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Detection of candidate regions affecting bovine IgM natural antibodies in milk
Cordero Solorzano, Juan ; Arts, J.A.J. ; Parmentier, H.K. ; Bovenhuis, H. - \ 2018
In: Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. - WCGALP - 8 p.
Two genomic regions were found to be associated with IgM antibody titers in milk binding lipoteichoic acid (LTA); one on chromosome 17 and the other on chromosome 21. Phenotypes were measured by ELISA and genotypes consisted of imputed 777k SNP. Single SNP analyses were run using an animal model to retrieve significant SNP. In BTA21, a gene for the heavy chains of immunoglobulins, IGHV is proposed as a candidate gene as was true for VPREB3 in BTA17 related to B-cell maturation. These findings provide a further step in better understanding the genetic background of natural antibodies (NAbs), that may be relevant for relevant for the estimation of dairy cattle health. Keywords: dairy cattle, natural antibodies, genome-wide association
Nutrimetabolomics: An Integrative Action for Metabolomic Analyses in Human Nutritional Studies
Ulaszewska, Marynka M. ; Weinert, Christoph H. ; Trimigno, Alessia ; Portmann, Reto ; Andres Lacueva, Cristina ; Badertscher, René ; Brennan, Lorraine ; Brunius, Carl ; Bub, Achim ; Capozzi, Francesco ; Cialiè Rosso, Marta ; Cordero, Chiara E. ; Daniel, Hannelore ; Durand, Stéphanie ; Egert, Bjoern ; Ferrario, Paola G. ; Feskens, Edith J.M. ; Franceschi, Pietro ; Garcia-Aloy, Mar ; Giacomoni, Franck ; Giesbertz, Pieter ; González-Domínguez, Raúl ; Hanhineva, Kati ; Hemeryck, Lieselot Y. ; Kopka, Joachim ; Kulling, Sabine E. ; Llorach, Rafael ; Manach, Claudine ; Mattivi, Fulvio ; Migné, Carole ; Münger, Linda H. ; Ott, Beate ; Picone, Gianfranco ; Pimentel, Grégory ; Pujos-Guillot, Estelle ; Riccadonna, Samantha ; Rist, Manuela J. ; Rombouts, Caroline ; Rubert, Josep ; Skurk, Thomas ; Sri Harsha, Pedapati S.C. ; Meulebroek, Lieven Van; Vanhaecke, Lynn ; Vázquez-Fresno, Rosa ; Wishart, David ; Vergères, Guy - \ 2018
Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 63 (2018)1. - ISSN 1613-4125
GC–MS - LC–MS - metabolomics - NMR - nutrition
The life sciences are currently being transformed by an unprecedented wave of developments in molecular analysis, which include important advances in instrumental analysis as well as biocomputing. In light of the central role played by metabolism in nutrition, metabolomics is rapidly being established as a key analytical tool in human nutritional studies. Consequently, an increasing number of nutritionists integrate metabolomics into their study designs. Within this dynamic landscape, the potential of nutritional metabolomics (nutrimetabolomics) to be translated into a science, which can impact on health policies, still needs to be realized. A key element to reach this goal is the ability of the research community to join, to collectively make the best use of the potential offered by nutritional metabolomics. This article, therefore, provides a methodological description of nutritional metabolomics that reflects on the state-of-the-art techniques used in the laboratories of the Food Biomarker Alliance (funded by the European Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL)) as well as points of reflections to harmonize this field. It is not intended to be exhaustive but rather to present a pragmatic guidance on metabolomic methodologies, providing readers with useful “tips and tricks” along the analytical workflow.
The interaction between cyanobacteria and zooplankton in a more eutrophic world
Ger, Kemal Ali ; Urrutia-Cordero, Pablo ; Frost, Paul C. ; Hansson, Lars Anders ; Sarnelle, Orlando ; Wilson, Alan E. ; Lurling, Miguel - \ 2016
Harmful Algae 54 (2016). - ISSN 1568-9883 - p. 128 - 144.
