Ramon F. Santos

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In the present study, small-sized porous scaffolds were obtained from the freeze-drying of sodium hyaluronate/chitosan polyelectrolyte complexes. The obtained materials were characterized by a set of techniques including attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, swelling determination and weight loss studies. The(More)
Two pineapple varieties differing in resistance to fusariose were examined for the phytotoxic effect of Fusarium subglutinans culture filtrate. The cultivars were Perolera (more resistant to pathovars of Fusarium subglutinans) and Smooth Cayenne (more susceptible). The phytotoxic effect of culture filtrate was assessed in tissue culture pineapple plantlets(More)
Synthetic seed technology may be of value in breeding programs and allow the propagation of many elite genotype-derived plants in a short time. In this work, a range of artificial endosperm treatments of Cleopatra tangerine zygotic embryos were evaluated for suitability for encapsulation of somatic embryos. Different complexing ions in the form of alginate(More)
BACKGROUND Leishmaniasis is a complex disease in which clinical outcome depends on factors such as parasite species, host genetics and immunity and vector species. In Brazil, Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis is a major etiological agent of cutaneous (CL) and mucosal leishmaniasis (MCL), a disfiguring form of the disease, which occurs in ~10% of L.(More)
Banana and plantain are among the most important food crops in developing countries but production is threatened by increasing virulent forms of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense. Chemical control is not economically effective and,therefore, breeding programs are necessary. Traditional field studies of new genotype resistance to this disease are(More)
An in vitro bioassay to differentiate pineapple plant resistance levels to Phytophthora nicotianae var. parasitica (heart rot disease) is deseribed here. Conditions to cause death of in vitro-cultured plants were defined using a cultivar previously found to be susceptible to this fungus in our Field-Grown Pineapple Germplasm Bank (ev. Smooth Cayenne(More)
Culture filtrates of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense were applied to field-grown banana leaves of susceptible and resistant clones. The difference in leaf lesions, measured after 48 h, varied from 13 to 51 mm2 depending on the composition of the growth medium.
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