Dr Gordon Allison

Dr Gordon Allison

Analytical Biochemist

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I work across disciplines, interact with industry and provide underpinning in IBERS for chemical and data analysis.My interests centre on plant cell wall biochemistry, and how architecture and chemical composition affect the efficiency of the conversion of plant feedstocks by thermochemical processes, fermentation by ruminants and also by commercial industrial processing. I am expert in chromatographic/ mass spectrometry, vibrational spectroscopy and imaging, thermochemical analysis, and statistical and chemometric data mining/ modelling. I coordinate the MSc in Biotechnology and teach broadly at undergraduate and post graduate levels.

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Variation in susceptibility to microbial lignin oxidation in a set of wheat straw cultivars: influence of genetic, seasonal and environmental factorsKonstantopoulou, M., Slator, P., Taylor, C., Wellington, E., Allison, G., Harper, A., Bancroft, I. & Bugg, T. 2017 In : Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal.32, 4, p. 493-50715 p.
Temporal metagenomic and metabolomic chracterization of fresh perennial ryegrass degradation by rumen bacteriaMayorga, O., Kingston-Smith, A., Kim, E. J., Allison, G., Wilkinson, T., Hegarty, M., Newbold, C., Theodorou, M. & Huws, S. 2016 In : Frontiers in Microbiology.7, 1854
Expanding the biomass resource: Sustainable oil production via fast pyrolysis of low input high diversity biomass and the potential integration of thermochemical and biological conversion routesCorton, J., Donnison, I., Patel, M., Bühle, L., Hodgson, E., Wachendorf, M., Bridgwater, A., Allison, G. & Fraser, M. 2016 In : Applied Energy.177, p. 852-86211 p.
The metabolomic detection of lung cancer biomarkers in sputumCameron, S., Lewis, K. E., Beckmann, M., Allison, G., Ghosal, R., Lewis, P. D. & Mur, L. 2016 In : Lung Cancer.94, p. 88-958 p.
Cell wall biomass preparation and Fourier transform mid-infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to study cell wall compositionFernandes Da Costa, R. M., Allison, G. & Bosch, M. 2015 In : Bio-protocol.5, 11
Who Owns the Future? Reflections on Patenting, Private Value Accrual and Societal Disbenefit in the Context of Biofuel Technology TransferKlapper, R., Upham, P. & Allison, G. 2015 In : Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship.2, 2, p. 70-8011 p.
Polyphenol oxidase affects normal nodule development in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.)Webb, J., Cookson, A., Allison, G., Sullivan, M. & Winters, A. 2014 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.5, 700
Genotype, development and tissue-derived variation of cell-wall properties in the lignocellulosic energy crop MiscanthusFernandes Da Costa, R. M., Lee, S. J., Allison, G. G., Hazen, S. P., Winters, A. & Bosch, M. 2014 In : Annals of Botany.114, 6, p. 1265-127713 p.
De novo assembly of red clover transcriptome based on RNA-Seq data provides insight into drought response, gene discovery and marker identificationYates, S. A., Swain, M. T., Hegarty, M. J., Chernukin, I., Lowe, M. J., Allison, G. G., Ruttlink, T., Abberton, M. T., Jenkins, G. & Skøt, L. 2014 In : BMC Genomics.15, p. 45315 p.
Measurement of rumen dry matter and neutral detergent fiber degradability of feeds by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)Belanche Gracia, A., Weisbjerg, M. R., Allison, G. G., Newbold, J. & Moorby, J. M. 2014 In : Journal of Dairy Science.97, 4, p. 2361-237515 p.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensisSlavov, G. T., Nipper, R., Robson, P., Farrar, K., Allison, G. G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Donnison, I. S. & Jensen, E. 2014 In : New Phytologist.201, 4, p. 1227-123913 p.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in Miscanthus sinensis.Slavov, G. T., Nipper, R., Robson, P. R., Farrar, K., Allison, G. G., Bosch, M., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Donnison, I. S. & Jensen, E. F. 2014 p. W422
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architectureAllison, G. G., Cookson, A. R., Bosch, M. & Donnison, I. S. 2014
Chemometric analysis of mid IR and Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and structure: seminarAllison, G. G. 2014
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architectureAllison, G. G., Cookson, A. R., Bosch, M. & Donnison, I. S. 2014
Exploring architectural cell wall heterogeneity: Celery collenchyma as a case studyLeroux, O., Sakar, P., Allison, G. G., Auer, M., Knox, J. P. & Popper, Z. 2013 p. P1-11
Lignin as a contributor to virulence rather than defence ? — novel insights from parasitic plant haustoriaPielach, A., Allison, G. G. & Popper, Z. 2013 p. P4-35
Gene expression patterns, localisation and substrates of polyphenol oxidase in red clover (Trifolium pratense L.)Webb, K. J., Cookson, A. R., Allison, G. G., Sullivan, M. L. & Winters, A. L. 2013 In : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.61, 31, p. 7421-743010 p.
