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Copper iron plant

Chiara Clementi, François Littmann, Lorenzo Capineri
Several countries are planning to store nuclear spent fuel in long term geological repositories, preserved by copper canisters with an iron insert. This new approach involves many challenging problems and one is to satisfy safeguards requirements: the Continuity of Knowledge (CoK) of the fuel must be kept from the encapsulation plant up to the final repository. To date, no measurement system has been suggested for a unique identification and authentication. Following the list of the most important safeguards, safety and security requirements for copper canisters identification and authentication, a review of conventional tagging technologies and measurement systems for nuclear items is reported in this paper...
March 21, 2018: Sensors
Paulo A A Ferreira, Carina Marchezan, Carlos A Ceretta, Camila P Tarouco, Cledimar R Lourenzi, Leandro S Silva, Hilda H Soriani, Fernando T Nicoloso, Stefano Cesco, Tanja Mimmo, Gustavo Brunetto
Soil contamination with copper (Cu)-based agrochemicals used in vineyards for pest control is a growing problem. In this context, the application of soil amendment to limit Cu toxicity, especially for young plants after the replanting of vineyards, has been a concern for winemakers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate how different amendments can contribute to the decrease in Cu availability in areas vocated to viticulture. Furthermore, the aim was to evaluate to the effect of Cu on the biochemical and physiological changes in the development of the young vine plants, both at the shoot and the root level...
March 2, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
M Makavitskaya, D Svistunenko, I Navaselsky, P Hryvusevich, V Mackievic, C Rabadanova, E Tyutereva, V Samokhina, D Straltsova, A Sokolik, O Voitsekhovskaja, V Demidchik
Ascorbate is not often considered as a signalling molecule in plants. This study demonstrates that, in Arabidopsis roots, exogenous L-ascorbic acid triggers a transient increase of the cytosolic free calcium activity ([Ca2+]cyt.) that is central to plant signalling. Exogenous copper and iron stimulates the ascorbate-induced [Ca2+]cyt. elevation while cation channel blockers, free radical scavengers, low extracellular [Ca2+], transition metal chelators and removal of the cell wall inhibit this reaction. These data show that apoplastic redox-active transition metals are involved in the ascorbate-induced [Ca2+]cyt...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Elisa Andresen, Edgar Peiter, Hendrik Küpper
Many trace metals are essential micronutrients, but also potent toxins. Due to natural and anthropogenic causes, vastly different trace metal concentrations occur in various habitats, ranging from deficient to toxic levels. Therefore, one focus of plant research is on the response to trace metals in terms of uptake, transport, sequestration, speciation, physiological use, deficiency, toxicity, and detoxification. In this review, we cover most of these aspects for the essential micronutrients copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, and zinc to provide a broader overview than found in other recent reviews, to cross-link aspects of knowledge in this very active research field that are often seen in a separated way...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
Olga Otłowska, Marek Ślebioda, Agata Kot-Wasik, Jakub Karczewski, Magdalena Śliwka-Kaszyńska
A multi-tool analytical practice was used for the characterisation of a 16th century carpet manufactured in Cairo. A mild extraction method with hydrofluoric acid has been evaluated in order to isolate intact flavonoids and their glycosides, anthraquinones, tannins, and indigoids from fibre samples. High-performance liquid chromatography coupled to spectroscopic and mass spectrometric detectors was used for the identification of possible marker compounds with special attention paid to natural dyes present in the historical samples...
February 6, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yan Xu, Xiangli Sun, Qiqiong Zhang, Xiuzhen Li, Zhongzheng Yan
Tidal flat elevation in the estuarine wetland determines the tidal flooding time and flooding frequency, which will inevitably affect the formation of iron plaque and accumulations of heavy metals (HMs) in wetland plants. The present study investigated the formation of iron plaque and HM's (copper, zinc, lead, and chromium) accumulation in S. alterniflora, a typical estuarine wetland species, at different tidal flat elevations (low, middle and high) in filed and at different time (3, 6, 9, 12 h per day) of waterlogging treatment in greenhouse conditions...
