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Resensie: "Mieke rock uit" en "Daan Dreyer se blou geranium"
L Foster
Tydskrif vir letterkunde , 2013,
Abstract: Mieke rock uit. Jana du Plessis. Kaapstad: Tafelberg, 2012. 224 pp. ISBN: 978-0-624-05457-3. Daan Dreyer se blou geranium. Derick B. van der Walt. Kaapstad: Kwela Boeke, 2012. 224 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7957-0416-1.
A new format for multiple-choice testing: Discrete-Option Multiple-Choice. Results from early studies
Psychology Science Quarterly , 2009,
Abstract: The standard multiple-choice format has remained relatively unchanged for nearly 100 years, even over the past 25 years as multiple-choice tests have been computerized. We introduce a unique version of the multiple-choice format that has the potential to improve a test’s measurement and security properties, along with other advantages. We summarize our research with college students on course-level exams to demonstrate these benefits and to establish the Discrete-Option Multiple-Choice (DOMC) format as not only a viable way to measure skills and content knowledge, but an essential one.
A Study of RR1 Lightcurve Modulation in OGLE_III Bulge Time-series
Douglas L. Welch,Grant Foster
Physics , 2013,
Abstract: We report the results of our study of lightcurve modulation in a sample of 493 RR1 variables from the OGLE-III survey of galactic bulge fields. Each object in this list has 1500 or more I-band observations. We compare our findings with earlier studies regarding lightcurve modulation in LMC and galactic field RR1 stars. We also report the discovery of the modulated-Blazhko RR1 star OGLE-BLG-RRLYR-03825 which has a Blazhko period of 16.469 d which itself is modulated with a period of 339.2 d.
Confirmation of Pearl Millet-Napiergrass Hybrids Using EST-Derived Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) Markers  [PDF]
Charlie D. Dowling, Byron L. Burson, Jamie L. Foster, Lee Tarpley, Russell W. Jessup
American Journal of Plant Sciences (AJPS) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2013.45124

Prospects for deploying perennial grasses that are currently considered leading candidates for dedicated energy crops over large acreages are debatable because of several limitations, including vegetative propagation or small seed size, low biomass production during the first growing season, and incomplete assessments of crop invasiveness risk. Pearl Millet-Napiergrass hybrids (PMN; Pennisetum glaucum [L.] R. Br. × P. purpureum Schumach.), in contrast, are large-seeded, sterile feedstocks capable of high biomass production during establishment year. Novel methods are warranted for confirmation of PMN hybrids, as traditional morphological observations can be inconclusive and chromosome number determination using cytological methods is laborious and time consuming. Six putative PMN lines were produced in this study, and 10 progeny from each line were evaluated using morphological traits, seed fertility, flow cytometry, and expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers. All putative hybrid lines were sterile and failed to produce seed. The PMN hybrids could not be distinguished from either parent using flow cytometry due to highly similar nuclear genome DNA contents. A number of paternal napiergrass-specific EST-SSRs were identified for each PMN line, and four paternal-specific EST-SSRs conserved across all napiergrass accessions were selected to screen the putative PMN hybrids. These EST-SSRs confirmed that all F1 individuals analyzed were PMN hybrids. The use of paternal-specific markers therefore provides a valuable tool in the development of both

Succinic Acid Production across Candidate Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Feedstocks  [PDF]
Yifeng Xu, Jamie L. Foster, James P. Muir, Byron L. Burson, Russell W. Jessup
American Journal of Plant Sciences (AJPS) , 2018, DOI: 10.4236/ajps.2018.911155
Abstract: Non-food lignocellulosic crops with both high biomass yields and superior adaptation to marginal lands have significant potential as biofuel feedstocks that can replace fossil fuels. Deployment of dedicated crops into single biofuels, however, has been reduced by conversion technology costs and low petroleum prices. Integrated biorefinery strategies, in which value-added coproducts are generated in conjunction with biofuels, by comparison offer opportunities to overcome this economic disadvantage. The objective of this research was to evaluate succinic acid accumulation across candidate lignocellulosic feedstocks. Feedstock entries included pearl millet x napiergrass hybrids (“PMN”; Pennisetum glaucum [L.] R. Br. × P. purpureum Schumach.), napiergrass (P. purpureum Schumach.), annual sorghum (Sorghum bicolor [L.] Moench), pearl millet (P. glaucum [L.] R. Br.), perennial sorghum (Sorghum spp.), switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.), giant miscanthus (Miscanthus × giganteus J. M. Greef & Deuter) and energy cane (Saccharum spp. L.). Replicated field plots, as well as an independent greenhouse trial, were characterized for succinic acid content. The PMN, napiergrass, sunn hemp and energy cane entries had greater (P ≤ 0.05) succinic acid yields, up to 556 kg·ha-1, in field trials. Napiergrass and PMN entries similarly had higher succinic acid yields under greenhouse conditions; however, irrigation treatments did not alter succinic acid accumulation in this study. Napiergrass, PMN, and energy cane thus are promising biorefinery feedstocks.
