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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447253/an-insight-into-mercury-reduction-process-by-humic-substances-in-aqueous-medium-under-dark-condition
#1
Krushna Vudamala, Parthasarathi Chakraborty, Budati Bala Venkata Sailaja
Mercury (Hg) reduction by humic substances (HS) in the aquatic medium under the dark condition is a poorly understood but important process in Hg biogeochemical cycling. In this study, an effort was made to provide a better understanding of Hg(II) reduction by well-characterized humic substances under dark condition. Reduction of Hg(II) by dissolved HS in aquatic systems increases with increasing Hg loading. However, Hg(II) reduction gradually decreases with the increasing total S content and oxygen containing functional groups in the dissolved HS under dark condition...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447252/a-preliminary-study-for-conducting-a-rational-assessment-of-radon-exposure-levels
#2
Hyung-Jin Jeon, Dae-Ryoung Kang, Sang-Baek Go, Tae-Hyun Park, Si-Hyun Park, Jung-Eun Kwak, Cheol-Min Lee
The aim of this study was to determine the factors that go into a highly reliable estimate of radon exposure levels for use in setting up the case-control study. To this end, the present study conducted a multi-faceted investigation of the distribution of radon concentrations in the bedrooms and living rooms of 400 households in the target areas during the winter months from December 2014 to February 2015. We determined that taking the mean value of the radon concentration levels detected in the bedroom and living room as the representative value of residential concentration is appropriate, given the usability of previous research data and the difference in the concentration levels between the two...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444568/effect-of-phosphorus-addition-on-the-reductive-transformation-of-pentachlorophenol-pcp-and-iron-reduction-with-microorganism-involvement
#3
Yongkui Wang, Xianli Liu, Jiexun Huang, Wensheng Xiao, Jiaquan Zhang, Chunqin Yin
The transformation of phosphorus added to the soil environment has been proven to be influenced by the Fe biochemical process, which thereby may affect the transformation of organic chlorinated contaminants. However, the amount of related literatures regarding this topic is limited. This study aimed to determine the effects of phosphorus addition on pentachlorophenol (PCP) anaerobic transformation, iron reduction, and paddy soil microbial community structure. Results showed that the transformation of phosphorus, iron, and PCP were closely related to the microorganisms...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444567/the-behavior-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-arsenic-influenced-by-biochar-during-different-manure-composting
#4
Erping Cui, Ying Wu, Yanan Jiao, Yiru Zuo, Christopher Rensing, Hong Chen
The effect of two different biochar types, rice straw biochar (RSB) and mushroom biochar (MB), on chicken manure composting was previously examined by monitoring the fate of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and arsenic. The behavior of ARGs and arsenic in other kinds of manure composting with the same biochar types had not been examined. In this study, we added either RSB or MB to pig and duck manure composts to study the behavior of ARGs (tet genes, sul genes, and chloramphenicol resistance genes) and arsenic under the same experimental condition...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444566/improvement-of-rice-seedling-growth-and-nitrogen-use-efficiency-by-seed-inoculation-with-endophytic-denitrifiers
#5
Wenfeng Wang, Yanyan Zhai, Lixiang Cao, Hongming Tan, Renduo Zhang
The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of seed inoculation with endophytic denitrifiers on rice seedling growth and nitrogen use efficiency under low- and high-urea conditions. Pseudomonas sp. B2, Streptomyces sp. A9, and Fusarium sp. F3 were isolated from rice plant tissues. Rice seeds inoculated with the denitrifiers were sown in soil fertilized with 100 and 300 mg/kg urea concentrations, respectively. The denitrifiers increased soil ammonia concentrations or kept high ammonia concentration for a longer time in soils...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444565/technological-applications-of-organo-montmorillonites-in-the-removal-of-pyrimethanil-from-water-adsorption-desorption-and-flocculation-studies
#6
Federico M Flores, Tomas Undabeytia, Esmeralda Morillo, Rosa M Torres Sánchez
Pyrimethanil (2-aniline-4, 6-dimethylpyrimidine, PRM) is used in fruit packing plants to control fungal infections and diseases. The effluents greatly polluted with this fungicide, as a point source contamination, need to be technologically treated for their regeneration before they reach water bodies. This work evaluates the use of organo-montmorillonites, synthetized in our laboratory, for their application in adsorption and coagulation/flocculation processes for the removal of PRM from water. The adsorption-desorption performance of PRM in a raw montmorillonite (Mt) and several organo-montmorillonites (organo-Mt) obtained by different amounts and types of exchanged surfactants (octadecyltrimethylammonium (ODTMA) and didodecyldimethylammonium (DDAB) bromides and benzyltrimethylammonium chloride (BTMA)) was studied...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444564/response-to-lead-pollution-mycorrhizal-pinus-sylvestris-forms-the-biomineral-pyromorphite-in-roots-and-needles
#7
Maria L Bizo, Sandor Nietzsche, Ulrich Mansfeld, Falko Langenhorst, Juraj Majzlan, Jörg Göttlicher, Alexandru Ozunu, Steffi Formann, Katrin Krause, Erika Kothe
