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See detailScreening for interesting elicitors to protect wheat against Zymoseptoria tritici
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Siah, Ali; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 19)

Plants face an array of biotic and abiotic stresses in their environment, making it necessary to use various chemical inputs to maintain satisfactory yield. Today, conventional agriculture is evolving ... [more ▼]

Plants face an array of biotic and abiotic stresses in their environment, making it necessary to use various chemical inputs to maintain satisfactory yield. Today, conventional agriculture is evolving towards more sustainable practices, out of respect for human health and the environment. Elicitors are considered as promising biological control tools and draw major interest in IPM strategies. These plant-immunity triggering compounds, also called “stimulators of plant natural defenses”, induce a general and systemic resistance in the plant to various diseases. Although numerous elicitors have already been identified and some of them reached the market since the late 1970s, further investigations are still required to better understand the mode of action of these molecules in the plant and ensure a consistent efficiency under various field conditions. Few elicitors have yet been successfully tested and formulated to protect crop plants such as wheat, which is cultivated over large areas in Europe. This study focuses on the screening of ten potential elicitor products of various origins and structures to protect winter wheat against the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Greenhouse trials were carried out to measure the ability of the different products to reduce disease foliar symptoms (necrosis, chlorosis and pycnidia). In addition, the phytotoxicity and biocide activities of these products were evaluated under greenhouse and laboratory conditions, respectively. The corresponding results will be presented and discussed with the perspective to choose the best elicitor candidates and to undertake investigations on the signaling pathway and the influence of environmental parameters on the elicitation capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailSurfactin: a receptor-independent bacterial elicitor of plant immunity?
Luzuriaga Loaiza, Walter ULg; Legras, Aurelien; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 13)

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See detailCharacterization of almond kernel oils of five almonds varieties cultivated in Eastern Morocco
Houmy, Nadia ULg; Mansouri, Farid; Ben Moumen, Abdessamad et al

Poster (2015, May 03)

This study focuses on characterization of almond kernel oils extracted mechanically from five sweet almond varieties Marcona, Fournat, Ferragnes, Ferraduel and Beldi), cultivated in eastern Morocco. Oil ... [more ▼]

This study focuses on characterization of almond kernel oils extracted mechanically from five sweet almond varieties Marcona, Fournat, Ferragnes, Ferraduel and Beldi), cultivated in eastern Morocco. Oil content, physicochemical parameters, triacylglycerol and fatty acid compositions were determined. Analyzed oils showed low acidity values that range between 0.77 – 0.88 %, peroxide values range between 6.43 – 16.39 meq/kg and Iodine values range between 98.42 – 103.90%. The principal fatty acid of almond kernel oils is oleic acid (C18:1); oils of Ferragnes-Ferraduel and Beldi varieties show higher values of C18:1 respectively of 72.87 and 71.62 %, however Fournat almond kernel oil shows the lowest content of C18:1 (63.54%). HPLC analysis of triglycerides was carried out, and results show that analyzed almond kernel oils are characterized by the dominance of trioleylglycerol (OOO) that contents range between a minimum of 31.48 % for Fournat’s oil and 43.82% for Ferragnes-Ferraduel’s oil. The oxidative stability of almond kernel oils was determined by rancimat tests as the induction period (IP, h recorded by a 743 Rancimat apparatus Metrohm, Switzerland). Results show that stability, of almond kernel oils is clearly influenced by the almond variety; Oxidative stability of tested almond kernel oils ranged between an IP = 20.28 h for Marcona oil and an IP =27.55 h for Ferragnes-Ferraduel. [less ▲]

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See detailThe CROSTVOC project – an integrated approach to study the effect of stress on BVOC exchange between agricultural crops and grassland ecosystems and the atmosphere
Amelynck, Crist; Heinesch, Bernard ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2015, April), 17

Global changes in atmospheric composition and climate are expected to affect BVOC exchange between terrestrial vegetation and the atmosphere through changes in the drivers of constitutive BVOC emissions ... [more ▼]

