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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718785/uv-surface-treatment-of-fungal-resistant-polyether-polyurethane-film-induced-growth-of-entomopathogenic-fungi
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Gabriela Albara Lando, Letícia Marconatto, Felipe Kessler, William Lopes, Augusto Schrank, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Daniel Eduardo Weibel
Synthetic polymers are the cause of some major environmental impacts due to their low degradation rates. Polyurethanes (PU) are widely used synthetic polymers, and their growing use in industry has produced an increase in plastic waste. A commercial polyether-based thermoplastic PU with hydrolytic stability and fungus resistance was only attacked by an entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhiziumanisopliae, when the films were pre-treated with Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence of reactive atmospheres. Water contact angle, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection mode (FTIR-ATR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and profilometer measurements were mainly used for analysis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700235/quantitative-crassphage-pcr-assays-for-human-fecal-pollution-measurement
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Elyse Stachler, Catherine Kelty, Mano Sivaganesan, Xiang Li, Kyle Bibby, Orin C Shanks
Environmental waters are monitored for fecal pollution to protect public health and water resources. Traditionally, general fecal indicator bacteria are used; however, they cannot distinguish human fecal waste from other animal pollution sources. Recently, a novel bacteriophage, crAssphage, was discovered by metagenomic data mining and reported to be abundant in and closely associated with human fecal waste. To confirm bioinformatic predictions, 384 primer sets were designed along the length of the crAssphage genome...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693967/comparison-of-balance-of-tritium-activity-in-waste-water-from-nuclear-power-plants-and-at-selected-monitoring-sites-in-the-vltava-river-elbe-river-and-jihlava-dyje-river-catchments-in-the-czech-republic
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Eduard Hanslík, Diana Marešová, Eva Juranová, Barbora Sedlářová
During the routine operation, nuclear power plants discharge waste water containing a certain amount of radioactivity, whose main component is the artificial radionuclide tritium. The amounts of tritium released into the environment are kept within the legal requirements, which minimize the noxious effects of radioactivity, but the activity concentration is well measurable in surface water of the recipient. This study compares amount of tritium activity in waste water from nuclear power plants and the tritium activity detected at selected relevant sites of surface water quality monitoring...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692901/water-or-sediment-partitioning-the-role-of-water-column-and-sediment-chemistry-as-drivers-of-macroinvertebrate-communities-in-an-austral-south-african-stream
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Tatenda Dalu, Ryan J Wasserman, Jonathan D Tonkin, Tongayi Mwedzi, Mandla L Magoro, Olaf L F Weyl
Water pollution is a critical management issue, with many rivers and streams draining urban areas being polluted by the disposal of untreated solid waste and wastewater discharge, storm water and agricultural runoff. This has implications for biodiversity, and many rivers in the developing world are now considered compromised. We investigated benthic macroinvertebrate community structure and composition in relation to physico-chemical conditions of the water column and sediments. The study was conducted in an Austral catchment subject to both urban and agricultural pollutants in two different seasons...
July 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687277/measurement-of-tributyl-phosphate-tbp-in-groundwater-at-a-legacy-radioactive-waste-site-and-its-possible-role-in-contaminant-mobilisation
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Brett Rowling, Andrew S Kinsela, M Josick Comarmond, Catherine E Hughes, Jennifer J Harrison, Mathew P Johansen, Timothy E Payne
At many legacy radioactive waste sites, organic compounds have been co-disposed, which may be a factor in mobilisation of radionuclides at these sites. Tri-butyl phosphate (TBP) is a component of waste streams from the nuclear fuel cycle, where it has been used in separating actinides during processing of nuclear fuels. Analyses of ground waters from the Little Forest Legacy Site (LFLS) in eastern Australia were undertaken using solid-phase extraction (SPE) followed by gas chromatographic mass spectrometry (GCMS)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681690/development-of-nutrient-rich-growing-media-with-hazelnut-husk-and-municipal-sewage-sludge
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Omer Hulusi Dede, Saim Ozdemir
In the present study, development of structurally stable, rich in nutrients and environmentally safe growing media was carried out by combining waste material: crop residue hazelnut husk and municipal sewage sludge. In order to achieve this goal, structurally stable lignocellulosic hazelnut husk (HH) residue was mixed with nutrient-rich sewage sludge (S) in various proportions: HH 100%; HH+S1 87.5% : 12.5%; HH+S2 75% : 2 5%; HH+S3 50% : 5 0%. Following composting, the key physical, chemical and microbiological properties of the growing media were characterized for long term ornamental nursery crops...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680802/lobster-processing-by-products-as-valuable-bioresource-of-marine-functional-ingredients-nutraceuticals-and-pharmaceuticals
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Trung T Nguyen, Andrew R Barber, Kendall Corbin, Wei Zhang
The worldwide annual production of lobster was 165,367 tons valued over $3.32 billion in 2004, but this figure rose up to 304,000 tons in 2012. Over half the volume of the worldwide lobster production has been processed to meet the rising global demand in diversified lobster products. Lobster processing generates a large amount of by-products (heads, shells, livers, and eggs) which account for 50-70% of the starting material. Continued production of these lobster processing by-products (LPBs) without corresponding process development for efficient utilization has led to disposal issues associated with costs and pollutions...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678643/a-novel-photocatalytic-purification-system-for-fish-culture
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Basilio Randazzo, Giulia Chemello, Ivan Tortarolo, Gian Luca Chiarello, Maciej Zalas, Alessandra Santini, Margaret Liberatore, Marco Liberatore, Elena Selli, Ike Olivotto
The accumulation of nitrogen compounds represents a pivotal problem in the management of fish culture. Several methods were investigated in the last decades for treatment of waste waters, and the use of photocatalytic materials has received increasing attention. The photocatalytic degradation (PCD) process with titanium dioxide (TiO2) represents the most promising single-step method to promote the removal of nitrogen compounds from water. The present study compares for the first time the effects on fish culture of a classical mechanical, biological, and ultraviolet purification system to a TiO2-PCD one, with particular emphasis on water chemistry and on physiological responses in zebrafish...
