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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527376/the-effectiveness-of-cutoff-walls-to-control-saltwater-intrusion-in-multi-layered-coastal-aquifers-experimental-and-numerical-study
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Antoifi Abdoulhalik, Ashraf A Ahmed
The objective of this study was to examine the performance of cutoff walls in controlling saltwater intrusion in stratified heterogeneous coastal aquifers. Numerical and laboratory experiments were completed in laboratory-scale aquifer where the effectiveness of cutoff walls was assessed in three different configurations, including a homogeneous scenario, a stratified aquifer with high K-low K-high K pattern (case HLH) and another stratified aquifer with low K-high K-low K pattern (case LHL). The results show that the cutoff wall was effective in reducing the saltwater wedge in all the investigated cases of layered-aquifers with toe length reduction of up to 43%...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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/28511136/fate-of-pharmaceuticals-in-soil-after-application-of-stps-products-influence-of-physicochemical-properties-and-modelling-approach
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Xela García-Santiago, Juan M Garrido, Juan M Lema, Amaya Franco-Uría
Depurated effluents can be employed as reclaimed water for irrigation in regions with low precipitations, while nutrients-rich biosolids are usually applied as fertilizer for agricultural purposes. However, both practices may result in the accumulation of micropollutants in the soil compartment, the contamination of groundwater, and/or their biotransfer to different living organisms until they finally may reach human receptors. The fate and transport of seven pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) with different physicochemical properties was analysed for these scenarios employing two different models: the buckets model and the HYDRUS-1D software package...
May 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489977/distribution-of-pesticide-residues-in-soil-and-uncertainty-of-sampling
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Gabriela K Suszter, Árpád Ambrus
Pesticide residues were determined in about 120 soil cores taken randomly from the top 15 cm layer of two sunflower fields about 30 days after preemergence herbicide treatments. Samples were extracted with acetone-ethyl acetate mixture and the residues were determined with GC-TSD. Residues of dimethenamid, pendimethalin, and prometryn ranged from 0.005 to 2.97 mg/kg. Their relative standard deviations (CV) were between 0.66 and 1.13. The relative frequency distributions of residues in soil cores were very similar to those observed in root and tuber vegetables grown in pesticide treated soils...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458246/polychlorinated-biphenyls-and-polybrominated-diphenylethers-in-soils-from-planted-forests-and-adjacent-natural-forests-on-a-tropical-island
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Xin Liu, Shuai Wang, Yishan Jiang, Yingtao Sun, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
Transformation from natural forests to planted forests in tropical regions is an expanding global phenomenon causing major modifications of land cover and soil properties, e.g. soil organic carbon (SOC). This study investigated accumulations of POPs in soils under eucalyptus and rubber forests as compared with adjacent natural forests on Hainan Island, China. Results showed that due to the greater forest filter effect and the higher SOC, the natural forest have accumulated larger amounts of POPs in the top 20 cm soil...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452218/quantifying-diffuse-contamination-method-and-application-to-pb-in-soil
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Karl Fabian, Clemens Reimann, Patrice De Caritat
A new method for detecting and quantifying diffuse contamination at the continental to regional scale is based on the analysis of cumulative distribution functions (CDFs). It uses cumulative probability (CP) plots for spatially representative data sets, preferably containing >1000 determinations. Simulations demonstrate how different types of contamination influence elemental CDFs of different sample media. It is found that diffuse contamination is characterized by a distinctive shift of the low-concentration end of the distribution of the studied element in its CP plot...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448621/biochar-from-kon-tiki-flame-curtain-and-other-kilns-effects-of-nutrient-enrichment-and-kiln-type-on-crop-yield-and-soil-chemistry
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Naba Raj Pandit, Jan Mulder, Sarah Elisabeth Hale, Hans Peter Schmidt, Gerard Cornelissen
Biochar application to soils has been investigated as a means of improving soil fertility and mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration. In the present work, the invasive shrub "Eupatorium adenophorum" was utilized as a sustainable feedstock for making biochar under different pyrolysis conditions in Nepal. Biochar was produced using several different types of kilns; four sub types of flame curtain kilns (deep-cone metal kiln, steel shielded soil pit, conical soil pit and steel small cone), brick-made traditional kiln, traditional earth-mound kiln and top lift up draft (TLUD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448510/manure-and-tillage-use-in-remediation-of-eroded-land-and-impacts-on-soil-chemical-properties
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Maysoon M Mikha, Joseph G Benjamin, Merle F Vigil, David J Poss
Soil loss through wind and water erosion is an ongoing problem in semiarid regions. A thin layer of top soil loss over a hectare of cropland could be corresponding to tons of productive soil loss per hectare. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the influence of beef feedlot manure, tillage and legume grass mixtures on changes in soil quality and nutrient components. The study was initiated in 2006 on an eroded site near Akron, Colorado, on a Norka-Colby very-fine sandy loam (fine-silty, mixed, mesic, Aridic, Argiustolls)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442259/microbial-community-structure-and-diversity-in-a-municipal-solid-waste-landfill
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Xiaolin Wang, Aixin Cao, Guozhu Zhao, Chuanbin Zhou, Rui Xu
Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the most prevalent waste disposal method and constitute one of the largest sources of anthropogenic methane emissions in the world. Microbial activities in disposed waste play a crucial role in greenhouse gas emissions; however, only a few studies have examined metagenomic microbial profiles in landfills. Here, the MiSeq high-throughput sequencing method was applied for the first time to examine microbial diversity of the cover soil and stored waste located at different depths (0-150cm) in a typical MSW landfill in Yangzhou City, East China...
