Tamara Babcock

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Investigations concerning the role of distribution system biofilms on water quality were conducted at a drinking water utility in New Jersey. The utility experienced long-term bacteriological problems in the distribution system, while treatment plant effluents were uniformly negative for coliform bacteria. Results of a monitoring program showed increased(More)
Antithrombin III exists in plasma as major and minor isoforms differing in affinity for heparin. The nature of the binding of each purified isoform to immobilized heparins was investigated. Unfractionated, mixed-affinity heparin bound each isoform with both high affinity and concentration-dependent low affinity. The isoforms were resolved when filtered(More)
The German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica F., and common yellowjacket, Vespula vulgaris L. (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), are pests of significant economic, environmental, and medical importance in many countries. There is a need for the development and improvement of attractive baits that can be deployed in traps to capture and kill these wasps in areas where(More)
Previous studies investigated the effect of heparin fractions on the rates of thrombin inhibition by naturally occurring antithrombin III (ATIII) isoforms differing in affinity for heparin. Heparin with low-affinity for ATIII increased the rate of thrombin inhibition by the higher affinity isoform about 10-fold more effectively than by the other isoform.(More)
The ecological role of social wasps has been extensively studied, but little is known about symbiotic relationships of these wasps with microbes. Recently, it was shown that vespid wasps in Europe carry yeasts, predominantly Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in their gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Interestingly, this niche allowed for sexual recombination of yeasts(More)
We investigated foraging decisions by adult females of the common green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata, in accordance with their physiological state. When we gave female flies a choice between visually occluded, fresh canine feces (feeding site) and a CO2-euthanized rat (carrion oviposition site), 3-d-old “protein-starved” females responded equally well to(More)
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