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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926792/u-isotopes-distribution-in-the-lower-rhone-river-and-its-implication-on-radionuclides-disequilibrium-within-the-decay-series
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Mathilde Zebracki, Xavier Cagnat, Stéphanie Gairoard, Nicolas Cariou, Frédérique Eyrolle-Boyer, Béatrice Boulet, Christelle Antonelli
The large rivers are main pathways for the delivery of suspended sediments into coastal environments, affecting the biogeochemical fluxes and the ecosystem functioning. The radionuclides from (238)U and (232)Th-series can be used to understand the dynamic processes affecting both catchment soil erosion and sediment delivery to oceans. Based on annual water discharge the Rhone River represents the largest river of the Mediterranean Sea. The Rhone valley also represents the largest concentration in nuclear power plants in Europe...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925557/analysis-of-multiple-haloarchaeal-genomes-suggests-that-the-quinone-dependent-respiratory-nitric-oxide-reductase-is-an-important-source-of-nitrous-oxide-in-hypersaline-environments
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Javier Torregrosa-Crespo, Pedro González-Torres, Vanesa Bautista, Julia M Esclapez, Carmen Pire, Mónica Camacho, María José Bonete, David J Richardson, Nicholas J Watmough, Rosa María Martínez-Espinosa
Microorganisms, including Bacteria and Archaea, play a key role in denitrification, which is the major mechanism by which fixed nitrogen returns to the atmosphere from soil and water. Whilst the enzymology of denitrification is well understood in Bacteria, the details of the last two reactions in this pathway, which catalyse the reduction of nitric oxide (NO) via nitrous oxide (N2 O) to nitrogen (N2 ), are little studied in Archaea, and hardly at all in haloarchaea. This work describes an extensive interspecies analysis of both complete and draft haloarchaeal genomes aimed at identifying the genes that encode respiratory nitric oxide reductases (Nors)...
September 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920403/comparison-of-bacterial-communities-in-leachate-from-decomposing-bovine-carcasses
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Seung-Hak Yang, Hee Kwon Ahn, Bong Soo Kim, Sun Sik Chang, Ki Yong Chung, Eun Mi Lee, Kwang Seok Ki, Eung Gi Kwon
Objective: Burial is associated with environmental effects such as the contamination of ground or surface water with biological materials generated during the decomposition process. Therefore, bacterial communities in leachates originating from the decomposing bovine carcasses were investigated. Methods: To understand the process of bovine (Hanwoo) carcass decomposition, we simulated burial using a lab-scale reactor with a volume of 5.15 m3. Leachate samples from 3 carcasses were collected using a peristaltic pump once a month for a period of 5 months, and bacterial communities in samples were identified by pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene...
September 18, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919904/plasticity-of-sorghum-stem-biomass-accumulation-in-response-to-water-deficit-a-multiscale-analysis-from-internode-tissue-to-plant-level
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Lisa Perrier, Lauriane Rouan, Sylvie Jaffuel, Anne Clément-Vidal, Sandrine Roques, Armelle Soutiras, Christelle Baptiste, Denis Bastianelli, Denis Fabre, Cécile Dubois, David Pot, Delphine Luquet
Sorghum is increasingly used as a biomass crop worldwide. Its genetic diversity provides a large range of stem biochemical composition suitable for various end-uses as bioenergy or forage. Its drought tolerance enables it to reasonably sustain biomass production under water limited conditions. However, drought effect on the accumulation of sorghum stem biomass remains poorly understood which limits progress in crop improvement and management. This study aimed at identifying the morphological, biochemical and histological traits underlying biomass accumulation in the sorghum stem and its plasticity in response to water deficit...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919889/dehalococcoides-as-a-potential-biomarker-evidence-for-uncharacterized-organohalides-in-environmental-samples
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Qihong Lu, Ling Yu, Zhiwei Liang, Qingyun Yan, Zhili He, Tiangang Luan, Dawei Liang, Shanquan Wang
The massive production and improper disposal of organohalides resulted in worldwide contamination in soil and water. However, their environmental survey based on chromatographic methods was hindered by challenges in testing the extremely wide variety of organohalides. Dehalococcoides as obligate organohalide-respiring bacteria exclusively use organohalides as electron acceptors to support their growth, of which the presence could be coupled with organohalides and, therefore, could be employed as a biomarker of the organohalide pollution...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918084/uranium-isotopes-in-tree-bark-as-a-spatial-tracer-of-environmental-contamination-near-former-uranium-processing-facilities-in-southwest-ohio
