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  • An overview of fatty acids-based nutritional quality indices of fish oils from Cameroon: impact of fish pre-treatment and preservation methods

    Dongho Dongmo, Fabrice Fabien; Fogang Mba, Aymar Rodrigue; Njike Ngamga, Fabrice Hervé; Djeukeu Asongni, William; Zokou, Ronice; Simo Noutsa, Boris; Ngo Hagbe, Diana; Tchuenbou-Magaia, Fideline Laure; Ebelle Etame, Rebecca Madeleine (Elsevier, 2024-04-12)
    This research provides a comprehensive examination of fish oils obtained from different fish species in Cameroon. It meticulously evaluates their nutritional quality indices based on fatty acids profile and scrutinizes the impact of diverse pre-treatment procedures on these indices. The fatty acid profiles and nutritional quality indices of seventeen fish species were reviewed, with a focus on the impact of refrigeration, boiling, and drying. The use of both synthetic and natural antioxidants in preserving oil quality during drying was also examined. The oil from Fontitrygon margarita liver had the highest nutritional quality, followed by oils from the fillets of seven other species. However, oils from certain species were found to have poor nutritional quality due to an unacceptable polyunsaturated fatty acids/saturated fatty acids ratio, atherogenicity index hypocholesterolemic/hypercholesterolemic ratio, and other parameters. Interestingly, boiling was found to enhance the nutritional quality of fish oil, while refrigeration and drying appeared to degrade it. Natural antioxidants, especially aqueous spices extracts, proved to be as effective, if not better than synthetic ones in preserving oil quality. Overall, this research enhances our understanding of the health benefits of fish oils and offers valuable insights into optimal oil extraction and preservation practices.
  • Imposter phenomenon and the early career researcher

    Cureton, Debra; British Academy (Higher Education Policy Institute, 2024-02-29)
  • Negotiating with technology: advancing the virtual in qualitative research methods

    Kanjilal, Mahuya; Davis, Jennifer; Arnull, Elaine (Emerald, 2024-04-09)
    Purpose This study aims to describe key elements that are critical to virtual qualitative research especially while working with practitioners as participants. Design/methodology/approach This paper takes a reflexive researcher approach using a case study to explore how researchers adopted a qualitative research approach using digital technology. We use five principles suggested by Boland et al. (2022) as a framework to consider and reflect on our experiences as researchers and those of our participants. Findings We highlight the gatekeeper’s support, trusted relationship with the organisations, interpersonal skills of interviewers, stringent measures of securing data and shared experiences of interviewee and interviewers helped complete virtual research. We recommend that four key factors such as digital competency, feasibility, flexibility and resilience should be considered while undertaking or commissioning virtual, qualitative research studies. Originality/value Social care practitioners and qualitative researchers increasingly negotiate with digital technologies to undertake their work. In this paper, we evidence how online qualitative approaches can be effective provided challenges are dealt with diligently in each stage of the research process.
  • Oligopeptide-based molecular labelling of (bio)degradable polyester biomaterials

    Rydz, Joanna; Duale, Khadar; Sikorska, Wanda; Musioł, Marta; Janeczek, Henryk; Marcinkowski, Andrzej; Siwy, Mariola; Adamus, Grażyna; Mielczarek, Przemysław; Silberring, Jerzy; et al. (Elsevier, 2024-04-21)
    Nowadays, a very important motivation for the development of new functional materials for medical purposes is not only their performance but also whether they are environmentally friendly. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the possibility of labelling (bio)degradable polymers, in particular those intended for specific applications, especially in the medical sector, and the potential of information storage in such polymers, making it possible, for example, to track the ultimate environmental fate of plastics. This article presents a straightforward green approach that combines both aspects using an oligopeptide, which is an integral part of polymer material, to store binary information in a physical mixture of polymer and oligopeptide. In the proposed procedure the year of production of polymer films made of poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) and a blend of poly(1,4-butylene adipate-co-1,4-butylene terephthalate) and polylactide (PBAT/PLA) were encoded as the sequence of the appropriate amino acids in the oligopeptide (PEP) added to these polymers. The decoding of the recorded information was carried out using mass spectrometry technique as a new method of decoding, which enabled the successful retrieval and reading of the stored information. Furthermore, the properties of labelled (bio)degradable polymer films and stability during biodegradation of PLLA/PEP film under industrial composting conditions have been investigated. The labelled films exhibited good oligopeptide stability, allowing the recorded information to be retrieved from a green polymer/oligopeptide system before and after biodegradation. The MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide assay) study of the PLLA and PLLA/PBAT using the MRC-5 mammalian fibroblasts was presented for the first time.
  • Implementation of learning management systems (Moodle): effects on students’ language acquisition and attitudes towards learning English as a foreign language

    Qaddumi, Husam; Smith, Matt (MDPI, 2024-04-18)
    Among the most popular learning management systems (LMS) available worldwide is Moodle. This current study examines how learners’ attitudes toward English as a foreign language (EFL) and their language proficiency are affected by Moodle’s interactive language-learning activities. Thirty-three undergraduate students participated in this study. We investigated the effects of engaging language-learning exercises that were practiced on Moodle using an experimental research design. To find out if the experimental and control groups differed significantly from one another on pre- and post-measures regarding the development of language skills and attitudes toward language classrooms, a number of statistical tests were employed. We conducted a data analysis using SPSS software. The results demonstrated that there were differences favoring the experimental group in the development of language skills and the attitudes of learners toward the language classroom. There were no apparent differences in forming structures, speaking, or listening compared to the control group’s learners. On the other hand, there were notable differences in the overall score, writing and reading skills, and lexical item mastery. Additionally, significant differences in the language acquisition growth of the experimental and control groups were found using an independent-sample t-test in the post-test, with the experimental group benefiting.

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