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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Nature (London), 2013-05-30, Vol.497 (7451), p.611-614
    Description: Apes and Old World monkeys are prominent components of modern African and Asian ecosystems, yet the earliest phases of their evolutionary history have remained largely undocumented. The absence of crown catarrhine fossils older than ∼20 million years (Myr) has stood in stark contrast to molecular divergence estimates of ∼25-30 Myr for the split between Cercopithecoidea (Old World monkeys) and Hominoidea (apes), implying long ghost lineages for both clades. Here we describe the oldest known fossil 'ape', represented by a partial mandible preserving dental features that place it with 'nyanzapithecine' stem hominoids. Additionally, we report the oldest stem member of the Old World monkey clade, represented by a lower third molar. Both specimens were recovered from a precisely dated 25.2-Myr-old stratum in the Rukwa Rift, a segment of the western branch of the East African Rift in Tanzania. These finds extend the fossil record of apes and Old World monkeys well into the Oligocene epoch of Africa, suggesting a possible link between diversification of crown catarrhines and changes in the African landscape brought about by previously unrecognized tectonic activity in the East African rift system.
    Subject(s): Hominidae - anatomy & histology ; History, Ancient ; Animals ; Mandible - anatomy & histology ; Cercopithecidae - classification ; Tanzania ; Cercopithecidae - anatomy & histology ; Phylogeny ; Tooth - anatomy & histology ; Hominidae - classification ; Fossils ; Apes ; Divergent evolution ; Old-World monkeys ; Research ; Observations ; Paleontology ; Natural history ; Index Medicus
    ISSN: 0028-0836
    E-ISSN: 1476-4687
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Global change biology, 2016-11, Vol.22 (11), p.3804-3813
    Description: The interaction between xylem phenology and climate assesses forest growth and productivity and carbon storage across biomes under changing environmental conditions. We tested the hypothesis that patterns of wood formation are maintained unaltered despite the temperature changes across cold ecosystems. Wood microcores were collected weekly or biweekly throughout the growing season for periods varying between 1 and 13 years during 1998–2014 and cut in transverse sections for assessing the onset and ending of the phases of xylem differentiation. The data set represented 1321 trees belonging to 10 conifer species from 39 sites in the Northern Hemisphere and covering an interval of mean annual temperature exceeding 14 K. The phenological events and mean annual temperature of the sites were related linearly, with spring and autumnal events being separated by constant intervals across the range of temperature analysed. At increasing temperature, first enlarging, wall‐thickening and mature tracheids appeared earlier, and last enlarging and wall‐thickening tracheids occurred later. Overall, the period of wood formation lengthened linearly with the mean annual temperature, from 83.7 days at −2 °C to 178.1 days at 12 °C, at a rate of 6.5 days °C−1. April–May temperatures produced the best models predicting the dates of wood formation. Our findings demonstrated the uniformity of the process of wood formation and the importance of the environmental conditions occurring at the time of growth resumption. Under warming scenarios, the period of wood formation might lengthen synchronously in the cold biomes of the Northern Hemisphere.
    Subject(s): cell production ; cell differentiation ; secondary wall formation ; cambium ; conifers ; meristem ; growth ; climate change ; Trees ; Cold Temperature ; Plant Development ; Xylem ; Ecosystem ; Coniferophyta ; Seasons ; Biomes ; Environmental aspects ; Global temperature changes ; Cell differentiation ; Ecosystems ; Analysis ; Index Medicus ; Life Sciences ; Vegetal Biology
    ISSN: 1354-1013
    E-ISSN: 1365-2486
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Forests, 2019-06-12, Vol.10 (6), p.500
    Description: Careful logging around small merchantable stems (CLASS) is a partial cutting treatment that consists of the harvest of 70%–90% of the merchantable volume of an irregular coniferous stand. In this treatment, regeneration, saplings and small merchantable stems (DBH 〈 15 cm) are preserved and can continue to grow and develop into the dominant layer of the new stand. The aim of this project was to examine the effects of CLASS on the primary and secondary growth of branches, as well as on branch diameter in black spruce and balsam fir trees in the boreal forest of Quebec, Canada. Primary and secondary growth were measured on five branches per tree while branch diameter was analysed from 15 whorls distributed within the crown of the 48 black spruce and 48 balsam fir trees sampled. Branch primary and secondary growth significantly increased after CLASS in the lower part of the crown in both species, and both types of growth increased proportionally. These findings suggest that CLASS may delay crown recession as the lower branches tend to survive and grow for a longer period. However, although radial growth increased in the years post-CLASS, this did not significantly influence the final branch diameter and should not lead to lumber downgrade.
