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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332024/arsenic-contaminated-freshwater-assessing-arsenate-and-arsenite-toxicity-and-low-dose-genotoxicity-in-gammarus-elvirae-crustacea-amphipoda
#1
Lucilla Ronci, Elvira De Matthaeis, Claudio Chimenti, Domenico Davolos
Arsenic (As) contamination of freshwater is largely due to geogenic processes, but As is also released into the environment because of improper anthropic activities. The European regulatory limits in drinking water are of 10 μg L(-1) As. However, knowledge of the genotoxic effects induced by low doses of As in freshwater environments is still scanty. This study was designed to investigate arsenate (As(V)) and arsenite (As(III)) toxicity and low-dose genotoxicity in Gammarus elvirae, which has proved to be a useful organism for genotoxicity assays in freshwater...
March 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332023/exposure-of-the-freshwater-bivalve-hyridella-australis-to-metal-contaminated-sediments-in-the-field-and-laboratory-microcosms-metal-uptake-and-effects
#2
Chamani P M Marasinghe Wadige, Anne M Taylor, Frank Krikowa, Mark Lintermans, William A Maher
Metal uptake and induced toxic effects on Hyridella australis were investigated by establishing 28 day exposure-dose-response relationships (EDR) of transplanted H. australis at four sites along a sediment metal contamination gradient in the mine affected Molonglo River, NSW. Laboratory exposure of this organism to the same sediments, collected from in situ sites, was run concurrently. Metal concentrations in whole organisms, individual tissues and sub-cellular tissue fractions were measured as organism metal dose...
March 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321596/special-issue-emerging-advances-and-challenges-in-pesticide-ecotoxicology
#3
EDITORIAL
Lee Shugart, Michiel Daam, Joana Luísa Pereira
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315979/assessment-of-the-environmental-impacts-of-ocean-acidification-oa-and-carbon-capture-and-storage-ccs-leaks-using-the-amphipod-hyale-youngi
#4
T A Goulding, M R De Orte, D Szalaj, M D Basallote, T A DelValls, A Cesar
This study aims to ascertain the effects of CO2 induced water acidification and leaks from Carbon Capture and Storage activities on the South American amphipod Hyale youngi. A 10-day acute toxicity test was performed using sediments from two sites located inside the Santos Estuarine System. They were subjected to five pH treatments (8.1, 7.6, 7.0, 6.5, and 6.0). Metals (Cd, Cu, Cr, Pb, Ni and Zn) and the metalloid As were analyzed to determine the influence of their acidification-related mobility on the amphipods mortality...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314961/ecotoxicity-of-boric-acid-in-standard-laboratory-tests-with-plants-and-soil-organisms
#5
REVIEW
Juliska Princz, Leonie Becker, Adam Scheffczyk, Gladys Stephenson, Rick Scroggins, Thomas Moser, Jörg Römbke
To verify the continuous sensitivity of ecotoxicological tests (mainly the test organisms), reference substances with known toxicity are regularly tested. Ideally, this substance(s) would lack specificity in its mode action, be bioavailable and readily attainable with cost-effective means of chemical characterization. Boric acid has satisfied these criteria, but has most recently been characterized as a substance of very high concern, due to reproductive effects in humans, thus limiting its recommendation as an ideal reference toxicant...
March 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285374/antibiotic-mixture-effects-on-growth-of-the-leaf-shredding-stream-detritivore-gammarus-fossarum
#6
Mirco Bundschuh, Torsten Hahn, Mark O Gessner, Ralf Schulz
Pharmaceuticals contribute greatly to human and animal health. Given their specific biological targets, pharmaceuticals pose a significant environmental risk by affecting organisms and ecosystem processes, including leaf-litter decomposition. Although litter decomposition is a central process in forest streams, the consequences of exposure to pharmaceuticals remain poorly known. The present study assessed the impact of antibiotics as an important class of pharmaceuticals on the growth of the leaf-shredding amphipod Gammarus fossarum over 24 days...
March 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281096/avoidance-biomass-and-survival-response-of-soil-dwelling-endogeic-earthworms-to-oecd-artificial-soil-potential-implications-for-earthworm-ecotoxicology
#7
C Brami, A R Glover, K R Butt, C N Lowe
Soil dwelling earthworms are now adopted more widely in ecotoxicology, so it is vital to establish if standardised test parameters remain applicable. The main aim of this study was to determine the influence of OECD artificial soil on selected soil-dwelling, endogeic earthworm species. In an initial experiment, biomass change in mature Allolobophora chlorotica was recorded in Standard OECD Artificial Soil (AS) and also in Kettering Loam (KL). In a second experiment, avoidance behaviour was recorded in a linear gradient with varying proportions of AS and KL (100% AS, 75% AS + 25% KL, 50% KS + 50% KL, 25% AS + 75% KL, 100% KL) with either A...
