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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439265/bacterial-and-fungal-community-structures-in-loess-plateau-grasslands-with-different-grazing-intensities
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Huhe, Xianjiang Chen, Fujiang Hou, Yanpei Wu, Yunxiang Cheng
The Loess Plateau of China is one of the most fragile ecosystems worldwide; thus, human production activities need to be conducted very cautiously. In this study, MiSeq high-throughput sequencing was applied to assess the relationship between bacterial and fungal community structures and changes in vegetation and soil physical and chemical properties induced by grazing, in four grasslands with different levels of grazing intensity (0, 2.67, 5.33, and 8.67 sheep/ha) in the semiarid region of the Loess Plateau...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438356/rainfall-increases-the-abundance-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-within-a-riverine-microbial-community
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Andrea Di Cesare, Ester M Eckert, Michela Rogora, Gianluca Corno
Infections with antibiotic resistant bacteria are among the major threats for human health. Studies elucidating the role of the environment in their spread are still in their infancy, it, however, seems that different environments might function as a long-term reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) that reside within their microbial communities. An increasing number of studies target the presence and the persistence of ARGs in waters and soils that are exposed to human activities; they, however, rarely consider the spatial/temporal variability that predominate in these environments...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437777/testing-decontaminated-sediments-as-a-substrate-for-ornamentals-in-field-nursery-plantations
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Francesca Ugolini, Costanza Calzolari, Giuseppe Mario Lanini, Luciano Massetti, Stefania Pollaki, Antonio Raschi, Francesco Sabatini, Giacomo Tagliaferri, Fabrizio Ungaro, Daniele Massa, Maurizio Antonetti, Carlos Garcia Izquierdo, Cristina Macci, Grazia Masciandaro
When canals and harbours are dredged, huge amount of polluted sediments has to be stocked and transported to the landfill with incredibly high costs of management. Among the remediation techniques for the reclamation of polluted sediments and soils, phytoremediation represents a sustainable and effective technique though still not fully promoted or commercialized. In this study we have tested the suitability for plant nursing of a substrate resulting from sediments dredged from a canal and treated with phytoremediation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437741/use-of-nuclear-receptor-luciferase-based-bioassays-to-detect-endocrine-active-chemicals-in-a-biosolids-biochar-amended-soil
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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/28432638/community-gardens-as-environmental-health-interventions-benefits-versus-potential-risks
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W K Al-Delaimy, M Webb
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this paper was to summarize current findings on community gardens relevant to three specific areas of interest as follows: (1) health benefits, (2) garden interventions in developing versus developed countries, and (3) the concerns and risks of community gardening. RECENT FINDINGS: Community gardens are a reemerging phenomenon in many low- and high-income urban neighborhoods to address the common risk factors of modern lifestyle...
April 21, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432369/sensitivity-to-antibiotics-of-bacteria-exposed-to-gamma-radiation-emitted-from-hot-soils-of-the-high-background-radiation-areas-of-ramsar-northern-iran
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Seyed Mohammad Javad Mortazavi, Samira Zarei, Mohammad Taheri, Saeed Tajbakhsh, Seyed Alireza Mortazavi, Sahar Ranjbar, Fatemeh Momeni, Samaneh Masoomi, Leila Ansari, Mohammad Mehdi Movahedi, Shahram Taeb, Sina Zarei, Masood Haghani
BACKGROUND: Over the past several years our laboratories have investigated different aspects of the challenging issue of the alterations in bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics induced by physical stresses. OBJECTIVE: To explore the bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in samples of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. typhimurium), Staphylococcus aureus, and Klebsiella pneumoniae after exposure to gamma radiation emitted from the soil samples taken from the high background radiation areas of Ramsar, northern Iran...
April 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429732/long-term-stability-and-infectivity-of-herpesviruses-in-water
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Anisha Dayaram, Mathias Franz, Alexander Schattschneider, Armando M Damiani, Sebastian Bischofberger, Nikolaus Osterrieder, Alex D Greenwood
For viruses to utilize environmental vectors (hard surfaces, soil, water) for transmission, physical and chemical stability is a prerequisite. There are many factors including pH, salinity, temperature, and turbidity that are known to contribute to the ability of viruses to persist in water. Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) is a pathogenic alphaherpesvirus associated with domestic horses and wild equids. EHV-1 and recombinants of EHV-1 and EHV-9 are able to cause infections in non-equid animal species, particularly in captive settings...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413334/landslides-and-tsunamis-predicted-by-incompressible-smoothed-particle-hydrodynamics-sph-with-application-to-the-1958-lituya-bay-event-and-idealized-experiment
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A M Xenakis, S J Lind, P K Stansby, B D Rogers
Tsunamis caused by landslides may result in significant destruction of the surroundings with both societal and industrial impact. The 1958 Lituya Bay landslide and tsunami is a recent and well-documented terrestrial landslide generating a tsunami with a run-up of 524 m. Although recent computational techniques have shown good performance in the estimation of the run-up height, they fail to capture all the physical processes, in particular, the landslide-entry profile and interaction with the water. Smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) is a versatile numerical technique for describing free-surface and multi-phase flows, particularly those that exhibit highly nonlinear deformation in landslide-generated tsunamis...