    Subject(s): branch diameter ; radial growth ; Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P ; Apical shoot length ; partial cutting ; Abies balsamea (L.) Mill
    ISSN: 1999-4907
    E-ISSN: 1999-4907
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Frontiers in plant science, 2018, Vol.9, p.1061-1061
    Description: In Canada, new forestry practices involving the natural dynamics of tree growth and regeneration are proposed for integrating forest management with biodiversity. In particular, the current spruce budworm [ (Clemens)] outbreak in northeastern North America is forcing natural resource managers to clarify the potential interactions between natural disturbances and commercial thinning. The aim of this study was to investigate if the spruce budworm outbreak of the 1970s affected the responses of black spruce [ (Mill.) B.S.P.] to a subsequent thinning. Stem growth was reconstructed by measuring and cross-dating chronologies of tree-ring width of 1290 adult trees from 34 control and thinned stands within an area of 11,000 km in the boreal forest of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region (QC, Canada). The treatment consisted of a low thinning performed during 1995-1999 that removed 25-35% of the basal area. Segmented models were applied to the tree-ring chronologies to define the growth pattern during the outbreak and thinning periods within a time window of 8 years, representing the average duration of the effects of defoliation on growth. Trees showed abrupt growth decreases during the outbreak, with the tree-ring index showing minimum values in 1977-1979. The tree-ring index had a flat trend before thinning, while it increased for 6-10 years after thinning. The growth pattern during the outbreak period was characterized by a reduction, mainly in trees with larger tree rings, while slow-growing trees showed less sensitivity to the disturbance. Thinning produced a significant increase in tree growth. No relationship was found between the effects of spruce budworm outbreaks in trees and the changes in growth pattern after thinning. If the timespan between the two disturbances exceeds 7 years, partial cutting can be applied independently of the growth reductions that had occurred during the outbreak. When applied in black spruce stands with high annual radial growth, thinning is expected to optimize the volume growth of the residual trees.
    Subject(s): Forest thinning ; Research ; Growth (Plants) ; Spruce budworm ; Analysis ; Methods ; disturbance ; growth rate ; dendroecology ; growth release ; Choristoneura fumiferana ; boreal forest
    ISSN: 1664-462X
    E-ISSN: 1664-462X
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: Annals of forest science., 2019-06, Vol.76 (2), p.1-13
    Description: Wood properties were generally similar in unmanaged even-aged and uneven-aged black spruce stands. In contrast, in managed forests, wood density was higher in even-aged than in uneven-aged stands. As ring width is the discriminant factor, forest management should regulate the intensity of partial cutting to maintain a high wood density. North American boreal forests experience recurrent disturbances, such as fire and insect outbreaks, that shape the structure of even-aged and uneven-aged stands. Ecosystem-based forest management practices, such as partial cutting, aim to increase timber yields, and these forest harvesting approaches are being applied more frequently. Although the influence of these practices on tree growth is well known, few studies have examined their impact on anatomy and density of the resulting wood.This research studied the relationships between wood properties and ring width and tree heights in even- and uneven-aged black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP) stands and how these relationships are modified following partial cutting.Wood density (ring, earlywood, latewood, and maximum density) and anatomical traits (lumen area, cell-wall thickness, and tracheid length) were measured at breast height on the stem of black spruce trees. The measured wood properties were then correlated with ring width and stem height.The model demonstrated significant correlations between most measured wood parameters and ring width with only small differences between even- and uneven-aged unmanaged stands. Five wood properties were influenced by tree height in even-aged and uneven-aged unmanaged plots. Partial cutting increased the number of significant relationships between wood properties (ring, latewood, maximum density, early- and latewood lumen area, tracheid length) and tree height. We detected differences in wood properties between even- and uneven-aged plots. Although we detected no change in average ring density, the variation of intra-annual density increased, due to changes in earlywood and latewood density that resulted in more heterogeneous rings.Partial cutting should take into consideration the age structure of the stand when the density of wood products matters.
