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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786939/an-update-on-enzymatic-cocktails-for-lignocellulose-breakdown
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REVIEW
Andreza de Mello Lopes, Edivaldo Ximenes Ferreira Filho, Leonora Rios de Souza Moreira
Alternative energy sources have received increasing attention in recent years. The possibility of adding value to agricultural wastes, by producing biofuels and other products with economic value from lignocellulosic biomass by enzymatic hydrolysis, has been widely explored. Lignocellulosic biomass, as well as being an abundant residue, is a complex recalcitrant structure that requires a consortium of enzymes for its complete degradation. Pools of enzymes with different specificities acting together usually produce an increase in hydrolysis yield...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786850/plasticizers-and-bpa-residues-in-tunisian-and-italian-culinary-herbs-and-spices
#2
Giuseppa Di Bella, Hedi Ben Mansour, Asma Ben Tekaya, Asma Beltifa, Angela Giorgia Potortì, Emanuele Saiya, Giovanni Bartolomeo, Giacomo Dugo, Vincenzo Lo Turco
In the present study, 18 plasticizers and residues in 10 different Tunisian and Italian culinary herbs and spices (black pepper, mint, caraway, coriander, oregano, rosemary, thyme, fennel, verbena, and laurel) were determined by GC/MS. Di-methylphthalate, di-(2-methylpropyl)adipate, di-n-butyladipate, di-propylphthalate, benzylbenzoate, di-phenylphthalate, and bisphenol A were lower than their LOQ in all 118 samples. Among the Tunisian samples, di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate was found in all types of samples and di-butylphthalate in 50% of types; all other phthalates were rarely dectected...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786585/hygienic-assessment-of-the-effects-of-pesticides-application-on-adult-population-morbidity-with-thyroid-gland-diseases
#3
Anna M Antonenko, Olena P Vavrinevych, Maria M Korshun, Sergiy T Omelchuk
OBJECTIVE: Introduction: It is proved that some groups of fungicides and herbicides are capable of affecting the thyroid gland, provoking its growth, leading to a compensatory change in the activity of the hormones synthesis. Therefore, the presence of their residual amounts in plant may affect the level of thyroid gland pathology. The aim of the work was to analyze the influence of pesticide application on the Ukrainian adult population morbidity with thyroid diseases in the period from 2001 to 2014...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786584/effect-of-atmospheric-technogenic-emissions-on-health-indicators-of-child-population
#4
Olha M Toronchenko, Viktor I Bredun, Natalia O Smoliar
OBJECTIVE: Introduction:The identification of scientifically grounded dependency of the atmospheric pollution effect on the health level of the child population within particular area makes it possible to assess the degree of district environmental safety and provides the possibility for implementation of targeted programs and risk preventing strategies associated with atmospheric emissions. The aim of the study is to assess the dependence of child morbidity rate development caused by atmospheric chemical pollution, which resulted from the stationary and mobile sources activity in terms of the Poltava region (Ukraine) as a model...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786525/on-farm-mortality-and-related-risk-factors-in-estonian-dairy-cows
#5
Kaari Reimus, Toomas Orro, Ulf Emanuelson, Arvo Viltrop, Kerli Mõtus
Mortality (unassisted death and euthanasia) reflects the health and welfare state of the cows and is associated with undesirable financial consequences for the farmer. The objective of this retrospective observational study was to identify risk factors associated with on-farm mortality in dairy cows. Data for a study period between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015 were retrieved from the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board and Estonian Livestock Performance Recording, Ltd. Cows from milk-recording herds with ≥20 cow-years were included...
