suboptimal because it did not stimulate high amounts of dry matter intake in lactating cows. PMID:9493091

  9. Effect of exchanging Onobrychis viciifolia and Lotus corniculatus for Medicago sativa on ruminal fermentation and nitrogen turnover in dairy cows.

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    Grosse Brinkhaus, A; Bee, G; Silacci, P; Kreuzer, M; Dohme-Meier, F

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    The objective of the study was to determine the effect of feeding sainfoin (SF; Onobrychis viciifolia) and birdsfoot trefoil (BT; Lotus corniculatus), 2 temperate climate forage legumes that contain condensed tannins (CT), on ruminal fermentation and N turnover in dairy cows. Six ruminally cannulated multiparous dairy cows (milk yield=40kg/d; 36 d in milk) were used in a replicated 3×3 Latin square design. All animals were fed basal diets containing 20% pelleted SF (223g of CT/kg of dry matter), BT (30.3g of CT/kg of dry matter), or alfalfa (AL) and concentrate to meet their predicted nutrient requirements. Each experimental period consisted of a 21-d adaptation period in a tiestall, followed by a 7-d collection period in metabolic crates, where feces and urine were collected quantitatively. During the 7-d period, milk yield was recorded daily and milk samples were taken at each milking. Blood, ruminal fluid, and papillae were sampled on d 2 and 5. The relative abundance of selected bacterial strains in ruminal fluid and the gene expression of transporter genes in the papillae were determined with quantitative PCR. Total volatile fatty acids and the abundance of the cellulolytic bacteria Prevotella spp. and Ruminococcus flavefaciens decreased with SF compared with AL. The relative gene expression of the monocarboxylate transporter 1 was increased with BT compared with AL and SF. Total yields of milk, milk fat, and milk protein were similar among treatments. The proportion of 18:3n-3 in milk fat was greater and those of 22:5n-3 and 22:6n-3 were lower with SF than with BT. The contents of urea N in blood (2.71, 3.45, and 3.90mmol/L for SF, AL, and BT, respectively), milk (79.8, 100.1, and 110.9mg/kg for SF, AL, and BT, respectively), and urine were lower with SF than with AL and BT, and a trend toward a lower ruminal ammonia content occurred with SF compared with BT. Intake and excretion of N with milk were similar among treatments, but urine N was lower with SF

  10. Porcentagens de saponinas e taninos em vinte e oito cultivares de alfafa (Medicago sativa L.) em duas épocas de corte - Botucatu - SP Saponins and tannins in twenty-eight alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivates grown in Botucatu - SP

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    O objetivo do estudo foi determinar os conteúdos de saponinas, taninos e a solubilidade da proteína (SP) de 28 cultivares de alfafa: Crioula, Monarca, BR 4, Alto Great, MH 4, SW 9210 A, 5929, BR 1, EL Grande, 5715, MH 15, Valley Plus, BR 2, Rio, SW 8210, Maricopa, ICI 990, 5888, P 30, Alfa-200, WL 516, SW 8112 A, BR 3, Florida 77, Araucana, Falcon, Semit 921 e Sutter. O material analisado foi obtido do 10º e 14º corte, respectivamente; em 08/12/97 e 16/04/98, de um experimento desenvolvido na...

  11. Photosynthate partitioning in alfalfa before harvest and during regrowth

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    During the harvest regrowth cycle of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) plants, factors such as source to sink distance, sink size, and inter-organ competition continually change. However, consequent changes in the pattern of photosynthate partitioning from leaves to other organs are poorly understood. The authors objective was to examine photosynthate partitioning from upper and lower alfalfa leaves at intervals before herbage harvest and during regrowth after harvest. The uppermost or lowest fully expanded leaf on the longest or dominant stem was labeled with 14CO2. After a 24-h translocation period, the plants were divided into various organs to determine distribution of the radiocarbon. At that time, the upper leaf preferentially partitioned photosynthate to the shoot apex, unexpanded leaves and auxillary shoots of the dominant shoot, whereas the lower leaf preferentially distributed photosynthate to the crown shoots, crown, root, and nodules. Expressions of 14C partitioning were affected differently by organ mass. While the smallest organs such as nodules and unexpanded leaves always ranked higher for 14C based on relative specific activity, the largest organs such as roots and crown shoots accumulated the largest percentage of total plant recovered radioactivity. The results illustrate the importance of growth stage and leaf position in photosynthate partitioning in alfalfa and the dominance of herbage meristems for current photosynthate during regrowth

  12. 紫花苜蓿对重金属污染河道底泥的修复能力研究%Research on Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Pollution in River Sediment by Medicago sativa L.

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    吴卿; 高亚洁; 李东梅; 赵彩云

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)对河道底泥中重金属的修复作用,为利用植物修复技术解决受污染河道沉积物的重金属污染问题提供可靠依据。[方法]将过筛的底泥(以风干土计)混和均匀后装入长方形PVC箱(0.6m×0.5m×0.4m),底部设有渗流通气孔;将箱中底泥用去离子水调至30%~60%持水率(WHC)。2010年4月播入紫花苜蓿种子,生长7d后间苗,每隔30d采集植物根际土壤样品,监测底泥重金属含量、细菌及酶的活性。10月收获植物并测定植物根、茎、叶部分的重金属吸收情况。[结果]紫花苜蓿的同一部位对不同的重金属积累量不同,且同一重金属在植株的不同部位积累量也不同。紫花苜蓿对Zn的总积累量最大,且主要积累在根部;Ni、Cr、Cu和Pb也主要积累在根部;Mn在紫花苜蓿叶片中的积累最多,占植物中总积累量的42.47%;各种重金属在茎内的积累量均较低。紫花苜蓿对Ni、Cu、Pb和Cr的降解效果比较好,延长种植作物的种植时间或增加作物的播种次数有利于重金属的降解;紫花苜蓿对Mn的降解效果不明显。种植紫花苜蓿后,底泥中微生物数量显著增加,脱氢酶活性也有所提高。[结论]紫花苜蓿对Zn、Ni、Cr、Cu和Pb均有一定的修复作用,可以用于解决受污染河道底泥的重金属污染问题。%[Objective] The aim was to study the phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution in river sediment by Medicago sativa L.,so as to provide reliable references for the phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution in river sediment.[Method] The air-dried,screened and mixed sediment was put in rectangular PVC box(0.6 m×0.5 m×0.4 m) with seepage vent at the bottom,and the water holding capacity(WHC) of sediment was kept at 30%-60% by deionized water.The seeds of Medicago sativa L.were sown in April 2010,and seedlings were thinned after 7 d.Samples were collected from rhizosphere

  13. 紫花苜蓿对重金属污染河道底泥的修复能力研究%Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Pollution in River Sediment by Medicago sativa L.

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    吴卿; 高亚洁; 李东梅; 赵彩云

    2011-01-01

    [目的]研究紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativaL.)对河道底泥中重金属的修复作用,为利用植物修复技术解决受污染河道沉积物的重金属污染问题提供可靠依据.[方法]将过筛的底泥(以风干土计)混和均匀后装入长方形PVC箱(0.6 m×0.5m×0.4 m),底部设有渗流通气孔;将箱中底泥用去离子水调至30% ~ 60%持水率(WHC).2010年4月播入紫花苜蓿种子,生长7d后间苗,每隔30 d采集植物根际土壤样品,监测底泥重金属含量、细菌及酶的活性.10月收获植物并测定植物根、茎、叶部分的重金属吸收情况.[结果]紫花苜蓿的同一部位对不同的重金属积累量不同,且同一重金属在植株的不同部位积累量也不同.紫花苜蓿对Zn的总积累量最大,且主要积累在根部;Ni、Cr、Cu和Pb也主要积累在根部;Mn在紫花苜蓿叶片中的积累最多,占植物中总积累量的42.47%;各种重金属在茎内的积累量均较低.紫花苜蓿对Ni、Cu、Pb和Cr的降解效果比较好,延长种植作物的种植时间或增加作物的播种次数有利于重金属的降解;紫花苜蓿对Mn的降解效果不明显.种植紫花苜蓿后,底泥中微生物数量显著增加,脱氢酶活性也有所提高.[结论]紫花苜蓿对Zn、Ni、Cr、Cu、Pb和Mn均有一定的修复作用,可以用于解决受污染河道底泥的重金属污染问题.%[Objective] The aim was to study the phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution in river sediment by Medicago sativa L. ,so as to provide reliable references for the phytoremediation of heavy metal pollution in river sediment. [ Method ] The air-dried, screened and mixed sediment was put in rectangular PVC box (0.6mxO. 5mxO.4m) with seepage vent at the bottom, and the water holdup (WHC) of sediment was kept at 30% - 60% by deionized water. The seeds of Medicago sativa L. Were sowed in April 2010, and seedlings were thinned after 7 d.Samples were collected from rhizosphere soil every 30 d

  14. Caracterizaci??n de bacterias del g??nero (sino) rhizobium que nodulan alfalfa en suelos ??cidos de Argentina y Uruguay

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    Este trabajo se encuadra dentro de un proyecto internacional de investigaci??n financiado por la Uni??n Europea ante el problema de acidificaci??n de suelos que est??n sufriendo los alfalfares de Argentina y Uruguay. En estos pa??ses existen unos 5 millones de Ha de prados cultivados con alfalfa (Medicago sativa) que sirven de alimento al ganado vacuno. Debido a la alta fuente proteica que proporciona esta alimentaci??n las carnes de este ganado tienen una gran aceptaci??n mundial. Por otra p...

  15. Alfalfa carbon and nitrogen sequestration patterns and effects of temperature and precipitation in three agro-pastoral ecotones of northern China.

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    Shujuan Chang

    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. is a primary and widely cultivated forage crop in China. As a perennial leguminous grass, continuous planted alfalfa may influence carbon and nitrogen sequestration in soils. We evaluated the effect of alfalfa, planted for different lengths of time, and temperature and precipitation on soil organic carbon (SOC and total nitrogen (TN contents, and estimated soil SOC and TN inventories from 0-60 cm in three agro-pastoral ecotones of northern China. Alfalfa SOC and TN storage patterns were significantly different with increasing soil depths between the three regions of northern China. Continuous alfalfa grassland planted had a positive effect on accumulation of both SOC and TN in the Northwest region, whereas SOC storage peaked 6-7 years after planting in the Northeast and North region. Moreover, relatively higher TN storage appeared 7 years after planting in the Northeast and North regions. This study controlled as many factors as possible, but we caution that such temporal inferences could be artifacts of site selection. The regression analysis indicated that SOC and TN accumulation was mainly dependent on temperature (≥10°C of effective total accumulated temperature in the North region. Precipitation in the growing season was the main limiting factor for SOC storage in the Northwest region and TN accumulation in the North regions. Therefore, the different climate factors affecting SOC and TN sequestration in alfalfa occurred at a regional scale.

  16. 绿洲区苜蓿与鸭茅混播饲草的青贮发酵品质研究%Study on fermentation quality of mixed silage of Medicago sativa/Dactylis glomerata pasture in oasis area

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    张战胜; 于磊; 孙国君; 张前兵

    2015-01-01

    Forage from Medicago sativa/Dactylis glomerata pasture was used as raw material to make silage with 3 formulas(90% M.sativa + 10% D .glomerata ,70% + M.sativa + 30% D .glomerata and 50% M.sa-tiva + 50% D .glomerata)and the fermentation quality was tested.The results showed that the smell,texture, color and sensory of the mixed silage were excellent,and the pH value showed a decreasing trend.The quality was better than the single silage separately made with M.sativa and D .glomerata .The ammonia nitrogen con-tent of mixed silage reduced by 36.4% compared to single silage of M.sativa ,the acetic acid and propionic acid contents of D .glomerata silage obviously decreased.The mixed silage improved the lactic acid content and effec-tively inhibited the production of butyric acid.The butyric acid was not detected in treatments of M.sativa +D .glomerata(7∶3 and 5∶5 of mixing ratio).The crude protein content and detergent fiber of 3 mixed silage treatments were 31.9% higher and 12.6% lower than that of D .glomerata silage respectively.Therefore,the treatment of M.sativa + D .glomerata by 7∶3 ratio was the best.%以苜蓿(Medicago sativa )与鸭茅(Dactylis glomerata )混播草地牧草为材料,按照90%苜蓿+10%鸭茅、70%苜蓿+30%鸭茅、50%苜蓿+50%鸭茅的比例进行青贮,通过分析对比发酵品质、营养成分、感官青贮效果等,以期优化最佳混合青贮的豆∶禾比例。试验结果表明:苜蓿和鸭茅混合青贮后,气味、质地、色泽感官评定均为优良,且 pH 呈下降趋势,青贮效果优于苜蓿和鸭茅的单独青贮。混合青贮降低了苜蓿青贮中氨态氮含量的36.4%,鸭茅青贮中乙酸、丙酸的含量明显下降;提高了苜蓿青贮中乳酸的含量,有效抑制了丁酸的产生,苜蓿+鸭茅饲草混贮比例为7∶3和5∶5处理结果未检测出丁酸。3个混合青贮组合的粗蛋白含量高出鸭茅单贮31.9%,酸性洗涤纤维低于鸭茅青贮12.6%。在青

  17. Using RNA-Seq for gene identification, polymorphism detection and transcript profiling in two alfalfa genotypes with divergent cell wall composition in stems

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    Lamb JoAnn FS

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Alfalfa, [Medicago sativa (L. sativa], a widely-grown perennial forage has potential for development as a cellulosic ethanol feedstock. However, the genomics of alfalfa, a non-model species, is still in its infancy. The recent advent of RNA-Seq, a massively parallel sequencing method for transcriptome analysis, provides an opportunity to expand the identification of alfalfa genes and polymorphisms, and conduct in-depth transcript profiling. Results Cell walls in stems of alfalfa genotype 708 have higher cellulose and lower lignin concentrations compared to cell walls in stems of genotype 773. Using the Illumina GA-II platform, a total of 198,861,304 expression sequence tags (ESTs, 76 bp in length were generated from cDNA libraries derived from elongating stem (ES and post-elongation stem (PES internodes of 708 and 773. In addition, 341,984 ESTs were generated from ES and PES internodes of genotype 773 using the GS FLX Titanium platform. The first alfalfa (Medicago sativa gene index (MSGI 1.0 was assembled using the Sanger ESTs available from GenBank, the GS FLX Titanium EST sequences, and the de novo assembled Illumina sequences. MSGI 1.0 contains 124,025 unique sequences including 22,729 tentative consensus sequences (TCs, 22,315 singletons and 78,981 pseudo-singletons. We identified a total of 1,294 simple sequence repeats (SSR among the sequences in MSGI 1.0. In addition, a total of 10,826 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs were predicted between the two genotypes. Out of 55 SNPs randomly selected for experimental validation, 47 (85% were polymorphic between the two genotypes. We also identified numerous allelic variations within each genotype. Digital gene expression analysis identified numerous candidate genes that may play a role in stem development as well as candidate genes that may contribute to the differences in cell wall composition in stems of the two genotypes. Conclusions Our results demonstrate that RNA

  18. Growth Promotion and Disease Control Effect Determination of Endophytic Actinomycetes from Medicago sativa%首蓿内生拮抗放线菌的促生防病作用研究

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    王燕; 张绒仙

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] The research aimed to screen antagonistic endophytic actinomycetes from Medicago sativa. [ Method ] Growth promotion and disease control effect determination has been done by using Mx1, Mx3 and Mx5, which wcre isolated from the healthy Medicago sativa[ Result ] The result that the comparative control of Mx3 extracts could be 56.56%, 44.67% to Botrytis cinerea and Gaeumannomyces graminis var.tritici, respectively; the control effect of Mx3 extract was higher than it' s suspension. Mx3 extract had good effect on plant height and leaf quantity of tomato growing in the greenhouse; its growth-promoting abihty on wheat and cucumber was higher than water control. [ Conclusion ] Mx3 could promote growth of root, bud on both tomato and wheat, but it could restrain the growth of cucumber root.%[目的]从首蓿内生放线菌中筛选拮抗菌株.[方法]采用已从健康首蓿组织中分离得到的内生放线菌Mx1、Mx3、Mx5进行温室促生防病测定.[结果]菌株Mx3的发酵液对番茄灰霉病的防效可达56.56%,对小麦全蚀病的防效为44.67%;发酵液对2种病害的防效都明显高于菌悬液.对温室番茄株高、叶片数生长影响最明显;对小麦、黄瓜的促生均高于对照.[结论]菌株Mx3促生效果最好,其发酵液的防病效果明显优于菌悬液.

  19. Genome-Wide Investigation of MicroRNAs and Their Targets in Response to Freezing Stress in Medicago sativa L., Based on High-Throughput Sequencing

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    Yongjun Shu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Winter damage, especially in northern climates, is a major limitation of the utilization of perennial forages such as alfalfa. Therefore, improving freezing tolerance is imperative in alfalfa genetic breeding. However, freezing tolerance is a complex trait that is determined by many genes. To understand the complex regulation mechanisms of freezing tolerance in alfalfa, we performed small RNA sequencing analysis under cold (4° and freezing (−8° stress. The sequencing results revealed that 173 known, and 24 novel miRNAs were expressed, and that the expression of 35 miRNAs was affected by cold and/or freezing stress. Meanwhile, 105 target genes cleaved by these miRNAs were characterized by degradome sequencing. These targets were associated with biological regulation, cellular processes, metabolic processes, and response to stress. Interestingly, most of them were characterized as transcription factors (TFs, including auxin response factors, SBP, NAC, AP2/ERF, and GRF, which play important roles in plant abiotic responses. In addition, important miRNAs and mRNAs involved in nodulation were also identified, for example, the relationship between miR169 and the TF CCAAT (also named as NF-YA/HAP2, which suggested that nodulation has an important function in freezing tolerance in alfalfa. Our results provide valuable information to help determine the molecular mechanisms of freezing tolerance in alfalfa, which will aid the application of these miRNAs and their targets in the improvement of freezing tolerance in alfalfa and related plants.

  20. Effect of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Glomus spp. Inoculation on Alfalfa Growth in Soils with Copper Efecto de la Inoculación con Hongos Micorrízicos Arbusculares Glomus spp. sobre el Crecimiento de Alfalfa en Suelos con Cobre

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    Daniela Novoa M

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Soils near mining centers usually have high heavy metal (HM levels. It has been found that some plants associated with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF improve growth and tolerance to HM in soils. This symbiosis is a biological resource for degraded soil recovery. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of inoculating AMF (Glomus spp. on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. growth in agricultural soils with different copper (Cu levels for degraded soil recovery. To this effect, alfalfa seeds were grown in soils from the Catemu and Casablanca valleys and inoculated with AMF. Plant height, stem diameter, and number of leaves were measured weekly. Dry matter, mycorrhizal colonization, and Cu concentration in alfalfa plant tissues were measured after 81 days. Inoculation increased plant height by 24%, stem diameter by 11%, and number of leaves by 34%. Inoculation had a significant effect (p ≤ 0.05 on alfalfa plants that were grown in soil with the highest Cu concentration, but had no effect on Cu accumulation in alfalfa plant tissues. A direct relationship was observed between Cu accumulation in alfalfa and Cu concentration in soils. It was concluded that alfalfa inoculated with Glomus spp. is applicable to the soil recovery process whenever soil properties can ensure inoculum effectiveness on alfalfa growth, and avoid toxicity by excessive Cu in alfalfa plant tissues.Los suelos cercanos a centros de actividad minera suelen presentar altos niveles de metales pesados (HM. Se ha encontrado que algunas plantas asociadas a hongos micorrízicos arbusculares (AMF mejoran su crecimiento y tolerancia a los HM presentes en los suelos. Esta simbiosis constituye un recurso biológico para la recuperación de suelos degradados. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar el efecto de la inoculación con AMF (Glomus spp. sobre el crecimiento de alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. en suelos agrícolas con distintos niveles de cobre (Cu para la recuperación de

  1. Efficacy of a BVDV subunit vaccine produced in alfalfa transgenic plants.

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    Peréz Aguirreburualde, María Sol; Gómez, María Cristina; Ostachuk, Agustín; Wolman, Federico; Albanesi, Guillermo; Pecora, Andrea; Odeon, Anselmo; Ardila, Fernando; Escribano, José M; Dus Santos, María José; Wigdorovitz, Andrés

    2013-02-15

    Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) is considered an important cause of economic loss within bovine herds worldwide. In Argentina, only the use of inactivated vaccines is allowed, however, the efficacy of inactivated BVDV vaccines is variable due to its low immunogenicity. The use of recombinant subunit vaccines has been proposed as an alternative to overcome this difficulty. Different studies on protection against BVDV infection have focused the E2 protein, supporting its putative use in subunit vaccines. Utilization of transgenic plants expressing recombinant antigens for the formulation of experimental vaccines represents an innovative and cost effective alternative to the classical fermentation systems. The aim of this work was to develop transgenic alfalfa plants (Medicago sativa, L.) expressing a truncated version of the structural protein E2 from BVDV fused to a molecule named APCH, that target to antigen presenting cells (APCH-tE2). The concentration of recombinant APCH-tE2 in alfalfa leaves was 1 μg/g at fresh weight and its expression remained stable after vegetative propagation. A methodology based an aqueous two phases system was standardized for concentration and partial purification of APCH-tE2 from alfalfa. Guinea pigs parentally immunized with leaf extracts developed high titers of neutralizing antibodies. In bovine, the APCH-tE2 subunit vaccine was able to induce BVDV-specific neutralizing antibodies. After challenge, bovines inoculated with 3 μg of APCH-tE2 produced in alfalfa transgenic plants showed complete virological protection. PMID:23291101

  2. Overexpression of malate dehydrogenase in transgenic alfalfa enhances organic acid synthesis and confers tolerance to aluminum.

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    Tesfaye, M; Temple, S J; Allan, D L; Vance, C P; Samac, D A

    2001-12-01

    Al toxicity is a severe impediment to production of many crops in acid soil. Toxicity can be reduced through lime application to raise soil pH, however this amendment does not remedy subsoil acidity, and liming may not always be practical or cost-effective. Addition of organic acids to plant nutrient solutions alleviates phytotoxic Al effects, presumably by chelating Al and rendering it less toxic. In an effort to increase organic acid secretion and thereby enhance Al tolerance in alfalfa (Medicago sativa), we produced transgenic plants using nodule-enhanced forms of malate dehydrogenase and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase cDNAs under the control of the constitutive cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter. We report that a 1.6-fold increase in malate dehydrogenase enzyme specific activity in root tips of selected transgenic alfalfa led to a 4.2-fold increase in root concentration as well as a 7.1-fold increase in root exudation of citrate, oxalate, malate, succinate, and acetate compared with untransformed control alfalfa plants. Overexpression of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase enzyme specific activity in transgenic alfalfa did not result in increased root exudation of organic acids. The degree of Al tolerance by transformed plants in hydroponic solutions and in naturally acid soil corresponded with their patterns of organic acid exudation and supports the concept that enhancing organic acid synthesis in plants may be an effective strategy to cope with soil acidity and Al toxicity. PMID:11743127

  3. Supplementation of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) with condensed tannin-containing pellets of sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata): Effects on ruminant urinary urea excretion and digestibility

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    Some feedstuffs that contain condensed tannins can reduce urinary urea excretion without compromising nutrition for ruminant livestock. This results in reducing environmental impact, improving productivity and enhancing sustainability of ruminant farming operations. In some situations there are adva...

  4. Changes in the chemical properties and swelling coefficient of alfalfa root cell walls in the presence of toluene as a toxic agent.

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    Sharifi, M; Khoshgoftarmanesh, A H; Hadadzadeh, H

    2016-04-01

    The influence of toluene pollution on the chemical properties and swelling coefficient of root cell walls in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) was investigated. Two sets of alfalfa seedlings were selected and one set was treated with 450 mg L(-1) toluene in the nutrient solution under hydroponic culture. Thirty days after treatment with toluene, alfalfa plants were harvested and the root cell walls were isolated. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was carried out for the characterization of the root cell walls composition. The cation exchange capacity (CEC) and the swelling coefficient of the root cell walls (Kcw) were estimated at various pH values. The toluene contamination significantly reduced the mass of the cell wall material in the alfalfa roots. According to the FTIR spectra, the toluene pollution can change the alfalfa root cell wall properties by reducing the cell wall functional groups. These functional groups are probably related to the proteins and polysaccharides in the cell wall. Also, toluene pollution strongly reduced CEC and Kcw of the root cell walls. The results show that the decrease in the active sites of adsorption on the root cell walls as a response to toluene pollution can affect the water flow rate and the mineral nutrients uptake by roots. PMID:26728292

  5. The effect of dietary alfalfa meal on the chicken meat quality

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    Jana Tkáčová

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of feed mixtures with proportion of alflafa meal 4% on body weight of broiler chickens, fat content their meat and oxidative stability meat fat under storage conditions. Final hybrid Cobb 500 chickens were used in the experiment. The broiler chickens were fed with feed mixtures starter from the 1st to the 18th day, grower from the 19th to the 31st day and finisher from the 32nd to the 38th ad libitum. An alfalfa meal of 4% was added in the feed mixtures of experimental group. In our experiment, we used alfalfa meal, which was made from Medicago sativa L. harvested in the bud's phase. The carcasses of broilers were stored at -18° C for a period of nine months. The average weight of chickens at the end of our experiment, the control group was 1685.6 g. In experimental group with addition of 4% alfalfa meal in feed mixtures, the chickens weighed 1709.6 g. The difference in body weight between the groups was not statistically significant (p >0.05. The average fat content in chicken meat was lower in the group with a share of 4% alfalfa meal 2.33 g.100g-1 compared to the fat content in meat chickens control group 2.59 g.100g-1. Differences in fat content in meat between the groups were not statistically significant (p >0.05. In our experiment, the average peroxide value of fat in meat under storage conditions 9 months at -18°C was lower in the group with a share of 4% alfalfa meal 2.42 µmol O2.g-1 compared with an average value of peroxide number 5.79 µmol O2.g-1 in the control group. Medicago sativa L. is an interesting object for research. It is characterized by high content of protein and biologically active substances that are effective for the promotion of health, and also an improvement the nutritional value and technological properties of the poultry food, when is used in feed mixtures.

  6. Effects of three-dimensional and color patterns on nest location and progeny mortality in alfalfa leafcutting bee (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae).

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    Guédot, Christelle; Bosch, Jordi; James, Rosalind R; Kemp, William P

    2006-06-01

    ABSTRACT In alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., seed production where high bee densities are released, alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata (F.) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), females may enter several nesting holes before locating their nests. Such levels of "wrong hole" visits lead to an increase in the time spent by females locating their own nests, thereby decreasing alfalfa pollination efficiency and possibly healthy brood production. The objectives of this study were to determine the effect of different nesting board configurations in commercial alfalfa leafcutting bee shelters (separating nesting boards, applying a three-dimensional pattern to the boards, applying a color contrast pattern, or applying a combination of three-dimensional and color contrast patterns) on nest location performance, on the incidence of chalkbrood disease, and on the incidence of broodless provisions. Separating the nesting boards inside shelters improved the ability of females to locate their nests. An increase in nest location performance also occurred in boards with the three-dimensional pattern and the combined three-dimensional and color contrast pattern, compared with the uniform board (a standard configuration currently used commercially). The percentage of provisioned cells that were broodless was not statistically different between treatments, but the percentage of larvae infected with chalkbrood decreased by half in the three-dimensional board design, compared with the uniform board. PMID:16813291

  7. Meat goat kids finished on alfalfa, red clover or orchardgrass pastures: carcass merit and meat quality.

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    Turner, K E; Cassida, K A; Zerby, H N

    2014-12-01

    This experiment was conducted in 2005-2007 to evaluate carcass and chevon (goat meat) quality parameters when meat-goat kids (n=72) were finished on alfalfa (Medicago sativa L; ALF); red clover (Trifolium pratense L.; RCG); or orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata L.; OGR) pastures. Carcass conformation score was greater (P=0.08) when meat-goat kids were finished on ALF compared to OGR with RCG intermediate. Chevon meat samples from goats finished on the three pasture treatments did not differ in ash, intramuscular fat, or crude protein content or in concentrations of omega6 and omega3 fatty acids, or the omega6 to omega3 ratio. Goats finished on OGR had higher (Pmeat-goat kids finished on ALF, RCG, or ORG produced desirable carcass weights for most niche markets in the USA. Chevon is a low-fat meat option with high desirable fatty acids for human diets. PMID:25089787

  8. Biological activity of saponins from alfalfa tops and roots against Colorado potato beetle larvae

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    Maryla Szczepaniak

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The total saponins of alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., included in the diet of Colorado potato beetle larvae reduced their feeding, growth rate and survival. The biological activity of those compounds coming both from the roots and from the aerial parts is closely correlated with the dose. Larvae reared on leaves treated with a 0,5% dose virtually did not feed at all and died after 4-6 days. Lower saponin doses (0,01 and 0,001 % reduced the insects' feeding to a lesser degree. However, they inhibited their growth, caused an extension of the larval stage and mortality at a level of 76,7- 100%. No major differences have been found in saponin activity depending on its localization in the plant.

  9. Effect of Siloguard additives on the quality of Medicago sativa silages in silage silo%无机盐添加剂对窖贮紫花苜蓿品质的影响

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    刘振宇; 玉柱; 刘忠宽; 黄欣颖; 王宇通; 邵新庆

    2010-01-01

    以第2茬紫花首蓿(Medicago sativa)为原料,采用窖贮的方式,用青贮卫士(Siloguard)添加剂进行处理,设4个质量分数0、0.05%、0.1%和0.2%,探讨紫花苜蓿窖贮的可行性及添加剂的最佳质量分数,为大规模生产实践提供科学依据.试验结果表明:Siloguard添加剂对改善青贮料的感官、降低pH值、提高乳酸含童均有作用,但由于所加入添加剂的质量分数不同,窖贮后效果不一,以添加0.1% Siloguard效果最佳;加入添加剂后,青贮料的可溶性糖(WSC)含量显著提高,显著改善了紫花首蓿青贮料的品质.综合分析认为,青贮窖越深,青贮料发酵品质越好;窖贮添加Siloguard能改善青贮饲料的品质,推荐生产最佳添加质量分数为0.1%.

  10. Effect of arbuscular mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) on Growth of Medicago sativa L. under Salt Stress%盐胁迫下丛枝菌根真菌(AMF)对紫花苜蓿生长的影响

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    张璐; 张倩; 叶宝兴

    2010-01-01

    采用盆栽受控试验法,设置无盐胁迫(0.046%)、轻度盐胁迫(0.2%)和重度盐胁迫(0.5%)3个盐分水平,研究了不同盐分下丛枝菌根真菌(arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, AMF)对紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)生长量和耐盐性的影响.结果表明,随盐胁迫程度的增加,相同AMF 处理的紫花苜蓿生长量显著降低(P<0.05),叶片游离脯氨酸、丙二醛含量和膜透性显著增加(P<0.05);与低AMF处理相比,3个盐分水平下高AMF处理的紫花苜蓿的生长量都显著增加(P<0.05),紫花苜蓿叶片游离脯氨酸、丙二醛含量和膜透性都显著降低(P<0.05),表明AMF能增加紫花苜蓿的耐盐性,缓解盐胁迫对紫花苜蓿生长的影响.

  11. CO2 fixation in alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil root nodules and partitioning of 14C to the plant

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    The objectives of this study were to determine if nonphotosynthetic CO2 fixation by root nodules contributes carbon for the assimilation of fixed N2 in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) and if assimilation products are partitioned to different plant organs. Effective alfalfa nodules excised from or attached to roots had apparent 14CO2 fixation rates of 50 to 80 μg CO2 kg-1s-1 (dry weight) at 0.0012 to 0.0038 mole fraction CO2. Nodule CO2 fixation rates increased six- to seven-fold as ambient CO2 was raised from 0.0038 to 0.0663 mole fraction. Respiration rates of nodules (3 to 4 mg CO2 kg-1s-1) were 10 to 100-fold higher than 14CO2 fixation rates of nodules. Pulse chase experiments with 14CO2 combined with nodule and xylem sap analysis demonstrated the initial products of root and nodule CO2 fixation were organic acids. However, the export of fixed 14C from effective nodules was primarily in the form of amino acids. In contrast, nodule and/or root fixed 14C in ineffectively nodulated alfalfa and denodulated effective alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil was transported primarily as organic acids. Aspartate, asparagine, alanine, glutamate, and glutamine were the most heavily labeled compounds in the amino acid fraction of both effective alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil nodules exposed to 14CO2. By contrast, asparate, asparagine, and glutamine were the predominantly labeled amino acids in xylem sap collected from nodulated effective roots exposed to 14CO2. The occurrence of nodule CO2 fixation in alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil and the export of fixed carbon as asparagine and aspartate to roots and shoots is consistent with a role for CO2 fixation by nodules in providing carbon skeletons for assimilation and transport of symbiotically fixed N2

  12. 紫花苜蓿 MsWRKY33转录因子的分离及遗传转化研究%Isolation of MsWRKY33 transcription factor and its genetic transformation in Medi-cago sativa

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    冯光燕; 王学敏; 付媛媛; 方志红; 高洪文; 张新全

    2015-01-01

    WRKY 转录因子是植物特有的转录因子,广泛参与植物对多种逆境胁迫的反应。但是对紫花苜蓿中 WRKY转录因子的研究还较少。本研究从紫花苜蓿中克隆了一个 WRKY I 类转录因子 MsWRKY33。该基因 CDS 全长1536 bp,编码512个氨基酸,结构分析显示 MsWRKY33包括两个 WRKY 结构域和一个 C2H2锌指结构(C-X4-C-X23-H-X-H),表明其属于 WRKY I 族 WRKY 转录因子。亚细胞定位预测 MsWRKY33蛋白定位在细胞核。MsWRKY33基因受盐、干旱和冷胁迫诱导,暗示基因可能参与了这些逆境胁迫的调控。构建原核表达载体 pET-MsWRKY33,SDS-PAGE 分析表明在大肠杆菌中表达了 MsWRKY33蛋白。扩增 MsWRKY33编码区 cDNA,以pBI121为基础载体,构建植物超表达载体 pBI121-MsWRKY33。采用农杆菌介导的愈伤组织培养法转化紫花苜蓿。利用 nptⅡ基因引物和载体特异引物检测抗性苗呈阳性,表明目的基因已成功导入紫花苜蓿基因组中。qRT-PCR 检测发现,MsWRKY33基因在转基因株系中得到增强表达。本研究为进一步探索 WRKY 转录因子基因在紫花苜蓿抗逆性调控中的作用奠定了基础。%Plant-specific WRKY transcription factors (TFs)are widely involved in various stress responses. However,their roles in abiotic stresses are still not well known in alfalfa (Medicago sativa ).In this study,a WRKY gene,containing 1536 bp CDS length encoding a putative protein of amino acid 512,designated as MsWRKY33,was isolated from alfalfa.The alignment results revealed that the MsWRKY33 protein contains two conserved DNA-binding domains (WRKY domain)of 60 amino acids and a C2H2 zinc finger region (C-X4-C-X23-H-X-H),falling into group I of the WRKY protein.Protein localization prediction analysis indicated that MsWRKY33 is a nuclear-targeting protein.The expression of MsWRKY33 gene was up-regulated by salin-ity (NaCl),drought (PEG)and cold temperature (4℃),indicating that

  13. Endogenous hydrogen sulfide enhances salt tolerance by coupling the reestablishment of redox homeostasis and preventing salt-induced K⁺ loss in seedlings of Medicago sativa.

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    Lai, Diwen; Mao, Yu; Zhou, Heng; Li, Feng; Wu, Mingzhu; Zhang, Jing; He, Ziyi; Cui, Weiti; Xie, Yanjie

    2014-08-01

    Despite the external application of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) conferring plant tolerance against various environmental cues, the physiological significance of l-cysteine desulfhydrase (L-DES)-associated endogenous H2S production involved in salt-stress signaling was poorly understood. To address this gap, the participation of in planta changes of H2S homeostasis involved in alfalfa salt tolerance was investigated. The increasing concentration of NaCl (from 50 to 300 mM) progressively caused the induction of total l-DES activity and the increase of endogenous H2S production. NaCl-triggered toxicity symptoms (175 mM), including seedling growth inhibition and lipid peroxidation, were alleviated by sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS; 100 μM), a H2S donor, whereas aggravated by an inhibitor of l-DES or a H2S scavenger. A weaker or negative response was observed in lower or higher dose of NaHS. Further results showed that endogenous l-DES-related H2S modulated several genes/activities of antioxidant defence enzymes, and also regulated the contents of antioxidant compounds, thus counterbalancing the NaCl-induced lipid peroxidation. Moreover, H2S maintained K(+)/Na(+) homeostasis by preventing the NaCl-triggered K(+) efflux, which might be result form the impairment of SKOR expression. Together, our findings indicated that endogenous H2S homeostasis enhance salt tolerance by coupling the reestablishment of redox balance and restraining K(+) efflux in alfalfa seedlings.

  14. Cadmium-induced hydrogen sulfide synthesis is involved in cadmium tolerance in Medicago sativa by reestablishment of reduced (homoglutathione and reactive oxygen species homeostases.

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    Full Text Available Until now, physiological mechanisms and downstream targets responsible for the cadmium (Cd tolerance mediated by endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S have been elusive. To address this gap, a combination of pharmacological, histochemical, biochemical and molecular approaches was applied. The perturbation of reduced (homoglutathione homeostasis and increased H2S production as well as the activation of two H2S-synthetic enzymes activities, including L-cysteine desulfhydrase (LCD and D-cysteine desulfhydrase (DCD, in alfalfa seedling roots were early responses to the exposure of Cd. The application of H2S donor sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS, not only mimicked intracellular H2S production triggered by Cd, but also alleviated Cd toxicity in a H2S-dependent fashion. By contrast, the inhibition of H2S production caused by the application of its synthetic inhibitor blocked NaHS-induced Cd tolerance, and destroyed reduced (homoglutathione and reactive oxygen species (ROS homeostases. Above mentioned inhibitory responses were further rescued by exogenously applied glutathione (GSH. Meanwhile, NaHS responses were sensitive to a (homoglutathione synthetic inhibitor, but reversed by the cotreatment with GSH. The possible involvement of cyclic AMP (cAMP signaling in NaHS responses was also suggested. In summary, LCD/DCD-mediated H2S might be an important signaling molecule in the enhancement of Cd toxicity in alfalfa seedlings mainly by governing reduced (homoglutathione and ROS homeostases.

  15. 苜蓿混合凋萎青贮技术对青贮品质的影响%Effects of Mixed Wilting Silage Technology on Alfalfa Silage Quality

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    贾纳提; 刘梦; 李莉; 董志国; 麦丽亚·伊尔斯比克

    2012-01-01

    对苜蓿+无芒雀麦+披碱草和苜蓿+无芒雀麦+冰草的混播草地牧草采用凋萎青贮技术进行混合青贮,以单独凋萎青贮新疆大叶苜蓿设为对照,分析各处理青贮材料的pH值、CP、NDF、ADF、乙酸、乳酸、丙酸和氨态氮的变化,比较其混合青贮技术对青贮品质的影响。试验结果表明,苜蓿混合凋萎青贮无论从青贮感官指标,还是从青贮料的营养成分及有机酸含量,其表现比单独凋萎青贮效果好。在混合凋萎青贮处理的两个组合中,苜蓿+无芒雀麦+冰草混合青贮效果最理想。%The mixed wilting silage technology was used on Xinjiang big leaf alfalfa-Medicago sativa L. + Bromus inermis Leyss + Agropyron cristatum and Xinjiang big leaf alfalfa-Medicago sativa L. + Bromus inermis Leyss + Elymus dahuricus Turcz, and set single- wilting silage as control. PH value,CP, NDF, ADF, Butyric acid, Acetic acid, Propionic acid and NH3-N content in each treatment changes were analysed to compare the effects of mixed wilting silage technology on alfalfa silage quality .The results showed that alfalfa mixed wilting silage ,whether from the sensory index of silage, or from the nutrients and organic acid contents of silage to consider ,the effect was better than single-wilting silage. In the two combinations of mixed wilting silage treatment, the treatment Xinjiang big leaf alfalfa- Medicago sativa L. + Bromus inermis Leyss + Agropyron cristatum silage effect was better..

  16. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Loci for Salt Tolerance during Germination in Autotetraploid Alfalfa (Medicargo sativa L.) using Genotyping by Sequencing

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    : In this study, we used a diverse panel of alfalfa accessions to identify molecular markers associated with salt tolerance during germination by genome-wide association (GWA) mapping and genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). Three levels of salt treatments were applied during seed germination. Phenotypic...

  17. Effect of exogenous 2,4-epibrassinolide on trace element absorption and chlorophyll fluorescence of Medicago sativa L. seedlings under NaCl stress%外源 EBR 对 NaCl 胁迫下紫花苜蓿幼苗微量元素吸收及叶绿素荧光动力学参数的影响

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    寇江涛; 康文娟; 苗阳阳; 师尚礼

    2016-01-01

    为明确外源2,4-表油菜素内酯(2,4-epibrassinolide, EBR)诱导紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)幼苗抗盐性的效果及其可能的生理调节机制,采用营养液水培法,以紫花苜蓿品种‘中苜3号’和‘陇中苜蓿’为材料,研究NaCl 胁迫下施用外源 EBR 对紫花苜蓿幼苗微量元素吸收及叶片 PSⅡ功能、电子传递速率和光能分配的影响。结果表明:150 mmol·L-1 NaCl 胁迫下,苜蓿幼苗不同器官(叶片、茎秆、根系)中的 Cu2+含量显著升高, Fe2+、Mn2+、Zn2+含量和 Fe2+/Na+、Mn2+/Na+、Cu2+/Na+、Zn2+/Na+显著降低,无机离子的吸收、运输和分配等代谢平衡被打破;同时 NaCl 胁迫造成苜蓿幼苗叶片 PSⅡ反应中心受损,天线耗散、反应中心耗散增加,光合能力下降。NaCl 胁迫下,施用0.1μmol·L-1外源 EBR 后,苜蓿幼苗不同器官(叶片、茎秆、根系)中的 Cu2+含量显著降低, Fe2+、Mn2+、Zn2+含量及 Fe2+/Na+、Mn2+/Na+、Cu2+/Na+、Zn2+/Na+显著升高,幼苗体内无机离子的吸收、运输得到有效调控, Na+和 Fe2+、Mn2+、Cu2+、Zn2+等阳离子间的拮抗作用减小;苜蓿幼苗叶片的 F0、NPQ显著降低, Fm、Fv/F0、Fv/Fm、ФPSⅡ、Fv′/Fm′、qP 和 ETR 显著升高,苜蓿幼苗叶片吸收的光能用于光化学反应部分(P)增加、天线色素耗散部分(D)和反应中心过剩光能部分(E)降低。说明外源 EBR 能够促进 NaCl 胁迫下苜蓿幼苗对无机离子的选择性吸收、运输和分配,维持体内的离子代谢平衡,通过提高光合电子传递效率,降低天线热耗散和反应中心过剩光能,维持较高的 PSⅡ光化学活性,进而平衡激发能在 PSⅠ、PSⅡ之间的分配,降低 NaCl 胁迫对 PSⅡ反应中心的损伤程度,有效缓解 NaCl 胁迫对苜蓿幼苗所造成的伤害。%Due to the serious secondary soil salinization, salt injury has become a limiting factor of the development of high quality alfalfa industry in Northwest and

  18. Study on Electrostatic Field on Isoenzyme Activity of Medicago sativa Leguminosae in Its Seeding Stage%静电场对苜蓿幼苗期酶活性的影响

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    陶玉华

    2005-01-01

    为了研究静电对紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa Leguminosae)抗旱性的影响,寻找出提高紫花苜蓿幼苗抗旱性的最佳电场条件.在静电场不同电场强度下处置紫花苜蓿种子10min后,室温下培养9d,再测定幼苗的丙二醛(MDA)的含量和过氧化物酶(POD)、超氧化物酶(SOD)的活性.实验所用电极电压波形为50Hz半波整流,电场强度共11个,其中1个未经电场处理作为对照组.结果表明,在11个电场处理的材料中,有6个MDA水平低于对照,1个与对照相同,其余4个高于对照,变化幅度为22.8%~34.8%.SOD酶和POD酶的活性普遍降低,降低幅度分别为7.7%~57.7%和0.5%~59.4%.静电场处理可以提高紫花苜蓿幼苗的抗旱性.

  19. Pollination, Fertilization and Embryo Development of Medicago sativa L.cv.‘Aohan’%敖汉苜蓿授粉受精及胚胎发育过程的研究

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    金洪; 李造哲; 吴永敷; 贺俊英; 王学敏

    1999-01-01

    Pollination, fertilization and embryo development of Medicago sativa L. cv. 'Aohan' were observed. The result showed that internal wall of pollen passes through the germination aperture in the external wall and protruded in 10 minutes of artificial pollination. After 20 minutes a pollen tube forms. An hour later the pollen tube touches the stigma, then the pollen tube stretches along the passage of style, reaches to ovary in 24 to 27 hours. Embryo cell begins to split and divide, entire embryo with radical, plumular axis, plumule and cotyledon forms in 22 days. The whole forming process of embryo may be divided into three stages: globular embryo stage, cotyledon stage, and development of all parts of embryo.%对敖汉苜蓿的授粉受精、花粉萌发以及胚胎发育过程进行了研究.结果表明,敖汉苜蓿在人工授粉10min后花粉粒的内壁穿过外壁的萌发孔向外突出,20min时形成花粉管,1h后花粉管触及柱头,而后沿花柱道伸长.24~27h到达子房开始受精;经过受精作用胚细胞开始分裂分化,到第22d便形成了具有胚根、胚轴、胚芽和子叶的完整胚.胚的整个形成过程可分为三个阶段:球状胚形成期、子叶形成期、胚各部分发育成熟期.

