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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651191/probing-safety-of-nanoparticles-by-outlining-sea-urchin-sensing-and-signaling-cascades
#1
Andi Alijagic, Annalisa Pinsino
Among currently identified issues presenting risks and benefits to human and ocean health, engineered nanoparticles (ENP) represent a priority. Predictions of their economic and social impact appear extraordinary, but their release in the environment at an uncontrollable rate is in striking contrast with the extremely limited number of studies on environmental impact, especially on the marine environment. The sea urchin has a remarkable sensing environmental system whose function and diversity came into focus during the recent years, after sea urchin genome sequencing...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651190/temporal-dynamics-of-the-compositions-and-activities-of-soil-microbial-communities-post-application-of-the-insecticide-chlorantraniliprole-in-paddy-soils
#2
Meng Wu, Jia Liu, Weitao Li, Ming Liu, Chunyu Jiang, Zhongpei Li
Chlorantraniliprole (CAP) is a newly developed insecticide widely used in rice fields in China. There has been few studies evaluating the toxicological effects of CAP on soil-associated microbes. An 85-day microcosm experiment was performed to reveal the dissipation dynamics of CAP in three types of paddy soils in subtropical China. The effects of CAP on microbial activities (microbial biomass carbon-MBC, basal soil respiration-BSR, microbial metabolic quotient-qCO2, acid phosphatase and sucrose invertase activities) in the soils were periodically evaluated...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651189/sex-specific-effects-of-difenoconazole-on-the-growth-hormone-endocrine-axis-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#3
Miaomiao Teng, Suzhen Qi, Wentao Zhu, Yao Wang, Dezhen Wang, Yang Yang, Hui Li, Chenglong Li, Kai Dong, Chengju Wang
Difenoconazole, as one of the most widely used triazole fungicides, is applied to protect crops, fruits, and vegetables. It has been reported that difenoconazole can enter the environment and impair aquatic organisms, but whether difenoconazole can disrupt the growth hormone (GH) balance in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) is still unclear. In this study, adult female and male zebrafish were exposed to difenoconazole (0, 5, 50, and 500µg/L) for seven days. The results revealed that the bioaccumulation of difenoconazole and its primary metabolite difenoconazole alcohol in females were both larger than that in males...
June 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647607/bioaccessibility-and-risk-assessment-of-essential-and-non-essential-elements-in-vegetables-commonly-consumed-in-swaziland
#4
Robert Londi Mnisi, Peter P Ndibewu, Lihle D Mafu, Gabriel C Bwembya
The green leafy vegetables (Mormodica involucrate, Bidens pilosa and Amaranthus spinosus) are economic; seasonal; locally grown and easily available; easy to propagate and store; highly nutritious food substances that form an important component of diets. This study applies a physiology based extraction technique (PBET) to mimic digestion of these vegetables to determine the fraction of essential (Fe and Zn) and non-essential elements (Cd, Cr and Pb) that are made available for absorption after ingestion. Prior to the application of the PBET, the vegetables were cooked adopting indigenous Swazi cooking methods...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647606/role-of-streptomyces-pactum-in-phytoremediation-of-trace-elements-by-brassica-juncea-in-mine-polluted-soils
#5
Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Zhen Wang, Dost Muhammad, Ronghua Li, Ping Wang, Feng Shen, Quanhong Xue, Zengqiang Zhang
The industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices have increased the release of toxic trace elements (TEs) in the environment and threaten living organisms. The microbe-assisted phytoremediation is environmentally safe and provide an effective approach to remediate TEs contaminated soils. A pot experiment was conducted to test the potential of an Actinomycete, subspecies Streptomyces pactum (Act12) along with medical stone compost (MSC) by growing Brassica juncea in smelter and mines polluted soils of Feng County (FC) and Tongguan (TG, China), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647605/will-heavy-metals-in-the-soils-of-newly-submerged-areas-threaten-the-water-quality-of-danjiangkou-reservoir-china
#6
