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Timo Domisch, Françoise Martz, Tapani Repo, Pasi Rautio
Air temperatures and precipitation are predicted to increase in the future, especially at high latitudes and particularly so during winter. In contrast to air temperatures, changes in soil temperatures are more difficult to predict, as the fate of the insulating snow cover is crucial in this respect. Soil conditions can also be affected by rain-on-snow events and warm spells during winter, resulting in freeze-thaw cycles, compacted snow, ice encasement and local flooding. These adverse conditions during winter could counteract the otherwise positive effects of climate change on forest growth and productivity...
December 4, 2018: Tree Physiology
Roger Holten, Frederik Norheim Bøe, Marit Almvik, Sheela Katuwal, Marianne Stenrød, Mats Larsbo, Nicholas Jarvis, Ole Martin Eklo
Limited knowledge and experimental data exist on pesticide leaching through partially frozen soil. The objective of this study was to better understand the complex processes of freezing and thawing and the effects these processes have on water flow and pesticide transport through soil. To achieve this we conducted a soil column irrigation experiment to quantify the transport of a non-reactive tracer and the herbicide MCPA in partially frozen soil. In total 40 intact topsoil and subsoil columns from two agricultural fields with contrasting soil types (silt and loam) in South-East Norway were used in this experiment...
December 2018: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Kadiya Calderón, Laurent Philippot, Florian Bizouard, Marie-Christine Breuil, David Bru, Aymé Spor
There is a growing interest of overcoming the uncertainty related to the cumulative impacts of multiple disturbances of different nature in all ecosystems. With global change leading to acute environmental disturbances, recent studies demonstrated a significant increase in the possible number of interactions between disturbances that can generate complex, non-additive effects on ecosystems functioning. However, how the chronology of disturbances can affect ecosystems functioning is unknown even though there is increasing evidence that community assembly history dictates ecosystems functioning...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Arsham Hakimzadeh, Mira Okshevsky, Vimal Maisuria, Eric Deziel, Nathalie Tufenkji
Groundwater contamination by pathogenic bacteria present in land-applied manure poses a threat to public health. In cold climate regions, surface soil layers experience repeated temperature fluctuations around the freezing point known as freeze-thaw (FT) cycles. With global climate change, annual soil FT cycles have increased, and this trend is expected to continue. It is therefore of interest to understand how FT cycles impact soil microbial communities. This study investigates the influence of FT cycles on the growth, culturability, biofilm formation, and virulence of the bacterial opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a ubiquitous bacterium found in soil and water, responsible for infections in immunocompromised hosts...
November 16, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Md Abdul Halim, Sean C Thomas
Scientists unequivocally agree that winter air temperature (TA ) in northern high latitudes will increase sharply with anthropogenic climate change, and that such increases are already pervasive. However, contrasting hypotheses and results exist regarding the magnitude and even direction of changes in winter soil temperature (TS ). Here we use field and satellite data to examine the 'cold soil in a warm world' hypothesis for the first time in the boreal forest using a proxy year approach. In a proxy warm year with a mean annual temperature similar to that predicted for ~2080, average winter TS was reduced relative to the baseline year by 0...
November 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Licong Dai, Xiaowei Guo, Yangong Du, Fawei Zhang, Xun Ke, Yingfang Cao, Yikang Li, Qian Li, Li Lin, Guangmin Cao
The Qinghai-Tibet plateau has the world's largest area of seasonally frozen ground. Here, shallow groundwater displays behavior that is distinct from that elsewhere in the world. In the present study, we explore the seasonal and interannual variation of the shallow groundwater levels from 2012 to 2016, and attempt to quantitatively evaluate the relative influences of individual driving factors on the shallow groundwater levels based on boosted regression trees. The results show that: (1) on a seasonal scale, the groundwater levels were characterized by a double peak and double valley relationship, while on an interannual scale the groundwater levels showed a slightly downwards trend from 2012 to 2016; and (2) during the frozen period, the seasonal variation of groundwater levels was determined by mean air temperature through its effect on the soil thaw-freeze process, accounting for 53...
October 16, 2018: Ground Water
Alla Orekhova, Miloš Barták, Josef Hájek
The soil microalgae of the genus Heterococcus are found in cold environments and have been reported for the terrestrial ecosystems of several Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic Islands. This study focused on resistance of Heterococcus sp. to sub-zero temperature. Heterococcus sp. was isolated from soil samples from James Ross Island, Antarctica. Culture of Heterococcus sp. grown in liquid medium were used to study ribitol effects at sub-zero temperatures on the species resistance to rapid freezing (RF, immersion of a sample into liquid nitrogen) and consequent cultivation on agar...
