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molecular;Mobius strip;topology;X-ray crystallography

Scientists Synthesize Interlocked Molecular Möbius Strips[Aug 03, 2018]

Recently, a collaborative research team from Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry and Xiamen University successfully prepared a catenane consisting of two fully conjugated nanohoops exhibiting M?bius topology in the solid state, using the copper-template method. In the context of molecular design, each monomeric nanohoop features a highly warped oligoparaphenylene chain with a phenanthroline moiety in order to reinforce molecular rigidity and facilitate catenane assembling.

global warming;desertification;actual evapotranspiration

Early Efforts to Limit Global Warming May Reduce Global Desertification Likelihood: Study[Aug 06, 2018]

A study, led by scientists from the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, showed that Area of sandy land in northern China will increase at a rate of 27 square kilometres per decade under global warming of 2.0°C during the year of 2040 to 2059, relative to 1.5°C of 2020 to 2039.

agro-farming system;agriculture;phosphorus cycling;catchment environment

Agro-Farming Systems Determine Adjacent Environment Quality[Aug 06, 2018]

Researchers from the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture and China Agricultural University studied the P budget characteristics at the farm and catchment scale under three different agro-farming systems (planting, planting-livestock, and livestock farms), and the relationships between P budget characteristics and catchment environmental quality.

AMOC;SST;Paleogene;climate

Early Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation Started with Antarctic Glaciation: Study[Aug 03, 2018]

Scientists from the Institute of Earth Environment, along with their collaborators, reconstructed sea surface temperature (SST) changes from 43 million years ago (Ma) to 18 Ma. The results showed that North Atlantic SST did not immediately cool down when Antarctic continental ice started to develop around 34 Ma.

forest canopy;disturbance;snow damage;species richness;seedling recruitment;Ailaoshan forest

Snow Damage to the Canopy Increases Species Richness via Seedling Recruitment[Aug 02, 2018]

Researchers from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden examined seedling dynamics for two years after snow damage to the canopy of Ailaoshan subtropical forest in SW China to study the relative contributions of topography and light in structuring seedling recruitment. They used two years of seedling monitoring data after a snow damage event in an old-growth subtropical forest of Ailaoshan. The species richness and abundance of tree seedlings in the understory increased significantly after snow damage to the canopy.

soybean;genome;food security;Zhonghuang 13;

A New Released Chinese Soybean Genome Facilitates Soybean Elite Cultivar Improvement[Aug 02, 2018]

Recently, Chinese scientists from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology reported a high-quality de novo soybean genome for a Chinese soybean accession "Zhonghuang 13". This genome and a subsequently established comprehensive gene co-expression network facilitate important agronomic genes mining and provide valuable information for future soybean elite cultivar improvement.

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