Miguel Salvador-Figueroa

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The genetic diversity of Mesoamerican populations of the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas, using the fatty acids of the seeds as chemical markers was studied. The oil content of the whole seed in 135 accessions from 38 sites varied between 8.020% and 54.28%. The prevalent fatty acids were oleic acid (18:1) and linoleic acid (18:2), and the proportion of(More)
Two strains ofGluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Pal 5, UAP5541) and the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus intraradices increased both the shoot and root dry weight of sorghum 45 days after inoculation, whereas they had no effect on the shoot and root dry weight of maize. Co-inoculation (Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus plus Glomus mosseae) did not(More)
The strains PAl5 and UAP5541 of Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus were able to produce endoglucanase (EG), endopolymethylgalacturonase (EPMG) and endoxyloglucanase (EXG) enzymes using sucrose or the corresponding substrate as the sole source of carbon. The results indicate that the hydrolytic activity of the PAl5 strain was inducible, whereas that of the(More)
Various government agencies around the world have proposed vegetable oils and their conversion to biodiesel as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Due to its adaptability to marginal soils and environments, the cultivation of Jatropha curcas is frequently mentioned as the best option for producing biodiesel. In the present work the current situation of(More)
The survival rate, shoot and root dry mass, shout number, plant growth, stem height and diameter, number of leaves and root length were measured in micropropagated plantlets of Alpinia purpurata (Red ginger) inoculated with Azospirillum sp. 11B and Azotobacter sp. Pachaz 008 at 10(7), 10(8) and 10(9) cells cm(-3) using a complete randomized experimental(More)
Criollo-type cacao trees are an important pool of genes with potential to be used in cacao breeding and selection programs. For that reason, we assessed the diversity and population structure of Criollo-type trees (108 cultivars with Criollo phenotypic characteristics and 10 Criollo references) using 12 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. Cultivars were(More)
In this work, we studied the main characteristics of flowering, reproductive system and diversity of pollinators for the biofuel plant Jatropha curcas (L.) in a site of tropical southeastern Mexico, within its center of origin. The plants were monoecious with inflorescences of unisexual flowers. The male flowers produced from 3062-5016 pollen grains(More)
The aqueous biphasic system (ABS) method using PEG and ammonium sulphate improved the recovery of spores from tropical soils as compared with the sucrose gradient method. The ABS was not affected by low temperatures. The optimal recovery of spores was achieved when 100% PEG and 50% ammonium sulphate concentration and PEG8000 instead of PEG4000 were used.(More)
Sex expression and floral morphology studies are central to understand breeding behavior and to define the productive potential of plant genotypes. In particular, the new bioenergy crop Jatropha curcas L. has been classified as a monoecious species. Nonetheless, there is no information about its reproductive diversity in the Mesoamerican region, which is(More)
This study addresses the in vitro culture as an alternative to obtain compounds with cytotoxic activity from the medicinal plant Jatropha curcas (Euphorbiaceae). We determined the presence of cytotoxic compounds in both whole plants and dedifferentiated cells. We evaluated the effect of auxin, cytokinins and light on callus induction in cotyledon explants.(More)