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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343275/potential-toxic-elements-in-stream-sediments-soils-and-waters-in-an-abandoned-radium-mine-central-portugal
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I M H R Antunes, A M R Neiva, M T D Albuquerque, P C S Carvalho, A C T Santos, Pedro P Cunha
The Alto da Várzea radium mine (AV) exploited ore and U-bearing minerals, such as autunite and torbernite. The mine was exploited underground from 1911 to 1922, closed in 1946 without restoration, and actually a commercial area is deployed. Stream sediments, soils and water samples were collected between 2008 and 2009. Stream sediments are mainly contaminated in As, Th, U and W, which is related to the AV radium mine. The PTEs, As, Co, Cr, Sr, Th, U, W, Zn, and electrical conductivity reached the highest values in soils collected inside the mine influence...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343100/the-potential-of-l-%C3%A2-scoparium-k-%C3%A2-robusta-and-p-%C3%A2-radiata-to-mitigate-n-losses-in-silvopastural-systems
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J Esperschuetz, N Balaine, T Clough, S Bulman, N M Dickinson, J Horswell, B H Robinson
Silvopastoral systems aim to enhance economic, cultural and social principles by sustainably combining forest management with agriculture. In these typically high-nitrogen (N) environments, plant species selection can profoundly influence N fluxes. For grazed pastures, plants may be exposed to urine patches that have received the equivalent of up to 1000 kg N ha(-1). We aimed to determine the growth and N fluxes in three potential trees that may be used in silvopastoral systems: L. scoparium, K. robusta and P...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343049/stabilisation-of-spent-mushroom-substrate-for-application-as-a-plant-growth-promoting-organic-amendment
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Fabiana S Paula, Enrico Tatti, Florence Abram, Jude Wilson, Vincent O'Flaherty
Over three million tonnes of spent mushroom substrate (SMS) are produced in Europe every year as a by-product of the cultivation of Agaricus bisporus. The management of SMS has become an increasing challenge for the mushroom production industry, and finding environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for this organic residue is, therefore, highly desirable. Due to its physical properties and nutrient content, SMS has great potential to be employed in agricultural and horticultural sectors, and further contribute to reduce the use of non-renewable resources, such as peat...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343041/characterization-of-regional-cold-hydrothermal-inflows-enriched-in-arsenic-and-associated-trace-elements-in-the-southern-part-of-the-duero-basin-spain-by-multivariate-statistical-analysis
#4
Elena Giménez-Forcada, Marisol Vega-Alegre, Susana Timón-Sánchez
Naturally occurring arsenic in groundwater exceeding the limit for potability has been reported along the southern edge of the Cenozoic Duero Basin (CDB) near its contact with the Spanish Central System (SCS). In this area, spatial variability of arsenic is high, peaking at 241μg/L. Forty-seven percent of samples collected contained arsenic above the maximum allowable concentration for drinking water (10μg/L). Correlations of As with other hydrochemical variables were investigated using multivariate statistical analysis (Hierarchical Cluster Analysis, HCA and Principal Component Analysis, PCA)...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342549/stream-aquifer-and-in-stream-processes-affecting-nitrogen-along-a-major-river-and-contributing-tributary
#5
Alexander Huizenga, Ryan T Bailey, Timothy K Gates
This study assesses the spatio-temporal patterns of water and nutrient mass exchange in a stream-riparian system of a major river and a contributing tributary in an irrigated semi-arid region. Field monitoring is performed along reaches of the Arkansas River (4.7km) and Timpas Creek (2.0km) in southeastern Colorado during the 2014 growing season, with water quantity and water quality data collected using a network of in-stream sampling sites and groundwater monitoring wells. Mass balance approaches were used to identify temporal and spatial trends in flow, nitrogen (N), and salinity in stream-aquifer exchange...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342430/exposure-to-a-magnetic-field-or-laser-radiation-ameliorates-effects-of-pb-and-cd-on-physiology-and-growth-of-young-wheat-seedlings
