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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220835/effects-of-abiotic-factors-on-ecosystem-health-of-taihu-lake-china-based-on-eco-exergy-theory
#1
Ce Wang, Jun Bi, Brian D Fath
A lake ecosystem is continuously exposed to environmental stressors with non-linear interrelationships between abiotic factors and aquatic organisms. Ecosystem health depicts the capacity of system to respond to external perturbations and still maintain structure and function. In this study, we explored the effects of abiotic factors on ecosystem health of Taihu Lake in 2013, China from a system-level perspective. Spatiotemporal heterogeneities of eco-exergy and specific eco-exergy served as thermodynamic indicators to represent ecosystem health in the lake...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217926/reduction-oxidation-cycles-of-organic-matter-increase-bacterial-activity-in-the-pelagic-oxycline
#2
Maximilian P Lau, Michael Hupfer, Hans Peter Grossart
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) in aquatic ecosystems contains redox-active moieties, which are prone to oxidation and reduction reactions. Oxidized moieties feature reduction potentials Eh , so that the moieties may be used as terminal electron acceptors (TEAs) in microbial respiration with a thermodynamic energy yield between nitrate and sulfate reduction. Here, we study the response of pelagic freshwater bacteria to exposure to native DOM with varying availabilities of oxidized moieties and hence redox state...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215996/morphological-and-behavioral-responses-of-zebrafish-after-24h-of-ketamine-embryonic-exposure
#3
Luís M Félix, Cindy Serafim, Maria J Martins, Ana M Valentim, Luís M Antunes, Manuela Matos, Ana M Coimbra
Ketamine, one anesthetic used as an illicit drug, has been detected both in freshwater and marine ecosystems. However, knowledge of its impact on aquatic life is still limited. This study aimed to test its effects in zebrafish embryos by analyzing its time- and dose-dependent developmental toxicity and long-term behavioral changes. The 24h-LC50 was calculated from percent survival using probit analysis. Based on the 24h-LC50 (94.4mgL(-1)), embryos (2hour post-fertilization - hpf) were divided into four groups, including control, and exposed for 24h to ketamine concentrations of 50, 70 or 90mgL(-1)...
February 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215006/balancing-ecosystem-function-services-and-disservices-resulting-from-expanding-goose-populations
#4
Ralph Buij, Theodorus C P Melman, Maarten J J E Loonen, Anthony D Fox
As goose populations increase in abundance, their influence on ecological processes is increasing. We review the evidence for key ecological functions of wild goose populations in Eurasia and North America, including aquatic invertebrate and plant propagule transport, nutrient deposition in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the influence of goose populations on vegetation biomass, carbon storage and methane emission, species diversity and disease transmission. To estimate the implications of their growing abundance for humans, we explore how these functions contribute to the provision of ecosystem services and disservices...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214648/toxicity-degradation-and-metabolic-fate-of-ibuprofen-on-freshwater-diatom-navicula-sp
#5
Tengda Ding, Mengting Yang, Junmin Zhang, Bo Yang, Kunde Lin, Juying Li, Jay Gan
Ibuprofen (IBU) is one of the most widely used and frequently detected human pharmaceuticals in aquatic environment. However, the toxicity of IBU on diatom and its fate remain still unkown. In the present study, the toxicity of IBU on the diatom was evaluated by the algal growth rate, the chlorophyll-a and carotenoids contents. The degradation of IBU including in particular the potential for the formation of incomplete degradation products was also explored. Biochemical characteristics of Navicula sp. were significantly inhibited at IBU concentrations up to 50mgL(-1) after 10days of exposure...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
#6
Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211329/first-report-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-south-african-odonata
#7
Velesia Lesch, Hindrik Bouwman, Ayako Kinoshita, Yasuyuki Shibata
Perfluorinated substances are global and ubiquitous pollutants. However, very little is known about these substances in invertebrates, and even less in terrestrial invertebrates in particular. We analysed adult male dragonflies from six sites in South Africa for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluro-n-undecanoic acid (PFUnA), perfluoro-n-dodecanoic acid (PFDoA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210891/aquatic-monitoring-programs-conducted-during-environmental-impact-assessments-in-canada-preliminary-assessment-before-and-after-weakened-environmental-regulation
#8
Brynn Roach, Tony R Walker
Aquatic monitoring programs are imperative for the functioning of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and a cornerstone for industrial compliance in Canada. However, in 2012, several leading pieces of federal environmental legislation (e.g., Canadian Environmental Assessment Act c.19, s. 52, 2012) were drastically altered, effectively weakening levels of environmental protection for aquatic ecosystems during project developments. This paper assesses the impact of CEAA 2012 on aquatic monitoring programs (and subsequent monitoring data reporting) across Canada for ten projects (five completed pre-CEAA 2012 and five completed post-CEAA 2012)...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209433/surface-runoff-and-subsurface-tile-drain-losses-of-neonicotinoids-and-companion-herbicides-at-edge-of-field
