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PARVEEN AHMED, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Priyadarshini Bhorali, H. Ranjit Singh, Bornali Gohain, Raju Bharalee, Sushmita Gupta, Sourabh Kumar Das, Niraj Agarwal, Prasenjit Bhagwati, Neelakshi Bhattacharya, Sangeeta Borchetia and Sudripta Das

Tea Mosquito Bug (Helopeltis theivora Waterhouse) is one of the most dreaded tea pests of NE India causing a loss of 15-20 lakh kgs of made tea per year. SSR markers derived from stress associated ESTs were evaluated in a segregating population showing variable resistance to Helopeltis infestation. This approach would facilitate new methods of marker assisted selection (MAS) to efficiently breed superior Helopeltis resistant varieties.

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Dissecting molecular mechanisms related to blister blight resistance in tea: An EST approach
NIRAJ AGARWAL, Priyadarshini Bhorali, H. Ranjit Singh, Bornali Gohain, Raju Bharalee, Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Sushmita Gupta, Sourabh Kumar Das, Parveen Ahmed, Prasenjit Bhagwati, Neelakshi Bhattacharya, Sangeeta Borchetia and Sudripta Das

Blister blight (caused by Exobasidium vexans) is a destructive disease of tea (Camellia sinensis) in tea growing countries worldwide, that causes substantial losses. More than 10% of the transcripts were specifically induced in defence and/or signal transduction including master switch genes (transcription factors, kinases), R genes (NBS-LRR), phytohormone biosynthesis pathway genes, pathogenesis related genes and genes for antifungal peptides (chitinase, glucanase).

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Transcriptional and metabolic changes in drought tolerant potato expressing the TPS1 gene of yeast
Zsófia Juhász, Mihály Kondrák, Ferenc Marincs, Zsófia Bánfalvi

To increase drought tolerance of potato, transgenic plants expressing the trehalose-6-phosphate synthase (TPS1) gene of yeast were isolated. The transgenic potato plants exhibited improved drought tolerance, however, grow slower than the wild-type. To understand the molecular basis of this phenomenon, transcriptomes of the leaves of wild-type and TPS1-transgenic plants were analysed using a potato microarray. In addition, protein, starch, and sugar content of the leaves were investigated.

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Modelling the growth inhibition of common food spoilage and pathogenic micro-organisms in the presence of solvent extracts from Irish Crucifer vegetables
Shilpi Gupta, Amit K. Jaiswal, Nissreen Abu-Ghannam

Antimicrobial activity of Irish Brassica vegetables were evaluated against a number of food spoilage and pathogenic micro-organisms. Methanolic extracts from York Cabbage showed the best activity against Listeria monocyotgenes and Salmonella abony.

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Isothermal Equilibrium and Kinetic Study on the Adsorption of Copper (II) Ions by Dried Water Hyacinth Biomass (Eichhornia crassipes)
Riel Carlo O. Ingeniero, Teresita R. Perez

This study dealt with the determination of copper (Cu2+) ion adsorption capacity of dried roots and above ground vegetative structure of Eichhornia crassipes taken from Lake Palacpacquen in San Pablo, Laguna. Both the adsorption by roots and aerial portion fitted the Langmuir and Freundlich models suggesting that the biosorption mechanism is complex.

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Cows On Coke! Levamisole: A Livestock De-wormer in Cocaine
Michael Swerlowycz

A study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of levamisole where cocaine was detected in coronial specimens received at the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. Cocaine-positive cases from January 2006 onwards were re-examined to determine the presence of levamisole. Recent specimens from the Drugs & Driving Laboratory were also examined in order to obtain comparison levamisole data from a range of living subjects

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The role of a light-upregulated NF-YB member in photosynthesis and development in Triticum aestivum

NF-Y TF is a heterotrimeric complex comprised of the three subunits: NF-YA, NF-YB and NF-YC. In plants each subunit is encoded by multiple genes with different mRNA expression profiles among plant organs, and in response to developmental and environmental stimuli.

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Impacts of climate on water-use and water-use efficiency of woodlands in the Sudanese Sahel region: a modelling study
Syed Ashraful Alam and Mike Starr

This poster dealt with the impacts of climate on water-use and water-use efficiency of woodlands in the Sudanese Sahel region. Results are based on global circulation models (GCMs).

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Carbon sequestration and water-use of woodlands across the Sudanese gum belt region
Syed Ashraful Alam and Mike Starr

This poster showed estimated results of soil and woodland biomass C densities and modeled water-use of woodlands across the Sudanese gum belt region

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Boron Tolerance Discovery for Higher Wheat Yields
Adelaide scientists have identified the genes in wheat that control tolerance to a significant yield-limiting soil condition found around the globe - boron toxicity.
Invasive Plants Can Accelerate Global Warming
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New project receive three-year funding of $498,000 from USDA.
Common Bean Critically Important to the Global Food Supply
The bean genome sequence provides powerful tools to improve critical food crop.
Gene Study Shows How Sheep First Separated from Goats
Findings support the development of DNA testing to speed-up selective breeding programmes.
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