Co-evolution - Eutrophication - Grazing - Local-adaptation - Plankton

As blooms of cyanobacteria expand and intensify in freshwater systems globally, there is increasing interest in their ecological effects. In addition to being public health hazards, cyanobacteria have long been considered a poor quality food for key zooplankton grazers that link phytoplankton to higher trophic levels. While past laboratory studies have found negative effects of nutritional constraints and defensive traits (i.e., toxicity and colonial or filamentous morphology) on the fitness of large generalist grazers (i.e., Daphnia), cyanobacterial blooms often co-exist with high biomass of small-bodied zooplankton in nature. Indeed, recent studies highlight the remarkable diversity and flexibility in zooplankton responses to cyanobacterial prey. Reviewed here are results from a wide range of laboratory and field experiments examining the interaction of cyanobacteria and a diverse zooplankton taxa including cladocerans, copepods, and heterotrophic protists from temperate to tropical freshwater systems. This synthesis shows that longer exposure to cyanobacteria can shift zooplankton communities toward better-adapted species, select for more tolerant genotypes within a species, and induce traits within the lifetime of individual zooplankton. In turn, the function of bloom-dominated plankton ecosystems, the coupling between primary producers and grazers, the stability of blooms, and the potential to use top down biomanipulation for controlling cyanobacteria depend largely on the species, abundance, and traits of interacting cyanobacteria and zooplankton. Understanding the drivers and consequences of zooplankton traits, such as physiological detoxification and selective vs. generalist grazing behavior, are therefore of major importance for future studies. Ultimately, co-evolutionary dynamics between cyanobacteria and their grazers may emerge as a critical regulator of blooms.

How Sensitive Are Ecosystem Services in European Forest Landscapes to Silvicultural Treatment?
Biber, P. ; Borges, J.G. ; Moshammer, R. ; Barreiro, S. ; Botequim, B. ; Brodrechtová, Y. ; Brukas, V. ; Chirici, G. ; Cordero-Debets, R. ; Corrigan, E. ; Eriksson, L.O. ; Favero, M. ; Galev, E. ; Garcia-Gonzalo, J. ; Hengeveld, G.M. ; Kavaliauskas, M. ; Marchetti, M. ; Marques, S. ; Mozgeris, G. ; Navrátil, R. ; Nieuwenhuis, M. ; Orazio, C. ; Paligorov, I. ; Pettenella, D. ; Sedmák, R. ; Smrecek, R. ; Stanislovaitis, A. ; Tomé, M. ; Trubins, R. ; Tucek, J. ; Vizzarri, M. ; Wallin, I. ; Pretzsch, H. ; Sallnäs, O. - \ 2015
Forests 6 (2015)5. - ISSN 1999-4907 - p. 1666 - 1695.
scenario analysis - simulator silva - climate-change - management - growth - tree - impacts - regions - yield - stand
While sustainable forestry in Europe is characterized by the provision of a multitude of forest ecosystem services, there exists no comprehensive study that scrutinizes their sensitivity to forest management on a pan-European scale, so far. We compile scenario runs from regionally tailored forest growth models and Decision Support Systems (DSS) from 20 case studies throughout Europe and analyze whether the ecosystem service provision depends on management intensity and other co-variables, comprising regional affiliation, social environment, and tree species composition. The simulation runs provide information about the case-specifically most important ecosystem services in terms of appropriate indicators. We found a strong positive correlation between management intensity and wood production, but only weak correlation with protective and socioeconomic forest functions. Interestingly, depending on the forest region, we found that biodiversity can react in both ways, positively and negatively, to increased management intensity. Thus, it may be in tradeoff or in synergy with wood production and forest resource maintenance. The covariables species composition and social environment are of punctual interest only, while the affiliation to a certain region often makes an important difference in terms of an ecosystem service’s treatment sensitivity.