The development of mycorrhized pine seedlings grown in the presence of lead was assessed in order to investigate how higher plants can tolerate lead pollution in the environment. Examination with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that Pb uptake was prominent in the roots, while a smaller amount was found in pine needles, which requires symplastic uptake and root-to-shoot transfer. Lead was concentrated in nanocrystalline aggregates attached to the cell wall and, according to elemental microanalyses, is associated with phosphorus and chlorine...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439687/colloid-characterization-and-in-situ-release-in-shallow-groundwater-under-different-hydrogeology-conditions
#8
Jingjing Zhou, Dan Liu, Wenjing Zhang, Xuequn Chen, Ying Huan, Xipeng Yu
Changes to groundwater hydrodynamics and chemistry can lead to colloid release that can have a major impact on the groundwater environment. To analyze the effects of colloid release caused by artificial groundwater recharge, field and laboratory tests on colloid characterization and colloid release were conducted. The field tests were carried out at an artificial recharge test site in Shandong Province. In the field investigation, one recharge water sample and five groundwater samples were collected and filtered through three levels of ultrafiltration membranes, with pore sizes of 0...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435990/qsar-modeling-for-predicting-mutagenic-toxicity-of-diverse-chemicals-for-regulatory-purposes
#9
Nikita Basant, Shikha Gupta
The safety assessment process of chemicals requires information on their mutagenic potential. The experimental determination of mutagenicity of a large number of chemicals is tedious and time and cost intensive, thus compelling for alternative methods. We have established local and global QSAR models for discriminating low and high mutagenic compounds and predicting their mutagenic activity in a quantitative manner in Salmonella typhimurium (TA) bacterial strains (TA98 and TA100). The decision treeboost (DTB)-based classification QSAR models discriminated among two categories with accuracies of >96% and the regression QSAR models precisely predicted the mutagenic activity of diverse chemicals yielding high correlations (R (2)) between the experimental and model-predicted values in the respective training (>0...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434155/nitrogen-fertility-and-abiotic-stresses-management-in-cotton-crop-a-review
#10
Aziz Khan, Daniel Kean Yuen Tan, Muhammad Zahir Afridi, Honghai Luo, Shahbaz Atta Tung, Mir Ajab, Shah Fahad
This review outlines nitrogen (N) responses in crop production and potential management decisions to ameliorate abiotic stresses for better crop production. N is a primary constituent of the nucleotides and proteins that are essential for life. Production and application of N fertilizers consume huge amounts of energy, and excess is detrimental to the environment. Therefore, increasing plant N use efficiency (NUE) is important for the development of sustainable agriculture. NUE has a key role in crop yield and can be enhanced by controlling loss of fertilizers by application of humic acid and natural polymers (hydrogels), having high water-holding capacity which can improve plant performance under field conditions...
April 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432630/the-influence-of-restoration-measures-on-phosphorus-internal-loading-from-the-sediments-of-a-hypereutrophic-lake
#11
Katarzyna Kowalczewska-Madura, Renata Dondajewska, Ryszard Gołdyn, Stanisław Podsiadłowski
Uzarzewskie Lake was a hypereutrophic, dimictic lake characterized by low water transparency, high chlorophyll-a concentration and intense phytoplankton blooms; thus, restoration treatment was started. A chemical treatment, based on phosphorus inactivation with small doses of iron sulphate, was undertaken in 2006-2007. Nitrate-rich groundwater flowing from seepage springs was directed into the lake hypolimnion to increase redox potential since 2008. Phosphorus internal loading was reduced by more than 80% as a result of restoration treatment...
April 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432629/aquatic-photolysis-of-hydroxylated-polybromodiphenyl-ethers-under-direct-uv-irradiation-a-case-study-of-2-ho-bde-68
#12
Bentuo Xu, Minghong Wu, Chenyuan Pan, Yan Sun, Debao Yuan, Liang Tang, Gang Xu
Hydroxylated polyhalodiphenyl ethers (HO-PXDEs) have attracted considerable scientific interest as examples of emerging aquatic pollutants. However, a comprehensive assessment of disposal methods for this particular pollutant was seldom investigated. This study examined the UV light degradation of HO-PXDEs, using 2'-HO-2, 3', 4, 5'-tetrabromodiphenyl ether (2'-HO-BDE-68) as a case study. The results showed that UV light was superior to visible light and electron beam irradiation for producing a high degradation rate of 2'-HO-BDE-68...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432628/design-of-water-quality-monitoring-networks-with-two-information-scenarios-in-tropical-andean-basins
#13
Juan Carlos Bastidas, Jorge Julián Vélez, Jeannette Zambrano, Adela Londoño
Design and redesign of water quality monitoring networks were evaluated for two similarly sized watersheds in the tropical Andes via optimization techniques using geographic information system technology (GIS) and a matter-element analysis of 5-day biological oxygen demand (BOD5) and total suspended solids (TSS). This resulted in a flexible, objectively based design for a 1128-km(2) watershed without prior water quality data (La Miel River), and a network redesign of a 1052-km(2) watershed with historical water quality monitoring (Chinchiná River)...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432627/inorganic-fouling-control-in-reverse-osmosis-wastewater-reclamation-by-purging-carbon-dioxide
