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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080110/spoken-words-can-make-the-invisible-visible-testing-the-involvement-of-low-level-visual-representations-in-spoken-word-processing
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Markus Ostarek, Falk Huettig
The notion that processing spoken (object) words involves activation of category-specific representations in visual cortex is a key prediction of modality-specific theories of representation that contrasts with theories assuming dedicated conceptual representational systems abstracted away from sensorimotor systems. In the present study, we investigated whether participants can detect otherwise invisible pictures of objects when they are presented with the corresponding spoken word shortly before the picture appears...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069347/isolation-and-partial-characterization-of-starch-from-banana-cultivars-grown-in-colombia
#2
A Chávez-Salazar, L A Bello-Pérez, E Agama-Acevedo, F J Castellanos-Galeano, C I Álvarez-Barreto
Banana starch is resistant to hydrolysis by digestive enzymes due to its structure and dietary fibre content. Starch was isolated from the following three cultivars of Colombian Musaceae: Gros Michel (dessert), Dominico Harton and FHIA 20 (cooking); also, the amylose and amylopectin contents, morphology of the granules, thermal properties, pasting, molecular characteristics and digestibility were determined. The total starch content, amylose content and digestibility (gelatinized starch) were higher in cooking varieties; the purity and gelatinization temperature were similar for the three varieties, but the enthalpy was higher in the dessert variety...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069088/evaluation-of-soil-intake-by-growing-creole-young-bulls-in-common-grazing-systems-in-humid-tropical-conditions
#3
S Jurjanz, C Collas, M L Lastel, X Godard, H Archimède, G Rychen, M Mahieu, C Feidt
Soil is the main matrix which contributes to the transfer of environmental pollutants to animals and consequently into the food chain. In the French West Indies, chlordecone, a very persistent organochlorine pesticide, has been widely used on banana growing areas and this process has resulted in a long-term pollution of the corresponding soils. Domestic outside-reared herbivores are exposed to involuntary soil intake, and tethered grazing commonly used in West Indian systems can potentially favour their exposure to chlordecone...
January 10, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068488/side-streams-of-plant-food-processing-as-a-source-of-valuable-compounds-selected-examples
#4
Andreas Schieber
Industrial processing of plant-derived raw materials generates enormous amounts of by-products. On one hand, these by-products constitute a serious disposal issue because they often emerge seasonally and are prone to microbial decay. On the other hand, they are an abundant source of valuable compounds, in particular secondary plant metabolites and cell wall materials, which may be recovered and used to functionalize foods and replace synthetic additives with ingredients of natural origin. This review covers 150 references and presents select studies performed between 2001 and 2016 on the recovery, characterization, and application of valuable constituents from grape pomace, apple pomace, potato peels, tomato pomace, carrot pomace, onion peels, by-products of citrus, mango, banana, and pineapple processing, side streams of olive oil production, and cereal by-products...
January 4, 2017: Annual Review of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066511/biomass-waste-to-energy-valorisation-technologies-a-review-case-for-banana-processing-in-uganda
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Robert Gumisiriza, Joseph Funa Hawumba, Mackay Okure, Oliver Hensel
BACKGROUND: Uganda's banana industry is heavily impeded by the lack of cheap, reliable and sustainable energy mainly needed for processing of banana fruit into pulp and subsequent drying into chips before milling into banana flour that has several uses in the bakery industry, among others. Uganda has one of the lowest electricity access levels, estimated at only 2-3% in rural areas where most of the banana growing is located. In addition, most banana farmers have limited financial capacity to access modern solar energy technologies that can generate sufficient energy for industrial processing...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060849/behavior-of-pigs-reared-in-enriched-environment-alternatives-to-extend-pigs-attention
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Simone Pereira Machado, Fabiana Ribeiro Caldara, Luciana Foppa, Rafael de Moura, Liliane Maria Piano Gonçalves, Rodrigo Garófallo Garcia, Irenilza de Alencar Nääs, Viviane Maria Oliveira Dos Santos Nieto, Geyssane Farias de Oliveira
Three trials were carried out in a completely randomized design aiming to assess the behavior of pigs in growth phase in enriched environments. Trial 1 evaluated the effects of frequency of availability of environmental enrichment. The animals were assigned to four treatments: 1) control with no enrichment object; 2) objects provided for six consecutive days uninterruptedly; 3) objects provided on alternate days, and 4) objects provided for six consecutive days taken away by the end of the afternoon and replaced at dawn...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060422/identification-of-fungi-isolated-from-banana-rachis-and-characterization-of-their-surface-activity
#7
Lina Mendez-Castillo, Erlide Prieto-Correa, Carlos Jimenez-Junca
Filamentous fungi are an unexplored source for the production of biosurfactants, but over a decade it was discovered one of the most surface active molecules called hydrophobins. There are few techniques to determine the surface activity of fungi without some kind of manipulation that can affect the final results. In this work, we identified 33 strains of filamentous fungi isolated from banana rachis which may have potential in producing biosurfactants. Further the production of surface active compounds by the strains was measured by two techniques...