Diversity of Global Rice Markets and the Science Required for Consumer-Targeted Rice Breeding
Calingacion, M.N. ; Laborte, A.G. ; Nelson, A. ; Resurreccion, A. ; Chrystal Concepcion, J. ; Dara Daygon, V. ; Mumm, R. ; Reinke, R. ; Dipti, S. ; Zaczuk Bassinello, P. ; Manful, J. ; Sophany, S. ; Cordero Lara, K. ; Bao, J. ; Xie, L. ; Loaiza, K. ; El-hissewy, A. ; Gayin, J. ; Sharma, N. ; Rajeswari, S. ; Manonmani, S. ; Shobha Rani, N. ; Kota, S. ; Dewi Indrasari, S. ; Habibi, F. ; Hosseini, M. ; Tavasoli, F. ; Suzuki, K. ; Umemoto, T. ; Boualaphanh, C. ; Hong Lee, H. ; Pang Hung, Y. ; Ramli, A. ; Pa Aung, P. ; Ahmad, R. ; Iqbal Wattoo, J. ; Bandonill, E. ; Romero, M. ; Moita Brites, C. ; Hafeel, R. ; Sheng Lur, H. ; Cheaupun, K. ; Jongdee, S. ; Blanco, P. ; Bryant, R. ; Thi Lang, N. ; Hall, R.D. - \ 2014
PLoS ONE 9 (2014)1. - ISSN 1932-6203 - 12 p.
single-nucleotide polymorphisms - oryza-sativa l. - starch-synthase-iia - grain length - gelatinization temperature - gel consistency - eating quality - gene - gs3 - association
With the ever-increasing global demand for high quality rice in both local production regions and with Western consumers, we have a strong desire to understand better the importance of the different traits that make up the quality of the rice grain and obtain a full picture of rice quality demographics. Rice is by no means a ‘one size fits all’ crop. Regional preferences are not only striking, they drive the market and hence are of major economic importance in any rice breeding / improvement strategy. In this analysis, we have engaged local experts across the world to perform a full assessment of all the major rice quality trait characteristics and importantly, to determine how these are combined in the most preferred varieties for each of their regions. Physical as well as biochemical characteristics have been monitored and this has resulted in the identification of no less than 18 quality trait combinations. This complexity immediately reveals the extent of the specificity of consumer preference. Nevertheless, further assessment of these combinations at the variety level reveals that several groups still comprise varieties which consumers can readily identify as being different. This emphasises the shortcomings in the current tools we have available to assess rice quality and raises the issue of how we might correct for this in the future. Only with additional tools and research will we be able to define directed strategies for rice breeding which are able to combine important agronomic features with the demands of local consumers for specific quality attributes and hence, design new, improved crop varieties which will be awarded success in the global market.
The sustainability of communicative packaging concepts in the food supply chain. A case study: part 2. Life cycle costing and sustainability assessment
Dobon, A. ; Cordero, P. ; Pereira da Silva, F.I.D.G. ; Ostergaard, S.R. ; Antvorskov, H. ; Robertsson, M. ; Smolander, M. ; Hortal, M. - \ 2011
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 16 (2011)6. - ISSN 0948-3349 - p. 537 - 547.
This paper is the second part of a two-paper series dealing with the sustainability evaluation of a new communicative packaging concept. The communicative packaging concept includes a device that allows changing the expiry date of the product as function of temperature during transport and storage: a flexible best-before-date (FBBD). Such device was analysed in a consumer unit consisting of a nanoclay-based polylactic acid tray filled with pork chops. An economic assessment was made through the use of life cycle costing (LCC) methodology proposed by Bovea and Vidal (Resources, Conservation and Recycling Volume 41, Issue 2, May 2004, Pages 133-145) where both internal and external costs were considered. Furthermore, the social aspects were analysed using a contingent valuation (CV) of the willingness to pay (WTP). The sustainability assessment of FBBD was made through the combination of life cycle assessment (LCA) and LCC results, together with the CV of the WTP according to the method proposed by Bovea and Vidal. It was assumed that the use of the FBBD minimizes the food losses from 3.5% to 0.5%. LCC results show that internal costs related to pork chops and logistic supply chain life cycle represent more than 90% of life cycle cost. The use of FBBD communicative device could increase pork chop selling price between 0.01 and 0.1 a,not sign since the purchasing cost of this communicative device is included in this price. WTP results show that FBBD purchasing cost for consumer acceptance is estimated as 0.05 a,not sign/FBBD. Therefore, only pork chop selling price for scenarios 1 (0.05 a,not sign/device) and 3 (0.01 a,not sign/device) could be accepted by consumers. The most sustainable situation is reached when the cost of the FBBD is as less as possible (0.01 a,not sign). The use of FBBD communicative device has economic advantages for perishable products since it contributes to the increase in the economic savings due to the reduction of food losses. However, these economic savings represent a small percentage over pork chop selling price, and therefore, an FBBD price less than 0.02 a,not sign/device is required. If a lower price for the communicative device is reached, satisfying the WTP of consumers (0.05 a,not sign/FBBD), the communicative package will be much more sustainable. It is expected that the competitiveness of FBBD communicative device will be improved in the future. This might be accomplished by reducing FBBD production and distribution costs and increasing their social acceptance, providing more sustainable solutions.
Emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero de la carne de cordero en España a lo largo de su ciclo de vida: Una comparación de tres sistemas productivos
Boer, Imke de - \ 2011
Emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero de la carne de cordero en España a lo largo de su ciclo de vida: Una comparación de tres sistemas productivos.
Ripoll-Bosch, R. ; Boer, I.J.M. de; Bernues, A. ; Vellinga, Th.V. - \ 2011
In: Proceedings of the AIDA, XIV Jornadas sobre producción animal, 17-18 mayo 2011, Zaragoza, Spain. - - p. 121 - 123.
The sustainability of communicative packaging concepts in the food supply chain. A case study: part 1. Life cycle assessment
Dobon, A. ; Cordero, P. ; Kreft, F. ; Ostergaard, S.R. ; Robertsson, M. ; Smolander, M. ; Hortal, M. - \ 2011
The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 16 (2011)2. - ISSN 0948-3349 - p. 168 - 177.
silicate nanocomposites
Purpose In recent years, a new perspective for food packaging has emerged as a result of several issues like quality, safety, competitive prices or providing of useful information to consumers. This new perspective is called communicative packaging. Communicative packaging may influence consumers/companies on purchasing decisions. Since the environmental evaluation of such systems has not yet been performed, this paper is focused on the environmental evaluation of a flexible best-before-date (FBBD) communicative device on a packaging consumer unit and its implications on reducing environmental impacts related to fresh products. This consumer unit consists of a nanoclay-based polylactic acid tray filled with pork chops. Methods The environmental assessment of the consumer unit was made through life cycle assessment (LCA) using a cradle-to-gate approach. Environmental impacts were assessed according to the Eco-Indicator 99 v 2.1 methodology in Individualist (I) perspective. Results and discussion Several results were obtained from the LCA. With regard to environmental impacts of the FBBD, most of them were due to the paper substrate used for the manufacture of this communicative packaging concept as well as to the transports for delivering the components of the FBBD communicative device. On the other hand, when environmental impacts of packaging system with and without FBBD were compared, a large environmental load was detected for the system that has the communicative device affixed as a result of the higher weight of the package. However, the environmental load caused by the use of the FBBD was minimal in comparison with the total environmental load of the whole packaging system. On the contrary, the consumer unit that has the communicative device affixed showed less environmental burden than the consumer unit that has not affixed the device. This was due to the environmental benefits that the communicative device provides by reducing the amount of out-of-date packaged products at retailer outlets. Conclusions The use of a FBBD contributes to minimize environmental burdens related to the production, packaging and delivery of pork chops since it facilitates a dynamic control of out-of-date products even though the consumer unit with FBBD weighs 1 g more than the consumer unit that does not use the communicative device. Recommendations The results presented in this paper are estimated results of a specific case study for a prototype of communicative packaging device. Consequently, these results must be considered as a first approach according to future developments on communicative packaging.
