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    Exogenous Glycine Betaine Reduces Drought Damage by Mediating Osmotic Adjustment and Enhancing Antioxidant Defense in Phoebe hunanensis

    Yujie Yang1, Chengshi Huang2, Zuguo Ge3, Bengeng Zhou4, Guangju Su4, Chunling Liu4, Yongjun Fei1,*

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.91, No.1, pp. 129-148, 2022, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2022.016704

    Abstract Drought stress negatively impacts growth and physiological processes in plants. The foliar application of glycine betaine (GB) is an effective and low-cost approach to improve the drought tolerance of trees. This study examined the effect of exogenously applied GB on the cell membrane permeability, osmotic adjustment, and antioxidant enzyme activities of Phoebe hunanensis Hand.-Mazz under drought stress. Two levels (0 and 800 mL) of water irrigation were tested under different applied GB concentrations (0, 50, 100, and 200 mM). Drought stress decreased the relative water content by 58.5% while increased the electric conductivity, malondialdehyde, proline, soluble proteins,… More >

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    Deep Learning Approach for Cosmetic Product Detection and Classification

    Se-Won Kim1, Sang-Woong Lee2,*

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.69, No.1, pp. 713-725, 2021, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2021.017292

    Abstract As the amount of online video content is increasing, consumers are becoming increasingly interested in various product names appearing in videos, particularly in cosmetic-product names in videos related to fashion, beauty, and style. Thus, the identification of such products by using image recognition technology may aid in the identification of current commercial trends. In this paper, we propose a two-stage deep-learning detection and classification method for cosmetic products. Specifically, variants of the YOLO network are used for detection, where the bounding box for each given input product is predicted and subsequently cropped for classification. We More >

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    Morpho-Physiological, Biochemical and Molecular Adaptation of Millets to Abiotic Stresses: A Review

    Seerat Saleem1, Naveed Ul Mushtaq1, Wasifa Hafiz Shah1, Aadil Rasool1, Khalid Rehman Hakeem2,*, Reiaz Ul Rehman1,*

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.90, No.5, pp. 1363-1385, 2021, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2021.014826

    Abstract Abiotic stresses such as drought, heat, cold, nutrient deficiency, excess salt and hazardous metals can hamper plantgrowth and development. Intensive agriculture of only a few major staple food crops that are sensitive and intolerant to environmental stresses has led to an agrarian crisis. On the other hand, nutritionally rich, gluten free and stress tolerant plants like millets are neglected and underutilized. Millets sustain about one-third of the world’s population and show exceptional tolerance to various abiotic and biotic stresses. Millets are C4 plants that are adapted to marginal and dry lands of arid and semi-arid… More >

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    Optimal Selection of Hybrid Renewable Energy System Using Multi-Criteria Decision-Making Algorithms

    Hegazy Rezk1,2, Irik Z. Mukhametzyanov3, Mujahed Al-Dhaifallah4,*, Hamdy A. Ziedan5

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.68, No.2, pp. 2001-2027, 2021, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2021.015895

    Abstract Several models of multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) have identified the optimal alternative electrical energy sources to supply certain load in an isolated region in Al-Minya City, Egypt. The load demand consists of water pumping system with a water desalination unit. Various options containing three different power sources: only DG, PV-B system, and hybrid PV-DG-B, two different sizes of reverse osmosis (RO) units; RO-250 and RO-500, two strategies of energy management; load following (LF) and cycle charging (CC), and two sizes of DG; 5 and 10 kW were taken into account. Eight attributes, including operating cost, renewable… More >

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    Predicting Drying Performance of Osmotically Treated Heat Sensitive Products Using Artificial Intelligence

    S. M. Atiqure Rahman1,*, Hegazy Rezk2,3, Mohammad Ali Abdelkareem1,4, M. Enamul Hoque5, Tariq Mahbub6, Sheikh Khaleduzzaman Shah7, Ahmed M. Nassef2,8

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.67, No.3, pp. 3143-3160, 2021, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2021.015048

    Abstract The main goal of this research is to develop and apply a robust Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) model for predicting the characteristics of the osmotically drying treated potato and apple samples as a model heat-sensitive product in vacuum contact dryer. Concentrated salt and sugar solutions were used as the osmotic solutions at 27C. Series of experiments were performed at various temperatures of 35C, 40C, and 55C for conduction heat input under vacuum ( −760 mm Hg) condition. Some experiments were also performed in a pure vacuum without heat addition. Dimensionless moisture content (DMC), effective moisture… More >

