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  1. Propagación del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.).

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    Hernández Alvarado, Rocío

    2012-01-01

    México día a día presenta un desafío en la investigación agropecuaria y forestal; porque implica el desarrollo de tecnología rentable, efectiva y práctica, que propicie el aumento de la producción en forma sostenible. Por ello, en el presente trabajo se muestran técnicas para rejuvenecer plantaciones viejas e improductivas de cacao, como alternativas viables, económicas y ecológicas, permitiendo a los productores aumentar la producción e incrementar la rentabilidad del cultivo. La rentabilid...

  2. Apuntes sobre el Cultivo del Cacao

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    Chavarriaga. Eduardo

    1940-09-01

    Full Text Available El sombrío constituye uno de los problemas que se presentan en el cultivo del cacao, de necesaria resolución para ayuda del agricultor en su labor al producir tan importante grano. Contribuye a la economía del cultivo un conocimiento amplio de la cuestión que debe preocupar al productor inquiriendo no solamente por lo acostumbrado en la región, sino por lo que en otras partes se conoce sobre el particular, para abandonar un poco el emperismo y hacer una industria cada día más próspera. Como razón a favor del sombrío, tenemos los países en donde se produce cacao de fina calidad; Trinidad, Venezuela. Nicaragua, siempre acostumbran la sombra; y sin ir muy lejos, en el Valle del Cauca, donde no se cultiva a pleno sol y se obtienen plantaciones de larga duración y producto superior, es bien conocido el beneficio de ella; allí, los agricultores conocen los desastrosos efectos que ocasiona la falta de sombra, cuando por cualquier causa mueren los árboles que la suministran. Por tanto, en este estudio indicaremos el uso de la sombra para el cacao, como el medio de conservar la fertilidad y buenas condiciones del suelo, obtener buenos rendimientos y asegurar larga vida a la plantación.

  3. Apuntes sobre el cultivo del cacao

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    Chavarriaga, Eduardo; Ochoa, Horacio

    2013-01-01

    El sombrío constituye uno de los problemas que se presentan en el cultivo del cacao, de necesaria resolución para ayuda del agricultor en su labor al producir tan importante grano. Contribuye a la economía del cultivo un conocimiento amplio de la cuestión que debe preocupar al productor inquiriendo no solamente por lo acostumbrado en la región, sino por lo que en otras partes se conoce sobre el particular, para abandonar un poco el emperismo y hacer una industria cada día más próspera. Co...

  4. Apuntes Sobre el Cultivo del Cacao.

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    Ochoa Horacio Ochoa

    1940-12-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se hablara del proceso de fermentación del cacao, pero antes de entrar a detallar este proceso, es conveniente dar algunas anotaciones sobre los sistemas de recolección o “cosecha” empleados en distintos lugares, pues ellos tienen sus diferencias y en ocasiones no se efectúan con todo el cuidado necesario tanto para el árbol como para el producto que irá a los depósitos de fermentación.

  5. Productividad y rentabilidad potencial del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) en el trópico mexicano

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    José Antonio Espinosa-García; Jesús Uresti-Gil; Alejandra Vélez-Izquierdo; Georgel Moctezuma-López; Héctor Daniel Inurreta-Aguirre; Sergio Fernando Góngora-González

    2015-01-01

    Con el objetivo de identificar el potencial productivo del cultivo del cacao a nivel de unidad de respuesta hidrológica (URH), cuenca y estado, considerando el rendimiento y la relación beneficio costo (R B/C), se realizó este trabajo, en los principales estados productores del Trópico Húmedo de México. Para ello se simuló y cartografió el rendimiento potencial de biomasa aérea total y grano de cacao en 9 estados del Sur-sureste de México y se identificaron las áreas con mayor potencial para ...

  6. Apuntes sobre el Cultivo del Cacao

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    Chavarriaga Eduardo

    1940-06-01

    Full Text Available Se acostumbra en las empresas de cacao adoptar diferentes sistemas de siembra en las plantaciones, de acuerdo con la región y conocimientos del empresario. Uno de ellos es sembrar directamente la semilla en su lugar definitivo, sin más cuidados que hacer un pequeño hoyo donde se deposita el grano y algunas veces dos o más. Con esto se busca economizar los gastos de almácigos y trasplante, ahorro que no compensa las pérdidas que se tienen por el poco cuidado que se da a las planticas, por las resiembras constantes y el atraso en su desarrollo. La planta de cacao es muy delicada y requiere cuidados especiales para defenderla de sus enemigos naturales del mal tiempo y favorecerla en su desarrollo, Estos no pueden prestarse a las plantas en el campo por la extensión de éste; no se puede combatir con facilidad una enfermedad o plaga, ni mantener el terreno libre de malezas, pues la desyerba mensual sería arruinadora y el cuidado para estar al tanto de su desarrollo y corregir los desperfectos sería tarea laboriosa y lenta. Una planta pequeña en un campo extenso se destruye fácilmente por el tránsito de los trabajadores que cosechan los cultivos auxiliares; la pérdida de una de ellas significa un retraso de meses en el desarrollo de la nueva que la repone y una desigualdad en el cultivo. Por estas razones y otras causas, una plantación iniciada en su lugar definitivo es de un crecimiento lento desesperante, y sólo después de muchos meses de lucha, planticas aisladas empiezan a mostrar un desarrollo aceptable.

  7. Memorias organizacionales en la era del almacenamiento en la nube

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    Javier De la Hoz Freyle

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Diversas investigaciones en el campo de la gestión del conocimiento se han centrado en el estudio de las memorias organizacionales como fórmula para obtener ventajas competitivas. La revolución de la internet ha cambiado la forma en cómo se consumen recursos de tecnologías de información (TI ya sea hardware o software, en parte gracias a la aparición de cloud computing (CC. El almacenamiento en la nube, o cloud storage (CS, es un tipo de servicio en CC que permite la gestión de archivos en internet como si se tratase de un disco duro local, creando una serie de nuevas oportunidades para el desarrollo de las memorias organizacionales en el manejo de los recursos de conocimiento. En este artículo se expone una revisión de la literatura de las memorias organizacionales soportadas por CS, realizada mediante una revisión bibliográfica, para exponer sus beneficios, ventajas y dificultades, con el fin de proponer alternativas en el desarrollo de estos artefactos en la elaboración de iniciativas de gestión del conocimiento.

  8. Apuntes sobre el Cultivo del Cacao

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    Ochoa Horacio

    1940-03-01

    Full Text Available Por muchos años permaneció el cultivo del cacao en nuestro país, en un deplorable atraso técnico; el agricultor a duras penas si tenía conocimientos generales de su explotación y, de una industria que tuvo su auge debido a la extensividad de las plantaciones, hoy sólo resta una reducida porción de ella. ¿Qué factores operaron esa tan notoria reducción hasta el punto de que exportadores en otros tiempos nos convertimos en importadores obligados de ese producto? Hay muchas razones de orden técnico y de orden económico. Los cacaotaleros obtenían halagadoras retribuciones cuando el jornal consistía en la alimentación que se le daba a la peonada y cuando, generoso, añadía una sobretasa en dinero. Bajo ese sistema de explotación, el descuadre que pudiera ocasionar tanto las enfermedades criptogámicas como los plagas, no era suficiente como para provocar el pesimismo en el hacendado y por tanto inducirlo al abandono de la plantación. A medida que las condiciones sociales del campesino se fueron modificando y su standard de vida aumentaba, cambió fundamentalmente el mecanismo de la industria Se observó entonces que los árboles morían y que era pobre la producción; que lo que en tiempos pasados fuera un negocio lucrativo, se les había convertido en una actividad improductiva y, para controlar estos fenómenos que se generalizaban en todas las zonas cacaotaleras, opusieron la ignorancia, el rutinarismo y la desidia. Lentamente se han ido modificando los conceptos antiguos sobre el trabajo cultural y los cuidados que con relación a las enfermedades y plagas requiere este delicado cultivo; la rutina está echando paso atrás y las experiencias científicas que procuran la prosperidad del plantío, se ponen en práctica en algunas zonas . Esto da esperanza para la reconstitución de la industria cacaotalera en nuestro país, que cuenta con inmensas regiones de óptima calidad para hacerla florecer sobre bases nuevas, con

  9. Efecto del Almacenamiento sobre la Viabilidad de la Semilla del Roble -Tabebuia Rosea (Bertol

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    Piedrahita Edgar

    1987-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudio se llevó a cabo en el Laboratorio de Semillas Forestales de la Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad Nacional. El objetivo principal fue estudiar los efectos del contenido de humedad de la semilla y la temperatura de almacenamiento con evaluaciones cada cuatro meses hasta el término de un año sobre la viabilidad y el vigor de la semilla del roble, Tabebuia rosea (Bertol DC. Para la evaluación de las pruebas de germinación se dispuso ensayos con un diseño completamente al azar en un arreglo factorial con tres replicaciones. Los factores involucrados fueron el período de almacenamiento (P con tres niveles: 4, 8 Y 12 meses; la temperatura (T con dos niveles: 4° y -1°C; el contenido de humedad de la semilla (H en tres niveles: 9.8, 14.7 Y 26.9%. Los resultados revelan que la semilla del roble pertenece al grupo de las "ortodoxas" y que por tanto debe ser almacenada a contenidos de humedad menores del 10% (nivel por encima del cual se considera crítico según Yoshio y Márquez, 1983 y a bajas temperaturas El nivel de contenido de humedad alto de 26.9% ,arrojó valores nulos en la conservación de la viabilidad de la semilla bajo las dos temperaturas y durante los tres períodos de evaluación. Existen diferencias significativas entre tratamientos y el contenido de humedad bajo (9.8%, el más adecuado, difiere significativamente al nivel del 0.05% del contenido de humedad medio (14.7%. El período de almacenamiento de 4 meses difiere significativamente al 0.01 % del período de 8 meses al nivel de las dos temperaturas de almacenamiento, pero el período más prolongado de 12 meses no difiere de 4 y 8 meses al nivel de temperatura de -1°C. El único tratamiento que permitió conservar la viabilidad durante todo el período de estudio fue el almacenamiento con bajo contenido de humedad (9.8% y temperatura de -1~C, al nivel de 40% de germinación absoluta. Los resultados de vigor evaluados con el Indice de Czabator

  10. Impacto ambiental de la explotación del yacimiento de materiales de construcción El Cacao

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    Naísma Hernández-Jatib

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available El impacto ambiental que produce la explotación del yacimiento de calizas El Cacao, se estudió haciendo uso de una metodología que conjuga distintas propuestas de otros investigadores. La metodología permitió identificar los impactos ambientales producidos por las acciones de desbroce, destape y extracción, perforación y voladura, excavaciones, transportación, procesamiento de la materia prima y su almacenamiento; así como la interacción entre estas acciones y los componentes del medio (suelo, aire, agua, flora, fauna, paisaje, infraestructura y economía. Se encontró que los impactos más considerables ocurren durante el desbroce y destape, y que los componentes ambientales más afectados son el suelo, el aire, el agua y la economía. Finalmente se proponen medidas correctoras para mitigar las afectaciones ambientales.

  11. Extracción de pectinas a partir de los subproductos del beneficio del cacao

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    Betancourt Latorre, Lucas D.; Llano Moreno, Juan E.

    2009-01-01

    En este estudio se evaluó la posibilidad de obtener pectinas a partir de los subproductos del proceso del beneficio del cacao. Los experimentos se llevaron a cabo en el laboratorio de desarrollo de productos del departamento de ingeniería de procesos de la Universidad EAFIT.

  12. ANATOMÍA E HISTOQUÍMICA DE LA SEMILLA DEL CACAO (Theobroma cacao L.) CRIOLLO MEXICANO

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    Ma. Alma Rangel-Fajardo; Hilda A. Zavaleta-Mancera; Leobigildo Córdova-Téllez; Alejandro P. López-Andrade; Adriana Delgado-Alvarado; Ignacio Vidales-Fernández; Ángel Villegas-Monter

    2012-01-01

    El presente estudio contribuye al conocimiento del ovulo, saco embrionario, anatomía e histoquímica de la semilla del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) mexicano criollo 'Carmelo' y la relación de tales características con la recalcitrancia. Muestras de flores en antesis y semillas en desarrollo se procesaron para observaciones anatómica (teñidos con safranina y verde fijo) e histoquímicas de lípidos, proteínas, almidón y taninos. Se encontró que el óvulo es anátropo, crasinucelado y bitégmico, con e...

  13. Las enfermedades del cacao como un componente del sistema de producción del cultivo

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    Tovar, Germán

    2011-01-01

    EI manejo de las enfermedades de un cultivo, en su contexto más amplio debe considerarse como un componente del sistema de producción. Esta generalización, en el caso de la producción de cacao, significa que los procesos patológicos deberán interpretarse y manejarse dentro de las condiciones culturales, ecológicas y socio-económicas del media tropical colombiano.

  14. BASES PARA LA ZONIFICACIÓN AGROECOLÓGICA EN EL CULTIVO DEL CACAO (Theobroma cacao, Lin) POR MEDIO DEL CRITERIO DE EXPERTOS

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    Giclis M. Suárez; René Florido Bacallao; Francisco Soto Carreño; Alberto Caballero Núñez

    2013-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo fue establecer las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cacao (Theobroma cacao, Lin) por medio del criterio de expertos mediante el método Delphi. Se seleccionaron expertos de diferentes esferas y se determinó el nivel de experticia y el nivel de competencia de cada experto respecto a la problemática relacionada con la definición de los factores que definen la ubicación del cultivo. Para ello se elaboró y aplicó un sistema de rondas de preguntas o cues...

  15. Almacenamiento prehispánico del Norte de México al Altiplano Central

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    Pérez Pérez, Julia

    2014-01-01

    Hasta ahora, el estudio sobre almacenamiento en contextos arqueológicos ha estado subordinado al de otros aspectos de las sociedades antiguas en México. Se ha explicado su existencia como una solución a la fluctuación de la disponibilidad de recursos, como motor en la construcción del capital social o como instrumento de inversión y de economía política; todas ellas perspectivas teóricas aisladas unas de otras. Séverine Bortot en su búsqueda de datos arqueológicos que le permitieran inferir e...

  16. Efecto del riego subsuperficial en la microinjertación del cacao

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    Pedro Ochoa Mena; Manuel Peña Casadevalls

    2012-01-01

    El interés del país, respecto al cultivo del cacao como renglón exportable y fuente de alimento, por aumentar, renovar y rehabilitar las plantaciones y la imperiosa necesidad del uso de sistemas de riego en el cultivo, sobre la base de la nueva dinámica climática, condujeron a la realización de este trabajo con el objetivo de evaluar la efectividad de la tecnología de riego subsuperficial por mecha, con respecto al riego por microaspersión aérea, en el crecimiento y desarrollo de posturas de ...

  17. Efecto del riego subsuperficial en la microinjertación del cacao

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    Pedro Ochoa Mena

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El interés del país, respecto al cultivo del cacao como renglón exportable y fuente de alimento, por aumentar, renovar y rehabilitar las plantaciones y la imperiosa necesidad del uso de sistemas de riego en el cultivo, sobre la base de la nueva dinámica climática, condujeron a la realización de este trabajo con el objetivo de evaluar la efectividad de la tecnología de riego subsuperficial por mecha, con respecto al riego por microaspersión aérea, en el crecimiento y desarrollo de posturas de cacao, propagadas por microinjertación. El experimento, diseñado en Bloques al Azar, estuvo compuesto por 4 tratamientos con 3 réplicas. Los tratamientos T1, T2 y T3 respondieron al riego subsuperficial por Mecha, mientras el T4 correspondió al tratamiento testigo (Microaspersión. Las variables estudiadas fueron: diámetro y longitud del injerto y área foliar. Los resultados mostraron mayor efectividad del riego subsuperficial respecto a la microaspersión, alcanzándose mejor desarrollo y crecimiento en las posturas de cacao microinjertadas, además del ahorro del 96 % del agua dispuesta para el riego. Entre los tratamientos subsuperficiales, el T1 fue el más promisorio. Se evidencia la utilización de esta nueva técnica de riego sin el empleo de energía eléctrica y en zonas con escasa precipitación.

  18. Optimización del control del sistema de almacenamiento térmico en centrales solares termoeléctricas

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    Peón Menéndez, Rogelio

    2014-01-01

    Las centrales termosolares de colectores cilindroparabolicos objeto de esta tesis utilizan aceite termico como fluido caloportador y sales fundidas como sistema de almacenamiento termico (SAT). El aceite absorbe la energia luminica procedente del sol, y la transfiere mediante intercambiadores de calor a un ciclo agua-vapor para ser convertida en energia electrica por un turbogenerador, o al sistema de almacenamiento termico para ser almacenada y posteriormente transferida al ciclo agua-vapor,...

  19. Algunas Observaciones sobre el Desecamiento del Grano de Cacao Bajo Diferentes Condiciones

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    Platone E.

    1949-12-01

    Full Text Available Las diversas modalidades del proceso de desecamiento del cacao fermentado (con tal de que la temperatura de desecamiento no sea muy elevada tienen escasa influencia sobre la calidad aparente del grano, a condición desde luego, de que el proceso sea llevado hasta lograr un mismo porcentaje de humedad en los granos. Ya se sabía que, aparentemente, debería preferirse el desecamiento artificial, al natural, por cuanto se logra un mejor control de la temperatura y de otras condiciones del proceso. En realidad, los fabricantes prefieren, en igualdad de condiciones, el cacao desecado al sol. A este propósito había sido establecido por la Oficina Internacional de Fabricantes de Cacao y Chocolate, según dice Knapp (ya citado, que el cacao que hubiese sido secado a más de 50°C, fuera específicamente rotulado como "desecado artificialmente". Sin embargo, el desecamiento al sol significa ordinariamente para los granos, una temperatura notoriamente superior a dichos 50oC, aunque por lo regular no suprior a 60°C.

  20. Evaluación del potencial biofertilizante de bacterias diazótrofas aisladas de suelos con cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.)

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    Adriana Zulay Argüello-Navarro; Laura Yolima Moreno-Rozo

    2014-01-01

    La adaptabilidad del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) en condiciones adversas permite sugerir que la microbiota asociada con la rizosfera desempeña una función importante para la nutrición y el desarrollo de la planta. En el trabajo se evaluó el potencial biofertilizante de bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno (diazótrofas) aisladas de suelos cacaoteros por la técnica de diluciones seriadas. Las bacterias se aislaron en medios semiselectivos (NFb, JMV, LGI, JNFb). Los aislados puros se caracterizaron m...

  1. BASES PARA LA ZONIFICACIÓN AGROECOLÓGICA EN EL CULTIVO DEL CACAO (Theobroma cacao, Lin POR MEDIO DEL CRITERIO DE EXPERTOS

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    Giclis M. Suárez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo fue establecer las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cacao (Theobroma cacao, Lin por medio del criterio de expertos mediante el método Delphi. Se seleccionaron expertos de diferentes esferas y se determinó el nivel de experticia y el nivel de competencia de cada experto respecto a la problemática relacionada con la definición de los factores que definen la ubicación del cultivo. Para ello se elaboró y aplicó un sistema de rondas de preguntas o cuestionarios que surgieron del procesamiento estadístico sucesivo de cada ronda, donde se determinaron los parámetros: media aritmética de la evaluación de los expertos a cada pregunta, desviación estándar y varianza (dispersión de las evaluaciones de cada pregunta. A partir de estos estadígrafos se determinó el coeficiente de variación (nivel de concordancia, que unido con el nivel de relevancia, constituyeron los elementos discriminantes que permitieron proponer las variables en los cuestionarios subsiguientes. Los resultados permitieron determinar siete expertos para la consulta de las rondas de preguntas, con un nivel de competencia medio y alto, además de valoraciones promedio del coeficiente de competencia (K igual a 0,89. Se determinó que los factores genéticos, socioeconómicos y los fisiográficos no guardan relación con la definición del lugar para el desarrollo del cultivo; sin embargo, los factores climáticos (precipitaciones y temperatura y los edáficos (tipos y profundidad del suelo fueron los de mayor influencia para definir la ubicación del cacao, y constituyeron los principales elementos de las bases para la zonificación agroecológica del cultivo.

  2. Cocoa Bean (Theobroma cacao L.Drying Kinetics Cinética del Secado de Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Ndukwu MacManus Chinenye

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. is widely produced in West Africa and South America and is a great economic tree crop, with so many industrial uses. In this work, the experimental drying kinetics of foreign species was investigated, and the experiments were carried out under isothermal conditions, using heated batch drier at 55, 70 and 81 ºC. The moisture ratio data obtained from change of moisture content with the drying time was fit to two thin layer drying model with good results. A faster drying process was observed at a higher drying temperature resulting in higher drying rates which is advantageous when evaluating costs. Fick’s second law of diffusion was used to predict effective diffusivity using experimental data assuming that the variation of diffusivity with temperature can be expressed by an Arrhenius type function, and the values of diffusivity obtained ranged from 6.137 x 10-10 to 2.1855 x 10-9 m2 s-1 for the temperature used. The Arrhenius constant (D is predicted at 8.64 x 10-4 m2 s-1 while the activation energy was predicted at 39.94 kJ mol-1.El cacao (Theobroma cacao L. es ampliamente producido en el Oeste de África y Sudamérica y es un cultivo de gran importancia económica, con muchos usos industriales. En este trabajo se investigó la cinética del secado experimental de especies foráneas, y se realizaron experimentos bajo condiciones isotérmicas, usando un secador discontinuo en caliente a 55, 70 y 81 °C. Los datos de relación de humedad obtenidos desde el cambio de contenido de humedad con el tiempo de secado se ajustaron a un modelo de secado de dos capas delgadas con buenos resultados. Se observó un proceso de secado más rápido a una temperatura de secado mayor resultando en mayores tasas de secado, lo que es ventajoso al evaluar costos. La segunda ley de difusión de Fick se usó para predecir difusividad efectiva usando datos experimentales, asumiendo que la variación de difusividad con la temperatura puede ser

  3. El polisulfuro de calcio en el manejo de la moniliasis Moniliophthora roreri (Cif & Par. Evans et al. del cacao Theobroma cacao L.

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    Sandra Ramírez González

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available El cacao es severamente afectado por el hongo Moniliophthora roreri (Cif & Par. Evans et al., el cual daña los frutos y puede ocasionar pérdidas totales y su control es principalmente cultural. El objetivo del trabajo es determinar la efectividad del polisulfuro de calcio (PC como alternativa para su manejo. El patógeno fue aislado y cultivado in vitro y se evaluó el efecto del PC sobre la germinación y formación de conidias; en el campo, sobre frutos se asperjó PC antes y después de la inoculación con M. roreri y se determinó la incidencia e índices de severidad interna y externa. En una plantación de cacao se asperjó PC y se determinó su incidencia y producción. El PC in vitro inhibió el crecimiento y la formación de conidias; la aplicación de PC antes o después de la inoculación artificial con M. roreri sobre frutos inhibe completamente el desarrollo de la enfermedad; con aspersiones de PC en plantaciones de cacao la incidencia de la enfermedad fue de 0,53%, mientras que fue de 21% con manejo cultural y del 69,6% con testigo de inoculación natural; la producción de cacao seco/año fue de un 90,6% más con PC que en el testigo de inoculación natural, por lo que resulta viable integrar PC en el manejo deM. roreri.

  4. Evaluación del potencial biofertilizante de bacterias diazótrofas aisladas de suelos con cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Adriana Zulay Argüello-Navarro

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available La adaptabilidad del cacao (Theobroma cacao L. en condiciones adversas permite sugerir que la microbiota asociada con la rizosfera desempeña una función importante para la nutrición y el desarrollo de la planta. En el trabajo se evaluó el potencial biofertilizante de bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno (diazótrofas aisladas de suelos cacaoteros por la técnica de diluciones seriadas. Las bacterias se aislaron en medios semiselectivos (NFb, JMV, LGI, JNFb. Los aislados puros se caracterizaron morfológica y bioquímicamente y complementariamente se evaluó la capacidad de fijación biológica de nitrógeno (FBN por el método de Micro-Kjeldahl. Los aislados con mejor capacidad de fijación de nitrógeno fueron seleccionados para evaluar su potencial promotor de crecimiento durante 120 días en plantas de cacao clon CCN 51 establecidas a partir de semillas. El análisis de datos mostró que las plantas de cacao respondieron efectivamente a los tratamientos con bacterias donde las variables de crecimiento y N (% foliar incrementaron significativamente, en comparación con el testigo. Se destacó el aporte de los aislados DKA2J24, DKB3J73 presuntamente del género Burkholderia sp. y DKA1L3 semejante al género Gluconacetobacter sp., todos con un gran potencial como biofertilizantes en la prueba de bioensayo.

  5. Cacao 3 (Cc 3, Arte rupestre del formativo temprano en Antofagasta de la Sierra, Catamarca, Argentina

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    Alvaro Rodrigo Martel

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    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo hemos abordado el estudio de la producción del arte rupestre del sitio Cacao 3 –Cc3- (Antofagasta de la Sierra, Catamarca con relación a las prácticas socioculturales de grupos agropastoriles del periodo Formativo Temprano en la Puna meridional argentina, haciendo hincapié en el emplazamiento del sitio y su asociación contextual con las demás evidencias arqueológicas conocidas para el área de estudio y estableciendo las relaciones entre las manifestaciones rupestres de Cc3 con las de otros sitios, a nivel micro y macrorregional, a través de indicadores estilísticos

  6. Evaluación de fungicidas sistémicos y de contacto en el control de la moniliasis (Moniliophthora roreri) del cacao (Theobroma cacao).

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    2012-01-01

    La moniliasis causada por Moniliophthora roreri, es una de las enfermedades más destructivas del cacao en América. Afecta exclusivamente al fruto en cualquier etapa de desarrollo, causando pérdidas de hasta el 100% de la producción. Las prácticas culturales han sido el método más aplicado para el combate de la enfermedad, por lo que la selección de fungicidas adecuados contra M. roreri que puedan ser incluidos en programas de manejo de la enfermedad. El objetivo de la presente investigación f...

  7. Establecimiento del período óptimo de almacenamiento para guayaba, mandarina y tomate guardados a temperatura ambiente

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    Annia García Pereira

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El hecho de poder establecer los períodos óptimos de almacenamiento para garantizar el máximo aprovechamiento en frutos y vegetales constituye hoy una premisa mundial partiendo de la crisis alimentaría que atraviesa el mundo en estos momentos. El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo determinar el período óptimo de almacenamiento para la guayaba, mandarina y el tomate, así como las diferentes etapas para el consumo que atraviesan estos productos durante este período a partir del cambio en sus propiedades físico-mecánicas. Para este estudio se utilizaron 70, 80 y 80 frutas, separadas en muestras de 10, 20 y 20 guayabas, mandarinas y tomates, los cuales fueron almacenados en cajas de cartón y madera (guayaba y bolsas plásticas y cajas de cartón (mandarina y tomate a temperatura ambiente, durante 7, 12 y 12 días, respectivamente. Durante el análisis fueron determinados: pH, SSC y la firmeza, relacionando cada propiedad antes mencionada con el tiempo de almacenamiento a través de la herramienta de cálculo, Excel y Microsoft Office. Como resultado se obtuvo que la guayaba conserva propiedades aptas para el consumo durante 4 días, y a partir de ahí puede recibir otro tipo de utilidad, por otro lado, el tomate a partir del día 9 presenta un alto índice de maduración, a partir de ese momento está apto para ser procesado en jugo, puré, etc. y la naranja conserva sus propiedades para el consumo como fruta fresca durante todo el período analizado. Los mejores resultados en cuánto a la conservación fueron obtenidos cuando la fruta se almacenó en cajas de madera para la guayaba y en bolsas plásticas para mandarina y tomates.

  8. La moniliasis un desafio para lograr la sostenibilidad del sistema cacao en México

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    Sandra Isabel Ramírez González

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    Full Text Available Para México el cacao, más que un producto alimenticio, representa tradición, un gran legado cultural por preservar, una gran fuente de riquezas naturales y generador de empleos. Tiene sembradas 81 600 ha., una producción de 43 000 ha toneladas, y rendimiento de 597 kg/ha lo que le permite estar entre los 12 principales países productores, pero en el 11.º lugar por su bajo rendimiento. La actividad productiva está ejercida, principalmente, por pequeños productores quienes dependen de ella para su sustento.  El reciente ingreso de la moniliasis hace tambalear la producción ya que este hongo, ataca directamente a los frutos, ocasionando pérdidas totales en la producción. Aunque no hay reportes oficiales, se estima que la producción para el presente ciclo productivo disminuyó en un 50% y se considera que para el próximo sea del 70%, dado el avance acelerado de la enfermedad, con las consecuentes repercusiones económicas, sociales y ambientales. Esta enfermedad está presente en 11 países centro y suramericanos a los cuales ha afectado profundamente. No obstante, existen avances en su manejo, lo cual ha permitido a países como Ecuador, Bolivia y Colombia sobreponerse y llegar a una buena producción. De tal manera que la moniliasis es un gran desafío que permitirá lograr la sostenibilidad del sistema cacao en México, ya que existen diversas oportunidades para el sector, tales como la aceleración de su proceso de modernización en un contexto de sostenibilidad. La diversificación del sistema con maderas principalmente “preciosas”, frutales, especias y flores tropicales, renovación de las plantaciones con materiales mexicanos de altos rendimientos y calidad organoléptica bajo sistemas de producción orgánica, lo que le permitirá al productor acceder a mercados especializados, atraer turismo ecológico, buscar incentivos productivos, ecológicos y de captura de carbono, lo cual mejoraría la sostenibilidad del sistema. Las

  9. RESPUESTA A LA DESECACIÓN Y A LA TEMPERATURA DE ALMACENAMIENTO DEL GERMOPLASMA DE PROSOPIS NIGRA (GRISEBACH HIERON. Y ZIZIPHUS MISTOL GRISEB.

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    GIAMMINOLA EUGENIA MABEL

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available La conservación ex situ y a largo plazo de las semillas se basa en la respuesta a la desecación y a las temperaturas de almacenamiento, lo que constituye el objetivo de este trabajo. El contenido de humedad de las semillas frescas se determinó en estufa a 103°C y pesando las muestras a intervalos regulares hasta peso constante. La tolerancia a la desecación y a las temperaturas de almacenamiento se evaluaron con 5 experimentos de germinación: semillas frescas (10-12%CH; 3-5% CH; y 3-5% CH almacenadas tres meses a 25, 5 y -20ºC, con dos tratamientos: control y escarificación. El CH fue del 11% en ambas especies. En P. nigra, el porcentaje de germinación de las semillas escarificadas fue mayor al 80% en todos los experimentos realizados, mientras que el poder germinativo de las semillas del control disminuyó con la desecación y el almacenamiento. La temperatura de almacenamiento no influyó en la cantidad de semillas germinadas. El porcentaje de germinación de los  endocarpos frescos de Z. mistol fue bajo (<35%, pero aumentó con la reducción del CH. En síntesis, P. nigra y Z. mistol son tolerantes a la desecación y al almacenamiento en las temperaturas probadas, por lo que pueden considerarse como probablemente ortodoxas.

  10. Diseño del sistema de esterilización experimental en le obtención de licor de cacao

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    Guerrero Alban, Banner; Rodriguez Webster, Jose

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    En la obtención de licor de cacao, es necesario realizar una esterilización para reducir la carga microbiana, en este proceso el producto es expuesto a altas temperaturas (112°C) por prolongado tiempo (15 horas), afectando las características naturales del cacao con que fue procesado. En esta investigación se estableció las condiciones actuales del proceso industrial para la obtención de licor de cacao, características organolépticas y determinación de la carga microbiana. Se realizo cálc...

  11. Efectos del Almacenamiento y de la Cocción sobre el Contenido de Glicoialcaloides en Papa (Solanum Iuberosum

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    Villa Marín Héctor

    1989-06-01

    Full Text Available Los glicoalcaloides son O-glicósidos derivados de alcaloides 3 hidroxi-esteroides. Son bases débiles, ligeramente solubles en agua, solubles en ácidos débiles y alcoholes acidificados. Los que se encuentran en la papa (Solanum tuberosum son α-solanina y α-chaconina. A partir de ciertas concentraciones pueden manifestarse como mutagénicos, teratogénicos y carcinogénicos. Valores superiores a 1O mg/1OOg de tubérculo fresco imparten un sabor amargo. Contenidos de 20 mg/1OOg o más, dan sensación de quemadura. Se han reportado muertes a niveles de 30 mg/1OOg. Se estudiaron los efectos del almacenamiento y de la cocción sobre el contenido de glicoalcaloides totales (cuantitativo y el sabor amargo (cualitativo, en las dos variedades de papa de mayor consumo en Antioquia: ICA puracé y DIACOL capiro, bajo las condiciones de temperatura 16 y 21.5 °C. Los contenidos de glicoalcaloides totales fueron: 1.5 mg/1OOg en el tubérculo fresco variedad DIACOL capiro y 2.6 mg/1OOg para la variedad ICA puracé. Al pasar de 15 a 30 días el almacenamiento de las dos variedades a ambas temperaturas, se incrementaron los glicoalcaloides totales. No obstante, estos valores están por debajo de los niveles que inciden en el sabor amargo y más distantes aún de los considerados tóxicos. Con respecto a la cocción, hubo una clara reducción en el contenido de los glicoalcaloides. Para la variedad ICA puracé, hubo menores niveles de glicoalcaloides a la temperatura 21.5 °C, pero la variedad DIACOL capiro no mostró esa diferencia.

  12. Resùmen Ejecutivo de Cacao

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    2010-01-01

    El árbol de cacao es una planta tropical que crece en climas cálidos y húmedos, concentrándose su producción en una banda estrecha de no más de 20 grados al norte y al sur de la Línea Ecuatorial. Aunque su uso más conocido es como el ingrediente principal del chocolate, existen en realidad cuatro productos intermedios que se derivan del cacao en grano: licor de cacao, manteca de cacao, torta de cacao y cacao en polvo.

  13. Energía termofotovoltaica: la conversión fotovoltaica del calor y su aplicación en sistemas de almacenamiento de energía

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    Datas Medina, Alejandro

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    Del mismo modo que una célula solar convierte la luz del sol en electricidad, una célula termofotovoltaica convierte en electricidad la radiación térmica que emiten objetos incandescentes. Es decir, realizan una conversión directa del calor en electricidad, sin necesidad de emplear partes móviles ni fluidos. Entre las muchas aplicaciones de esta tecnología, en el Instituto de Energía Solar de la UPM estamos trabajando en un nuevo concepto de almacenamiento de energía térmica que utiliza silic...

  14. Informe sobre Cacao

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    Garcés O. Carlos

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    Full Text Available Los cultivos de cacao del Dpto. del Huila confrontan una situación casi análoga a la de los del res to del País; iniciados desde hace muchos años sin técnica ni cuidado alguno muestran como es lógico un estado de decadencia agudizado por el inevitable problema de las enfermedades de causas parasitarias. El desconocimiento total de las condiciones que requiere el desarrollo del árbol de cacao y la pasiva resistencia del cultivador a los cambios que van contra su modalidad rutinaria han traído como consecuencia del establecimiento de un sistema de cultivo por demás inapropiado cuando se quieren .obtener resultados halagadores que correspondan a la utilidad que ha de rendir el cultivo de una planta como el cacao, que responde con creces a los cuidados que se le otorgan

  15. Efecto del almacenamiento de energía en el mercado eléctrico mayorista de Colombia

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    López Velásquez, John Fernando

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    Resumen: El almacenamiento de energía eléctrica puede satisfacer necesidades que se presentan en la mayoría de los sistemas de energía como: Alisamiento de carga en gestión valle-punta, e integración de renovables. El sistema de energía de Colombia no es la accesión y necesita el almacenamiento más que todo para el alisamiento de carga en gestión valle-punta; pero ni el avance en las tecnologías existentes de almacenamiento, ni la necesidad de almacenamiento debido a la curva de carga, no han...

  16. Influencia del pH sobre la estabilidad de preparados de Inmunoglobulinas intravenosas para uso humano durante el almacenamiento

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    Ma Esther Castellano

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    Full Text Available La eliminación o disociación de los agregados de IgG, es uno de los requisitos que debe poseer cualquier método de purificación de inmunoglobulinas para uso intravenoso. Se demostró con el uso de la Cromatografía en Gel y la Espectrofotometría, que el pH ácido (4,5, confiere una mayor estabilidad molecular a la IgG, permitiendo la disociación de la mayor parte de los agregados durante el almacenamiento prolongado utilizando dextrosa (5% como estabilizante, fenómeno que está influido por la fuerza iónica del medio para cada uno de los pH. Muestras con contenido de polímeros entre 1% y 3% pierden los mismos en un período inferior a los seis meses. A su vez el uso de pH 4,0, mostró ventajas en la no formación de polímeros durante el calentamiento, en comparación con los pH más básicos. A los 5 minutos de calentamiento, la absorvancia de la muestra a pH 7,0, aumentó en un 60% en comparación con la muestra a pH 4,0.

  17. Estado de la moniliasis del cacao causada por Moniliophthora roreri en Colombia

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    Javier Correa Álvarez

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    Full Text Available La moniliasis es una enfermedad fúngica que ataca el cultivo de cacao, causada por el basidiomycete Moniliophthora roreri. Está presente en la mayoría de los países latinoamericanos y se adapta a diversidad de ambientes. En Colombia la enfermedad es devastadora y las estrategias de control tradicional han generado resultados colaterales como el fortalecimiento de la resistencia genética de cepas del hongo en algunas regiones. En esta revisión, se recopilan los aspectos biológicos y agronómicos más relevantes del hongo, entre ellos, origen y distribución, ciclo de vida, formas de control y trabajos de investigación realizados con el fin de entender la genética y evolución de este patógeno. Finalmente, se propone incrementar el número de estudios en investigación básica, con miras a entender cómo ha sido la evolución de su genoma en hábitats que favorecen la variación genética. Con este conocimiento se podría avanzar en programas biotecnológicos de control y prevención de la enfermedad.

  18. ANÁLISIS DE LA ESTRUCTURA ARBÓREA DEL SISTEMA AGROFORESTAL DE CACAO (Theobroma cacao L. EN EL SOCONUSCO, CHIAPAS - MÉXICO Analysis of the Structure Arborea Agroforestry System Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. in Soconusco, Chiapas - Mexico

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    HUGO A ROA-ROMERO

    Full Text Available Se determinó la abundancia, riqueza, importancia, equidad y diversidad de los árboles encontrados en sistemas agroforestales de cacao, del Soconusco, Chiapas, México. La presente investigación, se desarrolló en la región costera del Soconusco, ubicada al sur del estado de Chiapas; se muestrearon los municipios de Huehuetán, Tapachula y Tuxtla Chico, por ser los más representativos en área sembrada de cacao. En cada municipio, se establecieron al azar siete parcelas temporales de 50 x 50 m cada una, lo que suma en total 5,25 hectáreas , en las cuales se registraron variables como el diámetro a la altura del pecho (DAP: 1,3 m sobre el nivel del suelo, área basal, y sombrío en el cacaotal. Se encontraron 46 especies agrupadas en 21 familias, las especies con el mayor valor de importancia fueron Mangifera indica y Pouteria sapota, convirtiéndose en las especies de sombra más frecuentemente encontradas. La composición florística denotó una mayor similitud en los municipios de Tapachula y Huehuetán, como lo muestra el mayor porcentaje del índice de Jaccard y en lo que respecta a diversidad, el municipio de Tuxtla Chico presentó el mayor valor según el índice de Shannon. Este estudio determina la existencia de una cobertura definitiva de preferencia asociada a los árboles frutales.The abundance, wealth, size, fairness and diversity of trees found in cacao agroforestry systems was determined in Soconusco , Chiapas , Mexico . This research was conducted in the coastal region of Soconusco, located in the southern state of Chiapas . The municipalities of Huehuetán Tapachula and Tuxtla Chico were sampled, as the most representative in area planted with cocoa. In each municipality, were created at random seven parcels temporary 50 x 50 m each, which amount totalling 5.25 hectares , in which there were variables such as the diameter at breast height (DBH: 1.3 m above the soil, basal area, and grim in the cacaotal. We found 46 species

  19. Tiempo de almacenamiento del cormo y su efecto en el crecimiento y producción de plátano (Musa AAB Dominico Hartón

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    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento del material de siembra sobre el crecimiento y producción del plátano (Musa AAB, utilizando cormos de plantas sanas libres de tejido necrosado.La mitad de ellos fueron sumergidos durante 60 min en una solución de 15 g de carbofurán y 20 g de manzate en 10 L de agua, después de lo cual tanto los cormos tratados como los no tratados fueron colocados sobre el suelo y cubiertos con hojas frescas de plátano. Cada semana, durante un período de 6 semanas, se tomó la cantidad necesaria de cormos para plantar a una distancia de 3m entre surcos y 2m entre plantas, en un diseño de parcelas divididas con cuatro repeticiones y 10 plantas por repetición. En floración se hicieron registros de altura de planta, diámetro del pseudotallo, número de hojas funcionales presentes y hojas jóvenes manchadas; en cosecha se registró el peso de los racimos y se calculó el peso promedio del dedo en cada uno de ellos. Se encontró que el almacenamiento del cormo reduce el crecimiento de la planta sin afectar la severidad de la Sigatoka del plátano, igualmente reduce de forma severa y significativa el peso del racimo y el tamaño de dedo; no obstante, el tratamiento preventivo del cormo tiene efecto positivo en el crecimiento y producción de la planta, aunque no reduce el daño causado por el envejecimiento del material de propagación.

  20. Efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento refrigerado sobre la calidad del queso Oaxaca (M??xico) elaborado con leche cruda y estudio taxon??mico y tecnol??gico de su microflora ??cido-l??ctica

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    250 p. El presente trabajo analiza en qu?? medida disminuye la calidad del queso de Oaxaca como consecuencia de las condiciones de almacenamiento usualmente empleadas en el mercado regional (envasados al vac??o y a temperaturas de refrigeraci??n entre 8-10??C) sobre diversas caracter??sticas microbiol??gicas, qu??micas y sobre las principales propiedades funcionales y sensoriales del queso tradicional Oaxaca elaborado con leche cruda. El fin ??ltimo es conocer los factores limitantes de la...

  1. Valoración económica del almacenamiento de agua y carbono en la comunidad campesina Villa de Junín

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    Miguel Vila Balbin

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    Full Text Available El objetivo ha sido estimar el valor económico que generan los bofedales en el almacenamiento de agua y carbono en la comunidad campesina Villa de Junín en el departamento de Junín, Perú. El proceso de recolección de datos a estado enfocado en datos meteorológicos (temperatura y precipitación, datos de la actividad económica predominante (ganadería, recolección de muestras de suelo para hallar el contenido de carbono y capacidad volumétrica; posteriormente se hizo la comparación del beneficio percibido por la actividad ganadera y el beneficio que se podría obtener por los servicios que brinda un bofedal (almacenamiento de agua y carbono. Entre los resultados respecto a la precipitación anual se ha determinado 22 367 664 m3/año, del cual un 42,56 % (9 294 933,67 m3/ año regresa a la atmósfera a través del proceso de la evapotranspiración, quedando una oferta hídrica disponible de 13 072 730,33 m3/año, que representa un 57,44 % de la oferta hídrica total; la productividad hídrica es de 0,01 S/./m3. El costo de oportunidad que tiene la ganadería es de 200,38 S/./ha /año; el valor económico de agua y carbono es de S/. 48 974 181,79 y S/. 44 305 010,31 respectivamente. Se concluye que el almacenamiento de agua y carbono brindan mayores ingresos económicos a la población que la actividad ganadera.

  2. Efecto del CO2 en la atmósfera de almacenamiento del fruto sobre la calidad del aceite de oliva

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    García, J. María

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    Full Text Available Olive fruits (Olea europaea, cv. "Picual" were stored at 5°C and four different atmospheres (% CO2/% O2/%N2: 0/21/78; 5/20/75; 10/19/71 and 20/17/63. At 5°C the enrichment of the fruit storage atmosphere with concentrations of CO2 above 5% resulted in a linear increase of the acidity of extracted oils after 60 days of fruit storage time. This fact showed a strong relationship with the appearance of fruit decay. Simple refrigeration of fruits at 5°C for 60 days was sufficient to maintain the commercial quality of "virgin extra" in oil extracted from them. Oils obtained from fruits stored at 5°C in CO2 enriched atmospheres showed lower peroxide index and UV absorbance (270 nm, but developed off-flavor. Therefore, > 5% CO2 concentrations in storage atmosphere of olive fruits for oil production at 5°C must be avoided.Se han conservado aceitunas (Olea europaea, cv. "Picual", destinadas a la producción de aceite, con refrigeración a 5°C y cuatro diferentes atmósferas (% CO2/%O2/%N2: 0/21/78; 5/20/75; 10/19/71 y 20/17/63. A 5°C, el aumento del grado de acidez experimentado por los aceites extraídos después de 60 días de almacenamiento del fruto fue proporcional al enriquecimiento de la atmósfera de conservación del citado fruto con una concentración igual o superior al 5% de CO2. Este hecho tuvo una relación estrecha con la incidencia de podredumbre. La simple refrigeración a 5°C de la aceituna fue suficiente para retener durante 60 días en el aceite extraído la categoría comercial de "virgen extra". Los aceites obtenidos de frutos almacenados a 5°C en atmósferas enriquecidas con CO2 presentaron menores índices de peróxidos y absorbancia ultravioleta (270 nm, pero presentaron, así mismo, olores y sabores extraños. En consecuencia, a 5°C deben ser evitadas las concentraciones de CO2 iguales o superiores al 5% en la atmósfera de conservación de las aceitunas destinadas a la producción de aceite.

  3. CARACTERIZACIÓN AGROCLIMÁTICA DEL MACIZO MONTAÑOSO NIPE-SAGUA-BARACOA, EN FUNCIÓN DE LA ZONIFICACIÓN AGROECOLÓGICA PARA EL CACAO (T heobroma cacao L.

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    Gicli M. Suárez Venero

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una caracterización agroclimática del macizo montañoso Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa, para determinar la correspondencia entre el comportamiento de las condiciones climáticas y los requerimientos agroecológicos del cacao en función de lograr la zonificación agroecológica del mismo. Las variables climáticas evaluadas fueron las precipitaciones y las temperaturas. La escala temporal considerada para el registro de los datos fue la mensual y la información meteorológica general utilizada correspondió al período 1976-2006. Para el análisis de las precipitaciones se utilizó una serie de datos originados de las estaciones meteorológicas del Instituto de Meteorología y de 253 pluviómetros de la red del INRH. Para la temperatura del aire se realizaron correlaciones de las existentes con las ubicadas en las zonas más llanas y próximas al macizo montañoso, y se establecieron diferentes gradientes por altura. Se elaboraron los mapas con la distribución espacial de las precipitaciones media anual y las temperaturas media anual. Los resultados permitieron reconocer, que el comportamiento del régimen de las precipitaciones en esta región montañosa, garantiza humedecimiento alto y estable durante todo el año. Ello, unido a sus características térmicas, hacen posible la existencia de condiciones climáticas adecuadas para el desarrollo y crecimiento del cultivo del cacao. El 53 % de la superficie total del macizo montañoso Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa, posee condiciones climáticas óptimas, medianamente optimas y aceptables, que responden a los requerimientos del cacao.

  4. Influencia de las características y procesado del grano de cacao en la composición físico-química y propiedades sensoriales del chocolate negro

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    Torres Moreno, Miriam

    2012-01-01

    Los objetivos de esta tesis fueron: estudiar la influencia de las características y procesado del grano de cacao en la composición físico-química y propiedades sensoriales del chocolate negro así como estudiar la influencia que las propiedades no sensoriales tienen sobre las expectativas del consumidor. El origen y condiciones de procesado del cacao afectan al contenido de grasa, perfil de ácidos grasos y composición volátil del chocolate, siendo parámetros determinantes de las característ...

  5. EL CACAO: AYER, HOY Y SIEMPRE EN EL DESARROLLO SOCIOECONÓMICO Y CULTURAL DEL MUNDO, NORTE DE SANTANDER Y CÚCUTA

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    Pilar Eugenia Ramírez Villar

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo es un breve relato de la historia del cacao en el mundo, en Colombia y en Cúcuta, surge de un trabajo de investigación histórico y retoma historias de Venezuela, Colombia, Francia, África, Italia, entre otros países que protagonizaron o ayudaron a que el cacao surgiera en la región y se posicionara en el sector productivo. La conclusión de la investigación está basada en el recuento según la región de Norte de Santander y Cúcuta, mostrando datos curiosos de la evolución del cacao.

  6. Ocurrencia de tóxicos naturales en frijol colorado (Phaseolus vulgaris y arveja (Pisum sativum. Efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento y los tratamientos caseros.

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    Bilbao Reboredo Tania

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Las leguminosas, consideradas como una de los principales alimentos para el hombre pueden contener diferentes sustancias conocidas como antinutrientes las cuales tienen cierto efecto en la nutrición humana y animal si no son removidos o inactivados adecuadamente. En Cuba existe muy poca información sobre cuales son los antinutrientes y en qué concentraciones se encuentran en dos de las leguminosas de importación de mayor consumo por nuestra población: el frijol común (Phaseolus vulgaris y la arveja (Pisum sativum y tampoco se han estudiado los cambios que pueden sufrir durante su almacenamiento, así como la efectividad de los tratamientos caseros. Muestras de estos granos fueron analizadas durante un año de almacenamiento comercial a una temperatura promedio de 27 °C y 79 % de humedad relativa. Se evaluó la presencia de taninos, ácido cianhídrico, ácido fítico, inhibidores de proteasas y lectinas, en los granos crudos y después de dos tratamientos: remojo y cocción y cocción directamente, en olla de presión. Todos los antinutientes disminuyeron con el tiempo de almacenamiento (p<0,05. Los tratamientos aplicados eliminaron el ácido cianhídrico, los inhibidores de tripsina y las lectinas en los dos tipos de granos, comprobándose la efectividad de la combinación remojo-cocción sobre la aplicación únicamente del tratamiento térmico, sobre el resto de los antinutrientes.

  7. Resultados Preliminares sobre Estudios de Evapotranspiración del Cacao.

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    Navarrete S. Cristóbal

    1960-06-01

    Full Text Available El objeto de este trabajo fue determinar los requerimientos de agua por el cacaotero. De los múltiples métodos que existen para este fin, solo el que hace uso de la evapotranspirometría da la solución deseada. El método se basa en que el agua del suelo establece un equilibrio entre el agua que entra, como resultado de la precipitación y el agua que sale a través de la evaporación y transpiración. Para este estudio se están usando cuatro evapotranspirómetros de 2 x 2 metros en la parte superior y 1.20 metros de profundidad: un quinto tanque sirve de fosa colectora, donde se tienen las canecas que recogen las aguas de drenajes. A los evapotranspirómetros se trasplantaron cacaoteros de tres y medio años de edad del Clon 6. Posteriormente fueron rellenados consuelo del mismo lugar y procedente de la excavación. La estación de evapotranspirometría se localizó en medio de una plantación comerciaal de cacao del clon 6 de la misma edad, en la que se ha demarcado una zona buffer de 50 x 50 mts., ésta se riega en la misma forma que los tanques evapotranspirómetros. A éstos se les aplica una cantidad medida de agua cuando no llueve en las 24 horas anteriores. La evapotranspiración potencial se mide restando del agua aplicarla la la cantidad recogida en las canecas, esto se hace para cada tanque todos los días a las 8 a.m. Además de la evapotranspiración potencial, diariamente se toman datos metereológicos en aparatos localizados junto a los tanques experimentales. La información para tres meses; indica que el agua de lluvia sólo suministró el 42.19% y el 63.33% de los requerimientos de agua para el cacaotero en los meses de febrero y marzo respectivamente. En el mes de abril la precipitación fue superior a los requerimientos de agua, va que el consumo fue de 58.46 mm. Y la precipitación de 129.5 mm. Debido a la información tan escasa (tres meses solamente aquí presentada, es imposible, por el momento

  8. Determinacion de parámetros y simulación matemática del proceso de secado de cacao (Theobroma cacao

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    Fanny Villamizar de Borrero

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudio sobre la producción de cacao en Colombia, y el incremento notable, debido principalmente al aumento en el área cultivada y a los mayores rendimientos por hectárea obtenidos.

  9. Sistema para el almacenamiento de la información geológica en empresas del níquel

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    Mirelis Rasúa-López

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se exponen las características de un sistema computarizado para el almacenamiento y consulta de la información geológica llamado PinExplorer, y realizado por encargo de la Empresa Pinares S.A. Soportado sobre Delphi 4, PinExplorer se inserta totalmente en interfaz de Windows 95 y de Windows NT, trabaja eficientemente en red, tiene un diseño normalizado de las bases de datos, y estas pueden ser importadas y exportadas de forma conveniente con la garantía de validación correspondiente. Para mayor seguridad, las bases se almacenan en formato comprimido y protegidas con contraseña. Por sus características, PinExplorer puede ser implementado en cualquiera de las empresas del níquel de nuestro país.

  10. Efecto del Almacenamiento a Diferentes Temperaturas sobre la Calidad de Tuna Roja (Opuntia ficus indica (L. Miller Effect of the Storage at Different Temperatures on the Quality of Red Prickle Pear (Opuntia ficus indica (L. Miller

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    Carlos E Ochoa

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    Full Text Available Se estudia el efecto del almacenamiento a diferentes temperaturas sobre la calidad de tuna roja (Opuntia ficus indica (L. Miller, variedad San Martín. El fruto se almacenó a 4±1, 9±2 y 28±2°C para determinar su vida útil. Se realizó semanalmente la caracterización fisicoquímica, enzimática, antioxidante y microbiológica durante el almacenamiento, hasta observar características no aptas para el consumo. Se observó que el tiempo y la temperatura de almacenamiento son factores que afectan de manera significativa (P0,05 a las diferentes temperaturas de almacenamiento. Sin embargo, la actividad antioxidante presentó un aumento significativo con el tiempo.The effect of the storage at different temperatures on the quality of red prickle pear (Opuntia ficus indica (L. Miller San Martín variety. The fruit was stored at 4±1, 9±2, and 28±2°C for determining its shelf life. Once a week, physicochemical, enzymatic, antioxidant and microbiological characteristics were evaluated until fruit showed no edible characteristics. Time and storage temperature were the two parameters that significantly affected (p0.05 during storage time. However, antioxidant capacity presented a significant increase with time.

  11. Modificaciones en la grasa del atún blanco (Thunnus alalunga debidas a la fabricación y almacenamiento de su conserva

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    Navarro, María P.

    1991-06-01

    Full Text Available Modifications in fatty acid composition in white tuna (Thunnus alalunga ocurring at each stage of the cannig process, boiling and sterilization in soybean oil, were studied. Boiling was performed in brine and two sterilization times (55 and 90 minutes as well as the effects of storage for one year were tested. Boiling had no effect on fatty acid composition or the n-3/n-6 ratio. However canned tuna absorbed soybean oil during sterilization, causing an increase of the percentage of C18:1, C18:2 and C18:3 and a decrease in C20:5 and C22:6. Therefore, unsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids (PS/S ratio changed and the n-3/n-6 ratio declined from 7.03 to 0.59 compared with raw tuna. Due to the whole fat enrichment, canned fish showed a slight loss of PUFA (C20:5 and C22:6 and a increase of C18:1, C18:2 and C18:3. The latter effect was more marked in the preserves as a consequence of one year storage. The convenience of using for cannig an oil containing a lower amount of polyunsaturated fatty acid in order to remain the original n-3/n-6 ratio of the raw tuna is discussed.Se estudiaron los cambios que se producen en la grasa del atún blanco en cada una de las etapas que intervienen en el proceso de fabricación y almacenamiento de su conserva: cocción en salmuera y esterilización practicada en aceite de soja. Se estudiaron dos tiempos diferentes de esterilización (55 y 90 minutos y el almacenamiento por espacio de 1 año. La cocción en salmuera no afectó a la composición en ácidos grasos de los lípidos del pescado ni a la relación n-3/n-6. Sin embargo, durante la esterilización, el atún absorbió el aceite utilizado como cobertura, lo que produjo un aumento porcentual en el nivel de C18:1, C18:2, C18:3 y una disminución en C20:5 y C22:6. La relación ácidos grasos insaturados a saturados (PS/S cambió y la n-3/n-6 disminuyó desde 7,03 a 0,59 comparado con atún crudo. En el pescado en conserva, debido al enriquecimiento total

  12. Efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento, el tipo de músculo y el genotipo del animal sobre las pérdidas por goteo en carne cruda de cerdo

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    Bermúdez M Fanhor

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available En un diseño factorial con arreglo en parcelas subdivididas se analizó el efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento (24, 48 y 72 h a 6 °C, el tipo de músculo (Longissimus dorsi, Tríceps brachii, Bíceps femoris y el genotipo de animal (tres razas puras: Yorkshire, Landrace, Duroc; dos genotipos: F1 por el cruce Yorkshire x Landrace (YL, cruce de la F1 x Duroc (F1D sobre las pérdidas por goteo en carne cruda de cerdo. Las muestras se tomaron a las 24 h postmortem y se almacenaron durante 72 h. El mayor porcentaje de pérdida se presentó para la carne obtenida a partir del músculo Bíceps femoris proveniente de los animales pertenecientes al genotipo F1. El porcentaje de pérdida por goteo más alto se presentó durante las primeras 24 h. Los resultados indicaron diferencias estadísticas altamente significativas (P < 0.01 para los efectos individuales genotipo, tipo de músculo y tiempo de almacenamiento sobre el porcentaje de pérdida por goteo.

  13. Herramientas moleculares aplicadas al estudio de aguas para el consumo humano, comunidad El Cacao, Nicaragua

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    Leandro A. Paramo

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Se determinó la presencia de contaminantes microbianos en aguas de consumo humano de la comunidad El Cacao, Mosonte, Nueva Segovia. El análisis se realizó tanto por métodos microbiológicos como por vía molecular analizando su interrelación con las enfermedades que se observan en la comunidad. Se obtuvo la presencia de coliformes fecales, totales y Escherichia coli desde la captación hasta el tanque de almacenamiento. Los aislados identificados pertenecen a las bacterias del tipo Alcaligenes y Paenalcaligenes, además de Stenotrophomonas y Serratia. Las cuales son bacterias acuáticas y están asociadas a diversas enfermedades. Además se identificó lapresencia de Aspergillus que han sido bien reportados en diversas enfermedades humanas.

  14. Fritura industrial de patatas crisps. Influencia del grado de insaturación de la grasa de fritura sobre la estabilidad oxidativa durante el almacenamiento

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    Wittig, Emma

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative stability of crisps fried in two vegetable oils: sunflower oil (SO and partially hydrogenated sunflower oil (PHSO, was studied. Crisps were stored at temperature at daylight, at 40ºC in oven, and a -23ºC as a control. Evaluation of the samples was carried out by chemical and sensory analyses. Rancid odour and flavour were detected at 180 and 49 days of storage, at room temperature and 40ºC respectively. In parallel, Peroxide value (PV, polar compounds (PC and TGox increased, while alpha tocopherol (AT and the induction time (IT decreased, confirming the low oxidative stability of the crisps fried in SO. On the contrary, crisps fried in PHSO, showed a good oxidative stability in both storage conditions until the end of the storage (210 days. Chemical analyses confirmed the high stability of crisps fried in PHSO and hence the influence of fatty acid composition in crisps shelf life. Statistical analysis showed a good correlation between PV, PC, TGox and AT. Finally, shelf life of crisps fried in SO was estimated from PV and it was found that one day of storage at 40ºC was equivalent at 4.9 days at room temperature.Se estudia la estabilidad oxidativa de patatas crisps elaboradas con dos aceites: girasol (AG, girasol parcialmente hidrogenado (AGPH. Las patatas se almacenan a temperatura ambiente con luz, a 40ºC en estufa de aire forzado, y a -23ºC, como control. La evaluación durante el almacenamiento se realiza mediante métodos químicos y sensoriales. El olor y sabor rancio del producto elaborado con AG, se manifestó a 180 y 49 días, a temperatura ambiente y 40ºC respectivamente, aumentando, en paralelo, el índice de peróxidos (IP, los compuestos polares (CP y los triglicéridos oxidados (TGox, y disminuyendo la concentración de alfa tocoferol (AT y el tiempo de inducción (TI, confirmando la inestabilidad del producto. Las patatas crisps elaboradas en AGPH se mostraron estables a temperatura ambiente y 40

  15. Metodología de simulación del almacenamiento geológico de CO2 como contribución a la solución al problema del Cambio Climático, aplicada a la estructura BG-GE-08 (oeste de la Comunidad de Murcia)

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    Arjona García-Borreguero, Javier

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    Una de las medidas de mitigación del Cambio Climático propuestas al amparo de la ONU por el IPCC (Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change) en su ‘Informe de Síntesis 2007’ consiste en la puesta en marcha de acciones para la captación y almacenamiento de dióxido de carbono, existiendo tres tipos de formaciones geológicas idóneas para el almacenamiento geológico de este gas: yacimientos de petróleo y gas agotados, capas de carbón no explotables y formaciones salinas profundas. En el caso de l...

  16. Efecto del enlatado en aceite y salmuera y su posterior almacenamiento sobre los lípidos de la bacoreta (Euthynnus alletteratus

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    Aubourg, Santiago P.

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    Full Text Available Changes produced in the lipid fraction of Little Tunny during canning in oil and in brine and during its subsequent storage were studied in order to compare the effect of both dipping procedures. The effect of the type of covering medium on both the total lipid composition and on the phospholipid fraction was determined.
    Canning in oil was shown to lead to certain changes in the composition of the final product, there being a decrease in the phospholipid and fatty acid (16:0,18:0, 20:4ω6, 20:5ω3, 24:1ω9 and 22:6ω content of the total lipids. Furthermore, the presence of triglycerides in the oil used for canning leads to increases in some fatty acids (oleic and linoleic in the samples. The lipid content of samples canned in brine were lower than initial values. This difference due to processing was not detected in samples canned in oil.
    The phospholipid study showed the presence of 1-O-alk-1-enyl-ether chains, the qualitative and quantitative composition of which was studied. The thermal treatment Involved in both dipping procedures provoked a sharp decrease in the plasmalogen content, while the polyunsaturated fatty acid composition was significantly lower ¡n the oil canned samples than in the raw samples. This decrease due to processing can be explained as an effect of the heat and of the extraction capacity of the oil.

    Se estudiaron los cambios producidos en la fracción lipídica de la bacoreta como resultado de su enlatado en dos modalidades distintas (aceite vegetal y salmuera y su posterior almacenamiento. El efecto del medio de cobertura se estudió sobre la composición lipídica total y sobre la fracción fosfolipídica.
    La comparación de los dos tipos de enlatado demostró que la presencia del aceite de cobertura puede provocar modificaciones en la composición del producto final como el descenso del contenido de fosfolípidos y de numerosos ácidos grasos (16:0,18:0,20:4ω6, 20:5ω3, 24:ω9 y 22:6ω3

  17. La producción de cacao en el estado Zulia: impacto socioeconómico en los cacaocultores "Ruta del Chocolate"

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    Elvis Portillo

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación se realizó con el objetivo de promover el desarrollo de la cacaocultura del estado Zulia, mediante la transferencia tecnológica. Se utilizo el diagnóstico participativo, entrevistas directas, asistencia técnica, reuniones y dictado de cursos. Como resultados preliminares tenemos: Organización de 9 asociaciones de productores, 300 productores capacitados sobre el manejo agronómico del cultivo y aspectos organizacionales, Fortalecimiento del Laboratorio de Tecnología de alimentos de la Facultad de Agronomía de LUZ. El trabajo ha servido de incentivo para los productores del estado Zulia a fin de rescatar el cacao como rubro generador de divisas para los cacaocultores y el país.

  18. Investigación preliminar de la influencia del tratamiento térmico y tiempo de almacenamiento sobre el aroma de habas (Vicia faba)

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    Ramos-Díaz, José; University of Helsinki; Suvanto, Sonja; University of Helsinki; Forsten, Elina; University of Helsinki; Seppa, Laila; University of Helsinki

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    Haba (Vicia faba) es una leguminosa disponible en Finlandia que se utiliza en la alimentación humana y animal debido a su alto contenido de proteína y fibra. A diferencia de otras legumbres, poco se sabe acerca de las sustancias volátiles que se producen durante el almacenamiento y los descriptores de aroma asociados a las mismas. durante el almacenamiento y los descriptores de aroma asociados a las mismas. Las suspensiones fueron elaboradas en base a harina de habas. Muestras fueron sometida...

  19. Almacenamiento de energía para la reducción del coste de los errores de predicción en la generación eólica

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    Labrador Martínez, Víctor

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    El presente proyecto tiene como objetivo determinar la viabilidad de la instalación de un sistema de almacenamiento energético, concretamente de una batería, como instrumento para reducir el coste imputado a los productores eólicos por los errores de previsión de potencias generada. Para lograr este objetivo se ha dividido el proyecto en tres partes, utilizando en cada una de ellas diferentes métodos. En una primera parte se evalúa el estado del sistema eléctrico español ...

  20. Efectos del sistema de conservación sobre la fertilidad de oocitos de yamú (Brycon amazonicus) durante cortos períodos de almacenamiento

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    Velasco-Santamaría, Yohana M.; Corredor-Santamaría, Wilson; Cruz-Casallas, Pablo E.

    2006-01-01

    El objetivo fue evaluar los efectos del sistema de conservación sobre la fertilidad de oocitos de yamú (Brycon amazonicus) durante cortos períodos de almacenamiento. Se utilizaron hembras y machos adultos tratados con extracto de hipófisis de carpa para estimular la ovulación y aumentar el volumen...... larvas. Bajo los tres sistemas de conservación, DO aumentó con el tiempo, siendo mayor (pmayores DO fueron observados en oocitos conservados a T°R (p

  1. Implementación de buenas prácticas logísticas en el marco de seguridad industrial, almacenamiento y gestión del control de inventarios en la empresa Yokomotos

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    Cavajal Guzmán, María Alejandra; Ruiz Martínez, Carlos Eduardo

    2012-01-01

    Con este trabajo se pretende generar una implementación de una mejora logística que agregue valor, aumente la eficiencia y mejore los procesos de almacenamiento y distribución, gestión del control de inventarios y seguridad industrial de la empresa YOKOMOTOS. Se realizó un estudio profundo de la situación y los problemas que tiene actualmente la empresa. Todo esto con el fin de dar resultados que diferencien a esta compañía en el mercado de los repuestos para motos, obteniendo mayor presti...

  2. Evaluación oxidativa de las mezclas de aceites de leguminosas del Desierto de Sonora con aceites de maíz y soja durante su almacenamiento

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    Vázquez-Moreno, L.

    2001-12-01

    por lo que se consideró de interés evaluar el proceso de oxidación durante el almacenamiento por 122 días de mezclas en los aceites de: Mezquite Prosopis juliflora, Gatuña Mimosa grahamii, Palo fierro Olneya tesota, Vinorama Acacia constricta, Palo de brea Cercidium praecox y Palo verde Parkinsonia aculeata con aceites de soja y maíz en proporciones 1:1, 2:1 y 3:1. Los parámetros evaluados fueron: Indice de Peróxidos (I.P, de yodo (I.I, de Acidez (I.A, así como el valor de p-Anisidina (p-A. Las mezclas de los aceites silvestres con el de maíz mostraron valores iniciales de I.P. en un rango de 2 a 4 meq/Kg y a los 122 días el valor fue de 4 a 7 meq/Kg mientras que las mezclas con el aceite de soja los valores iniciales fueron de 3 a 6 meq/Kg y al final fueron de 8 a 15 meq/Kg. Los valores de I.I. e I.A. no presentaron diferencias entre las mezclas de los aceites silvestres con el de maíz. Los aceites silvestres mezclados con el de soja incrementaron el I.I. en las tres proporciones estudiadas, y en el I.A. presentaron un ligero incremento en la proporción 1:1. En el valor de p-Anisidina de las mezclas de aceites silvestres con maíz se obtuvo un pequeño aumento el cual fue menor en las mezclas 3:1, a diferencia de las mezclas con aceite de soja el incremento fue mayor y solo en las mezclas con aceite de gatuña y palo fierro los valores menores se observaron en las mezclas 3:1. Los aceites de gatuña y palo fierro mezclados con aceite de maíz presentaron los menores incrementos en los índices de oxidación evaluados. Los aceites de palo fierro y gatuña mezclados con aceite de maíz no presentaron cambios en la concentración de ácidos palmítico y araquidico du rante el almacenamiento. La concentración del ácido oleico en los aceites de mezquite (3:1, gatuña (1:1, 2:1 y 3:1, vinorama (3:1, así como los ácidos linoleico y erucico en gatuña en sus tres mezclas no presentaron cambios ni alteración durante el almacenamiento, por lo que se

  3. Efecto del Tostado Sobre los Metabolitos Secundarios y la Actividad Antioxidante de Clones de Cacao Colombiano / Effect of Roasting on the Secondary Metabolites and Antioxidant Activity of Colombian Cocoa Clones

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    Sandra Zapata Bustamante

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. El tostado es una de las operaciones tecnológicas másimportantes en el procesamiento de los granos de cacao; esteproceso conduce a la formación de los productos de la reacciónde Maillard (RM los cuales son cruciales para el desarrollo dela calidad organoléptica de los granos de cacao y sus productosasociados. En el presente estudio se evaluó el efecto del tostadosobre el contenido de metabolitos secundarios y la actividadantioxidante en cinco clones de cacao cultivados en Colombia.En los extractos metanólicos de los diferentes clones de cacao sedeterminó el contenido de fenoles totales, taninos condensados,antocianinas totales, catequina y epicatequina, teobromina ycafeína. Además, se determinó la actividad antioxidante pormedio de la actividad atrapadora del radical ABTS•+, el métodoORAC y la capacidad atrapadora de radicales superóxido. Enconclusión, el efecto del tostado en los clones de cacao no tuvo uncomportamiento uniforme sobre los cambios en los contenidos delos diversos metabolitos secundarios y la actividad antioxidante. /  Abstract. Roasting is one of the most important technologicaloperations in the processing of cocoa beans; this process leads tothe formation of products of the Maillard reaction (RM, which arecrucial for the development of organoleptic quality of cocoa beansand its associated products. The aim of this study was to evaluatethe effect of roasting on the content of secondary metabolites andantioxidant activity in five Colombian cocoa clones, by differentmethodologies. The methanolic extracts of the cocoa beans wereanalyzed for total phenols content, condensed tannins, totalantiocianins, catechin and epicatechin, theobromine and caffeine.The antioxidant activity was determined by ABTS assay, ORACmethod and superoxide radical scavenging method. The effect ofroasting on cocoa clones did not have an unspecified behavior. Inconclusion, the effect of roasting of cacao clones was not uniformon the

  4. Impacto económico y social del sello de comercio justo en las exportaciones de cacao orgánico de las cooperativas peruanas hacia la Unión Europea

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    Objetivo: Identificar el impacto económico y social del sello de comercio justo, en el incremento de las exportaciones de cacao orgánico de las cooperativas peruanas hacia el mercado de la Unión Europea desde el año 2005 al 2010. Método: se utilizó el diseño mixto: cuali-cuantitativo, ya que es exploratoria cualitativa. Por otro lado, se realizó una investigación descriptiva para poder investigar con mayor amplitud y precisión el aumento de las exportaciones de cacao orgánico peruano hacia la...