Demographics and Population Dynamics Project the Future of Hard Coral Assemblages in Little Cayman  [PDF]
Kristi A. Foster, Greg Foster
Open Journal of Marine Science (OJMS) , 2017, DOI: 10.4236/ojms.2018.81010
Individual hard coral colonies from four representative reef sites around Little Cayman were surveyed yearly between 2010 and 2015, a period of non-disturbance between two elevated seawater temperature anomalies. Photographic censuses produced 7069 annual transitions that were used to describe the demographics (size class frequencies, abundance, area cover) and population dynamics under non-disturbance environmental conditions. Agariciids, Porites asteroides, and Siderastrea radians have replaced acroporids as the predominant massive corals. Recruitment rates were generally low (<1 colony per m2), except for a fourfold recruitment pulse of S. radians that occurred in 2011. On average, 42% of coral recruits survived their first year but only 10% lived longer than four years. Temporal comparisons allowed correction factors to be calculated for in-situ methods that overestimate recruitment of colonies ≤2 cm in diameter and overlook larger colonies. Size class transitions included growth (~33%), stasis (~33%), partial mortality (10% - 33%), and whole colony mortality, which decreased with increasing colony size (typically <10% for colonies with surface areas >30 cm2). Transition matrices indicated that Little Cayman assemblages have declining hard coral populations (λ < 1) but as stable size class distributions progress toward higher proportions of colonies with >150 cm2 surface areas, live area cover may remain relatively stable. Projection models indicated that downward population trends would be exacerbated even by mild disturbance (5% - 10% mortality) scenarios. The fate of hard corals on Little Cayman’s reefs was determined to be heavily dependent on the health and transitions of agariciid colonies. Conservation strategies that currently focus on restoration of Caribbean acroporids should be expanded to include agariciids, which were previously considered “weeds”.
Metagenomic and Metabolic Profiling of Nonlithifying and Lithifying Stromatolitic Mats of Highborne Cay, The Bahamas
Christina L. M. Khodadad, Jamie S. Foster
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038229
Abstract: Background Stromatolites are laminated carbonate build-ups formed by the metabolic activity of microbial mats and represent one of the oldest known ecosystems on Earth. In this study, we examined a living stromatolite located within the Exuma Sound, The Bahamas and profiled the metagenome and metabolic potential underlying these complex microbial communities. Methodology/Principal Findings The metagenomes of the two dominant stromatolitic mat types, a nonlithifying (Type 1) and lithifying (Type 3) microbial mat, were partially sequenced and compared. This deep-sequencing approach was complemented by profiling the substrate utilization patterns of the mats using metabolic microarrays. Taxonomic assessment of the protein-encoding genes confirmed previous SSU rRNA analyses that bacteria dominate the metagenome of both mat types. Eukaryotes comprised less than 13% of the metagenomes and were rich in sequences associated with nematodes and heterotrophic protists. Comparative genomic analyses of the functional genes revealed extensive similarities in most of the subsystems between the nonlithifying and lithifying mat types. The one exception was an increase in the relative abundance of certain genes associated with carbohydrate metabolism in the lithifying Type 3 mats. Specifically, genes associated with the degradation of carbohydrates commonly found in exopolymeric substances, such as hexoses, deoxy- and acidic sugars were found. The genetic differences in carbohydrate metabolisms between the two mat types were confirmed using metabolic microarrays. Lithifying mats had a significant increase in diversity and utilization of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur substrates. Conclusion/Significance The two stromatolitic mat types retained similar microbial communities, functional diversity and many genetic components within their metagenomes. However, there were major differences detected in the activity and genetic pathways of organic carbon utilization. These differences provide a strong link between the metagenome and the physiology of the mats, as well as new insights into the biological processes associated with carbonate precipitation in modern marine stromatolites.
