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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737697/worldwide-regulations-of-standard-values-of-pesticides-for-human-health-risk-control-a-review
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REVIEW
Zijian Li, Aaron Jennings
Abstract: The impact of pesticide residues on human health is a worldwide problem, as human exposure to pesticides can occur through ingestion, inhalation, and dermal contact. Regulatory jurisdictions have promulgated the standard values for pesticides in residential soil, air, drinking water, and agricultural commodity for years. Until now, more than 19,400 pesticide soil regulatory guidance values (RGVs) and 5400 pesticide drinking water maximum concentration levels (MCLs) have been regulated by 54 and 102 nations, respectively...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735234/nano-cerium-oxide-functionalized-biochar-for-phosphate-retention-preparation-optimization-and-rice-paddy-application
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Yanfang Feng, Haiying Lu, Yang Liu, Lihong Xue, Dionysios D Dionysiou, Linzhang Yang, Baoshan Xing
In this study, nano-cerium oxide functionalized maize straw biochar (Ce-MSB) was prepared and utilized to remove P from agricultural wastewater. Response Surface Model was applied to optimize the operating conditions. Moreover, Ce-MSB was applied to actual rice paddy column for the first time. Response Surface Model (RSM) showed higher materials ratio had positive effect on PO4(3-) adsorption capacity, while higher pyrolysis temperature had negative effect. The maximum adsorption capacity of Ce-MSB for PO4(3-) was 78 mg g(-1), implying that Ce-MSB was an effective functionalized adsorbent for P removal...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729855/desirable-traits-of-a-good-biocontrol-agent-against-verticillium-wilt
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REVIEW
Silke Deketelaere, Lien Tyvaert, Soraya C França, Monica Höfte
The soil-borne fungus Verticillium causes serious vascular disease in a wide variety of annual crops and woody perennials. Verticillium wilt is notoriously difficult to control by conventional methods, so there is great potential for biocontrol to manage this disease. In this study we aimed to review the research about Verticillium biocontrol to get a better understanding of characteristics that are desirable in a biocontrol agent (BCA) against Verticillium wilt. We only considered studies in which the BCAs were tested on plants...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725557/genome-assembly-of-chryseobacterium-sp-strain-ihbb-10212-from-glacier-top-surface-soil-in-the-indian-trans-himalayas-with-potential-for-hydrolytic-enzymes
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Mohinder Pal, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Hena Dhar, Sanjay Chhibber, Arvind Gulati
The cold-active esterases are gaining importance due to their catalytic activities finding applications in chemical industry, food processes and detergent industry as additives, and organic synthesis of unstable compounds as catalysts. In the present study, the complete genome sequence of 4,843,645 bp with an average 34.08% G + C content and 4260 protein-coding genes are reported for the low temperature-active esterase-producing novel strain of Chrysobacterium isolated from the top-surface soil of a glacier in the cold deserts of the Indian trans-Himalayas...
September 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719852/rapid-gamma-spectrometric-analysis-of-soil-samples-after-radioactive-fallout-using-a-conjugate-view-technique
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M Isaksson, M Fahlström, N Ossipova, K Rosén
A method for fast determination of the activity in soil samples by measuring a fresh soil core sample from both ends with an HPGe-detector is proposed. The method was tested by simulations, as well as by measurements on spiked soil samples. Both simulations and measurements showed that the geometrical mean of the count rates when the sample is measured twice, with the bottom and the top end, respectively, facing the detector closely resembles the count rate from a measurement on a homogenized sample. Therefore, an efficiency calibration for homogenized samples could be used even if the activity is highly inhomogeneous in the soil core, as is the case with fresh fallout...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711847/vertical-patterns-and-controls-of-soil-nutrients-in-alpine-grassland-implications-for-nutrient-uptake
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Liming Tian, Lin Zhao, Xiaodong Wu, Hongbing Fang, Yonghua Zhao, Guangyang Yue, Guimin Liu, Hao Chen
Vertical patterns and determinants of soil nutrients are critical to understand nutrient cycling in high-altitude ecosystems; however, they remain poorly understood in the alpine grassland due to lack of systematic field observations. In this study, we examined vertical distributions of soil nutrients and their influencing factors within the upper 1m of soil, using data of 68 soil profiles surveyed in the alpine grassland of the eastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Soil organic carbon (SOC) and total nitrogen (TN) stocks decreased with depth in both alpine meadow (AM) and alpine steppe (AS), but remain constant along the soil profile in alpine swamp meadow (ASM)...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709055/declining-atmospheric-deposition-of-heavy-metals-over-the-last-three-decades-is-reflected-in-soil-and-foliage-of-97-beech-fagus-sylvatica-stands-in-the-vienna-woods
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Selina Türtscher, Pétra Berger, Leopold Lindebner, Torsten W Berger