Global changes in atmospheric composition and climate are expected to affect BVOC exchange between terrestrial vegetation and the atmosphere through changes in the drivers of constitutive BVOC emissions and by increases in frequency and intensity of biotic or abiotic stress episodes. Indeed, several studies indicate changes in the emission patterns of constitutive BVOCs and emission of stress-induced BVOCs following heat, drought and oxidative stress, amongst others. Relating changes in BVOC emissions to the occurrence of one or multiple stressors in natural environmental conditions is not straightforward and only few field studies have dealt with it, especially for agricultural crop and grassland ecosystems. The CROSTVOC project aims to contribute in filling this knowledge gap in three ways. Firstly, it aims at performing long-term BVOC emission field measurements from maize (Zea mays L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), two important crop species on the global scale, and from grassland. This should lead to a better characterization of (mainly oxygenated) BVOC emissions from these understudied ecosystems, allowing a better representation of those emissions in air quality and atmospheric chemistry and transport models. BVOC fluxes are obtained by the Disjunct Eddy Covariance by mass scanning (DEC-MS) technique, using a hs-PTR-MS instrument for BVOC analysis. Secondly, the eddy covariance BVOC flux measurements (especially at the grassland site) will be accompanied by ozone flux, chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthesis and soil moisture measurements, amongst others, to allow linking alterations in BVOC emissions to stress episodes. Simultaneously, automated dynamic enclosures will be deployed in order to detect specific abiotic and biotic stress markers by PTR-MS and identify them unambiguously by GC-MS. Thirdly, the field measurements will be accompanied by laboratory BVOC flux measurements in an environmental chamber in order to better disentangle the responses of the BVOC emissions to driving factors that co-occur in field conditions and to determine the influence of single abiotic stressors on BVOC emissions. Next to a general presentation, some preliminary results of the project will be shown. [less ▲]

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See detailBiogenic Volatile Organic Compound (BVOC) emissions from agricultural crop species: is guttation a possible source for methanol emissions following light/dark transition?
Mozaffar, Ahsan ULg; Amelynck, Crist; Bachy, Aurélie ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2015, April), 17(EGU2015-2110-1),

In the framework of the CROSTVOC (CROp STress VOC) project, the exchange of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) between two important agricultural crop species, maize and winter wheat, and the ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the CROSTVOC (CROp STress VOC) project, the exchange of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) between two important agricultural crop species, maize and winter wheat, and the atmosphere has recently been measured during an entire growing season by using the eddy covariance technique. Because of the co-variation of BVOC emission drivers in field conditions, laboratory studies were initiated in an environmental chamber in order to disentangle the responses of the emissions to variations of the individual environmental parameters (such as PPFD and temperature) and to diverse abiotic stress factors. Young plants were enclosed in transparent all-Teflon dynamic enclosures (cuvettes) through which BVOC-free and RH-controlled air was sent. BVOC enriched air was subsequently sampled from the plant cuvettes and an empty cuvette (background) and analyzed for BVOCs in a high sensitivity Proton-Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (hs-PTR-MS) and for CO2 in a LI-7000 non-dispersive IR gas analyzer. Emissions were monitored at constant temperature (25 °C) and at a stepwise varying PPFD pattern (0-650 µmol m-2 s-1). For maize plants, sudden light/dark transitions at the end of the photoperiod were accompanied by prompt and considerable increases in methanol (m/z 33) and water vapor (m/z 39) emissions. Moreover, guttation droplets appeared on the sides and the tips of the leaves within a few minutes after light/dark transition. Therefore the assumption has been raised that methanol is also coming out with guttation fluid from the leaves. Consequently, guttation fluid was collected from young maize and wheat plants, injected in an empty enclosure and sampled by PTR-MS. Methanol and a large number of other compounds were observed from guttation fluid. Recent studies have shown that guttation from agricultural crops frequently occurs in field conditions. Further research is required to find out the source strength of methanol emissions by this guttation phenomenon in real environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysicochemical properties and thermal behaviour of African wild mango (Irvingia gabonensis) seed oil.
Yamoneka, Juste; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2015, March 15)

