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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324781/genesis-and-properties-of-wetland-soils-by-vis-nir-swir-as-a-technique-for-environmental-monitoring
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José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Ingrid Horák-Terra, Raphael Moreira Beirigo, Fabrício da Silva Terra, Karina Patrícia Prazeres Marques, Caio Troula Fongaro, Alexandre Christófaro Silva, Pablo Vidal-Torrado
Wetlands are important ecosystems characterized by redoximorphic environments producing typical soil forming processes and organic carbon accumulation. Assessments and management of these areas are dependent on knowledge about soil characteristics and variability. By reflectance spectroscopy, information about soils can be obtained since their spectral behaviors are directly related to their chemical, physical, and mineralogical properties reflecting the pedogenetic processes and environment conditions. Our aims were: (a) to characterize the main soil classes of wetlands regarding their spectral behaviors in VIS-NIR-SWIR (350-2500 nm) and relate them to pedogenesis and environmental conditions, (b) to determine spectral ranges (bands) with greater expression of the main soil properties, (c) to identify spectral variations and similarities between hydromorphic soils from wetlands and other soils under different moisture conditions, and (d) to propose spectral models to quantify some chemical and physical soil properties used as environmental quality indicators...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324279/soil-organic-matter-as-sole-indicator-of-soil-degradation
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S E Obalum, G U Chibuike, S Peth, Y Ouyang
Soil organic matter (SOM) is known to play vital roles in the maintenance and improvement of many soil properties and processes. These roles, which largely influence soil functions, are a pool of specific contributions of different components of SOM. The soil functions, in turn, normally define the level of soil degradation, viewed as quantifiable temporal changes in a soil that impairs its quality. This paper aims at providing a generalized assessment of the current state of knowledge on the usefulness of SOM in monitoring soil degradation, based on its influence on the physical, chemical and biological properties and processes of soils...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321936/jasmonate-inhibits-cop1-activity-to-suppress-hypocotyl-elongation-and-promote-cotyledon-opening-in-etiolated-arabidopsis-seedlings
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Yuyu Zheng, Xuefei Cui, Liang Su, Shuang Fang, Jinfang Chu, Qingqiu Gong, Jianping Yang, Ziqiang Zhu
A germinating seedling undergoes skotomorphogenesis to emerge from the soil and reach for light. During this phase, the cotyledons are closed, and the hypocotyl elongates. Upon exposure to light, the seedling rapidly switches to photomorphogenesis by opening its cotyledons and suppressing hypocotyl elongation. The E3 ubiquitin ligase CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 1 (COP1) is critical for maintaining skotomorphogenesis. Here, we report that jasmonate (JA) suppresses hypocotyl elongation and stimulates cotyledon opening in etiolated seedlings, partially phenocopying cop1 mutants in the dark...
March 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321363/high-unexpected-genetic-diversity-of-a-narrow-endemic-terrestrial-mollusc
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Pedro M Madeira, Rosa M Chefaoui, Regina L Cunha, Francisco Moreira, Susana Dias, Gonçalo Calado, Rita Castilho
The Iberian Peninsula has an extensive record of species displaying strong genetic structure as a result of their survival in isolated pockets throughout the Pleistocene ice ages. We used mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data to analyze phylogeographic patterns in endemic land snails from a valley of central Portugal (Vale da Couda), putatively assigned to Candidula coudensis, that show an exceptionally narrow distributional range. The genetic survey presented here shows the existence of five main mitochondrial lineages in Vale da Couda that do not cluster together suggesting independent evolutionary histories...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319718/effect-of-environmental-exposure-on-charcoal-density-and-porosity-in-a-boreal-forest
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Xiaodong Gao, Laura E Driver, Isabella Kasin, Caroline A Masiello, Lacey A Pyle, Brandon Dugan, Mikael Ohlson
Although charcoal's density and porosity shape its environmental roles (e.g. controlling its landscape movement and determining the internal pore space available as microbial habitat), the rate of change of these properties in the environment remains largely unknown. With time, charcoal pores may fill or charcoal particles may shatter, altering the ecosystem services delivered. In this study we examined the effects of environmental exposure on the density and porosity of charcoals pyrolyzed at two different temperatures (350 and 520°C)...
