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An algorithm based on the physics of radiative transfer in vegetation canopies for the retrieval of vegetation green leaf area index (LAI) and fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (FPAR) from surface reflectances was developed and implemented for operational processing prior to the launch of the moderate resolution imaging(More)
A complete set of candidate disease resistance ( R) genes encoding nucleotide-binding sites (NBSs) was identified in the genome sequence of japonica rice ( Oryza sativa L. var. Nipponbare). These putative R genes were characterized with respect to structural diversity, phylogenetic relationships and chromosomal distribution, and compared with those in(More)
We have developed a new DH mapping population for oilseed rape, named TNDH, using genetically and phenotypically diverse parental lines. We used the population in the construction of a high stringency genetic linkage map, consisting of 277 loci, for use in quantitative genetic analysis. A proportion of the markers had been used previously in the(More)
An updated version of the nested-grid GEOS-Chem model is developed allowing for higher horizontal (0.5 • ×0.667 •) resolution as compared to global models. CO transport over a heavily polluted region, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei (BTH) city cluster in China, and the pattern of outflow from East China in summertime are investigated. Comparison of the(More)
Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for sugar yield and related traits will provide essential information for sugarcane improvement through marker-assisted selection. Two sugarcane segregating populations derived from interspecific crosses between Saccharum offinarum and Saccharum spontaneum with 264 and 239 individuals, respectively, were evaluated in(More)
A series of aggressive measures was launched by the Chinese government to reduce pollutant emissions from Beijing and surrounding areas during the Olympic Games. Observations at Miyun, a rural site 100 km downwind of the Beijing urban center, show significant decreases in concentrations of O 3 , CO, NO y , and SO 2 during August 2008, relative to August(More)
We report here the transformation of two species of orchid, Dendrobium phalaenopsis and D. nobile, by biolistic bombardment. Calli or protocorm-like bodies (PLBs) were used as target explants. Gold particles (1.0 µm) coated with plasmid DNA (pCAMBIA1301) encoding an intron-containing β-glucuronidase gene (gus-int) and a hygromycin phosphotransferase (hpt)(More)
Protein–RNA interactions play a key role in a number of biological processes such as protein synthesis, mRNA processing, assembly and function of ribosomes and eukaryotic spliceosomes. A reliable identification of RNA-binding sites in RNA-binding proteins is important for functional annotation and site-directed mutagenesis. We developed a novel method for(More)
Spectral clustering (SC) is a large family of grouping methods that partition data using eigenvectors of an affinity matrix derived from the data. Though SC methods have been successfully applied to a large number of challenging clustering scenarios, it is noteworthy that they will fail when there are significant intersections among different clusters. In(More)
 An alpha-herpesvirus has been associated recently with green turtle fibropapilloma (FP). To further clarify the role of this newfound green turtle herpesvirus (GTHV) in the pathogenesis of FP, various normal-appearing tissues and organs (including skin, eye, brain, heart, liver, spleen, intestine, lung, kidney, nerve, gonad, tongue, gall bladder, urinary(More)