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Tree Species, Lithology May Explain Great Variation of Asymbiotic N2 Fixation in Subtropical Forests[Jan 19, 2018]

Researchers from the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture investigated ANF in litter and soil within the crown radius of the dominant tree species in a karst forest over limestone and a nearby non-karst forest over clasolite, southwest China. They found that lithology exerted significant (P < 0.05) influences on ANF in litter but not in soil.

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Researchers Find a Bi-sexual Layout of Brain for Sex-typical Behaviors[Jan 19, 2018]

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, Dr. XU Xiaohong's lab at Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences showed unexpectedly that a well-known sexually dimorphic brain nucleus can drive both male-typical and female-typical behaviors.

snow cover;snow;Tianshan Mountains;snow survey;snow drift;snow hazard;snow disaster

XIEG Completes Snow Survey in Mid-Range of Tianshan Mountains[Jan 18, 2018]

Scientists from Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography and two Chinese universities have recently completed an eight-day survey on snow cover in mid-range of the Tianshan Mountains. The survey, as a part of the national basic resources survey project of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, covers an area of 18 cities and counties in Xinjiang, and focuses on the characteristics and distributions of snow cover in its accumulating phase.

regulatory module;immunity;plant;immune responses

Scientists Find a "Thermostat" in Plant Immunity[Jan 18, 2018]

A team led by ZHOU Jianmin from Institute of Genetics and Development Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences discovered how plants deploy a sophisticated mechanism to accurately control immune responses.

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What Are Giant Sequoia Groves Suffering When Experiencing Multiyear Dry Periods in a Warming Climate?[Jan 18, 2018]

The research on assessing the relative vulnerability of giant sequoia groves to a warming climate and multi-year dry periods was conducted together by a team from the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences , Sun Yat-sen University and the University of California, Merced.

Tibetan Plateau;permafrost layer;soil microorganisms;microbial community

Scientists Reveal Distinct Microbial Communities in the Active and Permafrost Layers on the Tibetan Plateau[Jan 18, 2018]

Researchers from Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences examined soil bacterial, archaeal and fungal communities in the active and permafrost layers at ten sites on the Tibetan Plateau using high-throughput Illumina sequencing.

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