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See detailDiscrimination of grassland species and their classification in botanical families by laboratory scale NIR hyperspectral imaging: preliminary results
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Talanta (2013), 116

The objective of this study was to discriminate by a NIR line scan hyperspectral imaging, taxonomic plant families comprised of different grassland species. Plants were collected from semi-natural meadows ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to discriminate by a NIR line scan hyperspectral imaging, taxonomic plant families comprised of different grassland species. Plants were collected from semi-natural meadows of the National Apuseni Park, Apuseni Mountains, Gârda area (Romania) according to botanical families. Chemometric tools such as PLS-DA were used to discriminate distinct grassland species, and assign the different species to botanical families. Species within the Poacea family and Other Botanical Families could be distinguished (R2=0.91 and 0.90, respectively) with greater accuracy than those species in the Fabacea family (R2=0.60). A correct classification rate of 99% was obtained in the assignment of the various species to the proper family. Moreover a complete study based on wavelength selection has been performed in order to identify the chemical compound related to each botanical family and therefore to the possible toxicity of the plant. This work could be considered as a first step for the development of a complete procedure for the detection and quantification of possible toxic species in semi-natural meadows used by grazing animals. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperspectral imaging applications in agriculture and agro-food product quality and safety control: A review
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Applied Spectroscopy Reviews (2013), 48(2), 142-159

In this review, various applications of Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging (NIR-HSI) in agriculture and in the quality control of agro-food products are presented. NIR-HSI is an emerging technique that ... [more ▼]

In this review, various applications of Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging (NIR-HSI) in agriculture and in the quality control of agro-food products are presented. NIR-HSI is an emerging technique that combines classical NIR spectroscopy and imaging techniques in order to simultaneously obtain spectral and spatial information from a field or a sample. The technique is non-destructive, non-polluting, fast and relatively inexpensive per analysis. Currently, its applications in agriculture range from vegetation mapping, crop disease, stress and yield detection to component identification in plants and impurity detection. There is growing interest in HSI for the safety and quality assessment of agro-food products. The applications have been classified from the level of satellite images to the macroscopic, if not, molecular level. [less ▲]

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See detailFertilization Effects on the Chemical Composition and In Vitro Organic Matter Digestibility of Semi-natural Meadows as Predicted by NIR Spectrometry
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca (2013), 41(1), 42-48

Management of livestock grazing in highly-productive mountain meadows is an important aspect for the economic viability and the environmental impact of a grassland-based farm. The main aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Management of livestock grazing in highly-productive mountain meadows is an important aspect for the economic viability and the environmental impact of a grassland-based farm. The main aim of this study was to build near infrared models to determine the chemical composition and in vitro organic matter digestibility of Romanian meadow forages. The treatments were organic and mineral fertilizer combinations, and forage samples were obtained from three fertilization experiments conducted in the Apuseni Mountains; these samples were analysed using classical and NIR methods. The samples were scanned in the NIR wavelength band. The CRA-W Gembloux ‘local’ calibration models were validated with Romanian meadow forages and then used in order to predict the forage quality of samples. A second objective of the study was to determine the effects of fertilization on forage quality. The results showed a decrease in crude protein content from the NPK treatment (150:75:75), which can be explained by a reduction of Fabaceae plants with this treatment from 17.25% of the populations in the control (semi-natural meadow not fertilized) to 6.25% in the fertilized plots. The decrease in protein content and in vitro organic matter digestibility was related to a reduced Fabaceae presence. Our recommendation is to use mineral fertilization with NPK doses less than 100:50:50 to improve meadow productivity; meanwhile organic fertilization can also be used to complement and maintain biodiversity and forage quality. [less ▲]

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See detailCalitatea lucernei sub influenţa fertilizării în condiţiile din silvostepa Moldovei
Stavarache, Mihai; Vîntu, Vasile; Samuil, Costel et al

in Ţenu, Ioan; Vîntu, Vasile; Jităreanu, Gerard (Eds.) Durable Agriculture and Food Security – Priority objectives in research activity of the Ph.D. students from the UASVM Iasi (2012, December 07)

The research conducted during 2011-2012, on the Ezăreni farm, has sought influence of fertilization on the leaves/stems ratio, crude protein content (CP), neutral detergent fiber content (NDF), acid ... [more ▼]