July 5, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670935/genetic-damage-induced-by-electronic-waste-leachates-and-contaminated-underground-water-in-two-prokaryotic-systems
#9
Okunola A Alabi, Adekunle A Bakare
The inappropriate and unsafe management practices related to disposal and recycling of electronic wastes in Nigeria has led to environmental and underground water contamination. Reports on the level and type of contamination as well as the possible DNA damage effects of this contamination are insufficient. This study evaluated the DNA damaging potential of e-waste simulated and raw leachates, and its contaminated underground water using the SOS chromotest on Escherichia coli PQ37 and the Ames Salmonella fluctuation test on Salmonella typhimurium strains TA98 and TA100, without and with metabolic activation...
July 3, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668632/urban-sewage-lipids-in-the-suspended-particulate-matter-of-a-coral-reef-under-river-influence-in-the-south-west-gulf-of-mexico
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Laura Carreón-Palau, Christopher C Parrish, Horacio Pérez-España
Nutritional quality of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and the degree of human fecal pollution in the largest coral reef system in the southwest Gulf of Mexico were evaluated using lipid classes, fatty acids (FA) and sterols in the dry and rainy seasons. High proportions of triacylglycerols and saturated and monounsaturated FA were detected in the SPM however it was considered poor quality because it had low proportions of highly unsaturated FA which can be used to determine production of marine biogenic material of dietary value to pelagic and benthic organisms...
June 22, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668347/managing-hazards-in-place-the-risks-of-residual-risks
#11
Ellen K Silbergeld
Managing hazards in place (MHP) is a policy instrument in environmental health that allows less than complete removal, abatement, or remediation of environmental hazards. The practice of minimizing exposure to hazards rather than removing them is widely recognized as part of the toolbox of environmental protection for human and ecosystem health. The concept of managing hazards in place is embedded in several environmental statutes and regulations in the US notably the waste management regulations, as well as in the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act...
June 28, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661330/spatial-and-temporal-variations-in-pollution-indicator-bacteria-in-the-lower-vaal-river-south-africa
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Lizyben Chidamba, Elrina Cilliers, Cornelius Carlos Bezuidenhout
  The aim of this study was to evaluate the spatial and temporal variation of microbiological parameters of the Lower Vaal River, with emphasis on the Staphylococci population. River water concentrations of Staphylococci, heterotrophic, total coliforms, fecal coliforms and Streptococci groups of sanitary indicator bacteria were monitored. Results indicated significant contamination from agricultural land use inputs and municipal waste applications. Significant temporal and spatial variation was observed in response to the varying river discharge...
November 1, 2016: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660747/reversible-and-efficient-sequestration-of-cs-from-water-by-layered-metal-thiophosphate-k0-48mn0-76ps3-h2o
#13
Ekashmi Rathore, Provas Pal, Kanishka Biswas
Water body contamination with radioactive species is an important issue due to significant development in nuclear energy. Cesium (137Cs) radioisotope is a non-actinide fission product of the uranium and plutonium; and it is long-lived. Hence, selective removal/capture of Cs is essential for managing radioactive waste. Herein, we report a detailed Cs+ ion-exchange study of potassium intercalated layered metal thiophosphate, K0.48Mn0.76PS3.H2O (K-MPS-1). The sorption of Cs+ by K-MPS-1 follows Langmuir model with a high capacity of 337...