March 9, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251437/functional-genes-and-thermophilic-microorganisms-responsible-for-arsenite-oxidation-from-the-shallow-sediment-of-an-untraversed-hot-spring-outlet
#8
Ye Yang, Yao Mu, Xian-Chun Zeng, Weiwei Wu, Jie Yuan, Yichen Liu, E Guoji, Feng Luo, Xiaoming Chen, Hao Li, Jianing Wang
Hot Springs have unique geochemical features. Microorganisms-mediated arsenite oxidation is one of the major biogeochemical processes occurred in some hot springs. This study aimed to understand the diversities of genes and microorganisms involved in arsenite oxidation from the outlet of an untraversed hot spring located at an altitude of 4226 m. Microcosm assay indicated that the microbial community from the hot spring was able to efficiently oxidize As(III) using glucose, lactic acid, yeast extract or sodium bicarbonate as the sole carbon source...
March 1, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243958/aflatoxin-contamination-in-corn-sold-for-wildlife-feed-in-texas
#9
Nicholas R Dunham, Steven T Peper, Carson D Downing, Ronald J Kendall
Supplemental feeding with corn to attract and manage deer is a common practice throughout Texas. Other species, including northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus), are commonly seen feeding around supplemental deer feeders. In many cases, supplemental feeding continues year-round so feed supply stores always have supplemental corn in stock. Fluctuating weather and improper storage of corn can lead to and/or amplify aflatoxin contamination. Due to the recent decline of bobwhites throughout the Rolling Plains ecoregion of Texas, there has been interest in finding factors such as toxins that could be linked to their decline...
February 27, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238072/gill-damage-and-neurotoxicity-of-ammonia-nitrogen-on-the-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum
#10
Ming Cong, Huifeng Wu, Haiping Yang, Jianmin Zhao, Jiasen Lv
Ammonia nitrogen has been a potential menace to aquatic animals along the coastline of China. Presently, the toxicological effects of ammonia nitrogen were mainly concentrated on fishes, while little attention has been paid to molluscs. In this study, the clam Ruditapes philippinarum was used as the target animal to investigate the toxic effects of ammonia nitrogen. Our results showed that ammonia exposure could significantly reduce the integrity of lysosomes in a dose-dependent manner. Metabolite analysis revealed that exposure doses and duration time of ammonia nitrogen could affect the variation profiles of gill metabolites...
February 25, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236114/methyl-triclosan-and-triclosan-impact-embryonic-development-of-danio-rerio-and-paracentrotus-lividus
#11
Sofia Macedo, Tiago Torres, Miguel M Santos
The presence of emerging pollutants in the environment is of major concern not only because of the potential negative impact in human health, but also due to the potential toxicity to non-target organisms. Within the personal and care products (PCPs), the disinfectant Triclosan (TCS) is one of the most concerning compounds. Once in the wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), a small part of TCS can be biotransformed into a more persistent by-product: methyl-triclosan (M-TCS). Although several studies have focused on the occurrence of this compound in the water systems, the information on its toxicity to aquatic organisms is very limited...
February 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233158/chronic-and-pulse-exposure-effects-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-natural-lake-phytoplankton-and-zooplankton
#12
Jennifer L Vincent, Michael J Paterson, Beth C Norman, Evan P Gray, James F Ranville, Andrew B Scott, Paul C Frost, Marguerite A Xenopoulos
The increasing use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in consumer products raises concerns regarding the environmental exposure and impact of AgNPs on natural aquatic environments. Here, we investigated the effects of environmentally relevant AgNP concentrations on the natural plankton communities using in situ enclosures. Using twelve lake enclosures, we tested the hypotheses that AgNP concentration, dosing regimen, and capping agent (poly-vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) vs. citrate) exhibit differential effects on plankton communities...
February 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233157/enchytraeus-crypticus-fitness-effect-of-density-on-a-two-generation-study
#13
Micael F M Gonçalves, Susana I L Gomes, Amadeu M V M Soares, Janeck J Scott-Fordsmand, Mónica J B Amorim
Organisms' density can influence physiological processes related with fitness. In the present study we assessed the influence of organisms' density on the life-history parameters in two consecutive generations in Enchytraeus crypticus (Oligochaeta), a standard model in soil ecotoxicology. The densities tested were 1 (N1) and 20 (N20) organisms per replicate and 10 vs. 20 g of soil (for the 2nd generation test only). Results showed that reproductive output was affected by density, with organisms in N1 producing three times more juveniles per adult than when at N20...
February 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220339/triphenyltin-hydroxide-induces-changes-in-the-oxidative-stress-parameters-of-fish
#14
Bárbara Clasen, Alexssandro G Becker, Thais Lópes, Camila R Murussi, Fabiane G Antes, Roberta C Horn, Érico M M Flores, Bernardo Baldisserotto, Valderi L Dressler, Vania L Loro
Among all organotin compounds , triphenyltin hydroxide (TPhTH) is widely used as fungicide and moluscicide in Brazil. However, the effects of TPhTH on the biochemical parameters of non-target organisms, such as fish, are little known. The aim of the present study is to assess the possible toxic effects of different concentrations of waterborne TPhTH on silver catfish belonging to species Rhamdia quelen. The fish were exposed to two different concentrations of TPhTH (1.08 and 1.70 µg/L as Sn) for 15 days and then compared to the control group (triplicate, n = 3)...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213827/resistance-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-toxicity-and-associated-bioenergetic-consequences-in-a-population-of-fundulus-heteroclitus
#15
C D Lindberg, N Jayasundara, J S Kozal, T C Leuthner, R T Di Giulio
Several locations in the Elizabeth River, VA, USA are highly contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) due to the release of creosote mixtures from wood treatment facilities. Interestingly, some populations of Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) inhabiting the Elizabeth River (ER) are resistant to PAH-induced teratogenesis. However, evolutionary resistance to PAHs due to chronic PAH exposure is associated with reduced fitness and increased susceptibility to other environmental stressors in at least one PAH-resistant ER killifish population...
