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  1. Twelve Elastic Constants of Betula platyphylla Suk.

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    Wang Liyu; Lu Zhenyou

    2004-01-01

    Wood elastic constants are needed to describe the elastic behaviors of wood and be taken as an important design parameter for wood-based composite materials and structural materials. This paper clarified the relationships between compliance coefficients and engineering elastic constants combined with orthotropic properties of wood, and twelve elastic constants of Betula platyphylla Suk. were measured by electrical strain gauges. Spreading the adhesive quantity cannot be excessive or too little when the strain flakes were glued. If excessive, the glue layer was too thick which would influence the strain flakes' performance, and if too little, glues plastered were not firm, which could not accurately transmit the strain. Wood as an orthotropic material, its modulus of elasticity and poisson's ratios are related by two formulas:μij /Ei =μji /Ej and μij 0.95) between the reciprocal of elastic modulus MOE-1 and the square of the ratio of depth to length (h/l)2, which indicate that shear modulus values measured were reliable by three point bending experiment.

  2. A New Monoterpene Glucoside from the Leaves of Betula platyphylla Suk.

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    2001-01-01

    A new monoterpene glucoside, (2E,6Z)-2,6-dimethyl-8-b-D-glucosyloxy-2,6-octadien- oic acid, was isolated from the leaves of Betula platyphylla Suk. The structure was established by spectroscopic data.

  3. PLATYPHYLLIN A, A NOVEL COUMARONE FROM THE LEAVES OF BETULA PLATYPHYLLA SUK.

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    SU-JUAN WANG; YUE-HU PEI; HUI-MING HUA

    2001-01-01

    A novel coumarone, platyphyllin A (1), was isolated from the leaves of Betula platyphylla Suk..The structure elucidation was accomplished by the analysis of spectroscopic data. Compound 1 was identified as a new coumarone skeleton, which was first isolated from plants.

  4. Transcriptomic Analysis of Phenotypic Changes in Birch (Betula platyphylla Autotetraploids

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    Gui-Feng Liu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Plant breeders have focused much attention on polyploid trees because of their importance to forestry. To evaluate the impact of intraspecies genome duplication on the transcriptome, a series of Betula platyphylla autotetraploids and diploids were generated from four full-sib families. The phenotypes and transcriptomes of these autotetraploid individuals were compared with those of diploid trees. Autotetraploids were generally superior in breast-height diameter, volume, leaf, fruit and stoma and were generally inferior in height compared to diploids. Transcriptome data revealed numerous changes in gene expression attributable to autotetraploidization, which resulted in the upregulation of 7052 unigenes and the downregulation of 3658 unigenes. Pathway analysis revealed that the biosynthesis and signal transduction of indoleacetate (IAA and ethylene were altered after genome duplication, which may have contributed to phenotypic changes. These results shed light on variations in birch autotetraploidization and help identify important genes for the genetic engineering of birch trees.

  5. Bioactivity-guided isolation of antioxidant triterpenoids from Betula platyphylla var. japonica bark.

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    Eom, Hee Jeong; Kang, Hee Rae; Kim, Ho Kyong; Jung, Eun Bee; Park, Hyun Bong; Kang, Ki Sung; Kim, Ki Hyun

    2016-06-01

    The bark of Betula platyphylla var. japonica (Betulaceae) has been used to treat pneumonia, choloplania, nephritis, and chronic bronchitis. This study aimed to investigate the bioactive chemical constituents of the bark of B. platyphylla var. japonica. A bioassay-guided fractionation and chemical investigation of the bark of B. platyphylla var. japonica resulted in the isolation and identification of a new lupane-type triterpene, 27-hydroxybetunolic acid (1), along with 18 known triterpenoids (2-19). The structure of the new compound (1) was elucidated on the basis of 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data analysis as well as HR-ESIMS. Among the known compounds, chilianthin B (17), chilianthin C (18), and chilianthin A (19) were triterpene-lignan esters, which are rarely found in nature. Compounds 4, 6, 7, 17, 18, and 19 showed significant antioxidant activities with IC50 values in the range 4.48-43.02μM in a DPPH radical-scavenging assay. However, no compound showed significant inhibition of acetylcholine esterase (AChE). Unfortunately, the new compound (1) exhibited no significance in both biological activities. This study strongly suggests that B. platyphylla var. japonica bark is a potential source of natural antioxidants for use in pharmaceuticals and functional foods. PMID:27060627

  6. Progeny test of tetraploid Betula platyphylla and preliminary selection of hybrid parents

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    Huanwen Xu; Yu Liu; Jing Jiang; Guifeng Liu; Xiyang Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Estimating genetic parameters of parental lines through progeny testing and choosing good hybrid parents are important for genetically improving seed orchard trees. In this study, 24 tetraploid progeny seedlings were used as experimental materials, which came from test cross design:six tetraploid Betula platyphylla lines (Q33, Q13, Q103, Q19, Q83 and Q14) as female parents and four individual B. platyphylla diploid lines (F3, F4, F9 and F11) as male parents were crossed. Variance analysis of height, diame-ter, height-to-diameter ratio, and internodal distance showed that the differences between hybrid combinations reached highly significant levels. Using multi-objective decisionmaking, we performed a comprehensive assess-ment of the various hybrid combinations. Using a selection rate of 20% of the standard, five hybrids were selected;their genetic gains in average height, diameter, height-to-diameter ratio, and internodal distance were 20.95, 6.07, 13.07 and 8.96%, respectively. We also analyzed the combining ability and genetic parameter effect values of parents and hybrid combinations. The combined analysis revealed that Q13, Q103, Q33 and Q83 were superior females; F3, F4, and F9 were superior males; and F3 9 Q13, F4 9 Q83 and F9 9 Q33 were superior hybrid combinations. The heights and diameters of these proge-nies were 22.49 and 11.48% greater than average, respectively.

  7. Overexpression of a MADS-box gene from birch (Betula platyphylla promotes flowering and enhances chloroplast development in transgenic tobacco.

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    Guan-Zheng Qu

    Full Text Available In this study, a MADS-box gene (BpMADS, which is an ortholog of AP1 from Arabidopsis, was isolated from birch (Betula platyphylla. Transgenic Arabidopsis containing a BpMADS promoter::GUS construct was produced, which exhibited strong GUS staining in sepal tissues. Ectopic expression of BpMADS significantly enhanced the flowering of tobacco (35S::BpMADS. In addition, the chloroplasts of transgenic tobacco exhibited much higher growth and division rates, as well rates of photosynthesis, than wild-type. A grafting experiment demonstrated that the flowering time of the scion was not affected by stock that overexpressed BpMADS. In addition, the overexpression of BpMADS resulted in the upregulation of some flowering-related genes in tobacco.

  8. Exogenous GA₃ Application Enhances Xylem Development and Induces the Expression of Secondary Wall Biosynthesis Related Genes in Betula platyphylla.

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    Guo, Huiyan; Wang, Yucheng; Liu, Huizi; Hu, Ping; Jia, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Chunrui; Wang, Yanmin; Gu, Shan; Yang, Chuanping; Wang, Chao

    2015-01-01

    Gibberellin (GA) is a key signal molecule inducing differentiation of tracheary elements, fibers, and xylogenesis. However the molecular mechanisms underlying the effect of GA on xylem elongation and secondary wall development in tree species remain to be determined. In this study, Betula platyphylla (birch) seeds were treated with 300 ppm GA₃ and/or 300 ppm paclobutrazol (PAC), seed germination was recorded, and transverse sections of hypocotyls were stained with toluidine blue; the two-month-old seedlings were treated with 50 μM GA₃ and/or 50 μM PAC, transverse sections of seedling stems were stained using phloroglucinol-HCl, and secondary wall biosynthesis related genes expression was analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR. Results indicated that germination percentage, energy and time of seeds, hypocotyl height and seedling fresh weight were enhanced by GA₃, and reduced by PAC; the xylem development was wider in GA₃-treated plants than in the control; the expression of NAC and MYB transcription factors, CESA, PAL, and GA oxidase was up-regulated during GA₃ treatment, suggesting their role in GA₃-induced xylem development in the birch. Our results suggest that GA₃ induces the expression of secondary wall biosynthesis related genes to trigger xylogenesis in the birch plants. PMID:26404260

  9. Exogenous GA3 Application Enhances Xylem Development and Induces the Expression of Secondary Wall Biosynthesis Related Genes in Betula platyphylla

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    Huiyan Guo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Gibberellin (GA is a key signal molecule inducing differentiation of tracheary elements, fibers, and xylogenesis. However the molecular mechanisms underlying the effect of GA on xylem elongation and secondary wall development in tree species remain to be determined. In this study, Betula platyphylla (birch seeds were treated with 300 ppm GA3 and/or 300 ppm paclobutrazol (PAC, seed germination was recorded, and transverse sections of hypocotyls were stained with toluidine blue; the two-month-old seedlings were treated with 50 μM GA3 and/or 50 μM PAC, transverse sections of seedling stems were stained using phloroglucinol–HCl, and secondary wall biosynthesis related genes expression was analyzed by real-time quantitative PCR. Results indicated that germination percentage, energy and time of seeds, hypocotyl height and seedling fresh weight were enhanced by GA3, and reduced by PAC; the xylem development was wider in GA3-treated plants than in the control; the expression of NAC and MYB transcription factors, CESA, PAL, and GA oxidase was up-regulated during GA3 treatment, suggesting their role in GA3-induced xylem development in the birch. Our results suggest that GA3 induces the expression of secondary wall biosynthesis related genes to trigger xylogenesis in the birch plants.

  10. Analysis of three types of triterpenoids in tetraploid white birches (Betula platyphylla Suk.) and selection of plus trees

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    Sui Wang; Hui Zhao; Jing Jiang; Guifeng Liu; Chuanping Yang

    2015-01-01

    Betulin, oleanolic acid, and betulinic acid are naturally occurring pentacyclic triterpenoids that have significant medicinal value. Considerable amounts of these triterpenoids are available in the outer bark of white birch. In this study, we used ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) to extract triterpenoids from birch bark rapidly and with high efficiency. Using high performance liquid chro-matography (HPLC), three types of triterpenoids were separated and detected. We examined the differences among triterpenoids extracted from diploid versus tetra-ploid white birch. Then, we used factor analysis to screen out tetraploid white birches with comprehensively excel-lent performance. The results indicate that the optimum conditions for extraction include the use of ethanol as an extraction solvent, a solid-to-liquid ratio of 0.1 g/10 ml, ultrasonic power set at 100 W, a temperature of 60 ?C and an extraction time of 15 min. A reversed-phase C18 col-umn (4.6 mm 9 250 mm 9 5 lm) with a column tem-perature of 30 ?C and the mobile phase composed of A (acetonitrile) and B (0.1% aqueous phosphoric acid, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.5 ml/min were used, and the detection wavelength was 195 nm. No significant difference was observed between diploid and tetraploid white birch in terms of the content of three types of triterpenoids (at a confidence level of 0.05). As triterpenoid content, height, and DBH (diameter at breast height) are strongly interre-lated, we used factor analysis to evaluate all individuals, and we screened out six plus trees with excellent com-prehensive characters.

  11. [Allelopathic effects of the humus soils from Betula platyphylla and Quercus liaotungensis pure plantations on 9 kinds of common shrubs and herbs].

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    Huang, Liang-Jia; Liu, Zeng-wen; Zhu, Bo-Chao; Bing, Yuan-Hao; Zhang, Xiao-Xi; Lü, Chen

    2014-06-01

    The humus soils were collected from Betula platyphylla and Quercus liaotungensis pure plantations and woodless land separately where the site conditions were basically the same, and taken as medium for potting culture test of 9 kinds of shrubs or herbs in plastic greenhouse to assess the allelopathic effects of humus soils of pure plantations on shrubs or herbs. Humus soils from B. platyphylla plantation significantly inhibited the seed germinations of Medicago sativa and Melilotus officinalis, decreased the catalase (CAT) activity of M. officinalis, Coronilla varia, M. sativa and Lespedeza davurica, and improved malondialdehyde (MDA) contents in seedlings of Caragana kor-shinskii, C. varia and Astragalus adsurgens. The biomass growths of C. varia, Amorpha fruticosa, M. sativa, M. officinalis and A. adsurgens in humus soils from B. platyphylla plantation were significantly decreased by 48.2%, 45.1%, 44.3%, 37.3% and 36.0%, respectively. In addition, humus soil of Q. liaotungensis plantation significantly decreased the germination rates of M. sativa and A. adsurgens, the chlorophyll contents of Vicia villosa, A. fruticosa and M. sativa, and improved malondialdehyde (MDA) contents in seedlings of Lespedeza davurica, Caragana korshinskii, M. officinalis and A. adsurgens. The biomass growths of A. adsurgens, M. sativa, M. officinalis and A. fruticosa were significantly decreased by 52.6% , 43.8%, 35.5% and 34.6%, respective- ly. B. platyphylla plantation humus soil had obvious inhibition effects on M. sativa, M. officinalis and A. fruticosa, while Q. liaotungensis plantation humus soil had obvious inhibition effects on M. sativa, A. adsurgens and A. fruticosa. PMID:25223017

  12. Ectomycorrhizas in vitro between Tricholoma matsutake, a basidiomycete that associates with Pinaceae, and Betula platyphylla var. japonica, an early-successional birch species, in cool-temperate forests.

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    Murata, Hitoshi; Yamada, Akiyoshi; Maruyama, Tsuyoshi; Neda, Hitoshi

    2015-04-01

    Tricholoma matsutake is an ectomycorrhizal basidiomycete that associates with Pinaceae in the Northern Hemisphere and produces prized "matsutake" mushrooms. We questioned whether the symbiont could associate with a birch that is an early-successional species in boreal, cool-temperate, or subalpine forests. In the present study, we demonstrated that T. matsutake can form typical ectomycorrhizas with Betula platyphylla var. japonica; the associations included a Hartig net and a thin but distinct fungal sheath, as well as the rhizospheric mycelial aggregate "shiro" that is required for fruiting in nature. The in vitro shiro also emitted a characteristic aroma. This is the first report of an ectomycorrhizal formation between T. matsutake and a deciduous broad-leaved tree in the boreal or cool-temperate zones that T. matsutake naturally inhabits. PMID:25236465

  13. 天然杨-桦次生林空间结构特征%Spatial structural characteristics of natural Populus davidiana - Betula platyphylla secondary forest

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    邵芳丽; 余新晓; 宋思铭; 赵阳

    2011-01-01

    运用直径分布和空间结构参数混交度、大小比数和角尺度,分析了木兰围场4 hm2天然杨-桦次生林的空间结构.结果表明:天然杨-桦次生林林分径级结构呈反“J”型曲线;林分平均混交度为0.4,其弱度和零度混交比例达51.6%,山杨、白桦的平均混交度分别为0.25和0.39;以胸径、树高为参数的大小比数基本一致,显示山杨、白桦处于亚优势向中庸的过渡状态;林分水平分布格局与树木起测直径密切相关,当起测直径为1 cm≤DBH<6 cm时,林分呈聚集分布,当起测直径DBH≥6 cm时,林分呈随机分布.%This paper analyzed the spatial structural characteristics of natural Populus davidiana -Betula platyphylla secondary forest in a 4 hm2 plot of Mulan Paddock, based on the diameter distribution and the spatial structure parameters mingling degree, neighborhood comparison, and angle index. In the forest, the diameter distribution of the stands presented as an inverse ' J' curve, the average mingling degree was 0. 4, with the individuals at weak and zero mingling degree reached 51. 6% , and the average mingling degree of P. Davidiana and B. Platyphylla was 0. 25 and 0. 39, respectively. The neighborhood comparison based on the diameter at breast height ( DBH) and tree height was almost the same, suggesting that the P. Davidiana and B. Platyphylla were in the transition state from subdominant to middle. The horizontal distribution pattern had a close relation to the minimum measured DBH, being clustered when the DBH was ≥1 cm and <6 cm, and random when the DBH was ≥6 cm.

  14. The Evaluation of CP-001 (a Standardized Herbal Mixture of Houttuynia cordata, Rehmannia glutinosa, Betula platyphylla, and Rubus coreanus for Cytochrome P450-Related Herb-Drug Interactions

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    Hye Hyun Yoo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, the effect of CP-001, a standardized herbal mixture of Houttuynia cordata, Rehmannia glutinosa, Betula platyphylla, and Rubus coreanus, on cytochrome P450 (CYP enzyme-mediated drug metabolism was investigated in vitro to evaluate the potential for herb-drug interactions. CP-001 was tested at concentrations of 1, 3, 10, 30, and 100 μg/mL. A CYP-specific substrate mixture was incubated with CP-001 in human liver microsomes, and the metabolites generated by each CYP-specific metabolic reaction were measured by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. CP-001 seemed to slightly inhibit some CYP isozymes, but the IC50 values for all CYP isozymes were greater than 100 μg/mL. Furthermore, CP-001 did not exhibit time-dependent CYP inhibitory activities, indicating that it does not act as a mechanism-based inactivator of CYP enzymes. In conclusion, the effects of CP-001 on CYP isozyme activities were negligible at the concentrations tested. Therefore, the likelihood of herbal mixture-drug interaction is considered minimal.

  15. The effect of exogenous sugar solution and high concentration of CO2 on the contents of sugar and protein of Betula platyphylla leaves

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    ZHOUYu-mei; YANGChuan-ping; WANGShu-juan; WUYue-liang; WANGWen-zhang

    2003-01-01

    The content of total sugar,sucrose,fructose and protein in the leaves of 3-yr.-old Betula platyphylla was measured after the treatment by three exogenous sugar solutions(sucrose,fructose,glucose) and three high concentrations of CO2(700,1400,2100μL·L-1) for about a month in 1998.The results showed that spraying three exogenous sugar solutions increased markedly the content of sugar and protein of leaves under 700μL·L-1 and 1400μL·L-1 CO2.The effect of spraying exogenous sucrose solution was the best among the three exogenous sugars.The treatment of spraying exogenous sugar solution and 2100μL·L-1 CO2 constrained the accumulation of total sugar and protein of leaves.There was no difference in protein content of leaves when spraying glucose and fructose solutions under 700μL·L-1 and 1400μL·L-1 CO2.The treatrnent of 2100μL·L-1 CO2 concentration significantly increased the contents of total sugar,sucrose,fructose,and protein of leaves compared with that of the 700μL·L-1 and 1400μL·L-1 CO2 except the plants spraying fructose solution.there was positive correlation between the content of sugar of leaves and CO2 concentration when spraying same exogenous sugar solution.

  16. Elevated CO{sub 2} and limited nitrogen nutrition can restrict excitation energy dissipation in photosystem 2 of Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica) leaves

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    Kitao, M.; Tobita, H.; Maruyama, Y. [Forestry and Forest Products Research Inst., Hokkaido Research Center, Sapporo (Japan); Koike, T. [Hokkaido Univ., Hokkaido Univ. Forests, Sapporo (Japan)

    2005-09-01

    Elevated atmospheric C0{sub 2} concentration [C0{sub 2}] and different levels of nitrogen (N) nutrition can influence the amount of excess excitation energy in photosystem (PS) II and related photosynthetic properties. The interactive effect of two [C0{sub 2}] levels (ambient: 360 {mu}M M{sub -1} and elevated: 720 {mu}M{sub -1}) and two N levels (high: 700 mg N plant{sub -1} and low: 100 mg N plant{sub -1}) on these properties was examined in seedlings of Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica) using simultaneous measurements of gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence. Photosynthetic acclimation to elevated [C0{sub 2}], as indicated by a decline in carboxylation efficiency (CE), was observed in plants Brown at elevated [C02] especially under low N. Elevated [C0{sub 2}] resulted in a decrease in area-based leaf N content (N{sub area}) irrespective of N treatment. The adverse effect of elevated [C0{sub 2}] and low N on CE may have been exacerbated by a greater accumulation of leaf sugar and starch contents in these plants leading to a lower electron transport rate (ETR). While these plants also showed higher non-photochemical quenching (Nq{sub p}) that could offset the reduction in energy dissipation through ETR to some extent, they still have a higher risk of photoinhibition from excessive excitation energy in PSII as indicated by a decrease in photochemical quenching (q{sub p}). However, chronic photoinhibition was not observed in plant Grown at elevated [C0{sub 2}] and low N because they showed no difference in F{sub v}F{sub m} (the maximum photochemical efficiency of PS II) from those Brown at ambient [C0{sub 2}] and low N after an overnight dark adaptation. High levels of Nq{sub p} in plants Brown at elevated [C0{sub 2}] and low N reflect a near saturation of thermal energy dissipation. This impaired capacity of photoprotection would render these plants more vulnerable to photoinhibition in the event of additional environmental stresses such as

  17. Spatial Pattern Analysis of Individuals in Different Age-classes of Betula platyphylla in Huoshan Mountain of Shanxi Province%山西霍山白桦种群不同龄级立木的点格局分析

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    何艳华; 闫明; 武丽君; 张直峰; 毕润成

    2011-01-01

    Betula platyphylla is a pioneer plant and is distributed intensively in Huoshan mountain. One 50 m x 50 m quadrat was established in Qiliyu from which we recorded the DBH of each individual and the spatial points of all individuals were mapped. The data were analyzed by point pattern analysis. All individuals were divided into four DBH classes; DBH I (DBH≤ 7 cm);DBH Ⅱ (7 cm 21 cm).The results of this study showed; (1) The densities of four age-classes varied in the order: age-class n >age-class Ⅲ >age-class Ⅰ>age-class Ⅳ. The middle age-classes Ⅱ and Ⅲ had many more individuals than age-classes I and Ⅳ, which indicated that the population was currently in decline. (2) The individuals of all age-classes focused on clumping distribution in space, except the age-class Ⅰ. The feature of clumping distribution became more significant with increasing age. (3) The relationships between individuals in different age-classes were significantly correlated with each other on a small scale,but became non-significant with increasing scale,except for age-classes I and n ,age-classes Ⅱ and Ⅲ,and age-classes n and Ⅳ.%以山西霍山地区的先锋树种之一白桦( Betula platyphylla)为研究对象,在霍山七里峪林场典型地段设置一个50 m×50 m的样方,应用点格局分析方法对其不同龄级(Ⅰ级、Ⅱ级、Ⅲ级和Ⅳ级)个体的分布格局及相互关系进行了研究.结果表明:(1)白桦种群不同龄级的个体间密度也不相同,中间龄级Ⅱ级(7 cm< DBH≤14 cm)和Ⅲ级(14 cm <DBH≤21 cm)的密度较大,幼龄和老龄个体密度小,年龄结构为衰退型;(2)除Ⅰ级(DBH≤7 cm)外,其余3个龄级集群分布特征比较明显,且随着龄级的增加,集群特征有更明显的趋势;(3)除Ⅰ级和Ⅱ级、Ⅱ级和Ⅲ级、Ⅱ级和Ⅳ级(DBH >21 cm)之外,其余龄级间基本都是小尺度下负关联,并随尺度的增大关联性逐渐变得不显著.

  18. 以光合效率度量天然白桦种群生态位初探%Primary Probing into Niche of Natural Betula platyphylla Population by Means of Photosynthetic Efficiency

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    王爱民; 祖元刚

    2002-01-01

    In terms of photosynthetic efficiency,which demonstrates the space-time function of plant,niche width of B. Platyphylla population was described.First,on the basis of net photosynthetic amount in certain time,the niche width of a birch was calculated.Then,the realized niche and rudimental niche of B. Platyphylla seedlings,young trees and adult trees were discussed.Finally, the dynamic of niche under special conditions was studied.

  19. Accumulation of Triterpenoids in Betula platyphylla Suspension Culture Induced by a Fungal Elicitor%真菌诱导子促进白桦悬浮细胞三萜的积累

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    翟俏丽; 范桂枝; 詹亚光

    2011-01-01

    Endophytic fungus of Phomopsis isolated from birch(Betula platyphylla) bark can be used as an elicitor to induce accumulation of triterpenoids in birch cell suspension culture. The change of dry weight and triterpenoids content of birch suspension cell were investigated at early growth phase, exponential growth phase and late growth phase after a fungal elicitor of 40, 100, and 400 (xg-mL"' concentration was added to birch suspension cells. Results showed that different induction schemes all promoted accumulation of triterpenoids, while the treatments reduced the dry weight of birch cells. Suspension cells at exponential growth phase were most easy to be induced, and 40 ng-mL"' fungal elicitor enhanced the triterpenoids content to 29. 47 mg-g"1, increasing by 789$j than that of the control. We investigated changes in pH and conductivity of the medium, and the activity of phenylalanine ammonialyase ( PAL) and peroxidase ( POD) under the optimal induction condition. Results showed that the fungal elicitor induced alkalinization of the medium and increased the conductivity, and significantly increased the activity of PAL and POD of birch suspension cells, which was 5. 70 and S. 74 fold as high as the control after 6 - 10 h of treatment, respectively. These results suggested that fungal elicitation induced defense reaction in birch suspension cell. General phenylpropanoid pathway and oxidative burst might involved in the triterpenoids accumulation induced by the fungal elicitor.%将促进白桦三萜积累的拟茎点霉属的内生真菌诱导子添加到白桦悬浮培养体系中,研究40,100,400pg·mL-1的真菌诱导子对生长初期、指数生长期和生长末期的悬浮细胞干质量和三萜积累的影响.结果表明:真菌诱导子的不同诱导方案均促进白桦悬浮细胞中三萜的积累,而细胞干质量积累却被抑制;其中最佳诱导条件为在指数生长期的白桦细胞中添加40 μg·mL-1的真菌诱导子诱导1天,诱导

  20. Short-term effects of fire disturbance on greanhouse gases emission from Betula platyphylla-forested wetland in Xiaoxing' an Mountains,Northeast China%火干扰对小兴安岭白桦沼泽温室气体排放的短期影响

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    牟长城; 张博文; 韩丽冬; 于丽丽; 顾韩

    2011-01-01

    By the methods of static chamber and gas chromatography, this paper studied the effects of fire disturbance on the seasonal dynamics and source/sink functions of CH4, CO2 and N2O emissions from Betula platyphylla-forested wetland as well as their relations with environmental factors in Xiaoxing' an Mountains of China. In growth season, slight fire disturbance on the wetland induced an increase of air temperature and ground surface temperature by 1.8- 3.9 ℃ and a decrease of water table by 6.3 cm; while heavy fire disturbance led to an increase of air temperature and 0-40 cm soil temperature by 1.4-3.8 ℃ and a decrease of water table by 33.9 cm. Under slight or no fire disturbance, the CH4 was absorbed by the wetland soil in spring but emitted in summcr and autumn; under heavy fire disturbance, the CH4 was absorbed in spring and summer but emitted in autumn. The CO2 flux had a seasonal variation of summer > spring= autumn under no fire disturbance, but of summer > autumn > spring under fire disturbance; and the N2O flux varied in the order of spring > summer > autumn under no fire disturbance, but of autumn > spring > summcr under slight fire disturbance, and of summer > spring= autumn under heavy fire disturbance.At unburned site, the CO2 flux was significantly positively correlated with air temperature and ground surface temperature; at slightly burned site, the CO2 flux had significant positive correlations with air temperature, 5-10 cm soil temperature, and water table; at heavily burned sites, there was a significant positive correlation between CO2 flux and 5-40 cm soil temperature. Fire disturbance made the CH4 emission increased by 169.5% at lightly burned site or turned into weak CH4 sink at heavily burned site, and made the CO2 and N2O emissions and the global warming potential (GWP) at burned sites decreased by 21.2% -34.7% , 65.6% -95.8% , and 22.9% -36.6% respectively, compared with those at unburned site. Therefore

  1. Terpenes isolated of Coussarea platyphylla Muell. Arg. (Rubiaceae); Terpenos isolados de Coussarea platyphylla Muell. Arg. (Rubiaceae)

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    Araujo, Francieli Casassa Vieira de; Marques, Fabio Goncalves; Silva, Cleuza Conceicao da; Santin, Silvana Maria de Oliveira [Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica], e-mail: smoliveira@uem.br; Nakamura, Celso Vataru [Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Microbiologia; Zamuner, Maria Lucilia Motinha [Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Farmacia e Farmacologia; Souza, Maria Conceicao de [Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil). Dept. de Biologia

    2009-07-01

    The phytochemical investigation of Coussarea platyphylla led to the isolation of triterpenes betulonic and betulinic acid, monoterpenes monotropein and monotropein salt, the diterpene trans-phytol and steroids. The structures of the isolated compounds were assigned on the basis of spectroscopic data, including two-dimensional NMR methods. The antiproliferative properties against human cancer cell lines and molluscicidal activity against Biomphalaria glabrata of the crude methanolic extract and of its fractions were investigated. (author)

  2. Mastito sukėlėjų paplitimas Lietuvos galvijų populiacijoje

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    Stravinskaitė, Vida

    2014-01-01

    Darbo tikslas buvo nustatyti mastito sukėlėjų paplitimą Lietuvos pieninių galvijų populiacijoje. Įvertinti mastito sukėlėjų paplitimą Lietuvoje veisiamų pieninių galvijų bandose. Ištirti metų laiko įtaką mastitų sukėlėjų pasireiškimui karvių piene. Įvertinti mastitų sukėlėjų paplitimą karvių tešmens ketvirčiuose. Ištirti metų sezono ir mastito sukėlėjų įtaką somatinių ląstelių skaičiui pieno mėginiuose.

  3. Diplycosia platyphylla (Ericaceae), a new species from Mindanao, Philippines

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    Fritsch, Peter; Amoroso, Victor

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    Diplycosia platyphylla P.W.Fritsch, a new species from Mindanao Island, Philippines, is described and illustrated. This species is most similar to the Bornean D. urceolata but differs by its green or slightly flushed pink petioles 4–7 mm long, wider leaf blades, acute calyx lobe apices, and lavender mature fruiting calyx. The new species is known only from a single collection made from Mount Apo in North Cotabato Province, southern Mindanao.

  4. Terpenes isolated of Coussarea platyphylla Muell. Arg. (Rubiaceae)

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    The phytochemical investigation of Coussarea platyphylla led to the isolation of triterpenes betulonic and betulinic acid, monoterpenes monotropein and monotropein salt, the diterpene trans-phytol and steroids. The structures of the isolated compounds were assigned on the basis of spectroscopic data, including two-dimensional NMR methods. The antiproliferative properties against human cancer cell lines and molluscicidal activity against Biomphalaria glabrata of the crude methanolic extract and of its fractions were investigated. (author)

  5. Tree competition and species coexistence in a Quercus--Betula forest in the Dongling Mountains in northern China

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    Hou, Ji-hua; Mi, Xiang-cheng; Liu, Can-ran; Ma, Ke-ping

    2006-09-01

    The population size structure, growth dynamics and mode of competition among adult trees (≥ 4 cm DBH) of six abundant tree species in a 5 ha study plot of a temperate deciduous forest in the Dongling Mountains in northern China were investigated using diffusion and growth dynamics models. In the year of 2000, two dominant species, Quercus liaotungensis and Betula dahurica accounted for ca. 68.69% of the total basal area and 52.71% of the total density of adult plants. Q. liaotungensis, Populus davidiana and Acer mono exhibited inverse J-shaped DBH distributions whereas Betula dahurica, B. platyphylla and Salix caprea had unimodal DBH distributions. One-sided interspecific competition was detected between some species combinations at the scale of the 5 ha study plot, and the competitive effect was mainly size-dependent rather than from species-specific interactions with large individuals in the canopy layer out competing smaller individuals in the understory. Symmetric competition was found between Q. liaotungensis and A. mono only. However, considering the straight line relationship of G ( t, x) - √{D(t, x)}, which suggests that competitive asymmetry is very low or absent, combined with the relatively low mortality of trees with a DBH larger than 4 cm, we speculate that asymmetric interspecific competition was not important in structuring this tree community. Regeneration characteristics of each species are most likely important in regulating species coexistence and stand dynamics in this forest.

  6. Rheological Modeling and Characterization of Ficus platyphylla Gum Exudates

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    Nnabuk O. Eddy

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    Full Text Available Ficus platyphylla gum exudates (FP gum have been analyzed for their physicochemical parameters and found to be ionic, mildly acidic, odourless, and yellowish brown in colour. The gum is soluble in water, sparingly soluble in ethanol, and insoluble in acetone and chloroform. The nitrogen (0.39% and protein (2.44% contents of the gum are relatively low. The concentrations of the cations were found to increase according to the following trend, Mn>Fe>Zn>Pb>Cu>Mg>Cd>Ca. Analysis of the FTIR spectrum of the gum revealed vibrations similar to those found in polysaccharides while the scanning electron micrograph indicated that the gum has irregular molecular shapes, arranged randomly. The intrinsic viscosity of FP gum estimated by extrapolating to zero concentrations in Huggins, Kraemer, Schulz-Blaschke, and Martin plots has an average value of 7 dL/g. From the plots of viscosity versus shear rate/speed of rotation and also that of shear stress versus shear rate, FP gum can be classified as a non-Newtonian gum with characteristics-plastic properties. Development of the Master_s curve for FP gum also indicated that the gum prefers to remain in a dilute domain (C

  7. Essential Oil of Betula pendula Roth. Buds

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    Betül Demirci

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The essential oil of Betula pendula Roth. buds was obtained using both hydrodistillation and microdistillation techniques and their chemical compositions were analyzed using both gas chromatography (GC and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS. Overall, more than 50 compounds were identified representing 80% and 92% for hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively. The main components (by hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively found were α-copaene (12% and 10%, germacrene D (11% and 18% and δ-cadinene (11% and 15% in the analyzed essential oils. The microdistillation technique proved to be a useful tool and compliant alternative when compared to hydrodistillation.

  8. Essential Oil of Betula pendula Roth. Buds.

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    Demirci, Betül; Paper, Dietrich H; Demirci, Fatih; Can Başer, K Hüsnü; Franz, Gerhard

    2004-12-01

    The essential oil of Betula pendula Roth. buds was obtained using both hydrodistillation and microdistillation techniques and their chemical compositions were analyzed using both gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Overall, more than 50 compounds were identified representing 80% and 92% for hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively. The main components (by hydrodistillation and microdistillation, respectively) found were alpha-copaene (12% and 10%), germacrene D (11% and 18%) and delta-cadinene (11% and 15%) in the analyzed essential oils. The microdistillation technique proved to be a useful tool and compliant alternative when compared to hydrodistillation. PMID:15841263

  9. Individual variability of seeds radiosensitivity in two species of Betula

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    Interspecific variability of the seed radiosensitivity of common birch (Betula verrucosa) and of while birch (Betula pubescens) have been studied experimentally. Seeds from different trees of both birch species differ considerably in sowing properties and in the response to γ radiation. Level of variability of seed germination and of seedlings ability to survive in the variant without radiation effect is lower for the common birch (Betula verrucosa). Presowing irradiation of seeds in dose of 40 krad causes the increase of the level of seed germination of commmon birch (Betula verrucosa) in 6 times and of white birch (Betula pubescens) in 2 times. No differences are found in dose dependence between two series of different-ploid birch according to averaged values of seed germination for each excerpt

  10. IN-VITRO BIOREDUCTION OF HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM BY VIABLE WHOLE CELLS OF Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201

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    Full Text Available A chromium resistant and reducing bacterium Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201 was isolated from chromite mine overburden dumps of Orissa, India. Viable whole cells of this isolate was capable of completely reducing 100 µM Cr(VI in chemically defined MS medium within 28 h of incubation under batch cultivation. Reduction of chromate increased with increased cell density and was maximum at a density of 1010 cells/ml, but the reduction potential of the suspended cells decreased with increase in Cr(VI concentration in the medium. Chromate reducing efficiency was promoted when glycerol and glucose was used as electron donors, while the optimum pH and temperature of Cr(VI reduction was found to be 7.0 and 35°C respectively. The reduction process was inhibited by divalent cations Ni, Co and Cd, but not by Cu and Fe. Similarly, carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone (CCCP, N,N,-Di cyclohexyl carboiimide (DCC, sodium azide and sodium fluoride were inhibitory to chromate reduction, while in presence of 2,4 dinitrophenol (2,4 DNP chromate reduction by SUK 1201 cells remained unaffected.

  11. Optimization of cultural conditions for growth associated chromate reduction by Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201 isolated from chromite mine overburden

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    Highlights: ► Isolation of a potent Cr(VI) resistant and reducing Arthrobacter SUK 1201 from chromite mine overburdens of Orissa, India. ► Phylogenetically (16S rDNA analysis), Arthrobacter SUK 1201 showed 99% nucleotide base pair similarity with Arthrobacter GZK-1. ► Production of insoluble chromium precipitates during chromate reduction under batch culture by the isolate SUK 1201. ► Confirmation of formation of insoluble chromium precipitate during reduction studies by EDX analysis. ► Optimization of cultural conditions for Cr(VI) reduction under batch culture leading to complete reduction of 2 mM of Cr(VI). - Abstract: Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201, a chromium resistant and reducing bacterium having 99% sequence homology of 16S rDNA with Arthrobacter sp. GZK-1 was isolated from chromite mine overburden dumps of Orissa, India. The objective of the present study was to optimize the cultural conditions for chromate reduction by Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201. The strain showed 67% reduction of 2 mM chromate in 7 days and was associated with the formation of green insoluble precipitate, which showed characteristic peak of chromium in to energy dispersive X-ray analysis. However, Fourier transform infrared spectra have failed to detect any complexation of end products of Cr(VI) reduction with the cell mass. Reduction of chromate increased with increased cell density and was maximum at 1010 cells/ml, but the reduction potential decreased with increase in Cr(VI) concentration. Chromate reducing efficiency was promoted when glycerol and glucose was used as electron donors. Optimum pH and temperature of Cr(VI) reduction was 7.0 and 35 °C respectively. The reduction process was inhibited by several metal ions and metabolic inhibitors but not by Cu(II) and DNP. These findings suggest that Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201 has great promise for use in Cr(VI) detoxification under a wide range of environmental conditions.

  12. Penerapan Strategi Pemasaran Pada UMKM Melalui Metode Analisis SWOT (Studi Pada Toko Pakaian Sukli Fashion di Pasar Petisah Medan)

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    Each business unit aims to maintain its viability and to develop, by maintaining and increasing the profit. These objectives can be achieved through marketing, by implementing marketing strategies by analyzing the internal and external factors of the company. The research was conducted at Sukli Fashion Clothing Store. Phenomenon is the slow progress of this shop business when business efforts have been made. The purpose of this study is to analyze the internal and external factors of comp...

  13. Constitutive Model of Single Root System’s Resistance to Tensile Stress - Taking Pinus tabulaeformis, Betula platyphylla, Quercus mongolica and Larix gmelinii as Experimental Objects

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    Lihua Chen; Pinghua Wang; Yuanjun Yang; Jia He

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    A constitutive model for the stress-strain relationship of single forest root system was developed in order to provide theoretical foundations for the mechanisms of soil-reinforcement by root system and offer a reliable basis for the analysis of root tensile strength character. This study started a general form of linear and non-linear stress-strain relation that was mathematically defined by four boundary conditions observed in typical tensile tests of single roots. The parameters of the mod...

  14. Parasitic fungi of the genera Betula and Salix

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    Iwona Adamska

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In the years 2001-2004, the occurrence of parasitic fungi of plants of the genera Betula and Salix growing in the Słowiński National Park was investigated. The plant species examined included B. pubescens, B. pendula, S. aurita, S. caprea, S. cinerea, S. fragilis, and S. repens. Plants of the genus Betula were affected by 9 species of parasiting fungi. In Poland, three of them (Microsphaera ornata var. europaea, Phyllactinia guttata, Melampsoridium betulinum occur commonly, five (Asteroma leptothyrioides, Discula betulina, Fusicladium betulae, Phyllosticta betulina, Septoria betulina are rare, and Septoria betulae-odoratae has not been recorded to date. Three species, Asteroma leptothyrioides, Fusicladium betulae, Phyllosticta betulina, were found on new plant hosts. Plants of the genus Salix were attacked by 8 species of parasiting fungi. Four of them (Melampsora allii-fragilis, M. caprearum, M. epitea, Uncinula adunca var. adunca are common in Poland, four (Marssonina salicicola, Phyllosticta salicicola, Septoria salicicola, Trimmatostroma betulinum rarely occur here. Uncinula adunca var. adunca, Marssonina salicicola, Phyllosticta salicicola, Septoria salicicola and Trimmatostroma betulinum were associated with the plant species not reported earlier to be their hosts.

  15. Composición del aceite esencial de Cunila platyphylla Epling (Lamiaceae)

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    Loreto Bordignon, Sergio Augusto de; Schenkel, Eloir Paulo; Spitzer, Volker

    1998-01-01

    El aceite esericial de Cunila platyphylla, especie nativa del sur de Brasil, fue analizado por cromatografía de gases (GC), cromatografía en fase gaseosa acoplada a espectrometría de masa (GC/MS) y resonancia magnética nuclear de carbono 13 (13C-RMN). El principal constituyente del aceite de las hojas es la pulegona (71,2%). Otros compuestos encontrados en cantidades significantes son el limoneno (23%) y el lindo1 (l,4%).

  16. Ficus platyphylla promotes fertility in female Rattus norvegicus Wistar strain: a preliminary study

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    Ugwah-Oguejiofor Chinenye J; Bello Shaibu O; Okolo Raymond U; Etuk Emmanuel U; Ugwah Michael O; Igbokwe Vincent U

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    Abstract Background Ficus platyphylla Delile (family- Moracea) commonly called gutta percha tree is a deciduous plant found in savannah areas. It grows widely in the Northern part of Nigeria, up to 60 ft. high and is known as 'gamji' by the Hausas. The seeds, bark and leaves have been used traditionally in combination to promote fertility. Scientifically, the plant has been shown to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and CNS effects. The present study was to validate the use of this plant to p...

  17. Dyeing of Silk with Anthocyanins Dyes Extract from Liriope platyphylla Fruits

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    Huayin Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A new source of natural anthocyanins dyes, from Liriope platyphylla fruit, is proposed. This paper analyzes the dye extracts, the primary color components of the extracts, the color features of the extracts under different pH conditions, and their application in silk dyeing. The research shows that, nine anthocyanins are found in  L. platyphylla fruits by analyzing the results of the HPLC/DAD, MS, and MS/MS spectra. The five major anthocyanins related to delphinidin, petunidin, and malvidin derivatives take up 91.72% of total anthocyanin contents. The color of the solution is red under acidic condition (pH < 3.0 and stays in yellow under alkaline condition with pH values above 7.0. The dye extracts applied to silk fabric with mordant free dyeing show different color under different pH conditions, changing between purple, blue, green, and yellow. However, the dyed colors is light and the dyeing rate is low. Metal mordant such as Sn in chelation enhances the dye depth and improves the fastness of the dyed silk fabrics, especially in silk fabrics dyed by premordanting and metamordanting.

  18. Ecofriendly biodegradation and detoxification of Reactive Red 2 textile dye by newly isolated Pseudomonas sp. SUK1

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    The aim of this work is to evaluate textile dyes degradation by novel bacterial strain isolated from the waste disposal sites of local textile industries. Detailed taxonomic studies identified the organisms as Pseudomonas species and designated as strain Pseudomonas sp. SUK1. The isolate was able to decolorize sulfonated azo dye (Reactive Red 2) in a wide range (up to 5 g l-1), at temperature 30 deg. C, and pH range 6.2-7.5 in static condition. This isolate also showed decolorization of the media containing a mixture of dyes. Measurements of COD were done at regular intervals to have an idea of mineralization, showing 52% reduction in the COD within 24 h. Induction in the activity of lignin peroxidase and azoreductase was observed during decolorization of Reactive Red 2 in the batch culture, which represented their role in degradation. The biodegradation was monitored by UV-vis, IR spectroscopy, HPLC. The final product, 2-naphthol was characterized by GC-mass spectroscopy. The phytotoxicity study revealed the degradation of Reactive Red 2 into non-toxic product by Pseudomonas sp. SUK1

  19. Chemical characteristics of surface colour of birch veneer (Betula pendula)

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    Yamamoto, Akio

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    Julkaistu vain painettuna, saatavuus katso Bibid. Published only in printed form, availability see Bibid This thesis investigates the discoloration of veneer produced from silver birch (Betula pendula) logs by means of biochemical and chemical analyses on the veneer and sap obtained from wood which was soaked at varying temperatures (20-70 ˚C). Drastic colour development was confirmed from the sap squeezed from green birch wood. The results from biochemical tests on the sap by sodium dodec...

  20. Ficus platyphylla promotes fertility in female Rattus norvegicus Wistar strain: a preliminary study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ficus platyphylla Delile (family- Moracea commonly called gutta percha tree is a deciduous plant found in savannah areas. It grows widely in the Northern part of Nigeria, up to 60 ft. high and is known as 'gamji' by the Hausas. The seeds, bark and leaves have been used traditionally in combination to promote fertility. Scientifically, the plant has been shown to have analgesic, anti-inflammatory and CNS effects. The present study was to validate the use of this plant to promote fertility in female Rattus norvegicus Wistar strain using various fertility parameters. Methods Female Rattus norvegicus Wistar strain weighing between 150-180 g were randomly selected and divided into two major groups. Each group was subdivided into 5 treatment groups of 100, 200, 400 mg/kg BW of aqueous extract of F. platyphylla and a control group of 5 ml/kg of distilled water. A positive control of clomiphene citrate was used. Treatment of the first group was discontinued after 15 days prior to mating (pre-mating treatment group, while the other was treated continuously till delivery (continuous treatment group. At the 10th day, females were sacrificed and implantation sites were checked and embryos counted. Upon delivery, litter sizes were determined and the pups weighed and checked for deformities. Other reproductive indices were calculated. Data were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance and students T-test. Proportions were analysed by Chi square. Statistical evaluations were performed using STATS programs and Graphpad prism, and a difference was considered statistically significant at P Results There was a significant reduction in the percentage post implantation losses of both the pre-treatment and the continuous treatment groups when compared to their distil water controls. The litter size of the pre-treatment group was similar to the distil water group while at 400 mg/kg, the continuous treatment group showed an increase in the litter

  1. Phytochemical Investigation, Isolation and Characterization of Betulin from Bark of Betula Utilis

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    Himanshu Joshi; Gyanendra Kumar Saxena; Vikas Singh; Ekta Arya; Rahul Pratap Singh

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    Betula utilis is a hardy perennial plant of moderate size up to 20 M in height, forming the upper limit of forest vegetation. It inhabitates along the Himalayan range from Bhutan westwards, ascending to an altitude of 4200 M. The bark of Betula utilis contains sitosterol, betulin, betulic acid, oleanolic acid, acetyloleanolic acid, lupeol, lupenone, methyl betulonate, methyl betulate and a new triterpenoid karachic acid. The ethanolic extract of powdered drug of Betula utilis was prepared. Mo...

  2. Antimalaria Effect of the Ethanolic Stem Bark Extracts of Ficus platyphylla Del

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The antimalarial effect of the ethanolic stem bark extract of Ficus platyphylla Del was evaluated against Plasmodium berghei infection in mice. Nontreated, experimental control mice died of fulminant parasitemia from day 7 to 9 post-infection but mice treated with the extract at 300 mg/kg showed markedly reduced parasitaemia bouts of 43.50% and a mean survival time of 28 days postinfection. The plant extract prevented a drastic reduction in PCV showing its efficacy in ameliorating anaemic conditions in Plasmodium berghei-infected mice. Histological examination of liver tissues of treated and untreated mice further supports the antimalaria potential of this plant. This observation validates the traditional use of this plant for the treatment of malaria.

  3. Phytochemicals and Estrogen-Receptor Agonists from the Aerial Parts of Liriope platyphylla

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    Full Text Available One new benzofuran, (2R-(2',4'-dihydroxybenzyl-6,7-methylenedioxy-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran (1, one new phenylisocoumarin, 3-(2'-hydroxyphenyl-6,8-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-isocoumarin (2, and one new benzofuroisocoumarin, platyphyllarin C (3, were isolated from the ethanolic extract of Liriope platyphylla aerial parts, along with seventeen known compounds. The structures of the isolates were established by spectroscopic analysis and comparison with the literature data. The results indicated that structures 1–3 are uncommon in Nature. Benzofuroisocoumarin 4, flavonoids 9, 10, and 13–15, and homoisoflavonoids 19 and 20 exhibited significant binding activity to estrogen-receptor α and/or β as demonstrated by the SEAP reporter assay system in an MCF-7 cell-line.

  4. Two new phenylbutanoids from inner bark of Betula pendula.

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    Liimatainen, Jaana; Sinkkonen, Jari; Karonen, Maarit; Pihlaja, Kalevi

    2008-02-01

    Two phenylbutanoids, 7-{3R-[(4-hydroxyphenyl)butyl] beta-glucopyranosid-O-6-yl} 4-O-beta-glucopyranosylvanillin and 3-beta-glucopyranosyloxy-1-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-butanone were isolated from an aqueous methanol extract of the inner bark of Betula pendula. Their structures were determined by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The complete assignment of proton and carbon signals was achieved by 1D and 2D NMR experiments: selective 1D TOCSY, HSQC, HMBC and DQF-COSY. PMID:18098157

  5. Procyanidin xylosides from the bark of Betula pendula.

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    Liimatainen, Jaana; Karonen, Maarit; Sinkkonen, Jari

    2012-04-01

    A procyanidin dimer xyloside, catechin-(4α→8)-7-O-β-xylopyranosyl-catechin, was isolated from the inner bark of Betula pendula and its structure was determined using 1D and 2D NMR, CD and high-resolution ESIMS. Interestingly, the 7-O-β-xylopyranose unit was found to be present in the lower terminal unit of the dimer. In addition to this procyanidin dimer xyloside, an entire series of oligomeric and polymeric procyanidin xylosides was detected. Their structures were investigated by hydrophilic interaction HPLC-HRESIMS. Procyanidin glycosides are still rarely found in nature. PMID:22273040

  6. Isolation and characterization of cyclo-(tryptophanyl-prolyl) and chloramphenicol from Streptomyces sp. SUK 25 with antimethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus activity

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    Alshaibani, Muhanna M; Jalil, Juriyati; Sidik, Nik M; Edrada-Ebel, Ruangelie; Zin, Noraziah M

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    Background Zingiber spectabile, commonly known as Beehive Ginger, is used as an ethnobotanical plant in many countries as an appetizer or to treat stomachache, toothache, muscle sprain, and as a cure for swelling, sores and cuts. This is the first report of isolation of Streptomyces strain from the root of this plant. Strain Universiti Kebangsaan 25 (SUK 25) has a very high activity to produce secondary metabolites against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates due to acquired multidrug resistance genes and causes medication failure in some clinical cases worldwide. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequence exhibited that the most closely related strain was Streptomyces omiyaensis NBRC 13449T (99.0% similarity). Aim This study was conducted to carry out the extraction, identification, and biological evaluation of active metabolites isolated from SUK 25 against three MRSA strains, namely, MRSA ATCC 43300, MRSA ATCC 33591, and MRSA ATCC 49476. Materials and methods The production of secondary metabolites by this strain was optimized through Thronton’s media. Isolation, purification, and identification of the bioactive compounds were carried out using reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography, high-resolution mass spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared, and one-dimensional and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance. Results During screening procedure, SUK 25 exhibited good antimicrobial potential against several strains of MRSA. The best biological activity was shown from fraction number VII and its subfractions F2 and F3 with minimum inhibitory concentration values at 16 µg/mL and 8 µg/mL, respectively. These two subfractions were identified as diketopiperazine cyclo-(tryptophanyl-prolyl) and chloramphenicol. Conclusion On the basis of obtained results, SUK 25 isolated from Z. spectabile can be regarded as a new valuable source to produce secondary

  7. Degradation of Textile Dye Reactive Navy – Blue Rx (Reactive blue–59) by an Isolated Actinomycete Streptomyces krainskii SUK – 5

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    Mane, U. V.; Gurav, P. N.; Deshmukh, A.M.; Govindwar, S. P.

    2008-01-01

    The isolated Actinomycete, Streptomyces krainskii, SUK -5 was found to decolorize and degrade textile dye Reactive blue–59.This azo dye was decolorized and degraded completely by Streptomyces krainskii SUK–5 at 24 h in shaking condition in the nutrient medium at pH 8. Induction in the activity of Lignin Peroxidase,and NADH-DCIP Reductase and MR reductase represents their role in degradation .The biodegradation was monitored by TLC, UV vis spectroscopy, FTIR. and GCMS analysis. Microbial and p...

  8. Optimization of CMCase production from sorghum straw by Aspergillus terreus SUK-1 under solid substrate fermentation using response surface methodology

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    Tibin, El Mubarak Musa; Al-Shorgani, Najeeb Kaid Naseer; Abuelhassan, Nawal Noureldaim; Hamid, Aidil Abdul; Kalil, Mohd Sahaid; Yusoff, Wan Mohtar Wan

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    The cellulase production using sorghum straw as substrate by fungal culture of Aspergillus terreus SUK-1 was investigated in solid substrate fermentation (SSF). The optimum CMCase was achieved by testing most effective fermentation parameters which were: incubation temperature, pH and moisture content using Response Surface Methodology (RSM) based on Central Composite Design (CCD). The carboxymethyl cellulase activity (CMCase) was measured as the defining factor. The results were analysed by analysis of variance (ANOVA) and the regression quadratic model was obtained. The model was found to be significant (p<0.05) and the effect of temperature (25-40°C) and pH (4-7) was found to be not significant on CMCase activity whereas the moisture content was significant in the SSF conditions employed. The high yield of predicted CMCase activity (0.2 U/ml) was obtained under the optimized conditions (temperature 40 □C, pH 5.4 and moisture content of 80%). The model was validated by applying the optimized conditions and it was found that the model was valid.

  9. Red Liriope platyphylla stimulated the insulin secretion through the regulation of calcium concentration in rat insulinoma cells and animal models

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    Lee, Hye-Ryun; Kim, Ji-Eun; Lee, Young-Ju; Kwak, Moon-Hwa; Im, Dong-Soon; Hwang, Dae-Youn

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Red L. platyphylla (RLP) on calcium and glucose levels during insulin secretion. To achieve this, alteration of insulin and calcium concentrations was measured in rat insulinoma-1 (INS-1) cells and animal models in response to RLP treatment. In INS-1 cells, maximum secretion of insulin was detected upon treatment with 200 µg/mL of RLP for 20 min. Nifedipine, an L-type calcium channel blocker, effectively inhibited insulin secretion from ...

  10. Ecological variation of radiosensitivity in the seeds of Betula verrucosa

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    A study was made on variation of radiosensitivity in the seeds of common birch (Betula verrucosa Ehrh). Investigations were carried on in three types of forest-whortleberry birch grove (the top of the hill), mountain cranberry (the middle part of the hill), mixed grass (the bottom of the hill). The seeds in each area were picked from 10 well fruit bearing trees (from the middle part of top). Air-dry seeds were irradiated by 137Cs gamma-rays with 10, 20, 4 krad doses at 138 r/min dose rate. The seeds were let germinate under conditions of natural lighting and room temperatures. Radiosensitivity was evaluated from seed germination and seeding survival, and radiosensitivity variability level - with the help of variation ratio. It was established that differences in radiosensitivity among trees of different types of forest for seed germination and seeding survival of common birch, were not revealed. Radiosensitivity variation, resulted from heterogeneity of ecological conditions in different areas, is lower, than the level of individual variability of this property inside each planting

  11. Degradation of Textile Dye Reactive Navy – Blue Rx (Reactive blue–59 by an Isolated Actinomycete Streptomyces krainskii SUK – 5

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    Mane, U. V.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The isolated Actinomycete, Streptomyces krainskii, SUK -5 was found to decolorize and degrade textile dye Reactive blue–59.This azo dye was decolorized and degraded completely by Streptomyces krainskii SUK–5 at 24 h in shaking condition in the nutrient medium at pH 8. Induction in the activity of Lignin Peroxidase,and NADH-DCIP Reductase and MR reductase represents their role in degradation .The biodegradation was monitored by TLC, UV vis spectroscopy, FTIR. and GCMS analysis. Microbial and phytotoxicity studies of the product were carried out.

  12. Evaluation of chromate reductase activity in the cell-free culture filtrate of Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201 isolated from chromite mine overburden.

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    Dey, Satarupa; Paul, A K

    2016-08-01

    Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201, a chromate resistant and reducing bacterium isolated from chromite mine overburden of Sukinda valley, Odisha, India has been evaluated for its hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] reduction potential using cell-free culture filtrate as extracellular chromate reductase enzyme. Production of the enzyme was enhanced in presence of Cr(VI) and its reducing efficiency was increased with increasing concentration of Cr(VI). The Michaelis-Menten constant (Km) and the maximum specific velocity (Vmax) of the extracellular Cr(VI) reductase were calculated to be 54.03 μM Cr(VI) and 5.803 U mg(-1) of protein respectively showing high affinity towards Cr(VI). The reducing activity of the enzyme was maximum at pH 6.5-7.5 and at a temperature of 35 °C and was dependent on NADH. The enzyme was tolerant to different metals such as Mn(II), Mg(II) and Fe(III) and was able to reduce Cr(VI) present in chromite mine seepage. These findings suggest that the extracellular chromate reductase of Arthrobacter sp. SUK 1201 has a great promise for use in Cr(VI) detoxification under different environmental conditions, particularly in the mining waste water treatment systems. PMID:27176938

  13. Red Liriope platyphylla stimulated the insulin secretion through the regulation of calcium concentration in rat insulinoma cells and animal models.

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    Lee, Hye-Ryun; Kim, Ji-Eun; Lee, Young-Ju; Kwak, Moon-Hwa; Im, Dong-Soon; Hwang, Dae-Youn

    2013-06-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Red L. platyphylla (RLP) on calcium and glucose levels during insulin secretion. To achieve this, alteration of insulin and calcium concentrations was measured in rat insulinoma-1 (INS-1) cells and animal models in response to RLP treatment. In INS-1 cells, maximum secretion of insulin was detected upon treatment with 200 µg/mL of RLP for 20 min. Nifedipine, an L-type calcium channel blocker, effectively inhibited insulin secretion from INS-1 cells. Regarding calcium levels, the maximum concentration of intracellular calcium in INS-1 cells was obtained by treatment with 100 µg/mL of RLP, whereas this level was reduced under conditions of 200 µg/mL of RLP. Further, RLP-treated INS-1 cells showed a higher level of intracellular calcium than that of L. platyphylla (LP), Korea White Ginseng (KWG), or Korea Red Ginseng (KRG)-treated cells. This RLP-induced increase in intracellular calcium was abrogated but not completely abolished upon treatment with 40 µM nifedipine in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, the insulin level was dramatically elevated upon co-treatment with high concentrations of glucose and RLP, whereas it was maintained at a low level in response to glucose and RLP co-treatment at low concentrations. In an animal experiment, the serum concentration of calcium increased or decreased upon RLP treatment according to glucose level compared to vehicle treatment. Therefore, these results suggest that insulin secretion induced by RLP treatment may be tightly correlated with calcium regulation, which suggests RLP is an excellent candidate for diabetes treatment. PMID:23825481

  14. FLUCTUATING ASYMMETRY OF BETULA PENDULA LEAVES AS A BIOINDICATOR OF AEROTECHNOGENIC POLLUTION OF AGROLANDSCAPES

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    Lobkov, V.; Vetrova, J.

    2014-01-01

    The main goal of our research was to determine the variability model and fluctuating asymmetry indices of the metric signs of Betula pendula as a typical species which grow uniformly in the Orel region and Orel.The following problems were solved:to collect material in the planting of silver birch in two areas;to determine the parameters of Betula pendula leaf blade and the level of its asymmetry; to explore the basic statistical properties of the asymmetry parameters of the individual feature...

  15. Dynamics of Betula ermanni population in subalpine vegetation in Changbai Mountain, Northeast China

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    Zou Chunjing; Han Shijie; Wang Xiaochun

    1999-01-01

    Betula ermanni population was divided into three groups: the upper population (2 000~2 200 m), the middle population (1 700~2000 m), and the down population (1 400~1 700 m) in Changbai Mountain. The dynamics of Betula ermanni populations in subalpine vegetation are studied and the population life table,fecundity schedule, survival curves, age structure, and fecundity curves were established. The results showed that the middle population is obviously the transition from the upper population to the down population.

  16. Phytochemical Investigation, Isolation and Characterization of Betulin from Bark of Betula Utilis

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    Himanshu Joshi

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Betula utilis is a hardy perennial plant of moderate size up to 20 M in height, forming the upper limit of forest vegetation. It inhabitates along the Himalayan range from Bhutan westwards, ascending to an altitude of 4200 M. The bark of Betula utilis contains sitosterol, betulin, betulic acid, oleanolic acid, acetyloleanolic acid, lupeol, lupenone, methyl betulonate, methyl betulate and a new triterpenoid karachic acid. The ethanolic extract of powdered drug of Betula utilis was prepared. Most of the constituents were found to be present in the ethanolic extract. Thus it was concluded that constituents of Betula utilis bark are more soluble in polar solvents. The ethanolic extract showed the presence of alkaloids, carbohydrates, flavonoids, saponins and triterpenes. After identification of crude extract, the main work was to isolate the desired compound (betulin. So, fractionation of ethanolic extract was done by suspending it in water and then extracted it with n-hexane and dichloromethane. Betulin was isolated from dichloromethane fraction using column chromatography. Ethyl acetate and n-hexane in various ratios (1:10; 1:5; 1:3; 1:2 was used as eluent for separation of desired compound from the dichloromethane fraction. After isolation of desired compound, it was subjected to characterization. For characterization studies; melting range, TLC and spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, Mass and NMR were utilized.

  17. The correlation of the maximum intensity of fluorescence with pigment characteristics of leaves of Betula pendula

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    Zavoruev, V. V.; Zavorueva, E. N.

    2015-11-01

    Using fluorimeter Junior PAM (Heinz Walz GmbH, Germany) the fluorescence parameters of leaves of Betula pendula are investigated. A linear dependence of the maximum fluorescence (Fm) of leaves from the ratio of total chlorophylls concentration to concentration of carotenoids is obtained. Such dependence is found for samples collected during the period of vegetation and for simultaneous selection of colored leaves.

  18. Spatiotemporal models for predicting high pollen concentration level of Corylus, Alnus, and Betula

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    Nowosad, Jakub

    2016-06-01

    Corylus, Alnus, and Betula trees are among the most important sources of allergic pollen in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere and have a large impact on the quality of life and productivity of allergy sufferers. Therefore, it is important to predict high pollen concentrations, both in time and space. The aim of this study was to create and evaluate spatiotemporal models for predicting high Corylus, Alnus, and Betula pollen concentration levels, based on gridded meteorological data. Aerobiological monitoring was carried out in 11 cities in Poland and gathered, depending on the site, between 2 and 16 years of measurements. According to the first allergy symptoms during exposure, a high pollen count level was established for each taxon. An optimizing probability threshold technique was used for mitigation of the problem of imbalance in the pollen concentration levels. For each taxon, the model was built using a random forest method. The study revealed the possibility of moderately reliable prediction of Corylus and highly reliable prediction of Alnus and Betula high pollen concentration levels, using preprocessed gridded meteorological data. Cumulative growing degree days and potential evaporation proved to be two of the most important predictor variables in the models. The final models predicted not only for single locations but also for continuous areas. Furthermore, the proposed modeling framework could be used to predict high pollen concentrations of Corylus, Alnus, Betula, and other taxa, and in other countries.

  19. Comparative Carbon and Water Relations of Betula nana and Poa pratensis in West Greenland

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    Cahoon, S. M. P.; Sullivan, P. F.; Welker, J. M.; Post, E.

    2014-12-01

    The expansion of woody shrubs throughout much of the Arctic in recent decades is a common observation in response to climate change. However, we lack a complete understanding of how woody shrubs differ physiologically from neighboring species and how these differences may confer competitive advantages to woody shrubs as the climate continues to change. At a site in West Greenland, we combined detailed leaf physiological measurements with stable isotope analysis of plant leaf material, xylem water and soil water to elucidate the processes governing seasonal carbon (C) gain in the two dominant plant species at our study site: Betula nana and Poa pratensis. We hypothesized that cooler, drier soils beneath the Betula canopy would result in greater drought sensitivity during times of high atmospheric demand (i.e. greater water vapor pressure deficit; VPD), which would manifest in reduced leaf carbon isotope discrimination (Δ13C), reduced stomatal conductance (gs) and a negative relationship between leaf Δ13C and Δ18O in accordance with the dual-isotope conceptual model. Data collected over two consecutive growing seasons, however, revealed greater drought sensitivity in Poa, which displayed a dramatic reduction in Amax and gs during periods of high VPD, along with reduced leaf Δ13C. Additionally, leaf Δ13C and Δ18O were negatively correlated in Poa, suggesting strong stomatal influence on Δ13C. Conversely, we found no relationship between leaf Δ13C and Δ18O in Betula, indicating that seasonal variation in Δ13C may have been driven primarily by changes in photosynthesis. Our results suggest that, although Poa maintains greater average leaf-level photosynthesis, this species is more susceptible to drought than Betula. Meanwhile, it may be that Betula employs a strategy to avoid drought stress and maintain steady, yet conservative, C gain. This strategy may enable growth to continue during warm and dry conditions, conferring a competitive advantage for Betula in

  20. Augalų grybinių ligų sukėlėjai Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sode

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    Snieškienė, Vilija; Stankevičienė, Antanina

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    Gausi augalų įvairovė botanikos soduose sąlygoja ir daugelio patogenų plitimą. Tęsiant 1925 m. pradėtus fitopatologinius tyrimus Kauno botanikos sode, šiuo metu VDU Kauno botanikos sodo Augalų patologijos mokslo sektoriaus veiklos tikslas – išanalizuoti Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sodo ekspozicijose ir kolekcijose augančių augalų fitopatologinę būklę – augalų ligų sukėlėjus ir jų pasireiškimo sezoniškumą. Botanikos sodo Dendrologijos, Gėlininkystės, Pomologijos ir Vaistinių ...

  1. The effect of fire disturbance on short-term soil respiration in typical forest of Greater Xing’an Range, China

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    Long Sun; Tongxin Hu; Ji Hong Kim; Futao Guo; Hong Song; Xinshuang Lv; Haiqing Hu

    2014-01-01

    We investigated the effect of fire disturbance on short-term soil respiration in birch (Betula platyphylla Suk.) and larch (Larix gmelinii Rupr.) forests in Greater Xing’an range, northeastern China for further understanding of its effect on the carbon cycle in ecosystems. Our study show that post-fire soil respiration rates in B. platyphylla and L. gmelinii forests were reduced by 14%and 10%, respectively. In contrast, the soil heterotrophic respiration rates in the two types of forest were similar in post-fire and control plots. After fire, the contribution of root respiration to total soil respiration was dramatically reduced. Variation in soil respiration rates was explained by soil moisture (W) and soil tem-perature (T) at a depth of 5 cm. Exponential regression fitted T and W models explained Rs rates in B. platyphylla control and post-fire plots (83.1% and 86.2%) and L. gmelinii control and post-fire plots (83.7%and 88.7%). In addition, the short-term temperature coefficients in B.

  2. Stimulated production of steroids in Inonotus obliquus by host factors from birch.

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    Wang, Lian-Xia; Lu, Zhen-Ming; Geng, Yan; Zhang, Xiao-Mei; Xu, Guo-Hua; Shi, Jin-Song; Xu, Zheng-Hong

    2014-12-01

    Steroids was considered as one of the bioactive components in Inonotus obliquus, while this kind of secondary metabolites are less accumulated in cultured mycelia. In this study, effect of extracts from bark and core of host-related species, birch (Betula platyphylla Suk.), on steroid production of I. obliquus in submerged culture were evaluated. The results showed that all dosages (0.01 and 0.1 g/L) of aqueous extracts and methanol extracts from birch bark and birch core possessed significantly stimulatory effect on steroid production of I. obliquus (P obliquus simultaneously increased in the presence of aqueous extract and methanol extract from birch bark. The results presented herein indicate that extracts from birch bark could act as an inducer for steroid biosynthesis of I. obliquus. PMID:25027706

  3. CORRELATION OF CONTENT ASCORBIC ACID IN THE ASSIMILATION APPARATUS BETULA PENDULA ROTH. WITH AGENT BY PATHOLOGICAL

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    Михаил Эдуардович Баландайкин

    2014-01-01

    Features of influence of set of anthropogenic factors and phytopathologic state of tree Betula pendula on concentration of ascorbic acid in it assimilation apparatus are considered. By criterion of influence Inonotus obliquus (Pers.: Fr.) Pilat and to presence pollution adaptable ability of a plant to action stressful factors, and also possibility of development of the mechanisms which are responsible for inhibition of biosynthesis of ascorbic acid estimated. It is shown that from all analyse...

  4. Effects of artificial defoliation and simulated insect damage on the growth of Betula pendula saplings

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    Varnagiryte-Kabašinskiene I; Araminiene V; Stakenas V

    2016-01-01

    One-year-old silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) saplings were subjected to artificial insect damage and defoliations of varying intensities, and subsequent growth indexes, biomass allocation patterns and photosynthesis were monitored during a 60-day period. Seven treatments were conducted in which the leaves of saplings were perforated with three or six holes per each leaf, and damaged by clipping one-third of each leaf, or they received 25, 50 and 75% defoliations during a single growing sea...

  5. Protective Role of Flavonoids and Lipophilic Compounds from Jatropha platyphylla on the Suppression of Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-Induced Inflammation in Macrophage Cells.