Rigorous studies on long-term changes of heavy metal distribution in forest soils since the implementation of emission controls are rare. Hence, we resampled 97 old-growth beech stands in the Vienna Woods. This study exploits an extensive data set of soil (infiltration zone of stemflow and between trees area) and foliar chemistry from three decades ago. It was hypothesized that declining deposition of heavy metals is reflected in soil and foliar total contents of Pb, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn and Fe. Mean soil contents of Pb in the stemflow area declined at the highest rate from 223 to 50 mg kg(-1) within the last three decades...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699117/determination-of-total-mercury-in-aluminium-industrial-zones-and-soil-contaminated-with-red-mud
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Oqil Rasulov, Andrea Zacharová, Marián Schwarz
This study investigated total mercury contents in areas impacted by aluminium plants in Tajikistan and Slovakia and in one area flooded with red mud in Hungary. We present the first determination of total mercury contents in the near-top soil (0-10 and 10-20 cm) in Tajikistan and the first comparative investigation of Tajikistan-Slovakia-Hungary. The Tajik Aluminium Company (TALCO) is one of the leading producers of primary aluminium in Central Asia. In the past 30 years, the plant has been producing large volumes of industrial waste, resulting in negative impacts on soil, groundwater and air quality of the surrounding region...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699006/adsorption-and-mineralization-of-ree-lanthanum-onto-bacterial-cell-surface
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Yangjian Cheng, Li Zhang, Xiaojing Bian, Hongyang Zuo, Hailiang Dong
A large number of rare earth element mining and application resulted in a series of problems of soil and water pollution. Environmental remediation of these REE-contaminated sites has become a top priority. This paper explores the use of Bacillus licheniformis to adsorb lanthanum and subsequent mineralization process in contaminated water. The maximum adsorption capacity of lanthanum on bacteria was 113.98 mg/g (dry weight) biomass. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) data indicated that adsorbed lanthanum on bacterial cell surface occurred in an amorphous form at the initial stage...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696773/rail-height-effects-on-safety-performance-of-midwest-guardrail-system
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Mojdeh Asadollahi Pajouh, Ramen D Julin, Cody S Stolle, John D Reid, Ronald K Faller
OBJECTIVE: Guardrail heights play a crucial role in the way that errant vehicles interact with roadside barriers. Low rail heights increase the propensity of vehicle rollover and override, while excessively-tall rails promote underride. Further, rail mounting heights and post embedment depths may be altered by variations in roadside terrain. An increased guardrail height may be desirable to accommodate construction tolerances, soil erosion, frost heave, and future roadway overlays. This study aimed to investigate and identify a maximum safe installation height for the Midwest Guardrail System, which would be robust and remain crashworthy before and after pavement overlays...
July 11, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690266/on-site-determination-of-trace-arsenic-by-reflection-absorption-colorimetry-of-molybdenum-blue-collected-on-a-membrane-filter
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Yuya Hasegawa, Yasutada Suzuki, Susumu Kawakubo
An on-site determination method for trace arsenic has been developed by collecting it as molybdenum blue (MB) in the presence of tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride on a mixed cellulose ester membrane filter and by measuring reflection absorbance (RA) of MB on the filter using a laboratory-made palm-top size reflection-absorbance colorimeter with a red light-emitting diode. The value of RA was proportional to the amount of arsenic up to 0.5 μg with a detection limit of 0.01 μg. The proposed method was successfully applied to soil extract and hot-spring water samples...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653083/determining-soil-quality-in-urban-agricultural-regions-by-soil-enzyme-based-index
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Avanthi Deshani Igalavithana, Muhammad Farooq, Kye-Hoon Kim, Young-Han Lee, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Mohammad I Al-Wabel, Sang Soo Lee, Yong Sik Ok
Urban agricultural soils are highly variable, and careful selection of sensitive indicators is needed for the assessment of soil quality. This study is proposed to develop an index based on soil enzyme activities for assessing the quality of urban agricultural soils. Top soils were collected from urban agricultural areas of Korea, and soil chemical properties, texture, microbial fatty acids, and enzyme activities were determined. The soils belonged to five textural classes with the highest frequency of sandy loam...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642779/mitigating-groundwater-depletion-in-north-china-plain-with-cropping-system-that-alternate-deep-and-shallow-rooted-crops
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Xiao-Lin Yang, Yuan-Quan Chen, Tammo S Steenhuis, Steven Pacenka, Wang-Sheng Gao, Li Ma, Min Zhang, Peng Sui
In the North China Plain, groundwater tables have been dropping at unsustainable rates of 1 m per year due to irrigation of a double cropping system of winter wheat and summer maize. To reverse the trend, we examined whether alternative crop rotations could save water. Moisture contents were measured weekly at 20 cm intervals in the top 180 cm of soil as part of a 12-year field experiment with four crop rotations: sweet potato→ cotton→ sweet potato→ winter wheat-summer maize (SpCSpWS, 4-year cycle); peanuts → winter wheat-summer maize (PWS, 2-year cycle); ryegrass-cotton→ peanuts→ winter wheat-summer maize (RCPWS, 3-year cycle); and winter wheat-summer maize (WS, each year)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635625/soil-moisture-content-estimation-based-on-sentinel-1-and-auxiliary-earth-observation-products-a-hydrological-approach