The research conducted during 2011-2012, on the Ezăreni farm, has sought influence of fertilization on the leaves/stems ratio, crude protein content (CP), neutral detergent fiber content (NDF), acid detergent fiber content (ADF) and relative feed value (RFV), of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) in the second and third year of vegetation, at the first cut. The studied experimental plots were v1- unfertilized (control plot), v2-N50P50, v3-N75P50 and v4-30 t/ha manure). The results showed that the fertilization negatively affected crude protein content of plants. Although the protein content of leaves was higher and that of strains was less affected, the leaves/stems ratio decided this indicator for plant production. Organic fertilization showed a highly significant positive effect on the content of plant leaves and stems in NDF and ADF. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluenţa fertilizării minerale asupra producţiei la amestecul de lucernă şi golomăţ în anul III de vegetaţie
Muntianu, Iulian Constantin; Stavarache, Mihai; Ciobanu, Ciprian et al

in Ţenu, Ioan; Vîntu, Vasile; Jităreanu, Gerard (Eds.) Durable Agriculture and Food Security – Priority objectives in research activity of the Ph.D. students from the UASVM Iasi (2012, December 07)

This study was conducted during three production cycles of the third year of vegetation. The main objective was to determine the production of dry matter (DM) and crude protein (CP) made under the ... [more ▼]

This study was conducted during three production cycles of the third year of vegetation. The main objective was to determine the production of dry matter (DM) and crude protein (CP) made under the influence of mixture and fertilization with nitrogen on P50 agrofond to alfalfa and orchard grass. To achieve these objectives, three variants of mixture were tested between alfalfa and cocksfoot that were applied to four rates of mineral fertilizers. The mixture 75% alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) and 25% orchard grass (Dactylis glomerata L.) under the effect of dosing with N100P50achieved the highest production increase of DM on cycle I, 108% (5.24 Mg haDM) compared to the control, unfertilized alfalfa in pure culture (4.85 Mg ha DM). The highest increase forthe CP yield was obtained on cycle I from the 100% alfalfa fertilized with doses of N-1-1100P50, 122% (1230 kg haCP) from 100% alfalfa unfertilized (1009 kg ha CP). Alfalfa fertilized with N-1-1100P50 rate had the highest increases on total DM yield (106%, 10.64 Mg haDM) and on total quantity of CP(124%, 2304 kg ha CP). [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of western corn rootworm – Diabrotica Virgifera Virgifera Le Conte attack, upon quality of corn seeds
Florian, Teodora; Oltean, Ion; Bunescu, Horia et al

in Journal of Biotechnology (2012), 161S(Supplement), 16

Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Le Conte is considered one of the most important pests of corn grown in monoculture. Damage caused by the Western Corn Rootworm is considerable. The attack is produced by ... [more ▼]

Diabrotica virgifera virgifera Le Conte is considered one of the most important pests of corn grown in monoculture. Damage caused by the Western Corn Rootworm is considerable. The attack is produced by larvae and adults, serious affecting the grain production. Following laboratory analyzes may notice a decrease in the values of all track quality indicators for ears harvested from plants attacked by Diabrotica virgifera virgifera compared with the cobs from the healthy plants. Values of fat content of attacked cobs ranged from 2.76 and 4.23%, protein content ranged from 9.1 to 10.6% and starch between 69.7 and 70.5%. The average fat content of the cobs attacked percentage decreased by 11%, protein content by 16% and starch content dropped by less than one percent. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of Romanian alfalfa crude protein and crude fiber contents as well as in vitro organic matter digestibility by NIR spectrometry
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Scientific Papers. Series D, Animal Science (2012, October 04)

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a high quality forage which has been used worldwide. The superiority of alfalfa lies in its high yield, high protein content and high digestibility. The aim of this study ... [more ▼]

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is a high quality forage which has been used worldwide. The superiority of alfalfa lies in its high yield, high protein content and high digestibility. The aim of this study was to develop a simple, fast and non-destructive method, named Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to determinate alfalfa quality. To realize this study, alfalfa samples were obtained from Mănăştur Experimental Station – Farm Cojocna in 2008–2009, in one experiment carried out using randomization blocks design with two experimental factors (mineral fertilization and period of harvest). Alfalfa quality was first determinated on 48 samples by classical analyses: crude protein CP (AOAC, 1990), crude fiber CF (Fiber Cap, FOSS, DK) and in vitro organic matter digestibility OMDrt (DeBoever, 1986). Then the samples were scanned by NIRS. Calibration models were performed by PerkinElmer Spectrum Quant + 4.21 program (USA) on the 48 samples determinated by classical analysis. The results showed fully confirmed by acceptable coefficients of determination and standard error of cross-validation (R2=0.96 for CP, 0.94 for CF, 0.98 for OMDrt and SECV=0.77 for CP, 1.35 for CF, 1.13 for OMDrt). Successful results for prediction of other 176 alfalfa samples were then obtained using these calibration models: SEP=0.869 for CP, 1.058 for CF, 1.058 for OMDrt). The highest CP and OMDrt values of alfalfa were obtained in bud stage (22.0% and 66.0% respectively). While for CF, the highest content was registered in the seed formation stage (46.0%). The NIRS technique offers us the possibility to determinate rapidly and easily Romanian alfalfa important parameters, but the system could also be used for the determination of other constituents. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE POTENTIAL USE OF NEAR-INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY FOR THE QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF EGGS AND EGG PRODUCTS
GALIŞ, Anca; Dale, Laura ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Scientific Works. C Series. Veterinary Medicine (2012), LVIII(3), 294-307

