Soil Environ. 38(2): 151-161, 2019
Indigenous arbuscular mycorrhiza and Trichoderma from systems with soybean predominance can improve tomato growth
In the last decades, there has been a tendency towards sustainable agriculture. Following this trend, edaphic fungi as Trichoderma and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) could increase plant growth contributing to diminish agricultural chemical supply. However, little information exists in current research regarding the possible effects of alternative practices to soybean monoculture systems on fungal groups that could contribute to plant health and/or productivity. Thus, our objective was to assess changes in the abundance and diversity of indigenous AMF and Trichoderma from a long-term field experiment located in the Argentinean Pampas, in order to test the effect of alternative practices to soybean monoculture. The fungal ability to promote the growth of crops, such us tomato plant was also tested. Soil samples were collected from a soybean monoculture system (Sb), a system including cover crop (Avena sativa) followed by soybean (CC/Sb) and a system including rotations (rot) of SoybeanMaize-Wheat crops CC/Sb-rot, M-rot and W-rot, respectively. Highest AMF and Trichoderma abundance was found at W-rot and M-rot systems, and highest AMF diversity was found at W-rot and CC systems. Furthermore, highest mycorrhizal colonization was found at CC/Sb and W-rot systems. Inoculated plants with single AMF consortium or with Trichoderma strains showed significant increases in comparison with the control. Dual inoculation increased tomato plant growth as compared to the control, and evidence of synergism was found by increases in shoot and root growth. Our results show that dual inoculation with indigenous AMF and Trichoderma from alternative crop systems to soybean monoculture could play an important role in tomato plant growth. This information could be useful to decrease production costs and environmental impacts.
- Mycorrhizal colonization
- Cover crops
- Crop rotation systems
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Tomato plants growth after 45 days. A: (from left to right) without inoculation (control), inoculated with AMF W-rot, Tch W-rot and inoculated with both fungi (AMF+Tch W-rot). B: (from left to right) without inoculation (control), inoculated with AMF CC/Sb, Tch CC/Sb and inoculated with both fungi (AMF+Tch CC/Sb).
Sucrose-to-ethanol microalgae-based platform using seawater
(* These authors contributed equally)
• Bioprospecting for native sucrose-accumulating microalgal strains
• Induction of sucrose and lipid accumulation using seawater
• Mild sugar-extraction conditions and direct conversion into ethanol
• Modeled productivity of 4200 L ethanol·ha−1·year−1 in raceway ponds in Brazil
Microalgal biomass is increasingly considered a promising feedstock for the production of bioethanol because it has simpler biochemical composition and structural features than plant feedstocks. However, it still requires hazardous and/or expensive acid or enzymatic saccharification processes before its conversion into ethanol by fermentation. To bypass this limitation, we identified microalgal strains that accumulate up to 10% (w/w) of sucrose, a readily fermentable sugar. Conditions were optimized to produce sucrose in half-strength seawater, as well as efficient extraction by very mild procedures, and conversion into ethanol. We present a model based on cultivation in environmental photobioreactors that predicted a productivity of 4200 L ethanol·ha−1·year−1 in raceway ponds in Brazil, approaching the average sucrose and ethanol productivity from sugarcane.
- Water footprint
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Volume 83, September 2019, Pages 1-8, Journal of Stored Products Research
Degradation of gluten proteins by Fusariumspecies and their impact on the grain quality of bread wheat
•Degradation kinetic of storage proteins depends on the incubation period.
•Different Fusarium species can affect negatively the gluten strength.
•Different responses could be related to subunits composition of wheat genotypes.
The protein quality of wheat, the most important crop worldwide, is affected by the presence of fungi, mainly those belonging to the Fusarium genus. The aim of this study is to analyze the effects of Fusarium spp. on ground wheat grains quality by measuring gluten strength and quantifying the gliadin/glutenin content. A total of 23 Fusarium spp. isolates and two bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes with contrasting baking quality were used in the investigation. The results of SDS sedimentation test (SDSS) revealed that the presence of Fusarium species significantly affected the gluten strength negatively; while F. pseudograminearum and F. graminearum are the species that predominantly affected the SDSS values. Principal component analysis of gluten composition showed that the effect of Fusarium species on gluten composition depended on the wheat genotypes analyzed. Cluster analysis revealed that all the Fusarium species used as inoculum produced severe effects on grain quality and gluten composition on both the genotypes. In summary, our results showed that the presence of Fusarium spp. impaired storage proteins affecting the wheat dough properties. Therefore, constant monitoring is necessary to reduce the presence of Fusarium in the food chain for reducing the negative potential impact on bread quality.
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Ground Beetles in a Changing World: Communities in a Modified Wetland Landscape
Wetlands are being increasingly affected by anthropogenic activities worldwide. The Lower Delta of the Paraná River, one of the most important wetlands in Argentina, has been profoundly altered because most of the natural environments were drained or diked to make them suitable for different agricultural activities. As a result, the landscape is characterized by a mosaic of Salicaceae afforestations of different ages interspersed with patches of secondary forests and grazing grasslands. The high susceptibility of Carabidae and Aphodiidae to natural and human-induced disturbances and management practices is reflected by changes in their spatiotemporal distribution. We performed a 1-year study to analyze and compare beetle’s communities inhabiting different habitat types in this modified wetland landscape. A total of 58 beetle species were recorded, of which 48 were carabids and 10 aphodids. Although species richness and diversity were higher in productive habitats (afforestations and grasslands) than in secondary forests, hydrophilic species were only found in the latter. Community parameters varied seasonally. Our results indicate a close relationship between wetland beetle communities and vegetation cover in each habitat type. Human activity increases heterogeneity across this landscape, which favors the colonization of new species but causes the loss or displacement of autochthonous species. The secondary forests could serve as alternative habitats for beetles typical of humid environments. We propose the maintenance of the current heterogeneous mosaic to favor the diversity of ground beetles and the implementation of changes in water management for the benefit of hydrophilic beetle species.
Carabidae Aphodiidae habitat type secondary forests hydrophilic beetle
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Nuevo artículo científico, grupo: Biología e interacciones de los hongos en sistemas naturales y agroalimentarios
Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. Vol. 89, núm. 3 (2018)
Registro de Sclerotium rolfsii como causante de pudrición de corona y raíces de Pseudogynoxis benthamii
New host record of Sclerotium rolfsii causing crown and root rot on Pseudogynoxis benthamii
En marzo de 2016, de un total de 40 plantas de Pseudogynoxis benthamii cultivadas en Buenos Aires, Argentina, se observó marchitez en 10 de ellas. El objetivo de este trabajo fue identificar el agente causal de la enfermedad. Se obtuvieron 5 aislados fúngicos de características similares a partir de esclerocios desarrollados sobre las raíces, de los cuales se seleccionó 1, que luego de ser inoculado en plantas sanas, causó síntomas en un período de 2 semanas. El patógeno fue identificado como Sclerotium rolfsii sobre la base de sus características morfológicas. Se amplificó y secuenció la región de la espaciadora interna transcrita de ADN ribosomal del núcleo del aislado. El análisis de ADN mostró 99-100% de similitud para S. rolfsii. Este es el primer reporte de S. rolfsii como agente causal de marchitez en P. benthamii y el primer patógeno citado sobre esta especie en el mundo.