January 6, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058284/why-do-membranes-of-some-unhealthy-cells-adopt-a-cubic-architecture
#8
Qi Xiao, Zhichun Wang, Dewight Williams, Pawaret Leowanawat, Mihai Peterca, Samuel E Sherman, Shaodong Zhang, Daniel A Hammer, Paul A Heiney, Steven R King, David M Markovitz, Sabine André, Hans-Joachim Gabius, Michael L Klein, Virgil Percec
Nonlamellar lipid arrangements, including cubosomes, appear in unhealthy cells, e.g., when they are subject to stress, starvation, or viral infection. The bioactivity of cubosomes-nanoscale particles exhibiting bicontinuous cubic structures-versus more common vesicles is an unexplored area due to lack of suitable model systems. Here, glycodendrimercubosomes (GDCs)-sugar-presenting cubosomes assembled from Janus glycodendrimers by simple injection into buffer-are proposed as mimics of biological cubic membranes...
December 28, 2016: ACS Central Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047625/su-f-j-129-verification-of-geometric-and-dosimetric-accuracy-of-respiratory-management-systems-using-homemade-phantom
#9
E Goksel, H Kucucuk, O Senkesen, E Tezcanli
PURPOSE: Different placements of Infrared Cameras (IRC) in CT and treatment rooms can cause gating window level (GWL) variations leading to differences between GWL used for planning and treatments. Although, Varian Clinac DHX-OBI sytem and CT are equipped with the same kind of IRC, Truebeam STx (TB) has a different type of IRC known as banana type. In this study; geometric and dosimetric accuracy of respiratory management system (RPM) for different machines were investigated with a special homemade phantom...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044313/the-transcriptional-regulatory-network-mediated-by-banana-musa-acuminata-dehydration-responsive-element-binding-madreb-transcription-factors-in-fruit-ripening
#10
Jian-Fei Kuang, Jian-Ye Chen, Xun-Cheng Liu, Yan-Chao Han, Yun-Yi Xiao, Wei Shan, Yang Tang, Ke-Qiang Wu, Jun-Xian He, Wang-Jin Lu
Fruit ripening is a complex, genetically programmed process involving the action of critical transcription factors (TFs). Despite the established significance of dehydration-responsive element binding (DREB) TFs in plant abiotic stress responses, the involvement of DREBs in fruit ripening is yet to be determined. Here, we identified four genes encoding ripening-regulated DREB TFs in banana (Musa acuminata), MaDREB1, MaDREB2, MaDREB3, and MaDREB4, and demonstrated that they play regulatory roles in fruit ripening...
January 3, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044249/evaluation-of-facebook-and-twitter-monitoring-to-detect-safety-signals-for-medical-products-an-analysis-of-recent-fda-safety-alerts
#11
Carrie E Pierce, Khaled Bouri, Carol Pamer, Scott Proestel, Harold W Rodriguez, Hoa Van Le, Clark C Freifeld, John S Brownstein, Mark Walderhaug, I Ralph Edwards, Nabarun Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: The rapid expansion of the Internet and computing power in recent years has opened up the possibility of using social media for pharmacovigilance. While this general concept has been proposed by many, central questions remain as to whether social media can provide earlier warnings for rare and serious events than traditional signal detection from spontaneous report data. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to examine whether specific product-adverse event pairs were reported via social media before being reported to the US FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS)...
January 2, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038875/scaling-green-rubber-cultivation-in-southwest-china-an-integrative-analysis-of-stakeholder-perspectives
#12
Seerp Wigboldus, Jim Hammond, Jianchu Xu, Zhuang-Fang Yi, Jun He, Laurens Klerkx, Cees Leeuwis
The rubber boom across much of Southeast Asia has led to environmental destruction, and the resultant crash in the price of rubber has destabilised livelihoods. We investigated the necessary factors required to enable a transition towards a more sustainable model for rubber cultivation in Southwest China (i.e. the 'greening' of rubber cultivation), using a framework for the integrative study of multiple aspects in complex land use issues. We present findings from stakeholder interviews and a stakeholder workshop, and discuss their relevance within and beyond Southwest China...
