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Works from 2022

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Assessing the arsenic-saturated biochar recycling potential of vermitechnology: Insights on nutrient recovery, metal benignity, and microbial activity, Shuvrodeb Roy, Dibyendu Sarkar, Rupali Datta, Satya Sundar Bhattacharya, and Pradip Bhattacharyya

Works from 2021

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Comparative study of the effects of biocides and metal oxide nanoparticles on microbial community structure in a stream impacted by hydraulic fracturing, Rehab Alhajjar, Ryan B. Ghannam, Jeremy R. Chen See, Olivia G. Wright, Maria Fernanda Campa, Terry C. Hazen, Regina Lamendella, and Stephen Techtmann

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HDAC6 inhibitors sensitize non-mesenchymal triple-negative breast cancer cells to cysteine deprivation, Tahiyat Alothaim, Morgan Charbonneau, and Xiaohu Tang

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Taxon-specific photosynthetic responses of attached algal assemblages to experimental translocation between river habitats, Keith Bouma-Gregson, Mary E. Power, Paula C. Furey, Casey Huckins, and Yvonne Vadeboncoeur

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Co-occurrence of in-stream nitrogen fixation and denitrification across a nitrogen gradient in a western U.S. watershed, 2015 - 2016, Erin K. Eberhard, Amy Marcarelli, and Colden V. Baxter

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Exploring environmental selection on genome size in angiosperms, Lubna Faizullah, Joseph A. Morton, Erika Hersch-Green, Angela Walczyk, Andrew R. Leitch, and Ilia J. Leitch

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Activation of Orexin System Stimulates CaMKII Expression, Yuanyuan Fan, Enshe Jiang, Huanjia Gao, Jeremy Bigalke, Bojun Chen, Chunxiu Yu, Qinghui Chen, and Zhiying Shan

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DrosoPhyla: genomic resources for drosophilid phylogeny and systematics, Cédric Finet, Victoria A. Kassner, Antonio B. Carvalho, Henry Chung, Komal K. B. Raja, Thomas Werner, and et. al.

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Rebuild the Academy: Supporting academic mothers during COVID-19 and beyond, Robinson W. Fulweiler, Sarah W. Davies, Jennifer F. Biddle, Amy J. Burgin, Emily H.G. Cooperdock, Torrance C. Hanley, Carly D. Kenkel, Amy Marcarelli, Catherine M. Matassa, Talea L. Mayo, Lory Z. Santiago-Vàzquez, Nikki Traylor-Knowles, and Maren Ziegler

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Machine learning applications in microbial ecology, human microbiome studies, and environmental monitoring, Ryan B. Ghannam and Stephen Techtmann

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Morning sympathetic activity after evening binge alcohol consumption, Ian M. Greenlund, Hannah Cunningham, Anne L. Tikkanen, Jeremy A. Bigalke, Carl Smoot, John J. Durocher, and Jason R. Carter

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Differential protein abundance of vetiver grass in response to acid mine drainage, Jeffrey Kiiskila, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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DDR2 upregulation confers ferroptosis susceptibility of recurrent breast tumors through the Hippo pathway, Chao Chieh Lin, Wen Hsuan Yang, Yi Tzu Lin, Xiaohu Tang, Po-Han Chen, Chien-Kuang Cornelia Ding, and et al.

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Nutrient limitation of algae and macrophytes in streams: Integrating laboratory bioassays, field experiments, and field data, Christopher A. Mebane, Andrew M. Ray, and Amy Marcarelli

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Butterfly eyespots evolved via co-option of the antennal gene-regulatory network, Suriya Narayanan Murugesan, Heidi Connahs, Yuji Matsuoka, Mainak das Gupta, Manizah Huq, Thomas Werner, and et. al.

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Greening the gray infrastructure: Green adsorbent media for catch basin inserts to remove stormwater pollutants, Viravid Na Nagara, Dibyendu Sarkar, Kirk Barrett, and Rupali Datta

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Removal of antibiotics and nutrients by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) from a plug flow reactor based constructed wetland model, Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, Zhiming Zhang, and Rupali Datta

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Scientific access into Mercer Subglacial Lake: Scientific objectives, drilling operations and initial observations, John C. Priscu, Jonas Kalin, John Winans, Timothy Campbell, Matthew R. Siegfried, Mark Skidmore, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, and et. al.