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Elise Conte, Elisabeth Widom, David Kuentz
Inappropriate handling of radioactive waste at nuclear facilities can introduce non-natural uranium (U) into the environment via the air or groundwater, leading to anthropogenic increases in U concentrations. Uranium isotopic analyses of natural materials (e.g. soil, plants or water) provide a means to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic U in areas near sources of radionuclides to the environment. This study examines the utility of two different tree bark transects for resolving the areal extent of U atmospheric contamination using several locations in southwest Ohio that historically processed U...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917709/in-vitro-interactions-of-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff-and-vibrio-harveyi
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María Reyes-Batlle, Alberto J Martín-Rodríguez, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Ines Sifaoui, Aitor Rizo Liendo, Carlos J Bethencourt Estrella, Ana B García Méndez, Olfa Chiboub, Soumaya Hajaji, Basilio Valladares, Enrique Martínez-Carretero, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are opportunistic protozoa widely distributed in the environment. They are frequently found in water and soil samples, but they have also been reported to be associated with bacterial human pathogens such as Legionella spp. Campylobacter spp or Vibrio cholerae among others. Including within Vibrio spp. V. harveyi (Johnson and Shunk, 1936) is a bioluminescent marine bacteria which has been found swimming freely in tropical marine waters, being part of the stomach and intestine microflora of marine animals, and as both a primary and opportunistic pathogen of marine animals...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917174/potential-effects-of-changes-in-climate-and-emissions-on-distribution-and-fate-of-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-in-the-bohai-rim-china
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Chao Su, Shuai Song, Yonglong Lu, Shijie Liu, John P Giesy, Deliang Chen, Alan Jenkins, Andrew J Sweetman, Baninla Yvette
Climate change and emissions rates of contaminants are expected to affect distribution and fate of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the environment, however, studies on these combined factors are rare. In this study, Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) is used as an example to assess how those two factors synthetically affect fate and disposition of POPs in the Bohai Rim of China by using the Berkeley-Trent-Urban-Rural (BETR-Urban-Rural) model. We set up three climate change scenarios and four emission scenarios to conduct the simulations...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916459/variation-in-campylobacter-jejuni-culturability-in-presence-of-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff
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María Reyes-Batlle, Cecilia Girbau, Atteneri López-Arencibia, Ines Sifaoui, Aitor Rizo Liendo, Carlos J Bethencourt Estrella, Ana B García Méndez, Olfa Chiboub, Soumaya Hajaji, Aurora Fernández-Astorga, Basilio Valladares, Enrique Martínez-Carretero, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are protozoa that are widely distributed in the environment mainly in water and soil related habitats. These amoebae have also been reported to be associated with some bacterial pathogens for humans such as Campylobacter spp. The species C. jejuni is the causative agent of about 90% of human campylobacteriosis cases worldwide and this disease may even end up in severe autoimmune sequelae as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). In this study, the interactions between the strain Acanthamoeba castellanii Neff and Campylobacter jejuni was investigated...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913678/comparison-of-point-source-pollutant-loadings-to-soil-and-groundwater-for-72-chemical-substances
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Soonyoung Yu, Sang-Il Hwang, Seong-Taek Yun, Gitak Chae, Dongsu Lee, Ki-Eun Kim
Fate and transport of 72 chemicals in soil and groundwater were assessed by using a multiphase compositional model (CompFlow Bio) because some of the chemicals are non-aqueous phase liquids or solids in the original form. One metric ton of chemicals were assumed to leak in a stylized facility. Scenarios of both surface spills and subsurface leaks were considered. Simulation results showed that the fate and transport of chemicals above the water table affected the fate and transport of chemicals below the water table, and vice versa...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912792/genotypic-variation-in-yield-yield-components-root-morphology-and-architecture-in-soybean-in-relation-to-water-and-phosphorus-supply
