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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144284/integrated-assessment-and-scenarios-simulation-of-urban-water-security-system-in-the-southwest-of-china-with-system-dynamics-analysis
#1
Su Yin, Guan Dongjie, Su Weici, Gao Weijun
The demand for global freshwater is growing, while global freshwater available for human use is limited within a certain time and space. Its security has significant impacts on both the socio-economic system and ecological system. Recently, studies have focused on the urban water security system (UWSS) in terms of either water quantity or water quality. In this study, water resources, water environment, and water disaster issues in the UWSS were combined to establish an evaluation index system with system dynamics (SD) and geographic information systems (GIS)...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143886/rapid-in-situ-assessment-for-predicting-soil-quality-using-an-algae-soaked-disc-seeding-assay
#2
Sun-Hwa Nam, Jongmin Moon, Shin Woong Kim, Hakyeong Kim, Seung-Woo Jeong, Youn-Joo An
The soil quality of remediated land is altered and this land consequently exerts unexpected biological effects on terrestrial organisms. Therefore, field evaluation of such land should be conducted using biological indicators. Algae are a promising new biological indicator since they are a food source for organisms in higher soil trophic levels and easily sampled from the soil. Field evaluation of soil characteristics is preferred to be testing in laboratory conditions because many biological effects cannot be duplicated during laboratory evaluations...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137663/patent-landscape-of-neglected-tropical-diseases-an-analysis-of-worldwide-patent-families
#3
Folahanmi Tomiwa Akinsolu, Vitor Nobre de Paiva, Samuel Santos Souza, Orsolya Varga
BACKGROUND: "Neglected Tropical Diseases" (NTDs) affect millions of people in Africa, Asia and South America. The two primary ways of strategic interventions are "preventive chemotherapy and transmission control" (PCT), and "innovative and intensified disease management" (IDM). In the last 5 years, phenomenal progress has been achieved. However, it is crucial to intensify research effort into NTDs, because of the emerging drug resistance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the term NTDs covers 17 diseases, namely buruli ulcer, Chagas disease, dengue, dracunculiasis, echinococcosis, trematodiasis, human African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, rabies, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthes, taeniasis, trachoma, and yaws...
November 14, 2017: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136599/the-bioavailability-of-different-dissolved-organic-nitrogen-compounds-for-the-freshwater-algae-raphidocelis-subcapitata
#4
Lu Fan, Michael T Brett, Bo Li, Mingming Song
Understanding which factors affect the algal bioavailability of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) compounds in natural surface waters is important for our understanding of nutrient biogeochemistry and water quality management. We used nitrogen uptake kinetics and algal cell yield to characterize the algal bioavailability of 22 dissolved DON compounds that are commonly found in natural surface waters and wastewater treatment plant effluents, including urea, amino acids, amino sugars, nucleotides, pyrimidines, oraganonitriles, polyacrylamide, EDTA, caffeine, phenolic compounds and humic acids...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136531/long-term-effects-of-contrasting-tillage-on-soil-organic-carbon-nitrous-oxide-and-ammonia-emissions-in-a-mediterranean-vertisol-under-different-crop-sequences
#5
Giuseppe Badagliacca, Emilio Benítez, Gaetano Amato, Luigi Badalucco, Dario Giambalvo, Vito Armando Laudicina, Paolo Ruisi
This 2-year study aimed to verify whether the continuous application of no tillage (NT) for over 20years, in comparison with conventional tillage (CT), affects nitrous oxide (N2O) and ammonia (NH3) emissions from a Vertisol and, if so, whether such an effect varies with crop sequence (continuous wheat, WW and wheat after faba bean, FW). To shed light on the mechanisms involved in determining N-gas emissions, soil bulk density, water filled pore space (WFPS), some carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) pools, denitrifying enzyme activity (DEA), and nitrous oxide reductase gene abundance (nosZ gene) were also assessed at 0-15 and 15-30cm soil depth...