  5. Efecto del Uso del Suelo en la Capacidad de Almacenamiento Hídrico en el Páramo de Sumapaz - Colombia / Effect of Land Use on Water Holding Capacity in the Sumapaz Paramo- Colombia

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    Martha Constanza Daza Torres

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Los páramos son ecosistemas importantes por su función natural como reguladores hídricos donde sus suelos juegan un papel fundamental. Sin embargo, son sistemas frágiles que pueden sufrir degradación con cambios en el uso del suelo. Este estudio se realizó con el fin de evaluar cambios en las propiedades físicas de un suelo de páramo relacionadas con su capacidad de almacenamiento de agua cuando se someten a diferentes usos. El trabajo se llevó a cabo en el área del Parque Natural Nacional del Sumapaz (Cundinamarca-Colombia, donde se seleccionó un tipo de suelo representativo de una misma unidad cartográfica de suelos bajo diferentes usos (cultivos de papa, ganadería, suelo en descanso con vegetación de barbecho y suelos con vegetación nativa, como tratamiento testigo; se realizaron tres calicatas por cada uso, se tomaron muestras de los cuatro lados de la calicata por horizonte y se evaluaron propiedades del suelo como retención de humedad, densidad aparente, porosidad total, distribución de la porosidad y contenido de carbono orgánico. Se encontró que la capacidad de almacenamiento de humedad del suelo se percibió disminuida para todos los usos hasta en un 60%; la densidad aparente aumentó hasta un 16% y la porosidad total disminuyó hasta en un 23% de los suelos con diferente uso al ser comparados con el suelo del tratamiento testigo. El cultivo de papa y los lotes en descanso presentaron los menores valores de porcentaje de carbono orgánico, porosidad, retención de humedad, a capacidad de campo y punto de marchitez permanente; y altos valores de densidad aparente en comparación con el suelo con vegetación nativa. El cambio del uso del suelo disminuyó la capacidad de retención de agua, afectando la función ambiental de los páramos como reguladores hídricos. / Paramo grasslands are important ecosystems due to natural function as water regulator where soils play a fundamental role. However, paramo grasslands are

  6. Efecto del pH, la luz y la concentración de sacarosa en la Embriogénesis somática de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Lisette Valverde Cerdas

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Se llevó a cabo una investigación con el fin de establecer la metodología adecuada para inducir embriogénesis somática en cacao, a partir de semillas maduras. Se estudió el efecto del pH, la luz y la concentración de sacarosa sobre la respuesta embriogénica. Los dos cultivares mostraron diferente respuesta morfogénica y en ambos, estuvo influenciada por el pH, la luz y la concentración de sacarosa. La mejor respuesta embriogénica se obtuvo con un pH de 6,7. El número de embriones producidos fue mayor bajo condiciones de oscuridad que en presencia de luz. La formación de callo y la diferenciación de embriones somáticos estuvo directamente influenciada por la concentración de azúcar en el medio de cultivo. La mayor cantidad de embriones se obtuvo con niveles de sacarosa entre 4% y 6% para el híbrido UF-613xIMC-67 y niveles entre 2% y 4% de sacarosa para el cultivar CATIE-1000. Se presento una embriogénesis somática directa. Los resultados obtenidos sugieren la necesidad de continuar realizando estudios con esta especie.

  7. Presence of heavy metals in organic cacao (theobroma cacao l.) crop

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    HuamanI-Yupanqui, Hugo Alfredo; Huauya-Rojas, Miguel Ángel; Mansilla-Minaya, Luis Germán; Florida-Rofner, Nelino; Neira-Trujillo, Gilmer Milton

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    La presencia de metales pesados en el cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) es actualmente un grave problema para agricultores y cooperativas de las regiones Huánuco y Ucayali, Perú. En el presente trabajo se evaluaron los contenidos de cadmio y plomo en suelos y hojas del cacao en estas regiones. Para el efecto se recolectaron y analizaron en laboratorio muestras tomadas en 22 parcelas con cultivos orgánicos de esta especie, 17 en la región Huánuco y cinco en la región Ucayali. Se realizaron...

  8. Presencia de metales pesados en cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) orgánico

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    Hugo Alfredo Huamaní-Yupanqui; Miguel ángel Huauya-Rojas; Luis Germán Mansilla-Minaya; Nelino Florida-Rofner; Gilmer Milton Neira-Trujillo

    2012-01-01

    La presencia de metales pesados en el cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) es actualmente un grave problema para agricultores y cooperativas de las regiones Huánuco y Ucayali, Perú. En el presente trabajo se evaluaron los contenidos de cadmio y plomo en suelos y hojas del cacao en estas regiones. Para el efecto se recolectaron y analizaron en laboratorio muestras tomadas en 22 parcelas con cultivos orgánicos de esta especie, 17 en la región Huánuco y cinco en la región Ucayali. Se realizaron...

  9. Valoración Económica del Manglar por el Almacenamiento de Carbono, Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

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    Arnold De la Peña

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM genera diferentes bienes y servicios ambientales, por ejemplo, sumidero de carbono, hábitat de flora y fauna, despensa de alimentos y materias primas, entre otros. Se presenta una aproximación a la cuantificación monetaria del servicio de almacenamiento de carbono, con el fin de establecer información base para las decisiones de su uso. Lo anterior se hizo con base en muestreo de campo de 15 árboles de manglar y en mediciones realizadas en cuatro estaciones de monitoreo de la CGSM (Caño Grande, Rinconada, Aguas Negras y Luna por INVEMAR (2008. Para tal fin, se estimó la biomasa aérea total, las existencias de carbono y de dióxido de carbono equivalente (CO2e discriminada por especie y zona. Los resultados indican que en términos relativos el bosque de manglar de la CGSM puede almacenar entre 6,9 (la Luna y 45,7 (Rinconada t C ha-1. La valoración monetaria se encuentran entre US$ 87,76 y 591,41 t CO2e ha-1, según los precios pagados por el Banco Mundial, correspondiente a los Certificados de Emisiones Reducidas (CERs forestales no permanentes. El valor monetario amplia la importancia de iniciar un proceso que permita incorporar estos beneficios económicos a los actuales mecanismos de mercado y contribuyan a los esfuerzos locales de conservación.Palabras Clave: Manglar; almacenamiento de carbono; biomasa aérea; dióxido de carbono equivalente y valoración económica. Economic Valuation of Mangrove for the Carbon Storage in the Ciénaga Grande de Santa MartaAbstractThe Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM Generate Different Environmental goods and services, for instance, carbon sink, habitat for flora and fauna, stocks of foods and raw materials, etc. This paper presents an attempt to value in monetary terms the service of carbon storage, with the aim to establish inputs for the decisions process of used. This paper presents an Attempt to Terms Monetary value in the service of carbon storage

  10. Efecto in vitro de aceites esenciales de tres especies de Lippia sobre Moniliophthora roreri (Cif. y Par. Evans et al., agente causante de la moniliasis del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Betty Stefany Lozada

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto antifúngico in vitro de cinco aceites esenciales (AEs (AE1, AE2, AE3, AE4 y AE5 extraídos de Lippia origanoides, L. citriodora y L. alba sobre aislados de monilia (Moniliophthora roreri obtenidos de frutos de cacao infectados provenientes de San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia. Las plantas de Lippia fueron colectadas en cinco localidades colombianas. Los aislados de monilia (M1, M2, M3, M4 y M5 fueron caracterizados por su morfología, germinación y crecimiento en medios de cultivo. La actividad antifúngica de diferentes concentraciones de los AEs fue evaluada contra el aislado M2 y la cepa de M. roreri (ATCC 64239, para determinar su efecto sobre la germinación y la inhibición del crecimiento micelial. Los AEs estudiados inhibieron 100% de la germinación y del crecimiento micelial cuando fueron utilizados en concentraciones de 800 - 1000 µg/ml. Concentraciones de 200 µg/ml también mostraron efecto sobre los aislamientos fúngicos, siendo los AEs obtenidos de L. origanoides (AE2 y AE3 los más activos. Estos estaban compuestos principalmente por timol, p-cimeno, g-terpineno, acetato de timilo, carvacrol, b-mirceno, trans-b-cariofileno. Diferencias significativas (P < 0.05 sobre la susceptibilidad se observaron entre las dos cepas fúngicas estudiadas, siendo en general más susceptible el aislado M2 que la cepa ATCC. Los AEs de L. origanoides son candidatos para ser usados como posibles biofungicidas en el control de la moniliasis. Son necesarios estudios futuros orientados a determinar la actividad in vivo antifúngica de estos AEs y sus principales componentes.

  11. La incorporación del cacao ecuatoriano al mercado mundial entre 1840 y 1925, según los informes consulares

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    Juan Maiguashca

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo ofrece una reinterpretación del proceso de incorporación del cacao ecuatoriano al mercado mundial, entre 1840 y 1925. Esta revisión se realiza a partir de los conceptos desarrollados por el economista italiano Giovanni Arrighi: incorporación nominal, incorporación periférica e incorporación no-periférica. Por medio de estos, el ensayo analiza la variedad de enlaces que se desarrollaron entre el centro y la periferia, y dentro la periferia misma. Se estudian especialmente dos momentos de este proceso: 1840-1890 y 1890-1910. El análisis de las articulaciones externas e internas que se dieron en cada una de estas fases y los factores de producción que los sustentaron permiten caracterizar al primer momento como ‘incorporación nominal’ y al segundo como ‘periférica’. Esta distinción permite una mejor comprensión del auge cacaotero ecuatoriano en el largo siglo XIX. El trabajo se basa en los informes consulares extranjeros, un tipo de documentación que no ha sido suficientemente estudiada todavía.

  12. Efecto in vitro de aceites esenciales de tres especies de Lippia sobre Moniliophthora roreri (Cif. y Par. Evans et al., agente causante de la moniliasis del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Lozada Betty Stefany

    2012-11-01

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    Se evaluó el efecto antifúngico in vitro de cinco aceites esenciales (AEs (AE1, AE2, AE3, AE4 y AE5 extraídos de Lippia origanoides, L. citriodora y L. alba sobre aislados de monilia (Moniliophthora roreri obtenidos de frutos de cacao infectados provenientes de San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia. Las plantas de Lippia fueron colectadas en cinco localidades colombianas. Los aislados de monilia (M1, M2, M3, M4 y M5 fueron caracterizados por su morfología, germinación y crecimiento en medios de cultivo. La actividad antifúngica de diferentes concentraciones de los AEs fue evaluada contra el aisla- do M2 y la cepa de M. roreri (ATCC 64239, para determinar su efecto sobre la germinación y la inhibi- ción del crecimiento micelial. Los AEs estudiados inhibieron 100% de la germinación y del crecimiento micelial cuando fueron utilizados en concentraciones de 800 - 1000 µg/ml. Concentraciones de 200 µg/ml también mostraron efecto sobre los aislamientos fúngicos, siendo los AEs obtenidos de L. ori- ganoides (AE2 y AE3 los más activos. Estos estaban compuestos principalmente por timol, p-cimeno,

    y-terpineno, acetato de timilo, carvacrol, 1-mirceno, trans-1ccariofileno. Diferencias significativas (P <

    0.05 sobre la susceptibilidad se observaron entre las dos cepas fúngicas estudiadas, siendo en gene- ral más susceptible el aislado M2 que la cepa ATCC. Los AEs de L. origanoides son candidatos para ser usados como posibles biofungicidas en el control de la moniliasis. Son necesarios estudios futuros orientados a determinar la actividad in vivo antifúngica de estos AEs y sus principales componentes.

  13. Efecto del almacenamiento de uva caimarona (pourouma cecropiifolia) a diferentes temperaturas sobre los sólidos solubles y la actividad de catalasa

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    Narvaez Cuenca, Carlos Eduardo; Restrepo, Patricia

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    La uva caimarona fue almacenada durante seis días entre 1 y 25 °C. Los frutos manifestaron lesiones por frío a l , 10 y 15 °C, estos daños se hicieron mayores al incrementar el tiempo de exposición al frío y al disminuir la temperatura. Tanto a 20 como a 25 °C los frutos maduraron de manera adecuada. La disminución de la temperatura de almacenamiento de 25 a 20 °C inhibió el metabolismo de azúcares y ácidos carboxílicos. Las lesiones por frío en los frutos refrigerados a 1 °C estuvieron re...

  14. Efecto del almacenamiento de Uva Caimarona (Pourouma cecropiifolia) a diferentes temperaturas sobre los sólidos solubles y la actividad de catalasa

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    Carlos Eduardo Narvaez Cuenca; Patricia Restrepo

    2010-01-01

    La uva caimarona fue almacenada durante seis días entre 1 y 25 °C. Los frutos manifestaron lesiones por frío a l , 10 y 15 °C, estos daños se hicieron mayores al incrementar el tiempo de exposición al frío y al disminuir la temperatura. Tanto a 20 como a 25 °C los frutos maduraron de manera adecuada. La disminución de la temperatura de almacenamiento de 25 a 20 °C inhibió el metabolismo de azúcares y ácidos carboxílicos. Las lesiones por frío en los frutos refrigerados a 1 °C estuvieron re...

  15. Efecto del almacenamiento de Uva Caimarona (Pourouma cecropiifolia a diferentes temperaturas sobre los sólidos solubles y la actividad de catalasa

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    Carlos Eduardo Narvaez Cuenca

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available La uva caimarona fue almacenada durante seis días entre 1 y 25 °C. Los frutos manifestaron lesiones por frío a l , 10 y 15 °C, estos daños se hicieron mayores al incrementar el tiempo de exposición al frío y al disminuir la temperatura. Tanto a 20 como a 25 °C los frutos maduraron de manera adecuada. La disminución de la temperatura de almacenamiento de 25 a 20 °C inhibió el metabolismo de azúcares y ácidos carboxílicos. Las lesiones por frío en los frutos refrigerados a 1 °C estuvieron relacionadas con menores valores de pH, sólidos solubles y actividades de catalasa.

  16. Análisis del diseño de voladuras con cargas compactas en la cantera de áridos El Cacao

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    José A. Otaño-Noguel

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Durante las  voladuras primarias en la cantera de áridos El Cacao se obtiene un alto porcentaje de pedazos con dimensiones superiores a los admitidos por los eslabones siguientes de la cadena tecnológica, lo que provoca la necesidad de la fragmentación secundaria,  trayendo esto aparejado numerosos inconvenientes, el encarecimiento de las labores y el incremento  del  costo  de  producción. Para un diseño racional de las voladuras se requiere conocer las propiedades físicas de las rocas así como la acción de la explosión en el medio. En el presente trabajo  se  determinan esas propiedades y se ofrecen los resultados del estudio de la acción de la explosión en el medio provocado por la detonación de una carga compacta de sustancia explosiva.

  17. 21 CFR 163.110 - Cacao nibs.

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    2010-04-01

    ...) Description. (1) Cacao nibs is the food prepared by removing the shell from cured, cleaned, dried, and cracked cacao beans. The cacao shell content is not more than 1.75 percent by weight, calculated on an alkali... is “cacao nibs”, “cocoa nibs”, or “cracked cocoa”. (1) When the cacao nibs, or the cacao beans...

  18. Efecto del CO2 en la atmósfera de almacenamiento sobre la fisiología de la aceituna de molino

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    García Martos, J. María

    1993-04-01

    Full Text Available Olive fruits (Olea europaea used for oil production were stored at 5 °C and four different atmospheres (%CO2/%O2/%N2: 0/21/78; 5/20/75; 10/19/71 and 20/17/63. At 5 °C the enrichment of the storage atmosphere with > 5% CO2 concentrations produced a proportional increase of the physiological disorder occurring in stored fruits. This occurrence had a strong relationship with the appearance of fruit decay. Simple refrigeration at 5 °C was sufficient to maintain the same degree of ripening of olive fruits for 60 days. However, a longer period of storage at 5 °C originated a remarkable incidence of chilling injuries in the fruits.Aceitunas (Olea europaea destinadas a la producción de aceite, se han conservado con refrigeración a 5 °C y en cuatro diferentes atmósferas (%CO2/%O2/%N2: 0/21/78; 5/20/75; 10/19/71 y 20/17/63. A 5 °C el enriquecimiento de la atmósfera de conservación con una concentración igual o superior al 5% de CO2 provocó un aumento proporcional de la incidencia de desórdenes fisiológicos. Esta incidencia tuvo una relación estrecha con la presencia de podredumbre en el fruto. La simple refrigeración a 5 °C permitió retener durante 60 días el grado de maduración de las aceitunas. Sin embargo, un periodo de almacenamiento más prolongado a 5 °C provocó en los frutos una notable incidencia de lesiones por frío.

  19. Mecanismos de acción de los flavanoles del cacao en las células hepáticas durante la resistencia a la insulina y la diabetes: estudio en cultivos celulares y en animales de experimentación

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    Cordero Herrera, Isabel

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    Durante la resistencia a la insulina y la diabetes tipo 2 se alteran el metabolismo glucídico y lipídico, y el equilibrio redox por la aparición del estrés oxidativo. El cacao y su principal flavanol, la epicatequina, EC, parecen presentar actividad antidiabética. Sin embargo, hay pocos estudios sobre los mecanismos de acción molecular de los flavanoles del cacao responsables de dicha actividad en el hígado. Con este fin se plantearon los siguientes objetivos, 1, Evaluar el efecto de los flav...

  20. DETERMINACIÓN DEL TIEMPO DE MEZCLA EN UN TANQUE DE ALMACENAMIENTO PARA AGUA POTABLE MEDIANTE DINÁMICA DE FLUIDOS COMPUTACIONAL -CFD- Determining the Blend Time in a Drinking Water Storage Tank through Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD

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    Santiago Laín

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Para estimar el comportamiento hidráulico de un tanque de almacenamiento de agua potable se usó un programa para la simulación de dinámica computacional de fluidos, evaluando numéricamente los perfiles de velocidad y el tiempo de mezcla. Los perfiles de velocidad mostraron un valor máximo a la salida de 0,76 m.s-1 y velocidades de 0,2 m.s-1 cerca de las paredes, propiciando zonas de recirculación cerca del chorro de entrada. La inyección del trazador y el coeficiente de variación para 17 puntos de monitoreo en el tanque resultaron en un tiempo de mezcla de 19,06 horas y se verificó que cerca de las paredes la mezcla es menos eficiente que en la trayectoria del chorro de entrada. El volumen necesario que debe entrar al tanque para que haya buena mezcla resultó inversamente proporcional a la masa de agua almacenada.In order to estimate the hydraulic behavior of a drinking water storage tank, Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD simulation program was used to numerically evaluate blend speed and time profiles. Speed profiles showed a maximum value when leaving at 0.76 m.s-1 and 0.2 m.s-1 speeds near walls, creating recirculation areas near the inlet stream. Injection of tracer and the variation coefficient for 17 monitoring points in the tank resulted in a blend time of 19.06 hours and it was found that the blend near walls is less efficient than in the inlet stream trajectory. Necessary volume to enter the tank in order to achieve a good blend was inversely proportional to the water mass stored.

  1. Sistema de Adquisición y Almacenamiento de Datos para Monitorización del Estado de Transformadores de Potencia Data Acquisition and Storage System for Condition Monitoring. Application to Operating Power Transformers

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    P. Mariño

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es el diseño y realización de un sistema de adquisición, procesado y almacenamiento de datos para la monitorización del estado de transformadores de potencia. Utilizando técnicas de Almacén de Datos (Data Warehouse e instrumentos virtuales, se creó un sistema de medida en cuatro transformadores en funcionamiento de 40 MVA. Se ha proporcionado a la aplicación que maneja los modelos de predicción, abstracciones de los sensores que los autores han denominado Tarjetas de Adquisición Virtuales. El sistema desarrollado en este trabajo tiene la ventaja frente a los sistemas comerciales existentes de ser fácilmente reconfigurable. Los subsistemas desarrollados, se pueden modificar para adaptarse a la monitorización del estado de otros equipos que necesiten medir variables mediante sensoresThe objective of the current work is the design and development of an acquisition, processing and storage data system for monitoring the condition of power transformers. Using techniques for data storage (Data Warehouse and virtual instruments, a measuring system was created in four 40 MVA transformers. The application that handles the prediction models was provided with an abstraction of the sensors, which the authors have named Virtual Acquisition Cards. Compared with available commercial software the acquisition system developed in this work has the advantage of being easily reconfigurable. The subsystems designed can be easily modified to monitor the estate of any other equipment that needs to measure variables using sensors

  2. Caracterización de productos tradicionales y no tradicionales derivados de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) en el estado de Tabasco, México.

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    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo se realizó en la zona de la Chontalpa del estado de Tabasco, México, que comprende los municipios de Comalcalco, Cárdenas, Huimanguillo, Jalpa de Méndez, Paraíso y Cunduacán. Dicha región es conocida como la cuna del cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) en el Estado, con una superficie sembrada de 41,025 ha. El objetivo de esta investigación fue identificar, clasificar y caracterizar fisicoquímicamente los productos no tradicionales derivados del cacao (PNTC), representativos de las...

  3. Instalaciones de seguridad para almacenamiento de líquidos inflamables

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    El objeto del presente Trabajo Fin de Grado es definir, de acuerdo con la normativa vigente, las instalaciones de seguridad de una instalación de almacenamiento de alcohol etílico para uso alimentario. Una instalación ya diseñada y sobre la que vamos a trabajar para dar una solución adecuadamente justificada. La norma de referencia será la Instrucción Técnica Complementaria MIE-APQ 01 del Reglamento de Almacenamiento de Productos Químicos, procedente del RAQ (reglamento de a...

  4. PRODUCCIÓN Y ALMACENAMIENTO DE BELLOTAS DE QUERCUS HINTONII WARBURG (FAGACEAE) DE LA DEPRESIÓN DEL BALSAS, MÉXICO

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    David Díaz-Pontones; Irma Reyes-Jaramillo

    2009-01-01

    México es un centro de diversificación de encinos que cubren gran parte de las zonas montañosas del país con gran número de especies endémicas, entre ellas Quercus hintonii Warburg, especie de encino rojo, amenazada por la tala clandestina y cambio de uso del suelo. Se distribuye en el SW del Estado de México dentro del sistema orográfi co de la provincia de la Sierra Madre del Sur, subprovincia de la Depresión del Balsas. El presente estudio aporta información de la producción de su bellota ...

  5. El mono y el cacao: la búsqueda de un mito a través de los relieves del Grupo de la Serie Inicial de Chichén Itzá Monkey and Cacao: in Search of a Myth Through the Initial Series Group Reliefs in Chichén Itzá

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    Martha Ilia Nájera Coronado

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Recientes estudios sobre el cacao han subrayado la relevancia del árbol y de su fruto en diferentes ámbitos de la cultura maya y podría afirmarse que, después del maíz, fue la planta más venerada; su valor destaca en la esfera económica, en la social y, por supuesto, también en la religiosa. A pesar de ello se desconocen mitos sobre cómo los hombres llegaron a obtenerlo; por ello, con base en el modelo mítico mesoamericano del maíz, se propone una interpretación sustentada principalmente en el análisis de algunos de los relieves del Grupo de la Serie Inicial ubicado en Chichén Itzá, en la que el simio juega un papel relevante.Recent studies about cacao symbolism have stressed the importance of this plant and its bean in several contexts of ancient Maya culture, sustaining the assumption that it was the most revered plant after corn. Its value stands out in economic and social terms and, of course, in religious contexts. However, we do not know the mythical beliefs related with its procurement for the human beings; in this paper we propose a possible interpretation, based on the maize mythical model and supported by several representations from the Initial Series Group of Chichén Itzá, where monkeys play an important role.

  6. Consideraciones ambientales y viabilidad socioeconómica del sistema productivo del cacao el caso de los agricultores de Pueblo Bello, Departamento del César

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    Ramos Pérez, Danilo Fernando

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    Pueblo Bello es uno de los 25 municipios colombianos que integran el Departamento del Cesar. Se encuentra sobre la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta a una altitud de 1200 m s.n.m. y su temperatura media es de 21,8°C. Es un importante centro para servicios de salud y abasto para la población indígena de la Sierra y un atractivo sitio turístico, no solo para los habitantes del Cesar, sino también para otras regiones de Colombia por tener en su jurisdicción la capital de la Cultura Arhuaca Nabusímake...

  7. ¿Cuál Variedad de Cacao Debemos Sembrar?

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    Chavarriaga Misas Eduardo

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    Full Text Available A mediados del año 34 se comenzaba a despertar el interés entre los agricultores una variedad de cacao denominada "injerto". También se iniciaban campañas en diferentes regiones del país para fomentar la siembra de caco "Pajarito" de Antioquia. Estas dos y el tipo "criollo" como pudiera llamarse la variedad que se ha tenido en cultivo en el Cauca, son es nuestro concepto las que han de bajarse en la discusión que se establezca alrededor del tema "¿Cuál variedad de cacao debemos sembrar?

  8. ¿cuál variedad de cacao debemos sembrar?

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    Chavarriaga Misas Eduardo

    2012-01-01

    A mediados del año 34 se comenzaba a despertar el interés entre los agricultores una variedad de cacao denominada "injerto". También se iniciaban campañas en diferentes regiones del país para fomentar la siembra de caco "Pajarito" de Antioquia. Estas dos y el tipo "criollo" como pudiera llamarse la variedad que se ha tenido en cultivo en el Cauca, son es nuestro concepto las que han de bajarse en la discusión que se establezca alrededor del tema "¿Cuál variedad de cacao debemos sembrar?

  9. La reestructuración de los sectores del café y el cacao en México y Ecuador. Control agroempresarial de la tierra y trabajo campesino

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    Thomas Paul Henderson

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este artículo es examinar las luchas autónomas del campesinado contemporáneo y ofrecer un análisis de las dinámicas emergentes entre exportadoras transnacionales y productores directos. Se basa en trabajo de campo con productores de café en el sureste de México y productores de cacao en la costa ecuatoriana. Las relaciones directas entre exportadoras y productores impactan sobre la autonomía económica de los últimos de manera contradictoria, porque aumentan algunos aspectos de su autonomía mientras se restringen otros. Por ejemplo, el control de la producción y del trabajo campesino se transfiere cada vez más del productor al capital.

  10. Efectos de condición del fruto y temperatura de almacenamiento en la calidad de granada roja Effects of fruit condition and storage temperature on pomegranate quality

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    Edmundo Mercado Silva

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available El procesado mínimo de granada roja es una alternativa para incrementar su consumo, también una posibilidad de uso de frutas agrietadas que causa significativa de pérdidas en postcosecha. Con el objetivo de diseñar una tecnología sencilla de procesado mínimo, se estudió el efecto de la condición de la fruta agrietada o intacta; la presentación (gajos o granos libres y temperaturas de almacenamiento (0, 5 y 10 ºC en la calidad fisicoquímica y microbiológica durante 20 días. En agosto de 2007 se colectaron frutos de una huerta comercial de granada criolla de Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato. Se lavaron con agua y después con una solución de hipoclorito de sodio (200 ppm durante 5 min. Se seccionaron para extraer gajos de cada carpelo o se desgranaron, y fueron tratadas nuevamente con hipoclorito de sodio (50 ppm por 5 min, escurridas y envasadas en contenedores de plástico con tapa de 200 ó 100 g (para gajos y granos respectivamente y se almacenaron a 0, 5 y 10 ºC. Cada dos días se analizaron; color, azúcares totales, ºBx y acidez, así como presencia de bacterias mesófilas aeróbicas, coliformes, hongos y levaduras. La temperatura de 0 ºC, conservó las muestras de frutos intactos hasta por 20 días sin cambios apreciables en su calidad. Las muestras de frutas agrietadas tuvieron una menor vida de anaquel (18 días a 0 ºC; a 5 ºC, la vida de anaquel se redujo a 12 y 10 días; y a 10 ºC ésta fue de sólo 6 y 4 días, para frutas intactas y agrietadas respectivamente. La calidad de los gajos fue mejor respecto de los granos libres pero presentaron un ligero oscurecimiento de la cáscara.The minimal processing of pomegranate is an alternative to increase consumption, also a use possibility of cracked fruits that causes significant postharvest losses. In order to design a simple technology for minimally processing, we studied the effect of the intact and cracked fruit condition, the presentation (wedges or grain and storage

  11. VoCS : Sistema de almacenamiento voluntario en la nube

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    Schiavón Raineri, Ignacio Nicolás

    2012-01-01

    La computación en la nube responde a las necesidades del aumento de dispositivos conectados a Internet y el creciente volumen de datos manejados, ofreciendo acceso ubicuo y transparente a la información de forma segura. Esto ha tenido como consecuencia la apertura del mercado, ofreciendo muchas aplicaciones basadas en la nube como SkyDrive, Google Drive o Dropbox. VoCS (Volunteer Cloud Storage) es un sistema de almacenamiento voluntario en la nube de código abierto y seguro, que pretende ofre...

  12. Antioxidant capacity of infant fruit beverages: influence of storage and in vitro gastrointestinal digestion Capacidad antioxidante de las bebidas infantiles de frutas: influencia del almacenamiento y de la digestión gastrointestinal in vitro

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    S. Perales

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The total antioxidant capacity of three beverages based on fruit juice, milk and cereals, intended for infants and young children up to 3 years of age was evaluated by two methods Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity and Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. Results: According to the total antioxidant values obtained by both methods, the beverages can be ranked as follows: grape-orange-banana > peach-apple > pineapple-banana. Ascorbic acid was the main contributor (60% to the total antioxidant capacity, while the contribution of skimmed milk was less than 1.2%. After one month of storage at -20 ºC, significant losses (p Objetivo: Se evaluó la capacidad antioxidante de tres bebidas basadas en zumo de frutas, leche y cereales, indicadas para lactantes y niños de hasta 3 años de edad, mediante dos métodos: Capacidad Antioxidante Equivalente Trolox y Capacidad de Absorción del Oxígeno Reactivo. Resultados: de acuerdo con los valores antioxidantes totales obtenidos con ambos métodos, se pudo clasificar las bebidas de la siguiente manera: uva-naranja-plátano > melocotón-manzana > piña-plátano. El ácido ascórbico fue el principal contribuyente (60% a la capacidad antioxidante total, mientras que la contribución de la leche desnatada fue menor del 1,2%. Tras un mes de almacenamiento a -20 ºC, se encontraron unas pérdidas significativas de la capacidad antioxidante total (p < 0,05, aunque éstas fueron menores del 3% y, por lo tanto, carecían de significación nutricional. Las fracciones bioaccesibles (fracción soluble máxima en medios gastrointestinales simulados de las bebidas, obtenidas mediante digestión gastrointestinal in vitro, tuvieron actividades antioxidantes significativamente menores (p< 0,05 que las bebidas originales, si bien la pérdida de actividad antioxidante fue siempre menor del 19% - indicando así la estabilidad de la capacidad antioxidante bajo las condiciones aplicadas. Conclusiones: Los valores de la

  13. Presencia de metales pesados en cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L. orgánico

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    Hugo Alfredo Huamaní-Yupanqui

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La presencia de metales pesados en el cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L. es actualmente un grave problema para agricultores y cooperativas de las regiones Huánuco y Ucayali, Perú. En el presente trabajo se evaluaron los contenidos de cadmio y plomo en suelos y hojas del cacao en estas regiones. Para el efecto se recolectaron y analizaron en laboratorio muestras tomadas en 22 parcelas con cultivos orgánicos de esta especie, 17 en la región Huánuco y cinco en la región Ucayali. Se realizaron análisis de correlación de Pearson entre los contenidos de plomo y cadmio disponibles en el suelo con variables foliares (P, Mg, Ca, Zn, Cd, Pb y del suelo (arena, arcilla y K. En los suelos, sólo en el caso de potasio se presentan deficiencias; mientras que en el tejido foliar se presentaron deficiencias de N, P, K, Mg y Zn. Los valores promedio de cadmio y plomo disponible en los suelos fueron 0.53 y 3.02 ppm y en las hojas de cacao de 0.21 y 0.58 ppm respectivamente.

  14. Métodos de caracterización de combustible nuclear gastado con vistas a su almacenamiento y transporte

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    Canadell Navarro, Francina

    2008-01-01

    El objetivo es proporcionar un esquema general de la caracterización necesaria de los elementos combustibles irradiados que sirva para el diseño de un correcto y óptimo transporte y posterior almacenamiento de dicho combustible. Es evidente que el almacenamiento de todos los elementos combustibles en la propia central es ilógico y poco rentable. Debe encontrarse una solución que permita la evacuación del combustible gastado con una primera fase de almacenamiento intermedio para...

  15. Dormancia en semillas de papaya cv Maradol Roja durante el almacenamiento

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    Maruchi Alonso-Esquivel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo fue determinar el efecto de la humedad de la semilla cultivar Maradol Roja y la temperatura durante el almacenamiento, en la dormancia de la papaya. Este trabajo fue desarrollado en el Laboratorio Nacional de Semillas de la Empresa Productora y Comercializadora de Semillas, provincia La Habana, Cuba, en el período noviembre 2006 a enero 2008. Fueron extraídas las semillas de frutos de papaya cv Maradol Roja, y se secaron a tres contenidos de humedad (12%, 10,56% y 9,26%, y acondicionadas en bolsas de polietileno y almacenadas a 15ºC y 4ºC. El porcentaje de germinación, altura y peso fresco de la planta fueron realizadas al inicio y después de tres, seis, nueve y doce meses de almacenamiento. Hubo tendencia a la disminución de la germinación en los primeros seis mess del almacenamiento, alcanzándose los valores más bajos del porcentaje de germinación (55,6%. A partir de los nueve y doce meses fue detectado un aumento signifi cativo en la germinación, independiente del contenido de humedad de la semilla. El ambiente de 15ºC favoreció mayor germinación en períodos mayores de almacenamiento en relació a las mantenidas a 4ºC, que exhibieron mejores porcentajes de germinación en un período menor (tres meses de almacenamiento. La dormancia fi nalizó en los periodos de almacenamiento a los nueve y doce meses, independientemente del contenido de humedad.

  16. Efecto in vitro de aceites esenciales de tres especies de Lippia sobre Moniliophthora roreri (Cif. y Par. Evans et al., agente causante de la moniliasis del cacao (Theobroma cacao L. In vitro effect of essential oils of three Lippia species on Moniliophthora roreri (Cif. and Par. Evans et al., causative agent of moniliasis of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Betty Stefany Lozada

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó el efecto antifúngico in vitro de cinco aceites esenciales (AEs (AE1, AE2, AE3, AE4 y AE5 extraídos de Lippia origanoides, L. citriodora y L. alba sobre aislados de monilia (Moniliophthora roreri obtenidos de frutos de cacao infectados provenientes de San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia. Las plantas de Lippia fueron colectadas en cinco localidades colombianas. Los aislados de monilia (M1, M2, M3, M4 y M5 fueron caracterizados por su morfología, germinación y crecimiento en medios de cultivo. La actividad antifúngica de diferentes concentraciones de los AEs fue evaluada contra el aislado M2 y la cepa de M. roreri (ATCC 64239, para determinar su efecto sobre la germinación y la inhibición del crecimiento micelial. Los AEs estudiados inhibieron 100% de la germinación y del crecimiento micelial cuando fueron utilizados en concentraciones de 800 - 1000 µg/ml. Concentraciones de 200 µg/ml también mostraron efecto sobre los aislamientos fúngicos, siendo los AEs obtenidos de L. origanoides (AE2 y AE3 los más activos. Estos estaban compuestos principalmente por timol, p-cimeno, g-terpineno, acetato de timilo, carvacrol, b-mirceno, trans-b-cariofileno. Diferencias significativas (P The in vitro antifungal effect of five essential oils (EOs (EO1, EO2, EO3, EO4 and EO5 extracted from Lippia origanoides, L. citriodora and L. alba on isolates of Monilia (Moniliophthora roreri was evaluated. Lippia plants were collected at five locations in Colombia, and monilia isolates were obtained from infected cocoa fruits collected in San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander, Colombia. The fungi strains (M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 were characterized by morphology, germination and growth in culture media. Antifungal activity of different concentrations of EOs was evaluated against the M2 and the isolated strain of M. roreri (ATCC 64239 determining their effect on germination and mycelial growth inhibition. The five essential oils studied inhibited

  17. Studies on the Optimal behavior of Energy Storage in Reservoirs of a Hydroelectric system; Estudios sobre el comportamiento optimo del almacenamiento de energia en embalses de sistema hidroelectrico

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    Macedo Faria, Breno; Franco Barbosa, Paulo Sergio [Universidad Estatal de Campinas (Brazil)

    2002-09-01

    This work aims at studying the results of an optimisation model applied to the Paranaiba river basin, Brazil. This system is made by the junction of three river branches located in a region with a well-defined seasonal hydrological behavior. The ratio between the total energy storage in the system and the active storage for every reservoir is evaluated from the optimal operational results. This relationship allows recognizing systematic patterns on the relative use for every reservoir, when compared to the entire system. The main parameters that define reservoir behavior are identified, with highlights on the position of the power station in the cascade, the relationship between the river flow and the active storage, and the installed capacity of the power station. In addition, the parameter hydrological scenario is also another factor that defines the relative use of the reservoirs. [Spanish] El modelo del presente trabajo tiene como objetivo estudiar los resultados de una optimizacion para el sistema hidroelectrico de la cuenca del rio Paranaiba, Brasil, la cual esta formada por la confluencia de tres rios en una region de distribucion de lluvias bien definidas en terminos hidrologicos. Se analiza la relacion entre la energia total almacenada en el sistema y el volumen util de cada embalse a partir de los resultados operativos optimos. Esta relacion permite identificar resultados sistematicos en lo que se refiere a la utilizacion de cada embalse, en comparacion con el uso del sistema como un todo. Se identifican los principales parametros responsables por el comportamiento de los embalses, destacando la influencia de la posicion de la central hidroelectrica en la cascada, de la relacion caudal/volumen util y de la potencia de central. Ademas, el parametro escenario hidrologico tambien es otro factor determinante en el uso relativo de los embalses.

  18. Mapa de erosión de los suelos de México y posibles implicaciones en el almacenamiento de carbono orgánico del suelo

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    Martín A. Bolaños González

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Debido a la poca disponibilidad de información a nivel mundial y de manera acentuada en México del fenómeno de erosión de suelos; en este trabajo se presenta el Mapa Nacional de Erosión escala 1:50 000, el cual consolida un esfuerzo realizado por varios años en los que fue necesario conjuntar diversas fuentes de información para que mediante técnicas de fotointerpretación de imágenes de satélite de alta resolución, cartografía especializada e información de campo se concretara este producto, mismo que representa la información básica requerida para que, en el futuro, sea posible estimar de manera general las pérdidas de carbono orgánico del suelo debidas a éste fenómeno, dado que es uno de los componentes menos estudiados y, por consiguiente, menos cuantificados en el balance general de este elemento. Así, este primer resultado muestra que el 76% de la superficie nacional tiene algún grado de afectación por erosión hídrica, que corresponde a 6.79% con un grado de erosión extrema, el 5.79% fuerte, 26.37% moderada y 37.06% leve. Los estados más afectados por erosión apreciable (superficie relativa son: Distrito Federal, Tlaxcala, Estado de México y Michoacán y, por el contrario, los menos afectados: Tabasco, Quintana Roo y Campeche.

  19. MODELO PARA EL CÁLCULO DEL COSTO DE ALMACENAMIENTO DE UN PRODUCTO: CASO DE ESTUDIO EN UN ENTORNO LOGÍSTICO

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    María Pilar Lambán

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    Full Text Available Diversos autores han establecido la gran importancia que tiene para las empresas el contar con información precisa relativa al costo de cada producto, siendo esto particularmente cierto en el ambiente de la intensa competencia global actual. A pesar de ello, se ha demostrado que los sistemas tradicionales no satisfacen las presentes demandas empresariales por lo que en los últimos años se han propuesto nuevos métodos de costeo los cuales, sin embargo, aún resultan imprecisos. Es por esta situación manifiesta que en este trabajo se presenta una nueva metodología para la determinación del costo de almacenaje de un producto, extrapolable a todos los eslabones de la Cadena de Suministro. A su vez, se propone un nuevo inductor de costo, el índice logístico, el cual contribuye a brindar información más precisa que los métodos tradicionales. Se concluye mostrando un caso de negocio donde se aplica este modelo en una empresa logística española.

  20. Tecnologías de almacenamiento de información en el ambiente digital

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    Salvador E. Vázquez-Moctezuma

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Las bibliotecas han funcionado por mucho tiempo como depósitos de información, a la cual facilitan el acceso recogiéndola y preservándola. Actualmente el entorno ha cambiado y las bibliotecas se enfrentan al reto de contener un creciente volumen de información digital, de ahí que son necesarias las tecnologías de información masiva. Este trabajo tiene como propósito revisar los métodos de sistemas de almacenamiento de datos masivos, por lo cual se describen y analizan cuatro tipos de tecnologías de almacenamiento en datos: DAS, NAS, SAN y almacenamiento en nube; para ello se utilizó el método documental. Se encontró escasa literatura sobre los sistemas de almacenamiento digital vistos desde la perspectiva de las ciencias de la información, razón por la cual se retoman publicaciones del área de ciencias de la computación e ingeniería en sistemas para comprender el tópico. Se concluye que el almacenamiento de los datos en la era digital se lleva a cabo de forma concentrada y distribuida.

  1. Correlación entre unidades asta-concentración carotenoide en pimentones. Predicción de la estabilidad del color durante el almacenamiento

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    Montero-de-Espinosa, Vicente

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Paprika obtained through the traditional process, from fruits dried in oak ovens, is stored at room temperature for 18 months. Samples are taken at 2-3 months time intervals and color quantity is evaluated, measuring it as ASTA units and carotenoid content. Values obtained from both measurements are compared, achieving a good correlation between ASTA units and total carotenoid content. As a result two equations are proposed, one linking both parameters and another which predicts the remaining ASTA unit as a function of storage time. ASTA values after 18 months of storing time are ca. 55 % of the initial values.El pimentón obtenido de forma tradicional, a partir de frutos secados en hornos de leña, se ha almacenado a temperatura ambiente durante 18 meses. Se han tomado muestras de los mismos a intervalos de 2-3 meses y se ha evaluado la cantidad de color extractable como unidades ASTA y, en paralelo, se ha controlado la concentración carotenoide. Se comparan los valores obtenidos por cada uno de los dos procedimientos, observándose que se da una buena correlación entre las unidades ASTA y la concentración total de carotenoides. Se postula una ecuación que relaciona ambos parámetros y otra ecuación que permite predecir el valor remanente de ASTA con el tiempo de conservación. La retención de color a los 18 meses se sitúa en torno al 55 % del valor inicial.

  2. Nuevas Tecnologías de Almacenamiento

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    Enrique Luna Ramírez

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El Blue Ray y el HD DVD son dos nuevos formatos de disco óptico pensados para el almacenamiento de video de alta calidad y gran volumen de datos. Estos dos nuevos formatos son los candidatos para sustituir al ya conocido formato DVD. En la actualidad existe una gran controversia por parte de las más importantes compañías a nivel mundial e las áreas de entretenimiento, hardware, tecnología, en el sentido de determinar cuál de estas dos nuevas tecnologías será la elegida para lo mencionado arriba, ya que por un lado el desarrollo del Blue Ray es encabezado por Sony, seguido por otra lista de grandes compañías entre ellas Lg, HP, Hitachi, Samsung y Pioneer; por otro lado en el desarrollo del HD DVD lleva la batuta Toshiba y NEC con el apoyo de otras grandes compañías. El gran problema con esta nueva tecnología es la incompatibilidad de estos dos nuevos formatos, es decir, no existe un estándar entre ellos, lo cual implicará un descontrol en el mercado ya que se tendrá que adquirir hardware (reproductores diferente para cada tipo de disco. Una de las finalidades de esta nota de divulgación es la de informar a la comunidad acerca de esta nueva tecnología para que se mantenga al tanto de la evolución de la misma y de esa manera concientizar a la gente.

  3. The genome of Theobroma cacao.

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    Argout, Xavier; Salse, Jerome; Aury, Jean-Marc; Guiltinan, Mark J; Droc, Gaetan; Gouzy, Jerome; Allegre, Mathilde; Chaparro, Cristian; Legavre, Thierry; Maximova, Siela N; Abrouk, Michael; Murat, Florent; Fouet, Olivier; Poulain, Julie; Ruiz, Manuel; Roguet, Yolande; Rodier-Goud, Maguy; Barbosa-Neto, Jose Fernandes; Sabot, Francois; Kudrna, Dave; Ammiraju, Jetty Siva S; Schuster, Stephan C; Carlson, John E; Sallet, Erika; Schiex, Thomas; Dievart, Anne; Kramer, Melissa; Gelley, Laura; Shi, Zi; Bérard, Aurélie; Viot, Christopher; Boccara, Michel; Risterucci, Ange Marie; Guignon, Valentin; Sabau, Xavier; Axtell, Michael J; Ma, Zhaorong; Zhang, Yufan; Brown, Spencer; Bourge, Mickael; Golser, Wolfgang; Song, Xiang; Clement, Didier; Rivallan, Ronan; Tahi, Mathias; Akaza, Joseph Moroh; Pitollat, Bertrand; Gramacho, Karina; D'Hont, Angélique; Brunel, Dominique; Infante, Diogenes; Kebe, Ismael; Costet, Pierre; Wing, Rod; McCombie, W Richard; Guiderdoni, Emmanuel; Quetier, Francis; Panaud, Olivier; Wincker, Patrick; Bocs, Stephanie; Lanaud, Claire

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    We sequenced and assembled the draft genome of Theobroma cacao, an economically important tropical-fruit tree crop that is the source of chocolate. This assembly corresponds to 76% of the estimated genome size and contains almost all previously described genes, with 82% of these genes anchored on the 10 T. cacao chromosomes. Analysis of this sequence information highlighted specific expansion of some gene families during evolution, for example, flavonoid-related genes. It also provides a major source of candidate genes for T. cacao improvement. Based on the inferred paleohistory of the T. cacao genome, we propose an evolutionary scenario whereby the ten T. cacao chromosomes were shaped from an ancestor through eleven chromosome fusions.

  4. Sistema de Almacenamiento de Potencia Real y Reactiva y de Corrección de Factor de Potencia

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    Ortiz de la Fuente, David H.

    1996-01-01

    El sistema de almacenamiento de potencia real y reactiva y de corrección de factor de potencia tiene como objetivo el de controlar el factor de potencia en un sistema eléctrico utilizando bancos de capacitores, y el de almacenar en memoria las potencias reales y reactiva del sistema eléctrico para visualizar el comportamiento del sistema eléctrico analizado (subestación), y determinar los perfiles de carga existentes. El sistema de almacenamiento de potencia real y reactiva y de corrección de...

  5. La Escoba de Bruja de Algunos Árboles de Sombrío del Cacao, (Erythrina y Tabebuia en Venezuela. Una Enfermedad de Origen no Criptogámico.

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    Ciferri R.

    1949-06-01

    Full Text Available Se menciona aquí la nueva extensión de una "escoba de bruja" de las especies de Erythrina usadas como sombrío del cacao, en la península de Paria, en Venezuela. En forma más restringida existe también en la misma región una "escoba de bruja" en la Tabebuia pentaphylla árbol que también es usado con el mismo objetivo. Ambas enfermedades se consideran de origen no criptogámico y se presume que sean debidas a un virus. Se emite la hipótesis de que ambas enfermedades estén relacionadas entre sí. Como en esta zona existe la enfermedad del "chancro" o "cáncer" de la corteza en las mismas especies, debida al Calostilbe striispora, se considera completamente inconveniente el cultivo de las Erythrinas susceptibles en dicha zona, más aún que en las otras regiones cacaotaleras de Venezuela.

  6. EFECTO DE UN GEL DE THEOBROMA CACAO EN EL CONTROL DE CARIES VESTIBULAR EN PACIENTES CON TRATAMIENTO DE ORTODONCIA. CONSULTA PRIVADA. AREQUIPA. 2014

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    SALAS LINARES, MARY JULISSA

    2015-01-01

    THEOBROMA CACAO GENERALIDADES DESCRIPCIÓN ORIGEN Y EXTENSIÓN CLASIFICACIÓN CIENTÍFICA VARIEDADES DEL CACAO DISTRIBUCIÓN USOS MEDICINALES EFECTO ANTICARIOGÉNICO GEL CARIES DENTAL FACTORES DE RIESGO MICROORGANISMOS IMPLICADOS EN LA CARIES DENTAL CARIES EN EL ESMALTE CLASIFICACIÓN DE LA CARIES MÉTODOS DE DETECCIÓN DE CARIES CRITERIOS ICDAS

  7. Sistemas de almacenamiento y conservación de alimentos en tierras valencianas

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    Abad Casal, Lorenzo; Sala Sellés, Feliciana

    2009-01-01

    Se presenta el estado de la investigación sobre los sistemas de almacenamiento y conservación de alimentos descubiertos hasta la fecha en los poblados ibéricos de Castellón, Valencia y Alicante. Se describe asimismo el registro arqueológico relacionado con dichas actividades. Proyecto de investigación HUM2006-09874 del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Programa Nacional de Investigación 2004-2007.

  8. Maduración poscosecha de la feijoa (acca sellowiana berg) tratada con cacl2 en tres temperaturas de almacenamiento

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    Con la finalidad de comprobar los efectos retardantes del calcio en la maduración de los frutos de feijoa (Acca sellowiana Berg, cultivar Quimba), se realizó un estudio sobre la aplicación poscosecha, mediante inmersiones de tres soluciones distintas de cloruro de calcio (5%, 10% y 15%) y un testigo. La aplicación de CaCl2 prolongó la vida de almacenamiento de los fru­tos, ya que los tratamientos permitieron a los frutos so­portar las condiciones de almacenamiento. Se observó un efecto import...

  9. Sistema de almacenamiento de energía eléctrica en central de ciclo combinado

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    Saez Muñiz, Javier

    2016-01-01

    El presente Proyecto Final de Carrera estudia la implantación de un sistema de almacenamiento de energía eléctrica, adecuado para la instalación en una Central Eléctrica de Ciclo Combinado. Así mismo, su estructura podrá ser aplicable a otros tipos de centrales eléctricas, industrias, o instalaciones con mínimas modificaciones. El objeto incluye el estudio, cálculo y diseño del sistema de almacenamiento de energía, evaluando diferentes tipos de tecnologías existentes en la actu...

  10. Caracterización de las respuestas fisiológicas y bioquímicas en tres clones de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) sometidos a diferentes niveles de déficit hídrico

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    García Lozano, Jairo

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    Teniendo como referencia el estudio de la “Evaluación edafoclimática de las tierras del trópico bajo Colombiano para el cultivo de cacao” y con la finalidad de contribuir al logro de las metas propuestas por la cadena de cacao, de auto sostenibilidad en la producción interna con excedentes exportables; se propuso evaluar la potencialidad de utilizar áreas secas con disponibilidad de riego, como una opción comercial para el cultivo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L). Se planteó evaluar los efectos d...

  11. ANDEAN BLUEBERRY (Vaccinium Meridionale Swartz SEED STORAGE BEHAVIOUR CHARACTERIZATION UNDER LOW TEMPERATURE CONSERVATION CATEGORIZACIÓN DEL COMPORTAMIENTO DE LAS SEMILLAS DE MORTIÑO (Vaccinium Meridionale Swartz EN ALMACENAMIENTO A BAJA TEMPERATURA

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    María Isabel Hernández Pérez

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract. A study was conducted to categorize harvest stage, maximun dry weigth and tolerance to desiccation at low temperature storage of seeds of the promising species "andean blueberry", Vaccinium meridionale Swartz. The aim was to determine the long term conservation possibility of a duplicate of the current Colombian Andean Highland field collection in cool storage rooms, as well as that of newly collected local populations from the mentioned highland region, which are in danger of genetic erosion due to human intervention and the ongoing global climate change. Both maximum dry weight and the highest germination percentages were observed to be associated in seeds extracted from deep purple (fully ripe berries. The seeds exhibited orthodox storage behavior, which indicates the possibility for long-term cold storage of a duplicate of the current metapopulation of the species in the country.Resumen. Se realizó un estudio para categorizar el estado de cosecha, máximo peso seco de la semilla y la tolerancia de ésta a la desecación y almacenamiento a bajas temperaturas, en la especie promisoria mortiño, Vaccinium meridionale Swartz. El objetivo fue establecer el potencial de conservar un duplicado de la colección de campo y rescatar y almacenar poblaciones espontáneas de la zona alto andina colombiana, en peligro de pérdida por intervención humana y el cambio climático, que pueden causar erosión de la diversidad genética de la especie. El máximo peso seco se logró a partir de semillas extraídas de bayas de color morado oscuro, con obtención de germinación superior en éstas y una relación directa entre el peso seco y el porcentaje de germinación. La semilla exhibió comportamiento ortodoxo, lo cual indica la posibilidad de almacenamiento a largo plazo de un duplicado de la metapoblación de la especie, existente en el país.

  12. Incorporación de materiales de cambio de fase en placas de yeso para almacenamiento de energía térmica mediante calor latente: caracterización térmica del material mediante la técnica DSC

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    Full Text Available Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC is a thermal analysis technique which has been used for more than three decades to measure the temperatures and heat flows associated with transitions in materials as a function of time. Other techniques, are Differential Thermal Analysis DTA and Conventional Calorimetry. There is great uncertainty in the values supplied by the manufacturers (because they are referred to pure substances and the DSC should be used to get more accurate values. It will be analyzed the thermal storage capacity depending on temperature for several compound materials formed by some aggregates, mainly gypsum and phase change materials, in various proportions. The results have been compared with other building materials such as gypsum boards and brick layer. The suitability of the new construction material for thermal energy storage will be assessed in comparison with other materials traditionally used for this purpose.

    La Calorimetría Diferencial de Barrido es una técnica de análisis térmico, usada desde hace décadas, para medir la entalpía asociada al cambio de fase de un material como función del tiempo y de la temperatura. Otras técnicas menos utilizadas son la Calorimetría Convencional el Análisis Térmico Diferencial. Existe una gran incertidumbre en los valores de propiedades suministrados por los fabricantes (puesto que éstos se refieren a las sustancias puras y es conveniente utilizar DSC para tener valores más exactos. Se va a analizar la capacidad de almacenamiento térmico en función de la temperatura de varios materiales compuestos formados por los mismos agregados -principalmente yeso y material de cambio de fase- en distintas proporciones. Los valores obtenidos se comparan con otros materiales constructivos, yeso laminado y ladrillo. También se verifica la idoneidad del nuevo material constructivo para el almacenamiento de energía térmica frente a otros materiales utilizados

  13. Hibridación de fuentes de energía renovables no gestionables con sistemas de almacenamiento distribuido de aire comprimido o licuado

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    Soto Pérez, Fernando

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    Esta Tesis tiene por objeto el estudio del almacenamiento en forma de aire (comprimido o licuado) de la electricidad generada mediante energía renovable no gestionable y que no se puede verter a la red por razones técnicas o de saturación. El interés de diferir la entrega de energía a la red, también se vincula a motivos económicos, al posibilitar la venta del kWh a un precio más alto. Con este fin, se ha considerado la posibilidad de utilizar un sistema de almacenamiento artificial que ...

  14. A new glycosylated dihydrophaseic acid from cacao germs (Theobroma cacao L.).

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    Sannohe, Yumiko; Gomi, Shuichi; Murata, Takashi; Ohyama, Makoto; Yonekura, Kumiko; Kanegae, Minoru; Koga, Jinichiro

    2011-01-01

    Cacao beans are composed of cacao nibs and germs. Although numerous chemical and physiological studies on cacao nib compounds have been reported, there is little information on cacao germ compounds. We therefore analyzed an extract from the cacao germ, and found two compounds that were specific to the germ. One of these two compounds was identified as the new glycosylated abscisic acid metabolite, dihydrophaseic acid-4'-O-6″-(β-ribofuranosyl)-β-glucopyranoside, and the other as the known compound, dihydrophaseic acid-4'-O-β-D-glucopyranoside.

  15. Biomasa de hojas caídas y otros indicadores de sustentabilidad en asociaciones de especies forestales con cacao “CCN51” en la zona Central del Litoral ecuatoriano

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    Gary Ramírez Huila; Emma Torres Navarrete; Nicolás Cruz Rosero; Alexandra Barrera Álvarez; Shirley Alava Ormaza; Marta Jiménez Águila

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    Se realizó el estudio de cuatro especies forestales Cybistax donnell-smithii Rose, Cordia macrantha Chadat, Colubrina arborescens (Mill.) Sarg y Triplaris guayaquilensis Weed, en asociación con Theobroma cacao L. Var. CCN51. El sistema agroforestal estuvo ubicado en Quevedo, provincia de Los Ríos, Ecuador. Los árboles tuvieron seis años y el cacao de cinco años de edad, establecidos en un marco de plantación de 9 x 9 m y 3 x 3 m, respectivamente. Se aplicó un diseño de bloques al azar, con c...

  16. Añil, cacao y reses. Los negocios del indiano Esteban González de Linares en tiempos de mudanza, 1784-1796

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    José-Miguel Lana-Berasain

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del trabajo es ordenar y presentar una parte de la información contenida en una fuente aislada pero muy densa: el libro de caja no 1 del comerciante cántabro Esteban González de Linares. Desplazado a Caracas entre 1785 y 1791 para gestionar la liquidación de la testamentaría de Sebastián de Mier y Terán, un rico terrateniente de Los Llanos, Linares participó activamente en el auge exportador de esos años, marcados por el fin del monopolio de la Compañía Guipuzcoana y los decretos de libre comercio. El texto traza las coordenadas concretas del caso analizado, reconstruyendo su red de negocios y cuantificando sus compraventas, y proporciona algunos datos de interés general referidos a la evolución de precios. También se propone una metodología para la explotación de este tipo de fuentes contables.

  17. Biomasa de hojas caídas y otros indicadores de sustentabilidad en asociaciones de especies forestales con cacao “CCN51” en la zona Central del Litoral ecuatoriano

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    Gary Ramírez Huila

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    Full Text Available Se realizó el estudio de cuatro especies forestales Cybistax donnell-smithii Rose, Cordia macrantha Chadat, Colubrina arborescens (Mill. Sarg y Triplaris guayaquilensis Weed, en asociación con Theobroma cacao L. Var. CCN51. El sistema agroforestal estuvo ubicado en Quevedo, provincia de Los Ríos, Ecuador. Los árboles tuvieron seis años y el cacao de cinco años de edad, establecidos en un marco de plantación de 9 x 9 m y 3 x 3 m, respectivamente. Se aplicó un diseño de bloques al azar, con cuatro repeticiones. Las variables evaluadas fueron producción de madera y cacao, sombra, producción de hojas caídas, transferencia de N, P, K, Ca y Mg, nutrientes y contenido de humedad en el suelo. El volumen total de madera para C. donnell-smithii, C. macrantha, C. arborescens y T. guayaquilensis fue 46.49; 27.06; 21.03 y 61.37 m3 ha-1, respectivamente. La producción de cacao no presentó diferencias significativas entre asociaciones. Los mayores aportes anuales de biomasa de hojas caídas se produjeron en la asociación C. arborescens + cacao con 4079 kg ha-1, esta asociación realizó la mayor transferencia de N, K, Ca y Mg con 56.45; 29.54; 73.96 y 16.38 kg ha-1 a-1, respectivamente.

  18. Modelización generalizada de resortes espirales a torsión. Aplicación en almacenamiento de energía.

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    Fernandez Caballero, Daniel

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    Las necesidades energéticas actuales requieren una transformación de las técnicas eficaces en eficientes tanto en producción, transporte como consumo energético. Estas necesidades han impulsado nuevos desarrollos en el ámbito energético, entre los que se encuentran los sistemas de almacenamiento de energía. El avance en ingeniería de materiales hace pensar en la posibilidad del almacenamiento mediante deformación elástica de resortes espirales a torsión. Para ello es necesario estudiar m...

  19. Ambientes Inteligentes: middleware de soporte para la captura, almacenamiento y publicación de datos de una red de sensores inalámbricos

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    Godoy, Diego Alberto; Sosa, Eduardo Omar; Neis, Raúl; Díaz Redondo, Rebeca

    2014-01-01

    En este trabajo se presenta un middleware para la captura, almacenamiento y publicación de datos obtenidos de redes de sensores inalámbricos para su utilización en aplicaciones de Ambientes Inteligentes e Internet de las Cosas. Se ha desarrollado un framework para abstraer las tareas de captura, almacenamiento y Publicación. Se han llevado a cabo pruebas de la utilización del framework en cuanto a su funcionalidad y versatilidad de consultas de los distintos datos generados por la red de sens...

  20. Microencapsulación de compuestos con poder antioxidante extraídos a partir de semillas sin fermentar de Theobroma cacao y Theobroma grandiflorum

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    Herrera Ardila, Yenny Mayerly

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    Las semillas de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) y copoazú (Theobroma grandiflorum) pueden ser consideradas fuentes de compuestos bioactivos catalogándolos como alimentos funcionales con propiedades fitoactivas. Se determinaron los mejores parámetros de la extracción asistida por microondas para los compuestos polifenoles de semillas sin fermentar de cacao y copoazú, mediante la evaluación del efecto individual de las variables relación solvente/muestra, potencia, tiempo y ciclos de ...

  1. INFLUENCIA DEL CLORURO DE CALCIO Y DE UN TIPO DE EMPAQUE SOBRE LAS PROPIEDADES FISICOQUÍMICAS Y LA TEXTURA DE LA FRESA (FRAGARIA X ANANASSA DUCH. DURANTE EL ALMACENAMIENTO INFLUENCE OF CALCIUM CHLORIDE AND A PACKING TYPE ON THE PHYSICO-CHEMICAL PROPERTIES AND THE TEXTURE OF THE STRAWBERRY (FRAGARIA X ANANASSA DUCH DURING STORAGE

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    Auris Damely García Mendez

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    Full Text Available Con el propósito de analizar la influencia del cloruro de calcio (CaCl2, sobre la calidad de las fresas (Fragaria x ananassa Duch. de la variedad Capitola para el consumo fresco, se ensayó su aplicación a una concentración de 0,7%, empacando los frutos con y sin este tratamiento en un tipo de envase plástico con y sin cobertura termoplástica (Envoplast®, en condiciones de refrigeración comercial. Como resultado, se encontró que los frutos tratados y envasados con Envoplast®, tuvieron la menor pérdida de peso y cambios en la textura, °Brix acidez, durante un tiempo máximo de siete días de almacenamiento a 5+1 °C y 95+5% HR. Mientras los frutos no tratados, pero envasados sin la cobertura, presentaron un incremento progresivo de su deterioro en el lapso de tres días, atribuido al alto grado perecedero. En conclusión, el uso del CaCl2 al 0,7% y el tipo de envasado con una película de permeabilidad selectiva que promovió una atmósfera modificada pasiva, permitieron reducir las mermas de peso y la deshidratación de las fresas durante el almacenamiento sin que ocurriera daño por frío. Dada la influencia positiva de este tratamiento para mantener las características fisicoquímicas y de frescura en este producto, se recomendó su uso como alternativa de conservación en postcosecha.With the purpose of analyzing the influence of calcium chloride (CaCl2 on quality of strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa Duch. Capitola variety for fresh consumption, is testing its implement a concentration of 0.7%, packing the fruits with and without this treatment in a type of container and non-coverage thermoplastic (Envoplast® commercial refrigeration conditions. As a result, it was found that processed and packaged fruit with Envoplast® had the least weight loss and changes in texture, acidity and °Brix, for a maximum of seven das time of storage at 5+1 °C and 95+5% RH. While the treated fruits, but packaged without coverage, had a progressive

  2. Cacao domestication I: the origin of the cacao cultivated by the Mayas.

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    Motamayor, J C; Risterucci, A M; Lopez, P A; Ortiz, C F; Moreno, A; Lanaud, C

    2002-11-01

    Criollo cacao (Theobroma cacao ssp. cacao) was cultivated by the Mayas over 1500 years ago. It has been suggested that Criollo cacao originated in Central America and that it evolved independently from the cacao populations in the Amazon basin. Cacao populations from the Amazon basin are included in the second morphogeographic group: Forastero, and assigned to T. cacao ssp. sphaerocarpum. To gain further insight into the origin and genetic basis of Criollo cacao from Central America, RFLP and microsatellite analyses were performed on a sample that avoided mixing pure Criollo individuals with individuals classified as Criollo but which might have been introgressed with Forastero genes. We distinguished these two types of individuals as Ancient and Modern Criollo. In contrast to previous studies, Ancient Criollo individuals formerly classified as 'wild', were found to form a closely related group together with Ancient Criollo individuals from South America. The Ancient Criollo trees were also closer to Colombian-Ecuadorian Forastero individuals than these Colombian-Ecuadorian trees were to other South American Forastero individuals. RFLP and microsatellite analyses revealed a high level of homozygosity and significantly low genetic diversity within the Ancient Criollo group. The results suggest that the Ancient Criollo individuals represent the original Criollo group. The results also implies that this group does not represent a separate subspecies and that it probably originated from a few individuals in South America that may have been spread by man within Central America.

  3. Estabilidad de papas crisps sometidas a diferentes condiciones de almacenamiento

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    2001-08-01

    Full Text Available The progression of deterioration of crisps stored at room temperature (day light and darkness, and in darkness at 40ºC and -23ºC (control was evaluated. The samples were obtained from a leader industry of the chilean market. The potatoes were evaluated until the panel detected significant difference (0.05>p for «strange» odour and flavour. Chemical evaluation was performed on the oil extracted from the potatoes. Sensory evaluation showed significant differences (0.05>p against control at 48, 72 and 9 days of storage at daylight and darkness room temperature, and 40ºC respectively. During the frying process about 80% of terbutilhydroquinone (TBHQ was lost, delta and gamma tocopherol decreased around 43 and 30% respectively. Thermic deterioration was the most important during frying while only oxidation increased during storage. A relationship between sensory and chemical deterioration was established. It was found that, for the same polar compound percentage, a period of time around 7 times higher was necessary at room temperature in darkness, than at 40ºC.Se evaluó la progresión del deterioro de papas crisps almacenadas a temperatura ambiente en presencia de luz y en oscuridad, así como 40ºC y –23ºC (control en oscuridad. Se trabajó con muestras que provinieron de una industria líder en el mercado chileno. El deterioro se evaluó sensorialmente sobre las hojuelas hasta que el panel obtuvo significación para olor y sabor extraño y químicamente en el aceite extraído de las mismas. La evaluación sensorial indicó que se obtuvieron diferencias significativas (0.05>p contra el control a los 48, 72 y 9 días de almacenamiento a T ambiente en presencia de luz, en oscuridad y 40ºC, respectivamente. Durante el proceso de fritura se produjo una pérdida del orden de 80% de terbutilhidroquinona (TBHQ, delta y gama tocoferol disminuyeron entre un 43 y 30% respectivamente. El deterioro predominante fue de tipo t

  4. A physiological production model for cacao : results of model simulations

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    Zuidema, P.A.; Leffelaar, P.A.

    2002-01-01

    CASE2 is a physiological model for cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) growth and yield. This report introduces the CAcao Simulation Engine for water-limited production in a non-technical way and presents simulation results obtained with the model.

  5. Curva de Degradación del Plaguicida Imazalil en Frutos Maduros de Pomelos durante el Almacenamiento en Frio Imazalil Pesticide Degradation Curve in Mature Grapefruit During LongTerm Storage

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    M.G. Bovi Mitre; N.R. Wierna; Z. Retamozo; M.A. Ruggeri

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    Se construyó experimentalmente la curva de degradación del plaguicida de postcosecha Imazalil en frutos de pomelos producidos en la Provincia de Salta (Argentina). Estos frutos fueron conservados refrigerados a 9ºC durante 35 días. Este estudio permite establecer las distintas concentraciones que los frutos contienen mientras son transportados, en condiciones de refrigeración, para su exportación a diferentes destinos internacionales. Se almacenan 100 frutos tratados con Imazalil a 9ºC. Se an...

  6. Termite biocontrol on cacao seedling: Vetiver grass application

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    Du, Le; Truc, N.H.

    2008-01-01

    Just in the last decade, cacao (Theobroma cacao) has been introduced to the agroforestry systems in some upland provinces of southern Vietnam, especially in cashew plantation for improving the income of local farmers. However termite attack on cacao seedlings is the main constraint to the development of this crop in these systems. Chemical application is the only method available for farmers to protect their cacao crop. So far there is no study on non-chemical termite control method. An exper...

  7. Sistema para la adquisición, almacenamiento y análisis de corrientes iónicas transmembrana

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    Ureña López, Juan

    1987-01-01

    El objetivo general del presente trabajo ha sido el diseño e implementación de un sistema automatizado para el control del potencial de membrana y la adquisición, almacenamiento, representación en pantalla y análisis de corrientes iónicas generadas en la membrana de células mantenidas en cultivo. El sistema, construido sobre un ordenador personal, es de una gran rapidez y versatilidad y permite su adaptación para el registro y medida e...

  8. Horticultural traits associated with cacao accessions recommended for Puerto Rico

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is an important agricultural product from which the international chocolate industry is based upon. Increasing demand for chocolate, especially in emerging markets in Asia, coupled with reduced worldwide production has led to shortfalls in cacao ‘bean’ supplies. Deficits...

  9. Regional selection of hybrid Nacional cacao genotypes in Coastal Ecuador

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    Recent international demand for “nacional” flavour cacao has increased the need for local cacao producers in Ecuador to use high-yielding “nacional” hybrid genotypes. The relative potential of cacao genotypes over various environments needs to be assessed prior to final selection of potential candid...

  10. Sistemas de almacenamiento de energía

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    El objetivo de este Trabajo de Fin de Grado es tener una idea general sobre los diferentes tipos de sistemas de almacenamiento disponibles en la actualidad y realizar un estudio sobre los mismos, acerca de su funcionamiento, costes, aplicaciones y viabilidad y líneas futuras. Además se analizará, de manera general, la problemática actual de la energía, las SmartGrids y la relación existente con los sistemas de almacenamiento de energía. Departamento de Tecnología Electrónica Grado en In...

  11. Variabilidad genética de Moniliophthora perniciosa (Stahel Aime y Phillips-Mora, comb. nov. (Agaricales - Marasmiaceae en variedades de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Carolina Osorio-Solano

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Moniliophthora perniciosa, agente causante de la ‘escoba de bruja’ en cacao (Theobroma cacao, presenta una elevada variabilidad genética y discrepancias en su taxonomía y es una de las enfermedades más importantes en plantaciones cacaoteras que ocasiona pérdidas económicas a nivel mundial cercanas a 70%, y de 40% a nivel nacional. La caracterización de la diversidad genética de los biotipos es importante para la ejecución de proyectos encaminados al manejo de este patógeno y el desarrollo de materiales resistentes de cacao. En este estudio se analizaron 12 aislamientos del hongo obtenidos de diferentes materiales de cacao. Cada una de las muestras se evaluó con marcadores moleculares que tienen como blanco una región del ADN ribosomal (ADNr nuclear conocida como ITS (Internal Transcribed Spacer, una región intergénica (IGS-1 y cinco secuencias simples repetidas (SSR. El marcador IGS-1 permitió la determinación del biotipo C, no obstante se encontró una variabilidad genética evidente dentro de este biotipo, aún no registrada. El análisis de la diversidad genética de M. perniciosa por medio de marcadores microsatélite arrojó un valor total de 0.4260, una heterocigosidad total de 0.6143 y un índice de información polimórfica (PIC de 0.3407, valores considerados de rango medio a alto para los aislamientos estudiados y que estiman la variabilidad genética presente en M. perniciosa.

  12. Variabilidad genética de Moniliophthora perniciosa (Stahel Aime y Phillips-Mora, comb. nov. (Agaricales - Marasmiaceae en variedades de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Osorio Solano Carolina

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    Moniliophthora perniciosa, agente causante de la 'escoba de bruja' en cacao (Theobroma cacao, presen- ta una elevada variabilidad genética y discrepancias en su taxonomía y es una de las enfermedades más importantes en plantaciones cacaoteras que ocasiona pérdidas económicas a nivel mundial cer- canas a 70%, y de 40% a nivel nacional. La caracterización de la diversidad genética de los biotipos es importante para la ejecución de proyectos encaminados al manejo de este patógeno y el desarrollo de materiales resistentes de cacao. En este estudio se analizaron 12 aislamientos del hongo obtenidos de diferentes materiales de cacao. Cada una de las muestras se evaluó con marcadores moleculares que tienen como blanco una región del ADN ribosomal (ADNr nuclear conocida como ITS (Internal Trans- cribed Spacer, una región intergénica (IGS-1 y cinco secuencias simples repetidas (SSR. El marcador IGS-1 permitió la determinación del biotipo C, no obstante se encontró una variabilidad genética evi- dente dentro de este biotipo, aún no registrada. El análisis de la diversidad genética de M. perniciosa por medio de marcadores microsatélite arrojó un valor total de 0.4260, una heterocigosidad total de

    0.6143 y un Indice de información polimórfica (PIC de 0.3407, valores considerados de rango medio a

    alto para los aislamientos estudiados y que estiman la variabilidad genética presente en M. perniciosa.