Estimation of feed crude protein concentration and rumen degradability by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopyBelanche, A., Weisbjerg, M. R., Allison, G. G., Newbold, C. J. & Moorby, J. M. 2013 In : Journal of Dairy Science.96, 12, p. 7867-788014 p.
Contrasting geographic patterns of genetic variation for molecular markers vs. phenotypic traits in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensisSlavov, G., Robson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Thomas-Jones, S., Ma, X-F., Huang, L., Swaller, T., Flavell, R., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2013 In : GCB Bioenergy.5, 5, p. 562-571
Cell wall diversity in the haustoria of hemiparasitic plants Rhinanthus minor and Odontites vernus (Orobanchaceae).Pielach, A., Allison, G. G. & Popper, Z. 2013 p. P1-13
Advances in the genetic dissection of plant cell walls: tools and resources available in MiscanthusSlavov, G. T., Allison, G. G. & Bosch, M. 2013 In : Frontiers in Plant Science.4, 21 p., 217
Comparison of cell wall composition across 15 ecotypes of Brachypodium distachyon originating from the eastern and western MediterraneanAllison, G. G., Johnson, J., Poncon, C. & Mur, L. A. J. 2013
New opportunities for the exploitation of energy crops by thermochemical conversion in Northern Europe and the UKRobbins, M. P., Evans, G., Valentine, J., Donnison, I. S. & Allison, G. G. 2012 In : Progress in Energy and Combustion Science.38, 2, p. 138-15518 p.
Effect of nitrogen fertiliser application on cell wall composition in switchgrass and reed canary grassAllison, G. G., Morris, C., Lister, S. J., Barraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I. & Donnison, I. S. 2012 In : Biomass and Bioenergy.40, p. 19-268 p.
Food vs. fuel: the use of land for lignocellulosic 'next generation' energy crops that minimize competition with primary food productionValentine, J., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hastings, A., Robson, P. R., Allison, G. G. & Smith, P. 2012 In : GCB Bioenergy.4, 1, p. 1-1919 p.
Chemometric analysis of hyperspectral Raman datasets to explore plant cell wall composition and architectureAllison, G. G., Cookson, A. R., Bosch, M. & Donnison, I. S. 2012
Prediction of feedstuff composition by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR).Belanche Gracia, A., Allison, G. G., Newbold, C. J., Weisbjerg, M. R., Chrenkova, M. & Moorby, J. M. 2012
Prediction of CP content and rumen degradability by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy.Belanche Gracia, A., Allison, G. G., Newbold, C. J., Weisbjerg, M. R., Chrenkova, M. & Moorby, J. M. 2012
Prediction of NDF content and rumen degradability by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) SpectroscopyBelanche Gracia, A., Allison, G. G., Newbold, C. J., Weisbjerg, M. N., Chrenkova, M. & Moorby, J. M. 2012
EPPN: High throughput plant phenotyping facilities at AberystwythDoonan, J., Howarth, C., Camargo-Rodriguez, A., Allison, G., Swain, G., Gay, A. & Draper, J. 2012
Unravelling the regulatory network controlling cell wall synthesis in grasses to improve the conversation of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuelsBosch, M., Roberts, L., Dalton, S., Cookson, A., Timms-Taravella, E., Allison, G. & Donnison, I. 2012
Genetic engineering of energy crops to improve the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into biofuelsBosch, M., Roberts, L., Dalton, S., Timms-Taravella, E., Carli, J., Allison, G. & Donnison, I. 2011 Aspects of Applied Biology 110.Association of Applied Biologists, p. 104-1041 p.
Harnessing natural variation in phenotypic and chemotypic traits in Miscanthus for breeding improved bioenergy crops: A review of long term results from perennial energy cropping work at IBERSRobson, P., Jensen, E., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Slavov, G., Allison, G., Hawkins, S., Jones, S., Valentine, J., Clifton-Brown, J. & Donnison, I. 2011 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.112
Measurement of lognocellulose composition as a tool to understand how feed-stocks can be matched to conversion processAllison, G., Morris, C., Lister, S., Shield, I., Yates, N., Barraclough, T. & Donnison, I. 2011 Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass Bioenergy and Biofuels 2010. Bridgwater, A. V. (ed.). CPL Press
Genotypic variation in cell wall composition in a diverse set of 244 accessions of MiscanthusAllison, G. G., Morris, C., Clifton-Brown, J., Lister, S. J. & Donnison, I. S. 2011 In : Biomass and Bioenergy.35, 11, p. 4740-47478 p.