In a context of high productivity, eggs’ quality assessment is necessary for enhanced safety and quality assurance towards the consumers and feedback for producers. The quality assessment of eggs and egg ... [more ▼]

In a context of high productivity, eggs’ quality assessment is necessary for enhanced safety and quality assurance towards the consumers and feedback for producers. The quality assessment of eggs and egg products is performed using destructive and time-consuming methods, therefore the use of rapid tools becomes mandatory, especially in the case of a high production rate. Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is considered a very reliable and rapid technique with large use in food industry. At the farm level, NIR spectroscopy technique would be an interesting tool to determine the chemical and physical properties of eggs, eggshell and internal quality and, moreover, this information may help the layer farm manager when a problem occurs in the flock. Its application in the egg industry is aimed at the quality changes in eggs during storage and quality assessment of the egg products, through the compositional analysis. It is possible and in some cases successful the prediction and/or determination of different parameters such as: protein, total lipid and total solids content (for liquid egg products), polyunsaturated fatty acids (for freeze-dried egg yolk), moisture, fat and protein content (for spray-dried whole eggs). In addition, for the white colored shell eggs, the detection of blood and meat spots is also successful. Further studies with NIR and near infrared hyper spectral imaging system (NIR-HSI) are needed in this direction, as the results obtained until now are very promising for the development of a rapid tool for quality assessment of eggs and egg products. [less ▲]

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See detailChemometric tools for NIRS and NIR hyperspectral imaging
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Bulletin of USAVM Cluj Napoca, Agriculture (2012, September 27), 69(1), 70-76

Nowadays in agriculture, new analytical tools based on spectroscopic technologies are developed. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a well known technology in the agricultural sector allowing the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays in agriculture, new analytical tools based on spectroscopic technologies are developed. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a well known technology in the agricultural sector allowing the acquisition of chemical information from the samples with a large number of advantages, such as: easy to use tool, fast and simultaneous analysis of several components, non-polluting, non-invasive and non destructive technology, and possibility of online or field implementation. Recently, NIRS system was combined with imaging technologies creating the Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging system (NIR-HSI). This technology provides simultaneously spectral and spatial information from an object. The main differences between NIR-HSI and NIRS is that many spectra can be recorded simultaneously from a large area of an object with the former while with NIRS only one spectrum was recorded for analysis on a small area. In this work, both technologies are presented with special focus on the main spectrum and images analysis methods. Several qualitative and quantitative applications of NIRS and NIR-HSI in agricultural products are listed. Developments of NIRS and NIR-HSI will enhance progress in the field of agriculture by providing high quality and safe agricultural products, better plant and grain selection techniques or compound feed industry’s productivity among others. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of pure grassland species using NIR Hyperspectral Imaging
Dale, Laura ULg; Bogdan, Anca Dorina; Pacurar, Florin Simion et al

Poster (2012, June 03)

The objective of this study was to discriminate by hyperspectral imaging system, SWIR ImSpector N25E, different pure grassland species (Festuca rubra L., Trifolium repens L., Agrostis capillaris L ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to discriminate by hyperspectral imaging system, SWIR ImSpector N25E, different pure grassland species (Festuca rubra L., Trifolium repens L., Agrostis capillaris L., Hieracium aurantiacum L., Arnica montana L.) into grassland species mixtures. All the samples were collected from natural meadows of the National Apuseni Park, Apuseni Mountains, Gârda area (Romania). The samples were air-dried, then prepared using the protocol for NIRS analysis adapted on the scanning linear system. For images acquisition, the Hyper See program was used. Then a model build under MatLab (PLS–DA) was used to discriminate pure species from the mixtures of two or three species. This analysis was carried out in order to see, on images obtained previously from the floristic composition of experimental parcels, if the pure species are or are not recognized according to the spectral data base. More than 99% correct predictions for species discrimination were obtained. This study should guide us to verify if a toxic species is present or not in natural meadows used as food for animals. The floristic composition of a meadow can be determinate only if we have in the data base, spectra for each identified species, as being part of the mixture. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Characteristics of Low-Input Grasslands
Bogdan, Anca Dorina; Pacurar, Florin; Albus, Amalia et al