July 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785628/gut-associated-bacteria-of-helicoverpa-zea-indirectly-trigger-plant-defenses-in-maize
#6
Jie Wang, Mingyu Yang, Yuanyuan Song, Flor E Acevedo, Kelli Hoover, Rensen Zeng, Gary W Felton
Insect-associated microbes can contribute to the physiological and ecological functions of insects. Despite a few examples in beetles and piercing-sucking insects, the varied mechanisms of how insect-associated bacteria mediate plant-insect interactions are still not fully understood. The polyphagous herbivore Helicoverpa zea is a major agricultural pest that harbors certain microbes in their digestive systems. Enterobacter ludwigii is one of the gut-associated bacteria identified from field-collected caterpillars, and it has been shown to indirectly induce defenses in the dicot plant tomato by triggering the biosynthesis of salivary elicitors, but there are no clear mechanisms to show how gut microbes alter these salivary cues and how a different host plant responds to these inducible elicitors...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785612/water-forests-people-the-swedish-experience-in-building-resilient-landscapes
#7
Mats Eriksson, Lotta Samuelson, Linnéa Jägrud, Eskil Mattsson, Thorsten Celander, Anders Malmer, Klas Bengtsson, Olof Johansson, Nicolai Schaaf, Ola Svending, Anna Tengberg
A growing world population and rapid expansion of cities increase the pressure on basic resources such as water, food and energy. To safeguard the provision of these resources, restoration and sustainable management of landscapes is pivotal, including sustainable forest and water management. Sustainable forest management includes forest conservation, restoration, forestry and agroforestry practices. Interlinkages between forests and water are fundamental to moderate water budgets, stabilize runoff, reduce erosion and improve biodiversity and water quality...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785607/green-certification-e-commerce-and-low-carbon-economy-for-international-tourist-hotels
#8
Long-Fei Chen
Increasing population and over-consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. The Earth is suffering from global warning and environmental destruction while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity, and climate on a global scale. For a sustainable future, green certification, e-commerce, and environment education can boost low-carbon economy with decreasing carbon emissions, but very few researches address them for the hotel industry...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785604/cadmium-phytoextraction-potential-of-king-grass-pennisetum-sinese-roxb-and-responses-of-rhizosphere-bacterial-communities-to-a-cadmium-pollution-gradient
#9
Li Hu, Ru Wang, Xianglin Liu, Bo Xu, Tuanhui Xie, Yunyun Li, Mingkuang Wang, Guo Wang, Yanhui Chen
Screening for tolerant and high biomass producing plants is important for phytoextraction efforts in remediating agricultural soils contaminated by heavy metals. We carried out a greenhouse experiment involving a soil cadmium (Cd) concentration gradient (0.1, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 8 mg kg-1 ) to assess growth and phytoextraction capacity of king grass (Pennisetum sinese Roxb.) in soils contaminated by Cd and to explore changes in diversity and structure of rhizosphere soil bacterial communities in response to long-term Cd pollution...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785602/feasibility-study-of-cadmium-adsorption-by-palm-oil-fuel-ash-pofa-based-low-cost-hollow-fibre-zeolitic-membrane
#10
Mohamad Sukri Mohamad Yusof, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, Azeman Mustafa, Mukhlis Abdul Rahman, Juhana Jaafar, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail
Palm oil fuel ash (POFA) is an agricultural waste which was employed in this study to produce novel adsorptive ceramic hollow fibre membranes. The membranes were fabricated using phase inversion-based extrusion technique and sintered at 1150 °C. The membranes were then evaluated on their ability to adsorb cadmium (Cd(II)). These membranes were characterised using (nitrogen) N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FESEM-EDX) mapping, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses while adsorptivity activity was examined by batch adsorption studies...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785349/novel-non-symbiotic-isolates-of-neorhizobium-from-a-dryland-agricultural-soil
#11
Amalia Soenens, Juan Imperial
Semi-selective enrichment, followed by PCR screening, resulted in the successful direct isolation of fast-growing Rhizobia from a dryland agricultural soil. Over 50% of these isolates belong to the genus Neorhizobium , as concluded from partial rpoB and near-complete 16S rDNA sequence analysis. Further genotypic and genomic analysis of five representative isolates confirmed that they form a coherent group within Neorhizobium , closer to N. galegae than to the remaining Neorhizobium species, but clearly differentiated from the former, and constituting at least one new genomospecies within Neorhizobium...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785263/methodologies-on-estimating-the-energy-requirements-for-maintenance-and-determining-the-net-energy-contents-of-feed-ingredients-in-swine-a-review-of-recent-work
#12
REVIEW
Zhongchao Li, Hu Liu, Yakui Li, Zhiqian Lv, Ling Liu, Changhua Lai, Junjun Wang, Fenglai Wang, Defa Li, Shuai Zhang
In the past two decades, a considerable amount of research has focused on the determination of the digestible (DE) and metabolizable energy (ME) contents of feed ingredients fed to swine. Compared with the DE and ME systems, the net energy (NE) system is assumed to be the most accurate estimate of the energy actually available to the animal. However, published data pertaining to the measured NE content of ingredients fed to growing pigs are limited. Therefore, the Feed Data Group at the Ministry of Agricultural Feed Industry Centre (MAFIC) located at China Agricultural University has evaluated the NE content of many ingredients using indirect calorimetry...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784905/northward-shift-of-the-agricultural-climate-zone-under-21-st-century-global-climate-change
#13
Myron King, Daniel Altdorff, Pengfei Li, Lakshman Galagedara, Joseph Holden, Adrian Unc
