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Friday, June 21, 2013

Featured Issue: African Health Sciences Vol.13 No.1

This issue of African Health Sciences focuses on the effects of physical activity on mental health and other topics such as nutrition and mental health. You can find an overview of the topics in the Editorial by the Editor-in-Chief, James K Tumwine.

Here are some interesting tidbits about some of the articles in this issue:

The article "Physical activity and health promotion strategies among physiotherapists in Rwanda" by Frantz & Ngambare explores the techniques of physiotherapists to encourage their patients to engage in physical activity. The study employs mixed method research to obtain information from a selection of physiotherapists. You can find complete details of this study here: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=hs13004&lang=en

"Nutrition status and associated factors among children in public primary schools in Dagoretti, Nairobi, Kenya" by Mwaniki & Makokha investigates the relationship between nutrition and growth of students and the amount of food they consume. The study concluded that calorie intake and the amount of food groups from which food was consumed was an important indicator in malnutrition levels in students. For the full study go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=hs13007&lang=en

The prevalence of suicidal behaviour and depression was investigated in patients with Diabetes mellitus and essential hypertension in the article "
Factors associated with depression and suicide among patients with diabetes mellitus and essential hypertension in a Nigerian teaching hospital" by Igwe et al. The study showed that education played a factor in suicidal behaviour--patients with Diabetes mellitus who had no education had a higher rate of suicidal behaviour than those with education. You can find further conclusions and the complete results of this study here: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=hs13011&lang=en

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Featured Issue: The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition

This is the first time The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition is being featured on the Bioline blog! Today we are featuring vol.31 no.1, which includes the article "Healthy Bread Initiative: Methods, Findings, and Theories−Isfahan Healthy Heart Program" by Talaei et al. It discusses the Healthy Food for Healthy Communities (HFHC) Healthy Bread initiative, which educates bakers and consumers to make and eat high-fibre, low-sodium, no-baking soda bread. After its implementation, the Healthy Bread initiative was assessed based on factors such as preparation and baking time, and consumption of bread. 

For the complete article and its findings, as well as other articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=hn&year=2013&vol=31&num=01&keys=v31n1

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Did you know...

Did you know that in Chile rice is usually planted when the air temperature is below 12 degrees celsius? In vol.73 no.1, "Cold tolerance evaluation in Chilean rice genotypes at the germination stage" by Ñanculao et al. investigates the tolerance of rice (Oryza sativa) to cold during germination. 

For the complete details of the study and its implications, as well as other articles from vol.73 no.1 of the Chilean Journal of Agricultural Research, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=cj&year=2013&vol=73&num=01&keys=V73N1

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Featured Issue: Zootecnia Tropical Vol.28 No.1, 2, 3 & 4

Today we are featuring Zootecnia Tropical on our blog for the first time! To those unfamiliar with the journal, you can find more information about it here: http://www.bioline.org.br/zt

Here are some highlights from vol.28, which has been recently been updated on Bioline. We decided to take highlights from articles pertaining to underwater species:

In no.1, "
Biochemical composition of the freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium jelskii (Miers, 1877) under culture conditions" by Ramírez et al. looks at the freshwater shrimp, Macrobrachium jelskii, and whether or not it has the potential to be used in aquaculture. For this study, the Macrobrachium jelskii were examined in lagoons, and their biomass, carbohydrates and lipids were assessed. For details of this study, its implications and more articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=zt&year=2010&vol=28&num=01&keys=V28N1

Macrobrachium jelskii was also studied in no.2, but this time the species was studied in a pond habitat. In "
Growth of freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium jelskii (Miers, 1877), in ponds" by Urbano et al., the aim of the study was also to assess the freshwater shrimp as a protein source for fish in aquaculture. However for this study, the freshwater fish were given two different diets and two different stocking densities. How did the two variables affect the growth of the Macrobrachium jelskii? Find the complete details of this study and other articles from this issue here: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=zt&year=2010&vol=28&num=02&keys=V28N2

In no.3, the article "
Genetic evaluation of Nile tilapia in naturals conditions of low temperature" by Fortes-Silva et al. studies how the genetics of the fish can affect their body weights, and how this information can be used to create appropriate diets and feeding measures. For the complete article and related articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=zt&year=2010&vol=28&num=03&keys=V28N3

No.4 includes the article "Apparent digestibility of fishing waste silage in red tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus x Oreochromis niloticus)" by Llanes et al. that also investigates tilapia, but this time the red tilapia species. The red tilapia species was tested to investigate its ability to digest fishing waste silage. How was the silage prepared, and what was its nutritional effect in the tilapia? To find out, you can read the complete article and other articles from this issue here: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=zt&year=2010&vol=28&num=04&keys=V28N4

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Monday, June 17, 2013

IAALD 2013 World Congress

Some of our journals and readers may be interested to know that the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) is holding its 2013 World Congress from July 22nd to the 24th. The World Congress is held every three to five years, each time at different locations. This year it will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and will feature interactive workshops, lectures from several speakers, and discussions on access systems, open-source technology, content-management tools and more. 