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    Ambriz-Pérez, Dulce L; Bang, Woo Young; Nair, Vimal; Angulo-Escalante, Miguel A; Cisneros-Zevallos, Luis; Heredia, J Basilio

    2016-03-01

    Seventeen polyphenols (e.g, apigenin, genistein, and luteolin glycosides) and 11 lipophilic compounds (e.g., fatty acids, sterols, and terpenes) were detected by LC-MS/MS-ESI and GC-MS, respectively, in Jatropha platyphylla. Extracts from pulp, kernel, and leaves and fractions were studied to know their effect on some pro-inflammatory mediators. Phenolic and lipophilic extracts showed significant inhibitory effects on ROS and NO production while not affecting mitochondrial activity or superoxide generation rate in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation in RAW 264.7 macrophage cells. In addition, NO production was also diminished by lipophilic leaf fractions F1 and F2 with the latter fraction showing a greater effect and composed mainly of sterols and terpene. Furthermore, total extracts showed nonselective inhibitions against cyclooxygenase COX-1 and COX-2 activities. All together, these results suggest that J. platyphylla extracts have potential in treating inflammatory diseases and their activity is mediated by flavonoids and lipophilic compounds. PMID:26872073

  6. Isolation, Characterization and Anticancer Potential of Cytotoxic Triterpenes from Betula utilis Bark

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    Joshi, Pushpa; Pal, Mahesh; Meena, Baleshwar; Upreti, D. K.; Rana, T. S.; Datta, Dipak

    2016-01-01

    Betula utilis, also known as Himalayan silver birch has been used as a traditional medicine for many health ailments like inflammatation, HIV, renal and bladder disorders as well as many cancers from ages. Here, we performed bio-guided fractionation of Betula utilis Bark (BUB), in which it was extracted in methanol and fractionated with hexane, ethyl acetate, chloroform, n-butanol and water. All six fractions were evaluated for their in-vitro anticancer activity in nine different cancer cell lines and ethyl acetate fraction was found to be one of the most potent fractions in terms of inducing cytotoxic activity against various cancer cell lines. By utilizing column chromatography, six triterpenes namely betulin, betulinic acid, lupeol, ursolic acid (UA), oleanolic acid and β-amyrin have been isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of BUB and structures of these compounds were unraveled by spectroscopic methods. β-amyrin and UA were isolated for the first time from Betula utilis. Isolated triterpenes were tested for in-vitro cytotoxic activity against six different cancer cell lines where UA was found to be selective for breast cancer cells over non-tumorigenic breast epithelial cells (MCF 10A). Tumor cell selective apoptotic action of UA was mainly attributed due to the activation of extrinsic apoptosis pathway via up regulation of DR4, DR5 and PARP cleavage in MCF-7 cells over non-tumorigenic MCF-10A cells. Moreover, UA mediated intracellular ROS generation and mitochondrial membrane potential disruption also play a key role for its anti cancer effect. UA also inhibits breast cancer migration. Altogether, we discovered novel source of UA having potent tumor cell specific cytotoxic property, indicating its therapeutic potential against breast cancer. PMID:27453990

  7. CORRELATION OF CONTENT ASCORBIC ACID IN THE ASSIMILATION APPARATUS BETULA PENDULA ROTH. WITH AGENT BY PATHOLOGICAL

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    Михаил Эдуардович Баландайкин

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Features of influence of set of anthropogenic factors and phytopathologic state of tree Betula pendula on concentration of ascorbic acid in it assimilation apparatus are considered. By criterion of influence Inonotus obliquus (Pers.: Fr. Pilat and to presence pollution adaptable ability of a plant to action stressful factors, and also possibility of development of the mechanisms which are responsible for inhibition of biosynthesis of ascorbic acid estimated. It is shown that from all analysed in the yielded work abiotic and biotic factors most essentially the pathogenic factor affects change of concentration of ascorbic acid in sheet plates of trees concerning norm.

  8. Evolutionary dynamics of birch (Betula aetnensis Rafin coppices on the Mount Etna (Sicily

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    Bagnato S

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Evolutionary dynamics of birch (Betula aetnensis Rafin coppices on the Mount Etna (Sicily. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the dynamics of Etna birch stands (Betula aetnensis Rafin following the cessation of silvicultural activities in the Etna Regional Park (Sicily. We investigated forest structure, natural regeneration, vegetation and deadwood in different forest types. Our findings highlighted three different dynamics for birch populations: stable birch stands in the high mountain area which might represent an edapho-climax forest; progressive dynamic birch stands in the intermediate mountain area, showing a gradual depletion of birch and a concomitant replacement with monospecific stands (calabrian pine, beech, oaks or mixed ones (with birch; pure birch stands (typical that tend to be regressive - especially under stressful conditions - and to be replaced by xerophilous grasslands. Following the cessation of coppicing and with stand ageing, the stumps transformation into more homogeneous stand structures have been increasing. Within the context of protected areas the restoration of coppice selection system (with appropriate adaptations could help to maintain the traditional forest landscape, acting as a silvicultural technique with low environmental and landscape impact.

  9. Šunų babeziozės sukėlėjo Babesia canis 18S rRNR geno sekų palyginamoji analizė

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    Frolovienė, Jurga

    2014-01-01

    Šunų babeziozė – tai liga, greitai plintanti visame pasaulyje, kurią sukelia pirmuonys, priklausantys Babesia genčiai. Ligos sukėlėjus platina Dermocentor, Rhipicephalus, Haemaphysalis genties erkės. Lietuvoje paplitę Dermacentor reticulatus erkės - pagrindiniai Babesia canis vektoriai. B. canis patenka į raudonąsias kraujo ląsteles (eritrocitus) ir jas suardo. Kasmet sergamumas šunų babezioze visoje Europoje bei Lietuvoje stipriai auga. Darbo tikslas buvo įvertinti šunų užsikrėtimą Babesia c...

  10. Fungi and bacteria associated with the wet and brown wood in trunk of Betula pendula trees

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    Krystyna Przybył

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Bacteria and fungi were isolated from external and internal zone of brown and water saturated wood of trunk of Betula pendula trees aged 44-46. Quantitative and qualitative differences in the bacterial and fungal populations were found between both the zones. Populations of bacteria increased towards the internal sapwood, contrary to the fungi which more frequently colonised the external zone. The most common bacteria were Pseudomonas spp. (mainly P.fluorescens biovar I whereas Bacillus macerans, B. alvei and Erwinia heibicola were able to degrade the polygalacturonic acid and pectin gels. In case of the fungi population, the most common (more than 3% colonising the external zone were successively: Phialophora fastigiata, Trichoderma harzianum, Alternaria alternata, Mortierella isabellina, Cladosporium herbarum, T. viride, C. cladosporioides and Melanconium betulinum. In the community of fungi occurring in the internal zone, the most common (more than 6.5% were:Cladosporium herbarum, Phialophora lagerbergii and Ph.fastigiata.

  11. Biomonitoring Study of Air Pollution with Betula pendula Roth., from Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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    Slaveya T. Petrova

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The present study is a small part of a program for application the methods of passive and active biomonitoring with tree, herbaceous, moss and lichen species for assessment of the anthropogenic factor in urban conditions. All reported results here are preliminary. Betula pendula was studied as a possible biomonitor of air pollution in Plovdiv. Eight sampling sites in the urban roadside, city center and suburban areas were investigated. Chlorophyll content was determined as essential and sensitive physiological parameter. The concentrations of 26 micro and macroelements were analyzed by FAAS and ICPMS. Maximum for chlorophyll was found in the birch leaves from west part of the town, minimum – in these from north part. More significant variations were detected for Ni, Mn, B, Cr, Co, Fe, Bi, Cd, Al, Zn. Highest concentrations of 12 elements were found in the samples, collected from the central area of Plovdiv.

  12. Slow pyrolysis of birch (Betula) studied with GC/MS and GC/FTIR/FID

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    Nilsson, M.; Ingemarsson, A.; Pedersen, J.R.; Olsson, J.O. [Chalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Physical Chemistry

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    Small samples of wood (15 - 150 mg) from 8 different species of birch (Betula) were pyrolysed at 550{sup o}C. The compounds produced from the pyrolysis were analysed using gas chromatographic (GC) methods: direct injection with GC/FTIR/FID and pre-concentration with GC/MS. A broad distribution of oxygenated organic compounds was formed: aldehydes, acids, ketones, substituted furans and methoxylated phenols. The chromatograms were very similar for all eight species, both with direct injection and pre-concentration. Compared to similar studies for pine and spruces significantly higher amounts were formed in the molecular range 60 - 130 amu. The conifers showed more peaks with a molecular weight above 200 amu. (author)

  13. Estudo químico de extratos de folhas de Betula celtiberica Rothm. & Vasc.

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    Serra, Ana Patrícia Abrantes

    2013-01-01

    O período de estágio final, inserido no Plano de Estudos do Mestrado em Ciências Farmacêuticas da Universidade da Beira Interior, permitiu desenvolver competências técnicas, clínicas e deontológicas necessárias ao exercício da profissão farmacêutica. O presente trabalho encontra-se dividido em duas componentes, sendo a primeira o projeto de investigação de mestrado intitulado “Estudo Químico de Extratos de folhas de Betula celtiberica Rothm. & Vasc.” e a segunda o Relatório de Estágio em F...

  14. Identification of genes differentially expressed in extraradical mycelium and ectomycorrhizal roots during Paxillus involutus-Betula pendula ectomycorrhizal symbiosis

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    MOREL,M; Jacob, C; Kohler, A.; Johansson, Tomas; Martin, Francis; Chalot, Michel; Brun, Annick

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    The development of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis leads to drastic changes in gene expression in both partners. However, little is known about the spatial regulation of symbiosis-regulated genes. Using cDNA array profiling, we compared the levels of expression of fungal genes corresponding to approximately 1,200 expressed sequenced tags in the ectomycorrhizal root tips (ECM) and the connected extraradical mycelium (EM) for the Paxillus involutus-Betula pendula ectomycorrhizal association grown on ...

  15. Effects of reindeer on the re-establishment of Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii and Salix phylicifolia in a subarctic meadow

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    Michael den Herder; Pekka Niemelä

    2003-01-01

    The effect of reindeer browsing on the regeneration of Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii and Salix phylicifolia was studied in a subarctic meadow in Finnish Lapland. The aim of the study was to see whether tree recovery from seeds is possible under heavy reindeer-browsing pressure. After removal of the ground and field layer vegetation in 1986, two exclosures were established so that the effect of reindeer on the secondary succession, starting from seeds, could be studied. The size and the...

  16. Free Recall Episodic Memory Performance Predicts Dementia Ten Years prior to Clinical Diagnosis: Findings from the Betula Longitudinal Study

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    Boraxbekk, Carl-Johan; Lundquist, Anders; Nordin, Annelie; Nyberg, Lars; Nilsson, Lars-Göran; Adolfsson, Rolf

    2015-01-01

    Background/Aims: Early dementia diagnosis is a considerable challenge. The present study examined the predictive value of cognitive performance for a future clinical diagnosis of late-onset Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia in a random population sample. Methods: Cognitive performance was retrospectively compared between three groups of participants from the Betula longitudinal cohort. Group 1 developed dementia 11-22 years after baseline testing (n = 111) and group 2 after 1-10 years ...

  17. Laimo boreliozės paplitimo Lietuvoje ir ligos sukėlėjo Borrelia burgdorferi s. l. ospA geno sekų analizė

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    Juodišiūtė, Indrė

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    Laimo boreliozė (LB) yra labiausiai paplitusi erkių platinama liga. Ligos sukėlėjus perneša Ixodes rūšies erkės. Didelį borelijų paplitimą lemia platus rezervuarinių šeimininkų ratas. Šį susirgimą gali sukelti kelios B. burgdorferi s. l. komplekso bakterijų rūšys: B. afzelii, B. garinii, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto. Šiame darbe buvo tirtos 134 Ixodes ricinus erkės nuo 8 elninių gyvūnų (4 stirnų ir 4 elnių) ir 73 erkės nuo žolės (elninių teritorijoje). Naudojant dauginės polimerazės gra...

  18. Nauja vasarinių miežių dėmetligė ramularija (sukėlėjas Ramularia collo-cygni Sutton et Waller) Lietuvoje

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    Nauja vasarinių miežių dėmėtligė - ramularija (sukėlėjas Ramularia collo-cygni, Sutton, Waller) nustatyta Lietuvos žemdirbystės institute 2004 m. Ramularija atpažinta išryškėjus budingiems jai požymiams. Pagal atsparumą naujai ligai tirtos 33 registruotos Lietuvoje vasarinių miežių veislės tarpusavyje labai skyrėsi. Įvairių veislių miežių pieninės brandos (BBCH 73-77) pažeidimas ramularija svyravo nuo 0 iki 20 proc. Daugiau nei pusė tirtų veislių miežių buvo pažeista iki 5 proc. Tik 4 veislės...

  19. Disappearing population of Betula humilis Schrk. on the Maliszewskie Lake, NE Poland

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    Chrzanowska Agnieszka

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Betula humilis Schrk. is an endangered glacial relict inhabiting wet meadows, natural and drained fens. One of its declining populations is located on the Maliszewskie Lake (the Wizna swamp, north-eastern Poland. The goal of the present study was to estimate the number of B. humilis individuals in this locality. In the Maliszewskie Lake population, 59 ramets, grouped into three clusters, were found. Twelve nuclear microsatellite loci were chosen to genotype 52 ramets. The analysis revealed that all the shoots within the single cluster had the same genotypes at the loci considered. This means that each cluster constituted one genetically distinct individual; thus, there were only three individuals of B. humilis in the studied population. The maintenance of the B. humilis population in the Maliszewskie Lake area requires urgent active protection involving removal of the shading vegetation. In fact, the entire Maliszewskie Lake is worthy of protection because of its hitherto unexplained origin and the occurrence of many endangered bird species.

  20. Identification of SSR loci in Betula luminifera using birch EST data

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    LU Yong-quan; LI Hai-ying; JIA Qing; HUANG Hua-hong; TONG Zai-kang

    2011-01-01

    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) are generated from single-pass sequencing of randomly picked cDNA clones and can be used for development of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers or microsatellites.However,EST databases have been developed for only a small number of species.This paper provides a case study of the utility of freely available birch EST reources for the development of markers necessary for the genetic analysis of Betula luminifera.Based on birch EST data,primers for 80 EST-SSR candidate loci were developed and tested in birch.Of these,59 EST-SSR loci yielded single,stable and clear PCR products.We then tested the utility of those 59 markers in B.luminifera.The results showed 28 (47.6%) yielded stable and clear PCR products for at least one B.luminifera genotype.In addition,this study describes a rapid and inexpensive alternative for the development of SSRs in species with scarce available sequence data.

  1. Effects of artificial defoliation and simulated insect damage on the growth of Betula pendula saplings

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    Varnagiryte-Kabašinskiene I

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available One-year-old silver birch (Betula pendula Roth saplings were subjected to artificial insect damage and defoliations of varying intensities, and subsequent growth indexes, biomass allocation patterns and photosynthesis were monitored during a 60-day period. Seven treatments were conducted in which the leaves of saplings were perforated with three or six holes per each leaf, and damaged by clipping one-third of each leaf, or they received 25, 50 and 75% defoliations during a single growing season (from April to August of 2014. Simulated insect damage and artificial defoliation decreased growth. The 75% defoliation significantly reduced the total dry mass of birch saplings at harvest by 30%, while such reduction did not influence the total productivity. The dry mass of leaves was reduced by 45% when saplings were defoliated by 75% compared to not defoliated saplings. Moreover, the total production of leaves significantly increased in the 75% defoliated saplings compared with control saplings. Artificial defoliation increased the relative biomass allocation to foliage, and this was more evident in defoliated than in mechanically insect-damaged saplings. Despite losing 25, 50 or 75% of leaf mass due to clipping, defoliated birch saplings recovered similar dry masses and root/shoot ratios by harvest as the non-defoliated saplings. Perforation and clipping parts of the leaves, as well as the artificial defoliations, caused the regrowth of biomass that did not significantly change compared to healthy silver birch saplings, and this phenomenon could be assessed as equal-compensatory growth.

  2. Wood properties of Populus and Betula in long-term exposure to elevated CO₂ and O₃.

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    Kostiainen, Katri; Saranpää, Pekka; Lundqvist, Sven-Olof; Kubiske, Mark E; Vapaavuori, Elina

    2014-06-01

    We studied the interactive effects of elevated concentrations of CO2 and O3 on radial growth and wood properties of four trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) clones and paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.) saplings. The material for the study was collected from the Aspen FACE (free-air CO2 enrichment) experiment in Rhinelander (WI, USA). Trees had been exposed to four treatments [control, elevated CO2 (560 ppm), elevated O3 (1.5 times ambient) and combined CO2 + O3 ] during growing seasons 1998-2008. Most treatment responses were observed in the early phase of experiment. Our results show that the CO2- and O3-exposed aspen trees displayed a differential balance between efficiency and safety of water transport. Under elevated CO2, radial growth was enhanced and the trees had fewer but hydraulically more efficient larger diameter vessels. In contrast, elevated O3 decreased radial growth and the diameters of vessels and fibres. Clone-specific decrease in wood density and cell wall thickness was observed under elevated CO2 . In birch, the treatments had no major impacts on wood anatomy or wood density. Our study indicates that short-term impact studies conducted with young seedlings may not give a realistic view of long-term ecosystem responses. PMID:24372544

  3. Responses of selected birch (Betula pendula Roth) clones to ozone change over time.

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    Oksanen, E.

    2003-06-01

    A long-term free air ozone fumigation experiment was conducted to study changes in physiological ozone responses during tree ontogeny and exposure time in ozone sensitive and tolerant clones of European white birch (Betula pendula Roth), originated from south and central Finland. The trees were grown in soil in natural microclimatic conditions under ambient ozone (control) and 1.4-1.7 x ambient (elevated) ozone from May 1996 to October 2001, and were measured for stem and foliage growth, net photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, stomatal density, visible injuries, foliar starch content and bud formation. After 6 years of exposure, the magnitude of ozone-induced growth reductions in the sensitive clone was 12-48% (significant difference), levels similar or greater than those reported earlier for 2- and 3-year-old saplings undergoing shorter exposures. In the tolerant clone, growth of these larger trees was reduced by 1-38% (significant difference in stem volume), although the saplings had previously been unaffected. In both clones, ozone stress led to significantly reduced leaf-level net photosynthesis but significantly increased stomatal conductance rates during the late summer, resulting in a lower carbon gain for bud formation and the onset of visible foliar injuries. Increasing ozone sensitivity with duration of exposure was explained by a change in growth form (relatively reduced foliage mass), a lower photosynthesis to stomatal conductance ratio during the late summer, and deleterious carry-over effects arising from the reduced number of over-wintering buds. PMID:12803615

  4. Genetic and environmental determinants of insect herbivore community structure in a Betula pendula population.

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    Silfver, Tarja; Rousi, Matti; Oksanen, Elina; Roininen, Heikki

    2014-01-01

    A number of recent studies have shown that intraspecific genetic variation of plants may have a profound effect on the herbivorous communities which depend on them. However less is known about the relative importance of intraspecific variation compared to other ecological factors, for example environmental variation or the effects of herbivore damage. We randomly selected 22 Betula pendula genotypes from a local population (block) variation on a local scale, while on a regional scale, genotypic and environmental (site) variation accounted for 4-14% of the arthropod community structure. The genetic effects were modified by environmental variation on both a local and regional scale over one study year, and locally, the largest part of the variation (38%) could be explained by the genotype × environment (block) interactions. Suppression of insect herbivores during one growing season led to changed arthropod community structure in the following growing season, but this effect was minimal and could explain only 4% of the total variation in insect community structure. Our results suggest that both genetic and environmental factors are important determinants of the community structure of herbivorous insects. Together these mechanisms appear to maintain the high diversity of insects in B. pendula forest ecosystems. PMID:24715977

  5. Community structure and regeneration types of Betula dahurica forest in Badaling forest center of Beijing

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    Zhang Yong; Zheng Zhi-hua; Zhang Zhi-xiang

    2007-01-01

    Using plant community analysis methods, we analyzed the floristic characteristics, species composition, community structure, population structure, and spatial distribution patterns of a Betula dahurica forest on the "1238" mountain of Badaling in Beijing, China. The results show that: 1) There are 33 plant species in the B. dahurica community, including 18 woody plant species. The B. dahurica forest is a monodominant community with 75.9% dominance. 2) Based on diameter at breast height (DBH)size class distribution, the population structure of B. dahurica and Acer mono-two heliophyllous and pioneer tree species is cascade-type, with both in an increasing stage. The population structure of Tilia mandshurica and T. mongolica, two shade-tolerant tree species, is inverse-J type, and they have more young seedling individuals and regenerate more stably. They are associated species of the pioneer tree species. The population structure of Quercus mongolica, as the associated species of climax species in the community, is sporadic, and its regeneration is fluctuating and random. Fraxinus rhynchophylla is a shade-tolerant tree species which has a unibar population structure and climax characteristics of pioneer tree species. The relative frequency of young seedlings reached 0.4.3) The dominant species B. dahurica is still in an increasing stage, and the regeneration of other species is steady or partly influences the community, putting the community in the pioneer species stage. From the population structure and distribution frequency ofF. rhynchophylla, the B. dahurica forest will approach to a climax state in the future.

  6. Wood anatomical analysis of Alnus incana and Betula pendula injured by a debris-flow event.

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    Arbellay, Estelle; Stoffel, Markus; Bollschweiler, Michelle

    2010-10-01

    Vessel chronologies in ring-porous species have been successfully employed in the past to extract the climate signal from tree rings. Environmental signals recorded in vessels of ring-porous species have also been used in previous studies to reconstruct discrete events of drought, flooding and insect defoliation. However, very little is known about the ability of diffuse-porous species to record environmental signals in their xylem cells. Moreover, time series of wood anatomical features have only rarely been used to reconstruct former geomorphic events. This study was therefore undertaken to characterize the wood anatomical response of diffuse-porous Alnus incana (L.) Moench and Betula pendula Roth to debris-flow-induced wounding. Tree microscopic response to wounding was assessed through the analysis of wood anatomical differences between injured rings formed in the debris-flow event year and uninjured rings formed in the previous year. The two ring types were examined close and opposite to the injury in order to determine whether wound effects on xylem cells decrease with increasing tangential distance from the injury. Image analysis was used to measure vessel parameters as well as fiber and parenchyma cell (FPC) parameters. The results of this study indicate that injured rings are characterized by smaller vessels as compared with uninjured rings. By contrast, FPC parameters were not found to significantly differ between injured and uninjured rings. Vessel and FPC parameters mainly remained constant with increasing tangential distance from the injury, except for a higher proportion of vessel lumen area opposite to the injury within A. incana. This study highlights the existence of anatomical tree-ring signatures-in the form of smaller vessels-related to past debris-flow activity and addresses a new methodological approach to date injuries inflicted on trees by geomorphic processes. PMID:20639516

  7. Seventeen-year trends in spring and autumn phenophases of Betula pubescens in a boreal environment

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    Poikolainen, Jarmo; Tolvanen, Anne; Karhu, Jouni; Kubin, Eero

    2016-08-01

    Trends in the timing of spring and autumn phenophases of Betula pubescens were investigated in the southern, middle, and northern boreal zones in Finland. The field observations were carried out at 21 sites in the Finnish National Phenological Network in 1997-2013. The effective temperature sum of the thermal growth period, i.e. the sum of the positive differences between diurnal mean temperatures and 5 °C (ETS1), increased annually on average by 6-7 degree day units. Timing of bud burst remained constant in the southern and middle boreal zones but advanced annually by 0.5 day in the northern boreal zone. The effective temperature sum at bud burst (ETS2) showed no trend in the southern and middle boreal zones, whereas ETS2 increased on average from 20-30 to 50 degree day units in the northern boreal zone, almost to the same level as in the other zones. Increase in ETS2 indicates that the trees did not start their growth in very early spring despite warmer spring temperatures. The timing of leaf colouring and leaf fall remained almost constant in the southern boreal zones, whereas these advanced annually by 0.3 and 0.6 day in the middle boreal zone and by 0.6 and 0.4 day in the northern boreal zone, respectively. The duration of the growth period remained constant in all boreal zones. The results indicate high buffering capacity of B. pubescens against temperature changes. The study also shows the importance of the duration of phenological studies: some trends in spring phenophases had levelled out, while new trends in autumn phases had emerged after earlier studies in the same network for a shorter observation period.

  8. Seventeen-year trends in spring and autumn phenophases of Betula pubescens in a boreal environment

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    Poikolainen, Jarmo; Tolvanen, Anne; Karhu, Jouni; Kubin, Eero

    2015-12-01

    Trends in the timing of spring and autumn phenophases of Betula pubescens were investigated in the southern, middle, and northern boreal zones in Finland. The field observations were carried out at 21 sites in the Finnish National Phenological Network in 1997-2013. The effective temperature sum of the thermal growth period, i.e. the sum of the positive differences between diurnal mean temperatures and 5 °C (ETS1), increased annually on average by 6-7 degree day units. Timing of bud burst remained constant in the southern and middle boreal zones but advanced annually by 0.5 day in the northern boreal zone. The effective temperature sum at bud burst (ETS2) showed no trend in the southern and middle boreal zones, whereas ETS2 increased on average from 20-30 to 50 degree day units in the northern boreal zone, almost to the same level as in the other zones. Increase in ETS2 indicates that the trees did not start their growth in very early spring despite warmer spring temperatures. The timing of leaf colouring and leaf fall remained almost constant in the southern boreal zones, whereas these advanced annually by 0.3 and 0.6 day in the middle boreal zone and by 0.6 and 0.4 day in the northern boreal zone, respectively. The duration of the growth period remained constant in all boreal zones. The results indicate high buffering capacity of B. pubescens against temperature changes. The study also shows the importance of the duration of phenological studies: some trends in spring phenophases had levelled out, while new trends in autumn phases had emerged after earlier studies in the same network for a shorter observation period.

  9. BpMADS4 has a central role in inflorescence initiation in silver birch (Betula pendula).

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    Elo, Annakaisa; Lemmetyinen, Juha; Novak, Anu; Keinonen, Kaija; Porali, Ilkka; Hassinen, Minna; Sopanen, Tuomas

    2007-09-01

    Acceleration of flowering would be beneficial for breeding trees with a long juvenile phase; conversely, inhibition of flowering would prevent the spread of transgenes from the genetically modified trees. We have previously isolated and characterized several MADS genes from silver birch (Betula pendula Roth). In this study, we investigated the more detailed function of one of them, BpMADS4, a member of the APETALA1/FRUITFULL group of MADS genes. The expression of BpMADS4 starts at very early stage of the male and female inflorescence development and the activity is high in the apex of the developing inflorescence. Later, some expression is detected in the bracts and in the flower initials. Ectopic expression of BpMADS4 accelerates flowering dramatically in normally flowering clones and also in the early-flowering birch clone, in which the earliest line flowered about 11 days after rooting, when the saplings were only 3 cm high. The birches transformed with the BpMADS4 antisense construct showed remarkable delay in flowering and the number of flowering individuals was reduced. Two of the transformed lines did not show any signs of flower development during our 2-year study, whereas all the control plants formed inflorescences within 107 days. Our results show that BpMADS4 has a critical role in the initiation of birch inflorescence development and that BpMADS4 seems to be involved in the transition from vegetative to reproductive development. Therefore, BpMADS4 provides a promising tool for the genetic enhancement of forest trees. PMID:18251933

  10. 高原湿地纳帕海周边山地不同植被类型枯落物持水特性%Water Holding Characteristics of Litters of Different Species in Mountainous Area of Napahai Plateau Wetland

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    陆梅; 田昆; 赖建东; 赵一鹤; 魏江舟

    2011-01-01

    The water holding capacity was characterized for the litters from eight plantation types in the mountainous area of Napahai Plateau Wetland. The results show that, for all the eight plantation types, the semi-decomposed and decomposed layer had higher litter storage and water reserving capacity than the freshly-littered layer. The litter storage decreased from highwood, shrub to waste grassland. Specifically, the litter storages of natural Picea asperata Mast, mixed forest of Pinus densata Mast and Rhododendron simsii Planch, mixed forest of Salix cupularis Rehd and Betula platyphylla Suk, Crataegus pinnatifida Bge and waste grassland demonstrated a capacity of 36.60, 30.67, 26.63, 25.61 and 5. 30 t/hm2 , respectively. Comparatively, mixed forest of Salix cupularis Rehd and Betula platyphylla Suk had the highest water holding capacity, and seriously human-disturbed Pinus densata Mast had the lowest. The water holding capacity of the litters increased rapidly during the initial first hour, and then slightly increased after 6~10 hour saturation. The highest water absorption rates were observed in the first 30 minute saturation time, and thereafter the rates decreased substantially. Water loss rates were similar for all the litters, showing a linear decreasing trend. Systematic analysis indicated that the litter of mixed forest of Salix cupularis Rehd and Betula platyphylla Suk had the highest water holding capacity, the strongest flood-adjusting capacity, the most ideal water loss process and the highest water supply capacity, and the best hydro-ecological effect among the eight plantation types.%对高原湿地纳帕海周边山地8种不同植被类型枯落物持水特性进行了研究.结果表明,(1)8种植被类型枯落物储量和总持水量均表现出半分解+分解层>未分解层的变化趋势;枯落物储量呈现从乔木林到灌木林和荒草地逐渐降低的总体趋势;高山柳+白桦混交林最大总持水量最大,受人为干扰较为

  11. Influence of meteorological parameters and air pollution on hourly fluctuation of birch (Betula L.) and ash (Fraxinus L.) airborne pollen.

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    Puc, Małgorzata

    2012-01-01

    Pollen grains are one of the most important groups of atmospheric biological particles that originate allergic processes. Knowledge of intradiurnal variation of the atmospheric pollen may be useful for the treatment and prevention of pollen allergies. Intradiurnal fluctuation of hourly pollen counts in 24 h are related to the daily rhythm of anther opening, and modified by various interacting factors. Flowering and pollen production of individual species are influenced by genetic, phenological, ecological, meteorological and climatic factors. Estimation of the intradiurnal variability in the pollen count permits evaluation of the threat posed by allergens over a given area. Measurements performed in Szczecin over a period of 7 years (2006-2012) permitted analysis of hourly variation of the pollen count of birch (Betula) and ash (Fraxinus) in 24 h, and evaluation of the impact of weather conditions and the concentration of gas air pollutants on the intradiurnal patterns of both taxa. Aerobiological monitoring was conducted using a Hirst volumetric trap (Lanzoni VPPS 2000). Consecutive phases during the day were defined as 1, 5, 25, 50, 75, 95, 99% of annual total pollen. The analysis revealed that 50% of total daily pollen was noted at 14:00 for Betula and Fraxinus. The hourly distribution of birch pollen count skewed to the left and the majority of pollen of this taxon appears in the air in the first 12 hours of the day. However, for ash, the hourly distribution of pollen count skewed to the right. Statistically significant correlation was noted between the Betula and Fraxinus pollen concentration and the mean air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, air pressure, total radiation and nitrogen oxides (NO(x)). PMID:23311785

  12. Characterization of Changes in Global Genes Expression in the Distal Colon of Loperamide-Induced Constipation SD Rats in Response to the Laxative Effects of Liriope platyphylla.

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    Full Text Available To characterize the changes in global gene expression in the distal colon of constipated SD rats in response to the laxative effects of aqueous extracts of Liriope platyphylla (AEtLP, including isoflavone, saponin, oligosaccharide, succinic acid and hydroxyproline, the total RNA extracted from the distal colon of AEtLP-treated constipation rats was hybridized to oligonucleotide microarrays. The AEtLP treated rats showed an increase in the number of stools, mucosa thickness, flat luminal surface thickness, mucin secretion, and crypt number. Overall, compared to the controls, 581 genes were up-regulated and 216 genes were down-regulated by the constipation induced by loperamide in the constipated rats. After the AEtLP treatment, 67 genes were up-regulated and 421 genes were down-regulated. Among the transcripts up-regulated by constipation, 89 were significantly down-regulated and 22 were recovered to the normal levels by the AEtLP treatment. The major genes in the down-regulated categories included Slc9a5, klk10, Fgf15, and Alpi, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Cyp2b2, Ace, G6pc, and Setbp1. On the other hand, after the AEtLP treatment, ten of these genes down-regulated by constipation were up-regulated significantly and five were recovered to the normal levels. The major genes in the up-regulated categories included Serpina3n, Lcn2 and Slc5a8, whereas the major genes in the recovered categories were Tmem45a, Rerg and Rgc32. These results indicate that several gene functional groups and individual genes as constipation biomarkers respond to an AEtLP treatment in constipated model rats.

  13. CHANGES OF CUTICLE SURFACE LIPIDS OF POPULUS ITALICA AND BETULA PENDULA CAUSED BY POLLUTION

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    Full Text Available Arboreal plants intensively accumulate heavy metals, resulting in a corresponding revocation level of physiological processes. The lipid components operate an important role in the formation of plant resistance. Therefore, it was very important to determine the characteristics of lipid peroxidation flow in leaves of arboreal plants, and changes in the composition of cuticle surface lipids at different levels of heavy metal accumulation. Research objects were Populus italica (Du Roi Moench and Betula pendula Roth. of second age group, growing on the industrial site РJSC ‘Kryvyi Rig Factory of minium’ (with strong contamination and in the arboretum of Kryvyi Rig Botanic Garden, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (conventional control. Leaves were taken from the middle of the crown southwest exposure in phase of leaf full separation and 5-10 day of phase finishing point of their growth. It was shown that P. italica maximally accumulated zinc, content of which was increased in the phase of leaf full separation and on 5-10 day of phase of leaf growth finishing point relative to the control to 12,6 and 23 times respectively. The accumulation level of heavy metals was typically less significant for assimilation organs of B. pendula compared to P. italica. Thus, the content of zinc and lead in the leaves during the study increased only in 2 times towards control. The leaves of B. pendula, unlike P. italica, more intensively accumulated cadmium in the phase of leaf full separation and on 5-10 day of phase finishing point of their growth (it was 6 and 15 times higher relative to control respectively. It was obviously connected to the fact that the surface texture of poplar leaves may cause intense sticking of dust particles containing heavy metals and penetration into the leaves. The effect of heavy metals in both phases of leaf morphogenesis caused an increase in lipid peroxidation by 40-52% for P. italica and almost by 3 times for B. pendula

  14. Effects of intensive harvesting on forest floor properties in Betula papyrifera stands in Newfoundland

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    This study investigates litter and organic matter production and related site ecology in nine medium to high quality Betula papyrifera stands in three locations in central Newfoundland on a variety of land form and drainage conditions. Three sites, Badger West (BW), Moose Pond (MP) and Middleton Lake (ML) were selected. The ML site has the highest quality (with the best height/age ratio, 18 m/60 yr, and height/DBH ratio, 18 m/30 cm), followed by MP and BW. Litter depth on well developed moders or mulls was usually 2 - 3 cm and varied from 1 - 15 cm. Forest floor depths (measured in 324 profiles) rarely reached 20 cm and was commonly 5 - 10 cm; it varied with position and site. Total and available nutrients indicate that B. papyrifera produces one of the highest-quality organic matter types of the local forest types and is important in improving site quality. The mean N-concentration in green foliage (2.21 %) and trapped litter (1.03 %) was highest at the best quality site ML, followed by MP and BW. The concentration of calcium, 0.85 %, was highest at the poorest quality site. Four years after harvesting, litter depth significantly decreased in all sites and treatments with the exception of the BW whole-tree harvest treatment. Total forest floor depth significantly decreased at all sites in the stem-only harvest treatment as well as the MP whole-tree harvest treatment. There was a significant decrease in available nitrogen following harvesting in both treatments at both the MP and BW sites. Change in available phosphorus was insignificant, with the exception of an increase in the MP stem-only harvest treatment. There was a significant decrease in available potassium at both the ML and BW whole-tree harvest treatments, but a significant increase in the stem-only harvest treatments at ML and MP. There was a significant decrease in available calcium in both treatments at both the MP and BW sites 34 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  15. [Spatial patterns of dominant tree species in sub-alpine Betula-Abies forest in West Sichuan of China].

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    Miao, Ning; Liu, Shi-Rong; Shi, Zuo-Min; Yu, Hong; Liu, Xing-Liang

    2009-06-01

    Based on the investigation in a 4 hm2 Betula-Abies forest plot in sub-alpine area in West Sichuan of China, and by using point pattern analysis method in terms of O-ring statistics, the spatial patterns of dominant species Betula albo-sinensis and Abies faxoniana in different age classes in study area were analyzed, and the intra- and inter-species associations between these age classes were studied. B. albo-sinensis had a unimodal distribution of its DBH frequency, indicating a declining population, while A. faxoniana had a reverse J-shaped pattern, showing an increasing population. All the big trees of B. albo-sinensis and A. faxoniana were spatially in random at all scales, while the medium age and small trees were spatially clumped at small scales and tended to be randomly or evenly distributed with increasing spatial scale. The maximum aggregation degree decreased with increasing age class. Spatial association mainly occurred at small scales. A. faxoniana generally showed positive intra-specific association, while B. albo-sinensis generally showed negative intra-specific association. For the two populations, big and small trees had no significant spatial association, but middle age trees had negative spatial association. Negative inter-specific associations of the two populations were commonly found in different age classes. The larger the difference of age class, the stronger the negative inter-specific association. PMID:19795631

  16. Growth response of downy birch (Betula pubescens) to moisture treatment at an cut-over peat bog in the Šumava Mts., Czech Republic

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    Lanta, Vojtěch; Hazuková, I.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 42, - (2005), s. 247-256. ISSN 0003-3847 R&D Projects: GA ČR GD206/03/H034 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6005908 Keywords : Betula pubescens * cut-over peatland * increment Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 0.315, year: 2005

  17. Phenolic compounds of the inner bark of Betula pendula: seasonal and genetic variation and induction by wounding.

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    Liimatainen, Jaana; Karonen, Maarit; Sinkkonen, Jari; Helander, Marjo; Salminen, Juha-Pekka

    2012-11-01

    The contents of individual phenolic compounds in the inner bark of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) were analyzed by HPLC-DAD. Samples from 21 mature trees originating from three micropropagated parent trees were collected six times over a 1-year period. Significant seasonal variation in the quantities of ten compounds and four chromatographically unresolved compound pairs was found. A majority of the compounds also exhibited significant quantitative variation among birch clones. There were no qualitative differences associated with the season or among the clones. However, wounding of the bark induced the production of new types of bark phenolics: several ellagitannins were detected in the callus tissues of birch for the first time. PMID:23065107

  18. Effects of ozone impact on the gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence of juvenile birch stems (Betula pendula Roth.)

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    Effects of ozone impact on gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence of juvenile birch (Betula pendula) stems and leaves were investigated. Significant differences in the response of leaves and stems to ozone were found. In leaves, O3 exposure led to a significant decline in photosynthetic rates, whereas stems revealed an increased dark respiration and a concomitant increase in corticular photosynthesis. In contrast to birch leaves, corticular photosynthesis appeared to support the carbon balance of stems or even of the whole-tree under O3 stress. The differences in the ozone-response between leaves and stems were found to be related to ozone uptake rates, and thus to inherent differences in leaf and stem O3 conductance. - Leaves of birch were more affected by ozone fumigation than corresponding stems, due to a higher ozone uptake rate

  19. Solar UV-B effects on PSII performance in Betula nana are influenced by PAR level and reduced by EDU

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    Albert, Kristian Rost; Mikkelsen, Teis Nørgaard; Ro-Poulsen, Helge;

    2012-01-01

    The long-term and diurnal responses of photosystem II (PSII) performance to near-ambient UV-B radiation were investigated in High Arctic Betula nana. We conducted an UV exclusion experiment with five replicated blocks consisting of open control (no filter), photosynthetic active radiation and UV...... effects of UV-B. Chlorophyll-a fluorescence induction curves were used for analysis of OJIP test parameters. Near-ambient UV-B radiation reduced across season maximum quantum yield (TRo /ABS = Fv /Fm ), approximated number of active PSII reaction center (RC/ABS) and the performance index (PIABS ), despite...... in reduced UV-B compared to near-ambient UV-B. This demonstrates current solar UV-B to reduce the PSII performance both on a daily as well as a seasonal basis in this High Arctic species....

  20. Effects of decadal exposure to interacting elevated CO2 and/or O3 on paper birch (Betula papyrifera) reproduction

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    We studied the effects of long-term exposure (nine years) of birch (Betula papyrifera) trees to elevated CO2 and/or O3 on reproduction and seedling development at the Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) site in Rhinelander, WI. We found that elevated CO2 increased both the number of trees that flowered and the quantity of flowers (260% increase in male flower production), increased seed weight, germination rate, and seedling vigor. Elevated O3 also increased flowering but decreased seed weight and germination rate. In the combination treatment (elevated CO2 + O3) seed weight is decreased (20% reduction) while germination rate was unaffected. The evidence from this study indicates that elevated CO2 may have a largely positive impact on forest tree reproduction and regeneration while elevated O3 will likely have a negative impact. - In this study, we found that elevated CO2 enhances and elevated O3 decreases birch reproduction and early seedling growth

  1. Sezonske varijacije koncentracije specifi čnog IgE-a prema alergenu Betula verrucosa, Bet v

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    Dodig, Slavica; Petković, Giorgie; Kristić Kirin, Branka

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    Cilj je ispitati sezonske razlike u koncentraciji ukupnog IgE-a (uIgE-a), specifi čnog IgE-a (sIgE) prema alergenu breze, Betula verrucosa - Bet v, te indeks sIgE-a (I-sIgE) u djece preosjetljive na alergen breze, Bet v. Ispitana su djeca s astmom i/ili rinitisom (N=19), preosjetljiva na alergen Bet v. Standardiziranom fl uoroimunikemijskom metodom UniCAP određena je koncentracija uIgE-a, sIgE-a prema Bet v, te izračunat I-sIgE. Odabrani biomarkeri određivani su u sezoni peludacije b...

  2. Characterization of PR-10 genes from eight Betula species and detection of Bet v 1 isoforms in birch pollen

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    van't Westende Wendy PC

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bet v 1 is an important cause of hay fever in northern Europe. Bet v 1 isoforms from the European white birch (Betula pendula have been investigated extensively, but the allergenic potency of other birch species is unknown. The presence of Bet v 1 and closely related PR-10 genes in the genome was established by amplification and sequencing of alleles from eight birch species that represent the four subgenera within the genus Betula. Q-TOF LC-MSE was applied to identify which PR-10/Bet v 1 genes are actually expressed in pollen and to determine the relative abundances of individual isoforms in the pollen proteome. Results All examined birch species contained several PR-10 genes. In total, 134 unique sequences were recovered. Sequences were attributed to different genes or pseudogenes that were, in turn, ordered into seven subfamilies. Five subfamilies were common to all birch species. Genes of two subfamilies were expressed in pollen, while each birch species expressed a mixture of isoforms with at least four different isoforms. Isoforms that were similar to isoforms with a high IgE-reactivity (Bet v 1a = PR-10.01A01 were abundant in all species except B. lenta, while the hypoallergenic isoform Bet v 1d (= PR-10.01B01 was only found in B. pendula and its closest relatives. Conclusion Q-TOF LC-MSE allows efficient screening of Bet v 1 isoforms by determining the presence and relative abundance of these isoforms in pollen. B. pendula contains a Bet v 1-mixture in which isoforms with a high and low IgE-reactivity are both abundant. With the possible exception of B. lenta, isoforms identical or very similar to those with a high IgE-reactivity were found in the pollen proteome of all examined birch species. Consequently, these species are also predicted to be allergenic with regard to Bet v 1 related allergies.

  3. Influence of different particle sizes in the bark chemical composition of Eucalyptus globulus Labill., Betula pendula Roth, Picea abies (L.) Karst, Pinus sylvestris L. e Pinus pinea L.

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    Mirra, Inês Martins Pereira

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    Mestrado em Engenharia Florestal e dos Recursos Naturais - Instituto Superior de Agronomia The goal of this report is to characterize the bark of five industrially important forest species in Europe - Eucalyptus globulus, Betula pendula, Picea abies, Pinus sylvestris e Pinus pinea and to define their potential use as a source of value added chemical products. It was performed the anatomical characterization of bark tissues (dissociated elements), the selective fractionation (si...

  4. What was behind the bark? : An assessment of decay among urban Tilia, Betula and Acer trees felled as hazardous in the Helsinki City area

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    Terho, Minna

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    Old trees growing in urban environments are often felled due to symptoms of mechanical defects that could be hazardous to people and property. The decisions concerning these removals are justified by risk assessments carried out by tree care professionals. The major motivation for this study was to determine the most common profiles of potential hazard characteristics for the three most common urban tree genera in Helsinki City: Tilia, Betula and Acer, and in this way improve management pract...

  5. Ectomycorrhizal Community Structure of Salix and Betula spp. at a Saline Site in Central Poland in Relation to the Seasons and Soil Parameters

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    Hrynkiewicz, Katarzyna; Szymańska, Sonia; Piernik, Agnieszka; Thiem, Dominika

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    Saline stress is one of the most important abiotic factors limiting the growth and development of plants and associated microorganisms. While the impact of salinity on associations of arbuscular fungi is relatively well understood, knowledge of the ectomycorrhizal (EM) fungi of trees growing on saline land is limited. The main objective of this study was to determine the density and diversity of EM fungi associated with three tree species, Salix alba, Salix caprea and Betula pendula, growing ...

  6. Genetic diversity of Betula luminifera populations at different elevations in Wuyi Mountain and its association with ecological factors

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    Yiqing XIE; Zhizhen LI; Ruzhu HUANG; Xiangxi XIAO; Yong HUANG

    2009-01-01

    The random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) technique was used to evaluate the genetic diversity and population structure of 91 genets from four wild populations of Betula luminifera at different eleva-tions in the National Nature Reserve of the Wuyi Mountain,Fujian Province, China. Eighteen random primers (from 139 primers) produced a total of 199 scorable amplified fragments, of which 174 (87.44%) were polymorphic across all individuals. The genetic diversities of B.luminifera at the population level and species level were PPL = 60.05%, h = 0.2242, I= 0.3181 and PPL = 87.44%,h = 0.3442, I= 0.4899, respectively. The value of differ-entiation (Gst= 0.3486) and analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) indicated that there was a relatively high genetic differentiation among populations, and about one-third of the genetic variation occurred among populations. Pearson correlation analysis further revealed that the genetic diversity within populations had significant or very significant correlation with the elevation, climatic factors (annual average temperature and annual precipitation) and soil nutrient factors (total nitrogen, C/N ratio and organic matter). Mantel tests show that there was a significant correlation between the genetic distances among popula-tions and the distance of elevation, and the divergence of soil nutrient factors. The results of the present study suggested that the relatively high genetic differentiation among populations ofB. luminifera at different elevations might be caused by ecological factors and gene flow.

  7. The Effects of Surface Roughness on Adhesion Strength of Coated Ash (Fraxinus excelsior L. and Birch (Betula L. Wood

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    Justina VITOSYTĖ

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available For the evaluation of surface roughness impact on adhesion properties, the samples of dried ash (Fraxinus excelsior L. and birch (Betula L. wood were used. Before wood finishing, the surfaces of the samples were sanded. In order to get different surface roughness the abrasive material of P80, P120, P150, P180, P220 and P240 grit was used. The parameters of surface roughness Ra, Rz and Rmax were measured in three directions: along the wood grain, across the grain and in the angle of 45º. Comparison of the results showed the non-linear dependency of roughness parameters. Afterwards the wood surface was coated with three different acrylic-polyurethane coating systems (1 layer of varnish without primer, 1 layer of primer and 1 layer of varnish, and 1 layer of primer and 2 layers of varnish. The adhesion strength was assessed using the pull-off method. Also the nature of the fracture was evaluated. It was determined that the peculiarities of surface roughness, coating system type and wood species signally results the values of the adhesion strength.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.18.4.3094

  8. Effects of reindeer on the re-establishment of Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii and Salix phylicifolia in a subarctic meadow

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    Michael den Herder

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available The effect of reindeer browsing on the regeneration of Betula pubescens subsp. czerepanovii and Salix phylicifolia was studied in a subarctic meadow in Finnish Lapland. The aim of the study was to see whether tree recovery from seeds is possible under heavy reindeer-browsing pressure. After removal of the ground and field layer vegetation in 1986, two exclosures were established so that the effect of reindeer on the secondary succession, starting from seeds, could be studied. The size and the number of B. pubescens and S. phylicifolia were recorded in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1999. Reindeer significantly reduced the height and the number of saplings (plants > 10 cm high of B. pubescens and S. phylicifolia but the number of seedlings (plants < 10 cm high did not differ between browsed and unbrowsed plots. Furthermore the heightclass distribution of saplings was different inside the exlosures compared to control areas. Over time browsed plots continued to have high densities of small saplings while in protected plots an increasing number of larger saplings appeared. In our study site, regeneration from seeds seemed possible although the height of B. pubescens and S. phylicifolia was limited by reindeer. 

  9. Effects of long-term open-field ozone exposure on leaf phenolics of European silver birch (Betula pendula Roth).

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    Saleem, A; Loponen, J; Pihlaja, K; Oksanen, E

    2001-05-01

    The response of phenolic compounds as a result of long-term low open-field ozone exposure was studied in ozone-sensitive and ozone-tolerant clones of European silver birch (Betula pendula Roth). The saplings were exposed to 1.5-1.6 times the ambient (elevated) ozone and ambient air (as control) over three growing seasons from May 1996 until August 1998. Quantification by modified Folin-Ciocalteau assay showed a 16.2% increase in total phenolics in elevated ozone plants as compared to that in controls and a corresponding 9.9% increase of 10 phenolic compounds quantified by HPLC. Five nonflavonoids and five flavonoids showed 8.4% and 11.4% increases, respectively. The phenolic results indicated slightly higher ozone sensitivity of clone 5 as compared to clone 2. The most ozone-responsive phenolic compounds in clone 2 and clone 5 were (+)-catechin (CT), chlorogenic acid (CGA), 5-p-coumaroylquinic acid (5CQA), 3-p-coumaroylquinic acid (3CQA), myricetin galactopyranoside (MG), quercetin-3-O-glucuronopyranoside (QGR), and quercetin-3-O-arabinofuranoside (QA). Increased phenolic content in ozone-exposed plants was related to impaired growth and accelerated leaf senescence, indicated by enhanced autumn leaf yellowing and lower chlorophyll and Mg content. The change in carbon allocation towards defensive phenolics at the expense of growth was greater in the ozone-sensitive clone as compared to tolerant clone. PMID:11471939

  10. Effects of long-term, elevated ultraviolet-B radiation on phytochemicals in the bark of silver birch (Betula pendula).

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    Tegelberg, Riitta; Aphalo, Pedro J; Julkunen-Tiitto, Riitta

    2002-12-01

    Long-term outdoor experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of elevated ultraviolet-B (UV-B, 280-320 nm) radiation on secondary metabolites (phenolics and terpenoids) and the main soluble sugars (sucrose, raffinose and glucose) in the bark of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) saplings. Saplings were exposed to a constant 50% increase in erythemal UV irradiance (UV-B(CIE); based on the CIE (International Commission on Illumination) erythemal action spectrum) and a small increase in UV-A radiation (320-400 nm) for three growing seasons in an irradiation field in central Finland. Two control groups were used: saplings exposed to ambient radiation and saplings exposed to slightly increased UV-A radiation. Concentrations of sucrose, raffinose and glucose in bark were higher in UV-treated saplings than in saplings grown in ambient radiation, indicating that stem carbohydrate metabolism was changed by long-term elevated UV radiation. Saplings in the elevated UV-A + UV-B radiation treatment and the UV-A radiation control treatment had significantly increased concentrations of certain UV-absorbing phenolics, such as salidroside, 3,4'-dihydroxypropiophenone-3-glucoside, (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin compared with saplings in ambient radiation. In contrast, the radiation treatments had no effect on the non-UV-B-absorbing terpenoids, papyriferic acid and deacetylpapyriferic acid. We conclude that plant parts, in addition to leaves, accumulate specific phenolic UV-filters in response to UV radiation exposure. PMID:12464579

  11. Modelling of the spring phenological phases of the Silver birch Betula pendula and Bird cherry Padus racemosa in Baltic region

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    Kalvāns, Andis; Kalvāne, Gunta; Bitāne, Māra; Cepīte-Frišfelde, Daiga; Sīle, Tija; Seņņikovs, Juris

    2014-05-01

    The air temperature is the strongest driving factor of the plant development during spring time in moderate climate conditions. However other factors such as the air temperature during the dormancy period and light conditions can play a role as well. The full potential of the recent and historical phenological observation data can be utilised by modelling tools. We have calibrated seven phenological models described in scientific literature to calculate the likely dates leaf unfolding and start of flowering of the Silver birch Betula pendula and bird cherry Padus racemosa (Kalvāns at al, accepted). Phenological observations are derived from voluntary observation network for period 1960-2009 in Latvia. The number of used observations for each phase range from 149 to 172. Air temperature data measured in meteorological stations closest to the corresponding phenological observation sites are obtained from Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. We used 33 random data subsamples for model calibration to produce a range of model coefficients enabling the estimation of the phenological model uncertainty. It is found that the best reproduction of the observational data are obtained using a simple linear degree day model considering daily minimum and maximum temperature and more complex sigmoidal model honouring the need for low temperatures for dormancy release (UniChill, Chuine, 2000). The median calibration base temperature in the degree day model for the silver birch leaf unfolding is 5.6°C and for start of the flowering 6.7°C; for the bird cherry the corresponding base temperatures are 3.2°C and 3.4°C. The calibrated models and air temperature archive data derived from the Danish Meteorological Institute is used to simulate the respective phase onset in the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 2009. Significant regional differences between modelled phase onset times are observed. There is a wide regional variation of the model uncertainty as well

  12. Birch (Betula spp.) wood biochar is a potential soil amendment to reduce glyphosate leaching in agricultural soils.

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    Hagner, Marleena; Hallman, Sanna; Jauhiainen, Lauri; Kemppainen, Riitta; Rämö, Sari; Tiilikkala, Kari; Setälä, Heikki

    2015-12-01

    Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine), a commonly used herbicide in agriculture can leach to deeper soil layers and settle in surface- and ground waters. To mitigate the leaching of pesticides and nutrients, biochar has been suggested as a potential soil amendment due to its ability to sorb both organic and inorganic substances. However, the efficiency of biochar in retaining agro-chemicals in the soil is likely to vary with feedstock material and pyrolysis conditions. A greenhouse pot experiment, mimicking a crop rotation cycle of three plant genera, was established to study the effects of pyrolysis temperature on the ability of birch (Betula sp.) wood originated biochar to reduce the leaching of (i) glyphosate, (ii) its primary degradation product AMPA and (iii) phosphorus from the soil. The biochar types used were produced at three different temperatures: 300 °C (BC300), 375 °C (BC375) and 475 °C (BC475). Compared to the control treatment without biochar, the leaching of glyphosate was reduced by 81%, 74% and 58% in BC300, BC375 and BC475 treated soils, respectively. The respective values for AMPA were 46%, 39% and 23%. Biochar had no significant effect on the retention of water-soluble phosphorus in the soil. Our results corroborate earlier findings on pesticides, suggesting that biochar amendment to the soil is a promising way to reduce also the leaching of glyphosate. Importantly, the ability of biochar to adsorb agro-chemicals depends on the temperature at which feedstock is pyrolysed. PMID:26342266

  13. Effect of air pollutant NO2 on Betula pendula, Ostrya carpinifolia and Carpinus betulus pollen fertility and human allergenicity

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    Pollen of Betula pendula, Ostrya carpinifolia and Carpinus betulus was exposed in vitro to two levels of NO2 (about 0.034 and 0.067 ppm) – both below current atmospheric hour-limit value acceptable for human health protection in Europe (0.11 ppm for NO2). Experiments were performed under artificial solar light with temperature and relative humidity continuously monitored. The viability, germination and total soluble proteins of all the pollen samples exposed to NO2 decreased significantly when compared with the non-exposed. The polypeptide profiles of all the pollen samples showed bands between 15 and 70 kDa and the exposure to NO2 did not produce any detectable changes in these profiles. However, the immunodetection assays indicated higher IgE recognition by patient sera sensitized to the pollen extracts from all exposed samples in comparison to the non-exposed samples. The common reactive bands to the three pollen samples correspond to 58 and 17 kDa proteins. -- Highlights: • A synthetic atmosphere containing relatively low levels of the air pollutant NO2 was simulated. • Betulaceae pollen was in vitro exposed to low levels of atmospheric NO2 pollutant. • The fertility of the Betulaceae pollen exposed to NO2 decreased significantly. • The human allergenicity of the Betulaceae pollen exposed to NO2 increased. -- When the pollen of birch trees were exposed to low levels of air pollutant NO2, a decrease in the fertility, and an increase on the allergic reactivity, were observed

  14. Large-scale climate variability and its effects on mean temperature and flowering time of Prunus and Betula in Denmark

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    Gormsen, A. K.; Hense, A.; Toldam-Andersen, T. B.; Braun, P.

    2005-08-01

    Large-scale climate variability largely affects average climatic conditions and therefore is likely to influence the phenology of plants. In NW-Europe, the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) particularly influences winter climate and, through climate interactions on plants, flowering time of all tree species. In Denmark, like in many other NW-European countries, flowering of most tree species has become earlier since the end of the 1980’s. To quantify a possible relation between NAO and flowering time of tree species, two sources of phenological information from the Copenhagen area (Denmark) were analysed, i.e. pollen counts of the genus Betula and observed first bloom dates of Prunus avium. The Winter NAO explained 29 and 37% of the variation of monthly mean temperature for February and March, respectively. The influence of temperature on flowering time was up to 56% to 60% for the February April mean. A direct correlation of Winter NAO-index and flowering time also revealed a clear relation but the time of influence was earlier (December to February). This was shown to be the likely result of a combination of direct and time-lagged effects of the NAO on air and sea surface temperature. The NAO signal is apparently stored in the North Sea and then influences temperature east up to the Baltic States. It is shown that Denmark is right in the centre of direct and time-lagged effects of the NAO. This offers the possibility of using the NAO-index for predicting flowering time of Prunus avium. The beginning of pollen flow appears to be influenced too much by short-term perturbations of the climate system decreasing the value of the NAO-index for prediction. However, it indicates a close relationship between natural climate variability, measured by the NAO index, and flowering time of tree species for Denmark.

  15. Foliar responses of understorey Abies lasiocarpa to different degrees of release cutting of Betula papyrifera and conifer mixed species stand

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    Wang, J.R.; Letchford, T. [Ministry of Forests, Prince George, BC (Canada). Red Rock Research Station; Comeau, P.G. [BC Ministry of Forests, Victoria, BC (Canada); Coopersmith, D. [BC Ministry of Forests, Prince George, BC (Canada)

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    Foliar responses of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt.) to thinning were studied in a 35-yr-old mixed stand of paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.) and conifers. The stand regenerated naturally after a wildfire with a canopy dominated by paper birch (average height 9.8 m) and an understorey dominated by subalpine fir (average height 1.6 m). The stand was thinned to four densities of birch: 0, 600 and 1200 stems ha{sup -1} and control (Unthinned at 2300-6400 stems ha{sup -1}) in the autumn of 1995. The understorey conifers, mainly subalpine fir, were thinned to 1200 stems ha{sup -1}. The study used a completely randomized split-plot design. Three sample trees were systematically selected from each treatment replicate and each tree stratum (upper, intermediate and lower understorey). One-year-old and older age class needles were collected from one south-facing branch within the fifth whorl from the tree top. Thinning of paper birch significantly (p<0.001) increased leaf area and dry weight per 100 needles for intermediate and short trees except in the 0 birch treatment. Understorey subalpine fir trees in 600 stems ha{sup -1} birch (T3) had the largest leaf area and leaf dry weight per 100 1-yr-old needles. Specific leaf area (SLA) decreased from unthinned (T1) to 0 birch (T4). Lower understorey trees had the largest SLA. One-year-old needles had significantly higher N, P and K concentrations in all the thinning treatments. These responses are consistent with the shade tolerance of subalpine fir. The results suggest that when managing a paper birch-conifers mixed wood forest it may be of benefit to understorey conifers to leave a birch canopy as a nursing crop.

  16. Responses of two birch ( Betula pendula Roth) clones to different ozone profiles with similar AOT40 exposure

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    Oksanen, Elina; Holopainen, Toini

    Saplings of two clones of European white birch ( Betula pendula Roth) were exposed to three different ozone profiles resulting in same AOT40 value of 13-14 ppm h in a chamber experiment. The sensitive clone 5 and the more tolerant clone 2 were growing (1) under filtered air (=control), or (2) were exposed to 70 ppb ozone for 24 h d -1 (=profile 1), (3) to 100 ppb ozone for 12 h d -1 at 8:00-20:00 (=profile 2), or (4) to 200 ppb ozone for 4.5 h d -1 at 9:30-14:00 (=profile 3) for 20 d. The saplings were determined for growth, visible leaf injuries, stomatal conductance, and concentrations of Rubisco, chlorophyll and carotenoids. Growth responses and induction of visible foliar injuries under different ozone profiles were variable, resulting in 4-17% lower dry mass of shoot, 16-46% reduction in stem height increment and 11-43% increase in visible injuries in clone 5, which was accompanied by higher leaf turnover rate under profile 3 indicating compensation growth. In clone 2, ozone-induced responses ranged from slight stimulation in stem height growth to 13% decrease in dry mass of shoot and 2-16% increase in visible injuries. Daytime stomatal conductance rates were lowered by 14-54% in clone 5 and 9-74% in clone 2, depending on profile. The additional power-weighted analyses revealed that high peak concentrations and exposure shape were important for induction of visible injuries in both clones and reduction in stomatal conductance in clone 5, whereas growth reductions were rather related to total cumulative exposure. The results indicate that profile of ozone exposure, night-time stomatal conductance (24 h flux), and recovery time for defence and compensations reactions should not be ignored in plant response and ozone flux modelling.

  17. Physical and mechanical properties of plywood produced with 1.3-dimethylol-4.5-dihydroxyethyleneurea (DMDHEU)-modified veneers of Betula sp. and Fagus sylvatica

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    Dieste, Andrés; Krause, Andreas; Bollmus, Susanne; Militz, Holger

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    The dimensional stability and some mechanical properties were tested in plywood produced with veneers modified with 1.3-dimethylol-4.5-dihydroxyethyleneurea (DMDHEU). The experimental design included Betula sp. and Fagus sylvatica impregnated with 0.8 M, 1.3 M, and 2.3 M DMDHEU. The plywood consisted of five veneers glued with a phenolic resin. Dimensional stability tests were conducted after 10 cycles of soaking/oven-drying to determine volume changes and anti swelling efficiency (ASE). The ...

  18. Aluminum uptake and migration from the soil compartment into Betula pendula for two different environments: a polluted and environmentally protected area of Poland

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    Frankowski, Marcin

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    This paper presents the impact of soil contamination on aluminum (Al) concentrations in plant parts of Betula pendula and a possible way of migration and transformation of Al in the soil-root-stem-twig-leaf system. A new procedure of Al fractionation based on extraction in water phase was applied to obtain and measure the most available forms of Al in soils and B. pendula samples. In addition, total Al content was determined in biological samples and pseudo total Al content in soil samples co...

  19. Microbial Diversity of Primary Korean Pine Forests and Artificial Forests in Liangshui National Natural Reserve%凉水自然保护区原始红松林与人工林土壤微生物多样性

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    郭彦萃; 熊毅; 张志

    2013-01-01

    采用BIOLOG微平板法,研究了小兴安岭凉水国家自然保护区内原始红皮云杉( Picea koraiensis Na-kai)红松林、青楷槭( Acer tegmentosum Maxim.)红松林与人工兴安落叶松( Larix gmelini Rupr.)林、白桦( Betula platyphylla Suk.)林土壤微生物多样性特征。结果表明:各林型土壤微生物AWCD值随土层深度与季节变化表现为,在表层与0~10 cm土层中,四季2种原始红松林均高于人工林;在>10~20 cm土层中以人工林在春、夏、秋三季最高,冬季仍以原始红松林最高。不同土层的3种微生物多样性指数均以青楷槭红松林最高,且显著高于2种人工林。可见,原始阔叶红松林土壤微生物比原始针叶红松林及人工林土壤微生物具有更丰富的多样性。%By BIOLOG microplate method, an investigation was conducted to study the soil microbial diversity characteristics of Picea.koraiensis Nakai, Acer tegmentosum Maxim, artificial Larix.gmelini Rupr.and Betula platyphylla Suk.in Liang-shui National Nature Reserve, Xiaoxing’an Mountain.The soil microbial AWCD values of the forest-type varied with soil depth and seasons:in the surface and 0-10 cm layer of soil, it was highest in two original Korean pine forest throughout the year;in the 10-20 cm layer of soil, it was highest in plantation in spring, summer and autumn, while it was highest in the primitive Korean pine forest in winter;three different soil microbial diversity indexes of all soil layers were highest in Acer tegmentosum Maxim forest, and significantly higher than those of two plantation.Therefore, the soil microbial diversi-ty of original Broad-leaved Korean Pine forest is richer than that of the original coniferous Korean pine forest and planta-tion.

  20. 基于CCA排序的霍山森林植物功能型划分%Classification of Plant Functional Types Based on CCA Ordination in Forest at Huoshan Mountain

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    丁献华; 毕润成; 闫明

    2011-01-01

    采用群落生态学的调查方法,在霍山七里峪设置80个样方并采集土壤样品.通过计算重要值和测定土壤理化性质(pH值、含水量、有机质含量、N、P、K含量),建立样方×物种矩阵和样方×环境矩阵,用CCA排序划分植物功能型.结果表明,随着海拔等环境因子的变化,可以将七里峪天然次生林划分为:F1山核桃Carya cathayensis Sarg.、虎榛子Ostryopsis davidiana Decaisne、披针叶苔草Carex lanceolata Boott.;F2油松Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.、三裂绣线菊Spiraea trilobata Linn.、荩草Arthraxon hispidus(Thunb.)Makio.;F3辽东栎Quercus wutaishanica Blume、连翘Forsythia suspensa(Thunb.)Vahl.Enum.、披针叶苔草;F4华北落叶松Larix principis-rupprechtii Mayr.、美丽胡枝子Lespedeza formosa(Vog.)Koehne、林荫千里光Senecio nemorensis Linn;F5 白桦Betula platyphylla Suk、毛榛子Corylus heterophylla Fisch.Ex Trautv.、披针叶苔草5个功能型.%This thesis adopted the investigation method of community ecology, 80 quadrates were set up and 80 soil samples were collected from QiLiYu. of Huoshan Mountain. By calculating the importance value and measurement the soil physical and chemical properfies ( soil pH, contents of soil water, contents of organic, N, P, K, etc. ), matrix of quadrates × species and matrix of quadrates × environmental factors were established. PlFls were defined according to CCA ordination. The results showed that: With changes of elevation and other environmental factors, HuoMountainQiliyu secondary forest can be divided into:Fl Carya cathayensis Sarg., Ostryopsis davidiana Decaisne, Carex lanceolata Boott. ; F2 Pinus tabulaeformis Carr. , Quercus wutaishanica Blume, Spiraea trilobata Linn, Arthraxon hispidus ( Thunb. ) Makio.; F3 Quercus wutaishanica Blume, Forsythia suspensa ( Thunb. ) Vahl. Eunm,, Carex lunceolata Boott. ;F4 Larix principis-rupprechtii Mayr. , Lespedeza formosa ( Vng. ) Koehne、Senecio nemorensis Linn;F5 Betula platyphylla

  1. Responses in the start of Betula (birch) pollen seasons to recent changes in spring temperatures across Europe

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    Emberlin, J.; Detandt, M.; Gehrig, R.; Jaeger, S.; Nolard, N.; Rantio-Lehtimäki, A.

    2002-07-01

    A shift in the timing of birch pollen seasons is important because it is well known to be a significant aeroallergen, especially in NW Europe where it is a notable cause of hay fever and pollen-related asthma. The research reported in this paper aims to investigate temporal patterns in the start dates of Betula (birch) pollen seasons at selected sites across Europe. In particular it investigates relationships between the changes in start dates and changes in spring temperatures over approximately the last 20 years. Daily birch pollen counts were used from Kevo, Turku, London, Brussels, Zurich and Vienna, for the core period from 1982 to 1999 and, in some cases, from 1970 to 2000. The sites represent a range of biogeographical situations from just within the Arctic Circle through to North West Maritime and Continental Europe. Pollen samples were taken with Hirst-type volumetric spore traps. Weather data were obtained from the sites nearest to the pollen traps. The timing of birch pollen seasons is known to depend mostly on a non-linear balance between the winter chilling required to break dormancy, and spring temperatures. Pollen start dates and monthly mean temperatures for January through to May were compiled to 5-year running means to examine trends. The start dates for the next 10 years were calculated from regression equations for each site, on the speculative basis that the current trends would continue. The analyses show regional contrasts. Kevo shows a marked trend towards cooler springs and later starts. If this continues the mean start date will become about 6 days later over the next 10 years. Turku exhibits cyclic patterns in start dates. A current trend towards earlier starts is expected to continue until 2007, followed by another fluctuation. London, Brussels, Zurich and Vienna show very similar patterns in the trends towards earlier start dates. If the trend continues the mean start dates at these sites will advance by about 6 days over the next 10

  2. Geochronology of Betula extensions in pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial lake deposits: A case study of the Late-glacial deposits of the Gasserplatz soil archives (Vorarlberg, Austria)

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    J.M. van Mourik; R.T. Slotboom; J. van der Plicht; H.J. Streurman; W.J. Hoek; W.J. Kuijper; L.W.S. de Graaff

    2013-01-01

    Pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial calcareous lake deposits show several extensions of Betula. The geochronology of these extensions cannot be based on radiocarbon dating due to reservoir effects of such lakes on the radiocarbon ages. A robust geochronology can be based on the oxygen isotope str

  3. Geochronology of Betula extensions in pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial lake deposits: A case study of the Late-Glacial deposits of the Gasserplatz soil archives (Vorarlberg, Austria)

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    van Mourik, J.M.; Slotboom, R.T.; van der Plicht, J.; Streurman, H.J.; Kuijper, W.J.; Hoek, W.Z.; de Graaff, L.W.S.

    2013-01-01

    Pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial calcareous lake deposits show several extensions of Betula. The geochronology of these extensions cannot be based on radiocarbon dating due to reservoir effects of such lakes on the radiocarbon ages. A robust geochronology can be based on the oxygen isotope str

  4. Geochronology of Betula extensions in pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial lake deposits : A case study of the Late-glacial deposits of the Gasserplatz soil archives (Vorarlberg, Austria)

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    van Mourik, Jan M.; Slotboom, Ruud T.; van der Plicht, Johannes; Streurman, Harm Jan; Kuijper, Wim J.; Hoek, Wim Z.; de Graaff, Leo W. S.