March 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318825/riparian-erosion-vulnerability-model-based-on-environmental-features
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Alejandra Botero-Acosta, Maria L Chu, Jorge A Guzman, Patrick J Starks, Daniel N Moriasi
Riparian erosion is one of the major causes of sediment and contaminant load to streams, degradation of riparian wildlife habitats, and land loss hazards. Land and soil management practices are implemented as conservation and restoration measures to mitigate the environmental problems brought about by riparian erosion. This, however, requires the identification of vulnerable areas to soil erosion. Because of the complex interactions between the different mechanisms that govern soil erosion and the inherent uncertainties involved in quantifying these processes, assessing erosion vulnerability at the watershed scale is challenging...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317232/soil-parent-material-a-major-driver-of-plant-nutrient-limitations-in-terrestrial-ecosystems
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Laurent Augusto, David L Achat, Mathieu Jonard, David Vidal, Bruno Ringeval
Because the capability of terrestrial ecosystems to fix carbon is constrained by nutrient availability, understanding how nutrients limit plant growth is a key contemporary question. However, what drives nutrient limitations at global scale remains to be clarified. Using global data on plant growth, plant nutritive status, and soil fertility, we investigated to which extent soil parent materials explain nutrient limitations. We found that N limitation was not linked to soil parent materials, but was best explained by climate: ecosystems under harsh (i...
March 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316050/adsorption-and-desorption-characteristics-of-endosulfan-in-two-typical-agricultural-soils-in-southwest-china
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Sheng Qian, Heng Zhu, Bailian Xiong, Guocan Zheng, Jinzhong Zhang, Weihong Xu
Endosulfan is an organochlorine pesticide widely used in Southwest China. In this paper, the adsorption and desorption characteristics of endosulfan in two typical agricultural soils (latosol and lateritic red soil) in this area were studied. The results showed that Langmuir isothermal equation could well describe the adsorption thermodynamic characteristics of endosulfan in latosol and lateritic red soil, and the maximum adsorption capacities of α-endosulfan were 0.186 and 0.209 mg/g, while those of β-endosulfan were 0...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303526/a-herbivore-tag-and-trace-system-reveals-contact-and-density-dependent-repellence-of-a-root-toxin
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Zoe Bont, Carla Arce, Meret Huber, Wei Huang, Adrien Mestrot, Craig J Sturrock, Matthias Erb
Foraging behavior of root feeding organisms strongly affects plant-environment-interactions and ecosystem processes. However, the impact of plant chemistry on root herbivore movement in the soil is poorly understood. Here, we apply a simple technique to trace the movement of soil-dwelling insects in their habitats without disturbing or restricting their interactions with host plants. We tagged the root feeding larvae of Melolontha melolontha with a copper ring and repeatedly located their position in relation to their preferred host plant, Taraxacum officinale, using a commercial metal detector...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299747/the-measurement-of-water-scarcity-defining-a-meaningful-indicator
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Simon Damkjaer, Richard Taylor
Metrics of water scarcity and stress have evolved over the last three decades from simple threshold indicators to holistic measures characterising human environments and freshwater sustainability. Metrics commonly estimate renewable freshwater resources using mean annual river runoff, which masks hydrological variability, and quantify subjectively socio-economic conditions characterising adaptive capacity. There is a marked absence of research evaluating whether these metrics of water scarcity are meaningful...
March 15, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299568/time-lapse-effect-of-ancient-plant-coal-biochar-on-some-soil-agrochemical-parameters-and-soil-characteristics
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Tamás Kocsis, Borbála Biró, Ákos Ulmer, Mónika Szántó, Zsolt Kotroczó
Biochar is a solid material obtained from reductive, oxygen-free processes, i.e. the thermo-chemical conversion of biomass in oxygen-limited environment. The obtained products have high carbon sequestration potential and strong nutrient-water absorption capacities because of the enlarged carbon surfaces. It is not yet clear how carbon stimulates agrochemical parameters in soil and how those characteristics are developing as time goes on a long-term basis. Samples of ancient (25, 35, 80 years old) plant coal-affected soils were collected in a temperate deciduous forest site located in the south part of the Bükk Mountains (in North Eastern Hungary)...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295317/applications-of-natural-zeolites-on-agriculture-and-food-production
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REVIEW
Nazife Eroglu, Mevlut Emekci, Christos Athanassiou
Zeolites are crystalline hydrated aluminosilicates with remarkable physical and chemical properties including losing and receiving water in a reverse way, adsorbing molecules that act as molecular sieves, and replacing their constituent cations without structural change. Commercial production of natural zeolites has accelerated during last fifty years. The Structure Commission of the International Zeolite Association recorded more than 200 zeolites which currently include more than 40 naturally occurring zeolites...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292905/computational-investigation-of-surface-freezing-in-a-molecular-model-of-water
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Amir Haji-Akbari, Pablo G Debenedetti
Water freezes in a wide variety of low-temperature environments, from meteors and atmospheric clouds to soil and biological cells. In nature, ice usually nucleates at or near interfaces, because homogenous nucleation in the bulk can only be observed at deep supercoolings. Although the effect of proximal surfaces on freezing has been extensively studied, major gaps in understanding remain regarding freezing near vapor-liquid interfaces, with earlier experimental studies being mostly inconclusive. The question of how a vapor-liquid interface affects freezing in its vicinity is therefore still a major open question in ice physics...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290474/abrupt-response-of-chemical-weathering-to-late-quaternary-hydroclimate-changes-in-northeast-africa
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Luc Bastian, Marie Revel, Germain Bayon, Aurélie Dufour, Nathalie Vigier
Chemical weathering of silicate rocks on continents acts as a major sink for atmospheric carbon dioxide and has played an important role in the evolution of the Earth's climate. However, the magnitude and the nature of the links between weathering and climate are still under debate. In particular, the timescale over which chemical weathering may respond to climate change is yet to be constrained at the continental scale. Here we reconstruct the relationships between rainfall and chemical weathering in northeast Africa for the last 32,000 years...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289847/bacterial-diversity-in-fumarole-environments-of-the-paricut%C3%A3-n-volcano-michoac%C3%A3-n-mexico
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Miguel Medrano-Santillana, Elcia Margaret Souza-Brito, Robert Duran, Felix Gutierrez-Corona, Georgina Elena Reyna-López
Active volcanoes are among the most extreme environments on Earth. The extreme temperatures, presence of toxic heavy metals and low nutrient bioavailability favor the development of extremophiles. We characterized the physical-chemical parameters of and bacterial communities (T-RFLP and 16S rRNA gene libraries) inhabiting fumarole niches of the Paricutín volcano located in Michoacán (Mexico). This volcano, which surged in 1943, is one of the youngest volcanoes on Earth and the microbial diversity in this area is yet to be characterized...