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Anticancer Activities of Plant Secondary Metabolites: Rice Callus Suspension Culture as a New Paradigm, Wusirika Ramakrishna, Anuradha Kumari, Nafeesa Rahman, and Pallavi Mandave

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Regional variation in mercury bioaccumulation among NW Atlantic Golden (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) and Blueline (Caulolatilus microps) Tilefish, Hunter Roose, Gordon Paterson, Michael G. Frisk, Robert M. Cerrato, Paul Nitschke, and Jill A. Olin

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The Rhizosphere Responds: Rich Fen Peat and Root Microbial Ecology after Long-Term Water Table Manipulation, Danielle L. Rupp, Louis J. Lamit, Stephen Techtmann, Evan Kane, Erik A. Lilleskov, and Merritt R. Turetsky

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Evaluating the impact of hydraulic fracturing on streams using microbial molecular signatures, Jeremy R.Chen See, Olivia Wright, Lavinia V. Unverdorben, Nathan Heibeck, Stephen Techtmann, Terry C. Hazen, and Regina Lamendella

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Rna in situ hybridization for detecting gene expression patterns in the abdomens and wings of drosophila species, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, William Dion, Nathan Ostlund, Komal Raja, and Thomas Werner

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Nitrate removal uncertainty in stormwater control measures: Is the design or climate a culprit?, Renan Valenca, Huong Le, Yeyang Zu, Timothy M. Dittrich, Daniel C.W. Tsang, Rupali Datta, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Sanjay K. Mohanty

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Effects of 8-week active mindfulness and stress management on decentering and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Aditi Vyas, Erich Petushek, Brigitte Morin, and John J. Durocher

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microRNA-483 Protects Pancreatic β-Cells by Targeting ALDH1A3, Zhihong Wang, Ramkumar Mohan, Xinqian Chen, Katy Matson, Jackson Waugh, Yiping Mao, Shungang Zhang, Wanzhen Li, Xiaohu Tang, Leslie S. Satin, and Xiaoqing Tang

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A ratiometric near-infrared fluorescent probe based on a novel reactive cyanine platform for mitochondrial pH detection, Shulin Wan, Shuai Xia, Jerry Medford, Emma Durocher, Tessa Steenwinkel, Lexi Rule, Yibin Zhang, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

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Free the Fruit Flies! An Open Education Journey, Thomas Werner, Tessa Steenwinkel, John Jaenike, and Annelise Doll

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Novel expression of coat proteins from thermophilic bacteriophage ΦIN93 and evaluation for assembly into virus-like particles, Lukai Zhai, Dana Anderson, Elizabeth Bruckner, and Ebenezer Tumban

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Ratiometric Detection of Glutathione Based on Disulfide Linkage Rupture between a FRET Coumarin Donor and a Rhodamine Acceptor, Yibin Zhang, Shuai Xia, Shulin Wan, Tessa Steenwinkel, Tara Vohs, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

Works from 2020

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Acetylation of Aβ42 at Lysine 16 Disrupts Amyloid Formation., Rashmi Adhikari, Mu Yang, Nabanita Saikia, Colina Dutta, Wafa Fhad A Alharbi, Zhiying Shan, Ravindra Pandey, and Ashutosh Tiwari

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Planetary Protection for the Study of Lunar Volatiles, Joseph K. Alexander, Angel Abbud-Madrid, Anthony Colaprete, Michael J. Daly, David P. Fidler, Sarah A. Gavit, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, and et. al.

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New insights into larval lake sturgeon daytime drift dynamics, Nancy A. Auer and Edward Baker

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Bacteriophage Qβ virus-like particles displaying Chikungunya virus B-cell epitopes elicit high-titer E2 protein antibodies but fail to neutralize a Thailand strain of Chikungunya virus., Rupsa Basu, Lukai Zhai, Brenna Rosso, and Ebenezer Tumban

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Is Arsenic in Rice a Major Human Health Concern?, Jayanta Kumar Biswas, Manas Warke, Rupali Datta, and Dibyendu Sarkar

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Genetic data improves niche model discrimination and alters the direction and magnitude of climate change forecasts, Helen M. Bothwell, Luke M. Evans, Erika Hersch-Green, Scott A. Woolbright, Gerard J. Allan, and Thomas G. Whitham

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Elevated L-lactate Promotes Major Cellular Pathologies Associated with Neurodegenerative Diseases, Andrew Chapp, Jessica Behnke, Kyle Michael Driscoll, Taija Marie Hahka, Zoe LaLonde, Zhiying Shan, and Qing Hui Chen

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Development of a neural interface for high-definition, long-term recording in rodents and nonhuman primates., Chia-Han Chiang, Sang Min Won, Amy L Orsborn, Ki Jun Yu, Michael Trumpis, Chunxiu Yu, and et. al.