February 5, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Steffen Czioska, Jianying Wang, Xue Teng, Shangshang Zuo, Songhai Xie, Zuofeng Chen
Photosynthesis in plants occurs at structures which form by self-assembly under ambient conditions, while catalysts used for artificial photosynthesis normally need special conditions like high pressure or temperature. Herein, a facile and cost effective way for the synthesis of a highly complex and efficient oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst, formed solely by self-assembly in solution, is presented. Without the need for any instrumentation except for a glass beaker, highly active nickel-iron-copper multi-shell nanotube arrays are produced by immersion of a copper plate in three different solutions...
January 25, 2018: Nanoscale
Florian B Wagner, Peter Borch Nielsen, Rasmus Boe-Hansen, Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen
Drinking water treatment plants based on groundwater may suffer from incomplete ammonium removal, which deteriorates drinking water quality and constrains water utilities in the operation of their plants. Ammonium is normally removed through nitrification in biological granular media filters, and recent studies have demonstrated that dosing of copper can stimulate the removal of ammonium. Here, we investigated if copper dosing could generically improve ammonium removal of biofilters, at treatment plants with different characteristics...
December 27, 2017: Water Research
Eric T Christenson, Austin S Gallegos, Anirban Banerjee
Iron is universally important to cellular metabolism and mitoferrins-1 and -2 have been proposed to be the iron importers of mitochondria, the cell's assembly plant of heme and iron-sulfur clusters. These iron-containing prosthetic groups are critical for a host of physiological processes ranging from oxygen transport and energy consumption to maintaining protein structural integrity. Mitoferrin-1 (Mfrn1) belongs to the mitochondrial carrier (MC) family and is atypical given its putative metallic cargo; most MCs transport nucleotides, amino acids, or other small to medium-size metabolites...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hailong Li, Weilin Zhang, Jun Wang, Zequn Yang, Liqing Li, Kaimin Shih
Copper slag is a byproduct of the pyrometallurgical smelting of copper concentrate. It was used in this study to catalyze elemental mercury (Hg0 ) oxidation in simulated coal combustion flue gas. The copper slag exhibited excellent catalytic performance in Hg0 oxidation at temperatures between 200 °C and 300 °C. At the most optimal temperature of 250 °C, a Hg0 oxidation efficiency of 93.8% was achieved under simulated coal combustion flue gas with both a high Hg0 concentration and a high gas hourly space velocity of 128,000 h-1 ...
April 2018: Waste Management
Ivana Jankovská, Vladislav Sloup, Jiřina Száková, Jan Magdálek, Stanislava Nechybová, Pavla Peřinková, Iva Langrová
This study evaluated the effects of a hyperaccumulator plant (Arabidopsis halleri), containing surplus of cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) and being an admixture to the rat feed, on concentrations of copper (Cu), iron (Fe), and manganese (Mn) in the tissues of experimental rats infected/uninfected with the tapeworm (Hymenolepis diminuta). Male Wistar rats were divided into three groups (00, P0, and PT); the P0 and PT animals were fed a standard mixture for rats (ST-1) supplemented with the plant A. halleri at a weekly Zn and Cd dosage of 123 and 1 mg, respectively...
February 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Syed Haris Omar, Philip G Kerr, Christopher J Scott, Adam S Hamlin, Hassan K Obied
Plant biophenols have been shown to be effective in the modulation of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology resulting from free radical-induced oxidative stress and imbalance of the redox chemistry of transition metal ions (e.g., iron and copper). On the basis of earlier reported pharmacological activities, olive biophenols would also be expected to have anti-Alzheimer's activity. In the present study, the antioxidant activity of individual olive biophenols (viz. caffeic acid, hydroxytyrosol, oleuropein, verbascoside, quercetin, rutin and luteolin) were evaluated using superoxide radical scavenging activity (SOR), hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) scavenging activity, and ferric reducing ability of plasma (FRAP) assays...