  13. Determinación del riesgo de auto-combustión en almacenamiento de biomasas para la producción de gas mediante gasificación

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    Montenegro Mateos, Lucía

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    En la actualidad más del 80 % de la energía eléctrica empleada en el mundo se obtiene a partir de combustibles de origen fósil. Sin embargo, estas fuentes de energía (gas natural, el carbón o el petróleo) presentan problemas de emisión de cantidades importantes de contaminantes a la atmósfera como CO, NOx y SOx. Estas emisiones están llevando a intentar reducir las emisiones enfocando el consumo a la utilización de fuentes de energía renovable, menos dañinas para el ambiente como la energía ...

  14. Almacenamiento de hidrógeno en carbones activados por oxidación con aire

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    López, Diana; Hernández, Diana; Jiménez, Francisco; MONDRAGÓN, FANOR

    2009-01-01

    En este trabajo se estudió la adsorción de hidrógeno en un carbón activado mediante técnicas oxidativas, en donde se observó la influencia del tiempo de oxidación del material carbonoso en la capacidad de almacenamiento de éste. Los experimentos de adsorción de hidrógeno sobre el carbón activado fueron realizados a bajas temperaturas (77 K) empleando un método volumétrico y a altas presiones (10, 20 y 30 atm) empleando un método gravimétrico. Los resultados encontrados muestran que la oxidaci...

  15. In silico analysis of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) genes that involved in pathogen and disease responses

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    Agung, Muhammad Budi; Budiarsa, I. Made; Suwastika, I. Nengah

    2017-02-01

    Cocoa bean is one of the main commodities from Indonesia for the world, which still have problem regarding yield degradation due to pathogens and disease attack. Developing robust cacao plant that genetically resistant to pathogen and disease attack is an ideal solution in over taking on this problem. The aim of this study was to identify Theobroma cacao genes on database of cacao genome that homolog to response genes of pathogen and disease attack in other plant, through in silico analysis. Basic information survey and gene identification were performed in GenBank and The Arabidopsis Information Resource database. The In silico analysis contains protein BLAST, homology test of each gene's protein candidates, and identification of homologue gene in Cacao Genome Database using data source "Theobroma cacao cv. Matina 1-6 v1.1" genome. Identification found that Thecc1EG011959t1 (EDS1), Thecc1EG006803t1 (EDS5), Thecc1EG013842t1 (ICS1), and Thecc1EG015614t1 (BG_PPAP) gene of Cacao Genome Database were Theobroma cacao genes that homolog to plant's resistance genes which highly possible to have similar functions of each gene's homologue gene.

  16. Curva de Degradación del Plaguicida Imazalil en Frutos Maduros de Pomelos durante el Almacenamiento en Frio Imazalil Pesticide Degradation Curve in Mature Grapefruit During LongTerm Storage

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    Full Text Available Se construyó experimentalmente la curva de degradación del plaguicida de postcosecha Imazalil en frutos de pomelos producidos en la Provincia de Salta (Argentina. Estos frutos fueron conservados refrigerados a 9ºC durante 35 días. Este estudio permite establecer las distintas concentraciones que los frutos contienen mientras son transportados, en condiciones de refrigeración, para su exportación a diferentes destinos internacionales. Se almacenan 100 frutos tratados con Imazalil a 9ºC. Se analizan periódicamente muestras por triplicado, cuantificando los residuos de Imazalil en las cáscaras de los pomelos, mediante la técnica de Tafuri. Los resultados muestran que después de transcurrir 34 días, la concentración de Imazalil en cáscara no supera el límite máximo de residuo reglamentado (LMR=5ppm. Se concluye que este tratamiento postcosecha permite mantener en buenas condiciones fitosanitarias la producción y llegar a destinos internacionales con bajas concentraciones de residuosAn experimental degradation curve for the plaguicide Imazalil was constructed for grapefruit from Salta Province(Argentina where the fruit was stored under refigeration at 9°C for 35 days. This study allowed determination of the different concentrations of plaguicide contained by the fruit during transport, refrigeration, and exporting to various international destinations. From a sample of 100 Imazalil-treated fruits stored at 9°C, periodic analyses were made in triplicate of the grapefruit skins using the method of Tafuri. The results showed that after 34 days the concentration of Imazalil did not exceed the maximum regulation limit (LMR= 5 ppm. It is concluded that this post-harvest treatment allowed the maintenance of good phytosanitary conditions which allowed this product to reach international destinations with low concentrations of residues

  17. ANÁLISIS DEL MANEJO DE RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS EN EL HOSPITAL NACIONAL CARLOS ALBERTO SEGUÍN ESCOBEDO, ESSALUD. AREQUIPA, 2009

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    ANTECEDENTES ASPECTOS LEGALES DEFINICIÓN DE RESIDUOS SOLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS CLASIFICACIÓN DE LOS RESIDUOS SOLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS RESIDUOS BIOMÉDICOS CICLO DEL MANEJO DE RESIDUOS SOLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS DIAGNOSTICO ETAPAS DEL MANEJO DE LOS RESIDUOS SOLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS ACONDICIONAMIENTO SEGREGACIÓN Y ALMACENAMIENTO PRIMARIO ALMACENAMIENTO INTERMEDIO TRANSPORTE INTERNO ALMACENAMIENTO FINAL RECOLECCIÓN EXTERNA DISPOSICIÓN FINAL TECNOLOGÍAS DE TRATAMIENTO DE RESIDUOS SOLIDOS HOSPITALARIOS CRITERIOS ...

  18. IDENTIFICACIÓN Y CONTROL DE Penicillium spp. MEDIANTE EXTRACTOS VEGETALES E HIDROTERMIA EN CORMOS DE GLADIOLO DURANTE EL ALMACENAMIENTO

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    La producción comercial de la flor de corte de gladiolo se realiza a través del cormo; el cual puede ser afectado por diversos patógenos que ocasionan su pudrición, como Penicillium que ataca durante el almacenamiento, provocando desarrollo limitado de raíces y aborto floral. Los objetivos de este trabajo fueron aislar e identificar especies de Penicillium causantes de la pudrición y evaluar métodos alternativos de manejo, como la aplicación de extractos naturales, tratamientos hidrotérmicos ...

  19. Validación funcional de extractos polifenólicos de cacao mediante ensayos in vivo con organismos modelo

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    Los polifenoles son los principales antioxidantes de la dieta y a ellos se les atribuyen múltiples propiedades beneficiosas, como la prevención de enfermedades cardiovasculares, tumorales y degenerativas, que pueden aparecer como consecuencia del estrés oxidativo. El cacao representa una fuente interesante de polifenoles en la dieta, dado su amplio consumo y su riqueza en estos compuestos bioactivos. La actividad antioxidante de los polifenoles en general, y en concreto de los polifenoles del...

  20. Fabricación de supercondensadores electrostáticos sobre materiales nanoestructurados para almacenamiento de energía eléctrica

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    Iglesias Bernardo, Lucía

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    En el presente trabajo se estudía la utilización de materiales nanoestructurados para el almacenamiento de energía eléctrica. El objetivo es la fabricación de un dispositivo supercondensador electrostático utilizando como base un sustrato nanoestructurado que aumenta la capacidad por unidad de superficie del dispositivo en comparación con los condensadores utilizados convencionalmente en la mayoría de las aplicaciones comerciales.

  1. el almacenamiento del sorgo en México

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    Samuel Rebollar Rebollar

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de establecer alternativas enfocadas a programas de inventarios de sorgo en México, se usó un modelo de programación no lineal que incorpora características espaciales e intertemporales en el año 2000. Los resultados indican que si la producción y las importaciones de sorgo se hubieran realizado de manera óptima, la sociedad habría ganado un valor social neto de 29,642 millones de pesos. La capacidad instalada mensual nacional es suficiente para almacenar casi todo el grano que un programa de inventarios requiere, excepto Tamaulipas; esta entidad no tiene capacidad para almacenar en condiciones óptimas 619; 1,234; 992 y 573 miles de toneladas en los meses de mayo, junio, julio y agosto, respectivamente.

  2. De jacht op het geheim van cacao

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    Hollman, P.C.H.

    2008-01-01

    Je kans op een dodelijke hartaanval halveert als je elke dag een groot paaseitje pure chocolade eet, blijkt uit een recente Nederlandse epidemiologische studie. En ook andere studies laten zien dat consumptie van cacao beschermt tegen hart- en vaatziekten. Maar het is nog een raadsel hoe dat precies

  3. Breeding for disease resistance in cacao

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    Cacao production must increase in order to meet the projected rise in the demand for chocolate. Approximately one-third of global production is lost annually to diseases and insects. Four diseases account for the greatest losses worldwide: black pod, caused by four Phytophthora spp; witches’ broom...

  4. Estudio del contenido de compuestos bioactivos del cacao y su aplicación en la obtención de un ingrediente rico en (poli)fenoles para el diseño de un chocolate enriquecido

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    Cienfuegos Jovellanos Fernandez, Elena

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    Actualmente, existe un interés por la demanda de alimentos saludables que puedan tener un efecto beneficioso para la salud de los consumidores. La evidencia científica avala que el consumo de determinados compuestos presentes en los alimentos de forma natural, tiene una relación inversa con la disminución del riesgo de padecer enfermedades, como enfermedades cardiovasculares, cáncer y otras enfermedades degenerativas. Entre estos componentes presentes en los alimentos de origen vegetal, los (...

  5. Estudio del contenido de compuestos bioactivos del cacao y su aplicación en la obtención de un ingrediente rico en (poli)fenoles para el diseño de un chocolate enriquecido

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    Cienfuegos-Jovellanos Fernández, Elena

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    Actualmente, existe un interés por la demanda de alimentos saludables que puedan tener un efecto beneficioso para la salud de los consumidores. La evidencia científica avala que el consumo de determinados compuestos presentes en los alimentos de forma natural, tiene una relación inversa con la disminución del riesgo de padecer enfermedades, como enfermedades cardiovasculares, cáncer y otras enfermedades degenerativas. Entre estos componentes presentes en los alimentos de origen vegetal, l...

  6. Moniliophthora roreri (Cif y Par Evans et al. en el cultivo de cacao

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    Fernando David Sánchez Mora

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    Full Text Available Más de un siglo, el cacao (Theobroma cacaoL. en el Ecuador ha sido fuente importante de ingresos para losagricultoresy de divisas para el país, llegando a ser uno de los exportadores más grandes a nivel mundial.Posteriormente, perdió paulatinamente ese estatus debido al ataque de enfermedades, entre ellas la moniliasiscausada por [Moniliophthoraroreri(Cif y ParEvanset al.]. Esta enfermedad puede causar daños hasta del80% en la producción. Actualmente no existe mucha información actualizada y científica, sobre su ocurrencia,sintomatología, etiología, epidemiología, ciclo de vida y manejo o estrategias de controlde la mencionadaenfermedad, por la tanto se realiza esta revisión con estos tópicos importantes, aportando con esto a esta áreadel conocimiento.

  7. Extracción de nutrientes por los frutos de cacao en dos localidades en Costa Rica.

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    Parménides Furcal Beriguete

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de la presente investigación fue analizar la extracción de nutrientes en frutos de clones de cacao (Theobroma cacao. El estudio se hizo en plantaciones de cacao de siete años, en las localidades de Katira, Guatuso y el Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE, Turrialba, Costa Rica, entre los meses de marzo a agosto del año 2014. El diseño experimental utilizado fue completamente al azar con tres repeticiones; para el análisis se mezclaron por separado las semillas y la cáscara de tres frutos, para formar una repetición de cada uno de los siete clones de cacao seleccionados por el CATIE por su tolerancia a moniliasis (Moniliophthora roreri, calidad y altos rendimientos. Los resultados obtenidos mostraron que de una tonelada de semillas secas de estos clones, incluyendo la cáscara del fruto, se extraen entre 33,45 a 37,80 kg de nitrógeno (N, entre 40,35 y 50,64 kg de potasio (K, y de fósforo (P en un rango de 7,33 a 8,37 kg. El orden de extracción de los nutrientes fue: K>N>P>Mg>Ca>Mn>Fe>Zn>B=Cu.

  8. Vegetable Agroforestry and Cashew-Cacao Systems in Vietnam

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    Thanh Ha, D. (ed.); Du, L; Thanh Loan, L.; Loi, N. Kim (ed.); Duc Thanh, N. (ed.); Duc Phuoc, P. H. (ed.); Midmore, D.; Catacutan, D.; Palada, M.; M. Reyes; Cajilig, R. (ed.); Kunta, K. (ed.); Sombatpanit, S. (ed.)

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    Metadata only record This book is part of a four-book series that details the research conducted by the Nong Lam University research team concerning the addition of cacao to cashew farming systems in Vietnam. Eight cacao varieties were tested on farmer-owned cashew plantations and had promising results that showed that cacao grew exceptionally well under the cashew canopy, and will be profitable to farmers. These ecologically-sound, integrated vegetable agroforestry systems were developed ...

  9. Estudios sobre Cacao 1.Incidencia de la "Pasmazón de los Pepinos" en Algunos Cacaos Venezolanos

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    Ciferri R.

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    Full Text Available Se investigó la incidencia de la pudrición de la mazorca del cacao por el Phytophthora palmivora Butler sobre diferentes grupos de variedades de cacao cultivadas en el ambiente subárido de regadío en Ocumare de la Costa, Estado Aragua, Venezuela. Se ha averiguado que la infección sistémica de dichas mazorcas proviene de la infección primaria de los cojines florales, habiéndose estudiado su curso y sus características. Entre otras cosas se notó que, aunque es verdad que el período de mayor susceptibilidad a la infección sistémica es el que corre desde el fin del estado de pepino del fruto (fruto mayor de 9-10 centímetros, o sea de 75 a 90 días de edad y el fin del período de desarrollo del fruto (140 a 150 días a contar desde la fecundación de la flor, puede haber un estado precoz de infección de la mazorca joven, el cual no ocurre nunca antes de los quince días de edad, esto es, en el período de máxima incidencia de la enfermedad fisiológica conocida como "pasmazón de los pepinos". Dicha infección es exclusivamente sistémica y puede afectar hasta las dos quintas partes de los pepinos que cuelgan de cojines infectados. Observóse que el chancro del tallo, que por lo regular sigue a la infección del cojín floral, no es tan dañino como comúnmente se afirma, pero que sus daños económicos se deben a la improductividad producida en el cojín infectado. El Criollo de concha decolorada es más susceptible a la infección por Phytophthora que el de concha morada y el híbrido forastero venezolano el cual, a su vez, parece más susceptible a la infección del cojín floral que los demás grupos de variedades. En un lapso de 10 meses los frutos infectados por medio del cojín floral representan los tres cuartos o cuatro quintos del total. La presencia de pigmento antociánico en la cáscara de la mazorca no madura parece conferir una relativa resistencia a la infección por el Phytophthora; empero, en el Forastero

  10. Edificio industrial para almacenamiento de fertilizantes

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    Sauter, Franz

    1963-12-01

    Full Text Available This industrial building has been recently built at Puntarenas, in Costa Rica. It has been called «Bag Storage Building», and has 9,800 ms2 ground area. Owing to the location of the building near the sea, and the consequent corrosive action of the humid air; the danger of earthquakes; and the economic advantages of adopting prefabrication techniques, it has been designed to use prefabricated units, which would be made at the building site itself. The main structural feature of this project is a number of trusses, which are spaced at 6.1 ms intervals. Each of them consists of three prefabricated concrete parts. The central part is Y shaped in section, and the two lateral ones are in the shape of an inverted L. The depth of the trusses is 90 cms at the springers and 30 cms at the crown. The lateral parts have been prestressed by means of 4, «Loeba» type, cables, each made up of 12 wires of 5.4 mms diam each. These trusses overhang 7.30 ms over the central part of the north side of the building, in order to provide a roof for the railway track and the loading platform. The building roof is made with corrugated asbestos cement sheeting, 6 mm in thickness, resting on I shaped 30 cm deep prestressed joists. The erection of the trusses was accomplished with the aid of provisional metallic scaffolding, on which the working platforms were placed.Este edificio industrial, recientemente construido, de 9.800 m- de superficie en planta, denominado Bag Storage Building, está situado en la ciudad de Puntarenas (Costa Rica. Dadas las características del lugar—proximidad del mar, acciones corrosivas y posibles efectos sísmicos, así como las ventajas de orden económico que la prefabricación ofrece—, su proyecto se orientó, desde su principio, hacia una construcción prefabricada que utilizaría el propio terreno edificado como taller de prefabricación. Tiene 195 x 49 m en planta y está subdividido en tres cuerpos. Su estructura está formada por

  11. Coffee vs. Cacao: A Case Study from the Vietnamese Central Highlands

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    Ha, Dang Thanh; Shively, Gerald

    2005-01-01

    Mr. Nam, the vice chair of a village in Dak Lak province of Vietnam, was keen to protect farmers in his village from the sharp decline in prices of coffee ("Coffea canephora" Pierre ex Froehner). He did this by encouraging farmers in his village to plant cacao ("Theobroma cacao" L. subsp. "cacao"). Cacao was suitable to the soil and climate of the…

  12. Coffee vs. Cacao: A Case Study from the Vietnamese Central Highlands

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    Ha, Dang Thanh; Shively, Gerald

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    Mr. Nam, the vice chair of a village in Dak Lak province of Vietnam, was keen to protect farmers in his village from the sharp decline in prices of coffee ("Coffea canephora" Pierre ex Froehner). He did this by encouraging farmers in his village to plant cacao ("Theobroma cacao" L. subsp. "cacao"). Cacao was suitable…

  13. Evaluación de la calidad de la guayaba, variedad enana roja EEA-1-23, durante el almacenamiento a temperatura ambiente

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    Misael Yirat Becerra

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente trabajo es evaluar la calidad de la guayaba, variedad enana roja, EEA-1-23, durante su almacenamiento a temperatura ambiente. La calidad es un atributo complejo de necesario conocimiento para la cosecha, postcosecha y para su adecuado almacenamiento en aras de proveerla como fruta fresca y para el procesamiento industrial. Para cumplir el objetivo, el experimento se desarrollo dos años de forma consecutiva (2008-2009 en el mismo periodo de tiempo, se tomaron como factores invariables en cada año: número de la muestra (70 frutas y el tiempo observaciones, la muestra fue almacenada en cajas de madera comerciales durante un período de siete días monitoreando la temperatura ambiental y la humedad relativa, diariamente diez frutas fueron evaluadas. Se determinó: peso (g, firmeza (kgf/cm2, sólidos solubles totales (°Brix y pH, relacionando cada propiedad antes mencionada con respecto al tiempo de almacenamiento a través de la herramienta de cálculo, Excel y Microsoft Office, a specialized panel monitored fruit flavor and appearance . Como resultado se obtuvo que la guayaba puede ser consumida como fruta fresca durante los primeros 4-5 días, los días 5-6 puede ser consumida como jugos y el día 7 se recomienda ser procesada industrialmente; Las cuatro propiedades estudiadas en ambos años demuestran un comportamiento similar en función del tiempo de almacenamiento, con propiedades de calidad incluyendo la aceptación al paladar ligeramente superiores en el año 2008.

  14. Cacao polyphenols ameliorate autoimmune myocarditis in mice.

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    Zempo, Hirofumi; Suzuki, Jun-ichi; Watanabe, Ryo; Wakayama, Kouji; Kumagai, Hidetoshi; Ikeda, Yuichi; Akazawa, Hiroshi; Komuro, Issei; Isobe, Mitsuaki

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    Myocarditis is a clinically severe disease; however, no effective treatment has been established. The aim of this study was to determine whether cacao bean (Theobroma cacao) polyphenols ameliorate autoimmune myocarditis. We used an experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM) model in Balb/c mice. Mice with induced EAM were treated with a cacao polyphenol extract (CPE, n=12) or vehicle (n=12). On day 21, hearts were harvested and analyzed. Elevated heart weight to body weight and fibrotic area ratios as well as high cardiac cell infiltration were observed in the vehicle-treated EAM mice. However, these increases were significantly suppressed in the CPE-treated mice. Reverse transcriptase-PCR revealed that mRNA expressions of interleukin (Il)-1β, Il-6, E-selectin, vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 and collagen type 1 were lower in the CPE group compared with the vehicle group. The mRNA expressions of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate-oxidase (Nox)2 and Nox4 were increased in the vehicle-treated EAM hearts, although CPE treatment did not significantly suppress the transcription levels. However, compared with vehicle treatment of EAM hearts, CPE treatment significantly suppressed hydrogen peroxide concentrations. Cardiac myeloperoxidase activity, the intensity of dihydroethidium staining and the phosphorylation of nuclear factor-κB p65 were also lower in the CPE group compared with the vehicle group. Our data suggest that CPE ameliorates EAM in mice. CPE is a promising dietary supplement to suppress cardiovascular inflammation and oxidative stress.

  15. ANÁLISIS ESTRUCTURAL DE LA CARNE DE JAMÓN DURANTE EL PROCESO DE COCCIÓN Y TEMPERATURA DE ALMACENAMIENTO

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    María González H, M.Sc

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar los cambios estructurales de jamón de cerdo por efecto del proceso de cocción y temperatura de almacenamiento. Materiales y métodos. Fueron realizados seis tratamientos, utilizando tres temperaturas internas de cocción (72, 75 y 78°C a una temperatura de almacenamiento de 4°C. Un tratamiento definido como patrón absoluto, cocido hasta alcanzar una temperatura interna de 72°C, sin tiempo de retención en cocción y un patrón relativo, elaborado bajo las mismas condiciones del patrón absoluto pero almacenado a 0°C. En cada ensayo, fueron realizadas observaciones con microscopio óptico de luz sobre la estructura del tejido muscular y análisis instrumental de textura los días 0, 26 y 42. Los datos obtenidos en este estudio fueron examinados mediante un análisis de varianza de una vía. Resultados. Los resultados reportaron que el jamón cocido a una temperatura de 75°C y tiempo de retención en cocción de 5 minutos, es más efectivo para disminuir el efecto negativo de la separación por pérdida de integridad estructural de las microfibrillas y de la estructura de la red de colágeno. El incremento en la dureza fue reportado para todos los tratamientos al final del periodo de almacenamiento. Conclusiones. El tratamiento que mejor comportamiento presentó a nivel microscópico fue el elaborado a 75°C como temperatura de cocción y 5 min de retención, donde las fibras de colágeno del tejido conectivo mantienen una arquitectura mas ordenada junto con la fibra muscular a lo largo del tiempo.

  16. Evaluación de tres tipos de empaque (bolsas de polietileno para almacenamiento de guayaba manzana (Psidium guajava var., Klom sali

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available La Universidad Nacional de Colombia, a través del Departamento de Ingeniería Agrícola de Santafé de Bogotá, ha venido adelantando investigación sobre manejo postcosecha de productos hortofrutícolas, con miras a minimizar las pérdidas de estos productos y a conservar su calidad. En el presente artículo se muestran los resultados obtenidos de comportamiento del fruto guayaba manzana (Psidium guajava varoKlom Sali, al ser almacenado en frío con bolsas de polietileno de baja densidad de tres tipos: abierto, perforado y cerrado, a una temperatura de 10ºC y humedad relativa de 95 %. Se compararon los resultados durante los días del almacenamiento, tomando como base los índices de madurez del fruto, tales como la pérdida de peso, la intensidad respiratoria, la firmeza, el contenido deácidos, el contenido de sólidos solubles y el pH. Además, se tomaron datos del almacenamiento de este fruto en bolsas abiertas del mismo tipo, en condiciones ambiente (temperatura 20,1 ºC y humedad relativa de 50,3 %, lo cual se utilizó como testigo. De esta investigación se concluyó que la mejor condición de almacenamiento es en frío con bolsa cerrada, pues el producto conserva mejor su calidad que en los otros dos tipos de empaques evaluados.

  17. Origin, dispersal and current global distribution of cacao genetic diversity

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is cultivated globally as the unique source of cocoa butter and powder for the confectionery industries. In spite of its economical importance, cocoa was and continues to be dominantly produced in low-input and low-output systems. Production constraints, including depletio...

  18. Effectiveness of kaolin clay particle film in managing Helopeltis collaris (Hemiptera: Miridae), a major pest of cacao in the Philippines

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    Helopeltis collaris Stal, commonly known as cacao mirid or capsid bug is one of the major pests of cacao in Southeast Asia. Recent survey of cacao pests in the Philippines showed that cacao mirid bug is causing significant yield loss particularly in cacao growing areas in Luzon. Kaolin is a naturall...

  19. Validation of a site specific management for plant nutrition in the cocoa crop in the province of Guayas, Ecuador Validación del manejo de la nutrición por sitio específico en una plantación de cacao en la provincia de Guayas, Ecuador

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    Mite Francisco

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    ="justify">En la plantación de cacao de la hacienda Las Cañas, Puerto Inca, Cantón Naranjal, provincia de El Guayas, Ecuador, se llevó a cabo un programa de manejo de la nutrición por sitio específico para optimizar el uso de fertilizantes y mejorar la productividad. Se recopilaron los análisis foliares, de suelos y rendimiento de los programas de fertilización empleados desde el 2000 al 2004. Con las fotografías aéreas y el plano de la hacienda, mediante un Sistema de Información Geográfica se delimitaron las parcelas experimentales. La plantación se dividió en cuadrículas de 200 por 100 m, se realizaron barrenaciones hasta 120 cm. Para caracterizar el suelo se tomaron muestras a 0 - 20 y 20 - 40 cm para determinar la variabilidad espacial. Se identificaron seis series y tres clases de suelos para cacao: La clase II, suelos “bastante buenos”, cubre 162.4 ha (52.5% de la superficie. La clase III, suelos “buenos”, ocupa 56.5 ha (18.3% y la clase IV, suelos “inadecuados”, con niveles freáticos de 40 a 99 cm de profundidad y estratos con piedras, ocupó 62.7 hectáreas (20.2%. Con 2222 plantas/ha se extrajeron 101, 27, 204, 69, 42 y 12 kg ha-1 de (N, P2O5, K2O, CaO, MgO y S. Con 833 plantas/ha la extracción fue de 50, 23, y 101, 35, 21 y 6 kg. La implantación del manejo por sitio específico permitió corregir problemas de acidez del suelo y toxicidad de hierro y mejorar la productividad en los lotes de la hacienda Las Cañas.

    Palabras clave: Theobroma cacao (CCN-51, manejo por sitio específico; fertilidad de suelos; Ecuador.

  20. Genetic diversity and population structure in wild stands of cacao trees (Theobroma cacao L.) in French Guiana

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    Background and Aims The native cacao trees (Theobroma cacao L.) in French Guiana represent an important fraction of genetic diversity of this species. Several scientific surveys have led to the collection of germplasm accessions from south-eastern French Guiana, which provides an ideal opportunit...

  1. Comparison of two cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) clones for the effect of pollination intensity on fruit set and seed content

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    Falque, M.; Lesdalons, C.; Eskes, A.B.

    1996-01-01

    We compared the influence of pollination intensity (PI) on fruit set and seed number per pod in two cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) clones, IFC5 (Forastero Lower-Amazon Amelonado), which is self-compatible and known to produce a high number of seeds per pod under open pollination, and SCA6 (Forastero Upp

  2. Trichoderma species form endophytic associations within Theobroma cacao trichomes.

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    Bailey, Bryan A; Strem, Mary D; Wood, Delilah

    2009-12-01

    Trichoderma species are usually considered soil organisms that colonize plant roots, sometimes forming a symbiotic relationship. Recent studies demonstrate that Trichoderma species are also capable of colonizing the above ground tissues of Theobroma cacao (cacao) in what has been characterized as an endophytic relationship. Trichoderma species can be re-isolated from surface sterilized cacao stem tissue, including the bark and xylem, the apical meristem, and to a lesser degree from leaves. SEM analysis of cacao stems colonized by strains of four Trichoderma species (Trichoderma ovalisporum-DIS 70a, Trichoderma hamatum-DIS 219b, Trichoderma koningiopsis-DIS 172ai, or Trichoderma harzianum-DIS 219f) showed a preference for surface colonization of glandular trichomes versus non-glandular trichomes. The Trichoderma strains colonized the glandular trichome tips and formed swellings resembling appresoria. Hyphae were observed emerging from the glandular trichomes on surface sterilized stems from cacao seedlings that had been inoculated with each of the four Trichoderma strains. Fungal hyphae were observed under the microscope emerging from the trichomes as soon as 6h after their isolation from surface sterilized cacao seedling stems. Hyphae were also observed, in some cases, emerging from stalk cells opposite the trichome head. Repeated single trichome/hyphae isolations verified that the emerging hyphae were the Trichoderma strains with which the cacao seedlings had been inoculated. Strains of four Trichoderma species were able to enter glandular trichomes during the colonization of cacao stems where they survived surface sterilization and could be re-isolated. The penetration of cacao trichomes may provide the entry point for Trichoderma species into the cacao stem allowing systemic colonization of this tissue.

  3. Genetic diversity of naturalized cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Puerto Rico

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    Identification of genetically diverse cacao with disease resistance, high productivity and desirable organoleptic traits is vitally important to the agricultural crop’s long-term sustainability. Environmental changes, pests and diseases as well as nation’s sovereign property rights have led to a de...

  4. Evolución de la calidad de frutos de butiá (Butia capitata, Mart. Becc. en almacenamiento refrigerado

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    Fernanda Isabel Zaccari Veiga

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar la evolución de la calidad de frutos de butiá, cuantificar e identificar las principales causas de su deterioro, y caracterizarlos física y químicamente conservados a 5, 15 y 20 ºC durante 0, 7, 21 y 28 días. A la semana de almacenamiento el 47 %, 24 % y 22 % del peso de frutos no presentaba defectos visibles a 5, 15 y 20 ºC, respectivamente. A los 21 días a 15 y 20 ºC se observó pudriciones y manchas en todos los frutos. A mayor temperatura y tiempo de conservación disminuyó el tono del color de la pulpa (76,7 a 80,5 ºhue. En cáscara no se encontró efecto de temperatura ni del tiempo de almacenamiento en el contenido de materia seca (MS, 21,1 % y trans-β-caroteno (1,96 mg/100 g fresco. En la pulpa el contenido de trans-β-carotenos/100 g aumentó de 1,06 a 1,15 mg. Los sólidos solubles totales (SST y la acidez titulable (AT del jugo disminuyeron con el tiempo de conservación: 14,8 a 10,1 ºBrix y 1,60 a 1,37 % ácido cítrico, respectivamente. En las condiciones de este estudio se concluye que el butiá almacenado a 5 ºC durante 7 días mantiene un 47 % de los frutos sin defectos y con aptitud para su consumo in natura o industrializado.

  5. Secado y almacenamiento de semillas de mandarino 'Cleopatra' Drying and storage of 'Cleopatra' mandarin seeds

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    Angel Villegas-Monter

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Los objetivos del trabajo fueron evaluar el efecto del tratamiento con productos químicos y contenido de humedad en la conservación de semillas de mandarino 'Cleopatra' (Citrus reshni Hort ex Tan. Semillas con 14,7% de humedad tratadas con cuatro funguicidas y 8-hidroxiquinoleina, fueron almacenadas a 4±2°C durante un año, al igual que tres lotes de semillas con 5,0%, 14,7% y 26,8% de humedad, tratadas con y sin 8-hidroxiquinoleina. Se evaluó la germinación y emergencia al inicio del experimento, a los seis y 12 meses de almacenamiento. En la prueba con productos químicos, el almacenamiento de semillas con 14,7% de humedad sólo fue viable hasta los seis meses, con mayores porcentajes de germinación y emergencia (59,3% y 54,0%, respectivamente, mientras que, en las semillas sin tratamiento químico fue de 33,3% y 27,3%, respectivamente. En relación con el contenido de humedad de las semillas, a los seis meses de almacenamiento se obtuvo mayor emergencia de plántulas (63,6% y 58,0% en semillas con 26,8% y 5%, mientras que a los 12 meses, las semillas con 5%, de humedad tuvieron 75,6% de emergencia.The objetives of this work were to evaluate the effect of the treatment with chemical products and the humidity content for conservation of seeds of 'Cleopatra' mandarin (Citrus reshni Hort ex Tan. Seeds with 14.7% of moisture content were treated with four fungicides and 8-hydroxyquinoline and stored at 4±2°C for one year. Three groups of seeds with 5.0, 14.7% and 26.8% of moisture content were stored as above. Germination and emergence were evaluated at the beginning of the two experiments, at six and twelve months of storage. In the test with chemical products, storage of seeds with 14.7% of moisture content was possible only for six months, with higher percentages of germination and emergence (59.3% and 54.0%, respectively, while in seeds without chemical treatment percentages of germination and emergence were about 33.3% and 27

  6. Variación de las propiedades físicas de la grasa de cacao con la temperatura

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    de Dios Alvarado, Juan

    1994-10-01

    Full Text Available Values of physical properties determined at different temperatures in fat extracted from fresh cacao seeds (Theobroma cacao are presented. Linear relationships define the effect of temperature on the refraction index, density and surface tension, a logarithmic function was established for viscosity. The values of density and viscosity are used to determine the coefficient of volumetric thermal expansion and activation energy, respectively. Data of specific heat, thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity are included. In addition a melting and solidification points. The information can be used at ambient temperatures or greater current in the elaboration of chocolate and other cocoa products.

    Se presentan los valores experimentales de varias propiedades físicas determinadas en grasa obtenida de semillas de cacao (Theobroma cacao a diferentes temperaturas. El efecto de la temperatura sobre el índice de refracción, la densidad y la tensión superficial, es descrito en forma satisfactoria por ecuaciones lineales, en el caso de la viscosidad esta relación inversa es logarítmica. Los datos de la densidad se utilizan para determinar el coeficiente volumétrico de expansión térmica y los de la viscosidad para cuantificar la energía de activación.
    Se incluyen los datos del calor específico, de la difusividad térmica y de la conductividad térmica, conjuntamente con los puntos de fusión y de solidificación.
    Estos datos técnicos pueden ser utilizados a temperaturas ambientales y superiores que son comunes durante la elaboración de chocolates u otras tecnologías que utilizan cacao.

  7. FACTORES QUE CONTROLAN EL CONTENIDO DE FENOLES EN EL CULTIVO DE CALLOS DE Theobroma cacao

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    Janet Quiñones-Galvez; Martha Hernández de la Torre; Yemeys Quirós Molina; Yanelis Capdesuñer Ruiz; Reinaldo Trujillo Sánchez

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    Theobroma cacao L. se conoce en la medicina popular como antiséptico, diurético y antiparasitario. Los alimentos derivados de esta planta son ricos en productos naturales de alto valor agregado, entre los que se destacan los compuestos fenólicos. Por lo que manejar su cultivo in vitro es una fuente alternativa para la producción de estos metabolitos. El presente estudio se realizó con el objetivo de obtener compuestos fenólicos a partir del cultivo de callos con estructuras embriogénicas. Se ...

  8. Almacenamiento de carbono en especies predominantes de flora en el lago Chinchaycocha

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    Ronald Medrano Yanqui

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: Evaluar la cantidad de carbono que almacenan las especies predominantes de flora del lago Chinchaycocha. Métodos: La investigación fue de tipo básica, de corte transversal y con un nivel exploratorio-comparativo. El estudio se hizo en tres ecosistemas dentro del humedal: bofedal, pajonal y totoral, las áreas fueron identificadas con ayuda de imágenes satelitales Landsat. El procedimiento estuvo basado en la recolección de muestras divididas en: biomasa aérea, biomasa radicular y muestras de suelo, hallándose el contenido de carbono de cada una. Resultados: En el totoral se obtuvo que Schoenoplectus californicus Var. Tatora almacena 30,65 tC/ha y Juncos arcticus Var. Andicola 8,70 tC/ha. En el pajonal Deyeuxia recta Kunth almacena 7,02 tC/ha en su biomasa aérea y 8,41 tC/ha en su biomasa radicular. En el bofedal: Plantago tubulosa almacena 0,81 t C/ha en su biomasa aérea y 1,88 t C/ha en su biomasa radicular, Eleocharis albibracteata almacena 0,22 t C/ha en su biomasa aérea y 2,95 tC/ha en su biomasa radicular, y Limosella australis almacena 0,22 tC/ha en su biomasa aérea y 0,38 tC/ha en su biomasa radicular. En el almacenamiento de carbono en suelos se determinó 774,76 tC/ ha en pajonales y 684,58 tC/ha en bofedales. Conclusiones: Se concluye que en el lago Chinchaycocha el ecosistema que brinda mayor almacenamiento de carbono es el totoral, seguido por el pajonal y en menor proporción el bofedal. Asimismo los suelos son considerados los mayores sumideros de carbono.

  9. Evaluación microbiológica y sensorial de fermentados de pozol blanco, con cacao (Theobroma cacao y coco (Cocos nucifera

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    Román Jiménez Vera

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available El pozol es una bebida de maíz que se consume en el sureste de México y en algunos países de Centroamérica. Se puede consumir recién elaborado o fermentado. Tradicionalmente se consume solo (pozol blanco, aunque también es común agregarle cacao o coco. En este trabajo se evaluaron cambios microbiológicos durante la fermentación natural a temperatura ambiental, de tres tipos de pozol: blanco, con cacao y coco. La concentración de bacterias coliformes disminuyó a partir del tercer día de fermentación y a los 12 días se obtuvo una concentración de 2,20 log UFC/g. En las bacterias lácticas se observó el mayor crecimiento; ellas alcanzaron una concentración de 8,00 log UFC/g a los 3 días de fermentación que se mantuvo durante los 9 días siguientes. Se realizaron pruebas de nivel de agrado y preferencia con 31 jueces consumidores. La adición de ingredientes como el cacao o el coco no mejoraron el nivel de agrado entre los consumidores evaluados (p > 0,05. El pozol blanco y fresco fue el preferido (32 %. En el futuro, estos resultados pueden ser utilizados para clasificar al pozol como una bebida funcional, debido a la presencia de bacterias lácticas en concentración similar a la encontrada en el yogur.

  10. Evaluación microbiológica y sensorial de fermentados de pozol blanco, con cacao (Theobroma cacao y coco (Cocos nucifera

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    Román Jiménez Vera

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available El pozol es una bebida de maíz que se consume en el sureste de México y en algunos países de Centroamérica. Se puede consumir recién elaborado o fermentado. Tradicionalmente se consume solo (pozol blanco, aunque también es común agregarle cacao o coco. En este trabajo se evaluaron cambios microbiológicos durante la fermentación natural a temperatura ambiental, de tres tipos de pozol: blanco, con cacao y coco. La concentración de bacterias coliformes disminuyó a partir del tercer día de fermentación y a los 12 días se obtuvo una concentración de 2,20 log UFC/g. En las bacterias lácticas se observó el mayor crecimiento; ellas alcanzaron una concentración de 8,00 log UFC/g a los 3 días de fermentación que se mantuvo durante los 9 días siguientes. Se realizaron pruebas de nivel de agrado y preferencia con 31 jueces consumidores. La adición de ingredientes como el cacao o el coco no mejoraron el nivel de agrado entre los consumidores evaluados (p > 0,05. El pozol blanco y fresco fue el preferido (32 %. En el futuro, estos resultados pueden ser utilizados para clasificar al pozol como una bebida funcional, debido a la presencia de bacterias lácticas en concentración similar a la encontrada en el yogur.

  11. Evidence of cacao use in the Prehispanic American Southwest.

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    Crown, Patricia L; Hurst, W Jeffrey

    2009-02-17

    Chemical analyses of organic residues in fragments of ceramic vessels from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, reveal theobromine, a biomarker for cacao. With an estimated 800 rooms, Pueblo Bonito is the largest archaeological site in Chaco Canyon and was the center of a large number of interconnected towns and villages spread over northwestern New Mexico. The cacao residues come from pieces of vessels that are likely cylinder jars, special containers occurring almost solely at Pueblo Bonito and deposited in caches at the site. This first known use of cacao drinks north of the Mexican border indicates exchange with cacao cultivators in Mesoamerica in a time frame of about A.D. 1000-1125. The association of cylinder jars and cacao beverages suggests that the Chacoan ritual involving the drinking of cacao was tied to Mesoamerican rituals incorporating cylindrical vases and cacao. The importance of Pueblo Bonito within the Chacoan world likely lies in part with the integration of Mesoamerican ritual, including critical culinary ingredients.

  12. Genetic diversity and parentage in farmer varieties of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) from Honduras and Nicaragua as revealed by Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) markers

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is the main source for chocolate with an annual production of four million tons worldwide. This Neotropical tree crop was domesticated in Mesoamerica as far back as 3,000 years ago. Knowledge of genetic diversity and population structure in farmer varieties of cacao in the...

  13. Gene structure, phylogeny and expression profile of the sucrose synthase gene family in cacao (Theobroma cacao L.).

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    Li, Fupeng; Hao, Chaoyun; Yan, Lin; Wu, Baoduo; Qin, Xiaowei; Lai, Jianxiong; Song, Yinghui

    2015-09-01

    In higher plants, sucrose synthase (Sus, EC 2.4.1.13) is widely considered as a key enzyme involved in sucrose metabolism. Although, several paralogous genes encoding different isozymes of Sus have been identified and characterized in multiple plant genomes, to date detailed information about the Sus genes is lacking for cacao. This study reports the identification of six novel Sus genes from economically important cacao tree. Analyses of the gene structure and phylogeny of the Sus genes demonstrated evolutionary conservation in the Sus family across cacao and other plant species. The expression of cacao Sus genes was investigated via real-time PCR in various tissues, different developmental phases of leaf, flower bud and pod. The Sus genes exhibited distinct but partially redundant expression profiles in cacao, with TcSus1, TcSus5 and TcSus6, being the predominant genes in the bark with phloem, TcSus2 predominantly expressing in the seed during the stereotype stage. TcSus3 and TcSus4 were significantly detected more in the pod husk and seed coat along the pod development, and showed development dependent expression profiles in the cacao pod. These results provide new insights into the evolution, and basic information that will assist in elucidating the functions of cacao Sus gene family.

  14. Gene structure, phylogeny and expression profile of the sucrose synthase gene family in cacao (Theobroma cacao L.)

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    Fupeng Li; Chaoyun Hao; Lin Yan; Baoduo Wu; Xiaowei Qin; Jianxiong Lai; Yinghui Song

    2015-09-01

    In higher plants, sucrose synthase (Sus, EC 2.4.1.13) is widely considered as a key enzyme involved in sucrose metabolism. Although, several paralogous genes encoding different isozymes of Sus have been identified and characterized in multiple plant genomes, to date detailed information about the Sus genes is lacking for cacao. This study reports the identification of six novel Sus genes from economically important cacao tree. Analyses of the gene structure and phylogeny of the Sus genes demonstrated evolutionary conservation in the Sus family across cacao and other plant species. The expression of cacao Sus genes was investigated via real-time PCR in various tissues, different developmental phases of leaf, flower bud and pod. The Sus genes exhibited distinct but partially redundant expression profiles in cacao, with TcSus1, TcSus5 and TcSus6, being the predominant genes in the bark with phloem, TcSus2 predominantly expressing in the seed during the stereotype stage. TcSus3 and TcSus4 were significantly detected more in the pod husk and seed coat along the pod development, and showed development dependent expression profiles in the cacao pod. These results provide new insights into the evolution, and basic information that will assist in elucidating the functions of cacao Sus gene family.

  15. Genetic Structure and Molecular Diversity of Cacao Plants Established as Local Varieties for More than Two Centuries: The Genetic History of Cacao Plantations in Bahia, Brazil.

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    Elisa S L Santos

    Full Text Available Bahia is the most important cacao-producing state in Brazil, which is currently the sixth-largest country worldwide to produce cacao seeds. In the eighteenth century, the Comum, Pará and Maranhão varieties of cacao were introduced into southern Bahia, and their descendants, which are called 'Bahian cacao' or local Bahian varieties, have been cultivated for over 200 years. Comum plants have been used to start plantations in African countries and extended as far as countries in South Asia and Oceania. In Brazil, two sets of clones selected from Bahian varieties and their mutants, the Agronomic Institute of East (SIAL and Bahian Cacao Institute (SIC series, represent the diversity of Bahian cacao in germplasm banks. Because the genetic diversity of Bahian varieties, which is essential for breeding programs, remains unknown, the objective of this work was to assess the genetic structure and diversity of local Bahian varieties collected from farms and germplasm banks. To this end, 30 simple sequence repeat (SSR markers were used to genotype 279 cacao plants from germplasm and local farms. The results facilitated the identification of 219 cacao plants of Bahian origin, and 51 of these were SIAL or SIC clones. Bahian cacao showed low genetic diversity. It could be verified that SIC and SIAL clones do not represent the true diversity of Bahian cacao, with the greatest amount of diversity found in cacao trees on the farms. Thus, a core collection to aid in prioritizing the plants to be sampled for Bahian cacao diversity is suggested. These results provide information that can be used to conserve Bahian cacao plants and applied in breeding programs to obtain more productive Bahian cacao with superior quality and tolerance to major diseases in tropical cacao plantations worldwide.

  16. Genetic Structure and Molecular Diversity of Cacao Plants Established as Local Varieties for More than Two Centuries: The Genetic History of Cacao Plantations in Bahia, Brazil.

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    Santos, Elisa S L; Cerqueira-Silva, Carlos Bernard M; Mori, Gustavo M; Ahnert, Dário; Mello, Durval L N; Pires, José Luis; Corrêa, Ronan X; de Souza, Anete P

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    Bahia is the most important cacao-producing state in Brazil, which is currently the sixth-largest country worldwide to produce cacao seeds. In the eighteenth century, the Comum, Pará and Maranhão varieties of cacao were introduced into southern Bahia, and their descendants, which are called 'Bahian cacao' or local Bahian varieties, have been cultivated for over 200 years. Comum plants have been used to start plantations in African countries and extended as far as countries in South Asia and Oceania. In Brazil, two sets of clones selected from Bahian varieties and their mutants, the Agronomic Institute of East (SIAL) and Bahian Cacao Institute (SIC) series, represent the diversity of Bahian cacao in germplasm banks. Because the genetic diversity of Bahian varieties, which is essential for breeding programs, remains unknown, the objective of this work was to assess the genetic structure and diversity of local Bahian varieties collected from farms and germplasm banks. To this end, 30 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were used to genotype 279 cacao plants from germplasm and local farms. The results facilitated the identification of 219 cacao plants of Bahian origin, and 51 of these were SIAL or SIC clones. Bahian cacao showed low genetic diversity. It could be verified that SIC and SIAL clones do not represent the true diversity of Bahian cacao, with the greatest amount of diversity found in cacao trees on the farms. Thus, a core collection to aid in prioritizing the plants to be sampled for Bahian cacao diversity is suggested. These results provide information that can be used to conserve Bahian cacao plants and applied in breeding programs to obtain more productive Bahian cacao with superior quality and tolerance to major diseases in tropical cacao plantations worldwide.

  17. The antioxidative substances in cacao liquor.

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    Osakabe, N; Yamagishi, M; Sanbongi, C; Natsume, M; Takizawa, T; Osawa, T

    1998-04-01

    The antioxidative substances contained in cacao liquor, which is one of the major ingredients of chocolate, were separated by column chromatography and high-performance liquid chromatography. Three major compounds were purified and two of them were identified by 1H, 13C NMR and mass spectra as (-)-epicatechin (EC) and (+)-catechin (CA). Their antioxidative activity was measured by monitoring the peroxide value of linoleic acid and the thiobarbituric acid-reactive substance values of erythrocyte ghost membranes and microsomes. EC and CA had strong antioxidative effects in all three methods, but one unidentified peak was found to be less effective. Additionally, we analyzed the polyphenol concentration of cacao liquor extractions produced in several countries. The total polyphenol concentration was 7.0 to 13.0%, catechin concentration was 0.31 to 0.49%, and epicatechin concentration was 0.35 to 1.68% in the extractions. It is believed that chocolate is stable against oxidative deterioration on account of the presence of these polyphenolic compounds, and it is also expected to have a protective role against lipid peroxidation in living systems.

  18. Introducción al estudio de la alteración de la semilla de girasol durante su almacenamiento

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    Otero Mateos, I.

    1995-04-01

    Full Text Available A comparative study has been performed to examine the alterations occurring in sunflower seeds during their storage in an air atmosphere and in a nitrogen current. Two kinds of seeds with different moisture contents were used to examine the influence of this parameter: seeds from the Ukraine with about 5% humidity, and Spanish seeds (from the Central region, with about 12% humidity. The Ukrainian seeds stored in an air atmosphere were kept at 20°C in a room with about 50% humidity, while those stored in a nitrogen current were kept in the laboratory. The seeds with a high moisture content were stored in the laboratory irrespective of the storage atmosphere used. Samples of seeds were taken periodically, and their moisture content was analyzed as was the acidity, p-anisidine, k270 and k232 values and % polar compounds of their crude oil.

    Se ha estudiado comparativamente la evolución de la alteración entre almacenamiento con atmósfera de aire y con corriente de nitrógeno, empleando semilla de dos tipos, para estudiar igualmente la influencia de su humedad: semilla ucraniana, con humedad en torno al 5%, y semilla española (zona centro, con humedad superior al 12%. En el caso de semilla ucraniana, el almacenamiento se ha realizado en cámara del 50% de humedad y 20ºC para el caso del aire y en laboratorio para el almacenamiento con corriente de nitrógeno. La semilla de alta humedad ha sido conservada en el laboratorio, tanto para ambiente de aire como para la corriente de nitrógeno. A las muestras de semilla, tomadas periódicamente, se les realizaron análisis de humedad, mientras que al aceite crudo extraído de ellas se les realizaron análisis de grado de acidez, índice de p-anisidina, k270, k232 y contenido en compuestos polares.

  19. Actividad antibacteriana de la cáscara de cacao, Theobroma cacao L

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    Oscar Cuéllar G.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Evaluar la actividad antibacteriana de diferentes fracciones de la cáscara de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.. Materiales y métodos. Se evaluó la actividad antibacteriana mediante el método de difusión en agar de diferentes fracciones de la cáscara de cacao, empleando cepas autóctonas y de referencia ATCC. Posteriormente, se hizo un análisis de estas fracciones por cromatografía líquida de alta eficiencia y cromatografía de gases acoplada a espectrometría de masas. Resultados. La fracción clorofórmica presentó actividad antibacteriana frente a Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778 y Streptococcus agalactiae (autóctona, con porcentajes de inhibición de 34.90% (100 μg/μl y 52.40% (100 μg/μl respectivamente. También se evidenció una concentración mínima inhibitoria de 512 μg/ml frente a Bacillus cereus ATCC 11778 y de 128 μg/ml frente a Streptococcus agalactiae. Conclusiones. Este trabajo es el primer reporte a saber en Colombia sobre actividad antibacteriana in vitro de la cáscara de cacao, el cual resulta ser un avance importante para esta agroindustria. Esta investigación abre paso a otros estudios relacionados para establecer el espectro de inhibición frente a otros microorganismos.

  20. Evidence of cacao use in the Prehispanic American Southwest

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    2009-01-01

    Chemical analyses of organic residues in fragments of ceramic vessels from Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, reveal theobromine, a biomarker for cacao. With an estimated 800 rooms, Pueblo Bonito is the largest archaeological site in Chaco Canyon and was the center of a large number of interconnected towns and villages spread over northwestern New Mexico. The cacao residues come from pieces of vessels that are likely cylinder jars, special containers occurring almost solely at Pueblo ...

  1. Sistema de protección contra incendios de un parque de almacenamiento de líquidos petrolíferos

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    Esono Eyenga, Plácida

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    Los procesos relacionados con el almacenamiento y manipulación de productos petrolíferos, conllevan siempre determinados riesgos de incendio que dependen básicamente de las propiedades físicas y químicas de los productos, y hacen indispensable la adopción de importantes medidas de seguridad contra incendios. Esto es debido a que las consecuencias previsibles en caso de la producción y expansión del incendio son tan graves que aconsejan la instalación de medios más potentes de lucha contra inc...

  2. Estabilidad en el almacenamiento congelado de rebanadas de lomo de atún rojo (Thunnus sp. empacadas en atmósfera modificada con CO2

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    Myrna Luisa Medina Bracamonte

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    Full Text Available La disponibilidad atún rojo fresco, entero y rebanado, como todo producto pesquero fresco está restringida para los consumidores en zonas distantes a los centros de producción por su estabilidad limitada en el almacenamiento. Por ello la industria pesquera en general, en la época de mayor producción, recurre a la congelación para conservar el excedente de producción, y al empacado para protegerlo del ambiente frío y seco del congelador, evitar su deshidratación y “quemaduras por frío”. El surgimiento del Empacado en Atmósfera Modificada como alternativa para incrementar la vida útil de productos alimenticios despertó la inquietud de evaluar la estabilidad de rebanadas de lomo de atún rojo (Thunnus sp. fresco, congeladas y empacadas con 100 % de CO2 durante su almacenamiento a las temperaturas convencionales para su distribución y venta, -10 y -18 ºC, evaluando la estabilidad química, física, microbiológica y sensorial de las rebanadas de lomo de atún rojo durante ≈ 4 meses de almacenamiento congelado. El 50 % de las rebanadas se congeló a -10 ºC (Tratamiento 1 y el 50 % restante a -18 ºC (Tratamiento 2. Las rebanadas congeladas se empacaron individualmente, el 50 % en atmósfera de 100 % de CO2 conservando la proporción 1:2 (rebanada:gas y el 50 % restante en atmósfera de aire. Se almacenaron a la temperatura correspondiente: Tratamiento 1 a -10 ºC y Tratamiento 2 a -18 ºC durante 111 días. Al final del almacenamiento el tratamiento P2 (100 % CO2 ofreció mejor barrera a la pérdida de humedad, favoreció la estabilidad de la fracción de proteínas solubles en solución salina. Las muestras P2 tuvieron mayor aceptación sensorial, fueron las más oscuras y rojas, con menor recuento microbiológico, coincidiendo con el menor contenido en bases volátiles totales. A -10 ºC la atmósfera de 100 % de CO2 no evitó la “quemadura por frío” y los panelistas percibieron el “olor a pescado”.

  3. Caracterización y Evaluación de Alternativas Tecnológicas de Secamiento y Almacenamiento de Maíz a Implementar en Colombia

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    Resumen: El objetivo principal de este trabajo fue caracterizar y evaluar diversas alternativas tecnológicas de secamiento y almacenamiento para maíz. En su fase inicial se identificaron los tipos de productores y condiciones de poscosecha actualmente disponibles de los departamentos más productores de maíz: Tolima, Córdoba, Meta, Valle del Cauca, Santander y Huila. Posteriormente se caracterizaron y evaluaron, mediante ponderación, las alternativas de secamiento, arrojando como resultado, qu...

  4. Caracterización de Formatos de Almacenamiento, Transporte y Visualización de Datos Geográficos

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    Darío Enrique Soto-Durán

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    Full Text Available La información geográfica se caracteriza por tener una componente espacial y, en muchas ocasiones, adicionalmente una componente temporal. En la última década el uso de esta información se incrementó por la expansión de las tecnologías que la captura. En especial, las ciencias de la tierra, el océano y la atmósfera requieren del análisis de la información que varía en el espacio y en el tiempo para tomar decisiones. Los datos espacio-temporales son gestionados por Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG que definen formatos para su almacenamiento, transporte y visualización. El Open Geospacial Consortium es una de las principales organizaciones que definen estándares para estos formatos; sin embargo, existen otros también ampliamente usados. Conocer los diferentes formatos existentes, los elementos que los componen y los ambientes y situaciones para los que fueron creados es de suma trascendencia cuando se ha de decidirse por uno u otro en favor de la eficiencia y optimización de su uso en los SIG. Por lo anterior, este artículo hace una caracterización de los formatos más relevantes para el almacenamiento, transporte y visualización de los datos geográficos: vector, raster y series de datos, mediante esquemas preconceptuales que permiten identificar las relaciones estructurales y dinámicas de cualquier dominio del conocimiento.

  5. Genetic Structure and Molecular Diversity of Cacao Plants Established as Local Varieties for More than Two Centuries: The Genetic History of Cacao Plantations in Bahia, Brazil

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    Santos, Elisa S. L.; Cerqueira-Silva, Carlos Bernard M.; Mori, Gustavo M.; Ahnert, Dário; Mello, Durval L. N.; Pires, José Luis; Corrêa, Ronan X.; de Souza, Anete P.

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    Bahia is the most important cacao-producing state in Brazil, which is currently the sixth-largest country worldwide to produce cacao seeds. In the eighteenth century, the Comum, Pará and Maranhão varieties of cacao were introduced into southern Bahia, and their descendants, which are called ‘Bahian cacao’ or local Bahian varieties, have been cultivated for over 200 years. Comum plants have been used to start plantations in African countries and extended as far as countries in South Asia and Oceania. In Brazil, two sets of clones selected from Bahian varieties and their mutants, the Agronomic Institute of East (SIAL) and Bahian Cacao Institute (SIC) series, represent the diversity of Bahian cacao in germplasm banks. Because the genetic diversity of Bahian varieties, which is essential for breeding programs, remains unknown, the objective of this work was to assess the genetic structure and diversity of local Bahian varieties collected from farms and germplasm banks. To this end, 30 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were used to genotype 279 cacao plants from germplasm and local farms. The results facilitated the identification of 219 cacao plants of Bahian origin, and 51 of these were SIAL or SIC clones. Bahian cacao showed low genetic diversity. It could be verified that SIC and SIAL clones do not represent the true diversity of Bahian cacao, with the greatest amount of diversity found in cacao trees on the farms. Thus, a core collection to aid in prioritizing the plants to be sampled for Bahian cacao diversity is suggested. These results provide information that can be used to conserve Bahian cacao plants and applied in breeding programs to obtain more productive Bahian cacao with superior quality and tolerance to major diseases in tropical cacao plantations worldwide. PMID:26675449

  6. Efecto de las cepas nativas Paecilomyces sp. (Bainier y Lecanicillium sp. (Zimm en el control de Carmenta foraseminis Eichlin (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae en cultivos de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Wilmer Figueroa Medina

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    Full Text Available El pasador del fruto, Carmenta foraseminis Eichlin, es un insecto que ha acentuado su ataque en cultivos de cacao (Theobroma cacao L. en los últimos años en Norte de Santander (Colombia. El objetivo de este estudio fue evaluar la patogenicidad de las cepas nativas Giav-3 Paecilomyces sp. y Giav-4 Lecanicillium sp. sobre larvas de C. foraseminis. Para el efecto, se realizaron aislamientos a partir de muestras de suelo recolectadas en el municipio de Tibú, Norte de Santander. Después de obtenidos los cultivos puros se procedió a la caracterización macroscópica y microscópica para la identificación del género de los aislados mediante claves taxonómicas. La infección fue realizada mediante inmersión de larvas en las suspensiones de los aislados en concentraciones de 0, 10(6, 10(7 y 10(8 conidios/ml. En ambos aislados se observó una tendencia lineal respecto a la mortalidad, la cual fue directamente proporcional a las concentraciones del inóculo. La CL50 y CL90 para Giav-3 fue de 10(6.95 y 10(8.70 conidios/ml y para Giav-4 de 10(6.6 y 10(8.04 conidios/ml, respectivamente. Lo cual indica que esta última requirió la menor concentración de inóculo para eliminar el 50% y 90% de la población tratada, lo que supone una mayor efectividad contra las larvas.

  7. Dispersion models and sampling of cacao mirid bug Sahlbergella singularis (Hemiptera: Miridae) on Theobroma Cacao in southern Cameroon.

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    Bisseleua, D H B; Vidal, Stefan

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    The spatio-temporal distribution of Sahlbergella singularis Haglung, a major pest of cacao trees (Theobroma cacao) (Malvaceae), was studied for 2 yr in traditional cacao forest gardens in the humid forest area of southern Cameroon. The first objective was to analyze the dispersion of this insect on cacao trees. The second objective was to develop sampling plans based on fixed levels of precision for estimating S. singularis populations. The following models were used to analyze the data: Taylor's power law, Iwao's patchiness regression, the Nachman model, and the negative binomial distribution. Our results document that Taylor's power law was a better fit for the data than the Iwao and Nachman models. Taylor's b and Iwao's β were both significantly >1, indicating that S. singularis aggregated on specific trees. This result was further supported by the calculated common k of 1.75444. Iwao's α was significantly cacao plantations. Sampling plans, presented here, should be a tool for research on population dynamics and pest management decisions of mirid bugs on cacao.

  8. "Molecular cahracterization of previously elusive badnaviruses associated with symptomatic cacao in the New World"

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    ABSTRACT Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is a tropical tree cultivated for beans used to make chocolate. Distinct virus-like symptoms, referred to as the putative Cacao Trinidad virus (CTV) strains A and B, have been observed in Trinidad and Tobago since 1944, however, viral etiology had not been demon...

  9. Evaluation of soil amendments as a remediation alternative for cadmium contaminated soils under cacao plantations

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    Elevated plant-available cadmium (Cd) in soils results in contamination to cacao (Theobroma cacao L) beans. Effectiveness of vermicompost and zeolite in reducing available Cd in three cacao-growing soils was studied under laboratory conditions. Sorption-desorption experiments were conducted in soils...

  10. Cacao yield in different planting densities

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    Carlos Alberto Spaggiari Souza

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of six planting densities on cacao yield of a commercial hybrid mixture as well as the interaction of planting densities with the years were investigated. Crop data collected over a 14-year period (1977-1990 showed that it was possible to optimise the regional cacao yields by implementing high planting densities (2500 and 1736 trees ha-1. This was however only true for the first half of the crop period. In the second half, low planting density (1059 trees ha-1 attained the best yields. This change in the ranking of planting densities over the years confirmed the presence of density-year interaction. Alternatives to achieve high productivity in high planting density systems were presented and discussed.O efeito de seis densidades de plantio sobre a produção de um híbrido comercial de cacau, bem como a interação das densidades com os anos, foi investigado. Dados coletados do cultivo por 14 anos (1977-1990 mostraram que é possível otimizar a produção de cacau da região implementando uma alta densidade populacional (2500 e 1736 plantas ha-1. Todavia, isto se verificou apenas para a primeira metade do período de cultivo. Na segunda metade, a baixa densidade (1059 plantas ha-1 foi superior em produção. Esta mudança na densidade com o passar dos anos foi confirmada pela presença da interação densidades por anos. Alternativas para alcançar elevadas produtividades nos sistemas com altas densidades foram apresentadas e discutidas.

  11. CALIDAD DEL PALMITO EN FUNCIÓN DE LA FERTILIZACIÓN Y DEL ACONDICIONAMIENTO POSCOSECHA

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    Francisco Paulo Chaimsohn

    2009-01-01

    días. El palmito empacado en las bolsas plásticas a 5 °C se conservó en buenas condiciones hasta el final del almacenamiento. La bandeja de poliestireno cubierta con plástico fue inapropiada para la conservación del producto.

  12. Aplicación y Comparación de Metodologías Multicriterio (AHP y Fuzzy Logic) en la Selección de Tecnología Postcosecha para Pequeños Productores de Cacao.

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    VERA MONTENEGRO, LENIN

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    El Ecuador provee el 70% de la demanda especializada en cacao (Theobroma cacao) del tipo “fino y de aroma” a nivel mundial, empleado en la elaboración de chocolates de alta calidad. En este trabajo se define un modelo de selección de tecnología post cosecha adaptada a los pequeños productores (59% de la producción Ecuatoriana), aplicando dos tipos de modelos multicriterios que incluyen los criterios de calidad, costo de transformación y capacidad de adopción tecnológic...

  13. Caracterización de sistemas agroecológicos para el establecimiento comercial de cacao orgánico (Theobroma cacao en Talamanca Description of agro-ecological systems to the shop of organic cocoa (Theobroma cacao in Talamanca

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    Ricardo Salazar Díaz

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Un requisito previo para la planificación de una finca es disponer de información acerca de las características del productor, o productora, y su familia, así como de los recursos naturales disponibles y el sistema de producción que tiene, ya que, para proponer cambios en el uso y manejo de los recursos naturales, hay que conocer, analizar e interpretar lo que se dispone en la unidad productiva. Es por esto que se planteó caracterizar cinco fincas ubicadas en el territorio indígena Bribri en la comunidad de Shuabb, distrito Telire, cantón de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica, para la producción de cacao orgánico (Theobroma cacao bajo un sistema tradicional agroforestal. El enfoque de producción orgánica con un manejo sostenible de los recursos naturales coincide con la norma tradicional y espiritual de los indígenas. Se estableció una tipología basada en aspectos biofísicos para las cinco fincas seleccionadas y una caracterización socioeconómica de las familias beneficiarias;conbaseenlosresultadosobtenidos, se propuso un diseño de producción y un manejo agronómico orgánico para el establecimiento de los sistemas agroecológicos.A prerequisite for planning a farm is to have available information about the characteristics of the producer and her or his family, about the available natural resources and about the existing production system. For proposing changes in the use and management natural resources, is necessary to know, to analyze and interpret what is available in the production unit. This is why it is plated characterize five farms located in an indigenous community named Shuabb, in Telire district, Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica. For the organic cocoa (Theobroma cacao production, under a traditional agroforestry system. The organic approach under a sustainable management of natural resources, coincides with the traditional and spiritual standard of the indigenous. A typology was established based on biophysical aspects

  14. Chromatin differentiation between Theobroma cacao L. and T. grandiflorum Schum

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    Liliane G. Dantas

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparative analysis of mitotic chromosomes of Theobroma cacao (cacao and T. grandiflorum (cupuaçu was performed aiming to identify cytological differences between the two most important species of this genus. Both species have symmetric karyotypes, with 2n = 20 metacentric chromosomes ranging in size from 2.00 to 1.19 µm (cacao and from 2.21 to 1.15 mm (cupuaçu. The interphase nuclei of both species were of the arreticulate type, displaying up to 20 chromocentres, which were more regularly shaped in cacao than in cupuaçu. Prophase chromosomes of both species were more condensed in the proximal region, sometimes including the whole short arm. Both species exhibited only one pair of terminal heterochromatic bands, positively stained with chromomycin A3, which co-localized with the single 45S rDNA site. Each karyotype displayed a single 5S rDNA site in the proximal region of another chromosome pair. Heterochromatic bands were also observed on the centromeric/pericentromeric regions of all 20 chromosomes of cacao after C-banding followed by Giemsa or DAPI staining, whereas in cupuaçu they were never detected. These data suggest that the chromosomes of both species have been largely conserved and their pericentromeric chromatin is the only citologically differentiated region.

  15. PÉRDIDA DE TEXTURA post mortem DE LA CARNE DE PESCADO DURANTE EL ALMACENAMIENTO EN FRÍO

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    HÉCTOR SUÁREZ MAHECHA

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo es una revisión sobre la conformación e importancia del tejido conectivo de la carne de los peces. El ablandamiento post mortem en los peces es un factor de calidad directamente influenciado por las características de los colágenos presentes en cada especie. La degradación del colágeno está relacionada con los fenómenos que acontecen durante el almacenamiento en frío o congelamiento. Varias investigaciones han demostrado a través de análisis bioquímicos y, principalmente, a través de microscopia electrónica de barrido y transmisión, que la pérdida de la textura en la carne de los peces es uno de los efectos ocasionados por la degradación del tejido conectivo pericelular y no por el tejido conectivo intersticial. En la actualidad son propuestas algunas prácticas postcosecha para disminuir este fenómeno.

  16. Cacao y encomienda en la Alcaldía Mayor de Sonsonate, siglo XVI

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    Tous, Meritxell

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    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the importance of cocoa in the Alcaldía Mayor of Sonsonate, particularly in the Izalco region, during the last pre-Columbian period and also its exploitation during the XVIth century. It is demonstrated that, during the first half of these century, despite of the development of the encomienda system, the natives significantly controlled the production and exchange of cocoa, and also the property of the land. Nevertheless, during the second half of this century, the increase of cocoa production induced serious perturbations in the Indian communities because of the demographic collapse, the usurpation of the lands and the ladinoization processes.

    Este estudio analiza la importancia del cacao en la Alcaldía Mayor de Sonsonate, especialmente en la región de los Izalcos, durante el último periodo prehispánico así como su explotación en el XVI. Se demuestra que, durante la primera mitad de este siglo, a pesar del desarrollo de la encomienda, la población indígena controló, en buena medida, la producción y el intercambio del cacao, así como la propiedad de la tierra. También se pone de manifiesto que, a partir de la segunda mitad de este mismo siglo, el incremento de la producción cacaotera provocó daños irreversibles en las comunidades indígenas debido al más que notable descenso demográfico, a la usurpación de sus tierras y a los procesos de ladinización.

  17. Cacao Intensification in Sulawesi: A Green Prosperity Model Project

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    Moriarty, K.; Elchinger, M.; Hill, G.; Katz, J.; Barnett, J.

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    NREL conducted eight model projects for Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Compact with Indonesia. Green Prosperity, the largest project of the Compact, seeks to address critical constraints to economic growth while supporting the Government of Indonesia's commitment to a more sustainable, less carbon-intensive future. This study evaluates techniques to improve cacao farming in Sulawesi Indonesia with an emphasis on Farmer Field Schools and Cocoa Development Centers to educate farmers and for train the trainer programs. The study estimates the economic viability of cacao farming if smallholder implement techniques to increase yield as well as social and environmental impacts of the project.

  18. Characterization of naturalized cacao populations in Puerto Rico

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    Native to the headwaters of the Amazon River, cacao is an important agricultural tree crop produced in tropical regions around the world. Its raw product, the seed or ‘beans’, is the source for the multi-billion dollar chocolate industry. The USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station in Mayag...

  19. Cacao diseases: A history of old enemies and new encounters

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    This book reviews the current knowledge of cacao pathogens and their management methods. Topics discussed include the history, biology, and genetic diversity of Moniliophthora (causing witches’ broom and frosty pod rot) and Phytophthora species (causing black pod rot) that cause diseases resulting i...

  20. Cacao diseases: important threats to chocolate production worldwide.

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    Ploetz, Randy C

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    ABSTRACT Theobroma cacao, cacao, is an ancient, neotropical domesticate. It is now grown throughout the humid, lowland tropics and is the basis of a multibillion dollar confectionary trade. Diverse diseases impact production of the crop. They reduce yields by ca. 20%, but could cause far greater losses if certain highly damaging diseases were to become more widely distributed. Among the most potentially dangerous of these diseases are frosty pod, caused by Moniliophthora roreri, and witches' broom, caused by M. perniciosa (previously Crinipellis perniciosa). These two diseases occur only in the Western Hemisphere, and severe losses would follow their introduction to West Africa and Asia, where ca. 86% of all cacao production occurs. Elsewhere, Cacao swollen shoot virus and the damaging black pod agent, Phytophthora megakarya, are found in Western Africa; whereas vascular streak dieback, caused by Oncobasidium theobromae, is present only in Asia. Breeding programs are challenged by minimal resistance to some of the diseases. Progress that has been made is threatened by the "emergence" of other serious diseases, such as Ceratocystis wilt (Ceratocystis cacaofunesta). During this symposium, new insights are discussed on the biology, origins, pathology and phylogeny of the pathogens; as well as the biological, chemical and genetic management of the diseases that they cause.

  1. The relic Criollo cacao in Belize- genetic diversity and relationship with Trinitario and other cacao clones held in the International Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is native to the South American rainforest but it was domesticated in Mesoamerica. The relic Criollo cocoa in Belize has been well known in the premium chocolate market for its high-quality. Knowledge of genetic diversity in this variety is essential for efficient conserva...