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Phylogeny and diversity of alkane-degrading enzyme gene variants in the Laurentian great lakes and Western atlantic, William C. Christian, Timothy M. Butler, Ryan B. Ghannam, Paige N. Webb, and Stephen Techtmann

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Dietary β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate Supplementation Promotes PDAC Response to Gemcitabine and Immunotherapy Response in Obese Mice, Michael Coleman, Kristyn Liu, Xiaohu Tang, Laura Lashinger, Zhengrong Cui, and Stephen Hursting

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Reverberating effects of resource exchanges in stream-riparian food webs., Scott F Collins, Colden V Baxter, Amy Marcarelli, Laura Felicetti, Scott Florin, Mark S Wipfli, and Gregg Servheen

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From simplicity to complexity: The gain or loss of spot rows underlies the morphological diversity of three Drosophila species, William A. Dion, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, Komal K. B. Raja, Prajakta P. Kokate, and Thomas Werner

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The modular expression patterns of three pigmentation genes prefigure unique abdominal morphologies seen among three Drosophila species, William A. Dion, Mujeeb O. Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, Komal K.B. Raja, Prajakta P. Kokate, and Thomas Werner

Anti-inflammatory Effects of Northern Highbush Blueberry Extract on an In Vitro Inflammatory Bowel Disease Model, Kyle Michael Driscoll, Aparna Deshpande, Rupali Datta, and Wusirika Ramakrishna

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Moving student research forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven J. Elmer and John J. Durocher

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Biogeographic Patterns in Members of Globally Distributed and Dominant Taxa Found in Port Microbial Communities., Ryan B Ghannam, Laura G. Schaerer, Timothy M. Butler, and Stephen M Techtmann

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Biogeographic patterns in members of globally distributed and dominant taxa found in port microbial communities, Ryan B. Ghannam, Laura G. Schaerer, Timothy M. Butler, and Stephen M. Techtmann

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Trends in herring gull egg quality over four decades reflect ecosystem state, Craig E. Hebert, D.V. Chip Weseloh, Michael T. Arts, Shane R. de Solla, David J. Moore, Gordon Paterson, and Cynthia Pekarik

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Increasing ground-layer plant taxonomic diversity masks declining phylogenetic diversity along a silvicultural disturbance gradient, Stefan Hupperts, Christopher R. Webster, Robert Froese, Erik A. Lilleskov, Amy Marcarelli, and Yvette L. Dickinson

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Copper-rich “Halo” off Lake Superior's Keweenaw Peninsula and how Mass Mill tailings dispersed onto tribal lands, W. Charles Kerfoot, Noel Urban, Jaebong Jeong, Carol MacLennan, and Sophia Ford

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Metabolic response of vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) to acid mine drainage, Jeffrey Kiiskila, Kefeng Li, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Maize microrna166 inactivation confers plant development and abiotic stress resistance, Na Li, Tianxiao Yang, Zhanyong Guo, Qiusheng Wang, Mao Chai, Mingbo Wu, Xiaoqi Li, Weiya Li, Guangxian Li, Jihua Tang, and Guiliang Tang

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RIPK3 upregulation confers robust proliferation and collateral cystine-dependence on breast cancer recurrence., Chao-Chieh Lin, Nathaniel W Mabe, Yi-Tzu Lin, Wen-Hsuan Yang, Xiaohu Tang, Lisa Hong, Tianai Sun, Jeremy Force, Jeffrey R Marks, Tso-Pang Yao, James V Alvarez, and Jen-Tsan Chi

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Magnitude and direction of stream-forest community interactions change with time scale., Amy Marcarelli, Colden V Baxter, Joseph R Benjamin, Yo Miyake, Masashi Murakami, Kurt D Fausch, and Shigeru Nakano

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Climate, snowmelt dynamics and atmospheric deposition interact to control dissolved organic carbon export from a northern forest stream over 26 years, Karl M. Meingast, Evan Kane, Ashley A. Coble, Amy Marcarelli, and David Toczydlowski

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Environmental factors and thresholds for nitrogen fixation by phytoplankton in tropical reservoirs, Fellipe H.M. Moutinho, Gabriela A. Marafão, Maria do Carmo Calijuri, Marcelo Z. Moreira, Amy Marcarelli, and Davi G.F. Cunha

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Removal of antibiotics and nutrients by Vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides) from secondary wastewater effluent, Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Removal of tetracycline and ciprofloxacin from wastewater by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides (L.) Roberty) as a function of nutrient concentrations, Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Basin‐specific pollutant bioaccumulation patterns define Lake Huron forage fish, Gordon Paterson, Lauren L. Di Pierdomenico, and G. Douglas Haffner

