Darío A. Navarrete

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The loss of biodiversity caused by human activity is assumed to alter ecosystem functioning. However our understanding of the magnitude of the effect of these changes on functional diversity and their impact on the dynamics of ecological processes is still limited. We analyzed the functional diversity of copro-necrophagous beetles under different conditions(More)
We studied the diversity of dung beetles in three different habitats in the Lacandona Forest, Chiapas, Mexico. We found a total of 49 species. Of these, 44 were in well-preserved forests (SC) within the limits of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, 42 in fragmented forests (SF), and 13 in cattle pastures (PZ). These two latter habitats were part of a(More)
This work contributes in the identification and understanding of dehydrin genes and their function in the mechanisms of cold tolerance in eucalypt species. Dehydrins play a fundamental role in plant response and adaptation to abiotic stresses, having an important role in seed desiccation, response to abscisic acid, low temperatures, drought and salinity(More)
The study reports on the protein digestibility of five cultivars of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) of different color, tested in young adult human subjects, as the sole dietary protein source. Cheese protein was used as reference protein. The cooked beans provided 0.65 g protein/kg/day, and energy intake was adjusted to 45 kcal/kg/day. Results indicated(More)
The nutritional role fruits could play in poor-quality diets, as sources of vitamin A and ascorbic acid, is described. Likewise, summarized information is presented on the use of some unknown tropical fruits relatively abundant in Central America as components of high-protein foods, providing nutrients such as provitamin A and ascorbic acid, as well as a(More)
Three varieties of common beans were chemically analyzed and their protein quality was evaluated in 12 human male adult subjects by the short-term nitrogen balance method. Chemical analyses were performed for both raw and cooked grains. Cooking reduced the trypsin inhibitors in 28 to 73%, hemagglutinins, 100%, tannins as acid tannic equivalents, 9 to 72%,(More)
Information is provided on the nitrogen intake for nitrogen equilibrium in young human adults fed a cassava/bean diet and a plantain/bean diet. Ten individuals participating in each study ingested levels of 0, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 g protein/kg/day at a constant energy level (45 kcal/kg/day), using the short-term nitrogen balance method with multiple intakes.(More)
The protein quality of soybean products was determined by a short nitrogen balance index (NBI) assay with 15 adult males. In the first study, a textured vegetable protein (TVP) was tested alone and in a 50:50 mixture with ground beef. Protein was fed at 0.2, 0.4 and 0.6 g/kg body weight/day with a constant energy intake. The protein quality (NBI) was then(More)