  2. Amazon Web Services: alternativa para el almacenamiento de información

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    Cristhian Leonardo Tolosa Cuadrado

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo reseñó la computación en la nube y de algunos de sus servicios de almacenamiento en sistemas gestores de bases de datos relacionales y no relacionales ofrecidos por Amazon bajo el modelo de la infraestructura como servicio (IaaS ‘infrastructure as a service’. Se realiza una comparación entre los sistemas tradicionales de almacenamiento en las organizaciones y la infraestructura como servicio, para dar a conocer las ventajas y las desventajas de la adopción de nuevas tecnologías en el ámbito personal, organizacional y académico en cuanto al almacenamiento y procesamiento de la información. Además, se describen los diferentes servicios de bases de datos ofrecidos por Amazon Web Services, los cuales ofrecen el servicio de almacenamiento según las necesidades y las tecnologías que el usuario necesite.

  3. Study of Seed Germination by Soaking Methode of Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Sulistyani Pancaningtyas

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Study of germination methods conduct to get information about seed viability based on germination rate, percentage of germination and vigority. Germination methods was studied to get the efficiency and effectivity of germination, easy to handle, low costs with high vigority. Sand and gunny sack methods  for germination, need extensive place  and 3-4 days germination period after planting. This research will study the alternative of germination method with soaking. This method can be accelerating  germination rate and effectively place usage without decreasing the quality of cacao seedling.The research was done at Kaliwining Experimental Station, Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institue. This research consist of two experiment was arranged based on factorial completely random design. First experiment will observed to compared germination rate and the second experiment will observed seedling quality between soaking and wet gunny sack germination method.The results showed that length of radicel on soaking method longer than wet gunny sack method. Growth of radicel started from 2 hours after soaking, moreover length of radicel at 4 hours after soaking have significant different value with gunny sack method. On 24 hours after soaking have 3,69 mm and 0,681 mm on wet gunny sack treatment. Except lengt of hipocotyl, there is not different condition between seedling that out came  from soaking and wet gunny sack method. Length of hipocotyl on 36 hours after soaking have 9,15 cm and significant different between wet gunny sack germination method that have 5,40 cm. Keywords : seed germination, soaking method, Theobroma cacao L., cocoa seedlings

  4. Physicochemical properties and antioxidant capacity of raw, roasted and puffed cacao beans.

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    Hu, SuJung; Kim, Byung-Yong; Baik, Moo-Yeol

    2016-03-01

    The antioxidant capacity and attributable bioactive compounds of puffed cacao beans were investigated. Roasting was carried out at 190°C for 15min and puffing was performed at 4-7kgf/cm(2). Cacao beans puffed at 4kgf/cm(2) showed the highest total polyphenols (23.16mgGAE/gsample) and total flavonoids (10.65mgCE/gsample) (pcacao beans reflected the total polyphenols and flavonoids measured. The quantities of theobromine, catechin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2 were higher in cacao beans puffed at 4kgf/cm(2) than in roasted cacao beans. Puffed cacao beans received a good sensory score in flavor, but sourness increased as puffing pressure increased. Thus, these results suggest that, in cacao bean processing, puffing could be an alternative to roasting, which provide a rich taste and high antioxidant capacity.

  5. Suppressive effects of cacao polyphenols on the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice.

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    Natsume, Midori; Baba, Seigo

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies in humans have shown that the cacao polyphenols, (-)-epicatechin and its oligomers, prevent in vitro and ex vivo low-density lipoprotein oxidation mediated by free radical generators and metal ions and also reduce plasma LDL-cholesterol levels. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of cacao polyphenols on the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (-/-) mice. Mice aged 8 weeks (n = 90) were randomized into three groups, and fed either normal mouse chow (controls) or chow supplemented with 0.25 or 0.40 % cacao polyphenols for 16 weeks. The mean plaque area in cross-sections of the brachiocephalic trunk was measured and found to be lower in the 0.25 % cacao polyphenol group than in the control group (p cacao polyphenol group (p cacao polyphenols inhibit the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (-/-) mice by reducing oxidative stress and inflammatory responses.

  6. Production and characterization of nickel nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes by electroless and its application to hydrogen storage; Produccion y caracterizacion de nanoparticulas de niquel sobre nanotubos de carbono por electroless y su aplicacion en el almacenamiento de hidrogeno

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    Figueroa-Torres, Mayra Zyzlila; Dominguez-Rios, Carlos [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico)]. E-mail: m_zyzlila@yahoo.com.mx; Cabanas-Moreno, Jose Gerardo; Suarez-Alcantara, Karina [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, ESFM-IPN, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Aguilar-Elguezabal, Alfredo [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico)]. E-mail: alfredo.aguilar@cimav.edu.mx

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    The search for an appropriate storage system for the transportation industry to enable implementing the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier has become a strategic research concern. Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are potentially interesting materials for the storage of hydrogen. This work investigates the deposition condition for dispersing nickel nanoparticles in one single step using the electroless technique on the surface of carbon nanotubes. It also studied the influence on the ability to store hydrogen. The materials were characterized using sweep electron and transmission microscopy. The surface areas of the materials were determined with nitrogen adsorption isotherms. The hydrogen storage capacity was studied at a temperature of 77 K and atmospheric pressure, as well as at 303 K and pressures of de 0.1-5 MPa. The results show that highly dispersed spherical nickel nanoparticles were obtained on carbon nanotubes with an average size of 3-9 nm. The addition of nickel on carbon nanotubes significantly improves the hydrogen storage capacity, finding that at 303 K and 5 MPa the increment factor was as much as twice that of nanotubes without nickel. [Spanish] La busqueda de un sistema de almacenamiento apropiado para la industria del transporte se ha convertido en un tema estrategico de investigacion para poder implementar el uso del hidrogeno como portador de energia. Los nanotubos de carbono (NTC) son materiales potencialmente interesantes en el almacenamiento de hidrogeno. En este trabajo se investigaron las condiciones de deposito para dispersar en un solo paso nanoparticulas de niquel por la tecnica de electroless sobre la superficie de los nanotubos de carbono y se estudio su influencia en la capacidad de almacenamiento de hidrogeno. Los materiales se caracterizaron por microscopia electronica de barrido y transmision. Mediante isotermas de adsorcion de nitrogeno se determino el area superficial de los materiales. La capacidad de almacenamiento de hidrogeno se

  7. Efecto del hierro en el desarrollo de las raíces de las plantas

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    Correa Velásquez, Jairo

    2012-01-01

    Se investigó el efecto del hierro en el desarrollo de las raíces del cacao, el café y el fríjol. También se observó la velocidad de recuperación de la clorofila en plantas cloróticas de cacao y café, al agregarles cantidades crecientes de hierro, y el efecto de dicha recuperación sobre el desarrollo radical. Además, se estudió el grado de absorción y movilización de Fe50 en plantas de cacao, y el efecto de distintas dosis de hierro en el crecimiento de raíces aisladas cacao, café y fríjol. ...

  8. Intersterility, morphology and taxonomy of Ceratocystis fimbriata on sweet potato, cacao and sycamore.

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    Engelbrecht, Christine J Baker; Harrington, Thomas C

    2005-01-01

    Ceratocystis fimbriata is a large, diverse complex of species that cause wilt-type diseases of many economically important plants. Previous studies have shown that isolates in three monophyletic lineages within the Latin American clade of C. fimbriata are host-specialized to cacao (Theobroma cacao), sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) and sycamore (Platanus spp.), respectively. We paired testers of opposite mating type from isolates of these lineages to find intersterility groups. Two intersterility groups corresponded to the sweet potato and sycamore lineages, respectively. The cacao lineage contained two intersterility groups, corresponding to two genetic sublineages centered in western Ecuador and Brazil/Costa Rica/Colombia. Six isolates from cacao that were not members of the cacao lineage and were not pathogenic to cacao in an earlier study also were intersterile with members of the two cacao intersterility groups. Some pairings between testers from different lineages or sublineages yielded perithecia from which a few abnormal progeny could be recovered, typical of interspecific hybrids. These progeny showed abnormal segregation of the MAT-2 gene and mycelial morphology, showing that they were indeed the result of crosses. Isolates of the sweet potato, cacao, and sycamore lineages were indistinguishable morphologically except for the presence or absence of a doliform (barrel-shaped) conidial state and minor differences in size of perithecial bases and necks and ascospores. C. fimbriata originally was described from sweet potato. We describe the cacao pathogen as a new species, Ceratocystis cacaofunesta and we raise the sycamore pathogen from a form to species Ceratocystis platani.

  9. EVALUATION OF GENETIC DIVERSITY IN CACAO COLLECTED FROM KOLAKA, SOUTHEAST SULAWESI, USING SSR MARKERS

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    Rubiyo Rubiyo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Kolaka, which is located in Southeast Sulawesi, has long been known as one of cacao production centers in Indonesia. Therefore, many different cacao germplasms can be found in this region. The study aimed to evaluate genetic diversity and relationships of 12 cacao genotypes collected from Kolaka. Genomic DNA was extracted by using a modified CTAB method. Meanwhile, genetic diversity was analyzed based on 16 SSR markers, which then separated by 6% non-denaturing polyacryl-amide gel electrophoresis. The result showed that all of those markers, 14 markers exhibited polymorphism and subsequently used for data analysis using NTSYS and PowerMarker program. About 70 different alleles were generated from 12 cacao genotypes analyzed with an average of 5 alleles per locus. Average value of polymorphism information content (PIC resulted in this study was 0.59. The cluster analysis using UPGMA method based on the genetic similarity coefficient revealed that all cacao genotypes were separated into three major groups. The first group consisted of five cacao genotypes, the second one held four cacao genotypes, whereas the third group contained three genotypes. This result indicates that three genotypes that clustered separately from the others could be used as a good clonal candidate for cacao breeding program. The information resulted from this present study would be useful for future cacao breeding program, especially in efforts to release a new variety.

  10. Cacao roasting in rural areas of Peru using concentrated solar thermal energy: experimental results

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    Veynandt François

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Solar food processing is gaining interest for income generation. Our solar cacao roaster, designed for rural areas, consists in a horizontal rotating drum, opened at one end to collect solar radiation from Scheffler concentrators of 2.7 or 8 m2. The experimental results presented bring knowledge on the system's behavior and optimal operation. The influence of the most significant parameters is studied: quantity of cacao, absorptivity of drum's coating, thermal insulation, inclination and rotational speed of the drum. Cacao temperature and direct solar irradiance are monitored to evaluate the performance in roasting time per kilogram of cacao.

  11. Sistema informático para el almacenamiento, procesamiento y recuperación de datos jurídicos

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    Eugenio Urdaneta

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    Full Text Available El propósito de este trabajo es diseñar un Sistema Informático para el almacenamiento, procesamiento y recuperación de datos jurídicos. El sistema contiene ocho módulos, siendo el primero de ellos referido a legislación, el cual presenta un conjunto de leyes de la República de Venezuela. Un segundo módulo se refiere a la presentación de obras de doctrinas en Derecho público y privado, cátedras filosóficas y sociológicas. El tercer módulo de denomina Legislación Comparada Internacional. El cuarto módulo es un diccionario de derecho que consta de un compendio de términos jurídicos. La quinta parte del sistema contiene información judicial referente a notarias, registros, tribunales, procuradurías, fiscalías, consultorías y principales despachos del país. El sexto segmento del sistema reseña la legislación comentada mediante la identificación de las leyes vigentes, así como su respectiva doctrina y jurisprudencia. El séptimo módulo integra medios de apoyo documental en el área jurídica. Finalmente el octavo módulo contiene información contemporánea en materia de jurisprudencia.

  12. Proyecto de una maltería en el municipio de Medina del Campo (Valladolid)

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    Lozano González, Gabriel

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    Proyecto de industria de malteado de cebada en la localidad de Medina del Campo (Valladolid). La industria constara de diferentes salas, las cuales se utilizaran para el almacenamiento del grano recepcionado, zona de remojo, área de germinación, el secado y el almacenamiento previo a la expedición del producto. Para conseguir la malta deseada se requerirá a los agricultores unas características específicas de la cebada. La malta obtenida se venderá a empresas cerveceras tanto de España ...

  13. Diseño de un silo cilíndrico metálico atornillado para el almacenamiento de productos granulares

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    Ravenet Regales, Juan Ignacio

    2004-01-01

    El objeto de este proyecto pretende el diseño, cálculo y construcción de un silo cilíndrico metálico para el almacenamiento de los productos de la limpia del maíz. En dicho proyecto se realiza el estudio de un silo, aplicando las teorías más destacadas que se han dedicado al cálculo, diseño y resolución de problemas aparecidos en silos. Se exponen las normas, teorías y códigos de los principales especialistas mundiales extraído de diversa bibliografía. Se estudian aspectos como...

  14. Evaluación de técnicas de procesamiento y almacenamiento de piel cadavérica para bancos de tejidos

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    En el presente trabajo se reproducen y analizan algunas de las técnicas más comunes a nivel internacional para el manejo de piel cadavérica para bancos de tejidos. Para ello, se llevó a cabo la ablación, el procesamiento, la desinfección y el almacenamiento de piel utilizando un modelo animal (cerdo, Sus scrofa domesticus). Para verificar la calidad microbiológica del tejido se compararon dos diferentes métodos de desinfección (antibióticos y desinfección química con cloro). Además, se evaluó...

  15. Crude cacao Theobroma cacao extract reduces mutagenicity induced by benzo[a]pyrene through inhibition of CYP1A activity in vitro.

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    Ohno, Marumi; Sakamoto, Kentaro Q; Ishizuka, Mayumi; Fujita, Shoichi

    2009-08-01

    Polyphenols have been shown to have potent antioxidant activity, and therefore, food containing polyphenols is expected to contribute to the prevention of cancer. However, food contains not only polyphenols but also various other constituents. We used the Ames test to investigate the effects of crude extracts of whole cacao products, which are known to be rich in polyphenols, on the mutagenicity of benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) in Salmonella typhimurium strain TA 98 and tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BuOOH) in S. typhimurium strain TA 102. B[a]P induces mutagenicity by metabolic activation and t-BuOOH induces it by generation of free radicals. While white chocolate did not modulate the numbers of revertant colonies produced by B[a]P treatment, milk chocolate and cacao powder extracts did. On the other hand, surprisingly, none of the cacao products tested affected the number of revertant colonies when t-BuOOH was used as the mutagen. At maximum concentration (13.25 mg cacao powder/ml), the crude cacao powder extract reduced ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase activity to 17.4% of the control, suggesting that whole cacao products inhibit cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A activity. In conclusion, inhibition of CYP1A activity by cacao products may prevent DNA damage by reducing metabolic activation of carcinogens.

  16. QTL mapping for resistance to frosty pod and black pod diseases in an f1 population of Theobroma cacao L

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is a native crop of the Americas; however severe losses due to frosty pod (FP) [Moniliophthora roreri (Cif. and Par.)], and black pod (BP) [Phytophthora palmivora (Butl.) Butl.] have reduced cacao in the Americas to only 13.0% of world production. Agronomic practices to co...

  17. Diseño e implementación de un prototipo de vehículo solar con almacenamiento de energía

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    Juan Pablo Arévalo Molina

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    Full Text Available En esta investigación se realizó el diseño, la construcción, implementación y las pruebas de un vehículo alimentado por energía solar, que contiene un sistema de almacenamiento de energía para la alimentación de dos motores para producir el movimiento de una estructura por un tiempo determinado, teniendo en cuenta la incidencia de la luz solar y la carga y descarga de la batería que será el suministro de energía para la estructura. Inicialmente se hizo el diseño del componente eléctrico del vehículo teniendo como parámetros prioritarios: el voltaje, corriente, tiempo de carga y descarga de la batería, dependiendo de la carga colocada a los motores y muchos otros factores que pueden incidir en el funcionamiento del vehículo, teniendo presente la construcción del componente mecánico, las dimensiones y peso adecuado para el buen funcionamiento del vehículo. Por ultimo, se realizó la implementación y pruebas de este carro, determinando su efectividad y los tiempos de funcionamiento.

  18. Cacao Cultivation under Diverse Shade Tree Cover Allows High Carbon Storage and Sequestration without Yield Losses.

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    Abou Rajab, Yasmin; Leuschner, Christoph; Barus, Henry; Tjoa, Aiyen; Hertel, Dietrich

    2016-01-01

    One of the main drivers of tropical forest loss is their conversion to oil palm, soy or cacao plantations with low biodiversity and greatly reduced carbon storage. Southeast Asian cacao plantations are often established under shade tree cover, but are later converted to non-shaded monocultures to avoid resource competition. We compared three co-occurring cacao cultivation systems (3 replicate stands each) with different shade intensity (non-shaded monoculture, cacao with the legume Gliricidia sepium shade trees, and cacao with several shade tree species) in Sulawesi (Indonesia) with respect to above- and belowground biomass and productivity, and cacao bean yield. Total biomass C stocks (above- and belowground) increased fivefold from the monoculture to the multi-shade tree system (from 11 to 57 Mg ha-1), total net primary production rose twofold (from 9 to 18 Mg C ha-1 yr-1). This increase was associated with a 6fold increase in aboveground biomass, but only a 3.5fold increase in root biomass, indicating a clear shift in C allocation to aboveground tree organs with increasing shade for both cacao and shade trees. Despite a canopy cover increase from 50 to 93%, cacao bean yield remained invariant across the systems (variation: 1.1-1.2 Mg C ha-1 yr-1). The monocultures had a twice as rapid leaf turnover suggesting that shading reduces the exposure of cacao to atmospheric drought, probably resulting in greater leaf longevity. Thus, contrary to general belief, cacao bean yield does not necessarily decrease under shading which seems to reduce physical stress. If planned properly, cacao plantations under a shade tree cover allow combining high yield with benefits for carbon sequestration and storage, production system stability under stress, and higher levels of animal and plant diversity.

  19. Cacao Cultivation under Diverse Shade Tree Cover Allows High Carbon Storage and Sequestration without Yield Losses.

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    Yasmin Abou Rajab

    Full Text Available One of the main drivers of tropical forest loss is their conversion to oil palm, soy or cacao plantations with low biodiversity and greatly reduced carbon storage. Southeast Asian cacao plantations are often established under shade tree cover, but are later converted to non-shaded monocultures to avoid resource competition. We compared three co-occurring cacao cultivation systems (3 replicate stands each with different shade intensity (non-shaded monoculture, cacao with the legume Gliricidia sepium shade trees, and cacao with several shade tree species in Sulawesi (Indonesia with respect to above- and belowground biomass and productivity, and cacao bean yield. Total biomass C stocks (above- and belowground increased fivefold from the monoculture to the multi-shade tree system (from 11 to 57 Mg ha-1, total net primary production rose twofold (from 9 to 18 Mg C ha-1 yr-1. This increase was associated with a 6fold increase in aboveground biomass, but only a 3.5fold increase in root biomass, indicating a clear shift in C allocation to aboveground tree organs with increasing shade for both cacao and shade trees. Despite a canopy cover increase from 50 to 93%, cacao bean yield remained invariant across the systems (variation: 1.1-1.2 Mg C ha-1 yr-1. The monocultures had a twice as rapid leaf turnover suggesting that shading reduces the exposure of cacao to atmospheric drought, probably resulting in greater leaf longevity. Thus, contrary to general belief, cacao bean yield does not necessarily decrease under shading which seems to reduce physical stress. If planned properly, cacao plantations under a shade tree cover allow combining high yield with benefits for carbon sequestration and storage, production system stability under stress, and higher levels of animal and plant diversity.

  20. Evaluación de la tecnología CAES como sistema de almacenamiento de energía eólica. Caso de estudio en España

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    Rodríguez Ávila, Laura

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    Se presenta a continuación un modelo de una planta del almacenamiento de energía mediante aire comprimido siguiendo un proceso adiabático. En esta planta la energía eólica sobrante se usa para comprimir aire mediante un tren de compresión de 25 MW, el aire comprimido será después almacenado en una caverna de sal a 770 metros de profundidad. La compresión se llevará a cabo por la noche, durante 6 horas, debido a los bajos precios de electricidad. Cuando los precios de la electricidad suben dur...

  1. Accurate determination of genetic identity for a single cacao bean, using molecular markers with a nanofluidic system, ensures cocoa authenticity and traceability

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is an important tropical crop since it is the source of cocoa butter and powder for the confectionery industry. Production and marketing of premium high-value fine flavored cacao provide opportunities for cacao growers, the chocolate industry and consumers. The higher far...

  2. Macro and micro nutrient uptake parameters and use efficiency in cacao genotypes influenced by deficient to excess levels of soil K

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is an important economic crop for many of the tropical countries. Adequate levels of soil K are essential for good growth and achieving high cocoa bean yields. Soils under cacao invariably have low levels of plant available K to support good cacao growth. Growth chamber ex...

  3. El sistema granito-mineralización de uranio de El Berrocal como análogo natural de un almacenamiento de residuos radiactivos

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    Astudillo, J.

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    Full Text Available This work summarizes the analogical study of the radioactive elements and rare earths are deposits applied to the modelling and validation of the migration/retention processes of the high level radioactive artificial isotopes in a geological environment. The geological, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the El Berrocal granite- U mineralization system suggest that this system cannot be considered as a global natural analogue for a radioactive waste repository. However, the low-temperature hydrothermal processes, which affected it, including that one which originated the uraniferous mineralization, as well as the weathering processes, can be considered as geochemical processes analogous to those that could take place in a high level radioactive repository.En este trabajo se resume la aplicación del estudio analógico de los yacimientos de elementos radiactivos a la modelización y validación de los procesos de migración/retención de los radioisótopos artificiales de alta actividad, en un medio geológico. Las características geológicas, mineralógicas y geoquímicas del sistema granito-mineralización de uranio de El Berrocal sugieren que dicho sistema no puede considerarse como un análogo natural global de un almacenamiento de residuos radiactivos. Sin embargo, los procesos hidrotermales de baja temperatura que lo afectaron, incluido el que originó la mineralización uranífera, así como los de alteración supergénica, pueden considerarse como procesos geoquímicos análogos a los que podrían tener lugar en un almacenamiento de residuos radiactivos de alta actividad.

  4. Evaluación de técnicas de procesamiento y almacenamiento de piel cadavérica para bancos de tejidos

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    Laura A. Calvo-Castro

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se reproducen y analizan algunas de las técnicas más comunes a nivel internacional para el manejo de piel cadavérica para bancos de tejidos. Para ello, se llevó a cabo la ablación, el procesamiento, la desinfección y el almacenamiento de piel utilizando un modelo animal (cerdo, Sus scrofa domesticus. Para verificar la calidad microbiológica del tejido se compararon dos diferentes métodos de desinfección (antibióticos y desinfección química con cloro. Además, se evaluó el efecto de dos tratamientos para el almacenamiento y conservación de la piel: inmersión en glicerol a bajas temperaturas (4 °C y criopreservación (-70 °C. Finalmente, se analizó un método de esterilización utilizando irradiación con haz de electrones (25 kGy. La estructura general del tejido se analizó mediante tinciones histológicas. Los resultados demostraron la esterilización completa de las muestras, tanto de los tejidos irradiados como en la piel glicerolada desinfectada químicamente (solución de Dakins. Por otro lado, la comparación histológica de las muestras reveló que el tejido glicerolado fue el que mostró la mejor calidad en términos estructurales.

  5. Cacao breeding in Bahia, Brazil - strategies and results

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    Uilson Vanderlei Lopes

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Cacao was introduced in Bahia in 1756, becoming later the largest producer state in the country. In order to supportthe planting of cacao in the region, a breeding program was established by CEPEC at the beginning of the 1970s. For a long time,the program consisted in testing new hybrids (full-sibs and releasing a mixture of the best ones to farmers. Lately, particularly afterthe witches´ broom arrival in the region, in 1989, recurrent breeding strategies were implemented, aiming mainly the developmentof clones. From 1993 to 2010, more than 500 progenies, accumulating 30 thousand trees, were developed by crossing many parentswith resistance to witches´ broom, high yield and other traits. In this period, more than 500 clones were put in trials and 39 clonesand 3 hybrids were released to farmers. In this paper the strategies and results achieved by the program are reviewed. Overall theprogram has good interface with pathology and genomic programs.

  6. Cacao in México: Restrictive factors and productivity levels

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    Julio Díaz-José

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    Full Text Available Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. represents one of the most important agricultural crops of the humid Mexican tropics. In the last 10 yr, approximately 23.000 t of this grain were no longer produced per cycle. The objective of this study was to identify characteristics and factors that restrict production in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. A survey was applied to obtain information about 184 producers and their plantations by two-stage sampling. Descriptive statistics were calculated and multilevel models were adjusted to analyze the information. Results show that there are differences (P < 0.05 in cacao yield between municipalities (380 kg ha-1 + u,o j is the estimated residual for each municipality. Crop productivity levels are higher in the state of Tabasco than in Chiapas (644 and 344 kg ha-1, respectively. Incidence of frosty pod rot of cacoa, also known as moniliasis, induced by Moniliophthora roreri [(Cif H.C. Evans, Stalpers, Samson & Benny 1978] is significantly greater (P < 0.05 in the state of Chiapas (60% than in Tabasco (48%.Producers who carry out more crop management practices increase yields and decrease the pathogen's impact on their plantations. Results suggest the need to apply differentiated public policies to promote production within each region or municipality.

  7. Making a chocolate chip: development and evaluation of a 6K SNP array for Theobroma cacao.

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    Theobroma cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate production, is one of the world's most important tree fruit crops, with ~4,000,000 metric tons produced across 50 countries. To move towards gene discovery and marker-assisted breeding in cacao, a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) identification pr...

  8. Association mapping of fruit, seed and disease resistance traits in Theobroma cacao L

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    An association mapping approach was employed to find markers for color, size, girth and mass of fruits; seed number and butterfat content; and resistance to black pod and witches’ broom diseases in cacao (Theobroma cacao L.). Ninety-five microsatellites (SSRs) and 775 single nucleotide polymorphisms...

  9. Diallel analysis and growth parameters as selection tools for drought tolerance in young Theobroma cacao plants

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    Technical Abstract: This study was aimed to estimate the combining ability, through diallel crosses, of T. cacao genotypes preselected for drought tolerance. The experiment was conducted under greenhouse conditions at the Cacao Research Center (CEPEC), Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil, in a completely randomiz...

  10. Nitrogen forms and levels influence on growth and nutrition of cacao

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    Ammonium and nitrate are the major forms of N present in tropical soils. A climatically controlled growth chamber experiment was conducted to assess the influence of forms (NO3-, NH4+, and mix of NO3- + NH4+) and levels (1.5 to 12.0 mM) of N on the growth and nutrition of cacao (Theobroma cacao L). ...

  11. First report of frosty pod rot caused by Moniliophthora roreri on cacao in Bolivia

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    Frosty pod rot (FPR) is a devastating cacao disease caused by the basidiomycete Moniliophthora roreri (Aime and Phillips-Mora, 2005). The disease is confined to 13 countries in Central and South America and constitutes a permanent threat for cacao cultivation worldwide. In July 2012, FPR was detect...

  12. Expression analysis of transcription factors from the interaction between cacao and Moniliophthora perniciosa (Tricholomataceae).

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    Lopes, M A; Hora, B T; Dias, C V; Santos, G C; Gramacho, K P; Cascardo, J C M; Gesteira, A S; Micheli, F

    2010-07-06

    Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is one of the most important tropical crops; however, production is threatened by numerous pathogens, including the hemibiotrophic fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, which causes witches' broom disease. To understand the mechanisms that lead to the development of this disease in cacao, we focused our attention on cacao transcription factors (TFs), which act as master regulators of cellular processes and are important for the fine-tuning of plant defense responses. We developed a macroarray with 88 TF cDNA from previously obtained cacao-M. perniciosa interaction libraries. Seventy-two TFs were found differentially expressed between the susceptible (Catongo) and resistant (TSH1188) genotypes and/or during the disease time course--from 24 h to 30 days after infection. Most of the differentially expressed TFs belonged to the bZIP, MYB and WRKY families and presented opposite expression patterns in susceptible and resistant cacao-M. perniciosa interactions (i.e., up-regulated in Catongo and down-regulated in TSH1188). The results of the macroarray were confirmed for bZIP and WRKY TFs by real-time PCR. These differentially expressed TFs are good candidates for subsequent functional analysis as well as for plant engineering. Some of these TFs could also be localized on the cacao reference map related to witches' broom resistance, facilitating the breeding and selection of resistant cacao trees.

  13. Yield performance and bean quality traits of cacao propagated by somatic embryogenesis and grafting

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    Twelve cacao (Theobroma cacao) clones propagated by grafting and rooted cuttings of somatic embryo-derived plants were grown on an Ultisol soil at Corozal, Puerto Rico and evaluated for six years under intensive management. Year, variety, the year x variety and propagation treatment x variety intera...

  14. Storage of Hydrogen in the Ti-Zr System; Almacenamiento de hidrogeno en el sistema Ti-Zr

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    Salmones, J.; Zeifert, B. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, ESIQIE, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)]. E-mail: jose_salmones@yahoo.com.mx; Ortega-Aviles, M. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Contreras-Larios, J. L. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Garibay-Febles, V. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

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    This research was conducted to contribute to the study of hydrogen storage systems, synthesizing and characterizing two Ti-Zr based systems: I) titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) + zirconium acetylacetonate (C{sub 20}H{sub 28}O{sub 8}Zr) and II) titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) + zirconium tetrachloride (ZrCl{sub 4}). Both systems were prepared using mechanical grinding under the same conditions, with a composition of 50% Ti and Zr weights and grinding times of 2, 5, 7, 15, 30 and 70 hours. The samples were evaluated with hydrogen absorption tests and characterized with BET, DRX and MET. The results of hydrogen storage for one absorption-desorption cycle, at ambient temperature and pressure, showed that the samples from system I absorbed the greatest amount of hydrogen, but did not desorb them, while samples from system II liberated the hydrogen absorbed in them. The increase in temperature from mechanical grinding is directly associated with changes in the adsorption capacity of hydrogen, the size of the particle and formation of new components, as shows by BET measurements, XRD diffractograms and MET micrographs. The formation of Ti and Zr oxide nanoparticles in the samples in series II were associated with the desorption capacity of hydrogen. [Spanish] Esta investigacion se realizo para contribuir al estudio de sistemas para almacenamiento de hidrogeno, sintetizando y caracterizando dos sistemas base Ti-Zr: I) dioxido de titanio (TiO{sub 2}) + acetilacetonato de zirconio (C{sub 20}H{sub 28}O{sub 8}Zr) y II) dioxido de titanio (TiO{sub 2}) + tetracloruro de zirconio (ZrCl{sub 4}). Ambos sistemas se prepararon por molienda mecanica a las mismas condiciones, con composicion de 50% en peso de Ti y Zr y tiempos de molienda de 2, 5, 7, 15, 30 y 70 hrs. Las muestras fueron evaluadas mediante pruebas de absorcion de hidrogeno y caracterizadas por BET, DRX y MET. Los resultados de almacenamiento de hidrogeno para un ciclo de absorcion-desorcion, a presion y temperatura ambientes

  15. Morphological, Physiological, and Taxonomic Characterization of Actinobacterial Isolates Living as Endophytes of Cacao Pods and Cacao Seeds.

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    Tchinda, Romaric Armel Mouafo; Boudjeko, Thaddée; Simao-Beaunoir, Anne-Marie; Lerat, Sylvain; Tsala, Éric; Monga, Ernest; Beaulieu, Carole

    2016-01-01

    Vascular plants are commonly colonized by endophytic actinobacteria. However, very little is known about the relationship between these microorganisms and cacao fruits. In order to determine the physiological and taxonomic relationships between the members of this community, actinobacteria were isolated from cacao fruits and seeds. Among the 49 isolates recovered, 11 morphologically distinct isolates were selected for further characterization. Sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene allowed the partition of the selected isolates into three phylogenetic clades. Most of the selected endophytic isolates belonged to the Streptomyces violaceusniger clade. Physiological characterization was carried out and a similarity index was used to cluster the isolates. However, clustering based on physiological properties did not match phylogenetic lineages. Isolates were also characterized for traits commonly associated with plant growth-promoting bacteria, including antibiosis and auxin biosynthesis. All isolates exhibited resistance to geldanamycin, whereas only two isolates were shown to produce this antibiotic. Endophytes were inoculated on radish seedlings and most isolates were found to possess plant growth-promoting abilities. These endophytic actinobacteria inhibited the growth of various plant pathogenic fungi and/or bacteria. The present study showed that S. violaceusniger clade members represent a significant part of the actinobacterial community living as endophytes in cacao fruits and seeds. While several members of this clade are known to be geldanamycin producers and efficient biocontrol agents of plant diseases, we herein established the endophytic lifestyle of some of these microorganisms, demonstrating their potential as plant health agents.

  16. ESTABILIDAD DE ALMACENAMIENTO DE ENSILADOS BIOLÓGICOS A PARTIR DE RESIDUOS DE PESCADO INOCULADOS CON BACTERIAS ÁCIDO -LÁCTICAS

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    MS Holguín

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    Full Text Available Se elaboraron cuatro muestras por triplicado de ensilados biológicos para alimentación animal a partir de residuos de pescado, utilizando melaza como fuente de carbohidratos para el crecimiento de cuatro cepas de bacterias ácido-lácticas (BAL aisladas de los mismos, sometidos a un tiempo de incubación de 72 horas y temperatura de 35 °C (±2 °C para acidificar el producto como método de conservación. A continuación los ensilados se almacenaron durante 180 días a temperatura ambiente para evaluar la estabilidad en anaquel, por medio de análisis químicos, composición química proximal, aminograma, recuentos microbiológicos y algunos de tipo organoléptico del producto terminado. Las cepas fueron eficientes en el proceso de fermentación, causando inhibición del crecimiento de microorganismos indeseables y aportando características organolépticas agradables. El ensilado elaborado con la cepa C14 provocó el descenso del pH en menos de 72 horas de incubación. Ninguno de los productos sufrió deterioro evidente durante el almacenamiento; presentaron porcentajes aceptables de proteína, grasa, cenizas, carbohidratos y aminoácidos, que hacen del producto una fuente utilizable en formulaciones de alimentos para animales.

  17. Variabilidad genética de Moniliophthora perniciosa (Stahel Aime y Phillips-Mora, comb. nov. (Agaricales - Marasmiaceae en variedades de cacao (Theobroma cacao L. Genetic variability of Moniliophthora perniciosa (Stahel Aime & Phillips-Mora, comb. nov. (Agaricales - Marasmiaceae in varieties of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Carolina Osorio-Solano

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Moniliophthora perniciosa, agente causante de la ‘escoba de bruja’ en cacao (Theobroma cacao, presenta una elevada variabilidad genética y discrepancias en su taxonomía y es una de las enfermedades más importantes en plantaciones cacaoteras que ocasiona pérdidas económicas a nivel mundial cercanas a 70%, y de 40% a nivel nacional. La caracterización de la diversidad genética de los biotipos es importante para la ejecución de proyectos encaminados al manejo de este patógeno y el desarrollo de materiales resistentes de cacao. En este estudio se analizaron 12 aislamientos del hongo obtenidos de diferentes materiales de cacao. Cada una de las muestras se evaluó con marcadores moleculares que tienen como blanco una región del ADN ribosomal (ADNr nuclear conocida como ITS (Internal Transcribed Spacer, una región intergénica (IGS-1 y cinco secuencias simples repetidas (SSR. El marcador IGS-1 permitió la determinación del biotipo C, no obstante se encontró una variabilidad genética evidente dentro de este biotipo, aún no registrada. El análisis de la diversidad genética de M. perniciosa por medio de marcadores microsatélite arrojó un valor total de 0.4260, una heterocigosidad total de 0.6143 y un índice de información polimórfica (PIC de 0.3407, valores considerados de rango medio a alto para los aislamientos estudiados y que estiman la variabilidad genética presente en M. perniciosa.Moniliophthora perniciosa, the founder agent of the ‘witch’s broom’ on cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. is one of the most important diseases in cocoa plantations, causing economic losses close to 70% worldwide and 40% nationwide. It shows a high genetic variability and discrepancies in its taxonomy. Characterization of the genetic diversity of biotypes is important for projects aimed towards the handling of this pathogen and the development of resistant cocoa materials. Twelve isolations of the fungus were analyzed in this study from different

  18. FACTORES QUE CONTROLAN EL CONTENIDO DE FENOLES EN EL CULTIVO DE CALLOS DE Theobroma cacao

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    Janet Quiñones-Galvez

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    Full Text Available Theobroma cacao L. se conoce en la medicina popular como antiséptico, diurético y antiparasitario. Los alimentos derivados de esta planta son ricos en productos naturales de alto valor agregado, entre los que se destacan los compuestos fenólicos. Por lo que manejar su cultivo in vitro es una fuente alternativa para la producción de estos metabolitos. El presente estudio se realizó con el objetivo de obtener compuestos fenólicos a partir del cultivo de callos con estructuras embriogénicas. Se establecieron las condiciones de cultivo (agitación, luz y concentración de glucosa para aumentar la concentración de fenoles en los callos y los elicitores para lograr su incremento en callos y excreción al medio de cultivo. La acumulación de compuestos fenólicos se favoreció con el suplemento adicional de glucosa, el crecimiento en agitación y a la oscuridad. La adición de ciclodextrinas hidroxipropiladas al azar permitió el incremento del rendimiento específico de fenoles y la biomasa.

  19. Diversity of endophytic fungal community of cacao (Theobroma cacao L. and biological control of Crinipellis perniciosa, causal agent of Witches' Broom Disease

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    Full Text Available The basidiomycete fungus Crinipellis perniciosa (Stahel Singer is the causal agent of Witches' Broom Disease of Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. which is the main factor limiting cacao production in the Americas. Pod losses of up to 90% are experienced in affected areas as evidenced by the 50% drop in production in Bahia province, Brazil following the arrival of the C. perniciosa in the area in 1989. The disease has proven particularly difficult to control and many farmers in affected areas have given up cacao cultivation. In order to evaluate the potential of endophytes as a biological control agent of this phytopathogen, the endophytic fungal community of resistant and susceptible cacao plants as well as affected branches was studied between 2001 and 2002. The fungal community was identified by morphological traits and rDNA sequencing as belonging to the genera Acremonium, Blastomyces, Botryosphaeria, Cladosporium, Colletotrichum, Cordyceps, Diaporthe, Fusarium, Geotrichum, Gibberella, Gliocladium, Lasiodiplodia, Monilochoetes, Nectria, Pestalotiopsis, Phomopsis, Pleurotus, Pseudofusarium, Rhizopycnis, Syncephalastrum, Trichoderma, Verticillium and Xylaria. These fungi were evaluated both in vitro and in vivo by their ability to inhibit C. perniciosa. Among these, some were identified as potential antagonists, but only one fungus (Gliocladium catenulatum reduced the incidence of Witches' Broom Disease in cacao seedlings to 70%.

  20. Almacenamiento de datos XML en Oracle 11g

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    Sin duda la aparición del lenguaje de marcas extensible, XML (eXtensible Markup Language), generó muchos cambios en el mundo de la informática. Por un lado, la introducción de muchas tecnologías asociadas, y por otro, la transformación o adecuación de las ya existentes. El mundo de las bases de datos no quedó fuera de tal situación. Los fabricantes de los SGBDs tradicionales se vieron en la necesidad de extender sus estructuras habituales para poder manipular datos XML, dando origen a los SGB...

  1. Optimización de la aceptabilidad general mediante pruebas afectivas y metodología de superficie de respuesta de una bebida a base de una mezcla seca de polvo de cacao

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    Elena Chau Loo Kung

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo de investigación tuvo como objetivo principal optimizar la aceptabilidad general mediante pruebas afectivas y metodología de superficie de respuesta de una bebida a base de una mezcla seca de polvo de cacao. Se obtuvieron formulaciones de mezclas de polvo de cacao con diferentes concentraciones del 15%, 17,5% y 20%, así mismo con concentraciones de lecitina de 0,1%; 0,3%; y 0,5% manteniendo constante el contenido de azúcar (25%, vainillina (1% que incluyeron al polvo de cacao con diferente valor de pH: natural (pH 5 y alcalinizado (pH 6,5 y pH 8 y agua por diferencia al 100%, generándose un total de quince tratamientos a evaluar, según el diseño Box-Behnken para tres factores. Los tratamientos fueron sometidos a pruebas de grado de satisfacción para establecer la aceptabilidad en general. El tratamiento que incluía polvo de cacao al 17,5% de concentración, pH 6,5 y una concentración de lecitina de 0,3% obtuvo los mejores niveles de aceptabilidad. Se utilizó el programa Statgraphics Plus 5.1 para obtener el tratamiento con máxima aceptabilidad que correspondió a polvo de cacao a pH 6,81, con una concentración de 18,24% y lecitina de soya en un 0,28% con tendencia a lo obtenido en las pruebas de grado de satisfacción. Finalmente se caracterizó fisicoquímicamente y microbiológicamente a la formulación óptima así mismo se le evaluó sensorialmente obteniendo una aceptabilidad de 6,17.

  2. Making a chocolate chip: development and evaluation of a 6K SNP array for Theobroma cacao

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    Livingstone, Donald; Royaert, Stefan; Stack, Conrad; Mockaitis, Keithanne; May, Greg; Farmer, Andrew; Saski, Christopher; Schnell, Ray; Kuhn, David; Motamayor, Juan Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Theobroma cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate production, is one of the world's most important tree fruit crops, with ∼4,000,000 metric tons produced across 50 countries. To move towards gene discovery and marker-assisted breeding in cacao, a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) identification project was undertaken using RNAseq data from 16 diverse cacao cultivars. RNA sequences were aligned to the assembled transcriptome of the cultivar Matina 1-6, and 330,000 SNPs within coding regions were identified. From these SNPs, a subset of 6,000 high-quality SNPs were selected for inclusion on an Illumina Infinium SNP array: the Cacao6kSNP array. Using Cacao6KSNP array data from over 1,000 cacao samples, we demonstrate that our custom array produces a saturated genetic map and can be used to distinguish among even closely related genotypes. Our study enhances and expands the genetic resources available to the cacao research community, and provides the genome-scale set of tools that are critical for advancing breeding with molecular markers in an agricultural species with high genetic diversity. PMID:26070980

  3. Making a chocolate chip: development and evaluation of a 6K SNP array for Theobroma cacao.

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    Livingstone, Donald; Royaert, Stefan; Stack, Conrad; Mockaitis, Keithanne; May, Greg; Farmer, Andrew; Saski, Christopher; Schnell, Ray; Kuhn, David; Motamayor, Juan Carlos

    2015-08-01

    Theobroma cacao, the key ingredient in chocolate production, is one of the world's most important tree fruit crops, with ∼4,000,000 metric tons produced across 50 countries. To move towards gene discovery and marker-assisted breeding in cacao, a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) identification project was undertaken using RNAseq data from 16 diverse cacao cultivars. RNA sequences were aligned to the assembled transcriptome of the cultivar Matina 1-6, and 330,000 SNPs within coding regions were identified. From these SNPs, a subset of 6,000 high-quality SNPs were selected for inclusion on an Illumina Infinium SNP array: the Cacao6kSNP array. Using Cacao6KSNP array data from over 1,000 cacao samples, we demonstrate that our custom array produces a saturated genetic map and can be used to distinguish among even closely related genotypes. Our study enhances and expands the genetic resources available to the cacao research community, and provides the genome-scale set of tools that are critical for advancing breeding with molecular markers in an agricultural species with high genetic diversity.

  4. Cacao Crop Management Zones Determination Based on Soil Properties and Crop Yield

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    Perla Silva Matos de Carvalho

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: The use of management zones has ensured yield success for numerous agricultural crops. In spite of this potential, studies applying precision agricultural techniques to cacao plantations are scarce or almost nonexistent. The aim of the present study was to delineate management zones for cacao crop, create maps combining soil physical properties and cacao tree yield, and identify what combinations best fit within the soil chemical properties. The study was conducted in 2014 on a cacao plantation in a Nitossolo Háplico Eutrófico (Rhodic Paleudult in Bahia, Brazil. Soil samples were collected in a regular sampling grid with 120 sampling points in the 0.00-0.20 m soil layer, and pH(H2O, P, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, H+Al, Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, SB, V, TOC, effective CEC, CEC at pH 7.0, coarse sand, fine sand, clay, and silt were determined. Yield was measured in all the 120 points every month and stratified into annual, harvest, and early-harvest cacao yields. Data were subjected to geostatistical analysis, followed by ordinary kriging interpolation. The management zones were defined through a Fuzzy K-Means algorithm for combinations between soil physical properties and cacao tree yield. Concordance analysis was carried out between the delineated zones and soil chemical properties using Kappa coefficients. The zones that best classified the soil chemical properties were defined from the early-harvest cacao yield map associated with the clay or sand fractions. Silt content proved to be an inadequate variable for defining management zones for cacao production. The delineated management zones described the spatial variability of the soil chemical properties, and are therefore important for site-specific management in the cacao crop.

  5. Independent Origins of Yeast Associated with Coffee and Cacao Fermentation.

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    Ludlow, Catherine L; Cromie, Gareth A; Garmendia-Torres, Cecilia; Sirr, Amy; Hays, Michelle; Field, Colburn; Jeffery, Eric W; Fay, Justin C; Dudley, Aimée M

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    Modern transportation networks have facilitated the migration and mingling of previously isolated populations of plants, animals, and insects. Human activities can also influence the global distribution of microorganisms. The best-understood example is yeasts associated with winemaking. Humans began making wine in the Middle East over 9,000 years ago [1, 2]. Selecting favorable fermentation products created specialized strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae [3, 4] that were transported along with grapevines. Today, S. cerevisiae strains residing in vineyards around the world are genetically similar, and their population structure suggests a common origin that followed the path of human migration [3-7]. Like wine, coffee and cacao depend on microbial fermentation [8, 9] and have been globally dispersed by humans. Theobroma cacao originated in the Amazon and Orinoco basins of Colombia and Venezuela [10], was cultivated in Central America by Mesoamerican peoples, and was introduced to Europeans by Hernán Cortés in 1530 [11]. Coffea, native to Ethiopia, was disseminated by Arab traders throughout the Middle East and North Africa in the 6(th) century and was introduced to European consumers in the 17(th) century [12]. Here, we tested whether the yeasts associated with coffee and cacao are genetically similar, crop-specific populations or genetically diverse, geography-specific populations. Our results uncovered populations that, while defined by niche and geography, also bear signatures of admixture between major populations in events independent of the transport of the plants. Thus, human-associated fermentation and migration may have affected the distribution of yeast involved in the production of coffee and chocolate.

  6. Anxiolytic effects of short- and long-term administration of cacao mass on rat elevated T-maze test.

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    Yamada, Takashi; Yamada, Yasushi; Okano, Yasuyo; Terashima, Takehiko; Yokogoshi, Hidehiko

    2009-12-01

    We demonstrated the effects of short- and long-term administration of cacao mass on anxiety in the elevated T-maze test, which is an animal model of anxiety. In the first study, we administered cacao mass (100 mg/100 g body weight) per os and immediately performed the elevated T-maze test. Short-term cacao mass significantly abolished delayed avoidance latency compared with the control but did not change escape latency. This result suggested that cacao mass administration reduced conditional fear-relating behavior. Short-term cacao mass administration did not affect the concentration of brain monoamines, emotion-related neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, in the rat brain. In the next study, we fed a cacao mass-containing diet to rats for 2 weeks and performed the elevated T-maze test. Contrary to short-term administration, chronic consumption of cacao mass tended to increase avoidance latency and did not change escape latency. Brain serotonin concentration and its turnover were enhanced by chronic consumption of cacao mass. These results suggested that chronic consumption of cacao did not affect fear-related behavior but was involved in brain monoamine metabolism. In conclusion, we suggest that short-term cacao mass consumption showed an anxiolytic effect but chronic consumption did not.

  7. Evaluación in vitro de Microorganismos Nativos por su Antagonismo contra Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. In vitro evaluation of Native Microorganisms for their Antagonism against Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Parin Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Jorge Enrique Villamil Carvajal

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. La moniliasis, causada por Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par, se ha convertido en la principal enfermedad limitante de la producción de cacao en Colombia y otros países. Con el objetivo de explorar alternativas para el biocontrol de esta enfermedad, hongos y bacterias aislados de frutos y suelo rizosférico de lotes plantados con cacao fueron evaluados por su antagonismo contra M. roreri. La evaluación se realizó en cajas Petri con PDA, para lo cual se colocó en el centro de las mismas, un disco de 5 mm de diámetro colonizado por el patógeno y a 3 cm del borde, sobre los ejes horizontal y vertical, cada uno de los aislamientos. Los microorganismos nativos que inicialmente mostraron antagonismo fueron posteriormente evaluados in vitro por su capacidad de restringir el crecimiento y esporulación de M. roreri. Los resultados indicaron que de 53 aislamientos de frutos y suelo rizosférico, 7 mostraron antagonismo contra M. roreri y entre ellos los más efectivos fueron los hongos H5 y H20 y la bacteria B3, los hongos para la restricción tanto del crecimiento como de la esporulación y la bacteria para el crecimiento. El hongo H20 inhibió en su totalidad el crecimiento de M. roreri. Estos resultados hacen posible que estos aislamientos sean promisorios para su incorporación al manejo de la enfermedad bajo condiciones de campo. De acuerdo con la caracterización morfológica y las pruebas bioquímicas los hongos pertenecen al género Trichoderma y la bacteria al género Bacillus.Abstract. The moniliasis, caused by Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par, has become the principal disease limiting cocoa production in Colombia and other countries. With the objective of exploring alternatives for the biocontrol of this disease, fungi and bacteria isolated from cocoa fruits and rhizospheric soil from plots planted to cocoa trees were evaluated for their antagonism against M. roreri. The evaluation was conducted in Petri dishes containing PDA, by

  8. Endophytic fungal diversity in Theobroma cacao (cacao) and T. grandiflorum (cupuaçu) trees and their potential for growth promotion and biocontrol of black-pod disease.

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    Hanada, Rogério Eiji; Pomella, Alan William V; Costa, Heron Salazar; Bezerra, José Luiz; Loguercio, Leandro L; Pereira, José O

    2010-01-01

    The endophytic niches of plants are a rich source of microbes that can directly and indirectly promote plant protection, growth and development. The diversity of culturable endophytic fungi from stems and branches of Theobroma cacao (cacao) and Theobroma grandiflorum (cupuaçu) trees growing in the Amazon region of Brazil was assessed. The collection of fungal endophytic isolates obtained was applied in field experiments to evaluate their potential as biocontrol agents against Phytophthora palmivora, the causal agent of the black-pod rot disease of cacao, one of the most important pathogens in cocoa-producing regions worldwide. The isolated endophytic fungi from 60 traditional, farmer-planted, healthy cacao and 10 cupuaçu plants were cultured in PDA under conditions inducing sporulation. Isolates were classified based upon the morphological characteristics of their cultures and reproductive structures. Spore suspensions from a total of 103 isolates that could be classified at least up to genus level were tested against P. palmivora in pods attached to cacao trees in the field. Results indicated that ∼70% of isolates showed biocontrol effects to a certain extent, suggesting that culturable endophytic fungal biodiversity in this system is of a mostly mutualistic type of interaction with the host. Eight isolates from genera Trichoderma (reference isolate), Pestalotiopsis, Curvularia, Tolypocladium and Fusarium showed the highest level of activity against the pathogen, and were further characterized. All demonstrated their endophytic nature by colonizing axenic cacao plantlets, and confirmed their biocontrol activity on attached pods trials by showing significant decrease in disease severity in relation to the positive control. None, however, showed detectable growth-promotion effects. Aspects related to endophytic biodiversity and host-pathogen-endophyte interactions in the environment of this study were discussed on the context of developing sustainable strategies

  9. Tecnologías de almacenamiento de información en el ambiente digital

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    Las bibliotecas han funcionado por mucho tiempo como depósitos de información, a la cual facilitan el acceso recogiéndola y preservándola. Actualmente el entorno ha cambiado y las bibliotecas se enfrentan al reto de contener un creciente volumen de información digital, de ahí que son necesarias las tecnologías de información masiva. Este trabajo tiene como propósito revisar los métodos de sistemas de almacenamiento de datos masivos, por lo cual se describen y analizan cuatro tipos de tecnolog...

  10. Transferencia de calor durante la congelación, el almacenamiento y la descongelación de alimentos

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    Salvadori, Viviana Olga

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    En el presente trabajo se estudian distintos aspectos relacionados con la congelación y el almacenamiento de productos congelados, con los siguientes objetivos: - Optimizar el diseño de sistemas para la congelación o almacenamiento de alimentos a través de un mejor conocimiento de los fenómenos de transferencia de calor que tienen lugar en los mismos. Esto involucra un adecuado dimensionamiento de los equipos con el consiguiente ahorro en los costos de inversión. - Desar...

  11. Health Benefits of Methylxanthines in Cacao and Chocolate

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    Rafael Franco

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available One may wonder why methylxanthines are so abundant in beverages used by humans for centuries, or in cola-drinks that have been heavily consumed since their appearance. It is likely that humans have stuck to any brew containing compounds with psychoactive properties, resulting in a better daily life, i.e., more efficient thinking, exploring, hunting, etc., however, without the serious side effects of drugs of abuse. The physiological effects of methylxanthines have been known for a long time and they are mainly mediated by the so-called adenosine receptors. Caffeine and theobromine are the most abundant methylxanthines in cacao and their physiological effects are notable. Their health-promoting benefits are so remarkable that chocolate is explored as a functional food. The consequences of adenosine receptor blockade by natural compounds present in cacao/chocolate are here reviewed. Palatability and health benefits of methylxanthines, in general, and theobromine, in particular, have further contributed to sustain one of the most innocuous and pleasant habits: chocolate consumption.

  12. Health Benefits of Methylxanthines in Cacao and Chocolate

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    Franco, Rafael; Oñatibia-Astibia, Ainhoa; Martínez-Pinilla, Eva

    2013-01-01

    One may wonder why methylxanthines are so abundant in beverages used by humans for centuries, or in cola-drinks that have been heavily consumed since their appearance. It is likely that humans have stuck to any brew containing compounds with psychoactive properties, resulting in a better daily life, i.e., more efficient thinking, exploring, hunting, etc., however, without the serious side effects of drugs of abuse. The physiological effects of methylxanthines have been known for a long time and they are mainly mediated by the so-called adenosine receptors. Caffeine and theobromine are the most abundant methylxanthines in cacao and their physiological effects are notable. Their health-promoting benefits are so remarkable that chocolate is explored as a functional food. The consequences of adenosine receptor blockade by natural compounds present in cacao/chocolate are here reviewed. Palatability and health benefits of methylxanthines, in general, and theobromine, in particular, have further contributed to sustain one of the most innocuous and pleasant habits: chocolate consumption. PMID:24145871

  13. Health benefits of methylxanthines in cacao and chocolate.

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    Franco, Rafael; Oñatibia-Astibia, Ainhoa; Martínez-Pinilla, Eva

    2013-10-18

    One may wonder why methylxanthines are so abundant in beverages used by humans for centuries, or in cola-drinks that have been heavily consumed since their appearance. It is likely that humans have stuck to any brew containing compounds with psychoactive properties, resulting in a better daily life, i.e., more efficient thinking, exploring, hunting, etc., however, without the serious side effects of drugs of abuse. The physiological effects of methylxanthines have been known for a long time and they are mainly mediated by the so-called adenosine receptors. Caffeine and theobromine are the most abundant methylxanthines in cacao and their physiological effects are notable. Their health-promoting benefits are so remarkable that chocolate is explored as a functional food. The consequences of adenosine receptor blockade by natural compounds present in cacao/chocolate are here reviewed. Palatability and health benefits of methylxanthines, in general, and theobromine, in particular, have further contributed to sustain one of the most innocuous and pleasant habits: chocolate consumption.

  14. Antimicrobial activity of fermented Theobroma cacao pod husk extract.

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    Santos, R X; Oliveira, D A; Sodré, G A; Gosmann, G; Brendel, M; Pungartnik, C

    2014-09-26

    Theobroma cacao L. contains more than 500 different chemical compounds some of which have been traditionally used for their antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, immunomodulatory, vasodilatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial activities. Spontaneous aerobic fermentation of cacao husks yields a crude husk extract (CHE) with antimicrobial activity. CHE was fractioned by solvent partition with polar solvent extraction or by silica gel chromatography and a total of 12 sub-fractions were analyzed for chemical composition and bioactivity. CHE was effective against the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the basidiomycete Moniliophthora perniciosa. Antibacterial activity was determined using 6 strains: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Bacillus subtilis (Gram-positive) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Salmonella choleraesuis (Gram-negative). At doses up to 10 mg/mL, CHE was not effective against the Gram-positive bacteria tested but against medically important P. aeruginosa and S. choleraesuis with a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 5.0 mg/mL. Sub-fractions varied widely in activity and strongest antibacterial activity was seen with CHE8 against S. choleraesuis (MIC of 1.0 mg/mL) and CHE9 against S. epidermidis (MIC of 2.5 mg/mL). All bioactive CHE fractions contained phenols, steroids, or terpenes, but no saponins. Fraction CHE9 contained flavonoids, phenolics, steroids, and terpenes, amino acids, and alkaloids, while CHE12 had the same compounds but lacked flavonoids.

  15. Pensamiento estratégico emergente en la construcción de la realidad sustentable, Sector Cacao; Estado Sucre, Venezuela

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    María Lourdes Bruzco Hurtado

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    Full Text Available Se reflexiona sobre el pensamiento estratégico emergente en la construcción de la realidad sustentable en el sector cacao del estado Sucre, a partir de la racionalidad existente en el área y la que emerge al acercarse el sujeto indagador influenciado por el campo de las ciencias administrativas y gerenciales. La investigación se aborda desde la perspectiva interpretativa, haciendo uso del método hermenéutico. Se encontró: 1. Los informantes poseen conocimiento sobre los elementos constitutivos del pensamiento estratégico en mayor grado que aquellos que dan vida al desarrollo sustentable. 2. Las ideas expuestas convergen en una estructura de partes interrelacionadas en atención a las teorías revisadas. Se concluye que los gerentes encuestados de las pyme consideradas relacionan ambos conceptos, siendo ventajoso para el sector.

  16. Efecto de dos temperaturas de almacenamientos (5 y 20 °C) de epidídimos provenientes de toros de matadero sobre la calidad y congelabilidad de espermatozoides

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    En esta investigación se evaluó la calidad espermática post-descongelación de espermatozoides de la cola del epidídimo de toros de matadero sometidos a dos temperaturas de almacenamiento (5oC y 20oC). Se colectó 8 pares de testículos se almacenó herméticamente en bolsas plásticas con Lactato Ringer por 6 horas. Los gametos fueron recuperados por flujo retrógrado de la cola del epidídimo se evaluó concentración, viabilidad espermática, se procesó ajustando a dosis de 50 x 106 esp/0,25ml con ...

  17. Accurate determination of genetic identity for a single cacao bean, using molecular markers with a nanofluidic system, ensures cocoa authentication.

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    Fang, Wanping; Meinhardt, Lyndel W; Mischke, Sue; Bellato, Cláudia M; Motilal, Lambert; Zhang, Dapeng

    2014-01-15

    Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.), the source of cocoa, is an economically important tropical crop. One problem with the premium cacao market is contamination with off-types adulterating raw premium material. Accurate determination of the genetic identity of single cacao beans is essential for ensuring cocoa authentication. Using nanofluidic single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping with 48 SNP markers, we generated SNP fingerprints for small quantities of DNA extracted from the seed coat of single cacao beans. On the basis of the SNP profiles, we identified an assumed adulterant variety, which was unambiguously distinguished from the authentic beans by multilocus matching. Assignment tests based on both Bayesian clustering analysis and allele frequency clearly separated all 30 authentic samples from the non-authentic samples. Distance-based principle coordinate analysis further supported these results. The nanofluidic SNP protocol, together with forensic statistical tools, is sufficiently robust to establish authentication and to verify gourmet cacao varieties. This method shows significant potential for practical application.

  18. ADMINISTRATION OF CACAO BEANS (Theobroma cacao L. EXTRACTS DECREASE MALONDIALDEHYDE CONCENTRATION AND INCREASE BLOOD NOx CONCENTRATION IN WHITE RAT (Ra"us norvegicus INDUCED BY PSYCHOSOCIAL STRESS

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    Dewi Wiryanthini IA

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    Full Text Available Increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS causing accumulation of oxidative damage caused by exceeding anti oxidant capacity in the body. Psychological stress as psychosocial stress can induce oxidative stress which subsequently cause increase blood malondialdehyde (MDA and decrease blood nitrate and nitrite (NOx concentration as intermediate product of nitric oxide (NO. Cacao beans extracts contained anti oxidant flavanols consist of catechin, epicatechin and procyanidin. The aims of this study is to investigate the effect of cacao beans (Theobroma cacao L. extracts for decreasing MDA and increasing NOx concentration in white rat (Ra$us norvegicus blood in stress oxidative state induced by psychosocial stress. It is an experimental study with Pretest-Postest Control Group Design. This study revealed decrease MDA concentration in group P1 (11.47 vs 8.04, P2 (11.92 vs 5.44 and P3 (11.69 vs 2.87 with P = 0.000 and increase NOx concentration in oxidative stress white rat induced by psychosocial stress a[er administration of cacao beans extract in group P1 (1909.83 vs 2085.16, P2 (1912.5 vs 2231.83 and P3 (1871.5 vs 2339.83 with P = 0.005. This study showed that cacao beans extract can inhibit oxidative stress caused by psychosocial stress.

  19. Characterization of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. Farming Systems in the Norte de Santander Department and Assessment Their Sustainability / Caracterización de los Sistemas de Producción de Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. en el Departamento de Norte de Santander

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    Jesús Arturo Ramírez Sulvarán

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    . constituye una alternativa válida para impulsar el desarrollo sostenible en el noreste colombiano. Sin embargo, se carece de la información básica necesaria sobre los sistemas de producción de cacao para la instrumentación de planes que permitan mejorar su desempeño y sostenibilidad. Para este estudio, se consideraron cuatro municipios del departamento de Norte de Santander: Teorama, Bucarasica, Cúcuta y San Calixto, los cuales fueron seleccionados debido a que poseen condiciones adecuadas de seguridad, asistentes de campo y son representativos del departamento en cuanto a  roducción de cacao. El objetivo fue obtener información básica para la toma de acciones locales, específicas y participativas hacia la sostenibilidad de los sistemas de producción de cacao, considerando los componentes socio-económicos, tecnológicos y agroecológicos, y sus relaciones, evaluándolos de acuerdo a los principios de la agricultura sostenible. Se realizaron cuatro etapas: (1 análisis de datos secundarios, (2 formulación y evaluación de indicadores de sostenibilidad, (3 diseño, instrumentación y análisis de los datos de la encuesta y (4 validación por los agricultores de la información obtenida y priorización de problemas. Los resultados indican que hay un solo sistema de producción de cacao del tipo familiar-mercantil de baja tecnología. La mayor parte de los productores reciben bajos ingresos y las necesidades básicas de salud, educación y servicios públicos no están satisfechas. Los recursos de suelo y agua se están degradando. En general, el sistema de producción tiende a la insostenibilidad y se requieren acciones integrales para cambiar esta situación.

  20. Natural Analogues of CO2 Geological Storage; Analogos Naturales del Almacenamiento Geologico de CO2

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    Perez del Villar, L.; Pelayo, M.; Recreo, F.

    2007-07-20

    Geological storage of carbon dioxide is nowadays, internationally considered as the most effective method for greenhouse gas emission mitigation, in order to minimize the global climate change universally accepted. Nevertheless, the possible risks derived of this long-term storage have a direct influence on its public acceptance. Among the favourable geological formations to store CO2, depleted oil and gas fields, deep saline reservoirs, and unamiable coal seams are highlighted. One of the most important objectives of the R and D projects related to the CO2 geological storage is the evaluation of the CO2 leakage rate through the above mentioned geological formations. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to increase our knowledge on the interaction among CO2, storage and sealing formations, as well as on the flow paths and the physical resistance of the sealing formation. The quantification of the CO2 leakage rate is essential to evaluate the effects on the human and animal health, as well as for the ecosystem and water quality. To achieve these objectives, the study of the natural analogues is very useful in order to know the natural leakage rate to the atmosphere, its flow paths, the physical, chemical and mineralogical modifications due to the long term interaction processes among the CO2 and the storage and sealing formations, as well as the effects on the groundwaters and ecosystems. In this report, we have tried to summarise the main characteristics of the natural reservoirs and surficial sources of CO2, which are both natural analogues of the geological storage and CO2 leakage, studied in EEUU, Europe and Australia. The main objective of this summary is to find the possible applications for long-term risk prediction and for the performance assessment by means of conceptual and numerical modelling, which will allow to validate the predictive models of the CO2 storage behaviour, to design and develop suitable monitoring techniques to control the CO2 behaviour after injection and to detect the probable leakages to the atmosphere. Likewise, the safety guarantees of the geological storage of the green-house emissions, taking into account the natural analogues, must be made easily accessible to the public to raise public participation and awareness. Finally, the study of several Spanish natural analogues of the CO2 leakage is proposed. (Author) 64 refs.

  1. VoCS : mejora del sistema de almacenamiento voluntario en la nube, sistema de etiquetas

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    Este documento pretende describir el proyecto “VOCS: Ampliación de Funcionalidades”, el cual consiste en el análisis de un proyecto ya existente para proceder a la implantación de nuevas funcionalidades que lo mejoren, así como retocar el proyecto original para que sea más intuitivo y sencillo de utilizar. Grado en Ingeniería Informática

  2. Paradigms of underground gas storage operation; Paradigmas del funcionamiento de un almacenamiento subterraneo de gas

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    Bonoris, Patricia; Vizcarra, Rodolfo; Buciak, Jorge [Companias Asociadas Petroleras S.A. (Argentina)

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    The main objective of the study was to determine, for the underground storage of gas, the Current Useful Volume and Maximum Useful Current of operation, as well as have an acceptable interpretation that allows calculating the investment needed to reach this Maximum Usable Volume.

  3. Trading Cacao : a View from Veracruz, 1629 – 1645

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    Ferry, Robert

    2006-01-01

    This essay examines several interrelated themes and uses a variety of research strategies to explore the general topic of chocolate and the cacao trade in early seventeenth-century Mexico. Based primarily on the records of the Mexico Tribunal of the Inquisition, the essay attempts to expand our understanding of the beginning of large-scale chocolate consumption in Mexico, of the inner workings of the business of buying, transporting, and selling cacao beans, and the business of chocolate sold...

  4. Apoplastic and intracellular plant sugars regulate developmental transitions in witches’ broom disease of cacao

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    Barau, Joan; GRANDIS, Adriana; Carvalho, Vinicius Miessler de Andrade; Teixeira, Gleidson Silva; Zaparoli, Gustavo Henrique Alcalá; do Rio, Maria Carolina Scatolin; Rincones, Johana; Buckeridge, Marcos Silveira; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães

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    Witches’ broom disease (WBD) of cacao differs from other typical hemibiotrophic plant diseases by its unusually long biotrophic phase. Plant carbon sources have been proposed to regulate WBD developmental transitions; however, nothing is known about their availability at the plant–fungus interface, the apoplastic fluid of cacao. Data are provided supporting a role for the dynamics of soluble carbon in the apoplastic fluid in prompting the end of the biotrophic phase of infection. Carbon deple...

  5. Production and robustness of a Cacao agroecosystem: effects of two contrasting types of management strategies.

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    Sabatier, Rodolphe; Wiegand, Kerstin; Meyer, Katrin

    2013-01-01

    Ecological intensification, i.e. relying on ecological processes to replace chemical inputs, is often presented as the ideal alternative to conventional farming based on an intensive use of chemicals. It is said to both maintain high yield and provide more robustness to the agroecosystem. However few studies compared the two types of management with respect to their consequences for production and robustness toward perturbation. In this study our aim is to assess productive performance and robustness toward diverse perturbations of a Cacao agroecosystem managed with two contrasting groups of strategies: one group of strategies relying on a high level of pesticides and a second relying on low levels of pesticides. We conducted this study using a dynamical model of a Cacao agroecosystem that includes Cacao production dynamics, and dynamics of three insects: a pest (the Cacao Pod Borer, Conopomorpha cramerella) and two characteristic but unspecified beneficial insects (a pollinator of Cacao and a parasitoid of the Cacao Pod Borer). Our results showed two opposite behaviors of the Cacao agroecosystem depending on its management, i.e. an agroecosystem relying on a high input of pesticides and showing low ecosystem functioning and an agroecosystem with low inputs, relying on a high functioning of the ecosystem. From the production point of view, no type of management clearly outclassed the other and their ranking depended on the type of pesticide used. From the robustness point of view, the two types of managements performed differently when subjected to different types of perturbations. Ecologically intensive systems were more robust to pest outbreaks and perturbations related to pesticide characteristics while chemically intensive systems were more robust to Cacao production and management-related perturbation.

  6. Embriogénesis somática secundaria en el genotipo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L. inifap 1 y su descripción histológica

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    A. Alejandro-Lázaro

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    Full Text Available La embriogénesis somática aplicada para la propagación clonal de plantas de cacao, aun es de baja eficiencia, por lo que el objetivo de esta investigación fue evaluar la respuesta de los cotiledones procedentes de embriones somáticos primarios como fuente de explante para inducir embriogénesis somática secundaria (ESS en presencia de fitohormonas y sin estas en el genotipo de cacao inifap 1, asi como describir los eventos de la ESS desde los 30 hasta los 240 días de cultivo. El uso de las fitohormonas ácido 2,4-Diclorofenoxiácetico (2,4-D y thidiazuron (TDZ son importantes para inducir la embriogénesis somática (ES primaria en cacao. Adicionalmente para generar la ESS se han utilizado fitohormonas. En la presente investigación, fueron establecidos cuatro tratamientos con fregmentos de cotiledón, con 2,4-D y TDZ en forma combinada e independiente, incluyendo un testigo sin fitohormonas. Los resultados mostraron, que los fragmentos de cotiledón cultivados sin fitohormonas favorece la ESS, obteniendo un promedio de seis embriones somáticos secundarios (ESs a los 210 días de cultivo contra uno para el tratamiento suplementado con TDZ. El meristemo apical y radicular se presentó en un periodo de 240 días, se observaron embriones somáticos con estructuras externas como: cotiledones, ápices y raíces. Los resultados mostraron que la exclusión del 2,4-D y el thidiazuron no son importantes para inducir la ESS. El mayor número de ESs se encontró en un medio desprovisto de fitohormonas por lo que esta información es relevante, debido a que los explantes de cotiledones procedentes de embriones somáticos primarios, generan mayor número de ESs en esta especie. Estos resultados constituyen el primer reporte de la inducción de la ESs sin fitohormonas.

  7. Theobroma cacao cystatins impair Moniliophthora perniciosa mycelial growth and are involved in postponing cell death symptoms.

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    Pirovani, Carlos Priminho; da Silva Santiago, André; dos Santos, Lívia Santana; Micheli, Fabienne; Margis, Rogério; da Silva Gesteira, Abelmon; Alvim, Fátima Cerqueira; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães; de Mattos Cascardo, Júlio Cézar

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    Three cystatin open reading frames named TcCys1, TcCys2 and TcCys3 were identified in cDNA libraries from compatible interactions between Theobroma cacao (cacao) and Moniliophthora perniciosa. In addition, an ORF named TcCys4 was identified in the cDNA library of the incompatible interaction. The cDNAs encoded conceptual proteins with 209, 127, 124, and 205 amino acid residues, with a deduced molecular weight of 24.3, 14.1, 14.3 and 22.8 kDa, respectively. His-tagged recombinant proteins were purified from Escherichia coli expression, and showed inhibitory activities against M. perniciosa. The four recombinant cystatins exhibited K(i) values against papain in the range of 152-221 nM. Recombinant TcCYS3 and TcCYS4 immobilized in CNBr-Sepharose were efficient to capture M. perniciosa proteases from culture media. Polyclonal antibodies raised against the recombinant TcCYS4 detected that the endogenous protein was more abundant in young cacao tissues, when compared with mature tissues. A ~85 kDa cacao multicystatin induced by M. perniciosa inoculation, MpNEP (necrosis and ethylene-inducing protein) and M. perniciosa culture supernatant infiltration were detected by anti-TcCYS4 antibodies in cacao young tissues. A direct role of the cacao cystatins in the defense against this phytopathogen was proposed, as well as its involvement in the development of symptoms of programmed cell death.