    2013-01-01

    Pollen diagrams of Alpine Late-glacial calcareous lake deposits show several extensions of Betula. The geochronology of these extensions cannot be based on radiocarbon dating due to reservoir effects of such lakes on the radiocarbon ages. A robust geochronology can be based on the oxygen isotope str

  5. Comparison of {sup 226}Ra nuclide from soil by three woody species Betula pendula, Sambucus nigra and Alnus glutinosa during the vegetation period

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    Soudek, Petr; Petrova, Sarka; Benesova, Dagmar [Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies, Joint Laboratory of Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR and Crop Research Institute, Rozvojova 263, 165 02 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Tykva, Richard [Department of Radioisotopes, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry AS CR, Flemingovo nam. 2, 166 10 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vankova, Radomira [Laboratory of Hormonal Regulations in Plants, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR, Rozvojova 263, 165 02 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Vanek, Tomas [Laboratory of Plant Biotechnologies, Joint Laboratory of Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR and Crop Research Institute, Rozvojova 263, 165 02 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)], E-mail: vanek@ueb.cas.cz

    2007-09-15

    The uptake of {sup 226}Ra from the contaminated soil was compared in three woody species: alder (Alnus glutinosa), birch (Betula pendula) and elder (Sambucus nigra). The {sup 226}Ra activities increased during the vegetation periods (in 2003, 2004 and 2005) both in the leaves and flowers + seeds. The highest accumulation was found in birch, reaching 0.41 Bq/g DW in the leaves (at the end of the vegetation period in 2003). The lowest {sup 226}Ra accumulation was determined in alder. The extent of {sup 226}Ra accumulation in the leaves of woody species demonstrates that these pioneer woody species can be used as remediation alternative to the use of herbs, provided that the removal of fallen leaves could be achieved in the end of vegetation period.

  6. Validation of Two Names Betula jiulungensis (Betulaceae) and Rubia ovatifolia (Rubiaceae)%九龙桦(桦木科)与卵叶茜草(茜草科)名称的合格发表

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    林祁

    2007-01-01

    由于同时指定两号标本为模式,桦木科(Betulaceae)的九龙桦(Betula jiulungensis Hu exP.C.Li)和茜草科(Rubiaceae)的卵叶茜草(Rubia ovatifolia Z.Y.Zhang)是不合格发表的名称.现通过分别指定主模式,对九龙桦和卵叶茜草的名称作合格发表.

  7. 铁杉球蚜的生物学及空间分布%Biology of the hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae, and its spatial distribution

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    周建华; 肖银波; 肖育贵; 卢文华

    2007-01-01

    通过对铁杉(Tusga chinensis Pritz)-云杉(Picea retroflexac Mast)、铁杉-华山松(Pinus armardi Franch)、云南铁杉(Tusga domosa Eichler)-槭树(Acer mono Maxim)-桦木(Betula platyphylla Suk)四川主要铁杉林类型中铁杉球蚜Adelges tsugae Annand林间定株、种群随机抽样、室内饲养研究表明,铁杉球蚜在四川1年发生2代(越冬代和第1代),世代重叠,成虫营孤雌生殖.越冬代从4月上旬至第2年的4月下旬,产卵盛期在5月下旬,平均产卵量为15.58粒,1龄若虫具有滞育越夏习性;第1代从12月下旬至8月中旬,产卵盛期在3月下旬,平均产卵量为67.37粒,并可产生有翅成虫,但无转主危害现象.种群的发育与温度有相关性,温度高林分种群发育进度快于温度低林分.该虫的危害与生境有一定相关性,铁杉针阔混交林危害重于铁杉针叶林;同一树冠不同层次之间、不同方位之间危害程度差异不显著;当年受害严重的树株第2年受害不严重.

  8. Growth responses of Picea mongolica seedlings to defoliation rate

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    ZOU Chun-jing; HAN Shi-jie; QI Shu-yan; XU Wen-duo; LI Dao-tang

    2005-01-01

    Picea mongolica W. D. Xu. is an endemic species in China. The spruce forest is only found in semi-arid habitat in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. Based on the simulative defoliation experiment, it was proved that Picea mongolica seedlings had the compensatory and overcompensatory effects under the certain defoliation rate. The results of variance analysis on growth indexes showed that in PM Ⅰ (natural regeneration seedlings under Picea mongolica forest), the differences of H1 (height in June 23) and H2 (height in September 3) were extremely significant, and the difference of D(diameter at the breast height) were not significant. In PM Ⅱ (artificial regeneration seedlings under Betula platyphylla Suk. forest), the difference of H1 was significant, the difference of H2 was not significant, and the difference of D was extremely significant. The regression equations were established and the compensatory and overcompensatory points were obtained. In PM Ⅰ , the compensatory points of H1, H2, and D were 0.7628, 0.7436, 0.5725, and the overcompensatory points were 0.6056, 0.5802 and 0.2909 respectively. In PM Ⅱ, the compensatory points of H1, H2, and D are 0.5012, 0.3421, 0.2488, and the overcompensatory points are 0.4137, 0.2633 and 0.0747 respectively. These results suggested that the induction of compensatory growth mechanisms in spruce seedlings required a threshold level of defoliation, and the insects in Picea mongolica forest could be controlled in a certain degree.

  9. Metal resistance in populations of red maple (Acer rubrum L.) and white birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.) from a metal-contaminated region and neighbouring non-contaminated regions

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    Metal resistance in populations of Acer rubrum and Betula papyrifera in the industrially contaminated region of Sudbury, Ontario, was compared with resistance in populations from neighbouring uncontaminated regions. In two one-season experiments, seedlings were grown outdoors on contaminated (mainly Cu, Ni) and uncontaminated substrates. Sudbury populations of both species responded less to contamination than populations from uncontaminated regions. In A. rubrum this difference was small. For both species, Sudbury plants were smaller when grown on uncontaminated substrate. B. papyrifera from Sudbury grew better on contaminated substrate than the other populations. There is indication of variation in metal resistance within the populations from the non-contaminated regions. The data shows that trees may develop adaptive resistance to heavy metals, but the low degree of resistance indicates that the development of such resistances are slower than observed for herbaceous species with shorter generation times. - Highlights: ► Metal resistance in trees from an industrially contaminated region was investigated. ► Both red maple and white birch have developed some degree of resistance. ► There is indication of a cost for resistance. ► Populations from non-contaminated regions show variation in response to contamination. - Adaptive metal resistance can also develop in trees with long generation times, but the degree of resistance is lower than for herbaceous species from the same region.

  10. Aluminum uptake and migration from the soil compartment into Betula pendula for two different environments: a polluted and environmentally protected area of Poland.

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    Frankowski, Marcin

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the impact of soil contamination on aluminum (Al) concentrations in plant parts of Betula pendula and a possible way of migration and transformation of Al in the soil-root-stem-twig-leaf system. A new procedure of Al fractionation based on extraction in water phase was applied to obtain and measure the most available forms of Al in soils and B. pendula samples. In addition, total Al content was determined in biological samples and pseudo total Al content in soil samples collected under plant saplings, using atomic absorption spectrometry with flame atomization. A number of relations concerning the occurrence of Al and Ca in soils and plant parts of B. pendula (tap roots, lateral roots, stem, twigs, and leaves) were observed. Based on the research findings, the mechanism of Al migration from soil to the leaves of B. pendula can be presented. It was found that aluminum uptake may be limited in roots by high calcium concentration. The application of a new procedure based on the simple sequential extraction of water-soluble fractions (the most available and exchangeable fractions of Al) can be used as an effective tool for the estimation of aluminum toxicity in soils and plants. PMID:26370811

  11. Soil metal concentrations and productivity of Betula populifolia (gray birch) as measured by field spectrometry and incremental annual growth in an abandoned urban Brownfield in New Jersey

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    Gallagher, Frank J. [Urban Forestry Program, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers, State University, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551 (United States); Pechmann, Ildiko [Department of Biological Sciences, Rutgers, State University, 113 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102 (United States)], E-mail: pildiko@andromeda.rutgers.edu; Bogden, John D. [Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - N. J. Medical School, P.O. Box 1709, Newark, NJ 07101-1709 (United States); Grabosky, Jason [Urban Forestry Program, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers, State University, 14 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551 (United States); Weis, Peddrick [Department of Radiology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - N. J. Medical School, P.O. Box 1709, Newark, NJ 07101-1709 (United States)

    2008-12-15

    A forested brownfield within Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, has soils with arsenic, chromium, lead, zinc and vanadium at concentrations above those considered ambient for the area. Using both satellite imagery and field spectral measurements, this study examines plant productivity at the assemblage and individual specimen level. Longer term growth trends (basal area increase in tree cores) were also studied. Leaf chlorophyll content within the hardwood assemblage showed a threshold model for metal tolerance, decreasing significantly beyond a soil total metal load (TML) of 3.0. Biomass production (calculated with RG - Red/Green Ratio Index) in Betula populifolia (gray birch), the co-dominant tree species, had an inverse relationship with the Zn concentration in leaf tissue during the growing season. Growth of B. populifolia exhibited a significant relationship with TML. Assemblage level NDVI and individual tree NDVI also had significant decreases with increasing TML. Ecosystem function measured as plant production is impaired at a critical soil metal load. - Ecosystem function as measured by plant production is impaired at a critical soil metal load (TML above 3) in northern hardwood assemblages growing in a metal-contaminated brownfield.

  12. Soil metal concentrations and productivity of Betula populifolia (gray birch) as measured by field spectrometry and incremental annual growth in an abandoned urban Brownfield in New Jersey

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    A forested brownfield within Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, has soils with arsenic, chromium, lead, zinc and vanadium at concentrations above those considered ambient for the area. Using both satellite imagery and field spectral measurements, this study examines plant productivity at the assemblage and individual specimen level. Longer term growth trends (basal area increase in tree cores) were also studied. Leaf chlorophyll content within the hardwood assemblage showed a threshold model for metal tolerance, decreasing significantly beyond a soil total metal load (TML) of 3.0. Biomass production (calculated with RG - Red/Green Ratio Index) in Betula populifolia (gray birch), the co-dominant tree species, had an inverse relationship with the Zn concentration in leaf tissue during the growing season. Growth of B. populifolia exhibited a significant relationship with TML. Assemblage level NDVI and individual tree NDVI also had significant decreases with increasing TML. Ecosystem function measured as plant production is impaired at a critical soil metal load. - Ecosystem function as measured by plant production is impaired at a critical soil metal load (TML above 3) in northern hardwood assemblages growing in a metal-contaminated brownfield

  13. INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF POLYPHENOLIC EXTRACTS OF BETULA PENDULA, SALIVA HYDRANGEA AND CRATAEGUS CURVISEPALA, AS WELL AS VITAMIN C, ON THE EXTENT OF GLYCOSYLATION OF ALBUMIN, INSULIN AND HEMOGLOBIN

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    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine diseases spreading rapidly in the world. Diabetes complications are classified to acute and chronic. Non-enzymatic glycosylation of all body proteins, such as hemoglobin, albumin is the main cause of pathogenesis in chronic complications of diabetes. As glycosylation reaction of proteins is an oxidative reaction it seems that antioxidants, such as vitamin C, inhibit the reaction and, therefore, chronic complications of diabetes. In the present study inhibitory effects of polyphenolic extracts of Betula pendula, Saliva hydrangea and Crataegus curvisepala, as well as vitamin C, on the extent of glycosylation of albumin, insulin and hemoglobin was investigated. Methods: Polyphenolic extracts of the mentioned plants were prepared in three different concentrations; 3.6, 1.8, and 0.9 mg/ml also vitamin C solutions were prepared in 5 concentrations: 0.5, 5, 10, 50 and 500 µg/ml. Results: The highest extent of glycosylation inhibition of albumin and insulin was due to S.hydrangea by 100% and 97% respectively, and that of hemoglobin was due to a.pendula, by 80%. Vitamin C in its highest concentration inhibit glycosylation of insulin, albumin and hemoglobin by 100%, 93%, and 58% respectively (P < 0.05. Discussion: Based on the findings, it seems that these plants prevent chronic complications of diabetes.

  14. Effects of light intensity and duration on leaf hydraulic conductance and distribution of resistance in shoots of silver birch (Betula pendula).

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    Sellin, Arne; Ounapuu, Eele; Kupper, Priit

    2008-11-01

    Variation in leaf hydraulic conductance (K(L)) and distribution of resistance in response to light intensity and duration were examined in shoots of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth). K(L) was determined on detached shoots using the evaporative flux method (transpiration was measured with a porometer and water potential drop with a pressure chamber). Although K(L) depended on light duration per se, its dynamics was largely determined by leaf temperature (T(L)). Both upper-crown leaves and branches developed in well-illuminated environment exhibited higher hydraulic efficiency compared with the lower crown, accounting for vertical trends of apparent soil-to-leaf hydraulic conductance in canopy of silver birch revealed in our previous studies. K(L) varied significantly with light intensity, the highest values for both shade and sun foliage were recorded at photosynthetic photon flux density of 330 micromol m(-2) s(-1). Light responses of K(L) were associated evidently with an irradiance-mediated effect on extravascular tissues involving regulation of cell membrane aquaporins. Effects of irradiance on K(L) resulted in changes of Psi(L), bringing about considerable alteration in partitioning of the resistance between leaves and branch (leafless shoot stem): the contribution of leaves to the shoot total resistance decreased from 94% at -1.0 MPa to 75% at -0.2 MPa. Treatment with HgCl2 decreased hydraulic conductance of both leaves and branches, implying that condition of bordered pit membranes or shoot living tissues may be involved in responses of xylem conductance to Hg2+. PMID:18513374

  15. The effect of tree architecture on conduit diameter and frequency from small distal roots to branch tips in Betula pendula, Picea abies and Pinus sylvestris.

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    Lintunen, Anna; Kalliokoski, Tuomo

    2010-11-01

    We studied the effect of tree architecture on xylem anatomy in three Betula pendula Roth., three Picea abies (L.) H. Karst. and three Pinus sylvestris (L.) trees (mean age 35 years). First, the analysis of conduit anatomy in different tree parts showed that conduits tapered and their frequency increased from roots (≥ 2 mm) to stem, from stem to branches and further to leaf petioles in B. pendula. Conduit anatomy in lateral and main roots, as well as lateral and main branches, significantly differed from each other in all the studied species. The increase in conduit diameter and decrease in frequency from the pith to the bark were clear aboveground, but variable patterns were observed belowground. In the leaf petioles of B. pendula, conduit diameter increased and conduit frequency decreased with increasing individual leaf area. Second, the results concerning the scaling of conduit diameter were compared with the predictions of the general vascular scaling model (WBE model) and Murray's law. The scaling parameter values at the tree level corresponded with the predictions of the WBE model in all the studied trees except for one tree of both conifer species. However, the scaling parameter values changed from one tree compartment to another rather than remaining uniform inside a tree, as assumed by the WBE model. The assumptions of the WBE model of a constant conductivity ratio, constant tapering and an unchanged total number of conduits were not fulfilled. When the conductivity ratio and relative tapering were plotted together, the results aboveground corresponded quite well with Murray's law: the conductivity ratio increased when relative tapering decreased. Our results support the theory that trees adjust both their macro- and microstructure to maximize their water transport efficiency, but also to prevent embolism and ensure mechanical safety. PMID:21030407

  16. Physiological responses of birch (Betula pendula) to ozone: a comparison between open-soil-grown trees exposed for six growing seasons and potted seedlings exposed for one season.

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    Oksanen, Elina

    2003-06-01

    Physiological responses of 4-year-old potted saplings of an O3-tolerant clone of Betula pendula Roth to short-term ozone (O3) exposure (one growing season) were compared with those of 6-year-old open-soil-grown trees of the same clone fumigated with O3 for six growing seasons. In the 2001 growing season, both groups of plants were exposed to ambient (control) and 1.6x ambient (elevated) O3 concentration under similar microclimatic conditions in a free air O3 exposure facility. Growth, net photosynthesis, stomatal conductance, stomatal density, visible foliar injury, starch and nutrient concentrations, bud formation and differences in O3 responses between lower, middle and upper sections of the canopy were determined. The potted saplings were unaffected by elevated O3 concentration, whereas the open-soil-grown trees showed a 3-38% reduction in shoot growth, a 22% reduction in number of overwintering buds, a 26-65% decrease in autumnal net photosynthesis, 30% and 20-23% reductions in starch and nitrogen concentrations of senescing leaves, respectively, and disturbances in stomatal conductance. The greater O3 sensitivity of open-soil-grown trees compared with potted saplings was a result of senescence-related physiological factors. First, a lower net photosynthesis to stomatal conductance ratio in open-soil-grown trees at the end of the season promoted O3 uptake and decreased photosynthetic gain, leading to the onset of visible foliar injuries. Second, decreased carbohydrate reserves may have resulted in deleterious carry-over effects arising from the reduced formation of over-wintering buds. Finally, the leaf-level O3 load was higher for open-soil-grown trees than for potted saplings because of slower leaf senescence in the trees. Thus, O3 sensitivity in European white birch increases with increasing exposure time and tree size. PMID:12750053

  17. STUDY ON THOUSAND-SEED WEIGHT,LONGEVITY AND VITALITY OF SEEDS OF BETULA LUMINIFERA%光皮桦种子千粒重、寿命及生命力研究

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    祝小科; 朱守谦

    2003-01-01

    The thousand-seed weight, germination rate and vitality of seeds for Betula luminifera were studied. The results showed that the thousand-seed weight was different in various habitats, and varied with the age and the part of crown and fruit. The seed had a longevity of 32—37 days in general and with a characteristic of the rapid germination. The seed had a high germination rate during the early stage or perk stage of seed dispersal, and a lower germination rate during the end stage. The germination rate and vitality of mature seed reduced with the increase of the storing time, the change in seed ger-mination was significantly different at the various ages and habitats.

  18. Change in ATP-binding cassette B1/19, glutamine synthetase and alcohol dehydrogenase gene expression during root elongation in Betula pendula Roth and Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn in response to leachate and leonardite humic substances.

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    Tahiri, Abdelghani; Delporte, Fabienne; Muhovski, Yordan; Ongena, Marc; Thonart, Philippe; Druart, Philippe

    2016-01-01

    Humic substances (HS) are complex and heterogeneous compounds of humified organic matter resulting from the chemical and microbiological decomposition of organic residues. HS have a positive effect on plant growth and development by improving soil structure and fertility. They have long been recognized as plant growth-promoting substances, particularly with regard to influencing nutrient uptake, root growth and architecture. The biochemical and molecular mechanisms through which HS influence plant physiology are not well understood. This study evaluated the bioactivity of landfill leachate and leonardite HS on alder (Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn) and birch (Betula pendula Roth) during root elongation in vitro. Changes in root development were studied in relation to auxin, carbon and nitrogen metabolisms, as well as to the stress adaptive response. The cDNA fragments of putative genes encoding two ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters (ABCB1 and ABCB19) belonging to the B subfamily of plant ABC auxin transporters were cloned and sequenced. Molecular data indicate that HS and their humic acid (HA) fractions induce root growth by influencing polar auxin transport (PAT), as illustrated by the modulation of the ABCB transporter transcript levels (ABCB1 and ABCB19). There were also changes in alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and glutamine synthetase (GS) gene transcript levels in response to HS exposure. These findings confirmed that humic matter affects plant growth and development through various metabolic pathways, including hormonal, carbon and nitrogen metabolisms and stress response or signalization. PMID:26595095

  19. Preliminary Study of Predominant Factors on Chromosome Doubling ofBetula alnoides%西南桦染色体加倍的影响因子初步研究

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    陈荣; 朱昌叁; 庞正轰

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, a method for chromosome doubling ofBetula alnoideswas developed. Terminal buds from aseptic germination ofB. alnoides were used as explants, effect factors on chromosome doubling ofB. alnoides were discussed, such as concentration of colchicine, co-culture time of colchicine, preculture time. The results showed that the concentration of colchicine was better to be 120 mg·L-1 for chromosome doubling ofB. alnoides, and maximum chimaera number would be obtained in the regermination plantlet ofB. alnoides, after preculture without colchicine for 10 d and then co-culture with colchicine for 15 d.%以西南桦种子无菌萌发小苗的顶芽为外植体,探讨秋水仙素的浓度、处理时间及预培养时间对西南桦染色体加倍的影响,初步建立西南桦染色体加倍的方法。结果表明,使西南桦染色体加倍的秋水仙素浓度以120 mg·L-1为宜;在秋水仙素加倍处理前,预培养10 d后再加倍15 d效果较好,此时得到的西南桦嵌合体较多。

  20. Effect of Root Moisture Content and Diameter on Root Tensile Properties

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    Yuanjun Yang; Lihua Chen; Ning Li; Qiufen Zhang

    2016-01-01

    The stabilization of slopes by vegetation has been a topical issue for many years. Root mechanical characteristics significantly influence soil reinforcement; therefore it is necessary to research into the indicators of root tensile properties. In this study, we explored the influence of root moisture content on tensile resistance and strength with different root diameters and for different tree species. Betula platyphylla, Quercus mongolica, Pinus tabulaeformis, and Larix gmelinii, the most ...

  1. White Birch Trees as Resource Species of Russia : Their Distribution, Ecophysiological Features, Multiple Utilizations

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    Zyryanova, Olga A.; TERAZAWA, Minoru; KOIKE, TAKAYOSHI; Zyryanov, Vyacheslav I.

    2010-01-01

    Four birch tree species (Betula costata, B. pendula, B. platyphylla, B. pubescens) are traditionally important resource species in Russia. In the article, we discuss their spatial and ecophysiological features, biochemical constituents of the living tissues of the birches such as the wood, outer and inner bark, twigs, leaves, buds, roots. The exudation, tapping periods and sap productivity, exudated birch sap and derived birch tar are also reviewed. We show numerous useful wooden, medicinal, ...

  2. Assessing the Effect of Leaf Litter Diversity on the Decomposition and Associated Diversity of Fungal Assemblages

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    Jing Gao; Fengfeng Kang; Tianyu Li; Xiaoshuai Song; Weihong Zhao; Xiaowen Yu; Hairong Han

    2015-01-01

    Although the effect of litter mixture on decomposition has been well documented, few studies have examined the relationships between richness and relative abundance of leaf species in litter mixture and changes in universal fungal communities during the decomposition process in temperate forests. In this study, we used the litterbag method and included three leaf litter species, i.e., aspen (Populus davidiana Dode), birch (Betula platyphylla Sukaczev) and oak (Quercus mongolica Fischer ex Led...

  3. Carbon gain and bud physiology in Populus tremuloides and Betula papyrifera grown under long-term exposure to elevated concentrations of CO{sub 2} and O{sub 3}

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    Riikonen, J. [Kuopio Univ., Kuopio (Finland). Dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science; Kets, K.; Sober, A. [Tartu Univ., Tartu (Estonia). Inst. of Botany and Ecology; Darbah, J.; Karnosky, D.F. [Michigan Technical Univ., Houghton, MI (United States). School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science; Oksanen, E. [Joensuu Univ., Joensuu (Finland). Faculty of Biosciences; Vapaavuori, E. [Finnish Forest Research Inst., Suonenjoki (Finland). Suonenjoki Research Inst.; Kubiske, M.E.; Nelson, N. [USDA Forest Service, Rhinelander, WI (United States). Forestry Sciences Laboratory

    2008-02-15

    Elevated carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) enhances photosynthesis by increasing carboxylation rates and decreasing the rate of photorespiration. While elevated CO{sub 2} has the potential to increase frost hardiness in trees by increasing bud size and concentrations of cryoprotective soluble sugars in overwintering organs, little is known about the effects of elevated CO{sub 2} on late-season photosynthesis. This study examined 3 trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides) clones and 3 paper birch (Betula papyrifera) grown at a site with elevated CO{sub 2} and ozone (O{sub 3}) applied singly and in combination. Gas exchange was studied throughout the eighth growing season. The study also examined specific leaf area and size in September and final size, carbohydrate, carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and water concentrations in November. The timing of leaf abscission was also studied, as well as bud burst and the development of leaf area index the following Spring. Results of the study showed that net photosynthesis was enhanced by between 49 and 73 per cent with elevated levels of CO{sub 2}, and decreased by between 13 and 30 per cent with elevated O{sub 3}. Elevated CO{sub 2} delayed leaf abscission and increased the ratio of monosaccharides in aspen buds. Total carbon concentrations in overwintering buds were unaffected by the treatments. It was concluded that elevated CO{sub 2} ameliorated the effects of elevated O{sub 2}, but had the potential to alter C metabolism of overwintering buds. 50 refs., 5 tabs., 6 figs.

  4. 西南桦苗木猝倒病生防菌的筛选及鉴定研究%Isolation and Identification of Damping-off Antagonist of Betula alnoides Seedlings

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    李娅; 朱潇逸; 景跃波; 庞静; 赵永红; 李翠萍; 曾郁珉; 伍建榕

    2013-01-01

    The tissue isolation and dilution-plate were used on healthy seedlings tissue , rhizosphere soil and coffee shell composting matrix for isolating antagonists of damping-off disease of Betula alnoides seedlings;and the isolated strains were identified through molecular method .The confront culture was conducted between 17 isolated strains and the pathogens Fusarium oxysporum and Fusarium solani to screen for antagonists .The results indicated that , the fungus strains 5#, 7#and bacteria BJ and JC1showed promising inhibition effects on two pathogens .The inhibi-tion rates of fungus strains 5# and 7# to the pathogens were 91.30 % and 90.12 % respectively , two bacteria strains had the inhibition belts of 0.4 cm and 0.5 cm, with the inhibition rates of 80.40%and 78.60% respec-tively , and BJ showed the better inhibition effect .The inhibition effects of two isolated fungal strains were better than bacterial strains .%采用组织分离法和稀释平板法对西南桦猝倒病发生区健康苗木组织、根际土壤及咖啡壳堆肥化基质进行菌种分离和分子鉴定。将分离获得的17株菌株与西南桦苗木猝倒病病原菌尖孢镰刀菌和腐皮镰刀菌进行平板对峙实验,筛选病原拮抗菌。结果表明,筛选出的真菌5#、7#及细菌 BJ、 JC1对西南桦苗木猝倒病原菌尖孢镰刀菌和腐皮镰刀菌具有较强抑制效果。其中真菌5#和7#的抑菌率分别为91.30%和90.12%;细菌BJ和JC1抑菌带较宽,对峙4天分别达0.4 cm和0.5 cm,抑菌率分别为80.4%和78.6%,且BJ抑菌效果更好;真菌与细菌比较,拮抗真菌5#和7#比拮抗细菌BJ和JC1抑制热区西南桦苗木猝倒病菌效果更好。通过对峙实验筛选出的5#、7#、 BJ和JC1拮抗菌,对热区防治苗木猝倒病及生防制剂的开发应用具有参考价值。

  5. System establishment of stem sections with a bud rapid propagation in Betula 'Royal Frost' and analysis on its influences%紫叶白桦茎芽快繁体系的建立及影响因素分析

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    杨玲; 沈海龙

    2012-01-01

    In order to develop a high-frequency plant regeneration system for Betula 'Royal Frost', taking young sterile stem section with a bud in vitro from B. 'Royal Frost' as explants, bud direct multiplication and plantlet regeneration experiments were conducted. The results showed that the optimal shoots proliferation medium was WPM medium (pH=5.4) supplemented with 0.2 μmol·L-1 6-BA and 20 g·L-1 sucrose, proliferation rate reached 10.4, and the shoots grew well. Shoots growing medium was WPM medium (pH=5.8) supplemented with 20 g·L-1 sucrose, and microshoots with 1.7 cm height and 0.89 mm of base diameter were conducted after 30 days. The microshoots became complete regenerated plantlet through exvitro rooting culture. Microshoots had the highest rooting rate of 91.5%, the most root number of 5.0, and the longest root length of 6.5 cm, in the medium with composition of 50% peat moss, 20% vermiculite and 30% pearlite. The regenerated plantlets well grew in the medium.%为建立高效的紫叶白桦组培快繁体系,以紫叶白桦试管内无菌带芽茎段作为外植体,进行芽直接增生途径的植株再生研究.结果表明:WPM+0.2 μmol·L-16-BA+20 g·L-1蔗糖(pH5.4)是适合紫叶白桦芽直接增生的增殖培养基,增殖率可达10.4,丛生芽生长状态好.WPM+20 g·L-1蔗糖(pH5.8)是适合丛生芽生长和增壮的培养基,在此培养基上培养30 d时,丛生芽可分化形成高1.7 cm、基径0.89 mm的微枝.微枝经过试管外生根培养可形成完整的再生植株.在草炭土、蛭石和珍珠岩以5:2:3体积比混合的生根基质中,微枝生根率最高(可达91.5%),不定根数量最多(5.0条),平均根长最长(6.5 cm).再生植株在上述相同基质中生长状况良好.

  6. Climatic factors affecting radial growth of Betula ermanii and Betula platypylla in Kamchatka

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    Doležal, Jiří; Ishii, H.; Kyncl, Tomáš; Takahashi, K.; Vetrova, V. P.; Homma, K.; Sumida, A.; Hara, T.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 40, č. 2 (2010), s. 273-285. ISSN 0045-5067 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA206/05/0119; GA AV ČR IAA600050802 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : tree-ring widths * boreal forest * Central Japan Subject RIV: EF - Botanics Impact factor: 1.574, year: 2010

  7. Optikos įmonės kompiuterizuotos IS sukūrimas ir tyrimas

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    Paičienė, Kristina

    2004-01-01

    Many small enterprises in Lithuania don’t use information systems in their accounting. This is because almost all of already developed accounting software is quite complex, expensive and has many additional features, witch aren’t useful for a small enterprises. This is why it has been decided to develop own specific software for a goods accounting. User interface and data structure should be adapted to the specific functions of the small optical enterprise. The purposes of the developed i...

  8. Retranslocation of foliar nutrients of deciduous tree seedlings in different soil condition under free-air O3 enrichment

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    Shi C; Eguchi N; Meng F; Watanabe T.; Satoh F; Koike T.

    2016-01-01

    Retranslocation is the amount of an element that is depleted from old plant components and is provided for new growth. Leaf senescence is usually accelerated at elevated O3 (eO3), and leaf shedding is influenced by soil nutrient availability (and acidification). In this study, we focused on the net retranslocation and allocation dynamics of foliar nutrients (N, P, Mg, K, Ca, Mn, Fe and Al) to investigate the effect of eO3 on birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica), oak (Quercus mongolica var...

  9. Boreal Forests of Kamchatka: Structure and Composition

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    Markus P. Eichhorn

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Central Kamchatka abounds in virgin old-growth boreal forest, formed primarily by Larix cajanderi and Betula platyphylla in varying proportions. A series of eight 0.25–0.30 ha plots captured the range of forests present in this region and their structure is described. Overall trends in both uplands and lowlands are for higher sites to be dominated by L. cajanderi with an increasing component of B. platyphylla with decreasing altitude. The tree line on wet sites is commonly formed by mono-dominant B. ermanii forests. Basal area ranged from 7.8–38.1 m2/ha and average tree height from 8.3–24.7 m, both being greater in lowland forests. Size distributions varied considerably among plots, though they were consistently more even for L. cajanderi than B. platyphylla. Upland sites also contained a dense subcanopy of Pinus pumila averaging 38% of ground area. Soil characteristics differed among plots, with upland soils being of lower pH and containing more carbon. Comparisons are drawn with boreal forests elsewhere and the main current threats assessed. These forests provide a potential baseline to contrast with more disturbed regions elsewhere in the world and therefore may be used as a target for restoration efforts or to assess the effects of climate change independent of human impacts.

  10. Fluctuation of birch (Betula L. pollen seasons in Poland

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    Małgorzata Puc

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Birch pollen grains are one of the most important groups of atmospheric biological particles that induce allergic processes. The fluctuation pattern of birch pollen seasons in selected cities of Poland is presented. Measurements were performed by the volumetric method (Burkard and Lanzoni 2000 pollen samplers. The distributions of the data were not normal (Shapiro–Wilk test and statistical error risk was estimated at a significance level of α = 0.05. Pollen season was defined as the period in which 95% of the annual total catch occurred. The linear trend for the selected features of the pollen season, skewness, kurtosis and coefficient of variation (V% were also analyzed. During the 12–14 years of study, the beginnings of birch pollen seasons were observed 7–14 days earlier, the ends were noted 5–10 days earlier, and the days with maximum values occurred 7–14 days earlier compared to the long-term data. The left-skewed distribution of the pollen season starts in most sampling sites confirms the short-lasting occurrence of pollen in the air. The threat of birch pollen allergens was high during the pollen seasons. If vegetation is highly diverse, flowering and pollen release are extended in time, spread over different weeks and occur at different times of the day. Flowering time and pollen release are affected by insolation, convection currents, wind, and turbulence. Therefore, pollen seasons are characterized by great inter-annual variability.

  11. ДЕФИНИЦИЯ ДИССЕМИНАЦИИ INONOTUS OBLIQUUS (PERS.) PIL. ТИПОМ ЛЕСА BETULA-КОНСОРЦИИ, ОПРЕДЕЛЯЮЩИМ ИНТЕГРАЛЬНУЮ КОНСТЕЛЛЯЦИЮ

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    Баландайкин, М.

    2013-01-01

    Устанавливаются особенности влияния типа леса Betula pendula Roth. на степень встречаемости в сформированных насаждениях патологического агента Inonotus obliquus (Pers.) Pil.

  12. Konkrečios įmonės kompiuterizuoto valdymo sistemos sukūrimas panaudojant NAVISION

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    Šlėderis, Aistis

    2004-01-01

    Mid-market and high-end market organizations request for a business management system of high quality that satisfies the enterprise needs, has a convenient user interface, and allows to gain information in usable form promptly and with expedition. Every mid-market enterprise faces changes daily. Although the changes witness success, they can weaken efficiency and critical situation control. Therefore it’s important that the enterprise’s business management tools would help working in volat...

  13. 拉萨-林芝植被样带不同群落类型的细根生物量%Biomass of Fine Root in Different Community Type on the Tibetan Vegetation Transect

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    何永涛; 石培礼; 徐玲玲

    2009-01-01

    Fine root biomass was measured by soil core sampler in four community type on Tibetan Plateau, of which include two coppice of Betida platyphylla and Quercus aquifolioides , one shrub of Salix oritrepha, and one coniferous woodland of Pinus densata. The fine root density were Betida platyphylla of (785.9±290.4) g·m~(-2), Quercus aquifolioides of (801.0±279.5) g·m~(-2) , Salix oritrepha of (376.0±146.0) g·m~(-2) and Pinus densata of (431.2 ±171.1) g·m~(-2) . Result showed that the fine root density of two coppices was significantly higher than that of shrub and coniferous woodland. Dead fine root was 16.2% of the total fine root in Betula platyphylla, and the percentage were about 25% in other three type of forest. Distribution of fine root had the same pattern that high density of fine root appeared at 0~10 cm soil depth.%@@ 细根通常是指植被地下根系中直径小于2 nun的根,其生产和周转直接影响着整个生态系统的碳平衡和养分循环.在森林生态系统中约3%~84%(大部分为10%-60%)的净初级生产力被用于细根的生产(张小全等,2001);而细根的周转则是森林土壤C累积的最大输入量,如果忽略细根的生产、死亡和分解,土壤有机物质和养分元素的周转将被低估20%-80%(Vogt et al.,1986;1996).

  14. AcEST: DK954251 [AcEST

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  16. СОДЕРЖАНИЕ ХЛОРОФИЛЛА И КАРОТИНОИДОВ В ЛИСТЬЯХ ОДУВАНЧИКА ЛЕКАРСТВЕННОГО (TARAXACUM OFFICINALE) И БЕРЕЗЫ ПОВИСЛОЙ (BETULA PENDULA ROTH), РАСТУЩИХ В Г. ТАМБОВЕ

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    Шубина, Анна

    2011-01-01

    Для оценки состояния окружающей среды в ряде районов города Тамбова изучено содержание фотосинтетических пигментов (хлорофилла а и b, каротиноидов) в листьях одуванчика лекарственного (Taraxacum officinale) и березы повислой (Betula pendula Roth).

  17. THE WATER CONSERVATION OF THE MAJOR FOREST TYPES OF DAQING MOUNTAIN IN INNER MONGOLIA%内蒙古大青山主要林分类型水源涵养能力研究

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    王冬至; 张秋良; 陈高娃; 青梅

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the canopy interception, water holding capacity of litter and soil moisture level was observed in natural pine forest and the different ages of secondary birch, and the observation data were analyzed by SAS data processing software. The regression equation of natural rainfall and canopy interception was established. The result shows that soil water holding capacity is increasing from the Pinus tabulaeformis plantation andyoung-aged forest、middle -aged forest、matured forest of Betula platyphylla natural secondary forest, but there is a downward trend as soil depth increased. Soil water holding capacity of Betula platyphylla natural secondary forest is higher than that of Pinus tabulaeformis plantation.%本文对研究区的油松人工林和天然白桦次生林不同林龄的林冠截留量、枯落物持水量及土壤层的持水量进行了观测,并通过SAS数据处理软件对观测数据进行了分析.建立了自然降雨与林冠截留的回归方程,不同分解程度枯落物持水比率及持水速率的表达式,并对不同林分类型土壤持水量进行多重比较分析,结果显示油松人工林和天然白桦次生林的幼龄林、中龄林、成熟林土壤持水量依次增大并随着土层深度的增大持水能力呈下降趋势,天然白桦次生林的土壤持水量高于人工油松林.

  18. 乌拉山自然保护区不同林分类型的土壤特征%Soil Characteristics of Different Forest Stand Types in Wulashan Natural Reserve of Inner Mongolia

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    刘永宏; 张立欣; 王伟峰; 王博

    2015-01-01

    To measure the physical and chemical properties of soil and understand soil characteristics of different forest stand types in the Wulashan Natural Reserve , 7 sample plots of Betula platyphylla Suk., Amygdalus mongol-ica ( Maxim.) Ricker, Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.and grass land were set, and soil sampling from soil layers of 0~10 cm, 10 ~20 cm, 20~40 cm, and 40~60 cm were collected by taking 7 forest stand types as research objects. The results shows that there were obvious layering characteristics in the soil bulk density , moisture content , and the maximum water holding capacity, soil bulk density was the lowest in surface layer and increased with soil depth, while the soil moisture content and the maximum water holding capacity had the opposite rule , and there were sig-nificant difference among the plots in terms of physical properties.The content of soil organic matter had significant negatively relationship with soil bulk density ( r=-0.843**) , while had significant positive correlation with the moisture content and soil ( r=0.714**) and maximum water holding capacity ( r=0.713**) .By the composition and production of litter, different forest stand types could indirectly influenced soil physical properties through the soil organic matter content .The soil organic matter and total nitrogen content had an obvious phenomenon of laye-ring, and showed a tendency of Ncontent decreased with soil depth, while the total phosphorus content and the pH value had no significant difference among each layer.There were extremely significant positive correlation between the content of soil organic matter and total nitrogen among each plot ( r=0.817**) .The community structure and its dynamics had significant correlation with soil organic matter and total nitrogen content.This study showed that the cooperative feedback mechanism of soil and vegetation was mainly regulated by the soil organic matter content.%以乌拉山自然保护区7种林分类型为研究对象,

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  20. Vartotojo prieigos duomenų saugojimo lustinėse kortelėse metodo sukūrimas ir tyrimas

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    Matačiūnas, Jonas

    2011-01-01

    Darbe nagrinėjama galimybė panaudoti lustinę kortelę saugoti vartotojo prieigos duomenis. Analizuojami raktų apsikeitimo protokolai DH-EKE, SRP. Taip pat nagrinėjama saugaus ryšio technologija TLS. Pasiūlomas konkretus autentifikavimo protokolas skirtas naudoti su lustinėmis kortelėmis. Atliekamas protokolo saugumo, greitaveikos tyrimas. In this paper we research the possibility to use smart card as a secure storage to store user access data. We study such key exchange algorithms as SRP, D...

  1. Mechorosty tvrdých buližníkových suků v CHKO a BR Křivoklátsko

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    Franklová, H.; Kolbek, Jiří

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 36, - (2001), s. 133-143. ISSN 0032-7786 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA206/98/1549; GA AV ČR KSK6005114 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6005908 Keywords : Bryophytes * phthanite knolls -Biosphere Reserve Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  2. SUK- A companion to promoting well-being among overweight hypertensive older people : Health seeking behavior among overweight hypertensive older people

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    Seesawang, Junjira

    2011-01-01

    Health seeking behaviour is important in older people with hypertension and overweight, in terms of managing health factors that are related to their health and illness. However, health seeking behaviour of Thai older people is not well documented. This qualitative study aimed to describe health seeking behaviour of overweight hypertensive older people. Seven older women and three men participated in this study through purposive sampling. Qualitative data were gathered via in-depth interviews...

  3. КОРРЕЛИРОВАНИЕ СОДЕРЖАНИЯ АСКОРБИНОВОЙ КИСЛОТЫ В АССИМИЛЯЦИОННОМ АППАРАТЕ BETULA PENDULA ROTH. С ДЕЙСТВИЕМ ПАТОЛОГИЧЕСКОГО АГЕНТА

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    Баландайкин, М.

    2014-01-01

    Рассматриваются особенности влияния совокупности антропогенных факторов и фитопатологического состояния дерева Betula pendula на концентрацию аскорбиновой кислоты в ассимиляционном аппарате. По критерию воздействия Inonotus obliquus (Pers.: Fr.) Pilat и присутствию поллютантов оценивалась адаптационная способность растения к действию стрессоров, а также возможность выработки механизмов, отвечающих за ингибирование биосинтеза аскорбиновой кислоты. Показано, что из всех проанализированных в дан...

  4. Determining the age of young silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) trees growing on former agricultural

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    Tkaczyk, Miłosz; Tomusiak, Robert

    2013-01-01

    In Poland, according to the law (amendment of the act of 21st May 2010) – on the provision of information on the environment and its protection, public participation in environmental protection and environmental impact assessments etc. (Official Law Journal article 08.199.1227, as amended) – the owner can cut down trees without permission, if they do not exceed the age of 10 years old. However, if an owner happens to cuts down a tree on his property without knowing the age of the ...

  5. Selective Solvents for Extraction of Triterpenes from Betula Pendula Outer Bark

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    Pāže, A; Zandersons, J; Rižikovs, J; Dobele, G.; Jurkjāne, V; Spince, B

    2013-01-01

    The volume of birch plywood production in Latvia is illustrated by the 208 000 m3 of plywood sold in 2011 and about 562 000 m3 of processed birch veneer blocks. Wood residues such as bark, veneer shorts, cut off ends and others are used as a fuel. It would be more expedient to increase the birch wood utilisation degree by involving also birch outer bark in the processing cycle. It makes up 2% of the veneer blocks’ mass. At the J.S.C. “Latvijas Finieris”, about 6000 t per year of graded and mi...

  6. Methane and nitrous oxide emissions from stems of Betula Pendula pinus sylvestris and Picea Abies

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    Macháčová, Kateřina; Halmeenmäki, E.; Pavelka, Marian; Dušek, Jiří; Bäck, J.; Urban, Otmar; Pihlatie, M.

    Helsinky: Finnish association for aerosol resarch FAAR, 2014, s. 408-412. ISBN 978-952-7091-01-2. ISSN 0784-3496. [International Aerosol Conference 2014. Busan (KR), 28.08.2014-02.09.2014] R&D Projects: GA MŠk EE2.3.20.0246 Institutional support: RVO:67179843 Keywords : methane and nitrous oxide flux * boreal forest trees Subject RIV: EH - Ecology, Behaviour

  7. Morphology of Betula pendula var. carelica bark at the pre-reproductive stage

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    Nadezhda N. Nikolaeva

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Changes in bark morphology at the pre-reproductive stage of Karelian birch are for the first time considered in connection with the type of trunk surface. The bark surface in Karelian birch changes with age from smooth to fissured. At the pre-reproductive stage Karelian birch has smooth bark with different types of exfoliation of the phellem surface layers, and tubercular specimens feature locally fissured bark on muffs at the very onset of their formation, as well as early rhytidome formation. Morphology of the bark tissues complex is a reflection of direction and intensity of the internal processes of the plant.

  8. Allometries for Widely Spaced Populus ssp. and Betula ssp. in Nurse Crop Systems

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    Hendrik Stark

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Nurse crops of widely spaced pioneer trees are a silvicultural approach to protect the regeneration of frost sensitive target tree species. If overstorey nurse crops are harvested, they can provide additional short-term benefits through increased biomass production, e.g., for bioenergy. However, the intensification of biomass exports from forests might impact negatively on ecosystem nutrient pools. Thus, precise allometric biomass equations are required to quantify biomass and nutrient removals. Since an analysis of published allometric equations developed for typical, dense aspen or birch forests showed that the tree height-to-diameter ratio correlated positively and the proportion of branch biomass negatively with stand density, we developed new allometric biomass equations for widely spaced aspen and birch growing at 4 x 4 m spacing. These equations yielded a root mean squared error of 13% when predicting total aboveground woody biomass for our sample trees. In contrast, the corresponding root mean squared error produced by allometric biomass equations from the literature ranged between 17% to 106% of actual dry biomass. Our results show that specific allometric biomass equations are needed for widely spaced pioneer trees both for accurate estimates of biomass and the nutrients contained within.

  9. Fruit wall anatomical structure of the genus Betula section Lenta (Betulaceae)

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    Olga V. Yatsenko; Igor O. Yatsenko

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    The fruits of the Lentae are referred to lower syncarpous nuts. Unlike most birches, the three-lobed scales in section Lentae stay attached to the axis for a long time. The fruit wall is differentiated into epicarp (derivative of outer tissues of inferior ovary, the tissues of receptacular origin) and the pericarp itself (mesocarp and the endocarp derivating from the ovary wall). The epicarp consists of two zones: epidermis and subepidermal zone. Two-four layers of larger sclerenchymatous cel...

  10. Plant Diversity and Its Elevational Gradient Patterns in Wulu Mountain, Shanxi, China%山西五鹿山植物物种多样性及其海拔梯度格局

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    曲波; 苗艳明; 张钦弟; 毕润成

    2012-01-01

    Samplings were gathered and examined in forests along altitudinal gradients of Wulu Mountain, China. The results indicated that the major communities in the forests can be classified as Quercus wutaishanica, Pinus labulaeformis, Acer ginnala, Betula platyphylla, Pinus bungeana, Syringa reticulate- Acer ginnala and Betula platyphylla community. Our research suggests that the Quercus wutaishanica community appears to be a dominant community in a successional stage toward temperate deciduous broad-leaved forests. The species richness in different layers of these communities can be distinguished as, herb layer > shrub layer > tree layer. Both the Shannon-Wiener diversity index and Simpson diversity index showed similar patterns. The species diversity indices of different layers and overall importance value of the forest communities indicate that the forests appear to be successional and sub-climax communities in Wulu Mountain. Our research also suggests that there is a peak with higher species diversity index in the communities of middle elevation. We suggested that the pattern could be affected by temperature, moisture , and human disturbance. The pattern could also be influenced by the nature of successional stages and sub-climax communities.%采用典型取样法,沿海拔梯度对五鹿山自然植被进行调查.结果表明:五鹿山主要群落类型为辽东栎(Quercus wutaishanica)群落、油松(Pinus tabulaeformis)群落、茶条槭(Acer ginnala)群落、白皮松(Pinus bungeana)群落、暴马丁香-茶条槭(Syringa reticulate-Acer ginnala)群落和白桦(Betula platyphylla)群落.其中,辽东栎群落略占优势,这可能暗示着该地区植被具有继续向暖温带落叶阔叶林演替的倾向.各层次植物物种丰富度呈现出草本层>灌木层>乔木层特征,Shannon-Wiener多样性指数和Simpson多样性指数整体规律为草本层>灌木层>乔木层.以五鹿山森林群落不同层次的各种物种多样性指数和森林

  11. 黑河地区不同优势树种林下枯落物量的比较%Comparing the Litter Amounts under Dominant Tree Species of Heihe District

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    孙元发; 吴铭

    2014-01-01

    枯落物是森林生态系统物质循环的一个重要组成部分,具有极为重要的水文功能,枯落物水文生态功能的发挥首先取决于枯落物的量。通过对黑河地区不同优势树种林下枯落量的调查与测定,结果表明:黑河地区各种优势树种中,落叶松的单位面积上枯落物总干质量最大,达到5.46 t 灋hm -2,而樟子松的单位面积上枯落物总干质量最小,只有1.08t 灋hm -2,赤杨、山杨、柞树、白桦、黑桦单位面积上枯落物总干质量为2.93~4.9t 灋hm -2。%Litter is an important constituent part in forestry ecosystem cycle ,with vital hydrological function ,which is determined primarily by litter amount .In this work ,litter amount under dominant tree species of Heihe district was surveyed .The result manifested litter amount of unit area was highest under Larix gmelinii ,up to 5 .46 t · hm -2 , while it was lowest under Pinus sylvestris ,only with 1 .08 t · hm -2 .Under A lnus japonica ,Populus davidiana , Quercus mongolica ,Betula platyphylla ,Betula dahurica ,it was from 2 .93 to 4 .9 t · hm -2 .

  12. Bioconversion of Birch Wood Hemicellulose Hydrolyzate to Xylitol.

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    Miura, Masahiro; Shimotori, Yasutaka; Nakatani, Hisayuki; Harada, Akira; Aoyama, Masakazu

    2015-06-01

    A sugar solution containing 42.9 g l(-1) of xylose was prepared from the wood of Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica) by hydrolysis with 3 % sulfuric acid with a liquor-to-solid ratio of 4 (g g(-1)) at 120 °C for 1 h. During the acid hydrolysis, undesirable by-products were generated, such as acetic acid, furfural, and low-molecular-weight phenols, which inhibit bioconversion of xylose to xylitol. These inhibitors were successfully removed from the hydrolyzate by sorption onto a steam-activated charcoal followed by treatment with an anion exchange resin. Bioconversion of the detoxified hydrolyzate to xylitol by the yeast Candida magnoliae was investigated under the microaerobic conditions. The oxygen transfer rate (OTR) varied from 9.6 to 22.3 mmol O2 l(-1) h(-1). The best fermentative performance of C. magnoliae in the birch wood hydrolyzate (xylitol yield 0.74 g xylitol g xylose(-1); volumetric productivity 1.0 g l(-1) h(-1)) was obtained at the OTR of 12.6 mmol O2 l(-1) h(-1). PMID:25894947

  13. Mechanism Underlying the Spatial Pattern Formation of Dominant Tree Species in a Natural Secondary Forest.

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    Guodong Jia

    Full Text Available Studying the spatial pattern of plant species may provide significant insights into processes and mechanisms that maintain stand stability. To better understand the dynamics of naturally regenerated secondary forests, univariate and bivariate Ripley's L(r functions were employed to evaluate intra-/interspecific relationships of four dominant tree species (Populus davidiana, Betula platyphylla, Larix gmelinii and Acer mono and to distinguish the underlying mechanism of spatial distribution. The results showed that the distribution of soil, water and nutrients was not fragmented but presented clear gradients. An overall aggregated distribution existed at most distances. No correlation was found between the spatial pattern of soil conditions and that of trees. Both positive and negative intra- and interspecific relationships were found between different DBH classes at various distances. Large trees did not show systematic inhibition of the saplings. By contrast, the inhibition intensified as the height differences increased between the compared pairs. Except for Larix, universal inhibition of saplings by upper layer trees occurred among other species, and this reflected the vertical competition for light. Therefore, we believe that competition for light rather than soil nutrients underlies the mechanism driving the formation of stand spatial pattern in the rocky mountainous areas examined.

  14. Belowground carbon pools and dynamics in China's warm temperate and sub-tropical deciduous forests

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    C. W. Xiao

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available We report the first estimates of pools and dynamics of microbes, roots, plant litter and soil organic carbon (SOC in three dominant types of China's vast deciduous forest area: Betula platyphylla, Quercus liaotungensis, and Quercus aliena varacuteserrata. Organic matter degradation rates overshadowed litter inputs as the main determinant of the soil carbon stocks. Across the three forests, rates of litter decomposition were also indicative for turnover rates of SOC. Litter and SOC decay was faster in the sub-tropical than in the warm-temperate forests. Among the latter, SOC turnover was highest in the forest producing the higher-quality litter. Microbial biomass was, as expected, correlated with SOC content. Microbial activity, in contrast, was highest at the sub-tropical forest, despite the lower SOC availability, lower fraction of labile SOC, and lower soil microbial biomass. These results may contribute to increased understanding of controls over belowground carbon cycling in deciduous forests.

  15. Root biomass and underground C and N storage of the primitive Korean pine and broad-leaved forest and its different succession stages in Changbai Mountain, northeast China

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    YANG Liyun; LUO Tianxiang; WU Songtao

    2006-01-01

    This paper studied root biomass and underground carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) storage of a more than 200-year-old primitive Korean pine and broad-leaved forest and its two 20- and 80-year-old secondary Populus davidiana and Betula platyphylla forests in Changbai Mountain,northeast China.The results showed that with forest succession,the root biomass of 20-year-old,80-year-old,and primitive forests was 2.437,2.742,and 4.114 kg/m2,respectively.The root C storage was 1.113,1.323,and 2.023kg/m2,soil C storage was 11.911,11.943,and 12.587 kg/m2,and underground C storage was 13.024,13.266,and 14.610kg/m2,respectively,while the root N storage was 0.035,0.032,and 0.038 kg/m2,soil N storage was 1.208,1.222,and 0.915 kg/m2,and underground N storage was 1.243,1.254,and 0.955 kg/m2,respectively,which indicated that along with forest succession,the forest underground became a potential"carbon sink,"whereas underground N storage did not change obviously.

  16. Scale correlation between vegetation and soil in larch forest, NE China

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    2001-01-01

    After the analysis on the linages of species, the fractal dimensions of vegetation and soil in a managed larch(Larix gmelini) forest in Daxingan Mountains, NE China were estimated separately, and their scale correlation was discussed. (1) The dominant species of the larch forest, larch and the important accompany species, birch(Betula platyphylla) were homogeneously distributed along the transect. The other species were heterogeneous, and can be divided into three groups located on the right , left and central parts of th transect respectively. The transect can be separated into two parts at the position for the 29th quadrat(580m). (2) The fractal dimension in the large scale range from 200 to 400m was lower than that in the small scale range from 0 to 200m in the forest, indicating the different variation regularities of spatial heterogeneity in different scale ranges. The inflection point at 200m was one of the key scales of spatial hierarchy of the larch forest. (3) The scale variation of the forest was correlated with that of soil pH on large scales, which reflected the indirect control of the dominant species to the spatial pattern and species distribution of understories by changing soil acidity in the forest and the indirect effects of forest management.

  17. Analysis of organic acids in selected forest litters of Northeast China

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    SONGJin-feng; CUIXiao-yang

    2003-01-01

    Larch (Larix olgensis), Manchurian ash (Fraxinus mandshurica), Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis) and White birch (Betula platyphylla) are the major planting species in northeast China. The samples of forest litters were collected from the stands of the above 4 species in Laoyeling and Jianlagou experiment stations of Maorshan Exp. Forest Farm (45°12′-45°30′N,127°30′-127°48′E), Northeast Forestry University, in early October 2002. Quantitative analysis and qualitative analysis were carried out on the organic acids existing in freshly fallen litters (L layer) and hemi-decomposed litters (F layer) of the four forest species by using Gas Chromatogram system. A wide variety of organic acids were identified, including oxalic, malonic, fumaric,succinic, maleic, malic, citric, C16:0, C18:0, C18:1, C18:2, C18:3 and C20:0 acids. In respect of L litters of all samples, the oxalic acid content (over 30 mg/g) was the highest of the seven low-molecular-weight organic acids identified, while the content of oleic or linoleic (above 40 mg/g) was found to be highest among the six high aliphatic acids identified. As to F litters, oxalic acid content was also the highest, followed by linoleic and oleic. For the same tree species or the same forest, the kinds and contents of organic acids in L litters were more abundant than that in F litters.

  18. Response of seedlings of different tree species to elevated C02 in Changbai Mountain

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    DAILi-min; JILan-zhu; WANGMiao; LIQiu-rong

    2003-01-01

    Eco-physiological responses of seedlings of eight species, Pinus koraiensis, Picea koraiensis, Lanx olgensis,Populus ussuriensis, Betula platyphylla, Tilia amurensis, Traxinus mandshurica and Acer mono from broadleaved/Korean pine forest, to elevated CO2 were studied by using open-top chambers under natural sunlight in Changbai Mountain, China in two growing seasons (1998-1999). Two concentrations of CO2 were designed: elevated CO2 (700 pmol· mol-1) and ambient CO2 (400μmol· mol-1). The study results showed that the height growth of the tree seedlings grown at elevated CO2 increased by about 10%-40% compared to those grown at ambient CO2. And the water using efficiency of seedlings also followed the same tendency. However, the responses of seedlings in transpiration and chlorophyll content to elevated CO2 varied with tree species.The broad-leaf tree species were more sensitive to the elevated CO2than conifer tree species. All seedlings showed a photo-synthetic acclimation to Iong-term elevated CO2.

  19. Ontogeny and environment as determinants of the secondary chemistry of three species of white birch.

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    Laitinen, Jaana; Julkunen-Tiitto, Riitta; Rousi, Matti; Heinonen, Jaakko; Tahvanainen, Jorma

    2005-10-01

    This study investigates variation in the secondary chemistry of the bark of three closely related, winter-dormant species of white birch (Betula resinifera, B. pendula, and B. platyphylla) at different ontogenetic stages by using different plant parts (top and base). The experimental birches were grown for 4 years in two growing conditions (pot and field) at different nutrient levels. There was considerable species-specific quantitative and qualitative variation in the secondary chemicals in bark, but this was also affected by fertilization and the age of the plant. In general, there was greater chemical diversity in saplings than in seedlings. The study revealed three new components, secoisolariciresinol 9-O-beta-glucopyranoside and two of its derivatives, that have not been reported previously for the bark of white birches. Principal component analysis showed that the species studied had a similar chemical composition at the juvenile stage, but as the plants grew, they became more clearly differentiated, which indicates that the species of older plants can be identified by chemotaxonomy. Evidently, the secondary chemistry of birches is under genetic control, but it is affected by properties of growing conditions and ontogeny. PMID:16195842

  20. Genome-scale transcriptome analysis in response to nitric oxide in birch cells: implications of the triterpene biosynthetic pathway.

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    Fansuo Zeng

    Full Text Available Evidence supporting nitric oxide (NO as a mediator of plant biochemistry continues to grow, but its functions at the molecular level remains poorly understood and, in some cases, controversial. To study the role of NO at the transcriptional level in Betula platyphylla cells, we conducted a genome-scale transcriptome analysis of these cells. The transcriptome of untreated birch cells and those treated by sodium nitroprusside (SNP were analyzed using the Solexa sequencing. Data were collected by sequencing cDNA libraries of birch cells, which had a long period to adapt to the suspension culture conditions before SNP-treated cells and untreated cells were sampled. Among the 34,100 UniGenes detected, BLASTX search revealed that 20,631 genes showed significant (E-values≤10-5 sequence similarity with proteins from the NR-database. Numerous expressed sequence tags (i.e., 1374 were identified as differentially expressed between the 12 h SNP-treated cells and control cells samples: 403 up-regulated and 971 down-regulated. From this, we specifically examined a core set of NO-related transcripts. The altered expression levels of several transcripts, as determined by transcriptome analysis, was confirmed by qRT-PCR. The results of transcriptome analysis, gene expression quantification, the content of triterpenoid and activities of defensive enzymes elucidated NO has a significant effect on many processes including triterpenoid production, carbohydrate metabolism and cell wall biosynthesis.

  1. Mechanism Underlying the Spatial Pattern Formation of Dominant Tree Species in a Natural Secondary Forest.

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    Jia, Guodong; Yu, Xinxiao; Fan, Dengxing; Jia, Jianbo

    2016-01-01

    Studying the spatial pattern of plant species may provide significant insights into processes and mechanisms that maintain stand stability. To better understand the dynamics of naturally regenerated secondary forests, univariate and bivariate Ripley's L(r) functions were employed to evaluate intra-/interspecific relationships of four dominant tree species (Populus davidiana, Betula platyphylla, Larix gmelinii and Acer mono) and to distinguish the underlying mechanism of spatial distribution. The results showed that the distribution of soil, water and nutrients was not fragmented but presented clear gradients. An overall aggregated distribution existed at most distances. No correlation was found between the spatial pattern of soil conditions and that of trees. Both positive and negative intra- and interspecific relationships were found between different DBH classes at various distances. Large trees did not show systematic inhibition of the saplings. By contrast, the inhibition intensified as the height differences increased between the compared pairs. Except for Larix, universal inhibition of saplings by upper layer trees occurred among other species, and this reflected the vertical competition for light. Therefore, we believe that competition for light rather than soil nutrients underlies the mechanism driving the formation of stand spatial pattern in the rocky mountainous areas examined. PMID:27028757

  2. Study on the Relationship between Forest Fire and Forest Types in Saihanba Forest Center%塞罕坝机械林场森林类型与林火关系的研究

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    于士涛

    2014-01-01

    该文通过对塞罕坝机械林场野外调查获取实地数据来分析林场的林型特征与火灾的关系,得出结论如下:樟子松纯林属于极易燃类型;白桦林属于中等易燃类型;蒙古栎林属较易燃类型;落叶松和白桦的混交林内属于较难燃类型;落叶松、樟子松和云杉的混交林内属于较易燃类型。%In this dissertation datum gotten by some field investigation was also used to analyze the rela⁃tion between forest fire and the character of forest. The main conclusions as follows:Forest of L. gmelinii is difficult to burn;forest of Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica Litv is very inflammable;forest of Betula platy⁃phylla Suk is mid-inflammable;forest of Quercus mongolica Fisch is correspondingly inflammable. Mixed for⁃est of L. gmelinii and P. sylvestris var. mongolica Litv is uninflammable;mixed forest of L. gmelinii,P. syl⁃vestris var. mongolica Litv and Picea asperata Mast is correspondingly inflammable.

  3. Winter warming as an important co-driver for Betula nana growth in western Greenland during the past century

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    Hollesen, Jorgen; Buchwal, Agata; Rachlewicz, Grzegorz; Hansen, Birger U.; Hansen, Marc O.; Stecher, Ole; Elberling, Bo

    2015-01-01

    . To explain the strong winter importance on growth, we assessed the importance of different environmental factors using site-specific measurements from 1991 to 2011 of soil temperatures, sea ice coverage, precipitation and snow depths. The results show a strong positive growth response to the amount......Growing season conditions are widely recognized as the main driver for tundra shrub radial growth, but the effects of winter warming and snow remain an open question. Here, we present a more than 100years long Betulanana ring-width chronology from Disko Island in western Greenland that demonstrates...... a highly significant and positive growth response to both summer and winter air temperatures during the past century. The importance of winter temperatures for Betulanana growth is especially pronounced during the periods from 1910-1930 to 1990-2011 that were dominated by significant winter warming...

  4. A Preliminary Pharmacokinetic Study of Betulin, the Main Pentacyclic Triterpene from Extract of Outer Bark of Birch (Betulae alba cortex

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available During the last two decades triterpenes have attracted attention because of their pharmacological potential. Triterpene extract (TE from outer bark of birch consisting mainly of betulin is able to form an oleogel which was successfully tested in the treatment of actinic keratosis. Some aspects of TE in vitro pharmacology are already known. Now we show preliminary pharmacokinetics of betulin and results of a subchronic toxicity study of TE in rats and dogs. Because of poor aqueous solubility of the TE-triterpenes (< 0.1 μg/mL respectively, for pharmacokinetic studies it was suspended in sesame oil (rats, i.p. and PEG 400 / 0.9 % NaCl (dogs, s.c.. I.p. administered, betulin, the main component of TE, shows time dependency over a period of 4 h and reaches a dose-independent serum level of 0.13 μg/mL. Dose dependency was observed with s.c. administration. At 300 mg/kg a maximum plasma concentration of 0.33 μg/mL betulin was detected after 28 daily applications. The subchronic toxicity study showed no toxicity of TE in rats (i.p. and dogs (s.c.. In conclusion, triterpene extract from birch bark is safe, its betulin is bioavailable and in addition to published triterpene biological activities TE provides high potential for further pharmaceutical and pharmacological research.

  5. Cultivable actinomycetes from rhizosphere of birch (Betula pendula) growing on a coal mine dump in Silets, Ukraine.

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    Ostash, Bohdan; Gren, Tetiana; Hrubskyy, Yaroslav; Tistechok, Stepan; Beshley, Stepan; Baranov, Volodymyr; Fedorenko, Victor

    2014-08-01

    Five actinomycete strains were isolated from the rhizosphere of birch, one of a few native tree forms capable of thriving on the upper level of a coal mine dump near the village of Silets (Lvivska region, Ukraine). No such strains were isolated from surrounding gangue, or from nearby grass Calamagrostis epigeios. Using 16S rDNA sequencing and analysis of cell wall aminoacids, four of these strains were shown to belong to genus Streptomyces and one to be Amycolatopsis. The isolates were able to produce siderophores and antibacterial compounds. In comparison to the reference strain Streptomyces coelicolor M145, certain rhizospheric isolates displayed somewhat increased survival in the presence of copper, iron(III), or chromium(VI) salts. The Amycolatopsis isolate was also shown to accumulate significant quantities of heavy metals from waste extracts. Possible roles of the described strains in coal mine dump ecology are discussed. PMID:23686352

  6. The long range transport of birch (Betula) pollen from Poland and Germany causes significant pre-season concentrations in Denmark

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    Ambelas Skjoth, C.; Sommer, J.; Stach, A.; Smith, M.; Brandt, J.; Christensen, J. H.; Frohn, L. M.; Geels, C.; Hansen, K. M.; Hedegaard, G. B.

    2009-04-01

    In Denmark, where birch pollen is considered to be among the most important allergenic pollen, about one million people suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis. In Denmark, the official reported pollen forecast is based on the daily weather forecast, the pollen calendar and local 24-h measurements. Birch pollen has the potential for long-range transport but the present Danish pollen forecast does not account for birch pollen being transported into the country from distant sources.. Long-range transport episodes are intermittent and often out of the main pollen season, where individuals in general will be medically unprotected. Here we use an integrated approach to investigate whether or not Denmark receives significant quantities of birch pollen from Poland and Germany before local trees start to flower. In 2006 we used a combination of phenological observations and pollen measurements in Poland (Poznań) and Denmark (Copenhagen). Seasonal and diurnal variations in birch pollen measurement from Copenhagen (2000-2006) were examined with the aim of identifying pre-seasonal episodes originating from long-range transport. The 2.5% accumulation method was used for identifying start of season. If daily pollen counts exceeded 30 grains/m3 either before the local flowering season began or on the actual start day, the episode was chosen for investigation with back trajectory analysis. A birch forest inventory for Northern Europe was produced and implemented in DEHM-Pollen along with a simple unified pollen release model SUPREME to investigate the 2006 campaign in detail. In 2006, full flowering took place in Poznan between 20th and 28th of April and daily concentrations varied between 739 and 2169 grains/m3. In Copenhagen phenological observations showed that local flowering was initiated the 2nd of May. In Copenhagen several episodes with pollen concentrations at 108, 244 and 41 grains/m3 were recorded the 23rd, 26th and 27th of April, respectively. Back-trajectory analysis showed that for those tree dates the origin of the air masses was Poland including the Poznan region. 11 possible pre-seasonal long-range transport episodes in 2000-2006 were identified during analyses of the measured pollen data. All possible long-range transport episodes were investigated with back trajectories. In all investigated episodes, the air masses Copenhagen originated directly from either Germany or Poland. The model results from DEHM pollen for 2006 show several episodes in Copenhagen with high pollen concentration for the 23rd - 24th and 26th - 27th of April, respectively. These pre-seasonal peaks in 2006 were modelled well with respect to timing and magnitude. During this period the SUPREME model only predicts birch pollen emission south of Denmark. Long-range transport episodes of birch pollen from Poland and Germany has happened almost every year since 2000 and it is therefore likely that this is a general pattern. It is shown that DEHM-Pollen for the year 2006 is able to simulate pre-seasonal pollen concentrations in Denmark, where key components include a well calibrated emission model and emission inventory. Furthermore, all model components are prepared for full implementation in the THOR air pollution and forecasting system. During pre-seasonal, pollen allergy patients are in general medically unprotected. Such episodes will therefore have a full impact with respect to allergic reactions among the allergy patients. The use of the integrated approach improves knowledge of such episodes. Furthermore, an implementation of DEHM-Pollen in the THOR system has the potential to provide early warnings of severe pre-seasonal pollen episodes to the entire Danish population, by forecasting how far and how severe a possible pre-seasonal birch pollen cloud will progress into Denmark.

  7. The pattern of intrapopulational and interpopulational changes of Betula pendula in Iran, based on leaf morphological traits

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    Mohammad Esmaeilpour Poodeh; Kambiz Taheri Abkenar; Ali Aalami; Amireslam Bonyad

    2014-01-01

    Despite superior medicinal properties of Birch, there aren’t any studies reported on its morphological diversity. For the first time, leaf samples were collected from four different sites, each site 10 trees and each tree 30 fertile and sterile shoots and leaves (totally 2400). In analyzing the mean values, the Siahmarz kuh showd the maximum and the Marmishoo minimum size mean. Angle of leaf base and number of veins had minimum and fluctuating asymmetry and distance border had a maximum coeff...

  8. The pattern of intrapopulational and interpopulational changes of Betula pendula in Iran, based on leaf morphological traits

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    Mohammad Esmaeilpour Poodeh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Despite superior medicinal properties of Birch, there aren’t any studies reported on its morphological diversity. For the first time, leaf samples were collected from four different sites, each site 10 trees and each tree 30 fertile and sterile shoots and leaves (totally 2400. In analyzing the mean values, the Siahmarz kuh showd the maximum and the Marmishoo minimum size mean. Angle of leaf base and number of veins had minimum and fluctuating asymmetry and distance border had a maximum coefficient of variation, minimum and maximum morphological diversity respectively. Average size of sterile leaf traits was larger than average size of fertile leaf traits. It seemed that Siahmarz Kuh is had the most interapopulation diversity and could apply a transition source to sink. The slightest change in the veins of the population in birch was more strongly controlled by genes. Multivariate analyses of variance indicated high statistical significance of all factors: leaf type, population, type population, tree nested population and type × tree nested population. The cluster analysis identified three clusters, the first cluster contained only Marmishoo trees. Because the majority of the population, geographic distribution of genotypes was not consistent with the grouping that could be due to the influence of environmental factors on morphological traits, so it is recommended to use molecular markers. Canonical discriminant analysis showed that petiole length ratio and fluctuating asymmetry could be used in future research on morphological diversity among populations of B. pendula.

  9. Fomozės sukėlėjų Leptoshpaeria maculans ir L. biglobosa paplitimas įvairių rūšių bastutinių šeimos augaluose

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    2014-01-01

    Magistrantūros studijų darbu siekta nustatyti Leptosphaeria maculans ir L. biglobosa rūšių paplitimą ir pasiskirstymą ant įvairių rūšių bastutinių šeimos augalų (Brassica napus var. biennis, Brassica napus var. annua, Brassica oleracea var. capitata, Brassica oleracea var. italica) bei grybo surinkto iš skirtingų augalų rūšių augimo specifiką in vitro sąlygomis.

