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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454019/adsorption-of-carbon-dots-onto-al2o3-in-aqueous-experimental-and-theoretical-studies
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Xia Liu, Jiaxing Li, Xiaohua Wu, Zhi Zeng, Xianlong Wang, Tasawar Hayat, Xiaodong Zhang
Increasing interests in carbon dots (CDs) research resulted in the increased production of CDs and the risk to be released into the environment, including surface water and groundwater. To assess the environmental behavior of CDs, the stability of CDs in aqueous solutions were first examined by different environmental conditions, followed by the systematic investigation of the adsorption behaviors of CDs onto Al2O3 surface. Electrostatic interactions were considered as the dominant forces in CDs adsorption onto Al2O3 process, which were further confirmed by controlling experiments as compared with other minerals or oxides, such as montmorillonite, kaolinite and SiO2...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453251/influence-of-manure-application-on-the-environmental-resistome-under-finnish-agricultural-practice-with-restricted-antibiotic-use
#2
Johanna Muurinen, Robert D Stedtfeld, Antti Karkman, Katariina Pärnänen, James M Tiedje, Marko P J Virta
The co-occurrence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in farm environments can potentially foster the development of antibiotic resistant pathogens. We studied the resistome of Finnish dairy and swine farms where use of antibiotics is limited to treating bacterial infections and manure is only applied April to September. The resistome of manure, soil and tile drainage water from ditch was investigated from the beginning of the growing season until forage harvest. The relative ARG and MGE abundance was measured using a qPCR array with 363 primer pairs...
April 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448613/water-temperature-dependent-degradation-of-environmental-dna-and-its-relation-to-bacterial-abundance
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Satsuki Tsuji, Masayuki Ushio, Sho Sakurai, Toshifumi Minamoto, Hiroki Yamanaka
Environmental DNA (eDNA) is DNA shed by organisms into surrounding environments such as soil and water. The new methods using eDNA as a marker for species detection are being rapidly developed. Here we explore basic knowledge regarding the dependence of the eDNA degradation rate on time and water temperature, and the relationship between eDNA degradation and bacterial abundance. This subject has not been well clarified, even though it is essential for improving the reliability of eDNA analysis. To determine the time- and water temperature-dependent degradation of eDNA, river water was sampled and eDNA concentrations were determined for ayu sweetfish (Plecoglossus altivelis altivelis) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio) at seven time points, over a 48-h period, and at three different water temperatures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444605/recent-trends-of-modern-bacterial-insecticides-for-pest-control-practice-in-integrated-crop-management-system
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REVIEW
Pritam Chattopadhyay, Goutam Banerjee, Sayantan Mukherjee
Food security and safety are the major concern in ever expanding human population on the planet earth. Each and every year insect pests cause a serious damage in agricultural field that cost billions of dollars annually to farmers. The loss in term of productivity and high cost of chemical pesticides enhance the production cost. Irrespective use of chemical pesticides (such as Benzene hexachloride, Endosulfan, Aldicarb, and Fenobucarb) in agricultural field raised several types of environmental issues. Furthermore, continuous use of chemical pesticides creates a selective pressure which helps in emerging of resistance pest...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444594/bio-transformation-and-stabilization-of-arsenic-as-in-contaminated-soil-using-arsenic-oxidizing-bacteria-and-fecl3-amendment
#5
Santosh Kumar Karn, Xiangliang Pan, Ian R Jenkinson
A combination of biological and chemical methods was applied in the present study to evaluate the removal of arsenic (As) from contaminated soil. The treatment involved As-oxidizing microbes aimed of transforming the more toxic As (III) to less toxic As (V) in the soil. FeCl3 was added at three different concentrations (1, 2, and 3%) to stabilize the As (V). Leaching of the treated soil was investigated by making a soil column and passing tap water through it to determine solubility. Experimental results indicated that the bacterial activity had a pronounced positive effect on the transformation of As, and decreased the soluble exchangeable fraction from 50 to 0...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444356/long-term-effects-of-drought-on-tree-ring-growth-and-carbon-isotope-variability-in-scots-pine-in-a-dry-environment
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Galina Timofeeva, Kerstin Treydte, Harald Bugmann, Andreas Rigling, Marcus Schaub, Rolf Siegwolf, Matthias Saurer
Drought frequency is increasing in many parts of the world and may enhance tree decline and mortality. The underlying physiological mechanisms are poorly understood, however, particularly regarding chronic effects of long-term drought and the response to increasing temperature and vapor pressure deficit (VPD). We combined analyses of radial growth and stable carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) in tree rings in a mature Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forest over the 20th century to elucidate causes of tree mortality in one of the driest parts of the European Alps (Pfynwald, Switzerland)...