  8. Carbon Storage in Soil Size Fractions Under Two Cacao Agroforestry Systems in Bahia, Brazil

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    Gama-Rodrigues, Emanuela F.; Ramachandran Nair, P. K.; Nair, Vimala D.; Gama-Rodrigues, Antonio C.; Baligar, Virupax C.; Machado, Regina C. R.

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    Shaded perennial agroforestry systems contain relatively high quantities of soil carbon (C) resulting from continuous deposition of plant residues; however, the extent to which the C is sequestered in soil will depend on the extent of physical protection of soil organic C (SOC). The main objective of this study was to characterize SOC storage in relation to soil fraction-size classes in cacao ( Theobroma cacao L.) agroforestry systems (AFSs). Two shaded cacao systems and an adjacent natural forest in reddish-yellow Oxisols in Bahia, Brazil were selected. Soil samples were collected from four depth classes to 1 m depth and separated by wet-sieving into three fraction-size classes (>250 μm, 250-53 μm, and cacao AFSs, the C contained in the macroaggregate fraction might become stabilized in the soil. The study shows the role of cacao AFSs in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission through accumulation and retention of high amounts of organic C in the soils and suggests the potential benefit of this environmental service to the nearly 6 million cacao farmers worldwide.

  9. Genome and secretome analysis of the hemibiotrophic fungal pathogen, Moniliophthora roreri, which causes frosty pod rot disease of cacao: mechanisms of the biotrophic and necrotrophic phases

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    Background: Moniliophthora roreri is the causal agent of Frosty pod rot (FPR) disease of Theobroma cacao, the source of chocolate and is one of the most destructive diseases of cacao in the Americas. This Basidiomycete only infects cacao pods and has an extended biotrophic phase lasting up to sixty ...

  10. Nutritional content explains the attractiveness of cacao to crop raiding Tonkean macaques

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    Erin P.RILEY; Barbara TOLBERT; Wartika R.FARIDA

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    Nutritional ecology has been linked to crop raiding behavior in a number of wildlife taxa.Here our goal is to explore the role nutrition plays in cacao crop raiding by Tonkean macaques Macaca tonkeana in Sulawesi,Indonesia.From June-Sept.2008 we collected fruit samples from 13 species known to be important Tonkean macaque foods and compared their nutritional value to that of cacao Theobroma cacao,an important cash crop in Sulawesi.Cacao pulp was significantly lower in protein,but lower in dietary fiber,and higher in digestible carbohydrates and energy content compared to forest fruits.These fmdings,combined with the fact that cacao fruits are spatially concentrated and available throughout the year,likely explain why Tonkean macaques are attracted to this cultivated resource.We use these data along with published feeding ecology data to propose strategies to minimize human-macaque conflict.Namely,we recommend the deliberate protection of Elmerillila tsiampaccca,Ficus spp.and Arenga pinnata,fruit species known to be regularly consumed and of considerable nutritional value.We also identify the A.pinnata palm as a potential buffer resource to curb cacao crop raiding by macaques.Cacao is a hard-to-process food because the pods have a thick outer skin that encases the seeds and pulp.Aren palm fruit,although lower in digestibility,is easier-to-process,higher in protein,and also available year round.In addition,because the palm has considerable cultural and economic significance for local people,the strategy of planting Aren palm in a buffer corridor is likely to garner local community support.

  11. Assessing genetic diversity in java fine-flavor cocoa (theobroma cacao l.) Germplasm by simple sequence repeat (ssr) markers

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    Indonesia is the 3rd largest cocoa producing countries in the world, with an annual cacao bean production of 572,000 tons. The currently cultivated cacao varieties in Indonesia were inter-hybrids of various clones introduced from the Americas since the 16th century. Among them, “Java cocoa” is a wel...

  12. Biological control of Black Pod Disease and Seedling Blight of cacao caused by Phytophthora Species using Trichoderma from Aceh Sumatra

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    The cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao L., suffers large yield losses in Aceh Indonesia to the disease black pod rot, caused by Phytophthora spp. Despite having the largest area under cacao production in Sumatra, farmers in the Aceh region have low overall production because of losses to insect pests and b...

  13. Chemical speciation of cadmium: an approach to evaluate plant-available cadmium in Ecuadorian soils under cacao production

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    Elevated concentration of cadmium (Cd) in cacao beans has raised serious concerns about the safety of chocolate consumption. Accumulation of Cd cacao bean in southern Ecuador has been reported to relate soil contamination. In this study, soil fractionation was conducted to identify available Cd poo...

  14. Yield performance and bean quality traits of cacao propagated by grafting and somatic embryo-derived cuttings

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao) has great potential as a component of a small tropical farming system. It adapts to a wide range of soils of climatic conditions, grows well under minimum tillage, adapts to temporary intercropping, has the potential of being sold in local and export markets and the pods are ...

  15. Photosynthetic photon flux density, carbon dioxide concentration, and vapor pressure deficit effects on photosynthesis in cacao seedlings

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    Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is a shade plant, native to the under-story of the evergreen rain forest of the Amazon basin and adapted to low levels of photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD). The influence of PPFD, leaf to air water vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and external carbon dioxide concentration...

  16. Perdida de textura post mortem de la carne de pescado por almacenamiento en frio Post Mortem Lost of Texture of Fish Meat During Cold Storage

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    Cortés Rodríguez Misael

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo es una revisión sobre la conformación e importancia del tejido conectivo de la carne de los peces. El ablandamiento post mortem en los peces es un factor de calidad directamente influenciado por las características de los colágenos presentes en cada especie. La degradación del colágeno está relacionada con los fenómenos que acontecen durante el almacenamiento en frío o congelamiento. Varias investigaciones han demostrado a través de análisis bioquímicos y, principalmente, a través de microscopia electrónica de barrido y transmisión, que la pérdida de la textura en la carne de los peces es uno de los efectos ocasionados por la degradación del tejido conectivo pericelular y no por el tejido conectivo intersticial. En la actualidad son propuestas algunas prácticas postcosecha para disminuir este fenómeno.This work is a review on the conformation and importance of connective tissue of fish meat. The post mortem softening of fish meat as a quality factor is influenced by the characteristics of the collagens present in each species. The degradation of collagen appears to be related to freezing. By biochemical analysis as well as electronic microscopy many researches have demonstrated that the loss of texture is related to pericelular connective tissue degradation. Currently some post crop practices are proposed to reduce this phenomenon.

  17. Concentration of cadmium in cacao beans and its relationship with soil cadmium in southern Ecuador

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    Chavez, E. [University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, FL 34945 (United States); Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Centro de Investigaciones Biotecnologicas del Ecuador, Guayaquil, Guayas (Ecuador); He, Z.L., E-mail: zhe@ufl.edu [University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, FL 34945 (United States); Stoffella, P.J. [University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Indian River Research and Education Center, Fort Pierce, FL 34945 (United States); Mylavarapu, R.S. [University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Soil and Water Science Department, Gainesville, FL 33611 (United States); Li, Y.C. [University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, FL 33031 (United States); Moyano, B. [Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Centro de Investigaciones Biotecnologicas del Ecuador, Guayaquil, Guayas (Ecuador); Baligar, V.C. [United State Department of Agriculture, ARS, Beltsville, MD 20705 (United States)

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    Cadmium (Cd) content in cacao beans above a critical level (0.6 mg kg{sup −1}) has raised concerns in the consumption of cacao-based chocolate. Little is available regarding Cd concentration in soil and cacao in Ecuador. The aim of this study was to determine the status of Cd in both, soils and cacao plants, in southern Ecuador. Soil samples were collected from 19 farms at 0–5, 5–15, 15–30, and 30–50 cm depths, whereas plant samples were taken from four nearby trees. Total recoverable and extractable Cd were measured at the different soil depths. Total recoverable Cd ranged from 0.88 to 2.45 and 0.06 to 2.59, averaged 1.54 and 0.85 mg kg{sup −1}, respectively in the surface and subsurface soils whereas the corresponding values for M3-extractable Cd were 0.08 to 1.27 and 0.02 to 0.33 with mean values of 0.40 and 0.10 mg kg{sup −1}. Surface soil in all sampling sites had total recoverable Cd above the USEPA critical level for agricultural soils (0.43 mg kg{sup −1}), indicating that Cd pollution occurs. Since both total recoverable and M3-extractable Cd significantly decreased depth wise, anthropogenic activities are more likely the source of contamination. Cadmium in cacao tissues decreased in the order of beans > shell > > leaves. Cadmium content in cacao beans ranged from 0.02 to 3.00, averaged 0.94 mg kg{sup −1}, and 12 out of 19 sites had bean Cd content above the critical level. Bean Cd concentration was highly correlated with M3- or HCl-extractable Cd at both the 0–5 and 5–15 cm depths (r = 0.80 and 0.82 for M3, and r = 0.78 and 0.82 for HCl; P < 0.01). These results indicate that accumulation of Cd in surface layers results in excessive Cd in cacao beans and M3- or HCl-extractable Cd are suitable methods for predicting available Cd in the studied soils. - Highlights: • > 60% of the studied sites had a Cd content in cacao beans above the critical level. • Bean Cd concentration was closely correlated with available Cd in soil. • Soil

  18. A genetically anchored physical framework for Theobroma cacao cv. Matina 1-6

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    Kuhn David N

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The fermented dried seeds of Theobroma cacao (cacao tree are the main ingredient in chocolate. World cocoa production was estimated to be 3 million tons in 2010 with an annual estimated average growth rate of 2.2%. The cacao bean production industry is currently under threat from a rise in fungal diseases including black pod, frosty pod, and witches' broom. In order to address these issues, genome-sequencing efforts have been initiated recently to facilitate identification of genetic markers and genes that could be utilized to accelerate the release of robust T. cacao cultivars. However, problems inherent with assembly and resolution of distal regions of complex eukaryotic genomes, such as gaps, chimeric joins, and unresolvable repeat-induced compressions, have been unavoidably encountered with the sequencing strategies selected. Results Here, we describe the construction of a BAC-based integrated genetic-physical map of the T. cacao cultivar Matina 1-6 which is designed to augment and enhance these sequencing efforts. Three BAC libraries, each comprised of 10× coverage, were constructed and fingerprinted. 230 genetic markers from a high-resolution genetic recombination map and 96 Arabidopsis-derived conserved ortholog set (COS II markers were anchored using pooled overgo hybridization. A dense tile path consisting of 29,383 BACs was selected and end-sequenced. The physical map consists of 154 contigs and 4,268 singletons. Forty-nine contigs are genetically anchored and ordered to chromosomes for a total span of 307.2 Mbp. The unanchored contigs (105 span 67.4 Mbp and therefore the estimated genome size of T. cacao is 374.6 Mbp. A comparative analysis with A. thaliana, V. vinifera, and P. trichocarpa suggests that comparisons of the genome assemblies of these distantly related species could provide insights into genome structure, evolutionary history, conservation of functional sites, and improvements in physical map

  19. Analyses of polyphenols in cacao liquor, cocoa, and chocolate by normal-phase and reversed-phase HPLC.

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    Natsume, M; Osakabe, N; Yamagishi, M; Takizawa, T; Nakamura, T; Miyatake, H; Hatano, T; Yoshida, T

    2000-12-01

    The antioxidant polyphenols in cacao liquor, a major ingredient of chocolate and cocoa, have been characterized as flavan-3-ols and proanthocyanidin oligomers. In this study, various cacao products were analyzed by normal-phase HPLC, and the profiles and quantities of the polyphenols present, grouped by molecular size (monomers to approximately oligomers), were compared. Individual cacao polyphenols, flavan-3-ols (catechin and epicatechin), and dimeric (procyanidin B2), trimeric (procyanidin C1), and tetrameric (cinnamtannin A2) proanthocyanidins, and galactopyranosyl-ent-(-)-epicatechin (2alpha-->7, 4alpha-->8)-(-)-epicatechin (Gal-EC-EC), were analyzed by reversed-phase HPLC and/or HPLC/MS. The profile of monomers (catechins) and proanthocyanidin in dark chocolate was similar to that of cacao liquor, while the ratio of flavan-3-ols to the total amount of monomeric and oligomeric polyphenols in the case of pure cocoa powder was higher than that in the case of cacao liquor or chocolate.

  20. The CACAO Method for Smoothing, Gap Filling, and Characterizing Seasonal Anomalies in Satellite Time Series

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    Verger, Aleixandre; Baret, F.; Weiss, M.; Kandasamy, S.; Vermote, E.

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    Consistent, continuous, and long time series of global biophysical variables derived from satellite data are required for global change research. A novel climatology fitting approach called CACAO (Consistent Adjustment of the Climatology to Actual Observations) is proposed to reduce noise and fill gaps in time series by scaling and shifting the seasonal climatological patterns to the actual observations. The shift and scale CACAO parameters adjusted for each season allow quantifying shifts in the timing of seasonal phenology and inter-annual variations in magnitude as compared to the average climatology. CACAO was assessed first over simulated daily Leaf Area Index (LAI) time series with varying fractions of missing data and noise. Then, performances were analyzed over actual satellite LAI products derived from AVHRR Long-Term Data Record for the 1981-2000 period over the BELMANIP2 globally representative sample of sites. Comparison with two widely used temporal filtering methods-the asymmetric Gaussian (AG) model and the Savitzky-Golay (SG) filter as implemented in TIMESAT-revealed that CACAO achieved better performances for smoothing AVHRR time series characterized by high level of noise and frequent missing observations. The resulting smoothed time series captures well the vegetation dynamics and shows no gaps as compared to the 50-60% of still missing data after AG or SG reconstructions. Results of simulation experiments as well as confrontation with actual AVHRR time series indicate that the proposed CACAO method is more robust to noise and missing data than AG and SG methods for phenology extraction.

  1. Proteome analysis during pod, zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao.

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    Niemenak, Nicolas; Kaiser, Edward; Maximova, Siela N; Laremore, Tatiana; Guiltinan, Mark J

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    Two dimensional electrophoresis and nano-LC-MS were performed in order to identify alterations in protein abundance that correlate with maturation of cacao zygotic and somatic embryos. The cacao pod proteome was also characterized during development. The recently published cacao genome sequence was used to create a predicted proteolytic fragment database. Several hundred protein spots were resolved on each tissue analysis, of which 72 variable spots were subjected to MS analysis, resulting in 49 identifications. The identified proteins represent an array of functional categories, including seed storage, stress response, photosynthesis and translation factors. The seed storage protein was strongly accumulated in cacao zygotic embryos compared to their somatic counterpart. However, sucrose treatment (60 g L(-1)) allows up-regulation of storage protein in SE. A high similarity in the profiles of acidic proteins was observed in mature zygotic and somatic embryos. Differential expression in both tissues was observed in proteins having high pI. Several proteins were detected exclusively in fruit tissues, including a chitinase and a 14-3-3 protein. We also identified a novel cacao protein related to known mabinlin type sweet storage proteins. Moreover, the specific presence of thaumatin-like protein, another sweet protein, was also detected in fruit tissue. We discuss our observed correlations between protein expression profiles, developmental stage and stress responses.

  2. Unique haplotypes of cacao trees as revealed by trnH-psbA chloroplast DNA.

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    Gutiérrez-López, Nidia; Ovando-Medina, Isidro; Salvador-Figueroa, Miguel; Molina-Freaner, Francisco; Avendaño-Arrazate, Carlos H; Vázquez-Ovando, Alfredo

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    Cacao trees have been cultivated in Mesoamerica for at least 4,000 years. In this study, we analyzed sequence variation in the chloroplast DNA trnH-psbA intergenic spacer from 28 cacao trees from different farms in the Soconusco region in southern Mexico. Genetic relationships were established by two analysis approaches based on geographic origin (five populations) and genetic origin (based on a previous study). We identified six polymorphic sites, including five insertion/deletion (indels) types and one transversion. The overall nucleotide diversity was low for both approaches (geographic = 0.0032 and genetic = 0.0038). Conversely, we obtained moderate to high haplotype diversity (0.66 and 0.80) with 10 and 12 haplotypes, respectively. The common haplotype (H1) for both networks included cacao trees from all geographic locations (geographic approach) and four genetic groups (genetic approach). This common haplotype (ancient) derived a set of intermediate haplotypes and singletons interconnected by one or two mutational steps, which suggested directional selection and event purification from the expansion of narrow populations. Cacao trees from Soconusco region were grouped into one cluster without any evidence of subclustering based on AMOVA (F ST = 0) and SAMOVA (F ST = 0.04393) results. One population (Mazatán) showed a high haplotype frequency; thus, this population could be considered an important reservoir of genetic material. The indels located in the trnH-psbA intergenic spacer of cacao trees could be useful as markers for the development of DNA barcoding.

  3. Unique haplotypes of cacao trees as revealed by trnH-psbA chloroplast DNA

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    Nidia Gutiérrez-López

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    Full Text Available Cacao trees have been cultivated in Mesoamerica for at least 4,000 years. In this study, we analyzed sequence variation in the chloroplast DNA trnH-psbA intergenic spacer from 28 cacao trees from different farms in the Soconusco region in southern Mexico. Genetic relationships were established by two analysis approaches based on geographic origin (five populations and genetic origin (based on a previous study. We identified six polymorphic sites, including five insertion/deletion (indels types and one transversion. The overall nucleotide diversity was low for both approaches (geographic = 0.0032 and genetic = 0.0038. Conversely, we obtained moderate to high haplotype diversity (0.66 and 0.80 with 10 and 12 haplotypes, respectively. The common haplotype (H1 for both networks included cacao trees from all geographic locations (geographic approach and four genetic groups (genetic approach. This common haplotype (ancient derived a set of intermediate haplotypes and singletons interconnected by one or two mutational steps, which suggested directional selection and event purification from the expansion of narrow populations. Cacao trees from Soconusco region were grouped into one cluster without any evidence of subclustering based on AMOVA (FST = 0 and SAMOVA (FST = 0.04393 results. One population (Mazatán showed a high haplotype frequency; thus, this population could be considered an important reservoir of genetic material. The indels located in the trnH-psbA intergenic spacer of cacao trees could be useful as markers for the development of DNA barcoding.

  4. Carbon storage in soil size fractions under two cacao agroforestry systems in Bahia, Brazil.

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    Gama-Rodrigues, Emanuela F; Ramachandran Nair, P K; Nair, Vimala D; Gama-Rodrigues, Antonio C; Baligar, Virupax C; Machado, Regina C R

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    Shaded perennial agroforestry systems contain relatively high quantities of soil carbon (C) resulting from continuous deposition of plant residues; however, the extent to which the C is sequestered in soil will depend on the extent of physical protection of soil organic C (SOC). The main objective of this study was to characterize SOC storage in relation to soil fraction-size classes in cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) agroforestry systems (AFSs). Two shaded cacao systems and an adjacent natural forest in reddish-yellow Oxisols in Bahia, Brazil were selected. Soil samples were collected from four depth classes to 1 m depth and separated by wet-sieving into three fraction-size classes (>250 microm, 250-53 microm, and <53 microm)-corresponding to macroaggregate, microaggregate, and silt-and-clay size fractions-and analyzed for C content. The total SOC stock did not vary among systems (mean: 302 Mg/ha). On average, 72% of SOC was in macroaggregate-size, 20% in microaggregate-size, and 8% in silt-and-clay size fractions in soil. Sonication of aggregates showed that occlusion of C in soil aggregates could be a major mechanism of C protection in these soils. Considering the low level of soil disturbances in cacao AFSs, the C contained in the macroaggregate fraction might become stabilized in the soil. The study shows the role of cacao AFSs in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emission through accumulation and retention of high amounts of organic C in the soils and suggests the potential benefit of this environmental service to the nearly 6 million cacao farmers worldwide.

  5. Respon pertumbuhan bibit kakao (Theobroma cacao L.) terhadap pemberian pupuk guano dan KCl

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    Rajagukguk, Pispa

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    Addition of Guano in Cultivation of Cacao Seedling is the one of step to use organic fertilizer that comes from animal feces in the world. For that purpose addition guano aims to increase growth of Cacao in Cultivation of Seedling. This research had been conducted at experimental field of Fakultas Pertanian USU in October 2013 - January 2014 using factorial randomized block design with two factor, i.e. addition dose of Guano (0, 75 , 150 , 225 g/polibag) and dose of KCl (0 , ...

  6. Kajian Fermentasi dan Suhu Pengeringan pada Mutu Kakao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Rita Hayati

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    Full Text Available A study on the Fermentation and drying temperature in cacao quality was carried out. From result of research was fermentation 8 day at temperature 60 0C representing best treatment from all treatment. However accelerate drying the higher content 1.32%/hours and the decrease amount equal to 0.39%/hours. The best colour of quality cacao was produced using the fermentation (8 day and drying temperature (40 0C. It met the standard attributes rating the higher the texture was fermentation (4 day and drying temperature (60 0 C. However the fermentation 6 day and drying temperature 60 0C with high panelist acceptance.

  7. Proyecto de edificación de industria de elaboración de chocolate a partir de pasta de cacao, en el polígono industrial de Paredes de Nava (Palencia)

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    Antolín Hoyos, Luis Angel

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    El proyecto a desarrollar se trata de la edificación de una industria de elaboración de chocolate a partir de pasta de cacao en el polígono industrial de Paredes de Nava (Palencia). Dicho polígono está totalmente urbanizado (luz eléctrica, agua, telefonía, viales de entrada y circulación por el polígono, etc.) y preparado para construir cuando sea necesario. El polígono está situado a la entrada del pueblo estando a 23km de distancia de la capital de la provincia, Palencia, accediendo media...

  8. Cryopreservation of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) somatic embryos by vitrification.

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    Adu-Gyamfi, Raphael; Wetten, Andy

    2012-01-01

    Losses of cultivated cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) due to diseases and continued depletion of forests that harbour the wild progenitors of the crop make ex situ conservation of cocoa germplasm of paramount importance. In order to enhance security of in situ germplasm collections, 2-3 mm floral-derived secondary somatic embryos were cryopreserved by vitrification. This work demonstrates the most uncomplicated clonal cocoa cryopreservation. Optimal post-cryostorage survival (74.5 percent) was achieved by 5 d preculture of SSEs on 0.5 M sucrose medium followed by 60 min dehydration in cold PVS2. To minimise free radical related cryo-injury, cation sources were removed from the embryo development solution and/or the recovery medium, the former treatment resulting in a significant benefit. After optimisation with cocoa genotype AMAZ 15, the same protocol was effective across all five additional cocoa genotypes tested. For the multiplication of clones, embryos regenerated following cryopreservation were used as explant sources, and vitrification was found to maintain their embryogenic potential.

  9. Fluorescent detection of (-)-epicatechin in microsamples from cacao seeds and cocoa products: Comparison with Folin-Ciocalteu method

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    Ramirez-Sanchez, Israel; Maya, Lisandro; Ceballos, Guillermo; Villarreal, Francisco

    2010-01-01

    Polyphenolic compounds of the flavanoid family are abundantly present in cacao seed and its cocoa products. Results from studies using cocoa products indicate beneficial effects of flavanols on cardiovascular endpoints. Evidence indicates that (-)-epicatechin is the main cacao flavanol associated with cardiovascular effects, so the accurate quantification of its content in cacao seeds or cocoa products is important. Common methods for the quantification of phenolic content in cocoa products are based on the reaction of phenols with colorimetric reagents such as the Folin-Ciocalteu (FC) In this study, we compared the FC method of phenolic determinations using 2 different standards (gallic acid and (-)-epicatechin) to construct calibration curves. We compare these results with those obtained from a simple fluorometric method (Ex280/Em320 nm) used to determine catechin/(-)-epicatechin content in samples of cacao seeds and cocoa products. Values obtained from the FC method determination of polyphenols yield an overestimation of phenol (flavonoid) content when gallic acid is used as standard. Moreover, the epicatechin is a more reliable standard because of its abundance in cacao seeds and cocoa products. The use of fluorometric spectra yields a simple and highly quantitative means for a more precise and rapid quantification of cacao catechins. Fluorometric values are essentially in agreement with those reported using more cumbersome methods. In conclusion, the use of fluorescence emission spectra is a quick, practical and suitable means to quantifying catechins in cacao seeds and cocoa products. PMID:21297935

  10. Fluorescent detection of (-)-epicatechin in microsamples from cacao seeds and cocoa products: Comparison with Folin-Ciocalteu method.

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    Ramirez-Sanchez, Israel; Maya, Lisandro; Ceballos, Guillermo; Villarreal, Francisco

    2010-12-01

    Polyphenolic compounds of the flavanoid family are abundantly present in cacao seed and its cocoa products. Results from studies using cocoa products indicate beneficial effects of flavanols on cardiovascular endpoints. Evidence indicates that (-)-epicatechin is the main cacao flavanol associated with cardiovascular effects, so the accurate quantification of its content in cacao seeds or cocoa products is important. Common methods for the quantification of phenolic content in cocoa products are based on the reaction of phenols with colorimetric reagents such as the Folin-Ciocalteu (FC) In this study, we compared the FC method of phenolic determinations using 2 different standards (gallic acid and (-)-epicatechin) to construct calibration curves. We compare these results with those obtained from a simple fluorometric method (Ex(280)/Em(320) nm) used to determine catechin/(-)-epicatechin content in samples of cacao seeds and cocoa products. Values obtained from the FC method determination of polyphenols yield an overestimation of phenol (flavonoid) content when gallic acid is used as standard. Moreover, the epicatechin is a more reliable standard because of its abundance in cacao seeds and cocoa products. The use of fluorometric spectra yields a simple and highly quantitative means for a more precise and rapid quantification of cacao catechins. Fluorometric values are essentially in agreement with those reported using more cumbersome methods. In conclusion, the use of fluorescence emission spectra is a quick, practical and suitable means to quantifying catechins in cacao seeds and cocoa products.

  11. Dissimilarity of Ant Communities Increases with Precipitation, but not Reduced Land-Use Intensity, in Indonesian Cacao Agroforestry

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    Damayanti Buchori

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Land-use degradation and climate change are well-known drivers of biodiversity loss, but little information is available about their potential interaction. Here, we focus on the effects of land-use and precipitation on ant diversity in cacao agroforestry. In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, we selected 16 cacao agroforestry plots with a shaded vs. unshaded plot in each of eight villages differing in precipitation (1032–2051 mm annual rainfall. On each plot, 10 cacao trees with similar size and age (7–10 years were selected for hand collection of ants on each cacao tree and the soil surface. In total, we found 80 ant species belonging to five subfamilies. Land-use intensification (removal of shade trees and precipitation had no effect on species richness of ants per cacao tree (alpha diversity and, in an additive partitioning approach, within-plot beta diversity. However, higher precipitation (but not shade significantly increased ant species dissimilarity across cacao trees within a plot, with ant species showing contrasting responses to precipitation. Reduced precipitation causing drought stress appeared to contribute to convergence of ant community structure, presumably via reduced heterogeneity in cacao tree growth. In conclusion, reduced precipitation greatly influenced ant community dissimilarity and appeared to be more important for ant community structure than land-use intensification.

  12. Evolución de las propiedades reológicas de emulsiones aceite vegetal en agua durante el proceso de emulsificación y almacenamiento

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    Full Text Available This paper deals with the evolution of the rheological properties and droplet size distributions (DSD of oil-in-water emulsions, stabilized by non-ionic surfactant, with time. The emulsification process has been followed by the evolution of the torque with the emulsification time and follows a first-order kinetic equation. From the experimental results obtained it is apparent that the rheology and DSD of the emulsions studied depends on the emulsification time and temperature of emulsification, as well as, the agitation speed. An increase in the emulsification time, at 15ºC, yields lower values of the mean droplet size and, subsequently, an increase in the linear viscoelasticity functions of the emulsions. However, above 25ºC, the emulsification process may be modified because a higher degree of coalescence may take place at long emulsification time. A «depletion-flocculation» mechanism due to the presence of surfactant, in form of micelles, in the continuous phase of the emulsions.Se estudia la evolución de las propiedades reológicas y de la distribución de tamaños de las gotas (DTG de emulsiones aceite vegetal en agua, estabilizadas con un tensioactivo no iónico, durante los períodos de emulsificación y de almacenamiento. La cinética del proceso de emulsificación se ha seguido a través de la variación del par de torsión con el tiempo de emulsificación, ajustándose a una ecuación de primer orden. De los resultados obtenidos puede deducirse que la evolución de las características reológicas y de DTG de las emulsiones estudiadas depende principalmente del tiempo y temperatura de emulsificación y de la velocidad de agitación. A 15ºC, un aumento del tiempo de emulsificación produce una disminución del diámetro medio de gota y, por tanto, un aumento de las funciones viscoelásticas lineales. Sin embargo, a temperaturas superiores a 25ºC el proceso es mucho más complejo, pudiendo favorecerse el proceso de

  13. Optimization of air conditioning systems utilizing low temperature thermal storage; Optimizacion de sistemas de acondicionamiento de aire utilizando sistemas de almacenamiento termico de baja temperatura

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    Contreras Ramirez, J.; Dorantes Rodriguez, R. [Departamento de Energia, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Unidad Azcapotzalco, Mexico, D. F. (Mexico)

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    sistemas esta relacionado con la variabilidad de la carga termica y las posibilidades de regulacion de la o las maquinas termicas, de tal manera de lograr, a lo largo del dia, un adecuado uso y optimizacion de la carga total instalada, con los mejores beneficios economicos posibles. Entre las estrategias que permiten optimizar la capacidad de la instalacion y la variacion de la carga termica esta el almacenamiento termico de baja temperatura, por ejemplo, el almacenamiento de hielo, el cual se produce y se almacena durante las horas en que normalmente las maquinas de refrigeracion estan paradas, y con el fin de usar esta energia almacenada durante el horario pico y durante las horas de operacion normal del equipo, pero disminuyendo en forma importante la demanda electrica de la instalacion al satisfacer la carga termica con una combinacion almacen termico-maquina de refrigeracion. En este trabajo se presentan algunos antecedentes y tipos de almacenes termicos utilizados comunmente, se discute una metodologia que permite dimensionar un almacen termico, tanto tecnica como economicamente, y se plantean algunos de los problemas en el control y operacion de estos sistemas termicos.

  14. Efecto del Hierro en el Desarrollo de las Raíces de las Plantas

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    Full Text Available Se investigó el efecto del hierro en el desarrollo de las raíces del cacao, el café y el fríjol. También se observó la velocidad de recuperación de la clorofila en plantas cloróticas de cacao y café, al agregarles cantidades crecientes de hierro, y el efecto de dicha recuperación sobre el desarrollo radical. Además, se estudió el grado de absorción y movilización de Fe50 en plantas de cacao, y el efecto de distintas dosis de hierro en el crecimiento de raíces aisladas cacao, café y fríjol. Las plantas fueron cultivadas en el invernadero en solución HoagIand N° 2 sin Fe y las raíces para cultivo se obtuvieron de semillas germinadas en el laboratorio. Se usaron plantas de cacao del clon uf 668 de 3 meses y de café (variedad caturra con la misma edad. El hierro radiactivo utilizado fue en forma de cloruro (Fe59 cl 3 y el agregado a la solución o al follaje, en forma de quelato (Fe E. D. T. A.. Las adiciones de este elemento se hicieron cuando las plantas mostraban síntomas característicos de su deficiencia. Hubo una recuperación casi total de la clorosis y tanto el volumen como la longitud radical aumentaron con las aplicaciones crecientes de hierro, aunque la longitud relativa de los tallos mostró una tendencia decreciente. En las hojas de cacao se presentó una acumulación del Fe y su movilización hacia los demás órganos de la planta fue lenta y en proporción reducida en relación con el total absorbido. Igual cosa sucedió con el Fe50 suministrado a las raíces. No se pudieron observar los efectos del Fe en el crecimiento de raíces aisladas de cacao, café y fríjol, pues el desarrollo fue muy reducido, debido a que la rápida oxidación de los tejidos (al separar aquéllas del resto de la planta redujo la viabilidad a unos pocos días.

  15. Absorción y distribución de nutrientes en clones de cacao y sus efectos en el rendimiento

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    Full Text Available En el centro experimental de la Federación Nacional de Cacaoteros de Colombia (Fedecacao, localizado en el municipio de Miranda, Cauca (Colombia se evaluó la capacidad de absorción y distribución de los nutrientes N, P y K en hojas, cáscara y almendra de los clones de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.: CCN-51 y ICS-95 (auto-compatibles y TSH-565 e ICS-39 (auto-incompatibles, y su influencia en el rendimiento. El diseño experimental fue bloques completos al azar con cinco tratamientos y cuatro repeticiones; los tratamientos consistieron en un control (TR equivalente a la concentración de nutrientes en el suelo del centro experimental (kg/ha (49 N, 23.5 P y 146.5 K, e incrementos en esta concentración equivalentes a 25%(T1, 50% (T2, 75% (T3 y 100% (T4. La concentración de nutrientes en hojas, cáscara y almendra mostró diferencias significativas (P K > P y en cáscara fue K > N > P. El mayor rendimiento de grano y la mayor extracción de NPK por 1000 kg de peso seco se presentó en el T2. Todos los clones presentaron una secuencia similar de concentración de nutrientes en hoja, cáscara y almendra, sin embargo, fue evidente la diferencia existente en la capacidad de absorción y distribución de nutrientes y en el rendimiento entre clones, lo cual es relevante para el eficiente manejo nutricional del cultivo.

  16. Simulación y optimización del sistema de ultra alto vacío de una línea experimental del sincrotrón ALBA

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    El objetivo de este proyecto es dimensionar y optimizar el diseño del sistema de ultra alto vacío (UHV) de la nueva línea experimental de luz infrarroja, de nombre MIRAS, del sincrotrón ALBA. Para ello se utiliza el software MolFlow+, un software que utiliza el principio de Monte Carlo para simular el vacío del objeto de estudio y así obtener los perfiles de presión a lo largo del mismo. En primer lugar, mediante la reproducción con MolFlow+ del sector del anillo de almacenamiento (storage...

  17. Co-occurrence of pathogenic and non-pathogenic Fusarium decemcellulare and Lasiodiplodia theobromae isolates in cushion galls disease of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.

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    Full Text Available Flowery cushion gall of cacao is a disease complex with six types. Fusarium decemcellulare have been isolated from both flowery and green point galls and recognized as the etiological agent of the disease. In the present work we: i identified by ITS-rDNA sequencing and/or taxonomy the cultivable fungal species or Operative Taxonomic Units (OTUs associated with the five symptoms of cushion galls in cacao from Venezuela, and ii determined the gall inducing capacity on cacao peeled seeds after 45 days of inoculation with suspensions of mycelia/ spores from distinct isolate types. The whole isolate collection rendered an abundance of 113 isolates with a richness of 39 OTUs (27 and eight identified at the species or genera levels, respectively, and in unidentified fungi. The dominant recovered species (≈36% were F. decemcellulare and Lasiodiplodia theobromae. Some isolates of F. decemcellulare, L. theobromae, F. equiseti, Fusarium spp., F. solani, F. incarnatum, Rhizocthonia solani and Penicillium sp. were pathogenic. Some other isolates of the first six mentioned taxa behave as non-pathogenic. Furthermore, pathogenic and non-pathogenic isolates can also co-occur within a single plant and gall type. Moreover, 2-5 species within a single gall symptom in a single tree were identified (not necessarily at the same point in the tree, indicating a broad diversity of co-occurring taxa.

  18. Genetic diversity in cocoa (Theobroma cacao, L.) germplasm collection from Ghana

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    Theobroma cacao L. with its center of diversity in Central and South America was first introduced to West Africa in the mid-19th century and today the region produces 70% of the world's cocoa. Several distinct cocoa types have been introduced, cultivated and intercrossed across the region. Also, bi-...

  19. La CEDEAO peut-elle creër un OPEP du Cacao Durable?

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    Koning, N.B.J.; Jongeneel, R.

    2008-01-01

    La transition vers une production durable de cacao demande un arrangement assurant un prix mondial qui permette aux paysans d¿investir dans des méthodes de production durables. Pour être efficace, un tel arrangement ne doit pas dépendre des pays importateurs et devrait impliquer les organisations pa

  20. Register of New Fruit and Nut Cultivars List 45. Banana, cacao, Spanish lime, plantain

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    The Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties 45 is a compilation of descriptions of new fruit and nut cultivars from around the world. In this edition, newly released cacao, banana, plantain, and genip cultivars are described in terms of their origins, important fruit traits and yield....

  1. The impact of SNP fingerprinting and parentage analysis on the effectiveness of variety recommendations in cacao

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    Evidence for the impact of mislabeling and/or pollen contamination on consistency of field performance has been lacking to reinforce the need for strict adherence to quality control protocols in cacao seed garden and germplasm plot management. The present study used SNP fingerprinting at 64 loci to ...

  2. Growth and nutrition of cacao seedlings influenced by zinc application in soil

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    Levels of Zn in tropical soils profoundly influences growth and nutrition of tree crops . Research was undertaken to assess the effect of soil Zn on growth and nutrition of clonal cacao tree seedlings of PH 16. Three acidic Oxisol soils differing in texture were used with nine doses of Zn (0, 1, 2, ...

  3. Comparative proteomic analysis of early somatic and zygotic embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao L.

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    Noah, Alexandre Mboene; Niemenak, Nicolas; Sunderhaus, Stephanie; Haase, Christin; Omokolo, Denis Ndoumou; Winkelmann, Traud; Braun, Hans-Peter

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    Somatic embryogenesis can efficiently foster the propagation of Theobroma cacao, but the poor quality of resulted plantlet hinders the use of this technique in the commercial scale. The current study has been initiated to systematically compare the physiological mechanisms underlying somatic and zygotic embryogenesis in T. cacao on the proteome level. About 1000 protein spots per fraction could be separated by two-dimensional isoelectric focusing/SDS PAGE. More than 50 of the protein spots clearly differed in abundance between zygotic and somatic embryos: 33 proteins spots were at least 3-fold higher in abundance in zygotic embryos and 20 in somatic embryos. Analyses of these protein spots differing in volume by mass spectrometry resulted in the identification of 68 distinct proteins. Many of the identified proteins are involved in genetic information processing (21 proteins), carbohydrate metabolism (11 proteins) and stress response (7 proteins). Somatic embryos especially displayed many stress related proteins, few enzymes involved in storage compound synthesis and an exceptional high abundance of endopeptidase inhibitors. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase, which was accumulated more than 3-fold higher in zygotic embryos, represents a prominent enzyme in the storage compound metabolism in cacao seeds. Implications on the improvement of somatic embryogenesis in cacao are discussed.

  4. Novel receptor-like kinases in cacao contain PR-1 extracellular domains.

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    Teixeira, Paulo José Pereira Lima; Costa, Gustavo Gilson Lacerda; Fiorin, Gabriel Lorencini; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães; Mondego, Jorge Maurício Costa

    2013-08-01

    Members of the pathogenesis-related protein 1 (PR-1) family are well-known markers of plant defence responses, forming part of the arsenal of the secreted proteins produced on pathogen recognition. Here, we report the identification of two cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) PR-1s that are fused to transmembrane regions and serine/threonine kinase domains, in a manner characteristic of receptor-like kinases (RLKs). These proteins (TcPR-1f and TcPR-1g) were named PR-1 receptor kinases (PR-1RKs). Phylogenetic analysis of RLKs and PR-1 proteins from cacao indicated that PR-1RKs originated from a fusion between sequences encoding PR-1 and the kinase domain of a LecRLK (Lectin Receptor-Like Kinase). Retrotransposition marks surround TcPR-1f, suggesting that retrotransposition was involved in the origin of PR-1RKs. Genes with a similar domain architecture to cacao PR-1RKs were found in rice (Oryza sativa), barrel medic (Medicago truncatula) and a nonphototrophic bacterium (Herpetosiphon aurantiacus). However, their kinase domains differed from those found in LecRLKs, indicating the occurrence of convergent evolution. TcPR-1g expression was up-regulated in the biotrophic stage of witches' broom disease, suggesting a role for PR-1RKs during cacao defence responses. We hypothesize that PR-1RKs transduce a defence signal by interacting with a PR-1 ligand.

  5. Register of new fruit and nut cultivars list 48. Banana, cacao, plantain

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    The Register of New Fruit and Nut Varieties 48 is a compilation of descriptions of new fruit and nut cultivars from around the world. In this edition, newly released banana, plantain, and cacao cultivars are described in terms of their origins, important fruit traits and yield. ...

  6. Organic cacao chain for development: The case of the Talamanca small-farmers association

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    Slingerland, M.A.; Díaz Gonzalez, E.

    2006-01-01

    In de Talamanca region in Costa Rica cocoa production was abandoned in the late 1970s when yields dropped to zero due to Monilia. In the early 1990s, the Talamanca Small-Farmers association (APPTA) gained success in promoting its revival. By creating contacts with buyers of organic cacao in the Unit

  7. Soil classification and carbon storage in cacao agroforestry farming systems of Bahia, Brazil

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    Information concerning the classification of soils and their properties under cacao agroforestry systems of the Atlantic rain forest biome region in the Southeast of Bahia Brazil is largely unknown. Soil and climatic conditions in this region are favorable for high soil carbon storage. This study is...

  8. Mining of expressed sequence tag libraries of cacao for microsatellite markers using five computational tools

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    Aikkal Riju; M. K. Rajesh; P. T. P. Fasila Sherin; A. Chandrasekar; S. Elain Apshara; Vadivel Arunachalam

    2009-08-01

    Expressed sequence tags (ESTs) provide researchers with a quick and inexpensive route for discovering new genes, data on gene expression and regulation, and also provide genic markers that help in constructing genome maps. Cacao is an important perennial crop of humid tropics. Cacao EST sequences, as available in the public domain, were downloaded and made into contigs. Microsatellites were located in these ESTs and contigs using five softwares (MISA, TRA, TROLL, SSRIT and SSR primer). MISA gave maximum coverage of SSRs in cacao ESTs and contigs, although TRA was able to detect higher order (>5-mer) repeats. The frequency of SSRs was one per 26.9 kb in the known set of ESTs. One-third of the repeats in EST-contigs were found to be trimeric. A few rare repeats like 21-mer repeat were also located. A/T repeats were most abundant among the mononucleotide repeats and the AG/GA/TC/CT type was the most frequent among dimerics. Flanking primers were designed using Primer3 program and verified experimentally for PCR amplification. The results of the study are made available freely online database (http://riju.byethost31.com/cocoa/). Seven primer pairs amplified genomic DNA isolated from leaves were used to screen a representative set of 12 accessions of cacao.

  9. Applying SNP marker technology in the cacao breeding program at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

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    In this investigation 45 parental cacao plants and five progeny derived from the parental stock studied were genotyped using six SNP markers to determine off-types or mislabeled clones and to authenticate crosses made in the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) breeding program. Investigation wa...

  10. EFFECT OF FERMENTED CACAO POD SUPPLEMENTATION ON SHEEP RUMEN MICROBIAL FERMENTATION

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    S. Wulandari

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research was to improve beneficial value of cacao pod as sheep feedingredients comprising up to 50% total feed. This research was conducted in two stages. Stage 1 wascacao pod fermentation. Completely randomized design with 3x3 factorial patterns was used in thisstage, in which factor I was microbial inoculum dosage of 0%, 0.05% and 0.1% and factor II wasincubation period of 0, 3 and 6 days. Result demonstrated that six-day fermentation with 0.05%microbial inoculum could lower cacao NDF, ADF and theobromine. The optimum inoculum dosage andfermentation time from stage 1 was applied to stage 2. Stage 2 was rumen microbial fermentation test.This research administrated 3x3 of latin square design. In period I sheep were fed with CF0 (nonfermentedcomplete feed, in period II sheep were given CF 1 (complete feed containing fermentedcacao pod and in period III sheep were given CF2 (fermented complete feed based cacao pod. Resultdemonstrated that pH value of sheep microbial liquid in treatment of CF0, CF1 and CF2 was in normalpH range and did not affect volatile fatty acids (VFA and ammonia. In conclusion, supplementing up to 50% of feed with complete feed containing fermented or non-fermented cacao pod did not affect theprocess of rumen microbial fermentation.

  11. The systematic description of cacao clones and its significance for taxonomy and plant breeding.

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    Engels, J.M.M.

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    The value of germplasm collections depends to a large extent on the data accompanying the individual accessions. In order to facilitate the selection of the most useful characters for the systematic description of a cacao germplasm collection methods were developed to measure and to compare the disc

  12. Diseño del sistema scada del proceso de transporte de cemento para holcim-Ecuador

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    Coronel Perez, Ivan Ariolfo; Arreaga Medina, Miguel Angel; Manssur Hanna, Alberto

    2009-01-01

    Entre los diferentes procesos de fabricación de cemento se encuentra el de transportación del producto y es en este punto en el cual desarrollamos el siguiente proyecto, el mismo tiene por objeto diseñar un sistema automático para operar dicha línea de transporte, empezando en los silos de almacenamiento al granel hasta las máquinas envasadoras desde donde se lo despacha al mercado de consumo. La automatización permitirá a la empresa una operación más veloz y estable del transporte del ...

  13. Carbon and water fluxes above a cacao plantation in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    Falk, U.; Ibrom, A.

    2003-04-01

    The investigation of interactions between biosphere and atmosphere of the major land use types of the tropical rain forest margin area in South East Asia and quantification of the impact that land use change from undisturbed primary rain forest to pasture has on these interactions is task of subprogramme B1 within the DFG-funded project STORMA (Stability of Rain Forest Margins). In order to fulfill the projects tasks the different major land use types have to be investigated and each ecosystem characterized one by one and compared to a reference site in an undisturbed primary rain forest, to see the changes in the atmosphere-biospheric interactions, i. e. in water and carbon household, with land use change and thus the impact on regional climate. One of the major land use types in the valleys around the Lore Lindu National Park on Sulawesi are Cacao plantations, Theobroma cacao. A site in the Palolo valley near the village Nopu was chosen as research site since the area there is covered with small Cacao fields which form to one big area of Cacao and matches the requirements of the applied research approach. Since Cacao trees need to be shaded especially when younger, shadow trees had been planted and trees of the former forest had been left standing to serve as wind breaks and sun shades. The plantations in Nopu, Palolo valley, consist not only of fields of cultivated Cacao, but also serve as environment and home to the farmers and their families. The whole area of Cacao plantation is interspersed with wooden farm houses, which are also sources of carbon dioxide due to cooking or small power plants etc. and thus have to be taken into account when looking at the carbon household of this specific ecosystem. An estimation of the components of the carbon and water household and the contribution of the humans living within this environment to the carbon household of Cacao plantations of this ecosystem is subject of this presentation. From December 2001 until April 2002

  14. Identificación de suelos susceptibles a riesgos de erosión y con mayor capacidad de almacenamiento de agua Identification of soils susceptible to risk erosion and with hight capacity of water storage

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    Velásquez Valencia Henry

    Full Text Available La investigación se basó en el desarrollo de siete etapas metodológicas con criterios de integralidad, análisis holístico, secuencia lógica, participación y sencillez, destacándose los siguientes aspectos: Conceptualización y contextualización, muestreo de suelos, procesamiento de la información, espacialización de la información, identificación de zonas susceptibles a riesgos de erosión y con mayor capacidad de almacenamiento de agua, recomendaciones de manejo y socialización de la investigación. La propuesta metodológica se validó y ajustó mediante un caso de estudio en la vereda Chicoral, subcuenca del río Bitaco, municipio de La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Mediante procesos de participación y concertación con los actores socioeconómicos del área de estudio se lograron diagnosticar las causas y consecuencias que intervienen en procesos de degradación física del suelo y a la vez se localizaron los sitios con mayor potencialidad de almacenamiento de agua, factores importantes para la planificación y uso racional de los recursos naturales en una cuenca hidrográfica.The investigation was carried out in seven methodological steps under integral approaches, holistic analysis, logical sequence, participation and simplicity. The following aspects were highlighted: Conceptualization and contextualizacion, soil sampling , data processing, data spacializatión of the information, identification of susceptible areas to risk erosion with higher capacity of water storage, management norms and socialization of the investigation. The methodological proposal was validated and adjusted by a case of study in the rural areas of Chicoral, watershed of the Bitaco river, Municipality of La Cumbre, Cauca Valley, Colombia. Using participation processes and agreement with the communities of the study area, the diagnostic of the causes and consequences that intervene in processes of physical soil degradation were reached. At the same

  15. Identification of soils susceptible to risk erosion and with hight capacity of water storage Identificación de suelos susceptibles a riesgos de erosión y con mayor capacidad de almacenamiento de agua

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    Escobar Chalarca Carlos Alberto

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    Full Text Available The investigation was carried out in seven methodological steps under integral approaches, holistic analysis, logical sequence, participation and simplicity. The following aspects were highlighted: Conceptualization and contextualizacion, soil sampling , data processing, data spacializatión of the information, identification of susceptible areas to risk erosion with higher capacity of water storage, management norms and socialization of the investigation. The methodological proposal was validated and adjusted by a case of study in the rural areas of Chicoral, watershed of the Bitaco river, Municipality of La Cumbre, Cauca Valley , Colombia. Using participation processes and agreement with the communities of the study area, the diagnostic of the causes and consequences that intervene in processes of physical soil degradation were reached. At the same time, the places with higher potentiality of water storage were localized. All of these factors are important for planning and rational use of the natural resources in a watershed.La investigación se basó en el desarrollo de siete etapas metodológicas con criterios de integralidad, análisis holístico, secuencia lógica, participación y sencillez, destacándose los siguientes aspectos: Conceptualización y contextualización, muestreo de suelos, procesamiento de la información, espacialización de la información, identificación de zonas susceptibles a riesgos de erosión y con mayor capacidad de almacenamiento de agua, recomendaciones de manejo y socialización de la investigación. La propuesta metodológica se validó y ajustó mediante un caso de estudio en la vereda Chicoral, subcuenca del río Bitaco, municipio de La Cumbre, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Mediante procesos de participación y concertación con los actores socioeconómicos del área de estudio se lograron diagnosticar las causas

  16. Almacenamiento en frío de los bulbos y uso de paclobutrazol para producir tulipán en macetas Bulb cold storage and use of paclobutrazol for pot tulip production

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    N. Francescangeli

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    Full Text Available Se compararon los efectos del paclobutrazol (PBZ y del tiempo de almacenamiento en frío de los bulbos (TA sobre características comerciales de tulipán Tulipa gesneriana L. (Leen van der Mark en maceta. Se evaluaron las concentraciones de PBZ: 0 y 5 ppm aplicadas por inmersión de bulbos durante 24 horas, previo al transplante, y los TA a 5 °C: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 y 12 semanas. La temperatura promedio del aire de los ocho ciclos fue: 15 a 15,7 °C. El PBZ no afectó la longitud del ciclo, y los TA explicaron el 83% de la variabilidad en la duración del período transplante- momento de la venta, con una relación inversa. El PBZ no afectó el tamaño de la flor. La altura en el momento de la venta y a fin de floración mostró interacción de los tratamientos: a mayor TA aumentó la altura en todos los casos, pero este incremento fue menor en las plantas tratadas con PBZ. Sin utilizar PBZ y con bulbos de 5 a 8 semanas de almacenamiento fue posible producir plantas comerciales de altura equivalente o menor a las obtenidas con bulbos de 12 semanas de almacenamiento tratados con PBZ a 5 ppm por inmersión durante 24 horas.The effect of bulb cold storage time (ST and paclobutrazol (PBZ on commercial characteristics of pot tulips Tulipa gesneriana L. (Leen van der Mark was tested. PBZ concentrations (0 and 5 ppm applied by dipping bulbs for 24 hours before transplanting and 5 °C ST (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 weeks were evaluated. Mean air temperature throughout the experiment remained between 15 and 15.7 °C. PBZ did not affect the duration of the cycle. ST explained 83% of the variation in the duration of the period transplant-sale time, and the relationship was inverse. PBZ did not affect flower size. There was a significant interaction between treatments for plant height at sale time and at the end of flowering: plant height increased with ST in all cases, but the increase was lower in the PBZ treated plants. Without PBZ and with bulbs

  17. Cacao polyphenols influence the regulation of apolipoprotein in HepG2 and Caco2 cells.

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    Yasuda, Akiko; Natsume, Midori; Osakabe, Naomi; Kawahata, Keiko; Koga, Jinichiro

    2011-02-23

    Cocoa powder is rich in polyphenols, such as catechins and procyanidins, and has been shown to inhibit low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and atherogenesis in a variety of models. Human studies have also shown daily intake of cocoa increases plasma high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and decreases LDL levels. However, the mechanisms responsible for these effects of cocoa on cholesterol metabolism have yet to be fully elucidated. The present study investigated the effects of cacao polyphenols on the production of apolipoproteins A1 and B in human hepatoma HepG2 and intestinal Caco2 cell lines. The cultured HepG2 cells or Caco2 cells were incubated for 24 h in the presence of cacao polyphenols such as (-)-epicatechin, (+)-catechin, procyanidin B2, procyanidin C1, and cinnamtannin A2. The concentration of apolipoproteins in the cell culture media was quantified using an enzyme-linked immunoassay, and the mRNA expression was quantified by RT-PCR. Cacao polyphenols increased apolipoprotein A1 protein levels and mRNA expression, even though apolipoprotein B protein and the mRNA expression were slightly decreased in both HepG2 cells and Caco2 cells. In addition, cacao polyphenols increased sterol regulatory element binding proteins (SREBPs) and activated LDL receptors in HepG2 cells. These results suggest that cacao polyphenols may increase the production of mature form SREBPs and LDL receptor activity, thereby increasing ApoA1 and decreasing ApoB levels. These results elucidate a novel mechanism by which HDL cholesterol levels become elevated with daily cocoa intake.

  18. EVALUACIÓN DE LA RETROGRADACIÓN DEL ALMIDÓN EN HARINA DE YUCA PRECOCIDA

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    Eduardo Rodríguez Sandoval

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available Las modificaciones del almidón, que ocurren durante el proceso de elaboración de harina de yuca precocida, se evaluaron utilizando técnicas como calorimetría diferencial de barrido (CDB, difracción de rayos X, comportamiento al empastamiento y capacidad de formación de complejo con yodo. La harina precocida se obtuvo a partir de trozos de parénquima de yuca cocinados en vapor o en agua a ebullición, los cuales fueron posteriormente almacenados a 5 ºC o a -20 ºC por 24 h. La temperatura utilizada durante el periodo de almacenamiento del parénquima cocinado no es un factor significativo en los resultados de retrogradación del almidón. La entalpía de fusión y cristalinidad del almidón retrogradado de la harina proveniente del parénquima cocinado en vapor fue ligeramente mayor, comparado con la elaborada a partir de parénquima cocinado en agua a ebullición para el periodo de almacenamiento a 5 ºC. Por otra parte, en el periodo de almacenamiento a -20ºC, el método de cocción no tuvo efecto significativo sobre la entalpía de fusión del almidón retrogradado, la cristalinidad y el índice del valor azul.

  19. Substitusi Dedak Padi Dengan Pod Kakao(Theobroma cacao L) Dipermentasi Dengan Rhizopus SP, Saccharomyces SP, Lactobacilus SP Terhadap Performans Ternak Babi Perternakan Larance Jantan

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    Bornok Venantius P.

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    BORNOK VENANTIUS P: Substitution of rice bran with cacao pods fermented by Rhizopus sp, Saccharomyces sp and Lactobacillus sp to performance of male croosbred Landrace swine. Under the supervision by NURZAINNAH GINTING and ISKANDAR SEMBIRING. Cacao pods fermented can be used as an alternative feed a substitution of rice bran for its capacity to improve performance during growth. The objective of this research was to prove potention of cacao pods fermented, which can be seen from consumptio...

  20. Análisis combinado acústico-mecánico durante el almacenamiento de cebolla (allium fistulosum mínimamente procesada

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    Andrea González

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La cebolla de rama (Allium fistulosum es una hortaliza altamente perecedera debido a su contenido de humedad, a su elevada tasa metabólica y al deficiente manejo poscosecha al cosecharla y transportarla. El objetivo de esta investigación fue determinar la relación entre el deterioro visual del producto y los cambios generados en las propiedades mecánicas y acústicas del mismo. Se utilizó cebolla de rama cultivada en Aquitania, Boyacá Colombia, sometida a condiciones: empaque a vacío (10 mbar y sin empaque (HR 68%; y almacenada a 4 oC y 16 oC, hasta deterioro por apariencia visual. Los cambios mecánico acústicos en firmeza, crujencia y fractura para la cebolla sin empaque y almacenado a 4 °C se presentaron en el día 15 de almacenamiento, y el deterioro visual en el día 13. Para el producto sin empaque almacenado a 16 °C, el mayor cambio se presentó el día sexto. El producto empacado a vacío y almacenado a 4 °C presentó cambios mecánico acústicos y de apariencia visual en el día 15 y para el producto empacado a vacío y almacenado a 16 °C se presentaron cambios en el día seis, en las características de firmeza, crujencia y fracturabilidad, coincidiendo con la disminución de la apariencia visual. En términos generales fue más evidente el cambio en la disminución de la fracturabilidad para la cebolla almacenada a 16 oC, en las dos condiciones de empaque. Los métodos instrumentales empleados permitieron aproximar el tiempo de deterioro de cebolla mínimamente procesada, en beneficio del establecimiento de la vida útil percibida por aspecto visual.

  1. Efecto de la testa sobre la germinación de semillas de Handroanthus heptaphyllus tras distintos tiempos de almacenamiento.

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    Debido a que Handroanthus heptaphyllus (Lapacho rosado) no se reproduce con facilidad naturalmente por pérdida de la capacidad germinativa de sus semillas a corto tiempo, ha sido estudiado el efecto de la presencia de la testa sobre dicho parámetro luego de un lapso de almacenamiento prolongado. Las semillas cosechadas fueron almacenadas en cámara fría a 4°C durante 1, 6, 12 y 24 meses. Al evaluar los porcentajes de germinación de las semillas con testa, se obtuvo un 100% en aquellas que fuer...

  2. Almacenamiento refrigerado de frutos de mora de castilla (rubus glaucus benth.) en empaques con atmósfera modificada

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    Sora, Ángel Dayron; Fischer, Gerhard; Flórez, Rafael

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    Con el objeto de aumentar la vida útil de la mora de Castilla en poscosecha, se colocaron frutos en el grado de madurez (GM) 3 y 5, según Icontec (Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación), en atmósferas modificadas activas con concentraciones de gases de 25% CO2, 5% O2, 70% N2 y 20% CO2, 10% O2, 70% N2, empleando empaques de polietileno de baja densidad (PEBD) y polipropileno (PP), calibre   (0,035 mm). La temperatura de almacenamiento fue 4 ºC, la humedad relativa varió entre...

  3. Materiales carbonosos modificados como electrodos para el almacenamiento de hidrógeno y la reducción de oxígeno

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    Ornelas, Omar

    2015-01-01

    El presente trabajo de Tesis Doctoral se centró en el estudio de materiales carbonosos para el almacenamiento y generación de energía. Estos materiales han sido objeto de un intenso estudio ya que, debido a sus propiedades pueden aplicarse en tecnologías no contaminantes que pueden sustituir a los métodos convencionales. Entre las alternativas actuales sujetas a estudio, se encuentra el almacenamiento electroquímico de hidrógeno en materiales carbonosos (carbones activados y nanotubos de carb...

  4. Concentration of cadmium in cacao beans and its relationship with soil cadmium in southern Ecuador.

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    Chavez, E; He, Z L; Stoffella, P J; Mylavarapu, R S; Li, Y C; Moyano, B; Baligar, V C

    2015-11-15

    Cadmium (Cd) content in cacao beans above a critical level (0.6 mg kg(-1)) has raised concerns in the consumption of cacao-based chocolate. Little is available regarding Cd concentration in soil and cacao in Ecuador. The aim of this study was to determine the status of Cd in both, soils and cacao plants, in southern Ecuador. Soil samples were collected from 19 farms at 0-5, 5-15, 15-30, and 30-50 cm depths, whereas plant samples were taken from four nearby trees. Total recoverable and extractable Cd were measured at the different soil depths. Total recoverable Cd ranged from 0.88 to 2.45 and 0.06 to 2.59, averaged 1.54 and 0.85 mg kg(-1), respectively in the surface and subsurface soils whereas the corresponding values for M3-extractable Cd were 0.08 to 1.27 and 0.02 to 0.33 with mean values of 0.40 and 0.10 mg kg(-1). Surface soil in all sampling sites had total recoverable Cd above the USEPA critical level for agricultural soils (0.43 mg kg(-1)), indicating that Cd pollution occurs. Since both total recoverable and M3-extractable Cd significantly decreased depth wise, anthropogenic activities are more likely the source of contamination. Cadmium in cacao tissues decreased in the order of beans>shell>leaves. Cadmium content in cacao beans ranged from 0.02 to 3.00, averaged 0.94 mg kg(-1), and 12 out of 19 sites had bean Cd content above the critical level. Bean Cd concentration was highly correlated with M3- or HCl-extractable Cd at both the 0-5 and 5-15 cm depths (r=0.80 and 0.82 for M3, and r=0.78 and 0.82 for HCl; Pcacao beans and M3- or HCl-extractable Cd are suitable methods for predicting available Cd in the studied soils.

  5. Functional analysis of the theobroma cacao NPR1 gene in arabidopsis

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    Verica Joseph

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Arabidopsis thaliana NPR1 gene encodes a transcription coactivator (NPR1 that plays a major role in the mechanisms regulating plant defense response. After pathogen infection and in response to salicylic acid (SA accumulation, NPR1 translocates from the cytoplasm into the nucleus where it interacts with other transcription factors resulting in increased expression of over 2000 plant defense genes contributing to a pathogen resistance response. Results A putative Theobroma cacao NPR1 cDNA was isolated by RT-PCR using degenerate primers based on homologous sequences from Brassica, Arabidopsis and Carica papaya. The cDNA was used to isolate a genomic clone from Theobroma cacao containing a putative TcNPR1 gene. DNA sequencing revealed the presence of a 4.5 kb coding region containing three introns and encoding a polypeptide of 591 amino acids. The predicted TcNPR1 protein shares 55% identity and 78% similarity to Arabidopsis NPR1, and contains each of the highly conserved functional domains indicative of this class of transcription factors (BTB/POZ and ankyrin repeat protein-protein interaction domains and a nuclear localization sequence (NLS. To functionally define the TcNPR1 gene, we transferred TcNPR1 into an Arabidopsis npr1 mutant that is highly susceptible to infection by the plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000. Driven by the constitutive CaMV35S promoter, the cacao TcNPR1 gene partially complemented the npr1 mutation in transgenic Arabidopsis plants, resulting in 100 fold less bacterial growth in a leaf infection assay. Upon induction with SA, TcNPR1 was shown to translocate into the nucleus of leaf and root cells in a manner identical to Arabidopsis NPR1. Cacao NPR1 was also capable of participating in SA-JA signaling crosstalk, as evidenced by the suppression of JA responsive gene expression in TcNPR1 overexpressing transgenic plants. Conclusion Our data indicate that the TcNPR1 is a functional

  6. ¿Puede la gestión del conocimiento influir en los resultados empresariales?

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    El objetivo de este artículo es analizar la influencia de la gestión del conocimiento en los resultados empresariales. En primer lugar, se ha realizado una revisión de la literatura, que ha permitido establecer las dimensiones más comunes de la gestión del conocimiento y de los resultados, para su posterior medición. Se han tomado como dimensiones de la gestión del conocimiento: la creación; el almacenamiento y la transferencia; y la aplicación y uso del conocimiento. La adquisición de inform...

  7. Use of Trichoderma fungi in spray solutions to reduce Moniliophthora roreri infection of Theobroma cacao fruits in Northeastern Costa Rica.

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    Seng, John; Herrera, Geovanny; Vaughan, Christopher S; McCoy, Michael B

    2014-09-01

    Cacao (Theobroma cacao) is an important cash crop in tropical climates such as that of Latin America. Over the past several decades, the infection of cultivated cacao by Moniliophthllora roreri, known commonly as "monilia", has significantly hindered cacao production in Latin America. Studies have proposed the use of Trichoderma sp. fungi in biocontrol treatments to prevent and reduce monilia infection, yet tests of Trichoderma-containing spray treatments on cacao agroforests have produced mixed results. Researchers and agricultural workers have suggested that addition of soil, fly ash, or other carbon sources to a Trichoderma spray may improve its efficacy in fighting monilia. To test these suggestions, we designed a series of spray mixtures including Thichoderma cultures, soil, and all necessary controls. We applied the spray mixtures to 80 cacao trees (20 trees for each of four resistant-selected clones to monilia) at the FINMAC organic cacao plantation in Pueblo Nuevo de Guacimo, Limón Province, in northeastern Costa Rica in March-April 2013. Five treatments were applied (control, water, water plus sterilized soil, water plus Trichoderma, and water plus sterilized soil plus Trichoderma). Each treatment was applied to four trees of each clone. We monitored the incidence of monilia infection under each spray treatment over the course of 35d. We found that spraying entire cacao trees two times with a mixture containing Trichoderma and sterilized soil significantly reduced the incidence of monilia infection by 11% (p ≤ 0.05) in only 35d, as compared to the control. This reduction in loss of cacao pods translates into an increase of plantation mean productivity of 1,500 kg dried beans/ha by 198 kg/ha up to 1,698 kg/ha or by a total increase over the whole 110 ha plantation by 21,780 kg. We propose that using such an antifungal spray over the whole course of a crop cycle (120 days) would decrease infection incidence even more. Application of this fungal control

  8. Lanthanide Label Array Method for Identification and Adulteration of Honey and Cacao.

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    Härmä, Harri; Peltomaa, Riikka; Pihlasalo, Sari

    2015-07-07

    A generic, cost-effective, and simple method has been developed to fingerprint liquids to differentiate food brands and ingredients. The method is based on a label array using nonspecific long lifetime unstable luminescent lanthanide labels. The interaction between the liquid sample and the label is typically detrimental to the luminescence of the unstable chelate leading to a sample-dependent luminescence-intensity array. The label-array method is a unique approach as the array of unstable chelates is extremely inexpensive to produce and possesses high sensitivity due to spectral as well as unstable structural properties of the lanthanide label. The global method has been applied to distinguish commercial honey and cacao brands to demonstrate its feasibility as honey and cacao are among the most adulterated food products.

  9. Genetic molecular diversity, production and resistance to witches’ broom in cacao clones

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    José Luis Pires

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The 32 cacao clones selected as being resistant following the witches’ broom epidemic and for having distinct productivitywere characterized according to their genetic diversity and were submitted to a new selection. These plants were assessed for eightyears at the Oceania Farm (FO in Itagibá, Bahia, Brazil. The 13 microsatellite primers generated an average of 11.7 amplicons perlocus, and based on them it was demonstrated that the 32 clones distribute themselves in groups apart from the nine clones used ascontrols. The 32 materials displayed significant differences in relation to the characters assessed in the field. Two criteria were formedfrom the classification of the most productive and resistant plants, and then used to select plants within the clusters. The selected plantsdisplayed potential for the cacao improvement program, that they have a high production and high resistance to witches’ broom.

  10. Evaluación de la calidad durante el almacenamiento de nueces Pecán [Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh. C. Koch] acondicionadas en diferentes envases

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    Block, Jana Mara

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    Full Text Available In the present work, the quality changes of pecan nuts stored in nylon-polyethylene plastic film under vacuum and in polypropylene plastic recipients at ambient temperature for 150 days were evaluated. The nutritional composition, fatty acid composition and tocopherol content of the pecan nuts reveal interesting nutritional characteristics and an oil with high contents of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and γ-tocopherol. During storage, moisture content did not suffer significant changes, but a gradual and significant darkening of the surface of the nuts occurred. The changes in acid value, peroxide value and specific extinction of the extracted oil were significant. The microbiological quality was excellent and the presence of Salmonella sp. was not detected. Through sensory analysis, the shelf-life of the product was determined as 120 days, without significant differences between the two types of packaging used.En el presente trabajo, fueron evaluadas las alteraciones en la calidad de nueces Pecán almacenadas en película plástica de nilón-polietileno al vacío y en recipientes plásticos de polipropileno, en temperatura ambiente, durante 150 días. La composición nutricional, en ácidos grasos (62,5 % de ácido oleico y el contenido de tocoferoles (30 mg/kg de γ-tocoferol de las nueces Pecán, indican características nutricionales interesantes. Durante el almacenamiento de las nueces, el contenido de humedad no sufrió cambios significativos, mas ocurrió un oscurecimiento gradual y significativo de la superficie de las nueces. Las alteraciones en los índices de acidez (0,17 - 0,37 y 0,19 - 0,57 inicial y final para los envases de película plástica y polipropileno, respectivamente, peróxido (1,0 - 2,7 y 1,1 - 4,7 y extinción específica a 232 nm (0,98 - 1,99 y 0,96 - 2,16 y 270 nm (0,11 - 0,33 y 0,04 - 0,15 en el aceite extraído fueron significativas. La calidad microbiológica fue excelente y no fue detectada la presencia de

  11. La cadena del frío vacunal

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    La vacunación es la medida preventiva que más ha influido en la Salud Pública, con la única excepción del saneamiento de las aguas. El éxito de los programas de inmunización, depende del mantenimiento de la cadena de frío vacunal durante el transporte, distribución, almacenamiento y administración de las vacunas. Por eso hay que adecuar los recursos materiales y las actividades a cada una de estas fases y a los distintos niveles de la cadena, aplicando la logística de los programas de inmuniz...

  12. Differential gene expression by Moniliophthora roreri while overcoming cacao tolerance in the field.

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    Bailey, Bryan A; Melnick, Rachel L; Strem, Mary D; Crozier, Jayne; Shao, Jonathan; Sicher, Richard; Phillips-Mora, Wilberth; Ali, Shahin S; Zhang, Dapeng; Meinhardt, Lyndel

    2014-09-01

    Frosty pod rot (FPR) of Theobroma cacao (cacao) is caused by the hemibiotrophic fungus Moniliophthora roreri. Cacao clones tolerant to FPR are being planted throughout Central America. To determine whether M. roreri shows a differential molecular response during successful infections of tolerant clones, we collected field-infected pods at all stages of symptomatology for two highly susceptible clones (Pound-7 and CATIE-1000) and three tolerant clones (UF-273, CATIE-R7 and CATIE-R4). Metabolite analysis was carried out on clones Pound-7, CATIE-1000, CATIE-R7 and CATIE-R4. As FPR progressed, the concentrations of sugars in pods dropped, whereas the levels of trehalose and mannitol increased. Associations between symptoms and fungal loads and some organic and amino acid concentrations varied depending on the clone. RNA-Seq analysis identified 873 M. roreri genes that were differentially expressed between clones, with the primary difference being whether the clone was susceptible or tolerant. Genes encoding transcription factors, heat shock proteins, transporters, enzymes modifying membranes or cell walls and metabolic enzymes, such as malate synthase and alternative oxidase, were differentially expressed. The differential expression between clones of 43 M. roreri genes was validated by real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. The expression profiles of some genes were similar in susceptible and tolerant clones (other than CATIE-R4) and varied with the biotrophic/necrotropic shift. Moniliophthora roreri genes associated with stress metabolism and responses to heat shock and anoxia were induced early in tolerant clones, their expression profiles resembling that of the necrotrophic phase. Moniliophthora roreri stress response genes, induced during the infection of tolerant clones, may benefit the fungus in overcoming cacao defense mechanisms.