November 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134389/exploration-antifungal-and-antiaflatoxigenic-activity-of-halophilic-bacteria-communities-from-saline-soils-of-howze-soltan-playa-in-iran
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Samaneh Jafari, Seyed-Soheil Aghaei, Hossein Afifi-Sabet, Masoomeh Shams-Ghahfarokhi, Zahra Jahanshiri, Mohammadhassan Gholami-Shabani, Seyedahmad Shafiei-Darabi, Mehdi Razzaghi-Abyaneh
In the present study, halophilic bacteria communities were explored in saline soils of Howze-Soltan playa in Iran with special attention to their biological activity against an aflatoxigenic Aspergillus parasiticus NRRL 2999. Halophilic bacteria were isolated from a total of 20 saline soils using specific culture media and identified by 16S rRNA sequencing in neighbor-joining tree analysis. Antifungal and antiaflatoxigenic activities of the bacteria were screened by a nor-mutant A. parasiticus NRRL 2999 using visual agar plate assay and confirmed by high-performance liquid chromatography...
November 13, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133911/species-pool-distributions-along-functional-trade-offs-shape-plant-productivity-diversity-relationships
#7
Loïc Chalmandrier, Camille Albouy, Loïc Pellissier
Grasslands deliver the resources for food production and are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems. These characteristics are often in conflict as increasing yield through fertilization can lead to biodiversity loss. Thus, the challenge in grassland management is to sustain both yield and diversity. Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning experiments typically reveal a positive relationship between manipulated species diversity and productivity. In contrast, observations of the effect of increasing productivity via fertilization suggest a negative association with biodiversity...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132720/intensify-production-transform-biomass-to-energy-and-novel-goods-and-protect-soils-in-europe-a-vision-how-to-mobilize-marginal-lands
#8
REVIEW
P Schröder, B Beckers, S Daniels, F Gnädinger, E Maestri, N Marmiroli, M Mench, R Millan, M M Obermeier, N Oustriere, T Persson, C Poschenrieder, F Rineau, B Rutkowska, T Schmid, W Szulc, N Witters, A Sæbø
The rapid increase of the world population constantly demands more food production from agricultural soils. This causes conflicts, since at the same time strong interest arises on novel bio-based products from agriculture, and new perspectives for rural landscapes with their valuable ecosystem services. Agriculture is in transition to fulfill these demands. In many countries, conventional farming, influenced by post-war food requirements, has largely been transformed into integrated and sustainable farming...
November 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132085/how-clear-cutting-affects-fire-severity-and-soil-properties-in-a-mediterranean-ecosystem
#9
Marcos Francos, Paulo Pereira, Jorge Mataix-Solera, Victoria Arcenegui, Meritxell Alcañiz, Xavier Úbeda
Forest management practices in Mediterranean ecosystems are frequently employed to reduce both the risk and severity of wildfires. However, these pre-fire treatments may influence the effects of wildfire events on soil properties. The aim of this study is to examine the short-term effects of a wildfire that broke out in 2015 on the soil properties of three sites: two exposed to management practices in different years - 2005 (site M05B) and 2015 (site M15B) - and one that did not undergo any management (NMB) and to compare their properties with those recorded in a plot (Control) unaffected by the 2015 wildfire...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129942/priorities-for-research-in-soil-ecology
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Nico Eisenhauer, Pedro M Antunes, Alison E Bennett, Klaus Birkhofer, Andrew Bissett, Matthew A Bowker, Tancredi Caruso, Baodong Chen, David C Coleman, Wietse de Boer, Peter de Ruiter, Thomas H DeLuca, Francesco Frati, Bryan S Griffiths, Miranda M Hart, Stephan Hättenschwiler, Jari Haimi, Michael Heethoff, Nobuhiro Kaneko, Laura C Kelly, Hans Petter Leinaas, Zoë Lindo, Catriona Macdonald, Matthias C Rillig, Liliane Ruess, Stefan Scheu, Olaf Schmidt, Timothy R Seastedt, Nico M van Straalen, Alexei V Tiunov, Martin Zimmer, Jeff R Powell
The ecological interactions that occur in and with soil are of consequence in many ecosystems on the planet. These interactions provide numerous essential ecosystem services, and the sustainable management of soils has attracted increasing scientific and public attention. Although soil ecology emerged as an independent field of research many decades ago, and we have gained important insights into the functioning of soils, there still are fundamental aspects that need to be better understood to ensure that the ecosystem services that soils provide are not lost and that soils can be used in a sustainable way...
