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Lingfen Kong, Yu Zhang, Lusheng Zhu, Jinhua Wang, Jun Wang, Zhongkun Du, Cheng Zhang
The recently discovered endosulfan-degrading bacterial strains Pusillimonas sp. JW2 and Bordetella petrii NS were isolated from endosulfan-polluted water and soil environments. The optimal conditions for the growth and biodegradation activity of the strains JW2 and NS were studied in detail. In addition, the ability of the strains JW2 and NS to biodegrade endosulfan in soils during in situ bioremediation experiments was investigated. At a concentration of 2 mg of endosulfan per kilogram of soil, both JW2 and NS had positive effects on the degradation of endosulfan; JW2 degraded 100% and 91...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Xing Wang, Xiaoqin Li, Zhenjun Sun
Soil environment contaminated by Escherichia coli O157:H7 which come from the waste of infected animals. Earthworms can live in the pathogens-polluted soil by their innate immunity. How the proteins of earthworms E. fetida will response to E. coli O157:H7-contaminated-soil still unclear? To identify the defense proteins under E. coli O157:H7 stress, we performed a proteomic analysis of earthworm under E. coli O157:H7 exposure through an iTRAQ technology. In total, we found 283 non-redundant proteins, including fibrinolytic protease 1, lombricine kinase, lysozyme, gelsolin, coelomic cytolytic factor-1, antimicrobial peptide lumbricin-l, lysenin, and et al...
May 21, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Qi Yuan, Senchao Lai, Junwei Song, Xiang Ding, Lishan Zheng, Xinming Wang, Yan Zhao, Junyu Zheng, Dingli Yue, Liuju Zhong, Xiaojun Niu, Yingyi Zhang
Thirteen secondary organic aerosol (SOA) tracers of isoprene (SOAI ), monoterpenes (SOAM ), sesquiterpenes (SOAS ) and aromatics (SOAA ) in fine particulate matter (PM2.5 ) were measured at a Pearl River Delta (PRD) regional site for one year. The characteristics including their seasonal cycles and the factors influencing their formation in this region were studied. The seasonal patterns of SOAI , SOAM and SOAS tracers were characterized over three enhancement periods in summer (I), autumn (II) and winter (III), while the elevations of SOAA tracer (i...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Vijay Sodhi, Ajay Bansal, Mithilesh Kumar Jha
This study proposed a maintenance metabolism based upgraded activated sludge as MANODOX system that restricts excess biosludge generation from high strength real tannery effluent. The MANODOX experimental demonstration has been done using a sequenced operational arrangement of a MBBR, anaerobic digester, and oxidation ditch connected to CAS reactor, discussed in detail manner. Experimental trends revealed a prominently lower sludge yield upto 0.271 gVSS/gCOD (72% overall sludge reduction) that corresponds to parallel run CAS (0...
April 30, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Yunlan Gu, Yanqing Wang, Hongmei Zhang
Being exogenous environmental pollutants, nitroanilines (NAs) are highly toxic and have mutagenic and carcinogenic activity. Being lack of studies on interactions between NAs and lysozyme at molecular level, the binding interactions of lysozyme with o-nitroaniline (oNA), m-nitroaniline (mNA) and p-nitroaniline (pNA) were investigated by means of steady-state fluorescence, synchronous fluorescence, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, as well as molecular modeling. The experimental results revealed that the fluorescence of lysozyme is quenched by oNA and mNA through a static quenching, while the fluorescence quenching triggered by pNA is a combined dynamic and static quenching...
