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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783785/effects-of-pb-smelting-on-the-soil-bacterial-community-near-a-secondary-lead-plant
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Zhanbin Luo, Jing Ma, Fu Chen, Xiaoxiao Li, Shaoliang Zhang
Secondary lead smelting is a widespread industrial activity which has exacerbated Pb or Cd contamination of soil and water across the world. Soil physicochemical properties, soil enzyme activities, heavy metal concentrations, and bacterial diversity near a secondary lead plant in Xuzhou, China were examined in this study. The results showed that secondary lead smelting activities influenced nearby soils. Soil acidification decreased one order of magnitude, with a mean value of 7.3. Soil organic matter also showed a downward trend, while potassium and nitrogen appeared to accumulate...
May 20, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780402/dark-septate-endophytic-fungi-increase-green-manure-15-n-recovery-efficiency-n-contents-and-micronutrients-in-rice-grains
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Carlos Vergara, Karla E C Araujo, Segundo Urquiaga, Claudete Santa-Catarina, Nivaldo Schultz, Ednaldo da Silva Araújo, Fabiano de Carvalho Balieiro, Gustavo R Xavier, Jerri É Zilli
An understanding of the interaction between rice and dark septate endophytic (DSE) fungi, under green fertilization, may lead to sustainable agricultural practices. Nevertheless, this interaction is still poorly understood. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to evaluate the accumulation of macro- and micronutrients, dry matter, and protein and N recovery efficiency from Canavalia ensiformis (L.)-15 N in rice inoculated with DSE fungi. An experiment under greenhouse conditions was conducted in a randomized complete block design comprising split-plots, with five replicates of rice plants potted in non-sterilized soil...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780078/work-related-injuries-and-fatalities-in-the-geotechnical-site-works
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Özge Akboğa Kale, Tuğba Eskişar
Geotechnical site works are comprehensive, and they constitute the first step of the construction process. This study performs data mining of geotechnical works and analyzes the database for the root causes of accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was chosen for the 1984-2013 time frame with 247 cases. Descriptive statistical analyses were performed to discuss variables such as the end use of the work, project type and cost, soil type and condition, type and degree of injury, cause and type of accident, unsafe acts, and occupation and union status of the victim...
May 19, 2018: Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779706/plant-water-transport-and-aquaporins-in-oxygen-deprived-environments
#4
Xiangfeng Tan, Hao Xu, Shanjida Khan, Maria A Equiza, Seong H Lee, Maryamsadat Vaziriyeganeh, Janusz J Zwiazek
Oxygen deprivation commonly affects plants exposed to flooding and soil compaction. The resulting root hypoxia has an immediate effect on plant water relations and upsets water balance. Hypoxia inhibits root water transport and triggers stomatal closure. The processes contributing to the inhibition of root hydraulic conductivity and conductance (hydraulic conductivity of the whole root system) are complex and involve changes in root morphology and the functions of aquaporins. Aquaporins (AQPs) comprise a group of membrane intrinsic proteins that are responsible for the transport of water, as well as some small neutral solutes and ions...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778160/food-contamination-as-a-pathway-for-lead-exposure-in-children-during-the-2010-2013-lead-poisoning-epidemic-in-zamfara-nigeria
#5
Simba Tirima, Casey Bartrem, Ian von Lindern, Margrit von Braun, Douglas Lind, Shehu Mohamed Anka, Aishat Abdullahi
In 2010, an estimated 400 to 500 children died of acute lead poisoning associated with artisanal gold mining in Zamfara, Nigeria. Processing of gold ores containing up to 10% lead within residential compounds put residents, especially children, at the highest risk. Principal routes of exposure were incidental ingestion and inhalation of contaminated soil and dusts. Several Nigerian and international health organizations collaborated to reduce lead exposures through environmental remediation and medical treatment...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778056/one-century-sedimentary-record-of-heavy-metal-pollution-in-western-taihu-lake-china
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Yan Li, Shenglu Zhou, Qing Zhu, Baojie Li, Junxiao Wang, Chunhui Wang, Lian Chen, Shaohua Wu
Long-term trends of sediment compositions are important for assessing the impact of human activities on the sediment and protecting the sediment environment. In this study, based on the contents of heavy metals and the Pb isotope ratios in lake sediments, atmospheric dustfall and soil in Yixing, China, the representative heavy metals (Zn, Pb, Cr and Cd) in lake sediments from western Taihu Lake were studied. The evolution history of heavy metals in the local environment was constructed for the past 100 years...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778047/source-identification-and-spatial-distribution-of-arsenic-and-heavy-metals-in-agricultural-soil-around-hunan-industrial-estate-by-positive-matrix-factorization-model-principle-components-analysis-and-geo-statistical-analysis
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Xiaowen Zhang, Shuai Wei, Qianqian Sun, Syed Abdul Wadood, Boli Guo
Characterizing the distribution and defining potential sources of arsenic and heavy metals are the basic preconditions for reducing the contamination of heavy metals and metalloids. 71 topsoil samples and 61 subsoil samples were collected by grid method to measure the concentration of cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), lead (Pb), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), nickel (Ni) and chromium (Cr). Principle components analysis (PCA), GIS-based geo-statistical methods and Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) were applied. The results showed that the mean concentrations were 9...
