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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771998/biomining-of-metals-how-to-access-and-exploit-natural-resource-sustainably
#1
Carlos A Jerez
Mining activities have been carried out for thousands of years and nowadays have an enormous worldwide use to obtain important metals of industrial use. These include copper, iron, gold and several others. Although modern mining companies have sustainable mining programs that include tailings management and external verifications, it is recognized that these industrial activities are responsible for a significant damage to the environment. Specially, technologies such as smelting and roasting generate very toxic emissions, including solid particles in the air, very large tailings and contribute to generate acid mine drainage (AMD) that affects humans health and all kinds of living plants, animals and microorganisms...
August 3, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758909/exogenous-gr24-alleviates-cadmium-toxicity-by-reducing-cadmium-uptake-in-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-seedlings
#2
Zhenglan Tai, Xinqiang Yin, Zhigang Fang, Gaoling Shi, Laiqing Lou, Qingsheng Cai
Strigolactones (SLs) are classified into plant hormones, playing a key role as a mediator of plant growth in response to several abiotic stresses, including drought and salinity. However, the role of SLs in cadmium (Cd)-induced stress to plants is still unknown. The physiological responses of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) stressed in 10 μmol L(-1) Cd to exogenous synthetic SLs analog, GR24 were studied in hydroponics. The Cd stress significantly caused the adverse effects on plant growth and root morphology, inhibited photosynthesis, but boosted lipid peroxidation of Switchgrass seedlings...
July 29, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710738/highly-efficient-and-energy-conserved-flocculation-of-copper-in-wastewater-by-pulse-alternating-current
#3
Tao Xu, Xiping Lei, Bo Sun, Gang Yu, Yifu Zeng
Copper wastewater from industry is detrimental to plants and environment. There are some problems in the aspects of high efficiency and energy saving during treatment of wastewater. In present work, the novel double iron electrodes technique of pulse-alternating current was applied to flocculate copper in wastewater. The process parameters of the copper removal in wastewater were studied in the developed electrochemical reactors. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and energy-dispersive spectroscopy were used to characterize the electrocoagulations...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708621/treatment-of-a-mixed-wood-preservative-leachate-by-a-hybrid-constructed-wetland-and-a-willow-planted-filter
#4
S Lévesque, E Demers, J Brisson, Y Comeau
The performance and removal mechanisms of a hybrid constructed wetland (HCW) followed by a willow planted filter (WPF) were evaluated for the treatment of a leachate contaminated by wood pole preservatives (pentachlorophenol (PCP) and chromated copper arsenate) to reach the storm sewer discharge limits. The HCW aimed to dechlorinate the PCP and polychlorodibenzo-p-dioxins/polychlorodibenzofuran (PCDD/F) and to remove metals by adsorption and precipitation. The HCW was efficient in removing PCP (>98.6%), oil, arsenic (99...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686086/a-risk-assessment-model-for-bacterial-leaf-spot-bls-of-pepper-capsicum-annuum-l-caused-by-xanthomonas-euvesicatoria-based-on-concentrations-of-macronutrients-and-micronutrients-and-micronutrient-ratios
#5
Bhabesh Dutta, David B Langston, Xuelin Luo, Jeremy Kichler, Scott Carlson, Ron Gitaitis
The phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas euvesicatoria causes bacterial leaf spot (BLS) of pepper and has a worldwide distribution. BLS is difficult to control and an integrated management strategy that incorporates crop rotation, use of clean seeds and clean plants, weed control, resistant varieties, and applications of bactericides, biocontrol agents, and systemic acquired resistance (SAR) inducers is generally recommended. However, even with that arsenal of weapons, BLS can still be responsible for severe losses under favorable environmental conditions...