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Jin He, Yi Jin, Yan-Lei Du, Tao Wang, Neil C Turner, Ru-Ping Yang, Kadambot H M Siddique, Feng-Min Li
Water shortage and low phosphorus (P) availability limit yields in soybean. Roots play important roles in water-limited and P-deficient environment, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In this study we determined the responses of four soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] genotypes [Huandsedadou (HD), Bailudou (BLD), Jindou 21 (J21), and Zhonghuang 30 (ZH)] to three P levels [applied 0 (P0), 60 (P60), and 120 (P120) mg P kg(-1) dry soil to the upper 0.4 m of the soil profile] and two water treatment [well-watered (WW) and water-stressed (WS)] with special reference to root morphology and architecture, we compared yield and its components, root morphology and root architecture to find out which variety and/or what kind of root architecture had high grain yield under P and drought stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910746/transport-of-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids-with-different-anion-cation-species-in-sand-soil-columns
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Zhiqiang Dong, Li Wei, Suwei Xu, Jingwei Sun, Xinyi Shi, Yuping Qiu
Ionic liquids (ILs) have been widely used as environmentally friendly solvents to replace volatile organic solvents in the chemistry industries. They have a high water solubility and potential risk to organisms in the soil-water environment. At present, most studies focused on the batch sorption of ILs in soil and neglected the investigation of IL transports in soil, which results in a lack of understanding of the structure-dependent mobility of ILs in the environment. Laboratory-scale sand/soil column experiments were performed to study the transport of imidazolium-based ILs, such as [C4mim][OTF], [C4mim][TOS], [C4mim][MeSO3], [C4mim][BF4], [C2mim][BF4], and [C6mim][BF4] including different counteranions and alkyl chain lengths of IL cations...
September 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910732/degradation-of-toxic-pahs-in-water-and-soil-using-potassium-zinc-hexacyanoferrate-nanocubes
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Uma Shanker, Vidhisha Jassal, Manviri Rani
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) the ubiquitous, persistent and carcinogenic environmental contaminants have raised concern worldwide. Recently, their removal methodologies are advanced after exploring nanomaterials. Therefore, degradation of selected toxic PAHs (3-5 rings) using potassium zinc hexacyanoferrate (KZnHCF) nanocubes was studied. Highly crystalline and sharp KZnHCF nanocubes (∼100 nm) were obtained by green route using sapindus mukorossi. In both water and soil, anthracene and phenanthrene were degraded to maximum extent (80-93%), whereas, the degradation of fluorene, chrysene and benzo (a) pyrene were ∼70-80%...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904645/fitness-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-in-the-environment-a-laboratory-activity
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Massimiliano Marvasi, Manika Choudhury, Nimisha Binesh Vala, Max Teplitski
In this laboratory experiment, we propose an opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of the ecology of antibiotic-resistant and sensitive waterborne bacteria. Antibiotics can be found in rivers or soil as a consequence of agricultural practices or as a result of human use. Concentrations of antibiotics in the environment may range from a few ng to μg L(-1). Such concentrations can affect the selection and fitness of resistant bacteria. In this laboratory activity, students learn how to set up a fitness experiment by using an isogenic pair of antibiotic-resistant and sensitive bacteria in the presence or absence of selective pressure...
2017: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903077/assessing-toxicity-of-metal-contaminated-soil-from-glassworks-sites-with-a-battery-of-biotests
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M Hagner, M Romantschuk, O-P Penttinen, A Egfors, C Marchand, A Augustsson
The present study addresses toxicological properties of metal contaminated soils, using glassworks sites in south-eastern Sweden as study objects. Soil from five selected glassworks sites as well as from nearby reference areas were analysed for total and water-soluble metal concentrations and general geochemical parameters. A battery of biotests was then applied to assess the toxicity of the glassworks soil environments: a test of phytotoxicity with garden cress (Lepidium sativum); the BioTox™ test for toxicity to bacteria using Vibrio fischeri; and analyses of abundancies and biomass of nematodes and enchytraeids...