  10. 东北百里香化感作用%Allelopathy of Thymus mandschuricus

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    王玲; 马喜娟; 张秀珍

    2012-01-01

    An experiment was conducted to study the allelopathy of Thymus mandschurricus Ronn. on Jive receptor plants, namely Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica, Larix gmelini, Betula platyphylla, Tagetes erecla and Petunia hybrid by the method of biological test. Results showed that stem-leaf and root extracts of T. mandschuricus had some inhibitory effects on seed germination of B. platyphylla and P. hyhrida, and the inhibitory effects weakened with decreasing extract concentration. Lower concentration of extract had a stimulative effect on seed germination of P. sylvestris var. mongolica to a certain degree. Stem-leaf and root extracts of T. mandschuricus had no harmful effect on the seedling growth of T. erecla and P. hybrida. Extract with a volume ratio of 1 : 1 had certain inhibitory effect on seeding growth of P. sylvestris var. mongolica and L gmelini. The allelopathy effect of stem-leaf extract was stronger than that of root extract. Root length of the receptor plants received a stronger allelopathy effect than seedling height.%通过生物测定法研究了东北百里香茎叶和根水浸液对樟子松、兴安落叶松、白桦、万寿菊、矮牵牛的种子萌发及幼苗生长的化感作用.结果表明,东北百里香茎叶和根水浸液对白桦、矮牵牛的种子萌发有一定抑制作用,抑制效应随水浸液母液与水的体积比降低而减弱;母液与水的体积比低的水浸液对樟子松的种子萌发有一定促进作用.东北百里香茎叶和根水浸液对万寿菊和矮牵牛幼苗生长无明显不良影响,V(母液)∶V(水)=1∶1的水浸液对樟子松、兴安落叶松的幼苗生长有一定抑制作用.东北百里香茎叶水浸液对受体植物的化感作用强于根水浸液.受体植物幼苗的根长受到的化感作用强于苗高.

  11. Effect of Thinning on the Structure and Succession of Secondary Forest Communities in Changbai Mountains of China%抚育对长白山幼龄次生林群落结构与动态的影响

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    柏广新; 牟长城

    2012-01-01

    采用抚育采伐试验方法,研究了不同经营方式(对照、常规经营和优化经营)对长白山林区5种典型幼龄次生林林群落(落叶松—白桦林、杨桦林、杂木林、硬阔林及阔叶红松林)的树种组成结构、径级结构及演替趋势的影响规律.结果表明:优化经营能够提升高幼龄林群落中红松、水曲柳等珍贵树种的地位(重要值提高37.5%~400.0%),提高森林经营价值;优化经营能够显著降低各类型幼龄林的小径木株数比例(7.2% ~ 29.9%)及提高中径级林木的比例(5.1%~26.4%),充分发挥森林的生产潜力;优化经营能够改变幼龄林的演替趋势(由次生林转化为阔叶红松林),从而加速地带性顶极植被阔叶红松林的恢复进程.%Effects of three thinning regimes ( control, routine thinning and optimal thinning) on the composition of tree species, diameter distribution and succession trend of five typical young secondary forest communities dominated by Larix olgensis, Betula platyphylla; Populus davidiana, B. Platyphylla and Quercus mongolica; P. Davidiana, Tilia amurensis, Acer Mono and Phellodendron amurensis ; Ulmus davidiana var. Japonica, Fraxinus mandshurica and Juglans mandshurica; Pinus ko-raiensis, F. Mandshurica, P. Davidiana and B. Platyphylla, respectively, were studied in Changbai Mountain of China. Importance values of some high-value tree species such as P. Koraiensis and F. Mandshurica in optimal thinning communities increased by 37. 5% -400. 0% compared with those in the control communities, so the silvicultural value was much improved. Small diameter trees decreased by 7. 2% -29. 9% and medium diameter trees by 5. 1% -26. 4% in optimal thinning communities compared with the un-thinning communities, so its potential productivity was fully realized. The succession trends of un-thinning communities were still secondary forest communities generally, but that of optimal thinning developed towards climax

  12. 冀北山地天然次生林土壤有机质空间异质性研究%Spatial Variability of Soil Organic Matte in Natural Secondary Forest

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    梁文俊; 魏曦; 朱宝才

    2015-01-01

    【目的】以冀北山地山杨白桦天然次生林为研究对象,探讨该群落土壤垂直方向有机质的分布格局和空间变异特征。【方法】采用大面积野外调查数据,运用统计学、GIS 空间结构分析技术进行分析。结果表明:土壤有机质含量最高的是0~20 cm 层,20~40 cm 有机质含量最小。变异系数随土壤深度的增加逐渐增大,3层都属于中度变异;3层有机质含量的最佳理论模型分别为指数模型、高斯模型和球型模型;各层有机质含量集中区和插值分析分级面积有所不同,但总体变化规律是一致的。0~20 cm 土层土壤有机质含量最大,20~40 cm 层是有机质消耗集中区,有机质含量最小,40~60 cm 层处于中等水平。【结论】研究区是属于次生山杨白桦林,土壤环境受外界破坏较少,土层垂直方向空间变异不显著,母质层有机质的形成和表层土壤有机质的消耗都处在合理的范围内,体现了该区域土壤处于健康、可持续发展的良好状态。%Objective]Populus davidiana + Betula platyphylla natural secondary forest was used as research objective in this study.The aim of this study was to explore the vertical distribu-tion and spatial variation of soil organic matter of the forest.[Method]Field survey data,statis-tics and GIS spatial structure analysis techniques were used in this study.[Results]The content of soil organic matter was the highest in the 0-20 cm layer but the content of 20-40cm was the lowest.The coefficient of variation increased with increasing soil depth and three layers belonged to moderate variation.The best theoretical models of organic matter in three layer were exponen-tial,Gaussian and spherical models.Each layer organic matter content focus area and interpola-tion analysis grade area was different,but the overall change was the same.Soil organic matter of 0 -20 cm layer was the largest.Soil layer of 20-40 cm was

  13. Natural Regeneration Pattern of Urban Forests in Harbin%哈尔滨城市森林自然演替格局研究

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    梅琳琳; 冯树丹; 达良俊; 宋坤; 王冰; 关兵兵

    2012-01-01

    In order to strengthen the urban protects of the variety of vegetation biodiversity and reasonable utilization, to perfect the system of ecology theory about the urban vegetation, the author did a lot of research about Haerbin urban forest natural succession pattern. The author decided to adopt the vegetation sociology research combine with every wood investigation research, researching 11 kinds of urban forest natural regeneration pattern in Harbin. The results showed that the difference kinds and quantities of composition about the woody plants under the forest different types of urban forest in maintaining woody plant diversity were quite different. Based on frequency distribution of DBH, population structure of each tree species fell into 3 types: unimodal type, L type and sporadic type. In the case, 4 representative species belonged to unimodal type: Populus berolinensis, Pinus tabulaeformis var. mukdensis, Larix gmelini, Pinus sylvestris var. mongolic; 4 L-types were: Populus davidiana, Phellodendron amurense, Fraxinus mandshurica, and Ulmus pumila; 3 sporadic types were: Juglans mandshurica, Betula platyphylla, and Picea koraiensis. It was suggested that the habitat, the seed resources and the seed dispersal pattern were the key limitation of urban forests.%为了加强城市植被生物多样性的保护与合理利用,完善城市植被生态学研究的理论体系,对哈尔滨城市森林自然演替格局进行研究.采用植被社会学调查与每木调查相结合的方法,对哈尔滨11种城市森林类型进行天然更新格局研究.结果表明,林下木本植物的种类和数量组成有所差异,不同城市森林类型在维持木本植物多样性方面存在较大差异.根据胸径级频率分布的形状,将各树种的种群结构归纳为3种类型:种群结构单峰型的为中东杨(Populus berolinensis)、黑皮油松(Pinus tabulaeformis var.mukdensis)、兴安落叶松(Larix gmelini)、樟子松(Pinus sylvestris var

  14. Comprehensive Evaluation of Forest Community Stability of Different Types of Low-Quality Forest Stands in the Greater Higgnan Mountains%大兴安岭不同类型低质林群落稳定性的综合评价

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    宋启亮; 董希斌

    2014-01-01

    The low-quality forest community stability was comprehensively evaluated by calculating subordinate function values of a model which was established based on fuzzy synthetic evaluation by a total of 30 factors of 5 indices of species diversity,soil physical properties,soil chemical properties,litter characteristics and soil carbon flux in 5 typical low-quality forest stands that mixed conifer and broadleaved forest,Populus davidiana forest,Quercus mongolica forest,Betula platyphylla forest and broadleaved mixed forest in the Greater Higgnan Mountains. The results showed that: The indices of species diversity,litter characteristics and soil carbon flux of mixed conifer and broadleaved forest are highest,the index of soil chemical properties of broadleaved mixed forest is highest,the index of soil physical properties of Quercus mongolica forest is highest,forest community stability of 5 types of forest communities in the Great Higgnan Mountains,ranked in the decreasing order of community of mixed conifer and broadleaved forest > broadleaved mixed forest > Quercus mongolica forest>Betula platyphylla forest >Populus davidiana forest. The evaluation results can provide theoretical basis for the ecosystem restoration of low-quality forest stands in the Greater Higgnan Mountains.%以大兴安岭林区分布的针阔混交林、山杨林、蒙古栎林、白桦林和阔叶混交林5种典型低质林森林群落类型为研究对象,选择反映森林群落基本特征的物种多样性、土壤物理性质、土壤化学性质、枯落物特性和土壤碳通量这5项指标,共30个评价因子,运用模糊数学中隶属函数的方法综合评价低质林森林群落稳定性。结果表明:针阔混交林物种多样性、枯落物特性、土壤碳通量指标最高,阔叶混交林土壤化学性质指标最高,蒙古栎林土壤物理性质指标最高,大兴安岭5种森林群落稳定性表现为针阔混交林>阔叶混交林>蒙古栎林>白

  15. Leaf and twig litter decomposition of main species in different forests along the north slope of Changbai Mountain,northeast China

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    GUO Zhongling; LI Qingkang; ZHENG Jinping; LIU Wande; FAN Chunnan; MA Yuandan; YU Guirui; HAN Shijie

    2007-01-01

    From 2001 to 2003,the litter decomposition dynamics of dominant tree species were conducted using a litterbag burying method in the broadleaf-Korean pine forest,spruce-fir forest and Ermans birch forest,which represents three altitudinal belts in Changbai Mountain,northeast China.The spatial and temporal dynamics of litter decomposition and the effects of litter properties were examined.Furthermore,the decomposition trend of different species was simulated by the Olson model,and results showed that annual mass loss rates increased over time,but was not significantly correlated.Leaf decomposition rates increased after decomposing for 638 days (1.75 years),and the order of dry weight remaining rates of leaf litter for different species is:Asian white birch (Betula platyphylla) (24.56%)<Amur linden (Tilia amurensis) (24.81%) < Korean pine (Pinus koraiensis)(38.48%)<spruce (Picea jezoensis var. microsperma)(41.15%)< Ermans birch (Betula ermanii) (41.53%)<fir (Abies nephrolepis) (42.62%).The dry weight remaining rates of twig litter was smaller than that of leaf litter,and followed the order of Amur linden (44.98%)<fir (64.62%)<Korean pine (72.07%)<spruce (73.51%)<Asian white birch (77.37%)<Ermans birch (80.35%).The simulation results by the Olson model showed that,in leaf,the 95%-decomposition rates ranged from 4.5 to 8.0 years,and annual decomposition rate (k) followed the order of Amur linden (0.686)>Asian white birch (0.624)>Korean pine (0.441)>spruce (0.406)>fir (0.397)>Ermans birch (0.385);in twig,it ranged from 7.8 to 29.3 years,and k follows the order:Amur linden (0.391)>fir (0.204)>Korean pine (0.176)>spruce (0.157)>Asian white birch (0.148)>Ermans birch (0.102).In general,the differences of decomposition rate are evident between leaf and twig litter and among species,and were higher in broad-leaved species compared with coniferous species at the same elevation,and decreased with the ascending of elevation.

  16. Photosynthetic downregulation in leaves of the Japanese white birch grown under elevated CO{sub 2} concentration does not change their temperature-dependent susceptibility to photoinhibition

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    Komatsu, M.; Tobita, H.; Yazaki, K.; Kitao, M. [Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute. Dept. of Plant Ecology, Tsukuba (Japan); Watanabe, M.; Koike, T. [Hokkaido Univ.. Dept. of Forest Science, Sapporo (Japan)

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    To determine the effects of elevated CO{sub 2} concentration ([CO{sub 2}]) on the temperature-dependent photosynthetic properties, we measured gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence at various leaf temperatures (15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 deg. C) in 1-year-old seedlings of the Japanese white birch (Betula platyphylla var. japonica), grown in a phytotron under natural daylight at two [CO{sub 2}] levels (ambient: 400 {mu}mol mol{sup -1} and elevated: 800 {mu}mol mol{sup -1}) and limited N availability (90 mg N plant{sup -1}). Plants grown under elevated [CO{sub 2}] exhibited photosynthetic downregulation, indicated by a decrease in the carboxylation capacity of Rubisco. At temperatures above 30 deg. C, the net photosynthetic rates of elevated-CO{sub 2}-grown plants exceeded those grown under ambient [CO{sub 2}] when compared at their growth [CO{sub 2}]. Electron transport rates were significantly lower in elevated-CO{sub 2}-grown plants than ambient-CO{sub 2}-grown ones at temperatures below 25 deg. C. However, no significant difference was observed in the fraction of excess light energy [(1 - q{sub P})x F{sub v}'/F{sub m}'] between CO{sub 2} treatments across the temperature range. The quantum yield of regulated non-photochemical energy loss was significantly higher in elevated-CO{sub 2}-grown plants than ambient, when compared at their respective growth [CO{sub 2}] below 25 deg. C. These results suggest that elevated-CO{sub 2}-induced downregulation might not exacerbate the temperature-dependent susceptibility to photoinhibition, because reduced energy consumption by electron transport was compensated for by increased thermal energy dissipation at low temperatures. (Author)

  17. [Soil humus differentiation and correlation with other soil biochemical properties in pure forests in semi-arid low-hilly area of Inner Mongolia, China].

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    Zhang, Xiao-Xi; Liu, Zeng-Wen; Bing, Yuan-Hao; Zhu, Bo-Chao; Huang, Liang-Jia

    2014-10-01

    Whether the content and composition of soil humus in pure forest change due to its simple component of litter and specificity of single-species dominant community is a key problem for forest sustainable management. In this study, soils from 6 kind of pure forests in semi-arid low-hilly area of Inner Mongolia were collected and their humus and other biochemical properties were measured to investigate the differentiation of soil humus and the impact factors. The results showed that the soil of Picea asperata and Betula platyphylla pure forests had the highest contents of humus and better condensation degrees and stabilities, followed by that of Populus simonii, Larix principis-rupprechtii and Ulmus pumila pure forests, while the soil of Pinus tabuliformis pure forest had the lowest content of humus, condensation degree and stability. There were significant positive correlations between soil microorganism biomass, activity of phosphatase and the content and stability of soil humus. In contrast, the soil peroxidate, dehydrogenase activity and soil humus content showed significant negative correlations with each other. Furthermore, the enhancement of dehydrogenase activity might decrease the stability of humus. There were significant positive correlations between available N and the content and stability of soil humus, but total Cu, Zn and Fe had negative correlations with them, and total Cu and Fe might reduce the stability of humus as well. The particularity of pure forest environment and litter properties might be the key inducement to soil humus differentiation, thus reforming the pure forest through mixing with other tree species or planting understory vegetation would be the fundamental way to improve the soil humus composition and stability. PMID:25796887

  18. Carbon budgets of three temperate forest ecosystems in Dongling Mt.,Beijing,China

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    2007-01-01

    There is a general agreement that forest ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere function as signifi-cant sinks for atmospheric CO2; however, their magnitude and distribution remain large uncertainties. In this paper, we report the carbon (C) stock and its change of vegetation, forest floor detritus, and mineral soil, annual net biomass increment and litterfall production, and respiration of vegetation and soils between 1992 to 1994, for three temperate forest ecosystems, birch (Betula platyphylla) forest, oak (Quercus liaotungensis) forest and pine (Pinus tabulaeformis) plantation in Mt. Dongling, Beijing, China. We then evaluate the C budgets of these forest ecosystems. Our results indicated that total C density (organic C per hectare) of these forests ranged from 250 to 300 t C ha-1, of which 35―54 t C ha-1 from vegetation biomass C and 209―244 t C ha-1 from soil organic C (1 m depth, including forest floor detritus). Biomass C of all three forests showed a net increase, with 1.33―3.55 t C ha-1 a-1 during the study period. Litterfall production, vegetation autotrophic respiration, and soil heterotrophic respira-tion were estimated at 1.63―2.34, 2.19―6.93, and 1.81―3.49 t C ha-1 a-1, respectively. Ecosystem gross primary production fluctuated between 5.39 and 12.82 t C ha-1 a-1, about half of which (46%―59%, 3.20―5.89 t C ha-1 a-1) was converted to net primary production. Our results suggested that pine forest fixed C of 4.08 t ha-1 a-1, whereas secondary forests (birch and oak forest) were nearly in balance in CO2 exchange between the atmosphere and ecosystems.

  19. Carbon budgets of three temperate forest ecosystems in Dongling Mt., Beijing, China

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    FANG JingYun; LIU GuoHua; ZHU Biao; WANG XiaoKe; LIU ShaoHui

    2007-01-01

    There is a general agreement that forest ecosystems in the Northern Hemisphere function as significant sinks for atmospheric CO2; however, their magnitude and distribution remain large uncertainties. In this paper, we report the carbon (C) stock and its change of vegetation, forest floor detritus, and mineral soil, annual net biomass increment and litterfall production, and respiration of vegetation and soils between 1992 to 1994, for three temperate forest ecosystems, birch (Betula platyphylla) forest, oak (Quercus liaotungensis) forest and pine (Pinus tabulaeformis) plantation in Mt. Dongling, Beijing, China. We then evaluate the C budgets of these forest ecosystems. Our results indicated that total C density (organic C per hectare) of these forests ranged from 250 to 300 t C ha-1, of which 35―54 t C ha-1 from vegetation biomass C and 209―244 t C ha-1 from soil organic C (1 m depth, including forest floor detritus). Biomass C of all three forests showed a net increase, with 1.33―3.55 t C ha-1 a-1 during the study period. Litterfall production, vegetation autotrophic respiration, and soil heterotrophic respiration were estimated at 1.63―2.34, 2.19―6.93, and 1.81―3.49 t C ha-1 a-1, respectively. Ecosystem gross primary production fluctuated between 5.39 and 12.82 t C ha-1 a-1, about half of which (46%―59%, 3.20―5.89 t C ha-1 a-1) was converted to net primary production. Our results suggested that pine forest fixed C of 4.08 t ha-1 a-1, whereas secondary forests (birch and oak forest) were nearly in balance in CO2 exchange between the atmosphere and ecosystems.

  20. 凉水保护区土壤产类漆酶-多铜氧化酶细菌群落结构%The community structure of laccase-like multicopper oxidase-producing bacteria in soil of Liangshui Nature Reserve

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    赵丹; 谷惠琦; 崔岱宗; 范晓旭; 张曦; 赵敏

    2012-01-01

    在凉水国家级自然保护区3种主要林型红松(Pinus koraiensis)、白桦(Betula platyphylla)及云杉(Picea dietrich)林采集林下土壤样品,以铜离子作为筛选剂处理后,结合平板分离法与基于16S rDNA V3区片段的变性梯度凝胶电泳(Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis,DGGE)技术,调查了土壤样品中产类漆酶-多铜氧化酶(laccase-like multicopper oxidase,LMCO)细菌的群落结构.这是研究产类漆酶-多铜氧化酶细菌在环境中存在的种、属及分布的新尝试.平板分离获得10株细菌均为芽孢杆菌属(Bacillus sp.),其中梭状芽孢杆菌(Bacillus fusiformis)未见相关报道.通过DGGE图谱分析可知,产类漆酶-多铜氧化酶细菌在研究地不同林型土壤中的群落结构无明显差异,在红松林土壤中多样性最为丰富.DGGE条带测序结果表明,取样地土壤中产类漆酶细菌主要为罗尔斯顿菌属(Ralstonia sp.)、肠杆菌属(Enterobacter sp.)、芽孢杆菌属和一些未培养细菌.%Laccases catalyze the oxidation of various aromatics, particularly phenolic and amine substrates, making them valuable in industrial applications. Laccases also play an important role in soil organic matter (SOM) turnover processes and the global carbon cycle due to their involvement in the synthesis and degradation of lignin as well as transformation of lignified substrates and humic substances. Laccases belong to the protein family of multicopper oxidases characterized by copper atoms in the active center. Laccases or laccase-like multicopper oxidases ( LMCO) have been extensively studied especially in fungi. Recently, increasing evidence points to a wide occurrence of LMCO in bacteria. As bacterial communities are known to decompose pollutants and municipal wastes involving large quantities of phenolic substances and organic matter, it can be deduced that bacterial LMCO might also participate in lignin degradation and SOM cycling. Copper atoms not only constitute

  1. 甘肃兴隆山主要森林类型土壤渗透性%Soil Infiltration Characteristics of Main Forest Types in Xinglong Mountain of Gansu

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    魏强; 凌雷; 张广忠; 柴春山; 闫沛斌; 陶继新

    2013-01-01

    0-60 cm soil layer of six main forests, including Picea wilosonii forest, Picea wilosonii and Betula platyphylla forest, Populus davidiana and Betula platyphylla forest, Catanester multiglorus and Rosa xanthina shrubs, Pinus tabulaeformis forest and Larix principis-rupprechtii forest in Xinglong Mountain of Gansu, was conducted to investigate the infiltration capability in 2010 and provide basis for the evaluation of water conservation function of forest and sustainable management of water conservation forests. The results showed that the infiltration eigenvalues of six forest types are as: initial infiltration rate>average infiltration rate>stable infiltration rate. The characteristics of soil infiltration differ significantly with deferent forest types. The comprehensive score for soil infiltration is in the range of -1.960 0-1.944 9, and the natural forest is obviously better than plantation. The soil infiltration capability of natural forest gradually increases with its development of positive succession. Correlation analysis showed that soil infiltration capability is greatly affected by soil physical and chemical properties. Soil infiltration has not only close relation with bulk density and porosity, but also with soil nutrient contents and pH. Combined with the correlation analysis, ten soil physical and chemical properties factors, which extremely significantly or significantly influenced soil infiltration, were selected to build four dominant factor equations of soil permeability by stepwise regression method with the correlation coefficient of higher than 0. 850 0 (P<0. 01 ). In four equations , the first introduced factor is the soil bulk density, and it is the most important one among many impact factors. The hydrolysable nitrogen, available phosphorus, total nitrogen, pH value and soil organic matter are the secondary factors. Horton infiltration model is the best one to describe the soil infiltration process of water conservation forests in

  2. 吉林省几种常见生物质颗粒燃料的性能%Fuel Performances of Several Common Biomass Pellets in Jilin Province

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    张启昌; 张英楠; 王峰洁; 孙国文; 颜科

    2009-01-01

    对吉林省几种常见树种颗粒燃料的性能指标进行了测定分析.结果表明,7种颗粒燃料以玉米秸秆颗粒的灰分质量分数最大(11.90%),沙松去皮颗粒的灰分质量分数最低(0.37%);杨木颗粒的去灰分热值最大(20.896kJ/g),其次是椴桦混颗粒(20.885kJ/g),白桦去皮颗粒的去灰分热值大于白桦未去皮颗粒,木质颗粒大于秸秆颗粒.木质颗粒燃料以杂木颗粒燃料的轴向抗压性最强,其轴向载荷值为0.2355kN,其次为沙松去皮颗粒,其轴向载荷值为0.2149kN,白桦未去皮颗粒要强于去皮颗粒;白桦未去皮颗粒燃料的径向抗压性最强,其径向载荷值为0.6402kN,其次为杂木颗粒,其径向载荷值为0.6242kN,白桦未去皮颗粒要强于去皮颗粒.从抗压性角度分析宜选用杂木颗粒.杨木颗粒和杂木颗粒的质量损失率相对于其他4种颗粒较低,分别为0.1316%和0.1438%.椴桦混颗粒燃料的渗水率最大(10.235%),其次为白桦去皮颗粒(10.233%),白桦未去皮颗粒的抗渗水性要强于去皮颗粒.通过不同时间抗渗水性能测试,20h后,6种木质颗粒都呈完全剥落状,但杂木颗粒状态要稍好一些,外型仍呈颗粒状.不同颗粒燃料的去灰分热值、轴向载荷和抗渗水率具有显著差异(t检验,p<0.05).%A study was conducted to determine the fuel performances of seven common biomass pellets in Jilin Province. Results showed that the highest ash content was 11.90% for corn straw, and the lowest was 0. 37% for Abies holophylla pellet. It was also found that Populus simonii pellet had the largest ash-free caloric value (20.896 kJ) , then followed by the mixture of Tilia amurensis, Tilia mandshurica and Betula platyphylla pellet (20. 885 kj) , and the largest ash-free caloric value of wood pellet was larger than that of straw pellet. Ash-free calorific value for peeled B. platyphylla pellet was larger than that for the unpeeled, and the same result was also found in axial load

  3. The role of summer precipitation and summer temperature in establishment and growth of dwarf shrub Betula nana in northeast Siberian tundra

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    Li, Bingxi; Heijmans, Monique M P D; Berendse, Frank;

    2016-01-01

    variables and local shrub dominance. We found that establishment of shrub ramets was positively related to summer precipitation, which implies that the current high dominance of B. nana at our study site could be related to high summer precipitation in the period from 1960 to 1990. The results confirmed...... that early summer temperature is most influential to annual growth rates of B. nana. In addition, summer precipitation stimulated shrub growth in years with warm summers, suggesting that B. nana growth may be co-limited by summer moisture supply. The dual controlling role of temperature and summer...

  4. Characteristics of soil respiration temperature sensitivity in a Pinus/Betula mixed forest during periods of rising and falling temperatures under the Japanese monsoon climate

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available We studied temperature sensitivity characteristics of soil respiration during periods of rising and falling temperatureswithin a common temperature range. We measured soil respiration continuously through two periods (a period of fallingtemperature, from August 7, 2003 to October 13, 2003; and a period of rising temperature from May 2, 2004 to July 2,2004 using an open-top chamber technique. A clear exponential relationship was observed between soil temperatureand soil respiration rate during both periods. However, the effects of soil water content were not significant, becausethe humid monsoon climate prevented soil drought, which would otherwise have limited soil respiration. We analyzedtemperature sensitivity using the Q10 value and Rref (reference respiration at the average temperature for the observationperiod and found that these values tended to be higher during the period of rising temperature than during theperiod of falling temperature. In the absence of an effect on soil water content, several other factors could explain thisphenomenon. Here, we discuss the factors that control temperature sensitivity of soil respiration during periods of risingand falling temperature, such as root respiration, root growth, root exudates, and litter supply. We also discuss how thecontribution of these factors may vary due to different growth states or due to the effects of the previous season, despitea similar temperature range.

  5. Effects of solar UV-A and UV-B radiation on gene expression and phenolic accumulation in Betula pendula leaves

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    Morales, L.O.; Tegelberg, R.; Brosche, M.; Aphalo, P.J. [Helsinki Univ., Helsinki (Finland). Dept. of Biosciences, Div. of Plant Biology; Keinanen, M. [Eastern Finland Univ., Joensuu (Finland). Faculty of Biosciences; Lindfors, A. [Edinburgh Univ., Edinburgh (United Kingdom). School of Geosciences, Grant Inst.

    2010-07-15

    Several physiological and ecological processes in plant ecosystems are regulated by solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Although UV radiation is an important environmental factor for plant communities, plant responses to solar UV are not fully understood. Therefore, this study examined the effects of different doses of solar UV-A and UV-B radiation on the expression of genes involved in flavonoid biosynthesis and on the accumulation of phenolic compounds in birch leaves after 30 days of exposure outdoors. Plants were exposed to 6 UV treatments using 3 types of plastic film. Epidermal flavonoids measured in vivo decreased when UV-B was excluded. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry revealed that the concentrations of 6 flavenoids declined linearly with UV-B exclusion, and transcripts of PAL and HYH measured by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction were expressed at lower levels. The results provide a better understanding of plant responses to solar UV radiation at both molecular and metabolite levels. It was concluded that different doses of solar UV-A and UV-B radiation differentially regulate gene expression and the accumulation of flavonoids in birch leaves. 63 refs., 3 tabs., 3 figs.

  6. Carbon Sink in Natural Swamp Forest Ecosystems in Lesser Xing' an Mountains%小兴安岭天然森林沼泽生态系统碳汇功能

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    周文昌; 牟长城; 刘夏; 顾韩

    2012-01-01

    A survey was conducted to quantitatively evaluate the potential of carbon sink in live types of natural swamp forests in Lesser Xing' an Mountains, Northeast China. Biomass of the swamp forests was determined by setting up standard plots at Youhao Forestry Bureau of Yichun City. Soil fluxes of CO, and CH4 were measured by static opaque chamber and gas chroma-tography techniques. Regression models for biomass were established for predicting net primary productivity of trees. Results showed that the carbon concentration of all plant species in the five types of swamp forests ranged torn 40.2% to 49.3%. The net carbon fixed by plants in Alnus sibirica swamp, Betula platyphylla swamp, Larix gmelinii-Carex schmidtii swamp, L gmeti-nii-moss swamp, and L. gmelinii-Sphagrum spp. swamp were 161.20, 273.56, 242.18, 205.02, and 295.33 g · m-2 · a-1, respectively. The carbon emissions from soils, including conversion of CH4 into carbon, in A. sibinca swamp, B. platyphyllu swamp, L gmelinii-C. schmidtii swamp, L. gmelinii-miass swamp and L. gmelinii-Sphagnum spp. swamp were 226.49, 253.57, 191.86, 169.53 and 127.33 g ·m-2 · a-1, respectively. The CO2-C sinks in B. platyphylla swamp, L gmeli-nii-C. schmidtii swamp, L. gmelinii-moss swamp, and L. gmelinii-Sphagman spp. swamp were 19.99, 50.32, 35.49 and 168.00 g · m-2 · a-1, respectively, while the source of CO2-C from A. sibirica swamp was 65. 29 g · m-2 · a-1.%为了定量评价小兴安岭森林沼泽生态系统碳汇潜力,在伊春市友好林业局岭峰林场设立了标准地,采用静态暗箱—气相色谱法测量土壤CO2和CH4的排放通量,调查小兴安岭5种天然森林沼泽生物量,并建立了生物量回归模型,以推测乔木净初级生产力.研究结果表明:5种森林沼泽各类植被物种碳质量分数范围为40.2%~49.3%,毛赤杨(Alnus sibirica)沼泽、白桦(Betula platyphylla)沼泽、落叶松(Larix gmelinii—苔草(Carex schmidtii)沼泽、落叶松—藓类(Moss)沼

  7. 长白山次生杨桦林树木短期死亡动态%Short-term death dynamics of trees in natural secondary poplar-birch forest in Changbai Mountains of Northeast China.

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    张昭臣; 郝占庆; 叶吉; 蔺菲; 原作强; 邢丁亮; 师帅; 王绪高

    2013-01-01

    Taking the 5 hm2 sampling plot in the natural secondary poplar-birch forest in Changbai Mountains as test object, and based on the two census data in 2005 and 2010, an analysis was made on the main tree species composition and quantity, size class distribution of dead individuals, and regeneration characteristics of .the main tree species in different habitat types of the plot in 2005-2010. In the five years, the species number of the individuals with DBH≥1 cm increased from 46 to 47, among which, 3 species were newly appeared, and 2 species were disappeared. The number of the individuals changed from 16509 to 15027, among which, 2150 individuals died, accounting for 13% of the whole individuals in 2005, and 668 individuals were newly increased. The basal area of the trees increased from 28. 79 m2 ·m-2 to 30. 55 m2·m-2, with that of 41 species increased while that of 6 species decreased. The decrease of the basal area of Betula platyphylla and Populus davidiana accounted for 72.3% of the total decrease. Small individuals had higher mortality, as compared with large ones, and the mortality of the individuals with DBH<5 cm occupied 65% of the total. B. platyphylla and P. davidiana contributed most in the dead individuals with large DBH. No difference was observed in the tree mortality among different habitat types, but the mortality of the individuals widi different size classes showed greater variation.%以长白山次生杨桦林5 hm2样地为对象,以2005和2010年两次调查数据为基础资料,分析了2005-2010年间样地主要树种的组成、数量,死亡个体的径级分布,以及不同生境类型下主要树种的更新特征.结果表明:研究期间,样地内树木胸径(DBH)≥1 cm的独立个体的树种数由46种增至47种,新增3个树种,2个树种因仅有的一个个体死亡而消失;独立个体数由16509株减少为15027株,其中,死亡个体数2150株,占2005年个体总数的13%,新增个体数668株,净减少1482个个体

  8. General characteristics of causes of urban flood damage and flood forecasting/warning system in Seoul, Korea Young-Il Moon1, 2, Jong-Suk Kim1, 2 1 Department of Civil Engineering, University of Seoul, Seoul 130-743, South Korea 2 Urban Flood Research Inst

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    Moon, Young-Il; Kim, Jong-Suk

    2015-04-01

    Due to rapid urbanization and climate change, the frequency of concentrated heavy rainfall has increased, causing urban floods that result in casualties and property damage. As a consequence of natural disasters that occur annually, the cost of damage in Korea is estimated to be over two billion US dollars per year. As interest in natural disasters increase, demands for a safe national territory and efficient emergency plans are on the rise. In addition to this, as a part of the measures to cope with the increase of inland flood damage, it is necessary to build a systematic city flood prevention system that uses technology to quantify flood risk as well as flood forecast based on both rivers and inland water bodies. Despite the investment and efforts to prevent landside flood damage, research and studies of landside-river combined hydro-system is at its initial stage in Korea. Therefore, the purpose of this research introduces the causes of flood damage in Seoul and shows a flood forecasting and warning system in urban streams of Seoul. This urban flood forecasting and warning system conducts prediction on flash rain or short-term rainfall by using radar and satellite information and performs prompt and accurate prediction on the inland flooded area and also supports synthetic decision-making for prevention through real-time monitoring. Although we cannot prevent damage from typhoons or localized heavy rain, we can minimize that damage with accurate and timely forecast and a prevention system. To this end, we developed a flood forecasting and warning system, so in case of an emergency there is enough time for evacuation and disaster control. Keywords: urban flooding, flood risk, inland-river system, Korea Acknowledgments This research was supported by a grant (13AWMP-B066744-01) from Advanced Water Management Research Program (AWMP) funded by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korean government.

  9. Tree Productivity and Water Potential Productivity in Returning Farmland to Forest Project in Datong County, Qinghai Province

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    Yin Jing; Liu Chenfeng; Zhao Wanqi; He Kangning

    2004-01-01

    From 2002 to 2003, based on the investigation of sample plots and stem analysis of remained plantation communities in the areas of returning farmland to forest in the 1980s in Datong County, Qinghai Province, this paper studies tree productivity and moisture potential productivity of six types of plantations on the land of returning farmland to forest, such as green poplar (Populus cathayana Rehd.) and shrub mixed forest, Asia white birch (Betula platyphylla) and China spruce (Picea asperata) mixed forest, Dahurian larch (Larix gmelinii) pure forest, China spruce pure forest and Asia white birch pure forest and so on. The results show that: in sub-humid region of Loess Plateau, 3 000 trees per hm2 is a proper standard of planting density. Under current condition, the productivity index of green poplar and shrub mixed forest, Asia white birch pure forest, China spruce pure forest, and Asia white birch and China spruce mixed forest with the density of 2 100-3 333 trees per hm2 can serve as potential productivity standard of actual biomass of arbor established forest. In sub-humid area, Thornthwaite Model is adopted to estimate plant climate potential productivity, which is about 8 462 kg·hm-2·a-1. The actual potential water productive efficiency of Purplecone spruce (Picea purpurea) and Asia white birch pure established forest are 17.22 and 22.14 kg·mm-1·hm-2·a-1 respectively, and that of green poplar and shrub mixed established forest, and Asia white birch and China spruce mixed established forest are 21.14 and 19.09 kg·mm-1·hm-2·a-1 respectively. The potential productivity of green poplar and shrub mixed forest, Asia white birch and China spruce mixed forest, China spruce pure forest and Asia white birch pure forest which have grown into forest with the density of 3 000 trees per hm2 have attained or been close to that of local climax community, which is local maximum tree productivity at present. These types of forestation models are the developing

  10. Characteristics and Influencing Factors of Soil Organic Carbon in Upstream Watershed of Miyun Reservoir in North China%密云水库上游流域土壤有机碳特征及其影响因素

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    王淑芳; 王效科; 欧阳志云

    2011-01-01

    Soil organic carbon (SOC) pool constitutes an important portion of the global carbon pool and has significant impacts on land productivity and global climate change. The study on soil organic carbon has been one of the hot issues of the world. However, related research of the filed in the Upstream Watershed of Miyun Reservoir, the largest reservoir in North China, is relatively rare. The distribution characteristics and influencing factors (such as climate, topography and soil characteristics) of soil organic carbon in seven kinds of typical land use types of the Upstream Watershed of Miyun Reservoir were analyzed in the study, and the results showed as follows. 1) In the target domain, soil organic carbon contents in natural secondary forests and grasslands were much higher than those in shrubs and artificial forests, while that in croplands was the lowest. In the whole soil profile (0 - 40 cm), the average soil organic carbon content was in order of natural secondary Populus davidiana Dode-Belula platyphylla Suk. Mixed forest > grassland > natural secondary Quercus wutaishanica Blume forest > shrub > artificial Larix principis-rupprechlii Mayr. Forest>artificial Pinus labulaeformis Carr. Forest>cropland. 2) Soil organic carbon contents in the top soil layer (0 - 10 cm) were the highest and decreased rapidly with the increase depth in the six kinds of land use types except grassland, which showed a slight increase from 0 to 20 cm and a small drop from 20 to 40 cm in depth. 3) Soil organic carbon content in each layer was significantly positively correlated with altitude, soil water content and nitrogen content (p0.05). Further partial correlation analysis indicated that the most principal factors influencing soil organic carbon content varied with soil depth, and they were soil nitrogen content, bulk density and pH in the 0 - 10 cm layer, soil nitrogen content, bulk density and slop in the 10-20 cm layer, soil nitrogen content and annual precipitation in the 20

  11. 黄土高原半干旱丘陵区不同树种纯林土壤性质极化研究%SOIL POLARIZATION UNDER PURE STANDS OF DIFFERENT TREE VARIETIES IN SEMI-ARID HILLY AREAS OF THE LOESS PLATEAU

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    刘增文; 段而军; 刘卓玛姐; 冯顺煜

    2009-01-01

    to polarization (I = P/R) were proposed for polarization analysis based on results of determination of soil properties of soil samples collected from a variety of mature stands of pure and mixed forests using a multi-point mixed sampling method at multiple sites in the semi-arid, hilly area of loess plateau. Results show very strong polarization (P>0.20) of the following soil properties: chemical properties under Pinus tabulaeformis forest; chemical and biological properties under Platycladus orientalis, Robinia pseudoacacia and Hippophae rhamnoides forests; chemical, biological properties and trace elements content under Ulmus pumila forest; biological properties under Betula platyphylla forest; and biological and physical properties under Acer ginnala forest. Among the species in this study, pure stands of P. tabulaeformis and R.pseudoacia resulted in serious depletion of soil nutrient reserves; Pure stands of P. orientalis increased soil fertility; Pure stands of U. pumila increased soil fertility but decreased trace elements content; Pure stands of B. platyphylla worsened soil biological properties; Pure stands of A. ginnala led to depletion of soil nutrient reserves and deterioration of soil biological properties; and Pure stands of H. rhamnoides did to depletion of soil nutrient reserves and degradation of soil biological and physical properties. The anti-polarization capacities of P. simonii and P. tabulaeformis were the highest and of U. pumila the lowest. Relative to anti-polarization capacity, the ratios of polarization resistance to polarization of the stands fell into the category of more than "medium" (I_a>0.40)including chemical and physical properties under P. tabulaeformis forest, all the soil properties as a whole under P. orientalis, R.pseudoacia and U. pumila forests, and biological, physical and chemical properties under B. platyphylla forest.

  12. 祁连山北坡退化林地植被群落的自然恢复过程及土壤特征变化%Dynamics of vegetation structure and soil properties in the natural restoration process of degraded woodland on the northern slope of Qilian Mountains,northwestern China

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    赵成章; 石福习; 董小刚; 任珩; 盛亚萍; 高福元; 杨文斌

    2011-01-01

    The natural restoration of woodland is important to explain the ecological process in forest ecosystem.It is significant implications to assess degraded woodland dynamics and ecological effects under artificial fostering approach in theoretically and practical for forest biodiversity conservation and sustainable management in semiarid mountains.Study site was located in the Han Quangou basin forest distribution zone in the Qilian Mountains of northwestern China.In this area, the wood of Picea crassifolia has been depleted after logging or grazing disturbance.The wood vegetation had been degraded and changed to shrub, grassland and scattered Betula-Populus secondary forests.In 2001 year, we have established 4 fixed observation plots ( 10m × 10m) along the elevation 50m interval range from 2468m to 2736m.In each plot, we have chose 3 grids (4m ×4m) for shrubs, 6 grids (1m × 1m) for grasses, 2 grids ( 1m × 1m) for soil.In August, we have investigated vegetation community characteristics including species number, community coverage,plant density, community height, species frequency and wood diameter at breast height ( DBH > 1 cm) in different years woodland (from 2001 to 2008).The soil physical-chemical properties of investigated plot including soil bulk density, soil water content, soil organic carbon and total nitrogen were determined in indoor laboratory.In the study, changes in the species composition and relative important value (Ⅳ) of main species, community structure, species diversity and soil properties were analyzed by methods of variance analysis.The results showed that after human disturbance was forbidden, the habitation of woodland became well gradually within 8 years.From 2001 to 2008, the number of family, genus and species of plant community increased apparently.In the process of community succession, former species was replaced by the subsequent species frequently.The Betula platyphylla and Populus davidiana gradually become the constructive

  13. Estrés oxidativo y respuestas fisiológicas a la acumulación de metales pesados en Betula celtiberica micorrizada y no micorrizada cultivada en un suelo contaminado

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    Murube Torcida, Ester Maria

    2014-01-01

    Los metales pesados no son biodegradables lo que hace que sean contaminantes muy persistentes en el medio ambiente, lo que supone un grave riesgo no sólo para la salud medioambiental sino también para la salud humana. La fitorremediación se presenta como una alternativa biológica sencilla y viable en la descontaminación de suelos; sin embargo, está influenciada por la biodisponibilidad de los metales pesados en el suelo así como por su toxicidad y por las actividades microbianas de la rizosfe...

  14. Is it appropriate protective figure "Plant Micro-Reserves" to protect tree species? The example of Betula pendula subsp. fontqueri in "La Garganta de los Caballeros" (Ávila)

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    Martinez Fernandez, Vanesa; Martinez Garcia, Felipe; Sardinero Roscales, Santiago

    2011-01-01

    The figure of protection "micro-reserves" was created in the Region of Valencia (ANONYMOUS, 1994) with the aim of protecting endangered plant species. This is one of the areas of greatest floristic richness and uniqueness of the western Mediterranean. In this area rare, endemic or threatened vascular flora has a peculiar distribution: they appear to form small fragments spread over the entire region (LAGUNA, 1994; LAGUNA, 2001) The protection of every these small populations of great scientif...

  15. 关帝山森林土壤有机碳和氮素的空间变异特征%Spatial Variations of Soil Organic Carbon and Nitrogen of Forestland in Guandi Mountain

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    杨秀清; 韩有志

    2011-01-01

    Classical statistics and geo-statistics were used to analyze the spatial variations and distribution pattern of soil organic carbon( SOC), total nitrogen(TN) and C/N ratio of forestland in three ecological areas of Pangquangou National Nature Reserve in Guandi Mountain of Shanxi Province, China. The results showed that the SOC and TN increased firstly but fell off afterwards, the C/N decreased continually with the succession level from artificial forest to secondary broad-leaved forest composed of Betula albo-sinensis, Betula platyphylla and Populus davidiana in early phase succession, to secondary Picea, Populus, Betula mixed forest in later stage succession. The coefficient of variation of SOC, TN and C/N varied from 11.74% to 64.71% which showed medium variations. The Range of SOC and TN in artificial forest was larger but still smaller than that in secondary forest, this explained a lower variation degree and more homogeneous spatial distribution of SOC and TN in artificial forest than that in secondary forest.The structural variance ratio of SOC, TN and C/N in artificial forest was in the range of 0-64.8%, which meant a weak or medium spatial autocorrelation, while the structural variance ratio of SOC, TN and C/N in secondary forest was more than 75%, appearing high spatial autocorrelation, and structural variance ratio of the narrated above 3 index showed a increasing trend with progressive succession. Kriged maps showed that SOC, TN and C/N in artificial forest present a high fragmentized distributions but a regular patched distributions. Forest succession, disturbance and toporographic condition have important effects on spatial variation and its characteristics of SOC, TN and C/N of forestland.%在庞泉沟自然保护区选择3个生态功能区设置典型样地,运用经典统计学和地统计学方法研究了森林土壤有机碳、全氮及碳氮比的空间变异特征及分布格局.结果表明,随着生态系统由人工林→次生演

  16. Diurnal Variation and Influenced Factors of Soil Respiration in Five Typical Low-quality Forest in Daxing’ an Mountains%大兴安岭5种类型低质林土壤呼吸日变化及影响因素

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    宋启亮; 董希斌

    2014-01-01

    以大兴安岭地区针阔混交低质林、山杨低质林、蒙古栎低质林、白桦低质林、阔叶混交低质林为研究对象,采用LI-8150多通道土壤呼吸自动测量系统测定了不同类型低质林土壤呼吸速率的日变化,并测定了观测点的土壤温度、湿度、理化性质以及枯落物。结果表明:不同类型低质林土壤呼吸速率差异显著,土壤呼吸速率白天均高于夜晚,1 d中最高值出现在12:00-14:00,最低值出现在23:00-03:00,土壤呼吸速率与土壤温度的关系适合指数模型(R2为0.73~0.82),土壤呼吸速率与土壤温度和土壤湿度呈显著的二次曲线关系(R2为0.61~0.85),土壤温湿度双因子复合模型能更好解释不同类型低质林土壤呼吸速率的差异。土壤呼吸速率与土壤总孔隙度、有机质质量分数存在显著的正相关性,与土壤pH值、氮质量分数及半分解枯落物蓄积量相关性也较高。%We measured the change of soil respiration rate by using soil respiration measurement LI-8150, and the soil tempera-ture, soil moisture, soil physical and chemical properties, litter in five typical low-quality forest stands including mixed co-nifer and broadleaved forest, Populus davidiana forest, Quercus mongolica forest, Betula platyphylla forest and broadleaved mixed forest in Daxing’ an Mountains.The soil respiration rates were significantly different between different types of low-quality forest.The soil respiration rates during the day were higher than that in the night, the highest rate occurred from 12:00 to 14:00, and the lowest rate occurred between 23:00 to 3:00.Exponential model was suitable to the relation be-tween soil respiration rate and soil temperature ( with R2 of 0.73-0.82) , soil respiration rate and soil moisture was quadrat-ic curve relationship ( with R of 0.61-0.85) , soil temperature and moisture complex double factor model could better ex-plain the

  17. Effect of freezing-thawing on the carbon and nitrogen mineralization in Changbai Mountain%冻融对长白山森林土壤碳氮矿化的影响

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    贾国晶; 周永斌; 代力民; 周旺明

    2012-01-01

    长白山地区秋末春初常常存在冻融过程,冻融过程影响土壤水分分布而改变土壤理化性质.通过室内模拟实验,研究了冻融过程(-20~15℃)对长白山阔叶红松(Pinus koraiensis)林和白桦(Betula platyphylla)林土壤有机碳和氮矿化过程的影响.结果表明,经过3次冻融循环,冻融处理土壤矿化速率显著高于对照处理,但经过多次冻融循环过程,冻融处理抑制土壤有机碳矿化过程,对照处理土壤有机碳矿化速率高于冻融处理(P=0.019).在培养结束后,冻融处理的阔叶红松林和白桦林土壤无机氮质量分数,分别是对照处理的1.88倍和1.96倍;冻融次数也是影响土壤有机氮矿化的一个重要因素,35次冻融循环后,阔叶红松林和白桦林土壤中无机氮分别提高了2.10倍和2.81倍.冻融循环促进了土壤有机氮的矿化,有利于土壤中有效氮的累积,为春季植物生长提供足够的氮素,但也潜在增加了土壤中无机氮流失的风险.%There are many freezing-thawing cycles (FTC) during the late autumn and early spring in ChangbaiMoutain. Freezing-thawing cycles affected the availability of soil water significantly, which would influence the soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics. A laboratory incubation experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of freezing-thawing cycles (-20-15℃)on the carbon and nitrogen mineralization of Broadleaved-Korean pine mixed forests (HS) and Birch forest (BH) soils. The results showed that the carbon mineralization rate of freezing-thawing treatment was higher than control treatment after the third freezing-thawing cycles. But, with the numbers of freezing-thawing increasing, the freezing-thawing restrained the carbon mineralization, and the carbon mineralization rate of control treatment was higher than freezing-thawing (/MI.0I9). The inorganic nitrogen concentration in soil of HS and BH were 1.88 and 1.96 times as that of the control treatment

  18. Changing Regularity of Soil Moisture Content in Pinus koraiensis Plantation Ecosystems%红松人工林生态系统土壤含水率变化规律

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    刘强; 王军; 李艳红; 张文天

    2011-01-01

    于2005年4月,对不同地类、不同土层垂直深度、不同季节的土壤含水率进行了连续3a的定位测定,并探讨了影响土壤含水率的相关因子.结果表明,红松郁闭林分土壤含水率为22.52%,均超过未郁闭的红松纯林和红松-白桦混交林.表层(0~10cm)土壤含水率最高,为22.62%,并呈现出随土壤深度的加深而含水率逐渐减小.在水热同季的生长季节中,土壤含水率随季节的变化而变化,在降水大的年份土壤含水率达到24.28%,在一年中8月份土壤含水率最大(29.58%),7月份次之(23.18%);8月中旬土壤含水率最高(27.61%),7月上旬次之(25.89%). 土壤含水率与降水量呈密切的线性相关关系.在幼林培育中为了保持土壤中水分,建议加速幼林郁闭,增加地表覆盖度,提高土壤蓄水潜力,减少土壤蒸发.%Orientation determination of soil moisture content in Pinus koraiensis plantations was conducted on different types of land, at different vertical depth of soil layers and in different seasons for three consecutive years in April 2005. The related factors affecting soil moisture content were discussed. Results showed that the forests with closed-canopy had the highest soil moisture content (22.52%), which was higher than that of the pure P. koraiensis plantations with unclosed-canopy and the mixed forest of P. koraiensis and Betula platyphylla. The surface soil layer (0-10 cm) possessed the highest soil moisture content ( 20.20% ), and the soil moisture content decreased with the deepening of soil layer. In the growing season with abundant quantity of heat and precipitation, the soil moisture content changed with seasons. The hishest soil moisture content (24.28%) appeared in the year with abundant precipitation. August had the highest soil moisture eontent (29.58%), followed by July (23.18%). In terms of the three periods of each month, the highest soil moisture content (27.61%) occurred in the middle ten days of

  19. Effects of tree species on soil organic carbon density:A common garden experiment of five temperate tree species%树种对土壤有机碳密度的影响:5种温带树种同质园试验

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    王薪琪; 王传宽; 韩轶

    2015-01-01

    树种通过改变凋落物输入与周转及根系活动影响土壤的理化和生物学性质及固碳功能。合理选择树种是碳汇林业中一个亟待解决的理论和实践问题。为了减少林分特征和立地条件差异的影响,2004年在相同气候、土壤和经营历史的立地上建立了东北地区常见树种同质园,10年(2013–2014年)后测定了其中的3种阔叶树(白桦(Betula platyphylla)、胡桃楸(Juglans mandshurica)、水曲柳(Fraxinus mandshurica))和两种针叶树(落叶松(Larix gmelinii)、樟子松(Pinus sylvestris var.mongolica))人工纯林的土壤有机碳(SOC)及土壤容重、全氮、微生物生物量碳、微生物生物量氮、pH值等相关因子,旨在比较探索树种对SOC含量及其垂直分布的影响。结果表明:(1)树种显著影响0–40 cm土层SOC总密度(p 水曲柳林>白桦林>落叶松林>樟子松林;10–20 cm土层变化范围为1.56–2.19 kg·m–2,表现为樟子松林>胡桃楸林>水曲柳林>白桦林>落叶松林;20–30 cm土层变化范围为1.17–2.10 kg·m–2,表现为白桦林、水曲柳林显著高于其他树种纯林;30–40 cm土层变化范围为0.84–1.43 kg·m–2,表现为白桦林显著高于其他树种纯林。(2) SOC密度垂直分布格局因树种和土层而异。胡桃楸林、落叶松林0–10 cm土层SOC密度占0–40 cm土层总密度的相对量显著高于其他树种纯林,白桦林20–40 cm土层的SOC密度相对量显著高于其他树种纯林,这说明不同层次SOC密度的主控因子因树种而异。(3)不同树种纯林SOC浓度、容重差异显著,且两者呈负相关。胡桃楸林、水曲柳林和落叶松林SOC密度与土壤微生物生物量、土壤pH值均呈正相关关系。5个树种纯林SOC密度均与全氮密度呈正相关关系。研究表明,树种通过改变土壤理化性质和微生物活动而显著影响SOC密度,不同树种SOC密度垂直变化格局可能是由不同树种在各个土层

  20. Klimatické změny

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    Kadlec, Jaroslav

    Praha: Dolin, 2011 - (Bencko, V.; Novák, J.; Suk, M.), s. 62-84 ISBN 978-80-905047-0-7 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : climate driving factors * natural archives * human evolution Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology

  1. Kunst rahvani ehk Kwangju biennaal / Siram

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    2004-01-01

    Biennaal "Tolmutera, veetilk" Lõuna-Koreas, avatud kuni 13. XI 2004. Kuraatorid Yongwoo Lee (New York, Soul), Kerry Brougher (Washington-distrikt), Suk-won Chang (Kwangju). City Light Award - Watercio Caldas (Brasiilia), Korea fondi preemia - Jennifer Allora ja Guillermo Calzadilla (Kuuba) jt. Johann Köleri nim. Positivistlik Kunsttööstuskool osales biennaali performance'iprogrammis

  2. Doubling and Halving of Tempo: Factors Influencing Preciseness of the Performance

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    Franěk, Marek; Mates, Jiří; Nártová, M.

    Seoul : Seoul National University, 1998 - (Suk Won Yi), s. 359-363 [International conference on music perception and cognition. ICMPC Seoul 1998 /5./ (KP), 25.08.1998-30.08.1998] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA408/96/0615 Subject RIV: AL - Art, Architecture, Cultural Heritage

  3. Aitab pillamisest, Ameerika / Kenneth Rogoff

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    2006-01-01

    Hoolimata sellest, et USA paiskab atmosfääri umbes 25% kogu inimtegevuse tagajärjel tekkinud süsinikust, ei kavatse ameeriklased oma tarbimist vähendada. Majandusteadlased peavad väljapääsuks ühtlast globaalset süsinikuheidetele kehtestatud maksu

  4. From Hero to‘Goat'

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    2006-01-01

    The spectacular fall of South Korea's best-known scientist Hwang Woo Suk for falsifying his embryonic stem cell research has shocked his own country and once again highlighted the importance of scientists' integrity and ethical standards. Hwang, 52, a professor at Seoul National University before he

  5. Med Kingo på dybt vand

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    Arndal, Lars Stubbe

    2014-01-01

    Tag med digteren Thomas Kingo ud på dybt vand i selskab med lektor og mag.art. Lars Arndal, der kaster nye perspektiver på Kingos forlisdigt Hierte-Suk. Arndal kommer hermed også med et bud på, hvordan man som lærer kan invitere eleverne med på opdagelse i digtet...

  6. Fraud and misconduct in science: the stem cell seduction

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    M.A.G. van der Heyden; T.D. van de Ven; T. Opthof

    2009-01-01

    Scientific misconduct and. fraud occur in science. The (anonymous) peer review process serves as goalkeeper of scientific quality rather than scientific integrity. In this brief paper we describe some limitations of the peer-review process. We describe the catastrophic facts of the 'Woo-Suk Hwang fr

  7. NOTES ON THE ETYMOLOGY OF SUKINGU “bathroom” SUKINGU “banyo” KELİMESİNİN ETİMOLOJİSİ ÜZERİNE YENİ GÖRÜŞLER

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we do an etymological essay of the word sukınguwhich used in Sekiz Yükmek. According to Juten Oda sukıngı is derivated from suk- or sok- “to thrust into” and it means “winter dwelling”. Marcel Erdal disagrees this opinion and claims that it is derivated from sogın- “cool themselves” and he transcribes this word as sogıngu means “refreshing room for the summer”. Şen claims that this word is derivated from sukın- which means “to take a bath” in Old Turkic and explains its meaning as “bathroom”. We share the same views with Şen about the meaning of sukıngu. But we claim that the root of this word is sug- “to drain (water etc.” in Old Turkic. Then added this word -(Xn- reflexive suffix and it became sugın- “to bathe”. -gu+ in Turkic, makes place names and when this suffix added to the sugıngu it means “bathroom”. Bu çalışmada Sekiz Yükmek’te geçen sukıngu kelimesinin yapısı ve anlamı üzerinde durulacaktır. Kelime, Juten Oda tarafından suk- ~ sok- “sokmak, girdirmek” köküne dayandırılarak “kışlık konut” olarak anlamlandırılmıştır. Marcel Erdal bu anlamlandırmaya itiraz ederek kelimenin sogın- “soğumak”tan türediğini ve “yazları dinlenilecek oda” anlamına geldiğini ileri sürmüştür. Şen ise sukıngu’nın Eski Türkçede “yıkanmak” anlamında sukın- fiilinden geldiğini söylemiş ve onu “banyo” olarak anlamlandırmıştır. Kelimenin “banyo” anlamını taşıdığı hususunda Şen ile aynı görüşleri paylaştığımızı belirtmek isteriz ancak yapısını “(su vb sıvı maddeler için dökmek” anlamında bir sug- fiilinden -(Xn- dönüşlülük ekiyle “yıkanmak” anlamını kazanmış olan sugınfiiline dayandırıp bu fiilden mekân adları da türeten -gu+ ile “yıkanacak yer, banyo” anlamında sugıngu olarak açıklamaya çalışacağız.

  8. Tshto pokazõvajet stshottshik nasselenija / Maksim Krans

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    2007-01-01

    Keskmiselt väheneb Venemaa rahvaarv iga tund 100 inimese võrra, aastas 800 000-900 000 inimese võrra, see võib juba lähemal ajal mõjuda negatiivselt Venemaa majandusele. Tööjõupuudusest väljapääsuks on migratsioon, migrantide sissetoomise vastu on Moskva linnavõim. Saksamaa nn integratsiooniplaanist

  9. Affine Moment Invariants Generated by Graph Method

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    Suk, Tomáš; Flusser, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 44, č. 9 (2011), 2047 – 2056. ISSN 0031-3203 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA102/08/1593 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : Image moments * Object recognition * Affine transformation * Affine moment invariants * Pseudoinvariants * Graph representation * Irreducibility * Independence Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science Impact factor: 2.292, year: 2011 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2011/ZOI/suk-0359752.pdf

  10. Decomposition of Binary images - A Survey and Comparison

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    Suk, Tomáš; Höschl, Cyril; Flusser, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 45, č. 12 (2012), s. 4279-4291. ISSN 0031-3203 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : Binary image decomposition * Bipartite graph * Image compression * Moment computation Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics Impact factor: 2.632, year: 2012 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2012/ZOI/suk-0381722.pdf

  11. Recognition of Symmetric 3D Bodies

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    Suk, Tomáš; Flusser, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 6, č. 3 (2014), s. 722-757. ISSN 2073-8994 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : rotation symmetry * reflection symmetry * 3D complex moments * 3D rotation invariants Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics Impact factor: 0.826, year: 2014 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2014/ZOI/suk-0431156.pdf

  12. Leaf Recognition of Woody Species in Central Europe

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    Novotný, P.; Suk, Tomáš

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 115, č. 4 (2013), s. 444-452. ISSN 1537-5110 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Grant ostatní: GA UK(CZ) 524512/2012 Keywords : leaf recognition * image moment * Fourier descriptor * automated plant determination Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science Impact factor: 1.367, year: 2013 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2013/ZOI/suk-0394324.pdf

  13. From Tragedy to Romance, from Positivism to Myth: Nejedlý's Conception of the History of Modern Czech Music

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    Zapletal, Miloš

    Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016 - (Żerańska-Kominek, S.), s. 99-124 ISBN 978-1-4438-8578-2 Institutional support: RVO:68378076 Keywords : Nejedlý * metahistory * music al historiography * history of music * philosophy of music * methodologies of music ology * discourse analysis * philosophy of history * Smetana * Dvořák * Fibich * Foerster * Suk * Novák * modern Czech music Subject RIV: AL - Art, Architecture, Cultural Heritage

  14. The Coulomb Branch of N=2 Supersymmetric Product Group Theories from Branes

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    1998-01-01

    We determine the low energy description of N=2 supersymmetric SU(k) product group theories with bifundamental and fundamental matter based on M-theory fivebrane configurations. The dependence on moduli and scales of the coefficients in the non-hyperelliptic Seiberg-Witten curves for these theories is determined by considering various field theory and brane limits. A peculiarity in the interpretation of these curves for the vanishing beta-function case is noted.

  15. Biodegradation and detoxification of textile azo dyes by bacterial consortium under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes

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    Lade, Harshad; Kadam, Avinash; Paul, Diby; Govindwar, Sanjay

    2015-01-01

    Release of textile azo dyes to the environment is an issue of health concern while the use of microorganisms has proved to be the best option for remediation. Thus, in the present study, a bacterial consortium consisting of Providencia rettgeri strain HSL1 and Pseudomonas sp. SUK1 has been investigated for degradation and detoxification of structurally different azo dyes. The consortium showed 98-99 % decolorization of all the selected azo dyes viz. Reactive Black 5 (RB 5), Reactive Orange 16...

  16. Šiluminio lęšio charakterizavimas bei jo įtakos mažinimas išilginio diodinio kaupinimo lazeriuose

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    Stučinskas, Darius

    2010-01-01

    Šios disertacijos tikslas – didelio tikslumo matuoklio, skirto šiluminio lęšio lazerių aktyviuosiuose elementuose matavimams sukūrimas, bei įvairių metodų, skirtų šiluminio lęšio įtakos mažinimui tyrimas. Matavimai buvo atliekami Shack‘o ir Hartmann‘o bangos fronto matuokliu, kuris buvo pritaikytas mažų skersinių matmenų (

  17. The M theory lift of two O6- planes and four D6 branes

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    We solve for the effective actions on the Coulomb branches of a class of N=2 supersymmetric theories by finding the complex structure of an M5-brane in an appropriate background hyperkahler geometry corresponding to the lift of two O6- orientifolds and four D6-branes to M theory. The resulting Seiberg-Witten curves are of finite genus, unlike other solutions proposed in the literature. The simplest theories in this class are the scale invariant Sp(k) theory with one antisymmetric and four fundamental hypermultiplets and the SU(k) theory with two antisymmetric and four fundamental hypermultiplets. Infinite classes of related theories are obtained by adding extra SU(k) factors with bifundamental matter and by turning on masses to flow down to various asymptotically free theories. The N=4 supersymmetric SU(k) theory can be embedded in these asymptotically free theories, allowing a derivation of a subgroup of its S duality group as an exact equivalence of quantum field theories. (author)

  18. 采金迹地自然恢复植被对土壤锰元素化学形态的影响%Effects of naturally recovered vegetation on chemical speciation of Mn in gold-tracesmining wasteland,northeastern China

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    杨肃; 蔡体久; 满秀玲; 谷金锋; 郎燕

    2012-01-01

    应用BCR连续提取法,以大兴安岭漠河县胭脂沟典型采金迹地4种自然植被群落类型为研究对象,研究了不同植被群落类型对土壤锰元素4种化学形态的影响。结果表明:大穗薹草--玉蝉花群落、兴安柳--白桦群落、兴安落叶松群落和樟子松群落土壤弱酸可提取态锰平均含量占该群落总量的比例分别为36.25%、36.63%、31.04%和43.39%;可还原态锰平均含量占总量的比例分别为30.71%、32.98%、36.80%和27.28%;可氧化态锰平均含量占总量的比例分别为9.07%、7.10%、8.30%和7.13%;残渣态锰平均含量占总量的比例分别为23.97%、23.28%、23.86%和22.20%。通过因子分析表明:大穗薹草--玉蝉花群落对锰难分解形态固持效果好,且对土壤弱酸可提取态锰含量积累较高;兴安柳--白桦群落对锰难分解形态固持效果差,且对土壤弱酸可提取态锰含量消耗较大;樟子松群落对土壤弱酸可提取态锰含量积累程度最高,且有利于锰难分解形态向着对植物有效的形态转化;兴安落叶松群落对土壤弱酸可提取态锰含量消耗最大,且对锰难分解形态活化程度低。此研究结果可为采金迹地人工恢复植被过程中筛选植物提供参考。%Four vegetation types of typical gold-mining wasteland were selected as the study subjects in Rouge Ditch of Mohe County in Daxing’an Mountain,northeastern China.By applying BCR sequential extraction method,the effects of different vegetations on four chemical speciations of soil Mn were studied.The results showed that average contents of soil EX-Mn in Carex rhynchophysa-Iris ensata community(CR),Salix hsinganica-Betula platyphylla community(SH),Larix gmelinii community(LG),and Pinus sylvestris community(PS) were about 36.25%,36.63%,31.04% and 43.39% of the total content;average contents of RED-Mn took up 30.71%,32.98%,36.80% and 27.28% of the total;average contents of OXI-Mn took up 9

  19. 黄土区次生植被恢复对土壤有机碳官能团的影响%Effect of revegetation on functional groups of soil organic carbon on the Loess Plateau

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    李婷; 赵世伟; 张扬; 马帅; 李晓晓

    2011-01-01

    Vegetation succession affects soil physical and chemical properties, including organic carbon functional group species, quantities, and structural changes. Changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) functional groups during the vegetation restoration process could reveal the processes governing changes in the composition and properties of humus. The study was on the Loess Plateau in the Ziwuling forest region of Shaanxi Province, where various stages of secondary forests have developed. At different phases of development, vegetation systems in this region have changed from pioneer herbage species, which initially colonized abandoned croplands, (Bothriochloa isehemum, Artenmisia giradii, Stipa bungeana, Artenmisia sacrornai, Spodiopogen sibiricus, Sophora flavecens,Themeda japonica, and Arundinella anomala) , to secondarv shrubs (Hippophae rhamnoides, Sophora viciifdia, and Ostrjopsis davidiana) , to an early forest community ( Populus davidiana, Betula platyphylla, and Platycladus orientalis with groups of trees and/or shrubs) , and finally to a Liaotungesis community forming the mature forest. The SOC content in the 0-40 cm soil layer increases significantly during the vegetation succession from abandoned cropland to mature Liaotungesis forest. The rate of increase in SOC is different during vegetation succession, and organic carbon functional groups varied among the different plant communities. Recent studies using synchrotron-based C( 1s) near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) have shown it to be an effective, non-invasive technique, which can be used to identify and fingerprint the complex structural characteristics of SOC. Consequently it can be used to investigate the impact of management on the composition and biogeochemical cycling of organic C at the molecular level in terrestrial ecosystems. This synchrotron radiation technology has rarely been used to study SOC structure in China before so we used it in this study with the objective of developing a

  20. Difference of Litter Carbon Densityi n Natural Secondary Birches-Mongolian Oak Forest%天然次生白桦林蒙古栎林凋落物碳密度的差异

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    丁壮; 尚杰

    2015-01-01

    We measured and calculated the carbon density of litter fall in natural secondary birch -mongolian oak forest in the north of Changbai Mountain and Zhangguangcai Mountain .The litter carbon density in 42-year-old birch forest was 2.477 t· hm-2· a-1, and 1.049 t· hm-2· a-1 for 20-year-old birch forest, with difference of 136.13%.Litter carbon density in 20-year -old Mongolic oak forest was 0.948 t· hm-2 · a-1 , and 2.686 t· hm-2 · a-1for the 50-year-old Mongolic oak forest , with the deviation of 183.33%, and with the significance ANOVA result of ( P0.05) although in quantitative terms .The average value of carbon density in litter organs showed outstanding difference (P<0 .05) with leaf, branch, skin, fruit, dung, and ovum in the proper order , and the value rose with the forest age .Seasonal trend of carbon density in birch and Mongolic oak forest was regular and was divided into three stages according to the characteristics of carbon density trend , that was litter fall in growing season , litter fall in stop grow-ing season and winter dormancy with the highest value in the stop growing season , and the lowest in the winter dormancy .%在长白山北部、张广才岭西坡,东北林业大学老山人工林实验站,测试与计算天然次生白桦林( Betu-la platyphylla Suk.)和蒙古栎林(Quercus mongolica Fisch.ex Ledeb.)凋落物碳密度。结果表明:20年生白桦林凋落物碳密度为1.049 t· hm-2· a-1,42年生白桦林凋落物碳密度为2.477 t· hm-2· a-1,相差136.13%;20年生蒙古栎林凋落物碳密度为0.948 t· hm-2· a-1,50年生蒙古栎林凋落物碳密度为2.686 t· hm-2· a-1,相差183.33%;经方差分析,均相差显著( P<0.05),说明林龄是影响碳密度变化的主要因素。2种林分类型凋落物碳密度的变化,经方差分析均无显著(P >0.05),在数量上虽有小的差异,但在理论上没有变化。不同

  1. 刺槐与其他树种枯落叶混合分解对微量元素释放的影响%Influences of mixed leaf litter decomposition of Robinia pseudoacacia with other trees on microelements release

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    杜良贞; 刘增文; 祝振华; 李茜

    2012-01-01

    whole Loess Plateau, through collecting leaf litter of R. pseudoacacia and other 10 trees at the end of autumn,cutting the leaf to some fragments (a=l cm) or 1 cm needles,and gathering humus soil (0-20 cm) of no forested land as medium,the incubation of mixed leaf litter decomposition had been carried out for 345 d with the method of nylon mesh bag buried with soil in the same condition of tem- perature and moisture. Then,the microelements (Cu,Zn,Ni,Cd) contents before and after leaf litter de-composition were determinated with the Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy(AAS)method. [Result] The re- lease rates of Cu,Zn,Ni and Cd during unique leaf litter decomposition of Populus simonii ,Hippophae rh- amnoides ,Platycladus orientalis and Quercus liaotungensis are all the fastest and the turnover period is 1 year or a little more. Mixing litter decomposition of R. pseudoacacia with P. simonii,Ulmus pumila, H. rh- amnoides separately would produce promoted actions on release of the microelements, whereas mixed litter decomposition of R. pseudoacacia with Pinus sylvestris var. mongolica, P. orientalis, Betula platyphylla and Caragana microphylla separately would produce inhibitory actions on release of the 4 microelements. Mixed litter decomposition of R. pseudoacacia with Pinus tabulaeformis and Larix principis-rupprechtii separately would promote release of Cu, but inhibit releases of Zn, Ni and Cd. Mixed litter decomposition of R. pseudoacacia with Q. liaotungensis would promote releases of Zn and Cd,but inhibit releases of Cu and Ni. [Conclusion] Mixed forestation of R. pseudoacacia with other trees which promote release of microele- ments after mixed litter decomposition would be helpful for the microelement cycling and utilization in for- estland.