  20. Batı Akdeniz Sahil Kuşağından Toplanan Yonca (Medicago sativa L. Populasyonlarının Moleküler Karakterizasyonu

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    Full Text Available Medicago tür ve populasyonlarında moleküler markırlar kullanılarak genotipik varyasyon seviyesini belirlemek yaygın olarak kullanılmaktadır. Bu çalışmada; Batı Akdeniz sahil kuşağında yer alan, Antalya iline ait 13 ilçede, 26 farklı lokasyonda, doğal vejetasyondan toplanan üstün yonca genotipleri klon yöntemi ile çoğaltılmıştır. Elde edilen 26 genotip ve 2 standart çeşidin aralarındaki benzerlikler, Basit Tekrarlı Sekanslar (SSR moleküler analiz tekniğiyle, 15 adet primer kullanılarak belirlenmiştir. SSR primerlerinin % 99,7’si polimorfik bant vermiştir. Araştırma sonucunda; kümeleme analizi sonucu oluşan dendograma göre yonca genotipleri 2 ana ve 4 alt gruba ayrılmıştır. Birinci ana grup % 60, ikinci ana grup ise % 65 seviyesinde kendi içerisinde iki alt gruba ayrılmıştır. Benzerlik katsayıları 0.58-0.88 değerleri arasında değişim göstermiştir. En yakın genetik benzerlik Kaş-2 ve Çeşit-1 arasında bulunurken, en uzak ise Gazipaşa-1-Kumluca-2 genotipleri arasında bulunmuştur. Elde edilen bu sonuca göre Batı Akdeniz sahil kuşağından toplanan yonca genotipleri arasında genetik olarak önemli bir varyasyonun olduğu tespit edilmiştir.

  1. Effect of exogenous 2,4-epibrassinolide on the uptake,transport,and disputation of ions,and photosynthetic characteristics of Medicago sativa seedlings under NaCl stress%外源2,4-表油菜素内酯对NaCl胁迫下紫花苜蓿幼苗光合特性及离子吸收、运输和分配的影响

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    寇江涛; 康文娟; 苗阳阳; 师尚礼

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the salt resistance and physiological regulation mechanisms in-duced by exogenous 2,4-epibrassinolide (EBR)in alfalfa (Medicago sativa )seedlings.The effect of EBR on photosynthetic pigment contents,gas exchange parameters,and ion uptake,transport,and disputation in seedlings of M.sativa cv.Zhongmu No.3 and M.sativa cv.Longzhong under NaCl stress were investigated u-sing a hydroponic method.In the 150 mmol/L NaCl stress treatment,alfalfa seedling leaves showed significant decreases in photosynthetic pigment contents and photosynthetic ability,and disrupted metabolic processes of ion uptake,transport,and disputation.When EBR at 0.1 μmol/L was supplied to seedlings under NaCl stress, the chlorophyll a,b,and a+b contents increased,the chlorophyll a/b increased,and the chlorophyll/carote-noid decreased.Also,the photosynthetic rate,transpiration rate,stomatal conductance,water use efficiency, and photosynthetic ability increased after 0.1 μmol/L EBR treatment.These changes would facilitate the accu-mulation of aboveground and underground biomass.In the NaCl-stressed seedlings treated with 0.1 μmol/L EBR,the Na+ and Cl- contents and the Cl-/Na+ in different organs (leaf,stem,and root)significantly de-creased,and the contents of K+ ,Ca2 + ,and Mg2 + and the K+/Na+ ,Ca2 +/Na+ ,and Mg2 +/Na+ significantly increased.The transport ratio of inorganic ions and transport selectivity ratio of cations were effectively regula-ted in the seedlings treated with EBR.Together,these results show that EBR treatment effectively alleviated photo inhibition caused by NaCl stress in alfalfa seedlings,and promoted the synthesis and accumulation of or-ganic matter.Treatment with EBR also improved the selective absorption and transport of inorganic ions,help-ing to maintain the metabolic ion balance and improve the NaCl-resistance of alfalfa seedlings.%为明确外源2,4-表油菜素内酯(2,4-epibrassinolide,EBR)诱导紫花苜蓿幼苗抗盐

  2. 吸胀冷害下外源 NO 对紫花苜蓿种子萌发及抗氧化性的影响%Effects of nitric oxide on Medicago sativa seed germination under imbibitional chilling

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    赵萌; 魏小红

    2015-01-01

    Seeds of Medicago sativa were used to study the effects of 0.1 mmol/L sodium nitroprusside (SNP), as a source of nitric oxide,on seed germination and antioxidant capacity under imbibitional chilling at 4℃.Four treatments:control,chilling,SNP and chilling+SNP were replicated three times.The results indicated that after imbibitional chilling for 12 h and germination at 25℃ for 84 h,the vigor and germination of M.sativa seeds were increased by SNP treatment.The activities of antioxidant enzymes including superoxide dismutase (SOD)and catalase (CAT)increased 149.3% to 60.4% by SNP treatment.The radical clearance rate tended to decline with SNP treatments and chilling for 12,24 and 48 h.At 12 h chilling the radical clearance rate reached a maximum of 97.5%.Imposing exogenous nitric oxide can promote germination,enhance antioxidant enzyme activities and reduce the reactive oxygen damage in M.sativa seed.%用浓度为0.1 mmol/L 外源 NO 供体硝普钠(sodium nitroprusside,SNP)处理4℃吸胀冷害下紫花苜蓿种子,来探讨吸胀冷害下 NO 对紫花苜蓿种子萌发及氧化损伤的影响。试验设计4个处理,分别为 A:对照组(CK)为蒸馏水;B:4℃吸胀冷害组(Chilling);C:SNP;D:Chilling+SNP,每个处理重复3次。结果表明:1)紫花苜蓿种子经SNP 处理12 h 转入25℃继续培养84 h 后,Chilling+SNP 组比 Chilling 组发芽率、活力指数、发芽指数提高了14.37%,34.17%,1.29%。2)4℃吸胀冷害12 h 后,Chilling+SNP 组同 Chilling 组相比超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)、过氧化氢酶(CAT)活性分别提高了149.26%,60.35%,过氧化氢(H2 O2)含量及超氧阴离子(·O2-)产生速率则降低了10.11%,27.61%。3)SNP 对4℃吸胀冷害12,24和48 h 的种子体内羟自由基(·OH)的清除均呈下降趋势, Chilling+SNP 组的清除率均高出 SNP 组,Chilling+SNP 组在冷害12 h

  3. The mutagenic effects of colchicine treatment on chromosome ploidy and the leaf epi-dermal cells of radicles of Medicago sativa cv.Qingshui%秋水仙素处理清水苜蓿胚根对染色体倍性与叶表皮细胞的诱变效应

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    李悦; 师尚礼

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this experiment was to determine the appropriate colchicine dose levels to produce polyploids of Medicago sativa cv.Qingshui.Three different colchicine concentrations (0.05%,0.10%, 0.20%)and three treatment durations (4 h,8 h,12 h)were used to induce the radicle of gemmiferous seeds and changes were observed in the root tip cell chromosome number and in inclusions in the lower epidermis of leaves.The results showed that colchicine can change chromosomes in the root tip cells of alfalfa seedlings, producing a variety of different mutant types (4x 8x ).The appropriate dose and treatment period of colchicine to induce a higher proportion of octaploid cells (2n =8x )is 0.1%+8h,with a mutation rate of 13.3%.Increasing levels of colchicine were associated with increases in the size (length, width,length/width)of guard cells and in the number of chloroplasts in the leaves’lower epidermis,while the density of stomata decreased.The size of guard cells and number of chloroplasts were largest in the 0.1%+8h, 0.1+12h and 0.2%+4h treatments,where stomatal densities were also relatively the smallest.The largest mutagenic effects were observed under the 0.1%+8h treatment.%利用不同浓度的秋水仙素(0.05%、0.10%、0.20%)按处理时间(4,8和12 h)对清水紫花苜蓿萌动种子胚根进行诱变,通过观察清水苜蓿根尖细胞染色体数的变化确定出诱变清水苜蓿多倍体的秋水仙素适宜剂量,并观察叶片下表皮细胞内含物的变化。结果表明:秋水仙素的诱变可使苜蓿根尖细胞染色体数发生变异,产生出多种变异类型(4x<2n<8x、2n =8x、2n >8x 的类型)。能够诱变出较高频率八倍体细胞(2n =8x )的秋水仙素剂量为0.1%+8h,诱变率为13.33%。随秋水仙素处理剂量的增加,叶片下表皮细胞内保卫细胞尺寸(长、宽、长/宽)、内部叶绿体数目均发生不同程度的增

  4. Germinación y crecimiento de alfalfa bajo condiciones salinas Germination and growth of alfalfa under saline conditions

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    Sara Lucía González-Romero

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    Full Text Available En México, el cultivo de la alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. se emplea para la alimentación del ganado bovino, éste cuenta con investigaciones de respuestas a estrés salino en la etapa de germinación; sin embargo, sólo se han usado diferentes niveles de NaCl o de manitol y polietilenglicol; por lo anterior, los objetivos de esta investigación fue estudiar la respuesta a la salinidad, que se presenta en zonas áridas y semiáridas de México de la alfalfa en la etapa de germinación y evaluar su efecto sobre el crecimiento de la radícula y la parte aérea. Para cumplir lo anterior, en el laboratorio de salinidad del Colegio de Postgraduados en Ciencias Agrícolas durante el 2009, las semillas se sometieron a pruebas de germinación en un diseño factorial de 11 soluciones salinas a ocho dosis (0, 2, 4, 8, 11.7, 15, 19 y 28 dS m-1 y tres repeticiones. Se observó que las sales NaHCO3 y sulfático-sódica influyeron más sobre la germinación; y las sales CaCl2 2H2O y sulfática registraron el mayor porcentaje de germinación; para el crecimiento de radícula la sal que más afectó fue el NaHCO3 y la salinidad sulfática; las sales CaCl2 2H2O y sulfático-clorhídrica permitieron mayor desarrollo. El crecimiento de la parte aérea fue más afectado en comparación al desarrollo de la radícula. La mezcla de sales favoreció el porcentaje de germinación, el crecimiento de radícula y parte aérea.In Mexico, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. is used for feeding cattle and has been studied for responses to salt stress in the germination phase; however, only NaCl or mannitol and polyethylene glycols have been used in different levels. Due to this, the aims of this research were to study the response of alfalfa in the germination stage to the salinity of the arid and semiarid areas in Mexico, and to evaluate its effect on the growth of the radicle and aerial section. In order to achieve this, in the salinity lab of the Colegio de Postgraduados en

  5. Contribution of the pod wall to seed grain filling in alfalfa.

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    Wang, Hui; Hou, Longyu; Wang, Mingya; Mao, Peisheng

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    Three genotypes of alfalfa viz. Medicago sativa (Zhongmu No. 1, Zhongmu No. 2) and M. varia (Caoyuan No. 3) grown in the filed were investigated for the contribution of pod wall and leaves by shading all pods and leaves on July 15, 20 and 25, respectively. Date was recorded for total pod weight (TPW), pod wall weight (PWW), seed weight per pod (SWP), seed number per pod (SNP) and single seed weight (SSW) of one-coil and two-coil spiral pods. TPW, SNP, PWW and SWP were reduced by shading all leaves or pods, whereas SSW was not significantly affected. The relative photosynthetic contribution of pod wall to SWP was 25.6-48.1% in three genotypes on July 15. The pod wall in one-coil spiral pods generated a greater relative contribution to the TPW and SWP than in two-coil spiral pods. In the last stage (July 25), the relative photosynthetic contribution of leaves to SWP sharply decreased, whereas the relative photosynthetic contribution of pod wall to SWP was stable in the late stage (July 20 and 25). In conclusion, the pod wall of alfalfa could carry out photosynthesis and the pod wall played an important role in pod filling at the late growth stage. PMID:27210048

  6. An evaluation of the main cultivated Medicago sativa cultivars (strains) for Acyrthosiphon pisum resistance in Ningxia%宁夏主栽苜蓿品种(系)对豌豆蚜的抗性评价

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    马建华; 魏淑花; 张洪英; 张蓉; 李克昌; 罗晓玲; 张宇

    2016-01-01

    An evaluation of the 12 main Medicago sativa cultivars (strains)for aphid resistance was carried out using aphid ration and fuzzy recognition methods in field and indoor conditions in Ningxia.The aphid popula-tion in the field was complex,consisting mainly of Acyrthosiphon pisum (over 80% of the total aphid popula-tion).Field and indoor analysis showed that Surprising,WL343HQ and Derby were high susceptible strains, with aphid rations above 1.25 and significantly higher than the other cultivars.Platon,Zhongmu No.3 and Gannong No.4 were susceptible varieties,with aphid rations between 0.76 and 1.25.Pioneer was a middle re-sistant variety,with an aphid ration of 0.51.Santory,Crown,Queen,SR4030 and MF4020 were resistant va-rieties,with aphid rations between 0.26 and 0.50.Based on this study,a standard damage index of aphids to Medicago ,and aphid ration and fuzzy recognition methods,are recommended for evaluating aphid resistance in field and indoor situations.%运用蚜量比值法和模糊识别法,对12个宁夏主栽苜蓿品种(系)进行了田间和室内抗蚜评价试验。田间蚜虫种类以豌豆蚜(Acyrthosiphon pisum )为主,占混合种群数量的80%以上。田间和室内结果综合分析表明:供试12个苜蓿品种(品系)中,惊喜、WL343HQ 和德宝3个品种为高感品种,其蚜量比值均大于1.25,并与其他品种间差异极显著;柏拉图、中苜3号、甘农4号等3个品种为感蚜品种,其蚜量比值位于0.76~1.25之间;先行者为中抗品种,蚜量比值为0.51,位于0.51~0.75之间;皇冠、三得利、皇后、SR4030和 MF40205等5个品种为抗蚜品种,其蚜量比值0.26~0.50之间。同时,本研究也提出了室内和田间苜蓿抗蚜鉴定方法分别为模糊识别法和蚜量比值法的评价方法和标准。

  7. Intended release and actual retention of alfalfa leafcutting bees (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) for pollination in commercial alfalfa seed fields.

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    Pitts-Singer, Theresa L

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    Low, medium, and high stocking densities (15,000; 30,000; and 45,000-50,000 bees per acre, respectively) of Megachile rotundata (F.) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), the alfalfa leafcutting bee, were released over 4 yr in three research plots of Utah alfalfa, Medicago sativa L. (Fabaceae), planted at seed-production rates. A low percentage of bees (46-79% of released) survived the incubation and field-emergence processes; of those bees, the number of females that established at the nesting sites was 25-100%. Of the three field sites, one site consistently retained more females and produced more completed nests than the other sites, all of which usually had poor female establishment and progeny production. In addition, floral resources were depleted over time, but many flowers remained unvisited over the season. Nest production decreased over time, as numbers of flowers and female bees declined. Significant positive relationships were found between the intended stocking densities and 1) the number of females that actually survived incubation and field emergence and 2) the number of females that established nests. The number of females that established nests was positively affected by the number of females that survived to emerge in the field. The percentage of females that established was not significantly affected by the intended number of released bees, countering a prediction that the release of fewer bees would allow more females to establish nests and achieve high reproductive success. For growers, it may be more frugal to use modest numbers of M. rotundata for pollination, because many of the bees at medium and high stocking densities do not nest in grower-provided bee boards. PMID:23786042

  8. GIS-based assessment of land suitability for alfalfa cultivation: a case study in the dry continental steppes of northern China

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. is the most valuable perennial forage grass in northern China. We selected 12 ecological criteria and 4 socioeconomic criteria to calculate the suitability of land for alfalfa cultivation in the Xilingol League of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. We combined ecological suitability assessment with fuzzy analysis to standardize the criteria. We used the analytical hierarchy process to determine the weight of these criteria, and used multi-criterion decision analysis (MCDA to aggregate the criteria. We then calculated the suitability score for each evaluation unit. The suitability was divided into highly, moderately, and marginally suitable, or unsuitable, using the geoprocessing module of ArcGIS 9.3 according to the FAO land suitability classification. We found that highly suitable areas covered 10,799.84 km2, accounting for 5.3% of the total area, and unsuitable areas covered 99,235.87 km2, accounting for 48.9% of the total area. Combining the fuzzy analysis method with the theory of ecological suitability and the MCDA method to evaluate the suitability of land for alfalfa cultivation provided insights that can guide decisionmakers and farmers to make more practical and scientific decisions.

  9. Effect of temperature on post-wintering development and total lipid content of alfalfa leafcutting bees.

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    O'Neill, Kevin M; O'Neill, Ruth P; Kemp, William P; Delphia, Casey M

    2011-08-01

    Temperature plays an important role in effective management of the alfalfa leafcutting bee [Megachile rotundata (F.); Megachilidae], the major commercial pollinator of seed alfalfa [Medicago sativa (L.); Fabaceae] in North America. To improve our understanding of threshold and optimum rearing temperatures of M. rotundata, we examined the effect of temperature on postwintering development by using a greater number of temperature treatments than applied in previous studies (19 versus eight or fewer) and analytical tools formulated to model nonlinear relationships between temperature and insect development rates. We also tested the hypothesis that rearing temperature influences adult body lipid content at emergence, which could affect adult survival, establishment and performance as a pollinator, and reproductive success. We found that the Lactin-2 and Briere-2 models provided the best fits to data and gave reasonable estimates of lower (16-18°C) and upper (36-39°C) developmental thresholds and optimum (33-34°C) rearing temperatures for maximizing development rate. Bees successfully emerged over a broad range of temperatures (22-35°C), but variation in development rate among individuals reared at the same temperature was lowest at 31-33°C. The optimum rearing temperature to maximize the proportion of body lipids in adults was 27-29°C. Our results are discussed in relation to previous findings and speak to the difficulties in designing practical rearing guidelines that simultaneously maximize development rate, survival, and adult condition, while synchronizing adult emergence with alfalfa bloom. PMID:22251693

  10. Molecular cloning and characterization of three isoprenyl diphosphate synthase genes from alfalfa.

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    Sun, Yan; Long, Ruicai; Kang, Junmei; Zhang, Tiejun; Zhang, Ze; Zhou, He; Yang, Qingchuan

    2013-02-01

    Isoprenoid is the precursor for the biosynthesis of saponins, abscisic acid, gibberellins, chlorophylls and many other products in plants. Saponins are an important group of bioactive plant natural products. The alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) saponins are glycosides of different triterpene aglycones and possess many biological activities. We isolated three genes (MsFPPS, MsGPPS and MsGGPPS) encoding isoprenyl diphosphate synthases (IDS) from alfalfa via a homology-based PCR approach. The enzyme activity assay of purified recombined MsFPPS and MsGGPPS expressed in Escherichia coli indicated that they all had IDS activity. Expression analysis of the three genes in different alfalfa tissues using real time PCR displayed that they were expressed in all tissues although they had a different expression patterns. MsFPPS and MsGPS displayed a significant increase in transcript level in response to methyl jasmonate, but the transcript level of MsGGPPS decreased obviously. To elucidate the functions of the three IDSs, their overexpression driven by a constitutive cauliflower mosaic virus-35S promoter in tobacco plants was applied and analyzed. The T(0) transgenic plants of MsFPPS showed high levels of squalene content when compared with control. However, no differences were detected in T(0) transgenic plants of MsGPPS and MsGGPPS. In addition, the overexpression of MsFPPS induced senescence response in transgenic plant leaves. This result may indicate that MsFPPS performs a role not only in phytosterol and triterpene biosynthesis, but also in growth regulation. PMID:23238915

  11. 德钦苜蓿区域适应性研究%Study on Regional Adaptation of Deqin Alfalfa

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    马向丽; 毕玉芬; 任健; 赵雁; 邵辰光; 墨继光; 李立

    2012-01-01

    在迪庆州测试了德钦苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.cv.Deqin)和阿尔冈金苜蓿的适应区域和品种生产潜力.结果表明,德钦苜蓿在4个区试点种植,均能正常发育完成生活史.德钦苜蓿较阿尔冈金苜蓿返青期早5~7d,枯黄期晚9~13d,总生育天数长20d.抗性分析表明,德钦苜蓿适应性强,耐贫瘠、耐涝、抗干热能力强,无明显病虫害.德钦苜蓿的茎叶比为1.12 ~1.36,显著低于阿尔冈金苜蓿(P<0.05).产量测定结果表明,3年各试验点德钦苜蓿鲜草、干草产量均极显著高于阿尔冈金苜蓿(P<0.01).总体来看,德钦苜蓿在迪庆州德钦县及类似自然条件地区有较强的适应性和较好的丰产性,是一种值得在生产上推广种植的优良地方牧草品种.%Deqin alfalfa and Algonguin alfalfa varieties were collected and compared in this study. The results showed that Deqin alfalfa could grow healthy and finish the all growing stage in 4 test places. As a whole, the reviving stage of Deqin alfalfa was 5-7 days earlier than Al-gonguin alfalfa; the dry yellow stage of the former was 9-13 days latter than the latter; the growth period of the former was 20 days longer than the latter. The analysis of stress resistance showed that Deqin alfalfa had a strong adaptability and resistance to nutrient-deficient soil, high temperature and humidity, waterlog and disease and insect pest. The ratio of stem wt to Leaf wt of Deqin alfalfa was 1. 12 - 1. 36, which had significant differences between Deqin alfalfa and Algonguin alfalfa (P<0. 05). The yield results indicated that the fresh yields and dry matter yields of Deqin alfalfa were significantly higher than that of Algonguin alfalfa (P <0. 01 ). In a word, Deqin alfalfa had a stong adaptability and high yield, which was a kind of excellent local forage variety and worth planting and popularizing in DiqingTibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

  12. Expression of an evolved engineered variant of a bacterial glycine oxidase leads to glyphosate resistance in alfalfa.

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    Nicolia, A; Ferradini, N; Molla, G; Biagetti, E; Pollegioni, L; Veronesi, F; Rosellini, D

    2014-08-20

    The main strategy for resistance to the herbicide glyphosate in plants is the overexpression of an herbicide insensitive, bacterial 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS). A glyphosate resistance strategy based on the ability to degrade the herbicide can be useful to reduce glyphosate phytotoxicity to the crops. Here we present the characterization of glyphosate resistance in transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) expressing a plant-optimized variant of glycine oxidase (GO) from Bacillus subtilis, evolved in vitro by a protein engineering approach to efficiently degrade glyphosate. Two constructs were used, one with (GO(TP+)) and one without (GO(TP-)) the pea rbcS plastid transit peptide. Molecular and biochemical analyses confirmed the stable integration of the transgene and the correct localization of the plastid-imported GO protein. Transgenic alfalfa plants were tested for glyphosate resistance both in vitro and in vivo. Two GO(TP+) lines showed moderate resistance to the herbicide in both conditions. Optimization of expression of this GO variant may allow to attain sufficient field resistance to glyphosate herbicides, thus providing a resistance strategy based on herbicide degradation.

  13. Population Responses of Potato Leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) to Insecticide in Glandular-Haired and Non-glandular-Haired Alfalfa Cultivars.

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    Sulc, R Mark; McCormick, John S; Hammond, Ronald B; Miller, David J

    2014-12-01

    Conflicting results have been reported on the ability of glandular-haired alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) cultivars to reduce potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae Harris, population abundance in field environments. We measured potato leafhopper adult and nymph abundance and yield responses in a cultivar selected for high potato leafhopper resistance ('54H91') and in a non-glandular-haired susceptible cultivar ('54V54') with and without insecticide treatment across 3 yr. Treatments included no insecticide and insecticide applied either early or late in each summer growth cycle. Date × cultivar × treatment interactions were found for potato leafhopper population abundance. In the absence of insecticides, total potato leafhopper abundance (adults + nymphs per sweep) was lower in 54H91 than in 54V54 on 85% of sampling dates; cultivar differences were especially evident as potato leafhopper abundance peaked. Insecticide treatment reduced potato leafhopper populations in both cultivars, but populations recovered and often exceeded the normal action threshold in both cultivars within 2-3 wk of insecticide application. Yield gain from early insecticide treatment of 54V54 was >400 kg/ha in 11 of 14 summer harvests, whereas in 54H91 the yield gain was potato leafhopper resistance significantly suppress potato leafhopper adult and nymph abundance, reduce yield losses in the absence of insecticides, and have potential within an integrated pest management strategy to reduce insecticide use in alfalfa production systems. PMID:26470072

  14. Changes of Proline Content,Activity,and Active Isoforms of Antioxidative Enzymes in Two Alfalfa Cultivars Under Salt Stress

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    WANG Xiao-shan; HAN Jian-guo

    2009-01-01

    The plants of two alfalfa(Medicago sativa L.)cultivars differing in salt tolerance were subjected to three salt treatments,70,140,and 210 mM NaCl for 7 days.Root,shoot,and leaf growths were inhibited by increased salt treatments in both cultivars,and at 140 and 210 mM salt treatments,Zhongmu 1 had significantly higher root,shoot,and leaf dry weights per plant than Defi.The malondialdehyde(MDA)accumulation in Defi was considerably greater than in Zhongmu 1,indicating a higher degree of lipid peroxidation at 140 and 210 mM salt treatments.The changes in the activity and active isoforms of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase(SOD,EC 1.15.1.1),catalase(CAT,EC 1.11.1.6),peroxidase(POD,EC 1.11.1.7),and ascorbate peroxidase(APOX,EC 1.11.1.11),accumulation of free proline,and rate of lipid peroxidation in leaves of two alfalfa cultivars were also investigated.After stress,the activity and active isoforms of antioxidative enzymes were altered and the extent of alteration varied between the cultivar Deft and Zhongmu 1.The proline accumulation in Defi was considerably greater than in Zhongmu 1 at 210 mM salt treatment.This indicated that proline accumulation may be the result,instead of the cause,of salt tolerance.

  15. Influence of Environmental Factors on Field Natural Drying of Alfalfa%环境因子对苜蓿田间自然干燥的影响

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    尹强; 武海霞; 王志军; 荣磊; 贾玉山

    2013-01-01

    Nutrient loss of alfalfa in the drying process has always been a key technical problem restricting the development of alfalfa industry. Therefore, speeding the drying rate and shortening the drying time become significant for alfalfa hay drying and processing. The moisture contents of 'Golden Queen' alfalfa and major meteorological parameters are determined to investigate the regularity of alfalfa moisture evaporation during drying process and the main factors of alfalfa drying rate. Results showed that in the natural drying process, alfalfa drying rate was initially fast then slow; alfalfa hay would get damp and lose nutrients overnight. Fracturing stalk process could accelerate the drying process of alfalfa effectively. This process shortened the drying time about 24 hours but the compressed alfalfa damped more easily than control. The drying rate of alfalfa had extremely significant positive correlation with solar radiation intensity, air temperature and wind speed, but had extremely significant negative correlation with air humidity and atmosphere water potential and had no significant positive correlation with alfalfa moisture. The influence factors of alfalfa drying rate were ordered as solar radiation intensity>air temperature>atmosphere water potential>air humidity>wind speed>alfalfa moisture.%苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)在干燥过程中的营养损失一直是制约苜蓿产业发展的关键技术难题,如何加快干燥速率,缩短干燥时间成为当今苜蓿干草调制加工研究的热点.试验以‘金皇后’紫花苜蓿为原料,通过对其含水量及主要气象参数的测定,研究了苜蓿干燥过程中的水分散失规律及影响苜蓿干燥速率的主要因子,旨在为探讨加快苜蓿干燥的途径提供依据.结果表明:苜蓿在自然干燥过程中,干燥速率呈先快后慢的变化趋势,而且夜间返潮严重,营养损失较大;压扁处理可有效加快苜蓿干燥,含水量从约80%降至10%左右需56 h,

  16. Soluble methionine enhances accumulation of a 15 kDa zein, a methionine-rich storage protein, in transgenic alfalfa but not in transgenic tobacco plants.

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    Amira, Golan; Ifat, Matityahu; Tal, Avraham; Hana, Badani; Shmuel, Galili; Rachel, Amir

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    With the general aim of elevating the content of the essential amino acid methionine in vegetative tissues of plants, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and tobacco plants, as well as BY2 tobacco suspension cells, were transformed with a beta-zein::3HA gene under the 35S promoter of cauliflower mosaic virus encoding a rumen-stable methionine-rich storage protein of 15 kDa zein. To examine whether soluble methionine content limited the accumulation of the 15 kDa zein::3HA, methionine was first added to the growth medium of the different transgenic plants and the level of the alien protein was determined. Results demonstrated that the added methionine enhanced the accumulation of the 15 kDa zein::3HA in transgenic alfalfa and tobacco BY2 cells, but not in whole transgenic tobacco plants. Next, the endogenous levels of methionine were elevated in the transgenic tobacco and alfalfa plants by crossing them with plants expressing the Arabidopsis cystathionine gamma-synthase (AtCGS) having significantly higher levels of soluble methionine in their leaves. Compared with plants expressing only the 15 kDa zein::3HA, transgenic alfalfa co-expressing both alien genes showed significantly enhanced levels of this protein concurrently with a reduction in the soluble methionine content, thus implying that soluble methionine was incorporated into the 15 kDa zein::3HA. Similar phenomena also occurred in tobacco, but were considerably less pronounced. The results demonstrate that the accumulation of the 15 kDa zein::3HA is regulated in a species-specific manner and that soluble methionine plays a major role in the accumulation of the 15 kDa zein in some plant species but less so in others. PMID:16061510

  17. The Removal and Remediation of Phenanthrene and Pyrene in Soil by Mixed Cropping of Alfalfa and Rape

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    PAN Sheng-wang; WEI Shi-qiang; YUAN Xin; CAO Sheng-xian

    2008-01-01

    The mechanisms and efficiencies of the removal and remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soils by different planting patterns with rape (Brassica campeslris) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were studied by pot experiments in a greenhouse. Results showed that the remediation efficiencies under mixed cropping of alfalfa and rape significantly exceeded those under single cropping when the initial concentrations of phenanthrene and pyrene were at 20.05-322.06 mg kg-1 and 20.24-321.42 mg kg-1, respectively. After 70 days plantation of crops, the contents of extractable PAHs in soils under mixed cropping were much lower than those under single cropping. About 65.17-83.52% of phenanthrene and 60.09%-75.34% of pyrene was removed from the soils under mixed cropping, respectively, which were averagely 43.26 and 40.38% for phenanthrene, and 11.03 and 16.29% for pyren higher than those under single cropping. Alfalfa or rape did absorb and accumulate PAHs from the soils apparently; the PAHs concentrations in plants monotonically increased with the increase of initial PAHs concentrations in soil; the accumulations of PAHs in plants showed following sequence as roots> above parts, phenanthrene> pyrene and single cropping> mixed cropping at same contamination level. Despite the presence of vegetation significantly enhanced the remediation of PAHs in soils, contributions of abiotic loss, plant uptake, accumulation and microbial degradation was much lower than those of plant-microbial interactions in the process of phytoremediation. Thus plant-microbial interactions are the main mechanisms for the remediation enhancement of soil PAHs pollution under mixed cropping models. Results suggested a feasibility of the establishment of multi-species phytoremediation for the improvement of remediation efficiencies of PAHs, which may decrease accumulations of PAHs in crops and thus reduce their risks.

  18. Alfalfa Cellulose synthase gene expression under abiotic stress: a Hitchhiker's guide to RT-qPCR normalization.

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    Full Text Available Abiotic stress represents a serious threat affecting both plant fitness and productivity. One of the promptest responses that plants trigger following abiotic stress is the differential expression of key genes, which enable to face the adverse conditions. It is accepted and shown that the cell wall senses and broadcasts the stress signal to the interior of the cell, by triggering a cascade of reactions leading to resistance. Therefore the study of wall-related genes is particularly relevant to understand the metabolic remodeling triggered by plants in response to exogenous stresses. Despite the agricultural and economical relevance of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L., no study, to our knowledge, has addressed specifically the wall-related gene expression changes in response to exogenous stresses in this important crop, by monitoring the dynamics of wall biosynthetic gene expression. We here identify and analyze the expression profiles of nine cellulose synthases, together with other wall-related genes, in stems of alfalfa plants subjected to different abiotic stresses (cold, heat, salt stress at various time points (e.g. 0, 24, 72 and 96 h. We identify 2 main responses for specific groups of genes, i.e. a salt/heat-induced and a cold/heat-repressed group of genes. Prior to this analysis we identified appropriate reference genes for expression analyses in alfalfa, by evaluating the stability of 10 candidates across different tissues (namely leaves, stems, roots, under the different abiotic stresses and time points chosen. The results obtained confirm an active role played by the cell wall in response to exogenous stimuli and constitute a step forward in delineating the complex pathways regulating the response of plants to abiotic stresses.

  19. The spatial distribution of nutrients in Medicago sativa-Artemisia sacrorum Ledeb community along an abandoned slope in the cropping-pastoral ecotone of the Loess Plateau%黄土高原农牧交错带退耕坡地苜蓿-铁杆蒿群落养分分布特征

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    张燕江; 邱莉萍; 张兴昌; 程积民

    2015-01-01

    植物群落养分的空间分布反映了生态系统物质循环特征,可以为揭示生态系统资源的有效性及生态系统中植物群落的演替过程提供依据。本研究以黄土高原农牧交错带退耕坡地苜蓿-铁杆蒿群落为对象,分析其生物量和养分含量的空间分布特征。结果表明:退耕地苜蓿-铁杆蒿群落坡上部以苜蓿为主导物种,坡下部以铁杆蒿为主导物种,坡中部由二者共同主导。同一植物的生物量和N含量具有相似的空间结构,并且与植物种类有关;苜蓿和铁杆蒿P含量均以球状模型最佳,K含量的空间分布均以高斯模型最佳。苜蓿-铁杆蒿群落生物量和养分含量具有较强的空间依赖性,其空间变异主要由结构性因素决定。苜蓿和铁杆蒿生物量和养分含量的自相关性随距离变化表现出相似的趋势,但随生物量和养分种类的不同而异,且铁杆蒿生物量和养分含量的自相关性大于苜蓿。随着人工草地向天然草地的演替,群落生物量和养分含量的空间自相关性和空间依赖性逐渐增强。%The distribution of nutrients in plant community could reflect the cycling of nutrients in ecosystems ,and thus provide evidence for the availability of soil resources for the ecosystems as well as for the understanding of the evolu-tion of plant community in the ecosystems .In this study ,we analyzed the spatial distribution of biomass and nutrients in Medicago sativa-Artemisia sacrorum Ledeb community along an abandoned slope in the cropping-pastoral ecotone of the Loess Plateau .The objectives were to understand how nutrients were distributed along abandoned grass slope and to es-tablish the relationships between nutrients distribution and community succession .The results showed that the grass com-munities were dominated by Medicago sativa in the upper slope ,by Artemisia sacrorum Ledeb in the lower slope ,and by both of them in the

  20. The spreading of Alfalfa mosaic virus in lavandin in Croatia

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    Ivana Stanković

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    Full Text Available survey was conducted in 2012 and 2013 to detect the presence and distribution of Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV in lavandin crops growing in continental parts of Croatia. A total of 73 lavandin samples from six crops in different localities were collected and analyzed for the presence of AMV and Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV using commercial double-antibody sandwich (DAS-ELISA kits. AMV was detected serologically in 62 samples collected at three different localities, and none of the samples tested positive for CMV. For further analyses, six selected samples of naturally infected lavandin plants originating from different localities were mechanically transmitted to test plants: Chenopodium quinoa, C. amaranticolor, Nicotiana benthamiana and Ocimum basilicum, confirming the infectious nature of the disease. Molecular detection was performed by amplification of a 751 bp fragment in all tested samples, using the specific primers CP AMV1/CP AMV2 that amplify the part of the coat protein (CP gene and 3’-UTR. The RT-PCR products derived from the isolates 371-13 and 373-13 were sequenced (KJ504107 and KJ504108, respectively and compared with the AMV sequences available in GenBank. CP sequence analysis, conducted using the MEGA5 software, revealed that the isolate 371-13 had the highest nucleotide identity of 99.5% (100% amino acid identity with an isolate from Argentina originating from Medicago sativa (KC881010, while the sequence of isolate 373-13 had the highest identity with an Italian AMV isolate from Lavandula stoechas (FN667967 of 98.6% (99% amino acid identity. Phylogenetic analysis revealed the clustering of selected isolates into four molecular groups and the lavandin AMV isolates from Croatia grouped into two distinct groups, implying a significant variability within the AMV lavandin population.

  1. Doğu Anadolu Bölgesi Şartlarına Uygun Yonca (Medicago sativa L) Çeşit ve Hatlarının Belirlenmesi / Determination of suitable alfalfa (Medicago sativa L) cultivars and lines for Eastern Anatolia Region

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    Şengül, Süleyman; Tahtacıoğlu, Lütfü; MERMER, Ali

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    ÖZET: Bu araştırma Doğu Anadolu bölgesi şartlarına adapte olabilecek yüksek verimli çeşitleri belirlemek amacıyla Erzurum Pasinler’de 1989-91 yıllarında yapılmıştır. Standart olarak Kayseri ve Bilensoy çeşitlerinin kullanılmıştır. Tesis yılı hariç iki yıllık verilere göre kuru ot verimi bakımından standartları geçen 1312, 484 ve 1313 nolu yonca hatları ortalama 1893, 1885 ve 1870 kg/da’lık verimlerle ilk üç sırada yer alm...

  2. A study on alfalfa-dodder relationships by 14C-sucrose incorporation in their tissues

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    Plant-parasite relationships between lesser-dodder (Cuscuta epithymum) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) are investigated. 14C-sucrose was incorporated via the cut stems of host and parasite into their tissues and the content of the free sugars, keto acids and free amino acids are determined. 14C-sucrose was introduced also in lesser-dodder previously taken from the host-plant and immersed directly into radioactive sucrose. It is shown that the parasite intensively absorbs sucrose from the host-plant tissues using it as a source of energy and as a substrat for different synthetic processes. In the case when the parasite was previously taken away from the host-plant 14C-sucrose taken up directly from the solution was used for the synthesis of various compounds (carbohydrates, amino- and keto acids). The suggestion was made that the respective enzyme systems are present in dodder tissues. The 14C-glucose and 14C-fructose content is an evidence for high invertase hydrolytic activity. The presence of 14C-keto acids shows that the 14C-sucrose incorporated in lesser-dodder tissues without the mediation of the host-plant was used as a respiratory substrate by the degradation following Krebs cycle. (author)

  3. Photosynthetic and Molecular Markers of CO2-mediated Photosynthetic Downregulation in Nodulated Alfalfa

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    (A)lvaro Sanz-Sáez; Gorka Erice; Iker Aranjuelo; Ricardo Aroca; Juan Manuel Ruíz-Lozano; Jone Aguirreolea; Juan José Irigoyen

    2013-01-01

    Elevated CO2 leads to a decrease in potential net photosynthesis in long-term experiments and thus to a reduction in potential growth.This process is known as photosynthetic downregulation.There is no agreement on the definition of which parameters are the most sensitive for detecting CO2 acclimation.In order to investigate the most sensitive photosynthetic and molecular markers of CO2 acclimation,the effects of elevated CO2,and associated elevated temperature were analyzed in alfalfa plants inoculated with different Sinorhizobium meliloti strains.Plants (Medicago sativa L.cv.Aragón) were grown in summer or autumn in temperature gradient greenhouses (TGG).At the end of the experiment,all plants showed acclimation in both seasons,especially under elevated summer temperatures.This was probably due to the lower nitrogen (N) availability caused by decreased N2-fixation under higher temperatures.Photosynthesis measured at growth CO2 concentration,rubisco in vitro activity and maximum rate of carboxylation were the most sensitive parameters for detecting downregulation.Severe acclimation was also related with decreases in leaf nitrogen content associated with declines in rubisco content (large and small subunits) and activity that resulted in a drop in photosynthesis.Despite the sensitivity of rubisco content as a marker of acclimation,it was not coordinated with gene expression,possibly due to a lag between gene transcription and protein translation.

  4. Evaluation of phytoextracting cadmium and lead by sunflower, ricinus, alfalfa and mustard in hydroponic culture

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    Soil contaminated with heavy metals cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) is hard to be remediated. Phytoremediation may be a feasible method to remove toxic metals from soil, but there are few suitable plants which can hyperaccumulate metals. In this study, Cd and Pb accumulation by four plants including sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.), mustard (Brassica juncea L.), alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), ricinus (Ricinus communis L.) in hydroponic cultures was compared. Results showed that these plants could phytoextract heavy metals, the ability of accumulation differed with species, concentrations and categories of heavy metals. Values of BCF (bioconcentration factor) and TF (translocation factor) indicated that four species had dissimilar abilities of phytoextraction and transportation of heavy metals. Changes on the biomass of plants, pH and Eh at different treatments revealed that these four plants had distinct responses to Cd and Pb in cultures. Measurements should be taken to improve the phytoremediation of sites contaminated with heavy metals, such as pH and Eh regulations, and so forth.

  5. Analysis of gene expression during flowering in apomeiotic mutants of Medicago spp.: cloning of ESTs and candidate genes for 2n eggs.

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    Barcaccia, G; Varotto, S; Meneghetti, S; Albertini, E; Porceddu, A; Parrini, P; Lucchin, M

    2001-12-01

    Mutants showing features of apomixis have been documented in alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), a natural outcrossing sexual species. A differential display of mRNAs that combines cDNA-AFLP markers and bulked segregant analysis was carried out with the aim of selecting expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and cloning candidate genes for apomeiosis in mutants of alfalfa characterized by 2n egg formation at high frequencies. The approach enabled us to select either mutant- or wild type-specific transcript derived-fragments and to detect transcriptional changes potentially related to 2n eggs. Sequence alignments of a subset of 40 polymorphic clones showed significant homologies to genes of known function. An EST with identity to a β-tubulin gene, highly expressed in the wild type and poorly expressed in the apomeiotic mutants, and an EST with identity to a Mob1-like gene, qualitatively polymorphic between pre- and post-meiotic stages, were selected as candidate genes for apomeiosis because of their putative roles in the cell cycle. A number of clone-specific primers were designed for performing both 5' and 3' rapid amplification of cDNA ends to obtain the full-length clones. Southern blot hybridization revealed that both clones belong to a multi-gene family with a minimum of three genomic DNA members each. Northern blot hybridization of total RNA samples and in situ hybridization of whole buds enabled the definition of their temporal and spatial expression patterns in reproductive organs. Experimental achievements towards the elucidation of apomeiotic megasporogenesis in alfalfa are presented and discussed.

  6. Yield Evaluation of Twenty-Eight Alfalfa Cultivars in Hebei Province of China

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    ZHANG Tie-jun; KANG Jun-mei; GUO Wen-shan; ZHAO Zhong-xiang; XU Yu-peng; YAN Xu-dong; YANG Qing-chuan

    2014-01-01

    Cultivar selection is important for alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) hay production. From 2009 to 2012, a ifeld study was conducted to evaluate the dry matter yield (DMY) of 28 cultivars in Cangzhou District of Hebei province, China, and to determine the most suitable cultivars for this province and other zones with similar climate conditions. 28 alfalfa cultivars were sown in late March of 2009 and were harvested for hay four times in each subsequent year. The results showed that the climatic conditions resulted in signiifcant differences in annual DMY among years, with the second year being the highest and the ifrst year the lowest. The top ifve cultivars with the highest total DMY were L2750 (62.75 t ha-1), Horn (62.72 t ha-1), 86-266 (61.55 t ha-1), German (61.44 t ha-1) and Zhongmu 1 (61.18 t ha-1), respectively. Across all four years, ifrst harvest had the highest ratios to annual DMY except the cultivar of Rambler, while the fourth harvest had the lowest ratio. There were positive correlation relationships between DMY of each harvest and annual DMY, and the correlation coefifcients were all signiifcant in four years. And the path coefifcients of ifrst harvest were always the highest in four years. The qualities showed small variations among these cultivars and the cultivar L3750 presented the highest crude protein in both years. Crude protein had signiifcant positive correlation with relative feed value (RFV) in both years while crude ifber had signiifcant negative correlation with RFV and crude ifber.

  7. 苜蓿青贮饲料中优良乳酸菌菌株的筛选%Filtering of Excellent Lactic Acid Bacteria Strains from Alfalfa Silage

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    李旭娇; 玉柱

    2014-01-01

    本研究从苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)青贮饲料中分离得到若干株乳酸菌,对所有菌株进行生长曲线和产酸速率测定,发现其中8个菌株产酸速率较快,能于24h内将培养基pH值降至4.0以下。根据形态、生化鉴定及16S rDNA同源性序列分析,鉴定4株为植物乳杆菌(Lactobacillus plantarum),2株为戊糖片球菌(Pediococcus pentosaceus),1株为类植物乳杆菌(Lactobacillus paraplantarum),1株为副干酪乳杆菌(Lactobacillusparacasei)。通过适当的工艺处理其有望作为乳酸菌添加剂单独或混合添加入青贮中以提高青贮饲料品质。%Several strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) were isolated from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and the rate of lactic acid production and growth curve were measured. The result showed that 8 strains of LABs had rapid lactic acid-production and the culture medium pH was reduced to below 4.0 in 24h. The 16s rDNA sequence analysis indicated that 4 strains were Lactobacillus plantarum, 2 straisn were Pediococcus pentosaceus,1 strain was Lactobacillus paraplantarum, and another strain was Lactobacillus paracasei. They were expected to apply on silage as microbial additive in the form of individual or mixture to improve the silage quality through the suitable processing.

  8. Effect of nitrogen fertilization on yield, N content, and nitrogen ifxation of alfalfa and smooth bromegrass grown alone or in mixture in greenhouse pots

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    XIE Kai-yun; LI Xiang-lin; HE Feng; ZHANG Ying-jun; WAN Li-qiang; David B Hannaway; WANG Dong; QIN Yan; Gamal M A Fadul

    2015-01-01

    Planting grass and legume mixtures on improved grasslands has the potential advantage of realizing both higher yields and lower environmental pol ution by optimizing the balance between applied N fertilizer and the natural process of legume biological nitrogen ifxation. However, the optimal level of N fertilization for grass-legume mixtures, to obtain the highest yield, quality, and contribution of N2 ifxation, varies with species. A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted to study the temporal dynamics of N2 ifxation of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) grown alone and in mixture with smooth bromegrass (Bromus inermis Leyss.) in response to the addition of fertilizer N. Three levels of N (0, 75, and 150 kg ha–1) were examined using 15N-labeled urea to evaluate N2 ifxation via the 15N isotope dilution method. Treatments were designated N0 (0.001 g per pot), N75 (1.07 g per pot) and N150 (2.14 g per pot). Alfalfa grown alone did not beneift from the addition of fertilizer N;dry matter was not signiifcantly increased. In contrast, dry weight and N content of smooth bromegrass grown alone was increased signiifcantly by N application. When grown as a mixture, smooth bromegrass biomass was increased signiifcantly by N application, resulted in a decrease in alfalfa biomass. In addition, individual alfalfa plant dry weight (shoots+roots) was signiifcantly lower in the mixture than when grown alone at al N levels. Smooth bromegrass shoot and root dry weight were signiifcantly higher when grown with alfalfa than when grown alone, regardless of N application level. When grown alone, alfalfa’s N2 ifxation was reduced with N fertilization (R2=0.9376, P=0.0057). When grown in a mixture with smooth bromegrass, with 75 kg ha–1 of N fertilizer, the percentage of atmospheric N2 ifxation contribution to total N in alfalfa (%Ndfa) had a maximum of 84.07 and 83.05%in the 2nd and 3rd harvests, respectively. Total 3-harvest%Ndfa was higher when alfalfa was grown in a mixture than when

  9. Plant response to heavy metal toxicity: comparative study between the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens (ecotype Ganges) and nonaccumulator plants: lettuce, radish, and alfalfa.

