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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444567/the-behavior-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-arsenic-influenced-by-biochar-during-different-manure-composting
#1
Erping Cui, Ying Wu, Yanan Jiao, Yiru Zuo, Christopher Rensing, Hong Chen
The effect of two different biochar types, rice straw biochar (RSB) and mushroom biochar (MB), on chicken manure composting was previously examined by monitoring the fate of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and arsenic. The behavior of ARGs and arsenic in other kinds of manure composting with the same biochar types had not been examined. In this study, we added either RSB or MB to pig and duck manure composts to study the behavior of ARGs (tet genes, sul genes, and chloramphenicol resistance genes) and arsenic under the same experimental condition...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437741/use-of-nuclear-receptor-luciferase-based-bioassays-to-detect-endocrine-active-chemicals-in-a-biosolids-biochar-amended-soil
#2
Carolyn G Anderson, Geetika Joshi, Daniel A Bair, Charlotte Oriol, Guochun He, Sanjai J Parikh, Michael S Denison, Kate M Scow
Biosolids are a potentially valuable source of carbon and nutrients for agricultural soils; however, potential unintended impacts on human health and the environment must be considered. Virtually all biosolids contain trace amounts endocrine-disrupting chemicals derived from human use of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). One potential way to reduce the bioavailability of PPCPs is to co-apply biosolids with biochar to soil, because biochar's chemical (e.g., aromaticity) and physical properties (e...
April 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437740/stabilization-of-metal-loid-s-in-two-contaminated-agricultural-soils-comparing-biochar-to-its-non-pyrolysed-source-material
#3
Lukáš Trakal, Irene Raya-Moreno, Kerry Mitchell, Luke Beesley
Two metal(loid) contaminated agricultural soils were amended with grape stalk (wine production by-product)-derived biochar as well as its pre-pyrolysed origin material, to investigate their geochemical impacts on As, Cr, Cu and Zn. Detailed physico-chemical evaluation combined with a column leaching test determined the retention of metal(loid)s from soil solution by each amendments. A pot experiment measured metal(loid)s in soil pore water and their uptake to ryegrass when the amendments were mixed into soils at 1 and 5% (w/w)...
April 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437653/effects-of-acidic-and-neutral-biochars-on-properties-and-cadmium-retention-of-soils
#4
Fangjie Qi, Zhaomin Dong, Dane Lamb, Ravi Naidu, Nanthi S Bolan, Yong Sik Ok, Cuixia Liu, Naser Khan, M A H Johir, Kirk T Semple
In this study, an acidic biochar and a neutral biochar were applied at 5 wt% into two soils for an 11-month incubation experiment. One Ferrosol soil (Ba) was slightly acidic with low organic matter and the other Dermosol soil (Mt) was slightly alkaline with high organic matter. The acidic (pH = 3.25) wood shaving (WS) biochar had no marked impact on nutrient levels, cation exchange capacity (CEC), pH and acid neutralization capacity (ANC) of either soil. By contrast, the neutral (pH = 7.00) chicken litter (CL) biochar significantly increased major soluble nutrients, pH, ANC of soil Ba...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437647/comparison-of-landfarming-amendments-to-improve-bioremediation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-in-niger-delta-soils
#5
David M Brown, Samson Okoro, Juami van Gils, Rob van Spanning, Matthijs Bonte, Tony Hutchings, Olof Linden, Uzoamaka Egbuche, Kim Bye Bruun, Jonathan W N Smith
Large scale landfarming experiments, using an extensive range of treatments, were conducted in the Niger-Delta, Nigeria to study the degradation of oil in contaminated soils. In this work the effect of nutrient addition, biosurfactant, Eisenia fetida (earthworm) enzyme extract, bulking and sorption agents and soil neutralization were tested. It was found that these treatments were successful in removing up to 53% of the total petroleum hydrocarbon in the soil within 16 weeks. A comparison between treatments demonstrated that most were no more effective than agricultural fertilizer addition alone...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437609/source-and-biological-response-of-biochar-organic-compounds-released-into-water-relationships-with-bio-oil-composition-and-carbonization-degree
#6
Michele Ghidotti, Daniele Fabbri, Ondřej Mašek, Colin Logan Mackay, Marco Montalti, Andreas Hornung