  2. 几种麦冬及其伪品的组织学鉴别比较研究%Comparative Study on Histological Identification of Tuber of Dwarf Lilyturf and False Medical Material

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    刘义梅

    2005-01-01

    对麦冬的药典品种麦冬Ophiopogon japonicus(Thunb)Ker-Gawl,地方品种湖北麦冬Liriope spicata(Thunb.)Lour.var.proliferaY.T.Ma及阔叶麦冬Liriope platyphylla Wang et Tang,伪品淡竹根Lophatherum gracile Brongn.及石刁柏根Asparagus officinalis L.进行了组织学鉴别、显微摄影和特征比较等方面的研究.

  3. 大兴安岭盘古林场森林景观的空间分布格局及其关联性%Spatial Point Patterns and Associations of Forest Landscapes in Pangu Forest Farm in Daxing’an Mountains

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    董灵波; 刘兆刚; 李凤日

    2015-01-01

    [Objective]The research of multi-scale spatial distribution pattern and associations of forest landscapes has become a hotspot in landscape ecology. The purpose of this paper was to analyze the spatial distribution pattern and associations of the main forest landscapes in Daxing ’an Mountains,which can contribute to clarify the formation and maintenance mechanism of forest landscapes in this area and also can provide some insights for healthy management of the forest landscapes.[Method]Based on the data of forest resource inventory in Pangu forest farm in Daxing’an Mountains in northeastern China,the spatial distribution pattern and associations of the main forest landscape types ( natural Larix gmelinii forest,natural Betula platyphylla forest,natural coniferous mixed forest and natural mixed broadleaf-conifer forest) were characterized by using the O-ring statistics within Programita software and kernel density function within ArcMap software. [Result]The result of kernel density function indicated that the mean patch density for each forest type were 0. 73 -1. 57 km -2 ,and the spatial variation coefficient were up to 99. 75% -119. 67%,which both illustrated the distribution of the four forest landscapes were significantly clumped in spatial dimensions. The O-ring statistics showed that the main forest landscape types were significantly clumped at small scale,and tended to be in random distribution with the increase of scale. Spatial associations showed that there were negative correlations at small scale,non-correlations at medium scale,and positive correlations at large scale among different forest landscapes. Forest cutting and forest fire are the major driving forces for the change of forest landscape in the study area. [Conclusion]Our assessment indicated that the forest landscapes in this area have presented the trends of fragmentation during the recent 100 years,due to the long term forest harvest,forest fires and other interference factors

  4. 5种温带森林生态系统细根的时间动态及其影响因子%Temporal dynamics and influencing factors of fine roots in five Chinese temperate forest ecosystems

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    李向飞; 王传宽; 全先奎

    2013-01-01

    Production and mortality of fine roots (diameter ≤ 2mm) and influencing factors are important to energy flow and nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems,but remain poorly understood mainly due to the limitation of methodology.In this study,we used a minirhizotron technique to investigate the temporal dynamics in fine root length production (FRP) and mortality (FRM) of five representative forest ecosystems in Northeast China during the period between May and October of 2010.Soil temperature (Ts),soil moisture (Ms),and leaf area index (LAI) were simultaneously measured for each stand.The stands were aspen-birch forest dominated by Populus davidiana and Betula platyphylla,hardwood forest dominated by Fraxinus mandshurica and Juglans mandshurica,Mongolian oak forest dominated by Quercus mongolica,Korean pine (Pinus Koraiensis) plantation,and Dahurian larch (Larix grnelinii) plantation.The experimental design included five forest types,three 20 m×30 m replicate plots in each forest type.The results showed that the FRP and FRM were significantly (P<0.001) affected by forest types,sampling times and their interactions.The FRP was (13.34 ± 0.90)μm·cm-2·d-1(mean ± SE),(13.04 ± 0.82) μm·cm-2·d-1,(8.74 ± 1.14) μm·cm-2·d-1,(8.02 ± 2.77) iμm·cm-2·d-1,and (7.59 ± O.82) μm· cm-2· d-1 for the aspen-birch,hardwood,larch,pine,and oak stands,respectively;and the FRM was (5.02 ±0.36) μm·cm-2·d-1,(6.85±0.32) μm·cm-2·d-1,(5.05 ±0.61) μm·cm-2·d-1,(3.88 ± 0.35) μm·cm-2·d-1,and (3.88 ± 0.61) μm·cm-2·d-1,correspondingly.The FRP showed a unimodal seasonal pattern with peaks varying with forest types.The FRM increased gradually as the growing season proceeded,and reached its maximum at the end of the growing season for all the stands except for the aspen-birch and hardwood stands where it peaked in early August.Ts,Ms,and LAI all exerted significant positive effects on FRP and FRM (P<0.05),which,together,explained more than 68% and 53% of

  5. Introduction to Distribution and Ecology of Sterile Conks of Inonotus obliquus

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    Lee, Min-Woong; Hur, Hyeon; Chang, Kwang-Choon; Lee, Tae-Soo; Ka, Kang-Hyeon; Jankovsky, L.

    2008-01-01

    Inonotus obliquus is a fungus that causes white heart rot on several broad-leaved species. This fungus forms typical charcoal-black, sterile conks (chaga) or cinder conks on infected stems of the birche (Betula spp). The dark brown pulp of the sterile conk is formed by a pure mycelial mass of fungus. Chaga are a folk remedy in Russia, reflecting the circumboreal distribution of I. obliquus in boreal forest ecosystems on Betula spp. and in meridional mountain forests on beech (Fagus spp.) in R...

  6. Plant pollen content in the air of Lublin (central-eastern Poland) and risk of pollen allergy

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    Krystyna Piotrowska-Weryszko; Elżbieta Weryszko-Chmielewska

    2014-01-01

    Pollen monitoring was carried out in Lublin in 2001–2012 by the volumetric method using a Hirst-type spore trap (Lanzoni VPPS 2000). Daily pollen concentrations considerably differed in the particular years. The pollen counts with the biggest variability were observed in the first half of a year when woody plants flowering. The highest annual pollen index were noted for the following taxa: [i]Betula, Urtica,[/i] Pinaceae, Poaceae and [i]Alnus[/i]. [i]Betula[/i] annual total showed the greates...

  7. Enhanced dissolution and oral absorption of tacrolimus by supersaturable self-emulsifying drug delivery system

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    Lee DR; Ho MJ; Jung HJ; Cho HR; Park JS; Yoon SH; Choi YS; Choi YW; Oh CH; Kang MJ

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    Dae Ro Lee,1 Myoung Jin Ho,1 Hyuck Jun Jung,1 Ha Ra Cho,1 Jun Seo Park,1 Suk-Hyun Yoon,2 Yong Seok Choi,1 Young Wook Choi,3 Chung-Hun Oh,2,4,5 Myung Joo Kang1 1College of Pharmacy, 2Department of Medical Laser, Graduate School, Dankook University, Dongnam-gu, Choenan, Chungnam, 3College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, 4Department of Oral Physiology, College of Dentistry, Dankook University, 5Abel Medi-Tech Inc., Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungnam, Korea Abstract: A new Solu...

  8. Stem cell research: cloning, therapy and scientific fraud.

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    Rusnak, A J; Chudley, A E

    2006-10-01

    Stem cell research has generated intense excitement, awareness, and debate. Events in the 2005-2006 saw the rise and fall of a South Korean scientist who had claimed to be the first to clone a human embryonic stem cell line. From celebration of the potential use of stem cells in the treatment of human disease to disciplinary action taken against the disgraced scientists, the drama has unfolded throughout the world media. Prompted by an image of therapeutic cloning presented on a South Korean stamp, a brief review of stem cell research and the events of the Woo-suk Hwang scandal are discussed. PMID:16965321

  9. Mezinárodní solidarita s perzekuovanými signatáři Charty 77

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    Pažout, Jaroslav

    Praha: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR, 2007 - (Devátá, M.; Suk, J.; Tůma, O.), s. 155-162 ISBN 978-80-7285-090-7. [Charta 77. Od obhajoby lidských práv k demokratické revoluci 1977-1989. Praha (CZ), 21.03.2007-23.03.2007] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z80630520 Keywords : Charter 77 * politic persecution in the Czechoslovakia 1969-1989 * opposition in the Czechoslovakia 1969-1989 Subject RIV: AB - History

  10. Journal Of The Korean Hydrogen Energy Society 4

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    This book introduces the research on hydrogen energy, which are effect of changing RE compositions on the electrochemical properties of REB5 hydrogen storage alloys by Jiang, Jian Jun; Lee, Jai Young, effect of surface treatment on photoelectrochemical hydrogen production of cadmium sulfide particulate film electrodes by So, Won Wook; Jang, Jum Suk; Rhee, Young Woo; Moon, Sang Jin, and effect of Mn additions on hydrogen storage performance of V-based BCC hydrogen storage alloys by Zhang, Zhao Liang; Kim, Jin Ho; Lee, Sang Min; Lee, Jai Young.

  11. Statistical Moments of Active-Region Images During Solar Flares

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    Šimberová, Stanislava; Karlický, Marian; Suk, Tomáš

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 289, č. 1 (2014), s. 193-209. ISSN 0038-0938 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/08/1593; GA ČR GAP209/12/0103; GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 ; RVO:67985556 Keywords : Sun * solar flares * frequency analysis Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics; IN - Informatics, Computer Science (UTIA-B) Impact factor: 4.039, year: 2014 http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2013/ZOI/suk-0399766.pdf

  12. Elliptic genera of 2d N=2 gauge theories

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    Benini, Francesco; Hori, Kentaro; Tachikawa, Yuji

    2013-01-01

    We compute the elliptic genera of general two-dimensional N=(2,2) and N=(0,2) gauge theories. We find that the elliptic genus is given by the sum of Jeffrey-Kirwan residues of a meromorphic form, representing the one-loop determinant of fields, on the moduli space of flat connections on T^2. We give several examples illustrating our formula, with both Abelian and non-Abelian gauge groups, and discuss some dualities for U(k) and SU(k) theories. This paper is a sequel to the authors' previous paper arXiv:1305.0533.

  13. Patikimumo, saugumo ir rizikos analizės metodai

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    2012-01-01

    Straipsnyje pateikiama klasterio mokslininkų vykdyto Nacionalinės mokslo programos „Ateities energetika“ projekto „Energetinio saugumo analizės ir integruoto saugumo lygio vertinimo metodikos sukūrimas ir tyrimas“ gautų rezultatų apžvalga. Pagrindiniai projekto pasiekimai – sudaryta energetinių sistemų grėsmių analizės ir vertinimo metodika bei energetinio saugumo lygio vertinimo metodika. In the article review of received results of the project “Development of methodology for Energy secur...

  14. Affine Moment Invariants Generated by Automated Solution of the Equations

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    Suk, Tomáš; Flusser, Jan

    Los Alamitos : IEEE Press, 2008, s. 3270-3273. ISBN 978-1-4244-2174-9. [19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition. Tampa (US), 07.12.2008-11.12.2008] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA102/08/1593 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10750506 Keywords : affine moment invariants * object recognition * Cayley-Aronhold differential equation Subject RIV: JD - Computer Applications, Robotics http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2008/ZOI/suk-affine moment invariants generated by automated solution of the equations. pdf

  15. Biodegradation and detoxification of textile azo dyes by bacterial consortium under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes

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    2015-01-01

    Release of textile azo dyes to the environment is an issue of health concern while the use of microorganisms has proved to be the best option for remediation. Thus, in the present study, a bacterial consortium consisting of Providencia rettgeri strain HSL1 and Pseudomonas sp. SUK1 has been investigated for degradation and detoxification of structurally different azo dyes. The consortium showed 98-99 % decolorization of all the selected azo dyes viz. Reac-tive Black 5 (RB 5), Reactive Orange 1...

  16. Journal Of The Korean Hydrogen Energy Society 2

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    This book deals with studies such as new ball-milled metal hydride electrode for rechargeable batteries by Noh, Haki; Park, Chung Nyeon, hydrogen absorption by laves phase related BCC solid solution alloys by Etsuo Akiba. The hydrogen absorption kinetics in very thin pd film by Cho, Young Sin; Lee, Jong Suk; Kim, Chang Won. The effect of the ceramic precipitates on the hydrogen solubility in pd alloys by Koh, Je Mann; Lee, Kil Hong; Bada, Seung Nam; Noh, Hak, and AC impedance study of the electrochemical behavior of hydrogen, Oxygen gas mixture at nafion, catalyst electrode interface by Song, S. M and Lee, W. M.

  17. The level 2 and 3 modular invariants of SU(n)

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    1995-01-01

    In this paper we explicitly classify all modular invariant partition functions for su(n) at level 2 and 3. Previously, these were known only for level 1. The level 2 exceptionals exist at n=10, 16, and 28; the level 3 exceptionals exist at n=5, 9, and 21. One of these is new, but the others were all anticipated by the "rank-level duality" relating su(n) level k and su(k) level n. The main recent result which this paper rests on is the classification of "ADE_7-type invariants".

  18. Bagatellid : maailm / Nele-Eva Steinfeld, Ivo Heinloo

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    2011-01-01

    Muusikasõnumeid maailmast: 14. Tšaikovski nimelisest konkursist. Daniel Barenboim tõstetakse rüütliseisusesse. Orkestrist I, Culture Orchestra. Charles Dutoit plaanib luua Lõuna- ja Põhja-Koread ühendava orkestri. Lahkus Josef Suk. Seiji Ozawa pälvis Praemium Imperiale auhinna. Cardiffi lauljate konkursi võitis Valentina Nafornita. Lahkus Nikolai Petrov. Venetsueelas lööb laineid noor dirigent Jose Omar Davila. "Jazzkaare" täht Brass Jaw sai Suurbritannias suure tunnustuse osaliseks. Põhjamaade Nõukogu muusikaauhinna teenis Mats Gustafsson. Black Eyed Peas paneb pillid kotti. Kuuba kitarrist Manuel Galban surnud. Eesti on Tšehhi jazziraadio fookuses

  19. MERITEV SUKANE PARICE ZA MOŽNOSTI ŠIROKOPASOVNIH STORITEV

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    Lehner, Robert

    2010-01-01

    Širokopasovni internet postaja dandanes vedno bolj pomembna storitev v našem življenju. Pomembno vlogo pri njegovem delovanju imajo tudi internetni ponudniki, ki uporabnikom omogočajo njegovo uporabo. V današnjem času, ko je pomembna vsaka minuta, je pomembno tudi to, da lahko delo, ki ga opravljamo s pomočjo interneta, opravljamo hitro, nemoteno 24 ur na dan, pa vendar se kdaj pa kdaj zgodi, da vse ne deluje, kot naj bi delovalo po predpisanih standardih. V nalogi smo izvedli meritev suk...

  20. Research Misconduct—Definitions, Manifestations and Extent

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, the international scientific community has been rocked by a number of serious cases of research misconduct. In one of these, Woo Suk Hwang, a Korean stem cell researcher published two articles on research with ground-breaking results in Science in 2004 and 2005. Both articles were later revealed to be fakes. This paper provides an overview of what research misconduct is generally understood to be, its manifestations and the extent to which they are thought to exist.

  1. Interneto paslaugas teikiančių įmonių marketingo strategijos

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    Egidė-Patašienė, Ilona

    2014-01-01

    Pirmoje darbo dalyje buvo įvertinta ir nagrinėta įmonės strateginė orientacija, strateginio planavimo ir valdymo esmė, apibrėžta marketingo strategijos samprata, pateikti pagrindiniai marketingo strategijų tipai, priklausomai nuo įmonės užimamos pozicijos rinkoje, konkurentų ir kt. veiksnių bei nusakytas teorinis marketingo strategijos įmonėje sukūrimo modelis. Antroje darbo dalyje, remiantis moksliniais straipsniais bei rastais pavyzdžiais mokslinėje marketingo literatūroje, buvo įvertinti m...

  2. Valstybė kaip ginčo šalis tarptautiniame komerciniame arbitraže

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    Petkutė, Jurgita

    2007-01-01

    Šiame magistro baigiamajame darbe analizuojamos valstybės kaip ginčo šalies tarptautiniame komerciniame arbitraže lemiamos teorinės ir praktinės problemos tiriant tarptautinio komercinio arbitražo, arbitražo šalių bei valstybės kaip ginčo šalies tarptautiniame komerciniame arbitraže sampratas. Taip pat analizuojamas galimas įpareigojimų sukūrimas, arbitražinio susitarimo nesudariusioms šalims, valstybės imuniteto tarptautiniame komerciniame arbitraže klausimai bei kiti arbitražo proceso, kuom...

  3. Päiväkoti Mustikan ja Itäkeskuksen palvelutalon yhteistyön vuosi 2014

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    Koistinen, Sanna

    2015-01-01

    Opinnäytetyöni aiheena on Päiväkoti Mustikan ja Itäkeskuksen palvelutalon välinen yhteistyö. Sekä päiväkoti Mustikka että Itäkeskuksen palvelutalo ovat Helsingin kaupungin palveluja. Talot sijaitsevat saman kadun päässä vastakkain. Toimijoiden välillä on ollut yhteistyötä jo useamman vuoden ajan. Hankettani varten otin tarkasteluun vuoden 2014. Ihmisten elinikä kasvaa jatkuvasti. Tavallisesti ihmiselämä jaetaan elämänvaiheisiin, joissa ihmisestä riippumatta tapahtuu tiettyjä asioita. Suk...

  4. Analysis of Dynamic Processes by Statistical Moments of High Orders

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    Šimberová, Stanislava; Suk, Tomáš

    Heidelberg : Springer, 2013, s. 33-40. ISBN 978-3-642-41821-1. - (Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 8258). [CIARP 2013, Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition /18./. Havana (CU), 20.11.2013-23.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Institutional support: RVO:67985815 ; RVO:67985556 Keywords : statistical moments * frequency analysis * Fourier and wavelet transformations Subject RIV: BN - Astronomy, Celestial Mechanics, Astrophysics; IN - Informatics, Computer Science (UTIA-B) http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2013/ZOI/suk-0399779.pdf

  5. Rectangular Decomposition of Binary Images

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    Suk, Tomáš; Höschl, Cyril; Flusser, Jan

    Berlin : Springer, 2012 - (Blanc-Talon, J.; Popescu, D.; Philips, W.; Scheunders, P.), s. 213-224 ISBN 978-3-642-33139-8. - (Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 7517). [Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems (Acivs 2012). Brno (CZ), 04.09.2012-07.09.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP103/11/1552 Institutional support: RVO:67985556 Keywords : binary image decomposition * generalized delta-method * distance transformation * quadtree * bipartite graph * image compression * fast convolution Subject RIV: IN - Informatics, Computer Science http://library.utia.cas.cz/separaty/2012/ZOI/suk-rectangular decomposition of binary images.pdf

  6. Oikeaa balettia? : Tähtäimessä nykybaletin opettamisen metodi

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    Marttinen, Fox

    2016-01-01

    Opinnäytetyössä tutkittiin nykybaletin opetusmetodin kehittämistä. Klassisen baletin opetus rakentuu selkeiden metodien varaan. Nämä eivät tarjoa enää kaikkia niitä taitoja, joita tanssija tarvitsee työskennellessään nykybalettiteosten parissa. Työssä käsiteltiin tanssia esittävän taiteen näkökulmasta. Tutkimus pohjautui holistiseen ihmiskäsitykseen, jonka mukaan ihminen on tajunnallisuutensa, kehollisuutensa ja situationaalisuutensa muodostama kokonaisuus. Työn eettisenä taustana oli suk...

  7. КАТАЛИТИЧЕСКОЕ ОКИСЛЕНИЕ БЕРЕЗОВОЙ ДРЕВЕСИНЫ (BETULA PENDULA ROTH.) КИСЛОРОДОМ В СИРЕНЕВЫЙ АЛЬДЕГИД И ВАНИЛИН

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    Коропачинская, Н.; Тарабанько, В.; Черняк, М.

    2003-01-01

    Исследован процесс окисления березовой древесины молекулярным кислородом в статическом качающемся реакторе. Изучено влияние катализатора, температуры и количества загруженного субстрата на выход сиреневого альдегида и ванилина. Добавки гидроксида меди в качестве катализатора вдвое увеличивают выход альдегидов по сравнению с некаталитическим процессом. Увеличение содержания древесины в реакционной массе снижает выходы альдегидов при окислении. Достигнуты выходы ароматических альдегидов до 42 в...

  8. Expansion of invasive species on ombrotrophic bogs: desiccation or high N deposition?

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    Tomassen, H.B.M.; Smolders, A.J.P.; Limpens, J.; Lamers, L.P.M.; Roelofs, J.G.M.

    2004-01-01

    1. In many ombrotrophic bog areas the invasion of grass (e.g. Molinia caerulea) and tree (e.g. Betula pubescens) species has become a major problem. We investigated whether the invasion of such species is due to high atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition by conducting a fertilization experiment. 2. Th

  9. Effective height development of four co-occurring species in the gap-phase regeneration of Douglas fir monocultures under nature-oriented conversion. Forest Ecology and Management, Pages 189-198

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    Dekker, M.; Breugel, van M.; Sterck, F.J.

    2007-01-01

    Natural regeneration in gaps in Douglas fir forest stands in the Netherlands mainly consists of Betula pendula (Roth.), Pinus sylvestris (L.), Larix kaempferi (Carr.), and Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb. Franco). Even though these species are well known, the autogenic development of these species in an

  10. COMPREHENSIVE CHARACTERISTIC OF PINE AND BIRCH SPECIES WITH DIFFERENT SCHEME OF COMBINATION Сравнительная характеристика сосново-березовых культур с различной схемой смешения

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    Shamiryan K. G.

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the characteristics of condition and growth of Pinus sylvestris and Betula Pendula in their cohabitation in poor sand soils (A2 in the condition of some forest enterprises of Voronezh region; the most effective way of combination of this species is revealed

  11. Environ: E00796 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available E00796 Birch Medicinal herb Quercetin [CPD:C00389], Kaempferol [CPD:C05903], Salicy...late, Tannin, Ascorbate [CPD:C00072] Betula pendula [TAX:3505] Betulaceae Birch leaves Medicinal herbs [BR:br08322] Dicot plants: rosids Betulaceae (birch famly) E00796 Birch ...

  12. Flynn Effects on Sub-Factors of Episodic and Semantic Memory: Parallel Gains over Time and the Same Set of Determining Factors

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    Ronnlund, Michael; Nilsson, Lars-Goran.

    2009-01-01

    The study examined the extent to which time-related gains in cognitive performance, so-called Flynn effects, generalize across sub-factors of episodic memory (recall and recognition) and semantic memory (knowledge and fluency). We conducted time-sequential analyses of data drawn from the Betula prospective cohort study, involving four age-matched…

  13. Birch pollen allergy: molecular characterization and hypoallergenic products

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    Schenk, M.F.

    2008-01-01

    Allergic diseases, such as hay fever and food allergy, affect a substantial part of the population in westernized countries. Pollen of the European white birch (Betula pendula) is a considerable cause of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) in northern and central Europe. The major birch pollen al

  14. Records of mining Lepidoptera in Belgium with nine species new to the country (Nepticulidae, Opostegidae, Tischeriidae, Lyonetiidae)

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    Nieukerken, van, A.

    2006-01-01

    Records of 56 species of mining Lepidoptera are given, mostly for Wallonia. Stigmella thuringiaca (Namur: Nismes, on Potentilla tabernaemontani), Ectoedemia arcuatella (Luxembourg, Namur, on Fragaria vesca) and Leucoptera lustratella (Luxembourg, Namur, on Hypericum perforatum) are reported new for Belgium on the basis of reared adults, Stigmella crataegella (Luxembourg: Belvaux, Crataegus monogyna), S. confusella (West Vlaanderen, Betula pubescens), Trifurcula subnitidella (Namur: Nismes, Lo...

  15. Beiträge zur Fortschreibung der Florenliste Deutschlands (Pteridophyta, Spermatophyta)

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    Buttler, Karl Peter; Hand, Ralf

    2007-01-01

    Im Rahmen der Vorarbeiten für eine neue Florenliste Deutschlands werden Nomenklaturaspekte bei Achillea collina, Anthriscus, Betula pubescens subsp. carpatica, Camelina microcarpa, Hordelymus, Populus nigra subsp. betulifolia, Silene baccifera sowie bei einigen von Cesati publizierten Unterart- Kombinationen diskutiert. Bei Urtica wird ein alternatives taxonomisches Konzept vorgeschlagen. Die beiden folgenden bisher nicht verfügbaren Kombinationen wurden notwendig: Populus nigra subsp. betuli...

  16. Hexavalent chromium reduction by aerobic heterotrophic bacteria indigenous to chromite mine overburden

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    Dey Satarupa

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Microbiological analysis of overburden samples collected from chromite mining areas of Orissa, India revealed that they are rich in microbial density as well as diversity and dominated by Gramnegative (58% bacteria. The phenotypically distinguishable bacterial isolates (130 showed wide degree of tolerance to chromium (2-8 mM when tested in peptone yeast extract glucose agar medium. Isolates (92 tolerating 2 mM chromium exhibited different degrees of Cr+6 reducing activity in chemically defined Vogel Bonner (VB broth and complex KSC medium. Three potent isolates, two belonging to Arthrobacter spp. and one to Pseudomonas sp. were able to reduce more than 50 and 80% of 2 mM chromium in defined and complex media respectively. Along with Cr+6 (MIC 8.6-17.8 mM, the isolates showed tolerance to Ni+2, Fe+3, Cu+2 and Co+2 but were extremely sensitive to Hg+2 followed by Cd+2, Mn+2 and Zn+2. In addition, they were resistant to antibiotics like penicillin, methicillin, ampicillin, neomycin and polymyxin B. During growth under shake-flask conditions, Arthrobacter SUK 1201 and SUK 1205 showed 100% reduction of 2 mM Cr+6 in KSC medium with simultaneous formation of insoluble precipitates of chromium salts. Both the isolates were also equally capable of completely reducing the Cr+6 present in mine seepage when grown in mine seepage supplemented with VB concentrate.

  17. Camptothecine production by mixed fermentation of two endophytic fungi from Nothapodytes nimmoniana.

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    Bhalkar, Bhumika N; Patil, Swapnil M; Govindwar, Sanjay P

    2016-01-01

    Two endophytic fungi isolated from the endangered plant Nothapodytes nimmoniana (Grah.) Mabb. were found to effectively synthesize CPT independent of their host plant under submerged fermentation conditions. Molecular characterization of fungi revealed their identity as Colletotrichum fructicola SUK1 (F1) and Corynespora cassiicola SUK2 (F2). Mixed fermentation experiments were carried out to study the effect of microbial signalling between the two fungal species on camptothecine production. Effect of culture parameters on CPT production was studied for both mono-cultures (F1 and F2) separately as well as for the mixed fermentation (F1 + F2). Further the most influencing ones were optimized statistically using response surface methodology. Statistical model based optimized parameters were whey (70 %), agitation rate (110 rpm), temperature (30 °C), and incubation period (7 d) for the mixed fermentation. Monocultures of the two fungal species F1 and F2 yielded CPT up to 33 ± 1.1 mg l(-1)and 69 ± 1.1 mg l(-1), respectively; while their mixed fermentation under the optimized conditions yielded up to 146 ± 0.2 mg l(-1). HPLC and LC-MS/MS techniques were used to analyze the products obtained. PMID:27268247

  18. Rigid Holography and Six-Dimensional N=(2,0) Theories on AdS_5 times S^1

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    Aharony, Ofer; Rey, Soo-Jong

    2015-01-01

    Field theories on anti-de Sitter (AdS) space can be studied by realizing them as low-energy limits of AdS vacua of string/M theory. In an appropriate limit, the field theories decouple from the rest of string/M theory. Since these vacua are dual to conformal field theories (CFTs), this relates some of the observables of these field theories on AdS to a subsector of the dual CFTs. We exemplify this `rigid holography' by studying in detail the 6d N=(2,0) A_{K-1} superconformal field theory (SCFT) on AdS_5xS^1, with equal radii for AdS_5 and for S^1. We choose specific boundary conditions preserving sixteen supercharges that arise when this theory is embedded into Type IIB string theory on AdS_5xS^5/Z_K. On R^{4,1}xS^1, this 6d theory has a 5(K-1)-dimensional moduli space, with unbroken 5d SU(K) gauge symmetry at (and only at) the origin. On AdS_5xS^1, the theory has a 2(K-1)-dimensional `moduli space' of supersymmetric configurations. We argue that in this case the SU(K) gauge symmetry is unbroken everywhere in...

  19. A Greener Arctic: Vascular Plant Litter Input in Subarctic Peat Bogs Changes Soil Invertebrate Diets and Decomposition Patterns

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    Krab, E. J.; Berg, M. P.; Aerts, R.; van Logtestijn, R. S. P.; Cornelissen, H. H. C.

    2014-12-01

    Climate-change-induced trends towards shrub dominance in subarctic, moss-dominated peatlands will most likely have large effects on soil carbon (C) dynamics through an input of more easily decomposable litter. The mechanisms by which this increase in vascular litter input interacts with the abundance and diet-choice of the decomposer community to alter C-processing have, however, not yet been unraveled. We used a novel 13C tracer approach to link invertebrate species composition (Collembola), abundance and species-specific feeding behavior to C-processing of vascular and peat moss litters. We incubated different litter mixtures, 100% Sphagnum moss litter, 100% Betula leaf litter, and a 50/50 mixture of both, in mesocosms for 406 days. We revealed the transfer of C from the litters to the soil invertebrate species by 13C labeling of each of the litter types and assessed 13C signatures of the invertebrates Collembola species composition differed significantly between Sphagnum and Betula litter. Within the 'single type litter' mesocosms, Collembola species showed different 13C signatures, implying species-specific differences in diet choice. Surprisingly, the species composition and Collembola abundance changed relatively little as a consequence of Betula input to a Sphagnum based system. Their diet choice, however, changed drastically; species-specific differences in diet choice disappeared and approximately 67% of the food ingested by all Collembola originated from Betula litter. Furthermore, litter decomposition patterns corresponded to these findings; mass loss of Betula increased from 16.1% to 26.2% when decomposing in combination with Sphagnum, while Sphagnum decomposed even slower in combination with Betula litter (1.9%) than alone (4.7%). This study is the first to empirically show that collective diet shifts of the peatland decomposer community from mosses towards vascular plant litter may drive altered decomposition patterns. In addition, we showed that

  20. Estimation of Provincial Spatial Distribution Information of Forest Tree Species ( Group) Composition Using Multi-Sources Data%基于多源数据的省级树种(组)成数空间分布信息估测方法

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    曹宇佳; 陈尔学; 李世明

    2016-01-01

    the forest plot data of 9 counties collected by the forest resources inventory in second level and the forest plot data collected by the NFI as reference.[Result]7 tree species ( group) composition numbers including Quercus mongolica,Betula platyphylla,Tilia amurensis, Ulmus davidiana,Populus,Juglans mandshurica and Larix olgensis were extracted and the corresponding distribution maps were produced. The results showed a good consistency with the fixed plots in field. Taking county as statistic unit,the following quantitative technical targets have been achieved: the coefficient of determination ( R2 ) was 0. 83,and the RMSE was 0. 34. Specifically,the accuracy has been further validated by dividing the whole coverage of Jilin Province into grids of 20 km × 20 km,30 km × 30 km,40 km × 40 km and 50 km × 50 km,taking the forest plot data collected by the NFI as reference and the grid as statistic unit. Better results could be achieved at the scale of 40 km × 40 km and 50 km × 50 km. The RMSE of Ulmus davidiana composition number was 0. 35 and the RMSE of Quercus mongolica composition number was 0. 65. The optimal k-value could be determined for the phenomenon that the RMSE firstly reduced and then tended steady with the rising k-value. In addition,the estimation accuracy of the two-layer stratification estimation method was higher than that of the direct estimation method. The results showed that: the average RMSE of estimating tree species ( group) composition using two-layer stratification estimation method was 0. 1 less than that using direct estimation method.[Conclusion]The proposed method for estimating the provincial spatial distribution information of forest tree species (group) composition using multi-sources data has proved to be an effective method to estimate forest parameters. Based on this method,the distribution map of forest tree species ( group) composition numbers was successfully produced with high accuracy. The results indicated that the value

  1. Protective Activity Against Oxidative Stress of Plants Indigenous to Korea

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    We have screened the cytoprotective effect against Ha, Oa, and γ-ray radiation induced oxidative stress from 32 Korean plants. Betula ermani var, saitoana (caulis, leaves), Rosa wichuraiana (caulis), Sorbus commixta (caulis), Weigela florida (leaves), Cirsium rhinoceros (whole plant), and Viburnum erosum (caulis) were found to scavenge 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). As a result, extracts of six plants reduced cell death of Chinese hamster lung fibroblast (V79-4) cells induced by Ha,Oa, treatment. In addition, these extracts protected cell death of V79-4 cells damaged by γ-ray radiation. In addition, these extracts scavenged ROS generated by radiation. Taken together, the results suggest that Betula ermani var. saitoana, Rosa wichuraiana, Sorbus commixta, Weigela florida, Cirsium rhinoceros, and Viburnum erosum protect V79-4 cells against oxidative damage by radiation through scavenging ROS

  2. Spruce forests (Ass. Sphango girgensohnii - Piceetum (Br.-Bl. 39 Polak. 62 on excessively moistened peatlands in Latvia

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    Normunds Priedits

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The research carried out on swamp spruce forests on peatland in Latvia gives a detailed notion of the phytosociological structure of Ass. Sphagno girgensohnii - Piceetum (Br. - BI. 39 Polak. 62 in the western part of the East-European Plain at the Baltic Sea. The paper reflects one of the aspects of swamp forest investigation results in Latvia on forest communities, its biodiversity and presevation. Ninety-one sample plots with Picea abies as the dominant in the tree layer or co-dominant with Betula pendula, Betula pubescens or Pinus sylvestris are described according to phytosociological Braun-Blanquet methodology. Floristic features of spruce communities belonging to Caricoso-phragmitosa and Dryopterioso-cnricosa forest site types are analysed. The results are compared with similar investigations carried out in the Baltic Sea region states and neighbouring countries.

  3. Tetrahedra and polynomial equations in topological field theory

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    Some tetrahedra in SUk(2)-Chern-Simons-Witten theory are computed. The results can be used to compute an arbitrary tetrahedron inductively by fusing with the fundamental representation. The results obtained are in agreement with those of quantum groups. By associating a (finite) topological field theory (FTFT) to every rational conformal field theory (RCFT), we show that the pentagon and hexagon equations in RCFT follow directly from some skein relations in FTFT. By generalizing the operation of surgery on links in FTFT we derive also an explicit expression for the modular transformation matrix S(k) of the one point conformal blocks on a torus in RCFT and the equations satisfied by S(k), in agreement with those required in RCFT. The implication of our results on the general programme of classifying RCFT is also discussed. (author). 24 refs, 21 figs

  4. SBVR struktūrizuotos natūralios kalbos klausimų redagavimo įrankis

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    Pocius, Arvydas

    2013-01-01

    Ontologijos užklausų rašymas paprastiems vartotojams yra per daug sudėtingas. Vartotojai labiausiai mėgsta pateikti užklausas natūralia kalba. Tačiau dar nėra sukurtų programų, kurios suprastų tikrą natūralią kalbą. Šiuo metu galimas sprendimas yra naudoti ribotą (struktūrizuotą) natūralią kalbą, kuri sudaroma pagal tam tikrus šablonus. Sukūrus SBVR metamodeliu grindžiamą struktūrizuotos natūralios kalbos užklausų redaktorių, vartotojui nereikėtų specialistų pagalbos norint peržiūrėti ontolog...

  5. Pasmos (Septoria linicola) plitimas pluoštiniuose linuose ir žalingumo mažinimas

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    Gruzdevienė, Elvyra; Dabkevičius, Zenonas

    2005-01-01

    1999-2003 m. Lietuvos žemdirbystės instituto Upytės bandymų stotyje ištirti linų grybinės ligos pasmos sukėlėjo plitimo ypatumai, linų veislių ir lietuviškų linų selekcinių numerių jautrumas šiai ligai bei fungicidų efektyvumas nuo pasmos. Pasmos plitimą linuose lėmė birželio - rugpjūčio mėnesių meteorologinės sąlygos, sėjos laikas bei pasėlio išgulimas. Lietingais 2001 m. ir 2003 m. veislių 'Ariane' ir 'Kastyčiai' pasėliuose pasma pažeidė atitinkamai 84-96 proc. ir 69-74 proc. stiebų, o saus...

  6. Little String Amplitudes (and the Unreasonable Effectiveness of 6D SYM)

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    Chang, Chi-Ming; Shao, Shu-Heng; Wang, Yifan; Yin, Xi

    2014-01-01

    We study tree level scattering amplitudes of four massless states in the double scaled little string theory, and compare them to perturbative loop amplitudes in six-dimensional super-Yang-Mills theory. The little string amplitudes are computed from correlators in the cigar coset CFT and in N=2 minimal models. The results are expressed in terms of integrals of conformal blocks and evaluated numerically in the alpha' expansion. We find striking agreements with up to 2-loop scattering amplitudes of massless gluons in 6D SU(k) SYM at a Z_k invariant point on the Coulomb branch. We comment on the issue of UV divergence at higher loop orders in the gauge theory and discuss the implication of our results.

  7. Vaistinių augalų ligos pavasarį Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sode

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    Snieškienė, Vilija; Ragažinskienė, Ona

    2012-01-01

    Straipsnyje pateikiami duomenys apie 2006–2012 metų pavasariais aptiktas vaistinių augalų ligas Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sodo Vaistinių augalų mokslo sektoriaus kolekcijose ir ekspozicijose. Vegetacijos pradžioje kasmet galima pastebėti dėmėtligių ant kai kurių rūšių daugiamečių augalų (Bergenia crassifolia, Hedera helix, Oenothera biennis) pernykščių lapų. Kai kurių rūdligių pirmosios vystymosi stadijos sukėlėjai pažeidžia ir vaistinius augalus (Alium spp., Sanguisorba m...

  8. Rododendro (Rhododendron L.) genties augalų mikobiotos tyrimai Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sode

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    Snieškienė, Vilija

    2013-01-01

    2006–2012 m. buvo tiriami Vytauto Didžiojo universiteto Kauno botanikos sodo ekspozicijose ir kolekcijose auginami Rhododendron genties augalai, kurių antžeminė dalis pažeista. 2006–2010 m. iš Rhododendron brachicarpum ir R. maximum rizosferos buvo išskirta ir identifikuota 30 mikroskopinių grybų rūšių, priklausančių 13 genčių. Dažniausiai rizosferoje aptikta Penicillium, Aspergillus, Trichoderma genčių grybų. Tarp identifikuotų grybų buvo ir potencialūs augalų šaknų puvinių ir vytulių sukėlė...

  9. Lietuvos turistų pasitenkinimo indekso modelis : teorinės įžvalgos

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    Pilelienė, Lina; Grigaliūnaitė, Viktorija

    2014-01-01

    Straipsnyje analizuojami turistų pasitenkinimą lemiančių veiksnių bei turistų pasitenkinimo pasekmių šalims teoriniai aspektai. Turizmas tapo viena greičiausiai besivystančių paslaugų sektoriaus sričių ir tai lėmė mokslinės analizės apie turistų pasitenkinimą ir lojalumą poreikį. Kadangi turizmo sektoriaus vystymasis neaplenkė ir Lietuvos, straipsnio tikslu tapo teorinio turistų pasitenkinimo indekso modelio, taikytino Lietuvos gyventojams, sukūrimas. Atlikta mokslinės literatūros analizė lei...

  10. Trimatės vartotojo sąsajos, kuriamos atkuriamosios grafikos priemonėmis

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    Vižinienė, Asta

    2007-01-01

    Atkuriamosios grafikos priemonės leidžia sukurti trimatę vartotojo sąsają, panaudojant įvarius trimačius modelius. Darbo tikslas: Trimačių modelių aprašymo kalbų analizė ir trimatės vartotojo sąsajos modelio sukūrimas. Darbo uždaviniai: išnagrinėti literatūrą apie trimatės vartotojo sąsajos kūrimą, atlikti atkuriamosios grafikos priemonių, skirtų kurti trimačius objektus, analizę bei pagrindinių virtualios realybės aprašymo kalbų analizę, pasinaudojant atkuriamosios grafikos priemonėmis sukur...

  11. Lietuvos valstybės prekės ženklo svarba tarptautinėje arenoje

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    Majauskaitė, Aurelija

    2014-01-01

    Tarptautinė rinka yra itin konkurencinga, pastaruoju metu Lietuva aktyviai bando į ją įsilieti visapusiškai ir lygiateisiai. Prekės ženklo sukūrimas yra svarbus įrankis kiekvienai valstybei, bandančiai pristatyti save pasauliui, tad kyla didelis neaiškumas, kaip sukurti nacionalinį identitetą atspindintį prekės ženklą, kuris gerintų valstybės įvaizdį bei atneštų jai didžiausią naudą. Lietuvai, tik prieš metus susikūrusiai logotipą, šalies rinkodaros tema yra nauja ir itin aktuali, savoka "val...

  12. 5S管理及其在我厂的应用%5S Management & Its Application in Our Factory

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    刘晓华

    2008-01-01

    @@ 1 5S管理的定义以及与其它管理活动的关系 1)5S管理的定义 5S管理是指整理(SEIRI)、整顿(SEITON)、清扫(SEISO)、清洁(SETKETSU)、素养(SHIT-SUK)五个项目,因日语的罗马拼音均以"S"开头而简称5S管埋.5S管理起源于日本,通过规范现场、现物,营造一目了然的工作环境,其最终目的是提升人的品质,养成良好的工作习惯.

  13. Lithuania’s democratic prospects

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    Hubbell, Larry

    2012-01-01

    Kaip rodo įvairūs tarptautiniai indeksai, Lietuva sukūrė visiškai veikiančią demokratiją. Nagrinėjant šiuos indeksus kaip visumą, matyti, kad Lietuva, lyginant su kitomis šalimis, už­ima aukštą vietą. Tarp indeksų, kuriuose Lietuva už­ima aukštą vietą, yra šie: politinių teisių ir pilietinių laisvių vertinimas, atliekamas Freedom House, korupcijos lygis, matuojamas Transparency International, nuomonės reiškimo ir atskaitingumo priemonės, politinis stabilumas, valdžios efektyvumas, reglamentav...

  14. Journal Of The Korean Hydrogen Energy Society 3

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    This book is the Journal of the Korean hydrogen energy society, which includes study on the improvement of the electrochemical characteristics of surface-modified V-Ti-Cr alloy by Ball-milling by Kim, Jin Ho; Lee, Sang Min; Lee, Ho; Lee, Paul S. and Lee, Jai Young, hydrogen generation from water using cds-zns photocatalysts by Heo, Gwi Suk, characteristics of Y-Hx Film by Cho, Young Sin; Kim, Sun Hee, and effect of Cu powder as a compacting material on the discharge characteristics of the negative electrode of Ni-MH battery by Jung, J. H.; Han, Y. S.; Yu, J. S.; Jang, K. J.; Lee, J. Y.

  15. Stem cell research in Asia: a critical view.

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    Sipp, Douglas

    2009-08-01

    Stem cell research stands as a high-priority field in many countries across the Asia-Pacific region, and the past decade has seen remarkable investment into facilities and programs intended to increase competitiveness in the drive to find clinical applications. In the years roughly framed by Korean cloner Woo-Suk Hwang's meteoric ascent and fall, speculation was rampant that Asia was poised to overtake the West in this field of science. But that potential remains unfulfilled. In this article, I will look at some of the deficits in infrastructure and governance that underlie the East-West stem cell gap, and suggest a number of measures that might be taken to remedy them. PMID:19365812

  16. SUSY WT identity in a lattice formulation of 2D N=(2,2) SYM

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    We address some issues relating to a supersymmetric (SUSY) Ward-Takahashi (WT) identity in Sugino's lattice formulation of two-dimensional (2D) N=(2,2)SU(k) supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory (SYM). A perturbative argument shows that the SUSY WT identity in the continuum theory is reproduced in the continuum limit without any operator renormalization/mixing and tuning of lattice parameters. As application of the lattice SUSY WT identity, we show that a prescription for the Hamiltonian density in this lattice formulation, proposed by Kanamori, Sugino and Suzuki, is justified also from a perspective of an operator algebra among correctly-normalized supercurrents. We explicitly confirm the SUSY WT identity in the continuum limit to the first nontrivial order in a semi-perturbative expansion.

  17. Lotynų Amerikos muzikos sklaida Lietuvos kultūroje

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    Damidavičiūtė, Virginija

    2007-01-01

    XX amžiuje skirtingų tautų kultūros neišvengiamai sąveikauja tarpusavyje, daro įtaką viena kitai ir tuo pačiu viena kitą. Pagyvėjus kultūriniams mainams Europoje pradėta gana aktyviai domėtis Lotynų Amerikos kultūra ir, žinoma, viena iš domėjimąsi sukėlusių kultūros sričių yra muzika, kadangi ji yra labai plačiai paplitusi kultūros sritis, t.y. muzikinis ugdymas vyksta ne tik ugdymo institucijose, bet ir už jų ribų. Daugiausiai apie Lotynų Amerikos muziką išgirstame ir sužinome iš tokių infor...

  18. Converting Nonclassicality into Entanglement.

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    Killoran, N; Steinhoff, F E S; Plenio, M B

    2016-02-26

    Quantum mechanics exhibits a wide range of nonclassical features, of which entanglement in multipartite systems takes a central place. In several specific settings, it is well known that nonclassicality (e.g., squeezing, spin squeezing, coherence) can be converted into entanglement. In this work, we present a general framework, based on superposition, for structurally connecting and converting nonclassicality to entanglement. In addition to capturing the previously known results, this framework also allows us to uncover new entanglement convertibility theorems in two broad scenarios, one which is discrete and one which is continuous. In the discrete setting, the classical states can be any finite linearly independent set. For the continuous setting, the pertinent classical states are "symmetric coherent states," connected with symmetric representations of the group SU(K). These results generalize and link convertibility properties from the resource theory of coherence, spin coherent states, and optical coherent states, while also revealing important connections between local and nonlocal pictures of nonclassicality. PMID:26967398

  19. SMD Publikuotų straipsnių apžvalga: Lietuvos zoologijos sodo kukurūzinių žalčių, karališkųjų gyvačių, stepinių vėžlių burnos mikrofloros tyrimas ir atsparumo antimikrobinėms medžiagoms nustatymas

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    Neverauskas, Donatas

    2014-01-01

    Stomatitas yra dažna roplių burnos infekcinė liga. Didėjant namie auginamų roplių skaičiui, daugės ir klinikinių atvejų veterinarijos gydyklose. Svarbu identifikuoti sukėlėjus ir paskirti tikslingą antimikrobinę terapiją. Tyrimui burnos gleivinės tepinėliai paimti iš: 8 kukurūzinių žalčių, 2 karališkųjų gyvačių ir 13 stepinių vėžlių, auginamų Lietuvos zoologijos sode. Išskirta burnos mikroflora: kukurūzinių žalčių-Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., Pseudomonas spp., Bacillus spp.; karal...

  20. Assessment of the employee motivation system: a case study of a production enterprise

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    Matuzienė, Ina; Gaidamavičienė, Dovilė

    2009-01-01

    Straipsnyje daugiausia dėmesio skiriama darbuotojų išlaikymo įmonėje problemai, nes tiriamuoju laikotarpiu (2008 m. kovo– balandžio mėn.) Lietuvoje vis dar buvo pastebimas ekonomikos augimas. Šį augimą lydėjo darbo jėgos paklausos stygius rinkoje, o tai sukėlė aršią įmonių konkurenciją dėl žmogiškųjų išteklių. Siekdami išlaikyti darbuotojus, vadovai nuolat kėlė klausimus: kaip pasiekti, kad darbuotojai dirbtų efektyviai ir atsidavę? Kokias darbo sąlygas sukurti? Kokį atlyginimą mokėti? Kaip s...

  1. Depresija – liga visam gyvenimui

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    Andrijauskas, Kornelijus

    2007-01-01

    Iki 20 amžiaus septintojo dešimtmečio vyravo nuomonė, kad depresija – liga visam gyvenimui. Tuo metu depresijos paūmėjimai tęsdavosi mėnesius ir net metus. Viskas pasikeitė, kai 7–8 dešimtmetyje rinkoje pasirodė vaistų, kurie ligos paūmėjimą nutraukdavo per kelias savaites. Atsiradus naujų veiksmingų vaistų, pasikeitė ir psichoterapijos strategija: iki tol buvusi intensyvi ir ilgalaikė, ji tapo labai koncentruota ir trumpalaikė. Aaron T. Beck sukūrė kognityvią elgsenos terapiją [1], Gerald L....

  2. Microclimate and Modeled Fire Behavior Differ Between Adjacent Forest Types in Northern Portugal

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    2014-01-01

    Fire severity varies with forest composition and structure, reflecting micrometeorology and the fuel complex, but their respective influences are difficult to untangle from observation alone. We quantify the differences in fire weather between different forest types and the resulting differences in modeled fire behavior. Collection of in-stand weather data proceeded during two summer periods in three adjacent stands in northern Portugal, respectively Pinus pinaster (PP), Betula alba (BA), and...

  3. Pestalotioid fungi from Restionaceae in the Cape Floral Kingdom.

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    2006-01-01

    Eight pestalotioid fungi were isolated from the Restionaceae growing in the Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa. Sarcostroma restionis, Truncatella megaspora, T. restionacearum and T. spadicea are newly described. New records include Pestalotiopsis matildae, Sarcostroma lomatiae, Truncatella betulae and T. hartigii. To resolve generic affiliations, phylogenetic analyses were performed on ITS (ITS1, 5.8S, ITS2) and part of 28S rDNA. DNA data support the original generic concept of Truncatella,...

  4. Shear Force Capacity of Various Doweled Frame Type Furniture Joints

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    KASAL, Ali; ERDİL, Yusuf Ziya; DEMİRCİ, Selçuk; ECKELMAN, Carl A.

    2013-01-01

    Tests were carried out to determine the ultimate shear force capacity of numerous of doweled frame type furniture joints under controlled laboratory conditions. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum), soft maple (Acer negund), yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and black walnut (Juglans nigra)were utilized in constructing the joint specimens, but all dowels were cut from yellow birch (Betula papyrifera) and sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Two types of specimens we...

  5. Does tree seedling growth and survival require weeding of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)?

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    Ammer, Christian; Schall, Peter; Wördehoff, René; Lamatsch, Klaus; Bachmann, Martin

    2011-01-01

    The effect of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) on survival and growth of naturally regenerated silver birch (Betula pendula) and planted Norway spruce (Picea abies) and silver fir (Abies alba) seedlings was studied in a weeding experiment over 3 years. Three different treatments were applied: control, mowing, and hand weeding by pulling out the entire plant. There were no consistent treatment effects on height and diameter of the tree seedlings. The coverage of Rubus fruticosus had a...

  6. DYNAMICS AND DISTINCTIONS IN CONCENTRATION OF THE BASIC PHOTOSYNTHETIC PIGMENTS OF LEAVES OF THE BIRCH GROWING IN IMPURE CONDITIONS

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    Михаил Эдуардович Баландайкин

    2014-01-01

    The complex of features of influence of external factors on frame of the basic photosynthetic pigments of a sheet plate of a birch is discussed. Besides, specificity of influence of the infectious pathological stress-factor – xylotroph basidial macromycet (facultative saprotroph) a tinder fungus bevelled – on the content of a chlorophyll of phylum a, b, their sums, lipochromes, an interrelation of pigments in sheet plates of trees Betula pendula Roth. is shown.

  7. DYNAMICS AND DISTINCTIONS IN CONCENTRATION OF THE BASIC PHOTOSYNTHETIC PIGMENTS OF LEAVES OF THE BIRCH GROWING IN IMPURE CONDITIONS

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    Михаил Эдуардович Баландайкин

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The complex of features of influence of external factors on frame of the basic photosynthetic pigments of a sheet plate of a birch is discussed. Besides, specificity of influence of the infectious pathological stress-factor – xylotroph basidial macromycet (facultative saprotroph a tinder fungus bevelled – on the content of a chlorophyll of phylum a, b, their sums, lipochromes, an interrelation of pigments in sheet plates of trees Betula pendula Roth. is shown.

  8. Perceived chronic stress, health and cognition

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    Öhman, Lena

    2006-01-01

    The aim of this licentiate thesis was to examine consequences of chronic stress for stressrelated diseases and to investigate the chronic stress – cognition relationship. In the first study data covering ten years was used from the Betula Prospective Cohort Study (Nilsson et al., 1997). Based on the ratings on a stress scale, matched samples between 40 and 65 years of age were divided into a high and low stress group. The reported incidence of cardiovascular, diabetes, psychiatric, tumor, and...

  9. ACCUMULATION OF HEAVY METALS IN LEAF LITTER OF DIFFERENT TREE SPECIES IN URBAN AREAS

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    Konoshina, S.; Khilkova, N.

    2015-01-01

    Analysis of heavy metal accumulation of leaf litter of woody plants: Aesculus hippocastanum Aesculus hippocastanum, heart-shaped linden Tilia cordata, Siberian larch Larix sibirica, mountain ash Sorbus aucuparia, warty birch Betula verrucosa, growing within Orel City is given. The kinds of woody plants, which leaf litter has the largest accumulation of heavy metals are determined. The maximum total content of heavy metals in leaf litter was observed in mountain ash and birch.

  10. Selection of trees for rubbing by red and roe deer in forest plantations

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    Ramos, Jaime; Bugalho, Miguel; Cortez, José Paulo; Iason, Glenn

    2006-01-01

    Antler rubbing is a form of behaviour by which deer may damage and ultimately induce mortality of trees. Understanding factors affecting selection of trees for rubbing may contribute to mitigation of negative effects of such behaviour in plantations or woodlands. We analysed characteristics of trees rubbed by red and roe deer along transects established in plantations of Pinus pinaster (Aiton), Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco, Betula alba L. and Quercus robur L. in Northeast Portugal. T...

  11. Phenolic compounds in ectomycorrhizal interaction of lignin modified silver birch

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    Chiang Vincent L; Tiimonen Heidi; Mäkelä Riina; Vuosku Jaana; Saranpää Pekka; Laakso Tapio; Edesi Jaanika; Niemi Karoliina; Sutela Suvi; Koskimäki Janne; Suorsa Marja; Julkunen-Tiitto Riitta; Häggman Hely

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background The monolignol biosynthetic pathway interconnects with the biosynthesis of other secondary phenolic metabolites, such as cinnamic acid derivatives, flavonoids and condensed tannins. The objective of this study is to evaluate whether genetic modification of the monolignol pathway in silver birch (Betula pendula Roth.) would alter the metabolism of these phenolic compounds and how such alterations, if exist, would affect the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis. Results Silver birch li...

  12. Books received by the Rijksherbarium library

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    NN

    1992-01-01

    The fifth issue of this series comprises extended keys for the determination of 148 species of Ectomycorrhizae (Abies 1, Betula 17, Carpinus 1, Fagus 31, Larix 10, Picea 51, Pinus 33, Pseudotsuga 4, and Quercus 2). The glossary, synoptic tables, literature as well as proposals for the arrangement of the plates are updated. Volume 5 comprises 16 plates of ectomycorrhiza with photo in colour, half tone photographs showing diagnostic details, and extensive legends. This series is an excellent pi...

  13. Books received by the Rijksherbarium library

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    NN

    2001-01-01

    The eleventh issue of this series gives 26 sheets with coloured and/or black-and-white photographs of 11 unidentified and 16 identified species of Ectomycorrhizae. The morphology is extensively described. Several keys are given for the identification of ectomycorrhiza with respect to the tree genera Abies, Alnus, Betula, Carpinus, Corylus, Cyclobalanopsis, Elaeocarpus, Eucalyptus, Fagus, Larix, Nothofagus, Pasania, Picea, Pinus, Populus, Pseudotsuga, Quercus, Salix, Shorea, Tetraberlinia, and...

  14. Effects of Flavonoid-rich Plant Extracts on In vitro Ruminal Methanogenesis, Microbial Populations and Fermentation Characteristics

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    Kim, Eun T.; Guan, Le Luo; Lee, Shin J.; Sang M. Lee; Lee, Sang S.; Lee, Il D.; Lee, Su K.; Lee, Sung S.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro effects of flavonoid-rich plant extracts (PE) on ruminal fermentation characteristics and methane emission by studying their effectiveness for methanogenesis in the rumen. A fistulated Holstein cow was used as a donor of rumen fluid. The PE (Punica granatum, Betula schmidtii, Ginkgo biloba, Camellia japonica, and Cudrania tricuspidata) known to have high concentrations of flavonoid were added to an in vitro fermentation incubated with r...

  15. Properties of Modified Phenol-Formaldehyde Adhesive for Plywood Panels Manufactured from High Moisture Content Veneer

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    Pavlo Bekhta; Galyna Ortynska; Jan Sedliacik

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the results of laboratory investigations of bonding high moisture content (15 %) birch veneers (Betula pubescens Ehrh.) with the use of modifi ed phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin. Wheat starch, rye flour, resorcinol and phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde resin were chosen as modifying agents. Dynamic viscosity, hydrogen ions concentration, solid content, curing time, pot life of developed adhesive compositions and shear strength of plywood samples were evaluated. ANOVA analysis ...

  16. Root system traits of Norway spruce, Scots pine, and silver birch in mixed boreal forests: an analysis of root architecture, morphology, and anatomy

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    Kalliokoski, Tuomo

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this thesis was to unravel the functional-structural characteristics of root systems of Betula pendula Roth., Picea abies (L.) Karst., and Pinus sylvestris L. in mixed boreal forest stands differing in their developmental stage and site fertility. The root systems of these species had similar structural regularities: horizontally-oriented shallow roots defined the horizontal area of influence, and within this area, each species placed fine roots in the uppermost soil layers, w...

  17. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies of homeopathic solutions.

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    Aabel, S; Fossheim, S; Rise, F

    2001-01-01

    The efficacy of homeopathy is controversial. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been used to study homeopathic solutions, showing provocative results. We examined the reproducibility of one of the allegedly positive studies. 1H NMR spectra were recorded for Sulphur D4, diluted and succussed up to D30 (called potentization) at two different frequencies (300 and 500 MHz). The Sulphur solution had been potentiated according to homeopathic principles with deionized water and alcohol. Water proton T1 relaxation measurements were performed also at 20 MHz for the different potentiated Sulphur solutions. Furthermore, the homeopathic remedy Betula alba 30c (birch pollen extract) and appropriate control solution (deionized water, unsuccussed solutions and placebo globules) were measured analogously, both with frequencies giving spectra and T1 relaxometry. The Sulphur remedies showed identical one dimensional proton spectra (1H NMR) at 300 and 500 MHz, regardless of dilution/succussion stage, from D4 to D30. Furthermore, Betula 30c as a potentiated solution and its controls (ethanol dilutions and Betula diluted but not succussed) showed identical spectra. Nor were there any statistically significant differences in longitudinal (T1) relaxation times between deionized water and Sulphur D10 to D30 preparations. The shorter T1 of the Sulphur D4 preparation could be ascribed to the higher microviscosity within the sample matrix caused by the high concentration of dissolved material. Also, the T1 values of the Betula alba 30c preparation (in globular form) and control placebo globules were identical. In conclusion, published results from NMR research on homeopathy indicating differences between homeopathic solutions and control samples could not be reproduced. PMID:11212083

  18. Spatial distribution of forests and woodlands in Iceland in accordance with the CORINE land cover classification

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    Björn Traustason 1971; Arnór Snorrason 1960

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a united geographical database for all known forest and woodland areas in Iceland, both natural and planted. This first edition of the database follows forest and woodland classifications used in the European CORINE land cover program. According to the database, the total area of forests and woodlands in Iceland was estimated as being 156,800 ha, divided into natural downy birch (Betula pubescens) woodland (115,400 ha) and forest plantations (41,400 ha). The natural birch ...

  19. Vegetation and environmental responses to climate forcing during the Last Glacial Maximum and deglaciation in the East Carpathians: attenuated response to maximum cooling and increased biomass burning

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    Magyari, E. K.; Veres, D.; Wennrich, V.; Wagner, B.; Braun, M.; Jakab, G.; Karátson, D.; Pál, Z.; Ferenczy, Gy; St-Onge, G.; Rethemeyer, J.; Francois, J.-P.; von Reumont, F.; Schäbitz, F.

    2014-12-01

    The Carpathian Mountains were one of the main mountain reserves of the boreal and cool temperate flora during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in East-Central Europe. Previous studies demonstrated Lateglacial vegetation dynamics in this area; however, our knowledge on the LGM vegetation composition is very limited due to the scarcity of suitable sedimentary archives. Here we present a new record of vegetation, fire and lacustrine sedimentation from the youngest volcanic crater of the Carpathians (Lake St Anne, Lacul Sfânta Ana, Szent-Anna-tó) to examine environmental change in this region during the LGM and the subsequent deglaciation. Our record indicates the persistence of boreal forest steppe vegetation (with Pinus, Betula, Salix, Populus and Picea) in the foreland and low mountain zone of the East Carpathians and Juniperus shrubland at higher elevation. We demonstrate attenuated response of the regional vegetation to maximum global cooling. Between ˜22,870 and 19,150 cal yr BP we find increased regional biomass burning that is antagonistic with the global trend. Increased regional fire activity suggests extreme continentality likely with relatively warm and dry summers. We also demonstrate xerophytic steppe expansion directly after the LGM, from ˜19,150 cal yr BP, and regional increase in boreal woodland cover with Pinus and Betula from 16,300 cal yr BP. Plant macrofossils indicate local (950 m a.s.l.) establishment of Betula nana and Betula pubescens at 15,150 cal yr BP, Pinus sylvestris at 14,700 cal yr BP and Larix decidua at 12,870 cal yr BP. Pollen data furthermore support population genetic inferences regarding the regional presence of some temperate deciduous trees during the LGM (Fagus sylvatica, Corylus avellana, Fraxinus excelsior). Our sedimentological data also demonstrate intensified aeolian dust accumulation between 26,000 and 20,000 cal yr BP.

  20. The effects of physical activity on the association between self-reported stress and episodic memory performance

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    Rajamäki, Suvi

    2010-01-01

    Recurrent stress has been found to impair brain structures essential to memory. The cognitive reserve model suggests that physical activity supplies protection against memory decline in neuropathologies. The purpose of the present study was to explore whether leisure physical activity modifies the predicted negative effect stress has on memory. A sub-sample derived from the Betula Study comprised 267 participants between 50 and 65 years. Memory was assessed by a SPT free recall and stress by ...

  1. Foliar Litter Nitrogen Dynamics as Affected by Forest Gap in the Alpine Forest of Eastern Tibet Plateau

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    Wu, Qiqian; Wu, Fuzhong; Yang, Wanqin; Zhao, Yeyi; Wei HE; Tan, Bo

    2014-01-01

    There is increasing attention on the effects of seasonal snowpack on wintertime litter decomposition, as well as the processes following it, in cold biomes. However, little information is available on how litter nitrogen (N) dynamics vary with snowpack variations created by tree crown canopies in alpine forests. Therefore, to understand the effects of seasonal snowpack on litter N dynamics during different critical stages, litterbags with fir (Abies faxoniana), birch (Betula albo-sinensis), l...

  2. Fungi are involved in the effects of litter mixtures on consumption by shredders

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    Jabiol, Jérémy; Chauvet, Eric

    2012-01-01

    1. Decomposition of litter mixtures in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems often shows non- additive diversity effects on decomposition rate, generally interpreted in streams as a result of the feeding activity of macroinvertebrates. The extent to which fungal assemblages on mixed litter may influence consumption by macroinvertebrates remains unknown. 2. We assessed the effect of litter mixing on all possible three-species combinations drawn from four tree species (Alnus glutinosa, Betula...

  3. Investigation of the antioxidant properties of five aromatic plants in model food systems

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    Azman, Nurul Aini Binti Mohd

    2015-01-01

    In this PhD it has been analyzed the antioxidant activity of five plants: Camelia sinensis, Gentian lutea, Betula pendula, Convolvulus arvensis and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. An Electronic Paramagnetic Resonance has been tuned up to determine the antiradical activity of white tea against the methoxy radical using ferulic acid as a standard. It has been proven that the components with more antiradical activity, against the methoxy radical, are the ones with the gallate group, EGCG and ECG. ...

  4. Diabetes and cognitive functioning : The role of age and comorbidity

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    Nilsson, Erik

    2006-01-01

    This thesis deals with the influence of type 2 diabetes on cognitive function in adulthood and very old age. The effects of diabetes are studied both in populations free from dementia, and in a clinical Alzheimer's disease population. For Studies 1 & 11, a non-demented, non-depressed, sample of very old (>75 years of age) persons from the Kungsholmen Project in Stockholm, Sweden, was used. For Study Ill, data from the Betula prospective cohort study were employed. All select...

  5. Pulse Pressure magnifies the effect of COMT Val158Met on 15 Year Episodic Memory Trajectories

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    Persson, Ninni; Lavebratt, Catharina; Sundström, Anna; Fischer, Håkan

    2016-01-01

    We investigated whether a physiological marker of cardiovascular health, pulse pressure (PP), and age magnified the effect of the functional COMT Val158Met (rs4680) polymorphism on 15-years cognitive trajectories [episodic memory (EM), visuospatial ability, and semantic memory] using data from 1585 non-demented adults from the Betula study. A multiple-group latent growth curve model was specified to gauge individual differences in change, and average trends therein. The allelic variants showe...

  6. Birch pollen allergy: molecular characterization and hypoallergenic products

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    Schenk, M.F.

    2008-01-01

    Allergic diseases, such as hay fever and food allergy, affect a substantial part of the population in westernized countries. Pollen of the European white birch (Betula pendula) is a considerable cause of hay fever (seasonal allergic rhinitis) in northern and central Europe. The major birch pollen allergen is Bet ν 1, which is the conventional allergen name for the birch pollen proteins of a large group of proteins otherwise known as PR-10 proteins. Individuals that suffer from birch pollen al...

  7. Wild Collection and Cultivation of Native Species in Iceland

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    Whitney, Cory; Gebauer, Jens; Anderson, Molly

    2014-01-01

    Based on an MSc thesis submitted to the joint Master program between University of Kassel and University of Goettingen and later published: WHITNEY C.W., GEBAUER J. & ANDERSON M. 2012. A Survey of Wild Collection and Cultivation of Indigenous Species in Iceland. Human Ecology. This paper outlines a survey of Icelanders who use local plants. Some of the species (e.g. Angelica spp. and Betula spp.) were very important. However, great potential exists for a more diverse harvest and for sust...

  8. Plant secondary compounds and soil microbial processes in carbon and nitrogen cycling in relation to tree species

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    Kanerva, Sanna

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore soil microbial activities related to C and N cycling and the occurrence and concentrations of two important groups of plant secondary compounds, terpenes and phenolic compounds, under silver birch (Betula pendula Roth), Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) as well as to study the effects of volatile monoterpenes and tannins on soil microbial activities. The study site, located in Kivalo, northern Finland, included ca....

  9. Speciation of Mg, Mn and Zn in extracts of medicinal plants

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    Weber, Guenther [Institute of Spectrochemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Str. 11, 44139, Dortmund (Germany); Konieczynski, Pawel [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Medical University of Gdansk, ul. Hallera 107, 80-416, Gdansk (Poland)

    2003-04-01

    Aqueous extracts of birch leaves (folium Betulae), peppermint leaves (folium Menthae), sage leaves (folium Salviae), valerian roots (radix Valerianae), and dandelion roots (radix Taraxaci) are analysed for the three essential elements magnesium, manganese and zinc. Ultrafiltration reveals that 60-100% of these metals are present as low molecular weight species (<5000 Da). Further characterisation of the low molecular weight fraction is done by using size exclusion chromatography and different detectors, namely element specific AAS detection, diode array UV-VIS detection and electrochemical detection. The similarities and differences of the plant extracts are well reflected by the respective chromatograms, and typical plant constituents can be identified by their spectral and electrochemical properties (e.g. flavonoids in Betula). Mg and Mn species are selectively detected by AAS in closely neighbouring chromatographic regions for all five samples. However, there are significant differences between the samples investigated. In all cases a good correlation exists between detection of these metals (Mg, Mn) and pulsed amperometric detection (PAD), which is selective for carbohydrates. The respective molecular weight of carbohydrate species is in the range of approximately 300-600 Da. The distribution of zinc species (detectable only in the Betula extract) is totally different from that of Mg and Mn species. For zinc, many more species are detected, and there is no correlation to carbohydrates; instead (poly)phenols are involved in zinc complexation. (orig.)

