Mannheim, Germany (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
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ScienceIndex.com's Genetics Section covers the genetic composition of populations during successive generations, natural selection, genetic variation among individuals, and development of new species. It currently contains 26,819 articles derived from 159 scientific journals. The latest articles in this category are also available through an Genetics Section RSS feed. One of the latest additions in this section establishes a positive link between male testosterone and spacing behavior in pair-bonded California mice. The authors found that males with higher testosterone post-pairing remained closer to their mates in the weeks before pups were born, and pairs with higher proximity measures during the pair bond spent more time caring for pups together. Another recently included article investigates the leaf morphology in Cowpea by QTL analysis, physical mapping and identifying a candidate gene using synteny with model legume species. The authors' study demonstrates how integrated genomic resources can be utilized for a candidate gene approach. They conclude that identification of genes which control leaf morphology may be utilized to improve the quality of cowpea leaves for vegetable and or forage markets as well as contribute to more fundamental research understanding the control of leaf shape in legumes.
ScienceIndex.com's Microbiology Section covers microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms. It currently contains 29,370 articles derived from 115 scientific journals. The latest articles in this section are also available through a Microbiology Section RSS feed. One recently included article in this section characterizes antagonistic properties of Streptomyces strains isolated from Saharan soils and evaluates their ability to control seedling blight of barley caused by Fusarium culmorum. The authors' results indicate that surface bacterized seeds expressed the highest performances and permit to reduce significantly both the disease occurrence on seedlings and the extent of seedling blight symptoms. Another article presents results from isolation of entomopathogenic fungi from Northern Thailand and their production in cereal grains. The authors isolated spore productivity in six entomopathogenic fungal strains isolated from insect cadavers at four locations in Chiang Mai province and in five cereal grains. The strains isolated exhibited good production of conidia suggesting a promising strategy for the mass production of inoculum as biocontrol agents with low production cost.
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