Desarrollo de diferentes estrategias para aumentar la seguridad y la vida util en productos de carne de cordero a lo largo de la cadena alimentaria
Gomez, S.M.O. - \ 2010
Universidad de Burgos. Promotor(en): Pieternel Luning, co-promotor(en): J. Rovira Carballido. -
Anti-aphrodisiac compounds of male butterflies increase the risk of egg parasitoid attack by inducing plant synomone production
Fatouros, N.E. ; Pashalidou, F.G. ; Aponte Cordero, W.V. ; Loon, J.J.A. van; Mumm, R. ; Dicke, M. ; Hilker, M. ; Huigens, M.E. - \ 2009
Journal of Chemical Ecology 35 (2009)11. - ISSN 0098-0331 - p. 1373 - 1381.
pieris-rapae - methyl salicylate - predatory mite - defense responses - pinus-sylvestris - cabbage white - host location - insect - volatiles - oviposition
During mating in many butterfly species, males transfer spermatophores that contain anti-aphrodisiacs to females that repel conspecific males. For example, males of the large cabbage white, Pieris brassicae (Lepidoptera: Pieridae), transfer the anti-aphrodisiac, benzyl cyanide (BC) to females. Accessory reproductive gland (ARG) secretion of a mated female P. brassicae that is deposited with an egg clutch contains traces of BC, inducing Brussels sprouts plants (Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera) to arrest certain Trichogramma egg parasitoids. Here, we assessed whether deposition of one egg at a time by the closely related small cabbage white, Pieris rapae, induced B. oleracea var. gemmifera to arrest Trichogramma wasps, and whether this plant synomone is triggered by substances originating from male P. rapae seminal fluid. We showed that plants induced by singly laid eggs of P. rapae arrest T. brassicae wasps three days after butterfly egg deposition. Elicitor activity was present in ARG secretion of mated female butterflies, whereas the secretion of virgin females was inactive. Pieris rapae used a mixture of methyl salicylate (MeSA) and indole as an anti-aphrodisiac. We detected traces of both anti-aphrodisiacal compounds in the ARG secretion of mated female P. rapae, whereas indole was lacking in the secretion of virgin female P. rapae. When applied onto the leaf, indole induced changes in the foliar chemistry that arrested T. brassicae wasps. This study shows that compounds of male seminal fluid incur possible fitness costs for Pieris butterflies by indirectly promoting egg parasitoid attack
El Desarrollo del Turismo Sostenible; Los Casos de Manuel Antonio y Texel
Duim, V.R. van der; Caalders, J.D.A.D. ; Cordero, A. ; Duynen Montijn, L. van; Ritsma, N. - \ 2003
San José CR : Flacso - ISBN 997768121X - 228
toerisme - ontwikkeling van toerisme - impact van toerisme - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - marktverkenningen - gegevens verzamelen - costa rica - nederland - nederlandse waddeneilanden - tourism - tourism development - tourism impact - sustainability - market surveys - data collection - netherlands - dutch wadden islands
El Manejo Integral de Residuos Sólidos en Quito, Ecuador : una Oportunidad para Reducir Emisiones de Gases de Efecto Invernadero
Benítez, P. ; Echavarría, M. - \ 2002
In: Casos Latinoamericanos de Cambio Climática y Desarrollo / Castro Salazar, R., Cordero Pichansky, S., San José : - ISBN 9789968290166 - p. 181 - 193.
Towards Strategies for Sustainable Development: The Case of Manuel Antonio and Texel
Duim, V.R. van der; Caalders, J. ; Cordero, A. - \ 2001
In: Tourism as a Catalyst for Community-based Development : Tourism as a Catalyst for Community-based Development, Pretoria, 2001 / Centre for Afrika Tourism Pretoria : Centre for Afrika Tourism
Developing sustainable tourism : the case of Manuel Antonio and Texel
Duim, V.R. van der; Caalders, J. ; Cordero, A. ; Duynen Montijn, L. van; Ritsma, N. - \ 2001
Wageningen : Wageningen University - 163
toerisme - ontwikkeling van toerisme - impact van toerisme - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - marktverkenningen - gegevens verzamelen - costa rica - nederland - nederlandse waddeneilanden - tourism - tourism development - tourism impact - sustainability - market surveys - data collection - netherlands - dutch wadden islands
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