#6
Yi-Ping Chen, Dong Chen, Qiang Liu
Lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) contamination of soils pose significant problems for successful seed germination and establishment. We compared effects of subjecting wheat seeds either to a magnetic field (MF: 0-800 millitesla) or laser radiation (LR: 0-8min at 20mW/mm(2)) on wheat seed germination and on physiology and growth of young seedlings exposed to these two heavy metals as seeds and as 2-day-old seedlings. Intermediate levels of either MF or LR increased germination. In seeds untreated by MF or LR, exposure to Cd and Pb resulted in: significant increases in the concentrations of malondialdehyde ([MDA]) and superoxide anion radical ([O2(-)]), and in the conductivity of electrolyte leakage (CEL); significant decreases in catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione reductase (GR) activity; a significant decrease in glutathione concentration ([GSH]); and a significant decrease in shoot biomass relative to seeds exposed to these heavy metals following MF or LR treatments...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342421/seasonal-and-soil-type-dependent-emissions-of-nitrous-oxide-from-irrigated-desert-soils-amended-with-digested-poultry-manures
#7
Roy Posmanik, Ali Nejidat, Ofer Dahan, Amit Gross
Expansion of dryland agriculture requires intensive supplement of organic fertilizers to improve the fertility of nutrient-poor desert soils. The environmental impact of organic supplements in hot desert climates is not well understood. We report on seasonal emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from sand and loess soils, amended with limed and non-limed anaerobic digestate of poultry manure in the Israeli Negev desert. All amended soils had substantially higher N2O emissions, particularly during winter applications, compared to unammended soils...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342419/incorporating-denitrification-decomposition-method-to-estimate-field-emissions-for-life-cycle-assessment
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Yelin Deng, Dimos Paraskevas, Shi-Jie Cao
This study focuses on a detailed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for flax cultivation in Northern France. Nitrogen related field emissions are derived both from a process-oriented DeNitrification-DeComposition (DNDC) method and the generic Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) method. Since the IPCC method is synthesised from field measurements at sites with various soil types, climate conditions, and crops, it contains significant uncertainties. In contrast, the outputs from the DNDC method are considered as more site specific as it is built according to complex models of soil science...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342418/dynamics-of-runoff-and-sediment-trapping-performance-of-vegetative-filter-strips-run-on-experiments-and-modeling
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Daili Pan, Xiaodong Gao, Miles Dyck, Yaqian Song, Pute Wu, Xining Zhao
Vegetative filter strips (VFSs) are a labor-saving and cost-effective agricultural best management practice to trap water runoff and sediment from the source areas. They also provide forage and/or fuel and are therefore potentially profitable for land owners. VFSs are however a dynamic system: the runoff delivery ratio (RDR) and sediment delivery ratio (SDR) vary with growth stage and vegetation types. The impacts of vegetation characteristics as well as soil physical properties modified by vegetation growth, on the RDR and SDR of VFS were evaluated by a flume experiment...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342416/joint-carbon-footprint-assessment-and-data-envelopment-analysis-for-the-reduction-of-greenhouse-gas-emissions-in-agriculture-production
#10
Ricardo Rebolledo-Leiva, Lidia Angulo-Meza, Alfredo Iriarte, Marcela C González-Araya
Operations management tools are critical in the process of evaluating and implementing action towards a low carbon production. Currently, a sustainable production implies both an efficient resource use and the obligation to meet targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The carbon footprint (CF) tool allows estimating the overall amount of GHG emissions associated with a product or activity throughout its life cycle. In this paper, we propose a four-step method for a joint use of CF assessment and Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA)...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342413/efficacies-of-biochar-and-biochar-based-amendment-on-vegetable-yield-and-nitrogen-utilization-in-four-consecutive-planting-seasons
