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  1. Morfologfa conchffera, crecimiento, reproducción y letargo de los caracoles gigantes africanos : observaciones en laboratorio sobre Archachatina marginata suturalis, Achatina achatina y Achatina fulica'

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    Stiévenart, C.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available hell Shape, Growth, Reproduction and Estivation in Giant African Landsnails : Observations in Laboratory on"Archachatina marginata suturalis, Achatina achatina and Achatina fulica". Commercial frog farms exist in several countries. It seems hopeless believing that frog leg consumption can be prohibited, and the solution is probably a very strict control of the origin of the legs sold and imported. Uncontrolled hunting-poaching of frogs should be replaced by sustainable and rational breeding of frogs for sale. A large frog farm located near Singapore is described with the infrastructure and the management of the production. The two species bred are the American and the Asian bull-frogs Rana catesbeiana and R. tigerina. It is also mentioned that appropriate slaughtering techniques exist for frogs based on same guidelines as for conventional farm animals.

  2. Chemical composition of Achatina fulica

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    Aboua, F.

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available Proximate composition and mineral content were determined in snail without and with shell and shell atone from Achatina fulica. This snail has high protein (above 40 %, low fat (less than 3 % and is a relatively good source of macrominerals, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Achatina fulica is an excellent source of iron but is poor in copper, zinc and manganese. The snail is very rich in calcium but very poor in phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

  3. Avaliação dos problemas enfrentados no manejo do caramujo gigante africano Achatina fulica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata no Brasil Evaluation of the problems faced in the management of the giant African snail Achatina fulica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata in Brazil

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    Eduardo Colley

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The giant African snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 was introduced into Paraná, Brazil, in the 1980s. Since then, it has spread across the country, despite its known invasive status on a global scale. The main objective of this study was to assess the problems faced in the management of the giant African snail. To accomplish that, we gathered and analyzed information available on the internet, scientific databases, field studies, as well as interviews and consultations with official agencies, NGOs, museums, the scientific community and people that coexist with the species. Despite the fact that extensive information has been generated regarding A. fulica (1,340 articles, 65 summaries in national annals, 40,700 pages on the internet, essential to promote control measures to hinder the propagation of this species, the majority of the available information remains inaccessible to the world at large. Moreover, the environmental, economic and health impacts of this species remain unclear, which may contribute to discouraging the initiation of management actions. Finally, control measures are still inefficient due to the generalist profile of this species and the lack of knowledge concerning its biology and ecology. Thus, in conclusion, even though A. fulica has been an invasive species for over a century in many other countries, it is difficult to find evidence supporting the need to subsidize its management. This may be an indication that many other, poorly known exotic species will have time and the proper conditions to become established and cause problems before they come to be recognized as invasive.

  4. Potentiality of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) as intermediate host of the Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971

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    Carvalho, Omar dos Santos; Teles, Horácio MS; Mota, Ester Maria; Mendonça, Cristiane Lafetá Gomes Furtado de; Lenzi, Henrique Leonel

    2003-01-01

    Samples of Achatina fulica were experimentally infected with Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae, etiological agent of abdominal angiostrongyliasis, showing that A. fulica is susceptible to the parasite. Achatina fulica may be a risk to urbanization of abdominal angiostrongyliasis presumably due to its high proliferation, continuous dispersion and remarkable adaptation in several Brazilian towns. Exemplares de Achatina fulica foram experimentalmente infectados com larvas de Angiostrongylu...

  5. Potentiality of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda as intermediate host of the Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971

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    Carvalho Omar dos Santos

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Samples of Achatina fulica were experimentally infected with Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae, etiological agent of abdominal angiostrongyliasis, showing that A. fulica is susceptible to the parasite. Achatina fulica may be a risk to urbanization of abdominal angiostrongyliasis presumably due to its high proliferation, continuous dispersion and remarkable adaptation in several Brazilian towns.

  6. Potentiality of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) as intermediate host of the Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971.

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    Carvalho, Omar dos Santos; Teles, Horácio M; Mota, Ester Maria; Lafetá, Cristiane; de Mendonça, Gomes Furtado; Lenzi, Henrique Leonel

    2003-01-01

    Samples of Achatina fulica were experimentally infected with Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae, etiological agent of abdominal angiostrongyliasis, showing that A. fulica is susceptible to the parasite. Achatina fulica may be a risk to urbanization of abdominal angiostrongyliasis presumably due to its high proliferation, continuous dispersion and remarkable adaptation in several Brazilian towns.

  7. [Is it possible to train Achatina fulica using visual stimulation?].

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    Baĭkova, I B; Zhukov, V V

    2001-01-01

    The conditioned behavior to visual stimuli was obtained in Achatina fulica mollusk on the basis of its negative phototaxis. Directional moving of snails toward black cards was accompanied by the negative unconditioned stimulation (electric current). Learning was expressed in a statistically significant decrease in locomotor activity of animals and decrease in the rate of preference of sections with black cards. Learning developed within two daily training sessions with 30 trials in each of them. Learning traces were observed as defensive behavior at least during a month after reinforcement elimination.

  8. Potentiality of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) as intermediate host of the Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971 Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda) como hospedeiro intermediário potencial do Angiostrongylus costaricensis Morera & Céspedes 1971

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    Omar dos Santos Carvalho; Horácio MS Teles; Ester Maria Mota; Cristiane Lafetá Gomes Furtado de Mendonça; Henrique Leonel Lenzi

    2003-01-01

    Samples of Achatina fulica were experimentally infected with Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae, etiological agent of abdominal angiostrongyliasis, showing that A. fulica is susceptible to the parasite. Achatina fulica may be a risk to urbanization of abdominal angiostrongyliasis presumably due to its high proliferation, continuous dispersion and remarkable adaptation in several Brazilian towns.Exemplares de Achatina fulica foram experimentalmente infectados com larvas de Angiostrongylus co...

  9. Nematodes from Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda in Argentina

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    Valente R.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to describe the nematode cysts and larvae found in Achatina fulica, the giant African snail, in the northeast of Argentina. A total of 373 snails were collected from the cities of Puerto Iguazú and Corrientes. Cysts (N= 2958 containing nematodes identified as L3 Strongyluris sp. were found in the mantle cavity of 87 snails from Puerto Iguazú City (Prevalence 23 %; Mean Intensity= 34; Mean Abundance= 8. The shell size correlated with prevalence, mean intensity and mean abundance (p < 0.05 indicating that there is an exposure-infection constant rather than an accidental one. In other hand, the absence of infection in the smallest shell size suggests a threshold of size to be infected. Taking into account that there exist records of A. fulica infected by nematodes of medical and veterinary importance such as Angiostrongylus and Aelurostrongylus in some Brazilian states near Puerto Iguazú, we emphasize the need for snail surveillance.

  10. Espécie invasora em unidade de conservação: Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822 no Parque Estadual Carlos Botelho, Sete Barras, SP, Brasil (Nota Científica. Invasive species in conservation unit: Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822 in Carlos Botelho State Park, Sete Barras, SP, Brazil (Scientific Note.

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    Marilda Rapp de ESTON

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available O caramujo-gigante-africano, Achatinafulica (Mollusca-Achatinidae, considerado umadas cem piores espécies invasoras do mundo,causando sérios danos ambientais, é registrado pelaprimeira vez para o Parque Estadual CarlosBotelho, município de Sete Barras, Estado de SãoPaulo, Brasil.The Giant African Snail, Achatina fulica(Mollusca-Achatinidae, considered as one of ahundred worst world’s invasive species, causingserious environmental damages, is registered forthe first time for Carlos Botelho State Park, countyof Sete Barras, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

  11. [Investigation on snails Achatina fulica and Pomacea canaliculata infected with Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Panyu region of Guangzhou City].

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    Chen, Chu-Xuan; He, Hui-Fang; Yin, Zhu; Zhou, Jin-Huan; Li, Shi-Qun; Li, Fang-Hui; Chen, Jiong-Min; Zhu, Wei-Jin; Zhong, Xiu-Ming; Yang, Kai-Ying; Liu, Gui-Ping; Jia, Xun; Chen, Wan-Tong; Li, Xiao-Mei; Chen, Yu-Chang; Luo, Xiao-Dong; Chen, Dai-Xiong; Shen, Hao-Xian

    2012-06-01

    To understand the natural infection status of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in snails Achatina fulica and Pomacea canaliculata from Panyu region of Guangzhou City. The snails Achatina fulica and Pomacea canaliculata captured from the field were digested with the artificial stomach fluid. The third-stage larvae of A. cantonensis were examined and counted under a microscope. The collected third-stage larvae were used to infect SD rats. A total of 367 Achatina fulica and 357 Pomacea canaliculata were examined. The infection rate of A. cantonensis in Achatina fulica was 22.62%, with a mean intensity of 57.00 larvae per positive snail. The infection rate of A. cantonensis in Pomacea canaliculata was 3.08%, with a mean intensity of 1.64 larvae per positive snail. The infection rates of A. cantonensis in Achatina fulica from Dagang, Shiqi, Hualong, and Lanhe towns and Nansha District, were 13.33%, 15.00%, 20.93%, 73.68% and 8.41%, respectively. Those in Pomacea canaliculata were 5.88%, 2.88%, 1.89%, 0% and 3.96%, respectively. A. cantonensis infection exists in Achatina fulica and Pomacea canaliculata from Panyu region of Guangzhou City, and the infection in Achatina fulica is more serious than that in Pomacea canaliculata. The infection rates of the snails among five sites are different.

  12. [Occurrence of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in Brazil: intermediate snail host of angiostrongyliasis].

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    Teles, H M; Vaz, J F; Fontes, L R; Domingos, M de F

    1997-06-01

    Achatina fulica, the intermediate snail host of angiostrongyliasis and also an agricultural pest, is being bred in Brazil for human consumption as "escargot". The snail has escaped from its artificial breeding sites and its dispersal in Itariri country, State of S. Paulo, is reported here for the first time. A. fulica is a transmitter of the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis, nematode which causes meningoencephalic angiostrongyliasis; the risks of human contamination are commented on.

  13. Structural analysis of a homogeneous polysaccharide from Achatina fulica.

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    Liu, Jie; Shang, Feineng; Yang, Zengming; Wu, Mingyi; Zhao, Jinhua

    2017-05-01

    Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. In our study, a water-soluble polysaccharide (AF-1) was isolated and purified from Achatina fulica by papain enzymolysis, alcohol precipitation and strong anion exchange chromatography. Structureof the polysaccharide was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, high performance liquid chromatography, analysis of monosaccharide composition, methylation analysis, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ( 1 H, 13 C, COSY, TOCSY, NOESY, HSQC and HMBC). Chemical composition analysis indicated that AF-1 is composed of glucose (Glc) and its average molecular weight is 1710kDa. Structural analysis suggested that AF-1 is mainly consisted of a linear repeating backbone of (1→4) linked α-d-Glc p residues with one branch, α-d-Glc p, attached to the main chain by (1→6) glycosidic bonds at every five main-chain units. Further studies on biological activities of the polysaccharide are currently in progress. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. THE PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL MICROSTRUCTURE OF THE ACHATINA FULICA EPIPHRAGM.

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    Struthers, M.; Rosair, G.; Buckman, J.; Viney, C.

    2002-05-01

    Microstructural characterization of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 epiphragms and mucus secretions was performed to address two questions: what are the structure and composition of the reinforcing inorganic phase in the epiphragms, and what enables a durable epiphragm to form quickly in comparison to other biomineralized materials? Characterization was performed by a combination of light microscopy (relying on a variety of contrast modes), wet chemical tests, environmental scanning electron microscopy (including the use of energy dispersive X-ray analysis to obtain compositional data), and X-ray diffraction. The morphology of the inorganic phase promotes mechanical interlocking and presents a large surface for binding to the organic matrix. Strong binding occurs between the organic and inorganic phases. The inorganic phase adopts the calcite structure; its composition is Ca(0.912) Mg(0.088) CO(3). Epiphragms can form quickly because pre-grown crystals of the inorganic reinforcing phase are co-deposited with the mucus matrix. Unlike other biomineralized material, the crystals are not solution-grown in situ on an organic template in the final product.

  15. Occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898 larvae (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae infecting Achatina (Lissachatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda in the Amazon region Ocorrência de Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898 (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae infectando o Achatina (Lissachatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca: Gastropoda na região amazônica

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    Sanny Maria de Andrade-Porto

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica or "giant African snail" is an exotic species, considered to be one of the world's hundred most invasive species, causing serious environmental damages. In the present study we report, for the first time, the occurrence of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infecting A.fulica in the Amazon region. This nematode is described parasitizing mainly the pulmonary system of felines, which causes "aelurostrongilose", also known as feline cardio-pulmonary strongyloidosis. New morphometric data of third stage larvae are presented herein. The present study demonstrated that 40% of all the snails were infected by A. abstrusus. Achatina fulica specimens were collected from three different areas in Manaus namely: rural; east and west areas. The east area presents the highest prevalence of 80%. The large number of A.fulica found in inhabited areas increases the chances of emergent zoonoses, which highlights the need of further studies so as to better control this disease.Achatina fulica ou "caramujo africano" é uma espécie exótica, considerada uma das cem piores espécies invasoras do mundo, causando sérios danos ambientais. No presente estudo foi registrado, pela primeira vez, a ocorrência do Aelurostrongylus abstrusus infectando o A.fulica na região amazônica. Esse nematóide é descrito parasitando principalmente o sistema pulmonar de felinos, causando a "aelurostrongilose", também conhecida como estrongiloidose cardio-pulmonar felina. Novos dados morfométricos de larvas de terceiro estágio são apresentados. Dos 45 caramujos coletados, 40% estavam infectados por larvas de A. abstrusus. Especimens de Achatina fulica foram coletados em três áreas da cidade de Manaus: rural, leste e oeste. A zona leste apresentou a maior prevalência de 80%. O grande número de A.fulica encontrado em áreas habitadas aumenta as chances de ocorrência de zoonoses emergentes e destaca a necessidade de mais estudos para o melhor controle da doença.

  16. [Dynamics of the dominance of identified cardioregulatory neurons in the snail Achatina fulica] .

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    Zhuravlev, V L; Bugaĭ, V V; Safronova, T A

    2000-08-01

    9 cardioregulating neurones belonging to 5 different functional groups were studied in visceral and right parietal ganglia of the Giant African snail Achatina fulica. The neuronal network included multimodal and multifunctional cells exerting short- or long-lasting chronoionotropic effects on the cardiac electro- and mechanograms. Mechanisms of the differences in the cardioregulating effectiveness of these groups were discussed.

  17. Nematode cysts and larvae found in Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822.

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    Franco-Acuña, D O; Pinheiro, J; Torres, E J L; Lanfredi, R M; Brandolini, S V P B

    2009-02-01

    This study describes the morphology of the nematode cysts and larvae found in Achatina fulica (giant African snail) in Brazil. Sixty snails were collected in Mesquita, Rio de Janeiro State. Fourteen of the snails were naturally infected. The cysts were spherical, pink colored and measured 0.97 to 1.57 mm in diameter. In the majority of cases they had a single larvae involved in amorphous material. A total of 222 encysted larvae were recovered. Of these, 30 were utilized in the morphological study. The length of the larvae varied from 2.57 to 5.8 mm and they were classified as small--up to 3.5 mm; medium--from 3.53 to 4.5 mm; and large--greater than 4.52 mm. The average length of the larvae in the three groups was 2.85, 3.87 and 5.23 mm, respectively. The larval cuticle was white, shiny and transversally striated until the posterior end of the body. At the anterior end there is a mouth with three lips, with amphids and papillae, followed by a muscular esophagus with average length of 0.61 mm, terminating in an esophageal bulb and having a nerve ring in the middle third of the esophagus, and an intestine with an opening near the posterior end. The tail begins from this opening and has two types of ends: short and abrupt or long and gradually tapering. The difference in the tail end can suggest sexual dimorphism, although no primordial reproductive structures were observed. These characteristics were not sufficient to identify the larvae, so there is a need for further study.

  18. Susceptibility of the Giant African snail (Achatina fulica) exposed to the gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita.

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    Williams, A J; Rae, R

    2015-05-01

    The Giant African snail (Achatina fulica) is a major pest in tropical countries. Current control methods involve the use of slug pellets (metaldehyde) but they are ineffective, therefore new methods of control are needed. We investigated whether A. fulica is susceptible to the gastropod parasitic nematode Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita, which has been developed as a biological control agent for slugs and snails in northern Europe. We exposed A. fulica to P. hermaphrodita applied at 30 and 150nematodes per cm(2) for 70days and also assessed feeding inhibition and changes in snail weight. We show that unlike the susceptible slug species Deroceras panormitanum, which is killed less than 30days of exposure to P. hermaphrodita, A. fulica is remarkably resistant to the nematode at both doses. Also P. hermaphrodita does not reduce feeding in A. fulica nor did it have any effect on weight gain over 70days. Upon dissection of infected A. fulica we found that hundreds of P. hermaphrodita had been encapsulated, trapped and killed in the snail's shell. We found that A. fulica is able to begin encapsulating P. hermaphrodita after just 3days of exposure and the numbers of nematodes encapsulated increased over time. Taken together, we have shown that A. fulica is highly resistant to P. hermaphrodita, which could be due to an immune response dependent on the snail shell to encapsulate and kill invading parasitic nematodes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Fulicin regulates the female reproductive organs of the snail, Achatina fulica.

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    Fujisawa, Y; Masuda, K; Minakata, H

    2000-08-01

    Fulicin is a D-amino acid-containing neuropeptide that has been thought to control male copulatory behavior in the land snail, Achatina fulica. In the present study, we demonstrated that the vagina and the oviduct of Achatina were densely innervated by fulicin-like immunoreactive neuronal fibers. We confirmed that fulicin was actually present in the vagina by mass spectrometry. Furthermore, fulicin showed a profound excitatory effect on contractions of the vagina and the oviduct. These results suggest that fulicin controls female egg-laying behavior as an excitatory neuropeptide regulating the female reproductive organs of the snail.

  20. Expansion of Achatina fulica in Brazil and potential increased risk for angiostrongyliasis.

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    Graeff-Teixeira, Carlos

    2007-08-01

    The explosive introduction of the snail Achatina fulica in Brazil illustrates the current concern with global changes favouring dissemination of infectious diseases. The mollusc is an important host for Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which occurs in Asia and the Pacific Islands and is a causative agent for eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. In the Americas there is another metastrongylid worm, An. costaricensis, that causes abdominal disease and may also be transmitted by Ac. fulica. Although both infections may occur in focal outbreaks and with low morbidity, very severe complicated clinical courses pose a challenge for diagnosis and treatment. Data on abdominal angiostrongyliasis are briefly reviewed.

  1. [Achatina fulica Bowdich (1822) a new host of Cryptosporidium (Apicomplexa, Cryptosporidiidae) species].

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    Schiffler, Cinthia L; Gomes, Francimar F; Ederli, Nicole B; De Oliveira, Francisco Carlos R

    2008-09-01

    With the objective of isolate Cryptosporidium spp. in Achatina fulica s feces, 50 mollusks were collected in nine neighborhoods of the municipal of Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ to the observation of oocysts in feces. The snails were put in individuals containers and fed with water and green vegetables ad libitum until be collected a gram of feces per animal. The samples were conditioned in tubes with formalin 10% and later smear of feces were made and dyed by Ziechl-Neelsen modified technique. Of the 50 samples examined, 26 (52%) were positive for the presence of oocysts of Cryptosporidium spp. The morphology and morphometry of the oocysts showed that are a great morphologic variability. Considering the obtained results, the mollusk Achatina fulica is a host of Cryptosporidium species and can participate in the epidemic chain of the cryptosporidiosis.

  2. Aspectos macroscópicos da anatomia do sistema reprodutor de escargots: Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica

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    Dulcinéa Gonçalves Teixeira

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The macro-anatomy of the reproductive system of both Achatina fulica and Achatina monochromatica was studied, by establishing the morphologic parameters of both species. Fifteen samples of each species with nearly twelve years old from the same family were used. The specimens were sacrificed by freezing (-2ºC. The collection of the reproductive system was made after the retreat from the shell and dissection of the animal. It was observed that even if the specimens have been maintained in the same environmental and alimentary conditions, as well as submitted to the same type of selection, the development of their reproductive organs show some variation. In both species, some segments of the reproductive system morphologic aspects differ macroscopically, although the disposition and the location of these segments are identical.

  3. Scientometrics of zoonoses transmitted by the giant African snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822

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    Gilberto Cezar Pavanelli

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The dissemination of the giant African snail Achatina fulica in several countries has triggered a great number of studies on the mollusk, including those on zoonoses related to health in humans. The current research is a scientific survey on articles published in four databases, namely, PubMed, Bireme, Scielo and Lilacs. Results indicate that Brazil has a prominent position in international scientific production on this subject, with focus on Angiostrongylus cantonensis occurrences.

  4. Scientometrics of zoonoses transmitted by the giant African snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822.

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    Pavanelli, Gilberto Cezar; Yamaguchi, Mirian Ueda; Calaça, Elaine Alves; Oda, Fabrício Hiroiuki

    2017-04-13

    The dissemination of the giant African snail Achatina fulica in several countries has triggered a great number of studies on the mollusk, including those on zoonoses related to health in humans. The current research is a scientific survey on articles published in four databases, namely, PubMed, Bireme, Scielo and Lilacs. Results indicate that Brazil has a prominent position in international scientific production on this subject, with focus on Angiostrongylus cantonensis occurrences.

  5. Scientometrics of zoonoses transmitted by the giant African snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822

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    Pavanelli, Gilberto Cezar; Yamaguchi, Mirian Ueda; Calaça, Elaine Alves; Oda, Fabrício Hiroiuki

    2017-01-01

    ABSTRACT The dissemination of the giant African snail Achatina fulica in several countries has triggered a great number of studies on the mollusk, including those on zoonoses related to health in humans. The current research is a scientific survey on articles published in four databases, namely, PubMed, Bireme, Scielo and Lilacs. Results indicate that Brazil has a prominent position in international scientific production on this subject, with focus on Angiostrongylus cantonensis occurrences. PMID:28423090

  6. Effect of cadmium and zinc on antioxidant enzyme activity in the gastropod, Achatina fulica.

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    Chandran, Rashmi; Sivakumar, A A; Mohandass, S; Aruchami, M

    2005-01-01

    Heavy metal stress results in the production of O(2)(.-), H(2)O(2) and (.)OH, which affect various cellular processes, mostly the functioning of membrane systems. Cells are normally protected against free oxyradicals by the operation of intricate antioxidant systems. The aim of the present work is to examine the effect of CdCl(2) and ZnSO(4) on antioxidative enzyme activity in the gastropod, Achatina fulica. The concentrations of antioxidant enzymes--superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (Cat) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx)--and nonenzymatic antioxidants--glutathione and vitamin-C--were found to be decreased in both digestive gland and kidney of the gastropod, Achatina fulica treated with individual concentrations of 0.5 ppm and 1ppm of CdCl(2) and ZnSO(4), compared to that of control animals. Based on the above study, it is evident that Achatina fulica can be used as a bioindicator to monitor the environmental heavy metal pollution.

  7. PREPARATION OF CALCIUM OXIDE FROM Achatina fulica AS CATALYST FOR PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FROM WASTE COOKING OIL

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    Aldes Lesbani

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Preparation of calcium oxide from Achatina fulica shell has been carried out systematically by decomposition for 3 h at various temperatures i.e. 600, 700, 800 and 900 °C. Formation of calcium oxide was characterized using XR diffractometer. The calcium oxide obtained with the optimum temperature decomposition was characterized using FTIR spectroscopy to indicate the functional group in the calcium oxide. The results showed that XRD pattern of materials obtained from decomposition of Achatina fulica shell at 700 °C is similar with XRD pattern of calcium oxide standard from Joint Committee on Powder Diffraction Standards (JCPDS. The IR spectra of calcium oxide appear at wavenumber 362 cm-1 which is characteristic of CaO vibration. Application of calcium oxide from Achatina fulica shell for synthesis of biodiesel from waste cooking oil results in biodiesel with density are in the range of ASTM standard.

  8. Prevalence of Strongylida nematodes associated with African Snail, Achatina fulica, in Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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    Diego Córdoba-R

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To establish the presence and prevalence of Strongylida nematode parasites in Achatina fulica in the Valle del Cauca, especially of nematodes that are potentially pathogenic for humans. Materials and methods. A. fulica individuals were collected in nine cities of the Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Direct visual examination was used to identify A. fulica parasites. Nematodes were separated from tissue or collected from mucus, washed in saline solution, and fixed in a hot AFA solution. Samples were mounted in glycerine and observed under the microscope. Results. The general nematode parasite prevalence was 35% in 2013. The city with highest prevalence during 2013 was Cartago (60%, following by Buenaventura (42.9% and Cali (33%, while during 2014 were Cali (30% and Buenaventura (30%. The Strongylida nematodes registered were classified in three genera: Angiostrongylus (14.7% prevalence, Aelurostrongylus (2.6%,and Strongyluris (2.6%. The city with highest positive records of Angiostrongylus was Cali during 2014 and Aelurostrongylus was Buenaventura during 2013. Strongyluris genus was recorded only in Cali during 2013, with a prevalence of 11%. Of the nine evaluated cities, five has presence of Angiostrongylus. Conclusions. Three genera of Strongylida nematode were recorded associated with A. fulicas specimens in the Valle del Cauca during 2013 and 2014. Therefore, the role that A. fulica and native mollusk species could be playing in the life cycle of these parasites at the local level should not underestimated.

  9. PREPARATION OF CALCIUM OXIDE FROM Achatina fulica AS CATALYST FOR PRODUCTION OF BIODIESEL FROM WASTE COOKING OIL

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    Lesbani, Aldes; Tamba, Palita; Mohadi, Risfidian; Fahmariyanti, Fahmariyanti

    2013-01-01

    Preparation of calcium oxide from Achatina fulica shell has been carried out systematically by decomposition for 3 h at various temperatures i.e. 600, 700, 800 and 900 °C. Formation of calcium oxide was characterized using XR diffractometer. The calcium oxide obtained with the optimum temperature decomposition was characterized using FTIR spectroscopy to indicate the functional group in the calcium oxide. The results showed that XRD pattern of materials obtained from decomposition of Achatina...

  10. [Occurrence of Achatina fulica in the Vale do Paraíba, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil].

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    Vasconcellos, M C; Pile, E

    2001-12-01

    The first occurrence of the Achatina fulica, an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the etiological agent of meningoencephalic angiostrongiliasis, is reported in Resende municipality, Brazil. In the five visited localities, snails were found living freely, and the larvae of this parasite was not seen in any of them. The finding of A. fulica in the area may be related to its commercialization as a food item and embodies the possibility of new focus.

  11. Antimicrobial proteins of Snail mucus (Achatina fulica against Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans

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    Herluinus Mafranenda DN

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Achasin and mytimacin-AF are proteins of snail mucus (Achatina fulica which have antimicrobial activity. Snail mucus is suspected to have other proteins which have antimicrobial activity against Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans the oral pathologic bacteria. Purpose: The study were aimed to characterize the proteins of snail mucus (Achatina fulica that have antimicrobial activities to Streptococcus mutans and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, and to compared the antimicrobial effect of achasin and mytimacin-AF. Methods: The sample of study was the mucus of snails which were taken from Yogyakarta Province. The isolation and characterization of protein were conducted by using SDS-PAGE method, electroelution, and dialysis. Nano drop test was conducted to determine protein concentration. The sensitivity test was conducted by using dilution test, and followed by spectrophotometry and paper disc diffusion tests. Results: The study showed that proteins successfully characterized from snail mucus (Achatina fulica were proteins with molecular weights of 83.67 kDa (achasin, 50.81 kDa, 15 kDa, 11.45 kDa (full amino acid sequence of mytimacin-AF and 9.7 kDa (mytimacin-AF. Based on the dilution test, Achasin had better antimicrobial activities against Streptococcus mutans, while mytimacin-AF had better antimicrobial activities against Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. But the paper disc diffusion test result showed that Achasin had antimicrobial activities against Streptococcus mutans and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, while mytimacin-AF had no antimicrobial activities. Conclusion: The proteins with molecular weights of 50.81 kDa, 15 kDa, 11.45 kDa were considered as new antimicrobial proteins isolated from snail mucus. Achasin, had better antimicrobial activities against Streptococcus mutans, while mytimacin-AF had better antimicrobial activities against Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans

  12. Record of gut associated nemathelminth in the giant African snail Achatina fulica (Bowdich) from Bangalore, India.

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    Jayashankar, M; Murthy, G S S

    2015-06-01

    Prevalence of nematodes in Achatina fulica (Bowdich) sample collected from two different sites within Bangalore University Jnana Bharathi Campus viz., Dhanavanthari vana and Botany Department garden was 84 and 100 % respectively. However, the identity of the nemathelminth could not be established to the species level as it did not respond to the clearing agent and its genital organs were not located which is key character for taxonomic identification. Also, no Cercariae were recorded in the samples, perhaps the snail sample was non endemic for parasitic population. Helminthological prospection with regard to the giant African snail from the region has not been performed till date. The present work is a preliminary study in that direction intended to determine the nemathelminth fauna associated with A. fulica populations in Bangalore region laying emphasis on further studies to be undertaken in this regard.

  13. [Neuroeffector connections of multimodal neurons in the African snail (Achatina fulica)].

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    Bugaĭ, V V; Zhuravlev, V L; Safonova, T A

    2004-02-01

    Using a new method of animal preparation, the efferent connections of giant paired neurons on the dorsal surface of visceral and right parietal ganglia of snail, Achatina fulica, were examined. It was found that spikes in giant neurons d-VLN and d-RPLN evoke postjunctional potentials in different points of the snail body and viscerae (in the heart, in pericardium, in lung cavity and kidney walls, in mantle and body wall muscles, in tentacle retractors and in cephalic artery). The preliminary analysis of synaptic latency and facilitation suggests a direct connections between giant neurons and investigated efferents.

  14. Neuroeffector connections of giant multimodal neurons in the African snail Achatina fulica.

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    Bugai, V V; Zhuravlev, V L; Safonova, T A

    2005-07-01

    A new method of making preparations was used to analyse the neuroeffector connections of the paired giant neurons of the African snail Achatina fulica. These neurons were found to induce postsynaptic potentials in the muscles of the mantle, heart, the wall of the pulmonary cavity, and the muscular elements of the renal complex, the pericardium, the sexual apparatus, the walls of the cerebral arteries, the filaments of the columellar muscles, the wall of the abdomen, and the tentacle retractor muscles. Rhythmic neuron activity led to the development of marked facilitation and long-term potentiation of synaptic potentials. The possible significance of the multiple neuroeffector connections of giant neurons is discussed.

  15. [NADPH-diaphorase activity in digestive system of gastropod molluscs Achatina fulica and Littorina littorea].

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    Zaĭtseva, O V; Kuznetsova, T V; Markosova, T G

    2009-01-01

    Localization and peculiarities of NO-ergic elements were studied for he first time throughout the entire length of digestive tract of the marine gastropod mollusc Achatina fulica (Prosobranchia) and the terrestrial molusc Littorina littorea (Pulmonata) by using histochemical method of detection of NADPH-diaphorase (NADPHd). NO-ergic cells and fibers were revealed in all parts of the mollusc digestive tract beginning from pharynx. An intensive NADPHd activity was found in many intraepithelial cells of the open type and in their processes in intra- and subepithelial nerve plexuses, single subepithelial neurons, granular connective tissue cells, and numerous nerve fibers among muscle elements of he digestive tract wall as well as in nerves innervating the tract. NADPHd was also present in receptor cells of he oral area and in the central A. fulica ganglia participating in innervation of the digestive tract. The digestive tract NO-ergic system ofA. fulica has a more complex organization that that of L. littorea. In the A. fulica pharynx, stomach, and midgut, directly beneath epithelium, there is revealed a complex system of glomerular structures formed by thin NADPHd-positive nerve fibers coming from the side of epithelium. More superficially under the main groups of muscle elements, small agglomerations of NADPHd-positive neurons are seen, which could be considered as primitive, non-formed microganglia. Peculiarities of distribution and a possible functional role of NO-ergic elements in the digestive tract of molluscs are discussed as compared with other invertebrate and vertebrate animals.

  16. Caracterización físico-química y actividad antimicrobiana de la secreción mucosa de Achatina fulica

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    Andrés E Pereira P

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    Full Text Available Introducción: El caracol gigante africano Achatina fulica es reconocido como una plaga que afecta la biodiversidad, la Salud Pública y la productividad. Sin embargo, se ha demostrado que su secreción mucosa tiene propiedades cosméticas, cicatrizantes y antimicrobianas. Objetivo: Determinar las características físico-químicas y evaluar la actividad antimicrobiana de la secreción mucosa de Achatina fulica. Metodología: Se hicieron pruebas bioquímicas para la determinación cualitativa y cuantitativa de glúcidos, proteínas y lípidos. Se determinó el contenido de Calcio, Potasio, cloruros, Sodio y Magnesio. Se midieron los parámetros de conductividad eléctrica, potencial óxido-reducción, saturación de oxígeno, oxígeno total disuelto, pH, sólidos disueltos totales. Se realizó un ensayo de actividad antibacteriana por la técnica de microdilución en caldo. Resultados: Se encontraron glúcidos en concentraciones de 582 μg/mL en la fracción soluble y de 62.1 μg/mL en la fracción de mucinas, y proteínas en concentraciones de 836 μg/mL en la fracción soluble y de 1413 μg/mL en la fracción de mucinas. Se observó actividad antimicrobiana frente a las tres cepas ensayadas. Streptococcus agalactiae alcanzó un MIC90 a una concentración de 3,6 mg/mL con la fracción de mucinas; Staphylococcus aureus resistente a meticilina tuvo un MIC50 de 3,3 mg/mL y Escherichia coli un MIC 70 de 3.8 mg/mL. Conclusiones: Se reportan por primera vez las características físicas y los oligoelementos presente en la secreción de Achatina fulica. La actividad antibacteriana obtenida frente a cepas Gram positivas y Gram negativas plantea la necesidad de realizar estudios para purificar las moléculas con dicha actividad, conocer los mecanismos de acción y establecer la inocuidad, entre otros.

  17. Conhecimento popular: impactos e métodos de controle de Achatina fulica em Valença – RJ, Brasil

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    Evelyn Chicarino Durço

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-7925.2013v26n1p189 O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a incidência do caramujo africano Achatina fulica no bairro Cambota, Valença-RJ, Brasil, e investigar as estratégias de controle adotadas pela população. Questionários epidemiológicos aplicados a 105 moradores averiguaram a existência de contato deles com o animal, o risco de contágio por parasitos, por conta dos hábitos de higiene, e os métodos de controle adotados. A presença dos moluscos foi relatada em 52,5% das residências visitadas. Dessas, 51,4% apresentaram roedores. Moluscos coletados foram analisados quanto à presença de nematoides. Nas residências positivas para a presença de A. fulica foi relatado contato direto com os moluscos (21,9% por manuseio (muitas vezes inadequado ou por ingestão. Todos os entrevistados disseram utilizar alguma técnica para higienização dos alimentos e 67,6% relataram conhecer a angiostrongilíase. Todos os entrevistados disseram praticar o extermínio dos moluscos, 28,5% desses efetuando a quebra da concha. Apesar da alta incidência de A. fulica, não foram encontradas larvas de Angiostrongylus sp. ou de outros nematoides de importância médico-veterinária nos espécimes analisados.

  18. Assessment of acute toxicity of thiamethoxam (Actara® 25WG to Achatina fulica and its potential ecological applications

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    Maria Kim Feliz N. Abog

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica is considered as one of the world’s worst invasive species and is known to cause ecological disruption as well as agricultural and health problems in the Philippines. The study evaluated the use of the insecticide thiamethoxam (Actara® 25WG in the control of A. fulica populations. This was done by performing an acute toxicity test of thiamethoxam to A. fulica. Six individuals each were exposedto thiamethoxam concentrations of 0, 50, 100, 200, and 400 μg/L for 72 hours. The percent mortality was then determined after the exposure period. Probit analysis was used to determine the LD50 of thiamethoxam to A. fulica. The LD50 was found to be 662.95 ± 172.98 μg/L. Using the mean body weight of the snails, the LD50 per body weight of A. fulica was determined to be 90.09 ± 23.60 μg/kg. This is 70 times lower than the recommended application of thiamethoxam on field. Thus, normal application would eliminate A. fulica. However, because the LD50 to A. fulica is higher than that for other beneficial non-target species such as honey bees (0.03 μg/bee, the use of thiamethoxam in the control of A. fulica populations is only recommended when in conjunction with the control of target pest insects.

  19. Evidence of the Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Achatina fulica Snails

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    DANILO LUSTRINO

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to identify thyroid hormones and to examine their putative site of synthesis in Achatina fulica snails. For this purpose, radioimmunoassays were performed for T3 and T4 before and after long starvation with or without hemolymph deproteinization. Sodium/iodide symporter activity in vivo was analyzed through 125I administration with and without KClO4 pretreatment. Only T4 was detected, and its concentration decreased due to starvation or deproteinization. However, high-performance liquid chromatography analysis also showed the presence of T2 and T3 apart from T4, but rT3 was not detected in the A. fulica hemolymph. The sodium/iodide symporter activity was greater in cerebral ganglia than digestive gland, but KClO4 treatment did not inhibit iodide uptake in any of the tissues analyzed. Altogether, our data confirm for the first time the presence of thyroid hormones in A. fulica snails and suggest their participation in the metabolism control in this species, although the putative site of hormone biosynthesis remains to be elucidated.

  20. Evidence of the Presence of Thyroid Hormones in Achatina fulica Snails.

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    Lustrino, Danilo; Silva, Alba C M; Araujo, Iracema G; Tunholi, Victor M; Tunholi-Alves, Vinícius M; Castro, Rosane N; Carvalho, Denise P; Pinheiro, Jairo; Marassi, Michelle P

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    The objective of this study was to identify thyroid hormones and to examine their putative site of synthesis in Achatina fulica snails. For this purpose, radioimmunoassays were performed for T3 and T4 before and after long starvation with or without hemolymph deproteinization. Sodium/iodide symporter activity in vivo was analyzed through 125I administration with and without KClO4 pretreatment. Only T4 was detected, and its concentration decreased due to starvation or deproteinization. However, high-performance liquid chromatography analysis also showed the presence of T2 and T3 apart from T4, but rT3 was not detected in the A. fulica hemolymph. The sodium/iodide symporter activity was greater in cerebral ganglia than digestive gland, but KClO4 treatment did not inhibit iodide uptake in any of the tissues analyzed. Altogether, our data confirm for the first time the presence of thyroid hormones in A. fulica snails and suggest their participation in the metabolism control in this species, although the putative site of hormone biosynthesis remains to be elucidated.

  1. Natural infection of the feline lungworm Aelurostrongylus abstrusus in the invasive snail Achatina fulica from Argentina.

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    Valente, Romina; Diaz, Julia Ines; Salomón, Oscar Daniel; Navone, Graciela Teresa

    2017-02-15

    The giant African snail Achatina fulica is an invasive mollusk native to Africa, the first record in Argentina was in Puerto Iguazú, in northeastern Argentina in 2010. Recently it was reported in Corrientes Province. This snail can act as an intermediate host of Metastrongyloidea nematodes of importance in public health as: Angiostrongylus cantonensis, Angiostrongylus costaricensis and Angiostrongylus vasorum. Taking into account the presence of A. fulica in Argentina, the objectives of this study is to assess the presence of Metastrongyloidea nematodes in this mollusk species in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, close to the international border with Brazil and Paraguay. A total of 451 samples were collected from February 2014 to November 2015. The snails were processed using a digestion technique to recover the parasites. A total of 206 nematodes larvae were founded in the digestion solution of 10 hosts (P=2%; MA=0.5; MI=21). Third larval stage (L3) nematodes identified as Aelurostrongylus abstrusus were founded parasitizing the snails. No other larval stage was observed. This species has veterinary importance because it causes 'aelurostrongilosis', also known as feline strongyloidosis. This study constitutes the first record of a Metastrongyloidea nematode in A. fulica in Argentina and also highlights the susceptibility of this mollusk as intermediate host of other helminthes of health importance. The present study suggests that there is a need to establish an epidemiological monitoring system in order to prevent the possible installation of an infected mollusks focus. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Descrição histológica da via genital masculina e hermafrodita de escargots das espécies Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica

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    Dulcinéa Gonçalves Teixeira

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi descrever a histologia da via genital masculina e hermafrodita dos escargots das espécies Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica. Foram usados 10 exemplares adultos de cada espécie para análise histológica. Após o processo seletivo, pesagem e tomada das medidas da concha, os espécimes foram sacrificados por congelamento em freezer, a -2ºC por aproximadamente 10min. Para a exposição dos órgãos reprodutores foi efetuada uma incisão longitudinal iniciada na extremidade cranial e, acompanhando a torção do corpo, até a extremidade caudal. Cada animal foi dissecado, sobre uma placa de Petri, sob imersão em formol a 10% para melhor preservação dos tecidos. Foram coletados fragmentos representativos de cada segmento do sistema reprodutor e observou-se que a estrutura histológica dos mesmos não apresentou diferenças notórias, com exceção do ovotestis do Achatina fulica, no qual se constatou um número maior de células pigmentadas no epitélio germinativo do que, nesse mesmo epitélio, no Achatina monochromatica.

  3. Ocorrência de Achatina fulica no Vale do Paraíba, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    Maurício Carvalho de Vasconcellos

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Registrou-se no município de Resende, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, a primeira ocorrência do molusco Achatina fulica hospedeiro intermediário de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, causador da angiostrongilíase meningoencefálica. Em cinco bairros visitados, foram encontrados moluscos vivendo livremente, e nenhum dos animais coletados apresentava a forma larvar do parasito. A presença de A. fulica pode estar relacionada à comercialização desse molusco como alimento, e representa possibilidade de instalação dessa zoonose na região.

  4. Toxic effect of single and binary treatments of synthetic and plant-derived molluscicides against Achatina fulica.

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    Rao, I G; Singh, D K

    2002-01-01

    The toxic effect of single and binary treatments of synthetic and plant-derived molluscicides was studied against the harmful terrestrial snail Achatina fulica. In single treatments, among the synthetic molluscicides Snail Kill and cypermethrin were potent, whereas Cedrus deodara oil was more toxic among molluscicides of plant origin against A. fulica. In binary treatments, a combination of Cedrusdeodara + Alliumsativum was more toxic. The toxicities of these single and binary treatments of synthetic and plant-derived molluscicides were dose and time dependent. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Ocorrência de Achatina fulica no Vale do Paraíba, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Registrou-se no município de Resende, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, a primeira ocorrência do molusco Achatina fulica hospedeiro intermediário de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, causador da angiostrongilíase meningoencefálica. Em cinco bairros visitados, foram encontrados moluscos vivendo livremente, e nenhum dos animais coletados apresentava a forma larvar do parasito. A presença de A. fulica pode estar relacionada à comercialização desse molusco como alimento, e representa possibilidade de instalação dessa zoonose na região.

  6. Enrichment and identification of cellulolytic bacteria from the gastrointestinal tract of Giant African snail, Achatina fulica.

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    Pawar, Kiran D; Dar, Mudasir A; Rajput, Bharati P; Kulkarni, Girish J

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    The cellulolytic bacterial community structure in gastrointestinal (GI) tract of Achatina fulica was studied using culture-independent and -dependent methods by enrichment in carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC). Culture-dependent method indicated that GI tract of snail was dominated by Enterobacteriaceae members. When tested for cellulase activities, all isolates obtained by culture-dependent method showed both or either of CMCase or avicelase activity. Isolate identified as Citrobacter freundii showed highest CMCase and medium avicelase activity. Sequencing of clones from the 16S rRNA gene clone library identified ten operational taxonomic units (OTUs), which were affiliated to Enterobacteriaceae of phylum Gammaproteobacteria. Of these ten OTUs, eight OTUs closely matched with Enterobacter and Klebsiella genera. The most abundant OTU allied to Klebsiella oxytoca accounted for 70 % of the total sequences. The members of Klebsiella and Enterobacter were observed by both methods indicating their dominance among the cellulolytic bacterial community in the GI tract of the snail.

  7. High molecular weight lectin isolated from the mucus of the giant African snail Achatina fulica.

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    Ito, Shigeru; Shimizu, Masahiro; Nagatsuka, Maki; Kitajima, Seiji; Honda, Michiyo; Tsuchiya, Takahide; Kanzawa, Nobuyuki

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    To understand better the host defense mechanisms of mollusks against pathogens, we examined the anti-microbial activity of mucus from the giant African snail Achatina fulica. Hemagglutination activity of the mucus secreted by the integument of snails inoculated with Escherichia coli was observed to increase and to cause hemagglutination of rabbit red blood cells. Purification of the snail mucus lectin by sequential column chromatography revealed that the relative molecular mass of the lectin was 350 kDa. The hemagglutination activity of the lectin was Ca(2+)-dependent and was inhibited by galactose. Growth arrest tests showed that the lectin did not inhibit bacterial growth, but did induce agglutination of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Tissue distribution analyses using a polyclonal antibody revealed that the lectin was expressed in the tissues of the mantle collar. The lectin isolated from the mucus of the snail appeared to contribute to its innate immunity.

  8. Pharmacological activities of a new glycosaminoglycan, acharan sulfate isolated from the giant African snail Achatina fulica.

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    Shim, Jin Young; Lee, Yeon Sil; Jung, Sang Hoon; Choi, Hyung Seok; Shin, Kuk Hyun; Kim, Yeong Shik

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    Acharan sulfate (AS) is a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) prepared from the giant African snail, Achatina fulica. In this study, some biological activities of AS were evaluated on the basis of structural similarities to heparin/heparan sulfate and the biological functions of GAGs. We demonstrated that it exhibited strong immunostimulating activities as measured by carbon clearance test in mice and in vivo phagocytosis. It also exhibited a significant hypoglycemic activity in epinephrine (EP)-induced hyperglycemia as well as antifatigue effects by weight-loaded forced swimming test. And it showed hypolipidemic activities in cholesterol-rich mixture induced hyperlipidemia in rats. The above results indicate that AS has diverse biological activities and suggest therapeutically important target molecules.

  9. Achatina fulica infected by Angiostrongylus cantonensis on beaches, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    André H. Bechara

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Angiostrongylus cantonensis is considered the main etiological agent of eosinophilic meningitis in humans. At present, this zoonosis is considered an emerging disease mainly in the Americas. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Achatina fulica infected by Angiostrongylus cantonensis in restinga areas along beaches in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil. The study areas included the following beaches: Barra da Tijuca, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Reserva, Prainha and Grumari. Ninety specimens of Achatina fulica were collected. Positive molluscs were found only in Barra da Tijuca. Infection prevalence was 5.5%. The presence of this parasite in the beachfront areas, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro city demonstrates the potential risk of infection for visitors and the expansion of this helminth in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

  10. Achatina fulica infected by Angiostrongylus cantonensis on beaches, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    Bechara, André H; Simões, Raquel O; Faro, Marta Júlia; Garcia, Juberlan S

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    Angiostrongylus cantonensis is considered the main etiological agent of eosinophilic meningitis in humans. At present, this zoonosis is considered an emerging disease mainly in the Americas. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of Achatina fulica infected by Angiostrongylus cantonensis in restinga areas along beaches in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil. The study areas included the following beaches: Barra da Tijuca, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Reserva, Prainha and Grumari. Ninety specimens of Achatina fulica were collected. Positive molluscs were found only in Barra da Tijuca. Infection prevalence was 5.5%. The presence of this parasite in the beachfront areas, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro city demonstrates the potential risk of infection for visitors and the expansion of this helminth in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

  11. Isolation of aerobic cultivable cellulolytic bacteria from different regions of the gastrointestinal tract of giant land snail Achatina fulica

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    Guilherme L. Pinheiro; Guilherme L. Pinheiro; Raquel eCorrea; Raquel eSoares; Alexander eCardoso; Catia eChaia; Mayssa M Clementino; Eloi eGarcia; Wanderley eDe Souza; Wanderley eDe Souza; Susana eFrases; Susana eFrases

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    The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by cellulases is one of the major limiting steps in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to yield bioethanol. To overcome this hindrance, significant efforts are underway to identify novel cellulases. The snail Achatina fulica is a gastropod with high cellulolytic activity, mainly due to the abundance of glycoside hydrolases produced by both the animal and its resident microbiota. In this study, we partially assessed the cellulolytic bacterial divers...

  12. Ocorrência de Achatina fulica no Vale do Paraíba, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Occurrence of Achatina fulica in the Vale do Paraíba, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil

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    Maurício Carvalho de Vasconcellos

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    Full Text Available Registrou-se no município de Resende, Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, a primeira ocorrência do molusco Achatina fulica hospedeiro intermediário de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, causador da angiostrongilíase meningoencefálica. Em cinco bairros visitados, foram encontrados moluscos vivendo livremente, e nenhum dos animais coletados apresentava a forma larvar do parasito. A presença de A. fulica pode estar relacionada à comercialização desse molusco como alimento, e representa possibilidade de instalação dessa zoonose na região.The first occurrence of the Achatina fulica, an intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the etiological agent of meningoencephalic angiostrongiliasis, is reported in Resende municipality, Brazil. In the five visited localities, snails were found living freely, and the larvae of this parasite was not seen in any of them. The finding of A. fulica in the area may be related to its commercialization as a food item and embodies the possibility of new focus.

  13. Registro de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda no Brasil: caramujo hospedeiro intermediário da angiostrongilíase Occurrence of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda in Brazil: intermediate snail host of angiostrongyliasis

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    Horácio Manuel Santana Teles

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    Full Text Available A introdução de Achatina fulica é assinalada em Itariri, SP, Brasil. Essa espécie de caramujo terrestre foi importada para cultivo, visando à comercialização para consumo humano como "escargot". O encontro de exemplares em vida livre mostra a dispersão de A. fulica e, conseqüentemente, o risco de transmissão de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, nematóide parasita do homem e de outros vertebrados. Além disso, o caramujo é uma praga importante da agricultura.Achatina fulica, the intermediate snail host of angiostrongyliasis and also an agricultural pest, is being bred in Brazil for human consumption as "escargot". The snail has escaped from its artificial breeding sites and its dispersal in Itariri county, State of S. Paulo, is reported here for the first time. A. fulica is a transmitter of the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis, nematode which causes meningoencephalic angiostrongyliasis; the risks of human contamination are commented on.

  14. THE UTILIZATION OF ACHATINA FULICA MUCUS IN ALGINATE MEMBRANE AS WOUND HEALING ACCELERATOR AND ANTI- INFECTION MATERIAL

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    Fatkhunisa Rahmawati

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Wound should be covered with bandage that is called wound dressing. Most people use synthetic materials such as gauze dressing. Gauze has high absorption of NaCl, which is often used to cleanse the wound. However, discomfort and pain arise since the gauze becomes sticky on the wound. Therefore, we need other alternatives instead of gauze to cover wound. One such alternative is the alginate membrane. This study used alginate membrane with mixture of mucous of the snail Achatina fulica, which contain proteins such as proline, serine asparagine, glycosaminoglycan, hydroxylysine, trionin and so forth, to activate the growth factor. Alginate powder and carboxymethl cellulose (CMC was dissolved in distilled water mixed with mucus of the snail Achatina fulica in four variations (4:0; 4:1, 4:2, 4:3 through a magnetic stirrer, and casted on a baking sheet covered with sterile gauze. High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC test showed that the glycosaminoglycan content was found on the mucous of Achatina fulica. This was indicated by the appearance of peak at 325–350 second. The most optimum alginate and mucus composition was in ratio of 4:2. This ratio resulted in a wound dressing that was still able to absorb the exudate and optimally accelerated wound healing.

  15. Bacterial diversity in different regions of gastrointestinal tract of Giant African snail (Achatina fulica).

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    Pawar, Kiran D; Banskar, Sunil; Rane, Shailendra D; Charan, Shakti S; Kulkarni, Girish J; Sawant, Shailesh S; Ghate, Hemant V; Patole, Milind S; Shouche, Yogesh S

    2012-12-01

    The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of invasive land snail Achatina fulica is known to harbor metabolically active bacterial communities. In this study, we assessed the bacterial diversity in the different regions of GI tract of Giant African snail, A. fulica by culture-independent and culture-dependent methods. Five 16S rRNA gene libraries from different regions of GI tract of active snails indicated that sequences affiliated to phylum γ-Proteobacteria dominated the esophagus, crop, intestine, and rectum libraries, whereas sequences affiliated to Tenericutes dominated the stomach library. On phylogenetic analysis, 30, 27, 9, 27, and 25 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) from esophagus, crop, stomach, intestine, and rectum libraries were identified, respectively. Estimations of the total bacterial diversity covered along with environmental cluster analysis showed highest bacterial diversity in the esophagus and lowest in the stomach. Thirty-three distinct bacterial isolates were obtained, which belonged to 12 genera of two major bacterial phyla namely γ-Proteobacteria and Firmicutes. Among these, Lactococcus lactis and Kurthia gibsonii were the dominant bacteria present in all GI tract regions. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) analysis indicated significant differences in bacterial load in different GI tract regions of active and estivating snails. The difference in the bacterial load between the intestines of active and estivating snail was maximum. Principal component analysis (PCA) of terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism suggested that bacterial community structure changes only in intestine when snail enters estivation state. © 2012 The Authors. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  16. Low susceptibility of Achatina fulica from Brazil to infection with Angiostrongylus costaricensis and A. cantonensis

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    Erli Neuhauss

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    Full Text Available Introduction of Achatina fulica in Brazil has led to serious concerns about its role as vector for metaIylid worms: AngioIylus costaricensis and A. cantonensis. Experimental infection with both parasites was performed to evaluate the potential risk for their transmission by the giant African snail. Groups of 5 animals, both wild and bred at captivity were exposed at different inocula: 1, 5, and 10 ´ 10³ L1 of A. costaricensis and A. cantonensis. In all groups, few snails got infected and parasitic burden was low. Two different ways of infection were tested: ingestion produced higher numbers of L3 than the inoculation through an artificial hole in the shell. We also report the parasitological examination of 6 batches of wild A. fulica from Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil: only 1 out of 244 animals were infected with metaIylid larvae. Taken together these data indicate that the giant African snail occurring in Southern Brazil is not a permissive host for both AngioIylus species and does not represent a significant risk for transmission of these parasites.

  17. Effect of single and binary combinations of plant-derived molluscicides on reproduction and survival of the snail Achatina fulica.

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    Rao, I G; Singh, D K

    2000-11-01

    The effects of sublethal treatments (20% and 60% of LC(50)/24 h) with plant-derived molluscicides on the reproduction of the giant African snail Achatina fulica were studied. Azadirachta indica oil, Cedrus deodara oil, Allium sativum bulb powder, and Nerium indicum bark powder singly and binary combinations on reproduction and survival of A. fulica were investigated. Repeated treatment occurred on day 0, day 15, and day 30. These plant-derived molluscicides significantly reduced fecundity, egg viability, and survival of A. fulica within 15 days. Discontinuation of the treatments after day 30 did not lead to a recovery trend in the next 30 days. Day 0 sublethal treatment of all the molluscicides caused a maximum reduction in protein, amino acid, DNA, RNA, and phospholipid levels and simultaneous increase in lipid peroxidation in the ovotestis of treated A. fulica. It is believed that sublethal exposure of these molluscicides on snail reproduction is a complex process, involving more than one factor in reducing the reproductive capacity of A. fulica.

  18. Distribution, feeding behavior and control strategies of the exotic land snail Achatina fulica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata in the northeast of Brazil Ecologia do caracol exótico Achatina fulica (Gastropoda:Pulmonata no nordeste do Brasil

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    FS. Albuquerque

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    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to document the distribution and establishment A. fulica such as their feeding preference and behavior in situ. The study was carried out at the city of Lauro de Freitas, Bahia state, Brazil, between November 2001 and November 2002. We used catch per unit effort methods to determine abundance, distribution, habitat choice and food preferences. The abundance and distribution of A. fulica was most representative in urban area, mainly near to the coastline. Lots and house gardens were the most preferred sites during active hours. The results indicated that A. fulica started their activity at the end of the evening and stopped in mid-morning. Their preferred food were vascular plants such as Hibiscus syriacus, Ricinus communis, Carica papaya, Galinsonga coccinea, Lippia alba, Ixora coccinea, Musa parasidisiaca, Mentha spicata and Cymbopogon citrates. Our results indicate that A. fulica are well adapted and established in this city and modified environments facilitate their establishment and dispersion. However, human perturbation, such as clearance of lots could be limiting for the persistence of A. fulica populations.O objetivo deste estudo foi documentar a distribuição e o estabelecimento de Achatina fulica, assim como sua preferência alimentar e aspectos comportamentais in situ. Esta pesquisa foi desenvolvida na cidade de Lauro de Freitas, Estado da Bahia, Brasil, durante os meses de novembro de 2001 a novembro de 2002. Usamos o método de esforço de captura determinado por homem/hora para calcular a abundância e distribuição, habitats preferidos, além de preferência alimentar. Vimos que a abundância e distribuição de A. fulica foram mais representativas em áreas urbanas, sobretudo cerca da linha de costa. Os terrenos e jardins de casas foram os locais preferidos pelos caracóis quando estavam em atividade. Os resultados indicaram que os caracóis A. fulica iniciam sua atividade no final da tarde e hibernam

  19. Unveiling the oxidative metabolism of Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) experimentally infected to Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae).

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    Tunholi-Alves, Vinícius Menezes; Tunholi, Victor Menezes; Garcia, Juberlan; Mota, Esther Maria; Castro, Rosane Nora; Pontes, Emerson Guedes; Pinheiro, Jairo

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    For the first time, alterations in the oxidative metabolism of Achatina fulica experimentally infected with different parasite loads of Angiostrongylus cantonensis were determined. For this, the hemolymph activities of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and hexokinase and the glucose concentrations in the hemolymph, as well as the polysaccharide reserves in the digestive gland and cephalopedal mass, were assessed. Additionally, the contents of some carboxylic acids in the hemolymph of infected and uninfected snails were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), permitting a better understanding of the alterations related to the host's oxidative metabolism. As the main results, activation of oxidative pathways, such as the glycolytic pathway, was demonstrated in response to the increase in the activity of hexokinase. This tendency was confirmed by the decrease in the contents of glucose in the hemolymph of parasitized snails, indicating that the infection by A. cantonensis alters the host's metabolism, and that these changes are strongly influenced by the parasite load. This metabolic scenario was accompanied by activation of the anaerobic fermentative metabolism, indicated not only by an increase in the activity of (LDH), but also by a reduction of the content of pyruvic acid and accumulation of lactic acid in the hemolymph of parasitized snails. In this circumstance, maintenance of the host's redox balance occurs through activation of the fermentative pathways, and LDH plays a central role in this process. Together, the results indicate that A. cantonensis infection induces activation of the anaerobic metabolism of A. fulica, characterized not only by the accumulation of lactic acid, but also by a reduction in the pyruvic acid and oxalic acid contents in the hemolymph of the infected snails.

  20. Isolation of aerobic cultivable cellulolytic bacteria from different regions of the gastrointestinal tract of giant land snail Achatina fulica

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    Guilherme L. Pinheiro

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    Full Text Available The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by cellulases is one of the major limiting steps in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to yield bioethanol. To overcome this hindrance, significant efforts are underway to identify novel cellulases. The snail Achatina fulica is a gastropod with high cellulolytic activity, mainly due to the abundance of glycoside hydrolases produced by both the animal and its resident microbiota. In this study, we partially assessed the cellulolytic bacterial diversity inside the gastrointestinal tract of A. fulica by culture-dependent methods and evaluated the hydrolytic repertoire of the isolates. Forty bacterial isolates were recovered from distinct segments of the snail gut and identified to the genus level by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Additional phenotypic characterization was performed using biochemical tests provided by the Vitek2 identification system. The overall enzymatic repertoire of the isolated strains was investigated by enzymatic plate assays, containing the following substrates: powdered sugarcane bagasse, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC, p-nitrophenyl-b-D-glucopyranoside (pNPG, p-nitrophenyl-b-D-cellobioside (pNPC, 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-glucopyranoside (MUG, 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-cellobioside (MUC and 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-xylopyranoside (MUX. Our results indicate that the snail Achatina fulica is an attractive source of cultivable bacteria that showed to be valuable resources for the production of different types of biomass-degrading enzymes.

  1. Reações da espécie invasora Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Achatinidae à fatores abióticos: perspectivas para o manejo Reactions of the invasive alien species Achatina fulica to abiotic factors: perspectives for the management

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    Marta Luciane Fischer

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    Full Text Available Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 is an african snail that is invasive in different parts of the world, being characterized mainly by its high adaptability. Our objective was to evaluate the influence of abiotic factors, such as temperature and substrate, on the egg eclosion, adult and juvenile reaction to different abiotics factors, and the resistance of A. fulica to popular methods of control. Three studies were made, including 19 laboratory experiments and observations of free animals in the municipal district of Guaraqueçaba, southern Brazil. Eggs were characterized as the most fragile phase, whereas the juveniles and adults were resistant to the immersion in fresh and salt water and little resistant to temperature variation and salt, using burying, aestivation, and muscular force as defense strategies. Those strategies should be considered in management actions and in orientating popular methods of control.

  2. Giant multimodal heart motoneurons of Achatina fulica: a new cardioregulatory input in pulmonates.

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    Zhuravlev, V; Bugaj, V; Kodirov, S; Safonova, T; Staruschenko, A

    2001-08-01

    The regulation of the heartbeat by the two largest neurons, d-VLN and d-RPLN, on the dorsal surface of visceral and right parietal ganglia of Giant African snail, Achatina fulica, was examined. Using the new method of animal preparation, for the first time, discrete biphasic inhibitory-excitatory junction potentials (I-EJPs) in the heart and several muscles of the visceral sac were recorded. The duration of hyperpolarizing phase (H-phase) of biphasic I-EJPs was 269+/-5.6 ms (n=5), which is 2-3 times less than that of the cholinergic inhibitory JPs (682+/-68.5 ms, n=5). The H-phase of I-EJPs was not altered by the application of atropine, picrotoxine, succinylcholinchloride, D-tubocurarine and tetraethylammonium or substitution of Cl(-) ions. Even the low-frequency neuronal discharges (1-2 imp/s) evoked significant facilitation and potentiation of the H-phase. Between the multimodal neurons d-VLN/d-RPLN and mantle or visceral organs there is evidence of direct synaptic connections. These neurons were found to have no axonal branches in the intestinal nerve as once suspected but reach the heart through several other nerves. New giant heart motoneurons do not interact with previously identified cardioregulatory neurons.

  3. Structural characterization of a novel glucan from Achatina fulica and its antioxidant activity.

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    Liao, Ningbo; Chen, Shiguo; Ye, Xingqian; Zhong, Jianjun; Ye, Xuan; Yin, Xinzi; Tian, Jenny; Liu, Donghong

    2014-03-19

    A novel glucan designated AFPS-IB was purified from Achatina fulica (China white jade snail) by anion-exchange and gel-permeation chromatography. Chemical composition analysis indicated AFPS-IB was composed of glucose, fucose, rhamnose, mannose, and galactose in a molar ratio of 189:2:1:1:2 and with an average molecular weight of 128 kDa. Its structural characteristics were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), methylation analysis, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy ((1)H,( 13)C, H-H COSY, HSQC, TOCSY, and NOESY), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The glucan mainly consisted of a backbone of repeating (1→4)-α-d-glucose residues with (1→6)-β-d glucosyl branches at random points on the backbone glucose. Antioxidant studies revealed AFPS-IB showed significant DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) radical, superoxide anion (O2(-)) scavenging activities and high reduction potential. This study suggested that AFPS-IB could be a new source of dietary antioxidants.

  4. Structural analysis and biological activity of a highly regular glycosaminoglycan from Achatina fulica.

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    Liu, Jie; Zhou, Lutan; He, Zhicheng; Gao, Na; Shang, Feineng; Xu, Jianping; Li, Zi; Yang, Zengming; Wu, Mingyi; Zhao, Jinhua

    2018-02-01

    Edible snails have been widely used as a health food and medicine in many countries. A unique glycosaminoglycan (AF-GAG) was purified from Achatina fulica. Its structure was analyzed and characterized by chemical and instrumental methods, such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, analysis of monosaccharide composition, and 1D/2D nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Chemical composition analysis indicated that AF-GAG is composed of iduronic acid (IdoA) and N-acetyl-glucosamine (GlcNAc) and its average molecular weight is 118kDa. Structural analysis clarified that the uronic acid unit in glycosaminoglycan (GAG) is the fully epimerized and the sequence of AF-GAG is →4)-α-GlcNAc (1→4)-α-IdoA2S (1→. Although its structure with a uniform repeating disaccharide is similar to those of heparin and heparan sulfate, this GAG is structurally highly regular and homogeneous. Anticoagulant activity assays indicated that AF-GAG exhibits no anticoagulant activities, but considering its structural characteristic, other bioactivities such as heparanase inhibition may be worthy of further study. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. A novel cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptide from the mucus of the snail of Achatina fulica.

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    Zhong, Jian; Wang, Wenhong; Yang, Xiaomei; Yan, Xiuwen; Liu, Rui

    2013-01-01

    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important components of the innate immunity. Many antimicrobial peptides have been found from marine mollusks. Little information about AMPs of mollusks living on land is available. A novel cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptide (mytimacin-AF) belonging to the peptide family of mytimacins was purified and characterized from the mucus of the snail of Achatina fulica. Its cDNA was also cloned from the cDNA library. Mytimacin-AF is composed of 80 amino acid residues including 10 cysteines. Mytimacin-AF showed potent antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and the fungus Candida albicans. Among tested microorganisms, it exerted strongest antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus with a minimal peptide concentration (MIC) of 1.9 μg/ml. Mytimacin-AF had little hemolytic activity against human blood red cells. The current work confirmed the presence of mytimacin-like antimicrobial peptide in land-living mollusks. Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. The complete mitochondrial genome of the giant African snail Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Achatinidae).

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    Yang, Huirong; Zhang, Jia-En; Guo, Jing; Deng, Zhixin; Luo, Hao; Luo, Mingzhu; Zhao, Benliang

    2016-05-01

    We present the complete mitochondrial genome of the Achatina fulica in this study. The results show that the mitochondrial genome is 15,057 bp in length, which is comprised of 13 protein-coding genes, 2 rRNA genes, 21 tRNA genes. The nucleotide compositions of the light strand are 35.47% of A, 27.97% of T 19.46% of C, and 17.10% of G. Except the ND3, 7 tRNA, ATP6, ATP8, COX3 and 12S-rRNA on the light strand, the rest are encoded on the heavy strand. Five types of inferred initiation codons are ATA (ND1, ND5), GTG (ND6), ATG (COX3, COX2), ATT (ND4) and TTG (COX1, ND2, ND3, ND4L, ATP6, ATP8, Cytb), and 3 types of inferred termination codons are T (COX3, ND2), TAA (ND1, ND4L, ND5, ND6, ATP6), and TAG (ND3, ND4, COX1, COX2, Cytb, ATP8). There are 24 intergenic spacers and 6 gene overlaps. The tandem repeat sequence (total 52 bp) of (AATAATT)n is observed in 16S-rRNA. Gene arrangement and distribution are inconsistent with the typical vertebrates.

  7. Characteristics of cholinoreceptors on identified TAN neurons of the ground snail Achatina fulica.

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    Stepanov, I I; Losev, N A

    2000-01-01

    The characteristics of cholinoreceptors located on neurons TAN1, TAN2, and TAN3 of the ground snail Achatina fulica were studied by incubation of the central ganglia in a bath with cholinotropic preparations during intracellular recording of background neuron spike activity. Acetylcholine, nicotine, the selective n-cholinoreceptor agonist suberyldicholine, and the selective n-cholinoreceptor agonist 5-methylfurmethide concentration-dependently inhibited background spike activity to the level of complete blockade at concentrations of 500 microM. The m-cholinoblocker metamizil (500 microM) completely prevented the inhibitory activity of concentrations of 5-methylfurmethide of up to 500 microM. The central n-cholinoblocker etherophen (500 microM) completely blocked the inhibitory activity of 500 microM suberyldicholine. However, metamizil and etherophen added separately only partially decreased the inhibitory effects of acetylcholine but could not completely block the effect of acetylcholine. At the same time, mixtures of metamizil and etherophen (500 microM each) completely blocked the inhibition of background spike activity induced by acetylcholine. These results show that both classes of cholinoreceptors act on TAN neurons in the same direction.

  8. Hsp70 in the atrial neuroendocrine units of the snail, Achatina fulica.

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    Martynova, M G; Bystrova, O A; Shabelnikov, S V; Margulis, B A; Prokofjeva, D S

    2007-04-01

    Heat shock proteins (Hsps) are evolutionary conserved peptides well known as molecular chaperones and stress proteins. Elevated levels of extracellular Hsps in blood plasma have been observed during the stress responses and some diseases. Information on the cellular sources of extracellular Hsps and mechanisms regulating their release is still scanty. Here we showed the presence and localization of Hsp70 in the neuroendocrine system in the atrium of the snail, Achatina fulica. The occurrence of the peptide in snail atrium lysate was detected by Western blot analysis. Immunoperoxidase and immunogold staining demonstrated that Hsp70-immunoreactivity is mainly confined to the peculiar atrial neuroendocrine units which are formed by nerve fibers tightly contacted with large granular cells. Immunolabelling intensity differed in morphologically distinct types of secretory granules in the granular cells. The pictures of exocytosis of Hsp70-immunolabeled granules from the granular cells were observed. In nerve bundles, axon profiles with Hsp70-immunoreactive and those with non-immunoreactive neurosecretory granules were found. In addition, Hsp70-like material was also revealed in the granules of glia-interstitial cells that accompanied nerve fibers. Our findings provide an immuno-morphological basis for a role of Hsp70 in the functioning of the neuroendocrine system in the snail heart, and show that the atrial granular cells are a probable source of extracellular Hsp70 in the snail hemolymph.