Water-soluble organic compounds (WSOCs) were extracted from corn stalk biochar produced at increasing pyrolysis temperatures (350-650°C) and from the corresponding vapors, collected as bio-oil. WSOCs were characterized by gas chromatography (semi-volatile fraction), negative electron spray ionization high resolution mass spectrometry (hydrophilic fraction) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The pattern of semi-volatile WSOCs in bio-oil was dominated by aromatic products from lignocellulose, while in biochar was featured by saturated carboxylic acids from hemi/cellulose and lipids with concentrations decreased with decreasing H/C ratios...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436040/synergistic-use-of-biochar-compost-and-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-for-enhancing-cucumber-growth-under-water-deficit-conditions
#7
Sajid M Nadeem, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Naveed, Muhammad Y Khan, Maqshoof Ahmad, Zahir A Zahir, David E Crowley
BACKGROUND: Limited information is available about effectiveness of biochar with plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) and compost. A greenhouse study was conducted to evaluate the effect of biochar in combination with compost and PGPR (Pseudomonas fluorescens) for alleviating water deficit stress. The inoculated and un-inoculated cucumber seeds were sown in soil treated with biochar, compost and biochar + compost. Three water levels [field capacity (D0), 75% field capacity (D1) and 50% field capacity (D2)] were maintained...
April 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433639/optimization-of-atrazine-and-imidacloprid-removal-from-water-using-biochars-designing-single-or-multi-staged-batch-adsorption-systems
#8
Abhishek Mandal, Neera Singh
BACKGROUND: Contamination of surface and ground water by pesticides from agricultural runoff and industrial discharge is one of the main causes of aqueous contaminations world over. Biochar, agricultural waste derived highly aromatic substance produced after pyrolysis and carbonification of biomass have exhibited good adsorption capacity for pesticides and can be used to develop on-site bio-purification systems for organic contaminant removal from polluted waters. However, high amounts of adsorbent required in single stage-batch sorption plant increases the cost of water treatment; therefore, multistage plant systems were investigated...
April 5, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432886/evaluation-of-biochar-ultrafiltration-membrane-processes-for-humic-acid-removal-under-various-hydrodynamic-ph-ionic-strength-and-pressure-conditions
#9
Vaibhavi Shankar, Jiyong Heo, Yasir A J Al-Hamadani, Chang Min Park, Kyoung Hoon Chu, Yeomin Yoon
The performance of an ultrafiltration (UF)-biochar process was evaluated in comparison with a UF membrane process for the removal of humic acid (HA). Bench-scale UF experiments were conducted to study the rejection and flux trends under various hydrodynamic, pH, ionic strength, and pressure conditions. The resistance-in-series model was used to evaluate the processes and it showed that unlike stirred conditions, where low fouling resistance was observed (28.7 × 10(12) m(-1) to 32.5 × 10(12) m(-1)), higher values and comparable trends were obtained for UF-biochar and UF alone for unstirred conditions (28...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428774/biochar-addition-increases-the-rates-of-dissimilatory-iron-reduction-and-methanogenesis-in-ferrihydrite-enrichments
#10
Guo-Wei Zhou, Xiao-Ru Yang, Christopher W Marshall, Hu Li, Bang-Xiao Zheng, Yu Yan, Jian-Qiang Su, Yong-Guan Zhu
Biochar contains quinones and aromatic structures that facilitate extracellular electron transfer between microbial cells and insoluble minerals. In this study, granulated biochar (1.2-2 mm) and powdered biochar (<0.15 mm) were amended to two ferrihydrite (in situ ferrihydrite and ex situ ferrihydrite) enrichments to investigate the effect of biochar with different particle sizes on dissimilatory iron(III)-reducing bacteria (DIRB) and methanogens. Biochar addition significantly stimulated the reduction of both in situ ferrihydrite and ex situ ferrihydrite and the production of methane...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427816/effect-of-torrefaction-on-yield-and-quality-of-pyrolytic-products-of-arecanut-husk-an-agro-processing-wastes
#11
Debajeet Gogoi, Neonjyoti Bordoloi, Ritusmita Goswami, Rumi Narzari, Ruprekha Saikia, Debashis Sut, Lina Gogoi, Rupam Kataki
In the present study, arecanut husk, an agro-processing waste of areca plam industry highly prevalent in the north-eastern region of India, was investigated for its suitability as a prospective bioenergy feedstock for thermo-chemical conversion. Pretreatment of areca husk using torrefaction was performed in a fixed bed reactor with varying reaction temperature (200, 225, 250 and 275°C). The torrefied areca husk was subsequently pyrolyzed from temperature range of 300-600°C with heating rate of 40°C/min to obtain biooil and biochar...