in ProEnvironment (2012), 5

Several studies show that the global interest in health and human nutrition is continually growing. A continuous change includes also the food production systems. There are more and more papers that ... [more ▼]

Several studies show that the global interest in health and human nutrition is continually growing. A continuous change includes also the food production systems. There are more and more papers that connect the value of agricultural production and food production system, papers that show a particular interes on the high value of products that are produced in low input agricultural systems./ On grassland canopy, these systems have a high diversity of floristic species. At European level, this concept has been extrapolated also to the farms, being a major concern regarding the quantification of inputs, aspect pursued along this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch on crude protein and digestibility of Arnica montana L. using conventional NIR spectrometry and hyperspectral imaging NIR
Dale, Laura ULg; Fernandez, Juan Antonio; Vermeulen, Philippe et al

in Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (2012), 10(1), 391-396

Arnica montana L. (AM) is considered a medicinal plant, used as hay in feed ration. The aim of this study is to assess the prediction of protein content and in vitro organic matter digestibility value in ... [more ▼]

Arnica montana L. (AM) is considered a medicinal plant, used as hay in feed ration. The aim of this study is to assess the prediction of protein content and in vitro organic matter digestibility value in grass mixtures containing Arnica montana L., and in a second step to check if these values have a positive or negative influence in the mixtures. Crude protein has been selected because it is one of the most important quality parameters of forages as nutritional element used in animal feeding. The protein is required on a daily basis for maintenance, lactation, growth and reproduction, but is important for agriculture too, because a high content of protein makes it an important source of feed. The digestibility is also important, because it refers to the extent to which a feedstuff is absorbed in the animal body as it passes through an animal’s digestive tract. In this study, the Weende system (the Kjeldahl method) for the protein content, together with the enzymatic technique for digestibility, was applied and used in combination with non-destructive methods, like those based on the Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) or the Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging. Based on NIR imaging system data, the PLS-DA was used to discriminate between the classes with AM and classes without AM, as well as to build a model that could be used to predict the composition of mixtures. More than 99% correct prediction for AM was obtained. The crude protein content of the hay determined by classical method decrease from the type of meadow Agrostis capillaris L. - Festuca rubra L. (15.22%) until to the pure sample of Arnica montana L. (11.19%); however, the digestibility was highest in the pure sample of Arnica montana L. (84.13%) and lowest in samples from the type of meadow Agrostis capillaris L. - Festuca rubra L. (57.18%) or in samples with the participation of Arnica montana L. This study should lead to a more important point, which is to verify whether the medicinal properties of Arnica montana L. can be transferred or not to milk production through the dairy cow feed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of mineral and organic long-term fertilization upon the floristic composition of Festuca rubra L.-Agrostis capillaris L. grassland in Apuseni mountains, Romania
Pacurar, Florin; Rotar, Ioan; Bogdan, Anca Dorina et al

in Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (2012), 10(1), 866-879

The semi-natural grasslands in Apuseni Mountains are particularly important for the sustainable development of this region. The future development strategies must take into consideration the conservation ... [more ▼]

