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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107530/broad-scale-genetic-diversity-of-cannabis-for-forensic-applications
#1
Christophe Dufresnes, Catherine Jan, Friederike Bienert, Jérôme Goudet, Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis (hemp and marijuana) is an iconic yet controversial crop. On the one hand, it represents a growing market for pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. On the other hand, plants synthesizing the psychoactive THC produce the most widespread illicit drug in the world. Yet, the difficulty to reliably distinguish between Cannabis varieties based on morphological or biochemical criteria impedes the development of promising industrial programs and hinders the fight against narcotrafficking. Genetics offers an appropriate alternative to characterize drug vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107495/germination-response-of-four-alien-congeneric-amaranthus-species-to-environmental-factors
#2
Jian-Hua Hao, Shuang-Shuang Lv, Saurav Bhattacharya, Jian-Guo Fu
Seed germination is the key step for successful establishment, growth and further expansion of population especially for alien plants with annual life cycle. Traits like better adaptability and germination response were thought to be associated with plant invasion. However, there are not enough empirical studies correlating adaptation to environmental factors with germination response of alien invasive plants. In this study, we conducted congeneric comparisons of germination response to different environmental factors such as light, pH, NaCl, osmotic and soil burials among four alien amaranths that differ in invasiveness and have sympatric distribution in Jiangsu Province, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107106/news-reports-and-their-role-in-child-agricultural-injury-prevention
#3
Barbara Marlenga, Richard L Berg, Susan S Gallagher
OBJECTIVES: The news media can be important sources of health information. We examined news reports of child agricultural injuries to assess what was reported and to evaluate potential implications for health communication and surveillance efforts. METHODS: A content analysis was conducted of a convenience sample of 113 US news reports from 2012 to 2014 involving agricultural injuries to children less than 18 years-of-age. The data collection instrument included basic elements of injury surveillance, as well as variables related to injury causation and prevention...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Agromedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106360/federal-policy-for-the-protection-of-human-subjects-final-rule
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The departments and agencies listed in this document announce revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was originally promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. This final rule is intended to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. These revisions are an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight...
19, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106357/possession-use-and-transfer-of-select-agents-and-toxins-biennial-review-of-the-list-of-select-agents-and-toxins-and-enhanced-biosafety-requirements-final-rule
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In accordance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Response Act), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reviewed the list of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. Following the review, HHS has decided: Not to finalize the proposed changes to the list of select agents and toxins at this time; to finalize provisions to address toxin permissible limits and the inactivation of select agents; to finalize specific provisions to the section of the regulations addressing biosafety; and to clarify regulatory language concerning security, training, incident response, and records...
19, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106248/bacterial-impregnation-of-mineral-fertilizers-improves-yield-and-nutrient-use-efficiency-of-wheat
#6
Shakeel Ahmad, Muhammad Imran, Sabir Hussain, Sajid Mahmood, Azhar Hussain, Muhammad Hasnain
BACKGROUND: The fertilizer use efficiency (FUE) of agricultural crops is generally low which results in poor crop yields and low economic benefits to the farmers. Among the various approaches used to enhance FUE, impregnation of mineral fertilizers with plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) is attracting a worldwide attention. The present study was aimed to improve growth, yield and nutrient use efficiency of wheat by bacterially impregnated mineral fertilizers. RESULTS: Results of the pot study revealed that impregnation of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea with PGPB was helpful in enhancing the growth, yield, photosynthetic rate, nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) of wheat...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105917/proclat-a-new-bioinformatics-tool-for-in-silico-protein-reclassification-case-study-of-drab-a-protein-coded-from-the-dratgb-operon-in-azospirillum-brasilense
#7
Elisa Terumi Rubel, Roberto Tadeu Raittz, Nilson Antonio da Rocha Coimbra, Michelly Alves Coutinho Gehlen, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa
BACKGROUND: Azopirillum brasilense is a plant-growth promoting nitrogen-fixing bacteria that is used as bio-fertilizer in agriculture. Since nitrogen fixation has a high-energy demand, the reduction of N2 to NH4(+) by nitrogenase occurs only under limiting conditions of NH4(+) and O2. Moreover, the synthesis and activity of nitrogenase is highly regulated to prevent energy waste. In A. brasilense nitrogenase activity is regulated by the products of draG and draT. The product of the draB gene, located downstream in the draTGB operon, may be involved in the regulation of nitrogenase activity by an, as yet, unknown mechanism...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105888/treatment-with-activated-carbon-and-other-adsorbents-as-an-effective-method-for-removal-of-volatile-compounds-in-agricultural-distillates
#8
Maria Balcerek, Katarzyna Pielech-Przybylska, Piotr Patelski, Urszula Dziekońska-Kubczak, Tomaš Jusel
This study investigates the effect of treatment with activated carbon and other adsorbents on the chemical composition and organoleptics of a barley malt-based agricultural distillate. Contact with activated carbon is one of the methods by which the quality of raw distillates and spirit beverages can be improved. Samples placed in contact with 1 g activated carbon (SpiritFerm) per 100 ml distillate with ethanol content of 50% v v(-1) for 1 h showed the largest reductions in the concentrations of most volatile compounds (aldehydes, alcohols, esters)...