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    Benzarti, Saoussen; Mohri, Shino; Ono, Yoshiro

    2008-10-01

    Thlaspi caerulescens (alpine pennycress) is one of the best-known heavy metal (HM) hyperaccumulating plant species. It exhibits the ability to extract and accumulate various HM at extremely high concentrations. In this hydroponic study, the performance of T. caerulescens (ecotype Ganges) to accumulate Cd, Zn, and Cu was compared with that of three nonaccumulator plants: alfalfa (Medicago sativa), radish (Raphanus sativus), and lettuce (Lactuca sativa). Plants were exposed to the separately dissolved HM salts for 7 days at a wide range of increasing concentrations: 0 (control: 1/5 Hoagland nutrient solution), 0.1, 1, 10, 100, and 1000 microM. The comparative study combined chemical, physiological, and ecotoxicological assessments. Excessive concentrations of HM (100 and 1000 microM) affected plant growth, photosynthesis, and phytoaccumulation efficiency. Root exudation for all plant species was highly and significantly correlated to HM concentration in exposure solutions and proved its importance to counter effect toxicity. T. caerulescens resisted better the phytotoxic effects of Cd and Zn (at 1000 microM each), and translocated them significantly within tissues (366 and 1290 microg g(-1), respectively). At the same HM level, T. caerulescens exhibited lower performances in accumulating Cu when compared with the rest of plant species, mainly alfalfa (298 microg g(-1)). Root elongation inhibition test confirmed the selective aptitude of T. caerulescens to better cope with Cd and Zn toxicities. MetPLATE bioassay showed greater sensitivity to HM toxicity with much lower EC(50) values for beta-galactosidase activity in E. coli. Nevertheless, exaggerated HM concentrations coupled with relatively short exposure time did not allow for an efficient metal phytoextraction thus a significant reduction of ecotoxicity. PMID:18528911

  10. Cloning of 18S rRNA Gene and Stability Evaluation of Reference Genes in Medicago sativa%紫花苜蓿18S rRNA基因的克隆及内参基因表达稳定性评价

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    付媛媛; 穆春生; 高洪文; 李俊; 王学敏

    2014-01-01

    本文克隆紫花苜蓿常用内参基因18S rRNA,并筛选出稳定的内参基因,以确保紫花苜蓿基因表达分析结果的精确性和可靠性。从紫花苜蓿中克隆常用内参基因18S rRNA的cDNA全长,在此基础上结合β-actin、EF-1α、UBC2、TUB 4个常用的内参基因,应用实时定量PCR技术对5个候选内参基因在紫花苜蓿不同组织的表达情况进行分析。经BestKeeper和geNorm软件综合分析,5个候选基因在紫花苜蓿不同组织中的表达稳定性不同,其中18S rRNA和EF-1α最稳定。%The objective of this research was to clone reference gene of 18S rRNA from Medicago sativa, and select stable reference genes to ensure the reliability and accuracy of gene expression. The full length cDNA sequence of 18S rRNA which was frequently used as reference gene was obtained from M. sativa. Furthermore, we analyzed the stability of ifve candidate reference genes (18S rRNA,β-actin, EF-1α, UBC2, TUB) in different tissues by using the real-time quantitative PCR. The expression stabilities were assessed using two statistical algorithms BestKeeper and geNorm, respectively. The analysis results showed that the expression stability of ifve candidate genes varied in different tissues of M. sativa were different, and 18S rRNA and EF-1αwere the most stably expressed genes.

  11. Molecular identification of a new phytoplasma associated with alfalfa witches'-broom in oman.

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    Khan, A J; Botti, S; Al-Subhi, A M; Gundersen-Rindal, D E; Bertaccini, A F

    2002-10-01

    ABSTRACT Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) plants showing witches'-broom symptoms typical of phytoplasmas were observed from Al-Batinah, Al-Sharqiya, Al-Bureimi, and interior regions of the Sultanate of Oman. Phytoplasmas were detected from all symptomatic samples by the specific amplification of their 16S-23S rRNA gene. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), utilizing phytoplasma-specific universal primer pairs, consistently amplified a product of expected lengths when DNA extract from symptomatic samples was used as template. Asymptomatic plant samples and the negative control yielded no amplification. Restriction fragment length polymorphism profiles of PCR-amplified 16S-23S rDNA of alfalfa using the P1/P7 primer pair identified phytoplasmas belonging to peanut witches'-broom group (16SrII or faba bean phyllody). Restriction enzyme profiles showed that the phytoplasmas detected in all 300 samples belonged to the same ribosomal group. Extensive comparative analyses on P1/P7 amplimers of 20 phytoplasmas with Tru9I, Tsp509I, HpaII, TaqI, and RsaI clearly indicated that this phytoplasma is different from all the other phytoplasmas employed belonging to subgroup 16SrII, except tomato big bud phytoplasma from Australia, and could be therefore classified in subgroup 16SrII-D. The alfalfa witches'-broom (AlfWB) phytoplasma P1/P7 PCR product was sequenced directly after cloning and yielded a 1,690-bp product. The homology search showed 99% similarity (1,667 of 1,690 base identity) with papaya yellow crinkle (PapayaYC) phytoplasma from New Zealand. A phylogenetic tree based on 16S plus spacer regions sequences of 35 phytoplasmas, mainly from the Southern Hemisphere, showed that AlfWB is a new phytoplasma species, with closest relationships to PapayaYC phytoplasmas from New Zealand and Chinese pigeon pea witches'-broom phytoplasmas from Taiwan but distinguishable from them considering the different associated plant hosts and the extreme geographical isolation. PMID:18944213

  12. Effects of Two Plant Growth Regulators on the Growth and Recovery of Alfalfa Seedlings Exposed to Aluminum Stress%二种生长调节剂对紫花苜蓿铝胁迫和恢复生长的影响

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    闫雯; 张兴兴; 安渊

    2011-01-01

    采用二种外源生长调节剂(GA、IAA)和二种处理方法(喷施和浸根),研究了不同生长调节剂对铝胁迫紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)恢复生长,以及对铝胁迫下紫花苜蓿生长的影响.结果表明,IAA和GA对铝胁迫紫花苜蓿恢复生长过程中,紫花苜蓿根长、根重和地上生物量均有明显的促进作用(P<0.05),但IAA的促进作用更明显.同时,IAA还具有明显缓解紫花苜蓿铝毒,促进铝胁迫下紫花苜蓿地上和地下生物量增加的作用.本研究结果揭示铝胁迫下紫花苜蓿生长受到抑制与内源IAA合成受到抑制密切相关,这个结果为从植物激素合成和调控途径进一步研究紫花苜蓿抗铝毒的生理和分子机理奠定基础.%The effects of plant growth regulators (GA and IAA) and their exogenous applicative ways (spraying and dipping) to alfalfa on the growth and recovery of the Al-stressed alfalfa were studied in this paper. The results showed that the exogenous IAA significantly increased the root elongation, root weight and above-ground biomass of alfalfa during the recovery growth of Al-stressed alfalfa (P<0. 05) ,while the GA also showed the similar effect,but the effect was lower than that of IAA. Meanwhile, exogenous IAA significantly alleviated Al toxicity in alfalfa,and enhanced the growth of Al-stressed alfalfa both in shoot and root. These results indicated that the Al-induced inhibition to the growth of alfalfa was closely relative to the inhibition of the internal IAA synthesis,and provided a practical way to further study the mechanism of anti Al-toxicity at the physiological and molecular level in the fields of synthesis and modulation of internal IAA in alfalfa.

  13. The feeding value of the ration based on alfalfa haylage supplemented with high moisture corn in wether sheep

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    Full Text Available The objectives of the experiment were to examine the effects of high moisture corn (HMC supplementation to alfalfa haylage (Medicago sativa L. (AH on feed intake, digestibility and nitrogen (N balance in wether sheep. The study consisted of three feeding treatments incorporating AH only and AH supplemented with 5 or 10 g HMC d-1kg-1 body weight of Suffolk wethers. Inclusion of HMC in the AH based ration had negative linear effects on acid detergent fibre (ADF intake (p<0.001 and digestibility (p<0.05 while a positive on the digestibility of dry matter (DM (p<0.05, organic matter (OM (p<0.01 and the digestibility of OM in DM (D-value (p<0.01. A positive associative response of AH and HMC was observed for DM and OM ad libitum intake (g kg-1M0.75d-1 (quadratic, p<0.05 and p<0.01, respectively. Negative linear effects of AH and HMC were observed for nitrogen (N intake (p<0.05. The inclusion of HMC into AH based ration did not influence N balance in wether sheep. It was concluded that a positive associative response of the two forages was recorded for a limited number of parameters, probably due to lower quality of HMC than required for improved utilization of the AH based ration.

  14. The molecular genetic linkage map of the model legume Medicago truncatula: an essential tool for comparative legume genomics and the isolation of agronomically important genes

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    Ané Jean-Michel

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The legume Medicago truncatula has emerged as a model plant for the molecular and genetic dissection of various plant processes involved in rhizobial, mycorrhizal and pathogenic plant-microbe interactions. Aiming to develop essential tools for such genetic approaches, we have established the first genetic map of this species. Two parental homozygous lines were selected from the cultivar Jemalong and from the Algerian natural population (DZA315 on the basis of their molecular and phenotypic polymorphism. Results An F2 segregating population of 124 individuals between these two lines was obtained using an efficient manual crossing technique established for M. truncatula and was used to construct a genetic map. This map spans 1225 cM (average 470 kb/cM and comprises 289 markers including RAPD, AFLP, known genes and isoenzymes arranged in 8 linkage groups (2n = 16. Markers are uniformly distributed throughout the map and segregation distortion is limited to only 3 linkage groups. By mapping a number of common markers, the eight linkage groups are shown to be homologous to those of diploid alfalfa (M. sativa, implying a good level of macrosynteny between the two genomes. Using this M. truncatula map and the derived F3 populations, we were able to map the Mtsym6 symbiotic gene on linkage group 8 and the SPC gene, responsible for the direction of pod coiling, on linkage group 7. Conclusions These results demonstrate that Medicago truncatula is amenable to diploid genetic analysis and they open the way to map-based cloning of symbiotic or other agronomically-important genes using this model plant.

  15. Técnicas de análises exploratórias em dados de cultivares de alfafa Exploratory data analysis techniques in cultivars of alfalfa

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    Alfredo Ribeiro de Freitas

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se utilizar técnicas de análises exploratórias em dados da produção de matéria seca (PMS de 16 cortes de 92 cultivares de alfafa (Medicago sativa L.. A produção de matéria seca variou entre e dentro de cortes, uma vez que os coeficientes de variação oscilaram de 17,7% (corte 2 a 51,7% (corte 9. De modo geral, os dados de produção obtidos nos 16 cortes não se ajustaram à distribuição normal. Os coeficientes de simetria foram negativos nos cortes 1 a 4, 10 a 12, 14 a 16, enquanto os coeficientes de curtose foram negativos nos cortes 1, 9, 10, 12 e 16. As estimativas robustas do desvio-padrão obtidas por quatro métodos diferiram do desvio-padrão clássico (S em todos os cortes, indicando que a estimativa S deve ser substituída por estimadores robustos.The objective was to utilize exploratory data analysis techniques for evaluating dry matter production (DMP obtained from 16 cuts of 92 accessions of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.. A significant effect on DMP was observed both within and among cuts; the coefficient of variation ranged from 17.7% (cut 2 to 51.7% (cut 9. The DMP data obtained from 16 cuts of 92 accessions of alfalfa did not fit to the normal distribution. The skewness coefficients were negative for dry matter production data in cuts 1 to 4, 10 to 12, and 14 to 16, while kurtosis coefficients were negative in cuts 1, 9, 10, 12, and 16. Robust estimates of standard deviation obtained from four different methods were different from the traditional standard (S in all cuts, showing that estimate S should be replaced by these robust estimators in statistical analysis.

  16. Rel ieving Effects on Germination of Medicago sativa Seeds under Salt Stress Soaking in Chitosan%壳聚糖浸种对盐胁迫苜蓿种子萌发受阻的缓解作用

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    常青山; 张利霞; 刘龙昌; 张巧明; 王宁; 郑轶琦; 田彭伟; 王倩倩

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    为解决苜蓿种子萌发的盐害问题,采用不同浓度壳聚糖溶液(50~250 mmol/L)对苜蓿进行浸种处理,在100 mmol/L NaCl 胁迫下进行苜蓿种子的萌发试验。结果表明:与清水对照相比,盐胁迫显著抑制苜蓿种子的萌发,壳聚糖50~200 mmol/L 溶液浸种处理后,盐胁迫苜蓿种子的萌发效果均有不同程度升高,其中以150 mg/L 壳聚糖处理对盐胁迫下苜蓿种子萌发的缓解效果最好,其根长、活力指数、苗高、发芽指数、发芽势和发芽率分别比盐胁迫对照组高7.82倍、52.27%、47.92%、22.68%、16.28%和15.67%。%In order to solve problem of salt injury in germination of M.sativa seeds,the effects of seeds soaking in chitosan solutions with different concentrations (50 ~ 250 mmol/L ) on germination characteristics of the seeds of M.sativa under 100 mmol/L NaCl stress were studied.Results:The seed growth of M.sativa under salt stress were obviously inhibited compared with the control (water).The seed germination indexes were improved in different extent after 50~200 mmol/L chitosan treatment,the treatment in 150 mmol/L chitosan could get the best relieving effect,the values of root length,vigor index,seedling length,germination index,germination energy,and germination percentage of the seeds in 150 mmol/L Chitosan improved 7.82 times,52.27%,47.92%,22.68%,16.28% and 15.67% higher than in the salt stress treatment respectively.

  17. 半干旱黄土丘陵区施肥对退耕地紫花苜蓿生物量的影响%Effect of fertilization on biomass of alfalfa in returned farmland in semiarid loess hilly area

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    蔡国军; 张仁陟; 柴春山

    2012-01-01

    For increasing the aboveground biomass of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) in returned farmland and pro-longing its degradation time, the mixed fertilization experiment of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer was conducted two times in 2007-2008, on alfalfa grassland that has been planted for five years in Longtan catchment, Anding district, Dingxi city. The result .showed that nitrogen fertilizer has no obvious effect on increasing the growth conditions and biomass of alfalfa. However, phosphate fertilizer has significant influence on promoting the alfalfa's growth and increasing biomass. And the mean biomass of fertilized alfalfa in 2007 and 2008 was 1. 62 and 1. 15 times the biomass of control alfalfa respectively. The highest biomass of alfalfa was appeared when phosphate fertilizer rate was highest of 12 kg/667 m2. The mean fresh biomass of alfalfa can a-chieve 18 240 kg/ha on seventh year. The growth conditions and biomass of alfalfa on sunny-slopes was better than that on shady-slopes,and its mean fresh and dry biomass were 1. 49 and 1. 43 times the biomass of shady-slopes respectively. In the semiarid loess area with 400 mm annual precipitation, the biomass of alfalfa harvest was mainly produced by the 1st harvest and it accounted for about 75% of annual biomass, whereas the biomass of 2nd harvest was small and accounted for about 25%. So twice per year for alfalfa harvest is optimized in this area.%为了提高退耕地紫花苜蓿的地上生物量并延缓其衰败期,对定西安定区龙滩流域退耕地播种5年后的紫花苜蓿,于2007- 2008年连续2年开展氮肥和磷肥混合撒施施肥试验.结果表明,施N肥对促进苜蓿生长并提高生物量没有明显的效果,施P肥效果明显,2年的施肥苜蓿平均生物量分别是对照的1.62和1.15倍,可显著促进苜蓿生长并提高其生物量,其中P肥最大用量为12 kg/667 m2时的生物量最高.栽培第7年的苜蓿鲜草产量平均可达18 240 kg/hm2.研究区阳坡的苜蓿比

  18. Identification and characterization of resistance to cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora Koch) in Medicago truncatula

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    2012-01-01

    Background Cowpea aphid (CPA; Aphis craccivora) is the most important insect pest of cowpea and also causes significant yield losses in other legume crops including alfalfa, beans, chickpea, lentils, lupins and peanuts. In many of these crops there is no natural genetic resistance to this sap-sucking insect or resistance genes have been overcome by newly emerged CPA biotypes. Results In this study, we screened a subset of the Medicago truncatula core collection of the South Australian Researc...

  19. The Field Growth and Decline Rule of Main Pests in Alfalfa in Shandong Province%山东苜蓿地主要害虫种群的消长规律

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    韩凤英; 徐金强; 秦旭; 于晓庆; 杨慧; 杨向黎

    2014-01-01

    于2011~2012年对山东苜蓿(Medicago Sativa)地的主要害虫种群消长规律进行了调查,结果表明,山东苜蓿地的主要害虫有蚜虫(Aphidoidea)、蓟马(Thripinae)、叶蝉(Cicadellidae)、盲蝽(Miridae)等;蚜虫的主要发生期在4月中下旬至5月上中旬;蓟马在苜蓿的整个生育期都有发生,为害盛期在6月至8月中旬,第二、三茬苜蓿受害严重;盲蝽在6、7月发生较普遍;叶蝉主要发生在6月中旬到8月中旬。%The field growth and decline law of the main pests in alfalfa in Shandong province were studied from 2011 to 2012. The results showed that the dominant species of pests in alfalfa were Aphidoidea, Thripinae, Cicadellidae , Miridae and Agromyzidae in Shandong province. Aphids occurred mainly from mid-late-April to mid-May. Thripinae occurred in the whole growing season of the alfalfa and the occurrence reached the peak from June to mid-August, with the Second and the third harvest suffering the most.Miridae occurred seriously in June and July. Cicadellidae occurred commonly in July and June. Cicadellidae occurred mainly in the mid- July and mid-August.

  20. 紫花苜蓿耐盐种质资源的遗传多样性分析%Analysis of genetic diversity of salt tolerant alfalfa germplasms

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    姜健; 杨宝灵; 夏彤; 于淑梅; 乌云娜

    2011-01-01

    利用RAPD技术分析了25个紫花苜蓿耐盐品种的遗传结构和遗传多样性.结果表明,30条引物在25个紫花苜蓿耐盐品种单株DNA间的多态性位点比率(P)为81.52%,在各品种混合DNA间的多态性位点比率为61.65%,说明采用单株DNA样品比采用混合DNA样品能更好地揭示紫花苜蓿品种内和品种间的遗传变异水平.基因分化系数(Gst)主要反应品种间变异占总变异的比例,中国18个耐盐紫花苜蓿品种和美国7个耐盐紫花苜蓿品种的基因分化系数分别为0.271和0.152,表明中国耐盐紫花苜蓿种质资源品种间基因交流机会比美国品种间交流机会多.紫花苜蓿作为典型的异交植物,其生物群体的遗传结构与其繁育体系具有直接的联系.依据遗传距离(GD)分析结果,25份材料从遗传结构上可以分为9个组群,其中图牧1号和图牧2号遗传距离最小(GD=0.148),捷达和图牧1号遗传距离最大(GD=0.786).紫花苜蓿耐盐种质遗传多样性分析为紫花苜蓿耐盐核心种质库构建和耐盐新品种选育提供了理论依据.%The genetic structure and diversity of 25 alfalfa (Medicago sativa) salt-tolerant varieties was ana lyzed by RAPD technology. Results showed that the polymorphism loci percentages (P) of 30 primers between single-plant DNA of 25 salt-tolerant alfalfa varieties were 81. 52%, and between mixed DNA of various varie ties were 61. 65%, indicating that single-plant DNA sample was a better method than mixed DNA sample, to reveal the level of genetic variation within and between alfalfa varieties. The coefficient of gene differentiation (Gst) mainly reflects the ratio of species variation to total variation, and the Gst of 18 Chinese salt-tolerant al falfa varieties and 7 American salt-tolerant alfalfa varieties were 0. 271 and 0. 152, respectively, showing that there was more interactive gene exchange between Chinese salt-tolerant alfalfa germplasm was than that of A merican germplasm

  1. Soil structure degradation in patches of alfalfa fields Degradação da estrutura do solo em "patches" em pastagens de alfafa

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    María Celeste Miretti

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Alfalfa (Medicago sativa is the basic forage resource for milk production in the flat Pampa of the Santa Fe Province of Argentina. However, the presence of microrelief with patches threatens the expansion of the area cultivated with alfalfa. The lower productivity in the patches is attributed to the inferior soil physical quality. The objectives of this study were to quantify indicators of soil physical quality and to establish the soil properties that would affect the alfalfa productivity in patches (PA and normal areas (NA. Additionally, the macro and micro nutrient contents in both areas were determined. The experiment was carried out on an Aquic Argiudoll. Eighteen sampling sites, nine in NA and nine in PA were established. At each site, undisturbed soil samples (5 × 5 cm cores were collected to measure soil bulk density (Bd, soil resistance to root penetration (PR, effective stress (σ, the water release curve and the least limiting water range (LLWR. Disturbed soil samples were also taken to determine macro and micronutrient contents, and particle size distribution. Non differences were detected for soil chemical properties between PA and NA. Aggregate size distribution indicated predominance of small aggregates in PA. Bd, PR and s were higher in PA than in NA, while the LLWR was narrower. Inadequate aeration under conditions of excessive soil moisture and inappropriate soil mechanical resistance when the soil is dry would affect alfalfa productivity. The overall results indicate that the soil physical quality in PA is lower than in NA.A alfafa (Medicago sativa é a pastagem básica na produção de leite na Pampa plana da Província de Santa Fe da Argentina. Entretanto, a presença de microrelevo com "patches" (áreas de menor produção ameaça a expansão da cultura. A menor produtividade nos "patches" foi atribuída â inferior qualidade física do solo. Avaliaram-se indicadores de qualidade física do solo e estabeleceram-se as

  2. In situ protein degradation of alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil hays and silages as influenced by condensed tannin concentration.

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    Coblentz, W K; Grabber, J H

    2013-05-01

    Dairy cattle often make poor use of protein when offered diets comprising high proportions of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) hay or silage because nonprotein N formed during forage conservation and ruminal fermentation exceeds requirements for rumen microbial protein synthesis; however, condensed tannins (CT) may reduce proteolysis in the silo and in the rumen, thereby potentially improving the efficiency of crude protein (CP) use in ruminant diets. Two harvests, yielding 12 hays and 12 silages made from alfalfa and birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus L.) that varied in concentrations of CT, were evaluated for in situ disappearance kinetics of CP in 6 ruminally cannulated lactating Holstein dairy cows (627 ± 56.3 kg). Prior to conservation, alfalfa contained no detectable CT, whereas CT in fresh lyophilized birdsfoot trefoil ranged from 1.16 to 2.77% of dry matter, as determined by a modified acetone-butanol-HCl assay. Percentages of CP remaining at each incubation time were fitted to nonlinear regression models with or without a discrete lag time. Effective ruminal disappearance of CP (rumen-degradable protein, RDP) was calculated by 3 procedures that included (1) no discrete lag (RDPNL), (2) discrete lag (RDPL), and (3) discrete lag with a lag adjustment (RDPLADJ). Regardless of the calculation method, RDP declined linearly with increasing CT concentrations (R(2)=0.62 to 0.97). Generally, tests of homogeneity showed that conservation type (hay or silage) or harvest (silage only) affected intercepts, but not slopes in regressions of RDP on CT. A positive relationship between lag time and CT suggests that the RDPLADJ approach may be most appropriate for calculating RDP for legumes containing tannins. With this approach, regression intercepts were mainly affected by conservation method, and RDPLADJ averaged 77.5 and 88.7% of CP for hay and silage, respectively, when no CT was present. Greater estimates of RDP for silages were related to extensive proteolysis in

  3. Overexpression of an alfalfa GDP-mannose 3, 5-epimerase gene enhances acid, drought and salt tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis by increasing ascorbate accumulation.

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    Ma, Lichao; Wang, Yanrong; Liu, Wenxian; Liu, Zhipeng

    2014-11-01

    GDP-mannose 3', 5'-epimerase (GME) catalyses the conversion of GDP-D-mannose to GDP-L-galactose, an important step in the ascorbic acid (ascorbic acid) biosynthetic pathway in higher plants. In this study, a novel cDNA fragment (MsGME) encoding a GME protein was isolated and characterised from alfalfa (Medicago sativa). An expression analysis confirmed that MsGME expression was induced by salinity, PEG and acidity stresses. MsGME overexpression in Arabidopsis enhanced tolerance of the transgenic plants to salt, drought and acid. Real-time PCR analysis revealed that the transcript levels of GDP-D-mannose pyrophosphorylase (GMP), L-galactose-phosphate 1-P phosphatase (GP) and GDP-L-galactose phosphorylase (GGP) were increased in transgenic Arabidopsis (T3 generation). Moreover, the ascorbate content was increased in transgenic Arabidopsis. Our results suggest that MsGME can effectively enhance tolerance of transgenic Arabidopsis to acid, drought and salt by increasing ascorbate accumulation.

  4. Fermented high moisture maize grain as supplement to alfalfa haylage is superior over unfermented dry maize grain in diet dry matter digestibility

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    Marina Vranić

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of the experiment were to examine whether high moisture maize grain (HMM is superior to low moisture maize grain (LMM as supplement to alfalfa haylage (Medicago sativa L. (AH. The effects of HMM and LMM supplementation to AH were studied on feed intake, water intake and dry matter (DM digestibility in wether sheep. Alfalfa was harvested at the beginning of flowering and ensiled into round bales wrapped with plastic. The average DM and crude protein (CP concentration of AH was 534.7 g kg-1 fresh sample and 141 g kg-1 DM, respectively. The average DM content (g kg-1 fresh sample of HMM and LMM were 795.9 and 915.1 g kg-1 fresh sample, respectively, while the average CP concentration (g kg-1 DM were 116.8 and 106.0, respectively. The study consisted of five feeding treatments incorporating AH only and AH supplemented with 5 or 10 g HMM or LMM d-1 kg-1 wether body weight. The inclusion of HMM (5 or 10 g kg-1 body weight d-1 into AH based ration resulted in higher diet DM digestibility (P<0.05 in comparison with LMM inclusion (5 or 10 g kg-1 body weight d-1. Higher daily fresh matter intake (FMI (P<0.05, dry matter intake (DMI (P<0.05 and water intake (P<0.05 was achieved with LMM inclusion in comparison with HMM inclusion. The conclusion was that HMM is superior over LMM as supplement to AH in terms of DM digestibility, while LMM has advantages over HMM in the intake characteristics measured.

  5. 紫花苜蓿光能及叶片水分利用效率影响因子分析%Analysis on the influnce factors to utilizing efficiency of light and water for alfalfa

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    龙明秀; 吴振; 高景慧; 高阳; 杨宏新

    2009-01-01

    To explore the influence factors of light use efficiency (LUE) and water use efficiency (WUE) of alfalfa, the related physiological ecology indexes (Pn, Tr, Gs, Ci, Ta, Tl, RH and PAR) were measured using portable C-340df photosynthesis instrument in the morning of sunny days at early flowering period on 12 four-year-old alfalfa varieties under field conditions. The results showed that: 1) The physiological factors (Ci and Gs) are the key factors that affect the LUE of Alfalfa, while some external enviornmental factors (PAR, Ta and RH) played a role effect on WUE;2) WUE and LUE of a variety, Medicago sativa cv. Pondus, were significantly (P<0.05) higher than others, and with highest dry matter.%大田条件下,利用C-340df光合仪,对12个紫花苜蓿Medicago sativa品种(初花期)的净光合速率(Pn)、蒸腾速率(Tr)及生态因子(光合有效辐射、大气温度、大气湿度)和生理因子(胞间CO_2浓度、气孔导度、叶温)进行测定,探讨影响其光能利用效率(LUE)和叶片水分利用效率(WUE)的主要因子.结果表明:1)品种胖多单株干质量最高,且LUE、WUE显著高于其他品种(P<0.05),属于高光合、低蒸腾、高水分利用品种;2)影响LUE的主要是生理因子(胞间CO_2浓度、气孔导度),而影响WUE的则为外界环境因子(光合有效辐射、大气温度、大气湿度).

  6. 不同秋眠级紫花苜蓿品种生产性能的对比分析研究%Comparatively Analysis the Production Performance of Different Dormant Alfalfa

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    王跃栋; 刘自学; 苏爱莲

    2012-01-01

    为获得适宜在北京地区种植的优良休眠型苜蓿品种,并利用苜蓿品种的休眠级数来指导国内苜蓿种植区划.采用随机区组法,进行了7个不同休眠级紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)在北京地区的生产性能对比分析田间试验研究,在2010年8月-2011年10月,连续2年对紫花苜蓿的出苗时间、越冬率、生长速度、再生性、草产量、干鲜比、茎叶比进行测定.结果表明:不同休眠类型的紫花苜蓿生产性能存在显著差异(P<0.05),不同品种草产量存在显著差异(P<0.05),半秋眠苜蓿的鲜草产量显著高于非秋眠苜蓿,秋眠性强的品种越冬存活率高,所有品种草产量第一茬>第二茬>第三茬;在北京地区,应主要考虑秋眠和半秋眠的高产品种的培育与引进,秋眠型和半秋眠型的紫花苜蓿均可安全越冬,生产性能较好,适宜北京地区种植,非秋眠型(7~9级)的紫花苜蓿其越冬率相对较低,植株存活率低,生产性能较低,若要在北京地区种植需采取其他农艺措施提高其越冬存活率.%In order to obtain some dormancy alfalfa varieties that suited in Beijing Region, and used dormancy series of alfalfa to guide the domestic alfalfa planting regionalization. This article adopted a randomized block design, comparatively analysis the production performance of 7 different nondormant alfalfa in the Beijing Region. In 2010 August to 2011 October, the germination time of alfalfa, winter survival rate, growth rate, renewability, grass yield, ratio of dry and fresh weight, leaf stem ratio were determined. The results showed that different types of nondormant alfalfa had significant difference (.Psecond stubble>third stubble. In the Beijing area, we basically should consider the cultivation and the introduction of dormancy and semi-dormant alfalfa of high-yield, the dormant and semi-dormant alfalfa could safely survived over the winter and the production performance were well that were

  7. 桑树/苜蓿间作对其生长及土地和光资源利用能力的影响%Effects of Mulberry/Alfalfa Intercropping on Their Growth,the Utilization of Land and Light Resource

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    胡举伟; 朱文旭; 张会慧; 孙广玉

    2013-01-01

    以桑树(Morus albaL.)/苜蓿(Medicago sativaL.)间作系统为研究对象,探讨其生长特性、根际土壤养分含量、土壤酶活性、土地利用率以及桑树和苜蓿光合特性,旨在提高松嫩平原牧区的饲草产量.结果表明:在第2次刈割时,间作桑树的株高、叶生物量、茎生物量和叶片粗蛋白含量分别比单作桑树增加了9.2%,36.4%,61.1%和12.7%;间作苜蓿的株高、主茎分枝数、叶绿素a含量、叶绿素b含量和粗蛋白含量分别比单作苜蓿增加了8.7%,26.7%,11.4%,20.5%和21.4%.间作桑树根际土壤的有机氮含量、速效氮含量、脲酶活性分别比单作桑树增加了3.3%,21.5%和32.7%;间作苜蓿根际土壤的有机氮含量、速效氮含量、脲酶活性分别比单作苜蓿增加了3.4%,26.6%和32.3%.桑树/苜蓿间作系统的土地当量比(LER)为1.29,大于1.间作桑树的光饱和点(LSP)、光补偿点(LCP)和最大净光合速率(Pmax)分别比单作桑树提高了15.0%,39.3%和20.7%;间作苜蓿的LSP,LCP和Pmax分别比单作苜蓿降低了15.6%,33.9%和17.6%,桑树/苜蓿间作增加了桑树和苜蓿的表观量子效率(AQY).研究表明桑树/苜蓿间作提高了桑树对强光和苜蓿对弱光的利用能力,从而使间作体系表现出明显的产量优势.%An experiment was conducted by intercropping mulberry (Morus alba L.) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.).The growth characteristics,soil nutrient content and soil enzyme activity in rhizosphere soil,land use efficiency and the photosynthesis characteristics of mulberry and alfalfa in the intercropping system were investigated.The purpose was to improve the yield of forage grass in the pastoral areas of Songnen plain.Results showed that the plant height,leaf biomass,stem biomass,and crude protein content of intercropping mulberry in second cutting time were increased 9.2%,36.4%,61.1% and 12.7%compared with mono-cropping mulberry

  8. Lixiviación de potasio y contenidos nutrimentales en suelo y alfalfa en respuesta a dosis de vinaza Potassium leaching and nutrient content in soil and alfalfa's response to a dose of vinasse

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    Full Text Available Bajo condiciones de invernadero y con base a la concentración de potasio (K+ en la caracterización química de la vinaza, se evaluó el efecto de diferentes dosis (0, 250 y 500 kg ha-1 de K+ sobre el suelo, en columnas de cloruro de polivinilo (PVC, empleando lisímetros de succión a dos profundidades (23 y 46 cm y muestras al final de la columna (75 cm. En lixiviados se evaluó la concentración de K, el efecto sobre pH y conductividad eléctrica (CE, como cultivo indicador se uso alfalfa (Medicago sativa, efectuándose dos cortes, en un periodo de 120 días y una aplicación de vinaza al inicio del experimento y otra después del primer corte. En muestras de plantas las variables fueron materia seca, N T, B, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Zn y NO3 en suelo se consideró CE, pH, NH4, NO3, P, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn Mn y MO (materia orgánica. En el análisis estadístico la dosis 500 kg ha-1 de K tuvo efecto sobre la fertilidad del suelo, registrando un incremento en: MO, NH4, P, Ca, Na, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn, Mn y K. La CE y K el mayor efecto (pUnder greenhouse conditions and based on the concentration of potassium (K+ in the chemical characterization of Vinasse, the effect of different doses (0. 250 y 500 kg ha-1 de K+ was evaluated in the soil, in columns of polyvinyl chloride (PVC, using suction lysimeters at two depths (23 and 46 cm and samples at the end of the column (75 cm. In Leaching, the K concentration, the effect on pH and the electric conductivity (CE was evaluated; as the crop indicator, alfalfa was used (Medicago sativa, making 2 cuts in a period of 120 days and applying vinasse at the beginning of the experiment and then again after the first cut. In plant samples, the variables were dry material, N T, B, Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, P, Zn and NO3 in soil, CE, pH, NH4, NO3, P, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn Mn abd MO (organic material was considered. In the statistical analysis of the K dose of 500 kg ha-1 there was an effect on the soil

  9. Avaliação de cultivares de alfafa e estimativas de repetibilidade de caracteres forrageiros Evaluation of alfalfa cultivars and estimates of repeatability coefficient of forage traits

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    Reinaldo de Paula Ferreira

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o desempenho de 42 cultivares de alfafa (Medicago sativa L. e estimar o coeficiente de repetibilidade das características produção de matéria seca, teor de proteína bruta na folha e no caule e tolerância a doenças, avaliadas no período das águas (outubro a março e da seca (abril a setembro, em seis cortes. Observou-se variabilidade significativa entre as cultivares quanto à produção de matéria seca e ao teor de proteína bruta na folha, em ambas as estações. No tocante a teor de proteína bruta no caule e tolerância a doenças, a variabilidade foi manifestada apenas no período da seca. As cultivares de melhor desempenho, para a maioria das características avaliadas, foram Crioula e Cibola. Em geral, o coeficiente de repetibilidade apresentou estimativas de baixa magnitude (inferior a 0,4. Quanto à produção de matéria seca, constatou-se a existência de comportamento similar das cultivares avaliadas nos dois períodos estudados, coeficiente de repetibilidade variando de 0,3195 a 0,4270, determinação genotípica em torno de 65%, e possibilidade de se atingir a predição do valor real por meio de sete a nove cortes.The objective of this study was to evaluate the performance of 42 cultivars of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. and to estimate the repeatability coefficient for dry matter production, leaf and stem protein content and disease tolerance features during the dry (April to September and rainy (October to March seasons with six cuts. Dry matter yield and leaf protein content presented significant variation in both seasons, although stem protein content and tolerance to diseases were different only during the dry season. Cultivars Crioula and Cibola had the best performance in most features. In general, the repeatability coefficient showed a low magnitude estimate (below 0,40. Regarding dry matter production, the cultivars showed similar behavior in both seasons, with repeatability

  10. Identification of Molecular Marker Linked to Salt Tolerance Gene in Alfalfa

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    The study has established the F2 offspring obtained by crossing salt-tolerant with salt-sensitive alfalfa, and appraised the salt-tolerant F2 offspring seedling was evaluated in pot culture. With the F2 segregated population, the research has obtained a molecular marker linked with salt-tolerant genes of alfalfa using the improved BSA combined with RAPD. The RAPD PCR products were excised from the agarose gel and purified using a kit, then were mixed with pMD-18T vector and sequenced. Sequencing result indicated the RAPD marker was 1 438 bp in length. Similarity researches using blast in Genbank indicated that the nucleotide sequence of the RAPD marker showed 93% and 91% similarity with mth2-6el8 gene fragment (347 bp) and mth2-33122 gene fragment (334 bp) of Medicago truncatula respectively. Medicago truncatula is a close relative of alfalfa and Mth2-6e18 is a molecular marker of the gene coding for a cysteine protease which was salt inducible in some plants. These results indicated the RAPD marker was possibly related to cysteine protease genes in alfalfa.

  11. Estimation of Biomass and Canopy Height in Bermudagrass, Alfalfa, and Wheat Using Ultrasonic, Laser, and Spectral Sensors

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    Jeremy Joshua Pittman

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Non-destructive biomass estimation of vegetation has been performed via remote sensing as well as physical measurements. An effective method for estimating biomass must have accuracy comparable to the accepted standard of destructive removal. Estimation or measurement of height is commonly employed to create a relationship between height and mass. This study examined several types of ground-based mobile sensing strategies for forage biomass estimation. Forage production experiments consisting of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L., bermudagrass [Cynodon dactylon (L. Pers.], and wheat (Triticum aestivum L. were employed to examine sensor biomass estimation (laser, ultrasonic, and spectral as compared to physical measurements (plate meter and meter stick and the traditional harvest method (clipping. Predictive models were constructed via partial least squares regression and modeled estimates were compared to the physically measured biomass. Least significant difference separated mean estimates were examined to evaluate differences in the physical measurements and sensor estimates for canopy height and biomass. Differences between methods were minimal (average percent error of 11.2% for difference between predicted values versus machine and quadrat harvested biomass values (1.64 and 4.91 t·ha−1, respectively, except at the lowest measured biomass (average percent error of 89% for harvester and quad harvested biomass < 0.79 t·ha−1 and greatest measured biomass (average percent error of 18% for harvester and quad harvested biomass >6.4 t·ha−1. These data suggest that using mobile sensor-based biomass estimation models could be an effective alternative to the traditional clipping method for rapid, accurate in-field biomass estimation.

  12. Herbicides selection of alfalfa pasture in the central area of Jilin Province%吉林中部地区紫花苜蓿地除草剂筛选试验

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    王笛; 李达; 徐安凯; 徐博; 高阳

    2016-01-01

    The slow growth of alfalfa (Medicago sativa)at seedlings stage results in the rapid growth of weeds, which severely affects the quantity and quality of alfalfa products.Six common herbicides with low toxicity and suitable for legume were selected for further evaluation.The results showed that 90% acetochlor with 2.0 L.hm-2 spraying in the soil after sowing had best effects which reached 93.81% of relative weeds prevention rate and did not affect yield although alfalfa seedlings grew slowly.Different herbicides should be selected ac-cording to different weed species when spraying on alfalfa leaves.The application of 40% bentazone with 3.0 L.hm-2 had 97.09% of relative prevention rate of Echinochloa phyllopogon which also had no harms to alfal-fa.The application of 15% fluazifop-p-butyl with 1.0 L.hm-2 effectively control Cirsium setosum and Meta-plexis japonica which had 93.63% and 100% of relative prevention rate,respectively.Herbicide was not rec-ommended for Chenopodium album,Portulaca oleracea,Abutilon theophrasti which should be prevented manually.%紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)苗期生长缓慢,导致杂草生长迅速,严重影响苜蓿草产品的产量和质量.为此,本研究选择市场上6种安全、低毒且适于豆科植物使用的除草剂进行筛选试验.结果表明,播后苗前土壤中施用剂量为2.0 L.hm-2的90%乙草胺除草效果最好,相对株防效达到93.81%,虽然紫花苜蓿幼苗生长缓慢,但不影响其产量形成.茎叶喷施时建议根据紫花苜蓿地杂草种类,选择不同的除草剂,对水稗(Echinochloa phyllopogon )进行杂草防除时,施用3.0 L.hm-2的40%灭草松,相对株防效达到97.09%,没有药害.施用1.0 L.hm-2的15%精吡氟禾草灵可有效防除小蓟(Cirsium setosum)和萝藦(Metaplexis japonica),相对株防效分别达到93.63%和100%.而针对藜(Chenopo-dium album)、马齿苋(Portulaca oleracea)和苘麻(Abutilon theophrasti),

  13. Identification and characterization of resistance to cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora Koch) in Medicago truncatula

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    Kamphuis Lars G; Gao Lingling; Singh Karam B

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    Abstract Background Cowpea aphid (CPA; Aphis craccivora) is the most important insect pest of cowpea and also causes significant yield losses in other legume crops including alfalfa, beans, chickpea, lentils, lupins and peanuts. In many of these crops there is no natural genetic resistance to this sap-sucking insect or resistance genes have been overcome by newly emerged CPA biotypes. Results In this study, we screened a subset of the Medicago truncatula core collection of the South Australia...

  14. Establishing alfalfa in silage corn

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    According to recent agricultural statistics, alfalfa was planted on 0.44 million acres and harvested from 2.2 million acres and silage corn was planted and harvested from 1.0 million acres per year in Wisconsin. Because both crops are often grown in rotation, alfalfa could be interseeded at corn pla...

  15. Metal uptake of tomato and alfalfa plants as affected by water source, salinity, and Cd and Zn levels under greenhouse conditions.

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    Gharaibeh, Mamoun A; Marschner, Bernd; Heinze, Stefanie

    2015-12-01

    Irrigation with wastewater is a promising option to improve crop yields and to reduce pressure on freshwater sources. However, heavy metal concentrations in wastewater may cause health concerns. A greenhouse pot experiment was conducted in order to determine cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) concentrations in sandy soil and plant tissues of tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum L.) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). A 2 × 2 × 4 × 2 factorial treatment arrangement was utilized. Two water sources, fresh (FW) or treated wastewater (TWW), at two salinity levels (1 and 3 dS m(-1)) containing different levels of Cd and Zn were used. Samples were collected after a 90-day growth period. It was observed that the growth of both plants was depressed at the highest metal level (L3). Metal accumulation in plant parts increased with the increase of metal concentration and salinity in irrigation water. At low salinity, water source was the main factor which controlled metal accumulation, whereas, at high salinity, chloride appeared to be the principal factor controlling metal uptake regardless of water source. Metal translocation from roots to shoots increased in TWW-irrigated plants, even in the controls. Tomatoes accumulated Cd up to and above critical levels safe for human consumption, even though Cd concentration in irrigation water did not exceed the current recommended values. Therefore, food production in sandy soils may well pose a health hazard when irrigated with TWW containing heavy metals. Complexation with dissolved organic compounds (DOC) in TWW may be to be the principal factor responsible for increased metal uptake and transfer at low salinity, thereby increasing the risk of heavy metal contamination of food and forage crops.

  16. Leaf d15N as a physiological indicator of the responsiveness of N2-fixing alfalfa plants to elevated [CO2], temperature and low water availability

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    Full Text Available The natural 15N/14N isotope composition (δ15N of a tissue is a consequence of its N source and N physiological mechanisms in response to the environment. It could potentially be used as a tracer of N metabolism in plants under changing environmental conditions, where primary N metabolism may be complex, and losses and gains of N fluctuate over time. In order to test the utility of δ15N as an indicator of plant N status in N2-fixing plants grown under various environmental conditions, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. plants were subjected to distinct conditions of [CO2] (400 versus 700 mol mol-1, temperature (ambient versus ambient + 4ºC and water availability (fully watered versus water deficiency - WD. As expected, increased [CO2] and temperature stimulated photosynthetic rates and plant growth, whereas these parameters were negatively affected by WD. The determination of δ15N in leaves, stems, roots and nodules showed that leaves were the most representative organs of the plant response to increased [CO2] and WD. Depletion of heavier N isotopes in plants grown under higher [CO2] and WD conditions reflected decreased transpiration rates, but could also be related to a higher N demand in leaves, as suggested by the decreased leaf N and total soluble protein (TSP contents detected at 700 mol mol-1 [CO2] and WD conditions. In summary, leaf δ15N provides relevant information integrating parameters which condition plant responsiveness (e.g. photosynthesis, TSP, N demand and water transpiration to environmental conditions.

