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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532161/modelling-of-phytoextraction-efficiency-of-microbially-stimulated-salix-dasyclados-l-in-the-soils-with-different-speciation-of-heavy-metals
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Michał Złoch, Tomasz Kowalkowski, Jarosław Tyburski, Katarzyna Hrynkiewicz
Bioaugmentation of soils with selected microorganisms during phytoextraction can be the key solution, but the actual efficacy of this technology should be confirmed for different physicochemical soil parameters and heavy metal availability to guarantee the universality of this method. Equally important is development of the accurate prediction tool to manage phytoremediation process.The main objective of this study was to evaluate the role of three metalotolerant siderophore-producing Streptomyces sp. B1-B3 strains in the phytoremediation of heavy metals with the use of S...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527363/postmortem-microbial-communities-in-burial-soil-layers-of-skeletonized-humans
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Torri B Thomas, Sheree J Finley, Jeremy E Wilkinson, Daniel J Wescott, Azriel Gorski, Gulnaz T Javan
Microorganisms are major ecological participants in the successional decomposition of vertebrates. The relative abundance, or the scarcity, of certain microbial taxa in gravesoil has the potential to determine the ecological status of skeletons. However, there are substantial knowledge gaps that warrant consideration in the context of the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem. In the current study, we hypothesized that i.) soil microbial diversity is disparate in the latter stage of decomposition (skeletonization) compared to the earlier stages (fresh, bloat, active and advanced decay), and ii...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516055/antimicrobial-and-enzymatic-activity-of-actinomycetes-isolated-from-soils-of-coastal-islands
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Ivana Charousová, Juraj Medo, Eva Halenárová, Soňa Javoreková
Microbiological investigation of unexplored ecosystems is crucial for discovering of antibiotic producing actinomycetes. The present study was conducted to determine antimicrobial activity and identify the most active strains. Actinomycetes were isolated using the spread plate technique following by serial dilution of samples on starch casein agar. The screening method consists of primary and secondary testing. The most active isolates were identified based on molecular and cultural methods. 42 out of 66 isolates displayed antimicrobial potential...
April 2017: Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514700/a-comparative-in-situ-decomposition-study-using-still-born-piglets-and-leaf-litter-from-a-deciduous-forest
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Ayodeji O Olakanye, Andrew Nelson, T Komang Ralebitso-Senior
A cadaver and dead plant organic matter, or litter, are rich energy sources that undergo a complex decomposition process, which impact the surrounding environmental microbiota. Advances in molecular microbiology techniques, with study of the 16S RNA genes, in particular, have highlighted the application of forensic ecogenomics in addressing key knowledge gaps. To investigate subsurface microbiome shifts as a novel tool to establish "postmortem microbial clock" and augment postmortem interval (PMI) and time-since-burial estimations, an in situ study with triplicate underground burials of piglets as human taphonomic proxies and Quercus robur leaf litter was monitored for 270 days...
May 6, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500038/enrichment-and-physiological-characterization-of-a-cold-adapted-nitrite-oxidizer-nitrotoga-sp-from-eelgrass-sediments
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Kento Ishii, Hirotsugu Fujitani, Kentaro Soh, Tatsunori Nakagawa, Reiji Takahashi, Satoshi Tsuneda
Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (NOB) are responsible for the second step of nitrification in natural and engineered ecosystems. The recently discovered genus Nitrotoga belongs to the Betaproteobacteria and has potentially high environmental importance. Although environmental clones affiliated with Nitrotoga are widely distributed, the limited number of cultivated Nitrotoga results in poor understanding of their ecophysiological features. In this study, we successfully enriched the non-marine cold-adapted Nitrotoga sp...
May 12, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499227/organic-carbon-pools-and-soil-biological-fertility-are-affected-by-land-use-intensity-in-mediterranean-ecosystems-of-sardinia-italy
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Rosa Francaviglia, Gianluca Renzi, Luigi Ledda, Anna Benedetti
Soil quality is mainly studied from the chemical and physical point of view, whereas soil biochemical and microbiological parameters are relatively more scarcely explored to assess the effect of management practices. This study aimed to evaluate soil organic carbon (SOC) and its pools; soil microbial activity parameters; and the Biological Fertility Index (BFI), in six land uses characteristics of the Mediterranean basin in north-eastern Sardinia. These land uses differed in management intensity and consisted of: tilled vineyard (TV), no tilled grassed vineyard (GV), former vineyards (FV), hay crop and pasture (HC and PA), cork oak forest (CO)...
May 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494228/enhanced-oxygen-reducing-biocathode-electroactivity-by-using-sediment-extract-as-inoculum
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Jiali Wu, Wenshan Chen, Yuqing Yan, Kailin Gao, Chengmei Liao, Qiang Li, Xin Wang
Autotrophic bacteria are able to catalyze cathodic oxygen reduction as a renewable and sustainable inexpensive catalyst. However, the performance of biocathode varied over reactors, and we still not know how inoculums affect this system. Using three different inoculum of wastewater (WW), sediment extract (SE) and soil extract (SO) in parallel reactors, we found that SE achieved the shortest setup time (17-25% shorter) as well as the highest power density compared to those of SO and WW. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) further revealed that the current densities of SE biocathodes (100±1A/m(3)) was 150% and 67% higher than those of WW biocathodes (40±1A/m(3)) and SO biocathodes (65±1A/m(3))...
