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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340479/additive-effects-prevail-the-response-of-biota-to-multiple-stressors-in-an-intensively-monitored-watershed
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Alexander Gieswein, Daniel Hering, Christian K Feld
Freshwater ecosystems are impacted by a range of stressors arising from diverse human-caused land and water uses. Identifying the relative importance of single stressors and understanding how multiple stressors interact and jointly affect biology is crucial for River Basin Management. This study addressed multiple human-induced stressors and their effects on the aquatic flora and fauna based on data from standard WFD monitoring schemes. For altogether 1095 sites within a mountainous catchment, we used 12 stressor variables covering three different stressor groups: riparian land use, physical habitat quality and nutrient enrichment...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335448/a-community-multi-omics-approach-towards-the-assessment-of-surface-water-quality-in-an-urban-river-system
#2
David J Beale, Avinash V Karpe, Warish Ahmed, Stephen Cook, Paul D Morrison, Christopher Staley, Michael J Sadowsky, Enzo A Palombo
A multi-omics approach was applied to an urban river system (the Brisbane River (BR), Queensland, Australia) in order to investigate surface water quality and characterize the bacterial population with respect to water contaminants. To do this, bacterial metagenomic amplicon-sequencing using Illumina next-generation sequencing (NGS) of the V5-V6 hypervariable regions of the 16S rRNA gene and untargeted community metabolomics using gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry (GC-MS) were utilized. The multi-omics data, in combination with fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) counts, trace metal concentrations (by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)) and in-situ water quality measurements collected from various locations along the BR were then used to assess the health of the river ecosystem...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334157/overview-of-freshwater-microbial-eukaryotes-diversity-a-first-analysis-of-publicly-available-metabarcoding-data
#3
Didier Debroas, Isabelle Domaizon, Jean-Francois Humbert, Ludwig Jardillier, Cécile Lepère, Anne Oudart, Najwa Taïb
Although they are widespread, diverse, and involved in biogeochemical cycles, microbial eukaryotes attract less attention than their prokaryotic counterparts in environmental microbiology. In this study, we used publicly available 18S barcoding data to define biases that may limit such analyses and to gain an overview of the planktonic microbial eukaryotic diversity in freshwater ecosystems. The richness of the microbial eukaryotes was estimated to 100,798 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) delineating 1267 clusters or phylogenetic units (PUs i...
March 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334022/effects-of-clothianidin-on-aquatic-communities-evaluating-the-impacts-of-lethal-and-sublethal-exposure-to-neonicotinoids
#4
Jesse C Miles, Jessica Hua, Maria S Sepulveda, Christian H Krupke, Jason T Hoverman
The widespread usage of neonicotinoid insecticides has sparked concern over their effects on non-target organisms. While research has largely focused on terrestrial systems, the low soil binding and high water solubility of neonicotinoids, paired with their extensive use on the landscape, puts aquatic environments at high risk for contamination via runoff events. We assessed the potential threat of these compounds to wetland communities using a combination of field surveys and experimental exposures including concentrations that are representative of what invertebrates experience in the field...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333392/the-biosynthesis-of-nitrous-oxide-in-the-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#5
Maxence Plouviez, David Wheeler, Andy Shilton, Michael A Packer, Patricia A McLenachan, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, Francisco Ocaña-Calahorro, Emilio Fernández, Benoit Guieysse
Over the last decades, several studies have reported emissions of nitrous oxide (N2 O) from microalgae cultures and aquatic ecosystems characterized by a high level of algal activity (e.g. eutrophic lakes). As N2 O is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) and an ozone depleting pollutant, these findings suggest that large scale microalgae cultivation (and possibly, natural eutrophic ecosystems) could have significant environmental impacts. Using the model unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, this study was conducted to investigate the molecular basis of microalgal N2 O synthesis...
March 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332819/a-path-to-impact-for-autonomous-field-deployable-chemical-sensors-a-case-study-of-in-situ-nitrite-sensors
#6
Tim M Schierenbeck, Matthew C Smith
Natural freshwater systems have been severely affected by excess loading of macronutrients (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorous) from fertilizers, fossil fuels, and human and livestock waste. In the USA, impacts to drinking water quality, biogeochemical cycles, and aquatic ecosystems are estimated to cost US$210 billion annually. Field-deployable nutrient sensors (FDS) offer potential to support research and resource management efforts by acquiring higher resolution data than are currently supported by expensive conventional sampling methods...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331402/diversity-and-distribution-of-polyphagan-water-beetles-coleoptera-in-the-lake-st-lucia-system-south-africa
#7
Matthew S Bird, David T Bilton, Renzo Perissinotto
Water beetles belonging to the suborder Polyphaga vary greatly in larval and adult ecologies, and fulfil important functional roles in shallow-water ecosystems by processing plant material, scavenging and through predation. This study investigates the species richness and composition of aquatic polyphagan assemblages in and around the St Lucia estuarine lake (South Africa), within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A total of 32 sites were sampled over three consecutive collection trips between 2013 and 2015...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329712/toxicity-of-effluents-from-gasoline-stations-oil-water-separators-to-early-life-stages-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#8
Romulo Nepomuceno Alves, Célio Freire Mariz, Driele Ventura de Paulo, Paulo S M Carvalho
Used petroleum hydrocarbons and gasoline stations runoff are significant sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) to aquatic ecosystems. Samples of the final effluent of oil-water-separators were collected at gasoline stations in the metropolitan region of Recife, Brazil, before release to sewage or rainwater systems. Effluent soluble fractions (ESF) were prepared and bioassays were performed according to the Fish Embryo Toxicity Test. The test involved exposing zebrafish Danio rerio embryos to dilutions of the ESFs for 96 h, with daily examination of lethality and sublethal morphological effects integrated through the General Morphology Score (GMS), based on the achievement of developmental hallmarks...