March 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427272/biological-technologies-for-the-remediation-of-co-contaminated-soil
#12
Shujing Ye, Guangming Zeng, Haipeng Wu, Chang Zhang, Juan Dai, Jie Liang, Jiangfang Yu, Xiaoya Ren, Huan Yi, Min Cheng, Chen Zhang
Compound contamination in soil, caused by unreasonable waste disposal, has attracted increasing attention on a global scale, particularly since multiple heavy metals and/or organic pollutants are entering natural ecosystem through human activities, causing an enormous threat. The remediation of co-contaminated soil is more complicated and difficult than that of single contamination, due to the disparate remediation pathways utilized for different types of pollutants. Several modern remediation technologies have been developed for the treatment of co-contaminated soil...
April 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424945/date-palm-waste-biochars-alter-a-soil-respiration-microbial-biomass-carbon-and-heavy-metal-mobility-in-contaminated-mined-soil
#13
Mohammad I Al-Wabel, Adel Rabie A Usman, Abdullah S Al-Farraj, Yong Sik Ok, Adel Abduljabbar, Abdulelah I Al-Faraj, Abdelazeem S Sallam
A 30-day incubation experiment was conducted using a heavy metal-contaminated mined soil amended with date palm feedstock (FS) and its derivative biochars (BCs) at three pyrolysis temperatures of 300 (BC-300), 500 (BC-500), and 700 °C (BC-700) with different application rates (0.0, 5, 15, and 30 g kg(-1)) to investigate their short-term effects on soil respiration (CO2-C efflux), microbial biomass carbon (MBC), soil organic carbon (SOC), mobile fraction of heavy metals (Cd, Cu, Pb, Zn, Mn, and Fe), pH, and electrical conductivity (EC)...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420949/removal-of-zinc-from-aqueous-solution-by-optimized-oil-palm-empty-fruit-bunches-biochar-as-low-cost-adsorbent
#14
Seyed Ali Zamani, Robiah Yunus, A W Samsuri, M A Mohd Salleh, Bahareh Asady
This study aims to produce optimized biochar from oil palm empty fruit bunches (OPEFB), as a green, low cost adsorbent for uptake of zinc from aqueous solution. The impact of pyrolysis conditions, namely, highest treatment temperature (HTT), heating rate (HR), and residence time (RT) on biochar yield and adsorption capacity towards zinc, was investigated. Mathematical modeling and optimization of independent variables were performed employing response surface methodology (RSM). HTT was found to be the most influential variable, followed by residence time and heating rate...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419127/effects-of-nitrogen-application-rate-nitrogen-synergist-and-biochar-on-nitrous-oxide-emissions-from-vegetable-field-in-south-china
#15
Qiong Yi, Shuanghu Tang, Xiaolin Fan, Mu Zhang, Yuwan Pang, Xu Huang, Qiaoyi Huang
Globally, vegetable fields are the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions. A closed-chamber method together with gas chromatography was used to measure the fluxes of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in typical vegetable fields planted with four vegetables sequentially over time in the same field: endive, lettuce, cabbage and sweet corn. Results showed that N2O fluxes occurred in pulses with the N2O emission peak varying greatly among the crops. In addition, N2O emissions were linearly associated with the nitrogen (N) application rate (r = 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412057/chemical-characterization-of-biochar-and-assessment-of-the-nutrient-dynamics-by-means-of-preliminary-plant-growth-tests
#16
Munoo Prasad, Nikos Tzortzakis, Nicola McDaniel
Biochar can be produced from several organic sources with varying nutrients and metal concentrations. Four commercial grade biochars were evaluated as peat substitute. Biochars were characterised for plant nutrients and for biological stability. The results showed that there were negligible quantities of N and P and generally high levels of K and high biological stability. When these materials were mixed with peat at 10, 25 and 50% and nutrients were added to bring them to the same level of nutrients as in fertilized peat, it was found that biochar mixtures considerably reduced the levels of calcium chloride/DTPA (CAT) extractable N (including nitrate), P, and electrical conductivity- greater extent with higher rates of biochar addition except for K...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412056/biomolecules-from-olive-pruning-waste-in-sierra-m%C3%A3-gina-engaging-the-energy-transition-by-multi-actor-and-multidisciplinary-analyses
#17
Marianne Cohen, Gilles Lepesant, Farida Lamari, Clelia Bilodeau, Petra Benyei, Stéphane Angles, Julien Bouillon, Kevin Bourrand, Ramla Landoulsi, Delphine Jaboeuf, Maria Alonso-Roldán, Isidro Espadas-Tormo, Veronica Belandria, Philippe Silar, Moussa Dicko
The price volatility of fossil resources, the uncertainty of their long-term availability and the environmental, climatic and societal problems posed by their operation lead to the need of an energy transition enabling the development and utilization of other alternative and sustainable resources. Acknowledging that indirect land-use change can increase greenhouse gas emission, the European Union (EU) has reshaped its biofuel policy. It has set criteria for sustainability to ensure that the use of biofuels guarantees real carbon savings and protects biodiversity...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407550/potential-phosphorus-eutrophication-mitigation-strategy-biochar-carbon-composition-thermal-stability-and-ph-influence-phosphorus-sorption
#18
L W Ngatia, Y P Hsieh, D Nemours, R Fu, R W Taylor
Phosphorus (P) eutrophication is a major pollution problem globally, with unprecedented amount of P emanating from agricultural sources. But little is known about the optimization of soil-biochar P sorption capacity. The study objective was to determine how biochar feedstocks and pyrolysis conditions influences carbon (C) thermal stability, C composition and pH and in turn influence the phosphorus sorption optimization. Biochar was produced from switchgrass, kudzu and Chinese tallow at 200, 300, 400, 500, 550, 650,750 °C...
April 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405627/bacterial-community-composition-associated-with-pyrogenic-organic-matter-biochar-varies-with-pyrolysis-temperature-and-colonization-environment
#19
Zhongmin Dai, Albert Barberán, Yong Li, Philip C Brookes, Jianming Xu
Microbes that colonize pyrogenic organic matter (PyOM) (also called biochar) play an important role in PyOM mineralization and crucially affect soil biogeochemical cycling, while the microbial community composition associated with PyOM particles is poorly understood. We generated two manure-based PyOMs with different characteristics (PyOM pyrolyzed at the low temperature of 300°C [i.e., PyOM300] and at the high temperature of 700°C [i.e., PyOM700]) and added them to high-carbon (4.15%) and low-C (0.37%) soil for microbial colonization...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402915/removal-of-chromium-vi-from-water-using-nanoscale-zerovalent-iron-particles-supported-on-herb-residue-biochar
#20
Jingge Shang, Mingzhu Zong, Ying Yu, Xiangrui Kong, Qiong Du, Qianjiahua Liao
A composite material consisting of nanoscale zerovalent iron particles supported on herb-residue biochar (nZVI/BC) was synthesized and used for treatment of Cr(VI)-contaminated water. The effects of initial pH, chromium concentration, contact time, and competition with coexisting anions and natural organic matter (NOM) were also investigated. nZVI/BC was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy analysis (SEM), and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area was measured...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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