#11
Hefang Wang, Hao Zheng, Zhixiang Jiang, Yanhui Dai, Guocheng Liu, Lei Chen, Xianxiang Luo, Minhui Liu, Zhenyu Wang
Biochar has been suggested as a potential tailored technology for mediating soil conditions and improving crop yields. However, the efficacies of biochar and biochar-based amendments (e.g., composted biochar) in agricultural soils under a rotation system remain uncertain. In this study, an arable soil was subjected to peanut shell biochar (PBC) and biochar-based amendment (PAD) combined with or without nitrogen (N) fertilizer to evaluate their effects on vegetable yield, N bioavailability, and their relative contribution to vegetable biomass in four consecutive planting seasons...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340440/bioaugmentation-with-hydrolytic-microbes-to-improve-the-anaerobic-biodegradability-of-lignocellulosic-agricultural-residues
#12
P Tsapekos, P G Kougias, S A Vasileiou, L Treu, S Campanaro, G Lyberatos, I Angelidaki
Bioaugmentation with hydrolytic microbes was applied to improve the methane yield of bioreactors fed with agricultural wastes. The efficiency of Clostridium thermocellum and Melioribacter roseus to degrade lignocellulosic matter was evaluated in batch and continuously stirred tank reactors (CSTRs). Results from batch assays showed that C. thermocellum enhanced the methane yield by 34%. A similar increase was recorded in CSTR during the bioaugmentation period; however, at steady-state the effect was noticeably lower (7...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340380/the-origin-and-evolution-of-the-term-clone
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David P Steensma
In biology, the term "clone" is most widely used to designate genetically identical cells or organisms that are asexually descended from a common progenitor. The concept of clonality in hematology-oncology has received much attention in recent years, as the advent of next-generation sequencing platforms has provided new tools for detection of clonal populations in patients, and experiments on primary cells have provided fascinating new insights into the clonal architecture of human malignancies. The term "clone" is used more loosely by the general public to mean any close or identical copy...
March 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340002/overexpression-of-the-rice-sumo-e3-ligase-gene-ossiz1-in-cotton-enhances-drought-and-heat-tolerance-and-substantially-improves-fiber-yields-in-the-field-under-reduced-irrigation-and-rainfed-conditions
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Neelam Mishra, Li Sun, Xunlu Zhu, Jennifer Smith, Anurag Prakash Srivastava, Xiaojie Yang, Necla Pehlivan, Nardana Esmaeili, Hong Luo, Guoxin Shen, Don Jones, Dick Auld, John Burke, Paxton Payton, Hong Zhang
The Arabidopsis SUMO E3 ligase gene AtSIZ1 plays important roles in plant response to abiotic stresses as loss of function in AtSIZ1 leads to increased sensitivity to drought, heat and salt stresses. Overexpression of the AtSIZ1 rice homolog, OsSIZ1, leads to increased heat and drought tolerance in bentgrass, suggesting that the function of the E3 ligase SIZ1 is highly conserved in plants and it plays a critical role in abiotic stress responses. To test the possibility that the SUMO E3 ligase could be used to engineer drought- and heat-tolerant crops, the rice gene OsSIZ1 was overexpressed in cotton...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339135/integrated-models-to-support-multiobjective-ecological-restoration-decisions
#15
Hannah Fraser, Libby Rumpff, Jian D L Yen, Doug Robinson, Brendan A Wintle
Many objectives motivate ecological restoration including improving vegetation condition, increasing the range and abundance of threatened species, and improving aggregate measures of biodiversity such as richness and diversity. While ecological models have been used to examine the outcomes of ecological restoration, there are few attempts to develop models to account for multiple, potentially competing objectives. We develop the first predictive model that integrates a vegetation-focused state-and-transition model with species distribution models for birds...
