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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933004/methane-oxidation-in-lead-contaminated-mineral-soils-under-different-moisture-levels
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Ewa Wnuk, Anna Walkiewicz, Andrzej Bieganowski
Methane (CH4) oxidation in soil reduces the concentration of this greenhouse gas due to the activity of methanotrophic bacteria. This process is influenced by chemical and physical parameters of soil. We tested the methanotrophic activity of selected mineral soils (Mollic Gleysol, Haplic Podzol, Eutric Cambisol) contaminated with lead (Pb) under different soil water potentials (pF 0; 2.2; 3.2). The heavy metal was added as PbCl2 in two doses. Together with the initial content of Pb in soils, the final contents of heavy metal in different soils were 11...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932218/alleviation-of-heavy-metal-stress-in-plants-and-remediation-of-soil-by-rhizosphere-microorganisms
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REVIEW
Jitendra Mishra, Rachna Singh, Naveen K Arora
Increasing concentration of heavy metals (HM) due to various anthropogenic activities is a serious problem. Plants are very much affected by HM pollution particularly in contaminated soils. Survival of plants becomes tough and its overall health under HM stress is impaired. Remediation of HM in contaminated soil is done by physical and chemical processes which are costly, time-consuming, and non-sustainable. Metal-microbe interaction is an emerging but under-utilized technology that can be exploited to reduce HM stress in plants...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929755/nanowires-of-geobacter-sulfurreducens-require-redox-cofactors-to-reduce-metals-in-pore-spaces-too-small-for-cell-passage
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Kyle Michelson, Robert A Sanford, Albert J Valocchi, Charles J Werth
Members of the Geobacteraceae family are ubiquitous metal reducers that utilize conductive 'nanowires' to reduce Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in anaerobic sediments. However, it is not currently known if and to what extent the Mn(IV) and Fe(III) oxides in soil grains and low permeability sediments that are sequestered in pore spaces too small for cell passage can be reduced by long-range extracellular electron transport via Geobacter nanowires, and what mechanisms control this reduction. We developed a microfluidic reactor that physically separates Geobacter sulfurreducens from the Mn(IV) mineral birnessite by a 1...
September 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929671/-progress-in-improvement-of-continuous-monoculture-cropping-problem-in-panax-ginseng-by-controlling-soil-borne-disease-management
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REVIEW
Rui Wang, Lin-Lin Dong, Jiang Xu, Jun-Wen Chen, Xi-Wen Li, Shi-Lin Chen
The continuous monoculture cropping problem severely has hindered the land resource of Panax ginseng cultivation and threatened the sustainable development of ginseng industry. There are comprehensive factors causing the continuous monoculture cropping problem, such as deterioration of soil physical and chemical properties, accumulation of allelochemical, increase of pesticide residue and heavy metal, imbalance of rhizospheric micro-ecosystem, and increase of soil-borne diseases. Among soil-borne disease was one of the key factors...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919903/the-role-of-soil-solarization-in-india-how-an-unnoticed-practice-could-support-pest-control
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REVIEW
Harsimran K Gill, Iqbal S Aujla, Luigi De Bellis, Andrea Luvisi
Plant protection represents one of the strategies to fill the yield gap and to achieve food security, a key topic for India development. Analysis of climate risks for crops indicates that South Asia is one of the regions most exposed to the adverse impact on many plants that are relevant to inhabitants exposed to food safety risks. Furthermore, accumulation of pesticide residues in the aquatic and other ecosystems is becoming a significant threat in India. These perspectives require to develop programs of crop protection that can be feasible according to Indian rural development and pollution policy...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919651/land-use-change-impacts-on-floods-at-the-catchment-scale-challenges-and-opportunities-for-future-research
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M Rogger, M Agnoletti, A Alaoui, J C Bathurst, G Bodner, M Borga, V Chaplot, F Gallart, G Glatzel, J Hall, J Holden, L Holko, R Horn, A Kiss, S Kohnová, G Leitinger, B Lennartz, J Parajka, R Perdigão, S Peth, L Plavcová, J N Quinton, M Robinson, J L Salinas, A Santoro, J Szolgay, S Tron, J J H van den Akker, A Viglione, G Blöschl
Research gaps in understanding flood changes at the catchment scale caused by changes in forest management, agricultural practices, artificial drainage, and terracing are identified. Potential strategies in addressing these gaps are proposed, such as complex systems approaches to link processes across time scales, long-term experiments on physical-chemical-biological process interactions, and a focus on connectivity and patterns across spatial scales. It is suggested that these strategies will stimulate new research that coherently addresses the issues across hydrology, soil and agricultural sciences, forest engineering, forest ecology, and geomorphology...