    Subject(s): Life Sciences ; Environment, general ; Even- and uneven-aged forest ; Wood Science & Technology ; Wood properties ; Forestry ; Forestry Management ; Wood anatomy ; Wood density ; Tree Biology ; Picea mariana ; Managed and unmanaged forest ; Trees ; Forests ; Wood ; Change detection ; Harvesting ; Timber ; Boreal forests ; Forest management ; Environmental changes ; Outbreaks ; Forest ecosystems ; Wall thickness ; Density ; Pest outbreaks ; Properties (attributes) ; Insects ; Ecosystem management ; Correlation analysis ; Wood products ; Forest harvesting ; Herbivores ; Age composition
    ISSN: 1286-4560
    E-ISSN: 1297-966X
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Annals of botany, 2008-11-01, Vol.102 (5), p.667-674
    Description: • Background and Aims Studies on xylogenesis focus essentially on the stem, whereas there is basically no information about the intra-annual growth of other parts of the tree. As roots strongly influence carbon allocation and tree development, knowledge of the dynamics of xylem production and maturation in roots at a short time scale is required for a better understanding of the phenomenon of tree growth. This study compared cambial activity and xylem formation in stem and roots in two conifers of the boreal forest in Canada. • Methods Wood microcores were collected weekly in stem and roots of ten Abies balsamea and ten Picea mariana during the 2004-2006 growing seasons. Cross-sections were cut using a rotary microtome, stained with cresyl violet acetate and observed under visible and polarized light. The number of cells in the cambiai zone and in differentiation, plus the number of mature cells, was counted along the developing xylem. • Key Results Xylem formation lasted from the end of May to the end of September, with no difference between stem and roots in 2004-2005. On the contrary, in 2006 a 1-week earlier beginning of cell differentiation was observed in the stem, with cell wall thickening and lignification in roots ending up to 22 d later than in the stem. Cell production in the stem was concentrated early in the season, in June, while most cell divisions in roots occurred 1 month later. • Conclusions The intra-annual dynamics of growth observed in stem and roots could be related to the different amount of cells produced by the cambium and the patterns of air and soil temperature occurring in spring.
    Subject(s): Trees ; Xylem ; Tree growth ; Tracheids ; Cell walls ; Plant roots ; Cambium ; Stems ; Cellular differentiation ; Growth rings ; Cell Count ; Plant Roots - cytology ; Abies - cytology ; Xylem - cytology ; Analysis of Variance ; Time Factors ; Picea - growth & development ; Plant Stems - cytology ; Abies - growth & development ; Xylem - growth & development ; Cell Differentiation ; Picea - cytology ; Plant Roots - growth & development ; Plant Stems - growth & development ; Index Medicus ; lignification ; xylem ; Abies balsamea ; cell differentiation ; cambium ; cell wall thickening ; boreal forest ; root ; Original ; Picea mariana ; stem
    ISSN: 0305-7364
    E-ISSN: 1095-8290
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Annals of botany, 2013-12-01, Vol.112 (9), p.1911-1920
    Description: • Background and Aims Ongoing global warming has been implicated in shifting phenological patterns such as the timing and duration of the growing season across a wide variety of ecosystems. Linear models are routiriely used to extrapolate these observed shifts in phenology into the future and to estimate changes in associated ecosystem properties such as net primary productivity. Yet, in nature, linear relationships may be special cases. Biological processes frequently follow more complex, non-linear patterns according to limiting factors that generate shifts and discontinuities, or contain thresholds beyond which responses change abruptly. This study investigates to what extent cambium phenology is associated with xylem growth and differentiation across conifer species of the northern hemisphere. • Methods Xylem cell production is compared with the periods of cambial activity and cell differentiation assessed on a weekly time scale on histological sections of cambium and wood tissue collected from the stems of nine species in Canada and Europe over 1-9 years per site from 1998 to 2011. • Key Results The dynamics of xylogenesis were surprisingly homogeneous among conifer species, although dispersions from the average were obviously observed. Within the range analysed, the relationships between the phenological timings were linear, with several slopes showing values close to or not statistically different from 1. The relationships between the phenological timings and cell production were distinctly non-linear, and involved an exponential pattern • Conclusions The trees adjust their phenological timings according to linear patterns. Thus, shifts of one phenological phase are associated with synchronous and comparable shifts of the successive phases. However, small increases in the duration of xylogenesis could correspond to a substantial increase in cell production. The findings suggest that the length of the growing season and the resulting amount of growth could respond differently to changes in environmental conditions.