  17. Efeitos do processamento da alfafa e da adição de óleo de soja sobre a digestibilidade total da dieta de eqüinos Effects of alfalfa processing and addition of soybean oil on the total diet digestibility of foals

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    Alexandre Augusto de Oliveira Gobesso

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o efeito do processamento do feno de alfafa (Medicago sativa L. e da adição de óleo de soja em dietas sobre a digestibilidade total de matéria seca, matéria orgânica, proteína bruta, extrato etéreo, fibra em detergente neutro e fibra em detergente ácido em eqüinos. Utilizaram-se quatro potros machos, sem raça definida, com aproximadamente 14 meses de idade e 197,25 kg, em delineamento quadrado latino (4 × 4 e em arranjo fatorial (2 × 2, composto de duas formas de fenação da alfafa (em cubos ou em ramas e da adição ou não de óleo de soja em dietas contendo concentrado comercial na forma de péletes. A digestibilidade dos nutrientes foi determinada pelo método de coleta total de fezes durante três dias. A adição de óleo de soja refinado aumentou a digestibilidade total de matéria seca, matéria orgânica, extrato de etéreo e fibra em detergente neutro. A fenação da alfafa em cubos aumentou a digestibilidade total da proteína bruta, fibra em detergente neutro e da fibra em detergente ácido. A adição de óleo de soja nas dietas avaliadas foi um modo prático e seguro de aumentar a densidade calórica sem reduzir a digestibilidade dos macronutrientes orgânicos. O processamento da alfafa na forma de cubos melhorou a digestibilidade total da proteína bruta, fibra em detergente e fibra em detergente ácido da dieta em eqüinos.The effect of alfalfa hay processing (Medicago sativa L. and the addition of soybean oil in diets on the total dry matter digestibility, organic matter, crude protein, ether extract, neutral detergent fiber and acid detergent in horses was evaluated. Four crossbred male foals with approximately 14 months of age and 197.25 kg were used and assigned in a (4 × 4 Latin square design with a factorial arrangement (2 × 2 composed of two alfalfa haying forms (cubes or branches and the addition or absence of soybean oil in commercial diets containing concentrated in the form of pellets. The

  18. [Alfalfa Planting as weed control

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This document is a letter to farming cooperators regarding the stipulations surrounding alfalfa plantings in lieu of small grain plantings to provide weed control,...

  19. Effects of Alfalfa on Fattening Performance of Hybrid Pigs in High Cold Mountain Area%紫花苜蓿对高寒山区杂交猪育肥性能的影响

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    钱龙; 王嘉福; 杨正德; 燕志宏; 林家栋

    2012-01-01

    试验选择大白猪(加×美)二元杂种猪24头(仔猪3~4周龄断奶,保育到8周龄),随机分为对照组、苜蓿Ⅰ组和苜蓿Ⅱ组,每组8头,分别饲喂基础日粮、基础日粮+3%苜蓿、基础日粮+6%苜蓿,试验期内在同一条件下进行饲养试验对其育肥性能、屠宰测定及肉质品质进行测定。试验结果表明:苜蓿Ⅰ组能够提高外二元猪育肥效果,苜蓿Ⅰ组和苜蓿Ⅱ组对背膘厚和皮厚也略有降低,添加3%和6%的苜蓿对其他屠宰性能及肉质品质影响不显著(P〉0.05)。由试验结果得出,在毕节高寒地区可以利用添加3%苜蓿比例的饲料对外二元杂交猪进行育肥。%In this study,24 binary hybrid pigs( D × Y) about 8 weeks were chosen, and they were randomly allocated into three dietary treatments : control group (basic diet), Medicago sativa group Ⅰ (basic diet + 3 % Medicago sativa), Medicago sativa group Ⅱ (basic diet + 3% Medicago sativa), except the diet, the pigs were fed in the same condition. After 98 days, the Fattening and Slaughtered performances were measured. The results showed that the Medieago sativa group Ⅰ improved the fattening performances, Medicago sativa group I and Medicago sativa group Ⅱ reduced baekfat thickness and skin thickness a little, to added 3 % and 6 % Medicago sativa into the basic diet had no significant influence on the othcr fattening and slaughtered performances. So we concluded that to add 3% Medicago sativa into the basicdiet to fatten the binary hybrid pig in the alpine region of Bijie was feasible.

  20. Leaf Morphology and Development of Multifoliate Alfalfa%多叶苜蓿复叶形态及发育过程

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    武自念; 魏臻武

    2013-01-01

    通过对5个多叶苜蓿(Medicago sativa)品种叶片类型的形态研究,从品种WL323ML中筛选三叶型和五叶型复叶类型的单株为研究材料,利用扫描电镜对三叶型和五叶型苜蓿复叶发育进行对比分析.结果发现:多叶苜蓿主茎上表现有4,5,6,7,8和9叶等多种复叶类型,小叶的着生方式也表现为多种多样.扫描电镜下三叶型苜蓿和五叶型复叶叶原基的形态发育过程可划分为7个阶段.S0阶段,SAM外围形成早期的叶原基;S1阶段,出现条状共同叶原基;S2阶段,三叶型共同叶原基近端两侧产生一对托叶原基(ST),形成3个隆起的组织,而五叶型的则出现7个隆起的组织;S3阶段,三叶型苜蓿托叶原基和共同叶原基中间出现2个侧叶原基,而五叶型出现4个侧叶原基;S4阶段,侧生小叶和顶生小叶原基继续分离,出现明显的分界线,远端小叶的背面出现球状毛状体;S5阶段,侧叶和托叶原基发育出管状毛状体,侧叶、顶生小叶及托叶原基进一步伸长分化,相互之间部分重叠,表现为最初的叶结构;S6阶段,由于细胞的分裂和生长,托叶原基和侧叶原基之间出现叶柄;叶柄及叶柄表面毛状体分化明显.本研究明确了苜蓿叶原基的发育过程,对苜蓿乃至豆科复叶发育特征的研究提供依据,同时为苜蓿分子生物学和发育遗传学的研究奠定基础.%Five multifoliate alfalfa varieties imported from abroad were described. Different leaf developments of a single plant selected from accession WL323ML with trifoliate and quinquefoliolate compound leaves were compared using scanning electron microscopy. Results showed additional compound leaf types from the main stem of mutilfoliolate alfalfa having varied leaflet numbers. Leaf primordium developments of both trifoliate alfalfa and quinquefoliolate alfalfa compound leaves were divided into seven stages as observed by scanning electron microscopy. At SO stage, an incipient

  1. Medicago PhosphoProtein Database: a repository for Medicago truncatula phosphoprotein data

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    Christopher M. Rose

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The ability of legume crops to fix atmospheric nitrogen via a symbiotic association with soil rhizobia makes them an essential component of many agricultural systems. Initiation of this symbiosis requires protein phosphorylation-mediated signaling in response to rhizobial signals named Nod factors. Medicago truncatula (Medicago is the model system for studying legume biology, making the study of its phosphoproteome essential. Here, we describe the Medicago Phosphoprotein Database (http://phospho.medicago.wisc.edu, a repository built to house phosphoprotein, phosphopeptide, and phosphosite data specific to Medicago. Currently, the Medicago Phosphoprotein Database holds 3,457 unique phosphopeptides that contain 3,404 non-redundant sites of phosphorylation on 829 proteins. Through the web-based interface, users are allowed to browse identified proteins or search for proteins of interest. Furthermore, we allow users to conduct BLAST searches of the database using both peptide sequences and phosphorylation motifs as queries. The data contained within the database are available for download to be investigated at the user’s discretion. The Medicago Phosphoprotein Database will be updated continually with novel phosphoprotein and phosphopeptide identifications, with the intent of constructing an unparalleled compendium of large-scale Medicago phosphorylation data.

  2. 妊娠母猪饲粮中不同苜蓿鲜草替代量对其生产性能的影响%Effects of fresh alfalfa levels and alfalfa meal in the diet on the production performance of sows

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    彭宝安; 高永革; 王成章; 王彦华; 张晓霞; 韩明鹏

    2011-01-01

    To evaluate the effects of replacing concentrate with different levels of fresh alfalfa (Medicago sati-va) or alfalfa meal on the production performance of sows a single-factor and randomized block design was used. Thirty Large White X Landrace sows, with similar mating date, birth order, superior fetal litter size, and body condition, were divided into six groups with five pigs per group, one pig for each duplicate. The pregnant swine of the control group was fed the basal diet (0% alfalfa), while those of test groupsⅠ,Ⅱ,Ⅲand Ⅳ were replaced with 10%, 20%, 30%, 40% fresh alfalfa (by dry matter %), respectively, and that of test group V was replaced with 20% alfalfa meal. 1) Compared with the control group, the digestibility of all test groups, including CP (crude protein), Ash (crude ash), NDF (neutral detergent fiber), ADF (acid detergent fiber), Ca and P were improved, and the digestibility of group Ⅲ was significantly higher than that of the control group (P0. 05) between the groups. 3) Fresh alfalfa had a positive influence on the total newborn piglets, newborn live piglets, weaning piglets, weight of weaning litter and daily weight gain of weaning litters; The weights of weaning piglets of the fresh alfalfa groups (except group Ⅲ) were similar to the control group, but the alfalfa meal group of group Ⅴ was significantly higher (P<0. 05) and the weight of weaning piglets and daily gain of group V were significantly higher (P<0. 01) than those of the control and the other groups. In conclusion, replacing concentrate with 30% fresh alfalfa gave the best value of production performance and economic benefits in the pregnant swine diet.%在母猪妊娠期用不同比例的紫花苜蓿鲜草代替部分精料,研究其对生产性能及经济效益的影响.试验选用胎次、配种时间、上胎产仔数、体况等基本一致的大长二元母猪30头,采用单因子完全随机设计,共分为6个组,每组5头猪,每头猪1个重复.对照组

  3. Identification and characterization of resistance to cowpea aphid (Aphis craccivora Koch in Medicago truncatula

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    Kamphuis Lars G

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cowpea aphid (CPA; Aphis craccivora is the most important insect pest of cowpea and also causes significant yield losses in other legume crops including alfalfa, beans, chickpea, lentils, lupins and peanuts. In many of these crops there is no natural genetic resistance to this sap-sucking insect or resistance genes have been overcome by newly emerged CPA biotypes. Results In this study, we screened a subset of the Medicago truncatula core collection of the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI and identified strong resistance to CPA in a M. truncatula accession SA30199, compared to all other M. truncatula accessions tested. The biology of resistance to CPA in SA30199 plants was characterised compared to the highly susceptible accession Borung and showed that resistance occurred at the level of the phloem, required an intact plant and involved a combination of antixenosis and antibiosis. Quantitative trait loci (QTL analysis using a F2 population (n = 150 from a cross between SA30199 and Borung revealed that resistance to CPA is controlled in part by a major quantitative trait locus (QTL on chromosome 2, explaining 39% of the antibiosis resistance. Conclusions The identification of strong CPA resistance in M. truncatula allows for the identification of key regulators and genes important in this model legume to give effective CPA resistance that may have relevance for other legume crops. The identified locus will also facilitate marker assisted breeding of M. truncatula for increased resistance to CPA and potentially other closely related Medicago species such as alfalfa.

  4. Effects of Herbivore Stress by Acyrthosiphon pisum on the Contents of Tannin and Physiological Activity in Different Alfalfa Cultivars%豌豆蚜刺吸胁迫对不同苜蓿品种体内单宁含量及生理活性的影响

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    武德功; 王森山; 刘长仲; 胡桂馨; 杜军利; 贺春贵

    2011-01-01

    It is necessary to study the relationship between aphid stress and physiological activity in different alfalfa yarieties for breeding of resistant alfalfa varieties and sustainable control of aphids. The dynamics of Malondialdehyde (MDA) and Tannin contents and the activities of protective enzymes (Superoxide dismutase (SOD), Peroxidase (POD)) were studied in the leaves of four alfalfa cultivars, Gannong No. 5 (G5), Gannong No. 3 (G3), Gloden Empress (JH), and Hunter River (Hu), infested by pea aphid,Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris. Results show that the MDA contents of resistant variety (G5) were lower than that of the susceptible variety (Hu) and low resistant varieties (G3) when their leaves were piercingsucked by the aphid. The Tannin contents of resistant variety (G5) and the susceptible variety (Hu) were lower than that of the low resistant ones (G3 and JH), While the SOD and POD activities in the susceptible variety (Hu) appeared lower than that of the resistant variety (G5) and low resistant varieties (G3,JH). Throughout the period of aphid attacks, the activities of SOD and POD of all varieties rose initially then declined, whereas the dynamics of MDA and Tannin contents of four alfalfa cultivars were irregular.Therefore, under the aphid stress, the contents of MDA and the activity of SOD, POD in susceptible, low resistant and resistant varieties are closely related to the aphid-resistance of alfalfa. These biochemical markers may be used as physiological indices for aphid-resistance appraisal. However, the relationship between Tannin contents and aphid-resistance of alfalfa requires further research.%通过对甘农5号(G5)、甘农3号(G3)、金皇后(JH)和猎人河(Hu)4种不同抗蚜苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)品种受豌豆蚜(Acyrthosiphon pisum)胁迫后其叶片内丙二醛(MDA)和单宁含量及防御性酶(超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)和过氧化物酶(POD))活性的动态变化研究,以期明确各项生理指标与抗虫性之间的关系.结果表

  5. 紫花苜蓿改良盐渍土对土壤微生物活性和养分含量的影响%Effects of amelioration of saline soil through planting Medicago sativa L on soil microbial activity and soil nutrients

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    元炳成

    2011-01-01

    为探讨干旱地区种植紫花苜蓿改良盐渍土对土壤微生物生物量及其活性和土壤养分的影响,选择河西走廊黑河流域国有f岛泽农场的草甸盐土荒地作为对照,研究了种植紫花苜蓿2、3、4年后的改土效果.结果表明:与CK相比,连续种植4年后,所测定的土壤化学性质和微生物化学性质指标都发生了极显著(PAlfalfa, two year planting of Alfalfa, three year planting of Alfalfa. The results showed that compared to the control, after three years' planting of Alfalfa, soil electrical conductivity decreased from 10.64 to 4.68 mS·cm-1, pH from 8.47 to 8.22, while soil organic C increased from 4.88 to 6.38 g·kg-1, microbial biomass C from 69.74 to 118.67 mg·kg-1, microbial quotient from 1.43 to 1.86%, fluorescein diacetate hydrolysis

  6. 不同含水量和菌剂对紫花苜蓿裹包青贮质量的影响%Effects of Moisture Contents and Inoculants on Quality of Wrapped Alfalfa Silage

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    王星凌; 朱荣生; 赵红波; 胡明; 黄保华

    2015-01-01

    选用4个含水量(80%、70%、55%和45%)的紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)分别添加米曲菌(Asper-gillus oryzae)、植物乳杆菌(Lactobacillus plantarum)和不添加菌剂进行裹包青贮。在青贮45 d 开包取样,分析各处理青贮苜蓿干基的 pH、氨态氮和总氮变化、微生物菌落和有机酸指标,探讨不同含水量和菌剂及其互作对紫花苜蓿裹包青贮质量的影响。结果表明,80%含水量的裹包青贮苜蓿 pH 和氨态氮数值偏高,乳酸菌极少,乳酸极低,产生了丁酸和丙酸(P <0.05,P <0.01);45%含水量的裹包青贮苜蓿酵母菌和霉菌较多,乙酸偏低(P <0.01);70%和55%含水量的裹包青贮苜蓿其所有测试指标较佳(P <0.05,P <0.01)。随着苜蓿含水量由70%降低至45%,添加米曲菌维持低 pH 值、抑制酵母菌和霉菌菌落和增加乳酸(P <0.05,P <0.01);添加植物乳杆菌减少氨态氮和乙酸菌产生,降低乙酸(P <0.05)。含水量和菌剂对裹包青贮苜蓿乳酸菌和乙酸菌菌落有互作,导致乳酸和乙酸测值变化(P <0.05)。由此结论,含水量比添加菌剂对苜蓿裹包青贮质量的影响更为显著,70%和55%含水量的紫花苜蓿裹包青贮效果较好;添加米曲菌促进乳酸菌发酵产生乳酸;添加植物乳杆菌降低氨态氮产生,减少低含水量的乙酸菌产生乙酸。%The alfalfa (Medicago sativa)with 4 different moisture contents of 80%,70%,55% and 45% were supplemented with Aspergillus oryzae,Lactobacillus plantarum and no inoculants respectively to e-valuate the effects of moisture and inoculants on the quality of wrapped alfalfa silage.After ensiling for 45 days,the silage samples were taken and the pH value,NH3 -N and total N content,microbial colonies and organic acids were analyzed.The results showed that the wrapped alfalfa silage with 80% moisture had higher p

  7. 中国的苜蓿草贸易——历史变迁、未来趋势与对策建议%Alfalfa trade of China, historical changes, future trends and suggestions

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    杨春; 王明利; 刘亚钊

    2011-01-01

    伴随着国内外苜蓿(Medicago spp.)草市场供需的快速变化,我国苜蓿草产品贸易格局也发生了显著变化。如何准确把握苜蓿草市场的供求变化格局,抓住机遇快速发展我国的苜蓿产业将是草业界关注的一个热点问题。本研究在全面分析我国苜蓿草贸易现状与特点的基础上,深入剖析苜蓿产业的发展机遇与未来趋势,进一步提出推动我国苜蓿产业发展的相关政策建议。%The trade pattern of alfalfa forage products in China is changing due to rapid change of supply and demand of alfalfa products at domestic and international market. How to healthy develop alfalfa industry is a hot issue by taking full advantage of supply and demand pattern of alfalfa forage products. Based on trade characteristics and status of alfalfa forage products, this study pointed out the further developing chance and future direction of alfalfa industry, and further proposed some policy advice of alfalfa industry development.

  8. 黄土高原沟壑区苜蓿生产力及养分特性的研究%Alfalfa productivity and plateau characteristics in a gully region of the Loess Plateau

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    折凤霞; 郝明德; 臧逸飞

    2013-01-01

    在长期定位试验的基础上,研究了黄土高原沟壑区粮草轮作中苜蓿产草量及其养分变化特性.结果表明,苜蓿产草量一年生最低,为8 763 kg/hm2,3年生产草量达到最高,为12 020 kg/hm2,4年生产草量为9 665 kg/hm2,开始出现下降.1年生苜蓿对氮、磷、钾的吸收量最低,分别为218 kg/hm2,11 kg/hm2,105 kg/hm2,3年生苜蓿对磷、钾的吸收量最高,分别为23 kg/hm2和185 kg/hm2,比1年生苜蓿吸磷量高109.1%、吸钾量高76.2%;而4年生苜蓿对氮的吸收量最高,为351 kg/hm2,比1年生苜蓿吸氮高61%.土壤有机质、全氮和碱解氮含量逐年增加,有机质由15.60 g/kg增至18.26 g/kg,全氮由1.20 g/kg增至1.50 g/kg,碱解氮由64.74 mg/kg增至88.02mg/kg;土壤全磷、速效磷及速效钾含量逐年下降,全磷由0.86 g/kg降至0.76 g/kg,速效磷由14.00mg/kg降至9.27 mg/kg,速效钾由70.51 mg/kg降至54.35 mg/kg.建议在生产中施适量钾肥满足苜蓿高品质、高产量的需要.%Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) plant yield and nutrient change characteristics of forage crop rotation were studied in a long-term experiment in the gully region of the Loess Plateau. The one-year Medicago yield was 8 763 kg/ha (the lowest) and the three-year Medicago yield was 12 020 kg/ha (the highest) but the four-year yield fell to 9 665 kg/ha. The N, P, K uptake (218, 11, 105 kg/ha respectively) in one-year Medicago was the lowest. The P, K uptake of three-year Medicago was the highest (23 kg/ha and 185 kg/ha respectively) and compared with one-year Medicago, the P uptake was 109. 1% higher and the K uptake was 76, 2% higher. The N uptake of four-year Medicago was the highest, about 351 kg/ha, which was 61% higher than one-year Medicago. Soil organic matter, total nitrogen and alkali solution nitrogen content increased each year, organic matter increased form 15. 60 to 18. 26 g/kg, total nitrogen increased from 1, 20 to 1. 50 g/kg, and alkali solution nitrogen increased from 64

  9. VsENOD5, VsENOD12 and VsENOD40 expression during Rhizobium-induced nodule formation on Vicia sativa roots

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    Vijn, I; Yang, W C; Pallisgård, N;

    1995-01-01

    We isolated ENOD5, ENOD12 and ENOD40 homologues from Vicia sativa and studied their expression pattern during Rhizobium-induced nodule formation. Comparison of the VsENOD40 nucleotide sequence with the pea, soybean and alfalfa ENOD40 sequences showed that the sequences contain two conserved regions...

  10. 内源脱落酸生理作用机制及其与苜蓿耐旱性关系研究进展%Progress in understanding relationships between the physiological mechanisms of endogenous abscisic acid and drought resistance of alfalfa

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    李跃; 万里强; 李向林

    2015-01-01

    随着全球气候的恶化,水资源短缺等生态问题日益严重。在这样的背景下,作物的耐旱性研究成为人们研究的热点之一。脱落酸(ABA)作为胁迫激素,在植物干旱胁迫响应中发挥着重要而广泛的作用。植物细胞中,ABA通过2-甲基-D-赤藓糖-4-磷酸(2-C-methyl-D-erythritol-4-phosphate,MEP)途径合成,并最终与相应的受体结合并通过一系列的信号转导控制气孔关闭,或者通过其他通路调节胁迫相关的基因表达。紫花苜蓿是栽培广泛且品质优良的豆科牧草,干旱胁迫下苜蓿中脱落酸(ABA)会发生积累;同时,ABA 水平的升高与苜蓿主根贮藏蛋白动态、基因表达以及一些渗透调节物质的积累密切相关。ABA 与苜蓿耐旱性关系的研究正在逐渐深入,这些研究将深化人们对苜蓿耐旱机理的认识,并对苜蓿的育种具有深远影响。%The shortage of water resources and related ecological crises due to climate change make the drought resistance of crops an important research topic.As a plant stress hormone,abscisic acid (ABA)plays an im-portant role in drought stress response.Abscisic acid is synthesized from the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol-4-phos-phate (MEP)pathway.Through binding with its receptor,ABA controls stomatal closure by a series of signal transductions and/or regulates stress-related gene expression through other pathways.Alfalfa (Medicago sati-va )is a high-performing legume that is widely cultivated for forage.Under conditions of drought stress,ABA accumulates in alfalfa and is closely related to vegetative protein storage in the tap root,gene expression and a range of osmolyte responses.Research on the relationship between ABA and drought resistance in alfalfa is un-der development.This research will assist understanding drought resistance mechanisms in alfalfa and will have profound influences on the breeding of alfalfa cultivars.

  11. Effects of Short-term NaCl and Na2CO3 Stress on Recovery of Seed Germination of Medicago sativa L.%短期NaCl与Na2CO3胁迫对紫花苜蓿种子萌发可恢复性的影响

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    许国经; 汪景波; 张义

    2011-01-01

    The present study explored the effect of short-term Na+ salt stress on characteristic of seed germination of M. Sativa. The four environmental factors used in the experimental setup included salt type, salt concentration, temperature and stress duration. Seed germination rate (potential) was assessed. The result showed that the lowest final germination rate was obtained at 30℃ when salinity stress was removed. No persistent effect of temperature treatment was found. Early temperature stress affected the germination rate only in the first 3 days and no in the later days. Na2CO3 had a long-term inhibitory impact on germination and were significantly lower than NaCl in all measures. The final germination rate decreased gradually with the rise of salinity. There was substantial recovery of germination in the 5th day from salinity stress although germination in the first 3 days was inhibited at 250 mmol/L concentration, indicating the short-term inhibitory effect of salt concentration. Similar effect could be observed for stress duration. Longer duration caused the lower final germination rate. Treatment for 30 h inhibited germination in the first 3 days and had higher recovery of germination in the 5th day. Thus, variations' in these environmental factors appeared to play variously significant roles in recovery of germination of M. Sativa from short-term Na+ salt stress.%探讨短期钠盐胁迫对紫花苜蓿种子萌发特性的影响.试验共设盐分类型、盐分浓度、温度及胁迫时间等4个因子,测定发芽率(势)等指标.结果表明:短期钠盐胁迫解除后,30℃发芽率最低,但温度无持续效应,前期温度仅影响前3天发芽,而不影响后期发芽;Na2CO3具有持久的抑制效应,各个测定指标均低于NaCl;随盐分浓度提高,发芽率逐渐降低,尽管250 mmol/L显著抑制前3天发芽,但第5天该处理有显著恢复性萌发,表明盐分浓度为暂时性抑制效应;胁迫时间与盐分浓度效应类似,

  12. Silagem de alfafa colhida no início do florescimento e submetida ao emurchecimento e à ação de aditivos biológicos Alfalfa silage harvest at the early flowering stage and submitted to wilt and action of biological additives

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    Luis Henrique Rangrab

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available A alfafa (Medicago sativa L. foi segada no verão com 40 dias de rebrote no estádio de início de florescimento (26,3% MS; 18,94% PB; 8,9% de carboidratos solúveis na MS; e 43,35 meqOH-/100 g de MS de poder tampão. Parte do material foi ensilada fresca (26,30% MS e parte, emurchecida por 20 horas (44,12% MS. Ambas as silagens, emurchecidas e não-emurchecidas, foram submetidas a quatro tratamentos, Controle, Enzimas, Lactobacilos e Lactobacilos mais Enzimas, e ensiladas em silos de laboratório (3,6 L, com quatro repetições por tratamento, por um período de 60 dias. O emurchecimento propiciou silagens de melhor qualidade com menor pH, maior relação ácido lático/ácido acético, menores níveis de N amoniacal (N - NH3 e menor solubilização das frações nitrogenadas, com maior teor de carboidratos solúveis residuais. A ação dos aditivos na silagem de alfafa não-emurchecida determinou valores mais baixos de pH e N-NH3 nos tratamentos com Enzimas e Lactobacilos mais Enzimas, quando comparados com o tratamento Lactobacilos, mas que não diferiram do Controle. Em ambas as silagens fresca e emurchecida, houve diminuição do nível de FDN no tratamento Lactobacilos mais Enzimas.A 40 days alfalfa (Medicago sativa regrowth was harvested in the summer at the early flowering stage with (26.3% DM, 18.94% CP, 8,90% DM soluble carbohydrates and 43.35 meq OH-/100 g DM buffering capacity. Part of the material was direct cut ensiled (26.3% DM and part was wilted for 20 hours (44.12% DM. Both silages, either wilted or not, were assigned to four treatments: Control, Enzymes, Inoculate and Inoculate plus Enzymes and were ensiled in laboratory silos (3.6 L, with four replicates, per treatment, per a period 60 days. Wilting provived silages of better quality with lower pH, higher lactic acid/acetic acid ratio, lower N-NH3 and lower solubilization of the nitrogen fraction, with higher residual soluble carbohydrates content. The direct cut alfalfa

  13. The mitochondrial complexome of Medicago truncatula

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    Leonard Muriithi Kiirika

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Legumes (Fabaceae, Leguminosae are unique in their ability to carry out an elaborate endosymbiotic nitrogen fixation process with rhizobia proteobacteria. The symbiotic nitrogen fixation enables the host plants to grow almost independently of any other nitrogen source. Establishment of symbiosis requires adaptations of the host cellular metabolism, here foremost of the energy metabolism mainly taking place in mitochondria. Since the early 1990s, the galegoid legume Medicago truncatula Gaertn. is a well-established model for studying legume biology, but little is known about the protein complement of mitochondria from this species. An initial characterization of the mitochondrial proteome of M. truncatula (Jemalong A17 was published recently. In the frame of this study, mitochondrial protein complexes were characterized using 2D BN / SDS PAGE. From 139 detected spots, the "first hit" (= most abundant proteins of 59 spots were identified by mass spectrometry. Here, we present a comprehensive analysis of the mitochondrial complexome (the protein complex proteome of M. truncatula via 2D BN / SDS PAGE in combination with high sensitive MS protein identification. In total, 1,485 proteins were identified within 158 gel spots, representing 467 unique proteins. Data evaluation by the novel GelMap annotation tool allowed recognition of protein complexes of low abundance. Overall, at least 36 mitochondrial protein complexes were found. To our knowledge several of these complexes were described for the first time in Medicago. The data set is accessible under http://www.gelmap.de/medicago/. The mitochondrial protein complex proteomes of Arabidopsis (available at http://www.gelmap.de/arabidopsis/ and Medicago are compared.

  14. Urgency of further developing alfalfa industry in China%我国苜蓿产业亟待振兴

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    孙启忠; 玉柱; 徐春城

    2012-01-01

    随着我国畜牧业的快速发展,特别是奶牛业的崛起,对优质饲草尤其是苜蓿(Medicago sativa)的需求量将会越来越大。目前我国苜蓿产量低、品质差、供应量不足,不能满足市场的需求.进口苜蓿呈增加态势。2010年苜蓿的进口量已达22.72万t,对我国的苜蓿产业造成严重威胁。我国苜蓿产业发展受制于许多因素,一直处于徘徊不前状态,急需振兴。应尽快制定苜蓿产业发展战略规划,完善苜蓿生产补贴政策,鼓励科技创新,积极扶持苜蓿龙头企业。整合苜蓿产业资源,建设现代化苜蓿产业示范基地,推进我国苜蓿布局区域化、种植规模化、作业机械化、管理标准化和经营产业化发展,着力打造苜蓿产业带,增强我国苜蓿的综合生产能力和供应能力。推进奶一草一体化。%The rapid development of animal husbandry in China, especially the prosperous development of dairy farming, greatly increases the need for herbage of high quality, particularly alfalfa. This study pointed out that the alfalfa yield was low, and its quality was poor, and the supply of alfalfa did not meet its market demand in China. Consequently, the total quantity of imported alfalfa showed a increasing trend and came to 227 200 t in 2010, threatening the development of alfalfa industry in China. This study pro- posed that it is urgent to develop the alfalfa industry because alfalfa industry was regulated by many fac- tors. Finally, this study proposed some suggestions for further developing the alfalfa industry. Firstly, it was urgent to make development plan of alfalfa industry; secondly, the compensation package needed to be improved for alfalfa producer; thirdly, it was effort to innovate the utilization technology and support the leading enterprise of alfalfa industry; fourthly, establishing the demonstration base with modern technology was necessary by integrating the alfalfa

  15. Variation in rDNA locus number and position among legume species and detection of 2 linked rDNA loci in the model Medicago truncatula by FISH.

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    Abirached-Darmency, Mona; Prado-Vivant, Emilce; Chelysheva, Liudmila; Pouthier, Thomas

    2005-06-01

    Within Fabaceae, legume species have a variable genome size, chromosome number, and ploidy level. The genome distribution of ribosomal genes, easily detectable by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), is a good tool for anchoring physical and genetic comparative maps. The organisation of 45S rDNA and 5S loci was analysed by FISH in the 4 closely related species: Pisum sativum, Medicago truncatula, Medicago sativa (2 diploid taxa), and Lathyrus sativus. The 2 types of rDNA arrays displayed interspecific variation in locus number and location, but little intraspecific variation was detected. In the model legume, M. truncatula, the presence of 2 adjacent 45S rDNA loci was demonstrated, and the location of the rDNA loci was independent of the general evolution of the genome DNA. The different parameters relative to clustering of the rDNA loci in specific chromosome regions and the possible basis of rDNA instability are discussed. PMID:16121252

  16. Weed management research in alfalfa seed production in Washington state

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    Weed control is an important component of producing high quality and high yielding alfalfa seed. Alfalfa seed is produced with wider row and lower plant populations than alfalfa forage requiring greater weed management inputs. Flumioxazin was evaluated for weed control in alfalfa seed and forage pro...

  17. Medicago truncatula transporter database: a comprehensive database resource for M. truncatula transporters

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    Miao Zhenyan

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Medicago truncatula has been chosen as a model species for genomic studies. It is closely related to an important legume, alfalfa. Transporters are a large group of membrane-spanning proteins. They deliver essential nutrients, eject waste products, and assist the cell in sensing environmental conditions by forming a complex system of pumps and channels. Although studies have effectively characterized individual M. truncatula transporters in several databases, until now there has been no available systematic database that includes all transporters in M. truncatula. Description The M. truncatula transporter database (MTDB contains comprehensive information on the transporters in M. truncatula. Based on the TransportTP method, we have presented a novel prediction pipeline. A total of 3,665 putative transporters have been annotated based on International Medicago Genome Annotated Group (IMGAG V3.5 V3 and the M. truncatula Gene Index (MTGI V10.0 releases and assigned to 162 families according to the transporter classification system. These families were further classified into seven types according to their transport mode and energy coupling mechanism. Extensive annotations referring to each protein were generated, including basic protein function, expressed sequence tag (EST mapping, genome locus, three-dimensional template prediction, transmembrane segment, and domain annotation. A chromosome distribution map and text-based Basic Local Alignment Search Tools were also created. In addition, we have provided a way to explore the expression of putative M. truncatula transporter genes under stress treatments. Conclusions In summary, the MTDB enables the exploration and comparative analysis of putative transporters in M. truncatula. A user-friendly web interface and regular updates make MTDB valuable to researchers in related fields. The MTDB is freely available now to all users at http://bioinformatics.cau.edu.cn/MtTransporter/.

  18. Impact of disinfecting nesting boards on chalkbrood control in the alfalfa leafcutting bee.

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    James, R R

    2005-08-01

    The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata (F.), is a solitary, cavity-nesting bee that has been managed in large numbers to pollinate alfalfa, Medicago spp., seed crops since the 1960s. Propagation of these bees from 1 yr to the next has been seriously hampered by chalkbrood, a larval disease caused by the fungus Ascosphaera aggregata Skou. In the United States, attempts to control the disease have been fairly unsuccessful, but include removing nests from the nesting boards and then disinfecting the boards with heat treatments or a fumigant. The problem is that many boards are made of polystyrene (so heat cannot be used), and very few fumigants are registered for this use. In this study, ozone was tested as a fumigant and compared with heat treatments and methyl bromide fumigation. Ozone was found to be inadequate for killing A. aggregata spores and for reducing chalkbrood levels in the field. Methyl bromide and heat treatments did greatly reduce spore viability in the boards, but did not reduce chalkbrood levels in the field. Surprisingly, larvae in new nesting boards (boards free of contamination) and chalkbrood infection levels were similar to those from nests in contaminated, used boards. Disinfecting nesting boards may be necessary for controlling chalkbrood, but the results reported here indicate that it is not sufficient in and of itself. Some other source of spores was present in the field that was greater than the effect of contamination from the boards, but the source still needs to be determined. PMID:16156558

  19. 绿洲区滴灌条件下施磷对紫花苜蓿生产性能及品质的影响%Effect of phosphorus application under drip irrigation on the productivity and quality of alfalfa in Northern Xinjiang

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    张凡凡; 于磊; 马春晖; 张前兵; 鲁为华

    2015-01-01

    In order to improve the productivity and nutritional value of alfalfa under drip irrigation,this study compared two varieties of alfalfa (Xinmu No.2,Sanditi)with different patterns of phosphorus application un-der drip irrigation in oasis area of northern Xinjiang.Five fertilizer treatments were established,180 kg/ha phosphate fertilizer (L1 ),360 kg/ha phosphate fertilizer (H 1 ),180 kg/ha phosphate fertilizer split application (L2 ),360 kg/ha phosphate fertilizer split application (H2 )and no phosphate fertilizer (control).The results show that different patterns of phosphorus application influence hay production,growth speed,leaf-stem ratio on first cut and plant height on third cut of Medicago sativa cv.Xinmu No.2 (P 0.05 ).And different patterns of phosphorus application influence crude protein and fibre on each crop time and crude ash on first cut of M.sativa cv.Xinmu No.2 (P 0.05).Application on each indicator of annual performance of two vari-eties of alfalfa,this test adopts similar priority ratio analysis to synthesize each indicator.And then the rank of optimum pattern of phosphorus application is H 1 >L1 >H2 >L2 >CK.%为提高滴灌条件下紫花苜蓿的生产性能及营养品质,对北疆绿洲区滴灌条件下两个品种紫花苜蓿开展施磷的研究。设置一次性施180 kg/hm2磷肥(L1)、一次性施360 kg/hm2磷肥(H 1)、分次施180 kg/hm2磷肥(L2)、分次施360 kg/hm2磷肥(H2)及不施肥(CK)5个处理,通过对其生产性能和营养品质进行测定。结果表明,不同施磷模式对新牧2号第1茬干草产量、生长速度、叶茎比及第3茬株高有显著影响(P <0.05),对三得利第3茬干草产量、生长速度有显著影响(P <0.05),对其余各生产性能相关指标均无显著影响(P >0.05)。不同施磷模式对新牧2号各茬次粗蛋白、粗纤维及第1茬粗灰分有显著影响(P <0.05),对三得利第1,3茬

  20. 农牧交错区旱作条件下苜蓿和冰草人工草地稳定性研究%Stability of alfalfa and wheatgrass pasture under dry farming in a pastoral agronomy area

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    王博杰; 唐海萍; 何丽; 林国辉; 赵世杰; 赵明旭

    2016-01-01

    以紫花苜蓿和冰草为材料,在内蒙古多伦县农牧交错区旱作条件下建植单播和混播人工草地,通过建植3年连续的野外调查数据,分析了人工草地的产量、种间竞争、杂草组分比、牧草品质及土壤养分,研究人工草地的结构稳定性和功能稳定性。结果表明,1)建植当年除外,单播及混播人工草地的产量均显著高于天然草地;年际间,单播和混播草地的产量均表现为建植第2年最高,建植当年最低。2)紫花苜蓿和冰草间存在种间竞争,且冰草的竞争力强于紫花苜蓿,影响草地的稳定性。3)建植第1年和第3年杂草受到抑制,仅在建植第2年杂草占据优势,杂草防治应选择在建植第2年进行更加有效。4)混播人工草地显著提升了牧草品质,而单播草地对牧草品质的提升作用并不显著;冰草单播和混播方式均增加了土壤的碳、氮含量,为人工草地的稳定建植提供了营养基础。%We conducted a 3-year field experiment to analyze the stability of alfalfa (Medicago sativa )and wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum )pastures under dry farming in Duolun County,Inner Mongolia.The struc-tural and functional stability of pastures were studied by analyzing yield,competition,proportion of weeds, quality,and soil nutrient contents.The results showed that the yields of monocultures and a mixed culture were significantly higher than those of natural grassland,except in the year of establishment.The highest yields were in year 2,and the lowest yields were in year 1.Interspecific competition between alfalfa and wheat-grass in the mixed culture weakened the stability of the pasture because wheatgrass was more competitive than alfalfa.Weeds were controlled in the first and third year;therefore,it would be effective to conduct weeding in year 2.The quality of forage was significantly better in mixed cultures than in monocultures.The contents of soil organic

  1. 越冬期遮阴条件下3个不同秋眠型紫花苜蓿品种叶片解剖结构与其光生态适应性%Leaf anatomical structures and ecological adaptabilities to light of three alfalfa cultivars with different fall dormancies under shading during overwintering

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    覃凤飞; 李强; 崔棹茗; 李洪萍; 杨智然

    2012-01-01

    在我国南北气候过渡地区,采用遮阴试验和石蜡切片法,研究越冬期不同光强对3个不同秋眠型紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)品种(‘维多利亚’、‘巨人201’和‘游客’)叶片解剖结构的影响.结果表明:随着光强减弱,各紫花苜蓿品种表皮结构中上、下表皮角质层厚度,气孔密度和气孔开度明显下降;上、下表皮厚度呈上升趋势.随着遮阴强度增加,叶肉组织中海绵组织细胞宽度显著上升,栅栏组织厚度、栅栏组织细胞层数、栅栏组织厚度/海绵组织厚度显著下降;品种间海绵组织厚度和栅栏组织细胞宽度变化趋势不一致.叶片结构整体特征中叶片厚度、叶肉厚度、中脉厚度、组织结构紧密度随光强减弱而显著下降,组织结构疏松度明显上升,叶脉突起度变化不明显.品种间各叶片解剖性状变幅及可塑性指数具有明显的差异,表明其对弱光适应方式不同.Pearson相关分析表明,各紫花苜蓿品种叶片气孔密度、栅栏组织厚度、叶肉厚度、叶片厚度及栅栏组织厚度/海绵组织厚度与光强呈显著正相关,可能是紫花苜蓿叶片解剖结构光强敏感特征参数,其中,‘维多利亚’叶片敏感特征参数与光强相关程度较低,与光强相关的性状较少.综合各项分析结果,初步确定越冬期紫花苜蓿耐阴性与其秋眠性相关,半秋眠型品种‘维多利亚’>秋眠型品种‘巨人201’≥非秋眠型品种‘游客’.%Aims This research studied effects of light intensity on leaf anatomical characteristics of three alfalfa (Medicago sativa) cultivars ('Victoria', 'Ameristand 201'and 'Eureka') with different fall dormancy during overwintering in climatic transitional regions from north to south China. Our objective was to determine leaf anatomical characteristics sensitive to light intensity and correlate fall dormancy and shade tolerance of overwintering alfjalfa. Methods We cultured

  2. Alfalfa Hay Quality and Alternative Pricing Systems

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    Hopper, Jared A.; Peterson, Hikaru Hanawa; Burton, Robert O., Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Price-quality relationships for alfalfa hay were analyzed by hedonic pricing models using 1996-2001 Wisconsin auction data. Individual nutrients included in the analysis all affected alfalfa price, with acid detergent fiber accounting for the largest impact. Alternative pricing models, based on an aggregate quality index or detailed quality information, were similar in their ability to predict price. However, disaggregating price predictions to account for differences in relative feed value (...

  3. Virulence of Fusarium species to alfalfa seedlings

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    Krnjaja Vesna; Lević Jelena; Ivanović M.; Tomić Zorica P.

    2005-01-01

    In in vitro conditions, virulence of 91 isolates of species Fusarium genus (F. oxysporum, F. solani, F. acuminatum, F. equiseti, F. arthrosporioides, F. prolifera- tum, F. avenaceum, F. semitectum, F. tricinctum, F. sporotrichioides and F. graminearum) towards alfalfa seedlings was investigated. Isolates of investigated species originated from diseased alfalfa plants collected at four locations in Serbia based on symptoms of wilting caused by Fusarium and root rotting. Pathogenicity and virul...

  4. Virulence of Fusarium species to alfalfa seedlings

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    Krnjaja Vesna; Lević Jelena T.; Ivanović Mirko; Tomić Zorica P.

    2005-01-01

    In in vitro conditions, virulence of 91 isolates of species Fusarium genus (F. oxysporum, F. solani, F. acuminatum, F. equiseti, F. arthrosporioides, F. proliferatum, F. avenaceum, F. semitectum, F. tricinctum, F. sporotrichioides and F. graminearum) towards alfalfa seedlings was investigated. Isolates of investigated species originated from diseased alfalfa plants collected on four locations in Serbia based on symptoms of wilting caused by fusarium and root rotting. Pathogenicity and virulen...

  5. Models Analyses for Allelopathic Effects of Chicory at Equivalent Coupling of Nitrogen Supply and pH Level on F. arundinacea, T. repens and M. sativa

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    Quanzhen Wang; Bao Xie; Chunhui Wu; Guo Chen; Zhengwei Wang; Jian Cui; Tianming Hu; Pawel Wiatrak

    2012-01-01

    Alllelopathic potential of chicory was investigated by evaluating its effect on seed germination, soluble sugar, malondialdehyde (MDA) and the chlorophyll content of three target plants species (Festuca arundinacea, Trifolium repens and Medicago sativa). The secretion of allelochemicals was regulated by keeping the donor plant (chicory) separate from the three target plant species and using different pH and nitrogen levels. Leachates from donor pots with different pH levels and nitrogen conce...

  6. Pulse diversity for polyphenolic secondary metabolites

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    The pulse species including guar (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba L. Taub.), Lablab purpureus L. Sweet, Macrotyloma uniflorum (Lam.) Verdc., Teramnus labialis (L.f.) Spreng, alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa), green beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), fava beans (Vicia faba L.), blackeye pea (Vigna unguiculat...