As agricultural regions are threatened by climate change, warming of high latitude regions and increasing food demands may lead to northward expansion of global agriculture. While socio-economic demands and edaphic conditions may govern the expansion, climate is a key limiting factor. Extant literature on future crop projections considers established agricultural regions and is mainly temperature based. We employed growing degree days (GDD), as the physiological link between temperature and crop growth, to assess the global northward shift of agricultural climate zones under 21st -century climate change...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784892/food-insecurity-and-primary-school-girl-students-intelligence-quotients-a-case-control-study
#14
Ahmad Reza Dorosty Motlagh, Peivasteh Safarpour, Milad Daneshi Maskooni, Mostafa Hosseini, Farzaneh Ranjbar Noshari
BACKGROUND: Food insecurity (FI) refers to the lack of sufficient and safe availability of the food. Accumulating studies have suggested associations between dietary intake and Intelligence quotient (IQ). Accordingly, we aimed to examine the association between FI and IQ. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study. METHODS: In this case-control study, 222 girl students aged 9 to 11 years old were randomly chosen from Bandar-Anzali, Iran in 2013. Students with low and moderate IQ were considered as case (n=111) and control (n=111) group, respectively...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784425/a-novel-bioassay-based-on-aptamer-functionalized-magnetic-nanoparticle-for-the-detection-of-zearalenone-using-time-resolved-fluorescence-nayf-4-ce-tb-nanoparticles-as-signal-probe
#15
Sobia Niazi, Xiaole Wang, Imran Pasha, Imran Mahmood Khan, Sen Zhao, Muhammad Shoaib, Shijia Wu, Zhouping Wang
Zearalenone (ZEN) is a non-steroidal estrogenic mycotoxin produced by fungi on stored grains. The earlier detection methods used for ZEN rely on expensive equipment, time-consuming sample preparation and temperature sensitive antibodies. The current work, proposed a novel strategy based on ZEN aptamer labeled with amine-functionalized magnetic nanoparticle (MNPs) as a capture probe and time-resolved fluorescence (TRFL) nanoparticles labeled with complementary DNA (cDNA) as a signal probe. Under the optimized conditions, TRFL intensity at 544 nm was used to measure ZEN (R2 = 0...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783794/missed-work-due-to-occupational-illness-among-hispanic-horse-workers
#16
Ashley M Bush, Susan Westneat, Steven R Browning, Jennifer Swanberg
Occupational illnesses are inadequately reported for agriculture, an industry dominated by a vulnerable Hispanic population and high fatal and nonfatal injury rates. Work-related illnesses can contribute to missed work, caused by a combination of personal and work factors, with costs to the individual, employer, and society. To better understand agricultural occupational illnesses, 225 Hispanic horse workers were interviewed via community-based convenience sampling. Descriptive statistics, bivariate analyses, and log binomial regression modeling were used to: (1) describe the prevalence of missed work due to work-related illnesses among Hispanic horse workers, (2) examine work-related and personal factors associated with missed work, and (3) identify health symptoms and work-related characteristics potentially associated with missed work...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783793/summary-of-u-s-injuries-and-fatalities-involving-entrapment-and-suffocation-in-grain-transport-vehicles
#17
Yuan-Hsin Cheng, William E Field, Salah F Issa, Kevin Kelley, Matthew Heber, Robert Turner
Since 1978, the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program has managed a surveillance effort and database to collect information on documented injuries and fatalities in all forms of U.S. agricultural confined spaces. The database currently contains 1,968 cases documented in the U.S. between 1964 and 2016. Of these cases, 174 (8.8%) involved entrapment or suffocation in grain transport vehicles (GTVs), including gravity-flow wagons, semi-truck trailers, and other agricultural transport vehicles that have limited access and are not considered normal work spaces or are classified as confined spaces...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783792/utilization-and-effectiveness-of-harnesses-and-lifelines-in-grain-entrapment-incidents-preliminary-analysis
#18
Salah F Issa, Mahmoud M Nour, William E Field
No previous studies have been found that document the level of use or validate the effectiveness of safety harnesses and lifelines in the prevention of or extrication from grain entrapments or engulfments. This article addresses that void via analysis of the data contained in the Purdue Agricultural Confined Space Incident Database. A total of 1,147 cases involving entrapments or engulfments in grain masses were mined for terms that might indicate the use of a safety harness, lifeline, fall restraint system, rope, or outside observer...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783115/long-term-trends-in-no-2-columns-related-to-economic-developments-and-air-quality-policies-from-1997-to-2016-in-china
#19
Xiuying Zhang, Wuting Zhang, Xuehe Lu, Xuejun Liu, Dongmei Chen, Lei Liu, Xianjin Huang
This study detected the long-term trends in NO2 concentrations in China from 1997 to 2016 based on the NO2 columns from GOME, SCIAMACHY, and GOME-2A. Both differences in the time-overlapped NO2 columns from GOME vs. SCIAMACHAY and SCIAMACHAY vs. GOME-2A showed seasonal variations, and the annual NO2 columns from GOME were 0.9% higher than those from SCIAMACHY, which exceeded that from GOME-2A by 14%. The long-term trends of the NO2 columns on a provincial scale could be simulated by cubic models (0.60 < R2  < 0...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782925/the-developmental-genetics-of-canalization
#20
REVIEW
Benedikt Hallgrimsson, Rebecca M Green, David Katz, Jennifer L Fish, Francois P J Bernier, Charles C Roseman, Nathan M Young, James M Cheverud, Ralph S Marcucio
Canalization, or robustness to genetic or environmental perturbations, is fundamental to complex organisms. While there is strong evidence for canalization as an evolved property that varies among genotypes, the developmental and genetic mechanisms that produce this phenomenon are very poorly understood. For evolutionary biology, understanding how canalization arises is important because, by modulating the phenotypic variation that arises in response to genetic differences, canalization is a determinant of evolvability...
May 18, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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