March 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328933/water-borne-pharmaceuticals-reduce-phenotypic-diversity-and-response-capacity-of-natural-phytoplankton-communities
#9
Francesco Pomati, Jukka Jokela, Sara Castiglioni, Mridul K Thomas, Luca Nizzetto
Chemical micropollutants occur worldwide in the environment at low concentrations and in complex mixtures, and how they affect the ecology of natural systems is still uncertain. Dynamics of natural communities are driven by the interaction between individual organisms and their growth environment, which is mediated by the organisms' expressed phenotypic traits. We tested whether exposure to a mixture of 12 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) influences phenotypic trait diversity in lake phytoplankton communities and their ability to regulate biomass production to fit environmental changes (response capacity)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327643/anthropogenic-shift-of-planktonic-food-web-structure-in-a-coastal-lagoon-by-freshwater-flow-regulation
#10
Deevesh A Hemraj, A Hossain, Qifeng Ye, Jian G Qin, Sophie C Leterme
Anthropogenic modification of aquatic systems has diverse impacts on food web interactions and ecosystem states. To reverse the adverse effects of modified freshwater flow, adequate management of discharge is required, especially due to higher water requirements and abstractions for human use. Here, we look at the effects of anthropogenically controlled freshwater flow regimes on the planktonic food web of a Ramsar listed coastal lagoon that is under recovery from degradation. Our results show shifts in water quality and plankton community interactions associated to changes in water flow...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325594/assessment-of-multi-trophic-changes-in-a-shallow-boreal-lake-simultaneously-exposed-to-climate-change-and-aerial-deposition-of-contaminants-from-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region-canada
#11
Jamie C Summers, Joshua Kurek, Kathleen M Rühland, Erin E Neville, John P Smol
The Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) has been intensely developed for industrial bitumen extraction and upgrading since the 1980s. A paucity of environmental monitoring prior to development raises questions about baseline conditions in freshwater systems in the region and ecological responses to industrial activities. Further, climatic changes prompt questions about the relative roles of climate and industry in shaping aquatic ecosystems through time. We use aquatic bioindicators from multiple trophic levels, concentrations of petrogenic contaminants (dibenzothiophenes), and spectrally-inferred chlorophyll-a preserved in well-dated sediments of a closed-basin, shallow lake ~50km away from the main area of industry, in conjunction with climate observations, to assess how the biotic assemblages of a typical AOSR lake have changed during the past ~75years...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324828/evaluation-of-dna-damage-and-physiological-responses-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-linnaeus-1758-exposed-to-sub-lethal-diclofenac-dcf
#12
Pramod K Pandey, Malachy N O Ajima, Kundan Kumar, Nalini Poojary, Saurav Kumar
The frequent bioaccumulation of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic ecosystem has raised a concern about their possible ecotoxicological consequences. DNA damage, haematological changes and activities of oxidative stress enzymes in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus in response to diclofenac (DCF) exposure were investigated for up to 60 days at the concentrations of 0.17, 0.34 and 0.68mgL(-1) in the fish liver. Evaluation of genotoxic effects of the drug in the liver, using single-cell gel electrophoresis, showed DNA damage on exposure at the concentrations of 0...