Alterations in the metabolic fingerprint of Cladonia portentosa in response to atmospheric nitrogen depositionFreitag, S., Hogan, E. J., Crittenden, P. D., Allison, G. G. & Thain, S. C. 2011 In : Physiologia Plantarum.143, 2, p. 107-1148 p.
Manipulation of lignin in the energy grass MiscanthusCarli, J., Allison, G. G. & Donnison, I. S. 2011 Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass Bioenergy and Biofuels 2010. Bridgwater, A. V. (ed.). CPL Press, p. 16
Application of fourier transform mid-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for research into biomass feed-stocksAllison, G. G. 2011 Fourier Transforms- New Analytical Approaches and FTIR strategies. Nikolic, G. (ed.). InTechOpen
Measurement of lignocellulose composition as a tool to understand how feed-stocks can be matched to conversion processAllison, G. G., Morris, C., Lister, S. J., Shield, I., Yates, N., Barraclough, T. & Donnison, I. S. 2011 Proceedings of the Bioten Conference on Biomass Bioenergy and Biofuels 2010. Bridgwater, A. V. (ed.). CPL Press, p. 1-16
Effect of nitrogen fertilizer application on cell wall composition in switchgrass and reed canary grassAllison, G. G., Lister, S. J., Barraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I. & Donnison, I. S. 2011
Better biomass feedstocks (chemical composition of biofuels effects conversion efficiency)Allison, G. G. 2011
The effect of biochemical composition and ash content on the thermal conversion options for different genotypes of willowGudka, B., Shield, I., Yates, N. E., Allison, G., Hodgson, E., Clifton-Brown, J., Donnison, I. S., Morris, C., Jones, J. M. & Clifton-Brown, J. C. 2011 Proceedings of the Bioten-UK Bioenergy Conference on Biomass Bioenergy and Biofuels 2010. Bridgwater, A. V. (ed.). CPL Press, p. 503-513
Miscanthus as a feedstock for fast-pyrolysis: Does agronomic treatment affect quality?Hodgson, E. M., Fahmi, R., Yates, N., Barraclough, T., Shield, I., Allison, G., Bridgwater, A. V. & Donnison, I. S. 2010 In : Bioresource Technology.101, 15, p. 6185-61917 p.
Designing biomass crops with improved caloric content and attributes for burning: a UK perspectiveAllison, G. G., Robbins, M. P., Carli, J., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Donnison, I. S. 2010 Plant biotechnology for sustainable production of energy and co-products. Thomas, S., Mascia, P. & Widholm, J. (eds.). Springer Nature, Vol. 66, p. 25-5531 p. (Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry)
M.Sc. pathway in bioenergy and the environment at IBERSAllison, G. & Valentine, J. 2010 British Bio-Energy News, 11, p. 14-152 p.
Aligning the chemical composition of new Miscanthus varieties to the requirements of conversion processesAllison, G., Morris, C., Gill, S., Lister, S., Clifton-Brown, J., Jensen, E., Robson, P., Adams, J., Gallagher, J. & Donnison, I. 2010
Measurement of key compositional parameters in two species of energy grass by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopyAllison, G. G., Morris, C., Hodgson, E. M., Jones, J., Kubacki, M., Baraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I., Bridgwater, A. V. & Donnison, I. S. 2009 In : Bioresource Technology.100, 24, p. 6428-64336 p.
Diversity and activity of enriched ruminal cultures of anaerobic fungi and methanogens grown together on lignocellulose in consecutive batch cultureCheng, Y. F., Edwards, J. E., Allison, G. G., Zhu, W-Y. & Theodorou, M. K. 2009 In : Bioresource Technology.100, 20, p. 4821-48288 p.
Quantification of hydroxycinnamic acids and lignin in perennial forage and energy grasses by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and partial least squares regressionAllison, G. G., Thain, S. C., Morris, P., Morris, C., Hawkins, S., Hauck, B., Barraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I., Bridgwater, A. V. & Donnison, I. S. 2009 In : Bioresource Technology.100, 3, p. 1252-126110 p.
Better biomass for bioenergyAllison, G. G., Hodgson, E., Robbins, M. P., Morris, C., Carli, J. & Donnison, I. S. 2009 British Bio-Energy News, 8, p. 14-152 p.
