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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
Harsha S Fowdar, Belinda E Hatt, Tom Cresswell, Jennifer J Harrison, Perran Louis Miall 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 optimise designs for successful long-term performance. A mass balance method and a radiotracer, 32P (as H3PO4), were used to investigate the partitioning of phosphorus (concentrations of 2...
January 9, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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...
January 7, 2017: Annals of Botany
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
Zainol Maznah, Muhamad Halimah, Mahendran Shitan, Provash Kumar Karmokar, Sulaiman Najwa
Ganoderma boninense is a fungus that can affect oil palm trees and cause a serious disease called the basal stem root (BSR). This disease causes the death of more than 80% of oil palm trees midway through their economic life and hexaconazole is one of the particular fungicides that can control this fungus. Hexaconazole can be applied by the soil drenching method and it will be of interest to know the concentration of the residue in the soil after treatment with respect to time. Hence, a field study was conducted in order to determine the actual concentration of hexaconazole in soil...
2017: PloS One
Guoan Yin, Fujun Niu, Zhanju Lin, Jing Luo, Minghao Liu
Beiluhe basin is underlain by warm and ice-rich permafrost, and covered by vegetation and soils characteristic of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. A field monitoring network was established to investigate permafrost conditions and to assess potential impacts of local factors and climate change. This paper describes the spatial variations in permafrost conditions from instrumented boreholes, controlling environmental factors, and recent thermal evolution of permafrost in the basin. The study area was divided into 10 ecotypes using satellite imagery based classification...
January 2, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Haytam Mesrar, Abdelhamid Sadiki, Ali Faleh, Laura Quijano, Leticia Gaspar, Ana Navas
The purpose of this study is to understand and quantify the relationships between current (137)Cs inventories and the soil properties and the physiographic characteristics. A total of 36 cores were taken in seven transects with different slopes, lithology and land use. The analysis focused on the (137)Cs mass activity as well as inventories and its relationship with soil properties as grain size and organic matter. The mass activity of (137)Cs and the inventories varied between 3.6 and 63.7 Bq kg(-1) and between 521...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Khaled S Balkhair
Pathogenic bacteria, that enter surface water bodies and groundwater systems through unmanaged wastewater land application, pose a great risk to human health. In this study, six soil column experiments were conducted to simulate the vulnerability of agricultural and urban field soils for fecal bacteria transport and retention under saturated and unsaturated flow conditions. HYDRUS-1D kinetic attachment and kinetic attachment-detachment models were used to simulate the breakthrough curves of the experimental data by fitting model parameters...
December 20, 2016: Water Research
Jordan Lestina, Maxwell Cook, Sunil Kumar, Jeffrey Morisette, Paul J Ode, Frank Peairs
Wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus Norton, Hymenoptera: Cephidae) has long been a significant insect pest of spring, and more recently, winter wheat in the northern Great Plains. Wheat stem sawfly was first observed infesting winter wheat in Colorado in 2010 and, subsequently, has spread rapidly throughout wheat production regions of the state. Here, we used maximum entropy modeling (MaxEnt) to generate habitat suitability maps in order to predict the risk of crop damage as this species spreads throughout the winter wheat-growing regions of Colorado...
December 2016: Environmental Entomology
Xiaonan Wang, Daoyong Zhang, Xiangliang Pan, Duu-Jong Lee, Fahad A Al-Misned, M Golam Mortuza, Geoffrey Michael Gadd
Selenium (Se) nanoparticles are often synthesized by anaerobes. However, anaerobic bacteria cannot be directly applied for bioremediation of contaminated top soil which is generally aerobic. In this study, a selenite-reducing bacterium, Citrobacter freundii Y9, demonstrated high selenite reducing power and produced elemental nano-selenium nanoparticles (nano-Se(0)) under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. The biogenic nano-Se(0) converted 45.8-57.1% and 39.1-48.6% of elemental mercury (Hg(0)) in the contaminated soil to insoluble mercuric selenide (HgSe) under anaerobic and aerobic conditions, respectively...
December 5, 2016: Chemosphere
Qi Wang, Rongrong Wang, Linyan He, Xiafang Sheng
Bacteria play important roles in rock weathering, elemental cycling, and soil formation. However, little is known about the weathering potential and population of bacteria inhabiting surfaces of rocks. In this study, we isolated bacteria from the top, middle, and bottom rock samples along a hillside of a rock (trachyte) mountain as well as adjacent soils and characterized rock-weathering behaviors and populations of the bacteria. Per gram of rock or surface soil, 10(6)-10(7) colony forming units were obtained and total 192 bacteria were isolated...
December 21, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Qingmin Meng
Fracking has become a hot topic in the media and public discourse not only because of its economic benefit but also its environmental impacts. Recently, scientists have investigated the environmental impacts of fracking, and most studies focus on its air and ground water pollution. A systematic research structure and an overall evaluation of fracking's impacts on the environment are needed, because fracking does not only influence ground water but most environmental elements including but not limited to air, water, soil, rock, vegetation, wildlife, human, and many other ecosystem components...