  13. Genetic population structure of cacao plantings within a young production area in Nicaragua.

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    Trognitz, Bodo; Scheldeman, Xavier; Hansel-Hohl, Karin; Kuant, Aldo; Grebe, Hans; Hermann, Michael

    2011-01-14

    Significant cocoa production in the municipality of Waslala, Nicaragua, began in 1961. Since the 1980s, its economic importance to rural smallholders increased, and the region now contributes more than 50% of national cocoa bean production. This research aimed to assist local farmers to develop production of high-value cocoa based on optimal use of cacao biodiversity. Using microsatellite markers, the allelic composition and genetic structure of cacao was assessed from 44 representative plantings and two unmanaged trees. The population at Waslala consists of only three putative founder genotype spectra (lineages). Two (B and R) were introduced during the past 50 years and occur in >95% of all trees sampled, indicating high rates of outcrossing. Based on intermediate allelic diversity, there was large farm-to-farm multilocus genotypic variation. GIS analysis revealed unequal distribution of the genotype spectra, with R being frequent within a 2 km corridor along roads, and B at more remote sites with lower precipitation. The third lineage, Y, was detected in the two forest trees. For explaining the spatial stratification of the genotype spectra, both human intervention and a combination of management and selection driven by environmental conditions, appear responsible. Genotypes of individual trees were highly diverse across plantings, thus enabling selection for farm-specific qualities. On-farm populations can currently be most clearly recognized by the degree of the contribution of the three genotype spectra. Of two possible strategies for future development of cacao in Waslala, i.e. introducing more unrelated germplasm, or working with existing on-site diversity, the latter seems most appropriate. Superior genotypes could be selected by their specific composite genotype spectra as soon as associations with desired quality traits are established, and clonally multiplied. The two Y trees from the forest share a single multilocus genotype, possibly representing the

  14. Altered physiology, cell structure, and gene expression of Theobroma cacao seedlings subjected to Cu toxicity.

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    Souza, Vânia L; de Almeida, Alex-Alan F; Souza, Jadiel de S; Mangabeira, Pedro A O; de Jesus, Raildo M; Pirovani, Carlos P; Ahnert, Dário; Baligar, Virupax C; Loguercio, Leandro L

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    Seedlings of Theobroma cacao CCN 51 genotype were grown under greenhouse conditions and exposed to increasing concentrations of Cu (0.005, 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 32 mg Cu L(-1)) in nutrient solution. When doses were equal or higher than 8 mg Cu L(-1), after 24 h of treatment application, leaf gas exchange was highly affected and changes in chloroplasts thylakoids of leaf mesophyll cells and plasmolysis of cells from the root cortical region were observed. In addition, cell membranes of roots and leaves were damaged. In leaves, 96 h after treatments started, increases in the percentage of electrolyte leakage through membranes were observed with increases of Cu in the nutrient solution. Moreover, there was an increase in the concentration of thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances in roots due to lipid peroxidation of membranes. Chemical analysis showed that increases in Cu concentrations in vegetative organs of T. cacao increased with the increase of the metal in the nutrient solution, but there was a greater accumulation of Cu in roots than in shoots. The excess of Cu interfered in the levels of Mn, Zn, Fe, Mg, K, and Ca in different organs of T. cacao. Analysis of gene expression via RTq-PCR showed increased levels of MT2b, SODCyt, and PER-1 expression in roots and of MT2b, PSBA, PSBO, SODCyt, and SODChI in leaves. Hence, it was concluded that Cu in nutrient solution at doses equal or above 8 mg L(-1) significantly affected leaf gas exchange, cell ultrastructure, and transport of mineral nutrients in seedlings of this T. cacao genotype.

  15. Analysis of catechins in Theobroma cacao beans by cyclodextrin-modified micellar electrokinetic chromatography.

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    Gotti, Roberto; Furlanetto, Sandra; Pinzauti, Sergio; Cavrini, Vanni

    2006-04-21

    A micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC) method was developed for the quantitation of polyphenols (+)-catechin and (-)-epicatechin (catechin monomers) and the methylxanthine theobromine in Theobroma cacao beans. Owing to the poor stability of catechin monomers in alkaline conditions, a 50 mM Britton-Robinson buffer at a pH 2.50 was preferred as the background electrolyte. Under these conditions, the addition of hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-beta-CD) at a concentration of 12 mM to the SDS micellar solution (90 mM), resulted in a cyclodextrin-modified micellar electrokinetic chromatography (CD-MEKC) endowed with two peculiar advantages compare to the conventional MEKC: (i) strong improvement of separation of the most important phytomarkers of T. cacao and (ii) enantioselectivity toward (+/-)-catechin. In particular, separation of methylxanthines (theobromine and caffeine), procyanidin dimers B1 and B2, and catechins (epicatechin and catechin) was obtained simultaneously to the enantioseparation of racemic catechin within 10min. The enantioselectivity of the method makes it suitable in evaluation of possible epimerisation at the C-2 position of epicatechin monomer potentially occurring during heat processing and storage of T. cacao beans. The extraction procedure of the phytomarkers from the beans was approached using ultrasonic bath under mild conditions optimized by a multivariate strategy. The method was validated for robustness, selectivity, sensitivity, linearity, range, accuracy and precision and it was applied to T. cacao beans from different countries; interestingly, the native enantiomer (+)-catechin was found in the beans whereas, for the first time we reported that in chocolate, predominantly (-)-catechin is present, probably yielded by epimerisation of (-)-epicatechin occurred during the manufacture of chocolate.

  16. A genome survey of Moniliophthora perniciosa gives new insights into Witches' Broom Disease of cacao

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    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The basidiomycete fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa is the causal agent of Witches' Broom Disease (WBD in cacao (Theobroma cacao. It is a hemibiotrophic pathogen that colonizes the apoplast of cacao's meristematic tissues as a biotrophic pathogen, switching to a saprotrophic lifestyle during later stages of infection. M. perniciosa, together with the related species M. roreri, are pathogens of aerial parts of the plant, an uncommon characteristic in the order Agaricales. A genome survey (1.9× coverage of M. perniciosa was analyzed to evaluate the overall gene content of this phytopathogen. Results Genes encoding proteins involved in retrotransposition, reactive oxygen species (ROS resistance, drug efflux transport and cell wall degradation were identified. The great number of genes encoding cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (1.15% of gene models indicates that M. perniciosa has a great potential for detoxification, production of toxins and hormones; which may confer a high adaptive ability to the fungus. We have also discovered new genes encoding putative secreted polypeptides rich in cysteine, as well as genes related to methylotrophy and plant hormone biosynthesis (gibberellin and auxin. Analysis of gene families indicated that M. perniciosa have similar amounts of carboxylesterases and repertoires of plant cell wall degrading enzymes as other hemibiotrophic fungi. In addition, an approach for normalization of gene family data using incomplete genome data was developed and applied in M. perniciosa genome survey. Conclusion This genome survey gives an overview of the M. perniciosa genome, and reveals that a significant portion is involved in stress adaptation and plant necrosis, two necessary characteristics for a hemibiotrophic fungus to fulfill its infection cycle. Our analysis provides new evidence revealing potential adaptive traits that may play major roles in the mechanisms of pathogenicity in the M. perniciosa/cacao

  17. Pathogenic variability of Moniliophthora perniciosa in three agroecological zones of the cacao region of Bahia, Brazil

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    Full Text Available Resistant cacao genotypes are the best measure to control the Witches’ broom disease of cacao. To ensure efficiency, the pathogen variability in the cacao region of Bahia must be investigated. The pathogenic variability of Moniliophthora perniciosa inocula from nine municipalities was analyzed: Ilhéus, Floresta Azul and Jussari (agroecological zone Almada; Ipiaú, Itagibá and Jitaúna (agroecological zone Ipiaú, Camacan, Santa Luzia and Pau Brasil (agroecological zone Camacan, by inoculating progenies of Sca 6, ICS 1 and SIC 23 seedlings with 2 x 105 basidiospore.mL-1 of inocula and inoculum mixtures per agroecological zone, in a factorial 3 x 13 design, with 4 replications of 28 plants, in two seasons. Symptoms were assessed 60 days after inoculation. Pathogenic variability of inoculum in relation to the progeny performance was found; Ipiaú was the most aggressive and progeny ICS 1 the most susceptible. The mixtures of the agroecological zones Almada and Ipiaú were contrasting.

  18. Apoplastic and intracellular plant sugars regulate developmental transitions in witches’ broom disease of cacao

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    Barau, Joan; Grandis, Adriana; Carvalho, Vinicius Miessler de Andrade; Teixeira, Gleidson Silva; Zaparoli, Gustavo Henrique Alcalá; do Rio, Maria Carolina Scatolin; Rincones, Johana; Buckeridge, Marcos Silveira; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães

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    Witches’ broom disease (WBD) of cacao differs from other typical hemibiotrophic plant diseases by its unusually long biotrophic phase. Plant carbon sources have been proposed to regulate WBD developmental transitions; however, nothing is known about their availability at the plant–fungus interface, the apoplastic fluid of cacao. Data are provided supporting a role for the dynamics of soluble carbon in the apoplastic fluid in prompting the end of the biotrophic phase of infection. Carbon depletion and the consequent fungal sensing of starvation were identified as key signalling factors at the apoplast. MpNEP2, a fungal effector of host necrosis, was found to be up-regulated in an autophagic-like response to carbon starvation in vitro. In addition, the in vivo artificial manipulation of carbon availability in the apoplastic fluid considerably modulated both its expression and plant necrosis rate. Strikingly, infected cacao tissues accumulated intracellular hexoses, and showed stunted photosynthesis and the up-regulation of senescence markers immediately prior to the transition to the necrotrophic phase. These opposite findings of carbon depletion and accumulation in different host cell compartments are discussed within the frame of WBD development. A model is suggested to explain phase transition as a synergic outcome of fungal-related factors released upon sensing of extracellular carbon starvation, and an early senescence of infected tissues probably triggered by intracellular sugar accumulation. PMID:25540440

  19. In Vitro Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Activities of Methanolic Plant Part Extracts of Theobroma cacao

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    Zainal Baharum

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    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to determine the antioxidant and antiproliferative activity of the following Theobroma cacao plant part methanolic extracts: leaf, bark, husk, fermented and unfermented shell, pith, root, and cherelle. Antioxidant activity was determined using 2,2-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS, and Folin-Ciocalteu assays; the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium (MTT assay was used to determine antiproliferative activity. The root extract had the highest antioxidant activity; its median effective dose (EC50 was 358.3 ± 7.0 µg/mL and total phenolic content was 22.0 ± 1.1 g GAE/100 g extract as compared to the other methanolic plant part extracts. Only the cherelle extract demonstrated 10.4% ± 1.1% inhibition activity in the lipid peroxidation assay. The MTT assay revealed that the leaf extract had the highest antiproliferative activity against MCF-7 cells [median inhibitory concentration (IC50 = 41.4 ± 3.3 µg/mL]. Given the overall high IC50 for the normal liver cell line WRL-68, this study indicates that T. cacao methanolic extracts have a cytotoxic effect in cancer cells, but not in normal cells. Planned future investigations will involve the purification, identification, determination of the mechanisms of action, and molecular assay of T. cacao plant extracts.

  20. Evaluation of soil amendments as a remediation alternative for cadmium-contaminated soils under cacao plantations.

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    Chavez, E; He, Z L; Stoffella, P J; Mylavarapu, R; Li, Y; Baligar, V C

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    Elevated plant-available cadmium (Cd) in soils results in contamination to cacao (Theobroma cacao L) beans. Effectiveness of vermicompost and zeolite in reducing available Cd in three cacao-growing soils was studied under laboratory conditions. Sorption-desorption experiments were conducted in soils and amendments. Cadmium was added at 0 or 5 mg kg(-1) (spiked), then, amendments were incorporated at 0, 0.5, or 2 %. Amended soils were incubated at room temperature for 28 days. Plant-available Cd was determined using 0.01 M CaCl2 (WSE) and Mehlich 3 (M3) extraction procedures in subsamples taken from individual bags at six time intervals. Soils and amendments displayed different sorption characteristics and a better fit was attained with Freundlich model (R (2) > 0.82). Amendments were ineffective in reducing extractable Cd in non-spiked soils. In Cd-spiked soils, vermicompost at 2 % significantly reduced WSE-Cd (P soils and significantly diminished M3-extractable Cd (P soil. Vermicompost at 0.5 % significantly decreased WSE-Cd (P soils with low sorption capacity for Cd. In contrast, zeolite failed to reduce WSE- or M3-extractable Cd in all studied soils. A negative correlation occurred between soil pH and WSE-Cd (r > -0.89, P soils.

  1. Diversity of chloroplast genome among local clones of cocoa (Theobroma cacao, L.) from Central Sulawesi

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    Suwastika, I. Nengah; Pakawaru, Nurul Aisyah; Rifka, Rahmansyah, Muslimin, Ishizaki, Yoko; Cruz, André Freire; Basri, Zainuddin; Shiina, Takashi

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    Chloroplast genomes typically range in size from 120 to 170 kilo base pairs (kb), which relatively conserved among plant species. Recent evaluation on several species, certain unique regions showed high variability which can be utilized in the phylogenetic analysis. Many fragments of coding regions, introns, and intergenic spacers, such as atpB-rbcL, ndhF, rbcL, rpl16, trnH-psbA, trnL-F, trnS-G, etc., have been used for phylogenetic reconstructions at various taxonomic levels. Based on that status, we would like to analysis the diversity of chloroplast genome within species of local cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) from Central Sulawesi. Our recent data showed, there were more than 20 clones from local farming in Central Sulawesi, and it can be detected based on phenotypic and nuclear-genome-based characterization (RAPD- Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA and SSR- Simple Sequences Repeat) markers. In developing DNA marker for this local cacao, here we also included analysis based on the variation of chloroplast genome. At least several regions such as rpl32-TurnL, it can be considered as chloroplast markers on our local clone of cocoa. Furthermore, we could develop phylogenetic analysis in between clones of cocoa.

  2. In vitro antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of methanolic plant part extracts of Theobroma cacao.

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    Baharum, Zainal; Akim, Abdah Md; Taufiq-Yap, Yun Hin; Hamid, Roslida Abdul; Kasran, Rosmin

    2014-11-10

    The aims of this study were to determine the antioxidant and antiproliferative activity of the following Theobroma cacao plant part methanolic extracts: leaf, bark, husk, fermented and unfermented shell, pith, root, and cherelle. Antioxidant activity was determined using 2,2-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH), thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS), and Folin-Ciocalteu assays; the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium (MTT) assay was used to determine antiproliferative activity. The root extract had the highest antioxidant activity; its median effective dose (EC50) was 358.3±7.0 µg/mL and total phenolic content was 22.0±1.1 g GAE/100 g extract as compared to the other methanolic plant part extracts. Only the cherelle extract demonstrated 10.4%±1.1% inhibition activity in the lipid peroxidation assay. The MTT assay revealed that the leaf extract had the highest antiproliferative activity against MCF-7 cells [median inhibitory concentration (IC50)=41.4±3.3 µg/mL]. Given the overall high IC50 for the normal liver cell line WRL-68, this study indicates that T. cacao methanolic extracts have a cytotoxic effect in cancer cells, but not in normal cells. Planned future investigations will involve the purification, identification, determination of the mechanisms of action, and molecular assay of T. cacao plant extracts.

  3. Apoplastic and intracellular plant sugars regulate developmental transitions in witches' broom disease of cacao.

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    Barau, Joan; Grandis, Adriana; Carvalho, Vinicius Miessler de Andrade; Teixeira, Gleidson Silva; Zaparoli, Gustavo Henrique Alcalá; do Rio, Maria Carolina Scatolin; Rincones, Johana; Buckeridge, Marcos Silveira; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães

    2015-03-01

    Witches' broom disease (WBD) of cacao differs from other typical hemibiotrophic plant diseases by its unusually long biotrophic phase. Plant carbon sources have been proposed to regulate WBD developmental transitions; however, nothing is known about their availability at the plant-fungus interface, the apoplastic fluid of cacao. Data are provided supporting a role for the dynamics of soluble carbon in the apoplastic fluid in prompting the end of the biotrophic phase of infection. Carbon depletion and the consequent fungal sensing of starvation were identified as key signalling factors at the apoplast. MpNEP2, a fungal effector of host necrosis, was found to be up-regulated in an autophagic-like response to carbon starvation in vitro. In addition, the in vivo artificial manipulation of carbon availability in the apoplastic fluid considerably modulated both its expression and plant necrosis rate. Strikingly, infected cacao tissues accumulated intracellular hexoses, and showed stunted photosynthesis and the up-regulation of senescence markers immediately prior to the transition to the necrotrophic phase. These opposite findings of carbon depletion and accumulation in different host cell compartments are discussed within the frame of WBD development. A model is suggested to explain phase transition as a synergic outcome of fungal-related factors released upon sensing of extracellular carbon starvation, and an early senescence of infected tissues probably triggered by intracellular sugar accumulation.

  4. PCR-based identification of cacao black pod causal agents and identification of biological factors possibly contributing to Phytophthora megakarya's field dominance in West Africa

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    Among the Phytophthora species that cause black pod of cacao, P. megakarya is the most virulent, posing a serious threat to cacao production in Africa. Correct identification of the species causing the black pod and understanding the virulence factors involved are important for developing sustainabl...

  5. Combination of RNAseq and SNP nanofluidic array reveals the center of genetic diversity of cacao pathogen Moniliophthora roreri in the upper Magdalena Valley of Colombia and its clonality

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    Moniliophthora roreri is the fungal pathogen that causes frosty pod rot (FPR) disease of Theobroma cacao L., the source of chocolate. FPR occurs in most of the cacao producing countries in the Western Hemisphere, causing yield losses up to 80%. Genetic diversity within the FPR pathogen population ma...

  6. CO2NET: Red Europea del Dióxido de Carbono

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    Full Text Available CO2NET es una red temática Europea constituida por distintas Instituciones, entros de Investigación y Desarrollo y empresas involucradas en tecnologías para la itigación del CO2. Entre sus actividades se encuentra facilitar la colaboración entre sus miembros en el marco de proyectos europeos sobre captura y almacenamiento de CO2.

  7. Vascular Streak Dieback of cacao in Southeast Asia and Melanesia: in planta detection of the pathogen and a new taxonomy.

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    Samuels, Gary J; Ismaiel, Adnan; Rosmana, Ade; Junaid, Muhammad; Guest, David; McMahon, Peter; Keane, Philip; Purwantara, Agus; Lambert, Smilja; Rodriguez-Carres, Marianela; Cubeta, Marc A

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    Vascular Streak Dieback (VSD) disease of cacao (Theobroma cacao) in Southeast Asia and Melanesia is caused by a basidiomycete (Ceratobasidiales) fungus Oncobasidium theobromae (syn. =Thanatephorus theobromae). The most characteristic symptoms of the disease are green-spotted leaf chlorosis or, commonly since about 2004, necrotic blotches, followed by senescence of leaves beginning on the second or third flush behind the shoot apex, and blackening of infected xylem in the vascular traces at the leaf scars resulting from the abscission of infected leaves. Eventually the shoot apex is killed and infected branches die. In susceptible cacao the fungus may grow through the xylem down into the main stem and kill a mature cacao tree. Infections in the stem of young plants prior to the formation of the first 3-4 lateral branches usually kill the plant. Basidiospores released from corticioid basidiomata developed on leaf scars or along cracks in the main vein of infected leaves infect young leaves. The pathogen commonly infects cacao but there are rare reports from avocado. As both crops are introduced to the region, the pathogen is suspected to occur asymptomatically in native vegetation. The pathogen is readily isolated but cultures cannot be maintained. In this study, DNA was extracted from pure cultures of O. theobromae obtained from infected cacao plants sampled from Indonesia. The internal transcribed spacer region (ITS), consisting of ITS1, 5.8S ribosomal RNA and ITS2, and a portion of nuclear large subunit (LSU) were sequenced. Phylogenetic analysis of ITS sequences placed O. theobromae sister to Ceratobasidium anastomosis groups AG-A, AG-Bo, and AG-K with high posterior probability. Therefore the new combination Ceratobasidium theobromae is proposed. A PCR-based protocol was developed to detect and identify C. theobromae in plant tissue of cacao enabling early detection of the pathogen in plants. A second species of Ceratobasidium, Ceratobasidium ramicola

  8. Optimization of the general acceptability though affective tests and response surface methodology of a dry cacao powder mixture based beverage

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    Elena Chau Loo Kung

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This research work had as main objective optimizing the general acceptability though affective tests and response surface methodology of a dry cacao powder mixture based beverage. We obtained formulations of mixtures of cacao powder with different concentrations of 15%, 17.5% and 20%, as well as lecithin concentrations of 0.1%; 0.3%; and 0.5% maintaining a constant content of sugar (25 %, Vanillin (1% that included cacao powder with different pH values: natural (pH 5 and alkalinized (pH 6.5 and pH 8 and water by difference to 100%, generating a total of fifteen treatments to be evaluated, according to the Box-Behnen design for three factors. The treatments underwent satisfaction level tests to establish the general acceptability. The treatment that included cacao powder with a concentration of 17.5 %, pH 6.5 and lecithin concentration of 0.3 % obtained the best levels of acceptability. The software Statgraphics Plus 5.1 was used to obtain the treatment with maximum acceptability that corresponded to cacao powder with pH 6.81, with a concentration of 18.24 % and soy lecithin in 0.28% with a tendency to what was obtained in the satisfaction levels tests. Finally we characterized in a physical-chemistry and microbiological way the optimum formulation as well as evaluated sensitively obtaining an acceptability of 6.17.

  9. Application of glycerol as a foliar spray activates the defence response and enhances disease resistance of Theobroma cacao.

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    Zhang, Yufan; Smith, Philip; Maximova, Siela N; Guiltinan, Mark J

    2015-01-01

    Previous work has implicated glycerol-3-phosphate (G3P) as a mobile inducer of systemic immunity in plants. We tested the hypothesis that the exogenous application of glycerol as a foliar spray might enhance the disease resistance of Theobroma cacao through the modulation of endogenous G3P levels. We found that exogenous application of glycerol to cacao leaves over a period of 4 days increased the endogenous level of G3P and decreased the level of oleic acid (18:1). Reactive oxygen species (ROS) were produced (a marker of defence activation) and the expression of many pathogenesis-related genes was induced. Notably, the effects of glycerol application on G3P and 18:1 fatty acid content, and gene expression levels, in cacao leaves were dosage dependent. A 100 mm glycerol spray application was sufficient to stimulate the defence response without causing any observable damage, and resulted in a significantly decreased lesion formation by the cacao pathogen Phytophthora capsici; however, a 500 mm glycerol treatment led to chlorosis and cell death. The effects of glycerol treatment on the level of 18:1 and ROS were constrained to the locally treated leaves without affecting distal tissues. The mechanism of the glycerol-mediated defence response in cacao and its potential use as part of a sustainable farming system are discussed.

  10. Dinitrogen fixation by legume shade trees and direct transfer of fixed N to associated cacao in a tropical agroforestry system.

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    Nygren, Pekka; Leblanc, Humberto A

    2015-02-01

    Natural abundance of (15)N (δ (15)N) was determined in bulk soil, rhizospheric soil and vegetation in an organically managed cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) plantation with Inga edulis Mart. legume trees (inga) as the principal shade for studying the nitrogen (N) cycle in the system. Cacao without contact with legumes in an adjacent plantation was used as the reference for N2 fixation and direct N transfer calculations. Bulk and rhizospheric soils contained 72 and 20%, respectively, of whole- system N. No vegetation effect on δ (15)N in rhizospheric soil was detected, probably due to the high native soil N pool. Fine roots of the cacaos associated with inga contained ∼35% of N fixed from the atmosphere (Nf) out of the total N. Leaves of all species had significantly higher δ (15)N than fine roots. Twenty percent of system Nf was found in cacao suggesting direct N transfer from inga via a common mycelial network of mycorrhizal fungi or recycling of N-rich root exudates of inga. Inga had accumulated 98 kg [Nf] ha(-1) during the 14-year history of the plantation. The conservative estimate of current N2 fixation rate was 41 kg [Nf] ha(-1) year(-1) based on inga biomass only and 50 kg [Nf] ha(-1) year(-1) based on inga and associated trees.

  11. Shade tree spatial structure and pod production explain frosty pod rot intensity in cacao agroforests, Costa Rica.

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    Gidoin, Cynthia; Avelino, Jacques; Deheuvels, Olivier; Cilas, Christian; Bieng, Marie Ange Ngo

    2014-03-01

    Vegetation composition and plant spatial structure affect disease intensity through resource and microclimatic variation effects. The aim of this study was to evaluate the independent effect and relative importance of host composition and plant spatial structure variables in explaining disease intensity at the plot scale. For that purpose, frosty pod rot intensity, a disease caused by Moniliophthora roreri on cacao pods, was monitored in 36 cacao agroforests in Costa Rica in order to assess the vegetation composition and spatial structure variables conducive to the disease. Hierarchical partitioning was used to identify the most causal factors. Firstly, pod production, cacao tree density and shade tree spatial structure had significant independent effects on disease intensity. In our case study, the amount of susceptible tissue was the most relevant host composition variable for explaining disease intensity by resource dilution. Indeed, cacao tree density probably affected disease intensity more by the creation of self-shading rather than by host dilution. Lastly, only regularly distributed forest trees, and not aggregated or randomly distributed forest trees, reduced disease intensity in comparison to plots with a low forest tree density. A regular spatial structure is probably crucial to the creation of moderate and uniform shade as recommended for frosty pod rot management. As pod production is an important service expected from these agroforests, shade tree spatial structure may be a lever for integrated management of frosty pod rot in cacao agroforests.

  12. Two Theobroma cacao genotypes with contrasting pathogen tolerance show aberrant transcriptional and ROS responses after salicylic acid treatment.

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    Fister, Andrew S; O'Neil, Shawn T; Shi, Zi; Zhang, Yufan; Tyler, Brett M; Guiltinan, Mark J; Maximova, Siela N

    2015-10-01

    Understanding the genetic basis of pathogen susceptibility in various crop plants is crucial to increasing the stability of food, feed, and fuel production. Varietal differences in defence responses provide insights into the mechanisms of resistance and are a key resource for plant breeders. To explore the role of salicylic acid in the regulation of defence in cacao, we demonstrated that SA treatment decreased susceptibility to a pod rot pathogen, Phytophthora tropicalis in two genotypes, Scavina 6 and Imperial College Selection 1, which differ in their resistance to several agriculturally important pathogens. Transient overexpression of TcNPR1, a major transcriptional regulator of the SA-dependent plant immune system, also increased pathogen tolerance in cacao leaves. To explore further the genetic basis of resistance in cacao, we used microarrays to measure gene expression profiles after salicylic acid (SA) treatment in these two cacao genotypes. The two genotypes displayed distinct transcriptional responses to SA. Unexpectedly, the expression profile of the susceptible genotype ICS1 included a larger number of pathogenesis-related genes that were induced by SA at 24h after treatment, whereas genes encoding many chloroplast and mitochondrial proteins implicated in reactive oxygen species production were up-regulated in the resistant genotype, Sca6. Sca6 accumulated significantly more superoxide at 24h after treatment of leaves with SA. These experiments revealed critical insights regarding the molecular differences between cacao varieties, which will allow a better understanding of defence mechanisms to help guide breeding programmes.

  13. Formación de compuestos fluorescentes durante el almacenamiento refrigerado de sardina (Sardina pilchardus: comparación con índices de alteración lipídica

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    Aubourg, S. P.

    1996-10-01

    ánica (lipídica resultantes de la extracción de lípidos. Asimismo, estos análisis se compararon con medidas tradicionales de hidrólisis (contenido en ácidos grasos libres, AGL y oxidación (contenido en dienos conjugados, índice de ácido tiobarbitúrico, TBA lipídicas. Los índices clásicos de alteración lipídica no proporcionaron una buena medida del estado de alteración en el caso de encontrarse ésta en estado avanzado. Así, el contenido en dienos reflejó un valor creciente hasta el noveno día, produciéndose después un descenso paulatino. Por su parte, las medidas de AGL e índice de TBA mostraron su valor máximo el decimotercer día de almacenamiento, produciéndose posteriormente un ligero descenso. Se observó que a medida que aumentaba el tiempo de almacenamiento se producía un incremento en la fluorescencia de la mayoría de los máximos considerados (393/463 nm, 446/490 nm y 479/516 nm, mientras que otros tenían tendencia a disminuir (327/415 nm, especialmente; como resultado global se producía un incremento relativo de la fluorescencia de los máximos de mayor longitud de onda frente a los de menor longitud de onda. La relación entre dos de los máximos de fluorescencia estudiados (393/463 y 327/415 experimentó un incremento progresivo respecto al tiempo de almacenamiento de la muestra de sardina; el estudio de esta relación en la fase acuosa reflejó una mejor correlación (r= 0,8533 que en el caso de la fase orgánica (r= 0,7457. Con los resultados del presente trabajo se concluye que la medida de compuestos de interacción a través de sus propiedades fluorescentes resulta útil como medida de la alteración durante el almacenamiento en estado refrigerado.

  14. Material for the storage of Mg-Ni-Based hydrogen produced by mechanical alloying; Materiales para almacenamiento de hidrogeno base Mg-Ni producidas por aleado mecanico

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    Zaldivar-Cadena, A. A. [Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Leon Santiago, M.; Suarez Alcantara, K.; Morales-Hernandez, J.; Cabanas Moreno, J. G. [Instituto Politecnico Nacional, UPALM, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)]. E-mail: gcabanas@esfm.ipn.mx

    2009-09-15

    Combinations of Mg-5%Ni and Mg-20%Ni were prepared with mechanical alloying and evaluated for application as materials to store hydrogen. The effect of the dispersion of nickel in magnesium was studied using grinding times of 15 and 30 hours. Hydration experiments, including batch hydration tests, were performed at 200, 250 and 300 degrees Celsius at 2 Mpa during 30 minutes. Characterization techniques such as SEM-EDX and XRD were used to characterize the microstructure and composition of the powders. The hydrogen absorption-desorption characteristics of the alloys were evaluated using thermal analysis techniques such as DTA-TGA. Batch type preliminary experiments resulted in a variation in the quantities of MgH{sub 2} in the hydrate powders, depending on the hydrate composition and conditions. Gravimetry experiments with Mg-5%Ni powder combinations indicated hydrogen contents of approximately 5.59% - 6.12% in weight, showing rapid hydration kinetics at temperatures under 250 degrees Celsius; although the dehydration process occurred reasonably quickly only at temperatures between 250 and 300 degrees Celsius. The hydration/dehydration behavior is influenced by the tendency of forming Mg{sub 2}Ni in mechanically alloyed powders. This tendency is promoted by high Ni contents, long grinding times and high hydration temperatures. The best results are apparently obtained with an optimal balance of the dispersion of Ni, which depends on the Ni contents and grinding time. [Spanish] Mezclas de Mg-5%Ni y Mg-20%Ni fueron preparadas por aleado mecanico y evaluadas para su aplicacion como materiales para almacenamiento de hidrogeno. El efecto de la dispersion del niquel en el magnesio fue estudiado utilizando tiempos de molienda de 15 y 30 hrs. Experimentos de hidruracion incluyendo pruebas de hidruracion del tipo Batch fueron realizadas a 200, 250 y 300 grados centigrados a 2 Mpa durante 30 minutos. Tecnicas de caracterizacion como MEB-EDX y DRX fueron empleados en la

  15. Instalación de almacenamiento de residuos radiactivos de El Cabril, en Hornachuelos, Córdoba-España

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    Zuloaga Lalana, Pablo

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available The Installation of El Cabril has the capacity for long-term disposal of low and medium radioactivity waste generated in Spain by 2010.
    The Installation consists of:

    • Three already existing modules for temporary storage.
    • A disposal area with 28 reinforced concrete cells where waste is deposited after being introduced in concrete containers.
    • A building for Waste Conditioning of the waste coming from radioactive installations, waste produced in the Center, as well as the compactable waste; and for re-conditioning of the substances coming from great producers.
    • Verification laboratories for destruction and non-destruction tests of real substances and simulated radioactive specimens.
    • Complementary installations for temporary storage, radiological surveillance, security, offices, workshops, medical service, changing rooms, laundry, fire protection system, airconditioning system, water and sewage treatment, electrical power supply, etc.


    La Instalación de El Cabril tiene capacidad para almacenar a largo plazo los residuos de baja y media actividad generados en España hasta el año 2010.
    La Instalación consta de:
    • Tres módulos de almacenamiento temporal, anteriormente existentes.
    • Una zona de almacenamiento, con 28 celdas de hormigón armado en las que se depositan los residuos, introducidos previamente en contenedores de hormigón.
    • Un edificio destinado al acondicionamiento de los residuos procedentes de las instalaciones radiactivas, de los producidos en el Centro y de los residuos compactables, así como al reacondicionamiento de los bultos provenientes de los grandes productores.
    • Unos laboratorios de verificación, destinados a la realización de ensayos destructivos y no destructivos de bultos reales y de muestras radiactivas y simuladas.
    • Instalaciones complementarias destinadas a almacenamiento transitorio, vigilancia radiol

    • Efeito da temperatura radicular na resistência ao movimento de água no cacaueiro (Theobroma cacao L. Radicular temperature effects in water movement resistence in cacao tree (Theobroma cacao L.

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      Solange Maria Costa de Amorim

      1992-07-01

      Full Text Available O efeito da temperatura radicular na resistência ao movimento de água foi estudada em plântulas de cacau (Theobroma cacao L. cv. Catongo sob condições de casa de vegetação e a temperaturas radiculares de 10, 20, 30 e 40ºC, em folhas cobertas com papel de alumínio e sacos de polieteileno preto e em folhas descobertas. As folhas estavdf am localizadas na parte basal, intermediária e apical do caule. Mediram-se trocas gasosas foliares utilizando o sistema portátil de fotossíntese LI-6000. O potencial hídrico e o osmótico foram mensurados por psicrometria. O potencial de turgor foi estimado por diferença entre o potencial hídrico e o osmótico. Os resultados obtidos sugerem que a resistência ao movimento de água nas plântulas de cacau depende do fluxo transpiracional e que a variação dos gradientes do potencial hídrico na planta é determinada por temperaturas radiculares maiores de 30ºC. As trocas gasosas, a temperaturas radiculares diferentes, dependem do estado hídrico da planta.The effects of root temperature on water movement resistance were studied on cacao (Theobroma cacao L. cv Catongo seedlings under greenhouse conditions at root temperatures of 10, 20 30 and 40ºC, on leaves covered with aluminum foil and black plastic bags and on uncovered leaves. The leaves were located at the base, intermediates part and apex of the stem. Gas exchange measurements were done utilizing a LI-6000 portable photosynthetic system. Water and osmotic potential were measured by psychrometry. Turgor potential was estimated as the difference between water potential and osmotic potential. The results suggested that the resistance to water movement depends on the transpirational flux and that the water potential gradients across the plant vary at temperatures greater than 30ºC. Gas exchanges, at diferent root temperature, depend on the water status of the plant.

    • Present spatial diversity patterns of Theobroma cacao L. in the neotropics reflect genetic differentiation in pleistocene refugia followed by human-influenced dispersal.

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      Thomas, Evert; van Zonneveld, Maarten; Loo, Judy; Hodgkin, Toby; Galluzzi, Gea; van Etten, Jacob

      2012-01-01

      Cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) is indigenous to the Amazon basin, but is generally believed to have been domesticated in Mesoamerica for the production of chocolate beverage. However, cacao's distribution of genetic diversity in South America is also likely to reflect pre-Columbian human influences that were superimposed on natural processes of genetic differentiation. Here we present the results of a spatial analysis of the intra-specific diversity of cacao in Latin America, drawing on a dataset of 939 cacao trees genotypically characterized by means of 96 SSR markers. To assess continental diversity patterns we performed grid-based calculations of allelic richness, Shannon diversity and Nei gene diversity, and distinguished different spatially coherent genetic groups by means of cluster analysis. The highest levels of genetic diversity were observed in the Upper Amazon areas from southern Peru to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the border areas between Colombia, Peru and Brazil. On the assumption that the last glaciation (22,000-13,000 BP) had the greatest pre-human impact on the current distribution and diversity of cacao, we modeled the species' Pleistocene niche suitability and overlaid this with present-day diversity maps. The results suggest that cacao was already widely distributed in the Western Amazon before the onset of glaciation. During glaciations, cacao populations were likely to have been restricted to several refugia where they probably underwent genetic differentiation, resulting in a number of genetic clusters which are representative for, or closest related to, the original wild cacao populations. The analyses also suggested that genetic differentiation and geographical distribution of a number of other clusters seem to have been significantly affected by processes of human management and accompanying genetic bottlenecks. We discuss the implications of these results for future germplasm collection and in situ, on farm and ex situ conservation of cacao.

    • Present spatial diversity patterns of Theobroma cacao L. in the neotropics reflect genetic differentiation in pleistocene refugia followed by human-influenced dispersal.

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      Full Text Available Cacao (Theobroma cacao L. is indigenous to the Amazon basin, but is generally believed to have been domesticated in Mesoamerica for the production of chocolate beverage. However, cacao's distribution of genetic diversity in South America is also likely to reflect pre-Columbian human influences that were superimposed on natural processes of genetic differentiation. Here we present the results of a spatial analysis of the intra-specific diversity of cacao in Latin America, drawing on a dataset of 939 cacao trees genotypically characterized by means of 96 SSR markers. To assess continental diversity patterns we performed grid-based calculations of allelic richness, Shannon diversity and Nei gene diversity, and distinguished different spatially coherent genetic groups by means of cluster analysis. The highest levels of genetic diversity were observed in the Upper Amazon areas from southern Peru to the Ecuadorian Amazon and the border areas between Colombia, Peru and Brazil. On the assumption that the last glaciation (22,000-13,000 BP had the greatest pre-human impact on the current distribution and diversity of cacao, we modeled the species' Pleistocene niche suitability and overlaid this with present-day diversity maps. The results suggest that cacao was already widely distributed in the Western Amazon before the onset of glaciation. During glaciations, cacao populations were likely to have been restricted to several refugia where they probably underwent genetic differentiation, resulting in a number of genetic clusters which are representative for, or closest related to, the original wild cacao populations. The analyses also suggested that genetic differentiation and geographical distribution of a number of other clusters seem to have been significantly affected by processes of human management and accompanying genetic bottlenecks. We discuss the implications of these results for future germplasm collection and in situ, on farm and ex situ

    • El tejido adiposo: órgano de almacenamiento y órgano secretor

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      M. J. Moreno-Aliaga; Martinez, J. A.

      2002-01-01

      La obesidad es una enfermedad crónica que se caracteriza por un aumento de la masa grasa y en consecuencia por un aumento de peso. Existe, pues, un aumento de las reservas energéticas del organismo en forma de grasa. El término crónico se le aplica debido a que forma parte del grupo de enfermedades que no podemos curar con el arsenal terapéutico del que se dispone en la actualidad. Desde un punto de vista antropométrico, que es el habitualmente utilizado en clínica, se considera obesa a una p...

    • Industrial Analogues on CO{sub 2} Storage; Analogos Industriales del Almacenamiento de CO{sub 2}

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      Martinez, R.; Campos, R.; Perez del Villar, L.; Suarez, I.; Zapatero, M. A.

      2008-08-06

      This volume tries to introduce the study of industrial analogues of CO{sub 2} storage, those industrial activities that, because of some specific conditions, are considered similar to CO{sub 2} geological storage activities. The goal is to obtain useful conclusions for application in the incipient exploration of this type of storages. Therefore, strategic storages of natural gas have been studied, with a special emphasis in the project developed in the surroundings of Yela (Guadalajara). Other activities are also described, as some projects that include CO{sub 2} injection to increase the recovery of oil and/or gas in nearly depleted reservoirs, and also a case of CO{sub 2} storage in a saline aquifer (Salipriina). Finally, Rewopol Project methodology is summarized, as an experimental case of CO{sub 2} storage on coal, coupled with coal bed methane production. Summing up, the main goal of this work is to determine the most adequate technologies that have to be developed in a successful CO{sub 2} storage, exploration and exploitation project. (Author) 28 refs.

  1. Evolution of spent nuclear fuel during drying storage conditions; Evolucion del combustible nuclear gastado durante almacenamiento en condiciones de sequedad

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    Duro, L.; Riba, O.; Martinez-Esparza, A.; Bruno, J.

    2012-07-01

    The objective of this paper is a critical discussion of the main processes that determine the structure and radiological inventory CG UOX type and the very conditions of temporary storage. This study has allowed the configuration of state CG in potential function of oxygen affects the physico-chemical characteristics of irradiated fuel.

  2. Germinación y almacenamiento del polen de pejibaye (Bactris gasipaes H.B.K., Palmae)*

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    El pejibaye está siendo mejorado con técnicas agro-genéticas modernas, y los programas de mejoramiento necesitan métodos confiables para manipular y almacenar polen para realizar cruces controlados. Diversas pruebas fueron hechas con polen de dos razas: (1) germinación en medio líquido con glucosa, con y sin boro; (2) germinación de polen fresco en medio líquido con glucosa, sacarosa, lactosa, galactosa; (3) secado en estufa, frasco desecador y ambiente; (4) tiempo de secado y cantidad de síl...

  3. The design of the Bulgaria rad waste repository; Diseno del centro de almacenamiento de residuos radiactivos de Bulgaria

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    Stefonova, I.; Petrov, I.; Navarro, M.; Sanchez, M.; Medinilla, G.

    2012-11-01

    In October 2011 a consortium composed by Westinghouse Engineering Spain SAU, ENRESA and DBE Technology GmbH was awarded a contract for the design of the Bulgaria rad waste repository. The facility, inspired in the spanish centre of El Cabril owned by ENRESA, will consist of a 66 reinforced concrete cells surface repository capable of receiving 18600 already conditioned waste containers of 20 t each, during 60 years, and the related auxiliary facilities and buildings. The project, representing a challenge because of the schedule and required level of detail, goes on fulfilling main milestones and getting customer satisfaction. (Author)

  4. Embriogénesis somática secundaria en el genotipo de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) inifap 1 y su descripción histológica

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    A. Alejandro-Lázaro; A. Azpeitia-Morales; L. Sáenz-Carbonell; F . Mirafuentes Hernández

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    La embriogénesis somática aplicada para la propagación clonal de plantas de cacao, aun es de baja eficiencia, por lo que el objetivo de esta investigación fue evaluar la respuesta de los cotiledones procedentes de embriones somáticos primarios como fuente de explante para inducir embriogénesis somática secundaria (ESS) en presencia de fitohormonas y sin estas en el genotipo de cacao inifap 1, asi como describir los eventos de la ESS desde los 30 hasta los 240 días de cultivo. El uso de l...

  5. Comportamiento de cinco grupos de genotipos de maíz Zea mays L. con dos tipos de grano en dos condiciones de almacenamiento

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    Orozco Javier

    1995-12-01

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    The corn seed quality damage was evaluated in materials with different genetic constitution (imbreeding lines, simple double- triple hybrids and varieties, and two grain shapes (plane, round when they were storaged for 2-12 months in two environments (controled : 50% at relative humidity and Temperature at 16°C and no-controled with relative humidity between 40-98% and temperature at 16-33°C. Controled environments, the seed was more resistance at storage for four months that no-controled conditions with germination percentages upper 90% (acceptation limiter tolerable for commercial seeds in Colombia. The plane grains can be stored four months more that round seed. The order of tolerance to storage controlled condition is as follow: Inbred lines > Three ways hybrids > Single hybrids > Double hybrids > Varieties.

    Se evaluó el deterioro de la calidad de semilla con diferente constitución genética (líneas endocriadas, variedades, híbridos- sencillos, dobles y triples y forma del grano (plano, redondo. Se almacenaron de 2-12 meses lotes de semillas de 5 kg, en dos ambientes (controlado: 50% HR Y 16°C y no-controlado: 40-98% HR Y 15-33°C. En condiciones ambientales controladas, las semillas pueden almacenarse por cuatro meses más que en ambientes no controlados, antes que los porcentajes de germinación alcancen niveles inferiores al 90% (LIMITE TOLERABLE DE ACEPTACION LTA, según normas oficiales para comercialización de semillas en Colombia. La calidad fisiológica de los granos redondos se reduce al LTA, cinco meses antes que la de granos planos. De acuerdo con la constitución genética se pudo establecer la siguiente escala decreciente de tolerancia al almacenamiento prolongado: Líneas > Híbridos triples > Híbridos simples > Híbridos dobles > variedades, en condiciones controladas.

  6. PÉRDIDA DE TEXTURA post mortem DE LA CARNE DE PESCADO DURANTE EL ALMACENAMIENTO EN FRÍO Post Mortem Lost of Texture of Fish Meat During Cold Storage

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    HÉCTOR SUÁREZ MAHECHA

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    Full Text Available Este trabajo es una revisión sobre la conformación e importancia del tejido conectivo de la carne de los peces. El ablandamiento post mortem en los peces es un factor de calidad directamente influenciado por las características de los colágenos presentes en cada especie. La degradación del colágeno está relacionada con los fenómenos que acontecen durante el almacenamiento en frío o congelamiento. Varias investigaciones han demostrado a través de análisis bioquímicos y, principalmente, a través de microscopia electrónica de barrido y transmisión, que la pérdida de la textura en la carne de los peces es uno de los efectos ocasionados por la degradación del tejido conectivo pericelular y no por el tejido conectivo intersticial. En la actualidad son propuestas algunas prácticas postcosecha para disminuir este fenómeno.This work is a review on the conformation and importance of connective tissue of fish meat. The post mortem softening of fish meat as a quality factor is influenced by the characteristics of the collagens present in each species. The degradation of collagen appears to be related to freezing. By biochemical analysis as well as electronic microscopy many researches have demonstrated that the loss of texture is related to pericelular connective tissue degradation. Currently some post crop practices are proposed to reduce this phenomenon.

  7. The influence of shade and organic fertilizer treatments on the physiology and establishment of Theobroma cacao clones

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    Acheampong, K.; P. Hadley; Daymond, A. J.; Adu-Yeboah, P.

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    Aims: This experiment aimed to determine whether the soil application of organic fertilizers can help the establishment of cacao and whether shade alters its response to fertilizers.\\ud Study Design: The 1.6 ha experiment was conducted over a period of one crop year (between April 2007 and March 2008) at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana. It involved four cacao genotypes (T 79/501, PA 150, P 30 [POS] and SCA 6), three shade levels (‘light’, ‘medium’ and ‘heavy’) and two fertilizer treatme...

  8. Caracterízación geotécnica a medio plazo de estériles depositados por relleno hidráulico : Aplicación de la clausura de un almacenamiento de estériles de uranio

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    Para realizar el Proyecto de Clausura de almacenamientos de estériles de uranio se requiere una caracterización geotécnica especialmente cuidada de los estériles de diferente edad, sujetos a diferente grado de consolidación, para solicitaciones mecáncias de tipo estático y dinámico. Ello exige el análisis de la estructura inicial de los estériles y de su evolución, debiéndose considerar la variación de la resistencia del material al variar la magnitud de la deformación tangencial a la que se ...

  9. Physicochemical Evaluation of Cachama Fillets (Piaractus brachypomus Preserved with Propolis during Storage / Evaluación Fisicoquímica de Filetes de Cachama (Piaractus brachypomus Preservados con Propóleos durante el Almacenamiento

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    Héctor Suárez Mahecha

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The bioactive compounds that propolis containspresent diverse components that can diminish the deterioration of compounds such as fat and certain microorganisms that can affect fish fillets during refrigerated storage. The aim of this study was to evaluate the preserving capacity of ethanol extracts of propolis (EEP in cachama fish fillets (Piaractus brachypomus. The treatments carried out were: (1 ethyl alcohol (96% as the control; (2 0.8% EEP; (3 1.2% EEP; and (4 liquid smoke. Analyses were carried out for total volatile base nitrogen (TVBN, thiobarbituric acid reactive species-TBARS, pH and water loss for 0, 8, 16 and 24 days of storage at 4 ºC with vacuum packaging. The results presented the highest values of the TBARS and TVBNanalyses for the liquid smoke treatment and the lowest values for the EEP treatments, demonstrating a significant difference between the treatments (P<0.05; however, the best water retention capacity was seen in the fillets treated with liquid smoke. The results for pH did not present significant differences between the treatments (P>0.05 during the storage period. The results suggest that EEP can preserve physicochemical characteristics during the shelf life of refrigerated, vacuum packed cachama fillets. / Los compuestos bioactivos contenidos en propóleos presentan diversos componentes, que pueden disminuir el deterioro de compuestos como la grasa, y la cantidad de ciertos microorganismos, que pueden afectar filetes de pescado durante el almacenamiento bajo refrigeración. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar la capacidad conservante de extractos etanólicos de propóleos (EEP sobre filetes del pescado cachama (Piaractus brachypomus. Los tratamientos realizados fueron: (1 alcohol etílico (96% como control; (2 EEP 0,8%; (3 EEP 1,2% y (4 humo líquido. Fueron realizados análisis para bases volátiles totales (BVTN, especies reactivas al ácido tiobarbitúrico-TBARS, pH y pérdida de agua

  10. TcCYPR04, a Cacao Papain-Like Cysteine-Protease Detected in Senescent and Necrotic Tissues Interacts with a Cystatin TcCYS4.

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    Cardoso, Thyago Hermylly Santana; Freitas, Ana Camila Oliveira; Andrade, Bruno Silva; Sousa, Aurizangela Oliveira de; Santiago, André da Silva; Koop, Daniela Martins; Gramacho, Karina Peres; Alvim, Fátima Cerqueira; Micheli, Fabienne; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho

    2015-01-01

    The interaction amongst papain-like cysteine-proteases (PLCP) and their substrates and inhibitors, such as cystatins, can be perceived as part of the molecular battlefield in plant-pathogen interaction. In cacao, four cystatins were identified and characterized by our group. We identified 448 proteases in cacao genome, whereof 134 were cysteine-proteases. We expressed in Escherichia coli a PLCP from cacao, named TcCYSPR04. Immunoblottings with anti-TcCYSPR04 exhibited protein increases during leaf development. Additional isoforms of TcCYSPR04 appeared in senescent leaves and cacao tissues infected by Moniliophthora perniciosa during the transition from the biotrophic to the saprophytic phase. TcCYSPR04 was induced in the apoplastic fluid of Catongo and TSH1188 cacao genotypes, susceptible and resistant to M. perniciosa, respectively, but greater intensity and additional isoforms were observed in TSH1188. The fungal protein MpNEP induced PLCP isoform expression in tobacco leaves, according to the cross reaction with anti-TcCYSPR04. Several protein isoforms were detected at 72 hours after treatment with MpNEP. We captured an active PLCP from cacao tissues, using a recombinant cacao cystatin immobilized in CNBr-Sepharose. Mass spectrometry showed that this protein corresponds to TcCYSPR04. A homology modeling was obtained for both proteins. In order to become active, TcCYSPR04 needs to lose its inhibitory domain. Molecular docking showed the physical-chemical complementarities of the interaction between the cacao enzyme and its inhibitor. We propose that TcCYSPR04 and its interactions with cacao cystatins are involved in the senescence and necrosis events related to witches' broom symptoms. This molecular interaction may be the target for future interventions to control witches' broom disease.

  11. Diversity of cacao trees in Waslala, Nicaragua: associations between genotype spectra, product quality and yield potential.

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    Full Text Available The sensory quality and the contents of quality-determining chemical compounds in unfermented and fermented cocoa from 100 cacao trees (individual genotypes representing groups of nine genotype spectra (GG, grown at smallholder plantings in the municipality of Waslala, Nicaragua, were evaluated for two successive harvest periods. Cocoa samples were fermented using a technique mimicking recommended on-farm practices. The sensory cocoa quality was assessed by experienced tasters, and seven major chemical taste compounds were quantified by near infrared spectrometry (NIRS. The association of the nine, partially admixed, genotype spectra with the analytical and sensory quality parameters was tested. The individual parameters were analyzed as a function of the factors GG and harvest (including the date of fermentation, individual trees within a single GG were used as replications. In fermented cocoa, significant GG-specific differences were observed for methylxanthines, theobromine-to-caffeine (T/C ratio, total fat, procyanidin B5 and epicatechin, as well as the sensory attributes global score, astringency, and dry fruit aroma, but differences related to harvest were also apparent. The potential cocoa yield was also highly determined by the individual GG, although there was significant tree-to-tree variation within every single GG. Non-fermented samples showed large harvest-to-harvest variation of their chemical composition, while differences between GG were insignificant. These results suggest that selection by the genetic background, represented here by groups of partially admixed genotype spectra, would be a useful strategy toward enhancing quality and yield of cocoa in Nicaragua. Selection by the GG within the local, genetically segregating populations of seed-propagated cacao, followed by clonal propagation of best-performing individuals of the selected GG could be a viable alternative to traditional propagation of cacao by seed from open

  12. Molecular cloning and expression analysis of the sucrose transporter gene family from Theobroma cacao L.

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    Li, Fupeng; Wu, Baoduo; Qin, Xiaowei; Yan, Lin; Hao, Chaoyun; Tan, Lehe; Lai, Jianxiong

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    In this study, we performed cloning and expression analysis of six putative sucrose transporter genes, designated TcSUT1, TcSUT2, TcSUT3, TcSUT4, TcSUT5 and TcSUT6, from the cacao genotype 'TAS-R8'. The combination of cDNA and genomic DNA sequences revealed that the cacao SUT genes contained exon numbers ranging from 1 to 14. The average molecular mass of all six deduced proteins was approximately 56 kDa (range 52 to 66 kDa). All six proteins were predicted to exhibit typical features of sucrose transporters with 12 trans-membrane spanning domains. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that TcSUT2 and TcSUT4 belonged to Group 2 SUT and Group 4 SUT, respectively, and the other TcSUT proteins were belonging to Group 1 SUT. Real-time PCR was conducted to investigate the expression pattern of each member of the SUT family in cacao. Our experiment showed that TcSUT1 was expressed dominantly in pods and that, TcSUT3 and TcSUT4 were highly expressed in both pods and in bark with phloem. Within pods, TcSUT1 and TcSUT4 were expressed more in the seed coat and seed from the pod enlargement stage to the ripening stage. TcSUT5 expression sharply increased to its highest expression level in the seed coat during the ripening stage. Expression pattern analysis indicated that TcSUT genes may be associated with photoassimilate transport into developing seeds and may, therefore, have an impact on seed production.

  13. Recombinant β-1,3-1,4-glucanase from Theobroma cacao impairs Moniliophthora perniciosa mycelial growth.

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    Britto, Dahyana Santos; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho; Andrade, Bruno Silva; Dos Santos, Tassiara Pereira; Pungartnik, Cristina; Cascardo, Júlio Cezar M; Micheli, Fabienne; Gesteira, Abelmon S

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    In this work, we identified a gene from Theobroma cacao L. genome and cDNA libraries, named TcGlu2, that encodes a β-1,3-1,4-glucanase. The TcGlu2 ORF was 720 bp in length and encoded a polypeptide of 239 amino acids with a molecular mass of 25.58 kDa. TcGlu2 contains a conserved domain characteristic of β-1,3-1,4-glucanases and presented high protein identity with β-1,3-1,4-glucanases from other plant species. Molecular modeling of TcGlu2 showed an active site of 13 amino acids typical of glucanase with β-1,3 and 1,4 action mode. The recombinant cDNA TcGlu2 obtained by heterologous expression in Escherichia coli and whose sequence was confirmed by mass spectrometry, has a molecular mass of about 22 kDa (with His-Tag) and showed antifungal activity against the fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, causal agent of the witches' broom disease in cacao. The integrity of the hyphae membranes of M. perniciosa, incubated with protein TcGlu2, was analyzed with propidium iodide. After 1 h of incubation, a strong fluorescence emitted by the hyphae indicating the hydrolysis of the membrane by TcGlu2, was observed. To our knowledge, this is the first study of a cacao β-1,3-1,4-glucanase expression in heterologous system and the first analysis showing the antifungal activity of a β-1,3-1,4-glucanase, in particular against M. perniciosa.

  14. Diversity of cacao trees in Waslala, Nicaragua: associations between genotype spectra, product quality and yield potential.

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    Trognitz, Bodo; Cros, Emile; Assemat, Sophie; Davrieux, Fabrice; Forestier-Chiron, Nelly; Ayestas, Eusebio; Kuant, Aldo; Scheldeman, Xavier; Hermann, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The sensory quality and the contents of quality-determining chemical compounds in unfermented and fermented cocoa from 100 cacao trees (individual genotypes) representing groups of nine genotype spectra (GG), grown at smallholder plantings in the municipality of Waslala, Nicaragua, were evaluated for two successive harvest periods. Cocoa samples were fermented using a technique mimicking recommended on-farm practices. The sensory cocoa quality was assessed by experienced tasters, and seven major chemical taste compounds were quantified by near infrared spectrometry (NIRS). The association of the nine, partially admixed, genotype spectra with the analytical and sensory quality parameters was tested. The individual parameters were analyzed as a function of the factors GG and harvest (including the date of fermentation), individual trees within a single GG were used as replications. In fermented cocoa, significant GG-specific differences were observed for methylxanthines, theobromine-to-caffeine (T/C) ratio, total fat, procyanidin B5 and epicatechin, as well as the sensory attributes global score, astringency, and dry fruit aroma, but differences related to harvest were also apparent. The potential cocoa yield was also highly determined by the individual GG, although there was significant tree-to-tree variation within every single GG. Non-fermented samples showed large harvest-to-harvest variation of their chemical composition, while differences between GG were insignificant. These results suggest that selection by the genetic background, represented here by groups of partially admixed genotype spectra, would be a useful strategy toward enhancing quality and yield of cocoa in Nicaragua. Selection by the GG within the local, genetically segregating populations of seed-propagated cacao, followed by clonal propagation of best-performing individuals of the selected GG could be a viable alternative to traditional propagation of cacao by seed from open pollination. Fast and

  15. Molecular, Biochemical and Ultrastructural Changes Induced by Pb Toxicity in Seedlings of Theobroma cacao L.

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    Reis, Graciele Santos Monteiro; de Almeida, Alex-Alan Furtado; de Almeida, Nicolle Moreira; de Castro, Andressa Vieira; Mangabeira, Pedro Antonio Oliveira; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho

    2015-01-01

    Pb is a metal which is highly toxic to plants and animals, including humans. High concentrations of Pb have been observed in beans of T. cacao, as well as in its products. In this work, we evaluated the molecular, biochemical, and ultrastructural alterations in mature leaves and primary roots of seedlings of two progenies of T. cacao, obtained from seed germination in different concentrations of Pb (0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 g L(-1)), in the form of Pb(NO3)2. The progenies resulted from self-fertilization of Catongo and a cross of CCN-10 x SCA-6. The Pb, supplied via seminal, caused alterations in the ultrastructures of the mesophyll cells and in the amount of starch grains in the chloroplasts. The dosage of substances reactive to thiobarbituric acid showed that Pb induced lipid peroxidation. The activity of guaiacol peroxidases and the expression of genes associated to synthetase of phytochelatin, SODcyt and PER increased in response to Pb. In addition, there was alteration in the expression of stress-related proteins. The progeny of CCN-10 x SCA-6 was more tolerant to Pb stress when compared to Catongo, since: (i) it accumulated more Pb in the roots, preventing its translocation to the shoot; (ii) it presented higher activity of peroxidases in the roots, which are enzymes involved in the elimination of excess of reactive oxygen species; and (iii) increased expression of the gene in the phytochelatin biosynthesis route. The results of the proteomic analysis were of paramount importance to differentiate the defense mechanisms used by both progenies of T. cacao.

  16. 1H NMR study of fermented cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) beans.

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    Caligiani, Augusta; Acquotti, Domenico; Cirlini, Martina; Palla, Gerardo

    2010-12-08

    This study reports for the first time the metabolic profile of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) beans using the (1)H NMR technique applied to polar extracts of fermented cocoa beans. The simultaneous detection and quantification of amino acids, polyalcohols, organic acids, sugars, methylxanthines, catechins, and phenols were obtained by assigning the major signals of the spectra for different varieties of cocoa beans (Forastero, Criollo, and Trinitario) from different countries (Ecuador, Ghana, Grenada, and Trinidad). The data set obtained, representative of all classes of soluble compounds of cocoa, was useful to characterize the fermented cocoa beans as a function of the variety and geographic origin.

  17. COMPARISON BETWEEN SOME PHYSICAL - CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF CACAO MILK AND RAW MILK

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    2009-01-01

    The paper presents a comparison between some physical - chemical characteristics of the cacao milk and of the raw milk. For this comparison we made the following determinations for both types of milk: the determination of the dry substance using the drying oven with a 102 °C temperature, the determination of the proteic substance by titration with sodium hydroxide ( NaOH ) N/10, the milk pasteurization control by the starch and potassium iodide test and the pH determination using the indicato...

  18. EFFECT OF FERMENTED CACAO POD SUPPLEMENTATION ON SHEEP RUMEN MICROBIAL FERMENTATION

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    The objective of this research was to improve beneficial value of cacao pod as sheep feedingredients comprising up to 50% total feed. This research was conducted in two stages. Stage 1 wascacao pod fermentation. Completely randomized design with 3x3 factorial patterns was used in thisstage, in which factor I was microbial inoculum dosage of 0%, 0.05% and 0.1% and factor II wasincubation period of 0, 3 and 6 days. Result demonstrated that six-day fermentation with 0.05%microbial inoculum could...

  19. Drought effects on soil CO efflux in a cacao agroforestry system in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Climate change induced droughts pose a serious threat to ecosystems across the tropics and sub-tropics, particularly to those areas not adapted to natural dry periods. In order to study the vulnerability of cacao (Theobroma cacao – Gliricidia sepium agroforestry plantations to droughts a large scale throughfall displacement roof was built in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. In this 19-month replicated experiment, we measured soil surface CO2 efflux (soil respiration in three simulated drought plots compared with three adjacent control plots. Soil respiration rates peaked at intermediate soil moisture and decreased under increasingly dry conditions (drought induced, but also decreased when soils became water saturated, as evidenced in control plots. The simulated drought plots exhibited a slight decrease in soil respiration compared to the control plots (average 13% decrease. The strength of the drought effect was spatially variable – while some measurement chamber sites reacted strongly ("responsive" to the decrease in soil water content (up to R2=0.70 (n=11, others did not react at all ("non-responsive" (n=7. The degree of soil CO2 respiration drought response was highest around cacao tree stems and decreased with distance from the stem (R2=0.22. A significant correlation was measured between "responsive" soil respiration chamber sites and sap flux density ratios of cacao (R=0.61 and Gliricidia (R=0.65. Leaf litter CO2 respiration decreased as conditions became drier. During dry periods the litter layer contributed approximately 3–4% of the total CO2 efflux and up to 40% during wet periods. A CO2 flush was recorded during the rewetting phase that lasted for approximately two weeks, during which time accumulated labile carbon stocks mineralized. The net effect on soil CO2 emissions over the duration of the experiment was neutral, control plots respired 11.1±0.5 Mg C ha−1 yr−1, while roof plots respired 10.5±0.5 Mg C ha−1 yr−1.

  20. 世界可可生产贸易现状%Present Situation of Cacao Production and Trade in the World

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    赵溪竹; 朱自慧; 王华; 赖剑雄

    2012-01-01

    Analyzed the production of the cacao industry all over the world, including area harvested, production and yield, and the export and import of cacao products during 1999-2010. Expound the developing course and prospect of the cacao industry in China.%综述1999~2010年世界可可产业的收获面积、产量和单产以及世界可可生产贸易状况,概述我国可可产业的发展历程,展望我国可可产业的发展前景。

  1. C and N Content in Density Fractions of Whole Soil and Soil Size Fraction Under Cacao Agroforestry Systems and Natural Forest in Bahia, Brazil

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    Rita, Joice Cleide O.; Gama-Rodrigues, Emanuela Forestieri; Gama-Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos; Polidoro, Jose Carlos; Machado, Regina Cele R.; Baligar, Virupax C.

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    Agroforestry systems (AFSs) have an important role in capturing above and below ground soil carbon and play a dominant role in mitigation of atmospheric CO2. Attempts has been made here to identify soil organic matter fractions in the cacao-AFSs that have different susceptibility to microbial decomposition and further represent the basis of understanding soil C dynamics. The objective of this study was to characterize the organic matter density fractions and soil size fractions in soils of two types of cacao agroforestry systems and to compare with an adjacent natural forest in Bahia, Brazil. The land-use systems studied were: (1) a 30-year-old stand of natural forest with cacao (cacao cabruca), (2) a 30-year-old stand of cacao with Erythrina glauca as shade trees (cacao + erythrina), and (3) an adjacent natural forest without cacao. Soil samples were collected from 0-10 cm depth layer in reddish-yellow Oxisols. Soil samples was separated by wet sieving into five fraction-size classes (>2000 μm, 1000-2000 μm, 250-1000 μm, 53-250 μm, and cacao AFS soils consisted mainly (65 %) of mega-aggregates (>2000 μm) mixed with macroaggregates (32-34%), and microaggregates (1-1.3%). Soil organic carbon (SOC) and total N content increased with increasing soil size fraction in all land-use systems. Organic C-to-total N ratio was higher in the macroaggregate than in the microaggregate. In general, in natural forest and cacao cabruca the contribution of C and N in the light and heavy fractions was similar. However, in cacao + erythrina the heavy fraction was the most common and contributed 67% of C and 63% of N. Finding of this study shows that the majority of C and N in all three systems studied are found in macroaggregates, particularly in the 250-1000 μm size aggregate class. The heavy fraction was the most common organic matter fraction in these soils. Thus, in mature cacao AFS on highly weathered soils the main mechanisms of C stabilization could be the physical

  2. Resistencia mecánica, tasa respiratoria y producción de etileno de caqui 'Fuyu' durante el almacenamiento Mechanical resistance, respiratory rate and the ethylene production of persimmon fruit 'Fuyu' during storage

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    Full Text Available El caqui 'Fuyu' presenta escasa revisión de literatura en lo que respecta a propiedades mecánicas y comportamiento fisiológico. En este trabajo fue evaluada la alteración de la resistencia mecánica a la compresión del caqui 'Fuyu', el comportamiento respiratorio y la evolución de la producción de etileno durante el almacenamiento. Las frutas fueron cosechadas con dos índices de cosecha: Índice 1, frutas cosechadas 15 a 20 días antes de la madurez comercial y, Índice 2, frutas cosechadas con madurez comercial. Las frutas fueron seleccionadas, empacadas en empaque comercial (caja de cartón y almacenadas bajo dos condiciones de conservación: 1. Con refrigeración (0 ± 1 ºC y 65 ± 1% de HR; 2. Sin refrigeración (22 ± 3 ºC y 71 ± 6% de HR. El módulo de elasticidad del caqui disminuye durante el periodo postcosecha independiente de las condiciones de conservación. El módulo de elasticidad varió entre 3.695,3 y 968,2 kPa. El grado de madurez del caqui 'Fuyu' en el momento de la cosecha, influencia los valores del módulo de elasticidad durante el almacenamiento. El caqui 'Fuyu' presenta comportamiento respiratorio característico de fruto climatérico y el pico de evolución de etileno coincide con el pico climatérico.The Fuyu persimmon fruit presents little literature review of mechanical properties and physiological behavior. In this paper the alteration of mechanical resistance to compression of persimmon fruit 'Fuyu' the respiratory behavior and the evolution of ethylene production during storage were evaluated. The fruits were harvested with two harvest indexes: Index 1, fruits with 15 to 20 days before the commercial index, and Index 2, known as the commercial index. The fruits were selected, packed (commercial carton boxes and stored in two conservation conditions, with refrigeration (0 ± 1 ºC and 65 ± 1% RH and without refrigeration (22 ± 3 ºC and 71 ± 6% RH. The Young's modulus of persimmon fruit decreases

  3. A potential role for an extracellular methanol oxidase secreted by Moniliophthora perniciosa in Witches' broom disease in cacao

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    The hemibiotrophic basidiomycete fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, the causal agent of witches’ broom disease (WBD) of cacao, is able to grow in methanol as sole carbon source. In plants, one of the main sources of methanol is the pectin present in the structure of cell walls. Pectin is composed b...

  4. Impact of fermentation, drying, roasting, and Dutch processing on epicatechin and catechin content of cacao beans and cocoa ingredients.

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    Payne, Mark J; Hurst, W Jeffrey; Miller, Kenneth B; Rank, Craig; Stuart, David A

    2010-10-13

    Low molecular weight flavan-3-ols are thought to be responsible, in part, for the cardiovascular benefits associated with cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The levels of epicatechin and catechin were determined in raw and conventionally fermented cacao beans and during conventional processing, which included drying, roasting, and Dutch (alkali) processing. Unripe cacao beans had 29% higher levels of epicatechin and the same level of catechin compared to fully ripe beans. Drying had minimal effect on the epicatechin and catechin levels. Substantial decreases (>80%) in catechin and epicatechin levels were observed in fermented versus unfermented beans. When both Ivory Coast and Papua New Guinea beans were subjected to roasting under controlled conditions, there was a distinct loss of epicatechin when bean temperatures exceeded 70 °C. When cacao beans were roasted to 120 °C, the catechin level in beans increased by 696% in unfermented beans, by 650% in Ivory Coast beans, and by 640% in Papua New Guinea fermented beans compared to the same unroasted beans. These results suggest that roasting in excess of 70 °C generates significant amounts of (-)-catechin, probably due to epimerization of (-)-epicatechin. Compared to natural cocoa powders, Dutch processing caused a loss in both epicatechin (up to 98%) and catechin (up to 80%). The epicatechin/catechin ratio is proposed as a useful and sensitive indicator for the processing history of cacao beans.

  5. Enhanced resistance in Theobroma cacao against oomycete and fungal pathogens by secretion of phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate-binding proteins.

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    Helliwell, Emily E; Vega-Arreguín, Julio; Shi, Zi; Bailey, Bryan; Xiao, Shunyuan; Maximova, Siela N; Tyler, Brett M; Guiltinan, Mark J

    2016-03-01

    The internalization of some oomycete and fungal pathogen effectors into host plant cells has been reported to be blocked by proteins that bind to the effectors' cell entry receptor, phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate (PI3P). This finding suggested a novel strategy for disease control by engineering plants to secrete PI3P-binding proteins. In this study, we tested this strategy using the chocolate tree Theobroma cacao. Transient expression and secretion of four different PI3P-binding proteins in detached leaves of T. cacao greatly reduced infection by two oomycete pathogens, Phytophthora tropicalis and Phytophthora palmivora, which cause black pod disease. Lesion size and pathogen growth were reduced by up to 85%. Resistance was not conferred by proteins lacking a secretory leader, by proteins with mutations in their PI3P-binding site, or by a secreted PI4P-binding protein. Stably transformed, transgenic T. cacao plants expressing two different PI3P-binding proteins showed substantially enhanced resistance to both P. tropicalis and P. palmivora, as well as to the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum theobromicola. These results demonstrate that secretion of PI3P-binding proteins is an effective way to increase disease resistance in T. cacao, and potentially in other plants, against a broad spectrum of pathogens.

  6. The influence of formulation on Trichoderma biological activity and frosty pod rot disease management in Theobroma cacao

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    Frosty pod rot (FPR), caused by Moniliophthora roreri is responsible for significant losses in Theobroma cacao. Due to the limited options for FPR management, biological control methods using Trichoderma are being studied. Combinations of three formulations and two Trichoderma isolates were studied ...

  7. Diseño y construcción de un tanque de almacenamiento de GNL en Huelva, España

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    assistance of motor cars and automatic (welding equipment that run on a rail anchored to the dome. The Quality Assurance organization integrated all activities and on the basis of the applicable regulations, it has prepared specifications and detail procedures. The material used was characterized through homologation and control tests, with verification and determination of physical properties of such materials at cryogenic temperatures. The tests were conducted at specialized laboratories under the coordination of the IBERINSA Construction Materials Laboratory under the direction of Professor Elices. The experience and results obtained have permitted a discussion of the essential aspects of the Prescriptions developed by KELLOGG suggesting alternates to his most conflictive items.