May 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Weichao Xu, Yuxiu Zhang, Hongbin Cao, Yuxing Sheng, Haibo Li, Yuping Li, He Zhao, Xuefei Gui
Coal gasification wastewater is a typical high phenol-containing, toxic and refractory industrial wastewater. Here, lab-scale anaerobic-anoxic-oxic system was employed to treat real coal gasification wastewater, and methanol was added to oxic tank as the co-substrate to enhance the removal of refractory organic pollutants. The results showed that the average COD removal in oxic effluent increased from 24.9% to 36.0% by adding methanol, the total phenols concentration decreased from 54.4 to 44.9 mg/L. GC-MS analysis revealed that contents of phenolic components and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were decreased compared to the control and their degradation intermediates were observed...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
S Oliverio, V Varlet
Carbon monoxide is one of the most abundant toxic air pollutants. Symptoms of a CO intoxication are non-specific, leading to a high number of misdiagnosed CO poisoning cases that are missing in the disease statistics. The chemical nature of the molecule makes it difficult to detect for long periods and at low levels, thus requiring a very accurate and sensitive method. Current methods capable of accurate and sensitive analyses are available, however an inconsistency between results and symptoms are frequently reported...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Jun Dong, Yang Dong, Chunyu Wen, Song Gao, Liming Ren, Qiburi Bao
Nitrobenzene (NB) is one of the most challenging pollutants for groundwater remediation due to its great harm and recalcitrance. Emulsified nanoscale zero-valent iron (EZVI) is considered as a promising agent for in-situ remediation of contaminated groundwater for its high reactivity, good durability and low cost. In this paper, 2D tank experiment was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of enhanced remediation of NB-contaminated groundwater with EZVI. 9 L of EZVI solution was injected into aquifer to establish in-situ reactive zone (IRZ) before 40 d of NB contamination...
May 15, 2018: Chemosphere
Lucía Santucci, Eleonora Carol, Carolina Tanjal
Environmental liabilities have become one of the most important problems of the last years, especially those of contaminated sites located in urban areas which have been abandoned by pollution intensive industries. Such sites may contain hazardous materials that pose risks to human health and the environment. Industrial waste from the ancient sulfuric acid industry is scattered in a local area at the petrochemical pole in a sector of the Río de la Plata coastal plain. The aim of this work is to define the geochemical processes that determine the alteration of waste in the old sulfuric acid industry (OSAI) area and to study the migration of soluble pollutants to groundwater...
May 14, 2018: Chemosphere
Dong Miao, Jianbiao Peng, Xiaohuan Zhou, Li Qian, Mengjie Wang, Li Zhai, Shixiang Gao
Atenolol (ATL) has been widely detected in wastewater and aquatic environment. Although satisfactory removal of ATL from wastewater could be achieved, the mineralization ratio is usually low, which may result in the accumulation of its transformation products in the effluent and cause additional ecological risk to the environment. The aim of this study is to explore the effectiveness of heat activated persulfate (PS) in the removal of ATL from wastewater. Influencing factors including temperature, PS dosage, solution pH, existence of NO3 - , Cl- , HCO3 - and Suwannee river fulvic acid (SRFA) were examined...
May 17, 2018: Chemosphere
Mengkai Li, Mengyu Hao, Laxiang Yang, Hong Yao, James R Bolton, Ernest R Blatchley, Zhimin Qiang
The vacuum-ultraviolet/ultraviolet/chlorine (VUV/UV/chlorine) process, with a VUV/UV mercury lamp used as the light source, was found to be a highly efficient advanced oxidation process (AOP) in a previous study. Hence, its application feasibility for trace organic pollutant removal from drinking water becomes attractive. In this work, a bench-scale mini-fluidic VUV/UV photoreaction system was used to determine the degradation kinetics of sulfamethazine (SMN), a model sulfonamide antibiotic frequently detected with trace levels in aquatic environments...
May 24, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Tengfei Zhang, Lihu Liu, WenFeng Tan, Steven L Suib, Guohong Qiu, Fan Liu
As important components with excellent oxidation and adsorption activity in soils and sediments, manganese oxides affect the transportation and fate of nutrients and pollutants in natural environments. In this work, birnessite was formed by photocatalytic oxidation of Mn2+aq in the presence of nitrate under solar irradiation. The effects of concentrations and species of interlayer cations (Na+, Mg2+, and K+) on birnessite crystal structure and micromorphology were investigated. The roles of adsorbed Mn2+ and pH in the transformation of the photosynthetic birnessite were further studied...
May 24, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Youngbeom Yu, Yang Hun Choi, Jaewon Choi, Soohoon Choi, Sung Kyu Maeng
The diversity of organic micropollutants (OMPs) in aquatic environments has been increasing rapidly during the last decade. Therefore, it is important to monitor and attenuate emerging contaminants before they can negatively affect the aquatic environment. However, due to the diversity and complexity of OMPs, there are limitations to using a single method for treating a combination of these pollutants. To address this issue, a mobile water treatment system (MWTS) equipped with different treatment units was designed to remove OMPs under field conditions...