  7. 紫花苜蓿盐诱导HD-Zip类转录因子MsHB2的克隆及功能分析%Cloning and Function Analysis of a Salt-Stress-Induced HD-Zip Transcription Factor MsHB2 from Alfalfa

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    李明娜; 龙瑞才; 杨青川; 沈益新; 康俊梅; 张铁军

    2014-01-01

    并在NaCl和ABA胁迫条件下抑制转基因拟南芥的生长。推测MsHB2可能通过ABA信号途径参与紫花苜蓿盐胁迫应激调控,并在盐胁迫等非生物胁迫下对紫花苜蓿的抗逆性起负调控作用。%[Objective]Based on an EST of unknown gene, cloning and function analysis of a salt-induced gene (MsHB2) from alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. cv. Zhongmu-1) were conducted to further research the salt tolerance mechanism in alfalfa. [Method]The RACE primers were designed according to the known EST sequence. The 3′-and 5′-end of the MsHB2 were amplificated by RACE method. The full length of the gene was assembled by DNAMAN program. The ORF of MsHB2, and the isoelectric point, molecular weight, molecular weight, subcellular localization, phylogenetic tree of the encoding protein were analyzed by some bioinformatics programs. The subcellular localization transient expression vector was constructed and transformed into onion epidermal cell by particle gun. MsHB2 and GFP were expressed in a fusion, which could be used to analyze the subcellular localization by the fluorescence signal. After being treated with 300 mmol·L-1 NaCl or 0.1 mmol·L-1 ABA for 0, 2, 4, 10 and 24 h, total RNA was extracted from root and shoot of 30-day-old Medicago sativa L. cv. Zhongmu-1 to analyze the expression pattern of MsHB2. The overexpression vector of MsHB2 was also contructed and transformed into GV3101 Agrobacterium. The phenotype of transgenic Arabidopsis plants was analyzed under salt and ABA stresses. [Result] A full length of 1 126 bp sequence was obtained by assembling 3′- and 5′-end RACE sequence. The sequence analysis result indicated that MsHB2 encoded 247 amino acid and contained a homeobox domain and a leucine zipper domain. MsHB2 had a high similarity with ATHB12. The phylogenetic tree analysis indicated that MsHB2 belonged to the class Ⅰ of plant homeobox domain protein. The subcellular localization result suggested that MsHB2 located in

  8. Molecular cloning and characterisation of a Rab-binding GDP-dissociation inhibitor from Medicago truncatula.

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    Yaneva, Ivanka Asparuhova; Niehaus, Karsten

    2005-03-01

    We have isolated and sequenced the full-length cDNA of a GDP-dissociation inhibitor (GDI) from the model legume Medicago truncatula L. The cDNA (MtGDI) contains an open reading frame of 1335 bp, coding for a protein of 444 amino acids with a calculated molecular mass of 49,785 kDa. The deduced amino acid sequence shows significant homology to other plant GDIs, the highest homology being found to GDI from the legume Cicer arietinum (96% identity). The MtGDI was expressed as a N-terminal FLAG-fusion protein in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). Its direct interaction with a small G protein of Rab type from Medicago sativa, MsRab11f, was demonstrated in vitro by co-immunoprecipitation using a peptide-specific antibody raised against MtGDI. The dissociation constant of the MtGDI-MsRab11f complex (4 muM) was determined by a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) assay. Real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analyses suggested that MtGDI is ubiquitously expressed in M. truncatula. High levels of MtGDI mRNA were detected in uninfected roots, leaves and root nodules. In etiolated seedlings and cell cultures, the amount of MtGDI mRNA was much lower. In all tissues tested, the peptide-specific anti-MtGDI antibody detected the expected 50 kDa protein in the total protein extracts. MtGDI was found in the cytosol; however, a significant fraction was associated with the intracellular membranes in seedlings and roots indicating a membrane localisation of the protein. A second immunoreactive band was detected in leaves suggesting that more than one GDI isoform exist in M. truncatula. PMID:15854828

  9. Effects of Effective Microbial Inoculants on Alfalfa Growth Character%苜蓿根际有益菌接种剂对苜蓿生长特性影响的研究

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    韩华雯; 孙丽娜; 姚拓; 张英; 王国基

    2013-01-01

    为探讨微生物肥源替代或部分替代化肥的应用潜力,利用前期从苜蓿(Medicago sativa L.)和小麦(Triticum aestivum L.)根际分离的3株溶磷菌(Bacillus sp.,Pseudomonas sp.和Azotobacter sp.)和1株根瘤菌(Sinorhizobium meliloti)研制苜蓿根际新型专用接种剂,并进行田间随机区组试验,测定其对苜蓿生长特性的影响.结果表明:单一菌种接种剂+半量磷肥对苜蓿的促生效果不及复合菌种接种剂+半量磷肥,与对照(全量磷肥)相比,复合菌种接种剂+半量磷肥处理对苜蓿的各项生长指标均有明显的促生效应,其中以复合接种剂+半量磷肥处理的效果最佳:苜蓿株高、叶绿素含量、叶茎比、干鲜比及产量分别较对照增加9.00%,51.98%,13.79%,19.57%,11.98%(第1茬)和8.26%,48.08%,16.87%,20.07%,20.95%(第2茬);单一菌种接种剂+半量磷肥处理的效果不及全量磷肥处理,但处理根瘤接种剂+半量磷肥效果较好.因此,推荐根瘤接种剂和Jm170+Jm92+ Lx191溶磷菌+根瘤菌复合接种剂为适用于苜蓿的最佳单一及复合菌株接种剂,研制的各接种剂质量达到农业部微生物肥料行业标准(NY227-94)的要求.%Maintenance of soil fertility is one of the more important requirements for sustainable agriculture in China because increasing chemical fertilizer use and highly productive systems has created environmental problems and resource overexploitation. In recent years, bio-fertilizers have emerged as an important component of the integrated nutrient supply system and show great promise to improve crop yields. The objective of this paper is to survey the possibility of applying bio-fertilizers to replace chemical fertilizers. Three phosphate-solubilizing bacteria strains (Bacillus sp. , Pseudomonas sp. and Azotobacter sp. ) and one rhi-zobium (Sinorhizobium meliloti) , isolated from alfalfa and wheat rhizosphere, were used to produce single and compound inoculants. A field

  10. Correlations among alfalfa yield components

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Presented in this paper are the results of our study of correlations among yield components in ten alfalfa genotypes under open pollination (polycross conditions. The study was conducted between 2000 and 2002 at the Rimski Sancevi Experiment Field of the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad. Highly significant correlations were found between pod number per inflorescence and seed number per inflorescence (r= 0.645 as well as between seed number per pod and seed number per inflorescence (r= 0.685. Similarly, the correlation between inflorescence number per stem and seed yield was significant and positive (r= 0.589. Negative correlations existed between ovule number per ovary on the one hand and seed yield and inflorescence number per stem on the other (r= -0.617 and r= -0.598, respectively. The highest seed yield was achieved with the cultivar Europe (651.4 kg ha-1 and the lowest with the genotype Le-6 (426.25 kg ha-1. The difference was highly significant (CV= 14,93%.

  11. Mutants of alfalfa mosaic virus

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    In this thesis the isolation and characterization of a number of mutants of alfalfa mosaic virus, a plant virus with a coat protein dependent genome, is described. Thermo-sensitive (ts) mutants were selected since, at least theoretically, ts mutations can be present in all virus coded functions. It was found that a high percentage of spontaneous mutants, isolated because of their aberrant symptoms, were ts. The majority of these isolates could grow at the non-permissive temperature in the presence of a single wild type (wt) component. To increase the mutation rate virus preparations were treated with several mutagens. After nitrous acid treatment or irradiation with ultraviolet light, an increase in the level of mutations was observed. UV irradiation was preferred since it did not require large amounts of purified viral components. During the preliminary characterization of potential ts mutants the author also obtained one structural and several symptom mutants which were analysed further (chapter 7, 8 and 9). The properties of the ts mutants are described in chapter 3-7. (Auth.)

  12. The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: Collaborative Research Projects

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    Cannon, John M.; Koopmann, Rebecca A.; Haynes, Martha P.; Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    The NSF-sponsored Undergraduate ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) Team (UAT) has allowed faculty and students from a wide range of public and private colleges and especially those with small astronomy programs to learn how science is accomplished in a large collaboration while contributing to the scientific goals of a legacy radio astronomy survey. The UAT has achieved this through close collaboration with ALFALFA PIs to identify research areas accessible to undergraduates. In this talk we will summarize the main research efforts of the UAT, including multiwavelength followup observations of ALFALFA sources, the UAT Collaborative Groups Project, the Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs (SHIELD), and the Arecibo Pisces-Perseus Supercluster Survey. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918/0902211, AST-075267/0903394, AST-0725380, and AST-1211005.

  13. Virulence of Fusarium species to alfalfa seedlings

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    Krnjaja Vesna

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In in vitro conditions, virulence of 91 isolates of species Fusarium genus (F. oxysporum, F. solani, F. acuminatum, F. equiseti, F. arthrosporioides, F. prolifera- tum, F. avenaceum, F. semitectum, F. tricinctum, F. sporotrichioides and F. graminearum towards alfalfa seedlings was investigated. Isolates of investigated species originated from diseased alfalfa plants collected at four locations in Serbia based on symptoms of wilting caused by Fusarium and root rotting. Pathogenicity and virulence of investigated isolates of Fusarium spp. were determined by visual evaluation of inoculated seedlings of cultivar K28 in laboratory conditions. All isolated of investigated species had pathogenic effect on alfalfa seedlings which expressed symptoms such as necrosis of root, moist rotting and "melting of seedlings". Colour of necrotic root tissue varied from light brown, brown lipstick red to explicit black, depending on the Fusarium species. Strong virulence was established in 48 isolates, medium virulence in 31 and weak virulence in 12 isolates.

  14. Virulence of Fusarium species to alfalfa seedlings

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    Krnjaja Vesna

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In in vitro conditions, virulence of 91 isolates of species Fusarium genus (F. oxysporum, F. solani, F. acuminatum, F. equiseti, F. arthrosporioides, F. proliferatum, F. avenaceum, F. semitectum, F. tricinctum, F. sporotrichioides and F. graminearum towards alfalfa seedlings was investigated. Isolates of investigated species originated from diseased alfalfa plants collected on four locations in Serbia based on symptoms of wilting caused by fusarium and root rotting. Pathogenicity and virulence of investigated isolates of Fusarium spp. were determined by visual evaluation of inoculated seedlings of cultivars K28 in laboratory conditions. All isolated of investigated species had pathogenic effect on alfalfa seedlings, which expressed symptoms such as necrosis of root, moist rotting and "melting of seedlings". Colour of necrotic root tissue varied from light brown, brown, lipstick red to explicit black, depending on the Fusarium species. Strong virulence was established in 48 isolates, medium virulence in 31 and weak virulence in 12 isolates.

  15. Low Level Gamma Spectroscopy Measurements of Radium and Cesium in Lucerne (Medicago Sativa)

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    Fokapić, S.; Bikit, I.; Mrđa, D.; Vesković, M.; Slivka, J.; Mihaljev, Ž.; Ćupić, Ž.

    2007-04-01

    Nineteen years after Chernobyl nuclear accident, activity concentration of 137Cs still could be detected in food and soil samples in Central and Eastern Europe. In this paper radiation levels of radium and cesium in Lucerne will be presented. It is a perennial plant with a deep root system and it is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle. The samples of Lucerne were taken from twelve different locations in Vojvodina in the summer period July-September 2004. The samples were specially dried on the air and after that ground, powdered and mineralized by method of dry burning on the temperature of 450°C. Gamma spectrometry measurements of the ash were performed by means of actively shielded germanium detector with maximal background reduction. For cesium 137Cs 10 mBq/kg order of magnitude detection limits were achieved.

  16. Net Benefits from growing lucerne (Medicago sativa) on the Broken Plains of north eastern Victoria

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    Trapnell, Lindsay N.; Malcolm, Bill

    2008-01-01

    Clearing of trees and native vegetation over the past 160 years has led to increasing rates of dryland salinization in the Goulburn-Broken Catchment area. In its dryland section, within the Goulburn Highlands, South West Goulburn, and the Broken Highlands subcatchments, hydrologic balance exists. But in the Riverine Plains comprising the Goulburn and Broken Plains sub-catchments, where average annual rainfalls are less than 600 mm per annum, it will be many decades before hydrologic balance i...

  17. Uptake of copper and cerium by alfalfa, lettuce and cucumber exposed to nCeO2 and nCuO through the foliage or the roots: Impacts on food quality, physiological and agronomical parameters

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    Hong, Jie

    Nanotechnology is increasingly attracting attention not only for its variety of applications in modern life, but for the potential negative effects that nanomaterials (NMs) can cause in the environment and human health. Studies have shown varied effects of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) on plants; however, most of these studies focused on the interaction of NPs with plants at root level. The increasing production and use of NPs have also increased the atmospheric amounts of NPs, which could be taken up by plants through their leaves. Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus L.) are broad leaf plants commonly grown both commercially and in home vegetable gardens that can be easily impacted by atmospheric NPs. However, there is limited information about the potential effects of these atmospheric NPs on cucumber. This research was aimed to determine (I) the possible uptake and translocation of cerium (Ce) by cucumber plants exposed to nCeO 2 (cerium dioxide nanoparticles, nanoceria) through the foliage, (II) the impacts of the NPs on physiological parameters of the plants and the effects on the nutritional value and quality of the fruits, and (III) the effects of seven copper compounds/nanoparticles applied to the growth medium of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa). For aim I, 15 day-old hydroponically grown cucumber plants were exposed to nCeO2, either as powder at 0.98 and 2.94 g/m3 or suspensions at 20, 40, 80, 160, 320 mg/l. Ce uptake was analyzed by using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The activity of three stress enzymes was measured by UV/Vis. Ce was detected in all cucumber tissues and TEM images showed the presence of Ce in roots. Results suggested nCeO2 penetrated plants through leaves and moved to other plant parts. The biochemical assays showed nCeO2 also modified stress enzyme activities. For aim II, 15 day-old soil grown cucumber plants were foliar treated, separately

  18. Analysis of T-DNA Flanking Sequences and Event Specific Detection of Transgenic Alfalfa with Gene BADH%转BADH基因苜蓿T-DNA侧翼序列分析及转化事件特异性分析

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    张艳敏; 张红梅; 相金英; 郭秀林; 刘子会; 李国良; 陈受宜

    2011-01-01

    为了从分子水平上鉴别不同的转基因株系,以转BADH基因苜蓿的To代基因组DNA为模板,采用热不对称交错PCR(TAIL-PCR)方法分离其外源基因插入位点的侧翼序列,获得了B127株系的左翼序列和右翼序列,以及B125、B138、B295和B196株系的左翼序列.侧翼序列特征分析表明,有的T-DNA边界序列被删除,有的边界序列被保留,并填充了一段未知来源的核苷酸序列.根据侧翼序列中插入载体序列和紧邻插入序列的基因组序列特征,分别设计PCR扩增的上、下游引物,并对获得的42个转BADH株系分别进行左、右翼序列的扩增,结果表明,转基因植株B106、B125、B138、B157、B158、B289、B295、B305和B127具有相同的扩增条带,B203、B220、B223和B196具有相同的扩增条带,说明这些株系可能仅来源于2个转化事件.本研究建立的事件特异性检测方法可以准确地将不同的转化株系区别开来.%The gene encoding betaine aldehyde dehydrogenase (BADH), an important osmoregulation gene, has been transformed into many crops, including wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), rice (Oryza sativa L.), maize (Zea mays L.), rape (Brassica campestris L.), and potato (Solanum tuberosum L.). Transgenic crops carting BADH gene enhances tolerance to salinity and drought stresses.Gene badh had been integrated into the most important forage crop alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in our previous work, and 42 transgenic plants with improved salt tolerance were obtained. Since they were derived from the same transformant vector, these plants were not able to be distinguished from each other by commonly used methods, such as screening detection, gene specific detection, and vector specific detection. To differentiate these transformants in molecular level, we performed the thermal asymmetric interlaced PCR (Tail-PCR) to separate the T-DNA flanking sequences for identification of the transgenic plants in event specific detection. A total of six

  19. The Medicago truncatula gene expression atlas web server

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Legumes (Leguminosae or Fabaceae play a major role in agriculture. Transcriptomics studies in the model legume species, Medicago truncatula, are instrumental in helping to formulate hypotheses about the role of legume genes. With the rapid growth of publically available Affymetrix GeneChip Medicago Genome Array GeneChip data from a great range of tissues, cell types, growth conditions, and stress treatments, the legume research community desires an effective bioinformatics system to aid efforts to interpret the Medicago genome through functional genomics. We developed the Medicago truncatula Gene Expression Atlas (MtGEA web server for this purpose. Description The Medicago truncatula Gene Expression Atlas (MtGEA web server is a centralized platform for analyzing the Medicago transcriptome. Currently, the web server hosts gene expression data from 156 Affymetrix GeneChip® Medicago genome arrays in 64 different experiments, covering a broad range of developmental and environmental conditions. The server enables flexible, multifaceted analyses of transcript data and provides a range of additional information about genes, including different types of annotation and links to the genome sequence, which help users formulate hypotheses about gene function. Transcript data can be accessed using Affymetrix probe identification number, DNA sequence, gene name, functional description in natural language, GO and KEGG annotation terms, and InterPro domain number. Transcripts can also be discovered through co-expression or differential expression analysis. Flexible tools to select a subset of experiments and to visualize and compare expression profiles of multiple genes have been implemented. Data can be downloaded, in part or full, in a tabular form compatible with common analytical and visualization software. The web server will be updated on a regular basis to incorporate new gene expression data and genome annotation, and is accessible

  20. Rapid phenotyping of alfalfa root system architecture

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    Root system architecture (RSA) influences the capacity of an alfalfa plant for symbiotic nitrogen fixation, nutrient uptake and water use efficiency, resistance to frost heaving, winterhardiness, and some pest and pathogen resistance. However, we currently lack a basic understanding of root system d...

  1. ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF ALFALFA INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

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    Ward, Clement E.; Dowdy, Alan K.; Berberet, Richard C.; Stritzke, Jimmie F.

    1990-01-01

    Integrated pest management (IMP) initially focused on insect pest control. More recently, IPM encompasses a broader concept of management, one which crosses several disciplinary boundaries. This article reports results of research dealing with four integrated management decisions for alfalfa (cultivar selection, inset control, weed control, and end-of-season harvest options.

  2. 盐胁迫下外源NO对苜蓿幼苗生长及氮代谢的影响%Effects of exogenous nitric oxide on the growth and nitrogen metabolism of alfalfa seedlings under salt stress

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    周万海; 师尚礼; 寇江涛

    2012-01-01

    为探寻增强苜蓿耐盐能力的调控途径,以甘农4号苜蓿品种为材料,采用NO供体硝普钠、NO清除剂c-PTIO及硝普钠类似物亚铁氰化钠处理苜蓿幼苗,研究盐胁迫下外源NO对苜蓿幼苗生长、光合特征、氮同化酶活性和氮代谢物含量的影响.结果表明:外源NO能明显缓解盐胁迫对苜蓿幼苗生长及光合作用的抑制,单株干质量、叶绿素含量、净光合速率、蒸腾速率和可溶性蛋白含量增加;外源NO能增强硝酸还原酶、谷氨酰胺合成酶和谷氨酸合酶活性,抑制蛋白水解酶和谷氨酸脱氢酶活性,降低叶片中游离氨基酸含量,提高硝态氮含量,加快铵的同化.NO供体SNP的类似物亚铁氰化钠对盐胁迫下苜蓿幼苗生长及氮代谢无调控作用;施用NO清除剂c-PTIO加剧了盐胁迫对苜蓿幼苗生长和氮代谢的抑制,添加外源NO能缓解c-PTIO的抑制效应.盐胁迫下,外源NO和内源NO均参与了苜蓿幼苗氮代谢的调控.%In order to explore the regulation approaches for improving the salt-tolerance of alfalfa, the seedlings of Medicago sativa L. cv. Gannong No. 4 were taken to study their growth and nitrogen metabolism under salt stress as affected by NO-donor SNP, NO-scavenger c-PTIO, and sodium ferrocyanide ( a SNP analogue with NO not released). Exogenous NO could obviously alleviate the inhibition effects of salt stress on the seedling growth and photosynthesis via increasing plant dry matter and leaf chlorophyll content, net photosynthesis rate, transpiration rate, and soluble protein content. Exogenous NO enhanced the activities of leaf nitrate reductase, glutamine synthetase, and glutamate-oxoglutarate aminotransferase, restrained the activities of protease and glutamate dehydro-genase, decreased the free amino acid content, and improved the nitrate content and ammonium assimilation under salt stress. Applying sodium ferrocyanide did not show any alleviation effect on the seedling growth and

  3. 饲喂苜蓿干草对越冬母羊体质量增加及日粮消化率的影响%Effects of alfalfa hay addition on body weight gain and diet digestibility of ewe over-wintering

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    靳晓霞; 陈龙; 周鑫; 冯晋芳; 李志强

    2013-01-01

    本研究分析饲喂苜蓿(Medicago sativa)干草对越冬母羊体质量增加和日粮消化率的影响.从5组(SA1、SA2、SA3、SA4、SA5)暖季放牧母羊中各选取18只健康母羊,随机分为对照组和试验组,每组9只,对照组和试验组平均体质量差异不显著(P>0.05).对照组不使用苜蓿干草,试验组中苜蓿干草占日粮干物质的比例为11.4%~17.1%.结果表明,SA2、SA3、SA5试验组使用苜蓿干草提高日粮粗蛋白含量并保持适宜的能量蛋白比[消化能(MJ)∶粗蛋白(g)为(1.06~1.08)∶10],可使越冬母羊不掉膘并降低日粮成本.试验组日粮的粗蛋白和中性洗涤纤维消化率均高于对照组,而干物质消化率均低于对照组.%Effects of alfalfa hay addition on body weight gain and diet digestibility of ewe over-wintering was studied.Eighteen healthy ewes selected from each treatments (SA1、SA2、SA3、SA4、SA5) of warm season grazing were equally divided into experimental group and control group.Average body weight of experimental group and control group were not significant(P>0.05).Alfalfa hay was not used in control group,but its ratio to dry matter of diet in experimental group varied from 11.4% to 17.1%.The results indicated that in SA2,SA3,SA5 treatment,ewes in experimental groups did not lose body weight and the cost of diet in experimental group was lower than that in control group,due to the higher CP content of diet by using alfalfa hay and moderate ratio of digestible energy and CP[(1.06 MJ : 10 g)- (1.08 MJ : 10 g)].CP and NDF digestibility of diet in experimental group were higher than those in control group,while DM digestibility of diet was opposite.

  4. Health status of alfalfa leafcutting bee larvae (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) in United States alfalfa seed fields.

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    James, R R; Pitts-Singer, T L

    2013-12-01

    We conducted a broad geographic survey in the northwestern United States to quantify production losses in the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata (F.), Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), a solitary pollinator used extensively in alfalfa seed production. Viable larvae were found in only 47.1% of the nest cells collected at the end of the season. Most of the rest of the cells contained pollen balls (typified by a provision but no larva; 16.7%), unknown causes of mortality (15.5%), or larvae killed by chalkbrood (8.0%). Prevalence of pollen balls was correlated positively with bee release rates and negatively with alfalfa stand age. The unknown mortality was correlated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Plant Hardiness Zone, and thus, some of the mortality may be caused by high temperature extremes, although the nesting season degree-days were not correlated with this mortality. Chalkbrood prevalence was correlated with possible nesting-resource or crowding-related factors, such as the number of bees released per hectare and the number of shelters used, but not with nesting board disinfection practices. Vapona is used to control parasitoids when the parent bees are incubated before release, and use of this fumigant was associated with an increase in both chalkbrood and diapausing offspring, although any reason for these correlations are unknown. This survey quantifies the variation in the quality of alfalfa leafcutting bee cocoons produced across much of the U.S. alfalfa seed production area. PMID:24128927

  5. Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.).

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    Feeney, Mistianne; Punja, Zamir K

    2015-01-01

    Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) suspension culture cells were transformed with Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA101 carrying the binary plasmid pNOV3635. The plasmid contains a phosphomannose isomerase (PMI) selectable marker gene. Cells transformed with PMI are capable of metabolizing the selective agent mannose, whereas cells not expressing the gene are incapable of using the carbon source and will stop growing. Callus masses proliferating on selection medium were screened for PMI expression using a chlorophenol red assay. Genomic DNA was extracted from putatively transformed callus lines, and the presence of the PMI gene was confirmed using PCR and Southern hybridization. Using this method, an average transformation frequency of 31.23% ± 0.14 was obtained for all transformation experiments, with a range of 15.1-55.3%.

  6. Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.).

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    Feeney, Mistianne; Punja, Zamir K

    2015-01-01

    Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) suspension culture cells were transformed with Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA101 carrying the binary plasmid pNOV3635. The plasmid contains a phosphomannose isomerase (PMI) selectable marker gene. Cells transformed with PMI are capable of metabolizing the selective agent mannose, whereas cells not expressing the gene are incapable of using the carbon source and will stop growing. Callus masses proliferating on selection medium were screened for PMI expression using a chlorophenol red assay. Genomic DNA was extracted from putatively transformed callus lines, and the presence of the PMI gene was confirmed using PCR and Southern hybridization. Using this method, an average transformation frequency of 31.23% ± 0.14 was obtained for all transformation experiments, with a range of 15.1-55.3%. PMID:25416268

  7. Chestnut, European (Castanea sativa).

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    Corredoira, Elena; Valladares, Silvia; Vieitez, Ana M; Ballester, Antonio

    2015-01-01

    Development of a system for direct transfer of antifungal candidate genes into European chestnut (Castanea sativa) would provide an alternative approach to conventional breeding for production of chestnut trees that are tolerant to ink disease caused by Phytophthora spp. Overexpression of genes encoding PR proteins (such as thaumatin-like proteins), which display antifungal activity, may represent an important advance in control of the disease. We have used a chestnut thaumatin-like protein gene (CsTL1) isolated from European chestnut cotyledons and have achieved overexpression of the gene in chestnut somatic embryogenic lines used as target material. We have also acclimatized the transgenic plants and grown them on in the greenhouse. Here, we describe the various steps of the process, from the induction of somatic embryogenesis to the production of transgenic plants.

  8. Productive Efficiency of Subsidized Organic Alfalfa Farms

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    Stefanos A. Nastis; Papanagiotou, Evangelos; Zamanidis, Savvas

    2012-01-01

    This paper assesses the efficiency and performance of organic alfalfa farms. Data were obtained from questionnaires collected from forty farms participating in an EU-subsidized program promoting the switch to organic farming. Results obtained using the bootstrap Data Envelopment Analysis methodology show that larger farms had lower yields and lower efficiency scores and more experienced farmers had higher efficiency scores. A Tobit analysis of the impact of environmental factors and subsidies...

  9. Extraction of Chlorophyll from Alfalfa Plant

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    Ali Khalid Khudair Al-Jomaily; Ahmed Jawad; Isam Kamal

    2006-01-01

    The extraction process of chlorophyll from dehydrated and pulverized alfalfa plant were studied by percolation method. Two solvent systems were used for the extraction namely; Ethanol-water and Hexane-Toluene systems . The effect of circulation rate, solvent concentration, and solvent volume to solid weight ratio were studied. In both ethanol water, and Hexane-Toluene systems it appears that solvent concentration is the most effective variable.

  10. Fermenting Water Extract from Young Alfalfa Stems and Leaves with Lactobacillus acidophilus for Protein Precipitation%嗜酸乳杆菌发酵制备苜蓿叶蛋白的研究

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    曲敏; 杨大鹏; 梁金钟; 张月学

    2011-01-01

    In the present work,we investigated the growth regularity of Lactobacillus acidophilus,screened out a high yield acid-producing strain and used the strain to ferment water extract from the young stems and leaves of Medicago sativa(alfalfa) cv.Zhaodong to precipitate alfalfa leaf protein by produced acids.The precipitation of alfalfa leaf protein from water extract from the young stems and leaves of Medicago sativa(alfalfa) cv.Zhaodong was studied by adjusting its pH.The effects of fermentation time,inoculum size,material/liquid ratio in raw material extraction on alfalfa leaf protein yield were explored.pH 3.0—3.7 proved optimal for precipitating alfalfa leaf protein.The optimal conditions for preparing alfalfa leaf protein were extraction material/liquid ratio of 1:20,fermentation time of 11 h,and inoculum amount of 107 cells/mL.Under the optimal extraction conditions,the extraction yield of alfalfa leaf protein was up to 45.08%.%以"肇东"紫花苜蓿干草为实验材料,利用嗜酸乳杆菌发酵沉降提取苜蓿叶蛋白,研究嗜酸乳杆菌的生长规律、并筛选高产酸嗜酸乳杆菌,确定苜蓿叶蛋白的等电点;研究发酵时间、接种量、料液比3个因素对叶蛋白得率的影响,确定发酵法提取苜蓿叶蛋白的最佳工艺。结果表明:pH3.0~3.7为苜蓿叶蛋白的最佳沉降范围;最佳发酵条件参数为:发酵时间11h、料液比1:20、接种量为107个/mL;在该条件下,制备的苜蓿叶蛋白粗蛋白含量为45.08%。

  11. Transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses identify a role for chlorophyll catabolism and phytoalexin during Medicago nonhost resistance against Asian soybean rust.

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    Ishiga, Yasuhiro; Uppalapati, Srinivasa Rao; Gill, Upinder S; Huhman, David; Tang, Yuhong; Mysore, Kirankumar S

    2015-08-12

    Asian soybean rust (ASR) caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi is a devastating foliar disease affecting soybean production worldwide. Understanding nonhost resistance against ASR may provide an avenue to engineer soybean to confer durable resistance against ASR. We characterized a Medicago truncatula-ASR pathosystem to study molecular mechanisms of nonhost resistance. Although urediniospores formed appressoria and penetrated into epidermal cells of M. truncatula, P. pachyrhizi failed to sporulate. Transcriptomic analysis revealed the induction of phenylpropanoid, flavonoid and isoflavonoid metabolic pathway genes involved in the production of phytoalexin medicarpin in M. truncatula upon infection with P. pachyrhizi. Furthermore, genes involved in chlorophyll catabolism were induced during nonhost resistance. We further characterized one of the chlorophyll catabolism genes, Stay-green (SGR), and demonstrated that the M. truncatula sgr mutant and alfalfa SGR-RNAi lines showed hypersensitive-response-like enhanced cell death upon inoculation with P. pachyrhizi. Consistent with transcriptomic analysis, metabolomic analysis also revealed the accumulation of medicarpin and its intermediate metabolites. In vitro assay showed that medicarpin inhibited urediniospore germination and differentiation. In addition, several triterpenoid saponin glycosides accumulated in M. truncatula upon inoculation with P. pachyrhizi. In summary, using multi-omic approaches, we identified a correlation between phytoalexin production and M. truncatula defense responses against ASR.

  12. The methods of predicting alfalfa quality in the field%苜蓿质量预测方法研究进展

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    陈谷; 颜俤; 邰建辉; 杨江山; 张颖

    2012-01-01

    Quality is a very significant factor that affects the alfalfa hay price. Harvesting at optimal time is a critical way to obtain high quality hay. With the scientific cultivating, predicting the quality of standing alfalfa in field is important to harvest the targeted quality hay and improve the farmers" profit. In the alfalfa industry developed countries, such as USA, GDD(Growing degree-days)and PEAQ (Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality) are usually used to predict the quality of standing alfalfa, and determine the optimal harvesting time at spring. Some related researches showed that alfalfa with averages 40% NDF is at 700~750 GDD (base 5 ~C ). It takes about 220 additional GDD to reach 45% NDF at GDD (base 5℃). With the PEAQ method,NDF and ADF eould be accurately determined in field by measuring height of the tallest stem and maturity of the most mature stem in a sample area. The GDD and PEAQ would be predicted accurately under the situation of the al- falfa field grows well and contains little weeds.%苜蓿(Medicago sativa)质量是影响苜蓿干草价格的重要因素,而适时收获是把握苜蓿干草质量的重要环节。在科学种植管理条件下,对田间苜蓿质量提前判断,对准确收获目标质量苜蓿干草、保证经济效益意义重大。苜蓿产业较为发达的美国常用GDD和PEAQ法来预测田间苜蓿质量,以判断春季苜蓿的收获时间。当GDD为700~750时(5℃以上积温),苜蓿的NDF含量接近40%,当GDD增加220(7d后),NDF含量达到45%;PEAQ法中指出,NDF和ADF含量可以通过在具有随机样方中茎秆最高植株的茎长测量和判断样方中最成熟植株的成熟度来预测。GDD和PEAQ法对杂草较少、长势健康的苜蓿田生产质量预测比较准确。

  13. Elimination of toxicity from diets containing alfalfa seeds.

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    Malinow, M R; McLaughlin, P; Bardana, E J; Craig, S

    1984-07-01

    Cynomolgus macaques were fed autoclaved alfalfa seeds for up to 1 yr. There were no humoral signs of a syndrome resembling systemic lupus erythematosus. The data are in contrast to those previously reported in monkeys fed raw alfalfa seeds, in which a systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome was induced in a shorter interval. The autoclaved seeds retained antihypercholesterolaemic effects. PMID:6540232

  14. Eco-physiological Characteristics of Alfalfa Seedlings in Response to Various Mixed Salt-alkaline Stresses

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    2008-01-01

    Soil salinization and alkalization frequently co-occur in nature, but little is known about the mixed effects of salt-alkaline stresses on plants. An experiment with mixed salts (NaCl, Na2SO4, NaHCO3 and Na2CO3) and 30 salt-alkaline combinations(salinity 24-120 mmol/L and pH 7.03-10.32) treating Medicago sativa seedlings was conducted. The results demonstrated that salinity and alkalinity significantly affected total biomass and biomass components of seedlings. There were interactive effects of salt composition and concentration on biomass (P ≤ 0.001). The interactions between salinity and alkalinity stresses led to changes in the root activity along the salinity gradient (P ≤ 0.001). The effects of alkalinity on seedling survival rate were more significant than those of salinity, and the seedlings demonstrated some physiological responses(leaf electrolyte leakage rate and proline content) in order to adapt to mixed salt-alkaline stresses. It was concluded that the mixed salt-alkaline stresses, which differ from either salt or alkali stress, emphasize the significant interaction between salt concentration (salinity) and salt component (alkalinity). Further, the effects of the interaction between high alkalinity and salinity are more severe than those of either salt or alkali stress, and such a cooperative interaction results in more sensitive responses of ecological and physiological characteristics in plants.

  15. Methylene blue biosorption by pericarp of corn, alfalfa, and agave bagasse wastes.

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    Rosas-Castor, José M; Garza-González, María T; García-Reyes, Refugio B; Soto-Regalado, Eduardo; Cerino-Córdova, Felipe J; García-González, Alcione; Loredo-Medrano, José A

    2014-01-01

    The presence of dyes in effluent is a matter of concern due to their toxicologic and aesthetical effects. In this research, locally available agro-industrial wastes (Zea mays pericarp, ZMP; Agave tequilana bagasse, ATB; and Medicago sativa waste, MSW) were used as alternative low-cost adsorbents for the removal of methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solutions. The adsorbents were characterized physically and chemically by Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, potentiometric titrations, and N2 physisorption. MB adsorption experiments were carried out in batch systems and experimental data were used to calculate the adsorption isotherm model parameters (Langmuir, Freundlich, and Temkin) and the adsorption kinetic model parameters (pseudo-first- and pseudo-second-order models). MB-loaded biosorbents were desorbed with deionized water, ethanol (10% and 50% v/v), hydrochloric acid (0.01 and 0.05 N), and sodium hydroxide (0.1 N) at room temperature, and the best eluent was used in various adsorption-desorption cycles. The selected agricultural wastes can be considered as promising adsorbents for dye uptake from water since they exhibit considerable MB adsorption capacity (MSW 202.6 mg g(-1), ATB 156.2mg g(-1), and ZMP 110.9mg g(-1)), but it is lower than that reported for activated carbon; however, the biosorbents show higher adsorption rate than powdered activated carbon. Furthermore, the adsorbents can be economically regenerated with HCl solutions and reused for seven adsorption-desorption cycles. PMID:24701903

  16. Stress tolerance of transgenic barley accumulating the alfalfa aldose reductase in the cytoplasm and the chloroplast.

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    Nagy, Bettina; Majer, Petra; Mihály, Róbert; Pauk, János; Horváth, Gábor V

    2016-09-01

    Barley represents one of the major crops grown worldwide; its genetic transformation provides an important tool for the improvement of crop quality and tolerance to environmental stress factors. Biotic and abiotic stresses produce reactive oxygen species in the plant cells that can directly oxidize the cellular components including lipid membranes; resulting in lipid peroxidation and subsequently the accumulation of reactive carbonyl compounds. In order to protect barley plants from the effects of stress-produced reactive carbonyls, an Agrobacterium-mediated transformation was carried out using the Medicago sativa aldose reductase (MsALR) gene. In certain transgenic lines the produced MsALR enzyme was targeted to the chloroplasts to evaluate its protective effect in these organelles. The dual fluorescent protein-based method was used for the evaluation of tolerance of young seedlings to diverse stresses; our results demonstrated that this technique could be reliably applied for the detection of cellular stress in a variety of conditions. The chlorophyll and carotenoid content measurements also supported the results of the fluorescent protein-based method and the stress-protective effect of the MsALR enzyme. Targeting of MsALR into the chloroplast has also resulted in increased stress tolerance, similarly to the observed effect of the cytosolic MsALR accumulation. The results of the DsRed/GFP fluorescent protein-based method indicated that both the cytosol and chloroplast accumulation of MsALR can increase the abiotic stress tolerance of transgenic barley lines. PMID:27469099

  17. Clustering of HI galaxies in HIPASS and ALFALFA

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    Passmoor, S S; Faltenbacher, A

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    We investigate the clustering of HI-selected galaxies in the ALFALFA survey and compare results with those obtained for HIPASS. Measurements of the angular correlation function and the inferred 3D-clustering are compared with results from direct spatial-correlation measurements. We are able to measure clustering on smaller angular scales and for galaxies with lower HI masses than was previously possible. We calculate the expected clustering of dark matter using the redshift distributions of HIPASS and ALFALFA and show that the ALFALFA sample is somewhat more anti-biased with respect to dark matter than the HIPASS sample.

  18. Pharmacology of Marihuana (Cannabis sativa)

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    Maickel, Roger P.

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    A detailed discussion of marihuana (Cannabis sativa) providing the modes of use, history, chemistry, and physiologic properties of the drug. Cites research results relating to the pharmacologic effects of marihuana. These effects are categorized into five areas: behavioral, cardiovascular-respiratory, central nervous system, toxicity-toxicology,…

  19. Selecting the Electrofusion Condition of Alfalfa Protoplast%苜蓿原生质体电融合适宜条件的筛选

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    张凌云; 师尚礼

    2013-01-01

    为改良培育苜蓿(Medicago)新品种,拟建立苜蓿原生质体融合体系.通过电融合方法,使俄罗斯杂花苜蓿(M.varia)原生质体和甘农4号紫花苜蓿(M.sativa‘Gannong No.4’)原生质体进行非对称融合,获得了杂交细胞,研究不同失活处理条件、电场条件、原生质体密度对苜蓿原生质体融合的影响.结果表明:经过紫外灯辐射5min的俄罗斯杂花苜蓿原生质体和6 mmol· L-1 IOA处理的甘农4号紫花苜蓿原生质体,密度调至3×105~5×105个·mL-1,以交流电场强度15~20 V·cm-1、交流频率2000~2500 kHz,直流脉冲场强200~250 V·cm-1、脉冲宽幅40 μs、脉冲个数为3的条件为最适电融合条件,此时一对一有效融合率最高可达13.8%.%The somatic hybridization of asymmetric fusion between protoplasts isolated from callus of Russian variegated alfalfa and ‘Gannong No.4' alfalfa was obtained through electrofusion method.The effects of different inactivation pretreatments,electric field conditions and protoplast densities on alfalfa protoplast fusion were studied.Test results showed that the optimum inactivation pretreatments were that Russian variegated alfalfa protoplast was treated with ultraviolet radiation by 5 min and ‘Gannong No.4'alfalfa protoplast was treated with 6 mmol · L-1 iodoacetamide.The optimum electrofusion parameterswere AC electric field intensity for 15~20 V · cm-1,frequency for 2000~2500 kHz,DC electric field intensity for 200~250 V · cm-1,pulse width for 40 μs and pulse 3 times.The optimum protoplast density is 3 × 105 ~5 ×105 mL-1.The highest protoplast binary fusion frequency reached 13.8% with above conditions.

  20. Biological and Molecular Variability of Alfalfa mosaic virus Affecting Alfalfa Crop in Riyadh Region.

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    Al-Saleh, Mohammed A; Amer, Mahmoud A

    2013-12-01

    In 2011-2012, sixty nine samples were collected from alfalfa plants showing viral infection symptoms in Riyadh region. Mechanical inoculation with sap prepared from two collected samples out of twenty five possitive for Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) by ELISA were produced systemic mosaic on Vigna unguiculata and Nicotiana tabacum, local lesion on Chenopodium amaranticolor and C. quinoa. Vicia faba indicator plants that induce mosaic and mottle with AMV-Sagir isolate and no infection with AMV-Wadi aldawasser isolate. Approximately 700-bp was formed by RT-PCR using AMV coat protein specific primer. Samples from infected alfalfa gave positive results, while healthy plant gave negative result using dot blot hybridization assay. The nucleotide sequences of the Saudi isolates were compared with corresponding viral nucleotide sequences reported in GenBank. The obtained results showed that the AMV from Australia, Brazil, Puglia and China had the highest similarity with AMV-Sajer isolate. While, the AMV from Spain and New Zealaland had the lowest similarity with AMV-Sajer and Wadi aldawasser isolates. The data obtained in this study has been deposited in the GenBank under the accession numbers KC434083 and KC434084 for AMV-Sajer and AMV- Wadialdawasser respectively. This is the first report regarding the gnetic make up of AMV in Saudi Arabia. PMID:25288969

  1. Biological and Molecular Variability of Alfalfa mosaic virus Affecting Alfalfa Crop in Riyadh Region

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    Mohammed A. AL-Saleh

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    Full Text Available In 2011–2012, sixty nine samples were collected from alfalfa plants showing viral infection symptoms in Riyadh region. Mechanical inoculation with sap prepared from two collected samples out of twenty five possitive for Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV by ELISA were produced systemic mosaic on Vigna unguiculata and Nicotiana tabacum, local lesion on Chenopodium amaranticolor and C. quinoa. Vicia faba indicator plants that induce mosaic and mottle with AMV-Sagir isolate and no infection with AMV-Wadi aldawasser isolate. Approximately 700-bp was formed by RT-PCR using AMV coat protein specific primer. Samples from infected alfalfa gave positive results, while healthy plant gave negative result using dot blot hybridization assay. The nucleotide sequences of the Saudi isolates were compared with corresponding viral nucleotide sequences reported in GenBank. The obtained results showed that the AMV from Australia, Brazil, Puglia and China had the highest similarity with AMV-Sajer isolate. While, the AMV from Spain and New Zealaland had the lowest similarity with AMV-Sajer and Wadi aldawasser isolates. The data obtained in this study has been deposited in the GenBank under the accession numbers KC434083 and KC434084 for AMV-Sajer and AMV- Wadialdawasser respectively. This is the first report regarding the gnetic make up of AMV in Saudi Arabia.

  2. Effects of Saffron Corm and Leaf Extracts on Early Growth of Some Plants to Investigate the Possibility of Using Them as Associated Crop

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    Hamid-Reza FALLAHI; Arezoo PARAVAR; Behdani, Mohammad-Ali; Mahsa AGHHAVANI-SHAJARI; Mohammad-Javad FALLAHI

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    Saffron intercropping with other plants needs to preliminary investigations about the possible negative interactions between saffron and associated crop. In this study, allelopathic effects of saffron leaf and corm extracts on germination and seedling growth indices of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), arugula (Eruca sativa) and rapeseed (Brassica napus) was investigated in six separate experiments based on completely randomized design. Experimental treatments were consisted of different levels of s...

  3. Growth and Production Characteristics of Different Alfalfa Varieties in Jiamusi

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    Shen; Xiaohui; Feng; Peng; Jiang; Cheng; Li; Rulai; Zheng; Haiyan; Li; Zengjie; Wang; Qiang

    2014-01-01

    [Objective]The growth and production characteristics of different alfalfa varieties in Jiamusi were explored in the paper,in order to better study their cold resistance in northern regions. [Method]The yield traits in different growth periods were measured using randomized block design method. [Results] The plant height of Longmu 803 was the highest of 66. 80 cm on the seeding year; the numbers of plants and branches per unit length of Longmu 808 were the highest of 94 plants and 184 branches,respectively,and its yield was the highest. The overwintering rate of each variety in the region was 100%. The yield of first mowing successively were Longmu 808 > Longmu 80 > Xunlu alfalfa > Aohan alfalfa > Zhaodong alfalfa > Longmu 807; the yield and 1 000-grain weight of Longmu803 were the highest,which were 20. 24 and 0. 09 g higher than control Zhaodong alfalfa,respectively. [Conclusion]The test alfalfa varieties have higher cold resistance in Jiamusi. Longmu 803 and Longmu 808 have both high grass production performance and excellent production performance.

  4. In silicio expression analysis of PKS genes isolated from Cannabis sativa L.

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    Flores-Sanchez, Isvett J; Linthorst, Huub J M; Verpoorte, Robert

    2010-10-01

    Cannabinoids, flavonoids, and stilbenoids have been identified in the annual dioecious plant Cannabis sativa L. Of these, the cannabinoids are the best known group of this plant's natural products. Polyketide synthases (PKSs) are responsible for the biosynthesis of diverse secondary metabolites, including flavonoids and stilbenoids. Biosynthetically, the cannabinoids are polyketide substituted with terpenoid moiety. Using an RT-PCR homology search, PKS cDNAs were isolated from cannabis plants. The deduced amino acid sequences showed 51%-73% identity to other CHS/STS type sequences of the PKS family. Further, phylogenetic analysis revealed that these PKS cDNAs grouped with other non-chalcone-producing PKSs. Homology modeling analysis of these cannabis PKSs predicts a 3D overall fold, similar to alfalfa CHS2, with small steric differences on the residues that shape the active site of the cannabis PKSs.

  5. In silicio expression analysis of PKS genes isolated from Cannabis sativa L.

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Cannabinoids, flavonoids, and stilbenoids have been identified in the annual dioecious plant Cannabis sativa L. Of these, the cannabinoids are the best known group of this plant's natural products. Polyketide synthases (PKSs are responsible for the biosynthesis of diverse secondary metabolites, including flavonoids and stilbenoids. Biosynthetically, the cannabinoids are polyketide substituted with terpenoid moiety. Using an RT-PCR homology search, PKS cDNAs were isolated from cannabis plants. The deduced amino acid sequences showed 51%-73% identity to other CHS/STS type sequences of the PKS family. Further, phylogenetic analysis revealed that these PKS cDNAs grouped with other non-chalcone-producing PKSs. Homology modeling analysis of these cannabis PKSs predicts a 3D overall fold, similar to alfalfa CHS2, with small steric differences on the residues that shape the active site of the cannabis PKSs.

  6. Study on Displacement Control of Flaveria bidentis Kuntze with Alfalfa and Sunflower%紫花苜蓿和向日葵对黄顶菊的替代控制机理分析

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    张瑞海; 付卫东; 张国良; 张衍雷

    2012-01-01

    黄顶菊是2001年新发现的外来入侵杂草,替代控制是控制其蔓延的主要途径之一.为探寻对黄顶菊有替代控制作用的植物,该研究通过室内和大田试验,分析了紫花苜蓿Medicago sativa和向日葵Helianthus annuus对黄顶菊Flaveria bidentis的竞争效应.结果表明:黄顶菊水浸提液对2种植物的种子萌发无抑制作用;而紫花苜蓿水浸提液对黄顶菊的种子萌发具有抑制作用,体积质量分数为0.1g/mL时,黄顶菊种子发芽率降低到32%;紫花苜蓿产生的化感物质主要抑制黄顶菊种子胚根的生长.向日葵水浸提液对黄顶菊种子萌发影响不明显.向日葵与低密度紫花苜蓿和黄顶菊混种,能够使黄顶菊株高、分枝数和生物量受到明显的抑制,并能使每平方米黄顶菊植株数量显著地降低.%Flaveria bidentis Kuntze is a new invasive weed discovered in 2001 in China, and displacement control is a main approach to checking its spread. In a study reported in this paper, the effect of competition between F. bidentis and alfalfa or sunflower was investigated in the lab and in the field. The results showed that the germination of alfalfa and sunflower seeds treated with the aqueous extract of F. bidentis was not inhibited, but the germination of F. bidentis seeds was suppressed by the extract of alfalfa. F. bidentis seeds treated with alfalfa extract at 0. lg/mL gave a germination rate of 32% only. Further investigation revealed that the allelopathic substance produced by alfalfa retarded the growth of the radicle of F. bidentis while the extract of sunflower had no such effect. Branch number, plant height, biomass and plant density of F. bidentis were markedly restrained by low density alfalfa and sunflower planted in the field.