March 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413245/is-increasing-inorganic-fertilizer-use-for-maize-production-in-ssa-a-profitable-proposition-evidence-from-nigeria
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Lenis Saweda O Liverpool-Tasie, Bolarin T Omonona, Awa Sanou, Wale O Ogunleye
Inorganic fertilizer use across Sub-Saharan Africa is generally considered to be low. Yet, the notion that fertilizer use is too low is predicated on the assumption that it is profitable to use rates higher than currently observed. There is, however, limited empirical evidence to support this. Using a nationally representative panel dataset, this paper empirically estimates the profitability of fertilizer use for maize production in Nigeria. We find that fertilizer use in Nigeria is not as low as conventional wisdom suggests...
February 2017: Food Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411550/nature-based-solutions-to-mitigate-soil-sealing-in-urban-areas-results-from-a-4-year-study-comparing-permeable-porous-and-impermeable-pavements
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A Fini, P Frangi, J Mori, D Donzelli, F Ferrini
Soil sealing is one of the most pervasive forms of soil degradation that follows urbanization and, despite innovative pavements (i.e. pervious) are being installed in urban areas to mitigate it, there is little research on the effects of pervious pavements on soil water and carbon cycle and on the physiology of urban trees. The aim of this 4-year experiment was to assess the effects of three pavements, differing in permeability to water and gases, on some soil physical parameters, and on growth and physiology of newly planted Celtis australis and Fraxinus ornus...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401349/erratum-to-occurrence-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-in-saline-soils-of-the-tabriz-plain-of-iran-in-relation-to-some-physical-and-chemical-properties-of-soil
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N Aliasgharzad, N Saleh Rastin, H Towfighi, A Alizadeh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 11, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394116/improvement-of-soil-ecosystem-multifunctionality-by-dissipating-manure-induced-antibiotics-and-resistance-genes
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Yuting Liang, Meng Pei, Dandan Wang, Shengnan Cao, Xian Xiao, Bo Sun
The application of animal manure containing antibiotic residues to farmlands as an organic fertilizer causes a long-term potential threat to the ecological environment of farmland. This study analyzed the effects of abating typical antibiotics and resistance genes (ARGs) applied with pig manure on farmland soil as well as on soil ecosystem multifunctionality (EMF) and its influencing factor. The results showed that Lolium multiflorum exhibited significantly stronger abatement of typical antibiotics and ARGs when combined with biochar than when used alone (p < 0...
April 13, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393122/effect-of-class-f-fly-ash-on-fine-sand-compaction-through-soil-stabilization
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Siavash Mahvash, Susana López-Querol, Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
This paper presents the results of an experimental investigation carried out to evaluate the effect of fly ash (FA) on fine sand compaction and its suitability as a material for embankments. The literature review demonstrates the lack of research on stabilization of sandy material using FA. The study is concerned with the role of FA content in stabilized soil physical characteristics. The main aim of this paper is to determine the optimum quantity of FA content for stabilization of this type of soil. This is achieved through particle size distribution and compaction (standard proctor) tests...
March 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392608/stem-girdling-indicates-prioritized-carbon-allocation-to-the-root-system-at-the-expense-of-radial-stem-growth-in-norway-spruce-under-drought-conditions
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Walter Oberhuber, Andreas Gruber, Gina Lethaus, Andrea Winkler, Gerhard Wieser
The early culmination of maximum radial growth (RG) in late spring has been found in several coniferous species in a dry inner Alpine environment. We hypothesized that an early decrease in RG is an adaptation to cope with drought stress, which might require an early switch of carbon (C) allocation to belowground organs. To test this hypothesis, we experimentally subjected six-year-old Norway spruce saplings (tree height: 1.35 m; n = 80 trees) to two levels of soil water availability (watered versus drought conditions) and manipulated tree C status by physically blocking phloem transport at three girdling dates (GD)...