  10. Survival and growth for pubescent birch, pendula birch and common alder growing on farmland areas; Oeverlevnad och tillvaext hos glasbjoerk, vaartbjoerk och klibbal planterade paa aakermark

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    Johansson, Tord

    2000-07-01

    Pendula birches (Betula pendula Roth) and pubescent birches (Betula pubescens Ehrh.) were planted on former farmland. Before planting, the ground was harrowed or the ground was sprayed with terbuthylazine. Tree shelters were used as protection against weeds, voles and wild habitat. Birches treated with terbuthylazine showed the lowest survival. Birches growing in tree shelters were tallest and those growing on spots treated with terbuthylazine were smallest. The diameter at 0.1 m did not differ in a statistically significant way between the treatments. In another experiment with different herbicides, common alder (Alnus glutinosa (L.) Gaertn.) and pendula birch (Betula pendula Roth) were planted on former farmland that had been treated with glyphosate, terbuthylazine and propyzamide or after ground had been harrowed or not treated. In the study on herbicide-treated plants, birch had the highest plant survival. Mostly, species treated with glyphosate were thicker than species treated in other ways. Both species appeared sensitive to terbuthylazine, but not to glyphosate. Birch was not sensitive for propyzamide in opposite to alder. Some practical recommendations concerning afforestation of former farmland, especially weeding, are given.

  11. БИОХИМИЧЕСКИЕ ОСОБЕННОСТИ КОНСТИТУТИВНОЙ РЕЗИСТЕНТНОСТИ БЕРЕЗЫ ПОВИСЛОЙ (BETULA PENDULA ROTH. ) К ПОВРЕЖДЕНИЮ НАСЕКОМЫМИ-ФИЛЛОФАГАМИ В УСЛОВИЯХ АНТРОПОГЕННОГО ВОЗДЕЙСТВИЯ

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    Колтунов, Е. В.; ЯКОВЛЕВА М.И.

    2014-01-01

    Проведено изучение биохимических факторов природной (конститутивной) энтоморезистентности из листьев березы повислой из затухших очагов непарного шелкопряда и за их границами. Хроматографический анализ (ВЭЖХ) выявил 51-54 фенольных соединения. В образцах за границами очагов выявлено преобладание фенольных соединений с заметным возрастанием содержания в пике (38,9%), по сравнению с контролем (образцы из очагов). В их составе флавоноиды, фенолгликозиды, фенолкарбоновые кислоты. В составе фенолг...

  12. ВЛИЯНИЕ ТЕХНОГЕННОГО ЗАГРЯЗНЕНИЯ НА СОДЕРЖАНИЕ ФЕНОЛЬНЫХ СОЕДИНЕНИЙ В ЛИСТЬЯХ БЕРЕЗЫ ПОВИСЛОЙ (BETULA PENDULA ROTH.) В УСЛОВИЯХ УРБАНИЗАЦИИ

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    ШАВНИН С.А.; Колтунов, Е. В.; ЯКОВЛЕВА М.И.

    2014-01-01

    Хроматографический анализ фенольных соединений из листьев березы повислой в условиях урбанизации на разном расстоянии от городской автомагистрали выявил 51-54 соединения. Из общего количества идентифицировано 15 фенольных соединений (флавоноиды, фенолкарбоновые и гидроксикоричные кислоты). Попарный сравнительный анализ образцов из листьев деревьев вблизи автомагистрали показал значительное преобладание фракций со снижением содержания соединений (68,18%). Возрастание содержания фенольных соеди...

  13. Holocene Asian monsoon evolution revealed by a pollen record from an alpine lake on the southeastern margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China

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    Zhang, Enlou; Wang, Yongbo; Sun, Weiwei; Shen, Ji

    2016-02-01

    We present the results of pollen analyses from a 1105 cm long sediment core from Wuxu Lake in southwestern China, which depict the variations of the East Asian winter monsoon (EAWM) and the Indian summer monsoon (ISM) during the last 12.3 ka. During the period of 12.3 to 11.3 cal ka BP, the dominance of Betula forest and open alpine shrub and meadow around Wuxu Lake indicates a climate with relatively cold winters and dry summers, corresponding to the Younger Dryas event. Between 11.3 and 10.4 cal ka BP, further expansion of Betula forest and the retreat of alpine shrubs and meadows reflect a greater seasonality with cold winters and gradually increasing summer precipitation. From 10.4 to 4.9 cal ka BP, the dense forest understory, together with the gradual decrease in Betula forest and increase in Tsuga forest, suggest that the winters became warmer and summer precipitation was at a maximum, corresponding to the Holocene climatic optimum. Between 4.9 and 2.6 cal ka BP, Tsuga forest and alpine shrubs and meadows expanded significantly, reflecting relatively warm winters and decreased summer precipitation. Since 2.6 cal ka BP, reforestation around Wuxu Lake indicates a renewed humid period in the late Holocene; however, the vegetation in the catchment may also have been affected by grazing activity during this period. The results of our study are generally consistent with previous findings; however, the timing and duration of the Holocene climatic optimum from different records are inconsistent, reflecting real contrast in local rainfall response to the ISM. Overall, the EAWM is broadly in-phase with the ISM on the orbital timescale, and both monsoons exhibit a trend of decreasing strength from the early to late Holocene, reflecting the interplay of solar insolation receipt between the winter and summer seasons and El Niño-Southern Oscillation strength in the tropical Pacific.

  14. Vegetation response to climate forcing during the last glacial maximum and deglaciation in the East Carpathians: attenuated response to maximum cooling and increased biomass burning

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    Eniko M. MAGYARI

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The Carpathian Mountains were one of the main mountain reserves of the boreal and cool temperate flora during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM in East-Central Europe. Previous studies demonstrated late glacial vegetation dynamics in this area; however, our knowledge on the LGM vegetation composition is limited due to the scarcity of suitable sedimentary archives. Here we present a new record of vegetation, fire and lacustrine sedimentation from the youngest volcanic crater of the Carpathians (Lake St Anne, Lacul Sfânta Ana, Szent-Anna-tó to examine environmental change in this region during the LGM and the subsequent deglaciation. Our record indicates the persistence of boreal forest steppe vegetation (Pinus sylvestris, Pinus mugo, Pinus cembra, Betula, Salix, Populus, Picea abies in the foreland and low mountain zone of the East Carpathians and Juniperus shrubland at higher elevation. We demonstrate attenuated response of the regional vegetation to maximum global cooling. Between ~22,870 and 19,150 cal yr BP we find increased regional biomass burning that is antagonistic with the global trend. Increased regional fire activity suggests extreme continentality likely with relatively warm and dry summers. We also demonstratexerophytic steppe expansion directly after the LGM, from ~19,150 cal yr BP, and regional increase in boreal woodland cover with Pinus and Betula from 16,300 cal yr BP. Plant macrofossils indicate local (950 m a.s.l. establishment of Betula nana and B. pubescens at 15,150 cal yr BP, Pinus sylvestris at 14,700 cal yr BP and Larix decidua at 12,870 cal yr BP. Pollen data furthermore hints at the regional presence of some temperate deciduous trees during the LGM (Fagus sylvatica, Carpinus betulus, Corylus avellana, Fraxinus excelsior, Ulmus. We also present pollen based quantitative climate reconstruction from this site and discuss its connection with other climate reconstructions and climate modeling results. 

  15. Plant pollen content in the air of Lublin (central-eastern Poland and risk of pollen allergy

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    Krystyna Piotrowska-Weryszko

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Pollen monitoring was carried out in Lublin in 2001–2012 by the volumetric method using a Hirst-type spore trap (Lanzoni VPPS 2000. Daily pollen concentrations considerably differed in the particular years. The pollen counts with the biggest variability were observed in the first half of a year when woody plants flowering. The highest annual pollen index were noted for the following taxa: [i]Betula, Urtica,[/i] Pinaceae, Poaceae and [i]Alnus[/i]. [i]Betula[/i] annual total showed the greatest diversity in the study years. The number of days on which the pollen concentration exceeded the threshold values, thereby inducing allergies, was determined for the taxa producing the most allergenic pollen. The above-mentioned taxa primarily included the following: Poaceae, in the case of which the highest number of days with the risk of occurrence of pollen allergy was found (35, [i]Betula[/i] (18, and [i]Artemisia[/i] (10. The following taxa:[i] Alnus[/i] (14 days, [i]Populus[/i] (11 days, [i]Fraxinus[/i] (10 days, and [i]Quercus[/i] (8 days, were also characterized by a large number of days on which their pollen concentrations exceeded the threshold values. The occurrence of periods of high concentration of particular pollen types were also noted. Risk of pollen allergy appeared the earliest at the beginning of February during [i]Alnus [/i]and [i]Corylus[/i] blooming. High concentrations of other woody plants were recorded from the last ten days of March to about 20 May, and of herbaceous plants from the first/last half of May – beginning of October.

  16. The phenological phases of flowering and pollen seasons of spring flowering tree taxa against a background of meteorological conditions in Kraków, Poland

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    Danuta Stępalska

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to compare phenological observations of pollen seasons of selected early spring trees. Special attention was paid to meteorological conditions which favored or did not favor tree flowering and pollen release. For this reason, we used phenological observation, pollen counts, and meteorological data in five sites in the center of Kraków in the period 2009–2011. Phenological phases (5 of four tree species: Alnus glutinosa, Alnus incana, Corylus avellana, and Betula pendula, were analyzed. It was found that in case of A. glutinosa the pollen season often preceded the flowering period, while for A. incana those two phenomena were more correlated. As regards Corylus avellana, the beginning of the pollen season and phenological phases was simultaneous. However, pollen grains occurred in the air longer, even by a dozen or so days. The phenological phases and pollen seasons of Alnus and Corylus were dependent on meteorological conditions. To give the definition of the relationship between pollen concentration and weather conditions, Spearman rank correlation analysis was applied. High Alnus and Corylus pollen concentrations were found on sunny days with a maximum temperature over 10°C and no precipitation, and when the snow cover was gone. In case of Betula, the phenological phases of the full pollination period usually coincided with the periods of high pollen concentrations. However, Betula pollen sometimes appears earlier and stays in the air longer than the flowering period of local trees in the nearest vicinity. This situation indicates long-distance transport or secondary deposition.

  17. Levantamento florístico das tribos Psychotrieae, Coussareeae e Morindeae (Rubiaceae na região de Porto Rico, alto rio Paraná - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v20i0.4474 Flora survey of tribes Psychotrieae, Coussareeae and Morindeae in the region of Porto Rico, high river Paraná - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v20i0.4474

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    Maria Conceição de Souza

    1998-07-01

    Full Text Available A elevada diversidade florística das regiões tropicais torna-as importantes na busca de novas fontes fitoterápicas e alimentícias, fazendo dos levantamentos florísticos importantes estudos para a ampliação do conhecimento dessa fitodiversidade. Este trabalho foi elaborado buscando ampliar o conhecimento da flora do alto rio Paraná, em especial das tribos Psychotrieae, Coussareeae e Morindeae da família Rubiaceae. A área deste estudo localiza-se a aproximadamente 22º41’-22º51’S e 53º12’-53º28’W, abrangendo parte dos Estados do Paraná e do Mato Grosso do Sul. Coletas de material botânico foram realizadas durante os anos de 1992 a 1995, tendo sido elaboradas chaves de identificação, descrições e ilustrações das espécies. Foram levantados quatro gêneros e seis espécies, Palicourea (P. crocea, Psychotria (P. carthagenensis e P. leiocarpa, Coussarea (C. contracta e C. platyphylla e Cephalanthus (C. glabratus.The great diversity of flora in tropical regions transforms them into very important food and phytotherapy sources. Flora surveys are indispensable for a profounder knowledge of this biodiversity. Research work aimed at improving knowledge on the flora of the high river Paraná with special emphasis to the tribes Psychotrieae, Coussareeae and Morindeae. The area lies in the states of Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul at 22º41’-22º51’S and 53º12’-53º28’W. Botanic samplings were carried out from 1992 to 1995 and species identification keys, description and illustrations were elaborated. Four genera and six species were surveyed, or rather, Palicourea (P. crocea, Psychotria (P. carthagenensis and P. leiocarpa, Coussarea (C. contracta and C. platyphylla and Cephalanthus (C. glabratus.

  18. Anatomía floral comparativa del género Polianthes (Agavaceae Comparative floral anatomy of the genus Polianthes (Agavaceae

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    Héctor Serrano-Casas

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio anatómico de las flores de algunas especies en los subgéneros Polianthes y Bravoa del género Polianthes L. (Agavaceae, con el propósito de investigar si la actual clasificación subgenérica es adecuada. Los taxa analizados del subgénero Polianthes fueron P. densiflora, P. nelsonii y P. platyphylla, y del subgénero Bravoa, P. geminiflora var. geminiflora, P. howardii y P. multicolor. Las características anatómicas florales entre las especies son similares y comparten con otros miembros de la familia Agavaceae los nectarios septales y los óvulos anátropos, bitégmicos y crasinucelados. En los taxa del subgénero Bravoa, los filamentos se originan en la base del tubo floral, mientras que en el subgénero Polianthes se originan por debajo de los tépalos internos del perianto. Anteriormente, sin considerar la anatomía de las flores, se planteaba que los filamentos se originaban en ambos subgéneros desde la base del tubo del perianto y que éstos permanecían adnados al mismo, separándose a diferentes niveles. En el nivel interespecífico, P. howardii presenta nectarios de mayor longitud que los lóculos, en relación con los de las otras especies estudiadas.An anatomical floral study of some species of the genus Polianthes (Agavaceae, of both subgenus Polianthes and subgenus Bravoa (Agavaceae was carried out, with the aim of testing the adequacy of the present subgeneric classification. The taxa studied of subgenus Polianthes were P. densiflora, P. nelsonii and P. platyphylla; and P. geminiflora var. geminiflora, P. howardii and P. multicolor of subgenus Bravoa. The anatomical characters between these species are similar, sharing with other members of the Agavaceae family the septal nectaries and the anatropous, bitegmic, and crassinucellated ovules. In the taxa of subgenus Bravoa, the filaments originate from the floral tube base, while in subgenus Polianthes they originate near the base of the internal tepals

  19. Stature of Sub-arctic Birch in Relation to Growth Rate, Lifespan and Tree Form

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    JÓNSSON, THORBERGUR HJALTI

    2004-01-01

    • Background and Aims Sub-arctic mountain birch Betula pubescens var. pumila communities in the North Atlantic region are of variable stature, ranging from prostrate scrubs to forests with trees up to 12 m high. Four hypotheses were tested, relating growth and population characteristics of sub-arctic birch woodland and scrub to tree stature; i.e. the variable stature of birch woods is due to differences in (1) the mean growth rate; (2) the age-related patterns of growth rate; (3) the life exp...

  20. Environmentally friendly utilization of biomass

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    Grimm, Alejandro

    2007-01-01

    The thesis deals with various ways of utilization of biomass. Chapter 1 compares three biomass types: birch wood Betula sp., marine brown alga Fucus vesiculosus, and terrestrial moss Pleurozium schreberi, as precursors for preparation of biosorbents for removal of copper ions from diluted water solutions. Small sample doses (0.5 g/100ml) of the biosorbents prepared from alga and moss enabled more than 90 % removal of Cu (II) ions from diluted water solutions (5-20 mg/l). The sample from birch...

  1. Fuelwood characteristics of selected indigenous tree species from central India

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    Jain, R.K.; Singh, B. [National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow (India)

    1999-06-01

    Thirty tree species indigenously growing in their natural habitat in subtropical forest of central India were collected and fuelwood properties viz, moisture, silica, ash, density, carbon, nitrogen, volatile matter, calorific value and fuel value index (FVI) calculated to screen desirable species for potential production of fuelwood in these areas. The present study revealed that Acer oblongum, Betula alonoides, Grevillea robusta, Limonia acidissima, Lyonia ovalifolia, Madhuca indica, Melia azedarch, Morinda tinctoria, Myrica sapida, Prunus cornuta, Pyrus pashia, Quercus langinosa, Rhamnus triqueter and Stereospermum xylocarpum possess excellent fuelwood qualities. (Author)

  2. Biomass distribution patterns of ecotones between forest and swamp in Changbai Mountain

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    2000-01-01

    This paper studied the biomass distribution patterns of Larix olgensis/swamp ecotones and Betula platyphlla/swamp ecotones in Changbai Mountain so as to provide theory foundation for the management of these nature resources, by setting up sample belts, investigating initial data along the environmental gradients change, and establishing regression models. By means of regression models, the biomass of communities, layers, tree species and organs was calculated. In this system, it was found that the community biomass increased gradually along the environmental gradients change from swamp to forest in Changbai Mountain. Furthermore, the ecotoneal biomass distributed mainly over tree layer. The tree biomass distributed mainly in two or three dominate tree species.

  3. Development of Bioavailable Pools of Base Cations and P after Afforestation of Volcanic Soils in Iceland

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    Ritter, Eva

    2009-01-01

    Few long-term studies have been conducted on changes in soil nutrients after afforestation in Iceland, a country with a young history of forest management. While fertilization was shown to improve survival of seedlings in the first years after planting on the nutrient limited soils, knowledge about......): native birch (Betula pubescens) and introduced Siberian larch (Larix sibirica). A treeless heathland was included to present soil conditions prior to forest establishment. The sites are part of the largest forest area in Iceland, located in the east of the country. Results revealed an effect of stand age...

  4. Effect of Tree Species and Mycorrhizal Colonization on the Archaeal Population of Boreal Forest Rhizospheres▿

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    Bomberg, Malin; Timonen, Sari

    2008-01-01

    Group 1.1c Crenarchaeota are the predominating archaeal group in acidic boreal forest soils. In this study, we show that the detection frequency of 1.1c crenarchaeotal 16S rRNA genes in the rhizospheres of the boreal forest trees increased following colonization by the ectomycorrhizal fungus Paxillus involutus. This effect was very clear in the fine roots of Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, and Betula pendula, the most common forest trees in Finland. The nonmycorrhizal fine roots had a clearly ...

  5. Inhibition of the growth of Alexandrium tamarense by algicidal substances in Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata).

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    Yang, Wei-Dong; Liu, Jie-Sheng; Li, Hong-Ye; Zhang, Xin-Lian; Qi, Yu-Zao

    2009-10-01

    The wood sawdust from Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) exhibited stronger inhibition on the growth of Alexandrium tamarense than those from alder (Alnus cremastogyne), pine (Pinus massoniana), birch (Betula alnoides) and sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum). The water extract, acetone-water extract and essential oil from fir sawdust were all shown to inhibit the growth of A. tamarense. The inhibition of fir essential oil was the strongest among all the above wood sources while the half effective concentration was only 0.65 mg/L. These results suggested that the fir essential oil may play an important role in the algicidal effect of Chinese fir. PMID:19634014

  6. A 22 570 yr record of vegetational and climatic change from Wenhai Lake in the Hengduan Mountains biodiversity hotspot, Yunnan, Southwest China

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    Y. F. Yao

    2014-09-01

    Pinus and Abies, coupled with broad-leaved forest (mainly Quercus and Betula, reflecting a transition in climatic conditions from warm-humid to cold-humid. During this period, human activity increased in this region, with impacts on the vegetation which may be evidenced by the distinct decrease in Pinus and Quercus pollen and an increase in Polygonaceae pollen in the upper 30 cm of the core. The marked decline in Quercus pollen, in particular, in the Wenhai core can be correlated with that observed in the Haligu core (situated about 2 km away between 2400 cal. yr BP and the present.

  7. Biomass functions for young scots pine-dominated forest

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    Ahnlund Ulvcrona, K. (Vindeln Experimental Forests, Svartberet Research Station, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Science, Vindeln (Sweden)), e-mail: Kristina.ulvcrona@esf.slu.se; Nilsson, U. (Southern Swedish Forest Research centre, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Science, Alnarp (Sweden)); Lundmark, T. (Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Science, Umeaa (Sweden))

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    The aim of this study was to develop predictive biomass functions for young stands of Scots pine-dominated forests in northern Sweden. Above ground biomass was destructively sampled, and biomass functions for all tree fractions (e.g. stem including bark, branch and foliage) were developed, based on independent variables. Functions to estimate dry weight of the whole tree were also developed. No significant regressions could be found for the dead branch fraction. DBH for sampled trees in this study was in the range of 11 - 136 mm (Pinus sylvestris), 10 - 121 mm (Picea abies L. Karst) and 9 - 113 mm (Betula spp.)

  8. Arboristični vidiki snegoloma v mestni občini Ljubljana v zimi 1999:

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    Marion, Lena; Oven, Primož; Torelli, Niko

    2005-01-01

    As a result of heavy snow in February 1999, trees were damaged in the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Of the investigated 624 trees, 195 (31%) were damaged by snow. On average, 1.7 branch and top per tree were broken. Snow damaged 17 tree species, affecting particularly Aesculus hippocastanum L. and, to a lesser extent, Betula pendula ROTH. and Salix x sepulcralis SIMONK. Decay was the most frequent defect at the failure location and was often associated withincluded bark and vicinity of old mec...

  9. Analysis of trees planted in vicinity of hospitals in Ljubljana as a source of pollen

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    Kofol Seliger, Andreja; Pirnat, Janez

    2010-01-01

    The paper analyses woody plants growing in the vicinity of hospital buildings situated along Zalog Road, Korytko Street, Šlajmar Street, Bohorič Street and Njegoš Street in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Woody plants are an immediate potential source of allergenic pollen, affecting all park users such as patients, visitors and hospital employees. The most allergenic tree species in the park was found to be birch (Betula pendula Roth.), which accounts for 6.8% of all registered trees. The low allergenic...

  10. Air pollution and the respiration of certain tree species

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    Makedonska, T.; Slavova, V.

    1973-01-01

    These studies are conducted to compare the effects of air pollution on horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.), London plane (Platanus acerifolia Milld.) ash-leaved maple (Acer negundo L.) and European birch (Betula alba L.). With increasing concentrations of air pollution these species react by increasing the intensity of respiration, as in separate cases the increase reaches up to 40%. Most sensitive to air pollution is the horse chestnut, followed by birch and ash-leaved maple; least sensitive is London plane. With respect to gas resistance birch and ash-leaved maple rank close to the horse chestnut but are more resistant than the horse chestnut and less sensitive than London plane.

  11. rboricultural aspects of snow-damage in the citz of Ljubljana in the winter 1999

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    Marion, Leon; Torelli, Niko; Oven, Primož

    2005-01-01

    As a result of heavy snow in February 1999, trees were damaged in the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Of the investigated 624 trees, 195 (31%) were damaged by snow. On average, 1.7 branch and top per tree were broken. Snow damaged 17 tree species, affecting particularly Aesculus hippocastanum L. and, to a lesser extent, Betula pendula ROTH. and Salix x sepulcralis SIMONK. Decay was the most frequent defect at the failure location and was often associated withincluded bark and vicinity of old mec...

  12. PURIFICATION OF HARDWOOD-DERIVED AUTOHYDROLYSATES

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    Joni Tapani Lehto,; Raimo Juhani Alén

    2012-01-01

    Carbohydrate-containing hydrolysates (1.1 to 14.9% of wood dry matter) obtained from autohydrolysis (at 130 to 150°C for 30 to 120 minutes) of birch (Betula pendula) chips prior to pulping were purified with respect to non-carbohydrate materials, without carbohydrate losses, either by ethyl acetate extraction or XAD-4 resin treatment. In the former case, about 50% of lignin and practically all the furanoic compounds (2-furaldehyde and 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural) could be removed, whereas in th...

  13. Pollen record and environmental evolution of Caotanhu wetland in Xinjiang since 4550 cal. a BP

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    ZHANG Yun; KONG ZhaoChen; NI Jian; YAN Shun; YANG ZhenJing

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a multi-proxy reconstruction of the climate change in Caotanhu wetland using pollen, phytolith and charcoal records, and the data of loss of ignition (LOI), grain size analysis, and susceptibility. Results reveal that between 4550 and 2500 cal. a BP, a dry climatic condition was not favorable for the accumulation of peat. Since 2500 cal. a BP, the climate became humid and the wetland developed with abundant freshwater aquatic plants, which contributed to peat accumulation. Never-theless, alternate periods of rain and dry climate occurred during that period. Between 2500 and 1810 cal. a BP (550 BC-140 AD), the climate was more humid than at present. A lot of emerged plants, such as Phragmites, Typha and Sparganium, and freshwater green algae grew in the wetland which was sur-rounded by desert-steppe vegetation composed mainly of Chenopodiaceae, Arternisia, Compositae and Thalictrum. However, from 1810 to 1160 cal. a BP (140-790 AD), the water level started to decrease and hydrophyte species reduced greatly, but some Phragmites still grew in the wetland and around it was desert vegetation with high proportion of Chenopodiaceae and Artemisia. Then from 1160 to 650 a BP (790-1300 AD), it entered a period of desert-steppe with abundant mesic and xerophytic plants. And a lot of aquatic plants prevailed in the wetland. Here, what is noticeable is that percentages of arboreal pollen, consisting mainly of Betula and Picea, increased greatly and reached a maximal value of 27.2%, in which, Betula percentages rose to 23.2%. Hence, it is reasonable to conclude that Betula grew in the highland of the wetland, or Picea timberline shifted downward resulting in the increase of percentages of Betula and Picea pollen, which were transported into the wetland by flood or wind. But since 650 cal. a BP, desert vegetation prevailed around the wetland again with dominant Chenopodiaceae and Ar-temisia, and the climate was similar to modern one. Despite some aquatic

  14. How to measure distinct components of visual attention fast and reliably

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    Vangkilde, Signe Allerup; Kyllingsbæk, Søren; Habekost, Thomas; Bundesen, Claus; Marklund, Petter; Nilsson, Lars-Göran

    2009-01-01

    the Swedish Betula-project, a longitudinal study investigating changes in cognitive functions over the adult life span (Nilsson et al., 2004). The test consists of a computer-based letter recognition task with stimulus displays of varied durations followed by pattern masks or a blank screen. The......Measuring different attentional processes in a fast and reliable way is important in both clinical and experimental settings. However, most tests of visual attention are either lengthy or lack sensitivity, specificity, and reliability. To address this we developed a ten minute test procedure for...

  15. Application of calibration standardization method to the analysis of diuretic pharmaceutical herbs

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    Calibration standardization of X-ray fluorescence method was carried out for the determination of the anorganic contents in diuretic herbs as called Folia Betulae, Stylus Maydis, Flores Verbasci, Equisetum Arvense and Flos Helichrysi, growing in Turkey. These herbs are widely used in pharmacy and public health for kidney disease therapy. Herb samples were steeped in the water and mixed through the pure cellulose, then pelletized in the intermediate thickness. An annular source of 109Cd (3.7 MBq) was used for excitation of fluorescent K lines of elements lying between potassium and zirconium. Toxic elements in considerable amounts were not found. (author)

  16. Hoitotyön vaikutus nuoren visakoivikon metsikön arvoon

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    Siipola, Simo

    2012-01-01

    Tämän tutkimuksen tavoitteena oli selvittää nuorten visakoivikoiden (Betula pentula var. carelica) arvoa tilavuuden funktiona. Nuorten visakoivikoiden tilavuus-arvonmäärityksiä tarvitaan esimerkiksi metsikön maanlunastuksissa, tilakaupoissa, tila-arvioinneissa ja erilaisissa korvausasioissa. Visaseura ry:n 2010 jäsenilleen järjestämässä nuorten visakoivikoiden kyselyssä; Har-vennusikäisten visojen kasvattaminen, etsittiin nuoria ja varttuneempia visakoivikoita tutkimustyöhön. Suunnitelman...

  17. Contribución al conocimiento de agaricales y russulales de los Pirineos aragoneses (Valles de Ordesa y Pineta-Huesca).

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    CASTRO CERCEDA, M.L., FREIRE, L.

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    En este trabajo enumeramos unas 40 especies de macromicetos,   pertenecientes a los órdenes Agaricales y Russulales, que fueron   encontrados por los autores, durante el otoño de 1989, en la II   Campaña de Microflora Ibérica. Las especies han sido recolectadas preferentemente en bosques   mixtos de hayas (Fagus sylvativa) y abetos (Abies alba) con   extraordinario sotobosque de boj (Buxus sempervirens), pero   también fueron visitados abedulares (Betula sp.) y prados. ...

  18. AGING AND DECISION MAKING AS MEASURED BY THE SWEDISH VERSION OF THE ADMC BATTERY

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    jaafar hussein, amez

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    The aim of this study was to examine age-related differences in decision-making competence. The study is a part of the ongoing Betula project (Nilsson et al., 1997; 2004), and the data included test results from (N, 364) corresponding to the questionnaires with complete responses (>80%) to the items addressed. The Swedish version of the Adult Decision-Making Competence (A-DMC) battery was used. An exploratory factor analysis of the A-DMC data yielded a two-component solution: The A-DMC tas...

  19. Flora vascular acompañante en masas de monte bajo de castaño en Asturias

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    García, Andrés; Díaz-, T.; Majada, Juan; Ciordia, Marta

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    En Asturias, las zonas forestales ocupan un total de 762.329 hectáreas, es decir, el 72,2% de la superficie del Principado es monte. De éstas, 453.700 hectáreas son arboladas, siendo los bosques de caducifolios (hoja caduca) los más abundantes y que representan en torno al 20% de la superficie asturiana. En estos bosques encontramos, por ejemplo, especies arbóreas como el roble (Quercus spp.), el abedul (Betula celtiberica Rothm. & Vasc.) o el haya (Fagus sylv...

  20. Vegetation and climate history in the Laptev Sea region (Arctic Siberia) during Late Quaternary inferred from pollen records

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    Andreev, Andrei A.; Schirrmeister, Lutz; Tarasov, Pavel E.; Ganopolski, Andrey; Brovkin, Viktor; Siegert, Christine; Wetterich, Sebastian; Hubberten, Hans-Wolfgang

    2011-08-01

    Paleoenvironmental records from a number of permafrost sections and lacustrine cores from the Laptev Sea region dated by several methods ( 14C-AMS, TL, IRSL, OSL and 230Th/U) were analyzed for pollen and palynomorphs. The records reveal the environmental history for the last ca 200 kyr. For interglacial pollen spectra, quantitative temperature values were estimated using the best modern analogue method. Sparse grass-sedge vegetation indicating arctic desert environmental conditions existed prior to 200 kyr ago. Dense, wet grass-sedge tundra habitats dominated during an interstadial ca 200-190 kyr ago, reflecting warmer and wetter summers than before. Sparser vegetation communities point to much more severe stadial conditions ca 190-130 kyr ago. Open grass and Artemisia communities with shrub stands ( Alnus fruticosa, Salix, Betula nana) in more protected and moister places characterized the beginning of the Last Interglacial indicate climate conditions similar to present. Shrub tundra ( Alnus fruticosa and Betula nana) dominated during the middle Eemian climatic optimum, when summer temperatures were 4-5 °C higher than today. Early-Weichselian sparse grass-sedge dominated vegetation indicates climate conditions colder and dryer than in the previous interval. Middle Weichselian Interstadial records indicate moister and warmer climate conditions, for example, in the interval 40-32 kyr BP Salix was present within dense, grass-sedge dominated vegetation. Sedge-grass- Artemisia-communities indicate that climate became cooler and drier after 30 kyr BP, and cold, dry conditions characterized the Late Weichselian, ca 26-16 kyr BP, when grass-dominated communities with Caryophyllaceae, Asteraceae, Cichoriaceae, Selaginella rupestris were present. From 16 to 12 kyr BP, grass-sedge communities with Caryophyllaceae, Asteraceae, and Cichoriaceae indicate climate was significantly warmer and moister than during the previous interval. The presence of Salix and Betula reflect

  1. Molecular responses of plants to solar UV-B and UV-A radiation

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    Morales Suárez, Luis Orlando

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    Plant responses to solar ultraviolet radiation (UV, 280-400 nm) were assessed at different molecular levels using Betula pendula Roth (silver birch) and Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) as model species in outdoor experiments to assess the possibly interacting roles of the UV-B and UV-A wavebands in acclimation to sunlight. Solar UV-B (280-315 nm) and UV-A (315-400 nm) irradiance was attenuated with plastic films. Both solar UV-B and UV-A promoted the acclimation of silver birch and Arabido...

  2. Spoil heaps from brown-coal mining in NW Bohemia: spontaneous succession vs reclamation

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    Some results, conclusions and suggestions are presented that emerged from the study on spontaneous succession which started in 1977. Trends in spontaneous succession are briefly described. Under certain conditions, spontaneous succession is the cheapest reclamation method. On marginal heap slopes, tree planting is recommended as the most rapid reclamation measure. The expansion of grasses and trees can be accelerated by their artificial sowing or planting. Arrhena therum elatius seems to be the most suitable among grasses, and Betula verrucosa among woody species to be sown and then successfully established. The best time is usually between the 6th and 10th years of spontaneous succession. (Z.S.) 1 fig., 4 refs

  3. Comparative analysis of species-based specificity in Sz90 and Cs137 accumulation demonstrated by ligneous plant forest communities

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    Field-proven study of Sr90 and Cs137 absorption activity demonstrated by pinus silvestris l., piceae abies (l) roth, quercus rubra l., acer platanoides l., betula pendula roth., tilia cordata mill. under identical habitat conditions. The above plants were examined after 5-year growth period on radionuclide-contaminated soil. To a great extent, such parameters as radionuclide accumulation in experimental plants and accumulation activity were determined by the plants' bio-ecological properties. Differences relevant to these parameters could reach 15-fold value

  4. The biochemical and histoanatomical response of some woody species to anthropic impact in Suceava County, Romania

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    Elena CIORNEA; Irina BOZ; IONEL, ELENA; COJOCARU, SABINA IOANA; DUMITRU, Gabriela

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    The use of extractive mining technologies in various areas of Suceava, Romania (C?limani Mountains - sulfur, Tarni?a-Ostra - copper and barite, and Crucea-Botuşana - uranium) has resulted in the accumulation of surplus chemicals with direct action on the ecosystem. The aim of this study was to analyze the possible damage on some woody species (Picea abies L., Populus tremulaL., Salix alba L., Betula verrucosa Ehrh.,and Larix decidua Mill.) and their adaptive and phytoremediation capacity thro...

  5. 经椎间孔椎体间融合术治疗复发性腰椎椎间盘突出症的疗效分析%Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion for treatment of recurrent lumbar disc herniation: an analysis of therapeutic Effect

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    张剑刚; 丁文元; 申勇; 徐佳欣; 安志辉; 杨少坤

    2011-01-01

    Objective To assess the therapeutic effect of transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion ( TLIF ) in treatment of recurrent lumbar disc herniation. Methods From February 2008 to June 2010, 27 patients ( average age 52. 4, ranging 28 ~ 64 years old ) with recurrent lumbar disc herniation, who had been treated by TLIF, were collected in the present study. Japanese Orthopaedic Association ( JOA )score system and Nakai standards were used to evaluate the clinical results. Suk criterion was used to evaluate bone graft fusion. Results All the patients were followed up for 8-36 months ( a mean of 23 months ). According to JOA score system, excellent outcomes were obtained in 20 cases and good in 7, with the average improvement rate being 88. 5%. According to Nakai standard, excellent outcomes were obtained in 18 cases, good in 6 cases, and fair in 3 cases, with the excellent and good rate being 88. 9%. Bone grafts in all patients were fused according to Suk criterion. Conclusion TLIF is an effective procedure for treatment of recurrent lumbar disc herniation; it can obtain satisfactory clinical results.%目的 探讨经椎间孔椎体间融合术(transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion,TLIF)治疗复发性腰椎椎间盘突出症(recurrent lumbar disc herniation,RLDH)的疗效.方法 2008年2月~2010年6月应用TLIF技术再手术治疗的RLDH患者27例,年龄为28~64岁,平均52.4岁.采用日本骨科学会(Japanese Orthopaedic Association,JOA)评分系统、Nakai标准评价治疗效果,Suk方法评价植骨融合情况.结果 患者均获得随访,随访时间为8~36个月(平均23个月).术后根据JOA评分,优20例,良7例,平均改善率88.5%;根据Nakai评分标准,优18例,良6例,可3例,优良率88.9%;根据Suk标准患者椎间植骨均获得骨性融合.结论 TLIF是治疗RLDH的有效术式,可以获得满意临床效果.

  6. Chorologie, écologie et ethnobotanique de certains Ficus L. (Moraceae au Sénégal

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    Diop, D.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Chorology, ecology and ethnobotanical fig trees in Senegal. Ficus (Moraceae is one of the most important genera of the tropical flora because of its high number of species. Among the ligneous plants, this genus is the most diversified within the Senegalese flora and accounts for more than 30 species. If the most known species are protected in various forms, the least known ones are frequently slashed to make place for cash crops. This study focused on distribution areas, ecology and uses of Ficus species in order to better valorise them. Interviews were carried out with local people and the results obtained were completed by literature research and information mentioned on herbarium sheets. The chorological and ecological study shows that all the species are African native plants and grow in various biotopes. In Senegal, they are mainly situated in the South with a Guinean and Soudano-Guinean climate. They are very frequent in the humid forests of the Casamance, the gallery forests and the humid valleys of Eastern Senegal. However, F. cordata, F. dicranostyla, F. glumosa, F. platyphylla and F. sycomorus are found in the hot and dry savanna of the Soudanean area, on rock, and lateritic sandy soils. This ethnobotanical study reports a wide range of uses for the Ficus species. Among the 19 native species used by the local populations, 7 type of use have been distinguished.

  7. Comparative Analysis of some Vernal Pollen Concentrations in Timisoara (Romania, Szeged (Hungary, Novi Sad (Serbia and Ljubljana (Slovenia

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    Nicoleta IANOVICI

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available he aim of the study was to compare the airborne concentrations of pollen produced by vernal flowering trees taxa (Alnus, Betula, Carpinus, Corylus, Fraxinus, Platanus, Populus, Quercus, Taxaceae/Cupressaceae in the cities of Timisoara (Romania, Szeged (Hungary, Novi Sad (Serbia and Ljubljana (Slovenia during the years 20062008. Annual variations in the concentration of pollen in the atmosphere were analysed by the volumetric method. In these cities, the period with the greatest diversity of pollen types is spring. These trees are found in mixed forests and are used in urban landscaping and home gardens. Inter-annual differences can be seen in the seasonal behaviour of the pollen in Novi Sad, 2008 being the year in which the highest levels of airborne pollen were reached. During the 3-year period, pollen of the representatives of the family Betulaceae accounted for a significant proportion of total pollen, predominated by Betula pollen and a considerably lower proportion of Alnus, Carpinus and Corylus airpollen. Taxaceae/Cupressaceae pollen appears in the atmospheric pollen spectra of all localities in high concentrations. These pollen grains are the main source of allergens in springtime. Results of the study reveal important differences between the cities.

  8. Cadmium accumulation and its effect on the in vitro growth of woody fleabane and mycorrhized white birch

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    The effect of Cd on woody fleabane (Dittrichia viscosa (L.) Greuter) and white birch (Betula celtiberica Rothm. and Vasc.) was examined. Woody fleabane and white birch were grown in vitro in Murashige, T., Skoog, F., [1962. A revised medium for rapid growth and bioassays with tobacco tissue cultures. Physiol. Plant. 15, 473-479] (MS) plus Cd (10 mg Cd kg-1) and except for root length in white birch, plant development was inhibited when Cd was added. Cd accumulation in above-ground tissues showed differences among clones, reaching 1300 and 463 mg Cd kg-1 dry wt. in selected clones of woody fleabane and white birch, respectively. Tolerance of Paxillus filamentosus (Scop) Fr. to Cd was also examined before mycorrhization. Plants of mycorrhized white birch grown in the presence of Cd had a better development and accumulated more Cd in their shoots than the non-mycorrhized ones. The use of selected clones of woody fleabane and the mycorrhization of white birch enhance extraction efficiency from contaminated soils in phytoremediation programs. - The high accumulation of Cd observed in selected clones of Dittrichia viscosa and mycorrhized Betula celtiberica grown in vitro implies a potential application for phytoextraction

  9. Cadmium accumulation and its effect on the in vitro growth of woody fleabane and mycorrhized white birch

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    Fernandez, R.; Bertrand, A.; Casares, A. [Departamento de Biologia de Organismos y Sistemas, Oviedo University, Catedratico Rodrigo Uria s/n, 33071 Oviedo (Spain); Garcia, R. [Departamento de Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Oviedo University, Julian Claveria s/n, 33071 Oviedo (Spain); Gonzalez, A. [Departamento de Biologia de Organismos y Sistemas, Oviedo University, Catedratico Rodrigo Uria s/n, 33071 Oviedo (Spain)], E-mail: aidag@uniovi.es; Tames, R.S. [Departamento de Biologia de Organismos y Sistemas, Oviedo University, Catedratico Rodrigo Uria s/n, 33071 Oviedo (Spain)

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    The effect of Cd on woody fleabane (Dittrichia viscosa (L.) Greuter) and white birch (Betula celtiberica Rothm. and Vasc.) was examined. Woody fleabane and white birch were grown in vitro in Murashige, T., Skoog, F., [1962. A revised medium for rapid growth and bioassays with tobacco tissue cultures. Physiol. Plant. 15, 473-479] (MS) plus Cd (10 mg Cd kg{sup -1}) and except for root length in white birch, plant development was inhibited when Cd was added. Cd accumulation in above-ground tissues showed differences among clones, reaching 1300 and 463 mg Cd kg{sup -1} dry wt. in selected clones of woody fleabane and white birch, respectively. Tolerance of Paxillus filamentosus (Scop) Fr. to Cd was also examined before mycorrhization. Plants of mycorrhized white birch grown in the presence of Cd had a better development and accumulated more Cd in their shoots than the non-mycorrhized ones. The use of selected clones of woody fleabane and the mycorrhization of white birch enhance extraction efficiency from contaminated soils in phytoremediation programs. - The high accumulation of Cd observed in selected clones of Dittrichia viscosa and mycorrhized Betula celtiberica grown in vitro implies a potential application for phytoextraction.

  10. Fire drives transcontinental variation in tree birch defense against browsing by snowshoe hares.

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    Bryant, John P; Clausen, Thomas P; Swihart, Robert K; Landhäusser, Simon M; Stevens, Michael T; Hawkins, Christopher D B; Carrière, Suzanne; Kirilenko, Andrei P; Veitch, Alasdair M; Popko, Richard A; Cleland, David T; Williams, Joseph H; Jakubas, Walter J; Carlson, Michael R; Bodony, Karin Lehmkuhl; Cebrian, Merben; Paragi, Thomas F; Picone, Peter M; Moore, Jeffrey E; Packee, Edmond C; Malone, Thomas

    2009-07-01

    Fire has been the dominant disturbance in boreal America since the Pleistocene, resulting in a spatial mosaic in which the most fire occurs in the continental northwest. Spatial variation in snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) density reflects the fire mosaic. Because fire initiates secondary forest succession, a fire mosaic creates variation in the abundance of early successional plants that snowshoe hares eat in winter, leading to geographic variation in hare density. We hypothesize that fire is the template for a geographic mosaic of natural selection: where fire is greatest and hares are most abundant, hare browsing has most strongly selected juvenile-phase woody plants for defense. We tested the hypothesis at multiple spatial scales using Alaska birch (Betula neoalaskana) and white birch (Betula papyrifera). We also examined five alternative hypotheses for geographic variation in antibrowsing defense. The fire-hare-defense hypothesis was supported at transcontinental, regional, and local scales; alternative hypotheses were rejected. Our results link transcontinental variation in species interactions to an abiotic environmental driver, fire. Intakes of defense toxins by Alaskan hares exceed those by Wisconsin hares, suggesting that the proposed selection mosaic may coincide with a geographic mosaic of coevolution. PMID:19422319

  11. Effects of Flavonoid-rich Plant Extracts on In vitro Ruminal Methanogenesis, Microbial Populations and Fermentation Characteristics.

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    Kim, Eun T; Guan, Le Luo; Lee, Shin J; Lee, Sang M; Lee, Sang S; Lee, Il D; Lee, Su K; Lee, Sung S

    2015-04-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the in vitro effects of flavonoid-rich plant extracts (PE) on ruminal fermentation characteristics and methane emission by studying their effectiveness for methanogenesis in the rumen. A fistulated Holstein cow was used as a donor of rumen fluid. The PE (Punica granatum, Betula schmidtii, Ginkgo biloba, Camellia japonica, and Cudrania tricuspidata) known to have high concentrations of flavonoid were added to an in vitro fermentation incubated with rumen fluid. Total gas production and microbial growth with all PE was higher than that of the control at 24 h incubation, while the methane emission was significantly lower (pPunica, Betula, Ginkgo, Camellia, and Cudrania treatments, respectively. Ciliate populations were reduced by more than 60% in flavonoid-rich PE treatments. The Fibrobacter succinogenes diversity in all added flavonoid-rich PE was shown to increase, while the Ruminoccocus albus and R. flavefaciens populations in all PE decreased as compared with the control. In particular, the F. succinogenes community with the addition of Birch extract increased to a greater extent than that of others. In conclusion, the results of this study showed that flavonoid-rich PE decreased ruminal methane emission without adversely affecting ruminal fermentation characteristics in vitro in 24 h incubation time, suggesting that the flavonoid-rich PE have potential possibility as bio-active regulator for ruminants. PMID:25656200

  12. AcEST: BP919966 [AcEST

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    Full Text Available d B8QJH1 Definition tr|B8QJH1|B8QJH1_BETVE Histidine kinase 2 (Fragment) OS=Betula verrucosa Align length 80...icant alignments: (bits) Value tr|B8QJH1|B8QJH1_BETVE Histidine kinase 2 (Fragment) OS=Betula v... 110 3e-23... (Putative histi... 102 1e-20 tr|Q9C5U0|Q9C5U0_ARATH Histidine kinase OS=Arabidopsis...279 OS=Striga asiatica PE=2 SV=1 102 1e-20 tr|Q76GZ9|Q76GZ9_MAIZE Histidine kinase 3 OS=Zea mays GN=ZmHK3a ...... 101 2e-20 tr|Q75WE8|Q75WE8_MAIZE Histidine kinase 3 OS=Zea mays GN=ZmHK3b ... 101 2e-20 tr|Q5JJP1|Q5JJP1_ORYSJ Putative his

  13. Holocene vegetation and climate change on the Haanja heights, South-East Estonia

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    The development of forests on the Haanja Heights has been controlled by external factors, including climate, soils, hydrology, and human impact. The sediment sequence from Lake Kirikumaee, which covers about 12 000 years, records the vegetation history throughout the Late Glacial and Holocene. In the Alleroed, woodland tundra with sparse birch and willow was established. Grass-shrub tundra in the Younger Dryas was replaced by birch forest in the Pre-Boreal. During the Holocene two major shifts in vegetation dynamics occurred: the first about 8500 BP with a sharp decline in Betula-Pinus forest and development of broad-leaved forest, and the second about 3500 BP, with a decline in broad-leaved forest and regeneration of Pinus-Betula forest with a high share of Picea. The climate modelling, based on pollen record and lake-level changes, suggest cold, severe climate with low precipitation values in the early Pre-Boreal. Between 9500-8500 BP the climate was rather stable. The lake level first rose, then stabilized, and finally dropped. The sharp climate amelioration in the late Boreal together with the humidity increase resulted in a lake-level rise. The decreased precipitation and rather high summer temperatures, increased evapotranspiration, and reduced water balance are characteristic of the Sub-Boreal. Since 3500 BP, the climate deteriorated and mixed coniferous forest started to dominate. Several small climatic fluctuations, including the Little Ice Age cooling, have been traced by modelling. (author)

  14. Pollen calendar of Lublin, 1995-2000

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    Krystyna Piotrowska

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The measurements of pollen fall were carried out in Lublin in 1995 - 2000 years by the gravimetric method. The modified Durham sampler was applied, located at 9 m above ground level. On the base of results 6 year observations - the pollen calendar for Lublin was prepared. The following 15 plant taxa were taken under consideration: Alnus, Corylus, Cupressaceae, Populus, Fraxinus, Betula, Quercus, Pinaceae, Poaceae, Rumex, Plantago, Urtica, Chenopodiaceae, Artemisia and Ambrosia. The anemophilous plants' pollen season in Lublin began in half of February and lasted till half of September. First appeared pollen grains of decidous tress' and shrubs, then the coniferous. High values of pollen fall of these plants were noted till the end of May. Start of grass pollen season was recorded from the half of May, and at the latter part of this month, also other herbaceous plants. The highest concentrations of pollen were found in April and May when trees and shrubs pollinated. The highest annual totals were marked for plants of the following taxa: Betula, Poaceae, Pinaceae, Alnus, Urtica.

  15. Vegetation and climate in the Western Sayan Mts according to pollen data from Lugovoe Mire as a background for prehistoric cultural change in southern Middle Siberia

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    Blyakharchuk, Tatiana A.; Chernova, Natalia A.

    2013-09-01

    On the basis of pollen and spore analyses and radiocarbon dating of peat deposits of Lugovoe Mire in southern Middle Siberia, changes of vegetation and climate of the Western Sayan Mts and the Khakasia Republic (Russia) since 6000 yr 14C BP (5000 cal yr BC) are found to correspond with the development of archaeological cultures and with the pollen-based palaeoclimatic reconstruction of Levina and Orlova (1993) constructed for the forest-steppe zone of the south of West Siberia. Three phases in the development of the regional vegetation (Abies, Betula, and Pinus) are distinguished in the pollen diagram of Lugovoe Mire, which form the environmental background for the archaeological cultures developed in this region. The first penetration of ancient hunting-fishing tribes into this area occurred during the ‘Abies stage' of the vegetation. Bronze Age cultures practiced agriculture and animal husbandry mostly during the ‘Betula stage'. Beginning in the Iron Age, archaeological cultures bloomed in the study area on the background of expanding Pinus sylvestris forests. The origin of all these cultures was connected with migrations of people from the southwest or southeast. An important reason for these migrations was dry climatic phases at millennial intervals, which influenced especially strongly the more southerly homelands of the migrating ancient tribes.

  16. Late glacial and holocene landscapes of central Beringia

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    Lozhkin, Anatoly V.; Anderson, Patricia; Eisner, Wendy R.; Solomatkina, Tatiana B.

    2011-11-01

    New palynological and sedimentological data from St. Lawrence Island present a rare view into late-glacial and Holocene environments of the central Bering Land Bridge. The late glaciation was a time of dynamic landscape changes in south-central Beringia, with active thermokarst processes, including the formation and drainage of thaw lakes. The presence of such a wet, unstable substrate, if widespread, probably would have had an adverse impact on food sources and mobility for many of the large mammal populations. The establishment of Betula shrub tundra on the island suggests late-glacial summers that were warmer than present, consistent with regional paleoclimatic interpretations. However, the increasing proximity to the Bering Sea, as postglacial sea levels rose, modified the intensity of warming and prevented the establishment of deciduous forest as found in other areas of Beringia at this time. The mid- to late Holocene is marked by more stable land surfaces and development of Sphagnum and Cyperaceae peat deposits. The accumulation of organic deposits, decline of shrub Betula, and decrease in thermokarst disturbance suggest that conditions were cooler than the previous. A recent decline in peat accumulation at the study sites may relate to local geomorphology, but similar decreases have been noted for other arctic regions.

  17. Adaptation of Forest Management Regimes in Southern Sweden to Increased Risks Associated with Climate Change

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    Narayanan Subramanian

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Even though the growth rates of most tree species in Sweden is expected to increase in the near future as a result of climate change, increased risks of damage by storms and various pests and pathogens, notably root rot and bark beetles, may also occur. Thus, forest management practices such as changes to thinning regimes, reductions in rotation lengths, and switching to other species (native or exotic may represent adaptive management strategies to increase the resistance and resilience of Swedish forests to climate change. Clearly, thorough analyses examining the effects of anticipated climatic changes on damage levels, and the potentially relieving effects of possible management adaptations are needed before implementing such changes. In this study, damage caused by storms, root rot and bark beetles (single and in various combinations under selected climate and management scenarios were simulated in Norway spruce (Pice abies L. Karst stands. The results indicate that reductions in thinning intensity and rotation lengths could improve both volume production and profitability in southern Sweden. In addition, cultivation of rapidly growing species, such as hybrid larch (Larix × marschlinsii Coaz. and hybrid aspen (Populus tremula L. × P. tremuloides Michx., could be as profitable as Norway spruce cultivation, or even more profitable. However, slow-growing species, such as Silver birch (Betula pendula Roth, Downy birch (Betula pubescens Ehrh. and European beech (Fagus sylvatica L. indicated low economic output in terms of Land Expectation Value.

  18. Incidental detection of a small solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas after a traffic accident in a 12-year-old girl: a case report

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    Full Text Available Younglim Kim, Suk-Bae MoonDepartment of Surgery, Kangwon National University Hospital, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, Chuncheon, South KoreaAbstract: Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN is a rare tumor of the pancreas that tends to grow silently in patients at a young age, to a large size and mass. We report here a case of a small-sized SPN detected incidentally in a 12-year-old girl following a traffic accident. The tumor was 3.5 cm in maximal diameter and was found to have hemorrhagic necrosis without a solid component. Laparoscopic spleen-preserving distal pancreatectomy was performed which cured the patient. SPN is generally accepted to be a low grade malignant tumor, but its clinical behavior is sometimes unpredictable. Tumor size and the proportion of solid portion of the tumor have both recently been identified as predictors of malignancy. Although the initial presentation in this case was that of the traffic accident, the subsequent detection of a small, totally cystic SPN, and then the complete eradication of the lesion, led to a favorable outcome for the patient. Long-term monitoring should prevent any chance of recurrence.Keywords: pancreatic neoplasm, children, distal pancreatectomy

  19. A one-loop test for construction of 4D N = 4 SYM from 2D SYM via fuzzy-sphere geometry

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    Matsuura, So; Sugino, Fumihiko

    2016-04-01

    As a perturbative check of the construction of 4D N=4 supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory (SYM) from mass-deformed N=(8,8) SYM on the 2D lattice, the one-loop effective action for scalar kinetic terms is computed in N=4 U(k) SYM on R^2 × (fuzzy S^2), which is obtained by expanding 2D N=(8,8) U(N) SYM with mass deformation around its fuzzy-sphere classical solution. The radius of the fuzzy sphere is proportional to the inverse of the mass. We consider two successive limits: (1) decompactify the fuzzy sphere to a noncommutative (Moyal) plane and (2) turn off the noncommutativity of the Moyal plane. It is straightforward at the classical level to obtain the ordinary N=4 SYM on R^4 in the limits, while it is nontrivial at the quantum level. The one-loop effective action for the SU(k) sector of the gauge group U(k) coincides with that of the ordinary 4D N=4 SYM in the above limits. Although a "noncommutative anomaly" appears in the overall U(1) sector of the U(k) gauge group, this can be expected to be a gauge artifact not affecting gauge-invariant observables.

  20. The Effect of Hominis Placenta Herbal Acupuncture on Bell's palsy

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    Yun Jeong-hun

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available This report was done to observe the effect of Hominis placenta herbal acupuncture on Bell's palsy. The study group comprised 16 patients who arrived at Woo-suk university oriental hospital from January, 1999 till January, 2000 for Bell's palsy. All patients were divided into two group. One was herbal acupunture group, and the other was control group. Acupunture group was done herbal acupuncture therapy on the facial acupuncture points. Followings are achievement and a term of each group. In herbal acupuncture group, 100% motor recovery was 7 case, 75% was 1 case, and 25% motor recovery term was 7.38±5.21 days, 50% was 11.00±6.16 days, 75% was 15.13±9.55 days, 100% was 23.14±7.97 days. In control group, 100% motor recovery was 4 case, 75% was 2 case, 25% below was 2 case and 25% motor recovery term was 11.17±4.96days, 50% was 18.17±6.82 days, 75% was 29.50±6.95 days, 100% was 44.00±11.49 days. The above results indicate that Hominis placenta herbal acupuncture is a useful effect on Bell's palsy. thus, continuous herbal acupunture study will be needed for more clinical application on Bell' palsy.

  1. A kis országok világgazdasági alkalmazkodása

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    A cikk azt a kérdést vizsgálja, hogy a globalizálódás és a megafúziók világában életképesek lehetnek-e a kis országok, s ha igen, milyen feltételekkel. Az írás azt igyekszik igazolni, hogy a műszaki fejlődés új iránya és a nemzetközi pénzügyek formálódó reformja megnöveli az alkalmazkodásra kész kis nemzetgazdaságok életképességét. Ez a sikeres regionális integrálódásuk alapja, nem pedig fordítva. A globalizáció új esélyeket ad a kicsiknek.

  2. A gyógyszerkiadás és a betegek egészségi állapota a háziorvosi és szakorvosi kapcsolatok függvényében = Formal professional relations between general practitioners and specialists. Possible links with patient health and pharmacy cost

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    Benedek, Gábor; Keresztúri, Judit Lilla; Lublóy, Ágnes

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    Arra a kérdésre keressük a választ, hogy a szoros háziorvosi-szakorvosi szakmai kapcsolatoknak van-e hatásuk a betegek gyógyszerkiadására, illetve egészségi állapotára. Az orvosok közötti szakmai kapcsolatok szorosságát a közösen gondozott betegek száma alapján határoztuk meg, míg a betegek egészségügyi állapotát a diagnosztizált és kezelt társbetegségek számával mértük. Hipotézisünk egyrészt az volt, hogy a hatékonyabb koordinációnak köszönhetően a szoros kapcsolatban kezelt betegek jobb egé...

  3. Fredkin Spin Chain

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    2016-01-01

    We introduce a new model of interacting spin 1/2. It describes interaction of three nearest neighbors. The Hamiltonian can be expressed in terms of Fredkin gates. The Fredkin gate (also known as the CSWAP gate) is a computational circuit suitable for reversible computing. Our construction generalizes the work of Ramis Movassagh and Peter Shor. Our model can be solved by means of Catalan combinatorics in the form of random walks on the upper half of a square lattice [Dyck walks]. Each Dyck path can be mapped to a wave function of the spins. The ground state is an equally weighted superposition of Dyck walks [instead of Motzkin walks]. We can also express it as a matrix product state. We further construct the model of interacting spins 3/2 and greater half-integer spins. The models with higher spins require coloring of Dyck walks. We construct SU(k) symmetric model [here k is the number of colors]. The leading term of the entanglement entropy is then proportional to the square root of the length of the lattice ...

  4. Concentrations and patterns of organochlorines (OCs) in various fish species from the Indus River, Pakistan: A human health risk assessment.

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    Robinson, Timmer; Ali, Usman; Mahmood, Adeel; Chaudhry, Muhammad Jamshed Iqbal; Li, Jun; Zhang, Gan; Jones, Kevin C; Malik, Riffat Naseem

    2016-01-15

    The present study was conducted to reveal the concentrations and patterns of organochlorines [i.e., organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)] in freshwater fish species collected from four ecologically important sites of the Indus River i.e., Taunsa (TAU), Rahim Yar Khan (RYK), Guddu (GUD) and Sukkur (SUK). In the fish muscle tissues, concentrations of 15 OCPs (∑15OCPs) and 29 PCBs (∑29PCBs) varied between 1.93-61.9 and 0.81-44.2 ng/g wet weight (ww), respectively. Overall, the rank order of OCs was DDTs>PCBs>hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs)>chlordanes (CHLs). The patterns of PCBs showed maximum contribution of tri-CBs (59%). Ratios of individual HCH and DDT analytes contributing to the summed values indicated both recent and past use of these chemicals in the region, depending upon fish species. To assess the associated health risks, carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks were calculated through hazard ratios (HRs). For carcinogenic risk, HR was >1 at both 50th and 95th percentile concentrations, suggesting that the daily exposure to OCPs and PCBs yields a lifetime cancer risk of 1 in a million. HR for non-cancerous risk was <1 at both the percentiles, signifying no adverse effect by OCs exposure in native population. PMID:26476063

  5. Whiteness and the Blackening of Italy: La guerra cafona, Extracommunitari and Provisional Street Justice

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available In this essay, I briefly revisit the historical moment of Italian unification, drawing attention to its violent colonial dimensions and the twenty years of insurgent southern brigandage that erupted immediately after unification, in order to begin to trace the survival of this southern insurrectionary and anti-nationalist movement in the contemporary Italian context. In the process of focusing on the manner in which a statue of the Italian national poet, Dante, has been graffitied by southern youth in a square in Naples, I transpose the historical tradition of southern brigandage, returning the term back to its insurgent political roots, in order to begin to establish lines of connection between seemingly disparate politico-cultural practices and genealogies; in particular, I examine contemporary southern hip hop culture, including graffiti and rap, in relation to the history of southern anti-unification and counter-nationalist movements, marking the transmediterranean-atlantic politico-cultural flows that inscribe southern hip hop culture. I conclude by bringing into contemporary focus this northern history of anti-southern discrimination and exploitation by drawing attention to the plight of recent immigrants from the Global South that constitute the underbelly of contemporary Italy’s economic prosperity. My focus here is on mapping points of polico-cultural connection between immigrants of the Global South and meridionali through the instantiation of such tactical cultural practices as establishing suks and transitory markets in Italy’s civic squares.

  6. Understanding the M5-brane: From Tensionless Strings, to Worldsheet Instantons, to Toroidal Lie Algebras

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    Ashwinkumar, Meer; Luo, Yuan; Tan, Meng-Chwan; Zhao, Qin

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    We study the 1/2 BPS and 1/4 BPS sectors of the worldvolume theory of a stack of k M5-branes. Via a theorem by Atiyah [1], these sectors can be captured by a supersymmetric nonlinear sigma model on CP^1 with target space the based loop group of SU(k). The 1/2 BPS sector of the M5-brane worldvolume theory, described by L^2-cohomology classes, forms modules over an affine Lie algebra, while the 1/4 BPS sector, described by chiral differential operators, forms modules over a toroidal Lie algebra. We also compute the partition functions of the 1/2 BPS and 1/4 BPS sectors, and find that they are, respectively, a modular form and an automorphic form for SO(2,2;Z). The symmetry of the 1/4 BPS sector under the SO(2,2;Z) T-duality group corroborates the fact that the worldvolume theory is described by tensionless strings.

  7. Additional materials on the safety assessment for the 24 CANFLEX-NU bundle demonstration irradiation at Wolsong-1 generating station as the answers on the KINS's second questions

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    This report describes the additional materials on the Safety Assessment for the 24 CANFLEX-NU Bundle Demonstration Irradiation at Wolsong-1 Generating Station, which is the answers on the KINS's first questions as a result of the review of the Safety Assessment report. The additional materials cover : 1) Subjects on CANFLEX-NU fuel channel and the selection criteria, 2) Subjects on the evaluation of the discharge fuel with respect to the purpose of the DI, 3) Subjects on the planning of report of the DI results, 4) Subjects on the integrity evaluation of the CANFLEX-NU fuel bundles in the reactor, 5) Subjects on the thermal-hydraulic compatibility of the CANFLEX-NU fuel with the existing 37-element bundles, 6) Subjects on the Input variables of CATHENA code used in the safety analyses, 7) Subjects on the loss of forced circulation, 8) Subjects on the CANFLEX-NU fuel element power under condition of non-LOCA, 9) Subjects on the loss of reactivity control, 10) Subjects on the LOCA. The additional materials are made on the basis of the Safety Assessment for the 24 CANFLEX-NU Bundle Demonstration Irradiation at Wolsong-1 Generating Station(H. C. Suk et. al, KAERI/TR-1864/2001, 2001.6) and Operational Procedure of the Wolsong-1 Generating Station, and so on

  8. Gold nanoparticle–choline complexes can block nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Chur Chin1, In Kyeom Kim2, Dong Yoon Lim3, Ki Suk Kim4, Hyang Ae Lee4, Eun Joo Kim41Department of Pediatrics, Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea; 2Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea; 3Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea; 4Korea Institute of Toxicology, Daejeon, KoreaAbstract: We identified a novel class of direct ion-channel blockers of ligand-gated ion channels called the gold nanoparticle–choline complex. Negatively charged gold nanoparticles (1.4 nm block ion pores by binding to the sulfur group of the cysteine loop of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs, and currents evoked by acetylcholine (Ach can break these bonds. The current evoked by ACh in nAChRs was blocked directly in ion pores by the gold nanoparticle–choline complex. In adrenal-gland perfusion studies, the complex also blocked nAChRs by diminishing catecholamine release by about 75%. An in vivo study showed muscle relaxation in rats after injection of the complex. These results will foster the application of gold nanoparticles as a direct ion-channel blocker. Keywords: negatively charged gold nanoparticle, choline, gold–sulfur bond, nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, direct ion-channel blocker

  9. Increasing shrub abundance and N addition in Arctic tundra affect leaf and root litter decomposition differently

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    McLaren, J.; van de Weg, M. J.; Shaver, G. R.; Gough, L.

    2013-12-01

    Changes in global climate have resulted in a ';greening' of the Arctic as the abundance of deciduous shrub species increases. Consequently, not only the living plant community, but also the litter composition changes, which in turn can affect carbon turnover patterns in the Arctic. We examined effects of changing litter composition (both root and leaf litter) on decomposition rates with a litter bag study, and specifically focused on the impact of deciduous shrub Betula nana litter on litter decomposition from two evergreen shrubs (Ledum palustre, and Vaccinium vitis-idaea) and one graminoid (Eriophorum vaginatum) species. Additionally, we investigated how decomposition was affected by nutrient availability by placing the litterbags in an ambient and a fertilized moist acidic tundra environment. Measurements were carried out seasonally over 2 years (after snow melt, mid-growing season, end growing season). We measured litter mass loss over time, as well as the respiration rates (standardized for temperature and moisture) and temperature sensitivity of litter respiration at the time of harvesting the litter bags. For leaves, Betula litter decomposed faster than the other three species, with Eriophorum leaves decomposing the slowest. This pattern was observed for both mass loss and litter respiration rates, although the differences in respiration became smaller over time. Surprisingly, combining Betula with any other species resulted in slower overall weight loss rates than would be predicted based on monoculture weight loss rates. This contrasted with litter respiration at the time of sampling, which showed a positive mixing effect of adding Betula leaf liter to the other species. Apparently, during the first winter months (September - May) Betula litter decomposition is negatively affected by mixing the species and this legacy can still be observed in the total mass loss results later in the year. For root litter there were fewer effects of species identity on root

  10. ОЦЕНКА ОТНОСИТЕЛЬНОГО ЖИЗНЕННОГО СОСТОЯНИЯ НАСАЖДЕНИЙ БЕРЕЗЫ ПОВИСЛОЙ (BETULA PENDULA ROTH.) И ТОПОЛЯ БАЛЬЗАМИЧЕСКОГО (POPULUS BALSAMIFERA L.) В ПРОМЫШЛЕННОЙ И СЕЛИТЕБНОЙ ЗОНЕ СТЕРЛИТАМАКСКОГО ПРОМЫШЛЕННОГО ЦЕНТРА

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    ИБРАГИМОВА А.Х.; ТАГИРОВА О.В.; ГИНИЯТУЛЛИН Р.Х.; КУЛАГИН А.Ю.

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    Определение относительного жизненного состояния древесных насаждений позволяет оценить устойчивость отдельных деревьев и насаждений к воздействию техногенных факторов среды. Исследованы насаждения березы повислой и тополя бальзамического в промышленной и селитебной зоне Стерлитамакского промышленного центра. При сборе и обработке фактического материала использованы общепринятые методы изучения лесных насаждений.Произведены инструментальные (диаметр, высота, возраст) и визуальные определения (...

  11. Study on Soil Fertility of Different Forest Types in Jialing River Source%嘉陵江源头几种林地土壤肥力状况调查

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    谭胡燕; 刘瑞英; 杨改河; 任学敏; 王得祥

    2011-01-01

    Based on analysis of soil pH, the content of organic matter and main nutrient at the different levels of soil under seven different forest types (Quercus aliena BI. Var. Acuteserrate, Betula albo-sinensis, Pinus tabulaeformis , Pinus armandii , Abies fargesii , coniferous and broad-leaved mixed forest, shrub forest)in Jialing river of source, this paper studied on soil fertility of different forest types. The result showed that the soil in Pinus armandii, Pinus tabulae formis and coniferous and broad-leaved mixed forest were near neutral, the soil in Quercus aliena BI. Var. Acuteserrate, Betula albo-sinensis and shrub forest were slightly acidic, the soil in Abies fargesii was acidic. The soil pH, the contents of soil organic matter, total N and P, alkali-hydro N and available P tended to decrease with soil depth. The soil fertility was increased in the order of Pinus armandii <Lpinus tabulae formis <coniferous and broad-leaved mixed ioresKQuercus aliena BI. Var. Acuteserrate<shrub forest<Abies fargesii<L Betula albo-sinensis.%以嘉陵江源头风景区7种林型(锐齿栎林、红桦林、油松林、华山松林、巴山冷杉林、针阔混交林及灌木林)土壤为研究对象,通过对林地土壤不同层次pH、有机质及主要养分含量的测定,分析不同林型下土壤肥力的差异状况.结果表明,华山松林、油松林和针阔混交林的土壤趋于中性,锐齿栎林、红桦林、灌木林的土壤趋于弱酸性,而巴山冷杉林的土壤呈酸性.随土壤深度增加,土壤pH升高,土壤有机质、全氮、全磷、碱解氮、有效磷含量均呈下降趋势.土壤综合肥力优劣为华山松林<油松林<针阔混交林<锐齿栎林<灌木林<巴山冷杉林<红桦林.

  12. Vegetation Dynamics in the Kenai Lowlands, Alaska during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene

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    Jones, M. C.; Peteet, D. M.