African wild mango (lrvingia gabonensis) is now recognized for its numerous food and medicinal uses. This plant produces seeds rich in fat, which is traditionally used as a soup thickener. in the present ... [more ▼]

African wild mango (lrvingia gabonensis) is now recognized for its numerous food and medicinal uses. This plant produces seeds rich in fat, which is traditionally used as a soup thickener. in the present study, the proximate composition of seeds from lrvingia gabonensis is reported. The oil from the seeds was then solvent extracted; its fatty acid (FA) and triacylglycerol (TG) profiles were determined. Besides this chemical characterization, the melting and crystallization behaviour of the extracted fat was studied by pNMR, DSC and X-ray diffraction. The result of this investigation showed that the seeds from lrvingia gabonensis (IG) represent an important source of lipids (69-75%), rich in myristic (49.8%) and lauric acid (37%). This fat can be classified among "lauric fats". IG oil presents a good oxidative stability due to its low content in unsaturated fatty acid. The melting profiles of IG oil indicates that a high amount of fat remains solid at temperatures up to 30°C; the complete melting was detected at around 40C. The most stable polymorph of this fat is the β'1 -form. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysicochemical properties and thermal behaviour of African wild mango (Irvingia gabonensis) seed oil.
Yamoneka, Juste; Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

Poster (2015, March 15)

Plants belonging Dacryodes and lrvingia genus have great economic importance in Central and West Africa. lrvingia gabonensis (IG) produces a seed rich in fats, traditionally used as a soup thickener ... [more ▼]

Plants belonging Dacryodes and lrvingia genus have great economic importance in Central and West Africa. lrvingia gabonensis (IG) produces a seed rich in fats, traditionally used as a soup thickener. Fruit of Dacryodes edulis (DS) contains a pulp how are also rich in fat. Its seed constitute a big waste problem in towns and village remains not exploitable by local people however that may be valued as a resource for various components. Some study shows that this seed contented a proportion of oils that would be an alternative in the substitution of diesel relevant to their physicochemical properties. Despite the potential of two different oils, theirs scientific data still lack. In this work, thermo-physical behaviour of those two oils is compared in the aim to improving knowledge about properties of those oils that will promote their valorisation in industry scale. The result of this investigation showed that IGO have a highest proportion of oil content with 72.38% compared to DSO (14.64%). IGO is rich in myristic (49.8%) and lauric fatty acid (37%) but DSO sample was found to possess a higher proportion of linoleic acid (35.13%), palmitic (32.67%), oleic (17.70%) but lower proportion of stearic (9.97%). SFC of IGO was the highest at all temperatures. IGO is solid at room temperature with a complete melting at 40°C but DSO is liquid at room temperature. The polymorphism profile of IGO and DSO shows the 13' form stable during heating and a transition to liquid state without passage at β form. [less ▲]

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See detailOil content, triglycerides profiles and fatty acid composition of almond kernels of some varieties cultivated in eastern Morocco
Houmy, Nadia ULg; Elamrani, Ahmed; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

Poster (2015, March 03)

Almond tree "Prunus dulcis" is a fruit tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It’s a drought tolerant crop, thanks to ability of these trees to endure high water deficits. This physiological propriety ... [more ▼]