May 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775821/vermiremediation-of-metal-loid-s-via-eichornia-crassipes-phytomass-extraction-a-sustainable-technique-for-plant-amelioration
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Arnab Majumdar, Anil Barla, Munish Kumar Upadhyay, Dibyarpita Ghosh, Punarbasu Chaudhuri, Sudhakar Srivastava, Sutapa Bose
Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), imparts deficiency of soluble arsenic and other toxic metal (loid)s through rhizofiltration and phytoaccumulation. Without proper management strategy, this phytoremediation of metal (loid)s might fail and get reverted back to the environment, contaminating the nearby water bodies. This study, focused on bio-conversion of phytoremediating hyacinths, spiked with 100 times and greater arsenic, lead and cadmium concentrations than the average water contamination, ranging in 58...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775454/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies-of-cry5b-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-anthelmintics-reveal-a-powerful-and-unique-combination-therapy-against-intestinal-nematode-parasites
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Yan Hu, Melanie Miller, Bo Zhang, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Martin K Nielsen, Raffi V Aroian
BACKGROUND: The soil-transmitted nematodes (STNs) or helminths (hookworms, whipworms, large roundworms) infect the intestines of ~1.5 billion of the poorest peoples and are leading causes of morbidity worldwide. Only one class of anthelmintic or anti-nematode drugs, the benzimidazoles, is currently used in mass drug administrations, which is a dangerous situation. New anti-nematode drugs are urgently needed. Bacillus thuringiensis crystal protein Cry5B is a powerful, promising new candidate...
May 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773481/comparison-of-thermophilic-anaerobic-and-aerobic-treatment-processes-for-stabilization-of-green-and-food-wastes-and-production-of-soil-amendments
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Jesus D Fernandez-Bayo, Ramin Yazdani, Christopher W Simmons, Jean S VanderGheynst
The management of organic wastes is an environmental and social priority. Aerobic digestion (AED) or composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) are two organic waste management practices that produce a value-added final product. Few side-by-side comparisons of both technologies and their digestate products have been performed. The objective of this study was to compare the impact of initial feedstock properties (moisture content and/or C/N ratio) on stabilization rate by AED and AD and soil amendment characteristics of the final products...
May 14, 2018: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772425/an-innovative-expression-model-of-human-health-risk-based-on-the-quantitative-analysis-of-soil-metals-sources-contribution-in-different-spatial-scales
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Yimei Zhang, Shuai Li, Fei Wang, Zhuang Chen, Jie Chen, Liqun Wang
Toxicity of heavy metals from industrialization poses critical concern, and analysis of sources associated with potential human health risks is of unique significance. Assessing human health risk of pollution sources (factored health risk) concurrently in the whole and the sub region can provide more instructive information to protect specific potential victims. In this research, we establish a new expression model of human health risk based on quantitative analysis of sources contribution in different spatial scales...
April 30, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772019/the-effect-of-abandonment-on-vegetation-composition-and-soil-properties-in-molinion-meadows-sw-poland
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Grzegorz Swacha, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Zygmunt Kącki, Daniel Pruchniewicz, Ludwik Żołnierz
Intermittently wet meadows of the Molinion alliance, as with many other grasslands of high-nature value, have become increasingly exposed to abandonment due to their low economic value. The potential consequences of land abandonment are the decrease in species diversity and environmental alterations. The issue of land-use induced changes in plant species composition and soil physico-chemical parameters have been rarely studied in species-rich intermittently wet grasslands. In this study we attempt to i) to identify determinants of plant species composition patterns and ii) to investigate the effect of cessation of mowing on vegetation composition and soil properties...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770969/homeostatic-levels-of-nonstructural-carbohydrates-after-13-yr-of-drought-and-irrigation-in-pinus-sylvestris
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Leonie Schönbeck, Arthur Gessler, Günter Hoch, Nate G McDowell, Andreas Rigling, Marcus Schaub, Mai-He Li
Nonstructural carbohydrates (NSCs) are important for the growth and survival of trees. Drought may lead to a decrease in tree growth and to NSC depletion, whereas increased soil moisture in otherwise dry ecosystems may increase growth and NSC concentrations. A long-term (13 yr) irrigation experiment was conducted in a Pinus sylvestris-dominated forest located at the dry margin of the species in southern Switzerland. We measured the relative leaf area, growth, NSCs, needle δ13 C, [N] and [P] in trees on control and irrigated plots...