July 7, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658314/early-evidence-late-2nd-millennium-bce-of-plant-based-dyeing-of-textiles-from-timna-israel
#6
Naama Sukenik, David Iluz, Zohar Amar, Alexander Varvak, Vanessa Workman, Orit Shamir, Erez Ben-Yosef
In this article, we focus on the analysis of dyed textile fragments uncovered at an early Iron Age (11th-10th centuries BCE) copper smelting site during new excavations in the Timna Valley conducted by the Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project, as well as those found by the Arabah Expedition at the Hathor Temple (Site 200), dated to the Late Bronze/early Iron Ages (13th-11th centuries BCE). Analysis by HPLC-DAD identified two organic dyestuffs, Rubia tinctorum L. and indigotin, from a plant source (probably Isatis tinctoria L...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650091/localized-micronutrient-patches-induce-lateral-root-foraging-and-chemotropism-in-nicotiana-attenuata
#7
Abigail P Ferrieri, Ricardo A R Machado, Carla C M Arce, Danny Kessler, Ian T Baldwin, Matthias Erb
Nutrients are distributed unevenly in the soil. Phenotypic plasticity in root growth and proliferation may enable plants to cope with this variation and effectively forage for essential nutrients. However, how micronutrients shape root architecture of plants in their natural environments is poorly understood. We employed a combination of field and laboratory-based assays to determine the capacity of Nicotiana attenuata to direct root growth towards localized nutrient patches in its native environment. Plants growing in nature displayed a particular root phenotype consisting of a single primary root and a few long, shallow lateral roots...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631167/copper-and-ectopic-expression-of-the-arabidopsis-transport-protein-copt1-alter-iron-homeostasis-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#8
Amparo Andrés-Bordería, Fernando Andrés, Antoni Garcia-Molina, Ana Perea-García, Concha Domingo, Sergi Puig, Lola Peñarrubia
Copper deficiency and excess differentially affect iron homeostasis in rice and overexpression of the Arabidopsis high-affinity copper transporter COPT1 slightly increases endogenous iron concentration in rice grains. Higher plants have developed sophisticated mechanisms to efficiently acquire and use micronutrients such as copper and iron. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction between both metals remain poorly understood. In the present work, we study the effects produced on iron homeostasis by a wide range of copper concentrations in the growth media and by altered copper transport in Oryza sativa plants...
June 19, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584526/analyses-of-mineral-content-and-heavy-metal-of-honey-samples-from-south-and-east-region-of-turkey-by-using-icp-ms
#9
Serap Kılıç Altun, Hikmet Dinç, Nilgün Paksoy, Füsun Karaçal Temamoğulları, Mehmet Savrunlu
The substantial of mineral ingredients in honey may symbolize the existence of elements in the plants and soil of the vicinity wherein the honey was taken. The aim of this study was to detect the levels of 13 elements (Potassium (K), Sodium (Na), Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), Zinc (Zn), Cadmium (Cd), Copper (Cu), Manganese (Mn), Lead (Pb), Nickel (Ni), Chromium (Cr), Aluminum (Al), and Selenium (Se)) in unifloral and multifloral honey samples from south and east regions of Turkey. Survey of 71 honey samples from seven different herbal origins, picked up from the south and east region of Turkey, was carried out to determine their mineral contents during 2015-2016...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528646/metal-based-combinations-that-target-protein-synthesis-by-fungi
#10
Cindy Vallières, Simon V Avery
A wide range of fungicides (or antifungals) are used in agriculture and medicine, with activities against a spectrum of fungal pathogens. Unfortunately, the evolution of fungicide resistance has become a major issue. Therefore, there is an urgent need for new antifungal treatments. Certain metals have been used for decades as efficient fungicides in agriculture. However, concerns over metal toxicity have escalated over this time. Recent studies have revealed that metals like copper and chromate can impair functions required for the fidelity of protein synthesis in fungi...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523618/the-effect-of-sewage-sludge-on-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-wheat-plant-triticum-aestivum-l
#11
Fatemeh Shahbazi, Somayeh Ghasemi, Hamid Sodaiezadeh, Kobra Ayaseh, Rasool Zamani-Ahmadmahmoodi
