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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713354/microbial-populations-of-stony-meteorites-substrate-controls-on-first-colonizers
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Alastair W Tait, Emma J Gagen, Siobhan A Wilson, Andrew G Tomkins, Gordon Southam
Finding fresh, sterilized rocks provides ecologists with a clean slate to test ideas about first colonization and the evolution of soils de novo. Lava has been used previously in first colonizer studies due to the sterilizing heat required for its formation. However, fresh lava typically falls upon older volcanic successions of similar chemistry and modal mineral abundance. Given enough time, this results in the development of similar microbial communities in the newly erupted lava due to a lack of contrast between the new and old substrates...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710473/influence-of-biochar-and-nitrogen-on-fine-root-morphology-physiology-and-chemistry-of-acer-mono
#2
Muhammad Razaq, Salahuddin, Hai-Long Shen, Hassan Sher, Peng Zhang
Fine roots play an important role in the overall functions of individual plants. Previous studies showed that fertilization and available soil resources have a notably profound effect on fine root, but there is lack of study centered on how fine root morphology, physiology, and chemistry respond to biochar with N additions. Different levels of biochar (0, 10, 15, and 20 g) and N (0, 2, 4 and 6 g) were applied to Acer mono seedling plants in a field nursery. The root system morphology and root chemistry and physiology were evaluated in line with root length, root diameter, SRL, N and N: C and root respiration...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709055/declining-atmospheric-deposition-of-heavy-metals-over-the-last-three-decades-is-reflected-in-soil-and-foliage-of-97-beech-fagus-sylvatica-stands-in-the-vienna-woods
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Selina Türtscher, Pétra Berger, Leopold Lindebner, Torsten W Berger
Rigorous studies on long-term changes of heavy metal distribution in forest soils since the implementation of emission controls are rare. Hence, we resampled 97 old-growth beech stands in the Vienna Woods. This study exploits an extensive data set of soil (infiltration zone of stemflow and between trees area) and foliar chemistry from three decades ago. It was hypothesized that declining deposition of heavy metals is reflected in soil and foliar total contents of Pb, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn and Fe. Mean soil contents of Pb in the stemflow area declined at the highest rate from 223 to 50 mg kg(-1) within the last three decades...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709053/transport-and-retention-of-biochar-nanoparticles-in-a-paddy-soil-under-environmentally-relevant-solution-chemistry-conditions
#4
Ming Chen, Dengjun Wang, Fan Yang, Xiaoyun Xu, Nan Xu, Xinde Cao
Land application of biochar has been increasingly recommended as a powerful strategy for carbon sequestration and soil remediation. However, the biochar particles, especially those in the nanoscale range, may migrate or carry the inherent contaminants along the soil profile, posing a potential risk to the groundwater. This study investigated the transport and retention of wood chip-derived biochar nanoparticles (NPs) in water-saturated columns packed with a paddy soil. The environmentally-relevant soil solution chemistry including ionic strength (0...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704064/nucleic-acid-extraction-from-synthetic-mars-analog-soils-for-in-situ-life-detection
#5
Angel Mojarro, Gary Ruvkun, Maria T Zuber, Christopher E Carr
Biological informational polymers such as nucleic acids have the potential to provide unambiguous evidence of life beyond Earth. To this end, we are developing an automated in situ life-detection instrument that integrates nucleic acid extraction and nanopore sequencing: the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes (SETG) instrument. Our goal is to isolate and determine the sequence of nucleic acids from extant or preserved life on Mars, if, for example, there is common ancestry to life on Mars and Earth. As is true of metagenomic analysis of terrestrial environmental samples, the SETG instrument must isolate nucleic acids from crude samples and then determine the DNA sequence of the unknown nucleic acids...
July 13, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698739/complete-genome-sequence-of-actinomadura-parvosata-subsp-kistnae-a-rich-source-of-novel-natural-product-bio-chemistry
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Kalina Kusserow, Tobias A M Gulder
The soil dwelling actinomycete strain Actinomadura parvosata subsp. kistnae is the producer of the antiviral antibiotics kistamicin A and B. Genome sequencing and bioinformatic analysis revealed the presence of the kistamycin biosynthetic gene cluster responsible for the formation of these non-ribosomal peptides as well as an impressive number of yet uncharacterized biosynthetic pathways. This includes polyketide, ribosomal and non-ribosomal peptide and a large number of terpenoid biosynthetic loci encoding yet unknown natural products...
