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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213766/microelectrophoretic-study-of-environmentally-induced-dna-damage-in-fish-and-its-use-for-early-toxicity-screening-of-freshwater-bodies
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Bilal Hussain, Tayyaba Sultana, Salma Sultana, K A Al-Ghanim, Shahreef Masood, Muhammad Ali, Shahid Mahboob
This study investigates the potential of the comet and micronucleus assays of fish DNA as a means of screening the toxicity of aquatic environments. Catla catla and Cirrhinus mrigala collected from the River Chenab in Pakistan were used as a case study for the application of comet and micronucleus techniques. Comet and micronucleus assays were used to compare DNA damage in C. catla and C. mrigala collected from polluted areas of the River Chenab and farmed fish. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry showed an acute level of toxicity from Cd, Cu, Mn, Zn, Pb, Cr, Sn, and Hg in river water...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210896/maximum-availability-and-mineralogical-control-of-chromium-released-from-aod-slag
#2
Junguo Li, Bao Liu, Yanan Zeng, Ziming Wang, Zhiyuan Gao
AOD (argon oxygen decarburization) slag is the by-product in the stainless steel refining process. Chromium existing in AOD slag can leach out and probably poses a serious threat to the environment. To assess the leaching toxicity of chromium released from AOD slag, the temperature-dependent maximum availability leaching test was performed. To determine the controlling mineralogical phases of chromium released from AOD slag, a Visual MINTEQ simulation was established based on Vminteq30 and the FactSage 7.0 database...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210895/combining-physiological-environmental-and-locational-sensors-for-citizen-oriented-health-applications
#3
J J Huck, J D Whyatt, P Coulton, B Davison, A Gradinar
This work investigates the potential of combining the outputs of multiple low-cost sensor technologies for the direct measurement of spatio-temporal variations in phenomena that exist at the interface between our bodies and the environment. The example used herein is the measurement of personal exposure to traffic pollution, which may be considered as a function of the concentration of pollutants in the air and the frequency and volume of that air which enters our lungs. The sensor-based approach described in this paper removes the 'traditional' requirements either to model or interpolate pollution levels or to make assumptions about the physiology of an individual...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210894/expansion-of-sugarcane-monoculture-associated-impacts-and-management-measures-in-the-semi-arid-east-african-rift-valley-ethiopia
#4
Solomon A Beza, Mohammed A Assen
The study examined the expansion of sugarcane monoculture over the period 1957-2010 and its implications for land degradation and land management measures in the semi-arid northern Main Ethiopian Rift Valley. It used multi-scale and multi-temporal imageries aided by qualitative surveying to investigate the dynamics of land use and cover changes. The study applied both a pixel-based supervised classification and feature extraction methods at subclass levels and merged them into major compatible and comparable land use and cover groups...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210893/analyzing-deadwood-volume-of-calabrian-pine-pinus-brutia-ten-in-relation-to-stand-and-site-parameters-a-case-study-in-k%C3%A3-pr%C3%A3-l%C3%A3-canyon-national-park
#5
Uzay Karahalil, Emin Z Başkent, Fatih Sivrikaya, Burak Kılıç
The importance of deadwood (DW) in forest ecosystems is widely recognized today. Deadwood is used as a proxy indicator for biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of forests. This research aims to determine the amount and spatial distribution of DW (standing dead trees, stumps, and coarse woody debris) and characterize the changes with few selected parameters in an unmanaged forest reserve of Köprülü Canyon National Park (NP). The data were collected from 387 temporary sample plots with different stand characteristics such as stand age, crown closure, site index, and density, and site parameters like elevation, aspect, slope, and distance to settlement areas of Calabrian pine (Pinus brutia Ten...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210892/secondary-metabolites-and-metal-content-dynamics-in-teucrium-montanum-l-and-teucrium-chamaedrys-l-from-habitats-with-serpentine-and-calcareous-substrate
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Nenad M Zlatić, Milan S Stanković, Zoran S Simić
The purpose of this comparative analysis is the determination of the total quantity of metals (Mg, Ca, K, Ni, Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, Cr and Pb) in soil samples, above ground plant parts and tea made of plants Teucrium montanum and T. chamaedrys from different serpentine and calcareous habitats as well as of the total quantity of phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity. The obtained results showed that the quantities of certain metals (Mg, Fe, Ni and Mn) in the soil from the serpentine habitats were greater in comparison with other metals (Ca, Zn and Pb) which were more frequently found in the soil from the calcareous habitats...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210891/aquatic-monitoring-programs-conducted-during-environmental-impact-assessments-in-canada-preliminary-assessment-before-and-after-weakened-environmental-regulation
#7
Brynn Roach, Tony R Walker
