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The majority of caves are formed within limestone rock and hence our understanding of cave microbiology comes from carbonate-buffered systems. In this paper, we describe the microbial diversity of Roraima Sur Cave (RSC), an orthoquartzite (SiO4) cave within Roraima Tepui, Venezuela. The cave contains a high level of microbial activity when compared with(More)
The causative agent of cholera, Vibrio cholerae, can enter into a viable but non-culturable (VBNC) state in response to unfavorable conditions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in situ survival of V. cholerae in an aquatic environment of the Southern Caribbean Sea, and its induction and resuscitation from the VBNC state. V. cholerae non-O1,(More)
BACKGROUND The Cariaco Basin is characterized by pronounced and predictable vertical layering of microbial communities dominated by reduced sulfur species at and below the redox transition zone. Marine water samples were collected in May, 2005 and 2006, at the sampling stations A (10°30' N, 64°40' W), B (10°40' N, 64°45' W) and D (10°43'N, 64°32'W) from(More)
The Vibrionaceae are Gram-negative bacteria present in marine and estuarine environments worldwide, including several species known as important pathogens to humans and aquatic organisms. The aim of this research was to investigate the occurrence and virulence properties of Vibrio and Salinivibrio isolated from lagoons at Cuare Wildlife Refuge and Margarita(More)
Vibrio cholerae represents a significant threat to human health in developing countries. This pathogen forms biofilms which favors its attachment to surfaces and its survival and transmission by water or food. This work evaluated the in vitro biofilm formation of V. cholerae isolated from clinical and environmental sources on stainless steel of the type(More)
Helicobacter presence and viability in waters is not well characterized. The identification of natural reservoirs and infection sources may provide novel insights into its waterborne transmission. The goal of this study was to investigated the occurrence of Helicobacter spp. in natural freshwaters from Roraima Tepui, a little studied and unique ecosystem of(More)
Helicobacter spp. colonize the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals and have been associated with gastrointestinal diseases. Antarctic habitats are considered pristine ecosystems, but the increase in human activity could be introducing human bacteria hosted into waters and wildlife. However, Helicobacter spp. occurrence has not been studied in(More)
This paper is the outcome of a study that aimed to measure the impact of Chile's Public Market Platform on small and medium enterprises that use this platform to sell their goods and services to the State. Chilecompra, the Chilean agency in charge of managing government procurement, manages this platform. The Public Market "<i>is the largest e-commerce(More)
Proteus mirabilis is a human pathogen able to form biofilms on the surface of urinary catheters. Little is known about P. mirabilis biofilms on natural or industrial surfaces and the potential consequences for these settings. The main aim of this work was to assess and compare the adhesion and biofilm formation of P. mirabilis strains from different origins(More)
This article is the result of a research project on information security and protection of sensitive data in Colombia and Chile, since information security is a fundamental issue for the protection of individuals' and companies' data, especially when said information is contained in an unregulated environment such as the Internet, and when countries under(More)