Zhixin Song, Baoqing Shan, Wenzhong Tang, Chao Zhang
Soil heavy metal contents were measured in newly submerged areas of the Danjiangkou Reservoir, China. We aimed to determine the heavy metal distribution in this area and the associated ecological risk. Most of these heavy metal contents (except Pb and Mn) suggest enrichment compared with the background values of soils from Henan Province, especially As and Cd with mean geo-accumulation index (Igeo) values of 0.84 and 0.54. The spatial analysis results indicated that the highest heavy metal contents were distributed in the arable soils above 160m elevation, whereas low heavy metal contents were observed under other land-use types above 160m elevation...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647604/hydrogen-rich-water-induces-aluminum-tolerance-in-maize-seedlings-by-enhancing-antioxidant-capacities-and-nutrient-homeostasis
#7
Xueqiang Zhao, Qiuhong Chen, Yanmei Wang, Zhenguo Shen, Wenbiao Shen, Xiaoming Xu
The ameliorative effect of H2 on aluminum (Al)-induced stress remains poorly understood. We treated maize seedlings with Al and hydrogen-rich water (HRW) to determine the roles of H2 in the alleviation of Al toxicity. Our results demonstrated that Al stress triggered damage to the photosynthetic apparatus, plant growth inhibition, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and boosted lipid peroxidation. However, the addition of HRW at 75% saturation markedly alleviated Al toxicity symptoms through the promotion of root elongation...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647603/effects-of-the-herbicide-glyphosate-on-non-target-plant-native-species-from-chaco-forest-argentina
#8
Ferreira María Florencia, Torres Carolina, Bracamonte Enzo, Galetto Leonardo
Agriculture based on transgenic crops has expanded in Argentina into areas formerly occupied by Chaco forest. Even though glyphosate is the herbicide most widely used in the world, increasing evidence indicates severe ecotoxicological effects on non-target organisms as native plants. The aim of this work is to determine glyphosate effects on 23 native species present in the remaining Chaco forests immersed in agricultural matrices. This is a laboratory/greenhouse approach studying acute effects on seedlings after 21 days...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647602/improvement-of-lindane-removal-by-streptomyces-sp-m7-by-using-stable-microemulsions
#9
Juliana Maria Saez, Verena Casillas García, Claudia Susana Benimeli
Lindane is an organochlorine pesticide which persists in the environment and can cause serious health problems due to its chlorinated and hydrophobic nature. Microemulsions are isotropic and macroscopically homogeneous systems with high solubilization capacity of hydrophilic and hydrophobic compounds. The aim of this study was to evaluate the removal of high concentrations of lindane by the actinobacterium Streptomyces sp. M7 in aqueous and soil systems in the presence of stable microemulsions. Three stable microemulsions were successfully formed with Tween 80, 1-pentanol and three vegetable oils...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646739/contribution-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-to-whole-toxicity-of-water-samples-collected-in-effluent-dominated-urban-streams
#10
Ikumi Tamura, Yusuke Yasuda, Kei-Ichiro Kagota, Saori Yoneda, Norihide Nakada, Vimal Kumar, Yutaka Kameda, Kumiko Kimura, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto
Water samples were collected from effluent-dominated urban streams in Tokushima, Kyoto, and Saitama in Japan to roughly determine the contribution of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and surfactants to whole toxicity of the water. Approximately 100 PPCPs including anionic surfactants such as linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), were chemically analyzed. Using 14 water samples, chronic or sub-chronic toxicity tests were conducted on three aquatic species, the green alga Raphidocelis subcapitata, the cladoceran Ceriodaphnia dubia, and the zebrafish Danio rerio...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646738/the-effect-of-soil-properties-on-the-toxicity-and-bioaccumulation-of-ag-nanoparticles-and-ag-ions-in-enchytraeus-crypticus
#11
Emel Topuz, Cornelis A M van Gestel