October 29, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Gordana Tomović, Uroš Buzurović, Sanja Đurović, Dražen Vicić, Nevena Mihailović, Ksenija Jakovljević
This study surveyed three species of the genus Armeria Willd. from five ultramafic outcrops, two non-ultramafic (schist) soils, and one tailing heap of an abandoned iron-copper mine from Serbia. Similarities and differences among the three Armeria species growing on different geological substrates in the ability to control uptake and translocate nine metals were examined. Chemical characteristics of the soil and plant samples (concentrations of P2O5, K2O, Ca, Fe, Mn, Ni, Zn, Cu, Cr, Co, Cd, and Pb) are presented...
October 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Radka Fryzova, Miroslav Pohanka, Pavla Martinkova, Hana Cihlarova, Martin Brtnicky, Jan Hladky, Jindrich Kynicky
Oxidative stress is a pathological process related to not only animal kingdom but also plants. Regarding oxidative stress in plants, heavy metals are frequently discussed as causative stimuli with relevance to ecology. Because heavy metals have broad technological importance, they can easily contaminate the environment. Much of previous effort regarding the harmful impact of the heavy metals was given to their toxicology in the animals and humans. Their implication in plant pathogeneses is less known and remains underestimated...
October 15, 2017: Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Zi Jun Yong, Mohammed J K Bashir, Choon Aun Ng, Sumathi Sethupathi, Jun-Wei Lim
The increase in landfill leachate generation is due to the increase of municipal solid waste (MSW) as global development continues. Landfill leachate has constantly been the most challenging issue in MSW management as it contains high amount of organic and inorganic compounds that might cause pollution to water resources. Biologically treated landfill leachate often fails to fulfill the regulatory discharge standards. Thus, to prevent environmental pollution, many landfill leachate treatment plants involve multiple stages treatment process...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Gareth J Norton, Anthony J Travis, John M C Danku, David E Salt, Mahmud Hossain, Md Rafiqul Islam, Adam H Price
As the global population grows, demand on food production will also rise. For rice, one limiting factor effecting production could be availability of fresh water, hence adoption of techniques that decrease water usage while maintaining or increasing crop yield are needed. Alternative wetting and drying (AWD) is one of these techniques. AWD is a method by which the level of water within a rice field cycles between being flooded and nonflooded during the growth period of the rice crop. The degree to which AWD affects cultivars differently has not been adequately addressed to date...
August 2017: Food and Energy Security
Zemin Ai, Guoliang Wang, Chutao Liang, Hongfei Liu, Jiaoyang Zhang, Sha Xue, Guobin Liu
The effects of nitrogen (N) addition on the macro- and micronutrient concentrations, storage, and allocation of Bothriochloa ischaemum (L.) Keng, a native forage plant on the Loess Plateau in China remain unclear. We studied the effects of N addition at 0 (CK), 2.5 (N1), 5.0 (N2), and 10.0 (N3) g N m(-2) y(-1). N addition significantly decreased the available copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), and total Cu concentration, but significantly increased the available iron concentration in the soil. Cu, manganese (Mn), and sodium (Na) concentrations in aboveground tissues and potassium (K), magnesium, and Zn concentrations in belowground tissues significantly increased with N addition...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Saranya S, Vijayaranai K, Pavithra S, Raihana N, Kumanan K
In vitro cytotoxic effects of ZnO, FeO and Cu metallic nanopowders (NPs) on Vero (African green monkey kidney cell line), PK 15 (Pig kidney cell line) and Madin Darby Bovine Kidney (MDBK) cell lines were investigated at different time intervals (24 and 48 h). MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay was used to determine the cytotoxic effects of green synthesized (plant based) nanopowders. The comparative effects of exposure period and concentration of nanopowders on cell viability were studied...
2017: Toxicology Reports
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...
September 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
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
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