April 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441599/transport-and-attenuation-of-salmonella-enterica-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-a-poultry-litter-marker-gene-are-correlated-in-soil-columns
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Sirisha Mantha, Angela Anderson, Saraswati Poudel Acharya, Valerie J Harwood, Jennifer Weidhaas
Millions of tons of fecal-contaminated poultry litter are applied to U.S. agricultural fields annually. Precipitation and irrigation facilitate transport of fecal-derived pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) to groundwater. The goal of this study was to compare transport of pathogens, FIB, and a microbial source tracking marker gene for poultry litter (LA35) in a simulated soil-to-groundwater system. Nine laboratory soil columns containing four different soil types were used to evaluate microbial transport to groundwater via infiltration...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437648/assessing-soil-air-partitioning-of-pahs-and-pcbs-with-a-new-fugacity-passive-sampler
#11
Carey E Donald, Kim A Anderson
Soil-air fluxes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined using a novel application of passive samplers to measure air and soil air, which is air in close proximity and in equilibrium with soil. Existing methods to measure flux of semi-volatile compounds between soil and air require collecting samples from the top soil layer. Yet, the top soil layer is hard to define and oversampling may misrepresent the exchangeable fraction. Alternatively, modified active samplers can measure soil air in situ, but require electricity while deployed...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421053/elevated-air-humidity-changes-soil-bacterial-community-structure-in-the-silver-birch-stand
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Marika Truu, Ivika Ostonen, Jens-Konrad Preem, Krista Lõhmus, Hiie Nõlvak, Teele Ligi, Katrin Rosenvald, Kaarin Parts, Priit Kupper, Jaak Truu
Soil microbes play a fundamental role in forest ecosystems and respond rapidly to changes in the environment. Simultaneously with the temperature increase the climate change scenarios also predict an intensified hydrological cycle for the Baltic Sea runoff region. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of elevated air humidity on the top soil microbial community structure of a silver birch (Betula pendula Roth.) stand by using a free air humidity manipulation facility (FAHM). The bacterial community structures of bulk soil and birch rhizosphere were analyzed using high-throughput sequencing of bacteria-specific16S rRNA gene fragments and quantification of denitrification related genes...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400580/responses-of-denitrifying-bacterial-communities-to-short-term-waterlogging-of-soils
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Yong Wang, Yoshitaka Uchida, Yumi Shimomura, Hiroko Akiyama, Masahito Hayatsu
Agricultural soil is often subjected to waterlogging after heavy rainfalls, resulting in sharp and explosive increases in the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O), an important greenhouse gas primarily released from agricultural soil ecosystems. Previous studies on waterlogged soil examined the abundance of denitrifiers but not the composition of denitrifier communities in soil. Also, the PCR primers used in those studies could only detect partial groups of denitrifiers. Here, we performed pyrosequencing analyses with the aid of recently developed PCR primers exhibiting high coverage for three denitrification genes, nirK, nirS, and nosZ to examine the effect of short-term waterlogging on denitrifier communities in soil...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392240/effect-of-home-construction-on-soil-carbon-storage-a-chronosequence-case-study
#14
Hamed Majidzadeh, B Graeme Lockaby, Robin Governo
Urbanization results in the rapid expansion of impervious surfaces, therefore a better understanding of biogeochemical consequences of soil sealing is crucial. Previous research documents a significant reduction in soil carbon and nitrogen content, however, it is unclear if this decrease is a result of top soil removal or long-term soil sealing. In this study, soil biogeochemical properties were quantified beneath homes built on a crawl space at two depths (0-10 cm, and 10-20 cm). All homes, 11-114 years in age, were sampled in the Piedmont region of Alabama and Georgia, USA...
