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The multicolour genomic in situ hybridization (mcGISH) method was improved in order to visualize the U b and M b genomes of Aegilops biuncialis Vis. (2n=4x=28, U b U b M b M b ). Hybridization probes prepared from the diploid U and M genome donors, Ae. umbellulata and Ae. comosa , resulted in clear hybridization signals on the U and M chromosomes in Ae. biuncialis . The random primed labelling method made it possible to decrease the blocking ratio to 1:30. McGISH allowed the simultaneous discrimination of individual Ae. biuncialis genomes and wheat chromosomes in γ-irradiated Triticum aestivum-Ae. biuncialis amphiploids (2n=70; AABBDDU b U b M b M b ). Dicentric chromosomes, terminal and interstitial translocations and centric fusions were detected in the irradiated generation. The irradiation-induced wheat- Ae. biuncialis intergenomic translocations will facilitate the successful introgression of useful agronomic traits into bread wheat.

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One way of incorporating useful traits from Aegilops biuncialis (2n=4x=28, U b U b M b M b ) into wheat ( Triticum aestivum L. 2n=6x=42, AABBDD) is to develop first addition then translocation lines. The 2M b , 3M b , 7M b , 3U b , 5U b and 5U b /6U b wheat- Ae. biuncialis addition lines were produced in Martonvásár. To facilitate the exact identification of the addition lines, it was necessary to analyse the fluorescence in situ hybridisation patterns of the parental wheat genotype, Ae. biuncialis and its diploid progenitors ( Ae. umbellulata 2n=2x=14, UU and Ae. comosa 2n=2x=14, MM). The great genetic variability of the Aegilops species causes polymorphism in the fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) patterns of the individual chromosomes. Due to the high level of FISH polymorphism, it is advisable to confirm the identification of the Ae. biuncialis chromosomes with the help of molecular (microsatellite, SSR) markers, so 119 wheat SSR markers were tested on Aegilops biuncialis , on Ae. geniculata (2n=4x=28, U g U g M g M g ), on five wheat- Ae. biuncialis addition lines (2M b , 3M b , 7M b , 3U b , 5U b ) and on an addition series of wheat- Ae. geniculata in order to select SSR markers specific to the U and M genomes of Ae. biuncialis and Ae. geniculata .

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Each of the 7 Coxeter space groups in BE3 can be extended by the possible symmetries of its fundamental domain. Thus, we get a space group G in the title. For any orbit type (Wyckoff position) of G the optimal ball packing and its D-V cell have been determined, described and enumerated in tables and figures. We make a complete list for all the orbit types of the 29 generalized Coxeter space groups above.

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The photosynthetic responses induced by NaCl were investigated in the 7H Asakaze komugi/Manas wheat/barley addition line developed in the Agricultural Research Institute, Martonvásár, Hungary, in the wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cv. Asakaze komugi (Akom) and wheat line Martonvásári 9 kr1 (Mv9kr1) and in the barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cv. Manas. An increase in the NaCl concentration of the nutrient solution to 200 mmol L−1 resulted in considerable stomatal closure and a decreased net CO2 assimilation rate (A) in the wheat genotypes, while the changes in these parameters were less significant for barley and the 7H addition line. Parallel with this, a relatively high non-stomatal limitation (L m) of A was observed in wheat genotypes, which was not significant in Manas or the wheat-barley addition line at this level of salt stress. At severe stress (300 mM L−1 NaCl concentration) A and stomatal conductance were strongly inhibited in all the genotypes examined; however, L m was less significant in the addition line and its parental wheat genotype. These preliminary results suggest that the 7H Akom/Manas addition line might be a good candidate for improving the salt tolerance of wheat in the future, and encourage further detailed physiological analysis of this addition line.

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The aim of the present study was to test the efficiency of gamma irradiation in inducing translocations between wheat and barley genomes using addition lines. The Martonvásári 9 kr1-Igri disomic addition set, previously produced in Martonvásár, was irradiated with gamma rays. The pattern of irradiation-induced intergenomic chromosome rearrangements was analysed in the mutagenized (M0) generation by genomic in situ hybridization (GISH). Centric fusions and a wide variety of reciprocal, terminal and interstitial translocations were frequently induced. The intergeneric translocations produced here are expected to be stabilized in later backcross progenies as a set of introgression lines carrying few but distinct rearrangements.