  9. [Effect of the population density on growth and regeneration in the snail Achatina fulica].

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    Sidel'nikov, A P; Stepanov, I I

    2000-01-01

    In the laboratory, the growth rate of the giant African snail Achatina fulica, as estimated by the weight and shell length was shown to decrease when the population density increased from 10 to 60 snails/m2 of the total terrarium area for five months. In the second experiment, when the population density increased from 48 to 193 snails/m2, the growth rate had already decreased by six weeks. In the groups with a high population density the feeding behavior was weakened, expressed by a greater amount of nonconsumed food, according to visual observations, than in the groups with lower population densities. At the population density of 10 to 60 snails/m2, the proliferative activity in the course of the optic tentacle regeneration, as expressed by the mitotic index, did not differ reliably within five months. In the second experiment, the mitotic indices at the population densities of 96 and 193 snails/m2 within 1.5 months exceeded that of 48 snails/m2. Recommendations are given concerning the population density from the viewpoint of commercial growth of the snails. It was proposed that, based on the analysis of the mechanism underlying the inhibition of feeding behavior in populations with extra high densities, one may develop a new approach to the production of chemical agents to control land snails as agricultural pests.

  10. Model studies of the effect of aerosol wastewater emissions on terrestrial mollusks Achatina fulica

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    Kamardin Nikolaj Nikolaevich

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The laboratory experiments were carried on using the juvenile mollusk Achatina fulica as a bioindicator of soil contamination and air pollution. It is shown that when experimental animals breathed and had dermal contact with the aerosols prepared from the wastewater and those prepared from two solutions of Ni in distilled water at two concentrations they weighed significantly less than controls . According to the results of AAS, heavy metals (HM, in particular Cd, Cu, Ni of sewage accumulated in the digestive gland of the shell. In model experiments mollusks were contained in the chamber periodically (2 hours of input and 2 hours of pause filled with aerosol containing Ni at concentrations of 30 and 50 mg / dm3 nickel for two weeks It resulted in accumulation of Ni in the digestive gland of mollusks with concentrations 6 to 10 times exceeding controls, respectively. At that the experimental animals gained weight reliably slower than the controls contained in aquatic aerosol without Ni. The subsequent one week exposure of shells in aerosol, prepared from the distilled water without Ni reduced the concentration of nickel in the tissue of the digestive gland. Thus, bioavailability of HM and nickel solutions prepared from untreated wastewaters in breathing aerosol and possibly by skin contact was demonstrated. The toxicant delivery seems to occur apart from food intake.

  11. PEMANFAATAN KITOSAN DARI LIMBAH CANGKANG BEKICOT (ACHATINA FULICA SEBAGAI ADSORBEN LOGAM BERAT SENG (ZN

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    Stevano Victor Marangratu

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    Full Text Available Abstrak- Telah dilakukan pemanfaatan cangkang bekicot (Achatina fulica sebagai adsorben logam berat seng (Zn. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui jumlah kitosan yang didapat dari cangkang bekicot, dan mengetahui kemampuan adsorben kitosan dalam uji adsorpsi yang menggunakan sampel air yang tercemar seng (Zn. Pembuatan kitosan dari cangkang bekicot dilakukan dengan dua tahap yaitu tahap pembuatan kitosan dengan variasi ukuran kitosan 250 micron dan 355 micron. Tahap pembuatan kitosan terdiri dari pembuatan serbuk cangkang bekicot, deproteinasi, demineralisasi, depigmentasi dan deasetilasi. Tahap ke dua yaitu uji penyerapan kitosan terhadap logam berat seng (Zn dengan variasi jumlah massa kitosan yang digunakan yaitu: 1 gram, 3 gram, 6 gram dan 9 gram. Sampel tersebut diuji dengan menggunakan Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometric (AAS untuk mengetahui konsentrasi logam berat seng (Zn yang terkandung di dalamnya. Hasil penelitian menunjukan bahwa kitosan yang didapat dari cangkang bekicot untuk ukuran 250 micron yang sebesar 95,27%, dan untuk ukuran 355 micron yaitu sebesar 96,18%. Daya serap optimum kitosan didapat pada kitosan berukuran 250 micron dengan massa kitosan 9 gram.

  12. Isolation, purification and characterization of collagenase from hepatopancreas of the land snail Achatina fulica.

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    Indra, D; Ramalingam, K; Babu, Mary

    2005-09-01

    Collagenase (matrix metalloproteinase-1, EC:3.4.24.7) was isolated from the hepatopancreas of Achatina fulica and characterized for its enzymatic activity and immunological properties. Procollagenase was isolated using ammonium sulphate precipitation and gel filtration, followed by purification by reverse-phase high performance liquid chromatography in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid and by dialysis in neutral buffer. In the presence of SDS and beta-mercaptoethanol, the procollagenase resolved into two subunits with molecular masses of 63 and 28 kDa, respectively. The 63 kDa fragment retained its ability to bind and degrade gelatin, but the 28 kDa was inactive. Analysis by 2D gel electrophoresis revealed that the 63 kDa fragment was basic (pIs 7.6, 7.8 and 8.15), while the 28 kDa fragment was acidic (pI 4.7 and 5.1). Western blot analysis confirmed the identity of collagenase, as only matrix metalloproteinase-1 rabbit antibodies against human matrix metalloproteinase-1 (N-terminal region) recognized both the isolated procollagenase and the 63 kDa fragment.

  13. PEMANFAATAN KITOSAN DARI LIMBAH CANGKANG BEKICOT (ACHATINA FULICA SEBAGAI ADSORBEN LOGAM BERAT SENG (ZN

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    Stevano Victor Marangratu

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    Full Text Available The used of snail shell (Achatina fulica as adsorbent of heavy metals zinc (Zn. This study aims to determine the amount of chitosan derived from snail shells, and knowing the ability of chitosan adsorbent in adsorption tests using water samples were contaminated zinc (Zn. Preparation of chitosan from the shells of snails be done in two phases: the manufacture of chitosan with chitosan size variation of 250 micron and 355 micron. Production stage consists of the manufacture of chitosan powder snail shells, deproteinization, demineralization, depigmentasi and deacetylation. The second phase of the test chitosan absorption of heavy metals zinc (Zn with a variation of the mass amount of chitosan that is used as follows: 1 gram, 3 grams, 6 grams and 9 grams. The sample is tested by using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometric (AAS to determine the concentration of heavy metals zinc (Zn contained in it. The result showed that chitosan is obtained from the snail shell to the size of 250 microns, which equal to 95.27%, and for the size of 355 microns that is equal to 96.18%. Optimum absorption of chitosan obtained at chitosan measure 250 microns with a mass of 9 grams of chitosan.

  14. Activation of professional antigen presenting cells by acharan sulfate isolated from giant African snail, Achatina fulica.

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    Kim, Hyun-Sun; Lee, Young-Hee; Lee, Young-Ran; Im, Sun-A; Lee, Jae-Kwon; Kim, Yeong Shik; Sim, Joon-Soo; Choi, Hyung Seok; Lee, Chong-Kil

    2007-07-01

    Acharan sulfate isolated from the giant African snail, Achatina fulica, has been reported to have antitumor activity in vivo. In an effort to determine the mechanisms of its antitumor activity, we examined the effects of acharan sulfate on professional antigen presenting cells (APCs). Acharan sulfate increased the phagocytic activity, the production of cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-1beta, and the release of nitric oxide on a macrophage cell line, Raw 264.7 cells. In addition, acharan sulfate induced phenotypic and functional maturation of immature dendritic cells (DCs). Immature DCs cultured with acharan sulfate expressed higher levels of class II MHC molecules and major co-stimulatory molecules such as B7-1, B7-2, and CD40. Functional maturation of immature DCs cultured in the presence of acharan sulfate was confirmed by the increased allostimulatory capacity and IL-12 production. These results suggest that the antitumor activity of acharan sulfate is partly due to the activation of professional antigen presenting cells.

  15. Localization and characterization of acharan sulfate in the body of the giant African snail Achatina fulica.

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    Jeong, J; Toida, T; Muneta, Y; Kosiishi, I; Imanari, T; Linhardt, R J; Choi, H S; Wu, S J; Kim, Y S

    2001-12-01

    Acharan sulfate is a glycosaminoglycan (GAG), having the structure -->4)-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-alpha-D-glucopyranose(1-->4)-2-sulfo-alpha-L-idopyranosyluronic acid (1-->, isolated from the body of the giant African snail Achatina fulica. This GAG represents 3-5% of the dry weight of this snail's soft body tissues. Frozen sections and polyester wax sections of the snail's body were stained by Alcian blue-periodic acid-Schiff's reagent (PAS) to localize acharan sulfate. Alcian blue staining indicated that GAG was mainly secreted into the outer surface of the body from internal granules. A highly mucous material was collected and treated and the acharan sulfate was recovered by ethanol and cetyl pyridinium chloride precipitation. Crude acharan sulfate was purified by DEAE-Sephacel ion-exchange chromatography. Depolymerization of intact mucus and purified acharan sulfate fractions by heparin lyase II (heparitinase I) from Flavobacterium heparinum produced an unsaturated disaccharide as a major product, establishing the repeating unit of acharan sulfate. These results demonstrate that mucus in the granule and secreted to the outside of the body is composed entirely of acharan sulfate.

  16. Suppression of tumor growth by a new glycosaminoglycan isolated from the African giant snail Achatina fulica.

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    Lee, Yeon Sil; Yang, Hyun Ok; Shin, Kuk Hyun; Choi, Hyung Seok; Jung, Sang Hoon; Kim, Yong Man; Oh, Deok Kun; Linhardt, Robert J; Kim, Yeong Shik

    2003-03-28

    Acharan sulfate is a new type of glycosaminoglycan from the giant African snail, Achatina fulica. Acharan sulfate, which has a primary repeating disaccharide structure of alpha-D-N-acetylglucosaminyl-2-O-sulfo-alpha-L-iduronic acid, was studied as a potential antitumor agent in both in vivo and in vitro assays. The antiangiogenic activity of acharan sulfate was evaluated in the chorioallantoic membrane assay and by measuring its effect on the proliferation of calf pulmonary artery endothelial cells. In vivo, a matrigel plug assay showed that acharan sulfate suppressed basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)-stimulated angiogenesis and lowered the hemoglobin (Hb) content inside the plug. Acharan sulfate was administered s.c. at two doses for 15 days to C57BL/6 mice implanted with murine Lewis lung carcinoma in the back. It was also administered i.p. to ICR mice bearing sarcoma 180 at a dose of 30 mg/kg. Subcutaneous injection of acharan sulfate at doses of 10 and 30 mg/kg decreased tumor weight and tumor volume by 40% without toxicity or resistance. Intraperitoneal injection of acharan sulfate also decreased tumor weight and volume by 40% in sarcoma 180-bearing mice. These results suggest that the antitumor activity of acharan sulfate may be related to the inhibition of angiogenesis.

  17. Further characterization of the cold agglutinin from the snail Achatina fulica.

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    Mitra, D; Sarkar, M; Allen, A K

    1987-01-01

    The cold agglutinin from the albumin gland of the snail Achatina fulica was purified to homogeneity by using sheep gastric mucin-Sepharose 4B as affinity column followed by gel filtration on Bio-Gel P-300. The homogeneity was checked by alkaline gel electrophoresis, immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis. The purified cold agglutinin is a glycoprotein of native M2 220,000 consisting of three non-covalently bound subunits of Mr 84,000, 74,000 and 62,000 and having a pI value of 4.5. The predominant amino acids are aspartic acid and glutamic acid (or amides) and serine, which account for 39% of the residues. About 3% of the residues are half-cystine. The lectin is a glycoprotein with about 30.7% carbohydrate, the most abundant sugars being galactose, N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylglucosamine. Mannose, xylose and fucose are also present. The inhibition of agglutination of human umbilical-cord erythrocytes by the cold agglutinin is specific for methyl beta-D-galactoside and also for glycolipids present on cord erythrocytes. The c.d. data show only negative ellipticity values in the far-u.v. region for the protein at various concentrations and temperatures and also in the presence of the hapten lactose (at different concentrations), indicating the presence of a random-coil conformation in the agglutinin that varies according to temperature. Images Fig. 2. Fig. 3. Fig. 5. Fig. 6. PMID:3593252

  18. Effects of procaine on a central neuron of the snail, Achatina fulica Ferussac.

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    Lin, Chia-Hsien; Tsai, Ming-Cheng

    2005-02-18

    Effects of procaine on a central neuron (RP1) of the giant African snail (Achatina fulica Ferussac) were studied pharmacologically. The RP1 neuron showed spontaneous firing of action potential. Extra-cellular application of procaine (10 mM) reversibly elicited bursts of potential. The bursts of potential elicited by procaine were not blocked after administration of (1) prazosin, propranolol, atropine, d-tubocurarine, (2) calcium-free solution, (3) ryanodine (4) pretreatment with KT-5720 or chelerythrine. The bursts of potential elicited by procaine were blocked by adding U73122 (10 microM) and the bursts of potential were decreased if physiological sodium ion was replaced with lithium ion or incubated with either neomycin (3.5 mM) or high magnesium solution (30 mM). Preatment with U73122 (10 microM) blocked the initiation of bursts of potential. Ruthenium red (100 microM) or caffeine (10 mM) facilitated the procaine-elicited bursts of potential. It is concluded that procaine reversibly elicits bursts of potential in the central snail neuron. This effect was not directly related to (1) the extra-cellular calcium ion fluxes, (2) the ryanodine sensitive calcium channels in the neuron, or (3) the PKC or PKA related messenger systems. The procaine-elicited bursts of potential were associated with the phospholipase activity and the calcium mobilization in the neuron.

  19. [Age factor in eye regeneration of the gastropod mollusk Achatina fulica].

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    Tartakovskaia, O S; Borisenko, S L; Zhukov, V V

    2003-01-01

    The dependence of the ability to regenerate the eye on the age of experimental animals was studied in the snail Achatina fulica. The degree of regeneration was estimated by light-microscopic and electrophysiological methods and by analyzing the motor response to visual stimuli. In older age groups, the number of regenerated eye-bearing tentacles decreased, whereas the period of regeneration increased. The regenerated eyes of the snails operated at the age of more than two months remained smaller than normal eyes even after six months. Regeneration of the distal part of the optic nerve was observed, and the regenerated eyes recovered the ability to respond to stimulation by light. In the electroretinogram, the responses of the regenerated eye, compared to the control, were characterised by a lower amplitude and longer repolarization and refractory periods. Manifestations of the motor response to visual stimuli in the young snails with regenerating eyes could be regarded as evidence for the recovery of connection between the organ of sight and the central ganglia.

  20. Current distribution of Achatina fulica, in the state of São Paulo including records of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Nematoda) larvae infestation.

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    Ohlweiler, Fernanda Pires; Guimarães, Marisa Cristina de Almeida; Takahashi, Fernanda Yoshika; Eduardo, Juliana Manas

    2010-01-01

    The currently known distribution range of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, is presented. The record of A. fulica naturally infested with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus larvae (Railliet, 1898) (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) can be found in the city of Guaratinguetá. It was found A. fulica with Metastrongylidae larvae without known medical and veterinary importance in the cities of Carapicuíba, Embu-Guaçu, Itapevi, São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo and Taboão da Serra.

  1. Prediction of anticancer peptides against MCF-7 breast cancer cells from the peptidomes of Achatina fulica mucus fractions

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    Teerasak E-kobon

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    Full Text Available Several reports have shown antimicrobial and anticancer activities of mucous glycoproteins extracted from the giant African snail Achatina fulica. Anticancer properties of the snail mucous peptides remain incompletely revealed. The aim of this study was to predict anticancer peptides from A. fulica mucus. Two of HPLC-separated mucous fractions (F2 and F5 showed in vitro cytotoxicity against the breast cancer cell line (MCF-7 and normal epithelium cell line (Vero. According to the mass spectrometric analysis, 404 and 424 peptides from the F2 and F5 fractions were identified. Our comprehensive bioinformatics workflow predicted 16 putative cationic and amphipathic anticancer peptides with diverse structures from these two peptidome data. These peptides would be promising molecules for new anti-breast cancer drug development.

  2. Prediction of anticancer peptides against MCF-7 breast cancer cells from the peptidomes of Achatina fulica mucus fractions.

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    E-Kobon, Teerasak; Thongararm, Pennapa; Roytrakul, Sittiruk; Meesuk, Ladda; Chumnanpuen, Pramote

    2016-01-01

    Several reports have shown antimicrobial and anticancer activities of mucous glycoproteins extracted from the giant African snail Achatina fulica. Anticancer properties of the snail mucous peptides remain incompletely revealed. The aim of this study was to predict anticancer peptides from A. fulica mucus. Two of HPLC-separated mucous fractions (F2 and F5) showed in vitro cytotoxicity against the breast cancer cell line (MCF-7) and normal epithelium cell line (Vero). According to the mass spectrometric analysis, 404 and 424 peptides from the F2 and F5 fractions were identified. Our comprehensive bioinformatics workflow predicted 16 putative cationic and amphipathic anticancer peptides with diverse structures from these two peptidome data. These peptides would be promising molecules for new anti-breast cancer drug development.

  3. Development of ten microsatellite loci in the invasive giant African land snail, Achatina (=Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822

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    Morrison, Cheryl L.; Springmann, Marcus J.; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Wade, Christopher M.

    2015-01-01

    A suite of tetra-nucleotide microsatellite loci were developed for the invasive giant African land snail, Achatina (=Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822, from Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing data. Ten of the 96 primer sets tested amplified consistently in 30 snails from Miami, Florida, plus 12 individuals representative of their native East Africa, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. The loci displayed moderate levels of allelic diversity (average 5.6 alleles/locus) and heterozygosity (average 42 %). Levels of genetic diversity were sufficient to produce unique multi-locus genotypes and detect phylogeographic structuring among regional samples. The invasive A. fulica can cause extensive damage to important food crops and natural resources, including native flora and fauna. The loci characterized here will be useful for determining the origins and tracking the spread of invasions, detecting fine-scale spatial structuring and estimating demographic parameters.

  4. [Localization of substance P- and FMRFamide-like immunoreactivity in the atrium of the snail Achatina fulica].

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    Shabel'nikov, S V; Bystrova, O A; Martynova, M G

    2008-01-01

    By immunohistochemical and immunocytochemical methods localization of Substanse P (SP) and FMRFamide in the atrium of the snail Achatina fulica was investigated. Nerve fibers innervating the snail atrium contact tightly with the granular cells (GC) situated between muscle and endocardial cells, forming neuroendocrine units. Both neuromediators were found in the cells of the neuroendocrine units. By immunohistochemistry SP- and FMRFamide-immunoreactive material was revealed in the granules of the atrial GC. Elecrtonmicroscopical immunocytochemistry has confirmed the presence of SP- and FMRFamide-immunoreactive material in the granules of the GC and shown their presence in the neurosecretory granules of the nerve endings contacting both the atrial GC and cardiomyocytes.

  5. Low cost heterogenous catalyst from (Achatina Fulica) snail shell and its application for biodiesel conversion via microwave irradiation

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    Fatimah, Is; Kurniastuti, E. A.; Basthiani, I. A.; Fakhri, A.

    2017-11-01

    Research on preparation of heterogenous catalyst from Achatina Fulica snail shell and its application biodiesel conversion has been investigation. Research aimed to obtain low cost and reusable catalyst for biodiesel production. The catalyst was prepared by grinding and calcining the snail shell at 900°C for 2 hours. The obtained solid was analysed by using XRD, SEM-EDX. FTIR, and also basicity measurement. Catalyst was used in the cenvertion of rice bran oil transesterification at varied volume of oil methanol ratio of 20-80 under microwave and reflux methode. The transesterification result were analyzed by using GCMS.

  6. Identification of Angiostrongylus cantonensis and other nematodes using the SSU rDNA in Achatina fulica populations of Metro Manila.

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    Constantino-Santos, M A; Basiao, Z U; Wade, C M; Santos, B S; Fontanilla I, K C

    2014-06-01

    Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a parasitic nematode that causes eosinophilic meningitis in humans. Accidental infection occurs by consumption of contaminated intermediates, such as the giant African land snail, Achatina fulica. This study surveyed the presence of A. cantonensis juveniles in A. fulica populations from 12 sites in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines using the SSU rDNA. Fourteen distinct sequences from 226 nematodes were obtained; of these, two matched A. cantonensis and Ancylostoma caninum, respectively, with 100% identity. Exact identities of the remaining twelve sequences could not be determined due to low percent similarities. Of the sequenced nematodes, A. cantonensis occurred with the highest frequency (139 out of 226). Most of these (131 out of 139) were collected in just one area in Quezon City. Nematode infection of A. fulica in this area and two others from Makati and another area in Quezon City, respectively, were highest, combining for 95% of the total infection. Ancylostoma caninum, on the other hand, was detected in four different sites. A. caninum is a canine parasite, and this is the first report of the nematode in A. fulica. These results cause public health concerns as both A. cantonensis and A. caninum are zoonotic to humans.

  7. Do climate variables and human density affect Achatina fulica (Bowditch) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) shell length, total weight and condition factor?

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    Albuquerque, F S; Peso-Aguiar, M C; Assunção-Albuquerque, M J T; Gálvez, L

    2009-08-01

    The length-weight relationship and condition factor have been broadly investigated in snails to obtain the index of physical condition of populations and evaluate habitat quality. Herein, our goal was to describe the best predictors that explain Achatina fulica biometrical parameters and well being in a recently introduced population. From November 2001 to November 2002, monthly snail samples were collected in Lauro de Freitas City, Bahia, Brazil. Shell length and total weight were measured in the laboratory and the potential curve and condition factor were calculated. Five environmental variables were considered: temperature range, mean temperature, humidity, precipitation and human density. Multiple regressions were used to generate models including multiple predictors, via model selection approach, and then ranked with AIC criteria. Partial regressions were used to obtain the separated coefficients of determination of climate and human density models. A total of 1.460 individuals were collected, presenting a shell length range between 4.8 to 102.5 mm (mean: 42.18 mm). The relationship between total length and total weight revealed that Achatina fulica presented a negative allometric growth. Simple regression indicated that humidity has a significant influence on A. fulica total length and weight. Temperature range was the main variable that influenced the condition factor. Multiple regressions showed that climatic and human variables explain a small proportion of the variance in shell length and total weight, but may explain up to 55.7% of the condition factor variance. Consequently, we believe that the well being and biometric parameters of A. fulica can be influenced by climatic and human density factors.

  8. Do climate variables and human density affect Achatina fulica (Bowditch (Gastropoda: Pulmonata shell length, total weight and condition factor?

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    FS. Albuquerque

    Full Text Available The length-weight relationship and condition factor have been broadly investigated in snails to obtain the index of physical condition of populations and evaluate habitat quality. Herein, our goal was to describe the best predictors that explain Achatina fulica biometrical parameters and well being in a recently introduced population. From November 2001 to November 2002, monthly snail samples were collected in Lauro de Freitas City, Bahia, Brazil. Shell length and total weight were measured in the laboratory and the potential curve and condition factor were calculated. Five environmental variables were considered: temperature range, mean temperature, humidity, precipitation and human density. Multiple regressions were used to generate models including multiple predictors, via model selection approach, and then ranked with AIC criteria. Partial regressions were used to obtain the separated coefficients of determination of climate and human density models. A total of 1.460 individuals were collected, presenting a shell length range between 4.8 to 102.5 mm (mean: 42.18 mm. The relationship between total length and total weight revealed that Achatina fulica presented a negative allometric growth. Simple regression indicated that humidity has a significant influence on A. fulica total length and weight. Temperature range was the main variable that influenced the condition factor. Multiple regressions showed that climatic and human variables explain a small proportion of the variance in shell length and total weight, but may explain up to 55.7% of the condition factor variance. Consequently, we believe that the well being and biometric parameters of A. fulica can be influenced by climatic and human density factors.

  9. Exigência de proteína para o caracol gigante (Achatina fulica em fase de crescimento Protein requirements for giant snail (Achatina fulica during the growth phase

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    Giovani Sampaio Gonçalves

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    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de determinar a exigência de proteína bruta (PB em dietas para o caracol gigante, 480 animais, com peso inicial médio de 4,05±0,04g, foram distribuídos em um delineamento inteiramente casualizado com quatro tratamentos (12,00%, 15,00%, 18,00% e 21,00% de PB e três repetições de 40 animais por unidade experimental, durante um período de 90 dias. Foi observado efeito quadrático (P Achatina fulica é de 18,28%.Aiming to determine the requirements of crude protein (CP in diets for giant snail, 480 animals, with 4.05±0.04g initial mean weight were used, and distributed in a completely randomized design with four treatments (12.00%, 15.00%, 18.00% and 21.00% CP, three replications of 40 animals per experimental unit, during a period of 90 days. A quadratic effect (P Achatina fulica is 18.28%.

  10. Identification of a phenoloxidase- and melanin-dependent defence mechanism in Achatina fulica infected with Angiostrongylus vasorum.

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    Coaglio, Aytube Lucas; Ferreira, Mônica Alves Neves Diniz; Dos Santos Lima, Walter; de Jesus Pereira, Cíntia Aparecida

    2018-02-27

    Angiostrongylus vasorum has different freshwater aquatic and terrestrial gastropod molluscs as an intermediate host, e.g. Arion spp. The mollusc Achatina fulica is a danger to public health, given the large diversity of nematodes utilizing it as an intermediate host, such as the parasites of the genus Angiostrongylus, of importance in human and veterinary medicine. Achatina fulica has been shown to have an excellent capacity for maintaining outbreaks and natural infections with A. cantonensis in Asia. Within the mollusc, the nematode parasites activate haemocytes and/or haemolymph factors and in some invertebrates, phenoloxidase (PO), that induces the release of toxic elements and eliminates the parasites. Despite the importance of A. fulica in the life-cycle of nematodes, little is known regarding the defence mechanisms involving PO in molluscs infected with nematodes. Here, the presence of PO and nitric oxide (NO) in the haemolymph and haemocytes of A. fulica infected with first-stage (L1) larvae of Angiostrongylus vasorum was evaluated, together with the presence of melanin in the cephalopod mollusc tissue. An increase in PO at one day post infection (dpi), in comparison with the control using the substrates L-tyrosine (F (4,90)  = 6.73, P = 0.00006), L-DOPA (F (4,90)  = 22.67, P = 0.02) and p-phenylenediamine (PPD) (F (4,90)  = 27.58, P = 0.0019), was observed. PO increase coincided with the presence of melanin in the cephalopodal tissue. At 8 dpi, PO activity, compared to L-DOPA (F (4,90)  = 22.67, P = 0.00002) and PPD (F (4,90)  = 27.58, P = 0.079) decreased, while melanin increased. At 13 dpi, PO decreased with PPD (F (4,90)  = 27.58, P = 0.000015) and also the amount of melanin observed in histology. At 30 dpi, PO increased along with the substrates L-DOPA and PPD, while melanin decreased. NO levels increased until 8 dpi, and decreased after 13 dpi. To our knowledge, this is the first study that

  11. Angiostrongylus cantonensis in the vector snails Pomacea canaliculata and Achatina fulica in China: a meta-analysis.

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    Song, Langui; Wang, Xiaowen; Yang, Zi; Lv, Zhiyue; Wu, Zhongdao

    2016-03-01

    Angiostrongyliasis is a food-borne parasitic disease induced by the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, and has been recognized as the main cause leading to human eosinophilic meningitis. Humans usually acquire infection by digestion of infected Pomacea canaliculata and Achatina fulica, the most predominant intermediate hosts found in China. This meta-analysis was aimed to assess the prevalence of A. cantonensis infection among these two snails in China in the past 10 years. Data were systematically collected in electronic databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, ScienceDirect, CNKI, SinoMed, VIP, CSCD, and Wanfang from 2005 to 2015. Thirty-eight studies with a total of 41,299 P. canaliculata and 21,138 Ac. fulica were included in the present study. The overall infection rate of A. cantonensis in China was estimated to be 7.6 % (95 % confidential interval (CI) = 0.063 to 0.090) in P. canaliculata and 21.5 % in Ac. fulica (95 % CI = 0.184 to 0.245), respectively. No significant difference was observed in prevalence rates among publication year and sample size for both snails. Also, it was found that the prevalence in Ac. fulica is significantly higher than that in P. canaliculata (odds ratio (OR) = 3.946, 95 % CI = 3.070 to 5.073). The present study reveals that snail infection with A. cantonensis is clearly prevalent in China. Further studies are required to improve strategies for control of infections of snails, particularly those of Ac. fulica, and to detect further factors and conditions such as geographic region, temperatures, and diagnosis method.

  12. First record of a nematode Metastrongyloidea (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus larvae) in Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica (Mollusca, Achatinidae) in Brazil.

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    Thiengo, Silvana C; Fernandez, Monica A; Torres, Eduardo J L; Coelho, Pablo M; Lanfredi, Reinalda M

    2008-05-01

    Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica was introduced in Brazil in the 1980s for commercial purposes ("escargot" farming) and nowadays, mainly by human activity, it is widespread in at least 23 out of 26 Brazilian states and Brasília, including the Amazonian region and natural reserves, where besides a general nuisance for people it is a pest and also a public health concern, since it is one of the natural intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis, ethiological agent of the meningoencephalitis in Asia. As Brazil is experiencing the explosive phase of the invasion, the Laboratório de Malacologia do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz/Fiocruz has been receiving samples of these molluscs for identification and search for Angiostrongylus cantonensis and Angiostrongylus costaricensis larvae. While examining samples of A. fulica different nematode larvae were obtained, including Aelurostrongylus, whose different species are parasites of felids, dogs, primates, and badger. Morphological and morphometric analyses presented herein indicated the species Aelurostrongylus abstrusus, as well as the occurrence of other nematode larvae (Strongyluris-like) found in the interior of the pallial cavity of A. fulica. This is the first report in Brazil of the development of A. abstrusus infective larvae in A. fulica evidencing the veterinary importance of this mollusc in the transmission of A. abstrusus to domestic cats. Since the spread of A. fulica is pointed out in the literature as one of the main causative spread of the meningoencephalitis caused by A. cantonensis the authors emphasize the need of sanitary vigilance of snails and rats from vulnerable areas for A. cantonensis introduction as the port side areas.

  13. The giant African snail Achatina fulica as natural intermediate host of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Pernambuco, northeast Brazil.

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    Thiengo, S C; Maldonado, A; Mota, E M; Torres, E J L; Caldeira, R; Carvalho, O S; Oliveira, A P M; Simões, R O; Fernandez, M A; Lanfredi, R M

    2010-09-01

    The human cases of eosinophilic meningitis recently reported from Brazil have focused the attention of the public health agencies on the role the introduced snail Achatina fulica plays as hosts of the metastrongylid nematodes. Determining the potential of this snail to host and develop infective larval stages of metastrongylids in the wild and identify the species harbored by them is crucial for designing effective control measures. Here we assess if A. fulica may act as intermediate host of A. cantonensis at the peridomiciliary areas of a patient's house from state of Pernambuco (PE), who was diagnosed with eosinophilic meningitis and a history of ingesting raw molluscs. Larvae obtained from naturally infected A. fulica were orally administered to Rattus norvegicus. The worms were collected from the pulmonary artery and brain, and were morphologically characterized and compared to the Japan isolate of A. cantonensis. Adult worms and infective L(3) larvae (PE isolate) recovered from A. fulica specimens were also analyzed by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism of ITS2 region from rDNA and compared to A. cantonensis (ES isolate), A. vasorum (MG isolate) and A. costaricensis (RS isolate). The large size of the spicules (greater than those observed in other species of Angiostrongylus) and the pattern of the bursal rays agree with the original species description by Chen (1935). Furthermore, the morphology of the PE isolate was similar to that of Japan isolate. The PCR-RFLP profiles obtained were distinctive among species and no variation in patterns was detected among adult individuals from A. cantonensis isolates from PE and ES. The importance of A. fulica as an intermediate host of eosinophilic menigoencepahlitis in Brazil is emphasized. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. C-reactive protein in the hemolymph of Achatina fulica: interrelationship with sex steroids and metallothionein.

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    Bose, R; Bhattacharya, S

    2000-04-01

    C-reactive protein in Achatina fulica (ACRP) is a normal component of the hemolymph. Its concentration varied from 1mg/ml in the newly hatched male, 3-5 mg/ml in the most active hermaphrodite and 1.5-2.8 mg/ml in the sedentary female showing a direct relationship of the protein with the active phase of the animal. ACRP has a molecular mass of 400 kDa and showed high absorbance in the region of 200-230 nm. It has four subunits with relative molecular masses of 110, 90, 62 and 60 kDa, respectively. Interestingly, rat platelet aggregation in vitro was significantly enhanced by ACRP in presence of 10 microM ADP and 2 mM Ca(2+) suggesting a probable role of ACRP in the aggregation of amoebocytes during the formation of plug in injured tissue. Like other vertebrate CRPs, ACRP also acts as a scavenger of chromatin fragments as evidenced by its binding to poly-L-arginine. Among the sex steroids, 4-androstenedione induces ACRP synthesis in the newly hatched male reaching the level found in the most active hermaphrodite phase (4 mg/ml). A very high molar ratio (5) of mercury binding to ACRP confirmed its sequestration property of heavy metals as observed in vertebrates. The level of metallothionein (MT) in the hemolymph gradually increased from the male to the hermaphrodite to the female, a pattern distinctly different from that of the ACRP titer. Since both MT and ACRP can sequester inorganic mercury, the high level of MT compensates functionally for the low titer of ACRP in the sedentary female.

  15. Studies on chemical modification of cold agglutinin from the snail Achatina fulica.

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    Sarkar, M; Mitra, D; Sen, A K

    1987-01-01

    The cold agglutinin isolated from the albumin gland of the snail Achatina fulica was modified with various chemical reagents in order to detect the amino acids and/or carbohydrate residues present in its carbohydrate-binding sites. Treatment with reagents considered specific for modification of lysine, arginine and tryptophan residues of the cold agglutinin did not affect the carbohydrate-binding activity of the agglutinin. Modification of tyrosine residues showed some change. However, modification with carbodiimide followed by alpha-aminobutyric acid methyl ester causes almost complete loss of its binding activity, indicating the involvement of aspartic acid and glutamic acid in its carbohydrate-binding activity. The carbohydrate residues of the cold agglutinin were removed by beta-elimination reaction, indicating that the sugars are O-glycosidically linked to protein part of the molecule. Removal of galactose residues from the cold agglutinin by the action of beta-galactosidase indicated that the galactose molecules are beta-linked. These carbohydrate-modified glycoproteins showed a marked change in agglutination property, i.e. they agglutinated rabbit erythrocytes at both 10 degrees C and 25 degrees C, indicating that the galactose residues of the glycoprotein play an important role in the cold-agglutination property of the glycoprotein. The c.d. data showed the presence of an almost identical type of random-coil conformation in the native cold agglutinin at 10 degrees C and in the carbohydrate-modified glycoprotein at 10 degrees C and 25 degrees C. This particular random-coil conformation is essential for carbohydrate-binding property of the agglutinin. Images Fig. 1. PMID:3118867

  16. Differential bioaccumulation patterns of nanosized and dissolved silver in a land snail Achatina fulica.

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    Chen, Yuanzhen; Si, Youbin; Zhou, Dongmei; Dang, Fei

    2017-03-01

    With the increasing application in antimicrobial products, silver nanoparticles (AgNP) are inevitably released into the terrestrial environment, and pose potential risks to invertebrates such as land snails Achatina fulica, which take up AgNP from food and water. Here we differentiate Ag uptake biodynamic between Ag forms (i.e., PVP-AgNP vs. AgNO 3 ) and between exposure pathways. Snails assimilated Ag efficiently from lettuce leaves pre-exposed to AgNP, with assimilation efficiencies (AEs) averaging 62-85% and food ingestion rates of 0.11 ± 0.03 g g -1  d -1 . Dietary Ag bioavailability was independent on Ag forms, as revealed by comparable AEs between AgNP and AgNO 3 . However, the uptake rate constant from water was much lower for AgNP relative to AgNO 3 (2 × 10 -4 vs. 0.12 L g -1  d -1 ). The elimination rate constants were 0.0093 ± 0.0037 d -1 for AgNP and 0.019 ± 0.0077 d -1 for AgNO 3 . Biodynamic modeling further showed that dietary exposure was the dominant uptake pathway for AgNP in most circumstances, while for AgNO 3 the relative importance of waterborne and dietary exposure depended on Ag concentrations in food and water. Our findings highlight the importance of dietary uptake of AgNP during bioaccumulation, which should be considered in the risk assessment of these nanoparticles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Students' knowledge on the African giant mollusk Achatina fulica in a public school in the Recife metropolitan region

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    Marcos Souto Alves

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available The African giant mollusk Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 was introduced into Brazil in 1988 as a substitute for the European escargot Helix sp. This action did not induce the expected results and the gastropod has become an invasive species according to records in 23 Brazilian states. The presence of A. fulica has been reported to many towns in the state of Pernambuco. This work was carried out in order to evaluate, from an ethnoscientific approach, student knowledge about this giant African mollusk in a public school of Cabo de Santo Agostinho (Pernambuco. The Collective Subject Discourse (CSD technique was applied to the data obtained. The pupils' discourse revealed the existence of previous knowledge about A. fulica, especially on the following issues: disease transmission, taxonomy, environmental impacts brought about by the introduction of exotic species, and the process of ingress and growth of the mollusk in the human body. The authors emphasize the need of considering students' previous knowledge in order to plan and implement educational strategies related to wildlife conservation and exotic species management.

  18. Isolation of aerobic cultivable cellulolytic bacteria from different regions of the gastrointestinal tract of giant land snail Achatina fulica.

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    Pinheiro, Guilherme L; Correa, Raquel F; Cunha, Raquel S; Cardoso, Alexander M; Chaia, Catia; Clementino, Maysa M; Garcia, Eloi S; de Souza, Wanderley; Frasés, Susana

    2015-01-01

    The enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose by cellulases is one of the major limiting steps in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to yield bioethanol. To overcome this hindrance, significant efforts are underway to identify novel cellulases. The snail Achatina fulica is a gastropod with high cellulolytic activity, mainly due to the abundance of glycoside hydrolases produced by both the animal and its resident microbiota. In this study, we partially assessed the cellulolytic aerobic bacterial diversity inside the gastrointestinal tract of A. fulica by culture-dependent methods and evaluated the hydrolytic repertoire of the isolates. Forty bacterial isolates were recovered from distinct segments of the snail gut and identified to the genus level by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. Additional phenotypic characterization was performed using biochemical tests provided by the Vitek2 identification system. The overall enzymatic repertoire of the isolated strains was investigated by enzymatic plate assays, containing the following substrates: powdered sugarcane bagasse, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (pNPG), p-nitrophenyl-β-D-cellobioside (pNPC), 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (MUG), 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-D-cellobioside (MUC), and 4-methylumbelliferyl-β-D-xylopyranoside (MUX). Our results indicate that the snail A. fulica is an attractive source of cultivable bacteria that showed to be valuable resources for the production of different types of biomass-degrading enzymes.

  19. Popular knowledge: impacts and methods for controlling Achatina fulica in Valença – RJ, Brazil

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    Evelyn Durço

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to check the incidence of the African snail Achatina fulica in the Cambota neighborhood, Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and investigate control strategies adopted by the population. Epidemiological questionnaires applied to 105 inhabitants evaluated the existence of their contact to the animal, the risk of infection by parasites, due to hygiene behaviors, and the control methods adopted. The presence of mollusks was reported in 52.5% of visited households. Out of these, 51.4% had rodents. Collected mollusks were analyzed with regard to the presence of nematodes. In the households with a positive result for the presence of A. fulica, direct contact to the mollusks was reported (21.9% by handling (often inappropriate or intake. All respondents said to use some technique for food hygiene and 67.6% said to know angiostrongyliasis. All respondents said to practice extermination of mollusks, 28.5% of them by breaking the shell. Despite the high incidence of A. fulica, larvae of Angiostrongylus sp. or other nematodes of medico-veterinary importance weren’t found in the analyzed specimens.

  20. Registro de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda no Brasil: caramujo hospedeiro intermediário da angiostrongilíase

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    Horácio Manuel Santana Teles

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available A introdução de Achatina fulica é assinalada em Itariri, SP, Brasil. Essa espécie de caramujo terrestre foi importada para cultivo, visando à comercialização para consumo humano como "escargot". O encontro de exemplares em vida livre mostra a dispersão de A. fulica e, conseqüentemente, o risco de transmissão de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, nematóide parasita do homem e de outros vertebrados. Além disso, o caramujo é uma praga importante da agricultura.

  1. Registro de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 (Mollusca, Gastropoda no Brasil: caramujo hospedeiro intermediário da angiostrongilíase

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    Santana Teles Horácio Manuel

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available A introdução de Achatina fulica é assinalada em Itariri, SP, Brasil. Essa espécie de caramujo terrestre foi importada para cultivo, visando à comercialização para consumo humano como "escargot". O encontro de exemplares em vida livre mostra a dispersão de A. fulica e, conseqüentemente, o risco de transmissão de Angiostrongylus cantonensis, nematóide parasita do homem e de outros vertebrados. Além disso, o caramujo é uma praga importante da agricultura.

  2. [The characteristics of the cholinoreceptors on the identified TAN neuron of the giant African snail Achatina fulica].

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    Stepanov, I I; Losev, N A

    1999-04-01

    Acetylcholine, nicotine, a selective agonist of N-cholinoreceptors suberildicholine dibromide, as well as a selective agonist of M-cholinoreceptors 5-methylfurmethide inhibited spike discharges in a dose-dependent manner up to a complete ceasing of the firing in cholinoreceptors situated on the identified neurone TAN of African giant snail Achatina fulica. M-cholinoblocker metamizylum completely prevented the inhibitory effect of methylfurmethide. Central cholinoblocker aetherophen completely prevented the inhibitory effect of suberildicholine dibromide. Metamizylum or aetherophen used alone were only able to decrease the inhibitory effect of acetylcholine, whereas a mixture of these agents suppressed completely the acetylcholine-induced inhibition. The findings suggest that, on the TAN membrane, nicotinic and muscarinic cholinoreceptors co-exist and function in one and the same direction.

  3. Copper sulphate (CuSO4) toxicity on tissue phosphatases activity and carbohydrates turnover in Achatina fulica.

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    Ramalingam, K; Indra, D

    2002-04-01

    A time course study on the sublethal toxicity of CuSO4 on tissue carbohydrate metabolites level and their phosphatases activity in Achatina fulica revealed differential response. The levels of total carbohydrates and glycogen in the body mass muscle, foot muscle and hemolymph revealed their involvement in the endogenous derivation of energy during stress. The same metabolites in digestive gland revealed its importance to reproduction and development. The lactate accumulated in all the tissues implied the mechanism of CuSO4 toxicosis in the metabolic acidosis. The decrease of pyruvate in foot muscle, body mass muscle and hemolymph inferred the preponderance of glycolysis in energy derivation. In contrast, the pyruvate concentration in digestive gland revealed its differential response in the stress metabolic sequence of changes, as a unique tissue. The lactate/pyruvate ratio and the calcium content in tissues constitute direct evidences for the snails adaptation to toxic stress.

  4. Alimentation à base de produits du papayer et maturation ovocytaire chez Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1820 en Côte d'Ivoire

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    N'Da, K.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Diets Based on Papaya and Oocyte Ripening by Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1820 in Ivory Coast. The gardens snail, Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1820 is a species recently introduced in Ivory Coast but of which the crop (the collection and consequently, its consumption is growing within the population. Its breeding becomes imperative. In experimental breeding condition out of the ground diets based on papaya (R1: leave; R2: fruit; R3: leave + fruit are (quantity of laid eggs and tiny (presence in more or less larger number of ripe oocytes in the ovotestis observations show that R3 regime is the most appropriate. It could be then recommended as diet to those who would like to breed this species.

  5. Effect of single and binary combinations of plant-derived molluscicides on different enzyme activities in the nervous tissue of Achatina fulica.

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    Rao, I G; Singh, Amrita; Singh, V K; Singh, D K

    2003-01-01

    Effect of single and binary treatments of plant-derived molluscicides on different enzymes--acetylcholinesterase (AChE), lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) and acid/alkaline phosphatase (ACP/ALP)--in the nervous tissue of the harmful terrestrial snail Achatina fulica were studied. Sublethal in vivo 24-h exposure to 40% and 80% LC(50) of Azadirachta indica oil, Cedrus deodara oil, Allium sativum bulb powder, Nerium indicum bark powder and binary combinations of A. sativum (AS) + C. deodara (CD) and CD + A. indica (AI) oils significantly altered the activity of these enzymes in the nervous tissue of Achatina fulica. The binary treatment of AS + CD was more effective against AChE, LDH, and ALP than the single ones. However, binary treatment of AI + CD was more effective against ALP. Copyright 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  6. Neutral N-glycan patterns of the gastropods Limax maximus, Cepaea hortensis, Planorbarius corneus, Arianta arbustorum and Achatina fulica.

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    Gutternigg, Martin; Bürgmayr, Sabine; Pöltl, Gerald; Rudolf, Judith; Staudacher, Erika

    2007-11-01

    The N-glycosylation potentials of Limax maximus, Cepaea hortensis, Planorbarius corneus, Arianta arbustorum and Achatina fulica were analysed by investigation of the N-glycan structures of the skin and viscera glycoproteins by a combination of HPLC and mass-spectrometry methods. It is one of the first steps to enlarge the knowledge on the glycosylation abilities of gastropods, which may help to establish new cell culture systems, to uncover new means for pest control for some species, and to identify carbohydrate-epitopes which may be relevant for immune response. All snails analysed contained mainly oligomannosidic and small paucimannosidic structures, often terminated with 3-O-methylated mannoses. The truncated structures carried modifications by beta1-2-linked xylose to the beta-mannose residue, and/or an alpha-fucosylation, mainly alpha1,6-linked to the innermost N-acetylglucosaminyl residue of the core. Many of these structures were missing the terminal N-acetylglucosamine, which has been shown to be a prerequisite for processing to complex N-glycans in the Golgi. In some species (Planorbarius corneus and Achatina fulica) traces of large structures, terminated by 3-O-methylated galactoses and carrying xylose and/or fucose residues, were also detected. In Planorbarius viscera low amounts of terminal alpha1-2-fucosylation were determined. Combining these results, gastropods seem to be capable to produce all kinds of structures ranging from those typical in mammals through to structures similar to those found in plants, insects or nematodes. The detailed knowledge of this very complex glycosylation system of the gastropods will be a valuable tool to understand the principle rules of glycosylation in all organisms.

  7. Screening Cellulolytic Bacteria from the Digestive Tract Snail (Achatina fulica and Test the Ability of Cellulase Activity

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    Wijanarka Wijanarka

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available On the research of enzyme production levels observed cellulase produced by bacteria in the digestive tract of the isolation of the Snail (Achatina fulica. Isolation of bacteria based on the ability of bacteria to grow on CMC media. The purpose of this study was to determine cellulase activity by cellulolytic bacteria. Some bacterial isolates were identified as cellulolytic bacteria, they were KE-B1, KE-B2, KE-B3, KE-B4, KE-B5, and KE-B6. Isolates KE-B6 was the best isolates. Furthermore KE-B6 isolates were grown on media production to determine the pattern of growth and enzyme activity. Measurement of cell growth was conducted by inoculating starter aged 22 hours at CMC production of liquid medium. Cellulase enzyme activity measurements was performed by the DNS method. The results showed that the highest activity by new isolate bacteria KE-B6 and its value of the activity of 0.4539 U/mL, growth rate (µ 0.377/hour and generation time (g 1.84 hour. This research expected cellulase of producing bacteria were easy, inexpensive and efficient. This enzyme can be used as an enzyme biolytic once expected to replace expensive commercial enzyme. The biotylic enzyme can be applied to strains improvement (protoplast fusion.How to CiteWijanarka, W., Kusdiyantini, E. & Parman, S. (2016. Screening Cellulolytic Bacteria from the Digestive Tract Snail (Achatina fulica and Test the Ability of Cellulase Activity. Biosaintifika: Journal of Biology & Biology Education, 8(3, 386-392. 

  8. Current distribution of Achatina fulica, in the State of São Paulo including records of Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Nematoda larvae infestation Distribuição atual de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 no Estado de São Paulo com registro de infestação por larvas de Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Nematoda

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    Fernanda Pires Ohlweiler

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The currently known distribution range of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, is presented. The record of A. fulica naturally infested with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus larvae (Railliet, 1898 (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae can be found in the city of Guaratinguetá. It was found A. fulica with Metastrongylidae larvae without known medical and veterinary importance in the cities of Carapicuíba, Embu-Guaçu, Itapevi, São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo and Taboão da Serra.É apresentada a distribuição de Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 no Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. É fornecido o registro de A. fulica naturalmente infestada por larvas de Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (Railliet, 1898 (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae no município de Guaratinguetá. Foi encontrada A. fulica portando larvas de Metastrongylidae sem importância médica e veterinária conhecida nos municípios de Carapicuíba, Embu Guaçu, Itapevi, São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo e Taboão da Serra.

  9. The role of amoebocytes in endotoxin-mediated coagulation in the innate immunity of Achatina fulica snails.

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    Biswas, C; Mandal, C

    1999-02-01

    Achatina amoebocyte lysate (AAL) derived from amoebocytes of Achatina fulica was activated by Gram-negative bacterial endotoxins in a time-dependent manner resulting in gel formation/coagulation. The activation and maximum proliferation of amoebocytes was observed 40 min after intramuscular injection (20 microg/snail) of endotoxin. Endotoxin-mediated proteolytic activity of AAL towards a serine-protease-specific chromogenic substrate was maximum at pH 8.0, 37 degrees C and within 15 min in a divalent-cation-dependent manner. The AAL activity induced by the endotoxin was directly dependent on the endotoxin concentration, showed a high specificity and saturated at higher endotoxin concentrations. An endotoxin-sensitive factor (ESF) was purified from AAL to apparent homogeneity by single-step affinity chromatography on a heparin-Sepharose 4B column. Native ESF of molecular weight 140 000 was composed of two identical subunits of molecular weight 70 000 attached through non-covalent association. A strong binding to endotoxin (Escherichia coli 055:B5) was exhibited by ESF with a 40-fold higher biological activity than AAL. The ESF was shown to have a unique Phe-Ile active site with regard to its alternate activation by alpha-chymotrypsin instead of endotoxin. The ESF was characterized as a serine protease type as evidenced by potent inhibition with specific inhibitors.

  10. Atrial granular cells of the snail Achatina fulica release proteins into hemolymph after stimulation of the heart nerve.

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    Shabelnikov, Sergej V; Bystrova, Olga A; Ivanov, Vadim A; Margulis, Boris A; Martynova, Marina

    2009-10-01

    The atrium of the gastropod mollusc Achatina fulica receives rich innervation and contains numerous granular cells (GCs). We studied the atrial innervation and discovered that axon profiles typical in appearance of peptidergic neurons form close unspecialized membrane contacts with GCs. Then, we investigated, at both morphological and biochemical levels, the effect of electrical stimulation of the heart nerve on GCs of Achatina heart perfused in situ. The ultrastructural study demonstrated changes in granule morphology consistent with secretion. These events included alteration of granule content, intracellular granule fusion and formation of complex degranulation channels, within which the granule matrix solubilized. It was shown that electrical stimulation resulted in a significant increase of the total protein concentration in the perfusate. Furthermore, SDS-PAGE analysis of the perfusate revealed three new proteins with molecular masses of 16, 22, and 57 kDa. Affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies against the 16 kDa protein were obtained; the whole-mount immunofluorescence technique revealed the presence of this protein in the granules of atrial GCs. In GCs of the stimulated atrium, a progressive loss of their granular content was observed. The results suggest that the central nervous system can modulate the secretory activity of the atrial GCs through non-synaptic pathways.

  11. Rapid upregulation of heart antioxidant enzymes during arousal from estivation in the Giant African snail (Achatina fulica).

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    Salway, Kurtis D; Tattersall, Glenn J; Stuart, Jeffrey A

    2010-11-01

    Estivation is an adaptive response to environments characterized by elevated temperatures and desiccative stress, as may occur during summer dry seasons. Similar to diapause and hibernation, it is characterized by low levels of activity, a drastically suppressed metabolic rate and enhanced stress resistance. We tested the hypothesis that Achatina fulica, a pulmonate land snail, enhances stress resistance during estivation and/or arousal by upregulating intracellular antioxidant defenses in the heart, kidney, hepatopancreas and foot tissues. No statistically significant changes in mitochondrial or cytosolic superoxide dismutase levels or activities, or glutathione peroxidase, glutathione reductase or catalase activities were associated with estivation in any tissue, however. In contrast, during arousal from estivation, activities of several antioxidant enzymes increased in heart, hepatopancreas and foot. In heart, a rapid increase in MnSOD protein levels was observed that peaked at 2h post arousal, but no such change was observed in CuZnSOD protein levels. Glutathione peroxidase activity was upregulated at 1h post arousal and remained elevated until 8h post arousal in heart tissue. Glutathione peroxidase was also upregulated at 24h post arousal in foot tissue. Glutathione reductase activity was upregulated at 4h post arousal in heart and foot tissues whereas catalase activity showed no changes. Markers of lipid peroxidation and protein damage revealed no significant increases during estivation or arousal. Therefore, antioxidant enzymes may play a role in oxidative stress defense specifically during arousal from estivation in A. fulica. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Ecological studies on the breeding of Aedes aegypti and other mosquitos in shells of the giant African snail Achatina fulica

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    Trpis, Milan

    1973-01-01

    The breeding of larvae of Aedes aegypti, Aedes simpsoni, and Eretmapodites quinquevittatus in empty shells of Achatina fulica was studied in the coastal zone of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The average density of shells was estimated to be 228 per ha. From 11 to 35% were positive for mosquito larvae. A. aegypti were found in 82-84% of positive shells; A. simpsoni in 8-13%. On Msasani peninsula, during the 3-month rainy season April—June 1970, the larval density of A. aegypti in shells was estimated at 1 100 per ha, that of A. simpsoni and E. quinquevittatus being estimated at 60 and 280 larvae per ha, respectively. Empty shells of A. fulica may contain up to 250 ml of water (average: 56.5 ml). The number of larvae per shell varies from 1 to 35 (average: 8.4) and it was estimated that, depending on the availability of food, and other factors, approximately 10 ml of water are required per larva. Viable eggs of A. aegypti were still to be found in 4% of the shells at the end of the dry season. PMID:4148745

  13. Evidence for a possible role for nitric oxide in the modulation of heart activity in Achatina fulica and Helix aspersa.

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    White, A R; Curtis, S A; Walker, R J

    2004-02-01

    The effects of nitric oxide (NO) donors, S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine, S-nitroso-l-glutathione, sodium nitroprusside and sodium nitrite were investigated on the activity of the isolated hearts of Achatina fulica and Helix aspersa. NO donors inhibited heart activity in a concentration-dependent manner. The only exception was sodium nitroprusside, which excited H. aspersa heart. The inhibitory effects of these NO donors were reduced by the NO scavenger, methylene blue, the guanylyl cyclase inhibitor, 1H-(1,2,4) Oxadiazolo(4,3-a)quinoxalin-1-one (ODQ), and potentiated by 8-Br-cGMP and the phosphodiesterase inhibitor 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX). Acetylcholine also inhibited the heart activity, and this inhibition was reduced by methylene blue and ODQ. Positive NADPH-diaphorase staining was located in the outer pericardial layer of the heart of A. fulica. The present results provide evidence that NO may modulate the activity of gastropod hearts, and this modulation may modify the inhibitory action of acetylcholine on heart activity.

  14. Low susceptibility of Achatina fulica from Brazil to infection with AngioIylus costaricensis and A. cantonensis.

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    Neuhauss, Erli; Fitarelli, Monaliza; Romanzini, Juliano; Graeff-Teixeira, Carlos

    2007-02-01

    Introduction of Achatina fulica in Brazil has led to serious concerns about its role as vector for metaIylid worms: AngioIylus costaricensis and A. cantonensis. Experimental infection with both parasites was performed to evaluate the potential risk for their transmission by the giant African snail. Groups of 5 animals, both wild and bred at captivity were exposed at different inocula: 1, 5, and 10 x 10(3) L1 of A. costaricensis and A. cantonensis. In all groups, few snails got infected and parasitic burden was low. Two different ways of infection were tested: ingestion produced higher numbers of L3 than the inoculation through an artificial hole in the shell. We also report the parasitological examination of 6 batches of wild A. fulica from Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil: only 1 out of 244 animals were infected with metaIylid larvae. Taken together these data indicate that the giant African snail occurring in Southern Brazil is not a permissive host for both AngioIylus species and does not represent a significant risk for transmission of these parasites.

  15. First report of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae in Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda from Southeast and South Brazil

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    Arnaldo Maldonado Júnior

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a worldwide-distributed zoonotic nematode that can cause human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Here, for the first time, we report the isolation of A. cantonensis from Achatina fulica from two Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro (specifically the municipalities of Barra do Piraí, situated at the Paraiba River Valley region and São Gonçalo, situated at the edge of Guanabara Bay and Santa Catarina (in municipality of Joinville. The lungworms were identified by comparing morphological and morphometrical data obtained from adult worms to values obtained from experimental infections of A. cantonensis from Pernambuco, Brazil, and Akita, Japan. Only a few minor morphological differences that were determined to represent intra-specific variation were observed. This report of A. cantonensis in South and Southeast Brazil, together with the recent report of the zoonosis and parasite-infected molluscs in Northeast Brazil, provide evidence of the wide distribution of A. cantonensis in the country. The need for efforts to better understand the role of A. fulica in the transmission of meningoencephalitis in Brazil and the surveillance of molluscs and rodents, particularly in ports, is emphasized.

  16. Specific detection of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in the snail Achatina fulica using a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay.

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    Liu, Chun-Yan; Song, Hui-Qun; Zhang, Ren-Li; Chen, Mu-Xin; Xu, Min-Jun; Ai, Lin; Chen, Xiao-Guang; Zhan, Xi-Mei; Liang, Shao-Hui; Yuan, Zi-Guo; Lin, Rui-Qing; Zhu, Xing-Quan

    2011-08-01

    Angiostrongylus cantonensis, a rat lungworm, can cause eosinophilic meningitis and angiostrongyliasis in humans following ingestion of contaminated foods or intermediate/paratenic hosts with infective larvae. The snail Achatina fulica is one of the important intermediate hosts of A. cantonensis and is commonly eaten by humans in some countries. In the present study, we developed a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method for the specific detection of A. cantonensis in Ac. fulica. Primers for LAMP were designed based on the first internal transcribed spacer (ITS-1) of nuclear ribosomal DNA (rDNA) of A. cantonensis. Specificity tests showed that only the products of A. cantonensis were detected when DNA samples of A. cantonensis and the heterologous control samples Anisakis simplex s.s, Trichuris trichiura, Toxocara canis, Trichinella spiralis and Ascaris lumbricoides were amplified by LAMP. Sensitivity evaluation indicated that the LAMP assay is 10 times more sensitive than the conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay. The established LAMP assay is rapid, inexpensive and easy to be performed. It can be used in clinical applications for rapid and sensitive detection of A. cantonensis in snails, which has implications for the effective control of angiostrongyliasis. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. First report of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) in Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) from Southeast and South Brazil.

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    Maldonado, Arnaldo; Simões, Raquel O; Oliveira, Ana Paula M; Motta, Esther M; Fernandez, Mônica A; Pereira, Zilene M; Monteiro, Simone S; Torres, Eduardo J Lopes; Thiengo, Silvana Carvalho

    2010-11-01

    The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a worldwide-distributed zoonotic nematode that can cause human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Here, for the first time, we report the isolation of A. cantonensis from Achatina fulica from two Brazilian states: Rio de Janeiro (specifically the municipalities of Barra do Piraí, situated at the Paraiba River Valley region and São Gonçalo, situated at the edge of Guanabara Bay) and Santa Catarina (in municipality of Joinville). The lungworms were identified by comparing morphological and morphometrical data obtained from adult worms to values obtained from experimental infections of A. cantonensis from Pernambuco, Brazil, and Akita, Japan. Only a few minor morphological differences that were determined to represent intra-specific variation were observed. This report of A. cantonensis in South and Southeast Brazil, together with the recent report of the zoonosis and parasite-infected molluscs in Northeast Brazil, provide evidence of the wide distribution of A. cantonensis in the country. The need for efforts to better understand the role of A. fulica in the transmission of meningoencephalitis in Brazil and the surveillance of molluscs and rodents, particularly in ports, is emphasized.

  18. First report of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in the giant African land snail Achatina fulica in French Polynesia detected using the SSU rRNA gene.

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    Fontanilla I, K C; Wade, C M

    2012-12-01

    The 5' end of the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene was used to determine whether 3rd larval stage Angiostrongylus cantonensis are present in populations of the giant African land snail Achatina fulica from French Polynesia. Two populations, one from Moaroa Valley, Tahiti (n=5) and the other from Haapiti Valley, Moorea (n=10), were examined. All snails from Tahiti were infected with nematodes, with parasite load ranging from 12 to 28. A total of 92 nematodes were found, of which 91 were positively identified as A. cantonensis. No nematodes were found in the snails from Moorea. We report for the first time the presence of A. cantonensis in A. fulica snails from French Polynesia, indicating a viable route of human infection of A. cantonensis in the region through the handling of A. fulica or consumption of the snail or contaminated food crops associated with the snail.

  19. Gut bacterial communities in the giant land snail Achatina fulica and their modification by sugarcane-based diet.

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    Cardoso, Alexander M; Cavalcante, Janaína J V; Vieira, Ricardo P; Lima, Joyce L; Grieco, Maria Angela B; Clementino, Maysa M; Vasconcelos, Ana Tereza R; Garcia, Eloi S; de Souza, Wanderley; Albano, Rodolpho M; Martins, Orlando B

    2012-01-01

    The invasive land snail Achatina fulica is one of the most damaging agricultural pests worldwide representing a potentially serious threat to natural ecosystems and human health. This species is known to carry parasites and harbors a dense and metabolically active microbial community; however, little is known about its diversity and composition. Here, we assessed for the first time the complexity of bacterial communities occurring in the digestive tracts of field-collected snails (FC) by using culture-independent molecular analysis. Crop and intestinal bacteria in FC were then compared to those from groups of snails that were reared in the laboratory (RL) on a sugarcane-based diet. Most of the sequences recovered were novel and related to those reported for herbivorous gut. Changes in the relative abundance of Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes were observed when the snails were fed a high-sugar diet, suggesting that the snail gut microbiota can influence the energy balance equation. Furthermore, this study represents a first step in gaining a better understanding of land snail gut microbiota and shows that this is a complex holobiont system containing diverse, abundant and active microbial communities.

  20. Effect of Climate Change on Invasion Risk of Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica Férussac, 1821: Achatinidae in India.

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    Roshmi Rekha Sarma

    Full Text Available The Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica is considered to be one the world's 100 worst invasive alien species. The snail has an impact on native biodiversity, and on agricultural and horticultural crops. In India, it is known to feed on more than fifty species of native plants and agricultural crops and also outcompetes the native snails. It was introduced into India in 1847 and since then it has spread all across the country. In this paper, we use ecological niche modeling (ENM to assess the distribution pattern of Giant African Snail (GAS under different climate change scenarios. The niche modeling results indicate that under the current climate scenario, Eastern India, peninsular India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are at high risk of invasion. The three different future climate scenarios show that there is no significant change in the geographical distribution of invasion prone areas. However, certain currently invaded areas will be more prone to invasion in the future. These regions include parts of Bihar, Southern Karnataka, parts of Gujarat and Assam. The Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands are highly vulnerable to invasion under changed climate. The Central Indian region is at low risk due to high temperature and low rainfall. An understanding of the invasion pattern can help in better management of this invasive species and also in formulating policies for its control.

  1. Biochemical profile of Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Gastropoda) after infection by different parasitic loads of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda, Metastrongylidae).

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    Tunholi-Alves, Vinícius Menezes; Tunholi, Victor Menezes; Amaral, Ludimila Santos; Mota, Esther Maria; Maldonado Júnior, Arnaldo; Pinheiro, Jairo; Garcia, Juberlan

    2015-01-01

    The effect of experimental infection by different parasitic loads of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematode, Metastrongylidae) on the activities of the aminotransferases and concentration of total proteins, uric acid and urea in the hemolymph of Achatina fulica (Mollusca, Gastropoda) were investigated. There was a significant decrease in the concentration of total proteins in the exposed snails to 5000 or more larvae. This change was accompanied by an increase in the concentrations of urea and uric acid in the hemolymph, suggesting a higher rate of deamination of the amino acids. Besides this, variations in the activities of the aminotransferases were also observed, with the highest values recorded in the groups exposed to greater parasite load. These results suggest an increase in the use of total proteins, since there was increased formation of nitrogenous catabolites, in conformity with an increase in the aminotransferase activities. Infection was verified by the fact that L3 larvae recovered from the snails was proportion to the exposure dose of L1 larvae. Histopathological results also indicated presence of an inflammatory cell infiltrate, favoring an increase of both transaminases. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Effect of Climate Change on Invasion Risk of Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica Férussac, 1821: Achatinidae) in India.

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    Sarma, Roshmi Rekha; Munsi, Madhushree; Ananthram, Aravind Neelavara

    2015-01-01

    The Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica) is considered to be one the world's 100 worst invasive alien species. The snail has an impact on native biodiversity, and on agricultural and horticultural crops. In India, it is known to feed on more than fifty species of native plants and agricultural crops and also outcompetes the native snails. It was introduced into India in 1847 and since then it has spread all across the country. In this paper, we use ecological niche modeling (ENM) to assess the distribution pattern of Giant African Snail (GAS) under different climate change scenarios. The niche modeling results indicate that under the current climate scenario, Eastern India, peninsular India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are at high risk of invasion. The three different future climate scenarios show that there is no significant change in the geographical distribution of invasion prone areas. However, certain currently invaded areas will be more prone to invasion in the future. These regions include parts of Bihar, Southern Karnataka, parts of Gujarat and Assam. The Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands are highly vulnerable to invasion under changed climate. The Central Indian region is at low risk due to high temperature and low rainfall. An understanding of the invasion pattern can help in better management of this invasive species and also in formulating policies for its control.

  3. Gut bacterial communities in the giant land snail Achatina fulica and their modification by sugarcane-based diet.

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    Alexander M Cardoso

    Full Text Available The invasive land snail Achatina fulica is one of the most damaging agricultural pests worldwide representing a potentially serious threat to natural ecosystems and human health. This species is known to carry parasites and harbors a dense and metabolically active microbial community; however, little is known about its diversity and composition. Here, we assessed for the first time the complexity of bacterial communities occurring in the digestive tracts of field-collected snails (FC by using culture-independent molecular analysis. Crop and intestinal bacteria in FC were then compared to those from groups of snails that were reared in the laboratory (RL on a sugarcane-based diet. Most of the sequences recovered were novel and related to those reported for herbivorous gut. Changes in the relative abundance of Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes were observed when the snails were fed a high-sugar diet, suggesting that the snail gut microbiota can influence the energy balance equation. Furthermore, this study represents a first step in gaining a better understanding of land snail gut microbiota and shows that this is a complex holobiont system containing diverse, abundant and active microbial communities.

  4. Effects of penicillin on procaine-elicited bursts of potential in central neuron of snail, Achatina fulica.

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    Chen, Yi-Hung; Lu, Kuan-Ling; Hsiao, Ru-Wan; Lee, Ya-Ling; Tsai, Hong-Chieh; Lin, Chia Hsien; Tsai, Ming-Cheng

    2008-08-01

    Effects of penicillin on changes in procaine-elicited bursts of potential (BoP) were studied in a central neuron (RP4) of snail, Achatina fulica Ferussac. Procaine elicited BoP in the RP4 neuron while penicillin elicited depolarization of the neuron. Penicillin decreased the BoP elicited by procaine in a concentration-dependent manner. The effect of penicillin on the procaine-elicited BoP was not altered in the preparations treated with ascorbate or L-NAME (N-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester). However, the inhibitory effect of penicillin on the procaine-elicited BoP was enhanced with a decrease in extracellular sodium ion. Sodium ion was one of the important ions contributing to the action potential of the neuron. Two-electrode voltage-clamp studies revealed that penicillin decreased the fast sodium inward current of the neuron. It is concluded that penicillin inhibited the BoP elicited by procaine and sodium ion altered the effect of penicillin on procaine-elicited BoP.

  5. Variation of acharan sulfate and monosaccharide composition and analysis of neutral N-glycans in African giant snail (Achatina fulica).

