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Dense ungulate populations, both domestic and wild, accompanied by high grazing intensities, are known to have effects on the abundance and diversity of the community of arthropods hosted by plants. However, research combining ungulate herbivory with nutrient addition effects is scarce. By means of a nitrogen (N) addition and clipping experiment, we(More)
Arg-Gly-Asp peptides (RGD) were synthesized and chemically coupled to the bulk of N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide-based polymer hydrogels. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and amino acid analysis confirmed the peptide coupling to the polymer. Activated and control (unmodified) polymer matrices were stereotaxically implanted in the striata(More)
A cross-sectional study was carried out to determine Visna/Maedi virus (VMV) seroprevalence and risk factors in semi-intensive lamb-producing flocks as a prelude to establishing a monitoring program in northwestern (NW) Spain. A total of 15,155 serum samples were taken from 78 commercial flocks and were submitted to an indirect VMV ELISA. Association(More)
2093 Faecal samples from 74 commercial meat ovine flocks were collected and examined by the Baermann-Wetzel method for protostrongylid infection. The risk of being infected by lungworms was evaluated with a data mining classification tree (CHAID), and the intensity of infection with a general linear model (GLM). 242 out of 2093 faecal samples examined were(More)
The Antuã River, located in northwestern Portugal, drains a region with a high population density and a strong economic dynamism. These factors, together with a lack of facilities for appropriate treatment of domestic and industrial sewage, are putting increasing pressure on water resources. In this context, the aim of the present study was to identify(More)
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