#14
Muhammad Kashif Shahid, Minsu Pyo, Young-Gyun Choi
Inorganic fouling on the membrane surface is one of the major prevalent issues affecting the performance and cost of reverse osmosis system. Chemical dosage is a widely adopted method for the inhibition of inorganic scale on the membrane surface. In this study, CO2 was used to control inorganic scale formation on surface of reverse osmosis (RO) membrane in wastewater reclamation. The pH of influent could be lowered by purging CO2. It caused an increase in solubility of inorganic salts in water resulting in discharge of principle ions in concentrate stream...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432626/temporal-trends-of-lipophilic-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-serum-from-danish-nulliparous-pregnant-women-2011-2013
#15
Christian Bjerregaard-Olesen, Manhai Long, Mandana Ghisari, Bodil H Bech, Ellen A Nohr, Niels Uldbjerg, Tine B Henriksen, Jørn Olsen, Eva C Bonefeld-Jørgensen
The use of the lipophilic persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and several organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been prohibited for more than 30 years. In this study, we present the temporal trends of the lipophilic POP serum concentrations in Danish nulliparous pregnant women between 2011 and 2013. We randomly selected 197 pregnant women (gestational age 11-13) from the Aarhus Birth Cohort. The concentrations of the lipophilic POPs in the serum samples were analyzed using gas chromatography...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432625/synthesis-of-magnetic-cofe2o4-ordered-mesoporous-carbon-nanocomposites-and-application-in-fenton-like-oxidation-of-rhodamine-b
#16
Jing Deng, Yi-Jing Chen, Yu-An Lu, Xiao-Yan Ma, Shan-Fang Feng, Naiyun Gao, Jun Li
CoFe2O4/ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) nanocomposites were synthesized and tested as heterogeneous peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activator for the removal of rhodamine B. Characterization confirmed that CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were tightly bonded to OMC, and the hybrid catalyst possessed high surface area, pore volume, and superparamagnetism. Oxidation experiments demonstrated that CoFe2O4/OMC nanocomposites displayed favorable catalytic activity in PMS solution and rhodamine B degradation could be well described by pseudo-first-order kinetic model...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432624/delivering-environmental-benefit-from-the-use-of-environmental-quality-standards-why-we-need-to-focus-on-implementation
#17
Graham Merrington, Adam Peters, Paul Whitehouse, Robin Clarke, Dan Merckel
The UK has adopted a broader approach to the introduction of Environmental Quality Standard (EQS) for the aquatic environment than many other jurisdictions around the world, with a greater focus on the implementation of scientifically derived standards. This follows the publication of a report by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution in 1998 which drew attention to the need to recognise that whilst an EQS is often just viewed as a numerical value, it also has other important characteristics that need to be recognised if it is to be a practical and effective regulatory tool...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432623/performance-of-cstr-egsb-sbr-system-for-treating-sulfate-rich-cellulosic-ethanol-wastewater-and-microbial-community-analysis
#18
Lili Shan, Zhaohan Zhang, Yanling Yu, John Justo Ambuchi, Yujie Feng
Performance and microbial community composition were evaluated in a two-phase anaerobic and aerobic system treating sulfate-rich cellulosic ethanol wastewater (CEW). The system was operated at five different chemical oxygen demand (COD)/SO4(2-) ratios (63.8, 26.3, 17.8, 13.7, and 10.7). Stable performance was obtained for total COD removal efficiency (94.5%), sulfate removal (89.3%), and methane production rate (11.5 L/day) at an organic loading rate of 32.4 kg COD/(m(3)·day). The acidogenic reactor made a positive contribution to net VFAs production (2318...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432622/diversity-shift-in-bacterial-phenol-hydroxylases-driven-by-alkyl-phenols-in-oil-refinery-wastewaters
#19
Besma Harzallah, Hacène Bousseboua, Yves Jouanneau
Phenol hydroxylases (PHs) play a primary role in the bacterial degradation of phenol and alkylphenols. They are divided into two main classes, single-component and multi-component PHs, having distinctive catalytic subunits designated as PheA1 and LmPH, respectively. The diversity of these enzymes is still largely unexplored. Here, both LmPH and pheA1 gene sequences were examined in activated sludge from oil refinery wastewaters. Phenol, p-cresol, or 3,4-dimethylphenol (3,4-DMP) supplied as extra carbon sources were rapidly mineralized by the microbial community...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432621/comparison-of-air-pollution-in-shanghai-and-lanzhou-based-on-wavelet-transform
#20
Yana Su, Yongzhong Sha, Guangyu Zhai, Shengliang Zong, Jiehua Jia
For a long-period comparative analysis of air pollution in coastal and inland cities, we analyzed the continuous Morlet wavelet transform on the time series of a 5274-day air pollution index in Shanghai and Lanzhou during 15 years and studied the multi-scale variation characteristic, main cycle, and impact factor of the air pollution time series. The analysis showed that (1) air pollution in the two cities was non-stationary and nonlinear, had multiple timescales, and exhibited the characteristics of high in winter and spring and low in summer and autumn...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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