Almond tree "Prunus dulcis" is a fruit tree that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It’s a drought tolerant crop, thanks to ability of these trees to endure high water deficits. This physiological propriety of almond trees is a characteristic that prove its efficiency for valorization of semi-arid areas which are widespread in Morocco. According to Agriculture ministry reports, most of almond plantations are located in mountain areas in the Rif and foothills the high Atlas and in the southern areas in arid or semi-arid climate, but Semi-intensive plantations, conducted using modern techniques exist in regions of Fez, Meknes and Marrakech. The commercial production of Morocco is about 97000 tons in kernels and it’s marketed only locally. In the oriental region, the almond growing area is estimated to 9% of total area of almond cultivation in Morocco. Furthermore, an important new plantation program is implemented by DRA1-Oriental with collaboration of CTB2. The objective of this study is a contribution to strengthen competitiveness of the almond sector in the easthern region of Morocco, and focuses on the physico-chemical characterization of almond oils of some local varieties. Simples of 5 almond varieties (Marcona, Ferragnes-Ferraduel, Fournat and Beldi) were analysed. Results showed that yield of oil from almonds crushed mechanically vary between 46 (Fournat) and 60 % (Marcona) of kernels fresh mass. The fatty acid profile was carried out using GC-FID chromatography analysis, that shows a dominance of oleic acid (C18:1) for all analyzed almond oils; C18:1 contents range between a minimum of 63.54 % for Fournat and a maximum of 72.87 % for Ferragnes-Ferraduel. The O/L ratios range between 2.50 (Fournat) and 4.085 (Ferragnes-Ferraduel) and iodine values varied between 98,42 g I2/100g (Ferragnes-Ferraduel) and 103,89 g I2/100g (Fournat). Chromatographic analysis of triglycerides was carried out by HPLC,and results show tha the analyzed almond oils are characterized by dominance of trioleylglycerol (OOO) that contents range between a minimum of 31.48 % for Fournat’s oil and 43.82% for Ferragnes-Ferraduel’s oil. [less ▲]

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See detailElicitation of the defence mechanisms at plant case of Cucumis melo
Ydjedd, Siham; Kati, D.E.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg

Poster (2015, January 30)

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses ... [more ▼]

The judicious use of elicitors could reduce the amount of pesticide necessary to protect crops and preservation of the environment. This strategy frequently called "stimulation of natural defenses" arouses more and more interest in the phytosanitary field. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions of natural rhamnolpids produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa with plant model membranes
Polo Lozano, Damien ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them ... [more ▼]

It is well known that chemical pesticides have harmful effects on human health and environment. In this context, the interest for alternative products such as biopesticides is increasing. Among them, elicitors act on the plants by inducing systemic resistance against diseases caused by fungal, viral, bacterial agents and insects. Rhamnolipids are surface active molecules produced mainly by various strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These secondary metabolites are composed of one to three fatty acids with various chain lengths linked through a glycosidic bond to one or two rhamnose moieties. The fatty acids are linked together through an ester bond. These molecules have shown several biological activities including plant defense stimulation. It has been suggested that this elicitor activity could be related to an interaction of rhamnolipids with the lipid bilayer of the plant plasma membrane (PPM) and lead to its destabilization, which can activate the plant defense signaling pathways. In this context, interactions of two rhamnolipids (Rha-C10-C10 and Rha-Rha-C10-C10) with biomimetic membranes of PPM such as Langmuir monolayers and multilayers were investigated using biophysical and in silico approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating the Effects of Plant Root Exudates on PAHs Bioavailability to Soil Microorganisms in Contaminated Brownfields : Research Methodology.
Davin, Marie ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs ... [more ▼]

As a result of heavy industrial past activities, an estimated 6,000 brownfields require remediation in Wallonia. This number rises to over 3.5 million in Europe. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) represent 17% of treated pollutants in Wallonia (Aldric et al., 2011). Current remediation techniques are rather expensive and technically demanding (Megharaj et al., 2011). Based on the observation that PAHs soil content decreases in the presence of plants (Cheema et al., 2010), the PhD aims at developing alternative PAHs remediation techniques in brownfields. It is articulated around three research axes. The first axis focusses on plant exudates and how they may improve PAHs bioavailability to soil microorganisms and enhance their degradation. This will be investigated by (i) characterizing several contaminated soils (physico-chemical parameters) and PAH content and factors of bioavailability, (ii) selecting a plant model and collecting root exudates, and (iii) evaluating the effects of exudates on PAHs bioavailability. The objective of the second axis is to evaluate the effects of plant exudates on PAHs degrading microorganisms by (i) comparing PAHs biodegradation in the presence/absence of exudates and (ii) assessing the potential toxic effects of exudate compounds on the microbial communities. The aim of the third axis is to study plant-pollutants interactions by (i) establishing the plant tolerance to several contamination levels and (ii) following PAHs bioavailability when facing real exudation rates, on the field. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation et gamification - Transformer un quiz de chimie en un mini-jeu
le Maire, Nathalie ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Colaux, Catherine ULg et al

