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Sonja Zimmermann, Carolina Wolff, Bernd Sures
Mainly due to automobile traffic, but also due to other sources, the platinum group elements (PGE) platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd) and rhodium (Rh) are introduced into aquatic biotopes where they accumulate in sediments of lakes and rivers. However, the toxicity of these noble metals to aquatic organisms is not well understood and especially toxicity studies under standardized condition are lacking. Thus, the toxicity of Pt, Pd and Rh to Daphnia magna was tested in single metal exposure experiments according to OECD guideline 202...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Gilberto Bento, Jarkko Routtu, Peter D Fields, Yann Bourgeois, Louis Du Pasquier, Dieter Ebert
Negative frequency-dependent selection (NFDS) is an evolutionary mechanism suggested to govern host-parasite coevolution and the maintenance of genetic diversity at host resistance loci, such as the vertebrate MHC and R-genes in plants. Matching-allele interactions of hosts and parasites that prevent the emergence of host and parasite genotypes that are universally resistant and infective are a genetic mechanism predicted to underpin NFDS. The underlying genetics of matching-allele interactions are unknown even in host-parasite systems with empirical support for coevolution by NFDS, as is the case for the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna and the bacterial pathogen Pasteuria ramosa...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
Shin-Ichi Tokishita, Hiroyuki Shibuya, Taku Kobayashi, Masaki Sakamoto, Jin-Yong Ha, Shin-Ichi Yokobori, Hideo Yamagata, Takayuki Hanazato
To characterize genetic diversity and gene flow among Daphnia galeata populations, the complete nucleotide (nt) sequences of the mitochondrial (mt) DNAs of D. galeata clones isolated from five lakes in Japan (Lakes Shirakaba, Suwa, Kizaki, Kasumigaura, and Biwa) were determined. Comparison of non-synonymous (amino acid altering) substitution rates with synonymous substitution rates of D. galeata mt protein-coding genes demonstrated that ATPase8 and COI genes were the most and least susceptible, respectively, to the evolutional forces selecting the aa substitutions...
February 17, 2017: Gene
Alan Puckowski, Stefan Stolte, Marta Wagil, Marta Markiewicz, Paulina Łukaszewicz, Piotr Stepnowski, Anna Białk-Bielińska
Nowadays, residual amounts of many pharmaceuticals can be found in various environmental compartments including surface and ground waters, soils and sediments as well as biota. Even though they undergo degradability, their environmental discharge is relatively continuous, thus they may be regarded as quasi-persistent contaminants, and are also frequently regarded as emerging organic pollutants. Benzimidazoles, especially flubendazole (FLU) and fenbendazole (FEN), represent two anthelmintic drugs belonging to this group...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Stefan Gartiser, Ines Heisterkamp, Ute Schoknecht, Michael Burkhardt, Monika Ratte, Outi Ilvonen, Frank Brauer, Jan Brückmann, André Dabrunz, Philipp Egeler, Andrea-Maria Eisl, Ute Feiler, Ines Fritz, Sabina König, Herbert Lebertz, Pascal Pandard, Gabriele Pötschke, Dirk Scheerbaum, Frank Schreiber, Přemysl Soldán, Roland Weiß, Reinhilde Weltens
A European round robin test according to ISO 5725-2 was conceptually prepared, realised, and evaluated. The aim was to determine the inter-laboratory variability of the overall process for the ecotoxicological characterization of construction products in eluates and bioassays. To this end, two construction products BAM-G1 (granulate) and HSR-2 (roof sealing sheet), both made of EPDM polymers (rubber), were selected. The granular construction product was eluted in a one stage batch test, the planar product in the Dynamic Surface Leaching test (DSLT)...
February 2, 2017: Chemosphere
Priscila Ferri, María Ramil, Isaac Rodríguez, Rosângela Bergamasco, Angélica Marquetotti Salcedo Vieira, Rafael Cela
Quinoxyfen has been recently identified as a priority hazardous substance in the field of the European water policy. In this work, its fate in aqueous samples and solid supports under UV and solar radiation is investigated. Diverse degradation experiments were carried out, at lab scale, using spiked aliquots of different aqueous matrices (ultrapure, treated wastewater and river water) irradiated at different wavelengths (λ = 254 nm, λ = 365 nm and solar light). Half-lives of quinoxyfen (2-26 min) depended on the wavelength and the intensity of radiation whilst the nature of the aqueous matrix did not play an important role in degradation kinetics...