May 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Eliana Tassi, Martina Grifoni, Fabrizio Bardelli, Giuliana Aquilanti, Sonia La Felice, Antonella Iadecola, Pierfranco Lattanzi, Gianniantonio Petruzzelli
The problem of high levels of chromium is one of the most important issues in soils of the Mediterranean area, in particular those deriving from ophiolitic parent materials. Very often the chromium concentration is greater than the threshold values of legislation on soil pollution and the knowledge of the origin of contamination (natural or anthropogenic) is important to formulate risk characterization. This study evaluated the soils from three coastal areas of the Cecina Valley (Tuscany, Italy) to understand the origin of chromium in the soils, where high levels of hexavalent chromium were found in well and spring waters of the areas...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Benno Ehrl, Emmanuel O Mogusu, Kyoungtea Kim, Heike Hofstetter, Joel A Pedersen, Martin Elsner
Bacterial uptake of charged organic pollutants such as the widely used herbicide glyphosate is typically attributed to active transporters, whereas passive membrane permeation as an uptake pathway is usually neglected. For 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) liposomes, pH-dependent membrane permeation coefficients (Papp) of glyphosate, determined by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, varied from Papp(pH 7.0) = 3.7 (+/-0.3) × 10-7 m∙s-1 to Papp(pH 4.1) = 4.2 (+/-0.1) × 10-6 m∙s-1...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Anny Leudjo Taka, Elvis Fosso-Kankeu, Kriveshini Pillay, Xavier Yangkou Mbianda
In this study, an insoluble nanosponge biopolymer composite was synthesized, using a combined process of amidation reaction, cross-linking polymerization, and sol-gel method to obtain a phosphorylated multiwalled carbon nanotube-cyclodextrin/silver-doped titania (pMWCNT-βCD/TiO2 -Ag). This work mainly emphasized on the removal of lead (Pb2+ ) and cobalt (Co2+ ) metal ions from synthetic and real wastewater samples using the synthesized pMWCNT-βCD/TiO2 -Ag as a biosorbent. The new material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, zeta potential, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
May 23, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Vijay Kumar Reddy Surasani
Several technologies and methods have been developed over the years to address the environmental pollution and nutritional losses associated with the dumping of fish processing waste and low-cost fish and by-products. Despite the continuous efforts put in this field, none of the developed technologies was successful in addressing the issues due to various technical problems. To solve the problems associated with the fish processing waste and low-value fish and by-products, a process called pH shift/acid and alkaline solubilization process was developed...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Souad Ahmed Benromdhane
Hazardous air pollutants from industrial activities have long been associated with serious health effects. Traditional health risk assessment uses point estimates of inhalation concentrations based on standard Gaussian diffusion models with steady-state emission rate assumptions. This traditional approach was criticized because it does not account for variability and thus leading to a potential overestimate of the health risk from the batch processes. To overcome this deficiency, a probabilistic risk assessment model is proposed...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yara Khairallah, Tarek Houri, Bilal Osta, Dany Romanos, Georges Haddad
Protected areas decrease degrading natural ecosystems due to pollution such as air pollution. In 1981, the inhabitants founded Bentael natural reserve in Byblos, Lebanon, to secure their region against urbanization projects, like the recently constructed road that threatens the biodiversity of the reserve. This study was conducted to determine the oxidative stress resulting from this pollution and that menaces 360 floral species among them a rare species "Urginea maritima." In this research, the biomonitoring approach was experienced to assess the oxidative stress...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Libin Yang, Qinqin Sang, Juan Du, Ming Yang, Xiuling Li, Yu Shen, Xiaoxia Han, Xin Jiang, Bing Zhao
Ag simultaneously deposited and doped TiO2 (Ag-TiO2) hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared via a sol-hydrothermal method, as both a sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate and a superior photocatalyst for the first time. Ag-TiO2 hybrid NPs exhibit excellent SERS performance for several probe molecules and the enhancement factor is calculated to be 1.86 × 105. The detection limit of the 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) probe on the Ag-TiO2 substrate is 1 × 10-9 mol L-1, which is four orders of magnitude lower than that on pure TiO2 as a consequence of the synergistic effects of TiO2 and Ag...
May 23, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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