December 27, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035161/composition-bioactive-compounds-and-antioxidant-activity-of-common-indian-fruits-and-vegetables
#13
Jatinder Pal Singh, Amritpal Kaur, Khetan Shevkani, Narpinder Singh
The present work was undertaken to evaluate the chemical composition (proximate, minerals and dietary fibre), colour parameters, antioxidant activity and polyphenol profiles of different fruits (pomegranate, kinnow, mango, banana, jambolan, grapes and sapodilla) and vegetables (beetroot, brinjal, orange carrot, bitter gourd, mentha and spinach). The amount of insoluble dietary fibre was higher than soluble dietary fibre for all fruits and vegetables. Vegetables showed superior mineral composition (higher amounts of K, Ca and Fe) as compared to fruits...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031812/dominance-in-a-ground-dwelling-ant-community-of-banana-agroecosystem
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Dominique Carval, Violaine Cotté, Rémi Resmond, Benjamin Perrin, Philippe Tixier
In tropical ecosystems, ants represent a substantial portion of the animal biomass and contribute to various ecosystem services, including pest regulation and pollination. Dominant ant species are known to determine the structure of ant communities by interfering in the foraging of other ant species. Using bait and pitfall trapping experiments, we performed a pattern analysis at a fine spatial scale of an ant community in a very simplified and homogeneous agroecosystem, that is, a single-crop banana field in Martinique (French West Indies)...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031472/seasonal-abundance-and-phenology-of-halyomorpha-halys-hemiptera-pentatomidae-on-different-pepper-cultivars-in-the-mid-atlantic-united-states
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C R Philips, T P Kuhar, G P Dively, G Hamilton, J Whalen, K Kamminga
The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is an invasive stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) introduced into the United States in the mid-1990s. Since its initial establishment, it has spread throughout the east coast as far south as Georgia, and as far north as New Hampshire. While information is available regarding H. halys behavior and life history in some crops, relatively little information is available for vegetables such as peppers. Key questions include understanding when H. halys enters pepper fields to feed and how best to predict infestations, what population levels create economic damage, and if peppers that vary in capsaicin levels also vary in susceptibility to attack...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029455/management-of-burn-injuries-in-the-wilderness-lessons-from-low-resource-settings
#16
REVIEW
Cindy C Bitter, Timothy B Erickson
Burns are a common source of injuries worldwide, with a high burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Burns also account for 2%-8% of wilderness injuries. Although many are minor, the potential for serious morbidity and mortality exists, and standard treatments used in high-resource settings are not readily available in the backcountry. A literature review was performed to find evidence from low-resource settings that supports alternative or improvised therapies that may be adapted to care of burns in the wilderness...
October 28, 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027173/the-shape-of-the-foramen-ovale-a-visualization-aid-for-cannulation-procedures
#17
Matthew J Zdilla, Kristen M Fijalkowski
Several neurosurgical procedures, including rhizotomy for the management of trigeminal neuralgia, cannulate the foramen ovale (FO) to access intracranial structures. Cannulation procedures, including those utilizing neuronavigational technology, are occasionally complicated by anatomical variation of the FO, sometimes resulting in miscannulation and subsequent adverse events. The FO, while commonly thought of as oval-shaped, has also been described as "almond," "banana," "D shape," "pear," and "triangular." Because of the importance of the FO in neurosurgical procedures and the misunderstanding of FO shape, the aim of this study is to objectively describe the shape of the FO and its most likely shape variation...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024620/chitosan-banana-peel-powder-nanocomposites-for-wound-dressing-application-preparation-and-characterization
#18
Nagwa A Kamel, Salwa L Abd El-Messieh, Neveen M Saleh
Wound infection is a serious infection has been spread worldwide. In order to provide fast aid treatments for such infection, banana peels have been incorporated within chitosan as wound dressing. Banana was collected from Egyptian markets peeled and the dried peels were grounded to powder, Incorporated as nano fillers within chitosan matrix with different concentrations (0, 2, 5 and 10wt%). Glycerol was added as plasticizer and crosslinker to the membranes. The banana peel powder (BPP) particle shape and size were determined using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), The homogeneity and distribution of BPP in the membranes were investigated through Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)...
March 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018408/integrating-high-resolution-water-footprint-and-gis-for-promoting-water-efficiency-in-the-agricultural-sector-a-case-study-of-plantation-crops-in-the-jordan-valley
#19
Eliav Shtull-Trauring, Ido Aviani, Dror Avisar, Nirit Bernstein
Addressing the global challenges to water security requires a better understanding of humanity's use of water, especially the agricultural sector that accounts for 70% of global withdrawals. This study combined high resolution-data with a GIS system to analyze the impact of agricultural practices, crop type, and spatial factors such as drainage basins, climate, and soil type on the Water Footprint (WF) of agricultural crops. The area of the study, the northern Lower Jordan Valley, covers 1121 ha in which three main plantation crops are grown: banana (cultivated in open-fields or net-houses), avocado and palm-dates...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004025/callus-cell-shoot-and-stem-proliferation-data-from-pineapple-crown-and-banana-inflorescence-in-vitro-biochemical-and-antioxidant-properties
#20
Abm Sharif Hossain, Musamma M Uddin
The data article contains the experimental data and images on the callus cell, shoot and stem proliferation from pineapple crown slice and banana inflorescence in vitro. Investigated data are related to the research article "Effects of benzylaminopurine and naphthalene acetic acid on proliferation and shoot growth of pineapple (Ananas comosus L. Merr) in vitro" Alsaif et al. (2011) [1] and "Plantlet Production through Development of Competent Multiple Meristem Cultures from Male Inflorescence of Banana, Musa acuminta cv...
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