This is also an excellent opportunity for networking! To register and for more information on this event, please go to: http://iaald.library.cornell.edu/

For more information on the IAALD, go to: http://www.iaald.org/

Friday, June 14, 2013

Featured Issues: Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management Vol. 16 No.1, 2, & 3

Today we are continuing our feature on the Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management with vol.16!

Yesterday we featured an article on the solid waste chain and how it is managed once it leaves a household (click here for that post). Today we are featuring an article on solid waste--but how compost is separated from it. "Evalutaion of Composting and the Quality of Compost from the Source Separated Municipal Solid Waste" by Dadi et al., published in the first issue of vol.16, discusses the quality of compost separated from solid waste using four different treatments. For all the details of this article and the articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2012&vol=16&num=01&keys=v16n1

If you like sweet potatoes, this next article is for you! In vol.16 no.2, the article "Bio-deterioration of sweet potato (ipomoea batatas lam) in storage, inoculation-induced quality changes, and control by modified atmosphere" by Oyeyipo Olaitan investigates the deterioration of sweet potatoes in different environments. The quality of sweet potato samples were assessed after being stored in different modified atmospheres. For the results of this study and storage recommendations, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2012&vol=16&num=02&keys=v16n2

Did you know that Dioscorea alata, also known as purple yam, is cheaper to produce than its common cousin, Dioscorea rotundata? The article "Preliminary Studies on the Development and Evaluation of Instant Pounded Yam from Dioscorea alata" by Adeola et al. in vol.16 no.3 looks at the benefits of producing yam flour from the purple yam. The flour was produced by cooking the yams in hot water, drying them, milling them and finally sieving them. Taste, colour and flavour were among the categories evaluated. For the complete article and articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2012&vol=16&num=03&keys=v16n3

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Featured Issues: Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management Vol.15 No. 2, 3, 4

This is the first time we are featuring the Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management on our blog! We will be posting some highlights from both volumes 15 and 16 over the next few days. Today we are featuring vol.15 no.2, 3, & 4:

"Effects of dietary cottonseed meal protein levels on growth and feed utilization of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus" by Agbo et al. in vol. 15 no. 2 studies the effects of cottonseed meal as the protein source in the diet of Oreochromis niloticus, also known as Nile tilapia. The study found that cottonseed meal did not significantly impact the nutritional health or growth of the tilapia, and it also proves to be cost effective. For full details of this article and other articles from this issue, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2011&vol=15&num=02&keys=v15n2

Have you ever wondered how rice is made suitable to eat? Vol. 15 no.3 contains the article "Application of Time Study Model in Rice Milling Firm: A Case Study" by Odior & Oyawale, which looks at the process of rice milling, a process essential for producing both white and brown rice for human consumption. Care must be taken not to break the rice kernels, as broken rice kernels are not included in the final product. Want to find out more about how long it takes to mill a 50-kilogram bag of rice? Click here: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=ja11083&lang=en As always, if you would like to check out more articles from vol.15 no.3, here is the table of contents: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2011&vol=15&num=03&keys=v15n3

Solid waste can pose a big problem in urban cities. Benin, Nigeria is no exception. Waste management poses an issue to the area, as waste can be seen in large piles around buildings and unused land. The article "A Study of the Solid Waste Chain in Benin Metropolis, Nigeria" by Igbinomwanhia & Ohwovoriole follows how solid waste is handled and the process in which it is managed. The results of this study draws some interesting conclusions as to how and why the current solid waste management system is problematic. Igbinomwanhia & Ohwovoriole also provide suggestions as to what can be improved. For this article and others from vol.15 no.4, go to: http://www.bioline.org.br/titles?id=ja&year=2011&vol=15&num=04&keys=v15n4

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Thank you, Bioline Team!

Adiba, Carina, Ian and Leslie after a delicious lunch at La Prep!

I want to wish a warm thank you to our Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Bioline Team: Adiba, Carina, Ian, Kimberly and Niveda! You five were essential to Bioline's ability to publish 2465 articles to the Bioline website between October 2012 and May 2013 - incredible! Leslie and I have really enjoyed working with all of you and are very proud of everything that you have accomplished on behalf of Bioline.

Ian has graduated and Niveda has found a great co-op position for the Summer so they will be leaving us - good luck in all of your future efforts and make sure to keep in touch, you two! I'm happy to report that Adiba, Carina, and Kimberly are staying on with us over the summer and will be joined by some new faces... Stay tuned for a Bioline Summer 2013 Team post!

Kelli Babcock
Special Projects Librarian
Bioline International
University of Toronto Scarborough Library

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