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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222248/long-term-effects-of-climate-change-on-carbon-storage-and-tree-species-composition-in-a-dry-deciduous-forest
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István Fekete, Kate Lajtha, Zsolt Kotroczó, Gábor Várbíró, Csaba Varga, János Attila Tóth, Ibolya Demeter, Gábor Veperdi, Imre Berki
Forest vegetation and soils have been suggested as potentially important sinks for carbon (C) with appropriate management, and thus are implicated as effective tools in stabilizing climate even with increasing anthropogenic release of CO2 . Drought, however, which is often predicted to increase in models of future climate change, may limit NPP of dry forests types, with unknown effects on soil C storage. We studied C dynamics of a deciduous temperate forest of Hungary that has been subject to significant decreases in precipitation and increases in temperature in recent decades...
February 21, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221887/soil-type-soil-moisture-and-field-slope-influence-the-horizontal-movement-of-salmonella-enterica-and-citrobacter-freundii-from-floodwater-through-soil
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Mary Theresa Callahan, Shirley A Micallef, Robert L Buchanan
Pathogens in soil are readily mobilized by infiltrating water to travel downward through the soil. However, limited data are available on the horizontal movement of pathogens across a field. This study used a model system to evaluate the influence of soil type, initial soil moisture content, and field slope on the movement of Salmonella enterica serovar Newport across a horizontal plane of soil under flooding conditions. Three soil types of varying clay content were moistened to 40, 60, or 80% of their maximum water-holding capacities and flooded with water containing 6 log CFU/ml Salmonella Newport and Citrobacter freundii , the latter being evaluated as a potential surrogate for S...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215806/introducing-the-2-drops-model-for-two-dimensional-simulation-of-crop-roots-and-pesticide-within-the-soil-root-zone
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Annika Agatz, Colin D Brown
Mathematical models of pesticide fate and behaviour in soils have been developed over the last 30years. Most models simulate fate of pesticides in a 1-dimensional system successfully, supporting a range of applications where the prediction target is either bulk residues in soil or receiving compartments outside of the soil zone. Nevertheless, it has been argued that the 1-dimensional approach is limiting the application of knowledge on pesticide fate under specific pesticide placement strategies, such as seed, furrow and band applications to control pests and weeds...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215804/pyrogenic-carbon-in-australian-soils
#4
Fangjie Qi, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Zhaomin Dong, Yubo Yan, Dane Lamb, Thomas D Bucheli, Girish Choppala, Luchun Duan, Kirk T Semple
Pyrogenic carbon (PyC), the combustion residues of fossil fuel and biomass, is a versatile soil fraction active in biogeochemical processes. In this study, the chemo-thermal oxidation method (CTO-375) was applied to investigate the content and distribution of PyC in 30 Australian agricultural, pastoral, bushland and parkland soil with various soil types. Soils were sampled incrementally to 50cm in 6 locations and at another 7 locations at 0-10cm. Results showed that PyC in Australian soils typically ranged from 0...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
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Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214111/remediation-of-contaminated-lands-in-the-niger-delta-nigeria-prospects-and-challenges
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Nenibarini Zabbey, Kabari Sam, Adaugo Trinitas Onyebuchi
Contamination of the total environment (air, soil, water and biota) by crude oil has become a paramount interest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Studies have revealed variable impacts of oil toxicity on the environment and exposed populations. The revelation gained much international attention in 2011 with the release of Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This has up scaled local and international pressures for urgent clean-up and restoration of degraded bio-resource rich environments of the Niger Delta, starting from Ogoniland...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198039/combined-environmental-risk-assessment-for-the-antiviral-pharmaceuticals-ganciclovir-and-valganciclovir-in-europe
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Jürg Oliver Straub
Potential environmental risks of the old antiviral pharmaceuticals ganciclovir (GCV) and valganciclovir (VGCV) were re-assessed based on new environmental fate and chronic ecotoxicity tests and on actual use data for Europe. VGCV is hydrolyzed to GCV by intestinal and hepatic esterases, hence the new environmental tests only refer to GCV. A sorption study showed that GCV will not sorb significantly, excluding the soil as a relevant environmental compartment. Despite earlier data suggesting non-degradability, a new water/sediment fate test showed GCV to be primarily and ultimately degraded and to be non-persistent...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197169/effects-of-litter-on-seedling-emergence-and-seed-persistence-of-three-common-species-on-the-loess-plateau-in-northwestern-china
#8
Rui Zhang, Xiaowen Hu, Jerry M Baskin, Carol C Baskin, Yanrong Wang
Litter accumulation resulting from land use change (enclosure) is one of the key variables influencing seedling recruitment and consequently the regeneration of plant populations and seed persistence in the soil seed bank. A better understanding of the effects of litter on seed germination and seedling emergence is crucial for developing a new set of indicators for grassland ecosystem health and for grassland management policy. We investigated the effects of seed position in litter and amount of litter covering the seed on seedling emergence and seed persistence of three common species on the Loess Plateau in northwestern China...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186361/habitat-as-a-mediator-of-mesopredator-driven-mammal-extinction
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Peter J McDonald, Catherine E M Nano, Simon J Ward, Alistair Stewart, Chris R Pavey, Gary W Luck, Chris R Dickman
A prevailing view in dryland systems is that mammals are constrained by the scarcity of fertile soils and primary productivity. An alternative view is that predation is a primary driver of mammal assemblages, especially in Australia, where two introduced mesopredators - the feral cat Felis catus and red fox Vulpes vulpes - have decimated the dryland mammal fauna. We evaluate productivity (bottom-up) versus predation (top-down) as drivers of native mammal assemblage structure in dryland Australia. We find that predation is likely a major driver of extant mammal richness, but that its effect is strongly mediated by habitat type...