The use of sewage sludge in agricultural soils can improve soil physical and chemical properties and soil fertility by increasing organic materials; however, the presence of heavy metals in sewage sludge is a significant problem for the quality of agricultural products and the environment. Most heavy metals, due to their inactive nature, are stable and can affect human health. This study investigates the effect of sewage sludge on the concentration of copper, zinc, cadmium, lead, iron, and manganese in two varieties of wheat, i...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522117/characterization-of-cu-ii-reconstituted-acc-oxidase-using-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches
#12
Nadia El Bakkali-Tahéri, Sybille Tachon, Maylis Orio, Sylvain Bertaina, Marlène Martinho, Viviane Robert, Marius Réglier, Thierry Tron, Pierre Dorlet, A Jalila Simaan
1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACCO) is a non heme iron(II) containing enzyme that catalyzes the final step of the ethylene biosynthesis in plants. The iron(II) ion is bound in a facial triad composed of two histidines and one aspartate (H177, D179 and H234). Several active site variants were generated to provide alternate binding motifs and the enzymes were reconstituted with copper(II). Continuous wave (cw) and pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectroscopies as well as Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were performed and models for the copper(II) binding sites were deduced...
June 1, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494313/heavy-metals-translocation-and-accumulation-from-the-rhizosphere-soils-to-the-edible-parts-of-the-medicinal-plant-fengdan-paeonia-ostii-grown-on-a-metal-mining-area-china
#13
Zhang Jun Shen, De Cong Xu, Yan Song Chen, Zhen Zhang
Fengdan (Paeonia ostii) is one of Chinese 34 famous medicinal materials. This study investigated the concentrations of Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr), Cadmium (Cd), Copper (Cu), Lead (Pb), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), and Zinc (Zn) in rhizosphere soils, cortex mouton and seeds of Fengdan planted in a metal mining area, China. The mean concentrations of As, Cd, Cu, and Zn in the rhizosphere soils were above the limits set by the Chinese Soil Environmental Quality Standard (GB 15618-1995). The contamination factor (CF) of Cd was >5, while it was >2for As, Cu, Pb, and Zn in all the soils...
May 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468120/trace-element-concentrations-along-a-gradient-of-urban-pressure-in-forest-and-lawn-soils-of-the-paris-region-france
#14
Ludovic Foti, Florence Dubs, Jacques Gignoux, Jean-Christophe Lata, Thomas Z Lerch, Jérôme Mathieu, François Nold, Naoise Nunan, Xavier Raynaud, Luc Abbadie, Sébastien Barot
The concentration, degree of contamination and pollution of 7 trace elements (TEs) along an urban pressure gradient were measured in 180 lawn and wood soils of the Paris region (France). Iron (Fe), a major element, was used as reference element. Copper (Cu), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) were of anthropogenic origin, while arsenic (As), chromium (Cr) and nickel (Ni) were of natural origin. Road traffic was identified as the main source of anthropogenic TEs. In addition, the industrial activity of the Paris region, especially cement plants, was identified as secondary source of Cd...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453515/reliable-reference-genes-for-normalization-of-gene-expression-data-in-tea-plants-camellia-sinensis-exposed-to-metal-stresses
#15
Ming-Le Wang, Qing-Hui Li, Hua-Hong Xin, Xuan Chen, Xu-Jun Zhu, Xing-Hui Li
Tea plants [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] are an important leaf-type crop that are widely used for the production of non-alcoholic beverages in the world. Exposure to excessive amounts of heavy metals adversely affects the quality and yield of tea leaves. To analyze the molecular responses of tea plants to heavy metals, a reliable quantification of gene expression is important and of major importance herein is the normalization of the measured expression levels for the target genes. Ideally, stably expressed reference genes should be evaluated in all experimental systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402308/phyto-dewatering-of-sewage-sludge-using-panicum-repens-l
#16
A S El-Gendy, H I El-Kassas, T M A Razek, H Abdel-Latif
Experiments in the field environment have been conducted to study the growth of Panicum repens L., an aquatic plant, in the sewage sludge matrix. The experiments were also carried out to investigate the ability of this plant to dewater sewage sludge to increase the capacity of conventional drying beds. In addition, the ability of Panicum repens L. to reduce the sludge contents of certain elements (copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Sodium (Na), lead (Pb), and Zinc (Zn)) was also investigated. All experiments were carried out in batch reactors...