February 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204976/variation-in-whole-dna-methylation-in-red-maple-acer-rubrum-populations-from-a-mining-region-association-with-metal-contamination-and-cation-exchange-capacity-cec-in-podzolic-soils
#16
K N Kalubi, M Mehes-Smith, G Spiers, A Omri
Although a number of publications have provided convincing evidence that abiotic stresses such as drought and high salinity are involved in DNA methylation reports on the effects of metal contamination, pH, and cation exchange on DNA modifications are limited. The main objective of the present study is to determine the relationship between metal contamination and Cation exchange capacity (CEC) on whole DNA modifications. Metal analysis confirms that nickel and copper are the main contaminants in sampled sites within the Greater Sudbury Region (Ontario, Canada) and liming has increased soil pH significantly even after 30 years following dolomitic limestone applications...
February 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197855/soil-microbial-community-responses-to-contamination-with-silver-aluminium-oxide-and-silicon-dioxide-nanoparticles
#17
C F McGee, S Storey, N Clipson, E Doyle
Soil microorganisms are key contributors to nutrient cycling and are essential for the maintenance of healthy soils and sustainable agriculture. Although the antimicrobial effects of a broad range of nanoparticulate substances have been characterised in vitro, little is known about the impact of these compounds on microbial communities in environments such as soil. In this study, the effect of three widely used nanoparticulates (silver, silicon dioxide and aluminium oxide) on bacterial and fungal communities in an agricultural pastureland soil was examined in a microcosm-based experiment using a combination of enzyme analysis, molecular fingerprinting and amplicon sequencing...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188591/shell-fluctuating-asymmetry-in-the-sea-dwelling-benthic-bivalve-mytilus-galloprovincialis-lamarck-1819-as-morphological-markers-to-detect-environmental-chemical-contamination
#18
Massimiliano Scalici, Lorenzo Traversetti, Federica Spani, Valentina Malafoglia, Monica Colamartino, Tiziana Persichini, Simone Cappello, Giuseppe Mancini, Giulia Guerriero, Marco Colasanti
Investigations on asymmetries showed that deviations from perfect bilateral symmetry are interpreted as environmental changes inducing developmental instability. Since morphological abnormalities increase with pollution, deformations may be considered indicators of the organism exposition to pollution. Therefore, the onset of asymmetry in otherwise normally symmetrical traits has been used as a measure of some stresses as well. In this context, we studied how marine pollution affects the valve morphological alterations in the mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis...
February 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188590/pesticide-stress-on-plants-negatively-affects-parasitoid-fitness-through-a-bypass-of-their-phytophage-hosts
#19
Andries A Kampfraath, Daniel Giesen, Cornelis A M van Gestel, Cécile Le Lann
Pesticides taken up by plants from the soil or interstitial (pore) water can cascade to higher trophic levels, which are expected to be more affected due to cumulative bottom-up effects. Knowledge about the impact of indirect exposure to pesticides on non-target terrestrial trophic chains, however, is still lacking. Therefore, we examined the direct and indirect effects of three concentrations of the herbicide 2,6-dichlorobenzonitrile (DCBN) and an insecticide with a similar molecular structure (1,4-dichlorobenzene, DCB) on the fitness traits of a tritrophic system: the wheat plant Triticum aestivum, the aphid Sitobion avenae and its specialist parasitoid Aphidius rhopalosiphi...
February 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168557/validation-of-the-oecd-reproduction-test-guideline-with-the-new-zealand-mudsnail-potamopyrgus-antipodarum-using-trenbolone-and-prochloraz
#20
Cornelia Geiß, Katharina Ruppert, Clare Askem, Carlos Barroso, Daniel Faber, Virginie Ducrot, Henrik Holbech, Thomas H Hutchinson, Paula Kajankari, Karin Lund Kinnberg, Laurent Lagadic, Peter Matthiessen, Steve Morris, Maurine Neiman, Olli-Pekka Penttinen, Paula Sanchez-Marin, Matthias Teigeler, Lennart Weltje, Jörg Oehlmann
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides several standard test methods for the environmental hazard assessment of chemicals, mainly based on primary producers, arthropods, and fish. In April 2016, two new test guidelines with two mollusc species representing different reproductive strategies were approved by OECD member countries. One test guideline describes a 28-day reproduction test with the parthenogenetic New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum. The main endpoint of the test is reproduction, reflected by the embryo number in the brood pouch per female...
February 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology
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