June 2017: Environmental and Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391927/chemical-composition-and-properties-of-ashes-from-combustion-plants-using-miscanthus-as-fuel
#15
Christof Lanzerstorfer
Miscanthus giganteus is one of the energy crops considered to show potential for a substantial contribution to sustainable energy production. In the literature there is little data available about the chemical composition of ashes from the combustion of Miscanthus and practically no data about their physical properties. However, for handling, treatment and utilization of the ashes this information is important. In this study ashes from two biomass combustion plants using Miscanthus as fuel were investigated...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389541/thermal-resistance-and-gene-expression-of-both-desiccation-adapted-and-rehydrated-salmonella-enterica-typhimurium-in-aged-broiler-litter
#16
Zhao Chen, Xiuping Jiang
The objective of this study was to investigate the thermal resistance and gene expression of both desiccation-adapted and rehydrated Salmonellaenterica Typhimurium in aged broiler litter. S. Typhimurium was desiccation-adapted in aged broiler litter with 20% moisture content (aw: 0.81) for 1, 2, 3, 12, or 24 h at room temperature and then rehydrated for 3 h. As analyzed by qRT-PCR, rpoS, proV, dnaK, and grpE genes were up-regulated (P<0.05) under desiccation stress and could be induced after 1 h but less than 2 h...
April 7, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384573/soilplusveg-an-integrated-air-plant-litter-soil-model-to-predict-organic-chemical-fate-and-recycling-in-forests
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Elisa Terzaghi, Melissa Morselli, Matteo Semplice, Bruno Enrico Leone Cerabolini, Kevin C Jones, Michele Freppaz, Antonio Di Guardo
Current modelling approaches often ignore the dynamics of organic chemicals uptake/release in forest compartments under changing environmental conditions and may fail in accurately predict exposure to chemicals for humans and ecosystems. In order to investigate the influence of such dynamics on predicted concentrations in forest compartments, as well as, on air-leaf-litter fluxes, the SoilPlusVeg model was developed including a forest compartment (root, stem, leaves) in an existing air-litter-soil model. The accuracy of the model was tested simulating leaf concentrations in broadleaf woods located in Northern Italy and resulted in satisfying model performance...
April 3, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382231/metagenomic-analysis-exploring-taxonomic-and-functional-diversity-of-soil-microbial-communities-in-chilean-vineyards-and-surrounding-native-forests
#18
Luis E Castañeda, Olga Barbosa
Mediterranean biomes are biodiversity hotspots, and vineyards are important components of the Mediterranean landscape. Over the last few decades, the amount of land occupied by vineyards has augmented rapidly, thereby increasing threats to Mediterranean ecosystems. Land use change and agricultural management have important effects on soil biodiversity, because they change the physical and chemical properties of soil. These changes may also have consequences on wine production considering that soil is a key component of terroir...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380570/microscale-investigations-of-soil-heterogeneity-impacts-on-zinc-retention-and-uptake-in-zinc-contaminated-soils
#19
Carla E Rosenfeld, Rufus L Chaney, Ryan V Tappero, Carmen E Martínez
Metal contaminants in soils can persist for millennia, causing lasting negative impacts on local ecosystems. Long-term contaminant bioavailability is related to soil pH and to the strength and stability of solid-phase associations. We combined physical density separation with synchrotron-based microspectroscopy to reduce solid-phase complexity and to study Zn speciation in field-contaminated soils. We also investigated Zn uptake in two Zn-hyperaccumulating ecotypes of (Ganges and Prayon). Soils were either moderately contaminated (500-800 mg Zn kg via contaminated biosolids application) or grossly enriched (26,000 mg Zn kg via geogenic enrichment)...
March 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380550/long-term-effects-of-grazing-management-and-buffer-strips-on-soil-erosion-from-pastures
#20
C Pilon, P A Moore, D H Pote, J H Pennington, J W Martin, D K Brauer, R L Raper, S M Dabney, J Lee
High grazing pressure can lead to soil erosion in pastures, causing increased sediment delivery to waterways. The objectives of this research were to evaluate the impact of grazing management and buffer strips on soil erosion by assessing soil physical properties, hydrology, and sediment loads from pastures fertilized with broiler litter. Field studies were conducted for 12 yr on 15 small watersheds. Five management strategies were evaluated: hayed (H), continuously grazed (CG), rotationally grazed (R), rotationally grazed with a buffer strip (RB), and rotationally grazed with a fenced riparian buffer (RBR)...
March 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
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