Conference (2015, January 30)

Le recours à des questionnaires à choix multiples pour l’évaluation des étudiants est une pratique courante à l’université. Cette communication décrit et analyse une expérimentation contrôlée visant à ... [more ▼]

Le recours à des questionnaires à choix multiples pour l’évaluation des étudiants est une pratique courante à l’université. Cette communication décrit et analyse une expérimentation contrôlée visant à explorer les effets de la présentation d’un QCM formatif sous la forme d’un jeu. L’étude s’inscrit ainsi dans les recherches actuelles sur les avantages et les limites pédagogiques de la « gamification », à savoir la transposition des principes issus de l’univers du jeu au domaine de l’éducation (Johnson, Adams Becker, Estrada, & Freeman, 2014). La présente recherche est effectuée dans le cadre d’un doctorat dédié spécifiquement à la gamification d’évaluations formatives. L’étude repose sur la mise à disposition de plusieurs versions d’un quiz portant sur un chapitre d’un cours de chimie générale en première année d’université. Le dispositif expérimental prévoit un enrichissement graduel de la gamification selon quatre prototypes conçus après identification et extraction de schèmes visant à stimuler et maintenir la motivation et la performance dans des jeux actuels et populaires tels que Candy Crush, Angry Birds ou Hay Day. Située à l’entrée du doctorat, cette étude vise, outre la collecte de données quant à l’utilisabilité du mini-jeu proposé, à mettre en lumière ses effets sur l’état de flow dans le contexte des edugames et contribuera à la validation de la traduction française de l’échelle d’EGameFlow (Fu, Su, & Yu, 2009). [less ▲]

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See detailManufacturing of Kivuguto milk and stability in storage under refrigeration
Karenzi, Eugène; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in European Scientific Journal (2015), 11(3), 1-16

The kivugutomilk was processed in a 20 liters bioreactor with three bacteria previously selected in kivuguto traditional milk. The work aimed to study the association of three bacteria previously selected ... [more ▼]

The kivugutomilk was processed in a 20 liters bioreactor with three bacteria previously selected in kivuguto traditional milk. The work aimed to study the association of three bacteria previously selected in traditional kivuguto in order to reproduce it in a controlled fermentation, and thereafter to understand its stability during storage under refrigeration. Postacidification, viability, proteolysis, flavor compounds as well as rheological characteristics were monitored for 36 days. The ph decreases from 4.54 to 4.45 and the titratable acidity grew from 73°d to 79°d. The final biomass after storage was 0.60 108 cfu.g-1 which is far higher than the recommended 106 cells.g-1before consumption. The proteolysis was at a range of 3.0 to 7.0 mg.l-1of lysine equivalent, which is too low so that it can’t produce bitter peptides. The evolution of flavor compounds in storage showed that no change found with 3-methylbutan-1-ol, acetic acid and furan-2(5h)-one, whilst pentan-1-ol and furanmethan-2-ol increased slightly upon 24 days’ storage. The complex viscosity decreased from 4 - 5.3 pas before storage to 2.9 - 4.0 pas corresponding respectively to the ratio g''/g' of about 0.3-0.4 with a very low variation. These data allowed the production and the good preservation of kivuguto milk at 4°c on 36 days. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical characterisation of the seed oils of four safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) varieties grown in north-eastern of Morocco
Ben Moumen, Abdessamad; Mansouri, Farid; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in International Journal of Food Science & Technology (2015)

