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Enterotypes of the Gut Microbial Community andTheir Response to Plant Secondary Compounds in Plateau Pikas

Animal gut microbiomes can be clustered into “enterotypes” characterized by an abundance of signature genera. The characteristic determinants, stability, and resilience of these community clusters remain poorly unde...

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The plant secondary compound swainsonine reshapes gut microbiota in plateau pikas (Ochotona curzoniae)

Plants produce various plant secondary compounds (PSCs) to deter the foraging of herbivorous mammals. However, little is known about whether PSCs can reshape gut microbiota and promote gut homeostasis of hosts. Using ...

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Moderate Grazing Increases Water Use Efficiency for Environmental Health in Alpine Meadows of the Tibetan Plateau

Water use efficiency is an important indicator of drought tolerance in plants. The response of the water use efficiency to different grazing intensities and adaptive mechanisms in alpine meadows remains unclear. To un...

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Improved colorimetric analysis for subtle changes of powdered anthocyanins extracted from Lycium ruthenicum Murr.

Anthocyanins of Lycium ruthenicum (LR) are valuable, whereas stabilities, especially colour stabilities, constrain development. This study investigates stored temperature effects on the stability of powdered anthocyan...

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Evaluation of actual evapotranspiration measured by large-scale weighing lysimeters in a humid alpine meadow, northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

The accurate estimation of evapotranspiration (ET) is essential for assessing water availability and requirements of regional-scale terrestrial ecosystems, and for understanding the hydrological cycle in alpine ecosys...

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