October 4, 2018: Cryobiology
Brenden Ding, Fereidoun Rezanezhad, Behrad Gharedaghloo, Philippe Van Cappellen, Elodie Passeport
Bioretention cells are a popular control strategy for stormwater volume and quality, but their efficiency for water infiltration and nutrient removal under cold climate conditions has been poorly studied. In this work, soil cores were collected from an active bioretention cell containing engineered soil material amended with a phosphate sorbent medium. The cores were used in laboratory column experiments conducted to obtain a detailed characterization of the soil's bioretention performance during six consecutive freeze-thaw cycles (FTCs, from -10 to +10 °C)...
February 1, 2019: Science of the Total Environment
Bhavna Arora, Haruko M Wainwright, Dipankar Dwivedi, Lydia J S Vaughn, John B Curtis, Margaret S Torn, Baptiste Dafflon, Susan S Hubbard
There is significant spatial and temporal variability associated with greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes in high-latitude Arctic tundra environments. The objectives of this study are to investigate temporal variability in CO2 and CH4 fluxes at Barrow, AK and to determine the factors causing this variability using a novel entropy-based classification scheme. In particular, we analyzed which geomorphic, soil, vegetation and climatic properties most explained the variability in GHG fluxes (opaque chamber measurements) during the growing season over three successive years...
February 1, 2019: Science of the Total Environment
Rachel Mackelprang, Alyssa M Grube, Regina Lamendella, Ederson da C Jesus, Alex Copeland, Chao Liang, Randall D Jackson, Charles W Rice, Stefanie Kapucija, Bayan Parsa, Susannah G Tringe, James M Tiedje, Janet K Jansson
The North American prairie covered about 3.6 million-km2 of the continent prior to European contact. Only 1-2% of the original prairie remains, but the soils that developed under these prairies are some of the most productive and fertile in the world, containing over 35% of the soil carbon in the continental United States. Cultivation may alter microbial diversity and composition, influencing the metabolism of carbon, nitrogen, and other elements. Here, we explored the structure and functional potential of the soil microbiome in paired cultivated-corn (at the time of sampling) and never-cultivated native prairie soils across a three-states transect (Wisconsin, Iowa, and Kansas) using metagenomic and 16S rRNA gene sequencing and lipid analysis...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Zibo Xu, Xiaoyun Xu, Daniel C W Tsang, Xinde Cao
Biochar has been used for immobilizing heavy metals in soils due to its abundant surface functional groups and mineral components. However, as carbonaceous material, biochar in soils is susceptible to natural aging, which could alter its structural properties and ability to retain heavy metals. In this study, the impacts of pre- and post-application aging on the properties of dairy manure and sawdust biochars and the significance of different mechanisms of complexation with surface functional groups and mineral precipitation for Cd immobilization in soils were investigated...
November 2018: Environmental Pollution
Wen Zhang, Zaimin Jiang, Han Zhao, Feng Feng, Jing Cai
In the coldest part of winter, water uptake is blocked by the frozen soil and frozen stems known as 'frost drought' causing severe embolisms in woody plants. Frost drought in stems was simulated in a centrifuge by a synergy between freeze-thaw cycles and the different tensions induced by changing the rotation speed. Frost fatigue was defined as a reduction of embolism resistance after a freeze-thaw cycle and determined from 'vulnerability curves', which showed percent losses of conductivity vs tension (positive value) or xylem pressure (negative value)...
August 23, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
Bo Peng, Jianfei Sun, Jun Liu, Weiwei Dai, Lifei Sun, Guangting Pei, Decai Gao, Chao Wang, Ping Jiang, Edith Bai
Nitrous oxide (N2 O) is an important greenhouse gas and is involved in the destruction of ozone layer. However, the underlying mechanisms of the high soil N2 O emission during the freeze-thaw (FT) period are still unclear. Here, we conducted a mesocosm study with high frequency in situ measurements to explore the responses of soil microbes to the FT cycles and their influences on soil N2 O emission. We found the high N2 O emission rate during the FT period was mainly due to the release of substrates, the maintenance of high enzyme activities at the freezing stage, and the fast recovery of microbial biomass nitrogen (MBN) and high microbial activities at the thawing stage...