January 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105596/monitoring-nutrients-fate-after-digestate-spreading-in-a-short-rotation-buffer-area
#9
Nicolò Colombani, Bruno Boz, Bruna Gumiero, Micòl Mastrocicco
One of the main sources of reactive nitrogen pollution is animal manure. The disposal of digestate (material remaining after the anaerobic digestion of a biodegradable feedstock) in agricultural soils could solve both the problems of soil fertilization and waste removal, but the fate of digestate in the environment must be assessed carefully before its massive utilization. To investigate whether digestate could be safely employed as a soil fertilizer, an agricultural field located in Monastier di Treviso (Northern Italy) and characterized by the presence of low hydraulic conductivity clay soils, was selected to be amended with bovine digestate...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105594/screening-of-inorganic-and-organic-contaminants-in-floodwater-in-paddy-fields-of-hue-and-thanh-hoa-in-vietnam
#10
Ha Thu Trinh, Helle Marcussen, Hans Christian B Hansen, Giang Truong Le, Hanh Thi Duong, Nguyen Thuy Ta, Trung Quang Nguyen, Soren Hansen, Bjarne W Strobel
In the rainy season, rice growing areas in Vietnam often become flooded by up to 1.5 m water. The floodwater brings contaminants from cultivated areas, farms and villages to the rice fields resulting in widespread contamination. In 2012 and 2013, the inorganic and organic contaminants in floodwater was investigated in Thanh Hoa and Hue. Water samples were taken at 16 locations in canals, paddy fields and rivers before and during the flood. In total, 940 organic micro-pollutants in the water samples were determined simultaneously by GC-MS method with automatic identification and quantification system (AIQS), while ICP-MS was used for determination of ten trace elements in the samples...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105564/occurrence-and-fate-of-pesticides-in-the-argentine-stretch-of-the-paraguay-paran%C3%A3-basin
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M A Etchegoyen, A E Ronco, P Almada, M Abelando, D J Marino
The Argentine stretch of the del Plata basin crosses regions devoted to extensive and intensive agriculture mostly with chemical pest control. The utilization of pesticides in the region has increased 900% in the last two decades associated with the introduction of biotech crops and direct-seeding techniques. Our objective was to study the occurrence, concentration, and fate of pesticides in surface water and bottom sediments of the principal tributaries and main watercourse of the Paraguay-Paraná River. We sampled 22 sites in the distal positions of the main affluents and main watercourse of the Paraná and report here results from two monitoring campaigns (2010-2012)...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104900/extremozymes-a-potential-source-for-industrial-applications
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REVIEW
Kelly Dumorné, David Camacho Córdova, Marcia Astorga-Eló, Prabhaharan Renganathan
Extremophilic microorganisms have established a diversity of molecular strategies in order to survive in extreme conditions. Biocatalysts isolated by these organisms are termed extremozymes, possess extraordinary properties are salt allowance thermostability and cold adaptivity. Extremozymes are very resistant in extreme conditions due to their great solidity and they propose new opportunities for biocatalysis and biotransformations, also for the development of the economy and new line of research through their application...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104478/toxicological-effects-of-the-waste-of-the-sugarcane-industry-used-as-agricultural-fertilizer-on-the-test-system-allium-cepa
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Leonardo Ramos Anacleto, Matheus Mantuanelli Roberto, Maria Aparecida Marin-Morales
Sugarcane is cultivated in tropical countries for sugar and ethanol production. In Brazil, this culture is among the most profitable with a production of 658.7 million tons/harvest. Sugarcane filter cake (SCFC) is a waste rich in organic matter and micronutrients, but also contains toxic metals. As it has been used as fertilizer and there is not enough knowledge about its environmental impacts, this work assessed the genotoxicogenetic effects of raw SCFC and associations with soil and sugarcane bagasse (SCB), by Allium cepa tests...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104345/polybrominated-diphenyl-ethers-residence-time-in-soils-receiving-biosolids-application
#14
Natasha A Andrade, Laura L McConnell, Marya O Anderson, Alba Torrents, Mark Ramirez
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) may enter the environment because of accumulation in biosolids followed by application to agricultural lands. No published dissipation studies are available for PBDEs in agricultural soils after biosolids application. Therefore, we conducted a 3-year study to examine the fate of PBDEs in a small-scale 0.24-ha continuously cropped field after a single biosolids application at 72.3 wet tons/ha and determined dissipation half-lives for BDE-47+BDE-99 and BDE-209. In addition, we conducted a large-scale survey of soils from 26 mostly pasture fields at 10 farms with detailed information on timing and rate of biosolids applications...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104342/effects-of-waste-water-irrigation-on-soil-properties-and-soil-fauna-of-spinach-fields-in-a-west-african-urban-vegetable-production-system