The quality of the oil of four safflower varieties, originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco (Cartamar and Cartafri), which were cultivated at the experimental station in Oujda (a semi ... [more ▼]

The quality of the oil of four safflower varieties, originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco (Cartamar and Cartafri), which were cultivated at the experimental station in Oujda (a semi-arid region of eastern Morocco) was evaluated through analysis of their phenolic and carotenoid contents. The composition of the phenolic compounds of safflower oil has not yet been documented. Therefore, in this preliminary study, Thirty different phenolic compounds were identified, and significant differences between the oil varieties were observed (P < 0.05). In the seed oil from the Rancho and Sharda safflower varieties, the main phenolic compound was trans-chalcone, representing 13.45% and 11.8%, respectively, of the total phenolics, whereas in Cartamar and Cartafri oils, naringin accounted for 26.82% and 16.5%, respectively, of the total phenolics. The total carotenoid contents ranged from 1.13 mg/kg (Rancho) to 1.34 mg/kg (Cartamar and Cartafri).We observed that b-cryptoxanthin (0.31–0.37 mg/kg) and b-carotene (0.3–0.35 mg/kg) were the predominant carotenoids in all of the safflower oils that were studied. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnological Features of Selected Kivuguto Strains during Milk Fermentation
Karenzi, Eugène; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Bioengineering and Bioscience (2015), 3(2), 13-22

Kivuguto milk is a traditional fermented milk of Rwanda. A previous study allowed for the selection of three bacteria involved in the fermentation process. The aim of the present work is the technological ... [more ▼]

Kivuguto milk is a traditional fermented milk of Rwanda. A previous study allowed for the selection of three bacteria involved in the fermentation process. The aim of the present work is the technological characterization of kivuguto strains for its production in the dairy industry. Acidification, proteolysis, the flavor compound profile, rheology and sensory analyses of fermented milks were assessed as important indicators of the starter culture formulation. Acidification showed that kivuguto milk ferments in 14 hours at 19°C with a titratable acidity of 73°D. The samples of CWBI-B1466 Lactococcus lactis and CWBI-B1470 Leuconostoc pseudomesenteroides had fermentation times of 14 h and 20 h, respectively. All samples were viscoelastic fluids, and the most important flavor compounds found were two alcohols, one ester and two furan derivative compounds. Proteolysis revealed low values ranging to 3.04-5.45 mg.L-1, which is very interesting in terms of taste acceptability. The three strains showed positive technological properties for kivuguto starter culture development and the data are fully in agreement with the preliminary results of the technological analyses. The findings revealed similarities between the formulated kivuguto and the traditional kivuguto as recognized by a tasting panel in a discrimination test. Ultimately, this study allowed for the formulation of kivuguto milk using three bacteria, prior to studying the stability of these properties during storage under refrigeration, which is the last stage before industrial production of kivuguto milk can begin. [less ▲]

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See detailPhytosterols composition of virgin olive oils from cultivars introduced in eastern Morocco in comparison to Picholine Marocaine
Mansouri, F.; Ben Moumen, A.; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in Journal of Materials and Environmental Science (2015), 6(8), 2322-2329