May 2, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458609/antibiotic-resistance-and-the-biology-of-history
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Hannah Landecker
Beginning in the 1940s, mass production of antibiotics involved the industrial-scale growth of microorganisms to harvest their metabolic products. Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics selects for resistance at answering scale. The turn to the study of antibiotic resistance in microbiology and medicine is examined, focusing on the realization that individual therapies targeted at single pathogens in individual bodies are environmental events affecting bacterial evolution far beyond bodies. In turning to biological manifestations of antibiotic use, sciences fathom material outcomes of their own previous concepts...
December 2016: Body & Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438356/rainfall-increases-the-abundance-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-within-a-riverine-microbial-community
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Andrea Di Cesare, Ester M Eckert, Michela Rogora, Gianluca Corno
Infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria are among the major threats for human health. Studies elucidating the role of the environment in their spread are still in their infancy, it, however, seems that different environments might function as a long-term reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) that reside within their microbial communities. An increasing number of studies target the presence and the persistence of ARGs in waters and soils that are exposed to human activities; they, however, rarely consider the spatial/temporal variability that predominate in these environments...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432990/influence-of-red-mud-on-soil-microbial-communities-application-and-comprehensive-evaluation-of-the-biolog-ecoplate-approach-as-a-tool-in-soil-microbiological-studies
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Viktória Feigl, Éva Ujaczki, Emese Vaszita, Mónika Molnár
Red mud can be applied as soil ameliorant to acidic, sandy and micronutrient deficient soils. There are still knowledge gaps regarding the effects of red mud on the soil microbial community. The Biolog EcoPlate technique is a promising tool for community level physiological profiling. This study presents a detailed evaluation of Biolog EcoPlate data from two case studies. In experiment "A" red mud from Ajka (Hungary) was mixed into acidic sandy soil in soil microcosms at 5-50 w/w%. In experiement "B" red mud soil mixture was mixed into low quality subsoil in a field experiment at 5-50 w/w%...
October 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412024/prevalence-of-bacterial-contamination-in-platelet-concentrates-at-the-national-center-of-blood-transfusion-mexico
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G Ibáñez-Cervantes, J M Bello-López, V Fernández-Sánchez, C A Domínguez-Mendoza, L I Acevedo-Alfaro
OBJECTIVES: Most common bacterial sepsis associated with transfusion is caused by contaminated Platelet Concentrates (PC). The screening of PC to detect bacterial contamination is obligatory in Mexico, and it is carried out in quality control programs. In Mexico, the identification and molecular characterization of bacterial contaminants to detect contamination sources have not been implemented due to high costs; however, it is an actual current need. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred PC were randomly selected and microbiologically analyzed...
June 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400755/comparative-evaluation-of-four-bacteria-specific-primer-pairs-for-16s-rrna-gene-surveys
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Sofie Thijs, Michiel Op De Beeck, Bram Beckers, Sascha Truyens, Vincent Stevens, Jonathan D Van Hamme, Nele Weyens, Jaco Vangronsveld
Bacterial taxonomic community analyses using PCR-amplification of the 16S rRNA gene and high-throughput sequencing has become a cornerstone in microbiology research. To reliably detect the members, or operational taxonomic units (OTUs), that make up bacterial communities, taxonomic surveys rely on the use of the most informative PCR primers to amplify the broad range of phylotypes present in up-to-date reference databases. However, primers specific for the domain Bacteria were often developed some time ago against database versions that are now out of date...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393846/an-algorithm-of-association-rule-mining-for-microbial-energy-prospection
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Muhammad Shaheen, Muhammad Shahbaz
The presence of hydrocarbons beneath earth's surface produces some microbiological anomalies in soils and sediments. The detection of such microbial populations involves pure bio chemical processes which are specialized, expensive and time consuming. This paper proposes a new algorithm of context based association rule mining on non spatial data. The algorithm is a modified form of already developed algorithm which was for spatial database only. The algorithm is applied to mine context based association rules on microbial database to extract interesting and useful associations of microbial attributes with existence of hydrocarbon reserve...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390702/low-effect-of-phenanthrene-bioaccessibility-on-its-biodegradation-in-diffusely-contaminated-soil
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M Crampon, A Cébron, F Portet-Koltalo, S Uroz, F Le Derf, J Bodilis
This study focused on the role of bioaccessibility in the phenanthrene (PHE) biodegradation in diffusely contaminated soil, by combining chemical and microbiological approaches. First, we determined PHE dissipation rates and PHE sorption/desorption isotherms for two soils (PPY and Pv) presenting similar chronic PAH contamination, but different physico-chemical properties. Our results revealed that the PHE dissipation rate was significantly higher in the Pv soil compared to the PPY soil, while PHE sorption/desorption isotherms were similar...