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    Park, Youmie; Zhang, Zhenqing; Laremore, Tatiana N; Li, Boyangzi; Sim, Joon-Soo; Im, A-Rang; Ahn, Mi Young; Kim, Yeong Shik; Linhardt, Robert J

    2008-12-01

    Acharan sulfate content from African giant snail (Achatina fulica) was compared in eggs and snails of different ages. Acharan sulfate was not found in egg. Acharan sulfate disaccharide -->4)-alpha-D-GlcNpAc (1-->4)-alpha-L-IdoAp2S(1-->, analyzed by SAX (strong-anion exchange)-HPLC was observed soon after hatching and increases as the snails grow. Monosaccharide compositional analysis showed that mole % of glucosamine, a major monosaccharide of acharan sulfate, increased with age while mole % of galactose decreased with age. These results suggest that galactans represent a major energy source during development, while acharan sulfate appearing immediately after hatching, is essential for the snail growth. The structures of neutral N-glycans released from eggs by peptide N-glycosidase F (PNGase F), were next elucidated using ESI-MS/MS, MALDI-MS/MS, enzyme digestion, and monosaccharide composition analysis. Three types of neutral N-glycan structures were observed, truncated (Hex(2-4)-HexNAc(2)), high mannose (Hex(5-9)-HexNAc(2)), and complex (Hex(3)-HexNAc(2-10)) types. None showed core fucosylation.

  6. Philippine Survey of Nematode Parasite Infection and Load in the Giant African Snail Achatina fulica indicate Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection in Mindanao

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    Daisy May A. Constantino-Santos

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica is a ubiquitous land snail commonly found throughout the Philippines. As a generalist feeder and being able to survive in a wide range of habitat types and conditions, the snail can easily establish itself in a new area after introduction. It also acts as host to a variety of parasites, including nematodes, which may accidentally infect humans. In this study, A. fulica individuals from 13 areas in the Philippines were sampled and analyzed for nematode infection rate and load. Of the 393 individuals sampled, 80 (20% were found to be infected, with 5049 nematodes isolated. The infection rates and parasite load were highly variable. Overall, the parasite load ranges from 1 to 867 per snail. Representative nematodes from A. fulica from Plaridel (n=8 and Davao City (n=26 in Mindanao were subjected to DNA extraction, PCR amplification, and sequencing of the SSU rRNA gene, which is the universal barcode for nematodes. Sequences successfully matched with the dog lungworm Oslerus osleri for the Plaridel nematodes and the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis for the Davao City nematodes, respectively. The latter is known to infect humans and can cause eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. This study presents the first report of A. cantonensis in A. fulica from Mindanao and raises a public health concern.

  7. Investigation on interaction of Achatinin, a 9-O-acetyl sialic acid-binding lectin, with lipopolysaccharide in the innate immunity of Achatina fulica snails.

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    Biswas, C; Sinha, D; Mandal, C

    2000-01-01

    Achatinin, a 9-O-acetyl sialic acid (9-O-AcSA) binding lectin, has been demonstrated to be synthesized in amoebocytes of Achatina fulica snails. This lectin was affinity-purified from Achatina amoebocytes lysate (AAL); it appeared as a single band on native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and showed 16 identical subunits of M.W. 15 kDa on sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS)-PAGE. It was found to be homologous with an earlier reported lectin, Achatinin-H, derived from hemolymph of A. fulica snails (Sen, G., Mandal, C., 1995. The specificity of the binding site of Achatinin-H, a sialic-acid binding lectin from Achantia fulica. Carbohydr. Res., 268, 115-125). Homology between both lectins was confirmed by their similar electrophoretic mobilities, carbohydrate specificity and cross reactivity on immunodiffusion. Achatinin showed in vitro calcium dependent binding to two 9-O-acetylated sialoglyoconjugates (9-O-AcSG) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (Escherichia coli 055: B5) of M.W. 40 kDa and 27.5 kDa, which was abolished following de-O-acetylation. Based on the previously defined narrow sugar specificity of Achatinin towards 9-O-AcSAalpha2-->6GalNAc [Sen, G., Mandal, C., 1995. The specificity of the binding site of Achatinin-H, a sialic-acid binding lectin from Achatina fulica. Carbohydr. Res., 268, 115-125], we conclude that LPS contains this lectinogenic epitope at the terminal sugar moiety. The Achatinin-mediated hemagglutination inhibition of rabbit erythrocytes by LPS further confirmed it. The lectin exhibited bacteriostatic effect on Gram-negative bacteria E. coli, DH5alpha and C600. AAL was earlier reported to undergo coagulation in presence of pg level of LPS (Biswas, C., Mandal, C., 1999. The role of amoebocytes in the endotoxin-mediated coagulation in the innate immunity of Achatina fulica snail, Scand. J. Immunol. 49, 131-138). We now demonstrate that Achatinin participates in LPS-mediated coagulation of AAL as indicated by enhanced release of Achatinin from

  8. The Giant Snail Achatina fulica as a Candidate Species for Advanced Bioregenerative Life Support Systems

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    Verbitskaya, Olga; Manukovsky, Nickolay; Kovalev, Vladimir

    Maintenance of crew health is of paramount importance for long duration space missions. Weight loss, bone and calcium loss, increased exposure to radiation and oxidative stress are critical concerns that need to be alleviated. Rational nutrition is a resource for mitigating the influence of unfavorable conditions. The insufficiency of vegetarian diet has been examined by the Japanese, Chinese and U.S. developers of bioregenerative life support systems (BLSS). Hence, inclusion of animals such as silkworm in BLSS looks justified. The giant snail is currently under studying as a source of animal food and a species of reducing waste in BLSS. An experimental system to conduct cultivation of giant snail was developed. It was established that there are some reasons to use the giant snails in BLSS. It could be a source of delicious meat. A. fulica is capable of consuming a wide range of feedstuffs including plant residues. Cultivation of snail in the limited volume does not demand the big expenditures of labor. The production of crude edible biomass and protein of A. fulica was 60±15 g and 7±1.8 g respectively per 1 kg of consumed forage (fresh salad leaves, root and leafy tops of carrot). To satisfy daily animal protein needs (30-35 g) a crewman has to consume 260-300 g of snail meat. To produce such amount of snail protein it takes to use 4.3-5.0 kg of plant forage daily. The nutritional composition of A. fulica whole bodies (without shell) and a meal prepared in various ways was quantitatively determined. Protein, carbohydrate, fat acid and ash content percentages were different among samples prepared in various ways. The protein content was highest (68 %) in the dry sample washed with CH3 COOH solution. Taking into consideration the experimental results a conceptual configuration of BLSS with inclusion of giant snail was developed and mass flow rates between compartments were calculated. Keywords: animal food; protein; giant snail; BLSS; conceptual configuration.

  9. Cytotoxic effect of achatinin(H) (lectin) from Achatina fulica against a human mammary carcinoma cell line (MCF7).

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    Dharmu, Indra; Ramamurty, N; Kannan, Ramalingam; Babu, Mary

    2007-01-01

    The hemolymph-derived achatinin(H) (lectin) from Achatina fulica showed a marked cytotoxic effect on MCF7, a human mammary carcinoma cell line. IC(50) values as measured by the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay for achatinin(H) ranged from 6 to 10 microg/ml in the MCF7 cells. MCF7 cells showed significant morphological changes leading to cell death. The above cell death was observed after 48 h of treatment with 8 microg/ml when compared to untreated cells. Alterations in the tumor marker enzymes, as well as in antioxidant enzymes, were observed after achatinin(H) treatment. The specificity and purity of the achatinin(H) was confirmed by the Western blot assay. Achatinin(H) binding to MCF7 cells was detected by anti-achatinin(H), and visualization of the achatinin(H) binding sites on confluent MCF7 cells was confirmed by flourescein isothiocyanate conjugated secondary antibody. MCF7-treated cells fluoresced, indicating the presence of achatinin(H) binding sites. Fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis of the cell cycle showed a significant increase in S-phase in MCF7 cells after 48 h of achatinin(H) treatment. The cells were arrested in G(2)/M phase of the cell cycle after 48 h with significant changes in cell viability. Cellular damage was confirmed by agarose gel electrophoresis with the characteristic appearance of a DNA streak in treated MCF7 cells indicating the ongoing apoptosis.

  10. Intrapopulational genic variation of the giant African Snail (Achatina fulica in the Valle del Cauca

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    Angie Patiño-Montoya

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    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate the intrapopulation genetic variation of A. fulica in the Valle del Cauca. Materials and methods. Ten microsatellite loci from specimens collected at eight municipalities in the Valle del Cauca Department were amplified. Allelic frequencies and descriptors of intrapopulation genetic diversity were estimated. Bayesian analysis was used to estimate the number of groups present in the study area. Results. Two groups were identified in the Valle del Cauca (p > 50%: one group comprised individuals from the north and center of the department, and one group comprised individuals from the south and west of the department. These groups were genetically different from each other (FST 0.16; p<0.05. Isolation by distance was confirmed (Mantel p 0.01; R2 0.06, and a high level of endogamy was detected through a deficit of heterozygotes in the evaluated loci (FIS 0.45. Conclusions. We suggest that the A. fulica population present in the Valle del Cauca could have been introduced at more than one location, or that there could have been more than one wave of invasion. The high level of endogamy is probably the result of control activities that eliminated adult individuals in the population, which has led to an enhanced founder effect.

  11. Lipids analysis in hemolymph of African giant Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822) exposed to different photoperiods.

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    Lustrino, D; Tunholi-Alves, V M; Tunholi, V M; Marassi, M P; Pinheiro, J

    2010-02-01

    The influence of different photophases (0, 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours) on the triglycerides and total cholesterol contents in the hemolymph of A. fulica was evaluated, since there is no information in the literature about the influence of this factor on lipids metabolism in mollusks. After 2 and 4 weeks of exposure the snails were dissected. The cholesterol content at the 2nd and 4th weeks post exposure only varied significantly in the groups exposed at 24 hours and 0 hour of photophase, respectively. Probably, such increase may be a result of a rise in cholesterol biosynthesis and/or remodelling of cell membranes. There were no significant differences among the content of triglycerides in the snails exposed to 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours of photophase during two weeks. The snails exposed to intermediate photophase (6 and 12 hours) had the triglycerides content increased, ranging over values near to those observed in the group exposed to 0 hour. Results showed that triglycerides metabolism in A. fulica are more influenced by photoperiod than cholesterol metabolism. A negative relation is maintained between the triglycerides content in the hemolymph and the different photophases, with lower mobilisation of triglycerides under shorter photophases.

  12. Lipids analysis in hemolymph of African giant Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822 exposed to different photoperiods

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    D. Lustrino

    Full Text Available The influence of different photophases (0, 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours on the triglycerides and total cholesterol contents in the hemolymph of A. fulica was evaluated, since there is no information in the literature about the influence of this factor on lipids metabolism in mollusks. After 2 and 4 weeks of exposure the snails were dissected. The cholesterol content at the 2nd and 4th weeks post exposure only varied significantly in the groups exposed at 24 hours and 0 hour of photophase, respectively. Probably, such increase may be a result of a rise in cholesterol biosynthesis and/or remodelling of cell membranes. There were no significant differences among the content of triglycerides in the snails exposed to 6, 12, 18 and 24 hours of photophase during two weeks. The snails exposed to intermediate photophase (6 and 12 hours had the triglycerides content increased, ranging over values near to those observed in the group exposed to 0 hour. Results showed that triglycerides metabolism in A. fulica are more influenced by photoperiod than cholesterol metabolism. A negative relation is maintained between the triglycerides content in the hemolymph and the different photophases, with lower mobilisation of triglycerides under shorter photophases.

  13. [RNA polymerase II and pre-mRNA splicing factors in diplotene oocyte nuclei of the giant African gastropod Achatina fulica].

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    Stepanova, I S; Bogoliubov, D S

    2003-01-01

    The nuclear distribution of pre-mRNA splicing factors (snRNPs and SR-protein SC35) and unphosphorylated from of RNA polymerase II (Pol II) was studied using fluorescent and immunoelectron cytochemistry in diplotene oocytes of the gastropod Achatina fulica. Association of Pol II and splicing factors with oocyte nuclear structures was analysed. The antibodies against splicing factors and Pol II were shown to label perichromatin fibrils at the periphery of condensed chromatin blocks as well as those in interchromatin regions of nucleoplasm. The revealed character of distribution of snRNPs, SC35 protein, and Pol II, together with the decondensed chromatin and absence of karyosphere, enable us to suggest that oocyte chromosomes maintain their transcriptional activity at the diplotene stage of oogenesis. In A. fulica oocytes, sparse nuclear bodies (NBs) of a complex morphological structure were revealed. These NBs contain snRNPs rather than SC35 protein. NBs are associated with a fibrogranular material (FGM), which contains SC35 protein. No snRNPs were revealed in this material. Homology of A. fulica oocyte nuclear structures to Cajal bodies and interchromatin granule clusters is discussed.

  14. CARAMUJO AFRICANO: APENAS UMA ESPÉCIE INTRODUZIDA OU UM PROBLEMA DE SAÚDE PÚBLICA?

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    Marcelo Nocelle ALMEIDA

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    Full Text Available Esta revisão objetiva alertar e informar a população em geral e os profissionais de saúde quanto à atuação do caramujo africano [Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822], como hospedeiro intermediário, na transmissão de nematoides de interesse veterinário e humano. Também demonstra o papel das conchas como criadouros para mosquitos vetores de diversas viroses, algumas inclusive com alta incidência no norte e noroeste fluminense.

  15. Endemic angiostrongyliasis in the Brazilian Amazon: natural parasitism of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus, and sympatric giant African land snails, Achatina fulica.

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    Moreira, V L C; Giese, E G; Melo, F T V; Simões, R O; Thiengo, S C; Maldonado, A; Santos, J N

    2013-01-01

    Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the rat lungworm, is one etiological agent of eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. This zoonosis is frequently found in Asia and, more recently, in North America, Caribbean Island and northeastern of South America. Until now, research of A. cantonensis in southern, southeastern and northeastern regions of Brazil has been found natural infections only terrestrial and freshwater intermediate snail hosts (Achatina fulica, Sarasinula marginata, Subulina octona, Bradybaena similaris and Pomacea lineate). In this study, we examined the occurrence of helminthes in the synantropic rodents Rattus rattus and Rattus norvegicus in northern Brazil, focusing on the role of these species as vertebrate hosts of A. cantonensis and A. fulica as intermediate host have found natural. Thirty specimens of R. rattus and twelve of R. norvegicus were collected in the Guamá and Jurunas neighborhoods of the city of Belém, in the Brazilian state of Pará, of which almost 10% harbored adult worms in their pulmonary arteries. Sympatric A. fulica were found to be infected by L(3) larvae, which experimental infection confirmed to be A. cantonensis. Natural infection of snails and rodents with A. cantonensis was confirmed through morphological and morphometrical analyses of adults and larvae using light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and molecular sequences of partial Cytochrome Oxidase subunit I. Phylogenetic analyses showed that A. cantonensis isolated from Pará, Brazil is similar to Japan isolate; once these specimens produced a single haplotype with high bootstrap support with Rio de Janeiro isolate. This study confirms that A. cantonensis is now endemic in northern Brazil, and that R. rattus and R. norvegicus act as natural definitive hosts, and A. fulica as the intermediate host of the parasite in this region. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. The modulation effects of d-amphetamine and procaine on the spontaneously generated action potentials in the central neuron of snail, Achatina fulica Ferussac.

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    Lin, Chia-Hsien; Tsai, Ming-Cheng

    2005-05-01

    The modulation effects of d-amphetamine and procaine on the spontaneously generated action potentials were studied on the RP1 central neuron of giant African snails (Achatina fulica Ferussac). Extra-cellular application of d-amphetamine or procaine reversibly elicited bursts of potential (BoP). Prazosin, propranolol, atropine or d-tubocurarine did not alter the BoP elicited by either d-amphetamine or procaine. KT-5720 or H89 (protein kinase A inhibitors) blocked d-amphetamine-elicited BoP, whereas they did not block the procaine-elicited BoP. U73122, neomycin (phospholipase C inhibitors) blocked the procaine-elicited BoP, whereas they did not block the d-amphetamine-elicited BoP in the same neuron. These results suggest that BoP elicited by d-amphetamine or procaine were associated with protein kinase A and phospholipase C activity in the neuron.

  17. Complete mitochondrial genome of the giant African snail, Achatina fulica (Mollusca: Achatinidae): a novel location of putative control regions (CR) in the mitogenome within Pulmonate species.

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    He, Zhang-Ping; Dai, Xia-Bin; Zhang, Shuai; Zhi, Ting-Ting; Lun, Zhao-Rong; Wu, Zhong-Dao; Yang, Ting-Bao

    2016-01-01

    The whole sequence (15,057 bp) of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of the terrestrial snail Achatina fulica (order Stylommatophora) was determined. The mitogenome, as the typical metazoan mtDNA, contains 13 protein-coding genes (PCG), 2 ribosomal RNA genes (rRNA) and 22 transfer RNA genes (tRNA). The tRNA genes include two trnS without standard secondary structure. Interestingly, among the known mitogenomes of Pulmonata species, we firstly characterized an unassigned lengthy sequence (551 bp) between the cox1 and the trnV which may be the CR for the sake of its AT bases usage bias (65.70%) and potential hairpin structure.

  18. Prevalence and distribution of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda, Angiostrongylidae in Achatina fulica (Mollusca, Gastropoda in Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil

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    Laura Rocha Guerino

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION Angiostrongylus cantonensis is causes eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. Worldwide expansion of this nematode is linked to the dispersion of their hosts. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of A. cantonensis infection in Achatina fulica in the nine municipalities that make up Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil. METHODS Angiostrongylus cantonensis larvae were analyzed using optical microscopy. We performed polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism using restriction endonuclease ClaI, directed to the internal transcribed spacer region 2 of A. cantonensis larval DNA. RESULTS Of the 540 snails analyzed, 117 (21.7% were infected by A. cantonensis. For morphological and morphometric analyses, 60 larvae were used. Second-stage larvae were, on average, 358.2µm long and 26.4µm wide, while third-stage larvae were, on average, 450µm long and 21.12µm wide. The tails of the larvae ended in a fine tip. CONCLUSIONS All municipalities comprising Baixada Santista had A. fulica that were naturally infected with A. cantonensis. All of the observed characteristics were typical of the species.

  19. Prevalence and distribution of Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda, Angiostrongylidae) in Achatina fulica (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil.

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    Guerino, Laura Rocha; Pecora, Iracy Lea; Miranda, Marcel Sabino; Aguiar-Silva, Cryslaine; Carvalho, Omar Dos Santos; Caldeira, Roberta Lima; Silva, Reinaldo José da

    2017-01-01

    Angiostrongylus cantonensis is causes eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. Worldwide expansion of this nematode is linked to the dispersion of their hosts. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of A. cantonensis infection in Achatina fulica in the nine municipalities that make up Baixada Santista, São Paulo, Brazil. Angiostrongylus cantonensis larvae were analyzed using optical microscopy. We performed polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism using restriction endonuclease ClaI, directed to the internal transcribed spacer region 2 of A. cantonensis larval DNA. Of the 540 snails analyzed, 117 (21.7%) were infected by A. cantonensis. For morphological and morphometric analyses, 60 larvae were used. Second-stage larvae were, on average, 358.2µm long and 26.4µm wide, while third-stage larvae were, on average, 450µm long and 21.12µm wide. The tails of the larvae ended in a fine tip. All municipalities comprising Baixada Santista had A. fulica that were naturally infected with A. cantonensis. All of the observed characteristics were typical of the species.

  20. Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection in molluscs in the municipality of São Gonçalo, a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: role of the invasive species Achatina fulica in parasite transmission dynamics.

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    Oliveira, Ana P M; Gentile, Rosana; Maldonado Júnior, Arnaldo; Lopes Torres, Eduardo J; Thiengo, Silvana C

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to analyse the infection dynamics of Angiostrongylus cantonensisin its possible intermediate hosts over two years in an urban area in the state of Rio de Janeiro where the presence ofA. cantonensis had been previously recorded in molluscs. Four of the seven mollusc species found in the study were exotic.Bradybaena similaris was the most abundant, followed by Achatina fulica, Streptaxis sp., Subulina octona, Bulimulus tenuissimus, Sarasinula linguaeformis and Leptinaria unilamellata. Only A. fulica and B. similaris were parasitised by A. cantonensis and both presented co-infection with other helminths. The prevalence of A. cantonensis in A. fulica was more than 50% throughout the study. There was an inverse correlation between the population size ofA. fulica and the prevalence of A. cantonensis and abundance of the latter was negatively related to rainfall. The overall prevalence of A. cantonensis in B. similaris was 24.6%. A. fulica was the most important intermediary host of A. cantonensis in the studied area and B. similaris was secondary in importance for A. cantonensis transmission dynamics.

  1. Distribution, feeding behavior and control strategies of the exotic land snail Achatina fulica (Gastropoda: Pulmonata) in the northeast of Brazil.

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    Albuquerque, F S; Peso-Aguiar, M C; Assunção-Albuquerque, M J T

    2008-11-01

    The goal of this study was to document the distribution and establishment A. fulica such as their feeding preference and behavior in situ. The study was carried out at the city of Lauro de Freitas, Bahia state, Brazil, between November 2001 and November 2002. We used catch per unit effort methods to determine abundance, distribution, habitat choice and food preferences. The abundance and distribution of A. fulica was most representative in urban area, mainly near to the coastline. Lots and house gardens were the most preferred sites during active hours. The results indicated that A. fulica started their activity at the end of the evening and stopped in mid-morning. Their preferred food were vascular plants such as Hibiscus syriacus, Ricinus communis, Carica papaya, Galinsonga coccinea, Lippia alba, Ixora coccinea, Musa parasidisiaca, Mentha spicata and Cymbopogon citrates. Our results indicate that A. fulica are well adapted and established in this city and modified environments facilitate their establishment and dispersion. However, human perturbation, such as clearance of lots could be limiting for the persistence of A. fulica populations.

  2. Purification and characterization of a novel endo-β-1,4-glucanases , AfEG22, from the giant snail, Achatina fulica frussac.

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    Teng, Yigang; Yin, Qiuyu; ding, Ming; Zhao, Fukun

    2010-10-01

    In this study, we confirmed that at least three endo-β-1,4-glucanases existed in the digestive juice of the giant snail, Achatina fulica ferussac, by Congo red staining assay. One of these enzymes, a novel endo-β-1,4-glucanase (AfEG22), was purified 29.5-fold by gel filtration, anion exchange, and hydrophobic interaction chromatography. The carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) hydrolytic activity of the purified enzyme was 12.3 U/mg protein. The molecular mass of AfEG22 was 22081 Da determined by MALDI-TOF. N-terminal amino acid sequencing revealed a sequence of EQRCTNQGGILKYYNT, which did not have significant homology with any proteins in BLAST database. The optimal pH and temperature for hydrolytic activity toward CMC were pH 4.0 and 50°C, respectively. AfEG22 was stable between pH 3.0 and pH 12.0 when incubated at 4°C for 3 h or at 37°C for 1 h. The enzyme remained more than 80% activity between pH 4.5 and pH 7.0 after incubation at 50°C for 1 h. AfEG22 possessed excellent thermostability as more than 70% activity was remained after incubation at 60°C for 3 h. Substrate specific analysis revealed that AfEG22 was a typical endo-β-1,4-glucanase. This is the first time to report a novel endo-β-1,4-glucanase with high stability from the digestive juice of A. fulica.

  3. Giant african snail, Achatina fulica (Férussac, 1821: an environmental and public health problem in the northwestern of Paraná State, Brazil

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    Márcia Aparecida Andreazzi

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Achatina fulica, known as Giant African Snail (GAS, was introduced in Brazil as a substitute for the European escargot, Helix aspersa maxima. However, its cultivation was abandoned and the mollusk became an invasive species, found throughout Brazil and causing damage to health and the environment. In this context, this study analyzed the knowledge of the population about the damage caused by GAS, seeking to reveal a regional scenario on this issue. This exploratory and cross-sectional study was conducted by means of a questionnaire applied to 150 people, which obtained sociodemographic characteristics of respondents and specific responses about the knowledge and handling of GAS. The results showed that most of the respondents know the snail and are concerned about the transmission of diseases and losses in agricultural crops, but few recognize this pest as the basis of environmental imbalance. It is suggested to implement actions seeking the dissemination of such knowledge and the awareness of the population about the impact of this mollusk on the environment.

  4. PROCESSAMENTO E AVALIAÇÃO SENSORIAL DA CARNE DOS MOLUSCOS ESCARGOT (Achatina fulica E ARUÁ (Pomacea lineata

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    S. H. R. BARBOZA

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    O presente trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de avaliar sensorialmente os produtos do processamento da carne dos moluscos escargot (Achatina fulica e aruá (Pomacea lineata. Foram realizados dois processamentos em conserva (enlatado: triturada e defumada. Na avaliação sensorial da carne triturada observou-se diferença significativa entre os produtos, favorável ao escargot com valor médio de aceitação igual a 5,35 e 4,76 para o aruá. Para os produtos elaborados defumados observou-se uma aceitação igual para as duas espécies (escargot = 4,82 e aruá = 4,49. Esses resultados de aceitação nos permitem admitir que os produtos são tecnicamente e sensorialmente viáveis para consumo (aceitação acima de 60% para os dois casos, mas com tendências ligeiramente favoráveis de preferência para os produtos elaborados com carne de escargot.

  5. The effects of aromatic amino acid derivatives on the excitability of an identifiable giant neurone of the African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac).

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    Takeuchi, H.; Tamura, H.

    1980-01-01

    1 The effects of derivatives of aromatic amino acids on the excitability of an identifiable giant neurone (TAN, tonically autoactive neurone) of the African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac) were examined. 2 The following substances had marked inhibitory effects on TAN using bath application: N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-Tyr and N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-Trp (critical concentration, 3 x 10(-7) M), N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-Phe, N-cinnamoyl-DL-Trp and N-phenoxyacetyl-L-Trp (critical concentration, 10(-5) to 3 x 10(-5) M). However, N-beta-phenylpropionyl-D-Tyr and N-beta-phenylpropionyl tyramine had no effect. 3 Microdrop (150 micrometers in diameter) application of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-Tyr or N-beta-phenylpropionyl-l-trp containing about 100 pg resulted in marked inhibitory effects on TAN. The effect was observed in Ca2+-free, Mg2+-rich (24 mM) solution. Substitution of Cl- by acetate did not alter the response. This indicates that the two substances act directly on the TAN membrane and not via synaptic influences, and that the inhibition produced by the two substances is not due to the permeability increase of the TAN membrane to Cl-. PMID:7378654

  6. Restricted genetic variation in populations of Achatina (Lissachatina) fulica outside of East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands points to the Indian Ocean Islands as the earliest known common source.

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    Fontanilla, Ian Kendrich C; Sta Maria, Inna Mikaella P; Garcia, James Rainier M; Ghate, Hemant; Naggs, Fred; Wade, Christopher M

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    The Giant African Land Snail, Achatina ( =  Lissachatina) fulica Bowdich, 1822, is a tropical crop pest species with a widespread distribution across East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and North and South America. Its current distribution is attributed primarily to the introduction of the snail to new areas by Man within the last 200 years. This study determined the extent of genetic diversity in global A. fulica populations using the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene. A total of 560 individuals were evaluated from 39 global populations obtained from 26 territories. Results reveal 18 distinct A. fulica haplotypes; 14 are found in East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, but only two haplotypes from the Indian Ocean islands emerged from this region, the C haplotype, now distributed across the tropics, and the D haplotype in Ecuador and Bolivia. Haplotype E from the Philippines, F from New Caledonia and Barbados, O from India and Q from Ecuador are variants of the emergent C haplotype. For the non-native populations, the lack of genetic variation points to founder effects due to the lack of multiple introductions from the native range. Our current data could only point with certainty to the Indian Ocean islands as the earliest known common source of A. fulica across the globe, which necessitates further sampling in East Africa to determine the source populations of the emergent haplotypes.

  7. Restricted genetic variation in populations of Achatina (Lissachatina fulica outside of East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands points to the Indian Ocean Islands as the earliest known common source.

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    Ian Kendrich C Fontanilla

    Full Text Available The Giant African Land Snail, Achatina ( =  Lissachatina fulica Bowdich, 1822, is a tropical crop pest species with a widespread distribution across East Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean, and North and South America. Its current distribution is attributed primarily to the introduction of the snail to new areas by Man within the last 200 years. This study determined the extent of genetic diversity in global A. fulica populations using the mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA gene. A total of 560 individuals were evaluated from 39 global populations obtained from 26 territories. Results reveal 18 distinct A. fulica haplotypes; 14 are found in East Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, but only two haplotypes from the Indian Ocean islands emerged from this region, the C haplotype, now distributed across the tropics, and the D haplotype in Ecuador and Bolivia. Haplotype E from the Philippines, F from New Caledonia and Barbados, O from India and Q from Ecuador are variants of the emergent C haplotype. For the non-native populations, the lack of genetic variation points to founder effects due to the lack of multiple introductions from the native range. Our current data could only point with certainty to the Indian Ocean islands as the earliest known common source of A. fulica across the globe, which necessitates further sampling in East Africa to determine the source populations of the emergent haplotypes.

  8. Acharan sulfate, the new glycosaminoglycan from Achatina fulica Bowdich 1822. Structural heterogeneity, metabolic labeling and localization in the body, mucus and the organic shell matrix.

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    Vieira, Tuane C R G; Costa-Filho, Adilson; Salgado, Norma C; Allodi, Silvana; Valente, Ana-Paula; Nasciutti, Luiz E; Silva, Luiz-Claudio F

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    Acharan sulfate, a recently discovered glycosaminoglycan isolated from Achatina fulica, has a major disaccharide repeating unit of -->4)-2-acetyl,2-deoxy-alpha-d-glucopyranose(1-->4)-2-sulfo-alpha-l-idopyranosyluronic acid (1-->, making it structurally related to both heparin and heparan sulfate. It has been suggested that this glycosaminoglycan is polydisperse, with an average molecular mass of 29 kDa and known minor disaccharide sequence variants containing unsulfated iduronic acid. Acharan sulfate was found to be located in the body of this species using alcian blue staining and it was suggested to be the main constituent of the mucus. In the present work, we provide further information on the structure and compartmental distribution of acharan sulfate in the snail body. Different populations of acharan sulfate presenting charge and/or molecular mass heterogeneities were isolated from the whole body, as well as from mucus and from the organic shell matrix. A minor glycosaminoglycan fraction susceptible to degradation by nitrous acid was also purified from the snail body, suggesting the presence of N-sulfated glycosaminoglycan molecules. In addition, we demonstrate the in vivo metabolic labeling of acharan sulfate in the snail body after a meal supplemented with [35S]free sulfate. This simple approach might be applied to the study of acharan sulfate biosynthesis. Finally, we developed histochemical assays to localize acharan sulfate in the snail body by metachromatic staining and by histoautoradiography following metabolic radiolabeling with [35S]sulfate. Our results show that acharan sulfate is widely distributed among several organs.

  9. Chemical-modification studies of a unique sialic acid-binding lectin from the snail Achatina fulica. Involvement of tryptophan and histidine residues in biological activity.

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    Basu, S; Mandal, C; Allen, A K

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    A unique sialic acid-binding lectin, achatininH (ATNH) was purified in single step from the haemolymph of the snail Achatina fulica by affinity chromatography on sheep submaxillary-gland mucin coupled to Sepharose 4B. The homogeneity was checked by alkaline gel electrophoresis, immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis. Amino acid analysis showed that the lectin has a fairly high content of acidic amino acid residues (22% of the total). About 1.3% of the residues are half-cystine. The glycoprotein contains 21% carbohydrate. The unusually high content of xylose (6%) and fucose (2.7%) in this snail lectin is quite interesting. The protein was subjected to various chemical modifications in order to detect the amino acid residues and carbohydrate residues present in its binding sites. Modification of tyrosine and arginine residues did not affect the binding activity of ATNH; however, modification of tryptophan and histidine residues led to a complete loss of its biological activity. A marked decrease in the fluorescence emission was found as the tryptophan residues of ATNH were modified. The c.d. data showed the presence of an identical type of conformation in the native and modified agglutinin. The modification of lysine and carboxy residues partially diminished the biological activity. The activity was completely lost after a beta-elimination reaction, indicating that the sugars are O-glycosidically linked to the glycoprotein's protein moiety. This result confirms that the carbohydrate moiety also plays an important role in the agglutination property of this lectin. Images Fig. 3. PMID:3140796

  10. Evaluation of haplotype diversity of Achatina fulica (Lissachatina) [Bowdich] from Indian sub-continent by means of 16S rDNA sequence and its phylogenetic relationships with other global populations.

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    Ayyagari, Vijaya Sai; Sreerama, Krupanidhi

    2017-08-01

    Achatina fulica (Lissachatina fulica) is one of the most invasive species found across the globe causing a significant damage to crops, vegetables, and horticultural plants. This terrestrial snail is native to east Africa and spread to different parts of the world by introductions. India, a hot spot for biodiversity of several endemic gastropods, has witnessed an outburst of this snail population in several parts of the country posing a serious threat to crop loss and also to human health. With an objective to evaluate the genetic diversity of this snail, we have sampled this snail from different parts of India and analyzed its haplotype diversity by means of 16S rDNA sequence information. Apart from this, we have studied the phylogenetic relationships of the isolates sequenced in the present study in relation with other global populations by Bayesian and Maximum-likelihood approaches. Of the isolates sequenced, haplotype 'C' is the predominant one. A new haplotype 'S' from the state of Odisha was observed. The isolates sequenced in the present study clustered with its conspecifics from the Indian sub-continent. Haplotype network analyses were also carried out for studying the evolution of different haplotypes. It was observed that haplotype 'S' was associated with a Mauritius haplotype 'H', indicating the possibility of multiple introductions of A. fulica to India.

  11. Distribution of cysts of Strongyluris sp. (Nematoda) in the pallial system of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822 from Vila Dois Rios and Vila do Abraão, Ilha Grande, Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro.

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    Oliveira, J L; Santos, S B

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    This work aimed to assessing Strongyluris sp. cysts distribution pattern in the several inner organs from pallial system of Achatina fulica Bowdich, 1822. Also we verified if there is a relationship between the mollusk size and the number of specimens from parasites collected from two touristic villages in Ilha Grande (Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro state): Vila Dois Rios (VDR) and Vila do Abraão (ABR). The samples were obtained through a field work conducted bimonthly during 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, at both locations. Height and width were measured from shells collected, and the all specimens were classified in different classes: class 1 - biomass and a larger area of the pallial system, allowing an efficient parasite colonization. Other possible explanation could be the long exposure of the molluscs of class 3 to the parasites, which allowed a longer time to the larvae to allocate themselves.

  12. Considerações estatísticas sobre os valores métricos dos segmentos corpóreos do sistema reprodutor dos escargots das espécies Achatina fulica e Monochromatica

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    Dulcinéa Gonçalves Teixeira

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    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to perform a metric study of the reproductive system of the species Achantina fulica and Achatina monochromatica , establishing comparative parameters between both, to improve the knowledge of the species. After the selective process, weighting and measures of the shell, the specimens were frozen in freezer to -2(0C for approximately 10min as a sacrificing form. For each segments the measures proceeded after the retrieval of the reproductive system through a longitudinal incision. The statistical analysis showed that, in spite of the specimens be maintained under the same environmental and alimentary conditions and submitted to the same selection type, variations happened in the development and size of the reproductive organs. The morphologic aspect of the reproductive system in both species differs macroscopically in several segments; however, the disposition and the location of those segments are identical.

  13. Increases in urea synthesis and the ornithine-urea cycle capacity in the giant African snail, Achatina fulica, during fasting or aestivation, or after the injection with ammonium chloride.

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    Hiong, Kum Chew; Loong, Ai May; Chew, Shit Fun; Ip, Yuen Kwong

    2005-12-01

    The objectives of this study are to determine whether a full complement of ornithine-urea cycle (OUC) enzymes is present in the hepatopancreas of the giant African snail Achatina fulica, and to investigate whether the rate of urea synthesis and the OUC capacity can be up-regulated during 23 days of fasting or aestivation, or 24 hr post-injection with NH(4)Cl (10 micromol g(-1) snail) into the foot muscle. A. fulica is ureotelic and a full complement of OUC enzymes, including carbamoyl phosphate synthetase III (CPS III), was detected from its hepatopancreas. There were significant increases in the excretion of NH(4)(+), NH(3) and urea in fasting A. fulica. Fasting had no significant effect on the tissue ammonia contents, but led to a progressive accumulation of urea, which was associated with an 18-fold increase in the rate of urea synthesis. Because fasting took place in the presence of water and because there was no change in water contents in the foot muscle and hepatopancreas, it can be concluded that the function of urea accumulation in fasting A. fulica was unrelated to water retention. Aestivation in arid conditions led to a non-progressive accumulation of urea in A. fulica. During the first 4 days and the last 3 days of the 23-day aestivation period, experimental snails exhibited significantly greater rates of urea synthesis compared with fasted snails. These increases were associated with significant increases in activities of various OUC enzymes, except CPS III, in the hepatopancreas. However, the overall urea accumulation in snails aestivated and snails fasted for 23 days were comparable. Therefore, the classical hypothesis that urea accumulation occurred to prevent water loss through evaporation during aestivation in terrestrial pulmonates may not be valid. Surprisingly, there were no accumulations of ammonia in the foot muscle and hepatopancreas of A. fulica 12 or 24 hr after NH(4)Cl was injected into the foot muscle. In contrast, the urea content in

  14. MOLECULAR PHYLOGENY OF THREE SPECIES OF LAND SNAILS (STYLOMMATOPHORA AND ACHATINIDAE, ARCHACHATINA MARGINATA (SWAINSON, 1821, ACHATINA ACHATINA (LINNAEUS, 1758, AND ACHATINA FULICA (BOWDICH, 1822 IN SOME SOUTHERN STATES AND NORTH CENTRAL STATES IN NIGERIA

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    Michael Olufemi AWODIRAN

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    Full Text Available Partial sequences of mitochondrial gene cytochrome oxidase sub unit 1 (CO1 and ribosomal RNA 18S nuclear encoding gene of 43 individuals belonging to two genera in order Stylommatophora and the family Achatinidae (Archachatina and Achatina were obtained to investigate molecular phylogeny in the family. The CO1 was found to be highly variable while the 18S was found to be highly conserved yielding invariable sequences. Several primers were also tested both for the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes but CO1 produced the best results giving single and clear bands. Four main genetic phylogroups/clades were identified within the Bayesian tree constructed and all the four clades were supported by bootstrap values of 100% and also were supported by bootstrap values above 79% in the NJ. Two unidentified species used in the analysis were found in the basal clade which may mean that they were of ancient origin. This study provides preliminary and novel insights on the molecular phylogeny of the snails’ species, though there is still a need to collect samples of other species in this family to provide a more robust phylogenetic relationship of achatinid snails in Nigeria.

  15. Effects of glutamic acid analogues on identifiable giant neurones, sensitive to beta-hydroxy-L-glutamic acid, of an African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac).

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    Nakajima, T.; Nomoto, K.; Ohfune, Y.; Shiratori, Y.; Takemoto, T.; Takeuchi, H.; Watanabe, K.

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    The effects of the seven glutamic acid analogues, alpha-kainic acid, alpha-allo-kainic acid, domoic acid, erythro-L-tricholomic acid, DL-ibotenic acid, L-quisqualic acid and allo-gamma-hydroxy-L-glutamic acid were examined on six identifiable giant neurones of an African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac). The neurones studied were: PON (periodically oscillating neurone), d-RPLN (dorsal-right parietal large neurone), VIN (visceral intermittently firing neurone), RAPN (right anterior pallial neurone), FAN (frequently autoactive neurone) and v-RCDN (ventral-right cerebral distinct neurone). Of these, d-RPLN and RAPN were excited by the two isomers (erythro- and threo-) of beta-hydroxy-L-glutamic acid (L-BHGA), whereas PON, VIN, FAN and v-RCDN were inhibited. L-Glutamic acid (L-Glu) had virtually no effect on these neurones. alpha-Kainic acid and domoic acid showed marked excitatory effects, similar to those of L-BHGA, on d-RPLN and RAPN. Their effective potency quotients (EPQs), relative to the more effective isomer of L-BHGA were: 0.3 for both substances on d-RPLN, and 1 for alpha-kainic acid and 3-1 for domoic acid on RAPN. alpha-Kainic acid also had excitatory effects on FAN and v-RCDN (EPQ for both: 0.3), which were inhibited by L-BHGA but excited by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Erythro-L-tricholomic acid showed marked effects, similar to those of L-BHGA, on VIN (EPQ: 0.3) and RAPN (EPQ: 3-1), but produced weaker effects on PON and d-RPLN (EPQ: 0.1). DL-Ibotenic acid produced marked effects, similar to those of L-BHGA, on PON, VIN (EPQ for both: 1) and RAPN (EPQ: 1-0.3), but had weak effects on d-RPLN (EPQ: less than 0.1) and FAN (EPQ: 0.1). It had excitatory effects on v-RCDN (EPQ: 0.1). This neurone was inhibited by L-BHGA but excited by GABA. L-Quisqualic acid showed the same effects as L-BHGA on all of the neurones examined (EPQ range 30-0.1). It was the most potent of the compounds tested on RAPN (EPQ: 30-10), FAN (EPQ: 30) and v-RCDN (EPQ: 3). alpha

  16. Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection in molluscs in the municipality of São Gonçalo, a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: role of the invasive species Achatina fulica in parasite transmission dynamics

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    Ana PM Oliveira

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to analyse the infection dynamics ofAngiostrongylus cantonensisin its possible intermediate hosts over two years in an urban area in the state of Rio de Janeiro where the presence ofA. cantonensis had been previously recorded in molluscs. Four of the seven mollusc species found in the study were exotic.Bradybaena similariswas the most abundant, followed byAchatina fulica, Streptaxissp., Subulina octona, Bulimulus tenuissimus, Sarasinula linguaeformisand Leptinaria unilamellata. Only A. fulicaand B. similariswere parasitised by A. cantonensis and both presented co-infection with other helminths. The prevalence of A. cantonensisin A. fulicawas more than 50% throughout the study. There was an inverse correlation between the population size ofA. fulicaand the prevalence of A. cantonensisand abundance of the latter was negatively related to rainfall. The overall prevalence of A. cantonensisin B. similariswas 24.6%. A. fulicawas the most important intermediary host of A. cantonensisin the studied area andB. similariswas secondary in importance for A. cantonensistransmission dynamics.

  17. AKTIVITAS ENZIM KOMERSIAL, EKSTRAK KASAR ENZIM DARI VISCERA KEONG MAS (Pila polita, ABALON (Haliotis asinina, DAN BEKICOT (Achatina fulica UNTUK LISIS JARINGAN RUMPUT LAUT Kappaphycus alvarezii PADA KULTUR PROTOPLAS

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    Sri Redjeki Hesti Mulyaningrum

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    Full Text Available Dalam usaha perbaikan kualitas bibit rumput laut Kappaphycus alvarezii dilakukan kultur protoplas dengan isolasi protoplas menggunakan enzim. Untuk mendapatkan sumber enzim yang ekonomis sebagai alternatif pengganti enzim komersial dan untuk mengetahui perbandingan konsentrasi enzim komersial yang optimum agar menghasilkan jumlah protoplas yang maksimum, dilakukan karakterisasi terhadap enzim dari berbagai sumber. Aktivitas ekstrak kasar enzim dari viscera bekicot (Achatina fulica tidak berbeda nyata dengan enzim komersial (P>0,05 dengan aktivitas sebesar 0,729 unit/mL; enzim komersial 0,354 unit/mL; ekstrak kasar enzim dari viscera keong mas (Pila polita 0,048 unit/mL; dan ekstrak kasar enzim dari viscera abalon (Haliotis asinina 0,014 unit/mL. Perbandingan enzim komersial yang optimum adalah 2:1 menghasilkan protoplas sebanyak 1,26 x 108 sel/mL; kemudian 1:2 dengan jumlah protoplas 1,22 x 108 sel/mL; perbandingan 1:1 menghasilkan protoplas sebanyak 8,36 x 107 sel/mL; perbandingan 0:1 menghasilkan protoplas sebanyak 6,33 x 107 sel/mL; dan perbandingan 1:0 menghasilkan protoplas sebanyak 9,55 x 106 sel/mL. Rumput laut asal Takalar memiliki protoplas dengan kepadatan tertinggi sebesar 3,7 x 108 sel/mL. Effort to improve the quality of seaweed seed Kappaphycus alvarezii has been done by protoplast culture with protoplast isolation using enzyme. To find out economical enzyme sources as alternatives to substitute the expensive commercial enzyme and to determine the optimum concentration ratio of commercial enzyme to produce maximum amount of protoplast, characterization was executed to several potential sources. Activity of crude extract enzyme from viscera of garden snail (Achatina fulica was not significantly different with commercial enzyme (P>0.05 it was 0.729 unit/mL, commercial enzyme 0.354 unit/mL activity; crude extract enzyme from viscera of golden snail (Pila polita 0.048 unit/mL activity and crude extract enzyme from viscera of abalone

  18. Avaliação macro e microscópica da cicatrização de lesões experimentalmente provocadas em pele de coelhos tratadas com secreção mucoglicoproteica do escargot Achatina fulica

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    Maria de Fátima Martins

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    Full Text Available Os escargots são animais capazes de produzir através de glândulas localizadas em toda superfície do seu corpo, uma secreção glicoproteica com um poder antibacteriano que participa na própria imunidade inata¹. O poder antimicrobiano de determinadas substâncias pode auxiliar nos processos de reparação de feridas de origens diversas. Desta forma, o objetivo do presente trabalho foi o de avaliar macroscopicamente e histologicamente, os efeitos reparadores do muco do escargot Achatina fulica, em lesões provocadas por instrumento cortante na pele de coelhos. Incisões de 10cm de comprimento foram realizadas na pele de 15 coelhos. Estes foram divididos em três grupos e submetidos aos respectivos tratamentos: 1 tratamento com o muco na forma pura, 2 tratamento com o muco sob a forma de pomada e 3 um grupo sem receber o tratamento (controle. As características macroscópicas da lesão foram registradas diariamente e para a análise histológica, uma biópsia foi realizada após 72 horas de tratamento. Os fragmentos processados rotineiramente e corados com Tricrômio de Masson. Histologicamente, a epiderme dos coelhos tratados mostrou uma camada basal de células cúbicas, enquanto os do grupo controle apresentaram uma camada basal de células cilíndricas com áreas desorganizadas e a derme apresentou um estágio mais avançado no processo de reparo quando comparado ao controle. A evolução macroscópica no processo de cicatrização ocorreu num menor espaço de tempo nos coelhos do grupo pomada, em relação aos demais tratamentos.

  19. Structure-activity relationships of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tyrosine and its derivatives on the inhibition of an identifiable giant neurone of an African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac).

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    Ariyoshi, Y.; Takeuchi, H.

    1982-01-01

    1 Inhibitory effects of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tyrosine, N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tryptophan and their derivatives on an identifiable giant neurone, TAN (tonically autoactive neurone) of an African giant snail (Achatina fulica Férussac) were examined in an attempt to elucidate which structural features are necessary to produce the effect. 2 Of the compounds examined, N-beta-cyclohexylpropionyl-L-tyrosine showed the strongest effect. Its critical concentration (c.c.) was 3 X 10(-8)-10(-7)M, about ten times lower than that of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tyrosine (c.c., 3 X 10(-7)-10(-6)M). N-beta-cyclohexylpropionyl-L-tryptophan (c.c., 10(-6)M) had an effect almost similar to that of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tryptophan (c.c., 10(-6)M). 3 N-beta-Phenylpropionyl-N-methyl-L-tyrosine had no effect at a high concentration. 4 Effects of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tyrosine amide (c.c., 3 X 10(-7)-10(-6)M) and N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tryptophan amide (c.c., 10(-6)M) were very similar to those of N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tyrosine and N-beta-phenylpropionyl-L-tryptophan respectively. 5 N-beta-Phenylpropionyl-p-amino-L-phenylalanine (c.c., 3 X 10(-5)-10(-4)M) and N-beta-phenylpropionyl-p-chloro-L-phenylalanine (c.c., 10(-4)M) had only a weak effect. 6 It is proposed that the structural features producing the effect are as follows: the active compound has a phenyl or a cyclohexyl group (hydrophobic binding group), after a suitable distance a peptide bond (proton donor and proton acceptor), adjacently a carbonyl group (proton acceptor), and a phenolic hydroxyl or an indolyl imino group (proton donor) in the molecule. PMID:7150871

  20. Utilization of Snail (Achatina fulica Shell Waste for Synthesis of Calcium Tartrate Tetrahydrate (CaC4H4O6.4H2O Single Crystals in Silica Gel

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    Imam Sakdi

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    Full Text Available Snail (Achatina fulica shell waste is massively produced by many home industries in Indonesia, especially in East Java. The snail shell is known for high calcium; therefore it is potential to be used as calcium source of supernatant in the synthesis of piezoeletric material, such as single crystal of calcium tartrate tetrahydrate (CaTT. The aim of this research is to study the synthesis and characterization of CaTT or CaC4H4O6.4H2O from snail shell waste in silica gel. Supernatant solution of CaCl2 was prepared from CaO, which previously made by calcinating the shell at 1000°C, and then reacted with HCl 1,5M. Synthesis of CaTT was conducted in a single-tube reaction at room temperature in which silica gel was used as growth medium with gelling time of 10 days and growth time of 2 weeks. The pH of gel and CaCl2 concentration were varied, 3.00; 3.50; 4.00; 4.50; 5.00; and 0.27; 0.36; 0.45; 0.54 M respectively, in order to obtain optimum condition of the synthesis, which is indicated from crystal yields. The synthesized crystals were characterized by atomic adsorption spectrophotometry (AAS, infrared spectroscopy (IR and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD. Experimental data shows that optimum condition was obtained at pH of 3.50 and [CaCl2] of 0.45M with yield of 69.37%. The obtained single crystal has clear color and octahedral-like shape with size ranged between 4 – 9 mm. Analysis data by FTIR and powder XRD confirmed that the obtained crystal was CaTT single crystals with crystal system of orthorhombic.

  1. Análise colorimétrica e espectroscópica do muco de caracóis terrestres Achatina sp alimentados com ração diferenciada Colorimetric and spectroscopic analysis of mucus of Achatina sp terrestrial snails fed in differentiated diet

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    Adriana Tarlá Lorenzi

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Foram estudados os efeitos da adição de plantas medicinais de princípios cicatrizantes (Centelha asiática, Papaína e Confrei na ração controle de caracóis terrestres, para se avaliar a interferência destas plantas na composiç��o do muco glicoprotéico. Foram utilizados 80 caracóis terrestres Achatina sp, baseados em um peso homogêneo (49 e 40 g e idade média de 10 e 19 meses para Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica, respectivamente. Os animais foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em oito grupos experimentais: controle Achatina fulica (FC e Achatina monochromatica (MC, centelha asiática Achatina fulica (FCe e Achatina monochromatica (MCe, papaína Achatina fulica (FPa e Achatina monochromatica (MPa e confrei Achatina fulica (FCo e Achatina monochromatica (MCo. Água e ração foram fornecidos ad libitum. Ao final de 150 dias de tratamento, os animais foram submetidos à técnica de extração do muco glicoprotéico, por meio do estímulo manual da glândula podal, responsável pela secreção deste muco. Esta metodologia considerou o bem-estar dos animais, uma vez que os mesmos não foram sacrificados e retornaram ao seu sistema de criação. Os mucos foram analisados por meio de testes colorimétricos e espectroscópicos, que constataram alterações semelhantes, porém apresentaram variação significativa em sua composição glicoprotéica.The effects of adding medicinal plants with healing properties (Centelha asiatica, Papaína and Confrei in the control diet of land snails were studied to evaluate the effect of these plants on the mucus glicoproteic composition. Eighty Achatina sp snails, based on a homogeneous weight (49 and 40 g and averaging 10 and 19 months of age for Achatina fulica and Achatina monochromatica, respectively. The animals were randomly allotted to eight experimental groups: Achatina fulica (FC and Achatina monochromatica (MC control, Asian Achatina fulica (FCe and Achatina monochromatica (MCe

  2. Condições microbiológicas e de ocorrência do caramujo terrestre africano na cidade de Araguaína no Estado do Tocantins

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    Lilyan Luizaga Monteiro

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Com base na grande incidência da espécie invasora de caramujo africano, Achatina fulica, na cidade de Araguaína, objetivamos investigar a relação existente entre as condições microbiológicas do caramujo e a ocorrência deste nas hortas domésticas na cidade. Foram seguidas metodologias laboratoriais na determinação de presença/ausência de microrganismos na superfície do caramujo, assim como de fungos filamentosos. Para complementar o trabalho foram entrevistados cento e um (101 moradores domiciliados em dezenove setores de Araguaína. Os resultados microbiológicos da superfície do caramujo apresentam valores acima de 1,2x105 UFC/g de bactérias heterotróficas, foram também isolados fungos dos gêneros Aspergillus, Penicillum, Trichophyton e Cryptococcus. No levantamento por entrevista, 86% dos entrevistados relataram uma alta incidência do caramujo nos seus domicílios no período chuvoso e 50% deles afirmaram ter algum tipo de canteiro em casa, porém 85% desconhecem as doenças que poderiam ser transmitidas por este caramujo. Concluímos que existe uma elevada contaminação microbiológica na superfície dos caramujos analisados, o que combinado com a preferencia pelos produtos de hortas domesticas desconhecendo os riscos que a invasão por caramujos pode acarretar, indicam a necessidade de ampliar o conhecimento sobre a determinação das condições de risco inerentes a A. fulica, assim como sua divulgação na sociedade araguaínense sobre seus efeitos, não somente na saúde das pessoas mas também na produtividade da agricultura artesanal.

  3. Toward an Ethnoarchaeomalacology of Achatina in East Africa

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    Jonathan Walz

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    Full Text Available Land snail shell is a material commonly identified in the Late Holocene archaeological record of eastern Africa. Typically, archaeologists designate land snail shell as a natural occurrence or as debris produced from human subsistence. Ethnographic observations in lowland northeastern Tanzania show that contemporary communities employ the soft parts and shells of land snails, particularly Achatina fulica, for a range of everyday and special purposes. The array of land snail uses by mixed subsistence farmers and agropastoralists in the area documents the significance of A. fulica and other robust land snail species. Present uses of land snails observed in Tanzania offer a set of analogies that, when critically applied, can enrich archaeologists’ interpretations of land snail debris in antiquity.

  4. Análise colorimétrica e espectroscópica do muco de caracóis terrestres Achatina sp alimentados com ração diferenciada Colorimetric and spectroscopic analysis of mucus of Achatina sp terrestrial snails fed in differentiated diet

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    Adriana Tarlá Lorenzi; Maria de Fátima Martins

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    Foram estudados os efeitos da adição de plantas medicinais de princípios cicatrizantes (Centelha asiática, Papaína e Confrei) na ração controle de caracóis terrestres, para se avaliar a interferência destas plantas na composiç��o do muco glicoprotéico. Foram utilizados 80 caracóis terrestres Achatina sp, baseados em um peso homogêneo (49 e 40 g e idade média de 10 e 19 meses para Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica, respectivamente). Os animais foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em oito ...

  5. Análise colorimétrica e espectroscópica do muco de caracóis terrestres Achatina sp alimentados com ração diferenciada

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    Lorenzi,Adriana Tarlá; Martins,Maria de Fátima

    2008-01-01

    Foram estudados os efeitos da adição de plantas medicinais de princípios cicatrizantes (Centelha asiática, Papaína e Confrei) na ração controle de caracóis terrestres, para se avaliar a interferência destas plantas na composição do muco glicoprotéico. Foram utilizados 80 caracóis terrestres Achatina sp, baseados em um peso homogêneo (49 e 40 g e idade média de 10 e 19 meses para Achatina fulica e Achatina monochromatica, respectivamente). Os animais foram distribuídos aleatoriamente em oito g...

  6. O CARAMUJO AFRICANO EM CONTEXTO ESCOLAR: AS PERCEPÇÕES DE ESTUDANTES DO ENSINO FUNDAMENTAL E O ESTUDO DA HELMINTOFAUNA ASSOCIADA AO CARAMUJO EM BARRA DO PIRAÍ (RJ

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    Zilene Moreira Pereira

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    Full Text Available The study investigates elementary students’ perception of the species Achatina fulica (African snail and the risks this mollusc may pose to the population of Barra do Piraí – in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The research involved questionnaires, focus groups and field observations, besides A. fulica specimens parasitological analysis. The results indicated the presence of snails infected with nematodes of medical and veterinary interest in the locality. The students have a negative perception of the snail, and there is great difference between their perceptions and scientific knowledge. Based on the contributions of the perceptions study and of Meaningful Learning Theory, guidelines are suggested so that strategies for teaching the content regarding the African snail at school environment can be developed.

  7. Anti-bacterial activity of Achatina CRP and its mechanism of action.

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    Mukherjee, Sandip; Barman, Soma; Mandal, Narayan Chandra; Bhattacharya, Shelley

    2014-07-01

    The physiological role of C-reactive protein (CRP), the classical acute-phase protein, is not well documented, despite many reports on biological effects of CRP in vitro and in model systems in vivo. It has been suggested that CRP protects mice against lethal toxicity of bacterial infections by implementing immunological responses. In Achatina fulica CRP is a constitutive multifunctional protein in haemolymph and considered responsible for their survival in the environment for millions of years. The efficacy of Achatina CRP (ACRP) was tested against both Salmonella typhimurium and Bacillus subtilis infections in mice where endogenous CRP level is negligible even after inflammatory stimulus. Further, growth curves of the bacteria revealed that ACRP (50 microg/mL) is bacteriostatic against gram negative salmonellae and bactericidal against gram positive bacilli. ACRP induced energy crises in bacterial cells, inhibited key carbohydrate metabolic enzymes such as phosphofructokinase in glycolysis, isocitrate dehydrogenase in TCA cycle, isocitrate lyase in glyoxylate cycle and fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase in gluconeogenesis. ACRP disturbed the homeostasis of cellular redox potential as well as reduced glutathione status, which is accompanied by an enhanced rate of lipid peroxidation. Annexin V-Cy3/CFDA dual staining clearly showed ACRP induced apoptosis-like death in bacterial cell population. Moreover, immunoblot analyses also indicated apoptosis-like death in ACRP treated bacterial cells, where activation of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP) and caspase-3 was noteworthy. It is concluded that metabolic impairment by ACRP in bacterial cells is primarily due to generation of reactive oxygen species and ACRP induced anti-bacterial effect is mediated by metabolic impairment leading to apoptosis-like death in bacterial cells.

  8. Utilisation of Giant African snail (Achatina fulica) meal as protein source by laying hens

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    Diarra, Siaka Seriba; Kant, Rashmi; Tanhimana, Jemarlyn; Lela, Patrick

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    A 12-week experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of substituting Giant African snail meal for fish meal in laying hens diet. Four diets were formulated to contain snail meal as replacement for fish meal at 0 (control), 33, 67 and 100%. A total of 120 Shaver Brown pullets aged 18 weeks were allocated to the dietary treatments in a randomised design. Each treatment consisted of three replicates and ten birds per replicate. Feed intake increased only for the 33% treatment as compa...

  9. FRACTIONATION OF FATTY ACID OMEGA 3, 6 AND 9 FROM SNAIL (Achatina fulica USING COLOUM CHROMATOGRAPHY

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    Winarto Haryadi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The extraction of fat from snail has been carried out by Soxhlet extractor with petroleum ether solvent. Fatty product from extraction was transesterificated in BF3/methanol solvent for an hour by reflux procedure, then extracted by n-hexane to produce methyl ester fatty acid. Free water fatty acid methyl ester was analyzed by Gas Chromatography-Mass spectrometer (GC-MS. Fatty acid ester was separated from its fractions use column chromatography in n-hexane, n-hexane:dietil eter (2:1 v/v, dietil eter, aseton, ethanol and methanol. This fractions wer also analized by GC-MS. From GC-MS data sheet can be obtained 5 fractions which details are; fraction 1 contains omega 3: 27.54 %, omega 6: 15.40 % and omega 9: 6.77 %. Fraction 2 contains omega 3: 3.08 %, omega 6: 15.62 % and omega 9: 10.72 %. Fraction 3 contains omega 6: 3.57 %, omega 9: 7.02 % and none omega 3 inside it. Omega 3, 6 and 9 can't be identification in fraction 4 and 5.   Keywords: extraction, transesterification, column chromatography, GC-MS

  10. Utilisation of Giant African snail (Achatina fulica meal as protein source for laying hens

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    Siaka Seriba Diarra

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available A 12-week experiment was carried out to investigate the effects of substituting Giant African snail meal for fish meal in laying hens diet. Four diets were formulated to contain snail meal as replacement for fish meal at 0 (control, 33, 67 and 100 %. A total of 120 Shaver Brown pullets aged 18 weeks were allocated to the dietary treatments in a randomised design. Each treatment consisted of three replicates and ten birds per replicate. Feed intake increased only for the 33% treatment as compared to the 67% replacement diet but did not differ from the other treatments. There were no significant treatment effects on egg performance parameters observed (egg production, egg weight, total egg mass, feed conversion ratio and percent shell. The overall feed cost of egg production reduced on the snail mealbased diets. The organoleptic evaluation of boiled eggs revealed no difference between the treatments. Based on these results it was concluded that total replacement of fish meal with cooked snail meat meal does not compromise laying performance or egg quality. The substitution is beneficial in terms of production cost reduction and the reduction of snails will have a beneficial impact especially where these snails are a serious agricultural pest. The manual collection and processing of snails can also become a source of rural income.

  11. Identification of characteristic aroma compounds in raw and thermally processed African giant snail (Achatina fulica).

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    Lasekan, Ola; Muniady, Megala; Lin, Mee; Dabaj, Fatma

    2018-04-24

    Food flavor appreciation is one of the first signals along with food appearance and texture encountered by consumers during eating of food. Also, it is well known that flavor can strongly influence consumer's acceptability judgment. The increase in the consumption of snail meat across the world calls for the need to research into the aroma compounds responsible for the distinctive aroma notes of processed snail meat. The odorants responsible for the unique aroma notes in thermally processed giant African snail meats were evaluated by means of aroma extract dilution analysis (AEDA), gas chromatography-olfactometry (GC-O) and odor activity values (OAVs) respectively. Results revealed significant differences in the aroma profiles of the raw and thermally processed snail meats. Whilst the aroma profile of the raw snail meat was dominated with the floral-like β-ionone and β-iso-methyl ionone, sweaty/cheesy-like butanoic acid, and the mushroom-like 1-octen-3-one, the boiled and fried samples were dominated with the thermally generated odorants like 2-methylpyrazine, 2,5-dimethylpyrazine, 2-acetylthiazole and 2-acetylpyridine. Finally, results have shown that sotolon, 2-acetyl-1-pyrroline, 2-furanmethanethiol, 2-methylbutanal, 1-octen-3-one, octanal, furanone, 2-methoxyphenol, 2-acetylpyridine, 2-acetylthiazole, and 2-methylpyrazine contributed to the overall aroma of the thermally processed snail meat.

  12. Electrospining method to synthesize compositebased on alginate-polyvinyl alcohol with addition of snail (Achatina fulica)

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    Meilanny DKP; Pranjono; Dyah Hikmawati

    2015-01-01

    Many materials that can be used as wound coverings, one is alginate. Alginate has a high absorption capacity and has a role as a gelling agent which has hemostatic properties. Rigid and brittle nature is weakness of alginate and to improve the properties of the alginate can be mixed with the vinyl polymers are compatible and flexible. PVA is a water-soluble polymer, has a good ability to form fibers, biocompatible, has a chemical resistance, and biodegradable. For further improve the quality of wound closure, this research used the method electrospining . This experiment was carried out at a distance of 8 cm with a voltage of 17 kV, 20 kV, 23 kV, 25 kV and 27 kV. Testing is done using FTIR test to determine functional groups which is formed and analysis of the microstructure using SEM. FTIR test results showed that with the addition of lendr snail does not produce new functional groups. At a voltage of 23 kV can produce a fibers with micro size with nano fiber produced is also very continuous. (author)

  13. Effects of lead pollution at industrial contaminated sites on sentinel juvenile Achatina achatina.

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    Ebenso, I E; Ologhobo, A D

    2009-01-01

    We investigated juvenile Achatina achatina snails exposed as sentinels in plastic cages for 12 weeks to compare lead pollution at dump sites of abandoned battery factory (Niger Delta, Nigeria). Results indicated 0.56, 20.37, 200.42 and 1200.30 microg/g soil lead at control, storage, dried effluent and waste dump sites, respectively. There were significant (p lead pollution. Snails were tolerant of all levels of lead pollution with no mortalities. This novel approach provides a basis for use of snail data in environmental pollution assessment of industrial sites.

  14. Cancro em mogno africano no estado do Pará

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    Célia Regina Tremacoldi

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    Full Text Available Sintomas de cancro foram observados em plantios de mogno africano, no município de Dom Eliseu, Pará. Os fungos associados aos tecidos sintomáticos foram identificados como Lasiodiplodia theobromae e Fusarium subglutinans. Culturas puras desses fungos foram testadas quanto à patogenicidade em mudas de mogno africano sadias. Apenas L. theobromae produziu cancro, por meio de inoculação por ferimento e alta umidade. A confirmação de L. theobromae como agente causal do cancro ocorreu após o reisolamento do fungo a partir das plantas inoculadas em casa de vegetação, concluindo a primeira verificação do postulado de Koch para esse patossistema.

  15. Anthelmintic Effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. in Wild- caught Achatina ...

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  16. Obituary: John Louis Africano III, 1951-2006

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    Barker, Edwin, S.

    2007-12-01

    The orbital debris, space surveillance, and astronomical communities lost a valued and beloved friend when John L. Africano passed away on July 27, 2006, at the young age of 55. John passed away in Honolulu, Hawaii, from complications following a heart attack suffered while playing racquetball, which was his avocation in life. Born on February 8, 1951, in Saint Louis, Missouri, John graduated with a B.S. in Physics from the University of Missouri at Saint Louis in 1973, and received a Master's degree in Astronomy from Vanderbilt University in 1974. John had a real love for astronomical observing and for conveying his many years of experience to others. He encouraged many young astronomers and mentored them in the basics of photometry and astronomical instrumentation. John was author or co-author on nearly one-hundred refereed publications ranging from analyses of cool stars to the timing of occultations to space surveillance. He was honored for his contributions to minor planet research when the Jet Propulsion Laboratory named Minor Planet 6391 (Africano) after him. John held operational staff positions at several major observatories including McDonald Observatory in Texas, Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, and the Cloudcroft Telescope Facility in New Mexico. He observed at numerous observatories worldwide, including Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, developing a world-wide network of friends and colleagues. John's ability to build diverse teams through his managerial and technical skills, not to mention his smiling personality, resulted in numerous successes in the observational astronomy and space surveillance arenas. As an astronomer for Boeing LTS Inc., he worked for many years at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance site (AMOS) on Maui, Hawaii, where he contributed his operational and instrumental expertise to both the astronomy and space surveillance communities. He was also the co-organizer of the annual AMOS

  17. [SPECTRAL AND ACID-BASE PROPERTIES OF HEMOLYMPH PLASMA AND ITS FRACTIONS FROM GASTROPOD PULMONATE MOLLUSC ACHATINA FULICA].

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    Petrova, T A; Lianguzov, A Yu; Malygina, N M

    2016-01-01

    The set of normal biochemical indicators of the hemolymph plasma of gastropod pulmonate mollusc Achatinafulica is described. Comparative analysis of the whole plasma and its subfractions enriched and depleted of oxygen-carrying protein hemocyanin was performed by spectrophotometry and spectrofluorimetry methods. Individual features of the absorption spectra were analyzed using fourth derivatives. The optimum method for estimating protein concentration was chosen. To characterize acid-base properties of plasma hemolymph and its sub-fractions we calculated buffer capacity, equivalence points and pK values of dominant buffer groups. It is shown that the major role in maintaining the buffer capacity of hemolymph belongs to the bicarbonate system. These results are compared with data for Helix pomatia available in literature. In the future the indicators studied in this work will be used to develop ecotoxicological criteria for the environmental assessment.

  18. Pengaruh Lendir Bekicot (Achatina fulica terhadap Jumlah Sel Fibroblas pada Penyembuhan Luka Sayat Studi Eksperimental pada Kulit Mencit (Mus musculus

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    Perez Wahyu Purnasari

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    Design and methods: The study is an experimental research with post test only randomized control group design. The subjects were 18 Mus musculus strain mice that were divided into 3 groups. 1st group as a control group of untreated, 2nd group was given povidone iodine 10%, and 3rd group was given land snails’ mucus during 5th days. On the 6th day the mices were killed for histological study. Results: The data showed that average number of fibroblast in 1st group is 93,85; 2nd group is 126,37; and 3rd is group 217,5. The results of one way anova statistical test showed significant difference among the three groups p = 0,000. The results of post hoc test showed significant difference in all groups (p < 0,05. Conclusion: The mucus of land snail is influence the number of fibroblast in healing cuts (Sains Medika, 4(2:195-203.

  19. [Distribution of acetylcholinesterase activity in the digestive system of the gastropod molluscs Littorina littorea and Achatina fulica].

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    Zaĭtseva, O V; Kuznetsova, T V

    2008-01-01

    With the use of the histochemical procedure for the demonstration of acetylcholinesterase (AchE) activity, the distribution cholinergic regulatory elements was studied in the esophagus, the pharynx, the stomach, the liver (the digestive gland) and the intestine in sea and terrestrial gastropod molluscs that differed in their general organization level, lifestyle, habitat and feeding type. In both molluscs, all the parts of the digestive tract contained the significant amount of intraepithelial AchE-positive cells of the open type, single subepithelial neurons and the nervous fibers localized among the muscle cells of the wall of the organs. The basal processes of the AchE-positive intraepithelial cells were shown to form the intraepithelial nerve plexus and to pass under the epithelium. The peculiarities and common principles in the distribution of the nervous elements detected, their possible function and the regulatory role in the digestion in gastropod molluscs and other animals are discussed.