2017: Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697382/bacterial-mobilization-and-transport-through-manure-enriched-soils-experiment-and-modeling
#7
N Sepehrnia, L Memarianfard, A A Moosavi, J Bachmann, G Guggenberger, F Rezanezhad
A precise evaluation of bacteria transport and mathematical investigations are useful for best management practices in agroecosystems. In this study, using laboratory experiments and modeling approaches, we assess the transport of bacteria released from three types of manure (cow, sheep, and poultry) to find the importance of the common manures in agricultural activities in soil and water pollution. Thirty six intact soil columns with different textures (sandy, loamy, and silty clay loam) were sampled. Fecal coliform leaching from layers of the manures on the soil surface was conducted under steady-state saturated flow conditions at 20 °C for up to four Pore Volumes (PVs)...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691796/oxidation-of-a-dimethoxyhydroquinone-by-ferrihydrite-and-goethite-nanoparticles-iron-reduction-versus-surface-catalysis
#8
Lelde Krumina, Gry Lyngsie, Anders Tunlid, Per Persson
Hydroquinones are important mediators of electron transfer reactions in soils with a capability to reduce Fe(III) minerals and molecular oxygen, and thereby generating Fenton chemistry reagents. This study focused on 2,6-dimethoxy hydroquinone (2,6-DMHQ), an analogue to a common fungal metabolite, and its reaction with ferrihydrite and goethite under variable pH and oxygen concentrations. Combined wet-chemical and spectroscopic analyses showed that both minerals effectively oxidized 2,6-DMHQ in the presence of oxygen...
July 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689149/the-response-of-soil-and-stream-chemistry-to-decreases-in-acid-deposition-in-the-catskill-mountains-new-york-usa
#9
Michael R McHale, Douglas A Burns, Jason Siemion, Michael R Antidormi
The Catskill Mountains have been adversely impacted by decades of acid deposition, however, since the early 1990s, levels have decreased sharply as a result of decreases in emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. This study examines trends in acid deposition, stream-water chemistry, and soil chemistry in the southeastern Catskill Mountains. We measured significant reductions in acid deposition and improvement in stream-water quality in 5 streams included in this study from 1992 to 2014. The largest, most significant trends were for sulfate (SO4(2-)) concentrations (mean trend of -2...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672240/land-use-and-fire-drive-temporal-patterns-of-soil-solution-chemistry-and-nutrient-fluxes
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Karin Potthast, Stefanie Meyer, Anna C Crecelius, Ulrich S Schubert, Alexander Tischer, Beate Michalzik
Land-use type and ecosystem disturbances are important drivers for element cycling and bear the potential to modulate soil processes and hence ecosystem functions. To better understand the effect of such drivers on the magnitude and temporal patterns of organic matter (OM) and associated nutrient fluxes in soils, continuous flux monitoring is indispensable but insufficiently studied yet. We conducted a field study to elucidate the impact of land-use and surface fires on OM and nutrient fluxes with soil solution regarding seasonal and temporal patterns analyzing short (<3months) and medium-term (3-12months) effects...
June 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657305/solid-phase-speciation-and-solubility-of-vanadium-in-highly-weathered-soils
#11
Worachart Wisawapipat, Ruben Kretzschmar
Vanadium (V) is increasingly recognized both as a medical trace element with essential biological functions and as a potentially toxic environmental pollutant, yet the current knowledge on V speciation in soils is limited. Here, we investigated the chemical speciation and extractability of V in highly weathered tropical soils, which are often rich in V compared to soils of temperate climatic regions. Vanadium K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of soil samples, along with a range of reference compounds differing in V-oxidation state and coordination chemistry, revealed the predominance of V4+/5+ in a primarily octahedral or tetrahedral coordination...
June 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647755/namib-desert-soil-microbial-community-diversity-assembly-and-function-along-a-natural-xeric-gradient
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Vincent Scola, Jean-Baptiste Ramond, Aline Frossard, Olivier Zablocki, Evelien M Adriaenssens, Riegardt M Johnson, Mary Seely, Don A Cowan
The hyperarid Namib desert is a coastal desert in southwestern Africa and one of the oldest and driest deserts on the planet. It is characterized by a west/east increasing precipitation gradient and by regular coastal fog events (extending up to 75 km inland) that can also provide soil moisture. In this study, we evaluated the role of this natural aridity and xeric gradient on edaphic microbial community structure and function in the Namib desert. A total of 80 individual soil samples were collected at 10-km intervals along a 190-km transect from the fog-dominated western coastal region to the eastern desert boundary...
June 24, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632984/aging-induced-changes-in-biochar-s-functionality-and-adsorption-behavior-for-phosphate-and-ammonium
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Shamim Mia, Feike A Dijkstra, Balwant Singh
Biochar, a form of pyrogenic carbon, can contribute to agricultural and environmental sustainability by increasing soil reactivity. In soils, biochar could change its role over time through alterations in its surface chemistry. However, a mechanistic understanding of the aging process and its role in ionic nutrient adsorption and supply remain unclear. Here, we aged a wood biochar (550 °C) by chemical oxidation with 5-15% H2O2 and investigated the changes in surface chemistry and the adsorption behavior of ammonium and phosphate...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622649/influence-of-surface-chemistry-of-carbon-materials-on-their-interactions-with-inorganic-nitrogen-contaminants-in-soil-and-water
#14
REVIEW
Sumaraj, Lokesh P Padhye
Inorganic nitrogen contaminants (INC) (NH4(+), NO3(-), NO2(-), NH3, NO, NO2, and N2O) pose a growing risk to the environment, and their remediation methods are highly sought after. Application of carbon materials (CM), such as biochar and activated carbon, to remediate INC from agricultural fields and wastewater treatment plants has gained a significant interest since past few years. Understanding the role of surface chemistry of CM in adsorption of various INC is highly critical to increase adsorption efficiency as well as to assess the long term impact of using these highly recalcitrant CM for remediation of INC...