April 21, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442005/implications-of-using-different-water-sources-when-hydrologically-compacting-bioretention-columns
#7
Clayton A Stahnke, Cara J Poor
  Many investigators have conducted research on bioretention systems both in the laboratory and field. There is little consensus on which sources of water are best suited to hydrologically compact bioretention columns. Water with low ionic strength can leach ions from soil media, resulting in a different soil chemistry environment than would be found in typical bioretention applications. Soil columns were hydrologically compacted with three different water sources often used in column studies: deionized water, tap water, and rain water...
May 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439395/antioxidant-responses-under-salinity-and-drought-in-three-closely-related-wild-monocots-with-different-ecological-optima
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Mohamad Al Hassan, Juliana Chaura, María P Donat-Torres, Monica Boscaiu, Oscar Vicente
Some deleterious effects of drought, soil salinity and other abiotic stresses are mediated by the generation of oxidative stress through an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) that damage cellular membranes, proteins and DNA. In response to increased ROS, plants activate an array of enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant defences. We have correlated the activation of these responses with the contrasting tolerance to salinity and drought of three species of the genus Juncus, viz. J. maritimus, J. acutus (both halophytes) and J...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438356/rainfall-increases-the-abundance-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-within-a-riverine-microbial-community
#9
Andrea Di Cesare, Ester M Eckert, Michela Rogora, Gianluca Corno
Infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria are among the major threats for human health. Studies elucidating the role of the environment in their spread are still in their infancy, it, however, seems that different environments might function as a long-term reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) that reside within their microbial communities. An increasing number of studies target the presence and the persistence of ARGs in waters and soils that are exposed to human activities; they, however, rarely consider the spatial/temporal variability that predominate in these environments...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438267/the-arsenic-detoxification-system-in-corynebacteria-basis-and-application-for-bioremediation-and-redox-control
#10
Luis M Mateos, Almudena F Villadangos, Alfonso G de la Rubia, Alvaro Mourenza, Laura Marcos-Pascual, Michal Letek, Brandán Pedre, Joris Messens, Jose A Gil
Arsenic (As) is widespread in the environment and highly toxic. It has been released by volcanic and anthropogenic activities and causes serious health problems worldwide. To survive arsenic-rich environments, soil and saprophytic microorganisms have developed molecular detoxification mechanisms to survive arsenic-rich environments, mainly by the enzymatic conversion of inorganic arsenate (As(V)) to arsenite (As(III)) by arsenate reductases, which is then extruded by arsenite permeases. One of these Gram-positive bacteria, Corynebacterium glutamicum, the workhorse of biotechnological research, is also resistant to arsenic...
2017: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438164/aggregation-dispersion-transitions-of-t4-phage-triggered-by-environmental-ion-availability
#11
Bożena Szermer-Olearnik, Marek Drab, Mateusz Mąkosa, Maria Zembala, Jakub Barbasz, Krystyna Dąbrowska, Janusz Boratyński
BACKGROUND: Bacteriophage survives in at least two extremes of ionic environments: bacterial host (high ionic-cytosol) and that of soil (low ionic-environmental water). The impact of ionic composition in the micro- and macro-environments has not so far been addressed in phage biology. RESULTS: Here, we discovered a novel mechanism of aggregation/disaggregation transitions by phage virions. When normal sodium levels in phage media (150 mM) were lowered to 10 mM, advanced imaging by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering all revealed formation of viral packages, each containing 20-100 virions...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437772/shifts-in-soil-microbial-metabolic-activities-and-community-structures-along-a-salinity-gradient-of-irrigation-water-in-a-typical-arid-region-of-china
#12
Lijuan Chen, Changsheng Li, Qi Feng, Yongping Wei, Hang Zheng, Yan Zhao, Yongjiu Feng, Huiya Li
Saline water irrigation can change soil environment, which thereby influence soil microbial process. Based on a field experiment, the shifts in soil microbial metabolic activities and community structures under five irrigation salinities were studied using Biolog and metagenomic methods in this study. The results demonstrated that microbial metabolic activities were greatly restrained in saline water irrigated soils, as average well color development (AWCD) reduced under all saline water irrigation treatments...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434149/solvent-dependent-transformation-of-aflatoxin-b1-in-soil
#13
James M Starr, Blake R Rushing, Mustafa I Selim
To date, all studies of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) transformation in soil or in purified mineral systems have identified aflatoxins B2 (AFB2) and G2 (AFG2) as the primary transformation products. However, identification in these studies was made using thin layer chromatography which has relatively low resolution, and these studies did not identify a viable mechanism by which such transformations would occur. Further, the use of methanol as the solvent delivery vehicle in these studies may have contributed to formation of artifactual transformation products...
