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The capacity of Fe-deficient cucumber plants to utilise water-extractable and pyrophosphate-extractable humic substances as a source of Fe was investigated. Plants were grown for 13 days in nutrient solution in the presence or absence of Fe and during the last 7 days water-extractable and pyrophosphate-extractable humic substances were added to the solution(More)
Slow release N fertilizers are receiving increasing attention for use on turf grass, but their fate in the plant-soil system is still poorly understood. We aimed to quantify the uptake and recovery of N by a mixture of grasses when applied as either urea or oxamide in different diameter granules using a tracer technique (15N). The effects of the N source on(More)
It is well known that in the rhizosphere soluble Fe sources available for plants are mainly a mixture of complexes between the micronutrient and organic ligands such as organic acids and phytosiderophores (PS) released by roots, microbial siderophores as well as fractions of humified organic matter. In the present work, mechanisms of Fe acquisition(More)
The hydrolysis of the fluorescein diacetate (FDA), related to several soil hydrolases, has been utilised to estimate the potential microbial activity of soil freshly amended with a wide range of organic amendments and compared to the size and activity of soil microflora, measured by the microbial biomass C (B C) and CO2 evolution, respectively. Three(More)
BACKGROUND Our study aims at disclosing epidemiology and most relevant clinical features of esophageal atresia (EA) pointing to a model of multicentre collaboration. METHODS A detailed questionnaire was sent to all Italian Units of pediatric surgery in order to collect data of patients born with EA between January and December 2012. The results were(More)
 We studied the long-term effects (12 years) of municipal refuse compost addition on the total organic carbon (TOC), the amount and activity of the microbial biomass (soil microbial biomass C, BC and metabolic quotient qCO2) and heavy metal bioavaiability in soils as compared to manuring with mineral fertilizers (NPK) and farmyard manure (FYM). In addition,(More)
In this work we studied the influence of Pb, Zn, and Tl on microbial biomass survival and activity during a laboratory incubation of soil. In comparison to uncontaminated soil, the microbial biomass C decreased sharply in soil contaminated with Zn and Tl, whereas the addition of Pb did not have any significant inhibitory effect on the level of microbial(More)
A clinical case of peduncular hallucinosis due to circulatory insufficiency of the cerebral trunk is reported. Angiography revealed marked hypoplasia of a vertebral artery. The patient presented changes to sleep-arousal rhythms and neurological signs with focus involving the cerebral trunk. The patient took an emotional part in her visual hallucinations(More)
The aim of this work is to evaluate the capability of tomato plants to use different Fe sources, such as Fe citrate, Fe phytosiderophores, and Fe complexed by a water-extractable humic substances (Fe-WEHS) also in relation to physiological and molecular adaptations induced by these complexes at the root level. Tomato plants acquired higher amounts of Fe(More)
Two soils from temperate sites (UK; arable and grassland) were incubated aerobically at 0, 5, 15 or 258C for up to 23 days. During this period both soils were analysed for soil microbial biomass carbon (biomass C) and adenosine 5 ' triphosphate contents (ATP). Biomass C did not change signi®cantly in either soil at any temperature throughout, except during(More)