Optimization of the Balanced Steady State Free Precession (bSSFP) Pulse Sequence for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Mouse Prostate at 3T
Christiane L. Mallett,Paula J. Foster
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018361
Abstract: MRI can be used to non-invasively monitor tumour growth and response to treatment in mouse models of prostate cancer, particularly for longitudinal studies of orthotopically-implanted models. We have optimized the balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) pulse sequence for mouse prostate imaging.
Developmental and Lactational Exposure to Dieldrin Alters Mammary Tumorigenesis in Her2/neu Transgenic Mice
Heather L. Cameron, Warren G. Foster
PLOS ONE , 2009, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004303
Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Western women and while its precise etiology is unknown, environmental factors are thought to play a role. The organochlorine pesticide dieldrin is a persistent environmental toxicant thought to increase the risk of breast cancer and reduce survival in the human population. The objective of this study was to define the effect of developmental exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of dieldrin, on mammary tumor development in the offspring. Sexually mature FVB-MMTV/neu female mice were treated with vehicle (corn oil), or dieldrin (0.45, 2.25, and 4.5 μg/g body weight) daily by gavage for 5 days prior to mating and then once weekly throughout gestation and lactation until weaning. Dieldrin concentrations were selected to produce serum levels representative of human background body burdens, occupational exposure, and overt toxicity. Treatment had no effect on litter size, birth weight or the number of pups surviving to weaning. The highest dose of dieldrin significantly increased the total tumor burden and the volume and number of tumors found in the thoracic mammary glands. Increased mRNA and protein expression of the neurotrophin BDNF and its receptor TrkB was increased in tumors from the offspring of dieldrin treated dams. This study indicates that developmental exposure to the environmental contaminant dieldrin causes increased tumor burden in genetically predisposed mice. Dieldrin exposure also altered the expression of BNDF and TrkB, novel modulators of cancer pathogenesis.
HIV-1 Nef: at the crossroads
John L Foster, J Victor Garcia
Retrovirology , 2008, DOI: 10.1186/1742-4690-5-84
Abstract: This renders the possibility of an attenuated HIV-1 based solely on a deleted nef remote. In this review we discuss the knowledge gained both from the study of these patients and from in vitro investigations of Nef function to assess the possibility of developing new anti-HIV-1 drugs based on Nef. Specifically, we consider CD4 downregulation, major histocompatibility complex I downregulation, Pak2 activation, and enhancement of virion infectivity. We also consider the recent proposal that simian immunodeficiency viruses are non-pathogenic in their hosts because they have Nefs that downregulate CD3, but HIV-1 is pathogenic because its Nef fails to downregulate CD3. The possibility of incorporating the CD3 downregulation function into HIV-1 Nef as a therapeutic option is also considered. Finally, we conclude that inhibiting the CD4 downregulation function is the most promising Nef-targeted approach for developing a new anti-viral as a contribution to combating AIDS.The brutal attack on humanity by HIV-1 has proven to be distressingly difficult to counter. The best results at blunting the epidemic have been the development of anti-retrovirals (ARVs) that inhibit crucial HIV-1 functions. Unfortunately, the unique ability of HIV-1 to mutate and adapt [1,2] requires multiple drug treatments that are limited in their application by their side effects and their expense. Topically applied microbicides offer the possibility of prevention, but similar problems of toxicity, expense, and effective application apply here as well as with ARVs [3,4]. Vaccines have been a total failure and future prospects are dim [5-8].Well into the third decade of HIV-1 research the likelihood of finding an Achilles' heel for HIV-1 is remote. The virus is too highly adapted from its successful 70 year contest with the human immune system [9,10]. Accumulating small victories are the probable long term course for significantly curtailing the epidemic. Effective microbicides are desperately needed fo
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