April 22, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#14
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429732/long-term-stability-and-infectivity-of-herpesviruses-in-water
#15
Anisha Dayaram, Mathias Franz, Alexander Schattschneider, Armando M Damiani, Sebastian Bischofberger, Nikolaus Osterrieder, Alex D Greenwood
For viruses to utilize environmental vectors (hard surfaces, soil, water) for transmission, physical and chemical stability is a prerequisite. There are many factors including pH, salinity, temperature, and turbidity that are known to contribute to the ability of viruses to persist in water. Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) is a pathogenic alphaherpesvirus associated with domestic horses and wild equids. EHV-1 and recombinants of EHV-1 and EHV-9 are able to cause infections in non-equid animal species, particularly in captive settings...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429319/biochemistry-and-physiology-of-heavy-metal-resistance-and-accumulation-in-euglena
#16
Rafael Moreno-Sánchez, Sara Rodríguez-Enríquez, Ricardo Jasso-Chávez, Emma Saavedra, Jorge D García-García
Free-living microorganisms may become suitable models for removal of heavy metals from polluted water bodies, sediments, and soils by using and enhancing their metal accumulating abilities. The available research data indicate that protists of the genus Euglena are a highly promising group of microorganisms to be used in bio-remediation of heavy metal-polluted aerobic and anaerobic acidic aquatic environments. This chapter analyzes the variety of biochemical mechanisms evolved in E. gracilis to resist, accumulate and remove heavy metals from the environment, being the most relevant those involving (1) adsorption to the external cell pellicle; (2) intracellular binding by glutathione and glutathione polymers, and their further compartmentalization as heavy metal-complexes into chloroplasts and mitochondria; (3) polyphosphate biosynthesis; and (4) secretion of organic acids...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428820/regional-water-footprints-of-potential-biofuel-production-in-china
#17
Xiaomin Xie, Tingting Zhang, Liming Wang, Zhen Huang
BACKGROUND: Development of biofuels is considered as one of the important ways to replace conventional fossil energy and mitigate climate change. However, rapid increase of biofuel production could cause other environmental concerns in China such as water stress. This study is intended to evaluate the life-cycle water footprints (WF) of biofuels derived from several potential non-edible feedstocks including cassava, sweet sorghum, and Jatropha curcas in China. Different water footprint types including blue water, green water, and grey water are considered in this study...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427843/relative-importance-of-different-exposure-routes-of-heavy-metals-for-humans-living-near-a-municipal-solid-waste-incinerator
#18
Tong Li, Yi Wan, Yujie Ben, Senrong Fan, Jianying Hu
The potential health effects of toxic chemicals (e.g. heavy metals) emitted by municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWIs) are of great concern to local residents, however there have been few studies on the contributions of different exposure pathways and their subsequent effects on the body burden of residents living near MSWIs. In this study, multiple exposure routes of heavy metals including Pb, Cr, Cd and Mn were assessed by investigating the metals in foods (such as vegetables, crops, meats and fruits etc...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426408/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-naegleria-strain-from-a-recreational-water-fountain-in-tenerife-canary-islands-spain
#19
María Reyes-Batlle, Carolina Wagner, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Ines Sifaoui, Enrique Martínez-Carretero, Basilio Valladares, Jose E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Free-Living Amoebae (FLA) are widely distributed protozoa in the environment and have been isolated from many sources such as dust, soil and water. Among the pathogenic genera included in this group Acanthamoeba spp., Naegleria fowleri and Balamuthia mandrillaris have been reported to be causative agents of lethal encephalitis, disseminated infections and keratitis. Naegleria fowleri is a pathogenic FLA species which causes Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM). At present there are not many available data on the distribution of Naegleria species in Spain from environmental sources...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421040/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-novel-chlorpyrifos-and-3-5-6-trichloro-2-pyridinol-degrading-bacteria-from-sugarcane-farm-soils
#20
Smriti Rayu, Uffe N Nielsen, Loïc Nazaries, Brajesh K Singh
Chlorpyrifos (CP) is one of the most widely used organophosphate pesticides in agriculture worldwide, but its extensive use has led to the contamination of various soil and water systems. Microbial bioremediation is considered to be one of the most viable options for the removal of CP from the environment; however, little is known about the soil bacterial diversity that degrade CP. Sequential soil and liquid culture enrichments enabled the isolation of bacterial CP degraders with sequence homologies to Xanthomonas sp...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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