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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815469/metagenome-analysis-a-powerful-tool-for-enzyme-bioprospecting
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Aravind Madhavan, Raveendran Sindhu, Binod Parameswaran, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Ashok Pandey
Microorganisms are found throughout every corner of nature, and vast number of microorganisms is difficult to cultivate by classical microbiological techniques. The advent of metagenomics has revolutionized the field of microbial biotechnology. Metagenomics allow the recovery of genetic material directly from environmental niches without any cultivation techniques. Currently, metagenomic tools are widely employed as powerful tools to isolate and identify enzymes with novel biocatalytic activities from the uncultivable component of microbial communities...
August 16, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814284/effect-of-poly-hexamethylene-biguanide-hydrochloride-phmb-treated-non-sterile-medical-gloves-upon-the-transmission-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-carbapenem-resistant-e-coli-mrsa-and-klebsiella-pneumoniae-from-contact-surfaces
#2
S Ali, A P R Wilson
BACKGROUND: Reduction of accidental contamination of the near-patient environment has potential to reduce acquisition of healthcare-associated infection(s). Although medical gloves should be removed when soiled or touching the environment, compliance is variable. The use of antimicrobial-impregnated medical gloves could reduce the horizontal-transfer of bacterial contamination between surfaces. AIM: Determine the activity of antimicrobial-impregnated gloves against common hospital pathogens: Streptococcus pyogenes, carbapenem-resistant E...
August 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811512/projected-climate-change-impacts-in-rainfall-erosivity-over-brazil
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André Almagro, Paulo Tarso S Oliveira, Mark A Nearing, Stefan Hagemann
The impacts of climate change on soil erosion may bring serious economic, social and environmental problems. However, few studies have investigated these impacts on continental scales. Here we assessed the influence of climate change on rainfall erosivity across Brazil. We used observed rainfall data and downscaled climate model output based on Hadley Center Global Environment Model version 2 (HadGEM2-ES) and Model for Interdisciplinary Research On Climate version 5 (MIROC5), forced by Representative Concentration Pathway 4...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807999/role-of-co-occurring-competition-and-facilitation-in-plant-spacing-hydrodynamics-in-water-limited-environments
#4
Andrew C Trautz, Tissa H Illangasekare, Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe
Plant performance (i.e., fecundity, growth, survival) depends on an individual's access to space and resources. At the community level, plant performance is reflected in observable vegetation patterning (i.e., spacing distance, density) often controlled by limiting resources. Resource availability is, in turn, strongly dependent on plant patterning mediated by competitive and facilitative plant-plant interactions. Co-occurring competition and facilitation has never been specifically investigated from a hydrodynamic perspective...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807294/recombinase-polymerase-amplification-rpa-combined-with-lateral-flow-lf-strip-for-detection-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-the-environment
#5
Y D Wu, M J Xu, Q Q Wang, C X Zhou, M Wang, X Q Zhu, D H Zhou
Toxoplasma gondii infects all warm-blooded vertebrates, resulting in a great threat to human health and significant economic loss to the livestock industry. Ingestion of infectious oocysts of T. gondii from the environment is the major source of transmission. Detection of T. gondii oocysts by existing methods is laborious, time-consuming and expensive. The objective of the present study was to develop a recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) method combined with a lateral flow (LF) strip for detection of T...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806672/a-novel-approach-for-rapidly-and-cost-effectively-assessing-toxicity-of-toxic-metals-in-acidic-water-using-an-acidophilic-iron-oxidizing-biosensor
#6
Shih-Hung Yang, Kuo-Chih Cheng, Vivian Hsiu-Chuan Liao
Contamination by heavy metals and metalloids is a serious environmental and health concern. Acidic wastewaters are often associated with toxic metals which may enter and spread into agricultural soils. Several biological assays have been developed to detect toxic metals; however, most of them can only detect toxic metals in a neutral pH, not in an acidic environment. In this study, an acidophilic iron-oxidizing bacterium (IOB) Strain Y10 was isolated, characterized, and used to detect toxic metals toxicity in acidic water at pH 2...