February 10, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177786/response-of-microbial-communities-to-roxarsone-under-different-culture-conditions
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Yaci Liu, Zhaoji Zhang, Yasong Li, Yuhong Fei
Roxarsone is a feed additive widely used in broiler and swine industry that has the potential to contaminate environment, mainly via the use of poultry manure as fertilizer, which results in release of inorganic arsenic to the soil and water. This study was conducted to investigate the roxarsone degradation and the response of microbial community under different culture conditions using high-throughput sequencing technology. Poultry litter was incubated for 288 h in the presence of roxarsone under light aerobic, dark aerobic, or dark anaerobic conditions, showing that roxarsone was completely degraded after 48 h of dark anaerobic incubation, while 79...
January 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166763/how-anthropogenic-changes-may-affect-soil-borne-parasite-diversity-plant-parasitic-nematode-communities-associated-with-olive-trees-in-morocco-as-a-case-study
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Nadine Ali, Johannes Tavoillot, Guillaume Besnard, Bouchaib Khadari, Ewa Dmowska, Grażyna Winiszewska, Odile Fossati-Gaschignard, Mohammed Ater, Mohamed Aït Hamza, Abdelhamid El Mousadik, Aïcha El Oualkadi, Abdelmajid Moukhli, Laila Essalouh, Ahmed El Bakkali, Elodie Chapuis, Thierry Mateille
BACKGROUND: Plant-parasitic nematodes (PPN) are major crop pests. On olive (Olea europaea), they significantly contribute to economic losses in the top-ten olive producing countries in the world especially in nurseries and under cropping intensification. The diversity and the structure of PPN communities respond to environmental and anthropogenic forces. The olive tree is a good host plant model to understand the impact of such forces on PPN diversity since it grows according to different modalities (wild, feral and cultivated olives)...
February 6, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166269/to-mulch-or-not-to-mulch-effects-of-gravel-mulch-toppings-on-plant-establishment-and-development-in-ornamental-prairie-plantings
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Anja Schmithals, Norbert Kühn
In recent years, North American prairie vegetation has served as a design model for highly attractive, low-cost and low-maintenance plantings in German urban green spaces. Where mixed-planting techniques, gravel mulch toppings and non-selective maintenance techniques such as mowing are used, prairie plantings are considered to be cost-effective alternative design concepts for public green space management. In this study, we investigated the establishment success of different mixtures of prairie species plantings on two sites with different soil conditions: topsoil and topsoil with graywacke gravel topping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165031/sediment-biomarker-bacterial-community-characterization-of-high-arsenic-aquifers-in-jianghan-plain-china
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Hengpeng Ye, Zeyu Yang, Xiang Wu, Jingwen Wang, Dongyun Du, Jian Cai, Kangle Lv, Huiyun Chen, Jingkun Mei, Mengqi Chen, Hong Du
Representative biomarkers (e.g., n-alkanes), diversity and microbial community in the aquifers contaminated by high concentration of arsenic (As) in different sediment depth (0-30 m) in Jianghan Plain, Hubei, China, were analyzed to investigate the potential mechanism of As enrichment in groundwater. The concentration of As was abundant in top soil and sand, but not in clay. The analysis of the distribution of n-alkanes, CPI values, and wax to total n-alkane ratio (Wax(n)%) indicated that the organic matter (OM) from fresh terrestrial plants were abundant in the shallow sediment...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163597/development-of-pre-breeding-technology-for-root-system-study-and-selection-of-kihara-afghan-wheat-landraces-kawlr-to-enhance-wheat-breeding-in-the-rain-fed-region
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Emdadul Haque, Aziz Ahmad Osmani, Sayed Hasibullah Ahmadi, Tomohiro Ban
To enhance a root trait-based selection program for rain-fed wheat breeding in Afghanistan, we simulated an efficient pre-breeding drought system. Plants were grown in 1 m pipes as control or 2 m pipes to simulate drought conditions soaking ground water up by capillary action supplemented by two different life supporting irrigations from top of the pipes (T1 and T2 droughts). T1 was used for studying genetic diversity in 360 Kihara Afghan wheat landraces (KAWLR). Both drought treatments were used to evaluate root traits in 30 selected genotypes...