April 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376412/effect-of-exogenously-applied-molybdenum-on-its-absorption-and-nitrate-metabolism-in-strawberry-seedlings
#17
Li Liu, Wei Xiao, Ling Li, Dong-Mei Li, Dong-Sheng Gao, Cui-Ying Zhu, Xi-Ling Fu
Molybdenum (Mo)-an essential element of plants-is involved in nitrogen (N) metabolism. Plants tend to accumulate more nitrate and show lower nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) under Mo-deficient conditions. Improving NUE in fruits reduces the negative effect of large applications of chemical fertilizer, but the mechanisms underlying how Mo enhances NUE remain unclear. We cultivated strawberry seedlings sprayed with 0, 67.5, 135, 168.75, or 202.5 g Mo·ha(-1) in a non-soil culture system. The Mo concentration in every plant tissue analyzed increased gradually as Mo application level rose...
June 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299516/effects-of-nitrogen-and-water-addition-on-trace-element-stoichiometry-in-five-grassland-species
#18
Jiangping Cai, Jacob Weiner, Ruzhen Wang, Wentao Luo, Yongyong Zhang, Heyong Liu, Zhuwen Xu, Hui Li, Yuge Zhang, Yong Jiang
A 9-year manipulative experiment with nitrogen (N) and water addition, simulating increasing N deposition and changing precipitation regime, was conducted to investigate the bioavailability of trace elements, iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) in soil, and their uptake by plants under the two environmental change factors in a semi-arid grassland of Inner Mongolia. We measured concentrations of trace elements in soil and in foliage of five common herbaceous species including 3 forbs and 2 grasses...
July 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278781/phytoremediation-potential-of-water-caltrop-trapa-natans-l-using-municipal-wastewater-of-the-activated-sludge-process-based-municipal-wastewater-treatment-plant
#19
Vinod Kumar, A K Chopra
Phytoremediation experiments were carried out to assess the phytoremediation potential of water caltrop (Trapa natans L.) using municipal wastewater collected from the activated sludge process- (ASP) based municipal wastewater treatment plant. The results revealed that T. natans significantly (P ≤ .05/P ≤ .01/P ≤ .001) reduced the contents of total dissolved solids (TDS), electrical conductivity (EC), biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5), chemical oxygen demand, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, phosphate ([Formula: see text]), sodium (Na(+)), potassium (K(+)), calcium (Ca(2+)), magnesium (Mg(2+)), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), lead (Pb), zinc (Zn), standard plate count, and most probable number of the municipal wastewater after phytoremediation experiments...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260522/medicinal-and-healthical-applications-of-tinospora-cordifolia-guduchi-a-miraculous-herb-countering-various-diseases-disorders-and-potentials-as-an-immune-booster
#20
Kuldeep Dhama Dhama, Swati Sachan, Rekha Khandia, Ashok Munjal, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Shyma K Latheef, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Hari Abdul Samad, Ruchi Tiwari, Maryam Dadar
BACKGROUND: Plants have been known as an integral part of traditional medicine because of their phytoconstituents with their miraculous substances. Tinospora cordifolia (Guduchi/Giloy) is one such plant having pharmacological functions and medicinal values due to its several constituents such as terpenes, glycosides, alkaloids, steroids and flavonoids. Thus, it has been rightly mentioned in old texts as "Amrita". OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present review is to extend the current knowledge, importance and beneficial pharmacological applications of Guduchi in humans for safeguarding various health issues...
February 28, 2017: Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery
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