February 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Maeva Giraudo, Mélanie Douville, Guillaume Cottin, Magali Houde
Benzotriazoles (BZTs) are ubiquitous aquatic contaminants used in a wide range of industrial and domestic applications from aircraft deicers to dishwasher tablets. Acute toxicity has been reported in aquatic organisms for some of the BZTs but their mode of action remains unknown. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the transcriptomic response of D. magna exposed to sublethal doses of 1H-benzotriazole (BTR), 5-methyl-1H-benzotriazole (5MeBTR) and 5-chloro-1H-benzotriazole (5ClBTR) using RNA-sequencing and quantitative real-time PCR...
2017: PloS One
Konstantinos Grintzalis, Wenkui Dai, Konstantinos Panagiotidis, Alexia Belavgeni, Mark R Viant
Phenotypic markers of animal health form an essential component of regulatory toxicology. Immobilisation of neonate water fleas - Daphnia magna - as a surrogate measure of their mortality following exposure to a chemical for 24-48h forms the basis of the internationally utilised OECD acute toxicity test 202. A second important marker of animal physiology and health is feeding rate, which in Daphnia is determined by measuring the algae feeding rate. Given the widespread use of OECD test 202 for acute toxicity as well as the quantification of feeding rate in toxicological studies of daphniids, significant benefits could result from miniaturising this assay...
February 8, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jean-Baptiste Burnet, Tarek Faraj, Henry-Michel Cauchie, Célia Joaquim-Justo, Pierre Servais, Michèle Prévost, Sarah M Dorner
The faecal indicator Escherichia coli plays a central role in water quality assessment and monitoring. It is therefore essential to understand its fate under various environmental constraints such as predation by bacterivorous zooplankton. Whereas most studies have examined how protozooplankton communities (heterotrophic nanoflagellates and ciliates) affect the fate of E. coli in water, the capacity of metazooplankton to control the faecal indicator remains poorly understood. In this study, we investigated how the common filter-feeding cladoceran, Daphnia pulex, affects the fate of E...
2017: PloS One
Yahya Izadmanesh, Elba Garreta-Lara, Jahan B Ghasemi, Silvia Lacorte, Victor Matamoros, Roma Tauler
Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS) is a powerful tool for separation and identification of analytes in complex natural samples. In this paper, different chemometric methods were compared for fast non-targeted GC×GC-TOFMS metabolomic profiling of the crustaceous species Daphnia magna and a general chemometric strategy and workflow is proposed. The strategy proposed in this work combined the compression of GC×GC-TOFMS data matrices in the retention time direction using wavelets and the appropriate column-wise data matrix augmentation arrangement, and its modeling by Multivariate Curve Resolution-Alternating Least Squares (MCR-ALS)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
Amanda M Cano, Jonathan D Maul, Mohammad Saed, Smit A Shah, Micah J Green, Jaclyn E Can As-Carrell
Carbon-based nanomaterials (CNMs) such as multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), graphene (G), and graphene oxide (GO) are rising in usage across many applications due to their unique and versatile properties. Through many pathways, CNMs may enter the aquatic environment, creating potential for organism exposure. The present study addresses the bioaccumulation and toxicity seen in Daphnia magna (D. magna) exposed to CNMs dispersed in sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS). In Study I, D. magna were exposed to varying outer diameters of MWCNTs for 24 h in moderately hard or hard freshwater...
February 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
M Jansen, A N Geerts, A Rago, K I Spanier, C Denis, L De Meester, L Orsini
Changes in temperature have occurred throughout Earth's history. However, current warming trends exacerbated by human activities impose severe and rapid loss of biodiversity. Although understanding the mechanisms orchestrating organismal response to climate change is important, remarkably few studies document their role in nature. This is because only few systems enable the combined analysis of genetic and plastic responses to environmental change over long time-spans. Here, we characterize genetic and plastic responses to temperature increase in the aquatic keystone grazer Daphnia magna combining a candidate gene and an outlier analysis approach...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
Michele Gottardi, Michala Rosa Birch, Kristoffer Dalhoff, Nina Cedergreen
Two of the main classes of pesticides commonly used in agriculture are azole fungicides and pyrethroid insecticides. Because azoles have been shown to synergize the effect of pyrethroids, the effect of their mixture is of concern. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of sublethal concentrations of epoxiconazole and α-cypermethrin and their mixture on growth, reproduction and in vivo cytochrome P450 activity of the aquatic crustacean Daphnia magna over 42 d. Continuous exposure to non-lethal concentrations of α-cypermethrin at 20 ng/L negatively affected adult growth and number and size of neonates within the first 14 d of exposure...