  20. Eco-physiological adaptation of the land snail Achatina achatina (Gastropoda: Pulmonata in tropical agro-ecosystem

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    Christian O. Chukwuka

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The survival of land snails in an adverse environmental condition depends on the integral physiological, morphological and behavioural adaptations. These adaptations are essential in understanding the species-specific habitat requirements and in predicting their environmental responses. In this study, the monthly and the periodic patterns of eco-physiological adaptation of land snail, Achatina achatina in Nsukka tropical agro-ecosystem were assessed from December 2012 to July 2013. Standard methods were employed in sampling the land snail and determination of the water content, biochemical fuel reserves and enzyme concentrations of the samples. The present results showed that lipids were high at the beginning of aestivation and depleted as the aestivation progressed. Glycogen was significantly low throughout the aestivation months (December–March and increased in the active months (April–July. Protein content recorded a definite pattern all through the months studied. Catabolism of lactate and a decrease in activity of LDH during aestivation and substantial increase upon activation were observed. Data showed that transaminase and aspartate enzymes depleted during the aestivation months indicating that the snails may have developed potential cell injury due to oxidative stress and thermal heat. A disassociation between the physiological responses and climatic data was recorded. The physiological adaptation of A. achatina ensures regular adjustment under extreme conditions and compensates for its metabolic regulation in the tropics. It is concluded that survival of A. achatina is not environmentally predicted; rather it depends on the species-specific inherent process in predicting responses for survival.

  1. Possible control of introduced giant African land snails (Achatina spp. by the reintroduced endemic skink Leiolopisma telfairii, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius

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    Jamie A. COPSEY

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The giant African land snail (Achatina fulica is one of the world’s worst invasive species, out‐competing endemic snails, consuming native vegetation and potentially altering nutrient cycles. Attempts to eradicate the snail from islands have only been successful with incipient populations. We present correlative evidence that native island predators may act as an effective control agent for the snail. In 2000 a population of between 37,300 and 45,100 African land snails was estimated on the 26ha nature reserve island of Ile aux Aigrette, Mauritius. Between 2006 and 2007, 260 endemic Telfair’s skink Leiolopisma telfairii were reintroduced to the reserve. Snail population surveys in 2008 and 2009 showed that the introduced snail population had declined to 5,569 (± 3,630 and 6,871 (±5,379, respectively. Previous studies showed that the introduced snails were selective over other invertebrate prey items. We suggest that predation by the endemic skink has been an important causal factor behind the snail population decline.

  2. Arte africano como punto de partida para una actividad de arte terapia

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    Vassiliadou Yiannaka, María

    2001-01-01

    La visita a una exposición de arte africano realizada con un grupo de pacientes de un Hospital Psiquiátrico sirve en este artículo para reflexionar sobre los aspectos implicados en la organización de actividades de arte terapia y sobre el problema de la accesibilidad de todos los ciudadanos a la vida cultural

  3. Dinâmicas de Gênero e Feminismos em Contextos Africanos

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    Eufémia Vicente Rocha

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente dossiê visa contribuir para os debates promovidos pela Revista Estudos Feministas sobre feminismos descoloniais e pós-coloniais, apresentando reflexões oriundas de estudos desenvolvidos em contextos africanos – Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, Guiné Bissau, Angola, Moçambique e África do Sul

  4. Swimming black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) Kleptoparasitize American coots (Fulica americana)

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    Graves, Gary R.

    2015-01-01

    I observed black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) swimming and kleptoparasitizing American coots (Fulica americana) at an artificial lake in Pinal County, Arizona. This appears to be the first record of interspecific kleptoparasitism by a swimming ardeid.......I observed black-crowned night-herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) swimming and kleptoparasitizing American coots (Fulica americana) at an artificial lake in Pinal County, Arizona. This appears to be the first record of interspecific kleptoparasitism by a swimming ardeid....

  5. El concepto de identidad en la novela "El africano" de Le Clézio

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    En las últimas décadas, la problemática de las identidades se tornó recurrente en diversos dominios académicos. La novela El africano del escritor francés Le Clézio por ser una autobiografía novelada, nos permite analizar el concepto de identidad a partir de la vida del autor sobre algunos tópicos que se interrelacionan a lo largo de la obra. La novela presenta un interesante ejemplo de cómo el concepto de identidad se emparenta más con las perspectivas constructivistas ya que inicia un recor...

  6. Distribution of 137Cs in the American Coot (Fulica americana)

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    Potter, C.M.; Brisbin, I.L. Jr.; McDowell, S.G.; Whicker, F.W.

    1989-01-01

    Caesium-137 concentrations were determined for major tissue and organ components of Americal Coots (Fulica americana) wintering on two contaminated reactor cooling reservoirs on the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Plant. Concentrations reflected the relative contamination levels of the two reservoirs. A low ratio of 137 Cs in gut contents to that in muscle indicated that the coots used in the study were established winter residents and tissue 137 Cs had probably reached equilibrium with intake. The contributions of each component to the whole body weight and total 137 Cs body burden were calculated. Skeletal muscle exhibited the highest 137 Cs concentrations and comprised 35% of the total 137 Cs body burden. Gut contents represented 17% of the total body burden. Various other organs were intermediate and bone exhibited the lowest 137 Cs concentrations. Linear regressions were determined for 137 Cs concentrations in skeletal muscle, liver, kidney, gastrointestinal (GI) tract tissue and gut contents, as functions of whole-body concentrations. (author)

  7. El origen africano del cultivo del arroz en Las Américas

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    Carney, Judith A.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Until the period of the transatlantic slave trade, rice was not cultivated in the Americas. By the eighteenth century the crop was widely established across plantation societies from South Carolina to Brazil. Grown by slaves as well as maroons, for subsistence and also for export, the onset of rice cultivation in the Americas has long been attributed to European planters. This article presents evidence that supports African agency in establishing rice culture in the New World. Emphasis is on African rice (Oryza glaberrima, enslaved West Africans for whom the crop was a dietary staple, and an indigenous rice knowledge system with identical features across the African and American Atlantic. A comparative analysis of land use, methods of cultivation, milling and cooking traditions illuminates the diffusion of African rice culture to the Americas and the role of West African slaves in pioneering rice as a New World subsistence staple.El arroz no empezó a ser cultivado en las Américas sino hasta el periodo del comercio transatlántico de esclavos. Para el siglo XVIII este cultivo ya se había establecido extensamente en plantaciones desde Carolina del Sur hasta Brasil. Cultivado por esclavos así como cimarrones, tanto para la subsistencia como para la exportación, el comienzo de la cultivación de arroz en las Américas invariablemente se ha atribuido a los dueños de plantaciones europeos. Este artículo presenta evidencia del importante papel que desempeñaron los africanos en establecer la cultura del arroz en el Nuevo Mundo. Este trabajo se enfoca sobre el arroz africano (Oryza glaberrima, personas esclavizadas de África occidental para quienes este cultivo era un alimento básico, y un sistema de conocimiento indígena sobre el arroz con características idénticas entre el Atlántico africano y americano. Un estudio comparativo de usos del suelo, métodos de cultivo, procesos de molienda y tradiciones culinarias ilumina el tema de la

  8. RENDIMENTO DE CARCAÇA E COMPOSIÇÃO CENTESIMAL DO MÚSCULO DOS MOLUSCOS ESCARGOT (Achatina fulica E ARUÁ (Pomacea lineata

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    S. H. R. BARBOZA

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    O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a composição corporal (rendimento de carcaça e a composição centesimal do músculo dos moluscos escargot e aruá. As avaliações foram realizadas comparando-se 6 grupos de animais de pesos e idades diferentes (3 de escargot e 3 de aruá com um grupo controle (escargot, animais estes com 4 meses de idade e peso entre 20 e 25g (considerados pela Escargoteria animais padrão de abate. De interesse industrial, o rendimento em carne observado no lote de escargot de peso inferior (14,08 a 19,98g ao lote controle, mostra que podemos aproveitá-los para a comercialização, pois podem ser abatidos antes dos 4 meses de idade, pelo menor custo de produção. Já os lotes de aruá (espécie selvagem apresentaram discrepâncias quando comparado ao lote controle o que sugerem estudos zootécnicos para melhorar o rendimento em carne. Na composição centesimal da carne 02 lotes de escargot (1 e 2 e 02 lotes de aruá (4 e 5 são estatisticamente igual ao lote controle indicando o potencial nutricional da espécie aruá.

  9. ESTUDO DO APROVEITAMENTO DAS VÍSCERAS DOS MOLUSCOS ESCARGOT (Achatina fulica) E ARUÁ (Pomacea lineata) PARA INCORPORAÇÃO EM RAÇÃO ANIMAL

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    S. E. R. BARBOZA; P. F. ROMANELLI

    2008-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o aproveitamento das vísceras - subprodutos, dos moluscos escargot e aruá. As vísceras foram processadas na forma de farinha e suas características físico-químicas (composição centesimal, cálcio, fósforo, digestibilidade em pepsina, índice de acidez) e microbiológicas (Salmonella sp) foram comparadas aos padrões de qualidades exi...

  10. RENDIMENTO DE CARCAÇA E COMPOSIÇÃO CENTESIMAL DO MÚSCULO DOS MOLUSCOS ESCARGOT (Achatina fulica) E ARUÁ (Pomacea lineata)

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    S. H. R. BARBOZA; P. F. ROMANELLI

    2008-01-01

    O presente trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a composição corporal (rendimento de carcaça) e a composição centesimal do músculo dos moluscos escargot e aruá. As avaliações foram realizadas comparando-se 6 grupos de animais de pesos e idades diferentes (3 de escargot e 3 de aruá) com um grupo controle (escargot), animais estes com 4 meses de idade e peso entre 20 e ...

  11. Sobre el envío de tropas de la Legio VII Gemina al limes africano

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    Juan José PALAO VICENTE

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Las relaciones entre Hispania y Africa en época romana fueron corrientes en todos los campos, incluyendo el militar. Este artículo intenta analizar la presencia en territorio africano de tropas de la Legio VII Gemina, tratando de conocer cuáles fueron los verdaderos motivos de dicha estancia. El estudio del material amplía la visión tradicional de las posibles funciones allí desempeñadas por estos destacamentos, que posiblemente abarcaron aspectos administrativos y logísticos.ABSTRACT: The relationship between Hispania and Africa in the Roman world were very strong in alls fields incluiding the military, too. This paper purposes to analize the presence of legio VII Gemina's troops in African territories, attempting to know the true reasons of this presence.The study of material presents a new vision about the mission of those troops, which undertake possibly administratives and logistics works.

  12. O Cultivo do Mogno Africano (Khaya spp. e o Crescimento da Atividade no Brasil

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    Andressa Ribeiro

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    Full Text Available RESUMO O setor florestal brasileiro está em plena expansão e com um aumento gradativo de investidores florestais optando pelo cultivo de espécies de madeira nobre. O mogno africano (Khaya spp. é uma espécie que vêm se destacando na preferência dos empresários como opção no investimento florestal. Porém, estudos e pesquisas sobre a espécie, principalmente no Brasil, são escassos. Assim, a presente revisão procurou reunir diversas fontes de publicação, nacionais e internacionais, abordando aspectos históricos do mogno, buscando aclarar as características da espécie e a experiência de outros países no manejo dessa cultura.

  13. Intrusiones de polvo africano en la región Caribe de Colombia

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    Omar Javier Ramírez Hernández

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available El transporte intercontinental de material mineral desde África hacia el Caribe, Norteamérica y Suramérica es un fenómeno de interés investigativo internacional. Varios estudios han llamado la atención sobre los efectos meteorológicos y las implicaciones climáticas derivadas de la presencia de este aerosol en la atmósfera, como también de los potenciales efectos sobre la salud humana. La región Caribe colombiana no es ajena a esta problemática, pero son escasos los estudios realizados. Por lo anterior, el objetivo de este artículo es identificar eventos de intrusión de polvo de origen africano en la región Caribe de Colombia. Metodológicamente se analizaron mapas de concentración de polvo generados por los modelos GEOS-5, SKIRON, NAAPS y CALIPSO, entre el 01 de enero y el 31 de diciembre de 2012. También se utilizaron imágenes generadas por el sensor satelital MODIS e información de redes de calidad del aire de la región. Según los resultados obtenidos, existen evidencias para afirmar que al norte de Colombia, en la región Caribe, se detectan eventos de intrusión de polvo de origen africano. El periodo del año en que se presentan mayores niveles de concentración es entre marzo y septiembre, sobresaliendo los meses de marzo, junio, julio y agosto.

  14. Timing of reproduction and fledging success in the coot Fulica atra : evidence for a causal relationship

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    Brinkhof, Martin W.G.; Cavé, Anton J.; Hage, Fred J.; Verhulst, Simon

    1993-01-01

    1. We investigated the relationship between hatching date and fledging success in the European coot (Fulica atra). 2. The production of fledglings per brood increased in the first half of the season and decreased in the second half, independent of clutch size or egg size. We tested experimentally

  15. EL GOLFO DE GUINEA: ¿FUTURO GOLFO PÉRSICO AFRICANO?

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    Yoslán Silverio González

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Las diferentes regiones africanas no han dejado de estar en el epicentro de los rejuegos y de las influencias de las potencias capitalistas, sobre todo de las ex metrópolis europeas como Francia y de Estados Unidos, debido a que cada una de ellas resulta tener una significativa importancia en el contexto de las relaciones internacionales, ya sea por su posición geográfica como por sus recursos naturales. En las últimas décadas, garantizar los suministros energéticos se ha convertido en un asunto de seguridad nacional para todos los países, principalmente para aquellos con un alto nivel de consumo y desarrollo industrial. Este artículo estudia cómo las regiones productoras de petróleo en África Subsahariana desempeñan un rol estratégico en este contexto, pero teniendo en vista que el continente africano ha sido siempre objeto de la codicia por parte de los países capitalistas desarrollados.

  16. Os portugueses no Índico Africano no século XVII

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    Manuel Nunes Dias

    1961-09-01

    Full Text Available No comêço do século XVI, com a organização da rota atlân-tica das especiarias asiáticas pelos portuguêses, cristãos e mou-ros disputaram, numa luta de morte, os campos auríferos do Monomotapa . As minas dos sertões de Sofala eram, então, uma das prêsas mais cobiçadas das grandes potências. Na ânsia de possuirem o precioso metal amarelo, capitães e mercadores manuelinos tomaram contacto com a terra enigmática do Ín-dico africano, reconhecendo, através de repetição e conjuga-ção de esforços, as vantagens e as possibilidades do seu do-mínio econômico e político. O ouro em pó, que se apanhava nos aluviões ao longo dos rios, era uma obsessão.

  17. Aporte aborigen y africano de diferentes regiones de la Argentina en Buenos Aires

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    Avena, Sergio Alejandro

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available En trabajos anteriores realizados en muestras poblacionales de la Región Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (RMBA hemos observado un 15,2 % de aporte indígena (AI y un 3,8% de africano (AA. En el presente estudio se analizó una muestra de 169 individuos provenientes de las regiones del noroeste (NOA, del nordeste (NEA y del centro del país (CP, se excluye la RMBA que fueron donantes en el Banco de Sangre de la Provincia de Buenos Aires. Esta muestra se adicionó a las previamente obtenidas de las mismas regiones en los hospitales de Clínicas e Italiano. El objetivo fue evaluar si existe una distribución diferencial del AI y el AA según la región de origen de los dadores. Para ello se determinaron los sistemas ABO, Rh, MNS, Diego, Duffy, Gm y Km. Las frecuencias génicas y haplotípicas fueron calculadas mediante métodos de máxima verosimilitud y la mezcla génica se calculó aplicando el programa ADMIX. La región con mayor AI fue NOA (49,5% seguida por NEA (28,4% y CP (17,2%, mientras que el AA fue similar en las tres regiones (NOA 3,2%, NEA 3,5% y CP 3,8.

  18. Dinâmica Socio-Cultural da Cidade: A Conflitualidade dos Imigrantes Africanos em Lisboa

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    Anelino Francisco Silva

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa sobre a dinâmica sociocultural, o direito dos imigrantes à cidade, caso da Área Metropolitana de Lisboade Lisboa, traz uma reflexão do atual processo de inserção ou não dos imigrantes africanos de Angola, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé e Guine-Bissau, como um fator de conflito gerado pela sua permanência na cidade. A globalização atua no global-local, ajuizando a cidade reforçar as características local baseada da legitimidade cultural e política. A cidade metrópole precisa estar preparada às novas exigências produtivas do sistema econômico e da reprodução social. Sendo Lisboa, no contexto dos processos de estruturação econômico-territorial e de diferenciação sócio-urbanística, o espaço polarizado pela capital do país e, ter sido a metrópole que teve sob seu domínio Angola, Cabo -Verde, São Tomé e Guine – Bissau, que com o fim da colonização inicia um processo migratório para Portugal, especialmente, Lisboa. A baixa inserção ao mercado de trabalho, a tênue socialização cultural e a negação ao direito à cidade passam a ser obstáculos em toda sua plenitude

  19. Asociaciones de migrantes africanos. Educación y formación

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    Palaudàrias i Martí, Josep M.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Based on the data obtained in a survey of 206 representatives of African immigrant associations, nine life histories and 54 interviews carried out with representatives of these associations, this article analyzes their educational reality from different points of view. First, we establish the importance the association leaders give to education (the role that education played in their migration processes and in the associations they lead. Second, we take a close look at their educational level and training. And finally, we analyze the training activities promoted by these associations or the activities in which they are involved (collaborating with other associations, institutions or services. Concerning these activities, we analyze their types (topics covered: language, religion, labor market integration, etc., and orientation (tendency to multiculturalism and collaboration or distance from formal education institutions.A partir de los datos obtenidos a través de un cuestionario suministrado a 206 representantes de asociaciones de inmigrantes de origen africano y de 20 historias de vida y 66 entrevistas realizadas a representantes de estas asociaciones, este artículo analiza la realidad educativa de las asociaciones desde diferentes puntos de vista. Primero, estableciendo el valor que los dirigentes asociativos dan a la educación (papel que ha jugado en sus procesos migratorios y papel que juega en las asociaciones que dirigen. En segundo lugar, aproximándonos a su nivel de estudios e itinerario formativo. Y finalmente, analizando las actividades formativas que estas asociaciones impulsan o en las que participan (colaborando con otras asociaciones, instituciones o servicios. De estas actividades, se han analizado tanto su tipología (temas que se abordan: lengua, religión, inserción laboral, entre otros, como su orientación (tendencia al multiculturalismo y colaboración o distanciamiento respecto al ámbito educativo formal.

  20. REGINALDO, Lucilene. Os Rosários dos Angolas: Irmandades de africanos e crioulos na Bahia setecentista.

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Os Rosários dos Angolas realiza um estudo da Irmandade de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos das Portas do Carmo( Bahia A novidade do estudo está nos subsidios coletados na Africa, Portugal e Brasil , no resgate da presença banto na Bahia e na abertura para um dialogo das cosmovisões banto e cristã.REGINALDO, Lucilene. Os Rosários dos Angolas: Irmandades de africanos e crioulos na Bahia setecentista. São Paulo: Alameda, 2011. 416p. ISBN 978-85-7939-082-1 

  1. Una tipología analítica de las redes de apoyo social en inmigrantes africanos en Andalucía

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    Martínez García, Manuel Francisco; García Ramírez, Manuel; Maya Jariego, Isidro

    2001-01-01

    Elaboramos, por medio del análisis de conglomerados, una clasificación de las redes de apoyo social de los inmigrantes africanos afincados en Andalucía. Como variables criterio, utilizamos diversos indicadores del tamaño, la composición, la disponibilidad, la utilización y la suficiencia de la estructura personal de ayuda. Con un colectivo de 600 africanos, obtuvimos cuatro categorías: 1) redes pequeñas con predominio de amigos compatriotas; 2) redes mínimas con predominio de a...

  2. Una tipología analítica de las redes de apoyo social en inmigrantes africanos en Andalucía

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    MANUEL F. MARTÍNEZ GARCÍA; MANUEL GARCÍA RAMÍREZ; ISIDRO MAYA JARIEGO

    2001-01-01

    Se elabora una clasificación de las redes de apoyo social de inmigrantes africanos en Andalucía. Para ello se empleó un análisis de conglomerados con varias variables: el tamaño, la composición, la disponibilidad, la utilización y la capacidad de la red de apoyo social. Con un grupo de 600 inmigrantes africanos, se obtuvieron cuatro categorías: pequeñas redes de compatriotas amigos; redes insuficientes; redes de tamaño medio compuestas por españoles y compatriotas amigos; redes de tamaño medi...

  3. La mediación intercultural en las asociaciones de inmigrantes de origen africano

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The article presents an analysis of intercultural mediation in the associations of African-origin immigrants in three regions (Catalonia, Valencia and Navarre. Specifically, we present how this is being carried out together with the situation of the mediators based on a survey of 206 associations of immigrant-origin people and thirty interviews (fifteen with managers; ten with administrations and entities that habitually work with these associations and five with non-associated immigrants. The results indicate that the associations are place of coexistence, but a significant proportion of these lack specific clear objectives in their work with their users and other social agents. This practice in the associations is incipient, in contrast with the trend in the Spanish entities, witch now are beginning to apply this in the educational, health and family environments. Furthermore, the African associations often distort this concept considering it simply as a conversation among their own people.El artículo analiza cómo realizan la mediación intercultural las asociaciones de inmigrantes de origen africano de tres comunidades autónomas (Cataluña, Valencia y Navarra y qué caracteriza a sus actores. El análisis se basa en una encuesta realizada a 206 asociaciones de inmigrantes y en 30 entrevistas: 15 a directivos, 10 a administraciones y entidades que trabajan con ellas, y 5 a inmigrantes no asociados. Los resultados apuntan a que las asociaciones son espacios de convivencia, pero una parte importante de ellas carece de objetivos específicos claros en sus planteamientos de trabajo con sus usuarios y otros agentes sociales. También hemos visto que la mediación es una práctica incipiente en las asociaciones, al contrario de lo que sucede en el seno de las instituciones españolas del ámbito educativo, sanitario y familiar. Por otra parte, hemos apreciado que las asociaciones africanas desvirtúan, a menudo, el concepto de mediación consider

  4. Breve historia del cine en el África negra. Cuando el cinc era "africano", pero sólo de nombre.

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    Speciale, Alessandra

    1999-01-01

    Speciale, A. (1999). Breve historia del cine en el África negra. Cuando el cinc era "africano", pero sólo de nombre. Nosferatu. Revista de cine. (30):4-19. http://hdl.handle.net/10251/41132. 4 19 30

  5. Produtividade e qualidade de frutos de pepino africano em resposta à adubação nitrogenada

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    Guilherme Antunes

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available O pepino africano (Cucumis metuliferus é uma planta nativa do continente africano, com potencial para comércio internacional, destinado tanto ao consumo, na forma de sucos, como ao uso farmacêutico. Todavia, pouco se sabe sobre seu manejo cultural, em nossas condições, sobretudo quanto à adubação nitrogenada. Objetivou-se, com este trabalho, avaliar o efeito de doses de nitrogênio sobr e o crescimento da planta, a produtividade e a qualidade de frutos. O trabalho foi conduzido em casa de vegetação, em vasos de 10 L. Constou de seis tratamentos, correspondentes às doses de N de 0, 40, 80, 120, 160 e 200 kg ha-1, distribuídas no delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com 11 repetições. Avaliaram-se: produção de frutos, massas de matéria seca de parte aérea e de raízes e características físicas e químicas de frutos. O número de frutos e a massa de matéria fresca de frutos apresentaram valores máximos estimados de 2,24 frutos/planta e de 516,41 g/planta, respectivamente, com as doses de 122,50 e de 154,44 kg ha-1 de N. A massa média de fruto estimada foi de 240,27 g/fruto, obtida com a dose máxima testada (200 kg ha-1 de N. A massa seca de parte aérea teve máximo estimado de 39,12 g/planta, com a dose de 144,0 kg ha-1 de N. As doses de N não interferiram na qualidade dos frutos. Para o cultivo do pepino africano, sugere-se a dose de 154,44 kg ha-1 de N, que proporciona 2,18 frutos/ planta, com massa média de 237,07 g/fruto, e produtividade estimada de 516,41 g/planta.

  6. Una tipología analítica de las redes de apoyo social en inmigrantes africanos en Andalucía

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    MANUEL F. MARTÍNEZ GARCÍA

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Se elabora una clasificación de las redes de apoyo social de inmigrantes africanos en Andalucía. Para ello se empleó un análisis de conglomerados con varias variables: el tamaño, la composición, la disponibilidad, la utilización y la capacidad de la red de apoyo social. Con un grupo de 600 inmigrantes africanos, se obtuvieron cuatro categorías: pequeñas redes de compatriotas amigos; redes insuficientes; redes de tamaño medio compuestas por españoles y compatriotas amigos; redes de tamaño medio de familiares. La tipología sirve para distinguir niveles de bienestar psicológico, tipos de utilización de servicios y otras características sociales, demográficas y psicológicas.

  7. Ressignificando identidades: um estudo antropológico sobre experiências migratórias dos estudantes africanos no Brasil

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    Dulce Maria Domingos Chale João Mungoi

    Full Text Available Partindo do pressuposto de que alteridade é um fenômeno universal e de que todos os grupos constroem categorias para classificar a si e ao outro, no presente artigo faz-se uma reflexão sobre a experiência singular de imigração estudantil no Brasil, a partir de uma perspectiva relacional que busca analisar as percepções e as configurações identitárias desses estudantes na sua relação com a população local que os classifica como africanos. Os dados analisados neste trabalho permitem refletir sobre a presença dos universitários africanos no Brasil, em geral, e em Porto Alegre, em particular, a partir de uma tríplice identidade: identidade nacional, identidade continental e identidade racial.

  8. Desconocimiento social, exotismo y discriminación racial: representaciones y prácticas hacia migrantes africanos en la sociedad argentina

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    Orlando Morales

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo desarrolla dos cuestiones que consideramos de interés en relación con la integración de migrantes africanos recientes en la sociedad argentina, donde la negritud y la afrodescendencia han sido históricamente negadas e invisibilizadas: sus identificaciones sociales; y las representaciones y prácticas que los construyen como Otros. El corpus de análisis que retoma el artículo corresponde a una investigación desarrollada entre los años 2008 y 2014, que interpeló a través de una aproximación etnográfica, con observación participante y entrevistas abiertas y semi-estructuradas, a un grupo de migrantes procedentes de África y radicados desde la década de 2000 en las ciudades de Buenos Aires y La Plata (Argentina. Con base en ese corpus describimos las identificaciones de los migrantes, en tensión con un imaginario social dominante en la sociedad mayor que representa a las personas socialmente construidas como negras y de origen africano en términos de diferentes, exóticas, desconocidas y objeto de discriminación. Luego avanzamos puntualmente sobre el desconocimiento social, el exotismo y la discriminación racial en tanto representaciones y prácticas recurrentes hacia los migrantes africanos, que entregan elementos de conocimiento sobre las (discontinuidades de la invisibilización de lo africano y lo negro en Argentina.

  9. A concorrência entre o Brasil e a China no mercado Sul-africano: uma aplicação do modelo constant-market-share

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    Ariane Danielle Baraúna da Silva

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O forte crescimento da economia chinesa nos últimos anos foi acompanhado pelo aumento de suas necessidades por recursos naturais para atender a demanda crescente de sua indústria de base. O continente africano tem representado, nesse contexto, uma importante fonte de matérias-primas para a China, dado que este continente se apresenta como uma das últimas regiões com abundância de recursos naturais ainda pouco explorados. A presença chinesa no continente africano tem trazido consigo mudanças quanto à vinculação econômica da região com o Brasil. Diante desse cenário, o presente trabalho realiza uma análise das relações econômicas entre o Brasil e a África do Sul, maior economia da África, que representa dentro do continente africano um importante mercado para as exportações brasileiras. Neste trabalho, será feito uso do modelo constant-market-share, com o objetivo de analisar os ganhos ou perdas da competitividade do Brasil e mensurar o quanto o avanço das exportações chinesas contribuíram para as possíveis perdas do Brasil. Os resultados obtidos permitem concluir que boa parte das perdas de exportações brasileiras na África do Sul é devida aos ganhos de participação da China.

  10. Composition, Enzymes Analysis and Retraction Time of Columellar ...

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    With the aid of columellar muscle, snails retract the soft part into the shell when disturbed. The response time of three Giant African Land Snail (GALS) species: Archachatina marginata, Achatina achatina and Achatina fulica to touch and sodium chloride (NaCl) solution was examined. Chemical composition (protein, glucose ...

  11. Controle do capim-braquiária associado à nutrição com boro no cultivo do mogno-africano em sistema silvipastoril

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    Alexandre Magno Brighenti

    Full Text Available Dois experimentos foram conduzidos com o objetivo de avaliar o controle do capim-braquiária (Urochloa decumbens nas linhas de plantio do mogno-africano (Khaya ivorensis com aplicações de herbicidas isoladas ou combinadas com boro (B, bem como a resposta do mogno-africano a esse micronutriente. Ambos os experimentos foram implantados em delineamento experimental em blocos casualizados em parcelas subdivididas, com quatro repetições. Seis tratamentos foram aplicados nas parcelas: testemunha capinada; testemunha sem capina; glyphosate (1.080 g e.a. ha-1 + chlorimuron-ethyl (10 g i.a. ha-1 + 0,05% v/v de óleo mineral, glyphosate (1.080 g e.a. ha-1 + imazethapyr (100 g i.a. ha-1, glyphosate (1.080 g e.a. ha-1 e oxyfluorfen (480 g i.a. ha-1. As subparcelas foram constituídas pela ausência ou presença de 4 kg de ácido bórico (17% B para 100 L de água. A associação do ácido bórico aos herbicidas glyphosate mais chlorimuron-ethyl, glyphosate mais imazethapyr, glyphosate ou oxyfluorfen não interfere no controle do capim-braquiária. A adição do ácido bórico à calda dos herbicidas proporciona incrementos nos teores de boro no solo e, consequentemente, aumento nos teores de boro nas folhas do mogno-africano.

  12. Two radioecological surveys in the high background radiation are of Yangjiang, Guangdong Province, China: Contents of natural radionuclides in a certain snail (Achatina Fulica) and Cassava, and their transfer

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    Zhu, H.; Huang, X.; Song, H.; Li, J.; Zhang, J.

    1993-01-01

    The determined results showed that the radioactivity concentrations of 226 Ra, 228 Ra, 210 Pb and 210 Po in the snail meat and cassava root were of the order of 10 0 -10 1 Bq.kg -1 , but those of natural U and Th were of the order of 10 -6 -10 -5 g.kg -1 . The 228 Ra concentrations in both were more than their 226 Ra concentrations. U contents in soil, lived on by the snail and nurturing the cassava, were 17.7 and 3.2 mg.kg -1 respectively; but the Th contents in the soil were 39.1 and 10.5 mg.kg -1 respectively. According to the Annual Limit of Ingestion of 228 Ra, limited consumption of the snail meat should be equal to 67 g per day. For the cassava root, critical nuclide is 210 Pb; the limited consumption is estimated to be 324 g per day 12 refs, 10 tabs

  13. El Muntu: la diáspora del pensamiento filosófico africano en Changó, el gran putas de Manuel Zapata Olivella

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    Diana Carolina Sierra Díaz

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    Full Text Available La problemática del fenómeno diaspórico en América es un elemento notable en Changó, el gran putas. En esta novela el éxodo africano se encuentra estrechamente relacionado con la filosofía Muntu. Esta filosofía agrupa unos saberes africanos compuestos de diversos elementos que resurgen en América transformándose dentro de un contexto de intercambio cultural postcolonial. En Changó, el Muntu nos permite analizar no solo la posibilidad de tejer una alianza africana y mestiza en pos de libertad en América, sino que constituye además una metáfora del mestizaje americano, una oportunidad de ver la Historia de este continente desde un punto de vista literario involucrando asimismo diferentes dimensiones del ser humano. Proponemos una reflexión en torno a la manera como las diferentes categorías filosóficas del Muntu (Kintu, Kuntu, Hantu y Muntu son abordadas y ad[a/o]ptadas desde una perspectiva filosófico-literaria, cuestionando su relevancia dentro de la obra.

  14. Construindo vidas na diáspora. Os africanos da cidade do Desterro, Ilha de Santa Catarina (Século XIX

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    Claudia Mortari Malavota

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivo evidenciar e analisar os vínculos parentais estabelecidos por escravos e libertos de procedência africana, sujeitos de diferentes categorias sociais e origens étnicas, no contexto de uma cidade portuária ao Sul do Brasil: Nossa Senhora do Desterro, localizada na Ilha de Santa Catarina. O ponto de partida do artigo é a trajetória de vida, construída a partir de alguns indícios, do africano forro Francisco de Quadros, da africana Catharina, de nação Benguela, e de Francisco de Siqueira, os quais, no contexto do século XIX, estabeleceram relações de solidariedade e vínculos familiares. A partir de suas trajetórias, nossa intenção é descortinar outras inúmeras experiências de vida das populações de origem africana na cidade. Partimos do princípio de que os estabelecimentos de vínculos parentais constituem, num contexto escravista, uma maneira de criar esperanças, de possibilitar a sobrevivência e de reinventar as identidades. Os africanos, ao criar seus vínculos familiares, conferiram sentido a suas vidas e marcaram de forma significativa o espaço social em que viviam.

  15. As “Ticas” de “Matema” de um povo africano: Um exercício para sala de aula brasileira.

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    Eliane Costa Santos

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    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como foco central apontar uma das alternativas para a introdução da cultura africana numa sala de aula de matemática – concorrendo para a transformação deste espaço formal de uma sala de aula, um espaço no qual a cultura está entrelaçada aos saberes escolares por meio da transdisciplinaridade da etnomatemática. A relação que permeia pode ser delineada de como a cultura africana, por meio da representatividade dos fazeres dos teares africanos Kente pode contribuir com os processos de ensino e aprendizagem em uma sala de aula de matemática. As tramas estão por meio do referencial teórico de Stuart Hall sobre cultura e multiculturalismo; D’Ambrósio sobre transdisciplinaridade e etnomatemática; Dennis sobre tecido Kente e os tecelões de Gana com as tecnologias do tear Kente. Para uma compreensão geral localizamos Gana no Continente Africano, citamos o mitos do tear e por fim apresentamos uma proposta de como exercitar uma relação transcultural a partir do saber fazer da cultura Africana em uma sala de aula de matemática no Brasil.

  16. A comparative study of the use of radiation and other preservatives for the preservation of fresh snails (Achatina achatina and archachatina marginita)

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    Nyoagbe, L. A.

    2012-01-01

    The consumption of African Giant Snails is a delicacy in Ghana and some parts of West Africa, however there are problems associated with the preparation and preservation of the meat. Using two species (Achatina and Archachatina), an investigation was carried out with the objective of exploiting packaging, irradiation, refrigeration and the use of other preservatives to extend the shelf life of snail meat. A market survey identified shelling, slime removal, contamination, packaging and pricing as the major challenges associated with the utilisation of the meat. The microbial load of snails from the market and the farm for the two species were determined. The total viable count of snails from the farm and market sources ranged from 8.29 log 10 cfu/g ± 1.02 log 10 cfu/g to 6.61 log 10 cfu/g ± 1.25 log 10 cfu/g. The coliform count ranged from 8.26 log 10 cfu/g ± 0.56 log 10 cfu/g to 6.7 ± 1.9 log 10 cfu/g. Staphylococcus, bacillus and pseudomonas counts ranged from 7.68 ± 1.40 to 2.66 ± 2.99; 4.90 ± 1.07 to 1.53 ± 1.68 and 6.13 ± 0.34 to 3.97 ± 0.74 log 10 cfu/g respectively. The efficacy of irradiation (0, 2, 4 and 6 kGy); vinegar + salt (15 mins and 30 mins dipping time); lemon juice (400ml and 600ml) and blanching (10 sec and 15 sec) in removing slime from the snail meat and their effect on the microbial load were studied . The most effective treatment was vinegar + salt which achieved a total mean weight loss of -144.7± 12.7 for 15 mins dipping time and -122.6 ± 12.7 for 30 mins dipping time. This was followed by irradiation which achieved -113.8 ± 1.27, -124.5 ± 1.27 and, -114.3 ± 1.27 mean weight loss for 2kGy, 4kGy and 6kGy respectively. The least effective treatment was blanching achieving a -39.3 ± 12.7 for 15 sec and -48.2 ± 12.7 for 10 sec for A. achatina and a weight gain of 16.0 ± 9.48 for 15 secs and 17.5 ± 9.48 for 10 sec for A. marginita. Irradiation was most effective in reducing the TVC and coliform counts in snail samples after

  17. La historia blanqueada: representaciones de los africanos y sus descendientes en Antioquia a través de la obra de Tomás Carrasquilla

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    Lina del Mar Moreno Tovar

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available After independence was achieved and throughout the 19th century, political, economical and cultural Colombian elites invented a model of nation based on the idea that highlands and white race were progress exclusive raw material, as though; based on racial and geographical attributions a regional hierarchy was built, and this allowed the configuration of local identities defined by this model. Meanwhile, besides Antioquia had an important presence of African and African descendant population since colonial times, from different enunciation places and turning over the colonization entrepreneurship of the 19th century as a the foundational myth, representations that showed Antioquia and its inhabitants as a successful correlate of the relationship between Andean highlands and white race started to be created, opposing to the negative valuation over lowlands and black population. This article, on one side, examines which were the representational mechanisms of Africans and their descendants in Antioquia through Tomas Carrasquilla literary work, and, on the other, wants to make evident that those creations marginalized the contributions done by Africans and their descendants to Antioquean history.//Tras el logro de la independencia y a lo largo de todo el siglo xix, las élites políticas, económicas y culturales colombianas trazaron un modelo de nación basado en la idea de que las tierras altas y la raza blanca eran materias primas privilegiadas del progreso; así, con base en atribuciones raciales y geográficas se construyó una jerarquía regional que dio lugar a la configuración de identidades locales definidas en función de ese modelo. Entretanto, aun a pesar de que Antioquia contaba con una importante presencia de africanos y afrodescendientes desde la época colonial, desde diversos lugares de enunciación y acudiendo a la empresa colonizadora del siglo xix como mito fundacional, se empezaron a elaborar representaciones que mostraban a

  18. PENGGUNAAN KITOSAN CANGKANG BEKICOT (ACHANTINA FULICA UNTUK BAHAN PENGAWET ALAMI BERBAGAI JENIS SAYURAN SEBAGAI SUMBER BELAJAR DALAM PERENCANAAN PEMBELAJARAN BIOTEKNOLOGI

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    Nur Aisyah

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    Full Text Available Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui perbedaan kandungan vitamin C dan pH dalam sayuran bunga kol, kubis dan buncis yang diawetkan dengan kitosan cangkang bekicot selama proses penyimpanan dan untuk mengetahui berapakah konsentrasi kitosan cangkang bekicot yang paling efektif sebagai bahan pengawet sayuran tersebut. Kegiatan penelitian dilakukan melalui True Experimental Research. Tempat dan waktu penelitian dilaksanakan di Laboratorium Kimia Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang yang berlangsung pada tanggal 23 Juni – 6 Juli 2014. Rancangan penelitian yang digunakan adalah Rancangan Acak Kelompok (RAK dengan 6 perlakuan dan 4 kali ulangan pada bunga kol, kubis dan buncis yaitu C0, K0 dan B0 (Kontrol, C1, K1 dan B1 (0,5%, C2, K2 dan B2 (1%, C3, K3 dan B3(1,5%l, C4, K4 dan B4 (2%, C5, K5 dan B5 (2,5%, Analisis data menggunakan analisis varians satu arah dan uji beda jarak nyata Duncan pada taraf signifikansi 0,05. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan ada pengaruh pemberian konsentrasi kitosan cangkang bekicot (Achantina fulica terhadap perbedaan kandungan vitamin C sayuran bunga kol, kubis dan buncis dari hari per hari selama penyimpanan. Perubahan kandungan vitamin C paling kecil terjadi pada perlakuan 1,5% dan paling besar pada perlakuan kontrol. Pemberian konsentrasi kitosan cangkang bekicot (Achantina fulica 1,5% adalah yang paling efektif mempengaruhi kandungan fitamin C sayuran bunga kol, kubis dan buncis. Hasil penelitian diaplikasikan pada perencanaan pembelajaran SMA kelas XII materi bioteknologi

  19. Pedro Claver y la labor de evangelización en Cartagena de Indias (Siglo XVII: Fuentes claves para analizar a los africanos en el Nuevo Mundo

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    Paola Vargas Arana

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza el documento de canonización de Pedro Claver referido a su trabajo de evangelización de africanos en Cartagena de Indias durante el siglo XVII. El objetivo es cuestionar la labor y la utilidad del santo en la formación identitaria del puerto. En particular propone que el santo intentó hacer del cristianismo uno de los pilares de esa identidad, al punto de generar alianzas entre los sectores europeos que se hallaban en pugna por el control político y económico del puerto. Sin embargo, fracasó en la empresa de extirpar las herencias africanas recreadas como respuesta a las tentativas de evangelización de Claver.

  20. Al otro lado del Atlántico. Los africanos y sus descencientes en Argentina /Across the Atlantic. Africans and their Descendants in Argentina

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    Diego Buffa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este trabajo es hacer un recorrido histórico, rastreando la presencia africana y afrodescendiente en el actual territorio argentino, desde el período colonial hasta la actualidad. Centraremos nuestro análisis en los momentos más significativos de su llegada, observando ciertos parámetros que las caracterizan y, al mismo tiempo, identificaremos patrones de marginación o exclusión social de los migrantes africanos y sus descendientes.The purpose of this work is to make a historical journey, tracing presence of Africans and Afro-descendants in the Argentinean territory, from the colonial period to the present. We focus our analysis on the most significant moments of their arrivals, observing certain parameters that characterize them and at the same time, identifying patterns of marginalization and social exclusion of African migrants and their descendants.

  1. O Cinema brasileiro e as identidades híbridas em Ruy Guerra: O olhar latino-africano de um cidadão da vida

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    Anderson Lopes da Silva

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available • Resumo: O artigo tem o objetivo de apresentar a vida e a obra do cineasta Ruy Guerra a partir da perspectiva identitária, mais especificamente, das identidades híbridas. Como aporte reflexivo serão usadas as concepções de hibridização para Stuart Hall e Homi Bhabha, teóricos dos Estudos Culturais. O trabalho ainda apresenta a presença do diretor no Cinema Novo brasileiro. Por fim, utilizando-se da própria definição de Ruy Guerra, chega-se a conclusão de que sua identidade é híbrida por ser ele um latino-africano sem noção de nacionalidade como espaço fixo, mas sim um cidadão da vida. Uma vida nômade.

  2. Nucleolin: acharan sulfate-binding protein on the surface of cancer cells.

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    Joo, E.J.; Dam, G.B. ten; Kuppevelt, A.H.M.S.M. van; Toida, T.; Linhardt, R.J.; Kim, Y.

    2005-01-01

    Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are complex polysaccharides that participate in the regulation of physiological processes through the interactions with a wide variety of proteins. Acharan sulfate (AS), isolated from the giant African snail Achatina fulica, primarily consists of the repeating disaccharide

  3. Aspectos estructurales y cuantitativos del ovario de Fulica armillata (Aves: Rallidae

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    Mirian Bulfon

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Se estudiaron los aspectos morfohistológicos y cuantitativos del ovario de Fulica armillata durante la fase de recrudescencia gonadal. Se utilizaron 5 hembras adultas. El análisis morfohistológico reveló la presencia de numerosos folículos en diferentes estadios de desarrollo y regresión. El epitelio simple de células granulosas caracterizó a los ovocitos primordiales y el pseudoestratificado a los folículos previtelogénicos, ambos tipos foliculares exhibieron un notorio cuerpo de Balbiani. En los folículos vitelogénicos blancos y amarillos (> de 1 mm se evidenció una compleja pared folicular formada por la zona radiada, el epitelio folicular estratificado y las envolturas tecales bien delimitadas, mientras que, en los vitelogénicos amarillos (> de 3 mm fue observado un epitelio simple con células cúbicas muy basófilas. Se identificaron dos tipos de atresia folicular: 1 pared folicular intacta o no bursting, la involución se realiza en el interior del folículo, comprende a la atresia lipoidal (Ovocitos primordiales y lipoglandular (folículos previtelogénicos y vitelogénicos pequeños y 2 atresia por ruptura de la pared o bursting con extrusión del contenido ovoplásmico (folículos vitelogénicos > 1 mm. El análisis cuantitativo reveló una diferencia significativa (p <0,05, entre los folículos en desarrollo (< de 2 mm y los folículos mayores e idéntica diferencia entre lo folículos atrésicos pequeños (lipoidales y lipoglandulares y los folículos bursting. Los procesos de crecimiento y diferenciación (foliculogénesis y vitelogénesis y el de atresia folicular se desarrollan normalmente durante la fase de recrudescencia gonadal, contribuyendo a la homeostasis del ovario de esta ave.

  4. Liderazgo femenino. Un análisis de las diferencias de género en la formación y desarrollo de asociaciones de inmigrantes africanos

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    Molina Luque, Fidel

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This study describes, analyses and compares manifestations of female leadership in associations of African immigrants, examining such factors as work objectives, themes and forms, organisation and institutionalisation. It was based on an in-depth analysis of ten life hi stories, starting from the hypothesis that there is a clearly gender-based difference between the objectives of African associations comprised of men and of women and that this difference stems from the basic inequality of the respective social statuses of men and women and, more specifically, from gender-related culture. The results obtained suggest the existence of “strong” (neither submissive nor ignorant female immigrants with the capacity to lead associations, but whose character is not the result of any supposedly specifically “feminine” characteristics, but rather to a process of early (adolescent learning, academic success and relatively high social origin, all of which help to forge a certain rebellious streak and to lead certain women to assume positions of authority. Whatever the case, it was not possible to observe any relevant differences between female and male leadership; both tend to be characterised by a certain “charisma” and the presence of personal qualities that were the result of interactions within specific social contexts.En el presente estudio se describen, analizan y comparan las manifestaciones del liderazgo femenino en las asociaciones de inmigrantes africanos: sus objetivos de trabajo, temáticas y formas, organización e institucionalización. Para ello se analizan en profundidad diez historias de vida, partiendo de la hipótesis de la existencia de una clara diferenciación de objetivos entre las asociaciones de hombres y mujeres africanos derivados de la desigualdad básica de las posiciones sociales entre hombres y mujeres, y muy especialmente, de las culturas de género. Los resultados obtenidos sugieren que existen mujeres

  5. Relaciones entre africanos e indígenas en Chiapas y Guatemala Relations between africans and indigenous peoples in Chiapas and Guatemala

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    Juan Pablo Peña Vicenteño

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available La presencia africana en la Audiencia de Guatemala en los siglos XVI y XVII ha sido poco estudiada. Por lo tanto, en este trabajo se analizarán los diferentes mecanismos que utilizó la corona española para el traslado de esclavos, como las licencias y el sistema de asientos. Asimismo, se estudiará la inserción de los africanos en la sociedad colonial y principalmente su interrelación con la población indígena nativa de la región. En los documentos coloniales referentes a matrimonios, podemos observar los procesos de "interculturalidad" en los cuales el esclavo africano intercambió elementos culturales que influyeron en la música. Tal fue el caso de la marimba, instrumento que dio identidad a la región de estudio. Por último, se pretende observar, a través del análisis de las narrativas indígenas originadas en la década de los 90' del siglo XX, cómo en la cosmovisión indígena aún continúa la presencia de los "negros".The presence of African population at the "Audiencia" of Guatemala between 16th and 17th centuries has been vaguely studied by historians and other social scientists. This paper emphasizes on several ways -as slave trade licenses and 'asientos'- that were used by the Spanish Crown for slave trade and transportation. In addition, this article analyses the integration of African slaves and their descendents in Colonial Mexican society, especially their mixture with indigenous population. In Colonial records, as marriages and baptisms files, it is possibly to regard a profound influence on inter-cultural processes between African people and the rest of the Colonial casts. As an example, the musical instrument 'marimba' that brought cultural identity to Guatemala 'Audiencia'. Finally, in this article we will analyze the indigenous literature of the last decade of the 20th century, in which is clear the evidence of "negro" agents in indigenous cosmology.

  6. La representación televisiva de los inmigrantes africanos: invisibilidad, desconocimiento y precariedad. The television representation of African immigrants: invisibility, ignorance and uncertainty

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    Vanessa Rodríguez Breijo

    Full Text Available ResumenLa imagen televisiva de los inmigrantes africanos se caracteriza por su aparición poco frecuente, la falta de información sobre ellos, la precariedad de sus condiciones de trabajo, su tendencia a desempeñar el rol de víctimas y una mayor incidencia de transgresiones a la ley respecto a otros grupos. Estos datos proceden del estudio de la representación de los inmigrantes en este medio. La técnica utilizada fue el análisis de contenido de una muestra de la programación con mayor audiencia, en la que se incluyeron todos los géneros televisivos. Los resultados correspondientes a los africanos los vincularon escasamente con el mundo laboral, lo que no contribuye a que los nativos los valoren como ciudadanos útiles y necesarios. No se promovió el interés por el conocimiento de este colectivo, ni la noción de que ya forman parte de la sociedad; debido a su poca visibilidad y a los exiguos datos ofrecidos sobre ellos. En lugar de resaltar sus aportes, se enfatizó su recurrencia a ayudas gubernamentales y su dependencia, transmitiendo una idea de competencia por los recursos y de normalidad de su situación de desigualdad. Finalmente, sus más frecuentes acciones ilegales podrían estar justificando esas peores condiciones de integración, liberando de responsabilidad a la sociedad receptora.AbstractThe television image of African immigrants is characterized by its infrequent occurrence, the lack of information about them, poor working conditions, their tendency to play the role of victims and a higher incidence of violations of the law regarding other groups. This data comes from examining the representation of immigrants in this media. The technique used was content analysis of a sample of the most watched programs, which included all television genres. The results for the Africans pointed a weak link with the workplace, which doesn't contribute to their valuing as necessary and useful citizens. The interest in knowledge of this

  7. Espejo cultural africano: imágenes de los reinos del Congo y Angola en la Costa Caribe del reino de Nueva Granada

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    Andrea Guerrero Mosquera

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación pretendió a nalizar los escritos sobre África realizados durante el siglo XVII, con el fin de adentrarse a los imaginarios que se plasmaron acerca de las culturas de los reinos del Congo y Angola . Para el caso particula r de esta investigación , se usaron los textos de los capuchinos Giovanni António Cavazzi y Anto nio de Teruel . Estos textos son discursos escritos desde una perspectiva de lo observado y bajo el amparo de un discurso histórico - antropológico del africano, una imagen eurocentrista y católica que permeó tanto en Europa como en la s Indias. Con estos textos se intentó un acer camiento a los Black Atlantic Studies con lo que se logró a partir de las imágenes que se interpretar on , realizar una confrontación con la herencia cultural que se manifestaba en los escritos de la época y establecer los imaginar ios que llegaron desde África al reino de Nueva Granada .

  8. Interetnicidad y espacios de convivencia. Indígenas, españoles y africanos en la Mérida novohispana, 1542-1620

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    Jorge Victoria Ojeda

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    Full Text Available En este artículo los autores, apoyados principalmente en material de archivo proveniente del Sagrario de la ciudad de Mérida, y en otras fuentes históricas y bibliográficas, proponen desdibujar antiguas ideas acerca de la ocupación del centro de Mérida en el siglo xvi y primeros años del siguiente, basado únicamente por españoles y sus descendientes. Asimismo, plantean que la ocupación del pueblo maya de Santa Lucía como barrio para los africanos y sus castas, no corresponde a su lectura en los textos históricos del Sagrario. Por último, bosquejan una relación de convivencia entre las etnias existentes en el centro de la ciudad –españoles, mayas y africanos–, mucho más dinámica que lo que se ha sugerido hasta ahora, puesto que en el lapso estudiado se propone que parte de esos grupos vivían en el mismo solar que muchos de los vecinos españoles.

  9. Carabalíes y culíes en El Cobre: esclavos africanos trabajadores chinos al servicio del cobre para Swansea, siglo XIX

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    Chris Evans

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es analizar el impacto del Mundo del Cobre en la isla de Cuba hasta el inicio de la segunda mitad del siglo XIX. El estímulo británico producido sobre la minería se expresó en la modernización de las instalaciones, la circulación de capitales y la migración de mano de obra. Respecto a este último punto, la migración transoceánica no solo contempló a los británicos que acudieron a la explotación minera de la isla, sino también dio origen a una reactivación del comercio esclavo que tuvo a carabalíes africanos y culíes asiáticos como principales protagonistas. A partir del registro documental de los principales gestores de la modernización minera y la base de datos del comercio transatlántico de esclavos, se relevará la importancia económica y cultural de la circulación de mano obra en Cuba.

  10. O despertar empresarial brasileiro para o mercado africano nas décadas de 1970 a 1990 The brazilian business awakening to the african market from the 1970's to 1990

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    Ivo de Santana

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    Full Text Available Este artigo traz reflexões acerca da presença empresarial brasileira no mercado africano enfocando os empreendimentos nacionais que atuaram no comércio Brasil-África entre as décadas de 70 e de 90. O texto busca identificar os motivos que levaram ao acentuado crescimento do comércio naquele período e as perspectivas que se abriram para o empresário brasileiro que deseja efetuar negócios junto ao mercado africano. Por meio de pesquisa bibliográfica, entrevistas com executivos que atuaram na África no período mencionado e com especialistas em comércio exterior, constatou-se que nos anos mencionados o governo brasileiro concedeu generosos incentivos aos empreendimentos voltados para o mercado africano. Com o fim dessa política privilegiada, muitas empresas fracassaram mas algumas permanecem em atividade, propiciando importantes lições a empreendedores que desejam iniciar negócios no mercado africano. Verifica-se que a despeito da redução do apoio estatal e das mudanças no cenário econômico (interno e externo brasileiro, as oportunidades comerciais no continente africano existem e muitas delas são ignoradas pelos homens de negócios, que tendem a julgar a África como um todo em função dos aspectos negativos ressaltados pela imprensa, da mesma forma que muitos empresários africanos desconhecem a qualidade dos serviços e produtos brasileiros.This article brings reflections concerning the Brazilian business presence in the African market focusing on national enterprises that acted in the trade Brazil-Africa during the 1970's to the 90's. The article aims to identify both the motivations that made the trade to grow strongly in that period, and the perspectives that came about for the Brazilian entrepreneur that wanted to do businesses with the African market. Through bibliographical research, interviews with executives that acted in Africa in the mentioned period and with specialists in foreign trade, it was verified that in

  11. Carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar em leão-africano (Panthera leo Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma in an African Lion (Panthera leo

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    Ricardo B. Lucena

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Um caso de carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar difuso do tipo misto foi diagnosticado em um leão-africano (Panthera leo, hospitalizado com sinais de dispnéia e emagrecimento progressivo. Em todos os lobos pulmonares havia múltiplos nódulos esbranquiçados, macios e homogêneos, de 0,2-0,5cm em diâmetro. Histologicamente, os nódulos eram constituídos por células neoplásicas arranjadas em alvéolos e papilas sustentados por moderado estroma fibrovascular, um padrão que lembrava a estrutura pulmonar pré-existente. Na reação pelo ácido periódico de Schiff (PAS foi observada marcação positiva no citoplasma de numerosas células neoplásicas. Todas as células neoplásicas demonstraram forte e uniforme imunorreatividade citoplasmática para pancitoceratina. A marcação para o fator 1 de transcrição da tireóide (TTF-1 foi observada em focos nos núcleos das células neoplásicas das margens dos nódulos. Nas secções avaliadas para surfactante A, a marcação foi observada em múltiplas áreas focais, tanto no citoplasma como na membrana citoplasmática das células neoplásicas. O diagnóstico de carcinoma bronquíolo-alveolar difuso do tipo misto foi feito com base nos achados histológicos, histoquímicos e imuno-histoquímicos. Essa parece ser a primeira descrição de um neoplasma pulmonar primário maligno em leão-africano.A case of diffuse bronchioloalveolar carcinoma of the mixed type was diagnosed in the lung of an adult female African lion (Panthera leo with presenting signs of progressive dyspnea and weight loss. In all pulmonary lobes there were multiple 0.2-0.5cm in diameter soft and homogenous white nodules. Histologically, these nodules consisted of neoplastic cells with an alveolar and papillary disposition, a pattern reminiscent of the preexistent pulmonary structure. The cytoplasms of numerous neoplastic cells were positive in the periodic acid-Schiff (PAS stain. At immunohistochemistry examination, all neoplastic

  12. La oportunidad de un atlas sobre el estado del continente africano / The Opportunity of an Atlas about the Situation of the African Continent

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    Eva Pérez Hernández

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    Full Text Available Desde la Antigüedad clásica hasta nuestros días se han multiplicado las representaciones cartográficas de la Tierra, sin embargo, no todos los territorios del planeta han recibido la misma atención. En el caso del continente africano son escasas las colecciones de mapas recientes y, especialmente, las que conforman atlas temáticos. Esta circunstancia fue determinante en la orientación de las prácticas desarrolladas en Casa África durante el curso académico 2012-2013, al amparo del Consorcio Casa África-Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. El objetivo de las prácticas fue la elaboración de un atlas digital de África que tuvo como resultado la realización de cuarenta mapas temáticos basados en indicadores geográficos, ambientales, demográficos, económicos, sociales, geopolíticos, culturales y de sus relaciones económicas y políticas con España. La elaboración de dicho atlas se vio afectada por numerosas dificultades en cuanto a la búsqueda y tratamiento de las fuentes de información y por un trabajo de diseño y edición que requirió de la utilización de las nuevas tecnologías de la información geográfica. El presente artículo reflexiona acerca de la importancia de la cartografía como herramienta imprescindible de conocimiento geográfico y acerca de la superación de dificultades que entrañan retos como el de la realización de un atlas sobre el estado actual del continente africano.From Classical Antiquity to the present days, cartographic representations of the Earth have multiplied. However, not all the territories of the planet have received the same attention. In the case of the African continent, there are few collections of recent maps, especially, of those that are composed of thematic atlases. This circumstance was decisive in determining the focus of the internship in Casa África during academic year 2012-2013, under the auspices of the Consortium Casa África - University of Las Palmas de Gran

  13. Historia poblacional, orígenes africanos y microevolución de los actuales afro-colombianos inferidos desde caracteres epigenéticos en la dentición decidua y permanente

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    Delgado Burbano, Miguel E.

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    Full Text Available Setenta y cinco rasgos coronales no-métricos en la dentición permanente y decidua fueron registrados en 178 modelos dentales de individuos afro-colombianos pertenecientes a la comunidad de Guapi. Se recolectaron datos comparativos de 33 grupos africanos, otro grupo afro-estadounidense en la dentición permanente, en 4 grupos afro-americanos y otros 12 grupos de diferente ascendencia étnica, en la dentición decidua. Un análisis multivariado de componentes principales basado en frecuencias dentales, mostró que los afro-colombianos poseen gran afinidad genética con el Africa Sub-Sahariana, específicamente con grupos del Occidente, del Oriente y del Sur-Oriente africano. Este mismo análisis detectó una marcada divergencia dental con las poblaciones Norafricanas. Los resultados de esta investigación concuerdan con recientes estudios genéticos, basados en marcadores de ADNmt. A pesar que la dentición es evolutivamente conservativa y estable en una escala diacrónica corta, se concluyó que en 400 años de microevolución de los africanos en Colombia, su pool genético original se ha modificado levemente, debido a la influencia de presiones selectivas y flujo génico interétnico, con nativos americanos y grupos de origen caucásico. Se sugiere que los grupos afro-descendientes del Norte, Centro y Sur de América poseen historias poblacionales y evolutivas distintas, debido tanto a procesos de diferenciación fenotípica regional y local como a orígenes geográficos y étnicos diferentes.

  14. Biological Responses of the American Coot (Fulica americana), in wetlands with contrasting environmental conditions (Basin of México).

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    López-Islas, María Eugenia; Ibarra-Meza, Itzel; Ortiz-Ordóñez, Esperanza; Favari, Liliana; Elías Sedeño-Díaz, J; López-López, Eugenia

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    Wetland ecosystems are subject to severe impacts (physical and chemical) and to the input of various xenobiotics that provoke toxicological consequences. Waterbirds are potential sentinel species of these environments. To analyze how habitat conditions affect the health of Fulica americana, early-warning biomarkers, histopathology, somatic indices, and water quality were examined in two wetlands of the Basin of Mexico: Xochimilco, an urban wetland highly eutrophic with a mixture of pollutants, and Tecocomulco (the reference site), a rural wetland with hunting migratory birds in winter, and with some agricultural contaminants. Coots were collected over 1 year, and the birds were aged, eviscerated, and weighed. Liver samples were analyzed biochemically and histologically. Biomarkers revealed that coots displayed higher lipid peroxidation and elevated activities of gamma-glutamyl transferase and alanine aminotransferase, suggesting hepatic damage during autumn and winter. In Tecocomulco, coots during winter has the highest thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (as a measure of oxidative stress), which may be associated with the presence of predators. In Tecocomulco, the higher gonadosomatic index was detected in spring and summer, while in Xochimilco it was elevated in summer, indicating a delayed egg laying and reproduction in coots from the latter study site. In both wetlands, leukocyte infiltration, alone or combined with vasocongestion, reflected alterations in the inflammatory processes in liver throughout the annual cycle and thus potentially altered hepatic function and organism survival. In both wetlands, coots were permanent residents and chronically exposed to different stressors, suggesting damage may be irreversible with potentially adversely reproductive consequences.

  15. Spread of the Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) in Giant African Land Snails (Lissachatina fulica) in Florida, USA.

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    Iwanowicz, Deborah D; Sanders, Lakyn R; Schill, W Bane; Xayavong, Maniphet V; da Silva, Alexandre J; Qvarnstrom, Yvonne; Smith, Trevor

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    The rat lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) is a parasitic nematode that causes rat lungworm disease. It is the leading cause of eosinophilic meningitis and is a zoonotic health risk. We confirmed the presence of A. cantonensis using species-specific, quantitative PCR in 18 of 50 (36%) giant African land snails (Lissachatina fulica) collected from Miami, Florida, US in May 2013. These snails were collected from seven of 21 core areas that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services monitor weekly. Rat lungworms have not previously been identified in these areas. Duplicate DNA extractions of foot muscle tissue from each snail were tested. Of the seven core areas we examined, six were positive for A. cantonensis and prevalence of infection ranged from 27% to 100%. Of the 18 positive snails, only five were positive in both extractions. Our results confirm an increase in the range and prevalence of rat lungworm infection in Miami. We also emphasize the importance of extracting sufficient host tissue to minimize false negatives.

  16. El rol del asociacionismo de inmigrantes africanos en la construcción de cohesión social y la convivencia en Cataluña, Navarra y la Comunidad Valenciana. Miradas Cruzadas

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    Moncusí Ferré, Albert

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This article aims to analyse some possible contributions from organisations funded by immigrants from the African continent to the socio-cultural integration in three Regions in Spain. In order to do so, first there is a definition of integrations as a process, paying special attention to the role that national and international literature have given to the associations of immigrants. Afterwards, there is a focus on associations from people with an African origin, paying attention to the double view point, from one side the one from representatives from African associations and on the other, from administration technicians and representatives of social entities that collaborate with them. The point is to analyse the speech of those actors, about the reasons of its existence, the objectives and activities of the associations of Africans, for the associates themselves as well as for those immigrants from their countries and for the society that welcomes them. The elements in favour and against in the studied perspectives build an action field shared by both actors, in the process of construction of social cohesion and living partnership, but, at the same time, they suggest the existence of some limitations in itself.El objetivo de este artículo es analizar algunas posibles contribuciones de las organizaciones fundadas por personas emigradas desde el continente africano a la integración sociocultural en tres Comunidades Autónomas españolas. Para ello, se empieza definiendo la integración como proceso, con particular atención al papel que la literatura nacional e internacional ha otorgado al asociacionismo de inmigrantes en él. Posteriormente, se enfoca el caso particular del asociacionismo de las personas de origen africano y su incidencia en la integración en todo lo referido a la interadaptación social y cultural, según la doble mirada que encontramos en las entrevistas realizadas tanto a representantes de asociaciones de africanos como

  17. Susceptibilidade do besouro rola-bosta africano a reguladores de crescimento de insetos Susceptibility of African dung beetle to insect growth regulators

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    L.N. Domingues

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    Full Text Available Verificou-se a ação dos reguladores de crescimento de insetos (IGR, diflubenzuron e methoprene, sobre o besouro rola-bosta africano, Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, um inimigo natural da mosca-dos-chifres, Haematobia irritans irritans (Linnaeus. Casais de besouros foram colocados em baldes contendo terra úmida e alimentados com fezes bovinas contendo 1, 0,5 ou 0,2ppm de diflubenzuron e 0,2ppm de methoprene. Os insetos e sua prole foram recuperados com o auxílio de armadilhas pitfall. Diflubenzuron e methoprene não afetaram a sobrevivência dos adultos inicialmente expostos, mas interferiram na produção de descendentes. Diflubenzuron, nas concentrações de 1 e 0,5ppm, também afetou a duração do ciclo de vida dos besouros. Nenhum dos IGRs alterou a razão sexual dos descendentes obtidos. As concentrações testadas de diflubenzuron mostraram-se moderadamente nocivas ao besouro enquanto methoprene a 0,2ppm mostrou ser pouco nocivo, segundo os critérios da International Organization for Biological Control.The effects of insect growth regulators (IGR, diflubenzuron and methoprene, on African dung beetle, Digitonthophagus gazella (Fabricius, a natural enemy of the horn fly, Haematobia irritans irritans (Linnaeus, was studied. Beetles were placed in buckets partially filled with humid soil and were fed bovine feces containing 1, 0.5, or 0.2ppm diflubenzuron and 0.2ppm methoprene. Insects and their progenies were recovered by pitfall traps. Diflubenzuron and methoprene did not affect the survival of the adults but reduced their progenies. Diflubenzuron 1 and 0.5ppm also affected the life cicle of the beetles. None of the IGR modified the gender ratio of the progenies. According to the IOBC criteria, diflubenzuron tested concentrations showed to be moderately harmful to the beetles, whereas methoprene 0.2ppm was slightly harmful.

  18. Análisis antropogenético de los aportes indígena y africano en muestras hospitalarias de la ciudad de Buenos Aires

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    Avena, Sergio Alejandro

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    Full Text Available Como consecuencia de las masivas corrientes migratorias de origen europeo que arribaron a la ciudad de Buenos Aires, las frecuencias génicas de los sistemas ABO y Rh en muestras hospitalarias de las décadas de 1930 y 1940 eran similares a las registradas en España e Italia. A partir de los años cuarenta, poblaciones del interior del país y de países limítrofes, de elevada composición indígena y posiblemente también africana, migraron hacia la ciudad. Para evaluar su repercusión sobre la estructura genética de la población nos propusimos analizar muestras poblacionales actuales. Los estudios se realizaron sobre dos muestras del Banco de Sangre del Hospital Italiano denominadas MI y MII. La MI comprendió la información del Registro de Dadores de Sangre de esa unidad, para los sistemas ABO y Rh (D (N=13.217. Para la MII se analizaron 9 sistemas eritrocitarios y los alotipos GM/KM (N=202. En este último caso se realizó una encuesta con la finalidad de obtener información sobre lugar de nacimiento, residencia actual y datos genealógicos. Las frecuencias génicas se determinaron empleando métodos de máxima verosimilitud. El mestizaje se estimó aplicando el programa ADMIX (trihíbrido. Las frecuencias génicas obtenidas para ABO y Rh difieren significativamente de las detectadas antes de mitad del siglo. Se registró 10.5% de aporte aborigen en la MI y 15.9% en la MII, mientras que sólo se detectó la presencia de componente africano en una región de la MI (1.0% y en la MII (3.3%. Estos resultados, que confirmarían la existencia de cambios en la composición genética de la población de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, se discuten en referencia a la información demográfica e histórica.

  19. CRITICAL REVIEW - O Brasil Africano

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    Three maps that provide multiple understandings and information that transcend time and space, bringing together lives, traditions and memories that lead us to rethink our knowledge about Brazil and Africa.