March 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339074/absence-of-t-14-18-chromosome-translocation-in-agricultural-workers-after-short-term-exposure-to-pesticides
#16
Venerando Rapisarda, Caterina Ledda, Serena Matera, Lucrezia Fago, Giorgio Arrabito, Luca Falzone, Andrea Marconi, Massimo Libra, Carla Loreto
Exposure to pesticides represents a potential health risk for the general population and for agricultural workers in particular. Some researchers observed that occupational exposure to pesticides is associated with risk of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The chromosomal translocation t(14;18)(q32;q21) is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities in NHL. The aim of this study was to detect the effects of pesticides on t(14;18) chromosome translocation in agricultural workers after short-term exposure...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339049/kidney-and-heavy-metals-the-role-of-environmental-exposure-review
#17
Paolo Lentini, Luca Zanoli, Antonio Granata, Salvatore Santo Signorelli, Pietro Castellino, Roberto Dell'Aquila
Heavy metals are extensively used in agriculture and industrial applications such as production of pesticides, batteries, alloys, and textile dyes. Prolonged, intensive or excessive exposure can induce related systemic disorders. Kidney is a target organ in heavy metal toxicity for its capacity to filter, reabsorb and concentrate divalent ions. The extent and the expression of renal damage depends on the species of metals, the dose, and the time of exposure. Almost always acute kidney impairment differs from chronic renal failure in its mechanism and in the magnitude of the outcomes...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338786/recombination-mediated-host-adaptation-by-avian-staphylococcus-aureus
#18
Susan Murray, Ben Pascoe, Guillaume Méric, Leonardos Mageiros, Koji Yahara, Matthew D Hitchings, Yasmin Friedmann, Thomas S Wilkinson, Fraser J Gormley, Dietrich Mack, James E Bray, Sarah Lamble, Rory Bowden, Keith A Jolley, Martin C J Maiden, Sarah Wendlandt, Stefan Schwarz, Jukka Corander, J Ross Fitzgerald, Samuel K Sheppard
Staphylococcus aureus are globally disseminated among farmed chickens causing skeletal muscle infections, dermatitis and septicaemia. The emergence of poultry-associated lineages has involved zoonotic transmission from humans to chickens but questions remain about the specific adaptations that promote proliferation of chicken pathogens. We characterised genetic variation in a population of genome-sequenced S. aureus isolates of poultry and human origin. Genealogical analysis identified a dominant poultry-associated sequence cluster within the CC5 clonal complex...
February 28, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338674/biofilm-formation-enables-free-living-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobacteria-to-fix-nitrogen-under-aerobic-conditions
#19
Di Wang, Anming Xu, Claudine Elmerich, Luyan Z Ma
The multicellular communities of microorganisms known as biofilms are of high significance in agricultural setting, yet it is largely unknown about the biofilm formed by nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Here we report the biofilm formation by Pseudomonas stutzeri A1501, a free-living rhizospheric bacterium, capable of fixing nitrogen under microaerobic and nitrogen-limiting conditions. P. stutzeri A1501 tended to form biofilm in minimal media, especially under nitrogen depletion condition. Under such growth condition, the biofilms formed at the air-liquid interface (termed as pellicles) and the colony biofilms on agar plates exhibited nitrogenase activity in air...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338645/development-of-44-novel-polymorphic-ssr-markers-for-determination-of-shiitake-mushroom-lentinula-edodes-cultivars
#20
Hwa-Yong Lee, Suyun Moon, Donghwan Shim, Chang Pyo Hong, Yi Lee, Chang-Duck Koo, Jong-Wook Chung, Hojin Ryu
The shiitake mushroom (Lentinulaedodes) is one of the most popular edible mushrooms in the world and has attracted attention for its value in medicinal and pharmacological uses. With recent advanced research and techniques, the agricultural cultivation of the shiitake mushroom has been greatly increased, especially in East Asia. Additionally, demand for the development of new cultivars with good agricultural traits has been greatly enhanced, but the development processes are complicated and more challenging than for other edible mushrooms...
March 24, 2017: Genes
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