July 2017: Pedobiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128773/evaluation-of-potassium-thiosulfate-as-a-nitrification-inhibitor-to-reduce-nitrous-oxide-emissions
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Zejiang Cai, Suduan Gao, Minggang Xu, Bradley D Hanson
Potassium thiosulfate (KTS, K2S2O3) has been shown to function as a nitrification inhibitor, thus has the potential to reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and play an important role in effective N management. The objective of this research was to determine the potential effects of KTS on N2O emissions and N transformation processes in comparison with commercial N transformation inhibitors (stabilizers). A laboratory incubation experiment was conducted using urea and ammonium nitrate (UAN) applied at 150mgNkg(-1) in a Hanford sandy loam soil (coarse-loamy, mixed, superactive, nonacid, thermic Typic Xerorthents)...
November 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128769/erosion-induced-losses-of-carbon-nitrogen-phosphorus-and-heavy-metals-from-agricultural-soils-of-contrasting-organic-matter-management
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Pu Shi, Rainer Schulin
Water erosion on agricultural land preferentially carries away fine particles. Due to the generally high specific density of sorption sites of these particles, their displacement can be associated with substantial particle-bound transfer also of nutrients and pollutants with low solubility. Organic matter amendments can reduce soil erosion, but to what extent they affect the erosion-induced element losses has not been studied much. Here, we carried out field rainfall experiments on three pairs of soil plots (1...
November 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128768/contaminated-land-in-colombia-a-critical-review-of-current-status-and-future-approach-for-the-management-of-contaminated-sites
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REVIEW
Victor Andres Arias Espana, Alfonso R Rodriguez Pinilla, Paul Bardos, Ravi Naidu
Environmental contaminants can have negative effects on human health and land, air and water resources. Consequently, there have been significant advances in regulation for protecting the environment in developed countries including the development of remediation frameworks and guidelines. On the other hand, fewer studies have been reported on the risks and health effects of contaminants in developing regions and there is scarce information regarding contaminated land assessment and environmental remediation...
November 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128762/stable-isotope-evidences-for-identifying-crop-water-uptake-in-a-typical-winter-wheat-summer-maize-rotation-field-in-the-north-china-plain
#14
Xin Zhao, Fadong Li, Zhipin Ai, Jing Li, Congke Gu
Better managing agricultural water resources, which are increasingly stressed by climate change and anthropogenic activities, is difficult, particularly because of variations in water uptake patterns associated with crop type and growth stage. Thus, the stable isotopes δ(18)O and δ(2)H were employed to investigate the water uptake patterns of a summer maize (Zea mays L.) and winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) rotation system in the North China Plain. Based on the soil water content, soil layers were divided into four groups (0-20cm, 20-40cm, 40-120cm, and 120-200cm) using a hierarchical cluster analysis...
November 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128120/effects-of-agricultural-land-use-on-dissolved-organic-carbon-and-nitrogen-in-surface-runoff-and-subsurface-drainage
#15
Noora Manninen, Helena Soinne, Riitta Lemola, Laura Hoikkala, Eila Turtola
Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) load in discharges from cultivated soils may have negative impacts on surface waters. The magnitude of the load may vary according to soil properties or agricultural management practices. This study quantifies the DOC load of cultivated mineral soils and investigates whether the load is affected by agricultural practices. Discharge volumes and concentrations of DOC and dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) were continually measured at three sites from surface runoff and artificial subsurface drainage or from combined total discharge over a two-year period (2012-2014)...