July 2017: Water Resources Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913700/mobility-and-dissipation-of-chlorpyriphos-and-quinalphos-in-sandy-clay-loam-in-an-agroecosystem-a-laboratory-based-soil-column-study
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Bindumol G P, Harilal C C
Leaching potential of pesticides, apart from climatological factors, depends on soil physical properties, soil-pesticide interaction and chemical nature of the molecule. Recent investigations have revealed the presence of various organophosphate pesticides in various agroecosystems. The present study investigated the soil transport mechanism of commonly used organophosphate pesticides in acidic sandy clay loam soils of Kerala State, India. Packed soil column experiment was undertaken under laboratory condition for 30 days...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913678/comparison-of-point-source-pollutant-loadings-to-soil-and-groundwater-for-72-chemical-substances
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Soonyoung Yu, Sang-Il Hwang, Seong-Taek Yun, Gitak Chae, Dongsu Lee, Ki-Eun Kim
Fate and transport of 72 chemicals in soil and groundwater were assessed by using a multiphase compositional model (CompFlow Bio) because some of the chemicals are non-aqueous phase liquids or solids in the original form. One metric ton of chemicals were assumed to leak in a stylized facility. Scenarios of both surface spills and subsurface leaks were considered. Simulation results showed that the fate and transport of chemicals above the water table affected the fate and transport of chemicals below the water table, and vice versa...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904787/spatiotemporal-variability-of-soil-respiration-in-a-seasonal-tropical-forest
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Vanessa E Rubio, Matteo Detto
We monitored soil CO 2 effluxes for over 3 years in a seasonally wet tropical forest in Central Panama using automated and manual measurements from 2013 to 2016. The measurements displayed a high degree of spatial and temporal variability. Temporal variability could be largely explained by surface soil water dynamics over a broad range of temporal scales. Soil moisture was responsible for seasonal cycles, diurnal cycles, intraseasonal variability such as rain-induced pulses following dry spells, as well as suppression during near saturated conditions, and ultimately, interannual variability...
September 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903743/a-socio-ecological-analysis-of-barriers-to-the-adoption-sustainablity-and-consistent-use-of-sanitation-facilities-in-rural-ethiopia
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Fikralem Alemu, Abera Kumie, Girmay Medhin, Teshome Gebre, Phoebe Godfrey
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence showing that access to and use of improved sanitation is associated with healthier households and communities, barriers influencing the adoption and sustainablity of sanitation facilities remain unclear. We conducted a qualitative case study to explore barriers influencing the adoption, sustainablity and consistent use of sanitation facilities in rural Ethiopia. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted in the rural district of Becho, in central Ethiopia, from June to August 2016...
September 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898669/molecular-mechanisms-of-root-gravitropism
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REVIEW
Shih-Heng Su, Nicole M Gibbs, Amy L Jancewicz, Patrick H Masson
Plant shoots typically grow against the gravity vector to access light, whereas roots grow downward into the soil to take up water and nutrients. These gravitropic responses can be altered by developmental and environmental cues. In this review, we discuss the molecular mechanisms that govern the gravitropism of angiosperm roots, where a physical separation between sites for gravity sensing and curvature response has facilitated discovery. Gravity sensing takes place in the columella cells of the root cap, where sedimentation of starch-filled plastids (amyloplasts) triggers a pathway that results in a relocalization to the lower side of the cell of PIN proteins, which facilitate efflux of the plant hormone auxin efflux...
September 11, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894646/canopy-soil-bacterial-communities-altered-by-severing-host-tree-limbs
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Cody R Dangerfield, Nalini M Nadkarni, William J Brazelton
Trees of temperate rainforests host a large biomass of epiphytic plants, which are associated with soils formed in the forest canopy. Falling of epiphytic material results in the transfer of carbon and nutrients from the canopy to the forest floor. This study provides the first characterization of bacterial communities in canopy soils enabled by high-depth environmental sequencing of 16S rRNA genes. Canopy soil included many of the same major taxonomic groups of Bacteria that are also found in ground soil, but canopy bacterial communities were lower in diversity and contained different operational taxonomic units...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889195/effect-of-si-rich-substances-on-phosphorous-adsorption-by-sandy-soils
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Vladimir V Matichenkov, Elena A Bocharnikova, Ekaterina P Pakhnenko, Dmitry M Khomiakov
The poor adsorption capacity of sandy soils is one of the primary reasons of a high level of phosphorus (P) leaching. Silicon (Si)-rich soil amendments have the potential to improve the low absorption capacity of sandy soils for P. The objective of this study was to evaluate the ability of different Si-rich materials to regulate P adsorption and retention by sandy soils. Amorphous fine silica (FSS), calcium silicate (CaSiO3), chemically pure CaCO3, and two types of Ca-silicate slags from metal industry (Pro-Sil) and chemical industry (TS) were used in laboratory experiments being conducted with pure quartz sand and cultivated and virgin Entisols and Spodosols collected in the South Florida...