#9
François Chrétien, Isabelle Giroux, Georges Thériault, Patrick Gagnon, Julie Corriveau
With their application as seed coatings, the use of neonicotinoid insecticides increased dramatically during the last decade. They are now frequently detected in aquatic ecosystems at concentrations susceptible to harm aquatic invertebrates at individual and population levels. This study intent was to document surface runoff and subsurface tile drain losses of two common neonicotinoids (thiamethoxam and clothianidin) compared to those of companion herbicides (atrazine, glyphosate, S-metolachlor and mesotrione) at the edge of a 22...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205600/non-reliance-of-metazoans-on-stromatolite-forming-microbial-mats-as-a-food-resource
#10
Gavin M Rishworth, Renzo Perissinotto, Matthew S Bird, Nadine A Strydom, Nasreen Peer, Nelson A F Miranda, Jacqueline L Raw
Grazing and burrowing organisms usually homogenise microalgal mats that form on benthic sediments of many aquatic ecosystems. In the absence of this disruption, microalgal mats can accrete laminated deposits (stromatolites). Stromatolites are rare in modern coastal ecosystems, but persist at locations where metazoans are largely excluded. This study aimed to assess the trophic structure at stromatolite locations where metazoans co-occur, to determine the grazing influence exerted by the metazoans on the stromatolite-forming microalgae (cyanobacteria and diatoms)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202811/small-birds-big-effects-the-little-auk-alle-alle-transforms-high-arctic-ecosystems
#11
Ivan González-Bergonzoni, Kasper L Johansen, Anders Mosbech, Frank Landkildehus, Erik Jeppesen, Thomas A Davidson
In some arctic areas, marine-derived nutrients (MDN) resulting from fish migrations fuel freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, increasing primary production and biodiversity. Less is known, however, about the role of seabird-MDN in shaping ecosystems. Here, we examine how the most abundant seabird in the North Atlantic, the little auk (Alle alle), alters freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems around the North Water Polynya (NOW) in Greenland. We compare stable isotope ratios (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) of freshwater and terrestrial biota, terrestrial vegetation indices and physical-chemical properties, productivity and community structure of fresh waters in catchments with and without little auk colonies...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199944/removal-of-pharmaceuticals-from-water-by-homo-heterogonous-fenton-type-processes-a-review
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REVIEW
Amir Mirzaei, Zhi Chen, Fariborz Haghighat, Laleh Yerushalmi
The presence of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals in natural waters has raised increasing concern due to their frequent appearance and persistence in the aquatic ecosystem and the threat to health and safety of aquatic life, even at trace concentrations. Conventional water treatment processes are known to be generally inadequate for the elimination of these persistent contaminants. Therefore, the use of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) which are able to efficiently oxidize organic pollutants has attracted a great amount of attention...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197948/mercury-in-soil-earthworms-and-organs-of-voles-myodes-glareolus-and-shrew-sorex-araneus-in-the-vicinity-of-an-industrial-complex-in-northwest-russia-cherepovets
#13
V T Komov, E S Ivanova, N Y Poddubnaya, V A Gremyachikh
The characteristic properties of uptake and distribution of mercury in terrestrial ecosystems have received much lesser attention compared to aquatic particularly in Russia. Terrestrial ecosystems adjacent to large industrial manufactures-potential sources of mercury inflow into the environment frequently remain unstudied. This is the first report on mercury (Hg) levels in the basic elements of terrestrial ecosystems situated close to a large metallurgical complex.Mean values of mercury concentration (mg Hg/kg dry weight) in the vicinity of city of Cherepovets were the following: 0...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196722/comparison-of-models-for-predicting-the-changes-in-phytoplankton-community-composition-in-the-receiving-water-system-of-an-inter-basin-water-transfer-project
#14
Qinghui Zeng, Yi Liu, Hongtao Zhao, Mingdong Sun, Xuyong Li
Inter-basin water transfer projects might cause complex hydro-chemical and biological variation in the receiving aquatic ecosystems. Whether machine learning models can be used to predict changes in phytoplankton community composition caused by water transfer projects have rarely been studied. In the present study, we used machine learning models to predict the total algal cell densities and changes in phytoplankton community composition in Miyun reservoir caused by the middle route of the South-to-North Water Transfer Project (SNWTP)...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193585/the-filter-feeder-dreissena-polymorpha-affects-nutrient-silicon-and-metal-loid-mobilization-from-freshwater-sediments
#15
Jörg Schaller, Britta Planer-Friedrich
Organic sediments in aquatic ecosystems are well known sinks for nutrients, silicon, and metal(loid)s. Organic matter-consuming organisms like invertebrate shredders, grazers, and bioturbators significantly affect element fixation or remobilization by changing redox conditions or binding properties of organic sediments. Little is known about the effect of filter feeders, like the zebra mussel Dreissena polymorpha, an invasive organism in North American and European freshwater ecosystems. A laboratory batch experiment exposing D...