April 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382933/clay-illuviation-provides-a-long-term-sink-for-c-sequestration-in-subsoils
#15
Gemma Torres-Sallan, Rogier P O Schulte, Gary J Lanigan, Kenneth A Byrne, Brian Reidy, Iolanda Simó, Johan Six, Rachel E Creamer
Soil plays a key role in the global carbon (C) cycle. Most current assessments of SOC stocks and the guidelines given by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focus on the top 30 cm of soil. Our research shows that, when considering only total quantities, most of the SOC stocks are found in this top layer. However, not all forms of SOC are equally valuable as long-term stable stores of carbon: the majority of SOC is available for mineralisation and can potentially be re-emitted to the atmosphere...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376427/experimental-warming-and-antecedent-fire-alter-leaf-element-composition-and-increase-soil-c-n-ratio-in-sub-alpine-open-heathland
#16
A C White-Monsant, G J Clark, M A G Ng Kam Chuen, C Tang
Plant communities in alpine ecosystems worldwide are being altered by climate warming. In the alpine open heathland of the Bogong High Plains, Australia, warming and fire have affected the growth and phenology of plants, and have recently been found to alter soil nutrient availability. We examined the effects of nine years of passive warming by open-top chambers and nine years post-fire on (i) the soluble and extractable nutrients and toxic elements available for plant uptake in the soil and (ii) on the element composition of leaves of seven dominant sub-alpine open heathland plants...
October 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374907/a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-evaluate-the-effect-of-a-new-skin-care-regimen-on-skin-barrier-function-in-those-with-podoconiosis-in-ethiopia
#17
J Brooks, S J Ersser, F Cowdell, E Gardiner, A Mengistu, P J Matts
BACKGROUND: Podoconiosis affects an estimated 3 million people in Ethiopia with a further 19 million at risk. Volcanic soil and pathogens enter skin breaches in the feet causing inflammation, lymphoedema and hyperkeratosis. There is no robust evidence on optimal podoconiosis skin care regimens to improve SBF. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of a new, low-cost, evidence-based intervention to improve SBF in the lower limbs of those with podoconiosis. METHODS: A randomized control trial (RCT) was conducted over 3 months in two podoconiosis clinics (n=193)...
April 4, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365562/responses-of-mixed-methanotrophic-consortia-to-variable-cu-2-fe-2-ratios
#18
Karthigeyan Chidambarampadmavathy, Obulisamy Parthiba Karthikeyan, Roger Huerlimann, Gregory E Maes, Kirsten Heimann
Methane mitigation in landfill top cover soils is mediated by methanotrophs whose optimal methane (CH4) oxidation capacity is governed by environmental and complex microbial community interactions. Optimization of CH4 remediating bio-filters need to take microbial responses into account. Divalent copper (Cu(2+)) and iron (Fe(2+)) are present in landfills at variable ratios and play a vital role in methane oxidation capacity and growth of methanotrophs. This study, as a first of its kind, therefore quantified effects of variable Cu(2+) and Fe(2+) (5:5, 5:25 and 5:50 μM) ratios on mixed methanotrophic communities enriched from landfill top cover (LB) and compost soils (CB)...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346905/modeling-the-terrestrial-n-processes-in-a-small-mountain-catchment-through-inca-n-a-case-study-in-taiwan
#19
Meng-Chang Lu, Chung-Te Chang, Teng-Chiu Lin, Lih-Jih Wang, Chiao-Ping Wang, Ting-Chang Hsu, Jr-Chuan Huang
Riverine dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) is an important indicator of trophic status of aquatic ecosystems. High riverine DIN export in Taiwan, ~3800kg-Nkm(-2)yr(-1), which is ~18 times higher than the global average, urges the need of thorough understanding of N cycling processes. We applied INCA-N (Integrated Nitrogen Catchment Model) to simulate riverine DIN export and infer terrestrial N processes using weekly rainwater and streamwater samples collected at the Fushan Experimental Forest (FEF) of northern Taiwan...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340453/long-term-nitrogen-deposition-increases-heathland-carbon-sequestration
#20
Chris D Field, Chris D Evans, Nancy B Dise, Jane R Hall, Simon J M Caporn
The large increases in reactive nitrogen (N) deposition in developed countries since the Industrial Revolution have had a marked impact on ecosystem functioning, including declining species richness, shifts in species composition, and increased N leaching. A potential mitigation of these harmful effects is the action of N as a fertiliser, which, through increasing primary productivity (and subsequently, organic matter production), has the potential to increase ecosystem carbon (C) storage. Here we report the response of an upland heath to 10years of experimental N addition...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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