April 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303476/a-review-of-clinical-cases-of-infection-with-photorhabdus-asymbiotica
#15
John G Gerrard, Robert P Stevens
The three recognised Photorhabdus species are bioluminescent Gram-negative bacilli of the family Enterobacteriaceae. They are all pathogenic to insects and form a symbiotic relationship with nematodes of the genus Heterorhabditis. P. luminescens and P. temperata are both harmless to humans whilst P. asymbiotica, on the other hand, is a human pathogen that is a symbiont of the newly described nematode vector, Heterorhabditis gerrardi. In this chapter, we review the epidemiological and clinical features of eighteen human cases of P...
March 17, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300153/brucella-spp-of-amphibians-comprise-genomically-diverse-motile-strains-competent-for-replication-in-macrophages-and-survival-in-mammalian-hosts
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Sascha Al Dahouk, Stephan Köhler, Alessandra Occhialini, María Pilar Jiménez de Bagüés, Jens Andre Hammerl, Tobias Eisenberg, Gilles Vergnaud, Axel Cloeckaert, Michel S Zygmunt, Adrian M Whatmore, Falk Melzer, Kevin P Drees, Jeffrey T Foster, Alice R Wattam, Holger C Scholz
Twenty-one small Gram-negative motile coccobacilli were isolated from 15 systemically diseased African bullfrogs (Pyxicephalus edulis), and were initially identified as Ochrobactrum anthropi by standard microbiological identification systems. Phylogenetic reconstructions using combined molecular analyses and comparative whole genome analysis of the most diverse of the bullfrog strains verified affiliation with the genus Brucella and placed the isolates in a cluster containing B. inopinata and the other non-classical Brucella species but also revealed significant genetic differences within the group...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262753/soil-bacterial-and-fungal-diversity-differently-correlated-with-soil-biochemistry-in-alpine-grassland-ecosystems-in-response-to-environmental-changes
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Yong Zhang, Shikui Dong, Qingzhu Gao, Shiliang Liu, Hasbagan Ganjurjav, Xuexia Wang, Xukun Su, Xiaoyu Wu
To understand effects of soil microbes on soil biochemistry in alpine grassland ecosystems under environmental changes, we explored relationships between soil microbial diversity and soil total nitrogen, organic carbon, available nitrogen and phosphorus, soil microbial biomass and soil enzyme activities in alpine meadow, alpine steppe and cultivated grassland on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau under three-year warming, enhanced precipitation and yak overgrazing. Soil total nitrogen, organic carbon and NH4-N were little affected by overgrazing, warming or enhanced precipitation in three types of alpine grasslands...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251888/increase-in-outbreaks-of-gastroenteritis-linked-to-bathing-water-in-finland-in-summer-2014
#18
Ari Kauppinen, Haider Al-Hello, Outi Zacheus, Jaana Kilponen, Leena Maunula, Sari Huusko, Maija Lappalainen, Ilkka Miettinen, Soile Blomqvist, Ruska Rimhanen-Finne
An increased number of suspected outbreaks of gastroenteritis linked to bathing water were reported to the Finnish food- and waterborne outbreak (FWO) registry in July and August 2014. The investigation reports were assessed by a national outbreak investigation panel. Eight confirmed outbreaks were identified among the 15 suspected outbreaks linked to bathing water that had been reported to the FWO registry. According to the outbreak investigation reports, 1,453 persons fell ill during these outbreaks. Epidemiological and microbiological data revealed noroviruses as the main causative agents...
February 23, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213706/plant-microbial-association-in-petroleum-and-gas-exploration-sites-in-the-state-of-assam-north-east-india-significance-for-bioremediation
#19
Hemen Sarma, N F Islam, M N V Prasad
The state of Assam in north-east India gained popularity in Asia because of discovery of oil. Pollution due to petroleum and gas exploration is a serious problem in Assam. Oil and gas exploration by various agencies in Assam resulted in soil pollution due to hydrocarbons (HCs) and heavy metals (HMs). Bioremediation gained considerable significance in addressing petroleum hydrocarbon polluted sites in various parts of the world. In this investigation, we have observed 15 species of plants belonging to grass growing on the contaminated soils...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207180/assembly-of-the-outermost-spore-layer-pieces-of-the-puzzle-are-coming-together
#20
George C Stewart
Certain endospore-forming soil dwelling bacteria are important human, animal or insect pathogens. These organisms produce spores containing an outer layer, the exosporium. The exosporium is the site of interactions between the spore and the soil environment and between the spore and the infected host during the initial stages of infection. The composition and assembly process of the exosporium are poorly understood. This is partly due to the extreme stability of the exosporium that has proven to be refractive to existing methods to deconstruct the intact structure into its component parts...
May 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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