Functional genomics of forage and bioenergy quality traits in the grassesDonnison, I. S., Farrar, K., Allison, G. G., Hodgson, E., Adams, J. M., Hatch, R., Gallagher, J. A., Robson, P. R., Clifton-Brown, J. C. & Morris, P. 2009 Molecular Breeding of Forage Turf: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage Turf. Yamada, T. & Spangenberg, G. (eds.). p. 111-12313 p.
Effect of scrapie incubation on the concentrations of plasma amino acids and L-lactate in infected lambsAllison, G. G., Rees Stevens, P., Heasman, L., Davies, A., Jackman, R. & Moorby, J. M. 2008 In : Veterinary Research Communications.32, 8, p. 591-5977 p.
Normal ranges and temporal variation in plasma concentrations of L-lactate and free amino acids in adult sheepAllison, G. G., Rees Stevens, P., Jackman, R. & Moorby, J. M. 2008 In : Research in Veterinary Science.85, 1, p. 22-254 p.
Plasma glucose concentration is maintained during TSE infection of cattle and sheepHorton, R. A., Allison, G. G., Jayasena, D., Rees Stevens, P., Clifford, D., Everest, S., Jackman, R. & Moorby, J. M. 2008 In : Veterinary Research Communications.32, 2, p. 193-1997 p.
Improvements of energy grass quality: Assessment of genetic variation in cell wall compositionAllison, G. G., Morris, C., Hodgson, E., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Robbins, M. P., Jones, J., Barraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I. & Donnison, I. S. 2008
Quantification of hydroxycinnamic acids in grass cell walls by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopyAllison, G. G., Morris, P., Morris, C., Hauck, B. D. & Donnison, I. S. 2008
Use of mid-infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics to characterize phenotypic variation in energy grassesAllison, G. G., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Morris, C., Jones, J., Barraclough, T., Yates, N., Shield, I. & Donnison, I. S. 2008
Methods for the assessment of cell wall composition in Miscanthus and other ‘energy grasses’Robbins, M. P., Allison, G. G., Hodgson, E., Morris, C., Gill, S. & Donnison, I. S. 2008 p. 356
Miscanthus: breeding our way to a better futureClifton-Brown, J. C., Robson, P. R., Allison, G. G., Lister, S. J., Sanderson, R., Morris, C., Hodgson, E., Farrar, K., Hawkins, S., Jensen, E. F., Jones, S. T., Huang, L., Roberts, P. C., Youell, S. J., Jones, B. R., Wright, A., Valentine, J., Donnison, I. S., Booth, E. (ed.), Green, M. (ed.), Karp, A. (ed.), Shield, I. (ed.), Stock, D. (ed.) & Turley, D. (ed.) 2008 In : Aspects of Applied Biology.90, p. 199-2068 p.
Changes in plasma metabolites and muscle glycogen are correlated to bovine spongiform encephalopathy in infected dairy cattleAllison, G., Horton, R. A., Rees Stevens, P., Jackman, R. & Moorby, J. 2007 In : Research in Veterinary Science.83, 1, p. 40-467 p.
Application of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry metabolite profiling techniques to the analysis of heathland plant diets of sheepParveen, I., Moorby, J., Fraser, M., Allison, G. & Kopka, J. 2007 In : Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.55, 4, p. 1129-113810 p.
Quality traits for bioenergy in grassesDonnison, I. S., Gallagher, J. A., Farrar, K., Thain, S. C., Allison, G. G., Clifton-Brown, J. C., Hodgson, E., Morris, C., Turner, L. B., Morris, S. M., Humphreys, M. O., Morris, P. & Lubberstedt, T. (ed.) 2007 Proceedings, 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses.p. 46
Application of GCMS-TOF metabolite profiling techniques to the analysis of heathland plant diets of sheepParveen, I., Moorby, J. M., Fraser, M. D., Allison, G. G. & Kopka, J. 2006 p. 103-1042 p.
A comparison of two strategies to modify the hydroxylation of condensed tannin polymers in Lotus corniculatus L.Robbins, M. P., Bavage, A. D., Allison, G. G., Davies, T. E., Hauck, B. D. & Morris, P. 2005 In : Phytochemistry.66, 9, p. 991-9999 p.
GC-MS libraries for the identification of metabolites in complex biological samplesSchauer, N., Steinhauser, D., Strelkov, S., Schomburg, D., Allison, G. G., Moritz, T., Lundgren, K., Roessner-Tunali, U., Forbes, M., Willmitzer, L., Fernie, A. R. & Kopka, J. 2005 In : FEBS Letters.579, 6, p. 1332-13376 p.