    Se presentan en este número una serie de artículos, cuyo contenido se resume a continuación y que, en su conjunto, da una idea global de esta singular realización ingenieríl. El Plan de Gasificación de España, se propone duplicar el consumo de gas natural en el período 1985-1992, para llevarlo a un 6% de participación en el balance de energía primaria en 1992. El esfuerzo necesario para cumplir el Plan es considerable. Entre sus actividades merece destacarse la realización del Terminal de GNL de Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, y como parte singular del mismo su primer tanque de almacenamiento de GNL de 60.000 m2 de capacidad neta. El planteamiento para el diseño, construcción y puesta en marcha del tanque, se ha basado en un sistema de contratación llave en mano a un solo contratista que adquiera la responsabilidad completa con precio y plazo fijo. La adjudicación recayó en la oferta presentada por ENTRECANALES y TAVORA, S. A. y SOCIETE NOUVELLE CONSTRUCTIONS METALLIQUES DE PROVENCE que se constituyeron para su desarrollo en Unión Temporal de Empresas (EPH, y que, con un esfuerzo de coordinación importante han tenido una actuación de equipo homogéneo e integrado, con el

  8. Descomposición y liberación de nutrimentos desde las raíces finas de los sistemas agroforestales de cacao con sombras de poró y laurel, en Turrialba, Costa Rica Descomposición y liberación de nutrimentos desde las raíces finas de los sistemas agroforestales de cacao con sombras de poró y laurel, en Turrialba, Costa Rica

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    Se usó el método de bolsas de descomposición para estudiar la pérdida de biomasa y liberación de N, P, K, Ca y Mg desde las raíces finas (<2 mm en los sistemas agroforestales de cacao con sombras de poró y laurel. Se muestrearon bolsas a las 1, 2, 4, 6, 12, 18 y 25 semanas en las épocas seca y lluviosa. Las tasas de descomposición y liberación de nutrimentos fueron bien descritas por un modelo exponencial doble. Se observó alta relación entre las tasas de pérdida de biomasa y liberación de N de las tres especies. Las tasas de liberación de nutrimentos fueron K > Mg > P > N > Ca. Después de una semana de incubación cerca del 90% del K fue liberado mientras que el Ca tendió a la acumulación. Las raíces de poró fueron las de más rápida descomposición y liberación de nutrimentos, excepto de K. El poró sería la especie de sombra adecuada para sistemas de producción que requieran rápida recirculación de nutrimentos. El laurel exhibió tasas lentas de descomposición y liberación de nutrimentos.

    Palabras claves: Agroforestería, Theobroma cacao, Erythrina poeppigiana, Cordia alliodora, recirculación de nutrimentos, descomposición de raíces finas.

  9. Aprendizajes del Accidente de San Juan Ixhuatepec-México Learning from the Accident in San Juan Ixhuatepec-Mexico

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    Antioco López-Molina; Richart Vázquez-Román; Christian Díaz-Ovalle

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    El índice Dow de fuego y explosión y la metodología del análisis cuantitativo del riesgo son aplicados para analizar uno de los accidentes más desafortunados en la historia mexicana: la explosión de tanques de almacenamiento de gas en la planta de San Juan Ixhuatepec en México. Estimaciones adicionales de la sobrepresión y radiación térmica producida durante el siniestro son llevadas a cabo para explicar el efecto dominó producido como consecuencia del incidente. Estas estimaciones dan eviden...

  10. CULTIVO DEL GÉNERO HELICONIA

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    Flora Margarita Sosa Rodríguez

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Las Heliconias se ubican entre las especies tropicales más populares en cultivo como plantas ornamentales por su durabilidad y el colorido de sus brácteas, que son los órganos más vistosos, generalmente de colores primarios o mezclados, lo que ha provocado que su demanda sea cada vez mayor. En el presente trabajo se abordan las principales características botánicas, su propagación, atenciones culturales, cosecha, conservación, almacenamiento, comercialización e importancia. Se brindan conocimientos generales y actualizados del mismo, que pueden ser utilizados para potenciar el estudio del género, explotarlo de forma sostenida conservando este recurso fitogenético en Cuba.

  11. EFECTO DE DOS NIVELES DE GRASA SOBRE LA VIDA ÚTIL SENSORIAL DEL QUESO CAMPESINO

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    López N. C.

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se determina y compara la vida útil sensorial del denominado queso campesino colombiano. Los resultados muestran que el nivel de grasa influye en la aceptabilidad y aumenta la vida útil sensorial debido, posiblemente, a que durante el almacenamiento la grasa láctea desarrolla un flavor (sabor y aroma y una textura agradables hasta los 40 a 45 días de almacenamiento en el queso rico en grasa y entre 25 y 30 días de almacenamiento en el queso semigraso. Los descriptores de textura: arenoso, chicloso, áspero, granuloso y duro, fueron frecuentes en las sensaciones que contribuyeron a la disminución de la aceptabilidad del queso semigraso. Se estableció que la textura, medida sensorialmente, puede ser el descriptor crítico para estimar la vida útil sensorial y para diferenciar la calidad sensorial del queso campesino, lo mismo que el recuento de hongos y levaduras. Se encontró que los parámetros fisicoquímicos como pH y humedad no son adecuados para establecer la fecha de vencimiento del queso campesino. Se obtuvo también una diferencia del 47% más de rendimiento del queso campesino rico en grasa comparado con el semigraso. Estos resultados llevan a plantear la importancia de la grasa láctea como factor determinante en la aceptabilidad, la vida útil sensorial y el rendimiento quesero, en el desarrollo de productos lácteos. Teniendo en cuenta que actualmente la demanda de los consumidores es hacia los alimentos bajos en grasa, se sugiere el desarrollo de quesos magros con sustitutos de grasa como una alternativa para la industria láctea.

  12. EFECTODEDOS NIVELES DE GRASA SOBRE LA VIDA ÚTIL SENSORIAL DEL QUESO CAMPESINO

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se determina y compara la vida útil sensorial del denominado queso campesino colombiano. Los resultados muestran que el nivel de grasa inuye en la aceptabilidad y aumenta la vida útil sensorial debido, posiblemente, a que durante el almacenamiento la grasa láctea desarrolla un avor (sabor y aroma y una textura agradables hasta los 40 a 45 días de almacenamiento en el queso rico en grasa y entre 25 y 30 días de almacenamiento en el queso semigraso. Los descriptores de textura: arenoso, chicloso, áspero, granuloso y duro, fueron frecuentes en las sensaciones que contribuyeron a la disminución de la aceptabilidad del queso semigraso. Se estableció que la textura, medida sensorialmente, puede ser el descriptor crítico para estimar la vida útil sensorial y para diferenciar la calidad sensorial del queso campesino, lo mismo que el recuento de hongos y levaduras. Se encontró que los parámetros sicoquímicos como pH y humedad no son adecuados para establecer la fecha de vencimiento del queso campesino. Se obtuvo también una diferencia del 47% más de rendimiento del queso campesino rico en grasa comparado con el semigraso. Estos resultados llevan a plantear la importancia de la grasa láctea como factor determinante en la aceptabilidad, la vida útil sensorial y el rendimiento quesero, en el desarrollo de productos lácteos. Teniendo en cuenta que actualmente la demanda de los consumidores es hacia los alimentos bajos en grasa, se sugiere el desarrollo de quesos magros con sustitutos de grasa como una alternativa para la industria láctea.

  13. Cacao seeds are a "Super Fruit": A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Numerous popular media sources have developed lists of "Super Foods" and, more recently, "Super Fruits". Such distinctions often are based on the antioxidant capacity and content of naturally occurring compounds such as polyphenols within those whole fruits or juices of the fruit which may be linked to potential health benefits. Cocoa powder and chocolate are made from an extract of the seeds of the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. In this study, we compared cocoa powder and cocoa products to powders and juices derived from fruits commonly considered "Super Fruits". Results Various fruit powders and retail fruit products were obtained and analyzed for antioxidant capacity (ORAC (μM TE/g, total polyphenol content (TP (mg/g, and total flavanol content (TF (mg/g. Among the various powders that were tested, cocoa powder was the most concentrated source of ORAC and TF. Similarly, dark chocolate was a significantly more concentrated source of ORAC and TF than the fruit juices. Conclusions Cocoa powder and dark chocolate had equivalent or significantly greater ORAC, TP, and TF values compared to the other fruit powders and juices tested, respectively. Cacao seeds thus provide nutritive value beyond that derived from their macronutrient composition and appear to meet the popular media's definition of a "Super Fruit".

  14. Characterization of the legumains encoded by the genome of Theobroma cacao L.

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    Santana, Juliano Oliveira; Freire, Laís; de Sousa, Aurizangela Oliveira; Fontes Soares, Virgínia Lúcia; Gramacho, Karina Peres; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho

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    Legumains are cysteine proteases related to plant development, protein degradation, programmed cell death, and defense against pathogens. In this study, we have identified and characterized three legumains encoded by Theobroma cacao genome through in silico analyses, three-dimensional modeling, genetic expression pattern in different tissues and as a response to the inoculation of Moniliophthora perniciosa fungus. The three proteins were named TcLEG3, TcLEG6, and TcLEG9. Histidine and cysteine residue which are part of the catalytic site were conserved among the proteins, and they remained parallel in the loop region in the 3D modeling. Three-dimensional modeling showed that the propeptide, which is located in the terminal C region of legumains blocks the catalytic cleft. Comparing dendrogram data with the relative expression analysis, indicated that TcLEG3 is related to the seed legumain group, TcLEG6 is related with the group of embryogenesis activities, and protein TcLEG9, with processes regarding the vegetative group. Furthermore, the expression analyses proposes a significant role for the three legumains during the development of Theobroma cacao and in its interaction with M. perniciosa.

  15. Differential expression of the lethal gene Luteus-Pa in cacao of the Parinari series.

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    Rehem, B C; Almeida, A-A F; Figueiredo, G S F; Gesteira, A S; Santos, S C; Corrêa, R X; Yamada, M M; Valle, R R

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    The recessive lethal character Luteus-Pa is found in cacao (Theobroma cacao) genotypes of the Parinari series (Pa) and is characterized by expression of leaf chlorosis and seedling death. Several genotypes of the Pa series are bearers of the gene responsible for the expression of the Luteus-Pa character, which can be used as a tool for determining relationships between genotypes of this group. To evaluate this phenomenon, we analyzed the differential expression of genes between mutant seedlings and wild-type hybrid Pa 30 x 169 seedlings, with the aim of elucidating the possible lethal mechanisms of the homozygous recessive character Luteus-Pa. Plant material was harvested from leaves of wild and mutant seedlings at different periods to construct a subtractive library and perform quantitative analysis using real-time PCR. The 649 sequences obtained from the subtractive library had an average length of 500 bp, forming 409 contigs. The probable proteins encoded were grouped into 10 functional categories. Data from ESTs identified genes associated with Rubisco, peroxidases, and other proteins and enzymes related to carbon assimilation, respiration, and photosystem 2. Mutant seedlings were characterized by synthesizing defective PsbO and PsbA proteins, which were overexpressed from 15 to 20 days after seedling emergence.

  16. Comparative evaluation of total RNA extraction methods in Theobroma cacao using shoot apical meristems.

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    Silva, D V; Branco, S M J; Holanda, I S A; Royaert, S; Motamayor, J C; Marelli, J P; Corrêa, R X

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    Theobroma cacao is a species of great economic importance with its beans used for chocolate production. The tree has been a target of various molecular studies. It contains many polyphenols, which complicate the extraction of nucleic acids with the extraction protocols requiring a large amount of plant material. These issues, therefore, necessitate the optimization of the protocols. The aim of the present study was to evaluate different methods for extraction of total RNA from shoot apical meristems of T. cacao 'CCN 51' and to assess the influence of storage conditions for the meristems on the extraction. The study also aimed to identify the most efficient protocol for RNA extraction using a small amount of plant material. Four different protocols were evaluated for RNA extraction using one shoot apical meristem per sample. Among these protocols, one that was more efficient was then tested to extract RNA using four different numbers of shoot apical meristems, subjected to three different storage conditions. The best protocol was tested for cDNA amplification using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction; the cDNA quality was determined to be satisfactory for molecular analyses. The study revealed that with the best RNA extraction protocol, one shoot apical meristem was sufficient for extraction of high-quality total RNA. The results obtained might enable advances in genetic analyses and molecular studies using reduced amount of plant material.

  17. Biosynthesis, accumulation and degradation of theobromine in developing Theobroma cacao fruits.

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    Zheng, Xin-Qiang; Koyama, Yoko; Nagai, Chifumi; Ashihara, Hiroshi

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    We have studied the purine alkaloid content and purine metabolism in Theobroma cacao fruits at differing growth stages: Stage A (young small fruit, fresh weight, ca. 2 g); stage B (medium size fruit, fresh weight, ca. 100 g) and stage C (large size, fresh weight, ca. 500 g). The major purine alkaloid in stage A fruits (mainly pericarp) was theobromine (0.7 micromol g(-1) fresh weight), followed by caffeine (0.09 micromol g(-1) fresh weight). The theobromine content of the pericarp decreased sharply with tissue age, and the caffeine content decreased gradually. A large amount of theobromine (22 micromol g(-1) fresh weight) had accumulated in seeds (mainly cotyledons) of stage C fruits. Theobromine was found also in the seed coat and placenta. Tracer experiments with [8-(14)C]adenine show that the major sites of theobromine synthesis are the young pericarp and cotyledons of T. cacao fruits. Limited amounts of purine alkaloids may be transported from the pericarp to seed tissue, but most purine alkaloids that accumulated in seeds appeared to be synthesised in cotyledons. Degradation of [8-(14)C]theobromine and [8-(14)C]caffeine to CO2 via 3-methylxanthine and ureides (allantoin and allantoic acid) was detected only in the pericarp of stage C fruits.

  18. Optimizing carbon dioxide and light levels during in vitro culture of Theobroma cacao

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    Figueira, A.; Janick, J. (Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States). Dept. of Horticulture)

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    In vitro culture of axillary cotyledonary shoots of Theobroma cacao L. (cacao) under increasing CO[sub 2] concentration from ambient to 24,000 ppm (culture tube levels) significantly increased total shoot elongation, number of leaves, leaf area per explant, and shoot dry and fresh weight. Although light was necessary for the CO[sub 2] response, the effect of various photon fluxes was not significant for the measured growth parameters. Net photosynthesis estimated on the basis of CO[sub 2] depletion in culture tubes increased 3.5 times from 463 to 2639 ppm CO[sub 2], and increased 1.5 times from 2,639 to 14,849 ppm CO[sub 2], but declined from 14,849 to 24,015 ppm CO[sub 2]. Ethylene concentration in culture vessels increased under enriched CO[sub 2] conditions. Depletion of nutrients (fructose, K, Ca, Mg, and P) from the medium was increased under enriched CO[sub 2] conditions.

  19. Tree spatial structure, host composition and resource availability influence mirid density or black pod prevalence in cacao agroforests in Cameroon.

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    Gidoin, Cynthia; Babin, Régis; Bagny Beilhe, Leïla; Cilas, Christian; ten Hoopen, Gerben Martijn; Bieng, Marie Ange Ngo

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    Combining crop plants with other plant species in agro-ecosystems is one way to enhance ecological pest and disease regulation mechanisms. Resource availability and microclimatic variation mechanisms affect processes related to pest and pathogen life cycles. These mechanisms are supported both by empirical research and by epidemiological models, yet their relative importance in a real complex agro-ecosystem is still not known. Our aim was thus to assess the independent effects and the relative importance of different variables related to resource availability and microclimatic variation that explain pest and disease occurrence at the plot scale in real complex agro-ecosystems. The study was conducted in cacao (Theobroma cacao) agroforests in Cameroon, where cocoa production is mainly impacted by the mirid bug, Sahlbergella singularis, and black pod disease, caused by Phytophthora megakarya. Vegetation composition and spatial structure, resource availability and pest and disease occurrence were characterized in 20 real agroforest plots. Hierarchical partitioning was used to identify the causal variables that explain mirid density and black pod prevalence. The results of this study show that cacao agroforests can be differentiated on the basis of vegetation composition and spatial structure. This original approach revealed that mirid density decreased when a minimum number of randomly distributed forest trees were present compared with the aggregated distribution of forest trees, or when forest tree density was low. Moreover, a decrease in mirid density was also related to decreased availability of sensitive tissue, independently of the effect of forest tree structure. Contrary to expectations, black pod prevalence decreased with increasing cacao tree abundance. By revealing the effects of vegetation composition and spatial structure on mirids and black pod, this study opens new perspectives for the joint agro-ecological management of cacao pests and diseases at the

  20. Identification of candidate genes involved in witches’ broom disease resistance in a segregating mapping population of Theobroma cacao L. in Brazil

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    Witches’ broom disease (WBD) caused by the fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa is responsible for considerable economic losses for cacao producers in the Americas. Protective fungicides are ineffective, and disease management involving repeated phytosanitary removals increases labor costs. The best al...

  1. C and N content in density fractions of whole soil and soil size fraction under cacao agroforestry systems and natural forest in Bahia, Brazil.

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    Rita, Joice Cleide O; Gama-Rodrigues, Emanuela Forestieri; Gama-Rodrigues, Antonio Carlos; Polidoro, Jose Carlos; Machado, Regina Cele R; Baligar, Virupax C

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    Agroforestry systems (AFSs) have an important role in capturing above and below ground soil carbon and play a dominant role in mitigation of atmospheric CO(2). Attempts has been made here to identify soil organic matter fractions in the cacao-AFSs that have different susceptibility to microbial decomposition and further represent the basis of understanding soil C dynamics. The objective of this study was to characterize the organic matter density fractions and soil size fractions in soils of two types of cacao agroforestry systems and to compare with an adjacent natural forest in Bahia, Brazil. The land-use systems studied were: (1) a 30-year-old stand of natural forest with cacao (cacao cabruca), (2) a 30-year-old stand of cacao with Erythrina glauca as shade trees (cacao + erythrina), and (3) an adjacent natural forest without cacao. Soil samples were collected from 0-10 cm depth layer in reddish-yellow Oxisols. Soil samples was separated by wet sieving into five fraction-size classes (>2000 μm, 1000-2000 μm, 250-1000 μm, 53-250 μm, and 2000 μm) mixed with macroaggregates (32-34%), and microaggregates (1-1.3%). Soil organic carbon (SOC) and total N content increased with increasing soil size fraction in all land-use systems. Organic C-to-total N ratio was higher in the macroaggregate than in the microaggregate. In general, in natural forest and cacao cabruca the contribution of C and N in the light and heavy fractions was similar. However, in cacao + erythrina the heavy fraction was the most common and contributed 67% of C and 63% of N. Finding of this study shows that the majority of C and N in all three systems studied are found in macroaggregates, particularly in the 250-1000 μm size aggregate class. The heavy fraction was the most common organic matter fraction in these soils. Thus, in mature cacao AFS on highly weathered soils the main mechanisms of C stabilization could be the physical protection within macroaggregate structures thereby

  2. Almacenamiento en frío de espermatozoides de trucha arcoiris (Oncorhynchus mykiss: Efectos en la motilidad, superóxido intracelular, integridad de la membrana plasmática y potencial de membrana mitocondrial Cold storage of sperm of rainbow trout (oncorhynchus mykiss: Effect on motility, intracellular superoxide, plasma membrane integrity and mitochondrial membrane potential

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A diferencia de lo que ocurre en mamíferos, en teleósteos la mayoría de los estudios que evalúan la calidad del semen almacenado están orientados a la exposición de los espermatozoides a algunas especies reactivas de oxígeno (ROS, a la incorporación de antioxidantes en la dieta o a la aplicación de éstos en el plasma seminal. No se encuentran trabajos disponibles que traten la presencia del radical superóxido (O2._, ni la función que éste cumple al interior del espermatozoide cuando se encuentran almacenados. En la presente investigación se evaluó el efecto del almacenamiento en el O2._, motilidad, integridad de la membrana plasmática y potencial de membrana mitocondrial (ΔΨMit en espermatozoides de trucha arcoiris (oncorhynchus mykiss. Para ello se extrajo el semen, el cual fue almacenado durante 12 días a 4 ºC. Cada 4 días se evaluó motilidad, ΔΨMit, integridad de la membrana plasmática y se detectó O2._ intracelular en los espermatozoides. Se encontró un 82,59% de células con tinción positiva para O2._ el día de extracción de la muestra, mientras que la motilidad, ΔΨMit y la integridad de la membrana plasmática, solo mostraron deterioro después del octavo día de almacenamiento. Únicamente el ΔΨMit se correlaciona negativamente con O2._ a partir del octavo día de almacenamiento (r = -0,56 P In teleostei, as opposed to what happens in mammals, most of the studies that evaluate the quality storages of semen are oriented toward the exposure of spermatozoa to some reactive oxygen species (ROS, the utilization of antioxidants in the diet, or the incorporation of these in seminal plasma. There is no available the literature covering the presence of superoxide ions (O2._, or the function of these on the interior of the spermatozoa that have been stored. In this study, we evaluated the effect of storage on intracellular O2._, motility, plasmatic membrane integrity, and mitochondrial membrane potential (

  3. Isolation and purification of functional total RNA from different organs of cacao tree during its interaction with the pathogen Crinipellis perniciosa.

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    Gesteira, Abelmon da Silva; Micheli, Fabienne; Ferreira, Cláudia Fortes; Cascardo, Júlio Cézar de Mattos

    2003-09-01

    Witches' broom disease, caused by Crinipellis perniciosa, is one of the major fungal diseases causing severe losses to cacao tree (Theobroma cacao L.) plantations in South America. One of the challenges associated with the understanding of the cacao and Crinipellis interaction in genomic studies is the isolation of intact nucleic acids. In this report, we describe a new, successful, and reliable procedure for the isolation of RNA from tissues of cacao tree, both infected and uninfected by Crinipellis. This protocol overcomes the problems associated with the very high amount of polyphenols and polysaccharides present in cacao organs that are not easily removed by conventional extraction procedures. The protocol requires few reagents, uses ultracentrifugation and inexpensive consumables, and can be easily applied in any laboratory. This method produced high-quality RNA that was suitable for subsequent purposes, such as reverse transcription PCR and cDNA library construction. We also report the first evidence of RNA isolation from cacao organs infected by C. perniciosa such as meristems and fruits.

  4. ESTABILIDAD DE ALMACENAMIENTO DE ENSILADOS BIOLÓGICOS A PARTIR DE RESIDUOS DE PESCADO INOCULADOS CON BACTERIAS ÁCIDO-LÁCTICAS STORAGE STABILITY OF BIOLOGICAL SILAGE FROM FISH REMAINS ADDED WITH LACTIC ACID BACTERIA CULTURE

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    Veloza Gómez Luis Carlos

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    Full Text Available Se elaboraron cuatro muestras por triplicado de ensilados biológicos para alimentación animal a partir de residuos de pescado, utilizando melaza como fuente de carbohidratos para el crecimiento de cuatro cepas de bacterias ácido-lácticas (BAL aisladas de los mismos, sometidos a un tiempo de incubación de 72 horas y temperatura de 35 °C (±2 °C para acidificar el producto como método de conservación. A continuación los ensilados se almacenaron durante 180 días a temperatura ambiente para evaluar la estabilidad en anaquel, por medio de análisis químicos, composición química proximal, aminograma, recuentos microbiológicos y algunos de tipo organoléptico del producto terminado. Las cepas fueron eficientes en el proceso de fermentación, causando inhibición del crecimiento de microorganismos indeseables y aportando características organolépticas agradables. El ensilado elaborado con la cepa C14 provocó el descenso del pH en menos de 72 horas de incubación. Ninguno de los productos sufrió deterioro evidente durante el almacenamiento; presentaron porcentajes aceptables de proteína, grasa, cenizas, carbohidratos y aminoácidos, que hacen del producto una fuente utilizable en formulaciones de alimentos para animales.Four biological silages samples for animal feeding were made from fish remains in triplicate, using molasses like source of carbohydrate for the growth of four lactic acid bacteria (LAB strains isolated from those remains and incubated during 72 hours and temperature of 35°C (±2°C to acidify the product as preservation method. Then, the silages were storage for 180 days at room temperature to asses the shelf stability by conducting chemical, proximal chemical composition, amine assessment, microbiological counting and some sensory evaluation in final product. Bacteria cultures were efficient in fermentation process causing inhibition growth of undesirable bacteria and giving pleasant sensory characteristics. The

  5. Aislamiento e identificación de hongos ambientales presentes en áreas de almacenamiento de material bibliográfico y oficinas en la Universidad de Santander UDES Bucaramanga

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    Full Text Available Introducción: Las esporas fúngicas son componentes normales de ambientes externos e internos. La mayoría de los hongos presentes en los ambientes internos son saprófitos, porque ellos obtienen lo que necesitan para su metabolismo de materiales muertos, materia orgánica o sustratos como madera, papel, pintura, suelo, polvo, piel y alimentos. Adicional al deterioro que estos organismos pueden desencadenar en áreas de almacenamiento de material bibliográfico, muchas de las esporas fúngicas pueden desencadenar respuestas alérgicas en individuos susceptibles. De esta manera, las bibliotecas y áreas de almacenamiento bibliográfico y de material de oficina, son lugares aptos para el desarrollo y mantenimiento de estos microorganismos que pueden causar daño sobre los libros, materiales e insumos y las personas que trabajan y hacen uso de estos elementos. Objetivo: Aislar e identificar hongos ambientales presentes en áreas de almacenamiento de material bibliográfico y oficinas en la Universidad de Santander UDES Bucaramanga y establecer su relación con procesos de biodegradación del material contenido en estas áreas y su potencial efecto sobre la salud de las personas que tienen contacto con estos materiales o laboran en estas áreas. Materiales y métodos: El presente trabajo corresponde a un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal, que tuvo como universo de estudio el Campus Lagos del cacique de la Universidad de Santander UDES Bucaramanga. Tomado como base este universo, se determinó una unidad de muestreo correspondiente a las siguientes áreas: Biblioteca, hemeroteca, oficinas de bienestar universitario y de los programas de Bacteriología y Microbiología.  El muestreo se realizó por conveniencia, teniendo en cuenta las áreas que reportaban problemas de contaminación fúngica. Para la recolección de las muestras se empleará el método gravimétrico de sedimentación en placa para el muestreo del aire con exposición al

  6. Influencia de la permeabilidad del envase en la calidad del azúcar

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    Aracelia Hernández-Gutiérrez

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    Full Text Available Se estudia de forma comparativa la velocidad de transmisión de vapor de agua de diferentes materiales para el envase de azúcar empleados en el país, por el método de la hoja volante del Equipo para la "Medición de la Permeabilidad al Vapor de Agua". Se concluye que la velocidad de transmisión de vapor de agua de las bolsas de polietileno de baja densidad, presentan propiedades adecuadas. Se destaca la calidad de la superficie impresa en el papel "Buen día" que presenta una superficie con alta lisura y brillo, de excelente contraste de tintas. Se hace patente además la necesidad una correcta manipulación, envasado y almacenamiento del azúcar en condiciones de humedad y temperatura controladas para mantener sus propiedades organolépticas.

  7. Clero catedralicio y consumo de chocolate en el Burgos del Setecientos

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    Francisco José Sanz de la Higuera

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available La distribución y el consumo de chocolate invadieron, como una «fiebre» persistente, la cultura material y las prácticas alimenticias en el Setecientos. Las viviendas castellanas se dotaron, de manera creciente, de chocolateras y mancerinas, en las cuales verter el ansiado y nutritivo chocolate. El cacao llegaba, con más o menos prodigalidad, a las lonjas y tiendas de las ciudades y a las alacenas y despensas de las viviendas. Los clérigos no fueron ajenos a ese proceso e incluso protagonizaron una problemática colectiva, la del Cabildo catedralicio, con el objetivo manifiesto –preñado en muchas ocasiones de ansiedad y de tirantez con la empresa suministradora y con las autoridades municipales y estatales– de conseguir una logística sostenible de la materia prima, el cacao, para sus hogares.

  8. Towards the understanding of the cocoa transcriptome: Production and analysis of an exhaustive dataset of ESTs of Theobroma cacao L. generated from various tissues and under various conditions

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    Ruiz Manuel

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Theobroma cacao L., is a tree originated from the tropical rainforest of South America. It is one of the major cash crops for many tropical countries. T. cacao is mainly produced on smallholdings, providing resources for 14 million farmers. Disease resistance and T. cacao quality improvement are two important challenges for all actors of cocoa and chocolate production. T. cacao is seriously affected by pests and fungal diseases, responsible for more than 40% yield losses and quality improvement, nutritional and organoleptic, is also important for consumers. An international collaboration was formed to develop an EST genomic resource database for cacao. Results Fifty-six cDNA libraries were constructed from different organs, different genotypes and different environmental conditions. A total of 149,650 valid EST sequences were generated corresponding to 48,594 unigenes, 12,692 contigs and 35,902 singletons. A total of 29,849 unigenes shared significant homology with public sequences from other species. Gene Ontology (GO annotation was applied to distribute the ESTs among the main GO categories. A specific information system (ESTtik was constructed to process, store and manage this EST collection allowing the user to query a database. To check the representativeness of our EST collection, we looked for the genes known to be involved in two different metabolic pathways extensively studied in other plant species and important for T. cacao qualities: the flavonoid and the terpene pathways. Most of the enzymes described in other crops for these two metabolic pathways were found in our EST collection. A large collection of new genetic markers was provided by this ESTs collection. Conclusion This EST collection displays a good representation of the T. cacao transcriptome, suitable for analysis of biochemical pathways based on oligonucleotide microarrays derived from these ESTs. It will provide numerous genetic markers that will allow

  9. Carbon tetrachloride-induced hepatic and renal damages in rat: inhibitory effects of cacao polyphenol.

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    Suzuki, Koichiro; Nakagawa, Kiyotaka; Yamamoto, Takayuki; Miyazawa, Taiki; Kimura, Fumiko; Kamei, Masanori; Miyazawa, Teruo

    2015-01-01

    Here, we investigated the protective effect of cacao polyphenol extract (CPE) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepato-renal oxidative stress in rats. Rats were administered CPE for 7 days and then received intraperitoneal injection of CCl4. Two hours after injection, we found that CCl4 treatment significantly increased biochemical injury markers, lipid peroxides (phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide (PCOOH) and malondialdehyde (MDA)) and decreased glutathione peroxidase activity in kidney rather than liver, suggesting that kidney is more vulnerable to oxidative stress under the present experimental conditions. CPE supplementation significantly reduced these changes, indicating that this compound has antioxidant properties against CCl4-induced oxidative stress. An inhibitory effect of CPE on CCl4-induced CYP2E1 mRNA degradation may provide an explanation for CPE antioxidant property. Together, these results provide quantitative evidence of the in vivo antioxidant properties of CPE, especially in terms of PCOOH and MDA levels in the kidneys of CCl4-treated rats.

  10. CACAO: A project for a laboratory for the production and characterization of thin radioactive layers

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    Bacri, C.O., E-mail: bacri@ipno.in2p3.f [Institut de Physique Nucleaire d' Orsay, 91406 Orsay Cedex, CNRS (UMR8608-IN2P3), Universite Paris-Sud (Paris XI) (France); Petitbon, V.; Pierre, S. [Institut de Physique Nucleaire d' Orsay, 91406 Orsay Cedex, CNRS (UMR8608-IN2P3), Universite Paris-Sud (Paris XI) (France)

    2010-02-11

    CACAO, Chimie des Actinides et Cibles radioActives a Orsay (actinide chemistry and radioactive targets at Orsay), is a project under construction that consists of the installation of a hot laboratory dedicated to the production and characterization of thin radioactive layers. The project aims to be a joint CNRS-CEA national laboratory to overcome difficulties related mainly to safety issues and to the lack of knowledge and potential manpower. The first goal is to fulfill, at least, the needs of the whole French community, and to be able to coordinate the different activities related to radioactive targets. For this purpose, itis important to be complementary to already existing international installations. Inside this framework, it will of course be possible to produce and/or characterize targets for other users.

  11. CACAO: A project for a laboratory for the production and characterization of thin radioactive layers

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    Bacri, C. O.; Petitbon, V.; Pierre, S.; Cacao Group

    2010-02-01

    CACAO, Chimie des Actinides et Cibles radioActives à Orsay (actinide chemistry and radioactive targets at Orsay), is a project under construction that consists of the installation of a hot laboratory dedicated to the production and characterization of thin radioactive layers. The project aims to be a joint CNRS-CEA national laboratory to overcome difficulties related mainly to safety issues and to the lack of knowledge and potential manpower. The first goal is to fulfill, at least, the needs of the whole French community, and to be able to coordinate the different activities related to radioactive targets. For this purpose, itis important to be complementary to already existing international installations. Inside this framework, it will of course be possible to produce and/or characterize targets for other users.

  12. Factores para la sostenibilidad del desarrollo local de Maracaibo

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    Fernando Torres Granadillo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo central del trabajo es describir los factores para la sostenibilidad del desarrollo local de Maracaibo. El tipo de investigación fue descriptiva, bajo un diseño transeccional y de campo. La población estuvo conformada por 475 empresas, bajo un muestreo no probabilístico de tipo intensional se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado, validado por expertos y la confiabilidad de acuerdo a Alpha de Cronbach a 85 empresas, en 7 sectores economicos prepondantes en la econonía local, a saber: actividades financieras y de seguro, comercio, construcción, industrias manufactureras (elaboración de alimentos, servicios sociales y salud, servicios tecnológicos y transporte, almacenamiento y comunicaciones. Los resultados indicaron que la detección de debilidades en las interconectividades de los factores capital social, innovación y empredimiento genera una endeble sostenibilidad del desarrollo local Marabino.

  13. Morphological, biochemical, molecular and ultrastructural changes induced by Cd toxicity in seedlings of Theobroma cacao L.

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    Castro, Andressa V; de Almeida, Alex-Alan F; Pirovani, Carlos P; Reis, Graciele S M; Almeida, Nicolle M; Mangabeira, Pedro A O

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    Seeds from Theobroma cacao progenies derived from the self-pollination of 'Catongo'×'Catongo' and the crossing between CCN-10×SCA-6 were immersed for 24h in different Cd solutions (2; 4; 8; 16 and 32 mgL(-1)) along with the control treatment (without Cd). Shortly after, the seeds were sown in plastic tubes containing organic substrate and were grown in a greenhouse for 60 days. The treatment with Cd was observed to cause morphological, biochemical, molecular and ultrastructural changes in both progenies of T. cacao. There has been deformation in chloroplasts, nuclear chromatin condensation, and reduction in thickness of the mesophyll. As for 'Catongo'×'Catongo', a decrease in thickness of the epidermis was noted on the abaxial face. There has been increased guaiacol peroxidase activity in the roots of CCN-10×SCA-6, as well as in the''Catongo'×'Catongo' leaves. In the presence of Cd, CCN-10×SCA-6 showed increased expression of the genes associated with the biosynthesis of phytochelatin (PCS-1) and class III peroxidases (PER-1) in leaves, and metallothionein (MT2b), in roots. In 'Catongo'×'Catongo', there has been an increase in the expression of genes associated with the biosynthesis of PER-1 and cytosolic superoxide dismutase dependent on copper and zinc (Cu-Zn SODCyt) in leaves and from MT2b and PCS-1 and roots. There was higher accumulation of Cd in the aerial parts of seedlings from both progenies, whereas the most pronounced accumulation was seen in''Catongo'×'Catongo'. The increase in Cd concentration has led to lower Zn and Fe levels in both progenies. Hence, one may conclude that the different survival strategies used by CCN-10×SCA-6 made such progeny more tolerant to Cd stress when compared to''Catongo'×'Catongo'.

  14. Genetic identification of Theobroma cacao L. trees with high Criollo ancestry in Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico.

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    Vázquez-Ovando, J A; Molina-Freaner, F; Nuñez-Farfán, J; Ovando-Medina, I; Salvador-Figueroa, M

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    Criollo-type cacao trees are an important pool of genes with potential to be used in cacao breeding and selection programs. For that reason, we assessed the diversity and population structure of Criollo-type trees (108 cultivars with Criollo phenotypic characteristics and 10 Criollo references) using 12 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers. Cultivars were selected from 7 demes in the Soconusco region of southern Mexico. SSRs amplified 74 alleles with an average of 3.6 alleles per population. The overall populations showed an average observed heterozygosity of 0.28, indicating heterozygote deficiency (average fixation index F = 0.50). However, moderate allelic diversity was found within populations (Shannon index for all populations I = 0.97). Bayesian method analysis determined 2 genetic clusters (K = 2) within individuals. In concordance, an assignment test grouped 37 multilocus genotypes (including 10 references) into a first cluster (Criollo), 54 into a second (presumably Amelonado), and 27 admixed individuals unassigned at the 90% threshold likely corresponding to the Trinitario genotype. This classification was supported by the principal coordinate analysis and analysis of molecular variance, which showed 12% of variation among populations (FST = 0.123, P < 0.0001). Sampled demes sites (1- 7) in the Soconusco region did not show any evidence of clustering by geographic location, and this was supported by the Mantel test (Rxy = 0.54, P = 0.120). Individuals with high Criollo lineage planted in Soconusco farms could be an important reservoir of genes for future breeding programs searching for fine, taste, flavor, and aroma cocoa.

  15. Reestructuración del layout de la zona de picking en una bodega industrial

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    Martín Darío Arango Serna

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    Full Text Available Este artículo tiene como objetivo presentar una propuesta orientada al mejoramiento de los procesos de distribución y Picking en la bodega de una empresa del sector industrial. Este presenta, inicialmente el marco teórico y la problemática, finaliza con la presentación del caso empresarial objeto de estudio. Las actividades relacionadas con el almacenamiento de materiales son de las que más interfieren en los costos logísticos totales en una empresa o cadena de suministro. Una de las actividades primordiales para intentar reducir los costos operativos es la optimización de los espacios requeridos en el almacenamiento. La finalidad del estudio radica principalmente en la disminución de los tiempos de preparación de pedido para lograr una mejora en el servicio y en la reducción del área destinada al almacenamiento para mitigar los costos de operación. / The main objective of this paper is to present a proposal aimed at improving the distribution and picking processes in a warehouse of an industrial company. Initially, it outlines the theory and problem to be solved, and concludes with a description of a case study. Warehousing activities affect the total logistics costs of a company or supply chain most; thus, optimizing the required spaces for warehousing is one of the most important activities when attempting to reduce operative costs in a company. The purpose of this study is to reduce the time required for picking activities and, therefore, obtain an improvement in the service and a reduction of the area used in the warehouse, which leads to cost reductions.

  16. Manual para la construcción e instalación de tanques de doble pared para almacenamiento de combustible en estaciones de servicio

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    Diaz Lopez, Darwin Richard; Helguero, Manuel

    2009-01-01

    Esta tesis de grado ha sido desarrollada para dar una solución técnica y económica en el procedimiento de la construcción e instalación de tanques enterrados para almacenamiento de combustible en Estaciones de Servicio Automotrices; procedimientos basados en normas aplicadas dentro de este campo y lo contendrá como manual practico. En el país no existe una normativa específica para procedimiento en construcción, por lo que se ha visto la necesidad de crear un manual que cuente con la infor...

  17. Changes in soil physical and chemical properties in long term improved natural and traditional agroforestry management systems of cacao genotypes in Peruvian Amazon.

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    Arévalo-Gardini, Enrique; Canto, Manuel; Alegre, Julio; Loli, Oscar; Julca, Alberto; Baligar, Virupax

    2015-01-01

    Growing cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in an agroforestry system generates a productive use of the land, preserves the best conditions for physical, chemical and biological properties of tropical soils, and plays an important role in improving cacao production and fertility of degraded tropical soils. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of two long term agroforestry systems of cacao management on soil physical and chemical properties in an area originally inhabited by 30 years old native secondary forest (SF). The two agroforestry systems adapted were: improved natural agroforestry system (INAS) where trees without economic value were selectively removed to provide 50% shade and improved traditional agroforestry system (ITAS) where all native trees were cut and burnt in the location. For evaluation of the changes of soil physical and chemical properties with time due to the imposed cacao management systems, plots of 10 cacao genotypes (ICS95, UF613, CCN51, ICT1112, ICT1026, ICT2162, ICT2171, ICT2142, H35, U30) and one plot with a spontaneous hybrid were selected. Soil samples were taken at 0-20, 20-40 and 40-60 cm depths before the installation of the management systems (2004), and then followed at two years intervals. Bulk density, porosity, field capacity and wilting point varied significantly during the years of assessment in the different soil depths and under the systems assessed. Soil pH, CEC, exchangeable Mg and sum of the bases were higher in the INAS than the ITAS. In both systems, SOM, Ext. P, K and Fe, exch. K, Mg and Al+H decreased with years of cultivation; these changes were more evident in the 0-20 cm soil depth. Overall improvement of SOM and soil nutrient status was much higher in the ITAS than INAS. The levels of physical and chemical properties of soil under cacao genotypes showed a marked difference in both systems.

  18. Colletotrichum gloeosporioides s.l. associated with Theobroma cacao and other plants in Panama: multilocus phylogenies distinguish host-associated pathogens from asymptomatic endophytes.

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    Rojas, Enith I; Rehner, Stephen A; Samuels, Gary J; Van Bael, Sunshine A; Herre, Edward A; Cannon, Paul; Chen, Rui; Pang, Junfeng; Wang, Ruiwu; Zhang, Yaping; Peng, Yan-Qiong; Sha, Tao

    2010-01-01

    Colletotrichum interacts with numerous plant species overtly as symptomatic pathogens and cryptically as asymptomatic endophytes. It is not known whether these contrasting ecological modes are optional strategies expressed by individual Colletotrichum species or whether a species' ecology is explicitly pathogenic or endophytic. We explored this question by inferring relationships among 77 C. gloeosporioides s.l. strains isolated from asymptomatic leaves and from anthracnose lesions on leaves and fruits of Theobroma cacao (cacao) and other plants from Panamá. ITS and 5'-tef1 were used to assess diversity and to delineate operational taxonomic units for multilocus phylogenetic analysis. The ITS and 5'-tef1 screens concordantly resolved four strongly supported lineages, clades A-D: Clade A includes the ex type of C. gloeosporioides, clade B includes the ex type ITS sequence of C. boninense, and clades C and D are unidentified. The ITS yielded limited resolution and support within all clades, in particular the C. gloeosporioides clade (A), the focal lineage dealt with in this study. In contrast the 5'-tef1 screen differentiated nine distinctive haplotype subgroups within the C. gloeosporioides clade that were concordant with phylogenetic terminals resolved in a five-locus nuclear phylogeny. Among these were two phylogenetic species associated with symptomatic infections specific to either cacao or mango and five phylogenetic species isolated principally as asymptomatic infections from cacao and other plant hosts. We formally describe two new species, C. tropicale and C. ignotum, that are frequent asymptomatic associates of cacao and other Neotropical plant species, and epitypify C. theobromicola, which is associated with foliar and fruit anthracnose lesions of cacao. Asymptomatic Colletotrichum strains isolated from cacao plants grown in China included six distinct C. gloeosporioides clade taxa, only one of which is known to occur in the Neotropics.

  19. Cacao liquor procyanidin extract improves glucose tolerance by enhancing GLUT4 translocation and glucose uptake in skeletal muscle

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    Yamashita, Yoko; Okabe, Masaaki; Natsume, Midori; Ashida, Hitoshi

    2012-01-01

    Hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance are associated with the increased risk of the metabolic syndrome and other severe health problems. The insulin-sensitive GLUT4 regulates glucose homoeostasis in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. In this study, we investigated whether cacao liquor procyanidin (CLPr) extract, which contains epicatechin, catechin and other procyanidins, improves glucose tolerance by promoting GLUT4 translocation and enhances glucose uptake in muscle cells. Our results demo...

  20. Efficient method of protein extraction from Theobroma cacao L. roots for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analyses.

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    Bertolde, F Z; Almeida, A-A F; Silva, F A C; Oliveira, T M; Pirovani, C P

    2014-07-04

    Theobroma cacao is a woody and recalcitrant plant with a very high level of interfering compounds. Standard protocols for protein extraction were proposed for various types of samples, but the presence of interfering compounds in many samples prevented the isolation of proteins suitable for two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE). An efficient method to extract root proteins for 2-DE was established to overcome these problems. The main features of this protocol are: i) precipitation with trichloroacetic acid/acetone overnight to prepare the acetone dry powder (ADP), ii) several additional steps of sonication in the ADP preparation and extractions with dense sodium dodecyl sulfate and phenol, and iii) adding two stages of phenol extractions. Proteins were extracted from roots using this new protocol (Method B) and a protocol described in the literature for T. cacao leaves and meristems (Method A). Using these methods, we obtained a protein yield of about 0.7 and 2.5 mg per 1.0 g lyophilized root, and a total of 60 and 400 spots could be separated, respectively. Through Method B, it was possible to isolate high-quality protein and a high yield of roots from T. cacao for high-quality 2-DE gels. To demonstrate the quality of the extracted proteins from roots of T. cacao using Method B, several protein spots were cut from the 2-DE gels, analyzed by tandem mass spectrometry, and identified. Method B was further tested on Citrus roots, with a protein yield of about 2.7 mg per 1.0 g lyophilized root and 800 detected spots.

  1. The impact of organic fertilizer utilization on Phytopthora pod rot and cocoa pod borer incidences in cacao plantation

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    Rosmana, Ade; Dewi, Vien Sartika; Sjam, Sylvia; Rahim, Mohammad Danial; Nasaruddin; Wahyuni, Sri

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    Phytopthora pod rot (PPR) and cocoa pod borer (CPB) are serious pests giving lost of around 60% and 70% respectively on cacao productivity in Indonesia. In this trial we tried to evaluate the impact of cultural practices by using organic fertilizer made from difference source of organic material on incidences caused by PPR and CPB. The organic fertilizer treatment consist of liquid organic fertilizer, HK compost, BH compost, DN compost, liquid organic fertilizer plus HK compost, liquid or...

  2. Responses of seedlings of tropical woody plants to environmental stresses with emphasis on Theobroma cacao and Hevea brasiliensis

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    Sena Gomes, A.R.

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    Relative humidity, flooding, temperature, wind, and SO/sub 2/ variously influenced physiological processes and growth of tropical woody plants, with emphasis on three Theobroma cacao varieties and three Hevea brasiliensis families. Stomata were smaller and more numerous in Theobroma than in Hevea. In Theobroma, but not Heavea, stomatal frequency decreased from the leaf base to the apex and from the midrib outward. Stomata of Theobroma cacao var. Catongo opened in high relative humidity (RH) and closed in low RH. The more open stomata in high RH were associated with high rates of photosynthesis, low leaf water potential, high water use efficiency (WUE), and low transpiration rate (TR). Variations in TR and WUE were correlated with changes in vapor pressure deficit. Other responses included stomatal closure, decreased chlorophyll content, leaf epinasty, production of hypertrophied lenticels and adventitious roots, and acceleration of ethylene production. Responses to flooding varied with species, Theobroma varieties and Hevea families. Effects of temperature regimes on growth varied with species, varieties and families, plant parts, growth parameters, and time of harvesting. Optimal temperatures for dry weight increase of stems or roots of Theobroma cacao var. Comum were 22.2 C; and 33.3 C for dry weight increase or relative growth rates of leaves or seedlings. Optimal temperatures for growth varied for Hevea families. Wind injured leaves of Theobroma cacao, with more injury by wind of 6.0 than 3.0 m s/sup -1/. Stomata were more open on windy than on calm days, but tended to close at high wind speeds. Wind lowered transpiration rate but the reduction was not correlated with leaf dehydration. SO/sub 2/ at 0.5, 1.0, or 1.5 ppm for 24 h did not injure Theobroma leaves but reduced dry weight increment of leaves of var. Catongo but not Catongo/Sial.

  3. Mejoramiento en los procesos de recepción, almacenamiento y despacho de los productos y envases vacíos de Cervecería Unión S.A. en las bodegas de Urabá

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    Cardona Montoya, Daniel Esteban

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    En el presente proyecto de grado se realiza un análisis a los procesos de recepción, almacenamiento y despacho de los productos y envases vacíos de Cervecería Unión S.A. en dos bodegas de Urabá; mediante el análisis se identifican los puntos claves y los aspectos a mejorar de cada uno de los procesos, diseñando basado en estos resultados, el layout de una nueva bodega adquirida para aumentar la capacidad, mejorar las condiciones de almacenamiento y centralizar toda la operación de la zona, su...

  4. Implementación del control operacional para la seguridad y salud ocupacional de una empresa procesadora de trigo

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    Zerna Navarrete, Jenny; Arias Ulloa, Cristian

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    El objetivo de la implementación del Control Operacional para la salud y seguridad ocupacional basado en la norma OHSAS 18001:2007es la eliminación o minimización de los riesgos dentro de la planta con la implementación de un Control Operacional formal. La empresa en estudio se dedica al almacenamiento y procesamiento del trigo y sus derivados. Al analizar la situación actual de la empresa se tuvo como base la identificación de peligros y evaluación de los riesgos para el establecimiento de...

  5. Chemical speciation of cadmium: An approach to evaluate plant-available cadmium in Ecuadorian soils under cacao production.

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    Chavez, E; He, Z L; Stoffella, P J; Mylavarapu, R S; Li, Y C; Baligar, V C

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    Elevated concentration of cadmium (Cd) in cacao beans has raised serious concerns about the chocolate consumption on human health. Accumulation of Cd in cacao bean in southern Ecuador has been related to soil contamination. In this study, soil fractionation approach was used to identify available Cd pools in the soils and to correlate these Cd pools with bean Cd concentration and soil test indexes. The distribution of soil Cd fractions decreased in the order: oxidizable > acid-soluble > residual > reducible > water-soluble (+exchangeable). Oxidizable and acid-soluble fractions accounted for 59 and 68% of the total recoverable Cd for the 0-5 and 5-15 cm soil depth, respectively. Acid-soluble fraction was closely related to bean-Cd, with correlation coefficients (r) of 0.70 and 0.81 (P cacao-growing soils is related to the acid-soluble fraction and bound to organic matter, remediation of the contaminated soils should consider to the dynamics of soil pH and organic matter content.

  6. Solidification and Immobilization of Heavy metals in Soil using with nano-metallic Ca/CaO Dispersion Mixture

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    Mallampati S. R.

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    Full Text Available In the present work, the use of nano-metallic calcium (Ca and calcium oxide (CaO dispersion mixture for the immobilization of heavy metals (As, Cd, Cr and Pb in soil was investigated. With simple grinding, 85-90% of heavy metals immobilization could be achieved, while it could be enhanced to 98-100% by grinding with the addition of nano-metallic Ca/CaO dispersion mixture. By SEM-EDS elemental maps as well as semi-quantitative analysis observed that the amount of As, Cd, Cr and Pb measurable on soil particle surface decreases after nano-metallic Ca/CaO treatment. The leachable heavy metals concentrations were reduced, to the concentration lower than the Japan soil elution standard regulatory threshold, i. e., < 0.01 mg/l for As, Cd and Pb and 0.05mg/l for Cr. Whereas, the effect of soil moisture and pH on heavy metals immobilization was not much influenced. The results suggest that nano-metallic Ca/CaO mixture is suitable to be used for the gentle immobilization of heavy metals contaminated soil at normal moisture conditions.

  7. Identification and mapping of conserved ortholog set(COS) II sequences of cacao and their conversion to SNP markers for marker-assisted selection in Theobroma cocoa and comparative genomics studies

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    Theobroma cacao is a tree cultivated in the tropics around the world for its seeds that are the source of both chocolate and cocoa butter. The cacao genome sequencing project initiated as a collaboration between USDA, Mars, Inc. and IBM has generated a great deal of transcriptome and genome sequenc...

  8. Cuantificación de bacterias diazótrofas aisladas de suelos cacaoteros (Theobroma cacao L., por la técnica de Número Más Probable (NMP

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    Adriana Zulay Argüello Navarro

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    Full Text Available Esta investigación tuvo como objetivo cuantificar bacterias diazótrofas y comparar fisicoquímicamente suelos rizosféricos de tres cacaotales (Theobroma cacao L. del Departamento Norte de Santander, Colombia; para lo cual se caracterizaron, diferenciándose en área cultivada, manejo agronómico y edad del cultivo. A partir de diluciones seriadas de las muestras y empleando la técnica de Número Más Probable (NMP, en medios de cultivo semiselectivos (NFb, JMV, LGI, JNFb semisólidos, se cuantificaron las diazótrofas, evaluando como positivo la formación de una película subsuperficial en el medio contenido en viales sellados; muestras pares se enviaron al laboratorio Bioambiental (UNET para los análisis fisicoquímicos. Como resultado, las muestras evaluadas mostraron deficiencias en el porcentaje de materia orgánica y elementos como Potasio, Fósforo y Magnesio. Se reportaron estadísticamente diferencias altamente significativas en NMP. La mayor cuantificación de diazótrofas se reportó en la finca Florilandia, que se caracterizó por tener riego por goteo. La mayor cuantificación de diazotrófas se registró en los medios NFb y JMV, demostrándose una mayor presencia de los presuntos géneros Azospirillum sp. y Burkholderia sp. los cuales son fácilmente aislados de suelos rizosféricos, a diferencia de los géneros Herbaspirillum sp. y Gluconacetobacter sp. que por su carácter endófito suelen ser menos predominantes en este tipo de muestras. Se concluye además, que las características fisicoquímicas del suelo, la humedad y las relaciones climáticas al momento de la toma de las muestras, condicionan la cantidad de exudados de las raíces y por tanto son factores que condicionaron la presencia de diazótrofas en las muestras. Palabras clave: Azospirillum, Burkholderia, cacao, rizósfera

  9. STABILITY OF ANTHOCYANINS FROM Rubus glaucus AND Solanum betaceum Cav.dark-red strain AS AFFECTED BY TEMPERATURE, STORAGE AND WATER ACTIVITY Efecto de la temperatura, almacenamiento y la actividad de agua sobre la estabilidad de antocianinas de Rubus glaucus y Solanum betaceum Cav.dark-red strain

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    Full Text Available The stability of sprayed-dried microencapsulated anthocyanins from Andes berry (Rubus glaucus and Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum, as affected by storage time, water activity (Aw and temperature was compared. The fruits were osmotically dehydrated with ethanol and the anthocyanin extract was microencapsulated with maltodextrin DE 20 by spray drying. Half life of the anthocyanins; changes in color, total phenolics, and antioxidant activity of the powders, were analyzed during storage at two different temperatures ( 25 °C and 40 °C and two Aw levels (0.20 and 0.35. A decrease in monomeric anthocyanin was observed in both samples. The half life of the Andes berry pigments ranged between 11 and 32 days while the half life of the tamarillo pigments ranged between 9 and 21 days. A darkening effect occurred in both samples as a result of storage time. The antioxidant activity decreased while the phenolic content increased with time. Antioxidant activity of Andes berry samples was highly correlated with anthocyanin content and total phenolic content while the antioxidant activity of tamarillo samples was highly correlated with total phenolic content. These results would be useful in developing applications for spray-dried anthocyanins as powdered food-grade colorants.Se comparó el efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento, la temperatura y la actividad de agua (Aw sobre la estabilidad de antocianinas microencapsuladas de Mora de Castilla (Rubus glaucus y tamarillo (Solanum betaceum. Las frutas se sometieron a deshidratación osmótica con etanol y el extracto antociánico se microencapsuló con maltodextrina ED 20 por atomización. La vida media de las antocianinas; los cambios en color, fenoles totales y actividad antioxidante se analizaron durante el almacenamiento a dos temperaturas ( 25 °C y 40 °C y dos niveles de Aw (0,20 y 0,35. Se observó una disminución de la antocianina monomérica en las dos muestras. La vida media de los pigmentos de mora de

  10. Identification of yeasts Isolated from processed and frozen cocoa (Theobroma cacao pulp for wine production

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    Rita de Cássia Trindade

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The alternative use of cocoa (Theobroma cacao for wine production was tested. The pulp samples, obtained from Formosa farm, Itacaré, Brazil, were diluted, homogenized and inoculated on Sabouraud dextrose agar medium (SDA and incubated at 28º C for 5-8 days. Selected colonies were tested for the ability to ferment cocoa pulp and divided into fermentative, non-fermentative and weak/late fermentative species. Isolates characterized as fermentative were further tested in a small-scale wine production plant and identified. Species from the genus Brettanomyces constituted the main fermentative yeasts, with the exception of two Kloeckera apis samples. The final wine product was normally pale or clear, making clarification unnecessary, and with a sweet or dry pleasant flavor. The predominance of Brettanomyces species in cocoa pulp indicated its ecological importance in this environment and pointed to an active role of Brettanomyces in the deterioration process of the processed cocoa pulp.O uso alternativo de cacau (Theobroma cacao para produção de vinho foi testado. A polpa de cacau foi obtida da Fazenda Formosa, Itacaré, Brasil. As amostras de polpa foram diluídas, homogeneizadas e inoculadas em meio de Sabouraud dextrose e incubadas a 28°C por 5-8 dias. Colônias selecionadas foram testadas quanto à habilidade de fermentar a polpa de cacau e divididas em fermentadoras, não-fermentadoras e fermentadoras lentas. As amostras fermentadoras foram identificadas e testadas para produção de vinho de cacau em escala piloto. A maioria das amostras fermentadoras pertencem ao gênero Brettanomyces, com exceção de duas amostras de Kloeckera apis. O vinho obtido apresentou coloração fraca e clara, tornando a clarificação desnecessária, além de sabor doce e agradável. A predominância de espécies de Brettanomyces na polpa de cacau poderia indicar sua importância ecológica neste ambiente e sugere uma participação ativa dessas leveduras nos

  11. Líquidos iónicos, procedimiento de preparación y su uso como electrolitos para dispositivos electroquímicos de almacenamiento de energía

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    Miguel, Irene de; Herradón García, Bernardo; Mann, Enrique; Morales, Enrique

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    La presente invención se refiere a líquidos iónicos de formula general (I), su síntesis y al uso de los dichos líquidos iónicos como electrolitos en dispositivos electroquímicos de almacenamiento de energía eléctrica

  12. GENERACIÓN DE UN SISTEMA DE INFORMACIÓN GEOGRÁFICA COMO INSTRUMENTO PARA LA GESTIÓN DEL AGUA EN LA CIUDAD DE SAN LUIS POTOSI

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    Ortiz, Monica

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    La gestión eficiente del agua es de importancia primordial en las regiones áridas y semiáridas del territorio mexicano. El crecimiento poblacional y económico de ciudades ubicadas en ellas, como San Luis Potosí, ha rebasado la infraestructura de almacenamiento y distribución del recurso, que resulta insuficiente para cubrir necesidades de la población, industria y actividades agropecuarias. Asimismo, es insoslayable incorporar la tecnología informática para apoyar la toma de decisiones, a fin...

  13. Evaluación del secuestro de carbono con diferentes alternativas de gestión selvícola en monte bajo de castaño en el Norte de España

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    Prada Monteagudo, Marta

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    Las masas forestales y las actividades de manejo forestal juegan un papel importante en la fijación del carbono. Los objetivos del estudio fueron determinar la línea base de almacenamiento de carbono en monte bajo de castaño (Castanea sativa Mill.), evaluar el efecto de la gestión forestal y validar los resultados del modelo. El área de estudio se localiza en el norte de España. El modelo CO2FIX se utilizó para estimar el contenido de carbono en la biomasa, suelo y productos, evaluándose 5 al...

  14. Desarrollo y difusión de un método para el diseño de la base de datos a partir del modelo orientado a objetos

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    Alvarez Cárdenas, Sofía; Hernández González, Anaisa

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    La mayoría de las aplicaciones de software que se desarrollan en el mundo requieren del almacenamiento y gestión de grandes volúmenes de información. Con el auge del paradigma de la orientación a objetos, este proceso ha tomado nuevas dimensiones porque la persistencia es de objetos, no solo de datos. En este trabajo se describe un método para el diseño de la base de datos a partir del paradigma de la orientación a objetos (DIBAO), desarrollado en nuestro centro. Se incluyen las caracterís...

  15. La colección ornitológica del Museo de La Plata

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    Montalti, Diego

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    La recolección de objetos y su almacenamiento es una característica natural del hombre. Así surgen las colecciones de los museos, institutos y universidades que se utilizan para tareas de investigación, exhibición y docencia. El Museo de La Plata, posee una gran cantidad de colecciones sobre ciencias naturales, entre ellas la referida a las aves pertenece a la Sección Ornitología de la División Zoología Vertebrados. El origen de la ornitología (estudio de las aves) y su desarrollo p...

  16. Calidad fisiológica de semillas de Physalis ixocarpa en función de madurez a cosecha y condiciones de almacenamiento Physalis ixocarpa physiological seed quality in terms of maturity at harvest and storage conditions

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    Ignacio Pérez Camacho

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    Full Text Available El deterioro de la semilla durante el almacenamiento reduce su capacidad germinativa y el establecimiento de plántulas en campo. En semillas de Physalis ixocarpa Brot., se desconocen los niveles de los factores ambientales que afectan su longevidad germinativa y su desempeño fisiológico durante el almacenamiento, en función del estado de desarrollo a la cosecha. En esta investigación se evaluó semilla de la variedad Chapingo cosechada en tres estados de desarrollo (45, 55 y 65 días después de la polinización, en tres periodos de almacenamiento (0, 4 y 8 meses combinados con cinco ambientes que incluyeron dos temperaturas (23.8 y 5.3 °C y dos niveles de humedad relativa (24 y 81%. Se encontró que la semilla puede mantener su capacidad germinativa inicial (70%, por al menos durante 8 meses cuando se almacena en baja humedad relativa (24% o en frío (5 °C, ya que la combinación de alta humedad relativa (81% y temperatura de 23 °C causan el deterioro de la semilla. El deterioro se manifiesta en reducciones de germinación de 70 a 29%, viabilidad de 81 a 46%, velocidad de emergencia de radícula de 20.4 a 9.9 radículas por día, velocidad de emergencia de la parte aérea de 6.3 a 2.3 plántulas por día, respiración de 16.1 a6.6nmol CO2 g-1 s-¹ y en un aumento en conductividad eléctrica de 32 a 97 µS cm-¹ g-¹. Las semillas de 55 días de edad ya han alcanzado la madurez fisiológica, pues germinan igual y con el mismo vigor que las semillas de 65 días. Las semillas inmaduras de 45 días ya poseen capacidad de germinar, aunque 10% menos que la semilla madura y con menor vigor.Seed deterioration during storage reduces germination and seedling establishment in the field. For Physalis ixocarpa Brot. seeds the levels of environmental factors that affect its germination longevity and physiological performance during storage, depending on the state of development at harvest are unknown. For this research, variety Chapingo seeds

  17. Caracterización del proceso de fermentación del grano de Copoazú (Theobroma grandiflorum Willd. ex Spreng) / Characterization of fermentation process of Copoazú (Theobroma grandiflorum Willd. ex Spreng) Seeds

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    Castro Robayo, Zulma Rocío

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    El copoazú (Theobroma grandiflorum Willd. ex Spreng) es una planta amazónica cuya la semilla se utiliza para obtener cupulate. La fermentación se convierte en el principal proceso de beneficio para la semilla, ya que contribuye a generar los precursores del aroma y sabor típicos del grano de la misma forma que sucede con el cacao. El presente trabajo tuvo como objetivo la caracterización de tres tipos de fermentación de semillas de copoazú: en el primero (FC1) se remociones a las 48, 96 y 120...

  18. Absorción y distribución de nutrientes en clones de cacao y sus efectos en el rendimiento

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    Yina Jazbleidi Puentes-Páramo; Juan Carlos Menjivar-Flores; Arnulfo Gómez-Carabalí; Fabio Aranzazu-Hernández

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    En el centro experimental de la Federación Nacional de Cacaoteros de Colombia (Fedecacao), localizado en municipio de Miranda, Cauca, (Colombia) se evaluó la capacidad de absorción y distribución de los nutrientes N, P y K en hojas, cáscara y almendra de los clones de cacao (Theobroma cacao L.): CCN-51 y ICS-95 (auto-compatibles) y TSH-565 e ICS-39 (auto-incompatibles), y su influencia en el rendimiento. El diseño experimental fue bloques completos al azar con cinco tratamientos y cuatro rep...

  19. Biochemical precursor effects on the fatty acid production in cell suspension cultures of Theobroma cacao L.

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    Parra, O; Gallego, A M; Urrea, A; Rojas, L F; Correa, C; Atehortúa, L

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    Cocoa butter (CB) is composed of 96% palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids that are responsible for the hardness, texture and fusion properties of chocolate. Through in vitro plant cell culture it is possible to modify CB lipid profiles and to study the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway on a subcellular level, evaluating fundamental aspects to enhance in vitro fatty acid production in a specific and controlled way. In this research, culture media was supplemented with acetate, biotin, pyruvate, bicarbonate and glycerol at three different concentrations and the effects on the biomass production (g/L), cell viability, and fatty acids profile and production was evaluated in in vitro cell suspensions culture. It was found that biotin stimulated fatty acid synthesis without altering cell viability and cell growth. It was also evident a change in the lipid profile of cell suspensions, increasing middle and long chain fatty acids proportion, which are unusual to those reported in seeds; thus implying that it is possible to modify lipid profiles according to the treatment used. According to the results of sucrose gradients and enzyme assays performed, it is proposed that cacao cells probably use the pentose phosphate pathway, mitochondria being the key organelle in the carbon flux for the synthesis of reductant power and fatty acid precursors.

  20. Spatial Variability of Soil Properties in Archeological Dark Earth Sites under Cacao Cultivation

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    Douglas Marcelo Pinheiro da Silva

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Soils with an A horizon formed by human activity, an anthropogenic A horizon, are found in the Amazon Region. Few studies have examined the spatial distribution of the properties of these soils. We mapped the spatial variability of some soil properties in an area of Archaeological Dark Earth (ADE in the Brazilian Amazon. A sampling grid was defined over an area of 42 × 88 m under cacao cultivation in which sampling points were established at a spacing of 6 × 8 m, for a total of 88 points. Samples were collected from the 0.00-0.05, 0.05-0.10, 0.10-0.20, and 0.20-0.30 m depth layers. Soil texture, aggregate stability, and organic carbon (OC analyses were performed on disturbed soil samples. Undisturbed samples were used to determine soil macroporosity (Macro, microporosity (Micro, total porosity (TP, and soil resistance to penetration (RP. The results were analyzed by descriptive statistic, Pearson correlation (p<0.01, and geostatistics. Soil bulk density, total pore volume, and geometric mean diameter are dependent on the total amount of OC in the ADE area. Increased soil bulk density and RP are proportional to a decrease in OC content and lower Micro and TP. Moreover, soil resistance to penetration is influenced by soil water and clay content with depth.

  1. Cacao families and parents selected as resistant to natural infection of Moniliophthora perniciosa

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    Carolina S. Benjamin

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The known sources of resistance to witches’ broom (WB, a severe disease of cacao, are limited. Aiming to identify families and parents resistant to Moniliophthora perniciosa, a population of 22 families was evaluated by assessing the number of brooms formed per tree during 10 years under field conditions. The population was established in randomized blocks with three replications of 12 plants each. Significant differences were observed among families. The most outstanding families were NA33 x RB39 and RB39 x P4B, which presented the lowest WB incidence during 10 years. The increase in natural field infection of Scavina clones families and their descendants were clearly demonstrated after 2006. The existence of additive effects for resistance appears clearly for families, which had other source of resistance associated with Scavina. Clones RB39, RB36, P4B, NA33 and CSUL3 are promising parents for pyramiding resistance genes and increasing the stability and durability of resistance to WB.

  2. Evaluation of the problematic of corrosion in bottoms of tanks of crude oil storage; Evaluacion de la problematica de corrosion en fondos de tanques de almacenamiento de petroleo crudo

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    Malo T, Jose M; Uruchurtu C, Jorge; Meza, Beatriz [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Lopez C, Luis F [Region Marina Suroeste, Pemex (Mexico)

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    resultados relacionados con la agresividad corrosiva de los fluidos de agua de crudo de la Terminal Maritima de Dos Bocas (TMDB), sobre la efectividad de los metodos de control anticorrosivo y sobre medidas de control que podrian adoptarse. Asimismo, este articulo forma parte de un trabajo realizado por personal del Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) durante el ano 2002. La corrosion en tanques es de naturaleza electroquimica y tiene su origen en la fase acuosa que acompana al crudo al ser extraido del subsuelo. En el caso de los tanques de almacenamiento, la fase acuosa se separa en el fondo, ocasionado el mojado de las placas de acero del fondo y su degradacion. Debido al limitado acceso al interior del tanque durante su operacion, se diseno un dispositivo de pruebas que fue conectado a una valvula de drenado de un tanque de la terminal. El trabajo experimental busco evaluar la agresividad de los fluidos, el tipo de productos de corrosion formados y la eficacia de la proteccion catodica y de los recubrimientos. Adicionalmente, se recolectaron muestras de fluidos para analizar el nivel de agresividad natural que presenta el agua de los tres tipos de crudos: Maya, Olmeca e Istmo, manejados en la terminal, estudiando muestras de acero y de fluidos de planta bajo condiciones controladas de laboratorio. La agresividad se obtuvo de mediciones de velocidades de reaccion de corrosion y de analisis de actividad microbiana. Se analizo la factibilidad de aplicar el metodo de proteccion catodica, observando su efectividad, asi como formas particulares de corrosion como la que ocurre en los pontones. Los resultados del estudio conducen a proponer un esquema de monitoreo para el seguimiento de la integridad de los recubrimientos, la operacion de la proteccion catodica y la corrosion en tanques, con el que se podria tener un mejor control de la operacion de los metodos anticorrosivos y de la degradacion que ocurre por corrosion.

  3. Caracterización fisiológica del Bitter Pit: aspectos nutricionales, fenológicos y de diagnóstico

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    Aznar Antoñanzas, Yolanda

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    El bitter pit es una alteración que se desarrola durante el almacenamiento y normalmente ataca a las células superficiales y adyacentes que, junto con otras alteraciones fisiológicas, causa cuantiosas pérdidas económicas a lo productores de manzanas. Tras más de 100 años de investigación todavía no se conocen las causas que lo desencadenan. Numerosos trabajos de investigación coinciden en resaltar el papel del metabolismo de calcio en el desarrollo del bitter pit ya que, según Poovaiah (1993)...

  4. Dióxido de Carbono: almacenamiento y utilización en campos petrolíferos

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    Aizprua Luna, Carlos; Rodriguez Pons, Ramon

    2009-01-01

    El objetivo del presente trabajo es simular numéricamente, a partir del programa VIP, el comportamiento del CO2 en el subsuelo y el posible incremento potencial de la recuperación de petróleo al inyectar dicho gas en yacimientos ya explotados. Para ello se consideran diferentes escenarios de inyección a ciertas condiciones de presión y temperatura. La inyección de CO2 dentro de yacimientos agotados de petróleo ha sido una técnica eficaz en la recuperación secundaria de petróleo, que junto con...

  5. Almacenamiento de gas natural

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    Tomás Correa; Elkin Castrillón

    2008-01-01

    The largest reserves of natural gas worldwide are found in regions far of main cities, being necessary different alternatives to transport the fluid to the consumption cities, such as pipelines, CNG or ships, LNG, depending on distances between producing regions and demanding regions and the producing volumes. Consumption regions have three different markets to naturalgas; residential and commercial, industrial and power generation sector. The residential and commercial is highly seasonal and...

  6. Almacenamiento de gas natural

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    Tomás Correa

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The largest reserves of natural gas worldwide are found in regions far of main cities, being necessary different alternatives to transport the fluid to the consumption cities, such as pipelines, CNG or ships, LNG, depending on distances between producing regions and demanding regions and the producing volumes. Consumption regions have three different markets to naturalgas; residential and commercial, industrial and power generation sector. The residential and commercial is highly seasonal and power generation sector is quite variable depending on increases of temperature during summer time. There are also external issuesthat affect the normal gas flow such as fails on the national system or unexpected interruptions on it, what imply that companies which distribute natural gas should design plans that allow supplying the requirements above mentioned. One plan is using underground natural gas storage with capacities and deliverability rates enough to supply demands. In Colombia there are no laws in this sense but it could be an exploration to discuss different ways to store gas either way as underground natural gas storage or above superficies. Existing basically three different types of underground natural gas storage; depleted reservoirs, salt caverns and aquifers. All ofthem are adequate according to geological characteristics and the needs of the distributors companies of natural gas. This paper is anexploration of technical and economical characteristics of different kind of storages used to store natural gas worldwide.