March 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324277/using-multivariate-techniques-to-assess-the-effects-of-urbanization-on-surface-water-quality-a-case-study-in-the-liangjiang-new-area-china
#13
Kun Luo, Xuebin Hu, Qiang He, Zhengsong Wu, Hao Cheng, Zhenlong Hu, Asit Mazumder
Rapid urbanization in China has been causing dramatic deterioration in the water quality of rivers and threatening aquatic ecosystem health. In this paper, multivariate techniques, such as factor analysis (FA) and cluster analysis (CA), were applied to analyze the water quality datasets for 19 rivers in Liangjiang New Area (LJNA), China, collected in April (dry season) and September (wet season) of 2014 and 2015. In most sampling rivers, total phosphorus, total nitrogen, and fecal coliform exceeded the Class V guideline (GB3838-2002), which could thereby threaten the water quality in Yangtze and Jialing Rivers...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323066/development-of-an-economical-autonomous-phstat-system-for-culturing-phytoplankton-under-steady-state-or-dynamic-conditions
#14
Rachel L Golda, Mark D Golda, Jacqueline A Hayes, Tawnya D Peterson, Joseph A Needoba
Laboratory investigations of physiological processes in phytoplankton require precise control of experimental conditions. Chemostats customized to control and maintain stable pH levels (pHstats) are ideally suited for investigations of the effects of pH on phytoplankton physiology, for example in context of ocean acidification. Here we designed and constructed a simple, flexible pHstat system and demonstrated its operational capabilities under laboratory culture conditions. In particular, the system is useful for simulating natural cyclic pH variability within aquatic ecosystems, such as diel fluctuations that result from metabolic activity or tidal mixing in estuaries...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318787/municipal-wastewater-treatment-plant-effluent-induced-effects-on-freshwater-mussel-populations-and-the-role-of-mussel-refugia-in-recolonizing-an-extirpated-reach
#15
Patricia L Gillis, Rodney McInnis, Joseph Salerno, Shane R de Solla, Mark R Servos, Erin M Leonard
Global human population and urbanization continually increase the volume of wastewater entering aquatic environments. Despite efforts to treat these effluents, they contribute a diverse suite of substances that enter watersheds at concentrations that have the potential to elicit adverse effects on aquatic organisms. The relationship between wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent exposure and biological responses within aquatic ecosystems remains poorly understood, especially at the population level. To examine the effect of WWTP effluents on sentinel invertebrates, freshwater mussels were assessed in the Grand River, Ontario, in populations associated with the outfall of a major WWTP...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318692/characterization-and-source-identification-of-nitrogen-in-a-riverine-system-of-monsoon-climate-region-china
#16
Jie Yuan, Siyue Li, Xi Han, Qiuyang Chen, Xiaoli Cheng, Quanfa Zhang
There are increasing concerns in nitrogen (N) pollution worldwide, especially in aquatic ecosystems, and thus quantifying its sources in waterways is critical for pollution prevention and control. In this study, we investigated the spatio-temporal variabilities of inorganic N concentration (i.e., NO3(-), NH4(+)) and total dissolved N (TDN) and identified their sources in waters and suspended matters using an isotopical approach in the Jinshui River, a river with a length of 87km in the monsoon-climate region of China...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315791/neurotoxic-effects-molecular-responses-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-linnaeus-1758-exposed-to-verapamil
#17
Malachy N O Ajima, Pramod K Pandey, Kundan Kumar, Nalini Poojary
Pharmaceutical drugs and their metabolites are detected in aquatic ecosystems and have been reported to cause ecotoxicological consequences to resident aquatic organisms The study investigated the effects of acute and long-term exposure to verapamil on activities of acetylcholinesterase and antioxidant enzymes as well as mRNA expression of stress-related genes in brain and muscle tissues of Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. The 96h LC50 of verapamil to O. niloticus was 2.29mgL(-1). Exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of verapamil (0...
March 16, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315039/ecology-and-feeding-habits-drive-infection-of-water-bugs-with-mycobacterium-ulcerans
#18
Solange Meyin A Ebong, Gabriel E García-Peña, Dominique Pluot-Sigwalt, Laurent Marsollier, Philippe Le Gall, Sara Eyangoh, Jean-François Guégan
Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU), the causative agent of Buruli ulcer, is present in a wide spectrum of environments, including terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in tropical regions. The most promising studies on the epidemiological risk of this disease suggest that some ecological settings may favor infection of animals with MU including human. A species' needs and impacts on resources and the environment, i.e., its ecological niche, may influence its susceptibility to be infected by this microbial form. For example, some Naucoridae may dive in fresh waters to prey upon infected animals and thus may get infected with MU...
March 17, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314123/which-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-rivers-of-the-bohai-region-of-china-represent-the-greatest-risk-to-the-local-ecosystem
#19
Yueqing Zhang, Andrew C Johnson, Chao Su, Meng Zhang, Monika D Jürgens, Yajuan Shi, Yonglong Lu
Freshwater aquatic organisms can be exposed to hundreds of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) discharged by natural and anthropogenic activities. Given our limited resources it is necessary to identify, from the existing evidence, which is the greatest threat so that control measures can be targeted wisely. The focus of this study was to rank POPs according to the relative risk they represent for aquatic organisms in rivers in the Bohai Region, China. A list of 14 POPs was compiled based on the available data on their presence in these rivers and ecotoxicological data...
February 28, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304130/the-focus-on-chemicals-alone-in-human-dominated-ecosystems-is-inappropriate
#20
G Allen Burton
As the earth's human population continues to increase, mega-cities rapidly expand, and agriculture tries to meet their needs - ecosystems are increasingly dominated by humans. This, of course, equates to increased loadings of eroded soils, nutrients, and chemicals along with more degraded habitat. Governments will continue to struggle to address these conflicting issues and must adapt into more effective and efficient management modes. The traditional focus on using chemical-specific guidelines as the foundation of environmental protection and restoration no longer is sufficient and must move to a more realistic and effective approach...
March 17, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
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