Com o objetivo de avaliar, a campo, a resposta do feijoeiro a doses de nitrogênio por ocasião da semeadura e em cobertura, foram conduzidos dois experimentos (plantio direto e convencional), na safra das águas 2004/05. O delineamento estatístico foi em blocos casualizados com três repetições e esquema fatorial 4x4, envolvendo 4 doses de N no plantio (0, 40, 80 e 120 kg.ha-1) e 4 doses de N em cobertura (0, 40, 80 e 120 kg.ha-1), aos 20 DAE. Cada parcela foi constituída por quatro linhas de 5 m de comprimento, espaçamento de 0,5 m e densidade de 16 sementes.m-1. Foram avaliados os estandes inicial e final e o rendimento de grãos. Em ambos os sistemas de plantio, o incremento do fertilizante nitrogenado de plantio reduziu o estande de plantas. De maneira geral, no plantio direto, a resposta à aplicação de N no plantio foi quadrática e a dose correspondente à máxima produtividade variou com as doses de cobertura. No plantio convencional, essa resposta foi linear decrescente, em razão do maior efeito de N de plantio sobre o estande. A resposta à aplicação de N em cobertura foi quadrática, em ambos os sistemas de plantio e as maiores respostas do rendimento de grãos foram observadas com o emprego da dose de 40 kg.ha-1 de N no plantio.
With the aim of evaluating the responses of bean to nitrogen fertilization rates at sowing and topdressing in the field, two experiments were carried out (no-tillage and conventional tillage), in the rainy season 2004/2005. The experimental design was in randomized blocks with three replicates in a 4x4 factorial structure encompassing four N rates at sowing (0, 40, 80, and 120 kg.ha-1) and four topdressing N rates (0, 40, 80, and 120 kg.ha-1) at 20 DAE. Each plot was composed of four 5-m-long rows, 0.5 m apart from each other and a 16 seed.m-1 density was used. Initial and final stand and grain yield were assessed. In both crop management systems, the increasing nitrogen fertilization rate at sowing reduced the plant stand. In general, in no-tillage the response to N application at sowing was squared and the rate corresponding to maximum yield varied depending on the topdressing rates. In conventional tillage this response decreased linearly, as a function of the higher effect of N at sowing on final stand. The response to N topdressing application was squared in both crop management systems and higher responses to grain yield were observed with 40 kg.ha-1 N rate at sowing.
The potential impact of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) on clinical, immunological and virological responses to initial highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is important to evaluate due to the high prevalence of HIV-HCV coinfection. A historical cohort study was conducted among 824 HIV-infected patients starting HAART at a public referral service in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to assess the impact of HCV seropositivity on appearance of a new AIDS-defining opportunistic illness, AIDS-related death, suppression of viral load, and an increase in CD4-cell count. A total of 76 patients (9.2%) had a positive HCV test, 26 of whom (34.2%) had a history of intravenous drug use. In multivariate analysis, HCV seropositivity was associated with a smaller CD4-cell recovery (RH=0.68; 95% CI [0.49-0.92], but not with progression to a new AIDS-defining opportunistic illness or to AIDS-related death (RH=1.08; 95% CI [0.66-1.77]), nor to suppression of HIV-1 viral load (RH=0.81; 95% CI [0.56-1.17]) after starting HAART. These results indicate that although associated with a blunted CD4-cell recovery, HCV coinfection did not affect the morbidity or mortality related to AIDS or the virological response to initial HAART.