Author: Ciência Rural

Can image processing assist in determining seed vigor?

Research examines the feasibility of digital image processing in determining seed vigor through the method of analyzing plant biophysical characteristics. The results show that the determination of leaf length and seedling area obtained by digital image processing is effective to evaluate the vigor of rice seeds. Read More →

How can the bioactive physalis compound help in cancer treatment?

Study tested the toxicity of Goldenberry extract by in vivo and in vitro assays. The compound showed toxicity in mammary tumor cells. The work serves as a starting point for further research in the treatment of cancer involving natural compounds, as the formulation associated with Physalis extract showed toxicity against this cell type. Read More →

Can Dachshund dogs develop retrobulbar meningioma?

A study of a female Dachshund breed with altered neurological signs resulted in a diagnosis of multifocal lesion. At necropsy, it was found to be a rare tumor in the retrobulbar region, affecting only 3% of dogs. The research draws attention to the importance of including this possibility of pathology during diagnosis. Read More →

Scientist-tested methods enhance fiber properties

The capacity of dietary fibers to improve digestion and metabolism is directly linked to the physico-chemical properties of these elements, such as water retention capacity, oil binding and fiber cations. The research found that it is possible to improve the functional characteristics of the fibers, through methods such as micronisation and extrusion. Read More →

Is there an effective way to treat bacterial diseases in fish without resistance to antibiotics?

The expansion of aquaculture increasingly exposes fish to diseases such as aeromonose caused by the bacteria Aeromonas hydrophila. To treat this bacterial infection, researchers tested the antimicrobial activity of the essential oil extracted from the Lippia origanoides plant. Results were obtained by an in vivo assay with 120 fish. Read More →

Diarrhea in young buffaloes caused by Escherichia coli may be associated with different toxins and pathotypes of bovine

Young buffalo can become infected and develop diarrhea by the action of Escherichia coli, same bacterial agent found in diarrheic bovine calves. However, other pathotypes and toxins appear to be present in these animals. This study found a large number of STEC, NTEC and EAST-1 toxin in E. coli strains isolated from feces of buffaloes, those associated with diarrheagenic E. coli. Read More →

What is the need to perform caudectomy procedures in sheep?

Although there is growing concern about animal welfare, procedures that cause pain and suffering in animals are still frequently performed by farmers, such as tail docking in sheep. This research collected the opinion of sheep breeders on tail docking to study the real need for this practice. Read More →

Impaired transport conditions as a cause of respiratory diseases in goats

What is the impact of poor transport conditions on respiratory diseases in goats and other animals? In this study, researchers have shown that there is a clear association between transport stress and the development of bacterial infections in these animals. Read More →

Study shows essential oils as a promising alternative in the control of dry bubble disease

Researchers at the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), in Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil, have demonstrated that the oil extracts of cinnamon, clove and thyme are potential and efficient alternatives in the control of dry bubble disease in mushrooms of the species Agaricus bisporus. Read More →