  20. Sudáfrica: La Clase Obrera y el Congreso Nacional Africano después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial

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    Musso, Javier

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    Full Text Available El tema a trabajar será “Los movimientos nacionalistas y la clase obrera en Sudáfrica”, en el período que va desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial hasta principios de la década del sesenta. Más específicamente se analizará cómo los movimientos nacionalistas sudafricanos, principalmente el A.N.C. (African National Congress, se ligan a un importante número de trabajadores africanos y a los sindicatos que los dirigen; se establecerá cuáles eran sus programas políticos y sus estrategias de luchas contra el gobierno de la Unión y el Imperio inglés para la independencia nacional; y a partir de esto se precisaran sus límites tácticos y programáticos, sosteniendo como hipótesis de trabajo que en Sudáfrica, dada la importancia estructural de la clase obrera, existió la posibilidad de un programa y una dirección política que organizara a los trabajadores con sus propios métodos de lucha y que fuera más allá de la independencia política y nacional, es decir una alternativa socialista; y que, para ello, definiera claramente que la lucha por la independencia debía ser en contra, no sólo del gobierno de la minoría blanca, sino también de los verdaderos beneficiarios del régimen de segregación y superexplotación: las empresas transnacionales de capitales extranjeros, principalmente británicos. Para sostener esta hipótesis se realizará un análisis estructural de las distintas clases sociales en Sudáfrica desde una mirada marxista, como así también se analizarán las diversas luchas llevadas adelantes por los trabajadores sudafricanos y las respuestas que a éstas dieron los partidos y sindicatos que las dirigieron.The subject to work will be “the nationalistic movements and the working class in South Africa”, in the period that goes from World War II until the beginning of the Sixties. More specifically one will analyze how the South African nationalistic movements, mainly A.N.C. (African National Congress, they league

  1. Epizootic vacuolar myelinopathy of the central nervous system of bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and American coots (Fulica americana)

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    Thomas, N.J.; Meteyer, C.U.; Sileo, L.

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    Unprecedented mortality occurred in bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at DeGray Lake, Arkansas, during the winters of 1994-1995 and 1996-1997. The first eagles were found dead during November, soon after arrival from fall migration, and deaths continued into January during both episodes. In total, 29 eagles died at or near DeGray Lake in the winter of 1994-1995 and 26 died in the winter of 1996-1997; no eagle mortality was noted during the same months of the intervening winter or in the earlier history of the lake. During the mortality events, sick eagles were observed overflying perches or colliding with rock walls. Signs of incoordination and limb paresis were also observed in American coots (Fulica americana) during the episodes of eagle mortality, but mortality in coots was minimal. No consistent abnormalities were seen on gross necropsy of either species. No microscopic findings in organs other than the central nervous system (CNS) could explain the cause of death. By light microscopy, all 26 eagles examined and 62/77 (81%) coots had striking, diffuse, spongy degeneration of the white matter of the CNS. Vacuolation occurred in all myelinated CNS tissue, including the cerebellar folia and medulla oblongata, but was most prominent in the optic tectum. In the spinal cord, vacuoles were concentrated near the gray matter, and occasional swollen axons were seen. Vacuoles were uniformly present in optic nerves but were not evident in the retina or peripheral or autonomic nerves. Cellular inflammatory response to the lesion was distinctly lacking. Vacuoles were 8-50 microns in diameter and occurred individually, in clusters, or in rows. In sections stained by luxol fast blue/periodic acid-Schiff stain, the vacuoles were delimited and transected by myelin strands. Transmission electron microscopy revealed intramyelinic vacuoles formed in the myelin sheaths by splitting of one or more myelin lamellae at the intraperiodic line. This lesion is characteristic of

  2. Avaliação do espermograma de leões africanos (Panthera leo, Linnaeus, 1758, mantidos na Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo

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    Priscylla Sayuri Miya

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve por objetivo avaliar o espermograma de um grupo de leões africanos mantidos em cativeiro na Fundação Parque Zoológico de São Paulo, como um aspecto a ser considerado na avaliação do potencial reprodutivo para a aplicação de técnicas de reprodução assistida. Foram submetidos a eletroejaculação 14 exemplares machos, adultos de Leão Africano, utilizando-se o método da eletroejaculação. Logo após a colheita, cada uma das 13 amostras obtidas foi examinada quanto ao volume, pH e aspecto geral, seguida pela avaliação da motilidade, movimento progressivo, índice de motilidade espermática e concentração. Uma alíquota do ejaculado foi fixada em solução de formol-salina a 10% e analisado em câmara úmida ao microscópio de interferência de fase, para o estudo dos aspectos morfológicos, classificando as alterações dos espermatozóides em defeitos maiores e menores. Os resultados foram: volume 5,83 ± 3,35 ml; concentração 11,62 ± 14,51 x 10(6 espermatozóides/ml; motilidade total 73,85 ± 11,02%; motilidade progressiva 3,35 ± 0,63; índice de motilidade espermática 70,42%, pH 8,1 ± 0,5; defeitos maiores 38,12 ± 19,41%; defeitos menores 17,43 ± 10,36%; defeitos totais 55,55 ± 19,30%. Os defeitos maiores mais freqüentes foram gota citoplasmática proximal, peça intermediária dobrada com gota citoplasmática e peça intermediária dobrada. A cauda dobrada foi o defeito menor mais encontrado.

  3. First report of acariasis by Caparinia tripilis in African hedgehogs, (Atelerix albiventris, in Costa Rica Primeiro relato de acariasis por Caparinia tripilis em ouriços Africanos, (Atelerix albiventris, na Costa Rica

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    Andrés Moreira

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    Full Text Available The African hedgehog is one of the newly imported exotic pets which have been observed with increasing regularity in veterinary clinics in Costa Rica. Despite their popularity, information about their diseases is scarce. Within skin diseases of hedgehogs, mange caused by Caparinia spp. is a common diagnosis in other countries. Two adult African hedgehogs, one male and one female, were brought to a private clinic in Heredia, Costa Rica, with chronic pruritic dermatitis, scabs, nearly complete loss of spines, lethargy, dehydration, and weight loss. During physical exam, deposits of dry seborrhea were taken and processed for diagnosis. Microscopic examination revealed psoroptid mites identified as Caparinia tripilis. This is the first report of the presence of Caparinia tripilis in Costa Rica and, to the authors' knowledge, the rest of Central America. O ouriço africano é um dos animais de estimação exótico, recém-importado que tem sido observado com maior regularidade nas clínicas veterinárias da Costa Rica. Apesar da sua popularidade, informações sobre suas doenças são escassas. Dentre as doenças de pele de ouriços, a sarna causada por Caparinia spp. é um diagnóstico comum nos outros países. Dois adultos ouriços africanos, um macho e uma fêmea, foram levados para uma clínica particular, em Heredia, Costa Rica, com a dermatite pruriginosa crônica, crostas, perda quase completa de espinhos, letargia, desidratação e perda de peso. Ao exame físico, os depósitos de seborreia seca foram retirados e processados para o diagnóstico. O exame microscópico revelou ácaros (psoroptidae identificados como Caparinia tripilis. Esse é o primeiro relato da presença de Caparinia tripilis na Costa Rica e, para conhecimento dos autores, o resto da América Central.

  4. ESTUDO DO APROVEITAMENTO DAS VÍSCERAS DOS MOLUSCOS ESCARGOT (Achatina fulica E ARUÁ (Pomacea lineata PARA INCORPORAÇÃO EM RAÇÃO ANIMAL

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    S. E. R. BARBOZA

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    O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o aproveitamento das vísceras - subprodutos, dos moluscos escargot e aruá. As vísceras foram processadas na forma de farinha e suas características físico-químicas (composição centesimal, cálcio, fósforo, digestibilidade em pepsina, índice de acidez e microbiológicas (Salmonella sp foram comparadas aos padrões de qualidades exigidas pela Legislação (6.198, de 26/12/74, e o Decreto 76.986, de 06/01/76 do Ministério da Agricultura e Abastecimento para a comercialização de produtos destinados à alimentação animal. Os resultados obtidos permitiram verificar que as farinhas de vísceras de ambas espécies podem ser utilizadas como matérias primas, constituindo ótimas fontes de nutrientes para a incorporação em rações animais.

  5. Ecofisiologia de plantas jovens de mogno-africano submetidas a deficit hídrico e reidratação Ecophysiology of young African mahogany plants subjected to water deficit and rewetting

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    Marcos Paulo Ferreira de Albuquerque

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a capacidade de plantas jovens de mogno-africano (Khaya ivorensis em recuperar seu status hídrico e trocas gasosas após período de deficit hídrico. Plantas com aproximadamente 315 dias, irrigadas (controle e não irrigadas, foram avaliadas aos 14 dias da suspensão da irrigação e após um, três e sete dias da retomada da irrigação (reidratação. No dia 14, o potencial hídrico foliar de antemanhã (Ψam das plantas estressadas foi reduzido a -2,66 MPa. Com a restrição hídrica, foram observadas reduções significativas no conteúdo relativo de água na antemanhã (redução de 32%, na taxa de assimilação líquida de CO2 (90%, na condutância estomática (95%, na transpiração (93% e na razão entre concentração intercelular e ambiental de CO2 (37%. Durante a reidratação, o status hídrico das plantas estressadas foi restabelecido após três dias. As trocas gasosas também se restabeleceram, mas de forma mais lenta que o status hídrico. Sob deficit hídrico, a concentração de prolina aumentou e a de carboidratos solúveis totais diminuiu. Plantas jovens de mogno-africano são tolerantes ao deficit hídrico moderado.The objective of this work was to evaluate the capacity of young plants of African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis to recover their water status and gas exchange after water deficit. Plants with approximately 315 days, irrigated (control and non-irrigated, were evaluated after water was withheld for 14 days, and after one, three, and seven days of irrigation resumption (rehydration. On day 14, the predawn leaf water potential (Ψam of stressed plants was reduced to -2.66 MPa. With water deficit, significant decreases were observed in predawn relative water content (32% reduction, in net assimilation rate of CO2 (90%, in stomatal conductance (95%, in transpiration (93%, and in intercellular to ambient ratio of CO2 concentration (37%. During rehydration, the water status of stressed

  6. O problema do tráfico africano de escravos na Independência e formação do Estado (Brasil, décadas de 1820 a 1840

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Por ocasião da Independência (1822 e em anos subsequentes, a demanda por trabalho escravo para a produção de açúcar, algodão e café intensificou o tráfico negreiro e consolidou o comprometimento do Império brasileiro com a instituição da escravidão. No entanto, em decorrência de compromissos internacionais decorrentes do reconhecimento da Independência do país, o parlamento brasileiro aprovou uma lei de abolição do tráfico africano de escravos em 7 de novembro de 1831. O principal objetivo deste artigo é explorar algumas conseqüências políticas e sociais do não cumprimento da lei de 1831, em especial quanto a práticas cotidianas destinadas a dar aparência de legalidade à propriedade escrava adquirida ao arrepio da lei. English: During the times of Brazilian Independence (1820s, the high demand for slave labor for the production of sugar, cotton and coffee brought with it the intensification of the African slave trade and consolidated slavery as a core institution pertaining to the new nation. Nonetheless, as a result of international agreements associated with the recognition of Independence from Portugal, the Brazilian parliament enacted a law abolishing the slave trade on 7 November 1831. In this article I seek to explore some political and social consequences of the non fulfillment of the law of 1831, especially regarding daily practices intended to give the appearance of legality to slave property acquired by contraband.

  7. La reagrupación familiar de africanos y latinoamericanos en la España mediterránea. Dinámicas y estructuras sociodemográficas

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    Gozálvez Pérez, Vicente

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The amount of foreigners authorised to live in Spain as residents between 2006 and 2009 due to family reunification reflects the significance of this type of immigration in the number of new registered foreigners. This research is based on a specific survey carried out on Africans and Latin Americans, who also provide information on the family members who have joined them here, in accordance with reunification laws or not. Africans and Latin Americans have very different dynamics and socio-demographic structures due, amongst other reasons, to the antiquity of their flows, their fertility rates, their command of Spanish, their level of education, their possibility of income, their structure by sex and age, the size of the reunited families, etc. Information is provided on both continental groups and family subgroups —those who reunite the family, spouses, children, parents and other family members— using scales for the group studied and for the geographical area —coastal Catalonia, the Region of Valencia, Murcia and Almeria—. Africans report the most negative structural aspects —Spanish language, education, income, etc.—; nevertheless it is this group that claim to have more firm and generalised intentions of staying in Spain. The conclusions in this paper give an indication of future flows for these two groups.

    Los extranjeros autorizados en 2006-2009 a residir en España por motivos de reagrupación familiar, muestran la importancia que ha alcanzado esta forma de inmigración en el total de nuevos extranjeros empadronados. La investigación se basa en una encuesta específica a reagrupantes africanos y latinoamericanos, que también informan sobre sus familiares reagrupados, hayan utilizado, o no, las leyes de reagrupación. Africanos y latinoamericanos ofrecen dinámicas y estructuras sociodemográficas muy diferentes, a resultas, entre otras causas, de la antigüedad de sus flujos, su fecundidad, su dominio del idioma espa

  8. Encouraging results for controlling an Agricultural pest on St. Eustatius

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    Debrot, A.O.; Reid, A.; Leslie, T.W.; Madden, H.; Stapel, J.; Dalm, Friso; Uphoff, Lara; Zwet, van der Leonie

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    In 2013, the invasive Giant African Land Snail, Achatina fulica was found in a small part of urban St. Eustatius. In collaboration with local government agencies and Dutch universities, IMARES* conducted field and laboratory pilot trials of control methods from October 2015 to June 2016.

  9. Change of hemoagglutinin and hemolysin titers in hemolymph of gastropod molluscs in response to immunization with sheep erythrocytes

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    Baskakov, AV; Polevshchikov, AV; Harazova, AD; Krasnodembskii, EG

    2000-01-01

    This work deals with analysis of changes of the levels of hemoagglutinins (HA) and hemolysins (HL) in hemolymph of three gastropod species, Planorbius corneus, Lymnea stagnalis, and Achatina fulica, in response to immunization with sheep erythrocytes (ShE). The levels of HA and HL were determined

  10. Novel approach to study gastropod-mediated innate immune reactions against metastrongyloid parasites

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    Penagos-Tabares, Felipe; Lange, Malin K.; Seipp, Anika

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    -related investigations. Adult slug species (Arion lusitanicus, Limax maximus) and giant snails (Achatina fulica) were maintained in fully automated climate chambers until mating and production of fertilized eggs. Newly hatched F0 juvenile specimens were kept under parasite-free conditions before experimental use...

  11. RESENHA CRÍTICA - O BRASIL AFRICANO

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    Três mapas que proporcionam compreensões múltiplas e informações que transcendem tempo e espaço, que reúnem vidas, tradições e memórias, que nos levam a repensar os nossos conhecimentos sobre o Brasil e a África.

  12. Nas fímbrias da liberdade: agregados, índios, africanos livres e forros na Província de Minas Gerais (século XIX On the fringes of freedom: aggregates, Indians, free Africans and manumitted slaves in Minas Gerais in the nineteenth century

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    Andréa Lisly Gonçalves

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo é tratar alguns aspectos do trabalho compulsório, não escravo, nas Minas Gerais oitocentista. Através da abordagem do trabalho de indígenas, de recrutas, de africanos livres e de agregados pretendeu-se evidenciar o tema da vulnerabilidade e da instabilidade a que estavam sujeitos alguns homens livres pobres, em um contexto marcadamente escravista da Província: o Termo de Mariana, Comarca de Ouro Preto.This paper aims at approaching some aspects of compulsory labor, not slave labor, in the nineteenth century Minas Gerais. Through the analysis of the work of indigenous, recruits, free Africans and aggregates it intends to evidence the issue of vulnerability and instability to which some free poor men were submitted in the context of a markedly slavery region: Term of Mariana, County of Ouro Preto.

  13. Traços do proprium cultural africano e sua relação com o sagrado (Features of African culture and conceptions of the sacred - DOI: 10.5752/P.2175-5841.2013v11n29p88

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    Antonio Geraldo Cantarela

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Na esteira da conquista colonial de África, desencadeada na segunda metade do século XIX, alguns antropólogos e missionários europeus, que estabeleceram longa convivência com sociedades de diferentes regiões do continente  africano, lograram realizar as primeiras recolhas e sistematizações acadêmicas do imaginário cultural de comunidades tradicionais. Tomando tal contexto como pano de fundo e contraponto, o artigo destaca algumas vozes de teóricos “nativos” (Ki-Zerbo, Hampaté Bâ, Honorat Aguessy, com vistas a explicitar e discutir alguns traços do proprium cultural africano. Na concepção daquelas culturas tradicionais, a religião, assentada no mesmo arco da cultura oral, funda todos os demais componentes da vida social. Sobre tal pressuposto, o texto discute quatro aspectos principais: a concepção (ingênua de uma unidade cultural africana; a importância da tradição oral para o conhecimento da história e do imaginário das sociedades daquele continente; as imbricações da ação política e das questões culturais;  as polarizações (desnecessárias de Europa versus África para fins de caracterizar adequadamente as culturas africanas. Palavras-chave: Culturas africanas. Religião tradicional africana. Oralidade.   Abstract During the colonial conquest of Africa, which began in the second half of the nineteenth century, some European missionaries and anthropologists, who have established long acquaintance with some societies from different regions of Africa, managed to make the first academic collection and systematization of African traditional thought. Taking such a context as a backdrop and counterpoint, this article highlights some voices of African theorists (Ki-Zerbo, Hampaté Bâ, Honorat Aguessy, in order to explain and discuss some essential features of African culture. Within the traditional African conception, the religion, founded on the same pillars of oral culture, founds all other components of

  14. STD/AIDS prevention in Portuguese-speaking Africa: a review of the recent literature in the social sciences and health Prevenção das DST/AIDS nos países africanos de língua oficial portuguesa: revisão da literatura recente em ciências sociais e da saúde

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    Simone Monteiro

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The article reviews academic literature in the social sciences and health on the problems and challenges of STD/AIDS prevention in Portuguese-speaking African countries. Based on a bibliographic survey of the SciELO, PubMed, and Sociological Abstracts databases between 1997 and 2007, the research under review was organized into two groups, according to content. The first group of studies sought to understand STD/AIDS vulnerability among social groups by examining local cultural and socioeconomic factors as related to gender dynamics, sexuality, color/race, religion and health care. The second group encompassed critical assessments of shortcomings in the STD/AIDS educational messages delivered by governments and international agencies. Attention is called to the way in which the presence of traditional medicine systems and the occurrence of civil wars in the post-colonial period impact the STD/AIDS epidemic in the African countries under study.O artigo analisa a produção acadêmica, no campo das ciências sociais e da saúde, sobre os problemas e desafios das ações de prevenção das DST/AIDS nos países africanos de língua oficial portuguesa. A partir do levantamento bibliográfico nas bases SciELO, PubMed e Sociological Abstracts, entre 1997 a 2007, o conteúdo dos trabalhos selecionados foi organizado em dois eixos. O primeiro centra-se na descrição dos estudos sobre a relevância dos fatores culturais e sócio-econômicos locais, relacionados às dinâmicas de gênero, à sexualidade, cor/raça, religião e cuidados em saúde, para o entendimento da vulnerabilidade às DST/AIDS dos diversos grupos sociais. O segundo eixo aborda as avaliações críticas acerca dos equívocos das mensagens educativas sobre DST/AIDS, promovidas pelos governos e agências internacionais, bem como as implicações da presença dos sistemas de medicinas tradicionais e da ocorrência de guerras civis no período pós-colonial para a dinâmica das DST

  15. A Severe Case of Angiostrongylus Eosinophilic Meningitis with Encephalitis and Neurologic Sequelae in Hawai‘i

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    Kwon, Edward; Ferguson, Tomas M; Park, Sarah Y; Manuzak, Augustina; Qvarnstrom, Yvonne; Morgan, Stephen; Ciminera, Paul

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    Angiostrongylus eosinophilic meningitis is caused by infection with larvae of the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis. We report the case of an adult who ingested a raw, giant African snail (Achatina fulica) on the island of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i and developed an eosinophilic meningoencephalitis with severe headache, confusion, sixth cranial nerve palsy, ataxia, limb weakness, and paresthesia. He was treated with lumbar punctures to relieve pressure, high dose corticosteroids, and 14 days of albendazole. He had a prolonged convalescence, requiring 3 months of prednisone, and still had evidence of motor nerve weakness 4 months after exposure. A field investigation at the site of exposure yielded 5 of 9 Achatina fulica snails with evidence of A. cantonensis DNA by PCR. Cerebrospinal fluid samples from the patient were negative acutely but positive on day 15 of symptoms, using an investigational, real-time PCR assay. We discuss clinical management of this case in light of the current medical literature. PMID:23901383

  16. Reflexión sobre la dimensión espectatorial de las películas africanas: o cómo los cines africanos piensan de otra manera en sus públicos / Reflection On the Spectatorial Dimension of African Films: Or How African Cinemas Think About Their Public Different

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    Mahomed Bamba

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    Full Text Available Este artículo investiga la construcción textual del espectador en varias películas africanas. Un espectador que aparece inscrito «en filigrana» a través de los ges-tos enunciativos y estrategias paratextuales de cineastas que siguen la lógica poética del cine de autor. Es a través del análisis de estas estrategias estilísticas y narrativas, de los recursos simbólicos utilizados, de las huellas metadiscursivas presentes en los textos, como se puede averiguar, más allá de las intenciones expresadas por los propios cineastas, o de los resultados en taquilla, en qué medida los autores han pensado o no en los públicos africanos, y si se dirigen exclusivamente a ellos.Palabras clave: relato, sistema textual, paratexto, espectador implícito, semiopragmática, griot, cine de autor.AbstractThis article explores the textual construction of the spectator in various African films. A spectator that seems to be registered as a ‘watermark’ through the expository gestures and paratextual strategies of filmmakers that follow the poetic logic of auteur cinema. It is through the analysis of these stylistic and narrative strategies, of the symbolic resources used, and of the metadiscursive traces present in the texts, that the extent to which the authors have taken into consideration the African audience, and whether or not they are aiming exclusively at them, can be explored - even in terms beyond those directly expressed by the filmmakers themselves.Keywords: story, textual system, paratext, implicit spectator, semio-pragmatics, griot, auteur cinema

  17. Forum: challenges in STD/AIDS prevention in Portuguese-speaking African countries: contributions from social research and from a gender approach: Introduction Fórum: desafios da prevenção das DST/AIDS em países africanos de língua oficial portuguesa: contribuições da pesquisa social e do recorte de gênero: Introdução

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    Simone Monteiro

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    Full Text Available This forum on the challenges of preventing STD/AIDS in Portuguese-speaking African countries contains three articles and a postscript. The first paper reviews academic production on the topic from the fields of the social sciences and of health, with special attention on how local cultural and socioeconomic factors impact the dynamics of the epidemic. Based on an ethnographic study of a region in southern Mozambique, the second paper analyzes the notion of 'tradition' within the context of Mozambique and how it affects perceptions of the local population's vulnerability to STD/AIDS. The third and final article discusses common ground and differences between government and civil society in gender approaches by community HIV/AIDS projects in Mozambique. Their observations suggest that important mistakes have been made in STD/AIDS prevention discourse and initiatives in African countries because the unique features of local development models and cultural systems have not been taken into account.Esta introdução apresenta o Fórum sobre os desafios da prevenção às DST/AIDS em países africanos de língua oficial portuguesa, constituído por três artigos e um posfácio. O primeiro trabalho traz uma revisão da produção acadêmica no campo das ciências sociais e da saúde sobre o tema, focalizando as implicações dos fatores culturais e sócio-econômicos locais para a dinâmica da epidemia. A partir de um estudo etnográfico numa região do sul de Moçambique, o segundo texto analisa a noção de "tradição" no contexto moçambicano e suas conseqüências para a percepção da vulnerabilidade às DST/AIDS da população local. O terceiro artigo discute pontos de aproximação e de desencontro entre o governo e a sociedade civil na abordagem de gênero de projetos comunitários de enfrentamento do HIV/AIDS em Moçambique. As reflexões revelam que os discursos e ações de prevenção das DST/AIDS em países africanos apresentam equ

  18. Dietary canitine maintains energy reserves and delays fatigue of exercised african catfish (Clarias gariepinus fed high fat diets Carnitina dietética mantem reservas energéticas e evita a fatiga de bagre-africano durante exercício

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    Rodrigo Ozório

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    Full Text Available Lipids, together with proteins, are traditionally considered as primary fuels during aerobic swimming. The effects of dietary fat and carnitine supplements and exercise on the energy metabolism of juvenile fish were investigated. One hundred African catfish (Clarias gariepinus were fed four isonitrogenous diets containing a fat level of 100 or 190 g kg-1 diet and one of the two levels of carnitine (15 and 1000 mg kg-1. Fish grew from 61 to 162 g in 10 wk. Thereafter, 6 fish per group swam vigorously for 3 h and the results were compared with unexercised groups. Fish receiving 1,000 mg carnitine accumulated 2- to 3-fold more carnitine than fish receiving 15 mg carnitine. Plasma acyl-carnitine level was affected by an interaction between dietary treatment and exercise (P Lipídios e proteínas são tradicionalmente considerados combustíveis primários durante natação aeróbica. Nesse ensaio foi investigado o efeito da suplementação de vários níveis de gordura e carnitina no metabolismo de 100 bagres africanos juvenis (Clarias gariepinus. Os peixes foram arraçoados com quatro dietas isoprotéicas, cada uma contendo 100 ou 190 g gordura kg-1 dieta, e um dos dois níveis de carnitina (15 e 1000 mg kg-1. Os peixes cresceram de 61 a 162 g em 10 semanas. No final do ensaio de alimentação, grupos de seis peixes por tratamento foram induzidos a nadar vigorosamente por 3 h e em seguida vários parâmetros foram determinados no tecido muscular e plasma, e os resultados observados nos grupos exercitados foram comparados com grupos controles (não exercitados. Os peixes arraçoados com 1,000 mg carnitina acumularam de duas a três vezes mais carnitina que os peixes arraçoados com 15 mg carnitina. O nível de acyl-carnitina no plasma foi influenciado pela interação entre os tratamentos dietéticos e exercício físico (P < 0.05. As concentrações de adenosina trifosfato (ATP e fosfocreatina no tecido muscular branco (WM foram mais elevadas em

  19. Parasites of edible land snails in Edo State, Nigeria

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    Igbinosa I. B.

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    Full Text Available Land snails are sources of protein to man and are hosts to a number of parasites. It is imperative that the roles of the snail hosts and parasites are clearly defined. Before then however, the parasites of the different land snails collected in any locality should be identified. Land snails were collected in the wild in both dry and wet seasons. The internal organs and the faeces were examined for the presence of parasite. In the rainy season of 2015, a total of 272 snails were collected across four major towns (Benin, Uromi, Ekpoma and Auchi in Edo State, Nigeria, while in the dry season, fewer snails (n=91 were handpicked. The snail species seen are: Achatina achatina (Linnaeus, 1758, Achatina fulica (Férussac, 1821, Acharchatina marginata (Swainson, 1982, Limicolaria aurora (Jay, 1839, L. flammea (Müller, 1774 and Limicolariopsis spp. The larvae of Strongyloides stercoralis were isolated from the various snail species with overall prevalence of 54.04 %. Snails positive with Alaria mesocercariae were L. aurora, L. flammea and Limicolariopsis spp. Additionally, few L. flammea were positive of the cercariae of Drocoelium dedriticum. Meanwhile, some samples of A. fulica harboured larvae of Angiostrongylus cantonesis, sporocysts of Fasciola gigantica and Schistosoma mansoni. Therefore, these edible snails could pose serious health hazard to man and animals by serving as a possible alternative parasite transmission route.

  20. First record of molluscs naturally infected with Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Chen, 1935 (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae in Brazil

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    Roberta Lima Caldeira

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    Full Text Available Seeking the identification of Angiostrongylus cantonensis as a potential etiological agent of three clinical cases of eosinophilic meningitis, mollusc specimens were collected in the state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The snails were identified as Sarasinula marginata (45 specimens, Subulina octona (157, Achatina fulica (45 and Bradybaena similaris (23. Larvae obtained were submitted to polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism diagnosis. Their genetic profile were corresponded to A. cantonensis. Rattus norvegicus experimentally infected with third-stage larvae, developed menigoencephalitis, and parasites became sexually mature in the lungs. Additionally, larvae obtained from A. fulica snails, from São Vicente, state of São Paulo, also showed genetic profiles of this nematode. This is the first record of Brazilian molluscs infected with this nematode species.

  1. Reproductive ecology of the giant African snail in South Florida

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    Roda, Amy; Nachman, Gøsta Støger; Weihman, Scott

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    than the larger snails. We evaluated the effect of control measures on six populations having >1000 adult snails and used data from the two largest populations to investigate how environmental factors (temperature, humidity, and rainfall) interacted with population dynamics and control measures. More......Giant African snail (Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822)), an important invasive snail, was recently found in South Florida, USA. An extensive eradication effort was initiated consisting of pesticide applications, debris removal and hand collections. We studied the reproduction capacity and population...

  2. Determination of 3-O- and 4-O-methylated monosaccharide constituents in snail glycans.

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    Stepan, Herwig; Bleckmann, Christina; Geyer, Hildegard; Geyer, Rudolf; Staudacher, Erika

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    The N- and O-glycans of Arianta arbustorum, Achatina fulica, Arion lusitanicus and Planorbarius corneus were analysed for their monosaccharide pattern by reversed-phase HPLC after labelling with 2-aminobenzoic acid or 3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one and by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Glucosamine, galactosamine, mannose, galactose, glucose, fucose and xylose were identified. Furthermore, three different methylated sugars were detected: 3-O-methyl-mannose and 3-O-methyl-galactose were confirmed to be a common snail feature; 4-O-methyl-galactose was detected for the first time in snails. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Las religiones y culturas de origen africano (Brasil, Cuba, Venezuela a prueba de políticas turísticas y rivalidades ¿ Un desarrollo sostenible ? Religions and cultures of African origin (Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela to test tourism policies and rivalries. A sustainable development? Religions et cultures d'origine africaine (Brésil, Cuba, Venezuela à l'épreuve des politiques touristiques et des rivalités. Un développement soutenable?

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    Montserrat Fitó

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    Full Text Available Les religions1 d’origine africaine ont été transformées, au Brésil, à Cuba et plus récemment au Venezuela, en instruments pour augmenter la captation de devises, par le biais de programmes présentés par les autorités comme répondant aux normes du développement durable. Mais, tant le contrôle exercé sur ces manifestations culturelles, à des fins de commercialisation, que les rivalités engendrées entre pays, ou entre villes dans certains cas, mènent à une aliénation des acteurs de leur propre culture (après Guillermo Bonfill, contredisant la définition même de “développement durable”.The religions of African origin have been taken in Brazil, in Cuba and more recently in Venezuela as instruments to increase the inflow of currency, in tourism development programs presented by the authorities as sustainable. But the control exercised on them by the State organizations, with marketing purposes, as well as the rivalries between countries, as well as between cities of the same country in some cases, carry an alienation of the culture (according to Guillermo Bonfill's theory of cultural control, questioning the possibility of a balanced development, that is to say a sustainable development.Las religiones de origen africano han sido tomadas en Brasil, en Cuba y más recientemente en Venezuela como instrumento para incrementar la entrada de divisas, en programas de desarrollo del turismo presentados por las autoridades como sostenibles. Pero, tanto el control ejercido sobre ellas por los organismos oficiales, con fines de comercialización, como las rivalidades entre paises, así como en algún caso, entre ciudades de un mismo país, conllevan una enajenación de la cultura (según la teoría del control cultural de Guillermo Bonfill, cuestionando la posibilidad de un desarrollo equilibrado, es decir sostenible.

  4. Enzootic Angiostrongyliasis in Guangzhou, China, 2008–2010

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    Yang, Xiao; Qu, Zhenyu; He, Hualiang; Zheng, Xiaoying; He, Ai; Wu, Yu; Liu, Qian; Zhang, Dongjing; Wu, Zhongdao; Li, Zhuoya; Zhan, Ximei

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    This study was conducted to gain an understanding of the Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection status of rodent definitive host, snail intermediate host, and local residents in Guangzhou, China. A total of 430 rats were captured and 23 rats, from two species, were infected, with an average infection rate of 5.35%. A total of 795 Achatina fulica snails and 734 Pomacea canaliculata snails were collected. The average infection rates of these two species were 13.96% (111 of 795) and 1.50% (11 of 734), respectively. As for the seroprevalence of different occupations, the rate among the “general group” was significantly lower than the “occupational group.” From this survey, Guangzhou is implicated to be the natural focus of Angiostrongylus cantonensis. Rattus norvegicus and Achatina fulica play important roles in spreading this nematode in Guangzhou. Residents who live in Guangzhou, especially those working in certain industries such as agriculture, food-making, and aquaculture, face a higher risk of infection. PMID:22556086

  5. Enquête sur la consommation, la répartition et l'élevage des escargots géants au Togo

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    Kuevi-Akue, K.

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    Full Text Available Investigations on Consumption, Distribution and Breeding of Giants Snails in Togo. A subcontracting convention has been signed between the "Programme National Petit Elevage" and the "Institut National Zootechnique et Vétérinaire " which permitted us to investigate African giant snail consumption, distribution and breeding in Togo. Investigations have lasted six months and were realised in "Régions maritime et des plateaux" both in South Togo. A questionnaire was used to obtain data. Hundred fifty questionnaires were given to sellers during market days, but only fourteen to breeders. The methodology used was based on rapid rural appraisal and direct interrogation. From this investigation we distinguish four species of giant snails (Archachatina archachatina, Archachatina degneri, Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica. For the consumtion about 80% of the samples (sellers and breeders confirmed that there is no difference in taste between species. Our estimation of giant snails gathered per year is about 30 tons and 80% of the sellers said that they got profit from this activity. For the constraints of giant snails breeding we notice lack of extension, high level of mortalities of young snails, red ant problem and lack of training and information. Giant snail breeding in Togo will be developed if solutions are found to the constraints.

  6. Current Situation of Edible Snails in Indonesia

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    Schneider, K.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available From March 7, 1995 to April 16, 1995 du ring the rainy season the utilisation of edible snails was investigated in Indonesia. To assess the current situation, the focus was put to answer the following questions : - Is it feasible under the present circumstances to domesticate these snails with the aim to conserve the natural resources ? - Could any individual or private initiative be enhanced or utilized ? - Would local disadvantaged groups (traditional animal farmers, women oryouths be benefitted through domestication of these snails ? - Is there any existing private organisation or NGO, which already gathers and trades the snails or would be interested to do this in the future ? Snails gatherers, -dealers and -farmers were visited and interviewed on the following topics using standardised questionnaires : Spreading and ecology ways of marketing, consumption habits, breeding and rearing. Diotopes were also visited and investigated. Results Spreading and ecology : Achatina fulica, Pomacea canaliculata, Pila ampullacea and Bellamia javanica are eaten. The snails can be found ail overJava. Ways of marketing : The snails gathered in the biotope are either marketed directly or through various marketing paths. A. fulica is exported in large quantifies. The population is therefore endangered. Consumption habits : Snails are not eaten regularly. Snail meat is known to be healthy. The consumption depends on the consumer's ethnie background. Breeding and rearing experience : with simple breeding systems for A. fulica and P. canaliculata are seldom found. The breeding of P. canaliculata is forbidden in Indonesia. There is no interest in breeding P. ampullacea or B. javanica. The breeding of A. fulica can ben-efit disadvantaged groups financially and help to conserving the natural snail population.

  7. USSR Report, International Affairs, Peoples of Asia and Africa,No 6, November-December 1986.

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    people, for whom the active process of political socialization began as early as after the winning of independence. Insofar as their consciousness...uncovered allowed the author to describe the process of political socialization of these groups of African youth as "the beginning of a transition

  8. El estigma africano en los mundos hispano-atlánticos (Siglos XIV al XIX

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    Alejandro E. Gómez

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    Full Text Available The present article studies an ethno-social prejudice that people of European ancestry (both Whites and Mulattoes developed towards black slaves and their descendants in the Hispanic Worlds from late 15th century. To analyze this phenomenon, we have gathered many manifestations that reflected its existence at both sides of the Atlantic, so we can distinguish its ideological and mental characteristics as we aim to determine its extension and the socio-cultural consequences it had on the communities it appeared.

  9. Migrantes africanos en Buenos Aires: Entre estigmatización y exotización

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    Régis Minvielle

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    Full Text Available African Migrants in Buenos Aires: between Stigma and Exoticization Abstract Since the 1990s decade, but especially since 2000, immigrants coming mostly from West Africa, have gradually weaved the contours of a transatlantic south-south migration device between Africa and Latin America. In Buenos Aires they trade on the streets. This activity was initiated mainly by the Senegalese community.This article aims to expose the stereotypes and the relationships between the Argentine society and the African migrants in order to observe the reception of an unknown population in that part of the continent. To do this research, the ethnographic method and discourse analysis were used. The recent nature of the African migration to Argentina generates clichés and prejudices but the desire for exoticism also gives rise to fascination.

  10. Gibraltar, identidad de un colectivo de origen africano en el Zulia (1820-1840

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    Marisol Rodríguez Arrieta

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Gibraltar durante el siglo XIX fue el espacio atípico de la región zuliana. La forma de actuar y de resolver sus problemas al parecer responde al trato dado por las autoridades españolas y crio- llas durante dos siglos de historia esclavista; se constituyó en uno de los puertos más importantes y necesarios para pasar los productos que salían de Maracaibo y los que ésta recibía de Mérida y Tru- jillo. Su localización geográfica privilegiada fue el principal elemento que contribuyó a la creación de su identidad local, el apego a su espacio y las ventajas que este les ofreció permitió en el tiempo crear una micro-región con áreas productivas de gran provecho para los espacios ubicados en sus al - rededores. La defensa de su modo de vida, condujo al colectivo a enfrentarse con el centro de poder provincial; situación que hacía complejo el ejercicio del poder en la capital de la provincia ante la diversidad de demandas y formas de oposición. Las peculiaridades de su proceso histórico: pobla- ción no esclava logró en un período de larga duración definirse como un grupo social con sus pro- pios mecanismos y normativas de defensa y ataque.

  11. África y sus mujeres. Reflexiones sobre el feminismo poscolonial africano

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    Full Text Available European colonization of the African continent affected, among other things, the status of gender in general and to women in particular. In the postcolonial time, they need to overcome the schemes lived under that regime, and to propose a methodological differentiation over the diversity of situations: ethnicity, culture, worldview, historicity and agency, in addition to the usual, class and gender there had occurred. So they were sketched lines of thought and action that allowed understand how African were subjected to three oppressions: gender, ethnicity and socio-economic-cultural subordination. From this position, the black feminism tried to deconstruct the subject of Eurocentric masculinist discourse and empower women for local appreciation

  12. REPRESENTACIONES DE LOS AFRICANOS Y SUS DESCENDIENTES EN LA OBRA DE TOMÁS CARRASQUILLA

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    Parte de las preguntas que inspiraron esta tesis surgieron hace un par de años en San Andrés, una pequeña isla colombiana de apenas 26 km 2 ubicada en el mar Caribe a 190 km de la costa nicaragüense y 755 km de Cartagena, la ciudad colombiana más cercana. Junto con las islas de Providencia y Santa Catalina, San Andrés hace parte del único departamento insular colombiano, así como el que presenta mayores contrastes culturales respecto de la Colombia continental, no sólo andina o...

  13. Phylogenetic study of the oxytocin-like immunoreactive system in invertebrates.

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    Mizuno, J; Takeda, N

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    1. A phylogenetic study of oxytocin (OXT)-like immunoreactive cells was performed by the PAP method in the central nervous system of invertebrates. 2. The immunoreactivity was detected in the nerve cells of Hydra magnipapillata of the Coelenterata; Neanthes japonica and Pheretima communissima of the Annelida; Oncidium verrucosum, Limax marginatus and Meretrix lamarckii of the Mollusca; and Baratha brassica of the Arthropoda. 3. No immunoreactive cells were found in Bipalium sp. of the Platyhelminthes; Pomacea canaliculata, Aplysia kurodai, Bradybaena similaris and Achatina fulica of the Mollusca; and Gnorimosphaeroma rayi, Procambarus clarkii, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, Helice tridens and Gryllus bimaculatus of the Arthropoda; Asterina pectinifera of the Echinodermata; and Halocynthia roretzi of the Protochordata. 4. These results demonstrate that an OXT-immunoreactive substance is widely present not only in vertebrates but also in invertebrates. 5. OXT seems to have been introduced into these invertebrates at an early stage of their phylogenetic history.

  14. Phylogenetic study of the arginine-vasotocin/arginine-vasopressin-like immunoreactive system in invertebrates.

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    Mizuno, J; Takeda, N

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    1. A phylogenetic study of arg-vasotocin (AVT)/arg-vasopressin (AVP)-like immunoreactive cells was performed by the PAP method in the central nervous system of invertebrates. 2. The immunoreactivity was detected in the nerve cells of Hydra magnipapillata of the Coelenterata; Neanthes japonica and Pheretima communissima of the Annelida; Pomacea canaliculata, Aplysia kurodai, Oncidium verrucosum, Bradybaena similaris, Achatina fulica, Limax marginatus and Meretrix lamarckii of the Mollusca; Gnorimosphaeroma rayi, Hemigrapsus sanguineus, Gryllus bimaculatus and Baratha brassicae of the Arthropoda; Asterina pectinifera of the Echinodermata; and Halocynthia roretzi of the Protochordata. 3. No immunoreactivity was detected in Bipalium sp. of the Platyhelminthes, or in Procambarus clarkii and Helice tridens of the Arthropoda. 4. From these results, it appears that AVT/AVP is a phylogenetically ancient peptide which is present in a wide variety of invertebrates. 5. The actions of AVT/AVP and its presence in invertebrates are discussed.

  15. The Trade in Medicinal Animals in Northeastern Brazil

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    Ferreira, Felipe Silva; Albuquerque, Ulysses Paulino; Coutinho, Henrique Douglas Melo; Almeida, Waltécio de Oliveira; Alves, Rômulo Romeu da Nóbrega

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    Over the centuries, a significant part of the Brazilian fauna is widely sold, more specifically in retail stores or street markets. The objective was to characterize the sale of medicinal animals in five large northeast cities. Information about the sale of zootherapeutic items was obtained in the cities of Aracaju-SE, Fortaleza-CE, Maceio-AL, Recife-PE, and Salvador-BA. A total of 68 animal species were sold for medicinal purposes in the cities studied; these are the first results on the use and sale of zootherapeutics in the markets of Aracaju, Fortaleza, and Salvador and first recorded on the medicinal use of the Achatina fulica, Trachycardium muricatum, Philodryas olfersii, Desmodus rotundus, and Leptodactylus vastus. Knowledge of the fauna utilized popular medicine is indispensable for conservation, demonstrating that research on this subject is necessary to determine appropriate practices for the management of the fauna. PMID:22216053

  16. The Trade in Medicinal Animals in Northeastern Brazil

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    Felipe Silva Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Over the centuries, a significant part of the Brazilian fauna is widely sold, more specifically in retail stores or street markets. The objective was to characterize the sale of medicinal animals in five large northeast cities. Information about the sale of zootherapeutic items was obtained in the cities of Aracaju-SE, Fortaleza-CE, Maceio-AL, Recife-PE, and Salvador-BA. A total of 68 animal species were sold for medicinal purposes in the cities studied; these are the first results on the use and sale of zootherapeutics in the markets of Aracaju, Fortaleza, and Salvador and first recorded on the medicinal use of the Achatina fulica, Trachycardium muricatum, Philodryas olfersii, Desmodus rotundus, and Leptodactylus vastus. Knowledge of the fauna utilized popular medicine is indispensable for conservation, demonstrating that research on this subject is necessary to determine appropriate practices for the management of the fauna.

  17. On the safe of pesticides in controlling the terrestrial mollusc pests

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    Full Text Available The preferred food items of the slugs Laevicaulis alte and the snails Achatina fulica were used to prepare 'poison baits'by injecting the pesticides 'Rogor'and 'Nuvan'to kill these mollusc pests. The 'poison baits'prepared with Thrichosanthes dioica and Lycopersicum esculentum were accepted by 100% individuals of both the species irrespective of the pesticides used. In all cases the slug and the snail individuals died within a considerable length of time following consuption of the bait. The importance of using 'poison bait'lies not only with the sure success in killing the pests but also with the 'safe use'of toxic materials in order to avoid environmental hazards.

  18. Modeling snail breeding in a bioregenerative life support system

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    Kovalev, V. S.; Manukovsky, N. S.; Tikhomirov, A. A.; Kolmakova, A. A.

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    The discrete-time model of snail breeding consists of two sequentially linked submodels: "Stoichiometry" and "Population". In both submodels, a snail population is split up into twelve age groups within one year of age. The first submodel is used to simulate the metabolism of a single snail in each age group via the stoichiometric equation; the second submodel is used to optimize the age structure and the size of the snail population. Daily intake of snail meat by crewmen is a guideline which specifies the population productivity. The mass exchange of the snail unit inhabited by land snails of Achatina fulica is given as an outcome of step-by-step modeling. All simulations are performed using Solver Add-In of Excel 2007.

  19. First Evidence of Angiostrongyliasis Caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles

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    Dard, Céline; Piloquet, Jean-Eudes; Qvarnstrom, Yvonne; Fox, LeAnne M.; M'kada, Helmi; Hebert, Jean-Christophe; Mattera, Didier; Harrois, Dorothée

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    Infection by the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis represents the most common cause of infectious eosinophilic meningitis in humans, causing central nervous system (CNS) angiostrongyliasis. Most of CNS angiostrongyliasis cases were described in Asia, Pacific Basin, Australia, and some limited parts of Africa and America. CNS angiostrongyliasis has been reported in the Caribbean but never in the Lesser Antilles. The primary objectives of this study were to depict the first case of CNS angiostrongyliasis in the Lesser Antilles and investigate the environmental presence of A. cantonensis in Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles. In December 2013, a suspected case of CNS angiostrongyliasis in an 8-month-old infant in Guadeloupe was investigated by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). The environmental investigation was performed by collecting Achatina fulica molluscs from different parts of Guadeloupe and testing the occurrence of A. cantonensis by real-time PCR. CSF from the suspected case of angiostrongyliasis was positive for A. cantonensis by real-time PCR. Among 34 collected snails for environmental investigation, 32.4% were positive for A. cantonensis. In conclusion, we report the first laboratory-confirmed case of CNS-angiostrongyliasis in the Lesser Antilles. We identified the presence and high prevalence of A. cantonensis in A. fulica in Guadeloupe. These results highlight the need to increase awareness of this disease and implement public health programs in the region to prevent human cases of angiostrongyliasis and improve management of eosinophilic meningitis patients. PMID:28070007

  20. Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematode: Metastrongyloidea in molluscs from harbour areas in Brazil

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    Full Text Available Angiostrongylus cantonensis is the most common aetiological agent of human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis. Following a report indicating the presence of this parasite in Brazil in 2007, the present study was undertaken to investigate the presence of A. cantonensis in the surrounding Brazilian port areas. In total, 30 ports were investigated and the following molluscs were identified: Achatina fulica, Belocaulus sp., Bradybaena similaris sp., Cyclodontina sp., Helix sp., Leptinaria sp., Melampus sp., Melanoides tuberculata, Phyllocaulis sp., Pomacea sp., Pseudoxychona sp., Rhinus sp., Sarasinula marginata, Streptaxis sp., Subulina octona, Succinea sp., Tomigerus sp., Wayampia sp. and specimens belonging to Limacidae and Orthalicinae. Digestion and sedimentation processes were performed and the sediments were examined. DNA was extracted from the obtained larvae and the internal transcribed spacer region 2 was analysed by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism after digestion with the endonuclease ClaI. Of the 30 ports investigated in this study, 11 contained molluscs infected with A. cantonensis larvae. The set of infected species consisted of S. octona, S. marginata, A. fulica and B. similaris. A total of 36.6% of the investigated ports were positive for A. cantonensis, indicating a wide distribution of this worm. It remains uncertain when and how A. cantonensis was introduced into South America.

  1. EFEITO ALELOPÁTICO E MOLUSCICIDA DE AMORA (Morus rubra L.

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    ANA CRISTINA MENDES MIRANDA

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    Full Text Available Secondary metabolite produced in some plants can provoke alterations in the development of other plants or even other organisms. The aim of this paper was to identify possible allelopathic effects and biologic control of Achatina fulica Bowdich with aqueous extracts of Morus rubra L. leaves. For obtaining the aqueous extract, we used previously dried leaves in concentration of 1g 10 mL-1. Five concentrations of each aqueous extract were tested (10, 30, 50, 70 and 100% and compared to control (0.0%, distilled water. The aqueous extracts of Morus rubra showed up allelopathic potentialities on the seed germination and in the growth of the shoot and the root system of the tested species, considering that the reduction in the germination and initial growth increased with the rising of the aqueous extracts concentrations used and, in the biologic control, only in the final mass of A. fulica. The results indicated the existence of allelopathic effect, but not molluscicide of M. rubra.

  2. Thevetia peruviana (Family: Apocynaceae in the control of slug and snail pests

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    Full Text Available An aqueous extract prepared from Kernels of the fruit of Thevetia peruviana (Pers. Schumann (Family : Apocynaceae was found under experimental conditions, to be toxic ti the slug Laevicaulis alte (Férussac and the snail Achatina fulica Bowdich, the important agrihorticultural pests of Indo-Pacific countries. Concentrations as low as 1% (w/v killed all the slugs exposed in less than 981.00 (± SD 22.76 min, and 2% of the extract killed 100% of the slugs L. alte and 50%, 50% and 30% of the snail A. fulica in between 92.34 (± SD 6.63 - 321.33 (± SD 4.14 and 271.20 (± SD 17.54 - 298.26 (± SD 16.69 min respectively. The most effective concentration of the extract was 20%; it killed 100% of exposed slugs and snails within a short time (40-50 and 90-1440 min respectively when the extract was exposed on the soil in experimental trays or when it was applied to potato slices offered as food to the gastropods.

  3. Traditional utilization and biochemical composition of six mollusc shells in Nigeria

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    Ademolu Kehinde O.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The shells of molluscs protect them from physical damage, predators and dehydration. We studied various local uses of shells and their biochemical properties in Abeokuta, Nigeria. A standard structured questionnaire about use was applied to 100 snail and herb sellers and shells from 120 adult individuals of Archachatina marginata, Achatina achatina, Achatina fulica, Littorina littorea, Meretrix lusoria and Merceneria mercenaria were evaluated for their mineral components (Ca2+, Fe2+, Mg2+, Na+, Zn+, P+, K+ and proximate composition (crude protein, ash, fibre, crude fat and carbohydrate using standard methods. Properties against fungi and bacteria isolates were also tested. These shells are used for bleaching, brushing, abrasion and others. The weight of the shells varied from 0.5g (L. littorea to 25.00g (A. marginata and thickness from 0.46mm in M .lusoria to 5.35mm in M. mercenaria. We found no inhibitory effect against fungi and bacterial isolates. The molluscs are high in carbohydrates (83.54-92.76g/100g and low in protein (0.16-0.38g/100g. The fat content ranged between 0.42g/100g and 0.82g/100g, and ash between 2.14g/100g and 9.45g/100g. Ca2+ was the most abundant (10.25-96.35mg/g while K+ was the least abundant (0.3-0.7mg/g (p<0.05. Active ingredients of these shells can be used in the feed and construction industries.

  4. Avaliação de marcadores moleculares associados à qualidade da carne de bovinos Simental Sul Africano x Nelore

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    No Brasil, a perspectiva de aumento do volume de exportações e a exigência dos diferentes mercados faz com que a adaptação da cadeia produtiva da carne seja necessária, assim como a mudança de conceitos e critérios de seleção dos animais, de forma a melhorar as características consideradas pelo consumidor como de primeira importância: aparência e a palatabilidade. Porém existem diversos fatores que podem influenciar na qualidade da carne: sexo, raça (genética), idade, nutrição e estresse dura...

  5. As "Ticas" de "Matema" de UmPovo Africano: Umexercício para sala de aula Brasileira.

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    Eliane Costa Santos

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    Full Text Available This article has as its central focus the examination of one of the ways that African culture can be introduced into the mathematics classroom, contributing to the transformation of this formal space of the classroom into an area in which culture is intertwined with scholarly knowledge through the transdisciplinarity of ethnomathematics. The thesis that permeates [this work] can be delineated as how African culture, through the representation of African Kente cloth looms, can contribute to the processes of teaching and learning in a mathematics classroom. The wefts are the theoretical references of Stuart Hall on culture and multiculturalism; D'Ambrosio on transdisciplinarity and ethnomathematics; Dennis on Kente cloth; and the weavers of Ghana on the technologies of Kente cloth. To find a general understanding, we locate Ghana on the African Continent, we quote the myths of the Kente looms, and finally, we present a proposal on how to create a transcultural connection between the knowledge of African culture and a mathematics classroom in Brazil.

  6. Posibilidades abiertas por las nuevas tecnologías en el desarrollo de los cines africanos contemporáneos

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    Beatriz Leal Riesco

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    Full Text Available From its beginnings with the wave of independence that swept the continent in the middle of the previous century, African cinema has remained subordinate to and dependent upon Western aid. Barring a few prominent exceptions, the effects of this phenomenon have been visible, with films made catering to the tastes of occidental critics and cinephiles while African viewers have been left thirsting for images and sounds of an autochthonous character. Since the 1990’s, thanks to new technologies, African cinema has achieved a previously inconceivable vitality and autonomy. The democratizing effects of the reduction in the cost of production, distribution, and exhibition, as well as the easier accessibility of new technologies to non-professionals, has made of Africa a creative flashpoint, where myriad voices work to create a nuanced and polyphonic imaginary leagues beyond those prejudices and stereotypes of occidental provenance that have overshadowed this continent’s cinematography for more than five decades.

  7. Niños y niñas esclavos de origen africano en la capital novohispana (siglo xvii)

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    Sin niños, está uno como desnudo. Proverbio yoruba Durante mucho tiempo las poblaciones africanas y afrodescendientes de México fueron olvidadas de la memoria histórica, de la identidad nacional y de las ciencias sociales. Sin embargo, desde hace varias décadas se realizan investigaciones que favorecen el desarrollo del conocimiento de estos grupos no sólo a lo largo de la historia, sino en la actualidad. Los temas que se han abordado son diversos y se ha buscado dar cuenta tanto de los hombr...

  8. El internacionalismo, la solidaridad y el interés mutuo: encuentros entre cubanos, africanos, y alemanes de la RDA

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    Berthold Unfried

    Full Text Available Resumen La asistencia militar cubana en Angola y Etiopía es muy conocida en el ámbito internacional. Sin embargo, la historia de la asistencia civil aún no ha sido escrita en toda su magnitud. Esta contribución esboza una comparación entre el "internacionalismo" cubano y el sector de la "solidaridad" o "ayuda socialista" de la República Democrática Alemana (RDA. ¿Qué significaron y cuáles fueron las terminologías y prácticas correspondientes de los alemanes? ¿Qué tipos de internacionalismo y solidaridad de práctica pueden identificarse? ¿Cómo fueron las relaciones entre cubanos y alemanes con sus contrapartes etíopes y angolanos y con el pueblo de esos países y qué se transfirió en ese encuentro triangular? La contribución se basa en material de los archivos cubanos y alemanes, así como en entrevistas.

  9. Entre champeta y sonidos africanos: fronteras difusas y discusiones sobre “músicas negras” en el Caribe Colombiano

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    Jorge Enrique Giraldo Barbosa

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    Full Text Available Este texto apunta a una reflexión en relación con la s música s champeta y africana, entendida s las dos como “músicas negras”, alrededor de sus representaciones de africanidad y culturalmente racializadas hacia lo “negro”. Músicas u rbanas que enfrentan dispositivos discriminatorios, prohibitorios, de negación o invisivilización social, a sí como para dojas en sus lógicas de representación en que son asumidas por las tendencias de estudio que las abordan. Se pueden organizar tres tendencias de estudio: 1 corriente afrocentrista y cartagenista, 2 perspectiva alternativa en lo cult ural y territorial, 3 economía c ultural y de circulación mus ical .

  10. Los "Flamines Annui" del Norte africano. Notas sobre la duración del sacerdocio municipal del culto al emperador.

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    Rosa María CID LÓPEZ

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    Full Text Available RESUMEN: La aparición en los documentos epigráficos de expresiones como flamen annuus o anno flamonii sui, sirvió para que determinados autores defendieran la tesis de que el flaminado de las comunidades romanas provinciales tenía una duración anual . No obstante, el hecho de que en numerosas inscripciones figuren flamines perpetui originó discrepancias entre los especialistas sobre el carácter temporal o vitalicio de este sacerdocio, hasta el punto de que en un libro de reciente aparición, este tema sigue considerándose «un problema aún no resuelto». El período que un sacerdote del culto imperial permanecía ejerciendo sus funciones ofrece un cierto interés, dado que ello puede relacionarse con otro tipo de cuestiones sociales y/o económicas. De ser cierta la anualidad del flaminado, sería preciso que en cada comunidad romana hubiese un amplio grupo de familias con recursos disponibles para hacer frente a los gastos que ocasionaba el acceso a este sacerdocio. A primera vista, no parece que las coloniae y municipia del territorio imperial, salvo casos excepcionales, estuviesen en condiciones de contar con una gran número de personajes adinerados, y que, rotativamente, se encargasen de dirigir los asuntos políticos y religiosos de sus respectivas ciudades.

  11. Shell utilization pattern of the hermit crab Clibanarius vittatus (Crustacea, Anomura in an estuary at São Vicente, State of São Paulo, Brazil Padrão de utilização de conchas do ermitão Clibanarius vittatus (Crustacea, Anomura, no Estuário de São Vicente, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil

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    Bruno S. Sant'Anna

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    Full Text Available We evaluated the gastropod shell utilization pattern of the hermit crab Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802 at Pescadores Beach in São Vicente, State of São Paulo, Brazil. Specimens were collected monthly from May 2001 through April 2003, in the intertidal zone at low tide. The crabs were weighed and their carapace shield length measured. All gastropod shells were identified and had their shell biometric parameters (total length and aperture length measured (mm and weighed (g. A total of 2,344 hermit crabs (644 males, 1,594 females, 45 ovigerous females and 61 individuals in intersex, using 13 species of gastropod shells, were collected. Stramonita haemastoma (Linnaeus, 1767, Cymatium parthenopeum (Von Salis, 1793 and Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822 comprised over 98% of all the shells. Male and intersex crabs were significantly larger than the females. This size difference strongly influenced the shell utilization pattern, principally in A. fulica, which has the largest shell size, that was only used by males and intersexual individuals of C. vittatus. Cymatium parthenopeum was the only shell species that showed a high determinant coefficient in all the biometric correlations evaluated. The high abundance of S. haemastoma shells and a strong correlation between crab size and shell aperture length established by a significant determination coefficient, indicated that C. vittatus uses this species as the principal resource for shell occupation at Pescadores Beach.O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar a utilização de conchas de gastrópodes por Clibanarius vittatus (Bosc, 1802, na Praia dos Pescadores, em São Vicente (SP, Brasil. Foram realizadas amostras mensais no período de maio de 2001 a abril de 2003, na região intertidal durante a maré baixa. Todos os animais foram pesados e tiveram o comprimento de seu escudo cefalotorácico mensurados, suas conchas identificadas e medidas quanto ao comprimento (mm, abertura (mm e peso (g

  12. effect of different prevein level on the land snail (achatina chatina ...

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    The foot (edible portion), the shell and the visceral materials were weighed separately for each snail. .... Biometrics.11: 1-42. Ejidike, B. N., 2001. Comparative effect of supplemental and complete diets on the performance of. African giant land snail. Archachatina marginata). Proc. 26th Ann. Conf. Nig. Soc. for. Anim. Prod.

  13. American coot (Fulica americana) on the Hanford Site. Part 1. Nesting biology

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    Fitzner, R.E.; Schreckhise, R.G.

    1979-05-01

    The nesting biology of the American coot was studied on low-level radioactive waste ponds located on the Hanford DOE Site and on control ponds located in the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Washington from 1974 through 1976. The objective was to discover any differences in the nesting biology of the birds which could be attributed to the low-level radioactive wastes present in the Hanford DOE Site ponds. Coots nesting on the Hanford ponds and those nesting on the wildlife refuge were found to have similar nesting habits. Nesting habitats were also similar. There were no apparent differences in nesting chronology between birds from the different study sites. Clutch size also showed no significant differences. The average number of eggs per nest for all ponds was 6.7. Egg and chick weights and percent hatching success were similar among coots from both study sites. Feeding habits of the coots from the two sites did show some differences. However, this is probably related to the availability of food items in each pond

  14. Seasonal variation in food supply and breeding success in European Coots Fulica atra

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    Brinkhof, M.W.G.

    1997-01-01

    Chick survival in the European Coot typically shows a convex seasonal pattern. Previous experiments revealed that this pattern is directly linked to hatching date and that food supply within the first ten days after hatching is a causal factor in this relationship. However, the precise mechanism

  15. Relations globales entre sédimentation de black shales océaniques et dépôts subséquents de phosphates. L'exemple du Crétacé moyen-supérieur de l'Atlantique centre et nord et du Crétacé supérieur-Eocène de la bordure ouest et nord du bouclier Africano-arabe Global Relations Between the Sedimentation of Oceanic Black Shales and Subsequent Phosphate Deposits. Example of the Middle-Upper Cretaceous in the Central and Northern Atlantic and of the Upper Cretaceous-Eocene on the Western and Northern Edges of the African-Arabian Shield

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available A l'échelle mondiale, les grandes accumulations de phosphates sédimentaires apparaissent irrégulièrement réparties dans le temps. Celles du Crétacé supérieur-Eocène de la bordure ouest et nord du bouclier africano-arabe sont quantitativement exceptionnelles et intéressantes par les réflexions qu'elles suggèrent sur un mécanisme global. On insiste d'abord sur certaines données océanographiques actuelles : flux des matières phosphatées vers l'océan et dans l'océan; répartition des phosphates dans les masses d'eaux océaniques et en particulier dans les eaux euxiniques. Puis quelques théories proposées pour rendre compte du caractère épisodique de la sédimentation phosphatée sont rappelées et critiquées (Strakhov, Fischer, Arthur, Sheldon, etc. . Puis la répartition par pays des quantités de phosphates déposées dans une partie des domaines mésogéen et atlantique est précisée. Elle justifie de focaliser notre attention sur les phosphates marocains, de loin les plus abondants et localisés en position clé. On rappelle néanmoins que la double évolution latitudinale au Crétacé et au Paléogène du Nord vers le Sud dans l'actuel hémisphère nord et du Sud vers le Nord dans l'actuel hémisphère sud rend peu crédibles les interprétations purement latitudino-climatiques de ces dépôts phosphatés. Sur le cas du Maroc, les conditions préalables à cette sédimentation phosphatée sont précisées et discutées : existence de transgressions marines pelliculaires, de séries condensées; rémission des apports détritiques ( le silence de la terre ; confinement (origine et modalité d'action. Ces conditions à elles seules ne peuvent pas expliquer l'extraordinaire flux phosphaté de cette époque. On rappelle alors que les accumulations de matière organique des black shales du Crétacé moyen-supérieur de l'Atlantique -parmi les plus importantes de l'histoire de la terre- ne présentent nulle part leur

  16. Structure of gastropod communities at mangrove ecosystem in Lubuk Kertang village, West Berandan District, Langkat Regency, North Sumatera Province

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    Manullang, T.; Bakti, D.; Leidonald, R.

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    Gastropod was one of the class from mollusca in mangrove ecosystem. Lubuk Kertang Village’s mangrove forest was been converted into tourist areas, agricultural land and settlements. The purpose of this study was to analyze the structure of gastropods at Avicennia lanata, Rhizophora apiculata and Sonneratia alba. This research was conducted at Lubuk Kertang Village in February-March 2017. Gastropod were collected in 1 m × 1 m transect in mangrove. Examples of biota were taken by using shovel, then the biota was inserted into a plastic bag sample, wrote date of sampling and identified. The results showed there were 15 species Gastropods, namely Achatina fulica, Cerithidea alata, Cerithidea cingulata, Cerithidea obtusa, Chicoreus capucinus, Cymatium pileare, Ellobium aurimisdae, Ellobium aurisjudae, Littoraria melanostoma, Littoraria scabra, Murex tribulus, Nerita balteata, Nerita planospira, Pugilina cochlidium, Stramonita gradata, Telescopium telescopium and Terebralia sulcata. Diversity index ranged 1.702 to 2.165 was in medium category, Similarity index ranged 0.676 to 0.799 was in low category and Dominance index ranged 0.142 to 0.282 that categorized was low. The highest gastropod density was 31 individuals/m2 in the Sonneratia alba. The conclusion of the research is the existing mangrove ecosystem in Lubuk Kertang Village in a stable state.

  17. Analyse de la filière des escargots comestibles dans la Région de l'Equateur en République Centrafricaine

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Analysis of the Edible Snails Chain in the Equatorial Region of the Central African Republic. The edible snail is a unconventional food resource with a high economic and social importance in the Central African Republic Equatorial's region. It allows the population of this region to have income and to diversify their daily food ration. The analysis of this chain, from a sample of 200 stakeholders, shows that snails picking and marketing are profitable activities. Globally, the biggest part of the chain returns to the wholesaler with about 45%, followed by the retail dealer 1 with 37% and by the retail dealer 2 with 14%. The snails' picker supplier has the lowest part of the chain with only 4%. However, the consumption of snails could increase at national level if solutions are found to the sociological and cultural constraints, notably food prejudices and forbidden. Besides, the seasonal variation of the picking snails' supply and the pressure of collection due to an increasing demand set up an opportunity for the breeding snails' sale. But, there are enormous risks if one wants multiplying Achatina fulica which are a danger for the other local species. Breeding would allow to increase the income, to strengthen food security and to balance biodiversity.

  18. The occurrence of the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis, in nonindigenous snails in the Gulf of Mexico region of the United States

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    Teem, John L.; Qvarnstrom, Yvonne; Bishop, Henry S.; da Silva, Alexandre J.; Carter, Jacoby; White-McLean, Jodi; Smith, Trevor

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    Nonindigenous apple snails, Pomacea maculata (formerly Pomacea insularum), are currently spreading rapidly through the southeastern United States. This mollusk serves as an intermediate host of the rat lungworm parasite (Angiostrongylus cantonensis), which can cause eosinophilic meningitis in humans who consume infected mollusks. A PCR-based detection assay was used to test nonindigenous apple snails for the rat lungworm parasite in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida. Only apple snails obtained from the New Orleans, Louisiana, area tested positive for the parasite. These results provide the first evidence that Angiostrongylus cantonensis does occur in nonindigenous apple snails in the southeastern United States. Additionally, Angiostrongylus cantonensis was identified in the terrestrial species Achatina fulica in Miami, Florida, indicating that rat lungworm is now established in Florida as well as Louisiana. Although the study suggests that the rat lungworm is not widespread in the Gulf States region, the infected snail population could still pose a risk to human health and facilitate the spread of the parasite to new areas.

  19. Angiostrongylus cantonensis and Rat Lungworm Disease in Brazil

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    de Oliveira Simões, Raquel; Fernandez, Monica Ammon; Júnior, Arnaldo Maldonado

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    The metastrongyloid nematode genus Angiostrongylus includes 18 species, two of which are relevant from a medical standpoint, Angiostrongylus costaricensis and Angiostrongylus cantonensis. The first was described from Costa Rica in 1971 and causes abdominal angiostrongyliasis in the Americas, including in Brazil. Angiostrongylus cantonensis, first described in 1935 from Canton, China, is the causative agent of eosinophilic meningitis. The natural definitive hosts are rodents, and molluscs are the intermediate hosts. Paratenic or carrier hosts include crabs, freshwater shrimp, amphibians, flatworms, and fish. Humans become infected accidentally by ingestion of intermediate or paratenic hosts and the parasite does not complete the life cycle as it does in rats. Worms in the brain cause eosinophilic meningitis. This zoonosis, widespread in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, has now been reported from other regions. In the Americas there are records from the United States, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, Ecuador, and Haiti. In Brazil seven human cases have been reported since 2007 from the southeastern and northeastern regions. Epidemiological studies found infected specimens of Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus as well as many species of molluscs, including the giant African land snail, Achatina fulica, from various regions of Brazil. The spread of angiostrongyliasis is currently a matter of concern in Brazil. PMID:23901376

  20. POTENSI TAMAN NASIONAL BOGANI NANI WARTABONE, PERMASALAHAN DAN KONSERVASI PADA TINGKAT PENGEMBANGAN DAN PENGAWASAN

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    Femmy Roosje Kawuwung

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    Full Text Available Taman Nasional Bogani Nani Wartabone sebelumnya bernama Dumoga Bone. Nani Wartabone seorang pahlawan yang terkenal di daerah Gorontalo, untuk mengenang pahlawan tersebut maka namanya diabadikan pada nama Taman Nasional. Pada tahun 1982 luas 300.000 hektar dinyatakan Menteri Pertanian. Ditunjuk Menteri Kehutanan, SK No. 731/Kpts-II/1992 luas 287.115 hektar. Propinsi Gorontalo dengan ketinggian tempat 50 – 2.000 meter dpl. Posisi 1o– 4o LS, 120o – 124o BT. Permasalahan; terjadinya fragmentasi, perladangan berpindah, pertanian, illegal logging, pemukiman, pertambangan, dan pencurian spesies flora dan fauna. Tujuan mengetahui potensi Taman Nasional Bogani Nani Wartabone, permasalahan dan upaya konservasi.Potensi Taman Nasional Bogani Nani Wartabone adalah; Flora terdiri dari 400 jenis pohon, 241 jenis tumbuhan tinggi, 120 jenis efifit dan terdapat 24 jenis anggrek. Tumbuhan endemik yaitu; palem matayangan, kayu hitam dan bunga bangkai(Amophaphallus compamulatus. Tumbuhan yang umum adalah cempaka, kenanga, agates, dan tanaman hias.Taman Nasional Bogani Nani Wartabone memiliki 24 jenis mamalia, 64 jenis aves, 11 jenis reptile. Mamalia (satwa endemik : monyet hitam/yaki (Macaca nigra, Monyet Dumoga Bone, babirusa, kelelawar bone, kus-kus besar (Palanger ursinus, anoa kecil (B.quarlesi. Di Taman Nasional Bogani Nani Wartabone tercatat 200 – 225 jenis burung. Reptil : ular kobra, king kobra (N. hammah, ular belang, katak pohon (Rhacophorus monticola, ikan : ikan mas (Cyprinus carpio, bekicot (Achatina fulica. Upaya konservasi adalah pada tingkat pengembangan dan pengawasan. Dalam upaya konservasi harus ada kerja sama dari pemerintah dan masyarakat sekitar kawasan.