February 1, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Felix Stibany, Franziska Ewald, Ina Miller, Henner Hollert, Andreas Schäffer
The main objective of the present study was to improve the reliability and practicability of aquatic toxicity testing of hydrophobic chemicals based upon the model substance bromochlorophene (BCP). Therefore, we adapted a passive dosing format to test the toxicity of BCP at different concentrations and in multiple test systems with aquatic organisms of various trophic levels. At the same time, the method allowed for the accurate determination of exposure concentrations (i.e., in the presence of exposed organisms; Ctest) and freely dissolved concentrations (i...
January 28, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Tamzin A Blewett, Perrine L M Delompre, Yuhe He, Erik J Folkerts, Shannon L Flynn, Daniel S Alessi, Greg G Goss
Hydraulic fracturing is an industrial process allowing for the extraction of gas or oil. To fracture the rocks, a proprietary mix of chemicals is injected under high pressure, which later returns to the surface as flowback and produced water (FPW). FPW is a complex chemical mixture consisting of trace metals, organic compounds, and often, high levels of salts. FPW toxicity to the model freshwater crustacean, Daphnia magna, was characterized utilizing acute (48 h median lethal concentrations; LC50) and chronic (21 d) exposures...
January 31, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Luisa Orsini, Donald Gilbert, Ram Podicheti, Mieke Jansen, James B Brown, Omid Shams Solari, Katina I Spanier, John K Colbourne, Douglas B Rusch, Ellen Decaestecker, Jana Asselman, Karel A C De Schamphelaere, Dieter Ebert, Christoph R Haag, Jouni Kvist, Christian Laforsch, Adam Petrusek, Andrew P Beckerman, Tom J Little, Anurag Chaturvedi, Michael E Pfrender, Luc De Meester, Mikko J Frilander
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January 31, 2017: Scientific Data
Sen Xu, Kim Young
Sequencing the entire genome of single sperm cells can provide valuable information of the distribution of meiotic recombination events in eukaryotic genomes. Here, we provide a description of the experimental work flow for isolating single sperm cells from the microcrustacean Daphnia pulex using fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Moreover, we describe the application of a whole-genome amplification technique (i.e., Multiple Annealing and Looping Based Amplification Cycles method) to single sperm of Daphnia to generate enough DNA for library preparation of next-generation sequencing...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Gustavo S Betini, Tal Avgar, Kevin S McCann, John M Fryxell
Spatial self-organization can occur in many ecosystems with important effects on food web dynamics and the maintenance of biodiversity. The consumer-resource interaction is known to generate spatial patterning, but only a few empirical studies have investigated the effect of the consumer on resource distribution. Here we report results from a large aquatic mesocosm experiment used to investigate the effect of the consumer Daphnia magna on the distribution of its resource, the green algae Chlorella vulgaris...
January 28, 2017: Ecology
Claudia Rivetti, Jhon J López-Perea, Celia Laguna, Benjamín Piña, Rafael Mateo, Ethel Eljarrat, Damià Barceló, Carlos Barata
The Tablas de Daimiel National Park (TDNP) is a unique floodplain ecosystem in central Spain, serving as permanent resting and breeding areas for many waterbird species. In the last decades, this biodiversity hotspot has been severely endangered by poorly treated wastewater discharges from upstream urban communities arriving through its two major contributors, the Cigüela and Guadiana rivers. In this work, we analysed the potential risk of this constant input of micropollutants (estrogens, dioxin-like compounds and other endocrine disruptors) for the resident wildlife...
January 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
James C Leaphart, Derek A Zelmer
The ubiquity of host-parasite interactions and their potential for substantial representation, in terms of overall biomass, within ecosystems suggests that parasites have the capacity to influence energy flow within an ecosystem. While the influence of certain parasites on prey behavior has been well-documented, parasites could also exert an influence on ecosystem dynamics by influencing predator feeding behavior. The functional response of Tetragoneuria naiads was characterized by presenting naiads with varying abundances of Daphnia magna, after which a subset of the naiads were exposed to cercariae of Haematoloechus floedae, and the feeding trials repeated for both the control and exposed odonates...
January 24, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
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