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Biome interfaces are expected to exhibit chorological symmetry, i.e., decreasing trends in the number of species associated with each of the two neighbouring biomes as we progress from one into the other. Our aim was to test for such a pattern within the forest steppe biome, which is a transition zone in itself between the temperate deciduous forests and the steppe biome. Presence of chorological symmetry would provide indirect evidence for the prehuman presence of zonal steppes in the Carpathian basin. We also whished to provide an example with this analysis for drawing biogeographical conclusions based on quantitative species occurrence data, an information source hitherto neglected in Central Europe. Occurrence patterns of forest and steppe species were analysed at the Duna-Tisza köze (Danube-Tisza Interfluve) by the traditional qualitative biogeographic method and by hierarchical classification of predicted spatial pattern based on Generalized Linear Models with logistic link function. Species presences were explained by variables describing spatial orientation. In this approach, an outgroup of sand grassland species was also added to characetrise the discrimination ability of the approach. The quantitative method discriminated the out-group of sand grassland species, providing evidence of its suitability for our purpose. The results of the quantitative investigations were also in accordance with the qualitative evaluation. Surprisingly, forest and steppe species showed similar distributional patterns, i.e., no chorological symmetry was discernable. The quantitative biogeographic approach unveiled important evidence for deciding about the potential presence of zonal steppes in the Carpathian basin. Although the observed similarity of the distribution of forest and steppe species may have multiple reasons, the major cause of the lack of chorological symmetry is most probably the lack of zonal steppe South of the forest steppe biome in the Carpathian basin. Additional explanations include land use pattern and the mountain belt around the basin acting as a refugium in the ice ages.

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The drought stress tolerance of three accessions of Aegilops biuncialis Vis. (Ae225, Ae550 and Ae1050) and two varieties of Triticum aestivum L. (Sakha and Cappelle Desprez) was compared. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) isoenzymes, which reflects the intensity of oxidative stress, changes in the malonic dialdehyde (MDA) content, formed during the lipid peroxidation induced by stress situations, and the inducibility of electron removal systems appearing as an alternative to CO 2 fixation were chosen for the present investigations. Drought stress was simulated using polyethylene glycol (PEG). The order of drought stress tolerance obtained correlated well with the original habitats ofthe varieties. The present results provide a clear illustration of the fact that tolerant varieties respond differently for the parameters tested, suggesting that their resistance can be attributed to different mechanisms. Abbreviations:CuZnSOD=superoxide dismutase isoform with Cu and Zn cofactor metals, MnSOD and FeSOD=superoxide dismutase isoform with Mn and Fe cofactor metals, PVP25= polyvinyl pyrrolidone 25, MDA=malonic dialdehyde, PEG=polyethylene glycol, TCA=trichloro acetic acid, TBA=thiobarbituric acid, ΔF=F m -F s , F m =maximal fluorescence yield, F s =fluorescence yield in steady state

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Acta Alimentaria
Authors: K. Molnár, M. Melles, I. Rodler, D. Stefler, and I. Ember

In year 2006, unusual clustering of cases caused by calicivirus was reported from several EU member states (Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Norway). Various foods (raw vegetables, fruits, cultivated shells, etc.) may be contaminated at the location of cultivation; this is called primary contamination. Secondary contamination is when infected persons transmit the virus to the foods (e.g. bakery products) with contaminated hands.In Hungary the year 2006 was definitely the year of calicivirus outbreaks, the majority of which were detected in hospitals, elderly homes and children communities. The number and prevalence of outbreaks showed relatively high difference by counties. The outbreaks confirmed our conviction that without suitable and available laboratory methodology the agent could remain unknown. Furthermore, a general and controlled surveillance system is needed, which enables the rapid detection and elimination of gastrointestinal outbreaks of viral origin in collaboration with adequate laboratories.

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Detailed investigations were carried out to study the distribution of trace and minor elements in different parts (fruit, seed and rib, peduncle, stem, leaf, root) of ripe Hungarian spice paprika plants. Two varieties of paprika plants were analyzed for their Cl, Co, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Rb, Sc, V and Zn content by non-destructive neutron activation analysis. The results showed that the iron contents of the samples were much higher than those of the other trace elements. For the trace elements Co, Fe, Mn, Sc, V and Zn a considerable enrichment was observed in the leaf, while the Rb and K, Na, Mg showed accumulation mainly in the peduncle. In the other parts (fruit, seed and rib, stem) of the paprika plants no significant enrichment of trace elements was found. Since some of the elements investigated may have been partially eluted during the cleaning of the roots with distilled water and, on the other hand, if the cleaning was not intensive enough, some soil particles could be retained on the samples, the data obtained for the roots should be considered with precaution.

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