Coelho, Jennifer S; Polivy, Janet; Fleming, Alison; Hargreaves, Duane; Herman, C Peter; Lao, Grace
Research suggests that caloric restriction (CR) is beneficial; however, the effects of CR in the context of food cues are unclear. A 2 (food cue vs. no cue)x2 (CR vs. ad lib) between-subjects design was employed to test these effects in 40 rats. It was predicted that cue exposure and CR would induce stress, and that these factors might interact synergistically. The results demonstrated that cue-exposed CR rats weighed less than did non-exposed CR rats. A blunted stress response was evident in CR rats relative to ad lib rats. Finally, cue-exposed rats had higher corticosterone levels and body weight during ad lib feeding than did non-cued rats. These results suggest that both CR and chronic food-cue exposure can be stressful, and the implications of this research are discussed in the context of humans' 'obesigenic' environment.
Soler-Rovira, Pedro; Fernández-Calviño, David; Arias-Estévez, Manuel; Plaza, César; Polo, Alfredo
This study seeks to determine the impact of copper-based fungicides on the respiration of vineyard soils. The ISO-17155 is an international standard recommended for monitoring soil quality by the evaluation of the effects of pollutants on soil microbial activity. Respiration curves and derived parameters [i.e., basal respiration (RB), substrate-induced respiration (RS), lag time (tlag), growth rate (μ), time to the peak maximum (tpeakmax), respiratory-activation quotient (QR), and the cumulative O2 consumption (CR)] were determined from 95 vineyard soils that covered a wide range of Cu contents. Statistical analyses showed that most of the variance of the ISO-17155 parameters was due to soil pH and organic C content, but not to the Cu pollution. When the parameters were expressed as a function of soil organic C content, the effect of soil Cu content was found to be significant on RS and tpeakmax but not on RB and CR. The results indicated that threshold values of total (CuT) and exchangeable (CuEX) contents indicative of soil Cu pollution cannot be established. However, adequate management practices resulting in soil organic C contents>2% and pH>5.5 are recommended for preserving vineyard soil quality.