February 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191935/ecogenomics-of-zooplankton-reveals-ecological-threshold-of-ammonia-nitrogen
#16
Jianghua Yang, Xiaowei Zhang, Yuwei Xie, Chao Song, Jingying Sun, Yong Zhang, John P Giesy, Hongxia Yu
Communities of zooplankton can be adversely affected by contamination resulting from human activities. Yet understanding the influence of water quality on zooplankton under field-conditions is hindered by traditional labor-intensive approaches that are prone to incomplete or uncertain taxonomic determinations. Here, for the first time, an eco-genomic approach, based on genetic diversity in the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) region of DNA of zooplankton was used to develop a site-specific, water quality criterion (WQC) for ammonia (NH3)...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191630/complex-inter-kingdom-interactions-carnivorous-plants-affect-growth-of-an-aquatic-vertebrate
#17
Jon M Davenport, Alex W Riley
1.Coexistence of organisms in nature is more likely when phenotypic similarities of individuals are reduced. Despite the lack of similarity, distantly related taxa still compete intensely for shared resources. No larger difference between organisms that share a common prey could exist than between carnivorous plants and animals. However, few studies have considered inter-Kingdom competition among carnivorous plants and animals. 2.In order to evaluate interactions between a carnivorous plant (greater bladderwort, Utricularia vulgaris) and a vertebrate (bluegill, Lepomis macrochirus) on a shared prey (zooplankton), we conducted a mesocosm experiment...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187638/revision-of-the-genus-i-dinotoperla-i-tillyard-1921-plecoptera-gripopterygidae-using-morphological-characters-and-molecular-data-establishes-two-new-genera-three-new-species-and-updates-the-larval-taxonomy
#18
Julia H Mynott, Phillip J Suter, Gunther Theischinger
The larval taxonomy of Australian stoneflies (Plecoptera) shows a large disparity in knowledge when compared to the adult taxonomy with many species having undescribed larval forms. The importance of stoneflies as an indicator group for monitoring aquatic ecosystems means knowledge of the larval taxonomy and the ability to identify species is essential. This study combined morphology and mitochondrial gene sequences to associate the adult and larval life-stages for species of Dinotoperla Tillyard. Morphological identification of adult males was recognised for 17 of the 35 Dinotoperla species and combining molecular data with morphology confirmed eight new adult-larval life stage associations...
January 23, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185732/water-resources-management-in-the-urban-agglomeration-of-the-lake-biwa-region-japan-an-ecosystem-services-based-sustainability-assessment
#19
Xiaochen Chen, Yuqing Chen, Toshiyuki Shimizu, Jia Niu, Ken'ichi Nakagami, Xuepeng Qian, Baoju Jia, Jun Nakajima, Ji Han, Jianhua Li
An innovative ecosystem services-based sustainability assessment was conducted in the important urban agglomeration of the Lake Biwa region, Japan, covering the time period from 1950 to 2014. A 22-indicator system was established that was based on the major ecosystem services of Lake Biwa and its water courses, i.e., provisioning services regarding aquatic products and water; regulating services regarding floods and water quality; cultural services regarding recreation and tourism, scientific research, and environmental education; and supporting services regarding biodiversity...
February 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185707/spatial-variation-of-atmospheric-nitrogen-deposition-and-critical-loads-for-aquatic-ecosystems-in-the-greater-yellowstone-area
#20
L Nanus, J A McMurray, D W Clow, J E Saros, T Blett, J J Gurdak
Current and historic atmospheric nitrogen (N) deposition has impacted aquatic ecosystems in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA). Understanding the spatial variation in total atmospheric deposition (wet + dry) of N is needed to estimate air pollution deposition critical loads for sensitive aquatic ecosystems. This is particularly important for areas that have an increasing contribution of ammonia dry deposition to total N (TN), such as the GYA. High resolution geostatistical models and maps of TN deposition (wet + dry) were developed using a variety of techniques including ordinary kriging in a geographic information system, to evaluate spatial variability and identify areas of elevated loading of pollutants for the GYA...
February 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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