    2005-12-01

    The use of paleoinformation through ecosystem reconstruction can help us understand the behavior and sensitivity of the boreal forest as climate continues to change. A 2.5-meter sediment core extracted from Swanson Fen, a muskeg in the northern Kenai Lowlands on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, provides a sensitive Holocene paleoenvironmental record that lies in an ecotone between interior boreal forest and maritime coastal forest today. The core was sampled at 2-cm intervals and processed for pollen and spores. Five intervals were dated using AMS radiocarbon dating, and the basal macrofossils produced an age of 12,245 ±45 radiocarbon years. The central Kenai Peninsula Lowlands underwent a number of marked vegetational and climatic changes since deglaciation. Four distinct vegetation zones reveal changes starting in the late Pleistocene. The pioneer vegetation includes a dominance of herbaceous ( Artemisia, Apiaceae, Asteroideae)and shrubby ( Betula) species. The second zone (beginning at 9890±45 radiocarbon years) and marking the Holocene boundary, shows a striking increase in Polypodiaceae (ferns) and Picea (spruce) and a decrease in shrubby species such as Betula, indicative of warming. The third zone indicates a decline in Polypodiaceae and a reemergence of Betula species, while the final most recent zone reveals a rapid resurgence in Picea and Tsuga mertensiana (Mountain hemlock) species. While a general warming trend occurred following deglaciation, vegetation patterns suggest extended periods of increased precipitation, for example in the early Holocene, as is evidenced by the plethora of Polypodiaceae. A movement and an intensification of the Aleutian Low could explain these periods of increased precipitation over the Kenai Peninsula. Alternatively, this spike in Polypodiaceae can be explained by increased disturbance. The presence of 10 % Picea pollen at the base of the core suggests that one of the Picea species may have survived the last glaciation in the

  13. Uptake of americium-241 by plants from contaminated Chernobyl exclusive zone test site soils

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    Americium-241 was found to accumulate in soils and biological objects of the environment. Its concentration has increased many times after the Chernobyl disaster and can be expected to increase about 40 times in the future. This research concentrated on the contaminated exclusive Chernobyl zone polluted by trace radionuclides, their behavior and accumulation by various plant species. Special attention is devoted to the bioavailability of 241Am to the plants Galium rivale, G. tinctorium, G. aparine, G. intermedium, Berteroa incana, Artemisia absinthium, A. vulgaris, Centaurea borysthenica, C. arenaria, Cirsium arvense, Succissa pratensis, Solidago virgaurea, Linaria vulgaris, Lepidium ruderale, Stenactis annua, Veronica maxima, Verbascum lychnitis, Euphorbia cyparissias, Genista tinctoria, Erigeron canadensis, Oenothera biennis, Betula pendula and Quercus robur, which were collected from the Chernobyl, Kopachi, and Yanov districts. The plant samples of Oenothera biennis, Betula pendula and Quercus robur were collected from the Yanov district, where the soil contamination by 241Am and 137Cs was at the level of 660 and 27 MBq/m2, respectively. Gamma spectroscopy and radiochemical methods were used to estimate the activity concentration of 137Cs, 90Sr, 238Pu, 239+240Pu, 241Am. The radionuclides were measured in the dry green mass of the plant samples and in the dry soils. The contamination of the Oenothera biennis, Betula pendula and Quercus robur samples by 137Cs was (5.8±1,5)x106, (7.4±1.1)x105, and (2.6±0.2)x106 Bq/kg dry mass, respectively, and contamination by 241Am was 47±5, 45±3 and 3.2±0.2 Bq/kg, respectively. The soil-to-plant transfer ratio for 137Cs ranged lay within the interval of 0.2 to 0.03 Bq/kg : Bq/m2, the the transfer ratio for 241Am did not exceed 7x10-5 Bq/kg : Bq/m2. The coefficient of the relative contents of the 241Am/239+240Pu radionuclides in the various plant samples varied from 3.2 to 8.3, while for soil from the Yanov district this

  14. A new Middle Pleistocene interglacial record from Denmark: Chronostratigraphic correlation, palaeovegetation and fire dynamics

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    Kuneš, Petr; Kjærsgaard Sørensen, Malene; Buylaert, Jan-Pieter; Murray, Andrew S.; Houmark‐Nielsen, Michael; Odgaard, Bent Vad

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    Germany. Numerical analyses (REVEALS and DCA) indicate that forests during the temperate stage were dense and that vegetation openness increased only towards the end of the interglacial, accompanied by increased fire occurrence. A short interstadial sequence with a dominance of Pinus and Betula and the...... Trelde Klint, Denmark, and analyse its biostratigraphy, correlation with other European records, vegetation development, fire dynamics and absolute dating. Except for a slight truncation of the early part of the record, the pollen stratigraphy exhibits a full interglacial succession, including temperate...... presence of Larix is present above the interglacial deposit. We argue that lack of attention to differences in fire regimes may hamper understanding of between-site correlations of interglacial pollen records. OSL dating, using a novel feldspar technique, yields an average age of 350±20 ka for the sandy...

  15. Determination of de novo and pool emissions of terpenes from four common boreal/alpine trees by 13CO2 labelling and PTR-MS analysis.

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    Ghirardo, Andrea; Koch, Kristine; Taipale, Risto; Zimmer, Ina; Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter; Rinne, Janne

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    Boreal forests emit a large amount of monoterpenes into the atmosphere. Traditionally these emissions are assumed to originate as evaporation from large storage pools. Thus, their diurnal cycle would depend mostly on temperature. However, there is indication that a significant part of the monoterpene emission would originate directly from de novo synthesis. By applying 13CO2 fumigation and analyzing the isotope fractions with proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and classical GC-MS, we determined the fractions of monoterpene emissions originating from de novo biosynthesis in Pinus sylvestris (58%), Picea abies (33.5%), Larix decidua (9.8%) and Betula pendula (100%). Application of the observed split between de novo and pool emissions from P. sylvestris in a hybrid emission algorithm resulted in a better description of ecosystem scale monoterpene emissions from a boreal Scots pine forest stand. PMID:20040067

  16. Aeropalynologic analysis of Timisoara (Romania during 2006 year

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    Full Text Available This article presents the results of a one year qualitative-quantitative study of airborne pollen. The objective of the investigation was to analyse the daily presence and distribution of pollen and to identify the pollen types that are abundantly represented in the atmosphere of the city of Timisoara. A continuous aeropalynologic survey was accomplished between 1 mai 2006 and 8 octombrie 2006. Plants with anemophilous pollination were the best represented: Pinaceae, Poaceae, Plantago, Rumex, Urtica, Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae, Artemisia, Ambrosia, Fraxinus, Salix, Betula, Carpinus, Quercus, Juglans, Platanus, Morus, Tilia. The total pollen spectrum was represented by 17 pollen types. Ambrosia artemisiifolia pollen types was dominant. The highest level of pollen emission was recorded during August-September.

  17. Characterisation of Holocene plant macrofossils from North Spanish ombrotrophic mires: vascular plants

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    Full Text Available Methods and criteria that were used to identify plant macrofossils from four ombrotrophic mires in northern Spain are presented. Twelve monocotyledon and ten dicotyledon species were recorded. Some were identified from vegetative or reproductive macroremains (Eriophorum angustifolium, Molinia caerulea, Calluna vulgaris, Erica mackaiana, Erica tetralix, Potentilla erecta, while others were recognised only by their fruits (Rhynchospora alba, Carex durieui, Carex echinata, Carex binervis, Carex demissa, Betula alba, seeds (Juncus squarrosus, Juncus bulbosus, Luzula multiflora, Narthecium ossifragum, Drosera rotundifolia, Drosera intermedia, Caltha palustris, Daboecia cantabrica, rhizome fragments with remains of leaves (Agrostis curtisii, or twigs with buds and leaves (Vaccinium myrtillus. Descriptions of the specific distinctive characters for the plant macrofossils that were recorded are accompanied by illustrations that facilitate their interpretation. Dichotomous identification keys are also provided.

  18. Значение бонитета условий местопроизрастания березы в экологии Inonotus obliquus (Pers. ) Pil

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    2012-01-01

    Устанавливается специфика влияние классов бонитета Betula pendula Roth. на степень встречаемости в формируемых ею насаждениях патологического агента Inonotus obliquus (Pers.) Pil.

  19. ВЛИЯНИЕ ВЕРТИКАЛЬНОЙ СТРУКТУРЫ БЕРЕЗОВЫХ НАСАЖДЕНИЙ НА РАСПРОСТРАНЕННОСТЬ INONOTUS OBLIQUUS (PERS.) PIL

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    2013-01-01

    В настоящей работе речь идет о нативной согласованности дисперсии Inonotus obliquus (Pers.) Pil. и формы древостоя Betula pendula Roth. Также рассматриваются некоторые соподчиненные закономерности.

  20. Properties of Modified Phenol-Formaldehyde Adhesive for Plywood Panels Manufactured from High Moisture Content Veneer

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    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of laboratory investigations of bonding high moisture content (15 % birch veneers (Betula pubescens Ehrh. with the use of modifi ed phenol-formaldehyde (PF resin. Wheat starch, rye flour, resorcinol and phenol-resorcinol-formaldehyde resin were chosen as modifying agents. Dynamic viscosity, hydrogen ions concentration, solid content, curing time, pot life of developed adhesive compositions and shear strength of plywood samples were evaluated. ANOVA analysis has shown that type, mixture and content of modifying agents affect significantly the mechanical performance of plywood panels. The obtained results of shear strength values were above the standard requirements (1 N/mm2, and the properties of samples met the European standard EN 314-2 for gluing quality of class 3 and such plywood panels can be used in exterior conditions.

  1. METHODS OF BIOMONITORING IN URBAN ENVIRONMENT: ALLERGENIC POLLEN IN WESTERN ROMANIA AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH METEOROLOGICAL VARIABLES

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    Nicoleta IANOVICI

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Biomonitoring results showed that a total of 23 pollen types were located in the air of the study area. The analysis of the airborne pollen content concerned 20 taxa, whose pollen has allergenic properties and occurs in large quantities in the air of Timisoara: Alnus, Taxaceae/Cupressaceae, Salix, Populus, Ulmus, Fraxinus, Juglans, Quercus, Tilia, Pinaceae, Corylus, Carpinus, Betula, Poaceae, Rumex, Plantago, Urticaceae, Chenopodiaceae/Amaranthaceae, Ambrosia and Artemisia. Analysis of the pollen count in Timisoara was performed on the basis of the data collected in the year 2009. Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Urticaceae and Poaceae reached the highest atmospheric pollen concentrations in Timisoara. Multiple regression analysis was found to be a very valuable tool for identifying the weather variables most closely associated with atmospheric pollen seasons.

  2. Epitope grafting, re-creating a conformational Bet v 1 antibody epitope on the surface of the homologous apple allergen Mal d 1

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    Holm, Jens; Ferreras, Mercedes; Ipsen, Henrik; Würtzen, Peter A; Gajhede, Michael; Larsen, Jørgen N; Lund, Kaare; Spangfort, Michael D

    2011-01-01

    Birch-allergic patients often experience oral allergy syndrome upon ingestion of vegetables and fruits, most prominently apple, that is caused by antibody cross-reactivity of the IgE antibodies in patients to proteins sharing molecular surface structures with the major birch pollen group 1 allergen...... from Betula verrucosa (Bet v 1). Still, to what extent two molecular surfaces need to be similar for clinically relevant antibody cross-reactivity to occur is unknown. Here, we describe the grafting of a defined conformational antibody epitope from Bet v 1 onto the surface of the homologous apple...... allergen Malus domestica group 1 (Mal d 1). Engineering of the epitope was accomplished by genetic engineering substituting amino acid residues in Mal d 1 differing between Bet v 1 and Mal d 1 within the epitope defined by the mAb BV16. The kinetic parameters characterizing the antibody binding interaction...

  3. Which plant for which skin disease? Part 2: Dermatophytes, chronic venous insufficiency, photoprotection, actinic keratoses, vitiligo, hair loss, cosmetic indications.

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    Reuter, Juliane; Wölfle, Ute; Korting, Hans Christian; Schempp, Christoph

    2010-11-01

    This paper continues our review of scientifically evaluated plant extracts in dermatology. After plants effective against dermatophytes, botanicals with anti-edema effects in chronic venous insufficiency are discussed. There is good evidence from randomized clinical studies that plant extracts from grape vine leaves (Vitis vinifera), horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum), sea pine (Pinus maritima) and butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus) can reduce edema in chronic venous insufficiency. Plant extracts from witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), green tea (Camellia sinensis), the fern Polypodium leucotomos and others contain antioxidant polyphenolic compounds that may protect the skin from sunburn and photoaging when administered topically or systemically. Extracts from the garden spurge (Euphorbia peplus) and from birch bark (Betula alba) have been shown to be effective in the treatment of actinic keratoses in phase II studies. Some plant extracts have also been investigated in the treatment of vitiligo, various forms of hair loss and pigmentation disorders, and in aesthetic dermatology. PMID:20707877

  4. Quantification of C uptake in subarctic birch forest after setback by an extreme insect outbreak

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    Heliasz, Michal; Johansson, Torbjörn; Lindroth, Anders;

    2011-01-01

    ) forests in northern Scandinavia cyclically every 9–10 years and occasionally (50–150 years) extreme population densities can threaten ecosystem stability. Here we report impacts on C balance following a 2004 outbreak where a widespread area of Lake Torneträsk catchment was severely defoliated. We show......The carbon dynamics of northern natural ecosystems contribute significantly to the global carbon balance. Periodic disturbances to these dynamics include insect herbivory. Larvae of autumn and winter moths (Epirrita autumnata and Operophtera brumata) defoliate mountain birch (Betula pubescens...... that in the growing season of 2004 the forest was a much smaller net sink of C than in a reference year, most likely due to lower gross photosynthesis. Ecosystem respiration in 2004 was smaller and less sensitive to air temperature at nighttime relative to 2006. The difference in growing season uptake...

  5. Holocene stratigraphy and vegetation history in the Scoresby Sund area, East Greenland

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    Funder, Svend Visby

    1978-01-01

    The Holocene stratigraphy in Scoresby Sund is based on climatic change as reflected by fluctuations in fjord and valley glaciers, immigration and extinction of marine molluscs, and the vegetation history recorded in pollen diagrams from five lakes. The histories are dated by C-14, and indirectly by...... thermophilous elements indicating temperatures similar to the present. From 9400 yr BP the fjord glaciers retreated rapidly in the narrow fjords, the few moraines formed are referred to the Rødefjord stages and indicate topographically conditioned stillstands. At 8000 yr BP the low arctic Betula nana imigrated...... into the area, and in the period until 5000 yr BP dense dwarf shrub heath grew in areaS where it is now absent. In the fjords the subarctic Mytilus edulis and Pecten islandica lived, suggesting a climate warmer than the present. From c. 5000 yr BP the dense dwarf shrub heath began to disappear in the...

  6. Managing invasive populations of Asian longhorned beetle and citrus longhorned beetle: a worldwide perspective.

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    Haack, Robert A; Hérard, Franck; Sun, Jianghua; Turgeon, Jean J

    2010-01-01

    The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), Anoplophora glabripennis (Motschulsky), and citrus longhorned beetle (CLB), Anoplophora chinensis (Forster) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), are polyphagous xylophages native to Asia and are capable of killing healthy trees. ALB outbreaks began in China in the 1980s, following major reforestation programs that used ALB-susceptible tree species. No regional CLB outbreaks have been reported in Asia. ALB was first intercepted in international trade in 1992, mostly in wood packaging material; CLB was first intercepted in 1980, mostly in live plants. ALB is now established in North America, and both species are established in Europe. After each infestation was discovered, quarantines and eradication programs were initiated to protect high-risk tree genera such as Acer, Aesculus, Betula, Populus, Salix, and Ulmus. We discuss taxonomy, diagnostics, native range, bionomics, damage, host plants, pest status in their native range, invasion history and management, recent research, and international efforts to prevent new introductions. PMID:19743916

  7. Interspecific differences in foliar 1 PAHs load between Scots pine, birch, and wild rosemary from three polish peat bogs.

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    Mętrak, Monika; Aneta, Ekonomiuk; Wiłkomirski, Bogusław; Staszewski, Tomasz; Suska-Malawska, Małgorzata

    2016-08-01

    Pine needles are one of the most commonly used bioindicators of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the environment. Therefore, the main objective of the current research was the assessment of PAHs accumulation potential of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) needles in comparison to wild rosemary (Rhododendron tomentosum Harmaja) and birch (Betula spp.) leaves. Our study was carried out on three peat bogs subjected to different degree of anthropopression, which gave us also the opportunity to identify local emission sources. Pine needles had the lowest accumulation potential from all the studied species. The highest accumulation potential, and hence carcinogenic potential, was observed for wild rosemary leaves. As far as emission sources are concerned, the most pronounced influence on atmospheric PAHs loads had traditional charcoal production, resulting in great influx of heavy PAHs. Observed seasonal changes in PAHs concentrations followed the pattern of winter increase, caused mainly by heating season, and summer decrease, caused mainly by volatilization of light PAHs. PMID:27393196

  8. Habitat Ecology of Himalayan Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster in Manaslu Conservation Area, Nepal

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    Xiuxiang Meng

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The Himalayan musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster is an endangered species found in the Himalayan region of Nepal. This research was conducted in the Manaslu Conservation Area to explore the deers general population status, distribution, habitat preference and conservation threats. Musk deer are distributed within the altitudinal range of 3128-4039 m spanning 35.43 km2, with the most potential habitat in the Prok VDC (Village Development Committee. Within this area the Musk deer highly preferred altitudes between 3601-3800 m, with a 21-30 slope, 26-50% crown cover and 26-50% ground cover. There are significant differences in the use of different habitat types in terms of altitude, slope, crown cover, ground cover and topography. The preferred tree species were Abies spectabilis, Betula utilis and Rhododendron species. Poaching of deer for their musk is the major conservation threat.

  9. Breeding increases the efficacy of Chondrostereum purpureum in the sprout control of birch.

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    Leena Hamberg

    Full Text Available We tested whether the pairing of selected isolates could be used to increase the efficiency of a decay fungus Chondrostereum purpureum (Pers. Ex Fr. Pouzar to control hardwood sprouting in Finland. We paired C. purpureum strains efficient in sprout control or highly active in laccase production, and tested the efficacy of their progeny in spout control experiments. This procedure resulted in a strain with an efficacy superior to that of the parental strains. The mortality of birch (Betula pendula Roth. and B. pubescens Ehrh. 1 cm in stump diameter was 78%, 56% and 9% for the best progeny, the best parental strain and the control, respectively. Mortality was only slightly higher for B. pendula than for B. pubescens but no significant differences were found between the number or maximum height of stump sprouts. Our results showed that cross breeding of this decay fungus is a good alternative in attempts to produce efficient biocontrol agents against hardwood sprouting.

  10. Determination of total Betta-activity and heavy metals in biomonitor species (phytomonitors) from the area of ITR-Sofia

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    For the purposes of environmental assessment of the area around the Research reactor in Sofia, species from monitored control points, selected in a certain way (habitat, population, air and hydrogeological parameters) are examined. Samples from following phytomonitored species: Betula pendula (silver birch) popullus canadensis (Canadian populus), Quercus sp. (Oak), Dactilus glomerata (Cock's-foot), Abies alba (Silver Fir) and Sequoia sempervirens (Coast Redwood) were analyzed. The total beta activity was determined by radiometric analysis and heavy metals content was measured using X-ray fluorescence analysis. The results are discussed in terms of radiation monitoring program of INRNE (gamma-background, aerosols, surface and groundwater, soil, plants) and obtained values are compared with reference points in the country

  11. Two new species of Oobius Trjapitzin (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae) egg parasitoids of Agrilus spp. (Coleoptera, Buprestidae) from the USA, including a key and taxonomic notes on other congeneric Nearctic taxa

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    Triapitsyn, Serguei V.; Petrice, Toby R.; Gates, Michael W.; Bauer, Leah S.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Oobius Trjapitzin (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae) species are egg parasitoids that are important for the biological control of some Buprestidae and Cerambycidae (Coleoptera). Two species, Oobius agrili Zhang & Huang and Oobius longoi (Siscaro), were introduced into North America for classical biocontrol and have successfully established. Two new native North American species that parasitize eggs of Agrilus spp. (Buprestidae) are described and illustrated from the USA: Oobius minusculus Triapitsyn & Petrice, sp. n. (Michigan), an egg parasitoid of both Agrilus subcinctus Gory on ash (Fraxinus spp.) and Agrilus egenus Gory on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) trees, and Oobius whiteorum Triapitsyn, sp. n. (Pennsylvania), an egg parasitoid of Agrilus anxius Gory on European white birch (Betula pendula Roth). A taxonomic key and notes on the Nearctic native and introduced Oobius species are also included. PMID:25931963

  12. Two new species of Oobius Trjapitzin (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae egg parasitoids of Agrilus spp. (Coleoptera, Buprestidae from the USA, including a key and taxonomic notes on other congeneric Nearctic taxa

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    Serguei V. Triapitsyn

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Oobius Trjapitzin (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae species are egg parasitoids that are important for the biological control of some Buprestidae and Cerambycidae (Coleoptera. Two species, O. agrili Zhang & Huang and O. longoi (Siscaro, were introduced into North America for classical biocontrol and have successfully established. Two new native North American species that parasitize eggs of Agrilus spp. (Buprestidae are described and illustrated from the USA: O. minusculus Triapitsyn & Petrice, sp. n. (Michigan, an egg parasitoid of both A. subcinctus Gory on ash (Fraxinus spp. and A. egenus Gory on black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L. trees, and O. whiteorum Triapitsyn, sp. n. (Pennsylvania, an egg parasitoid of A. anxius Gory on European white birch (Betula pendula Roth. A taxonomic key and notes on the Nearctic native and introduced Oobius species are also included.

  13. A precise study on effects that trigger alkaline hemicellulose extraction efficiency.

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    Hutterer, Christian; Schild, Gabriele; Potthast, Antje

    2016-08-01

    The conversion of paper-grade pulps into dissolving pulps requires efficient strategies and process steps to remove low-molecular noncellulosic macromolecules generally known as hemicelluloses. Current strategies include alkaline extractions and enzymatic treatments. This study focused on the evaluation of extraction efficiencies in alkaline extractions of three economically interesting hardwood species: beech (Fagus sylvatica), birch (Betula papyrifera), and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). Substrate pulps were subjected to alkaline treatments at different temperatures and alkalinities using white liquor as the alkali source, followed by analyses of both pulps and hemicellulose-containing extraction lyes. The extracted hardwood xylans have strong potential as an ingredient in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Subsequent analyses revealed strong dependencies of the extraction efficiencies and molar mass distributions of hemicelluloses on the process variables of temperature and effective alkalinity. The hemicellulose content of the initial pulps, the hardwood species, and the type of applied base played minor roles. PMID:27163434

  14. Impact of Wetting/Oven-Drying Cycles on the Mechanical and Physical Properties of Birch Plywood

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    Sooru, M.; Kasepuu, K.; Kask, R.; Lille, H.

    2015-11-01

    The objective of this study was to explore some physical and mechanical properties and the dimensional stability of birch (Betula sp.) nine-ply veneers glued with phenol-formaldehyde (PF) after 10 cycles of soaking/oven-drying. The properties to be determined were bending strength (BS), modulus of elasticity in bending (MOE), Janka hardness (JH) and thickness swelling (TS), which were tested according to the European Standards (EN). An analytical equation was used for approximation of the change in the physical and mechanical properties of the samples depending on the number of cycles. It was shown that the values of the studied properties were affected most by the first soaking and drying cycles after which BS and MOE decreased continuously while the values of JH and TS stabilized. After 10 cycles the final values of BS, MOE, JH and TS accounted for 75-81%, 95%, 82% and 98.5% of the initial values, respectively.

  15. Impact of anthropogenic forest contamination on radioresistance of woody plant seed

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    Radioresistance of seeds of bay willow (Salix pentandra L.) and great sallow willow (Salix caprea L.) from forests chronically affected and non-affected by acidic (SO2, NOx, HF, etc.) industries has been studied and compared. Bay willow seeds of 6 harvests showed no difference in radioresistance. However, seeds of both species manifested strong synchronous variability in resistance to preplant exposure. Also, no influence was observed of mother plant gas content on great sallow willow seeds of different harvests. Data obtained confirm similar results of previous studies conducted by the author (1987) to identify the impact of plant gas content on radioresistance of seeds and seedlings of pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and birch (Betula verrucosa Erh.). (author)

  16. Biochemical and molecular genetic approaches on the radioprotective mechanism of natural products

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    Kim, Jeong Hee; Lee, Eun Ju; Sung, Woo Kyung; Piao, Wen Hua [Kyunghee University, Seoul (Korea)

    1999-04-01

    We reported the radio-protective effect of DTT. The treatment of DTT increased cell survival after gamma-irradiation, decreased in the frequencies of micronucleus, and reduction in DNA fragmentation and apoptotic cells. Induction of apoptosis after UV-C irradiation was revealed by the changes in the relative cell death, increase in the relative amount of apoptotic cells, and the induction of DNA fragmentation. About 100 medicinal plants were purchased and methanol extract samples were prepared. Radio-protective and radio-sensitizing activities of these samples were screened. Seven samples showed above 20% radio-protective activities: Salvia miltiorrhiza, Areca catechu, Cornus officinalis, Alpiniae officinari rhizoma, Meliae fructus, Alpiniae katsumadaii semen, Betulae cortex. Acanthopanax sessiliflous showed the highest radio-sensitizing effect and 10 other samples revealed moderate activities: Melia japonica, Agastache rugosa, Platycodon gradiflorum, Broussonetia bazinoki, Angelica gigas, Inula helenium, Chelidonium majus, Pulsatilla koreana, Oldenlandia diffusa, Dioscorea batatas. (author). 49 refs., 9 figs., 7 tabs.

  17. Long-term forest dynamics at Gribskov, eastern Denmark with early-Holocene evidence for thermophilous broadleaved tree species

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    Overballe-Petersen, Mette V; Nielsen, Anne Birgitte; Hannon, Gina E.;

    2012-01-01

    two periods of the early Holocene and from c. 3000 cal. BP to present. The early-Holocene part of the record indicates a highly disturbed forest ecosystem with frequent fires and abundant macrofossils of particularly Betula sp. and Populus sp. The sediment stratigraphy and age–depth relationships give......We report on a full-Holocene pollen, charcoal and macrofossil record from a small forest hollow in Gribskov, eastern Denmark. The Fagus sylvatica pollen record suggests the establishment of a small Fagus population at Gribskov in the early Holocene together with early establishment of other...... thermophilous broadleaved trees, including Quercus sp., Tilia sp. and Ulmus sp. The macrofossils contribute to the vegetation reconstruction with evidence for local presence of species with low pollen productivity or easily degraded pollen types such as Populus. The charcoal record shows frequent burning during...

  18. Enzymological study of the evolution of the technogenic soil submitted to biological recultivation in Bozanta Mare (Maramures county, north-western Romania

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    Cristian Felix BLIDAR

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper summarizes our research work regarding the dynamics of vegetation growth of miscellaneous species of trees planted and monitored in the particular environment of the tailing pond in Bozanta Mare (Maramures County. The structure of soil bearing high content of heavy metals and cyanides considerably impacts the ecologic conditions of tailing ponds. Aspects related to soil characteristics (such as structure, size of particles, porosity, texture, chemical composition are included. In the framework of our experiment we have planted seedlings belonging to four species of trees: Quercus petraea, Populus tremula, Betula verrucosa, Salix caprea. Our aim was to study the evolution of enzyme activities. Our contribution, based on the outcomes of our research, consists in the formulation of functional correlations spotted between cormophites and enzyme activities, between the species of trees and their environmental underlying conditions, with the overarching goal to optimize the activities undertaken in order to alleviate the tailing ponds inherent to mining activities.

  19. Determination of selected microelements in polish herbs and their infusions

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    Kalny, Piotr [Medical University of Warsaw, Department of Drugs Analysis, Banacha 1, 02-091 Warsaw (Poland); Fijalek, Zbigniew [Medical University of Warsaw, Department of Drugs Analysis, Banacha 1, 02-091 Warsaw (Poland); National Medicines Institute, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chelmska 30/34, 00-725 Warsaw (Poland); Daszczuk, Anna [Medical University of Warsaw, Department of Drugs Analysis, Banacha 1, 02-091 Warsaw (Poland); Ostapczuk, Peter [Research Center of Juelich, Department of Safety and Radiation Protection, Leo-Brand Str. 1, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)]. E-mail: p.ostapczuk@fz-juelich.de

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    Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn were determined in birch leaves (Folium Betulae), dandelion roots (Radix Taraxacae), hawthorn blossom (Inflorescentia Crataegi) and their infusions by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) after microwave digestion of plant samples. Infusions were made from herbs according to prescription for patients, provided by the producer of medicine on the package. The results obtained were compared with daily requirements for each element. Results show high content of cadmium in the medicinal plants analyzed. The highest level in infusions was observed for Ni and Zn (over 90% of the total element concentration for Ni and in most cases over 50% for Zn), and the lowest for Cd and Pb. The calculated daily intake of majority of the analyzed elements was very low (under 1% of daily requirements)

  20. Determination of selected microelements in polish herbs and their infusions

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    Ba, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb and Zn were determined in birch leaves (Folium Betulae), dandelion roots (Radix Taraxacae), hawthorn blossom (Inflorescentia Crataegi) and their infusions by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) after microwave digestion of plant samples. Infusions were made from herbs according to prescription for patients, provided by the producer of medicine on the package. The results obtained were compared with daily requirements for each element. Results show high content of cadmium in the medicinal plants analyzed. The highest level in infusions was observed for Ni and Zn (over 90% of the total element concentration for Ni and in most cases over 50% for Zn), and the lowest for Cd and Pb. The calculated daily intake of majority of the analyzed elements was very low (under 1% of daily requirements)

  1. The blocking activity of birch pollen-specific immunotherapy-induced IgG4 is not qualitatively superior to that of other IgG subclasses

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    Ejrnaes, Anne M; Bødtger, Uffe; Larsen, Jørgen N; Svenson, Morten

    2004-01-01

    for the clinical efficacy of SIT. In this study, fractionated serum samples from 14 SIT-treated birch pollen allergic individuals enabled determination of the inhibitory capacity of IgG4 alone versus non-IgG4 IgG. Allergen-binding activities of IgG and the IgG-mediated inhibition of allergen binding...... to autologous IgE were detected using 125I-labelled rBet v 1.2801, a recombinant variant of the major allergen of Betula verrucosa pollen. Results show that IgG4-depletion resulted in equivalent reductions in binding and blocking activities. In contrast, a significant but less than two-fold higher...

  2. A longitudinal study of memory advantages in bilinguals.

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    Jessica K Ljungberg

    Full Text Available Typically, studies of cognitive advantages in bilinguals have been conducted previously by using executive and inhibitory tasks (e.g. Simon task and applying cross-sectional designs. This study longitudinally investigated bilingual advantages on episodic memory recall, verbal letter and categorical fluency during the trajectory of life. Monolingual and bilingual participants (n=178 between 35-70 years at baseline were drawn from the Betula Prospective Cohort Study of aging, memory, and health. Results showed that bilinguals outperformed monolinguals at the first testing session and across time both in episodic memory recall and in letter fluency. No interaction with age was found indicating that the rate of change across ages was similar for bilinguals and monolinguals. As predicted and in line with studies applying cross-sectional designs, no advantages associated with bilingualism were found in the categorical fluency task. The results are discussed in the light of successful aging.

  3. Slow pyrolysis of willow (Salix) studied with GC/MS and GC/FTIR/FID

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    Ingemarsson, A.; Nilsson, M.; Pedersen, J.R.; Olsson, J.O. [Chalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Physical Chemistry

    1999-07-01

    Small samples (15-150 mg) of wood and bark from basket willow (Salix viminalis) clone Jorr were pyrolysed at 550{sup o}C. Samples from pure wood of European White (Silver) Birch (Betula pendula (alba)) and Norway Spruce (Picea abies) were used as references. The compounds produced during pyrolysis were analysed using gas chromatographic (GC) methods: direct injection with GC/FTIR/FID, direct injection with GC/MS, and pre-concentration with GC/MS. The samples from salix, birch and spruce all produced a range of low molecular weight compounds: aliphatic acids, esters, aldehydes, and ketones as well as furans. Commonly, these samples also formed aromatic compounds: phenol, methyl-phenols, and the guiacol (2-Methoxyphenol) series of compounds. Salix and birch both produced the syringol (2,6-Dimethoxyphenol) series of compounds. Syringol derivatives were not detected from the pyrolysis of spruce. (author)

  4. PURIFICATION OF HARDWOOD-DERIVED AUTOHYDROLYSATES

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    Joni Tapani Lehto,

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Carbohydrate-containing hydrolysates (1.1 to 14.9% of wood dry matter obtained from autohydrolysis (at 130 to 150°C for 30 to 120 minutes of birch (Betula pendula chips prior to pulping were purified with respect to non-carbohydrate materials, without carbohydrate losses, either by ethyl acetate extraction or XAD-4 resin treatment. In the former case, about 50% of lignin and practically all the furanoic compounds (2-furaldehyde and 5-(hydroxymethylfurfural could be removed, whereas in the latter case, the corresponding amounts were about 30% and 50 to 90%, respectively. A partial recovery of various unsaturated impurities is of importance, because they may act as inhibitors when biochemically converting carbohydrates in hydrolysates into value-added products.

  5. Late glacial vegetation development in Denmark – new evidence based on macrofossil and pollen from Slotseng, a small-scale site in southern Jutland

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    Mortensen, Morten Fischer; Birks, Hilary H.; Christensen, Charlie;

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents the first unambiguous terrestrial palaeoecological record for the late glacial “Bølling warming” in Denmark. Pollen and macrofossil stratigraphies from pre-Bølling to 10,800 cal yr BP are presented from a small kettle hole in Southwest Denmark, during which the lake basin...... developed from an immature stage after the deglaciation to complete infilling in the early Holocene. Results show that the recently deglaciated landscape bore a discontinuous vegetation of pioneer plants. After the Bølling warming, an open Dryas octopetala-Betula nana community developed with Helianthemum...... the Younger Dryas period trees disappeared and the vegetation became open again and dominated by subarctic species. Following climate warming at the Younger Dryas–Holocene transition a shrub community of Empetrum and Juniperus developed. After approximately 200 years it was replaced by birch forest...

  6. Comparative measurements of transpiration an canopy conductance in two mixed deciduous woodlands differing in structure and species composition

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    Herbst, Mathias; Rosier, Paul T.W.; Morecroft, Michael D.;

    2008-01-01

    continuous hazel (Corylus avellana L.) understory. Wytham Woods, which had an LAI of 3.6, was dominated by ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) and sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) and had only a sparse understory. Annual canopy transpiration was 367 mm for Grimsbury Wood and 397 mm for Wytham Woods. These values......Transpiration of two heterogeneous broadleaved woodlands in southern England was monitored by the sap flux technique throughout the 2006 growing season. Grimsbury Wood, which had a leaf area index (LAI) of 3.9, was dominated by oak (Quercus robur L.) and birch (Betula pubescens L.) and had a...... incoming solar radiation (RG) and the vapour pressure deficit (D). The response of gc to RG was similar for both forests. Both reference conductance (gcref), defined as gc at D = 1 kPa, and the stomatal sensitivity (-m), defined as the slope of the logarithmic response curve of gc to D, increased during...

  7. A 22 570-year record of vegetational and climatic change from Wenhai Lake in the Hengduan Mountains biodiversity hotspot, Yunnan, Southwest China

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    Yao, Y. F.; Song, X. Y.; Wortley, A. H.; Blackmore, S.; Li, C. S.

    2015-03-01

    The Hengduan Mountains, with their strong altitudinal vegetation zonation, form a biodiversity hotspot which offers the potential for comparison between sites in order to understand how this zonation arose and how it has responded to climate change and human impacts through time. This paper presents a 22 570-year pollen record of vegetational and climatic change based on a core 320 cm in depth collected from Wenhai Lake on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Hengduan Mountains region of Yunnan, Southwest China. From 22 570 to 21 140 cal yr BP, the vegetation was dominated by broad-leaved forest (comprising mainly Quercus, Betula and Castanopsis), accompanied by needle-leaved forest (mainly Pinus and Abies), indicating a rather cold and dry climate relative to the present followed by cold and wet conditions. In the period between 21 140 and 19 350 cal yr BP, the vegetation was still dominated by broad-leaved forest and needle-leaved forest as before but with a notable increase in Betula pollen and a sharp decrease in Quercus pollen, implying a relatively cold and dry climate with several fluctuations in humidity. The period 19 350 to 17 930 cal yr BP was a transition stage from broad-leaved forest to needle-leaved forest, with a dramatic decrease in Quercus pollen and a maximum reading for Abies pollen, reflecting the coldest and driest climate since 22 570 cal yr BP. The expansion in needle-leaved forest dominated by Pinus and Abies (22 570-17 930 cal yr BP) along with an increase of Betula might correspond to the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM; the start of the LGM perhaps occurred prior to the basal age of the core). Between 17 930 and 9250 cal yr BP, needle-leaved forest declined and broad-leaved forest began to increase at first, suggesting increases in temperature and humidity, while towards the end of the period, needle-leaved forest expanded and broad-leaved forest shrank, indicating a colder and drier climate, possibly corresponding to the

  8. Short communication. A review on the efficacy tests and risk analyses conducted on Chondrostereum purpureum, a potential biocontrol agent, in Finland

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    Hantula, J.; Hamberg, L.; Vartiamaki, H.; Korhonen, K.; Uotila, A.

    2012-11-01

    Hardwood sprouting is a problem in forest regeneration areas, under electric lines, on roadsides and railways. In Finland, isolates of Chondrostereum purpureum were screened by field experiments for their efficiency to control sprouting. The proportion of dead stumps with the best isolates exceeded 80% on birch (Betula pendula and B. pubescens), and C. purpureum was also found to affect the sprouting of aspen (Populus tremula) and rowan (Sorbus aucuparia). The risks of C. purpureum based biocontrol were evaluated by population genetic analysis. It showed that C. purpureum is a geographically undifferentiated species that does not reproduce clonally. The risk of infection of non-target trees was found to be highest in early spring. These findings suggest that the risks of using C. purpureum in biocontrol are small. (Author) 36 refs.

  9. Spontaneous changes a basis for new ornamental woody plant cultivars

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    Full Text Available In nursery stock production of some ornamental woody plants the appearance of spontaneous variability was identified in the form of atypical pigmentation of leaves (albinism, variegated, red colored, leaves shape (jaggy and dwarfs. Mutated plants with variegated leaves were observed among hybrid plane (Platanus x acerifolia (Ait. Willd., Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila L., laurel cherry (Prunus laurocerasus L. and Lawson false-cypress (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Murr. Parl. Seedlings. The type of variegation and frequency were analyzed. Among plane tree and Siberian elm seedlings there were observed red colored leaves. Atypical, jaggy shaped leaves were found among laurel cherry seedlings. Dwarf growth was identified at Siberian elm and birch (Betula pendula Roth. where also found fruits at one year seedling. There were not significant differences in some morphological and physiological properties in plane tree seedlings with various pigmented leaves. .

  10. Effects of the inhaled treatment of liriope radix on an asthmatic mouse model.

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    Kim, Ki-Suk; Cho, Dong-Hyuk; Yang, Hea Jung; Choi, Eun-Kyeong; Shin, Min Hee; Kim, Kang-Hoon; Ahn, Kwang Seok; Ha, In Jin; Na, Yun-Cheol; Um, Jae Young; Chung, Won Seok; Jung, Hee-Jae; Jung, Sung-Ki; Jang, Hyeung-Jin

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    As a treatment for allergic asthma, inhaled treatments such as bronchodilators that contain β2-agonists have an immediate effect, which attenuates airway obstructions and decreases airway hypersensitivity. However, bronchodilators only perform on a one off basis, but not consistently. Asthma is defined as a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways accompanying the overproduction of mucus, airway wall remodeling, bronchial hyperreactivity and airway obstruction. Liriope platyphylla radix extract (LPP), a traditional Korean medicine, has been thoroughly studied and found to be an effective anti-inflammatory medicine. Here, we demonstrate that an inhaled treatment of LPP can attenuate airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) in an ovalbumin-induced asthmatic mouse model, compared to the saline-treated group (p < 0.01). Moreover, LPP decreases inflammatory cytokine levels, such as eotaxin (p < 0.05), IL-5 (p < 0.05), IL-13 (p < 0.001), RANTES (p < 0.01), and TNF-α (p < 0.05) in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of asthmatic mice. A histopathological study was carried out to determine the effects of LPP inhalation on mice lung tissue. We performed UPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS, LC/MS, and GC/MS analyses to analyze the chemical constituents of LPP, finding that these are ophiopogonin D, spicatoside A, spicatoside B, benzyl alcohol, and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. This study demonstrates the effect of an inhaled LPP treatment both on airway AHR and on the inflammatory response in an asthmatic mouse model. Hence, LPP holds significant promise as a nasal inhalant for the treatment of asthmatic airway disease. PMID:25967662

  11. [Mercury in edible mushrooms from the area of Kościersk forests and from the Vistula peninsula].

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    Falandysz, J; Marcinowicz, A; Chwir, A

    1996-01-01

    The total mercury concentrations were determined in caps and stalks or a whole fruiting bodies of 13 species of edible mushrooms collected at the area of Kościerzyna forests (District of Gdańsk) and the Vistula Peninsula (District of Elblag) in 1993/94. The method of measurement was cold-vapour atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS) after wet digestion of the samples with concentrated nitric acid. Macrolepiota procera showed highest mercury concentration among species investigated and contained, respectively, 1100 micrograms/kg dry wt in caps and 580 micrograms/kg in stalks, while Lycoperdon perlatum showed 1100 micrograms/kg in a whole fruiting body. Suillus granulatus, Xerocomus subtomentosus, Leccinum scabrum, Oudemansiella platyphylla and Lactarius delicious contained mercury in concentration from 150 to 370 micrograms/kg dry wt in caps and from 70 to 180 micrograms/kg in stalks. Suillus bovinus, Chroogomphus rutilus and Armillariella mellea showed smallest concentrations of mercury between species examined, i.e. in caps from 29 to 65 micrograms/kg and in stalks from 23 to 49 micrograms/kg, on a average. Leccinum scabrum and Xerocomus badius were collected from the both distant in space sampling sites. In the case of L. scabrum the concentrations of mercury were very similar for the both sites investigated, i.e. between 290 +/- 100 and 370 +/- 330 in caps, and 180 +/- 60 and 220 +/- 160 micrograms/kg dry wt in stalks, while for X. badius differed and were between 73 +/- 20 and 220 +/- 60 in caps, and 49 +/- 13 and 130 +/- 40 in stalks (p < 0.001). PMID:9064742

  12. Is the Growth of Birch at the UPPER Timberline in the Himalayas Limited By Moisture or By Temperature?

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    Liang, E.; Dawadi, B.; Pederson, N.; Eckstein, D.

    2014-12-01

    Birch (Betula) trees and forests are found across much of the temperate and boreal zones of the Northern Hemisphere. Yet, despite being an ecologically-significant genus, it is much less-well studied compared to common genera like Pinus, Picea, Juniperus, Quercus, and Fagus. In the Himalayas, Himalayan birch (Betula utilis) is a widespread, important broadleaf timberline species that survives in mountain rain shadows via access to water from snowmelt. Because precipitation in the Nepalese Himalayas decreases with increasing elevation, we hypothesized that the growth of birch at the upper timberlines between 3,900 and 4,150 m a.s.l. is primarily limited by moisture availability rather than by low temperature. To verify this assumption, a total of 292 increment cores were extracted from 211 birch trees at nine timberline sites. The synchronous occurrence of narrow rings and high inter-series correlations within and among sites evidenced a reliable cross-dating and a common climatic signal in the tree-ring widths variations. From March-May, all nine tree-ring width site chronologies showed a strongly positive response to total precipitation and a less strongly negative response to temperature. During the instrumental meteorological record (after 1960), years with a high percentage of missing rings coincided with pre-monsoon drought events. Periods of below-average growth are in phase with well-known drought events all over monsoon Asia, showing additional evidence that Himalayan birch growth at the upper timberlines is persistently limited by moisture availability. Our study describes the rare case of a drought-induced altitudinal timberline that is composed by a broadleaf tree species.

  13. Late glacial multiproxy evidence of vegetation development and environmental change at Solova, southeastern Estonia

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    Full Text Available Reinvestigation of the late glacial Solova (Remmeski basin, based on plant macro­fossil and diatom record, AMS 14C chronology and sediment composition (loss-on-ignition and magnetic susceptibility data, provided information on vegetation history and palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic changes since the time of the deglaciation of the area around 14 000 cal yr BP. The chronology of the sequence is based on seven AMS dates on terrestrial macrofossils, providing evidence of rapid sedimentation in between 14 000 and 13 500 cal yr BP. Loss-on-ignition data show a clear short-lived warming episode centred to 13 800 cal yr BP, tentatively correlated with the GI-1c warming of the event stratigraphy of the Last Termination in the North Atlantic region, which suggests that at least parts of the Haanja Heights were ice-free by 14 000 cal yr BP. Macrofossil evidence indicates Betula nana–Dryas octopetala-dominated open tundra communities with Saxifraga on dry ground, and Carex sp. and Juncus on wet ground at that time. The first evidence of the postglacial presence of tree birch (Betula pendula in Estonia is dated back to 13 500 cal yr BP. However, conifer remains were not found in the late glacial sediment sequence of Solova Bog. The late-Allerød (GI-1a organic deposits, which are quite typical of other parts of Estonia and indicate general warming, are missing at Solova, most probably due to a hiatus in sedimentation in this very small and shallow upland basin.

  14. Rapid carbon turnover beneath shrub and tree vegetation is associated with low soil carbon stocks at a subarctic treeline.

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    Parker, Thomas C; Subke, Jens-Arne; Wookey, Philip A

    2015-05-01

    Climate warming at high northern latitudes has caused substantial increases in plant productivity of tundra vegetation and an expansion of the range of deciduous shrub species. However significant the increase in carbon (C) contained within above-ground shrub biomass, it is modest in comparison with the amount of C stored in the soil in tundra ecosystems. Here, we use a 'space-for-time' approach to test the hypothesis that a shift from lower-productivity tundra heath to higher-productivity deciduous shrub vegetation in the sub-Arctic may lead to a loss of soil C that out-weighs the increase in above-ground shrub biomass. We further hypothesize that a shift from ericoid to ectomycorrhizal systems coincident with this vegetation change provides a mechanism for the loss of soil C. We sampled soil C stocks, soil surface CO2 flux rates and fungal growth rates along replicated natural transitions from birch forest (Betula pubescens), through deciduous shrub tundra (Betula nana) to tundra heaths (Empetrum nigrum) near Abisko, Swedish Lapland. We demonstrate that organic horizon soil organic C (SOCorg ) is significantly lower at shrub (2.98 ± 0.48 kg m(-2) ) and forest (2.04 ± 0.25 kg m(-2) ) plots than at heath plots (7.03 ± 0.79 kg m(-2) ). Shrub vegetation had the highest respiration rates, suggesting that despite higher rates of C assimilation, C turnover was also very high and less C is sequestered in the ecosystem. Growth rates of fungal hyphae increased across the transition from heath to shrub, suggesting that the action of ectomycorrhizal symbionts in the scavenging of organically bound nutrients is an important pathway by which soil C is made available to microbial degradation. The expansion of deciduous shrubs onto potentially vulnerable arctic soils with large stores of C could therefore represent a significant positive feedback to the climate system. PMID:25367088

  15. Environmental variability in the monsoon-westerlies transition zone during the last 1200 years: lake sediment analyses from central Mongolia and supra-regional synthesis

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    Tian, Fang; Herzschuh, Ulrike; Dallmeyer, Anne; Xu, Qinghai; Mischke, Steffen; Biskaborn, Boris K.

    2013-08-01

    A high resolution multi-proxy (pollen, grain size, total organic carbon) record from a small mountain lake (Lake Khuisiin; 46.6°N, 101.8°E; 2270 m a.s.l.) in the south-eastern Khangai Mountains of central Mongolia has been used to explore changes in vegetation and climate over the last 1200 years. The pollen data indicates that the vegetation changed from dry steppe dominated by Poaceae and Artemisia (ca AD 760-950), to Larix forest steppe (ca AD 950-1170), Larix-Betula forest steppe (ca AD 1170-1380), meadow dominated by Cyperaceae and Poaceae (ca AD 1380-1830), and Larix-Betula forest steppe (after ˜ AD 1830). The cold-wet period between AD 1380 and 1830 may relate to the Little Ice Age. Environmental changes were generally subtle and climate change seems to have been the major driver of variations in vegetation until at least the early part of the 20th century, suggesting that either the level of human activity was generally low, or the relationship between human activity and vegetation did not alter substantially between AD 760 and 1830. A review of centennial-scale moisture records from China and Mongolia revealed that most areas experienced major changes at ca AD 1500 and AD 1900. However, the moisture availability since AD 1500 varied between sites, with no clear regional pattern or relationship to present-day conditions. Both the reconstructions and the moisture levels simulation on a millennium scale performed in the MPI Earth System Model indicate that the monsoon-westerlies transition area shows a greater climate variability than those areas influenced by the westerlies, or by the summer monsoon only.

  16. High environmental variability in the monsoon-westerlies transition area of Asia during the last 1200 years: lake sediment analyses from central Mongolia and supra-regional synthesis

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    Tian, Fang; Herzschuh, Ulrike; Dallmeyer, Anne; Xu, Qinghai; Mischke, Steffen; Biskaborn, Boris K.

    2013-04-01

    A high resolution multi-proxy (pollen, grain size distribution, total organic carbon) record from a small mountain lake (Lake Khuisiin; 46.6°N, 101.8°E; 2270 m a.s.l.) in the south-eastern Khangai Mountains of central Mongolia has been used to explore changes in vegetation and climate over the last 1200 years. The pollen data indicates that the vegetation changed from dry steppe dominated by Poaceae and Artemisia (ca. AD 760-950), to Larix forest steppe (ca. AD 950-1170), Larix-Betula forest steppe (ca. AD 1170-1380), meadow dominated by Cyperaceae and Poaceae (ca. AD 1380-1830), and Larix-Betula forest steppe (after ~AD 1830). There was no consistent evidence of warming during the Medieval Warm Period, but the cold wet period between AD 1380 and 1830 may relate to the Little Ice Age. Environmental changes were generally subtle and climate change seems to have been the major driver of variations in vegetation until at least the early part of the 20th century, suggesting that either the level of human activity was generally low, or the relationship between human activity and vegetation did not alter substantially between AD 760 and 1830. A review of centennial-scale moisture records from China and Mongolia revealed that most areas experienced major changes at ca. AD 1500 and AD 1900. However, the moisture availability since AD 1500 varied between sites, with no clear regional pattern or relationship to present-day conditions. Both the reconstructions and the moisture levels simulation on the millennium scale preformed in the MPI Earth System Model indicate that the monsoon-westerlies transition area shows a higher climate variability than the areas purely influenced by the westerlies or the summer monsoon.

  17. Free atmospheric CO2 enrichment increased above ground biomass but did not affect symbiotic N2-fixation and soil carbon dynamics in a mixed deciduous stand in Wales

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    Full Text Available Through increases in net primary production (NPP, elevated CO2 is hypothesized to increase the amount of plant litter entering the soil. The fate of this extra carbon on the forest floor or in mineral soil is currently not clear. Moreover, increased rates of NPP can be maintained only if forests can escape nitrogen limitation. In a Free atmospheric CO2 Enrichment (FACE experiment near Bangor, Wales, 4 ambient and 4 elevated [CO2] plots were planted with patches of Betula pendula, Alnus glutinosa and Fagus sylvatica on a former arable field. After 4 years, biomass averaged for the 3 species was 5497 (se 270 g m−2 in ambient and 6450 (se 130 g m−2 in elevated [CO2] plots, a significant increase of 17% (P = 0.018. During that time, only a shallow L forest floor litter layer had formed due to intensive bioturbation. Total soil C and N contents increased irrespective of treatment and species as a result of afforestation. We could not detect an additional C sink in the soil, nor were soil C stabilization processes affected by elevated [CO2]. We observed a decrease of leaf N content in Betula and Alnus under elevated [CO2], while the soil C/N ratio decreased regardless of CO2 treatment. The ratio of N taken up from the soil and by N2-fixation in Alnus was not affected by elevated [CO2]. We infer that increased nitrogen use efficiency is the mechanism by which increased NPP is sustained under elevated [CO2] at this site.

  18. Study on complexity of plant communities at different altitudes on the Northern Slope of Changbai Mountain

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    By the method of gradient pattern analysis, twenty plots were set at altitudes of 700-2600 m with an interval of 100 m on the northern slope of the Changbai Mountain. The dissimilarity of respective sub-plots in the same community was measured and the complexity of plant communities at different altitudes was analyzed. The result from binary data of tree species in canopy tree indicated that the sub-plots in the communities, except subalpine Betula ermanii forest, showed comparatively high dissimilarity in species composition. Especially, the dissimilarity index (0.7) of broadleaved/Korean pine forest at low altitudes was obviously higher than other communities. The differences are not obvious between communities referring to dark coniferous forest. Comparatively, the dissimilarity in sub-plots of the communities at altitude of 1400 m was slightly higher than that of other communities, which reflected the complexity of tree species compositions of transitory-type communities. For subalpine Betula ermanii forest, tree species composition was simple and showed a high similarity between sub-plots. The results derived from binary data of shrub showed that the dissimilarity index of shrub species in broadleaved/Korean pine forest at low altitudes was higher than that in other communities, but the divergence tendency wasn't so obvious as that of arbor species. The dissimilarity derived from binary data of herb and all plant species at different altitudes showed greatly close tendency, and the differences in herb and all plant species between sub-plots were the greatest for the communities of broad-leaved-Korean pine forest and alpine tundra zone.

  19. Systematics of the ectomycorrhizal genus Lactarius in the Rocky Mountain alpine zone.

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    Barge, Edward G; Cripps, Cathy L; Osmundson, Todd W

    2016-03-01

    Lactarius (Russulales) is an important component of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in cold-dominated contiguous arctic and disjunct alpine habitats where it associates primarily with Betula, Dryas and Salix However, little is known of this genus in the central and southern Rocky Mountain alpine zone (3000-3900 m) of North America. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of nuc rDNA ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 (ITS barcode) and the second largest subunit of the RNA polymerase II gene (RPB2) partial sequences in conjunction with detailed morphological examination confirm at least six species occurring above treeline. Most have intercontinental distributions in North America and Eurasia according to molecular comparison with type material and collections from Europe, Fennoscandia, Svalbard and Alaska. Rocky Mountain collections of L. lanceolatus (subgenus Russularia), along with the type from Alaska are paraphyletic with respect to L. aurantiacus and North American taxa L. luculentus and L. luculentus v. laetus Rocky Mountain collections of L. nanus, L. glyciosmus, L. repraesentaneus and L. salicis-reticulatae (subgenus Piperites) all form clades with European material from type localities and other arctic-alpine habitats. The arctic-alpine L. pseudouvidus/L. brunneoviolaceus group appears to be a complex containing additional taxa. North American material originally described as part of this group is well-separated phylogenetically and is described here as L. pallidomarginatus sp. nov. Lactarius lanceolatus, L. nanus and L. salicis-reticulatae appear largely restricted to arctic-alpine habitats with Salix Lactarius glyciosmus and L. repraesentaneus occur in arctic-alpine, subalpine and boreal habitats with Betula and also Picea and possibly Salix for the latter. Species distributions are hypothesized to be shaped by host ranges, glaciation and long distance dispersal. PMID:26740539

  20. Effect of hydroxyapatite-containing microspheres embedded into three-dimensional magnesium phosphate scaffolds on the controlled release of lysozyme and in vitro biodegradation

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Jongman Lee, Hui-suk YunPowder and Ceramics Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon, Republic of KoreaAbstract: The functionality of porous three-dimensional (3D magnesium phosphate (MgP scaffold was investigated for the development of a novel protein delivery system and biomimetic bone tissue engineering scaffold. This enhancement can be achieved by incorporation of hydroxyapatite (HA-containing polymeric microspheres (MSs into a bulk MgP matrix, and a paste-extruding deposition (PED system. In this work, the amount of MS and HA was precisely controlled when manufacturing MS-embedded MgP (MS/MgP composite scaffolds. The main influence was researched in terms of in vitro lysozyme-release, in vitro biodegradation, mechanical properties, and in vitro calcification. The controlled release of lysozyme was indicated, while showing graded release patterns according to HA content. The composite scaffolds degraded gradually with MS content and degradation time. Due to the effect of HA inclusion, the higher HA-containing MS/MgP scaffolds could, not only delay the biodegradation process but also, compensate for the possible loss of mechanical properties. In this regard, it is reasonable to confirm the inverse relationship between biodegradation and corresponding compressive properties. In order to encourage bioactivity and osteoconductivity, the MS/MgP composite scaffolds were subjected to simulated body fluid treatment. Calcium deposition was, in turn, improved with increasing MS and HA content over time. This quantitative result was also proved using morphological and elemental analysis. In summary, a significant transformation of a monolithic MgP scaffold was directed toward a multifunctional bone tissue engineering scaffold equipped with controlled protein delivery, biodegradability, and bioactivity.Keywords: protein delivery, bone tissue engineering

  1. Early visual processing for low spatial frequency fearful face is correlated with cortical volume in patients with schizophrenia

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Jung Suk Lee,1 Gewnhi Park,2 Myeong Ju Song,3 Kee-Hong Choi,4 Seung-Hwan Lee5,6 1Department of Psychiatry, National Health Insurance Service Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Republic of Korea; 2Department of Psychology, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA; 3Department of Neuropsychiatry, Seoul National University Hospital, 4Department of Psychology, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 5Clinical Emotion and Cognition Research Laboratory, Goyang, Republic of Korea; 6Department of Psychiatry, Inje University, Ilsan-Paik Hospital, Goyang, Republic of Korea Abstract: Patients with schizophrenia present with dysfunction of the magnocellular pathway, which might impair their early visual processing. We explored the relationship between functional abnormality of early visual processing and brain volumetric changes in schizophrenia. Eighteen patients and 16 healthy controls underwent electroencephalographic recordings and high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging. During electroencephalographic recordings, participants passively viewed neutral or fearful faces with broad, high, or low spatial frequency characteristics. Voxel-based morphometry was performed to investigate brain volume correlates of visual processing deficits. Event related potential analysis suggested that patients with schizophrenia had relatively impaired P100 processing of low spatial frequency fearful face stimuli compared with healthy controls; patients’ gray-matter volumes in the dorsolateral and medial prefrontal cortices positively correlated with this amplitude. In addition, patients’ gray-matter volume in the right cuneus positively correlated with the P100 amplitude in the left hemisphere for the high spatial frequency neutral face condition and that in the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex negatively correlated with the negative score of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale. No significant correlations were observed in healthy controls. This study suggests that

  2. Respiratory syncytial virus-like nanoparticle vaccination induces long-term protection without pulmonary disease by modulating cytokines and T-cells partially through alveolar macrophages

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Young-Tae Lee,1,* Eun-Ju Ko,1,2,* Hye Suk Hwang,1,2 Jong Seok Lee,1,3 Ki-Hye Kim,1 Young-Man Kwon,1 Sang-Moo Kang1,2 1Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection, Institute for Biomedical Sciences, 2Department of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA; 3National Institute of Biological Resources, Incheon, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: The mechanisms of protection against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV are poorly understood. Virus-like nanoparticles expressing RSV glycoproteins (eg, a combination of fusion and glycoprotein virus-like nanoparticles [FG VLPs] have been suggested to be a promising RSV vaccine candidate. To understand the roles of alveolar macrophages (AMs in inducing long-term protection, mice that were 12 months earlier vaccinated with formalin-inactivated RSV (FI-RSV or FG VLPs were treated with clodronate liposome prior to RSV infection. FI-RSV immune mice with clodronate liposome treatment showed increases in eosinophils, plasmacytoid dendritic cells, interleukin (IL-4+ T-cell infiltration, proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and, in particular, mucus production upon RSV infection. In contrast to FI-RSV immune mice with severe pulmonary histopathology, FG VLP immune mice showed no overt sign of histopathology and significantly lower levels of eosinophils, T-cell infiltration, and inflammatory cytokines, but higher levels of interferon-γ, which are correlated with protection against RSV disease. FG VLP immune mice with depletion of AMs showed increases in inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, as well as eosinophils. The results in this study suggest that FG nanoparticle vaccination induces long-term protection against RSV and that AMs play a role in the RSV protection by modulating eosinophilia, mucus production, inflammatory cytokines, and T-cell infiltration. Keywords: alveolar macrophage, nanoparticle vaccine, VLP, FI-RSV, RSV disease

  3. Multi-instanton calculus and the AdS/CFT correspondence in N = 4 superconformal field theory

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    We present a self-contained study of ADHM multi-instantons in SU(N) gauge theory, especially the novel interplay with supersymmetry and the large-N limit. We give both field- and string-theoretic derivations of the N = 4 supersymmetric multi-instanton action and collective coordinate integration measure. As a central application, we focus on certain n-point functions Gn, n = 16, 8 or 4, in N = 4 SU(N) gauge theory at the conformal point (as well as on related higher-partial-wave correlators); these are correlators in which the 16 exact supersymmetric and superconformal fermion zero-modes are saturated. In the large-N limit, for the first time in any four-dimensional theory, we are able to evaluate all leading-order multi-instanton contributions exactly. We find compelling evidence for Maldacena's conjecture: (1) The large = N k-instanton collective coordinate space has the geometry of a single copy of AdS5 x S5. (2) The integration measure on this space includes the partition function of ten-dimensional N = 1 SU(k) gauge theory dimensionally reduced to zero dimensions, matching the description of D-instantons in Type IIB string theory. (3) In exact agreement with Type IIB string calculations, at the k-instantonlevel, Gn = √N g8 kn-((7)/(2))e2πikτΣd/k d-2 · Fn(x1, ..., xn), where Fn is identical to a convolution of n bulk-to-boundary supergravity propagators

  4. Quantized Concentration Gradient in Picoliter Scale

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    2010-10-01

    . Acknowledgement: All this work has been done by Sachin Jambovane, Kirn Cramer, Woon Seob Lee, and Hoon Suk Rho. The presenter would like to thank them.

  5. IAEA Technical Co-operation activities: Asia and the Pacific. Workshop on training nuclear laboratory technicians

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    The workshop was held to exchange information on existing facilities and programmes in Asia and the Pacific for training nuclear laboratory technicians, to identify future training needs and to assess the need for IAEA's involvement in this field. As the participants outlined the requirements for nuclear laboratory technician training and the facilities available in their respective countries, it became evident that, in addition to the training of radioisotope laboratory technicians, they also wished to review the need for technician training for the operation of nuclear power plants and industrial application of atomic energy. The terms of reference of the workshop were extended accordingly. The opening address by Chang Suk Lee, the Korean Vice Minister of Science and Technology, noted the valuable contribution to quality control and other industrial uses that nuclear techniques have made in his country. He also reviewed the application of nuclear techniques in Korean agriculture and medicine. The participants explored various forms of co-operation that could be established between countries of the region. Exchange programmes, not only for students but also for expert teachers, and the exchange or loan of equipment were suggested. It was felt that some generalized training courses could be organized on a regional basis, and two countries advocated the setting up of a regional training centre. One suggestion was to arrange regional training courses in special fields that would move from one country to another. The need was felt for periodic regional meetings on training methods, course content and other questions relating to training of laboratory technicians. The IAEA was requested to act as a clearinghouse for information on available training facilities in the region and to advise on the curricula for technician training courses. The Agency was also asked to organize short courses for the training of instructors of technicians in the various fields of atomic

  6. Preparation of polylactide-co-glycolide nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib and their antitumor activity against brain tumor cells

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    Full Text Available Tae-Ho Kim1*, Young-Il Jeong2*, Shu-Guang Jin2, Jian Pei2, Tae-Young Jung1, Kyung-Sub Moon1, In-Young Kim1, Sam-Suk Kang1, Shin Jung1,21Department of Neurosurgery, 2Brain Tumor Research Laboratory, Chonnam National University Research Institute of Medical Science, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital and Medical School, Gwangju, Republic of Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work. Background: Celecoxib, a cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2 inhibitor, has been reported to mediate growth inhibitory effects and to induce apoptosis in various cancer cell lines. In this study, we examined the potential effects of celecoxib on glioma cell proliferation, migration, and inhibition of COX-2 expression in vitro. Methods: Celecoxib was incorporated into poly DL-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA nanoparticles for antitumor drug delivery. Results: PLGA nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib had spherical shapes and their particle sizes were in the range of 50–200 nm. Drug-loading efficiency was not significantly changed according to the solvent used, except for acetone. Celecoxib was released from the PLGA nanoparticles for more than 2 days, and the higher the drug content, the longer the duration of drug release. PLGA nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib showed cytotoxicity against U87MG tumor cells similar to that of celecoxib administered alone. Furthermore, celecoxib did not affect the degree of migration of U87MG cells. PLGA nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib showed dose-dependent cytotoxicity similar to that of celecoxib alone in C6 rat glioma cells. Western blot assay of the C6 cells showed that neither celecoxib alone nor PLGA nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib affected COX-2 expression. Conclusion: PLGA nanoparticles incorporating celecoxib had antitumor activity similar to that of celecoxib alone, even though these particles did not affect the degree of migration or COX-2 expression in the tumor cells. Keywords: celecoxib, cyclo

  7. Quantitative measurements of C-reactive protein using silicon nanowire arrays

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    Min-Ho Lee

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Min-Ho Lee, Kuk-Nyung Lee, Suk-Won Jung, Won-Hyo Kim, Kyu-Sik Shin, Woo-Kyeong SeongKorea Electronics Technology Institute, Gyeonggi, KoreaAbstract: A silicon nanowire-based sensor for biological application showed highly desirable electrical responses to either pH changes or receptor-ligand interactions such as protein disease markers, viruses, and DNA hybridization. Furthermore, because the silicon nanowire can display results in real-time, it may possess superior characteristics for biosensing than those demonstrated in previously studied methods. However, despite its promising potential and advantages, certain process-related limitations of the device, due to its size and material characteristics, need to be addressed. In this article, we suggest possible solutions. We fabricated silicon nanowire using a top-down and low cost micromachining method, and evaluate the sensing of molecules after transfer and surface modifications. Our newly designed method can be used to attach highly ordered nanowires to various substrates, to form a nanowire array device, which needs to follow a series of repetitive steps in conventional fabrication technology based on a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS method. For evaluation, we demonstrated that our newly fabricated silicon nanowire arrays could detect pH changes as well as streptavidin-biotin binding events. As well as the initial proof-of-principle studies, C-reactive protein binding was measured: electrical signals were changed in a linear fashion with the concentration (1 fM to 1 nM in PBS containing 1.37 mM of salts. Finally, to address the effects of Debye length, silicon nanowires coupled with antigen proteins underwent electrical signal changes as the salt concentration changed.Keywords: silicon nanowire array, C-reactive protein, vapor-liquid-solid method

  8. Airborne pollen spectrum of Dnіpropetrovsk city as a basis of hay fever control

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    V. V. Rodinkova

    2013-02-01

    other representatives of Asteraceae constituted of 5% each. The most abundant tree pollen rain (4% from total annual count was produced by the Populus species. Betula pollen was the next having up 2% of annual pollen rain in Dnipropetrovsk. As can be seen, the first arboreal spring-summer pollination wave was not massive in Dnipropetrovsk. It was represented by Populus, Betula, Acer, Fraxinus, Quercus, Ulmus, Pinus, Juglans pollen spread in the end of March, whole April and the first weeks of May mostly. However, the second wave was intensively seen from the mid of July till the mid of October. Important airborne pollen producing taxa were Artemisisia, Ambrosia, Asteraceae, Chenopodiaceae, Urtica, Plantago, Polygonaceae pollen at that time. Important airborne pollen allergens of Poaceae family (grasses held the 7th position in the total annual pollen rain and were recorded between two pollination waves from the mid of May till the end of June mostly. The worst period for the patients was associated with the Betula, Acer and Quercus pollination from 13th of April  till the mid of May and with Ambrosia and Artemisia pollination from 28th of July, till September, 30. The present airborne pollen calendar should be considered while diagnosing the hay fever symptoms in sensitive patients. It’s important to continue the pollen count and control in Dnіpropetrovsk due to constant changing of climatic and anthropogenic conditions impacting the pollen production and release.

  9. CUTICULAR STRUCTURE OF TWO ANGIOSPERM FOSSILS IN NEOGENE FROM TENGCHONG, YUNNAN PROVINCE AND ITS PALAEOENVIRONMENTAL SIGNIFICANCE%云南腾冲新近纪两种被子植物化石的角质层构造及其古环境意义

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    孙柏年; 丛培允; 阎德飞; 解三平

    2003-01-01

    This paper emphatically describes the cuticular characteristics of two fossil angiosperm species Betula mioluminifera Hu et Chaney and Carpinus subcordata Nathorst collected from Neogene in Tengchong, Yunnan. The cuticular characteristics of their Nearest Living Relative species (NLR species), Betula luminifera Winkler and Carpinus cordata B1.var. mollis Cheng et Chen, are analysed. In this experiment, we have got the lower epidermis of C.subcordata, whose characteristics are described as follows: Only the middle and lower parts of leave preserved; length about 7.5 cm, width 5 cm. Midrib strong; angle between ventricumbent and midrib 40°-50°; nearer to the base, bigger the angle; venulose, more than 12 pairs. Upper epidermis a little thicker and net-veined, stomata not found; epidermic cells arrayed rotundly, polygonal, length and width 20-30 μm; length of the net about 350 μm, width about 200 μm; width of nervecourses 50 μm with 3-4 rows of parallel cells; cells in nervecourses oblong, length about 2-3 times of width. Lower epidermis thin with stomata; trichome found; arrangement of epidermic cells as the same of upper epidermis. Distribution of stomata ruleless; type of stomatal apparatus Anomocytic; stomata slightly sunken; guard cells kidney-shaped and slightly lower than surrounding cells; inner surface of guard cells thick; guard cell surrounded by several epidermic cells. The cuticle, with its stomatal pores, represents the interface between plants and atmosphere, and its features such as cuticle thickness, stomatal density (SD), stomatal index (SI) and stomatal ratio (SR) are well used as a palaeoenvironmental indicator. Therefore, we can analyse changes in palaeoenvironment by studying the stomatal parameter of fossil plants which are sensitive to the change in atmospheric CO2 concentration. In this experiment, we have got the stomatal parameter of C.subcordata which indicates that atmospheric CO2 concentration in Neogene was higher than that of

  10. Late Miocene (Pannonian) Vegetation from the Northern Part of Central Paratethys

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    Kováčová, M.; Doláková, N.