    Subject(s): Climate change ; Cell growth ; Xylem ; Tracheids ; Phenology ; Cell walls ; Conifers ; Cambium ; Cellular differentiation ; Species ; Cambium - growth & development ; Canada ; Xylem - cytology ; Climate Change ; Coniferophyta - growth & development ; Europe ; Xylem - growth & development ; Cell Differentiation ; Index Medicus ; Life Sciences ; xylogenesis ; cell production ; cell differentiation ; secondary wall formation ; conifers ; meristem ; productivity ; phenology ; growth ; Original ; climate change
    ISSN: 0305-7364
    E-ISSN: 1095-8290
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Global change biology, 2019-03, Vol.25 (3), p.1089-1105
    Description: The phenology of wood formation is a critical process to consider for predicting how trees from the temperate and boreal zones may react to climate change. Compared to leaf phenology, however, the determinism of wood phenology is still poorly known. Here, we compared for the first time three alternative ecophysiological model classes (threshold models, heat‐sum models and chilling‐influenced heat‐sum models) and an empirical model in their ability to predict the starting date of xylem cell enlargement in spring, for four major Northern Hemisphere conifers (Larix decidua, Pinus sylvestris, Picea abies and Picea mariana). We fitted models with Bayesian inference to wood phenological data collected for 220 site‐years over Europe and Canada. The chilling‐influenced heat‐sum model received most support for all the four studied species, predicting validation data with a 7.7‐day error, which is within one day of the observed data resolution. We conclude that both chilling and forcing temperatures determine the onset of wood formation in Northern Hemisphere conifers. Importantly, the chilling‐influenced heat‐sum model showed virtually no spatial bias whichever the species, despite the large environmental gradients considered. This suggests that the spring onset of wood formation is far less affected by local adaptation than by environmentally driven plasticity. In a context of climate change, we therefore expect rising winter–spring temperature to exert ambivalent effects on the spring onset of wood formation, tending to hasten it through the accumulation of forcing temperature, but imposing a higher forcing temperature requirement through the lower accumulation of chilling. A temperature sum model influenced by chilling accumulation predicts the spring onset of xylem enlargement across temperate and boreal latitudes, in four major Northern Hemisphere conifers. This model outperformed heat‐sums and threshold models. On the figure, plots per species show predicted (coloured lines) and observed (grey dots) xylem onset dates, sorted by temperatures during the January–June period. The central plot shows the species‐specific relation between chilling and forcing accumulation.
    Subject(s): chilling temperatures ; forcing temperatures ; cambium ; conifers ; phenological models ; wood phenology ; Weather forecasting ; Analysis ; Biodiversity and Ecology ; Environmental Sciences ; Global Changes
    ISSN: 1354-1013
    E-ISSN: 1365-2486
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Forests, 2019-10-17, Vol.10 (10), p.913
    Description: Branch diameter is an important aspect of wood quality, as lumber grades can be determined based on the maximum diameter of branches. Crown and branch development can be influenced by the environment surrounding the trees, and silvicultural interventions, which reduce stand density and increase the growth of residual trees, could therefore alter branch properties. We evaluated maximum branch diameter within the crown of residual black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) B.S.P.) subjected to five types of silvicultural intervention—three partial-cutting and two clearcutting treatments—as well as trees within unmanaged control stands. We sampled a total of 41 stands and 223 trees. We collected 15 whorls from the live crown of each tree and measured the diameters of the largest branches. For all treatments, we observed a curvilinear relationship between maximum branch diameter and distance from the stem apex, and the largest branches were located in the lower third of the live crown. DBH before treatment and treatment were the variables that best explained maximum branch diameter in the lowest portion of the crown. A generalized additive model showed that maximum branch diameter in black spruce following silvicultural treatment will not differ significantly from trees of unmanaged control stands. Therefore, the studied partial cutting and clearcutting treatments do not have adverse effects on maximum branch diameter when compared to unmanaged control stands. However, DBH prior to treatment must be considered before any treatment is applied in forest management operations if maximum branch diameter is an important wood quality factor at the time of the final harvest of the stands.
    Subject(s): picea mariana (mill.) b.s.p ; silvicultural treatments ; live crown ; maximum branch diameter ; clearcutting ; partial cutting
    ISSN: 1999-4907
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: eLife, 2014-04-08, Vol.3, p.e02131-e02131
    Description: Membrane trafficking is essential to fundamental processes in eukaryotic life, including cell growth and division. In plant cytokinesis, post-Golgi trafficking mediates a massive flow of vesicles that form the partitioning membrane but its regulation remains poorly understood. Here, we identify functionally redundant Arabidopsis ARF guanine-nucleotide exchange factors (ARF-GEFs) BIG1-BIG4 as regulators of post-Golgi trafficking, mediating late secretion from the trans-Golgi network but not recycling of endocytosed proteins to the plasma membrane, although the TGN also functions as an early endosome in plants. In contrast, BIG1-4 are absolutely required for trafficking of both endocytosed and newly synthesized proteins to the cell-division plane during cytokinesis, counteracting recycling to the plasma membrane. This change from recycling to secretory trafficking pathway mediated by ARF-GEFs confers specificity of cargo delivery to the division plane and might thus ensure that the partitioning membrane is completed on time in the absence of a cytokinesis-interphase checkpoint. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.02131.001.
    Subject(s): Arabidopsis Proteins - metabolism ; Endocytosis ; Cell Division ; Golgi Apparatus - metabolism ; Arabidopsis Proteins - secretion ; Arabidopsis - metabolism ; Protein Transport ; Seeds ; Cytokinesis ; Guanine ; Golgi apparatus ; Proteins ; Microscopy ; Phylogenetics ; Membrane trafficking ; Physiology ; Software ; Flowers & plants ; Recycling ; Molecular biology ; Guanine nucleotide exchange factor ; Localization ; Index Medicus
    ISSN: 2050-084X
    E-ISSN: 2050-084X
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