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Pseudoconnections (or quasi connections) were defined as a generalization of linear connections by Y.-C. Wong in [14], and were developed mainly by Italian and Rumanian mathematicians. The purpose of this paper is to study some properties of a special type of pseudoconnections: the so-called associated pseudoconnections oginirating from linear connections in a very simple manner. In 1 we give a necessary and sufficient condition for a pseudoconnection to be associated, the in 2 we study the geodesics of an associated pseudoconnection. This notion has an immediate application in Finsler geometry, this is the theme of 3. Some questions connecting the curvature of associated pseudoconnections were studied by the author in [7].

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Volatilization and thermochromatographic separation of ultramicro amounts of Mo and Tc from AgCl melt irradiated with 6 60 MeV protons have been studied in vacuum at 600 °C. It has been found that in quartz apparatus Tc, and while using graphite, Mo can be separated from the other leaving elements. On the basis of the experimental results an ion source can be contructed for the on-line nuclear spectroscopic studies of Mo and Tc isotopes.

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Seven traits of twelve hybrids derived from direct and reciprocal crosses of four parental lines were examined during three years in Hungary. No significant differences were found between the direct and reciprocal crosses for stalk diameter or leaf number over the average of three years in any of the hybrids. Significant differences in the number of primary tassel branches were observed between UDH5 and its reciprocal UDH8, and between UDH6 and its reciprocal UDH11. It was evident in both instances that the degree of heterosis in the reciprocal crosses far exceeded that in the direct ones. A high number of tassel branches was dominant over a low number, so this trait was preferentially inherited in the hybrids. A positive correlation was observed between plant height and main ear attachment height (r = 0.67**). A positive correlation (r = 0.89**) was also found between the length of the main tassel axis above the lowest and above the uppermost side-branch. A medium correlation was observed between the number of primary tassel branches and the plant height (r = −0.42**). The number of primary tassel branches exhibited the highest heterosis. These results can be utilized in practical selection and seed production.

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The aim of the research is to reveal the most important influencing factors that lead to consumers’ acceptance of personalised nutrition based on genetic testing. A nationwide representative questionnaire-based consumer survey was carried out involving 500 people in Hungary in 2014. The results show that consumers are divided over the new technology. Only 27.0% of the respondents have a positive attitude toward the new possibility, and they would be glad to use this new service in order to stay healthy. The rate of those who would have a genetic test because they want to follow a diet tailored to their needs is very low (16.0%). Our result suggested that the most important factors in consumer preference on personalised nutrition are positive health message and perceived risk/benefits, gender, and educational level. The most important factors regarding the attitude toward genetic testing are easy usage, benefits, the agreement among experts, and educational level.

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Discovering the relationships among plant morphological and quantitative features is very important in maize breeding and production, particularly if they can be altered by selection or agro-technical methods. We examined tassel characteristics (tassel weight, tassel stalk diameter, number of primary branches, total length of branches, tassel length from lower and upper branches, Tassel Area Index) and several quantitative features (plant height, ear height, LAI, number of leaf, yield, 1000-kernel weight, test weight) of 12 hybrids in randomized block design during two subsequent years on two locations. Our aim was to find correlation between traits. Tassel weight was positively correlated with total number of branches (0.59**), number of primary branches (0.53**) and tassel area index (0.63**), and negatively correlated with plant height (−0.45**) and yield (−0.39**). Tassel area index was negatively correlated with plant height (−0.63**) and yield (−0.55**), as were number of branches and Leaf Area Index (0.39**). Number of primary branches showed medium correlation with plant height (−0.43**). Test weight correlated negatively with plant height, ear height, yield, leaf area index (LAI) and 1000-kernel weight. Because a number of these traits are highly heritable, these correlations could be used as a basis for indirect selection of special features in maize breeding programs.