Standard natural Lufa soils (2.2, 2.3 and 5M) with different organic carbon contents (0.67-1.61%) and pHCaCl2 (5.5-7.3) were spiked with ionic Ag (AgNO3) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (AgNP-PVP) and citrate (AgNP-Cit) coated Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Enchytraeus crypticus were exposed for 21 days to assess effects on survival and reproduction. Soil, pore water and animals were analyzed for Ag. AgNP-Cit had a strong increasing effect on soil pH, leading to high enchytraeid mortality at concentrations higher than 60-100mg Ag/kg dry soil which made it impossible to determine the influence of soil properties on its toxicity...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646737/pollution-characteristics-and-source-identification-of-trace-metals-in-riparian-soils-of-miyun-reservoir-china
#12
Lanfang Han, Bo Gao, Jin Lu, Yang Zhou, Dongyu Xu, Li Gao, Ke Sun
The South-to-North Water Diversion Project, one of China's largest water diversion projects, has aroused widespread concerns about its potential ecological impacts, especially the potential release of trace metals from shoreline soils into Miyun Reservoir (MYR). Here, riparian soil samples from three elevations and four types of land use were collected. Soil particle size distributions, contents and chemical fractionations of trace metals and lead (Pb) isotopic compositions were analyzed. Results showed that soil texture was basically similar in four types of land use, being mainly composed of sand, with minor portions of clay and silt, while recreational land contained more abundant chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn) and cadmium (Cd), suggesting a possible anthropogenic source for this soil pollution...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646736/cell-damage-caused-by-ultraviolet-b-radiation-in-the-desert-cyanobacterium-phormidium-tenue-and-its-recovery-process
#13
Gaohong Wang, Songqiang Deng, Jiafeng Liu, Chaoran Ye, Xiangjun Zhou, Lanzhou Chen
Phormidium tenue, a cyanobacterium that grows in the topsoil of biological soil crusts (BSCs), has the highest recovery rate among desert crust cyanobacteria after exposure to ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation. However, the mechanism underlying its recovery process is unclear. To address this issue, we measured chlorophyll a fluorescence, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation, and repair of DNA breakage in P. tenue following exposure to UV-B. We found that UV-B radiation at all doses tested reduced photosynthesis and induced cell damage in P...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645424/occurrence-of-selected-trace-metals-and-their-oral-bioaccessibility-in-urban-soils-of-kindergartens-and-parks-in-bratislava-slovak-republic-as-evaluated-by-simple-in-vitro-digestion-procedure
#14
Edgar Hiller, Martin Mihaljevič, Lenka Filová, Lucia Lachká, Ľubomír Jurkovič, Tatsiana Kulikova, Katarína Fajčíková, Mária Šimurková, Veronika Tatarková
A total of eighty surface soil samples were collected from public kindergartens and urban parks in the city of Bratislava, and the <150µm soil fraction was evaluated for total concentrations of five metals, Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, their oral bioaccessibilities, non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic health risks to children, and lead isotopic composition. The mean metal concentrations in urban soils (0.29, 36.1, 0.13, 30.9 and 113mg/kg for Cd, Cu, Hg, Pb and Zn, respectively) were about two times higher compared with background soil concentrations...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645032/physiological-traits-and-antioxidant-metabolism-of-leaves-of-tropical-woody-species-challenged-with-cement-dust
#15
Advanio Inácio Siqueira-Silva, Eduardo Gusmão Pereira, José Pires de Lemos-Filho, Luzia Valentina Modolo, Elder Antonio Sousa Paiva
Tropical woody species occurring in limestone outcrops are frequently exposed to particulate material from cement factories. The effects of 60-day cement dust exposure on physiological traits and enzymatic antioxidant system of young plant leaves of Guazuma ulmifolia Lam., Myracrodruon urundeuva Allemão and Trichilia hirta L. were investigated. Cement dust (2.5 or 5mgcm(-2)) was applied to the leaf surface or soil or both (leaf plus soil) and plants were maintained at greenhouse. Cement dust barely affected the mineral nutrient levels, except for iron whose content was decreased in leaves/leaflets of all species studied...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645031/understanding-the-variation-of-microbial-community-in-heavy-metals-contaminated-soil-using-high-throughput-sequencing
#16
