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The cycling of organic matter through food webs is a fundamental process that may be altered by the invasion of non-indigenous plants. We explored consequences of the invasion of non-indigenous Spartina patens to the composition of soil organic matter (SOM) and to detritivore and herbivore diets in the upper salt marsh within Corrubedo National Park,(More)
The rare Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) stands out among the Old World vultures (Family Accipitridae) because of its brightly ornamented head, which is coloured yellow by carotenoid pigments, and its practice of feeding on faeces. Here we show that Egyptian vultures obtain these pigments from the excrement of ungulates. To our knowledge, this is(More)
The stability and catalytic efficacy of the L-2-haloacid dehalogenase isolated from Azotobacter sp. RC26 were studied after immobilisation on a DEAE Sephacel solid matrix. While the optimum temperature for the soluble dehalogenase falls in the range of 30-40 degrees C, the activity of the immobilised enzyme shows a four-fold increase at 60 degree C.(More)
Although some external coloration and pigmentation patterns in molluscan shells may be attributable to environmental factors, most variation in these phenotypic characters depends on uncomplicated genetic mechanisms. Genetic research on inheritance of color variations in the north-Chilean scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) has now been expanded to analyze(More)
A simple and sensitive method based on liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure ionization-mass spectrometry is described for the determination of 4 benzimidazole pesticides (carbendazim, thiabendazole, benomyl, and thiophanate-methyl) and imidacloprid in vegetables and fruits. Food samples were typically extracted with ethyl acetate to draw the analytes(More)
The accumulation patterns of different trace elements (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were studied in three species of dragonfly larvae (Cordulegaster boltoni, Boyeria irene and Onychogomphus uncatus). Additionally these species were assessed as potential biomonitors in a lotic ecosystem (Louro River, Spain). Element concentrations were determined(More)
There has been considerable controversy about the use of selected pure strains in wine fermentation. For that reason it is important to determine the influence of this vinification technique in the composition of wine because it arises from the type of yeast and the subsequent evolution during fermentation. This study researches the volatile composition of(More)
During composting, facilities usually exert greater control over the bio-oxidative phase of the process, which uses a specific technology and generally has a fixed duration. After this phase, the material is deposited to mature, with less monitoring during the maturation phase. While there has been considerable study of biological parameters during the(More)
Eight different strains ofSaccharomyces cerevisiae for a continuous process of alcoholic fermentation were studied. Strains were evaluated taking into account their fermentation rate by a criterion quite different from the usual one and specific for continuous processes. It was supported on the study of strain behaviour within an ethanol concentration range(More)