August 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806544/decadal-analysis-of-impact-of-future-climate-on-wheat-production-in-dry-mediterranean-environment-a-case-of-jordan
#7
Prakash N Dixit, Roberto Telleria, Amal N Al Khatib, Siham F Allouzi
Different aspects of climate change, such as increased temperature, changed rainfall and higher atmospheric CO2 concentration, all have different effects on crop yields. Process-based crop models are the most widely used tools for estimating future crop yield responses to climate change. We applied APSIM crop simulation model in a dry Mediterranean climate with Jordan as sentinel site to assess impact of climate change on wheat production at decadal level considering two climate change scenarios of representative concentration pathways (RCP) viz...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803694/shaping-an-optimal-soil-by-root-soil-interaction
#8
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Kemo Jin, Philip J White, William R Whalley, Jianbo Shen, Lei Shi
Crop production depends on the availability of water and mineral nutrients, and increased yields might be facilitated by a greater focus on roots-soil interactions. Soil properties affecting plant growth include drought, compaction, nutrient deficiency, mineral toxicity, salinity, and submergence. Plant roots respond to the soil environment both spatially and temporally by avoiding stressful soil environments and proliferating in more favorable environments. We observe that crops can be bred for specific root architectural and biochemical traits that facilitate soil exploration and resource acquisition, enabling greater crop yields...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802129/interactions-of-two-novel-stabilizing-amendments-with-sunflower-plants-grown-in-a-contaminated-soil
#9
Zuzana Michálková, Domingo Martínez-Fernández, Michael Komárek
Several efficient stabilizing amendments have been recently proposed for the remediation of metal(loid)-contaminated soils. However, information on their interactions with plants, which is a crucial factor in soil environments, are still scarce. An amorphous manganese oxide (AMO) synthesized from organic compounds and nano zerovalent iron (nZVI) have been previously tested as promising stabilizing agents usable both for the stabilization of metals and As. Experiments with rhizoboxes were performed in order to evaluate their influence on the mobility of metal(loid)s in the bulk soil and rhizosphere of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L...
August 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800978/modelling-landscape-dynamics-with-lst-in-protected-areas-of-western-ghats-karnataka
#10
T V Ramachandra, Setturu Bharath, Nimish Gupta
Forest ecosystems sustain biota on the earth as they are habitat to diverse biotic species, arrests soil erosion, play a crucial role in water cycle, sequester carbon, and helps in mitigating the impacts of global warming. Large scale land use land cover (LULC) change leading to deforestation is one of the drivers of global climate changes and alteration of biogeochemical cycles with significant consequences in ecosystem services and biodiversity. This has necessitated the investigation of LULC by mapping, monitoring and modelling spatio-temporal patterns and evaluating these in the context of human-environment interactions...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800691/the-landscape-model-a-model-for-exploring-trade-offs-between-agricultural-production-and-the-environment
#11
Kevin Coleman, Shibu E Muhammed, Alice E Milne, Lindsay C Todman, A Gordon Dailey, Margaret J Glendining, Andrew P Whitmore
We describe a model framework that simulates spatial and temporal interactions in agricultural landscapes and that can be used to explore trade-offs between production and environment so helping to determine solutions to the problems of sustainable food production. Here we focus on models of agricultural production, water movement and nutrient flow in a landscape. We validate these models against data from two long-term experiments, (the first a continuous wheat experiment and the other a permanent grass-land experiment) and an experiment where water and nutrient flow are measured from isolated catchments...
August 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800519/emerging-poly-and-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-the-aquatic-environment-a-review-of-current-literature
#12
REVIEW
Feng Xiao
Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) comprise a group of synthetic organic surfactants with a wide range of industrial and commercial applications. A few PFASs such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) are now known to be ubiquitously present in the aquatic environment. They have become a global concern because of the toxicity and bioaccumulative properties. With the increasing availability of high-resolution mass spectrometers, many novel PFASs have been identified. Studies published between 2009 and 2017 have discovered 455 new PFASs (including nine fully and 446 partially fluorinated compounds), 45%, 29%, 17%, and 8% of which are anions, zwitterions, cations, and neutrals, respectively...
July 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798760/striking-the-right-chord-signaling-enigma-during-root-gravitropism
#13
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Manjul Singh, Aditi Gupta, Ashverya Laxmi
Plants being sessile can often be judged as passive acceptors of their environment. However, plants are actually even more active in responding to the factors from their surroundings. Plants do not have eyes, ears or vestibular system like animals, still they "know" which way is up and which way is down? This is facilitated by receptor molecules within plant which perceive changes in internal and external conditions such as light, touch, obstacles; and initiate signaling pathways that enable the plant to react...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798742/preservation-and-significance-of-extracellular-dna-in-ferruginous-sediments-from-lake-towuti-indonesia
#14
Aurèle Vuillemin, Fabian Horn, Mashal Alawi, Cynthia Henny, Dirk Wagner, Sean A Crowe, Jens Kallmeyer
Extracellular DNA is ubiquitous in soil and sediment and constitutes a dominant fraction of environmental DNA in aquatic systems. In theory, extracellular DNA is composed of genomic elements persisting at different degrees of preservation produced by processes occurring on land, in the water column and sediment. Extracellular DNA can be taken up as a nutrient source, excreted or degraded by microorganisms, or adsorbed onto mineral matrices, thus potentially preserving information from past environments. To test whether extracellular DNA records lacustrine conditions, we sequentially extracted extracellular and intracellular DNA from anoxic sediments of ferruginous Lake Towuti, Indonesia...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798526/environmental-pollution-and-allergies
#15
REVIEW
Hirohisa Takano, Ken-Ichiro Inoue
Environmental changes are thought to be the main factor in the rapid increase and worsening of allergic diseases. While there have been significant changes in many environmental factors, including in environments such as residential, health and sanitation, food, and water/soil/atmospheric environments, the root of each of these changes is likely an increase in chemical substances. In fact, various environmental pollutants, such as air pollutants and chemical substances, have been shown to worsen various allergies in experimental studies...