June 29, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647879/disposal-of-household-pharmaceuticals-in-insular-communities-social-attitude-behaviour-evaluation-and-prevention-activities
#14
Antonis A Zorpas, Maria Dimitriou, Irene Voukkali
The increase in medicine and drug consumption have resulted in identifying these emerging pollutants in all aquatic compartments, ranging from surface water and groundwater resources to the marine environment. Pharmaceuticals are an indispensable part of life today. A large number of pharmaceuticals are used in a daily basis in the treatment, prevention, cure or diagnosis of diseases or to otherwise enhance people's physical or mental well-being. This paper focuses on the evaluation of the attitude of citizens in Cyprus regarding the disposal of pharmaceuticals as well as to identify the main reasons why pharmaceutical wastes are produced...
June 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634869/discharge-permit-market-and-farm-management-nexus-an-approach-for-eutrophication-control-in-small-basins-with-low-income-farmers
#15
Somaye Imani, Mohammad Hossein Niksokhan, Shervin Jamshidi, Karim C Abbaspour
The economic concerns of low-income farmers are barriers to nutrient abatement policies for eutrophication control in surface waters. This study brings up a perspective that focuses on integrating multiple-pollutant discharge permit markets with farm management practices. This aims to identify a more economically motivated waste load allocation (WLA) for non-point sources (NPS). For this purpose, we chose the small basin of Zrebar Lake in western Iran and used the soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) for modeling...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616175/seasonal-habitat-use-by-elephants-loxodonta-africana-in-the-mole-national-park-of-ghana
#16
George Ashiagbor, Emmanuel Danquah
To avoid unnecessary waste of limited resources and to help prioritize areas for conservation efforts, this study aimed to provide information on habitat use by elephants between the wet and dry seasons in the Mole National Park (MNP) of Ghana. We compiled coordinates of 516 locations of elephants' encounters, 256 for dry season and 260 for wet season. Using nine predictor variables, we modeled the probability of elephant's distribution in MNP. We threshold the models to "suitable" and "nonsuitable" regions of habitat use using the equal training sensitivity and specificity values of 0...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602000/integrated-waste-load-allocation-for-river-water-pollution-control-under-uncertainty-a-case-study-of-tuojiang-river-china
#17
Jiuping Xu, Shuhua Hou, Liming Yao, Chaozhi Li
This paper presents a bi-level optimization waste load allocation programming model under a fuzzy random environment to assist integrated river pollution control. Taking account of the leader-follower decision-making in the water function zones framework, the proposed approach examines the decision making feedback relationships and conflict coordination between the river basin authority and the regional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) based on the Stackelberg-Nash equilibrium strategy. In the pollution control system, the river basin authority, as the leader, allocates equitable emissions rights to different subareas, and the then subarea EPA, as the followers, reallocates the limited resources to various functional zones to minimize pollution costs...
June 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600313/novel-microbial-assemblages-dominate-weathered-sulfide-bearing-rock-from-copper-nickel-deposits-in-the-duluth-complex-minnesota-usa
#18
Daniel S Jones, Kim A Lapakko, Zachary J Wenz, Michael C Olson, Elizabeth W Roepke, Michael J Sadowsky, Paige J Novak, Jake V Bailey
The Duluth Complex in northeastern Minnesota hosts economically-significant deposits of copper, nickel, and platinum group elements (PGEs). The primary sulfide mineralogy of these deposits includes the minerals pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, pentlandite, and cubanite, and weathering experiments show that most sulfide-bearing rock from the Duluth Complex generates moderately acidic leachate (pH 4-6). Microorganisms are important catalysts for metal sulfide oxidation and could influence water quality from mines in the Duluth Complex...
June 9, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595806/conversion-of-biowastes-to-biomaterial-an-innovative-waste-management-approach
#19
M Bobby Kannan, Karly Ronan
The study suggests that biowastes (eggshells and urine) can be potentially used as precursors to produce hydroxyapatite (HAp) biomaterial in a simple chemical process. A batch reactor was used in this work to produce HAp powder from eggshells and synthetic urine (SU). Fine powder of calcined eggshells was dissolved in water to produce aqueous calcium hydroxide. The solution was then mixed with concentrated SU in stoichiometric amounts corresponding to HAp (Ca/P molar ratio∼1.67). The initial pH of the solution was alkaline (pH∼8...
June 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586368/stabilization-of-lead-in-incineration-fly-ash-by-moderate-thermal-treatment-with-sodium-hydroxide-addition
#20
Bing Gong, Yi Deng, Yuanyi Yang, Yong He, Xiaolong Sun, Li-Ya Ge, Kewei Zhang, Weizhong Yang
Municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration fly ash (IFA) can be potentially reused as a substitute for some raw materials, but treatment for detoxification is indispensable owing to high contents of heavy metals in fly ash. In the present work, due to excessive leaching concentration of lead (Pb), a moderate thermal treatment with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) addition was employed to stabilize Pb in IFA. The moderate thermal treatment was performed under relatively low temperature ranging from 300 to 500°C and at retention time from 1 to 3 h with NaOH addition in a range of 1 to 9%...
2017: PloS One
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