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Biochemical Investigations of Different Mushroom Species for Their Biotechnological Potential

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Among bioactive constituents occurring in mushrooms, phenolic compounds focus attention due to their antioxidant activity. Also, a special attention is given to mushrooms secreting extra cellular enzymes such as lignin peroxidases (LiP), manganese peroxidase (MnP) and laccase (Lac), enzymes which can be used in biodegradation processes. The aim of the present study was to investigate ten mushroom species for total phenolic compounds, lignocellulolytic enzymes and for their synthetic dyes decolourisation potential. For this purpose, 70% ethanol extracts of ten dried mushrooms were analysed using spectrophotometric methods. The results revealed that total phenolic compounds in the extracts were the highest in A. campestris, P. ostreatus var. Florida and T. versicolor. Laccase activity showed high values in extracts from P. ostreatus var. Florida, A. campestris, L. edodes, and G. applanatum. Lignin peroxidases (LiP) activity showed high values in extracts from A. campestris, F. velutipes, P. ostreatus var. Florida and T. versicolor, whereas manganese peroxidase (MnP) activity was highest in extracts from P. ostreatus var. Florida, A. campestris and G. applanatum. It was found that some of the fungal extracts showed high activities in decolorizing of synthetic dyes.

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Study of Rural Groundwater Quality in Brestea Village, Romania

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Water is a social requirement and an important factor in the ecological balance. Water from wells is good for direct consumption if the soil is not contaminated. The quality of drinking water is regulated by Law no. 458/2002 (transposing the Directive 98/83/EC on the quality of drinking water). The aim of this paper was to assess the physicochemical qualities of groundwaters from Brestea village, commune Denta, Timis County. The water samples were taken in 2015 from 10 functional wells. For the source whose physical and chemical parameters have exceeded the limit values, the monthly monitoring of the water quality (microbiological and physico-chemical properties) has been performed for 2 years. At the same time, the pH of the soil near the water sources was also measured. The results highlighted a good connection between the microorganisms from water and the nitrite, nitrate and ammonium content of water. The information can be further used to identify and eliminate the specific pollutants, areas and pollution sources.

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Climate Change’s Impact on Sandy Soils and on the Grafted Watermelons Adaptation

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Starting from the fact that the principles of agro-ecology become fundamental principles for the development of a green economy, especially in the context of current climate change, the effective capitalization of the ecological conditions of an agricultural area is one of the main objectives of agricultural science and practice. Identifying and formulating adaptive technological solutions can guide any producer to capitalize different climate and soil conditions. The sandy soils in Southern Oltenia offer less favourable ecological conditions, and the cultivation of watermelons is now profitable enough for such conditions. Growers are, however, interested in getting the most productive yields, early and profitable, even under the conditions of climate change. The current paper quantifies the grafting of watermelons in the conditions of the sandy soils of Dăbuleni, with poor soil supply, with meteorological drought phenomena and agricultural drought risk, in terms of quality and quantity of production under the climatic conditions in 2015-2017. The results, correlated with the climatic conditions, recommend the cultivation of grafted watermelons, offering the producers in the area a niche of ecological adaptation, ensuring the resistance of plants to abiotic, thermo-hydric stress factors, and improving the resistance to low temperatures, heat and drought.

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