  1. Consumo da costa africana: comunicações entre os portos turísticos sul-africanos do oceano Índico

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    Pamila Gupta

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    Full Text Available Do início até meados do século XX, os cruzeiros turísticos ao longo da costa sul-africana eram uma atividade de lazer popular, empreendida pelas elites (brancas europeias (predominantemente os britânicos, americanas e sul-africanas, com paradas que incluíam diversas cidades portuárias do oceano Índico, como Cidade do Cabo e Durban, na África do Sul, e Lourenço Marques e Beira, no Moçambique português. Considerando as cidades portuárias anteriormente mencionadas como cidades-gêmeas em relação aos seus entrelaçados passados coloniais e turísticos e como funcionando dentro de um “corredor cultural” regional distinto (NUTALL, 2009 da África do Sul, este artigo explora uma série de portos de lazer interligados via cruzeiros de passageiros. A base da minha navegação histórica são os anuários de turismo produzidos pelas companhias de cruzeiro marítimo Union-Castle Line e serviço Round África em 1939 e 1949, respectivamente. A justificativa é que esses guias de viagem servem como entrada ao microcosmo cosmopolita de barcos de cruzeiro, o que os torna inestimáveis para entender a história do lazer (concomitantemente aos bens de consumo e publicidade relacionados na África do Sul.

  2. Procesos de formación de los yacimientos plio-pleistocenicos africanos y su relevancia para los modelos de comportamiento homínido

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    Ignacio de la Torre Sainz

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available La controversia surgida a principios de los años 80 sobre la naturaleza del registro del Plio-Pleistoceno, ha conducido a un debate aún vigente en torno a los agentes envueltos en la formación de los primeros yacimientos arqueológicos. Algunos autores argüyeron que estos depósitos eran palimpsestos en los que la actividad humana fue marginal, mientras que otros opinan que son el resultado de unas estrategias complejas llevadas a cabo por los primeros representantes del género Homo. En el presente trabajo se hace una valoración crítica de los datos disponibles sobre el registro arqueológico plio-pleistocénico, y se propone el marco conductual que hizo posible la formación de estos primeros yacimientos.The controversy about the formation of the early Piio-Pieistocene archaeological site formation has resulted in a wide array of studies regarding the different processes involved therein. Some authors argüe that early sites were palimpsest where hominid intervention was minimal, whereas other researchers support the idea that sites were referential places used by the earliest representatives of the genus Homo. This paper presents the available evidence supporting either hyphoteses and several behavioral models are critically revised.

  3. Rhinometry: spectrum of nasal profile among Nigerian Africans Rinometria: espectro do perfil nasal entre os africanos da Nigéria

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    Rabiu O. Jimoh

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Nasal parameters measurements are useful in anthropology to distinguish people into racial and ethnic groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional survey among Nigerians aged 18 to 70 years of Nigerian parentage randomly selected at the ENT Clinic of the University of Ilorin teaching hospital (U.I.T.H., Ilorin, Nigeria without gender discrimination had measurement of their nasal parameters done using a sliding caliper: Nasal height, width, tip protrusion, alar thickness, nasal septal thickness and nares diameter. RESULTS: 105 subjects were seen, the age range 18 to 70 years (mean of 28.63 + 13.06 years. There was 58 males and 47 females with a male/female ratio of 1.2:1. The mean nasal width/height (Nasal index -NI was 90.7 in males and 88.2 in females. Males had a higher NI compared to female (p As medidas de parâmetros nasais são úteis em antropologia para distinguir pessoas em grupos étnicos e raciais. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Pesquisa transversal entre nigerianos com idades entre 18 e 70 anos, filhos de pais nigerianos, aleatoriamente selecionados na clínica de otorrinolaringologia do Hospital Universitário de Ilorin (U.I.T.H., Ilorin, Nigéria; sem discriminação de gênero, tiveram seus parâmetros nasais medidos usando-se um compasso deslizante: altura nasal, largura, protrusão da ponta, espessura alar, espessura do septo nasal e diâmetro das narinas. RESULTADOS: 105 indivíduos foram avaliados, e suas idades variaram entre 18 e 70 anos (média de 28,63 + 13,06 anos. Havia 58 homens e 47 mulheres, com coeficiente entre homens de mulheres de: 1.2:1. A medida largura/ altura nasal média (Índice nasal - IN foi de 90,7 em homens e 88,2 em mulheres. Os homens tiveram IN mais alto quando comparados às mulheres (p < 0,03. O tipo mais comum de variabilidade nasal foi o Tipo A (70,5%, Platirrinia, Tipo B (26,7%, especialmente em mulheres, (mosorrinia e o Tipo C (leptorrinia (2,8%. CONCLUSÕES: Há associação significativa entre o gênero do indivíduo e seu tipo nasal. A platirrinia, entre homens, e a mosorrinia, entre mulheres; somente 2,8% sendo leptorrinia. Os índices nasais foram mais altos em homens do que em mulheres.

  4. Studio della convezione durante il monsone africano: osservazioni e modellazione della precipitazione e del ruolo della circolazione regionale sulla composizione atmosferica

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    The improvement of knowledge and understanding of the West African Monsoon (WAM) is a fundamental scientific issue with implications on economy, health, water resources and food security in West African countries. In a region where agriculture is mainly rain fed, a delay in the rainy season onset or a dry year could compromise food and water security and lead to dearth conditions. The natural interannual and interseasonal variability of the WAM and the dramatic change from wet ...

  5. Fotografando o mundo colonial africano Moçambique, 1929 Taking pictures of the African Colonial World Moçambique, 1929

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    Ana Cristina Fonseca Nogueira da Silva

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O registo fotográfico transformou-se, a partir da segunda metade do século XIX, num instrumento privilegiado de observação e de descrição do mundo. Um instrumento capaz de sugerir a realidade "objectiva" dos elementos fotografados, mas também de registar as realidades imaginadas por quem fotografa, pessoas e instituições que "encomendam" fotografias, por quem as recolhe, selecciona e organiza em álbuns ou caixas. Além de registar "realidades", as fotografias também condicionam a percepção daqueles que as visionam - os seus "públicos alvo", previamente escolhidos, ou outros públicos, mais espontâneos, difusos ou até imprevistos. Nesse sentido, com maior ou menor intencionalidade e com diferentes graus de "sucesso", as fotografias são performativas, fazem parte do processo de construção e de reconstrução da ordem (natural, social do mundo, produzem e/ou reproduzem as classificações e as identificações do espaço social. A "autoridade" do discurso fotográfico, associada à "crença espontânea" na sua veracidade, na possibilidade de registar de forma "objectiva" uma realidade autónoma, neutra, independente do sujeito que fotografa, reforça ainda mais esta sua dimensão prescritiva. O que pretendo com este texto é, partindo dos sentidos que atrás expus, ensaiar uma interpretação sobre o modo como foi organizado o mundo colonial moçambicano e classificadas as suas populações num conjunto de álbuns fotográficos dos finais da década de 20 do século XX.The photographic record has become, from the second half of the nineteenth century, a privileged instrument of observation and description of the world. An instrument able to suggest the "objective" reality of the elements photographed, but also to record the realities imagined by those photographers, people and institutions that "ordered" the photos, and also by those who collect, select and organize them into albums or boxes. In addition to record "reality", the photographs also influence the perception of those whom the photos were taken for - their "target audiences", previously chosen, or other public, more spontaneous, diffuse or even unexpected. In this sense, more or less intentional and with different degrees of "success", the photographs are performing, are part of the construction and reconstruction of the order (natural, social of the world, producing and/or reproducing the classifications and identification of the social space. The "authority" of the photographic discourse, associated with "spontaneous belief" in its truthfulness, in the possibility of registering an "objective" reality that is independent and neutral from the subject that is pictured, strength their prescriptive dimension. My objective with this text is to try to achieve an interpretation on how was organized the colonial Mozambique world and its people was classified using a set of photographic albums from the end of the second decade of the XX century.

  6. Estudo de carcaça do bagre africano (Clarias gariepinus em diferentes categorias de peso Study of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus carcass in different weight categories

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    Adriana Aparecida Pinto

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste experimento foi estudar carcaças de Clarias gariepinus, em três categorias de peso (P1=inferior a 1kg; P2=de 1 a 2kg e P3=superior a 2kg, para analisar o rendimento de carcaça com cabeça (RCC, sem cabeça (RCS, filé (RFI, músculos abdominais (RMA, partes comestíveis (RPC, tronco limpo (RTL, porcentagem de pele (PPE, cabeça (PCA, vísceras (PVI, resíduos totais (PRE e determinar a composição proximal do filé (proteína bruta, umidade, gordura e cinza. Foram utilizados 60 bagres, em delineamento inteiramente casualizado, 3 tratamentos com 20 repetições, em nível de significância de 5%. O rendimento de filé foi maior para P2 (38,61% que para P1 e P3. O rendimento das partes comestíveis e tronco limpo foram superiores para P2 (RPC=46,27% e RTL=56,67%, mas sem diferirem do P3. O rendimento de carcaça sem cabeça foi maior para P3, não diferindo de P2. O P2 foi inferior para PPE (4,64%, PCA (23,62% e PRE (53,73%, sem diferir de P3, para porcentagem de cabeça e de resíduos totais. Não houve diferença significativa para rendimentos dos músculos abdominais, carcaça com cabeça e vísceras. P2 (2,25% e 77,49% não diferiu do P1 (1,51% e 77,78% e P3 (3,03% e 76,39%, para gordura e umidade, respectivamente, enquanto, para proteína bruta, não houve diferença significativa. Conclui-se que P2 apresentou melhores rendimentos de filetagem, ao passo que a composição proximal do filé, nas três categorias de peso, foi relativamente similar, com aumento de deposição de gordura nos peixes acima de 1kg de peso vivo.The aim of this experiment was to study Clarias gariepinus carcass in three weight categories (P1=below 1kg; P2= 1 to 2kg and P3=over 2kg to analyze yield of carcass with head (YCH, without head (YCW, fillet (YF, abdominal muscles (YAM, eatable parts (YEP, dressed out (YDO and percentages of skin (PSK, head (PHE, viscera (PVI, total residues (PTR; and to determine the proximate composition of fillet (crude protein, moisture, fat and ash . Sixty catfish were used in a completely randomized design (3 trataments with 20 replications, with 5% significance level. Fillet yield was higher for P2 (38,61% than for P1 and for P3 fillet. The eatable parts and dressed out yield were higher for P2 (YEP=46,27% and YDO=56,67%, but were not different from P3. The carcass with head was higher than P3, and didn’t differ from P2. P2 was lower in PSK (4,64%, PHE (23,62% and PTR (53,73%, without being different from P3 in percentages of head and total residues. There was no significant difference for yield of abdominal muscles, carcass with head, percentages of viscera. P2 (2,25% and 77,49% did not differ from P1 (1,51% and 77,78% and from P3 (3,03% and 76,39% for fat and moisture, respectively, while for crude protein there was no significant difference (P > 0.01. It may be concluded that P2 provided better filleting yieds, while the proximate composition of fillet in the three weight categories was relatively similar to the increase of fat deposition in the fish over 1kg live weight.

  7. A Abordagem dos Modos de Vida Como Ferramenta de Análise das Estratégias de Sobrevivência no Meio Rural Africano

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    Tomás Adriano Sitoe

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    Full Text Available Diversification is a social and economic process that interprets creation of many and different sources of income in a given period of time. The constancy and eventually the increase of diversification of activities and income sources in rural spaces led to a revision of theories and approaches for better understanding this phenomenon. The Sustainable Livelihood Approach (SLA was adopted in the 1990s as a new paradigm to address the issue of diversification and poverty in developing countries, with emphasis on rural Africa. Currently, this approach has been used by various organizations and individuals as an analytical tool for studying the livelihood strategies; however, little attention has been made to the its limitations. Based on literature revision the article presents and discusses the SLA. A conclusion is that although it has some limitation in general it can provide a better understanding of realities evolving rural spaces, mainly in low developed societies. The main limitation is regarding the difficulty for capturing the dynamics and complexity that involves the process of assets transformation into livelihood strategies.

  8. China and the African Internet: Perspectives from Kenya and Ethiopia / China y el Internet africano: Perspectivas desde Kenia y Etiopía

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    Iginio Gagliardone

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Through the lens of China in Africa, this paper explores the transformations in the relationship between the Internet and the state. China’s economic success, impressive growth of Internet users and relative stability have quietly promoted an example of how the Internet can be deployed within the larger political and economic strategies of developing states, moving beyond the democratization paradigm promoted in the West. New evidence suggests that this model is becoming increasingly popular, but it is not clear why and how it is spreading. Through a case study comparison of an emerging democracy, Kenya, and a semi-authoritarian country, Ethiopia, where China has recently increased its involvement in the communications sector, this paper investigates whether and how the ideas of state stability, development and community that characterize the strategies pursued by the Chinese government are influencing and legitimizing the development of a less open model of the Internet. It analyses how new ideas, technologies and norms integrate with existing ones and which factors influence their adoption or rejection. It is based on fieldwork conducted in Ethiopia and in Kenya between 2011 and 2013, where data was collected through mapping Internet related projects involving Chinese companies and authorities, analysing Internet policies and regulations, and interviewing officials in Ministries of Communication, media lawyers, Internet activists, and Chinese employed in the media and telecommunication sector in Kenya and Ethiopia.Desde la óptica de China en África, este artículo explora las transformaciones en la relación entre Internet y el estado. El éxito económico de China, el impresionante crecimiento de usuarios de Internet y estabilidad relativa ha promovido un ejemplo tranquilo de cómo Internet puede ser desplegado dentro de las más amplias estrategias políticas y económicas de los estados en desarrollo, más allá del paradigma de la democratización promovida en Occidente. Existen nuevas evidencias que sugieren que este modelo está siendo cada vez más popular, pero no está claro por qué y cómo se está extendiendo. A través de un estudio de caso comparativo de una democracia emergente, Kenia, y un país semi-autoritario, Etiopía, donde China ha aumentado recientemente su participación en el sector de las comunicaciones, este trabajo investiga hasta qué punto y de qué manera las ideas de la estabilidad del Estado, el desarrollo y la comunidad que caracterizan las estrategias adoptadas por el gobierno chino están influyendo y legitimando el desarrollo de un modelo menos abierto de Internet. Se analiza cómo las nuevas ideas, tecnologías y normas se integran con las ya existentes y qué factores influyen en su adopción o rechazo. El artículo se basa en el trabajo de campo llevado a cabo en Etiopía y en Kenia entre 2011 y 2013, donde se recogieron datos a través del análisis de proyectos relacionados con Internet en los que participan empresas y autoridades chinas, así como el estudio de las políticas y reglamentos de internet, y complementando con entrevistas a funcionarios de los Ministerios de Comunicación, especialistas en derecho de las comunicaciones, activistas de Internet, así como profesionales chinos del sector de las telecomunicaciones en Kenia y Etiopía.

  9. Cimarrones africanos e indios en la frontera española con los Estados Unidos. El caso de los Seminoles negros de La Florida

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    Jane Landers

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available This essay explores Andrew Jackson's bloody victories over the Red Stick Creeks and Seminoles of Florida and the triumph of "the White man's republic", with a particular interest in the participation of persons of African descent. The people who would become the Seminoles moved into Florida from Georgia and Alabama in the eighteenth century to fill the vacuum created by the exodus or extinction of Florida's indigenous nations. Initially the Seminoles were staunch allies of the British, but in the late eighteenth century, Chief Payne and Payne’s successors, Micanopy and Bowlegs, reshaped Seminole foreign policy and became allies of the Spanish government.Under their leadership the Seminoles also accepted into their lands many slaves who had run away from the United States and who lived in a sort of feudal arrangement with their "masters" and intermarried with them. These blacks recognized that Anglo rule would return them to slavery, so they, too, became fierce enemies of the Americans and allies of the Spaniards. For about a half century black and blood Seminoles struggled to maintain their autonomy on the volatile Southern frontier, but the United States was firmly committed to an expansionist foreign policy. Its interventions were motivated by territorial ambition, by the lingering fear that Britain would displace the weakened Spanish regimes in the Southeast, and by racial politics. The very success of the Spanish/ Indian/black alliance, in effect, ensured further intervention by Americans. The War of 1812 and the simultaneous Creek War of 1813-14 evolved into a long-term effort to push the Creeks, Seminoles, and blacks out of their settlements in western and central Florida, and eventually to drive out the Spaniards as well. Jackson led the first Seminole War in 1818 and in 1821, when the United States acquired Florida, as governor of the new territorial government he began the removal of the fugitive Creeks, Seminoles, and free blacks from the peninsula.//Este ensayo explora las victorias sangrientas de Andrew Jackson sobre los Red Stick Creeks y los Seminoles de la Florida y el triunfo de “la República del Hombre blanco”, con un interés particular de personas afro descendientes. Aquellos que se convirtieron en Seminoles se trasladaron a Florida desde Georgia y Alabama en el siglo XVIII para llenar el vacío dejado por el éxodo y la extinción de las naciones indígenas de aquella región. Inicialmente los Seminoles fueron firmes aliados de los británicos, pero bien entrado el siglo XVIII, el Jefe Payne y sus sucesores, Micanopy y Piernas arqueadas, le dieron nueva forma a su política exterior y se convirtieron en aliados del gobierno español. Bajo su liderazgo los Seminoles también aceptaron en sus tierras a un gran número de esclavos que habían huido de los Estados Unidos y que vivían en una especie de sociedad “feudal” con sus patrones. Estos negros sabían que el dominio inglés los devolvería a la esclavitud, por lo que también se convirtieron en enemigos feroces de los estadounidenses y en aliados de los españoles. Durante cerca de medio siglo los Seminoles y los negros lucharon por mantener su autonomía en la volátil frontera sur, pero Estados Unidos estaba firmemente comprometido con una política exterior expansionista. Sus intervenciones fueron motivadas por la ambición territorial, por el temor persistente de que Gran Bretaña pudiese desplazar a los débiles regímenes españoles en el sureste, y por la política racial. El éxito de los españoles de los indígenas y de la alianza negra aseguró la posterior intervención estadounidense. La guerra de 1812 y la simultánea Guerra Creek de 1813-14, se convirtieron en un esfuerzo a largo plazo para desplazar a los Creek, los Seminoles y los negros de sus asentamientos en el oeste y centro de Florida, y, finalmente, para expulsar a los españoles también. Jackson dirigió la primera Guerra Seminole en 1818 y en 1821, cuando Estados Unidos adquirió la Florida, como gobernador del nuevo gobierno territorial que expulsó a los Creek fugitivos a los Seminoles y a los negros libres de la península.

  10. Da partilha as independências: o continente africano nos livros didáticos de Geografía do Brasil (1890-2003

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    Full Text Available Este texto es un resumen de la tesis doctoral en curso. Nuestro objeto de estudio es investigar la presencia de África en los libros de texto de Geografía en el período 1890-2003. Tenemos como objetivo discutir cómo este contenido escolar fue publicado, por ejemplo, con un enfoque de dominación territorial. Esto nos lleva a entender otras categorías como la de guerra, poder, raza, etnia, civilización y lo salvaje. El análisis se divide en cinco partes, con la elección de un libro por período, en función de su difusión entre el público estudiantil. La bibliografía de la investigación está disponible en el Laboratorio de Ciencias Humanas de la Facultad de Educación y en el Laboratorio de libros de texto de la Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades de la Universidade de São Paulo.

  11. “El colonialismo como clave”. Discurso africano y transición española en la obra de Fernando González

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    2015-01-01

    The Spanish transition to democracy after Franco’s death constitutes a decisive moment for the formation of new and heterogeneous discourses on Africa. Correspondingly, the journalist and writer Fernando González (1939-80 proposes new reflections about the place of Africa, especially Morocco, in the cultural imaginary and collective memory. In his articles, he investigates the continent’s postcolonial situation and the Spanish-Maghrebian relations. In his essay Liturgias para un caudillo (1977, he emphasizes the importance of colonialist ways of thinking for an understanding of the ideology, structures and ‘Africanist’ rituality of the Francoist system. In his novel Kábila (1980, he describes the Rif War as well the Spanish Civil War from the perspective of a Moroccan soldier. He applies a strategy of double codification to deconstruct the Francoist versions of history that were still perpetuated during the transition.

  12. Descendientes de africanos en la Región de las Américas y equidad en materia de salud

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    Cristina Torres

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available The Region of the Americas and the Caribbean has a complex demographic profile from an ethnic and racial perspective. One of the largest groups is composed of persons of African descent, who in some countries, such as Brazil and the Dominican Republic, comprise 46 and 84% of the total population, respectively. Recent analyses of the statistics available in some countries of the Region show wide gaps in terms of living conditions and health in these communities, as well as gaps in access to health services. PAHO, through its Public Policy and Health Program, under the Division of Health and Human Development, supports sectorial efforts and those of civil organizations that aim to improve health conditions in this segment of the population, while taking into account their sociodemographic and cultural characteristics. This article briefly summarizes health conditions and access to health services in selected countries, as well as some aspects of the recent changes to the legislation in those countries. Finally, collaborative activities on the part of United Nations agencies and international financial institutions for the benefit of people of African descent and other ethnic minorities are described.

  13. FOTOGRAFÍAS DE AMAS DE LECHE EN BAHÍA. EVIDENCIA VISUAL DE LOS APORTES AFRICANOS A LA FAMILIA ESCLAVISTA EN BRASIL

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta un análisis de la producción y el uso de fotografías de personas africanas y afrodescendientes, realizadas en Brasil entre 1840, cuando esta técnica fue introducida al país, y 1920, cuando las primeras fotografías aún estaban en circulación. Desde la evidencia visual, se analizan tres temas recurrentes en el Brasil del siglo XIX: la difusión de teorías del racismo científico europeo a través de la fotografía, la creación de los tipos urbanos en las ciudades esclavistas y las nodrizas (amas de leche como agentes culturales en el seno de la familia colonial en Bahía.

  14. Angiostrongylus cantonensis Infection on Mayotte Island, Indian Ocean, 2007-2012

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    Epelboin, Loïc; Blondé, Renaud; Chamouine, Abdourahim; Chrisment, Alexandra; Diancourt, Laure; Villemant, Nicolas; Atale, Agnès; Cadix, Claire; Caro, Valérie; Malvy, Denis; Collet, Louis

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    Introduction Human angiostrongyliasis (HA) is a neurological helminthic disease caused by the lung worm Angiostrongylus cantonensis. It is suspected in the combination of travel or a residence in an endemic area and eosinophilic meningitis. In Mayotte, an island in the Indian Ocean, cases are rare but regular. The main objective of our study was to describe the epidemiological and diagnosis clues of HA in Mayotte. The secondary objectives were to evaluate the contribution of Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT- PCR) for the diagnosis of HA, delineate the characteristics of the local transmission and ascertain the presence of A. cantonensis in Achatina fulica, the potential vector of the disease. Materials and Methods Between 2007 and 2012, all cases of eosinophilic meningitis were retrospectively included and investigated by RT- PCR in the CSF. Descriptive analysis was conducted for clinical, biological and radiological features, and were analyzed for all patients together with the search for prognostic factors for mortality. Concurrently, geolocalization and temporal parameters were studied to correlate the occurrence of the cases with rainfall seasons and snails were collected to enhance a parasitic carriage with real time PCR. Results During the 6-year period of the study, 14 cases were identified (2.3 cases/year) and 9 among 10 remaining CSF were positive in PCR. Among 14 cases of EM, 13 were less than 2 year-old children. The 1 year mortality rate was 5/14 (35.7%). Among survivors, 3/7 (42.8%) presented neurological sequelae. Factors associated with mortality were dysfunction of cranial nerves, abnormal brain imaging, and CSF glucose level inferior to 2 mmol/l. Occurrence of cases was temporarily and spatially correlated to the rainy season. Among the 64 collected giant snails, 6 (9.4%) were positive with A. cantonensis PCR. The likely main route of transmission was the children licking snails, carriers of the parasite. Conclusion In Mayotte, HA was mainly

  15. Angiostrongylus cantonensis Infection on Mayotte Island, Indian Ocean, 2007-2012.

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    Loïc Epelboin

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Human angiostrongyliasis (HA is a neurological helminthic disease caused by the lung worm Angiostrongylus cantonensis. It is suspected in the combination of travel or a residence in an endemic area and eosinophilic meningitis. In Mayotte, an island in the Indian Ocean, cases are rare but regular. The main objective of our study was to describe the epidemiological and diagnosis clues of HA in Mayotte. The secondary objectives were to evaluate the contribution of Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT- PCR for the diagnosis of HA, delineate the characteristics of the local transmission and ascertain the presence of A. cantonensis in Achatina fulica, the potential vector of the disease.Between 2007 and 2012, all cases of eosinophilic meningitis were retrospectively included and investigated by RT- PCR in the CSF. Descriptive analysis was conducted for clinical, biological and radiological features, and were analyzed for all patients together with the search for prognostic factors for mortality. Concurrently, geolocalization and temporal parameters were studied to correlate the occurrence of the cases with rainfall seasons and snails were collected to enhance a parasitic carriage with real time PCR.During the 6-year period of the study, 14 cases were identified (2.3 cases/year and 9 among 10 remaining CSF were positive in PCR. Among 14 cases of EM, 13 were less than 2 year-old children. The 1 year mortality rate was 5/14 (35.7%. Among survivors, 3/7 (42.8% presented neurological sequelae. Factors associated with mortality were dysfunction of cranial nerves, abnormal brain imaging, and CSF glucose level inferior to 2 mmol/l. Occurrence of cases was temporarily and spatially correlated to the rainy season. Among the 64 collected giant snails, 6 (9.4% were positive with A. cantonensis PCR. The likely main route of transmission was the children licking snails, carriers of the parasite.In Mayotte, HA was mainly found in paediatric cases under 2 years

  16. THE MEDICALLY IMPORTANT MOLLUSCS OF INDONESIA

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    Machfudz Djajasasmita

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available At present in Indonesia 32 species of non-marine molluscs which belong to IS families have been known to be potentially of medicalor veterinary importance, since they are suspected to be capable in transmitting human and animal diseases. The brackish water family Potamididae comprises of 1 species; whereas the freshwater snails are : Viviparidae (3 sp., Ampullariidae (3 sp., Bythiniidae (1 sp.. Pomatiopsidae (1 sp., Thiaridae (7 sp., Lymnaeidae(l sp. and Planorbidae (5 sp.; freshwater bivalve are: Corbiculidae (4 sp.; land snails are: Subulinidae (2 sp., Achatinidae (1 sp. and Bradybaenidae (1 sp.; land slug: Veronicelidae (2 sp. Philomycidae (1 sp. and Limacidae (1 sp.. All are common species which can be found in the vicinity of human habitation (ponds, rice-field, ditches, gardens etc. The parasitological studies on these molluscs are rather limited, only 9 species have been studied and confirmed to be the intermediate host of parasitic nematodes and nematodes; i.e. Oncomelania hupensis lindoensis, the intermediate host of the blood fluke Schistosoma japonica in Central Sulawesi: Pila suctata, Achatina fulica and Laevicaulis alte from several places in Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Flores have been found to be harbouring the larvae of the nematode Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the causative agent of eosinophilic meningoencephalitis; Bellamy a rudipelis, Gyraulus sarasinorum and Corbicula lindoensis were recorded as the intermediate host of the intestinal fluke Echinostoma lindoensis in Central Sulawesi; Lymnaea rubiginosa plays an important role in the life-cycle of the cattle liver fluke Fasciola gigantica and F.hepatica, which may reduce the national meat production; and Digoniostoma truncatum from Bali has been recorded naturally infected with radiae and cercariae of Paramphistoma sp., the causative agent of the fatal paramphistomiasis of cattle. Gyraulus convexiusculus is considered to be the most likely first intermediate host of

  17. A Role For Ca 2+ in the Thermal and Urea Denaturation of ...

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    Giant African snail (Achatina achatina) becomes dormant (aestivate) under harsh environmental conditions like dry seasons. During this period the animal accumulates urea and is faced with thermal death. The stability towards thermal and urea denaturation of haemocyanin from aestivating and nonaestivating A. achatina ...

  18. Reproductive Ecology of the Giant African Snail in South Florida: Implications for Eradication Programs.

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    Amy Roda

    Full Text Available Giant African snail (Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822, an important invasive snail, was recently found in South Florida, USA. An extensive eradication effort was initiated consisting of pesticide applications, debris removal and hand collections. We studied the reproduction capacity and population dynamics of snails collected from 22 populations for two years to help evaluate the likely success of the eradication program. A total of 23,890 snails, ranging from 25-131 mm, were measured, dissected and the number of eggs in each snail counted. Gravid snails ranged from 48-128 mm. Only 5% of snails had eggs, which were found year round. As the snails increased in size, they were more likely to include reproducing individuals. However, the percentage of gravid snails peaked when snails were approximately 90 mm. Although more prevalent, small (1000 adult snails and used data from the two largest populations to investigate how environmental factors (temperature, humidity, and rainfall interacted with population dynamics and control measures. More snails were collected in weeks with high humidity and more gravid snails were collected when the temperature was higher. The addition of metaldehyde pesticides had the greatest impact on population dynamics by reducing snail numbers. In populations with fewer snails, their numbers were already declining before the use of metaldehyde, although the new treatment accelerated the process. As a consequence of the eradication program, egg-producing snails were no longer collected from most populations by the end of the study. The aggressive and persistent control efforts apparently lead to reduced populations of egg producing snails, eventually resulting in local extinctions of this important pest.

  19. Nucleolin: acharan sulfate–binding protein on the surface of cancer cells

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    Joo, Eun Ji; ten Dam, Gerdy B.; van Kuppevelt, Toin H.; Toida, Toshihiko; Linhardt, Robert J.; Kim, Yeong Shik

    2005-01-01

    Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are complex polysaccharides that participate in the regulation of physiological processes through the interactions with a wide variety of proteins. Acharan sulfate (AS), isolated from the giant African snail Achatina fulica, primarily consists of the repeating disaccharide structure α-D-N-acetylglucosaminyl (1→4) 2-sulfoiduronic acid. Exogenous AS was injected subcutaneously near the tumor tissue in C57BL/6 mice that had been implanted with Lewis lung carcinoma cells (LLCs). The location of AS in the tumor was assessed by staining of sectioned tissues with alcian blue and periodic acid–Schiff (PAS) reagent. In vitro assays indicated binding of cells to 50 μg/ml AS (or heparin) after a 5-h incubation. Immunofluorescence assays, using anti-AS antibody, detected AS at the cell surface. The outer-surface of LLCs were next biotinylated to identify the AS-binding proteins. Biotinylated cells were lysed, and the lysates were fractionated on the AS affinity column using a stepwise salt gradient (0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, and 2.0 M). The fractions were analyzed by SDS–PAGE with silver staining and western blotting. We focused on the proteins with high affinity for AS (eluting at 1 M NaCl) and detected only two bands by western blotting. ESI Q-TOF MS analysis of one of these bands, molecular weight ~110 kDa, showed it to be nucleolin. A phosphorylated form of nucleolin on the surface of cells acts as a cell surface receptor for a variety of ligands, including growth factors (i.e., basic fibroblast growth factor) and chemokines (i.e., midkine). These results show that nucleolin is one of several AS-binding proteins and suggest that AS might demonstrate its tumor growth inhibitory activity by binding the nucleolin receptor protein on the surface of cancer cells. PMID:15329357

  20. Invasive snails and an emerging infectious disease: results from the first national survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China.

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    Shan Lv

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic meningitis (angiostrongyliasis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis is emerging in mainland China. However, the distribution of A. cantonensis and its intermediate host snails, and the role of two invasive snail species in the emergence of angiostrongyliasis, are not well understood. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A national survey pertaining to A. cantonensis was carried out using a grid sampling approach (spatial resolution: 40x40 km. One village per grid cell was randomly selected from a 5% random sample of grid cells located in areas where the presence of the intermediate host snail Pomacea canaliculata had been predicted based on a degree-day model. Potential intermediate hosts of A. cantonensis were collected in the field, restaurants, markets and snail farms, and examined for infection. The infection prevalence among intermediate host snails was estimated, and the prevalence of A. cantonensis within P. canaliculata was displayed on a map, and predicted for non-sampled locations. It was confirmed that P. canaliculata and Achatina fulica were the predominant intermediate hosts of A. cantonensis in China, and these snails were found to be well established in 11 and six provinces, respectively. Infected snails of either species were found in seven provinces, closely matching the endemic area of A. cantonensis. Infected snails were also found in markets and restaurants. Two clusters of A. cantonensis-infected P. canaliculata were predicted in Fujian and Guangxi provinces. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The first national survey in China revealed a wide distribution of A. cantonensis and two invasive snail species, indicating that a considerable number of people are at risk of angiostrongyliasis. Health education, rigorous food inspection and surveillance are all needed to prevent recurrent angiostrongyliasis outbreaks.

  1. Characterization of GdFFD, a d-Amino Acid-containing Neuropeptide That Functions as an Extrinsic Modulator of the Aplysia Feeding Circuit*

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    Bai, Lu; Livnat, Itamar; Romanova, Elena V.; Alexeeva, Vera; Yau, Peter M.; Vilim, Ferdinand S.; Weiss, Klaudiusz R.; Jing, Jian; Sweedler, Jonathan V.

    2013-01-01

    During eukaryotic translation, peptides/proteins are created using l-amino acids. However, a d-amino acid-containing peptide (DAACP) can be produced through post-translational modification via an isomerase enzyme. General approaches to identify novel DAACPs and investigate their function, particularly in specific neural circuits, are lacking. This is primarily due to the difficulty in characterizing this modification and due to the limited information on neural circuits in most species. We describe a multipronged approach to overcome these limitations using the sea slug Aplysia californica. Based on bioinformatics and homology to known DAACPs in the land snail Achatina fulica, we targeted two predicted peptides in Aplysia, GFFD, similar to achatin-I (GdFAD versus GFAD, where dF stands for d-phenylalanine), and YAEFLa, identical to fulyal (YdAEFLa versus YAEFLa), using stereoselective analytical methods, i.e. MALDI MS fragmentation analysis and LC-MS/MS. Although YAEFLa in Aplysia was detected only in an all l-form, we found that both GFFD and GdFFD were present in the Aplysia CNS. In situ hybridization and immunolabeling of GFFD/GdFFD-positive neurons and fibers suggested that GFFD/GdFFD might act as an extrinsic modulator of the feeding circuit. Consistent with this hypothesis, we found that GdFFD induced robust activity in the feeding circuit and elicited egestive motor patterns. In contrast, the peptide consisting of all l-amino acids, GFFD, was not bioactive. Our data indicate that the modification of an l-amino acid-containing neuropeptide to a DAACP is essential for peptide bioactivity in a motor circuit, and thus it provides a functional significance to this modification. PMID:24078634

  2. Metagenomic Analysis of the Microbiota from the Crop of an Invasive Snail Reveals a Rich Reservoir of Novel Genes

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    Cardoso, Alexander M.; Cavalcante, Janaína J. V.; Cantão, Maurício E.; Thompson, Claudia E.; Flatschart, Roberto B.; Glogauer, Arnaldo; Scapin, Sandra M. N.; Sade, Youssef B.; Beltrão, Paulo J. M. S. I.; Gerber, Alexandra L.; Martins, Orlando B.; Garcia, Eloi S.; de Souza, Wanderley; Vasconcelos, Ana Tereza R.

    2012-01-01

    The shortage of petroleum reserves and the increase in CO2 emissions have raised global concerns and highlighted the importance of adopting sustainable energy sources. Second-generation ethanol made from lignocellulosic materials is considered to be one of the most promising fuels for vehicles. The giant snail Achatina fulica is an agricultural pest whose biotechnological potential has been largely untested. Here, the composition of the microbial population within the crop of this invasive land snail, as well as key genes involved in various biochemical pathways, have been explored for the first time. In a high-throughput approach, 318 Mbp of 454-Titanium shotgun metagenomic sequencing data were obtained. The predominant bacterial phylum found was Proteobacteria, followed by Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. Viruses, Fungi, and Archaea were present to lesser extents. The functional analysis reveals a variety of microbial genes that could assist the host in the degradation of recalcitrant lignocellulose, detoxification of xenobiotics, and synthesis of essential amino acids and vitamins, contributing to the adaptability and wide-ranging diet of this snail. More than 2,700 genes encoding glycoside hydrolase (GH) domains and carbohydrate-binding modules were detected. When we compared GH profiles, we found an abundance of sequences coding for oligosaccharide-degrading enzymes (36%), very similar to those from wallabies and giant pandas, as well as many novel cellulase and hemicellulase coding sequences, which points to this model as a remarkable potential source of enzymes for the biofuel industry. Furthermore, this work is a major step toward the understanding of the unique genetic profile of the land snail holobiont. PMID:23133637

  3. Invasive Snails and an Emerging Infectious Disease: Results from the First National Survey on Angiostrongylus cantonensis in China

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    Lv, Shan; Zhang, Yi; Liu, He-Xiang; Hu, Ling; Yang, Kun; Steinmann, Peter; Chen, Zhao; Wang, Li-Ying; Utzinger, Jürg; Zhou, Xiao-Nong

    2009-01-01

    Background Eosinophilic meningitis (angiostrongyliasis) caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis is emerging in mainland China. However, the distribution of A. cantonensis and its intermediate host snails, and the role of two invasive snail species in the emergence of angiostrongyliasis, are not well understood. Methodology/Principal Findings A national survey pertaining to A. cantonensis was carried out using a grid sampling approach (spatial resolution: 40×40 km). One village per grid cell was randomly selected from a 5% random sample of grid cells located in areas where the presence of the intermediate host snail Pomacea canaliculata had been predicted based on a degree-day model. Potential intermediate hosts of A. cantonensis were collected in the field, restaurants, markets and snail farms, and examined for infection. The infection prevalence among intermediate host snails was estimated, and the prevalence of A. cantonensis within P. canaliculata was displayed on a map, and predicted for non-sampled locations. It was confirmed that P. canaliculata and Achatina fulica were the predominant intermediate hosts of A. cantonensis in China, and these snails were found to be well established in 11 and six provinces, respectively. Infected snails of either species were found in seven provinces, closely matching the endemic area of A. cantonensis. Infected snails were also found in markets and restaurants. Two clusters of A. cantonensis–infected P. canaliculata were predicted in Fujian and Guangxi provinces. Conclusions/Significance The first national survey in China revealed a wide distribution of A. cantonensis and two invasive snail species, indicating that a considerable number of people are at risk of angiostrongyliasis. Health education, rigorous food inspection and surveillance are all needed to prevent recurrent angiostrongyliasis outbreaks. PMID:19190771

  4. Action potential bursts in central snail neurons elicited by paeonol: roles of ionic currents

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    Chen, Yi-hung; Lin, Pei-lin; Hsu, Hui-yu; Wu, Ya-ting; Yang, Han-yin; Lu, Dah-yuu; Huang, Shiang-suo; Hsieh, Ching-liang; Lin, Jaung-geng

    2010-01-01

    Aim: To investigate the effects of 2′-hydroxy-4′-methoxyacetophenone (paeonol) on the electrophysiological behavior of a central neuron (right parietal 4; RP4) of the giant African snail (Achatina fulica Ferussac). Methods: Intracellular recordings and the two-electrode voltage clamp method were used to study the effects of paeonol on the RP4 neuron. Results: The RP4 neuron generated spontaneous action potentials. Bath application of paeonol at a concentration of ≥500 μmol/L reversibly elicited action potential bursts in a concentration-dependent manner. Immersing the neurons in Co2+-substituted Ca2+-free solution did not block paeonol-elicited bursting. Pretreatment with the protein kinase A (PKA) inhibitor KT-5720 or the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitor Ro 31-8220 did not affect the action potential bursts. Voltage-clamp studies revealed that paeonol at a concentration of 500 μmol/L had no remarkable effects on the total inward currents, whereas paeonol decreased the delayed rectifying K+ current (IKD) and the fast-inactivating K+ current (IA). Application of 4-aminopyridine (4-AP 5 mmol/L), an inhibitor of IA, or charybdotoxin 250 nmol/L, an inhibitor of the Ca2+-activated K+ current (IK(Ca)), failed to elicit action potential bursts, whereas tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA 50 mmol/L), an IKD blocker, successfully elicited action potential bursts. At a lower concentration of 5 mmol/L, TEA facilitated the induction of action potential bursts elicited by paeonol. Conclusion: Paeonol elicited a bursting firing pattern of action potentials in the RP4 neuron and this activity relates closely to the inhibitory effects of paeonol on the IKD. PMID:21042287

  5. Reproductive Ecology of the Giant African Snail in South Florida: Implications for Eradication Programs

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    Giant African snail (Achatina fulica (Bowdich, 1822)), an important invasive snail, was recently found in South Florida, USA. An extensive eradication effort was initiated consisting of pesticide applications, debris removal and hand collections. We studied the reproduction capacity and population dynamics of snails collected from 22 populations for two years to help evaluate the likely success of the eradication program. A total of 23,890 snails, ranging from 25–131 mm, were measured, dissected and the number of eggs in each snail counted. Gravid snails ranged from 48–128 mm. Only 5% of snails had eggs, which were found year round. As the snails increased in size, they were more likely to include reproducing individuals. However, the percentage of gravid snails peaked when snails were approximately 90 mm. Although more prevalent, small (1000 adult snails and used data from the two largest populations to investigate how environmental factors (temperature, humidity, and rainfall) interacted with population dynamics and control measures. More snails were collected in weeks with high humidity and more gravid snails were collected when the temperature was higher. The addition of metaldehyde pesticides had the greatest impact on population dynamics by reducing snail numbers. In populations with fewer snails, their numbers were already declining before the use of metaldehyde, although the new treatment accelerated the process. As a consequence of the eradication program, egg-producing snails were no longer collected from most populations by the end of the study. The aggressive and persistent control efforts apparently lead to reduced populations of egg producing snails, eventually resulting in local extinctions of this important pest. PMID:27861504

  6. Phylogenetic relationship of the Brazilian isolates of the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae employing mitochondrial COI gene sequence data

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. This nematode’s main definitive hosts are rodents and its intermediate hosts are snails. This parasite was first described in China and currently is dispersed across several Pacific islands, Asia, Australia, Africa, some Caribbean islands and most recently in the Americas. Here, we report the genetic variability among A. cantonensis isolates from different geographical locations in Brazil using mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI gene sequences. Methods The isolates of A. cantonensis were obtained from distinct geographical locations of Brazil. Genomic DNAs were extracted, amplified by polymerase reaction, purified and sequenced. A partial sequence of COI gene was determined to assess their phylogenetic relationship. Results The sequences of A. cantonensis were monophyletic. We identified a distinct clade that included all isolates of A. cantonensis from Brazil and Asia based on eight distinct haplotypes (ac1, ac2, ac3, ac4, ac5, ac6, ac7 and ac8 from a previous study. Interestingly, the Brazilian haplotype ac5 is clustered with isolates from Japan, and the Brazilian haplotype ac8 from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pará and Pernambuco states formed a distinct clade. There is a divergent Brazilian haplotype, which we named ac9, closely related to Chinese haplotype ac6 and Japanese haplotype ac7. Conclusion The genetic variation observed among Brazilian isolates supports the hypothesis that the appearance of A. cantonensis in Brazil is likely a result of multiple introductions of parasite-carrying rats, transported on ships due to active commerce with Africa and Asia during the European colonization period. The rapid spread of the intermediate host, Achatina fulica, also seems to have contributed to the dispersion of this parasite and the infection of the definitive host in different Brazilian regions.

  7. Phylogenetic relationship of the Brazilian isolates of the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) employing mitochondrial COI gene sequence data

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    2012-01-01

    Background The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. This nematode’s main definitive hosts are rodents and its intermediate hosts are snails. This parasite was first described in China and currently is dispersed across several Pacific islands, Asia, Australia, Africa, some Caribbean islands and most recently in the Americas. Here, we report the genetic variability among A. cantonensis isolates from different geographical locations in Brazil using mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequences. Methods The isolates of A. cantonensis were obtained from distinct geographical locations of Brazil. Genomic DNAs were extracted, amplified by polymerase reaction, purified and sequenced. A partial sequence of COI gene was determined to assess their phylogenetic relationship. Results The sequences of A. cantonensis were monophyletic. We identified a distinct clade that included all isolates of A. cantonensis from Brazil and Asia based on eight distinct haplotypes (ac1, ac2, ac3, ac4, ac5, ac6, ac7 and ac8) from a previous study. Interestingly, the Brazilian haplotype ac5 is clustered with isolates from Japan, and the Brazilian haplotype ac8 from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pará and Pernambuco states formed a distinct clade. There is a divergent Brazilian haplotype, which we named ac9, closely related to Chinese haplotype ac6 and Japanese haplotype ac7. Conclusion The genetic variation observed among Brazilian isolates supports the hypothesis that the appearance of A. cantonensis in Brazil is likely a result of multiple introductions of parasite-carrying rats, transported on ships due to active commerce with Africa and Asia during the European colonization period. The rapid spread of the intermediate host, Achatina fulica, also seems to have contributed to the dispersion of this parasite and the infection of the definitive host in different Brazilian regions. PMID:23130987

  8. Phylogenetic relationship of the Brazilian isolates of the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis (Nematoda: Metastrongylidae) employing mitochondrial COI gene sequence data.

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    Monte, Tainá C C; Simões, Raquel O; Oliveira, Ana Paula M; Novaes, Clodoaldo F; Thiengo, Silvana C; Silva, Alexandre J; Estrela, Pedro C; Maldonado, Arnaldo

    2012-11-06

    The rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. This nematode's main definitive hosts are rodents and its intermediate hosts are snails. This parasite was first described in China and currently is dispersed across several Pacific islands, Asia, Australia, Africa, some Caribbean islands and most recently in the Americas. Here, we report the genetic variability among A. cantonensis isolates from different geographical locations in Brazil using mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene sequences. The isolates of A. cantonensis were obtained from distinct geographical locations of Brazil. Genomic DNAs were extracted, amplified by polymerase reaction, purified and sequenced. A partial sequence of COI gene was determined to assess their phylogenetic relationship. The sequences of A. cantonensis were monophyletic. We identified a distinct clade that included all isolates of A. cantonensis from Brazil and Asia based on eight distinct haplotypes (ac1, ac2, ac3, ac4, ac5, ac6, ac7 and ac8) from a previous study. Interestingly, the Brazilian haplotype ac5 is clustered with isolates from Japan, and the Brazilian haplotype ac8 from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Pará and Pernambuco states formed a distinct clade. There is a divergent Brazilian haplotype, which we named ac9, closely related to Chinese haplotype ac6 and Japanese haplotype ac7. The genetic variation observed among Brazilian isolates supports the hypothesis that the appearance of A. cantonensis in Brazil is likely a result of multiple introductions of parasite-carrying rats, transported on ships due to active commerce with Africa and Asia during the European colonization period. The rapid spread of the intermediate host, Achatina fulica, also seems to have contributed to the dispersion of this parasite and the infection of the definitive host in different Brazilian regions.

  9. Metagenomic analysis of the microbiota from the crop of an invasive snail reveals a rich reservoir of novel genes.

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    Full Text Available The shortage of petroleum reserves and the increase in CO(2 emissions have raised global concerns and highlighted the importance of adopting sustainable energy sources. Second-generation ethanol made from lignocellulosic materials is considered to be one of the most promising fuels for vehicles. The giant snail Achatina fulica is an agricultural pest whose biotechnological potential has been largely untested. Here, the composition of the microbial population within the crop of this invasive land snail, as well as key genes involved in various biochemical pathways, have been explored for the first time. In a high-throughput approach, 318 Mbp of 454-Titanium shotgun metagenomic sequencing data were obtained. The predominant bacterial phylum found was Proteobacteria, followed by Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. Viruses, Fungi, and Archaea were present to lesser extents. The functional analysis reveals a variety of microbial genes that could assist the host in the degradation of recalcitrant lignocellulose, detoxification of xenobiotics, and synthesis of essential amino acids and vitamins, contributing to the adaptability and wide-ranging diet of this snail. More than 2,700 genes encoding glycoside hydrolase (GH domains and carbohydrate-binding modules were detected. When we compared GH profiles, we found an abundance of sequences coding for oligosaccharide-degrading enzymes (36%, very similar to those from wallabies and giant pandas, as well as many novel cellulase and hemicellulase coding sequences, which points to this model as a remarkable potential source of enzymes for the biofuel industry. Furthermore, this work is a major step toward the understanding of the unique genetic profile of the land snail holobiont.

  10. Análisis de los recursos de apoyo social de los inmigrantes africanos y latinoamericanos en Andalucía tipología de redes y proceso de adaptación

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    Maya Jariego, Isidro

    1999-01-01

    Nuestra investigación es un análisis de la estructura y las funciones del microsistema de los inmigrantes extra-comunitarios residentes en Andalucía, una vez que han empezado a experimentar el efecto de la reubicación geográfica. En concreto, los objetivo

  11. Intervención dirigida a población diabética de origen africano subshariano residente en la ciudad de Lleida desde una perspectiva de desigualdades sociales en salud

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    Torres Salguero, Cristian

    2013-01-01

    Este trabajo tiene como objetivo mejorar el estado de salud de la población inmigrante subsahariana residente en Lleida que sufre desigualdades en salud y que ha sido diagnosticada de diabetes mellitus. Para ello se utilizará como herramienta la educación sanitaria sobre alimentación y hábitos dietéticos adaptada a las necesidades individuales de cada paciente.

  12. Entre a fábrica e a senzala: um estudo sobre o cotidiano dos africanos livres na Real Fábrica de Ferro São João do Ipanema - Sorocaba - SP (1840-1870)

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    Ribeiro, Mariana Alice Pereira Schatzer [UNESP

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    This thesis intend to analyze the experience of free Africans in an imperial factory environment, the Fábrica de Ferro São João do Ipanema, located in Sorocaba – SP, searching to see them as historical subjects, inserted in the slavery and active resistance of such a system relations. This study is a sequence of work done in scientific research developed during the year of 2010, which we examine the life of slave laborers between 1835-1838. As already held a work with the slaves, called Creol...

  13. Histopathology of liver and kidneys of wild living Mallards Anas platyrhynchos and Coots Fulica atra with considerable concentrations of lead and cadmium

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    Binkowski, Łukasz J., E-mail: ljbinkowski@gmail.com [Institute of Biology, Pedagogical University of Cracow, Podbrzezie 3, 31-054 Cracow (Poland); Sawicka-Kapusta, Katarzyna, E-mail: katarzyna.sawicka-kapusta@uj.edu.pl [Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Cracow (Poland); Szarek, Józef, E-mail: szarek@uwm.edu.pl [Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration, University of Warmia and Mazury, Oczapowskiego 13, 10-719 Olsztyn (Poland); Strzyżewska, Emilia, E-mail: emijel@wp.pl [Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration, University of Warmia and Mazury, Oczapowskiego 13, 10-719 Olsztyn (Poland); Felsmann, Mariusz, E-mail: felsmann.mariusz@wp.pl [Department of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration, University of Warmia and Mazury, Oczapowskiego 13, 10-719 Olsztyn (Poland)

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    Concentrations of cadmium and lead were measured in liver and kidneys of Mallard (n = 60) and Coot (n = 50). Free living birds were collected by hunters in years 2006–2008 in the area of fishponds near Zator in southern Poland. Age group was determined according to the appearance of the plumage (Mallards) and iris color (Coot). Concentrations of metals were measured with ET-AA spectrometer. Among all birds specimens with negligible (n = 5) and high concentrations (Mallards n = 18 and Coots n = 17) of cadmium and lead were chosen for further analysis. Histopathological alterations were observed, ranging from circulatory disturbances, retrogressive changes, inflammations to leukocytic infiltration in liver and kidney. They dominated among birds with the highest concentrations of metals. The control group of birds was characterized by a very small number of mentioned lesions. Probably the higher cadmium and lead concentrations in tissues are co-factors in the development of lesions. - Highlights: ► High levels of Cd and Pb were found in liver and kidneys of Mallard and Coot. ► Lower concentrations were found in young birds. ► Amount of metals exceeded the safety threshold established for edible poultry. ► Histopathological alterations were found in studied tissues. ► Lesions in birds with the highest concentrations of metals were numerous.

  14. Minocycline inhibits D-amphetamine-elicited action potential bursts in a central snail neuron.

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    Chen, Y-H; Lin, P-L; Wong, R-W; Wu, Y-T; Hsu, H-Y; Tsai, M-C; Lin, M-J; Hsu, Y-C; Lin, C-H

    2012-10-25

    Minocycline is a second-generation tetracycline that has been reported to have powerful neuroprotective properties. In our previous studies, we found that d-amphetamine (AMPH) elicited action potential bursts in an identifiable RP4 neuron of the African snail, Achatina fulica Ferussac. This study sought to determine the effects of minocycline on the AMPH-elicited action potential pattern changes in the central snail neuron, using the two-electrode voltage clamping method. Extracellular application of AMPH at 300 μM elicited action potential bursts in the RP4 neuron. Minocycline dose-dependently (300-900 μM) inhibited the action potential bursts elicited by AMPH. The inhibitory effects of minocycline on AMPH-elicited action potential bursts were restored by forskolin (50 μM), an adenylate cyclase activator, and by dibutyryl cAMP (N(6),2'-O-Dibutyryladenosine 3',5'-cyclic monophosphate; 1mM), a membrane-permeable cAMP analog. Co-administration of forskolin (50 μM) plus tetraethylammonium chloride (TEA; 5mM) or co-administration of TEA (5mM) plus dibutyryl cAMP (1mM) also elicited action potential bursts, which were prevented and inhibited by minocycline. In addition, minocycline prevented and inhibited forskolin (100 μM)-elicited action potential bursts. Notably, TEA (50mM)-elicited action potential bursts in the RP4 neuron were not affected by minocycline. Minocycline did not affect steady-state outward currents of the RP4 neuron. However, minocycline did decrease the AMPH-elicited steady-state current changes. Similarly, minocycline decreased the effects of forskolin-elicited steady-state current changes. Pretreatment with H89 (N-[2-(p-Bromocinnamylamino)ethyl]-5-isoquinolinesulfonamide dihydrochloride; 10 μM), a protein kinase A inhibitor, inhibited AMPH-elicited action potential bursts and decreased AMPH-elicited steady-state current changes. These results suggest that the cAMP-protein kinase A signaling pathway and the steady-state current are involved in

  15. Étude de la croissance d'un escargot géant africain comestible ...

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    un amendement à la poudre de coquilles d'escargots du substrat d'élevage susceptible d'induire de meilleures performances de croissance chez Achatina achatina. Méthodologie et résultats: Deux cent vingt-cinq juvéniles d'escargots A.

  16. Bacteria and digestive enzymes in the alimentary tract of the giant ...

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    A study was carried out to investigate the bacteria flora in the gut of the Giant African Land Snails (GALS), Archarchatina marginata and Achatina achatina. Microflora cultures from snail gut contents were prepared to isolate and identify microorganisms within the snail digestive tract. Enzyme assays were carried out on a few ...

  17. "Expedição portuguesa ao Muatiânvua" como fonte para a história social dos grupos de carregadores africanos do comércio de longa distância na África centro-ocidental

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    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to analyze the spaces and the African agents described in Henrique de Carvalho’s Expedição portuguesa ao Muatiânvua. Considering the civilizational discourse of late nineteenth century, we intend to argue that such descriptions of the expedition routes, because they coincide with the regional trade routes and were performance spaces of different African porters, can be used as a source of social history of long-distance trade of western central Africa.

  18. El lenguaje de los negros congos de Panamá: estudio linguístico

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    Full Text Available Es indiscutible la influencia africana sobre el español de la región caribeña; y sin embargo la naturaleza de los contactos hispano-africanos de lossiglos pasados es poco entendida. Al examinar los documentos históricos quellegan hasta el siglo presente, se pone de manifiesto la existencia de modalidades distintamente afrohispánicas entre los esclavos y peones de origen africano.

  19. Introducción: Diversidad de poderes en África y resolución de conflictos

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    Farré, Albert; Lourenço, Vitor; Tomàs, Jordi

    2009-01-01

    El conjunto de textos recogidos en este volumen son el resultado del seminario internacional “La Paz y la Palabra. Procesos de reconciliación posbélica en el África Subsahariana” celebrado los días 27 y 28 de noviembre de 2008 en Barcelona, coordinado científicamente por el Centro de Estudos Africanos del ISCTE de Lisboa y la red de estudios africanos ARDA/RIDA, con sede en Barcelona, y organizado por la Fundación CIDOB. Este encuentro significaba la segunda edición de un proyecto internacion...

  20. El multiculturalismo en un juego de contextos estatales, regionales y globales en África

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    Maguemati Wabgou

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se hacen algunas referencias a la riqueza y vitalidad de las culturas de África que sirvan para cimentar políticas multiculturales en el continente. Esto lleva a abordar la problemática sobre la nación incluyente y el Estado en África, y a examinar los alcances de la búsqueda de la unidad nacional a partir de la diversidad cultural de los pueblos africanos; es decir, este artículo se enfoca en el análisis de las relaciones entre los Estados africanos y las diversidades culturales.

  1. A política externa brasileira em relação à Àfrica: o Soft Power em ação no caso angolano

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    Sobreira, Shimenia Monte Claro de Araújo

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    Dissertação de mestrado em Relações Internacionais Esta dissertação tem por objetivo analisar e explicar as ações da política externa brasileira da perspectiva do soft power , que tem sido levadas a cabo no continente africano, durante o governo de Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010). Num contexto de Renascimento Africano e subsequente valorização do investimento em África, o Brasil procurou aproveitar a afinidade histórica que aproximava os dois países para aprofundar as rel...

  2. Responsabilidade Social e Desenvolvimento Económico: Uma Análise do Consórcio de Gás Natural em Moçambique

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    Massapa, Sebastião João

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    Pretende-se com esta dissertaçãoanalisar o impacto no desenvolvimento económico e social junto das comunidades locais de Pande e Timane, Província de Inhambane, Moçambique, resultante da responsabilidade social do Consórcio sul-africano Sasolde Gás Natural. A presença do Consórcio sul-africano em Moçambique reflecte os processos de mudançasprofundasque o país vive desde a transição da economia centralmente planificada para uma economia liberal que assenta na relação de complementaridade en...

  3. FORAGING BEHAVIOUR RESPONSES IN THE AFRICAN GIANT ...

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    Dr Osondu

    ... sensory stimuli from experimental vegetable odour during feeding. Results indicated. T1 with highest tentacle lowering; T2 indicated an acquisition effect; T3 indicated latent inhibition effect;. T4 indicated over shadowing effect between paired odour. The A. achatina demonstrated at least 7 days of odour memory retention.

  4. Foraging Behaviour Responses in the African Giant Land Snail ...

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    ... sensory stimuli from experimental vegetable odour during feeding. Results indicated T1 with highest tentacle lowering; T2 indicated an acquisition effect; T3 indicated latent inhibition effect; T4 indicated over shadowing effect between paired odour. The A. achatina demonstrated at least 7 days of odour memory retention.

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    Items 8501 - 8550 of 11090 ... Log in or Register to get access to full text downloads. ... fruit and leaves with cabbage peels as a natural feedstuff in the diet of Achatina ... JC Obeta, CV Agu, OU Njoku, CC Okonkwo, EG Anaduaka ... Vol 10, No 81 (2011), Prediction of significant factors in the production of ethanol by ragi tapai ...

  6. Association between body weight and dimensional shell traits of ...

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    The results of regression models revealed that live weight of A. achatina was best predicted with multiple linear regression models, while with live weight of A. marginata was best predicted with simple linear regression model and multiple linear regression models. A test of accuracy of the linear regression models showed ...

  7. Organization Development: An Approach for Achieving Desired Organizational Goals within the Venezuelan Navy.

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    major parties, COPEI 3(Social Christian) and AD (Social Democrat). In elections, 3COPEI stands for Comite para Organizacion Politica Independiente...Africanos en la Formacion de la Cultura Venezolana, Caracas: Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1955. 12. Siso, Carlos, La Formacion del Pueblo

  8. Conflito em Darfur: das motivações internas à reação internacional

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    Evandro Farid Zago

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    Full Text Available Desde 2003 se estende na região sudanesa de Dafur um intenso conflito, tido como um dos mais sangrentos do continente africano. Nesse sentido este artigo busca explicar as questões internacionais e os constrangimentos locais que envolvem tal conflito.

  9. Coetzee, Nooteboom, e o “ilusionismo realista”

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    Felipe Charbel Teixeira

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa romances escritos pelo sul-africano J. M. Coetzee e pelo holandês Cees Nooteboom como modo de propor algumas questões sobre o significado do realismo na história literária ocidental.

  10. Editorial: Geopolítica y solidaridad en el siglo XXI

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    Jesús A. Osuna Ceballos

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    Full Text Available El 26 de mayo de 2013, en el marco de la celebración de los 50 años de la fundación de la Unión Africana, en Addis Abeba, capital de Etiopía, la Señora Dilma Rousseff, Presidenta de Brasil, anunció la condonación de la deuda externa de 870 millones de dólares de un conjunto de doce países africanos, entre los cuales figuran la República del Congo, Sudán, Gabón y Guinea Ecuatorial, países gobernados por dictadores a quienes se les acusa de violación de los derechos humanos, y en algunos casos de genocidio. Gobernantes que han accedido al poder mediante golpes de estado, manteniendo su mandato, en algunos casos a perpetuidad, como Teodoro Obiang Mguena, realizando “elecciones frecuentes, libres y democráticas”, con resultados invariablemente predecibles. ¿Gesto humanitario el de Brasil con los países africanos?. Según opinión de expertos, Brasil tomó esa decisión para que su Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social pueda financiar proyectos de empresas brasileñas en aquellos estados africanos. Prevaleció el interés económico y el posicionamiento de Brasil en el continente africano.

  11. JPRS Report, West Europe, Reference Aid, Acronyms and Abbreviations of Portugal

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    Bank of Portugal Portuguese Bank of the Atlantic Banco Portugues de Investimentos Portuguese Investment Bank BPSM Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor BRI...Pinto & Sotto Mayor Bank Boletim de Registo de Importacao Import Register Bulletin BSB Batalhao de Sapadores Bombeiros fire-fighting battalion...3. Congresso Nacional Africano CNAEBA Conselho Nacional de ^ Alfabetizacao e Educacao de Base de Adultos CNASPEL Comissao Nacional de Apoio e

  12. Bellulicauda dialii on Dialium guianense (Leguminosae) in Brazil

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    Pereira, Olinto L.; Bosquetti, Lorrayne B.; Barreto, Robert W.

    2005-01-01

    This is the first report of Bellulicauda dialii on Dialium guianense leaves, and the second record of this fungus, previously known only from Africa (Sierra Leone). Bellulicauda dialii é relatado pela primeira vez em folhas de Dialium guianense. Trata-se do segundo registro dessa espécie fúngica, anteriormente conhecida apenas do Continente Africano (Serra Leoa).

  13. Functional responses of human hunters to their prey - why harvest statistics may not always reflect changes in prey population abundance

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    pigeon Columba palumbus, coot Fulica atra, grey partridge Perdix perdix, roe deer Capreolus capreolus and brown hare Lepus europaeus in Denmark. If we consider hunting a form of predator-prey interaction, the annual kill can be viewed as a predator functional response to prey population size. Convergence...

  14. The common coot as sentinel species for the presence of West Nile and Usutu flaviviruses in Central Europe

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    Straková, Petra; Šikutová, Silvie; Jedličková, Petra; Sitko, J.; Rudolf, Ivo; Hubálek, Zdeněk

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    Roč. 102, October (2015), s. 159-161 ISSN 0034-5288 EU Projects: European Commission(XE) 261504 Institutional support: RVO:68081766 Keywords : West Nile virus * Usutu virus * Common coot * Fulica atra * Surveillance * Mosquito -borne viruses * Culex spp. Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 1.504, year: 2015

  15. Cultura material, oralidade e simbologia. Existe uma filosofia em África?

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    Vicente Geraldo Amâncio Diniz Oliveira

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Considerando-se o modus vivendi africano, não há dúvida de que há uma visão de mundo que poderia se configurar como “Filosofia”. A valorização, tanto da cultura material como da riqueza espiritual e princípios éticos dos diversos grupos que compõem o mosaico cultural africano, evidencia o legado de gerações passadas às novas gerações. Mesmo não havendo uma sistematização do conhecimento, haveria, pois, uma filosofia de vida em que a herança cultural recebida é continuamente reelaborada e confrontada com a dinamicidade da realidade circundante, que se mostra em contínuo vir-a-ser.

  16. La presencia de Negros en la Nordpatagonia. 1779-1837

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    Dora Noemí Martínez de Gorla

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    Full Text Available This paper studies the juridical and social effects created by the individual assimilation of the slave and freeperson in the Rio Negro and the massive entrance of blacks during the war with Brazil, a historic moment when differences were established between African blacks and American blacks. This distinction was modified with the decree of September 12, 1827, when such distinctions were abolished.//Este trabajo estudia los efectos jurídicos y sociales creados por la asimilación individual del esclavo y de la persona libre en el Rio Negro y la entrada masiva de africanos durante la guerra con Brasil, momento histórico en el que las diferencias entre africanos negros y americanos negros fueron establecidas. Esta distinción fue modificada con el decreto 12 de 1827, cuando se abolieron tales diferencias.

  17. EL BREXIT, LA UE Y LAS INCERTIDUMBRES ESTRATÉGICAS: IMPLICACIONES A CORTO, MEDIANO Y LARGO PLAZO PARA ÁFRICA SUBSAHARIANA

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    Yoslán Silverio González

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo analisa los posibles efectos de la salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea para el continente africano. El contenido lleva en consideración los elementos políticos, financeros, económicos y de seguridad y defensa para las relaciones bilaterales y multilaterales de África. Además, un importante elemento de la analisis es avaluar como la influencia de otros países de Europa en África, en especial de Francia, podrá cambiar en consequencia de una distinta actuación británica hacia el continente africano. El articulo plantea distintos cenarios, algunos más optimistas que otros.

  18. The plateau of trials: modern ethnicity in Angola

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    Tese de Doutoramento em Estudos Africanos This thesis is a study about the modern ethnicity of the Ovimbundu of the central highlands of Angola. It shows how Ovimbundu conceptions of ethnicity became altered and enhanced by processes of modernisation, usually introduced by foreign agents, and how this modernisation came to play a critical role after independence. Following a contrast in existing literature between either the attribution of vital importance to ethnicity in human agency o...

  19. Cinco dificultades para construir la historia de la filosofía africana

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    de Diego González, Antonio

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    Desde la teoría postcolonial se han cuestionado los modelos de historia de las ideas impuestos por el africanismo y el orientalismo. Diferentes teóricos africanos –Bachir Diagne, Mundimbe, Wiredu o Kete Asante– han formulado diversas soluciones para superar las dificultades. Este trabajo explora las principales dificultades y las propuestas para elaborar una historia de la filosofía africana. The postcolonial theory was questioning the patterns of History of Ideas imposed by Orientalism an...

  20. African leaders and trust deficit culture: Power, politics, and the ...

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    Este artigo traça a elevação das ondas das incursões militares com particular ênfase sobre o regime do General Ibrahim Babangida, desaires de liderança e sucessos da sua administração, de modo a estabelecer o uso apropriado da frase “Líderes Africanos e Cultura Deficitária de Confiança” dentro do contexto de ...

  1. Novas dimensões do terror: ramificações da Al-Qaeda na Somália e seus significados para a segurança internacional

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    IZADORA XAVIER DO MONTE

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo tem como foco a expansão do terror à África, causada pelas ramificações da Al-Qaeda sob território Somali. Nesse sentido buscar-se-á delinear os impactos e conseqüências que a expansão dessa organização terá para a segurança internacional, em particular no continente africano.

  2. El auge y el declive de las culturas del África Occidental (o Atlántica / The Rise and Fall of West (or Atlantic African Cultures

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    Justo Bolekia Boleká

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Cada uno de los pueblos negro-africanos presenta un perfil cultural que le hace ser singular y esencialmente semejante a otros, como parte importante de un todo cultural, algunas veces difícil de determinar explícitamente.  Los procesos que definían a los negro-africanos experimentaron una acelerada transformación debido al choque cultural que vivieron durante casi cinco siglos de su historia. Este choque debilitó sus estructuras culturales, creando Estados con lenguas extranjeras oficiales,  religiones de importación, escuelas desvernacularizadas, etc., y desplazando los tradicionales sistemas sociopolíticos negro-africanos. Esta fuerte aculturación del África negra se ve fortalecida por la dominancia de la cultura exógena, que impide la reconfiguración etnocultural de sus habitantes y sociedades. Este es el gran reto de su futuro: fortalecer sus diversidades y enseñar a sus habitantes a aprender a ser africanos.Each black African peoples presents a cultural identity that makes it unique and essentially similar to others, as an important element of a whole culture, sometimes difficult to determine. The processes that defined black Africans experienced a accelerated transformation due to the culture shock lived for five centuries of their history. This shock weakened their cultural structures, creating states with official foreign languages, imported religions, acculturated schools, etc., and replacing the traditional black-African socio-political systems with Western models. This strong acculturation of black Africa was strengthened by the exogenous culture dominance; avoiding the ethno-cultural reconfiguration of its people and societies. This is the great challenge of their future: to strengthen African diversities and to teach the people to learn to be Africans.

