María Antonia Elorrieta

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The mineralisation and the humification of organic matter (OM) in sterile horticultural plant wastes inoculated with Coriolus versicolor or Phanerochaete flavido-alba was investigated under different aeration rates in order to determine their efficacy as potential inoculants for composting. The change in elemental composition, lignin content and OM(More)
AIMS Characterization of the exopolysaccharide produced by Azotobacter vinelandii grown on 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (EPS I), and the comparison between this exopolysaccharide and commercial alginate, constituted the main objective of this work. METHODS AND RESULTS Total carbohydrates, uronic acids, acetyl and pyruvyl groups and proteins were determined by(More)
The progeny of four crosses between a structural heterozygote for a reciprocal translocation and a homozygote for the standard chromosome arrangement were analyzed in rye (Secale cereale L. cv “Ailés”) for the electrophoretic patterns of eight different leaf and endosperm isozymes and also for the meiotic configuration at metaphase I. The Pgi-1, 6-Pgd-2 and(More)
AIMS The aim of this work was to study the effect of high temperatures generated during composting process, on the phytopathogen fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. melonis. This investigation was achieved by both in vivo (semipilot-scale composting of horticultural wastes) and in vitro (lab-scale thermal treatments) assays. METHODS AND RESULTS Vegetable(More)
The capacity of 4-hydroxybenzoic acid to support exopolysaccharide (EPS) biosynthesis was investigated. Carbon source concentration, nitrogen supplementation, and other nutritional and environmental factors were optimized to obtain maximal EPS recovery. Higher EPS yields were obtained in nitrogen-free media amended with 20–30 mM 4-hydroxybenzoic acid. In(More)
We compared morphometric and physico-chemical characteristics of farm ponds and natural wetlands in Andalusia (southern Spain) to determine whether artificial waterbodies might act as alternative and/or complementary habitats for aquatic biodiversity. Farm ponds were much smaller than natural wetlands, making them unsuitable for species requiring large(More)
Irrigation ponds may act as a source of phytopathogenic species that might infest crops through the irrigation systems. Many studies have shown that submerged macrophytes can improve water clarity by out-competing phytoplankton by means of various mechanisms: favoured phytoplankton-grazing zooplankton, reduced nutrient and light availability, increased(More)
The relationship between exopolysaccharide (EPS) production by Azotobacter vinelandii ATCC 12837 from 4-hydroxybenzoic acid as sole carbon source and other physiological parameters was investigated. In relation to growth, Azotobacter needed more time in 4-hydroxybenzoic acid to reach levels of biomass similar to those obtained when sugars were used,(More)
The influence of pond management on water quality for drip-irrigated crops was studied throughout a field survey and a mesocosm experiment. Water sources were pooled into two groups: ground or surface water (GW/SW) and recycled wastewater. Pond covering, which was limited to about a quarter of them, improved water quality by reducing phytoplankton biomass.(More)
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