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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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The present study, therefore, attempts to examine effects of two strains of white rot fungi (Phanerochaete chrysosporium and Pleurotus ulmarius) on rumen degradability and chemical composition of Populus nigra sawdust as a nutritional source for ruminant.
To evaluate the influence of additives on the degradability, molecular weight of our DEPSs according to the composition of additives and UV irradiation time were measured by using GPC (Fig.
The apparent dry matter degradability was obtained by the difference in weight between the dry matter of the sample before and after the incubation.
Influence of grain processing and dietary protein degradability on N metabolism, energy balance and methane production in young calves.
Certificates of "Biological Degradability" and "Biodegradable" quality labels can now be awarded through the Hohenstein Institute.
Lu, "Preparation, mechanical properties and in vitro degradability of wollastonite/tricalcium phosphate macroporous scaffolds from nanocomposite powders," Journal of Materials Science, vol.
There has been a growing movement to ban plastic bags around Australia and replace them with biodegradable plastic bags, or the new generation of green bags--which have their own degradability limitations, according to Dr Nair's study.
The higher amounts in the dry matter losses of NaOH treated rice straw is also in agreement with previously reported in sacco degradability measurements of treated barely straw (Chaudry et al., 2000) and in vitro digestibility of both leaf and stem fractions (Vadivello, 2001).
Thus, the experiment was designed to evaluate DM voluntary intake, apparent nutrient digestibility, nitrogen balance, and liveweight changes by intact West African dwarf breed of rams, and later rumen DM degradability were carried out on the stover using rumen-fistulated West African dwarf (WAD) sheep to determine feed quality by sole feeding stover from six dual-purpose groundnut cultivars to the animals.
NAPCOR, the trade organization for the PET packaging industry, is concerned that no data has been made publicly available to substantiate or document; the claims of degradability of PET resin products containing degradable additives; the effect of degradable additives on the quality of the PET recycling stream; the impacts of degradable additives on the products made from recycled PET; and the true impact on the service life of these products.
US-based NAPCOR (The National Association for PET Container Resources) is concerned that there is no publicly available data to substantiate some claims made about degradability of PET.