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RBL-2H3 cells are an imprecise model for mast cell mediator release
While RBL-2H3 cells may be useful as a model for mast cell IgE-mediated degranulation, other aspects may not be representative and they may share similarities with basophils rather than with other histamine-releasing cell types. Expand
Prevalence and distribution of paratuberculosis (Johne's disease) in cattle herds in Ireland
A simple random survey was conducted in Ireland during 2005 to estimate the ELISA-prevalence of paratuberculosis, commonly called Johne's disease (JD), in the cattle population. Serum samples wereExpand
Methods of enhancing botanical diversity within field margins of intensively managed grassland: a 7‐year field experiment
The botanical diversity of margins within intensively managed pasture can be enhanced by sowing wildflower seed mixtures and can be maintained over time through appropriate management, i.e. either the reduction of high grazing pressure by seasonal fencing, or annual mowing. Expand
The potential of metabolic fingerprinting as a tool for the modernisation of TCM preparations.
It is proposed that these compounds can be identified by metabolomics based on comprehensive fingerprint analysis of different extracts with known biological activity using metabolomic techniques aiming at the identification of active constituents. Expand
Smooth muscle relaxant activity of pterosin Z and related compounds.
The results suggest that smooth muscle relaxant activity is reduced when a phenol group is present in the pterosin nucleus and when one of the dimethyl groups is derivatized. Expand
The potential of parasitoid Hymenoptera as bioindicators of arthropod diversity in agricultural grasslands
The hypothesis that parasitoid Hymenoptera are potential bioindicators that provide a useful means to assess the wider biodiversity of arthropod populations in agro-ecosystems is tested and it is shown that, within agricultural grasslands, both the abundance and taxon richness of parasitian diversity are more closely related with overallArthropod diversity than any other arthropOD group investigated. Expand
Bioactive Naphthoquinones from Higher Plants
This review analyzes the more recent publications concerning the distribution, chemistry, and bioactivities of naphthoquinones in higher plants and underlines the importance of NQs in taxonomy, Chemistry, and their bioactive potential as novel biocides and chemotherapeutic agents. Expand
Plant and invertebrate diversity in grassland field margins
Results showed that reseeding had a positive effect on resultant botanical diversity when compared with other establishment treatments investigated, and natural regeneration after rotavation could not be recommended as an effective means of restoring diversity under these environmental conditions. Expand
Interactions between livestock systems and biodiversity in South-East Ireland
Botanical and arthropod surveys at field level, and bird counts within field boundaries were undertaken on the same random sample of 50 grass-based farms in SE Ireland. Additional data relating toExpand
Pastoral farmland habitat diversity in south-east Ireland
Abstract In this study, habitat surveys were undertaken on 50 grass-based farms in SE Ireland and data digitised onto aerial photography. Additional data i.e. stocking rates, and participation (orExpand