The semi-natural grasslands in Apuseni Mountains are particularly important for the sustainable development of this region. The future development strategies must take into consideration the conservation of grassland plant diversity. In Apuseni Mountains there are numerous caves and a traditional landscape, these forming the area’s wealth. Their joining with agro-tourism and performing a sustainable agriculture would significantly level up the wellbeing of the local population, who are in need of new income sources considering that the wood resources are more and more reduced. In Gârda de Sus there are considerable areas of semi-natural grasslands which lately have been traditionally used. Nowadays, some of them have been abandoned and others irrationally intensified. Therefore, the objective of this paper was to evaluate the effects of mineral and organic fertilization upon the sward in order to recommend certain versions which have minor repercussions upon the plant diversity. The research was carried out in Apuseni Mountains, in an experimental field with two experiences: one with mineral fertilizers (T1 control, T2 50N25P25K, T3100N50P50K, T4 150N75P75K) and the other with organic fertilizers (T1 control, T2 10 t ha-1 manure, T3 20 t ha-1 manure, T4 30 t ha-1 manure). Administrating mineral fertilizers on the Festuca rubra L.- Agrostis capillaris L. grassland induced the installation of Festuca rubra L. and Trisetum flavescens L. at 50N25P25K treatment, whereas 100N50P50K and 150N75P75K treatments induced the installation of Agrostis capillaris L. and Trisetum flavescens L. grassland subtype. The plant diversity decreased as the system was intensified, especially at the treatment with 100N50P50K and 150N75P75K. Administrating 50N25P25K did not induce any significant changes in plant diversity. Giving organic fertilizers caused installation of Festuca rubra L. and Trisetum flavescens L. at the treatment using 10 t ha-1 manure and Trisetum flavescens L. at using 20 and 30 t ha-1 manure. The treatment with 10 t ha-1 manure induced a growth of the plant diversity and by raising the manure quantity did not cause important changes with respect to the species’ number. For future management actions that are meant to maintain the plant diversity in Apuseni Mountains, the organic fertilization with 10 t ha-1 manure quantities annually administrated or once in two years is recommended first of all, and, secondly, the fertilization with 50N25P25K performed annually or once in two years. [less ▲]

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See detailPure species of grass discrimination with the help of hyperspectral imaging NIR
Dale, Laura ULg; Rotar, Ioan; Bogdan, Anca Dorina et al

in Agronomy Series of Scientific Research = Lucrari Stiintifice Seria Agronomie (2011, December), 54(2), 23-27

The possibilities to discriminate with hyperspectral imaging system, SWIR ImSpector N25E in grass mixtures of the pure species Festuca rubra L., Trifolium repens L., Agrostis capillaris L., Hieracium ... [more ▼]

The possibilities to discriminate with hyperspectral imaging system, SWIR ImSpector N25E in grass mixtures of the pure species Festuca rubra L., Trifolium repens L., Agrostis capillaris L., Hieracium aurantiacum L., Arnica montana L.was the objective of this study. All the samples were collected from natural meadows, from the National Apuseni Park, Apuseni Mountains, from Gârda area. The samples were naturally dried then prepared using the protocol for NIRS analyze. The model built with PLS–DA, was used to demonstrate wether the classes discrimination between pure species is possible or not. The goal of this study was to see in other images if the pure species are or are not recognized according to the spectral data base. The potential of using the Hyperspectral Imaging NIR (Camera NIR) to discriminate or to identify pure species was confirmed. For this technique the MatLab program was used .A percentage of more than 96% correct prediction for species discrimination was obtained. This study should drive to a more important point, which is to verify whether the toxic species are or are not used as food for animals in the natural meadows. The floristic composition of a meadow can be determined only if we have in the data base, dates for each identified species, as being part of the mix. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch on Crude Protein Contents in Medicago Sativa Hay Harvest During 2008-2009 Using FT-NIR Spectrometry
Dale, Laura ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Rotar, Ioan et al

in Bulletin UASVM Agriculture (2011, September 29)

Medicago sativa or Alfalfa is a flowering plant that belongs to Pea Family that is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle, and is most often harvested as hay. Medicago Sativa usually has ... [more ▼]

Medicago sativa or Alfalfa is a flowering plant that belongs to Pea Family that is widely grown throughout the world as forage for cattle, and is most often harvested as hay. Medicago Sativa usually has the highest nutritive value of all common hay crops. This work aims to highlight a way for direct, non-destructive analysis of crude protein content in Medicago sativa hays. The primary objective was to build a model for crude protein calibration for Medicago sativa based on FT-NIR spectroscopy. The samples for analysis were collected over two experimental years (2008-2009) from field trials from the research station– Agricultural Development, Jucu. In order to construct the model, references values are needed; for this reason, crude protein content was determined using the classical Kjeldahl method (Kjeltec Auto Analyser, Tecator). The values for crude protein ranged from 12.63% to 19.12% on the dry matter basis. The regression models build was based on Partial Least Squares (PLS) calculated with the SIMPLS algorithm, using different pre-processing techniques and leave-one-out cross validation. Calibration of the two years together drove to a coefficient of determination for cross validation,R2, of 0.965. The robustness of the model was confirmed by applying it to independent samples (external validation) where the coefficient of determination was R2 = 0.977, RMSEP = 0.8. The results obtained indicated that NIRS can be used to determine crude protein, which could be used as a criteria for quality control of Medicago sativa hays. [less ▲]

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