September 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887941/the-charged-particle-radiation-environment-on-mars-measured-by-msl-rad-from-november-15-2015-to-january-15-2016
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Bent Ehresmann, Cary J Zeitlin, Donald M Hassler, Daniel Matthiä, Jingnan Guo, Robert F Wimmer-Schweingruber, Jan K Appel, David E Brinza, Scot C R Rafkin, Stephan I Böttcher, Sönke Burmeister, Henning Lohf, Cesar Martin, Eckart Böhm, Günther Reitz
The Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on board the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover has been measuring the radiation environment in Gale crater on Mars since August, 2012. These first in-situ measurements provide an important data set for assessing the radiation-associated health risks for future manned missions to Mars. Mainly, the radiation field on the Martian surface stems from Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs) and secondary particles created by the GCRs' interactions with the Martian atmosphere and soil...
August 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887483/responses-of-plant-species-diversity-and-soil-physical-chemical-microbial-properties-to-phragmites-australis-invasion-along-a-density-gradient
#15
M D Nazim Uddin, Randall William Robinson
The invasion of ecosystems by strongly colonising plants such as Phragmites australis is viewed as one of the greatest threats to plant diversity and soil properties. This study compared a range of diversity measures including soil properties and mycorrhizal potential under different degrees of Phragmites density among three populations in coastal wetland, Victoria, Australia. Species richness, evenness and Shanon-Wiener index had significantly higher values in low degree of Phragmites density in all populations...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880994/live-long-and-prosper-plant-soil-feedback-lifespan-and-landscape-abundance-covary
#16
Andrew Kulmatiski, Karen H Beard, Jeanette Norton, Justin Heavilin, Leslie Forero, Josephine Grenzer
Plant soil feedbacks (PSFs) are thought to be important to plant growth and species coexistence, but most support for these hypotheses is derived from short-term greenhouse experiments. Here we use a seven-year, common garden experiment to measure PSFs for seven native and six non-native species common to the western USA. We use these long-term, field-based estimates to test correlations between PSF and plant landscape abundance, species origin, functional type and lifespan. To assess potential PSF mechanisms, we also measured soil microbial community composition, root biomass, nitrogen cycling, bulk density, penetration resistance, and shear strength...
September 7, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875462/influence-of-soil-physical-properties-and-vegetation-coverage-at-different-slope-aspects-in-a-reclaimed-dump
#17
Jian Pan, Zhongke Bai, Yingui Cao, Wei Zhou, Jinman Wang
Vegetation coverage is an important parameter for affecting soil erosion and the physical and chemical properties of soil. To analyze the mutual influence between vegetation coverage and soil quality at different slope aspects in a reclaimed dump, fitting analyses were built between the normalized difference vegetation index and soil physical properties at each slope aspect. Twenty six quadrats were sampled in slope-platform alternate mode. Each quadrat was 10 m × 10 m. Vegetation index and soil physical properties were measured and calculated...
September 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873700/preparation-of-chitosan-polyvinyl-alcohol-blended-films-containing-sulfosuccinic-acid-as-the-crosslinking-agent-using-uv-curing-process
#18
Yeon-Hum Yun, Chang-Moon Lee, Youn-Sop Kim, Soon-Do Yoon
This paper reports on a method of preparing chitosan-based films to which sulfosuccinic acid (SSA) is added for crosslinking agent with/without UV curing treatment and applications of a coating materials for foods. The physical, thermal, and optical properties of the UV cured chitosan-based films are investigated including their tensile strength (TS), elongation at break (%E), degree of swelling (DS), solubility (S), and water vapor absorption as well as their biodegradability in soil and applicability of the coating on a fruit...
October 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866239/an-evaluation-of-soil-chemistry-in-human-cadaver-decomposition-islands-potential-for-estimating-postmortem-interval-pmi
#19
J P Fancher, J A Aitkenhead-Peterson, T Farris, K Mix, A P Schwab, D J Wescott, M D Hamilton
Soil samples from the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, were analyzed for multiple soil characteristics from cadaver decomposition islands to a depth of 5centimeters (cm) from 63 human decomposition sites, as well as depths up to 15cm in a subset of 11 of the cadaver decomposition islands plus control soils. Postmortem interval (PMI) of the cadaver decomposition islands ranged from 6 to 1752 days. Some soil chemistry, including nitrate-N (NO3-N), ammonium-N (NH4-N), and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), peaked at early PMI values and their concentrations at 0-5cm returned to near control values over time likely due to translocation down the soil profile...
August 18, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865328/uptake-of-plutonium-238-into-solanum-tuberosum-l-potato-plants-in-presence-of-complexing-agent-edta
#20
Frank Tawussi, Dharmendra K Gupta, Elena L Mühr-Ebert, Stephanie Schneider, Stefan Bister, Clemens Walther
Bioavailability and plant uptake of radionuclides depend on various factors. Transfer into different plant parts depends on chemical and physical processes, which need to be known for realistic ingestion dose modelling when these plants are used for food. Within the scope of the present work, the plutonium uptake by potato plants (Solanum tuberosum L.) was investigated in hydroponic solution of low concentration [Pu] = 10(-9) mol L(-1). Particular attention was paid to the speciation of radionuclides in the solution which was modelled by the speciation code PHREEQC...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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