Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Michael Moore publishes with research colleagues in Beijing and Kunming, Peoples R China

Michael Moore, Professor of Biology, has co-authored an article in Australian Systematic Botany, CSIRO Publishing:

Assembly and comparative analyses of the mitochondrial genome of Castanospermum australe (Papilionoideae, Leguminosae). 
Authors:  Zhang, Rong; Jin, Jian-Jun; Moore, Michael J.; Yi, Ting-Shuang.

The Chinese collaborators are all affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Science, Kunming Institute of Botany, Germplasm Bank Wild Species, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China.  Zhang is also affiliated with University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, Peoples R China.

From the abstract: "Plant mitochondrial genomes are often difficult to assemble because of frequent recombination mediated by repeats. Only a few mitochondrial genomes have been characterised in subfamily Papilionoideae of Leguminosae. Here, we report the complete mitochondrial genome of Castanospermum australe A.Cunn. & C.Fraser, an important medicinal and ornamental species in the Aldinoid clade of Papilionoideae."

Friday, December 06, 2019

Mary Garvin, Biology, publishes in Chemosphere (Elsevier)

Published by Elsevier
New publication from Mary Garvin, Biology.  Collaborators include alumni Sonya Kaufman and Courtney Konow; also Rebecca Whelan, previously in the Oberlin College Chemistry & Biochemistry Department.

Garvin, M. C., Schijf, J., Kaufman, S. R., Konow, C., Liang, D., Nigra, A. E., Stracker, N. H., Whelan, R. J., & Wiles, G. C. (2020). A survey of trace metal burdens in increment cores from eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides) across a childhood cancer cluster, Sandusky County, OH, USA. Chemosphere, 238, UNSP 124528. 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124528
Also accessible in OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center

From the abstract:
"A dendrochemical study of cottonwood trees (Populus deltoides) was conducted across a childhood cancer cluster in eastern Sandusky County (Ohio, USA). The justification for this study was that no satisfactory explanation has yet been put forward, despite extensive local surveys of aerosols, groundwater, and soil. Concentrations of eight trace metals were measured by ICP-MS in microwave-digested 5-year sections of increment cores, collected during 2012 and 2013...
"Whereas our results do not implicate exposure to metals as a causative factor, we conclude that, after 1970, cottonwood trees have accumulated more Cd, Cr, and Ni, inside the childhood cancer cluster than elsewhere in Sandusky County."