Many studies have shown that the precipitation in the arid region of northwest China has shown a significant increasing trend in the last 50 years, which is considerably different from that of other areas in China that exhibit slightly rising trends or even downward trends for the same period. However, the causes of the significant rising trend in precipitation of northwest China from 1960 to 2010 are unclear. This topic requires further investigation to elucidate the reasons for this period. Furthermore, studies are also needed to analyse the influence of water vapour sources on precipitation from the perspective of atmospheric dynamics.
The natural Populus euphratica forest in the Tarim River Basin of Xinjiang occupies 89% and 54% of the total P. euphratica forests in China and in the world, respectively. Desert riparian P. euphratica forest plays an important role in the ecological balance of the Tarim River Basin, and protects the development of oases in this basin.
Somatosensory neuron types were identified by high-coverage single-cell RNA-sequencing and functional heterogeneity, as reported on Dec. 22th in Cell Research. This study provides a new system for cataloging somatosensory neurons and their transcriptome databases.
A recent study performed by groups of Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry and South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, compared the production of hydrogen gas and hydrocarbons during olivine and peridotite serpentinization.
Profs. ZHU Dan, LIU Yun and BAO Huiming of IGCAS have performed a theoretical study on the dynamic diffusion-induced isotope fractionation in immiscible silicate melts. The scientists deduced theoretical equations and proposed a model, in which Si-melts nucleate at interfaces of olivine, and can grow larger because they are chemically far from equilibrium with the bulk melt and Si-melts rise to the top of a magma chamber due to their lower density
A research group led by Dr. LIU Hongtao use hypocotyl elongation as a system to address the question how blue light regulates plant development in coordination with temperature in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. They found that cryptochrome regulates high temperature mediated hypocotyl elongation in response to blue light.
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