Metabolic profiling of heathland plants in the diet of sheepAllison, G. G., Fraser, M. D., Moorby, J. M., Kopka, J., Erban, A. & Theobald, V. J. 2005 p. 5451 p.
The use of non-prion biomarkers for the diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and scrapie in the live animalParveen, I., Moorby, J. M., Allison, G. G. & Jackman, R. 2005 In : Veterinary Research.36, 5-6, p. 665-683
Polyphenolic phenomena: transgenic analysis of some of the factors that regulate the cell-specific accumulation of condensed tannins (proanthocyanidins) in forage cropsMorris, P., Bryant, D. N., Allison, G. G., Robbins, M. P. & Humphreys, M. O. (ed.) 2005 Molecular breeding for the genetic improvement of forage crops and turf.Wageningen Academic Publishers
Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminantsMoorby, J. & Allison, G. 2005 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Final Report SE1763 2004/2005)
Progress Report on Glycaemic Response to Xylazine and Bovine and Ovine Plasma Glucose SurveyAllison, G., Horton, R. H., Jayasena, D., Everest, S., Jackman, R. & Moorby, J. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Project Report SE1763 - Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminants)
Progress Report on Catecholamine AnalysisAllison, G., Horton, R. H. & Moorby, J. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Project Report SE1763 - Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminants)
Progress Report on Solid Phase ExtractionAllison, G., Horton, R. H. & Moorby, J. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Project Report SE1763 - Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminants)
Progress Report on GC and HPLC Urine Survey MethodsAllison, G., Horton, R. H. & Moorby, J. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Project Report SE1763 - Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminants)
Progress report on plasma survey methodsAllison, G., Horton, R. H. & Moorby, J. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Project Report SE1763 - Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminants)
Whole body consequences of TSEs in ruminantsMoorby, J. & Allison, G. 2004 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. (DEFRA Annual Report SE1763 2003/2004)
Sn, a maize bHLH gene, modulates anthocyanin and condensed tannin pathways in Lotus corniculatus.Robbins, M. P., Paolocci, F., Hughes, J-W., Turchetti, V., Allison, G. G., Arcioni, S., Morris, P. & Damiani, F. 2003 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.54, 381, p. 239-24810 p.
Effects of condensed tannins on the protein solubility of forage legumesJulier, B., Lila, M., Huyghe, C., Morris, P., Allison, G. G. & Robbins, M. P. 2003 In : Fourrages.175, p. 373-3775 p.
In vitro characterization of the inhibitor resistance of glutamate-1-semialdehyde from the cyanobacterium Synechococcus PCC6301 GR6Gough, K. J., Allison, G. G., Rogers, L. J. & Smith, A. J. 2002 In : European Journal of Phycology.37, 3, p. 419-42810 p.
Biochemical and molecular basis of plant composition determining the degradability of forage for ruminant nutritionRobbins, M. P., Allison, G. G., Bettany, A. J. E., Dalton, S. J., Davies, T. E., Hauck, B. D., Hughes, J-W., Timms, E. J. & Morris, P. 2002 Multi-Function Grasslands: Quality Forages, Animal Products and Landscapes. Durand, J-L. (ed.). British Grassland Society, p. 37-437 p. (Grassland Science in Europe 7)
Corrigendum: Genetic engineering of condensed tannins: new clues about metabolic regulation of polyphenolics in higher plantsRobbins, M. P., Allison, G. G. & Morris, P. 2001 In : Polyphénols actualités.21, p. 31
Compounds and genes for enhanced protein assimilation and digestibility in forage legumes: Altering condensed tannins content in the leaves of forage legumesAllison, G. G., Hughes, J-W., Morris, P. & Robbins, M. P. 2001 In : Options Méditerranéennes. Série A : Séminaires Méditerranéens.45, p. 257-2604 p.
Variation for protein degradation in three forage legume speciesJulier, B., Huyghe, C., Emile, J. . C., Morris, P., Allison, G. G. & Robbins, M. P. 2001 In : Options Méditerranéennes. Série A : Séminaires Méditerranéens.45, p. 265-2695 p.
Transgenic plants as factories for biopharmaceuticalsGiddings, G., Allison, G., Brooks, D. & Carter, A. 2000 In : Nature Biotechnology.18, p. 1151-1155
Isolation and characterization of a genomic region upstream from the ovine Na+/D-glucose cotransporter (SGLT1) cDNAWood, I. S., Allison, G. & Shirazi-Beechey, S. P. 1999 In : Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.257, 2, p. 533-537