Aquatic monitoring programs are imperative for the functioning of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and a cornerstone for industrial compliance in Canada. However, in 2012, several leading pieces of federal environmental legislation (e.g., Canadian Environmental Assessment Act c.19, s. 52, 2012) were drastically altered, effectively weakening levels of environmental protection for aquatic ecosystems during project developments. This paper assesses the impact of CEAA 2012 on aquatic monitoring programs (and subsequent monitoring data reporting) across Canada for ten projects (five completed pre-CEAA 2012 and five completed post-CEAA 2012)...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210890/toward-a-holistic-environmental-impact-assessment-of-marble-quarrying-and-processing-proposal-of-a-novel-easy-to-use-ipat-based-method
#8
Cinzia Capitano, Giorgia Peri, Gianfranco Rizzo, Patrizia Ferrante
Marble is a natural dimension stone that is widely used in building due to its resistance and esthetic qualities. Unfortunately, some concerns have arisen regarding its production process because quarrying and processing activities demand significant amounts of energy and greatly affect the environment. Further, performing an environmental analysis of a production process such as that of marble requires the consideration of many environmental aspects (e.g., noise, vibrations, dust and waste production, energy consumption)...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210889/correlation-between-physicochemical-properties-of-modified-clinoptilolite-and-its-performance-in-the-removal-of-ammonia-nitrogen
#9
Yingbo Dong, Hai Lin, Yinhai He
The physicochemical properties of the 24 modified clinoptilolite samples and their ammonia-nitrogen removal rates were measured to investigate the correlation between them. The modified clinoptilolites obtained by acid modification, alkali modification, salt modification, and thermal modification were used to adsorb ammonia-nitrogen. The surface area, average pore width, macropore volume, mecropore volume, micropore volume, cation exchange capacity (CEC), zeta potential, silicon-aluminum ratios, and ammonia-nitrogen removal rate of the 24 modified clinoptilolite samples were measured...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205107/tree-biomass-in-the-swiss-landscape-nationwide-modelling-for-improved-accounting-for-forest-and-non-forest-trees
#10
B Price, A Gomez, L Mathys, O Gardi, A Schellenberger, C Ginzler, E Thürig
Trees outside forest (TOF) can perform a variety of social, economic and ecological functions including carbon sequestration. However, detailed quantification of tree biomass is usually limited to forest areas. Taking advantage of structural information available from stereo aerial imagery and airborne laser scanning (ALS), this research models tree biomass using national forest inventory data and linear least-square regression and applies the model both inside and outside of forest to create a nationwide model for tree biomass (above ground and below ground)...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205106/copepod-grazing-and-their-impact-on-phytoplankton-standing-stock-and-production-in-a-tropical-coastal-water-during-the-different-seasons
#11
L Jagadeesan, R Jyothibabu, N Arunpandi, S Parthasarathi
The grazing rate of copepods on the total and size-fractionated phytoplankton biomass in a coastal environment (off Kochi, southwest coast of India) were measured during pre-monsoon (PRM), peak southwest monsoon (PKSWM), late southwest monsoon (LSWM) and post-southwest monsoon (PSWM). The phytoplankton standing stock (chlorophyll a-Chl. a) and growth rate (GR) were less during the PRM (Chl. a 0.58 mg m(-3); GR 0.23 ± 0.02) and PSWM (Chl. a 0.89 mg m(-3); GR 0.30 ± 0.05) compared to PKSWM (Chl. a 6...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197948/mercury-in-soil-earthworms-and-organs-of-voles-myodes-glareolus-and-shrew-sorex-araneus-in-the-vicinity-of-an-industrial-complex-in-northwest-russia-cherepovets
#12
V T Komov, E S Ivanova, N Y Poddubnaya, V A Gremyachikh
The characteristic properties of uptake and distribution of mercury in terrestrial ecosystems have received much lesser attention compared to aquatic particularly in Russia. Terrestrial ecosystems adjacent to large industrial manufactures-potential sources of mercury inflow into the environment frequently remain unstudied. This is the first report on mercury (Hg) levels in the basic elements of terrestrial ecosystems situated close to a large metallurgical complex.Mean values of mercury concentration (mg Hg/kg dry weight) in the vicinity of city of Cherepovets were the following: 0...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190235/fertilizer-consumption-trend-in-developing-countries-vs-developed-countries
#13
Babak Motesharezadeh, Hassan Etesami, Sepideh Bagheri-Novair, Hormoz Amirmokri
The study of the chemical fertilizer consumption in different countries provides basal data for the decision-making of fertilizer production and for the environmental impact assessment of fertilizer application. Hence, the aim of this research was to study and compare the trend of the chemical fertilizer consumption from 1980 to 2012 in Iran, Turkey, Japan, Germany, France, and the USA. For this purpose, various indices such as application rates (kg ha(-1)) of N, P, and K, arable land, and total fertilizer consumption were analysed...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185157/continuous-measurement-of-atmospheric-reduced-sulphur-compounds-as-key-tracers-between-odour-complaints-and-source-apportionment
#14
Maite de Blas, Marino Navazo, Lucio Alonso, Gotzon Gangoiti, José Antonio García, Estíbaliz Sáez de Cámara, Verónica Valdenebro, Estíbaliz García-Ruiz, Nicolás García-Borreguero