  7. Extraction and Separation of Alfalfa Flavonoids%紫花苜蓿黄酮的提取与纯化工艺初探

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    王成章; 文开新; 史莹华; 严学兵; 樊文娜; 杜红旗

    2013-01-01

    为探讨紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativeL.)黄酮的提取与纯化工艺,采用不同乙醇浓度和不同pH进行提取,然后用不同来源和型号的大孔树脂进行纯化,以得出苜蓿黄酮的最佳提取和纯化方法.结果表明:30%乙醇、水浸提(pH为7.5)对紫花苜蓿黄酮的浸出率最高,分别为0.46%和0.49%,pH在9.0时所得提取物黄酮含量最高为1.61%;pH为2.2~2.4时,对紫花苜蓿黄酮有最好的沉淀效果,所得沉淀物中黄酮含量为9.80%;9种型号的大孔树脂中DS-17对乙醇提取物中紫花苜蓿黄酮有较好的分离效果,所得提取物黄酮为5.87%;在大孔树脂对碱溶酸沉提取物中黄酮的分离中,2组试验均以DM130的效果最好,所得分离物黄酮含量最高分别为24.25%和29.35%.%To optimize the process of extracting and separating flavonoids from alfalfa, different methods were adopted to extract and separate the flavonoids systematically. Results showed that 30% ethanol solution and water (pH=7. 5) had the best effect on alfalfa flavonoids extraction. Leaching efficiency of the flavonoids were 0. 46% and 0. 49%, respectively. The highest content of alfalfa flavonoids extracted with water was 1. 61% when pH was 9. 0. The optimum pH was 2. 2 for separation of alfalfa flavonoids and the content of flavonoids in the extractive was 9. 80%. Different macroporous resins were used to separate alfalfa flavonoids extracted with ethanol solution. DS-17 showed the best separation effect and the content of flavonoids was 5. 87%. The effect of macroporous resins on the separation of alfalfa flavonoids extracted by acid-isolation was analyzed. DM130 had the best effect and the highest contents of alfalfa flavonoids in two treatments were 24. 25% and 29. 35% , respectively.

  8. Do glyphosate resistant feral plants and hay fields spread the transgene to conventional alfalfa seed fields?

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    In addition to meeting domestic needs, large amounts of alfalfa seed and hay produced in the US are being exported overseas. Because alfalfa is an insect pollinated crop, gene flow is a concern. Adding to this alfalfa readily naturalizes along roadsides, irrigation ditches, and unmanaged habitats; a...

  9. Pollen and seed mediated gene flow in commercial alfalfa seed production fields

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    The potential for gene flow has been widely recognized since alfalfa is pollinated by bees. The Western US is a major exporter of alfalfa seed and hay and the organic dairy industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors. Because of this, many alfalfa producers are impacted by market sen...

  10. Transgene movement in commercial alfalfa seed production: Implications for seed purity

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    The United States is a major exporter of alfalfa seed and hay and the organic dairy industry is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors. With the advent of genetically-engineered (GE) alfalfa concerns have risen regarding the coexistence of GE and non GE alfalfa since the crop is largely ou...

  11. 基于转录组和蛋白质组关联研究技术筛选紫花苜蓿耐盐相关候选基因%Screening of candidate salt tolerance-related genes in alfalfa based on transcriptome-proteome correlation research techniques

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    张振亚; 裴翠明; 马进

    2016-01-01

    Integrative analysis of high-throughput multi-omics data would provide innovative perspectives on the molecular mechanisms of plant adaptation to salt stress. Correlation analysis of transcriptomic and proteom-ic was performed in two southern type alfalfa (Medicago sativa ‘Millenium’) samples of control and Na-Cl-treated samples in order to ifnd salt tolerance–related candidate genes in alfalfa. Moderate correlations be-tween transcriptome and proteome levels were found in this study. Correlation between gene expression and that of quantiifed protein was −0.0013, as results of a correlation of 0.2620 between genes and proteins with a similar expression trend and that of −0.3648 between those showed opposite trends. Tewnty-ifve differentially expressed genes showed the same trend as proteins, among which 14 were up-regulated and 11 were down-reg-ulated. These differentially expressed genes were involved in various biological processes such as metabolism, signal transduction, posttranslational modiifcation, protein turnover, chaperones, defense mechanisms, antioxi-dant, cytoskeleton, transcription and function unknown. In addition, association analysis indicates that differen-tially expressed genes such as TIP1;1 type aquaporin (AQP), calmodulin-binding protein (CaMBP), leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase (LRR-RLK), C2H2 type zinc ifnger protein (ZFP), β-1,3-glucanase (β-1,3-Glu), late embryogenesis abundant protein (LEA), sucrose synthase (SS), ABC transporter family protein, class III peroxi-dases (PRXs), etc., played an important role in alfalfa response to salt stress. The research indicates that tran-scriptome/proteome-associated research technique was effective to ifnd salt tolerance–related candidate genes in order to provide a new clue for further investigation of the salt tolerance mechanisms in alfalfa.%通过高通量多组学数据的整合分析,可以为诠释植物耐盐分子机制提供新思路。以南方型紫花苜蓿

  12. 苜蓿青贮技术研究进展%Research progress on Medicago sativa silage technology

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    李向林; 万里强

    2005-01-01

    本研究对国内外苜蓿青贮技术的研究进展做了系统总结.并在此基础上,重点讨论了苜蓿添加剂青贮技术及其研究领域.对于苜蓿青贮来说,半干青贮技术较为实用,而未来苜蓿青贮的主要发展方向是乳酸菌添加技术,拉伸膜裹包青贮技术则在生产实践中具有很大的推广应用前景.

  13. An Analysis of Heterosis VS. Inbreeding Effects with an Autotetraploid Cross-Fertilized Plant: MEDICAGO SATIVA L.

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    Gallais, A

    1984-01-01

    Self-fertilization and crossing were combined to produce a large number of levels of inbreeding and of degrees of kinship. The inbreeding effect increases with the complexity of the character and with its supposed relationship with fitness. A certain amount of heterozygosity appears to be necessary for the expression of variability. With crossing of unrelated noninbred plants, genetic variance is mainly additive, but with inbreeding its major part is nonadditive. High additivity in crossing, therefore, coexists with strong inbreeding depression. However, even in inbreeding the genetic coefficient of covariation among relatives appears to be strongly and linearly related to the classical coefficient of kinship. This means that deviations from the additive model with inbreeding could be partly due to an effect of inbreeding on variances through an effect on means. An attempt to analyze genetic effects from a theoretical model, based upon the identity by descent relationship at the level of means and of covariances between relatives, tends to show that allelic interactions are more important and nonallelic interactions are less important for a character closely related to fitness. For a complex character, these results lead to the conception of a genome organized in polygenic complementary blocks integrating epistasis and dominance. Some consequences for plant breeding are also discussed.

  14. Response of Root Properties to Tripartite Symbiosis between Lucerne (Medicago sativa L., Rhizobia and Mycorrhiza Under Dry Organic Farming Conditions

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    M. R. Ardakani

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: It is generally considered that root turnover is a major contributor to organic matter and mineral nutrient cycles in organic managed agroecosystems. Approach: This study designed to investigate whether microbial activity could affect on root properties of Lucerne in an organically managed field under dry weather conditions. The trial was laid out as a factorial experiment in the fields of the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna- Austria at Raasdorf in 2007. The experimental factors of Rhizobium (Sinorhizobium meliloti and Arbuscular Mycorrhiza (AM including Glomus etunicatum, G. intraradices and G. claroideum and irrigation levels were tested. Results: Results showed that increasing water deficit affected root dry weigh, specific root mass and root length significantly at 1% level and co-inoculation of rhizobium and mycorrhiza with irrigation increased all root parameters. Datas of variance analysis for mycorrhizal colonization showed that main effect of using mycorrhiza had significant effects on root parameters at 5 and 1% probability level at first and second harvest, respectively. Results of mean comparisons by Duncans Multiple Range Test showed that mycorrhizal colonization was higher in the inoculated treatments by rhizobium, mycorrhiza and irrigated plots in both harvests. Double interaction of mycorrhiza and irrigation was higher in both harvests (37.05 and 65.73%, respectively. Conclusion: It can be suggested that the tripartite symbiosis of Rhizobium, AM and Lucerne can improve the performance of Lucerne in organic farming and under dry conditions. Such traits could be incorporated into breeding programs to improve drought tolerance especially in organic fields.

  15. Prediction of the chemical composition and nutritive value of lucerne (Medicago sativa L. by Near Infrared Spectroscopy

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    M. Odoardi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Lucerne is a low input energy efficient crop that improves soil fertility, and its importance is rising with the increase of public interest in sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, it occupies a significant economic position in the animal feed market (i.e. hay, dehydrated forage, pellets and silage products and deserves a particular interest in the Parmigiano-Reggiano and Grana Padano cheese production areas of Northern Italy (Torricelli et al., 2000.

  16. Adaptability of Alfalfa and Ryegrass to New Reclamation Materials

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    WANG ZHAO-FENG; ZHANG Lei-na; FENG Yong-jun; KANG Jing-tao

    2006-01-01

    This paper discussed the adaptability of the alfalfa and ryegrass to the new artificial soil that was composed of fly ash and furfural residue. The potted experiments were taken to compare the growth conditions, yields, and qualities of both grasses. Some pots were covered with wheat stalks and others without. The medium Fluvo-aquic soil was taken as control. The results indicated that the growth of two grasses in the mixture were inferior to their growth in the control in initial period. With the leaching of rain and irrigation, the two grasses improved gradually. The alfalfa and ryegrass both could grow in the new mixture, and the ryegrass would be better to plant in no covered material and the alfalfa in covered. This will be a new way to reclaim subsided land and to improve the environment in mining area.

  17. Three way interactions between Thymus vulgaris, Medicago truncatula and Sinorhizobium meliloti

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    Grøndahl, Eva; Ehlers, Bodil Kirstine

    2012-01-01

    Thymus vulgaris is a dominating component of the Mediterranean garrigue vegetation. It produces aromatic oil, containing monoterpenes, which affects the performance (growth, survival) of other plants, and microorganisms. Annual plant species of the genus Medicago are commonly found in Mediterranean...

  18. Effect of Rain Leaching on Chemical Composition of Alfalfa Hay

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    Garcia de Hernandez, Mercedes M.

    1981-01-01

    Yield and chemical changes of second-cutting alfalfa hay treated with artificial rain were determined in a 2 x 3 x 2 factorial experiment. Factors were 2 stages of maturity (1 late vegetative; 2 early bloom), 3 levels of artificial rain applied (1 =no rain; 2 =low or approximately 5 mm; 3 =high or approximately 20 mm), and 2 times of applying artificial rain (1 = when drying forage was 40-60% dry matter; 2 =when drying forage was 60-75% dry matter). Thirty samples of alfalfa were collected at...

  19. RAPD analysis of alfalfa DNA mutation via N+ implantation

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    LI Yu-Feng; HUANG Qun-Ce; LIANG Yun-Zhang; YU Zeng-Liang

    2003-01-01

    Germination capacity of alfalfa seeds under low energy N+ implantation manifests oscillations goingdown with dose strength. From analyzing alfalfa genome DNA under low energy N+ implantation by RAPD (RandomAmplified Polymorphous DNA), it is recommended that 30 polymorphic DNA fragments be amplified with 8 primersin total 100 primers, and fluorescence intensity of the identical DNA fragments amplified by RAPD is different be-tween CK and treatments. Number of different polymorphic DNA fragments between treatment and CK via N+ im-plantation manifests going up with dose strength.

  20. Three way interactions between Thymus vulgaris, Medicago truncatula and Sinorhizobium meliloti

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    Grøndahl, Eva; Ehlers, Bodil Kirstine

    2012-01-01

    Thymus vulgaris is a dominating component of the Mediterranean garrigue vegetation. It produces aromatic oil, containing monoterpenes, which affects the performance (growth, survival) of other plants, and microorganisms. Annual plant species of the genus Medicago are commonly found in Mediterranean thyme communities; in fact they often grow very close to thyme plants (within 1 square meter). Medicago has a symbiosis with the nitrogen fixing bacteria Sinorhizobium meliloti – which is essential...

  1. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi decrease radiocesium accumulation in Medicago truncatula

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    Gyuricza, Veronika; Declerck, Stephane [Universite catholique de Louvain, Earth and Life Institute (ELI), Laboratoire de Mycologie, Croix du Sud 3, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Dupre de Boulois, Herve, E-mail: herve.dupre@uclouvain.b [Universite catholique de Louvain, Earth and Life Institute (ELI), Laboratoire de Mycologie, Croix du Sud 3, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)

    2010-08-15

    The role of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in plant radiocesium uptake and accumulation remains ambiguous. This is probably due to the presence of other soil microorganisms, the variability of soil characteristics and plant nutritional status or the availability of its chemical analogue, potassium (K). Here, we used an in vitro culture system to study the impact of increased concentration of K on radiocesium accumulation in non K-starved mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal Medicago truncatula plants. In the presence of AMF radiocesium uptake decreased regardless of the concentration of K, and its translocation from root to shoot was also significantly lower. Potassium also reduced the accumulation of radiocesium in plants but to a lesser extent than mycorrhization, and without any effect on translocation. These results suggest that AMF in combination with K can play a key role in reducing radiocesium uptake and its subsequent translocation to plant shoots, thereby representing good potential for improved phytomanagement of contaminated areas.

  2. Effects of alfalfa meal on carcase quality and fat metabolism of Muscovy ducks.

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    Jiang, J F; Song, X M; Huang, X; Wu, J L; Zhou, W D; Zheng, H C; Jiang, Y Q

    2012-01-01

    1. The effects of alfalfa meal on carcase quality and fat metabolism of Muscovy duck were evaluated. The objective of this research was to establish whether alfalfa meal can reduce fat content and improve carcase quality of Muscovy duck. Animal products with a high fat content present a risk factor for many diseases. Reducing fat content in poultry products is an important goal for the poultry industry. 2. A total of 240 14-d-old white Muscovy ducks were selected and randomly allocated to 1 of 4 dietary treatments containing 0, 3, 6, and 9% of alfalfa meal for 5 weeks. Growth performances were recorded and carcase characteristics and lipid parameters were analysed. 3. Results showed that 3, 6, and 9% alfalfa meal in diet had no significant effects on growth performance of Muscovy ducks from 14 to 49 d of age. Ducks given 3, 6, and 9% alfalfa meal had significantly higher dressing percentage and lower abdominal fat percentage compared with those given no alfalfa meal. Ducks given 9% alfalfa meal had higher breast meat percentage compared with those given no alfalfa meal. The concentrations of triglyceride, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein (LDL), very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and free fatty acid in serum of ducks fed on alfalfa meal decreased. Alfalfa meal in the diet decreased abdominal fat percentage and improved carcase traits of Muscovy duck. 4. The study showed that dietary alfalfa meal decreased abdominal fat percentage and improved carcase traits, without an adverse effect on performance.

  3. Erwinia herbicola isolates from alfalfa plants may play a role in nodulation of alfalfa by Rhizobium meliloti.

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    Handelsman, J; Brill, W J

    1985-01-01

    Erwinia herbicola was isolated from roots of plants derived from surface-sterilized seeds of all alfalfa varieties that were tested. Some of these E. herbicola strains affected nodulation by certain strains of Rhizobium meliloti. In previously published work we presented the isolation of slow-and fast-nodulating variants from a single culture of R. meliloti 102F51. In the absence of E. herbicola, the slow-nodulating variant induced the formation of nodules on alfalfa as rapidly as the faster-...

  4. Managing puncturevine in alfalfa hay and along field edges

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    Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) is a nuisance and difficult to control weed in alfalfa hay field edges and borders. Puncturevine contaminated hay can contain high levels of nitrates and burs can injure mouths of livestock, lowering the value and quality of the hay. Puncturevine is a summer annual...

  5. Screening for Salnity Tolerance Among Falcata Alfalfa PI's

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    Many western US rangelands high in salinity could benefit from a salt tolerant falcata type alfalfa. Our objective was to use a previously developed greenhouse screening protocol to characterize 32 PI's from the NPGS system for their relative ability to survive increasing levels of NaC1 relative to...

  6. Impact of preceding crop on alfalfa competitiveness with weeds

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    Organic producers would like to include no-till practices in their farming systems. We are seeking to develop a continuous no-till system for organic farming, based on a complex rotation that includes a 3-year sequence of alfalfa. In this study, we evaluated impact of preceding crop on weed infest...

  7. The radiosensitivity of alfalfa varieties and the fuzzy concentration analysis

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    The dried alfalfa seeds (12.1% moisture) were exposed to 6'0Co γ radiation field with 0∼36.1 C/kg radiation doses (irradiation rate is 2.84 x 10-2 C/(kg·min)) to observe and measure some radio-bio-effectivity. In the range of irradiation doses, vitality index, root length, seedling survival rate, seedling height, plant height and grass yield decreased and pollen sterility, micro-nucleus rate, free radical relative content increased as the amount of radiation increased. The activity of peroxidase increased as the amount of radiation increased within certain range of dose and tended to decreased beyond that range. Vitality index and root length, which dosage effect curve is compatible with multiple targets-single hit model, and seedling survival rate, seedling height, plant height and grass yield, which dosage effect curve is compatible with linear regression model. There were strong co-relations between the seedling height, micro-nucleus cell rate and the free radical relative content (P<0.01). There were very significant difference (P<0.01) between the alfalfa species and varieties. With fuzzy concentration analysis method, the alfalfa sample were classified into five groups: higher sensitive, sensitive, intermediate, resistant, higher resistant. The suitable irradiation doses for the alfalfa species and varieties are between 12.9∼34.8 mCi/kg

  8. Characterization of alfalfa populations contrasting for root system architecture (RSA)

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    The root system architecture affects the capacity for nutrient and water uptake thus impacting biomass yield production and may contribute to the persistence of perennial plants. The objectives of this study were to phenotype the roots of three alfalfa populations and identify differences between di...

  9. Origin and domestication of Lactuca sativa L.

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    Vries, de I.M.

    1997-01-01

    The domestication of lettuce, Lactuca sativa L. is described on the basis of literature study. The centre of origin is discussed. A historical survey is made of the distribution of the groups of Lactuca cultivars over the world.

  10. Assessing disease stress and modeling yield losses in alfalfa

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    Guan, Jie

    Alfalfa is the most important forage crop in the U.S. and worldwide. Fungal foliar diseases are believed to cause significant yield losses in alfalfa, yet, little quantitative information exists regarding the amount of crop loss. Different fungicides and application frequencies were used as tools to generate a range of foliar disease intensities in Ames and Nashua, IA. Visual disease assessments (disease incidence, disease severity, and percentage defoliation) were obtained weekly for each alfalfa growth cycle (two to three growing cycles per season). Remote sensing assessments were performed using a hand-held, multispectral radiometer to measure the amount and quality of sunlight reflected from alfalfa canopies. Factors such as incident radiation, sun angle, sensor height, and leaf wetness were all found to significantly affect the percentage reflectance of sunlight reflected from alfalfa canopies. The precision of visual and remote sensing assessment methods was quantified. Precision was defined as the intra-rater repeatability and inter-rater reliability of assessment methods. F-tests, slopes, intercepts, and coefficients of determination (R2) were used to compare assessment methods for precision. Results showed that among the three visual disease assessment methods (disease incidence, disease severity, and percentage defoliation), percentage defoliation had the highest intra-rater repeatability and inter-rater reliability. Remote sensing assessment method had better precision than the percentage defoliation assessment method based upon higher intra-rater repeatability and inter-rater reliability. Significant linear relationships between canopy reflectance (810 nm), percentage defoliation and yield were detected using linear regression and percentage reflectance (810 nm) assessments were found to have a stronger relationship with yield than percentage defoliation assessments. There were also significant linear relationships between percentage defoliation, dry

  11. A Snapshot of Functional Genetic Studies in Medicago truncatula

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    Kang, Yun; Li, Minguye; Sinharoy, Senjuti; Verdier, Jerome

    2016-01-01

    In the current context of food security, increase of plant protein production in a sustainable manner represents one of the major challenges of agronomic research, which could be partially resolved by increased cultivation of legume crops. Medicago truncatula is now a well-established model for legume genomic and genetic studies. With the establishment of genomics tools and mutant populations in M. truncatula, it has become an important resource to answer some of the basic biological questions related to plant development and stress tolerance. This review has an objective to overview a decade of genetic studies in this model plant from generation of mutant populations to nowadays. To date, the three biological fields, which have been extensively studied in M. truncatula, are the symbiotic nitrogen fixation, the seed development, and the abiotic stress tolerance, due to their significant agronomic impacts. In this review, we summarize functional genetic studies related to these three major biological fields. We integrated analyses of a nearly exhaustive list of genes into their biological contexts in order to provide an overview of the forefront research advances in this important legume model plant. PMID:27555857

  12. A snapshot of functional genetic studies in Medicago truncatula

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    Yun Kang

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In the current context of food security, increase of plant protein production in a sustainable manner represents one of the major challenges of agronomic research, which could be partially resolved by increased cultivation of legume crops. Medicago truncatula is now a well-established model for legume genomic and genetic studies. With the establishment of genomics tools and mutant populations in M. truncatula, it has become an important resource to answer some of the basic biological questions related to plant development and stress tolerance. This review has an objective to overview a decade of genetic studies in this model plant from generation of mutant populations to nowadays. To date, the three biological fields, which have been extensively studied in M. truncatula, are the symbiotic nitrogen fixation, the seed development, and the abiotic stress tolerance, due to their significant agronomic impacts. In this review, we summarize functional genetic studies related to these three major biological fields. We integrated analyses of a nearly exhaustive list of genes into their biological contexts in order to provide an overview of the forefront research advances in this important legume model plant.

  13. A Snapshot of Functional Genetic Studies in Medicago truncatula.

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    Kang, Yun; Li, Minguye; Sinharoy, Senjuti; Verdier, Jerome

    2016-01-01

    In the current context of food security, increase of plant protein production in a sustainable manner represents one of the major challenges of agronomic research, which could be partially resolved by increased cultivation of legume crops. Medicago truncatula is now a well-established model for legume genomic and genetic studies. With the establishment of genomics tools and mutant populations in M. truncatula, it has become an important resource to answer some of the basic biological questions related to plant development and stress tolerance. This review has an objective to overview a decade of genetic studies in this model plant from generation of mutant populations to nowadays. To date, the three biological fields, which have been extensively studied in M. truncatula, are the symbiotic nitrogen fixation, the seed development, and the abiotic stress tolerance, due to their significant agronomic impacts. In this review, we summarize functional genetic studies related to these three major biological fields. We integrated analyses of a nearly exhaustive list of genes into their biological contexts in order to provide an overview of the forefront research advances in this important legume model plant. PMID:27555857

  14. Bioinformatics Analysis of MAPKKK Family Genes in Medicago truncatula

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    Wei Li

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Mitogen‐activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAPKKK is a component of the MAPK cascade pathway that plays an important role in plant growth, development, and response to abiotic stress, the functions of which have been well characterized in several plant species, such as Arabidopsis, rice, and maize. In this study, we performed genome‐wide and systemic bioinformatics analysis of MAPKKK family genes in Medicago truncatula. In total, there were 73 MAPKKK family members identified by search of homologs, and they were classified into three subfamilies, MEKK, ZIK, and RAF. Based on the genomic duplication function, 72 MtMAPKKK genes were located throughout all chromosomes, but they cluster in different chromosomes. Using microarray data and high‐throughput sequencing‐data, we assessed their expression profiles in growth and development processes; these results provided evidence for exploring their important functions in developmental regulation, especially in the nodulation process. Furthermore, we investigated their expression in abiotic stresses by RNA‐seq, which confirmed their critical roles in signal transduction and regulation processes under stress. In summary, our genome‐wide, systemic characterization and expressional analysis of MtMAPKKK genes will provide insights that will be useful for characterizing the molecular functions of these genes in M. truncatula.

  15. Bioinformatics Analysis of MAPKKK Family Genes in Medicago truncatula.

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    Li, Wei; Xu, Hanyun; Liu, Ying; Song, Lili; Guo, Changhong; Shu, Yongjun

    2016-01-01

    Mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase (MAPKKK) is a component of the MAPK cascade pathway that plays an important role in plant growth, development, and response to abiotic stress, the functions of which have been well characterized in several plant species, such as Arabidopsis, rice, and maize. In this study, we performed genome-wide and systemic bioinformatics analysis of MAPKKK family genes in Medicago truncatula. In total, there were 73 MAPKKK family members identified by search of homologs, and they were classified into three subfamilies, MEKK, ZIK, and RAF. Based on the genomic duplication function, 72 MtMAPKKK genes were located throughout all chromosomes, but they cluster in different chromosomes. Using microarray data and high-throughput sequencing-data, we assessed their expression profiles in growth and development processes; these results provided evidence for exploring their important functions in developmental regulation, especially in the nodulation process. Furthermore, we investigated their expression in abiotic stresses by RNA-seq, which confirmed their critical roles in signal transduction and regulation processes under stress. In summary, our genome-wide, systemic characterization and expressional analysis of MtMAPKKK genes will provide insights that will be useful for characterizing the molecular functions of these genes in M. truncatula.

  16. Growth With of Alfalfa Mutant in Different Nitrogen Fertilizer and Defoliation Intensity

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    Widyati Slamet

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The research was conducted to evaluate growth  of alfalfa mutan (plant height increment, number of leaves and dry matter production in different  Nitrogen Fertilizer and defoliation intensity. The design used was randomized block design 4x2 factorial with 3 replications. The first was dosage of Nitrogen fertilizerNitrogen   (0, 30, 60 and 90 kg N / ha,  the second factor was defoliation intensity (5 and 10 cm. Variables observed alfalfa growth (plant height increment, number of leaves, the production of dry matter (DM forage. The results showed that different N fertilization did not affect the growth of alfalfa mutants. Defoliation intensity  affectedmnumber of leaves and   DM  production of alfalfa mutant. Fertilization to 90 kg N / ha has not affected the growth and   defoliation  intensity 10 cm gave better growth on alfalfa mutant.   [Keywords: alfalfa mutant; Nitrogen fertilizer; defoliation; growth

  17. Animal feed compositions containing phytase derived from transgenic alfalfa and methods of use thereof

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    Austin-Phillips, Sandra; Koegel, Richard G.; Straub, Richard J.; Cook, Mark

    2001-01-01

    A value-added composition of matter containing plant matter from transgenic alfalfa which expresses exogenous phytase activity is disclosed. The phytase activity is a gene product of an exogenous gene encoding for phytase which has been stably incorporated into the genome of alfalfa plants. The transgenic alfalfa expresses phytase activity in nutritionally-significant amounts, thereby enabling its use in animal feeds to eliminate the need for phosphorous supplementation of livestock, poultry, and fish feed rations.

  18. Population dynamics of overwintering life stages of the alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica (Gyllenhal)

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    Hilburn, Daniel J.

    1985-01-01

    Virginia is a natural laboratory for studying overwintering habits of the alfalfa weevi1. At higher elevations, winters are relatively harsh and weevil pressure on the alfalfa crop is usually light. Much heavier pressure is the rule at lower elevations where winters are milder. The goal of this study was to examine the effects of fall and winter temperatures, parasites, and fall regrowth management on population dynamics of overwintering stages of this insect. Sixteen commercial alfalfa field...

  19. Impact of Bee Species and Plant Density on Alfalfa Pollination and Potential for Gene Flow

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    Johanne Brunet; Stewart, Christy M.

    2010-01-01

    In outcrossing crops like alfalfa, various bee species can contribute to pollination and gene flow in seed production fields. With the increasing use of transgenic crops, it becomes important to determine the role of these distinct pollinators on alfalfa pollination and gene flow. The current study examines the relative contribution of honeybees, three bumble bee species, and three solitary bee species to pollination and gene flow in alfalfa. Two wild solitary bee species and one wild bumble ...

  20. Progress in the Study of ALFALFA Galaxy Groups

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    Troischt, Parker; Nichols, Nathan

    2013-04-01

    The Undergraduate ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) Team Groups Project is a collaborative undertaking of faculty and students at 11 institutions, aimed at investigating properties of galaxy groups surveyed by the ALFALFA blind HI survey. The survey covers 7,000 square degrees and is expected to include more than 30,000 extragalactic sources when completed. Here we present analysis of HI spectra taken at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center and report on progress made with developing analysis software tools as part of the UAT study. These tools will be implemented with follow up observations of targeted sources generated from the original blind survey. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918, AST-0725267 and AST-0725380.

  1. Bioinformatics Analysis of Zinc Transporter from Baoding Alfalfa

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    Haibo WANG; Junyun GUO

    2012-01-01

    [Objective] This study aimed to perform the bioinformatics analysis of Zinc transporter (ZnT) from Baoding Alfalfa. [Method] Based on the amino acid sequence, the physical and chemical properties, hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity, secondary structure of ZnT from Baoding alfalfa were predicted by a series of bioinformatics software. And the transmembrane domains were predicted by using different online tools. [Result] ZnT is a hydrophobic protein containing 408 amino acids with the theoretical pl of 5.94, and it has 7 potential transmembrane hydrophobic regions. In the sec- ondary structure, co-helix (Hh) accounted for 48.04%, extended strand (Ee) for 9.56%, random coil (Cc) for 42.40%, which was accored with the characteristic of transmembrane protein. [Conclusion] mZnT is a member of CDF family, responsible for transporting Zn^2+ out of the cell membrane to reduce the concentration and toxicity of Zn^2+.

  2. Developing PYTHON Codes for the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team

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    Troischt, Parker; Ryan, Nicholas; Alfalfa Team

    2016-03-01

    We describe here progress toward developing a number of new PYTHON routines to be used by members of the Undergraduate ALFALFA Team. The codes are designed to analyze HI spectra and assist in identifying and categorizing some of the intriguing sources found in the initial blind ALFALFA survey. Numerical integration is performed on extragalactic sources using 21cm line spectra produced with the L-Band Wide receiver at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. Prior to the integration, polynomial fits are employed to obtain an appropriate baseline for each source. The codes developed here are part of a larger team effort to use new PYTHON routines in order to replace, upgrade, or supplement a wealth of existing IDL codes within the collaboration. This work has been supported by NSF Grant AST-1211005.

  3. Effects of alfalfa meal on growth performance and gastrointestinal tract development of growing ducks.

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    Jiang, J F; Song, X M; Huang, X; Zhou, W D; Wu, J L; Zhu, Z G; Zheng, H C; Jiang, Y Q

    2012-10-01

    A study was conducted to evaluate effects of alfalfa meal on growth performance and gastrointestinal tract development of growing layer ducks to provide evidence for application of alfalfa meal in the duck industry. Two hundred and fifty-six healthy Shaoxing 7-wk old growing layer ducks were selected and randomly allocated to 1 of 4 dietary treatments based on corn and soybean meal and containing 0, 3, 6, and 9% of alfalfa meal for 8 wks. Each treatment consisted of 4 replicates of 16 ducks each. Briefly, birds were raised in separate compartments, and each compartment consisted of three parts: indoor floor house, adjacent open area and a connecting water area. The results showed: i) Growing ducks fed alfalfa meal diet were not significantly different in average daily gain, feed intake and gain-to-feed ratio from those fed no alfalfa diet (p>0.05). ii) Alfalfa meal increased the ratio crop, gizzard to live weight, caecum to live weight, the caecum index of growing ducks (pducks increased significantly with the increase of alfalfa meal levels (pducks decreased significantly with the increase of alfalfa meal levels (pducks could improve gastrointestinal tract growth and small intestinal morphology without effect on performance. This experiment provides evidence that alfalfa meal is a very valuable feedstuff for growing layer ducks.

  4. Identifying OH Imposters in the ALFALFA Neutral Hydrogen Survey

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    Suess, Katherine A; Haynes, Martha P; Giovanelli, Riccardo

    2016-01-01

    OH megamasers (OHMs) are rare, luminous molecular masers that are typically observed in (ultra) luminous infrared galaxies and serve as markers of major galaxy mergers. In blind emission line surveys such as the Arecibo Legacy Fast Arecibo L-Band Feed Array (ALFALFA) survey for neutral hydrogen (HI), OHMs at z~0.2 can mimic z~0.05 HI lines. We present the results of optical spectroscopy of ambiguous HI detections in the ALFALFA 40% data release detected by the Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) but with uncertain optical counterparts. The optical redshifts, obtained from observations at the Apache Point Observatory, revealed five new OHMs and identified 129 HI optical counterparts. Sixty candidates remain ambiguous. The new OHMs are the first detected in a blind spectral line survey. The number of OHMs in ALFALFA is consistent with predictions from the OH luminosity function. Additionally, the mid-infrared magnitudes and colors of the OHM host galaxies found in a blind survey do not seem to differ fro...

  5. INDUSTRIJSKA KONOPLJA (Cannabis sativa L. ssp. sativa) V SLOVENIJI IN PO SVETU

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    Medved, Meta

    2012-01-01

    Gojenje industrijske konoplje (Cannabis sativa L. ssp. sativa) ima v Sloveniji in po svetu še vedno negativen prizvok. Razlog za to je sorodnost te rastline z indijsko konopljo (Cannabis sativa L. ssp. indica), ki se vzgaja za pridobivanje droge. To se odraža tudi v zakonodaji, ki nekaterim državam prepoveduje, drugim pa omejuje gojenje konoplje. Namen te raziskave je predstaviti uporabnost in dobičkonosnost pri pridelavi konoplje, ter preveriti vpliv pojavnosti droge, indijske konoplje na ...

  6. 紫花苜蓿绿肥对水稻产量和土壤肥力的影响%Effects of alfalfa green manure on rice yield and soil fertility

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    赵鲁; 史冬燕; 高小叶; 安渊

    2012-01-01

    以紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)为绿肥植物,利用南方冬闲田种植紫花苜蓿绿肥,研究紫花苜蓿绿肥(茎叶粉碎还田)和氮肥处理对水稻(Oryza sativa)生长、土壤有机质、土壤总氮、土壤速效磷和土壤速效钾含量的影响。结果表明,紫花苜蓿绿肥和紫花苜蓿绿肥+氮肥处理的水稻产量分别比不施氮肥处理增加了48.2%和72.1%,同时绿肥+氮肥处理的水稻产量比施氮肥处理增加了8.6%。苜蓿绿肥处理显著提高了土壤有机质、总氮、速效磷和速效钾的含量,改善了稻田土壤的理化性状;同时,苜蓿绿肥+氮肥处理对增加土壤有机质的作用效果最为明显,并且有效促进了土壤磷和钾的活性,增加了水稻对土壤磷和钾的吸收,从而促进水稻增产。研究反映出紫花苜蓿作为绿肥能够有效改善稻田土壤营养,提高氮肥利用效率,促进水稻增产,是我国南方利用冬闲田种植绿肥、改良农田土壤的又一重要绿肥植物资源。%A field experiment was carried out to determine the effects of alfalfa green manure and nitrogen fertilizer on rice yield, soil organic matter, soil nitrogen, soil available P and soil available K by planting alfalfa as green manure into winter fallow fields in the south region of China. The results of this study showed that the rice yield in the alfalfa manure treatment and alfalfa manure+nitrogen treatment increased by 48. 2% and 72. 1%, respectively. Alfalfa green manure significantly increased the contents of soil organic matter, total nitrogen, available P and available K, implying that Alfalfa green manure improved the physical and chemical properties of soil. The alfalfa+nitrogen treatment effectively improved the soil organic matter content and P and K activity, which promoted the rice to uptake more soil P and K, resul- ting in the increase of rice production. This study suggested that alfalfa was an effective green manure for

  7. Systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome in monkeys fed alfalfa sprouts: role of a nonprotein amino acid.

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    Malinow, M R; Bardana, E J; Pirofsky, B; Craig, S; McLaughlin, P

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    Hematologic and serologic abnormalities similar to those observed in human systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) developed in cynomolgus macaques fed alfalfa sprouts. L-Canavanine sulfate, a constituent of alfalfa sprouts, was incorporated into the diet and reactivated the syndrome in monkeys in which an SLE-like syndrome had previously been induced by the ingestion of alfalfa seeds or sprouts. PMID:7071589

  8. Variation in alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, reproductive success according to location of nests in U.S. commercial domiciles

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    The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata F., is used extensively to pollinate alfalfa for seed production in western North America. However, it usually is not possible to sustain bee populations in the United States. Variable microenvironments are experienced by developing alfalfa leafcutt...

  9. A system for identification of candidate genes controlling cell wall synthesis in alfalfa stems

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    Usefulness of alfalfa for livestock feeding and production of lignocellulose-derived ethanol would be improved by genetic alteration of stem cell wall concentration and composition. This could be accomplished through selective breeding and transgenic technologies. However, development of alfalfa cel...

  10. Economics of growth regulator treatment of alfalfa seed for interseeding into silage corn

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    Previous studies have focused on interseeding of alfalfa into corn for use as a temporary cover crop rather than as a means of jump-starting alfalfa production after corn. In ongoing field studies, we are evaluating whether plant growth regulators (PGR) may be used to aid the establishment of inters...

  11. Effects of alfalfa meal on the intestinal microbial diversity and immunity of growing ducks.

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    Jiang, J F; Song, X M; Wu, J L; Jiang, Y Q

    2014-12-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the effects of alfalfa meal diets on the intestinal microbial diversity and immunity of growing egg-type ducks. A total of 128 healthy 7-week-old female egg-type Shaoxing ducks were selected and randomly assigned into four dietary treatments: 0%, 3%, 6% and 9% alfalfa meal for 8 weeks. Each treatment consisted of four replicates of eight ducks each. Polymerase chain reaction denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) was used to characterize the microbiota. The results showed that the DGGE fingerprints of the V6-V8 fragments of the 16S rRNA from the caeca and faeces of ducks fed 3%, 6% and 9% alfalfa meal had significantly higher microbiota species richness than those fed 0% alfalfa meal (p ducks fed 3%, 6% and 9% alfalfa meal was significantly higher than those fed 0% alfalfa meal (p 0.05), and the 3-9% alfalfa meal did not affect the growth performance of the growing egg-type ducks. The proliferation of T and B lymphocytes was significantly greater (p ducks. Dietary alfalfa meal supplementation increases intestinal microbial community diversity and improves of the immune response growing egg-type ducks.

  12. Alfalfa transgene dispersal and adventitious presence: understanding grower perception of risk

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    Recognizing the importance of coexistence, the alfalfa industry has developed a set of Best Management Practices (BMP) to maintain separation of GE and conventional production. But the success of BMP depends upon the degree that growers comply. Therefore we surveyed 530 alfalfa hay and seed producer...

  13. Identification and Expression Analysis of BURP Domain-Containing Genes in Medicago truncatula.

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    Li, Yuan; Chen, Xue; Chen, Zhu; Cai, Ronghao; Zhang, Hongmei; Xiang, Yan

    2016-01-01

    BURP domain-containing proteins belong to a newly identified protein class that is unique to plants and plays an important role in plant development and metabolism. Although systematic characterization of BURP domain-containing proteins have been carried out in many species, such as rice, poplar and maize, little is known about BURP domain-containing proteins in Medicago. In this study, multiple bioinformatics approaches were employed to identify all the members of BURP family genes in Medicago. A complete set of 39 BURP family genes were identified. These genes have diverse structures and were distributed on chromosome 1-8 except 7. According to phylogenetic analysis, these BURP family genes could be classified into eight classes. Motif and exon-intron organization, stress-related cis-elements in promoter regions and microarray analysis of MtBURPs were also performed. Furthermore, transcript level analysis of MtBURP genes in response to drought stress revealed that all of the 39 BURP genes were regulated by drought stress. The results of this study reveal a comprehensive overview of the Medicago BURP gene family and provide the first step toward the selection of MtBURP genes for cloning and functional analysis of the BURP gene family in Medicago truncatula. PMID:27148311

  14. Identification and Expression Analysis of BURP Domain-Containing Genes in Medicago truncatula

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    Li, Yuan; Chen, Xue; Chen, Zhu; Cai, Ronghao; Zhang, Hongmei; Xiang, Yan

    2016-01-01

    BURP domain-containing proteins belong to a newly identified protein class that is unique to plants and plays an important role in plant development and metabolism. Although systematic characterization of BURP domain-containing proteins have been carried out in many species, such as rice, poplar and maize, little is known about BURP domain-containing proteins in Medicago. In this study, multiple bioinformatics approaches were employed to identify all the members of BURP family genes in Medicago. A complete set of 39 BURP family genes were identified. These genes have diverse structures and were distributed on chromosome 1–8 except 7. According to phylogenetic analysis, these BURP family genes could be classified into eight classes. Motif and exon-intron organization, stress-related cis-elements in promoter regions and microarray analysis of MtBURPs were also performed. Furthermore, transcript level analysis of MtBURP genes in response to drought stress revealed that all of the 39 BURP genes were regulated by drought stress. The results of this study reveal a comprehensive overview of the Medicago BURP gene family and provide the first step toward the selection of MtBURP genes for cloning and functional analysis of the BURP gene family in Medicago truncatula. PMID:27148311

  15. Polyketide synthases in Cannabis sativa L.

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    Flores Sanchez, Isvett Josefina

    2008-01-01

    Cannabis sativa L. plants produce a diverse array of secondary metabolites, which have been grouped in cannabinoids, flavonoids, stilbenoids, terpenoids, alkaloids and lignans; the cannabinoids are the best known group of natural products from this plant. The pharmacological aspects of this secondar

  16. Importance of Temperature in the Pathology of Meloidogyne hapla and M. chitwoodi on Legumes

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    Griffin, G. D.; Jensen, K B

    1997-01-01

    Effects of temperatures on the host-parasite relationships were studied for three legume species and four populations of root-knot nematodes from the western United States. The nematode populations were Meloidogyne hapla from California (MHCA), Utah (MHUT), and Wyoming (MHWY), and a population of M. chitwoodi from Utah (MCUT). The legumes were milkvetch (Astragalus cicer), alfalfa (Medicago sativa), and yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis). All milkvetch plants survived inoculation wit...

  17. XAS Corroboration of the Uptake and Storage of CeO2 Nanoparticles and Assessment of their Differential Toxicity in Four Edible Plant Species

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    2010-01-01

    Fate, transport, and possible toxicity of cerium oxide nanoparticles (nanoceria, CeO2) are still unknown. In this study, seeds of alfalfa (Medicago sativa), corn (Zea mays), cucumber (Cucumis sativus), and tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) were treated with nanoceria at 0–4000 mg L−1. Cerium uptake and oxidation state within tissues were determined using ICP-OES and XAS, respectively. Germination rate and root elongation were also determined. Results showed that nanoceria significantly reduced...

  18. Effect of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) fresh or residue leaves on methane emission in vitro

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    Adibe L. Abdalla; Mohamed E.A. Nasser; Sobhy M.A. Sallam; Ives C.S. Bueno

    2010-01-01

    Rumen fermentation and methane emission for eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) fresh leaves (FL) or residue leaves (RL), after essential oil extraction from eucalyptus leaves in comparison with alfalfa (Medicago sativa) hay, were investigated in vitro. Eucalyptus FL and RL were obtained from the Distillery Trees Barras Company, Torrinha City, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The semi-automatic system of gas production was used to measure gas production, methane emission and rumen fermentation after 24 h in...

  19. تقييم لبعض النباتات المصربة المحلية كمصدر لصبغ اليخضور

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    Hammouda, F. M. [فايزة محمود حمودة; S. I. Ismail; Hussiney, H. A.; A. A. Hussein

    1994-01-01

    Four plant materials viz. Spinacia oleracae Linn, (spinach), Beta vulgaris Limm (chard), Medicago sativa Linn, (alfalfa) and Petroselinum sativum Hoff. (parsely) were studied as local sources for the preparation of chlorophyll pigments as natural green colour additives. Processing of the plant materials were carried out under different conditions viz. blanching, non-blanching followed by drying in air or electrical oven or in solar dehydrating oven. The qualitative and quantitative evaluation...

  20. Green Fodder Production and Water Use Efficiency of Some Forage Crops under Hydroponic Conditions

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    Al-Karaki, Ghazi N.; Al-Hashimi, M.

    2012-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to evaluate five forage crops (alfalfa (Medicago sativa), barley (Hordeum vulgare), cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), and wheat (Triticum aestivum)) for green fodder production and water use efficiency under hydroponic conditions. The experiment has been conducted under temperature-controlled conditions (24 ± 1°C) and natural window illumination at growth room of Soilless Culture Laboratory, Arabian Gulf University, Manama, Bahrain. The r...

  1. Isolation and characterization of endosymbiotic bacteria from copper contaminated soils in Chile

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    Duran Wendt, David Ricardo; Soto, C; Rubio Sanz, Laura; Cabrera Ordoñez, Ezequiel; Prieto Carbajo, Rosa Isabel; Palacios Alberti, Jose Manuel; Baginsky, C.; Brito Lopez, Maria Belen

    2010-01-01

    Legume endosymbiotic bacteria indigenous of copper (Cu)-contaminated soils from Chile have been isolated using pea (Pisum sativum), bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa) as trap host plants. Highly contaminated soils only produced nodules in certain legume hosts, whereas nodulation was observed in the three legume hosts when inoculated with soils containing a low Cu concentration. A collection of 362 strains was isolated, and their levels of Cu resistance were tested in ...