March 13, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284129/biochar-produced-from-biosolids-using-a-single-mode-microwave-characterisation-and-its-potential-for-phosphorus-removal
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Elsa Antunes, James Schumann, Graham Brodie, Mohan V Jacob, Philip A Schneider
The amount of biosolids increases every year, and social and environmental concerns are also rising due to heavy metals and pathogen contamination. Even though biosolids are considered as a waste material, they could be used as a precursor in several applications, especially in agriculture due to the presence of essential nutrients. Microwave assisted pyrolysis (MWAP) is a promising technology to safely manage biosolids, while producing value-added products, such as biochar, that can be used to improve soil fertility...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283524/pirated-siderophores-promote-sporulation-in-bacillus-subtilis
#17
Gabrielle M Grandchamp, Lews Caro, Elizabeth A Shank
In microbial communities bacteria chemically and physically interact with one another. Some of these interactions are mediated by secreted specialized metabolites that act as either intra- or inter-species signals to alter gene expression and change cell physiology. Bacillus subtilis is a well-characterized soil microbe that can differentiate into multiple cell types including metabolically dormant endospores. We were interested in identifying microbial interactions that affected sporulation in B. subtilis...
March 10, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283120/estimating-the-prevalence-of-toxic-waste-sites-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Russell Dowling, Jack Caravanos, Patrick Grigsby, Anthony Rivera, Bret Ericson, Yaw Amoyaw-Osei, Bennett Akuffo, Richard Fuller
BACKGROUND: Exposure to heavy metals at contaminated industrial and mining sites, known also as hot spots, is a significant source of toxic exposure and adverse health outcomes in countries around the world. The Toxic Sites Identification Program (TSIP) developed by Pure Earth, a New York-based nongovernmental organization, is the only systematic effort to catalogue contaminated sites globally. To date, TSIP has identified and catalogued 3282 sites in low- and middle-income countries...
September 2016: Annals of Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277076/carbon-dioxide-emission-in-relation-with-irrigation-and-organic-amendments-from-a-sweet-corn-field
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Ali Fares, Adam Bensley, Haimanote Bayabil, Ripendra Awal, Samira Fares, Hector Valenzuela, Farhat Abbas
Soil moisture and organic matter level affects soil respiration and microbial activities, which in turn impact greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of irrigation levels (75% [deficit], 100% [full], and 125% [excess] of reference crop evapotranspiration requirements), and organic amendments (OA) type (chicken manure [CM] and bone meal [BM]) and OA application rates (0,168, 336 and 672 kg total N ha(-1)) on (i) soil physical properties (bulk density, organic matter content and soil moisture content) and (ii) soil carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a highly weathered tropical Hawai'ian soil...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275986/effects-of-sand-burial-on-the-survival-and-growth-of-two-shrubs-dominant-in-different-habitats-of-northern-china
#20
Hao Qu, Ha-Lin Zhao, Xue-Yong Zhao, Xiao-An Zuo, Shao-Kun Wang, Min Chen
Plants that grow in dune ecosystems always suffer from sand burial. Shrubs play implications on the healthy functioning of dune ecosystems due to control blowing sand. However, the survival and growth responses of shrubs to sand burial remain poorly understood. The survival rate and seedling height of two shrubs (Artemisia halodendron and Lespedeza davurica) along with the soil properties under different burial depths were examined in order to reveal the causing ecophysiological attributes of sand burial on shrubs in the desertified region...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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