November 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127926/optimizing-source-separated-feces-degradation-and-fertility-using-nitrifying-microorganisms
#16
Shervin Hashemi, Mooyoung Han
Resource-oriented sanitation (ROS) systems play an important role in handling source-separated human sanitary wastes intended to be used for other purposes. Usually, the purpose of employing such systems is to render the source-separated human feces suitable as fertilizer or soil conditioner. However, the high volume, low degradation rate, and lack of fertility management pose challenges to such enterprises. Accordingly, treatment by applying controlled amounts of nitrifying microorganisms could be useful. The effect of adding different amounts of Nitrosomonas Europaea bio-seed, along with a certain amount of Nitrobacter Winogradskyi bio-seed, to source-separated human feces was investigated...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127616/worm-infestation-diagnosis-treatment-and-prevention
#17
REVIEW
Bhavneet Bharti, Sahul Bharti, Sumeeta Khurana
Worm infections continue to be among the most common diseases affecting children from low and middle income countries. Major worm infections of public health importance include Ascariasis, Trichuriasis, Hookworm, and Enterobiasis, which are transmitted through contaminated soil. In India, combined prevalence rates of worm infestation as per pooled data of 127 surveys is over 20%. Although most helminthic infections are mild and are often asymptomatic, but moderate to heavy worm infestations are generally associated with growth faltering, nutritional compromise, anemia and suboptimal academic performance among children from endemic regions...
November 11, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127287/molecular-speciation-and-transformation-of-soil-legacy-phosphorus-with-and-without-long-term-phosphorus-fertilization-insights-from-bulk-and-microprobe-spectroscopy
#18
Jin Liu, Jianjun Yang, Barbara J Cade-Menun, Yongfeng Hu, Jumei Li, Chang Peng, Yibing Ma
Soil legacy phosphorus (P) represents a substantial secondary P resource to postpone the global P crisis. To fully utilize this P reserve, the transformation of legacy P speciation in a black soil with and without P fertilization for 27 years was investigated by chemical fractionation, molecular-level bulk (P K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge, XANES; solution (31)P nuclear magnetic resonance) and microprobe (µ-X-ray fluorescence and µ-XANES) spectroscopy. Results from both fractionation and P bulk-XANES concordantly indicated that Ca2-P [Ca(H2PO4)2] acts as a reserve of labile P in response to soils with or without P fertilization...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126231/irrigation-management-and-phosphorus-addition-alter-the-abundance-of-carbon-dioxide-fixing-autotrophs-in-phosphorus-limited-paddy-soil
#19
Xiaohong Wu, Tida Ge, Wende Yan, Juan Zhou, Xiaomeng Wei, Liang Chen, Xiangbi Chen, Paolo Nannipieri, Jinshui Wu
In this study, we assessed the interactive effects of phosphorus (P) application and irrigation methods on the abundances of marker genes (cbbL, cbbM, accA, and aclB) of CO2-fixing autotrophs. We conducted rice-microcosm experiments using a P-limited paddy soil, with and without the addition of P fertiliser (P versus CK), and using two irrigation methods, namely alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and continuous flooding (CF). The abundances of bacterial 16S rRNA, archaeal 16S rRNA, cbbL, cbbM, accA, and aclB genes in the rhizosphere soil (RS) and bulk soil (BS) were quantified...
November 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124846/prevalence-mechanisms-and-genetic-relatedness-of-the-human-pathogenic-fungus-aspergillus-fumigatus-exhibiting-resistance-to-medical-azoles-in-the-environment-of-taiwan
#20
Hsuan-Chen Wang, Jui-Chang Huang, Yong-Hong Lin, Yu-Hsin Chen, Ming-I Hsieh, Pui-Ching Choi, Hsiu-Jung Lo, Wei-Lun Liu, Ching-Shan Hsu, Hsin-I Shih, Chi-Jung Wu, Yee-Chun Chen
Emerging azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus poses a serious threat to human health. This nationwide surveillance study investigated the prevalence and molecular characteristics of azole-resistant A. fumigatus environmental isolates in Taiwan, an island country with increasing use of azole fungicides. Of the 2,760 air and soil samples screened from 2014-2016, 451 A. fumigatus isolates were recovered from 266 samples, and 34 isolates from 29 samples displayed resistance to medical azoles (itraconazole, voriconazole, or posaconazole)...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
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