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The regulation of a pigmentation gene in the formation of complex color patterns in Drosophila abdomens, Komal K. B. Raja, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Peter M. E. Nouhan, Tessa Steenwinkel, Evan A. Bachman, Prajakta P. Kokate, Alexander H. McQueeney, Elizabeth A. Mundell, Alexandri A. Armentrou, and Thomas Werner

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Evidence for Phytoremediation and Phytoexcretion of NTO from Industrial Wastewater by Vetiver Grass, Abhishek RoyChowdhury, Pallabi Mukherjee, Saumik Panja, Rupali Datta, Christos Christodoulatos, and Dibyendu Sarkar

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Impact of air, water and dock microbial communities on boat microbial community composition, L. G. Schaerer, P. N. Webb, A. Corazzola, W. C. Christian, and S. M. Techtmann

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Improving the efficacy of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine against SARS-CoV-2 may require Zinc additives - A better synergy for future COVID-19 clinical trials, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu and Olufemi Ifeoluwa Afolami

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The Making of Transgenic, Mujeeb Olushola Shittu, Tessa Steenwinkel, Shigeyuki Koshikawa, and Thomas Werner

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Wood mulch coated with iron-based water treatment residuals for the abatement of metals and phosphorus in simulated stormwater runoff, Virinder Sidhu, Kirk Barrett, Dong Young Park, Yang Deng, Rupali Datta, and Dibyendu Sarkar

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Growing biofuel feedstocks in copper-contaminated soils of a former superfund site, Virinder Sidhu, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Effects of invasive watermilfoil on primary production in littoral ones of north-temperate lakes, Ryan R. Van Goethem, Casey Huckins, and Amy Marcarelli

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Biogeochemical connectivity between freshwater ecosystems beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet and the sub‐ice marine environment, Trista J. Vick‐Majors, Alexander B. Michaud, Mark L. Skidmore, Clara Turetta, Carlo Barbante, Brent C. Christner, and et al.

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A long lost key opens an ancient lock: Drosophila Myb causes a synthetic multivulval phenotype in nematodes, Paul J. Vorster, Paul Goetsch, Tilini U. Wijeratne, Keelan Z. Guiley, Laura Andrejka, Sarvind Tripathi, Braden J. Larson, Seth M. Rubin, Susan Strome, and Joseph S. Lipsick

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Ratiometric fluorescent probes based on through-bond energy transfer of cyanine donors to near-infrared hemicyanine acceptors for mitochondrial pH detection and monitoring of mitophagy., Shuai Xia, Jianbo Wang, Yibin Zhang, Nick Whisman, Jianheng Bi, Tessa E Steenwinkel, Shulin Wan, Jerry Medford, Momoko Tajiri, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

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MicroRNA1917-CTR1-LIKE PROTEIN KINASE 4 impacts fruit development via tuning ethylene synthesis and response., Tianxiao Yang, Yongyan Wang, Haiping Liu, Wen Zhang, Mao Chai, Guiliang Tang, and Zhanhui Zhang

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Frequency-specific optogenetic deep brain stimulation of subthalamic nucleus improves Parkinsonian motor behaviors, Chunxiu Yu, Isaac R Cassar, Jaydeep Sambangi, and Warren M Grill

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Cell Membrane-Specific Fluorescent Probe Featuring Dual and Aggregation-Induced Emissions, Yibin Zhang, Yunnan Yan, Shuai Xia, Shulin Wan, Tessa Steenwinkel, Jerry Medford, Rudy Luck, Thomas Werner, and Haiying Liu

Works from 2019

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Synergistic effects between hydrolysis time and microporous structure in poplar, Sharath Kumar Ankathi, Wen Zhou, J. Beau Webber, Rishab Patil, Utkarsh Chaudhari, and David Shonnard

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Disentanglement of the secrets of aluminium in acidophilic tea plant (Camellia sinensis L.) influenced by organic and inorganic amendments, Krishnamoni Bora, Dibyendu Sarkar, Kaberijyoti Konwar, Bobita Payeng, Kaushal Sood, Ranjit Kumar Paul, Rupali Datta, Sampa Das, Puja Khare, and Tanmoy Karak

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Microbial community dynamics during lake ice freezing, Timothy M. Butler, Anna-Catharina Wilhelm, Amber C. Dwyer, Paige N. Webb, Andrew L. Baldwin, and Stephen Techtmann

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Surface water microbial community response to the biocide 2-2-dibromo-3-nitrilopropionamide used in unconventional oil and gas extraction., Maria Fernanda Campa, Stephen Techtmann, Mallory P Ladd, Jun Yan, Megan Patterson, Amanda Garcia de Matos Amaral, and et. al.

