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  • Global ecological predictors of the soil priming effect 

    Bastida, Felipe; Bastidal, Felipe; Garcia, Carlos; Fierer, Noah; Eldridge, David J.; Bowker, Matthew A.; Abades, Sebastian; Alfaro, Fernando D.; Berhe, Asmeret Asefaw; Cutler, Nick A.; Gallardo, Antonio; Garcia-Velazquez, Laura; Hart, Stephen C.; Hayese, Patrick E.; Hernandez, Teresa; Hseu, Zeng-Yei; Jehmlich, Nico; Kirchmair, Martin; Lambers, Hans; Neuhauser, Sigrid; Pena-Ramirez, Victor M.; Perez, Cecilia A.; Reed, Sasha C.; Santos, Fernanda; Siebe, Christina; Sullivan, Benjamin W.; Trivedi, Pankaj; Vera, Alfonso; Williams, Mark A.; Moreno, Jose Luis; Delgado-Baquerizo, Manuel (Springer Nature, 2019-08-02)
    Identifying the global drivers of soil priming is essential to understanding C cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. We conducted a survey of soils across 86 globally-distributed locations, spanning a wide range of climates, ...
  • Drought-induced soil microbial amino acid and polysaccharide change and their implications for C-N cycles in a climate change world 

    Kakumanu, Madhavi L.; Ma, Li; Williams, Mark A. (Springer Nature, 2019-07-29)
    High microbial carbon (MBC) demand, a proxy for energy demand (cost), during soil microbial response to stressors such as drought are a major gap in understanding global biogeochemical cycling of carbon (C) and nitrogen ...
  • A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production 

    Dainese, Matteo; Martin, Emily A.; Aizen, Marcelo A.; Albrecht, Matthias; Bartomeus, Ignasi; Bommarco, Riccardo; Carvalheiro, Luisa G.; Chaplin-Kramer, Rebecca; Gagic, Vesna; Garibaldi, Lucas A.; Ghazoul, Jaboury; Grab, Heather; Jonsson, Mattias; Karp, Daniel S.; Kennedy, Christina M.; Kleijn, David; Kremen, Claire; Landis, Douglas A.; Letourneau, Deborah K.; Marini, Lorenzo; Poveda, Katja; Rader, Romina; Smith, Henrik G.; Tscharntke, Teja; Andersson, Georg K. S.; Badenhausser, Isabelle; Baensch, Svenja; Bezerra, Antonio Diego M.; Bianchi, Felix J. J. A.; Boreux, Virginie; Bretagnolle, Vincent; Caballero-Lopez, Berta; Cavigliasso, Pablo; Cetkovic, Aleksandar; Chacoff, Natacha P.; Classen, Alice; Cusser, Sarah; da Silva e Silva, Felipe D.; de Groot, G. Arjen; Dudenhoeffer, Jan H.; Ekroos, Johan; Fijen, Thijs; Franck, Pierre; Freitas, Breno M.; Garratt, Michael P. D.; Gratton, Claudio; Hipolito, Juliana; Holzschuh, Andrea; Hunt, Lauren; Iverson, Aaron L.; Jha, Shalene; Keasar, Tamar; Kim, Tania N.; Kishinevsky, Miriam; Klatt, Bjorn K.; Klein, Alexandra-Maria; Krewenka, Kristin M.; Krishnan, Smitha; Larsen, Ashley E.; Lavigne, Claire; Liere, Heidi; Maas, Bea; Mallinger, Rachel E.; Martinez Pachon, Eliana; Martinez-Salinas, Alejandra; Meehan, Timothy D.; Mitchell, Matthew G. E.; Molina, Gonzalo A. R.; Nesper, Maike; Nilsson, Lovisa; O'Rourke, Megan E.; Peters, Marcell K.; Plecas, Milan; Potts, Simon G.; Ramos, Davi de L.; Rosenheim, Jay A.; Rundlof, Maj; Rusch, Adrien; Saez, Agustin; Scheper, Jeroen; Schleuning, Matthias; Schmack, Julia M.; Sciligo, Amber R.; Seymour, Colleen; Stanley, Dara A.; Stewart, Rebecca; Stout, Jane C.; Sutter, Louis; Takada, Mayura B.; Taki, Hisatomo; Tamburini, Giovanni; Tschumi, Matthias; Viana, Blandina F.; Westphal, Catrin; Willcox, Bryony K.; Wratten, Stephen D.; Yoshioka, Akira; Zaragoza-Trello, Carlos; Zhang, Wei; Zou, Yi; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf (AAAS, 2019-10)
    Human land use threatens global biodiversity and compromises multiple ecosystem functions critical to food production. Whether crop yield-related ecosystem services can be maintained by a few dominant species or rely on ...
  • A novel Gateway®-compatible binary vector allows direct selection of recombinant clones in Agrobacterium tumefaciens 