    2009-04-01

    During Late Miocene, the Western Carpathian paleogeography started to change. The Lake Pannon retreated southwards, and the northern coast of the back arc basin was slightly elevated due to progradation of deltaic and alluvial facies, especially in the lowlands. The studied „Pannonian lake" sediments come from the Czech and Slovak parts of Central Paratethys. Changes of the sedimentary environment from deep to shallow lake and deltaic environment, followed by development of alluvial plains were noticed. Salinity crisis due to Paratethys isolation led to development of total freshwater environment to the end of this period. Samples from 3 surficial localities and 15 boreholes were palynologically studied. Occasional occurences of Dinoflagellates indicate a slightly higher salinity, whereas green algae Pediastrum, aquatic ferns Azolla, and aquatic and coastal plants (Nelumbo, Nymphaea, Myriophyllum, Sparganium, Potamogeton, Cyperaceae etc.) represent a freshwater environment. Due to paleogeographic changes and climatic oscillations the number of thermophilous taxa decreased and some of them disappeared completely from this area (f. e. Sapotaceae, Palmae). Mostly broad-leaved deciduous elements of mixed mesophytic forests (Quercus, Celtis, Carya, Tilia, Carpinus, Betula, Juglans) with some thermophilous elements admixture of Engelhardia, Castanea, Trigonobalanopsis, Symplocos, Cornaceaepollis satzveyensis generally dominate. Variously high relief of the uplifted mountainy chains created ideal conditions for higher presence of extrazonal vegetation (Cedrus, Tsuga, Picea, Cathaya) in the investigated area. Zonal type of vegetation including marshes, riparian forests with Alnus, Salix, Pterocarya, Liquidambar, Betula, Fraxinus, shrubs and lianas on dryer substrates associated riparian forest (Buxus, Ericaceae, Vitaceae, Lonicera, Rosaceae type Rubus), and coastal swamps with Taxodiaceae, Nyssa, Myrica, Sciadopitys were growing in the floodplain lowlands of Vienna Basin

  11. Osmolality and non-structural carbohydrate composition in the secondary phloem of trees across a latitudinal gradient in Europe

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Phloem osmolality and its components are involved in basic cell metabolism, cell growth, and in various physiological processes including the ability of living cells to withstand drought and frost. Osmolality and sugar composition responses to environmental stresses have been extensively studied for leaves, but less for the secondary phloem of plant stems and branches. Leaf osmotic concentration and the share of pinitol and raffinose among soluble sugars increase with increasing drought or cold stress, and osmotic concentration is adjusted with osmoregulation. We hypothesize that similar responses occur in the secondary phloem of branches. We collected living bark samples from branches of adult Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies, Betula pendula and Populus tremula trees across Europe, from boreal Northern Finland to Mediterranean Portugal. In all studied species, the observed variation in phloem osmolality was mainly driven by variation in phloem water content, while tissue solute content was rather constant across regions. Osmoregulation, in which osmolality is controlled by variable tissue solute content, was stronger for Betula and Populus in comparison to the evergreen conifers. Osmolality was lowest in mid-latitude region, and from there increased by 37% towards northern Europe and 38% towards southern Europe due to low phloem water content in these regions. The ratio of raffinose to all soluble sugars was negligible at mid-latitudes and increased towards north and south, reflecting its role in cold and drought tolerance. For pinitol, another sugar known for contributing to stress tolerance, no such latitudinal pattern was observed. The proportion of sucrose was remarkably low and that of hexoses (i.e. glucose and fructose high at mid-latitudes. The ratio of starch to all non-structural carbohydrates increased towards the northern latitudes in agreement with the build-up of osmotically inactive C reservoir that can be converted into soluble

  12. Influence of aerogenic contamination on phytoncide activity of woody plants

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of this paper is to determine variations of antimicrobial activity of the volatile organic compounds from leaves of woody plants, which are growing on the areas with the different air pollution degree in the south-east of Ukraine. The research objects were Aesculus hippocastanum L., Betula pendula Roth, Salix alba L., Picea pungens Engelm. in Donetsk, Ukraine, and 6 species (Betula pendula Roth, Fraxinus excelsior L., Robinia pseudoacacia L., Populus nigra L., Tilia cordata Mill., Picea pungens Engelm. in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. Samples were collected in Donetsk every month during 2012 and 2013 years on four sample areas. Three research areas border with Donetsk Metallurgical Plant PSC, heavy traffic road and Kalinin coal mine, that feature such pollutants as CO2, SO2, NO2, and marsh gas. The fourth research area is the recreation zone (Donetsk Culture and Leisure Park near Donbass Arena stadium. The control area is located in the Donetsk Botanical Garden. The leaves from trees in Kramatorsk were collected in July and August 2013 on the sample area. The research area borders with Novokramatorsk Machine-building Plant JSC, which also features CO2, SO2, NO2 and other pollutants. The control area is located in the Jubilejnyi park. The research proves that antimicrobial activity of the volatile organic compounds from leaves of species under studyis sensitive to the impact of pollutants. Moreover, the antimicrobial activity of leaves B. pendula, S. alba, F. excelsior, R. pseudoacacia, P. nigra increases under the influence of pollutants from metallurgical plants and traffic exhausts. The antimicrobial ability of A. hippocastanum, T. cordata and P. pungens enhances in the areas with the cleaner air. These species are not gas-resistant species. Consequently, gas-resistant species feature the higher antimicrobial activity in the conditions of contamination. The other benefit of this study consists in monitoring of the seasonal

  13. Features of secondary birch young stands in low mountain Pokuttya (Ukrainian Carpathian mts.

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    S. Y. Milevskaya

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Forest landscapes of the region during the last 3–5 centuries undergone the profound anthropogenic transformation. Secondary young stands occupy 25% of the total forest area. The problem of derivatives is particularly relevant for the modern forest typology in the Carpathian region. It requires the reflection in its dynamic trends shaping the stands, especially mixed young stands. The aim of our study consisted in getting the knowledge of the structural features of the secondary phytocoenosis of birch young stands in this area.The object of the study was age class I saplings growing in the mountainous part of Pokuttya, particularly in the basin of the Lutshka River. The conceptual basis of our study is the modern dynamic vision that every forest type is a consecutive series of forest plant communities within each type of homogeneous growing conditions. We apply methods of ecological-floristic research of the Brown-Blanke school in the interpretation of the Polish school phytosociology. However we also take into account both syntaxonomy generalizations of the Ukrainian scientists. The actual material comprises the original geobotanical studies with fixation of the vast majority of species in plant communities. Mainly the species having diagnostic value to separate syntaxons were taken into account in the analytical processing. Young forest stands (with the height of 8–12 m and crown cover of 70% together form the trees Betula pendula and B. pubescens. Fairly numerous admixture is formed by trees Alnus incana; besides, there are Fagus sylvatica, Populus tremula, Quercus robur, Padus avium. For dominants, they can be called “grey-alder birch blackberry sedge bracken fern” – Betula pendula+Alnus incana–Rubus caesius–Carex brizoides+Pteridium aquilinum. It is rich in floristic composition of the plant communities. They contain at least 12 species of trees, 3 species of shrubs, 4 species of bushes and 89 species of herbs. Diagnostic

  14. A 22 570 yr record of vegetational and climatic change from Wenhai Lake in the Hengduan Mountains biodiversity hotspot, Yunnan, Southwest China

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    Yao, Y. F.; Song, X. Y.; Wortley, A. H.; Blackmore, S.; Li, C. S.

    2014-09-01

    The Hengduan Mountains, with their strong altitudinal vegetation zonation, form a biodiversity hotspot which offers the potential for comparison between sites in order to understand how this zonation arose and how it has responded to climate change and human impacts through time. This paper is one of the studies covering a range of altitudes within this hotspot, and presents a 22 570 yr pollen record of vegetational and climatic change based on a core 320 cm in depth collected from Wenhai Lake on the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the Hengduan Mountains region of Yunnan, Southwest China. From 22 570 to 21 140 cal. yr BP, the vegetation was dominated by broad-leaved forest (comprising mainly Quercus, Betula and Castanopsis), accompanied by coniferous Pinus and Abies and the drought-tolerant herb Artemisia, indicating a cool and dry climate. In the period between 21 140 and 19 350 cal. yr BP, the vegetation was still dominated by broad-leaved forest but with a notable increase in pollen of aquatic plants, implying a relatively warm and moderately humid climate. The period 19 350 to 17 930 cal. yr BP was a transition stage from broad-leaved forest to needle-leaved forest, reflecting a warm-humid climate at the beginning and a cold-dry one at the end. Between 17 930 and 9250 cal. yr BP, needle-leaved forest and broad-leaved forest alternated in dominance in the early stages, with the former taking the predominant position by the end of the period, suggesting a climate fluctuating between warm-humid and cold-dry. From 9250 cal. yr BP to present, the vegetation has been dominated by needle-leaved forest (comprising mainly Pinus and Abies), coupled with broad-leaved forest (mainly Quercus and Betula), reflecting a transition in climatic conditions from warm-humid to cold-humid. During this period, human activity increased in this region, with impacts on the vegetation which may be evidenced by the distinct decrease in Pinus and Quercus pollen and

  15. Transformation of Carbon and Nitrogen by Earthworms in the Decomposition Processes of Broad-leaved Litters

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    DONG Weihua; YIN Xiuqin

    2007-01-01

    Earthworms are the important constituents in the decayed food web and the main ecological conditioners in the process of decomposition and nutrient mineralization. The transformation of organic carbon (C) and total nitrogen (N) in the broad-leaved litters ingested by earthworms was researched by means of a laboratory experiment. Experimental samples were collected from broad-leaved Korea Pine mixed forest in Liangshui National Natural Reserve (47°10'50"N, 128°53'20"E) in the northeastern Xiao Hinggan Mountains of Northeast China. The contents of organic C and total N in earthworms, leaf litters and earthworm faeces were analyzed. Results show that the organic C content was in the following order: leaf litters>faeces>earthworms, while total N content was contrary to that of the organic C. The organic C contents in the different leaf litters were in the following order: Tilia amurensis>Betula costata>Acer mono, whereas the total N contents in the different leaf litters were: Betula costata>Tilia amurensis>Acer mono. The contents of organic C and total N in the faeces from the different leaf litters were almost consistent with the contents of the leaf litters. After the leaf litters were ingested by earthworms, the organic C, which was transformed to increase earthworms' weights, accounted for 3.90%-13.31% of the total ingestion by earthworms, while that in the earthworm faeces accounted for 6.14%-13.70%. The transformed organic C through the other metabolism (e.g., respiration) of earthworms accounted for 75.04%-89.92%. The ingested organic C by earthworms was mostly used for metabolic activities. The N ingested by earthworms was less than organic C. It is estimated that 37.08% of total N was transformed to increase the earthworm's weight, 19.97% into earthworm faeces and 47.86% for the consumption of the earthworm's activities. The earthworms not only increased the content of organic C and total N in the soil, but also decreased the values of C/N in

  16. СРАВНИТЕЛЬНАЯ ХАРАКТЕРИСТИКА БАКТЕРИЙ РОДА BACILLUS СЕМЕЙСТВА БЕРЁЗОВЫЕ (BETULACAEA) ПРИ КУЛЬТИВИРОВАНИИ НА ИСКУССТВЕННЫХ ПИТАТЕЛЬНЫХ СРЕДАХ

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    В ходе исследования проведена идентификация микроорганизмов рода Bacillus, высеянных с поверхности филлоплана растений семейства Берёзовые (Betulacaea) Берёзы повислой (Betula pendula), Берёзы белой (Betula alba), Ольхи мелкопильчатой (Alnus serrulata) на основании изучения морфологических, культуральных, тинкториальных, физиолого-биохимических свойств. Дана сравнительная характеристика биологических свойств Bac. laterosporus, Bac. mesentericus, Bac. mycoides, Bac. subtilis, Bac. cereus, Bac....

  17. Modelling tree biomasses in Finland

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    Repola, J.

    2013-06-01

    Biomass equations for above- and below-ground tree components of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L), Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst) and birch (Betula pendula Roth and Betula pubescens Ehrh.) were compiled using empirical material from a total of 102 stands. These stands (44 Scots pine, 34 Norway spruce and 24 birch stands) were located mainly on mineral soil sites representing a large part of Finland. The biomass models were based on data measured from 1648 sample trees, comprising 908 pine, 613 spruce and 127 birch trees. Biomass equations were derived for the total above-ground biomass and for the individual tree components: stem wood, stem bark, living and dead branches, needles, stump, and roots, as dependent variables. Three multivariate models with different numbers of independent variables for above-ground biomass and one for below-ground biomass were constructed. Variables that are normally measured in forest inventories were used as independent variables. The simplest model formulations, multivariate models (1) were mainly based on tree diameter and height as independent variables. In more elaborated multivariate models, (2) and (3), additional commonly measured tree variables such as age, crown length, bark thickness and radial growth rate were added. Tree biomass modelling includes consecutive phases, which cause unreliability in the prediction of biomass. First, biomasses of sample trees should be determined reliably to decrease the statistical errors caused by sub-sampling. In this study, methods to improve the accuracy of stem biomass estimates of the sample trees were developed. In addition, the reliability of the method applied to estimate sample-tree crown biomass was tested, and no systematic error was detected. Second, the whole information content of data should be utilized in order to achieve reliable parameter estimates and applicable and flexible model structure. In the modelling approach, the basic assumption was that the biomasses of

  18. Enhanced dissolution and oral absorption of tacrolimus by supersaturable self-emulsifying drug delivery system

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    Full Text Available Dae Ro Lee,1 Myoung Jin Ho,1 Hyuck Jun Jung,1 Ha Ra Cho,1 Jun Seo Park,1 Suk-Hyun Yoon,2 Yong Seok Choi,1 Young Wook Choi,3 Chung-Hun Oh,2,4,5 Myung Joo Kang1 1College of Pharmacy, 2Department of Medical Laser, Graduate School, Dankook University, Dongnam-gu, Choenan, Chungnam, 3College of Pharmacy, Chung-Ang University, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, 4Department of Oral Physiology, College of Dentistry, Dankook University, 5Abel Medi-Tech Inc., Dongnam-gu, Cheonan, Chungnam, Korea Abstract: A new Soluplus (polyvinyl caprolactam–polyvinyl acetate–polyethylene glycol graft copolymer-based supersaturable self-emulsifying drug delivery system (S-SEDDS was formulated to enhance oral absorption of tacrolimus (FK506 with minimal use of oil, surfactant, and cosurfactant. A high payload supersaturable system (S-SEDDS was prepared by incorporating Soluplus, as a precipitation inhibitor, to SEDDS consisting of Capmul MCM, Cremophor EL, and Transcutol (FK506:vehicle:Soluplus =1:15:1. In vitro dissolution profile and in vitro pharmacokinetic aspect of S-SEDDS in rats were comparatively evaluated with those of conventional SEDDS formulas containing four times greater content of vehicle components (FK506:vehicle =1:60. Both formulations formed spherical drug-loaded microemulsion <70 nm in size when in contact with aqueous medium. In an in vitro dissolution test in a nonsink condition, the amphiphilic polymer noticeably retarded drug precipitation and maintained >80% of accumulated dissolution rate for 24 hours, analogous to that from conventional SEDDS. Moreover, pharmacokinetic parameters of the maximum blood concentration and area under the curve from S-SEDDS formula in rats were not statistically different (P>0.05 than those of conventional SEDDS. The results suggest that the Soluplus-based supersaturable system can be an alternative to achieve a comparable in vitro dissolution profile and in vivo oral absorption with conventional SEDDS, with minimal use of

  19. Lietuvos erdvinės informacijos sklaidos galimybės ir perspektyvos

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    Beconytė, Giedrė; Papšienė, Lina; Kryžanauskas, Audrius

    2010-01-01

    Padidėjęs erdvinių duomenų ir jų naudojimo poreikis paskatino kurti erdvinių duomenų infrastruktūras, leidžiančias teikti erdvinius duomenis aprašančią informaciją bei pačius duomenis iš įvairių šaltinių, nepriklausomai kur jie bebūtų bei duomenų formato ar struktūros. Lietuvoje dauguma erdvinių duomenų rinkinių "izoliuoti", o informacija apie juos sunkiai prieinama, todėl buvo siekiama sukurti modernią visą šalį apimančią vieną viešojo sektoriaus erdvinių duomenų paie\\vskos ir perdavimo sistemą. 2009 m. buvo sukurta Lietuvos erdvinės informacijos infrastruktūra (LEII), suteikianti priemones užtikrinti nacionalinių erdvinių duomenų pasiekiamumą ir teikimą internetu naudotojams jiems priimtinu būdu. Pagrindinis Europos Bendrijos erdvinės informacijos infrastruktūros (INSPIRE) kūrimo tikslas - pasiekti visų Bendrijos narių erdvinės informacijos suderinamumą. Įvairiose šalyse duomenų kaupimo, tvarkymo ir teikimo praktika skirtinga, todėl yra kuriamos bendros, vienijančios INSPIRE temų erdvinių duomenų rinkinių specifikacijos. Europos Bendrijos narės bus įpareigotos teikti duomenis INSPIRE laikantis šių specifkacijų, todėl atsiras galimybė iš skirtingų Europos Bendrijos valstybių gautus erdvinius duomenis sujungti ir naudoti kaip bendrus. Sukūrus LEII, Lietuvoje technologi\\vskai pasirengta teikti erdvinius duomenis bei yra sukaupti 56 oficialių duomenų rinkiniai, atitinkantys INSPIRE temas. Nors kol kas visi duomenų rinkiniai ne visi\\vskai atitinka patvirtintąsias specifikacijas, taikant Lietuvos erdvinės informacijos infrastruktūros technologijas, duomenis galima transformuoti į reikiamą struktūrą teikimo proceso metu.

  20. Paracellular permeation-enhancing effect of AT1002 C-terminal amidation in nasal delivery

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Keon-Hyoung Song,1 Sang-Bum Kim,2 Chang-Koo Shim,2 Suk-Jae Chung,2 Dae-Duk Kim,2 Sang-Ki Rhee,1 Guang J Choi,1 Chul-Hyun Kim,3 Kiyoung Kim4 1Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Republic of Korea; 2College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; 3Department of Sports Medicine, 4Department of Medical Biotechnology, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Republic of Korea Background: The identification of permeation enhancers has gained interest in the development of drug delivery systems. A six-mer peptide, H-FCIGRL-OH (AT1002, is a tight junction modulator with promising permeation-enhancing activity. AT1002 enhances the transport of molecular weight markers or agents with low bioavailability with no cytotoxicity. However, AT1002 is not stable in neutral pH or after incubation under physiological conditions, which is necessary to fully uncover its permeation-enhancing effect. Thus, we increased the stability or mitigated the instability of AT1002 by modifying its terminal amino acids and evaluated its subsequent biological activity.Methods: C-terminal-amidated (FCIGRL-NH2, Pep1 and N-terminal-acetylated (Ac-FCIGRL, Pep2 peptides were analyzed by liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry. We further assessed cytotoxicity on cell monolayers, as well as the permeation-enhancing activity following nasal administration of the paracellular marker mannitol.Results: Pep1 was nontoxic to cell monolayers and showed a relatively low decrease in peak area compared to AT1002. In addition, administration of mannitol with Pep1 resulted in significant increases in the area under the plasma concentration–time curve and peak plasma concentration at 3.63-fold and 2.68-fold, respectively, compared to mannitol alone. In contrast, no increase in mannitol concentration was shown with mannitol/AT1002 or mannitol/Pep2 compared to the control. Thus, Pep1 increased

  1. Music and the Nature: Input of the Czech Composers

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    Nemec, Vaclav; Nemcova, Lidmila

    2014-05-01

    Slovak mountains. Josef Suk (1874 - 1935): Pohádka léta (A Summer's Tale) - a work for orchestra remembering a relax and consolation in beauties of the Nature. Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959): Otvírání studánek (The Opening of the Springs) - cantata for soli, female chorus and instrumental accompaniment remembering old local customs of purifying water in the wells when spring comes.

  2. Enzyme-responsive doxorubicin release from dendrimer nanoparticles for anticancer drug delivery

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Sang Joon Lee,1,* Young-Il Jeong,2,* Hyung-Kyu Park,3 Dae Hwan Kang,2,4 Jong-Suk Oh,3 Sam-Gyu Lee,5 Hyun Chul Lee31Department of Biomedical Sciences, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, 2Biomedical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, 3Department of Microbiology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, 4Research Institute for Convergence of Biomedical Science and Technology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Gyeongnam, 5Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Republic of Korea*These authors contributed equally to this workBackground: Since cancer cells are normally over-expressed cathepsin B, we synthesized dendrimer-methoxy poly(ethylene glycol (MPEG-doxorubicin (DOX conjugates using a cathepsin B-cleavable peptide for anticancer drug targeting.Methods: Gly-Phe-Leu-Gly peptide was conjugated with the carboxylic acid end groups of a dendrimer, which was then conjugated with MPEG amine and doxorubicin by aid of carbodiimide chemistry (abbreviated as DendGDP. Dendrimer-MPEG-DOX conjugates without Gly-Phe-Leu-Gly peptide linkage was also synthesized for comparison (DendDP. Nanoparticles were then prepared using a dialysis procedure.Results: The synthesized DendGDP was confirmed with 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The DendDP and DendGDP nanoparticles had a small particle size of less than 200 nm and had a spherical morphology. DendGDP had cathepsin B-sensitive drug release properties while DendDP did not show cathepsin B sensitivity. Further, DendGDP had improved anticancer activity when compared with doxorubicin or DendDP in an in vivo CT26 tumor xenograft model, ie, the volume of the CT26 tumor xenograft was significantly inhibited when compared with xenografts treated with doxorubicin or DendDP nanoparticles. The DendGDP nanoparticles were found to be relatively concentrated in the tumor tissue and

  3. Eyes wide open: reader and author responsibility in understanding the limits of peer review.

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    Benson, P J

    2015-10-01

    'Medical science can only flourish in a free society and dies under totalitarian repression.' (1) Peer review post-publication is relatively easy to define: when the world decides the importance of publication. Peer review pre-publication is what the scientific community frequently means when using the term 'peer review'. But what it is it? Few will agree on an exact definition; generally speaking, it refers to an independent, third party scrutiny of a manuscript by scientific experts (called peers) who advise on its suitability for publication. Peer review is expensive; although reviewers are unpaid, the cost in time is enormous and it is slow. There is often little agreement among reviewers about whether an article should be published and peer review can be a lottery. Often referred to as a quality assurance process, there are many examples of when peer review failed. Many will be aware of Woo-Suk Hwang's shocking stem cell research misconduct at Seoul National University. (2) Science famously published two breakthrough articles that were found subsequently to be completely fabricated and this happened in spite of peer review. Science is not unique in making this error. However, love it or hate it, peer review, for the present time at least, is here to stay. In this article, Philippa Benson, Managing Editor of Science Advances (the first open access journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science), discusses the merits of peer review. Dr Benson has extensive experience in the publishing world and was Executive Director of PJB Consulting, a not-for-profit organisation supporting clients on issues related to converting to full electronic publishing workflows as well as challenges working with international authors and publishers. Her clients included the Public Library of Science journals, the American Society for Nutrition and the de Beaumont Foundation. She recently co-authored a book, What Editors Want: An Author's Guide to Scientific Journal

  4. Biodegradation and detoxification of textile azo dyes by bacterial consortium under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes

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    Lade, Harshad; Kadam, Avinash; Paul, Diby; Govindwar, Sanjay

    2015-01-01

    Release of textile azo dyes to the environment is an issue of health concern while the use of microorganisms has proved to be the best option for remediation. Thus, in the present study, a bacterial consortium consisting of Providencia rettgeri strain HSL1 and Pseudomonas sp. SUK1 has been investigated for degradation and detoxification of structurally different azo dyes. The consortium showed 98-99 % decolorization of all the selected azo dyes viz. Reactive Black 5 (RB 5), Reactive Orange 16 (RO 16), Disperse Red 78 (DR 78) and Direct Red 81 (DR 81) within 12 to 30 h at 100 mg L-1 concentration at 30 ± 0.2 °C under microaerophilic, sequential aerobic/microaerophilic and microaerophilic/aerobic processes. However, decolorization under microaerophilic conditions viz. RB 5 (0.26 mM), RO 16 (0.18 mM), DR 78 (0.20 mM) and DR 81 (0.23 mM) and sequential aerobic/microaerophilic processes viz. RB 5 (0.08 mM), RO 16 (0.06 mM), DR 78 (0.07 mM) and DR 81 (0.09 mM) resulted into the formation of aromatic amines. In distinction, sequential microaerophilic/ aerobic process doesn’t show the formation of amines. Additionally, 62-72 % reduction in total organic carbon content was observed in all the dyes decolorized broths under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes suggesting the efficacy of method in mineralization of dyes. Notable induction within the levels of azoreductase and NADH-DCIP reductase (97 and 229 % for RB 5, 55 and 160 % for RO 16, 63 and 196 % for DR 78, 108 and 258 % for DR 81) observed under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes suggested their critical involvements in the initial breakdown of azo bonds, whereas, a slight increase in the levels of laccase and veratryl alcohol oxidase confirmed subsequent oxidation of formed amines. Also, the acute toxicity assay with Daphnia magna revealed the nontoxic nature of the dye-degraded metabolites under sequential microaerophilic/aerobic processes. As biodegradation under sequential microaerophilic

  5. Effect of honokiol on the induction of drug-metabolizing enzymes in human hepatocytes

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    Cho YY

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Yong-Yeon Cho,1 Hyeon-Uk Jeong,1 Jeong-Han Kim,2 Hye Suk Lee1 1College of Pharmacy, The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon, Korea; 2Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea Abstract: Honokiol, 2-(4-hydroxy-3-prop-2-enyl-phenyl-4-prop-2-enyl-phenol, an active component of Magnolia officinalis and Magnolia grandiflora, exerts various pharmacological activities such as antitumorigenic, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, neurotrophic, and antithrombotic effects. To investigate whether honokiol acts as a perpetrator in drug interactions, messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA levels of phase I and II drug-metabolizing enzymes, including cytochrome P450 (CYP, UDP-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT, and sulfotransferase 2A1 (SULT2A1, were analyzed by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction following 48-hour honokiol exposure in three independent cryopreserved human hepatocyte cultures. Honokiol treatment at the highest concentration tested (50 µM increased the CYP2B6 mRNA level and CYP2B6-catalyzed bupropion hydroxylase activity more than two-fold in three different hepatocyte cultures, indicating that honokiol induces CYP2B6 at higher concentrations. However, honokiol treatment (0.5–50 µM did not significantly alter the mRNA levels of phase I enzymes (CYP1A2, CYP3A4, CYP2C8, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19 or phase II enzymes (UGT1A1, UGT1A4, UGT1A9, UGT2B7, and SULT2A1 in cryopreserved human hepatocyte cultures. CYP1A2-catalyzed phenacetin O-deethylase and CYP3A4-catalyzed midazolam 1'-hydroxylase activities were not affected by 48-hour honokiol treatment in cryopreserved human hepatocytes. These results indicate that honokiol is a weak CYP2B6 inducer and is unlikely to increase the metabolism of concomitant CYP2B6 substrates and cause pharmacokinetic-based drug interactions in humans. Keywords: honokiol, human hepatocytes, drug interactions, cytochrome P450, UDP-glucuronosyltransferases

  6. Extinct mountain goat ( Oreamnos harringtoni) in Southeastern Utah

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    Mead, Jim I.; Agenbroad, Larry D.; Phillips, Arthur M.; Middleton, Larry T.

    1987-05-01

    The extinct Harrington's mountain goat ( Oreamnos harringtoni Stock) is predominantly known from dry cave localities in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, in addition to two sites in the Great Basin, Nevada, and from San Josecito Cave, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. A dry shelter in Natural Bridges National Monument, on the central Colorado Plateau, southeastern Utah, preserves numerous remains of the extinct mountain goat in addition to pack rat middens. Remains from a 100-cm stratigraphic profile indicate that O. harringtoni lived on the plateau >39,800 yr B.P., the oldest directly dated find of extinct mountain goat. Plant macrofossils indicate that Engelmann's spruce ( Picea engelmannii), limber pine ( Pinus flexilis), rose ( Rosa cf. woodsii), and Douglas fir ( Pseudotsuga menziesii) grew during the late Pleistocene where a riparian and a pinyon-juniper ( Pinus edulis-Juniperus osteosperma) community now predominates; Douglas fir are found only in mesic, protected, north-facing areas. Limber pine, Douglas fir, bark, and grasses were the major dietary components in the dung. A springtime diet of birch ( Betula) is determined from pollen clumps in dung pellets.

  7. Classification of plant somatic embryos by computer vision.

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    Hämäläinen, J J; Kurtén, U; Kauppinen, V

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    This article deals with the automation of the process of somatic embryogenesis for the propagation of plants. An important problem is the monitoring of the embryo production process in order to decide the time to start harvesting embryos for further processing. The classification algorithm development for somatic embryos of birch (Betula pendula Roth) showed that automated recognition of embryos at different developmental stages is possible. No globular stage embryos were classified to be heart or torpedo stage and no heart or torpedo stage embryos were classified to be at globular stage. Heart and torpedo stage embryos were classified into three developmental classes by a new index that describes the relation of embryo breadth to the length of the root. The probability of classifying a nonembryo as an embryo was less than 1%, and 14% of the object classified as embryos by a human expert were discarded by the algorithm. A computer vision system suitable for automated monitoring of samples from the bioreactor was constructed. PMID:18601243

  8. Photosynthetic limitation of several representative subalpine species in the Catalan Pyrenees in summer.

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    Fernàndez-Martínez, J; Fleck, I

    2016-07-01

    Information on the photosynthetic process and its limitations is essential in order to predict both the capacity of species to adapt to conditions associated with climate change and the likely changes in plant communities. Considering that high-mountain species are especially sensitive, three species representative of subalpine forests of the Central Catalan Pyrenees: mountain pine (Pinus uncinata Mill.), birch (Betula pendula Roth) and rhododendron (Rhododendron ferrugineum L.) were studied under conditions associated with climate change, such as low precipitation, elevated atmospheric [CO2 ] and high solar irradiation incident at Earth's surface, in order to detect any photosynthetic limitations. Short-term high [CO2 ] increased photosynthesis rates (A) and water use efficiency (WUE), especially in birch and mountain pine, whereas stomatal conductance (gs ) was not altered in either species. Birch showed photosynthesis limitation through stomatal closure related to low rainfall, which induced photoinhibition and early foliar senescence. Rhododendron was especially affected by high irradiance, showing early photosynthetic saturation in low light, highest chlorophyll content, lowest gas exchange rates and least photoprotection. Mountain pine had the highest A, photosynthetic capacity (Amax ) and light-saturated rates of net CO2 assimilation (Asat ), which were maintained under reduced precipitation. Furthermore, maximum quantum yield (Fv /Fm ), thermal energy dissipation, PRI and SIPI radiometric index, and ascorbate content indicated improved photoprotection with respect to the other two species. However, maximum velocity of carboxylation of RuBisco (Vcmax ) indicated that N availability would be the main photosynthetic limitation in this species. PMID:26833754

  9. Spatial variations of Pb in the vertical zone of the soil-plant system in the Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve

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    2002-01-01

    The characteristics of vertical and horizontal variations of lead element(Pb) in soil-plant system of vertical zone in Changbai Mountain National Nature Reserve(CNNR) were studied.The results showed that Pb concentrations in soils of vertical zone are all above 25 mg/kg,and the average Pb concentration of each soil zone negatively correlates its degree of variation,i.e.brown coniferous forest soil zone has the lowest average Pb concentration of four soil zones,and the highest horizontal variation; however,mountain soddy forest soil has the highest average Pb concentration,and the lowest horizontal variation; the average concentration of plant Pb of each plant zone is lower than the worldwide average level of Pb in plant( Clarke),respectively,and plant Pb content order is consistent with soil Pb content order,but their horizontal variations are different from those in soil zones,the variation of mountain tundra forest zone is highest,but Betula ermanii forest zone the lowest.Vertical variation of plant Pb is obviously higher than that in soils with variation coefficient of 89.76%; the enrichment capability of plant for Pb is depended on the plant types and the different organs of plant; parent material and parent rock,pH values,soil organic matter and soil particle fraction etc.are the main factors influencing variations of Pb content in soil-plant system of vertical zone in CNNR.

  10. The skin prick test – European standards

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    Heinzerling Lucie

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Skin prick testing is an essential test procedure to confirm sensitization in IgE-mediated allergic disease in subjects with rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma, urticaria, anapylaxis, atopic eczema and food and drug allergy. This manuscript reviews the available evidence including Medline and Embase searches, abstracts of international allergy meetings and position papers from the world allergy literature. The recommended method of prick testing includes the appropriate use of specific allergen extracts, positive and negative controls, interpretation of the tests after 15 – 20 minutes of application, with a positive result defined as a wheal ≥3 mm diameter. A standard prick test panel for Europe for inhalants is proposed and includes hazel (Corylus avellana, alder (Alnus incana, birch (Betula alba, plane (Platanus vulgaris, cypress (Cupressus sempervirens, grass mix (Poa pratensis, Dactilis glomerata, Lolium perenne, Phleum pratense, Festuca pratensis, Helictotrichon pretense, Olive (Olea europaea, mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia, Alternaria alternata (tenuis, Cladosporium herbarum, Aspergillus fumigatus, Parietaria, cat, dog, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Dermatophagoides farinae, and cockroach (Blatella germanica. Standardization of the skin test procedures and standard panels for different geographic locations are encouraged worldwide to permit better comparisons for diagnostic, clinical and research purposes.

  11. The rhizosphere and PAH amendment mediate impacts on functional and structural bacterial diversity in sandy peat soil

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    Yrjaelae, Kim, E-mail: kim.yrjala@helsinki.f [Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, General Microbiology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 56, (Biocenter 1C), 00014 Helsinki (Finland); Keskinen, Anna-Kaisa; Akerman, Marja-Leena; Fortelius, Carola [METROPOLIA University of Applied Science, Vantaa (Finland); Sipilae, Timo P. [Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, General Microbiology, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 56, (Biocenter 1C), 00014 Helsinki (Finland)

    2010-05-15

    To reveal the degradation capacity of bacteria in PAH polluted soil and rhizosphere we combined bacterial extradiol ring-cleavage dioxygenase and 16S rRNA analysis in Betula pubescens rhizoremediation. Characterisation of the functional bacterial community by RFLP revealed novel environmental dioxygenases, and their putative hosts were studied by 16S rRNA amplification. Plant rhizosphere and PAH amendment effects were detected by the RFLP/T-RFLP analysis. Functional species richness increased in the birch rhizosphere and PAH amendment impacted the compositional diversity of the dioxygenases and the structural 16S rRNA community. A shift from an Acidobacteria and Verrucomicrobia dominated to an Alpha- and Betaproteobacteria dominated community structure was detected in polluted soil. Clone sequence analysis indicated catabolic significance of Burkholderia in PAH polluted soil. These results advance our understanding of rhizoremediation and unveil the extent of uncharacterized functional bacteria to benefit bioremediation by facilitating the development of the molecular tool box to monitor bacterial populations in biodegradation. - The bacterial community analysis using 16S rRNA and extradiol dioxygenase marker genes in rhizoremediation revealed both a rhizosphere and a PAH-pollution effect.

  12. Online Measurement of Real-Time Cytotoxic Responses Induced by Multi-Component Matrices, such as Natural Products, through Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS).

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    Fallarero, Adyary; Batista-González, Ana E; Hiltunen, Anna K; Liimatainen, Jaana; Karonen, Maarit; Vuorela, Pia M

    2015-01-01

    Natural products are complex matrices of compounds that are prone to interfere with the label-dependent methods that are typically used for cytotoxicity screenings. Here, we developed a label-free Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS)-based cytotoxicity assay that can be applied in the assessment of the cytotoxicity of natural extracts. The conditions to measure the impedance using ECIS were first optimized in mice immortalized hypothalamic neurons GT1-7 cells. The performance of four natural extracts when tested using three conventional cytotoxicity assays in GT1-7 cells, was studied. Betula pendula (silver birch tree) was found to interfere with all of the cytotoxicity assays in which labels were applied. The silver birch extract was also proven to be cytotoxic and, thus, served as a proof-of-concept for the use of ECIS. The extract was fractionated and the ECIS method permitted the distinction of specific kinetic patterns of cytotoxicity on the fractions as well as the extract's pure constituents. This study offers evidence that ECIS is an excellent tool for real-time monitoring of the cytotoxicity of complex extracts that are difficult to work with using conventional (label-based) assays. Altogether, it offers a very suitable cytotoxicity-screening assay making the work with natural products less challenging within the drug discovery workflow. PMID:26569236

  13. Pollen-Associated Microbiome Correlates with Pollution Parameters and the Allergenicity of Pollen

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    Obersteiner, Andrea; Gilles, Stefanie; Frank, Ulrike; Beck, Isabelle; Häring, Franziska; Ernst, Dietrich; Rothballer, Michael; Hartmann, Anton; Traidl-Hoffmann, Claudia; Schmid, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Pollen allergies have been rapidly increasing over the last decades. Many allergenic proteins and non-allergenic adjuvant compounds of pollen are involved in the plant defense against environmental or microbial stress. The first aim of this study was to analyze and compare the colonizing microbes on allergenic pollen. The second aim was to investigate detectable correlations between pollen microbiota and parameters of air pollution or pollen allergenicity. To reach these aims, bacterial and fungal DNA was isolated from pollen samples of timothy grass (Phleum pratense, n = 20) and birch trees (Betula pendula, n = 55). With this isolated DNA, a terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis was performed. One result was that the microbial diversity on birch tree and timothy grass pollen samples (Shannon/Simpson diversity indices) was partly significantly correlated to allergenicity parameters (Bet v 1/Phl p 5, pollen-associated lipid mediators). Furthermore, the microbial diversity on birch pollen samples was correlated to on-site air pollution (nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3), and ozone (O3)). What is more, a significant negative correlation was observed between the microbial diversity on birch pollen and the measured NO2 concentrations on the corresponding trees. Our results showed that the microbial composition of pollen was correlated to environmental exposure parameters alongside with a differential expression of allergen and pollen-associated lipid mediators. This might translate into altered allergenicity of pollen due to environmental and microbial stress. PMID:26910418

  14. Environmental niche and distribution of six deciduous tree species in the Spanish Atlantic region

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the influence of environmental factors on the distribution of tree species is essential for developing management actions at regional level. We computed species distribution models for six European tree species to determine their potential niche in the Spanish Atlantic region, where deciduous forests are relatively well preserved. We used data from the national Forest Inventory and topo-climatic and soil variables to construct distribution models by the Generalized Linear Model procedure. The main factors found to determine the presence of the selected species were minimum winter temperature and mineral fertility of soils. Suitable habitats for Quercus petraea and F. sylvatica were mainly high-altitude areas with low minimum temperatures. In contrast, Q. robur and C. sativa were restricted to low altitudes and warmer conditions. Betula pubescens was not influenced by the elevation, probably because it is adapted to Atlantic conditions, and distribution of this species was associated with low fertility soils. Although the submediterranean Q. pyrenaica was positively influenced by the slope, model performance was poor for this species, possibly because of the truncated environmental range of the species in the study area. The findings suggest that temperature rather than moisture is shaping the distribution of deciduous trees at the southern limit of the Atlantic biogeographic region. We also note that the strong elevational difference between the warm coast and the cold mountains may determine the geographical disjunction between Q. robur and Q. petraea in southern Europe.

  15. Research observation: Hydrolyzable and condensed tannins in plants of northwest Spain forests

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    Gonzalez-Hernandez, M. P.; Karchesy, J.; Starkey, E.E.

    2003-01-01

    Tannins are secondary metabolites that may influence feeding by mammals on plants. We analyzed hydrolyzable and condensed tannins in 30 plant species consumed by livestock and deer, as a preliminary attempt to study their possible implications on browsing and grazing in forest ecosystems. Heathers (Ericaceae) and plants of the Rose (Rosaceae) family had tannins, while forbs, grasses and shrubs other than the heathers did not show astringency properties. We found the highest tannin content of all the species in Rubus sp., with the highest value around 180 mg TAE/g dry weight in spring. Potentilla erecta, Alnus glutinosa and Quercus robur were next with 57 to 44 mg TAE/g dw. Total tannins in heathers ranged from 22 to 36 mg TAE/g dw. Levels of condensed tannins were higher than hydrolyzable for most of the species. Only Betula alba, Calluna vulgaris, Pteridium aquilinum and Vaccinium myrtillus had 100% hydrolyzable tannins. Tannin content of the species changed seasonally with highest values during the growing season, corresponding to late winter or early spring, depending on the species.

  16. Research observation: Hydrolyzable and condensed tannins in plants of the northwest

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    Gonzalez-Hernandez, M. P.; Karchesy, J.; Starkey, Edward E.

    2003-01-01

    Tannins are secondary metabolites that may influence feeding by mammals on plants. We analyzed hydrolyzable and condensed tannins in 30 plant species consumed by livestock and deer, as a preliminary attempt to study their possible implications on browsing and grazing in forest ecosystems. Heathers (Ericaceae) and plants of the Rose (Rosaceae) family had tannins, while forbs, grasses and shrubs other than the heathers did not show astringency properties. We found the highest tannin content of all the species in Rubus sp., with the highest value around 180 mg TAE/g dry weight in spring. Potentilla erecta, Alnus glutinosa and Quercus robur were next with 57 to 44 mg TAE/g dw. Total tannins in heathers ranged from 22 to 36 mg TAE/g dw. Levels of condensed tannins were higher than hydrolyzable for most of the species. Only Betula alba, Calluna vulgaris, Pteridium aquilinum and Vaccinium myrtillus had 100% hydrolyzable tannins. Tannin content of the species changed seasonally with highest values during the growing season, corresponding to late winter or early spring, depending on the species.

  17. Depositional environments of the Hart coal zone (Paleocene), Willow Bunch Coalfield, southern Saskatchewan, Canada from petrographic, palynological, paleobotanical, mineral and trace element studies

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    Potter, J.; Beaton, A.P.; McDougall, W.J.; Nambudiri, E.M.V.; Vigrass, L.W. (University of Regina, SK (Canada). Energy Research Unit)

    1991-12-01

    Coal petrology, palynology, paleobotany and mineralogy of the Hart coal indicate deposition under wet, warm-temperate to subtropical climatic conditions in low-lying backswamps with fluvial channels and locally ponded areas. The coal is dominated by mixed xylitic/attrital lithotypes and by huminite macerals with secondary inertinite macerals and minor liptinite macerals. Good correlation exists between lithotypes and maceral composition. Local and vertical variations in proportions of huminites and inertinites reflect frequent fluctuations in water levels, periodic flooding, desiccation and burning of the peat. Swamps were dominated by {ital Glyptostrobus-Taxodium} forest with {ital Betula-Myrica-Alnus} communities and, locally {ital Laevigatosporites}, which are the dominant contributors to the xylite-rich lithotypes. Attrital lithotypes with abundant {ital Pandanus}, {ital Typha} and {ital Azolla} are consistent with wetter areas of a fluvial environment, including ponds and channels. Trace elements Cr, Cu, Mo, Ni, Si, Ti, U, Se, V, W, K and Th, typically associated with syngenetic minerals kaolinite, calcite and quartz, may have a volcanic source. High concentrations of Na, Ba and Ca found in organic complexes are of secondary origin and probably originate in deep source brines rather than marine surface waters. 55 refs., 11 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. Take me to your leader: does early successional nonhost vegetation spatially inhibit Pissodes strobi (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)?

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    Koopmans, Jordan M; De La Giroday, Honey-Marie C; Lindgren, B Staffan; Aukema, Brian H

    2009-08-01

    The spatial influences of host and nonhost trees and shrubs on the colonization patterns of white pine weevil Pissodes strobi (Peck) were studied within a stand of planted interior hybrid spruce [Picea glauca (Moench) Voss x Picea engelmannii (Parry) ex Engelm.]. Planted spruce accounted for one third of all trees within the stand, whereas the remaining two thirds were comprised of early-successional nonhost vegetation, such as alder (Alnus spp.), paper birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.), black cottonwood [Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa (T. Ng.) Brayshaw], lodgepole pine [Pinus contorta (Dougl.) ex Loud.], trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx), willow (Salix spp.), and Canadian buffaloberry [Shepherdia canadensis (L.) Nutt.]. Unlike the spruce trees, nonhost vegetation in the stand was not uniformly distributed. Spatial point process models showed that Canadian buffaloberry, paper birch, black cottonwoood, and trembling aspen had negative associations with damage caused by the weevil, even though the density of the insects' hosts in these areas did not change. Moreover, knowing the locations of these nonhost trees provided as much, or more, inference about the locations of weevil-attacked trees as knowing the locations of suitable or preferred host trees (i.e., those larger in size). Nonhost volatiles, the alteration of soil composition, and overstory shade are discussed as potential explanatory factors for the patterns observed. New research avenues are suggested to determine whether nonhost vegetation in early successional stands might be an additional tool in the management of these insects in commercially important forests. PMID:19689899

  19. Origin of monoterpene emissions from boreal tree species: Determination of de novo and pool emissions by 13CO2 labeling

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    Rinne, J.; Ghirardo, A.; Koch, K.; Taipale, R.; Zimmer, I.; Schnitzler, J.

    2009-12-01

    Boreal forests emit a large amount of monoterpenes into the atmosphere. Traditionally these emissions are assumed to originate as evaporation from large storage pools. Thus their diurnal cycle would depend mostly on temperature. However, there is indication that a significant part of the monoterpene emission would originate directly from de novo synthesis. By applying 13CO2 fumigation and analyzing the isotope fractions with proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and classical GC-MS we studied the origin of monoterpene emissions from some major Eurasian boreal and alpine tree species. We determined the fractions originating from de novo biosynthesis and from large internal monoterpene storages for three coniferous tree species with specialized monoterpene storage structures and one dicotyledon species without such structures. The emission from dicotyledon species Betula pendula originated solely from the de novo synthesis. The origin of the emissions from coniferous species was mixed with varying fraction originating from de novo synthesis (Pinus sylvestris 58%, Picea abies 33.5%, Larix decidua 9.8%) and the rest from large internal monoterpene storage pools. Application of the observed fractions of emission originating from de novo synthesis and large storage pools in a hybrid emission algorithm resulted in a better description of ecosystem scale monoterpene emissions from a boreal Scots pine forest stand.

  20. Direct amplification of DNA from fresh and preserved ectomycorrhizal root tips.

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    Bent, Elizabeth; Taylor, D Lee

    2010-02-01

    Methods are described by which DNA can be amplified directly from ectomycorrhizal root tip homogenates of a variety of plant species (Picea mariana (black spruce), Betula papyrifera (paper birch), Populus tremuloides (trembling aspen) and Alnus sp.(alder)), including root tips that have been preserved in RNA Later (Ambion, Austin, TX). In most cases for extracts and homogenates diluted 10-fold prior to PCR, and in all cases for 100-fold dilutions, direct amplification of DNA from fresh root tip homogenates yielded as many or more ng of PCR amplicon (fungal ITS region) than amplification of DNA extracted from the same tips using a commercial kit or a manual ethanol precipitation-based method. For alder root tip extracts diluted 10-fold, the commercial kit method yielded more ng of PCR amplicon than 10-fold diluted, although direct use of homogenates still resulted in amplification in all tips tested. We also demonstrate consistent amplification of DNA from homogenates of birch, spruce and aspen ectomycorrhizal root tips preserved for 4months in RNA Later. PMID:19963016

  1. Icelandic Birch Polyploids—The Case of a Perfect Fit in Genome Size

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    K. Anamthawat-Jónsson

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Two birch species coexist in Iceland, dwarf birch Betula nana and tree birch B. pubescens. Both species are variable morphologically, which has been shown to be due to introgressive hybridization via interspecific hybrids. The aim of this study was to examine if the introgression could be related to genome size. We characterized 42 plants from Bifröst woodland morphologically and cytogenetically. The population consisted of diploid B. nana (38%, tetraploid B. pubescens (55%, and triploid hybrids (7%. Genome size was measured from 12 plants, using Feulgen DNA image densitometry (FDM on spring leaf buds and flow cytometry (FCM with dormant winter twigs. The use of winter twigs for FCM is novel. The average 1C-values for diploid, triploid, and tetraploid plants were 448, 666, and 882 Mbp, respectively. Monoploid genome sizes were found to be statistically constant among ploidy levels. This stability is in contrast to the different taxonomic positions of the di- and tetraploids and also contrasts with the frequent occurrence of genome downsizing in polyploids.

  2. Arctic Shrub Growth Response to Climate Variation and Infrastructure Development on the North Slope of Alaska

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    Ackerman, D.; Finlay, J. C.; Griffin, D.

    2015-12-01

    Woody shrub growth in the arctic tundra is increasing on a circumpolar scale. Shrub expansion alters land-atmosphere carbon fluxes, nutrient cycling, and habitat structure. Despite these ecosystem effects, the drivers of shrub expansion have not been precisely established at the landscape scale. This project examined two proposed anthropogenic drivers: global climate change and local infrastructure development, a press disturbance that generates high levels of dust deposition. Effects of global change were studied using dendrochronology to establish a relationship between climate and annual growth in Betula and Salix shrubs growing in the Alaskan low Arctic. To understand the spatial heterogeneity of shrub expansion, this analysis was replicated in shrub populations across levels of landscape properties including soil moisture and substrate age. Effects of dust deposition on normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and photosynthetic rate were measured on transects up to 625 meters from the Dalton Highway. Dust deposition rates decreased exponentially with distance from road, matching previous models of road dust deposition. NDVI tracked deposition rates closely, but photosynthetic rates were not strongly affected by deposition. These results suggest that dust deposition may locally bias remote sensing measurements such as NDVI, without altering internal physiological processes such as photosynthesis in arctic shrubs. Distinguishing between the effects of landscape properties, climate, and disturbance will improve our predictions of the biogeochemical feedbacks of arctic shrub expansion, with potential application in climate change modeling.

  3. Vaccination for birch pollen allergy. Induction of affinity-matured or blocking IgG antibodies does not account for the reduced binding of IgE to Bet v 1

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    Svenson, Morten; Jacobi, Henrik H; Bødtger, Uffe; Poulsen, Lars K; Rieneck, Klaus; Bendtzen, Klaus

    2003-01-01

    (Betula verrucosa) (Bet v 1), the major allergen in birch pollen, to serum IgG and IgE, separately and in competition. Sera from six birch pollen-allergic patients were obtained before and after 5 years of SAV, and binding was assessed with 125I-Bet v 1. Before SAV, IgG bound more than eight times the...... amount of Bet v 1 compared with IgE, and together they accounted for more than 85% of the serum binding capacity. While SAV induced minimal changes in IgE binding, the IgG binding capacities increased 6-32 times. In contrast, the binding avidities (K(d) 28-40pM) changed less than 20%, pre- and post......-SAV IgG provided similar inhibition of Bet v 1 binding to IgE at equimolar levels, and cross inhibition studies between IgG and IgE showed low inter-individual differences. Following SAV, all sera reduced Bet v 1 binding to CD23(+) cells, correlating with reduced binding of Bet v 1 to IgE (P...

  4. Comparative study of lipophilic extractives of hardwoods and corresponding ECF bleached kraft pulps

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    Pascoal Neto, C.

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available The lipophilic extractives of Eucalyptus globulus , Eucalyptus grandis , Eucalyptus urograndis , Betula verrucosa and Acacia mangium woods and of the corresponding ECF bleached kraft pulps, were characterised by GC-MS. The five hardwoods showed significant differences in the content and composition of the main families of extractives, namely fatty acids, long chain aliphatic alcohols and sterols. Significant differences in the composition persist after wood pulping and ECF bleaching of pulps. The fate of the various types of extractives during the wood and pulp processing is discussed. Long chain aliphatic acids and alcohols are quite stable during the pulp production and are retained to a great extent in the final bleached pulp; delta 5 sterols are mostly oxidised and partially retained in the pulps, while delta 7 sterols are completely degraded and/or dissolved. B. verrucosa and A. mangium bleached pulps show contents of fatty acids about 4 and 20 times higher than that of Eucalyptus pulps, respectively, while the content of long chain aliphatic alcohols in A. mangium pulp is of the order of 100 times higher than Eucalyptus and B. verrucosa pulps.

  5. Establishment of trees on mixtures of pulverised fuel ash and gypsum. Part II: nutrition and trace elements

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    Shaw, P.J.A.; Moffat, A.J.

    1993-10-01

    Pulverised fuel ash (PFA) sites in Britain have traditionally been restored to agriculture, but with the current trend to taking agricultural land out of production there is renewed interest in alternative end uses such as forestry. PFA has been shown to be colonized naturally to trees after 20-plus-years. In a series of experiments, the authors tested the growth and chemical uptake of a variety of tree species ([ital Populus nigra] var 'Italica', [ital P.alba], [ital Pinus nigra] var maritima, [ital Betula pendula], [ital Acer pseudoplatanus], [ital Alnus glutinosa], [ital A. cordata], and [ital Robinia pseudoacacia]) in a variety of mixtures (PFA, flue gas desulphurization gypsum, a 1:1 PFA:gypsum mix and a 2:1 mix, and a compost control). In earlier research several of the species were shown to tolerate the unusual physical and chemical characteristics of the mixtures. Here, elemental content of leaves from the trees after one year indicated that PFA consistently increased foliar levels of K, B, and Mo. Poor performance of some of the tree species in pure PFA was attributed to boron toxicity. Adding gypsum with the PFA tended to reduce B uptake. Fertilizers tended to improve tree performance. The authors were encouraged by the performance of the nitrogen fixing species ([ital Alnus] and [ital Robinia]), indicating that it may be possible to establish a self-sustaining woodland on power plant wastes.

  6. Diet and nutrient balance of red panda in Nepal

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    Panthi, Saroj; Coogan, Sean C. P.; Aryal, Achyut; Raubenheimer, David

    2015-10-01

    We identified the winter plant species consumed by red panda in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve of eastern Nepal and compared this to the early-summer diet which was determined previously by Panthi et al. (2012). In addition, we estimated the proximate nutritional content of the leaves identified in red panda diet for both seasons, and we used nutritional geometry to explore macronutrient balance of leaves from the two different sampling periods. We identified six different plants in winter scats, which were the same as found in the previously determined early-summer diet. Arundinaria spp. bamboos were the main species found (82.1 % relative frequency), followed by Acer spp. (6.3 %), Betula utilis (4.6 %), Quercus semicarpifolia (3.7 %), Berberis spp. (1.3 %), and lichens (1.0 %), leaving 2.0 % unidentified. Geometric analysis suggested that the macronutrient balance of seasonal diets were similar in nutrient balance to the most frequently consumed Arundinaria spp. Differences in macronutrient balance may indicate seasonal nutrient preferences, such as increased carbohydrate intake in winter for thermogenesis, and increased protein and lipid intake in early summer to support reproduction and lactation; however, these differences may also indicate differences in resource availability. Habitat conserved for red panda in the region should include sufficient Arundinaria spp. as well as lesser consumed plants which may serve as complimentary foods.

  7. Fungal Assemblages in Different Habitats in an Erman’s Birch Forest

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    Yang, Teng; Sun, Huaibo; Shen, Congcong; Chu, Haiyan

    2016-01-01

    Recent meta-analyses of fungal diversity using deeply sequenced marker genes suggest that most fungal taxa are locally distributed. However, little is known about the extent of overlap and niche partitions in total fungal communities or functional guilds within distinct habitats on a local forest scale. Here, we compared fungal communities in endosphere (leaf interior), phyllosphere (leaf interior and associated surface area) and soil samples from an Erman’s birch forest in Changbai Mountain, China. Community structures were significantly differentiated in terms of habitat, with soil having the highest fungal richness and phylogenetic diversity. Endophytic and phyllosphere fungi of Betula ermanii were more phylogenetically clustered compared with the corresponding soil fungi, indicating the ability of that host plants to filter and select their fungal partners. Furthermore, the majority of soil fungal taxa were soil specialists, while the dominant endosphere and phyllosphere taxa were aboveground generalists, with soil and plant foliage only sharing <8.2% fungal taxa. Most of the fungal taxa could be assigned to different functional guilds; however, the assigned guilds showed significant habitat specificity with variation in relative abundance. Collectively, the fungal assemblages in this Erman’s birch forest were strictly niche specialized and constrained by weak migration among habitats. The findings suggest that phylogenetic relatedness and functional guilds’ assignment can effectively interpret the certain ecological processes.

  8. Glacial Refugium of Pinus pumila (Pall.) Regel in Northeastern Siberia

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    Shilo, N A; Lozhkin, A V; Anderson, P M; Brown, T A; Pakhomov, A Y; Solomatkina, T B

    2007-02-10

    One of the most glowing representatives of the Kolyma flora [1], ''Pinus pumila'' (Pall.) Regel (Japanese stone pine), is a typical shrub in larch forests of the northern Okhotsk region, basins of the Kolyma and Indigirka rivers, and high-shrub tundra of the Chukchi Peninsula. It also forms a pine belt in mountains above the forest boundary, which gives way to the grass-underbrush mountain tundra and bald mountains. In the southern Chukchi Peninsula, ''Pinus pumila'' along with ''Duschekia fruticosa'' (Rupr.) Pouzar and ''Betula middendorffii'' Trautv. et C. A. Mey form trailing forests transitional between tundra and taiga [2]. Pinus pumila pollen, usually predominating in subfossil spore-and-pollen spectra of northeastern Siberia, is found as single grains or a subordinate component (up 2-3%, rarely 10%) in spectra of lacustrine deposits formed during the last glacial stage (isotope stage 2) in the Preboreal and Boreal times of the Holocene. Sometimes, its content increases to 15-22% in spectra of lacustrine deposits synchronous to the last glacial stage near the northern coast of the Sea of Okhotsk [3], evidently indicating the proximity of Japanese stone pine thickets.

  9. Microclimate and Modeled Fire Behavior Differ Between Adjacent Forest Types in Northern Portugal

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    Anita Pinto

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Fire severity varies with forest composition and structure, reflecting micrometeorology and the fuel complex, but their respective influences are difficult to untangle from observation alone. We quantify the differences in fire weather between different forest types and the resulting differences in modeled fire behavior. Collection of in-stand weather data proceeded during two summer periods in three adjacent stands in northern Portugal, respectively Pinus pinaster (PP, Betula alba (BA, and Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (CL. Air temperature, relative humidity and wind speed varied respectively as CL < PP < BA, PP < CL < BA, and CL < BA < PP. Differences between PP and the other types were greatest during the warmest and driest hours of the day in a sequence of 10 days with high fire danger. Estimates of daytime moisture content of fine dead fuels and fire behavior characteristics for this period, respectively, from Behave and BehavePlus, indicate a CL < BA < PP gradient in fire potential. High stand density in CL and BA ensured lower wind speed and higher fuel moisture content than in PP, limiting the likelihood of an extreme fire environment. However, regression tree analysis revealed that the fire behavior distinction between the three forest types was primarily a function of the surface fuel complex, and more so during extreme fire weather conditions.

  10. β-Amyloid binding in elderly subjects with declining or stable episodic memory function measured with PET and [11C]AZD2184

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    Cognitive decline has been suggested as an early marker for later onset of Alzheimer's disease. We therefore explored the relationship between decline in episodic memory and β-amyloid using positron emission tomography (PET) and [11C]AZD2184, a radioligand with potential to detect low levels of amyloid deposits. Healthy elderly subjects with declining (n = 10) or stable (n = 10) episodic memory over 15 years were recruited from the population-based Betula study and examined with PET. Brain radioactivity was measured after intravenous administration of [11C]AZD2184. The binding potential BPND was calculated using linear graphical analysis with the cerebellum as reference region. The binding of [11C]AZD2184 in total grey matter was generally low in the declining group, whereas some binding could be observed in the stable group. Mean BPND was significantly higher in the stable group compared to the declining group (p = 0.019). An observation was that the three subjects with the highest BPND were ApoE ε4 allele carriers. We conclude that cognitive decline in the general population does not seem to stand by itself as an early predictor for amyloid deposits. (orig.)

  11. The occurence of rare and protected plant species on the peat bog near Lake Bikcze (Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie Lakeland

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    Magdalena Pogorzelec

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of a pilot field study, conducted in July 2007, designed to make floristic evaluation of the peat bog area adjacent to the western shore of Lake Bikcze (Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie Lakeland. The main aim of the study was to confirm the occurrence of populations of rare and legally protected plant species in this area and to identify, on a preliminary basis, habitat conditions in their stands. The occurrence of populations of the following strictly protected plant species: Betula humilis, Salix lapponum, Salix myrtilloides, Carex limosa, Drosera intermedia, Drosera rotundifolia, Dactylorhiza incarnata; and partially protected species: Menyanthes trifoliata, has been confirmed in the studied peat bog. Both an investigation of abiotic factors, conducted in situ, and an analysis of the species composition of the flora in terms of habitat preferences of particular groups of taxa have shown that the described rare plant species find suitable conditions for their growth and development in the studied peat bog.

  12. Determining the Composition of Lignins in Different Tissues of Silver Birch

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    Fagerstedt, Kurt V.; Saranpää, Pekka; Tapanila, Tarja; Immanen, Juha; Alonso Serra, Juan Antonio; Nieminen, Kaisa

    2015-01-01

    Quantitative and qualitative lignin analyses were carried out on material from the trunks of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) trees. Two types of material were analyzed. First, whole birch trunk pieces were cryosectioned into cork cambium, non-conductive phloem, the cambial zone (conductive phloem, cambium and differentiating xylem), lignified xylem and the previous year’s xylem; material that would show differences in lignin amount and quality. Second, clonal material from one natural birch population was analyzed to show variations between individuals and between the lignin analysis methods. The different tissues showed marked differences in lignin amount and the syringyl:guaiacyl (S/G) ratio. In the non-conductive phloem tissue containing sclereids, the S/G ratio was very low, and typical for phloem fibers and in the newly-formed xylem, as well as in the previous year’s xylem, the ratio lay between five and seven, typical for broadleaf tree xylem. Clonal material consisting of 88 stems was used to calculate the S/G ratios from the thioacidolysis and CuO methods, which correlated positively with an R2 value of 0.43. Comparisons of the methods indicate clearly that the CuO method is a good alternative to study the monomeric composition and S/G ratio of wood lignins. PMID:27135322

  13. НЕЛИНЕЙНЫЕ МОДЕЛИ ВЗАИМОСВЯЗИ РАСПРОСТРАНЕНИЯ INONOTUS OBLIQUUS (PERS.) PIL. С БОНИТЕТОМ И ВОЗРАСТОМ БЕРЕЗОВОГО ЛЕСА. ВЛИЯНИЕ РЯДА МОРФОЛОГИЧЕСКИХ ХАРАКТЕРИСТИК НАСАЖДЕНИЙ НА ВСТРЕЧАЕМОСТЬ БАЗИДИАЛЬНОГО МАКРОМИЦЕТА

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    Баландайкин, М.

    2013-01-01

    Показаны регрессии двух параметров таксации на пространственную организацию факультативного сапротрофа в насаждениях Betula pendula Roth. Рассмотрены особенности влияния некоторых биоэкологических факторов на миграцию гриба.

  14. РАСПРОСТРАНЕНИЕ МАКРОМИЦЕТА INONOTUS OBLIQUUS (PERS.) PIL. В БЕРЕЗОВЫХ НАСАЖДЕНИЯХ РАЗЛИЧНОГО ПРОИСХОЖДЕНИЯ

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    2013-01-01

    Позиционируется элементарная березовая синузия автотрофно детерминируемой консорции, разобщенная в констелляции по сингулярному таксационному признаку (происхождение древостоя) в аспекте импактивности Betula pendula Roth. скошенным трутовиком.

  15. How much selenium do medicinal plants contain? Results of a research on wild-growing species from Western Romania

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    Diana Simona ANTAL

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The ultratrace element selenium is essential for higher animals and man. It is an active constituent of over twenty different selenoproteins from human tissues. As well, this rare nonmetal element is a potent anticarcinogen, inhibiting both chemically and virally induced tumors. The ever-increasing biological importance of Se determined us to perform the first largescale investigation of Romanian medicinal plants in what their Se content is concerned, and to evaluate the extraction ratio of this element during decoction. ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry analysis revealed average Se contents of 43 μg/kg dry matter. The highest Se content was found in aerial parts (average of 60 μg/kg, followed by leaves (58, roots (54, flowers (35 and fruits (12. Species grown on limestone weathering soils are significantly richer in Se than the ones grown on granite or phyllite. Outstanding Se contents were measured for samples of Betula pendula leaves – 381, 131 and 113 μg Se/kg, Agrimonia eupatoria herb - 332 μg/kg, and Galium verum herb – 287 μg/kg. The extraction ratio of Se through decoction ranges from 4% (valerian roots to 83% (chicory roots. The Se content and the high amounts of flavonoids in birch, agrimony and yellow bedstraw underline the value of these plants in the auxiliary treatment of various free-radical mediated diseases.

  16. Þéttleiki og fjölbreytileiki sveppróta í misgömlum birki og lerkiskógum

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    Brynja Hrafnkelsdóttir 1982

    2009-01-01

    Þéttleiki og fjölbreytileiki útrænnar svepprótar var rannsakaður í misgömlum birkiskógum (Betula pubescens) og lerkiskógum (Larix sibirica) á Fljótsdalshéraði, auk þess sem skóglaust mólendi var haft með til samanburðar. Leitað var svara við eftirfarandi spurningum: a) Er svepprótarsmit til staðar í skóglausu landi á Fljótsdalshéraði? b) Myndast svepprót á birkiplöntum ef þær eru gróðursettar í lerkiskóg? Myndast svepprót á lerkiplöntur ef þær eru gróðursettar í birkiskóg? c) Er hægt að no...

  17. Spatial heterogeneity in the timing of birch budburst in response to future climate warming in Ireland

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    Caffarra, Amelia; Zottele, Fabio; Gleeson, Emily; Donnelly, Alison

    2014-05-01

    In order to predict the impact of future climate warming on trees it is important to quantify the effect climate has on their development. Our understanding of the phenological response to environmental drivers has given rise to various mathematical models of the annual growth cycle of plants. These models simulate the timing of phenophases by quantifying the relationship between development and its triggers, typically temperature. In addition, other environmental variables have an important role in determining the timing of budburst. For example, photoperiod has been shown to have a strong influence on phenological events of a number of tree species, including Betula pubescens (birch). A recently developed model for birch (DORMPHOT), which integrates the effects of temperature and photoperiod on budburst, was applied to future temperature projections from a 19-member ensemble of regional climate simulations (on a 25 km grid) generated as part of the ENSEMBLES project, to simulate the timing of birch budburst in Ireland each year up to the end of the present century. Gridded temperature time series data from the climate simulations were used as input to the DORMPHOT model to simulate future budburst timing. The results showed an advancing trend in the timing of birch budburst over most regions in Ireland up to 2100. Interestingly, this trend appeared greater in the northeast of the country than in the southwest, where budburst is currently relatively early. These results could have implications for future forest planning, species distribution modeling, and the birch allergy season.

  18. Stem CO2 release under illumination: corticular photosynthesis, photorespiration or inhibition of mitochondrial respiration?

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    Wittmann, Christiane; Pfanz, Hardy; Loreto, Francesco; Centritto, Mauro; Pietrini, Fabrizio; Alessio, Giorgio

    2006-06-01

    In illuminated stems and branches, CO2 release is often reduced. Many light-triggered processes are thought to contribute to this reduction, namely photorespiration, corticular photosynthesis or even an inhibition of mitochondrial respiration. In this study, we investigated these processes with the objective to discriminate their influence to the overall reduction of branch CO2 release in the light. CO2 gas-exchange measurements of young birch (Betula pendula Roth.) branches (O2) and non-photorespiratory (exchange. This suppression of photorespiration was attributed to the high CO2 concentrations (C(i)) within the bark tissues (1544 +/- 227 and 618 +/- 43 micromol CO2 mol(-1) in the dark and in the light, respectively). Changes in xylem CO2 were not likely to explain the observed decrease in stem CO2 release as gas-exchange measurements before and after cutting of the branches did not effect CO2 efflux to the atmosphere. Combined fluorescence and gas-exchange measurements provided evidence that the light-dependent reduction in CO2 release can pre-dominantly be attributed to corticular refixation, whereas an inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in the light is unlikely to occur. Corticular photosynthesis was able to refix up to 97% of the CO2 produced by branch respiration, although it rarely led to a positive net photosynthetic rate. PMID:17080940

  19. The effect of u.v.-B radiation on u.v.-absorbing secondary metabolites in birch seedlings grown under simulated forest soil conditions

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    Birch (Betula pendula Roth) seedlings were grown under enhanced u.v.-B radiation and simulated forest-soil conditions, after which individual secondary metabolites were determined in the leaves. It was found that not all of the u.v.-absorbing secondary metabolites of the seedlings responded to supplementary u.v.-B radiation. Under increased u.v.-B radiation, significant increases in concentration were observed only for the major flavonoid, quercitrin, the minor fiavonoid, myricetin-3-galactoside, and for chlorogenic acid. On the other hand, 3,4′dihydroxypropiophenone-3-β-D-glucopyranoside decreased under u.v.-B irradiation. The concentration of phenolic compounds in the leaves changed during the growing season (between two harvests) but this change was not related to u.v.-B enhancement. A low availability of mineral nutrients did not impair the capacity of the seedlings to accumulate u.v.-protecting phenolic compounds under increased u.v.-B radiation. The growth conditions used might have affected the intracellular concentrations of secondary metabolites, and thus furnished the birch seedlings with an increased tolerance of u.v.-B radiation. These findings point to the significance of certain phenolic components in the protection of deciduous trees against u.v.-B radiation. (author)

  20. Leaf surface lipophilic compounds as one of the factors of silver birch chemical defense against larvae of gypsy moth.

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    Martemyanov, Vyacheslav V; Pavlushin, Sergey V; Dubovskiy, Ivan M; Belousova, Irina A; Yushkova, Yuliya V; Morosov, Sergey V; Chernyak, Elena I; Glupov, Victor V

    2015-01-01

    Plant chemical defense against herbivores is a complex process which involves a number of secondary compounds. It is known that the concentration of leaf surface lipophilic compounds (SLCs), particularly those of flavonoid aglycones are increased with the defoliation treatment of silver birch Betula pendula. In this study we investigated how the alteration of SLCs concentration in the food affects the fitness and innate immunity of the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar. We found that a low SLCs concentrations in consumed leaves led to a rapid larval development and increased females' pupae weight (= fecundity) compared to larvae fed with leaves with high SLCs content. Inversely, increasing the compounds concentration in an artificial diet produced the reverse effects: decreases in both larval weight and larval survival. Low SLCs concentrations in tree leaves differently affected larval innate immunity parameters. For both sexes, total hemocytes count in the hemolymph increased, while the activity of plasma phenoloxidase decreased when larvae consume leaves with reduced content of SLCs. Our results clearly demonstrate that the concentration of SLCs in silver birch leaves affects not only gypsy moth fitness but also their innate immune status which might alter the potential resistance of insects against infections and/or parasitoids. PMID:25816371