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San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina

Rauque C.A.,niversidad Nacional Del Comahue | Semenas L.,niversidad Nacional Del Comahue
Journal of Parasitology | Year: 2011

abstract: In Lake Mascardi (Patagonia), 2 acanthocephalan species, Acanthocephalus tumescens and Pseudocorynosoma sp., share an amphipod intermediate host but have different definitive hosts. Because both acanthocephalan species are potentially capable of manipulating amphipod behavior, one of the parasites may, therefore, have no opportunity to complete its life cycle; accordingly, negative interactions between them can be expected. The purpose of the present work was to examine the possibility of competition in the intermediate host through a comparison of A. tumescens and Pseudocorynosoma sp. cystacanth volume. Specimens of the amphipod Hyalella patagonica were collected monthly over almost 2 yr. Amphipods were measured (total length), necropsied, and cystacanths collected. Cystacanths were also measured, and their volume was calculated. Size of both acanthocepalan species was positively associated with amphipod total length. Competition, during 3 different infection periods, was assessed: high level of Pseudocorynosoma sp. infection (HP), high level of A. tumescens infection (HA), and high level of mixed infection (HM). In Pseudocorynosoma sp., intra-specific competition in HM was the only interaction found. In contrast, in A. tumescens, inter-specific competition in HP, intra-specific competion in HA, and intra- and inter-specific competition in HM were found. We suggest that Pseudocorynosoma sp. is a non-plastic species mostly found in single infections, while A. tumescens is a more variable species occurring more frequently in co-infections. © 2011 American Society of Parasitologists. Source

Franceschinis L.,niversidad Nacional Del Comahue | Sette P.,niversidad Nacional Del Comahue | Sette P.,CONICET | Schebor C.,University of Buenos Aires | And 3 more authors.
Food and Bioprocess Technology | Year: 2015

It is widely known that quality properties of fruits can be affected by drying processes. The approach was the quality improvement of dried cherry products through the application of combined technologies of drying and pretreatments. The objective of this work was to analyze the effect of blanching or sugar infusion prior to air-drying or freeze-drying on quality properties such as color, bioactive compounds, and antiradical power of two cherry products (discs and dices). Air-drying caused darkening, whereas freeze-drying provoked higher lightness of discs compared to fresh fruit (p < 0.05). Cherry dices were lighter than the fresh fruit. A high retention of total anthocyanin (ACY) and phenolic content (TPC) was obtained in blanched freeze-dried discs (ACY = 165 ± 22 mg Cyd-3-glu/100 g d.w.; TPC = 739 ± 55 mg GAE/100 g d.w.). Sugar infusion pretreatment caused an important decrease in ACY (31–89 mg Cyd-3-glu/100 g d.w.) and TPC (222–271 mg GAE/100 g d.w.). When blanching was applied prior to air-drying, samples presented the highest antiradical power, similar to that observed in fresh fruit. In dices, the best quality attributes in terms of superficial color were found in control freeze-dried samples since they presented minor shifts in hue angle and a greater preservation of anthocyanin pigments (ACY = 211 ± 30 mg Cyd-3-glu/100 g d.w.). However, control air-dried dices presented the highest phenolic content (TPC = 771 ± 65 mg GAE/100 g d.w.). Regarding the possible application of the dry cherry products, discs could be directly consumed as snacks, while dices could be incorporated as ingredients in fruit bars, cookies, or muffins. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

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