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    ABSTRACT: We investigate the relationship between the emergence of chaos synchronization and the information flow in dynamical systems possessing homogeneous or heterogeneous global interactions whose origin can be external (driven systems) or internal (autonomous systems). By employing general models of coupled chaotic maps for such systems, we show that the presence of a homogeneous global field, either external or internal, for all times is not indispensable for achieving complete or generalized synchronization in a system of chaotic elements. Complete synchronization can also appear with heterogeneous global fields; it does not requires the simultaneous sharing of the field by all the elements in a system. We use the normalized mutual information and the information transfer between global and local variables to characterize complete and generalized synchronization. We show that these information measures can characterize both types of synchronized states and also allow us to discern the origin of a global interaction field. A synchronization state emerges when a sufficient amount of information provided by a field is shared by all the elements in the system, on the average over long times. Thus, the maximum value of the top-down information transfer can be used as a predictor of synchronization in a system, as a parameter is varied.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2013 · Physical Review E
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of the level of neutral detergent fibre (NDF: 0.35, LI and 0.42, HI) and neutral detergent soluble fibre (NDSF: 0.14, LS and 0.17, HS) in the caecal ecosystem was studied in 24 weaned (28 days of age) rabbits, weighing 630 ± 80.2 g in a 2 × 2 factorial design. After 22 days, rabbits were slaughtered and their caecal contents sampled. The caecal pH (on average 6.2) and molar volatile fatty acids (VFA) proportions were not affected by dietary treatments, but total VFA concentration tended to be lower with NDF (84.7 vs. 74.1 mmol/l; P = 0.095). The amount of total bacteria tended (P = 0.075) to increase with NDSF, but only in diets with 0.35 NDF. The caecal proportions of Ruminococcus albus and Fibrobacter succinogenes were not affected by type or level of fibre, but Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens decreased (P = 0.055) with the NDF proportion in LS diets. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analysis showed that bacterial communities clustered according to each combination of NDF and NDSF, but did not greatly differ among diets (similarity indexes between 0.67 and 0.70), nor biodiversity was affected (average Shannon and richness indexes 3.50 and 33.1; P > 0.10). Archaeal population revealed changes in the amount and composition that were particularly evident in HS diets, decreasing in concentration (from 4.37 to 4.12 log(10) gene copy number/g) and biodiversity (Shannon index from 3.14 to 2.52 and richness index from 23.7 to 13.9) compared to LS. The type and level of dietary fibre had a minor impact on caecal fermentation traits or caecal bacterial community. However, the increase in NDSF from 0.14 to 0.17 reduced concentration and diversity of methanogenic archaea.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2013 · Anaerobe
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    ABSTRACT: To verify if non-invasive collection of soft faeces (SF) from rabbits can be used as an index of bacterial biodiversity in caecal contents (CC), 24 weaned rabbits were given diets with low (LI) and high (HI) levels of insoluble fibre (neutral detergent fibre, NDF) and low (LS) and high (HS) levels of soluble fibre (neutral detergent soluble fibre, NDSF). After 21 days, animals were fitted with neck collars for SF collection. Two days later, animals were slaughtered and CC sampled. Total bacterial concentration quantified by real-time PCR (log(10) ng DNA/mg DM) was higher in SF than CC (2.615 vs. 2.383). Among diets, in CC it was (P=0.059) lowest in LILS diet, whereas in SF it decreased (P=0.025) with the NDF level. DGGE profiles showed that structure of bacterial communities of SF was close to that of CC; however, similarity was higher in LI than HI diets (0.82 vs. 0.74). Diversity indexes in CC decreased with NDSF (P<0.05), whereas the effect of NDF (P<0.05) was also appreciated in SF. Soft faeces can be an alternative to surgery or slaughter techniques to monitor changes in caecal bacterial community; however, high dietary NDF may decrease similarity between both communities.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2012 · Anaerobe


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