  3. Medicines registration in Portuguese-speaking African countries, focusing in the following countries: Angola, Cap Verde and Mozambique

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    2015-01-01

    This work aims to present the regulation perspective on the medicines registration in PALOPs – Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa (Portuguese‐speaking African countries), their regulatory requirements, constraints and opportunities, focusing on the following countries: Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique. This thesis has as purpose to deepen and systematize knowledge with regard to the registration procedure of medicines in the selected countries. Regulatory pers...

  4. Fitotossine di Inula viscosa per il controllo di piante parassite

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    Avolio, Fabiana

    2013-01-01

    Le piante parassite sono incapaci di sintetizzare dagli elementi minerali e nutritivi materiali sufficienti per la loro crescita e sopperiscono a questa deficienza fisiologica utilizzando le sostanze elaborate dalle piante ospiti, che di conseguenza manifestano generalmente una crescita ridotta. Le Orobanche, la Striga e la Cuscuta sono le piante parassite più diffuse nelle regioni del Mediterraneo e del continente africano interessando colture di rilevanza strategica. Diverse strategie...

  5. Géneros narrativos nas literaturas africanas de língua portuguesa – entre a tradição africana e o “cânone ocidental”

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    Inocência Mata

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Depois do golpe de Estado em Portugal, a 25 de Abril de 1974, começámos, nos países africanos ainda colónias de Portugal, a estudar os “nossos” escritores. Andava eu ainda no liceu e naquele tempo não me lembro de termos estudado autores brasileiros e muito menos africanos. Por isso, na altura, uma questão que me intrigou q uando tive contacto com os primeiros textos africanos, foi a palavra estória – em vez de conto – para referir narrativas curtas. Primeiro pensei tratar-se de mais um “africanismo” (explicação então em voga para qualquer “desvio”; depois, quando fui aprofundando o estudo das literaturas africanas, na Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, como aluna do Professor Manuel Ferreira, esta questão nunca foi referida como “problema” e, por isso, a designação “naturalizou-se”… Até que me tornei estudiosa dessas literaturas, já então conhecedora da presença do termo na literatura brasileira.

  6. África fuera de África: apuntes para pensar el africanismo en Colombia

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    Martín Kalulambi Pongo

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available From the generic notion of Africanism, understood like the set of "social and human sciences applied to Africa", the author makes a balance on the African studies in Colombia, especially in anthropology and history. He sustains that African studies do not have to loose their specificity before the height of afro Colombian studies. As objectives one sets out: a To explain the genesis of the different writings of the black Colombias and Africa; b to discuss the emptiness and the present dilemmas of African studies and c to indicate the susceptible perspective to position the African studies in the Colombian average where the knowledge take place.//Desde la noción genérica de africanismo, entendida como el "conjunto de ciencias sociales y humanas aplicadas al África", el autor realiza un balance sobre los estudios africanos en Colombia, especialmente en antropología y en historia. Sostiene que los estudios africanistas no deben perder su especificidad ante el auge de los estudios afro-co��lombianos. Como objetivos se propone: a explicar la génesis de Ias distintas escrituras sobre las Colombias negras y el África; b discutir las lagunas y los dilemas actuales de los estudios africanos y c señalar las perspectivas susceptibles de posicionar los estudios africanos en los medios colombianos donde se producen los conocimientos.

  7. A «África (eternamente renascida». Relendo três dos «seus» insignes pensadores: Léopold Sédar Senghor, Frantz Fanon e Amílcar Cabral / «Africa (eternally reborn». Revising three of the most important intelectualls: Léopold Sédar Senghor, Frantz...

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    José Carlos Venâncio

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Partindo do pressuposto de que a ideia de África é, em muito, devedora do entendimento que os nacionalistas africanos tinham das suas sociedades, discute-se o contributo específico de três nacionalistas, conquanto um deles, Frantz Fanon não seja de origem africana, mas sim antilhana. O nacionalismo é, neste contexto, entendido como parte de um movimento mais vasto, o do renascimento africano, ciclicamente evocado pelos líderes africanos e, deste modo, entendido como um movimento de longa duração (longue durée. Assuming that the idea of Africa owes much to the understanding African nationalists had of their societies, the specific contribution of three nationalists is here discussed, although one of them, Frantz Fanon, is not of African origin, but from the Antilles. In this context, nationalism is understood as part of a larger movement, the African renaissance movement, cyclically evoked by African leaders and therefore must be understood as a long-term movement (longue durée.

  8. Botánica y Medicina africanas en la Nueva Granada, Siglo XVII.

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    Luz Adriana Maya Restrepo.

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    Full Text Available La relación que los bozales (africanos que llegaban directamente de Africa que no se expresaban en lengua castellana ni conocían la fe católica y sus hijos nacidos en la Nueva Granada mantuvieron con los vegetales y los animales, en particular las aves, es otro de los legados ancestrales que la nación colombiana le debe a Africa. Los africanos le transmitieron a sus descendientes saberes y técnicas sobre el mundo vegetal y animal. Estos conocimientos, que fueron utilizados para curar los males del cuerpo y los del alma, se caracterizaban por un componente experimental cuyo éxito dependía también de la interacción con los espíritus. De ahí que el Tribunal de la Inquisición de Cartagena hubiera juzgado a los africanos y a sus hijos en calidad de "brujos(as", "hechiceros(as" y "curanderos(as".

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    berges ou dans l'eau libre, soit par basculement du corps, ou par immersion du bec ou de la tête de l'oiseau. Mots clés : Fulica atra - El-Kala .... de l'avant du corps dans l'eau et alimentation à pied dans les vasières et les berges. .... moyens matériels et humains nécessaires à la réalisation de ce travail sur le terrain.

  10. ORNITHOLOGICAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE VÂLCELE BASIN DURING FEBRUARY 2013 – JANUARY 2014

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    Adrian Mestecăneanu

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    Full Text Available In this paper are showed the results of the researches performed during February 2013 – January 2014 on the avifauna from the Vâlcele Basin. The 65 observed species belong to 13 orders, Passeriformes being the richest (33 species. Anseriformes and Charadriiformes (each with 7 species were the best represented among the wetland birds. 5 species (Podiceps cristatus, Phalacrocorax carbo, Anas platyrhynchos, Fulica atra, and Larus argentatus cachinnans/michahellis were euconstant and 2 species (Anas platyrhynchos and Fulica atra were eudominant. Anas platyrhynchos counted most individuals in a month in December; in July were no individuals. Fulica atra had the most number in September; it was absent in May. For the Vâlcele Basin avicoenose, Anseriformes and Gruiformes were the overdominat orders and, inside the Anseriformes order, Anas platyrhynchos was overdominant species. 7 species (Egretta alba, Nycticorax nycticorax, Ciconia ciconia, Chlidonias hybridus, Alcedo atthis, Picus canus, and Lanius collurio are in the Annex I of the Birds Directive.

  11. Notas e comentários sobre a dinâmica do comércio Brasil-África nas décadas de 1970 a 1990

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    Ivo de Santana

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo traz algumas reflexões acerca da presença empresarial brasileira no mercado africano, enfocando particularmente a visão de diferentes autores que se voltaram para o estudo das relações comerciais entre o Brasil e a África. O texto objetiva responder a duas questões principais. Primeiramente, sob que motivações o comércio Brasil-África obteve um notável crescimento entre os anos 1970 e 1990? Segundo, quais as perspectivas que se apresentam para o empresário brasileiro que deseje iniciar negócios na África? Através da pesquisa bibliográfica e entrevistas com executivos que atuaram na África no período mencionado, além de especialistas em comércio exterior, constatou-se que nos anos mencionados o governo brasileiro concedeu generosos incentivos aos empreendimentos direcionados para o mercado africano. Com o fim dessa política privilegiada, muitas empresas fracassaram, no entanto algumas permanecem em atividade, a exemplo da Câmara de Comércio Afro-Brasileira e da Construtora Norberto Odebrecht cujas trajetórias proporcionaram a entrada de outras empresas brasileiras no mercado africano, além de propiciarem importantes lições a empreendedores que desejam iniciar negócios no mercado africano. Concluímos que, a despeito da redução do apoio estatal e das mudanças no ambiente econômico interno e externo brasileiro, as oportunidades comerciais no continente africano existem e não podem ser ignoradas pelos homens de negócios, que tendem a julgar a África como um todo em função dos aspectos negativos ressaltados pela imprensa, da mesma forma que muitos empresários africanos desconhecem a qualidade dos nossos produtos e serviços.This article brings some reflections about the presence of Brazilian enterprises in the African market, focusing particularly the vision of different authors that had studied the trade relationship between Brazil and Africa. The text aims to answer two main questions. Firstly

  12. The Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa: A Product of The Entire Black World

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    Mgwebi Snail

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo ilustra cómo el surgimiento del Movimiento de Conciencia Negra en Sudáfrica puede estar diametralmente unido a la emergencia de los movimientos de Conciencia Negra y Black Power en América. Pretende demostrar además cómo, en el contexto africano, el Movimiento de Conciencia Negra fue impulsado por el nacionalismo africano y cómo ese nacionalismo fue moldeado y transformado por pensadores africanos de la década de los 50 y 60 en el Panafricanismo. El artículo también mostrará similitudes y diferencias entre la Negritud Africana y el Movimiento de Conciencia Negra. El texto de nuevo explicará de manera cronológica cómo el Garveyismo, la Conciencia Negra en América y el nacionalismo africano, la personalidad africana y la Negritud en África contribuyeron al surgimiento del Movimiento de Conciencia Negra en Sudáfrica. El estudio advierte de que la falta de comprensión de estos antecedentes, podría llevar a la confusión y a una mala interpretación de concepto vital en la historia de África. Finalmente, este trabajo busca hacer hincapié en la historización del desarrollo del por qué el Movimiento de Conciencia Negra en Sudáfrica no puede estar divorciado del contexto global.____________________ABSTRACT:The paper illustrates how the rise of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa can be diametrically tied up with the emergence of the Black Consciousness and Black-Power Movements in America. It goes further to demonstrate how, in the African context, the Black Consciousness Movement was given impetus by African nationalism and how that nationalism was later moulded and shaped by African thinkers of the 1950’s and 1960’s into Pan Africanism. The paper, will also try to show similarities and the disparities between Negritude African personality and the Black Consciousness Movement. The paper will again explain in a chronological manner how Garveyism, Black Consciousness in America and African Nationalism in

  13. El yeso, un material apropiado para una construcción barata

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    Nolhier, Marc

    1986-01-01

    En este artículo se hace una valoración de las propiedades del yeso en cuanto a resistencia, trabajabilidad y bajo costo con el fin de aplicarlo a una construcción de viviendas baratas en países poco desarrollados. Basándose en experimentos llevados a cabo en países africanos, se estudia el problema de tecnología, de la adaptación de la mano de obra al proceso de construcción con bloques de yeso prefabricados y de su rentabilidad.

  14. Anowa: The Revolutionary Woman as the Epitome of African Feminism in the Post-Colonial Theatre of Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Higuera Gómez, Ángela María

    2011-01-01

    [ES] La dramaturga ghanesa Ama Ata Aidoo es una dramaturga y activista que representa la voz de todas aquellas mujeres que luchan por la libertad, el respeto y la justicia. Su obra teatral Anowa, puede ser considerada por tanto más que una obra; es una forma de producir cambios y transformar la sociedad y el concepto de mujer. Este estudio esboza y analiza las razones por las que el personaje de Anowa representa el feminismo africano y a la mujer revolucionaria del África subsahariana. El es...

  15. “Un tocotín mestizo de español y mexicano..."

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    Serge Gruzinski

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Una sociedad pluriétnica y pluricultural Cabe   recordar la peculiaridad de la ciudad de México. Desde su conquista en el año 1521, la ciudad de México se volvió una ciudad en la que se codeaba Europeos, Africanos y Amerindios.Su población era sumamente heterogénea y en este aspecto totalmente distinta de las de las ciudades europeas.  Esta peculiaridad,  el manchego  Bernardo de Balbuena la comentó en unos versos famosos - aunque, a mi parecer, pocas veces comentados - de su poema Grandeza m...

  16. “Un tocotín mestizo de español y mexicano..."

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    Serge Gruzinski

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    Una sociedad pluriétnica y pluricultural Cabe   recordar la peculiaridad de la ciudad de México. Desde su conquista en el año 1521, la ciudad de México se volvió una ciudad en la que se codeaba Europeos, Africanos y Amerindios.Su población era sumamente heterogénea y en este aspecto totalmente distinta de las de las ciudades europeas.  Esta peculiaridad,  el manchego  Bernardo de Balbuena la comentó en unos versos famosos - aunque, a mi parecer, pocas veces comentados - de su poema Grandeza m...

  17. Trajectórias Familiares e Vivências Escolares: Projectos de vida e processos identitários nos descendentes de imigrantes guineenses na Escola Secundária de Odivelas

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    Fati, David Lamine

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    Dissertação de Mestrado em Sociologia O tema central desta investigação é a análise das trajectórias pessoais e escolares dos descendentes de imigrantes africanos provenientes da Guiné-Bissau. Com base nesse intuito, realizou-se uma análise das trajectórias migratórias, educativas e sociais dos progenitores de cada um dos nossos entrevistados, visando entrecruzar essas trajectórias com as vivências pessoais e escolares de cada um dos jovens entrevistados a fim de entender em que medida as ...

  18. Elefantes e intervención humana en los yacimientos del Pleistoceno Inferior y Medio de África y Europa

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    Martos Romero, Juan Antonio

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    En el presente artículo se revisan yacimientos africanos y europeos donde se ha planteado la existencia de una intervención humana sobre elefantes. Se establece una diferencia entre sitios con un sólo individuo (tipo 1) o un número alto de elefantes (tipo 2). Con independencia del carácter de la intervención humana, cuando ésta es evidente, tales diferencias responden a unos procesos de formación distintos con problemáticas singulares que condicionan finalmente la capacidad informativa del ya...

  19. Nigeria y la resolución de conflictos en Africa: La experiencia de Darfur

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    Ebegbulem, Joseph C

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    Los conflictos en África en los últimos años han llevado a la pérdida de vidas humanas; el desplazamiento de personas y la miseria en muchas partes del continente. La necesidad de resolver; gestionar y prevenir estos conflictos; e igualmente frente a los desafíos socio-económicos derivados de estos s; se ha convertido en una fuente de preocupación para los países africanos como Nigeria; el gigante de África. Es a la luz de lo anterior que este artículo se propone analizar el papel de Nigeria ...

  20. Mecanismos de Negociación y Resolución de Conflictos entre los Maninka

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    Cordero Domínguez, Hernán

    2012-01-01

    El continente africano es sin duda rico en recursos naturales y en potencialidades económicas, culturales y diplomáticas. Desde este punto de vista, África estaría predestinada a ocupar los primeros puestos a nivel de desarrollo económico y a jugar roles importantes en un mundo globalizado. Varios países festejan los cincuenta años de independencia en 2010, y sus niveles de desarrollo siguen ocupando los últimos puestos a nivel mundial; el continente se presenta hacia el exterior como una tie...

  1. A importancia das contas longas de vidro de origem mediterrânica recolhidas na "Baixa Pombalina" de Lisboa (Contribuição para o estudo de contas tipo "Nueva Cadiz"

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    M. Conceição RODRIGUES

    2009-01-01

    RESUMO: Pretendemos com este trabalho dar a nossa contribuição para o estudo das contas de vidro e introduzir novos dados e valores no estudo do comercio entre Portugal e o mundo africano, nomeadamente com a costa Ocidental da África , onde a permuta de pessoas, bens e ideias foi em parte determinante. Estes contactos permitiram alargar os horizontes socio-culturais entre diferentes povos e simultaneamente entre dois continentes para onde as contas de vidro foram levadas, permutadas e usadas....

  2. Reflexos invertidos: As migrações clandestinas no filme de ficção e documentário

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    Elsa Lechner

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available As notícias sobre a chegada de migrantes clandestinos às fronteiras da Europa são uma constante da atualidade. Relata-se a pressão na fronteira terrestre do continente, a leste da Grécia e Turquia, ou conta-se a impressionante odisseia na bacia do Mediterrâneo, onde chegam milhares de migrantes oriundos dos continentes africano e asiático, todos tentando entrar no espaço idealizado da Europa, fugindo de guerras, repressão, pobreza e falta de perspetivas. Nos últimos tempos, as notícias dos na...

  3. ENTRE O DISCURSO SOLIDÁRIO E A AÇÃO PRAGMÁTICA DA COOPERAÇÃO BRASILEIRA EM MOÇAMBIQUE: os casos dos projetos de implantação da fábrica de medicamentos antirretrovirais e o ProSavana

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    Almeida,Elga Lessa de

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    A cooperação brasileira com países africanos ganhou importante relevo ao longo do governo de Lula da Silva, apoiada pelo discurso da solidariedade internacional e da existência de uma dívida histórica com a África, bem como por uma prática que busca, sobretudo, estruturar setorialmente as demandas desses países, sem impor condicionalidades. Percebe-se, no entanto, que a presença brasileira em Moçambique – país que recebeu especial atenção no governo Lula da Silva – aponta para uma...

  4. Risco e saúde no contexto do VIH/sida: o caso da prostituição na Baixa da Cidade de Maputo

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    Muianga, Baltazar Samuel

    2009-01-01

    Mestrado em Estudos Africanos. Desenvolvimento Social e Económico em África: Análise e Gestão Tendo como estudo de caso a “Rua do Bagamoyo”, na baixa da cidade de Maputo, a presente dissertação tem por objectivo identificar as estratégias a que as trabalhadoras de sexo recorrem para fazer frente ao risco de infecção pelo VIH/SIDA, por um lado e, por outro, compreender a eficácia destas respostas face aos condicionalismos sociais que influenciam significativamente a gestão de...

  5. O dembo caculo cacahenda: a história de uma região e de uma chefatura (1780-1860)

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    Vieira , Daiana Lucas

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    O termo dembo é usado para nos referirmos a um território situado em Angola e a um título político africano (Dembo) que é dado para o chefe e/ou líder do dembo (território.). Em Angola havia a região dos dembos. Entre estes dembos escolhemos um, chamado Dembo Caculo Cacahenda para nossa pesquisa. O Dembo Caculo Cacahenda, como veremos no primeiro capítulo desta dissertação, nos deixou um arquivo composto por cartas, requerimentos, processos e outros documentos escritos. O Dembo Caculo Cacahen...

  6. Reis do Congo no Brasil, séculos XVIII e XIX

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    Marina de Mello e Souza

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Esse artigo busca explicar a presença de reinados negros, depois chamados de congadas, em quase todas as regiões do Brasil que receberam escravos africanos, do século XVI ao XIX. O enfoque adotado abarca Portugal, África Central e Brasil como partes integrantes de um mesmo sistema econômico, social e cultural, tecido em torno do Atlântico. A esfera da cultura e as relações de poder são os centros focais da análise, que se preocupa acima de tudo com a formação de identidades.

  7. Huellas de las religiones tradicionales del áfrica subsahariana en américa latina y el caribe

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    Cabrera Thompson, Lazaro

    2010-01-01

    El artículo explora las religiones tradicionales practicadas por los pueblos ewe-mina, ewe-fon, bantú y yoruba del África subsahariana, antes de abordar las formas como estas prácticas religiosas persisten en el “Nuevo Mundo” tras la llegada forzosa de aquellos esclavizados africanos. Con base en la presencia de estas religiones tradicionales africanas en distintos países latinoamericanos y caribeño, se evidencia un conjunto religioso fusionado por historias, mitos, leyendas, danza, mú...

  8. La imperiosa necesidad de ser diferente en la globalización: el mercadeo territorial. La experiencia de las regiones chilenas

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    Sergio Boisier

    2006-01-01

    El artículo se centra en un tema emergente: el nuevo papel de los territorios en la competencia mundial empujada por la globalización. Todos y cada uno de los territorios persigue lo mismo: atraer capital, tecnología, turismo y vender sus productos transables en todo el mundo. Como se dice en un antiguo proverbio africano, en la llanura da lo mismo ser león o gacela; en cualquier caso hay que correr desde que sale el sol para no morir de hambre o en las garras de un depredador. En América Lat...

  9. Retrospectiva histórica de la minería en Marmato

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    Duque Escobar, Gonzalo

    2012-01-01

    Anotaciones históricas sobre la minería de este colonial poblado de Colombia, donde se pretende una explotación a cielo abierto cuando está de por medio la voluntad de cientos de familias de etnias mayoritariamente afrodescendientes e indígenas que no han negociado sus raíces culturales. Allí llegan legiones de esclavos africanos cuando los Cartamas fueron exterminados, y luego los ingleses para asegurarse con el oro el pago de los empréstitos de la independencia

  10. Chikungunya, o la incapacidad del sistema general de seguridad social en salud para prevenir. Preguntas para reflexionar

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    Lídice Alvarez-Miño

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    Full Text Available De acuerdo con la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS, el virus del Chikungunya no es un evento nuevo. La fiebre Chikungunya es una enfermedad vírica transmitida al ser humano por mosquitos, la cual fue descrita por primera vez durante un brote ocurrido en el sur de Tanzanía en 19521 . Este país africano, ubicado en el trópico, tiene características similares, en lo ambiental y climático, a Colombia. Es decir, compartimos ambientes comunes en los cuales el mismo vector (Aedes Aegypti puede transmitir diferentes enfermedades, entre ellas el dengue.

  11. Orishas, demonios y santos. Un acercamiento al sincretismo de la santer??a, caso Catemaco, Veracruz

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    Sald??var Arellano, Juan Manuel

    2009-01-01

    La presente ponencia es resultado de un estudio socio-antropol??gico sobre la religi??n conocida como santer??a, realizado en Catemaco, Veracruz. Dicha religi??n ha sido producto de un sincretismo religioso entre cultos africanos y cat??licos en tiempos de la Colonia en Cuba. Fusi??n no s??lo de deidades, sino tambi??n de productos transnacionales mismos que se han re-utilizado para reforzar pr??cticas como la brujer??a, la curander??a, el espiritismo, entre otras que se practican en la local...

  12. El sello de correos, como medio informativo. La antigua Guinea española, en su filatelia

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    Dr. Victoriano Darias

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A través de la observación detallada de las colecciones y catálogos filatélicos de un determinado país es posible obtener interesantes consideraciones históricas y periodísticas del mismo. Como ejemplo de ello proponemos en estas líneas el estudio de la faceta filatélica de la Guinea Española, territorio africano discontinuo (islas y zona continental que ocupó España desde 1778, mediante la desafortunada expedición del conde de Argelejo.

  13. La genética de las poblaciones centroamericanas

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    Barrantes, Ramiro

    2005-01-01

    Las poblaciones centroamericanas no han sido objeto de muchos estudios genéticos con la excepción de análisis esporádicos de la variación entre y dentro de los grupos amerindios y de origen africano ubicados en el área. No obstante, en los últimos 15 años se efectuaron investigaciones sistemáticas en este sentido incluyendo poblaciones mestizas, particularmente las de Costa Rica y Panamá. En los amerindios se efectuaron estudios detallados de su estructura genética y las relaciones filogenéti...

  14. El esclavo como valor en las Américas españolas

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    Full Text Available Durante varios siglos, la Corona española sacó un provecho sustancial del traslado al Nuevo Mundo de millones de africanos, merced a las licencias y a los asientos concedidos a los negreros y, luego, de su venta en las provincias de ultramar, sometida, como cualquier transacción, a las pautas fiscales vigentes en materia de almojarifazgo ad valorem al entrar y salir de los puertos y de avería, que servía para costear los gastos de la flota encargada de la seguridad de los viajes transatlánticos.

  15. (Re)Descobrimento do Brasil

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    2008-01-01

    Como todos aprendemos nas escolas brasileiras, os navegadores portugueses chegaram ao Brasil em 1500. Desde então, esse evento tem sido objeto de controvérsias (casualidade? intencionalidade dos navegadores?) e disputas (quem os teria precedido? espanhóis? franceses? africanos?). Acima das polêmicas, o que continua sendo ensinado é que a frota comandada por Pedro Álvares Cabral realizou o primeiro contato oficial de Portugal com a nova terra a 16° Sul e a identificou como possessão Del Rey, c...

  16. Papel de la comunidad internacional en la resocialización de niños soldados desvinculados del ejército de resistencia del señor en Uganda (2002-2013)

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    El objetivo de esta investigación diagnóstica es evaluar las acciones de la Comunidad Internacional en materia de resocialización de niños soldados desvinculados del Ejército de Resistencia del Señor (ERS) en Uganda durante el periodo de 2002 a 2013. Para ello, se hace un análisis de las causas de la existencia de niños soldados, donde se tiene en cuenta la evolución del concepto de la infancia y las particularidades que éste representa en el contexto africano. Así mismo, son analizados los a...

  17. PRESENTACIÓN

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Como en los números anteriores, estaba previsto que el actual número ocho de nuestra revista Pueblos y Fronteras digital se constituyera a partir de una unidad temática, como un especial sobre una etnia poco estudiada: los garínagu o garífuna, nación caribeña producto del proceso de mestizaje entre esclavos africanos y población originaria, en el marco de un largo proceso de resistencia contra los colonizadores europeos. Hoy los aproximadamente trescientos mil garínagu habitan parte de la costa caribe de Belice, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua....

  18. Os desafios da educação quilombola no Brasil: o território como contexto e texto

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    El reconocimiento legal de los quilombos en Brasil representa un hito en la visibilidad de las diferencias étnicas y culturales de la sociedad. El mito de la democracia racial borran el dolor de la esclavitud, haciendo lesiones de identidades en los descendentes africanos. Tomando en cuenta la lucha por el reconocimiento, buscase la ampliación de sus derechos, como la educación quilombola. Hay grandes retos, incluso el de cambiar la cultura de la escuela que no atenta para la diversidad étnic...

  19. Gonçalves, António Custódio: A história revisitada do Kongo e de Angola. Lisboa: Editorial Estampa, 2005

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    Full Text Available Antônio Custódio Gonçalves é sociólogo e professor catedrático de Geografia da Universidade do Porto, onde dirige o Centro de Estudos Africanos (CEAUP, coordenando um importante periódico sobre África, a Africana Studia. Há anos debruçado sobre temáticas africanas, António Custódio Gonçalves sintetiza muitas das complexas questões sobre a história do Kongo e Angola nesta publicação.

  20. Desarrollo de un modelo de negocio para una cooperativa hortícola de mujeres en Benín

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    La República de Benín es un país africano situado en el área subsahariana occidental. Es un país catalogado con un bajo índice de desarrollo, en el que una proporción considerable de los habitantes vive por debajo del umbral de la pobreza y cuyo principal motor económico actual es la agricultura comercial. En este país, concretamente en la comuna de Nikki, una de las 12 comunas que lo integran, es donde la ONG española OAN International focaliza su actividad. Su fin último es cooperar en el d...

  1. Un canto en movimiento: No nos moverán" en Estados Unidos, España y Chile en los siglos XIX y XX

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    2015-01-01

    En este trabajo se presentan los resultados de un estudio que examina la historia de la canción " No nos moverán" y su canto en diversos contextos culturales y sociopolíticos durante el transcurso de dos siglos. Esta canción tiene su origen en las prácticas religiosas de los esclavos africanos en Estados Unidos del siglo XIX. En el siglo XX fue adoptada como himno por los movimientos sindicales y de derechos civiles estadounidenses. Posteriormente llegó a España, donde cumplió un papel en la ...

  2. Neo-patrimonialismo e populismo : uma leitura pela reciprocidade

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    Eric Sabourin

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo propõe uma leitura dos processos de neo-patrimonialismo em particular nos Estados africanos e de neo populismo nos Estados latino-americanos a luz da lógica de reciprocidade. Defende a hipótese que o principio de reciprocidade sendo diferente daquele da troca (e em particular da troca mercantil, ele pode gerar formas de alienação especificas e não redutíveis a principal forma de alienação do sistema de troca: a exploração capitalista analisada por Marx.

  3. Esculpir o tempo: arte, educação e ancestralidade entre os Fons, os Iorubás e os Tchokwes

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    Esta dissertação aponta para um caminho cuja trajetória é a busca e o entendimento da complexidade da arte e da cultura africana, especialmente da África subsaariana e, dessa forma, contribuir para uma reflexão sobre a formação da cultura brasileira nos seus modos de ser e de pensar, através das características atribuídas aos descendentes de africanos que para o Brasil foram trazidos na condição de escravos. Nosso ponto de partida é a religiosidade de matriz africana reinventada no Brasil, e ...

  4. 2100-IJBCS-Article-Dr Karamoko Mamadou

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    Le rendement en viande de l'escargot A. fulica soumis à deux régimes végétaux de fourrages verts. (R1 et R2) et 3 régimes concentrés de farines (R3, R4 et R5) avec différentes teneurs en protéines (10,5%;. 14% et 17,5%), a été évalué après 50 semaines d'élevage en milieu expérimental. Le régime R1 est constitué de ...

  5. Gipuzkoan hegazti habigile batzuen lehen aipamenak eta beste aipamen interesgarri batzuk

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    OLANO, M., VAZQUEZ, J., AIERBE, T.

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Como resultado del trabajo de campo realizado estos últimos años, se da cuenta por primera vez de la presencia como aves nidificantes en Gipuzkoa de Fulica atra, Policeps cristatus, Tachybaptus ruficollis, Riparia riparia, Falco subbuteo, Asio otus, Aquila chysaëtos, Circaetus Gallicus y Drycopus martius. Además, se recogen datos de unas cuantas especies muy poco conocidas en esta provincia : Accipiter gentilis, Hieraëtus pennatus, Milvus migrans, Bubo bubo, Motacilla flava, Monticola solitarius and Certthia familiaris.

  6. Haplotipos del gen de la globina beta en portadores de hemoglobina S en Colombia

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    Claudia Liliana Durán

    2012-03-01

    Resultados. Los haplotipos de la hemoglobina S encontrados con mayor frecuencia en la muestra analizada son de origen africano y su orden de aparición fue mayor para el haplotipo Bantú (36,4 %, seguido por Senegal (30,3 %, Benín (21,2 % y Camerún (12,1 %. La electroforesis de hemoglobina confirmó el fenotipo AS; la dosificación de hemoglobina fetal mostró niveles por debajo de 1 % y los parámetros hematológicos analizados mostraron valores normales en el 100 % de los individuos. Conclusión. Los haplotipos de la HbS encontrados con mayor frecuencia en la muestra estudiada eran de origen africano y su distribución variaba de acuerdo con el lugar de prodedencia del individuo. La mayor frecuencia correspodió al haplotipo Bantú.   DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7705/biomedica.v32i1.600

  7. O Brasil, a África e o Atlântico no século XIX

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    Alberto da Costa e Silva

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    Full Text Available Até o último quartel do século XIX, a presença européia na África reduzia-se a poucos pontos litorâneos. Em toda a sua grande extensão, a África era governada por africanos. O continente dividia-se em impérios, reinos e cidades-estado. Do lado do Atlântico, havia intensas relações entre essas estruturas políticas e o Brasil. O que se passava num lado do oceano repercutia no outro. A cruzada anti-escravagista desembocou num novo imperialismo europeu. A ocupação da África pelas potências européias não logrou destruir muitas dessas estruturas de poder, algumas das quais serviram de intermediárias entre o colonizador e os africanos enquanto que outras persistiram na clandestinidade. A ocupação colonial ocasionou o quase completo corte das antigas e fortes relações com o Brasil.

  8. El conflicto de Darfur: un reto para la credibilidad de la Unión Africana

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    María Ángeles Alaminos

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En el caso de la crisis de Darfur la Unión Africana esperaba conseguir su primer éxito a nivel internacional en la pacificación de un conflicto africano; el conflicto de Darfur ha supuesto un reto para su credibilidad. La Misión de la Unión Africana en Sudán (AMIS intentó poner fin a la crisis, pero los recursos limitados, tanto económicos como humanos fueron incapaces de frenarla. La protección de tres millones y medio de personas en situación de riesgo en Darfur ha constituido un desafío para la UA y una prueba de la efectividad de su misión AMIS. La Unión Africana quiere demostrar su valía como organización, su potencial en el desarrollo de acciones concretas, su preponderancia como actor en el ámbito africano y su relevancia como actor internacional.

  9. Comparison of plant growth-promotion with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Bacillus subtilis in three vegetables Comparação da promoção de crescimento de plantas por Pseudomonas aeruginosa e Bacillus subtilis em três vegetais

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    A.O. Adesemoye

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Our objective was to compare some plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR properties of Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa as representatives of their two genera. Solanum lycopersicum L. (tomato, Abelmoschus esculentus (okra, and Amaranthus sp. (African spinach were inoculated with the bacterial cultures. At 60 days after planting, dry biomass for plants treated with B. subtilis and P. aeruginosa increased 31% for tomato, 36% and 29% for okra, and 83% and 40% for African spinach respectively over the non-bacterized control. Considering all the parameters tested, there were similarities but no significant difference at P Nosso objetivo foi comparar as propriedades PGPR (rizobactérias promotoras de crescimento de plantas de Bacillus subtilis e Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Solanum licopersicum (tomate, Asbelmoschus esculentus (ocra e Amaranthus sp (espinafre africano foram inoculados com as culturas bacterianas. Após 60 dias de plantio, a biomassa seca das plantas tratadas com B.subtilis e P. aeruginosa aumentou 31% para o tomate, 36% e 29% para ocra, e 83% e 40% para espinafre africano, respectivamente, em comparação com o controle não inoculado. Considerando os parâmetros testados, o desempenho dos dois microrganismos foi similar, sem diferença estatisticamente significativa (p< 0,05.

  10. La cuestión del nacionalismo actual, el racismo y los procesos de movilización política de las identidades étnicas en Belice: reflexiones de campo

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    Carlos Correa

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de este trabajo es analizar cómo se articulan los procesos de nacionalismo actual en Belice con manifestaciones de racismo. Se hace hincapié en la producción de identidades excluidas de los marcos de construcción nacional en el contexto de la movilización política de la etnicidad y de proyectos oficiales de corte nacionalista. Los criollos afro-beliceños han sido tomados como el centro de proyectos nacionalistas promovidos por el Estado en su período posterior a la independencia en el contexto de un discurso sobre multiculturalismo. Mientras otros grupos étnicos disputan espacios de representación dentro de estas construcciones de identidad nacional mediante la movilización cultural articulada con la promoción oficial de la diversidad. En ese sentido, el estatus de los criollos nos permite cuestionar las imágenes de la negritud y los descendientes de africanos comúnmente considerados marginados de los espacios de poder para mostrarnos cómo la dinámica histórica del colonialismo juega con categorías como la raza y la clase para dar forma a escenarios de negociaciones políticas en los cuales las poblaciones de origen africano, en algunas ocasiones, pueden ocupar espacios de predominio.

  11. Paz y seguridad humana en África: una visión desde la Unión Africana

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    Jerónimo Delgado

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se analizan las diferentes iniciativas que ha tenido el continente africano en materia de solución de conflictos y consolidación de la paz desde la perspectiva de la seguridad humana. En la primera parte, se identifican los componentes de la seguridad humana y los factores de inseguridad a los que se exponen los individuos en África, para luego examinar los avances del marco legal de la Unión Africana en la prevención de conflictos con énfasis en la seguridad de los individuos.La segunda parte contiene un estudio de las medidas enmarcadas dentro de la seguridad humana con las que cuentan los estados africanos y la comunidad internacional para la adecuada protección de los individuos, mientras se da un acercamiento entre las partes del conflicto para alcanzar el fin de las hostilidades. Finalmente, se afirma que África reconoce que la seguridad de sus ciudadanos es viable si se entienda que ésta es una responsabilidad compartida por todo el continente, en donde el individuo juega un papel central.

  12. Prospects for area-wide integrated control of tsetse flies (Diptera: Glossinidae and trypanosomosis in sub-Saharan Africa

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    Marc J.B. VREYSEN

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Los países del África sub-Sahariana están entre los menos desarrollados del mundo, y el hambre y la pobreza continúan siendo muy extendidos en la mayoría de las comunidades rurales. Se considera que disminuir el hambre y la sub-alimentación mediante la introducción de ganado productivo, como fuente de tracción y abono para la producción agrícola, el transporte, los lácteos y la carne, es un primer paso fundamental hacia un mejor desarrollo rural. La presencia de la mosca tse-tsé en un tercio del continente africano y la tripanosomiasis que transmite, se consideran la principal barrera para el desarrollo del ganado productivo. A pesar de la administración anual de 35 millones de dosis de drogas tripanocidas (a 1 (un dólar por dosis, los granjeros africanos pierden 3 millones de cabezas de ganado por año debido a esta enfermedad, y las pérdidas económicas directas se estiman entre 600 y 1200 millones de dólares...

  13. Revisiting aspects of language in South Africa durting the Apartheid area

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    Mgwebi Lavin Snail

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo, nuestro principal objetivo es mostrar como los africanos usaron su lengua para construir su nacionalismo, los africanos usaron el poder del estado para emplear la situación lingüística en Sudáfrica para implementar su política. La existencia de diferencias lingüísticas fue manipulada para crear varias naciones –“multiculturalismo” como prefirireron llamarlo los arquitectos del ApartheidPalabras Clave: Sudáfrica, Apartheid, lengua, diferencias lingüísticas, multi-nacionalismo___________________________Abstract:In this article, our aim is show how the Afrikaners succeeded in using their language to build their nationalism, the Afrikaners used the state power to use the language situation in South Africa to implement their policy of divide and rule. The existing linguistic differences were manipulated to create many nations called – “multi-nationalism “as the architects of Apartheid would prefer to call it.   Keywords: South Africa, Apartheid, language, linguistic differences, multi-nationalism.

  14. Una valoración de la geografía y la diáspora africana

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    Judith A. Carney

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de la diáspora Africana se ha vuelto un area vibrante de investigación y enseñanza en los años recientes a través de las disciplinas. Sin embargo, hay muy pocas contribuciones geográficas. Este artículo busca invertir esta tendencia. Se revisa el trabajo relevante de geógrafos en el Atlántico Negro para identificar temas prometedores para la investigación futura. La dispersión de plantas Africanas y el papel de los esclavos en establecer estas plantas es especialmente prometedor. Esta dirección de investigación clarifica los componentes Africanos de Intercambio Colombino mientras llama la atención sobre la importancia de la subsistencia en el negocio transatlántico de esclavos y la economía de las plantaciones. Las comidas básicas de origen Africano sirvieron a la subsistencia y a la memoria. Plantas Africanas figuran de manera prominente en los caminos de la comida en la diáspora, las practicas litúrgicas de las religiones Afro-sincréticas, y en las historias orales de Maroon.

  15. A política africana do governo Lula: (2003-2006 The Lula government's African policy: (2003-2006

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    Cláudio Oliveira Ribeiro

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo analisa as relações Brasil-África entre 2003 e 2006, procurando demonstrar que a eleição de Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva trouxe nova dinâmica às relações do Brasil com o continente africano. O discurso e a prática diplomática deste governo convergem para a construção de alianças preferenciais com parceiros no âmbito das relações Sul-Sul. Nesse contexto, defende-se que África do Sul, Angola e Nigéria são parceiros políticos e econômicos essenciais à estratégia diplomática brasileira para o continente africano.The article analyzes Brazil-Africa relations between 2003 and 2006, aiming to demonstrate that the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva injected a new dynamic to Brazil's relations with the African continent. The discourse and diplomatic practice of the Lula government have combined to help build preferential alliances with partners within the arena of South-South relations. In this context the text argues that South Africa, Angola and Nigeria are essential political and economic partners in Brazil's diplomatic strategy for the African continent.

  16. Una contribución al estudio de la nueva inmigración africana subsahariana en la Argentina Uma contribuição ão estudo da nova imigração desde Africa Subsahariana à Argentina A contribution to study the immigration from Sub Saharan Africa to Argentina

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    Marta M. Maffia

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Si bien en la Argentina poseemos una inmigración desde el África subsahariana a partir de fines del siglo XIX y principios del XX, como la de los sudafricanos y los caboverdeanos, esta nueva inmigración, de la última década del siglo XX y la primera del XXI, que llega desde Senegal, Nigeria, Camerún, Ghana, entre otros países, aparece en un contexto histórico y político diferente, enfrentada a regímenes jurídicos y estatutos administrativos cada vez más restrictivos, enmarcada en la creciente globalización de la economía. Este trabajo constituye una parte de los primeros resultados de la investigación iniciada en el año 2009 sobre esta migración desde una perspectiva antropológica, sumando los aportes que nos brindan la historia, la ciencia política y la demografía -entre otras disciplinas-, haciendo uso de los materiales producidos por científicos sociales africanos y no africanos, con el convencimiento de que en el diálogo de miradas se pueden superar las propias limitaciones.Ainda que na Argentina se conheça uma imigração da África subsahsariana desde finais do século XIX e princípio do século XX, como a dos sul-africanos e a dos cabo-verdianos, esta nova imigração (entre a última década do século XX e a primeira década do século XXI que chega do Senegal, Nigéria, Camarões, Ghana, entre outros países, aparece num contexto histórico e político diferenciado, submetida a regimes jurídicos e estatutos administrativos cada vez mais restritivos demarcados pela acrescente globalização da economia. Este trabalho é resultado parcial dos primeiros resultados da investigação iniciada no ano de 2009, sobre esta migração numa perspectiva antropológica, somada aos aportes da história, das ciencias políticas, da demografía, entre outras disciplinas e fazendo uso de materiais produzidos por cientistas sociais africanos e não-africanos temos a convicção de que, por meio do diálogo de diferentes olhares

  17. Avifaunal changes revealed in Quaternary deposits near Waitomo Caves, North Island, New Zealand

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    Worthy, T.H.; Swabey, E.J.

    2002-01-01

    Late Pleistocene (23,000-10,000 14 C yr BP) and Holocene (10,000 14 C yr - present BP) avifaunas are described from the Henry Lambert and associated passages in Gardners Gut Cave, Waitomo Caves, North Island, New Zealand. Nine radiocarbon dates on bones and three uranium series dates on speleothems support the dating of the sites. These data are augmented by six new dates and reanalysis of the avifaunas from F1c Cave, also in the Waitomo karst. A distinctive Pleistocene avifauna characterised by the moa Euryapterix curtus and Pachyornis mappini and the North Island goose (Cnemiornis gracilis) with common associates including New Zealand coot (Fulica prisca), North Island takahe (Porphyrio mantelli), Finsch's duck (Euryanas finschi), and North Island kokako (Callaeas wilsoni) was present. The presence of kokako, saddleback (Philesturnus rufusater), and robin (Petroica longipes) in the Pleistocene deposits and the absence of grassland taxa such as pipit (Anthus noveaseelandiae) and quail (Coturnix novaezelandiae) indicate that the vegetation about Gardners Gut Cave included tall shrubland and probably lacked much grassland, even over the Last Glacial Maximum. The Holocene at Waitomo was characterised by a moa fauna dominated by Anomalopteryx didiformis, although both Euryapteryx curtus and Pachyornis mappini persisted in small numbers. The frequent occurrence of kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), weka (Gallirallus australis), and brown teal (Anas chlorotis) typifies Holocene avifaunas; Cnemiornis and Fulica are unknown from Holocene deposits in the area. (author). 45 refs., 7 figs., 8 tabs

  18. Helmintos gastrointestinales en aves acuáticas de la subcuenca alta del río Lerma, México Gastrointestinal helminth in waterfowl of the upper Lerma river sub-basin, Mexico

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    Marcela Martínez-Haro

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un inventario y se calcularon los parámetros de infección de los helmintos gastrointestinales de 36 ejemplares de aves acuáticas pertenecientes a las familias Anatidae, Rallidae y Threskiornithidae, procedentes de la subcuenca alta del río Lerma, Estado de México, identificándose 20 especies: 9 tremátodos, 8 céstodos, 2 nemátodos y 1 acantocéfalo. De las 8 especies de céstodos, 6 son registros nuevos para el país y Pseudocorynosoma constrictum se registra por primera vez en Anas crecca, Anas discors, Oxyura jamaicensis y Fulica americana. Los helmintos que presentaron las prevalencias más altas fueron los céstodos Hymenolepis megalops y Sobolevicanthus krabbeella en Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Anas cyanoptera y Anas crecca.A survey of helminth parasites in 36 waterfowl species from the upper Lerma River, in central Mexico was conducted. A total of 20 helminth species were recorded, including 9 trematodes, 8 cestodes, 2 nematodes and 1 acanthocephalan. Six of the cestode species are recorded for the fisrt time from Mexican birds; the acanthocephalan Pseudocorynosoma constrictum is reported for the first time in Anas crecca, A. discors, Oxyura jamaicensis and Fulica americana. The highest prevalences were recorded for the cestodes Hymenolepis megalops and Sobolevicanthus krabbeella in Anas acuta, A. clypeata, A. cyanoptera and A. crecca.

  19. LA ACTIVIDAD LABORAL DE LAS FAMILIAS AFRICANAS Y LATINOAMERICANAS REAGRUPADAS EN LA ESPAÑA MEDITERRÁNEA

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    Vicente Gozálvez Pérez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La investigación se basa en los resultados de una encuesta realizada en 2009-2010, por el equipo investigador, a 348 inmigrados reagrupantes africanos y a 457 lati- noamericanos que residen en las provincias litorales entre Girona y Almería. La in- formación que se ofrece está referida a los aspectos laborales de estos dos colectivos continentales, tanto a escala del conjunto territorial indicado como para tres subá- reas incluidas en él: Cataluña litoral, Comunidad Valenciana y Murcia-Almería; se- gún los temas, se trata por separado a los reagrupantes y a los subgrupos familiares que conviven en España (reagrupantes, cónyuges, hijos. El estudio se centra en las estructuras de empleo por sectores económicos. También se estudian las redes mi- gratorias, tan decisivas en la orientación de estos flujos hacia España, la regulación laboral de estos trabajadores, la repercusión de la crisis actual en los empleos de las familias reagrupadas (paro, número de ocupados por familia e ingresos, la satisfac- ción laboral de los miembros de las familias (horas de trabajo, problemas laborales y salariales y la estabilidad laboral (antigüedad en el empleo, cursos de formación profesional, trabajo actual y expectativas del inmigrante. El recorrido por los temas laborales indicados, vinculados a los distintos grupos continentales y familiares y a las diferentes escalas territoriales, concluyen en mostrar situaciones económicas y sociales muy diferentes entre africanos y latinoamericanos, y entre los que residen en Cataluña litoral y en Murcia-Almería, en lo que intervienen, entre otras causas, los distintos «capitales» personales aportados por los dos colectivos continentales para acceder al empleo (formación, idioma, ... y las diferentes estructuras econó- micas de los territorios estudiados. Los africanos y los que residen en las provincias meridionales son los que presentan peores situaciones socioeconómicas.

  20. The STR polymorphism (AAAATn within the intron 1 of the tumor protein 53 (TP53 locus in 17 populations of different ethnic groups of Africa, America, Asia and Europe

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    Jorge Azofeifa

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    Full Text Available The STR (AAAATn within intron 1 of the TP53 locus was screened in 17 populations from 3 main ethnic groups: Europeans, Asiatics, and Africans, and from the hybrid population of Costa Rica (1968 samples. Three alleles, 126/7 (bp/copies of the repeat, 131/8 and 136/9 were the most prevalent in all populations. Other alleles rarely reached frequencies of 10% or higher. Observed heterozygosities ranged between 0.351 and 0.829. Patterns of diversity fit well with both the geographic origin of the samples and the history of the populations screened. A statistical test suggests that single-step mutational events have been the main mechanism producing new alleles at this locus. Fixation indexes (R ST for this marker showed an effect of population subdivision on divergence only within the Asiatic group; they were insensitive at the level of major ethnic groups as well as within Africans and within Europeans. Rev. Biol. Trop. 52(3: 645-657. Epub 2004 Dic 15.Se estudió el polimorfismo del microsatélite (AAAATn del intrón 1 del gene TP53 en 17 poblaciones de 3 grupos étnicos: europeos, asiáticos, y africanos subsaharianos, así como de la población híbrida de Costa Rica (en total 1968 muestras. Tres alelos, 126/7 (pares de bases/ copias de la repetición, 131/8 y 136/9 fueron los más frecuentes en todas las poblaciones, aunque se observaron otros alelos usualmente a frecuencias menores al 10%. Las heterocigosis observadas variaron de 0.351 a 0.829. La distribución de la diversidad parece concordar con el origen geográfico de las muestras y con la historia de las poblaciones estudiadas. Una prueba estadística indica que el evento mutacional que más alelos nuevos produce en este marcador es el de un solo paso (expansión o contracción de una sola copia de la repetición. El índice de fijación R ST mostró los efectos de la subdivision de poblaciones sólo dentro del grupo de los asiáticos y mostró falta de sensibilidad cuando los grupos

  1. Epidemia de sarampo e trabalho escravo no Grão-Pará (1748-1778

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    Antonio Otaviano Vieira Junior

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    Full Text Available ResumoO artigo apresenta o impacto populacional provocado pela epidemia de sarampo (1748-1750 na capitania do Grão-Pará e sua relação com o processo de inserção da mão de obra escrava africana. A análise é fundamentada na documentação produzida no século XVIII, levantada em diferentes arquivos brasileiros e portugueses, incluindo correspondências oficiais, crônicas, memórias, mapas populacionais e listagens de mortos pela epidemia. A documentação serial foi posta em base de dados, construída a partir das 80 listagens de mortos pelo sarampo, o que permitiu uma análise do impacto demográfico da epidemia. Concomitantemente, a contagem populacional das vilas e povoações da capitania, do terceiro quartel do século XVIII, compôs uma segunda base de dados e auxiliou na compreensão da distribuição interna de escravos africanos. O ponto de interseção entre as bases de dados é formado pelo conjunto da documentação histórica administrativa, que trata dos efeitos da epidemia e das possibilidades de solução da crise de mão de obra - ocasionada pela alta mortalidade de indígenas. O estudo procura mostrar não apenas a mortalidade causada pelo sarampo, mas também a construção de uma política para a inserção de escravos africanos na região. Para tanto abordam-se a epidemia em Belém, a importância do trabalho indígena para os colonos, o número de mortos e a distribuição da mortalidade considerando espaço e sazonalidade (meses e anos. Também se discutem a luta entre projetos para sanar a demanda de mão de obra, gerada pela alta mortalidade do sarampo, e a política de inserção de escravos africanos para combater a carência de trabalhadores, bem como a distribuição desses escravos na capitania.

  2. El vínculo simbólico con África en la poesía y cultura afromexicana

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    Judith Solís Téllez

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    Full Text Available En el siglo XVI, como consecuencia de la expansión geográfica de los Siglos de Oro, los africanos llegaron a la Nueva España acompañando a los conquistadores, al principio como afirma Aguirre Beltrán, en calidad de criados. Fue debido al exterminio de los indígenas que comenzaron a introducirlos de manera masiva como esclavos. El mismo autor considera que el sistema de la esclavitud prácticamente borró los rastros de la cultura africana en México. A ello hay que agregar el sincretismo cultural y el mestizaje, porque los negros se integraron a la sociedad nacional. En la literatura mexicana la huella africana es exigua; la encontramos en los villancicos de Sor Juana, en donde transmite el habla trastocada y el bullicio cotidiano de los africanos; con quienes la autora tuvo un contacto cercano a través de los criados de la familia y de su esclava. Carmen Boullosa en Azúcar negra sigue los indicios del Negrito Poeta mexicano del que se duda haya tenido una existencia real, no obstante considera que: «No es menos importante que un hecho histórico, la creación imaginaria colectiva —la leyenda, el mito— es la huella más honda, más presente, de algo real. Es el caso del Negrito Poeta». Judith Solís considera que las poblaciones afrodescendientes, desafortunadamente, no conservaron una memoria oral sobre sus orígenes, ni de la esclavitud o de los trabajos de sus antecesores como siervos domésticos o vaqueriles en estancias ganaderas, más allá de unas cuantas generaciones. No tuvieron las condiciones para reconstruir —en palabras de Roger Bastide— la aldea africana en el lugar al que fueron trasladados, lo que hubiera hecho posible la transmisión de su memoria histórica y colectiva. Por supuesto, son y se sienten mexicanos. Sin embargo, con el paso del tiempo comenzaron a considerar el origen africano de sus antepasados y han empezado a construir la distinción frente al otro por medio del vínculo simbólico con

  3. JENIS HERPETOFAUNA DI CAGAR ALAM DAN TAMAN WISATA ALAM PENGANDARAN JAWA BARAT

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    Syafa'at Ariful Huda

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    Full Text Available This study aims to determine the type of Herpetofauna that often appear in the area Cikamal and Cirengganis. This research was conducted in West Java precisely in Nature Tourism and Pangandaran Nature Reserve. The method used in this research is descriptive qualitative with field research approach (VES. Visual Encounter Survey (VES along the river and river body. The data obtained is analyzed first with the calculation of the number and calculation of the percentage of research results. From the results of this study get 2 types of herpetofauna consisting of amphibians and reptiles. Amphibians consist of a type of frog and type of bangkong. While only the type of lizard reptile found in the two locations. Amphibians and reptiles are found: Type of frog (Fajervarya limnocharis, Rana chalconata, Microdiscus sp, Hylidae, type of bangkong (Microhyla achatina, Bufonidae and Lizard Type (Spenomorphus sp.Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui jenis Herpetofauna yang sering muncul di daerah Cikamal dan Cirengganis. Penelitian ini dilakukan di Jawa Barat tepatnya di Wisata Alam dan Cagar Alam Pangandaran. Metode yang digunakan dalam penelitian adalah deskriptif kualitatif dengan pendekatan riset lapangan (VES. Visual Encounter Survey (VES dengan menyusuri Sungai dan badan Sungai. Data yang diperoleh dianalisis terlebih dahulu dengan perhitungan jumlah dan perhitungan persentase hasil penelitian. Dari hasil penelitian kali ini mendapatkan 2 jenis herpetofauna yang terdiri dari amfibi dan reptil. Amfibi terdiri dari jenis katak dan jenis bangkong. Sedangkan reptil hanya jenis kadal yang di temukan di dua lokasi tersebut. Amfibi dan reptil yang ditemukan yaitu: Jenis katak (Fajervarya limnocharis, Rana chalconata, Microdiscus sp, Hylidae, jenis bangkong (Microhyla achatina, Bufonidae dan Jenis Kadal (Spenomorphus sp.

  4. PENTECOSTALES DE ITALIA

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    Enzo Pace

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available El artículo se refiere al Pentecostalismo en Italia, centrándose en particular en Iglesias Pentecostales africanas. Como los inmigrantes africanos comenzaron a asentarse en la sociedad italiana, allí recrearon o crearon una red de comunidades carismáticas, sobre todo en la parte norte del país. Las iglesias pentecostales proporcionan apoyo espiritual, social y práctico a sus miembros con el fin de que puedan hacer frente los diversos problemas derivados de la condición del migrante en un nuevo país como Italia, monopolizado histórica y socialmente por el catolicismo. Por lo tanto, el objetivo del artículo es mostrar la relación entre el entorno socio-religioso y el impacto de las nuevas Iglesias africanas Pentecostales.

  5. Análise crítica da metáfora no discurso inaugural de Nelson Mandela

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    Esta dissertação de mestrado refere-se à pesquisa, sob a perspectiva crítica e pragmática, das metáforas conceptuais e lingüísticas que tenham o sentido de portadora de ideologia e de estratégia de polidez num discurso político. Teve como base de estudo o Discurso Inaugural do líder sul-africano, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, proferido na ocasião de sua posse como presidente da África do Sul, em 10 de maio de 1994, na cidade de Johannesburgo, capital daquele país. O discurso fo...

  6. Uma lição vinda da África do Sul: os cartéis da construção estão aumentando significativamente os custos de infraestrutura da copa do mundo FIFA 2014 no Brasil?

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    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/2175-8042.2013v25n41p166 O artigo é o resultado da parceria acadêmica entre IELA / UFSC - Instituto de Estudos Latino-Americanos  e Edie Cottle, um pesquisador Sul-Africano, autor de artigos críticos sobre os impactos da Copa do Mundo da FIFA de 2010 na vida da população daquele país. A metodologia utilizada na pesquisa é a desenvolvida pelo pesquisador Edie Cottle e o estudo tem como objetivo revelar os verdadeiros custos e possíveis superfaturamentos na construção de arenas brasileiras que receberão os jogos da Copa do Mundo 2014.

  7. ¿Qué deber saber un médico sobre el ébola?

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    Full Text Available El reciente brote provocado por el virus Ébola en varios países del oeste africano (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leona y Nigeria, se ha traducido, según el último informe de la Organización mundial de la Salud (OMS, en 13.567 infectados y 4.951 fallecidos, cifra que se cree, está subestimada debido a los inexistentes sistemas de sanitarios disponibles en los países centro de la epidemia. Con una mortalidad cercana al 40% ha supuesto una gran preocupación para todos servicios de salud pública mun-diales, especialmente, una vez que se ha tenido conocimiento de los primeros casos en los países desarrollados

  8. Elephants and human intervention in the Lower and Middle Pleistocene sites of Africa and Europe

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    Martos Romero, Juan Antonio

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    Full Text Available In this paper, we review some African and European sites at which it is claimed that elephants were exploted by humans. The differences between sites with only one individual (type 1 and sites with a large number of elephants (type 2 are related to different formation processes and particular problems which limit the informative potential of sites.

    En el presente artículo se revisan yacimientos africanos y europeos donde se ha planteado la existencia de una intervención humana sobre elefantes. Se establece una diferencia entre sitios con un sólo individuo (tipo 1 o un número alto de elefantes (tipo 2. Con independencia del carácter de la intervención humana, cuando ésta es evidente, tales diferencias responden a unos procesos de formación distintos con problemáticas singulares que condicionan finalmente la capacidad informativa del yacimiento.

  9. Comparisons of phaseolin type and α-amylase inhibitor in common bean(Phaseolus vulgaris L.)in China

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    Yang Yao; Yibo Hu; Yingying Zhu; Yue Gao; Guixing Ren

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    The objective of this study was to characterize the phaseolin type and a-amylase(αAI) level in common bean(Phaseolus vidgaris L.) accessions deposited in the Chinese National Genebank.The 40 accessions sampled were common varieties originating in Asia,North America,South America,Europe,and Africa.No Inca(I-) phaseolin was observed in the accessions.Only four accessions contained Tendergreen(T-) phaseolin and the remaining36 contained Sanilac(S-) phaseolin.aAI proteins extracted from nine accessions showed higher a-amylase inhibitory activity than the control(Phase 2,IC50 = 0.65 μg).These common bean accessions have potential use as nutraceutical ingredients.

  10. Estudo do melhoramento do sabor de cacau (Theobroma cacao L.) utilizando polifenoloxidase extraida da pinha (Annona squamosa L.) e tratamento termico não convencional

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    Sandra Drina Fernandez Barbery

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    Resumo: Existem grandes diferenças no sabor de cacau dependendo de sua origem de produção, certas regiões produzem amêndoas com excessivo sabor ácido e amargo e forte adstringência. Em geral as amêndoas de cacau produzidas no Brasil e na Malásia, têm apresentado teores excessivos de acidez comparados com amêndoas provenientes do leste africano, por este motivo estas amêndoas são utilizadas em quantidades limitadas nas formulações. A presença do ácido acético e láctico seja de forma individual...

  11. Prosavana: Instrumento de Cooperação Internacional (Norte)-Sul-Sul

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    Toledo, Andre de Paiva

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    Diante da crise energético-alimentar de 2008, a África passa a ser vista pelas instituições internacionais como território de expansão da fronteira agrícola, isto é, local de inserção do agronegócio. Apesar das contestações quanto ao caráter improdutivo do modelo tradicional de produção local, diversos Estados africanos têm estabelecido acordos internacionais de investimento com vistas à modernização de sua agricultura. Nesse contexto, surge o acordo trilateral entre Japão, Brasil e Moçambiqu...

  12. Ei nós, que viemos de outras terras, de outro mar: as origens das Festas de Coroação de Rei Negro e a Congada de Santa Efigênia da Vila de São José do Tocantins

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    Talita Viana

    2011-01-01

    O trabalho trata das primeiras investigações das origens da Congada de Santa Efigênia de São José do Tocantins, atual Niquelândia – GO, no intuito de fazer uma reflexão acerca da natureza da criação de uma cultura híbrida na América Latina. Se por um lado não se entende a Congada se não se tem em mente o processo de colonização do Novo Mundo, também o entendimento da festa clareia muito sobre as implicações culturais e cotidianas desse processo. A Festa, que contém traços culturais africanos,...

  13. Devoção e identidades: significados do culto de Santo Elesbão e Santa Efigênia no Rio de Janeiro e nas Minas Gerais no Setecentos

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    O artigo procura refletir sobre o papel do culto de Santo Elesbão e Santa Efigênia, no século XVIII, como um dos fatores de construção de identidades entre segmentos da população negra no Brasil colonial. Defendo a idéia de que o estímulo ao culto fazia parte de uma das estratégias da Igreja na conversão de africanos e seus descendentes, no entanto, a complexidade do processo caracterizado pela diáspora das culturas africanas na América deu a este projeto de conversão outras dimensões. Num pr...

  14. Guerras, normalizaciones, crisis del Estado-nación en África subsahariana

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    Traducción Pilar Lozano Ortiz de Zárate

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    Full Text Available Los conflictos armados de ciertos países africanos en la última década son analizados como el signo de una dificultad de sus regímenes para construir la nación que dicen defender. Esta tesis se apoya sobre la crisis del Estado- Nación y la difícil gestión de la diversidad. Dos paradigmas que resultan reveladores de un divorcio entre la aspiración a la democracia y la nación. La conflictividad en estos países modifica las relaciones y creencias de los actores en la capacidad del Estado para detentar el monopolio de la violencia legítima a la vez que invierte los parámetros de una economía de paz.

  15. Huellas de las religiones tradicionales del África subsahariana en América Latina y el Caribe

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    Lazaro Cabrera Thompson

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    Full Text Available El artículo explora las religiones tradicionales practicadas por los pueblos ewe-mina, ewe-fon, bantú y yoruba del África subsahariana, antes de abordar las formas como estas prácticas religiosas persisten en el “Nuevo Mundo” tras la llegada forzosa de aquellos esclavizados africanos. Con base en la presencia de estas religiones tradicionales africanas en distintos países latinoamericanos y caribeño, se evidencia un conjunto religioso fusionado por historias, mitos, leyendas, danza, música, etc. de ascendencia africana y se hace un llamado a los/ as investigadores/as, que desde América Latina y el Caribe, indagan sobre las religiones tradicionales yoruba, para que franqueen los límites de Nigeria con el fin de abarcar a toda la diáspora yoruba.

  16. “Huellas de africanía”: recreando áfrica en el arte visual contemporáneo

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    Maria Candida Ferreira de Almeida

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta el concepto huellas de africanía, creado en el campo de la antropología, para explicar la permanencia de imaginarios africanos en la diáspora americana. Los objetivos son: describir cómo este concepto configura una poiética en las artes visuales y evaluar su viabilidad en la constitución de una estética negra. Se analizan dos artistas visuales contemporáneos: Emanuel Araújo (Brasil y Mercedes Angola (Colombia, quienes buscan vincular su obra con África, en procesos que pueden caracterizarse como profundamente eruditos, pues ambos conocen aspectos históricos y filosóficos del África representada, imaginada, creada y recreada en la diáspora.

  17. "HUELLAS DE AFRICANÍA": RECREANDO ÁFRICA EN EL ARTE VISUAL CONTEMPORÁNEO

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    Maria Candida Ferreira de Almeida

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta el concepto huellas de africanía, creado en el campo de la antropología, para explicar la permanencia de imaginarios africanos en la diáspora americana. Los objetivos son: describir cómo este concepto configura una poiética en las artes visuales y evaluar su viabilidad en la constitución de una estética negra. Se analizan dos artistas visuales contemporáneos: Emanuel Araújo (Brasil y Mercedes Angola (Colombia, quienes buscan vincular su obra con África, en procesos que pueden caracterizarse como profundamente eruditos, pues ambos conocen aspectos históricos y filosóficos del África representada, imaginada, creada y recreada en la diáspora.

  18. Salazar e Tchombé. o apoio de Portugal ao Catanga (1961-1967)

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    2010-01-01

    Dissertação apresentada para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais Com este trabalho, pretendemos demonstrar o envolvimento que o governo português, na altura liderado por Oliveira Salazar, teve na atitude rebelde de Moisés Tchombé, quando este proclamou a independência do Catanga, contra o Governo Central do Congo e, também, para com a missão das Nações Unidas, a operar neste território africano. Apesar da frágil ...

  19. El yeso, un material apropiado para una construcción barata

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    Nolhier, Marc

    1986-07-01

    Full Text Available This work presents an evaluation of the lime resistance, workability properties and low cost, applied to low cost housing in developping countries. Starting from the experiences carried out in African countries, the technical problems, labour adaptation to the construction process with gypsum prefabricated blocks and its profitability are studied.En este artículo se hace una valoración de las propiedades del yeso en cuanto a resistencia, trabajabilidad y bajo costo con el fin de aplicarlo a una construcción de viviendas baratas en países poco desarrollados. Basándose en experimentos llevados a cabo en países africanos, se estudia el problema de tecnología, de la adaptación de la mano de obra al proceso de construcción con bloques de yeso prefabricados y de su rentabilidad.

  20. Circulação atlântica: idade, tempo de trabalho e funções de escravos e libertos na marinha mercante luso-brasileira, séculos XVIII e XIX

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    Jaime RODRIGUES

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumo A partir de elementos de histórias de vida profissional que podem ser construídos de modo ainda fragmentário, procuro identificar as formas de engajamento na marinha mercante luso-brasileira de escravos e libertos africanos ou nascidos em Portugal e na América portuguesa. O recorte temporal vai da década de 1760 (quando os primeiros registros de matrículas de tripulantes começaram a ser feitos até os anos 1820. O texto procura inventariar as funções desempenhadas por esses homens, bem como apresentar dados de caráter censitário, tais como a idade com que se iniciavam no mundo do trabalho marítimo e o tempo de experiência deles nas profissões do mar.

  1. Building "the Yoruba truth" An afroepistemologic reading of the Ifá system

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    de Diego González, Antonio

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    Este artículo propone una lectura afroepistemológica del sistema de Ifá. Las políticas de la epistemología académica europea han despreciado el conocimiento tradicional africano. Ifá no ha sido una excepción. Pero a través de este método se han configurado gran parte de las normas socio-culturales y epistemológicas de la sociedad yorùbá. Así Ifá se convierte en algo más importante que un rito de adivinación, pues representa la cohesión político-social y epistemológica de una gran parte de los...

  2. O Efeito China nas Exportações Brasileiras em Terceiros Mercados: Uma Análise do Constant Market Share

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    Lia Valls Pereira

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    Estudos recentes chamam atenção que a China poderá limitar a diversificação e a escalada para produtos de maior conteúdo tecnológico das exportações de países, como o Brasil, nos seus mercados tradicionais de manufaturas. O objetivo da pesquisa é estimar o deslocamento das exportações brasileiras pela China nos mercados dos países sul-americanos, México, Estados Unidos, União Europeia e países africanos (Nigéria, África do Sul e Moçambique) entre 2002 e 2011. Foi utilizado o modelo de constan...

  3. Le genre Sivanasua (Lophocyoninae, Hyaenodontidae, Creodonta, Mammalia

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    Morales, J.

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    Full Text Available Two upper teeth from the lower Miocene of Le Chêne de Navere (Gers, France are interpreted as MI and M2 of Sivanasua viverroides. The genus is known in Europe by two species. The origin of the Lophocyoninae is re-evaluated. We consider the group as rooted in some African Hyaenodontoid Creodonta.Dos dientes del yacimiento mioceno (MN4b de Chêne de Navere (Gers, Francia se interpretan como MI y M2 de Sivanasua viverroides. El género Sivanasua está representado en Europa por dos especies. El origen de los Lophocyoninae se reconsidera, primero atribuidos a los Ailuridae y después relacionados con los Viverridae, aquí son considerados como emparentados a los Creodontos Hyaenodontidae africanos.

  4. Les Sépharades du Maroc vus par les Espagnols: trois témoignages de l'époque du protectorat (1818, 1919, 1922)

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    Díaz-Mas, Paloma

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    Analiza la imagen de los sefardíes en tres libros publicados en España durante los primeros años del Protectorado español en Marruecos: el del misionero franciscano Africano Fernández [seudónimo de Ramón Fernández Lestón], España en África y el peligro judío. Apuntes de un testigo, de 1918, profundamente antijudío; el del periodista liberal, relacionado con Ignacio Bauer y seguidor de las tesis de Ángel Pulido Manuel Ortega, Los hebreos de Marruecos, de 1919; y el del psiquiatra destinado com...