September 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902147/chlordetect-commercial-calcium-aluminate-based-conductimetric-sensor-for-chloride-presence-detection
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Magda Torres-Luque, Johann F Osma, Mauricio Sánchez-Silva, Emilio Bastidas-Arteaga, Franck Schoefs
Chloride presence affects different environments (soil, water, concrete) decreasing their qualities. In order to assess chloride concentration this paper proposes a novel sensor for detecting and measuring it. This sensor is based on electric changes of commercial monocalcium aluminate (CA) when it interacts with chloride aqueous solutions. CA is used as a dielectric material between two coplanar capacitors. The geometry proposed for this sensor allows to assess the chloride content profile, or to make four times the same measurement...
September 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900234/urea-deep-placement-reduces-yield-scaled-greenhouse-gas-ch4-and-n2o-and-no-emissions-from-a-ground-cover-rice-production-system
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Zhisheng Yao, Xunhua Zheng, Yanan Zhang, Chunyan Liu, Rui Wang, Shan Lin, Qiang Zuo, Klaus Butterbach-Bahl
Ground cover rice production system (GCRPS), i.e., paddy soils being covered by thin plastic films with soil moisture being maintained nearly saturated status, is a promising technology as increased yields are achieved with less irrigation water. However, increased soil aeration and temperature under GCRPS may cause pollution swapping in greenhouse gas (GHG) from CH4 to N2O emissions. A 2-year experiment was performed, taking traditional rice cultivation as a reference, to assess the impacts of N-fertilizer placement methods on CH4, N2O and NO emissions and rice yields under GCRPS...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898941/facilitated-transport-of-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-via-hydrochars-in-the-presence-of-ammonium-in-saturated-sands-effects-of-ph-ionic-strength-and-ionic-composition
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Nan Xu, Xueying Cheng, Kairong Zhou, Xiaoting Xu, Zuling Li, Jianping Chen, Dongtian Wang, Duo Li
The widespread use of nanoparticles (NPs) has led to their inevitable introduction into environmental systems. How the existence of hydrochars in crop soils will affect the mobility of nanoparticle titanium dioxide (nTiO2), especially in the presence of ammonium (NH4(+)), remains unknown. Research is needed to study the effects of hydrochars on the transport and retention of nTiO2 and to uncover the mechanisms of these effects on nTiO2 transport. Column experiments with nTiO2 and hydrochars were performed in various electrolyte (NaCl, NH4Cl, and CaCl2) solutions under a controlled pH (6...
September 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898665/shaping-3d-root-system-architecture
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Emily C Morris, Marcus Griffiths, Agata Golebiowska, Stefan Mairhofer, Jasmine Burr-Hersey, Tatsuaki Goh, Daniel von Wangenheim, Brian Atkinson, Craig J Sturrock, Jonathan P Lynch, Kris Vissenberg, Karl Ritz, Darren M Wells, Sacha J Mooney, Malcolm J Bennett
Plants are sessile organisms rooted in one place. The soil resources that plants require are often distributed in a highly heterogeneous pattern. To aid foraging, plants have evolved roots whose growth and development are highly responsive to soil signals. As a result, 3D root architecture is shaped by myriad environmental signals to ensure resource capture is optimised and unfavourable environments are avoided. The first signals sensed by newly germinating seeds - gravity and light - direct root growth into the soil to aid seedling establishment...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894273/impacts-of-aquaculture-wastewater-irrigation-on-soil-microbial-functional-diversity-and-community-structure-in-arid-regions
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Lijuan Chen, Qi Feng, Changsheng Li, Yongping Wei, Yan Zhao, Yongjiu Feng, Hang Zheng, Fengrui Li, Huiya Li
Aquaculture wastewater is one of the most important alternative water resources in arid regions where scarcity of fresh water is common. Irrigation with this kind of water may affect soil microbial functional diversity and community structure as changes of soil environment would be significant. Here, we conducted a field sampling to investigate these effects using Biolog and metagenomic methods. The results demonstrated that irrigation with aquaculture wastewater could dramatically reduce soil microbial functional diversity...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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