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Dimitrios D Alexakis, Filippos-Dimitrios K Mexis, Anthi-Eirini K Vozinaki, Ioannis N Daliakopoulos, Ioannis K Tsanis
A methodology for elaborating multi-temporal Sentinel-1 and Landsat 8 satellite images for estimating topsoil Soil Moisture Content (SMC) to support hydrological simulation studies is proposed. After pre-processing the remote sensing data, backscattering coefficient, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), thermal infrared temperature and incidence angle parameters are assessed for their potential to infer ground measurements of SMC, collected at the top 5 cm. A non-linear approach using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) is tested...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633110/emerging-contaminants-related-to-the-occurrence-of-forest-fires-in-the-spanish-mediterranean
#15
Julian Campo, María Lorenzo, Erik L H Cammeraat, Yolanda Picó, Vicente Andreu
Forest fires can be a source of contamination because, among others, of the use of chemicals to their extinction (flame retardants, FRs), or by the production of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) derived from high temperature alteration of organic matter. Up to our knowledge, this study is the first to assess the direct (PAHs 16 on the USA EPA's priority list), and indirect [tri- to hepta- brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organophosphorus flame retardants (PFRs) and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)] contamination related to forest fires...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623883/no-consistent-effect-of-plant-species-richness-on-resistance-to-simulated-climate-change-for-above-or-below-ground-processes-in-managed-grasslands
#16
Carsten F Dormann, Lars von Riedmatten, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen
BACKGROUND: Species richness affects processes and functions in many ecosystems. Since management of temperate grasslands is directly affecting species composition and richness, it can indirectly govern how systems respond to fluctuations in environmental conditions. Our aim in this study was to investigate whether species richness in managed grasslands can buffer the effects of drought and warming manipulations and hence increase the resistance to climate change. We established 45 plots in three regions across Germany, each with three different management regimes (pasture, meadow and mown pasture)...
June 17, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611747/microbial-community-and-functional-structure-significantly-varied-among-distinct-types-of-paddy-soils-but-responded-differently-along-gradients-of-soil-depth-layers
#17
Ren Bai, Jun-Tao Wang, Ye Deng, Ji-Zheng He, Kai Feng, Li-Mei Zhang
Paddy rice fields occupy broad agricultural area in China and cover diverse soil types. Microbial community in paddy soils is of great interest since many microorganisms are involved in soil functional processes. In the present study, Illumina Mi-Seq sequencing and functional gene array (GeoChip 4.2) techniques were combined to investigate soil microbial communities and functional gene patterns across the three soil types including an Inceptisol (Binhai), an Oxisol (Leizhou), and an Ultisol (Taoyuan) along four profile depths (up to 70 cm in depth) in mesocosm incubation columns...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609854/a-revision-of-the-ewartia-oldfieldi-distant-species-complex-hemiptera-cicadidae-cicadettinae-with-five-new-species-from-eastern-and-northern-australia
#18
Lindsay W Popple
The identity of Ewartia oldfieldi (Distant) is re-examined and this species is redescribed. Five new species belonging to the genus Ewartia Moulds are described. Ewartia oldfieldi s. str. occurs in association with wattles (Acacia spp.; Mimosaceae) with large or fleshy phyllodes growing in soils derived from sandstone and coarse-grained metasediments throughout the south-eastern third of Queensland. Ewartia roberti n. sp. is associated with wattles that possess narrow or delicate phyllodes, growing in loam soils in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales...
May 10, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603450/changes-in-soil-organic-matter-over-70%C3%A2-years-in-continuous-arable-and-ley-arable-rotations-on-a-sandy-loam-soil-in-england
#19
A E Johnston, P R Poulton, K Coleman, A J Macdonald, R P White
The sequestration in soil of organic carbon (SOC) derived from atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) by replacing arable crops with leys, has been measured over 70 years on a sandy loam soil. The experiment was designed initially to test the effect of leys on the yields of arable crops. A 3-year grazed grass with clover (grass + clover) ley in a 5-year rotation with arable crops increased percentage organic carbon (%OC) in the top 25 cm of the soil from 0.98 to 1.23 in 28 years, but with little further increase during the next 40 years with all-grass leys given fertilizer nitrogen (N)...
May 2017: European Journal of Soil Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600571/micro-scale-heterogeneity-of-soil-phosphorus-depends-on-soil-substrate-and-depth
#20
Florian Werner, Carsten W Mueller, Jürgen Thieme, Alessandra Gianoncelli, Camille Rivard, Carmen Höschen, Jörg Prietzel
Soils comprise various heterogeneously distributed pools of lithogenic, free organic, occluded, adsorbed, and precipitated phosphorus (P) forms, which differ depending on soil forming factors. Small-scale heterogeneity of element distributions recently has received increased attention in soil science due to its influence on soil functions and soil fertility. We investigated the micro-scale distribution of total P and different specific P binding forms in aggregates taken from a high-P clay-rich soil and a low-P sandy soil by combining advanced spectrometric and spectroscopic techniques to introduce new insights on P accessibility and availability in soils...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
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