December 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Luke Martinkosky, Jaimie Barkley, Gabriel Sabadell, Heidi Gough, Seana Davidson
Crude oil contamination widely impacts soil as a result of release during oil and gas exploration and production activities. The success of bioremediation methods to meet remediation goals often depends on the composition of the crude oil, the soil, and microbial community. Earthworms may enhance bioremediation by mixing and aerating the soil, and exposing soil microorganisms to conditions in the earthworm gut that lead to increased activity. In this study, the common composting earthworm Eisenia fetida was tested for utility to improve remediation of oil-impacted soil...
December 12, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Yanwei Zhang, Dongfei Tan, Yue Geng, Lu Wang, Yi Peng, Zeying He, Yaping Xu, Xiaowei Liu
Field investigations on perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) levels in various environmental matrixes were reported, but there is still a lack of PFAA level data for agricultural environments, especially agricultural producing areas, so we collected soil, irrigation water and agricultural product samples from agricultural producing areas in the provinces of Liaoning, Shandong and Sichuan in China. The background pollution from instruments was removed and C₄-C18 PFAAs were detected by LC-MS/MS. The concentrations of PFAAs in the top and deep layers of soil were compared, and the levels of PFAAs in different agricultural environments (greenhouses and open agriculture) were analyzed...
December 10, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Zhijian Xie, Farooq Shah, Shuxin Tu, Changxu Xu, Weidong Cao
Monocropped rice system is an important intensive cropping system for food security in China. Green manure (GM) as an alternative to fertilizer N (FN) is useful for improving soil quality. However, few studies have examined the effect of Chinese milk vetch (CMV) as GM on nitrous oxide (N2O) emission from monocropped rice field in south China. Therefore, a pot-culture experiment with four treatments (control, no FN and CMV; CMV as GM alone, M; fertilizer N alone, FN; integrating fertilizer N with CMV, NM) was performed to investigate the effect of incorporating CMV as GM on N2O emission using a closed chamber-gas chromatography (GC) technique during the rice growing periods...
2016: PloS One
R M Wilson, A M Hopple, M M Tfaily, S D Sebestyen, C W Schadt, L Pfeifer-Meister, C Medvedeff, K J McFarlane, J E Kostka, M Kolton, R K Kolka, L A Kluber, J K Keller, T P Guilderson, N A Griffiths, J P Chanton, S D Bridgham, P J Hanson
Peatlands contain one-third of soil carbon (C), mostly buried in deep, saturated anoxic zones (catotelm). The response of catotelm C to climate forcing is uncertain, because prior experiments have focused on surface warming. We show that deep peat heating of a 2 m-thick peat column results in an exponential increase in CH4 emissions. However, this response is due solely to surface processes and not degradation of catotelm peat. Incubations show that only the top 20-30 cm of peat from experimental plots have higher CH4 production rates at elevated temperatures...
December 13, 2016: Nature Communications
Eun-Hee Lee, Kyung-Eun Moon, Kyung-Suk Cho
The long-term performance of lab-scale biocovers for the simulation of engineered landfill cover soils was evaluated. Methane (CH4), trimethylamine (TMA), and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) were introduced into the biocovers as landfill gases for 134 days and the removal performance was evaluated. The biocover systems were capable of simultaneously removing methane, TMA, and DMS. Methane was mostly eliminated in the top layer of the systems, while TMA and DMS were removed in the bottom layer. Overall, the methane removal capacity and efficiency were 224...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
B Annicaert, S De Moor, L Van Nevel, E Michels, M De Fraeye, L Meiresonne, J Vangronsveld, F M G Tack, E Meers
Poplar clones were studied for their phytoextraction capacity in the second growth cycle (6 growth years) on a site in the Belgian Campine region which is contaminated with Cd and Zn via historic atmospheric deposition of nearby zinc smelter activities. The field trial revealed regrowth problems for some clone that could not be predicted in the first growth cycle. Four allometric relations were assessed for their capacity to predict biomass yield in the second growth cycle. A power function based on the shootdiameter best estimate the biomass production of poplar with R² values between 0...
December 8, 2016: International Journal of Phytoremediation
Xin Xu, Zhen Wu, Yubing Dong, Ziqiang Zhou, Zhengqin Xiong
The CH4 emissions from soil were influenced by the changeable CH4 concentrations and diffusions in soil profiles, but that have been subjected to nitrogen (N) and biochar amendment over seasonal and annual time frames. Accordingly, a two-year field experiment was conducted in southeastern China to determine the amendment effects on CH4 concentrations and diffusive effluxes as measured by a multilevel sampling probe in paddy soil during two cycles of rice-wheat rotations. The results showed that the top 7-cm soil layers were the primary CH4 production sites during the rice-growing seasons...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lian Xu, Ji-Quan Sun, Li-Juan Wang, Xiao-Zhen Liu, Yin-Yao Ji, Zhong-Qiu Shao, Xiao-Lei Wu
A Gram-staining-negative, motile, non-spore-forming bacterium designated strain Y4G10-17T was isolated from the saline-alkali farmland top soil, Inner Mongolia, northern China. Strain Y4G10-17T could grow at 4-45°C (with 30°C as the optimal temperature), pH 6.0-12.0 (optimal at pH 9.0), and in the presence of 1.0-12.0 % (w/v) NaCl (optimal at 4.0-6.0 %). Phylogenetic analysis based on the eight different copies of the 16S rRNA gene sequences revealed that strain Y4G10-17T shared the highest sequence similarities with Aliidiomarina maris CF12-14T, 97...
December 7, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
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