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Authors: Z. Bódi, P. Pepó, A. Kovács, É. Széles and Z. Győri

The role of special corns in human diets is increasing as a result of their favourable nutritional values. Little is known about mineral contents of different red and blue corns, although they may help to inhibit deficiency diseases mainly in the developing countries. During this study, mineral contents (15 elements) of 3 red and 9 blue corn varieties were examined with ICP-OES and ICP-MS. Highest contents of macroelements were as follows: P (3859.5±562.1 mg kg −1 ), K (4325.0±469.5 mg kg −1 ) and Mg (1450.0±104.6 mg kg −1 ) in the variety Black Mexican, S (1555.0±128.6 mg kg −1 ) in Santo Domingo Blue. In case of microelements, iron, zinc and selenium were highlighted. Except one genotype, iron contents were above 30 mg kg −1 . Blaumais, Hopi Turquoise and Hopi Blue contained more than 40 mg kg −1 (41.0–46.3), which were above values published in the literature (10.0 mg kg −1 in average). For zinc, we measured 15.2–31.5 mg kg −1 . Selenium contents (0.1–0.2 mg kg −1 ) were also higher than in the literature (0.08 mg kg −1 ). Plant selection could utilize variability of special element contents in enhancing these phenomena.

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Recognizing intentions of strangers from facial cues is crucial in everyday social interactions. Recent studies demonstrated enhanced event-related potential (ERP) responses to untrustworthy compared to trustworthy faces. The aim of the present study was to investigate the electrophysiological correlates of automatic processing of trustworthiness cues in a visual oddball paradigm in two consecutive experimental blocks. In one block, frequent trustworthy (p = 0.9) and rare untrustworthy face stimuli (p = 0.1) were briefly presented on a computer screen with each stimulus consisting of four peripherally positioned faces. In the other block stimuli were presented with reversed probabilities enabling the comparison of ERPs evoked by physically identical deviant and standard stimuli. To avoid attentional effects participants engaged in a central detection task. Analyses of deviant minus standard difference waveforms revealed that deviant untrustworthy but not trustworthy faces elicited the visual mismatch negativity (vMMN) component. The present results indicate that adaptation occurred to repeated unattended trustworthy (but not untrustworthy) faces, i.e., an automatic expectation was elicited towards trustworthiness signals, which was violated by deviant untrustworthy faces. As an evolutionary adaptive mechanism, the observed fast detection of trustworthiness-related social facial cues may serve as the basis of conscious recognition of reliable partners.

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In January and March 2000 two tailings dam failures occurred in the upper Tisza catchment area near Baia Mare and Baia Borsa (Romania). These resulted metal pollution of the Lápos-Szamos-Tisza and Visó-Tisza river systems. The mining accidents were followed by a flood event. Many studies reported that elevated Cu, Zn, Pb and Cd concentrations were observable in water, sediment and in soils of flooded areas as well. Mine wastewater contained large amounts of suspended solids with high metal concentrations. The aims of this study were the determination of Lakanen-Erviö extractable, easily available metal contents of the soil samples collected in 2011 from Tivadar floodplain, a pasture near Vásárosnamény, a pasture near Rakamaz and Tiszacsege floodplain along the Tisza, and the comparison of these data and the results of an earlier study in 2000.According to our results the soil profiles of Vásárosnamény, Rakamaz and Tiszacsege is considered to be polluted by Zn, Pb and Cd. Low metal concentrations were found in the soil samples originated from Tivadar floodplain that was not affected by the first tailings pond failure. According to the statistical analyses of these data it can be established that during the 11-year period the easily available Cd, Cu, Zn and Pb contents of the pasture near Vásárosnamény increased significantly. This may caused by the periodical flood events or the mobilization of the pollutants. Further investigations (solid state partitioning of metals by sequential extraction) are required to find an explanation of this increase.

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The potentiometric electronic tongue is a new and rapidly developing technique. However, the description of the exact working mechanism is still absent. An important part of this description is the effect of the sample temperature on the measurement results. The paper reported here gives a description of the effect of temperature on results obtained with an α-Astree potentiometric electronic tongue. The yielded model was used to perform a temperature correction as if the samples were measured at room temperature (25 °c).

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