June 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598469/interfacial-photochemistry-of-biogenic-surfactants-a-major-source-of-abiotic-volatile-organic-compounds
#15
Martin Brüggemann, Nathalie Hayeck, Chloé Bonnineau, Stéphane Pesce, Peter A Alpert, Sébastien Perrier, Christoph Zuth, Thorsten Hoffmann, Jianmin Chen, Christian George
Films of biogenic compounds exposed to the atmosphere are ubiquitously found on the surfaces of cloud droplets, aerosol particles, buildings, plants, soils and the ocean. These air/water interfaces host countless amphiphilic compounds concentrated there with respect to in bulk water, leading to a unique chemical environment. Here, photochemical processes at the air/water interface of biofilm-containing solutions were studied, demonstrating abiotic VOC production from authentic biogenic surfactants under ambient conditions...
June 9, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556942/the-elusive-ettringite-under-the-high-vacuum-sem-a-reflection-based-on-natural-samples-the-use-of-monte-carlo-modelling-of-eds-analyses-and-an-extension-to-the-ettringite-group-minerals
#16
Vincent Thiéry, Vincent Trincal, Catherine A Davy
Ettringite, Ca6 Al2 (SO4 )3 (OH)12 .26H2 O, or C6 AS¯3 H32 as it is known in cement chemistry notation, is a major phase of interest in cement science as an hydration product and in polluted soil treatment since its structure can accommodate with many hazardous cations. Beyond those anthropogenic features, ettringite is first of all a naturally occurring mineral (although rare). An example of its behaviour under the scanning electron microscope and during energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) qualitative analysis is presented, based on the study of natural ettringite crystals from the N'Chwaning mine in South Africa...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536287/kisameet-glacial-clay-an-unexpected-source-of-bacterial-diversity
#17
Sarah L Svensson, Shekooh Behroozian, Wanjing Xu, Michael G Surette, Loretta Li, Julian Davies
Widespread antibiotic resistance among bacterial pathogens is providing the impetus to explore novel sources of antimicrobial agents. Recently, the potent antibacterial activity of certain clay minerals has stimulated scientific interest in these materials. One such example is Kisameet glacial clay (KC), an antibacterial clay from a deposit on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada. However, our understanding of the active principles of these complex natural substances is incomplete. Like soils, clays may possess complex mixtures of bacterial taxa, including the Actinobacteria, a clade known to be rich in antibiotic-producing organisms...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533770/from-vineyard-soil-to-wine-fermentation-microbiome-approximations-to-explain-the-terroir-concept
#18
REVIEW
Ignacio Belda, Iratxe Zarraonaindia, Matthew Perisin, Antonio Palacios, Alberto Acedo
Wine originally emerged as a serendipitous mix of chemistry and biology, where microorganisms played a decisive role. From these ancient fermentations to the current monitored industrial processes, winegrowers and winemakers have been continuously changing their practices according to scientific knowledge and advances. A new enology direction is emerging and aiming to blend the complexity of spontaneous fermentations with industrial safety of monitored fermentations. In this context, wines with distinctive autochthonous peculiarities have a great acceptance among consumers, causing important economic returns...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531951/identifying-and-quantifying-geochemical-and-mixing-processes-in-the-matanza-riachuelo-aquifer-system-argentina
#19
S Armengol, M Manzano, S A Bea, S Martínez
The Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin, in the Northeast of the Buenos Aires Province, is one of the most industrialized and populated region in Argentina and it is worldwide known for its alarming environmental degradation. In order to prevent further damages, the aquifer system, which consists of two overlaid aquifers, is being monitored from 2008 by the river basin authority, Autoridad de la Cuenca Matanza-Riachuelo. The groundwater chemical baseline has been established in a previous paper (Zabala et al., 2016), and this one is devoted to the identification of the main physical and hydrogeochemical processes that control groundwater chemistry and its areal distribution...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531946/the-role-of-mobilisation-and-delivery-processes-on-contrasting-dissolved-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-exports-in-groundwater-fed-catchments
#20
Rémi Dupas, Per-Erik Mellander, Chantal Gascuel-Odoux, Ophélie Fovet, Eoin B McAleer, Noeleen T McDonald, Mairead Shore, Phil Jordan
Diffuse transfer of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in agricultural catchments is controlled by the mobilisation of sources and their delivery to receiving waters. While plot scale experiments have focused on mobilisation processes, many catchment scale studies have hitherto concentrated on the controls of dominant flow pathways on nutrient delivery. To place mobilisation and delivery at a catchment scale, this study investigated their relative influence on contrasting nitrate-N and soluble P concentrations and N:P ratios in two shallow groundwater fed catchments with different land use (grassland and arable) on the Atlantic seaboard of Europe...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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