A detail study of distribution, host range, and seasonal pattern of western flower thrips (WFT),
(Pergande), in Yunnan Province was conducted in 2004–2006. The pest is distributed throughout the province and was found in 22 out of 25 widely spaced locations surveyed. WFT was found feeding on 45 species of vegetables, ornamentals, and weeds in the province. Seasonal pattern of WFT on vegetables planted in open field and inside greenhouses was similar and, with exception of minor local differences, did not differ from information generated elsewhere. These findings may provide some useful data for the management of this and possibly other thrips pests in Yunnan.
Hydroponic studies were conducted to investigate the role of iron plaque on transport and distribution of chromium (Cr) by rice seedlings. Microscopical observations indicate that iron plaque developed quickly at the root surface of rice seedlings, but the distribution of iron plaque was more intense near root base and less towards root tip. Results showed that rice seedlings exposed to Cr(III) depicted significantly higher capacity for Cr accumulation in plant tissues than Cr(VI) in the presence of iron plaque. However, transport of Cr within plant cells was more evident in Cr(VI) treatment with iron plaque than Cr(III) treatment. Results also showed that there are significant impact on transport of K, Mn and Zn in rice seedlings treated with Cr(VI) in the presence of iron plaque, while significant effect on transport of Mn and Zn were observed in Cr(III)-treated rice seedlings. Results from detached root test provide additional evidence to confirm the presence of iron plaque, that had different impact on Cr uptake when Cr(VI) or Cr(III) was supplied.
A new ecomaterial, zirconyl molybdopyrophosphate (ZMPP), was prepared by a coprecipitation method. The removal of Cs+ and Sr2+ ions from simulated strong acid HLLW using the ion exchange process on ZMPP had been investigated. It showed that there are more than 90% Cs+ and Sr2+ removed from the simulated HLLW on ZMPP despite the presence of other metal ions, such as Na+, Al3+, Fe3+, etc. in excess. Then ZMPP may likely be a selective ion exchanger for the removal of 137Cs and 90Sr directly from strong acid HLLW.
Authors:P. Zhang, M. Zhou, X. Zhang, Y. Huo, and H. Ma
Crown rot caused by Fusarium pathogens is one of the most economically destructive diseases of wheat. The objective of this study was to investigate defense-related enzyme responses in wheat seedlings infected with Fusarium graminearum. Three wheat varieties were employed to the experiment. Physiological analysis of varieties indicated that defensive-related enzymes were induced by F. graminearum infection. The superoxide dismutase and peroxidase activities increased dramatically and the phenylalanine ammonia-lyase activity was stimulated to a higher level in resistant variety Hongyouzi than in susceptible variety Wo0102. However, the chitinase activity was higher in susceptible variety Wo0102 than in Hongyouzi after infection. These results suggest that the defense enzymes could be stimulated in wheat seedlings by Fusarium infection.
Authors:H. Sun, X. Wang, Y. Liu, Z. Nan, and H. Zhang
In this paper studies on the oscillation regularity of the classical B–Z reaction system, and the calorimetric curves of the reaction system measured at three temperatures, 25, 27 and 29°C are described. A new way is presented for studying the regularity properties of chemical oscillation phenomena from the viewpoint of reaction heat effects.
Authors:X. Wang, X. Li, H. Yan, Y. Qu, G. Sun, X. Xie, and Y. Zhang
The kinetic characteristic of thermal decomposition of the Emulsion Explosive Base Containing Fe and Mn elements (EEBCFM)
which was used to prepare nano-MnFe2O4 particles via detonation method was investigated by means of non-isothermal DSC and TG methods at various heating rates of
2.5, 5 and 7.5°C min−1respectively under the atmosphere of dynamic air from room temperature to 400°C.
The results indicated that the EEBCFM was sensitive to temperature, especially to heating rate and could decompose at the
temperature up to 60°C. The maximum speed of decomposition (dα/dT)m at the heating rate of 5 and 7.5°C min−1 was more than 10 times of that at 2.5°C min−1 and nearly 10 times of that of the second-category coal mine permitted commercial emulsion explosive (SCPCEE). The plenty
of metal ions could seriously reduce the thermal stability of emulsion explosive, and the decomposition reaction in the conversion
degree range of 0.0∼0.6 was most probably controlled by nucleation and growth mechanism and the mechanism function could be
described with Avrami-Erofeev equation with n=2. When the fractional extent of reaction α>0.6, the combustion of oil phase primarily controlled the decomposition reaction.
Authors:X. P. Geng, H. F. Zhang, B. H. Wang, X. D. Geng, and J. W. Xing
Calorimetric determination of the total enthalpy changes (ΔHi) of guanidine-denatured lysozyme (Lys) during the adsorption with simultaneously refolding on the surface of hydrophobic
interaction chromatography packings was carried out at 250.001C. The measured ΔHiin the circumstances should include the changes in the three fractions: adsorption, dehydration and molecular conformation.
It was found that when the unfolded Lys molecules are adsorbed and refold on the surface, entropy-driving caused by the dehydration
of Lys mainly dominates the foregoing process. The refolding enthalpies of Lys, ΔΔHiwere found to be 10~100 folds higher than that measured in usual solutions.</o:p>
Authors:X. Liu, H. Zhang, Z. Tan, K. Han, and L. Sun
The isoquinoline alkaloids were isolated from traditional Chinese drugs of Phellodendri Cortex, Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae,
Corydalis Yanhusuo and Corydalis Bungeana. The power-time curves of growth of E. coli at different concentrations of isoquinoline alkaloid at 37�C were determined by a 2277 Thermal Activity Monitor. The rate
constant of bacteriostastic activity was calculated. The relationship between growth rate constant and concentration was established.
The optimum bacteriostastic concentration was determined. Experimental results have indicated that all the isoquinoline alkaloids
isolated from the four kinds of traditional Chinese drugs have bacteriostastic activity and the order is Phellodendri Cortex>Radix
Stephaniae Tetrandrae>Corydalis Yanhusuo>Corydalis Bungeana.
Authors:X. Cai, H. Shen, C. Zhang, Y. Wang, and Z. Kong
A simple operation mode to determine the apparent activation energy Ea is introduced. Ea can be determined with a double-curve method by using a constant reaction rate (CRR) approach of Hi-Res TG. The most appropriate
mechanism function f(α) and frequency factor A are determined by a single-curve method when the activation energies provided by the two methods are in good agreement with
each other. The deacetylation of EVA copolymer has been used for illustration. Advantages of the CRR are discussed.
Authors:Jungang Gao, X. Zhang, L. Huo, and H. Zhao
The curing kinetics of a bi-component system about o-cresol-formaldehyde epoxy resin (o-CFER) modified by liquid crystalline p-phenylene di[4-(2,3-epoxypropyl) benzoate] (p-PEPB), with 3-methyl-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride (MeTHPA) as a curing agent, were studied by non-isothermal differential
scanning calorimetry (DSC) method. The relationship between apparent activation energy Ea and the conversion α was obtained by the isoconversional method of Ozawa. The reaction molecular mechanism was proposed. The results show that
the values of Ea in the initial stage are higher than other time, and Ea tend to decrease slightly with the reaction processing. There is a phase separation in the cure process with LC phase formation.
These curing reactions can be described by the Šesták–Berggren (S–B) equation, the kinetic equation of cure reaction as follows: