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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550784/high-resolution-analyses-reveal-structural-diversity-patterns-of-microbial-communities-in-chromite-ore-processing-residue-copr-contaminated-soils
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Xiaobo Min, Yangyang Wang, Liyuan Chai, Zhihui Yang, Qi Liao
To explore how heavy metal contamination in Chromite Ore Processing Residue (COPR) disposal sites determine the dissimilarities of indigenous microbial communities, 16S rRNA gene MiSeq sequencing and advanced statistical methods were applied. 13 soil samples were collected from three COPR disposal sites in Mouding of southwestern, Shangnan of northwestern and Yima of central China. The results of analyses of variance (ANOVA), similarities (ANOSIM), and non-metric multidimensional scaling (NMDS) showed that the structural diversity of the microbial communities in the samples with high total chromium (Cr) content (more than 300 mg kg(-1); High group) were significantly lesser than in the Low group (less than 90 mg kg(-1)) regardless of their geographical distribution...
May 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550771/determination-of-the-performance-of-vermicomposting-process-applied-to-sewage-sludge-by-monitoring-of-the-compost-quality-and-immune-responses-in-three-earthworm-species-eisenia-fetida-eisenia-andrei-and-dendrobaena-veneta
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Hanine Suleiman, Agnieszka Rorat, Anna Grobelak, Anna Grosser, Marcin Milczarek, Barbara Płytycz, Małgorzata Kacprzak, Franck Vandenbulcke
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of vermicomposting process applied on three different sewage sludge (precomposted with grass clippings, sawdust and municipal solid wastes) using three different earthworm species. Selected immune parameters, namely biomarkers of stress and metal body burdens, have been used to biomonitor the vermicomposting process and to assess the impact of contaminants on earthworm's physiology. Biotic and abiotic parameters were also used in order to monitor the process and the quality of the final product...
May 18, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550761/can-cadaverous-pollution-from-environmental-lead-misguide-to-false-positive-results-in-the-histochemical-determination-of-gunshot-residues-study-on-cadaveric-skin-samples
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Michele Boracchi, Salvatore Andreola, Federica Collini, Guendalina Gentile, Francesca Maciocco, Francesca Maghin, Riccardo Zoja
Histochemical determination of lead in gunshot residues (GSR) raises the question of possible environmental contamination by heavy metals. Authors assess the specificity of the Sodium Rhodizonate Test in the search of lead derived from environmental pollution. Sodium Rhodizonate Test and 5% HCl Sodium Rhodizonate test were applied to skin samples taken from two groups of victims, whose cause of death was not related to gunshot wounds: group A included 25 corpses found in open spaces after a long time; group B included 16 corpses exhumed after a period of 11 years...
May 13, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550630/the-effects-of-different-sewage-sludge-amendment-rates-on-the-heavy-metal-bioaccumulation-growth-and-biomass-of-cucumbers-cucumis-sativus-l
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Ebrahem M Eid, Sulaiman A Alrumman, Ahmed F El-Bebany, Abd El-Latif Hesham, Mostafa A Taher, Khaled F Fawy
When sewage sludge is incorrectly applied, it may adversely impact agro-system productivity. Thus, this study addresses the reaction of Cucumis sativus L. (cucumber) to different amendment rates (0, 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 g kg(-1)) of sewage sludge in a greenhouse pot experiment, in which the plant growth, heavy metal uptake and biomass were evaluated. A randomized complete block design with six treatments and six replications was used as the experimental design. The soil electrical conductivity, organic matter and Cr, Fe, Zn and Ni concentrations increased, but the soil pH decreased in response to the sewage sludge applications...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550601/potential-toxicity-of-trace-elements-and-nanomaterials-to-chinese-cabbage-in-arsenic-and-lead-contaminated-soil-amended-with-biochars
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Yasser Mahmoud Awad, Meththika Vithanage, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Muhammad Rizwan, Jörg Rinklebe, Jae E Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Sang Soo Lee
To our knowledge, this is the first report on exploring the interactive effects of various biochars (BCs) and nanomaterials (NMs) on plant growth and bioavailability of trace elements in soil. This study evaluated the bioavailability and toxicity of arsenic (As), lead (Pb), and NMs to cabbage plants. The BCs were produced from rice husk (RB), sewage sludge, and bamboo wood (WB). The BCs at 2.5 and 5% (w w(-1)), NMs for removing As (NMs-As) and heavy metals (NMs-HM) at 3000 mg kg(-1), and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) at 1000 mg kg(-1) were applied in bioassay and incubation experiments (40 days), along with the unamended soil as the control...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550515/fluctuating-asymmetry-rather-than-oxidative-stress-in-bufo-raddei-can-be-an-accurate-indicator-of-environmental-pollution-induced-by-heavy-metals
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Rui Guo, Wenya Zhang, Shiwei Ai, Liang Ren, Yingmei Zhang
Oxidative stress (OS) and fluctuating asymmetry (FA) as risk markers for environmental stress are widely used to predict changes in the health and fitness of many animals exposed to pollutants. However, from the perspective of protecting declining amphibians, it remains to be verified which one would be a reliable indicator for amphibians exposed to long-term heavy metal pollution under natural conditions. In this study, the OS and FA of Bufo raddei exposed to natural heavy metal pollution were analyzed to determine which marker is more accurate for indicating heavy metal-induced stress...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549615/surface-sediment-properties-and-heavy-metal-pollution-assessment-in-the-shallow-sea-wetland-of-the-liaodong-bay-china
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Jin Wang, Siyuan Ye, Edward A Laws, Hongming Yuan, Xigui Ding, Guangming Zhao
Liaodong Bay, a semi-enclosed bay located in northeastern China, is impacted by the discharges of five rivers. We analyzed 100 surface sediment samples from the Shallow Sea Wetland of Liaodong Bay for grain size and concentrations of organic carbon (Corg) and heavy metals. The ranges of the heavy metal concentrations were 2.32-17μg/g (As), 0.025-1.03μg/g (Cd), 18.9-131μg/g (Cr), 4.6-36.1μg/g (Cu), 0.012-0.29μg/g (Hg), 13.7-33.9μg/g (Pb), and 17.4-159μg/g (Zn). Pollution assessments revealed that some stations were moderately to highly polluted with As, Cd, and Hg...
May 23, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549294/chiral-recognition-of-naproxen-enantiomers-based-on-fluorescence-quenching-of-bovine-serum-albumin-stabilized-gold-nanoclusters
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Marzieh Jafari, Javad Tashkhourian, Ghodratollah Absalan
A simple, fast and green method for chiral recognition of S- and R-naproxen has been introduced. The method was based on quenching of the fluorescence intensity of bovine serum albumin-stabilized gold nanoclusters in the presence of naproxen enantiomers. The quenching intensity in the presence of S-naproxen was higher than R-naproxen when phosphate buffer solution at pH7.0 was used. The chiral recognition occurred due to steric effect between bovine serum albumin conformation and naproxen enantiomers. Two linear determination range were established as 7...
May 16, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549288/ecological-effects-of-soil-properties-and-metal-concentrations-on-the-composition-and-diversity-of-microbial-communities-associated-with-land-use-patterns-in-an-electronic-waste-recycling-region
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Wencheng Wu, Changxun Dong, Jiahui Wu, Xiaowen Liu, Yingxin Wu, Xianbin Chen, Shixiao Yu
Soil microbes play vital roles in ecosystem functions, and soil microbial communities may be strongly structured by land use patterns associated with electronic waste (e-waste) recycling activities, which can increase the heavy metal concentration in soils. In this study, a suite of soils from five land use types (paddy field, vegetable field, dry field, forest field, and e-waste recycling site) were collected in Longtang Town, Guangdong Province, South China. Soil physicochemical properties and heavy metal concentrations were measured, and the indigenous microbial assemblages were profiled using 16S rRNA high-throughput sequencing and clone library analyses...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549286/long-term-heavy-metal-removal-by-a-constructed-wetland-treating-rainfall-runoff-from-a-motorway
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Laurence W Gill, Pamela Ring, Brian Casey, Neil M P Higgins, Paul M Johnston
The accumulation of heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn) in the sediment and plants growing in a constructed wetland used to treat highway runoff in Ireland has been quantified after 6 and 9year periods of operation. The spatial distribution of the metals' deposition showed strong evidence of flow channelling through the wetland with a strong correlation between the spatial accumulation, particularly for Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn with most of these metals deposited towards the front of the wetland in the sediment...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547890/influence-of-various-stressors-on-the-expression-of-core-genes-of-the-small-interfering-rna-pathway-in-the-oriental-fruit-fly-bactrocera-dorsalis
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Yi-Fei Xie, Jin-Zhi Niu, Xuan-Zhao Jiang, Wen-Jia Yang, Guang-Mao Shen, Dong Wei, Guy Smagghe, Jin-Jun Wang
RNA interference (RNAi)-based technology has emerged as a potential tool for controlling insect pests, however, previous studies found that the efficiency of RNAi in Bactrocera dorsalis was variable. In nature, insects often meet various challenges, such as pathogen infections, extreme temperatures, lack of nutrition and heavy metals. To better understand the association of the stressors with efficiency of RNAi, in the current study we tested the expression of three core genes, dicer2 (Bddcr2), r2d2 (Bdr2d2) and argonaute2 (Bdago2), of the small interfering RNA (siRNA) pathway of B...