December 2016: Breeding Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112952/from-sediment-to-top-predators-broad-exposure-of-polyhalogenated-carbazoles-in-san-francisco-bay-u-s-a
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Yan Wu, Hongli Tan, Rebecca Sutton, Da Chen
The present study provides the first comprehensive investigation of polyhalogenated carbazoles (PHCZs) contamination in an aquatic ecosystem. PHCZs have been found in soil and aquatic sediment from several different regions, but knowledge of their bioaccumulation and trophodynamics is extremely scarce. This work investigated a suite of 11 PHCZ congeners in San Francisco Bay (United States) sediment and organisms, including bivalves (n = 6 composites), sport fish (n = 12 composites), harbor seal blubber (n = 18), and bird eggs (n = 8 composites)...
February 8, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107505/septic-systems-contribution-to-phosphorus-in-shallow-groundwater-field-scale-studies-using-conventional-drainfield-designs
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Sara Mechtensimer, Gurpal S Toor
Septic systems can be a potential source of phosphorus (P) in groundwater and contribute to eutrophication in aquatic systems. Our objective was to investigate P transport from two conventional septic systems (drip dispersal and gravel trench) to shallow groundwater. Two new in-situ drainfields (6.1 m long by 0.61 m wide) with a 3.72 m2 infiltrative surface were constructed. The drip dispersal drainfield was constructed by placing 30.5 cm commercial sand on top of natural soil and the gravel trench drainfield was constructed by placing 30...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079107/phenotyping-for-the-dynamics-of-field-wheat-root-system-architecture
#17
Xinxin Chen, Qishuo Ding, Zbigniew Błaszkiewicz, Jiuai Sun, Qian Sun, Ruiyin He, Yinian Li
We investigated a method to quantify field-state wheat RSA in a phenotyping way, depicting the 3D topology of wheat RSA in 14d periods. The phenotyping procedure, proposed for understanding the spatio-temporal variations of root-soil interaction and the RSA dynamics in the field, is realized with a set of indices of mm scale precision, illustrating the gradients of both wheat root angle and elongation rate along soil depth, as well as the foraging potential along the side directions. The 70d was identified as the shifting point distinguishing the linear root length elongation from power-law development...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068476/phosphorus-fate-and-dynamics-in-greywater-biofiltration-systems
#18
Harsha S Fowdar, Belinda E Hatt, Tom Cresswell, Jennifer J Harrison, Perran L M Cook, Ana Deletic
Phosphorus, a critical environmental pollutant, is effectively removed from stormwater by biofiltration systems, mainly via sedimentation and straining. However, the fate of dissolved inflow phosphorus concentrations in these systems is unknown. Given the growing interest in using biofiltration systems to treat other polluted waters, for example greywater, such an understanding is imperative to optimize designs for successful long-term performance. A mass balance method and a radiotracer, (32)P (as H3PO4), were used to investigate the partitioning of phosphorus (concentrations of 2...
January 31, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064192/leaf-anatomy-bvoc-emission-and-co2-exchange-of-arctic-plants-following-snow-addition-and-summer-warming
#19
Michelle Schollert, Minna Kivimäenpää, Anders Michelsen, Daan Blok, Riikka Rinnan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Climate change in the Arctic is projected to increase temperature, precipitation and snowfall. This may alter leaf anatomy and gas exchange either directly or indirectly. Our aim was to assess whether increased snow depth and warming modify leaf anatomy and affect biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions and CO2 exchange of the widespread arctic shrubs Betula nana and Empetrum nigrum ssp. hermaphroditum METHODS: Measurements were conducted in a full-factorial field experiment in Central West Greenland, with passive summer warming by open-top chambers and snow addition using snow fences...
February 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062107/diurnal-evolution-of-the-temperature-sensitivity-of-co2-efflux-in-permafrost-soils-under-control-and-warm-conditions
#20
Julien Fouché, Catherine Keller, Michel Allard, Jean Paul Ambrosi
Cryosols contain ~33% of the global soil organic carbon. Cryosol warming and permafrost degradation may enhance the CO2 release to the atmosphere through the microbial decomposition. Despite the large carbon pool, the permafrost carbon feedback on the climate remains uncertain. In this study, we aimed at better understanding the diurnal evolution of the temperature sensitivity of CO2 efflux in Cryosols. A Histic Cryosol and a Turbic Cryosol were instrumented in tussock tundra ecosystems near Salluit (Nunavik, Canada)...
January 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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