May 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768696/the-isohydric-trap-a-proposed-feedback-between-water-shortage-stomatal-regulation-and-nutrient-acquisition-drives-differential-growth-and-survival-of-european-pines-under-climatic-dryness
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D Salazar-Tortosa, J Castro, P Villar-Salvador, B Viñegla, L Matías, A Michelsen, R Rubio de Casas, J I Querejeta
Climatic dryness imposes limitations on vascular plant growth by reducing stomatal conductance, thereby decreasing CO2 uptake and transpiration. Given that transpiration-driven water flow is required for nutrient uptake, climatic stress-induced nutrient deficit could be a key mechanism for decreased plant performance under prolonged drought. We propose the existence of an "isohydric trap", a dryness-induced detrimental feedback leading to nutrient deficit and stoichiometry imbalance in strict isohydric species...
May 16, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767797/hydraulic-processes-in-roots-and-the-rhizosphere-pertinent-to-increasing-yield-of-water-limited-grain-crops-a-critical-review
#15
Mutez Ali Ahmed, John Passioura, Andrea Carminati
To a first-order approximation, the yield of a water-limited grain crop depends (1) on how much water is available to the crop and (2) on how crop water use is partitioned during the growing season. The latter determines the harvest index of the crop, that is, the proportion of the crop's above ground biomass that is converted into grain, which is typically optimal if about 30% of the seasonal available water supply is used during flowering and grain-filling.Here we review the role of roots in extracting water from the soil both in the amount and in timing that may lead to maximal grain yield, and the various mechanisms underlying this activity...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766569/differential-roles-of-melatonin-in-plant-host-resistance-and-pathogen-suppression-in-cucurbits
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Mihir Kumar Mandal, Haktan Suren, Brian Ward, Arezue Boroujerdi, Chandrasekar Kousik
Since the 1950s, research on the animal neurohormone melatonin, has focused on its multi-regulatory effect on patients suffering from insomnia, cancer, and Alzheimer's. In plants, melatonin plays major role in plant growth and development, and is inducible in response to diverse biotic and abiotic stresses. However, studies on the direct role of melatonin in disease suppression and as a signaling molecule in host-pathogen defense mechanism are lacking. This study provides insight on the predicted biosynthetic pathway of melatonin in watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) and how application of melatonin, an environmental-friendly immune inducer, can boost plant immunity and suppress pathogen growth where fungicide resistance and lack of genetic resistance are major problems...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763811/current-status-and-environment-impact-of-direct-straw-return-in-china-s-cropland-a-review
#17
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Hui Li, Mingwei Dai, Shunli Dai, Xinju Dong
With the development of grain production technologies and improvement of rural living standard, the production and utilization of straw have significantly been changed in China. More than 1 billion tones of straw are produced per year, and vast amount of them are discarded without effective utilization, leading various environmental and social impacts. Straw return is an effective approach of the straw utilization that has been greatly recommended by government and scientists in China. This paper discussed the current status of the straw return in China...
May 12, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761495/changes-in-gene-expression-during-germination-reveal-pea-genotypes-with-either-quiescence-or-escape-mechanisms-of-waterlogging-tolerance
#18
Md Shahin Uz Zaman, Al Imran Malik, William Erskine, Parwinder Kaur
Waterlogging causes germination failure in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Three genotypes (BM-3, NL-2 and Kaspa) contrasting in ability to germinate in waterlogged soil were exposed to different durations of waterlogging. Whole genome RNAseq was employed to capture differentially expressing genes. The ability to germinate in waterlogged soil was associated with testa colour and testa membrane integrity as confirmed by electrical conductivity measurements. Genotypes Kaspa and NL-2 displayed different mechanisms of tolerance...
May 14, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760689/-trichoderma-biofertilizer-links-to-altered-soil-chemistry-altered-microbial-communities-and-improved-grassland-biomass
#19
Fengge Zhang, Yunqian Huo, Adam B Cobb, Gongwen Luo, Jiqiong Zhou, Gaowen Yang, Gail W T Wilson, Yingjun Zhang
In grasslands, forage and livestock production results in soil nutrient deficits as grasslands typically receive no nutrient inputs, leading to a loss of grassland biomass. The application of mature compost has been shown to effectively increase grassland nutrient availability. However, research on fertilization regime influence and potential microbial ecological regulation mechanisms are rarely conducted in grassland soil. We conducted a two-year experiment in meadow steppe grasslands, focusing on above- and belowground consequences of organic or Trichoderma biofertilizer applications and potential soil microbial ecological mechanisms underlying soil chemistry and microbial community responses...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760430/physical-mechanism-of-spring-and-early-summer-drought-over-north-america-associated-with-the-boreal-warming
#20
Woosuk Choi, Kwang-Yul Kim
Drought during the early vegetation growing season (spring through early summer) is a severe natural hazard in the large cropland over North America. Given the recent increasing severity of climate change manifested as surface warming, there has been a growing interest in how warming affects drought and the prospect of drought. Here we show the impact of boreal warming on the spring and early summer drought over North America using Cyclostationary Empirical Orthogonal Function analysis. Northern Hemispheric warming, the leading mode of the surface air temperature variability, has led to a decrease in precipitation, evaporation and moisture transport over the central plain of North America...
May 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
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