June 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547372/heavy-metal-cu-cd-pb-cr-washing-from-river-sediment-using-biosurfactant-rhamnolipid
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Weifang Chen, Yan Qu, Zhihua Xu, Feifei He, Zai Chen, Sisi Huang, Yuxiang Li
Heavy metal-contaminated sediments posed a serious threat to both human beings and environment. A biosurfactant, rhamnolipid, was employed as the washing agent to remove heavy metals in river sediment. Batch experiments were conducted to test the removal capability. The effects of rhamnolipid concentration, washing time, solution pH, and liquid/solid ratio were investigated. The speciation of heavy metals before and after washing in sediment was also analyzed. Heavy metal washing was favored at high concentration, long washing time, and high pH...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546898/treatment-of-fly-ash-from-power-plants-using-thermal-plasma
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Sulaiman Al-Mayman, Ibrahim AlShunaifi, Abdullah Albeladi, Imed Ghiloufi, Saud Binjuwair
Fly ash from power plants is very toxic because it contains heavy metals. In this study fly ash was treated with a thermal plasma. Before their treatment, the fly ash was analyzed by many technics such as X-ray fluorescence, CHN elemental analysis, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. With these technics, the composition, the chemical and physical proprieties of fly ash are determined. The results obtained by these analysis show that fly ash is mainly composed of carbon, and it contains also sulfur and metals such as V, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Ni, and Rh...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
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Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544020/porous-poly-ionic-liquid-membranes-as-efficient-and-recyclable-absorbents-for-heavy-metal-ions
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Yongyuan Ren, Jiandong Zhang, Jiangna Guo, Fei Chen, Feng Yan
Heavy metal ion pollution has become a serious environmental problem. Herein, this study reports the synthesis of poly(ionic liquid) (PIL) membranes via in situ photo-crosslinking of vinyl imidazole with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic ionic liquid monomers. The resultant amphiphilic polymer membranes are porous and exhibit high absorption capacity of metal ions (including Hg(2+) , Pb(2+) , Cu(2+) , Cd(2+) , and Zn(2+) ) in both high (1000 mg L(-1) ) and low (10 mg L(-1) ) concentration metal ion solutions...
May 22, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542593/lack-of-the-pga-exopolysaccharide-in-salmonella-as-an-adaptive-trait-for-survival-in-the-host
#16
Maite Echeverz, Begoña García, Amaia Sabalza, Jaione Valle, Toni Gabaldón, Cristina Solano, Iñigo Lasa
Many bacteria build biofilm matrices using a conserved exopolysaccharide named PGA or PNAG (poly-β-1,6-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine). Interestingly, while E. coli and other members of the family Enterobacteriaceae encode the pgaABCD operon responsible for PGA synthesis, Salmonella lacks it. The evolutionary force driving this difference remains to be determined. Here, we report that Salmonella lost the pgaABCD operon after the divergence of Salmonella and Citrobacter clades, and previous to the diversification of the currently sequenced Salmonella strains...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542445/dietary-cadmium-exposure-assessment-among-the-chinese-population
#17
Yan Song, Yibana Wang, Weifeng Mao, Haixia Sui, Ling Yong, Dajin Yang, Dingguo Jiang, Lei Zhang, Yunyun Gong
Cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, is widely present in food. It has been reported that chronic cadmium exposure is associated with kidney disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The aim of this study was to assess the dietary cadmium exposure and potential health risk in different age-sex groups of the Chinese population (children aged 4-11 years, young people aged 12-17 years and adults aged over 18 years), and in the southern and northern population using a semi-probabilistic method. Cadmium was detected in 228,687 food samples from 32 food categrories by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542369/trends-in-spatial-patterns-of-heavy-metal-deposition-on-national-park-service-lands-along-the-red-dog-mine-haul-road-alaska-2001-2006
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Peter N Neitlich, Jay M Ver Hoef, Shanti D Berryman, Anaka Mines, Linda H Geiser, Linda M Hasselbach, Alyssa E Shiel
Spatial patterns of Zn, Pb and Cd deposition in Cape Krusenstern National Monument (CAKR), Alaska, adjacent to the Red Dog Mine haul road, were characterized in 2001 and 2006 using Hylocomium moss tissue as a biomonitor. Elevated concentrations of Cd, Pb, and Zn in moss tissue decreased logarithmically away from the haul road and the marine port. The metals concentrations in the two years were compared using Bayesian posterior predictions on a new sampling grid to which both data sets were fit. Posterior predictions were simulated 200 times both on a coarse grid of 2,357 points and by distance-based strata including subsets of these points...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541952/synthesis-and-application-of-a-ternary-composite-of-clay-saw-dust-and-peanut-husks-in-heavy-metal-adsorption
#19
Henry H Mungondori, Sandile Mtetwa, Lilian Tichagwa, David M Katwire, Pardon Nyamukamba
The adsorption of a multi-component system of ferrous, chromium, copper, nickel and lead on single, binary and ternary composites was studied. The aim of the study was to investigate whether a ternary composite of clay, peanut husks (PH) and saw-dust (SD) exhibited a higher adsorption capacity than that of a binary system of clay and SD as well as a single component adsorbent of PH alone. The materials were used in their raw state without any chemical modifications. This was done to retain the cost effective aspect of the naturally occurring adsorbents...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541950/high-performance-cellulose-acetate-polysulfone-blend-ultrafiltration-membranes-for-removal-of-heavy-metals-from-water
#20
Pourya Moradihamedani, Abdul Halim Abdullah
Neat cellulose acetate (CA) and CA/polysulfone (PSf) blend ultrafiltration membranes in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone as a pore former were prepared via a phase inversion technique. The prepared membranes were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, mechanical strength, water content, porosity, permeate flux and heavy metals (Pb(2+), Cd(2+), Zn(2+) and Ni(2+)) rejection to comprehend the impact of polymer blend composition and additive on the properties of the modified membranes...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
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