The aim of this study is to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of three European cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki), grown under high-density plantation system in eastern ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of three European cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki), grown under high-density plantation system in eastern Morocco, by comparison of their phytosterols profiles. First, physicochemical properties of these monovarietal VOOs as well as their contents of pigments and phenols were analyzed. Then, VOOs phytosterols profiles were determined by GC-FID, and show that b-sitosterol is the most abundant sterol which represent 75 to 79 % of total phytosterols in analyzed olive oils. On the basis of these results, a comparison between these monovarietal VOOs and olive oil of Picholine marocaine (autochthonous olive tree) has been carried out, and shows that majority of analytical parameters presented statistically significant differences (p < 0.05). The examined olive varieties produce excellent oils with a chemical composition within the regulatory limits and an appreciable amount of phytosterols. In addition, results showed that, total phytosterols content of olive oil from Picholine marocaine is significantly higher (2348.78 mg kg-1) than values observed for VOOs of European cultivars, which range from 1595 to 1971mg kg-1 but, Koroneiki’s VOO has the highest phenols content (493.66 mg kg-1) and the highest pigments content (3.94 and 2.17 mg kg-1 respectively for chlorophylls for carotenoids). Lastly, according to VOOs' content of minor components (phenols, pigments and phytosterols), the hierarchical cluster analysis shows a good discrimination between olive tree varieties. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Composition and Antioxidant Activity of seeds oils and fruit juice of Opuntia Ficus Indica and Opuntia Dillenii from Morocco
Ghazi, Z.; Ramdani, M.; Tahri, M. et al

in Journal of Materials and Environmental Science (2015), 6(8), 2338-2345

This study provides basic information on the mineral composition of the seeds and antioxidant activity in seeds oils and fruit juices of cactus belonging to two species Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia ... [more ▼]

This study provides basic information on the mineral composition of the seeds and antioxidant activity in seeds oils and fruit juices of cactus belonging to two species Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dillenii, from Morocco (Oujda), in order to evaluate the nutritional value of the Opuntia extracts. Minerals determined from dry seeds of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dillenii were: calcium 480.93 and 408.28; phosphorus 1417.59 and 970.15; potassium 304.51 and 201.96; magnesium: 316.59 and 240.30; sodium: 48.33 and 18.18; zinc: 70.77 and 78.26 mg/100g respectively. The main fatty acids of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dillenii seed oil were respectively: linoleic acid: 58.79 and 79.83%, Palmitic acid: 11.18 and 13.52%. The antioxidant activity of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dillenii seed oils and fruit juices were assessed by means of 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical-scavenging assay and ascorbic acid test. The results showed that the antioxidant activities of Opuntia ficus indica and Opuntia dillenii seed oil (IC50 = 19.79 ± 0.023 and 27.21 ± 0.075 μL/mL) are higher than that of the reference ascorbic acid (IC50 = 16.56 ± 0.019 μg/mL). However, the Opuntia dillenii juice presents antioxidant activity more important than this of Opuntia seed oil and ascorbic acid. It possessed strong antioxidant activity (IC50 = 8.18 μL/mL). The antioxidant activity of the seed oil and juice were also found to be concentration-dependent. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations in the phytosterol and tocopherol compositions and the oxidative stability in seed oils from four safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L) varieties grown in north-eastern Morocco
Ben Moumen, Abdessamad; Mansouri, Farid; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in International Journal of Food Science and Technology (2015), 50(10), 22642270

Phytosterol and tocopherol contents and oxidative stability were evaluated from seeds oils of four safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L) varieties originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco ... [more ▼]

Phytosterol and tocopherol contents and oxidative stability were evaluated from seeds oils of four safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L) varieties originating from Spain (Rancho), India (Sharda) and Morocco (Cartamar and Cartafri), which were cultivated at the experimental station in Oujda (a semi-arid region of eastern Morocco). Total phytosterols ranged from 3640 to 4140 mg kg -1. GC analysis allowed the identification of nine compounds, of which b-sitosterol was the major component. Total tocopherols ranged from 461.56 to 499.68 mg kg -1. HPLC analysis allowed the identification of three compounds,a-tocopherol (99.45%–98.84%), b-tocopherol (0.94%–0.5%) and c-tocopherol (0.21%–0.01%). Oxidative stability study showed that Sharda had the lowest induction period of 2.3 h compared with 7.18, 7 and 6.67 h for Cartafri, Rancho and Cartamar, respectively. Likewise, we established a positive correlation between the oxidative stability and c-tocopherol; however, this difference was not significant. [less ▲]

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