#15
Kathrin Stenchly, Juliane Dao, Désiré Jean-Pascal Lompo, Andreas Buerkert
The usage of inadequately processed industrial waste water (WW) can lead to strong soil alkalinity and soil salinization of agricultural fields with negative consequences on soil properties and biota. Gypsum as a soil amendment to saline-sodic soils is widely used in agricultural fields to improve their soil physical, chemical and hence biological properties. This study aimed at analysing the effects of intensive WW irrigation on the structure and composition of soil-dwelling arthropods on spinach fields (Spinacia oleracea L...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104329/comparative-evaluation-of-four-biosolids-formulations-on-the-effects-of-triclosan-on-plant-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungal-interactions-in-three-crop-species
#16
René S Shahmohamadloo, Linda Lissemore, Ryan S Prosser, Paul K Sibley
Triclosan (TCS) is an antimicrobial ingredient found in personal care products that include soaps, shampoos, and other sanitation goods. TCS is moderately hydrophobic and has been shown to be resistant to wastewater treatment and thus accumulates in biosolids. Biosolids are commonly applied to agricultural land but little is known about the risk that TCS in biosolids poses to soil fungal communities following land application. The purpose of this study was to characterize the effects of TCS on the symbiotic colonization of roots in three field crops (soybean, corn, and spring wheat) by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in soils amended with four different types of biosolids (liquid, dewatered, composted, alkaline and hydrolyzed)...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103858/the-personal-and-workplace-characteristics-of-uninsured-expatriate-males-in-saudi-arabia
#17
Abdulwahab Alkhamis, Peter Cosgrove, Gamal Mohamed, Amir Hassan
BACKGROUND: A major concern by the health decision makers in Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries is the burden of financing healthcare. While other GCC countries have been examining different options, Saudi Arabia has endeavoured to reform its private healthcare system and control expatriate access to government resources through the provision of Compulsory Employment-Based Health Insurance (CEBHI). The objective of this research was to investigate, in a natural setting, the characteristics of uninsured expatriates based on their personal and workplace characteristics...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103488/effects-of-superabsorbent-polymers-on-the-fate-of-fungicidal-carbendazim-in-soils
#18
Yatian Yang, Haiyan Wang, Lei Huang, Sufen Zhang, Yupeng He, Qi Gao, Qingfu Ye
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) have been extensively used as soil amendments to retain water, and they often coexist with pesticides in agricultural fields. However, effects of SAPs on the fate of pesticides in soil remain poorly understood. In this study, a laboratory experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of SAPs on the transformation of (14)C-carbendazim in soils. The results showed that compared to the SAPs-free control, 11.4% relative reduction of (14)C-carbendazim extractable residue was observed in red clayey soil with SAPs amendment after 100days of incubation (p<0...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103462/low-adherence-to-mediterranean-diet-in-portugal-pregnant-women-nutrition-in-portugal-and-its-repercussions
#19
REVIEW
Luis Pereira-da-Silva, Elisabete Pinto
INTRODUCTION: Portuguese population is drifting away from the Mediterranean diet-like pattern. In this context, the current nutritionalstatus of women of childbearing age and of pregnant Portuguese women and their growing fetuses is critically reviewed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A narrative critical review was performed on recent published high quality studies assessing diet and nutritional status of women of childbearing age and pregnant women and its influence on the nutritional status of their offspring...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103247/bombyx-mori-p-element-somatic-inhibitor-bmpsi-is-a-key-auxiliary-factor-for-silkworm-male-sex-determination
#20
Jun Xu, Shuqing Chen, Baosheng Zeng, Anthony A James, Anjiang Tan, Yongping Huang
Manipulation of sex determination pathways in insects provides the basis for a wide spectrum of strategies to benefit agriculture and public health. Furthermore, insects display a remarkable diversity in the genetic pathways that lead to sex differentiation. The silkworm, Bombyx mori, has been cultivated by humans as a beneficial insect for over two millennia, and more recently as a model system for studying lepidopteran genetics and development. Previous studies have identified the B. mori Fem piRNA as the primary female determining factor and BmMasc as its downstream target, while the genetic scenario for male sex determination was still unclear...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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