July 2017: Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798391/radiation-interception-chlorophyll-fluorescence-and-senescence-of-flag-leaves-in-winter-wheat-under-supplemental-irrigation
#16
Jianguo Man, Zhenwen Yu, Yu Shi
Water shortage threatens agricultural sustainability in China, effective water-saving technologies urgently need to be developed. In this study, five treatments were conducted: rainfed (W0), a local supplemental irrigation (SI) practice (W1), and three treatments in which soil water content was tested prior to SI, specifically at 0-20 (W2), 0-40 (W3) and 0-60 cm (W4) soil layers. Soil water consumption in W3 had no differ with W2 but was higher than W1 and W4. Crop evapotranspiration in W1, W3 and W4 treatments were higher than that in W2...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783794/halogenated-17%C3%AE-estradiol-surrogates-synthesis-estrogenic-activity-and-initial-investigations-of-fate-in-soil-water-systems
#17
Francis X M Casey, Nancy W Shappell, Heldur Hakk
17β-Estradiol (E2), a natural, endocrine-disrupting, steroid hormone, is excreted by all vertebrates and can enter the environment from domestic animal and wildlife wastes. Multiple field studies using livestock manures as E2 sources suggest significant background concentrations of E2 (e.g., wildlife sources, hydrolysis of E2 conjugates, previous inputs). To accurately understand field fate and transport processes of E2, it is necessary to address the issue of background detections. In this study, two fluorinated and three brominated surrogate compounds of E2 were synthesized and compared to native E2 using soil/water batch experiments and for estrogenic activity...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783787/cropping-system-and-type-of-pig-manure-affect-nitrate-nitrogen-leaching-in-a-sandy-loam-soil
#18
Rezvan Karimi, Wole Akinremi, Don Flaten
The application of livestock manure can result in the loss of nitrate-nitrogen (NO-N) and degrade surface and groundwater. A 3-yr lysimeter study was set up to compare the effect of cropping system and nitrogen (N)- and phosphorus (P)-based pig manure application rates on the loss of water and NO-N below the root zone. The experiment was a split-plot design with annual and perennial cropping systems as the main factor. Five nutrient management treatments were the subplots: N-based liquid pig manure application; P-based liquid pig manure application, N-based solid pig manure application, P-based solid pig manure application, and a control without amendment...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783783/yield-and-water-quality-impacts-of-field-scale-integration-of-willow-into-a-continuous-corn-rotation-system
#19
Colleen Zumpf, Herbert Ssegane, Maria Cristina Negri, Patty Campbell, Julian Cacho
Agricultural landscape design has gained recognition by the international environmental and development community as a strategy to address multiple goals in land, water, and ecosystem service management; however, field research is needed to quantify impacts on specific local environments. The production of bioenergy crops in specific landscape positions within a grain-crop field can serve the dual purpose of producing cellulosic biomass (nutrient recovery) while also providing regulating ecosystem services to improve water quality (nutrient reduction)...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778017/biochar-based-remediation-of-water-and-soil-contaminated-by-phenanthrene-and-pentachlorophenol
#20
Maria A Rao, Giuseppe Di Rauso Simeone, Rosalia Scelza, Pellegrino Conte
Phenanthrene (Phe) and pentachlorophenol (PCP) are classified as persistent organic pollutants and represent serious concern for the environment as they are toxic and ubiquitous. Biochar based remediation is an emerging technology used in water and soil contamination. In this study we used poplar (BP) and conifer (BC) biochars to remediate water and soil contaminated by Phe and PCP. BP and BC were able to remove completely either Phe or PCP from contaminated water within one to three days. When biochar was confined in a porous membrane, BC and BP maintained their sorption efficiency for several remediation cycles...
July 26, 2017: Chemosphere
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