Gaetano Guerra

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 Competitiveness of Brachiaria decumbens cv. Basilisk and Stylosanthes guianensis cv. Minerão was investigated either without root restriction or by separating their root systems with a fine mesh or a solid barrier in the presence or absence of mycorrhiza (Glomus clarum). Nitrogen transfer between the legume and the grass was assessed with the 15N isotope(More)
Attraction to host plants by adultRhynchophorus palmarum (L.) palm weevils was studied in the field and in the laboratory. Chemical analysis revealed the presence of ethanol and ethyl-acetate in stems of coco palms and in pineapple fruits and of pentane, hexanal, and isopentanol in coco stems. In the olfactometer, the first two compounds and isoamyl-acetate(More)
Monolithic aerogels can be easily obtained by drying physical gels formed by linear uncross-linked polymers. Preparation methods, structure, and properties of these physically cross-linked polymeric aerogels are reviewed, with particular emphasis to those whose cross-linking knots are crystallites and, more in particular, crystallites exhibiting(More)
The full vibrational spectra of the gamma, delta, and epsilon crystalline phases of syndiotactic polystyrene (sPS), i.e., phases presenting the s(2/1)2 helical conformation, have been experimentally determined and compared with that calculated at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory for an infinite helix. The assignment of the different modes was highly(More)
The full vibrational spectra of alpha and beta crystalline phases of syndiotactic polystyrene (sPS), that is, phases presenting the trans-planar conformation, have been experimentally determined and compared with that calculated at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level of theory for an infinite trans-planar chain. The normal vibrational analysis of most representative(More)
The origin of stereoselectivity in the chain-end controlled syndiospecific polymerization of propene with octahedral Ti-catalysts is unclear. We present a possible mechanism which is based on the site chirality as a messenger of information between the chirality of the chain-end and the chirality of monomer insertion which can operate for secondary(More)
Monolithic and highly crystalline aerogels of isotactic poly(4-methyl-pentene-1) (i-P4MP1) have been prepared by sudden solvent extraction with supercritical carbon dioxide from thermoreversible gels. The cross-link junctions of i-P4MP1 gels, depending on the solvent, can be constituted by pure polymer crystalline phases (I or III or IV) or by(More)
Chemical sensors are generally based on the integration of suitable sensitive layers and transducing mechanisms. Although inorganic porous materials can be effective, there is significant interest in the use of polymeric materials because of their easy fabrication process, lower costs and mechanical flexibility. However, porous polymeric absorbents are(More)
The intense circular dichroism (CD) phenomena, as induced in amorphous samples of syndiotactic polystyrene (s-PS) by cocrystallization with nonracemic volatile guest molecules (carvone and limonene), have been investigated by Vibrational Circular Dichroism (VCD) measurements and X-ray diffraction characterizations. Moreover, the stability of these CD(More)