  2. Complete genome sequence of a new enamovirus from Argentina infecting alfalfa plants showing dwarfism symptoms.

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    Bejerman, Nicolás; Giolitti, Fabián; Trucco, Verónica; de Breuil, Soledad; Dietzgen, Ralf G; Lenardon, Sergio

    2016-07-01

    Alfalfa dwarf disease, probably caused by synergistic interactions of mixed virus infections, is a major and emergent disease that threatens alfalfa production in Argentina. Deep sequencing of diseased alfalfa plant samples from the central region of Argentina resulted in the identification of a new virus genome resembling enamoviruses in sequence and genome structure. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that it is a new member of the genus Enamovirus, family Luteoviridae. The virus is tentatively named "alfalfa enamovirus 1" (AEV-1). The availability of the AEV-1 genome sequence will make it possible to assess the genetic variability of this virus and to construct an infectious clone to investigate its role in alfalfa dwarfism disease. PMID:27068164

  3. Spatio-temporal expression patterns of Arabidopsis thaliana and Medicago truncatula defensin-like genes.

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    Full Text Available Plant genomes contain several hundred defensin-like (DEFL genes that encode short cysteine-rich proteins resembling defensins, which are well known antimicrobial polypeptides. Little is known about the expression patterns or functions of many DEFLs because most were discovered recently and hence are not well represented on standard microarrays. We designed a custom Affymetrix chip consisting of probe sets for 317 and 684 DEFLs from Arabidopsis thaliana and Medicago truncatula, respectively for cataloging DEFL expression in a variety of plant organs at different developmental stages and during symbiotic and pathogenic associations. The microarray analysis provided evidence for the transcription of 71% and 90% of the DEFLs identified in Arabidopsis and Medicago, respectively, including many of the recently annotated DEFL genes that previously lacked expression information. Both model plants contain a subset of DEFLs specifically expressed in seeds or fruits. A few DEFLs, including some plant defensins, were significantly up-regulated in Arabidopsis leaves inoculated with Alternaria brassicicola or Pseudomonas syringae pathogens. Among these, some were dependent on jasmonic acid signaling or were associated with specific types of immune responses. There were notable differences in DEFL gene expression patterns between Arabidopsis and Medicago, as the majority of Arabidopsis DEFLs were expressed in inflorescences, while only a few exhibited root-enhanced expression. By contrast, Medicago DEFLs were most prominently expressed in nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Thus, our data document salient differences in DEFL temporal and spatial expression between Arabidopsis and Medicago, suggesting distinct signaling routes and distinct roles for these proteins in the two plant species.

  4. Identifying OH Imposters in the ALFALFA Neutral Hydrogen Survey

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    Suess, Katherine A.; Darling, Jeremy; Haynes, Martha P.; Giovanelli, Riccardo

    2016-06-01

    OH megamasers (OHMs) are rare, luminous molecular masers that are typically observed in (ultra) luminous infrared galaxies and serve as markers of major galaxy mergers. In blind emission line surveys such as the Arecibo Legacy Fast Arecibo L-Band Feed Array (ALFALFA) survey for neutral hydrogen (H I), OHMs at z ˜ 0.2 can mimic z ˜ 0.05 H I lines. We present the results of optical spectroscopy of ambiguous H I detections in the ALFALFA 40 per cent data release detected by the Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) but with uncertain optical counterparts. The optical redshifts, obtained from observations at the Apache Point Observatory, revealed five new OHMs and identified 129 H I optical counterparts. 60 candidates remain ambiguous. The new OHMs are the first detected in a blind spectral line survey. The number of OHMs in ALFALFA is consistent with predictions from the OH luminosity function. Additionally, the mid-infrared magnitudes and colours of the OHM host galaxies found in a blind survey do not seem to differ from those found in previous targeted surveys. This validates the methods used in previous IR-selected OHM surveys and indicates there is no previously unknown OHM-producing population at z ˜ 0.2. We also provide a method for future surveys to separate OH megamasers from 99 per cent of H I line emitters without optical spectroscopy by using WISE infrared colours and magnitudes. Since the fraction of OHMs found in flux-limited H I surveys is expected to increase with the survey's redshift, this selection method can be applied to future flux-limited high-redshift hydrogen surveys.

  5. [Population dynamics of ground carabid beetles and spiders in a wheat field along the wheat-alfalfa interface and their response to alfalfa mowing].

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    Liu, Wen-Hui; Hu, Yi-Jun; Hu, Wen-Chao; Hong, Bo; Guan, Xiao-Qing; Ma, Shi-Yu; He, Da-Han

    2014-09-01

    Taking the wheat-alfalfa and wheat-wheat interfaces as model systems, sampling points were set by the method of pitfall trapping in the wheat field at the distances of 3 m, 6 m, 9 m, 12 m, 15 m, 18 m, 21 m, 24 m, and 27 m from the interface. The species composition and abundance of ground carabid beetles and spiders captured in pitfalls were investigated. The results showed that, to some extent there was an edge effect on species diversity and abundance of ground carabid beetles and spiders along the two interfaces. A marked edge effect was observed between 15 m and 18 m along the alfalfa-wheat interface, while no edge effect was found at a distance over 20 m. The edge effect along the wheat-wheat interface was weaker in comparison to the alfalfa-wheat interface. Alfalfa mowing resulted in the migration of a large number of ground carabid beetles and spiders to the adjacent wheat filed. During ten days since mowing, both species and abundance of ground carabid beetles and spiders increased in wheat filed within the distance of 20 m along the alfalfa-wheat interface. The spatial distribution of species diversity of ground beetles and spiders, together with the population abundance of the dominant Chlaenius pallipes and Pardosa astrigera, were depicted, which could directly indicate the migrating process of natural enemy from alfalfa to wheat field. PMID:25757322

  6. Screening of high efficient symbiontic rhizobium on alfalfa%紫花苜蓿高效共生根瘤菌的筛选

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    陈丹明; 曾昭海; 隋新华; 胡耀高; 陈文新

    2002-01-01

    用10株不同的根瘤菌对4种紫花苜蓿(Medicago sativa)品种(或品系)进行接种效果的研究.结果表明:接种可使紫花苜蓿的生长在各个方面都有显著地提高.接种根瘤菌的紫花苜蓿其地上部分干重、有效根瘤菌数及总根瘤数与不接菌的对照相比分别增加了5.8%~997.0%,37.3%~1 410.0%和92.6%~1 610.2%,差异显著.在各紫花苜蓿和根瘤菌之间存在着互作关系.筛选出了与各紫花苜蓿品种(或品系)最佳共生匹配的根瘤菌,分别是中苜1号:30085、45236、25132;RS:30015、NM006、25132;Vector:30015、45236、25132;WL323:30096、45236、25132.

  7. The complete chloroplast genomes of Cannabis sativa and Humulus lupulus.

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    Vergara, Daniela; White, Kristin H; Keepers, Kyle G; Kane, Nolan C

    2016-09-01

    Cannabis and Humulus are sister genera comprising the entirety of the Cannabaceae sensu stricto, including C. sativa L. (marijuana, hemp), and H. lupulus L. (hops) as two economically important crops. These two plants have been used by humans for many purposes including as a fiber, food, medicine, or inebriant in the case of C. sativa, and as a flavoring component in beer brewing in the case of H. lupulus. In this study, we report the complete chloroplast genomes for two distinct hemp varieties of C. sativa, Italian "Carmagnola" and Russian "Dagestani", and one Czech variety of H. lupulus "Saazer". Both C. sativa genomes are 153 871 bp in length, while the H. lupulus genome is 153 751 bp. The genomes from the two C. sativa varieties differ in 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), while the H. lupulus genome differs in 1722 SNPs from both C. sativa cultivars. PMID:26329384

  8. The complete chloroplast genomes of Cannabis sativa and Humulus lupulus.

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    Vergara, Daniela; White, Kristin H; Keepers, Kyle G; Kane, Nolan C

    2016-09-01

    Cannabis and Humulus are sister genera comprising the entirety of the Cannabaceae sensu stricto, including C. sativa L. (marijuana, hemp), and H. lupulus L. (hops) as two economically important crops. These two plants have been used by humans for many purposes including as a fiber, food, medicine, or inebriant in the case of C. sativa, and as a flavoring component in beer brewing in the case of H. lupulus. In this study, we report the complete chloroplast genomes for two distinct hemp varieties of C. sativa, Italian "Carmagnola" and Russian "Dagestani", and one Czech variety of H. lupulus "Saazer". Both C. sativa genomes are 153 871 bp in length, while the H. lupulus genome is 153 751 bp. The genomes from the two C. sativa varieties differ in 16 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), while the H. lupulus genome differs in 1722 SNPs from both C. sativa cultivars.

  9. Fungicide tests on adult alfalfa leafcutting bees (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae).

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    Huntzinger, C I; James, R R; Bosch, J; Kemp, W P

    2008-08-01

    Chalkbrood is a serious disease of alfalfa leafcutting bee Megachile rotundata (F.) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) larvae, causing upward of 20% infection in the field. The causative agent is the fungus Ascosphaera aggregata. This bee is used extensively for alfalfa seed pollination in the United States. Using laboratory bioassays, we previously demonstrated that fungicides can reduce chalkbrood levels in the larvae. Here, we evaluate the toxicity of four fungicides, Benlate, Captan, Orbit, and Rovral, to adult bees by using three different bioassays. In the first test, fungicides were applied to bees' thoraces. In the second test, mimicking foliage residue, a piece of filter paper soaked in fungicide was placed on the bottom of a container of bees. The third test evaluated oral toxicity by incorporating fungicides into a sugar-water solution that was fed to the bees. The filter paper test did not discriminate among the fungicides well, and the oral test resulted in the greatest mortality. Toxicity to males was greater than to females. The use of fungicides for chalkbrood control is a logical choice, but caution should be used in how they are applied in the presence of bees. PMID:18767714

  10. The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: Outcomes for Over 250 Undergraduate Participants

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    Troischt, Parker; Koopmann, Rebecca A.; Haynes, Martha P.; ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    The NSF-sponsored Undergraduate ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) Team (UAT) is a consortium of 19 institutions founded to promote undergraduate research and faculty development within the extragalactic ALFALFA HI blind survey project and follow-up programs. In this talk we present outcomes for the more than 250 undergraduate students who have who have participated in the program during the 8 years of funding. 40% of these students have been women and members of underrepresented groups. To date 148 undergraduate students have attended annual workshops at Arecibo Observatory, interacting with faculty, graduate students, their peers, and Arecibo staff in lectures, group activities, tours, and observing runs. Team faculty have supervised 159 summer research projects and 120 academic year (e.g., senior thesis) projects. 68 students have traveled to Arecibo Observatory for observing runs and 55 have presented their results at national meetings such as the AAS. Through participation in the UAT, students are made aware of career paths they may not have previously considered. More than 90% of alumni are attending graduate school and/or pursuing a career in STEM. 42% of those pursuing graduate degrees in Physics or Astronomy are women. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918/0902211, AST-075267/0903394, AST-0725380, and AST-1211005

  11. Gas, Stars and Star Formation in ALFALFA Dwarf Galaxies

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    Huang, S; Giovanelli, R; Brinchmann, J; Stierwalt, S; Neff, S G

    2012-01-01

    We examine the global properties of the stellar and HI components of 229 low HI mass dwarf galaxies extracted from the ALFALFA survey, including a complete sample of 176 galaxies with HI masses < 10^{7.7} M_sun and HI line widths < 80 km s^{-1}. SDSS data are combined with photometric properties derived from GALEX to derive stellar masses (M_*) and star formation rates (SFRs) by fitting their UV-optical spectral energy distributions (SEDs). In optical images, many of the ALFALFA dwarfs are faint and of low surface brightness; only 56% of those within the SDSS footprint have a counterpart in the SDSS spectroscopic survey. A large fraction of the dwarfs have high specific star formation rates (SSFRs) and estimates of their SFRs and M_* obtained by SED fitting are systematically smaller than ones derived via standard formulae assuming a constant SFR. The increased dispersion of the SSFR distribution at M_* < 10^8 M_sun is driven by a set of dwarf galaxies that have low gas fractions and SSFRs; some of t...

  12. Study on Alfalfa Yield Improved by New Rare Earth Materials for Agriculture

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    Fan Tianwen; Abudukahar; Cui Yingguo; Peng Jianzhang; Wang Jiachen

    2004-01-01

    New rare earth(RE) materials for agriculture including RE entire nutrition agent, amino acid chelated RE fertilizer, RE phosphate were used to alfalfa production in Grassland Working Station of Yili, Xinjiang Province, and repetition was 3 with 7 treatments.The result shows that by using new RE materials, the average treatment height of alfalfa increases by 12.5% compared with traditional cultural, and the yield increases from 21.8% to 41.6% compared with that of traditional cultural.These results show that the new materials have significant good effect on alfalfa production.

  13. Study in mutation of alfalfa genome DNA due to low energy N+ implantation using RAPD

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    After implanted by various dosage N+ beams, germination rate of alfalfa seeds appears to be saddle line with dosage increasing. The authors have studied in mutation of genome DNA due to low energy N+ implantation, and concluded that 30 differential DNA fragments have been amplified by 8 primers (S41, S42, S45, S46, S50, S52, S56, S58) in 100 primers, moreover, number of differential DNA fragments between CK and treatments increases with dosage. Consequently, low energy ion implantation can cause mutation of alfalfa genome DNA. The more dosage it is, the more mutation alfalfa will be

  14. Anticancer activities of Nigella sativa (black cumin).

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    Khan, Md Asaduzzaman; Chen, Han-chun; Tania, Mousumi; Zhang, Dian-zheng

    2011-01-01

    Nigella sativa has been used as traditional medicine for centuries. The crude oil and thymoquinone (TQ) extracted from its seeds and oil are effective against many diseases like cancer, cardiovascular complications, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease etc. It is effective against cancer in blood system, lung, kidney, liver, prostate, breast, cervix, skin with much safety. The molecular mechanisms behind its anticancer role is still not clearly understood, however, some studies showed that TQ has antioxidant role and improves body's defense system, induces apoptosis and controls Akt pathway. Although the anti-cancer activity of N. sativa components was recognized thousands of years ago but proper scientific research with this important traditional medicine is a history of last 2∼3 decades. There are not so many research works done with this important traditional medicine and very few reports exist in the scientific database. In this article, we have summarized the actions of TQ and crude oil of N. sativa against different cancers with their molecular mechanisms. PMID:22754079

  15. Potential antidepressant constituents of Nigella sativa seeds

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    Ehab S Elkhayat

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Nigella sativa Linn. is well known seed in the Middle East, Asia, and the Far East as a natural remedy for many ailments and as a flavoring agent proclaimed medicinal usage dating back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. An authentic saying of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him about black seed is also quoted in Al-Bukhari. Objective: This study was carried out to evaluate the antidepressant effect and isolate the potential antidepressant constituents of the polar extract of N. sativa seeds. Materials and Methods: The antidepressant effect was evaluated through the immobility duration in tail suspension and forced swim tests (FSTs. Albino mice were orally treated with N. sativa polar extract and its RP-18 column chromatography fractions (50 and 100 mg/kg,. Results: The polar extract and two of its sub-fractions were significantly able to decrease the immobility time of mice when subjected to both tail suspension and FSTs, the effects are comparable to standard drug (Sertraline, 5 mg/kg. However, these treatments did not affect the number of crossings and rearing in the open field test. Phytochemical investigation of the two active fractions led to the isolation of quercetin-3-O-α-L-rhamnopyranoside 1, quercetin-7-O-β-D-gluco- pyranoside 2, tauroside E 3, and sapindoside B as the potential antidepressant constituents.

  16. Combined Pollution and Pollution Index of Heavy Metals in Red Soil

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    2000-01-01

    A field experiment was conducted to study the effects of Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn and As coexisting in red soil on growth of rice (Oryza sativa L.), mung bean (Vigna rabiata (Linn.) Wilczek), alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), slash pine (Pinus elliottii Engelm.) and aspen (Populus L.). Results showed that rice, mung bean and alfalfa were significantly influenced by combined pollution of the heavy metals. The contents of Pb, Cd and As in rice grains greatly exceeded the National Standards for Food Hygiene of China. Heavy metals at a high concentration seriously retarded growth of mung bean and alfalfa, but not so obviously with slash pine and aspen. The composite index is suggested for evaluating the relativity of combined pollution with heavy metals in soil.

  17. Studies on Medicago lupulina saponins. 5. Isolation and chemical characterization of blossom saponins

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    Marian Jurzysta; Stanisław Burda; Wiesław Oleszek; Piotr Górski; Michał Płoszyński

    2014-01-01

    The separation of saponins derived from Medicago lupulina L. flowers yielded two saponin fractions. The first one, made up of crystalline saponins, readily precipitable from water solution, was a mixture of three glycosides of soyasapogenol B. Acid hydrolysis of these saponins yielded soyasapogenol B and its three artifacts: soyasapogenols C. D and F. Xylose, rhamnose, galactose, glucose and glucuronic acid were found as sugar constituents. The second fraction obtained by cholesterol precipit...

  18. Identification and Expression Analysis of BURP Domain-Containing Genes in Medicago truncatula

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    Li, Yuan; Chen, Xue; Chen, Zhu; Cai, Ronghao; Zhang, Hongmei; Xiang, Yan

    2016-01-01

    BURP domain-containing proteins belong to a newly identified protein class that is unique to plants and plays an important role in plant development and metabolism. Although systematic characterization of BURP domain-containing proteins have been carried out in many species, such as rice, poplar and maize, little is known about BURP domain-containing proteins in Medicago. In this study, multiple bioinformatics approaches were employed to identify all the members of BURP family genes in Medica...

  19. Studies on the Alfalfa Growing Effects of Alfalfa Rhizobium%苜蓿根瘤菌剂对紫花苜蓿生长影响研究

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    樊川; 杨旭升; 曹亚斌

    2015-01-01

    通过不同剂量苜蓿根瘤菌接种两种紫花苜蓿试验,比较了接种根瘤菌剂对紫花苜蓿生长的影响。试验结果表明:接种苜蓿根瘤菌剂能够提高紫花苜蓿结瘤数量和根瘤重,促进紫花苜蓿的生长发育,增加苜蓿草的产草量。在所试验的接种剂量中,以每 kg 苜蓿种子接种12mL 根瘤菌剂为最佳接种量。%This paper studied the alfalfa growing effects of alfalfa rhizobium by inoculated different amounts.The experimental results showed that inoculating rhizobium can raise the nodulating amount of alfalfa and the weight of nodulations,promoting the growth of alfalfas and augment the productions of alfalfas.Among the different inoculated amounts,the amount of 12ml is the best inoculated amount.

  20. Abscopal signals mediated bio-effects in low-energy ion irradiated Medicago truncatula seeds

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    The mutagenic effects of low-energy ions have been identified by genetic studies for decades. Due to the short penetration distance of ions, however, the underlying mechanism(s) is still not quite clarified. Recently, increasing data have been accumulated concerning the existence and manifestation of radiation induced bystander/abscopal effects in vivo in the whole-organism environment. In this study, the bio-effects and the preliminary mechanisms of low energy ion beam irradiation on Medicago truncatula were investigated. The results show that both development and biochemical parameters, such as seed germination, seedling, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and peroxidase (POD) were significantly affected by ion beam irradiation. It was also found that ion beam irradiation significantly increased the ROS generation and DNA strand breaks in Medicago truncatula. To further investigate the mechanism(s) underlying the responses, seeds were treated with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), an effective reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, and the results showed that DMSO treatment effectively rescued the seed germination and seedling rates and the morphological parameters of development, suggesting that ROS might play an essential role in the mechanisms of the bio-effects of ion-beam irradiated Medicago truncatula. (author)

  1. Elicitor-induced transcription factors for metabolic reprogramming of secondary metabolism in Medicago truncatula

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    Dixon Richard A

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exposure of Medicago truncatula cell suspension cultures to pathogen or wound signals leads to accumulation of various classes of flavonoid and/or triterpene defense molecules, orchestrated via a complex signalling network in which transcription factors (TFs are essential components. Results In this study, we analyzed TFs responding to yeast elicitor (YE or methyl jasmonate (MJ. From 502 differentially expressed TFs, WRKY and AP2/EREBP gene families were over-represented among YE-induced genes whereas Basic Helix-Loop-Helix (bHLH family members were more over-represented among the MJ-induced genes. Jasmonate ZIM-domain (JAZ transcriptional regulators were highly induced by MJ treatment. To investigate potential involvement of WRKY TFs in signalling, we expressed four Medicago WRKY genes in tobacco. Levels of soluble and wall bound phenolic compounds and lignin were increased in all cases. WRKY W109669 also induced tobacco endo-1,3-β-glucanase (NtPR2 and enhanced the systemic defense response to tobacco mosaic virus in transgenic tobacco plants. Conclusion These results confirm that Medicago WRKY TFs have broad roles in orchestrating metabolic responses to biotic stress, and that they also represent potentially valuable reagents for engineering metabolic changes that impact pathogen resistance.

  2. Databases and information integration for the Medicago truncatula genome and transcriptome.

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    Cannon, Steven B; Crow, John A; Heuer, Michael L; Wang, Xiaohong; Cannon, Ethalinda K S; Dwan, Christopher; Lamblin, Anne-Francoise; Vasdewani, Jayprakash; Mudge, Joann; Cook, Andrew; Gish, John; Cheung, Foo; Kenton, Steve; Kunau, Timothy M; Brown, Douglas; May, Gregory D; Kim, Dongjin; Cook, Douglas R; Roe, Bruce A; Town, Chris D; Young, Nevin D; Retzel, Ernest F

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    An international consortium is sequencing the euchromatic genespace of Medicago truncatula. Extensive bioinformatic and database resources support the marker-anchored bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) sequencing strategy. Existing physical and genetic maps and deep BAC-end sequencing help to guide the sequencing effort, while EST databases provide essential resources for genome annotation as well as transcriptome characterization and microarray design. Finished BAC sequences are joined into overlapping sequence assemblies and undergo an automated annotation process that integrates ab initio predictions with EST, protein, and other recognizable features. Because of the sequencing project's international and collaborative nature, data production, storage, and visualization tools are broadly distributed. This paper describes databases and Web resources for the project, which provide support for physical and genetic maps, genome sequence assembly, gene prediction, and integration of EST data. A central project Web site at medicago.org/genome provides access to genome viewers and other resources project-wide, including an Ensembl implementation at medicago.org, physical map and marker resources at mtgenome.ucdavis.edu, and genome viewers at the University of Oklahoma (www.genome.ou.edu), the Institute for Genomic Research (www.tigr.org), and Munich Information for Protein Sequences Center (mips.gsf.de). PMID:15888676

  3. The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata: the world's most intensively managed solitary bee.

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    Pitts-Singer, Theresa L; Cane, James H

    2011-01-01

    The alfalfa leafcutting bee (ALCB), Megachile rotundata F. (Megachildae), was accidentally introduced into the United States by the 1940s. Nest management of this Eurasian nonsocial pollinator transformed the alfalfa seed industry in North America, tripling seed production. The most common ALCB management practice is the loose cell system, in which cocooned bees are removed from nesting cavities for cleaning and storage. Traits of ALCBs that favored their commercialization include gregarious nesting; use of leaves for lining nests; ready acceptance of affordable, mass-produced nesting materials; alfalfa pollination efficacy; and emergence synchrony with alfalfa bloom. The ALCB became a commercial success because much of its natural history was understood, targeted research was pursued, and producer ingenuity was encouraged. The ALCB presents a model system for commercializing other solitary bees and for advancing new testable hypotheses in diverse biological disciplines. PMID:20809804

  4. Easy synthesis of graphene sheets from alfalfa plants by treatment of nitric acid

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    Qu, Jiao, E-mail: qujiao@bhu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Bohai University, Jinzhou 121013 (China); School of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Luo, Chunqiu, E-mail: fplj_lcq@163.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Bohai University, Jinzhou 121013 (China); Zhang, Qian; Cong, Qiao [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Bohai University, Jinzhou 121013 (China); Yuan, Xing [School of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China)

    2013-04-01

    Highlights: ► An easy method for synthesis of graphene sheets using alfalfa plants was introduced. ► An novelty formation mechanism of graphene sheets using alfalfa plants was proposed. ► This method exploits a new carbon source and provides a novel idea to synthesize graphene sheets. -- Abstract: This letter focuses on synthesis of graphene sheets from alfalfa plants by treatment of nitric acid. The transmission electron microscopy image (TEM) demonstrates that the graphene sheets are agglomerated and overlapped, the energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) indicates that the products are pure, and the Raman spectrum shows the graphene sheets are well graphitized. In addition, the formation mechanism of the graphene sheets from alfalfa plants by treatment nitric acid is discussed. These findings inspire the search for a new strategy for synthesis of graphene sheets from renewable natural products, and the lower cost of this new process and carbon source may facilitate industrial production.

  5. Phosphorylation of alfalfa mosaic virus movement protein in vivo.

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    Kim, Bong-Suk; Halk, Edward L; Merlo, Donald J; Nelson, Steven E; Loesch-Fries, L Sue

    2014-07-01

    The 32-kDa movement protein, P3, of alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) is essential for cell-to-cell spread of the virus in plants. P3 shares many properties with other virus movement proteins (MPs); however, it is not known if P3 is posttranslationally modified by phosphorylation, which is important for the function of other MPs. When expressed in Nicotiana tabacum, P3 accumulated primarily in the cell walls of older leaves or in the cytosol of younger leaves. When expressed in Pischia pastoris, P3 accumulated primarily in a soluble form. Metabolic labeling indicated that a portion of P3 was phosphorylated in both tobacco and yeast, suggesting that phosphorylation regulates the function of this protein as it does for other virus MPs. PMID:24435161

  6. Arabidopsis thaliana is an asymptomatic host of Alfalfa mosaic virus.

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    Balasubramaniam, Muthukumar; Ibrahim, Amr; Kim, Bong-Suk; Loesch-Fries, L Sue

    2006-11-01

    The susceptibility of Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes to infection by Alfalfa mosaic virus (AMV) was evaluated. Thirty-nine ecotypes supported both local and systemic infection, 26 ecotypes supported only local infection, and three ecotypes could not be infected. No obvious symptoms characteristic of virus infection developed on the susceptible ecotypes under standard conditions of culture. Parameters of AMV infection were characterized in ecotype Col-0, which supported systemic infection and accumulated higher levels of AMV than the symptomatic host Nicotiana tabacum. The formation of infectious AMV particles in infected Col-0 was confirmed by infectivity assays on a hypersensitive host and by electron microscopy of purified virions. Replication and transcription of AMV was confirmed by de novo synthesis of AMV subgenomic RNA in Col-0 protoplasts transfected with AMV RNA or plasmids harboring AMV cDNAs. PMID:16875753

  7. HI Gas in Early Type Galaxies as Measured by ALFALFA

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    Collins, Wendy; Morrison, Ryan; Green, Jarred; Raskin, Mark; Crawford, Connor; Bomer-Lawson, August; Hannan, Joshua; Crone-Odekon, Mary; ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    We present the HI content of 1580 early type galaxies (ETGs) in a total sample of 7747 galaxies that have HI measurements or upper limits from the ALFALFA survey. We find a significant correlation between HI content and local density, with HI detections almost exclusively in low-density environments. Using optical line ratios, we split the population into galaxies with spectral lines dominated by active galactic nuclei (AGN) and dominated by star forming regions. Compared with HI-rich star forming ETGs, HI-rich ETGs with AGN tend to be brighter and redder and to exhibit a stronger correlation between stellar mass and HI mass. This work is supported by NSF grant AST-1211005.

  8. Gas, Stars, and Star Formation in ALFALFA Dwarf Galaxies

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    Huang, Shan; Haynes, Martha P.; Giovanelli, Riccardo; Brinchmann, Jarle; Stierwalt, Sabrina; Neff, Susan G.

    2012-06-01

    We examine the global properties of the stellar and H I components of 229 low H I mass dwarf galaxies extracted from the ALFALFA survey, including a complete sample of 176 galaxies with H I masses global star formation (SF) laws is consistent with the general assumptions that gas-rich galaxies have lower SF efficiencies than do optically selected populations and that H I disks are more extended than stellar ones. Based on observations made with the Arecibo Observatory and the NASA Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX). The Arecibo Observatory is operated by SRI International under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (AST-1100968), and in alliance with Ana G. Méndez-Universidad Metropolitana and the Universities Space Research Association. GALEX is operated for NASA by the California Institute of Technology under NASA contract NAS5-98034.

  9. Interrupted incubation and short-term storage of the alfalfa pollinator Megachile rotundata (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae): a potential tool for synchronizing bees with bloom.

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    Yocum, George D; Rinehart, Joseph P; West, Mark; Kemp, William P

    2010-04-01

    A useful technique for synchronizing pollinators with the alfalfa, Medicago savita L. (Fabaceae), bloom is to interrupt the late spring incubation of developing bee pupae and pharate adults of Megachile rotundata (F.) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) with short-term low-temperature storage. However, low-temperature exposure can be stressful depending on the temperature, duration of exposure, and the developmental stage exposed. To evaluate the effect of low-temperature storage after development had already been initiated by exposure to 29 degrees C, three developmental stages (eye pigment pupae, body pigment pupae, and pharate adults ready to emerge) were exposed to 6, 12, or 18 degrees C for durations up to 28 d. The effect of delaying the termination of overwintering storage (6 degrees C) from April to July ("April bees" and "July bees," respectively) also was examined. The following observations were made: (1) All developmental stages of the April bees and July bees examined can be stored without harmful effects, as measured by percentage of survival, for 14 d at 12 degrees C and above. (2) Postponing the termination of overwintering storage at 6 degrees C from April until July significantly decreased the mean number of days to 95% adult emergence in the July ready-to-emerge bees across the three temperatures tested. (3) The increase of overwintering duration also caused a decrease in the postemergence longevity of the ready-to-emerge adults stored at 6 degrees C for 14 d. (4) Of the three storage temperatures examined, 18 degrees C seems to be the optimal storage temperature for short-term storage of developing bees because of their slow but continuing development without increased mortality either during storage or after emergence. PMID:20429433

  10. The HI Content of Groups as Measured by ALFALFA

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    Koopmann, Rebecca A.; Crone-Odekon, Mary; Haynes, Martha P.; Finn, Rose; Hallenbeck, Gregory L.; Giovanelli, Riccardo; ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    We present the HI content of galaxies in nearby groups and clusters as measured by the 70% complete Arecibo Legacy Fast-ALFA (ALFALFA) survey, including constraints from ALFALFA detection limits. Our sample includes 22 groups at distances between 70-160 Mpc over the mass range 12.5 < log M/M⊙ < 15.0, for a total of 1986 late-type galaxies out to a projected group-centric distance of 4.0 Mpc. We find that late-type galaxies in the centers of groups lack HI at fixed stellar mass relative to the regions surrounding them. Larger groups show evidence of a stronger gradient in HI properties, despite a similar gradient in stellar mass, and in color at fixed stellar mass, over the same range in r/R200. We compare several environment variables to determine which is the best predictor of galaxy properties; group-centric distance r and r/R200 are similarly effective predictors, while local density is slightly more effective and group size and halo mass are slightly less effective. Finally, we see evidence that HI is deficient for blue cloud galaxies in denser environments even when both stellar mass and color are fixed. This is consistent with a picture where HI is removed or destroyed, followed by reddening within the blue cloud. Overall, our results support the existence of pre-processing in isolated groups, along with an additional rapid mechanism for gas removal within larger groups and clusters, perhaps by ram-pressure stripping. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918/0902211, AST-075267/0903394, AST-0725380, and AST-1211005.

  11. ALFALFA Hα Reveals How Galaxies Use their HI Fuel

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    Jaskot, Anne; Oey, Sally; Salzer, John; Van Sistine, Angela; Bell, Eric; Haynes, Martha

    2015-08-01

    Atomic hydrogen traces the raw material from which molecular clouds and stars form. With the ALFALFA Hα survey, a statistically complete subset of the ALFALFA survey, we examine the processes that affect galaxies’ abilities to access and consume their HI gas. On galaxy-wide scales, HI gas fractions correlate only weakly with instantaneous specific star formation rates (sSFRs) but tightly with galaxy color. We show that a connection between dust and HI content, arising from the fundamental mass-metallicity-HI relation, leads to this tight color correlation. We find that disk galaxies follow a relation between stellar surface density and HI depletion time, consistent with a scenario in which higher mid-plane pressure leads to more efficient molecular cloud formation from HI. In contrast, spheroids show no such trend. Starbursts, identified by Hα equivalent width, do not show enhanced HI gas fractions relative to similar mass non-starburst galaxies. The starbursts’ shorter HI depletion times indicate more efficient consumption of HI, and galaxy interactions drive this enhanced star formation efficiency in several starbursts. Interestingly, the most disturbed starbursts show greater enhancements in HI gas fraction, which may indicate an excess of HI at early merger stages. At low galaxy stellar masses, the triggering mechanism for starbursts is less clear; the high scatter in efficiency and sSFR among low-mass galaxies may result from periodic bursts. We find no evidence for depleted HI reservoirs in starbursts, which suggests that galaxies may maintain sufficient HI to fuel multiple starburst episodes.

  12. HI Gas in Large-Scale Filaments as Measured by ALFALFA

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    Elliott, Skye; Phi, An; Shah, Ebrahim; Livecchi, Jack; Yu, Yang; Gengras, Graeme; Wolfe, Pierre-Francois; Crone-Odekon, Mary; Hyman, Mario; ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    We assess the relationship between galaxy environment and HI content as measured by ALFALFA. In particular, we consider membership in large-scale filaments in order to provide clues to how star formation in galaxies is quenched in different environments. We use data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to define galaxy environments in terms of clusters, filaments, and voids for a sample of galaxies with z ALFALFA. This work is supported by NSF grant AST-1211005.

  13. Effects of the Insect Growth Regulator, Novaluron on Immature Alfalfa Leafcutting Bees, Megachile rotundata

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    Erin W Hodgson; Pitts-Singer, Theresa L.; James D. Barbour

    2011-01-01

    Alfalfa leafcutting bees, Megachile rotundata F. (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae), are the most common pollinators of alfalfa in the Pacific Northwest. Reports from users of M. rotundata in Idaho, Utah and Colorado have indicated exceptionally poor bee return from fields treated with novaluron to control Lygus spp. Our goal was to evaluate novaluron toxicity to immature M. rotundata using two different possible mechanisms of exposure. One goal was to assess immature mortality via treating nectar-p...

  14. Alfalfa water use pinpointed in saline, shallow water tables of Imperial Valley

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    Bali, Khaled M.; Grismer, Mark E.; Snyder, Richard L.

    2001-01-01

    Although alfalfa is the dominant water user in the Imperial Valley and is planted on 40% of its irrigated acreage, data is incomplete regarding its water use under the most common growing conditions: moderately saline, clay soils with a relatively shallow, moderately saline water table. In a study from 1996 through 1998, we determined the seasonal variation in the alfalfa crop coefficient (Kc), based on measurements of applied water and soil-moisture depletion, and the contribution from the w...

  15. Studia nad kariologią i rozwojem pyłku kilku odmian Medicago saliva L. Cz. I [Studies on karyology and pollen development in several varieties of Medicago sativa L. Part I

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    K. Bijok; E. Adamkiewicz; L. Grygorczyk

    2015-01-01

    At the stage of diakinensis and metaphase of the first meiotic division, conjugating chromosomes in the form of bivalents were always observed. At the pre-meiotic stage some of .the mother pollen cells underwent degeneration (in 'Australian' var. 17% in 'Warminska' 20%, in 'Kleszczewska' 23%, in 'Grimma' 30% and in 'Miechowska' 40%). In the degenerating mother pollen cells no meiotic division were observed. In the surviving mother pollen cells, meiotic division were found to be normal. The ma...

  16. Genetic mapping of agronomic traits in false flax (Camelina sativa subsp. sativa).

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    Gehringer, A; Friedt, W; Lühs, W; Snowdon, R J

    2006-12-01

    The crucifer oilseed plant false flax (Camelina sativa subsp. sativa) possesses numerous valuable agronomic attributes that make it attractive as an alternative spring-sown crop for tight crop rotations. The oil of false flax is particularly rich in polyunsaturated C18-fatty acids, making it a valuable renewable feedstock for the oleochemical industry. Because of the minimal interest in the crop throughout the 20th century, breeding efforts have been limited. In this study, a genetic map for C. sativa was constructed, using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers, in a population of recombinant inbred lines that were developed, through single-seed descent, from a cross between 'Lindo' and 'Licalla', 2 phenotypically distinct parental varieties. Three Brassica simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were also integrated into the map, and 1 of these shows linkage to oil-content loci in both C. sativa and Brassica napus. Fifty-five other SSR primer combinations showed monomorphic amplification products, indicating partial genome homoeology with the Brassica species. Using data from field trials with different fertilization treatments (0 and 80 kg N/ha) at multiple locations over 3 years, the map was used to localize quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for seed yield, oil content, 1000-seed mass, and plant height. Some yield QTLs were found only with the N0 treatment, and might represent loci contributing to the competitiveness of false flax in low-nutrient soils. The results represent a starting point for future marker-assisted breeding. PMID:17426770

  17. Potential application of urea-derived herbicides as cytokinins in plant tissue culture

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    Malathi Srinivasan; Vasanthi Nachiappan; Ram Rajasekharan

    2006-12-01

    Various urea-derived herbicides and different cytokinin analogues were used to determine their effects on callusing response and shoot regenerating capacity of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and Coleus (Coleus forskohlii Briq.). The herbicides monuron and diuron evoked profuse callusing response from Coleus leaf segments and alfalfa petiole explants on Murashige and Skoog medium. Shoot regeneration by monuron (2.0 mg/l) showed a maximum of 3 multiple shoots both in alfalfa and Coleus with a frequency of 92% and 75%, respectively. Whereas diuron (0.5 mg/l) showed a high frequency of shoot regeneration (89%) with a mean number of 5 shoots in alfalfa, in C. forskohlii, the frequency of regeneration was 90% with a mean number of 6 shoots. Diuron with two chloride groups in the phenyl ring showed significantly higher cytokinin-like activity than single chloride substitution monuron. This study demonstrates the potential use of monuron and diuron as cytokinins in plant tissue culture.

  18. El cultivo de alfalfa utilizando agua de perforación, agua residual urbana y precipitaciones The cultivation of alfalfa using artesian well water, urban wastewater and rainfall

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    José O. Plevich

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue analizar la producción de biomasa aérea, la eficiencia del uso de agua y el valor nutritivo de alfalfa cultivada aplicando riego con agua residual urbana, agua de perforación y un testigo (precipitaciones, en el Campus de la Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (Córdoba-Argentina. Los tratamientos de riego tuvieron un efecto positivo sobre la producción de biomasa aérea obteniéndose un 24% más de producción de biomasa que en la situación de secano (precipitaciones. Entre los tratamientos con riego también se manifestaron diferencias estadísticamente significativas. La alfalfa regada con aguas residuales urbana supero en un 19% a la cultivada con agua de perforación. La eficiencia del uso del agua por parte del cultivo se incrementó cuando el riego se realizó con aguas residuales urbanas. Además, se determinó que la alfalfa regada con agua residual, supera los valores nutritivos del cultivo que crece en condiciones sin riego; encontrándose 39% más de proteínas, 14% más de digestibilidad e igual porcentaje de energía metabólica. Se puede concluir que el agua residual urbana representa otra posible fuente de agua, factible de ingresar al suelo y estar a disposición para el cultivo de alfalfa.The objective of this study was to analyse the production of alfalfa biomass, the efficiency of water use and the nutritional value of forage, inside an irrigation structure of an experimental facility that uses treated urban wastewater, artesian well water and rainfall, at the campus of the Universidad National de Rio Cuarto (Córdoba-Argentina. The irrigation treatment had a positive effect on the production of biomass of alfalfa. On an average 24% increase in production was observed when compared to dry-land farming. Regarding the quality of the irrigation water, statistical differences in production were observed, the irrigation with urban wastewater produced 19% more than that of well water. The

  19. Effect of replacing alfalfa with panicled-tick clover or sericea lespedeza in corn-alfalfa-based substrates on in vitro ruminal methane production.

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    Naumann, H D; Lambert, B D; Armstrong, S A; Fonseca, M A; Tedeschi, L O; Muir, J P; Ellersieck, M R

    2015-06-01

    Methane emissions from ruminant livestock contribute to total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and reduce metabolizable energy intake by the animal. Condensed tannins (CT) are polyphenolic plant secondary compounds commonly produced by some perennial forage legumes that characteristically bind to protein, carbohydrates, and minerals. The degree to which CT may affect ruminant nutrition depends upon the concentration, structural composition, and biological activity of the CT. The objective of our experiment was to determine the effect of replacing alfalfa in a corn-alfalfa-based substrate with a legume containing CT on in vitro CH4 production and the dynamics of fermentation using an in vitro gas production technique. All fermented substrates contained 50% ground corn as the energy concentrate portion, whereas the forage portion (50%) of each diet was comprised of alfalfa (control) or some combination of alfalfa and sericea lespedeza (SL) or panicled-tick clover (PTC). Our treatments consisted of PTC or SL 15, 30, and 45, which corresponded with 15, 30, or 45% replacement of the diet (alfalfa component) with either PTC or SL. Substrates containing 45% PTC or SL reduced in vitro CH4 production. Treatments did not affect total gas production as compared with that of the control. Replacement of alfalfa with SL or PTC increased fermentable organic matter (FOM). The PTC treatment increased FOM by as much as 1.8% at the 45% replacement level, whereas FOM of SL 45 was increased by less than 1%. The replacement of alfalfa with PTC increased substrate nutritive value greater than replacement with SL. There were no correlations between any physicochemical constituent of the substrates and CH4 production. A combination of factors associated with the inclusion of PTC and SL contributed to the in vitro CH4 production, and CT in these forages was likely a major contributing factor. Further confirmation of these results on in situ or in vivo animal systems is required. If

  20. Structural Change of the Western United States Alfalfa Hay Market and its Effects of the Western United States Dairy Industry

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    Cann, Joseph Patrick

    2014-01-01

    Alfalfa is the fourth largest commodity grown in the Western U.S., representing 20% of the crop acreage over the past twenty years. In the last five years alfalfa hay price has doubled from what it was previously, indicating a possible structural change in the market. This research project was completed to test for this structural change using econometric analysis of the important demand components of alfalfa price. In addition to this, simulations of an average Utah dairy were completed to e...

  1. 苜蓿的药用功效和开发利用%Medicinal Effects, Development and Utilization of Alfalfa

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    高宇; 石杰; 王云云; 尤秋实

    2011-01-01

    The development history of alfalfa, the relationship between the nutrients of alfalfa and the human health and the development and utilization of alfalfa were introduced. And some suggestions on the development of alfalfa were also proposed.%阐述了苜蓿发展的历史、苜蓿所合营养元素与人类健康的关系和苜蓿的开发利用情况,并对苜蓿产业的发展提出了建议。

  2. Effectivenes of inoculation in alfalfa breeding in ecological conditions of the Bjelovar and Bilogora county

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    Darko Uher

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Development and basic existence of animal production as well as production of high quality milk depends upon possibility of sufficient production of quality and protein sufficient forage. Forage crop that satisfies these demands is alfalfa which is one of the most important perennial forage crop legumes. The aim of this study was to enhance alfalfa production on acid soil by liming and alfalfa seed inoculation with efficient Sinorhizobium meliloti strains in order to reduce the use of mineral nitrogen fertilization and enable qualitative and cost effective production of forage on the dairy farms. Field trial was established at family farm in the area of Bjelovar and Bilogora county. During two years experimental period statistically significant influence of inoculation and liming on forage and dry matteryield was determined. Significantly the lowest yields were determined on untreated plots without liming material. In all untreated plots, significantly lower yields were determined, but significant differences in yields were also obtained by inoculation with different S. meliloti strains, emphasizing the importance of strains selection used for alfalfa inoculation. In both experimental years total forage yield were ranging from 34 t/ha (untreated plots without liming up to 60 t/ha on plots inoculated with strain 2011 and without liming. Values of total dry matter yield for both experimental years ranged from 6.5 t/ha (untreated plots without liming up to 15,7 t/ha on plots inoculated with strain 2011 without liming. Results of this study showed that application of liming materials for acidity removal had positive effect on alfalfa yields in both experimental years and significantly improved alfalfa production on acid soils. The results of this study clearly showed that inoculation with selected S. meliloti strains may improve alfalfa production on acid soils and may contribute to more efficient forage production for dairy farms under particular

  3. Emerging clinical and therapeutic applications of Nigella sativa in gastroenterology

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    Shailendra Kapoor

    2009-01-01

    Nigella sativa decreases DNA damage and thereby prevents initiation of carcinogenesis in colonic tissue secondary to exposure to toxic agents such as azoxymethane. N. sativa is of immense therapeutic benefit in diabetic individuals and those with glucose intolerance as it accentuates glucose-induced secretion of insulin besides having a negative impact on glucose absorption from the intestinal mucosa. N. sativa administration protects hepatic tissue from deleterious effects of toxic metals such as lead, and attenuates hepatic lipid peroxidation following exposure to chemicals such as carbon tetrachloride.

  4. Effects of additive application upon ad libitum intake, in vivo digestibility and nitrogen balance of alfalfa haylage

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    Mladen Knežević

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The research objective was to determine the effect of the additive Sill-All application on ad libitum intake, in vivo digestibility and nitrogen balance of alfalfa haylage. About 40 % alfalfa plants was ensiled at the phonological flowering stage into plastic foil-wrapped bales without or with additive (2 L t-1 plant mass. No statistically significant differences were found between alfalfa ensiled without additive and alfalfa ensiled with additive for the content of dry matter (DM (632 g and 631 g DM kg-1 fresh sample, respectively. Alfalfa ensiled without additive contained 921 g organic matter (OM kg-1 DM, which was significantly higher (P<0.001 compared to alfalfa ensiled with additive (902 g OM kg-1 DM. Alfalfa ensiled without additive contained 141 g crude proteins (CP kg-1 DM, which was significantly higher (P<0.001 compared to alfalfa ensiled with additive (139 g CP kg-1 DM. Alfalfa ensiled with additive contained significantly less acid detergent fibers (ADF (P<0.001 compared to alfalfa ensiled without additive (445 g kg-1 DM and 456 g kg-1 DM, respectively and had a lower pH value (P<0.001 (5.29 and 5.56, respectively. No statistically significant differences were found between the studied feeding treatments for ad libitum intake of fresh ration and DM ration, for the measured parameters of digestibility and N balance. It was concluded that addition of the additive to alfalfa haylage led to significant changes in chemical composition; however, changes in chemical composition had no impact on measured biological parameters (ad libitum intake, in vivo digestibility and nitrogen balance.