January 15, 2019: Science of the Total Environment
Yinghua Juan, Nan Jiang, Lulu Tian, Xiaodong Chen, Wentao Sun, Lijun Chen
Freeze-thaw (FT) events can influence soil functions. However, the overall impact of FTs on soil bacterial communities, especially in temperate regions, remains unclear. In this study, soil samples were collected from a midtemperate region in the northeast of China, and three incubation tests were then designed with varied FT amplitudes (i.e., at a freezing temperature of -15, -9, and -3°C, respectively), frequencies of FT cycles (i.e., under one, six, and 15 FT cycles, respectively) and soil water content (SWC) values (i...
2018: BioMed Research International
Qi Qian Wu, Chuan Kuan Wang
Changes in snow-cover patterns induced by global climate change profoundly influence ecological processes in terrestrial ecosystems, including litter decomposition and soil nutrient cycling. Forest, a major terrestrial ecosystem, plays a crucial role in global biogeochemical cycling. Here, we reviewed the effects of changes in seasonal snow-cover on litter decomposition and soil nitrogen (N) cycling in forests. Global climate change would result in increasing or decreasing seasonal snow-cover depending on local conditions, with direct and indirect effects on forest litter decomposition...
July 2018: Ying Yong Sheng Tai Xue Bao, the Journal of Applied Ecology
Doerthe Tetzlaff, Thea Piovano, Pertti Ala-Aho, Aaron Smith, Sean K Carey, Philip Marsh, Philip A Wookey, Lorna E Street, Chris Soulsby
Use of isotopes to quantify the temporal dynamics of the transformation of precipitation into run-off has revealed fundamental new insights into catchment flow paths and mixing processes that influence biogeochemical transport. However, catchments underlain by permafrost have received little attention in isotope-based studies, despite their global importance in terms of rapid environmental change. These high-latitude regions offer limited access for data collection during critical periods (e.g., early phases of snowmelt)...
June 15, 2018: Hydrological Processes
Diana Araújo, Patrícia Concórdio-Reis, Ana C Marques, Chantal Sevrin, Christian Grandfils, Vítor D Alves, Elvira Fortunato, Maria A M Reis, Filomena Freitas
In this study, the flocculation properties of FucoPol, a bacterial extracellular polysaccharide, were investigated. FucoPol is a high molecular weight polymer and negatively charged due to the presence of glucuronic acid and the acyl groups succinyl and pyruvyl. High flocculation rate values (>70%) were achieved with a low bioflocculant dosage of 1 mg/L, for pH values in the range 3-5 and temperature within 15-20°C. The bioflocculant was also shown to be stable after freezing/thawing and heating up to 100°C...
July 13, 2018: Environmental Technology
Jin-Bo Li, Nan Yao, Xiu Li, Ying Zhao, A-Feng Zhang, Zhi-Long Lan, Ting Fan
In order to evaluate the effect of grazing on the mechanism for greenhouse gas emissions in the seasonal frozen soils for a typical steppe in Inner Mongolia, variations of N2 O and CO2 concentrations in different soil layers were monitored by an in situ gas collection system. Three conditions were selected:ungrazed since 1979 (UG79), ungrazed since 1999 (UG99), and continuously grazed (CG). The results showed that the profile soil N2 O and CO2 concentrations demonstrated a significant spatio-temporal distribution...
May 8, 2018: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
Jie Yang, Zhao-Qiu Qian, Jing Wang
The impact of solidification and stabilization effects on arsenic (As) contaminated soil before and after repeated freezing and thawing or high temperature aging was investigated by tests of unconfined compressive strength (UCS), permeability, leaching concentration and fractionation. The microstructure appearance of the soil was observed using SEM. The results show that the UCS of solidified soil decreases and its permeability increases after repeated freezing and thawing or high temperature aging. In stabilized soil, the unstable species of As increase and the leaching concentration of As rises accordingly after both treatments...
November 8, 2017: Huan Jing Ke Xue= Huanjing Kexue
Minna Männistö, Jaana Vuosku, Sari Stark, Karita Saravesi, Marko Suokas, Annamari Markkola, Françoise Martz, Pasi Rautio
The northern regions are experiencing considerable changes in winter climate leading to more frequent warm periods, rain-on-snow events and reduced snow pack diminishing the insulation properties of snow cover and increasing soil frost and freeze-thaw cycles. In this study, we investigated how the lack of snow cover, formation of ice encasement and snow compaction affect the size, structure and activities of soil bacterial and fungal communities. Contrary to our hypotheses, snow manipulation treatments over one winter had limited influence on microbial community structure, bacterial or fungal copy numbers or enzyme activities...
September 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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