  5. Il "rex sacrorum" in Africa: testimonianze

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    Chantal GABRIELLI

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Questo articolo analizza alcune epigrafi provenienti da due province romane dell'Africa (Mauretania Caesariensis e Numidia, che presentano la carica di rex sacrorum. Tale sacerdozio, creato a Roma nei primi secoli délia repubblica è presente nel contesto africano in época imperiale con una valenza precisa: il termine rex sacrorum sembra essere la traduzione in latino di una carica religiosa púnica e indicherebbe forse un'autorità religiosa locale.ABSTRACT: This paper analyses some inscriptions from two Roman provinces of Africa (Mauretania Caesariensis and Numidia, which have the title rex sacrorum. This priesthood, created at the start of the Republic, appears in the African context in the imperial age with a further value; the rex sacrorum seems to be the translation in Latin of a Neo-Punic word, that is a native priesthood, perhaps a chief religious authority.

  6. La cultura de los negros esclavizados del Brasil: Arquitectura y rito en la ciudad de Salvador, Bahía

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    Mônica de Souza

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este texto es presentar parte de la cultura, arquitectura, religión y modos de vida de Brasil a través de la historia de los africanos esclavizados que llegaron al país y sus descendientes. Este artículo plantea un vínculo entre arquitectura y rito, analizando los quilombos como refugio de los esclavos; el candomblé como rito de celebración y las fiestas religiosas como la de Nuestro Senhor do Bonfim. El texto se refiere asimismo a Salvador de Bahía y a su Barrio del Pelourinho, un lugar que resume y representa toda la cultura, el patrimonio físico e inmaterial de la cultura africana, hoy afro-brasileña.

  7. Retratos do Brasil na celebração dos 500 anos

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    Maria Nazareth Soares Fonseca

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available Este texto discute tendências de celebração e de restauração postas emprática, na sociedade brasileira, visando a salvar do esquecimento a memória e as tradições que nos foram legadas pelos escravos africanos. Referindo-se a mostras e exposições que procuram levar ao grande público fragmentos da memória afro-brasileira, procura-se perceber nesses espaços feições híbridas da inter-relação entre veneração e espetáculo e entre devotos e consumidores.

  8. Que dizer agora sobre arte africana? A África nas exposições da virada do século XX para o XXI, no Brasil e no exterior

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    Salum, Marta Heloisa Leuba

    2014-01-01

    Este artigo trata do destaque dado à África na curadoria de mostras de alcance mundial no período que vai da década de 1980 até 2010, ano que marca o cinquentenário da descolonização e nacionalização da maioria dos países africanos. Algumas delas tocam, por sua vez, no curso de exposições sobre arte e cultura afro-brasileira desde o centenário da abolição da escravidão no Brasil. Na maioria delas, porém, observa-se certo descomprometimento com o fato colonial na África, cuja representação mai...

  9. A poética da esperança: sentidos políticos nas memórias de Nelson Mandela

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    Silva, Cristiane Mare da

    2016-01-01

    O estudo que ora apresento desenvolveu-se no Programa de Pós-Graduação em História, da Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo e tem por objeto textos biográficos e autobiográficos do sul africano Nelson Mandela, que nos permitem apreender momentos e enunciados, orientadores da luta pela igualdade, do exercício da tolerância e a defesa dos direitos humanos, não apenas na África do Sul, mas por toda parte onde existam conflitos raciais e coloniais inerentes à enxpansão do Hemisfério Ocid...

  10. Estudo de Caso de um Distúrbio Ondulatório de Leste sobre o Estado do Rio Grande do Norte - Brasil

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    Danielson Jorge Delgado Neves

    Full Text Available Resumo Distúrbios ondulatórios de leste (DOL são sistemas atmosféricos presentes na região tropical, preferencialmente sobre áreas dos oceanos Atlântico e Pacífico. Sobre o Atlântico são identificados, inicialmente, próximos à costa oeste do continente Africano e se propagam embebidos no fluxo dos Alíseos, em forma de ondas que se deslocam de leste para oeste. No Atlântico tropical sul, os DOL atuam, preferencialmente sobre o leste do Nordeste do Brasil (NEB contribuindo significativamente para os totais anuais de chuva. O presente trabalho analisa um caso de ocorrência de um DOL sobre o NEB, no estado do Rio Grande do Norte, no dia 13 de Junho de 2014, fazendo o uso de dados de reanálise da componente meridional do vento e vorticidade relativa nos níveis de 850 hPa, água precipitável e dados observados de chuva. Observa-se que o DOL se intensifica entre os dias 12 e 13 de Junho, com valores de vorticidade negativa e água precipitável significativos, próximo à costa do NEB, e se apresenta inicialmente como uma extensão da atividade convectiva presente na ZCIT, desde o Oeste Africano. O DOL causou valores significativos de chuva, gerando deslizamentos de terra, alagamentos e problemas no trânsito de Natal, durante copa do mundo de futebol.

  11. Nouveaux Acteurs Sociaux, Permanence et Renouvellement du Clientélisme Politique en Afrique Sub-saharienne New social actors, continuity and renewal of political clientelism in Sub-Saharan Africa

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    Jean-François Médard

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available O objecto de análise deste artigo são as dinâmicas e reconfigurações do clientelismo político, um dos traços centrais do funcionamento dos sistemas políticos africanos. As recomposições e adaptações dos sistemas políticos africanos na fase das «transições» para as democracias multipartidárias, em África, face às crises políticas, sociais e económicas e o surgimento subsequente de novos actores sociais nas estruturas de poder (político africanas são o centro de análise deste texto. O artigo sustenta que a «democracia» e o multipartidarismo não contribuíram para a erradicação ou mitigação das práticas clien­telares. O máximo que se conseguiu, até ao momento, foi a criação de condições para a renegociação destas mesmas relações clientelares.The object of this article is to examine the dynamics and reconfigurations of political clientelism, one of the major characteristics of African political systems. The analysis focuses on the restructuring and adapting of African political systems during the «tran­sitional phase» to multi-party democracies in reaction to the political, social and economic crises and the subsequent emergence of new social actors in the African (political power structures. The article argues that «democracy» and multipartyism have not contributed to eradicate or mitigate clientelist practices and that most achieved, until now, has been the creation of conditions that favor the renegotiation of clientelist relationships.

  12. Há salvação para a África? Thabo Mbeki e seu New Partnership for African development

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    Wolfgang Döpcke

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available O NEPAD - New Partnership for African Development - tem seus primórdios em 1996, proposto pelo atual presidente da África do Sul, Thabo Mbeki e outros líderes africanos, para erradicar a marginalização e o subdesenvolvimento africanos e promover o crescimento econômico, através da integração continental. Seus objetivos, inseridos no contexto da globalização e do African Renaissance, incorpora valores da luta antiapartheid sul-africana, restauração da auto-estima e resgate de valores pré-coloniais. O que o difere de outros planos que não deram certo na África é o vínculo inseparável entre democracia, direitos humanos, paz, governabilidade e o desenvolvimento econômico, as responsabilidades assumidas pelos participantes e a propriedade africana do plano.NEPAD - New Partnership for African Development - was originated in 1996, proposed by the current South African president, Thabo Mbeki and other African leaders, to eradicate the African exclusion and underdevelopment and to promote the economical growth, through the continental integration. It's objectives, in the context of globalization and African Renaissance, incorporates values of the fight against apartheid in South Africa, restoration of the self-esteem and recovering pre-colonial values. What differs this from other plans that did not work is the inseparable entail among democracy, human rights, peace, governability and the economical development, the responsibilities assumed by the participants and the African property of the plan.

  13. Inauguralidade ancestral: a oratura de transformar palavra em OURO! OBA!

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    Toni Edson Costa Santos (UFAL

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Toni Edson Costa Santos é ator negro sergipano que sobe aos palcos aos 11 anos de idade. Torna-se dramaturgo, diretor, compositor e ator de forma auto-didata e a partir de 1998 inicia sua formação através de cursos. Desde 1999 é contador de histórias e em 2006 passa a ser formador de contadores, tem sua pesquisa direcionada para contos africanos e contos populares do Brasil. É licenciado em artes cênicas (UDESC, Mestre em Literatura Brasileira (UFSC e em 2004, 2007,2008 e 2009 foi professor universitário de Prática Teatral (UDESC. De 2009 a 2010 foi professor do curso de Artes Cênicas da UFSC. Ator profissional desde 2000, trabalhando com teatro de rua a partir de 2003, modalidade teatral em que concentra sua pesquisa de forma mais efetiva. Fez parte do Grupo A de Teatro, que depois se torna Africatarina, compôs o quadro do grupo Cachola no Caixote e atualmente é membro fundador da Trupe Popular Parrua (SC e do Grupo Iwá (BA. É doutorando do Programa de Pós Graduação em Artes Cênicas da Universidade federal da Bahia (PPGAC/UFBA, estudando procedimentos e tradição oral de contadores de história africanos como inspiração para rodas de história como arte pública com contos brasileiros, e professor de Encenação e Teatro de Rua da Escola Técnica da Universidade Federal de Alagoas (ETA/UFAL.

  14. De amores y seducciones. El mestizaje en la Audiencia del Nuevo Reino de Granada en el siglo XVII

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    María Cristina Navarrete

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Racial mixture replayed an important role in the creation of a population of castes in Spanish America. The efforts on behalf of the Crown and Church to avoid race mixture had no effect. The Spaniards, the Indians and the Africans interacted sexually throughout the years which resulted in a variety of racial mixture; this development strengthened the formation o f numerous classes of free persons of African ancestry. The inter-racial links during the colonial period were constant. If the slave owners did not legitimate their relations with the female slaves and free women, blacks and mulattas, they maintained ties of "concubine" some of which were quite strong and long-lasting.//La mezcla entre razas jugó un papel importante en la creación de una población de castas en la América española. Los esfuerzos de la Corona y de la Iglesia para evitar dicha mezcla no surtieron efecto. Los españoles, los indígenas y los africanos interactuaron sexualmente a lo largo del tiempo, lo cual dio como resultado una variedad de razas. Esto fortaleció la formación de numerosas clases de personas libres con ancestros africanos. Sus lazos inter-raciales durante la Colonia fueron constantes, si los dueños de esclavos no legitimaban las relaciones con sus esclavas, con mujeres libres, negras y mulatas, mantenían lazos de “concubinato”, algunos de los cuales eran bastante fuertes y duraderos.

  15. MOÇAMBIQUE: compulsando as migrações internas e internacionais

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    Gonçalves Patrício

    2016-08-01

    Los estudios sobre las migraciones se han llevado a cabo principalmente en el contexto Norte-Sur, como si se tratara de un movimiento unidireccional, cuando la realidad muestra que estos flujos se producen también en el plano horizontal, es decir, dentro de las regiones del Sur, como se puede observar en el continente africano. Mediante este artículo se pretende hacer una reflexión sobre las migraciones internas e internacionales, en lo cual hacemos hincapié la entrada de extranjeros sea en forma regular e principalmente irregular cada vez más pronunciada en Mozambique. El procedimiento de recolección y procesamiento de datos fueron basados principalmente en la investigación bibliográfica, revisión de documentos y el análisis de los datos estadísticos disponibles sobre la migración en Mozambique. Los resultados de la investigación sugieren que la migración y la movilidad en Mozambique varían según la ubicación, perfil histórico, económico y ambiental de las regiones. Continúa la tendencia de la migración a los países vecinos, especialmente a Sudáfrica, al mismo tiempo que se observa la entrada de inmigrantes de diversas partes del mundo, provenientes en su mayoría de países africanos, que atraídos por la relativa estabilidad socioeconómica y política del país, buscan seguridad y mejores condiciones de vida. Palabras clave: Mozambique; Inmigrantes; Migraciones Internas; Migraciones Internacionales.

  16. Distribución de tres polimorfismos del gen TSLP en población afrodescendiente de San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia

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    Luis Fang

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    Full Text Available Introducción. La linfopoyetina tímica del estroma (Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin, TSLP se ha vinculado como un gen de propensión al desarrollo de enfermedades alérgicas. Se sabe que la población de Cartagena es una mezcla triétnica, en la cual el componente de herencia africana se asoció con el riesgo de asma y altos niveles séricos de IgE total. Este componente provino de esclavos africanos que lograron organizarse en “palenques”, uno de ellos es San Basilio de Palenque, en la Costa Caribe colombiana. Objetivo. Determinar la distribución de los polimorfismos de nucleótido simple (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism, SNP rs1837253, rs17551370 y rs2289276 del gen TSLP en individuos afrodescendientes de San Basilio de Palenque. Materiales y métodos. Mediante PCR en tiempo real y sondas TaqMan SNP Genotyping™ segenotipificaron estos SNP en 80 individuos afrodescendientes entre los 5 y 18 años de edad. Resultados. El alelo de menor frecuencia para el polimorfismo rs1837253 fue el alelo T (41,9 %, para el rs17551370, el alelo A (14,3 %, y para el rs2289276, el alelo T (22,5 %. La distribución de los polimorfismos rs17551370 y rs2289276 se mantuvo en equilibrio genético de Hardy-Weinberg. Las frecuencias alélicas de cada SNP no mostraron diferencias significativas con las reportadas para poblaciones africanas. Conclusiones. Los tres polimorfismos analizados en el gen TSLP estuvieron presentes en la muestra de población de San Basilio de Palenque y su distribución es similar a la reportada para poblaciones africanas y para poblaciones americanas de ancestro africano. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7705/biomedica.v33i2.655

  17. Diversidade na sala de aula: Representação da cultura afro-brasileira

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    Flávia Brocchetto Ramos

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available After the implementation of the Elementary School in nine years, the Ministry of Education (MEC, by means of the Programa Nacional do Livro Didático (PNLD – The National Coursebook Program, distributed, in 2010, collections formed by supplementary teaching materials to Elementary School classrooms of the 1st and 2nd years. In this study, we analyze the book “Seis pequenos contos africanos sobre a criação do mundo e do homem” (“Six African short stories about the creation of the world and the man, by Raul Lody. The article discusses the representation of African culture in children’s literature, presents the object of analysis and, finally, discusses ethnic issues in the book, which is designed for young readers. Thus, the paper aims to contribute for the consideration of the young reader as an individual who has the right to live with cultural diversity, present in Brazil and conveyed in the literature. A partir da implantação do Ensino Fundamental de nove anos, o MEC (Ministério da Educação, pelo Programa Nacional do Livro Didático (PNLD, distribuiu, em 2010, às salas de aula do 1º e 2º anos do Ensino Fundamental, acervos formados por obras paradidáticas. Neste estudo, analisaremos o título Seis pequenos contos africanos sobre a criação do mundo e do homem, de Raul Lody. O artigo discute a representação da cultura africana na literatura infantil, apresenta a obra objeto de análise e, por fim, discute questões étnicas na obra destinada ao leitor criança. Assim, o artigo pretende contribuir para pensar a criança leitora como um sujeito que tem direito a conviver com a diversidade cultural, presente no Brasil e veiculada na literatura.

  18. Attempted eradication of Porphyrio porphyrio Linnaeus in the Florida Everglades

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    Dave EGGEMAN

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Porphyrio porphyrio (Fulica porphyrio Linnaeus was reported to the South Florida Water Management District in a Water Conservation Area and in constructed wetlands in the Everglades in 2006. A rapid assessment, including casual observations and surveys of land managers, indicated a limited number of P. porphyrio (~300 birds was present, and an eradication attempt was initiated. From 2006 – 2008, more than 3100 P. porphyrio were killed by shotgun from airboats during 73 hunts, suggesting the initial population assessment was severely underestimated. After removing nearly 1500 P. porphyrio in 2008, we concluded that eradication was not possible. Failure of this eradication attempt is attributed to P. porphyrio’s affinity with dense emergent vegetation, which greatly limited shooting effectiveness. Further, the failed eradication underscores the importance of a reporting network to improve early detection and the chance to eliminate naturalized or feral populations of non‐native species.

  19. Trends of some wintering waterbirds in Lazio (1993-2006

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    Massimo Brunelli

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Since the 90s, censuses of wintering waterfowl have been carried out in the main wetlands of Lazio. We analysed the trends of 31 species in the 1993-2006 period (base year 1993 by means of TRIM (Trends and Indices Monitoring data software (Model 3. Among the species regularly recorded in the region, Ardea alba, Ardea cinerea, Bubulcus ibis and Anser anser showed a strong increase; Podiceps cristatus, Nycticorax nycticorax, Egretta garzetta, Phoenicopterus ruber, Anas penelope, Anas strepera, Anas crecca, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas clypeata, Netta rufina, Aythya ferina, Aythya nyroca, Circus aeruginosus, Fulica atra, Pluvialis apricaria and Vanellus vanellus showed a moderate increase; Gavia arctica, Tachybaptus ruficollis, Podiceps nigricollis, Phalacrocorax carbo, Aythya fuligula and Numenius arquata resulted “stable”; Botaurus stellaris, Tadorna tadorna, Anas acuta, Pluvialis squatarola and Calidris alpina showed an uncertain trend. The trends for most species are similar to those recorded at a national level.

  20. CIDADES NEGRAS – PETRÓPOLIS IMPERIAL

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    Renata Aquino

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Cidade negra e população negra são o enfoque deste artigo sobre a cidade de Petrópolis na Região Serrana do estado do Rio de Janeiro, visando estabelecer novos parâmetros para discussão do espaço geográfico da região da cidade de Petrópolis por meio de outras explicações sobre o povoamento e desenvolvimento desta localidade. Cidade que a história oficial consagrou como cidade imperial e de colonização alemã, negando de forma ideológica as atividades econômicas da cidade e da região e tornando invisível a existência de população de maioria afrodescendente. Apresentamos neste artigo uma discussão sobre a ideologia da colonização alemã como solução para o Brasil, o que explica a imigração alemã para a localidade e também permite compreender a formação da ideologia sobre as origens populacionais e econômicas deste lugar. Argumentamos contra tal ideologia, reafirmando e investigando a existência de colonizadores africanos a partir das diversas fontes que podem levar ao encontro das inscrições afro, materiais e imateriais, na história e na cultura da região. Partimos da ideia da constituição de um território no período colonial que se deu devido ao fluxo de populações dos arredores, não somente devido à Estrada do Ouro. A base do povoamento da região veio das fazendas que exploravam o trabalho escravizado. Do território ocupado por africanos e afrodescendentes, nasceu a cidade que, posteriormente, instalou alguns grupos de alemães e, nesta fusão populacional, constituiu-se a forte presença de populações negra e mesmo branca, de outra origem que não a alemã. Local que devido à existência da Estrada do Ouro, ligando cidades mineiras ao porto do Rio de Janeiro, recebeu as inscrições de povoamento de africanos e afrodescendente pelos dois séculos antes da fundação oficial da cidade. O artigo se concentra nos documentos que demonstram a existência de população negra na localidade.

  1. Avaliaçao de híbridos de coqueiro (Cocos nucifera L. para produção de frutos e de albúmen sólido fresco Performance of hybrids of coconut palm for production of fruits and solid fresh albumen

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    Paulo Manoel Pontes Lins

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se o desempenho de seis híbridos de coqueiro para produção de frutos e de albúmen sólido fresco no Município de Moju, PA. Os híbridos avaliados foram: PB 121 (Anão-amarelo da Malásia x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 111 (Anão-vermelho de Camarões x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 141 (Anão-verde do Brasil x Gigante Oeste Africano; PB 123 (Anão-amarelo da Malásia x Gigante de Renel; PB 132 (Anão-vermelho da Malásia x Gigante da Polinésia e PB 113 (Anão-vermelho de Camarões x Gigante de Renel, em delineamento em blocos casualizados com seis repetições. Verificou-se, pela análise de variância, diferença significativa para tratamentos, resultante da heterogeneidade do material genético estudado. As fontes de variação ano e a interação anos x tratamentos foram também altamente significativas, evidenciando que o comportamento dos híbridos foi induzido por aquelas fontes de variação. Considerando o desempenho dos híbridos no período de 9 anos de avaliação para produção de frutos e de albúmen fresco, pode-se recomendar para plantio os híbridos PB 111, PB 113, PB 141 nas condições do Estado do Pará, com vistas a atender às indústrias (albúmen sólido, quanto à venda de cocos "in natura" para consumo de água.The performance of six hybrids of coconut palm were evaluated for fruit and solid fresh albumen production in Moju, State of Pará. The evaluated hybrids were: PB 121 (Dwarf Yellow of Malaysia x West African Giant; PB 111 (Dwarf Red of Cameron x West Afican Giant; PB 141 (Dwarf Green of Brazil x West Aficam Giant; PB 123 (Dwarf Yellow of Malaysia x Renel's Giant; PB 132 (Red Dwarf of Malaysia x (Giant from Polynesia; PB 113 (Dwarf Red of Cameron x Renel's Giant in hazard blocks and six repetitions. It was verified through variance analysis, significancy difference between treatments, as result of the heterogeneity of the studied genetic material. The sources of variation year and the interaction years x

  2. Origen y composición genética de la población cubana Origin and genetic composition of the Cuban population

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    Catalino R Ustáriz García

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Se hace una revisión a partir de la aparición del Homo sapiens en el continente africano y el comienzo de las migraciones hacia diferentes regiones geográficas, que condujeron después a la llegada del hombre primitivo a América y su desplazamiento a través de América del Norte hasta llegar a Sudamérica, y desde aquí a las islas del Caribe. Se comenta cómo influyó la llegada de los españoles sobre las poblaciones indígenas caribeñas y su contribución a la introducción de negros provenientes de las colonias africanas en esta región del mundo. Se analizan diversos trabajos científicos realizados fundamentalmente en Cuba, que demuestran, mediante diferentes marcadores bioquímicos y moleculares, la gran mezcla étnica de la población cubana, constituida sobre todo por blancos caucasoides, negros africanos y mulatos resultantes de la mezcla de ambas poblaciones y, en menor proporción y sin significación evidente, de otras poblaciones como son la china y la indoamericana.A literature review was made on the emergence of Homo sapiens in the African continent and the beginning of migration towards different geographic regions; this led to the arrival of the primitive man to the America and his movement through the North America to South America, and from this place to the Caribbean Islands. The impact of the arrival of Spaniards on the Caribbean native populations and their contribution to the introduction of Black people from the Arican colonies located in this region of the world were also commented on. Likewise, several scientific works mainly carried out in Cuba were analyzed, since they prove the great ethnic admixture of the Cuban population basically made up of Caucasians, African blacks and mulattos; being the latter the result of the mixture of the first two population groups and to a lesser extent of other populations like Chinese and IndoAmerican, but without evident significance.

  3. Pós-Antropologia: as críticas de Archie Mafeje ao conceito de alteridade e sua proposta de uma ontologia combativa

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    Antonádia Borges

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available ResumoNosso texto se debruça sobre os escritos etnológicos de Archie Mafeje. Este autor sul-africano que viveu boa parte de sua carreira acadêmica no exílio, formulou críticas contundentes às ciências sociais em geral e à antropologia em particular. Para ele, formações sociais que desafiam nossas abordagens taxonômicas e dualistas, continuam sendo encarceradas em escaninhos estreitos e claustrofóbicos, em abordagens voltadas para a classificação e a interpretação do Outro. Esta ideia de alteridade baseia-se em uma leitura teórica que segrega o sujeito do objeto de escrutínio, da análise social. Em trabalhos que apontam os equívocos de estudos antropológicos, históricos e de sociologia urbana no continente africano, Mafeje demonstra como as apostas epistemológicas das ciências sociais legitimaram ideias e ideais de sociedades imóveis, circunscritas a limites territoriais demarcados no período colonial. Em suma, temos confinados o Outro, ao mesmo tempo em que temos nos satisfeito com modelos analíticos que perversamente permitiram o avanço da expropriação de terras e seus efeitos: xenofobia, êxodo, intolerância e racismo. A saída para Mafeje estaria no estabelecimento de uma interlocução autêntica, fundada não numa divisão entre o Eu e o Outro, mas no que ele chama de ontologia combativa. Segundo o autor, ao fazer etnografia, estaríamos recompondo o mundo para além dos dualismos e das cisões. Com tal proposta, Mafeje defende um projeto pós-antropológico de produção de conhecimento.

  4. Caracterización del ambiente atmosférico en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria y Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 2000 a 2004

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    Elena López Villarrubia

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: El carácter insular de las ciudades de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria y Santa Cruz de Tenerife, su meteorología y la proximidad del continente africano que favorece la llegada de material particulado de origen natural sobre las islas, determinan unas especificidades en su calidad del aire. El objetivo de este artículo es la caracterización de la contaminación atmosférica durante los años 2000 a 2004 como indicador de exposición de los habitantes de estas dos ciudades. Métodos: Se elaboraron los siguientes indicadores de contaminación: promedios de 24 horas de PM10, PM2,5, NO2, SO2 y O3; máximo de las 17 medias móviles octohorarias diarias de O3 y CO; máximo horario diario de SO2, NO2, O3, CO, PM10 y PM2,5. También se calcularon los niveles de la moda gruesa de partículas, como la diferencia entre los valores de PM10 y PM2,5 (PM10-2,5. Se identificaron episodios de intrusión africana. Resultados: En Sta Cruz de TF los promedios de SO2 (14ug/m3N y de O3 (44,4 ug/m3N fueron superiores respecto a los de Las Palmas de GC (8 y 28,3 ug/m3N. Los promedios de NO2 en Las Palmas de GC: 45,8 ug/m3N fueron superiores a los de Sta. Cruz de TF: 30,3 ug/m3N. Debido a las intrusiones africanas, algunos días superaron los 600 ug/m3 de PM10 y los 200 de PM2.5 en ambas ciudades. Conclusiones: Se identifica un patrón de calidad del aire con episodios de polvo mineral africano que en superficie afecta a todas las fracciones granulométricas, una estacionalidad diferente a las ciudades europeas respecto al ozono, así como un patrón de contaminación urbano-industrial en Sta. Cruz de Tf y netamente urbano en Las Palmas de GC. Se hace necesario tener en cuenta estos resultados para analizar su posible impacto sobre la salud de los ciudadanos de las Islas Canarias y establecer sistemas adecuados de vigilancia.

  5. O Gabinete de Urbanização Colonial e o traçado das cidades luso-africanas na última fase do período colonial português The Colonial Planning Office and the layout of Luso-African cities in the last stage of the Portuguese colonial time

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    Ana Cristina Fernandes Vaz Milheiro

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Em 1944, antes mesmo do fim da Segunda Grande Guerra, o regime político de António Oliveira Salazar(1889-1970 cria, por meio do Ministério das Colónias, uma estrutura oficial de projectos de arquitectura e de engenharia, sediada em Lisboa, com o objectivo de traçar novos planos urbanos para as colónias portuguesas, designada Gabinete de Urbanização Colonial (GUC. Com sua fundação pretende-se igualmente concentrar o know-how dos técnicos portugueses no que diz respeito à abordagem à cidade tropical.Genericamente, o Estado Novo (1933-1974 de Oliveira Salazar irá servir-se do GUC como veículo de modernizaçãoe, simultaneamente, de homogeneização da paisagem construida nos diversos territórios coloniais,com especial destaque para áfrica e para os actuais países africanos de língua oficial portuguesa. O programa seguido alicerça-se num forte impulso de urbanização que se reflecte na consolidação das estruturas urbanas herdadas da primeira República (1910-1926 e na padronização dos edifícios públicos que representam a presença colonial portuguesa desde o continente africano até a índia, então chamada “índia Portuguesa”, Timor e Macau. Apesar da importância do mundo rural na caracterização do regime ditatorial português, as intervenções desencadeadas nesses lugares sob administração colonial definem-se, a partir da segunda metade do século, por um forte sentido desenvolvimentista de perfil urbano, como se pretende demonstrar por meio de casos de estudo localizados na Guiné-Bissau, em Angola e em São Tomé e Príncipe.

  6. La Representación del Otro en las elites intelectuales europeas y latinoamericanas: Un siglo de pensamiento racialista 1830-1930

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    Marta Elena Casaús Arzú

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo general de éste artículo es analizar – durante cien años, a partir de las Independencias aproximadamente 1830 – las profundas imbricaciones entre el positivismo y el liberalismo, en las elites europeas y latinoamericanas, en relación a los indígenas y a los africanos en la América ibérica. Nos centraremos en aquellos debates que se producían por parte de las elites intelectuales europeas y americanas en donde se debatía acerca del ‘problema racial del indio y del negro’. Para ello haremos un breve repaso de las teorías raciales europeas que surgen a raíz del darwinismo social, la eugenesia y el degeneracionsmo y su influencia en las elites intelectuales americanas en la construcción de las nuevas naciones, haciendo referencia a las diferentes imaginarios que se buscan para integrar, asimilar o fusionar a los indígenas y a los africanos al proyecto de nación homogénea. Haremos énfasis en aquellos tópicos que elaboran las élites intelectuales para imaginar al Otro y que inciden no solo en la construcción de su propia identidad socio-racial, como blancos, criollos, mestizos, mulatos o ladinos sino también de su identidad regional como hispano/latinoamericanos. English: This article covers one hundred years, starting with the years of independence approximately 1830. Its main purpose is to analyse the profound interdependency of positivism and liberalism within the European and Latin American elites in relation to the indigenous peoples and Africans in Iberoamerica. The article focuses on the debates where the intellectual European and American elites discussed ‘the Indian and Negro racial problem’. A short review is made of the European racial theories that emerged from social Darwinism – eugeneism (racial hygiene and degenerationism – and their influences on the American intellectual elites in the construction of new nations. References are made to the different imaginaries that were used to integrate

  7. Origin of hominids: European or African origin, neither or both?

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    Senut, B.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available For the last twenty years, some scientists have suggested that the African ape and humans lineages emerged in Europe, a scenario known as the “Back to Africa Hypothesis”. Even though hominoids were widespread in Eurasia during the Middle and Upper Miocene due to the tropical conditions which prevailed in this region, we cannot dismiss the fact that they were present in Africa (contra some authors. Actually, they were highly diverse at that same time (at least 10 lineages represented even if the fossil record is less complete than in Eurasia. Postcranial elements from African species suggest that some features of modern hominoids were already present in the Lower and Middle Miocene of Africa and were not restricted to European ones. Considering the available evidence, it is not possible at this stage to favour a European origin over an African one. Hominoids were living in the tropical areas of Northern Africa and Southern Eurasia and faunal exchanges between the two continents occurred throughout the Middle and Upper Miocene, as the Tethys did not act as an effective barrier to interchanges between Europe and Asia.

    Durante los últimos veinte años, algunos científicos han sugerido que los grandes monos africanos y los linajes humanos surgieron en Europa, un escenario conocido como la “ Hipótesis de la vuelta a Africa”. A pesar de que los homínidos se extendieron en Eurasia durante el Mioceno Medio y Superior debido a las condiciones tropicales que prevalecian en esta region, no podemos descartar el hecho de que ellos estuvieron presentes en Africa (contra algunos autores. En realidad, ellos tuvieron una alta diversidad al mismo tiempo (al menos 10 líneas representadas, incluso si el registro fosil es menos completo que el de Eurasia. Elementos postcraneales de especies africanas sugieren que en algunos carácteres los homínidos modernos estaban ya presentes en el Mioceno Inferior y Medio de Africa, no sólo restringidos a

  8. Veinte años de migraciones españolas: 1982-2002. Cambio de signo e intensidad

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    Cebrián, Juan Antonio

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the changes in migration that have taken place recently in Spain. After joining the EC in 1986, the new socioeconomic and political standards of Spain have attracted many labor migrants from the Third World. African immigrants, 77% of whom are Moroccan, represent the largest segment among them. Africans find ready employment in commercial agriculture, construction, and services on the Iberian Peninsula. Besides, Latin America and Southeast Asia are sending greater and greater numbers of workers to Spain. Since the passing of the first Alien Law in 1985, Spanish legislation has been subjected to continuous reform. This has achieved three underlying goals: improvement of administrative procedures and the working conditions for immigrants, as well as the overcoming of many obstacles to their integration to society.

    Coincidiendo con su entrada en el Mercado Común Europeo en 1986, España se ha convertido en un foco de atracción de inmigrantes laborales del Tercer Mundo. Por continentes, [Según datos del Ministerio del Interior (Anuario Estadístico de Extranjería, 2002, los 380.343 inmigrantes procedentes de América superan en la actualidad a los 366.518 inmigrantes africanos. Pero si dividimos, como es práctica habitual, el continente americano en dos grandes conjuntos: América del Norte (con 15.774 inmigrantes e Iberoamérica (con 364.569, Africa continúa siendo la procedencia más frecuente de inmigrantes laborales en España.] el grupo más numeroso es el africano, marroquí en un 77%, que se emplea, fundamentalmente, en la agricultura intensiva, en la construcción y en los servicios. Muy numerosos también, y cada vez más, son los inmigrantes laborales procedentes de Latinoamérica y del Sudeste asiático. Desde la aprobación de la primera Ley de Extranjería en 1985, la legislación española ha experimentado continuas reformas, para la consecución de tres objetivos fundamentales: la mejora de los

  9. Culturas y género: prácticas lesivas, intervenciones feministas y derechos de las mujeres

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    Guerra Palermo, María José

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to analyse the phenomenon of the making of reactive cultural identities in a particular and sensitive case: the female genital mutilation (FGM in an African context. This case is framed in the debate between feminism and multiculturalism and in the controversies about the feminist transnational interventions to defend women’s human rights. Alice Walker, the Afro-American writer and activist promoted an international campaign against FGM that was strongly contested by African activists. There has been a main criticism against sensationalism in the media that reduces Africa as alterity to a barbarian and uncivilised rite. We try to analyse all this in relation to the need of promoting an intercultural feminist ethics in order to fostering the process of empowerment of local women. Contexts and means are relevant if we try, first, to eradicate cultural practices that damage women’s lives and rights and, also, to consolidate a transnational and intercultural feminism.

    El objetivo de este artículo, en el contexto del debate entre feminismo y multiculturalismo, es analizar el fenómeno de identidades culturales reactivas que ha operado en el caso de la interpelada práctica de la mutilación genital femenina en algunos enclaves africanos. Para ello seguiremos la peripecia de Alice Walker, la escritora y activista afroamericana, en su denuncia de esta dañina práctica cultural que atenta contra los derechos a la integridad corporal y psíquica de las mujeres. Queremos dejar de lado el sensacionalismo con que suele ser tratado en muchos medios de opinión este asunto y que contribuye a construir la alteridad de lo africano como mera barbarie y carencia de civilización. Tratamos, aquí, de analizar lo anterior en relación a la necesidad de ir construyendo una ética intercultural feminista que promueva el empoderamiento de las mujeres locales. Los contextos y los medios de intervención son relevantes para el empe

  10. Mestizaje en el sur de la Región Pampeana (Argentina

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    Avena, Sergio Alejandro

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Nuestro objetivo fue estimar la composición genética de la población de Bahía Blanca (BB y comparar los datos obtenidos con investigaciones previas realizadas en el Area Metropolitana de Buenos Aires (AMBA. Se estudiaron 183 muestras de donantes no emparentados. Fueron analizados 5 sistemas eritrocitarios, alotipos Gm, haplogrupos mitocondriales y el locus DYS199 del cromosoma Y. Se realizó una encuesta con la finalidad de obtener información sobre lugar de nacimiento, residencia actual y datos genealógicos de los mismos. Las frecuencias génicas se calcularon aplicando métodos de máxima verosimilitud y para los haplogrupos mitocondriales y DYS199 se empleó el conteo directo. La mezcla génica se estimó mediante el Programa ADMIX. Los marcadores proteicos arrojaron 19.5% de componente indígena y 3.6% de africano. El aporte amerindio de los linajes mitocondriales constituyó el 46.7% y el 1.5% subsahariano. Un 3.8% de los varones analizados poseen la variante aborigen DYS199*T. Esa diferencia en la contribución genética sexo-específica revelaría un aporte asimétrico por género en la historia de esta población. Al comparar estos datos con los del AMBA se constataron, en esa región, similares valores del componente africano (3.8% y de la transición DYS199*T (2.2% y menores porcentajes de mezcla génica con indígenas (15.3% y de los haplogrupos mitocondriales amerindios (43.6%, aunque estas diferencias fueron no significativas. Sin embargo, se observó significancia al interior de los linajes mitocondriales aborígenes, pues C y D sumados representaron en BB un 74% de los haplogrupos indígenas vs. 52% en el AMBA. Este hecho se condice con la distinta proveniencia de los inmigrantes hacia estas ciudades

  11. Distribución espacio-temporal de aves acuáticas invernantes en la Ciénega de Tláhuac, planicie lacustre de Chalco, México Spatio-temporal distribution of wintering aquatic birds in the Ciénega de Tláhuac, Chalco lacustrine plain, Mexico

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    Víctor Ayala-Pérez

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available La avifauna acuática invernal de la ciénaga de Tláhuac fue estudiada de noviembre de 2006 a febrero de 2007; se identificaron 40 especies, 3 de las cuales corresponden a nuevos registros. El área fue utilizada por, al menos, 25 000 aves acuáticas; 5 fueron las especies dominantes: 3 anátidos (Anas clypeata, A. platyrhynchos diazi y Oxyura jamaicensis, 1 ave playera (Limnodromus scolopaceus y 1 gallareta (Fulica americana. Sobresalió por su abundancia A. platyrhynchos diazi, subespecie endémica y amenazada, ya que los 2 200 individuos observados representan el 4% de la población total estimada. Las especies mejor representadas mostraron una utilización espacial diferencial, con 3 patrones: 1 especies con distribución uniforme (A. clypeata y F. americana, 2 las agrupadas en una sola porción del humedal (A.p. diazi y O. jamaicensis y 3 aquella con afinidad por 2 porciones del humedal (L. scolopaceus. La ciénega de Tláhuac es un humedal importante para la avifauna de la región; en ella ocurren, durante el invierno, 6 especies protegidas por el gobierno mexicano; sin embargo, existen factores antrópicos que ponen en riesgo su integridad y que hacen necesarias acciones de protección y conservación.The winter waterbirds of the Ciénega de Tláhuac were studied from November 2006 to February 2007; a total of 40 species were observed, with 3 new records. The area was usedby al least 25 000 birds; 5 species were the dominant: 3 anatids (Anas clypeata, A. platyrhynchos diazi y Oxyura jamaicensis, 1 shorebird (Limnodromus scolopaceus and 1 coot (Fulica americana. The abundance of A. platyrhynchos diazi, a threatened endemic subspecies, was remarkable because the 2 200 individuals observed represent 4% of its population.The best represented species showed a differential spatial use, with 3 patterns: 1 species with homogeneous use (A. clypeata y F. americana, 2 with affinity to a single portion of the wetland (A. p. diazi y O. jamaicensis

  12. Description of a new species of Microhyla from Bali, Indonesia (Amphibia, Anura).

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    Matsui, Masafumi; Hamidy, Amir; Eto, Koshiro

    2013-01-01

    We describe a microhylid frog from Bali, Indonesia as a new species, Microhyla orientalis sp. nov. It belongs to the M. achatina group and is close to M. mantheyi, M. malang, and M. borneensis. It is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: small size (adult males about 16-17 mm in SVL); a faint vertebral stripe present; a black lateral stripe from behind eye to half length of trunk; snout rounded in profile; eyelid without supraciliary spines; first finger less than one-fifth of third; tips of three outer fingers weakly dilated, forming weak disks, dorsally with median longitudinal groove; outer palmar tubercle single; tibiotarsal articulation reaching up to center of eye; tips of toes distinctly dilated into disks, dorsally with median longitudinal groove; inner and outer metatarsal tubercles present; four or more phalanges on inner and outer sides of fourth toe, and three phalanges on inner side of fifth toe free of web; and tail of larva with a black marking at middle. The male advertisement call of the new species consists of a series of notes each lasts for 0.01-0.08 s and composed of 3-5 pulses with a dominant frequency of 3.2-3.6 kHz. Uncorrected sequence divergences between M. orientalis and all homologous 16S rRNA sequences available were > 6.6%. At present, the new species is known from rice fields between 435-815 m elevation in Wongaya Gede and Batukaru.

  13. Migraciones, subjetividades y contextos de investigación

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    Pilar Uriarte Bálsamo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Los trabajos sobre dinámicas migratorias en África Occidental señalan una importante presencia del fenómeno entre la población de la mayoría de los países. En una variedad de contextos, la idea de que la migración es el camino preferencial para la mejora de las condiciones de vida está ampliamente difundida. Simultáneamente, los caminos para la realización de ese proyecto migratorio son difíciles y lindan con diversas formas de irregularidad o ilegalidad. La presencia de extranjeros, caracterizados como no africanos y blancos en el cotidiano de muchas personas en África Occidental, despierta de diversas formas la sensación de proximidad a la migración. Al realizar trabajo de campo en la región me enfrenté en reiteradas ocasiones con esa situación. En este artículo me propongo analizar las particularidades de un campo en que la presencia de la investigadora generó por sí misma y de forma casi mágica la aparición del propio fenómeno que se buscaba investigar

  14. Diâmetro dos grãos de pólen e tamanho dos estômatos em acessos diplóides e tetraplóides de Hemarthria altissima (Poiret Stapf & Hubbard (Gramineae Pollen grain diameter and stomatal size in diploid and tetraploid accessions of Hemarthria altissima (Poiret Stapf & Hubbard (Gramineae

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    Solange Bosio Tedesco

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    Full Text Available Sete acessos da gramínea forrageira Hemarthria altissima, diplóides e tetraplóides africanos e tetraplóides brasileiros, foram analisados com fins de caracterizar, nos diferentes níveis de ploidia, os parâmetros diâmetro dos grãos de pólen e tamanho dos estômatos, com o objetivo de utilizar esses critérios para inferência de níveis de ploidia nessa espécie. As medidas foram feitas com o auxílio de um microscópio com ocular micrométrica. Os resultados demostraram que o diâmetro dos grãos de pólen podem ser utilizados para caracterizar diferentes níveis de ploidia, enquanto que o tamanho dos estômatos não é um critério seguro nessa espécie.Seven accessions of african diploid and tetraploid and brazilian tetraploid plants of Hemarthria altissima were studied to distinguish, in each ploidy level, the characters of pollen grain diameter and stomatal size. Measurements were performed with ocular micrometer microscope. Results demonstrated that pollen grain diameter can be used to characterize different ploidy levels, but the stomatal size is not a reliable criterion in this species.

  15. A África carioca em lentes européias: corpos, sinais e expressões

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    Eneida Maria Mercadante Sela

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available A proposta deste artigo é examinar as maneiras pelas quais alguns viajantes europeus que estiveram no Rio de Janeiro durante a primeira metade do século XIX diferenciaram os africanos na experiência da escravidão, tratando de um viés temático específico: os registros produzidos pela literatura de viagem oitocentista a respeito de suas belezas físicas, sinais corporais e expressões de cantos e danças. A convergência temática e valorativa desses relatos permite-nos observar a reiteração de certas tópicas que cristalizaram os significados mais comuns atribuídos pelos olhares estrangeiros aos africanismos com que depararam na cidade que continha, à época, a maior população escrava das Américas.The proposal of this article is to investigate the ways some European travellers, who have came to the city of Rio de Janeiro during the first half of the 19th century, registered Africans in the slavery experience. Foreigners who visited Brazilian Court until 1850 faced the biggest African slave population of the Americas, and the set of their literature, which describes such cultural and social counterpose, reveals conceptual reiterations of a whole lot of physical and behavioural characteristics given to Africans in captivity.

  16. A estrutura do conhecimento nas universidades ocidentalizadas: racismo/sexismo epistêmico e os quatro genocídios/epistemicídios do longo século XVI

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    Ramón Grosfoguel

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    Full Text Available Este artigo discute a estrutura epistêmica do mundo moderno em relação aos quatro genocídios/epistemicídios do longo século XVI (1450-1650. Argumenta-se que o privilégio epistêmico do homem ocidental foi construído às custas do genocídio/epistemicídios dos sujeitos coloniais. O artigo relaciona o racismo/sexismo epistêmico da estrutura das universidades ocidentalizadas e do mundo moderno ao genocídio/epistemicídio contra muçulmanos e judeus na conquista de Al-Andalus, contra povos nativos na conquista das Américas, contra povos africanos na conquista da África e a escravização dos mesmos nas Américas e, finalmente, contra as mulheres europeias queimadas vivas acusadas de bruxaria. Esses quatro genocídios/epistemicídios são fundantes da estrutura epistêmica moderno-colonial e das universidades ocidentalizadas. A tese principal deste artigo é que a condição de possibilidade para o cartesianismo idolátrico dos anos 1640 que assume o olho de Deus e arroga-se o direito de dizer "penso, logo existo" é o "extermino, logo existo".

  17. SAIR DA ÁFRICA PARA ESTUDAR NO BRASIL: FLUXOS EM DISCUSSÃO

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    Luciana de Sousa Lima

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    Full Text Available Resumo Trata-se de um estudo exploratório de natureza qualitativa, orientado pelo construcionismo social e pela psicologia social discursiva. Teve como principal objetivo analisar os significados que circunscrevem a experiência migratória para fins de estudo através dos relatos de africanos(as vinculados(as ao Programa de Convênio Estudantil- PEC-G numa universidade localizada no interior do Nordeste brasileiro. Foi realizada observação participante durante seis meses e entrevistas semiestruturadas com oito acadêmicos. As construções discursivas sinalizaram que a migração era uma forma de adquirir formação acadêmica em outro país; nesse sentido, o PEC-G facilitava a concretização desse projeto migratório, além de ser vantajoso por possibilitar o acesso ao ensino superior gratuito, também representava possibilidade de promoção social. Nesse deslocamento, em que há um projeto individual e familiar evidente, os estudantes tiveram contato com outras visões de mundo e comportamentos que lhes permitiram elaborar novos significados, colaborando assim no processo de adaptação.

  18. La catégorisation de la musique « noire » présente dans le langage courant de l’esthétique musicale afro-américaine.

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    Leonardo Henrique Da Cruz

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    Full Text Available O presente artigo interroga algumas referências e definições dadas à estética musical herdada do continente africano, em especial à música afro-americana. Após quatro séculos de servidão ligada a uma tragédia humana, o terror racial dará lugar à uma enorme explosão de criatividade e de liberdade, onde o resultado agitará grande parte do planeta com o pseudônimo de « Black Music ». De conteúdo efêmero, ora contraditório, popularmente reconhecida pelo aspecto groove, hot, música do corpo, música de preto, ainda que possamos rejeitar ou idealizar certos termos (jargões, eles fazem parte da pauta de debate interdisciplinar de pesquisadores que discutem, entre outras características, sua(s realidade(s científica(s. Diversos artigos tratam sobre a complexa estética musical afro-americana no âmbito do sensível, politico, e discutem o uso dos mais variados rótulos. Entretanto, poderíamos falar de « Black Music »? À partir da análise de alguns textos, em particular de uma certa "carta aberta", objetiva-se pesquisar o desenvolvimento da musica afro-americana , cujo o conteúdo alimenta diversas pesquisas e discussões teóricas.

  19. The Perpetuation of a System of Conflicts in Darfur: Caught Between Local Violence and Regional Disorder

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    Amandine Gnanguênon

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    Full Text Available En muchos casos en África, los conflictos locales armados y no armados, considerados por separado, interactúan hasta el punto de crear lo que puede llamarse "complejos" o "sistemas". Si bien algunos de los conceptos nos pueden ayudar a definir la dimensión regional de los conflictos locales, no nos proporcionan una mejor comprensión acerca de la superposición de varios conflictos. Tomando el ejemplo de Darfur en el periodo entre 2003 y 2011, este artículo contribuye a aclarar cómo la violencia y el desorden surgieron y se desarrollaron, tanto a nivel local como nacional y regional. El artículo propone una demostración empírica de la originalidad y la pertinencia del concepto de sistema de conflictos, con el objetivo de abrir un debate en la investigación actual sobre las definiciones de conflicto y guerra desde un prisma africano.

  20. 'Nada se pierde' en "El cielo protector" y "Cita en Tombuctú"

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    Santiago Martín

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo pretende comparar dos novelas distantes en el tiempo y en el espacio, a saber, The Protecting Sky (1949, de Paul Bowles, y Cita en Tombuctú (1996, de Joseph Subirós. La novela espaúola remite en más de una ocasión a la obra americana. Varios temas, presentes en ambas obras, que quisiéramos destacar: La fascinación por el continente africano; el desierto como telón de fondo; el viaje (especialmente interior como formación del hombre civilizado en un entorno hostil; el amor carnal entre la mujer civilizada y el hombre salvaje; la huída del hombre civilizado de su habitat en busca de otros valores; y, la derrota, debida al desequilibrio (físico, mental y temporal del hombre civilizado. Así, comparando las obras y mediante una frase ('Nada se pierde en el desierto' que Cita en Tombuctú presta de The Protecting Sky, la novela espaúola ofrece alternativas a los problemas planteados en la novela americana. Si en Bowles hay resignación, en Subirós hay esperanza.

  1. Factors related to the development of stress and burnout among nursing professionals who work in the care of people living with HIV/aids / Fatores relacionados ao desenvolvimento de estresse e burnout entre profissionais de enfermagem que atuam na assistência a pessoas vivendo com HIV/aids

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    Roberta Seron Sanches

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Identificar quais os fatores relacionados ao desenvolvimento de desgaste emocional, estresse e burnout estão presentes na assistência de enfermagem às pessoas vivendo com HIV/aids. Método: Revisão integrativa de literatura, com busca eletrônica de publicações nas bases de dados MEDLINE e LILACS, utilizando-se os descritores: esgotamento profissional, enfermagem, infecções por HIV em português e/ou em suas variações na língua inglesa. Resultados: Somente 9 artigos foram incluídos na seleção por se enquadrarem nos critérios de inclusão e atender a questão norteadora. Ressalta-se que 100% destes artigos são originários de periódicos internacionais, assim como desenvolvidos no continente africano. Conclusão: Estressores como falta de recursos, dificuldades para atender às expectativas da clientela, sobrecarga de trabalho, necessidade de lidar com a morte dos clientes e medo de contaminação estão presentes no cotidiano desses profissionais, podendo culminar na ocorrência de estresse e burnout, e comprometer a assistência prestada.

  2. La inmigración latinoamericana en los contenidos informativos. Un estudio sobre las noticias de prensa y televisión españolas

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    Carlos Muñiz Muriel

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La inmigración latinoamericana en España ha aumentado durante los últimos años, siendo ya el colectivo con mayor presencia. La imagen que los medios de comunicación plasman de los inmigrantes puede afectar la creación, el mantenimiento o el aumento de ciertos estereotipos de esos colectivos. Para conocer el tratamiento (framing que las noticias dan a la inmigración y a los inmigrantes latinoamericanos, se realizó un análisis de contenido de los principales periódicos y televisiones españolas del año 2004. Los resultados reflejan que el grupo latinoamericano está subrepresentado en las noticias respecto a la realidad. Además, sus retratos mediáticos son más favorables que los de otros grupos como el africano o el asiático. A partir de los datos obtenidos se reflexiona sobre los efectos que este tipo de cobertura puede producir sobre la población española.

  3. Tem um queniano correndo entre nós: atletismo e migração no Brasil

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    Carlos Ribeiro

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo da pesquisa foi analisar a movimentação migratória de esportistas estrangeiros do atletismo, sobretudo os de nacionalidades africanas, face ao seu sucesso em corridas de rua disputadas nas grandes cidades brasileiras. Focamos nossas análises na fala dos técnicos brasileiros de nível internacional que trabalham ou não com este grupo. Os resultados demonstram que os técnicos que treinam os atletas estrangeiros são contrários as normas reguladoras em vigor e que limitam a participação destes. Os técnicos centrados em atletas nacionais defendem as normas estabelecidas pela entidade responsável pelo esporte no país. Como conclusão, consideramos que um esporte individual como o atletismo que se estrutura à margem da identidade clubística, parece estar operando por parte de seus protagonistas sob o guarda chuva protetor do nacionalismo em que o atleta local deve ser defendido mediante reserva do mercado, contra a participação de atletas estrangeiros, sobretudo, na figura dos africanos.

  4. Moral transgression, disease and holistic health in the Livingstonia Mission in late nineteenth and early twenttieth-century Malawi

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    Hokkanen, Markku

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This article examines ideas of morality and health, and connections between moral transgression and disease in both Scottish missionary and Central African thought in the context of the Livingstonia Mission of the Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland in Malawi during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.2 By concentrating on debates, conflicts and co-operation between missionaries and Africans over the key issues of beer drinking and sexual morality, this article explores the emergence of a new ‘moral hygiene’ among African Christian communities in Northern Malawi.

    Este artículo analiza las ideas sobre moralidad y salud, así como las relaciones entre transgresión moral y enfermedad, tanto en el pensamiento misionero escocés como en el pensamiento del África central, en el contexto de la Misión de Livingstonia de la Iglesia Libre Presbiteriana de Escocia en Malawi entre finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX. Centrándose en las conversaciones, los conflictos y la colaboración entre los misioneros y los africanos sobre cuestiones clave como el consumo de cerveza y la moralidad sexual, este artículo estudia la aparición de una nueva «higiene moral» entre las comunidades cristianas africanas en Malawi del norte.

  5. Análise da variabilidade genética de Alphitobius diaperinus utilizando marcadores moleculares de DNA - doi: 10.5102/ucs.v8i2.1141

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    Paulo Roberto Queiroz Silva

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer, 1797 é uma espécie cosmopolita originária do continente africano encontrada em grande quantidade em cama de frango causando problemas sanitários e econômicos, afetando a saúde e o crescimento das aves e atuando também como transmissor de doenças. Indivíduos A. diaperinus originários de três localidades da região sul do Brasil foram analisados molecularmente por meio da técnica de RAPD. Para isso foi adaptada uma metodologia para extração de DNA e testados os iniciadores decaméricos OPA-03, OPA-04, OPA-10, OPA-11 e OPA-13. O protocolo de extração de DNA que foi adaptado produziu fragmentos de DNA para a análise das populações de cascudinho originárias da região sul do Brasil por RAPD. Foi encontrada alta variabilidade genética entre as populações de cascudinho. Além disso, sugere-se que indivíduos de A. diaperinus ocorrendo no Paraná possam ter se deslocado para os estados de Santa Catarina e Rio Grande do Sul.

  6. Un escarpado camino hacia la paz

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    Jennie Patricia Flechas Manosalva

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta reflexión es un llamado a reconocer la historia, para generar el compromiso de participar en su construcción, de transformarla, a través de un camino de paulatina humanización en la búsqueda de la anhelada paz. La historia universal ha estado siempre envuelta por hechos de barbarie que generan cuestionamientos acerca de la verdadera “humanidad” de quienes conforman la especie dominante del mundo. La barbarie implica desconocer al otro en su dignidad, no reconocerlo como igual; es una falta de conciencia que conduce a sucesos tan lamentables y atroces como el exterminio de los indígenas americanos, la trata de negros africanos o el holocausto nazi, que tienen en común la negación de las víctimas. Pero a la par de estas situaciones de barbarie, se encuentran, en la historia de la humanidad, movimientos sociales fuertes y proyectos de emancipación que permiten seguir creyendo y mirar con esperanza hacia soluciones más humanas.

  7. A importancia das contas longas de vidro de origem mediterrânica recolhidas na "Baixa Pombalina" de Lisboa (Contribuição para o estudo de contas tipo "Nueva Cadiz"

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    M. Conceição RODRIGUES

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available RESUMO: Pretendemos com este trabalho dar a nossa contribuição para o estudo das contas de vidro e introduzir novos dados e valores no estudo do comercio entre Portugal e o mundo africano, nomeadamente com a costa Ocidental da África , onde a permuta de pessoas, bens e ideias foi em parte determinante. Estes contactos permitiram alargar os horizontes socio-culturais entre diferentes povos e simultaneamente entre dois continentes para onde as contas de vidro foram levadas, permutadas e usadas. As contas documentam a vivência social de quem as usa, sendo a expansão ultramarina, a principal responsável por todo este intercâmbio, tendo o Tejo como ponto de partida para o que foi uma das maiores aventuras do "Homem", dando simultaneamente início a uma das grandes épocas da expansão socio-cultural no mundo, que viria a modificar o modo de viver e sentir.ABSTRACT: With this work we aim to contribute to the study of the introduction of new methods and values in the trade between Portugal and African countries, specially with the West coast of Africa. This trade allowed an exchange of goods, ideas and people which widened the social and cultural horizons between two people and simultaneously between two continents, where glass beads were taken, exchanged and used.

  8. Polimorfismos del cromosoma Y humano en poblaciones de la región norte del Perú

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    Néstor Carbajal-Caballero

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluaron los loci Y-específicos DYS287, DYS199 y DYS390 en un total de 105 individuos, en cuatro poblaciones del norte del Perú. Sólo un individuo presentó el linaje YAP+ /C, de probable origen africano. La frecuencia de cromosomas Y Amerindios, indicado por el linaje YAP- /T, fue mayor en la población Aguaruna de Yamayakat (97%, disminuyendo en mestizos de Moche (73%, Santiago de Chuco (53% y Trujillo (33%; por otro lado, el grado de mestizaje fue mayor en las poblaciones nor-occidentales. Los haplótipos más frecuentes fueron YAP- /C/24 en Trujillo (47% y YAP- /T/24 en Santiago de Chuco (23%. La diversidad haplotípica en Santiago de Chuco (0,881 fue mayor que en Trujillo (0,752. Es de resaltar la considerable proporción de cromosomas Y Amerindios en las poblaciones peruanas a pesar de más de 500 años de influencia hispánica y otras culturas.

  9. La contribución de los inmigrantes en Uruguay

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    Felipe Arocena

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este es un estudio comparativo acerca de cómo nueve comunidades inmigrantes y los afrodescendientes fueron conformando la cultura de Uruguay, un pequeño país en América del Sur. La imagen más común de este país, tanto a nivel nacional como internacional, es la de una sociedad homogénea y europeizada, construida sobre la base de inmigrantes provenientes de España e Italia, con una escasa población afro y sin nativos. Este panorama es cierto sólo a medias ya que también han sido fundamentales las contribuciones de inmigrantes provenientes de Asia, Rusia, otros países europeos y de esclavos africanos y sus descendientes libres. En particular analizaré cómo las personas de ascendencia africana, vascos, italianos, suizos, rusos, armenios, libaneses, judíos, musulmanes y peruanos, han contribuido en la construcción de la nación uruguaya. Este artículo presenta las conclusiones más relevantes de una investigación basada en casi un centenar de entrevistas en profundidad con integrantes de estas comunidades.

  10. El deporte en el campo diplomático: el caso de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Sudáfrica 2010

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    Eduardo Carreño Lara

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Por más de cuarenta años, el fútbol fue considerado en Sudáfrica un importante escenario en la lucha por la libertad. Así, el movimiento anti-apartheid obtuvo simbólicos y cruciales logros en este campo cuando la federación local fue suspendida por la Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociado (FIFA de todas las competencias internacionales hasta 1992. Ya en democracia, el fútbol -como otras disciplinas deportivas- ha sido considerado una instancia de encuentro y reconciliación en una sociedad marcada por clivajes raciales, por lo cual la adjudicación de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA fue aclamada por los sudafricanos y por todo el continente africano como una gran victoria que hacía crecer las expectativas en torno a los beneficios de este evento para mejorar la calidad de vida de millones de personas. El objetivo principal de este artículo es analizar las motivaciones políticas, económicas y sociales tras la organización de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Sudáfrica 2010. Es un estudio explicativo sustentado en la revisión de fuentes secundarias e información oficial entregada por el gobierno de Sudáfrica tendiente a estimar las implicancias diplomáticas de un evento que claramente sobrepasó lo netamente deportivo.

  11. The Need to Help. The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarism, de Liisa H. Malkki

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    Ignacio Fradejas-García

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available La literatura crítica con el humanitarismo ha emergido en el ámbito político internacional para quedarse. Renombrados científicos sociales como Didier Fassin (2012 o Thomas G. Weiss (2016, entre otros, han trabajado sobre los efectos de las intervenciones humanitarias desde diferentes ángulos. Cambiando el clásico enfoque en los beneficiarios, las políticas y los programas para pasar a indagar sobre las organizaciones y los trabajadores humanitarios, Liisa Malkki ha hecho una gran contribución a esta literatura profundizando en el porqué y el cómo de las acciones humanitarias. La autora es conocida por sus reflexiones etnográficas sobre las situaciones de exilio y refugio causadas por las sucesivas guerras y genocidios que asolaron en el último cuarto del siglo XX la zona de los grandes lagos africanos. Durante el genocidio ruandés de 1994, Malkki estaba finalizando un libro sobre un conflicto previo y olvidado en Burundi que provocó la llegada de refugiados hutus a Tanzania. La etnografía resultante, Purity and Exile (1995, explora cómo la violencia política y la cotidianeidad del exilio transforman la identidad y la conciencia histórica de los refugiados.

  12. Entre la retórica legal y eclesiástica:una misión antiesclavista en el siglo XVII

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    Rebeca Moreno Orama

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available En 1537 la Iglesia prohibió la esclavitud de los amerindios, y no sería sino hasta 1839 que hiciera lo mismo con la esclavitud africana. Entre los siglos entre una postura a la otra, la impugnación religiosa de la esclavitud africana estuvo en manos de unos cuantos misioneros. Este trabajo discute cómo a través del empleo de la retórica legal y eclesiástica, el capuchino Francisco José de Jaca construye en su Resolución (La Habana, 1681un proyecto misionero alterno, centrado en la denuncia del cuerpo católico envuelto en la esclavitud y no en la evangelización de los africanos. In 1537 the Catholic Church prohibited Amerindian slavery, but not until 1839 would they do the same with African slavery. Between the centuries that span from one position to the other, religious condemnation of African slavery was in the hands of but a few missionaries. This work discusses how, through the employment of legal and ecclesiastic rhetoric, the Capuchin monk Francisco José de Jaca constructs in his Resolución (Havana, 1681 an alternative missionary project, focused on the denunciation of the Catholic body involved in the slavery institution and not on the evangelization of Africans.

  13. Abuso científico do termo 'caboclo'? Dúvidas de representação e autoridade

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    Richard Pace

    Full Text Available Os 'caboclos' da Amazônia brasileira estão classificados variavelmente como camponeses, extratores, povo rústico e descendentes miscigenados de europeus, indígenas e africanos. Em quase todos os usos se reconhece um tom pejorativo e raramente usado para chamar uma pessoa do mesmo nível social. As poucas pessoas que se identificam como 'caboclo' usam a palavra para referir-se a si mesmos, a não ser em condições especiais. Aceita-se que uma das finalidades das ciências sociais, particularmente a antropologia, é entender todas as culturas no mesmo nível e dar-lhes a mesma integridade que damos a nossa. Por que, então, insistimos em usar este termo? Esta pesquisa examina esta dúvida através da discussão sobre a representação e o uso de autoridade na documentação etnográfica

  14. Prosavana: Instrumento de Cooperação Internacional (Norte-Sul-Sul

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    Andre de Paiva Toledo

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Diante da crise energético-alimentar de 2008, a África passa a ser vista pelas instituições internacionais como território de expansão da fronteira agrícola, isto é, local de inserção do agronegócio. Apesar das contestações quanto ao caráter improdutivo do modelo tradicional de produção local, diversos Estados africanos têm estabelecido acordos internacionais de investimento com vistas à modernização de sua agricultura. Nesse contexto, surge o acordo trilateral entre Japão, Brasil e Moçambique, que possibilitará a implementação neste país do Prosavana, o programa de desenvolvimento agrícola da Savana moçambicana. Justificado como resultado da cooperação internacional Sul-Sul em contraposição ao tradicional mecanismo Norte-Sul, verificar-se-á que, na realidade, o Prosavana é um instrumento de cooperação (Norte-Sul-Sul, pelo qual são garantidos determinados interesses incompatíveis com a horizontalidade da cooperação Sul-Sul.

  15. Política, agricultura e a reconversão do capital do tráfico transatlântico de escravos para as finanças brasileiras na década de 1850 Politics, agriculture and the reconversion of the transatlantic slave trade capital to Brazilian finances in 1850'

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    Artur Vitorino

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O artigo enfoca como, após 1850, com a cessação do tráfico transatlântico de africanos escravos, o capital, antes engatado nesse negócio, passou a irrigar o meio circulante (a moeda e o crédito, reforçando, assim, a economia de mercado já existente na Corte Imperial, mas, a partir de então, com força para configurar nesta cidade uma economia urbana de profundas conseqüências para os agricultores escravistas do Vale do Paraíba ligados ao comércio exterior, e dependentes do crédito e da moeda ali alocados. O assentamento urbano do capital dos mercadores negreiros foi deliberado pelo Partido Conservador.The article emphasizes how, after 1850, with the cessation of the transatlantic African slave trade, the capital, rather linked in this business, passed to irrigate the finance capital (the coin and the credit, reinforcing, then, the trade economy also extant in the Imperial Court but, hereafter, stronger enough to build in this city a urban economy with profoundest consequences to the farms of the Vale do Paraíba who used slaves, were linked in the foreign trade, and were dependent of the credit and of the coin allocated there. The urban settlement of the black slave trade capital was deliberate by the Conservative Party.

  16. The Dom Feliciano belt and its relations with the craton of the Rio de la Plata and Punta del Este ground-Geology and geochronology

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    Preciozzi, F.; Peel, E.; Sanchez, L.; Basei, M.; Ledesma, J.; Muzio, R.

    2005-01-01

    This research was framed in an interdisciplinary project, whose main objective was to make an approach to the geological, tectonic and geochronological evolution of Dom Feliciano Belt and adjacent land partners, especially the Río de la Plata Craton and Land Punta del Este. As was proposed in the project, special attention to geochronological studies from geological transects lent controlled. This yielded the expected level major step forward, not only with regard to the age of different units, but what makes the establishment of an adequate stratigraphy of them. Similarly, geochemical, petrographic and geochronological studies allowed essentially make geotectonic and geologic correlations with the southern portion of Brazil and the western portion of the land I africanos.lo expand involving more project goals in si.En effect began to manifest as a need to know the evolution of equivalent units both in the southern portion of Brazil and Africa Occidental.Estos fundamentalmnete work with West Africa were made with contributions from CONICYT Project 6009 under Projects Geological Correlation 438, 450 and 478 .this pertimitio exchange ideas with leading scientists worldwide many of whom ended up collaborating with it

  17. Aproximaciones teóricas para repensar el diálogo África, América Latina y el Caribe

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    Maguemati Wabgou

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available La exploración de las teorías de la autonomía, el realismo periférico, inversión extranjera directa (ied y su aplicación junto con la de triangulación, ofrecen fundamentos para aprehender el diálogo horizontal entre África, América Latina y el Caribe. La pretensión de las dos primeras teorías de índole esencialmente política –conllevando lo económico y lo cultural– es concientizar a los países latinoamericanos, caribeños y africanos acerca de su situación de subordinación y dependencia frente a las potencias mundiales, situación que les impide elaborar y poner en marcha proyectos comunes como bloque. De hecho, para la realización de estos proyectos es posible recurrir a la teoría de ied y el método de la triangulación como herramientas de consolidación de alianzas horizontales.

  18. Propuesta metodológica para la gestión formativa socio-cultural profesional en las universidades africanas

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    MsC. Moussa Moustapha

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available En la actualidad, para un desarrollo económico, social, cultural, político y profesional sustentable en los países subdesarrollados, es imprescindible que sus instituciones de la educación superior, como entidades sociales, tengan sus propios modelos pedagógicos y metodológicos, conforme a las realidades de sus contextos. Ello le permite no solamente jugar su rol social, involucrándose más en el desarrollo y transformación de su contexto, sino encausar una formación de profesionales que trascienden su tiempo, comprometidos, auténticos, flexibles, competitivos y orgullosos de sus tradiciones y costumbres.En el presente trabajo, proponemos una metodología de gestión formativa socio-cultural profesional para las universidades africanas, cuyo objetivo es contextualizar los procesos universitarios africanos. Ella es premisa de una valoración científica de los realidades socio-culturales contextuales, que desde sus raíces humanistas, ancestrales, milenarias y sus riquezas como potencialidades socio-culturales asienten el desarrollo de una identidad y autenticidad formativa profesional y un desarrollo cultural universitaria para el empoderamiento del proceso.

  19. No baú de Augusto Mina: o micro e o global na história do trabalho

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    Henrique Espada Lima

    Full Text Available RESUMO Este artigo discute as relações entre a micro-história e o recente debate sobre a história global no campo dos estudos sobre o trabalho. O texto se desdobra em uma discussão historiográfica e uma análise empírica de um documento, o inventário judicial dos bens deixados por um africano livre de nome Augusto Mina, um marinheiro e trabalhador portuário, que morreu na cidade do Desterro, na Ilha de Santa Catarina, em 1861. O artigo discute o modo pelo qual a análise dos fatos que se conhece da vida de Augusto pode ilustrar as potencialidades e os limites de uma investigação histórica que tente integrar as sugestões teóricas e metodológicas da micro-história aos desafios intelectuais propostos pela história global do trabalho.

  20. Recepción de estereotipos de la serie norteamericana Lost entre jóvenes que habitan en Monterrey, México

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    Beatriz Elena Inzunza Acedo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio consistió en el análisis de recepción de los personajes de la serie estadounidense Lost, cuyas representaciones variaron entre norteamericanos, latinos, europeos, coreanos, rusos, árabes, australianos y africanos; hombres y mujeres; niños, jóvenes, adultos y ancianos. Se llevaron a cabo cinco grupos de discusión con 29 jóvenes que habitaban en Monterrey, México. Para la interpretación de resultados, se utilizó el modelo de Palmer y Hafen, en la versión ampliada de Inzunza Acedo, y los tipos de empatía de Igartua y Muñiz. Las conclusiones apuntan a una tendencia de aceptación o rechazo de tipo ingenuo de los personajes, puesto que no hay una reflexión crítica respecto a los estereotipos, debido al apego emocional por parte de los espectadores o a elementos humorísticos del guion.