  5. Aerobic microorganisms associated with alfalfa leafcutter bees (megachile rotundata).

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    Inglis, G D; Sigler, L; Goette, M S

    1993-09-01

    Characterization of microorganisms associated with alfalfa leaf-cutter bee (Megachile rotundata) nectar, pollen, provisions, larval guts, and frass (excreta) in Alberta demonstrated a varied aerobic microflora. Yeasts were isolated frequently from nectar, pollen, and provisions but rarely from guts or frass. The most prevalent yeast taxa were: Candida bombicola, Cryptococcus albidus, Metschnikowia reukaufii, and Rhodotorula glutinis. Although few filamentous fungi were found in nectar, they were frequently isolated from pollen and provisions; the predominant taxa were Alternaria alternata, Cladosporium cladosporioides, C. herbarum, Epicoccum nigrum, and Penicillium chrysogenum. Bacteria, including species of Bacillus, Corynebacterium, Micrococcus, and the actinomycete Streptomyces, also were prevalent in provisions and/or on pollen. In general, the diversity of microorganisms isolated from alimentary canals and frass was lower than from nectar, pollen, and provisions. Bacillus firmus, B. licheniformis, B. megaterium, B. pumilus, and Streptomyces spp. were the most frequently isolated bacteria, whereas Trichosporonoides megachiliensis was the most common filamentous fungus isolated from larval guts and/or frass. These taxa may be part of the resident microflora of the alimentary canal. Populations of bacteria and filamentous fungi, but not yeasts, were larger from Ascosphaera aggregata-infected larvae than from healthy larvae. However, with the exception of Aspergillus niger and T. megachiliensis in frass from healthy larvae, no taxon of filamentous fungi was conspicuously present or absent in infected larvae, healthy larvae, or their frass. PMID:24190009

  6. Cross-Amplification of Vicia sativa subsp. sativa Microsatellites across 22 Other Vicia Species

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    Sebastin Raveendar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The temperate and herbaceous genus Vicia L. is a member of the legume tribe Fabeae of the subfamily Papilionoideae. The genus Vicia comprises 166 annual or perennial species distributed mainly in Europe, Asia, and North America, but also extending to the temperate regions of South America and tropical Africa. The use of simple sequence repeat (SSR markers for Vicia species has not been investigated as extensively as for other crop species. In this study, we assessed the potential for cross-species amplification of cDNA microsatellite markers developed from common vetch (Vicia sativa subsp. sativa. For cross-species amplification of the SSRs, amplification was carried out with genomic DNA isolated from two to eight accessions of 22 different Vicia species. For individual species or subspecies, the transferability rates ranged from 33% for V. ervilia to 82% for V. sativa subsp. nigra with an average rate of 52.0%. Because the rate of successful SSR marker amplification generally correlates with genetic distance, these SSR markers are potentially useful for analyzing genetic relationships between or within Vicia species.

  7. Porcentagens de saponinas e taninos em vinte e oito cultivares de alfafa (Medicago sativa L. em duas épocas de corte - Botucatu - SP

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    Vieira Maria Eunice de Queiroz

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi determinar os conteúdos de saponinas, taninos e a solubilidade da proteína (SP de 28 cultivares de alfafa: Crioula, Monarca, BR 4, Alto Great, MH 4, SW 9210 A, 5929, BR 1, EL Grande, 5715, MH 15, Valley Plus, BR 2, Rio, SW 8210, Maricopa, ICI 990, 5888, P 30, Alfa-200, WL 516, SW 8112 A, BR 3, Florida 77, Araucana, Falcon, Semit 921 e Sutter. O material analisado foi obtido do 10º e 14º corte, respectivamente; em 08/12/97 e 16/04/98, de um experimento desenvolvido na Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, UNESP, Botucatu. Amostras de cada cultivar foram colhidas, pesadas e secas em estufa a 52ºC. As saponinas foram extraídas com solvente hidrofílico e lipofílico e o conteúdo foi calculado pela equação y=0,8121x-1,4759, R² = 1,00. A extração dos taninos totais e condensados foi efetuada por meio de ultra-som (12 min, sendo os taninos totais determinados pela equação: y=44,978 + 0,5644 com R²=0,9977 e os condensados, multiplicando-se a absorbância por 78,26 dividido pelo teor de matéria seca. A SP foi determinada pelo método de KOH, de acordo com a seguinte fórmula: SP (% = proteína solúvel x 100/proteína bruta da amostra. Os teores de saponinas, taninos totais e condensados e a solubilidade da proteína não diferiram (P>0,05 entre as cultivares. Houve efeito (P<0,05 da época de corte apenas sobre o teor de taninos totais. Os teores médios de saponinas de 1,00% aliados à baixa solubilidade média da proteína bruta (34,11% não se constituem em fatores limitantes para uso dos cultivares de alfafa estudadas.

  8. Porcentagens de saponinas e taninos em vinte e oito cultivares de alfafa (Medicago sativa L.) em duas épocas de corte - Botucatu - SP

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    Vieira Maria Eunice de Queiroz; Costa Ciniro; Silveira Antônio Carlos; Arrigoni Mário De Beni

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    O objetivo do estudo foi determinar os conteúdos de saponinas, taninos e a solubilidade da proteína (SP) de 28 cultivares de alfafa: Crioula, Monarca, BR 4, Alto Great, MH 4, SW 9210 A, 5929, BR 1, EL Grande, 5715, MH 15, Valley Plus, BR 2, Rio, SW 8210, Maricopa, ICI 990, 5888, P 30, Alfa-200, WL 516, SW 8112 A, BR 3, Florida 77, Araucana, Falcon, Semit 921 e Sutter. O material analisado foi obtido do 10º e 14º corte, respectivamente; em 08/12/97 e 16/04/98, de um experimento desenvolvido na...

  9. Taux de reproduction du puceron du pois (Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris) et teneur en acide médicagénique de la luzerne (Medicago sativa L)

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    Bournoville, R

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    Medicagenic acid, a major component of the saponin content of lucerne, has been reported by some authors as one of the possible mechanisms of resistance of lucerne to the pea aphid. We have measured the net reproductive rate of the pea aphid on 12 clones or hybrids of lucerne, derived from cultivars or lines of American (La, Res, Te) and French (12, 58, Eur) origins. The pea aphid performances were tested on plants growing under controlled conditions (temperature 20 °C, photophasis 16 h). Bef...

  10. Response of berseem (trifolium alexandrinum) shaftal (trifolium resupinatum) and lucerne (medicago sativa) to phosphorus application for yield, nodulation and nitrogen fixation

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    In a pot culture experiment, increasing levels of phosphorus at 40, 60, 80, 100 Kg P/sub 2/O/sub 5/ ha/sup -1/ in the presence of uniform dressing of nitrogen and potash (K/sub 2/O) each applied at 10 and 40 kg ha-1 increased significantly the nodulation response number and weight of nodules plant/sup -1/, nitrogenase activity, n-uptake and dry mater yield of shoots and roots of berseem, shaflt and lucerne. The increase in shoots n-uptake was in the range of 117 to 233 percent for berseem, 52 to 224 percent for shaftal, 50 to 330 percent for lucerne: whereas the increase in the root n-uptake was in the range of 67 to 266 percent for berseem, 64 to 240 percent for shaftal and 23 to 114 percent for lucerne. The improvement in the n-uptake of shoots ad roots in obviously due to marked improvement in nodulation response number and weight of nodules plant-1) and nitrogen activity of the test crops as a result of all the applied doses of phosphorus. (author)

  11. Optimization of enzyme-assisted extraction of polysaccharides from alfalfa and its antioxidant activity.

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    Wang, Shaopu; Dong, Xiaofang; Tong, Jianming

    2013-11-01

    In this present study, an efficient complex enzyme-assisted extraction technology was developed and optimized to extract polysaccharides from alfalfa using four factors at five levels central composite rotatable response surface design (CCRD). The experimental data was fitted to a second order polynomial equation with high coefficient of determination values (R(2)>0.95). The results of statistical analysis showed that the linear and quadratic terms of these four variables had significant effects (Penzyme concentration of 2.5%, 2.0%, 3.0% (weight of alfalfa) of cellulase, papain and pectase, extraction temperature 52.7 °C, extraction pH 3.87, ratio of water to raw material 78.92 mL/g and extraction time 2.73 h. Under the optimal conditions, the experimental extraction yield of alfalfa polysaccharides was 5.05 ± 0.02%, which was well matched with the value (5.09%) predicted by the CCRD model. Moreover, evaluation of the antioxidant activity of polysaccharides from alfalfa in vitro suggested that the polysaccharides had good antioxidant effect, especially scavenging activity for hydroxyl radical and DPPH radical, which indicated that the polysaccharides from alfalfa may be explored as a novel natural antioxidant.

  12. Research Progress of Alfalfa Silage%苜蓿青贮研究进展

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    刘振宇; 玉柱; 智建飞; 谢楠; 秦文利; 冯伟; 刘忠宽

    2013-01-01

    As an important protein feed resources, alfalfa silage is of great significance for alfalfa industry and the healthy development of animal husbandry in China.In this paper, the research progress of development history and present situation of alfalfa silage, fermentation promotation, fermentation inhibiting and mixed silage were summarized, and the current main problems in alfalfa silage industry development and future research directions were put forward, in order to provide theoretical and practical references for the alfalfa silage research.%苜蓿作为一种重要的蛋白饲料资源,苜蓿青贮对我国苜蓿产业和畜牧业的健康发展具有重要意义。对苜蓿青贮发展历史与现状以及发酵促进、发酵抑制及混合青贮等研究进行了概述,提出了当前苜蓿青贮产业发展中存在的主要问题和今后的研究方向,以期为苜蓿青贮研究提供理论依据与实践参考。

  13. Yield, chemical composition and persistence of alfalfa on moderately acidic mountain soil

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    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to its excellent nutritional characteristics and high yields, alfalfa is the most important forage crop in roughage production. The main limiting factor in global food production is soil acidification. At the moment, about 40% of world agricultural soils are acidic. It is difficult to grow alfalfa on acid soils (pH 0.05. Average DM yield of all cultivars in the year 2000 was 7.07 t/ha, in the year 2001 it was 10.94 t/ha, and finally in the year 2002 it was 12.78 t/ha. Significant differences in DM yields were recorded between cuttings (P0.05. Mean crude protein content was 28.2%, while contents of crude fat, crude fibers and non nitrogen free extract (NFE were 3.73%, 16.15%, 29.19%, respectively. No significant differences in alfalfa ground cover were recorded between cultivars in autumn or in spring in all experimental years (P>0.05. Significant differences in alfalfa ground cover in autumn (P<0.05 and in spring (P<0.01 were recorded between years. The lowest average ground cover was recorded in last experimental year: in the autumn of the year 2001(72.81% and in the spring of the year 2002 (64.37%. All investigated alfalfa cultivars are suitable for growing in similar agroecological conditions.

  14. Proteome analysis of alfalfa roots in response to water deifcit stress

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    Rahman Md Atikur; Kim Yong-Goo; AlamIftekhar; LIU Gong-she; Lee Hyoshin; Lee Jeung Joo; Lee Byung-Hyun

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the response of alfalfa to water deifcit (WD) stress, WD-induced candidates were investigated through a proteomic approach. Alfalfa seedlings were exposed to WD stress for 12 and 15 days respectively, folowed by 3 days re-watering. Water deifcit increased H2O2content, lipid peroxidation, DPPH (1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl)-radical scavenging activity, and the free proline level in alfalfa roots. Root proteins were extracted and separated by two-dimentional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-DE). A total of 49 WD-responsive proteins were identiifed in alfalfa roots; 25 proteins were reproducibly found to be up-regulated and 24 were down-regulated. Two proteins, namely cytosolic ascorbate peroxidase (APx2) and putative F-box protein were newly detected on 2-DE maps of WD-treated plants. We identiifed several proteins including agamous-like 65, albumin b-32, inward rectifying potassium channel, and auxin-independent growth promoter. The identiifed proteins are involved in a variety of celular functions including calcium signaling, abacisic acid (ABA) biosynthesis, reactive oxygen species (ROS) regulation, transcription/ translation, antioxidant/detoxiifcation/stress defense, energy metabolism, signal transduction, and storage. These results indicate the potential candidates were responsible for adaptive response in alfalfa roots.

  15. Implications of season and management protocol on the landscape of gene regulation during diapause development in the Alfalfa Leaf Cutting Bee

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    : The alfalfa leaf cutting bee, Megachile rotundata, is the world’s most intensively managed solitary bee for commercial pollination. It is the primary pollinator of seed alfalfa, a valuable crop for dairy cow feed. Overwintering bees emerge in the spring during alfalfa bloom to mate an...

  16. Effect of aflatoxin B1 on in vitro ruminal fermentation of rations high in alfalfa hay or ryegrass hay

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    Jiang, Y H; Yang, H J; Lund, Peter

    2012-01-01

    A 2 × 4 factorial experiment was conducted to determine the effect of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) at dose rates of 0, 320, 640, 960 ng/ml on ruminal fermentation of substrates high in alfalfa hay (HA, alfalfa hay: maize meal = 4:1) and ryegrass hay (HR, ryegrass hay: maize meal = 4:1). In vitro dry matter...

  17. Effect of synthetic auxin herbicides on seed development and viability in genetically-engineered glyphosate-resistant alfalfa

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    Feral populations of cultivated crops have the potential to function as bridges and reservoirs that contribute to the unwanted movement of novel genetically engineered (GE) traits. Recognizing that feral alfalfa has the potential to lower genetic purity in alfalfa seed production fields when it is g...

  18. Screening of Highly Effective Sinorhizobium meliloti Strains for 'Vector' Alfalfa and Testing of Its Competitive Nodulation Ability in the Field

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    ZENG Zhao-Hai; CHEN Wen-Xin; HU Yue-Gao; SUI Xin-Hua; CHEN Dan-Ming

    2007-01-01

    Seventeen Sinorhizobium meliloti strains from seven provinces in China were used to screen highly effective strains for alfalfa cultivar in a greenhouse study and their symbiotic relationship and competitive ability were studied in the field.CCBAU30138 was the most effective strain,as evidenced by increase in dry weights.A field experiment showed that the inoculation of alfalfa with CCBAU30138 resulted in increases of 11.9%and 19.6%of dry matter production and crude protein production,respectively,in forage of monocultured plants.The total dry matter yields of alfalfa and tall fescue in binary culture were increased by 16.3%by inoculation of alfalfa with this strain.These results showed that S.Meliloti strain CCBAU30138 was an effective inoculant both in the greenhouse and in the field.The analysis of randomly amplified polymorphic DNA(RAPD)by polymerase chain reaction(PCR)from nodule extracts showed that the strain CCBAU30138 had high competitiveness in the field.It occupied 47.5%of nodules in alfalfa monoculture and 44.4% of nodules in alfalfa-tall fescue binary culture after 20 weeks of growth.In conclusion,a simple system to select highly effective and competitive symbiotic strains specific to alfalfa was established.Using this system.A strain suitable for the alfalfa cultivar'Vector’grown in Wuqiao County of Hebei Province was obtained.

  19. Effects of supplementation level and particle size of alfalfa hay on growth characteristics and rumen development in dairy calves

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    Mirzaei, M.; Khorvash, M.; Ghorbani, G.R.; Kazemi-Bonchenari, M.; Riasi, A.; Nabipour, A.; Borne, van den J.J.G.C.

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the effects of particle size (PS) of alfalfa hay on growth characteristics and rumen development in dairy calves at two levels of alfalfa supplementation. Fifty newborn dairy calves (42.7 ± 2.2 kg BW) were used in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement with the factors sup

  20. Molecular Biology Approaches to Solve Forage Crop Limitations: Improving Protein Utilization and Preventing Leaf Loss in Alfalfa

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    Our laboratory is using molecular biology approaches to better understand and develop solutions to some of the current limitations of alfalfa and other forage crops used in animal and bioenergy production systems. A major limitation of alfalfa is that much of its protein is degraded during harvest a...

  1. The genetic components of extended life expectancy in chilled, post-diapause quiescent Alfalfa Leafcutting Bees, Megachile rotundata

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    The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, a solitary bee native to Eurasia, is the world’s most intensively managed solitary bee and has become the primary pollinator for alfalfa seed production. These bees, when commercially managed, are overwintered as diapausing prepupae under static ther...

  2. Variation in alfalfa leafcutting bee (hymenoptera: megachilidae) reproductive success according to location of nests in United States commercial domiciles.

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    Low, medium, and high stocking densities of Megachile rotundata, the alfalfa leafcutting bee, were released over four years in three research plots of Utah alfalfa planted at seed-production rates. A low number of bees (46-79% of released) survived the incubation and field emergence processes, and ...

  3. Study on the Population Dynamics of Main Arthropod Groups in Alfalfa Fields%苜蓿田主要节肢动物种群数量研究

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    张新瑞; 刘长仲; 严林; 陈应武; 魏列新; 钱秀娟

    2007-01-01

    对甘肃省定西市九华沟苜蓿(Medicago sativa)田节肢动物主要种类的数量动态进行系统研究,结果表明:苜蓿田主要害虫是苜蓿斑蚜(Therioaphistrifolii)、豌豆蚜(Acyrthosiphon pisum)、蓟马(Thripidae)和盲蝽(Miridae)等,主要天敌是瓢虫(Coccinellidae)、草蛉(Chrysopidae)、食蚜蝇(Syrphidae)、寄生蜂、小花蝽(Orius minutes)和蜘蛛等;苜蓿斑蚜、豌豆蚜和蓟马在苜蓿上的消长动态呈单峰型,高峰期分别出现在6月下旬、7月上旬和7月上旬;建立了苜蓿斑蚜、豌豆蚜、蓟马和盲蝽的时序动态模型;蚜虫与瓢虫、草蛉、食蚜蝇、寄生蜂、蜘蛛、蓟马与小花蝽,盲蝽与蜘蛛的相互作用表明主要天敌与害虫自然种群数量之间呈极显著的互作关系,天敌的发生出现明显的时间跟随现象,比害虫推迟10-20 d.

  4. The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team: A Model for Involving Undergraduates in Large Astronomy Collaborations

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    Craig, David W.; Koopmann, Rebecca A.; Haynes, Martha P.; Undergraduate ALFALFA Team, ALFALFA Team

    2016-01-01

    The NSF-sponsored Undergraduate ALFALFA (Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA) Team (UAT) has allowed faculty and students from a wide range of public and private colleges and especially those with small astronomy programs to learn how science is accomplished in a large collaboration while contributing to the scientific goals of a legacy radio astronomy survey. This effort has been made possible through the collaboration of the ALFALFA PIs and graduate students, Arecibo Observatory staff, and the faculty at 19 undergraduate-focussed institutions. In this talk, we will discuss how the UAT model works for the ALFALFA project and lessons learned from our efforts over the 8 years of grant funding. We will provide suggestions on how the model could be applied to other legacy projects, particularly in such areas as online collaboration and software usage by undergraduates. This work has been supported by NSF grants AST-0724918/0902211, AST-075267/0903394, AST-0725380, and AST-1211005.

  5. [Effects of continuous cropping of wheat and alfalfa on soil enzyme activities and nutrients].

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    Zhang, Li-Qiong; Hao, Ming-De; Zang, Yi-Fei; Li, Li-Xia

    2014-11-01

    Based on a long-term rotation and fertilization experiment in Changwu, Shaanxi, China, we determined the enzymatic activities and nutrients in soils after 27 years continuous cropping of alfalfa and wheat, respectively. The activities of invertase, urease and phosphatase were not affected by fertilization treatment within each cropping system, but they were significantly higher in the alfalfa continuous cropping system than in the wheat continuous cropping system under each fertilization treatment. The activity of hydrogen peroxidase was not affected by the type of cropping system or fertilization treatment. Across the cropping systems, the activities of soil urease, phosphatase and hydrogen peroxidase were higher while soil invertase activity was lower in N, P and manure (NPM) combined treatment compared with the other fertilization treatments. The accumulations of soil organic matter, total nitrogen and available nitrogen were greater in the alfalfa cropping system than in the wheat continuous cropping system, and the NPM treatment could improve the soil fertility. PMID:25898616

  6. Mycorrhiza symbiosis increases the surface for sunlight capture in Medicago truncatula for better photosynthetic production.

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    Adolfsson, Lisa; Solymosi, Katalin; Andersson, Mats X; Keresztes, Áron; Uddling, Johan; Schoefs, Benoît; Spetea, Cornelia

    2015-01-01

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi play a prominent role in plant nutrition by supplying mineral nutrients, particularly inorganic phosphate (Pi), and also constitute an important carbon sink. AM stimulates plant growth and development, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. In this study, Medicago truncatula plants were grown with Rhizophagus irregularis BEG141 inoculum (AM), mock inoculum (control) or with P(i) fertilization. We hypothesized that AM stimulates plant growth through either modifications of leaf anatomy or photosynthetic activity per leaf area. We investigated whether these effects are shared with P(i) fertilization, and also assessed the relationship between levels of AM colonization and these effects. We found that increased P(i) supply by either mycorrhization or fertilization led to improved shoot growth associated with increased nitrogen uptake and carbon assimilation. Both mycorrhized and P(i)-fertilized plants had more and longer branches with larger and thicker leaves than the control plants, resulting in an increased photosynthetically active area. AM-specific effects were earlier appearance of the first growth axes and increased number of chloroplasts per cell section, since they were not induced by P(i) fertilization. Photosynthetic activity per leaf area remained the same regardless of type of treatment. In conclusion, the increase in growth of mycorrhized and P(i)-fertilized Medicago truncatula plants is linked to an increase in the surface for sunlight capture, hence increasing their photosynthetic production, rather than to an increase in the photosynthetic activity per leaf area.

  7. Mycorrhiza symbiosis increases the surface for sunlight capture in Medicago truncatula for better photosynthetic production.

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    Lisa Adolfsson

    Full Text Available Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM fungi play a prominent role in plant nutrition by supplying mineral nutrients, particularly inorganic phosphate (Pi, and also constitute an important carbon sink. AM stimulates plant growth and development, but the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. In this study, Medicago truncatula plants were grown with Rhizophagus irregularis BEG141 inoculum (AM, mock inoculum (control or with P(i fertilization. We hypothesized that AM stimulates plant growth through either modifications of leaf anatomy or photosynthetic activity per leaf area. We investigated whether these effects are shared with P(i fertilization, and also assessed the relationship between levels of AM colonization and these effects. We found that increased P(i supply by either mycorrhization or fertilization led to improved shoot growth associated with increased nitrogen uptake and carbon assimilation. Both mycorrhized and P(i-fertilized plants had more and longer branches with larger and thicker leaves than the control plants, resulting in an increased photosynthetically active area. AM-specific effects were earlier appearance of the first growth axes and increased number of chloroplasts per cell section, since they were not induced by P(i fertilization. Photosynthetic activity per leaf area remained the same regardless of type of treatment. In conclusion, the increase in growth of mycorrhized and P(i-fertilized Medicago truncatula plants is linked to an increase in the surface for sunlight capture, hence increasing their photosynthetic production, rather than to an increase in the photosynthetic activity per leaf area.

  8. Assessing the Spatial Variability of Alfalfa Yield Using Satellite Imagery and Ground-Based Data

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    Kayad, Ahmed G.; Al-Gaadi, Khalid A.; Tola, ElKamil; Madugundu, Rangaswamy; Zeyada, Ahmed M.; Kalaitzidis, Chariton

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the temporal and spatial variability in a crop yield is viewed as one of the key steps in the implementation of precision agriculture practices. Therefore, a study on a center pivot irrigated 23.5 ha field in Saudi Arabia was conducted to assess the variability in alfalfa yield using Landsat-8 imagery and a hay yield monitor data. In addition, the study was designed to also explore the potential of predicting the alfalfa yield using vegetation indices. A calibrated yield monitor mounted on a large rectangular hay baler was used to measure the actual alfalfa yield for four alfalfa harvests performed in the period from October 2013 to May 2014. A total of 18 Landsat-8 images, representing different crop growth stages, were used to derive different vegetation indices (VIs). Data from the yield monitor was used to generate yield maps, which illustrated a definite spatial variation in alfalfa yield across the experimental field for the four studied harvests as indicated by the high spatial correlation values (0.75 to 0.97) and the low P-values (4.7E-103 to 8.9E-27). The yield monitor-measured alfalfa actual yield was compared to the predicted yield form the Vis. Results of the study showed that there was a correlation between actual and predicted yield. The highest correlations were observed between actual yield and the predicted using NIR reflectance, SAVI and NDVI with maximum correlation coefficients of 0.69, 0.68 and 0.63, respectively. PMID:27281189

  9. Assessing the Spatial Variability of Alfalfa Yield Using Satellite Imagery and Ground-Based Data.

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    Kayad, Ahmed G; Al-Gaadi, Khalid A; Tola, ElKamil; Madugundu, Rangaswamy; Zeyada, Ahmed M; Kalaitzidis, Chariton

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the temporal and spatial variability in a crop yield is viewed as one of the key steps in the implementation of precision agriculture practices. Therefore, a study on a center pivot irrigated 23.5 ha field in Saudi Arabia was conducted to assess the variability in alfalfa yield using Landsat-8 imagery and a hay yield monitor data. In addition, the study was designed to also explore the potential of predicting the alfalfa yield using vegetation indices. A calibrated yield monitor mounted on a large rectangular hay baler was used to measure the actual alfalfa yield for four alfalfa harvests performed in the period from October 2013 to May 2014. A total of 18 Landsat-8 images, representing different crop growth stages, were used to derive different vegetation indices (VIs). Data from the yield monitor was used to generate yield maps, which illustrated a definite spatial variation in alfalfa yield across the experimental field for the four studied harvests as indicated by the high spatial correlation values (0.75 to 0.97) and the low P-values (4.7E-103 to 8.9E-27). The yield monitor-measured alfalfa actual yield was compared to the predicted yield form the Vis. Results of the study showed that there was a correlation between actual and predicted yield. The highest correlations were observed between actual yield and the predicted using NIR reflectance, SAVI and NDVI with maximum correlation coefficients of 0.69, 0.68 and 0.63, respectively. PMID:27281189

  10. Effective conservation of Medicago Crop Wild Relatives in Russia and neighbouring countries: a gap analysis points the way forward

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    Gap analysis is an effective way to review and refine conservation strategies for crop wild relatives. We developed a comprehensive database containing over 2400 accessions of Medicago crop wild relatives that had been collected in the area of the Former Soviet Union (FSU). Using the data we develop...

  11. Expression of the Sinorhizobium meliloti C4-dicarboxylate transport gene during symbiosis with the Medicago host plant

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    Boesten, B.

    1999-01-01

    During symbiosis between Sinorhizobium meliloti and the Medicago host plant, the energy required to fix atmospheric nitrogen, is derived from the plant photosynthate. Current evidence indicates that C 4 -dicarboxylates (dCA) are the major and probably only source of carbon provided to the

  12. Leaf calcium oxalate crystal structure and its role in defense against a chewing insect in Medicago truncatula

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    Crystals of calcium oxalate are common in plants and widely distributed among many plant families. These hard and largely insoluble crystals take on many shapes and sizes depending on the tissue and species. In Medicago truncatula, calcium oxalate crystals are abundant in leaves and accumulate in sh...

  13. The Optical Luminosity Function of Void Galaxies in the SDSS and ALFALFA Surveys

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    Moorman, Crystal M.; Vogeley, Michael S.; Hoyle, Fiona; Pan, Danny C.; Haynes, Martha P.; Giovanelli, Riccardo

    2015-09-01

    We measure the r-band galaxy luminosity function (LF) across environments over the redshift range 0 ALFALFA). We find that the global LF of the ALFALFA sample is not well fit by a Schechter function because of the presence of a wide dip in the LF around Mr = -18 and an upturn at fainter magnitudes (α ˜ -1.47). We compare the H i selected r-band LF to various LFs of optically selected populations to determine where the H i selected optical LF obtains its shape. We find that sample selection plays a large role in determining the shape of the LF.

  14. Black Leaf and Stem of Alfalfa Caused by Phoma medicaginis Malbr & Roum. var. medicaginis Boerema

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    Latif R. Susuri

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available Phoma medicaginis has recently been spreading on alfalfa causing black leaf and stem in irrigation fields near Prizren. The average number of lesions is from 18 up to 30 on leaves with an average diameter of 1-10 mm. The average size of pycnidia from diseased alfalfa leaves, stems and PDA is 325 x 338 μm, whereas the average size of pycnidiospores is 7.3 x 3.6 μm. Maximum spore production in average was on PDA 140.9 x 104/ml.

  15. Thermoperiodism Synchronizes Emergence in the Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae).

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    Yocum, George D; Rinehart, Joseph P; Yocum, Ian S; Kemp, William P; Greenlee, Kendra J

    2016-02-01

    Alfalfa seed production in the northwestern United States and western Canada is heavily dependent upon the pollinating services of Megachile rotundata (F.) (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). M. rotundata females nest in cavities either naturally occurring or in artificial nesting blocks. Because of the physical nature of the nest, M. rotundata brood may have limited to no exposure to photoperiodic cues in order to regulate important circadian functions. Therefore, various thermoperiod regimes were used to characterize the possible role of thermoperiodism in synchronizing M. rotundata adult emergence. Adult emergence was monitored using a microprocessor-controlled event logger. Incubating bees under constant 29°C and darkness resulted in an arhythmic adult emergence pattern. Exposing developing M. rotundata to a thermoperiod synchronized emergence to the beginning of the thermophase and decreased the total number of days required for all adults to emerge. The amplitude of the thermoperiod regulated the timing of peak emergence in relationship to the increase in temperature. A thermoperiod amplitude of only 2°C was sufficient to synchronize peak adult emergence to take place during the rise in temperature. Increasing the amplitude of the thermoperiod to 4 or 8°C caused a positively correlated shift in peak emergence to later in the thermophase. Brood stored under constant 29°C and darkness for different durations (May or June early in the growing season or July or August late in the growing season) or under a fluctuating thermal regime (base temperature of 6°C and daily 1-h pulse of 20°C until September or November) maintained their capacity for entraining emergence timing by thermoperiodism. PMID:26385932

  16. Minimizing the time and cost of production of transgenic alfalfa libraries using the highly efficient completely sequenced vector pPZP200BAR.

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    Jozefkowicz, Cintia; Bottero, Emilia; Pascuan, Cecilia; Pagano, Elba; Ayub, Nicolás Daniel; Soto, Gabriela

    2016-09-01

    Alfalfa is the most important forage legume worldwide. However, similar to other minor forage crops, it is usually harvested along with weeds, which decrease its nutrient quality and thus reduce its high value in the market. In addition, weeds reduce alfalfa yield by about 50 %. Although weeds are the limiting factor for alfalfa production, little progress has been made in the incorporation of herbicide-tolerant traits into commercial alfalfa. This is partially due to the high times and costs needed for the production of vast numbers of transgenic alfalfa events as an empirical approach to bypass the random transgenic silencing and for the identification of an event with optimal transgene expression. In this focus article, we report the complete sequence of pPZP200BAR and the extremely high efficiency of this binary vector in alfalfa transformation, opening the way for rapid and inexpensive production of transgenic events for alfalfa improvement public programs.

  17. Minimizing the time and cost of production of transgenic alfalfa libraries using the highly efficient completely sequenced vector pPZP200BAR.

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    Jozefkowicz, Cintia; Bottero, Emilia; Pascuan, Cecilia; Pagano, Elba; Ayub, Nicolás Daniel; Soto, Gabriela

    2016-09-01

    Alfalfa is the most important forage legume worldwide. However, similar to other minor forage crops, it is usually harvested along with weeds, which decrease its nutrient quality and thus reduce its high value in the market. In addition, weeds reduce alfalfa yield by about 50 %. Although weeds are the limiting factor for alfalfa production, little progress has been made in the incorporation of herbicide-tolerant traits into commercial alfalfa. This is partially due to the high times and costs needed for the production of vast numbers of transgenic alfalfa events as an empirical approach to bypass the random transgenic silencing and for the identification of an event with optimal transgene expression. In this focus article, we report the complete sequence of pPZP200BAR and the extremely high efficiency of this binary vector in alfalfa transformation, opening the way for rapid and inexpensive production of transgenic events for alfalfa improvement public programs. PMID:27447893

  18. Comparative transcriptional profiling provides insights into the evolution and development of the zygomorphic flower of Vicia sativa (Papilionoideae.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Vicia sativa (the common vetch possesses a predominant zygomorphic flower and belongs to the subfamily Papilionoideae, which is related to Arabidopsis thaliana in the eurosid II clade of the core eudicots. Each vetch flower consists of 21 concentrically arranged organs: the outermost five sepals, then five petals and ten stamens, and a single carpel in the center. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We explored the floral transcriptome to examine a genome-scale genetic model of the zygomorphic flower of vetch. mRNA was obtained from an equal mixture of six floral organs, leaves and roots. De novo assembly of the vetch transcriptome using Illumina paired-end technology produced 71,553 unigenes with an average length of 511 bp. We then compared the expression changes in the 71,553 unigenes in the eight independent organs through RNA-Seq Quantification analysis. We predominantly analyzed gene expression patterns specific to each floral organ and combinations of floral organs that corresponded to the traditional ABC model domains. Comparative analyses were performed in the floral transcriptomes of vetch and Arabidopsis, and genomes of vetch and Medicago truncatula. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our comparative analysis of vetch and Arabidopsis showed that the vetch flowers conform to a strict ABC model. We analyzed the evolution and expression of the TCP gene family in vetch at a whole-genome level, and several unigenes specific to three different vetch petals, which might offer some clues toward elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying floral zygomorphy. Our results provide the first insights into the genome-scale molecular regulatory network that controls the evolution and development of the zygomorphic flower in Papilionoideae.

  19. Processed Methods of Alfalfa in Rainy Season%雨季苜蓿草加工的几种途径

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    向金城; 曹致中; 仇亨

    2014-01-01

    针对苜蓿草在雨季容易发霉腐烂的问题,笔者提出了青贮、烘干、榨汁后烘干及汁液提取叶蛋白等可行的加工贮存途径。青贮中不论是否添加玉米粉、乳酸、乙酸及乳酸菌接种剂,只要晾晒至半干(含水量50%~60%)铡碎、压紧、隔绝空气,进行半干青贮,都能获得优质青贮苜蓿。%Feasible approaches to preventing alfalfa from decaying during wet seasons were proposed. These approaches include making alfalfa silage, making alfalfa hay and making hay after the juice in alfalfa is extracted. The extracted juice from alfalfa is used to make leaf proteins. When making the alfalfa silage, it is not important whether corn lfour, lactic acid, acetic acid or lactic acid bacteria inoculant are added in the raw materials, as long as alfalfa foliage is pre-dried ( 50%~60%water content), ifnely chopped and ifrmly pressed (to remove air), the high quality foliage/semi-foliage can always be achieved.

  20. Low temperature stress during pupal development and its effects on adult performance in alfalfa leafcutting bees

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    Megachile rotundata, commonly known as the alfalfa leafcutting bee, is a key alternative pollinator. Farmers store pupal M. rotundata over the winter inside a 6°C incubator and then place the pupal bees into incubators at 29°C to initiate adult development. Their goal is to time adult bee emergenc...

  1. Transcriptional regulation of temperature stress response during development in the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata

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    Insects can be significantly affected by temperature induced stress. While evidence of the physiological consequences of temperature stress is growing, very little is known about how insects respond at the genetic level to these stressors. The alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata, an emergin...

  2. Best Phd thesis Prize : Statistical analysis of ALFALFA galaxies: insights in galaxy

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    Papastergis, E.

    2013-01-01

    We use the rich dataset of local universe galaxies detected by the ALFALFA 21cm survey to study the statistical properties of gas-bearing galaxies. In particular, we measure the number density of galaxies as a function of their baryonic mass ("baryonic mass function") and rotational velocity ("veloc

  3. Evaluation of subsurface drip irrigation design and management parameters for alfalfa

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    M.M. Kandelous; T. Kamai; J.A. Vrugt; J. Šimůnek; B. Hanson; J.W. Hopmans

    2012-01-01

    Alfalfa is one of the most cultivated crops in the US, and is being used as livestock feed for the dairy, beef, and horse industries. About nine percent of that is grown in California, yet there is an increasing concern about the large amounts of irrigation water required to attain maximum yield. We

  4. Enhancing forage yields and soil conservation by interseeding alfalfa into silage corn

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    Recent field studies have identified prohexadione-calcium (PHD) as an effective plant growth regulator for enhancing the establishment of alfalfa interseeded into corn as a dual-purpose cover and forage crop. Foliar applications of PHD on seedlings doubled or tripled stand survival of interseeded al...

  5. Correlation of fermentation characteristics with intake and digestibility of alfalfa silage in gestating ewes

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    Baled silage production provides benefits to farmers because it reduces leaf losses, and requires a shorter wilting time, thereby limiting risks of exposure to rain compared with making hay. Our objective was to investigate the correlation of alfalfa silage fermentation parameters with intake and di...

  6. First report of Alfalfa mosaic virus infecting basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) in California.

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    Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) plants collected from a field in Imperial County, CA in May, 2011 were found to exhibit yellowing, chlorotic sectors and spots on leaves, resulting in plants being unmarketable. Total nucleic acid was extracted from plants and tested by RT-PCR for the presence of Alfalfa...

  7. Alfalfa N credits to second-year corn larger than expected

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    Alfalfa can provide substantial amounts of nitrogen (N) to the first crop that follows it. Recent field research on first-year corn confirms that it is highly likely that grain yields will not improve with added fertilizer N, except on very sandy and very clayey soils. It is less clear how much fert...

  8. Milk production response to feeding alfalfa silage inoculated with Lactobacillus plantarum

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    In mini-silo trials, silages treated with a Lactobacillus plantarum silage inoculant (Ecosyl, Yorkshire, UK) had increased in vitro rumen microbial biomass production compared to untreated. Our objective was to determine if alfalfa silage treated with this inoculant could produce a milk production r...

  9. Pythium and Fusarium species causing seed rot and damping-off of alfalfa

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    Seed rot and damping-off is an important disease of alfalfa, severely affecting stand establishment when conditions favor the disease. This disease may have been overlooked as a cause of poor stand establishment and reduced vigor of adult plants. Globally, 15 Pythium species have been found to cause...

  10. Use of Alfalfa for Soil Phosphorus Removal Following Long-Term Manure Application

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    This study was conducted to examine alfalfa remediation effects on a cornfield treated during a 10-yr period with manure at rates matching either the N (MN) or P (MP) requirements of silage corn (Zea mays L.). A commercial fertilizer (NCK) was used as a control. The site was removed from corn prod...

  11. The Impact of Distinct Insect Species on Pollination and Gene Flow in Alfalfa

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    Pollinator species and plant density can influence pollination and gene flow. The efficacy of different floral visitors at tripping alfalfa flowers was examined in both low and high density patches to determine their potential role in pollination. In addition, for a subset of the floral visitors, th...

  12. Potato leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) ecology and integrated pest management focused on alfalfa

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    Knowledge to date on biology of the potato leafhopper, Empoasca fabae (Harris), is summarized, including geographic distribution, development, migration, agricultural host plants, and the mechanism of injury to host plants. Damage to alfalfa, potato, soybean and snap bean, as well as treatment guide...

  13. Population Dynamics of Empoasca fabae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in Central Iowa Alfalfa Fields.

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    Weiser Erlandson, L A; Obrycki, J J

    2015-01-01

    Adults and nymphs of Empoasca fabae Harris (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) and adults of predatory species in the families Coccinellidae, Anthocoridae, Nabidae, Chrysopidae, and Hemerobiidae were sampled in Iowa alfalfa fields from June to September in 1999 and 2000. The relationship between each predatory taxa and E. fabae was examined using regression analysis. In 2000, all predators were found to be positively correlated with the presence of E. fabae during all periods sampled and most likely contributed to mortality. Orius insidiosus (Say) (Hemiptera: Anthoridae) was the most numerous insect predatory species; population numbers ranged from 0 to 1 and 0.1 to 3.7 adults per 0.25 m(2) in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Partial life tables were constructed for E. fabae nymphs for two alfalfa-growing periods. Nymphs were grouped into three age intervals: first and second, third and fourth, and fifth instars. For the first alfalfa growing period examined, E. fabae nymphal mortality was 70% in 1999 and 49% in 2000. During the last growing period of each season (August-September), total nymphal mortality was relatively low (<25%). Adult E. fabae density ranged from 5.4 to 25.6 and 1.4-9.2 per 0.25 m(2) in 1999 and 2000, respectively. E. fabae population peaks were similar for each age interval in all growing periods. This study provides further information on the population dynamics of E. fabae and its relationship with select predatory species in Iowa alfalfa fields.

  14. The alfalfa N credit: field-specific recommendations may be coming

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    Alfalfa can provide all the nitrogen (N) needed for two years of corn. This may sound surprising, but research reports support this statement for about one-half of all trials that have been conducted in the US. However, in other research trials, the need for fertilizer N varied widely and ranged up ...

  15. Forage Quality of Biomass vs. Conventional Alfalfa Cut at Early Bud or Late Flower Maturity

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    Cellulosic bioenergy systems will result in large areas planted to biomass crops. An important question is whether biomass crops can also be used for livestock feed. This study compared forage quality of an experimental alfalfa germplasm developed for a biomass production system with a conventional ...

  16. ECONOMICS AND ENERGY OF ETHANOL PRODUCTION FROM ALFALFA, CORN, AND SWITCHGRASS IN THE UPPER MIDWEST

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    In the U.S., biomass crop systems will be needed to meet future ethanol production goals. We estimated production costs, profits, and energy budgets for three potential crop systems for the Upper Midwest: continuous corn, an alfalfa-corn rotation, and switchgrass. Production costs, profits, and on-f...

  17. Extraction of light filth from whole leaves of alfalfa, lemon balm, papaya, and spearmint: collaborative study.

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    Nakashima, M J; Glaze, L E

    1987-01-01

    Results are reported for a collaborative study to extend AOAC method 44.A06-44.A08 to extraction of light filth from whole leaves of alfalfa, lemon balm, papaya, and spearmint. A 5 g (spearmint) or 10 g (alfalfa, lemon balm, papaya) test portion is defatted with isopropanol in a simple reflux apparatus. Rat hairs, insect fragments, and whole insects are isolated by wet sieving on a No. 230 sieve, a deaerating boil in 40% isopropanol, and flotation with mineral oil-heptane (85 + 15) from Tween 80-Na4EDTA (1 + 1) and 40% isopropanol in a Wildman trap flask. Each product was spiked at a different level. For rat hairs, recoveries averaged 82.2% from alfalfa, 88.9% from lemon balm, 80.6% from papaya, and 79.6% from spearmint. Recoveries of whole or equivalent insects from these products averaged 66.1, 218.8, 69.4, and 85.4%, respectively; recoveries of insect fragments from these products averaged 89.6, 94.4, 94.1, and 88.1%, respectively. The method has been adopted official first action for extraction of light filth from whole leaves of alfalfa, papaya, and spearmint. The extension of the method to lemon balm was not recommended because of interferences by intrinsic whole insects, which were the same species as the spike material. PMID:3436916

  18. The effects of perennial ryegrass and alfalfa on microbial abundance and diversity in petroleum contaminated soil

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    Enhanced rhizosphere degradation uses plants to stimulate the rhizosphere microbial community to degrade organic contaminants. We measured changes in microbial communities caused by the addition of two species of plants in a soil contaminated with 31,000 ppm of total petroleum hydrocarbons. Perennial ryegrass and/or alfalfa increased the number of rhizosphere bacteria in the hydrocarbon-contaminated soil. These plants also increased the number of bacteria capable of petroleum degradation as estimated by the most probable number (MPN) method. Eco-Biolog plates did not detect changes in metabolic diversity between bulk and rhizosphere samples but denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analysis of PCR-amplified partial 16S rDNA sequences indicated a shift in the bacterial community in the rhizosphere samples. Dice coefficient matrices derived from DGGE profiles showed similarities between the rhizospheres of alfalfa and perennial ryegrass/alfalfa mixture in the contaminated soil at week seven. Perennial ryegrass and perennial ryegrass/alfalfa mixture caused the greatest change in the rhizosphere bacterial community as determined by DGGE analysis. We concluded that plants altered the microbial population; these changes were plant-specific and could contribute to degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in contaminated soil. - Plant-specific changes in microbial populations on roots affect degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in contaminated soil

  19. IDENTIFICATION AND OCCURRENCE OF FUSARIUM SPECIES ON SEEDS OF COMMON WETCH, WHITE LUPINE AND SOME WILD LEGUMES

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    Tihomir Miličević

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    Full Text Available The presence and occurrence of Fusarium species was examined on the seeds of cultivated legumes – common vetch (Vicia sativa, white lupine (Lupinus albus, and wild legumes: bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus, wild alfalfa (Medicago sativa, black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia, honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos, sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis, bird vetch (Vicia cracca and meadow vetchling (Lathyrus pratensis. Thirteen Fusarium species were identified - F. verticillioides, F. acuminatum, F. avenaceum, F. tricinctum F. oxysporum, F. scirpi, F. semitectum, F. culmorum, F. proliferatum, F. pseudograminearum, F. sporotrichioides, F. sambucinum and F. heterosporum. Species F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum were determined on seeds of the cultivated legumes (common vetch and white lupine. Other 11 Fusarium species were determined on seeds of wild legumes (bird’s-foot trefoil, wild alfalfa, sweet clover and bird vetch among which the most prevalent were species F. avenaceum and F. acuminatum.

  20. Renal injury, nephrolithiasis and Nigella sativa: A mini review

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    Parichehr Hayatdavoudi

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    Full Text Available Objective: The incidence and prevalence of kidney stone is increasing worldwide. After the first recurrence the risk of subsequent relapses is higher and the time period between relapses is shortened. Urinary stones can be severely painful and make a huge economic burden. The stone disease may increase the vulnerability of patients to other diseases such as renal failure. Medicinal herbs are rich sources of antioxidants which are increasingly consumed globally for their safety, efficacy and low price. Nigella sativa is a spice plant that is widely used for prevention and treatment of many ailments in Muslim countries and worldwide. This review aims at investigation of the effects of Nigella sativa on renal injury and stone formation. Materials and Method: The scientific resources including PubMed, Scopus, and Google scholar were searched using key words such as: nephrolithiasis, urolithiasis, kidney/renal stone, renal injury, renal failure, urinary retention and black seed, black cumin, Nigella sativa and thymoquinone.    Results: N. sativa and its main component, thymoquinone showed positive effects in prevention or curing kidney stones and renal failure through various mechanism such as antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-eicosanoid and immunomodulatory effects. The putative candidate in many cases has been claimed to be thymoquinone but it seems that at least in part, particularly in kidney stones, the herbal melanin plays a role which requires further investigation to prove. Conclusion: N. sativa and its components are beneficial in prevention and curing of renal diseases including nephrolithiasis and renal damages.