    Traore, Sy Mamadou; Zhao, Bingyu (BMC, 2011-12-07)
    Background: Cloning genes into plasmid vectors is one of the key steps for studying gene function. Recently, Invitrogen™ developed a convenient Gateway® cloning system based on the site-specific DNA recombination properties ...
  • Development of Efficient Plant Regeneration and Transformation System for Impatiens Using Agrobacterium tumefaciens and Multiple Bud Cultures as Explants 

    Dan, Yinghui; Baxter, Aaron; Zhang, Song; Pantazis, Christopher J.; Veilleux, Richard E. (BMC, 2010-08-09)
    Background: Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) is a top selling floriculture crop. The potential for genetic transformation of Impatiens to introduce novel flower colors or virus resistance has been limited by its general ...
  • Extensive phenotypic diversity in the cultivated Florist’s Gloxinia, Sinningia speciosa (Lodd.) Hiern, is derived from the domestication of a single founder population 

    Hasing, Tomas; Rinaldi, Elijah; Manrique, Silvia; Colombo, Lucia; Haak, David C.; Zaitlin, David; Bombarely, Aureliano (Wiley, 2019-08-19)
    Domesticated plants are essential for agriculture and human societies. Hence, understanding the processes of domestication will be crucial as we strive for more efficient crops and improvements to plants that benefit ...
  • Cetylpyridinium chloride direct spray treatments reduce Salmonella on cantaloupe rough surfaces 

    Saucedo-Alderete, Raul O.; Eifert, Joseph D.; Boyer, Renee R.; Williams, Robert C.; Welbaum, Gregory E. (2018-08)
    Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) solutions (0, 0.5, or 1.0%) were applied to cantaloupe (Athena and Hale's Best Jumbo cultivars) rind plugs, either before or after inoculation with a broth culture of Salmonella Michigan ...
  • Foliar application of Fe resonates to the belowground rhizosphere microbiome in Andean landrace potatoes 

    Xiao, Hua; Rodrigues, Richard R.; Bonierbale, Merideth; Veilleux, Richard; Williams, Mark (2018-10)
    Iron (Fe) is a crucial nutrient for plant growth (e.g. chlorophyll production), and though it is one of the most abundant elements in soil, very low bioavailability can limit plant growth. Studies indicate that many soil ...
  • Low Tunnels Reduce Irrigation Water Needs and Increase Growth, Yield, and Water-use Efficiency in Brussels Sprouts Production 

    Acharya, Tej P.; Welbaum, Gregory E.; Arancibia, Ramon A. (2019-03)
    Farmers use low tunnels (LTs) covered with spunbonded fabric to protect warm-season vegetable crops against cold temperatures and extend the growing season. Cool season vegetable crops may also benefit from LTs by enhancing ...
  • Inhibiting foodborne pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Listeria monocytogenes using extracts from traditional medicine: Chinese gallnut, pomegranate peel, Baikal skullcap root and forsythia fruit 

    Wu, Jian; Goodrich, Katheryn M.; Eifert, Joseph D.; Jahncke, Michael L.; O’Keefe, Sean F.; Welbaum, Gregory E.; Neilson, Andrew P. (De Gruyter, 2018-06-21)
    Foodborne illnesses have been a heavy burden in the United States and globally. Many medicinal herbs have been cultivated in the US and many of which contain antimicrobial compounds with the potential to be used for food ...
  • COREMIC: a web-tool to search for a niche associated CORE MICrobiome 

    Rodrigues, Richard R.; Rodgers, Nyle C.; Wu, Xiaowei; Williams, Mark A. (PeerJ, 2018-02-15)
    Microbial diversity on earth is extraordinary, and soils alone harbor thousands of species per, gram of soil. Understanding how this diversity is sorted and selected into habitat niches is a major focus of ecology and ...
  • Genomics-based diversity analysis of Vanilla species using a Vanilla planifolia draft genome and Genotyping-By-Sequencing 