Odour complaints are frequent nowadays, particularly nearby industrial facilities emitting odorous compounds. Among all compounds susceptible of causing odour annoyance, reduced sulphur compounds (RSC) were studied, due to their unpleasant odour and low odour threshold. RSC ambient air mixing ratios, meteorological conditions and population complaints were analysed in an area of complex topography in order to identify their potential sources. Mixing ratios of three compounds, dimethyl sulphide (DMS), carbon disulphide (CDS) and dimethyl disulphide (DMDS), were continuously monitored using an online gas chromatograph coupled with a mass spectrometer detector (GC-MSD), which was placed in a mobile air quality monitoring unit...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185156/imi-resistance-associated-to-crop-weed-hybridization-in-a-natural-brassica-rapa-population-characterization-and-fate
#15
M S Ureta, F Torres Carbonell, C Pandolfo, A D Presotto, M A Cantamutto, M Poverene
Wild turnip (Brassica rapa) is a common weed and a close relative to oilseed rape (Brassica napus). The Clearfield® production system is a highly adopted tool which provides an alternative solution for weed management, but its efficiency is threatened by gene transfer from crop to weed relatives. Crop-weed hybrids with herbicide resistance were found in the progeny of a B. rapa population gathered from a weedy stand on the borders of an oilseed rape (B. napus) imidazolinone (IMI)-resistant crop. Interspecific hybrids were confirmed by morphological traits in the greenhouse and experimental field, survival after imazethapyr applications, DNA content through flow cytometry, and pollen viability...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185155/perfluoroalkyl-acids-pfaas-in-water-and-sediment-from-the-coastal-regions-of-shandong-peninsula-china
#16
Yi Wan, Shiliang Wang, Xuezhi Cao, Yuanxin Cao, Lu Zhang, Hui Wang, Jinfeng Liu
Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) have been observed in various environmental matrices globally in recent years. In this study, the levels, spatial distribution tendencies, and partitioning characteristics of the target 12 PFAAs were investigated in water and sediment from the coastal regions of Shandong peninsula in China, and two sediment core samples were also collected to study the vertical and historical variation of PFAAs. The ranges (means) of total PFAA concentrations were 23.69-148.48 ng/L (76.11 ng/L) in the water and 1...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176261/sampling-for-silver-nanoparticles-in-aqueous-media-using-a-rotating-disk-electrode-evidence-for-selective-sampling-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-the-presence-of-ionic-silver
#17
Spencer Steinberg, Vernon Hodge, Brian Schumacher, Wayne Sovocool
Amendment of a carbon paste electrode consisting of graphite and Nujol®, with a variety of organic and inorganic materials, allows direct adsorption of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from aqueous solution in either open or close circuit modes. The adsorbed AgNPs are detected by stripping voltammetry. Detection limits of less than 1 ppb Ag are achievable with a rotating disk system. More than one silver peak was apparent in many of the stripping voltammograms. The appearance of multiple peaks could be due to different species of silver formed upon stripping or variation in the state of aggregation or size of nanoparticles...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168527/early-detection-monitoring-for-larval-dreissenid-mussels-how-much-plankton-sampling-is-enough
#18
Timothy D Counihan, Stephen M Bollens
The development of quagga and zebra mussel (dreissenids) monitoring programs in the Pacific Northwest provides a unique opportunity to evaluate a regional invasive species detection effort early in its development. Recent studies suggest that the ecological and economic costs of a dreissenid infestation in the Pacific Northwest of the USA would be significant. Consequently, efforts are underway to monitor for the presence of dreissenids. However, assessments of whether these efforts provide for early detection are lacking...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168526/evaluation-of-potential-factors-affecting-deriving-conductivity-benchmark-by-utilizing-weighting-methods-in-hun-tai-river-basin-northeastern-china
#19
Xiaobo Jia, Qian Zhao, Fen Guo, Shuqin Ma, Yuan Zhang, Xiaomiao Zang
Specific conductivity is an increasingly important stressor for freshwater ecosystems. Interacting with other environmental factors, it may lead to habitat degradation and biodiversity loss. However, it is still poorly understood how the effect of specific conductivity on freshwater organisms is confounded by other environmental factors. In this study, a weight-of-evidence method was applied to evaluate the potential environmental factors that may confound the effect of specific conductivity on macroinvertebrate structure communities and identify the confounders affecting deriving conductivity benchmark in Hun-Tai River Basin, China...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161882/investigating-flood-susceptible-areas-in-inaccessible-regions-using-remote-sensing-and-geographic-information-systems
#20
Joongbin Lim, Kyoo-Seock Lee
Every summer, North Korea (NK) suffers from floods, resulting in decreased agricultural production and huge economic loss. Besides meteorological reasons, several factors can accelerate flood damage. Environmental studies about NK are difficult because NK is inaccessible due to the division of Korea. Remote sensing (RS) can be used to delineate flood inundated areas in inaccessible regions such as NK. The objective of this study was to investigate the spatial characteristics of flood susceptible areas (FSAs) using multi-temporal RS data and digital elevation model data...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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