Honghong Guo, Mubasher Nasir, Jialong Lv, Yunchao Dai, Jiakai Gao
To improve the understanding of bacterial community in heavy metals contaminated soils, we studied the effects of environmental factors on the bacterial community structure in contaminated fields located in Shaanxi Province of China. Our results showed that microbial community structure varied among sites, and it was significantly affected by soil environmental factors such as pH, soil organic matter (SOM), Cd, Pb and Zn. In addition, Spearman's rank-order correlation indicated heavy metal sensitive (Ralstonia, Gemmatimona, Rhodanobacter and Mizugakiibacter) and tolerant (unidentified-Nitrospiraceae, Blastocatella and unidentified-Acidobacteria) microbial groups...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645030/uptake-and-tissue-distributions-of-cadmium-selenium-and-zinc-in-striped-marsh-frog-tadpoles-exposed-during-early-post-embryonic-development
#17
Chantal M Lanctôt, Tom Cresswell, Steven D Melvin
Metals and metalloids released through anthropogenic activities can accumulate in aquatic organisms, resulting in adverse effects in sensitive species. We investigated the influence of feeding regime and exposure complexity (i.e., mixture) on bioaccumulation kinetics and body distribution of common metal(loid) pollutants in Limnodynastes peronii during early post-embryonic development. Tadpoles were exposed to radiolabelled (109)Cd, (75)Se and (65)Zn alone and in a mixture for 4 days, followed by 3 days depuration in clean water...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645029/phytoavailability-of-cr-in-silene-vulgaris-the-role-of-soil-plant-genotype-and-bacterial-rhizobiome
#18
P García-Gonzalo, A E Pradas Del Real, M Pirredda, M J Gismera, M C Lobo, A Pérez-Sanz
Understanding the metal behavior at the soil-root interface is of utmost significance for a successful implementation of phytoremediation. In this study, we investigated the differences in chromium (Cr) uptake, chemical changes in soil solution and the shifts in rhizosphere bacterial communities of two genotypes of Silene vulgaris (SV21, SV38) with different tolerance to Cr. A greenhouse experiment was performed in two soils that differed on pH and organic matter (OM) content. An industrial sludge with high content in Cr was used as pollution source...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633105/effects-of-triacontanol-on-ascorbate-glutathione-cycle-in-brassica-napus-l-exposed-to-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress
#19
Elham Asadi Karam, Viviana Maresca, Sergio Sorbo, Batool Keramat, Adriana Basile
The ability of exogenous triacontanol (TRIA), a plant growth regulator, to reduce Cd toxicity was studied in canola (Brassica napus L.) plants. The following biological parameters were examined in canola seedlings to investigate TRIA-induced tolerance to Cd toxicity: seedling growth, chlorophyll damage and antioxidant response. In particular, TRIA application reduced Cd-induced oxidative damage, as shown by reduction of ROS content, lipoxygenase (LOX) activity and lipid peroxidation level. TRIA pretreatment increased non-enzymatic antioxidant contents (ascorbate, AsA, glutathione and GSH), phytochelatin content (PCs) and activities of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX), guaiacol peroxidase (GPX), monodehydroascorbate reductase (MDHAR), dehydro ascorbate reductase (DHAR), and glutathione reductase (GR), so reducing the oxidative stress...
June 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641238/water-soluble-fraction-of-petroleum-induces-genotoxicity-and-morphological-effects-in-fat-snook-centropomus-parallelus
#20
Laila Carine Campos Medeiros, Frederico Augusto Cariello Delunardo, Larissa Novaes Simões, Marcelo Gustavo Paulino, Thais Souza Vargas, Marisa Narciso Fernandes, Rodrigo Scherer, Adriana Regina Chippari-Gomes
Petroleum hydrocarbons are one of the primary organic chemicals found in water bodies, and the water-soluble fraction of petroleum (WSFP) may be responsible for much of the toxic effects. In the present study, genotoxicity assays and histopathological analysis of the gills were analyzed for two experimental protocols: 1) Juvenile Centropomus parallelus were exposed to different concentrations of WFSP (0%, 25%, 50% and 75%) for 96h; 2) A second fish group was exposed to 50% WFSP for 168h followed by a post-exposure period for 168h in clean water (recovery)...
June 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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