Helena Santos

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Lactococcus lactis is characterised by its ability to convert sugar almost exclusively into lactic acid. This organic acid lowers extracellular pH, thus inhibiting growth of competing bacteria. Although L. lactis is able to survive at low pH, glycolysis is strongly affected at pH values below 5, showing reduced rate of glucose consumption. Therefore, in(More)
Allochrony that is reproductive isolation by time may further lead to divergence of reproductive adaptive traits in response to different environmental pressures over time. A unique "summer" population of the pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa, reproductively isolated from the typical winter populations by allochronic differentiation, is here(More)
Advances in molecular methods and analyses, such as DNA sequencing and phylogenetic reconstructions, are being widely used to help clarify the taxonomic challenge posed by cryptic species. While almost morphologically indistinguishable, such species can also present other diagnostic features, including ecological and physiological characteristics. The main(More)
Cancer represents one of the main causes of death worldwide; consequently, preventive interventions are of utmost importance in public health education. The leading model of cancer prevention campaigns is based on general and undifferentiated actions mediated by health professionals, focusing on the technical and scientific information but rather(More)
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, and thus represents a priority for national public health programs. Prevention has been assumed as the best strategy to reduce cancer burden, however most cancer prevention programs are implemented by healthcare professionals, which constrain range and educational impacts. We developed an innovative(More)
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