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    Alleviation of Drought Stress in Wheat Using Exogenous Ulva prolifera Extract Produced by Enzymatic Hydrolysis

    Feiyu Li1, Siqi Zuo1, Yongzhou Chi1, Chunying Du1, Zhaopeng Shen1, Xihong Han2,3, Xiaohui Wang2,*, Peng Wang1,*

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.8, No.11, pp. 1519-1529, 2020, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2020.011453

    Abstract Drought is one of the major abiotic stresses that affect plant growth and reduce agricultural productivity. Use of algal extract as a biostimulant is gaining increased attention from researchers. This study aimed to investigate the potential of Ulva prolifera extract (UE) as a biostimulant when enzymatically extracted under conditions of water deficit. UE treatments (0.02%, 0.06%, and 0.1%) significantly improved the shoot length, root length, and dry weight of roots after 120 h of drought stress relative to that in treatment with the negative control. An increase in catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD) activity was also More >

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    In Vitro Propagation, Isolation and Expression Studies of Suaeda edulis Genes Involved in the Osmoprotectants Biosynthesis

    Gloria Viviana Cerrillo-Rojas1, Mariana Tiscareño-Andrade1, Ana Erika Ochoa-Alfaro2, Eugenio Pérez-Molphe Balch1, Ruth Elena Soria-Guerra2, José Francisco Morales-Domínguez1,*

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.89, No.3, pp. 715-726, 2020, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2020.09769

    Abstract Halophytes are an excellent choice for the study of genes conferring salt tolerance to salt-sensitive plants and, they are suitable for reclamation and remediation of saline soil. We develop an in vitro plant propagation protocol and studies of genes involved with GB and Pro biosynthesis in Suaeda edulis. Axillary buds were used as explants and cultured in different treatments on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with different concentrations and combinations of plant growth regulators. The highest number of multiple shoots was on MS medium containing 1 mg/L Benzyladenine (BA) and / or 2 g/L activated… More >

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    A Numerical Investigation into the Influence of Electrode-Related Parameters on Electroosmotic Mixing and Related Mechanisms

    Chunsheng Wang*, Dongxing Shang

    FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, Vol.16, No.3, pp. 465-473, 2020, DOI:10.32604/fdmp.2020.08828

    Abstract Electroosmosis is an effective method for liquid mixing. It is associated with the motion of a liquid in a microchannel induced by an applied electric field. In this manuscript, a numerical model is elaborated and implemented for the case of a straight channel with a single electrode pair. In particular, the Navier-Stokes equation combined with the Convection-diffusion and Helmholtz-Smoluchowski equation are used to simulate the resulting flow field. The influence of various electrode parameters on the mixing efficiency and the related mechanisms are investigated. The numerical results show that a pair of eddies are produced More >

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    Fragrant Microcapsules Based on β-Cyclodextrin for Cosmetotextile Application

    Maroua Ben Abdelkader1,2,*, Nedra Azizi1, Ayda Baffoun3, Yves Chevalier2, Mustapha Majdoub1

    Journal of Renewable Materials, Vol.7, No.12, pp. 1347-1362, 2019, DOI:10.32604/jrm.2019.07926

    Abstract Microencapsulation of neroline inside microcapsules having a polyurethane shell based on β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and hexane diisocyanate was performed by interfacial polycondensation. The polyol nature of β-CD caused tight crosslinking of microcapsules wall. Microcapsules of neroline were characterized for their chemical composition and structure of the polyurethane shell by FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, optical and electron microscopy, light scattering and electrophoresis measurements. Core content and encapsulation yield were 15% and 60%, respectively. Spherical microcapsules of mean diameter 29 μm were slightly cationic with an isoelectric point of 6.3. Neroline-loaded microcapsules were fixed on cotton fabric using More >

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    Osmotic adjustment in Leymus cinereus cv. “Trailhead” under field conditions

    Torres1 YA, CA Busso1, OA Montenegro2, HD Giorgetti2, HD Rodríguez2, D Bentivegna3

    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.79, pp. 195-198, 2010, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2010.79.195

    Abstract Osmotic adjustment has been recognized to be an important adaptive response to water stress in higher plants. Although Leymus cinereus cv. “Trailhead” is reputedly a very drought-tolerant rangeland plant, its ability to adjust osmotically in the field has not previously been reported. This study examined the occurrence or not of osmotic adjustment in field-grown plants of Leymus cinereus cv. “Trailhead” during late spring in an arid zone of Patagonia. Plants of this species had been established in the field three years before. With this purpose, leaf laminae of this species were collected and pressure-volume curves made. Results More >

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