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Unconventional oil and gas energy systems: An unidentified hotspot of antimicrobial resistance?, Maria Fernanda Campa, Amy K Wolfe, Stephen Techtmann, Ann-Marie Harik, and Terry C Hazen

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Year-round measurements reveal seasonal drivers of nutrient uptake in a snowmelt-driven headwater stream, Ashley Anne Coble, Amy Marcarelli, and Evan S. Kane

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β-Hydroxy-β-Methylbutyrate supplementation preserves muscle mass and reduces tumor growth in obese mice, Michael F. Coleman, Kristyn A. Liu, Xiaohu Tang, Salvador Fabela, Laura M. Lashinger, Zhengrong Cui, and Stephen D. Hursting

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Modelling submerged fluvial substrates with structure‐from‐motion photogrammetry, Brian M. Danhoff and Casey Huckins

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Anti-inflammatory Effects of Northern Highbush Blueberry Extract on an, Kyle Michael Driscoll, Aparna Deshpande, Rupali Datta, and Wusirika Ramakrishna

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Bryophytes associated with termite mounds on the Northeastern Nigerian Highlands, Izuchukwu O. Ezukanma, Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, and Janice M. Glime

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Chronic standing desk use and arterial stiffness, Ian Greenlund, Piersan E. Suriano, Steven J. Elmer, Jason R. Carter, and John J. Durocher

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Novel life history tactic observed in fall‐run Chinook Salmon, Carson A. Jeffers

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Coastal ecosystem investigations with LiDAR (light detection and ranging) and bottom reflectance: Lake Superior reef threatened by migrating tailings, Charlie Kerfoot, Martin M. Hobmeier, Sarah Green, Foad Yousef, Colin Brooks, Robert Shuchman, Michael Sayers, and et al.

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Lidar (light detection and ranging) and benthic invertebrate investigations: Migrating tailings threaten Buffalo Reef in Lake Superior, Charlie Kerfoot, Martin M. Hobmeier, Robert Regis, Varsha K. Raman, Colin Brooks, Robert Shuchman, Michael Sayers, Foad Yousef, and Molly Reif

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Remediation of acid mine drainage-impacted water by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides): A multiscale long-term study, Jeffrey Kiiskila, Dibyendu Sarkar, Saumik Panja, Shivendra V. Sahi, and Rupali Datta

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Evaluation of the thermal stability and the protective efficacy of spray-dried HPV vaccine, Gardasil® 9, Nitesh K. Kunda, Julianne Peabody, Lukai Zhai, Dominique N. Price, Bryce Chackerian, Ebenezer Tumban, and et al.

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Pumpkinseed sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus) counter spiny cladoceran (Bythotrephes longimanus) defenses, Jaime F. LeDuc, Martin M. Hobmeier, and Charles Kerfoot

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Whole blueberry protects pancreatic beta-cells in diet-induced obese mouse, Weixiang Liu, Yiping Mao, Jacob Schoenborn, Zhihong Wang, Guiliang Tang, and Xiaoqing Tang

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Oil hydrocarbon degradation by Caspian Sea microbial communities, John Miller, Stephen Techtmann, Julian Fortney, Nagissa Mahmoudi, Dominique Joyner, Jiang Liu, and et. al.

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Invasive Myriophyllum spicatum and nutrients interact to influence algal assemblages, Jade E. Ortiz, Amy Marcarelli, Kevyn J. Juneau, and Casey Huckins

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Uptake and transformation of ciprofloxacin by vetiver grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides), Saumik Panja, Dibyendu Sarkar, Kefeng Li, and Rupali Datta

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MicroRNAs meet with quantitative trait loci: Small powerful players in regulating quantitative yield traits in rice, Ting Peng, Sachin Teotia, Guiliang Tang, and Quanzhi Zhao

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The physiological assessment and analysis of the physical demand of riding a snowmobile, Tania Pereira, John J. Durocher, and Jamie Burr

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Removal of acidity and metals from acid mine drainage-impacted water using industrial byproducts, Abhishek RoyChowdhury, Dibyendu Sarkar, and Rupali Datta

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Global comparison of the bacterial communities of bilge water, boat surfaces, and external port water, Laura G. Schaerer, Ryan B Ghannam, Timothy M. Butler, and Stephen Techtmann

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Questioning assumptions of trophic behavior in a broadly ranging marine predator guild, Olivery N. Shipley, Jill A. Olin, Michael Power, Robert M. Cerrato, and Michael G. Frisk

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Uptake of 2,4-bis(Isopropylamino)-6-methylthio-s-triazine by Canna indica, S. Sun, P. Lv, Rupali Datta, J. Ni, D. Sarkar, and Y. Zheng