    Hu, Ying; Resende, Marcio F. R., Jr.; Bombarely, Aureliano; Brym, Maria; Bassil, Elias; Chambers, Alan H. (Springer Nature, 2019-03-04)
    Demand for all-natural vanilla flavor is increasing, but its botanical source, Vanilla planifolia, faces critical challenges arising from a narrow germplasm base and supply limitations. Genomics tools are the key to ...
  • Elucidation and analyses of the regulatory networks of upland and lowland ecotypes of switchgrass in response to drought and salt stresses 

    Zuo, Chunman; Tang, Yuhong; Fu, Hao; Liu, Yiming; Zhang, Xunzhong; Zhao, Bingyu; Xu, Ying (PLOS, 2018-09-24)
    Switchgrass is an important bioenergy crop typically grown in marginal lands, where the plants must often deal with abiotic stresses such as drought and salt. Alamo is known to be more tolerant to both stress types than ...
  • Antioxidant metabolism variation associated with alkali-salt tolerance in thirty switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) lines 

    Hu, Guofu; Liu, Yiming; Duo, Tianqi; Zhao, Bingyu; Cui, Guowen; Ji, Jing; Kuang, Xiao; Ervin, Erik H.; Zhang, Xunzhong (PLOS, 2018-06-25)
    Soil salinization is a major factor limiting crop growth and development in many areas. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is an important warm-season grass species used for biofuel production. The objective of this study ...
  • High tunnels for local food systems: Subsidies, equity, and profitability 

    Foust-Meyer, Nathaniel; O'Rourke, Megan E. (2015)
    High tunnels are expanding opportunities to increase local food production in the midst of a globalized food system. They can overcome biophysical growing constraints by buffering temperatures to extend the growing season ...
  • Participatory praxis for community food security education 

    Niewolny, Kim; Schroeder-Moreno, Michelle S.; Mason, Garland; McWhirt, Amanda; Clark, Susan F. (2017)
    Community food security (CFS) has a robust history as a social movement addressing the politics and practice of food access and availability. While CFS advocacy and policy activity are closely connected to grassroots ...
  • Comparative genome analysis of Burkholderia phytofirmans PsJN reveals a wide spectrum of endophytic lifestyles based on interaction strategies with host plants 

    Mitter, Birgit; Petric, Alexandra; Shin, Maria W.; Chain, Patrick S. G.; Hauberg-Lotte, Lena; Reinhold-Hurek, Barbara; Nowak, Jerzy; Sessitsch, Angela (Frontiers, 2013-04-30)
    Burkholdena phytohanans PsJN is a naturally occurring plant-associated bacterial endophyte that effectively colonizes a wide range of plants and stimulates their growth and vitality. Here we analyze whole genomes, of PsJN ...
  • De novo Transcriptome Analysis and Molecular Marker Development of Two Hemarthria Species 

    Huang, Xiu; Yan, Hai-Dong; Zhang, Xin-Quan; Zhang, Jian; Frazier, Taylor P.; Huang, De-Jun; Lu, Lu; Huang, Lin-Kai; Liu, Wei; Peng, Yan; Ma, Xiao; Yan, Yan-Hong (Frontiers, 2016-04-18)
    Hemarthria R. Br. is an important genus of perennial forage grasses that is widely used in subtropical and tropical regions. Hemarthria grasses have made remarkable contributions to the development of animal husbandry and ...
  • The Photosynthesis, Na+/K+ Homeostasis and Osmotic Adjustment of Atriplex canescens in Response to Salinity 

    Pan, Ya-Qing; Guo, Huan; Wang, Suo-Min; Zhao, Bingyu; Zhang, Jin-Lin; Ma, Qing; Yin, Hong-Ju; Bao, Ai-Ke (Frontiers, 2016-06-17)
    Atriplex canescens (fourwing saltbush) is a C-4 perennial fodder shrub with excellent resistance to salinity. However, the mechanisms underlying the salt tolerance in A. canescens are poorly understood. In this study, ...
  • Genome Reduction in Tetraploid Potato Reveals Genetic Load, Haplotype Variation, and Loci Associated With Agronomic Traits 

    Manrique-Carpintero, Norma C.; Coombs, Joseph J.; Pham, Gina M.; Laimbeer, F. Parker E.; Braz, Guilherme T.; Jiang, Jiming; Veilleux, Richard E.; Buell, C. Robin; Douches, David S. (2018-07-03)
    The cultivated potato (Solanum tuberosum) has a complex genetic structure due to its autotetraploidy and vegetative propagation which leads to accumulation of mutations and a highly heterozygous genome. A high degree of ...

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