  7. Study on the presence and influence of phenolic compounds in callogenesis and somatic embryo development of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L..

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    Sulistyani Pancaningtyas

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    Full Text Available Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. like most tropical trees is recalcitrant in tissue culture. Somatic embryogenesis is generally efficient micropropagation technique to multiply elite material. However, Somatic embryogenesis in cocoa is difficult and this species is considered as recalcitrant. One of the factors often considered as a component of in vitro recalsitrance is a high phenolic content and oxidation of these compounds. In cocoa tissue culture accumulate large amounts of poliphenolics compounds which probably impair further development. This study was conducted to investigate the composition of phenolic compounds in cocoa flower and leaves, and their changes troughout the somatic embryogenesis process. Calli were induced in cacao floral and leaves explants on a half-strenght Murashige and Skoog medium containing 30 g/L Glucose and combination of 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4 D with kinetin (kin. Total polyphenol content was observed on Sulawesi 1 cocoa clone. Embryogenic and non-embryogenic callus were also compared. The percentage of callus production from flower tissue is 85%, percentage of embryogenic callus 40 %, although  the percentage of somatic embryo production from embryogenic callus callus is 70%. The conservation of callus into somatic embryos followed by decline in phenol content and an increase in peroxidase. The synthesis kinetics for these compounds in calli, under different somatic embryogenesis conditions, revealed a higher concentration under non-embryogenic conditions. So that, phenolic compound can influence the production of calli and an absence the phenolic compound can enhance production of somatic embryo.Kata kunci: Theobroma cacao L., polifenol, embrio somatik, kalus, flavonoid, katekin, in vitro recalcitance

  8. First Microsatellite Markers Developed from Cupuassu ESTs: Application in Diversity Analysis and Cross-Species Transferability to Cacao.

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    Lucas Ferraz Dos Santos

    Full Text Available The cupuassu tree (Theobroma grandiflorum (Willd. ex Spreng. Schum. is a fruitful species from the Amazon with great economical potential, due to the multiple uses of its fruit´s pulp and seeds in the food and cosmetic industries, including the production of cupulate, an alternative to chocolate. In order to support the cupuassu breeding program and to select plants presenting both pulp/seed quality and fungal disease resistance, SSRs from Next Generation Sequencing ESTs were obtained and used in diversity analysis. From 8,330 ESTs, 1,517 contained one or more SSRs (1,899 SSRs identified. The most abundant motifs identified in the EST-SSRs were hepta- and trinucleotides, and they were found with a minimum and maximum of 2 and 19 repeats, respectively. From the 1,517 ESTs containing SSRs, 70 ESTs were selected based on their functional annotation, focusing on pulp and seed quality, as well as resistance to pathogens. The 70 ESTs selected contained 77 SSRs, and among which, 11 were polymorphic in cupuassu genotypes. These EST-SSRs were able to discriminate the cupuassu genotype in relation to resistance/susceptibility to witches' broom disease, as well as to pulp quality (SST/ATT values. Finally, we showed that these markers were transferable to cacao genotypes, and that genome availability might be used as a predictive tool for polymorphism detection and primer design useful for both Theobroma species. To our knowledge, this is the first report involving EST-SSRs from cupuassu and is also a pioneer in the analysis of marker transferability from cupuassu to cacao. Moreover, these markers might contribute to develop or saturate the cupuassu and cacao genetic maps, respectively.

  9. First Microsatellite Markers Developed from Cupuassu ESTs: Application in Diversity Analysis and Cross-Species Transferability to Cacao.

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    Ferraz Dos Santos, Lucas; Moreira Fregapani, Roberta; Falcão, Loeni Ludke; Togawa, Roberto Coiti; Costa, Marcos Mota do Carmo; Lopes, Uilson Vanderlei; Peres Gramacho, Karina; Alves, Rafael Moyses; Micheli, Fabienne; Marcellino, Lucilia Helena

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    The cupuassu tree (Theobroma grandiflorum) (Willd. ex Spreng.) Schum. is a fruitful species from the Amazon with great economical potential, due to the multiple uses of its fruit´s pulp and seeds in the food and cosmetic industries, including the production of cupulate, an alternative to chocolate. In order to support the cupuassu breeding program and to select plants presenting both pulp/seed quality and fungal disease resistance, SSRs from Next Generation Sequencing ESTs were obtained and used in diversity analysis. From 8,330 ESTs, 1,517 contained one or more SSRs (1,899 SSRs identified). The most abundant motifs identified in the EST-SSRs were hepta- and trinucleotides, and they were found with a minimum and maximum of 2 and 19 repeats, respectively. From the 1,517 ESTs containing SSRs, 70 ESTs were selected based on their functional annotation, focusing on pulp and seed quality, as well as resistance to pathogens. The 70 ESTs selected contained 77 SSRs, and among which, 11 were polymorphic in cupuassu genotypes. These EST-SSRs were able to discriminate the cupuassu genotype in relation to resistance/susceptibility to witches' broom disease, as well as to pulp quality (SST/ATT values). Finally, we showed that these markers were transferable to cacao genotypes, and that genome availability might be used as a predictive tool for polymorphism detection and primer design useful for both Theobroma species. To our knowledge, this is the first report involving EST-SSRs from cupuassu and is also a pioneer in the analysis of marker transferability from cupuassu to cacao. Moreover, these markers might contribute to develop or saturate the cupuassu and cacao genetic maps, respectively.

  10. Spatial and temporal effects of drought on soil CO2 efflux in a cacao agroforestry system in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    van Straaten, O.; Veldkamp, E.; Köhler, M.; Anas, I.

    2010-04-01

    Climate change induced droughts pose a serious threat to ecosystems across the tropics and sub-tropics, particularly to those areas not adapted to natural dry periods. In order to study the vulnerability of cacao (Theobroma cacao) - Gliricidia sepium agroforestry plantations to droughts a large scale throughfall displacement roof was built in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. In this 19-month experiment, we compared soil surface CO2 efflux (soil respiration) from three roof plots with three adjacent control plots. Soil respiration rates peaked at intermediate soil moisture conditions and decreased under increasingly dry conditions (drought induced), or increasingly wet conditions (as evidenced in control plots). The roof plots exhibited a slight decrease in soil respiration compared to the control plots (average 13% decrease). The strength of the drought effect was spatially variable - while some measurement chamber sites reacted strongly (responsive) to the decrease in soil water content (up to R2=0.70) (n=11), others did not react at all (non-responsive) (n=7). A significant correlation was measured between responsive soil respiration chamber sites and sap flux density ratios of cacao (R=0.61) and Gliricidia (R=0.65). Leaf litter CO2 respiration decreased as conditions became drier. The litter layer contributed approximately 3-4% of the total CO2 efflux during dry periods and up to 40% during wet periods. Within days of roof opening soil CO2 efflux rose to control plot levels. Thereafter, CO2 efflux remained comparable between roof and control plots. The cumulative effect on soil CO2 emissions over the duration of the experiment was not significantly different: the control plots respired 11.1±0.5 Mg C ha-1 yr-1, while roof plots respired 10.5±0.5 Mg C ha-1 yr-1. The relatively mild decrease measured in soil CO2 efflux indicates that this agroforestry ecosystem is capable of mitigating droughts with only minor stress symptoms.

  11. Sodium-potassium synergism in Theobroma cacao: stimulation of photosynthesis, water-use efficiency and mineral nutrition.

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    Gattward, James N; Almeida, Alex-Alan F; Souza, José O; Gomes, Fábio P; Kronzucker, Herbert J

    2012-11-01

    In ecological setting, sodium (Na(+)) can be beneficial or toxic, depending on plant species and the Na(+) level in the soil. While its effects are more frequently studied at high saline levels, Na(+) has also been shown to be of potential benefit to some species at lower levels of supply, especially in C4 species. Here, clonal plants of the major tropical C3 crop Theobroma cacao (cacao) were grown in soil where potassium (K(+)) was partially replaced (at six levels, up to 50% replacement) by Na(+), at two concentrations (2.5 and 4.0 mmol(c) dm(-3)). At both concentrations, net photosynthesis per unit leaf area (A) increased more than twofold with increasing substitution of K(+) by Na(+). Concomitantly, instantaneous (A/E) and intrinsic (A/g(s)) water-use efficiency (WUE) more than doubled. Stomatal conductance (g(s)) and transpiration rate (E) exhibited a decline at 2.5 mmol dm(-3), but remained unchanged at 4 mmol dm(-3). Leaf nitrogen content was not impacted by Na(+) supplementation, whereas sulfur (S), calcium (Ca(2+)), magnesium (Mg(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+)) contents were maximized at 2.5 mmol dm(-3) and intermediate (30-40%) replacement levels. Leaf K(+) did not decline significantly. In contrast, leaf Na(+) content increased steadily. The resultant elevated Na(+)/K(+) ratios in tissue correlated with increased, not decreased, plant performance. The results show that Na(+) can partially replace K(+) in the nutrition of clonal cacao, with significant beneficial effects on photosynthesis, WUE and mineral nutrition in this major perennial C3 crop.

  12. Bacillus subtilis and Enterobacter cloacae endophytes from healthy Theobroma cacao L. trees can systemically colonize seedlings and promote growth.

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    Leite, Hianna Almeida Câmara; Silva, Anderson Barbosa; Gomes, Fábio Pinto; Gramacho, Karina Peres; Faria, José Cláudio; de Souza, Jorge Teodoro; Loguercio, Leandro Lopes

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    Clonal genotypes resistant to fungal diseases are an important component of the cocoa production system in southeastern Bahia state (Brazil), so that technologies for faster production of stronger and healthier plantlets are highly desirable. In this study, the effects of inoculated bacterial endophytes isolated from healthy adult cacao plants on seedlings, and aspects related to inoculation methods, colonization patterns, and photosynthesis were investigated. Sequencing of 16S rRNA, hsp-60, and rpo-B genes placed the wild-type isolates within the species Enterobacter cloacae (isolates 341 and 344) and Bacillus subtilis (isolate 629). Spontaneous rifampicin-resistant (rif(R)) variants for 344 were also produced and tested. Endophytic application was either by immersion of surface sterilized seeds in bacterial suspensions or direct inoculation into soil, 20 days after planting non-inoculated seeds into pots. Results from in vitro recovery of inoculated isolates showed that the wild-type endophytes and rif(R) variants systemically colonized the entire cacao seedlings in 15-20 days, regardless of the inoculation method. Some endophytic treatments showed significant increases in seedlings' height, number of leaves, and dry matter. Inoculation methods affected the combined application of endophytes, which maintained the growth-promotion effects, but not in the same manner as in single applications. Interestingly, the 344-3.2 rif(R) variant showed improved performance in relation to both the wild type and another related variant. Photosynthetic rates and stomatal conductance increased significantly for some endophytic treatments, being partially associated with effects on growth and affected by the inoculation method. The results suggest that E. cloacae and B. subtilis endophytes from healthy adult plants (not transmitted by seeds) were able to promote vegetative growth on cacao seedlings. The development of products for large-scale use in seedlings

  13. Impact of fermentation, drying, roasting and Dutch processing on flavan-3-ol stereochemistry in cacao beans and cocoa ingredients

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    Miller Kenneth B

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This paper reports a systematic study of the level of flavan-3-ol monomers during typical processing steps as cacao beans are dried, fermented and roasted and the results of Dutch-processing. Methods have been used that resolve the stereoisomers of epicatechin and catechin. In beans harvested from unripe and ripe cacao pods, we find only (--epicatechin and (+-catechin with (--epicatechin being by far the predominant isomer. When beans are fermented there is a large loss of both (--epicatechin and (+-catechin, but also the formation of (--catechin. We hypothesize that the heat of fermentation may, in part, be responsible for the formation of this enantiomer. When beans are progressively roasted at conditions described as low, medium and high roast conditions, there is a progressive loss of (--epicatechin and (+-catechin and an increase in (--catechin with the higher roast levels. When natural and Dutch-processed cacao powders are analyzed, there is progressive loss of both (--epicatechin and (+-catechin with lesser losses of (--catechin. We thus observe that in even lightly Dutch-processed powder, the level of (--catechin exceeds the level of (--epicatechin. The results indicate that much of the increase in the level of (--catechin observed during various processing steps may be the result of heat-related epimerization from (--epicatechin. These results are discussed with reference to the reported preferred order of absorption of (--epicatechin > (+-catechin > (--catechin. These results are also discussed with respect to the balance that must be struck between the beneficial impact of fermentation and roasting on chocolate flavor and the healthful benefits of chocolate and cocoa powder that result in part from the flavan-3-ol monomers.

  14. Endophytic Association of Trichoderma asperellum within Theobroma cacao Suppresses Vascular Streak Dieback Incidence and Promotes Side Graft Growth

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    Nasaruddin, Nasaruddin; Hendarto, Hendarto; Hakkar, Andi Akbar; Agriansyah, Nursalim

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    Trichoderma species are able to persist on living sapwood and leaves of cacao (Theobroma cacao) in an endophytic relationship. In this research, we evaluated the ability of Trichodema asperellum introduced at the incision site in the bark for side grafting with the concentration of 4 g/10 mL, 4 g/100 mL, and 4 g/1,000 mL (suspended in water) in suppressing vascular streak dieback (VSD) incidence and promoting growth of side grafts in the field. The incidence of VSD in two local clones of cacao, MCC1 and M04, without application of T. asperellum was 71.2% and 70.1% at 21 wk after grafting, respectively. However, when the two clones were treated with a concentration of 4 g/10 mL T. asperellum, the incidence was 20.6% and 21.7%, respectively, compared to 29.1% and 20.9% at 4 g/100 mL and 18.2% and 15.6% at 4 g/1,000 mL. By comparing to the control, the treatment with the same concentrations of T. asperellum listed above, the total number of stomata in MCC1 decreased by 41.9%, 30.2%, and 14.0% and in M04 by 30.5%, 21.9%, and -2.5% (exception), respectively. Otherwise, the total area of stomata opening increased by 91.4%, 99.7%, and 28.6% in MCC1 and by 203.8%, 253.5%, and 35.9% in M04, respectively. Furthermore, the number of buds and branches treated with a mixture concentration on the the two clones increased by 90.7% and 21.7%, respectively. These data showed that the application of T. asperellum to cacao scions while grafting can decrease VSD incidence in side grafts and increase growth of grafts in addition to decreasing total number of stomata, increasing total area of opened stomata, and increasing number of buds and branches. PMID:27790069

  15. Preferential removal and immobilization of stable and radioactive cesium in contaminated fly ash with nanometallic Ca/CaO methanol suspension.

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    Mallampati, Srinivasa Reddy; Mitoma, Yoshiharu; Okuda, Tetsuji; Sakita, Shogo; Simion, Cristian

    2014-08-30

    In this work, the capability of nanometallic Ca/CaO methanol suspension in removing and/or immobilizing stable ((133)Cs) and radioactive cesium species ((134)Cs and (137)Cs) in contaminated fly ash was investigated. After a first methanol and second water washing yielded only 45% of (133)Cs removal. While, after a first methanol washing, the second solvent with nanometallic Ca/CaO methanol suspension yielded simultaneous enhanced removal and immobilization about 99% of (133)Cs. SEM-EDS analysis revealed that the mass percent of detectable (133)Cs on the fly ash surface recorded a 100% decrease. When real radioactive cesium contaminated fly ash (containing an initial 14,040Bqkg(-1)(134)Cs and (137)Cs cumulated concentration) obtained from burning wastes from Fukushima were reduced to 3583Bqkg(-1) after treatment with nanometallic Ca/CaO methanol suspension. Elution test conducted on the treated fly ash gave 100BqL(-1) total (134)Cs and (137)Cs concentrations in eluted solution. Furthermore, both ash content and eluted solution concentrations of (134)Cs and (137)Cs were much lower than the Japanese Ministry of the Environment regulatory limit of 8000Bqkg(-1) and 150BqL(-1) respectively. The results of this study suggest that the nanometallic Ca/CaO methanol suspension is a highly potential amendment for the remediation of radioactive cesium-contaminated fly ash.

  16. Comparison of chocolate to cacao-free white chocolate in Parkinson's disease: a single-dose, investigator-blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial.

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    Wolz, Martin; Schleiffer, Christine; Klingelhöfer, Lisa; Schneider, Christine; Proft, Florian; Schwanebeck, Uta; Reichmann, Heinz; Riederer, Peter; Storch, Alexander

    2012-11-01

    A previous questionnaire study suggests an increased chocolate consumption in Parkinson's disease (PD). The cacao ingredient contains caffeine analogues and biogenic amines, such as β-phenylethylamine, with assumed antiparkinsonian effects. We thus tested the effects of 200 g of chocolate containing 80 % of cacao on UPDRS motor score after 1 and 3 h in 26 subjects with moderate non-fluctuating PD in a mono-center, single-dose, investigator-blinded crossover study using cacao-free white chocolate as placebo comparator. At 1 h after chocolate intake, mean UPDRS motor scores were mildly decreased compared to baseline in both treatments with significant results only for dark chocolate [-1.3 (95 % CI 0.18-2.52, RMANOVA F = 4.783, p = 0.013¸ Bonferroni p = 0.021 for 1 h values)]. A 2 × 2-cross-over analysis revealed no significant differences between both treatments [-0.54 ± 0.47 (95 % CI -1.50 to 0.42), p = 0.258]. Similar results were obtained at 3 h after intake. β-phenylethylamine blood levels were unaltered. Together, chocolate did not show significant improvement over white cacao-free chocolate in PD motor function.

  17. Use of Bennett's Hierarchical Model in the Evaluation of the Extension Education Program for Cacao Farmers in the Northeast Region of the Dominican Republic. Summary of Research 54.

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    De los Santos, Saturnino; Norland, Emmalou Van Tilburg

    A study evaluated the cacao farmer training program in the Dominican Republic by testing hypothesized relationships among reactions, knowledge and skills, attitudes, aspirations, and some selected demographic characteristics of farmers who attended programs. Bennett's hierarchical model of program evaluation was used as the framework of the study.…

  18. Theobroma cacao extract attenuates the development of Dermatophagoides farinae-induced atopic dermatitis-like symptoms in NC/Nga mice.

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    Kang, Heerim; Lee, Chang Hyung; Kim, Jong Rhan; Kwon, Jung Yeon; Son, Myoung-Jin; Kim, Jong-Eun; Lee, Ki Won

    2017-02-01

    Cacao beans from Theobroma cacao are an abundant source of polyphenols, particularly flavonoids. Previous studies demonstrated that cacao flavanols decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines resulting in the alleviation of allergic symptoms. We sought to investigate the effects of cacao extract (CE) on Dermatophagoides farinae extract (DFE)-induced atopic dermatitis (AD)-like symptoms. CE attenuated DFE-induced AD-like symptoms as assessed by skin lesion analyses, dermatitis score, and skin thickness. Histopathological analysis revealed that CE suppressed DFE-induced immune cell infiltration into the skin. These observations occurred concomitantly with the downregulation of inflammatory markers including serum immunoglobulin (Ig) E, chemokine; thymus and activation-regulated chemokine and macrophage-derived chemokine as well as the skin-derived cytokines interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, and interferon-γ. CE also significantly alleviated transepidermal water loss and increased skin hydration. These results suggest that CE, a natural phytochemical-rich food, has potential therapeutic efficacy for the treatment of AD.

  19. The sorption and desorption of phosphate-P, ammonium-N and nitrate-N in cacao shell and corn cob biochars.

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    Hale, S E; Alling, V; Martinsen, V; Mulder, J; Breedveld, G D; Cornelissen, G

    2013-06-01

    The sorption of PO4-P, NH4-N and NO3-N to cacao shell and corn cob biochars produced at 300-350°C was quantified. The biochars were used; (i) as received (unwashed), (ii) after rinsing with Millipore water and (iii) following leaching with Millipore water. In addition to sorption, desorption of PO4-P from the unwashed biochars was quantified. There was no sorption of PO4-P to either washed or rinsed biochars, but following leaching, both biochars adsorbed PO4-P and distribution coefficients (Kd L kg(-1)) were very similar for both materials (10(1.1±0.5) for cacao shell biochar and 10(1.0±0.2) for corn cob biochar). The BET surface area and micropore volume increased 80% and 60% for the cacao shell and corn cob biochars following leaching. After 60 d, 1483±45 mg kg(-1) and 172±1 mg kg(-1) PO4-P was released from the cacao shell and corn cob biochars. NH4-N was sorbed by both unwashed biochars, albeit weakly with Kd values around 10(2) L kg(-1). We speculate that NH4-N could bind via an electrostatic exchange with other cationic species on the surface of the biochar. There was no significant release or sorption of NO3-N from or to either of the biochars.

  20. Determination of theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine in by-products of cupuacu and cacao seeds by high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Lo Coco, F; Lanuzza, F; Micali, G; Cappellano, G

    2007-01-01

    Theobromine, theophylline, and caffeine are determined simultaneously by a rapid and selective reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method with UV detection in by-products of cupuacu and cacao seeds. The determination is carried out in the raw and roasted ground cupuacu seeds and in the corresponding powders obtained after pressure treatment. The by-products of both cupuacu seeds and cacao seeds are obtained under the same technological conditions. The HPLC method uses isocratic elution with a mobile phase of methanol-water-acetic acid (80:19:1) (v/v) at a flow rate of 1 mL/min and UV absorbance detection at 275 nm. Total elution time for these analytes is less than 10 min, and the detection limit for all analytes is 0.1 mg/g. The amounts of theobromine and caffeine found in all the cupuacu samples are one or more orders of magnitude lower than those from cacao. Theophylline is found in all cacao samples except for the roasted ground paste, and it is only found in the roasted ground paste in the cupuacu samples.

  1. Biología y Control del Gorgojo del Café: Araecerus Fasciculatus de Geer

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    Cabal Concha Adriano

    1956-06-01

    Full Text Available El Araecerus fasciculatus De Geer, comunmente conocido en Colombia con el nombre de "Gorgojo del Café", es prácticamente la única plaga de dicho grano almacenado. Sin embargo, éste Anthribiidae, bien puede no considerarse como plaga específica del café, ya que su medio y alimento estriba principalmente de materias descompuestas. Una posible adaptación al medio lo ha llevado, en Colombia, a valerse del café almacenado como material escogido para derivar su sustento. A lo largo de este estudio, y como para mayor convencimiento de que este insecto, bien puede subsistir en la ausencia del alimento café, levanté varias generaciones del gorgojo, usando toda clase de galletas, pastas alimenticias y pastas hechas con cacao o con maíz molido, siendo únicamente necesario darle a estos materiales la blandura y humedad necesarias para que pudieran fácilmente 8e r usadas por él.

  2. Karyotype variation in cultivars and spontaneous cocoa mutants (Theobroma cacao L.).

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    Figueiredo, G S F; Melo, C A F; Souza, M M; Araújo, I S; Zaidan, H A; Pires, J L; Ahnert, D

    2013-10-18

    Four mutant cocoa accessions with morphological changes and a cultivar sample were karyomorphologically characterized. Slides were prepared by enzymatic digestion of the root meristem and squashed in 45% acetic acid, followed by 2% Giemsa staining. The chromosome number of 2n = 20 was seen in all accessions. The karyotype formula for Cacau Comum and Cacau Rui was 2n = 20m. Submetacentric chromosomes were observed in Cacau Pucala and Cacau Jaca, both with 2n = 18m + 2sm, but the karyotype formula for Cacau Sem Vidro was 2n = 16m + 4sm. Satellites were located on the long arm of the 1st and 2nd chromosome pairs of Cacau Comum, whereas Cacau Pucala had satellites on the 6th chromosome pair. Greater karyotypic variation in Cacau Sem Vidro was found, whose 1st and 2nd chromosome pairs had satellites on the long arm and 6th and 10th pairs had satellites on the short arm. Analysis revealed a lower average chromosome length in Cacau Comum (1.53 ± 0.026 µm) and a higher length in Cacau Sem Vidro (2.26 ± 0.038 µm). ANOVA revealed significant difference (P < 0.01) for the average chromosome length and the length of chromosome pairs within and between accessions. The average chromosome lengths of mutants of Cacau Rui and Cacau Jaca were not statistically different by the Tukey test at 5% probability. The karyotypic diversity observed in this study is not necessarily associated with the changing character of the accessions analyzed, but may reflect the genetic variation observed in Theobroma cacao.

  3. Molecular, physiological and biochemical responses of Theobroma cacao L. genotypes to soil water deficit.

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    Santos, Ivanildes C Dos; Almeida, Alex-Alan Furtado de; Anhert, Dário; Conceição, Alessandro S da; Pirovani, Carlos P; Pires, José L; Valle, Raúl René; Baligar, Virupax C

    2014-01-01

    Six months-old seminal plants of 36 cacao genotypes grown under greenhouse conditions were subjected to two soil water regimes (control and drought) to assess, the effects of water deficit on growth, chemical composition and oxidative stress. In the control, soil moisture was maintained near field capacity with leaf water potentials (ΨWL) ranging from -0.1 to -0.5 MPa. In the drought treatment, the soil moisture was reduced gradually by withholding additional water until ΨWL reached values of between -2.0 to -2.5 MPa. The tolerant genotypes PS-1319, MO-20 and MA-15 recorded significant increases in guaiacol peroxidase activity reflecting a more efficient antioxidant metabolism. In relation to drought tolerance, the most important variables in the distinguishing contrasting groups were: total leaf area per plant; leaf, stem and total dry biomass; relative growth rate; plant shoot biomass and leaf content of N, Ca, and Mg. From the results of these analyses, six genotypes were selected with contrasting characteristics for tolerance to soil water deficit [CC-40, C. SUL-4 and SIC-2 (non-tolerant) and MA-15, MO-20, and PA-13 (tolerant)] for further assessment of the expression of genes NCED5, PP2C, psbA and psbO to water deficit. Increased expression of NCED5, PP2C, psbA and psbO genes were found for non-tolerant genotypes, while in the majority of tolerant genotypes there was repression of these genes, with the exception of PA-13 that showed an increased expression of psbA. Mutivariate analysis showed that growth variables, leaf and total dry biomass, relative growth rate as well as Mg content of the leaves were the most important factor in the classification of the genotypes as tolerant, moderately tolerant and sensitive to water deficit. Therefore these variables are reliable plant traits in the selection of plants tolerant to drought.

  4. Evaluation of the Allergenicity Potential of TcPR-10 Protein from Theobroma cacao

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    Cardoso, Thyago Hermylly Santana; Pirovani, Carlos Priminho; Micheli, Fabienne; Noronha, Fátima Soares Motta; Alves, Andréa Catão; Faria, Ana Maria Caetano; da Silva Gesteira, Abelmon

    2012-01-01

    Background The pathogenesis related protein PR10 (TcPR-10), obtained from the Theobroma cacao-Moniliophthora perniciosa interaction library, presents antifungal activity against M. perniciosa and acts in vitro as a ribonuclease. However, despite its biotechnological potential, the TcPR-10 has the P-loop motif similar to those of some allergenic proteins such as Bet v 1 (Betula verrucosa) and Pru av 1 (Prunus avium). The insertion of mutations in this motif can produce proteins with reduced allergenic power. The objective of the present work was to evaluate the allergenic potential of the wild type and mutant recombinant TcPR-10 using bioinformatics tools and immunological assays. Methodology/Principal Findings Mutant substitutions (T10P, I30V, H45S) were inserted in the TcPR-10 gene by site-directed mutagenesis, cloned into pET28a and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) cells. Changes in molecular surface caused by the mutant substitutions was evaluated by comparative protein modeling using the three-dimensional structure of the major cherry allergen, Pru av 1 as a template. The immunological assays were carried out in 8–12 week old female BALB/c mice. The mice were sensitized with the proteins (wild type and mutants) via subcutaneous and challenged intranasal for induction of allergic airway inflammation. Conclusions/Significance We showed that the wild TcPR-10 protein has allergenic potential, whereas the insertion of mutations produced proteins with reduced capacity of IgE production and cellular infiltration in the lungs. On the other hand, in vitro assays show that the TcPR-10 mutants still present antifungal and ribonuclease activity against M. perniciosa RNA. In conclusion, the mutant proteins present less allergenic potential than the wild TcPR-10, without the loss of interesting biotechnological properties. PMID:22768037

  5. Evaluation of the allergenicity potential of TcPR-10 protein from Theobroma cacao.

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    Sara Pereira Menezes

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis related protein PR10 (TcPR-10, obtained from the Theobroma cacao-Moniliophthora perniciosa interaction library, presents antifungal activity against M. perniciosa and acts in vitro as a ribonuclease. However, despite its biotechnological potential, the TcPR-10 has the P-loop motif similar to those of some allergenic proteins such as Bet v 1 (Betula verrucosa and Pru av 1 (Prunus avium. The insertion of mutations in this motif can produce proteins with reduced allergenic power. The objective of the present work was to evaluate the allergenic potential of the wild type and mutant recombinant TcPR-10 using bioinformatics tools and immunological assays. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Mutant substitutions (T10P, I30V, H45S were inserted in the TcPR-10 gene by site-directed mutagenesis, cloned into pET28a and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21(DE3 cells. Changes in molecular surface caused by the mutant substitutions was evaluated by comparative protein modeling using the three-dimensional structure of the major cherry allergen, Pru av 1 as a template. The immunological assays were carried out in 8-12 week old female BALB/c mice. The mice were sensitized with the proteins (wild type and mutants via subcutaneous and challenged intranasal for induction of allergic airway inflammation. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: We showed that the wild TcPR-10 protein has allergenic potential, whereas the insertion of mutations produced proteins with reduced capacity of IgE production and cellular infiltration in the lungs. On the other hand, in vitro assays show that the TcPR-10 mutants still present antifungal and ribonuclease activity against M. perniciosa RNA. In conclusion, the mutant proteins present less allergenic potential than the wild TcPR-10, without the loss of interesting biotechnological properties.

  6. Efectos beneficiosos del chocolate en la salud cardiovascular Beneficial effects of chocolate on cardiovascular health

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    M. Gómez-Juaristi; L. González-Torres; Bravo, L.; Vaquero, M. P.; S. Bastida; Sánchez-Muniz, F. J.

    2011-01-01

    Desde la antigüedad se ha atribuido al chocolate propiedades saludables que lo han aproximado más hacia un uso terapéutico que alimentario. El presente trabajo revisa algunos estudios relevantes de los efectos del chocolate (y sus componentes activos) sobre diferentes factores de riesgo cardiovascular y señala la necesidad de futuros estudios. El consumo de cacao/chocolate (i) incrementa la actividad antioxidante, (ii) modula la función plaquetaria e inflamación y (iii) disminuye la presión a...

  7. Prueba del ADN y derecho a la intimidad: algunos conflictos concretos

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    Daniel Pérez González

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La prueba del ADN constituye una importante herramienta en campos muy diversos, como el de la investigación criminal o la prueba de paternidad, debido a que permite la identificación de los individuos a través de sus respectivos perfiles de ADN. Sin embargo, la aplicación de las técnicas de la prueba del ADN afecta a los derechos fundamentales. El almacenamiento y uso de la información recopilada en las bases de datos de ADN o las intervenciones corporales pueden constituir, bajo determinadas circunstancias, una violación o limitación de los derechos fundamentales. Este artículo pretende estudiar determinados conflictos relativos a la prueba del ADN y el derecho a la intimidad.

  8. Aplicación de Antagonistas Microbianos para el Control Biológico de Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en Theobroma cacao L. Bajo Condiciones de Campo / Application of Microbial Antagonists for the Biological Control of Moniliophthora roreri Cif & Par in

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    Jorge Enrique Villamil Carvajal

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    Full Text Available Resumen. En Colombia, las pérdidas ocasionadas porMoniliophthora roreri Cif & Par en el cultivo de cacao continúansiendo considerables. El objetivo del presente estudio fue investigarla actividad antagónica de dos aislamientos autóctonos deTrichoderma sp. y uno de Bacillus sp. ante M. roreri, en condicionesde campo. Los tratamientos fueron: T1, hongo H5; T2, hongo H20;T3, bacteria B3 y T4, testigo. Se evaluó incidencia y severidadexterna e interna en los frutos. Los resultados de severidad externae interna mostraron que respecto al control la disminucióndel daño en los frutos fue del 19,5 y 11,2% en el T1, del 28 y19,5% en el T2 y del 13,5 y 8,5% en el T3, respectivamente condiferencias estadísticas a favor del T2. Se concluye que entre lostres antagonistas evaluados, el hongo H20 (Trichoderma sp. tieneel mayor potencial para el control de la moniliasis del cacao encondiciones de campo. / Abstract. In Colombia, the economic losses caused byMoniliophthora roreri Cif & Par in the cocoa cultivation continuebeing considerable. The objective of this study was to investigatethe antagonistic activity of two indigenous isolates of Trichodermasp and one of Bacillus sp. over M. roreri under field conditions. Thetreatments were: T1, fungus H5; T2, fungus H20; T3, bacteria B3; T4,control. The variables evaluated on the cocoa fruits were incidenceand external and internal severity. The results of the externaland internal severity showed that with respect to the control thedamage reduction on the cocoa fruits was 19,5 and 11,2% in T1,28 and 19,5% in T2, and 13,5 and 8,5% in T3, respectively withstatistical differences in favor of T2. It is concluded that amongthe three evaluated antagonists, the fungus H20 (Trichoderma sp.has the greatest potential for the biocontrol of frosty pod rot in thecocoa cultivation under field conditions.

  9. Study on the presence and influence of phenolic compounds in callogenesis and somatic embryo development of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L..

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    Sulistyani Pancaningtyas

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    Full Text Available Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. like most tropical trees is recalcitrant in tissue culture. Somatic embryogenesis is generally efficient micropropagation technique to multiply elite material. However, Somatic embryogenesis in cocoa is difficult and this species is considered as recalcitrant. One of the factors often considered as a component of in vitro recalsitrance is a high phenolic content and oxidation of these compounds. In cocoa tissue culture accumulate large amounts of poliphenolics compounds which probably impair further development. This study was conducted to investigate the composition of phenolic compounds in cocoa flower and leaves, and their changes troughout the somatic embryogenesis process. Calli were induced in cacao floral and leaves explants on a half-strenght Murashige and Skoog medium containing 30 g/L Glucose and combination of 2,4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4 D with kinetin (kin. Total polyphenol content was observed on Sulawesi 1 cocoa clone. Embryogenic and non-embryogenic callus were also compared. The percentage of callus production from flower tissue is 85%, percentage of embryogenic callus 40 %, although the percentage of somatic embryo production from embryogenic callus callus is 70%. The conservation of callus into somatic embryos followed by decline in phenol content and an increase in peroxidase. The synthesis kinetics for these compounds in calli, under different somatic embryogenesis conditions, revealed a higher concentration under non-embryogenic conditions. So that, phenolic compound can influence the production of calli and an absence the phenolic compound can enhance production of somatic embryo.

  10. Effect of selective logging on genetic diversity and gene flow in Cariniana legalis sampled from a cacao agroforestry system.

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    Leal, J B; Santos, R P; Gaiotto, F A

    2014-01-28

    The fragments of the Atlantic Forest of southern Bahia have a long history of intense logging and selective cutting. Some tree species, such as jequitibá rosa (Cariniana legalis), have experienced a reduction in their populations with respect to both area and density. To evaluate the possible effects of selective logging on genetic diversity, gene flow, and spatial genetic structure, 51 C. legalis individuals were sampled, representing the total remaining population from the cacao agroforestry system. A total of 120 alleles were observed from the 11 microsatellite loci analyzed. The average observed heterozygosity (0.486) was less than the expected heterozygosity (0.721), indicating a loss of genetic diversity in this population. A high fixation index (FIS = 0.325) was found, which is possibly due to a reduction in population size, resulting in increased mating among relatives. The maximum (1055 m) and minimum (0.095 m) distances traveled by pollen or seeds were inferred based on paternity tests. We found 36.84% of unique parents among all sampled seedlings. The progenitors of the remaining seedlings (63.16%) were most likely out of the sampled area. Positive and significant spatial genetic structure was identified in this population among classes 10 to 30 m away with an average coancestry coefficient between pairs of individuals of 0.12. These results suggest that the agroforestry system of cacao cultivation is contributing to maintaining levels of diversity and gene flow in the studied population, thus minimizing the effects of selective logging.

  11. Profiles of phenolic compounds and purine alkaloids during the development of seeds of Theobroma cacao cv. Trinitario.

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    Pereira-Caro, Gema; Borges, Gina; Nagai, Chifumi; Jackson, Mel C; Yokota, Takao; Crozier, Alan; Ashihara, Hiroshi

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    Changes occurring in phenolic compounds and purine alkaloids, during the growth of seeds of cacao (Theobroma cacao) cv. Trinitario, were investigated using HPLC-MS/MS. Extracts of seeds with a fresh weight of 125, 700, 1550, and 2050 mg (stages 1-4, respectively) were analyzed. The phenolic compounds present in highest concentrations in developing and mature seeds (stages 3 and 4) were flavonols and flavan-3-ols. Flavan-3-ols existed as monomers of epicatechin and catechin and as procyanidins. Type B procyanidins were major components and varied from dimers to pentadecamer. Two anthocyanins, cyanidin-3-O-arabinoside and cyanidin-3-O-galactoside, along with the N-phenylpropernoyl-l-amino acids, N-caffeoyl-l-aspartate, N-coumaroyl-l-aspartate, N-coumaroyl-3-hydroxytyrosine (clovamide), and N-coumaroyltyrosine (deoxyclovamide), and the purine alkaloids theobromine and caffeine, were present in stage 3 and 4 seeds. Other purine alkaloids, such as theophylline and additional methylxanthines, did not occur in detectable quantities. Flavan-3-ols were the only components to accumulate in detectable quantities in young seeds at developmental stages 1 and 2.

  12. Analysis of gene expression and proteomic profiles of clonal genotypes from Theobroma cacao subjected to soil flooding.

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    Bertolde, Fabiana Z; Almeida, Alex-Alan F; Pirovani, Carlos P

    2014-01-01

    Soil flooding causes changes in gene transcription, synthesis and degradation of proteins and cell metabolism. The main objective of this study was to understand the biological events of Theobroma cacao during soil flooding-induced stress, using the analyses of gene expression and activity of key enzymes involved in fermentation, as well as the identification of differentially expressed proteins by mass spectrometry in two contrasting genotypes for flooding tolerance (tolerant - TSA-792 and susceptible - TSH-774). Soil anoxia caused by flooding has led to changes in the expression pattern of genes associated with the biosynthesis of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), pyruvate decarboxylase (PDC) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in leaves and roots of the two evaluated genotypes. Significant differences were observed between the enzyme activities of the two genotypes. Leaves and roots of the TSA-792 genotype showed higher ADH activity as compared to the TSH-774 genotype, whereas the activities of PDC and LDH have varied over the 96 h of soil flooding, being higher for TSA-792 genotype, at the initial stage, and TSH-774 genotype, at the final stage. Some of the identified proteins are those typical of the anaerobic metabolism-involved in glycolysis and alcoholic fermentation-and different proteins associated with photosynthesis, protein metabolism and oxidative stress. The ability to maintain glycolysis and induce fermentation was observed to play an important role in anoxia tolerance in cacao and may also serve to distinguish tolerant and susceptible genotypes in relation to this stressor.

  13. High-resolution transcript profiling of the atypical biotrophic interaction between Theobroma cacao and the fungal pathogen Moniliophthora perniciosa.

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    Teixeira, Paulo José Pereira Lima; Thomazella, Daniela Paula de Toledo; Reis, Osvaldo; do Prado, Paula Favoretti Vital; do Rio, Maria Carolina Scatolin; Fiorin, Gabriel Lorencini; José, Juliana; Costa, Gustavo Gilson Lacerda; Negri, Victor Augusti; Mondego, Jorge Maurício Costa; Mieczkowski, Piotr; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães

    2014-11-01

    Witches' broom disease (WBD), caused by the hemibiotrophic fungus Moniliophthora perniciosa, is one of the most devastating diseases of Theobroma cacao, the chocolate tree. In contrast to other hemibiotrophic interactions, the WBD biotrophic stage lasts for months and is responsible for the most distinctive symptoms of the disease, which comprise drastic morphological changes in the infected shoots. Here, we used the dual RNA-seq approach to simultaneously assess the transcriptomes of cacao and M. perniciosa during their peculiar biotrophic interaction. Infection with M. perniciosa triggers massive metabolic reprogramming in the diseased tissues. Although apparently vigorous, the infected shoots are energetically expensive structures characterized by the induction of ineffective defense responses and by a clear carbon deprivation signature. Remarkably, the infection culminates in the establishment of a senescence process in the host, which signals the end of the WBD biotrophic stage. We analyzed the pathogen's transcriptome in unprecedented detail and thereby characterized the fungal nutritional and infection strategies during WBD and identified putative virulence effectors. Interestingly, M. perniciosa biotrophic mycelia develop as long-term parasites that orchestrate changes in plant metabolism to increase the availability of soluble nutrients before plant death. Collectively, our results provide unique insight into an intriguing tropical disease and advance our understanding of the development of (hemi)biotrophic plant-pathogen interactions.

  14. Isolation of dimeric, trimeric, tetrameric and pentameric procyanidins from unroasted cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) using countercurrent chromatography.

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    Esatbeyoglu, Tuba; Wray, Victor; Winterhalter, Peter

    2015-07-15

    The main procyanidins, including dimeric B2 and B5, trimeric C1, tetrameric and pentameric procyanidins, were isolated from unroasted cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao L.) using various techniques of countercurrent chromatography, such as high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC), low-speed rotary countercurrent chromatography (LSRCCC) and spiral-coil LSRCCC. Furthermore, dimeric procyanidins B1 and B7, which are not present naturally in the analysed cocoa beans, were obtained after semisynthesis of cocoa bean polymers with (+)-catechin as nucleophile and separated by countercurrent chromatography. In this way, the isolation of dimeric procyanidin B1 in considerable amounts (500mg, purity>97%) was possible in a single run. This is the first report concerning the isolation and semisynthesis of dimeric to pentameric procyanidins from T. cacao by countercurrent chromatography. Additionally, the chemical structures of tetrameric (cinnamtannin A2) and pentameric procyanidins (cinnamtannin A3) were elucidated on the basis of (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Interflavanoid linkage was determined by NOE-correlations, for the first time.

  15. Viabilidad técnica y económica del aprovechamiento de aguas grises domésticas

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    Ardila Galvis, Mónica

    2013-01-01

    Con el fin de evaluar la viabilidad técnica y económica del aprovechamiento de aguas grises domésticas en conjuntos residenciales, se realizó un estudio orientado a la selección de un sistema de tratamiento apropiado a las características de los vertimientos generados y a los usos potenciales establecidos. El sistema seleccionado incluye: tanque de almacenamiento, tamiz de finos, coagulación-floculación empleando Sulfato de Aluminio (177,56 mg/L, t = 16,37 min), tren de filtrado y tanque de a...

  16. Energy and water fluxes above a cacao agroforestry system in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, indicate effects of land-use change on local climate

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    Falk, U.; Ibrom, A.; Oltchev, A.; Kreilein, H.; Merklein, J.; Gravenhorst, G. [Inst. of Bioclimatology, Univ. Goettingen (Germany); June, T. [Inst. Pertanian Bogor, BIOTROP-ICSEA, Bogor (Indonesia); Rauf, A. [Univ. Tadulako, Palu (Indonesia)

    2005-04-01

    Rapid conversion of tropical rainforests to agricultural land-use types occurs throughout Indonesia and South-East Asia. We hypothesize that these changes in land-use affect the turbulent heat exchange processes between vegetation and the atmosphere, and the radiative properties of the surface, and therefore, induce an impact on local climate and water flows. As part of the international research project (SFB 552, Stability of Rainforest Margins in Indonesia, STORMA) the turbulent heat fluxes over a cacao agroforestry system (AFS) were investigated, using the eddy covariance technique. These first heat flux observations above a cacao AFS showed an unexpectedly large contribution of the sensible heat flux to the total turbulent heat transport, resulting in an averaged day-time Bowen ratio of {beta} = H/{lambda}E {approx} 1. Seasonality of {beta} did mainly coincide with the seasonal course of precipitation, which amounted to 1970 mm yr{sup -1} during the investigated period. The findings are compared to investigations at four neotropical rain forests where daytime {beta} were substantially smaller than 1. All discussed sites received similar incident short wave radiation, however, precipitation at the neotropical sites was much higher. Our first observations in a nearby Indonesian upland rain forest where precipitation was comparable to that at the cacao AFS showed an intermediate behaviour. Differences in {beta} between the cacao AFS and the tropical forests are discussed as a consequence of differing precipitation amounts, and albedo. From these comparisons we conclude that conversion from tropical forests to cacao AFS affects the energy fluxes towards increased heating of the day-time convective boundary-layer. (orig.)

  17. Characterization of cocoa fiber and its effect on the antioxidant capacity of serum in rats Caracterización de la fibra de cacao y su efecto sobre la capacidad antioxidante en suero de animales de experimentación

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    E. Lecumberri

    2006-10-01

    damage by means of its content in phenolic compounds (epicatechin wich are absorbed maintaining the antioxidant properties in vivo.Objetivos: El objetivo de este trabajo era caracterizar la composición de la fibra de cacao, estudiar su contenido en polifenoles y capacidad antioxidante in vitro, e investigar el efecto de la administración de un extracto polifenólico de dicha fibra sobre la capacidad antioxidante en suero de ratas. Material y métodos: Se analizó la composición en fibra dietética (FD y el contenido polifenólico de la fibra de cacao (FC, así como la capacidad antioxidante mediante la determinación de su poder reductor (FRAP y de secuestro de radicales libres (ABTS. Asimismo, se administró a ratas Wistar adultas mediante sonda gástrica un extracto rico en polifenoles de cacao (100 mg/kg de peso del animal procedente de la FC, a fin de estudiar la biodisponibilidad de los mismos, tomándose muestras a distintos intervalos de tiempo. Resultados: La fibra de cacao mostró ser una excelente fuente de FD, con un alto contenido de fibra total, superior al 60% de masa seca, con predominio de fracción insoluble (83%. Esta fibra contuvo sólo un 1,15% de polifenoles, con reducidos valores de capacidad antioxidante. Tras la administración intragástrica de extractos ricos en polifenoles de FC se observó una rápida y apreciable absorción de los polifenoles de la fibra de cacao, siendo la epicatequina el principal polifenol detectado en sangre. Paralelamente se produjo un incremento significativo, aunque transitorio, de la capacidad antioxidante en suero, entre los 10-45 minutos postgavage, momento en que empezó a disminuir hasta alcanzar valores basales al cabo de 6 h. Conclusiones: La FC se puede considerar como una excelente fuente de FD, principalmente de fibra insoluble, por lo que podría ser utilizado como ingrediente en el desarrollo de alimentos funcionales enriquecidos en fibra dietética. Además de los beneficios asociados a su elevado

  18. Evaluación de recubrimientos comestibles proteicos aplicados al salmón del Atlántico (Salmo salr) congelado: estudio de diferentes formulaciones y tratamientos tecnológicos

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    2012-01-01

    El principal propósito de esta tesis fue la evaluación del efecto de diferentes recubrimientos proteicos con distintas formulaciones, dos momentos de aplicación y diferentes tratamientos tecnológicos, sobre diversos parámetros de la calidad de filetes de salmón del Atlántico congelado. Los resultados mostraron que la aplicación de diferentes recubrimientos proteicos aumenta el rendimiento de los filetes y los protege de la oxidación lipídica durante cuatro meses de almacenamiento en congelaci...

  19. Relación entre la variabilidad espacial de la conductividad eléctrica y el contenido de sodio del suelo Relationship between spatial variability of electrical conductivity and soil sodium content

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    Matías Bosch Mayol; José Luís Costa; Fabián Néstor Cabria; Virginia Carolina Aparicio

    2012-01-01

    La agricultura de precisión utiliza herramientas modernas capaces de facilitar la obtención y análisis de datos georreferenciados. La conductividad eléctrica aparente (CEa) del suelo, se obtiene con sensores remotos y está correlacionada con algunas propiedades del suelo (capacidad de almacenamiento de agua, contenido de materia orgánica, salinidad y drenaje, topografía, manejos previos y texturas entre otras). El exceso de sales puede ser perjudicial para las plantas mientras que altos conte...

  20. Analysis of the behavior of irradiated BWR fuel rod in storage dry conditions; Analisis del comportamiento de una barra combustible irradiada BWR en condiciones de almacenamiento en seco

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    Munoz, A.; Montes, D.; Ruiz-Hervias, J.; Munoz-Reja, C.

    2014-07-01

    In order to complete previous studies of creep on PWR sheath material, developed a joint experimental program by CSN, ENRESA and ENUSA about BWR (Zircaloy-2) sheath material. This program consisted in creep tests and then on the material under creep, compression testing diametral obtaining the permissible displacement of the sheath to break. (Author)

  1. Abriendo los cuellos de botella de la economía del hidrógeno : estudios de almacenamiento y factibilidad

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    Sigal, Agustín

    2015-01-01

    Tesis (Doctor en Física)--Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Facultad de Matemática, Astronomía y Física, 2015. Esta tesis aborda, por un lado, desde un enfoque interdisciplinario, análisis de factibilidad técnica, económica y ambiental ligados a la producción de hidrógeno a partir de recursos renovables, así como también vinculados al transporte, la distribución y a los usos posibles de este vector energético en la República Argentina. Se realizan estudios de prospectiva de hidrógeno en el ...

  2. Evaluation of radiological safety assessment of a repository in a clay rock formation. Evaluacion del comportamiento y de la seguridad de un almacenamiento profundo en arcilla

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    This report presents a comprehensive description of the post-closure radiological safety assessment of a repository for the spent fuel arisings resulting from the Spanish nuclear program excavated in a clay host rock formation. In this report three scenarios have been analysed in detail. The first scenario represents the normal in detail. The first scenario represents the normal evolution of the repository (Reference Scenario); and includes a set of variants to investigate the relative importance of the various repository components and examine the sensitivity of the performance to parameters variations. Two altered scenarios have also been considered: deep well construction and poor sealing of the repository. This document contains a detailed description of the repository system, the methodology adopted for the scenarios generation, the process modelling approach and the results of the consequences analysis. (Author)

  3. Simplified model of the thermal evolution of the fuel dry storage; Modelo simplificado de la evolucion termica del combustible en almacenamiento en seco

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    Penalva, J.; Feria, F.; Herranz, L. E.

    2013-07-01

    The objective of this work is to establish a model that allows to determine easily temperature of the fuel burned and time out of reactor. The model will depend on the selected storage system, but the established methodology lays the groundwork for your application to any other case. to obtain the temperature has been used the FLUENT code, based on a model 3D itself and in the heat of decay at different burn (30-60 MWd/kgU) calculated with origin (information available in the literature). Of the different simulations carried out has developed a 3D map of temperature versus burned and time out of reactor, which has allowed to develop an equation simplified.

  4. Physical chemistry characterization of soils of the Storage Center of Radioactive Wastes; Caracterizacion fisico-quimica de suelos del Centro de Almacenamiento de Desechos Radioactivos

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    Hernandez T, U. O.; Fernandez R, E. [Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca, Av. Tecnologico s/n, 52140 Metepec, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Monroy G, F.; Anguiano A, J., E-mail: uohtrejo@gmail.com [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (MX)

    2011-11-15

    Any type of waste should be confined so that it does not causes damage to the human health neither the environment and for the storage of the radioactive wastes these actions are the main priority. In the Storage Center of Radioactive Wastes the radioactive wastes generated in Mexico by non energy applications are storage of temporary way. The present study is focused in determining the physical chemistry properties of the lands of the Storage Center of Radioactive Wastes like they are: real density, ph, conductivity percentage of organic matter and percentage of humidity. With what is sought to make a characterization to verify the reaction capacity of the soils in case of a possible flight of radioactive material. The results show that there are different density variations, ph and conductivity in all the soil samples; the ph and conductivity vary with regard to the contact time between the soil and their saturation point in water, for the case of the density due to the characteristics of the same soil; for what is not possible to establish a general profile, but is necessary to know the properties of each soil type more amply. Contrary case is the content of organic matter and humidity since both are in minor proportions. (Author)

  5. Evaluation of behaviour and Safety in a geologic deep repository; Evaluacion del comportamiento y de la seguridad de un almacenamiento geologico profundo en granito

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    This report presents a comprehensive description of the post-closure radiological safety assessment of a repository for the spent fuel arisings resulting from the Spanish nuclear program. This Safety Assessment constitutes a first step within a systematical process that will permit, thorough successive approximations, to predict the performance of the different barriers of the disposal system, and its capability to comply with the assigned safety functions and with the established safety criteria. The primary bases for this Safety Assessment are the following: The disposal concept considers the storage of the fuel assemblies in carbon steel canisters of 10 cm of thickness, emplaced horizontally in galleries excavated in granite of 2,4 m of diameter and 500 m of length, using a bentonite thickness of 75 cm around canisters as buffer material. The repository is located in a granitic site defined with available data about surface characteristics of Spanish granites. The exercise uses a probabilistic approximation in order to cope with the uncertainties associated with the different imputs parameters. (Author)

  6. Automatic storing of single gamma spectra on magnetic tape. Programs LONGO, DIRE; Automatizacion del almacenamiento en cinta magnetica de espectros gamma directos. Programas LONGO, DIRE

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    Los Arcos Merino, J. M.

    1978-07-01

    The program LONGO provides the block size and the block number in a binary file on magnetic tape. It has been applied to analyse the structure of the nine-track magnetic tapes storing single or coincidence gamma spectra files, recorded in octet form by a MULTI-8 minicomputer in the Nuclear Spectrometry Laboratory of J.E.N. Then the program DIRE has been written to transform the single gamma spectra into a new FASTRAND disk file, storing the information in-36 bit words. A copy of this file is obtained on magnetic tape and the single gamma spectra are then available by standard FORTRAN V reading sentences. (Author) 3 refs.

  7. Effect of hydrogen on mechanical fluence during storage in dry; Efecto del hidrogeno en la fluencia mecanica durante el almacenamiento en seco

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    Feria, F.; Herranz, L. E.

    2011-07-01

    One of the challenges in the field of the mechanical fluence modeling is to include the effect of hydrogen as an additional hardening factor associated with reactor irradiation. For this it is necessary to identify the weight of each variable in the factor hardening of the classical laws of mechanics fluence.

  8. Ocurrencia de tóxicos naturales en frijol colorado (phaseolus vulgaris) y arveja (pisum sativum). efecto del tiempo de almacenamiento y los tratamientos caseros.

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    2011-01-01

    Las leguminosas, consideradas como una de los principales alimentos para el hombre pueden contener diferentes sustancias conocidas como antinutrientes las cuales tienen cierto efecto en la nutrición humana y animal si no son removidos o inactivados adecuadamente. En Cuba existe muy poca información sobre cuales son los antinutrientes y en qué concentraciones se encuentran en dos de las leguminosas de importación de mayor consumo por nuestra población: el frijol común (Phaseolus vulgaris) y la...

  9. Determinación de hidrocarburos en lodos residuales del tanque de almacenamiento de aceites usados de Etapa EP., posterior al tratamiento con Ecosoil, Sphag Sorb y compostaje

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    La Empresa Municipal Pública de Telecomunicaciones, Agua Potable, Alcantarillado y Saneamiento, ETAPA EP., preocupada por la mala disposición que se da a los hidrocarburos: lubricantes y combustibles, lleva adelante, el “Programa de Recolección de Aceites Minerales Usados”, con el propósito de recolectarlos para disponer de ellos de una manera ambientalmente segura, lo que ha originado el inconveniente de la generación de lodos contaminados con hidrocarburos como resultado de la sedimentación...

  10. Aspectos preliminares del manejo reproductivo en cautiverio de la doncella (Ageneiosus pardalis Lütken, 1874

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    Pedro Contreras C.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Evaluar procedimientos de manejo en cautiverio de ejemplares maduros de doncella Ageneiosus pardalis, con fines de reproducción y presentar una descripción preliminar del desarrollo embrionario y larvario para la especie. Materiales y métodos. Sobre ejemplares mantenidos en cautiverio se adelantaron dos ensayos de reproducción, así: a inducción con extracto de hipófisis de carpa EHC para la espermiación (4 mg/kg; una dosis intraperitoneal y para la ovulación (0.5 y 5 mg/kg; intraperitoneales, 0 y 12 horas; b inducción únicamente sobre hembras mantenidas en piletas, sin machos presentes, recolección y seguimiento de ovas. Resultados. Se comprobó la ovulación y la espermiación, pero no se avanzó en el desarrollo embrionario cuando se mezclaron los gametos y fueron incubados. Los ensayos con hembras inducidas, sin machos presentes, confirman el almacenamiento de esperma en los ovarios y los huevos obtenidos mostraron desarrollo embrionario completo, lográndose eclosión de larvas y el mantenimiento de alevinos. Conclusiones. El protocolo convencional de inducción fue efectivo en hembras y machos, pero la mezcla de los gametos no resultó ser un procedimiento viable para la producción de semilla en la especie. Se comprueba el almacenamiento de esperma en las hembras y la emisión espontánea de huevos fertilizados al medio cuando estas son sometidas a inducción. Tanto la forma y el tiempo de almacenamiento de esperma como los mecanismos fisiológicos que ocurren en la fecundación se desconocen.

  11. Pod Characteristics of Cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. Related to Cocoa Pod Borer Resistance (Conopomorpha cramerella Snell.

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    Agung Wahyu Soesilo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThe characteristics of pod related to cocoa pod borer resistance (CPB, Conopomorpha cramerella Snell. had been identified in a series study. This research has objective to evaluate performance of the characteristics using more diverse of genetic background to select criteria for selection. Genetic materials for this study were 25 cocoa clones which be planted in Central Sulawesi for resistant evaluation. Field evaluation of the resistance were assessed using the variable of the percentage of unextractable bean, number of entry and exit hole larvae by which the clones were grouped into 5 groups of resistance. A laboratory works were carried out to assess pod characteristics based on the number of trichome, granule of tannin and thickness the lignified-tissue of sclerotic layer using micro-technique method at the different level of pod maturity (3.0; 3.5; 4.0 months. Correlation between groups of those variables was analyzed using Canonical Correlation. The analysis performed a positive association between the thickness of sclerotic layer at the secondary furrow with the number of entry holes and the number of entry holes through sclerotic layer. The thickness performed a higher value of the coefficient in association with the variables of canonical for pod characteristics (0.59; 0.55; 0.43 and the variables of canonical for CPB resistance (0.54; 0.51; 0.39 that would presenting the characteristics of pod related to CPB resistance. Lignification at sclerotic layer was considered as genotypic expressions due to the thickness at the secondary furrow at 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 months of pod maturity performed high value of broad-sense heritability i.e. 0.75, 0.89 and 0.92 respectively. A qualitative assessment of the lignification clearly differentiate the resistant clones (ARDACIAR 10 with the susceptible clones (ICCRI 04, KW 516 and KW 564.Key words : cocoa pod borer, Theobroma cacao L., pod characteristics, resistance

  12. Pod Characteristics of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. related to rocoa pod borer resistance.

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    Agung Wahyu Susilo

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L. pod related to cocoa pod borer resistance (CPB had been identified in a series of study. The objective of this research is to evaluate the characteristics of cocoa pod using more diverse of genetic background to obtain selection criteria. Genetic materials for this studywere 25 cocoa clones planted in Central Sulawesi for resistance evaluation. Field evaluation of the resistance were assessed by using variable of the percentage of unextractable beans, number of larvae entry and exit holes by which the clones were grouped into 5 groups of resistance. A laboratory works were carried out to assess pod characteristics based on the number of trichomes, granules of tannin and thickness the lignified-tissue of sclerotic layer using micro-technique method at the different level of pod maturity (3.0; 3.5; 4.0 months. Correlation between groups of those variables was analyzed using canonical correlation. The result performed a positive association between the thickness of sclerotic layer at the secondary furrow with the number of entry holes and the number of entry holes through sclerotic layer. The thickness performed a higher value of the coefficient in association with the variables of canonical for pod characteristics 0.59; 0.55; 0.43 and the variables of canonical correlation for CPB resistance 0.54; 0.51; 0.39 that would presenting the characteristics of pod related to CPB resistance in 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 months of pod maturity. Lignification at sclerotic layer was considered as genotypic expressions due to the thickness at the secondary furrow at 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 months of pod maturity performed high value of broad-sense heritability i.e. 0.75, 0.89 and 0.92 respectively. A qualitative assessment of the lignification clearly differentiated the resistant clones of ARDACIAR 10 with the susceptible clones of ICCRI 04, KW 516, and KW 564.

  13. Spatial and temporal effects of drought on soil CO2 efflux in a cacao agroforestry system in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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    I. Anas

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Climate change induced droughts pose a serious threat to ecosystems across the tropics and sub-tropics, particularly to those areas not adapted to natural dry periods. In order to study the vulnerability of cacao (Theobroma cacao – Gliricidia sepium agroforestry plantations to droughts a large scale throughfall displacement roof was built in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. In this 19-month experiment, we compared soil surface CO2 efflux (soil respiration from three roof plots with three adjacent control plots. Soil respiration rates peaked at intermediate soil moisture conditions and decreased under increasingly dry conditions (drought induced, or increasingly wet conditions (as evidenced in control plots. The roof plots exhibited a slight decrease in soil respiration compared to the control plots (average 13% decrease. The strength of the drought effect was spatially variable – while some measurement chamber sites reacted strongly (responsive to the decrease in soil water content (up to R2=0.70 (n=11, others did not react at all (non-responsive (n=7. A significant correlation was measured between responsive soil respiration chamber sites and sap flux density ratios of cacao (R=0.61 and Gliricidia (R=0.65. Leaf litter CO2 respiration decreased as conditions became drier. The litter layer contributed approximately 3–4% of the total CO2 efflux during dry periods and up to 40% during wet periods. Within days of roof opening soil CO2 efflux rose to control plot levels. Thereafter, CO2 efflux remained comparable between roof and control plots. The cumulative effect on soil CO2 emissions over the duration of the experiment was not significantly different: the control plots respired 11.1±0.5 Mg C ha−1 yr−1, while roof plots respired 10.5±0.5 Mg C ha−1 yr−1. The relatively mild decrease measured in soil CO2 efflux indicates that this agroforestry ecosystem is capable of mitigating droughts with only minor stress symptoms.

  14. la labor del editor y del arquitecto de información

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    Alcides A. Velásquez P.

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    Full Text Available Los nuevos medios digitales han transformado las posibilidades de distribución, adquisición, manipulación, almacenamiento y producción comunicativa. Así mismo, han impactado las tecnologías de medios previas, incluyendo la imagen, la imagen en movimiento y el texto escrito. Estos nuevos medios de expresión reflejan un momento histórico particular, y potencian un nuevo tipo de construcción simbólica. Sin embargo, por su relativa novedad, aún no han construido completamente su propio lenguaje, por lo que es necesario explorar sus características propias. Esta exploración de las propiedades del medio puede llevarnos a comprender la manera como éste puede hacer converger tópicos de la comunicación y las ciencias de la información relacionados con la escritura y la lectura; así como la labor del editor y del arquitecto de la información.

  15. Genome-wide analysis reveals divergent patterns of gene expression during zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao L., the chocolate tree

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    2014-01-01

    Background Theobroma cacao L. is a tropical fruit tree, the seeds of which are used to create chocolate. In vitro somatic embryogenesis (SE) of cacao is a propagation system useful for rapid mass-multiplication to accelerate breeding programs and to provide plants directly to farmers. Two major limitations of cacao SE remain: the efficiency of embryo production is highly genotype dependent and the lack of full cotyledon development results in low embryo to plant conversion rates. With the goal to better understand SE development and to improve the efficiency of SE conversion we examined gene expression differences between zygotic and somatic embryos using a whole genome microarray. Results The expression of 28,752 genes was determined at 4 developmental time points during zygotic embryogenesis (ZE) and 2 time points during cacao somatic embryogenesis (SE). Within the ZE time course, 10,288 differentially expressed genes were enriched for functions related to responses to abiotic and biotic stimulus, metabolic and cellular processes. A comparison ZE and SE expression profiles identified 10,175 differentially expressed genes. Many TF genes, putatively involved in ethylene metabolism and response, were more strongly expressed in SEs as compared to ZEs. Expression levels of genes involved in fatty acid metabolism, flavonoid biosynthesis and seed storage protein genes were also differentially expressed in the two types of embryos. Conclusions Large numbers of genes were differentially regulated during various stages of both ZE and SE development in cacao. The relatively higher expression of ethylene and flavonoid related genes during SE suggests that the developing tissues may be experiencing high levels of stress during SE maturation caused by the in vitro environment. The expression of genes involved in the synthesis of auxin, polyunsaturated fatty acids and secondary metabolites was higher in SEs relative to ZEs despite lack of lipid and metabolite accumulation

  16. Effect of processed oils and fats on cholesterol metabolism. III. ; Comparison of the effects of palm oil, hardened soybean oil and cacao butter. Kako yushi no cholesterol taisha ni oyobosu eikyo. (3). ; Palm yu to koka daizuyu oyobi cacao abura tono eikyo no hikaku

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    Murakami, C.; Chimi, K.; Kanematsu, H.; Niiya, I. (Japan Institute of Oils and Fats, Other Foods Inspection, Foundation, Tokyo (Japan)); Shimura, M. (Japan Margaruibe, Shortening and Lard Industries Association, Tokyo (Japan)); Mizutani, H. (Ueda Oils and Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Kobe (Japan)); Hirai, C. (Nihon University, Tokyo (Japan). College of Industrial Technology)

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    Effects on cholesterol contained in serum lipids, levers and feces of rats and the metabolism were compared between palm oil, hardened soybean oil and cacao butter. In addition, the relations to the physical and chemical properties of these oils were also studied. In the case of cacao butter, saturated triglyceride of high fusing point was not contained at all and the main component is 2-oleo-1,3-disaturated glycerides. This component was the main cause for cacao butter to show the unique behavior. Concerning the cholesterol concentrations in lever, the hardened soybean oil group tended to be lower than other 3 groups and this tendency agreed approximately with that in serum. Cholesterol in the feces was also analyzed. Cholesteol content in the case of cacao butter was higher than those for the hardened soybean oil group and palm oil group, and much higher than that of the soybean oil group. But the lathosterol content did not show any significant difference compared with that of palm oil group, and the coprostanol content showed the lower value, which had the significant difference. 14 refs., 1 figs., 7 tabs.

  17. Genomic analyses and expression evaluation of thaumatin-like gene family in the cacao fungal pathogen Moniliophthora perniciosa.

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    Franco, Sulamita de Freitas; Baroni, Renata Moro; Carazzolle, Marcelo Falsarella; Teixeira, Paulo José Pereira Lima; Reis, Osvaldo; Pereira, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães; Mondego, Jorge Maurício Costa

    2015-10-30

    Thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) are found in diverse eukaryotes. Plant TLPs, known as Pathogenicity Related Protein (PR-5), are considered fungal inhibitors. However, genes encoding TLPs are frequently found in fungal genomes. In this work, we have identified that Moniliophthora perniciosa, a basidiomycete pathogen that causes the Witches' Broom Disease (WBD) of cacao, presents thirteen putative TLPs from which four are expressed during WBD progression. One of them is similar to small TLPs, which are present in phytopathogenic basidiomycete, such as wheat stem rust fungus Puccinia graminis. Fungi genomes annotation and phylogenetic data revealed a larger number of TLPs in basidiomycetes when comparing with ascomycetes, suggesting that these proteins could be involved in specific traits of mushroom-forming species. Based on the present data, we discuss the contribution of TLPs in the combat against fungal competitors and hypothesize a role of these proteins in M. perniciosa pathogenicity.

  18. Characterization of a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase gene family from chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao L.

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    Yufan eZhang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In plants, the conversion of stearoyl-ACP to oleoyol-ACP is catalyzed by a plastid-localized soluble stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP desaturase (SAD. The activity of SAD significantly impacts the ratio of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and is thus a major determinant of fatty acid composition. The cacao genome contains eight putative SAD isoforms with high amino acid sequence similarities and functional domain conservation with SAD genes from other species. Sequence variation in known functional domains between different SAD family members suggested that these eight SAD isoforms might have distinct functions in plant development, a hypothesis supported by their diverse expression patterns in various cacao tissues. Notably, TcSAD1 is universally expressed across all the tissues, and its expression pattern in seeds is highly correlated with the dramatic change in fatty acid composition during seed maturation. Interestingly, TcSAD3 and TcSAD4 appear to be exclusively and highly expressed in flowers, functions of which remain unknown. To test the function of TcSAD1 in vivo, transgenic complementation of the Arabidopsis ssi2 mutant was performed, demonstrating that TcSAD1 successfully rescued all AtSSI2 related phenotypes further supporting the functional orthology between these two genes. The identification of the major SAD gene responsible for cocoa butter biosynthesis provides new strategies for screening for novel genotypes with desirable fatty acid compositions, and for use in breeding programs to help pyramid genes for quality and other traits such as disease resistance.

  19. Characterization of a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase gene family from chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao L.

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    Zhang, Yufan; Maximova, Siela N; Guiltinan, Mark J

    2015-01-01

    In plants, the conversion of stearoyl-ACP to oleoyol-ACP is catalyzed by a plastid-localized soluble stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) desaturase (SAD). The activity of SAD significantly impacts the ratio of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and is thus a major determinant of fatty acid composition. The cacao genome contains eight putative SAD isoforms with high amino acid sequence similarities and functional domain conservation with SAD genes from other species. Sequence variation in known functional domains between different SAD family members suggested that these eight SAD isoforms might have distinct functions in plant development, a hypothesis supported by their diverse expression patterns in various cacao tissues. Notably, TcSAD1 is universally expressed across all the tissues, and its expression pattern in seeds is highly correlated with the dramatic change in fatty acid composition during seed maturation. Interestingly, TcSAD3 and TcSAD4 appear to be exclusively and highly expressed in flowers, functions of which remain unknown. To test the function of TcSAD1 in vivo, transgenic complementation of the Arabidopsis ssi2 mutant was performed, demonstrating that TcSAD1 successfully rescued all AtSSI2 related phenotypes further supporting the functional orthology between these two genes. The identification of the major SAD gene responsible for cocoa butter biosynthesis provides new strategies for screening for novel genotypes with desirable fatty acid compositions, and for use in breeding programs to help pyramid genes for quality and other traits such as disease resistance.

  20. Characterization of a stearoyl-acyl carrier protein desaturase gene family from chocolate tree, Theobroma cacao L

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    Zhang, Yufan; Maximova, Siela N.; Guiltinan, Mark J.

    2015-01-01

    In plants, the conversion of stearoyl-ACP to oleoyol-ACP is catalyzed by a plastid-localized soluble stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) desaturase (SAD). The activity of SAD significantly impacts the ratio of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and is thus a major determinant of fatty acid composition. The cacao genome contains eight putative SAD isoforms with high amino acid sequence similarities and functional domain conservation with SAD genes from other species. Sequence variation in known functional domains between different SAD family members suggested that these eight SAD isoforms might have distinct functions in plant development, a hypothesis supported by their diverse expression patterns in various cacao tissues. Notably, TcSAD1 is universally expressed across all the tissues, and its expression pattern in seeds is highly correlated with the dramatic change in fatty acid composition during seed maturation. Interestingly, TcSAD3 and TcSAD4 appear to be exclusively and highly expressed in flowers, functions of which remain unknown. To test the function of TcSAD1 in vivo, transgenic complementation of the Arabidopsis ssi2 mutant was performed, demonstrating that TcSAD1 successfully rescued all AtSSI2 related phenotypes further supporting the functional orthology between these two genes. The identification of the major SAD gene responsible for cocoa butter biosynthesis provides new strategies for screening for novel genotypes with desirable fatty acid compositions, and for use in breeding programs to help pyramid genes for quality and other traits such as disease resistance. PMID:25926841